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hen last I wrote I was feeling fantastic on day 10 of a 12-day detox and truly appreciating how good I felt. And feel amazing I did! For all of several days after that and before catching a nasty cold that kicked my butt. Seeming to come out of nowhere, there were a few days that I was so exhausted with it I barely got out of bed. Was I discouraged, after working so hard, feeling so good doing all the right things and then to get sick like this? Hell yeah, of course. While I know that the medicine for the MS causes me to be more susceptible to infections, and take longer to heal it also prevents me from having any MS attacks so I recognize the tradeoff, but it still stinks sometimes. How do we keep moving forward? Keep looking at the bright side, dusting ourselves off and being positive? Whether it is stubbornness or tenaciousness, I’m not going to let it win. I will persevere. I will keep trying different solutions until I find something that zaps this nasty germ that has overtaken my body. I will continue to avoid gluten, dairy and sugar because I know they may be comfort food but will only feed the cold. Even though I felt lousy with the cold, I knew I could feel worse. I will try western medicine, natural medicine and will honor my body when it feels it needs to spend more time in rest. I will cultivate positive thoughts, visualize myself in a healthy body and not let negativity around me drag me down. Three weeks in, I am finally getting to the other side and can now reflect on the contrast from feeling well to feeling ill. I can be grateful for the work I do and for the flexibility it offers, for my two cats that stayed by my side, my wonderful friends who brought me chicken soup and my husband who, from afar, spoke to me every day to offer sympathy and encouragement. Appreciating all the health I do have, that I have the tools and education to know what to do and the perseverance to keep on keeping on. I am never going to stop striving to be healthier, any more than I will to be a better person. To be better physically, emotionally, and spiritually, by being kinder, gentler and more accepting. Believing in my soul what Linda Secrest tells us in our feature editorial “Loving Large” when scientists confirm that we are all connected. I am not going to change who I am at my core and will continue growing, learning being kind and open and loving. I draw parallels from this experience for other aspects of life and I hope you will too. Sometimes life gives us a kick. We get to choose if we will stay down or get back up and fight back against that kick. I choose to get back up and continue to spread the word about what we all know in our hearts is right.

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regory Knight will be offering The Diamond Approach method of Inquiry Book Group on Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m., January 19, February 9, March 2, March 23, April 13 and May 4. The Diamond Approach is both an elegantly simple practice—an open ended exploration of our immediate experience—and a richly nuanced system for inner discovery and realization. The group will explore the practice of inquiry and the teachings of the Diamond Approach by reading and Gregory Knight working with A.H. Almaas’ Diamond Heart Book 1: Elements of the Real in Man. Each meeting will include meditation, inquiry processes and discussion. “Working together, participants will get a first hand experience of the practices and fruits of the Diamond Approach,” says Knight who is an ordained Diamond Approach Teacher. With an academic background in psychology and somatic education, Knight has been studying and teaching bodywork, spiritual practice and movement education since 1988. Cost: $150. Location: 220 Waterman Ave., East Providence. For more information and to register, email See Community Resource Guide listing on page 46.


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hen a successful New York advertising executive suffers a great tragedy, he retreats from life. While his concerned friends try desperately to reconnect with him, he seeks answers from the universe by writing letters to love, time and death. It’s not until his notes bring unexpected personal responses that he begins to understand how these constants interlock in a life fully lived, and how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty. Collateral Beauty stars Will Smith, alongside an all-star ensemble cast that includes Edward Norton, Keira Knightley, Michael Pena, Naomie Harris, Jacob Latimore, Kate Winslet and Helen Mirren. The film is directed by David Frankel, known for his films Marley & Me, The Devil Wears Prada and Hope Springs. Location: Theaters nationwide. For more information visit CollateralBeauty/.

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esearchers from Northumbria University, in England, have discovered that drinking peppermint tea can improve working and long-term memory. After 180 healthy adults filled out questionnaires about their mood, they were selected at random to consume one of three drinks—peppermint tea, chamomile tea or water—and then rested for 20 minutes. The subjects were then tested for memory and other cognitive factors and given a second mood questionnaire. Those that drank peppermint tea exhibited improvements in both types of memory and were more alert than the other two groups. The participants that drank chamomile tea displayed reductions in both memory and attention functions compared to the others. Researcher Mark Moss, Ph.D., notes, “The enhancing and arousing effects of peppermint and the calming, sedative effects of chamomile observed in this study are in keeping with the claimed properties of these herbs and suggest beneficial effects can be drawn from their use.”



Fracking Linked to Asthma Attacks


esearchers from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health have found that individuals living close to a natural gas hydraulic fracking site have a significantly higher occurrence of asthma attacks. The study examined health records from the Geisinger Health System, a healthcare provider in Pennsylvania, where the fracking industry has experienced incredible growth of more than 9.000 natural gas wells in the past decade. The records of more than 35,000 Geisinger asthma patients between the ages of 5 and 90 were studied between 2005 and 2012. Patients that reported attacks were mapped and studied in relation to the fracking well locations, and the results compared with other patients not reporting attacks in the same year. The researchers discovered that those that lived in close proximity to multiple or larger active natural gas wells were 1.5 to four times more likely to experience asthma attacks. Brian S. Schwartz, a medical doctor and a professor in the Department of Environmental Health Services at the Bloomberg School, in Baltimore, Maryland, was the senior author of the study. He states, “We are concerned with the growing number of studies that have observed health effects associated with this industry. We believe it’s time to take a more cautious approach to [fracking] well development with an eye on environmental and public health impacts.”

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Songs and Stories from Heaven Acclaimed Medium Shares Near-Death Story Through Musical Theater by Wendy Lewis


oland Comtois one-man musical returned from production, which death with a debuts January 8, message he would 2017 at Woonshare for the rest of socket’s Stadium his life. Comtois, a Theatre. “I’ve been spiritual medium, waiting 25 years for inspirational speaker the perfect time, the and author, collapsed technology and the suddenly 25 years right people to help ago at one of his me tell the story,” events while seated he says. with a group of family A former and friends. As they gerontology nurse, scrambled to revive Comtois views his him, Comtois realized musical theater he was dying. “I felt debut not as a new myself separating,” he endeavor but ansays. “I saw the light other step along a Roland Comtois and I felt the energy.” lifelong path. “I’ve Next, he felt himself passing through a stood with dying patients, I’ve stood kind of doorway and on to experience in front of audiences of 800 people, “the vastness and enormity of heaven.” and now I’ll stand on the stage alone, There, he saw his deceased grandmoth- but there’s a common thread through er and friend. Less than two minutes it all—the experience of love and of later, Comtois regained consciousness remembering love.” with a profound awareness that life Though his story is deeply personcontinues beyond death. Doctors never al, Comtois says its appeal is universal, found a medical reason for his collapse. citing the common questions thousands Comtois, who had his first psychic of clients and event attendees have experience as a boy, is best known today asked over the course of his career: “Is for live events where he delivers mesthere more?” “Is there love everlasting?” sages to the living from the deceased. In “Is there something beyond Earth?” his newest project, Heaven: the ExperiComtois says yes, but that people must ence, Comtois takes a departure from seek the answers themselves. “I know his usual event format to tell the story of that my near-death experience didn’t his near-death experience through songs just happen to me and for me,” he says. and storytelling. It took Comtois and a “My stage show gives people the opcreative team three years to perfect the portunity to consider the serious topic


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of death and dying from another perspective, in a way that is less threatening or overwhelming, and maybe gives them an opportunity to assess what they really believe about the afterlife.” Though Comtois encounters many skeptics, he doesn’t engage them in arguments. “Everyone is entitled to believe the way they need to believe, but I’ll tell you, even the skeptics sometimes ask if I have a message for them because they, too, are searching for something.” Through Heaven: the Experience, Comtois hopes to offer support and teachings to audience members that help them live their best lives. “They’ll be entertained; they’ll hopefully be enlightened by the story and inspired by the experience.” Comtois’ stage show is also the realization of a personal dream. A native Rhode Islander, Comtois took voice lessons as a young man but his teacher discouraged him, saying he would never sing onstage. Comtois now laughs at the irony that his stage debut will be in the same theater where he enjoyed many movies and plays in his youth. “Now I’m doing a one-man production, telling a story that is so near to my soul that I have to tell it,” he says. “It is my hope that the production inspires others to pursue their dreams as well.” Most of all, Comtois wishes for others to realize what he has learned from 30 years of experience as a nurse, reiki master, metaphysical teacher and grief specialist. “Heaven isn’t upstairs somewhere, far beyond my grasp; it isn’t ‘out there’ somewhere,” he says. “Heaven is in the eyes of my daughter, in the relationships I have with the people I love, and in my life experience. Heaven is in the journey, in the ups and downs of life.” From his near-death experience, Comtois says he learned that life is as beautiful as heaven and it is up to each of us to find heaven in everyday life. For tickets, visit Learn more about Roland Comtois at See ad on page 3. Wendy Lewis is a freelance writer. She can be reached at WordsmithWendy@

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atigue due to physical or mental exertion is common in those beleaguered by stress, poor eating habits and insomnia, struggling to balance the needs of family and career and too often using caffeine and other stimulants to artificially rebound energy. James L. Wilson, Ph.D., a doctor of chiropractic and naturopathy, educates medical professionals about an even more serious health issue he identifies as “adrenal fatigue”; it’s characterized by below-optimal adrenal function induced by an overload of such stressors. Our two walnut-sized adrenal glands, one atop each kidney, produce vital hormones that help control heart rate, blood pressure, digestion and many other functions, including how the body deals with stress.

