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Features 10 Growing Gratitude

Giving yourself the gift of gratitude is a practice that will last a lifetime. By Mary Fisher Bornstein, LISW and Betsy Kohn, MA

12 Being Grateful for the Difficult People in Your Life

It is a transformational experience to feel gratitude for those with whom you have difficulties. By Christopher R. Edgar

14 Discovering Everyday Gratitude

How to live a life filled with appreciation and enjoyment. By Mike Robbins

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e are in the midst of the worst economic downturn in recent memory, but we must not let that become our obsession. Yes, the national media drums the bad news into our heads with a steady stream of dismal financial reports, gloomy news and dire predictions for the future. We have the power and the means to manifest abundance in our lives, and that abundance may come as wealth, but also as love; maybe as acceptance and tolerance; perhaps even as personal power fueled by white light. There is nothing that we can’t overcome, nothing that we can’t accomplish if we envision ourselves as individual cells that make up one body of energy. This dynamic is how Barack Obama was elected President of the United States. It took millions work-

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There is nothing that we can’t overcome, nothing that we can’t accomplish if we envision ourselves as individual cells that make up one body of energy. ing together to achieve an unprecedented positive end result like that. By contrast, it is precisely the idea that we are alone and functioning independently that has gotten the world in the position it is in today. Greed, ego and selfishness are powerful negatives, and we have now seen the fruits of embracing these solitary behaviors. The theme of this issue is “grati-

tude.” As a point of departure, we must express a profound gratitude for the place we now find ourselves in the world and in our personal lives. Yes, there is economic uncertainty, yes, there is cause right now to doubt our own abilities to evolve our lives mentally, physically and spiritually. But let’s be thankful for where we are right now. Actually, there is no other place to be. I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to welcoming each gray Cleveland winter day with gratitude. And I plan to approach each possibility that presents itself to me with the gratitude it deserves. Thank you for reading this, and for supporting Balanced Living magazine. May your winter be nice and warm. Mark S. Kuhar,

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My 16-year-old daughter is a high-school athlete, and although I try and make sure she eats right and takes a multivitamin every day, I worry about all of the stress and strain that athletics puts on her at such a young age. What supplementation program would you recommend for her?

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I suffer from anxiety problems and do not want to go on prescription drugs. What can I do holistically to overcome my feelings of anxiety? I start with the diet. A whole foods diet, focusing on organic, plant-based meals, devoid of processed foods is important. Many people are intolerant to many additives in processed foods, which can effect neurotransmitters (like serotonin) in the brain, affecting mood. Food allergies can also cause mood instability. The most common food allergens are dairy, wheat, soy, nuts (often peanuts), eggs and strawberries. Taking them out of the diet one at a time for a week or two can help identify the culprit. And lastly, wean off caffeine (slowly if you are a caffeine junky!) Eating a “clean” diet can go a long way toward helping with both anxiety and depression. Next, learn a relaxation technique which will work for you. I refer patients to our Mind-Body Coach ( Jane Ehrman) at the Center. She can assess which technique will work best, teach you how to practice it, and reassess after a couple of weeks. Just as we all have different “learning styles,” we have different relaxing styles as well. Once you learn one that works, it’s important to practice daily. Third, a

few supplements may be helpful. I always start with omega-3 fats (in the form of fish oil). Omega-3s help with the proper function of cell membranes. This is where the receptors live. If the membranes are full of saturated, trans, and omega-6 fats, this will affect the function of the receptors. Often after a few months of omega-3s, anxiety is much easier to treat. Chamomile tea has a mildly sedating effect and can also be very helpful for anxiety, or for insomnia.

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I have a variety of food allergies, and the doctor wants me to do a some tests to pinpoint the exact foods, and then desensitize me to them. Is there a better way to deal with this problem?

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Everyday Environmentalist Protecting Health, Home & Planet

Warm Without Waste By Rebecca Reynolds

warm your home the solar way. Pull them down at night to further insuemperatures are dropping late the room. into the single digits. No Upgrade. What is the insulation time to lose energy, cash or value of your walls and ceilings? heart. Just try these simple Don’t know? Look into it and talk to a and effective eco-tips and keep warm home-heating specialist to see if there without worry. is room for improvement. You should Prepare. Just as with your air also look into efficiency upgrades if conditioners in May, make sure to you have to replace your furnace check that your furnace, heat pump or water heater. and any other heating equipment are Compartmentalize. Heat in top working order. Clean or change only those rooms that you the filter in your furnace to ensure frequently use and close maximum efficiency. off those spare bedrooms Adapt. Give that new holiday and storage spaces that sweater a dry run at home. Try are seldom visited. Just layering clothes before changing the cover the vents (if you have forced air) thermostat settings. or turn off the radiators in specified Rearrange. Moving your furniture rooms. so that frequently used items are in Digitize. Install a programmable the warmest areas of your home is a thermostat that can control the heat change that pays great dividends. For depending on time, date or temperaexample, you can move your couch ture. A home-heating specialist should away from an exterior wall to back an help you decide if this is the best opinterior one. Make sure that nothing is tion for your home. blocking your heating vents/registers. Negotiate. If you rent, you should Cocoon. Try an extra blanket over not feel powerless! Mention these imyour bed when going to sleep, and provements to your property owner. remember that thermal nightwear You might be able to have them reimwill keep the chill off your bones. You burse you for your initial investment might even opt for an old fashioned or, better yet, have them upgrade the night cap….the wool kind, or the facilities themselves. toddy, either will do. Speak Up. Contact your utility Enlighten. Keep your shades and provider and look into their payment blinds open during the day to take riverwood81908 8/21/08 4:42 PM options. Page 1Some companies allow you to advantage of natural sunlight and set a bill price ceiling that helps your

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around the baseboards, windows, vents and pipes. Caulk or seal any leaks to prevent hot air from escaping. Hydrate. Drink organic, fair-trade hot chocolate, green tea and coffee all day! When someone asks you what is up with the mug, just tell them that you are keeping warm the internal way. Wrap. Look into insulating the outside of your water heater. This is a definite bonus if your heater is located in an unheated space or is an older model. Radiate. After pulling those cookies, that casserole, or the vegan lasagna out of the oven, consider leaving the oven door open and let that preheated air flow throughout the kitchen. Energy saving is a year-long habit and, instead of fearing winter, just think of the changing seasons as the perfect way to keep up with the good work. Professional help is available through your local heating and cooling specialist. Ask for any assistance they can provide in a home energy audit. The money you pay up front for heating improvements will come back in the long run. You won’t need help in deciding how to spend that cash! BL

budget throughout the winter season. Others offer the opportunity to have part of your payment specifically finance renewable energy programs. Clean. Regularly dust off radiator and heating surfaces. Dust naturally insulates and will make these devices work inefficiently. Seal. Search for cracks in and

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Yoga Matters Proactive & Personal Transformation

Asana: The Physical Postures of Yoga By Karen Alligire, MFA, RYT

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he sage Patanjali wrote the Yoga Sutras approximately 2,500 years ago. This text consists of 196 short statements about consciousness and how we can experience the essential nature of our being. Patanjali codified teachings that had been transmitted orally and which form the basic foundation of yoga philosophy. In his treatise, yoga practice is described as having eight constituents or limbs: ethics, discipline, physical postures, breathing, sense withdrawal, concentration, meditation and absorption in the divine. Posture, or asana, is the most familiar part of yoga practice to many people. The great majority of students come to yoga because they want to feel better physically. This makes sense, as the body is the vehicle for mind and spirit, and the body tells us, through pain, when it is out of balance. Yoga posits that our journey to the innermost aspect of our being moves from the gross to the subtle, and from the known to the unknown. So we begin with the physical container, which we can see, touch and feel. Starting with the body helps us learn the importance of mindfulness, the effects of disciplined action, and the truth of cause and effect. Other than being listed as one of the eight limbs of yoga, asana is only mentioned in three of the 196 sutras. The other sutras focus on subtle aspects of consciousness to be experienced through meditation. In this context, asana practice is meant to prepare the body for long periods of sitting still so that meditation practice can be done without physical pain and disturbance. The asana practice brings ease to the body and quietude to the mind, preparing us to receive and practice more subtle teachings. If there are only three sutras about asana, it is a good idea to know what they are and to reflect on their meaning. www.balancedlivingmag.com

These three sutras appear near the end of the second chapter or Sadhana Pada (practice part) of the Yoga sutras. In Alistair Shearer’s translation, these three sutras are: II: 46 The physical postures should be steady and comfortable. ●

II:47 They are mastered when all effort is relaxed and the mind is absorbed in the Infinite. ●

