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23 ecotip 24 healingways
24 12 HAPPY HOLIDAY TIPS
by Dianne Bischoff James
28 wisewords 36 consciouseating
Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.
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How to Really Enjoy the Season
26 INSPIRED LIVING Five Ways to Make
the New Year Sparkle by Kelly Martinsen
28 LYNNE MCTAGGART ON THE POWER OF GROUP INTENTION by April Thompson
32 PEACE ON EARTH Conflict Resolutions that Work to Bridge Divides
by Linda Sechrist
36 THE GIFTS OF CITRUS Colorful Good Health in Holiday Dishes by Judith Fertig
40 GO ECO LIKE GRANDMA
Honor Her Wisdom in New Ways by Avery Mack
44 AWAKE PARENTING Raising Connected, Confident Kids by Judith Fertig
HOLISTIC ATHLETES The New Face of Sports Medicine by Marlaina Donato
Each Species Grooves to Its Own Beat by Sandra Murphy
very month I have a good time jumping into my welltraveled Nissan Pathfinder to deliver the latest issue of Natural Awakenings. Getting away from the computer for a few days, I set my sights on driving through our region’s many amazing environments and meeting people in all walks of life. After more than 10 years of hitting the road, many of them anticipate my visit and seem encouraged by the continuing stream of new issues focused on natural living. A happy comment about some article, event or resource in our magazine typically energizes me for the rest of the day. Each instance reinforces our intent to serve up quality content as a welcome guide for a happy, healthy and sustainable life. Occasionally, such encounters affect me more profoundly. Such was the case when I received a handwritten letter from an 86-year-old woman who was so very happy to find a volunteering opportunity in the pages of Natural Awakenings. She was a retired nurse that still wanted to give back to her community for all the blessings she received in her life. What an amazing soul! I sensed that she was living consciously while still looking to be a positive force for humanity. I can only imagine what she does to keep herself in that place of gratitude and giving. Lynne McTaggart discusses the power of group intention this month in our Wise Words department. I find the studies, some done in conjunction with Penn State, to be fascinating insights into the power of the human mind to change our environments. To know “groupthink” can be used in a positive way is very inspiring as I prepare my plans for 2018. Our national senior writer Linda Sechrist writes about conflict resolution as a vital tool in addressing our out-of-balance society in “Peace on Earth.” Many people I know have gained greater enlightenment during a time of severe duress. They hear a calling and choose to work for the greater “good”, another name for God in 21 languages, in a way that suits them best. Whatever path they choose, stepping away from self-concerns to do good for others is a constant. The world needs as many people working for good as possible. Our intention in this and every issue is to inspire each of us to cultivate our own brand of intentional consciousness. We have also included some holiday tips and recipes to help you find your own peace and joy throughout the holiday season. I’m proud to create this publication and serve our advertisers as my way of uplifting humanity. When so much around us seems to becoming less civilized, it’s amazing to know that there are many more people contributing to the growth and enlightenment of humanity than those that do not. All good wishes,
Reid Boyer, Publisher
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newsbriefs Healthy Happy Hour
hristina Moyes, Certified Holistic Health Coach and cooking instructor will be hosting a Healthy Happy Hour from 5:307:30 at Twin Ponds Integrative Center on the first Friday of every month. Participants can spend time with friends, relax after the long work week and enjoy good, real, delicious food and nonalcoholic mocktails without the hangover! Each Happy Hour will feature a brief demonstration from the wide variety of practitioners. Cost is $10 and includes the presentation plus one appetizer or drink. Moyes, the founder of Super, Simple, Healthy, supports her clients in achieving their goals for health. Through her own journey to health and wellness she realized being healthy doesn’t have to be hard. Moyes’ mission is to support moms to feel good in their bodies and find simple, healthy solutions that will easily integrate into their busy family lives. She is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where she studied under experts like Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Walter Willett, Geneen Roth, and Andrea Nakayama. Location: 628 Twin Ponds Rd., Breinigsville. For more information, visit www. supersimplehealthy.com/events.
Penn State Extension to Host Marketing Program
armers that have been selling directly to consumers via farmers’ markets and/or community supported agriculture (CSA) have noticed a shift in those market channels. For the last few years, they have become stagnant, and in some cases, shrinking. Penn State Extension along with Buy Fresh, Buy Local Greater Lehigh Valley will host an Intensive Marketing program on December 8 at the Nurture Nature Center, in Easton. Nick Burton, of State of The Soil, Simon Huntley, of Small Farm Central, and Marilyn Anthony, from the Temple University Fox School of Business, will help to improve and sharpen marketing skills for this day-long workshop. They will discuss other market channel opportunities for farmers, techniques to improve customer retention and current trends in local food. Location: 518 Northampton St., Easton, PA. For more information ad registration, call Brian Moyer at 610-391-9840 or email email@example.com.
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Tribe Yoga in Fogelsville
ribe Yoga will hold a grand opening celebration from 12:30 to 4 p.m., December 10, at 7918 Main Street, third floor west, in Fogelsville, Pennsylvania. In addition to an opportunity for the public to visit the studio, gather information, ask questions and meet teachers, there will be food, beverages, giveaways, free yoga classes for every level and more. Along with a full schedule of yoga classes for all ages, abilities and styles, Tribe will move forward with a focus on creating a feeling of community; a comfortable space ideal for students’ self-exploration, discovery and growth. The studio will host special events, groups and workshops that relate not only to yoga, but also philosophical studies, personal empowerment and spirituality. Stacy Hein, Tribe co-founder and teacher, says, “Our goal is simple: to introduce as many people as possible to this magical, healing practice and to offer a safe place for all students to expand their journey into deeper self-awareness, understanding, compassion and love.” For more information, call 484-2398711 or email Stacy@TribeYogaCenter. com. Register for grand opening or ongoing classes at TribeYogaCenter.com.
Spirits of Christmas Past
Olde Time Christmas Jim Thorpe Celebrate the in Spirit of December 5, 6 & 7, 13 & 14 Christmas Past
heArrival 36th annual Olde Time • Santa’s • Tree Lighting Christmas Festival will be • Carolers • Picturesthe with Santa held first three weekends in • Train Rides with Santa December in Jim Thorpe where • Display of 500 Crèches • More thanwill 35 Unique Shops guests experience the spirit of and Galleries Christmas past. • Extended Shopping Hours The Victorian vil• Meet Under the Mistletoe lage nestled in the foothills of the • Victorian Decorations Pocono Mountains and decorated • Gingerbread House Display • Bach and Handel Chorale in Dickensian style will captivate • Holiday Shows at Mauch Chunk Opera House the imagination of the whole fam• Toy Drive ily with • Mitten Tree Santa, strolling carolers, • Rotary Ghost Walk characters and musicians. Santa’s • Scavenger Hunt arrival onContest a fire truck, along with • Ugly Sweater • Breakfast Santa the treewithlighting ceremony at • Strolling Musicians Josiah Park kicks off the • More thanWhite 10 Tasty Eateries • Great Accommodations festival at 5 p.m., December 1. • Much More
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Parents’ Voices of Addictive Children
arie Boland and Anke Christiani invite parents of addictive children to join them from 10:30 a.m. to noon, December 9 to share stories, discuss successes and support everyone’s journey of healing. Both have been parents of an addictive child for 20 years and are writing a book about their experiences. This informational meeting introduces the books sixteen chapters for which parents can choose to contribute to. “It feels good to us to share our experiences, and it gives us a stronger feeling of not being alone with the dramatic experiences we have encountered as a parent of an addictive child,” says Christiani. The world needs to hear about how much we love our children. The book will offer insights onto a world many cannot imagine, but we intend to offer a better understanding and unconditional support to help parents fight the heroin epidemic. Location: St. Luke’s University Hospital Bethlehem Education Center, room 113, 801 Ostrum St., Bethlehem. For more information visit facebook:annachristiani/page/parents voices of addictive children, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Marie Boland at 610-392-8307.
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Are you interested in self-growth? Taking this course teaches you how to empower yourself through states of transition. You will learn more about yourself and help you discover who it is you wish to become. You will begin to create change in your life and begin to consciously choose how you embrace this change. Are you looking for something different in your experience, seeking answers to your life, or wanting to create change but don’t know how? This course is for YOU! Self-Exploration Chapter Begins Feb. 21
On your journey, you will explore: • Self-Exploration Meditation • The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success • Finding Your True Potential
Self-Awareness Chapter Begins April 18
On your journey, you will explore: • Creating Change • Healing the Body Through the Mind • Extreme Self Care
Self-Mastery Chapter Begins Sept. 19
On your journey, you will explore: • A More Confident YOU! • Improving Self-Esteem • Choosing a Meaningful Life
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Setting Intentions for 2018
acred Space, in Hellertown, will conduct an interactive workshop, Vision Boards: Manifesting Your Dreams, from noon to 2 p.m., January 1. Attendees will learn how to use dream or vision boards, a tool for the Law of Attraction, to manifest what they would like to see in the upcoming year. There will be a short meditation, followed by time to create vision boards. All supplies are included. Anyone at any age can create a vision board, and they are especially helpful when setting an intention for the New Year, new project or challenging goal. Vision boards are simple to create, and having a group of other like-minded people to share the experience can be very rewarding as the pieces just start to fit together. The most important part about creating a vision board is to place it somewhere that we look regularly to absorb the images into our subconscious each day. Cost is $29 in advance/$39 at the door; limited to 18 people. Location: 45 W. Water St., Hellertown, PA. To register, call 610838-5463 or email Register@ksgifts.com. See ad page 13.
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oots & Wings Facilitating Healing, in Quakertown, features Ayurvedic Spa therapies in a Boutique Wellness Center. Owner Hillery Woods Siatkowski LMT, says, “The ancient healing system of Ayurveda aims to prevent illness, deeply heal the body and sustain vitality. Ayurvedic Massage treatments restore healthy balance through addressing the effects of stress.” “Stress can affect the way we absorb nutrients, stay hydrated and feel centered”, adds Siatkowski. “Ayurvedic massage, called Abhyanga (abee-yan-ga) uses dosha-specific, herbal infused oils that nourish the skin. Raw-silk gloves are used to brush the skin and stimulate the lymph system. The oils easily penetrate through the capillaries unclogging toxic blockages. Herbal infused oils do not leave a greasy feeling, instead the body feels like silk and skin looks younger. This is the beauty of Ayurveda; immune boosting and anti-aging through cellular detox”. The spa menu also includes Shirodhara (shiro-dar-a) with Marma balancing and Assisted Yoga-Massage. Your therapist will direct you to therapy that will help you the most. Location: 127 S. 5th St., Quakertown. For more information, call 215-257-5025 or visit HilleryWoodsWellness.com. See ad page 15.
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Volunteers needed For Hospice
scend Hospice has volunteer openings for compassionate, empathetic individuals that want to enhance their lives by giving time to those in the community that are in need. Hospice volunteers play a crucial role in providing compassion and empathy by making friendly visits to a patient to read a book, play a board game or just hold their hand. Ascend also utilizes the gifts and talents of alternative practitioners, such as massage therapists, Reiki therapists, pet therapists and music therapists. Making crafts for patients and their families or supporting the office staff are other ways to get involved and support the hospice team. Volunteers receive extensive training, focused on learning the philosophy of hospice care and understanding the responsibilities and duties of caring for patients and their families, covering the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of death and dying. For more information about volunteering, contact Marina McGough at 215-542-2100. See ad page 28.
