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Eckhart Tolle on the Kingdom of Heaven Within by Eric Nelson



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A Prime Time to Rejuvenate and Birth Creativity by Lane Vail

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eorgia Organics will host their 17th annual conference: Green Acres: Saving the Planet One Bite at a Time, on Jekyll Island, on February 21 and 22, spotlighting agriculture’s impact on the environment and the many ways organic growers are essential to restoring natural resources in Georgia and across the world. One of two keynote speakers, Chuck Leavell is founder of Mother Nature Network (, a long-leaf pine tree conservationist, native Georgian and pianist for the Rolling Stones. Ken Cook is president and co-founder of the Environmental Working Group, one of the environmental community’s most prominent and effective critics of establishment agriculture and U.S. farm policy. The conference will include farm tours, in-depth workshops, educational sessions, a Green Acres Expo and the famous Farmers’ Feast, featuring organic, locally produced food prepared by talented local chefs. The conference also includes farmers, experts and advocates from the Florida Certified Organic Growers and Consumers group, to strengthen the good food movement in our shared Southern region. Location: Jekyll Island Convention Center, 75 Beach View Dr. N., Jekyll Island. For more information, visit

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Holistic Health Fair, held from 11:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m., December 15, at You Yoga Me Yoga, will feature a variety of healers offering their services for $1 per minute, followed by Stress Release Yoga at 6 p.m. Participants include reflexologists, readers, psychics, massage therapists, hypnotherapists, EFT practitioners, energy healers and others. Starting in January 2014, a 30-Day Yoga Challenge promises the opportunity for participants to watch their life transform. They say it takes 21 days to create a new habit and 30 days to enforce it. Establishing a regular yoga practice can yield many benefits, including relief of pain and stress, deeper and more relaxed breathing, improved flexibility and circulation, increased strength and endurance, cardiovascular conditioning and development of a positive self-image. You Yoga Me Yoga offers hatha yoga, gentle yoga, group fitness classes, stress release yoga, Vinyasa flow, yoga for families and meditation. Challenge costs $55. Location: 8745 Dunwoody Place, Sandy Springs, For more information, call 404-654-3336 or visit

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Humanity’s Eternal Quest Eckhart Tolle on the Kingdom of Heaven Within by Eric Nelson


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Spiritual insights aren’t ing, when something o listen to Eckhart Tolle is the least bit ethereal emerges from within to be reminded you that is deeper or elusive, but that anything is posthan who you sible—for anyone. thought you were,” decidedly practical. We’re not talksays Tolle. “So, the ing about living a life person is still there, of leisure, filled with expensive cars, but one could almost say that somebeach homes and extravagant vacathing more powerful shines through the tions, but an experience brimming person.” with the kind of spiritual insights that The good news, according to Tolle, make this life not only worth living, is that in order to experience this awakbut decidedly more fulfilling. ening, “You don’t have to wait for the The problem is that when people diagnosis by the doctor or to be put in hear the words “spiritual insight”, prison… nor do you have to do 30,000 there’s often an assumption that it’s hours of meditation or live in an ashram about something too ethereal to be for 20 years. Once you get a glimpse of practical or too elusive to be achieved it, you can invite it into your daily life.” in this lifetime. For a growing number of people, This is exactly the point that Tolle, it’s this understanding of the always one of the world’s most well-known present “spiritual you” shining through spiritual teachers and authors, rebuffed that has led to significant improvements during a talk earlier this year at Califorin their lives, not the least of which is nia’s Stanford University. better health. This would seem to indi “Some people awaken spiritucate that these kinds of spiritual insights ally without ever coming into contact aren’t the least bit ethereal or elusive, with any meditation technique or any but decidedly practical. spiritual teaching,” he said. “They may “Spirituality and religion belong awaken simply because they can’t stand in the healing paradigm,” writes Airdre the suffering anymore.” Grant, Ph.D., of Australia’s Southern He went on to cite examples of Cross University, in a study published in those that have either been told they the Journal of the Australian Traditionalhave a short time to live or have been Medicine Society. “They are determigiven an exceptionally long prison nants of health and they are factors in sentence. In both cases, any thought of recovery, well-being and longevity.” a future has been effectively dashed, So where do these insights come forcing these individuals into what Tolle from? Is it simply a matter of wishful describes as an intense awareness that thinking? Or is it perhaps something there is only the present moment, with more reliable, more effective than that? no more future to escape into mentally. “Jesus said, ‘The kingdom of heaven is The result is a lot less suffering. within you,’” observes Tolle, implying “That is the real spiritual awakenthat this health-inducing understanding

may be a lot closer than we thought. “I think if he lived nowadays, instead of ‘kingdom’, he would have said, ‘dimension’. And ‘heaven’ refers to a sense of vastness or spaciousness. So if we retranslate the words of Jesus into modern terms, [it would be] ‘the dimension of spaciousness is within you.’” “And then Jesus said—when they asked him, ‘Where is the kingdom of heaven and when is it going to come?’— he said, ‘The kingdom of heaven does not come with signs to be perceived. You cannot say, ah, it’s over there or look, it’s over there, for I tell you the kingdom of heaven is within you.’” How comforting it is to be reminded that the proverbial “kingdom of heaven” we’ve been hearing about for at least two millennia—this “dimension of spaciousness”, or what might be characterized as the understanding of our true spiritual identity—is “within you.” It’s within us all, here and now. All that remains is the willingness— and the humility—to put this insight into practice. Eric Nelson is a Christian Science healing practitioner from Los Altos, CA, whose articles on the link between spiritual consciousness and health appear regularly in national online publications. Connect at

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Near-Death Experiences Proof of Life after Death by Linda Sechrist

Through his research, he has identified numerous common elements that occur in NDEs—an out-of-body experience, the sensation of traveling through a tunnel, encountering a bright light (usually interpreted as God, Jesus or an angel), communicating with deceased relatives, feeling emotions such as profound peace, well-being and love, plus a flood of knowledge about life and the nature of the universe. Perhaps the most significant element he reports is the supremely conscious and superbly blissful state that exists beyond both limitations of the senses and intellect and the confines of space and time— the pure conscious form of each one’s truly real Self.

