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Contents 11 Writing a New World Story that Heals the Planet 14 Pay Where We Play: Boosting the Hometown Economy


17 The Gift of Yum


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18 Holiday Gift Giving Recipes 21 Kratom: the next great plant medicine


24 Matt Kahn on Transforming the Planet With Love

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4 letter from the publisher 5 affirming naturally 8 healthy living finds 9 eco tip

15 holiday shopping guide

26 calendar of events 28 healthy living guide

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letter from publishers


Greetings! The weather is getting cooler up here at The Cabin, well as it is elsewhere around southeast Texas. For us that means harvesting the last of the tomatoes to ripen them inside and covering the greens so they can be picked fresh even after the first frost. It means winterizing the pipes and making sure the butane heater is in good working order. Cindy and I have enjoyed a quiet Thanksgiving Day. We both missed going to our oldest son’s house and celebrating with his family or having our youngest son, wife and children down to celebrate with us. We will miss having the family get-togethers with food and presents this Christmas as well but this is the new normal during a time of increasing COVID infections. Most of the business of publishing a magazine has always been done online but in the past I did often go out to find new businesses who would distribute our publication and new business who would want to advertise with us. Sales is harder now with some businesses closed and others whose business has been seriously impacted by the pandemic. Cindy and I used to go out shopping, eat out or go to a movie. Now, shopping is a quick dash to curbside service and home, eating is at home and movies are on Netflix. The Cabin is safe and the property around it allows us to do many things outdoors in nature but we, especially Cindy, miss the actual human contact. Like everyone else these days we are suffering from additional stresses: the economy, the election and over it all COVID. I recently read an article that called this COVID-PTSD or C-PTSD. Unlike the PTSD a combat veteran or survivor of some natural disaster might experience, the trauma doesn’t stop, it is continuous and seemly never ending. While we aren’t experiencing it at the level healthcare workers or people who have lost loved ones or their livelihoods have, we have and are experiencing it. The article went on to explain that it isn’t useful or healthy to deny you are experiencing traumatic stress and neither is it healthy to feel guilty for feeling stressed because


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EDITOR & DESIGN Mike Hart CREATIVE someone else has it a lot worse. The plain truth is that we are all stressed and traumatized and tired of being stressed and traumatized but things aren’t going to get better any time soon. Accepting this is a start. Then what can we do once we have made this start? Well, many of the things we already know to do like: trying to eat nutritious food, getting some exercise outdoors, meditating for a short time every day, staying in touch with family and friends by phone, Facebook and Zoom, continuing to do your spiritual practices, getting enough sleep, being grateful for the good things we do have, and cutting ourselves some slack when we lash out because we are stressed. This month, we have chosen a rather long article on re-visioning our world amid COVID and beyond rather than several short articles on a holiday theme. We also urge you to shop local for your holiday gifts so that you are supporting local businesses in our community. We have included a directory of local businesses who support Natural Awakenings as a place to start. Until next month, keep on keeping on. Limit your travel and gatherings. Social distance. Wear your mask and wash your hands. Not in fear but because you care about the health and wellbeing of yourself and those you come in contact with.

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When the holiday classic Jingle Bells

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A New Story for the World

Re-Visioning the Script for a Healthier Society and Planet by Linda Sechrist

The most familiar form of human activity and the most natural way to describe what hap-

pens in our lives is through telling stories. Toddlers listen to stories that have contained the same archetypal characters acting out similar plots for millennia. In literature, folktales and myths all over the world, stories serve the purpose of providing life instructions and answering humanity’s fundamental questions about the nature of existence, such as who we are, where we came from, the definition of our purpose and the nature of our reality. In the 1980s, author and cultural historian Thomas Berry declared that humanity needed a new story that is less destructive and dysfunctional. Berry filled lecture halls, telling attendees, “We are in trouble now because we don’t have a good story. The old story, the account of how the world came to be and how we fit into it, isn’t functioning properly. What once sustained us, shaped our emotional attitude, provided us with life purpose, energized action,

consecrated suffering, integrated knowledge and guided education is no longer serving humanity.” As we are discovering globally through hard experience, the old stories of rugged individualism and conquering and dominating the natural world have run their course with grim results. In the last four decades, fragments of a new story have been slowly emerging. Because it isn’t deemed worthy of mainstream media, the public is left in the dark about new, life-instructing stories capable of altering human civilization in positive ways. Were these story fragments woven together in an anthology, chapters on climate, economy, religion, environment, science, politics, medicine, education, conscious evolution and community would constitute a useful account of ideas and concepts capable of bringing about a brighter future for humanity and the planet. These possibilities would surely capture readers’ imaginations.

