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Thank you to our readers who joined us at the Expo and welcome to our new friends who learned about us that day. It’s always fun to be out in the community, re-connecting with friends and meeting new ones. I met Brian and his beautiful wife who shared with me how her life was changed from suffering with fibromyalgia to joyful living and very little residual pain by eating healthy, natural, organic food. I hope the lady who shared her fear of acupuncture, remained brave enough to experience the benefits for her self. And I send a shout out to lovely Florette with whom I exchanged several hugs and light with that day. I do enjoy meeting people and hearing their stories and sharing my own. I need more practice at listening and helping people to feel heard. In this month’s issue of inspired living and men’s wellness, we learn how telling our story is healing to our body and emotions, as well as our family and the community. Expressing our truth can set us free and help us to be more in the present time and move forward instead of being locked into our past mistakes or fears. Try some “word-scrapping” for your self. Or make a scrapbook for your pet—pets have wonderful stories to tell also. Wellness tips include easy techniques to make walking a part of everyday life and using technology to improve our health routines. In conscious eating, we’re reminded that it is more beneficial to “Grow food, not grass.” (Unless you have a cow, goat or horse to eat the grass.) An interview with Panache inspires us with some insight on how a spiritual practice can unleash our potential. For many years, I have intended to have a consistent spiritual practice outside of attending a once a week service. I have spent time praying, meditating and reading inspirational material but never on a daily basis. However, I did notice that my life seemed easier and I was more creative/productive on those days. Would it really make a difference if I made it a regular part of my life? In April, I started a 30-day meditation program (with the hope that it would become a daily habit). In less than a week, I began to notice an inner transformation. I was more aware and more grateful for even the very small things that manifested in my life. Now with continued practice, I am more relaxed and peaceful while being more active and energized. It is still a struggle on some days when my stubborn mind/ego tries to argue that I don’t have time for it. But I know that whatever needs to be accomplished will come easier after I take time to connect with my inner guidance, my own life compass directed by divine wisdom. I have experienced moments of universal connection and bliss and other days are just pleasant times of relaxation. I look forward to continuing the practice and allowing my life to become a living meditation. I hope you will be inspired to share your stories with people around you. You are important. There is no one else exactly like you but we all share some common ground. There are people who can benefit from your story. You are always welcome to share with me. Wishing you much happiness,
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Ten Minutes of Vibration for Improved Health
Lightworkers Meditation-A-Thon ealing Oasis and Bridge to Avalon invite all lightworkers to participate in the first annual Meditation-A-Thon. Lightworkers are people who follow a path of love and good intention for the purpose of achieving a higher level of consciousness, thereby improving the quality of life for themselves and others. This continuous 48-hour event starting on June 20 at 6pm, and preceding until 6pm on June 22, honors the lightworkers’ devotion and service to humanity. Beverly Lucas of Healing Oasis says, “Our intention is to create an explosion of healing energy and light within our community. We will focus on shifting the old paradigm of belief in lack into manifesting the new heartcentered energies of full abundance.” There is unlimited power when one or more are gathered with the same intention. She continues, “Your presence at this special Meditation-A-Thon will amplify our love and light immeasurably.” The weekend also kicks off the Bridge to Avalon Patty McConnell (Patty Mac) Scholarship Fund and the Healing Oasis Scholarship Fund. Donations may be given at the event or at HealingOasis.info or BridgetoAvalon.com. Jeannine Clemens of Bridge to Avalon adds, “Beacons will be on hand to hold the intention and space during the 48 hours. Please consider taking a time slot in order to help keep the meditation flowing and be a part of this amazing vortex.” People are also invited to participate from any location and share in this powerful transformational community event.
teve Mabel, owner of GoodWBVibrations, introduces to the lowcountry the latest vibrational therapy from T-Zone Vibrations. The advanced technology of the platform machines can be beneficial for all body types, ages and fitness levels. Vibrational therapy dates as far back as Hippocrates—the founder of modern medicine. However, adventures into space brought new light to this technology. Scientists realized that vibrational equipment could assist an astronaut’s body to compensate for the negative effects of zero gravity on bones and muscles. Additional research proved that oscillating or pivotal motion was best for the body. This type of movement is by far the most effective whole body vibration (WBV) technology available today. Only 10 minutes of using a WBV machine, equals an hour of physical exercise. It “tricks” the body with motion and the natural reaction results in subtle tensing/contraction of muscles. By proper positioning of the feet and adjusting the speed of the platform, one can control the amount of energy being pulsated through the body, resulting in a host of positive benefits. Whole body vibration has been used to successfully treat a multitude of symptoms from arthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, diabetes and neuropathy, sciatica, knee-back-neck pain, multiple sclerosis and so much more. Additionally, the positive effects of the “exercise” are amazing with improved circulation, weight loss, toning of muscles and reduction in visible cellulite being just a few. And it is fun, easy to use and it feels good.
