In the dark days of winter, since ancient times, humans have felt the need to bring greenery into their homes. Today we have Christmas trees, wreaths, garlands, Hanukah bushes, and scores of houseplants, but many religions have embraced this spiritual need as part of their winter and solstice traditions as well as venerating trees throughout the year as a divine symbol that connects Heaven and Earth.
Recently our travels took us to Slovenia and Lake Bled (Blejsko jezero in Slovene), a breathtaking glacier lake that has an interesting history.
“A great possibility of modern science involves going to ancient knowledge and asking for help.” These are the words of Brazilian neuroscience professor Dráulio Barros de Araújo, Ph.D., during his presentation at the 12th annual Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics forum, held October 5–7 this year in New York City. Barros was presenting his findings on ayahuasca’s great potential for treating PTSD, and his words highlighted a major theme from the first day of the conference, which focused on the medical potential of psychedelics.
In herbal tradition, spring is the time for liver cleansing and detox—a sort of “spring cleaning” for the body and its systems. However, autumn is also a great time for cleaning the body and mind. Here are recommendations for books to help you prepare for the slowdown of the winter season (and indulgent holiday meals) and fortify your immune system as the winter cold and flu season peeks over the horizon.
At our reforestation project in Costa Rica (Hacienda Rio Cote), in addition to helping restore the native rain forest, our publisher Ehud Sperling is looking to give back to the spirit of the land. This summer a long-time dream seeded by this vision came true with the construction of the Inner Traditions labyrinth on Lake Arenal.
Did you know there’s an easy natural therapy that has been clinically shown to boost the immune system; lower high blood pressure, increase energy, and protect against inflammation as well as a long list of other benefits? It’s called forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, a therapy gaining popularity in Japan and increasingly recommended by physicians to patients suffering from ailments caused or aggravated by the rhythm and stress of urban and modern life.
As reported this week by BBC, CNN, Nature, and a host of other major media outlets, bone fragments found in a cave in Russia have been genetically identified as belonging to a little girl who was half Neanderthal and half Denisovan.This new discovery only further confirms Andrew Collins' ground-breaking research in his latest book, The Cygnus Key.
Inner Traditions is flying high with the release of Michael Pollan’s new book, How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us about Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence. We are ecstatic not only that an author of such stature has taken up the subject of psychedelic therapy, but also that he cites many of our authors, who have been doing this research and championing these findings for decades.
Getting kids to turn off the TV and go outside doesn’t have to be a struggle. It can be as simple as opening a book about chipmunks, bringing home the feather of a local bird, or looking at pictures of herbs and rocks. Every season offers different opportunities for children to experience firsthand the wonders nature has to offer, but what better time to start the quest of nature and self-discovery than spring!
Ayahuasca use continues to increase. One example is the experience of interview writer for VOX, Sean Illing, who traveled to Costa Rica along with 77 other people seeking out Ayahuasca as a tool for psychological healing, personal growth, and expanding consciousness. Visionary Ayahuasca by filmmaker Jan Kounen is a “what to expect” guide for first-time ayahuasca users paired with accounts from the author’s extensive shamanic experiences in the Amazon.