II:48 Then we are no longer upset by the play of opposites. ●

The first of this set of sutras says that the posture should be steady, sthira, and comfortable, sukha. Sthira means that the body should be firm and steadfast and the mind fixed and unwavering. At the same time, the posture should be sukha – having the qualities of ease and relaxation. Anyone who has practiced yoga knows that at first, the postures are neither steady nor comfortable. We feel the physical work, the effort to balance, the stretch of tight muscles. The mind also lacks steadiness, as it flits from thought to thought. With time and practice, the body becomes more toned and aligned, and the mind more calm and present. We learn to watch the mind and remain at ease even while exerting ourselves. A pose that once left us trembling and sweating is now steady and comfortable. This process continues as we learn more challenging postures or increase the holding times for familiar postures. We learn and practice the balance of effort and ease, action and awareness. The next sutra takes the idea of relaxed effort even further. It says that when effort is relaxed, the mind can be absorbed in the Infinite. Chip Hartranft translates: “effort relaxes and coalescence arises, revealing that the body and the infinite universe are indivisible.” BKS Iyengar calls this state “effortless effort.” This state

might be likened to what athletes call being “in the zone.” Body and mind experience unity and action is easy, effective and graceful. In yoga as in athletics, that state is experienced as the result of long, regular and devoted practice, not only of physical skills, but also of heightened awareness. We cannot force or will ourselves to be in the zone of effortless effort, but we can prepare ourselves for the experience through disciplined practice. Once this state, which Iyengar calls “a boundless state of oneness,”has been experienced many times, it is possible to experience a deeper fruition. We are no longer upset by the play of opposites, no longer disturbed by dualities. This sutra means that we are free from the suffering of heat and cold, pride and shame, pain and pleasure, or gain and loss. Most of us cannot imagine being free in this way. But as we practice yoga, we begin to notice that we are becoming more tolerant. Our comfort zone gets bigger. We become less fussy. We get too hot or too cold, but it is less of an irrita-

tion. We feel the sting of embarrassment, but we don’t take it so hard. We are glad to get a promotion, but don’t feel so self satisfied. Little by little, we learn to avoid extremes and experience evenness of mind. Of the 196 aphorisms in the Yoga Sutras only these three mention asana, yet the asana practice is a major component of the way most of us practice yoga. This gives some indication that philosophy study, breathing practices and other aspects of yoga should not be neglected. Asana practice forms the firm foundation for other practices. These three sutras can help us penetrate and reflect upon where the asanas are leading us, to a state of effortless effort, unity, and freedom. BL

Karen Allgire, MFA, RYT, is a certified Iyengar Yoga instructor. She has been teaching dance and movement since 1983 and yoga since 1998. Karen is co-director of Green Tara Yoga & Healing Arts in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. You can reach her at info@ GreenTaraYoga.com or (216) 382-0592.

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Waggin’Tails Creating Pawsitive Change for Your Pet

Should Your Pet Go Gluten Free? By Kathryn Gaster Allen

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ew of us will forget the pet food recall of 2007. Consumer trust vanished. Beloved pets were lost. More than 6,000 claims have been filed in a class-action settlement as of September 2008. The term “gluten” was front and center, no longer known only to bakers, vegetarians and folks with Celiac disease. So is gluten the next great evil ingredient to avoid at all cost? Should your pet go gluten free? Gluten is the common name for the proteins in all forms of wheat, rye, barley and triticale. In wheat flour, its what makes dough elastic when kneaded and makes baked products chewy. So why was gluten at fault in



connection with the pet food recall? Gluten itself wasn’t – the ingredients, sold to pet-food manufacturers as wheat gluten and rice-protein concentrate, had been adulterated in China with melamine, an industrial chemical, to make them appear richer in protein than they really were. But why import gluten? The Pet Food Institute states that “about 70 percent of the wheat gluten used in the United States for human and pet food is imported from the European Union and from Asia. Because wheat is the primary source of starch in those countries, food manufacturers there are able to extract it more easily and cost-effectively.” Which brings us to our next question, why use something that could be potentially hazardous?

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Wheat gluten is an economical substitute for animal protein. Basically, it’s more cost-effective for manufacturers to use wheat gluten, along with other processed, low nutritional or filler grain products such as white flour, corn meal, corn gluten meal or rice husks rather than actual meat sources. Many commercial pet foods contain disproportionate amounts of these ingredients, most of which are difficult for dogs and cats to digest or eliminate. What problems could arise if your pet eats food containing gluten? Signs of gluten intolerance in animals can include chronic ear infections or skin problems, recurring gastrointestinal problems such as gas or belching, behavioral changes that seem inexplicable and seizures of an unknown cause. Of course, these symptoms could indicate other disorders, so its important to get an evaluation from your vet. Cats fed a grain-based diet have been shown to have higher incidences of Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease. The dehydration resulting from this disease puts tremendous stress on the kidneys and lining of the urinary tract. If you want your pet to go gluten free, avoid ingredients such as wheat, rye, barley, spelt, triticale or kamut. Good gluten free ingredients include

brown rice flour, oats, hemp flour, amaranth, buckwheat, millet, quinoa and chickpea or garbanzo flour. Fortunately, there is a growing variety of gluten-free pet food being marketed these days and of course, there’s always the homemade route. Even without going gluten free, avoid products containing a lot of carbohydrates in the form of grains, which should be farther down the list of ingredients. Look for whole, unprocessed ground corn, brown rice or barley as these ingredients add extra nutrition and fiber to the food. And especially for cats, the less grain the better, with no grain being the optimum choice. While gluten is not necessarily dangerous in and of itself, it is an ingredient to consider seriously. Gluten free takes a little more time, and a little more money, but for many pet lovers, it’s the “lifestyle” they choose for their pets, and maybe even themselves. BL

Kathryn “Kat” Gaster Allen is the owner of Gasterville Natural, a Cleveland-based pet care and consulting business. She may be reached via Kathy@gasterville.com or through her website www.gasterville.com.

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Growing Gratitude Give yourself the gift of gratitude By Mary Fisher Bornstein, LISW and Betsy Kohn, MA

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ratefulness is a universal attitude that crosses religious and cultural boundaries. It is a practice that enhances life and is a way to give and receive joy. It allows us to appreciate the present and live in the moment. People often report feeling more energized and more hopeful when they practice gratitude. They are not blindly optimistic, nor do they ignore life’s challenges, but they focus on the gifts life has provided. People who practice gratitude feel in control of their destiny and are more goal-oriented. Those who are on the gratitude journey report feeling less depressed,

anxious and nervous and have more gratifying relationships. Individuals who practice gratitude also are perceived by others as empathic, generous, helpful and kind. There is less desire for material possessions, and happiness often can be found in simple pleasures. When you are grateful, you are often more flexible, creative and open minded. You worry less and display more selfconfidence. Milton Erickson, M.D., said, “Life will bring you pain all by itself. Your responsibility is to create joy.” Finding joy and creating gratitude can be easier said than done, especially when you are experiencing a traumatic event.

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and take notice of what makes you feel good, emotionally and physically. Become more aware of your surroundings. Listen to the sounds of nature, feel the wind, hear the birds and appreciate the change of seasons. We can be grateful for the lessons learned during the difficult times which can help us become more loving and kind, instead of focusing on the pain or suffering we may endure. Anger and resentment often block gratitude. In order to dispel these feelings, we must practice forgiveness. We cannot feel gratitude when we harbor strong negative feelings. Embrace the good times, and don’t forget to find and use your sense of humor! A good laugh is a wonderful way to brighten up your day.

and the proper nutrients. Weeds that inhibit growth have to be removed. Some weeds that strangle gratitude are stress, bitterness or resentment. One of the strongest and most difficult “weeds to pull” is not being able to forgive. Once you are able to open your heart to forgive you create space for peace of mind and contentment. Cultivating gratitude is a process that once set in motion may help you blossom and grow in a ways you never expected!

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Here are a few simple and easy tips to help you get started:

• Reframe your thoughts to find the positive. If you look long enough you can usually find something to be grateful for. • Try to live in the moment and reflect on your blessings. Avoid living in the past or worrying about what lies ahead. • Focus on the beauty and magic of what is happening around you. Recently, Eileen, a 46-year-old breast cancer survivor, shared an experience that happened as she walked deep in thought, gazing down at the sidewalk. Along her walk, she glanced up and saw a big, beautiful maple tree in autumn splendor. As she looked higher, she noticed the treetops formed a circle over her head and opened up to the deep blue sky to reveal a couple of big, puffy white clouds. Following that experience, Eileen noted, “I felt really uplifted and grateful for the moment and all the little blessings I’ve seen since I first felt my lump. When I got home and turned up the driveway, I saw a huge rainbow arching all the way across the treetops, full of color and bright with promise.” Eileen literally changed her focus and looked up, shifting from fear to gratitude. Practicing gratitude is much like planting seeds. Both require nurturing, constant care and attention. To mature and grow, seeds need the right environment, plenty of sunlight

• Add these two words to your vocabulary – “thank you” – and think about when and why you are using them. • Count all the things that make you smile and feel good, either out loud or to yourself. • Keep a gratitude journal to remind yourself of all the things in your life that bring you happiness and joy, and read it whenever you need a lift. • Tell someone how much you love them. • Write a letter to someone who has helped you to acknowledge your appreciation -- see what a difference it can make in their life. • Take a long walk on a beach or in a park. • Listen to music. • Work in a garden. • Volunteer.