Identifying the Core Issue

In his book, Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome, Wilson sheds light on the scope of the problem. “The fact that adrenal fatigue is unrecognized by conventional medicine has left millions of people suffering from an untreated problem that interferes with their ability to function normally and capacity to enjoy life. For those whose adrenal glands are ‘running on empty’, even something as basic as happiness seems almost out of reach,” comments Wilson, who resides in Tucson, Arizona. Individuals suffering from adrenal fatigue are most concerned about their low moods, energy, mental acuity and libido, for which conventional medicine typically prescribes antidepressant and anti-anxiety drugs. These medications do nothing to revive adrenal functioning. This faulty condition also affects weight gain and a propensity toward the development of some diseases, including


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fibromyalgia. “Your resiliency, energy, endurance and very life depend on the proper functioning of the adrenals,” Wilson says. We’ve inherited our sympathetic nervous system and its stress response of fight-or-flight from our prehistoric ancestors. It hasn’t evolved to differentiate between an acute threat to survival and the chronic threats from looming deadlines, financial pressures and other modern-day worries. “The adrenal stress response to physical danger or any perceived psychological threat is identical—the release of norepinephrine and epinephrine responsible for cascading physiological reactions,” explains Dr. Vijay Jain, who treats fatigue from an integrative perspective at his Mind Body Wellness Center, in Palm Coast, Florida.

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Adrenal fatigue is mainly a self-induced health problem that doesn’t just appear. It results from an accumulation of ongoing choices that we can change. Jain applies ayurvedic principles to reestablish balance in the body’s three prominent mind-body types that influence personal well-being. These are known as vata, pitta and kapha. For people primarily characterized by vata and pitta typology, fatigue is the result of being overactive and burning the candle at both ends. For those with kapha constitutions, fatigue is the outcome of a sedentary lifestyle with insufficient movement and eating the wrong foods for them. He further recommends getting more sleep with regular bedtimes, practices such as yoga nidra meditation, pranayama (yogic breathing) and a slower-paced yoga practice with longerheld meditative poses, as well as massage and a diet designed to restore our biological energies, or doshas, to a balanced state. “Depending on a patient’s constitution I advise some to slow down and burn 50 percent less of their candle, while I tell others to increase their physical activity and improve their diet.” Jain also recommends a type of ayurvedic purification and detoxification treatment that involves a series of five therapies including massage and herbal treatments. Performed in sequence, these allow the body and mind to drop into a state of peacefulness. Acupuncture treatments are also helpful, along with a regimen of adaptogenic herbs such as ginseng, schisandra and ashwagandha, according to Jain. In Happy Healthy Thyroid: The Essential Steps to Healing Naturally, author Andrea Beaman writes about how she recovered naturally from adrenal fatigue. To restore energy and vitality to the body, she further recommends the healing practices of hatha yoga, qigong and tai chi. “These modalities build energy, whereas power yoga, and cardiovascular exercises drain energy in fatigued individuals,” advises Beaman. She notes that it can take six months to two years to restore desired energy levels. Beaman counsels individuals with behavioral characteristics that make it more challenging to burn less of their candle. She grabs their attention with the critical nature of their situation. “‘You are in and out of life in a blink. If you’re exhausted at age 48, how are you going to live a vibrant, happy and exuberant life right up to the finish line?’ That generally works,” she says. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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tion with another, even if it’s fleeting. In Fredrickson’s perspective, such neural coupling is a biological manifestation of oneness in which a habitual focus on “me” expands to a life-expanding “we”.


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rue love is not something reserved exclusively for soulmates, couples, children, friends or family. Observations by sages for millennia and by enlightened scientists more recently are increasingly aligned with the point of view articulated by renowned meditation teacher Jack Kornfield that true love and awareness—a sense of universal connectivity and the idea that divinity, or the sacred, is found in all things—are indistinguishable.

Scientific View

This state of being, generally denoted by strong feelings of love or acceptance toward others, brings us into contact with universal energy which connects all of humanity with the natural world. Clues to our united commonality are explored in two 21st-century books, Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become, by Barbara L. Fredrickson, Ph.D., and A General Theory of Love, by medical doctors Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini and Richard Lannon. These authors explore the brain science that’s related to love and awareness. Although trying to grasp love intellectually may be like eating soup with a fork, the authors of A General Theory of Love cite feelings as a good starting point. Fredrickson describes love as “the momentary upwelling of three tightly


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interwoven events: a sharing of one or more positive emotions between you and another; a biochemical synchrony between your and the other person’s biochemistry and behaviors; and a reflected motive to invest in each other’s well-being that brings mutual care.” Fredrickson, director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, believes love is a complex physiological response; a “positivity resonance.” She describes key factors in love’s ability to biologically transform us as oxytocin, a hormone active in social bonding and attachments, and the vagus nerve deep within the brain stem that connects with numerous organs, including the lead “character” in this relationship, the heart. The neural synchrony of positivity resonance between the brains of two individuals is a connected oneness that Fredrickson notes is far more ubiquitous than previously thought possible. Her research shows that it requires only connection, not the intimacy or shared history that comes with any special bonds. Micro-moments of the connected oneness we feel as life-giving reverberations occur via shared smiles or laughter, a common compassion or an engaging story. Humans all hunger for such moments. The prerequisites are perceived safety and authentic sensory connec-

During their 30-year friendship, Bob Staretz collaborated with astronaut Edgar Mitchell, Sc.D., the lunar module pilot on Apollo 14 and founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, to research and write “The Quantum Hologram and the Nature of Consciousness,” published in the Journal of Cosmology. Their scientific theory explains how all of creation learns, self-corrects and evolves as a self-organizing, interconnected holistic system through love. “Without exception, everything in nature exists and works together in total balance, resonance and harmony, interacting as one. From this perspective, Edgar and I reached the obvious conclusion—the organizing principle of the cosmos is agape love, an ultimate form of unconditional love that accepts all things existing in nature without regard to conditions, expectations, shortcomings, flaws or faults,” explains Staretz. The former executive director of Eternea, an organization focused on spiritually transformative experiences and the study of consciousness, Staretz says individuals that undergo such an experience attest that loving one another and all of nature, of which we are a part, is the central reason for our existence. Anita Moorjani’s latest book, What If This Is Heaven? reiterates the life lesson she learned from her dramatic near-death experience in which she identified herself as a state of pure consciousness connected with everything in the cosmos. She clearly heard: “Your only work is to love yourself, value yourself and embody this truth of self-worth and self-love so that you can be love in action. That is true service, to yourself and to those who surround you.” This message continues with her, and she explains that by not loving ourselves, we are denying the part of God that expresses itself through us. An overarching insight from her lifechanging journey is, “Unconditional love is a state of being, not an emotion. It’s not just one side of the coin— it’s the whole coin.”

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~William Blake How-to Resources Interest in this deeper perspective led The Shift Network, which offers online transformative education, to host a recent Advanced Teachings for Truly Loving Yourself with Margaret Paul, P.h.D., co-author of Do I Have to Give Up Me to Be Loved By You? Many others are working to spread the word about a larger sense of lifegiving love, including Cleveland, Ohio, intuitive psychologist Debra L. Reble, Ph.D., author of Being Love: How Loving Yourself Creates Ripples of Transformation in Your Relationships and the World. She says, “Our soul’s purpose is to be and express love. We dream of love, yearn for love and make love, but rarely do we realize that we are love, a source of divine energy.” Reba Linker, a New York City life coach and author, hosts a Leaders in Self-Love Facebook page and the Paint Yourself into The Picture online coaching show. Linker’s philosophy on love resembles that of New Thought leader Michael Beckwith, minister, author and founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center, in Culver City, California—to discern that our true nature is love is to know that we are created in the very image and likeness of love, the essence of life itself. Gary Sinclair, author of Healing Memories in Seconds, views his life from an altitude of oceanic oneness. His 35 years of study in a field that uses energy to heal spirit, mind and body led him to develop Soul Link, a memory energy therapy. His work is changing the face of therapy for those with posttraumatic stress disorder and led to the revelation, “Love pulls whatever it touches to its highest potential.” Teaching what he knows “beyond a shadow of a doubt” helps to shift his students’ worldview. “All of creation is made up of electromagnetic energy vibrating at different frequencies. We are energy beings who can learn to manage our energy to heal ourselves. We are all connected by omnipresence,

the energy of love, a heart connection of life. Consciously choosing this awareness allows us to be ‘love living life.’” Kamini Desai, director of education for the Amrit Yoga Institute, in Salt Springs, Florida, lends her yogic perspective to love. “We are each a wave on the ocean of existence. Even though we are separate waves, we carry the essence of the same ocean. When that essence manifests in us as spirit, its quality is a healing force of love surrounding our cells, causing our heart to beat and regenerating our organs. This intelligence guides and directs the universe in the same manner that it heals and maintains our body. In yoga, we learn to listen to its subtle voice so that we can follow its urges and energetic impulses to the source from which it springs.” The perceptions of California’s HeartMath Institute founder Doc Childre, dedicated to helping people access their intuitive insight and heart intelligence, are generally aligned with those of Fredrickson. Both approaches recognize how order and balance in the nervous system and smooth, harmonious and coherent heart rhythms enhance our ability to clearly perceive a far larger universe of experience. The ensuing connections widen the windows of perception to view ourselves as no longer separate, but part of a unified whole. Accumulated micro-moments of love communicated through synchronized gazes, touches and vocalizations forge a shared subjective appreciation of connection and oneness. We feel ourselves embodying positive resonance and experience easier and more immediate rapport in familial, familiar and even new relationships. We discover abundant opportunities to feel love, loved and loving as we make ourselves available to them. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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Krista Tippett on Our Evolving Spirituality Why it Evokes Hope by Randy Kambic


rista Tippett helps us ponder the meaning of life as host and executive producer of On Being, the award-winning weekly radio program and podcast produced in Minneapolis for more than 400 public radio stations. The bestselling author of Einstein’s God: Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit has been acclaimed for thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence. Her latest book, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living, reflects upon how spirituality intersects with science, technology, health, art and politics. This daughter of a Southern Baptist minister first launched her show, originally titled Speaking of Faith (also the title of her first book), on Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media in 2003. Today, Tippett continues to discuss faith, spirit, inner growth and what it is to be human with leading authors, thought leaders and pioneering change makers. She also hosts online classes and a blog.

