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Attracting Miracles Wayne Dyer Reflects upon His Life



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Living Off The Land

Low and NoCost Ways to Feed a Family


Digital Devices Keep Workouts on Track

Color His Concerts Green

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22 LIVING OFF THE LAND Low- and No-Cost Ways to Feed a Family by Avery Mack


POWER OF STORY How Telling Our Truths Can Set Us Free by Judith Fertig


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Setbacks Make Boys Into Men

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ou are the average of the five people you spend the most time with,” according to pioneering motivational speaker Jim Rohn. We may think that’s an astounding statement until we pause to think of how powerfully we are affected by those closest to us. Are they all positive role models, ever inspiring us to be better by their examples and building our own confidence in what we can achieve? Or is someone we trust, negatively affecting our thinking, self-esteem and decision making? By the same token, who we are and what we do affects the five people in our inner circle… and beyond. While each of us is a unique character, personal development research has shown that we are all more impacted by our social environment than we suppose. Our personality as a whole tends to reflect the sum total of our life experiences. I’ve been fortunate to enjoy strong bonds with successful, goal-oriented people throughout my life. Because I desire to become the best person I can be, I surround myself with people I admire. I also limit time spent with anyone manifesting negative energy. Both policies have served me well. I also find that it helps to periodically ask: Am I actively nurturing the five most important people in my life? For some people, a tendency toward positive thinking is inherent; it simply becomes how we think. Others must consciously work at being upbeat. With success using either approach, we are likely creating a life worth living and having a happy affect on our family, neighborhood and community, even the world. Knowing that we have the power to inspire our self and others moves us to indulge in making today a great day. It starts with identifying what inspires us and keeps us on a positive high. For me it’s nature, books and beautiful artwork. Whatever inspires you, you know how aligning with it results in positive energy flowing out in thoughts, words and actions and making your world better. This month, the Natural Awakenings family is focused on supporting the men in our lives through our special Inspired Living and Men’s Wellness issue. While the women we know generally understand their need to be nurtured as they nurture others, the men in our life also need to nurture and be nurtured. So here’s to you. Happy Father’s Day to all,

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n June 7, Serendipite Organiques will celebrate two years in business. Serendipite carries toxin-free, organic, vegan, animal friendly, and non-GMO makeup and body care products. Teri Kelley, owner of Serendipite, carefully chooses product lines that meet the following criteria; products have to score low hazard (0-2) on EWG’s Skin Deep database, they must have organic ingredients, the company must disclose 100% of the ingredients used, products are personally tested by Kelley, her husband, or a trusted family member before they’re brought into the store, and any ingredient not listed as organic that can possibly be from a GMO source will be personally confirmed by Kelley with the company that it is non-GMO. You’ll find lines like boditonic, la couleur couture, Face Naturals, Rejuva Minerals, Poofy Organics, Good Gloss by FitGlow, Organic Matter Hair Care, and Brittanie’s Thyme Bug Spray. Come help Kelley celebrate her anniversary Wednesday, June 4th through Saturday, June 7th. You’ll enjoy surprises and discounts. Kelley will be donating 10% of sales during those four days to No GMO 4 Michigan. You’ll find Serendipite in the Blackport Building at the corner of Lake & Diamond, in East Hills. For more information go to, or call 616-419-8115. 959 Lake Dr SE, Ste 202, GR 49506. See ad, page 12 & 45.

Buttermilk Jamboree


he 4th Annual Buttermilk Jamboree on June 13-15 at Circle Pines Center cultivates the local community’s kinship around cooperation, sustainability and art. The three-day festival features dozens of Michigan bands and artists as well as a few nationally touring groups. Circle

Pines’ two stages host the eclectic group of performers throughout the day and into the night while kid’s activities, daily educational workshops, a beer tent serving locally crafted beer and other activities are also available. Weekend tickets and day tickets are available, on-site car and walk-in camping is also available to Buttermilk Jamboree attendees and is included in the purchase of a weekend ticket. Be sure to check out to see this year’s entertainment lineup. Circle Pines Center is located at 8650 Mullen Rd in Delton. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www. See ad, page 8.

Mental Toughness Seminar


lle Ingalls of Pressure Free Living is coaching a Mental Toughness One-Day Seminar on Saturday, June 21 in Grand Rapids, 10am-7pm. Ideal for anyone 16 and over - athletes, scholars, educators, professionals, this seminar shares simple, effective tools to boost your brain health which in turn promotes physical well-being, optimal mental performance, and optimal physical performance. These tools will help you reduce test anxiety and performance anxiety. You will learn how to gain control over certain emotions like anger and anxiety, and be able to choose your response to situations and events rather than react. Cost is only $297 with all meals and materials included. Call 269-832-3573 or visit to register. See ad, page 32.

Harmony ‘n Health Colon Hydrotherapy

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Some Benefits of Colon Hydrotherapy: ~ Remove Toxic Waste from ones body ~ Eradicate Constipation ~ Removes Stomach Bloat ~ Increase ones Energy

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he Mercy Health Seaway Run is one of Michigan’s most scenic and most popular runs. This fun, family-friendly event has been a tradition in Muskegon for over three decades, celebrating healthy living and a healthy lifestyle. This year’s event will take place on June 28. Back this year is the half marathon, with a new name – the Lake Michigan Half Marathon – that pays tribute to the beautiful views of the big lake from its course. The traditional and unique Seaway Run 15K also offers breathtaking lake views. The 5K and Community Walk have a new course this year, going back to our roots with a route that winds through the historic Nims neighborhood and has a view of Muskegon Lake. All events begin and end near the Muskegon Family YMCA, with an award ceremony following. Sign up quickly and easily online at; sign up by June 20 to avoid late fees and to guarantee a t-shirt. Healthy choices lead to a healthier life and a healthier community! Be sure to join us for the Mercy Health Seaway Expo on Friday, June 27 from 11am-7pm. The expo is free and open to the entire community. Visit the expo for free health screenings, food, music, kids activities, prizes, demonstrations and more! You can explore healthy options and learn how to optimize your family’s health. The expo will be held at Fricano Place, 1050 W Western Ave (near the YMCA); for directions and more information, visit See ad page 13.

exceptional group that is back by popular demand on Sunday, June 22nd from 4:00-6:00pm. Spirit Space, located at 3493 Blue Star Hwy in Saugatuck, is hosting the seasoned sounds of the Cooper, Hay, Van Lente (CHV) Group, and they are sure to delight Jim Cooper jazz lovers. Jim Cooper will be on vibes and marimba, Dave Hay on keyboards and Mike Van Lente on drums and percussion. Veteran vibraphonist, composer and educator, Jim Cooper has played vibes for 40 years, leading numerous groups, appearing as both soloist and sideman. He has performed with Ira Sullivan, Art Van Damme, Larry Vuckovich, Victor Goines, Chicago pianist Bob Dogan, Detroit clarinetist Dave Bennett, The Holland (MI) Jazz Orchestra, Buddy de Franco and Jon Faddis and the Chicago Jazz Ensemble. The CHV group “...are a great blend of talent and instrumentation,” said Ken Sieloff. CHV entertains their audience with their original repertoire designed to lift spirits and energized moods. CHV has been captivating audiences all around West Michigan. A love offering of $10 is suggested. See ad, page 9.

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t’s the time of year when many people long to be outside, but some areas outside are infested with noxious plants causing this time of year to also be filled with itch, pain and discomfort. Poison Ivy Removal of Michigan is dedicated to giving you the very best in noxious plant control, eliminating Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Poison Sumac and other noxious plants and providing service for many different situations such as single family residences, estates, city parks, forested areas, HOA’s and much more. After a consultation and estimate, Poison Ivy Removal of Michigan’s services include the identification of noxious plants, the removal of them, and an ongoing treatment plan if necessary, allowing customers to live itch- and pain-free comfortably. Eco-Friendly methods available. To schedule a consultation or for more information, visit or call 1-844-4894663. See ad page 6.

Family Photography Inspires Mindful Living


Teri Genovese Photography

eri Genovese Photography is excited to kick off the summer season with a new wave of family photography. Moving beyond typical portraits, Genovese’s “Slice of Life” documentary sessions inspire families to slow down and focus on what matters most. From cooking pancakes on a lazy Saturday to enjoying a vacation day on Lake Michigan, Genovese believes that every day is a little bit extraordinary. As a published, professional photographer, Genovese brings a calm ease and keen eye to artfully documenting the simple beauty in everyday life and the depth of genuine family relationships. A relaxed session experience is thoughtfully planned around each family’s individuality to capture life as it truly is today. Beyond the session


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itself, the final result of eco-friendly fine art prints, custom designed for a family’s home, are intended to further inspire mindful living. The carefully curated photographs act as tangible daily reminders for families to pause and reflect on the “little things” even on the most imperfect of days. Genovese has been commissioned to document beach days, vacation days, and beautiful ordinary days for families throughout the United States, from NYC to Los Angeles and from Hilton Head Island to San Francisco, but finds her heart is always pulled back to Lake Michigan’s shore. Genovese’s exclusive “Slice of Life” family photography sessions are now available throughout West Michigan and beyond. To view Teri Genovese Photography’s portfolio and learn more, please visit her website:, email her at or call 323-868-1485. See ad, page 6.

New Birth Center in Greenville


ith much excitement comes the announcement of the opening of a new birth center, Midwifery Matters at 118 East Benton St in Greenville. Construction will take place in June and doors will open for birth on July 1st. A grand open house will be held on August 23rd from 1:00-5:00 pm. Midwifery Matters will care for women during preconception,

pregnancy, and beyond. Birth centers are a homelike environment where women and their families have a natural, safe alternative to the mainstream hospital birth experience. Leslie Cornwell, Certified Nurse Midwife, was born and raised in West Michigan. She came back to home after traveling to Indiana

and Alaska for out of hospital birth experience. Midwifery Matters will accept most health insurance plans. Call 616-258-2386 or visit for more information. See ad, page 32 & 46.

Put Your Health in Your Own Hands


ob Huttinga, PAC, and his wife, Barbara, have operated The Healing Center in Lakeview, Michigan, since 2005. Bob has been working as a traditionally trained certified physician assistant for nearly 40 years. Over the last 20 years, as a certified natural health practitioner, he has gained a vast amount of knowledge in the area of natural health, using homeopathy, herbs, essential oils, energy medicine, hypnosis, and much more. With a clear mission of teaching people to put their health in their own hands, Bob has written a new book appropriately titled Put Your Health in Your Own Hands. In his book, Bob draws on his personal experience as a physician assistant in a family practice to show you many natural ways to improve your health. You will learn about your present level of health and how to overcome any obstacles that might be preventing you from reaching your health goals. By following these simple guidelines, you will learn how to convert your potential for amazing health into a reality. To purchase Put Your Health in Your

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Circle Pines Center June 13 - 15, 2014 Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

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Anne Weiss Bill Grogan’s Goat Chase Potter Conklin Ceili Band Covert • DarlenYa Drew Nelson Dede & the Dreamers Edye Evans Hyde Elden Kelly • Fauxgrass Emma’s Revolution Chuy Negrete K. Jones & Benzie Playboys Lindsay Lou & Flatbellys Luke Winslow King Madcat Midnight Blues Journey Magdalen Fossum The Mainstays Rachael Davis Ralston Bowles Reverend Robert Jones Rick Chyme Rootstand • Sairuhnade SUN Ensemble Tony LaJoye •Tree City

Own Hands for only $32.95, contact The Healing Center at 989-352-6500 or email For more information visit www.TheHealingCenterofLakeview. com. The Healing Center, 332 S. Lincoln Street in Lakeview, 989-352-6600. See ad page 14 & 46.

