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10 17 ecotip
18 inspiration 20 wisewords 22 healingways 28 greenliving
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17 INSPIRED LIVING
Five Ways to Make
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20 LYNNE MCTAGGART ON THE POWER OF GROUP INTENTION by April Thompson
22 12 HAPPY HOLIDAY TIPS How to Really Enjoy the Season by Dianne Bischoff James
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Colorful Good Health in Holiday Dishes
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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,
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he Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center (LCEEC), is offering a new Winter Break Nature Camp from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., December 27 to 29. There will be plenty of outdoor play and exploration, along with fun indoor winter-themed games, activities, crafts and snacks. The program is open to children from 6 to 13 years old. LCEEC is committed to educating the students of Lackawanna College and the citizens of Northeast Pennsylvania through innovative approaches leading to ecological sustainability. Their state-of-the-art building on 211 acres is Gold LEED certified. The center provides progressive programs for the public, the college and K-12 educators and students. The building serves as a model and teaching tool for sustainable design. Cost is $135 for all three days. Preregistration is required prior to Dec. 13. Location: 93 MacKenzie Rd., Covington Township, PA. To register or for more information, call 570-842-1506.
Animal Communication Makes Life Easier
renda Seldin offers animal communication sessions for the person and their animal companions. As an animal communicator, Seldin connects people with their pets via mental images, words and sensations that she then passes onto their humans. Some common issues that animal communication may help with include indoor peeing, conflict between pets, integrating a new pet, separation anxiety, health issues, end-of-life matters and help with missing pets. Brenda Seldin “As an animal communicator, I see myself as an advocate for both you and your animal companion, states Seldin. “My approach during communication sessions is one of respect toward the thoughts and feelings of both you and your pet. Everyone wants to be heard. This applies to your animal companion as well. Their message to you is just as important as your message to them. I work to help you find out more about current behavioral or health issues with your pet and work with you to find a solution to that problem.” For information, call 845-588-2023 or visit BrendaSeldin.com. See ad page 43.
Creating Urban Nature Space in Stroudsburg
portion of a vacant lot in Stroudsburg will become an urban pocket park nature space downtown at the corner of Quaker Alley and Sixth Street. Now, where dumpsters and loading areas are decorated by weeds, the project by landscape designer Robin Anglemyer, of Strauser Nature’s Helpers, Stroudsburg Borough, nonprofits Brodhead Watershed Association and Pocono Alliance are changing that. A portion of the land, owned by Monroe County, will have native flowers, grasses, shrubs and shade trees, along with paths and seating to attract workers and residents. Rain gardens and permeable pavers will demonstrate how green infrastructure can help clean and purify runoff from streets and sidewalks before entering nearby Brodhead Creek and storm drains. Additional sponsorships and donations toward the project are welcome for installation costs, as well as a maintenance plan to ensure the initial nature space remains beautifully intact. For more information and to donate, visit BrodheadWatershed.org/ StroudsburgPark.html.
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Fresh Food Farmacy Offers Food Prescriptions
he divinely designed Place of Peace Day Retreat is taking reservations for 2018 rentals perfect for yoga, meditation retreats, personal training, healthy cooking classes or birthday or retirement parties. The tranquil setting on five secluded acres allows connection to self, nature and like-minded people. The bright, open, loft-style yoga studio was designed according to feng shui principles connecting to the light within. Enjoy the peaceful surroundings under the gazebo tents on the 1,000-square-foot patio nestled by nature and get rid of what no longer serves us in the fire pit. The property has access to walking trails, as well as Kemah Lake, rated one of the most pristine lakes in Sussex County to be enjoyed by all with its beauty and abundance of wildlife. Lake amenities includes a private beach and motor-free boating, which permits the perfect opportunity for stand-up paddling.
he Fresh Food Farmacy exists as a cooperative program between Geisinger, Weis Markets, the Logos Fund, Degenstein Foundation and the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. It offers food-insecure, Type 2 diabetic patients “prescriptions” for free food to help control their disease. Patients enrolled in the program receive education, case management, health coaching and classes on diabetes self-management, along with healthy groceries and meal plans designed by Geisinger dietitians to support dietary requirements. “Diabetes, as well as other dietrelated illnesses, is a serious issue in food insecure communities,” explains Andrea Feinberg, M.D., medical director of Geisinger’s Health and Wellness Program. “At Geisinger, we’re trying to decrease diabetes complications and end hunger by working to close the meal gap and reduce social inequality.” Geisinger is expanding the program to other areas in Northumberland County and elsewhere. Patients in Sunbury are currently being screened, and plans are in place to open Fresh Food Farmacy locations in Scranton and Lewistown in late 2018.
