Trees R Us

Trees, both on-site and off-site, are a big part of any experience at Sunrise Springs. My previous blog, Tree Human Connection, looked at on-site trees, particularly the Rio Grande cottonwoods that grace the pond area. Through the excellent off-site hiking program offered by Sunrise, our guests can also receive an introduction to many of the…

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Tree-Human Connection

In the past few years a science of sorts has been emerging that tracks the subtle yet profound associations and connections that exist between trees and humans. With National Arbor Day’s celebration of trees (the last Friday every April), it seems like a good time to look at the role trees play at Sunrise Springs, both…

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Meditation: It’s Not Rocket Surgery

As is the case for many of us, I started meditating at a particularly full and challenging point in my life. I was living on a mountain and my land bordered a Zen Center. It was a major draw for me as I suspected at some point I would benefit from whatever it was they…

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Spring into Laughter

Believe it or not, April was slated as “National Humor Month.” It’s also National Soft Pretzel, Fresh Celery and Welding Month. Yes, really, and while it’s nice to have a pretzel or celery stick while we’re welding once in a while, it would seem that each month would do well to be imbued with a…

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World Health Day

The theme of World Health Day this year, run by the World Health Organization, is “Depression, Let’s Talk”.  Worldwide, depression is THE leading cause of ill health and disability and rates have increased 18% between 2005 and 2015. The WHO has a one year global campaign on depression and this day in April is the…

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Notes From the Road: (Not the Last) Ditch Efforts

Connections to Community In recounting my connections to Sunrise Springs, I forgot one, New Mexico Algae, a business my three partners (all La Cienega residents) and I started over four years ago.  When we first began organizing the business, we held business lunch meetings at Sunrise Springs on an almost weekly basis. Our business continues…

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National Puppy Day: Surrender to the Cuteness

From time to time in meditation classes at Sunrise, one can hear the sweet barking of our mommy dog, Honey Pie, or her pups.  (She had a litter of four on February 26th, the night of The Academy Awards and we are presently soliciting Oscar-themed ideas for their names.) Noise is a part of life…

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Trust the Process and Choose Happiness

Recently a questionnaire went out to the countries of the world and their inhabitants.  It was called the World Happiness Report and it measures a general “subjective well being” through the posing of a simple question.  It asks:  “Imagine a ladder, with steps numbered from 0 at the bottom to 10 at the top. The…

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