Double Up Food Bucks is Back


ttention, Bridge Card holders! Double Up Food Bucks will be back at your area’s farmers’ markets starting in June. When you use your Bridge Card at a participating farmers’ market, the Double Up Food Bucks program will match you dollar for dollar with bonus funds (up to $20) that you can use in the market to buy more fresh, Michigan-grown fruits and vegetables. Most farmers’ markets and some on-farm produce stands in Kent, Ottawa, and Muskegon Counties are participating. Visit www. or call, toll-free, 866-586-2796 for market locations and more information, or just visit your favorite market starting in June. Double Up Food Bucks is a project of Fair Food Network, with local support from the Grand Rapids Community Foundation. For more information or a more detailed article, contact Rachel Chadderdon Bair, Program Manager, at 734-213-3999 x203 or rbair@

Live Long, Die Short


n the newly released Live Long, Die Short book by Dr. Roger Landry, a nationally recognized preventative medicine physician and president of Masterpiece Living, Four Pointes Center for Successful Aging was distinguished as being a leading community-based model demonstrating the commitment to maximize the potential of older adults and their lifestyles. Four Pointes, as a national Masterpiece Living pilot site, has been involved with this research-based initiative since 2012; one that promotes the potential to be truly healthy and age in a better way. “With state recognition as a Community for a Lifetime, our community has always been innovative and the place to become rewired, not retired,” says Brigit Hassig, Four Pointes Executive Director, “Residents 50 and over are always encouraged to take advantage of this community supported resource for them.” Through millage and community support, Four Pointes promotes the vitality and well-being of older adults 50+ in north Ottawa County by offering life-long learning and enrichment programming, home services, consumer advocacy programs, information and referral. For more information, call 616-842-9210.


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Yummy Berries Cut Heart Attack Risk by a Third


ating three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries a week may help women reduce their risk of a heart attack, according to research from the University of East Anglia, in collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health. The berries contain high levels of powerful flavonoids called anthocyanins, which may help dilate arteries, counter buildup of plaque and provide other cardiovascular benefits. Published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, the study involved 93,600 women ages 25 to 42 that completed questionnaires about their diet every four years for over 16 years. Those that ate the most berries had a 32 percent reduction in heart attack risk compared with those that ate them once a month or less, even if they ate a diet rich in other fruits and vegetables. “This is the first study to look at the impact of diet in younger and middleaged women,” remarks the study’s lead author, Aedín Cassidy, Ph.D., head of the university’s nutrition department. “Even at an early age, eating more of these fruits may reduce risk of a heart attack later in life.”

Saw Palmetto Combos Combat Enlarged Prostate


hree studies published in 2013 support the effectiveness of saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) extract for the treatment of prostate inflammation and other symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), commonly called enlarged prostate. In addition, both lycopene, a dietary carotenoid with strong antioxidant value, and selenium, an essential trace element that promotes an optimal antioxidant/oxidant balance, have been shown to exert beneficial effects in BPH. Researchers from Italy’s University of Catania studied 168 patients with prostate enlargement among nine urological medical clinics. Those taking a combination of saw palmetto, selenium and lycopene experienced greater reductions of inflammation markers and reduced risk of prostate cancer after three and six months of treatment. In an Australian study from the University of Queensland’s School of Medicine of patients with BPH, 32 men took an encapsulated formula containing saw palmetto, lycopene and other plant extracts, while 25 men were given a placebo. After three months of treatment, men receiving the herbal formulation experienced a 36 percent reduction in related symptoms, while the placebo group showed an 8 percent reduction. The herbal supplement group also showed a 15 percent reduction in daytime urination frequency and an almost 40 percent reduction in nighttime urination frequency. The long-term effectiveness of saw palmetto supplementation was reinforced in a Russian study of 38 patients with early prostate enlargement. After 10 years of receiving 320 milligrams of saw palmetto extract per day, researchers found no progression of the condition among the patients.

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Mindfulness Meditation Reduces the Urge to Light Up


indfulness meditation training may help people overcome addiction by activating the brain centers involved in self-control and addictive tendencies, suggests research from the psychology departments of Texas Tech University and the University of Oregon. Scientists led by Yi-Yuan Tang, Ph.D., studied 61 volunteers, including 27 smokers, randomly divided into groups that either received mindfulness meditation training or relaxation training. Two weeks later, after five hours of training, smoking among those in the meditative group decreased by 60 percent, while no significant reduction occurred in the relaxation group. Brain imaging scans determined that the mindfulness meditation training produced increased activity in the anterior cingulate and the prefrontal cortex; regions associated with self-control. Past research led by Tang showed that smokers and those with other addictions exhibited less activity in these areas than those free of addictions. The current study previously determined that myelin and brain cell matter in these two brain regions increases through mindfulness meditation.

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wo small studies have linked beets with lower blood pressure. A study from the University of Reading, in England, served beet-fortified bread or bread without beets to 23 healthy men. Those that ate the fortified bread experienced reduced diastolic blood pressure and less artery stiffness during the six hours afterwards. Australia’s Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute studied 15 women and 15 men, divided randomly into groups that consumed either 500 grams of a placebo juice or beets with apple juice. During the 24 hours after consumption, the researchers noted a statistically significant reduction in systolic blood pressure of four to five points among the men drinking the beet juice.

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esearchers from the University of Miami found that compassionate love and faith in a compassionate Higher Power increases healing and reduces disease progression among HIV patients. They studied 177 HIV patients over a 10-year period, tracking biological measures and health behaviors and collecting in-depth data interviews. The scientists coded five criteria of compassionate love derived from the Working Model of Compassionate Love, developed by Lynn Underwood, Ph.D. The progression of HIV disease was reduced among patients that gave and received the most compassionate love. These patients exhibited both a greater level of the immune-boosting white blood cells known as CD4+ T helper cells and a reduced HIV viral load, the measure of HIV in the blood.


The addition of Thermography to the front line of breast health brings a great deal of good news for women.

Unconditional Love Hastens Healing

globalbriefs News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

Father Factor

Involved Dads Make for Smarter, Happier Kids It’s well known that involving fathers from the start in children’s lives has a significant positive impact on their development, including the greater economic security of having more than one parent. Yet, there’s more to the “father effect”. Numerous studies have found that children growing up in a household with a father present show superior outcomes in intelligence tests, particularly in nonverbal, or spatial, reasoning that’s integral in mathematics, science and engineering. The IQ advantage is attributed to the way that fathers interact with their children, with an emphasis on the manipulation of objects like blocks, roughhousing and outdoor activities, rather than languagebased activities. A study of Chinese parents found that it was a father’s warmth toward his child that was the ultimate factor in predicting the child’s future academic success. A recent Canadian study from Concordia University provides new insights into a father’s impact on a daughter’s emotional development, as well. Lead researcher Erin Peugnot concluded, “Girls whose fathers lived with them when they were in middle childhood (ages 6 to 10) demonstrated less sadness, worry and shyness as preteens (ages 9 to 13) compared with girls whose fathers did not live with them,” he says.

Don’t let your dreams be dreams. ~Jack Johnson


Love Matters

Connectedness Ranks Above Power and Fame It seems that fame and fortune are less important to us than our connections with fellow human beings, after all. A study conducted by and in 2012 and 2013 applying their proprietary Values Profile Test with 2,163 people showed they only moderately valued money and power, at best, which took a backseat to social values on a personal level. This revelation comes on the heels of another study on career motivation that similarly showed a drop in participants’ consuming desire for money and power in the workplace. The researchers at assessed 34 separate facets within six categories of values—social, aesthetic, theoretical, traditional, realistic and political. The five top-scoring facets were empathy, family and friends, appreciation of beauty, hard work/diligence, altruism and the importance of helping others. Financial security came in 24th place and power was near last at 29th in importance. Ethics/morals placed 10th. For more information, visit natural awakenings

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Change Your Diet Change Your Life The family diet is the key to health

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Grassroots Initiative Tackles New Childhood Epidemics Obesity and diabetes, autism and neurodevelopmental delays, digestive and allergic diseases: all these chronic illnesses were rare a generation ago, but today they are impacting our children in epidemic numbers. “Paradoxically, the most affluent, medically advanced societies in the modern world also have the highest rates of chronic childhood illness,” says Beth Lambert, founder and director of Epidemic Answers, a nonprofit educational organization based in West Simsbury, Conn. “Our children are the canaries in the coal mine of national health. It’s critical that we take action now.” That sense of urgency is behind the nonprofit’s innovative Canary Kids Project, which this year will follow the journeys of 14 American children as a medically-led team uses integrative therapies to help them heal from chronic illness, including autism, ADHD, asthma, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, mood disorders, obesity/type II diabetes and atopic disease/eczema. “There is much anecdotal evidence indicating that individuals with chronic conditions, even autism, can fully recover,” Lambert says. “This project will use rigorous scientific methodology to test and explore the underpinnings of these anecdotal successes.” The project will be documented in a full-length film, Canary Kids, spreading the message that recovery is possible. Make a tax-deductible donation to or Epidemic Answers, PO Box 191, West Simsbury, CT 06092. For more info, visit

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GMO Go-Ahead

Feds Give Dangerous Green Light The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a draft statement essentially giving the green light to the marketing, sale and planting of Dow Chemical’s genetically modified (GM, GMO, GE) corn and soybeans resistant to 2,4-D, which will trigger a huge increase in the use of the toxic herbicide. The determination under the Plant Pest Act comes despite intense opposition over the past two years from farmers, more than 400,000 other individuals and some 150 farm, fishery, public health, consumer and environmental groups and private businesses. Meanwhile, the Grocery Manufacturers Association has issued talking points against GMO labeling laws for food industry lobbyists that claim the laws are unconstitutional, violating the First Amendment, although other legal experts say the assertion is baseless. Take action at Learn more at

Marine Maneuvers

Harnessing the Ocean’s Power Potential The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is investing $16 million on 17 tidal and wave projects to sustainably and efficiently capture energy from waves, tides and currents. The projects will also help gather crucial data on how these devices interact with the surrounding environment. The DOE will also spend $13.5 million on eight projects to help U.S. companies build durable, efficient wave and tidal devices that reduce overall costs and maximize the amount of energy captured. Specifically, the projects will focus on developing new components and software that predicts ocean conditions and adjusts device settings accordingly to optimize power production. Source:


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Cool Schools

Spotlight on Sustainable Colleges Environmental credentials, in addition to academic excellence and affordable tuition, are gaining traction in the collegiate selection process, according to The Princeton Review’s latest poll. Its Hopes and Worries survey sampled 7,445 college-bound students nationwide and found that 68 percent say commitment to sustainability impacts their college choice, based on campus environmental initiatives, how deeply the curriculum integrates sustainability and how well the colleges prepare students for green jobs. The 16 institutions of higher learning considered most eco-savvy are: American University, Arizona State University, College of the Atlantic, Dickinson College, Georgia Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Northeastern University, Oregon State University, San Francisco State University, The State University of New York-Binghamton, University of California-Santa Cruz, The University of Maine, University of Washington, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Virginia Tech and Warren Wilson College. “The best schools integrate sustainability across their community [in] how they manage their finances, academic offerings and operations. They don’t treat sustainability as an add-on or extra credit assignment,” says Rachel Gutter, director of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools. “But even the best still have… a long way to go, and there’s a moment for humility in that.”