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When replacing holiday purchases of smartphones and other electronic devices, don’t just trash the old ones. Manufacturing electronics consumes many resources and discarded waste can leak harmful chemicals into ecosystems. There are far better ways to redirect and repurpose them. Besides trading in phones for a rebate, another good option is transferring them to an official recycling program that makes sure all components are dealt with properly. Some states offer special provisions. Check the E-Cycling Central website at eiae.org. Major phone makers and carriers offer recycling programs, and
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some retailers accept select electronic devices. Best of all, give a device a new life by gifting it. RecyclingForCharities.com accepts obsolete personal electronic devices by mail; the donor selects a charity to receive the proceeds. ShelterAlliance.net, CellPhonesForSoldiers.com and Phones4Charity.org are kindred organizations. AmericanCellPhoneDrive.org lets users find nearby charity recycling initiatives via zip code. It provides scholarships for U.S. children that have lost a parent through warfare or terrorism, feeds malnourished children in Asia, builds lowincome housing and donates prepaid calling cards to military personnel. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, other unwanted electronic devices can be recycled so that incorporated copper, steel and glass can be recovered and reused. Other materials like lead (in circuit board solder, glass cathode ray tubes of many TVs and computer screens, and batteries) and mercury (in fluorescent backlights of many flat-panel screen displays) can be captured and recycled, instead of polluting the environment. Small appliances like toasters, coffee makers and clothing irons aren’t considered e-waste and generally aren’t recyclable because they are made of a mix of plastic and metal. Using them for many years helps.
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Milk Chocolate Also Benefits Heart Health
igh-cacao dark chocolate contains high levels of flavanol, a compound known for its heart health benefits, but less is known about diluted foods such as milk chocolate candy. Harvard researchers followed 55,502 subjects for 13 years, comparing levels of high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease to lifestyle traits. They found those eating one to three servings of chocolate a month (including milk chocolate) displayed a 10 percent lower risk of irregular heartbeat than those eating an ounce or less a month. Eating one serving per week of chocolate yielded a 17 percent lower risk and two to six servings a week 20 percent, and then leveled off after eating one or more servings per day. â€œEating excessive amounts of chocolate is not recommended, because many chocolate products are high in calories from sugar and fat, and could lead to weight gain and other metabolic problems,â€? advises Elizabeth Mostofsky, author of the study.
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Fifty healthy patients and 50 with chronic fatigue syndrome were tested for bacteria and immune molecules by researchers from Columbia University. They discovered that imbalances in the levels of certain gut bacteria are prevalent in individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome, a disorder often accompanied by extreme fatigue, muscle and joint pain, cognitive issues and insomnia.
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esearchers from Northwestern University have found that acoustic stimulation using pink noise (random sound with more low frequencies than white noise) increases slow-wave brain activity, thus improving sleep-dependent memory retention. Thirteen mature adults completed two nights of sleep; one with the pink noise and one without, in random order. Specific brainwave activity increased during the periods when the pink noise was being delivered, suggesting that it could help older adults preserve some memory functions.
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Alcohol Affects Our Heartbeat
erman researchers studied the correlation between cardiac arrhythmia and alcohol consumption by monitoring 3,000 middle-aged volunteers for 16 days during Oktoberfest. Portable electrocardiographs and breathalyzer machines tested for heart activity and breath alcohol concentration. Arrhythmia showed up in 30 percent of the participants, significantly higher than an estimated 4 percent or less among the general population according to an earlier study. An irregular heartbeat often causes discomfort in the short term and possible heart failure and stroke later.
Tree Nuts Cut Colon Cancer Relapse
esearchers from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute examined nutrition and cancer recurrence data from 826 patients with Stage III colon cancer and found those that consumed two or more ounces of tree nuts a week experienced a 42 percent reduction in cancer recurrence and a 57 percent lower risk of death on average compared to those that ate no nuts.
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esearchers at Orebro University, in Sweden, conducted a review of research reported since 1965 on the incidence of glioma brain cancer with continued use of cell phones. They found that the highest cumulative exposures to cell phone radiation correlated with a 90 percent increase in the risk of glioma cancer. The risk increased with time; after 10 years of cell phone use, it increased by 62 percent and doubled after 20 years.
esearchers from the University of Oxford, in the UK, have found that infants that take more daytime naps tend to develop a larger vocabulary at an earlier age than their peers by examining sleeping patterns of 246 babies between the ages of 7 months and 3 years for 10 days. Parents also completed a language analysis at the start of the study and three and six months later to determine how many words each child understood from a list 416 words typically learned in infancy. Infants that napped more frequently during the day performed better on both understanding and expressing vocabulary than the others.
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Holiday Foods: Naughty or Nice?
few cookies here, a couple of eggnogs there and a rich meal in-between can quickly pack on unhealthy extra pounds. But we can minimize the damage of holiday feasts by making wise food choices that total up fewer calories, less fat and more fiber. Here are some helpful tips: • Pick whole wheat rolls, wild rice and quinoa to stay satisfied longer. • Select steamed fish and seafood for a plate both elegant and light. • Pass on the gravy, as it’s usually high in fat. • Eat regular meals and snack on fruits to avoid overindulging at festivities.