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he advice that the White Queen gave to young Alice in Lewis Carroll’s Through the LookingGlass might be some of the best to offer non-believers and skeptics that question the credibility of near-death experiences (NDE). When Alice protests, “One can’t believe impossible things,” the White Queen famously retorts, “I daresay you haven’t had much practice. When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

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The majority of physicians and clinical researchers in the medical community continue to consider NDEs as impossible and merely pure fantasies generated by a surge of electrical activity as a dying brain runs out of oxygen. However, according to a Gallup poll, the 8 million Americans whose transcendental NDEs freed their consciousness to leave the body and enter into a wondrous reality that exists completely free of physicality, believe them to be real, meaningful and lifechanging experiences. Recently, the renowned NDE narratives of Anita Moorjani, author of Dying to Be Me: My Journey from 12

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I was overwhelmed by the realization that God isn’t a being, but a state of being… and I am that state of being… pure consciousness. ~ Anita Moorjani Cancer to Near Death, to True Healing, and Dr. Eben Alexander, author of Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife, have sparked fresh public interest in NDEs, a word coined by Raymond Moody, Ph.D., in his 1975 classic, Life After Life. Moody, a psychiatrist and professor of philosophy who has spent nearly 50 years investigating what happens when people die, has interviewed thousands of individuals that have personally experienced an NDE. “Over the past 20 years there have been enormous strides in resuscitation technology. Defibrillators and public access defibrillation programs, as well as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, are major factors that allow modern medicine to bring people back from a state that 100 years ago would have been labeled death,” observes Moody.

Rushed to the hospital in a coma, Moorjani, whose body had been devoured for four years by cancer of the lymphatic system, describes the real self that she discovered during her NDE. “There I was, without my body or any physical traits, yet my pure essence continued to exist. It was not a reduced element of my whole self; in fact, it felt far greater and more intense and expansive than my physical being. “I felt eternal, as if I’d always existed and always would, without a beginning or end. I was filled with the knowledge that I was simply magnificent,” explains Moorjani, whose cancer completely disappeared within five weeks after her release from the hospital. “Not only did I come back with a clean slate, I brought back one of my biggest lessons—to love myself and be an instrument of love. I also returned to life here with a sense of purpose—to fearlessly be as authentically me as I can be. This means,” she clarifies, “that in whatever I do, I am acting from my sense of passion and the sheer joy of doing it.” During Alexander’s seven-day coma in a hospital, brought about by antibiotic-resistant E. coli meningitis that attacked his brain, he left his mortal identity behind. “My brain wasn’t working at all,” he relates. “My entire neo-cortex, the part that makes us human, was entirely shut down. I had no language, emotions, logic or memories of who I was. Such an empty slate granted me full access to the true

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cosmic being that I am, that we all are,” says Alexander. He further recalls that as his NDE unfolded, it occurred to him that he was being granted a grand overview of the invisible side of existence. He also had a lovely ethereal companion that floated along on a butterfly wing, telepathically teaching him to accept the universal truth that, “You are eternally loved and cherished, you have nothing to fear, and there is nothing you can do wrong.” “If I had to boil the whole message down to just one word, it would be Love—the incomprehensibly glorious truth of truths that lives and breathes at the core of everything that exists or will ever exist. No remotely accurate understanding of who we are and what we are can be achieved by anyone who does not know it and embody it in all their actions,” Alexander now understands. Prior to his life-threatening illness, this neurosurgeon’s sophisticated medical training had led him to dismiss the possibility of NDEs. Today, he works at returning to his NDE state of oneness and unconditional love by using meditation and sacred acoustics, as well as quantum mechanics, to explore the nature of consciousness and higher brain function. Like Moody, Alexander studies the ancient Greek philosophers Parmenides, Pythagoras and Plato, who took the notion of an afterlife seriously and questioned “what” survives

“We need to accept—at least hypothetically—that the brain itself doesn’t produce consciousness.” ~ Dr. Eben Alexander bodily death. Alexander’s consequent nonprofit organization, Eternea, fosters cooperation between science and spirituality by sponsoring research and education about spiritually transformative experiences and holistic consciousness beyond conventional definitions. “I had to learn a whole lot more about consciousness than I had to know about neuroscience,” quips Alexander, who now believes that the brain blocks access to knowledge of higher worlds. “We need to accept—at least hypothetically—that the brain itself doesn’t produce consciousness. That it is, instead, a kind of reducing valve or filter that dumbs down consciousness for the duration of our human experience. “Neuroscience can’t give you the first sentence about how the physical brain creates consciousness,” he states, while many are finding how science and spirituality strengthen each other. At age 37, a blood vessel exploded in the left hemisphere of Jill Bolte Taylor’s brain. A Ph.D. Harvard-trained scientist specializing in anatomy of the brain, she was fascinated to observe the breakdown of her brain-related functions.

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“In touch with our wholeness, illness can’t remain—in ourselves, others or the planet.” ~Anita Moorjani As described in her book, My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey, she became the witness to her stroke, which initially left her unable to talk, walk, read, write or remember anything prior to that occurrence. As her left brain shut down, Taylor lost her ability to process all language; with her mind suspended in newfound silence, she experienced an unprecedented sense of deep peace. She also experienced an inability to visually distinguish edges and boundaries between herself and the outer world. Absent conventional orientation, “I could actually see that my skin was not my physical boundary. “As a result of such a glorious state of blissful realization that I am—as we all are—connected to everything and everyone around us, I no longer see myself as a single, solid entity, separate from other human beings,” advises Taylor. “Although my left mind still thinks of me as a fragile individual, capable of losing my life, my right mind realizes the essence of my being as eternal life.” She now understands that she is part of the cosmic flow of energy, which she characterizes as a tranquil sea of euphoria.

Present Possibility

In The Hidden Face of God: Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth, author Gerald L. Schroeder, Ph.D., suggests that each of us is a part of the universe seeking and finding itself. Could it be that without the mental filter and self-limiting beliefs, we are free to consciously know our higher state of wholeness and the truth of our magnificence? Upwards of 8 million people that have experienced their own NDE are trending the world toward a tipping point into the comforting awareness that anything is possible. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAboutWe. com for the recorded interviews. 14

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sked why she “I’ve become focused just my own enthought she ergy manifesting on seeing the perfection as cancer, because had cancer, Anita Moorjani, of life in this moment.” my fears weren’t author of Dying to allowing me to exBe Me, sums up press myself as the her answer in one word: Fear. “I was magnificent force I was meant to be,” killing myself, and cancer saved me,” advises Moorjani. says Moorjani, whose book documents She hopes that her presentaher near-death experience (NDE) and tions to medical professionals and the higher realm she encountered public speaking will influence how when her body shut down. Allowed the health profession views cancer to identify with her true magnificence, and other diseases and illnesses. undistorted by the fear generated “Treatment needs to be about more by her own lifelong self-judgment, than medicine, because so much of self-criticism, worry and lack of selfdisease has to do with our emotions,” forgiveness, she returned with a vital, she imparts, “especially the ones we heartfelt message. direct toward ourselves.” “Everyone is an amazing, mag Through this life-enhancing expenificent being, with great capacity for rience, Moorjani came to understand health, happiness and joy. Although why she owes it to herself, everyone we’ve been conditioned to believe that she meets and life itself to always exwe need to pursue success and learn press her own unique essence. “Trying to improve ourselves to be happy, such to be anything or anyone else doesn’t steps are unnecessary, because we make me better—it just deprives me already are all we are trying to attain,” of my true self and keeps me from she says. interacting authentically with others,” “I’d spent a lifetime feeling she explains. inadequate, beating myself up for Moorjani now knows that all life not meeting my own expectations,” in the universe is one and our core she continues. Through the clarity is love. “I was overwhelmed by the of dwelling in the NDE realm, she realization that God isn’t a being, but understood that the cancer wasn’t a state of being… and I am that state a punishment for anything. “It was of being… pure consciousness.”