Solar Socket

Portable Power from Any Windowpane The Window Socket, a new device that attaches to any window using a suction cup, provides a small amount of electricity to charge and operate small devices from its solar panel. Inventors Kyuho Song and Boa Oh, of Yanko Design, note, “We tried to design a portable socket so that users can use it intuitively, without special training.” Even better, the charger stores energy. After five to eight hours of charging, The Socket provides 10 hours of juice to charge a phone, even in a dark room. The device is not yet available in the United States. Find more information at

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The Bionic

COACH High-Tech Boosts Healthy Routines by Linda Sechrist


hen President John F. Kennedy said in 1961 that the U.S. should commit to sending a man to the moon and return him safely by the end of the decade, few suspected the bounty of technological spinoffs that such National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) space missions would yield. Today, many of NASA’s research advancements, as well as technologies developed outside the space program, are put to good use in everyday life. Of particular interest are products used in fitness workouts. ABI Research, a technology market intelligence company, revealed the growing popularity of consumer health and wellness technologies in its latest market projections for wearable, healthrelated devices. Estimates are that 80 million wearable monitoring devices, including heart monitors and biosensors that read body temperature and motion, will be sold by 2016. When Clint, a global market research firm, conducted its most recent Fitness and Technology Survey, its findings showed technology at work. Based on 745 online interviews with people in seven countries, 72 percent of exercisers embraced some type of technology, including smartphone apps, to support their fitness routines two or more times a week. In recent years, amateur and professional athletes have increasingly


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benefited from technological advances that help them chart, improve upon and customize their fitness routines. Tracking fitness progress and weight loss is now just clicks away with personal devices such as a Wi-Fi scale, which accurately measures weight, body fat percentage and body mass index. Online graphs chart the individual’s progress. While the typical setting for measuring blood pressure and heart rate used to be in a physician’s office, hospital or pharmacy, new digital wrist blood pressure and heart monitors now allow exercise enthusiasts to do it themselves, wherever they are, helping ensure they are not exceeding the safety parameters of their fitness programs. User-friendly digital pocket pedometers and wireless activityduring-sleep wristbands both work in conjunction with a downloaded app to allow self-monitoring. Exercisers can track steps; distances walked cycled or swum; calories burned; total active minutes; and how long and how well they sleep. In some U.S. fitness centers, members have an option of working with an automated, virtual, personal trainer. This almost-do-it-yourself approach to professionally guided fitness begins with a survey of an individual’s lifestyle and goals to create a personalized fitness regimen. Each time exercisers go to the

center, they insert a key into a “smart trainer”, generating the day’s 30-minute customized workout. The technology focuses primarily on helping clients manage weight and maintain muscle. Other technologies, such as medical-grade, pneumatic [air] compression boot systems, are facilitating athome recovery for hip and knee surgery patients and quicker muscle recovery for serious athletes. Air-filled chambers remain inflated as pressure cycles sequentially move from the foot up the leg. The cycles flush out waste and replenish blood supplies to the muscles. More complex bio-analyzing systems retrieve feedback from the body’s electromagnetic fields, the multiple energy meridians and the frequencies of the body’s cells and organs. “Such systems are largely used by chiropractors, naturopaths, physical therapists and acupuncturists,” says Loran Swensen, CEO of Innergy Development, which owns AO Scan, maker of the Magnetic Resonance Bio-Analyzer. For people that struggle with traditional workouts or physical limitations, whole-body vibration technology may be a solution. “When you stand on the oscillating platform, the body reacts to the vertical vibratory stimulus with an involuntary muscle contraction; depending on the speed, muscles can react up to 23 times per second,” advises Linda Craig, co-owner of Circulation Nation, in Greer, South Carolina. Similar platforms are becoming commonplace in chiropractic practices. Consumer applications of medical devices have led to the home use of additional sophisticated technologies like laser therapy. Successfully used for more than 30 years in Europe to treat trauma, inflammation, overuse injuries and cosmetic issues, as well as to provide pain relief and healing, some forms have recently been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. With 129,397,925 gym members worldwide according to a recent International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association report, it’s safe to predict that consumer demand ensures even more significant technological advances are in our near future. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings.

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oga means to connect or form a union. “Yoga invites the student to use the powers of meditation (dhyana), breath work (pranayama) and physical posture (asana) to bring enlightenment with whatever higher power or ideals the student connects with,” according to Anna Raphael, owner of Laketown Healing Arts. She says, “At Laketown Healing Arts we strive to provide a safe and healthy environment for students to explore the world of yoga, while respecting their body’s needs and limitations.” Yoga teaches people about their body and starts to be a catalyst for improved health and wellbeing. Raphael explains that the physical work involved in the practice begins to unlock emotional blockages within the body, becoming an organic process that allows other aspects of life to be affected. Contrary to some opinions or rumors, yoga is not a religion. It does not conflict with nor cater to any specific religious or spiritual beliefs. Therapeutic massage has received much praise over the years for its healing benefits as well. Not only does it feel great, but it has become widely recognized for reducing stress and tension, which if left at unhealthy levels has been known to contribute to and cause health problems. Massage can ease chronic pain and can be used to treat soft-tissue injuries. Other conditions and symptoms that can be alleviated through massage are: arthritis, fibromyalgia, tendonitis and bursitis, muscle strains, tension headaches and migraines, high/low blood pressure, excess scar tissue formation and anxiety. According to Raphael, “Massage, especially on a consistent basis, is an essential tool to maintain a relaxed and vital state of being.” Sessions are offered at the studio in 30, 60 or 90-minute time blocks and can be purchased in bundles for additional savings. Laketown Healing Arts, located at 3997 64th Street in Holland, Michigan, is a yoga and massage studio that opened in 2008 in the old Gibson Country Store in a building that is over 100 years old. Since that time, it has been restored to offer a safe haven for health and wellbeing. It is a calm and nurturing environment with the original hardwood floors creating a warm, comforting feeling. Raphael states, “I work to try to maintain a very neutral and clean space with lots of natural light and plants.” It is conveniently located between Holland and Saugatuck and less than two miles from Saugatuck State Park. Although is it conveniently located for patrons, the wooded area surrounding the studio promotes a remote feel, which adds to


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the whole yoga experience and makes for a peaceful drive to the studio. Anna Raphael is trained in many modalities of massage therapy as well and completed massage training at Lansing Community College in 2002 and neuromuscular training from Timberlake Massage Therapies of Ohio. She has been offering therapeutic massage in Michigan for 12 years and teaching yoga for five years, and says she’s personally always had a passion for yoga. “I’ve always intuitively known I would eventually teach yoga. Massage and yoga are tremendous complementary therapies.” Raphael completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training program through Prairie Yoga of Illinois and is currently pursuing her 500-hour advanced yoga teacher training. She is a member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP). She started practicing yoga in her late teen years and found it to be a catalyst to stop smoking. “It truly changed everything in my life – physically and mentally,” Raphael states. Raphael explained that there is a big myth about yoga, and it is that someone needs to be flexible to do it. People do not need to start out flexible, but through the process of yoga comes the flexibility. “I work with real bodies. I have a client in her 90s. I try to create a non-competitive atmosphere and use lots of props to help people with the poses.” Raphael says she has a mixture of both men and women in the classes. She only holds adult classes at this time but some mid to late teens may be able to attend the classes. Free consultations are available by appointment only. Schedules and prices for yoga classes and massages are available online. Gift certificates are available in any amount and in packages. Take a drive out to Laketown Healing Arts to see for yourself what this studio has to offer or visit their website at for more information on offerings, hours, special classes, massage information, costs, background about the business and testimonials. The owner will be happy to provide any additional help for specific concerns or questions. She does teach all of the classes herself, so if you cannot reach her during a class time, leave her a message and she will return the call. For more information contact Laketown Healing Arts, 3997 64th Street in Holland at 616-335-2137 or visit www. See ad page 17. Julie Reynolds is a contributing writer for Natural Awakenings. She has a background in advertising, teaching, writing and real estate. Julie lives in the Muskegon area with her family and works as a real estate agent for Greenridge Realty, as a substitute teacher and has recently published her first novel, Full Circle.

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fter four decades teaching selfdevelopment and empowerment and authoring more than 30 bestselling books, Wayne W. Dyer, Ph.D., shares dozens of events from his life in his latest work, I Can See Clearly Now. In unflinching detail, he relates vivid impressions of encountering many forks in the road, from his youth in Detroit to the present day, and reflects on these events from his current perspective, noting what lessons he ultimately learned.


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these miracles show up. There are 60 chapters in the book. Every time I finished one, I would think: “Now I can see clearly why I had to go through all of these experiences and learn all these lessons.” As a result, I suggest that whenever something happens that leads you to ask, “Why is this happening to me?” shift instead to the awareness that all experiences, no matter what, are gifts.

What has writing this book taught you and how can it help others better understand their own lives?

You describe the influential patterns and motivators in your life as diamonds and stones; how would you characterize your childhood years in foster homes?

My biggest lesson was that our whole life is like a checkerboard. When I looked back on my life, I began to realize this and gained an awareness of the fact that there’s something else moving all of the pieces around. The key to attracting this mystical guidance into your life is to start with awareness that all things are possible and to forget about yourself. When you get your ego out of the picture, your inner mantra isn’t, “What’s in it for me? and “How much more can I get?” Instead, when your inner mantra is, “How may I serve or what may I do for you?” and you practice consistently living this way, you attract this mystical guidance. I have found that the more I do this, the more

I can now see that spending the better part of my first decade in a series of foster homes was all a part of God’s infallible plan for me. I believe I was in a type of training camp for becoming a teacher of higher spiritual and commonsense principles. If I was going to spend my adult life teaching, lecturing and writing on self-reliance, then I obviously needed to learn to rely upon myself and be in a position to never be dissuaded from this awareness. What better training ground for teaching this than an early childhood that required a sense of independence and need for self-sufficiency? Now that I know that every encounter, challenge and situation is a spectacular thread in a

tapestry, and that each represents and defines my life, I am deeply grateful for them all. Each of us has a mission of some kind to fulfill at the moment we make the shift from nowhere to now here, from spirit to form. I’ve seen firsthand how this universe has a creative source of energy supporting it that is literally the matrix of all matter. Nothing occurs by happenstance anywhere, because this universal mind is perpetually on call, going about its miraculous ways in terms of infinite possibilities.

What can you see clearly about your role as a parent? I’ve watched my eight children show up from birth with their unique personalities and blossom into their own awakenings. I know for certain that the one Divine mind that is responsible for all of creation has a hand in this engaging mystery. Same parents, same environment, same culture and yet eight individuals, with their own distinctive character traits. Khalil Gibran stated it perfectly in The Prophet: “Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you yet they belong not to you.” Each of my children had their blueprint from God. My job has been to guide, then step aside and let whatever is inside them that is their own uniqueness steer the course of their lives.

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What has your life taught you about prayer? I feel that the prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi says it best: “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is darkness, let me bring light. Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.” The masters I’ve studied pray to become more godly, more like where we originally came from. My prayer is always, “Help me to remind myself to get rid of this ego and to be like You are. Help me to be my highest self, the place within that is God.” Linda Sechrist is a Natural Awakenings senior staff writer. Visit ItsAllAboutWe. com for the extended interview. natural awakenings

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Living Off the Land Low- and No-Cost Ways to Feed a Family by Avery Mack

Whether it’s membership in a food co-op, tending a backyard garden or balcony tomato plant or foraging in the woods for edibles, living off the land means cleaner, fresher and more nutritious food on the table.