• Choose low fat yogurts and hard cheeses as both satisfying and rich in calcium • Look to small amounts of dark chocolate and heart-healthy nuts to stave off a craving. • Limit alcoholic drinks and cocktails because they are high in calories, with no nutritional value. Depriving ourselves of a favorite holiday treat can backfire and lead tounsatisfied cravings and overeating. Making conscious decisions, however, on where to splurge will leave us jolly and feeling good. Source: Adapted from WebMD.com
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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.
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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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New Options for Independent Co-Housing 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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INSPIRED LIVING Five Ways to Make the New Year Sparkle by Kelly Martinsen
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.
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.” 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 Economics examined the relationship between volunteering and happiness in a large group of American adults, they found that the more people volunteered, the happier they were.
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. 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. Kelly Martinsen is publisher of Natural Awakenings Long Island and author of the new book A Year of Inspired Living (Publisher@AwakeLI.com).
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.
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POWER OF GROUP INTENTION by April Thompson
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.
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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 healing a war veteran of post-traumatic stress disorder. To date, 26 of those 30 experi ments resulted in positive, measurable, mainly scientifically significant effects. We’ve seen the pH of water change by a full pH number and seen seeds grow twice as much as control seeds.
We also conducted three peace intention experiments with interesting results: After our eight-day intention for Sri Lanka during its civil war, violence 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, director 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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eelings of comfort and joy can seem elusive when the holiday to-do list looms or runs amok. The season can seem more like an endless burden than a parade of cheerful events and glad tidings. Amidst celebratory chaos, these simple rules will help restore inner peace and create greater happiness. Eschew Perfection Guests are much more interested in filling their stomachs with great food than judging the scuff marks and wall dings. The perfection of the season is found in the special moments when families and friends sit down together.
Pay Attention to the Smiles The approaching holidays encourage more shared smiles, kind words and thoughtful gestures. While out and about, look for the grins and well wishes. Hold the door open for others and offer a friendly greeting to store clerks. We’ll find ourselves smiling even more, because thoughtfulness is contagious.
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
Take Advantage of Extended Shopping Hours To avoid crowds and lines, schedule a late-night power-shopping trip. This is the easiest way to manage a department store visit with sanity, have easy access to the shelves and get immediate service.
Take a Holiday Binge Day Designate a day with no limits and no self-judgment. For anyone that mentally monitors their calories or sweets, claim a binge day out loud with permission for total holiday munching freedom. The next day, we can reinstate discipline.
Sing While We Work Nothing makes meal preparation tasks go faster than crooning along to our favorite carols. Turn up Susan Boyle’s O Holy Night and soon your lungs will be full of air, your heart filled with sentiment, and the turkey stuffed with seasonal goodness will be ready to go into the oven.
Express Feelings in a Healthy Way Family gatherings can sometimes test our boundaries and patience. Avoid repressing feelings by finding a way to
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.
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.
Leave Some Tasks for Later It’s unrealistic to think the house has to be in perfect order after festive gatherings. After guests leave, put the leftovers in the fridge and watch a movie. Cleanup will feel easier and faster after a good night’s rest.
Express Gratitude at the Table 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.
Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing. Believe in yourself. And believe that there is a loving Source—a Sower of Dreams—just waiting to be asked to help you make your dreams come true. ~Sarah Ban Breathnach
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. Dianne Bischoff James is a life transformation coach, actor, business consultant and author of The Real Brass Ring: Change Your Life Course Now. She specializes in facilitating the midlife reboot and lives in Boston, MA.
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PEACE ON EARTH Conflict Resolutions that Work to Bridge Divides Healing happens when we handle conflict in a healthy and transformative way.
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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 and compromise among local factions Provocative Questions that disagree on how to deal with “What if we considered conflict as a everything from health care and social secret ally or a guidepost, showing us justice to environmental protection and what really matters to us and how much climate science. Educational training we care? What if our intense emotions materials and books are giving outdated are sources of invincible energy, with models of conflict resolution a facelift. the power to build the world we want, In The Revolution Where You Live: together? What does having conflict in Stories from a 12,000 Mile Journey a healthy and transformative way look Through a New America, Sarah Van like?” queries Ma’ikwe Ludwig, execuGelder devotes a chapter to a Greenstive director of Commonomics USA, Northeast PA HealthyLehighValley.com 24
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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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.”
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
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.”
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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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Intense emotions can become sources of invincible energy with the collective power to build the world we want. 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
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
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.
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se it up, wear it out, make do or do without,” was the motto of past generations. Today, it’s recycle, repurpose and reinvent. Nostalgia is making a comeback. It’s tempting to revert to successful old-fashioned ways; it’s even better to update the how-to of natural eco-living.
