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letterfrompublisher There is no doubt in my mind that Tecumseh got it right with his quote on page 13. The biggest part of my own Personal Growth was when I stopped focusing on the things that were not right in my life and shifted my attention to be grateful for what was. I have learned to make that shift more quickly than ever before and I’ve noticed a big difference in the quality of my life as a result. I’m grateful to be a part of this community of spiritual souls seeking to create a healthier Poconos and Warren County. The Thanksgiving holiday is the perfect time to remind ourselves that our happiness and joy resides within us. The external forces that challenge us are really no match for the power we all have to create our lives intentionally based on truths that honor our Creator. The November issue is focused on Personal Growth. It is about moving from the place we are to the place we want to be. It is not a passive process but we hope our content this month helps you on your own journey. Travel the Path to Inner Peace (page 23), Get on the Fast Track to Personal Growth (page 20) and Living Gratitude (page 19) are especially inspiring. Most of all …
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ngels of Light Work offers angel readings, using intuition and cards; healing energy with angelic touch (Reiki, quantum touch, universal energies); home energy work for homebound clients; home parties with angel readings, pendulum readings and chair energy; and fundraisers, offering energy work and readings. Classes from 2:30 to 4:30 Saturdays include a guest podcast by author Doreen Virtue and discussion forums. Founder Jude Goode and her team work primarily with 15 archangels to heal mind, body and spirit. They inform as they are informed, guide as they are guided and share and exchange experiences with clients. Angels of Light Work is nondenominational and welcomes all that have chosen to enhance their divine journey. Location: The Healing Arts Center, 2397 Rte. 611, Merchant’s Plaza, Tannerville. For more information, call 917-607-1250. See ad page 35.
Yoga Teacher Information Session
oondog Yoga in Quakertown PA, in conjunction with the Himalayan Institute of Honesdale, PA, is holding a free informational session to outline the 200-hour yoga teacher certification program on Sunday, November 24 at 4 p.m. The certification program begins in January 2014 and is designed to expand personal practice, discover true potential as a teacher and deepen students understanding of the yoga tradition. “We train teachers so that they can return to their communities and cultivate humility, simplicity, and selflessness through yoga practice”, states Moondog Yoga Studio owner June Hunt. “Drawing from yoga theory and knowledge of the body and mind, we cover postures, breath training, sense withdrawal, concentration, meditation, lifestyle and self-realization. Classes taught include Yin Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Power Hour Yoga, TRX Circuit and Community Yoga. Location: 44 Front St, Quakertown, PA. For more information, call 267-374-4046 or visit MoondogYoga.com. See ad page 10.
newbriefs Cherry Valley CSA Beating Holiday Hunger
he Martinmas Lantern Walk will take place November 17, at the Josie Porter farm, home of the Cherry Valley CSA (community supported agriculture), in cooperation with the Mountain Grove Waldorf School and Coop. Participants bring food donations for charity and then walk together at dusk carrying handmade lanterns and singing songs of St. Martin, a canonized patron of the poor. The farm is also taking orders for organic turkeys and a Thanksgiving box containing all the vegetables for a family feast. The group will also be at the Easton Indoor Winter Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning November 30. Reservations are being taken now for the 2014 Cherry Valley CSA operation, which provides a weekly share of produce to at least 100 families in the local community. Location: 6332 Cherry Valley Rd., Stroudsburg, PA. For more information, call 570-992-0899 or visit JosiePorterFarm.com. See ad page 14.
Small Business Saturday Returns
mall business is the backbone of our local and national economy. On November 30, between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses nationwide. Sponsored by American Express, FedEx and Clear Channel Communications, the event mobilizes over 100 million people to Shop Small in their communities. Customers will find special offers at many small business locations throughout the Poconos and Warren County NJ. Whether youâ€™re a small business owner or a customer, encouraging friends and family to spread the word and shop at small businesses helps boost the local economy. Business owners can visit AmericanExpress.com/us/smallbusiness/shopsmall where they can download free marketing materials, qualify for free online advertising and read small business success stories. 8
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hose that are sick of being controlled by cigarettes and concerned about the many health risks of smoking, can break the addiction with a safe, drug-free approach of hypnosis, which diminishes the desire for tobacco. Fred Hensel, owner of Hensel Hypnosis, says, “About 80 to 85 percent of people will stop smoking with my method of hypnosis. However, if you believe you may be among the 15 to 20 percent who won’t, then there is an adjunct protocol to use with hypnosis that guarantees your success.” Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is another of the quickest and most effective ways to deal with doubts, obstacles, triggers, cravings, concerns and emotions that most people who are quitting smoking have to deal with. Not only does EFT help make the transition to non-smoker easier, it better equips ex-smokers to deal with any stressful situations that may cause a relapse.” Location: Healing Art Center, 2937 Rte. 611, Tannersville, PA. For more information, call 570-236-8064 or visit HenselHypnosis.com. See ad page 33.
hooting for the Moon in Stroudsburg is offering a special price of just $45 for Reiki spiritual healing sessions booked during the month of November. Of Japanese origin, the name Reiki comes from the words rei (universal life) and ki (energy). Not affiliated with religion nor a massage technique, Reiki is a subtle and effective form of energy work using spiritually guided life force energy that promotes relaxation and stress reduction and facilitates healing at the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. On the first and third Friday of each month, Shooting for the Moon also hosts a gathering of Reiki-attuned individuals to practice their skills and join with other practitioners to create group energy and target specific healing to individuals and communities. All practitioners are welcome. Shooting for the Moon also regularly offers Reiki certification programs with Mark Gerger an authorized Reiki teacher. These courses are eligible for continuing education credits for licensed massage therapists and are been approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. Location: 3200 Hamilton E. Rd., Stroudsburg, PA. For more information, call 570-992-0943. See ad page 18.
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Mulligan Harvest and Sustainable Living Festival
he Red Mill Museum Village celebrates its 50th anniversary from noon to 4 p.m., November 10, with a celebration of autumn: the Mulligan Harvest and Sustainable Living Festival, with a theme of sustainable living. Meet local watershed and environmental organizations, learn about renewable energy and area sustainable resources, find out about local ecofriendly recreation and pet an alpaca. Historic activities and crafts, led by local artists, provide plenty to do and participants can compete in the apple pie contest in or just sample some pie or apple cider, churn butter, shell corn and grind grain, shop at the farmers’ market for locally raised meats and late season crops and savor the scent of freshly roasted coffee and homemade soaps.
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Eco-Friendly Shopping for Low-Impact Living
aturally Yours, The Organic Shop, will hold a special Customer Appreciation Day sale from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., November 15, with 20 percent off all items in the store, excluding jewelry. Owner June Gaudreau says, “It’s a great time to shop consciously for friends and family. Our alpaca outerwear products are very popular this time of year.” In addition to alpaca, the shop carries fair trade clothing; bamboo, hemp and organic cotton clothing for men, women and babies; all-natural personal care items; all-natural cleaning products; and reusable stainless steel drinking bottles, as well as locally crafted soaps, silver jewelry and felted accessories made from reclaimed wool sweaters. Many shops in Jim Thorpe will have extended hours during this event. Naturally Yours is located at 103 Broadway, Jim Thorpe, PA. For more information, call 570-325-8209. natural awakenings
Mindful Meditation Relieves Inflammation
new University of Wisconsin-Madison study shows that meditation, a proven reducer of psychological stress, can also lessen stress-caused inflammation and thereby relieve the symptoms and pain of certain diseases. Long-term stress has long been linked to inflammation, an underlying cause of many diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, bowel disease, asthma, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Meditation study volunteers were divided into two groups—an eight-week mindfulness meditation course or a stress reduction program of supportive nutrition, exercise and music therapy that did not include meditation. The meditation group focused attention on the breath, bodily sensations and mental content while seated, walking or practicing yoga. Immune and endocrine data was collected before and after training in the two methods and meditation proved to be more effective. Melissa Rosenkranz, a neuroscientist with the university’s Center for Investigating Healthy Minds and lead author of the report, concludes that, “The mindfulness-based approach to stress reduction may offer a lower-cost alternative or complement to standard treatment, and it can be practiced easily by patients in their own homes whenever needed.”
Tanning Beds Invite Melanoma
s summer tans fade, some might feel tempted to use tanning beds to keep a “healthy glow”, but they may be less than healthy. A recent multi-country metastudy published in the British Medical Journal confirms that exposure to a tanning bed’s intense doses of ultraviolet light significantly increases the risk of cutaneous melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer. Of the 64,000 new melanoma cases diagnosed each year in Europe, more than 5 percent were linked by researchers to tanning bed use. Users experience a 20 percent increased relative risk of all types of skin cancer compared with those that have never used one. This risk doubles if indoor tanning starts before the age of 35, and the risk increases with every session.
