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author and investigative journalist Lynn McTaggart. On November 9, McTaggart led tens of thousands of people in simultaneous prayer and meditation to send an energy of peace to the Middle East. With thousands gathered in Jerusalem, and people all over the world participating live online, the event became the world’s largest experiment for peace in the Middle East. According to the World Peace Project, experiments during the Lebanese Civil War and the first Israel-Lebanon War in the early 1980s found that large group meditations were correlated with a 76 percent reduction in deaths from wars and a significant reduction in overall daily violence in the affected areas. The meditators had been specially trained in an advanced form of Transcendental Meditation. Using this technique, it is theorized that when the number of meditators reaches the equivalence of the square root of 1 percent of a given local population, a “super radiance effect” is created. The result is an immediate and dramatic drop in hostility and violence and a surge in creative activity and positivity. Since the first experiment, published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution in 1988 (“International Peace Project in the Middle East: The Effect of the Maharishi Technology of the Unified Field”), more than 40 similar experiments in different communities throughout the world have demonstrated comparable results. Additional information is available at WorldPeaceGroup.org. This past year, strife and conflict have played out daily on the national and world stages, leaving many of us feeling like helpless observers. We may even find that too often, we ourselves react first with anger or avoidance when conflicts arise during day-to-day interactions with our families, friends, coworkers, neighbors, or even strangers we encounter in traffic. Whether the conflict is over differences in beliefs and opinions or a simple misunderstanding or mistake, anger and avoidance seldom resolve the issue, and instead, such responses often make situations worse. Through leaning into the discomfort of having difficult conversations and engaging those with whom we might have a dispute or see as the enemy, we can become active participants in making a difference. Linda Sechrist’s article in this issue, “Peace on Earth: Conflict Resolutions that Work to Bridge Divides,” examines how being open to constructive conversation can bring us to real solutions. By realizing that we may not always agree, we can begin to respect our differences and build bridges toward peace throughout the world, starting with our own lives. As we ring in 2018, let’s commit to encouraging and participating in dialogue that may help create peace on Earth. Joining you in prayers and actions for a peaceful 2018. Gabriella Buchnik, Publisher
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When replacing holiday purchases of smartphones and other electronic devices, don’t just trash the old ones. Manufacturing electronics consumes many resources and discarded waste can leak harmful chemicals into ecosystems. There are far better ways to redirect and repurpose them. Besides trading in phones for a rebate, another good option is transferring them to an official recycling program that makes sure all components are dealt with properly. Some states offer special provisions. Check the E-Cycling Central website at eiae.org. Major phone makers and carriers offer recycling programs, and some retailers accept select electronic devices. Best of all, give a device a new life by gifting it. RecyclingForCharities.com accepts obsolete personal electronic devices by mail; the donor selects a charity to receive the proceeds. ShelterAlliance.net, CellPhones ForSoldiers.com and Phones4Charity.org are kindred organizations. AmericanCellPhoneDrive.org lets users find nearby charity recycling initiatives via zip code. It provides scholarships for U.S. children that have lost a parent through warfare or terrorism, feeds malnourished children in Asia, builds low-income housing and donates prepaid calling cards to military personnel. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, other unwanted electronic devices can be recycled so that incorporated copper, steel and glass can be recovered and reused. Other materials like lead (in circuit board solder, glass cathode ray tubes of many TVs and computer screens, and batteries) and mercury (in fluorescent backlights of many flat-panel screen displays) can be captured and recycled, instead of polluting the environment. Small appliances like toasters, coffee makers and clothing irons aren’t considered e-waste and generally aren’t recyclable because they are made of a mix of plastic and metal. Using them for many years helps. Sunny studio/Shutterstock.com
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Approximately a third of those older than 65 and half of elders at least 85 live alone, as do many people with illnesses and mental disorders. All can suffer from feelings of profound loneliness. Emerging virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies provide avenues to alleviate such isolation, instilling contentment, peace of mind, enrichment, fun, a sense of companionship and contributing to physical and mental health. Instead of passively watching TV, seniors can travel virtually to World Heritage sites, revisit old haunts or even attend family events they would otherwise miss. In terms of benefits attained, VR is predicted to measurably improve seniors’ quality of life. Healthcare applications of AI and telemedicine include reminders to eat, be active or take medications, perhaps assisted by a robotic companion that can share information with practitioners, children, caregivers and emergency personnel. Social applications include helping to form and maintain social connections. It may also serve as a personal concierge by reminding seniors of appointments, playing games with them and initiating dialogue to spark outward engagement.
