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I hear a knock and upon opening the door, there you are! Please come in. Let’s sit awhile by the fireplace while sipping a cup of homemade eggnog (recipe on page 20). That is what the double red doors remind me of, inviting people in to celebrate the season with warmth, smiles and laughs. While you’re inside the covers of the magazine, may our articles feed your heart and mind. Take time to meet our “family of advertisers” and discover if what they have to offer may benefit you on your journey to health, happiness and peace. The holidays are still very mystical to me. Hearing Christmas songs transport me back to the quaint country church where I grew up singing those beautiful tunes. Or sometimes, I’m back in my parent’s living room where the family is gathered around the tree in the midst of chaotic talking, laughter and lots of love. In “Sacred Activism,” we are reminded that when we put our love in action, we can change the world: “all actions are connected to spirit…from how you treat people…to how you treat the environment. It becomes a satisfying way of living.” No matter our age, from “Can-Do Kids” to wise elders and everyone in between, we have the power to co-create a better world for all. Author Macrina Wiederkehr says, “We are all artists involved in continuing the work of creation.” She explains that all work is ultimately for the purpose of making our world a better place in which to live. And no matter what we do, our attitude is important as poet Kahlil Gibran suggests that our work is our love made visible. How much love you are willing to share and make visible through your work is up to you whether at home, in an office or in a studio. Thank you to the readers who responded to our November issue. It’s always so nice to hear from you. Feeling powerful makes us feel free to express our self. I’m not speaking about having power over other people but that I have power within myself. The choices that I make have an influence on what my future will look like. The choices that I make this moment can turn my life around. Every day I have the opportunity to start anew. And we can all make a difference in the world with small and big acts of love! Happy Holidays & Happy New Year,

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rtist, Author, Healer and Speaker Jennifer E. Michaels has a private practice in Energy Healing and Intuitive Guidance. A clairvoyant with other 25 years experience, her credentials include certified Reiki III, trained in transcendental meditation with degrees in Fine Arts and Art Therapy. As a Certified Health and Life Coach, and Ordained Minister, she offers individual and group sessions at her Mount Pleasant studio. Michaels enjoys working with open-minded people who are passionate about overcoming life challenges and willing to work on their own healing, spiritual growth and manifesting their dreams. She adds, “Stressed out, anxious, depressed, confused, struggling or suffering? Your energy healing sessions include Reiki, Light Energy, Crystals and Aromatherapy to open, clean and clear your chakras and spiritual body.” She continues, “Benefits include intuitive guidance, awakened spiritually, recovery from dis-ease and greater health, knowledge of life-purpose, fulfilling relationships, adventure and abundance!” As one client Carol B. comments, “Jennifer is incredible. My sessions with her have been magical!” Stay calm through the holidays by joining Michaels’ new Meditation Class every Wednesday, 6:30-7:30pm, starting December 3 (see Calendar for location). Take time to get centered and set co-creative intentions in a safe and comfortable environment to get through the holidays with ease and start the New Year off right. Gift certificates are also available on her website—an Energy Healing session is a present that keeps on giving for a lifetime. For information and to purchase gift certificates, visit Schedule an appointment by calling 843-514-2848 or emailing See listing page 29.

Charleston Community Acupuncture Anniversary


n December, Charleston Community Acupuncture celebrates their five-year anniversary of healing the community with affordable acupuncture. On December 6 and 7 from 10am-2pm, they offer FREE acupuncture in exchange for a small donation of five or more non-perishable food items that will be donated to the Lowcountry Food Bank. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are always welcome. Charleston Community Acupuncture currently offers a variety of healing modalities including Orthopedic Acupuncture with Tui-na (Chinese massage), e-stim, and cupping, as

well as individualized Chinese herbal medicines. Licensed Acupuncturists’ Chad Houfek and Nilsa Compton have a combined experience of over 10 years practicing acupuncture and Chinese medicine. They are very passionate about what they do, and hope to continue helping our community for many years to come. They are happy to have treated more than 20,000 people over the last five years and look forward to helping many more. Houfek adds, “We’re excited for the opportunity to help feed our community in time for the holiday season, and to offer free acupuncture as our way of showing client appreciation. We are striving to break the barriers that prevent people from getting acupuncture by providing quality treatment at an affordable rate for our community.” Location: 1307 Savannah Highway. For an appointment, please call 843-763-7200 or schedule online: See listing page 26.

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ith concerns of viruses and the flu season upon us, it is important to help our body by detoxifying and building up our immune system. Refresh Spa continues to provide ionic detox spa treatments for our feet and hands. In response to many clients request for package deals, they now have several options available. Clients can benefit from having weekly sessions on a consistent basis while saving money. Refresh is excited to now offer different packages to fit everyone’s budget. Packages are good for three months of once a week treatments. The Traditional package at $80 (a savings of $60) may be used for feet or hands, the Customary package at $120 (a savings of $40) is for feet only, and the Premium package of $199 (a savings of $80) is for both hands and feet. For the holidays or anytime, Refresh Spa has gift certificates available for family and friends that range from $40-$300 and may be used towards any service or product. They are a great idea for Christmas, birthday and anniversary or just to say, “I love you.” Other products available include a new personal skin care, Armida Signature, with smoothing formulas, no harsh chemicals, antioxidant enriched clarifying toner, mild facial cleanser, rejuvenating day cream, night cream, purifying masque and eye repair cream. They also have alkaline-balanced water for purchase. Visit Refresh Spa at 2150 Northwoods Blvd (near Dillards in Northwoods Mall), or call 843-863-5395. See listing page 28. 8

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Duke University study published in the British Journal of Nutrition this summer found that calcium supplements taken by elderly persons may increase the risk of brain lesions that are identified as hyperintensities on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain scans. The researchers studied 227 adults over the age of 60. The patients were assessed for supplemental calcium intake and received brain scans via MRI. Those taking calcium supplements had more lesions of a volume typically associated with hypertension. They noted no dose-dependent relationship between lesion size and the amount of calcium being supplemented. The scientists commented that other studies have found calcium supplementation also associated with greater risk of artery disease. Hyperintensities are observed in normal aging, plus several neurological, psychiatric and autoimmune disorders that affect the brain. They constitute damage to brain tissue caused by restricted blood flow and have been linked to mild cognitive deficits and disturbances.

