The weather's perfect right now for a camping trip in the desert, a smidgen North of Joshua Tree.
DiscOasis. It's an oasis of disco in an otherwise disco-less land. Open until Labor Day at South Coast Botanic Garden.
Resonant breathing is a uniquely-paced breathing exercise. Rather than settling into a timeless rhythm or counting numbers, you’ll be sticking to a set number of complete breaths per minute. Resonant breathing, also known as coherent breathing, has been shown to maximize your heart rate variability (HRV).
What if you used walking to be mindful? If you find sitting still with your eyes closed to be a little slow, this is a slightly more energetic way of keeping your attention focused and your eyes open. Mindful walking is an easy way to center yourself in the here and now.
Gardening is a wonderful way to practice mindfulness. We care for plants as best we can, giving them the chance to grow. We can practice mindfulness, giving our thoughts room to grow.
Plants really enjoy sunlight - some more so than others. When you're planting a plant outdoors, it's useful to know what 'Full Sun' means on the seed packet, and whether your corner of the balcony or yard is going to get it. Find out where to look up the sun's angles and how to apply it!
The powers-that-be want to streamline a process where desert land can be handed over to energy developers who want to invest in clean energy infrastructure. They've written a plan - the DRECP (Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan) - to delineate what is allowed to go where.
Have you ever come across a plant in the wild that you couldn't identify? An app called iNaturalist may be the easiest way to put a name to a leaf. Join me in a walkthrough of making an observation as I try to identify a strange plant on the coast.