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Natural Awakenings is your guide to nutrition, fitness, personal growth, sustainable building, “green” living, organic food, Buy Local, the Slow Food and Slow Money movements, creative expression, wholistic health care, and products and services that support a healthy lifestyle for people of all ages. Publisher Carolyn Rose Blakeslee, Ocala Managing Editor Clark Dougherty Editors Sharon Bruckman, National CEO, Naples, FL S. Alison Chabonais, National Editor, Naples Kim Marques, Regional Calendar, Ocala Linda Sechrist, National Editor, Naples Design + Production Stephen Gray-Blancett, Naples Carolyn Rose Blakeslee Stephanie Ricketson Cover photo by Cindi Williams Contact Us Email: GoNaturalAwakenings@gmail.com Call: 352-629-4000 Mail to: P.O. Box 1140, Anthony, FL 32617 Fax: 352-351-5474 Visit: www.GoNaturalAwakenings.com Subscriptions Mailed subscriptions are available for $36/ year. Digital is free. Pick up the printed version at your local health food store or gym—that’s free, too. Locations listed online at www.GoNaturalAwakenings.com. Natural Awakenings Gainesville/Ocala/ The Villages/Mt. Dora/Leesburg/Clermont is published every month in full color. 20,000 copies are distributed to health food stores, medical offices, fitness facilities, public libraries, restaurants and cafes, and other locations throughout North Central Florida. If you want copies delivered to your location, it’s free. Please email or call to set it up. Natural Awakenings cannot be responsible for the products or services herein. To determine whether a particular product or service is appropriate for you, consult your family physician or licensed wholistic practitioner. Copyright ©2010 Natural Awakenings. All rights reserved.

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Inspiration: The Gratitude Campaign by Scott Truitt

A simple gesture from the heart says it all.

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Wise Words: A Conversation with Masaru Emoto by Linda Sechrist

The fascinating effects of environment, word and thought on water

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The Iroquois Thanksgiving Address

Greetings to the Natural World and the Great Spirit

Healthy Kids: Positive Parenting by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller

Transforming self-as-parent = a transformed family.

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Yin & Tonic by Melody Murphy

Practical thoughts on Thanksgiving

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Living Simply by Judith Fertig

By wanting (and sometimes, doing) less, we create more space, time and money for the things that really matter.

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Fit Body: Bring on the Beat! by Joan McCutcheon

Workout music pumps up motivation and energy.

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Natural Horse Emergency! Taking Command of Colic Naturally by Carolyn Blakeslee

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Gardening in November by Jo Leyte-Vidal

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Healing Ways: Biological Dentistry by Lee Walker

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Green Living: Tech Sabbath by Erika Kosina

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Hello, Friends, I’m pleased to introduce our new “Natural Horse” feature column. For our first installment, please turn to p.24 and find out how you can eliminate colic naturally and nearly instantly. In future columns we’ll be covering feed, farrier care and more, along with interviews with leading natural practitioners. If you have a particular question or subject you would like us to cover, or a practitioner you would like us to interview, please email me at GoNaturalAwakenings@gmail.com. Advertisers/sponsors welcome, too. We would love to hear from you!

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NewsBriefs Thai Yoga Massage Certification

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n December 4-5, the Florida School of Massage will be offering a five-level intensive. This program is open to all students who have an interest in ancient medicine, Ayurveda, and yoga-as-bodywork. The December course be the first of five levels; anyone can attend without committing to all five levels. Each weekend is a full 18 hours. The cost is $300 per level; if committed to all five levels, a discount is offered. CEUs are available for LMTs and for Yoga Alliance members. To register, go to www.Florida SchoolOfMassage.com or www.ArielasThaiMassage.com, or call 352-3367835.

”Rocky Horror Show” Live in Ocala

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piritual master Yogi Amrit Desai has released a new book, The Yoga of Relationships: A Practical Guide for Loving Yourself and Others. The book offers a rewarding exploration into one of the most important aspects of life: relationships. The book shows how to take charge of learning how your own inner landscape (your relationship with yourself) is at the core of everything, everyone and every situation you encounter. Yogi Desai shares his insights about the true nature of relationships and delivers a plain-English explanation of yogic teachings, peppered with humor, wisdom and personal anecdotes. This book offers a spiritual and practical guide to gain a clear understanding of how communication, gratitude, forgiveness, awareness and love itself play pivotal roles in creating lasting, loving relationships. The Yoga of Relationships can be purchased online at www.AmritKala. com.

he Insomniac Theatre, at 1 E. Silver Springs Blvd. on The Square in downtown Ocala, will present the theatrical play “The Rocky Horror Show” for three weekends beginning October 29 and closing November 13. Poking fun with a sexy edge at science fiction and “B” horror movies of the ‘60s, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is the pinnacle of cult classic movies. The film was an adaptation of Richard O’Brien’s original musical theater production, “The Rocky Horror Show.” That show opened in late 1973 and had more than 2,900 consecutive performances in London. The now infamous movie was released in the U.S. in September 1975, and the traditional midnight mania with audience participation began about a year later. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” starred Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick and marked the film debut of Tim Curry, who was also the original transvestite alien scientist, Dr. Frank N. Furter, in the London, Los Angeles and Broadway stage productions. Since most Rocky Horror devotees know the movie, not the play, Insomniac Theatre’s production incorporates a sparkle of genius. According to the show’s producer, Chad Taylor, “Keeping in mind that Rocky has a huge following, we’re keeping it both original and close to the movie for fans and newcomers alike.” The play, even more than the film, is racy, raunchy and R-rated. The live musical theatre productions are Friday and Saturday nights, with one 8 p.m. show each Friday, and 8 p.m. and 12 midnight performances on Saturdays. Tickets are $12 in advance, and pending availability (it’s a cozy 65-seat venue) $15 at the door. Call 352-8974077 for reservations.

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Next in the Natural Awakenings Film Series: “Tapped”

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atural Awakenings Magazine is bringing you a Film Festival on Sunday evening, January 9, 2011. This is the fourth event in the film series that began a year ago. As always, the film will be about a GLOW (Green, Local, Organic, and/or Wholistic) topic. The award-winning movie “Tapped,” released in 2009, explores our water supply. In the process it gradually reveals a horrifying story about the bottled water we consume. Bottled water is Big Business, it’s dirty, and it’s unregulated. The film asks: “Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like like any other article of commerce?” From the plastic production to the bottles’ end, this eye-opening documentary paints a powerful portrait of the communities and lives, including our own, affected by the water industry. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and attendees may visit exhibitors’ spaces featuring organic growers, nutritionists, wholistic practitioners, green/sustainable suppliers, food, and more. The 75-minute film will start at 7:00. After the movie, attendees may continue to enjoy the trade fair. The event will be held at the Ocala Civic Theatre. Tickets $5 in advance, $7 at the door. To purchase tickets in advance, visit www.GoNaturalAwakenings.com or call 352-629-4000. To reserve exhibit space call 352-629-4000.

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GlobalBriefs

Gobbler Renaissance Wild Turkeys Bounce Back

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cross the U.S., wild canola grows in asphalt cracks and along roadways; it’s been found that this weedy plant often survives herbicide applications. Scientists at the University of Arkansas recently discovered why: About 83 percent of the weedy canola they tested contained herbicide resistance genes from genetically modified (GM), cultivated canola. Globally, canola can interbreed with 40 different weed species, 25 percent of which are found in the U.S. The findings raise questions about the regulation of herbicide- and pesticideresistant weeds and about how these plants might compete with others in the wild. Nature reports that GM crops have spread beyond cultivated land in several countries, including Canada, Japan, the UK and the United States.

Garbage Blight Second Patch of Plastic Soup Spotted in Atlantic

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rising tide of consumer plastics, jettisoned into the oceans via rivers, storm drains, sewage overflows and windstorms, is affecting the environment across the world, says Charles Moore, the ocean researcher credited with discovering a vast, plastics-infested area in the Pacific Ocean in 1997. Now, his Algalita Marine Research Foundation researchers have defined a second vortex of garbage in the Atlantic Ocean. The “soup,” consisting of confetti-like bits of plastic, stretches over thousands of square miles of the western North Atlantic, with the densest concentrations between the latitudes of Virginia and Cuba, including the unique Sargasso Sea ecosystem. Sea Education Association (SEA) oceanography faculty member Kara Lavender Law, Ph.D., clarifies: “There’s no large patch, no solid mass of material. If it were an island, we could go get it. But we can’t; it’s a thin soup of plastic fragments.” SEA, in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, which has monitored the North Atlantic for 22 years, expects that several such areas exist in the world’s oceans. The plastic soup has essentially become a permanent part of the ecosystem, posing harm to the entire marine food chain. The only remedy is to halt the influx of consumer plastics by producing less of them and recycling them all. NOTE: Natural Awakenings will be sponsoring the film “Tapped” on January 9th. See p.7 for details.

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ative to North America only, the formerly abundant wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) graced the tables of early colonists and was Ben Franklin’s choice for our country’s national bird and symbol. Since then, habitat loss, industrial pollution and both legal and illegal hunting have decimated flocks. But the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWFT) reports that a public / private initiative launched in the last quarter of the 20th century is succeeding in restoring turkey populations. Some 7,000 turkeys have been relocated to more conducive habitats, and the program hopes that its birds will produce 25 births over five years for every adult released. “Now there are turkeys [in locations] where they haven’t been since before the settlement of Europeans,” concludes James Earl Kennamer, Ph.D., vice president of the NWTF conservation programs. “Within the last five years, their range has expanded to 46 percent of the United States.”