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coHealth Wellness Center & Detox Spa, the Lowcountry’s new premier holistic center, is now open in Mount Pleasant. The center brings together a group of professionals offering complementary and alternative therapies. They work with people to develop a personal, comprehensive plan that achieves wellness and balance from head to toe. Services include nutrition programs, Migun relaxation massage beds, Infrared Sauna therapy, alkaline Kangen water, organic skin care, massage therapy, detox/cleanse programs, detox foot baths and body wraps, thermography, chiropractic services, organic spray tanning and a teaching kitchen. EcoHealth is the brainchild of Tiffany Jackson, who holds a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. Jackson saw the increasing need of resources for individuals interested in discovering a healthier way to live. Already personalizing nutrition programs for digestive health, weight loss, cancer and autism support, she wanted to use her Integrative Nutrition Programs with state-of-the-art wellness and detoxification services to meet the health needs of the whole person. Wellness memberships are available, which are the perfect way to enjoy spa and wellness amenities for an affordable monthly rate. Members may choose the frequency of visits and experience the life changing effects of Kangen Water, Migun Massages and Infrared Sauna sessions. The center also hosts monthly events such as Beginner Group Detox, Round of Wellness to experience all of the services, Whole Foods Market Grocery Store tours and Kangen Water Demos. Location: EcoHealth Wellness Center, 1051 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard Suite B in Mount Pleasant. For details, visit Ecohealthwellness.com or call 843-884-4466. See listing page 27.
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ating three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries a week may help women reduce their risk of a heart attack, according to research from the University of East Anglia, in collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health. The berries contain high levels of powerful flavonoids called anthocyanins, which may help dilate arteries, counter buildup of plaque and provide other cardiovascular benefits. Published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, the study involved 93,600 women ages 25 to 42 that completed questionnaires about their diet every four years for over 16 years. Those that ate the most berries had a 32 percent reduction in heart attack risk compared with those that ate them once a month or less, even if they ate a diet rich in other fruits and vegetables. “This is the first study to look at the impact of diet in younger and middle-aged women,” remarks the study’s lead author, Aedín Cassidy, Ph.D., head of the university’s nutrition department. “Even at an early age, eating more of these fruits may reduce risk of a heart attack later in life.”
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reductions of inflammation markers and reduced risk of prostate cancer after three and six months of treatment. In an Australian study from the University of Queensland’s School of Medicine of patients with BPH, 32 men took an encapsulated formula containing saw palmetto, lycopene and other plant extracts, while 25 men were given a placebo. After three months of treatment, men receiving the herbal formulation experienced a 36 percent reduction in related symptoms, while the placebo group showed an 8 percent reduction. The herbal supplement group also showed a 15 percent reduction in daytime urination frequency and an almost 40 percent reduction in nighttime urination frequency. The long-term effectiveness of saw palmetto supplementation was reinforced in a Russian study of 38 patients with early prostate enlargement. After 10 years of receiving 320 milligrams of saw palmetto extract per day, researchers found no progression of the condition among the patients.
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A Good Midlife Diet Prolongs Health in Later Years
Harvard Medical School study found that how well women age in their 70s is linked to the way they ate earlier in life. Researchers started with 10,670 healthy women in their late 50s and followed them for 15 years. Published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the results saw fewer chronic diseases among women that followed diets heavy in plant-based foods during midlife; these women were also 34 percent more likely to live past 70. Those that ate most similarly to the Mediterranean diet had even better outcomes—a 46 percent greater likelihood of living past 70 without chronic diseases. Eleven percent of the subjects qualified as healthy agers, which researchers defined as having no major chronic diseases, physical impairments, mental health problems or trouble with thinking and memory. According to lead author Cecilia Samieri, Ph.D., midlife exposures are thought to be a particularly relevant period because most health conditions develop slowly over many years.
Mindfulness Meditation Reduces the Urge to Light Up
indfulness meditation training may help people overcome addiction by activating the brain centers involved in self-control and addictive tendencies, suggests research from the psychology departments of Texas Tech University and the University of Oregon. Scientists led by Yi-Yuan Tang, Ph.D., studied 61 volunteers, including 27 smokers, randomly divided into groups that either received mindfulness meditation training or relaxation training. Two weeks later, after five hours of training, smoking among those in the meditative group decreased by 60 percent, while no significant reduction occurred in the relaxation group. Brain imaging scans determined that the mindfulness meditation training produced increased activity in the anterior cingulate and the prefrontal cortex; regions associated with self-control. Past research led by Tang showed that smokers and those with other addictions exhibited less activity in these areas than those free of addictions. The current study previously determined that myelin and brain cell matter in these two brain regions increases through mindfulness meditation.
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wo small studies have linked beets with lower blood pressure. A study from the University of Reading, in England, served beet-fortified bread or bread without beets to 23 healthy men. Those that ate the fortified bread experienced reduced diastolic blood pressure and less artery stiffness during the six hours afterwards. Australia’s Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute studied 15 women and 15 men, divided randomly into groups that consumed either 500 grams of a placebo juice or beets with apple juice. During the 24 hours after consumption, the researchers noted a statistically significant reduction in systolic blood pressure of four to five points among the men drinking the beet juice.