NCC Offers a Journey of Self-Discovery
nterested in self-growth? The Self-Discovery Program hosted by Northampton Community College focuses on helping those search within to discover who they are, who they desire to become, and teach tools, techniques, and offer guidance through the process of self-discovery. Working cohesively with Jen Casper, an intuitive coach and spiritual guide, to set goals to help reach self-mastery. Through self-development and self-discovery, growth will come from within changing the experience outside. The program begins on February 21, and has three parts: self-exploration, self-awareness, and self-mastery. Each part is taught in seven-week segments or two Saturdays. In addition to the core chapters, pathways can be selected to explore deeper. A Self-Contemplation Inquiry with feedback from Jen Casper completes the certificate requirements and helps define the inner growth. This certificate can be earned in as little as six months or can be extended over a two-year period. To register online go to: Northampton.edu/lifelearn or call 610-861-4108 for more information including free information session on January 17 and one-hour personal session. See ad page 7.
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Learning and Shopping Metaphysically
he Loving Piece, a New Age metaphysical shop located in downtown Easton, will hold its second annual Men’s Shopping night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., December 14, for last-minute shoppers looking for soulful gifts. There is a wide selection of incense, incense burners, sage sticks, Himalayan salt lamps, singing bowls, authentic dream catchers, organic clothing by Soul Flower, Synergy and Threads 4 Thought, Sanuk Sandals, Mona B. Bags, natural soaps and lotions, jewelry made by local artists, oracle cards by Doreen Virtue and many other authors, tapestries, self-help books, crystals, Woodstock wind chimes and Verve soy candles. The store offers many classes and workshops in a group setting right at the shop. Jessica Brown, an intuitive guide, energy healer, and empowerment facilitator, will present a Violet Flame workshop at 7 p.m., December 13. This meditative, inner/self-healing workshop focuses on intentions for whatever you would like healed, cleared, released, and transmuted. Every Monday in January beginning on January 8 at 7 p.m. the shop offers an Empowering Women Series with Colleen Kelly that invites women to tap into the supportive power of community while you explore and celebrate your feminine essence, expand your idea of self-love, step into your full potential and create the life you truly desire.
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orraina J. Telepo, MRP, offers a weekly complimentary Question and Answer clinic each Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for anyone interested in how Medical Reflexology can help with many health concerns. Medical reflexology is an integrative health science through which an exercise pressure is applied to reflex areas in the feet, encouraging improved instruction to each gland, organ and part of the body, persuading the body to biologically correct, strengthen and reinforce itself to reach balance and normalization. The goals of reflexology are to reeducate, re-pattern and re-condition the nerves through the neural/electrical system of the body. The sole purpose of the nerves is to instruct the body (to tell the body what to do); when the nerves improve, the instruction improves, and the body must improve, thus an overall health enhancement therapy program is attained through medical reflexology. This will cause reactions: to relax a particular area of the body through this highly specialized specific relaxation technique; to improve nerve, blood supply and lymphatic flow; and to persuade the body to biologically correct itself. Location: 1701 Union Boulevard, in Allentown. For appointments, call 267-4244549. See ad, page 13.
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he Gress Mountain Ranch is a nonprofit animal sanctuary for large, small, and exotic animals, dedicated to educating and helping people and animals that have been victims of abuse, neglect and their subsequent effects. Sponsorships of $200 per child per week allow underprivileged children to attend a summer Ranch Camp. The ranch combines learning and fun; the children absorb the importance of kindness and experience the joy of a partnership with displaced animals in an enjoyable and educational way. Volunteers are also Emmaus, PA 18049 • P: 610-421-4443 • F: 610-421-4445 needed, turalAwakeningsMag.com www.NaturalAwakeningsMag.com Also needed are •gift cards for Tractor Supply, Bird Mania, Quakertown Vet Ad Proof for Natural Clinic, Highland AnimalAwakenings Hospital, Orefield Vet Clinic, Giant, Weis, Wegmans, P: 610-421-4443 Weaver’s Hardware and Home Depot for F: 610-421-4445 the needs of 77 animals. Other needed items include a Large sign your and complete following All proof Weatherproof Piggythe House, Newinformation: shownEntrance at actualSign, size.timothy See second page for hay, straw, pinelarger ads.) shavings, clumping litter, Purina dry cat food,contact Cheerios, shredded and wheat, duck,is correct approved: information spelling senior horse and alpaca pellet food, bird Admillet is approved with changes sprays, lettuce, cannedindicated pumpkin and carrots. Ad is not approved – make changes indicated Location: 3264 Highland Rd., Orefield. For more information or to sponsor a child, call Kathryn at 610-398-2122 or email GressRanch@gmail.com.
Try a Traditional Approach for Relieving Pain Naturally
raditional Chinese practitioner Kim Ng, Founder of Kim’s Healing Center in Easton has developed several herbal pain relief products using Evodia (traditionally known in China as Chia La). The herb can be used in a solution to soak affected parts of the body or in a formulated creams and lotions. Additionally, Kim’s offers heating pads which can be heated in a microwave and held on a painful spot on the body to give relief. The Evodia products help calm and ease pain from arthritic joints such as knees, feet and hips; sciatica nerve, lower back, shoulder, and neck pain; headaches, Achillles tendonitis, bone spurs, carpal tunnel, neuropathy and scar tissue. “In China, pain is first addressed using herbs and acupressure massage before turning to prescription medications, states Ng. “Many times, the pain can be reduced or eliminated by restoring blood flow and circulation to the injury. This is the conservative approach that does not result in side effects or dependence on medication.” During the month of December, Kim’s Healing Center is offering 10 one-hour acupressure massage gift certificates for $400 which includes a free one-hour acupressure gift certificate for a new client. Location: 1223 Butler St, Easton. Call 610-559-7280. See ad page 3.
Public Invited for Bethlehem Climate Action Planning
ethlehem City Council will be holding a public meeting on December 13 at 6 p.m. to lay out the next steps of our Climate Action Plan (CAP) development process. City Council President J. William Reynolds invites Bethlehem residents to attend and asks that you please spread the word to anyone else who may be interested. City Council is committed to doing its part to fight climate change and believes that local government, working collaboratively with interested citizens and community stakeholders, should lead by example by adopting energy conservation, sustainability, and other environmentally-sensitive operating practices, many of which also benefit the City financially by promoting efficient use of taxpayer resources. The event will discuss what the City has already accomplished and how to move forward. The City Administration is continuing to work on existing climate initiatives including gathering energy baseline data for city operations and will provide an update during the meeting. Opportunities and methods for citizens to get directly involved in the climate action planning process in 2018 will also be discussed. Location: City of Bethlehem Town Hall Rotunda - 10 East Church St, Bethlehem. For more information contact Robert G. Vidoni, Esq., Assistant City Clerk at 610-865-7130.
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Approximately a third of those older than 65 and half of elders at least 85 live alone, as do many people with illnesses and mental disorders. All can suffer from feelings of profound loneliness. Emerging virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies provide avenues to alleviate such isolation, instilling contentment, peace of mind, enrichment, fun, a sense of companionship and contributing to physical and mental health. Instead of passively watching TV, seniors can travel virtually to World Heritage sites, revisit old haunts or even attend family events they would otherwise miss. In terms of benefits attained, VR is predicted to measurably improve seniors’ quality of life. Healthcare applications of AI and telemedicine include reminders to eat, be active or take medications, perhaps assisted by a robotic companion that can share information with practitioners, children, caregivers and emergency personnel. Social applications include helping to form and maintain social connections. It may also serve as a personal concierge by reminding seniors of appointments, playing games with them and initiating dialogue to spark outward engagement.
Chimps, Zebrafish and Birds Communicate Like We Do Chimps, orangutans and bonobo apes are now known to be capable of understanding what others are thinking and recognize human thoughts, an ability once thought to be impossible. A team led by Christopher Krupenye, of Duke University, had apes take part in a visual experiment where they watched videos on a monitor while their gaze was being tracked. They discovered an anticipation of events that went beyond the visual cues presented. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has determined that zebrafish are social animals, similar to humans and other mammals— they form friendships, experience positive emotions and have individual personalities. The group advises people that eat fish or keep them as pets to consider the moral implications. Honey hunters in sub-Saharan Africa have a unique form of communication with honeyguide birds that fly ahead to point out beehives which the hunters raid, leaving wax for the birds to eat. A study in the journal Science reports that they listen for a specific call made by their human collaborators. Dr. Claire Spottiswoode, of the University of Cambridge, in England, and University of Cape Town, in South Africa, observes, “It seems to be a two-way conversation between our own species and a wild animal.” 20
Digitalizing Data Helps Rainforest Census The Amazon rainforest is thought to harbor a greater diversity of trees than anywhere else on Earth, but the exact number has long been a mystery. In 2013, scientists estimated that the number of species was around 16,000, but no actual count had been done. In a new paper in Scientific Reports, researchers delved into museum collections from around the world to confirm the current number of tree species recorded in the Amazon and assess possibilities of those yet to be discovered. “Since 1900, between 50 and 200 new trees have been discovered in the Amazon every year,” notes Nigel Pitman, a Mellon senior conservation ecologist with the Field Museum. “Our analysis suggests that we won’t finish discovering new tree species there for three more centuries.” The study relied upon the digitization of museum collections data— photographs and digital records—of the specimens housed there and shared worldwide through aggregator sites like IDigBio.org. “It gives scientists a better sense of what’s actually growing in the Amazon Basin, aiding conservation efforts,” says Pitman.
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For 20 years, Maria Brenton, an outspoken proponent of older people living independently, has been campaigning and planning for the opening of a different kind of retirement home run by its residents, supporting each other through old age. She says, “Attitudes to older people in this country are out of date. Most members of the older population don’t wish to have everything done for them.” She attests that institutions and agencies dealing with older people encourage dependency and are patronizing and paternalistic. “Older people internalize it, and they learn to wait for people to do things for them,” advises Brenton. New Ground, in Barnet, North London, is the first UK cohousing development set up just for older women, with 26 women from age 50 to 87. Also in London, The Collective has created something similar with enhanced amenities such as a cinema room and a launderette with a disco ball. WeWork is an American company that has set up communal offices, and recently established WeLive, in New York City.
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Microplastic Mess Threatens World Oceans Scientists from the University of Hull and the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) have published research in the journal Science of the Total Environment showing levels of microplastics are five times higher in the Antarctic than previous estimates. Co-author Dr. Claire Waluda, a BAS biologist, says, “We have monitored the presence of large plastic items in Antarctica for more than 30 years. While we know that bigger pieces can be ingested by seabirds or cause entanglements in seals, the effects of microplastics on marine animals in the Southern Ocean are as yet unknown.” The tiny beads of plastic come from cosmetics or are shreddings from larger plastic items like clothing or bottles. According to United Nations sources, they may number as many as 51 trillion particles across the seafloor, throughout the oceans and on beaches worldwide. They are considered a serious threat to marine life in general. More international monitoring of the situation is needed, including a requirement for all polar research stations to provide waste treatment options. For more information, see Tinyurl.com/PlasticInAntarctica.
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Do Nothing for 15 Minutes It’s amazing how refreshed we feel when we take a few minutes to sit in a comfortable chair and simply experience a moment of stillness. Inner quiet allows the mind to relax and reinvest energy in the body, so we can return to holiday activities with renewed zest.
Give Each Person a Special Gift Think of something thoughtful that both the giver and receiver enjoy doing together and write a promissory note for the shared experience, such as a free backrub, a day spent downtown, a personal manicure or a movie the other person wants to see.