New Climate Story

In Climate: A New Story, writer and activist Charles Eisenstein suggests that we need a new story that makes possible the more beautiful world our hearts know is achievable. The story, which he believes is attainable, calls for people, governments and organizations to embrace a partnership paradigm to protect, restore, regenerate and repair damages to our planet’s natural world, which we call the environment. Using indigenous wisdom, organizations such as the Pachamama Alliance and Bioneers are helping individuals worldwide to recognize that humanity is here to be in service to life. Creating the right conditions for revitalizing life is the opposite of our collective story that views the natural world only as a resource. Eisenstein’s ideas for regenerative agriculture match those described in environmentalist Paul Hawken’s Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. In October, Drawdown Georgia became the first state-centered effort to crowd-solve for

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climate change, with solutions tailored to Georgia’s unique natural, economic and social resources.

New Science Story

Evolution biologist Elisabet Sahtouris’ stories about science shine a light on the broader perspective of life and science gained from studying multiple worldviews. A scholar of ancient sciences, Sahtouris reminds us that the original purpose of science was to find guidance for human affairs by studying nature. During a recent conversation with Ubiquity University founder Jim Garrison in the online Humanity Rising’s Global Solutions Summit, she says, “We have acted in opposition and made ecology subservient to our economy, using ecology as a set of resources for human economics. When we make our economy fit into nature’s economy, which we call ecology, we’ll have ecosophy, the ‘wisdom of the Earth itself’ that occurs when a man knows how to listen with love.” Sahtouris teaches corporations about ecosophy’s new view of a conscious universe and a living Earth in which we are co-creators. This, she believes, takes humans out of fatalistic victimhood so that we can become consciously active agents of our destiny. Lifting the fog of our self-image as consumers of stuff gives humans the rights and responsibilities to live out our full co-creative humanity.

A Global Commons Sharing Solutions

Through the daily sharing of stories with keynote speakers and panel discussions, Garrison increases the momentum of the Humanity Rising movement, which includes Ubiquity University students, program participants and more than 400 organizations that come together as a “global commons” to take counsel and share what they are developing for their own networks. Humanity Rising was launched to try to leverage the crisis of the coronavirus pandemic into an opportunity for human renewal and increase our resilience to future challenges. This new form of real-life competency education delivered in TED Talk-style presentations, moderated dialogues, working groups, blogs, ongoing conversations, group discussions and other interactions provides participants a wide scope of possibilities and activities for working together for global solutions.

Economics Story

If British economist Kate Raworth writes a follow-up to her bestselling book Donut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st


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Century Economist, she’ll certainly add a case study of her consulting work in Amsterdam, where her donut model is now embraced as the starting point for public policy decisions. Amsterdam is the world’s first city to make a commitment to Raworth’s concepts: “Out with the global attachment to economic growth and laws of supply and demand, and in with … what it means for countries, cities and people to thrive in balance with the planet,” as reported in The Guardian. The simple central premise of Raworth’s alternative to growth economics is that the goal of economic activity should be to meet the core needs of all within the means of the planet.


Author Robert Atkinson’s contribution to the new story is his understanding of the underlying unity in all religions and all humanity, expressed throughout his book The Story of Our Time: From Duality to Interconnectedness to Oneness. “Nature is an embodiment of the divine, and the whole Earth is sacred. Its vast resources are our common heritage entrusted to us,” he says. “Humanity is one family. Having passed through the stage of childhood, humanity is now struggling to leave behind its adolescent ways while taking on new patterns of thought and action in approaching its maturity. Accepting the oneness of humanity as a biological fact, a social necessity and a spiritual reality will lead us further along our journey toward lasting peace.” Atkinson believes global harmony is inevitable when we exercise our obligation to independently investigate reality and stop blindly and uncritically following various traditions, movements and opinions. He says, “I consider this as one of the main sources of world conflict.”

Undivided Wholeness

In a world engulfed by fragmentation, the film Infinite Potential: The Life & Ideas of David Bohm is a healing balm with the potential to overturn our ideas about the world and ourselves. “The core work of David Bohm, considered one of the most significant theoretical physicists of the 20th century, is our essential interconnectedness and undivided wholeness from which we get a sense of our own interconnectivity,” says producer and director Paul Howard. “This realization makes it logical to start taking better care of ourselves, each other and planet Earth.” Howard notes, “David was interested in the nature of thought and consciousness. Real-

izing that he wanted to develop full expression of his interests, he explored wider domains and investigated different worldviews with sages, philosophers and spiritual leaders such as the Dalai Lama, who called David his ‘science guru’. A lifelong concern with social and political change led him to develop the Bohm Dialogue, a form of communication aiming to break through our collective modes of habitual thought. He also spent time with indigenous people, searching for a new form of language in which to express his ideas in a more process-oriented way.”

Indigenous Wisdom

While the early church developed and grew in numbers by assimilating the wisdom of the world about it, including paganism, it neglected to assimilate the intuitive ways in that indigenous people knew the natural world, how it functioned and how intimately they were integrated with it. Tribes around the globe have ancient extinction stories that foretold the crises we are collectively experiencing, as well as potential outcomes and possible solutions. In Sacred Instructions: Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change, Sherri Mitchell (Weh’na Ha’mu Kwasset) tells the story of the Mohawk Seventh Generation Prophecy. “The Onkwehonwe, or real people, rise up and demand their wisdom and way of life be respected and that the natural way of the Earth and way of life be fully restored. Teachings on the indigenous way of life are being sought after, and all that remains is that we work together to restore the Earth to a state of balance and good health,” she says.