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Involved Dads Make for Smarter, Happier Kids It’s well known that involving fathers from the start in children’s lives has a significant positive impact on their development, including the greater economic security of having more than one parent. Yet, there’s more to the “father effect”. Numerous studies have found that children growing up in a household with a father present show superior outcomes in intelligence tests, particularly in nonverbal, or spatial, reasoning that’s integral in mathematics, science and engineering. The IQ advantage is attributed to the way that fathers interact with their children, with an emphasis on the manipulation of objects like blocks, roughhousing and outdoor activities, rather than languagebased activities. A study of Chinese parents found that it was a father’s warmth toward his child that was the ultimate factor in predicting the child’s future academic success. A recent Canadian study from Concordia University provides new insights into a father’s impact on a daughter’s emotional development, as well. Lead researcher Erin Peugnot concluded, “Girls whose fathers lived with them when they were in middle childhood (ages 6 to 10) demonstrated less sadness, worry and shyness as preteens (ages 9 to 13) compared with girls whose fathers did not live with them,” he says. Source: HappyChild.com.au
Colony collapse disorder, the mysterious mass dieoff of honeybees that pollinate $30 billion worth of crops in the U.S., has been well documented, with toxic insecticides identified as the primary culprits. Now, scientists at the University of Maryland and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have expanded the identification of components of the toxic brew of pesticides and fungicides contaminating pollen and decimating the bee colonies that collect it to feed their hives. A study of eight agricultural chemicals associated with increased risk of infection by parasites found that bees that ate pollen contaminated with fungicides were three times as likely to be infected. Widely used fungicides had previously been accepted as harmless for bees because they are designed to kill fungus, not insects. Dennis vanEngelsdorp, the study’s lead author, states, “There’s growing evidence that fungicides may be affecting the bees on their own, highlighting a need to reassess how we label these agricultural chemicals.” Labels on pesticides warn farmers not to spray when pollinating bees are in the vicinity, but such precautions have not applied to fungicides. Source: qz.com
News that the U.S. Department of the Interior will allow drilling for oil and gas in a proposed wilderness area in southern Utah’s Desolation Canyon puts a spotlight on the practice. A report by the Center for American Progress reveals that 42 national parks are at risk, including 12 where oil and gas drilling is currently underway and 30 where it could be in the near future. Among the threatened wild places are iconic American national parklands, including Grand Teton, in Wyoming, Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes and Dinosaur National Monument, in Colorado, Santa Monica Mountains, in California, Glen Canyon, in Arizona, Carlsbad Caverns and Chaco Canyon, in New Mexico, Everglades and Gulf Islands, in Florida, Arches and Canyonlands, in Utah, and Glacier, in Montana. The reality is that all public lands, including national parks and wildlife refuges, are potentially open to oil and gas leasing unless they are designated as “wilderness”, the highest form of land protection designated by the government.
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THE HEALING POWER OF STORY
How Telling Our Truths Can Set Us Free by Judith Fertig
fter his deployment in Iraq, U.S. Marine Captain Tyler Boudreau returned home in 2004 with post-traumatic stress syndrome and an emotional war wound that experts now call a “moral injury”. He could only sleep for an hour or two at night. He refused to take showers or leave the house for long periods of time. He and his wife divorced. “My body was home, but my head was still there [in Iraq],” he recounts. At first, Boudreau tried to make sense of his conflicted feelings by writing fiction. Then he wrote a detailed, nonfiction analysis of his deployment, but that didn’t help, either. In 2009 he wrote a memoir, Packing Inferno: The Unmaking of a Marine, that came closer to conveying his personal truth. “I needed to get back into the story,” he says, so he could pull his life back together in Northampton, Massachusetts. Like Boudreau, we all have stories—ongoing and ever-changing—that we tell ourselves to make sense of our lives. They can help us heal and powerfully guide us through life, or just as powerfully, hold us back. 10
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In 1949, Sarah Lawrence College Professor Joseph Campbell published The Hero with a Thousand Faces, in which he outlined a master monomyth. It involves leaving everyday life and answering a call to adventure, getting help from others along the way, facing adversity and returning with a gift, or boon, for ourselves and others. It’s a basic pattern of human existence, with endless variations.
Power to Heal the Body
How does telling our truth help heal our body? Professor James Pennebaker, Ph.D., chair of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, is a pioneer in the mindbody benefits of story, which he explores in Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions. In the late 1980s, while consulting for the Texas prison system, Pennebaker discovered that when suspects lied while taking polygraph tests, their heart rate rose, but when they confessed the truth, they relaxed. “Our cells know the truth,” writes microbiologist Sondra Barrett, Ph.D., who also blogs at SondraBarrett.com, in Secrets of Your Cells, “Our physiol-
ogy responds to what we’re thinking, including what we don’t want people to know.” When we are afraid to tell a story and keep it in, “Our cells broadcast a signal of danger,” she explains. “Molecules of adrenalin, along with stress hormones, connect with receptors on heart, muscle and lung cells— and in the case of long-term sustained stress, immune cells.” We experience increased heart rate, tense muscles, shortness of breath and lower immunity when we’re stressed. She notes, “When we release the stories and feelings that torment us, our cells respond with great relief and once again become havens of safety.” We need to tell our stories even in facing life-threatening illness, and maybe because of it. Dr. Shayna Watson, an oncologist at the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario, in Canada, encourages physicians to listen to patients. “In the name of efficiency,” she reports in an article in Canadian Family Physician, “it’s easy to block out patients’ stories and deal only with the ‘facts’, to see the chat, the time and the stories as luxuries for when there is a cancellation. The study of narrative tells us, however, that in these easily neglected moments we might find more than we expect; there can be understanding, relationship building and healing—the elements of our common humanity.” A current problem is but a dot on the entire timeline of a person’s existence. By keeping their larger story in mind, patients can find a wider perspective, with the strength and resolve to heal, while the physician can see the patient as a person, rather than a diagnosis.