Preserve Food “There are tradeoffs between convenience and environmental impact,” says Kathleen Hanover, executive creative director at Imagine That Creative Marketing Services, in Dayton, Ohio. “I’d love to freeze all of our family’s produce, but after two power outages, I can veggies, too. Steam canners for jams, jellies, tomatoes and high-acid foods use three inches of water and 10 minutes of energy.” Shel Horowitz, a consultant for Green and Profitable and co-author of Guerrilla Marketing to Heal the World, joined a food co-op in the 1970s. Today, it has 9,000 members. “I dehydrate 28
veggies for soup, pasta, stir-fry dishes or as tomato or zucchini chips,” he says. “Onions, shallots, garlic, leeks, celery, kale, hot peppers, tomatillos and fruit were successful; eggplant, cucumbers and rhubarb were not.”
Use It All The Traditional Line menu devised by executive chef Mark Russell, of Great Performances, a sustainability-oriented high-end catering and food service company in New York City, remarks, “Food trends have changed,” noting preserving, freezing, pickling and canning remain sound. He salutes thrifty Depression-era practices. “My grandparents picked dandelion greens to fry in bacon fat,” he says. “A salad with olive oil and fresh tomato is healthier.” Fermented grape leaves can be rolled up into dolmas filled with local grains and feta cheese instead of meat. He also blanches and freezes cauliflower leaves, warmed in butter to serve; he’s then used the whole vegetable.
Containers ease gardening, especially for tomatoes. Hanover repurposes plastic cat litter buckets. “They’re sturdy and hold up in cold weather,” she says. “Alpaca poop fertilizer supplied by a neighbor doesn’t smell and plants thrive.” Ocala, Florida, reiki master and teacher Debi Goldben employs nature’s bounty at home. “Downspouts collect rainwater for the garden, and it’s much better than chemically treated city water,” she says. Some municipalities, including in Colorado, regulate rainwater collection, mandating the size and number of barrels per property “for outdoor use only”.
Sew Up Repairs Anca Gooje, owner of Chid Kala, a natural ingredient lotion maker in Scarborough, Maine, uses colorful patches to repair tears and update the look of her two children’s clothing. She also recompressed their sofa’s inner springs to their original shape by encasing them in fabric. “It was timeconsuming, but only cost a few dollars for fabric,” she relates. “Updating avoided creating more landfill. For a fresh look, I made a new cover.”
Multipurpose a Cook Pot “My mother believed pressure cookers would explode, so I bought an Instant Pot and changed the way I cook,” says Sue Ann Jaffarian, a Los Angeles paralegal and mystery writer. “I have a demanding day job and writing deadlines. I toss in healthy ingredients and have a simple homemade meal, often vegan, in a minute. Soup, stew, risotto, pasta, chili, pudding, brown rice and oatmeal work well. It doesn’t heat up the kitchen, either.”
Nasturtium leaves are fermented, seeds and stems pickled and flowers puréed. “I make nasturtium flower coulis, bright orange and spicy, to dollop on freshwater fish,” Russell says. “Stems are minced into grain salads and seeds sprinkled on slabs of beefsteak tomatoes. Leaves, soft from fermentation, wrap around fresh goat cheese, shred into coleslaw or pair with steamed basmati rice.”
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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 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.
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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).
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Zesty Citrus Holiday Recipes Moroccan Spiced Orange Slices with Orange Blossom Water Orange blossom or orange flower water is available at better grocery stores, kitchen shops, Middle Eastern markets or online. Yields: 4 to 5 servings 5 medium to large navel or large blood oranges 3 Tbsp orange blossom water 1 tsp ground cinnamon 2 Tbsp honey or date sugar ½ pomegranate, seeded 1½ to 2 Tbsp coarsely chopped unsalted pistachios 8 to 10 mint leaves, chopped or torn, for garnish
Peel the oranges and cut away all of the white pith and outer membrane. 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. Fan the slices in concentric circles, slightly overlapping the fruit, on a large round serving platter.
Charry Lime Vinaigrette: Zest of 2 limes Juice from the grilled limes 1 Tbsp seasoned rice wine vinegar 1 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1 tsp sorghum or maple syrup ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
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. Chill the oranges for at least 1 hour or longer in the refrigerator before serving.
Prepare a medium-hot fire in the grill.
When ready to serve, sprinkle the pomegranate seeds, pistachios and mint leaves evenly over the top.
Brush the radishes, carrots and leeks with olive oil and place in a grilling basket or on a perforated grill rack.
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Grill for 4 to 5 minutes, turning often, until the vegetables have just started to brown at the edges. 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. 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. Arrange the vegetables on salad plates and garnish with microgreens. Spoon the vinaigrette over all and serve. 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. Adapted orange recipes are from Orange Appeal, by Jamie Schler, permission of Gibbs Smith.
8.8 oz shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, caps sliced into ¼- to ½-inch strips Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste Zest of 1 orange 2 large oranges, juiced, about 1 cup, divided 1 small yellow onion, peeled and chopped 9 oz Arborio rice 4 cups warm chicken or vegetable stock or broth 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil or 2 tsp dried; or 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh sage leaves or 1 tsp dried 1½ cups young, tiny sweet peas, fresh or frozen
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Heat 1 tablespoon each of the butter and oil in a large skillet over mediumlow heat until sizzling starts. Add the mushrooms and salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until tender, 4 to 5 minutes, adding more oil if needed.