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Rosemary Revs Up Memory
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The Killer Called Sugar
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orgellons disease, or Morgellons syndrome, is sometimes classified either as a parasitic disease or a psychological condition. The symptoms are crawling sensations under the skin that feel like bugs working through the extracellular matrix to the epidermis. There are at times hair-like fibers or clusters of parasites pulled out through the process of itching and picking at the skin. Healthcare providers tell many sufferers that it is a phobia to bugs and are prescribed anti-psychotic or antidepressant medications. In the Journal of The American Association of Integrated Medicine, Easton Naturopath Debra Dallas, Ph.D., outlines the physical findings of Morgellons syndrome clients and a structured protocol comprised of formulating a diet to meet their individual needs; providing the body with proper restorative supplements and homeopathic remedies; and cleansing the body. Recovery cannot be accomplished by eliminating any one of the elements listed in the protocol. Dallas worked with Morgellons patients that have celiac disease and must strictly adhere to a gluten-free diet and
their genetic blood type diet. She states, “By healing the gut and eliminating the leaky gut, the liver is able to heal and restore its proper function of breaking down fibrin to eliminate the accumulation in the blood. Supplements that are beneficial for recovery are probiotics, digestive enzymes, and large and small intestines homeopathic remedy.” She noted a significant improvement using the protocol, saying, “The probiotics restores a healthy balance in the gut of fungus and bacteria, digestive enzymes ensure that the food ingested is properly digested, and the homeopathic remedy encourages the healing of the intestinal tract, so food molecules, fats, bacteria, fungus and other particles cease to permeate through the intestinal tract into the body. The cleansing of the body tissues, lymph nodes, and liver is accomplished through ion cleansing. I recommend one cleanse per month, for 40 minutes. Relief from itching is experienced after the very first cleanse.” Dallas is founder of Dallas Wellness Center, LLC, in Easton. Contact her at 610-821-1212.
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Millennials Devote Time, Talent, Treasure Much is rightly written about how and why “millennials”, or “Generation Y”—the young people heading into the 21st century—spend their time and money. This generation is redefining the way we think about business, and conscious consumerism is now its own form of philanthropy. This age group is leading the charge by extending the premise of a moral compass to for-profit enterprises and looking for ever-more meaningful opportunities to have an impact. The trend carries fresh implications for the nonprofit sector, too, because millennials lead the way in forwarding worthy causes. When The Case Foundation partnered with Achieve, a thought leader in nonprofit millennial engagement, to produce the Millennial Impact Report, researchers surveyed more than 2,500 millennials ages 20 to 35. They found that last year, 83 percent gave a financial gift to an organization supporting a cause that resonates with their interests. Seventy-three percent volunteered for a cause that they were passionate about or felt created impact, and 70 percent are raising money for their causes both online and offline.
Controversial Drilling Threatens Pacific Ocean Federal regulators have approved at least two hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, operations on oil rigs in the Santa Barbara Channel off the coast of California since 2009 without an updated environmental review that critics say may be required by federal law. Environmental advocates are concerned that regulators and the industry have not properly reviewed the potential impacts of fracking in the Pacific outer continental shelf. Fracking, a subject of heated debate, is a method of drilling that forces water, chemicals and sand deep beneath the Earth’s surface at high pressure to break up underground rock and release oil and gas. Offshore fracking is currently used to stimulate oil production in old wells and provide well-bore stability. In California, the oil company Venoco has been using fracking technology to stimulate oil production in an old well off the coast of Santa Barbara—where the public memory of the nation’s third-largest oil spill in 1969 lingers—since early 2010. Another firm recently received permission for fracking in the Santa Barbara Channel, home to the Channel Islands Marine Reserve. So far, offshore fracking is rare, but officials expect that other firms may seek to utilize the environmentally damaging technology on offshore rigs in the future. Source: Tinyurl.com/PacificFracking
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Deadly Fungus Destroying Bat Colonies White-nose syndrome, a disease spread by a soil fungus, G. destructans, and thought to have been carried to North America from Europe, is devastating bat colonies in the U.S. and Canada. First identified in 2006 in a population of common little brown bats in a cave 150 miles north of New York City, the malady has claimed 98 percent of the bat population there by causing them to awaken prematurely from their normal hibernation and then die from lack of food and exhaustion. A single reproductive female little brown bat can eat her weight in insects each night. A recent Canadian study valued crops potentially lost to insects that would otherwise be devoured by bats at $53 billion a year. Without the bats to keep insect numbers down, farmers may turn to greater use of pesticides. Source: Telegraph.co.uk
Cooperation Rules in New Board Game Monopoly is a traditional, popular board game that provides fun for the whole family as players ruthlessly strive to outwit each other, form a monopoly and take ownership of all the real estate, houses, hotels and money. If that doesnâ€™t seem like a pastime that teaches values of fairness and social justice, thereâ€™s a new game in townâ€”Co-opoly. In the 21st-century game, invented by the Toolbox for Education and Social Action (ToolboxForEd.org), players develop cooperative businesses using a team effort. Sharing knowledge and creating cooperative strategies determine whether everyone wins or loses. Instead of encouraging players to grab up all the wealth and bankrupt others, it showcases the economic success that can result when people work together.
People- and Planet-Friendly Fire Retardants An ultrathin film that consists of polymers found in crustacean shells could be an environmentally friendly alternative to the flame retardants used in bedding and sofas. Mattresses and furniture cushions are typically made of highly flammable polyurethane foam; to meet fire safety guidelines, manufacturers treat the foam with fire-retardant chemicals. These are typically brominated compounds that studies by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, in The Netherlands, have shown can act as endocrine disruptors, leading to neurological problems or even cancer. The European Union has banned several of the flame-retardant compounds and U.S. and Canadian regulatory agencies have started to scrutinize their use. The nano-coating could be sprayed on foam, which would make it easy for mass production; several companies have expressed interest in the material. Source: Chemical & Engineering News
Community Sourced Capital (CSC) is a newly formed lender headquartered in Seattle, Washington, that aims to apply the crowdsourcing model to encourage the growth of locally owned businesses. “The hardest part is often not attracting shoppers once the project is off the ground,” explains co-founder Casey Dilloway, “but securing capital to get it started.” CSC’s objective is to harness the power of the connections that tie local people together—both via social media and in the physical world—to find people willing to loan money to small local businesses. They may initially connect through Community SourcedCapital.com. Lenders make funds available in $50 blocks up to a maximum of $250 per project, and are acknowledged by the receipt of a pale-blue square card bearing the CSC logo, which identifies them as “Squareholders”. The funds are then made available to borrowers at zero interest, and loans are paid back at a designated rate based on the company’s revenue. CSC makes loans of up to $50,000.
Bamboo Fabric a Product of Greenwashing At least one dealer in sustainable products has taken a stand against bamboo fabric, which most people associate with bamboo lumber, a rapidly renewable resource that requires fewer pesticides to grow than other crops. Laura Mathews, of Eco Promotional Products, Inc., in Washington state, cites the Federal Trade Commission’s report: “The truth is, most bamboo textile products, if not all, really are rayon, which typically is made using environmentally toxic chemicals. While different plants, including bamboo, can be used as a source material to create rayon, there’s no trace of the original plant in the finished rayon product.” Mathews says that her company has discontinued selling bamboo clothing and all other items made from bamboo fabric. She notes, “It’s the responsibility of everyone to vet these and other similar terms to ensure that the eco-friendly product you’re putting your purchasing power behind is actually eco-friendly.” Source: EcoPromotionsOnline.com
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Young musicians from the village of Cateura, Paraguay, a town of 2,500 families that make a living by mining the 1,500 tons of solid waste daily dumped in a local landfill, have started making musical instruments from the debris. Favio Chávez, an ecological technician and trained musician, was inspired to teach the local children to play music in an orchestra. He says, “The world sends us garbage, we send back music.” A documentary, Landfill Harmonic, is in production and a 30-member Recycled Orchestra has performed in Argentina, Brazil and Germany. The message is that like other natural resources, children living in poverty have redeeming value and should not be deemed worthless. Watch videos at Tinyurl.com/ChavezOrchestra and Facebook.com/landfillharmonicmovie.
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A Taproot of Happiness by Leo Babauta
f the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘Thank you,’ that would suffice,” a maxim first voiced by mystic Meister Eckhart, has held true through the centuries. Why should this simple act mean so much? Expressing gratitude works wonders. Gratitude reminds us to recognize good people in our life. They range from loved ones to those that render a kindness to a stranger. Treasuring goodness in every form brings more of it into our experience. Gratitude turns bad things into good things. Having problems at work? Be grateful to be employed and serving others. Challenges keep life interest-
ing, enhance judgment and strengthen character. Gratitude reminds us of what’s important. Being grateful to have a healthy family and friends, a home and food on the table puts smaller worries in perspective. Gratitude reminds you to say, “Thank you.” Call, email or stop by to say thanks… it takes just a few minutes to express our reason for doing so. People like being appreciated. It creates a satisfying beam of mutual happiness that shines on.
