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Healthy again

One word to you and your children:stay together, learn the flowers, go light.

GARY SNYDER,Turtle Island

Everyone knows the feeling of waking up after a long illness and suddenly, miraculously, feeling full of life again! Being anxious to dive back into things that have been neglected and to try new things, too. Not feeling isolated, powerless, or estranged anymore. That’s what happens when we beat affluenza. Imagine a dial on your wristwatch with only two readings—Life and Death. (Wouldn’t that simplify things?) When you shift priorities to pursue what really matters, the needle on that dial buoyantly wobbles back toward ...

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