Power to Heal Emotions
“Telling your story may be the most powerful medicine on Earth,” says Dr. Lissa Rankin, the author of Mind Over Medicine, who practices integrative medicine in Mill Valley, California. She’s tested the concept firsthand. “So many of us are tormented by the insane idea that we’re separate, disconnected beings, suffering all by our little lonesome selves,” she observes. “That’s exactly how I felt when I started blogging, as if I was the only one in the whole
“By sharing our stories together and finding common ground, we lay the groundwork for world peace and much more.” ~Rev. Patrick McCollum wide world who had lost her mojo and longed to get it back. Then I started telling my story—and voilà! Millions of people responded to tell me how they had once lost theirs and since gotten it back.” They did it by telling their stories, witnessed with loving attention by others that care. “Each of us is a constantly unfolding narrative, a hero in a novel no one else can write. Yet, so many of us leave our stories untold, our songs unsung,” remarks Rankin. “When this happens, we wind up feeling lonely, listless and out of touch with our life purpose. We are plagued with a chronic sense that something is out of alignment. We may even wind up feeling unworthy, unloved or sick,” says Rankin, who blogs on related topics at LissaRankin.com.
Power to Heal a Family
Sometimes, writing a new story can help keep families connected. Kansas City, Missouri, author and columnist Deborah Shouse took an unplanned and unwanted, yet ultimately rewarding journey with her mother through Alzheimer’s disease. Shouse discovered that as her mother was losing her memory and identity through dementia, crafting a new narrative helped her family hold it together, a process she details in Love in the Land of Dementia. “You have to celebrate the person who is still with you,” Shouse says, noting we may discover a different, but still interesting, person that communicates in ways other than talking. She recommends employing a technique she calls The Hero Project, which she developed with her partner, Ron Zoglin. It uses words, photos and craft supplies in what Shouse terms “word-scrapping” to generate and tell a new story that helps keep the personal connection we have with our loved one and make visits more positive. She shares more supportive insights at DeborahShouseWrites.wordpress.com. Sharing an old story may also provide a rare link to the past for a person with dementia. “Savor and write down the stories you’re told, even if you hear certain ones many times,” Shouse counsels. “By writing down the most often-repeated stories, you create a legacy to share with family, friends and other caregivers.”
Power of the Wrong Story
Our thoughts are a shorthand version of a longer life story, says author Byron Katie, a self-help specialist from Ojai, California, who addresses reader stories via blog posts at ByronKatie.com. Sometimes we tell ourselves the wrong story, one that keeps us from realizing our full potential, while making us miserable at the same time. Examples might include “I will always be overweight,” “My partner doesn’t love me” or “I’m stuck here.” Katie’s book, Who Would You Be Without Your Story? explores how we often take what happens in our lives, create a story with negative overtones, believe that version of the
story and make ourselves unhappy. “The cause of suffering is the thought that we’re believing it,” she says. By questioning our stories, turning them around and crafting new and more truthful ones, we can change our lives.
Power to Heal the Community
Humorist, speaker, and professional storyteller Kim Weitkamp, of Christiansburg, Virginia, knows that the power of story creates wider ripples. She sees it happen every time she performs at festivals and events around the country. “It is naturally in our DNA to communicate in story form,” she advises. “The power of story causes great revelation and change in those that listen.” She cites supporting studies conducted by psychologists Marshall Duke, Ph.D., and Robyn Fivush, Ph.D., at the Emory Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life, in Atlanta, Georgia. “They found that children—at ages 4, 14, 44 or 104, because we’re all children at heart—are more resilient and happy and rebound faster from stress when they know their family stories. They know they’re part of something that’s bigger than themselves that people in their family have kept going,” says Weitkamp. “When people leave a storytelling event, they leave telling stories,” she says with a smile, “and that results in happier and healthier families and communities.” Judith Fertig tells stories about food at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle.blogspot.com from Overland Park, KS.
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Sexuality and Aging by Peace Weaver
ging and the effect that it has on men and their sexuality is a hot topic. Viagra and prostate care are mentioned frequently and casually in public conversations. Yet, everyone seems to be avoiding the main issueâ€” our discomfort with body changes. In the 1960s, baby boomers ignited a revolution in sexuality, free love and expression. Now we are entering the age of sexual healing fueled by the same flower children, even though their hair is graying and they dress more conservatively. The sexual identity men developed in their teens and 20s no longer serves them in the 50s and 60s. Men often complain that their plumbing isnâ€™t working to their satisfactionâ€”or their partnerâ€™s. But what sets the standard for â€œproper functionâ€?? Itâ€™s unrealistic to expect a 60-year-old to perform like a 20-year-old. Yet, most men are deeply grieving this undeniable fact. In many cultures, there are rights of passage through stages of life. Children are welcomed into adulthood that marks their coming of age. In older years, there is a transitioning ceremony that honors the wisdom of elders. Western culture has lost these traditions, denying the image of wise elder and replacing it with a supposedly forever-young-88-year-old-millionare playboy surrounded by very young, buxom women dressed in slinky outfits. Doctors and pharmaceutical companies are making millions from drugs, procedures and surgery to massage the vanity and fuel the avoidance of an entire generation of aging men. Underneath the avoidance is fear and genuine misunderstanding of the most basic functions of the human heart, intimacy and emotion. As men age, testosterone hormone levels drop and estrogen levels rise. Testosterone is
the aggressive, go-getter hormone and estrogen is associated with the softer, cuddlier, bonding hormone. For men who have always been the conqueror, this change can be quite a shock. We all have feminine and masculine qualities inside us, while men are still men, the balance of masculine and feminine changes through development. As men age with more estrogenrich hormones, they become more nurturing, caring, feminine and their bodies respond more to this energy. Men may complain that their equipment doesnâ€™t work anymore. Yet, when pressed for details, their equipment doesnâ€™t work â€œon demandâ€? in emotionless, purely physical situations. It seems to only work when they feel emotionally safe, understood, loved and connectedâ€”kind of sounds feminine? To have a really peaceful healthy world, we need to accept our self and each other. The time of authenticity has arrived on planet earth. Letâ€™s embrace this re-generation, the awakening of kindness and loving qualities. Letâ€™s support these men in being more vulnerable. Their transformation is incredibly difficult and humbling, so letâ€™s embrace it, acknowledge it, even laugh and celebrate it. Change and growth is natural and inevitable. Whether it is a young teen growing into a man with facial hair and a deeper voice or our grandfathers softening into an elder manâ€”itâ€™s a good thing. We need sweeter, wiser humans to see us through these changes. Peace Weaver is a teacher of consciousness and tantra yoga. Her specialties include intimacy counseling for men, women and couples. For more information, visit PeaceWeaver.com See listing page 27.