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• Seasons of Grace, The Life Giving Practice of Gratitude, by Alan Jones and John O’Neil • Thank You Power: Making the Science of Gratitude Work for You, by Deborah Norville

much of your life. If you answered no to any of these questions, you probably need to work a little harder to being open so that you can experience more joy and contentment in your life. Marcel Proust said, “Let us be grateful for people who make us happy-they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Practicing gratitude is a life-long process. There are many ways to

practice gratitude; the most important thing is to practice. Thank you, with gratitude, for reading this article. BL

Mary Fisher Bornstein, LISW, program staff member and Betsy Kohn, MA, Director of Volunteers, are part of the experienced staff at The Gathering Place, a cancer support center in Northeast Ohio. They have developed gratitude and forgiveness workshops to help individuals and families find additional ways of coping while on the cancer journey. Mary or Betsy, call »TheTo reach Gathering Place at 216-

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Where are you on your gratitude journey? Answer these five simple questions to find out: 1. Have you forgiven those who have hurt you? 2. Have you forgiven yourself? 3. Is your heart open to receiving and giving? 4. Are you open to new possibilities? 5. Do you practice a daily ritual to achieve peace and serenity? If you answered yes to these five questions, you probably feel grateful Winter 2009 Balanced Living Magazine

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Being Grateful for the “Difficult” People in Your Life by Christopher R. Edgar

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uch has been written about the positive effects of being grateful. Learning to be thankful for the people who have enriched our lives, it’s often said, empowers us to live joyfully and pursue our goals. For a long time, I agreed with this idea generally speaking, but I had trouble finding something to appreciate about the “difficult people” I’ve dealt with in the past. Whether they were colleagues at work I had disagreements with, intimate partners whose relationships with me ended badly, or someone else, I believed I’d be better off without having had some people in my life. My attitude changed one day when I resolved to run down a list of people

I’ve had stressful interactions with, and write something I could be grateful for about each person. Even when I was only a few names down the list, I started recognizing how much resentment I still harbored toward the people I named. Holding on to my anger at the “difficult people,” I realized, took real effort, and put physical strain on my body. As I found something to be grateful for about each person, I felt the pressure releasing little by little, and energy freeing up to fuel me in living my life. Based on the gratitude work I’ve done for myself and with others, I want to offer a few examples of how difficult people contribute to our personal growth in ways that make them worth appreciating. As these examples illustrate, nearly everyone we’ve come

across has added, at least subtly, to our personal development. They help us reconcile parts of ourselves we’ve avoided facing. Coming into conflict with people often forces us to draw on resources we’ve forgotten, and perhaps even refused to acknowledge, we have. In my old job as an attorney, for instance, I remember a few opposing lawyers whom I couldn’t stand dealing with. On the surface, I felt they were rude and overly aggressive, but my deeper problem with them was how often I had to say “no” when I interacted with them. Before I got into law, I wasn’t very comfortable refusing people’s requests, and I felt tension in my body each time I needed to deny someone what they wanted—even if I was doing it as part of my job. As I continued forcing myself to say “no,” however, I became increasingly comfortable with it. I even came to realize there was a part of me that could say “no” without apology or explanation, and getting in touch with that part helped me set healthy boundaries in all areas of my life. They remind us how much we’ve grown over time. Recalling a difficult interaction we had with someone can remind us how far our development has come today. For example, I used to harbor a grudge against a woman who ended her inti-

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mate relationship with me many years ago. I believed she did it in a demeaning way and I felt angry at her. Today, however, when I think about the conversation where she broke up with me, I actually feel peaceful and empowered. I see how personally I took the things she said at the time, and how painfully afraid I was of living without her, and I know I wouldn’t react in those ways to the breakup if it happened today. I’m a stronger and more self-sufficient person now, and although I enjoy intimate relationships I don’t need them to feel like a complete human being. They help us admire ourselves for overcoming obstacles. Difficult people present challenges we must face, and when we deal with those challenges effectively we gain self-respect. I had a professor in college, for instance, who was known to be particularly harsh in his grading. I probably spent more nights studying into the early morning for his tests than I did for the other courses I took combined. I defied my own expectations by acing the class. Today, I fondly look back on this man’s course, and my dealings with him, as examples of how tough and persistent I can be. I’m grateful to him for giving me more reasons to respect and admire myself. They help us make important life decisions. People who,

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uch has been written about the positive effects of being grateful. Learning to be thankful for the people who have enriched our lives, it’s often said, empowers us to live joyfully and pursue our goals. For a long time, I agreed with this idea generally speaking, but I had trouble finding something to appreciate about the “difficult people” I’ve dealt with in the past. Whether they were colleagues at work I had disagreements with, intimate partners whose relationships with me ended badly, or someone else, I believed I’d be better off without having had some people in my life. My attitude changed one day when I resolved to run down a list of people

I’ve had stressful interactions with, and write something I could be grateful for about each person. Even when I was only a few names down the list, I started recognizing how much resentment I still harbored toward the people I named. Holding on to my anger at the “difficult people,” I realized, took real effort, and put physical strain on my body. As I found something to be grateful for about each person, I felt the pressure releasing little by little, and energy freeing up to fuel me in living my life. Based on the gratitude work I’ve done for myself and with others, I want to offer a few examples of how difficult people contribute to our personal growth in ways that make them worth appreciating. As these examples illustrate, nearly everyone we’ve come

across has added, at least subtly, to our personal development. They help us reconcile parts of ourselves we’ve avoided facing. Coming into conflict with people often forces us to draw on resources we’ve forgotten, and perhaps even refused to acknowledge, we have. In my old job as an attorney, for instance, I remember a few opposing lawyers whom I couldn’t stand dealing with. On the surface, I felt they were rude and overly aggressive, but my deeper problem with them was how often I had to say “no” when I interacted with them. Before I got into law, I wasn’t very comfortable refusing people’s requests, and I felt tension in my body each time I needed to deny someone what they wanted—even if I was doing it as part of my job. As I continued forcing myself to say “no,” however, I became increasingly comfortable with it. I even came to realize there was a part of me that could say “no” without apology or explanation, and getting in touch with that part helped me set healthy boundaries in all areas of my life. They remind us how much we’ve grown over time. Recalling a difficult interaction we had with someone can remind us how far our development has come today. For example, I used to harbor a grudge against a woman who ended her inti-

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mate relationship with me many years ago. I believed she did it in a demeaning way and I felt angry at her. Today, however, when I think about the conversation where she broke up with me, I actually feel peaceful and empowered. I see how personally I took the things she said at the time, and how painfully afraid I was of living without her, and I know I wouldn’t react in those ways to the breakup if it happened today. I’m a stronger and more self-sufficient person now, and although I enjoy intimate relationships I don’t need them to feel like a complete human being. They help us admire ourselves for overcoming obstacles. Difficult people present challenges we must face, and when we deal with those challenges effectively we gain self-respect. I had a professor in college, for instance, who was known to be particularly harsh in his grading. I probably spent more nights studying into the early morning for his tests than I did for the other courses I took combined. I defied my own expectations by acing the class. Today, I fondly look back on this man’s course, and my dealings with him, as examples of how tough and persistent I can be. I’m grateful to him for giving me more reasons to respect and admire myself. They help us make important life decisions. People who,

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in our view, “give us a hard time” often help motivate us to change our circumstances in positive and fulfilling ways. For instance, I know a number of people who changed their careers, at least in part, because they got tired of dealing with what they saw as their overly demanding and critical superiors. They might not have the career satisfaction they have today if their old bosses hadn’t been as tough to deal with. They help us see our opportunities to grow. Uncomfortable interactions with people can make us aware of places where we don’t fully love or accept ourselves, and where we could stand to develop more appreciation and compassion for who we are. One example stands out from a job I had when I was just out of college. A woman in the office, who seemed consistently stressed and angry, used to call me “what’s-yourname” when demanding I do things for her. I’d feel very distressed when she called me that, and I’d feel a

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constriction in my chest. Years later, it occurred to me that I got so upset when she talked to me that way because I harbored an aching need to be appreciated by others. I started taking up practices to dissolve this need—to develop a sense of wholeness even without constant acknowledgment. The practices I found helpful in serving this goal included meditation, yoga and breathwork. I wouldn’t have the peace and focus I’m blessed with today if this woman—whose name I, ironically, don’t remember—hadn’t been there to show me where I didn’t fully accept myself and needed others’ approval to feel complete. Today, I can genuinely say I’m thankful she came into my life.