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For Danny Seo, author of Upcycling Celebrations: A UseWhat-You-Have Guide to Decorating, Gift-Giving & Entertaining, “Upcycling is basically a form of recycling that elevates something to a better level than before.” Based in New York City and Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Seo always has an eye out for green possibilities. “Opt for vintage pieces and re-imagine them in new and interesting ways,” he advises. For example, he likes to upcycle a vintage glass cake stand with a collection of bright ornaments for a unique holiday focal point. Michele Johansen, a lifestyle writer in Bellevue, Washington, suggests bringing in the outdoors. Instead of decorating the tree with tinsel and the home with plastic faux greenery, she suggests stringing popcorn and cranberries on the tree and decking the halls with fresh wreaths and garlands accented with boughs of holly. “Local nurseries are good sources for holiday décor that you can later mulch or put in yard waste bins,” she says. “The smells are much more authentic and festive.” Save energy by using LED lights whenever possible, suggests Sheryl Eisenberg, a writer for the National Resources Defense Council. Plug lights and electronics into a power

strip, and then unplug it when not in use to save “ghost” energy pulled by electronics that are plugged in, but not activated. Buy a live tree to later plant or recycle, Seo suggests. This supports regional Christmas tree farmers while retaining the integrity of local forests. Many communities offer recycling of holiday trees to provide mulch or habitat for aquatic life in local lakes.

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Organize a cookie exchange to get together and save time and energy on holiday baking, suggests Sara Novak, a food policy and health writer at, from Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina. Generally, a hostess asks guests to bring several dozen of their favorite cookies. Once gathered, attendees share the treats and recipes, taking home several of each variety. To “green it up”, Novak recommends emailing the recipes rather than printing them, encouraging invitees to use fresh and local ingredients and bring favorite reusable containers from home, like a colorful, time-honored cookie tin. For the holiday table, mix and match settings of plates, glasses, linens and cutlery. “Use the real thing,” Eisenberg recommends, “and recruit guests to help wash up afterwards.” She recalls that while growing up, her mother supplemented her silverware with grandmother’s for large holiday dinners. Save your own energy—and sanity—by asking family and friends to bring an appetizer, side dish or dessert. The hostess can assign a dish and corresponding recipe or use a potluck approach, says Eisenberg. Leftovers go home in nonplastic, reusable containers.

Gift Giving

Many families enjoy giving traditional gifts to children at certain ages, like dollhouses or train sets. Re-imagine these and, when possible, buy local to save energy and support area businesses, suggests Eisenberg. Cintia Gonzalez, an Australian mom, crafted a dollhouse from an old suitcase, inventively using black chalkboard paint for the exterior, wooden shelves as floors and fast food ketchup cups as lampshades ( Another mom transformed a discarded coffee table into a painted train table for her boys. Upcycle paint chip cards into colorful gift tags, suggests Seo. Plus, use gift wraps that become part of the gift itself, such as placemats swaddling a bottle of wine, fabric to encase quilting supplies or sheet music enveloping concert tickets. As a general rule, “Give experiences, not gifts,” counsels Eisenberg. “Giving loved ones experiences reduces wrapping paper, ribbon and packaging and is an easy way to be a bit more personal over the holidays. Your teenage niece may love a spa day, complete with hair styling, while your favorite aunt and uncle may be thrilled to attend a local wine tasting. If you think a young child can tolerate a few less presents in exchange for a pass to an ice show or dance class, go for it.” “It’s the holiday experience that counts,” counsels Seo. “It’s what makes memories.”

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or California acupuncturist Daniela Freda, counseling patients that grapple with low energy during winter is routine. “They’re often concerned something is wrong, since our society expects us to feel the same way year-round,” says Freda, who maintains a private practice in San Francisco. “But in fact,” she adds, “everything is right.” According to a study published in Psychiatry Research, only 4 to 6 percent of Americans suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), characterized by a predictable seasonal pattern of major depressive or bipolar disorder. For the vast majority of the population, a slight seasonal variance in mood and behavior is normal, confirms Kathryn Roecklein, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and prominent SAD researcher at Pennsylvania’s University of Pittsburg. Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), like Freda, view decreased energy in nature’s wintertime as a reflection of the season’s energy. In this philosophy, rising (yang) and falling (yin) energies cycle as the seasons turn. Winter is governed by quiet, slow, introspective and creative yin energy. As winter yields to spring, the bright, fast, expansive and extroverted yang energy gains momentum to peak in summer. “Nature expresses universal energies in a big way,” says research psychologist and mind-body medicine expert

Joseph Cardillo, Ph.D., author of The Five Seasons. Who can ignore a blossoming spring or an abundant autumn? “Those same energetic cycles,” says Cardillo, “are mirrored in the microcosmic human body and human experience.”

Chill Out

Although the December 21 winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year, temperatures in most of the U.S. continue to fall through February. Cardillo advises embracing winter’s chill because it diverts our attention from daily activities so that we pause to consider what’s important. “The effect is similar to splashing cold water on our face,” he remarks. As the cold draws animals into hibernation and plants into dormancy, it also beckons us to enjoy extra sleep, notes Freda, as we follow the sun’s path: Earlier to bed; later to rise. She encourages her clients to incorporate restorative activities into daily routines. “Intentionally set aside time to connect with the breath and quiet the mind,” she counsels. Try gentle yoga or t’ai chi, listen to relaxing music, curl up with a cozy book or take nature walks, flush with fresh sensory experiences. Cardillo explains that slowing down naturally creates space for the contemplative and creative qualities of yin energy to rise. Meditating, visualizing and journaling promote access to one’s inner

Find Balance Spring is a time for new points out that within the strong beginnings, summer a time Freda yin energy of winter, “There are yang moments, celebratory moments, to for growth, autumn for us going.” An imbalance can gathering abundance and keep occur when the slowness of winter is completely counteracted by too much winter for introspection. ~Joseph Cardillo wisdom. “Winter is a perfect time to examine the myriad ideas you’ve dreamt up and assemble them into a new you,” says Cardillo. “Now you are prepared to use the robust energy of spring to scatter those ideas abroad.”