PTSD: New Hope for Healing by Darlana Fiehtsam
“(PTSD) is the new cancer, states U.S. Army Pvt. Daniel Rodriguez. Everyone wants to know the cure for an incurable disease.”
osttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur after a person experiences a traumatic event. It is often associated with military service but it can occur in both men and women, in and out of the service. A traumatic event is something terrible and scary that we see, hear about, or that happens to us, such as: t$PNCBUFYQPTVSF t$IJMEIPPETFYVBMPSQIZTJDBMBCVTF t5FSSPSJTUBUUBDL t4FYVBMPSQIZTJDBMBTTBVMU t4FSJPVTBDDJEFOUT MJLFBDBSXSFDL t/BUVSBMEJTBTUFST MJLFBGJSF UPSOBEP IVSSJDBOF GMPPE or earthquake t#FJOHBWJDUJNPGDSJNF During a traumatic event, we think that our life or other peoples’ lives are in danger. We may feel afraid or feel that we have no control over what is happening around us. Most people have some stress-related reactions after a traumatic event—not everyone gets PTSD.
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from treatment. Many people are left looking for alternative treatments for healing. One alternative is RoHun psychotherapy, which offers tremendous new hope for PTSD. Early studies in energy medicine have had promising results for healing, in some cases working 2-6 times more effectively than conventional therapy alone. In RoHun, through light trance hypnotherapy, faulty beliefs and reactions to them can be uncovered and changed. For example, a combat veteran’s experience may have led to the belief that “Life is a battle.” Once this belief is identified, one discovers how this belief has affected their present day life. The person may choose to live a very isolated life, with few friends, leading to depression. In RoHun therapy, the client is gently guided to heal these core beliefs and create new beliefs, such as “I am free to create positive experiences and it feels good.” The result can be a very rapid change in one’s mental and emotional state, as well as lifestyle decisions. For people who feel they or a loved one is suffering from PTSD symptoms, there is new hope for healing with RoHun therapy. Darlana Fiehtsam, PhD at PREMA: Alternative Psychotherapy specializes in RoHun therapy. For an appointment or information, call 843-327-8848 or visit NewHopeBegins.com. See listing page 26.
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Push with poles. Compelling the body forward with Nordic walking poles can burn 20 to 46 percent more calories than regular walking, reports Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. Svensson explains, “Applying pressure to the poles activates abdominal, chest, back and triceps muscles, which necessitates more oxygen and thereby raises the heart rate.” The basic technique is: plant, push and walk away.
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Breathe. Belly breathing calms the parasympathetic nervous system, expands lung capacity and improves circulation. Inhale through the nose, fill the belly and expel through the mouth, advises Asheville, North Carolina, resident Katherine Dreyer, co-founder and CEO of ChiWalking. Try new techniques and terrain. “The body is smart and efficient. It must be constantly challenged in safe ways and tricked into burning more calories,” says Malin Svensson, founder and President of Nordic Walking USA. She suggests taking the stairs or strolling on sand to strengthen the legs and heart. Dreyer recommends ascending hills sideways (crossing one foot over the other) to engage new muscles and
Feel the Earth move under your (bare) feet. Improve mood, reduce pain and deepen sleep by going outside barefoot, says Dr. Laura Koniver, of Charleston, South Carolina, a featured expert in the documentary, The Grounded. “The Earth’s surface contains an infinite reservoir of free electrons, which, upon contact with the body, can neutralize damage from free radicals,” she says. Notice nature. Alexandra Horowitz, author of On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes, finds walking outdoors infinitely more engaging than exercising in the gym. Seek out woodsy hikes, scenic waterways or historic downtowns, and “open up to experiencing the world,” she says. Practice moving meditation. To lighten a heavy mood, “Imagine your chest as a window through which energy, fresh air, sunshine, even rain, can pour into and through you as you walk,” says Dreyer. To ground a scattered mind, she suggests focusing on connecting one’s feet with the Earth.