Shiitake Mushroom and Pea Risotto with Orange Yields: 6 servings as side dish or starter or 4 as main dish 2 Tbsp butter or margarine, divided 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided, plus more as needed
Add ¼ cup orange juice and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes until the juice evaporates and the mushrooms are very tender and glazed. Transfer the mushrooms to a bowl and set aside. Add the remaining butter and oil to the skillet and return to the heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes over medium heat until softened, transparent and just starting to turn golden.
Add the rice and zest and toss with the onions until all the grains are coated in oil. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes more, stirring, 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. 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. 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. When the rice has cooked for a total of 20 minutes, if using frozen peas, stir in the peas, as well as the mushrooms. 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.
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?
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 approaches 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.
How do parents know if they’re on the right track?
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gage 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
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 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 up to be fearless and infinitely resilient, knowing that their purpose in life is to live in their most authentic and true way. Conflicts decrease and conscious, connected communication increases.
What can parents do when they fall back into old patterns, shaming children or doing other things that create distance?
When this happens, parents need to sit with themselves and look deeply within, asking: “What is it about me that feels the need to deride, scorn and shame my children?” In such introspection, they might discover triggers from old wounds that have nothing to do with a child’s behavior. When they can see the internal link, they can begin to make the transformations they need. As a parent, I have learned that my role is to step aside, stay in infinite
possibility, heal my own wounds, fill my own bucket and let my child fly.
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Each Species Grooves to Its Own Beat by Sandra Murphy
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.
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 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 36
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 Pachelbel’s Canon in D on my flute, my Morgan gelding, Ten Penny Moonshine, listened for hours.”
Rabbits Hear Up to 42,000 Hz “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.”
Dogs Hear Up to 45,000 Hz “People hear in stereo, animals in mono,” says Marlow. It’s why dogs tilt their heads left to right—to allow more sound waves into their ears—collecting information from various angles. Sound frequency and intensity keeps an animal alive in nature; they learn to flee in another direction, not analyze. Separation anxiety is often due to a sound the dog doesn’t recognize, Marlow explains. Sound triggers behavior, whether good or bad, as dogs relax or are stressed. Music releases tension from their being ever-vigilant as seen in their posture. To understand what a dog hears, sit or crawl on the floor. Electronic speakers are usually positioned at heights
conducive for our ears, not theirs. “For the holidays, my dogs and horses like We Three Kings, The Holly and the Ivy and especially Greensleeves for their baroque roots and repeating patterns,” notes Morgan.
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 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.” Makushin Alexey/Shutterstock.com
Aquarium Fish Hear Up to 3,000 Hz “Fish are frantic animals that must always anticipate their next meal,” says Sam Williamson, a former marine biologist in Edinburgh, Scotland. “When I started playing classical music at feeding time, I noticed my three betas became calmer. A piece by Benjamin Britten, started two minutes before feeding, led to them expect food only when the music played.”
Domesticated Birds Hear 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.” Connect with Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@mindspring.com.
Special Holiday Pet Recipes Coconut Bites
Yields: Approximately 20 cookies
Yields: Approximately 24 cookies
1 orange, peeled, seeded, chopped into bite-size pieces 1 banana, peeled, chopped into bite-size pieces ½ cup coconut flour Lemon zest
1 cup filtered water 10 oz chicken breast, boneless and skinless, cut into 2-in cubes ½ cup brown rice, dry 1 cup coconut flour 1 Tbsp ground flax seed
Preheat oven to 275° F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Place water, chicken and rice in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Simmer covered, for one hour. Strain and let cool.
Put the orange and banana into a food processor or blender. Purée until smooth.
Preheat oven to 275° F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Combine blended fruit and coconut flour. Mix well. Form into 3-inch flat discs and place on a lined cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Lightly sprinkle lemon zest on the uncooked treats. Bake 25 to 35 minutes or until golden on the bottom. Remove cookies and place them on a rack to cool.
Place cooled chicken and rice mixture in a food processor or blender. Purée until smooth. Place the purée in a large bowl. Add the coconut flour and flax seed; mix well.
Tip: Keep a few treats in an air-tight container and freeze the remainder for later.
Form into 3-inch flat discs and place on a lined cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until golden on the bottom. Remove cookies and place them on a rack to cool.