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o switch from running to the market to stepping into a home garden for fresh produce, it’s best to start small. Smart gardeners know it’s easy to be overwhelmed by a big plot so they plan ahead with like-minded friends to swap beans for tomatoes or zucchini for okra to add variety. If one household is more suited to freezing excess harvests while another cans or dehydrates, more trades are in the offing. Start kids by having them plant radishes, a crop that will give even the most impatient child quick results. “You can’t do everything yourself,” counsels Kathie Lapcevic, a farmer, freelance writer and teacher in Columbia Falls, Montana. “I have a huge garden, expanded now into about 7,000 square feet, that provides 65 percent of what our family eats,” she says. “On the other hand, I can’t imagine life without nut butter and found I can’t grow Brussels sprouts. A few trips to the store are inevitable.” Lapcevic plants non-GMO, heirloom varieties of seeds in her chemicalfree garden. She adds a new variety or two each year and reminds peers that it takes a while to build good soil. Three

years ago, she also added pollinator beehives on the property. Their honey reduces the amount of processed sugar the family uses. From Libby, Montana, Chaya Foedus blogs on her store website about kitchen selfsufficiency. “Foraging is a good way to give children a full sensory experience,” she remarks. “We turn a hike into a mission to find and learn about specific foods, where they come from and what to do with them.” To start, select one easily identifiable item for the kids to pick. “In Libby, that’s huckleberries,” says Foedus. “Similar to blueberries, they grow on a bush, so they’re easy to see and pick. Huckleberries don’t grow in captivity—it’s a completely foraged economy.” Michelle Boatright, a graphic designer and hunter of wild plants in Bristol, Tennessee, learned eco-friendly ways to forage from a game warden friend. Five years later, her bookcase holds 30 books on edible plants—she brings two with her on excursions. “When in doubt, leave a plant alone. It’s too easy to make a mistake,” she advises. “Know how to harvest, too—take

only about 10 percent of what’s there and leave the roots, so it can grow back. “For example, ramps, a wild leek, take seven years to cultivate,” says Boatright. “Overharvesting can wipe out years’ worth of growth. In Tennessee, it’s illegal to harvest ramps in state parks. Mushrooms are more apt to regrow, but leave the small ones.” As for meat, “I was raised to never shoot a gun, but to make my own bows and arrows,” recalls Bennett Rea, a writer and survivalist in Los Angeles, California. “Dad used Native American skills, tools and viewpoints when he hunted. Bow hunting kept our family from going hungry for a few lean years and was always done with reverence. It’s wise to take only what you need, use what you take and remember an animal gave its life to sustain yours.” Rea uses several methods for obtaining local foods. “Living here makes it easier due to the year-round growing season. For produce, I volunteer for a local CSA [community supported agriculture] collective. One hour of volunteering earns 11 pounds

of free, sustainably farmed, organic produce—everything from kale to tangerines to cilantro. “Bartering is also an increasingly popular trend,” he notes. “I make my own hot sauce and trade it for highend foods and coffee from friends and neighbors. Several of us have now rented a plot in a community garden to grow more of our own vegetables. I only buy from stores the items I can’t trade for or make myself—usually oats, milk, cheese and olive oil.” Truly good food is thoughtfully, sustainably grown or harvested. It travels fewer miles; hasn’t been sprayed with toxins or been chemically fertilized; is fresh; ripens on the plant, not in a truck or the store; and doesn’t come from a factory farm. The old saying applies here: “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via

Foraging 101 by Chaya Foedus 4 Start small. 4 Get permission before picking on private property. 4 Make sure no chemical fertilizers or pesticides were used. 4 It’s easy to mistake a poisonous lookalike for an edible plant. Learn to identify both before picking. 4 Skip the mushrooms at first—learn from an experienced mushroomer before going solo. 4 Always taste-test at home; the woods are not the place to cope with a surprise allergic reaction. 4 Make a day of it. Enjoy the outdoors, learn more about native plants and invite kindred spirits along on the hunt. Source: Adapted from

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hristopher Nyerges, of Pasadena, California, author of Guide to Wild Food and Useful Plants and Foraging California, has spent 40 years teaching others to find free food safely as part of an ongoing curriculum ( He knows, “Wherever you live, common weeds and native plants can supplement food on the table.” He particularly likes to use acorns as a food extender, grinding them into a powder and mixing it 50/50 with flour to make bread and pancakes. For greens, he likes lamb’s quarters (Chenopodium album), a weed that crowds out native plants, but is easily found, nutritious and versatile. He uses the leaves like spinach and adds the seeds to soup or bread batter. He likens it to quinoa. Nyerges characterizes himself as a lazy gardener. “Forget having a tra-

ditional lawn. Grow food, not grass,” he says. “I like plants that take care of themselves and then of me.” Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) and New Zealand spinach (Tetragonia tetragonioides) are good edible ground covers. Purslane leaves add a lemonpepper crunch. “If the neighbors complain, plant some nasturtiums—they’re pretty and good to eat, too,” he notes. Varieties of cactus, like the prickly pear, are also edible; remove the thorns and cook the pads with tofu or eggs. “I’m all for using technology, but know how to get by without it, too,” Nyerges advises. “There’s no such thing as total self-sufficiency. What we can be is self-reliant and knowledgeable users. Begin by learning and applying one thing.” He’s found, “There aren’t directions to follow; the path to selfreliance is different for each person.”

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How Telling Our Truths Can Set Us Free by Judith Fertig


fter his deployment in Iraq, U.S. Marine Captain Tyler Boudreau returned home in 2004 with post-traumatic stress syndrome and an emotional war wound that experts now call a “moral injury”. He could only sleep for an hour or two at night. He refused to take showers or leave the house for long periods of time. He and his wife divorced. “My body was home, but my head was still there [in Iraq],” he recounts. At first, Boudreau tried to make sense of his conflicted feelings by writing fiction. Then he wrote a detailed, nonfiction analysis of his deployment, but that didn’t help, either. In 2009 he wrote a memoir, Packing Inferno: The Unmaking of a Marine, that came closer to conveying his personal truth. “I needed to get back into the story,” he says, so he could pull his life back together in Northampton, Massachusetts. Like Boudreau, we all have stories—ongoing and ever-changing—that we tell ourselves to make sense of our lives. They can help us heal and powerfully guide us through life, or just as powerfully, hold us back.


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In 1949, Sarah Lawrence College Professor Joseph Campbell published The Hero with a Thousand Faces, in which he outlined a master monomyth. It involves leaving everyday life and answering a call to adventure, getting help from others along the way, facing adversity and returning with a gift, or boon, for ourselves and others. It’s a basic pattern of human existence, with endless variations.

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How does telling our truth help heal our body? Professor James Pennebaker, Ph.D., chair of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, is a pioneer in the mindbody benefits of story, which he explores in Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions. In the late 1980s, while consulting for the Texas prison system, Pennebaker discovered that when suspects lied while taking polygraph tests, their heart rate rose, but when they confessed the truth, they relaxed. “Our cells know the truth,” writes microbiologist Sondra Barrett, Ph.D., who also blogs at, in Secrets of Your Cells, “Our physiol-

ogy responds to what we’re thinking, including what we don’t want people to know.” When we are afraid to tell a story and keep it in, “Our cells broadcast a signal of danger,” she explains. “Molecules of adrenalin, along with stress hormones, connect with receptors on heart, muscle and lung cells— and in the case of long-term sustained stress, immune cells.” We experience increased heart rate, tense muscles, shortness of breath and lower immunity when we’re stressed. She notes, “When we release the stories and feelings that torment us, our cells respond with great relief and once again become havens of safety.” We need to tell our stories even in facing life-threatening illness, and maybe because of it. Dr. Shayna Watson, an oncologist at the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario, in Canada, encourages physicians to listen to patients. “In the name of efficiency,” she reports in an article in Canadian Family Physician, “it’s easy to block out patients’ stories and deal only with the ‘facts’, to see the chat, the time and the stories as luxuries for when there is a cancellation. The study of narrative tells us, however, that in these easily neglected moments we might find more than we expect; there can be understanding, relationship building and healing—the elements of our common humanity.” A current problem is but a dot on the entire timeline of a person’s existence. By keeping their larger story in mind, patients can find a wider perspective, with the strength and resolve to heal, while the physician can see the patient as a person, rather than a diagnosis.  

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“Telling your story may be the most powerful medicine on Earth,” says Dr. Lissa Rankin, the author of Mind Over Medicine, who practices integrative medicine in Mill Valley, California. She’s tested the concept firsthand. “So many of us are tormented by the insane idea that we’re separate, disconnected beings, suffering all by our little lonesome selves,” she observes. “That’s exactly how I felt when I started blogging, as if I was the only one in the whole wide

~Rev. Patrick McCollum terms “word-scrapping” to generate and tell a new story that helps keep the personal connection we have with our loved one and make visits more positive. She shares more supportive insights at Sharing an old story may also provide a rare link to the past for a person with dementia. “Savor and write down the stories you’re told, even if you hear certain ones many times,” Shouse counsels. “By writing down the most often-repeated stories, you create a legacy to share with family, friends and other caregivers.”

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Our thoughts are a shorthand version of a longer life story, says author Byron Katie, a self-help specialist from Ojai, California, who addresses reader stories via blog posts at Sometimes we tell ourselves the wrong story, one that keeps us from realizing our full potential, while making us miserable at the same time. Examples might include “I will always be overweight,” “My partner doesn’t love me” or “I’m stuck here.” Katie’s book, Who Would You Be Without Your Story? explores how we often take what happens in our lives, create a story with negative overtones,




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Humorist, speaker, and professional storyteller Kim Weitkamp, of Christiansburg, Virginia, knows that the power of story creates wider ripples. She sees it happen every time she performs at festivals and events around the country. “It is naturally in our DNA to communicate in story form,” she advises. “The power of story causes great revelation and change in those that listen.” She cites supporting studies conducted by psychologists Marshall Duke, Ph.D., and Robyn Fivush, Ph.D., at the Emory Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life, in Atlanta, Georgia. “They found that children—at ages 4, 14, 44 or 104, because we’re all children at heart—are more resilient and happy and rebound faster from stress when they know their family stories. They know they’re part of something that’s bigger than themselves that people in their family have kept going,” says Weitkamp. “When people leave a storytelling event, they leave telling stories,” she says with a smile, “and that results in happier and healthier families and communities.”

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believe that version of the story and make ourselves unhappy. “The cause of suffering is the thought that we’re believing it,” she says. By questioning our stories, turning them around and crafting new and more truthful ones, we can change our lives.