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Express Feelings in a Healthy Way Family gatherings can sometimes test our boundaries and patience. Avoid repressing feelings by finding a way to speak a personal truth in the moment, in a calm and healthy fashion. It’s better than returning home stewing about what we wish we could or should have said.
Assign Roles to Household Helpers The holiday load is lighter when everyone pitches in. Assign specific roles to household members with clear responsibilities, from taking out the garbage to setting the table and washing up.
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Express Gratitude at the Table Signature: Loving feelings can never be expressed enough, so use the holiday as an opportunity to tell others how important they are to you. Create a heartfelt moment at the table by sharing at least one thing that you’re truly grateful for, and ask everyone else to do the same.
Go Outside for Fun in Nature Hiking in a nearby forest preserve, skating, sledding or building a snow fort with the kids not only burns energy, but is emotionally exhilarating for the whole family. Pick an outdoor activity, don appropriate togs, and share in the laughter and serenity of a sparkling winter day.
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nspiration may strike anywhere, at any time. The trick is nurturing the process to appear on demand when we need it most. Often, an inspiration is sparked when we perceive someone being selfless, courageous, physically extraordinary or deliciously creative. However, we don’t need to wait for outside stimulus when we can discover internal stirrings by invoking any of these self-inspiring tips. Just Do It – The Nike slogan has never been more appropriate. We all have something we’ve thought about doing or trying. Whether traveling to a new location, trying a different sport, joining a new-to-us group or club, or making more friends, don’t put it off— just do it.
Journal – People often journal as a way to reflect upon their lives. This can be helpfully revealing, but rather than looking back, look forward, using a journal as a blueprint to manifest the most inspired year yet. Write out plans and dreams with the steps needed to achieve them.
Defeat allodoxaphobia – It’s the fear of others’ negative opinions. Everyone suffers from this to some extent, and it can hinder us from living our best life. Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt remarked, “You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.”
Gratitude – This is the big one. One way to be and stay inspired is by starting off each day in a state of gratitude. Every morning before getting out of bed, think of at least three things to be grateful for. By doing this, we recognize the blessings we have and greet the day in a positive frame of mind. It’s a perfect way to end each day, too. When someone routinely inquires, “How are you?” answer, “I am grateful.” Our time on Earth is not infinite. With only so many days promised, let’s vow to live them inspired.
Volunteer – A common excuse for not volunteering is, “I don’t have the time.” Next year, make the time. When researchers at the London School of
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hirty years ago, speaker, author and journalist Lynne McTaggart recovered from an illness using alternative approaches to health. Since then, she’s been exploring the frontiers of healing through consciousness and alternative medicine. In the 1990s, McTaggart, who lives in London, started a newsletter called What Doctors Don’t Tell You, now an international magazine and popular platform at wddty.com that cites thousands of resources showing what works and doesn’t work in conventional and alternative medicine and how to beat chronic conditions naturally. McTaggart’s seven books include The Intention Experiment, The Field, The Bond and most recently, The Power of Eight. Her latest work examines the transformative power of small groups of people sending thoughts together for a common goal.
Can you summarize the results of your experiments of healing through collective intentions? We’ve done hundreds of experiments using small and large groups; 30 were tightly controlled scientific studies conducted in conjunction with researchers at institutions such as the University of Arizona, University of California and Penn State University. The experiments have involved all kinds of intentions, ranging from the relatively simple to the impossibly complex. The large-scale intention experiments involved upwards of 25,000 participants remotely logging onto a website to view photos of the targets, sometimes 8,000 miles away, and sending them a well-defined intention, like changing the pH balance of water or
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levels fell; the government had won several decisive battles that week; and within a few months that 25-year war was over. We can’t say with certainty that we had a hand in this, but our other peace experiments showed similar results. If it happens a few more times, that becomes compelling.
What conditions were the most conducive to manifesting positive results? Was it intention, the power of the group or altruism? I think it’s a little of all of these. We’ve found that larger groups do not have a larger effect, which brought about the “power of eight” concept. I’ve discovered all that’s needed is a group, whether it’s eight or 8,000. In a group, we seem to lose our sense of individuality and separation from the world. We experience an overwhelming sense of oneness with the other intenders, which may be why our influence then becomes more powerful.
How did the act of sending positive intentions affect
the senders? I was most surprised by the rebound effects reported by participants, whom I started surveying after the Sri Lankan peace experiment. Thousands of extraordinary comments related not only how participants felt during the activity, but also afterwards; they were experiencing major shifts in their relationships, health, careers and well-being. All they had done was sit individually in front of their computer holding an intention, yet they experienced the altered and mystical states of consciousness described by psychologist Abraham Maslow as “peak experiences”. Life University, a large chiropractic university in Atlanta, worked with us to study the brainwaves of participants in six “power of eight” groups and found that senders had decreased activity in their frontal and parietal lobes, which govern the sense of self. It was like the boundaries between participants were dissolving into a state of oneness. To me, this partly explained the sense of oneness, compassion and love they experienced. Andrew Newberg, direc-
tor of research at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health, in Philadelphia, recorded similar effects in Sufi masters, and nuns and monks engaged in prayer and meditation, but only after years of learning certain techniques. My participants, all novices, were primed only by watching a 13-minute YouTube video of me explaining how to send intention in a group. Group intention appears to be a fast-track to the miraculous—no experience necessary.
Why does “groupthink” have such a powerful, multiplicative effect? I think a huge part of it has to do with the power of getting off of yourself and setting an intention for someone else. Another is the connection created in a group. When we engage together in an activity like praying or setting altruistic intentions, we create a powerful virtual circle that proves healing to both the receivers and senders. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.
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Rx for Uplifting Humanity
“The problem with the world is that we draw the circle of our family too small.” ~ Mother Teresa
here has never been a greater need for peace in the world and in our personal lives than now. Watch the news or observe conversations and human interactions around us and we witness overwhelming tension, judgmental attitudes and stress permeating daily life. In striving to keep up with the demands of life, the stress or “fight or flight response” kicks in. Under relentless pressure, many isolate from others—especially those who are different—and this only exacerbates fears, anxiety, anger and disharmony. The good news is that this is a curable dis-ease. Imagine a world where we everyone felt at peace inside and treated others with respect. What if we put our focus on our many similarities? Isn’t the planet a collection of human beings with hopes, fears, loves and sorrows just like ours? This higher vision and experience of life develops naturally when we culture it. Yes, we can cultivate higher states of awareness where life supporting thinking and actions are natural and spontaneous. Consider this: at a deep level doesn’t most everyone want peace and harmony? Meditation practice is an antidote for what ails us.
Finding Peace Inside: Meditation For me, this journey started when I stumbled upon meditation 43 years ago. The year was 1974 and a friend invited me to accompany him to a free introduction class a few miles from my home. Having nothing else to do, I attended the session. The teacher conducting our class surprised us with a comment that 30
still resonates: “There’s something missing in most people’s lives. The missing element is inside, not out there in the world.” By nurturing our inner life with meditation, he said that every aspect of our life would improve beyond what we imagined was possible. This proclamation was intriguing. As I listened, I knew my life was not heading in the right direction. My wife of three years passed away unexpectedly a month earlier, and I was grieving and depressed. Based on what I heard that evening, I thought this meditation practice might help; I had nothing to lose. Two weeks later, I participated in a series of four consecutive daily classes to learn to meditate. During the first meditation, without trying to do anything, my mind settled down effortlessly as my body rested. Author and mind body medicine pioneer, Deepak Chopra, says you don’t have to make the mind quiet because it is quiet deep inside, just not on its surface. Through meditation, I was learning how to reach the quiet mind.
A Game Changer
The charming state that I experienced in that first meditation is restful awareness. Many comment that it is a game changer. Life simply gets better with meditation in it. Two years after learning to meditate, I left my Industrial Engineering career and embarked on a long training program to become a teacher of what I learned, the trademarked practice of Transcendental Meditation. I have now taught meditation for 40 years. The last 23 of those years, a program I developed called Effortless Meditation.
Meditation practice is transformative. Practitioners are sure to notice that their health improves as deep-rooted stresses in the nervous system release. Most begin to experience greater peace of mind and a growing sense of wellbeing rather quickly.
A Mother’s Relationships Improve
A young mother once came to learn Effortless Meditation (EM). She was amazed by a comment from her 10-yearold son just three days into her meditation course. He said, “Mommy, this meditation must really work.” When she asked him to explain what he meant, he said, “You didn’t yell at me tonight when I made mistakes playing my violin.” The next evening, he made a similar observation regarding her calm response when the family car broke down. This mother loved her son and husband dearly and expressed sadness that she was often critical. This woman, like many, had a stressful job and her inner tension bubbled out. After quieting her mind and releasing stress in every meditation, she is more patient, kind and compassionate. The saying, “the world is as we are,” rings true. Lasting peace, whether in personal relationships or in the world, comes from a foundation of peace inside each of us. Meditation practice is truly a prescription with immense value for all of humanity in today’s world.
Some benefits of meditation include:
• Reduces stress • Increases mental clarity and focus • Improves physical health, better sleep • Reduces anxiety & depression • Improves relationships • Gain peace of mind and happiness Greg Schweitzer teaches Effortless Meditation in the Lehigh Valley at Twin Ponds IHC in Breinigsville plus other locations including online courses by video conference. For more information, or a free introductory class schedule, call 610670-6700 or visit EffortlessMeditation.net.
12 STEPS Three Rivers Qigong for Recovery by Mark R. Reinhart
he first of the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 12 Steps begins: “I admit that I am powerless over…” In the case of the AA tradition, the next word would be “alcohol.” But in today’s society, the manifestations of addiction can include just about anything used as a coping mechanism, crutch or activity, often innocently referred to as a “diversion.” Drugs, alcohol, shopping, sex, gambling, sports, Internet technology, fitness, gaming, food … the list goes on and on. Regardless of the “Poison of Choice” (PoC), addiction is addiction. That which causes us to reach for whatever provides an escape from things we don’t want to confront, deal with or resolve is the seed that usually blossoms into some form of addiction. The more escape/pleasure the chosen PoC provides, the more deeply entrenched we may become. Ultimately, our focus shifts totally to the diversion as opposed to addressing the thing we are trying to avoid. That’s when things can go downhill rather quickly. One position that may challenge some people’s view of addiction, addictive disorders and recovery is the
refusal to refer to addiction as a disease. The symptom presentation that manifests after long-term engagement in addictive behavior is what is usually interpreted as disease. However, the symptoms are simply the branches of a deeply established root. Addiction should be viewed as an imbalance. In embracing the concept of an imbalance, individuals are acknowledging that a state of balance exists and that they are currently out of alignment with that balance. Until that acknowledgement happens, no changes can be instituted effectively (Step 1 of the 12 Steps). Inherent in the word disease is the ability/permission to adopt the role of victim. “I can’t help it, I have a disease,” we often hear. As anyone familiar with addiction will tell you, the only salvation is in taking personal responsibility for every aspect of your life. So how do we return to this state of balance once we embrace and accept our personal imbalance? Just as we reach out for something to hold on to when we lose our balance, we need to reconnect with our center. Upper always influences lower:
how we view our world is ultimately the world we view. Watching someone’s body language will give us a pretty good idea of how they are reacting and responding to their perception and interpretation of the world around them. The more sensitive the ego, the more likely the person will assume the role of victim. Everything seems to happen “to them,” as they are at the mercy of the external world. Job, relationships, friends and other life situations or interactions often do nothing but confirm the victim mindset giving the person “permission” to engage in escapist activities. There are many other factors to take into consideration, but addiction is, in my opinion, directly related to ego-health. In working with addiction, the addictive mindset and recovery, it is important to focus on reconnecting a person with themselves. Allowing the higher self to view the dysfunctional self is the first step on the path to recovering balance. Recovery can be thought of as recovering a loss of balance rather than recovering from something. We return to health by realigning with our homeostasis—the knowledge inherent to the organism of how to maintain optimal health. Change our landscape and the pathology, whatever it may be, cannot exist there. Combining the 12 Step philosophy of AA with the Chinese spiritual, medical and philosophical tradition, provides viable and valuable tools with which a person can reestablish a lost balance, if they so choose. Working on all three levels of our existence—body, mind and spirit—is the only way to effectively return to balance. All three must be addressed. Individuals may seek guides along the path, but the work needs to be done and can only be done by the individual. Mark R. Reinhart will be teaching his Three Rivers/12 Steps: Qigong for Recovery on Sunday December 3 at Three Pure Rivers Studio for the Arts, in Drums. For details, call 484-591-8007 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and call 570.359.3059 or email ThreePure Riverssfa@ptd.net. See ad page 43.