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initial discomfort felt in stepping forward to thank others. Create a morning gratitude session. Take a few minutes each morning to close your eyes, silence the to-dos and give thanks to whomever and whatever is cause for gratitude. Show thanks. Sometimes we think about something helpful or kind that someone did for us recently or long ago. Make a note, call them up or even better, tell them in person with sincere conviction why you continue to be grateful and appreciative. Another option is a thank-you card or email—keep it short and sweet. See the silver lining even in “negative” situations. There are always two ways to look at something. We can perceive something as stressful, harmful, sad, unfortunate and difficult, or look for the good embedded in just about everything. Problems held in a positive light from a different perspective can be opportunities to grow and to be creative in devising a solution. Learn a gratitude prayer. Many songs and prayers, religious or not, serve to remind us to be grateful. Find or write a special one and post it in a highly visible spot. Leo Babauta is the founder of the simplicity blog, ZenHabits.net, and author of bestselling e-books Focus, The Little Guide to Un-Procrastination and Zen to Done.
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Our capacity for self-examination distinguishes us from other animals. We feel compelled to ask: “Who am I? What am I here for? How can I attain my full potential?” The quest for answers has engaged humans for millennia.
opular books that have helped people on this journey span centuries, from Wallace Wattles’ The Science of Getting Rich (1910), Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich (1937), Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People (1937), Abraham Maslow’s Motivation and Personality (1954) and Dr. Thomas Anthony Harris’ I’m OK, You’re OK (1967) to Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret (2006). The personal growth genre is a cornerstone of the publishing industry. Companies like Hay House, founded by motivational author Louise Hay, have
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flourished. Hay teaches, “No matter where we live or how difficult our situation seems to be, we have the ability to overcome and transcend our circumstances.” The success of her 1984 book, You Can Heal Your Life, a New York Times bestseller well into the 21st century, led to her publishing empire, which includes authors such as Dr. Wayne Dyer, Caroline Myss and Joan Borysenko, Ph.D. One of its recent top sellers is Pam Grout’s E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality. Hay House has expanded its
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messages of hope and healing through online courses, films, conferences, special events and other opportunities to meet leading thinkers and peers. Such expansion is essential as more of those pursuing the examined life seek personal interaction in community and find that inward exploration frequently translates into outward action to improve the world. Perched on the cliffs of Big Sur, in California, the Esalen Institute, established in 1962, helped birth the modern human potential movement. It exists to help individuals grow through education, experience and research, with the conviction that positive personal and social transformation go hand-in-hand. Today, Esalen offers about 600 workshops a year, serving around 12,000 participants. Popular programs range from dance and yoga to couples workshops and psychology courses. Cheryl Fraenzl, director of programs, explains the appeal: “For most of us, life can be challenging and messy. Gaining the insight, skills and tools to move through the challenging times with more ease and grace while creating more love for yourself and those around you seems like a good investment of time and energy. Being consciously kind and relationally wise ripples out and changes the world. The effort has to start with the individual, like paying it forward; imagine if we all were doing it?” The largest holistic retreat center in North America, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, attracts 35,000 participants to 800 programs annually. According to Denise Barack, the nonprofit’s director of program development, current workshops in high demand include qigong,
is not worth living for a human being. ~ Plato Buddhist meditation, mindfulness and yoga nidra. She also notes a growing interest in diverse dimensions of yoga, dance and “authentic movement” for healing, addiction recovery, releasing trauma and energy medicine. Psychotherapist and yoga teacher Stephen Cope, founder and director of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living, the Center’s yoga research department, notes that many guests first come to Kripalu “… as a result of some form of suffering. Then they engage in a period of self-exploration—perhaps learning some form of contemplative practice to help them manage themselves more effectively. Almost always there is a turn outward, back toward the world, and a longing to bring the healing power of contemplative practice into their own domain.” Once someone has experienced the benefits of contemplative practices such as yoga, meditation, breathing and other healthy lifestyle routines, notes Cope, a powerful aspiration typically arises to share these practices and perspectives. “These practices all lead to a sense of union, relatedness and sameness with others,” he says, “and this burgeoning consciousness of sameness compels us to share what we’ve learned.” In Rhinebeck, New York, the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies offers similar self-empowering and reflective
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opportunities. Dr. Stephan Rechtschaffen and Elizabeth Lesser founded Omega in 1977 as a “university of life.” Through working with prominent Zen masters, rabbis, Christian monks, psychologists, scientists and others, Lesser has found, “By combining a variety of religious, psychological and healing traditions, each of us has the unique ability to satisfy our spiritual hunger.” Based since 1981 in a former camp on a lake with more than 100 buildings on 200-plus acres, Omega hosts more than 23,000 guests in up to 500 programs between mid-April and October, plus special programs in Costa Rica and New York City. Director of Rhinebeck Programs Carol Donahoe notes the rising interest in workshops on dietary cleansing, detox and juicing, such as “Reboot with Joe Cross: A Jump Start to Health and Weight Loss,” led by the filmmaker of Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. Personal transformation and mindfulness programs led by teachers like Jon Kabat-Zinn, Saki Santorelli, Florence Meleo-Meyer, Byron Katie and Pema Chödrön are perennial favorites. “As humans, we continue to be fascinated by the big questions in life,” observes Donahoe, “like, ‘Where do we go when we die? Who are we if we are not our thoughts?’ People seem particularly drawn to hearing about it from those that have always lived their lives in a left-brain, logical way, and then come to believe the unexplainable through an extraordinary life experience, and now view the world through a completely different lens.” As examples, she cites neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander, who recounts his near-death experience in his bestselling book, Proof of Heaven, and neuroanatomist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor,
ersonal growth can be advanced by activities that improve selfknowledge and identity, develop talents and potential, build human capital and employability, enhance quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations. It’s worth investing in: Consider these core universal benefits.
Growing self-awareness enables an individual to live a life by design, instead of one marred by feelings of mediocrity, discontent or being a victim of circumstance. When elevated awareness becomes one’s modus operandi, it brings infinite spiritual riches to life.
Successful growth requires taking personal responsibility for each choice we make in shaping and responding to circumstances and other people. Most of us are happier when we feel that we have some control over creating our own reality. Feeling empowered supports self-worth and increases our confidence to make even more of the changes we desire to comfort and nurture us and keep us safe.
True success isn’t about the dollars and cents of financial worth—it’s realized via living a life of balance and fulfillment in our health, family life, social relationships, career and contributions to our community and world. Source: Inspired by FinerMinds.com
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author of the bestselling memoir My Stroke of Insight. Taylor’s 2008 TED talk was ranked the nonprofit’s second most-watched for the past two years. Both of these cutting-edge thinkers have given presentations at Omega, which, like at Esalen and Kripalu, helps bring ideas and practices that once seemed on the fringe—from yoga and meditation to complementary medicine and sustainability—into mainstream consciousness. Particularly innovative initiatives include helping military veterans heal from post-traumatic stress disorder; the women’s leadership center; the center for sustainable living; and pioneering programs on mindfulness in the workplace, education system and at-risk urban youth communities. “We recognize that because we live in an interconnected world; the behavior of one can contribute to creating changes that benefit the whole,” says Donahoe. “Doing both the inner and outer work can awaken the best in the human spirit, and so provide hope and healing to individuals and society.” For those unable to travel great distances for a holistic immersion experience in community with like-minded seekers, Wanderlust Festivals may offer an answer. Four-day regional summits, primarily held at ski resorts during the off-season, feature teachers like Shiva Rea, Elena Brower and Gurmukh; stimulating discussions; yoga; music and adventure, amidst stunning vistas. Wanderlust co-founders Sean Hoess and Jeff Krasno strive to create an expansive space for personal growth and mindful living. One common element at every gathering—now including urban and exotic locales—is Seane Corn and Suzanne Sterling’s Off the Mat program, mobilizing yoga students toward activating social change. The Shift Network is dedicated to creating an online community that shares the tools of self-actualization, empowering a global movement of people creating an evolutionary shift of consciousness that leads to a more enlightened society, built on principles of sustainability, peace, health and prosperity. This new model for the human potential movement has roots in the www.healthylehighvalley.com
grandfather of retreat centers; The Shift Network’s founder, Stephen Dinan, both worked at Esalen and contributed to Esalen’s Center for Theory & Research. Dinan explains that at a meditation retreat, he received a detailed vision of “a large global transformation network that would be helping to usher in a shift to the new era.” The Shift Network now offers free teleseminars and online summits on subjects ranging from meditation and parenting with presence to enlightened business practices and cultivating peace. “We started with The Sacred Awakening Series—40 days with 40 spiritual leaders—and 30,000 people signed up in 21 days,” says Dinan. The Inspiring Women Summit attracted 25,000 participants. Since 2010, more than 400,000 people from 160 countries have participated in free teleseminars; 18,000 have paid for online courses such as Barbara Marx Hubbard’s Agents of Conscious Evolution, Andrew Harvey’s Christ Path and Thomas Hüebl’s Authentic Awakening. The Shift Network has already reached profitability and donated more than $50,000 to nonprofits. Dinan’s vision includes providing education program certifications; building a multimedia platform of e-zines, mobile phone apps and web TV broadcasts; and eventually building facilities and intentional communities to model the possibilities of a more healthy, peaceful, sustainable way of life. From reading a book on meditation to attending a yoga intensive or tapping into a multifaceted community striving to change the world, we have myriad opportunities to lead an examined life. While the seeker may have a personal goal in mind, each mode of self-inquiry can expand outward toward making the world a better place. Hay encourages us all. “You’ve been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” Bess Hochstein is a freelance writer enjoying bicoastal bliss in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, and Sonoma County, California. Connect at BessHochstein.com.
sonal thought and emotions, you’ll begin to feel Spirit flowing in from behind. It lifts you and brings great love and joy.