Medicine and Community

Thousands of people are gathering in online intentional communities associated with personal growth, healing and spiritual awakening. Jennifer Phelps, M.D., owner and director of Phelps MD Integrative Medicine, in Redding, Connecticut, practices mind-body medicine and is a faculty member of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, in Washington, D.C. A trained facilitator of small groups, she has been teaching trauma and stress healing via Zoom calls during the pandemic. Initially, Phelps was concerned about how the levels of intimacy, trust and vulnerability necessary for individuals to develop a sense of cohesiveness and bonding could be formed via computer screens. By using the center’s model of self-care, self-awareness and mutual support that has its roots in indigenous culture, she felt her concern dissipate as group members began to bond quickly. “Our guidelines call for no cross-talking and no interrupting. Confidentiality is sacred. I’m a facilitator and a participant, which most models don’t allow,” says Phelps. She speculates that the success of online bonding might be due to participants feeling safer in their homes with a little extra anonymity, noting, “Not being face-to-face seems to allow people to share more freely. These weird times are creating a commonality and a sense of community connection.”

Conscious Choice

Leah Lamb, a sacred storyteller in Topanga, California, defines her role as a seer far beyond the present moment. In Lamb’s online classes with her storytelling community, she loves sharing quotes by other storytellers such as Rebecca Solnit, “We think we tell stories; but stories often tell us … Too often stories saddle us, and they ride us and whip us onward and tell us what to do and we do it without questioning. The task of learning to be free is to learn to hear them; to question them, to pause and hear silence, to name them and then become a storyteller of your own story.” “In our role of storyteller, we can’t be without understanding that we tell stories about how we are in the world as much as stories tell us how to be in world. Identify and notice your stories, then understand how they are running you, so you can consciously choose your place in them,” advises Lamb, who encourages her students to discover the genius of their own calling. These are only some chapters in the new story that calls for each of us to be aware of the stories we live by, as well as those we tell ourselves and others. It also begs us to ask what is our role in the new story. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at LindaSechrist.com.

I hope that people will finally come to realize that there is only one race–the human race– and that we are all members of it. ~Margaret Atwood

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Boosting the Hometown Economy by Sandra Yeyati

A message we hear throughout the year,

but especially during the holidays, is, “Buy local.” The idea is to purchase from locally owned and operated businesses. Facing competition from big chains like Walmart or internet companies like Amazon, they need our support. But it’s not just a nice thing to do; consumers that buy local help build robust hometown economies with a long list of impressive benefits. “About three dozen studies have found that two to four times more money stays in the economy for every dollar spent in a locally owned business rather than a nonlocal one,” says economist Michael Shuman, author of The Small-Mart Revolution, Put Your Money Where Your Life Is and The Local Economy Solution. “What’s more, the community enjoys a multiplier effect, generating two to four times more job opportunities, two to four times more income and two to four times greater tax collections. If your interest is in reducing poverty and raising social equality, locally owned businesses are your ticket to doing so.”


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According to Shuman, cities that rely on just one or two large companies to drive their economies are far less self-reliant and less resilient than towns that support a diversified base of smaller, locally owned businesses. “The more you have control over your economy, the less likely you’re going to be hurt if one big company splits for Mexico,” he explains. Cities that have many thriving local businesses enjoy other benefits, too. “We know from political science studies that they have higher rates of voting participation and volunteering,” Shuman says. “Sociology studies show lower crime and greater degrees of social organization and civil society. Health studies reveal that local business communities replace a lot of unhealthy, imported food with healthier, fresher, less-packaged food that lowers rates of diabetes and obesity. Unique local businesses attract tourists. And because they shorten the lines of distribution and supply, we know they bring down carbon footprint.” Phoenix business leader Kimber Lanning, who opened a record store in 1987