Reflect on Water

In TCM, the element of water, symbolizing focus and purity, is closely associated with winter. Highly adaptable, water can be solid, liquid or formless vapor; it can flow over, under, around or through obstacles with ease; and it can be still and contained. Contemplating the power of water in any of its forms can help synchronize one’s consciousness with the season’s gifts. “When your mind is unstuck and flowing like water, your dreams start becoming real to you, simply because you’re in the flow, the present moment,” observes Cardillo, who also authored Be Like Water. He suggests looking to water for guidance in creating solutions, sharpening focus or moving effortlessly on to the next step.

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high-energy socializing, working or rushing through the day. “An excess of yang during the winter,” counsels Freda, “rather than a glimpse of it, can deplete us,” contributing to stress, fatigue and depression. Conversely, for those with an already predominantly yin personality (quiet, introverted, low energy) that overindulge in the yin energy of winter, an attempt at restoration and quietude can lead to lethargy and isolation. “I see this clinically,” says Freda. “Instead of embracing a little extra rest and relaxation, some people become exhausted and lose their motivation altogether. They become stuck in the yin.” Cardillo recommends that such individuals engage in mood-brightening outdoor activities to help restore balance. Roecklein agrees, noting that SAD sufferers undergoing cognitive behavioral therapy (which emphasizes positive thinking and beneficial behaviors) likewise are encouraged to participate in physical and social activities that bring joy and meaning. Lane Vail is a freelance writer in South Carolina. Connect at

Unpleasant winter memories can affect one’s emotional experience of the season every year like clockwork, says Dr. John Sharp, a physician, psychiatrist and author of The Emotional Calendar. Fortunately, it is possible to take a personal inventory, be aware of such behaviors, innovate on traditions and create a new experience. Holistic Psychologist Joseph Cardillo goes further, suggesting that we create a “personal prescription” to mindfully manage difficult emotions during wintertime. He encourages activating the senses and combining two or more sensory experiences to amplify the effectiveness. Appealing options include: n Light scented candles or diffuse

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very young mammal on Earth sleeps in close contact with its mother and other family members. They’ve been co-sleeping for security, warmth, comfort and protection for millions of years of evolution. Although it is generally frowned upon in the United States, many human cultures, including most in East Asia, the Pacific islands, South America, Africa and much of southern Europe, have a rich tradition of co-sleeping. In At Home: A Short History of Private Life, Bill Bryson relates that until very recently, most domiciles centered around a central room, or hall, where everyone slept together. Even today, adults and children almost always sleep together in the same beds in non-industrialized, traditional societies worldwide. The modern practice of placing babies in separate rooms at night, often to cry themselves to sleep, appears to be a historical aberration. Co-sleeping, conversely, is the age-old norm because it offers so many benefits to both parents and children.

Co-sleeping makes breastfeeding easier. Studies published by

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Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics confirm a consistent link between cosleeping and breastfeeding in countries as disparate as Brazil, Britain, Malaysia and Sweden. Breast milk provides immunological benefits, transfers symbiotic gut bacteria and promotes bonding between mother and child. It’s especially nutritious if the mother’s diet is healthy, and breast milk is the only food experts agree the human body is unquestionably designed to consume.

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mother that can breastfeed without leaving the bed will get more sleep. Also, more research from the American Academy of Pediatrics shows a lower incidence of sudden infant death syndrome when breastfeeding is practiced. In the clinical experience of James McKenna, Ph.D., a University of Notre Dame professor and leading anthropologist in the field, “Breastfeeding mothers typically keep their babies away from pillows, positioning their infants on their backs, while placing them below the parents’ shoulders and raising their arms above them.” Plus, the adults “lay on their sides in ways that can prevent accidental overlays.”

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Co-sleeping builds parent-child bonds. Research published by the

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Co-sleeping fosters maturation.

Studies in the Infant and Child Development journal show that kids that share a bed or sleep in the same room with their parents grow up to be more selfreliant and socially independent, better behaved, less anxious about intimacy as adults and more likely to be happy. Parents that are nervous about sharing beds can try room sharing, where the baby sleeps in an adjoining crib or cot; family members will experience many of the same benefits. Mark Sisson is a former marathon runner and triathlete. He is the author of the bestselling health and fitness book, The Primal Blueprint, and publisher of the health blog,

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4 Don’t drink alcohol or take drugs that affect awareness and judgment, especially before bed. 4 Don’t smoke tobacco. The tars and toxins cling to an adult’s body, hair and clothes, exposing the baby to dangerous chemicals that increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). 4 Don’t co-sleep if the parent is sleep-deprived, a heavy sleeper, has sleep apnea or is obese. 4 Don’t allow pets or other children to sleep next to babies. 4 Don’t co-sleep on a sofa, loveseat or reclining chair. The cushions create crevices for infant heads to slip into and the elevation creates a fall risk. 4 Don’t use overly soft mattresses that babies can sink into. Think firm. 4 Don’t use thick bedding, which can cause rapid overheating or lead to smothering. 4 Don’t co-sleep unless everyone is on board. If a spouse isn’t agreeable, try a room share instead.


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and vegetables than meat were less domineering and aggressive, because the increased sex hormone-binding globulin produced by plants helps keep testosterone in check. “If we continue the meat-centric way of eating, we’re going to continue to have the problems that come with it,” says Tuttle. “The way forward is plant-based agriculture.”

Peace on Our Plates Mindful Eating for a More Peaceful World by Judith Fertig


s Earth’s population grows to a projected 9 billion people by 2050, can our global community keep eating flesh like we’ve been doing for centuries? No, according to a 2010 report by the United Nations Environment Programme, an international panel of sustainable resource management experts. Examining the food demands of a growing population and associated environmental and sustainability issues, Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Consumption and Production recommends “substantial worldwide diet change away from animal products.” Making the case for a holistic view, Will Tuttle, Ph.D., suggests in World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony that we start to see the connections between our food choices and the health and well-being of ourselves, our families, communities and the world.