PEACE ON EARTH Conflict Resolutions that Work to Bridge Divides
Healing happens when we handle conflict in a healthy and transformative way.
Call to Action
Roughly 30 years ago, notable voices began urging Americans to embrace a sustainable worldview of unity in diversity, recognizing our core oneness as a solution to an increasingly out-of-balance society. Success in this endeavor depends primarily on the “habits of the heart” of our citizens, developed in local milieus of families, neighborhoods, classrooms, congregations, voluntary associations, workplaces and public places where strangers gather.
boro, North Carolina, battle over a story about a deadly, racially charged incident from the city’s recent past. She quotes James Lamar Gibson, a 20-something AfricanAmerican activist and core organizer for the Counter Stories Project: “We’ve been stuck in an old conversation for a couple of decades. We want to have an army of people with restorative conversation skills, so we can get past the divisiveness and imagine together a different sort of Greensboro,” he says. The project began with facilitator training, and then developed story circles in which residents were able to have the difficult discussions that don’t ordinarily take place among the police, city council, churches and social agencies. Today’s conflict resolution experts are discovering that conflict is an essential and powerful call for applying spiritual principles and exercising spiritual practices.
While mainstream media often largely focuses on the negative aspects of conflict—discord, divisiveness, intolerance, violence, incivility, injustice, chaos and complex problems—a countermovement is convening constructive conversations. Participants are initiating dialogue and deliberations intended to resolve conflicts and create cohesiveness, collaboration, cooperation Provocative Questions and compromise among local factions “What if we considered conflict as a that disagree on how to deal with secret ally or a guidepost, showing us everything from health care and social justice to environmental protection and what really matters to us and how much we care? What if our intense emotions climate science. Educational training materials and books are giving outdated are sources of invincible energy, with the power to build the world we want, models of conflict resolution a facelift. together? What does having conflict in In The Revolution Where You Live: a healthy and transformative way look Stories from a 12,000 Mile Journey like?” queries Ma’ikwe Ludwig, execuThrough a New America, Sarah Van tive director of Commonomics USA, Gelder devotes a chapter to a GreensLehigh Valley www.healthylehighvalley.com 32
an organization which educates and advocates for a world where a commons-based economy creates economic and ecological security for all. “Conflict has the power to bring to the surface what’s really at stake and to unite people toward a common goal,” advises Ludwig. Her thought-provoking questions can help shift perceptions toward the idea that we need to use conflict; maybe even welcome it. Ludwig, author of Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption, recently helped present new perspectives on conflict resolution during a webinar for Transition US members interested in creating inclusive and diverse communities through collaboration. The nonprofit inspires, encourages, supports and provides networking and training for grassroots initiatives seeking to build community resilience in the face of such challenges as oil spills, climate change and economic crises. Courtney Breese, managing director for the nonprofit National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) and her colleagues, together with thousands of innovative thinkers, are helping by introducing people to simple dialogue and deliberation structures, processes and resources that invite meaningful and productive conversations leading to constructive civic
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The group’s downloadable free tools help newcomers: A beginner’s guide for exploring dialogue (ncdd.org/rc/ beginners-guide); a how-to-guide for Conversation Café (CC) hosts (Tinyurl. com/ManualForConversationCafe); and the American Library Association Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change Project (ala.org/ ltc-models). “To date, we’ve had at least 800 librarians participate in free NCDD webinars,” Breese notes. CC is a simple tool useful in exploring difficult topics and provides a safe space to process different perspectives. “Initial agreement on basic rules includes suspending judgment while listening and seeking to understand others, refraining from persuading or converting and talking only from personal experience,” explains Breese. One new network member, J. Scott Wagner, author of The Liberal’s Guide to Conservatives, speaks about the importance of using neutral language in dialogue. “I learned from him how words can be emotional triggers and signal one-sided perspectives, leaving some group members feeling angry or excluded because they feel the speaker won’t be open to hearing their perspective,” says Breese. After three tours of the U.S. and hundreds of interviews with conservative individuals, Wagner, founder of the nonprofit Reach the Right, was inspired to use his knowledge of five arenas—neurology/cognitive psychology, personality, bias, social conformity and morality—to help progressives understand conservatives that are not only their political leaders, but also their relatives, partners, friends and managers. He offers a simple explanation for anyone drenched in inaccurate biases. “We inherit unconscious genetic personality characteristics that lead us to develop our ideology, with which we construct our world and align with others that are in agreement. Differences in our personality characteristics are the culprits that create conflict.” 34
A community is a group that can fight gracefully… Chaos is not just a state; it is an essential process of community development. ~Dr. M. Scott Peck, The Different Drum: Community Making and Peace
Community Needs Erase Enmity
Drawing on 25 years of experience of enabling sworn enemies to create peace in places such as South Africa, Northern Ireland and Colombia, Adam Kahane, author of Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People You Don’t Agree with or Like or Trust, shares insights into the “enemyfying syndrome” that instigates conflict. This habit of thinking and acting as if people we are dealing with are our enemies and the cause of our problems is all around us and dominates the media. “The enemies are always the others, ‘those people’. Enemyfying, which feels exciting and satisfying— even righteous and heroic—usually obscures, rather than clarifies, the reality of the challenges we face. It amplifies conflicts, narrows the space for problem solving and creativity, and distracts us with unrealizable dreams of decisive victory from the real work we need to do,” observes Kahane.
Kahane sees the challenge of conflict becoming more acute. “People today are generally more free, individualistic and diverse, with stronger voices and less deference. Volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity are growing.” Yet, contrary to the common view, it is possible for people that hold contradictory positions to find ways to collaborate. That’s what he and 40 others representing military officers, guerrillas and paramilitaries; activists and politicians; businesspeople and trade unionists; landowners and farmers; and academics, journalists and young people, accomplished in the Destino Colombia project. They organized to contribute to ending their country’s 52-year civil war.
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orld Café-style conversations used in Conversation Cafés to discuss issues that matter offer a powerful social technology to engage people in meaningful and constructive dialog in corporate, government and community settings. Understanding that conversation is the core process that drives personal, business and organizational life, it’s a way of thinking and being together sourced in a philosophy of conversational leadership. Embracing a combination of these guiding principles can foster collaborative exchanges, active engagement and helpful possibilities for action. n Clarify the Purpose n Create a Hospitable Space n Explore Questions that Matter n Encourage Everyone’s Contribution n Connect Diverse Perspectives n Listen for Insights and Share Discoveries Source: Tinyurl.com/CafeConversation Principles
engagement. Breese remarks, “We’re open to working with anyone interested in learning processes that can help bridge divides. We also like sharing stories about what is working.”
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Jonathan Bender, founder of The Performance of Your Life, a public speaking and personal development business, has been on a lifelong quest of fostering personal growth and societal transformation. His therapeutic classes and workshops demonstrate how to connect, honor and deeply resonate with others, even if they have different worldviews, and how to listen and hear in the same way we want to be heard. Acknowledging the adrenalin rush that’s a common response to fear of conflict, Bender says, “When we learn to be mindful and speak from our entire body, rather than just from our head, we notice that the voice resonates and originates from a much bigger place. This teaches us to cultivate greater awareness of our emotions and how we express them. “Begin by acknowledging an emotion, and then reduce its intensity through slow, deep breaths, paying attention to the correlating physical sensation. Shifting our focus back to the heart allows us to recognize parts of ourselves in the stories of others and come to understand that our personal history is the filter through which we ‘enemyfy’,” says Bender, who speaks and presents publicly, educating audiences and clients about the universally challenging performances of everyday life. According to Robert Atkinson, Ph.D., author of The Story of Our Time: From Duality to Interconnectedness to Oneness, today’s rugged individualism amid conflicts comprises a crisis of consciousness. “No longer can we settle only on seeing things in opposition to one another; we need to shift our consciousness to be able to see the parts coming together in a new whole. Accepting the oneness of humanity as a biological fact, a social necessity and a spiritual reality will lead us further along our journey toward lasting world peace.” His observation fits with what Joanna Macy, author and scholar of Buddhism and deep ecology, believes is the call of our time: “As planetary citizens, we are being called to wake up together.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings who blogs at LindaSechrist.com.
Uplifting Humanity Starts with Inner Change by Jen Casper
ike chapters in a book, we are all living a life chapter. Our chapters captivate and test us. Through each chapter we experience lessons to help us learn more about the world and ourselves. What chapter of life are you in right now? Have you chosen to play the hero or heroine with joy, happiness and fun? Or does your present chapter feel like drama and fear? What if you could feel more empowered in this chapter of life? Would you choose to create change? Deciding to create change is a conscious decision followed by taking mindful action steps. Changing our own experience will change how we see and experience the world. Beginning to look within ourselves for the answers we seek, we discover the joy of living life on purpose with empowerment in our decisions. We decide how to recreate our own world. What if we could create a miracle in our life right now? Miracles are experienced every day. A miracle is a decision to choose to see a situation from a different perspective. This may sound simple and easy to do, but it takes patience and choosing to want to see the world from a new perspective of curiosity. When we want to create change in the world, we need to be curious about the world, our belief systems and ourselves. Creating a miracle in our own life starts with choosing to become comfortable with being uncomfortable. When we want to see change in a situation, it takes courage to create the necessary change within ourselves. One of the first ways to create change in our own world and create a miracle is to realize we don’t know what we don’t know. Our present is the only information we have. This includes our present perspective and our past life experiences which we use as a lens to see our present. Choosing to create
a miracle that helps humanity requires us to choose to step out of our comfort zone to see from another’s perspective. What possibilities does the New Year hold? As much as we want to plan and calculate each new experience, there are things we just don’t know. Each surprise the Universe holds for us is for the highest and greatest good to help us grow and stretch beyond our comfort zone to create a new chapter in our life. As we step into this new year, we can choose to make a difference within ourselves. Beginning in February 2018, Northampton Community College debuts a unique Self-Discovery Certificate Program that allows self-discovery into who you are, your belief systems, what changes you want to make, and how to initiate transition in your life. In February, the self-exploration chapter gives individuals the opportunity to navigate the chapters of their life with learning how to connect with themselves through meditation, learning about the spiritual laws of success and discovering how to find their true potential within. The selfawareness chapter starts in April 2018 and the self-mastery completes the certificate program and begins in September 2018. Participants will learn how to find inner confidence, improve self-esteem and manifest new ways to create change in by making new choices for a meaningful life. An information night for the NCC Certificate Program will be held on January 17 at the Fowler Campus in Bethlehem. Call 610-861-4108 for more information. Jen Casper is an intuitive coach and spiritual guide helping clients manifest their dreams, create hope and live lives of purpose. Connect with Jen at Jen@JenCasper.com.