The Path to Inner Peace 12 Steps to Spiritual Awakening by Michael A. Singer
pirituality is meant to bring about peace. Yet our concepts of spirituality often lead to confusion or even conflict. What we need are clear steps that can be taken by people of any religion or intellectual standing. The following universal road map can be a helpful aid to self-realization. Realize that you’re in there. First realize, from deep inside, that you are consciously experiencing the outside world, as well as your inner thoughts and emotions. Understand that you’re not okay in there. If you want to understand why you’ve done everything you’ve ever done, observe your mind and emotions. If you’re objective, you’ll see that you’re really never completely at peace. Notice that you’re always trying to be okay. As you observe your inner state, you’ll notice that inner disturbances create the urge to either get something or avoid something. This is all done in an attempt to feel okay inside. Watch as your mind strives to figure out how everything needs to be for you to be okay. Your mind is always telling you how people, places and things need to be. That’s its attempt to create a conceptual model of what would make you okay and then try to get the outside world to match it.
Realize that defining how the outside needs to be is not working. You’ve been busy trying to be okay your entire life. Although some times are better than others, you’ve never come close to experiencing permanent peace. This is because the world will never match your conceptual model. Eventually, you’ll come to see that this approach doesn’t work, and you need to find a different way. Learn to not participate in the mind’s struggle. You must learn to relax inside and not get drawn into acting on your disturbances. Instead, be willing to allow them to pass through you and simply witness their passing. If you do, the drama will cease of its own accord. Experience going about your life like everyone else, except more peacefully, because nothing you do is for the purpose of trying to be okay. When you aren’t preoccupied with trying to be okay, you can learn to sit inside and quietly love, serve and honor whatever naturally unfolds. At this point, you’re no longer living for yourself—you’re serving life. As you let go of the personal energies, you attune to a much deeper energy flow. Up to this point, everything you were watching inside was front and center in your consciousness. Now that you’re no longer being drawn into per-
Your inner experience becomes so beautiful that you fall in love with the energy flow. You’ll see that there is a trade-off between getting involved in personal energies and the amount of Spirit you feel. Once you’ve established a direct relationship with spiritual energy, you’ll long to constantly experience its freedom. You begin to feel the energy pulling you up into it, and your entire path becomes letting go of yourself in order to merge. Will is no longer needed. All that’s left is learning to surrender into the higher energy. You must be willing to die personally in order to be reborn spiritually. Once you dwell deep in the upward flow, you realize that your personal existence can go on without you, leaving you free to live completely immersed in Spirit. This is the greatest miracle: You’ve surrendered your entire being to Spirit, yet people, places and things continue interacting with you. But now these interactions require none of your energy; they happen by themselves, leaving you at peace and absorbed in Spirit. Now you are truly okay. Nothing inside or outside of you can cause disturbances—you have come to be at peace with everything. Because you are now completely okay, you don’t need anything. Things just are what they are, and nothing can disturb you. You’ve transcended the world and everything in it. Instead of feeling drawn into Spirit, you now actually experience yourself as Infinite Spirit. Michael A. Singer is the author of The New York Times bestselling book, The Untethered Soul – The Journey Beyond Yourself (UntetheredSoul.com). His “Twelve-Step Guide to Spiritual Awakening” is the basis for this article. He is the founder of the Temple of the Universe, a yoga and meditation center established in 1975 in Alachua, FL.
The Miracle of Midlife Being Exactly Who We Need to Be by Marianne Williamson
ow would we live, were we not afraid of death? How would we live if we gave ourselves permission to give to life everything we’ve got? In The Longevity Factor, Lydia Brontë, Ph.D., observes that we’ve added 15 years to our lives… but in the middle, not at the end. No longer identifying ourselves as “over the hill” at whatever age, we are simply removing the hill. We are forging a different conversation and a new vision to take us beyond the limited thought forms that have defined the parameters of age for generations. For the first time in history, we can realistically view the first half of life as a kind of gestation period, preparing us for an even more productive second half. Midlife is like a second puberty, a point at which one persona falls away and another comes to take its place. What happens then is up to us. Some begin a long, slow cruise toward death at that point, allowing memories to become more meaningful than the present. Others, remembering that the spirit within us never ages, see the moment of midlife as a rebirth—the time to put our engines into high gear. Whomever it is we were born to be, whatever our soul was coded to accomplish, whatever lessons we are here to learn; now is the time to seriously get
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going. We may regret that we’re no longer young, but we’re ecstatic that we’re no longer clueless. We must be disciplined, though. We want to become precision instruments now, focused on exactly what we want to do and being exactly who we need to be. This requires separating from the person we were before to whatever extent that person was not who we know in our hearts we were created to be. There’s no more time for five-year detours. No more time for relationships that don’t serve us or for staying in situations that aren’t true to who we are. No more time for pettiness, false pride or whatever other dysfunctional roadblocks obstruct our higher destiny and the joy that’s meant to be ours. Our life might not be as fabulous as it used to be in some ways, but in other ways it’s even more fabulous. The Universe is constantly and infinitely elastic, responding not to our past, but to our present state of mind. As we learn to reprogram thoughts—atoning for our mistakes of the past and embracing the endless miraculous possibilities of the present—we step into a time when we have every reason to look forward with genuine excitement to what happens next. Individually and collectively, we are now fitted to fearlessly forge new
ground, wielding the power of what life has taught us so far and laying claim to the possibility of redemption, not only for ourselves, but also for the entire world. The planet needs a new story, aligned with a larger consciousness, and so do we. What we need now are imagination and courage. Many of us feel we’ve forever carried around a secret dream, rarely validating it even to ourselves and often denying its reality. Yet it has refused to go away and is ready to be born at last. Individuals that have spent decades achieving one thing or moving in one direction often take up something else entirely that gives them far more psychic satisfaction. They see achievements that were the height of their material success as preparation for an even greater one; the means by which they learned the skills ultimately needed to make their biggest contribution to the world. Divine law guarantees that the power of “now” presents an endless fount of miraculous opportunities. In God, there are no limits to how high we can go, ever. In God, there is no time… only the call of the soul. It is not too late; we are right on time and we are better than we know. Now, having visited so many other places in our journey of life, we seek our place within the collective heartbeat of holiness. When enough of us stand in the light of our higher purpose, seeking to be ever-greater servants of love, each consciously dedicated to creating a more loving world, then a new field of collective possibility will emerge among us. All that is not love will begin to fall away of its own dead weight. A profound moment of planetary renewal will occur then, after our having allowed it first to occur within us. Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed inspirational author and lecturer. Six of her 10 books have been New York Times bestsellers, including The Age of Miracles: Embracing the New Midlife, the basis for this article.