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or many, handwritten letters bundled with ribbon, pressed flowers and fading photographs have been replaced by emails, computerized cards and digital images, with the notable exception of scrapbooks. A scrapbook, done right, is a memorabilia treasure chest. Pages are embellished, decorated and personalized to bring memories alive. Pets get to strut their stuff, too. Mary Anne Benedetto, author of Write Your Pet’s Life Story in 7 Easy Steps, in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, says that no matter the species, each pet has special qualities or quirks and a tale to tell. Liisa Kyle, Ph.D., founder of, in Seattle, Washington, also trains candidates for Guide Dogs for the Blind. “The pup comes to me at 8 weeks old and moves on a year or more later,” says Kyle. “It’s traditional, and a big deal, to give the dog’s new person a gift when the transfer is made. For the first pup, I made a memory book starting from his first days with us. Bright white paper behind each photo highlighted the contrast so the man, who had minimal vision, could see the pictures. People are curious about service animals, so he carries the book to show it around. It’s a fun way to educate people about the guide dogs

program.” Anne Moss, owner of, based in Pardes Hana, Israel, says scrapbooking is a recurrent theme in the site’s forums. “Our members tend to be computer savvy and create online pages for their cats. Yet many don’t want to give up the handson experience of scrapbooking; it gives them a special way to preserve memories of or create a long-lasting tribute for their beloved cats.” One member posted about a shadow box she’d made to display favorite toys and photos; another used camping-themed stickers around a photo of the cat napping in a kitty tent. “I started taking pictures of my

Bernese mountain dog, Chance, when he first came to me,” says Yvette Schmitter, an entrepreneurial software programmer in New York City. “We dress in matching costumes like Fiona and Shrek, Princess Leia and Yoda, Mr. and Mrs. Claus. It’s a creative outlet after writing computer code all day and a good excuse to play together.” Schmitter places the photos in pre-made greeting cards and has a current mailing list that exceeds 250, including the doorman, neighbors, the vet and groomer, friends and family. “The deli guy told me he looks forward to each holiday just to see what we’ve come up with. That’s what motivates me; our fun photos can make somebody’s day better.”


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Heather Post, owner of The Etiquette Seed, in Daytona Beach, Florida, specializes in coaching and speaking engagements. When her in-laws traveled to their summer home, she made a scrapbooklet for them. “It showed Sophie, our rescue terrier, at the door, window or in the car, with rhyming captions that said she missed them.” Post sends similar photo “stories” to her daughter, Meghan, now in college; a cousin’s daughter even took Sophie’s Halloween photo to preschool for show and tell. Whichever forum we choose, stages and phases of a pet’s life can be celebrated with a lock of hair, paw print, obedience school certificate and lots of photos. After all, a pet is part of the family. Sandra Murphy is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect at StLouis

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Dreyer recommends ascending hills sideways (crossing one foot over the other) to engage new muscles and protect the calves and Achilles tendons. She also suggests walking backwards for 30 steps every five minutes during a 30-minute walk to reestablish proper posture. Push with poles. Compelling the body forward with Nordic walking poles can burn 20 to 46 percent more calories than regular walking, reports Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. Svensson explains, “Applying pressure to the poles activates abdominal, chest, back and triceps muscles, which necessitates more oxygen and thereby raises the heart rate.” The basic technique is: plant, push and walk away.

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Feel the Earth move under your (bare) feet. Improve mood, reduce pain and deepen sleep by going outside barefoot, says Dr. Laura Koniver, of Charleston, South Carolina, a featured expert in the documentary, The Grounded. “The Earth’s surface contains an infinite reservoir of free electrons, which, upon contact with the body, can neutralize damage from free radicals,” she says.

Notice nature. Alexandra Horowitz, author of On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes, finds walking outdoors infinitely more engaging than exercising in the gym. Seek out woodsy hikes, scenic waterways or historic downtowns, and “open up to experiencing the world,” she says. Practice moving meditation. To lighten a heavy mood, “Imagine your chest as a window through which energy, fresh air, sunshine, even rain, can pour into and through you as you walk,” says Dreyer. To ground a scattered mind, she suggests focusing on connecting one’s feet with the Earth.

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Make fresh air a social affair. A group walk can boost performance levels of participants, says Dennis Michele, president of the American Volkssport Association, which promotes fun, fitness and friendship through noncompetitive, year-round walking events. Horowitz suggests strolling with friends and sharing sensory discoveries. “A fresh perspective can help tune you into the great richness of ordinary environments often overlooked,” she says.

Let your feet speak for an important cause and sign up for an awareness walk. Ditch the distraction of electronic devices. Horowitz views walking texters as “hazards and obstacles, non-participants in the environment.” Australian researcher Siobhan Schabrun, Ph.D., reveals the science behind the sentiment in her recent University of Queensland study. The brain, she found, prioritizes texting over walking, resulting in “slowing down, deviating from a straight line and walking like robots, with the arms, trunk and head in one rigid line, which makes falling more likely.” Walking a dog brings mutual benefits. Dr. John Marshall, chief oncologist at Georgetown University Hospital, in Washington, D.C., prescribes dog walking to his cancer patients, asserting it yields better outcomes than chemotherapy. For maximum enjoyment, strive to hit a stride, advises Carla Ferris, owner of Washington, D.C. dog-walking company Wagamuffin.

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Setbacks Make Boys Into Men by Nick Clements


e all know hard-charging young men that have their foot planted firmly on the accelerator. They claim that easing off would damage their career and be an admission of failure. They are wrong. Those enjoying early successes can grow up overstressed by trying to stay on the fast track at any cost. These alpha boys are doing what they think others want them to do. In many cases, they are influenced by subtle and overt pressures from parents, peers and celebrity lifestyles, as well as advertising and video games. As a consequence, these men, obsessed with superficial goals, are emotionally stunted, controlling and unable to form long-term relationships. The good news is that if they can recognize these symptoms and want to change, they may be ready to mature into an alpha wolf, a whole different kind of man. An essential catalyst for this change usually comes from experiencing personal wounding: being overlooked for a promotion, feeling redundant, losing a friend or status or perhaps sacrificing a former identity to parenthood. Ultimately, the true test is how he faces such failure and deals with his emotions without labeling himself as weak. The hallmark of mature manhood is how a guy acknowledges his diminishment, not how he manages success. When he stops hiding from himself, signs of his emerging as a mature hero, an alpha wolf, will appear.

He’ll recognize that he makes mistakes, absorb and acknowledge his vulnerability, admit he doesn’t know all the answers and become comfortable with this loss of control. These are the lessons a man must learn to become a more realistic, whole and three-dimensional individual. How he reacts to setbacks and takes responsibility for his actions molds character and helps him take his rightful place in society, rather than a false position. Instead of being obsessed by competing for things and one-upmanship in the material world like an alpha boy, the alpha wolf grows up by adding strong spirituality and compassion to his life skills. He sees the bigger picture, and by viewing people as friends rather than rivals, is better able to forge mature, loving relationships and be a better father. Our sons need to be exposed to emotionally intelligent role models and discussions of attendant values and traits. It’s not a simple or easy path, but it’s an essential process for boys and men that benefits them and everyone in their lives. Nick Clements is an inspirational speaker, workshop leader and author of a trilogy of books on male spirituality and rites of passage, including his recent novel, The Alpha Wolf, A Tale About the Modern Male. He also blogs on masculinity at Learn more at

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all tour trucks, buses and generators. Comprehensive conservation efforts including refillable water bottle stations, plus organic cotton T-shirts and reusable or biodegradable food service ware are standard at his shows. “We try to be environmentally conscious every step of the way,” says Johnson. “Our record cases and posters use recycled paper and ecofriendly inks. We record albums in my solar-powered studio. It’s an ongoing learning process and conversation as we find even better ways to do things.” Johnson’s team often requests increased recycling efforts and use of energy-efficient light bulbs at venues, advancing long-term eco-changes everywhere they perform. He explains, “Our thinking is that once they change the light bulbs for us, they’re not going to go back to the old light bulbs after we leave. Many venue managers tell us they have stuck with the improvements because they realize that they’re easy to do.” Marine pollution and single-use plastics are issues high on the musician’s environmental list, but the topic he’s most passionate about is food. In his home state of Hawaii, 90 percent of food is imported. “The idea of supporting your local food system is a big deal in our family and we take that point of view on the road because it’s a vital issue anywhere you go,” he says. At each tour stop, all of the band’s food is sourced within a specific radius. Johnson also works with radio stations to promote regional farming, helping to build community and fan awareness of the benefits of supporting local farms. At home, Johnson has solar panels on the roof and drives an electric car. The entire family, including three children, participates in recycling, worm composting and gardening. “It’s fun to take what we learn at home on the road and bring good things we learn on the road home,” he says. The Swiss Family Robinson is one of the family’s favorite books. “We love figuring out ways to apply ideas,” he remarks. “For our first water catchment system, we got 50-gallon drums previously used for oil and vinegar from a bread bakery and attached spigots. The kids were so excited to watch them fill the first time it rained.” Johnson finds that all of the facets of his life work together. For example, “Music is a social thing for me. I get to share it with people. Surfing is where I find a lot of balance; it’s a more private time. But I also come up with lyrics and musical ideas while I’m surfing.” Johnson’s approach to inspiring all generations to be conscious of the environment is to focus on the fun, because it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the big picture. Understanding that his own kids are among the future stewards of planet Earth, he works diligently to instill values of creativity and free thinking. Johnson reflects, “When I look at things that are in the world now that we would have never dreamed possible when we were growing up, I recognize how much can change in one generation. Looking for answers that aren’t there yet—things nobody’s thought of—that’s what’s going to solve problems.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Mobile/Baldwin, AL (

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ere in Michigan, we take great pride in the Great Lakes, and rightfully so. The lakes sport both tangible and intangible benefits, including a vast recreational plane, a means of commercial transportation, a viable spike in the tourism industry, and the nation’s largest source of drinking water, but what they could afford to do without is Asian Carp. Asian Carp is a group of invasive species of fish threatening to soon dominate the Great Lakes. Native to Asia (thus their namesake), the group includes the Bighead Carp, Black Carp, Grass Carp, Silver Carp, and Large-scale Silver Carp species. The Great Lakes Region is specifically concerned with the Bighead and Silver Carp. These two migratory species can grow up to 100 lbs and are highly prolific, producing up to one million eggs. They are filter-feeding fish which feed on plankton, competing with many native species who also feed on plankton. With their ability to thrive and the competition they create for food, Asian Carp could potentially disrupt the entire food web of the Great Lakes, changing their ecosystem forever. A disruption in the food web significantly alters recreational and commercial fishing, posing a threat to the economy of the Great Lakes Region. It also poses a direct threat to human safety, as the Silver Carp are known for their tendency to leap high out of the water when disturbed by vibrations like those of a boat. Boaters can and have been injured by these large, leaping fish, and that information has the potential to scare away those who might have otherwise taken advantage of the recreational plane of the Great Lakes, again posing a threat to the economy of the Great Lakes Region. Though the Asian Carp were once imported to the southeastern United States in the 1970s to beneficially serve as a means of removing algae and suspended matter on fish farms, it is believed that mass flooding in the 1990s released the fish from their confined locations into the wild, where they’ve flourished, beginning in the Mississippi River Basin and quickly spanning a much greater volume of the nation’s waterways. Upon entering the Mississippi River System, the fish are free to roam the Western Rivers (the Mississippi River and its connecting waterways), including the Chicago River, a tributary that connects the Great Lakes with the Mississippi by canal in Chicago, Illinois. That canal, the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, is a 28 mile long canal initially designed and built in 1900 to reverse the flow of the Chicago River away from Lake Michigan in order to halt pollution of the lake waters by the city’s sewage. The canal is designed to take water from Lake Michigan and flush it into the Mississippi River Watershed, forcing Chicago’s lightly treated sewage away from the Great Lakes, but highly


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TEEN DRAMA QUEENS Keeping the Mother-Daughter Bond Strong by Meredith Montgomery


or many, the strong mother-daughter bond seems to suddenly unravel when adolescence appears. “Parenting is exasperating and wears you out,” sighs Heather Thomas, of Houston, Texas, a mother of three, including 16-year-old Mary Meghan. Mothers can gain some comfort in the biological reasons for the onset of emotionally charged arguments and repeated curfew violations. It begins with changes in the brain caused by an increase in the hormones that stimulate girls’ ovaries, and by age 10 or 11, the hormones become elevated to levels comparable to those of postmenopausal women. Dr. Christiane Northrup, author of Mother-Daughter Wisdom, points out that in addition to experiencing mood swings and temperature changes similar to those of menopausal women, girls’ rising estrogen, unbalanced by progesterone, may likewise produce brain irritability. “It’s no wonder girls are both cuddling with and screaming at you in the same day,” she points out. Nurse Practitioner Sil Reynolds, who co-authored Mothering & Daughtering with her daughter Eliza, gently reminds mothers, “The mother-adolescent daughter relationship is asymmetrical. Mothers are responsible for being the adult in the relationship as their daughters grow up. Understanding this can be a relief to both of you.”