Chimps, Zebrafish and Birds Communicate Like We Do Chimps, orangutans and bonobo apes are now known to be capable of understanding what others are thinking and recognize human thoughts, an ability once thought to be impossible. A team led by Christopher Krupenye, of Duke University, had apes take part in a visual experiment where they watched videos on a monitor while their gaze was being tracked. They discovered an anticipation of events that went beyond the visual cues presented. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has determined that zebrafish are social animals, similar to humans and other mammals— they form friendships, experience positive emotions and have individual personalities. The group advises people that eat fish or keep them as pets to consider the moral implications. Honey hunters in sub-Saharan Africa have a unique form of communication with honeyguide birds that fly ahead to point out beehives which the hunters raid, leaving wax for the birds to eat. A study in the journal Science reports that they listen for a specific call made by their human collaborators. Dr. Claire Spottiswoode, of the University of Cambridge, in England, and University of Cape Town, in South Africa, observes, “It seems to be a two-way conversation between our own species and a wild animal.”
Microplastic Mess Threatens World Oceans Scientists from the University of Hull and the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) have published research in the journal Science of the Total Environment showing levels of microplastics are five times higher in the Antarctic than previous estimates. Co-author Dr. Claire Waluda, a BAS biologist, says, “We have monitored the presence of large plastic items in Antarctica for more than 30 years. While we know that bigger pieces can be ingested by seabirds or cause entanglements in seals, the effects of microplastics on marine animals in the Southern Ocean are as yet unknown.” The tiny beads of plastic come from cosmetics or are shreddings from larger plastic items like clothing or bottles. According to United Nations sources, they may number as many as 51 trillion particles across the seafloor, throughout the oceans and on beaches worldwide. They are considered a serious threat to marine life in general. More international monitoring of the situation is needed, including a requirement for all polar research stations to provide waste treatment options. For more information, see Tinyurl.com/PlasticInAntarctica.
Reverend’s Spiritual Road Led to Light of Grace by Sheila Julson
ometimes the a higher message and road to spirituality received a sign to attend meanders before a non-denominational leading to a clearly dechurch in Wauwatosa fined path. That was the where she met Shercase for Reverend Kris brook, who was volNelsen, who wasn’t sure unteering as an interim where her journey was pastor after retiring from leading until she became another church. The ordained in 2015, and meeting completely formed Light of Grace: A changed her life. Miracles Center with Pas“As I was talking tor Tom Sherbrook and his with him, I felt an imwife, Rosemarie Berres. mediate connection and Rev. Kris Nelsen Nelsen, who grew affirmation. He is the up in Wauwatosa, remembers always closest to pure love that I have ever having spiritual awareness, despite beexperienced,” Nelsen says. She became ing raised in a primarily secular housemotivated to assist Sherbrook and his hold. Earlier in her life, she worked at wife Berres in helping the church to her dad’s insurance business, where grow. Sherbrook later ordained Nelsen, she says she enjoyed the variety of the and after ending their volunteer services work as well as the interaction with the at the church, Nelsen, Sherbrook and public. However, despite the benefit Berres decided to form a new spiritual of having a good job while raising her center based on the teachings of A daughter as a single mom—Nelsen was Course In Miracles—lessons that teach widowed while pregnant—the insurlove, peace and forgiveness. To Nelsen, ance industry wasn’t completely fulfillthe formation of Light of Grace is litering, so she continued to seek spiritual ally the result of miracle after miracle: enlightenment. “I always felt alone in first meeting Sherbrook, and then my beliefs, but the only thing around having the opportunity to purchase the at that time was traditional church, original buildings that housed Cosmic and certain traditional teachings don’t Coffee House and St. Ann’s Inn of the resonate with me,” Nelsen relates. Seventh Ray bookstore. Eventually, the pieces of Nelsen’s Light of Grace is the only Milwaukee spiritual puzzle started coming together. area center that teaches A Course in She met a life coach that taught her the Miracles as its foundation, Nelson bepractice of intentionally connecting with lieves. “The interpretation of A Course the deeper inner wisdom of another. In Miracles is that we should not judge, Coaching affirmed Nelson’s spiritual beas we have no idea what’s going on liefs, and she knew that this was the path for her. She left the insurance industry and started Still Rivers, a mind-and-body coaching business, which fit well with her long-time reiki practice. Unfortunately, Still Rivers didn’t pan out. At a crossroads, Nelsen sought
with other people,” she explains. “The world is dualistic, as in ‘this one is good and this one is bad’, but that’s our perception and how we were trained. Instead, the Course teaches us to connect with the inner love that we all share in order to shift our perception. It is always our choice of how we are going to perceive a situation. The journey is inward. We as humans always make everything about the outside, but it’s actually the mind inside of us making the choice.” Beginning in January, Light of Grace will be joining with A School for A Course in Miracles to offer a six-month Course In Miracles immersion class. In addition to workshops, Light of Grace opened a Healing and Education Center this past April. Services include reiki, a BEMER healing mat that increases oxygen, therapeutic massage, craniosacral work, crystal bowls, healing touch therapy, ayurvedic breath work, tai chi, yoga, drum circles, foodas-medicine classes, meditation and dream interpretation. Given the close proximity of their location to the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, Nelsen says that the congregation wants to expand the center’s offerings to veterans. They currently partner with a group of healers to offer a free energy healing clinic for veterans on the second Saturday of every other month. They also hold youth spiritual programs. Now cruising down her own spiritual road, Nelsen is eager to help others. “I love helping people find a path out of pain and suffering. We can have internal peace.” Light of Grace is located at 5806 W. National Ave., with the Healing and Education Center down the street at 5900, in West Allis. For more information, call 414-258-5555 or visit LightOf Grace.church. See ad, page 31. Sheila Julson is a freelance writer and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings magazines.