It Pays to Be Optimistic

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hile several studies have shown that optimists generally enjoy better health, a recent University of Kentucky study of students suggests that a change in perspective from negative to more positive can directly boost the immune system. Their conclusion, published in Psychological Science: Optimism has emotional and physical health benefits.

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HealthBriefs How Sugar Feeds Cancer

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esearchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah have uncovered new information about the notion that sugar “feeds” tumors. While it’s accepted that tumor cells use a lot more glucose (a simple sugar) than normal cells, the new study sheds light on how this process takes place and might be stopped. The researchers discovered that during both normal and cancerous cell growth, a cellular process takes place that involves both glucose and glutamine, a common amino acid found in many foods. Glucose and glutamine, both essential for cell growth, were thought to operate independently. This groundbreaking research now shows not only that they are interdependent, but that restricting glutamine works to stop the utilization of glucose. Essentially, if glutamine is absent, the cell is short-circuited, due to a lack of glucose; thus, it suggests a new way to halt the growth of tumor cells. The researchers hope that their findings will lead to more effective cancer treatment therapies.

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Ginger Eases Muscle Pain

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or centuries, ginger root has been used as a folk remedy for various ailments, including colds and upset stomachs. Now, researchers at the University of Georgia have found that daily ginger consumption also reduces muscle pain caused by exercise. Ginger that’s been heated, as by cooking, might even increase the root’s painrelieving effects.

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HealthBriefs Fountain of Youth

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itamin B12, a nutrient found in meat, fish and milk, may protect against loss of brain volume in older people, according to a recent study published in the journal, Neurology.

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clean, active life that includes regular exercise and a diet of the right foods may, indeed, hold the key to a virtual fountain of youth, reports Professor Dean Ornish and his team from the Preventive Medicine Research Institute in California. The key to “young living,” they say, appears to be an enzyme called telomerase, which is produced in a healthy body and believed to help repair and protect DNA. The small study recruited 30 men, asking them to participate in a three-month trial of comprehensive lifestyle changes. Program requirements included a diet high in fruit and vegetables, vitamin supplements, an exercise regimen, and classes in stress management, relaxation techniques and breathing exercises. Men who had sufficient data for analysis showed an increase of 29 percent of telomerase in their blood and a decrease of LDL (bad) cholesterol; they also reported fewer intrusive thoughts causing stress. —Source: BBC News, 2008.

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HealthBriefs

Tidier House, Fitter Body Why People Need Germs

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arents should ease up on antibacterial soaps and wipes and perhaps allow their little ones a romp or two in the mud—or at least more of an acquaintance with everyday germs, suggests a Northwestern University long-term study. Exposure to germs in childhood, the researchers observe, helps develop the immune system and may help prevent cardiovascular and other diseases in adulthood. Such early exposure promotes the body’s own ability to regulate inflammation, a root cause associated with many diseases. “Now, for the first time in the history of our species, our bodies are being deprived of exposure to those everyday germs because we live in such a sanitary environment,” explains lead author Thomas McDade, of Northwestern. “Think about the immune system as [one] that needs information from the environment to guide its development and function; if you live in a rich microbial environment, you get exposed to lots of germs, and that helps your immune system develop.”

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new study at Indiana University suggests that how tidy we keep our home can also indicate how fit we are. That conclusion was based on an examination of the domestic habits of 998 urban AfricanAmericans, ages 49 to 65, that found a correlation between the interior condition, or cleanliness, of a participant’s residence and their level of physical activity. Remarks researcher NiCole Keith, “If you spend your day dusting, cleaning, doing laundry, you’re active.”

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here’s truth in the adage that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Research published in the open access journal BMC Microbiology contributes to our understanding of why apples are good for us. Microbiologists from the National Food Institute at the Technical University of Denmark fed rats a diet rich in whole apples or apple juice, purée or pomace. Another group of lab animals was put on a control diet. The researchers then analyzed the animals’ digestive systems to see if eating apples had any impact on the amount of friendly bacteria in their gut. “We found that rats eating a diet high in pectin, a component of dietary fiber in apples, had increased amounts of certain bacteria that may improve intestinal health,” says co-researcher Andrea Wilcks. “It seems that when apples are eaten regularly and over a prolonged period of time, these bacteria help produce short-chain fatty acids that provide ideal pH conditions for ensuring a beneficial balance of microorganisms. They also produce a chemical called butyrate, which is an important fuel for the cells of the intestinal wall.” Ultimately, a healthy digestive tract translates into a stronger immune system. —Source: BioMed Central, 2010

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Pesticides Can Contribute to ADHD

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team of scientists from the University of Montreal and Harvard University have discovered that exposure to organophosphate pesticides may be associated with increased risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. Exposure to organophosphates, they report, might affect neural systems and contribute to ADHD behaviors such as inattention, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. According to Mike Adams, “The Health Ranger” (www.naturalnews. com), the small product code labels on fruits and vegetables tell you which foods were conventionally raised (with likely pesticide use), which are Genetically Modified (even worse), and which are organic. The labels start with the numerals 4, 8 and 9 respectively. Easy to remember: “Nine is fine.”

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Inspiration

The Gratitude Campaign A Simple Gesture from the Heart Says it All by Scott Truitt

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hortly after 9/11, I began a practice of approaching military personnel whenever I see them in public to thank them for serving for us. Most times, it has been a wonderful experience for both of us. Occasionally, however, it has felt a bit awkward, for reasons that are not always apparent in the moment. Other times, I couldn’t muster up the nerve to approach them at all. What has been consistent is that every time I’ve done it, they seem very appreciative of the gesture, and I have always felt better for having expressed my gratitude. It can be difficult for some people to approach strangers this way, because many of us have been socialized since childhood not to talk to people we don’t know, much less open our hearts to thank them for defending our very freedom to be whomever we want to be. My occasional reluctance and awkwardness in these situations made me think that it would be nice if we civilians had a gesture or sign, similar to a military salute, that we could use to express our gratitude quickly and easily, without having to even approach a stranger. I did some research and found a sign that originated in 18th-century France. The Sign, which some are now calling The Gratitude Sign, begins by placing your hand over your heart, and then bringing your hand down and out in front of you, bending your arm at the elbow (not the wrist), and ending with your hand at about your belly button, slightly facing the person you wish to thank. Fully translated, it means, “Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.”

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The next challenge was how to spread the message. I called a client, the National Football League’s Seattle Seahawks, and told them I wanted to share this sign with people as a means of expressing their gratitude when circumstances might not allow for a verbal thank-you. The Seahawks suggested that I make a short video they could air during their games. So, I partnered with Amy Sedgwick of Mouse House Productions, in Seattle, to create the videos at GratitudeCampaign.org. Since our video first aired in 2007, an estimated 30 to 40 million people have seen it, and many are now using The Sign throughout the world. I’m often asked if The Sign is limited to honoring military personnel. Not at all. Look around, and I’m sure that you’ll find lots of people who are serving our communities, from local to global. If you appreciate their service, give them The Sign. Say, “Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.”

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WiseWords

A Conversation with Masaru Emoto International Speaker and Author

by Linda Sechrist

“After my colleagues and I saw how water reacted to various environmental conditions, pollution and music, we decided to explore how our thoughts and words could affect the formation of untreated and distilled water crystals.”

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asaru Emoto’s innovative research captures frozen water crystals from water sources around the world in photographs that present an intriguing glimpse into what he believes is the mysterious response of water to thoughts, words, music and pictures. His 2004 book, The Hidden Messages in Water, was a New York Times bestseller. He conducts seminars throughout the world about the importance, understanding and appreciation of water.

Tell us about your Emoto Peace Project. The idea for the Emoto Peace Project came to me in May 2005, while I was at the United Nations. One of the topics discussed during the UN’s initiative, “International Decade for Action: Water for Life, 20052015,” highlighted how education has not conveyed water’s importance to

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the intention of instilling peace with respect to water, water can and will bring peace to our bodies and to the world.

all children globally. As a result, I decided to carry the message through my 32-page children’s picture book, which is being distributed at no cost through my website throughout the decade. To date, The Message from Water: Children’s Version has been translated into 16 languages. I am working to get the book published in more languages and distributed through schools. However, to effect wider distribution, I believe that more leaders in education must themselves first take an interest in the “messages” from water—the graphic demonstrations of how the molecular changes in the structure of water are affected by energy vibrations, thoughts, words, ideas, music and the water’s surrounding environment. I hope that this book will play a leading role in bringing peace to the world. I may be one man, who alone cannot change the whole world, but I can deliver a message to help change it. I believe that The Message from Water has the power to effect change by informing individuals that through thinking, speaking and acting with

Can you explain how you made these discoveries? I had been visually documenting molecular changes in water by freezing droplets and then examining them under a microscope with photographic capabilities. I discovered that when droplets from pristine mountain springs and streams were frozen and photographed, beautifully formed geometric designs appeared in their crystalline patterns. The opposite occurred when droplets of polluted and toxic water from industrial and populated areas or stagnated water from water pipes and storage dams were frozen and examined. These revealed distorted and randomly formed crystalline structures. After my colleagues and I saw how water reacted to various originating environmental conditions, pollution and music, we decided to explore how our thoughts and words could affect the formation of untreated and distilled water crystals. We chose several individual words, typed each onto a piece of paper and then taped the papers onto glass bottles, which sat overnight. The next day, we froze and photographed sample water droplets. We saw incredible reflections of

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these influences on the water in those photographs. The water was alive and highly responsive to every one of our emotions and thoughts. We must think in terms of vibrations to understand this. Everything that exists has a vibration. Water can be imprinted with vibrations. Many individuals are surprised to learn that spoken and written words also have vibrations. For example, beautiful words like love and gratitude have clear vibrations, while negative words have ugly, incoherent vibrations, which either create large distorted clusters or will not form clusters at all.