and an art gallery in 1999, has witnessed firsthand the transformative power of local commerce. “Doing business with people we know heightens our connection to place, and when we care about place, we’re more likely to vote, volunteer and give charitably.” In 2003, Lanning founded the nonprofit Local First Arizona (LFA) to help local businesses thrive and eventually eliminate city, state and federal subsidies that multinational companies were receiving. “Big chains move in, claiming they’re going to drive so much sales tax revenue that the city should pay them to be there,” she explains. “Cabela’s [the outfitter chain] got a $68 million subsidy from Glendale to open one retail location. These sweetheart deals extract money out of the community that could have been spent on parks, libraries and fire departments, but instead goes to shareholders living elsewhere.” Responding to political pressure by LFA and others, Arizona passed a law banning these subsidies five years ago—a major victory—leveling the playing field for smaller businesses, according to Lanning. As the author of 13 destination guidebooks, Florida-based travel journalist Karen T. Bartlett helps people discover the often-hidden flavors and experiences unique to their own region, meeting neighbors and supporting the local economy along the way. “From kayak adventures and foodie tours to community theater productions and galleries featuring local artists, fun and meaningful ways to enjoy the distinctive offerings of home abound,” she says. “Think local first,” Lanning says. “Spend your money with people you know in your community—from haircuts to oil changes. Use a local pharmacy. Go to the farmers’ market and move your money to community banks and credit unions.” “For people to get excited about the purchase of a five-dollar hammer and not pay attention to where they have their mortgage is utterly irrational. Rank [in] order your business expenditures, which starts with your home, then probably goes to your car and then health care, and think about ways of localizing those things, rather than every grocery item,” Shuman advises. “Usually, you find cheaper, better-quality goods and services, or at the very least, comparable options,” he says, adding that even if a purchase is slightly more expensive or a bit less convenient, favoring the neighborhood vendor is always going to benefit the local economy. Sandra Yeyati, J.D., is a professional writer. Reach her at SandraYeyati@gmail.com.

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The Gift of Yum Homemade Treats Spark Holiday Cheer by April Thompson

Gift-givers seeking memorable presents while avoiding holiday shopping stress need look

no further than the kitchen. Edible homemade gifts make special, welcome treats, help slow down the shopping frenzy of the season and increase creativity in the kitchen. While 79 percent of recipients return some holiday gifts every year, food and handmade items rank in the top 10 treasured gifts, according to Survey Monkey research. Mackenzie Burgess, a Fort Collins, Colorado, dietitian and recipe developer at Cheerful Choices, encourages holiday gift-givers to think beyond the Christmas cookie. One of her go-to holiday gifts, a lentil and brown rice dry soup mix, features colorful dry ingredients layered in a Mason jar and the recipe attached with a pretty ribbon. “This shelf-stable dry soup mix is the perfect, plant-based meal to make on a chilly night, and makes for a unique, affordable and thoughtful gift,” says Burgess, adding that the Mason jars can be repurposed. For a sweet but healthy treat, Burgess offers freezer-friendly energy bites, which can be made in large quantities in advance and frozen or refrigerated, then popped into jars at gift time. These gluten-free, vegan treats can be made with common pantry items, including a base of oats, nut butter and a sweetener like honey or agave, as well as “fixings” such as shredded coconut, dried cranberries or goji berries, chopped nuts, or chia or flax seeds to boost the flavor and nutrition. Natural food coloring can also be added to foster a more festive look. To give a gift a “wow” factor, blogger Shelley Fulton, in Hudson, Ohio, recommends making a themed basket that may include a mix of homemade and purchased items. “You

can take your signature spice rub or that homemade soup mix everyone raves about and expand into a gift basket with other products that support the theme, like barbecue tools for the spice rub or a kettle with cute soup bowls and a new ladle for the soup mix,” says Fulton, the creator of Two Healthy Kitchens. For the dog lovers on a holiday list, Fulton suggests making homemade sweet potato dog biscuits, which can be bundled in a dog bed with other canine comforts. Stephanie Hafferty, author of The Creative Kitchen: Seasonal Plant Based Recipes for Meals, Drinks, Garden and Self Care, suggests handcrafted items like infused vinegars, herb salts, herbal tea blends or spice mixes for foodies on the holiday gift list. Infused concoctions can be easily made by steeping a light vinegar like champagne or cider with rosemary, thyme or other perennial herbs, along with a spiraled citrus peel, for two weeks before gifting. “Infused vinegars look so lovely and go with so many winter dishes. They also have the advantage of being antiviral and having the shelf life of a few years,” says Hafferty. Herb-infused olive oils make another gorgeous foodie gift, but Hafferty warns of botulism risk if the herbs are not completely dried beforehand and fully submerged in the oil. “Make this one closer to the time you plan to give it and include instructions to use within a few weeks,” recommends the Somerset, England, author. Unusual spice mixes are another favorite gift of Hafferty’s, which can encourage home cooks to get creative. “Ras el Hanout is a versatile Moroccan spice blend that elevates dishes to another dimension. You can upcycle an old tin and decorate it with images of Moroccan tiles and add a homemade booklet with recipe ideas,” she says. For a hostess gift that will be eaten immediately, Fulton loves making fruit kabob bouquets, made festive by using red and green fruits like strawberries and kiwi cut into holiday-themed shapes like stars and bells. “This is a fun one to make with kiddos,” adds the blogger. If concerned about preparing food items for someone due to COVID-19, Fulton suggests assembling a countertop herb garden or a handmade book of favorite recipes, with a promise to cook together soon. The spirit that goes into holiday gift-making matters as much as the end product. Making thoughtful presents for loved ones is a great time to reflect upon our blessings, especially those that have blessed our lives this year. Connect with Washington, D.C., freelance writer April Thompson at AprilWrites.com.