Knotweed and Hawthorn Outperform Lovastatin in Trial


hinese researchers recently discovered that two herbal extracts may treat atherosclerosis, the hardening of the arteries, as well as or more effectively than the pharmaceutical drug Lovastatin. Sixty-four patients with atherosclerosis of the carotid artery were studied. For six months, half the patients received 20 milligrams of Lovastatin per day, while the other half took an herbal extract combination of Japanese knotweed and hawthorn. After six months, tests showed artery plaque thickness and inflammation were significantly lessened among both groups. However, the herbal extract-treated group showed a greater reduction of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) levels, a marker of risk for cardiovascular disease. Relatively high levels of hs-CRP in otherwise healthy individuals are predictive of heart health crises even when cholesterol levels are within an acceptable range. People with lower values have less of a risk.

Hospice Care Adds Months for Cancer Patients


esearchers from Houston’s MD Anderson Cancer Center determined that hospice care significantly increases survival rates among patients with metastatic (stage IV) melanoma, a difficult-to-treat form of cancer that occurs when melanoma cells have spread through the lymph nodes to other parts of the body. The study’s authors followed 862 metastatic melanoma cancer patients. Of these, 523 patients received one to three days of hospice care, 114 patients received four or more days and 225 people received no hospice care through their survival period. Those that received four or more days had an average survival period, which typically dates from the original diagnosis, of 10.2 months, while those that received none averaged 6.1 months. In addition, the end-of-life hospital costs for those receiving the most hospice visits were nearly half of what was incurred by patients not receiving hospice attention.

Mistletoe Extract Benefits Pancreatic Cancer Patients


study published in the European Journal of Cancer revealed that a mistletoe extract may lengthen life for patients with severe pancreatic cancer. German researchers tested 220 patients with advanced stage pancreatic cancer, an aggressive, often fatal disease. The patients were divided into two groups; one was given up to 10 milligrams of Viscum album (European mistletoe) three times a week for up to 12 months. Both groups received supportive care throughout the study period. The average length of survival for those taking the mistletoe extract, 4.8 months, was nearly twice that of the other group, 2.7 months; a survival period typically dates from the original diagnosis. Within a group considered to have a good prognosis, the survival period for those that consumed the extract, averaging 6.6 months, was more than double that of the no-extract group, which averaged 3.2 months.

Hip Fractures Decrease on Weekends and Holy Days


new study published in the Israel Medical Association Journal found that older adults are more likely to have hip fractures in the wintertime, except during weekends and on religious holidays. The study’s authors checked the records of 2,050 patients that were at least 65 years old and had suffered a hip fracture. Analyzing the dates of each fracture revealed that significantly more of them occurred during the wintertime; the injuries corresponded directly with lower temperatures and greater rainfall. Fewer fractures took place on the Sabbath and during weekends in general, as well as on Yom Kippur and other holy days, with the exception of Passover.

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The United States is often described as a religiously free and diverse country, but a new Pew Research Center study reveals that 95 percent of the populace identifies itself as either Christian or unaffiliated (atheist, agnostic or having no particular religion). This ranks the U.S. 68 out of 232 countries and territories in the Pew Religious Diversity Index. Singapore is the world’s most religiously diverse country, followed by Taiwan and Vietnam. The study treats Christian denominations as members of the same religion, which if counted separately, would increase the ranking. But Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Judaism all have internal diversity, as well, and are considered as single religions in the study. There’s an important distinction between religious diversity and religious freedom, which the report does not measure. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to free exercise of religion, which is not always the case in other countries.

A survey at social research site Queendom. com reveals that stereotypes of the richest class of society as being uniformly selfish individuals are not entirely accurate. It seems that having money does not necessarily mean that a person has an overactive ego. Actor Will Smith, with an estimated net worth of $200 million, observes, “Money and success don’t change people; they merely amplify what is already there.” Queendom data shows a difference of only a few percentage points between respondents of varying income levels in matters of altruism such as doing and returning favors, putting themselves in others’ shoes, sympathy and empathy. The area where those in a higher socioeconomic status rank at the top is in charitable contributions. Ilona Jerabek, president of parent company PsychTests AIM, says, “Our personality impacts every aspect of our life— the choices we make, the people we surround ourselves with, the career we pursue, the way we respond to life experiences, the way we manage our finances and whether or not we share our good fortune.”

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Food Recovery Certified is a new program that rewards restaurants that donate their extra food to those in need with a sticker on their front door. It’s a project of The Food Recovery Network, a national system of college students that takes cafeteria leftovers to homeless people. Founder Ben Simon started the group in 2011 at the University of Maryland, and the network has saved more than 320,000 pounds of food from the dump in its first three years. If a restaurant donates unsold food to the hungry at least once a month, it can apply for the certification. Then Food Recovery Certified verifies with local nonprofits that the donations actually occur before awarding its approval. Simon states, “Every food business should be donating its extra food.”

Physicists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) are developing a device described in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that would harvest energy from Earth’s infrared emissions into outer space. The power is modest, but tangible. Steven J. Byrnes, a postdoctoral fellow at SEAS, points out, “The device could be coupled with a solar cell, for example, to obtain extra power at night without extra installation costs.” Heated by the sun, our planet is very warm compared to the frigid depths of space. Thanks to recent technological advances such as plasmonics and nanofabrication, and new materials like graphene, the researchers say this heat imbalance could soon be transformed into direct current (DC) power, taking advantage of an untapped, virtually limitless energy source.

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Fe, New Mexico, that’s also reflected in his book, The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism. Born in India, educated at England’s Oxford University and in the religious traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity, he now resides in Melbourne, Arkansas, where he’s founder and director of the Institute for Sacred Activism. The goal of his international travel is to bring concerned people together to proactively face global crises. Says Harvey, “Sacred activism is a fusion of two of the most powerful fires of the human psyche—the mystic’s passion for God and the activist’s passion for justice.”