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At the center of the web of life is the food we all share to sustain our bodies. Tuttle insists that we celebrate this and regard each meal as a feast. “Food preparation is the only art that allows us to literally incorporate what we create. It is also the only art that fully involves all five senses,” he says. We honor this wonderful activity most by sharing our cooking efforts with others, blessing the 22

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food and eating mindfully. The problem at the center of life, maintains Tuttle, is that we involve animals in our food chain, an act that “introduces suffering, whether physical, mental or emotional.” This is a truth we try to hide from, what he calls the ”cultural shadow”. “The worst examples include factory farming, but even the best methods ultimately involve killing other animals for food,” he says. One of Tuttle’s more controversial claims is that the herding culture—raising, dominating, selling, killing and owning animals—sets up a harmful physical, emotional and cultural dynamic, extolling domineering and aggressive behavior. “The herding culture requires male dominance and a mentality that might makes right,” observes Tuttle. “It also sees females as primarily breeders, not beings.” Based on contemporary research in anthropology, sociology and psychopathology, he maintains that the actions required to both dominate animals and eat their meat can lead to more aggressive and violent behavior. One recent study seems to support his claim. Dr. Neil Barnard, in his book, Foods That Fight Pain, remarks that, “Plant-based diets also help tame testosterone’s activity.” Barnard cites a Massachusetts male aging study of 1,552 men ages 40 to 70, which indicated that men eating more fruits

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Practicing a World Peace Diet The Tuttles shop for fresh, organic and non-GMO (genetically modified organism) foods and favor what they call “blueprint recipes”, that vary from day to day. Each outlines the makings of a dish and encourages cooks to be intuitive in how they fill in the details. For a typical breakfast, for example, Tuttle and his wife, Madeleine, will make a green smoothie that includes kale, banana, apple, grapes, ground flax, chia seeds, cinnamon and fresh ginger. “It’s a flexible drink,” says Tuttle. “We will swap out whatever organic fruits and vegetables we have so that we vary the flavor from time to time.” For example, they might use parsley, spinach, or chard leaves in place of kale, or citrus in place of grapes. Lunch is usually a wrap-type sandwich, sometimes using fresh leaf lettuce or a whole-wheat tortilla. One recent example of such a wrap combined tomatoes, peppers, sprouts, walnuts, tempeh and avocado. A dinnertime blueprint recipe involves a base of cooked rice, quinoa, pasta, mashed potatoes or polenta, topped with a vegetable ragout, cooked or raw. “You could live the rest of your life mixing and matching these ingredients and never have the same meal twice,” notes Tuttle. “We have been doing it for 30 years. If we all choose to eat like this, the world could feed everybody on a fraction of the land now consumed by agriculture.” Learn more at articles.htm. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood from Overland Park, KS.

Peace Blueprint Recipes When sitting down to eat, look at what’s been created to nourish all those gathered. Enjoy the colors, smells, tastes and love that blesses the food. May the principle of Oneness govern all beings.

Green Smoothie

To start the day, use a high-powered Vitamix-type blender to reduce whole fruits and vegetables to a smooth juice. If using a regular blender, cut the fruits and vegetables into small pieces and strain the purée after blending. Yields two servings 1 banana, sliced 1 large apple, peeled, cored and chopped ½ cup seedless green grapes 1 cup chopped kale leaves 1 cup baby spinach leaves 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger 1 Tbsp ground flax seeds ¼ cup ground chia seeds ¼ tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp ground cloves 1 cup purified water Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Strain, if necessary, to remove larger pieces; pour into two glasses and serve.

Whole Wheat and Vegetable Wrap

For lunch, a simple wrap can provide a daily change-up mixing in different fresh ingredients plus a plant-based flavoring like dried herbs, spices or garlic stirred into the Vegenaise or homemade eggless mayonnaise. Yields two servings 2 10-inch whole-wheat tortillas 2 Tbsp Vegenaise 1 tsp prepared horseradish, or to taste 1 cup fresh lettuce, torn into pieces ½ cup sprouts ½ cup chopped fresh tomatoes ½ cup shredded fresh carrots ½ cup diced fresh cucumber 1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced ¼ cup toasted walnuts

Toast walnuts by placing them on a baking sheet in a 350-degree oven for 15 minutes. Cool, and then chop. Place the tortillas on a flat surface. In a small bowl, mix the Vegenaise and horseradish together. Spread the mixture on the tortillas. Top each tortilla with half the lettuce, sprouts, tomatoes, carrots, cucumber, avocado and walnuts. Roll each tortilla into a wrap and serve.

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Pet First-Aid Kits All-Natural Home Health Care by Sandra Murphy


irst-aid is the first thing you can do to help an injured animal if you are prepared,” says Dr. Jason Nicholas, owner of The Preventive Vet, in Portland, Oregon. Attention in cases of injury or sudden illness can help a dog or cat stay more comfortable, stop bleeding and provide temporary relief. A pet first-aid kit can resemble a pantry more than a medicine cabinet. Natural components include: Cool water. Purified water kept in a spray bottle can cool overheated pets. For the fastest results, spray near the pulse points, the “armpits” and where fur is the thinnest. Further, a vet will assess if clinical hydration is needed beyond the water bowl. Saline solution. Versatile saline is available at the vet’s office or any pharmacy, and also easy and inexpensive to make at home. Use it to flush debris from eyes, clean wounds and promote healing from incisions. Two teaspoons of non-iodized salt in four cups of boiled water mimics body fluids. The Ohio State University Medical Center website provides a recipe for normal saline solution at Vinegar. It acts as a drying agent, especially for floppyeared dogs taking a dip in a pool or natural waterway, which can leave the inner ear moist. “Don’t use vinegar if the skin is red or broken because it will be painful,” says Dr. Jules Benson, vice president of veterinary services


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at Petplan Pet Insurance, in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. Never use it more than twice a week. Honey. Apply this sweet unguent to gums to help counteract low blood sugar and shock, particularly when a diabetic pet’s insulin levels are off. Maple syrup is a good substitute. Sugar. Although not recommended in a regular pet diet, sugar can be a topical antibacterial for the short term. Sugar draws water from the wound and dehydrates bacteria, supporting growth of new tissue. Plain yogurt. Adding this healthy refrigerated topping to dry food will activate a sluggish appetite and supply needed cultures to help balance the digestive system. Cornstarch. This non-toxic remedy helps stop minor bleeding from cuts, scrapes and pedicure accidents. Calendula. Also known as pot marigold, calendula cream may be used as an anti-inflammatory. Bug bites, scrapes, sunburn and itching from allergies also benefit from its application. Aloe. Easily grown in a garden or pot and available in gel form, aloe sooths burns, prevents blisters and speeds healing. It also serves as canine Chapstick. “Older dogs often have cracked skin on their noses,” notes Benson. “Aloe helps to heal the skin and keeps the dog comfortable.” Rescue Remedy. Illness or injury brings stress, and one common solution is Rescue Remedy. To relieve fear or anxiety, rub it onto a paw, nose or ears or add the recommended number of drops to water, a treat