PEACE ON EARTH Conflict Resolutions that Work to Bridge Divides Healing happens when we handle conflict in a healthy and transformative way.
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Roughly 30 years ago, notable voices began urging Americans to embrace a sustainable worldview of unity in diversity, recognizing our core oneness as a solution to an increasingly out-of-balance society. Success in this endeavor depends primarily on the “habits of the heart” of our citizens, developed in local milieus of families, neighborhoods, classrooms, congregations, voluntary associations, workplaces and public places where strangers gather.
While mainstream media often largely focuses on the negative aspects of conflict—discord, divisiveness, intolerance, violence, incivility, injustice, chaos and complex problems—a countermovement is convening constructive conversations. Participants are initiating dialogue and deliberations intended to resolve conflicts and create cohesiveness, collaboration, cooperation and compromise among local factions that disagree on how to deal with everything from health care and social justice to environmental protection and climate science. Educational training materials and books are giving outdated models of conflict resolution a facelift. In The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000 Mile Journey Through a New America, Sarah Van Gelder devotes a chapter to a Greens-
boro, North Carolina, battle over a story about a deadly, racially charged incident from the city’s recent past. She quotes James Lamar Gibson, a 20-something AfricanAmerican activist and core organizer for the Counter Stories Project: “We’ve been stuck in an old conversation for a couple of decades. We want to have an army of people with restorative conversation skills, so we can get past the divisiveness and imagine together a different sort of Greensboro,” he says. The project began with facilitator training, and then developed story circles in which residents were able to have the difficult discussions that don’t ordinarily take place among the police, city council, churches and social agencies. Today’s conflict resolution experts are discovering that conflict is an essential and powerful call for applying spiritual principles and exercising spiritual practices.
“What if we considered conflict as a secret ally or a guidepost, showing us what really matters to us and how much we care? What if our intense emotions are sources of invincible energy, with the power to build the world we want, together? What does having conflict in a healthy and transformative way look like?” queries Ma’ikwe Ludwig, executive director of Commonomics USA,
an organization which educates and advocates for a world where a commons-based economy creates economic and ecological security for all. “Conflict has the power to bring to the surface what’s really at stake and to unite people toward a common goal,” advises Ludwig. Her thought-provoking questions can help shift perceptions toward the idea that we need to use conflict; maybe even welcome it. Ludwig, author of Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption, recently helped present new perspectives on conflict resolution during a webinar for Transition US members interested in creating inclusive and diverse communities through collaboration. The nonprofit inspires, encourages, supports and provides networking and training for grassroots initiatives seeking to build community resilience in the face of such challenges as oil spills, climate change and economic crises. Courtney Breese, managing director for the nonprofit National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) and her colleagues, together with thousands of innovative thinkers, are helping by introducing people to simple dialogue and deliberation structures, processes and resources that invite meaningful and productive conversations leading to constructive civic
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Drawing on 25 years of experience of enabling sworn enemies to create peace in places such as South Africa, Northern Ireland and Colombia, Adam Kahane, author of Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People You Don’t Agree with or Like or Trust, shares insights into the “enemyfying syndrome” that instigates conflict. This habit of thinking and acting as if people we are dealing with are our enemies and the cause of our problems is all around us and dominates the media. “The enemies are always the others, ‘those people’. Enemyfying, which feels exciting and satisfying— even righteous and heroic—usually obscures, rather than clarifies, the reality of the challenges we face. It amplifies conflicts, narrows the space for problem solving and creativity, and distracts us with unrealizable dreams of decisive victory from the real work we need to do,” observes Kahane.
Kahane sees the challenge of conflict becoming more acute. “People today are generally more free, individualistic and diverse, with stronger voices and less deference. Volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity are growing.” Yet, contrary to the common view, it is possible for people that hold contradictory positions to find ways to collaborate. That’s what he and 40 others representing military officers, guerrillas and paramilitaries; activists and politicians; businesspeople and trade unionists; landowners and farmers; and academics, journalists and young people, accomplished in the Destino Colombia project. They organized to contribute to ending their country’s 52-year civil war.
