Like many creatives, life experiences influence my work, in this case, my writing.  This year, the dominant emotion was stress (and adventure), which leached into my articles and drove some of the focus.
Shinrin-yoku, also known as a "forest bath," originated in Japan and it's believed to enhance one’s well-being while helping “connect” with nature. It involves immersing oneself in a forest or natural environment and mindfully engaging with the surroundings through the senses. Western medicine offers “nature prescriptions” – the walk with or without the mindfulness. Does it improve our health?
Forming Lines The real Pinocchio Breeding a happier chicken Shhh!
What meditation can teach us about listening to others? It is time to BBQ – a chemistry lesson you can eat Does science uncover new “truths” or continue to enslave the “already exploited?” AARP’s conflicted interests
For those of us distracted by our phones, there's a new app to help us focus. Should we be surprised? No. A proof of concept study has the details.