How has this work affected your life? I am excited to see my messages about water included in the movie, Water, which features other discoveries by researchers from Russia, Kazakhstan, Switzerland, Israel, the United States, Britain, Austria, Japan, Argentina, China and Tibet. The research that led to many of the scientific discoveries demonstrated in the movie suggests that water has phenomenal implicit and explicit properties. It is even able to convey messages faster than light. Through this work, which still delights me, I find that although I am 67 years old, I still have the fresh perspective that helps me see the world through the eyes of a child.

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What do you believe is the most vital message that water conveys to humanity? The most significant messages are so simple. We must all show our appreciation to water, using the powerful words love and gratitude. It is our thoughts, words and deeds of love and gratitude that will save our planet.

For information on Masaru Emoto, the Emoto Peace Project and his book, The Message from Water: Children’s Version, visit Masaru-Emoto.net (click English) or EmotoProject.org. For information on the film, Water, visit voiceentertainment.net/movies/watermovie.html. www.GoNaturalAwakenings.com

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ThanksGiving

The Iroquois Thanksgiving Address Ohenton Kariwahtekwen (Greetings to the Natural World) Native Americans believe that to be human is a gift and an honor, requiring mindful gratitude. Still spoken at Iroquois ceremonial and governmental gatherings, this Thanksgiving Address dates back hundreds of years and elegantly recognizes the many gifts in our lives.

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oday we have gathered and we see that the cycles of life continue. We have been given the duty to live in balance and harmony with each other and all living things. So now, we bring our minds together as one as we give greetings and thanks to each other as people.

We are all thankful to our Mother, the Earth, for she gives us all that we need for life. She supports our feet as we walk about upon her. It gives us joy that she continues to care for us as she has from the beginning of time. We give thanks to all the Waters of the world for quenching our thirst and providing us with strength. Water is life. As far as the eye can see, the Plants grow, working many wonders. They sustain many life forms. We give thanks and look forward to seeing Plant life for many generations to come. We send greetings and thanks to all the Animal life in the world. They have many things to teach us. We are honored by them when they give up their lives so we may use their bodies as food for our people. We see them near our homes and in the deep forests. We are glad they are still here and we hope that it will always be so. We are all thankful to the powers we know as the Four Winds. We hear their voices in the moving air as they refresh us and purify the air we breathe. They help us to bring the change of seasons. From the four directions they come, bringing us messages and giving us strength. We now send greetings and thanks to our eldest Brother, the Sun. Each day without fail he travels the sky from east to west, bringing the light of a new day. He is the source of all the fires of life. We give thanks to our oldest Grandmother, the Moon, who lights the night-time sky. She is the leader of women all over the world, and she governs the movement of the ocean tides. By her changing face we measure time, and it is the Moon who watches over the arrival of children here on Earth. We give thanks to the Stars who are spread across the sky like jewelry. We see them in the night, helping the Moon to light the darkness and bringing dew to the gardens and growing things. When we travel at night, they guide us home. We gather our minds to greet and thank the enlightened Teachers who have come to help throughout the ages. When we forget how to live in harmony, they remind us of the way we were instructed to live as people. Now we turn our thoughts to the gifts of Creation. Everything we need to live a good life is here on this Mother Earth. For all the love that is still around us, we gather our minds together as one and send our choicest words of greetings and thanks to the Creator, the Great Spirit.

Now our minds are one.

To read the entire address, which has been shortened above, visit NativeVillage.org/Inspiration-/iroquois_thanksgiving_address.htm.

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Positive Parenting by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller

What if the urge to simplify and happify your life took on a new and unexpected twist? What if you decided to change how you relate to your children, family and yourself by giving yourself a parenting makeover…

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urposefully removing ineffective tools from a parenting toolbox means dumping any technique that is disrespectful, demeaning or counterproductive to your goal of raising responsible, caring and confident children.

Clean up the daily schedule.

Eliminate judgment.

The first step toward love is to listen. Give children the gift of your presence by hearing, rather than telling; acknowledging, instead of convincing; and understanding, rather than jumping to conclusions.

Judgment keeps you from seeing children clearly. If you judge a child as lazy, you are less likely to see ambitious behavior. If you judge him as uncaring, you will have difficulty noticing his benevolent acts.

Be out of your mind. Resist the urge to overanalyze. Stop thinking and cluttering consciousness with incessant chatter. Pay no attention to the outdated thought that, “My parents did it to me and I turned out all right.” Listen instead to the intuition of your heart.

Appreciate the moment. The best gift to give a child is to be fully present when you are with them, rather than dwelling on past problems or future fears. There is only one moment to see, feel, express, learn, grow or heal with your child. This is it. All the rest is just clutter.

Reawaken curiosity. Clean out your expectations and assumed knowledge of why children do things. Return to wonder and find fascination with what they do. Allowing curiosity to bloom opens the door to awe. See with beginner’s eyes. www.GoNaturalAwakenings.com

Every child in the world spells love T-I-M-E. Get rid of obligations and habits that prevent you from investing time with your children.

Cut down on talking.

Apologize and begin again. Do you need to make amends with a child? If so, tell her what you learned and what you intend to do differently from now on. Then, follow through. Unclutter the history of accumulated past mistakes by making a new beginning today.

Rework truth. You know your truth. Allow children to find theirs. Live your truth and support young people in their efforts to find and trust theirs.

Give children space. Protect them, keep them safe and give them guidance, but unclutter their lives by giving them space. The more you think you know about how their life should unfold, the less you will be present to the way their life is unfolding now; you will miss what is.

Fix it up.

Do you need to remedy a falter-

ing relationship, unsupervised use of TV or the Internet, or another recurring stressor? Fix your mind first, so that you are tuned into fixing problems, rather than affixing blame.

Check perception. Perception of any situation is a choice. Ask yourself, “Is this way of seeing this problem the one that brings the most light and love to the situation?” Use this present moment to enlighten past parenting perceptions and actions. A thorough uncluttering of your parenting style can work like a fresh coat of paint, brightening both the exterior and the interior of everyone involved to make family life sparkle. Uncluttering makes room to inject the positive energy and love that produce healthier family relationships. Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman are the authors of the book, Teaching the Attraction Principle to Children, and a free monthly e-zine for parents. Visit PersonalPowerPress.com.

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by Melody Murphy

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hanksgiving. The theme is baked right into the title, practically spelled out in cranberries and roasted chestnuts. Thanks-giving. Giving thanks. For the Pilgrims, it was a holiday to say, “Thank you that we are not dead and that there is food to eat.” For us, it is a holiday to gather with family and friends, watch the Macy’s parade and maybe some football, and eat a lot. (Although it depends on where you fall within the “us”: If you are a Southern woman, as I am, chances are good that you’re going to see more of the back of your oven than you will of balloon floats and field goals; Thanksgiving is a day when we become intimately reacquainted with our kitchens.) And oh yes – to give thanks and express gratitude. All good things to do. People think a lot about food at this time of year. It would surprise the Pilgrims to know that many people think of the holiday season with dread for the abundance of food. “But ... an abundant harvest and the relative prosperity to enjoy a celebratory meal is a good thing, right?” the Pilgrims would ask anxiously. “Silly Pilgrims,” we would say, indulgently patting their comically bonneted heads (but not with too much overt condescension, as they do carry those muskets), “we are far more concerned with the caloric impact and the ability to fit into our clothes later this winter, for our jeans are much less forgiving than your homespun breeches and long dresses.” Then we would thoughtfully consider the possibility

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of returning to an Old World style of fashion, for those Puritan ensembles, while not possessed of any flair, do hide a multitude of sins. It is ironic that we approach the holidays not with a sense of celebration, but with trepidation, thinking

of the inevitable, obsessive cycle of yearning and yielding, desiring and denying, sublimating and succumbing, and the ultimate trifecta: prolonged self-deprivation, followed by a brief and shining spell of self-righteousness,

ending with protracted wallowing in self-recrimination after the inevitable downfall. This is not the plot of The Scarlet Letter; this is our relationship with food. I will now invoke the dreaded pronouncement of mothers everywhere since the dawn of time: “Don’t waste your food. Starving people in [China/ Ethiopia/wherever is appropriate to this generation] would be happy to have that.” Really, it’s true. Like a lot of things mothers and grandmothers say. (Ssssh. Don’t tell them. They already know they’re right, but if you admit it, they’re likely to become insufferable. Then comes the even more dreaded “I told you so.” Please. Not on Thanksgiving.) We do waste a lot of food in our society, but we also waste a lot of time on guilt, particularly on guilt about the food. Where it came from, how many calories are in it, is it healthy, is it ethical, is it going to make us fat. We’re more likely to sit down to Thanksgiving dinner with guilt than with gratitude. The Pilgrims would be filled with puzzled wonderment at the way we regard a laden table of dishes: with wariness and foreknowledge of the guilt, shame, and regret which will come later as surely as insane shoppers on Black Friday. It isn’t because they were morally comfortable in the knowledge that all of their food was free-range and organic and locally sustainable, either; it was because they were hungry, and they were glad to have it. And they ate it with nary a thought to their hips and existential regrets. Yes, too much guilt we have, and

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I say this as a Southern woman. I feel guilty simply for getting up in the morning. But I refuse to let our culture do this to me at what should be a very enjoyable season of the year. This is what I have to say about it: If it’s something your grandmother makes, and you love it, eat it. Ditto your mother, aunt, great-aunt, greatgrandmother, father, grandfather, uncle, best friend, etc. As long as you have people around who love you and want to make food for you that you love to eat, let them—and eat it, enjoy it, and thank them for it. And quit obsessing about the calories in it. Go for a long walk after dinner, to enjoy the beauty of the day as much as to burn off the calories you just consumed. Or come to my house and wash my dishes. I assure you, it burns calories. If it’s something seasonal that you can have at only certain times of the year, and you love it, eat it, so that you’re not filled with regret six months from now and wondering if you can buy eggnog online. If it evokes nostalgia in you and happy memories from your childhood, eat it.

