Linking In The New Year: Memories of 2008, A Guide to A Great 2009

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | January 2nd, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Conscious Living News

Every week we highlight the best articles, blogs, news, videos and interesting Web tidbits to help you live green, be healthy, and connect with your sense of spirituality. Read our roundup for info that just helps you live better. We hope you enjoy this first set of feel-good links in 2009 and wish all of our readers a happy new year!

Green Living

2009: Year of the Gorilla

Gorillas, whose DNA is almost 100% identical to that of humans, are one of the most endangered species on the planet. The UN hopes to improve the situation of these apes by celebrating 2009 as the Year of the Gorilla. The world-renowned great ape conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall is the official campaign patron, and will encourage that action be taken to better their habitat and to bring on peace in the areas where gorillas live. (TreeHugger)

Memorable Moments of 2008 In Photos

A gallery of some of the most memorable moments of 2008, as captured in photos by Associated Press journalists. From the extremely funny to the downright absurd, it’s all here. (Los Angeles Times)

Mind-Body Fitness

A Quick Guide To A Great 2009

A great and short list of things that you can do in 2009 that will improve your life for the better. Simply your life, stay healthy, and treat yourself well. Be your own person of the year! (Zen to Fitness)

Connecting With Nature Through TreeYoga

Husband and wife Hal Preussner and Debra Pruessner have taken yoga to new heights with the founding of TreeYoga, which offers yogis a bare-bones, gentle arboreal experience. TreeYoga beckons us to reflect upon a core principle of yoga — balance. Like trees, yogis can now root themselves into the earth and extend gloriously up to the sky. (Eco Chick)

Health & Wellness

Recipes for Health: Red Lentil Soup

The Recipes for Health series features food that is vibrant and light, full of nutrients but by no means ascetic, fun to cook and a pleasure to eat. Red lentils are a beautiful color orange when dry, but they become a rather drab yellow when they cook. This can be disappointing, until you taste the lentils. (New York Times)

Personal Growth

Six Steps to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

I’ve heard all the usual advice on how to stick to resolutions (planning, setting mini-goals, yeah, yeah), but maybe it’s more than that—maybe the way I go about resolving is what’s setting me up for failure. I decided to look a little deeper into the art of the New Year’s resolution. Who keeps them and who doesn’t? And is there something special about the ones that do get kept? Turns out, there is. (Divine Caroline)

Zen and the Art of Family Maintenance

Never has it been so difficult to just… be. Trying to slow it down, focus, and pay attention in a new way can take a Herculean effort. I’m no Buddhist master, but it definitely seems more “Zen” to push modern multitasking madness aside in favor of simplicity. However, when things are good, I try to be a Zen Parent — calm, tranquil, at peace and prepared to maximize my moments with my family. (YogaMates)

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