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Restoring Possibilities by Beth Davis
rom the time he was six years old growing up in Moscow, Russia, Mikhail Artamonov knew he was going to be a doctor. After all, his father and his grandfather were both physicians so Dr. Artamonov never even thought of doing anything else. His father began teaching him acupuncture at a young age. It was this early introduction to Oriental medicine that sparked his interest in integrative care. “Integrative medicine was something I was always interested in, but in Russia, you had to attend medical school to practice acupuncture,” he explains. He earned a medical degree at the prestigious First Moscow Medical Sechenov School, but it was only the beginning of his journey. He went on to receive a master’s degree in Oriental philosophy and linguistics at Tianjin University, in China; a combined residency in rehabilitation, pain and complementary medicine at Hannover Medical University, in Germany; and then returned to Mos26
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cow for a Ph.D. in clinical research. In 1999, he moved to the United States for an internship in internal medicine and primary care at Brooklyn Jewish Hospital, in New York. He realized internal medicine was not stimulating enough for him, so he switched to a residency training program in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Temple University, in Philadelphia. Lastly, he received a Combined Pain Fellowship at Harvard Medical School for acute, chronic and cancer pain in adults and children. After his immense training, he was a bit disillusioned with the medical-pharma complex. He wanted to focus on a more integrative approach and felt the only way to do that was to go into private practice. “It’s important to me to have knowledge of both systems of medicine—traditional and alternative—for a more open-minded approach,” he says. He launched MJA HealthCare—now with three locations—to focus on the management of pain and general health and wellness. He specializes in anti-
aging and functional medicine, as well as regenerative medicine. He utilizes the most advanced and non-invasive technologies, allowing him to achieve optimal results. The ultimate goal, he says, is to help patients enhance their quality of life and overall wellness. “Patients often come to us who are not satisfied with their current model of care, so they’re interested in finding a doctor who offers a different perspective,” notes Artamonov. MJA HealthCare offers a vast array of cutting-edge technology services including Plasma Rich Prolotherapy (PRP), stem cell rejuvenation, high-tech ultrasounds, infrared therapy, minimally invasive carpal tunnel release and more. According to Artamonov, PRP therapies have been used by maxillofacial and plastic surgeons for more than two decades. The procedure has now been perfected and re-engineered as Pure PRP, an extraction of the patient’s blood that contains a matrix of highly concentrated growth factors containing no red blood cells. These growth factors have been clinically proven to balance skin tone, reduce scarring, increase wound healing and thicken and regrow thinning hair. It has most recently been used for ortho-biologic therapy treating tendon repair, acute muscle injuries, chronic tendon problems and even regrow cartilage and menisci. Oxygen-ozone therapy is an option to treat lumbar disc herniation that has failed to respond to conservative management, It is offered as a recourse before surgery or when surgery is not possible. Treatment consists of an injection of oxygen and ozone to treat a herniated disc. There are two types: an injection outside of the disc and an injection directly into the disc. The ozone injection directly into the disc reacts with the inner disc material to reduce inflammation, shrink the disc and the hernia. He is particularly passionate about ozonotherapy, the use of medical grade ozone, a highly reactive form of pure oxygen, to create a curative response in the body. He has been a frequent speaker on the subject and is a founding member he is a founding member of The American Academy of Ozonotherapy (AAO).
It is no secret that the body has the potential to renew and regenerate itself. According to the AAO, when it becomes sick, it is because this potential has been blocked. The reactive properties of ozone stimulate the body to remove many of these impediments, thus allowing the body to do what it does best—heal itself. When it comes to anti-aging and functional medicine, Artamonov takes a whole body approach. For example, a saliva test can be done to identify the potential root cause of a problem. People are often surprised at the results. “One patient was in her early 40s, so she thought her issues may be the result of pre-menopause. After testing, we discovered much of her issues came from stress. The ideal solution is to walk, meditate, do yoga, etc. to de-stress but that’s not always possible, so we offer alternatives such as oxygen therapy.” A total body nutritional and biochemical assessment can also be performed to enhance overall health and well-being. This offers an in-depth evaluation of both objective and subjective data related to an individual’s food and nutrient intake, lifestyle and medical history. “Once the data is collected and organized, we can assess and evaluate the nutritional status of each individual,” he explains. The assessment then leads to a plan of care designed to help the person either maintain the assessed status or attain a healthier status. He also utilizes bio-identical hormone replacement therapy to counteract the negative effects of aging. This therapy involves replenishing the body’s deficient hormones with bio-identical hormones, which are identical to those made by the body. Artamonov says he is still inspired by the possibilities of medicine and loves to keep an open mind. “Medicine gives you the opportunity to express yourself and make a difference,” he says. “It is always inspiring when a patient has seen 25 doctors before you, but then you do something that helps. It gives you new energy.” For more information, including locations, call 570-872-9800 or visit MJAHealthcare.com.
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n Vegetarian: eats no meat, including fish and shellfish, or any animal byproducts; also known as a lacto-ovo vegetarian (eats dairy and eggs) n Lacto-vegetarian: a vegetarian who eats dairy products, but not eggs n Ovo-vegetarian: a vegetarian who eats eggs, but not dairy products n Pescetarian: a vegetarian who eats fish (may also avoid factory-farmed fish) n Vegan: eats no meat, eggs or dairy, and no animal-derived ingredients, like gelatin, honey or whey; usually also excludes wearing and other uses of animal products, such as leather, wool, angora and cashmere n Raw: consists of only unprocessed vegan foods that have not been heated above 115° Fahrenheit n Macrobiotic: consumes unprocessed vegan foods and sometimes, fish; generally avoids refined oils, flours and sugars n Fruitarian: eats only plant foods that can be harvested without harming the plant Contributing sources: International Vegetarian Union; Vegetarian.About.com; VeggieVisitors.com natural awakenings
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Like water, grace seeks its own level. In rescuing animals, the rescuer is often also rescued. Both lives change for the better.
Humans rescue animals, but animals show up for a reason—most humans can use some rescuing, as well. all. Thanks to her, I’ve become a full-fledged member of my community.” Fannie’s Chinese heritage includes chow and Pekingese breeds. Transformations can come from more unusual pets, as well. Soon after Susan M. Tellem, a registered nurse in Malibu, California, gifted her husband, Marshall, with two tortoises for his birthday, the couple discovered there was no national protection program for the reptiles. They started American Tortoise Rescue (Tortoise.com), an organization that has been rescuing, rehabilitating and providing sanctuary to more than 3,000 water turtles and land tortoises since 1990. Their education and awareness initiatives for humane treatment have gone international, as well. It was a bird that rescued April Leffingwell. She had been dealing with a severe back injury that necessitated pain medication and kept her from regular work for six months when she and her husband visited a local Los Angeles pet store, “to get out of the house.” She was touched by seeing a large Moluccan cockatoo that was afflicted with a damaged claw. Her husband recognized how she related to the bird’s condition and brought Izzi home the next day. Now with just one leg, Izzi has learned to sleep while lying down to rest his other limb. “Izzi and I found each other when we were both broken,” she says. “We’ve become each other’s source of strength. If he can live with only one leg, I can live through pain.” When members of the armed forces deploy, they often have to find alternate living arrangements for pets and may not always be successful. Kimberly Gauthier, a blogger at KeepTheTailWagging.com, and her ex-Army partner are securing funding and laying plans to foster dogs for deployed soldiers. Emailing updates and Skype visits will aim to boost the morale of both the dog and serviceman or woman. The couple lives on five acres in Marysville, Washington. An animal-enriched environment has proved to be helpful for author Kathy Rowe, a 20-year veteran retired from the military, and her husband, Scott, who also retired from Air Force service that included Special Forces duty. They have chosen to live on a 100-acre farm in Tyner, Kentucky. Kathy believes their variety of resident rescued animals, including dogs, cats, chickens, turkeys and a potbelly pig, all help Scott in dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder. Riding, working with and grooming his horse, Quint, is particularly helpful. “My husband is less frustrated, has better focus, is less jumpy and has fewer flashbacks than he used to,” relates Rowe. “Knowing that our rescue dog, Lola, is guarding the farm, he feels he can sleep better because she has his back.” Humans rescue animals, but animals show up for a reason—most humans can use some rescuing, as well.
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Masha Levina, CCN 224 Broad Street, Suite 205, Milford, PA 18337 570-832-2123 • Info@AllBetterCentral.com AllBetterCentral.com Through examining your medical, social and dietary history, as well as using Nutrition Response Muscle Testing®, Masha determines nutritional needs and develops dietary and supplemental program to fit individual requirements and lifestyles, resulting in balance and better health. See ad page 19.
Delia Quigley 155 State Road 94, Blairstown, NJ 07825 908-902-4082 • DeliaQuigley.com
We help you make a positive change in your physical and emotional well-being through food. Whether this involves weight-loss, feeling younger, added vitality, stress release, mental clarity or your life’s purpose we support and empower each individual in their evolution through life. Workshops, Women’s retreats, nutrition and yoga immersion programs to support your personal transformation process. Classes, both onsite and online. See ad page 31.
Pain Relief - Natural HYPNOSIS & LONGEVITY CENTER
ST. ANTHONY’S FREE PAIN CLINIC Dr. Anthony F. Mullen, DCT(P) Village Park Center Rte 940, Pocono Lake 570-504-1681 HypnosisLongevityCenter.com Decrease pain and maximize wellness. Anthony F. Mullen, DCT(P), Licensed healer, specializes in pain relief and offers affordable services to improve quality of life. Offering low level laser therapy; painless, non-invasive, drugfree treatment used to treat injuries and neurological conditions, such as, fibromyalgia, muscle and join pain, nerve pain/sciatica, carpal tunnel, TMJ, migraines, and more.
physical therapy TANNERSVILLE & MARSHALL’S CREEK PHYSICAL THERAPY
Georgine Todd Rte 715 S, Reeders • 570-629-6073 25 Fox Run Ln, E. Stroudsburg • 70-223-8477 TannersvillePT.com
Overcome physical limitations and injury. Two locations offer a mixture of both traditional exercise-based physical therapy and manual physical therapy techniques for more effective results. These techniques include myofascial release, joint mobilization, craniosacral therapy and massage therapy. Our highly trained staff works one-on-one to educate our clients toward healthy lifestyle changes.
