• Spiritual

    Does it have to be on fire before you make a change?

    By Sarah Gish, owner of Gish Creative, www.gishcreative.com I just recently returned from a two and a half week road trip that was supposed to be two weeks long but thanks to a fire, it was extended. Artist Amanda Smith and I set off joyously from Houston in my funky HUBBA HUBBA art car on July 23, 2013. Our goal was to work on our separate art projects – mine was my IGNITE YOUR LIFE! photo/video essay on how people ignite their lives and Amanda’s was a documentary in which she asked people provocative questions. But the project became bigger and more exciting for me than I originally anticipated because…

  • Spiritual

    Sometimes a Stitch in Time Really Does Save Nine…

    By Loni Chambers Capshew Oh, not to worry! I don’t pretend to hold all of life’s greatest truths in a Dixie cup, but a lifetime of teaching adolescents and raising three of my own to adulthood has taught me a thing or two about basic human nature, and the funny thing is that I’d say 80 per cent of them are probably based on little truisms expressed by my parents when I was still wet behind the ears myself. Sheesh. That’s still painful to admit, not because I bear any latent resentment toward my parents. I don’t. Instead, it’s simply an admission that forces me to acknowledge how much pain…

  • Gratitude,  Meditation,  Spiritual

    How I Got Rich by Investing in the Iraqi Dinar

    By Melanie Masterson A few months ago I had a friend tell me about the Vietnamese Dong and how they were planning on changing it’s currency value to match America’s currency value. She said that if you went to a bank and exchanged $60 for 1mil Vietnamese Dong you would end up with 1mil American dollars. They were writing a new jurisdiction that week to change the value of the Dong to equal the value of the dollar. I went home and researched it a bit. I was told the Dong was going to revalue when the Iraqi Dinar revalued. There was a ton of sites online talking about the…

  • How to,  Law of Attraction,  Spiritual

    Take Control of Your Life by Taking Control of Your Thoughts

    By Dylan Howell As this is my first blog here, I’d like to talk about an essential component of positive living: thinking habits! I’m choosing to blog about this topic first of all given its importance and impact on one’s life. I’ll first share my own experience, followed by some other thoughts and helpful tips. Growing up, I pretty much lived in survival mode in a very chaotic household. Yes, there were some good times but mostly I was just existing rather than living. I felt uncomfortable in my own skin for most of my life. I was always a deep thinker and got my first philosophy book early on…

  • Health,  How to,  Self Love,  Spiritual

    How to Love Your Body

    By: Chantal Partridge I had a history of trying all sorts of diets, hoping to find the one that would save me. That same pattern was found in my relationships with men. The funny thing is: No matter which way I turned, I ended up at the same place in the end: with God. Turns out, I did need to be saved. I needed to be rescued from danger. Ironically, it was I who was responsible for the harm caused unto me and in the end, I would need to be saved from myself. I remember a friend telling me her relationship with food was the last wall that stood…

  • Self Love,  Spiritual

    Being More Than I Do: How I Learned to Lovingly Detatch

    By: Loni Chambers Capshew “Ma, please call me when you get a chance,” was all the cryptic message had to say. Frankly, the brevity was pretty typical of most of the missives I receive from my 32-year-old son. He’s pretty much a chip off his Dad’s old block when it comes to non-spoken conversation or phone messaging; he cuts straight to the chase. If this had been simply a casual hello, he’d have either left no message or have said, “Hi, Ma. Just wanted to say I love you,” and hung up. This message read “urgent” to me. Despite knowing it was the middle of the day and I might…

  • Relationships,  Spiritual

    Long Thinky Showers, Ending my Marriage and Learning Ahimsa

    By: Meghan Coulter Nelson When I was asked  to write for Alison’s Notebook, I was so excited.  I thought “Someone wants to hear my story! I’ve always wanted to write it down.” She asked to me write about several topics: my marriage, the disintegration of my marriage, moving half way across the US for love, coming back when that failed, falling in love again and getting remarried, and my super amazing awesome family.  I thought this challenge would be a no brainer.  I sat down to put my thoughts on paper, and I tried to tell the story of my first marriage.  Beginning in the middle of the relationship on…

  • Spiritual

    What is your harmonica? | A Lesson About Ego and Attachments

    By: Melanie Masterson One day I went to the Health Hutt here in Muskegon, MI for a vegan wrap and saw a guy with a shaved head and a little tuft of hair hanging off the back. I recognized him as a Hare Krishna guy and asked him if he was part of the Hare Krishnas. I started talking to him about a swami I met once named Radanath Swami and the book I read by him called The Journey Home. I told him my favorite part is where the swami meditates in the middle of the Ganges river on a rock for days with nothing but his harmonica. Then…

  • Health,  Spiritual

    Your Practice Emulates Your Life

    Have you ever wondered what the yoga teacher means when she says your practice emulates your life? Today I was practicing a balancing pose called standing extended-leg stretch and found myself losing my balance and wanting to give up. Sometimes I feel that way when life does not flow smoothly or go according to plan. I want to give up altogether. But, in that balance pose, I told myself, “don’t give up, you can do it.” And soon enough I was standing strong in my pose. I have been practicing yoga for 12 years and 5 years ago I wouldn’t have been able to do the pose at all. A…

  • Spiritual

    Remember when you accidentally ate an entire box of cookies? That’s how I feel about religion.

    You know that one time when you ate an entire box of cookies by yourself, and couldn’t even look at cookies for a while? That’s how I explain my cynicism. I trust that God is sovereign and that He is guiding my relationship with Him, even if it looks a bit different for now. When I was really involved in church, I would get on these kicks. I read the Bible and prayed for a huge list of people every single day. It felt monotonous and pointless, but I kept hoping it would make a difference. I taught Bible studies, worked at a church and then a Christian college; I…