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“Sacred activism is the fusion of the mystic’s passion for God with the activist’s passion for justice, creating the burning sacred heart that longs to help, preserve and nurture every living thing.” ~ Andrew Harvey


he butterfly, a universal symbol of transformation, reminds us that becoming our best selves is an ongoing process. Yet these delicate, fluttering creatures are suffering a decline, especially the vivid orange and black monarch butterflies that depend on milkweed flowers for sustenance during their migration to and from Mexico and Canada. “When I heard about the monarch butterfly crisis, I also noticed that I had milkweed vines all along my back fence,” says Karen Adler, a Kansas City, Missouri, gardener. “In years past, I would have pulled them out because 12

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they can strangle other plants. But I talked it over with my neighbor and we agreed to let them grow. This year, we had more monarchs than ever.” These two women might not realize it, but they had engaged in spiritual activism. They became aware of a problem, approached it with compassion, learned about the issue, realized life’s interdependence and committed themselves to positive action for a result that is good for all. It’s a process that Andrew Harvey first described in a 2005 talk he gave at the Santuario de Guadalupe, in Santa

The Awakening – Progressing from concerned citizen to spiritual activist is a gradual process. It may begin with an issue to which one feels called. “Our life in the world is a continual call and response,” observes Kabir Helminski, of Santa Cruz, California. He authors and translates books on the Muslim Sufi tradition, which tends to have an open relationship with other religions, and is a core faculty member of the Spiritual Paths Institute, which encourages seekers to find the sacred traditions that speak to them. “Sometimes events are a waking dream calling for interpretation, and sometimes the heart is directly addressed from within,” says Helminski. Compassion – Once an event moves us, prayer can be a pathway that opens our hearts to compassion, according to Jagadish Dass, of Granada Hills, California. The healer and teacher wrote The Prayer Project: The 3-Minute, 3 Times a Day Solution for World Change, which encourages involvement with something bigger than ourselves. Dass maintains that praying for three minutes, three times a day, will help us transmute into expressing a quiet power. “As we take responsibility for our lives, a transformation occurs within,” he says. We begin to inspire others to also take up the cause of working for change and bringing more peace, joy and love to the world. Likewise, Harvey urges each of us to make a real commitment to daily spiritual practice on the road to

“When you put spirit and activism together, you realize that all actions are connected to spirit. It makes you think about your duty in every instance—from how you treat people throughout your day to how you treat the environment. It becomes a satisfying way of living.” ~ Carla Goldstein spiritual activism. He suggests, “Start with a short prayer that aligns you with the pure deep love that is longing to use you as its instrument in the world.” Options include prayers from many of the world’s spiritual traditions shared in Dass’ book; a free download is provided at Interconnectedness – Just as everything in the universe is connected by the simple act of being, like-minded people can connect to do good in the world. Sacred activists pursuing their own spiritual paths need to work with others, according to Harvey. “They form empowering and encouraging networks of grace—beings of like heart, brought together by passion, skill and serendipity to pool energies, triumphs, griefs, hopes and resources of all kinds. When people of like mind and heart gather together, sometimes miraculously powerful synergy can result.” Harvey has found that groups of six to 12 people become the most efficient and productive, whether joined together through a profession (such as physicians on medical missions), a passion for animal rights or the environment, or a strong sense of social justice. Knowledge – Knowledge, both inward- and outward-seeking, is another key to doing good for all. Carla Goldstein, JD, chief external affairs officer at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, in Rhinebeck, New York, and cofounder of its Women’s Leadership

Center, used her interest in women’s empowerment issues as a springboard to spiritual activism. “For the first 20 years of my professional life, I focused on public policy and politics,” she says. “But something was missing in the rhetoric of taking care of each other.” Practicing yoga and meditation and receiving support during a personal health crisis prompted what she terms “an awakening understanding of a gap between personal change and systems change.” Goldstein came to question her own “rugged individualism” versus the interconnectedness she felt when people took care of her. “Can we actually move towards integrating these two ideals?” she asked herself. Knowledge about issues is readily available from experts and organizations that experts recommend; she observes, “The big question is: What is needed for us to be of help?” Sometimes listening and understanding can be powerful. Under the auspices of the Omega Women’s Leadership Center, Goldstein invited women on both sides of the reproductive rights issue to meet in 2005. They had been part of the Public Conversations Project in the Boston suburb of Watertown, Massachusetts, begun after medical staff members were killed and wounded at an area women’s health clinic providing abortions in 1994. “Women from the divided community initially came together to tell their

stories,” Goldstein relates. “Over time, they developed a deep love for each other. Nobody changed their positions, but they did change how they interacted with one another.” They experienced a shift from emotional and verbal turbulence to, if not agreement, feelings of peace and understanding. Since then, the project has grown to facilitate such conversations in 38 states and 15 countries ( Positive Action – While many thorny issues take long-term, dedicated efforts to be resolved, others only need smaller individual or collaborative actions for positive outcomes. For Mark Nepo, a New York City poet, philosopher and author of the New York Times bestseller, The Book of Awakening, kindness is the force behind positive action, no matter how modest at first. “Kindness reveals kinship. It gives us connection to everything greater than us and everything else that is kind in the universe,” he says. “I think it’s powerfully effective, yet it’s such a small thing.” Nepo is active in Bread for the Journey, an international nonprofit that encourages community grassroots philanthropic projects that generate microgrants. One involved a small town in northern New Mexico that sought to improve the lives of local teenagers when the town’s elders wanted to open a youth center as a positive alternative to the drug scene. Just before the center was scheduled to open, the project ran out of money for required floodlights, so Bread for the Journey funded them and the center opened. “Within a few years, the whole culture shifted,” reports Nepo. This small contribution made a big difference to the whole community. Once awakened and nurtured, spiritual activism can become an omnipresent part of our lives. Says Goldstein, “When you put spirit and activism together, you realize that all actions are connected to spirit. It makes you think about your duty in every instance—from how you treat people throughout your day to how you treat the environment. It becomes a satisfying way of living.” Judith Fertig is a freelance writer from Overland Park, KS.