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Holiday Gift-Giving Recipes Lentil Brown Rice Soup yield: 6 servings If presenting the soup mix as a gift, layer dry ingredients in a Mason jar and print recipe to attach to the jar. 1 cup green or brown lentils ½ cup uncooked brown rice ½ cup green split peas 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning 1 Tbsp dried parsley 1 Tbsp garlic powder ½ tsp ground black pepper 2 large vegetable bouillon cubes (1 cube should be equivalent to 1 Tbsp of granulated bouillon) 8 cups water

minutes, covered with a lid. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. Serve with crusty bread and parmesan cheese, if desired. Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 4 months. Recipe from Mackenzie Burgess, Cheerful Choices.

Optional: 1 medium yellow onion, diced 1 Tbsp canola oil 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, no salt added Optional: Sauté onion in oil in a large stock pot over high heat for 3 minutes. Add can of diced tomatoes. Add dry soup ingredients and 8 cups of water to the same large stock pot (unless starting with this step). Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat and simmer for 40

Christmas Cocoa Crunch Bark yield: 30 pieces ½ cup 100% cocoa powder, unsweetened ½ cup coconut oil, melted 2 Tbsp raw quinoa 2 Tbsp maple syrup ¼ tsp stevia ¼ cup dried cranberries ¼ cup pistachios, roughly chopped 2 Tbsp candied orange, diced in small pieces ½ tsp pink Himalayan salt 2 Tbsp white chocolate, melted (optional) Toast raw quinoa over medium-high heat until slightly browned and nutty aroma. In a small bowl, mix together cocoa powder and melted coconut oil. Stir in toasted quinoa, maple syrup and stevia. Pour mixture onto a plate or sheet pan lined with parchment paper or wax paper. Sprinkle pistachios, dried cranberries, candied oranges and salt over the melted chocolate mixture. Drizzle white chocolate over the top and use a toothpick to create swirl effect if desired.


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Freeze for 1 hour. Break into pieces and enjoy. Store leftovers in freezer for up to 3 months. Recipe from Mackenzie Burgess, Cheerful Choices.

Ras el Hanout Spice Mix This is lovely sprinkled onto roasting vegetables or added to falafel mixes, soups, stews and tagines. 1 tsp cumin seeds 1 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp coriander seeds 1 tsp ground nutmeg 1 tsp turmeric 1 tsp fennel seeds 2 tsp cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick, ground 1 tsp smoked paprika or red pepper flakes 1 tsp black peppercorns

1 tsp cayenne (optional for spicier version) 5 star anise ½ tsp ground cloves Seeds from 10 cardamom pods 1 tsp dried rose petals Dry roast the cumin, coriander, peppercorns, fennel and star anise in a cast-iron skillet until lightly toasted. This takes a minute or two and smells gorgeous. Cool and mix with the other ingredients, grinding in a pestle and mortar or spice blender until the mixture resembles a fine powder. Store in a glass-lidded container. This spicy mix is good for up to six months.

Energy Bites yield: 12 large bites or 24 small bites These energy bites are the perfect snack to grab and go. They’re completely customizable and take 5 minutes or less to make. It’s easy to create festive, colored bites for the holidays. Simply add one-quarter cup of oats into a bowl with 15-30 drops of food coloring and give it a stir. Then, simply roll your finished balls in the food-colored oats. 1 cup rolled oats or quick oats ½ cup add-ins (dried fruit, chocolate chips, shredded coconut, chia seeds, ground flaxseed, chopped nuts or a mixture) ½ cup nut or seed butter (peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, sun butter) 1 Tbsp liquid (plant-based milk, dairy milk, water, coconut oil) 2-3 Tbsp honey or maple syrup Add oats, add-ins, nut or seed butter, and liquid to a large bowl. Stir to combine. Mixture should be slightly sticky, but still crumbly. Add in honey or maple syrup, 1 tablespoon at a time, to reach desired sweetness. Stir until mixture starts to come together in a sticky ball. If the mixture is still too dry, add in 1-2 more tablespoons of liquid. Place bowl in the freezer for at least 30 minutes to chill, then roll mixture into balls using hands. Store in the fridge until ready to eat or pack into a jar for a gift. Store any leftovers in fridge for up to 1 week or the freezer for up to 3 months.

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ation, (AKA), there are as many as fifteen million users in the United States. Unlike the cannabis plant, Kratom is legal in every state. In higher doses, used for the sedating effect, Kratom has been shown to have some psychoactive responses to the brain. These effects can help with depression and bring on feelings of happiness, euphoria and relaxation.