If it is homemade by Southern church ladies with names like Miss Betty Jo, eat it. If it’s from somebody’s treasured old family recipe, eat it. But, if you know you don’t like it, and it won’t hurt anybody’s feelings, don’t eat it. I don’t care if it’s Thanksgiving turkey—forget about tradition, and don’t eat it. Put cranberries on your sweet potatoes instead. If all you want from the casserole is the crunchy onion topping, by all means throw some on top of your mashed potatoes and eschew the green beans. If you’re older than 18, you’re allowed. I don’t like dressing (or stuffing, as the case may be), so I don’t eat it. Each year this brands me as a heretic, but I bravely endure the shame and pass on unwanted carbs, however traditional, which I then make up for in biscuits. Also, don’t eat a lumberjack’s portion of it. We are a super-sized culture, and we don’t need to be. Don’t eat more than, say, a serving the size of the palm of your hand. (Obviously this is not the rule for butter, unless you are Paula Deen.) I say you can eat pretty much what you want, within reason. In moderation. That’s another of those

phrases your grandmother was right about. Thanksgiving is not the time to give yourself the gift of self-loathing. You can do that at New Year’s. Just enjoy the food, enjoy the family and friends around the table, enjoy a nice walk afterwards while whistling “For the Beauty of the Earth,” and be thankful for another day. There is much for which to give thanks. Copyright ©2010 Melody Murphy. Melody Murphy, who can be reached at yinandtonic12@yahoo.com, is happy to be hosting Thanksgiving dinner at her house this year, as she spent last Thanksgiving weekend moving into her home. Her table at present appears to be a shrine to gourds and an altar to The Great Pumpkin. She is most pleased at the prospect of partaking of all things pumpkin, guiltlessly, and assures the spirit of her father that she will not forget the cranberries. She is thankful for an abundant harvest of all of the following: “For health and food, for love and friends, for everything thy goodness sends: Father in heaven, we thank thee.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Living

Simply

By wanting—and sometimes, doing—less, we create more space for the things that really matter. by Judith Fertig

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iving simply is not a new idea. The Shakers, a sect founded in the 18th century, sang a song that began, “‘Tis a gift to be simple.” In the 19th century, Henry David Thoreau went back to basics on Walden Pond. “Less is more,” proclaimed Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the renowned PostWar architect a century later. The urge to simplify is timeless. What is new is recognizing the ripple effect when we choose a smaller life, explains Duane Elgin in his book, Voluntary Simplicity: Toward a Way of Life That Is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich. “Contrary to media myths,” observes Elgin, “consumerism offers lives of sacrifice, while simplicity offers lives of opportunity. Simplicity creates the opportunity for greater fulfillment in work, meaningful connection with others, feelings of kinship with all life and awe of a living universe.” In 1977, Elgin was part of a think tank group at Stanford Research Institute that studied the voluntary simplicity movement. Each of the movement’s values identified by Elgin’s group—human

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scale, material simplicity, environmental awareness, self-determination and personal growth—build on each other. When an individual first chooses to live on a smaller, more human scale, the other values seem to fall in line.

Human Scale

Human scale means that we easily fit with our surroundings, our schedule and our stuff. When that isn’t happening and we realize we’re overwhelmed by the demands of a too-full and too-much life, we ask, “Is this really all there is?” Architect Sarah Susanka asked herself that question when, as a managing partner in a firm of 45 people, she realized she was “asleep at the wheel, while barreling down the road of life on cruise control.” She was working long hours and doing well, but not doing what she had wanted to do since childhood. “Often, the things we were passionate about as children are good indicators of natural proclivities that may have fallen by the wayside as we’ve moved into adulthood,” she observes.

One thing Susanka felt was not working for her anymore was the pace at which she raced through her days. “We’ve become incredibly productive in recent decades,” she remarks, “and our successes are measured by income and by acquisitions.” But what Susanka wanted was not a bigger house or a new car—she wanted time to write. “Our culture is grappling with time,” Susanka reflects. While we can get multiple things done with a press of a button, we can’t seem to allow ourselves the slow, unstructured time to just be present with our own thoughts. Trading superhuman self-perceptions for simple human views allowed Susanka the time to recollect herself and begin to write. The process of simplifying her life in order to pen The Not So Big House became the subject of her next book, The Not So Big Life. Linda Breen Pierce experienced a similar self-revelation. In 1991, she downsized her six-figure income as a Los Angeles attorney, moved to a smaller house in a quieter community, and has since been living and writ-

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Recipe for Simplicity by Linda Breen Pierce “Simplify, simplify.” More than a century after Henry David Thoreau uttered these words, his plea for simplicity has more significance than ever before. We work hard and play hard, filling nearly every moment with activity. Most families believe they need two incomes to pay for a standard of living that has doubled in the past 50 years. But do we? Based on my three-year study of more than 200 people who have simplified their lives, I found that we can work less, want less and spend less, and be happier and more fulfilled in the process. Following these 10 suggestions will simplify life. Rather than try to do it all in a few weeks or months, know that most people need an initial period of three to five years to complete this transition. Small, gradual steps are best.

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Don’t bring any material thing into your home unless you absolutely love it and want to keep it until it is beyond repair. Too much stuff is suffocating us. Purchasing, maintaining, insuring, storing, and eventually disposing of our stuff sucks up our life energy.

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Live in a home with a cozy environment that you or someone in your family uses every day. It can be more satisfying than living in a museum designed to impress others. Spending time and money to maintain a home that is larger than you need diverts these resources away from more fulfilling endeavors.

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Seek to limit your work outside of the home to 30 hours per week, 20 if you are a parent. To live a balanced life, we need downtime to daydream, relax, prepare a leisurely meal or take a walk. Surrounding activities with empty spaces whenever possible makes actions more productive and meaningful.

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Work no more than a 30-minute commute from home. Preserve your energy and money for more rewarding life experiences.

Limit children to between one and three extracurricular activities per week, depending on their age. Otherwise, you will exhaust yourself, and your children may grow up addicted to constant stimulation.

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Live simply to dream big in a whole new way. Take a month or more every few years to go live in a foreign country. Living in a different culture excites and revitalizes us. It teaches us to live in the present, a core practice of simple living. We gain perspective by experiencing a foreign culture and we learn how much we have to be grateful for.

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Spend at least an hour each week in a natural setting, away from crowds of people, traffic and buildings. Three or four hours is even better. There is nothing more basic or simple, yet rich, than the natural world.

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Connect with a sense of spirit in your life, whether through prayer, religious services, journal writing, meditation or spiritually related reading. Simplicity leads to spirituality, and spirituality leads to simplicity. Cultivate a practice of silence and solitude, even if for just 15 to 30 minutes daily. Your spirituality will evolve naturally.

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Seek the support of others who want to simplify their lives. Start a simplicity circle if you enjoy group interaction. Living simply in our culture can be a lonely journey, one that friends and family still on the earn-and-spend treadmill may not understand.

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Practice saying “No” to things that don’t bring you inner peace and fulfillment, whether they are material goods, greater career responsibility or added social activities. Be vigilant with your time and energy; they are limited resources. If you say “Yes” to one thing (like a job promotion), recognize that you are saying “No” to something else (perhaps more time with family). Live consciously and deliberately. Linda Breen Pierce is the founder of The Pierce Simplicity Study and the author of Choosing Simplicity: Real People Finding Peace and Fulfillment in a Complex World and Simplicity Lessons: A 12-Step Guide to Living Simply.

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ing about the simplicity movement until recently retiring to Mexico. “We are living the American dream gone amuck,” she writes in Simplicity Lessons: A 12-Step Guide to Living Simply. But now, she says, “A fast-paced lifestyle prevents us from living mindfully.”