How has On Being evolved to reflect existing dimensions of spirituality that have proven surprising? I am fascinated with how spiritual life and religious identity have evolved in the last decade. This part of life is more fluid than it’s ever been in human history. We are the first generation that


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didn’t inherit religious identity like we do a hometown. We craft our spiritual lives and choose our faith, even if it’s the faith of our families. In many that don’t claim a religious affiliation, especially Millennials, I encounter a spiritual curiosity and ethical passion akin to religion at its best. Because seekers dwell both inside and outside of traditions, my life of conversation stretches beyond boundaries in ways I did not expect when I began. I also never imagined that I’d interview physicists, evolutionary biologists and neuroscientists exploring territory previously reserved for theologians and philosophers. Together, they are illuminating the ancient questions related to our place in the cosmos; the nature of human freedom and consciousness; even beauty and the reality of mystery.

Which guests do you feel have resonated the most with listeners and why? A show that seems to have touched more people most deeply is my interview with the Irish poet, philosopher and author John O’Donohue just before he died in his early 50s. He radiated such an unusual combination of qualities: wisdom, tenderness and playfulness; mysticism, theology and a raw Celtic earthiness. He’s someone who could speak of God with great wildness, strangeness—and authority. He inspired with his vision of beauty as a human

calling and somehow embodied it for the listener. I meet all kinds of people that keep that show on their playlist and listen again and again. In general, my favorite guest is the most recent person interviewed. At the moment, it’s Jimmy Wales, the Wikipedia co-founder, who stunned me with his insistence on kindness as the virtue that’s made this nonprofit’s ethos and accomplishments possible. Another is civil rights veteran Ruby Sales, who wisely works to uplift the human drama of our political/social moment, like the way we must come to be as articulate about what we love as about what outrages us.

How do you see people’s awakening sensibilities influencing local and global issues? I am drawn to the notion that we are in the adolescence of our species. The globe right now is like a map of the teenage brain, prone to recklessness and destruction in places and simultaneously possessing vast potentials for creativity and advances. So many are relentless in telling the story of destruction that it seriously colors how we tell the story of our time. I stand among those shining a light on the abundant beauty, goodness and courage in our world so these become more visible and evident at a global level.

Are you optimistic about the future? I am hopeful about the future. My life of meaningful conversation has led me to re-imagine the meaning of hope. It has nothing to do with wishful thinking, but rests on the lives of beauty and goodness I see everywhere I turn. It’s a choice—a more exacting and courageous choice than cynicism or resignation. The pain and fear alive in the world surface as anger and violence, and some of us are called to be calmers of fear. We must create the world we want our children to inhabit and do so together. Hope isn’t an option on this path; it is one of our primary resources for getting there. Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor in Estero, FL, and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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ealing takes place on multiple levels: physical, emotional, karmic and spiritual. There is a spiritual reason that physical and emotional illnesses occur. Perhaps there is too much emotional attachment in one’s life or environment. There may be an excess of fear or anger, which works itself out through the weakest parts of the body. Treatments that work for one person may not work for another, because each person has a different vibration. One person may find herbal medicines the most healing, while another may need more aggressive prescription drugs. With so many different healing modalities available, how does one find the most effective modality? The key to finding the healing solution is to stay in tune with divine spirit. Admittedly, this can be difficult when pain is extreme, but not impossible. Even five minutes of chanting the word HU, pronounced “hue,” an ancient name for god, can awaken the consciousness to possible solutions. The solutions may come as gentle nudges and information received from multiple sources: a friend, an article in a magazine, a doctor, a dream, or others. True and complete healing occurs when a person’s heart is open to receiving the gift. It’s important to be grateful for both the gift of healing and the gift of the lesson the illness has taught. If one practices an attitude of gratitude by being grateful for every little thing, such as a loving pet, a smile from a stranger and having the funds to pay the electric bill, then one’s heart will be open to messages for healing. Open the heart and the consciousness will follow. In contemplation, ask the source of divine love, “What is my next spiritual step?” and be aware of the whispered answer. Then, take action without hesitation. Once a problem has been turned over to divine spirit, don’t take the problem back; rather simply trust.


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those who impressed their view on us. When we bring awareness to what we are hearing/thinking, we’re able to name the person who is speaking to us through our thoughts. Awareness disempowers the thought, especially if it’s a negative thought about ourselves. This is because the negative thought is not actually our own. It’s a thought that belongs to someone else. And so, we can choose to let it go and replace it with an authentic thought about ourselves.

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or better or worse, most of us have restricted some aspect of ourselves or have not fully embraced some part of our life. There are many reasons why we might hold ourselves back. We may carry memories of negative early experiences, hold hurt feelings from a more recent difficulty, or have a lack of familiarity with other more positive potentials. It may be that we ruminate on negative thoughts, experience emotional instability or come at our life with a lack of imagination. A negative inner dialog is sometimes referred to as the “inner critic”. It’s that familiar voice inside our head that says negative things, tells us that

we’re not good enough, or criticizes our every action. Our inner dialogue is shaped by our self-talk, and is composed of internalized voices from our past, thought habits we’ve cultivated, environments we choose to be in and the effects of stress and strain. There are, however, ways to effectively treat the negativity and shift our inner world towards a more positive mindset.

Voices from the past

When voices from the past fill our mind, we often confuse them with our own thoughts. Yet, if we listen closely, these thoughts are not usually in our own voice; they’re in the voices of

Some habits die hard. One habit that is particularly difficult to give up is catastrophizing. This describes a way of thinking that imagines a negative outcome or assumes the worst. When we engage in this type of thinking, we’re less happy and closed off to unforeseen outcomes. When finding one’s self catastrophizing, try reframing the situation. Look for what’s going right in a given situation and examine one’s thoughts to see if they truly match reality. For example, a simple reframe would be to remove words like never and always from our thinking. This alone will create more room for positive experiences.

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The company we keep makes a huge difference on our self-talk. The way the people around us talk about themselves, talk about us and act towards us has an effect on the way we think. When trying to overcome negative inner dialogue, it’s helpful to take a look around and see what the people around us are saying and doing. A choice to be happy might include the choice to surround oneself with happy and positive people.

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Stress can wear us down over time. As we start to feel run down, our thinking tends to get more negative and our bad habits begin to come to the surface. Sometimes they can even take over. So, it’s important to take good care of ourselves so that we have the strength to stay positive in the face of difficulty. When thinking negative thoughts, ask, “Have I been taking care of myself in the best way possible?” If not, it might be time to make more space in one’s day for self-care. If feeling held back in life, or craving more from each moment, check in with what’s happening between the ears. If there is a lot of negative thinking, or even just a little, take some time to apply the suggestions above to shift into a more positive perspective. These small changes will help free you up to more genuinely express your full self. Dr. Kate Siner is an award-winning entrepreneurial and personal development mentor, speaker, author and radio show host. She has a Ph.D. in psychology and years of both clinical and coaching experience. Her passion is to help people move past whatever holds them back so that they may embrace all they can be. Siner has developed a series of successful personal development programs, newest of which is her LifeWork Community Program. Learn more at or See ad on page 11.

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ature’s holiday decorations can transcend cliché pine wreaths or farmed trees to make highly personalized indoor décor that supersedes traditional greenery. Yet mistletoe, holly leaves and berries, eucalyptus, poinsettias, tree needles, acorns and a cut tree’s water reservoir can be harmful to both pets and children. Here are some better choices.

The Tree

For smaller spaces or to make a statement, try grouping topiary trees of varying heights draped with solar twinkle lights and small ornaments or fresh flowers to create a focal point in a bay window. “A lemon-lime cypress lends another burst of unexpected color on an entry hall table,” says freelance floral designer Janet Corrao, in Nutley, New Jersey. “It smells good, too.” Plants six inches tall work well. Corrao suggests setting the pots in colorful, inexpensive metal buckets from craft stores for added glamour. Unless deemed a hazard to active kids or pets, set up a mid-sized step-

stool on a table or open a six-foot ladder in a corner and hang ornaments down the center space; add garlands and lights and set potted flowers and small gift boxes on the steps. Search “alternative Christmas trees” at Pinterest. com for more ideas. Another option uses hedge-like plants in lieu of a tree. Consider an English or Japanese boxwood plant or evergreen lilly pilly, and then trim to the desired size and shape. Plant it outdoors as weather and climate permit.

The Table

“While we were working on a photo shoot, the photographer decided to include a Christmas scene. I was able to add fresh greenery from the property to the red ornaments and white orchids that I’d brought along. It made a striking centerpiece running the entire length of the table,” says florist Angie Zimmerman, of Angie Zimmerman Designs, in El Dorado Hills, California. “For the fireplace mantel I used branches with red berries to add height on either side of the central mirror and then duplicated the centerpiece design between them.”

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A festive table can be dressed with appealing edibles. Use a bread wreath as a base and stud it with skewered basil leaves, cherry tomatoes and small balls of fresh mozzarella cheese for an easy, self-serve, Caprese appetizer. A colorful dish of balsamic dressing or another dip in the center, along with small plates and holiday napkins, completes the offering. For a sit-down dinner variant, place a few Caprese skewers in small, clear, glass vases along the table with individual finger bowls of dip. Flatleafed green parsley sprigs add another special touch. Zimmerman further suggests using deep-red Roma apples, cored, as candle holders. Make living place cards with small pots of herbs. Chalkboard paint identifies the plant and guest seating. Also consider colorful painted pots sporting a small cactus. Transform oranges into aromatic pomanders by scoring the rinds with a citrus stripper in a spiral, circle or other pattern. Use a small nail to make holes and stud the fruits with whole cloves. Adding seasonal greenery and sterilized pine cones makes a beautiful and fragrant centerpiece.

