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My Place in the Shire

Just imagine a tree trunk the size of a Volkswagen rising a mere three or four feet above the ground before stretching out its magnificent weeping branches, strong enough to support our weight yet flexible enough to allow us to straddle the branch and bounce as it were a sort of springing teeter-totter. It became one of the regular meet-up place for all the neighboring kids.

Body Scan Meditation

If you’re someone with chronic “busy brain,” try this 10-minute Body Scan Meditation to help alleviate insomnia and stress, or anytime you need to get back into your body. UPCOMING COURSES Guided Meditations

Morning Energy Meditation

This short guided meditation will help you to feel energized and ready to begin your day. It can also be used at times when you need to feel clear and revived. This meditation can be done seated, or while lying down.   UPCOMING COURSES For more meditations like this, visit our Meditation resources.

Celebrating 5 years of Online Learning at Viva Institute

by Leigh Hopkins, Founder and Director of Viva Institute; writer, education and online learning expert. Five years ago this week, Viva Institute launched its first online class. Five years! Whether you’re new to Viva or you’ve been here since the beginning, you’ll appreciate the backstory to how it all began…it’s a wild one! Six months […]

Love and Light

It’s become popular in some circles to offer “love and light” as a greeting. It feels beautiful (both to say and receive), but what are we really saying?

Dragon Tattoos and Solar Wha – ?

  It’s not often that I go on a rant, so today’s message is as close as you’re probably going to ever read from me! Here it is… For the past week there’s been a lot of chatter about tomorrow’s celestial-astrological trifecta. Have you heard? All in one day, we’re going to have spring equinox, a […]

Vegan Pesto Recipe

One of the most important tips for anyone who wants to eat healthier is to create dishes that are high on flavor, low on prep. Pesto is traditionally made with cheese, but this dairy-free version is a quick and healthy alternative that stores in the fridge for up to a week. Need a quick snack? Slather pesto […]