“Actively engaging with my mom has enabled me to balance my independence with a dependable bond, which helps me grow into my true self. Plus, it allows my mom to know the real me.” ~ Eliza Reynolds

Part of the responsibility of being an adult is to provide a safe psychological and emotional environment for children without taking things personally. The frontal cortex responsible for making decisions is still developing in the adolescent brain. Weathering mood swings and reactive outbursts, mothers can learn to remain steady, understanding that teens are not capable of giving back equally because their minds have not yet fully matured. “That’s how teens learn to return to a calm place, by seeing our mom remain steady through our storms,” Eliza observes.

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Northrup believes that a daughter’s peers play a large role in her successfully navigating the teen years, but emphasizes that, “A mother’s influence wins. Be consistent in your loving and clear about rules and boundaries, while encouraging a sense of their own worth and autonomy.” Teenagers are anxious to grow up and do their own thing, but until they have internalized safe and reasonable boundaries, they need someone else to establish them. Northrup reports how teen clients that were given too much freedom… “come in aching for boundaries and feel that their parents don’t care about them. It is the parents’ job to create healthy, though not rigid, boundaries.” What has worked for Heather is to casually join Mary Meghan in her room with an intention to be present and actively listen to her. “I say something simple like, ‘I have missed you,’ and then allow her to open up to me without being critical or judgmental,” she explains. “Sometimes we listen to music or look at outfits in magazines together.” “Girls know when you’re paying attention, and your tone and body language speak louder than words,” confirms Eliza. She also notes that, “How was your day?” doesn’t work as well as the more specific, “How did your test go?” As with any relationship, there are occasional conflicts and misunderstandings, but there’s always potential for repair. Eliza and Sil encourage mothers and daughters to reconnect through the repair process; with heartfelt restoration, the bond grows stronger.

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Everyone benefits from regularly scheduled quality time together. Sil advises, “For households with siblings, this can mean 10 one-on-one minutes a day for each kid. When both parents aren’t under the same roof, technology can help—face time is better than texting, whether it’s through a screen or not.” Some mother-daughter teams enjoy taking dance classes together, having movie dates or pairing up as volunteers. At their weekend workshops, the Reynolds engage in projects and conversations about what it means to invite spirituality and a sense of sacredness into one’s life. Sil sees firsthand how many mothers and daughters are “hungry for spiritual depth.” Heather’s family makes dinners, school vacations and church activities a priority, including a youth program. She says, “Through our church, we are blessed to have caring, Christian adults we trust to help guide and raise our kids and help formulate their morals. It’s a place where it’s okay to question beliefs and share differing viewpoints.” Many moms seek better bonds with their daughters than what they experienced as teens. Heather notes, “I only see my mother a couple times a year, and when I do, I give her an extra hug and apologize [both jokingly and seriously] for my own teen years. Now, having teen girls of my own, I get how hard it is, and I tell her that every time I see her.” For more information and tools, visit Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Mobile/Baldwin, AL (

Avoid Absolutes Avoid the use of absolutes (never, always, everyone, forever) because they leave no room for differing opinions or shared responsibility for problems. For example, replace “always” with “often,” or “everyone” with “a lot of people.”

A Daughter’s Go-To Guidelines by Eliza Reynolds Don’t give up. When you give up, you are asking your mom to give up on you. Instead of stating, “She’ll never get me or trust me and she’ll always embarrass me,” help her to meet the real you. Stay real. Be authentic and genuine (no BS). If you want to talk, try starting with a simple, “Hey, Mom, I’ve got something I want to talk to you about. Could just the two of us consult for a minute?” Yes, your mom may be eerily on point sometimes, but she can’t actually read your mind (Surprise!). Build the relationship you want and need. It’s the one where you get along. She listens when you’re talking and you want to listen, too. It’s normal for this to take work. When you choose to be half of this two-person team that’s key to your well-being, teenage life becomes easier. I call it the art of daughtering. Just imagine what life could be like if your mom was your greatest ally. Connect with Eliza Reynolds via

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Sacred Unity Day of Prayer – 10:30am. Spirit Space will share sacred readings and music from an interfaith perspective. We have gathered prayers from many spiritual traditions and woven them into a morning of music, meditation and inspiration. Join Pastor Sherry Petro-Surdel and the talented jazz musician, Jim Cooper. Free. Saugatuck. A Meditation in Sound - 7:00pm. Joyce VanBaak plays the bowls in an improvisation, directed by Spirit, from her long experience with the bowls. All are invited to experience this inspirational expression of meditation. Unity of Muskegon is located at 2052 Bourdon St., in the Lakeside District, Muskegon.


Guided Meditation and Healing Circle – 7:558:45pm. Escape from the stress and strains of life and discover an inner world of calm, peace & joy. During the guided meditation, energy healing will be given to each participant by Healing in America-trained energy healers. Satya Yoga, 133 Butler St., Saugatuck.


Baby Care Basics – 6:00-9:00pm. Helping new parents grasp the concept of taking care of a newborn and all the challenges that come with it! Costs $50. Email for more information. Midwifery Matters, 118 East Benton St., Greenville. EcoTrek Fitness Workout with Kym - 6:157:30pm at John Ball Park. Outdoor group workout at the trails near the zoo! $10 drop-in per person, dress for the weather with tennis shoes, RSVP at and find all details at Grand Rapids. EcoTrek Fitness Workout with Kylie - 6:157:30pm at Asylum Lake Preserve, Drake Road Parking Lot. Outdoor group workout on the trails at the Preserve! $10 drop-in per person, dress for the weather with tennis shoes, RSVP at signup@ and find all details at Kalamazoo. Beginning Meditation – 7:00-9:00pm. Learn to access your ‘Peace’ center. Terri Spaulding will share practices and techniques for ‘letting go’ and finding your inner sanctum, including breathing exercises, guided meditations, and practical, valuable concepts to put in to practice on your own. $30. 351 Cummings NW, Grand Rapids. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Free Orientation Classes with Carol Hendershot – June 3, 4, 10 & 11. Course begins June 17 & 18. Explore the time honored practices of mindfulness meditation and yoga to free yourself from the vicious cycle of negative stress patterns in an eight week class. Visit for details or call 616-361-3660 to register. Grand Rapids.


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Yoga 101 - 6:00pm. Start putting the benefits of yoga in your life, or get a refresher. Our next Yoga 101 series begins June 4th. 8 weeks for only $79. Get details and register at yoga-101. 933 52nd Street SE, Kentwood. Guided Meditation and Healing Circle - 7:008:00pm. Escape from stress and discover an inner world of calm, peace & joy through guided meditation, and energy healing from Healing in America-trained healers. Holistic Care Approach, 3368 Beltline Ct., NE, Grand Rapids.


Getting Into Shape Injure-Free – 6:00pm. Ready to get into shape or stretch your fitness goals? Health Motion will work with all levels of athletes to help them meet their goals while staying injury-free or without aggravating a prior injury. Call 616-9757555 today to reserve your seat. Grand Rapids. Preserving & Cooking with Herbs- 6:00pm. The Canning Diva® will teach you several fun ways to preserve the robust flavor of herbs for use in meals, as meal starters and as a condiment. Learn benefits of preserving herbs as well as their many uses when creating meals. $55. Bekins Cooking School, 6275 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids.


Restorative Yoga with Jessica Roodvoets - 7:008:30pm. Let go and enjoy supported poses that deepen relaxation and restore energy. Reduce stress, rest deeply and ignite your innate healing resources within. At Expressions of Grace Yoga, $20 Pre-Register, $25 Walk-In. Call 616-361-8580 or visit to register. Grand Rapids.


Tesla Education & Test Drive – 10:00am-1:00pm. Come join us for a presentation about Tesla Motors and the fully-electric car with a 300 mile range. A Model S will be available for you to examine up close & test drive. $5 love offering suggested. Contact Teri at 616-682-7812 for more information. Ada.


Sunday Movie Meeting – 12:30-2:30pm. “From Science to God” by Peter Russell. The Mystery of Consciousness from both scientific and mystical perspectives. Join us for the movie and lively discussion. Contact Teri at 616-682-7812 for more info or to check out our calendar. Ada. ECKANKAR - 10:00-11:00am. Discover how to experience the Light and Sound of God at this monthly ECK Worship Service. Services are the second Sunday of each month. Free. Dominican Center at Marywood, Room 4, 2025 E. Fulton, Grand Rapids, 616-245-7003,


8-Week Interpersonal Mindfulness - A Class for MBSR graduates. Cultivating Presence in Relationship Free Orientation Monday, June 9, course begins June 16. Developing interpersonal mindfulness leads to being more fully present and caring with others and oneself. Go to for details or call 616-361-3660 to register. Grand Rapids.


EcoTrek Fitness Workout with Becky - 6:007:15pm at Lake Harbor Park (north of Maranatha on Lake Harbor Dr.). Outdoor group workout on the trails at the Park! $10 drop-in per person, dress for the weather with tennis shoes, RSVP at signup@ and find all details at Norton Shores. Spirit of Mantra – 7:00-8:00pm. Join us as we explore various powerful mantras that will connect our Consciousness with the Divine Consciousness, unite our mind and heart and bring about deep compassion for all, therefore healing and uplifting the state of the world. More info at waystohealing. com. Kalamazoo.


Farm to Table Cooking - 10:00am-12:00pm. Learn to cook fresh from the Farmer’s Market. Please bring a notebook, we’ll write our own recipe. If you’d like to shop the market with us, meet at our office at 9:00am. Registration required. Costs $35. Holistic Nutrition Center, 90 West 8th Street, Holland. Home Canning Salsas - 6:00-8:30pm. The Canning Diva will showcase her Signature Strawberry Salsa and her Zesty Pepper Salsa! She will demonstrate her self-created recipes and show you fun ways to enjoy them this summer. $50. Gerrit’s Appliance, 2410 28th St. SW, Wyoming.


Fire of Transformation with Mimi Ray - June 13 or 20, 6:45 – 8:30pm. An invitation to light the inner fire of your practice. Develop strength and flexibility in community. For experienced students. $18 or 3 for $50. Call 616-361-8580 or visit to register. Expressions of Grace Yoga, Grand Rapids. Full Moon EcoTrek - 9:00-10:15pm. Fitness Adventure Workout with Cari. Perfect for all fitness levels - bring a flashlight! $5/person. signup@ or call 616-291-2851. Buttermilk Jamboree - 6/13-6/15. Buttermilk is a 3 day music & arts festival that takes place at, and benefits Circle Pines Center; a non-profit cooperative organization. Visit www. for the complete line up and more info. Circle Pines Center, 8650 Mullen Road, Delton.