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“I love to use pine cones for centerpieces,” Corrao says. “Our weather is cold enough that I don’t have to worry about bugs when collecting cones in the neighborhood.” For warmer climates, bake the pine cones for 30 minutes in a 200-degree oven to melt excess sap, kill insects and fully open them. Sold online or in kitchenware stores, a bay leaf wreath offers cheer at the door. After the holidays, hang it in

the kitchen for easy access. “Kumquats, lemons, tangerines, small oranges and crabapples add color to green wreaths,” notes Corrao.

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For many, Christmas demands the smell of fresh pine boughs. Spice up the traditional greenery with carnations or other light-hued flowers colored with the juices of fresh, canned or frozen fruits and veggies—red from cranberries, beets and cherries; yellow and orange from yellow onions and carrots; purple from blackberries; green from spinach; pink from strawberries; and blue from red cabbage or blueberries. Freshly cut the flower stems and put them in the liquid from crushed produce or the can to absorb color. Hang garlands out of reach of young children and pets. Navjot Kaur, of Navjot Designs, in Chicago, says, “We all have greenery in our yard or patio gardens that can be used for the holidays. It’s fun to alter the design based upon what is available.” Imagination and inspiration can spark new, greener traditions.

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uring jam-packed special occasions like holidays, our drinks should multitask, too. We need festive tipples to refresh us without overdoing it, restore equilibrium if we overeat or drink or revive us when we’re feeling low from a seasonal cold or flu. In addition to traditional offerings that family and friends might expect, why not add a new and improved signature drink to everyone’s repertoire? These feel-good beverages, featuring winter fruits high in vitamin C, anthocyanins, therapeutic herbs and fresh ginger, deliver delicious boosts to help us feel our best.  


The season of hospitality is happily also the season of pomegranates, blood oranges and Meyer lemons (a sweeter, thin-skinned, aromatic variety). These vibrant fruits give a taste of good cheer to anything we can pour, shake, muddle or simmer. Whether we offer fresh-squeezed blood orange juice in the morning, a nonalcoholic cocktail of pomegranate juice and sparkling water, or a squeeze of Meyer lemon juice in a hot toddy or tea, the tart flavor is a sure pick-me-up. The red color in antioxidant-rich blood oranges and pomegranates indicates the presence of anthocyanins, compounds that might help prevent cancer and heart disease, as well as treat eye disorders, according to an article published in the Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology. Meyer lemons are a good source of vitamin C, essential for producing collagen needed to support the formation of new bone, blood vessels, ligaments and tendons, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.


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After an evening of over-imbibing, our systems need to reboot. The stomach needs help in processing alcohol, plus we may be dehydrated and feeling a little queasy. Filtered water, coconut water or a sweet, caffeine-free coffee or carbonated beverage of the lemon-lime variety rehydrate, as well as help our digestive system break down and flush out the alcohol. According to Registered Dietitian Aicacia Young, in Austin, Texas, founder of, the simple act of drinking water before we go to bed can assist in the recovery process. Research published in the Food & Function journal found that lemonlime soda helps the body metabolize alcohol better by speeding up its ability to process the compound aldehyde dehydrogenase, the main cause of hangover symptoms. For nausea and motion sickness, ginger or peppermint tea can help, according to studies in the American Journal of Physiology and the French Prescrire International.  


Sometimes the stress of holiday to-dos, often combined with travel, can lower the resilience of our immune system. When we feel symptoms of a cold or flu coming on, the classic hot toddy can help us feel human again. The alcohol in whiskey is a natural decongestant; plus, it helps get us to sleep. Honey soothes and perky lemon juice gives us hope that we’ll feel better the next day.   Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS. Connect at



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Blood Orange French 75 Yields: 1 serving In a champagne flute, pour a jigger of gin, the juice of half a blood orange and a squeeze of Meyer lemon juice. Top up with champagne. Courtesy of Kathryne Taylor, a whole foods and vegetarian blogger; Search

Holiday Sangria Yields: 8 servings Combine 1 liter of cabernet sauvignon, a quart of pomegranate juice, ¼ cup agave nectar, 1 thinly sliced Meyer lemon and 1 thinly sliced pear in a pitcher. Add ice and stir. Pour into glasses to serve.

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Bring 1 cup of water to a boil. While it’s boiling, place 7 to 10 fresh organic mint leaves in a tea cup. Pour the hot water over the mint leaves and let them steep in the cup for 5 minutes. Strain out leaves as desired, and enjoy. Courtesy of Heather Crosby, author of YumUniverse: Infinite Possibilities for a Gluten-Free, Plant-Powerful, WholeFood Lifestyle; fresh-peppermint-tea.

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Meyer Lemon Hot Toddy Yields: 1 serving

Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, and then add 1 small knob of fresh ginger, precut into thin slices. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain out the ginger slices and serve in a mug.

Bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Remove from the heat. Stir in the juice of half a Meyer lemon, a tablespoon or two of honey and a jigger of whiskey. Serve hot in a mug.

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hen sugar was a commodHealthier Holiday Snacks ity only the wealthy could Mothers Amy Roskelley and Natalie afford, “visions of sugarMonson, of Provo, Utah, agree that raisplums” danced in the heads of chiling healthy kids is a challenge. Dealing dren ensconced in Clement Moore’s with picky eaters, getting family mem’Twas the Night Before Christmas. bers to exercise and sourcing organic Now, cheap candy is everywhere and baby care products are all in a day’s not all that special. What is special work for them. It’s why they founded is making memories aligned with Subscribers contemporary traditions while enjoying naturally sweet, healthy treats that have access to meal plans, recipes and healthy parenting tips. Recent advice kids will remember helping to create. includes ditching prepackaged popcorn “It’s important to limit sugary snacks, even during the holidays,” says (listing unpronounceable ingredients) Claire McCarthy, a Boston Children’s and instead making the treat at home— Hospital pediatrician, Harvard Medical popping kernels in coconut oil and School assistant professor of pediatrics topping the result with maple snickerand senior editor for Harvard Health doodle flavorings. Publications. She is also a mother of   Many moms turn to online elementary school kids. “We need to boards for party ideas. Fun photos use the opportunity—any opportunity posted there guide kids in creating these days—to teach children and naturally sweet treats, such as fresh families about eating healthy.” fruit skewers shaped like elves or   Natural Awakenings recommends using organic and non-GMO (genetically modified) ingredients whenever possible.


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“Building a gingerbread house is a time-honored tradition for many families,” says Jacquie Fisher, a Kansas City, Missouri, mom who masterminds the educational blog and kid-friendly adventure postings at KCEdventures. com. Learning to construct the edible structure is intriguing fun. “Testing out how to balance the walls, construct a roof and put together a fun little structure is the perfect intro to some basic physics principles,” she notes. Because she’s not a fan of sugar icing and candy add-ons, Fisher’s kids connect over how to make Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’s stable with whole-wheat graham crackers “glued” together with a homemade maple caramel mixed with coconut milk. They decorate using dried fruit, nuts, dry cereal and flaked coconut.  

Christmas Stocking Stuffer and Hanukkah Gelt For healthy alternatives to sugary candy, savvy parents source sweet treats made with 100 percent fruit juice and fair trade chocolate available at health food stores and markets. Registered Dietitian Abbie Gellman, in New York City, reinvents the Hanukkah gelt, or foil-wrapped chocolate coins, that Jewish children traditionally receive. She flattens dried apricots with a kitchen mallet, dips them in melted dark chocolate and then sprinkles the treats with sea salt. We can always make wonderful memories true to the spirit of holiday traditions, and do it today in a healthier way. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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Place chocolate in the top of a doubleboiler over simmering water and stir until the chocolate has melted.

Popcorn: 1 tsp coconut oil, melted ½ cup popcorn kernels

Dip each apricot in chocolate, coating ½ to ¾ of the apricot. Place on wire racks set over parchment or wax paper and sprinkle with sea salt. Let stand until set.

Maple Snickerdoodle Topping: 1 Tbsp coconut oil 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup ½ tsp cinnamon Sea salt to taste

Transfer apricots to baking sheets lined with parchment or wax paper and refrigerate until firm. The gelt may be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to three days.

Heat the coconut oil in a medium saucepan, with a lid, over medium heat. Add 3 kernels of popcorn and wait for them to pop. Once the test kernels start to pop, add the rest, cover and allow to pop, shaking occasionally until popping slows to a near stop.

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an and woman’s best four-legged friend can activate and energize even the most reluctant couch potato or exhausted owner, making the family dog an excellent exercise buddy. Regardless of how lax we may be, everyone feels better after some kind of workout. A study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology confirms that working up a sweat outdoors affords an appealing boost of energy, enjoyment and improved state of mind. Dogs love routine, so they’ll be waiting by the door for their daily walks. Make each outing mindful by letting the pet choose the route and pace. While they stop to sniff, do hamstring stretches by leaning against a wall, fence or tree. Once the warm-up portion is completed, add sprints to burn more calories. Ask for a sit, pick a goal a short distance away and then give the cue to run together fast. After arriving at the goal, ask for another sit. “Our favorite time to go is before 7 a.m. to avoid cars and when the asphalt isn’t too hot for his paws,” says Monica Weintraub, a food and travel blogger currently working from Beijing, China. “Carl loves the burst of energy, and we both build muscle.”

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Thursday, December 1 Ayurveda for Stress Management – 6:30-7:30pm. Life and the Holiday Season can be stressful. Come learn ayurveda’s simple remedies to help ease daily stress and bring balance into our lives. Free. Little Compton Wellness Center, 115 E Main Rd, Little Compton. To register: 401-592-0400.

Friday, December 2 A Night With UK Medium Andrew Dee – 7-9pm. Renowned UK psychic/medium will hold a gallery reading at the Newport Elks Club. Limited space; get your tickets now. $65. Newport Elks club, 141 Pelham St, Newport. 401-500-1908. lashton1124. Snow Day Paint Night – 7-9pm. Come sip, paint, relax and create with us as you paint your unique masterpiece of “Snow Day.” Enjoy 2 complimentary beverages and snacks. No experience needed, preregistration required. $35; free and safe parking. Paint the Town Studios, 1150 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-440-8508.