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This article is written especially for young readers eager to embrace the true spirit of the holiday season. Sharing it with them can help cultivate a lifelong practice of giving.


ave you ever seen someone do something that changed a situation from bad to good? Maybe your parents helped someone whose car broke down, or a teacher spent extra time after class helping you with schoolwork. No matter your age, where you live or what you own, you have the power to do good, too. What you do can make other people happy and make the world a better place. Here are some ideas to help you figure out how. ! A good place to start is to think about what’s important to you. This will help you find a way of giving back that you’ll enjoy and want to do again and again. For example, if you love taking care of animals, offer to walk an elderly person’s dog for them. If you get sad when you think about someone being lonely, visit a neighbor that lives alone

or send a special card to a relative as a way to show your love. ! It’s nice to help strangers, but you can also do little things close to home that’ll make life easier and better for your family. You can call your grandma to say hello, help your mom or dad with the dishes or play a favorite game with your little sister or brother. ! You can also use your own special talents to help others. If you are a good cook, bake a healthy holiday treat to bring to someone that is feeling sick. You can read out loud a story to a younger child. If you’re strong and have lots of energy, you can help your neighbor take out the trash or do other household chores. ! You can have fun and make an even bigger difference by doing good things with others. One way to get your friends excited about joining you is to plan a “Giving Party”. Ask your parents to help you download a free guide ( parents.html) that has fun ideas and activities for creating a holiday-time or birthday party or rainy day get-together.

! Giving to other people is important, but the planet needs us, too. You can practice giving by picking up litter, recycling and even turning off lights when you leave a room. When we pay attention to the environment around us, we

can learn how to respond in a giving way. Ellen Sabin is the founder and president of Watering Can Press (WateringCanPress. com), a publishing company committed to growing kids with character. Her series

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From December 14 through January 5, citizen scientists of all ages will participate in the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count (, the country’s longest-running wildlife census. Audubon and other organizations use the data collected by volunteers to monitor population trends and guide conservation efforts. Whether or not families plan to help Audubon volunteers keep track of feathered visitors, they might consider providing backyard birds with gifts of food during the winter, when natural food sources can be scarce. Adorning outdoor trees with edible decorations can also help brighten landscapes, reduce kitchen scraps, creatively involve children in nature and make yards more bird-friendly. Salvage citrus rinds for feeders. Poke holes along the edge of hollowed halves of grapefruit and orange peels and run twine through them so they can hang from a branch. Fill with bird seed or suet. Create ornaments from bread heels or stale loaves. After cutting out shapes with a cookie cutter, spread them with unsalted nut butter and cover with birdseed. Bagels, rice cakes and pinecones can be frosted and sprinkled in the same way. Avoid using anything moldy. For more colorful ornaments, hang orange and apple slices. Drape edible garland around tree branches. Thread unsalted popcorn (stale popcorn strings more easily), fresh cranberries, citrus slices, unshelled peanuts, dried apples or grapes into a garland. Use natural string, wool or raffia for hanging decorations. Wild Birds Unlimited suggests selecting these materials so they can be used by birds as nesting materials in the spring.

Collect seed heads and berries to tuck among the branches. According to the National Wildlife Federation, good food sources include seed heads from flowers such as goldenrod, sunflower, coneflower, sumac and mullein; seed heads from grasses such as millet, wheat, foxtail and switchgrass; and berries on sprigs of holly, juniper, cedar, hawthorn and mountain ash. Make sure decorations are hung on a tree or shrub near a window so the whole family can enjoy watching the wildlife they attract. Contributing source: The Humane Society

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hen clients walk into New York City’s Swing Salon, they may be surprised by what they don’t smell—the range of chemicals usually wafting around hair salons. That’s because the owners have decided to use only natural and organic products. While many people may assume that all salon hair and body treatments are regulated and safe, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has

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no authority to require companies to test cosmetic products for safety, due to loopholes in the Toxic Substances Control Act. So, people are being exposed to dangerous toxins through salon products like nail polish, hair color processors and hair straighteners. Be aware that while labels of overthe-counter body care products are required by law to list ingredients, with the exception of the chemical soup often hidden under the term “fragrance”, the loophole for salon products is large. Jamie Silberberger, with the Women’s Voices for the Earth’s National Healthy Nail & Beauty Salon Alliance, reports, “Products sold for professional use in spas and salons are not required to be labeled with ingredients.” Fortunately, healthy alternatives are available, either by patronizing a green salon or using natural beauty treatments at home.

One salon treatment— Brazilian Blowout hair straightening—can continue to expose customers and salon workers to toxic fumes even months after application. It’s among the conventional straightening

products that contain formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen. “Exposure to formaldehyde doesn’t end with the treatment—the fumes are reactivated every time heat is applied to the hair,” says Jennifer Arce, a San Diego, California, salon worker who became sick after applying a single Brazilian Blowout treatment. “So, when a client who’s had a Brazilian Blowout done elsewhere comes into the salon to get a haircut or color and has her hair blow-dried, flat-ironed, curled or processed under the hood dryer, the fumes that come out of her hair make me and several of my coworkers sick all over again.” Solution: Avoid chemical hairstraightening treatments. Sign on to the Women’s Voice for the Earth letter campaign petitioning the FDA to remove Brazilian Blowout from U.S. shelves by visiting BanBrazilianBlowout.

Hair Dyes and Extensions

About two-thirds of conventional hair dyes in the U.S. contain para-phenylenediamine (PPD), a chemical banned for use in such products in Germany, France and Sweden. Exposure to PPD can cause allergic reactions ranging from skin irritation to death by anaphylactic shock, which happened to a teenager in 2010. When Spain’s University of Santiago de Compostela researchers conducted a metastudy examining the risk of cancer among hairdressers and related workers, all reported that employees had a higher risk of cancer than the general population. Hair extensions also warrant attention. Many adhesives used on extensions may contain 1,4 dioxane, listed as a probable carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and styrene, a neurotoxin and suspected endocrine disruptor. Solution: Look for a clean, green salon that uses natural hair color treatments free from synthetic chemicals, ammonia or PPD. Individuals can also order nontoxic organic color kits direct from

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When getting a manicure or pedicure, beware of the toxic trio of dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde and toluene. Used to help nail products hold color, they’re linked to reproductive and development problems, plus dizziness and eye and lung irritation, according to the Environmental Working Group. Facing pressure from consumer groups and salon workers, some polish companies are now producing so-called “nontoxic” nail polish, although their labels aren’t verifiable. California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control recently tested 25 nail polishes sold to salons, 12 of which claimed to be toluene-free, including seven said to be free of the toxic trio. The researchers found toluene in 10 of those, and one or more of the three ingredients in five out of the seven. Solution: Customers should bring their own safe nail polish and only patronize well-ventilated salons.