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Kratom: The Next Great Plant Medicine by J. Garnet

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are over 390,000 different species of plants inhabiting the planet. It’s not surprising that with so many varieties of vegetation that scientists are continuing to discover new uses and benefits from plants on a regular basis. Many of the discoveries are in the field of medicine, and as time marches on Mother Nature continues to provide natural remedies for illness and disease which affect humans. Even after years of research and trials of certain plants and their medicinal values, it takes longer for plant medicine to become mainstream and accepted by the medical community. For plant medicine, unfortunately, even after a natural remedy has been deemed effective and is validated by medical professionals, it takes longer for it to become accepted in the mindset of the general population. It’s disappointing that plant medicine isn’t being used more readily, even after it’s become legitimized. A perfect example of this is with the cannabis plant. For decades, marijuana was looked at with scorn and with negative opinions, even though cannabis has been used for centuries as a medicine for a long list of ailments. It’s only now being recognized as a pure and natural medicine that treats the body, mind and spirit of the patient. Cannabis is not legal in Texas, although in some states it is medicinally, recreationally or both. It takes time to shift the thinking involved with the transition from pharmaceuticals to plant medicine.

Medical uses for plants are, again, being discovered every day. These revelations are slow to make it into the public eye, and even when it does become a conversation point, it takes something more for it to become widely accepted as a legitimate treatment. One plant that has become more popular over the last few years in the United States is Kratom. Kratom is an evergreen tree in the tropical areas of Southeast Asia and has been used medicinally since the 1800s in that region. Whether chewing on the leaves or steeping them into a tea, Kratom has been used to treat chronic pain, improve digestive tract ailments, seizures, hallucinations, constipation, nausea, itching, dry mouth and loss of appetite. Depending on the dose, it has been used as a stimulant, and at the other end of the spectrum, a sedative. Kratom has been shown to be an effective treatment for withdrawal because of the numerous issues that it can help treat. The pharmacological components of Kratom are also known for being anti-inflammatory agents and a relaxant for muscles. Because of these chemicals found in the Kratom tree, patients suffering from fibromyalgia have also seen improved symptoms. The dark green leaves of the Kratom tree are dried, ground into a powder and usually stirred with water. The leaves have been used for teas, this method being the most popular In the United States. Kratom is also available in a paste, capsule and tablet. According to the American Kratom Associ-

Because Kratom is a new plant medicine in this country, there is skepticism surrounding the safety of the product. Much research is being done on the plant and the mysteries of how and why it works are continually being revealed. As with most plants that become medicinal in nature, it will continue to be observed and monitored by the FDA and DEA. Like the cannabis plant, this uncertainty may stall the acceptance of Kratom becoming the next big leap in plant medicine, but that does not undermine the many benefits that it provides. Even though the plant has been used for over two hundred years successfully in other parts of the world, it’s new in the United States and the skeptical mindset of the population will slow its progress. The mindset that medicine should come out of a laboratory and not the garden will be a hurdle for all new discoveries within the plant kingdom. As with any medication, whether it be man-created or from a plant, there is the possibility of unwanted side-effects. Many plants that have numerous medicinal qualities can still be dangerous if not taken as directed. Speaking with a medical professional, personally doing the reading and research on a product, and examining the pros and cons are vital when bringing on a new drug into the circle of treatment. Kratom, a gift from Mother Nature’s medicine cabinet, is no exception. Do the footwork involved before jumping into a new treatment strategy that involves any plant, supplement or medication. It’s good to know that nature is medicine. J. Garnet M.A., is a freelance writer, and reiki practitioner, who often writes plantbased wellness articles for Natural Awakenings Magazine. Currently, his mission is to educate as many people as possible to the benefits of natural medicine. Kratom is legal under federal law and is legal in the State of Texas, however, there are some states and cities where it is illegal. Check the link if you live outside of Texas or plan to travel and carry kratom. speciosa.org/home/kratom-legality-map

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Retain Muscle Mass with Vitamin C Bulking up” evokes images of bodybuilders and possible steroid use, but new research shows that older people that simply eat lots of vitamin C-rich fruits and vegetables have greater skeletal muscle mass than those that don’t eat these foods. Researchers from the UK’s University of East Anglia collected data from more than 13,000 people between 42 and 82 years old and reported in The Journal of Nutrition that the highest amounts of vitamin C correlated with the greatest estimated skeletal muscle mass—an important finding, as people older than 50 typically lose half a percent of muscle fat each year, leading to frailty and a lower quality of life. Sixty percent of men in the study and 50 percent of women were not getting enough vitamin C from food or supplements. “We’re not talking about people needing megadoses. Eating a citrus fruit such as an orange each day and having a vegetable side to a meal will be sufficient for most people,” says study co-author Richard Hayhoe.

Eat Cruciferous Veggies for Cleaner Blood Vessels Pile on the broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage. In a study of 684 older Australian women published in the British Journal of Nutrition, researchers found those that ate more than 45 grams of cruciferous vegetables a day—about one-quarter cup of steamed broccoli or one-half cup of raw cabbage—were 46 percent less likely to have calcium buildup in the aorta, the main vessel carrying blood from the heart into the body. Fatty calcium deposits in the aorta are a key marker of vascular disease linked to heart attacks and strokes. “One particular constituent found abundantly in cruciferous vegetables is vitamin K, which may be involved in inhibiting the calcification process that occurs in our blood vessels,” says lead author Lauren Blekkenhorst, of Edith Cowan University, in Perth.


