The Power of a Sigh
The Power of a Sigh

Did you know that “a sigh of relief” is more than just an expression? It turns out that sighing is actually good for our brains and our bodies. Researchers at the University of Leuven in Belgium have discovered that sighing helps us return to normal breathing patterns...

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One Way to Enjoy Fall
One Way to Enjoy Fall

I love fall. I love the vivid colors, the sound of dried leaves crunching under my feet, the smell of fireplaces being awakened, the feel of my favorite warm sweater. I love it all. But as much as I love it, I’ll admit that I don’t always allow myself to ENJOY it. I...

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Be on the Lookout
Be on the Lookout

In my last blog, I discussed the potential negative impacts of spending too much time on social media. But getting our heads off our screens can actually be good for us in another way. Consider this: On a recent visit to New York City, I was riding in an Uber. Under...

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Social Studies and Well Being
Social Studies and Well Being

I was having lunch with an old friend recently and I mentioned to her that I hadn’t seen her active on social media in several months. “I gave it up and haven’t looked back,” she said, somewhat facetiously. “I realized I was spending way too much time on it and that...

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Bring the Forest Inside
Bring the Forest Inside

As I mentioned in my last blog, researchers have demonstrated that spending time amid the colors, scents, sounds and elements of nature can improve our physical well-being. Our July and September retreats at Indian Point in Maine are a perfect way to “connect with...

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Bathe in the Woods
Bathe in the Woods

Regular readers of my emails and retreat descriptions know that I’ve written about the healing properties of forests before. But I thought the topic was worth a revisit—especially as we heal and recover from the events of the past year. Trees release polyphenols to...

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