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There's a positive feedback loop between environmental and personal health and well-being. And it's easier to move towards a sustainable lifestyle if your personal life feels in balance. Natural therapy and alternative health or harmony enhancers like art, music, yoga, mindful meditation, exercise, homeopathy, and herbs can help close the loop.

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Be Sociable, It Prevents Depression - 2:28 AM 3/5/2004 Note: Page is gone. - Well, it certainly helps. And here's a summary of the research.

Healthy Tools-Calorie Calculator - Find out what it'll take to burn off that holiday meal. Compare various sports with a variety of everyday activities. You may be surprised by the results.

Dawn simulation could lighten spirits of SAD sufferers - Here's a new, less expensive, more natural twist on light therapy for Seasonal Depression.

Dance the Night Away - It's a ball! Dance steps included.

Tien Mou - 2:23 AM 3/5/2004 NOTE: Site has vanished without a trace. - A lush study of water over rocks. From Raymond Tan's Green View.

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Native Moons - The Moons of the Year in a 14 Native American languages and the english translation for each.

The Heavenly Haven of Peace - Wise words of advice from a 17 year-old art student living in South Africa.

Earth Light - An image by Fred Casselman, with music by Lawerence Lougheed. After you've basked for awhile scroll past the image and click on the Gallery One link for more.

Recycled, Re-Seen Folk Art from the Global Scrap Heap - The Museum of International Folk Art pays tribute to "folk recyclers" from Africa to Asia to The Americas. A traveling exhibit. The site includes 6 pages of commentary and images.

Parthogenesis - Talk about re-use! Vermont artist, Tania Kupczak used a paper punch and magazine pages to create this fascinating and beautiful vision.

Sand Sculpture How to Do It - Learn from a master. Award winner Larry Nelson tells you how. This is just part of a wonderful site called the Human Touch Museum. What better way to regain your balance than with a day of creative play at the beach? For potent inspiration, have a look at earn Larry's introduction. Don't miss the Galleries!

My Virtual Garden - by Paul Kater. Stuck inside? Click and relax for a few minutes.

Moorea - Missing the sun, the water, the warmth? Click. Image/music. Best if your computer can play midi.

Tien Mou - 2:23 AM 3/5/2004 NOTE: Site has vanished without a trace. - A lush study of water over rocks. From Raymond Tan's Green View.

Harping For Harmony - sponsors volunteers who carry harp music to remote and conflicted places (Like Cyprus, Haiti, Russia, and El Salvador.) They can also help you Learn the folk harp by ear in seven short days and download simple plans to build your own harp. You can also buy a kit, a finished harp, and assorted harp jewelry, etc..

Finding Healing and Healers - How to go about finding a healer in your community- Practical suggestions on where to look locally and how to evaluate candidates.

An Energetic Look At Fibromyalgia - How to go about finding a healer in your community- Practical suggestions on where to look locally and how to evaluate candidates.

An aid to Meditation...

And a great way to insure a good night's sleep, our sleepmasks are padded and lined with organic cotton.

Spiritual Teachings - Overviews of worlwide spiritual teachings. This is just a small part of Spiritual Healing/Counseling, an incredibly rich resource and ideal jumping off place for spirituality on the net.

The Ten Bulls - A zen classic, online. Written in the twelfth century by Kakuan, and a source of inspiration to students ever since, the ten bulls represent sequential steps of spritual growth.

Hindu Yoga - A brief, but helpful catalogue of the many facets of Yoga. At Spiritual Teachings.

Yogic Breathing - A quick, two-part introduction at Yoga Central.

Hanna Somatics - A short intro to a remarkable way to heal a sore back. In my case, less than 5 minutes of exercise per day eliminated a longstanding back problem. You can easily learn it from the book Somatics, written by Thomas Hanna, who developed this derivative of the Feldenkrais method.

Bodymind Resources - NOTE: TEMPORARILY OFFLINE 10/4/99 - Looking for a bodymind practitioner? This page lists (mostly offline) contact info for a variety of organizations who can help you find someone in your area.

The Mind - Body Connection--Next time you have a sore throat... - Short, simple, and provocative recipe for healing. Try it out and then email the author (Stan Waese) at 76352.2766@compuserve.com to let him know how well (or poorly) it worked.

Intro to Meditation - Why it works and how to do it.

Physical Activity and Health: A Report of the Surgeon General - The summary of the U.S. S.G's report. It's noteworthy for its non-discriminatory approach to fitness- for example, it shows that daily activities like raking leaves, washing the car, and dancing can be as health-promoting as jogging, jumping rope, and similar activities that are usually thought of as necessary to fitness.