or food. It helps dogs, cats, horses, birds, fish and even iguanas. Dosage relies on the extent of stress rather than weight or species. Clean cloths. For bee stings or insect bites on the body, cool compresses can reduce swelling and itching. Wet a washcloth with cold water or for larger welts, wrap an ice pack in a towel and apply for a few minutes at a time. For stings on the face or mouth, it’s best to go to the vet’s office immediately, so that airways don’t swell up and hinder breathing. Miscellaneous supplies. Keep on hand gauze, tape, small scissors, tweezers (for removing objects from the roof of the mouth or splinters), a small flashlight, clean socks to cover a bandage and disposable gloves to keep human germs out of open wounds. A dog in pain may bite without realizing it. Nicholas recommends a basket muzzle, so the dog can easily breathe and pant. When a pet eats or drinks non-food items or foods they shouldn’t, such as chocolate, grapes or onions, head to the local vet. Veterinarian Jeff Levy, in New York City, who is also a certified veterinary acupuncturist, counsels, “Always keep contact information for your vet, an emergency hospital and animal poison control center handy.” Also, find out where emergency services are located when traveling. Pets can go into shock just like humans. To prevent or reduce the impact, keep the animal warm and provide a deep massage of the ears, at the base, where ears meet the head. A couple of drops of lavender oil on a collar or bandana will help everyone relax. Do not put essential oils directly on the pet, especially cats, as it can be toxic. Just like children, pets may have accidents or get sick after office hours. Stay calm, head for the natural pet pantry and then call the family’s holistic veterinarian. Sandra Murphy is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect at StLSandyM@

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Living Foods Institute Healthy Lifestyle Programs – Dec 5-19. 8am-6pm. 5-, 10-, 15- & 30-day program options available. Hands-on training in the raw and living foods recipe preparation, emotional/mental healing, cleansing and detoxification and more. Fee according to package selected. Living Foods Institute, 1700 Commerce Dr, Atlanta. 404-524-4488.


The Children’s Christmas Parade – 10:30am12pm. Rain or shine. Largest Christmas parade in the Southeast and a major fundraiser for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Downtown Atlanta. 404-7856635. TaKeTiNa Drum and Percussion Training with Amy Jackson – 4:30-7pm. Discover the sensitivity, creativity and musical side of drumming! TaKeTiNa will train your motor-neuronic systems and intensify how you feel, hear and sense. Explore percussive rhythms while learning to use the drums as a means of self-expression and meditation. All levels welcome. No experience necessary. $35. 404-929-9642. More info: Back to Nature Holiday Market and Festival – 10am-4pm. Will find vendors that use local products to make handmade goods for all ages to enjoy. Check out items like homemade jams and sweets, woodwork, pet accessories, bird houses and more. Free admission to CNC and the Holiday Market. CNC, 9135 Willeo Rd, Roswell. 770-992-2055. More info:

Hand Reflexology Seminar with Roz Zollinger – Dec 7-9. 10am-5pm. A comprehensive weekend seminar based on the Zollinger BodySystems method of reflexology. Students will learn basic structure and physiology of the hand and wrist, common problems, self-help techniques, and a systematic hand reflexology protocol. $210. 12 CEUs aprpoved by NCBTMB. Pre-requisite: some basic knowledge of reflexology. Heal Center Atlanta, 180 Allen Rd. Ste 101 North, Atlanta. Register:


Sierra Club Meeting – 7pm, refreshments; 7:30pm, program. Meeting, Potluck and 25 years of Photos for National Geographic Magazine with Peter Essick. Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 2089 Ponce de Leon Ave, Atlanta. More info: Georgia.


The Nature Club Field Trip – Trip to John’s Creek Environmental Campus. Take part in a private tour with Deborah Ewing. JCEC is a unique facility combining state-of-the-art wastewater treatment technology with an educational facility. $10/general public, $5/CNC members. CNC, 9135 Willeo Rd, Roswell. 770-992-2055. More info: Kirtan with Blue Spirit Wheel & Kirtan Bandits – 7:30pm, doors open at 7pm. $15/door.Advanced tickets: Reindeer Run 5k/10k Race/Walk – 8:30am. Also includes a duathlon bike ride. Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, 415 Hwy 53, Dawsonville. More info: Urban Farmers vs Urban Gardeners – 10:30am12pm. Join staff gardeners in a panel discussion about the fine line between an urban farmer and an urban gardener. A variety of topics will be discussed with time for questions. Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St, Decatur. More info:


Holistic Health Fair at You Yoga, Me Yoga & More – Come experience relaxation, guidance and fun. Reflexology, health coaches, massage, Reiki, intuitive readers and much more. Most services $1/ minute. 8745 Dunwoody Pl, Sandy Springs. 404-6543336. Reindeer Day – 1-4pm. Come out for this unique holiday tradition. Live reindeer will be making a special holiday appearance. Create reindeer crafts and warm up with campfire treats. CNC, 9135 Willeo Rd, Roswell. 770-992-2055. Raw & Living Foods Banquet Feast & Graduation Party – 3:30pm. Delicious organic raw and living foods buffet and testimonies from students who have completed the Healthy Lifestyle Course. Open to the public. $5-$10 donation appreciated. Living Foods Institute, 1700 Commerce Dr, Atlanta. For reservations: 404-524-4488.

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Raw & Living Foods Educational Seminar & Recipe Demonstration – 7pm. Learn how to reverse and slow aging, heal disease, increase energy, reach ideal weight and more. Enjoy recipe demo and taste delicious recipes. Open to the public. $5-$10 donation appreciated. Living Foods Institute, 1700 Commerce Dr, Atlanta. Call & leave name & number for reservations: 404-524-4488.


Winter Solstice Rest-Stop with Tra Kirkpatrick and Marti Yura – 6:30-8:30pm. Join us for a deep, relaxing, meditative evening of restorative postures, breathing techniques, chanting and more! Take a break from the holiday happenings as we celebrate the Winter Solstice and ignite the light within. $25. 404-929-9642. More info:


Solstice Hike – 8-10:30pm. CNC naturalists will lead a hike to share more about what happens during the longest night out in the wild. Then head back to wrap up the evening with a campfire. Ages 16-adult. $10/general public, $7/CNC Members. CNC, 9135 Willeo Rd, Roswell. 770-992-2055. More info:


Film Bruno Groening, On the Tracks of the Miracle Healer – 1-7pm. Presented by Bruno Groening Circle of Friends. Film showcases medically-verified spiritual healings; healings that doctors have recorded, but they can not explain medically. Free; donations appreciated. Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham, 1500 Parkwood Cir, Atlanta. For more info: 404-584-5242, 404-492-3013.

plan ahead SATURDAY, JANUARY 18 Revitalize Your Life, Holistic Health Retreat in Sedona, Arizona – January 18-23, 2014. Lodging, meals, classes, workshops, excursions and personalized health assessments included. For info,


