Preventing Violence in Our Schools

Written By: Erin Smith

February 19, 2018

If we are to reach real peace in the world, we shall have to begin with the children. ~Mahatma Ghandi Another week, another school shooting. I felt nauseous as I read about the tragic Parkland shooting last Thursday. I closed my eyes, sent a prayer to those parents who didn’t get to send their children […]

Combating Exhausting

Written By: Erin Smith

February 15, 2018

Running is an integral part of the Native American Zuni tribe culture, a hallowed form of self-expression. In a ceremony called the kick stick race, the fastest runners test their spirit and stamina by running barefoot for more than 25 miles through the sage and chaparral while kicking small, sacred sticks along the course. When […]

Mother Nature Nurtures

Written By: Erin Smith

February 8, 2018

I’ve been feeling melancholy lately, a restless and dissatisfied malaise I know all too well. Like an unwelcome houseguest, this general feeling of discontent shows up when the cold and wind keep me locked indoors too long, when my glimpses of sunsets and running deer are only through widows. In many traditional shamanic communities, if […]

Finding Your Flock

Written By: Erin Smith

January 30, 2018

I had to pull the car over to watch the mesmerizing display of ornithological acrobatics. The starlings were clustering again in their beautiful, synchronous murmuration, a pattern too breathtaking to be mere chance. This aerial spectacle benefits the birds by providing warmth and creating an opportunity to exchange information. But it’s also a defense mechanism, […]

Left Luggage

Written By: Erin Smith

January 24, 2018

If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears. ~Cesare Pavese “Is that all you’re taking?” My friend eyes my suitcase doubtfully. It’s a familiar refrain. I like to travel light, to challenge myself to move forward without feeling weighed down. I also love […]

Diet is a Four-Letter Word: Part Two

Written By: Erin Smith

January 8, 2018

Last week I wrote about how I had gained weight and was ready to (re)adopt some healthier lifestyle habits without dieting. Diets don’t work long-term and destroy your metabolism in the process. So if dieting fails, how in the world do we win at weight loss? It’s less complicated than the diet industry would have […]