THE GIFTS OF CITRUS Colorful Good Health in Holiday Dishes by Judith Fertig
inter citrus fruits that arrive in a gift basket or show up on sale at the grocer present a welcome bright spot on winter’s darker days. Valencia and blood oranges, limes and Meyer lemons are delicious in their own right, and deserve their place on the breakfast table. Yet there are many other intriguing ways to enjoy them in vinaigrettes, salads, main dishes, baked goods and desserts. Winter citrus is full of health benefits, just when we need them most:
during the busy holiday season. To start, they help bolster our immune system, guarding against colds or helping us recover faster. Their high vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, content is water soluble. According to a comprehensive study by the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, a daily intake of 400 milligrams of vitamin C can halve the incidence of colds in adults and cut their duration by 14 percent. The flavonoid hesperidin in citrus helps boost “good” HDL cholesterol and
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lowers “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, report researchers in the Journal of Nutrition. In a new study in Nutritional Neuroscience, hesperidin in citrus also was found to ameliorate brain deterioration found in Alzheimer’s patients. Other studies further show that the grapefruit diet wasn’t wrong; eating half a fresh grapefruit before each meal can help us lose weight. In a study conducted at the Scripps Clinic, in La Jolla, California, and published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, researchers put overweight volunteers on an exercise plan for 12 weeks and asked them to eat either half a fresh grapefruit or drink apple juice and pop a placebo pill before each meal. The grapefruit group dropped an average of three-and-a-half pounds, compared to only one-half pound for the apple group. Limonoids, an antioxidant found in most citrus, may help guard against stomach, lung, breast and skin cancer, according to the U.S. Agricultural Research Service. Animal and human cell studies found that limonoids—especially those in fresh oranges—harbor potential as anticancer compounds. Another study in Nutritional Neuroscience showed that the volatile compound limonene, found in the rind of a lemon, can enhance memory. As nights grow colder and longer, winter citrus “adds a little sunshine to every meal,” says Jamie Schler, author of the recently released cookbook Orange Appeal: Savory & Sweet. Schler grew up in Florida, surrounded by citrus groves between the Atlantic Coast and Indian River. “Winters meant Dad’s workbench in the garage groaning under the weight of brown paper grocery bags filled to bursting with navels, tangerines, grapefruits, Valencias and tangelos,” writes Schler. “I fondly recall trips in the old green station wagon to the groves on chilly weekend mornings where we could pick them ourselves.” Today, Schler and her husband own and operate the boutique Hotel Diderot, in Chinon, France, where life’s a feast—especially during citrus season. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).
Zesty Citrus Holiday Recipes
Fan the slices in concentric circles, slightly overlapping the fruit, on a large round serving platter. Drizzle the orange blossom water and any reserved runoff juice over the fruit. Using a fine sieve, lightly and evenly dust with cinnamon and a generous drizzle of honey.
1½ to 2 Tbsp coarsely chopped unsalted pistachios 8 to 10 mint leaves, chopped or torn, for garnish
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Chill the oranges for at least 1 hour or longer in the refrigerator before serving.
Slice each orange across the core into ¼-inch slices, six per orange, reserving any juice that runs off. Push out and discard any spongy white core.
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ring, until the rice becomes translucent. Add 2 ladles (about 2/3 cup) of stock and cook, stirring constantly and gently, until the liquid is almost absorbed.
Zest the limes and set the zest aside. Halve the limes and grill, cut sides down, for 1 to 2 minutes or until they have good grill marks; adds a smoky, caramelized flavor.
If using fresh peas, add them with the first addition of stock. Stir in the fresh or dried herbs at the same time. Continue cooking the risotto over medium heat, adding 2 more ladles (about 2/3 cup) of stock at a time, stirring constantly, allowing each addition of liquid to be almost absorbed before adding more broth.
For the Charry Lime Vinaigrette, squeeze the juice of the grilled lime halves into a bowl. Whisk in the reserved lime zest, rice wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, sorghum and olive oil together until well blended. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
When the rice has cooked for 10 minutes in this manner, add all the remaining juice and cook until it’s absorbed. Continue cooking the rice, stirring, adding 2 ladles (about 2/3 cup) of broth at a time until the liquid is absorbed, about another 10 minutes.
Prepare a medium-hot fire in the grill.
When the rice has cooked for a total of 20 minutes, if using frozen peas, stir in the peas, as well as the mushrooms.
Brush the radishes, carrots and leeks with olive oil and place in a grilling basket or on a perforated grill rack.
Adapted lemon and lime recipes are from Red, White, and ’Que: Farm Fresh Foods for the American Grill by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig, permission of Running Press.
Add any remaining stock and cook, stirring, until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender and creamy. Total cooking time should be 20 to 25 minutes from the moment the rice is added to the skillet. Taste and add more salt or pepper if needed.
Grill for 4 to 5 minutes, turning often, until the vegetables have just started to brown at the edges.
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Arrange the vegetables on salad plates and garnish with microgreens. Spoon the vinaigrette over all and serve.
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IMPROVE YOUR SNOOZE Sleep Aids versus Sleep Sappers by Judith Fertig
an eating a whole-wheat peanut butter cracker or sipping tart cherry juice help us sleep? Either is certainly worth a try, because most of us aren’t getting enough shut-eye. According to the nonprofit National Sleep Foundation, 64 percent of America’s adults frequently experience sleep problems; nearly half wake up at least once during the night. This deficit of restorative rest can affect our health. “Lack of sleep can affect the immune system,” says Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler, of the Mayo Clinic Sleep Disorders Center and an officer of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. “Studies show that people that don’t get a good night’s sleep or don’t get enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus, such as the common cold.” A concept called sleep hygiene refers to good health practices that promote sleep. For example: Is the room dark or quiet enough? Is the mattress comfortable? Have we allowed sufficient time to wind down after daily activities to become relaxed? What we eat or drink also can have a profound effect on getting a good night’s rest.
Sleep Sappers Physicians, naturopaths and nutritionists generally agree that these key factors delay or disrupt sleep. Food and drink. According to Jamie Corroon, a naturopathic physician with Seattle’s Bastyr University, eating or drinking too much during the day may make us less comfortable when settling down to sleep. Also, spicy foods may cause heartburn, which can lead to difficulty falling asleep and discomfort during the night. Caffeine. “Caffeine’s stimulant effect peaks in about one hour, and then declines as the liver breaks it down. So, if you go to bed by 11 p.m., you’ll have to stop your caffeine intake by 2 or 3 p.m. to avoid insomnia,” advises bestselling author Joy Bauer, a registered dietitian and nutritionist in New York City. She also cautions about energy drinks that incorporate herbal caffeine that may include guarana seeds, kola nuts and yerba mate leaves. Nightcaps. Although many people think of alcohol as a sedative, it actually disrupts sleep, according to experts at the National Sleep Foundation.
What helps us sleep may be either a food’s chemical properties or the psychological and physical comfort we associate with a certain food or drink. Options include some old reliables. Walnuts and tart cherry juice. Studies conducted by the University of Texas Health Science Center, in San Antonio, and published in the Journal of Medicinal Food found that these two foods are great sources of melatonin, a natural hormone that helps regulate sleep cycles. Tart cherry juice was found to be especially effective in reducing the time it took subjects to fall asleep. Herbs. According to the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland, in Baltimore, some herbs have a mild, sedative effect. Three traditional herbs used for sleep are valerian, German chamomile and passionflower. The European practice of sipping a warm tisane, or herbal tea, made from these ingredients can be warming and soothing, preparing us to sleep. These herbs are also available as supplements. Complex carbohydrates. “Enjoy a bedtime snack,” recommends Bauer, of about 200 calories or less; mainly complex carbohydrates, with a touch of protein, such as some banana with peanut butter, yogurt or a small amount of whole grain cereal with skim milk. “By combining an ample dose of carbohydrates together with a small amount of protein—such as yogurt or turkey— containing the amino acid tryptophan, your brain produces serotonin, known as a calming hormone.” A warm, milky drink. Research scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology concluded that the chemical properties of milk—mainly protein and tryptophan—were not enough to ensure a good night’s sleep (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition). However, sleep and wellness expert Anna de Vena, who writes for SleepWellFeelGreat.com, observes, “I love curling up with any kind of warm milky drink before bed, especially in the wintertime. There is a calming association with warm milk and sleep… from the time we were infants, when we drank milk and went to sleep.” Judith Fertig celebrates healthy food at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle.blogspot.com.
SUGGESTED SLEEP SUPPLEMENTS Both valerian and melatonin have good scientific evidence backing them up as natural sleep aids, advises Sharon Plank, an integrative medicine physician with the University of Pittsburgh Medical School’s Center for Integrative Medicine. If the problem is falling asleep, the sedative effects of a valerian supplement can help. Because it has few adverse effects, it’s safe to try as a sleep aid, Plank says. If the problem is disrupted sleep, melatonin can help, and comes in two forms—extended release and immediate release. Plank notes, “If you tend to wake up in the middle of the night, you may want to take extended release before you go to bed. If you have trouble falling asleep, try immediate release.” If the problem is waking too early or restless leg syndrome, the problem could be a mineral deficiency. Studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that copper, iron and magnesium deficiencies caused sleep issues with some subjects; the studies specify recommended daily supplementation of copper (2 mg), iron (10 to 15 mg) and magnesium (400 mg).
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AWAKE PARENTING Raising Connected, Confident Kids by Judith Fertig
ne of the greatest challenges parents face is connecting with their children in deep and meaningful ways. The aim of awakened families is to raise strong and emotionally resilient children.
Parenting expert and clinical psychologist Shefali Tsabary, Ph.D., author of The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children and The Awakened Family: A Revolution in Parenting, offers mindful ap-
To be awakened or conscious means to realize that we carry emotional baggage and conditioning from childhood that affects our relationship with our children. Our old ways of thinking and being from our own childhood shape the manner in which we react and interact today. Awakened parents are constantly evolving into their truest and most authentic selves. When parents undertake a daily practice of mindfulness and awareness, they begin to extricate themselves from blind reactivity to see how every problem with their children is a call to their own awakening. Parents will know they are on the right track because they will connect more with their children, empowering them to think and live autonomously—separate from a parent’s fantasies and expectations.
How can each family member connect with their true self? Parents need to understand that the path to creating a connected relationship with their children is to first create one with themselves. Realizing this, they consider their own inner growth a high priority. Children need to learn who they are and what they really enjoy. Parents can help by allowing children to just sit by themselves. If inundated with activities and subjected to numerous lessons, how can young people hope to recognize their authentic voice amid the din of all this “doing”?