Recipe courtesy of Tonya Wilhelm
Recipe courtesy of Tonya Wilhelm
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Applied Core and Arm Balances Workshop – Come explore interweaving a variety of beginning to intermediate arm balances into a flow-style class in ways that make them more accessible and in keeping with the dynamic energy of the class. After warming the body, we will further warm and awaken core to cultivate arm support postures. 6-8pm. $30. Balance Yoga and Wellness, 900 Rutter Ave, 2nd floor, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17
Gita and Sutras Study Tea Time – Come together as a community and study the philosophy behind our yoga practice. Handouts will be provided at each session. We will be studying concepts from both texts. Copies of the books will be available at the studio for students to borrow and may also be available for purchase. 1pm. Donation. Balance Yoga and Wellness, 900 Rutter Ave, 2nd floor, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777 Traditional Chinese Medicine Module – TCM is the second-largest medical system in the world. The student will learn how to use Tongue Analysis and Hara Analysis and Ayurvedic Medicine. The study of these ancient methods of healing will help incorporate ancient knowledge with modern herbal medicine. Part of Master Herbalist Certification or for personal use. 9:30am. $325 per level. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21
Holistic Parenting Group – Holistic, conscious living means making informed choices that are right for your family. Sometimes this feels like a lonely road, but in our local Pathways Connect Group, you will discover like-hearted parents sharing their
insights and experiences. Find respect and support for those choices. Children welcome. 10:30am. Free. ProActive Family Chiropractic, 1146 Northern Blvd, Clarks Summit. 570-763-9536
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22
Drum Circle – 2nd & 4th Saturdays. Bring you drum if you have one and enjoy an invigorating time of drumming and creating. Beginners to experts. 1pm4pm. Free. Everything Natural, 426 South State Street, Clarks Summit. 570.586.9684.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27
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An Introduction to the Metabolic Reboot – Reboot your metabolism during the holiday season and keep the pounds off! Learn how certain food choices and cutting calories can negatively affect your insulin and hormone levels, causing you to gain weight. Learn how to re-set your metabolism to burn fat and not store it. 6:30pm. Free with RSVP. Thrive Wellness Center, 647 Wyoming Ave. Kingston. 570-283-0111.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29
Friday Facial Happy Hour - Relax and rejuvenate in the sacred space. Enjoy a hand and foot scrub with foot soak in arnica and seaweed infused water, or be guided through a meditative and relaxing selfapplied mini-facial with aromatherapy. Learn about organic skincare. Organic tea, wine and chocolate will be served. 6pm. $20 with RSVP. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30
Tai Chi Classes – With Wayne Wolfe. Often described as “meditation in motion,” and there is growing evidence that this mind-body practice has value in treating or preventing many health problems. 10am. $18 a class or $100/8wks. RSVP. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111
Awaken the Inner Jedi Yoga and Movie – Celebrate the release of Star Wars VIII- the Last Jedi with a workshop that combines Star Wars/Yoga philosophy and a challenging all levels asana practice/ martial arts movements. After the workshop we will see the movie at Movies 14 in Wilkes-Barre. 1-3pm. $25 with pre-register. Movie at 3:30 $9.5 adult, $6.60 child. Balance Yoga and Wellness, 900 Rutter Ave, 2nd floor, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777 Balance Training 101- Ones physical stability is challenged daily. Balance exercises increases strength and can reduce the risk of injury in just a few sessions. Saturdays, 12:00 pm, $10 per class or $35 for 4 classes. NutriFitness, 311 Market St., Kingston. 570-288-2409
TUESDAY, JANUARY 2
Qigong/Meditation – All welcome, ideal for those new to Qigong or for the long-time practitioner. Ongoing classes allow anyone to attend at any time and enjoy the benefits of this complete Ancient Chinese Healthcare System. 6:30pm or 7:30pm. $12. Three Pure Rivers Studio for the Arts, 18 Rittenhouse Pl. Drums. 570-359-3059.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3
Mat/Tower Group Pilates Class – Authentic and traditional style of Pilates for total body health and increased strength and flexibility. Individual evaluation before joining group required. 5:30pm. Mountain Laurel Pilates, Silk Mill, Rt 6, Hawley. 570-857-1707.
savethedate BEGINNERS’ YOGA SERIES WEDNESDAY’S 1/3/18 THROUGH 2/7/18 For the raw beginner. This 6-week program will include 30 minutes of discussion and 45 minutes of physical practice. We will talk about proper class etiquette, what to wear, what you bring, what to expect! Introduction to foundational poses, breath work and meditation/relaxation. All are welcome! Participants to register for the full six weeks are granted access to an online video series reviewing the content from this workshop. 6:30-7:45pm. $100/ 6 weeks or $20/drop-in. Balance Yoga and Welness900 Rutter Ave, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777.
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stay awake and focused. Suitable for everyone. No yoga experience needed. 10:30am. Namaste 919, 919 South Main St., Old Forge. 570-451-1001
Montessori Education Tour – Learn more about our balanced approach to preschool, kindergarten and elementary school. We value an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits and respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical and social development. Call 570-629-2754 to schedule a tour. Growing Concern, Tannersville. Fitness Bootcamp – A combination of strength training, cardio, and joint mobility exercises. Classes are for all ages and levels of fitness with absolutely no intimidation. $10 or $199 for 3mo unlimited w/nutritional counseling. First class free. 8:30am and 5:30pm. NutriFitness, 311 Market St., Kingston. 570-288-2409 Ascend Hospice Volunteering – Ascend Hospice is actively recruiting Reiki Practitioners, Certified Massage Therapists and Comfort Volunteers to impact the lives of Hospice patients. 866-821-1212. Volunteer Work on the Farm – Help out on our sustainable farm for learning, outdoor activity, exercise and good clean fun. Every Weekday Available 9-11am or 3-5 pm. Josie Porter Farm, 6514 Cherry Valley Rd. Stroudsburg. Call to schedule 570-992-5731.