Also look for members of the Green Spa Network, a nationwide coalition of spas that pledge to be energy efficient and sustainable in all of their practices ( If a green salon hasn’t yet arrived locally, bring nontoxic products for appointments and ask the stylist to use them. Visit the Skin Deep Database at to find the least-toxic products for at-home use. Sarah Tarver-Wahlquist is a freelance writer in Tucson, Arizona.

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Many conventional body products like shampoos and massage oils contain a litany of ingredients that add to our chemical exposure. Ask questions to ensure all of a salon’s products are nontoxic or as low in toxicity as possible. For example, a large network of independently owned “concept salons” across America are connected with the Aveda Corporation (, a national leader in developing hair and body products that are free from the most dangerous ingredients. More than 90 percent of Aveda’s essential oils and 89 percent of its raw herbal ingredients are certified organic.

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Tasty Rituals that Deepen the Holiday Spirit by Lane Vail


he holiday season is ripe with an array of spiritual, cultural and family rituals. We celebrate, reflect, give gifts and, of course, feast. Fortunately, the media also teems with tips on how to avoid high-calorie holiday goodies, says Dr. Michelle May, author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat. For our diet-driven culture to resolve its struggle with food, she says we must learn to honor its intrinsic value. Ritualized eating can help; a recent study published in the journal Psychological Science found that engag-

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Complex preparations for a major holiday can provoke anxiety and impatience, and likewise, feelings of longing or disappointment when it’s over. Sarah Ban Breathnach, bestselling author of Simple Abundance and Peace and Plenty, recommends allowing Christmastide to unfold at its own pace and celebrating all of December with a homemade Advent calendar. Craft a tree-shaped tower of tiny boxes or a garland of burlap mini-bags clipped with clothespins. Place an almond covered in organic dark chocolate in each container and use the treat as a daily mini-meditation. “Drop into the present moment, fully savor the luxurious, small bite and experience the pleasure of eating,” suggests May. Consider it symbolic of the season’s sweetness.


ing in food rituals evokes mindfulness that enhances the enjoyment of eating.


Hunger, the body’s fuel gauge, manifests in physical symptoms like a growling stomach or low blood sugar, says May, citing a useful analogy. “You wouldn’t drive around and pull into every gas station you see; you’d check your fuel gauge first. Before filling up with food, pause and check your fuel gauge. Am I actually hungry, or is this desire coming from something else?” May suggests practicing FEASTing: First, focus on physical sensations, thoughts and emotions; perhaps we’re thirsty, rather than hungry, rationalizing that holiday foods are special, or feeling stressed or lonely. Next, explore why the feelings or thoughts are present, and then accept them without judgment. Strategize ways of satisfying the need and take a small step toward change. 18


“Food connects us with one another, our heritage and our culture,” says May. Heather Evans, Ph.D., a Queen’s University professor and a holiday culinary history expert in Ontario, Canada, suggests creating a food diary of traditions to reinforce a connection with the past and support a holiday food legacy for the future. Ask grandparents about their childhood culinary memories, peruse family recipe books or discover new dishes that honor everyone’s ethnic heritage. Then create an heirloom holiday cookbook with handwritten recipes arranged alongside favorite photos and stories.


According to pagan philosophy, sharing seasonal food with loved ones during the winter solstice on December 21 symbolizes the shared trust that warmth and sunlight will return. Eating warm foods provides physical comfort and eating seasonally and locally connects us to the Earth, observes May. Sync body and spirit with the season by stewing root vegetables, baking breads, sipping hot cider and tea, and nibbling on nuts and dried fruits. “The repetition of predictable foods is reassuring,” remarks Evans, and it celebrates nature’s transitions.


Stir-Up Sunday is a Victorian amusement filled with fun, mystery and mindfulness, says Ban Breathnach. Some December Sunday, have each family member help stir the batter of a special Christmas cake while stating a personal new year’s intention. Drop a clean coin, bean or trinket into the mix and bake. Serve it with a sprig of holly on Christmas Day, and the person with the piece containing the lucky charm will be rewarded with a prosperous, wholesome and positive new year, according to tradition. Evans remarks, “This is a wonderful ritual for nurturing the health and spirit of the family.”


Boxing Day offers something far more meaningful to celebrate than post-holiday sales. Originating as a tradition that thrived during the 19th century, “December 26 was a chance for landowners and homeowners to give back to household staff and local tradespeople,” says Evans. “It’s a tradition worth reviving to pause, reflect on our own good fortune and contribute to others’ comfort.” Consider serving a meal at a local soup kitchen, collecting items for a food drive or offering a box of healthy culinary treats to community stewards at a fire station, post office or library. On Christmas Day, says Ban Breathnach, “Our kids have the world lying at their feet.” Boxing Day, she says, provides a natural transition to reach out in charity.

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A Revitalizing Ritual for the New Year Start the new year with a tabula rasa (clean slate) by hosting a New Year’s Eve Good Riddance Tea Party. Gather family and friends over warm ginger tea, spiced apple cider, hot chocolate and festive finger foods. Guests write down on slips of paper any mistakes, disappointments, regrets, hurts or failings they wish to be forgiven or forgotten. One by one, put them into a crackling fireplace or bonfire to symbolize surrendering of the past. “This ties the heart strings in a comforting bow,” comments author Sarah Ban Breathnach. Then, inscribe fresh intentions for the year to come and tuck them away in a special place. “This is the most mystical part, because so many prayers get answered,” Ban Breathnach says. Lastly, toast the new year with optimism and joy.

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Creating a repertoire of delicious wintery foods can help evoke health, mindfulness and delight during the holiday season. Dr. Michelle May advises approaching the entire process of eating, including the menu planning, shopping and food preparation, with a spirit of mindfulness, which adds a deeper dimension of pleasure to the experience. “Cake becomes more than just cake,” she says. “It becomes something the family creates and enjoys together.” Savor these rituals and recipes with loved ones.

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essences for a perfect mingling of flavors. Prepare the cake with the whole family as a Stir-Up Sunday ritual, and keep it tightly sealed in the refrigerator until Christmas Day. Serve in small portions at room temperature or warmed in the oven and alongside vanilla bean custard or plain yogurt swirled with orange blossom honey.