How do children benefit from conscious or awakened parenting? Conscious parenting mandates that we place the task of connecting with our children front and center, especially before correcting them. Admonishing and punishing them becomes 44
proaches to benefit the family—and the community. Via her practice in New York City, appearances on Oprah and online courses, Tsabary provides awareness, skills and strategies to revolutionize families. She posts videos and blogs at DrShefali.com.
secondary to the main imperative of conscious connection. It’s crucial we realize we aren’t raising a “mini-me”, but a spirit throbbing with its own signature. Thus, it’s vital to separate in our mind who we are from who each child is. Children aren’t ours to possess or own in any way. When we know this in the depths of our soul, we tailor their raising to their needs, rather than molding them to fit our needs. Children raised in this way grow Box 421 Emmaus, PAand 18049 • P: 610-421-4443 • F: 610-421-4445 up to be fearless infinitely resilient, ditor@NaturalAwakeningsMag.com knowing that their purpose in life• www.NaturalAwakeningsMag.com is to live in their most authentic and true Addecrease Proof for Natural Awakenings way. Conflicts and conscious, connected communication increases. o: P: 610-421-4443 mail: What can parents do when F: 610-421-4445 nothing to do with a child’s behavior. When they can see the internal link, they fall back into old Please sign yourshaming proof andchildren complete the following information: they can begin to make the transforpatterns, (Adorisdoing shown other at actual size. See second page for larger ads.) mations they need. things that As a parent, I have learned that my create distance? role is to step aside, this happens, parents need toand spelling is correct stay in infinite posAdWhen is approved: contact information sibility, heal my own wounds, fill my sit with themselves and look deeply Ad is approved with changes indicated own bucket and let my child fly. within, asking: “What is it about me that feels to deride, scorn Ad isthe notneed approved – make changes indicated How can closer, awakened and shame my children?” In such families co-create a better introspection, they might discover world via the ripple effect? triggers from old wounds that have
When children grow up feeling connected with their parents and deeply seen by them, they march into the outer world feeling self-confident and aware of who they truly are, secure in their own inherent inner-connectivity. Children raised in this manner naturally help advocate for peace and harmony in all of their relationships; incidents of bullying, anxiety and discrediting one’s self and others decrease exponentially. Judith Fertig is a freelance writer from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).
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CHAMPIONING HOLISTIC ATHLETES The New Face of Sports Medicine by Marlaina Donato
From college athletics to Olympic training, sports medicine has a new, holistic face.
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a car and lost my leg, but now I see that moment as a blessing instead of a curse. It was a hardship that tested my limits, but in the end, it propelled me to achieving dreams I didn’t even know I had.” Nearly four decades after her grim
diagnosis, Heidrich embodies hope for all of us when she says, “It is never too late to adopt a better way.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at MarlainaDonato.com.
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San Francisco-based, three-time Olympic swimming gold medalist and world champion Natalie Coughlin remains dedicated to better diet choices without deprivation. “When I travel, I always bring my own snacks. I like dark chocolate-covered almonds, a natural sweet that also supplies protein and fiber. To stay hydrated, I drink herbal teas, especially mint,” says Coughlin, who also incorporates a tart green smoothie every morning with kale, parsley, collards, celery, citrus and frozen pineapple. At home, “I like to be informed about where my meat comes from and how the conditions are for the animal. If I roast a chicken, I will use every part, including the bones, to make a stock,” she says. Her holistic approach includes a consistent yoga regimen, meditation and application of essential oils.
Even under the best of circumstances, professional athletes encounter difficulties, but when faced with enormous obstacles, the best can get even better. “I’ve faced injuries and illness during pivotal times in my life and career, but I always approached it with the intention to be proactive, rather than being reactive,” advises Coughlin. For Strong, confronting tragedy with the right attitude offers possibility. “Thirteen years ago, I was hit by
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Be Inspired Let other people inspire you, and you will learn a lot about different talents and skill sets. Also, you never know if that person you meet will have a similar talent and they possibly could work with you. This is what makes the world a fun and interesting place.
Don’t Judge Too Quickly I believe this is the toughest part. It’s hard not to judge someone from the way he or she looks, or just from the way he or she acts. Once you get to know the person, you can realize that you were so wrong. Everybody judges, I do too, but I have stopped and learned from my mistake.
Young Adults Practice of Kindness by Lisa MacDonald
eing a young adult can be stressful. During this stage of life, we are faced with many life-altering decisions. As a result, many of us are faced with questions: which college is right for me? What career path should I choose? Is there anyone who can help me make the right choices? Confronting these decisions can be overwhelming. Therefore, we must face these challenges in a healthy way. To do so, we must be kind to ourselves and to those around us. Here are 8 Tips to help you become a better person to yourself and to others.
Awareness Be aware of your actions - know what you are doing to others. Be aware of your surroundings notice the people, the love, and the small things. Be aware of yourself - take care of yourself, always listen to your own voice and follow your own path.
Self-Talk Always turn a negative into a positive. Instead of saying “I can’t,” say “I can,” or “I can try,” or “I can do it.” Negative words will create ongoing negative thinking, and will not give you the opportunity to do new things. Speaking negative words to people will put them down and hurt their self-confidence. Try to refrain from exchanging negative comments about other people. When you begin to judge yourself less, you will naturally judge others less. Always counter the negative with positive to help keep it balanced. Hearing too much negativity really affects the person’s mood. Also, everybody needs to hear positive words.
Be Realistic If there is something you don’t like about what the other person is doing, tell the person nicely how you feel by being truthful. Sometimes people don’t see or understand what they did wrong. This could help the person realize what they did wrong.
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Be Patient Patience is the key for anything in life, such as standing in a long line, sitting in traffic, training an employee, taking care of children and much more. Life gets easier and less frustrating when you are patient.
Meditation It is not only important to be patient with life and people, but also yourself. This is where meditation takes place. Meditation is a way for you to stop everything you are doing in your busy day-to-day routine and just find that inner peace you have. This is where you focus on your attention, thoughts, breathing, and emotions. This will help you observe how you are feeling inside and out and discover who you really are. Reflect on these eight tips to help make your life less stressful and improve your self-confidence and self-discovery. Keeping an open mind helps us to interact with a variety of people and may even open our eyes to a whole new world. Young adulthood can be the most difficult stage in life, but as long as we keep following our own path, life will be just fine. Lisa MacDonald is a young, abstract, motivational artist from the Lehigh Valley concerned with the challenges facing many of her peers. To connect with Lisa email. email@example.com. To take a personality test and get a better understanding of your true self, visit HumanMetrics.com.
Philip Stein is a Leader in Wearable Sleep Technology
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rom computers, cell phones, smart TVs, DVR players and programmable appliances to a seemingly endless list of other electronic gadgets, we are in constant contact with unnatural electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) generated by technology. In today’s 24/7 society, invisible EMFs are inescapable; they permeate our working and living spaces. What we may not know is how they negatively impact our body’s natural sleep-wake cycle: suppressing melatonin, the hormone that controls the natural circadian rhythm, disturbing slumber and even affecting weight gain, according to University of Tel Aviv research. On the brighter side, some new technological products promise to restore balance to the body, including deeper and more restful sleep. From the Philip Stein sleep bracelet, sleep number beds and portable sleep trackers to sleep-related apps, devices and applications, user-friendly innovations are addressing America’s sleep deprivation problem. “Philip Stein lifestyle accessories such as the sleep bracelet are designed to contribute to a better quality of life. The unique technology inside each one channels beneficial natural frequencies in the environment into your body,” says Will Stein, co-founder and president of the Philip Stein Group. “The result is to help the individual feel centered, balanced, grounded and more easily able to maintain a sense of well-being.” The company defines optimal well-being as a state of harmony achieved through physical, emotional, mental and spiritual alignment. Although natural-frequency technology was developed earlier by a group of engineers and scientists exploring various frequencies’ influence on water, the initial discovery has been attributed to ancient sages in India that intuited them. For example, 7.83 Hz, the frequency of “om”, happens to be Mother Earth’s natural heartbeat rhythm, now known as the Schumann Resonance. Aligned
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Pachelbel’s Canon in D on my flute, my Morgan gelding, Ten Penny Moonshine, listened for hours.”
Rabbits Hear Up to 42,000 Hz
Each Species Grooves to Its Own Beat
“Rescued rabbits like long tones, common in music accompanying yoga or reiki,” Morgan relates. “Long tones hold a chord with layers of notes on top.”
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Dogs Hear Up to 45,000 Hz
Horses Hear Up to 33,500 Hz Marlow found that horses prefer rhythmic pieces matching their natural movements. “When a Tennessee walking horse breeder played music during
He could tell by the way animals walked that they were keeping time to some kind of music. Maybe it was the song in their own hearts that they walked to. ~Laura Adams Armer a birth, the foal and mother recovered faster than usual.” After that, “The horses ran to the barn upon hearing the same music.” Sally Morgan, a physical therapist and advanced certified Tellington TTouch practitioner in Northampton, Massachusetts, who has enjoyed freestyle performance riding, says, “I liked to play our songs in the barn. Five CD players can keep horses relaxed most of the day. They don’t like countrywestern music; it’s often sad and in the wrong cadence. Classical music like Bach is calming. When I played
ust as dogs’ and cats’ noses are more efficient than ours, they also have better hearing, reacting to a broader and higher range of frequencies and vibrations. “We sense our world from where our ears are. Our plane is generally five to six feet high; animals closer to the ground hear things differently,” says Janet Marlow, founder and CEO of Pet Acoustics, in Washington Depot, Connecticut. The internationally renowned musician, composer and sound behaviorist has invented species-specific music based on her 30 years of research. Humans hear up to 23,000 Hertz (Hz), which differs substantially from that of many other creatures (lsu.edu/ deafness/HearingRange.html). A Hertz is a standard unit of frequency set at one cycle per second.
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Age music for them,” says Morgan. “Pick music that fits the cat’s personality. You can tell what they like from their body language; it’s not always what you’d expect.”
Aquarium Fish Hear Up to 3,000 Hz
Up to 8,500 Hz In the wild, birds are part of a flock. At home, they’re often solitary. “Birds are the most musical and communicative of all animals,” remarks Marlow. “Without companionship, birds can get neurotic and pull their feathers out. Provide a sense of the outdoors by including nature sounds in played music.” “Animals need us to be aware of their hearing,” Marlow advises. “Holistic pet people have addressed improved diet and medical procedures. Understanding how music supports their well-being also enables us to better care for them.”
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Cats Hear Up to 64,000 Hz Marlow credits her cat, Osborn, with inspiring her interest in music for animals. When Osborn was injured, she visited the veterinary hospital and sang to him to keep him calm. Her home state’s Litchfield Veterinary Hospital became her initial testing ground for species-specific music. “We use Pet Acoustics music boxes in the cat ward, recovery rooms and exam rooms,” says Heather Florkowski, a certified technician at the facility. “In our experience, stress inhibits the healing process. Like people, animals are anxious when ill and visiting the doctor’s office. Music helps ease their stress. At home, when I move the music box to another room, my dog follows it.” “During a TTouch session, cats are completely relaxed when I play New
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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1 Healthy Happy Hour−Christina Moyes. Come the 1st Friday each month and spend time with friends and relax after the long work week. Enjoy good, real, delicious food and mocktails without the guilt or hangover. 5:30-7:30 pm.. Check our website for this month’s Happy Hour Service Specials @ TwinPondsCenter.com/happy Hope Hill Lavender Farm at the Walk In Art Center Holiday Market. Visit Hope Hill and other artists, jewelers and crafters. This is a two-day event. Hours are 10 am to 4 pm. Free. 110 West Columbia Street, Schuylkill Haven. 570-732-3728. WalkInArtCenter.org Yoga & Meditation Jewelry Trunk Show by Jeanne Verger – Enjoy some wine and nibbles while doing some holiday shopping or just treat yourself to something special. 5-7pm. Yoga Lab, 3491 Lehigh St. Allentown 484-929-4909 Holiday All Levels HOT Yoga – With Nolie $15, Bring a water bottle, sweat towel and your positive energy for this awesome class! Mat rentals $2 if you need a mat! 5:45pm. Yoga Lab, 3491 Lehigh St. Allentown 484-929-4909
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2 Blackout Poetry Workshop – Join us for an
afternoon of fun and creativity as we learn step-bystep how to create Blackout Poetry. Our instructor will be the 2016 Perry County Poet Laureate, and Lynne Reeder, Poet & Author of the book “Found Between the Lines”. No prior artistic experience is. $29 per person. 2-4pm. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. To register, call 610-838-5463 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Limited to 15 participants.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3 AntiGravity Family Friends & Fly – Ages 12-100! Bring your friends, your date, your family and fly high with them in this All Levels AntiGravity Class. Fun for everyone. 4:30pm. $21 per flyer. Yoga Lab, 3491 Lehigh St. Allentown 484-929-4909
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5 DIY 101 with the Oil Chick – Jenna is passionate about educating individuals on the benefits of essential oils. She enjoys and believes using nature to bring balance and relief to the body. Join us for a complimentary Basic Essential Oils class held Tuesday 12/5, 12/12 & 12/19, 7:30-8:30pm. Persevere Fitness, 3690 Lehigh St., Whitehall. 484-951-5583.