REIKI LIFE HOLISTIC CENTER, LLC
Mountain Top, PA Anthony V Wojnar D.D., OBT, RMT 570-868-6635 ReikiCenterOnline@yahoo.com LifeHolisticReiki.com Our main focus is Reiki, a Spiritual practice which promotes physical, emotional and spiritual healing. We offer Certification in Reiki 1 thru Reiki Master/Teacher Usui and Tibetan Style. Reiki and Reiki/Shiatsu sessions and, also a monthly Reiki Share. Reiki 1,Certification Program, Sept 21, 2013, 9:30am5:00pm. Dr. Anthony received a Master/Teacher attunement on Kurama Mtn. Japan, the birthplace of Reiki. CEU’s for Massage Therapists.
retreat center CIRCLE OF TREES
391 Schocopee Rd, Milford, PA 18337 484-347-7489 • CircleOf Trees.com
We host workshops, led by gifted and experienced facilitators, offering opportunities for spiritual renewal, intellectual stimulation and exploring new skills. Our woodland facility comes with a lake, trails, a fire pit and dorm style or private rooms. Rent our 300 acre fully stocked lodge for your next retreat or event. Perfect for yoga, healing, outdoor pursuits or your annual club meeting. From 1 day to a full week. See ad page 27.
THE VICTORIAN CONNECTION 231 Wilkes-Barre St. White Haven, PA 18661
Available for retreats, workshops, meetings and private parties. Offers a unique and elegant experience for your guests. Located in the midst of the Pocono Mountains near the Lehigh River Gorge, this historic home is easy to find just off I-80 and the PA Turnpike. A variety of amenities to suit your needs, whether it’s one room or the whole house, from half- and recurring days, to catering or overnight stays, our rental rates are customized just for your event.
rolfing ROLFING by Vickie Kovar
Healing Art Center Merchants Plaza 2937 Route 611, Tannersville, PA 18372 570-332-4365 Rolfing-Fascia.com Vickie, an 18 year accomplished Rolfer, works by realigning the pervasive fascial tissue network in the body that can relieve pain in areas such as, Migraines, Sciatica, Bugling Discs, Arthritis, Neck Pain, Carpel Tunnel, Back pain and much more. Vickie is a Certified Rolfer, Rolf Movement Teacher , Visceral Manipulation and Cranio-Sacral Therapist. Free 20 minute free consultations available. See ad page 19.
ROLFING® STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION OF NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA Richard Paterson, Certified Rolfer™ Practicing in Milford and Scranton/W-B 571-265-9950 Richard@RolfingNEPA.com RolfingNEPA.com
Rolfing improves posture, makes movement easier, and reduces structural pain. It can release longheld patterns or restore movement after injury or surgery. Rolfing has helped dancers, performers, and athletes use their bodies more efficiently. See ad page 36.
SEXUAL HEALTH THERAPY Alexandra T. Milspaw, M.Ed., M.Ed., LPC
Bethlehem, PA 484-894-1246 AlexandraMilspaw.com
Sexual health counselor and educator utilizing NLP and Mindfulness-based approaches. Learn easy, quick techniques to move towards healing your life and relationships by reprograming your nervous system’s response to stress and pain. “Breathe. Believe. Be.” Anything is possible!
SPIRITUAL COUNSELING KATHY AGATE BROWN
Shooting For The Moon 3200 Hamilton East Road, Stroudsburg 570-992-0943 ShootingForTheMoon.com Agate@ShootingForTheMoon.com Kathy Agate Brown has training and certification in both Aromatherapy and Herbology. Her training in Spiritual Counseling allows her to incorporate Intuitive readings in her sessions as well as Clinical Hypnotherapy. Her intent is to bring all beliefs together through education and communication. See ad page 23.
SPIRITUAL HEALING ANGELS OF LIGHT Jude Goode The Healing Arts Center 2397 Rte 611, Tannersville 917-607-1250
VETERINARIAN - Holistic CREATURE COMFORTS VETERINARY SERVICE
Dr. Karin Breitlauch 820-822 Old Route 115, Saylorsburg 570-992-0400 CreatureComfortsVet.net
Give your creature comfort. We integrate the best of traditional and nontraditional state-of-the-art diagnostics and medicine in order to treat the “whole” patient. Offering acupuncture, traditional Chinese herbs, chiropractic, cold laser therapy, food therapy, Tui-Na, and homeopathy. We also feature a full service acute/ critical care facility with 24 hour staffing, as well as extensive medical, dental and surgical options.
Yoga ARSHA VIDYA
Mark Hertel 651 Rte 115, Saylorsburg 570-992-2339 • Avp@epix.net ArshaVidya.org Arsha Vidya Yoga Studio teaches traditional Hatha yoga to help students develop strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination among other benefits, including calmness and resolution. Arsha Vidya Gurukulam is an institute for the traditional study of Advaita Vedanta, Sanskrit, yoga, Ayurveda, astrology, and other classical Indian disciplines.
Stillpoint Yoga Studio
Reduce stress, relax deeply, clear emotional blockages and accelerate self-healing with angel readings using intuition and cards, healing energy with angelic touch incorporating Reiki, quantum touch, and universal energies. Check Calendar for Saturday Classes.
THE HEALING TOUCH
Ronnie Boyer 570-325-3090 ReikiTheHealingTouch.com Combining Integrated Energy therapies and Reiki to promote relaxation, release emotional stress and remove energy blocks accelerating the body’s n a t u r a l h e a l i n g a b i l i t y. Effective on chronic and acute illness by allowing your body to rest and receive a good night’s sleep. Helps heal the body physically, emotionally and mentally. I also work with animals and will travel to your location or send distance healing Reiki anywhere in the world to promote peace, calm & healing.
155 State Road 94 Blairstown, NJ 07825 908-902-4082 DeliaQuigley.com
Come to know your physical body through the power of stretch, balance and internalizing your awareness. Increase flexibility, manage stress and improve conditioning. Over 20 classes weekly including Broken Bodies therapeutic, beginner and advanced classes. New student special of 30 days unlimited yoga for just $30. We also offer Teacher Training certification programs. See ad page 11.
YOGA THERAPY ELEVATIONS YOGA THERAPY Cyndee Gischel Graham CSYT Svaroopa® Yoga Therapist 2230 Corriere Rd. Easton Pa 610-653-0904
Elevate your body, your mind and more. This therapeutic style of yoga reaches into and releases deep-seated layers of spinal tension by using precise angles, blankets and hands on personalized adjustments so that the body opens gently yet deeply from the inside out. Reduce stress. Relieve back pain. Restore energy and enjoy increased flexibility. This class is for everyone. No experience necessary. Classes Mon & Fri 10am. or Wed 1pm. Private sessions also available. Call for evening classes.
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Acupressure Facelift – Stephen Hoog ,Macrobiotic Consultant, will present a routine using acupressure points on the face, neck, shoulder and arms which tones muscles, moves lymph, smoothes wrinkles, tightens skin and improves blood circulation. Regular use improves the condition of the facial area. 1:30-3:30pm. $25. Yoga House, Stroudsburg. Call 610-736-6867.
Minimizing the Risk of Cancer for You & Your Family Itsy Sweeney. Is there anything you can do to prevent cancer? Yes! Join us for a presentation, open discussion, and Q&A about what you can do to take control of your personal health to minimize your risk of cancer. 6:30-8:30 pm, $25, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610-395-3355.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13 Non-Invasive Laser Pain Clinic – Reduce pain with FDA approved Laser therapy. Clients with limited health insurance and low income only; clients with health insurance please schedule another time. 8 clients per week. Must pre-schedule. No walk-ins. 1-5pm. $10. Hypnosis & Longevity Center, 124 Village Park Dr (Rte 940), Ste 2, Pocono Lake. 570-504-1681
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Talking to Children about Crossing Over – Join Host, Producer, and Author, Andrea Garrison as she shares some insights with parents on talking to children about the physical loss of a loved one or a pet as well as overcoming grief by embracing life to the fullest. Sponsored by Holistic Moms. 11:30am. Free. Hughes Library, 1009 North 9th Street, Stroudsburg. HMNMonroePa@gmail.com 570-872-7140
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 Practical Magic – Energy and the Subtle Body with Justin Ritchie. We learn what yogis and yoga teachers mean when they refer to energy, or “prana” and the western science that backs it up. Then we will take this knowledge onto our mats to deepen our practice with energy and explore new abilities. 10am-12:30pm. Easton Yoga, 524 Northampton Street, Easton. 610-923-7522
Prenatal Yoga – The body has an innate wisdom about the stages of pregnancy, labor and birth. Class is designed to reconnect with this natural process. Yoga can alleviate many of the common discomforts of pregnancy. 6:15pm. With Mary Cardinal. $10 or $35 for 4 classes. Minerva Wellness, 52 Deer Ln, Honesdale. 570-253-8060
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19 Holistic Chamber of Commerce Meeting – 3rd Tuesday of each month. Dutch treat for dinner/ drinks, community building and networking. Members: Free. Non-members two meetings free then $5/meeting. 6:30-8:30pm. Perkins Restaurant, 600 Rte 940, Mount Pocono. RSVP to Melissa Luddeni. 570-350-6129.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20 Non-Invasive Laser Pain Clinic – Reduce pain with FDA approved laser therapy. Clients with limited health insurance. Only 8 clients per week. Must pre-schedule. No walk-ins. 1-5pm. $10. Hypnosis & Longevity Center, 124 Village Park Dr (Rte 940), Ste 2, Pocono Lake. 570-504-1681 Versatile Indian Dosa Cooking – Discover the thin lentil and rice crepes that are perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner fillings. High in Vegetarian protein and fiber they are easy to make and warming to the body. Fillings include potatoes with spices, scrambled tofu and vegetables and apples and cinnamon. $50. 6-9pm. Blairstown, NJ. 908-902-4082.