The Perfect Custard Yields 6 servings A velvety-smooth custard, also called crème anglaise, may be used as a foundation of many desserts. It can be flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate, citrus, coffee or pistachio. Pour this vanilla bean custard over a warm Christmas cake or serve it straight up as eggnog, adding a touch of brandy and dusting of nutmeg. 2 cups milk of choice (organic, almond, coconut, soy or rice) 2 organic free-range eggs 2 tsp vanilla bean extract 2 Tbsp organic maple syrup or 1 Tbsp honey 1 Tbsp cornflour or kudzu Pinch nutmeg Heat milk in a saucepan with vanilla and honey and bring to near boiling, then remove from heat. Beat eggs and cornflour in a stainless steel mixing bowl until combined. Pour the hot milk over the eggs and whisk in well. Pour the egg mixture back into the saucepan and cook over a gentle heat, stirring with a wooden spoon until it thickens and coats the back of the spoon. Remove from the heat quickly and pour back into the mixing bowl. Whisk well to slightly cool and smooth it out. If any lumps appear, strain the mixture through a sieve. Serve hot or cold. To warm up cold custard, put in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water; stir and heat through gently.

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and martial arts. Relishes routine. While these folks are disciplined and driven in some ways, they tend to be more relaxed about regimens. The key to success here is consistency. They like order and familiarity in exercise settings and practice and may enjoy reading or watching a screen during workouts. Whatever the preferred approach, whether it’s a favorite training video, Wii Fit video game, favorite teacher or memorized Pilates moves, these exercisers like to stick with it, even working out at the same time every day—often first thing in the morning or after work—finding that regularity can be habit-forming. Conscious contemplative. Reflective individuals enjoy quiet, solo activities like long-distance running, biking, hiking and swimming, that allow opportunities to look inward, often without thinking too much about the physical details. Exercise offers a chance to clear the mind and re-

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Hymn  to  Living  in  Silence by Robert Rabbin


here’s one truth, This awakening into Celebrate the and it is silence. All truth happens as we dawn of the truths come from, surrender everything to exist as and return to winter solstice silence. We must give silence. Silence is behind away our inventory of every holy thought, word on December 21 unreleased thoughts and and act. All holiness is cherished beliefs, undiin nature and silent. gested experiences and in silence. This is what all sages dogma, disappointments, know and say: Enter silence fears, worries, resentments and we leave behind the rubble of and sorrows; even personal desires self and no-self, time and death. Enter and joys. silence and we see the world that God If it’s difficult to do: throw it away, created; that we are the created. God, fling it off, kick it out. Just don’t let it the world and being are one. Life is sud- stay. We must empty our storehouses of denly real—beautiful and perfect in each past, present and future, and then burn curve and angle. them down so that nothing can ever

accumulate again. Now give more. Let go of ego, will and humility, ignorance and knowledge, the body and its faculties. Surrender what is and is not yourself. Give away meaning, purpose and happiness, even precious life itself. Nothing can remain. Then, by letting everything go the second it occurs, we return to clarity, freedom and eternal openness. We live in silence. For it is in silence that God is working, playing and loving. In silence, we become perfectly one with that divine working, playing and loving. When absolutely all has been given up and only emptiness remains, even then, take one more step towards silence. Give away the emptiness. Hold back nothing. Even the giver is given away. In silence, we transform and are reborn. We become real with more joy, pleasure, peace and contentment than we ever hoped for. Our highest purpose is fulfilled, our greatest longing is realized in ways we know not. In becoming nothing, we become everything. We need nothing, and thus have everything. With nothing to protect, only peace remains. It cannot be controlled or fathomed, only lived. We love this about the holy ones, the sages. No one knows how it happens, only that it does. In silence, we are moved by what moves all else without knowing how, why or when. This is freedom, love and truth. Robert Rabbin is a self-awareness teacher and author. Connect at

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pets sleeping on the bed with them. Plus, 53 percent said their sleep was disrupted to some extent every night. Twenty-one percent and 7 percent of their dogs and cats, respectively, snored. Yet, a British study of 420 UK cat owners conducted by the nonprofit Cats Protection revealed that 44 percent of respondents (including 51 percent of women polled) said they enjoyed a better night’s sleep with a cat in bed with them than with a human companion. Benefits listed included an absence of snoring, more space on the bed and soothing purrs. “The advantages of letting your pet share your bed include companionship, warmth and a sense of security,� advises Mahaney. Among the drawbacks, he notes lack of space for people to sleep, interruption of normal sleep patterns and the pet’s confusion about its expected place to sleep.

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Massage  Therapist  and  owner  of  Lotus  Healing  Centre.  Holistic  Massage  Specialties  include  chronic  pain  management,  trauma  r e l e a s e ,  a t h l e t i c  t r a i n i n g  maintenance  and  integrative  wellness.  Lotus  is  a  collaboration  of  holistic  health  practitioners  XQL¿HG E\ WKHLU PLVVLRQ WR LQVSLUH HPSRZHU DQG educate  our  community  in  mind,  body  and  spirit.  The  Lotus  Team  offers  a  multidimensional  approach  to  holistic  health  care  through  massage  therapy,  acupuncture,  chiropractic  care,  Craniosacral  therapy,  Reiki  and  Ayurveda.

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3 Kangen  Water  Info  â€“  5:30-­6:30pm  Eco-­ health  Wellness  Center,  1051  Johnnie  Dodds  Blvd  Ste  B,  MP.  FREE OHDUQ KRZ .DQJHQ LRQL]DWLRQ DQG QHJDWLYH R[LGDWLRQ SRWHQWLDO KHOSV LQ GHWR[LÂżFDWLRQ and  neutralization  of  free  radicals.  Preregistration  required: Â

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7 Christmas  Concert  â€“  7pm  St.  Thomas  Episco-­ pal  Church,  1150  E.  Montague  Ave.  Charleston  6\PSKRQ\ 2UFKHVWUDÂśV EUDVV HQVHPEOH SHUIRUPLQJ familiar  holiday  classics  kicking  off  holiday  season.  FREE,  bring  family/friends  to  share  in  good  cheer  of  the  holiday! Â

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8QLW\ &KULVWPDV &RQFHUW +ROLGD\ )XQGUDLVHU  â€“  7pm  Unity  Church,  2535  Leeds  Ave,  N  Charles-­ ton.  Featuring  â€œThe  Charlestones  â€“  Charleston  SCâ€?  and  other  performers  with  Christmas  carols  and  much  more.  $15,,  email:  or  566-­0600.