Touch for Health Kinesiology Class – Jan 25-26. 9am-5pm. Learn muscle testing for the 14 primary meridians. Use touch and reflex techniques to balance the body’s energies for optimal health. 15 CEs. $295 prepay. Heal Center Atlanta, 180 Allen Rd, Ste 101N, Sandy Springs. 770-992-3914.

ongoingevents daily Christmas at Callanwolde – Dec 6-17. Visitors tour the magnificent Gothic-Tudor mansion, elaborately decorated for the season by Atlanta’s top interior and floral designers. Includes special family activities, entertaining cabaret nights, holiday music played and seasonal shopping. $20/adults, $15/seniors, $12/ ages 4-12, free/age 3 & under. Special events may include additional fee. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 980 Briarcliff Rd NE, Atlanta. 404-872-5338. For complete schedule: CNC Wish Trees – Thru Dec. We invite you to check out our Wish Trees and find out what CNC

needs. Donations are tax deductible and greatly appreciated. CNC, 9135 Willeo Rd, Roswell. 770992-2055. Garden Lights: Holiday Nights – Thru Jan 4. 5-10pm. Experience the Garden as never before as it is transformed into a twinkling winter wonderland. Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta. Tickets: 404-876-5859 or

sunday Stress Release Yoga Class – 6pm. Yoga class is $5. You Yoga, Me Yoga & More, 8745 Dunwoody Pl, Sandy Springs. 404-654-3336.

savethedate Weekly Meditations Sundays 11am. Free

1st Sun–Basics of Meditation by Geshe Lobsang Tenzin. Other Sun– Meditation with Tibetan monk. Free. Drepung Loseling Monastery, Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies, Practice and Culture. 1781 Dresden Drive, Atlanta. 404-982-0051. For complete calendar & info, visit Meditation Service – 10am. See website for complete list of services and events. Atlanta Meditation Center of Self-Realization Fellowship, 4000 King Springs Rd SE, Smyrna. 770-434-7200. Reading Service – 11am. See website for a complete list of services and events. Atlanta Meditation Center of Self-Realization Fellowship, 4000 King Springs Rd SE, Smyrna. 770-434-7200. Prayers for World Peace – 11am-12:30pm. To achieve world peace, we must first create peace within our own minds. Includes teaching, meditation, and prayers. Everyone welcome. Free. Kadampa Meditation Center GA, 6860 Peachtree-Dunwoody Rd, Sandy Springs. 770-913-0260.

monday Yin Yoga – Begins Jan 7. 7:30pm. With Elizabeth Henderson. Vista Yoga, 2836 Lavista Rd, Ste D, Decatur. 404-929-9642. Grounded Yoga For Kids – 4:45pm. Ages 5-10. Cafe of Life Grant Park, 1030 Grant St, Atlanta. 404-917-4992.

tuesday Community Clinic – 2-4pm. Treating Pain with Dr. Osano. Group session, $35/visit and $25 for initial consultation. Limited space. Wholecare Medical, 5390 Peachtree Ind. Blvd, Norcross. 770-686-3100. Core Restore – 6:15pm. Opening muscles of the hips and legs while strengthening core muscles! Café of Life Grant Park, 1030 Grant St, Atlanta. Basic/Intermediate Mat Class – 6pm. Escape for an hour with Instructor Peggy Brown for a high energy Pilates Mat Workout. $15/class; $13.50/10-class package. Body Awareness Studio, 5549 Roswell Rd NE, Atlanta. 404-252-7550. Introductory Presentation on Meditation and Positive Living – 7-9pm. Come and enjoy this most inspiring of topics to reach your highest potential as soul. Free. Life Enrichment Center, 1340 McConnell Dr, Decatur. To register, Dhana: 404-273-5704.

Millennium Healthcare Wellness Events – 7:30pm. 2nd Tues each month. Hosted by Dr. Gould. New topic each month. Free. Millennium Healthcare, 4370 Georgetown Sq, Atlanta. 770390-0012.

freepresentation Meditation & Public Talk Tuesdays 7:30pm

Join us for weekly meditation and public talks. Medicine Buddha meditation practice prior to talks. Free. Drepung Loseling Monastery, Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies, Practice and Culture. 1781 Dresden Drive, Atlanta. 404-982-0051. For topics, calendar & info, visit

wednesday Raw Wednesdays – 2-4pm. Sevananda working member, Tassili Ma’at of Tassili’s Raw Reality will demo her yummy food. 5-8pm, Chef Laura of Living Foods Institute offers delicious raw food samples. Sevananda Natural Foods Market, 467 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta. 404-681-2831. Meditation and Gentle Yoga Stretch – 10am. For anyone new to yoga and meditation, or for those who wish to refine their skills. Vista Yoga, 2836 Lavista Rd, Ste D, Decatur. 404-929-9642.

thursday Stress Release Yoga Class & Zumba – Yoga starts at 5:30 pm. Zumba starts at 7pm. The yoga class is $5 and Zumba is $8. You Yoga, Me Yoga & More, 8745 Dunwoody Pl, Sandy Springs. 404-654-3336. Community Clinic – 2-4pm. Treating Pain with Dr. Lee. Group session, $35/visit and $15 for initial consultation. Limited space. Wholecare Medical, 5390 Peachtree Ind. Blvd, Norcross. 770-686-3100. Noetic Sciences Meeting – 7:30pm. 3rd Thurs each month. Topic changes monthly. Free. Millen nium Healthcare, 4370 Georgetown Sq, Atlanta. 770-390-0012.

friday Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable – 7:30-9am; doors open 7am for networking. 1st Fri. Discusses the region’s current environmental issues, from water to energy, urban planning to policy and much more. All Saints Episcopal Church, Ellis Hall, 634 W Peachtree St NW, Atlanta. More info: Environmental Sustainability Board Meeting – 8-10am. Provides recommendations to the City Commission, and assists with implementation of city projects impacting the natural environment. Public involvement welcome. Decatur City Hall, Conference Rm, 509 N McDonough St, Decatur. Lena Stevens: 404-370-4102 or Monthly Gathering for Inspiration and Networking – 11am-12:30pm. 2nd Fri. World Peace Café, 220 Hammond Dr NE, Atlanta. SpiritualEntrepreneursAtlanta.

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SPACE AVAILABLE WHOLECARE MEDICAL AND WELLNESS - Norcross. Progressive facility, move-in ready with well equipped laboratory. Seeking professional to complement alternative healing, LMNT, etc. Call Angie Lee. 404-277-8988.