Natural Health Talk – Learn about drug-free ways to be your best. Covers overall health, nervous system, nutrition and the spine. Always time to ask questions. 6:30pm. Free. Please call ahead to RSVP. Life is Good Chiropractic, 1807 Route 209, Brodheadsville. 570-992-2929
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21 Healthy Thursday – A great day to stock up on healthy products. 20% off all non-sale supplements. Every third Thursday of the month. Ed’s Health Foods, 180 Mountain Ave. Hackettstown. 908-979-0888.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24 R & R Workshop – Restorative Yoga and Reiki with Alicia Wozniak. This workshop will give you time and space to access deep levels of active relaxation through mindful asana, restorative yoga, reiki and breathing. The combination of these practices lead to a state of receptivity in which all levels of the body can open to healing. 5-8pm. Easton Yoga, 524 Northampton St, Easton. 610-923-7522 Relax Deeply – Restorative Yoga using yoga props such as blankets, bolsters, sandbags, and more to elevate and support the body. Use various breathing techniques to quiet the mind and calm the body. 4-6pm.Yoga Loft, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. Please call to reserve. 610.867.9642
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25 Yoga Flow – An introduction into the basic vinyasa style of yoga. It includes connecting the movement to the breath for all levels of experience, but is a particularly good class for the beginner or novice. 6:30pm. StillPoint Yoga Studio, 155 RT94, Blairstown. 908-902-4082. Simply Yoga – Suitable for those looking to improve the physical as well as emotional well being. Incorporates breathing exercises to calm the nervous system, asanas and sun salutations that support the overall well-being of body and mind. 5:15. StillPoint Yoga Studio, 115 RT94, Blairstown. 908-902-4082.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30 Reiki 3A Certification – Highlights include master symbol initiation, use of crystals in Reiki grid, arua clearing, moving Reiki meditation. Includes Manual, Register by 11/23. CEUs granted for Massage Therapists. Member: IARP, ICRT. Anthony V. Wojnar D.D., OBT, RMT, 9:30am-5pm. Life Holistic Center LLC, Mountain Top. 570-868-6635.
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MONDAY, DECEMBER 2 Prenatal Yoga – The body has an innate wisdom about the stages of pregnancy, labor and birth. Class is designed to reconnect with this natural process. Yoga can alleviate many of the common discomforts of pregnancy. 6:15pm. With Mary Cardinal. $10 or $35 for 4 classes. Minerva Wellness, 52 Deer Ln, Honesdale. 570-253-8060
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4 Natural Health Talk – Learn about drug-free ways to be your best. Covers overall health, nervous system, nutrition and the spine. Always time to ask questions. 6:30pm. Free. Please call ahead to RSVP. Life is Good Chiropractic, 1807 Route 209, Brodheadsville. 570-992-2929 Wacky Wednesday – Storewide sale with 5% to 15% off everything in the store. Vegan, vegetarian and Gluten-free foods. Vitamins, minerals and herbs included. Every First Monday. Ed’s Health Foods, 180 Mountain Ave. Hackettstown. 908-979-0888. Non-Invasive Laser Pain Clinic – Reduce pain with FDA approved Laser therapy. Clients with limited health insurance and low income only; clients with health insurance please schedule another time. 8 clients per week. Must pre-schedule. No walk-ins. 1-5pm. $10. Hypnosis & Longevity Center, 124 Village Park Dr (Rte 940), Ste 2, Pocono Lake. 570-504-1681
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6 Y12SR 12-step Program – For anyone working with addictive patterns or affected by those patterns in others. No previous yoga experience is required, please wear comfortable clothing. 7pm. Donation. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. Please call to reserve. 610.867.9642
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look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living? ~Bob Marley
savethedate GREENRIDGE WELLNESS and holistic expo November 9 and 10 – 10am to 6pm Learn about chiropractic, massage, reiki, supplements, weight loss, essential oils and other natural ways to improve your body, mind and spirit. More than 20 vendors dedicated to providing holistic products and services will be on hand. $2. Clarion Hotel, 300 Meadow Ave, Scranton. Vendor inquiries welcome. Contact Stephen at 717-932-6899 or email Stephen@BasicEarthEssentials.com
savethedate A Natural Medicine Forum Healing Benefits of the Cold Laser Tuesday, November 19, 6pm Join us for a free, informal Question and Answer Forum with Dr. Michael Jude Loquasto ND, PHD, DC. Bring your health related questions and benefit from Dr. Mike’s 50 years of experience in Natural Health. Understand how chiropractic internal medicine, custom herbal formulations and non-invasive oral chelation can benefit you. All are welcome with RSVP. Held at A Natural Medicine Clinic, 2571 Baglyos Circle, Suite B-27, Bethlehem. Call 484-821-1460 for more information.
savethedate HERBAL OUTREACH CLINIC 1st Monday of the month By Appointment This sliding scale teaching clinic is held once per month to offer expert herbal and nutritional advice to economically challenged people seeking relief from chronic disease. The fee for clients is from $0 to $$$ based on what they can afford. The $0 client can even get herbs for free. Do not let lack of money keep you from your best possible health. Appointment required. 908-689-6140. Changewater Wellness Center. Changewater NJ. ChangewaterWellnessCenter.com.
savethedate WOMEN’S HOLISTIC RETREAT November 8-10 at Genesis Farm The StillPoint Women’s Retreat is held at Genesis Farm amidst 250 acres of beautiful New Jersey countryside. 2013 marks 14 years that women have been coming together for this special weekend. The weekend includes: Morning Yoga (for all levels of experience), Gourmet Vegetarian Cuisine, Meditation, Country Walks and Relaxation, Cooking Guidance and Accommodations. This is an opportunity to take time for yourself or join with a friend and gather with other women to enjoy a few days of peaceful reflection. The weekend begins with a light meal on Friday evening and ends with brunch on Sunday. Cost: $275
savethedate DISCOVERING YOUR INNER CHILD Sunday, November 17 11am-5pm Allow yourself to be open, receptive and become more aware of your subtle energy. Take the journey and discover what lies deep within your self. We will begin the journey of contacting your inner guides and discovering your inner child. Let us explore together and embrace the love within, as we peel away the layers. $125 includes an organic lunch. Milford, PA. 631-848-6062 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ongoing events daily Care Alternatives Volunteers – Care Alternatives is actively recruiting Reiki Practitioners, Certified Massage Therapists and Comfort Volunteers to impact the lives of Hospice patients. 866-821-1212. Boys’ and Girls’ Peer Support Groups – Topics include: friendship and bullying, self-esteem, media messages, organization, time management, hygiene, internet safety, communication and body language and emotion management. 45 min. for 10 wks. Call for group start dates. $25 per session, free for Medicaid/NJ Family Care. The Center for Assessment and Treatment. 254B Mountain Ave, Suite 300, Hackettstown. 908-852-5858
sunday Hatha Yoga – 8-9:15am. 1st & 3rd weekends only. In the tradition of the Mysore school of yoga. Develop strength, flexibility, balance, calmness, and resolution. $12. Activity Center, Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Saylorsburg. 570-992-2339. MarkHert@ gmail.com. ArshaVidya.org.
monday Therapeutic Yoga –Variety of yoga classes for adolescents and adults throughout the day. 9am-4pm. Comprehensive Psychological Services, 274 Rte 940, Ste 103, Blakeslee. 570-643-0222. Hatha Yoga – In the tradition of the Mysore school of yoga. Develop strength, flexibility, balance, calmness, and resolution. $12. 5-6:15pm. Activity Center, Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Old Rte 115, Saylorsburg. 570-992-2339. Guided Meditation & Prayer Group – First we meditate then we send out group energy to those who need it. All welcome. Donation. 6:30-7:30pm. Shooting for the Moon, 3200 Hamilton East Rd, Snydersville. 570-992-0943. Yoga and More – Learn yoga from an experienced yoga teacher and yoga therapist. Each student is encouraged to explore their personal needs while following a moderate sequence that brings balance to the strength and flexibility of the body. All levels. $10 or 4cl/$35. 5pm. Minerva Wellness, 52 Deer Ln, Honesdale. 570-253-8060 Prenatal Yoga – The body has an innate wisdom about the stages of pregnancy, labor and birth. Class is designed to reconnect with this natural process. Yoga can alleviate many of the common discomforts of pregnancy. 6:15pm. With Mary Cardinal. $10 or $35 for 4 classes. Minerva Wellness, 52 Deer Ln, Honesdale. 570-253-8060 Yoga Flow – An introduction into the basic vinyasa style of yoga. It includes connecting the movement to the breath for all levels of experience, but is a particularly good class for the beginner or novice. 6:30pm. StillPoint Yoga Studio, 155 RT94, Blairstown. 908-902-4082.