Running Through Pain Workshop – 9:00am. A free event with Dr. Andrew Schafer, DC. Anyone with running related pain is welcome. There will be a short presentation, Q and A, and a short run afterward, so bring your running gear. Space is limited. Call ahead for reservations 616-301-3000. Grand Rapids. West Michigan Spa and Wellness Expo and Kids Expo Day - 10:00am-4:00pm. Come as you are and leave rejuvenated! Bring your camera for pictures with Dora at 11:00, 12:00 & 2:00pm. Massage Products, Candles, Spa Treatments, Anti-Aging, Gift Items, Home Decor’, Home Improvement, Jewelry, Purses, Fitness, Spa and Weight-loss, Specialty Food and more. Grand Haven Community Center, Grand Haven. Meditation Workshop with Shannon Elhart11:00am-1:00pm. 6/14, 6/21 & 6/28. Join our workshop on Why and How to begin a personal practice of meditation. If you have anything in your life you’d like to do ‘better’, meditation is a path to get there. $100. Bodhi Tree Yoga & Wellness Studio, 208 W 18th Street, Holland. Building Your Daily Home Practice with Mimi Ray - June 14 or 21, 1:00-4:00pm. The Living your Yoga Series will help you build a home practice. $35. Call 616-361-8580 or visit to register. Expressions of Grace Yoga, Grand Rapids. Nutrition Class – 1:30-2:30pm. Healthy eating Guidelines for Weight Management. Learn basic nutritional education on meal planning, portion control, nutrition labeling, and dining out with the goal to promote sustainable weight loss. Intuitive eating concepts to improve you relationship with food will be covered as well. Preregistration required at www. Holland.


Soul Flow Sunday with Mimi Ray - 3:00-4:30pm. This practice is very restorative and relaxing, it begins with a yoga flow to awaken the body, followed by meditation and contemplation and ends with yogic sleep. Call 616-361-8580 or visit www. for details. Expressions of Grace Yoga, Grand Rapids.


Free Community Workshop: Learn Trigger Point Massage – 6:00pm. Participants will learn what a trigger point is, what causes them, how to prevent them and how to get rid of them. Includes hands on training. Please call 616-447-9888 to reserve your seat. Seating is limited to first 30 people. Grand Rapids. Breastfeeding Education Class – 6:00-9:00pm. Please join us in learning to comfortable with breastfeeding your newborn. Get through the learning curve of being a new momma with ease. Costs $50. Email for more information. Midwifery Matters, 118 East Benton St., Greenville. EcoTrek Fitness Workout with Kylie - 6:157:30pm at Spring Valley Park, Kalamazoo, Mt. Olivet and Courtlandt Ave. Outdoor group workout on the trails at the Park! $10 drop-in per person, dress for the weather with tennis shoes, RSVP at and find all details at Kalamazoo.

Nourishing Ways of West Michigan – 7:00pm. The Fundamentals of Food Preservation with the Canning Diva, Diane Devereaux of www. For more info go to www. Grand Rapids.

Coaching help you train your brain on the positive. $30. 351 Cummings NW, Grand Rapids. Contact:

Acupuncture: What Everyone Needs to Know About Americas Fast Growing Health Care Method – 7:00-8:00pm. What is acupuncture? What conditions are treatable? What does it do? Find out for free at Holistic Care Approach, 3368 Beltline Ct., NE, Grand Rapids.

Farm to Table Cooking - 10:00am-12:00pm. Learn to cook fresh from the Farmer’s Market. Please bring a notebook, we’ll write our own recipe. If you’d like to shop the market with us, meet at our office at 9:00am. Registration required. Costs $35. Holistic Nutrition Center, 90 West 8th Street, Holland.

Spiritual Drum Circle - 7:00-8:00pm. Experience your inner rhythm as Linda Missad facilitates and evening of drumming which can contribute to healing, reducing stress, tension, anxiety, and can help release negative feelings, blockages and emotional trauma. $5 Donation Requested. 0-381 Lake Michigan Drive, Grand Rapids. For more information, see Cultivating Self-Acceptance – 7:00-9:00pm. Does your inner voice support your dreams, or does it judge and criticize? Learn to silence the inner critic, and begin to self-nurture. Workshop will include reflection, discussion, and ideas to fuel the inner cheerleader in you. $30. 351 Cummings NW, Grand Rapids.


Canning 101 Basics Demonstration - 6:00-7:00pm. The Canning Diva breaks down the basics of water bathing and pressure canning and will share how pH, time and temperature play a vital role in safe canning practices. FREE. Rylee’s Ace Hardware, 1234 Michigan St., Grand Rapids.


Innovations in Scar Therapy – 5:30pm. Ask the Compounding Pharmacist series: Dr. Miller will discuss methods to reduce pain, appearance and encourage healing of old and new scars. Keystone Pharmacy, 4021 Cascade Rd SE, Grand Rapids.


Mental Toughness Camp – 10:00am-7:00pm. Performance Coach, Elle Ingalls shows you simple ways to stay mentally tough in all situations. Her 3-step Pressure-Free method helps boost performance and productivity. Ideal for ages 16 and up, athletes, educators, college students, professionals. Cost of $297 includes meals and materials. To register call 269-832-3573 or go to Self Sufficiency Through Food Preservation10:00am-12:00pm. The Canning Diva® will teach you several methods of cost effective food preservation by way of dry and cold storage, home canning and dehydrating. $55. Bekins Cooking School 6275 28th St., SE, Grand Rapids.


Canning & Cooking with Strawberry Salsa6:00pm. The Canning Diva® will teach you to create Signature Strawberry Salsa and use it in meal creation in this fun and informative class! $55. Bekins Cooking School 735 Washington Ave, Grand Haven. Positive Power of Thinking – 7:00-9:00pm. Be aware of the power of your thoughts. Do you waste time thinking about what you don’t want rather than what you do want to happen? Let GetOffGo


Yoga & Mindfulness for Kids with Alissa Newberg - June 25-27, 1:00-3:00pm. Help improve concentration and provide a sense of calm while building strength and flexibility. Parents or caregivers are welcome to attend. Ages 4-10. Three days for $75. Call 616-361-8580 or visit to register. Grand Rapids.


Medicinal Culinary Herbs – 9:30am-12:00pm. Join this hands-on exploration of common culinary herbs. The workshop includes instructions on growing, harvesting and drying culinary herbs and recipes for medicinal uses. Class size limited to 15, preregistration required. $26 fee due at the time of registration. Register at www.spiritlinkherbals. Saugatuck.


What’s Holding You Back? - 7:00-9:00pm. Don’t let fears prevent you from being the best version of yourself. Workshop offers strategies to help you overcome those pesky fears that limit your potential. Expect to reflect, share, and leave with tools of empowerment. $30. 351 Cummings NW, Grand Rapids.


Kids Cooking Ages 3-5 – 10:00-11:00am. Cooking class for the preschooler and a caregiver. The child will prepare a healthy recipe to take home. They’ll learn kitchen safety. (The caregiver will be encouraged to not help them.) Holistic Nutrition Center, 90 West 8th Street, Holland.

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savethedate Saturday, August 23, 2014 Midwifery Matters Open House - 1:00-5:00 pm. Midwifery Matters is excited to announce the opening of a brand new birth center in Greenville. Doors opening July 1. Please come see the new warming and inviting place to birth your child. Email midwiferymatters@ for more information. 118 East Benton St, Greenville.

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Sunday Spirit Space Sunday Worship - 10:30am. Join us for inspiring messages called Reasonings. Spirit Space is an inner-faith spiritual enrichment center. Take a virtual tour at Free. 3493 Blue Star Hwy, Saugatuck. Sunday Worship and Youth Service - 10:30am. Variety of classes held weekly. A warm, welcoming New Thought, spiritual community, inclusive and accepting of all, honoring diversity, for those seeking spiritual truth, Unity of GR, 1711 Walker NW, Grand Rapids. Community Class - 4:00-5:00pm. Community Class for $5. All proceeds donated to the charity of the month. Bodhi Tree Yoga & Wellness Studio, 208 W 18th Street, Holland. Sunday Series - 6:00pm. Explore spirituality, universal truths, self-mastery and balanced, positive, loving and joyful living with The Coptic Center and their ongoing offering of enlightening Ministers, Teachers and guest presenters. Love Offering. 0-381 Lake Michigan Drive, Grand Rapids. For more information see

Monday Intermediate Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman – 6:15-7:30pm. All levels. Drop-ins welcome. Visit for more information. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio, 8724 Ferry St. Montague. 231-740-6662. Spiritual Expressions - 7:00pm. Join Nessa McCasey on the 1st and 3rd Monday. Listen to and discuss selected poetry, prose, or stories; we learn poetic forms and writing techniques. Because we do not critique, an atmosphere of support and acceptance prevails. Donations appreciated. 24 Fountain St., NE, Grand Rapids. A Course In Miracles Healing Circle - 7:00-8:30 pm. Space to feel; space to heal. An ACIM-based support/study group. All are welcome. Prior experience with the course unnecessary. Free. Fountain Street Church, Grand Rapids. 616-458-5095.

Tuesday Gentle Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman - 7:459:00am & 9:15-10:30am. Drop-ins welcome. Visit for more information. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio, 8724 Ferry St. Montague. 231-740-6662. Summer Book Adventure at The Attic Kids – 11:00am. Starting June 17th, Sylvan Learning will host a six week Book Adventure Summer Reading Program at The Attic Kids of Muskegon. Join us for prizes, snacks, stories and activities while you shop. Call Lisa at Sylvan Learning for more details, 231-799-0613, Muskegon.


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The Path to Peace and Renewal - 12:00-1:00pm. This series of guided meditation will cover different techniques to use including pranayama, vipassana, visualization, tonglen, mindfulness, walking, sky and metta. $10 drop in. More info & sign up at OnThePathYoga. com or 616-935-7028. 701 E. Savidge #3, Spring Lake. A Course In Miracles – 7:00-8:00pm. This selfstudy system is unique in teaching forgiveness as the road to inner peace and the remembrance of the love of God. New members welcome anytime. Call Teri at 616-682-7812 for more information. Ada.

Wednesday $20 off BioMeridian Assessments - Food allergies, environmental allergies, organ function and real food menus and shopping lists for families that are healthy and kid-approved. Visit or 616-365-9176. Grand Rapids. Summer Book Adventure – 11:00am starting June 11. Sylvan Learning will host a six week book adventure and summer reading program at Target of Muskegon. Join us for prizes, snacks, stories and activities while you shop. Call Lisa at Sylvan Learning for more details, 231-799-0613. Muskegon. Discussion and Meditation - 6:00pm. Come, Let Us Reason Together. The evening starts with light refreshments, followed by a discussion from 6:307:15pm, ending with silent meditation till 8pm. Spirit Space is an inner-faith spiritual enrichment center. Visit Free. 3493 Blue Star Hwy, Saugatuck. Hatha Yoga – 6:00-7:30pm. Drop-ins, multi-level, and beginner students are welcome. www.sambodh. us. Healing Ways, 6363 North 24th Street, Kalamazoo. Discussion & Meditation at Spirit Space – 6:30pm. Night begins with a discussion with Interfaith Pastor Sherry Petro-Surdel to promote spiritual enrichment, followed by a silent, guided and affirmative mediation. Call 616-836-1555 for more information. A Healing Energy Circle is held at 7:15pm on the third Wednesday of each month. Visit Saugatuck. Creation’s Lessons for Living - 7:00pm. 2nd Wed of month. Creation desires to help us grow, mature, evolve. Connect with Creation’s wisdom through the teachings and ceremonies of the shamanic Sweet Medicine SunDance Path. Donation. Call 616-8564957 for more information. Join me in learning to walk in beauty, Marie. NE, Grand Rapids.