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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9 POUND with Paula – Sweat, Sculpt and Rock with POUND, the fastest growing fitness phenomenon inspired by the infectious, energizing fun of drumming. POUND is a full body cardio jam session. Class is modified for ALL levels. 10:20-11:20am, $6. First class is free. Persevere Fitness, 3690 Lehigh St., Whitehall. 484-282-0442 Just Bootcamp – Start your journey now for a healthier you with a fun mixture of higher intensity moves to target a full body workout. We ALL need to start somewhere, begin your new chapter with us. ALL levels of fitness are welcome! 8:10-8:50am. $8. Persevere Fitness, 3690 Lehigh St., Whitehall. 484-282-0442 Rock Painting with Hellertown Rocks! Ages 6 & up are invited to paint rocks which are used to spread kindness around Hellertown and surrounding areas. All supplies are included. You may come and go as you please. Time: 2:00-4:00pm Cost: $5 per person. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. Call 484-554-6299.
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Stress and Anxiety Relief with Effortless Meditation™ − Greg Schweitzer. This physician recommended meditation technique is a key for self-care. Gain relief from - pain, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, fatigue, brain fog and more. 9:00 -10:15 am, FREE, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Pre-register 610.670.6700 Holiday Day at the Spa - Choose a scentsational spa service including salt glow, salt stone massage, infrared sauna, salt booth, and more. FREE use of toning table and vibration machine. Refreshments. Other vendors with hand-crafted products for last minute gift ideas. Call 610-365-8996 to reserve a spot. 10am-4pm. Herbs To Your Success, 64 S. Main St., Nazareth Hope Hill Lavender Farm 6th Annual Holiday Open House. 10am-3pm. Holiday shopping for your perfect holiday gifts in the warmth of our new farm store. Complimentary wine and beer sampling. Complimentary lavender refreshments and a violinist for entertainment. Free. 2375 Panther Valley Road, Pottsville. 570-617-0851. HopeHillLavenderFarm.com
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10 AntiGravity Family Friends & Fly – Ages 12-100! Bring your friends, your date, your family and fly high with them in this All Levels AntiGravity Class. Fun for everyone. 4:30pm. $21 per flyer. Yoga Lab, 3491 Lehigh St. Allentown 484-929-4909
MONDAY, DECEMBER 11 Buy Chemical-Free Cosmetics! – Amanda Davis. Join us and learn why these cosmetics are a great Holiday Gift for you and your loved ones. Help us get safe products into the hands of everyone. 6-8 pm, Twin Ponds Center, West LV. For your beauty and Holiday Gifts call Amanda Davis TODAY to pre-register 646-326-7676
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12 DIY 101 with the Oil Chick – Jenna is passionate about educating individuals on the benefits of essential oils. She enjoys and believes using nature to bring balance and relief to the body. Join us for a complimentary Basic Essential Oils class held Tuesday 12/5, 12/12 & 12/19, 7:30-8:30pm. Persevere Fitness, 3690 Lehigh St., Whitehall. 484-951-5583.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13 Stress and Anxiety Relief with Effortless Meditation™ − Greg Schweitzer. This physician recommended meditation technique is a key for self-care. Gain relief from - pain, high blood pressure,
depression, anxiety, fatigue, brain fog and more. 7:00 -8:15 pm, FREE, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Pre-register 610.670.6700 The Violet Flame – Jessica Brown facilitates this meditative inner/self-healing workshop. All you need is your intentions for whatever you would like healed, cleared, released, and transmuted. Then hold your intentions and allow yourself to be swept away as we hold space together for the Violet Flame of transmutation. 7-8pm. $28. Loving Piece, 7 N Third St, Easton. Call 484-206-8140 to reserve.
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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14 Thermographic Diagnostic Imaging, Breast, Thyroid & Full-Body – Dr. Getson. This is a safe, non-radiologic, and pain free state-of-the-art, FDA approved technology that detects changes at the cellular level in early stages of some diseases, Call 856.596.5834 for appointment at Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center 2nd Annual Guy’s Shopping Night – Join us for our 2nd Annual “Wise” Men’s Shopping Night! Come on in, bring your shopping list, and leave the wrapping to us! Have some holiday cheer and snacks, and leave here...ready for Christmas! Get your significant other a gift you know they will love! 6-8pm. Loving Piece, 7 N Third St, Easton. Call 484-206-8140
SATURDAY DECEMBER 16 Tapping into Joy: A Natural Antidote for Holiday Stress – Meg Deak. Experience simple tools to let go of stress, anger, fear, guilt and sadness. Amplify the feelings you want – like joy, peace and contentment. 10 am-noon, $35. Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, 628 Twin Ponds Road, West Lehigh Valley, Reservations: 610-504-4830.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17 AntiGravity Family Friends & Fly – Ages 12-100! Bring your friends, your date, your family and fly high with them in this All Levels AntiGravity Class. Fun for everyone. 4:30pm. $21 per flyer. Yoga Lab, 3491 Lehigh St. Allentown 484-929-4909
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19 DIY 101 with the Oil Chick – Jenna is passionate about educating individuals on the benefits of essential oils. She enjoys and believes using nature to bring balance and relief to the body. Join us for a complimentary Basic Essential Oils class held Tuesday 12/5, 12/12 & 12/19, 7:30-8:30pm. Persevere Fitness, 3690 Lehigh St., Whitehall. 484-951-5583.
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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20 Sacred Symposiums: Roundtable Discussion & Potluck Dinner - We discuss different spiritual, inspirational, or metaphysical topics. Please bring something to the table - your own experiences and a covered dish with the list of ingredients. Every 3rd Wednesday from 7-9pm, Free. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. Call 610-838-5463 for more information.
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Stress and Anxiety Relief with Effortless Meditation™ − Greg Schweitzer. This physician recommended meditation technique is a key for self-care. Gain relief from - pain, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, fatigue, brain fog and more. 7:00 -8:15 pm, FREE, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Pre-register 610.670.6700
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28 Spanish Yoga – This is an all level class linking poses, breath and awareness, while providing a compassionate, non-competitive and fun environment for everyone (class is taught in both English and Spanish so come on in). Restorative poses available! Walk-ins Welcome! 4-5pm, $8. First class is free. Persevere Fitness, 3690 Lehigh St., Whitehall. 484-282-0442
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30 Just Bootcamp – Start your journey now for a healthier you with a fun mixture of higher intensity moves to target a full body workout. We ALL need to start somewhere, begin your new chapter with us. ALL levels of fitness are welcome! 8:10-8:50am. $8. Persevere Fitness, 3690 Lehigh St., Whitehall. 484-282-0442 POUND with Paula – Sweat, Sculpt and Rock with POUND, the fastest growing fitness phenomenon inspired by the infectious, energizing fun of drumming. POUND is a full body cardio jam session. Class is modified for ALL levels. 10:20-11:20am, $6. First class is free. Persevere Fitness, 3690 Lehigh St., Whitehall. 484-282-0442
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60-Minute Crystal Singing Bowl Meditation – June will play her crystal singing bowls for an hour as you meditate in the peaceful atmosphere of Kindred Spirits. 10a-11:30am. Beginning with a short, quiet meditation. Cost $29. Limited to 15 participants. Bring your own mats & pillows. Call 610-838-5463 to register with a $5 deposit.
Healthy Happy Hour – Christina Moyes. Come the 1st Friday each month and spend time with friends and relax after the long work week. Enjoy good, real, delicious food and mocktails without the guilt or hangover. 5:30-7:30 pm. Check our website for this month’s Happy Hour Service Specials @ TwinPondsCenter.com/happy
MONDAY, JANUARY 1 Vision Board: Setting Your Intention for 2018 – In this interactive workshop, attendees will learn how to use Dream or Vision Boards, a tool for the Law of Attraction, to manifest what you would like to see in your upcoming year. All supplies included with registration. 12-2pm. $29 in advance/$39 the day of. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. To register, call 610838-5463 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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savethedate REIKI CERTIFICATION CLASSES MOUNTAIN TOP & WILKES-BARRE Reiki 1, Certification Program - Dec 9, 9:30am5pm. Usui/Tibetan. Highlights: History of Reiki, Japanese Reiki Techniques, Reiki 1 Initiation, hands on practice, includes 179 page manual, Register by 12/2 CEU’s-LMT Instructors Chris & Meg Reiki 1, Certification Program - Jan 13, 2018 9:30am-5:00pm. Usui/Tibetan- Highlights: History of Reiki, Japanese Reiki Techniques, Reiki 1 Initiation, Hands on practice, includes 179-page manual, Register by 1/6 CEU’s LMT’s Instructors; Donna & Jayne Mother Mary Heart Flame Resurrection Meditation - Jan 23, at Inner Peace, Wilkes-Barre 7-8:15pm. Receive Lazarus attunement! Teacher Anthony V. Wojnar D.D. Reiki 2 - Coming in March!!! Contact Anthony V. Wojnar D.D. RMT, Life Holistic Center LLC. Member: IARP, 570-706-6680. ReikiCenterOnline@yahoo.com. LifeHolisticReiki.com
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ongoingevents sunday Sunday Services – Metaphysical and nondenominational. Rev. Lloyd Moll, Pastor - Unique Sunday services 10:30am. All welcome! St. John’s Church of Faith, 607 Washington St Allentown. 610-776-7211 Quiet the Mind Group Meditation – New to meditation? Learn several simple techniques to quiet your mind and relax your body. 10:45-11am. From 11-11:30am, enjoy crystal singing bowls as you meditate. $10. Kindred Spirits Books & Gifts, 66 W. Water Street, Hellertown. 610-838-5463 Kindred Kids Meditation – We invite you to our weekly kids meditation practice. This 30-minute session teaches children and basic yet effective skills for managing energy, strengthening focus and concentration. $5. 10-10:30am. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. 610-838-5463. Co-Dependent Anonymous – CoDA is a 12-Step Fellowship of men and women with a common purpose to recover from codependence. The only requirement for membership in CoDA is a desire for healthy and loving relationships. 7pm, Unity Church, 26 N. 3rd St., Emmaus. Call 610-737.-354 or visit coda.org.