Cooking Light - Healthy Tools-Calorie Calculator - Find out what it'll take to burn off that holiday meal. Compare various sports with a variety of everyday activities. You may be surprised by the results.

Staying Fit and "Eating Out" - Don't these two activities work against each other? Not necessarily! This little article plays with words a bit and shows you how to put some variety (and some Nature) in your dining, increase its nutritive value, and get a workout at the same time. [7k]

How to Win an Argument With a car Driver - This page could also be called "Bike for Health". It shows how a car-free lifestyle makes it so much easier to prioritize health.

Living Room Dancing - You've heard of Ballroom Dancing... Well, this is the kind of dancing you'd do at home, in your living room, or anywhere you feel totally comfortable, unjudged, unpressured. Except you get to do it in a BIG room...

Dance the Night Away - It's a ball! Dance steps included.

Supper Club - Save time and money, eat out, and build community all at once!

Bare Feet in Medicine - Wanna really get in touch with the earth? Need a good reason not to buy those expensive running shoes? Here it is, compliments of the Dirty Sole Society.

The Barefoot Hiker - " A Book About Bare Feet and how their sensitivity can provide not only an unique dimension of pleasure, but also significant benefits in safety, comfort, and confidence to hikers who learn to rely upon them.". The entire book is online.

The Art and Sole of Barefoot Hiking - A personal, poetic account, by John Harder.

World-Wide Guide to Swimming Holes Do you love... hurling your body off rocky cliffs into azure pools, floating down lazy rivers, rope-swinging into mountain ponds? There's no better way to aquire and strengthen a love of nature than to immerse yourself in clear, clean water. Help us bring attention to the benefits of these vanishing resources. Help us create the World-Wide Guide to Swimming Holes. Also, click here for 75 swimming holes in the Eastern U.S., Plus more in Western U.S., Check 'em out!

Sailing - by E.F. Knight. A classic on sailing and one of Arthur Ransome's sources. Learn to sail! The entire book is on line. From theory to practice, to navigation, reading the weather, and much more.

It Happens About 10,000 Times a Day to Every Cell in the Human Body. - Bruce Ames, Ph.D., comments on a common sense strategy for preventing cancer, cataracts and heart disease, why he believes in it, and how it works. (14k)

Bras and Breast Cancer: Increased Breast Cancer Rates Noted - If these folks are right, the high incidence of breast cancer in our society could be greatly reduced by a simple lifestyle change. Read and decide for yourself.

Dawn simulation could lighten spirits of SAD sufferers - Here's a new, less expensive, more natural twist on light therapy for Seasonal Depression.

Be Sociable, It Prevents Depression - 2:28 AM 3/5/2004 Note: Page is gone. - Well, it certainly helps. And here's a summary of the research.

Dispelling Vaccination Myths - Plotting a health-care strategy for your family has never been more complicated. The question of vaccination is especially vexing. The task is not made easier by documented falsehoods from the health care establishment, hysteria from some of those opposed, and an appalling lack of research on long-term effects, This article, by Alan Phillips, provides an introduction to some of the issues involved. There are lots of references for further reading. (44k)

Soot-Free Candles!
Soy Wax Candles
Better than paraffin, these all-vegetable wax container candles are guaranteed soot free!

A Doctor's View of MCS - One of the many arguments for living a more simple life is the increasing incidence of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. No one knows exactly what causes it; many doctors don't believe it exists. Here's one who does because she suffers from it. An intelligent, even-handed overview of MCS- Causes, Symptoms, diagnosis and Treatment.[10k]

Herbs to the Rescue: 10 Plant Remedies You Can't Do Without - Clean out your medicine cabinet and put these in, instead. From Emagazine

Homeopathy
It claims to fight disease by strengthening the body's immune system. As far as modern science can tell, its "remedies" (medicines) contain little or no active ingredients. Its philosophy runs counter to the established model. Yet homeopathy's many proponents claim it works. Does it?

For years the medical establishment has been saying, "of course not!" But now, after years in the darkness cast by the long shadow of the AMA, homeopathy in the U.S is enjoying a resurgence of respect...Partly due to word-of-mouth from people who've gotten relief where traditional medicine failed, and partly because recently favorable studies have been published in respected medical journals.

One thing is certain- Homeopathy avoids the heavyhanded approach typical of conventional treatment, in which the long-term side-effects of treatment are sometimes worse than the original disease. Check out these sites to find out more...

What Is Classical Homeopathy? -An intro to the basic concepts, with some history, published by The Institute of Classical Homeopathy.