classifieds APEALS Big Brothers Big Sisters – Needs volunteers for children living in Phillipsburg. Please call today to learn how you can help a child grow up. 908-6890436 or INFO@BBBSHSW.ORG Healers Wanted – Help us to aid in the healing environment at Pocono Medical Center. Seeking volunteers for the Complementary & Alternative Medicine Program. Interested practitioners in Reiki and massage, artists and musicians please contact Jill Howell at 570-476-3443 or email JHowell@ pmcHealthSystem.org . Hunterdon Helpline – Looking for caring volunteers! Spend an hour a week with a senior, tutor an ESL/ GED learner, or become a translator (looking for all languages). 908-782-4357 literacy@ helplinehc.org
COURSES Hypnotherapy Certification Classes - 150 hours. “At Home” and/or classroom environment and “hands-on” practice experience. Reasonably priced! Payment plans accepted. For more info or to register contact Bev Bley L.P.N;C.M.Ht. at C.H.A.N.G.E. 610.797.8250. Coopersburg area.
OPPORTUNITIES Love scented candles? We are looking for distributors www.getnaturalwaxcandlesnow.com 908-3192455 for more info. Established Pennsylvania Academy For Sale - DOE Licensed. Growing demand. Call 267-424-4549. Massage Therapist Wanted – Independent Massage Therapist wanted to join Nazareth Wellness Center. Not an hourly position. 610-365-8996
PRODUCTS Kayak – 1-2 person Wilderness Systems PAMILCO PRO in Kevlar at 56 lbs., by 15 feet. Yellow deck with white bottom, good condition, best offer. 570.454.6491 Portable Steam Sauna – And or Ozone. The Hyperthermic Chamber portable personal steam sauna system by Longevity Resources. Never used. Also, Arch-Eeez back support. Best offers. 570.454.6491 Hypnotherapy CDs and DVDs – Weight Control, Smoking Cessation, Insomnia, Personal Development, Stress Management, Procrastination. Prices: CDs $29- DVDs $49. Call Bev at 610.797.8250 or order through “products” section at www.4change. com Mention this ad for a $5 discount!
SERVICES Professional Freelance Writing Services – Know what you want to say but not sure how to say it? Press releases, brochures, website content, newsletters and blogs. I do the writing so you don’t have to. Beth Davis, WriteSource, Inc. 239-269-6235.
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Simply Yoga – Suitable for those looking to improve the physical as well as emotional well being. Incorporates breathing exercises to calm the nervous system, asanas and sun salutations that support the overall well-being of body and mind. 5:15. StillPoint Yoga Studio, 115 RT94, Blairstown. 908-902-4082.
tuesday Therapeutic Reiki – Individual and group sessions for children, adolescents, and adults. Comprehensive Psychological Services, 274 Rte 940, Ste 103, Blakeslee. 570-643-0222. Yoga I: Vinyasa-Style Yoga – 9:45am. $15/drop in or membership. 9am-4pm. Elevations Health Club Marshalls Creek, Meadow Lake Plaza, Rte 209. 570-223-7725. Modified Ashtanga Class – More advanced poses. 6-7:15pm. $15. The Wellness Works, Rte 390, Mountainhome. 570-242-7283. Holistic Chamber of Commerce Meeting – 3rd Tuesday of each month. Dutch treat for dinner/ drinks, community building and networking. Members: Free. Non-members two meetings free then $5/ meeting. 6:30-8:30pm. Perkins Restaurant (Back Meeting Rm), 600 PA Rte 940, Mount Pocono. RSVP to Melissa Luddeni, LMT: 570-350-6129. Edgar Cayce Group – Discusses the various aspects of Edgar Cayce, dreams, book study, meditation, and more. All welcome. 7-8:30pm. Donation. Shooting for the Moon, 3200 Hamilton East Rd, Snydersville. 570-992-0943.
wednesday Natural Health Talk – Learn about drug-free ways to be your best. Covers overall health, nervous system, nutrition and the spine. Always time to ask questions. 6:30pm. Free. Please call ahead to RSVP. Life is Good Chiropractic, 1807 Route 209, Brodheadsville. 570-992-2929 Non-Invasive Laser Pain Clinic – Reduce pain with FDA approved Laser therapy. Clients with limited health insurance and low income only; clients with health insurance please schedule another time. 8 clients per week. Must pre-schedule. No walk-ins. 1-5pm. $10. Hypnosis & Longevity Center, 124 Village Park Dr (Rte 940), Ste 2, Pocono Lake. 570-504-1681 Tai Chi – Experience the benefits of this moving, meditative practice. All levels. 5:15pm. Asian Institute, 315 Pocono Blvd, Mt Pocono. 570-839-1898. Sibling Therapy Group – Every other Wednesday. For children and adolescents with brothers and sister diagnosed with physical, mental, and/or emotional disabilities. Focus on understanding and acceptance and give participants a chance to interact with others. 5:30-7pm. Comprehensive Psychological Services, 274 Rte 940, Ste 103, Blakeslee. 570-643-0222.
thursday Guided Meditation & Prayer Group – First we meditate then we send out group energy to those who need it. All welcome. Donation. 10-11am. Shooting for the Moon, 3200 Hamilton East Rd, Snydersville. 570-992-0943.
Hatha Yoga – In the tradition of the Mysore school of yoga. Develop strength, flexibility, balance and resolution. $12. 6:30-7:45pm. Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Old Rte 115, Saylorsburg. 570-992-2339. Silent Sitting – With Bodhi. Bring inner balance and stillness to your life through guided silent or active meditation designed to relax the body and mind. 6:30-8pm. $8. Effort location. 570-977-0814 Silent Meditation Group Meeting – 2nd Thursday. All welcome. Experience a deep sense of warmth and relaxation as you learn to create a space for deeper silence in your life. A unique opportunity to go deeply inward. No group discussion since it tends to stimulate the mind and ego. 7-8:15pm. Free. Effort. RSVP & directions call 570-977-0814.
friday TGIF Yoga – All levels. A light-hearted, wellbalanced yoga class with a focus on good alignment. 6-7:15pm. 1st class free. $10. Dingmans Medical, Center for Infinite Health, 1592 Rte 739, Dingmans Ferry. 845-790-3408. Freebie Fridays – Reiki Share 1st & 3rd Fridays. Runes/Psychic Defense 2nd Friday. Tarot Circle 1st Friday, guest speaker on other night. 7-9pm. Donation. Shooting for the Moon, 3200 Hamilton, Stroudsburg. RSVP. 570-992-0943. Yoga and More – Learn yoga from an experienced yoga teacher and yoga therapist. Each student is encouraged to explore their personal needs while following a moderate sequence that brings balance to the strength and flexibility of the body. All levels. $10 or 4cl/$35. 4:15pm. Minerva Wellness, 52 Deer Ln, Honesdale. 570-253-8060
saturday Natural Health Talk – Learn about drug-free ways to be your best. Covers overall health, nervous system, nutrition and the spine. Always time to ask questions. 9am. Free. Please call ahead to RSVP. Life is Good Chiropractic, 1807 Route 209, Brodheadsville. 570-992-2929 Social Skills Group – For children and adolescents ages 5-18 with autism spectrum disorders as well as those with behavioral and emotional difficulties who need to develop communication and interaction skills. Every other Saturday. 9am-4pm. Comprehensive Psychological Services, 274 Rte 940, Ste 103, Blakeslee. 570-643-0222. Meditation Workshop – Quiet your mind and enjoy true peacefulness. 1st & 3rd weekends only. 10am-12:30pm. Vegetarian lunch 12:30pm. Tunga Classroom, Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, RR 5 Box 5050 (Old Rte 115), Saylorsburg. 570-992-2339. Tai Chi –Adults of all ages and physical abilities can partake and gain the many benefits and healing aspects of Tai chi. With Janet Butchko. 3 sessions - 11am, 1pm, 3pm. $40/8 class series or $5/class. Shooting for the Moon, 3200 Hamilton East Rd, Stroudsburg. 570-992-0943. Hatha Yoga – Develop strength, flexibility, balance, calmness and resolution. 1st & 3rd weekends. Beginners series. 4:30-5:45pm. $12. Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, RD 5 Box 5050, Saylorsburg. 570-992-2339.
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