Material Simplicity

When life seems overwhelming, it’s time to take a good look at where we are, figure out where we want to be and eliminate obstacles. Do we want a smaller home? Less stuff to keep organized? More time for ourselves? “If your goals aren’t clear and your thinking isn’t focused, you can’t break the habits that stand in your way,” states psychologist and author Peter Walsh, who appears regularly on The Oprah Winfrey Show. “So many of my clients seem to have lost focus in their lives.” Walsh’s main refrain is that in accumulating more things than we really need or want, many of us have been trying to meet a need for something more. Sometimes, he says, “There is an element of boredom, combined with a simmering sense of frustration, even anger.” Either way, the hope is that material things will bring meaning and fulfillment. In his experience, “It never works.” In deciding how we can best simplify our lives, Elgin encourages us to ask the following questions: “Does what I own encourage activity and independence—or the opposite? Does what I buy satisfy or not? How tied is my present job to keeping up a large lifestyle?” An even simpler approach is to heed the words of William Morris, a leader in the 19th century Arts and Crafts movement: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” Simplicity involves not only clearing out the physical and emotional clutter and replenishing mindfully, but also clarifies our view of how our actions have a wider impact.

Environment

“Reduce, reuse, recycle” is a philosophy that Zoe Weil has lived for years. The author of Most Good, Least

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Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful Life, Weil understands that most of us have lived at least part of our lives looking through a single lens, focused on “what’s good for me.” Weil challenges us to look through multiple lenses that see beyond personal interest, to embrace what’s also good for other people, animals and the planet. It can start with a simple act, such as choosing to refill a stainless steel bottle with filtered water, instead of consuming plastic water bottles that can languish for generations in landfills or require recycling. Her mantra, “most good, least harm,” means considering the big picture to arrive at a better solution. For example, we might choose to buy fair trade coffee. Or we can seek out local produce to serve at meals and help independent farmers. We might even decide to grow our own produce. We can choose to use green cleaning products that don’t transmit toxins into our bodies and our environment, even though they cost more. We

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can shop for cage-free eggs, free-range chicken and grass-fed beef, because these foods come from animals raised in a more humane and a healthier manner, even if they’re harder to find. The benefits are twofold: Making our lives simpler yields the time to make more thoughtful choices, and making thoughtful choices can make the world a more desirable place in which to live.

Self-determination

According to Pierce’s research, simpler living results in “more time, personal freedom, reduced stress, a slower pace of life, control of money, less stuff to maintain, fulfilling work, passion and purpose in life, joyful relationships, deeper spirituality, better health and a connection with nature.” She has observed that while many people approach a simpler life with an interest only in these self-directed values, they soon develop other-directed values. People who have a simpler life also have the time, energy and passion

to turn their talents towards the betterment of the community, the environment and the planet.

Personal Growth

What it all boils down to is this: Living simply can make us happy. “Happiness studies through the years show that what makes us happy isn’t stuff,” concludes Elgin. “That can be a revelation,” adds Susanka, “because for so much of our lives we’ve been oriented toward the accumulation of things to prove that we’re getting somewhere or ‘making it’ as we climb up some sort of hierarchy. “What is critical is companioning with that which is most significant to you.” For more information and inspiration, contact: Duane Elgin at Awakening Earth.org; Sarah Susanka at SarahSusanka.com and NotSoBigLife.com; Linda Breen Pierce at GallagherPress. com; Peter Walsh at PeterWalshDesign. com; and Zoe Weil at ZoeWeil.com.

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FitBody

BRING ON THE

BEAT! Workout music pumps up motivation, while building fitness.

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ho can keep their feet still vigorous exercise) or calming (helpand their body-motor idling ful for Pilates, yoga and cool-down while listening to Steppensessions). Karageorghis concluded that wolf’s Born to Be Wild? Or AC/DC’s music is “an often untapped source T.N.T.? As Sonny and Cher sang sucof both motivation and inspiration for cinctly in The Beat Goes On, “Drums sport and exercise participants.” keep pounding a rhythm to my brain.” Karageorghis further emphasized Music is, indeed, the magic that can the importance of synchronizing music boost our heart rate, energy with activities. He advised, “The melody “For a piece of music to trulevels and mood—it’s a perfect workout buddy. and harmony ly inspire the listener, it must During the late 1990s, of the music have strong rhythmic qualinoted sport and exercise ties that match the activity psychologist Dr. Costas Kara- should promote at hand, and also a tempo a positive mood that matches the predicted georghis conducted studies to determine if listening to state; that is, they heart rate.” In addition, “The music aided the physical pershould energize melody and harmony of formance of athletes. His rethe music should promote the listener and a positive mood state; that search revealed that it could increase vigor.” is, they should energize the reduce our perception of effort and divert fatigue, posilistener and increase vigor.” tively affect mood and motivation, en One of the largest music-exercise hance the acquisition of motor skills, matchmakers in the world is Power and be either stimulating (useful for Music, a leading source for fitness prowww.GoNaturalAwakenings.com

fessionals and the public. Its website, WorkoutMusic.com, offers thousands of compilations from a music library that encompasses most musical genres. Exercisers can create their own playlist via MP3 downloads or buy ready-made CDs. National fitness guru Tracey Staehle is partial to upbeat, popular Top 40 tunes when she’s walking outdoors or on her treadmill. “I like songs that are happy and have a great beat to keep me going,” advises Staehle, whose exercise DVDs include the bestseller, Walking Strong, and her new Walking Stronger. Some of her current favorites are Rihanna’s Please Don’t Stop the Music and Usher’s Yeah!— which she says are a great help in moving uphill. “I like songs that have a beat I can focus on,” she explains. “That way, it helps keep the workout fun and pushes me to work harder.” Much commercial dance music and numerous pop-rock songs bounce along at 120 to 140 beats per minute, a rate that coincides with the average person’s heart rate during a routine workout or fitness walk. The following lists of suggested tunes all fall within that range. They’re a ready-made, fun way to listen for the magic beat that helps us get a move on.

Classic Rock & Disco

Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen Dancing Queen – ABBA Feelin’ Alright – Joe Cocker Help Me, Rhonda – Beach Boys Listen to the Music – Doobie Brothers Love Gets Me Every Time – Shania Twain Turn the Beat Around – Gloria Estefan

Tracey Staehle’s Personal Playlist

All Summer Long – Kid Rock Bad Girls – Donna Summer Don’t Change – INXS Fire Burning – Sean Kingston Love Story – Taylor Swift Pocketful of Sunshine – Natasha Bedingfield So What – Pink Sources: Dr. Costas Karageorghis, Brunel University, UK; WorkoutMusic. com, FitByTracey.com

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NaturalHorse

Emergency! How to Take Command of Colic, Naturally by Carolyn Blakeslee The traditional treatment In a typical case of colic, your horse looks lethargic and positively green if such a color were possible for a horse. He might swing his head back to look irritatedly at his stomach, and he might stomp and kick at his stomach to try to stop the pain. If he is lying down, he often won’t even get up if you approach him. Most horses loathe being vulnerable and can’t stand it when a person looms over them, and they will politely but quickly rise— however, with colic, they are just too tired and sick to care. Or, worse, the colic has come on suddenly and violently—and your horse is rolling and writhing to try to escape the pain, but is probably twisting his intestines inside and hastening his untimely death instead. You place an emergency call to the vet (always at night, on a holiday weekend, right?) and take your cell phone to the barn, hoping you’ll get reception when she calls back. Meanwhile, you start walking the horse up and down the aisle, and if you have any Banamine on hand, you administer the appropriate amount of the drug. The walking will, you hope, keep the horse’s intestines moving properly, and will keep him from rolling. When the vet arrives, she inserts a long plastic tube down one of the horse’s nostrils and diverts it to the esophagus and ultimately the stomach. The vet then pours a gallon of mineral oil into the tube, and she tells you to withhold food from the horse for 12 to 24 hours. She will tell you that when the horse finally poops, that means he is getting better, especially if the poop looks glossy with the mineral oil; that

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is proof that everything is finally moving through his system again properly. The vet gives you another tube or vial of Banamine to give to the horse in case he colics again during the coming days or weeks. A few days later, you receive a vet bill for a few hundred dollars. This is the outcome in the classic case of equine colic. The horse lives, the treatment is invasive but effective, and the vet bill is the equivalent of a car payment. Surgery is another possible outcome, but we won’t go there. Worst-case, the horse has to be put down, and the total cost is horrific. Natural treatment The symptoms are the same. Just to be on the safe side, you call the vet. While you’re waiting for the call-back, you reach for your small bottle of a homeopathic remedy, Nux Vomica 30c, and give 15 or 20 tiny little pills to your horse sublingually or inside his cheek. Walking the horse is fine but, in my experience, optional. I’ve seen this remedy work nearly instantly more times than I can count. Within a minute or two, any horse to whom I’ve given this remedy has been up, eating hay and grass again, pooping, bossing around his buddies as usual, with his chi back to normal. If that is the case, now you can cancel the vet’s farm call. The cost of the treatment: about 10 cents, plus cell phone minutes and a few minutes of your time. How to administer a homeopathic remedy Method One. If you are right-

handed, hold the little Nux. V. bottle in your left hand, open the bottle, and put the cap in your pocket. Wet the tip of your right forefinger. Place your wet fingertip against the open top of the bottle, turn the bottle upside down, and allow 15 or 20 tiny pills to stick to your wet finger. Place your finger inside the horse’s mouth—you can try for a sublingual administration, but you both will probably be more comfortable with the remedy being put inside the horse’s cheek. The horse will probably gently “embrace” the treatment, as he will recognize that it is a harmless and in fact strongly-needed substance at the moment. Horses are incredibly sensitive to homeopathy, and if they recognize the remedy as being appropriate, they usually welcome its administration. Method Two. Make a long, narrow hole in a baby carrot. Put the pills inside the carrot, and feed it to the horse. If he spits it out, try burying it in an apple, top-dressing a little bit of sweet feed, hiding it in a lump of squished-up bread, or try putting one pill at a time into one treat at a time. Method Three. Force it in—just hold his halter firmly and stick those Nux V. pills into his mouth. Important: You can administer the homeopathic remedy at the same time as the Banamine and intubation. The alternative remedy will not interfere with the conventional drug and vice versa. Care and storage of homeopathic medicines Homeopathic remedies aren’t affected by hot or cold temperatures. However, sunlight and other energies