Thursday Advanced Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman – 6:157:30pm. Drop-ins welcome. Visit for more information. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio, 8724 Ferry St., Montague. 231-740-6662.

Saturday Is Food a Problem for You? - Do you eat when

you’re not hungry? Do you binge, purge, or restrict? Is your weight affecting your life? Contact Overeaters Anonymous. No dues, fees, weigh-ins or diets. For Grand Rapids area meeting list, call 616-336-1359 or visit Gentle Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman – 9:0010:15am & 10:30-11:45am. Drop-ins welcome. Visit for info. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio. Montague. 231-740-6662. Sweetwater Local Foods Market - 9:00am1:00pm. Hackley Health at the Lakes building on Harvey Street. We are inside if the weather is bad. We are a double up bucks and bridge card market. Hesperia. 231-861-2234.

classifieds CLASSES Energy Healings and Training, Reiki & Urevia Healings/Classes - held near Hastings at Subtle Energies w/ Ken & Dana Gray. Learn a variety of techniques that can heal your life. Reiki I & Urevia Practitioner classes are eligible for NAN 20% discount. Visit for more information.

HELP WANTED Magazine Delivery Positions - Responsibilities include delivering Natural Awakenings Magazines every month to specified locations per a predetermined route. Positions are available throughout the West Michigan area. Must have good driving record and will be using your own vehicle. Deliveries are made during weekdays only between the hours of 9am & 5pm the last week of every month. Pay is structured on a per stop basis with bonus potential for setting up new (approved) magazine distribution locations. Position is a part-time only, contract job. If you are interested in the above opportunity, please email: Ad Sales Rep – Natural Awakenings is now accepting resumes for Part/Full Time Sales Reps throughout the West Michigan area. Must be self-motivated with strong organizational skills, sales and computer/database experience. We’re positive people looking for positive associates. Flexible schedule with great earning potential. Pay is set up on a generous full commission structure with bonuses. Email cover letter and resume to

OPPORTUNITIES Holistic & Green Business Owners Wanted for Health Network- NAN, the Natural Awakenings Network, is a green and healthy living network that will allow members to enjoy discounts on products & services focused on wellness, green/ sustainable living and healthy lifestyles. If you are interested in becoming a provider (a business or organization that offers discounts to members) in this innovative network or want more details, contact Natural Awakenings at 616-656-9232 or Participating as a Provider is FREE for the 1st year.



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959 Lake Dr SE, Suite 2, GR 49506 *Second Floor of Blackport Building 616-419-8115 Your retail location for makeup, body care, & household products that are organic, non-GMO, vegan, gluten free & cruelty-free! Products offered score ‘0-2, Low Hazard’ on Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database. See ad page 12.


Certified Massage Therapist offering Therapeutic, Hot Stone & Matrix Massage. Certified Wholistic Kinesiologist, Certified Matrix Energetics Practitioner, Reconnection Healing Practitioner, Certified Herbalist, Certified Acutonics Practitioner, and a Certified Reflexologist. See ad page 13.

CHIROPRACTIC CARE DYNAMIC FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC Dr. Ronda VanderWall 4072 Chicago Drive, Grandville 616-531-6050

Family owned and operated in the heart of downtown Grandville, Dynamic Family Chiropractic focuses on lifestyle improvements through living a maximized life. A safe and natural approach to health through the combination of exercise, nutrition, detoxification and chiropractic care.


Dr. Andrew Schafer 1801 Breton SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506 616-301-3000

Tr e a t i n g m u s c u l o s k e l e t a l conditions, but specializing in b ac k p a in , n ec k p a in , an d headaches. Also offering physical therapy, massage therapy, and postural awareness. Most insurance accepted. Breton Village area. See ad pages 7 & 30.


Mary De Lange, CCT. CMT. 1003 Maryland Ave, N.E., Grand Rapids 616-456-5033 Certified therapist since 1991 offering colon therapy in a sterile and professional environment. Using a holistic approach, colonics relieves constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloat, poor digestion, back pain, body odor and more. See ad page 4.


Natural Health & Healing Center 723 Kenmoor SE Grand Rapids 49546 616-481-9074 Offering an advanced clientcentered dimension of colonics: gentle, safe and effective. Eliminate toxins and enhance well-being. 16 years of experience. Also offering Quantum Biofeedback sessions. I-ACT certified Instructor.


BE YOUNG ESSENTIAL OILS Clara VanderZouwen 616-481-8587

”What you put on your skin, goes within!” Choose safe, effective essential oils for relief from pain, hormonal issues, diabetes, digestive issues and allergies. Also offering “clean” skin care products, GMO-free Meal Replacement Shakes, Masaji, NutriSmart, Liver Detox, Bio-feedback and Ionic detoxing Foot Baths. FREE monthly classes. See ad page 22.


doTERRA Essential Oils IPC #406390 616-340-5115 Our oils effectively reduce or eliminate many c h e m i c a l s , pharmaceuticals and general medicines in your environment. I offer Zyto Compass biofeedback scans, AromaTouch Technique application and free educational oils classes. Call to schedule an appointment today. See ad page 28.



Barbara Borgeld Independent Distributor # 1182115 5 W. Main St., #8 / Boyne City, MI 49712 386-366-1903 Discover the high potency, 4,000-yearold therapeutic properties in Young Living Essential Oils. Learn how the oils enhance health--yours, as well as others who seek holistic options. (Seen on the “TODAY” show). Income Opportunities also available. Free Training. See ad page 19.

HAKOMI THERAPY KEN PORTER CST, CHT 534 Fountain NE, Grand Rapids MI 49503 616-262-3848


Barbara Zvirzdinis, WK, CMT 616-581-3885 Matrix Energetics is a system used to heal, transform and create new possibilities in your life. Using the principles of quantum physics and subtle e n e rg y d u r i n g a M a t r i x Energetics session we are able to enter into different realties and download new possibilities for your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual selves. See ad page 13.

Hakomi Therapy can truly change your life. It’s a mindfulnessbased, experiential therapy for transforming the unconscious patterns that keep you from the love, joy, and fulfillment you deserve. Offered with exquisite care and attentiveness.

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Pastor & Casey Brian Kalamazoo 269-221-1961 Massage Therapy, Energy Healing, Spiritual Counsel, Healing Services for Groups and more. We fully support you in experiencing Healing in all aspects of your life: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual...


Bob Huttinga PA-C & Rev. Barbara Huttinga 332 S. Lincoln Ave, Lakeview 989-352-6500 Affordable, natural approach to better health. Certified nutritional consultant with 22 years experience. Offering select, high quality vitamins, minerals, herbs, children’s products, essential oils, homeopathics, weight loss and more. Professional discounts and senior pricing. See ad in page 14.


332 S. Lincoln Ave Lakeview 989-352-6500 A Certified Physician Assistant since 1976, specializing in naturopathic and homeopathic care. Family care. Also, certified Silva Method instructor. We use Clinical Homeopathy to assist traditional medications. We take most insurances. See ad page 14.


Certified Wholistic Kinesiologist, Certified Matrix E n e rg e t i c s P r a c t i t i o n e r, Certified Massage Therapist, Reconnection Healing P r a c t i t i o n e r, C e r t i f i e d Herbalist, Certified Acutonics Practitioner and Certified Reflexologist. Specializing in muscle testing, massage, energy medicine, nutritional counseling, lectures and classes. See ad page 13.


Jaci Timmermans, MT 4072 Chicago Drive, Grandville, MI 49418 616-531-6050 I offer Swedish massage with Integrated Te c h n i q u e s , c h o s e n specifically to your unique body. Relieve those tired and sore muscles and rejuvenate! Call for ongoing monthly specials and discounts.

HANDS ON HEALING PROFESSIONAL MASSAGE THERAPY LLC Pattie Kooy, LMT, CMMT, CMT, HTP 5286 Plainfield NE Plainfield Twp, MI 49525 616-648-7217

Professional massage therapist offering Medical Massage, Manual Therapy, Hot Stone, Healing Touch Therapy, Essential Oils, Infrared heat lamp, Bio-energetic Therapy, Hot castor oil packs, Chinese herbal liniments & Detox Massage. Mention ad for $10 off hour massage.


Mary De Lange, CCT., CMT. 1003 Maryland Ave NE, Grand Rapids 616-456-5033 Over 21 years of professional experience and trained in a complete range of modalities. Whether you are seeking relaxation, renewal, or treatment for a specific condition, Mary will help find an approach that is helpful for you. See ad page 4.


Shawn Merkel, ASID 616-916-1071 - Complete Interior Design Services for your home or business. Specializing in creating, harmonious, nurturing spaces, by incorporating feng shui principals and repurposing your existing treasures. Let your space become a reflection of who you are. See ad page 23.


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Sheri Beth Schafer, CMT, Ayurvedic Bodyworker, Reiki Master 1801 Breton SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506 616-301-3000 We have multiple certified massage therapists offering relaxation, prenatal, deep tissue massage, and medical massage. We also offer Reiki, chakra balancing, and Ayurvedic bodywork. Breton Vi l l a g e a r e a . w w w. See ad pages 7 & 30.


In private practice since 1982 specializing in homebirth. Over 1450 births attended. Offering midwifery care that maintains a family-centered safe birth experience. Empowering women to stay healthy during pregnancy, give birth naturally and parent in the best ways. Free initial consultations including Prenatal check up.



Leslie Cornwell, CNM 616-258-2386 Looking for different care for your pregnancy outside the traditional maternity system, we have what you have been looking for. High quality care for preconception, pregnancy, and beyond. See ad page 32.


The only personal trainers in Grand Rapids offering a 100% Money Back Guarantee, no tricks, no gimmicks, just results. See ad page 15.

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5286 Plainfield Ave., NE Grand Rapids 49525 616-364-9191

An award winning Hair Stylist with 30 years Advanced Education, that uses and sells Organic Hair Care Products as well as uses a professional line of Organic Hair Color. Ionic Detox Foot Baths also available.


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0-11279 Tallmadge Woods Dr. Grand Rapids, MI 49534 616-791-0472 State licensed school for massage and bodywork. Offering high quality, affordable massage certification courses as well as NCBTMB continuing education courses for the experienced therapist. Located conveniently to Grand Rapids, Standale, Walker and Allendale.


503 East Broadway St. Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 989-773-1714

Educational Programs Offered: Natural Health Program - Four Years (one weekend a month); Massage Therapy Program - One Year (two weekends a month); Holistic Doula Practitioner Program - Six Months (one weekend a month). Individual classes available. See ad page 48.


3637 Clyde Park Ave., Suite 2 Wyoming, MI 49509 616-254-7350 Custom screen printed apparel using water-based and discharge inks. Earth friendlier screen printing with a different look and feel. Also offering promotional products with an emphasis on the environment.

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