monday Gratitude Circle – Join us for our free Gratitude Circle! Uplift your spirits by sharing pictures, inspirational quotes, and stories of gratitude. Hope to see you there! Time: 6:00-7:30pm. Cost: FREE. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. Call 484554-6299 if you need more information. QiGong/Tai Chi − Crystal Klein. Reduce stress, lower blood pressure, improve balance, and increase energy. Includes visual meditation, balance exercises, followed by energy form. 10:30 -11:30 am , $96/8 classes, Twin Ponds Center, Pre-register 610-762-2702 Feldenkrais® Method – Carol Siddiqi. Gentle movements with awareness allows you to observe how you move, notice tension, improve your coor-
dination – helps prevent and overcome injuries and chronic pain and develops overall health. 5:45-6:45 pm, $75/6 classes, Twin Ponds Center, Pre-register 610-618-0467 Yoga: Kripalu, Level 1-2 – Carol Siddiqi. This class will help you perform daily activities pain free and with greater ease by developing deeper self-awareness using the basics of Kripalu Yoga combined with the gentle movements of Feldenkrais®, 7-8 pm, $88/8 classes, Twin Ponds Center, Pre-register 610-618-0467 Reflexology Q and A – Stop by our clinic from 11am to 3pm and let us review your health concerns with you. Medical Reflexology can help with many health concerns by exerting pressure to reflex areas encouraging improved instruction to every part of the body. 1701 Union Blvd, Allentown. 267-4244549.
tuesday Dosha Balancing Yoga – Choosing the right movements and sequence gives the student a practice with purpose. In the winter our movements are focused on building heat and opening the chest. Asana informed by Ayurveda with a purpose to heal, transform and deepen self-awareness. 9:30am. Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. 215-257-5025 Free Meditation Circle – The 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month, 7 pm to 8:30 pm. 2024 Lehigh St., Allentown, PA (across from Bennett Toyota). Enjoy a relaxing time & experience different types of meditation. See the2wolvesmedicinepath.com for more info. Like us on FB. Coordination Patterns & Dynamics Training – Betsy Wetzig. Simple, easy exercises help release chronic pain and stress of knees, hips, back, neck and improve the way you function, both physically and mentally. 3-4 pm, $75/6 classes, Twin Ponds Center, Pre-register 610-398- 9652 Crystal Reiki by Alicia – Experience healing, energy sessions from 11am-5pm, by appointment. Receive an intuitive assessment of your energy, and insight of reiki energy. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. To make an appointment, call 407-600-6462
Therapeutic Yoga - For students with health or physical challenges. An educational, therapeutic focus toward bringing healing at every level through modified poses, meditation, and other modalities with a Professional Yoga Therapist. 6pm. Soulful Journeys, 131 S. Main St., Nazareth, 610-653-3971
wednesday Healthy Aging Chair Yoga – Applying the principles of alignment make this a dynamic and effective way to experience yoga with support. Gain confidence in your body, move with awareness, and achieve the deep peace and relaxation that moving mindfully can give you. 11am. Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. 215-257-5025 Dosha Balancing Yoga – Choosing the right movements and sequence gives the student a practice with purpose. In the winter our movements are focused on building heat and opening the chest. Asana informed by Ayurveda with a purpose to heal, transform and deepen self-awareness. 6pm. Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. 215-257-5025 Morning Yoga – Decrease stress, control blood glucose, improve function of the internal organs, better blood circulation and concentration. Improve flexibility and build more muscle tone. Increased physical strength. Walk-ins Welcome! All fitness levels. 9:30am, $8. Persevere Fitness, 3690 Lehigh St., Whitehall. 484-282-0442 Sacred Symposiums – Discussion & Potluck Dinner - Every 3rd Wed at 7pm, we discuss different spiritual, inspirational, or metaphysical topics. Please bring something to the table. Free. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. 610-838-5463 Yogafit® - a flow yoga class for strength, posture, flexibility and balance. Emphasis is placed on awareness, breath and balance of the nervous system. Open to all levels. 6:15-7:15pm, Allentown YMCA & YWCA, 425 S. 15th St. Allentown. Call 610-434-9333 Ext. 313. Yoga Morning - Yoga postures to improve overall health including strength, flexibility, balance and better posture. Hold postures longer for relaxed muscles and rejuvenation. Open to all levels. 9:1510:15am, Allentown YMCA & YWCA, 425 S. 15th St., Allentown 610-434-9333 Ext. 313. LV Lyme Support Group – Meets the first Wednesday of every month except July. Speakers, doctors, brochures and books. PA is #1 in reported cases so we help to educate the public. Country Meadows
Retirement Facility, Green Pond Road in Bethlehem Township. 7pm. Heidi Healy at 610-882-2253 or email@example.com. Beginners Yoga – A gentle intro focusing on clear and safe alignment in foundational poses, discovering how breath can ease stress, reduce pain and calm your mind, and on developing heightened awareness and mindfulness through the eight limbs of yoga. Soulful Journeys, 131 S. Main St., Nazareth, 610-653-3971
thursday Tibetan Heart Yoga – Embody ancient movements from the Tibetan masters. Learn new ways to focus your mind and apply the teachings to your life. This month’s practice will focus on the bhandas, keeping and moving vital energy. You will feel connected, balanced, focused and fabulous! 9:30am. Roots and Wings, 127 S 5th St, Quakertown. 215-257-5025 Spanish Yoga – An all level class linking poses, breath and awareness, while providing a compassionate, non-competitive and fun environment for everyone. Taught in both English and Spanish. Restorative poses available! Walk-ins Welcome! 4-5pm, $8. First class is free. Persevere Fitness, 3690 Lehigh St., Whitehall. 484-282-0442 Yoga: Mid-morning Flow − Karen Klubertanz. Stretch, breathe, relax and roll with it during this flow class that targets specific areas of the body each week and reminds us to be in the moment. Great for beginner to intermediate. 9:30-10:45 am, $88/8 classes, Veterans $8, Twin Ponds Center, Pre-register 610-509-3677 Coordination Patterns & Dynamics Training – Betsy Wetzig. Simple, easy exercises of Coordination Pattern™ Training helps release chronic pain and stress of knees, hips, back, neck and improve the way you function, both physically and mentally. 3pm, $75/6 cl, Twin Ponds Center, Pre-register 610-398- 9652 Mantra Chanting – Nukal will chant the ancient Sanskrit mantras each Thursday at Sacred Space. He will provide the correct pronunciation for each session and help raise the vibration of the space and the participants. $20 donation. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. 610-838-5463. Rune Readings – Available by appointment between the hours of 1-5pm. A variety of reading styles, and can help guide and empower you on your spiritual journey. Sacred Space, 45 W. Water Street, Hellertown. Call 717-304-6428 to schedule an appointment.
Stress Relief Coaching Group – Join others in a group setting to manage stress with multiple holistic approaches. 9:15am or 5:15pm. $25 session. Creative Holistic Therapy, 3037 S. Pike Avenue (Rte 145) #105, Allentown. 610-282-0709 to register. Qigong & Tai Chi – Qigong uses deep breathing and gentle movements to strengthen and circulate the life energy. Tai Chi helps prevent falls and improves balance. Focus is placed coordination and relaxation. Open to all levels. 10:30am, Allentown YMCA & YWCA, 425 S.15th St., Allentown, 610434-9333 x 313. Therapeutic Yoga - For students with health or physical challenges. An educational, therapeutic focus toward bringing healing at every level through modified poses, meditation, and other modalities with a Professional Yoga Therapist. 9:30am. Soulful Journeys, 131 S. Main St., Nazareth, 610-653-3971 Gentle Yoga - Perfect for students recovering from an injury, just starting back into a fitness or yoga routine. Building strength and flexibility slowly, and using restorative postures and breath work for healing and relaxation. 6-7. Blue Lotus Yoga @ Soulful Journeys, 131 S. Main St., Nazareth, 484-546-6803.
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June Rose, Personal Coach 45 W. Water Street Hellertown, PA 18055 610.838.5463
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Brad Barnoski, CHHP Macungie, PA 717-503-8576 • info@BradBarnoski.com BradBarnoski.com
Certified Holistic Health Practitioner specializing in life transformation coaching and intuitive energy healing, utilizing modalities such as The Emotion Code and Access Consciousness®. Experience a dynamic and life-changing session and clear out lifetimes of self-limiting patterns and baggage that stop you from the ease and joy that is you.
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Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center Greg Schweitzer 628 Twin Ponds Rd., West Lehigh Valley 610-670-6700 StressReductionResources.com
De-stress, revitalize and be healthier with scientifically validated and physician recommended Effortless Meditation. Experience rest deeper than sleep! Greg Schweitzer taught for Deepak Chopra, M.D. and other notables for 35+ years. Introductory classes and a 10-hour 7-session course.
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The only green cemetery in the Lehigh Valley. A cemetery of wildflowers and grasses native to Pennsylvania. Return to the natural cycle of life to nourish the soil, green the meadow and live on. Nondenominational. Non-profit. Speakers available to visit organizations. See ad page 25.
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CAROL SIDDIQI FGNA, RYT
Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center 628 Twin Ponds Rd, West Lehigh Valley 610-618-0467
The Feldenkrais Method reconnects the body to its natural movements, focusing on the relationship between motion and thought. It works with the nervous system, rather than muscles or bones, to improve everyday motion, such as walking, running, golfing, biking, yoga, posture, breathing, etc.
NATURAL FAMILY MEDICINE PHILLIP GETSON, D.O.
When nothing else works, Hypnosis does! A Certified Professional Hypnosis Instructor and practitioner, bringing to the Lehigh Valley a systematic hypnosis process utilized in one-to-one sessions. Also, offering a self-hypnosis process unlike any self-hypnosis system. Experience the joy of being self-empowered. See ad page 23.
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MAULFAIR MEDICAL CENTER
Conrad Maulfair, D.O. 2970 Corporate Court, Suite 1 Orefield, PA 18069 • 610-682-2104 DrMaulfair.com • PurelyYouDetox.com
Dr. Maulfair is an Osteopathic Physician bringing four decades of knowledge and experience in alternative, complementary medicine to his patient care. Help for all conditions and all ages. Offering Chelation Therapy, Hubbard Method Sauna detoxification, and many other treatment programs. Bringing the best of both worlds to their patients. See ad page 17.
WOODLANDS HEALING RESEARCH NATURAL FAMILY MEDICINE
Family, Environmental and Preventative Medicine Nicholas DiMartino, D.O. 5724 Clymer Rd, Quakertown, PA 215-536-1890
Woodlands Healing Research Center is a family practice supporting individualized natural approaches to health. We offer lifestyle and nutritional consultation to achieve optimal health and vitality. We also offer complete women’s services including GYN, menopause, osteoporosis and bio-identical hormone therapy. See ad page 10.
LOSAGIO CHIROPRACTIC CENTER LLC Mark D. Losagio, DC, DIBCN 1220 Illicks Mill Rd. Bethlehem, PA 18017 610-865.-8155 ChiropracticBethlehem.com
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NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING INTEGRATIVE NUTRITION
WELL OF LIFE CENTER
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Using nutrition, chiropractic, and other modalities like massage, the Well of Life helps individuals rediscover health in a natural way. We are committed to offering hope and healing to our clients, and to promote wellness through empowering and educating. Start your journey today! See ad page 24.
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Dr. Losagio is a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist, with over 26 years of experience, using state of the art equipment such as Digital Motion X-ray, Proadjuster and cold laser. He offers chiropractic care, specializing in personal injury cases, weight loss program and continuous education to his patients. Focusing on getting you back to a fully active life. See ad page 19.
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