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Everyday Gratitude How to live a life filled with appreciation and enjoyment

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ave you ever had something taken away from you only to realize how much you appreciated it after it was gone? I ask this question every time I start one of my speeches and seminars on appreciation. As I pause and wait for people to respond, many hands go up. Most of us have taken someone or something for granted. We only truly realized how much that person or situation meant to us after the fact. For example, at the age of 23 my professional baseball career ended abruptly when I blew out my pitching arm. I was in my third season in the

minor leagues with the Kansas City Royals, and just like that my childhood dream was over. I realized looking back on my 18 years in competitive baseball that I had only one major regret. I pushed myself so hard that I’d forgotten to enjoy the game. I was so focused on “making it” and on overcoming my weaknesses, I had not taken much time to appreciate what I was doing along the way. We often waste way too much of our time and energy focusing on what we don’t like, what we’re worried about, or what we think needs to be fixed, changed or enhanced. We live in a culture obsessed with “bad stuff.” Just turn on the news, listen to the conversations and negative attitudes of

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The power of appreciation What if we stopped this negative obsession and started paying attention to what and whom we appreciate, right now? Imagine how this simple but profound shift in focus could transform our lives, our families, our relationships, our careers, our work groups and more. Our life experiences are functions of what we pay attention to. Each and every moment we have a choice to where we place our attention. I am not advocating that we deny, avoid, or run from the challenges, issues, or even the pain in our lives or around us. It is important that we are

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all that you have to be thankful for. Choose Positive Thoughts and Feelings – Make a conscious decision to transform your negative thoughts and feelings into ones that empower you. Use Positive Words – Pay attention to the words you use with others, about things, and in speaking about yourself. Speak with the most positive words possible. Our words have the power to create, not just describe. Acknowledge Others – Focus on what you appreciate about the people around you and let them know. Be genuine and let others know the positive impact they have on you and your life. Appreciate Yourself – Celebrate who you are, what you do, and the many gifts and talents you have. Self-appreciation is not arrogance. It’s an awareness of your own power and it’s the key to selfconfidence, success, and fulfillment. There’s a saying, “argue for your limitations and they’re yours.”

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Instead of that, what if we celebrated the good stuff around us, in others, and in ourselves? When we focus on this good stuff, our world transforms and we are able to see and experience the GREAT FULLNESS of our lives. We don’t have to wait until everything is handled. We don’t have to wait until we get it all perfect. And, we don’t have to wait for people to do things exactly as we want them to. We can start appreciating life, others, and ourselves exactly as we are, right now. Don’t wait ‘til it’s too late! BL

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Conscious Cuisine Dining with the Awakened Epicurean

Vine and Bean Café By Maggie Busser Malemud

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community can be defined as a group of people living in a common geographic area that shares common values and social cohesion: that “glue” that binds a society. The people who live in the Larchmere District -- located a block north and east of Shaker Square on Cleveland’s east side – find themselves connected not only by the proximity of their living and social spaces, but also by their love and support for this neighborhood and its businesses. Considered an arts and antique district, Larchmere also boasts a number of dining establishments, including Vine and Bean Café, a place that envelops the community — including local art, music and food — in a warm, welcoming embrace. Open since late July 2008 in the space that used to hold Café Limbo, Vine and Bean feels like a comfortable home because it once was one. In this Victorian house, gorgeous wood trim frames rich plum and pale lime walls, dancing light spills from a candlelight fireplace into one of the rooms, and comfy furniture – a sofa and an arm chair -- mingle with café tables and chairs, creating inviting nooks to nestle into and escape Cleveland’s winter winds. (Warm-weather visitors will find the lush garden patio equally inviting.) Rotating local art fills the

LEFT: Egg pie, much airier than quiche. RIGHT: Polenta and ratatouille, with toasted pannini bread. walls; on the weekends, the live music of local musicians fills the air; and everyday, local food fills the plates. Heather Haviland, owner and executive chef of Vine and Bean, also brought the Cleveland community Lucky’s Café in Tremont and owns a bakery business called Sweet Mosaic. And, as if this tireless local-foods torch bearer did not already have enough on her plate, she also is opening Sanctuary, a bakery and dessert café in the historic Union Gospel Press Building in Tremont, in 2009. Heather follows a pattern of specifically working in urban communities and sourcing as much as possible from local growers. Why? Because she believes in community. “Since I opened

Sweet Moasic, I have been approached by many people to be a part of the urban sprawl concepts,” she says. “I am sure that a smart business person would leap at the opportunities.” But Heather faithfully aligns her businesses with her values, so suburbia is not for her. She continues, “I was attracted to opening Vine and Bean here because it is a part of the urban community. It spoke to me more than any other project because it is in a community that is connected.” Heather’s commitment to and passion for conscientious, communitybuilding values allowed her to look past the fact that the space that houses Vine and Bean does not have a kitchen. A restaurant with no kitchen? Yes,

it is true – at least for now. Heather’s first years at the helm of Lucky’s provided the same challenge, so she is accustomed to it – but that still does not make it an easy hurdle to jump. Foods served must be prepared at the kitchen recently built at Lucky’s and transported to Vine and Bean. Therefore, the menu includes a creative medley of offerings that can easily and successfully be reheated. However, plans are in the works to install a kitchen at Vine and Bean, and expanded menu offerings soon will follow. Enduring the growing pains of kitchen improvements while striving to meet the community’s needs, Vine and Bean provides an excellent oppor–Continued on page 18

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Conscious Cuisine –Continued from page 17 tunity for the community – both in Larchmere and in the Greater Cleveland area – to give back to Heather and the conscientious and community-based values she upholds by supporting Vine and Bean through these transitions. Completing the circle in this way demonstrates the strength and bond of a community. Plus, as luck would have it for us patrons, no matter what is on the menu at Vine and Bean, it is creative, delicious and made from local ingredients. On my fall visit to Vine and Bean, I sampled some amazing dishes. Had I not known abut the lack of a kitchen, I never would have guessed. I began my meal with a steaming bowl of cabbage soup. Served in a handled crock with tasty toasted pita on the side, this brothy soup was filled with tender slivers of cabbage, miniscule pieces of carrot, celery and onion, and bits of savory sausage. The combination offered a satisfying texture, and while it was quite hearty, it was not at all heavy. I then tasted the egg pie, which was similar to but much airier than a quiche. Beneath the layer of scalliondotted, fluffily beaten eggs laid thin slivers of peppery black forest ham, confetti-like pieces of smoky bacon and melted, mild but so flavorful Swiss cheese. This entire delight sat in a flaky, buttery crust. A vegetarian version featuring a winning combination of seasonal ingredients -- sautéed local beet greens, red and green peppers,

A lemon tart topped with soft, preserved rasberries.

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red onions, sautéed mushrooms and cheddar cheese – also was available. I recommend enjoying some of Vine and Bean’s homemade pepper sauce - a flavorful, medium-spiced condiment that is not at all vinegary – with your egg pie. The dish also came with a generous cup of fruit salad and a triangle of scrumptious, sweet banana bread so moist that it left no crumbs. I next sampled the polenta and ratatouille, a special addition to the menu that day. A soft and creamy puddle of cheesy polenta, which is made by carefully cooking cornmeal, filled the center of the plate. It had

a slight tang to the flavor, as well as a delightful, rough texture from the cornmeal. It was topped by a seasonal vegetable ratatouille, or stewed vegetables. Eggplant, green pepper, onion and tomato had been cooked to a soft but not quite saucy consistency. Parmesan cheese dusted the veggies, and Panini, toasted and flattened bread, sat along the side offering a wonderful crunch. I used it to scoop up bites of the textures and flavors that married so well in this robust dish. When dining at one of Heather’s establishments, never ever, skip dessert. Pastries were her original calling,

and sampling any of them gives you insight into her culinary talent with sweets. Browse the case at the counter and take something home if you are too full at the time. On my visit, the staff recommended a lemon tart, and it truly did not disappoint. A flaky pastry shell held a creamy custard with just a whisper of lemon. Soft, preserved, whole raspberries formed the top layer of this sumptuous treat. As Vine and Bean builds its niche in Larchmere, it also is finding its place in the hearts (and stomachs) of the community. Its hours have been changing a bit to meet the needs and desires of its supporters, and Heather plans primarily to serve lunch and dinner this winter as well as brunch on the weekends. Stick with her as she feels out these particulars. We, a community as a whole, benefit by supporting Vine and Bean. Vine and Bean, as well as Heather’s other businesses, help sustain the local farmers and our greater local community. As one farmer said to Heather, “Because you support us in the way that you do, you justify what we do when you succeed.” This means the world to Heather, and it should to us, too. BL

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Catering

Laura Devincentis, ND, MSOM, LAC,

At Spice of Life Catering Co., our culinary philosophy is rooted in farm-fresh foods. Each locally sourced menu is tailored to the season and occasion. (440) 623-9990 or SpiceOfLifeCaters.com.

Physician and Registered Acupuncturist. 529 E. Washington St., Chagrin Falls. (440) 247-5383. www.chagrinvalleychiropractic.com.

Doctor of naturopathic medicine, state licensed acupuncturist and Master of Science in oriental medicine, (440) 835-0104 www.prevmedgroup.com.

Medical Acupuncture of Northeast Ohio

Diethra Cox, M.D. Restore health and energy balance to promote natural healing. 9485 Mentor Avenue, Suite 103 Mentor (440) 205-0242.

Wellness Evolution The benefits of acupuncture are far-reaching in the prevention and treatment of many health conditions. Complimentary consultations. 730 SOM Center Rd., #190, Mayfield Village, (440) 995-0303, www. MyWellnessEvolution.com.

Akashic Records Akashic Wisdom Radio Show, Sundays @ www.

bbsradio.com/ 8PM PT Imagine the impact on your life when you receive insight from your Soul through the Akashic Records. Email today for free information and workshop schedule info@ AkashicWisdom.com or call today to schedule your in person or telephone consultation! Dahna Fox (216) 691-1233 www.akashicwisdom.com.