0HHWLQJ WKH +HDUW  â€“  6:30-­8:30pmThe  Heart  con-­ nection  is  real,  palpable,  and  key  to  awakening  and  joy.  Join  us  for  this  free  gathering,  come  into  clarity  and  be  supported  by  community.  Call  703-­201-­8350  or  visit:


*URFHU\ 6WRUH 7RXU –  9:30-­10:30am  Join  Tiffany  Jackson  of  EcoHealth  at  Whole  Foods  Market.  /HDUQ DERXW KHDOWK\ FRVW HIÂżFLHQW PHDO SODQQLQJ interpreting  nutritional  labels  wisely  navigating  grocery  aisles.  FREE,  Pre-­registration  required:


Enhance,  Longevity  and  Balance  in  your  life.  Guest  speakers.  Vendors.  Giveaways.  Your  host  Drina  Riley,  NCMBT  has  40-­years  experience  in  Holistic  Natural  Care.  Sponsors:  Boiron  World  Leader  in  Homeopathic  Medicines;Íž  Whole  Foods  &  Trader  Joe’s.  $15.00  at  the  'RRU $ SRUWLRQ RI WKH SURFHHGV ZLOO EHQHÂżW local  single  parents  and  Toys  for  Tots. Â

Location:  Holiday  Inn  Express,  120  Holiday  Drive,  Summerville,  SC  29483 More  Info:  843-­697-­4909

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6 8VXL +RO\ )LUH 5HLNL , ,, &ODVVHV  â€“  9am-­6pm  6DW 6XQ ZLWK 8VXL .DUXQD 5HLNL 0DVWHU ,&57 Licensed  Teacher  Dianne  Thomas,  Summerville.  ,QFOXGHV ,&57 1(: +2/< ),5( 5(,., HQHUJ\ healing.  Nurses/Massage  Therapists  CEs.  $350,  297-­2468, &KDUOHVWRQ &RPPXQLW\ $FXSXQFWXUH WK  $QQLYHUVDU\ &HOHEUDWLRQ –  10am-­2pm  Saturday  &  Sunday  at  1307  Savannah  Hwy.  FREE  Acupunc-­ ture  with  donation  of  5+  non-­perishable  foods  for  our  friends  at  Lowcountry  Food  Bank.  763-­7200,  1RUWK &KDUOHVWRQÂśV &KULVWPDV )HVWLYDO 3DUDGH –  3-­9pm  Community  Center,  4800  Park  Circle.  FREE  celebrating  joys  of  the  season  through  en-­ tertainment,  holiday  market,  children’s  activities,  carriage  rides,  food,  decorations  and  thousands  of  lights,  Santa  and  parade.


6DPSOH 3ROH )LWQHVV &ODVV –  10-­11am  Inversions  Pole  Fitness,  3377  South  Morgans  Point  Rd  Ste  401,  MP.  Introduction  to  this  fun  workout  that  sculpts  the  entire  body!  $15/person,  sign  up  online:  or  call  460-­0654.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17 (FR+HDOWK ([SHULHQFH 5RXQG RI :HOOQHVV  â€“  5:30-­ 7:30pm  Ecohealth  Wellness  Center  &  Detox  Spa,  -RKQQLH 'RGGV %OYG 6WH % 03 2SWLPL]H your  health  &  well-­being  includes  20-­minutes  of  several  spa  sessions.  $45,  Info/registration: 5HLNL 6KDUH  â€“  7-­9pm  The  Charleston  Holistic  Center,  2366  Ashley  River  Rd  Bldg  #8.  All  are  welcome.  3OHDVH QRWH WKH FKDQJH WR WKH rd  Wednesday  due  to  Christmas.  For  more  info:  or  452-­7996.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20 6DPSOH 3ROH )LWQHVV &ODVV  â€“  10-­11am  Inversions  Pole  Fitness,  3377  South  Morgans  Point  Rd  Ste  401,  MP.  Introduction  to  this  fun  workout  that  sculpts  the  entire  body!  $15/person,  sign  up  online:  or  call  460-­0654.

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ongoing events daily WK $QQXDO +ROLGD\ )HVWLYDO RI /LJKWV –  nightly  11/14  thru  Jan  1.  James  Island  County  Park.  Enjoy  over  two  million  holiday  lights  on  3-­mile  drive  plus  Winter  Wonderland  and  Santa’s  Village.  Info:  795-­ 4386, 4XDUW] &U\VWDO +HDOLQJ %RZO 6HVVLRQV –  Enjoy  enhanced  health  and  well-­being  through  pure  quartz  crystal  harmonies,  a  subtle  and  gentle  ap-­ proach  to  neuro-­physiological  realignment.  $45/  session  includes  two-­week  followup.  Contact  or  345-­5936. <RJD 3LODWHV &ODVVHV -­  Variety  of  styles  &  times  offered  daily.  Yoga  Loft,  410  N  Gum  St,  Sum-­ merville.  Check  online  for  up  to  date  schedule:,  509-­3370.

monday 1LD  â€“  4-­5pm  Hanahan  Senior  Center,  3102  Mabe-­ line  Rd  (near  Trident  Tech  off  Rivers  Ave).  Lively  movement  class,  energetic,  embraces  The  Body’s  :D\ 1LD :D\ :LWK $VKLPD .DKUV 1LD %OXH %HOW Instructor,  813-­2834.  )UHH +\GUDWLRQ &OLQLF  â€“  6-­7pm  (1st  Monday)  Dr.  Marianne  Rosen,  776  Daniel  Ellis  Dr  Ste  1A,  James  Island  (right  side  before  entrance  to  Lowes).  Learn  how  to  change  your  life  for  the  best.  723-­6529. Karate  Classes  â€“  :KLWH 3XUSOH %OXH EHOWV -­  6-­7pm;Íž  *UHHQ %URZQ %ODFN EHOWV  -­  7-­8:15pm  1DWVX 0XUD .DUDWH .REXGR 6 0DLQ 6W 6XP-­ merville.  875-­4543  or  870-­4462, Bible  Study  â€“  6-­7pm  Fellowship  Hall  of  Rhett  $YHQXH &KULVWLDQ &KXUFK '2& 1RUWK 5KHWW Ave,  North  Charleston,  747-­2464.