sunday Yoga Nidra- A guided meditation class, where one is taken into progressively deeper and deeper states of relaxation of every point in the body, accompanied by calming visualizations. Allow your body to drop into a sleep like state, while you train your mind to
Bhakti Yoga – Detoxify the body in this hot, rejuvenating flow class through breathing & vigorous poses then cooling down in long held yin yoga shapes to further quiet the mind and integrate the breath. Suitable for All Levels. Room is heated to 90 degrees. 930am. Balance Yoga, 900 Rutter Ave, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777. Chair Pilates Group Class – Authentic and traditional style of Pilates for physically challenged looking to improve total body health and increase strength and flexibility. Individual evaluation before joining group required. 11am. Mountain Laurel Pilates, Silk Mill, Rt6, Hawley. 570-857-1707.
monday Qigong/Meditation: All welcome, ideal for those new to Qigong or for the long-time practitioner. Ongoing classes allow anyone to attend at anytime and enjoy the benefits of this complete Ancient Chinese Healthcare System. 9:30am, 10:30am, or 7:30pm. $12. Three Pure Rivers Studio for the Arts, 18 Rittenhouse Pl. Drums. 570-359-3059. Mat/Tower Group Pilates Class – Authentic and traditional style of Pilates for total body health and increased strength and flexibility. Individual evaluation before joining group required. 4:30pm. Mountain Laurel Pilates, Silk Mill, Rt 6, Hawley. 570-857-1707. Metabolic Reboot Workshop - Looking to lose weight and keep it off? 1-month program includes
four Monday nights of guidance and instruction to re-program your body to burn fat instead of sugar for energy. Learn proper nutrition to achieve goals. 6:30pm. $40/4wks. 647 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, 570-283-0111 Healthy Eating for Life - Each week we will focus on a different educational topic and discuss the group’s questions and challenges. Great for those who have completed the Metabolic Reboot. 6:30pm. $10. Call to register. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111
tuesday Consciousness Conversations – Continue exploring these extraordinary writings as we learn to remove obstacles to peace. Discover more about the guiding principles of authors like Marianne Williamson and Dr. Wayne Dyer. Anyone can attend at any time. 5pm. Free. Everything Natural, 426 South State Street, Clarks Summit. 570.586.9684. Gentle Flow Yoga – Transition from your work day to the evening with gentle flow yoga. Focus on Prana Yama (breath) while integrating Asana (movement) to bring about relaxation and balance on a spiritual, emotional, and physical level. Perfect for beginners but all levels welcome. 4:30pm. $15/class or $120/10 series. Registration required. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111 ChakradanceTM – Tune and balance your whole body/mind/spirit system using spontaneous dance, guided imagery and music that resonates with each of the seven chakras. Discover a deeper connection to your true authentic self and unravel blocked energy. 6pm. $20. White Lotus Yoga Studio 58 Spring Street, Carbondale 570-281-6279
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GriefShare – A free weekly grief support group and seminar features video from prominent Christian experts on grieving, and caring conversation with people who understand your thoughts and feelings, whether your loss is recent or long ago. 6:30pm. St. John’s Lutheran Church of Mahoning. 570-386-9960. Svaroopa Hatha Yoga – Ending pain with the spinal decompression we call Core Opening. End your back pain and dissolve neck and shoulder tensions in your first class. Enjoy more energy and a resiliency that supports facing life’s challenges. 9:30am. $15. Everything Natural, 426 South State Street, Clarks Summit. 570.586.9684. Yin Yoga – Quiet your mind and open the deep tissues of your body in this contemplative and meditative class. The perfect complement to more active hatha yoga practice. Learn how the Yin shapes affect your energy and bones & ligaments of your body. Suitable for all levels. 7:30pm. Balance Yoga, 900 Rutter Ave, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777. Qigong/Meditation – All welcome, ideal for those new to Qigong or for the long-time practitioner. Ongoing classes allow anyone to attend at anytime and enjoy the benefits of this complete Ancient Chinese Healthcare System. 6:30pm or 7:30pm. $12. Three Pure Rivers Studio for the Arts, 18 Rittenhouse Pl. Drums. 570-359-3059.
wednesday Qigong/Meditation – All welcome, ideal for those new to Qigong or for the long-time practitioner. Ongoing classes allow anyone to attend at anytime and enjoy the benefits of this complete Ancient Chinese Healthcare System. 9:30am or 10:30am. $12. Three Pure Rivers Studio for the Arts, 18 Rittenhouse Pl. Drums. 570-359-3059. Kundalini Yoga – A comprehensive form of yoga that combines chanting, hand gestures, meditation, breathing and postures to raise spiritual energy, increase self-awareness and elevate Consciousness. Provides a complete spiritual, mental, and physical workout.. 10:30am. Balance Yoga, 900 Rutter Ave, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777. Mindful Yoga - Basic/beginner level of yoga. 6pm. $7. Tannersville Physical Therapy & Wellness, 2313 RT 715, Reeders. 570-629-4921 to register Tai Chi – A slow moving martial art, more appropriate, but not restricted to middle age and the elderly, with health benefits including strengthening, improvement of balance and flexibility. All levels.
