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As we slide into August, despite the hot weather, many of us experience a flurry of activities: back to school shopping, that last vacation trip before schools starts or that big project you’ve been putting off but can put off no longer. Out here at The Cabin, we are trying to keep cool. Outside tasks like mowing the field or even walking the dogs are done early in the morning or in the evening before dark. Inside tasks, mainly working on the magazine fill most of the rest of our time. Our children are grown and have long since left the nest. I no longer teach school so the rhythm of the school year has been replaced by the monthly rhythm of publishing a magazine. We are hoping to break away for a short camping trip in October when the weather has turned cooler.

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MUST READS


affirming naturally by Doyle Ward

affirming naturally: Today is filled with rich opportunities
 
by Doyle Ward

You have more than 55,000 thoughts each day. Many are the same thoughts over and over again. Every single one is an affirmation; this also includes everything that you say. By reducing your negative thoughts and words and increasing the positive ones, you can reshape your life.  Expecting a better day helps to create a better life. The only place we have to take action or make changes is the present 
moment.  Read More



family

  Feature Article - 21st-Century Parenting
  Preparing Kids for the Future

  by Meredith Montgomery

Today’s children have more opportunities to change the world than ever before. Teenagers are organizing global activism movements, LEGO lovers are mastering robotics and young entrepreneurs are launching successful businesses before they’re old enough to drive. 

But for Mom and Dad, this fast-paced, technology-driven childhood looks drastically different from their own. To help kids thrive, parents must learn to mindfully embrace today’s modern advances without losing sight of timeless virtues and skills such as kindness, creativity and critical thinking.  Read More


solar panels standard

sustainability: SOLAR HOME FOR SALE 

by Shen Ge

By now, most people know that a residential solar system can help the environment and save the homeowner money on electricity bills. However, here’s some more good news! New research sponsored by the Department of Energy through the SunShot Initiative shows that buyers are willing to pay more for homes with rooftop solar panels — a finding that may strengthen the case for factoring the value of sustainable features into home appraisals. According to a study by Zillow in 2018, “homes with solar-energy systems sold for 4.1% more on average than comparable homes without solar power.” While the exact increase in value depends on a number of factors such as the average hours of sunlight in the location, local electric rates and the local popularity of solar, a figure close to 4% should be expected in most cities nationwide..Read More


   fit body: Exploring Health & Higher Consciousness
                        Through the Chakra System 

                                by: Lin Weiss MH/MHT

Energetic Healing addresses the subtle energy systems within and around the physical body.  Clearing & balancing the Chakra system involves a deep understanding of the psychological patterns that are pertinent to each chakra and each level of the auric field. The study of multi-dimensional healing realities through the Chakra system offers freedom from habitual, negative behavior patterns, making it possible to achieve radiant, vibrant health.  Read More


soy   beyond sustainability:  Regenerative Agriculture
                        Takes Aim at Climate Change

                               by Yvette C. Hammett

Most people have never heard of regenerative agriculture, but there’s plenty of talk about it in the scientific and farming communities, along with a growing consensus that regeneration is a desirable step beyond sustainability.

Those that are laser-focused on clean food and a better environment believe regenerative agriculture will not only result in healthier food, but could become a significant factor in reversing the dangerous effects of man-made climate change. This centers on the idea that healthy soils anchor a healthy planet: They contain more carbon than all above-ground vegetation and regulate emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Read More



  plant medicine: The Power of Tea
                              by Jeffrey Green

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of different teas available on the market today. Which is the best? It depends on how tea is being defined, and the purpose for choosing the drink. There are basically two categories of tea: true tea and herbal tea. Read More




  Interview with Jeff Primack pt. 2: 
 
The Force Behind Blood Flow & Higher Intellegence
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DD:   Why is Qigong Healing so profound compared to other remedial modalities?

 JP: “Qigong works directly with your LIFE ENERGY to a greater degree than yoga or traditional exercise by using slower movements. Postures are ‘Rooted’ in one place where grounding and electrical charges build stronger. Graceful hand motions move the Qi and blood in profound ways while the person is very relaxed. Qigong’s relaxation response allows for greater microcirculation in the frontal lobes of the brain. Qigong practice can improve intelligence and even deepen one’s connection with God, the source of life. Read More


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