Chiropractors Advanced Spinal Care Center “The Key to Unlocking the Spine is in the Upper Neck.” Gentle Upper Cervical chiropractic; AK-based nutrition; no twisting or popping. East side. Massage therapy available. Free consultation. For more information call (440) 943-6411, or go to www. spinalalignment.com.

Medina Family Chiropractic Call for an

spinal care for all ages, holistic wellness, nutritional counseling, orthotics, and supplements. Drug-free relief! 18624 Detroit, Lakewood (216) 221-1788.

Churches Church of the Angels Worship in the spiritualist

Perkoski Design Sculpture, photography, &

graphic design. Beautiful digital images of local scenes. Give the gift of art! (216) 521-5066 www.Perkoski.com.

Bath & Body Enter The Comfy, Cozy Zone!! 100% natural, handmade Herbal Bath & Body care that heals body, mind & spirit. Visit DayBreak Lavender Farm Boutique. Hours call (330) 212-3135. www.daybreaklavenderfarm.com.

Blog Namaste for Today Spirituality, inspiration,

humor and more. Wholebalance Health & Wellness, http://wholebalance.blogspot.com.

Breathing Correct Breathing Concepts Safe natural

solution to eliminate drug side effects and expense. Regain lifestyle freedom. Respiration the right way brings relief from asthma, allergies, bronchitis, snoring, sleep apnea, panic attacks plus more. (440) 357-5834 www.correctbreathing.com (216) 952-7048.

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Cleaning Green Clean offers safe effective chemical-free

cleaning, carpet cleaning, and organic cleaning products. A clean without the toxic consequences to people or the environment. (440) 899-9295 www.greenclean.biz.

Colon Hydrotherapy In Carol’s Care, L.L.C -Complementary Health Center Serving Northeast Ohio for 5

Medina Family Chiropractic Detox Center.

Russell Chiropractic Offering comprehensive

tradition. Meeting at Geauga Market House, 12550 Chillicothe Rd. (Rte 306), north of Mayfield Rd., Chesterland. 11 am Sunday Mornings (440) 729-SELF. Visiting mediums & healers welcomed! www.churchoftheangels.info.

Circle of Inner Light Spiritualist Church

meets at Swedenborg Chapel, 4815 Broadview Road, Cleveland. Sunday services 6 p.m. “Celebrating Life: Honoring Diversity. Fourth Sunday/month we offer a Spiritualist Service. Healing & Message Service, 3rd Monday/month 7 p.m. Classes, ceremonies, groups also. Spiritual Ministers: Virginia Collins & Renielle Brooksieker (216) 398-7743 or (440) 897-0505 www.circleofinnerlight.com. International General Assembly of Spiritualists Healing and Learning Center (A Christian Spiritualist Church). Join us Sundays for church services 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., which include healing, lecture and message service. Notable speakers. Experience the joy of Spirit! Third Sunday of the month come for Medium Sunday and Potluck Dinner following our regular Communion Service. Dinner- $3 donation. Individual 15 Minute Readings- $7 donation. 5403 S. Ridge Rd., Ashtabula, Ohio 44004, www. igaschurch-healingandlearningcenter.org, (440) 969-1724, rpskyigas@yahoo.com

Unity Church of the Crossroads Sunday

Services 10:30 am - held at Masonic Temple in Strongsville. Worship with our loving spiritual community. (440) 238-1706 www.unitycrossroads.org.

Unity Church of Truth 4016 Wales Ave. NW Massillon, Ohio 44646 (330) 837-3737 UnityMassillon@sbcglobal.net.

List your business, space for rent or job listings with us to reach thousands of people in Northeast Ohio! Only $30 for 25 words, $1/word thereafter. Six issues (one year) costs $150, $5/word thereafter. E-mail typed text to Info@ BalancedLivingMag.com. Please call with payment information or questions: (216) 226-6094

Westlake, (440) 835-0500, www.unityspiritualcenter.com. Services 9 & 11 on Sunday, Meditation Service 7 PM on Thursday. 90’ outdoor Labyrinth and Meditation Gardens open to the public.

The Ehren Chiropractic & Wellness Center Specializing in Network Spinal Analysis. Dennis Ehren, DC. 13314 Detroit Ave. Lakewood, OH 44107. (216) 221-9990. www.ehrenchiropractic.com.

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Unity Spiritual Center, 23855 Detroit Rd.

appointment today! Dr. James Kendal, Dr. Joseph Herbert, Dr. Lisa Herbert. 5019 Victor Dr., Medina, OH 44256 (330) 722-7709. www.medinafamilychiropractic.com.

PREVENTIVE MEDICINE GROUP

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Greatness at Unity of Medina!” Sunday 11:00 AM Wednesday 7:15 PM. Williams on the Lake, 787 Lafayette Road (330) 764-7999 www.unityofmedina.org.

years. Colon Hydrotherapy, Ionic Foot Bath, Infrared Sauna Treatments, Detoxification Programs, and massage. Carol Perkoski, nationally certified colon hydrotherapist . Rocky River (440) 333-5646 www.InCarolsCare.com.

Alternative Medicine MD’S practicing Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Nutrition, Pediatrics, Energy Medicine, Chelation, Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Bio-Identical Hormones & Heavy Metal Toxicity. Westlake (440) 835-0104 www.prevmedgroup@aol.com.

Unity of Medina ~ One in Spirit ”Discover Your

Call for an appointment today! 5019 Victor Dr., Medina, OH 44256 (330) 722-7709. www.medinafamilychiropractic.com.

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Craniosacral Therapy EnerChi Vickie Bodner, L.M.T. Therapeutic,

relaxation and pregnancy massage, CranioSacral therapy for adults and children, Somatic emotional release, Intuitive energy healing. East or West location. (216) 621-3043.

Help Balanced Living reach new heights!

Build a healthy business! Heights-Hillcrest Regional Chamber of Commerce supports and connects business people in our vibrant region. Join us and learn why success is a mindset. www.hrcc.org, (216) 397-7322.

Learn to move through life’s difficulties to healing and transformation. Professional counseling in a safe, peaceful environment. (216) 688-1111. counseling, energy psychology. Transform mental, emotional and spiritual trauma patterns for positive change. Certified in The Reconnection, EMDR II, EFT, Reiki Master. (216) 556-5045 ext3

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Mental Health Counseling at River’s Edge.

Rose Marie Fantelli, MA, PCC. Intuitive

Real People Working From Home With Real Success Own your own business. (440)

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(yurt) in the woods, integrating Nature, horses, energy work, ceremony and vision quest with personal growth, healing and spiritual development. www.spiritofrelationship.com jls82347@aol.com (440) 247-2217. approach to counseling and personal growth. Specializing in addiction, chronic illness & ADHD. Complemented with guided imagery, chakra balancing, Reiki and psychoenergetic healing. (440) 893-9945.

Job Opportunities 845-7378 www.workathomeunited.com/one

Jackie Lowe Stevenson LISW MSSA Psychotherapist Work in a Mongolian tent

Marilyn Wise, LICDC, EMT Offering holistic

Home Based Internet Travel Business

A fun way to make money while enjoying great travel perks! See the world and see your income grow! Call Carol at (440) 470-1466.

Barbara Friedman, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst

Psychologist, licensed addictions counselor and certified Yoga teacher. Psychotherapy and counseling from a depth perspective. Guidance with healing, growth and personal transformation, www.barbarafriedmanphd.com, (216) 321-9000.

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magazine Distribution P.M.K. Services provides magazine and periodical distribution for the Northeast Ohio market area, as well as Columbus and other areas of Ohio. For more information about the company’s services, call Paul Konjicja at (216) 288-5993.

Lorna J. Richman, RCST Registered Biodynamic

Craniosacral Therapist. Licensed Massage Therapist since 1986, Light Journey Guide, Reiki Master. Relieve stress, reduce pain, allow the body’s inherent healing process to restore natural balance and flow. Office located in Orange Village. (216) 371-2321.

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Classified/Directory Crystals

Rose Marie Fantelli, MA, PCC. Innovative,

A Different Way 100 varieties of tumbled/rough stones. Specimen rocks. Minerals. Amethyst cathedrals. Geodes. Spheres. Clusters. Salts lamps and much more. 4075 Erie St, Willoughby, OH. (440) 953-3533.

Deborah Bookin and The Crystal Bee. Comprehensive services for those interested in crystals and crystal healing: crystal pharmacy, individual consultations, healing sessions and classes. Shaker Hts., OH by appointment. (216) 751-5977. www.crystalbee.com

Dentists

intuitive, interactive energy work. Transform ancestral, past life, and cosmic energy patterns that block wellness and abundance. (216) 5565045 ext 3.

Exercise Programs Body Sculpting is a one-hour strength training

exercise class that shapes and tones your body and helps prevent osteoporosis. 200 Locations in Northeast Ohio. Call (216) 313-FLEX (Cleveland), or (330) 958-FLEX (Akron/Canton). Mention BLM and receive $5 OFF course fees!? Also available on DVD (three different levels). Visit www.flexcity. com for more info.