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can weaken them. Keep the remedies away from light, scents, cell phones and other electromagnetic energies. Just let your remedies rest in a drawer or cabinet (a few feet away from potentially interfering devices) until needed. What is homeopathy? For lack of a better explanation, I think of homeopathy as something that works on a molecular or an energy level. The principle is “The Law of Similars” which is, in a way, similar to the principle of vaccination, although the quantities of the triggering substance are exponentially smaller in homeopathy. For example, in the case of a bee sting, what might stimulate the immune system to stop the pain and itching? Believe it or not, bee-sting toxin. Thus, the remedy for a bee sting would be Apis. In homeopathy, a minuscule quantity of the highly diluted and succussed essence of Apis, scientifically prepared in an approved process and facility, is fused to a tiny sugar pill and this becomes the remedy. Somehow, this triggers an appropriate immune response and a rapid improvement. When I have taken a remedy that is correct, I’ve felt an almost immediate dissipation of the discomfort, like burning away most of the cobwebs in a fireplace upon lighting the first fire of the season. In fact, the remedy sometimes erases the very memory of the problem—often, a person will scoff at having felt sick at all, or state firmly that he “would have gotten better anyway.” In addition to the erasing-ofmemory phenomenon, this reaction occurs in part because homeopathy has no side effects. This can be both frustrating and delightful to the practitioner!

cabinet. Be sure the potency is 30c, not 30x and not 3c or 3L. 30c seems to work best with horses. The smallest bottle size (2-dram) is sufficient; the remedy will last a long time, especially if your are ordering the small pills. While you’re ordering Nux V., save on the shipping and order a small $6 bottle of Lachesis 30c. This is what you can use if your horse if writhing—use the Nux V. first, wait a minute or two, and if the horse still wants to roll then administer Lach. The Lach. is known as “the snake remedy” and if something is

coiling and uncoiling, like the horse’s intestines, Lach. will nearly always stop it. And if it doesn’t—well, your vet is on the way! Copyright ©2010 Carolyn Blakeslee. Carolyn is the publisher of Natural Awakenings Magazine and is a horse owner. She credits her veterinarian, Dr. Gerry Wessner, DVM, with her “conversion” to homeopathy. Consult these pages for vets in the area who practice integrative veterinary medicine including homeopathy.

Recommended sources My favorite source for homeopathic remedies is Washington Homeopathics, www.homeopathyworks. com/jshop/. Request the smallest (#10) or next-smallest (#15) pill size—three eensy pills have the same effect as three large pills. If you are a horse owner, I strongly recommend having Nux Vomica 30c in your medicine www.GoNaturalAwakenings.com

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all is in the air and the trees are showing some color. In northern states, gardeners are thinking about putting their gardens to bed for the winter and getting tools ready for storage. Hah! Here in north central Florida, we are still planting and rejuvenating garden beds. This time of year we see plants that have given their all, mulch that needs to be refreshed, and spent annuals that should be replaced with cool weather plants. Color in your garden can come from blooms that last until the first frost or freeze: n Dahlia – Known as the Peony of Fall. Will overwinter well in the ground. n Goldenrod – A tall yellow flowering plant that is falsely blamed for hay fever. The culprit is actually ragweed. n Blue spirea – A perennial woody shrub that produces flowers on 36-inch stems. n Mums – Pinch back periodically to prevent leggy plants. May be perennial in Zone 9a. n Reblooming Daylily – “Happy Returns” is a petite yellow that blooms until frost. n Plumbago – Blue- or white-flowered groundcover that will bloom until freeze. n Cassia – A butterfly attractor that blooms bright yellow October through December. n Beautyberry (pictured above) – Shrub produces purple flowers in summer and purple berries in winter. After the first freeze comes, and the above plants finish blooming, you will see only green. Look again and count how many greens you see; be thankful you are not looking at brown. Look again and see the structure of your garden (or, as is often said, “the bones”). With the third look, assess what can be done to make it better, or larger, or smaller, or more private, or more open, or ... We do not put our gardens to bed. We clean up the backdrops, evaluate our design and prepare the stage for the next season’s flowering stars.

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HealingWays Biological dentists work closely with an array of healthcare professionals, ranging from nutritionists, chiropractors and bodyworkers to naturopaths and environmental physicians.

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oday, it isn’t uncommon for professional dental services to offer perks like cushy reclining chairs, aromatherapy and relaxing music and videos. But savvy individuals seek even more: biological dentists whose wholistic philosophy is based on the theory that the whole is more than the sum of its parts or symptoms. Armed with mounting evidence that supports the link between periodontal disease and heart disease, as well as diabetes and pre-term births, growing numbers of dental patients are exploring safe and healthy treatment options and protocols before taking a deep breath and opening wide. “People who need dental work are doing research that helps them make better, more health-conscious decisions,” confirms Andrea Brockman, a doctor of dental surgery and president of OraMedica International, LLC. The dental health and wellness company works to educate consumers on how to be their own dental advocate. “When faced with an opinion that you have evidence of gum disease,” for example, “you should be aware of the difference between short- and long-term options, as well as the real issues, which are the health consequences,” comments Brockman. It is important to keep the family physician informed, especially when faced with impending surgery, pregnancy or a family history of heart disease. “Biocompatibility has less to do with periodontal disease than with other chronic illnesses, pain and allergies,” explains Brockman. “The more you understand ahead of time about periodontal examinations, diagnostic tests, proposed treatments and expected results, the better your questions will be during consultations with your dentist and physician.” The same principle applies to everything from treating individual issues underlying halitosis to restoration of teeth using today’s mercury-free dental filling materials, such as composite resins and porcelains. According to Brockman, the present void in holistic dental health care exists because medical doctors have little to no training in dentistry, and dentists aren’t licensed

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Biological Dentistry Holistic Options to Explore Before We Open Wide by Lee Walker

to treat the whole body. That gap is slowly being filled by biological dentists who consider a patient’s teeth, jaws and gums from a whole-body perspective. Biological dentists also work closely with an array of healthcare professionals, including environmental physicians, acupuncturists, chiropractors, naturopaths, nutritionists, bodyworkers and other holistic practitioners. “Biological dentists are not just ‘mercury-free,’” advises Brockman. “They believe that proper nourishment, detoxification and restoration of balance and function are paramount in overall health, and that dentistry plays a vital role.” They ascribe to the Hippocratic Oath, ‘First, do no harm.’ They support their mission by taking hundreds of hours of continuing education, keeping up-to-date on studies published throughout the world, and making substantial investments in the special equipment and supplies that are ... Continued on Page 29

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necessary for health-conscious dental interventions, such as precautions for the safe removal of amalgam fillings that contain mercury. Life circumstances and stressors, health issues and even daily activities can affect the diagnosis and treatment of oral conditions. Remarks Brockman, “Most people are surprised that chronic and acute health problems, emotional and physical stress, dietary changes, weight gain or loss, accidents, operations, travel, new medications, supplements and lack of sleep all have a lot to do with the health of gums and teeth.” The firm belief that dental products and procedures also affect the entire body is a shared premise of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT), the Holistic Dental Association (HAD) and the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine (IABDM). Representing a population that still comprises less than one-half of 1 percent of practicing dentists, these organizations have established training programs, scientific studies, strict treatment standards and yearly conferences for biological dentists. Individuals seeking to become their own dental advocate usually start with downloaded information from biological dental organization and consumer group websites. The following sites offer directories of holistic, biological or mercury-free dentists: n Consumers for Dental Choice (ToxicTeeth.org) n Holistic Dental Association (HolisticDental.org) n International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine (IABDM.org) n International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT.org) n International Association of Mercury Free Dentists (DentalWellness4u.com). n Locally, Dr. Cornelius Link practices biologic dentistry (see p.32). Dr. Andrea Brockman is the author of Take a Holistic Bite Out of …., a series of dental health tips booklets; HealthyGates Dental Resource Manual; and My Dental Coach Consumer Dental Advocacy Program, a newsletter. Visit OraMedica.com or MyDentalCoach.com. www.GoNaturalAwakenings.com

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TECH SABBATH A DAY OF REST FOSTERS WELLNESS by Erika Kosina

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an Rollman recently noticed a attendees to sing along with a band disturbing trend in his social that played an acoustic set in honor of interactions. “I was starting the occasion. Harmon found that she to get more birthday wishes on my felt “more present at the picnic, not Facebook wall than phone calls and hiding behind a camera or phone,” handwritten cards.” This inspired him and decided to continue taking such to create the Sabbath Manifesto, which breaks from technology. “I realized encourages people to that it’s good for my son In this culture, it to balance TV and techenjoy time outdoors, in silence, with loved ones, doesn’t take much nology with face-to-face and participating in pleaand outdoor time.” to live radically. sures they remember from Rollman offers 10 a time before the Internet. principles for observing It isn’t just Rollman who feels this such a weekly day of rest. “I don’t way. Across the country, Americans are want to push people to follow the starting to think about how a constant Sabbath Manifesto in a letter-of-thestream of electronic communications law manner,” he says. “I just want to affects the quality of their lives—and spark some dialogue about the pace of many are consciously unplugging life and our societal relationship with every once in a while. technology.” Recently, local businesses in San SabbathManifesto.org receives Francisco sponsored a Tech-Free Day, hundreds of joyful testimonials from inviting people to visit an unplugged both religious and secular fans of café or attend a potluck picnic. Aubrey the concept. Rollman sees no conHarmon, a self-described multitasking tradiction in promoting it on the “stay-at-home mom who also writes,” Internet.“We aren’t trying to be antiturned off her TV, computer and smart technology; we are just asking quesphone and went to the picnic—which tions about how we use it and how banned technology, but encouraged much we use it.”

