By Stephen Dinan, founder and CEO of The Shift Network
I always feel the call in winter to rejuvenate my health, which is why we have pulled together 40 of the world's leading experts in holistic wellness, from David Wolfe to Bernie Siegel, for our annual free Winter of Wellness, which starts tomorrow (register here)!
Personally, I'm mid-stream on a 30 day commitment to one hour a day of meditation and one of exercise, with a gradual ramp up as my body gets healthier. I'm improving my diet, doing some yoga, and getting healing work on my body. Each day I'm feeling more vibrant - before I'm even inspired by our health gurus to go further!
In this issue, we explore more of the leading edge of holistic wellness, from Dawson Church's fascinating exploration of turning good genes on, to some cool innovations in integrative health care from India to articles on compassion by Will Tuttle and fertility by Dr. Aumatma Shah. We also have a special article and call to action about a ceremony to heal our waters from Steve Bhaerman (Swami Beyondananda), Steve Farrell and Celeste Yacoboni.
Most of our authors are featured in the Winter of Wellness, as well as Maori healer Atarangi Muru, who is our featured member profile.
The Winter of Wellness starts tomorrow (Monday) and we've got a great first week with Panache Desai, Rickie Byars Beckwith, and John Gray to kick things off.
Whatever you choose to participate in, I hope you use this time to treat your body like the sacred gift that it is, giving it the love, nurturance, good food, and exercise to help it radiate with divinity, vibrancy and health. Enjoy!
"The Science of Character" Official Trailer
On March 20, 2014, join people around the world in screening the 8-min Cloud Film The Science of Character—in theaters, auditoriums, classrooms, homes, or whatever device you have in your hand. There will be online Q&A's with experts in character research and inspiring leaders talking about character. To learn more – click here.
Do you know that you're turning genes on and off in your body every second? Each thought you think, and each feeling you have, is sending signals to your body. These signals tell your body to turn certain kinds of genes on and others off. You are in charge of which signals you send. Here's how this works . . . [read more]
Rather than author a theoretical article, I thought it worthwhile to describe what it's like on the ground in India, helping to develop a unified, holistic healthcare delivery system based on a new worldview. My own reflections as a son of the West are followed by those of a son of India—my friend and colleague Dr. Vijay Mohan Kohli, eminent senior consultant cardiac surgeon at The Metro Heart Institute in New Delhi and Consultant to The Thorax Centre, University Hospital, Upsalla Sweden . . . [read more]
Infertility is increasing at every age, from adolescence to mid-life. However, doctors have been ignoring the "toxic soup" which evidence suggests is at the cause behind so much "unexplained" infertility. By addressing the underlying causal factors, programs and treatments that restore vibrant reproductive health may be a pro-active response to increasing fertility in couples that want to start families . . . [read more]
What is compassion? An inherent potential within us all, compassion isn't merely a warm-hearted feeling of empathy for the suffering of others. It is also the determined, sustained, and practical resolve to do whatever is possible to relieve their suffering. For this reason, compassion is often referred to as the highest form of love, rousing us to action on behalf of others, and flowing out of our felt sense of interconnectedness. What a blessed miracle compassion is—though it's often unrecognized by our culture's materialistic orientation to health and economics . . . [read more]
"Water is our most precious liquid asset."
-- Swami Beyondananda
Dear Friends and Co-Hearts:
Originally, this healing ceremony was to be about Fukushima.
The news (and the lack of news) from the afflicted nuclear plant in Japan has created a field of fear, confusion, mistrust and betrayal. It is a situation that calls for healing in every way. That's when we realized that thanks to our friend and co-heart Celeste Yacoboni, we have a time-tested, powerful instrument of forgiveness to help us hold and strengthen a tangible field of love . . . [read more]
Growing up in a society where healing was a natural everyday event, I did not recognise the 'training' that was being given at the time. As my Dad said when he talked of his youth or those times of yester year, "Those koroua (old fullas), they didn't talk about what they knew, they just did it." Meaning, they led by example.
My pathway on this journey came via my being extremely tutu (precocious/naughty/a handful), so I was 'given' to those who had patience, understanding and time. Of course children with this kind of behaviour these days would be classed as ADHD and ADD.
Upon reflection, the healing arts were many fold in my whanau (family) life. A loved Aunt instilled in me the curiosity and the beginnings of my pathway in the healing realm. As young children, my cousin Rowan and I would spend many weekends and school holidays with this particular Aunt and Uncle beside the beach. The rest of the community was cut off at high tide, meaning no vehicles could get in or out, and it was accessible only by land rover or tractor at the half or low tides . . . [read more]
The Gandhi King Season for Nonviolence (SNV) commences for the 17th consecutive year on January 30, 2014 in cities across the globe. The annual 64 day campaign, co-founded in 1998 by Dr. Arun Gandhi and The Association for Global New Thought (AGNT), is an educational, media and grassroots awareness campaign spanning the January 30th and April 4th memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year the celebration has a new program honoring Nelson Mandela. To learn more – click here.
On Tuesday, March 11, Idealist will launch a new network—online and on the ground—that will help people everywhere connect and take action on any issue that concerns them, locally or globally, online and in person. "We will start with a live online presentation, take your questions, and then start building this network with you." To learn more – click here.
Climate March – Here's A Chance to Walk Your Talk by participating in a climate awareness march from LA to Washington DC. 3,000 miles. 8 months of a moving intentional community crossing our Nation. You can learn all about it at www.ClimateMarch.org.
Join the Search is a global movement to end violent and destructive conflict starting with conflict in our own lives and expanding to our communities. The goal is to get 1 million pledges to end violent conflict by International Day of Peace 2014. Pledgers receive one monthly email with: 1) A Join the Search challenge to exercise conflict-solving muscles; 2) An inspirational story from the field, showing peacebuilders in action; and, 3) An invite to a virtual event with amazing speakers all over the world. To Join the Search – click here.
EFTUniverse.com, founded by Richard Dawson, who is featured in the Winter of Wellness (see feature article)—"Emotional Freedom Techniques" is a powerful self-help method based on research showing that emotional trauma contributes greatly to disease. Clinical trials have shown that EFT tapping is able to rapidly reduce the emotional impact of memories and incidents that trigger emotional distress. To learn more, click here.
MaMuse is the duo Sarah Nutting and Karisha Longaker, and they create uplifting folk/gospel music with gorgeous harmonies and uniquely inspiring lyrics that will have you feeling seen, heard and loved every time you listen to them. Many of their songs are a cappella, and others incorporate various acoustic instruments like guitar, ukulele, flute and mandolin. Their debut album, All The Way, will forever be in rotation on my playlist (just try to resist singing along to "Hallelujah" and "Chico Gospel,") but their latest release, Integration of the Awkward, is bound to become another favorite. http://www.mamuse.org/