Saturday, December 3 John of God Crystal Healing Bed – 9am-4pm. Come receive an hour long healing session on the amazing John of God Crystal Healing Bed. Sessions must be booked in advance. Please contact Ernie at (401) 641-3516. $50. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 South Rose St, East Providence. Ayurvedic Course Free Info Session – 10-11am. Being Ayurveda’s 500 Hour Ayurvedic Healing Course starts Jan 2017. Come learn what this beautiful program has to offer; certifications, personal growth, health and wellness. With Mary Guerenabarrena. Free info session. Bristol Yoga Studio, 13 R State St, Bristol. 401-864-8006. Vision Board for 2017 – 11am-1:30pm. Join us to create a picture or vision of what you want to attract into your life in 2017. $20/preregistration, $25/at door. It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-3585. Drumming and Healing Circle – 7-9pm. With Tracy and Doug. Bring own drum or rattle if you have one. Join us in the circle feeling the heartbeat of the drum. $20. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

Sunday, December 4 Usui Reiki Level Two – 9am-5pm. Join us for a sacred day of learning and spirit connection. Receive: Reiki II Attunement, comprehensive manual, symbols and certification. With Shari Bitsis. $200. Savvy Image Gift Shop, 657 Quarry St, Fall River. RSVP: 401-465-4249 or Eckankar Worship Service – 10-11am. The Mahanta: A companion in Life, for Life. All are welcome; we do not discriminate for any reason. Refreshments follow service. Free. Eckankar, 2914 Post Rd Unit 3, Warwick.


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Long Chant, Deep Meditation – 1-2pm. Join us for a session of long chant that is chanting the same chant for a half hour; allowing it to go deeper and deeper within gently moving us into deep meditation. Free; donation appreciated. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766. Empowering the Divine Feminine – 1-4pm. This intro to Goddessing is team taught by psychic Cris McCullough and astrologer, Cathy Pagano.Share stories, ritual, spellcasting and more. Empower yourself. Donation. Gather Herbs, 312 Broadway, Newport. 401-314-4014. The Art of Breathing – 2-5pm. Join Tom Gillette in this experiential workshop, and learn how to use breath to counteract issues associated with anxiety and depression. Bring a mat. All levels welcome. $45. All That Matters PVD, 1 Park Row, Providence. 401-782-2126. ecoRI News’ Regift Sale & Fundraiser - 2-5pm. Find a loving home for your unwanted gifts at ecoRI News’ first ever Regift Sale & Fundraiser. Bring up to 10 items to swap and “pay what you want” for newfound treasures in our honor jars, where every penny collected goes to ecoRI’s news gathering operation. Free. Eco RI, Wild Colonial, 250 South Water St, Providence. 40162156. Gong Bath – 6:30-7:30pm. Students relax comfortably with bolsters and blankets. Ideal for stress management, breaking up emotional/energetic blockages, and restoring balance in the body. $20. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Monday, December 5 Heart Sounds Evaluation – 6:30-8pm. 10-min appt slots are available on 1st come, 1st serve basis for Heart Sounds check up. Rate, rhythm and tone require proper nutritional balance. Evaluation will be done. $10/person per time slot. Cumberland Family Chiropractic, 2333 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-334-0535.

Tuesday, December 6 The Mindfulness of Breath & Focus – 12-1pm. instructor Audrey Loberti will guide you through a series of breathing techniques that will enable you to develop a deeper mindfulness, make you more aware and present. Free. The Empowerment Factory, 999 Main St, Studio 707, Pawtucket. 401-365-1010. Community HU Chant – 7-7:30pm. HU is an ancient name for God. Chanting HU connects us with God so that we may receive Divine guidance at any time. All are welcome. The chant starts promptly at 7pm. Free. Eckankar, 2914 Post Rd Unit 3, Warwick.

markyourcalendar RIANP Fundraiser at Flatbread – 5-9pm. The Rhode Island Association of Naturopathic Physicians gets a donated percentage of every pizza ordered in-house, as take out, or home delivery on that night. Additionally, on location we will be hosting a raffle with prizes. RINAP, Flatbread Company, 161 Cushing St, Providence.

Wednesday, December 7 Group Manifestation for You Holiday – 7-9:30pm. Special Holiday Craft Night. Potluck. End with guided meditation filled with positive emotions in order to group manifest for each other and the planet. With Shari Bitsis. $15. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk. RSVP: 401-465-4249 or

Thursday, December 8 Awakening Through Drum Healing – 10am12pm. Have you had a situation where you haven’t felt the same since? You may have experienced power and/or soul loss. Shamanic drum healing returns lost parts to the self, removes energetic blocks and restores harmony. $35/person; group format. 150 Adirondack Drive, E. Greenwich. To register: 401-736-6500 or Herb Talk – 6:30-8pm. Managing Stress and Anxiety through the Holidays. Join us tonight as we explore ways to stay cool and glide through the season with ease. A taste testing, talk and time. Free. It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-3585. Monthly World Compassion Evening – 6:308pm. Gathering for those who wish to participate in collective forgiveness work directed towards the suffering on the planet. Guided group meditation of loving-kindness. With Shari Bitsis. $10 donation to go to local charity. Oak Moon Art Studio, Reynolds School, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-465-4249.

Friday, December Reiki Second Degree – Dec 9 & 11. 6-9pm, Fri; 10am-5pm, Sun. Join Myra Partyka in this 2-day workshop as you explore reiki in greater depth and further expand your healing capabilities. Reiki I certification required. $250; or $150 for repeat ATM students. All That Matters, 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126. Gong Bath: Healing With Sound – 6:30-8pm. Allow the resonance of the gongs, singing bowls, drums, and other sound healing instruments to lull you into a state of deep peace. Bring a mat, pillow and blanket. $25/pre-registered, $30/at door. It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-3585. Shamanic Drum Healing – 6:30-8:30pm. Drum healing restores balance and bring us into alignment with our true nature through removal of blocks, returning lost power and soul parts. Bring a mat and blanket. With Paul DiSegna and Katharine Rossi. $35. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fkl, Reynolds Bldg, Bristol. 401-787-8877.

Monday, December 12

markyourcalendar Paint a Pair of Poinsettia Bowls – 7-9pm. Enjoy 2 complimentary beverages and snacks as you relax and paint these decorative “Poinsettia Bowls.” No painting experience needed, pre-registration required. $35; free and safe parking. Paint the Town Studios, 1150 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-440-8508.

Saturday, December 10 Jingle Mingle Christmas and Psychic Fair – 9am3pm. Come and see a psychic/medium Lisa Ashton to connect with loved ones around the holidays. $30. Johnston Senior High School, 345 Cherry Hill Rd, Johnston. 401-500-1908. lashton1124.wixsite. com/mysite. Meditation Half-Day Retreat – 12:30-5pm. Take time with Dr. Robert Van Horn to practice guided and silent meditations, listen to spiritual talks, and connect with your true nature. No experience necessary. $45. All That Matters, 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126. Shamanic Drum Healing – 6:30-8:30pm. Drum healing restores balance and bring us into alignment with our true nature through removal of blocks, returning lost power and soul parts. Bring a mat and blanket. With Paul DiSegna and Katharine Rossi. $35. All Things Magickal, 35 East Ave, Harrisville. 401-567-4700.

Sunday, December 11

markyourcalendar Holiday Open House – 11am-5pm. Come join us for our 1st Holiday Open House. Stop in for some refreshments and meet our staff. There will be some vendors there, so buy a gift or two to lessen your shopping list. Take advantage of a free 10 min chair reiki session. Free. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Free Info for Yoga Teacher Training – 4-4:45pm. Come with questions, leave with answers about our dynamic 200-Hour Teacher training starting January 2017. The program includes progressive teaching practicums. Free. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Live a Healthier Life with Young Living Essentials Class – 6-7:30pm. Come learn how Young Living Essential Oils paired with a few common sense wellness suggestions will help you stay healthy all winter long. Free. The Empowerment Factory, 999 Main St, Studio 707, Pawtucket. 401-365-1010. Restorative Yoga: Pre-Holiday Class – 6:308pm. Join us for a deliciously nurturing program: restorative yoga calms, soothes and heals. Open to everyone. Bring a friend. Teacher has advanced training in restorative. $15; please reserve a space. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401658-4802. Shamanic Dream Circle – 7-9pm. Explore your night dreams, waking dreams and active dreams from the shamanic perspective of power and healing. Share your dreams to open your perception and insight. With Katharine Rossi. $10. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

Tuesday, December 13

markyourcalendar Creating a Toxic Free Home Using YL Essential Oils – 12-1pm. During this workshop participants will learn how some simple changes in your home can lead to a happier, healthier life for you, your family and your pets. Have a toxic free home. Free. The Empowerment Factory, 999 Main St, Studio 707, Pawtucket. 401-365-1010. Drum Healing – 6:30-8pm. Join the Cape Cod Medium, Karmle Conrad, for a fun night of drum healing. Let the sound vibrations cleanse your energy field. If you have your own drum bring it with you. $15. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. Have You Had a Spiritual Experience? – 7-8:15pm. This is an open discussion about spiritual experiences, their importance and their meaning. Meet people who have had spiritual experiences and are willing to listen. Sponsored by Eckankar. Free. Warwick Library, 600 Sandy Ln, Warwick.

