PSYCHOLOGY

Renovating with a Shaman

Miguel began a ceremony to help me let go of these possessions. First he filled a small container with herbs and lit it, releasing a sweet and pungent fragrance in the smoke wafting in the air. I drifted into a kind of reverie.

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Our Home in the Cosmos

Physicist and Emmy-award winning filmmaker Brian Swimme explores our place in the cosmos and the role of chaos, awe, and wonder in the birth of the universe. Drawing on discoveries in astronomy, geology, biology and the humanities, he tells how we came to call this planet home.

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Holiday Thoughts of Home

My mother lived in the past, and when her ideal of the Currier and Ives Christmas didn’t measure up, she was angry and hurt and made our home life miserable. Now I have my own version of a Currier and Ives Christmas—one both satisfying and attainable.

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Why Activists Need Home

A new generation of feminists is addressing the injustices they see at home — from domestic violence to inadequate food, water, and lack of housing, in every corner of the world. Over one million NGOs and grass roots organizations now focus on women’s basic safety, while helping them to build strong families and sound regional economies

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Make Your Life Like Music

Psychologist Helen Marlo explores the myth of work-life balance and notes that the rhythm of life keeps changing. The best thing we can do is go with it — thinking of life as a symphony moving from a crashing overture to a brief adagio then back to the uptempo beat again.

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Safe Conversations — The Power to Connect

With some simple guidelines for conversation, Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt help us move beyond our “fight or flight” response to discover new levels of empathy and compassion. The benefits—better relationships at home and a saner way of dealing with cultural differences.

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When Politics Drive Us Crazy

Research shows that certain images can make us happier, increase our resilience to stress and prime our brains for positive behavior. That’s why we self-medicate with those endless videos of kittens and happy babies.

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At Home with Ourselves

Typology describes how we approach and understand our environment. How do we solve problems and relate to others? Knowing how your partner or your children choose to process all this information makes for an enlightened home.

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The Secret Lives of Our Possessions

The Swiss psychiatrist C.G. Jung defended the autonomy of things. Our possessions aren’t just here to do our bidding, he said, but have lives and feelings of their own. What are our obligations to them? And how can we be more sensitive to their needs?

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