What is Homeopathy - Another, shorter intro, at Steve & Aviva Waldstein's Homeopathy page.

Homeopathy- Problems-Adults - A list of adult problems claimed treatable by Homeopathy.

Homeopathy-Problems-Child - A list of children's problems claimed treatable by Homeopathy.

Homeopathy- Ears - A short article explaining the flaws in conventional medical treatment of childhood ear infections.

Homeopathy-What People Say - A short, but sweet list of notables' quotes about homeopathy.

NCH Directory - A searchable national directory of Homeopaths, pu t together by the National Center for Homeopathy . A nice touch of this directory is that it tells what percentage of the practioner's practice is devoted to Homeopathy.

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Love

To Love Is To Be Happy With - ...yourself and others. The best-selling book by Barry Neil Kaufman. It describes a process for uncovering self-defeating beliefs and replacing them with more useful ones. The whole book is online.

Intentional Dialogue: A Process for Dissolving Conflict - was developed by Harville Hendrix to help people create conscious relationships. Here are detailed instructions. (18k)

Beauty and Love in Poetry, in Prose, in Letters, in Loss, and more, - A delightful collection of well-known poems, prose, etc., on love and beauty. Created in 1995, this site is is one of the oldest websites on the net. It remains one of the best.

Thinking like a Romantic - for a crash course, click. Then have a look at Surprise Him, Surprise Her, for a nice collection of romantic tips with which to charm your partner. And then check out Ten Ways to Keep Romance Alive for even more ideas.

Words of Love - A collection of romantic quotations.

I Love You in 89 different languages -

Love Poems & Poetry - A large collection of visitor submitted poems, over 3000 last time we looked.

Surprise Him, Surprise Her - Romantic tips with which to charm your partner.

60 Starter Ideas for Having An Affair - with your Spouse or Partner!

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Awakenings: Tools for psychological and spiritual growth - Subtitled "simple solutions for life's problems", this site delivers just that. It's full of sound advice and suggestions, nothing all that new, but so well-presented, you'll find it hard not to apply it. Topics include Attitude, Cycle of Change, Depression, Labyrinths, Managing Stress, and more. Highly recomended.

Telling it as it is - An interview with Brad Blanton, Ph.D., Author of Radical Honesty, believes that lying makes us sick. Conversely, telling the truth can liberate true joy. Check out 10 tips on how to live a radically honest life and the Radical Honesty website.

BirthQuake: Journey to Wholeness - The author of this fascinating new book suggests that the stresses and contradictions of our culture have brought us individually and collectively to a turning point. From her own experiences and those of others, Tammie Fowles creates a roadmap for understanding both our personal crises and their significance. She shows they can become catalysts to infuse our lives and perhaps, our culture, with meaning and wholeness. Currently, five of eight chapters are online.

How Not to Give Yourself a Headache - A three-part, in-depth article on common communication glitches in relationships. Lots of practical suggestions. One of many articles at the Albert Ellis Institute web-site.

Stress Test - Take this quiz at thrive@health and learn about your susceptibility to the damaging effects of stress...and get some tips on coping. There's a lot of good stuff here!

Keirsey Temperament Sorter- Jungian Personality Test - Who are you, anyway? Take this test and get one possibly useful, certainly intriguing, perspective on it.

Interview with Ellen Langer - Ellen Langer (The Power of Mindful Learning) believes that typical schooling and parenting impairs our ability to learn by stifling our mindfulness. Yet her research shows that when people learn mindfully, they find such learning "reasonably effortless, they enjoy it, they find the material easy to pay attention to and easy to remember".

Mind Mapping - A cool tool for learning, organizing, writing or problem solving, mind maps are fast and effective. This page tells how to create them and where to find out more.

School Is Dead, Learn in Freedom! - This site offers a thorough discussion of the major criticisms of institutionalized education, including its negative effects on socialization, motivation, creativity, success, and democracy. Lots of quotes by famous people; lots of resources for independent learners.

Excelsior (Regents) College - The "overview" says that Regents College (Now called Excelsior College) was founded on the belief that what individuals know is more important than where or how they learned it. And they mean it. There are about a zillion ways to earn credit at this fully-accredited, highly reputable school- military or business training, an alphabet soup of examinations (GRE, CLEP, ACT-PEP, DANTES, AP, etc.), previous college credit (no limit), and life experience. There is no residence requirement; The 20,000 currently enrolled students live all over the world. By going the examination route to earn credit, You can earn an undergraduate degree for under $2000...in less than two years!

gURL - An online zine for girls 14 and up."It is meant to provide an alternative to the limited scope of most girl-directed media." And it does. Check it out!

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