Wednesday, December 14 Guided Meditation & Reiki Share – 6:30-8pm. 15-min guided meditation, followed by a reiki share. If you have reiki training level one or above you can practice your reiki and receive at this reiki share. If not, you will be able to receive. Free. The Empowerment Factory, 999 Main St, Studio 707, Pawtucket. 401-365-1010. Oh Christmas Tree Paint Night – 6:45-9pm. Sip, paint, relax in our stress free, no judgement zone as you recreate “Oh Christmas Tree.” Enjoy 2 complimentary beverages along with snacks. No experience needed; pre-registration required. $35; free and safe parking. Paint the Town Studios, 1150 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-440-8508. Pranayama: It Begins With the Breath – 7-9pm. Breath connects you to your life-force (prana). Expand your awareness, improve your practice and develop sound judgement. A deep body/mind opening experience for all levels. With Bobby Ducharme. $25; $20 by Dec 12. Heart Spot Yoga, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-864-5411.

Thursday, December 15 Shamanic Journey Group – 1-2:30pm. Journey to a live drum as you practice modern applications of this ancient technique. Gain insight and understanding about yourself, your relationships and the world. With Katharine Rossi. $10. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Reynolds Bldg, Bristol. 401-787-8877. Vision Board for 2017 – 6-8:30pm. Join us to create a picture or vision of what you want to attract in your life in 2017. $20/pre-registration, $25/at door. It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, use back door, Cumberland. 401-305-3585. Reiki Share – 7-9pm. With Sheila Olson. Practice reiki in a small group setting. Share experiences and help each other develop in a safe, fun environment while in a wonderful, relaxing, rejuvenating experience. Registration required. $5. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

Friday, December 16 Align with the Season Ceremony – 6:30-8pm. Join us for shamanic ceremony to release blocks, open and align more fully to the energy of the Winter Solstice. Bring an item for the altar that will return with you. With Katharine Rossi and Paul DiSegna. Free. Energy-N-Elements, 150 Adirondack Rd, East Greenwich. 401-736-6500.

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Saturday, December 24

Change your thoughts and you change your world. ~Norman Vincent Peale Reiki Share – 6:30-8pm. Open to all certified Reiki practitioners, all Levels, who wish to gather for group practice and collaboration. With Shari Bitsis. $5. Savvy Image Gift Shop, 657 Quarry St, Fall River. RSVP: 401-465-4249 or Fourth Friday Healing Gong Bath – 7:30-9pm. Joy and Shawn will lull you into complete relaxation with the resonant sounds of the gongs, singing bowls and drums. Bring a mat, pillow and blanket. $20/ pre-registered; $25/at door. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-722-9876. Ecstatic Dance Providence – 8-10:30pm. Join us for Yule Dance. Cosmic beats, community and authentic movement in a safe, substance-free, judgement-free environment. No dance experience is required. $12-$15. The Movement Exchange, 545 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. EcstaticDanceProvidence.

Saturday, December 17 Yoga and Meditation Half-Day Retreat – 9am12pm. Look inward and contemplate the events of the past year with Jenn Thomas. Celebrate this year’s approaching solstice by exploring mindfulness meditation and yin yoga. $45. All That Matters, 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126. Special: All Day Phone Readings – 9am-5pm. Holiday special; today only. Phone readings: $35/.5hr; $65/1-hr reading. 401-500-1908. lashton1124. Radical Relaxation – 3-4:15pm. Complete relaxation occurs only as a result of alleviating all three levels of tension: physical, emotional and mental. Join Bhakti Prem and experience deep relaxation. $25, $20/pre-register. All That Matters EG, 63 Cedar Ave, Ste 10, East Greenwich. 401-782-2126. Champagne Toast Paint Night – 6:45-9pm. Enjoy 2 complimentary beverages and snacks as you relax and recreate “Winter Path.” No painting experience needed; pre-registration required. $35, free and safe parking. Paint the Town Studios, 1150 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-440-8508.


Sunday, December 18 Eckankar Worship Service – 10-11am. Discover The Fabric That Connects Us All. All are invited, we do not discriminate. Refreshments served after service. Free. Eckankar, 2914 Post Rd Unit 3, Warwick. Discover Your Imprint with Astrology – 1-3pm. A reflective journey in self-discovery through astrology to get back to a truer, confident, empowered you. With Claudia Trivelas. $30. The Movement Exchange, The Mills, 545 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 917-548-9911. Santa: Sunday Afternoon Family Paint – 4-6pm. Sip, paint, relax with the family in our no judgement zone as you recreate “Santa.” Enjoy 2 complimentary beverages along with snacks. No experience needed; pre-registration required. $25, free and safe parking. Paint the Town Studios, 1150 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-440-8508.

Monday, December 19 Group Manifestation for You & Earth – 7-9:30pm. Join us as we visualize and develop scripts filled with positive emotions in order to group manifest for each other and Earth. Guided meditation format. With Shari Bitsis. $15. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk. RSVP: 401-465-4249 or

Tuesday, December 20 Shamanic Journey Group – 7-8:45pm. Journey to a live drum as you practice modern applications of this ancient technique. Gain insight and understanding about yourself, your relationships and the world. With Katharine Rossi. $10. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

Wednesday, December 21 Holiday Gong Bath – 6:30-8pm. Immerse yourself in the sounds of gongs, singing bowls, drums, and experience profound relaxation to release holiday stress. Bring a mat or lounge chair, pillow and blanket. $20/pre-registered, $25/at door. Mystic Organics and More, 35 E Williams Ave, Mystic, CT. 860-245-4135.

Joy To The World! – 5:30-7pm. Join us for one of the most beautiful and devotional events of the year. Celebrate the Birth of Christ in story, music, meditation, chant, candlelight and song. Free; donation appreciated. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766.

Friday, December 30 Messages of the Light – 7-9:30pm. A gallery-style reading event with Kimberly D. Testa and Ashley V. Rodzen. Both are gifted intuitives, empaths, healers, animal communicators, and mediums. $44. It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-3585.

Saturday, December 31 Psychic New Year’s Eve – 11am-7pm. Access your soul wisdom for the New Year. Tarot with Cris at The Newport Mystical Society Celebration. $20/20 mins. The Elks Lodge, Corner of Pelham & Bellevue Ave, Newport. 401-861-6778. Spiritually Powerful Start New Year – 6-8pm. Release the energy of the past; give strength to your positive resolutions. Chanting, meditation and ceremony to release past karma. Prayers for world peace. Come 1 hr or 2. Free; donation appreciated. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766.


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Celebration of Life Service – 9:15-10:30am. Come, celebrate your spiritual magnificence with inspirational music, affirmative prayer, meditation, lessons in the Science of Mind. Children’s program & child care. Teens meet last Sunday of each month. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552.

Heart Spot Yoga – 9:45-11:15am. No class Dec 26. Luxuriate in a gentle yoga practice. Experience your breath and body as you relax and recharge. Feel what is happening in the moment. Find love, joy and peace in yourself. With Bobby Ducharme. $15/dropin. Heart Spot Yoga, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-864-5411.

Journey Dance: Sunday Style – 10-11:30am. Journey Dance is a grooving conscious dance form that will organically/playfully help you connect into your body, into your truths, and out of your head. $10-$25 sliding scale. The Movement Exchange, Pawtucket. 401-450-1888.

Svaroopa® Yoga Class for Beginners – 11am12:30pm. Svaroopa® is a slow moving yoga that releases deeply held tension. With poses that adapt to your body with blankets as props, you find deep relaxation, calm and ease. With Maria Sichel. New students: $50/5 classes; $20/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

Spiritualist Service – 10-11:30am. Come experience the First Spiritualist Church of RI every Sunday. Service includes healing, a guided meditation, and our guest medium giving a talk and spirit messages. Free. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. Sunday Service at Ananda – 10am-12pm. Join us weekly for a beautiful Sunday Service and Festival of Light including Christmas and New Year’s Day, followed by potluck lunch. Teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. Donation. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766. Psychic Development Circle – 5-7pm. 1st and 3rd Sundays. Intuitive healer Kimberly Testa will offer energetic attunements, guidance and a safe place to explore our abilities. $20. It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, use back door, Cumberland. 401-3053585.

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Kripalu Yoga – 4:15-5:45pm. With Susan McLare. Experience breath work, simple stretches to warm the body and yoga poses that tone and strengthen, allowing the heart and body to release and open. Beginners welcome. New students: $50/5 classes; $15/ eries. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

tuesday Barre Balance – 5:30-6:30pm. This fun class is a full-body workout influenced by ballet, yoga and Pilates, with a strong focus on postural strength, alignment, breath and muscle action. Pay what you can. Kinetic Expressions, 400 Reservoir Ave, Ste LLO, Providence. 401-467-4325. Kripalu & Yin Yoga: Cumberland – 6-7:15pm. All level: moderate posture flow, slow/deep floor work including restorative yoga to help you unwind and move into a restful evening. $12-$13/Flex Pass; $16/ drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Healing Dance Women’s Circle – 6:30-7:30pm. Have fun, laugh and find joy in your body. This group brings body, mind and spirit together through movement, expression and creativity. No dance experience required. Pay what you can. Kinetic Expressions, 400 Reservoir Ave, Ste LL-O, Providence. 401-467-4325. Svaroopa® Yoga Class for Beginners – 7-8:30pm. Svaroopa® is a slow moving yoga that releases deeply held tension. With poses that adapt to your body with blankets as props, you find deep relaxation, calm and ease. With Pat Spencer. New students: $50/5 classes; $20/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. A Course In Miracles Study Group – 7-9pm. Join us as we explore the text, workbook, manual, and other materials to discover a better way of living, loving and forgiving. Free. It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-3585.