Make fresh air a social affair. A group walk can boost performance levels of participants, says Dennis Michele, president of the American Volkssport Association, which promotes fun, fitness and friendship through noncompetitive, year-round walking events. Horowitz suggests strolling with
friends and sharing sensory discoveries. “A fresh perspective can help tune you into the great richness of ordinary environments often overlooked,” she says. Ditch the distraction of electronic devices. Horowitz views walking texters as “hazards and obstacles, non-participants in the environment.” Australian researcher Siobhan Schabrun, Ph.D., reveals the science behind the sentiment in her recent University of Queensland study. The brain, she found, prioritizes texting over walking, resulting in “slowing down, deviating from a straight line and walking like robots, with the arms, trunk and head in one rigid line, which makes falling more likely.”
do sitting, you can do standing, and supporting your own body weight is almost as beneficial as walking,” she says. A study reported in the journal Diabetologia suggests that sedentary time combined with periods of moderate-to-vigorous exercise poses a greater
Be a fanny pack fan. Fanny packs, unlike backpacks, which can disturb natural torso rotation, comfortably store identification, phone, keys and water, says Svensson. Ferris agrees: “Walks are so much more enjoyable hands-free.” Walk while you work. Much of the independent and collaborative work at Minneapolis finance company SALO emerges as employees walk slowly on ergonomic treadmill desks. “Being up, active and forward-moving on the treadmill benefits productivity,” says cofounder Amy Langer. Alternatively, consider investing in a cordless headset or standing desk. “Most anything you can
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or many, handwritten letters bundled with ribbon, pressed flowers and fading photographs have been replaced by emails, computerized cards and digital images, with the notable exception of scrapbooks. A scrapbook, done right, is a memorabilia treasure chest. Pages are embellished, decorated and personalized to bring memories alive. Pets get to strut their stuff, too. Mary Anne Benedetto, author of Write Your Pet’s Life Story in 7 Easy Steps, in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, says that no matter the species, each pet has special qualities or quirks and a tale to tell. Liisa Kyle, Ph.D., founder of CoachingForCreativePeople.com, in Seattle, Washington, also trains candidates for Guide Dogs for the Blind. “The pup comes to me at 8 weeks old and moves on a year or more later,” says Kyle. “It’s traditional, and a big deal, to give the dog’s new person a gift when the transfer is made. For the first pup, I made a memory book starting from his first days with us. Bright white paper behind each photo highlighted the contrast so the man, who had minimal vision, could see the pictures. People are curious about service animals, so he carries the book to show it around. It’s a fun way to educate people about the guide dogs program.”
Anne Moss, owner of TheCatSite.com, based in Pardes Hana, Israel, says scrapbooking is a recurrent theme in the site’s forums. “Our members tend to be computer savvy and create online pages for their cats. Yet many don’t want to give up the handson experience of scrapbooking; it gives them a special way to preserve memories of or create a long-lasting tribute for their beloved cats.” One member posted about a shadow box she’d made to display favorite toys and photos; another used camping-themed stickers around a photo of the cat napping in a kitty tent. “I started taking pictures of my Bernese mountain dog, Chance, when
he first came to me,” says Yvette Schmitter, an entrepreneurial software programmer in New York City. “We dress in matching costumes like Fiona and Shrek, Princess Leia and Yoda, Mr. and Mrs. Claus. It’s a creative outlet after writing computer code all day and a good excuse to play together.” Schmitter places the photos in pre-made greeting cards and has a current mailing list that exceeds 250, including the doorman, neighbors, the vet and groomer, friends and family. “The deli guy told me he looks forward to each holiday just to see what we’ve come up with. That’s what motivates me; our fun photos can make somebody’s day better.” Heather Post, owner of The Etiquette Seed, in Daytona Beach, Florida, specializes in coaching and speaking engagements. When her in-laws traveled to their summer home, she made a scrapbooklet for them. “It showed Sophie, our rescue terrier, at the door, window or in the car, with rhyming captions that said she missed them.” Post sends similar photo “stories” to her daughter, Meghan, now in college; a cousin’s daughter even took Sophie’s Halloween photo to preschool for show and tell. Whichever forum we choose, stages and phases of a pet’s life can be celebrated with a lock of hair, paw print, obedience school certificate and lots of photos. After all, a pet is part of the family. Sandra Murphy is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect at StLouisFreelanceWriter@mindspring.com.
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hen President John F. Kennedy said in 1961 that the U.S. should commit to sending a man to the moon and return him safely by the end of the decade, few suspected the bounty of technological spinoffs that such National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) space missions would yield. Today, many of NASA’s research advancements, as well as technologies developed outside the space program, are put to good use in everyday life. Of particular interest are products used in fitness workouts. ABI Research, a technology market intelligence company, revealed the growing popularity of consumer health and wellness technologies in its latest market projections for wearable, healthrelated devices. Estimates are that 80 million wearable monitoring devices,
including heart monitors and biosensors that read body temperature and motion, will be sold by 2016. When Clint, a global market research firm, conducted its most recent Fitness and Technology Survey, its findings showed technology at work. Based on 745 online interviews with people in seven countries, 72 percent of exercisers embraced some type of technology, including smartphone apps, to support their fitness routines two or more times a week. In recent years, amateur and professional athletes have increasingly benefited from technological advances that help them chart, improve upon and customize their fitness routines. Tracking fitness progress and weight loss is now just clicks away with personal devices such as a Wi-Fi scale,
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Living Off the Land Low- and No-Cost Ways to Feed a Family by Avery Mack
Whether it’s membership in a food co-op, tending a backyard garden or balcony tomato plant or foraging in the woods for edibles, living off the land means cleaner, fresher and more nutritious food on the table.
