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Dancing with the Gods and Goddesses of Cuban Santeria

By : Kevin Dimetres Like an untethered live wire, Havana sizzles at a single touch. Rumba music serenades the city from the balconies of colonial mansions as mango juice cups are hawked from their first floor window sills.

Why Teens Should Volunteer Abroad

By: Riyanka Roy High school breaks are perfect for setting out on a volunteering venture abroad. You are young, full of life, eager to get your hands dirty, and optimistic enough to do something different.

7 Benefits of Online Yoga

By : Lauren Verona With the world shifting more and more into the digital realm, it was only really a matter of time before yoga took the plunge also.

Why Sex, Desire, Travel and Curiosity is the Recipe to a Healthy Marriage

I’ve been married for 12 years and with my partner for 15 years. That’s a long time to be with someone especially in today’s world.

We’re at a Turning Point for Women in Iran

Photo via flickr By: Mica Soellner Women of all ages across Iran have stood up against an oppressive regime.

The Secret Code of Gratitude

TODAY’S QUOTE FOR INSPIRATION AND CREATIVITY: “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.

Dig Into Eastern Europe With These 8 Podcast Episodes

Image courtesy of “Taxi Taxi.” By: Smith Freeman Eastern Europe is often cast as the mysterious other to The West.

Notes From the Field: Kigali Through My Lens

I sit here drinking a latte made with macadamia and cashew nut milk in one of Kigali’s chicest cafes.

Woods Filled with Words: Visiting America’s Most Literary Graveyard

By: Lawrence Wells A bit out of breath from climbing Author’s Ridge, my wife Dean and I stop at the grave of Henry David Thoreau and pay our respects.

The Sound of Silence: Two Meditation Retreats in Thailand for Budget Travelers

photo via flickr By: Nico Picciuto Thailand has long been a haven for spiritual pilgrims looking to remove themselves—even for a a short period of time—from the life they’ve become accustomed to at home.

Stepping Back to Move Forward

TODAY’S QUOTE FOR INSPIRATION AND CREATIVITY: There are no wrong turnings. Only paths we had not known we were meant to walk. ~Guy Gavriel Kay REFLECTION For quite some time I’ve felt as though I was taking far more steps back than forward.

Postcards From Lombok

By: Madeline Weinfield A two hour high speed boat ride, not for the faint of heart or stomach, has brought me from the Gili Islands to Lombok, the island that means spice in local language.

Marching On: One Year Later

One year ago, hundreds of thousands of women and men took to the streets across the globe in what became the single largest protest in history.

Preparing for Rwanda

TODAY’S QUOTE FOR INSPIRATION AND CREATIVITY: Transformation is a process, and as life happens there are tons of ups and downs.

Why We Need To Celebrate Working Class Women More

Photo via flickr By: Mica Soellner We are in the midst of the fourth wave of feminism, a movement that highly celebrates the opportunities of powerful women.

Bearing an Untold Story

TODAY’S QUOTE FOR INSPIRATION AND CREATIVITY: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Maya Angelou Reflection A few days ago my aunt, at the wise age of 78, passed away suddenly from pneumonia.

Go for the Art, Stay for the Jungle at Casa Malca Tulum

THE SPOT: Casa Malca Tulum Located in the Quintana Roo region of Tulum, Casa Malca spares no expense in making the guest experience otherworldly in the most creative of ways.

In Friendship, a New World is Born in Us

TODAY’S QUOTE FOR INSPIRATION AND CREATIVITY: “Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” ― Anaïs Nin Reflection I sit here watching the snow whirl, skip and undulate in a graceful dance with the wind.

This is What Rituals are For

TODAY’S QUOTE FOR NEW BEGINNINGS: This is what rituals are for. We do spiritual ceremonies as human beings in order to create a safe resting place for our most complicated feelings of joy or trauma, so that we don’t have to haul those feelings around with us forever, weighing us down.

On New Beginnings

TODAY’S QUOTE FOR New Beginnings: “The chief beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance. The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you, as perfect, as unspoiled, as if you had never wasted or misapplied a single moment in all your life. You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose.”  ― Arnold Bennett *** Today is my birthday and it is also the day before New Year’s Eve.