Providence Laughter Club – 7:30-8:30pm. Laugh Yoga sessions held the 2nd and 4th Tuesday. Free, donation to support yoga center always welcome. Southside Yoga Center, 19 Elmwood Ave, Providence. 401-575-8002.

wednesday Meditation with Ann Porto – 8:30-9:30am. Meditation support and practice group. Come learn to tame your mind and reduce stress. Dropin. Donations to: Friends of Maiti Nepal to end child sexual slavery. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616. Amrit/Kripalu Yoga – 9:30-11am. With Amy McPhee. Enjoy breath work, meditation, and classical yoga poses that tone and strengthen, allowing the heart and body to release and open. Beginners welcome. New students: $50/5 classes; $15/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Kundalini Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. With Karen Matte. The focus of this class is a blend of breath work, movement and postures, chanting and meditation, resulting in a general sense of relaxation and wellbeing. $15/drop-in. It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-3585.

thursday Kripalu Yoga in the Morning – 9:45-11am. All level/beginners welcome. Practice the fundamentals of yoga, including postures, breathwork and mindfulness practice. Experienced and compassionate teachers. $12-$13/Flex Pass; $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Lunch Break Yoga: Providence – 12-12:45pm. Break free from routine and come replenish your being. Our alignment-based, heart-centered yoga classes invite you to engage in your practice and focus your mind. Pay what you can. Kinetic Expressions, 400 Reservoir Ave, Ste LL-O, Providence. 401-467-4325. New: Slow Flow Yoga & Restorative – 6:307:45pm. A 50/50 blend of slow flowing posture work and restorative yoga to release deeply held tension and quiet the mind. No prior experience necessary. Experienced teacher. $12-$13/Flex Pass; $16/dropin. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm. Deepening Somatic Consciousness. Walking meditation in addition to guided experiences working with consciousness in the body, connecting with the earth and cultivating unconditional presence. $14, $70/prepaid for 6. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. To register: 401-270-5443 or

A New Diamond Approach Inquiry Book Group – 7-9pm. Every 3rd week. Explore the practice of inquiry and the teachings of the Diamond Approach by reading and working with Diamond Heart Book 1: Elements of the Real in Man. Includes meditation, inquiry processes and discussion. $150. Gregory Knight, 220 Waterman St, East Providence. RSVP: 401-724-8426 or Women’s Yoga – 7-9pm. Lead by Christina Tripp. Women’s yoga is a combination of dance and kundalini yoga, which incorporates movement dynamic breathing techniques winding down to a meditation and reiki. $15; $72/6. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

friday Edgar Cayce A.R.E. Study Group – 7-9pm. Meeting Dec 2, 16, 30. Learn to relate more fully to God and humanity, live more abundantly, and extend love and service to others. Based on Edgar Cayce’s teachings. $5. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. Group Healing – 7-9pm. 2nd Fridays. Powerful energy healing from master healer Kimberly D. Testa. Bring a pillow and blankets. $20. It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, use back door, Cumberland. 401-305-3585.

saturday Qi Gong – 8:30-9:30am. With Sheila Olson. Increase your flexibility, strength and immune system; quiet the mind and reduce stress. No experience necessary. $15, $72/6. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Barre Balance – 9-10am. This fun class is a fullbody workout influenced by ballet, yoga and Pilates, with a strong focus on postural strength, alignment, breath and muscle action. Pay what you can. Kinetic Expressions, 400 Reservoir Ave, Ste LL-O, Providence. 401-467-4325.





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Parent and Me – 9:30-10:30am. Lead by Christine Tripp. This is a combination of yoga mixed with dance and breathing exercises, with a twist of reiki at the end. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Gentle Amrit Yoga with Meditation – 9:3010:45am. Amrit yoga blends postures, breath techniques and awareness for a relaxing and stabilizing effect. Bring a mat and blanket. $15/drop-in. It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-3585. Cardio Dance Party – 10:15-11:15am. This is a fun and energetic class that includes strength and stretching exercises from various dance styles. This full-body workout will challenge you while having fun. Pay what you can. Kinetic Expressions, 400 Reservoir Ave, Ste LL-O, Providence. 401-467-4325.

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communityresourceguide acupuncture SIMPLICITY ACUPUNCTURE LLC

Dr. Feilei Huang 1077 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown, RI 02842 401-297-5514 We are dedicated to providing the supreme oriental health care to the community. Our disposable needles and herbs are the highest quality available. Patients receive individualized acupuncture treatment with BioMat therapy in a comfortable and relaxing environment. Dr. Huang has helped a wide range of conditions including Pain, Women’s Health, Infertility, Digestive Disorders, Allergies, Detox, Relaxation and more.

addiction specialist / holistic counselor Glenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center

Glenn Ambrose 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd. Coventry, RI 401-380-6707

Addiction takes many forms including alcohol/drugs, eating-disorders, shopping & relationships to name a few. Whatever the addiction is, recovery and adjusting to a life of balance, peace and happiness requires help. As a certified coach with 12 years experience in addiction and guiding clients to health, I’m confident that if you’re open to change I can help you achieve it.

angel card readings medium and guardian angel reader Lisa Ashton, R.N. Readings in person or by telephone Middletown, RI 401-500-1908

I specialize in mediumship readings, and connect to your loved ones, family and friends, that have passed. It brings such a sense of closure and peace to know they are safe and they are around you. You have the opportunity to speak to them as well. Meet your own guardian angels and speak to them about your career path, life, love, and future. I also do house harmonizations. Phone reading or in person.

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chiropractic Dr. Richard Picard 342 Atwood Avenue Cranston, RI 401-942-6967

With 25 years of experience, Dr. Picard has helped thousands of patients recover from various health challenges with chiropractic care. Dr. Picard is unique; he looks at the body from a holistic perspective and focuses on wellness.  He provides traditional nutrition and natural medicine to help heal the tissues of the body that are in need of repair.  This in combination with chiropractic care creates a dynamic healing response within the body.  Don’t deal with your pain and health challenges alone, call someone who cares.

Dr. Lorri Haber-DiBoni 14 Cedar Swamp Road Smithfield, RI 02917 401-233-0200

Haber-DiBoni Chiropractic is a family focused practice, welcoming individuals of all ages. For the past 20 years we have successfully helped patients relieve pain and discomfort (without medication) and maintain their health and wellbeing.  In addition to being a Chiropractor, Dr. Haber-DiBoni is a Reiki practitioner promoting stress reduction and relaxation.

Malchar Chiropractic Wellness Center

Dr. Victoria Malchar, DC, CCSP 33 College Hill Rd, Building 30C Warwick 401-826-7600 Dr. Victoria Malchar, DC. is the owner and lead physician at Malchar Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Warwick, RI. As a strong advocate for combining Chiropractic care and natural health care alternatives for a total wellness approach to the patient, she has been blazing the trail for combination care in New England for over 30 years. See ad on page 19.

DEPTH HYPNOSIS fireseed center for transformation

Katharine A. Rossi 194 Waterman Street Providence, RI 401-924-0567 • Holistic counseling using hypnosis to access root causes of imbalance and shamanic techniques to connect you to your own power. Depth hypnosis works with your inner wisdom to heal and create lasting change. Office and phone sessions available.

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Debby Votta 1221 Reservoir Ave, Cranston, RI 401-944-4601 With over 10 years of experience, Debby Votta, owner of Fresh Face Skincare Center, specializes in cutting-edge anti-aging skin treatments. She is consistently educating herself on the latest and best skincare products/treatments for her clients. She is certified in many of the latest hightech esthetic advances including microdermabrasion, micro current, led light therapy, chemical peels and much more. See ad on page 37.

Jahmeir Skincare Studio 2928 Post Rd, Warwick RI 401-595-2851

My intention and holistic expertise is to provide innovative technology, high performance products and services to heal your skin. Combining vegan, organic and gluten free products with clinical personalized treatments the skin’s health, balance and radiance can be enhanced. Offering and using cutting edge procedures the skins transformation and harmony is the result. This philosophy can target, correct and benefit many sensitive unbalanced & unhealthy skin types. See ad on page 17.

Expressive art therapy Kinetic Expressions, LLC: Holistic Healing and Movement Center

Kerri Peterson Weaver, R-DMT, M.A. 400 Reservoir Avenue, Suite LL-O Providence, RI 02907 (located on the lower level of the Calart Tower) 401-467- HEAL • We provide an integrated therapeutic approach offering Expressive Art Therapies, holistic wellness and counseling. If you or your teen is struggling, let us hold a safe, creative and supportive space to find your personal way of healing and recreate connections to your whole-self: body, mind and spirit. See ad on page 34.

foot detox Lisa Indish

Healing in Harmony Wellness Center 185 Putnam Pike (Route 44) Chepachet, RI 401-949-5533 The ONLY place to receive the BEST Ionic Foot Detox Spa Sessions, uniquely created and designed by Lisa Indish, that truly are a Body, Mind, and Spirit “Experience”. You’ll feel balanced, invigorated, and rejuvenated to a healthier and happier YOU!

hair salon Flipp Hair Salon and Reflexology Center

38 Transit St Providence 401-274-1981 • Positive space aiming to interconnect art, wellness and all things beautiful to the eye and to the soul.  Offering hair, makeup,refexology,acupuncture,ma ssage and herbalism. See ad on page 5.

health food store NATURE’S GOODNESS 510 East Main Rd Middletown, RI 401-847-7480

For 28 years we have been providing the finest quality Natural & Organic  Whole Foods, Nutritional Products, Body Care, Athletic Supplements, Natural Pet Care and Healthful Information in a fun, comfortable and inspirational environment.  We are open daily.  Please visit our website for a wealth of information.

holistic guidance My Holistic Village

Resources for holistic daily living! Search the Chamber of Commerce Directory for holistic practitioners and merchants. Browse the Library articles and audios. Bookmark the Calendar for “must see” holistic events and more! Join today. It’s free. Own a business? Join the National Holistic Chamber of Commerce™ at

Soul Wisdom READINGS WITH CHRIS Chris McCullough 401-662-6642

Readings in Person or by phone by appointment. Bring a little magic to your next Home Parties or Fundraiser. Cris is Author of “Holistic Tarot: Soul Wisdom for a New Paradigm”, her integrative approach to reading merges numerology, spiritual astrology and connection with Divine Source to help you solve the problems in your life. Classes in Goddessing, Tarot and Shamanism forming now. Go to ir for the latest news.