Feng Shui

Center For Advanced Dentistry

Benjamin P. Hornstein, DDS 3690 Orange Place, Suite 180 Beachwood, OH 44122 (216) 595-1710 www.cfad.net.

Cutting-edge techniques utilized by certified

The Dr. Richard E. Betor Cosmetic Dental Group General, Laser, Implant & Cosmetic

Dentistry, and Migraine Prevention. 21851 Center Ridge Road, Rocky River, 44116. (440) 333-3766, www.drbetor.com.

Detoxification Medina Family Chiropractic Colonic therapy, foot detox, ear candling, herbal wraps, infrared sauna and more. 5019 Victor Dr., Medina, OH 44256 (330) 722-7709. www. medinafamilychiropractic.com.

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)

feng shui consultant to optimize your residential or commercial space, creating a supportive, productive, successful environment. Contact Laurie (440) 668-9786. laurie@ environmentaldesignconnections.com

Graphic Design Perkoski Design Graphic design &

(440 )238-4731 www.theindigoconnection.com. Empower your life with EFT for weight loss, life balance, relationships, business, and leadership.

The Healing Connection Peggy Koelliker, (440)

930-5785, peggy@healconnect.com, www. healconnect.com. Enjoy emotional freedom using a simple tapping technique that works! Experience the side effects of relaxation, energy, confidence and focus.

Wellness Evolution Natural prevention and

treatment of most health conditions. Customize your health and wellbeing. 730 SOM Center Rd., #190, Mayfield Village, (440) 995-0303, www. MyWellnessEvolution.com.

Home Products Planet Green Organic bedding, towels and home decor, safe baby toys and clothing, sustainable furniture, organic cleaners, lawn care items and more. 19056 Old Detroit Rd., Rocky River, (440) 333-9333.

Riverwood Naturals AFM ”Safecoat,” Real Milk

Jane Pernotto Ehrman, M.Ed., CHES Board

abundance, health, happiness, love, and career. Consultations include color, placement, environmentally conscious design, space clearing, and Feng Shui. Dawn, Certified Practitioner IA, (440) 942-4786.

Healing Touch of Medina Elaine F. Nichols, Ed.

Medicinal herbalist home study course.

Certified practitioner of this ancient Japanese healing art. Treatment is relaxing & non-invasive. (440) 835-0104 www.prevmedgroup.com.

Inner Knowing Classes & Individual Healing Sessions Quiet the mind and access your

Therapeutic and relaxation massage with intuitive guidance and energy balance. Collective intention of one’s being balanced. (216) 749-7904. neilcfedio@yahoo.com

Socially conscious investments

Herbal Studies

Jin Shin Jyutsu - Stan M. Gardner, MD

Gift of Hands Neil C. Fedio, Chiropractic Degree.

you can be sure? Bioenergy testing. 1188 Wooster Rd. W., Barberton. (330) 825-6167. www.alternativehealthoptions.com.

Hypnotherapy

Harmonize your home and garden for

On-Premises Medicinal Herbalist certification. Weeklong summer intensive. Related classes/ programs. Visit web gaiaherbalstudies.net. (734) 769-7794. Gaia School of Herbal Studies.

Hellerwork Mary Yursky, MSN, CNP. Certified Hellerwork Practitioner. Relieve stress, reduce pain through

Imagination Arts The secrets of artistic

Alternative Health Options Why guess when

Finances

Harmonious Home Design

Intuition Training observation are revealed to the ”non-artist”. Easily-learned exercises quiet the task-oriented mind to access intuition. For individuals, groups, Northeast Ohio. Kristen Boyesen, Artist, Reiki Practitioner. www.imagination-arts.blogspot.com, wildernessartist@sbcglobal.net. (216) 577-9874

photography. Specializing in quality, affordable promotional materials. (216) 521-5066 www.perkoski.com.

Energy Therapy D., RN, CNS, CHTP Certified Healing Touch Practitioner (330) 721-7030 Email: efnichols@zoominternet.net

Holistic Health Care

paints, Marmoleum, cork, bamboo flooring, organic mattresses, bedding, light bulbs, air cleaners PLUS!!!! By appointment. (440) 2896319, (440) 893-9767 Woodmere, OH.

Chris Dunmore, “The Green Stockbroker” (216) 378-7300, cdunmore@fbw.com.

Betsy Muller MBA, C.EHP, Certified Energy Coach

deep tissue massage, accupressure, energy work. (216) 221-4372. 13314 Detroit Ave., Lakewood.

Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. East and west side offices. (440) 213-1872, jane.ehrman@ earthlink.net.

Integrative Medicine American Integrative Medicine offers

traditional family medicine thoughtfully combined with alternative therapies, such as medical acupuncture, osteopathic manipulation, and herbal and nutritional counseling. Dr. Barbara Bakus is a graduate of Dr. Andrew Weil’s Integrative Medicine Program, a Board-Certified Family Physician, and a graduate of the Helm’s UCLA/Stanford Medical Acupuncture course. Call (440) 543-2243 for an appointment, or email us at AIM4health@aim.com.

The Center for Integrative Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic combines the best modern medicine with research-proven complementary approaches to prevention and healing. Tanya Edwards, MD, Medical Director One Eagle Valley Court #201 Broadview Hts. (216) 986-HEAL.

guidance within. Chantal Fidanza, Certified Light Journey Guide, Reiki Master (216) 650-6266, www.yourdivinelight.biz, chantal@yourdivinelight.biz.

SpiritHeal Institute for Intuition and Healing offers comprehensive and inspirational programs to awaken intuitive awareness and healing energies. Sarah Weiss, MA, Founder/Director. www. spirithealonline.com (440) 564-1190.

Kundalini Light Energization™ Sacred and extraordinary process for

individuals who are committed to their spiritual growth. Call Ned Koelliker, MhD, (440) 930-7722.

Landscape Supplies Royalton Supply Landscape Center offers

environmentally-friendly landscape materialsorganic mulch, topsoil, natural stone and organic fertilizers- safe for your family and pets! info@ royaltonsupply.com (440) 582-5200.

Landscaping Enviroscapes Landscape Design ”Designs

with Nature in Mind” Create a healthy habitat in your own backyard with no toxic chemicals or invasive exotics. Specializing in Native Plants. You CAN make a difference! (440) 477-5468.

Salsbury-Schweyer, Inc integrates Art, Science and Spirit to create award-winning holistic landscapes that are personal, beautiful and sustainable. LIVE IN A GARDEN! (330) 375-9600 www.salsbury-schweyer.com.

Lawn Care Good Nature Organic Lawn Care

(216) 351-9830 or www.whygoodnature.com Local company providing organic solutions for lawns, trees/shrubs and pests.

Life Coaching Experience self-confidence and success in

business, sports, academics & personal life. Peggy Koelliker, professional/ personal development coach for success. (440) 930-5785, peggy@ healconnect.com, www.healconnect.com.

Ignite the spark to your creativity, your identity, and your own inner voice of wisdom. Individuals, Groups, Corporate Wellness. Kristen Boyesen, Life Learning & Creativity Coach. TheConsciousHeart.blogspot.com (216) 5779874. TheConsciousHeart@sbcglobal.net.

What’s your bigger game? Personal and

Professional Coaching. Sheila Mikulin, Life Vision Coaching. www.lifevisioncoachingllc.com. (216) 932-6012.

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Classified/Directory Martial Arts

Massage Therapy, Thai

Tai Chi for Health and Martial Arts also,

Studio 11 Yoga Pilates, and Thai Yoga Massage.

Xing-I, Bagua, and Qigong Master Hu Wei-Yue East 40th street, Cleveland. Contact Dave Mullett (440) 285-5942 or dmullett@mullettco.com.

Martial Arts, Kids Grupo Unidade Capoeira at Studio 11 in Tremont All levels. $11 Per Child Drop-In Fee or $25 per month. Instructor: Moleque of Grupo Unidade Capoeira 2337 West 11th Street, Cleveland. www.studio11tremont.com. (216) 621-8179. Ample parking.

Massage Therapy Back In Motion Rachelle Neher, L.M.T.

Therapeutic Massage, Foot Reflexology, Reiki 4 Relief. Experience the Difference! The kind of care that gets results. East Side: (216) 321-6663.

Dalila Moyet, Licensed Massage Therapist. Relax, Heal, Invigorate...Les Amis Salon and Spa located Downtown, Cleveland. 20% off 1st Massage with Dalila. You can reach her at (216) 323-6597 or (216) 589-9999.

“Dreams” Massage & BodyWorks Rebecca J. Shaw, LMT, Specializing in: Therapeutic/Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage, 4-Handed Massage, Lymph Drainage Therapy, Thai Yoga Massage, Couples Massage, Gift Certificates Available, Middleburg Heights. (440) 821-1658.

EnerChi, Vickie Bodner-Kail, L.M.T.

Therapeutic, relaxation and pregnancy massage, CranioSacral Therapy for adults and children, Somatic emotional release and Intuitive energy healing. East or West location. (216) 621-3043.

KK Massage Reconnective Healing, Karen Krupp, Avon Lake, (440) 668-5414, kkmassage4u@yahoo.com.