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Love That and The Universe Always Has a Plan, as well as The Healing Mantra Card Deck, Matt Kahn is a spiritual teacher and empathic healer with a global audience, guiding seekers through in-person events and popular YouTube videos.

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What are mantras and how do we use them?

They’re a declaration of our deepest wisdom, highest ideals and most authentic aspirations that we sound into existence as a way of asking the universe for help to embody our next highest level of consciousness. It’s an intention of the person I’m going to become and a request of healing energy from the universe, saying, “Please help me become more of what I declare through my words.” A mantra uses the sound of our voice as vibrational medicine to bring what’s within us out into the open for the purpose of not only transforming our personal circumstances, but improving the quality of the world. When you say a mantra, it’s embedded in your subconscious mind, which is like a new piece of clothing in your closet. A bunch of other clothes may push it to the background, but the moment you need to wear that article of clothing, it’s going to stick out of the closet and get your attention.

What mantra is resonating for 2021?

No matter what, love always makes it right in the end. If you know that everything is made right by an infinitely wise, loving source, it relaxes you into being open to the journey and allowing yourself to be as aligned as possible to whatever life brings.

happiness is how content and whole we are with ourselves; the constant needing of things pulls us out of happiness. Perhaps we can discover that just being who we were born to be is what we’ve always desired. No matter how dark the world seems or how insurmountable the odds appear, this is part of a grand transformation of the planet. We love ourselves to remain safe throughout each step along the way, and we offer kindness, compassion and forgiveness to anyone around us, knowing that anyone acting out of character is just acting from a level of unprocessed pain. We love ourselves as a way of uplifting the planet, and we bless others as a way of helping to further the evolution of humanity. As we learn to be inner light workers and healers, we learn to find complete alignment with spirit no matter how the world ebbs and flows.

What’s the difference between our personal spirWhat lessons can we learn itual journeys and what you call ascension? from turbulent times? Ascension is when a certain percentage of A big lesson is that desire is not a requirement for happiness. The things that most people desire for comfort or stability have been displaced, whether we’re talking about COVID-19 or the wildfires, for example. But


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nature on a collective level. On an individual journey, we’re healing our wounds, seeing through limiting beliefs, forgiving those who mistreated us and daring to treat ourselves better so that we can become active participants in the community of evolving beings we are creating. Giving brings us together. Each of us has something unique to contribute through the gift of diversity; together, we accomplish more than we ever could individually. The individual spiritual path helps clear distractions and awaken your most infinite power, and then you bring that together in community for this potluck of generosity we each get to experience and share.

the world starts to awaken in consciousness. It’s not just a few awake beings scattered across the globe in a fast-driven, goal-oriented society. It’s a world waking up to its true

Gandhi would say, “Be about what you’re for, not what you’re against.” When we protest, we’re saying that something isn’t fair and relying on publicly elected officials to do something about it. I think the gathering together of beings can transform from what isn’t fair to what all of our talents and efforts can do together to create solutions. How can we solve this on a communal level? What can we do to peacefully and consciously use all the power within us to create positive, tangible change so we can start living in the world that we envision? It’s an invitation to quantum-leap out of the identification of problems and into the cultivation of solutions. Sandra Yeyati, J.D., is a professional writer. Reach her at SandraYeyati@gmail.com.


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Home for the Holidays 12-6:30 pm. 40th Annual Home for the Holidays returns to historic Old Town Spring every weekend until Christmas. The hometown holiday festival features a spectacular display of twinkling holiday lights, entertainment, family-friendly activities and photos with Santa every weekend! Old Town Spring. facebook.com/ otshfth

Dickens on the Strand 10 am-6:30 pm For more than 46 years, Galveston Historical Foundation has hosted Dickens on The Strand in downtown Galveston to experience the architecture, sights, and sounds of a Victorian holiday. This year finds the beloved annual event in a new configuration while addressing the ongoing impact of COVID-19. Tickets are $20 galvestonhistory.org/ events/dickens-on-the-strand


Stages Repertory Theatre presents Buttons’ Sleeping Beauty: A One-Man Outrageous Unbelievable COVID Lockdown Panto 2 pm & 7 pm Ryan Schabach returns as Buttons in a hilarious all-new, one-man version of the hit holiday romp. While sheltering in place due to COVID-19, Buttons tells the story of Nadia, a courageous heroine battling a wicked fairy. Along the way he’s joined by a pandemically appropriate cast of quirky characters brought to life through puppetry, gadgetry and unique theatre magic.$25 & up. https://houston.culturemap.com/eventdetail/stages-repertory-theatre-buttons-sleeping-beauty/


Coronavirus and self-healing workshop We are in the middle of a pandemic. The health care system of this country is f ocusing on external methods. The Institute is developing an internal energy system to handle the pandemic. During the workshop, you learn the tools of energy cultivation system that would help you 1) minimize the effect of infection i.e you become asymptomatic and hopefully less infectious. 2) treat mild symptoms effectively to avoid a major autoimmune response which result in organ damage. 3) repair the organ and systemic damages caused by the virus. 4) prepare for the next pandemic. Ching Chi Institute 10300 Harwin Dr. apt.208, Houston TX 77036. 9am-4:30 pm. Please call Dr. Wu at 832-654-2885 or email chingchiinstitute@yahoo.com. Go to chingchiinstitute.com for more information. The fee of the workshop is $80. Since the class size is limited, reservation is required. All the precautions ( ventilation and open windows) are taken for the in-door workshop.