o switch from running to the market to stepping into a home garden for fresh produce, it’s best to start small. Smart gardeners know it’s easy to be overwhelmed by a big plot so they plan ahead with like-minded friends to swap beans for tomatoes or zucchini for okra to add variety. If one household is more suited to
freezing excess harvests while another cans or dehydrates, more trades are in the offing. Start kids by having them plant radishes, a crop that will give even the most impatient child quick results. “You can’t do everything yourself,” counsels Kathie Lapcevic, a farmer, freelance writer and teacher
in Columbia Falls, Montana. “I have a huge garden, expanded now into about 7,000 square feet, that provides 65 percent of what our family eats,” she says. “On the other hand, I can’t imagine life without nut butter and found I can’t grow Brussels sprouts. A few trips to the store are inevitable.” Lapcevic plants non-GMO, heirloom varieties of seeds in her chemicalfree garden. She adds a new variety or two each year and reminds peers that it takes a while to build good soil. Three years ago, she also added pollinator beehives on the property. Their honey reduces the amount of processed sugar the family uses. From Libby, Montana, Chaya Foedus blogs on her store website PantryParatus.com about kitchen selfsufficiency. “Foraging is a good way to give children a full sensory experience,” she remarks. “We turn a hike into a mission to find and learn about specific foods, where they come from and what to do with them.” To start, select one easily identifiable item for the kids to pick. “In Libby, that’s huckleberries,” says Foedus. “Similar to blueberries, they grow on a bush, so they’re easy to see and pick. Huckleberries don’t grow in captivity—it’s a completely foraged economy.” Michelle Boatright, a graphic designer and hunter of wild plants in Bristol, Tennessee, learned eco-friendly ways to forage from a game warden
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friend. Five years later, her bookcase holds 30 books on edible plants—she brings two with her on excursions. “When in doubt, leave a plant alone. It’s too easy to make a mistake,” she advises. “Know how to harvest, too— take only about 10 percent of what’s there and leave the roots, so it can grow back. “For example, ramps, a wild leek, take seven years to cultivate,” says Boatright. “Overharvesting can wipe out years’ worth of growth. In Tennessee, it’s illegal to harvest ramps in state parks. Mushrooms are more apt to regrow, but leave the small ones.” As for meat, “I was raised to never shoot a gun, but to make my own bows and arrows,” recalls Bennett Rea, a writer and survivalist in Los Angeles, California. “Dad used Native American skills, tools and viewpoints when he hunted. Bow hunting kept our family from going hungry for a few lean years and was always done with reverence. It’s wise to take only what you need, use what you take and remember an animal gave its life to sustain yours.” Rea uses several methods for obtaining local foods. “Living here makes it easier due to the year-round growing season. For produce, I volunteer for a local CSA [community supported agriculture] collective. One hour of volunteering earns 11 pounds of free, sustainably farmed, organic produce—everything from kale to tangerines to cilantro. “Bartering is also an increasingly popular trend,” he notes. “I make my
own hot sauce and trade it for highend foods and coffee from friends and neighbors. Several of us have now rented a plot in a community garden to grow more of our own vegetables. I only buy from stores the items I can’t trade for or make myself—usually oats, milk, cheese and olive oil.” Truly good food is thoughtfully, sustainably grown or harvested. It travels fewer miles; hasn’t been
sprayed with toxins or been chemically fertilized; is fresh; ripens on the plant, not in a truck or the store; and doesn’t come from a factory farm. The old saying applies here: “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via AveryMack@mindspring.com.
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hristopher Nyerges, of Pasadena, California, author of Guide to Wild Food and Useful Plants and Foraging California, has spent 40 years teaching others to find free food safely as part of an ongoing curriculum (SchoolOfSelf-Reliance.com). He knows, “Wherever you live, common weeds and native plants can supplement food on the table.” He particularly likes to use acorns as a food extender, grinding them into a powder and mixing it 50/50 with flour to make bread and pancakes. For greens, he likes lamb’s quarters (Chenopodium album), a weed that crowds out native plants, but is easily found, nutritious and versatile. He uses the leaves like spinach and adds the seeds to soup or bread batter. He likens it to quinoa. Nyerges characterizes himself as a lazy gardener. “Forget having a tra-
ditional lawn. Grow food, not grass,” he says. “I like plants that take care of themselves and then of me.” Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) and New Zealand spinach (Tetragonia tetragonioides) are good edible ground covers. Purslane leaves add a lemonpepper crunch. “If the neighbors complain, plant some nasturtiums—they’re pretty and good to eat, too,” he notes. Varieties of cactus, like the prickly pear, are also edible; remove the thorns and cook the pads with tofu or eggs. “I’m all for using technology, but know how to get by without it, too,” Nyerges advises. “There’s no such thing as total self-sufficiency. What we can be is self-reliant and knowledgeable users. Begin by learning and applying one thing.” He’s found, “There aren’t directions to follow; the path to selfreliance is different for each person.”