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John Koenig, Board Certified Hypnotist Warwick Medical Center 400 Bald Hill Road Warwick, RI 401-374-1890 •

Integrative Center for Chronic Diseases Donna Zaken, RN, MSN, APRN 35 South Angell St, Providence, RI 401-585-7877

Donna Zaken is a Nurse Practitioner dually trained in Western and Holistic medicine, specializing in Lyme disease. She also excels at treating all symptoms/conditions, and is especially good with difficult-to-diagnose cases. By finding the root cause, healing is facilitated. Her safe and natural approach may eliminate your need for prescription and other medications.

The Petteruti Center

Need to lose weight and keep it off? Stop smoking? Learn to relax? Make other changes in the way you think, act or feel? Hypnosis can help. You will be amazed at how a few hypnosis sessions can make the impossible, possible. Start by visiting my website. Then call for an appointment or to set up a free introductory consultation. And start turning possibilities into realities.

Thought Alchemy’s Transformation Center

Rose Siple, Certified Hypnotherapist 774-991-0574 •

250 Centerville Road, Building E Warwick, RI 401-921-5934 Dr. Petteruti is a triple-board certified physician designed to bring you the very best in anti-aging, concierge medicine, weight loss, hormones, and aesthetic services. The Drip Bar, which is located inside the Center, provides IV Vitamin Infusions for energy, immunity, cancer, Lyme, detox, and weight loss. See ad on page 9.

holistic psychotherapy Soul Love: Children’s Wellness Center Bethany Vendituoli, LICSW 235 High Street Bristol RI 401-680-3555

Counseling and group work for children and families, utilizing a holistic and intuitive approach to assist clients in coming back into alignment with their authentic selves. Through heart centered mindfulness based practices and creative selfexpression, clients strengthen their acceptance of themselves and others, cultivate empathy, awareness and self-love.

hypnosis Newport Center for Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis Training Suzi Nance, CHT, CI 123 Bellevue Avenue, Newport RI 401-835-1736

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possibilities hypnosis center

Ready for change? Using the power of your subconscious, hypnosis can make it happen!! Call now to schedule a sessions to get healthy, quit smoking, de-stress, rid yourself of limiting thoughts, fears and phobias or find your inner strength, passion or motivation. Thinking of a New Career? Think Hypnosis! We offer The National Guild of Hypnosis Certified Training Course, call for more information.

Transform yourself and achieve your goals through the trans-formative healing process of hypnotherapy! Aren’t you tired of talking about it and thinking about it? We specialize in Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis for weight loss. Call today. See ad on page 23.

interfaith minister INTERFAITH MINISTER

Rev. Natalia de Rezendes Slatersville, RI 401-766-8316 • • Create the Wedding ceremony of your heart’s desire with Rev. Natalia! Whether it be traditional or non-traditional or an Interfaith marriage. All types of love unions welcomed! Rev. Natalia co-creates ceremonies with you and enhances the beauty of your traditions: weddings, baby christenings and namings, seasonal healing rituals, memorials and funerals.


Ron Ash 39 Carrington St. Ste 202, Lincoln, RI 02865 561-203-0228 • 347-537-GIFT Our management consultants provide strategic, unbiased and objective advisory services which assist organisations in improving productivity and overall performance. Advisory expertise covers areas such as change management, financial performance, marketing, business restructuring, and human resources, with an emphasis on managing risks and costs. 

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naturopathic physicians Sheila M. Frodermann, MS, ND, DHANP, CCH

Providence Wholistic Healthcare 144 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-455-0546 • Holistic family health care providing diet, nutrition and lifestyle coaching, herbal & homeopathic medicines toward optimizing health and wellness naturally - for all. Naturopathic doctor - Certified Classical Homeopath - Bowen practitioner. See ad on page 13.

organic hair color Elaine Hewitt

Master Colorist/Stylist Barrington, RI 401-273-7005 • Let your imagination go— naturally! A full service salon that’s Certified organic for hair color, straightening/relaxing, permanent wave. No Ammonia, parabens, plastics or Thioglycolates. Call today for an appointment! Like me on FB. 50% Off all new clients only. See ad on page 37.

personal sobriety counselor leaves of change

Farmacy Herbs Dr. Marcy Feibelman, ND 28 Cemetery St Providence, RI 508-343-0580 Marcy@ Holistic Medicine and individual patient care. Safe and effective natural solutions including nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy and hydrotherapy. Supporting you on your journey to health.

nutrition response testing NATURAL HEALTH SOLUTIONS

Dr. Laura Bomback 293 Linden St, Fall River, MA 508-678-1233 Our mission at Natural Health Solutions is to improve the health of our community by providing natural options for most health issues and guidance toward the understanding that real solutions can be achieved with real nutrition. I have been helping people for close to 25 years achieve a higher level of health through both nutrition and chiropractic. See ad on page 25.

Cindy Jones, MA/CRC, LMHC

Another Way Counseling Center 2797 Post Road, Warwick, RI 02886 750 East Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02806 401-419-4001 Maintaining sobriety can be a difficult and lonely journey.  Not everyone is comfortable attending groups and some would like to maintain their privacy. Allow me to show you how to regain your self-respect, rebuild relationships with family and friends and enjoy the life you deserve. Most insurances accepted. 

psychological and spiritual inquiry Diamond Approach for Inner Realization

Gregory Knight, Ordained Teacher 220 Waterman Avenue East Providence, RI 401-724-8426 •

The Diamond Approach is a psychologically informed spiritual teaching. Learn a precise method of inquiry to penetrate your unconscious beliefs and reactivities. Realize and express the various aspects of your essential nature including true compassion, strength and peace. Greg Knight is an ordained Diamond Approach Teacher and Advanced Rolfing Practitioner.


Wendy Lewis, ARCB Board Certified Reflexologist East Greenwich, RI 401-626-4171 Treat your feet! Experience reflexology, the ancient healing art that’s the remedy for modern life. Reduce stress and support wellness with reflexology’s uniquely deep relaxation. Pamper feet and hands, leave with a blissful body and mind. Visit to learn more about our services and Box of Bliss holiday gift certificate packages!

reiki / angel card readings Ascension Nxt LLC 176 Main Street East Greenwich, RI 401-228-8348

Looking to release unwanted energies? Or maybe you would like to enhance your intuitive abilities? Ashley V. is an Usui and Lighterian Reiki Master , I.E.T. Master Teacher and Intuitive/Angel Card Reader that offers healings and one on one sessions to help you become more confident with your inner abilities. Call to book an appointment today.

SHAMANIC PRACTITIONER energy-n-elements Paul A. DiSegna 401-736-6500

Are you feeling stuck, stressed or disconnected? I will assist you in releasing energy blocks and guide you to experience the comfort and peace that comes with power and soul retrieval.  “My intension is to improve my client’s health and well being.” Call for your appointment today. See ad on page 4.

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Joy Quinn Blum & A. Michelle 401-258-3952 • Sound therapy is an excellent holistic approach to relieve stress/pain, depression, fatigue, anger/hostility, fears/phobias and more. The vibrational overtones promote an overall state of peace, harmony and deep relaxation. Drumsinger A. Michelle channels Sacred Sound in harmony with a variety of indigenous instruments. Gongmaster Joy, sacred sound healing artist offers gong baths, private gong healing sessions, gong workshops, and other rituals.

therapeutic massage Jane McGinn, BA, LMT

459 Sandy Ln, Warwick, RI 401-450-4172 Jane’s massage style incorporates relaxing Swedish strokes and deeper pressure as needed. Her techniques loosen tight muscles and bring about a sense of well being mentally, emotionally, physically. Her work has helped those new to massage as well as those familiar with massage, including therapists and practitioners. New clients are encouraged to experience Jane’s warm, friendly approach and excellent results.

cathryn moskow, lcmt

120 Wayland Ave, Ste 6 Providence, RI 02906 401-808-0837 Over 10,000+ hours of restorative muscular therapy. “Best of Boston.” Feel better, live happier – Enjoy pain relief, rehab/chronic issues, easier range of motion, age related issues, injury work + “aaaahhh”. Accurate, gentle Deep Tissue blended w/Swedish, Biodynamics + Reiki. “She’s like finding the owner’s manual.” By appointment. RI Lic #MT01664.

wellness center Blue Dragonfly Wellness

6828 Post Rd 2E North Kingstown, RI 02852 401-741-5055 We offer alternative ways to build a Healthier Mind, Body and Spirit. Our services include Reiki, Integrated Energy Therapy™, Qigong, Tai Chi Easy, Yoga, Crystal Healing and Crystal Dreaming. Besides energy sessions and classes, there are workshops, readings and special events. Check out our website and Facebook. Call for Appointments.


Marie Bouvier-Newman 1099 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 401-305-3585 • We provide much more than products, services and education. We provide the tools you need to optimize your health in a comfortable environment. We care. See ad on page 39.



Maria Sichel, RYT, CSYT 2155 Diamond Hill Rd Cumberland, RI 02864 401-305-5319 I offer private Svaroopa® yoga therapy sessions tailored to meet your needs. I am specially trained in treating pain - including back pain and neck and shoulder issues. Yoga Therapy is more powerful than weekly yoga classes and moves you more quickly toward health and well being. My students experience pain relief, greater mobility, improved sleep, easier breathing, deep relaxation, increased flexibility, and a deep sense of peace.

yoga & holistic health center All That Matters

Providence, East Greenwich, South Kingstown 401-782-2126 • All That Matters, founded in 1995, offers more than 100 weekly yoga classes at three locations across the state. The South Kingstown center also offers an array of workshops, a retail store, and health services ranging from acupuncture and chiropractic to massage therapy. See ad on page 35.

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40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton, RI 401-524-4766 Find joy, love, and peace with Ananda through ancient and effective techniques of meditation, spiritually oriented Hatha Yoga, kirtan, Kriya Yoga and more. Deepen your own spiritual journey in the company of friends who support your inner growth. Ananda is based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, and was founded by Yogananda’s direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda.

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