Topic: Health

A DIY meditation retreat: Previously hidden treasures can emerge

Like so many traditions, the 18-day meditation retreat I attend each year at Spirit Rock Meditation Center was not to be in 2020. The retreat has become a touchstone for my partner …

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Where there’s fire, there’s smoke: Fireworks are terrible for the environment, especially for air quality

Some people just can’t fathom a 4th of July or Pioneer Day holiday without fireworks. The bright colors, loud booms and bangs are thrilling to some. But for other people (and dogs) …

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Dance with king Covid: An early chronicle of denial, discovery and recovery

I’m one of the healthy, active ones who got it. I danced with King Covid. It was a tricky, unpredictable dance—one that had no rhythm, timing or well-choreographed steps. It was sn …

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Ajna the third-eye chakra: the key to vision

CHAKRA SIX Location: between the eyebrows. Governs: circadian rhythms. Main issue: intuition. Externalizes: as the pineal gland. Element: light. When balanced: we feel imaginative. …

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Ground yourself: Going stir-crazy? Try walking meditation

As an introvert, I’ve been spared the particular COVID – related hardship that comes from quarantine. Still, certain necessary sacrifices have recently proven to be bittersweet. Fo …

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Visudddha: the throat chakra, key to self-expression

CHAKRA FIVE Location: throat. Governs: our metabolism during activity and determines our resting metabolic rate.  Main issue: communication and self-expression. Externalizes: as bo …

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Masking: A survey of the mania

In these uncertain times, one thing we know for sure: People love tacos. The grand convergence of Taco Tuesday and Cinco de Mayo caused a drive- through/pickup gridlock around the …

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Anahata: the heart chakra

The key to immunity. Editor’s note: The Chakra Series, by Todd Mangum, MD, first appeared in CATALYST in 1995 and was repeated in 2009 and 2013. These stories remain among the most …

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First and Last responders

One family’s experience working the pandemic. Watching my 21-year-old getting ready to go off to work at an area hospital emergency department as the pandemic reached Utah, I was s …

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Zoom Yoga

Maintaining community in quarantine These times of quarantine are challenging us all, one way or another. My yoga studio, Mindful Yoga Collective, has been closed since mid-March, …

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Manipura, the solar plexus chakra: Personal power

Innate inner wildness Editor’s note: The Chakra Series, by Todd Mangum, MD, first appeared in CATALYST in 1995 and was repeated in 2009. These stories remain among the most read in …

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Clean Air Solutions Fair 2020

Last grand gathering for a while. Saturday, March 7, 2020 seems like a dream, now. It was the day of our 7th Annual Clean Air Solutions Fair, held at The Gateway. We expected an ex …

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Lost in thought?

Instead, mind your thoughts. Over the past decades of mentoring people in mindfulness practice, the most common quandary I hear from novice meditators is this: “I can’t meditate. W …

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Utah’s 7th Annual Clean Air Solutions Fair

Saturday March 7th, 11am-4pm The Gateway, South end of the Union Station Come with questions, leave with solutions On one hand, the longterm prospect for the Salt Lake Valley’s air …

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Citizen scientists take to the air

PurpleAir, AirU and the future of air quality monitoring. It’s the tail end of Utah’s inversion season—a time when one might assume winter’s passionate concern regarding air qualit …

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