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JOURNEY TO MATURITY Setbacks Make Boys Into Men by Nick Clements
e all know hard-charging young men that have their foot planted firmly on the accelerator. They claim that easing off would damage their career and be an admission of failure. They are wrong. Those enjoying early successes can grow up overstressed by trying to stay on the fast track at any cost. These alpha boys are doing what they think others want them to do. In many cases, they are influenced by subtle and overt pressures from parents, peers and celebrity lifestyles, as well as advertising and video games. As a consequence, these men, obsessed with superficial goals, are emotionally stunted, controlling and unable to form long-term relationships. The good news is that if they can recognize these symptoms and want to change, they may be ready to mature into an alpha wolf, a whole different kind of man. An essential catalyst for this change usually comes from experiencing personal wounding: being overlooked for a promotion, feeling redundant, losing a friend or status or perhaps sacrificing a former identity to parenthood. Ultimately, the true test is how he faces such failure and deals with his emotions without labeling himself as weak. The hallmark of mature manhood is how a guy acknowledges his diminishment, not how he manages success. When he stops hiding from himself, signs of his emerging as a mature hero, an alpha wolf, will appear.
He’ll recognize that he makes mistakes, absorb and acknowledge his vulnerability, admit he doesn’t know all the answers and become comfortable with this loss of control. These are the lessons a man must learn to become a more realistic, whole and three-dimensional individual. How he reacts to setbacks and takes responsibility for his actions molds character and helps him take his rightful place in society, rather than a false position. Instead of being obsessed by competing for things and one-upmanship in the material world like an alpha boy, the alpha wolf grows up by adding strong spirituality and compassion to his life skills. He sees the bigger picture, and by viewing people as friends rather than rivals, is better able to forge mature, loving relationships and be a better father. Our sons need to be exposed to emotionally intelligent role models and discussions of attendant values and traits. It’s not a simple or easy path, but it’s an essential process for boys and men that benefits them and everyone in their lives. Nick Clements is an inspirational speaker, workshop leader and author of a trilogy of books on male spirituality and rites of passage, including his recent novel, The Alpha Wolf, A Tale About the Modern Male. He also blogs on masculinity at HuffingtonPost.co.uk/nick-clements. Learn more at Nick-Clements.com.
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Unleashing Unlimited Potential with Panache Desai by April Thompson
orn into an East Indian family in London, England, Panache Desai grew up steeped in spiritual practices like meditation. Though recognized by spiritual teachers as possessing a special gift, Desai rejected his spiritual foundation as a teenager, trading it for the excitement of London’s rave music scene of the 1990s before moving to America. It wasn’t until he was 22 and living in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Venice Beach that the pain of the way he had rejected his true inner nature reached a crescendo. In opening himself up to the possibility of the divine, Desai underwent a spiritual awakening that has led him to dedicate his life to helping others make their own journey from self-rejection to contentment. Unaffiliated with any one religious or spiritual tradition, Desai works with simple, yet powerful principles of energy to help free people from selfimposed limitations and unlock their potential. His first book, Discovering Your Soul Signature: A 33-Day Path to Purpose, Passion & Joy, just released, is a departure from his earlier focus on creating meditation CDs and other audio recordings. 24
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What was the key turning point in embracing your life’s calling? Every time I would visit a spiritual teacher as a kid, they would say, “We’ve been waiting for you.” But I just wanted to be normal and was also skeptical; not every well-intentioned person is necessarily leading you home. I reached a turning point when I knew something had to change. I told myself that if this thing called God really exists and if I’m here to be a messenger, I have to experience it personally. In that moment, I began to undergo a transformation that culminated in a direct experience of the divine; an infinite ocean of energy vibrating with unconditional love. I felt part of what every spiritual teacher has been telling the world for thousands of years: that the true nature of reality is love, a love that expresses itself through all life forms. That experience allowed me to accept my role of helping others see and achieve their potential.
How does the universal energy you speak of affect us and how can we shift our dance with it?
We are vibrational beings inhabiting a vibrational universe. Yogis and mystics from traditions throughout time have known this. The subtlest form of vibration is the soul, which is overlaid by the emotional, with the physical as the outermost layer of energy. Because the emotional layer can accumulate a density that enshrouds our soul’s light and potential, it’s important to address it. Energy is like water—it wants to flow and can shift states at any moment. Judging or rejecting any aspect of our genuine identity disrupts that flow of energy. For example, if instead of being available to feel your anger when it arises you repress or deny it, that accumulating emotion acquires density and over time, becomes rage. But if you can learn to slow down and lean into the emotion, the anger can wash through and out of you and energy again flows freely. By allowing ourselves to acknowledge, experience and release these emotions without judgment, we are clearing the obstacles to our authentic self, what I term one’s “soul signature”.
How is discovering our soul signature related to finding our calling? The soul signature is our purest potential expressed. You can have a calling to be a writer, but unless you are connected to who you are at the deepest level, your writing won’t have the same impact. Accessing our soul signature is a process. We didn’t end up where we are overnight, and it can take time to get back to that place where we can express our truest selves by working with the techniques of energy transformation described in my book.
What are good first steps for someone newly initiating a spiritual practice? The most powerful tool is our breath. Witnessing and honoring our breath in every moment allows us to transform every day into living meditation. Find author blogs on how individuals live their soul signature at Panache Desai.com. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at AprilWrites.com.
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