markyourcalendar Chair  Dance  Class  (YHU\ 0RQGD\ ‡ SP

Chair  helps  you  embrace  your  sensuality,  while  giving  you  an  intense  overall  body  workout.  Class  is  perfect  for  full-­figured  woman  as  it  combines  strength  training  with  dance  choreog-­ UDSK\ WKURXJK WKH XVH RI D FKDLU Ă€RRU ZRUN DQG your  own  body  weight.  In  addition  to  muscle  conditioning,  you  will  learn  some  sexy,  sensual  chair  work  as  well  as  fun  dance  moves  all  while  burning  at  least  300-­500  calories!  $25/drop-­in,  $95/5-­class  pass. Â

Location:  Inversions  Pole  Fitness,   3377  South  Morgans  Pt  Rd,  Ste  401  MP.  Signup:   or  call  460-­0654.

6KLYD 1DWDUDMD 4LJRQJ –  6-­7pm  Natsu  Mura,  125  S  Main  St,  Summerville.  Qigong  martial  art  for  wellness  of  body/mind/spirit,  and  Shiva  Nata-­ raja  the  dance,  for  integration  into  your  energetic  body.  $5/class.  Comfortable  clothing.  870-­4462, &KDUOHVWRQ 3)/$* 0HHWLQJ  â€“  7-­8:30pm  (2nd  Tuesdays)  Circular  Congregational  Church,  150  Meeting  St  (Lower  Lance  Hall  behind  church).  Support  and  discussion  group  for  Par-­ ents,  Friends  and  Family  of  Lesbians  and  Gays.  or  619-­7354. 7KH 5HLNL &RQQHFWLRQ –  7pm  Unity  Church,  2535  Leeds  Ave.  All  welcome  for  guided  meditation  fol-­ ORZHG E\ PLQL 5HLNL VHVVLRQV E\ FHUWLÂżHG SUDFWLWLR-­ ners.  Love  offering.  (1st  Tues  for  practitioners  only)  Chrys  Franks,  Reiki  Master/Teacher,  364-­5725.

wednesday Kids  Yoga  â€“  4pm  (ages  3-­12)  Play  Garden,  320  West  Coleman  Blvd,  Mt  Pleasant.  Fun  way  to  relax  after  school  at  drop-­in  eco-­friendly  play  space.  .LGV3OD\*DUGHQ FRP Karate  Classes  â€“  :KLWH 3XUSOH EHOWV –  6-­7pm;Íž  %OXH *UHHQ %URZQ EHOWV –  7-­8pm;Íž  %ODFN EHOWV  ¹ SP 1DWVX 0XUD .DUDWH .REXGR 6 Main  St,  Summerville.  875-­4543  or  870-­4462, Meditation  â€“  6:30-­7:30pm  Jennifer  Michaels  @  Center  for  Holistic  Health,  1470  Ben  Sawyer  Blvd,  MP.  6WUHVV )UHH +ROLGD\V  Guided  and  quiet  meditation.  Get  Centered,  Co-­Create.  All  welcome:  safe,  comfortable,  beginners,  advanced,  non-­denominational.  $10/class,,  514-­2848  or

thursday rd 7KXUVGD\  LQ 6XPPHUYLOOH  â€“  5-­8pm  (3rd  Thurs  of  each  month)  Shops  and  restaurants  open  late  and  with  special  promotions  and  live  entertainment.  Visit  Simple  to  Sublime  at  120  Short  Central  Ave, 6KLYD 1DWDUDMD 4LJRQJ –  6-­7pm  Natsu  Mura,  125  S  Main  St,  Summerville.  Qigong  martial  art  for  wellness  of  body/mind/spirit,  and  Shiva  Nata-­ raja  the  dance,  for  integration  into  your  energetic  body.  $5/class.  Comfortable  clothing.  870-­4462, 6DWVDQJ²,Q WKH &RPSDQ\ RI 7UXWK –  7:15-­ 8:30pm  Natsu  Mura,  125  S  Main  St,  Summerville.  Join  Joyce  Stech  (Master  JAH)  for  sacred  Teachings  and  Philosophies  and  to  share  with  one  another.  Do-­ nation  ($10),  870-­4462,

friday 1LD  â€“  11am-­noon  Hanahan  Senior  Center,  3102  Mabeline  Rd  (near  Trident  Tech).  Lively  movement  class,  energetic,  embraces  The  Body’s  Way/Nia  :D\ :LWK $VKLPD .DKUV 1LD %OXH %HOW ,QVWUXFWRU 813-­2834.



&RI&V &HQWHU IRU &UHDWLYH 5HWLUHPHQW :HHNO\ /HFWXUHV –  1pm  St.  Joseph  Family  Life  Center,  1695  Raoul  Wallenberg  Blvd,  W  Ashley.  Weekly  lectures  on  many  topics.  First  time  guests  are  FREE.  Information,  contact  David  Barnard:  216-­6640.

Karate  Classes  â€“  %URZQ %ODFN EHOWV –  9:30-­ 11am;Íž  :KLWH 3XUSOH %OXH *UHHQ EHOWV –  11am-­ QRRQ 1DWVX 0XUD .DUDWH .REXGR 6 0DLQ Street,  Summerville.  875-­4543  or  870-­4462,


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sunday 8QLW\ &KXUFK RI &KDUOHVWRQ :RUVKLS 6HUYLFHV –  9:30  &  11:15am  2535  Leeds  Ave,  N  Charleston.  Are  you  more  spiritual  than  religious?  So  are  we!  Do  you  believe  in  many  paths  to  God?  Then  join  us.,  566-­0600. 5KHWW $YHQXH &KULVWLDQ &KXUFK '2& :RUVKLS 6HUYLFH –  10am  Sunday  School;Íž  11am  Worship  Service,  5103  North  Rhett  Ave,  North  Charleston.  747-­2464.  8 5 :(/&20( +(5( 8QLW\ &KXUFK RI 0W 3OHDVDQW  â€“  10am  Meets  at  3100  Tradition  Circle,  Somerby  Room  within  Somberby  Park  West,  Mt  Pleasant.  All  are  Welcome.  For  more  info,  see  or  call  364-­4923.

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