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FROM THE EDITOR
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Alena Hennessy • S&H editor Ben Nussbaum spoke with North Carolina–based artist Alena Hennessy about her favorite color, describing the painting process in words, and finding a personal style. Look for Alena’s art throughout this issue.
Beyond Optimism and Pessimism
And not just to you.
“Dog Mind” and the Cone of Mindfulness
SACRUM • The sacrum is a large, triangular-shaped bone at the bottom of the spine that connects the spine to the pelvis. The sacrum houses the sacral plexus, a major cluster of nerves that control bowel and bladder function as well as orgasm. Injuries to the sacrum often create nerve damage.
Magic Mushroom Retreats
100 SOUNDS AND A CULTURE OF LISTENING • Biologist GEORGE DAVID HASKELL explores a new, more intentional way of tuning in to sound.
WHAT CAN LISTENING CONTRIBUTE TO WELLBEING?
A BETTER FRIEND • VICTOR PARACHIN dives into the Buddha’s advice for being a better friend.
“WHY NOT BEGIN THERE?” • SHUNMYO MASUNO is a Zen priest, professor, and leading garden designer in Japan. He shares two reflections.
READING AS A SPIRITUAL EXERCISE • GRACE JI-SUN KIM encourages us to see reading in a new light.
GIFTS FROM THE DEPARTED • Accept gifts from your lost loved ones, even if doing so is difficult. Grief educator JONI SENSEL explains why.
MAKING SPACE FOR BIG WORK • Ever wonder where all the time went? CYNTHIA LO offers practical advice for creating more room for what matters.
HOW TO LAMENT • JENNIE MCLAURIN, MD, MPH, gives instructions to guide a rediscovery of this age-old tradition.
COME TOGETHER • It’s a dilemma: How to find a spiritual community if you’re not attending religious services. TOM KRATTENMAKER offers advice.
FOCUSING ON WHAT MATTERS MOMENT BY MOMENT • The Summer 2002 issue of S&H included this still-timely article by B. ALAN WALLACE.
RESTORING RELATIONSHIPS to Ourselves, to One Another, and to the Earth
ON THE WELLNESS-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX
LOGGING INTO Online Wellness • LEARNING CAN IMPROVE OUR QUALITY OF LIFE—AND THE EFFECT IS TWOFOLD FOR COURSES ON WELLNESS AND SELF-BETTERMENT.
MOONLIT PATH • The moon is our constant companion, bestowing healing energy, wonder, and serenity through curious gazing. A symbol of transformation, the moon invites new changes each month.
Judaism Without Tribalism • Be guided through your dreams, follow the creative path, and connect through ritual and remedy with these picks.
Ritual as Remedy
Secrets From a Herbalist’s Garden
All That Breathes
Life on Earth
Satchel of Songs
Stories Up High
DEEPER WITH LANEY JONES
BILLY COLLINS • A new look at a longtime favorite
Spirituality & Health Marketplace
I Can but Will I
Self-Care Tips from Slow Animals and Helpful Droids
Balance Is as Close as Your Body’s Rhythm
ONE MORE THING