5:15pm. Asian Institute, 315 Pocono Blvd, Mt Pocono. 570-839-1898.
ment from pose to pose. 7pm with Priya. $10 per class. NutriFitness, 311 Market St., Kingston 570-288-2409
Shaolin Kung Fu – The eastern equivalent of aerobics which improves leg strength, cardiovascular conditioning, stamina and coordination is on 6:15pm. Asian Institute, 315 Pocono Blvd, Mt Pocono. 570-839-1898.
TaiChi – Improve health by raising energy levels, lowering blood pressure, improving balance, enhancing the immune system, and helping to eliminate symptoms of arthritis. Noon. With Geoff Dixon. $10 per class. NutriFitness, 311 Market St., Kingston 570-288-2409
Tai Chi Classes with Wayne Wolfe – Instructing Master William Chen’s Short Form - This gentle form of exercise can help maintain strength, flexibility, and balance, and you can get started even if you aren’t in the best of health. 6pm. $18/class or $100/series. Registration required. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111 Mat/Tower Group Pilates Class – Authentic and traditional style of Pilates for total body health and increased strength and flexibility. Individual evaluation before joining group required. 5:30pm. Mountain Laurel Pilates, Silk Mill, Rt 6, Hawley. 570-857-1707.
thursday Guided Meditation Session – This group will use meditation for healing and balance and connectedness with the Universe. Wear comfortable clothes and bring water. All are welcome. $10 donation. 10am. Shooting for the Moon, 3200 East Hamilton Rd (Bus 209), Stroudsburg. 570-992-0943 to sign up. Facebook Live Health Call – Get Healthy with weekly tips and advice with Adrienne every Thursday at 4pm via facebook at http://bit.ly/healthywithadrienne for a LiveChat where she discusses tips on how to get healthy. You are invited to ask any questions. Join this exclusive group for daily inspiration, recipes, and tips. Yin Yoga – Quiet your mind and open the deep tissues of your body in this contemplative and meditative class. The perfect complement to more active hatha yoga practice. Learn how the Yin shapes affect your energy and bones & ligaments of your body. Suitable for all levels. 10:30am. Balance Yoga, 900 Rutter Ave, Forty Fort. 570-714-2777. Balance Training 101- Ones physical stability is challenged daily. Balance exercises increases strength and can reduce the risk of injury in just a few sessions. 8:30am or 5:30pm. $10 per class or $35 for 4 classes. NutriFitness, 311 Market St., Kingston. 570-288-2409 Yoga – End your work day by treating yourself to the wonderful benefits of breathing synchronized movement. Embrace the serenity with every flowing move-
Yin Yoga – All levels. Yin Yoga generally targets the ligaments, bones and joints of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine. These are parts of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active style of asana practice. 6pm. $15. Call to register. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111 Ashtanga Yoga –A powerful linking of postures and full rhythmic breathing. Deep internal heat purifies the body on a cellular level while enhanced levels of concentration relax the mind and internal energy locks strengthen the nervous system. 6pm-7:30pm. $15. White Lotus Yoga Studio 58 Spring Street, Carbondale 570-281-6279
saturday Mixed Level Mat Pilates Group Class – Authentic and traditional style of Pilates for total body health and increased strength and flexibility. Individual evaluation before joining group required. 10am. Mountain Laurel Pilates, Silk Mill, Rt 6, Hawley. 570-857-1707. Shaolin Kung Fu – The eastern equivalent of aerobics which improves leg strength, cardiovascular conditioning, stamina and coordination is on 11:45am. Asian Institute, 315 Pocono Blvd, Mt Pocono. 570-839-1898. Tai Chi Classes – With Wayne Wolfe. Often described as “meditation in motion,” and there is growing evidence that this mind-body practice has value in treating or preventing many health problems. 10am. $18 a class or $100/8wks. RSVP. Thrive Wellness, 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, 570-283-0111 Svaroopa Hatha Yoga – Ending pain with the spinal decompression we call Core Opening. End your back pain and dissolve neck and shoulder tensions in your first class. Enjoy more energy and a resiliency that supports facing life’s challenges. 10am. $15. Everything Natural, 426 South State Street, Clarks Summit. 570.586.9684. Drum Circle – 2nd & 4th Saturdays. Bring you drum if you have one and enjoy an invigorating time of drumming and creating. Beginners to experts. 1pm4pm. Free. Everything Natural, 426 South State Street, Clarks Summit. 570.586.9684.
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