Massage by Teresa Cole L.M.T. Reduce your

stress with Hot Stone, Seated Chair and Table Massage. Call (330) 441-2082 for details. Elyria Ohio. Gift Certificates Available.

MassageWorks! with Sarah Dick, LMT.

Also offering specialty classes. 2337 West 11th Street, Cleveland OH 44113. www.studio11tremont.com. info@ studio11tremont.com. (216) 472-3611.

Traditional Thai Massage Banish Stress, Relax, Unwind.For women only, by traditional Thai woman. Trained, Wat-Po, Bangkok,1992. Beautiful Mayfield-area studio. Contact ”Nee” (440) 720-0756 www.ThaiAncientWays.com .

Medical Intuition LightWorks Holistic Counselor Cindy, uses

internal viewing to highlight issues of illness/injury and heals upon God’s will. Root issues are addressed. Westlake, (440) 655-3418, csy11@sbcglobal.net. Explore your mind, body, spirit connection with Sarah Weiss, MA, LMT, Medical Intuitive and Spiritual Guide. Director of SpiritHeal Institute for Intuition and Healing, Sarah teaches how to get in touch with the inner radiance that illuminates your journey and guides you towards health and wholeness. www.spirithealonline.com spiritheal@aol.com (440) 564-1190.

Meditation Mindful Moments offers ongoing mindfulness meditation classes and counseling. Visit www.MindfulMomentsOnline.com or call Nancy Rubel, PhD, LLC at (216) 462-0530.

Ministerial Services Beautiful wedding and Holy Union Ceremonies officiated by Rev Rose Houston will preserve the memory in your heart for a lifetime. Other ministerial services available. (440)268-0858 or www.unitycrossroads.org.

Natural Food Mustard Seed Market & Café Locally owned

Therapeutic massage intended to address your problem muscles with neuromuscular myofascial techniques, Swedish massage, and deep breathing. Eastside. (216) 402-7189.

natural foods market, restaurant, catering and cooking school. 6025 Kruse Dr., Solon. Market: (440) 519-3663 Café: (440) 519-3600. 3885 W. Market St., Montrose. Market & Café: www.mustardseedmarket.com. (330) 666-7333.

Westlake Massotherapy Clinic Celebrating 21

Nature’s Bin Cleveland’s Natural Foods Market

years in business. 10 licensed massage therapists provide therapeutic, relaxation, sports massage, neuromuscular, myofasial, more. 26843 Detroit Rd., Westlake, Ohio (440) 892-1225.

Wellness Evolution We bring it all together for

you. . . naturally. Alternative medical services you can rely on. 730 SOM Center Rd., #190, Mayfield Village, (440) 995-0303, www.MyWellnessEvolution.com.

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Also Providing Vocational Training to People with Disabilities Since 1975. 18120 Sloane Lakewood, OH 44107 (216) 521-4600 www.naturesbin.com.

Naturopathic Physician Wellness Evolution Natural prevention and

treatment of most health conditions. Customize

your health and wellbeing. 730 SOM Center Rd., #190, Mayfield Village, (440) 995-0303, www. MyWellnessEvolution.com.

Networking Groups Business connections and personal growth combined. The Indigo Connection provides breakfast networking plus coaching for women seeking more. Call Betsey (440) 238-4731or www.theindigoconnection.com.

Nutritional Supplements Advanced Liquid Vitamins and Supplements Easy to take, great taste, faster absorption and healthier results. 100% money back guarantee. Free samples and information (800) 723-4813 www.biolifestyle.com.

Earth Healers a partnership of holistic physicians and traditional healers, offers supportive herbals from ancient medicinal traditions and exciting wellness adventures that feed your soul. For more information, and to order, please visit www. earthhealers.com or call toll-free: 1-866-4113112.

Natural Hormone and Endocrine Support

Organizations American Holistic Medical Association. A 501(c)(3) national nonprofit, helping transform healthcare to a more holistic model. 22366 Commerce Park, Suite 101B, Beachwood, Ohio 44122 (216) 292-6644, www.holisticmedicine.org. Earth Day Coalition Cleveland’s own nonprofit environmental education organization serving Ohio and the nation. (216) 281-6468 www.earthdaycoalition.org. Entrepreneurs for Sustainability (E4S) A community of entrepreneurs and business leaders who meet monthly to learn about the implementation of sustainability principles. www.e4s.org (216) 451-7755.

Shadybrook Inc. Personal Growth and Spiritual Exploration since 1955. Affordable weekend retreats, presentations on various topics, study groups, and more! For information: (216) 556-5683 or www. shadybrook.org.

Pets

Support all of your glands with one product, Mannatech PLUS. Get the balance nature intended.Call your Mannatech Independent Associate. Call Fran Benjamin, (330) 725-4044, or email clayton@zoominternet.net for more info.

Got Treats? Gasterville Natural - all natural pet treats, food supplements, organic products and pet care consulting. Contact Kathy@Gasterville. com or visit www.gasterville.com.

Need 24/7 Energy? Try AmbroStart for a day

Options. Serving Lakewood for over 20 years! 16821 Madison Ave (one block east of McKinley). Lakewood, Ohio. (216) 226-0886.

that’s energized from start to finish. To order, call your Mannatech Independent Associate. Call Fran Benjamin, (330) 725-4044, or email clayton@ zoominternet.net for more info.

Pet’s General Store Offering Healthy Pet Food

Pet Therapy & Natural Pet Store BalancedHolistic Living Pamela Fisher, DVM, and staff provide holistic healing for pets, organic/nastural foods, toys and May 2006 Nutraceutical Breakthrough Supplement accessories. (330) 266-2500, www.Holistic with super sugars, glyconutrients necessary for good cellular communication. Ask your Mannatech Independent Associate for Ambrotose complex. Call Fran Benjamin, (330) 725-4044, or email clayton@zoominternet.net for more info.

Wellness Evolution Effective customized Nutrition, including specialized testing, to pinpoint and address your unique needs. 730 SOM Center Rd., #190, Mayfield Village, (440) 995-0303, www.MyWellnessEvolution.com.

VetPractice.com, www.HolisticPetTherapy.com

Pilates Body Technic Systems® Inc. Teacher Training program in progress since 1989; led by quality instructors. Our studio provides sessions in mat based Pilates, reformer, trapeze, and chair and barrel system. Visit us in Mayfield Village. www.Bodytechnic.com (440) 919-2427.

Independent Studios: Powerful Pilates Mat

Classes! $12 drop in, $60 per month unlimited Pilates, Yoga, and Zumba classes. Certified

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Directory

Wellness Evolution Natural prevention and

Instructors. 583 Dover Center Rd. Bay Village, (440) 835-9794. www. Independentstudios.net, indyst@mac.com.

treatment of most health conditions. Customize your health and wellbeing. 730 SOM Center Rd., #190, Mayfield Village, (440) 995-0303, www. MyWellnessEvolution.com.

Printing JakPrints Your local printer! From business cards to t-shirts and more. Soy inks, recycled paper, biodegradable, no bleach. 3133 Chester Ave, Cleveland. Order online. www.JakPrints.com (877) 246-3132.

Psychologist

Center for Hope & Healing Dorothy Sprecher, MD. Menopause-Bioidentical Hormone Therapy, Food Allergy, Weight Management, IBS, Autoimmune Disease, Osteoporosis, Fibromyalgia, Prevention & Reversal of Chronic Disease. 8398 Kinsman Road, Novelty. (440) 338-6344. www.neoifm.com.

In Carol’s Care, L.L.C - Complementary Health Center Serving Northeast Ohio for 5

Holly Timberlake, PhD., Energy Psychologist, (330) 653-5081, www.hollyt.com. Break through your blocking beliefs, effects of traumas, ailments, loss, etc. to joyful, vibrant, and successful living with EFT, EMDR, Energy Medicine and guided imagery.

years. Colon Hydrotherapy, Ionic Foot Bath, Infrared Sauna Treatments, Detoxification Programs, and massage. Carol Perkoski, nationally certified colon hydrotherapist . Rocky River (440) 333-5646 www.InCarolsCare.com.

Russell Chiropractic Offering comprehensive

Reiki The Healing Connection Peggy Koelliker, Usui/ Karuna Reiki Master. Reiki classes and private sessions. Credit hours for nurses and occupational therapists. (440) 930-5785, peggy@healconnect. com. www.healconnect.com for Reiki class listings and locations.

Reiki by Teresa 27005 Knickerbocker, Bay

holistic care including homeopathy, chiropractic, nutritional counseling. Drug-free relief from ADD, allergies, hormones, chronic pain, more. 18624 Detroit, Lakewood (216) 221-1788 totalhealingwellness.com.

discounts. 2450 Fairmount, Cleveland Heights (216) 382-0592 www.greentarayoga.com. inner bliss yoga Cleveland’s Westside yoga studio. Powerful Open Yoga. Hot Yoga. Beginners Yoga. Relaxation Yoga. Ashtanga! 19537 Lake Rd., Rocky River. www.innerblissyogastudio.com innerblissyoga@aol.com; (216) 469-6689.

Namaste’ Yoga Studio We are growing and moving! Join us in our new Sagamore Hills studio 367 West Aurora Rd. (Rt.82). See details at www. namasteyogastudio.net, or (216) 970-3641.

