Whether we realize it or not, every one of us has an individually unique microbial eco-system in and on us, a “microbiome,” which is home to more than 100 trillion microbes. Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? In fact, that outnumbers our human cells by roughly ten to one. And what are all those microbes doing inside and all over our bodies? Well, the good microbes are for the most part hanging out in your gut, supporting your immune system, protecting you from disease, detoxifying your body and possibly even keeping you slim, depending on which microbes your microbiome is hosting.
When the weather starts to warm up, we inevitably feel it in our bones as well—our own personal thaw has begun and winter’s hibernation starts winding down and we start to feel more alive. But those indoor habits can be hard to break. How best to take advantage of the emergent nature that comes with spring instead of spending the day in front of the television?
Throughout human history, we lived most closely to the land. It’s only in the recent centuries that we’ve barricaded ourselves in high rises and giant track homes doing our best to keep nature out as if it wasn’t an inherent part of who we really are.
Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer & director, whose notable career spans more than three decades. As a visual artist, Louie has created some of the most iconic and memorable film moments of our time. He is the only cinematographer in the world who has literally been shooting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week continuously for more than 30 years. Check out his TED Talk/short movie on Gratitude.
Our minds tend to spin into different emotional states throughout the day. For thousands of years, eastern traditions have recognized how the mind goes from extreme states of joy, to extreme states of sadness and worry. Monks from eastern traditions, where essentially scientist; they recognized that a wild mind could adversely affect our health. So they used meditation as a way to stay in balance throughout the day.
One thing we know for sure is that stress is extremely damaging to our health. It’s estimated that somewhere around 70% of hospital visit are stress related.