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Sal Bednarz, owner of Actual Café, in Oakland, is thrilled that his facility’s laptop-free weekends are building an actual, not virtual, community. He recalls a neighborhood filmmaker who was working in his café during the week, but still mindful of the unplugged philosophy: “She made a point of taking breaks and talking to people next to her,” he says. “She thanked me, because she made two new friends and five new business contacts.” Many people report that a day away from a screen lets them reconnect with what really matters in their lives. Frank Bures, a Minneapolisbased travel writer who decided to make his Mondays Internet-free, remarks: “It goes back to Thoreau and living deliberately, instead of mindlessly. How do you want to spend your life? Staring at a screen and following link-trails, or being in your own mind? Your attention is finite, and it is what defines your life.” Erika Kosina wrote the original article, from which this is adapted, for YES! Magazine, a national, nonprofit media organization that fuses powerful ideas with practical actions. She is a freelance writer and community organizer who blogs about taking a break from technology at TechFreeDay.org.

The Sabbath Manifesto 10 Ways to Take a Day Off 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Avoid technology Connect with loved ones Nurture your health Get outside Avoid commerce Light candles Drink wine Eat bread Find silence Give back

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Electronic Vampires UNPLUG AND SEE INSTANT SAVINGS ON ENERGY BILLS by Brita Belli

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nplugging electronic devices and appliances can pay real dividends, both in reducing the amount of energy we use, and in lowering our utility bills. Meanwhile, in doing so, we have the pleasure of plugging back into real human interaction and communication with the natural world to recharge our peace and joy and true power. With each watt we deduct, we bring down the total energy consumed. All told, electronic devices and appliances account on average for 20 percent of a household’s energy bills. (For the record: A watt is a unit of measurement for power. For example, a 100-watt light bulb consumes 100 watts of power per hour when turned on.) Standby power alone—the power flowing to the TV, DVD player, cell phone charger, laptop and other devices when they’re not in use—can account for as much as 5 to 10 percent of total home energy use. Employing a power strip is an easy way to completely turn off all the assorted gadgets when they’re not in use. Here’s what we can save each hour, every time we unplug the following electronics: n Desktop computer CPU: 120 watts awake, 30/asleep n Desktop computer monitor: 150 watts awake, 30/asleep n Laptop: 50 watts n Stereo: 70 to 400 watts n TV: 19-inch = 65 to 110 watts; 27-inch = 113 watts; 36inch = 133 watts; 53- to 61-inch projection = 170 watts n Average plasma TV: 301 watts n Average LCD (standard) TV: 111 watts n Average LCD (LED): 101 watts (save energy by lowering the backlight) n DVD: 20 to 25 watts n DirecTV HR20 DVR: 33 watts n Microsoft Xbox 360: 119 to 187 watts (video game consoles consume nearly the same energy in idle mode as when being played) n Sony PlayStation 3: 150 watts n Nintendo Wii: 19 watts n Wireless router: 7 watts We can start by eliminating the standby power drain, then work toward big-bucks energy savings by making it a habit to unplug whatever electronics currently are not in use. Brita Belli is the editor of E – The Environmental Magazine. Sources: EnergySavers.gov; nrdc.org; Reviews.cnet.com; Standby.lbl.gov

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Cornelius A. Link, DDS 352-629-0700 / Ocala / www.drlinkdds.com There must be a biologic balance in the mouth as part of total body health. This means being concerned about infections in the teeth and gums, the relationship of the teeth to the jaws, the teeth to each other, saliva ph and metal toxicity. As a member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, we follow a recommended safety protocol for removal of amalgam fillings, if necessary. Dental materials compatibility testing available.

Nelson Kraucak, MD, ABCMT Life Family Practice Center 1501 U.S. Hwy. 441 North The Villages / 352-750-4333 Look into Holistic Integrative Medicine for your health. Chelation is a holistic approach for heavy metal toxicity and is believed to benefit those with heart disease. Neurotherapy, acupuncture, and many other services.

Cynthia Christianson, M.A., CCC ThetaHealing™ Advanced Practitioner 352-374-7982 or 352-284-1107 www.AvantiCoaching.com www.IntegralHealings.com ThetaHealing™ coaching is using the Belief and Feeling Work to empower people with the ability to remove and replace negative emotions, feelings and thoughts with positive, beneficial ones. Change your negative beliefs and you will heal on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels thus really seeing this relief show up in your life.

Breastfeeding

Diane Alther, LCSW, RN, CHt Traditional and Karuna Reiki Master/Teacher Ocala and Dunnellon locations / 352-425-1992 www.emdrtherapistnetwork.com Combining conventional counseling with body, mind, energy therapies including EMDR, EFT, hypnosis, full wave breathwork, meditation and Reiki to facilitate change and mental and emotional balance.

Nurturing Mothers & Babies Lactation Service Teresa Glaser, BSN, LM, IBCLC 352-317-1771 / tglaser1124@msn.com www.NurturingMothersandBabies.com Our goal is to help you and your baby enjoy nursing. Teresa is a Board-certified lactation consultant serving Gainesville, Ocala and the surrounding area. Offering home and office visits.

Holistic Psychotherapy

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Aaron Perry, AP, LMT Life Family Practice Center 1501 U.S. Hwy. 441 North The Villages / 352-750-4333 Focusing on your health and well being, I integrate acupuncture, massage, homeopathy, colonics and NAET (allergy elimination) to enhance your quality of life. Medicare, Insurance accepted.

Christine Green CHt Hypnotherapy Gainesville Hypnotherapy 1212 NW 12th Ave., Suite C-3 Gainesville FL 32601 / 352-339-6078 www.OneStepDeeper.com Invite amazing changes into your life through Hypnosis. The powerful process of Hypnotherapy guides you naturally and easily to the life you truly deserve. Free consultation: www.onestepdeeper.com and 352-339-6078.

Gentle Waters Healing Center 352-374-0600, Gainesville info@gentlewatershealing.com The therapists at Gentle Waters Healing Center will assist each individual with detoxing using colon hydrotherapy, Far Infrared Sauna, and/or Aqua Chi Lymphatic Drainage. We also carry probiotics, digestive enzymes, and other products for overall health. Proud sponsors of Barley Life Nutritional Products. Call Dawn Brower for more information or visit www.gentlewatershealing.com. MA41024, MM15426.

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Joshua Vlahos Hypnotherapy Gainesville, FL www.SpiritOfHypnosis.com 352-443-0007 Lose weight, experience more peace and joy, heal the body, enjoy spiritual growth, overcome addictions, stop smoking; have better sex, improved concentration, financial prosperity. Hypnosis really works!

Kim Marques, CHt, Reiki Master Teacher www.ItsAllPerfect.com 352-804-9006 in Ocala Change your vibe, change your life! Free Info and Spiritual Energy by appointment. Embrace the mind, body and spirit with hypnosis, energy sessions and training, spiritual guidance, Life Wise workshops and support groups, meditation, Goddess Weight Loss, attraction power kits and more.

Massage Tiara L. Catey, LMT Center for Balance 1705 N.W. 6th St., Gainesville 352-642-4545 / www.tiaracatey.com Relieve pain, manage stress and cultivate joyful relaxation and balance by including massage as an essential part of your self-care practices. Therapeutic massage, relaxation massage and lomilomi. Includes aromatherapy. Holistic approach. Some insurance accepted. Visa/MC. See www.tiaracatey.com for details. MA41831.

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Clark Dougherty Therapeutic Massage Clinic 850 N.E. 36th Terr., Ocala 352-694-7255 / www.ClarkDougherty.com Offering a variety of therapeutic massage techniques for pain relief, improved flexibility, and other wonderful benefits. PIP and WorkComp always accepted, also group/private insurance in some instances. All credit cards accepted. Gift certificates are available now for Christmas and birthdays with 25% discount on a second session. MA27082, MM9718. Stuart Feinman Healing Springs Massage Therapy www.healingspringsmassage.com 352-812-3853 / ambrosia108@yahoo.com Quality mobile therapeutic massage. Home, hotel suites, or office. Relaxation, pain management, stress reduction, increased range of motion, and personalized yoga therapy. Complimentary Kripalu Yoga Flow, Sathya Sai Baba Study Circle and Jyoti Meditation Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m., Namananda Yoga Center, Ocala. MA49878. Neuromuscular Massage By Design 1920 S.W. 20th Pl., Suite 202, Ocala 352-694-4503 Offering neuromuscular massage, craniosacral release therapy, ETPS acupuncture. Most insurance accepted, as well as PIP and WorkerComp. 20% discount for prepurchase of four or more sessions. Referrals from physicians and chiropractors accepted. MA22645. Traditional Thai massage Ariela Grodner LMT 900 N.W. 8th Ave., Gainesville arielasthaimassage.com / 352-336-7835 Ariela offers an ancient massage modality known in the west as Thai Massage, sometimes referred to as “lazy man’s yoga.” It is a fusion of yoga and the martial arts in a massage modality. Call to reserve an appointment or to find out about classes held locally.