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Healing is the restoration of balance in the Body with the integration of Mind & Spirit. While we have made many strides in western medicine, it’s becoming clear that we are in a perilous era of pharmaceutically-inclined bandages & bondages. Side-effects and the suppression of the body’s natural immunity only hide symptoms & are an epidemic detriment to our natural state of health and wholeness. Explore side-effect free options. Give your soul the support it needs to recover and your body the vitality it needs to thrive. Lin specializes in Holistic Healing; Bio-Energetic Balance; Brain Balancing; Homeopathy; Chakra Attunement; Nutrition Therapy; Life Enhancement Coaching. Addressing Adrenal Fatigue, Autistic Spectrum, Allergies, Anxiety, Auto-immunity, Depression, Digestive Solutions, Fertility, Focus Issues, & the human condition.Dwell in possibility! Contact Lin Weiss, today!

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Get to the Root Cause of your Health Conditions. Erin has been working in the health and nutrition field for over 11 years specializing and working extensively with those suffering from: autoimmune, digestive, hormonal and inflammatory disorders. She works with each client’s unique biochemistry to determine what dietary, supplementation and lifestyle changes will work best for them as an individual. There is NO one-size-fits-all program. All appointments are conducted via phone! This makes it very easy and convenient to receive care from any location. If you want to reach your true health potential, Email Erin today to schedule your FREE 45 minute initial phone consultation. Hours until 5 pm Fridays. See Ad page 6

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Online meditation classes to help you bring your practice into your daily life. Whether you are an experienced meditator or just beginning to meditate, Claire Villarreal, PhD offers online classes to help you make a lifesytyle of Coming Home to Your Mind. The free mini-course is available on her website and the full course During this time of added stress when in-person meditation communities are closed, take advantage of this opportunity to receive timeless teaching and practice in the comfort of your home. See ad on page 27


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Coming Next Month Health & Wellness on a Budget Plus: Holistic Hospital Care

NUTRITIONAL MICROSCOPY DR. NETTIE RAMSAY, ND 2900 Wilcrest St, Suite 220 Houston TX 77043 281-794-5255 Nutritional Microscopy allows you to see, in real time, the health of your red blood cells and white blood cells. This educational tool allows you to see on a monitor what Dr. Ramsay is seeing in the microscope. We then worked to improve the quality and viability of your red blood cells and white blood cells. The more active and moving your red blood cells and white blood cells are the more energy you have to run your body. Mention this article and receive a free bottle of Probiotic (60) when you come in for and paid consultation. Call today to make an appointment.


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Spiritualism is a common sense religion, one of knowing and living. We accept all truths and endeavor to prove their validity. Truths are found in nature, in other religions, in writings, in science, in philosophy, in Natural Law and are received through spirit communication. We are a growing family and would love for you to visit us LIVESTREAMING ON FACEBOOK Sunday Healing & Spirit Greetings 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Open Healing Service 7:30 p.m.

YIN With Lin 9:30am Wednesdays

Yin yoga targets the deep connective tissues: fascia, ligaments, joints, and bones. It’s slow and meditative, facilitating the space to turn inward and tune into both your mind and the physical sensations of your body. Because poses are held for a longer period of time, Yin practice helps you stretch and lengthen those rarely-used tissues while teaching you how to breathe through discomfort and sit with your thoughts. Healing results are remarkable with a consistent practice! RSVP Required. 713.858.8595 Lin Weiss - Certified Yoga Therapist linweiss@conscioushealingnow.com

Integrative Hatha Yoga 9:30am Saturdays

Therapeutic and flowing asana practice focusing on heart and hip openers, twists, postural alignment, the energetic subtle bodies and meditation. Lin’s passion for Yoga is evidenced by her warm and personable teaching style. She is a long-time practitioner/instructor of classical Hatha Yoga; Pranayama breathing technique; The Chakra System; and Meditation. Lin offers the wisdom of many traditions to address each student’s goals, whether beginner or advanced. RSVP Required. 713.858.8595 Lin Weiss - Certified Yoga Therapist linweiss@conscioushealingnow.com

Natural Awakenings Houston-Metro Edition



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Natural Awakenings Houston December 2020  

The Houston Metro's only lifestyle of sustainability and health publication.

Natural Awakenings Houston December 2020  

The Houston Metro's only lifestyle of sustainability and health publication.