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455 E. Paces Ferry Rd. Ste. 201 Buckhead/Decatur • 404-803-3573

Offering Traditional Five-Element Acupuncture, Dr. Tan’s Balance Method for pain relief, and NADA auricular detox, along with a variety of nonneedle techniques including Ohashi-style shiatsu, guasha, moxibustion and hands-on energy healing. Nationally board certified Diplomat of Acupuncture (NCCAOM). Certified Matrix Energetics Practitioner. December Special: Readers that mention Natural Awakenings will receive $25 off their initial acupuncture session, or $120 off a series of four weekly treatments. See ad, page 7.

CHIROPRACTIC CAFÉ OF LIFE HEALING CENTER GRANT PARK 1030 Grant Street, Atlanta 404-917-4992 • See events in calendar.


Katrina R. Walker, Doctor of Pharmacy, Certified Health Coach 678-661-1317 •

Health, business and money. Raw vegan certifications, private sessions, blood typing, ear candling and more.

WHOLECARE MEDICAL GROUP Brandon Lee, L.Ac. 5390 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. Norcross • 770-686-3100

Acupuncture and Herbs, Onnetsu therapy (far-infrared), holistic chiropratic, reflexology, NMT, EFT. Personalize care; empowering people to live better, healthier lives. See ad, page 17.


Roz Zollinger Sandy Springs • 404-303-0007

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Aromatherapy, reflexology and therapeutic products and gift packages. Certification courses and classes. Private sessions. See ad, page 19.


1453 Roswell Road, Marietta 1/2 mile east of the Big Chicken 770-977-9583 •

A natural foods market featuring organic produce. Extensive selection of nutritional supplements. Vegetarian cafe, organic foods including salad bar, hot bar, fresh juices, smoothies. See ad, page 9.


Al Norton, D.D.S. 6600 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Ste 600-700, Duluth 770-513-1312 •

Formerly Atlanta Laser Dentistry. Only the name has changed. The same great dentist and staff remain. See ad, page 4.


Roberta D. Cann, D.M.D. Piedmont Center, 3525 Piedmont Road Building Five, Ste 408, Atlanta 404-233-1102 • See ad, page 3.


275 Carpenter Dr, Ste 202, Sandy Springs 404-497-9268 •

Providing colon hydrotherapy, nutritional consulting, ion cleanse foot bath, far infrared sauna, reflexology, massage and raindrop therapy, bio-energetic evaluation and life-enhancement processing services for the greater Atlanta metro area. See ad, page 21.



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A cutting edge facility for alternative and holistic healthcare based on traditional medicine and alternative medicine working hand-in-hand to provide patients with an integrative model of care combining the best of Western, Eastern and emergine medical treatments from science. Visit our website for a complete listing of services. See ad, page 25.

SEVANANDA NATURAL FOODS 467 Moreland Avenue, Atlanta 404-681-2831 • See ad, page 13.

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1700 Commerce Drive, NE, Atlanta 800-844-9876 • 404-524-4488

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Ansley Square Atlanta • 404-216-7008

O ff e r i n g m e d i c a l q i g o n g , reflexology and acupoint therapy, an energetic approach to managing chronic symptoms, targetting the root cause of symptoms, and bringing balance to the entire being.

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900 Old Roswell Lakes Pkwy, Ste 220 Roswell • 678-629-3988 See ad, page 20.


The Heal Center Wellness Collective 180 Allen Rd, Ste. 101 N., Sandy Springs 404-303-0007 • See ad, page 19.


Meredith Grech, LMT, Reiki Master Mobile Licensed Massage Therapy • 404-832-5245

Offering treatments in your own Sanctuary. Therapeutic Massage, AMMA Therapy®, Reiki, Pregnancy, Deep Tissue and Medical Massage, Reflexology. ABMP Member, Insured. GA License # MT007169. Holiday Special: Buy 3 gift certificates, get 1 free (of equal value.)


5390 Peachtree Ind’l Blvd, Ste 200, Norcross • 404-721-2326

Offering Medical Qigong Therapy. Specializing in chronic conditions and difficult cases. Weekly Qigong & Tai Chi classes. Certification courses. See ad, page 17.

Are You Full of It? 90% of all visits to the emergency room deal with digestive problems. Colon cancer is the 2nd leading cancer killer in the US!


THE NILE WELLNESS CENTER 3805 Presidential Pkwy Ste 106, Atlanta 30340

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MOBILE THERMOGRAPHIC IMAGING Over 15 locations • 678-852-8548

Thermography is a completely non-invasive clinical imaging procedure for detecting and monitoring a number of diseases and injuries by showing thermal abnormalities present in the body. Some studies show thermography may detect subtle changes indicating breast disease 3-5 years earlier than other forms of breast testing. The screening is done without any pain, radiation, or compression. See ad, page 16.


Sant Baljit Singh, Spiritual Master 877-MEDITATE •

Meditation on the Inner Light and Sound: Learn how to live in alignment with the soul’s purpose and to experience greater harmony within, with others, and with the environment. Always free, never a charge. See calendar for local meditation groups, classes and events.

KADAMPA MEDITATION CENTER 6680 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd Sandy Springs • 770-913-0260


Realize your true Self by direct perception of the divine through Kriya Yoga. Self-Realization Fellowship is a world wide organization founded in 1920 by P a r a m a h a n s a Yo g a n a n d a (Autobiography of a Yogi). Sundays: Meditation Service @ 10:00AM; Reading Service @ 11:00AM. See our website for a complete list of services and events. See calendar for local events.


Board Certified Obstetrics & Gynecology One Baltimore Place, Ste. 350, Atlanta 404-733-6334 • See ad page 20.

Conditions that respond well include: • constipation • pot belly • weight loss • allergies • IBS • fibromyalgia • asthma • memory loss • colonoscopy • and more!





4561 Olde Perimeter Way, Atlanta • 864-275-1148

Join us for a complimentary Electrophonic Capture (EPC/GDV) Screening and learn about Moringa and health benefits include weight loss and health restoration. For more information and registration, please visit our website .

YOGA / PILATES ANANDA BHAV YOGA 130 Allen Rd NE, Suite B, Atlanta • 770-633-1074

BODY AWARENESS STUDIO 5549 Roswell Rd NE, Atlanta 404-252-7550

ONI FITNESS STUDIOS 2810 Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta • 770-433-3515

MARIETTA CENTER FOR YOGA & WELL BEING 317 Alexander St., Marietta • 770-425-4488

PILATES OF DUNWOODY AND CERTIFICATION CENTER 4681 North Shallowford Rd., Dunwoody • 770-522-0252

Southeastern certification center for Romana’s Pilates. Private and duet sessions, small group mat classes, top-of-the-line Gratz equipment. Series packages available.

STILLNESS YOGA & MEDITATION CENTER 3115 Rosewell Rd., Marietta • 770-337-9335

VISTA YOGA 2836 Lavista Rd., Ste D, Decatur (next to Fellini’s, in back) • 404-929-YOGA (9642)

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