MTT Sandra Wilson, EFT-ADV Meridian Tapping Techniques Practitioner 352-454-8959, www.SandraWilson.org A positive change is a tap away! What’s keeping you from the life you want? Meridian Tapping is the painless, drug-free method to bring positive change! Remove negative emotions and blocks to success. Sessions in Ocala and The Villages. Phone sessions also available.

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Hendrix Piano Service 352-895-5412 Serving north central Florida Tuning, repairs, cleaning, fine custom maintenance of your acoustic piano. Playing services including accompaniment, weddings, other church services, concerts. Experience: churches, cabarets, Marion Chorale, Duelling Divas, much more. Call today!

Your Yoga with Karen Adair, 200RYT www.KarenAdairYourYoga.webs.com Cell 904-237-0257 Two locations in Ocala Hatha yoga, all ages, all levels. Gain strength. Clear your mind. Relieve stress. Breathe. Increase physical, mental, and emotional flexibility. Brick City Center for the Arts; Zanetti-DeBolt Family Wellness Center.

Rolfing Carol L. Short / Certified Advanced Rolfer™, Craniosacral Therapist, Gainesville and North Central FL / 352-318-0509 Rolfing® is a system of body restructuring through systematic manipulation of muscle and fascial tissues. It promotes the release and realignment of long standing patterns of tension and dysfunction, bringing the body to greater balance, mobility, vitality, and ease. A holistic approach to mobility, vitality and balance. MA16337/MM18921.

Skin Care Consultant DC Natural Skin 352-284-1138 / 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. www.DCNaturalSkin.com ECZEMA, PSORIASIS, Pain and Irritation sufferers: Now you can experience relief from itching, redness, blisters, scaling and scratching. Tired of creams that don’t work? Try our “green” botanical products that bring RELIEF! Call or visit the website NOW. The only thing you have to lose is your discomfort. You’ll love the relief!

Veterinary Care Medicine Wheel Veterinary Services Shauna Cantwell DVM, MVSc, Diplomate ACVA / Ocala, FL www.shaunacantwell.com / 352-538-3021 Holistic veterinary medicine for small animals and horses. Preventative health, arthritis, neurologic and hormonal dysfunction, skin, allergies, cancer, pain, immune and chronic disease, more. Certified Veterinary Acupuncture, certified spinal manipulative therapy (cAVCA animal chiropractic), sports medicine, Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (herbal therapy, tui na medical massage), functional neurology, postural rehabilitation, ozone therapy, homotoxicology, nutrition. Available for lectures and workshops.

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CalendarofEvents November 1-7 Dracula. The Hippodrome, 25 SE 2nd Pl., Gainesville, 352-375-HIPP, www. thehipp.org. EcoWeek in the FL Keys. Info: www. EcoWeekFloridaKeys.com. November 4-7 Couples Healing Intensive. Especially powerful for couples struggling to rebuild trust and intimacy in their relationship. Richard & Diana Daffner with Cia Rico, Sarasota, FL. 1-877-282-4244. November 4-28 Lend Me a Tenor. Comedy. Ocala Civic Theatre, 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, (352-236-2274, www.ocalacivictheatre.com. Saturday, November 6 Citra Orange-A-Fair, 9-4, Citra Community Center (SR 318 just off Hwy. 301). An old-fashioned country fair with food, entertainment, crafts, antiques. www. citra-oaf.org, 352-595-3377. Crystal Resonance Healing, Fran Oppenheimer, RN, LMT, 12-6 pm, love offering. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs, 386-4548657. Meditation for Everyone: Developing a Kind Heart. Guided meditations & Buddhist teaching w/Kadampa Buddhist Teacher Joanna Ching, donation $9, $5 students, no one turned away for lack of funds. 10–11:30 am. Sacred Earth Center, 3131 NW 13 St, Gainesville, 904-2228531, www.MeditationInJacksonville.org.

Veterans, 20% off books and herbs, free auricular acupuncture treatment. Academy for Five Element Acupuncture, Gainesville, 352-335-2332, www.acupuncturist.edu. November 11-19 Romance in D. Comic love story. Ocala Civic Theatre, 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, (352-236-2274, www.ocalacivictheatre.com.   Friday, November 12 Heart Shrine Buddhist Relic Tour opening ceremony. 7-9 pm, officiated by Geshe Konchog Kyag. Unitarian Universalist Church, 4225 NW 24th St., Gainesville, www.maitreyaproject.org.

Knowledge. www.ifsk.org, 407-673-9776. On Purpose: Making Your Dream A Reality. Pre-registration $65/person, $85/ at the door, group discounts. Unity, 8801 NW 39th Ave, Gainesville, 352-514-3122, www.prosperouslivingseminars.com Pet Blessing, 10-12. Relic viewings and blessings, 7 pm. Free. Unitarian Universalist Church, 4225 NW 24th St., Gainesville. www.RelicTourGainesville. com. Readings, Katarina Campagnola, 12-6 pm, $20. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs, 386-4548657.

November 12, 19, 26 Body, Mind and Breath classes., Yoga and Ayurveda, vegetarian dinner, Kirtan. 6 pm until ? Ayurveda Health Retreat, 14616 NW 140th St., Alachua, www.InspirationYogaInstitute.com, 352-870-7645. November 12-14 Couples Beach Getaway & Workshop. Richard & Diana Daffner, authors of Tantric Sex for Busy Couples. Also Dec. 3-5. $595/ couple, Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota, FL. 1-877-282-4244.  Saturday, November 13 Mediumship Spiritual Development Class, 2-4:30 pm, $25. Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave. Sponsored by International Foundation for Spiritual

Ongoing Monthly Classes British Medium Jan Marshall Coming in March

Shamanic Technique Workshops Check our complete program for 2011 on the website

November 6-7 29th Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show, 10-5, free. Info: www.gvlculturalaffairs.org, 352-334-ARTS (2787). Sunday, November 7 Opening reception, Harimandir Khalsa’s artwork for the month of November. 12-4 pm, Unity Church of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Avenue, Gainesville, www. harimandir.com. November 8-9 Auditions, “The Full Monty,” musical comedy. Ocala Civic Theatre, 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, (352-236-2274, www.ocalacivictheatre.com. Thursday, November 11 Veterans Day Open House,” 4:30-8:30 pm. Lecture: Acupuncture Options for

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CalendarofEvents CalendarofEvents Sunday, November 14 Geshe Konchog Kyag will speak at 11 am. Relic viewings and blessings, 10-5. Free. Unitarian Universalist Church, 4225 NW 24th St., Gainesville. www.facebook.com/GainesvilleRelicTour. Thursday, November 18 Dismantling Stress w/Integrative Relaxation, John Ernest Hiester(Chandrakant) 7-8:30 pm, following Amrit Yoga w/Veda 5:30-6:30. Downtown Public Library, 401 E. University Ave, Gainesville, 4th floor. Free. Dress warmly, bring light blanket. jehiester@amrityoga.org, vedalewis@aol.com. Saturday, November 20 Stones for Shamanic Journeying and Transformation with Sharron Britton, 1-4 pm, $20. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs, 386-454-8657. Opens November 26 This Wonderful Life. The Hippodrome, 25 SE 2nd Pl., Gainesville, 352-375-HIPP, www.thehipp.org. Saturday, November 27 Countdown to the Holidays Party/8th anniversary. Free. 12-6 pm, High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs, 386-454-8657. December 4-5 Thai Massage Certification, first level, Florida School of Massage. 18-hour accredited course; CEUs for LMTs and Yoga teachers. Register online at floridaschoolofmassage.com or arielasthaimassage.com. Ongoing Events Sunday Celebrating Community & Inspiring Message. Visioning Meditation 9:45 am, Celebration/Message & Youth Celebration 10:30 am, 3rd Sunday: Brunch after Celebration followed by the Debt-Free Prosperity Club Meeting, Love Offering, OakBrook Center for Spiritual Living, 1009 NE 28 Ave, Ocala, 352-629-3897, www.oakbrookcsl.org. Weekly Celebration Service, Guided Meditation & Metaphysical Message w/Rev. Marylou Palmer, 10 am; Youth & Family Ministry runs at the same time. Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd, Ocala, 352-687-2113, www.unityocala.org. Mon., Tues., Wed., Fri. Your Yoga w/Karen Adair. Mon, Wed, Fri 9 am, The Brick City Center for the Arts, 23 SW Broadway, Downtown Ocala. Tue 9 am & Wed 6 pm, Zanetti-DeBolt Family Wellness Center, 4817 NE 2nd Loop, Ocala. www.KarenAdairYourYoga.webs.com, 904-2370257. Wednesday Easy Speaker’s Toastmaster Club Meeting, 1st & 3rd Wed, 6-7:30 pm, Free for guests. Cal’s Restaurant, CR-25, Belleview. 352-804-9006, www.easyspeakerstmc.freetoasthost.info. Saturday Farmstead Saturdays. Free, 9-3 pm. Crones Cradle, 6411 NE 217 Pl, Citra. 352-595-3377, www.cronescradleconserve.com.

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