Prana Yoga & Dance Studio 8051 Broadview Rd. Broadview Hts. Yoga, Pilates, Dance. Day and Evening classes, All Levels. Drop ins welcome www.pranayogaanddance.com. (216) 346-1246. Discover the Prana Experience.

Yoga, Kids Evolution Yoga Center Kids’ classes for 2-5, 47, 5-10 yrs., scheduled opposite adult classes so parents get their own yoga experience! The Mall at Eton, 28601 Chagrin Blvd., Woodmere, OH, (216) 595-YOGA, www.evoyoga.com.

Writing & Editing Services

Yoga, Prenatal

WISEwords Word Services, Ad copywriting &

Evolution Yoga Center Evening Pre Natal Yoga,

Village, OH, (216) 533-5652, www.reikibyteresa. com, Tersea George, Usui and Karuna Reiki Practitioner and Teacher.

manuscript editing, Bo Wise, 345 Ertle N.E., Massillon, OH (330) 833-5676 ShiftWriter@aol.com.

certified teacher, advanced training in Pre Natal, Masters in Somatic Studies. The Mall at Eton, 28601 Chagrin Blvd., Woodmere, OH, (216) 595-YOGA, www.evoyoga.com.

Skin Care

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Yoga Teacher Training

Are you Rhassouling? It’s a beautiful thing! 100% natural, handmade glorious skin care that fights aging, dryness, acne, large pores/scarring rosacea. Visit DayBreak Lavender Farm Boutique. Hours call (330) 212-3135. www.daybreaklavenderfarm.com.

Accredited and 500 hour Yoga Alliance

Atma Center Train with the best! Cleveland’s

Spiritualist Medium Karen David,DD, also a teacher, healer,

numerologist and author, can guide you to dynamic insights. Her experience, counsel and charismatic way has helped many. Contact Karen at Mystic Farms, sanctuary for spiritual enlightenment. (440) 439-9599; www.kdmystic.net.

Registered. Jayasri (Judy Churchill) is trained in the Satyananda Yoga® Tradition. Call (440) 255-1629 or visit www.yogic-wisdom.com.

Atma Center Yoga for Every Body! Serving Cleveland since 1997. USA’s only Satyananda Yoga® center. All levels. Specialty classes. Experience true yoga! (216) 371-9760 www.atmacenter.com.

Bay Village’s Best-Kept Secret Independent Studios Yoga Club. Unlimited classes $60 per month. $12 drop in. Savaroopa, Hatha Yoga, Pilates, Zumba! 583 Dover Center Rd. (440) 835-9794. www. Independentstudios.net, indyst@mac.com.

Cleveland Yoga Official Baptiste Power Vinyasa

Thermography Preventive Medicine Group Non-x-ray,

non-contact alternative to mammography. Shows normal and abnormal breast tissue through heat the body radiates. Call for free information packet! www.prevmedgroup.com, (440) 835-0104.

Yoga Affiliate Studio. 40+ classes weekly for all levels. Drop in; discounted packages; student rates. (216) 321-1290, info@clevelandyoga.com, www.clevelandyoga.com.

Evolution Yoga Center Cleveland’s premier

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eco-friendly studios, Vinyasa, Bikram, Mellow Flow, Restorative, Pre Natal, Teacher Trainings, workshops. The Mall at Eton, 28601 Chagrin Blvd., Woodmere, OH, (216) 595-YOGA, www.evoyoga.com.

Creative Adundance Check out the amazing

Ganesha Yoga Health and Healing Center

health benefits in this great tasting all-natural supplement. www.creative-abundance.com, or call Mark at (216) 901-3888.

Yoga: Bobbi Holliday (owner) ,Vivien Jamison, Jil Grignon and Nikki Rogers. Massage: Teresa Cole (Hot stone) and Rhonda Fleck, (Medical). Monthly ‘Healing Event.” Bobbi offers A Course In Yoga And Metaphysics (annually) plus private flute and watercolor classes. www.bholliday.com (440) 653-0414

Wellness Centers Burton Health & Spirit Spiritualist mediums, tarot, astrology, spa parties, massage, reflecology, reiki, metaphysics, yoga, books, “Tame your Tiger” tea; New Age Singles, located in the red barn behind Burton Square Library, 14595 Baird St., (440) 729-SELF, http://burtonhealthandspirit. tripod.com.

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Green Tara Yoga & Healing Arts Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructors Karen Allgire and ShawJiun Chalitsios-Wang. Precise alignment, adjustment of poses for individual needs. Restorative yoga with Colleen Clark. Student

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most comprehensive program, specializing in the Satyananda tradition. 500-hour registered Yoga Alliance school. (216) 371-9760 www. atmacenter.com for details.

Bhumi’s Yoga Teacher Training Transform Your Life! First in the Midwest with national Yoga Alliance recognition. Founded 1994. Best of CitySearch winner 2007. Beautiful retreat setting. Individualized attention. Several styles. Comprehensive curriculum includes therapeutic applications. Hands-on. In-depth. Follow up mentoring. Spring/Fall 2008. 200/500 hours/ CEU’s. Director Bhumi Harriet Russell ERYT-500, M.S. Details call (440) 236-6366. www.bhumiyoga.com.

Evolution Yoga Center OM yoga NYC’s renowned 8 mo. teacher training. Yoga Alliance 200+ hours, anatomy, Buddhist studies. The Mall at Eton, 28601 Chagrin Blvd., Woodmere, OH, (216) 595-YOGA, www.evoyoga.com.

Namaste’ Yoga Studio offers 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training - January 2008 with Rowan Silverberg, ERYT 500 and M. P. Murphy, ERYT 500. Experience personal growth, create community, learn the anatomy of over 100 asanas, including verbal and hands-on alignment techniques, study yoga philosophy and basic Sanskrit, gain critical teaching skills and discover how to touch the hearts of your students in this 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certified teacher training program. This challenging and supportive program is designed to take you and your practice to the next level. Class size is limited. Two years of personal practice is required to be considered for the program. Call of e-mail for additional infor-mation. www.namasteyogastudio.net or (216) 970-3641.

Calendar ONGOING COSE Y-Days. Offered FREE to COSE member employees and their families covered by COSE Medical Mutual. Participants will have access to YMCA facilities and activities. Show insurance card upon arrival. Visit www.cose.org/wellness

Monthly “SOUL CIRCLE” A nurturing evening of instruction, guided relaxation, meditation and healing ritual at Pathways Esoteric Education. 2nd Wednesdays. 7-9pm. Register at (216) 381-5606.

Psychic Fair Last Sunday of every month, 12– 4 pm. Gifted psychics and healers at Enchanted Grove, 4122 Erie St., Willoughby. (440) 942-0506 for more info.

Raw Food Forum, Mediumship Classes/Circles, Speakers, Events, Psychic Fairs, Yoga, Meditation. Services: Massage, Reiki, Reflexology, Drums/ Toning, Chakra Balancing. A Touch of Serenity, Willoughby, 44094 (440) 951-9452.

Healing Touch™ Level 1 Classes Open to any person interested in learning about energy work. Continuing education hours for RNs, LPNs, and LMTs. Contact Nancy Strick at 330-656-3425 or email: strickn@alltel.net.

DECEMBER

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Shadybrook presents The Return of Light: The Ever-Present Opportunity of Hope. Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, 7:30 pm. Information: (216) 556-5683 or www.shadybrook.org.

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Heights-Hillcrest Chamber of Commerce Holiday All-Networking Breakfast. Maggiano’s Little Italy, Beachwood, 8:00 - 9:93 am, Contact: Sarah Dallas, (216) 397-7322, sarah@hrcc.org, www.hrcc.org.

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Sacred Christmas Concert. Yarbrough & Company, 3:00 pm, River’s Edge, 3430 Rocky River Dr., Cleveland, OH 44111, www. RiversEdgeCleveland.com, (216) 688-1111.

JANUARY

13

Shadybrook presents Exploring Past Lives, with Normi Joseph, Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, 7:30 pm. Information: (216) 556-5683 or www.shadybrook.org.

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Heights-Hillcrest Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast Series. Illusions of Entrepreneurship, Scott Shane, PhD. Case Campus, Dively Bellflower, Cleveland. 8:00 - 9:90 am, Contact: Karen Schafer, (216) 397-7322, info@ hrcc.org, www.hrcc.org.

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Anusara Weekend Workshop with Acclaimed Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher Todd Norian, Jan. 16-18, 2009. Namaste Yoga Studio, 367 West Aurora Rd., Sagamore, Hills, Oh 44067. Call- or email for info (216) 970-3641 or www.namasteyogastudio.net.

FEBRUARY

10

Shadybrook presents Engaging Change, with Diane Repko, Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, 7:30 pm. Information: (216) 5565683 or www.shadybrook.org.

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Heights-Hillcrest Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast Series. The Seven BES of Business Development, Jeff Nischwitz. 8:00 - 9:90 am, at the A.M McGregor home, 14900 Private Dr. E., Cleveland. Contact: Karen Schafer, (216) 397-7322, info@hrcc.org, www.hrcc.org.

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