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the filter through which we ‘enemyfy’,” says Bender, who speaks and presents publicly, educating audiences and clients about the universally challenging performances of everyday life. According to Robert Atkinson, Ph.D., author of The Story of Our Time: From Duality to Interconnectedness to Oneness, today’s rugged individualism amid conflicts comprises a crisis of consciousness. “No longer can we settle only on seeing things in opposition to one another; we need to shift our consciousness to be able to see the parts coming together in a new whole. Accepting the oneness of humanity as a biological fact, a social necessity and a spiritual reality will lead us further along our journey toward lasting world peace.” His observation fits with what Joanna Macy, author and scholar of Buddhism and deep ecology, believes is the call of our time: “As planetary citizens, we are being called to wake up together.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings who blogs at LindaSechrist.com.
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Can you summarize the results of your experiments of healing through collective intentions? We’ve done hundreds of experiments using small and large groups; 30 were tightly controlled scientific studies conducted in conjunction with researchers at institutions such as the University of Arizona, University of California and Penn State University. The experiments have involved all kinds of intentions, ranging from the relatively simple to the impossibly complex. The large-scale intention experiments involved upwards of 25,000 participants remotely logging onto a website to view photos of the targets, sometimes 8,000 miles away, and
sending them a well-defined intention, like changing the pH balance of water or healing a war veteran of post-traumatic stress disorder. To date, 26 of those 30 experiments resulted in positive, measurable, mainly scientifically significant effects. We’ve seen the pH of water change by a full pH number and seen seeds grow twice as much as control seeds.
How did the act of sending positive intentions affect the senders?
We also conducted three peace intention experiments with interesting results: After our eight-day intention for Sri Lanka during its civil war, violence levels fell; the government had won several decisive battles that week; and within a few months that 25-year war was over. We can’t say with certainty that we had a hand in this, but our other peace experiments showed similar results. If it happens a few more times, that becomes compelling.
I was most surprised by the rebound effects reported by participants, whom I started surveying after the Sri Lankan peace experiment. Thousands of extraordinary comments related not only how participants felt during the activity, but also afterwards; they were experiencing major shifts in their relationships, health, careers and well-being. All they had done was sit individually in front of their computer holding an intention, yet they experienced the altered and mystical states of consciousness described by psychologist Abraham Maslow as “peak experiences”. Life University, a large chiropractic university in Atlanta, worked with us to study the brainwaves of participants in six “power of eight” groups and found that senders had decreased activity in their frontal and parietal lobes, which govern the sense of self. It was like the boundaries between participants were dissolving into a state of oneness. To me, this partly explained the sense of oneness, compassion and love they
What conditions were the most conducive to manifesting positive results? Was it intention, the power of the group or altruism? I think it’s a little of all of these. We’ve found that larger groups do not have a larger effect, which brought about the “power of eight” concept. I’ve discovered all that’s needed is a group, whether it’s eight or 8,000. In a group, we seem to lose our sense of individuality and separation from the world. We experience an overwhelming sense of oneness with the other intenders, which may be why our influence then becomes more powerful.
experienced. Andrew Newberg, director of research at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health, in Philadelphia, recorded similar effects in Sufi masters, and nuns and monks engaged in prayer and meditation, but only after years of learning certain techniques. My participants, all novices, were primed only by watching a 13-minute YouTube video of me explaining how to send intention in a group. Group intention appears to be a fast-track to the miraculous—no experience necessary.
Why does “groupthink” have such a powerful, multiplicative effect? I think a huge part of it has to do with the power of getting off of yourself and setting an intention for someone else. Another is the connection created in a group. When we engage together in an activity like praying or setting altruistic intentions, we create a powerful virtual circle that proves healing to both the receivers and senders. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.
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inter citrus fruits that arrive in a gift basket or show up on sale at the grocer present a welcome bright spot on winter’s darker days. Valencia and blood oranges, limes and Meyer lemons are delicious in their own right, and deserve their place on the breakfast table. Yet there are many other intriguing ways to enjoy them in vinaigrettes, salads, main dishes, baked goods and desserts. Winter citrus is full of health benefits, just when we need them most:
during the busy holiday season. To start, they help bolster our immune system, guarding against colds or helping us recover faster. Their high vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, content is water soluble. According to a comprehensive study by the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, a daily intake of 400 milligrams of vitamin C can halve the incidence of colds in adults and cut their duration by 14 percent. The flavonoid hesperidin in citrus helps boost “good” HDL cholesterol and
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Yields: 4 servings Charry Lime Vinaigrette: Zest of 2 limes Juice from the grilled limes 1 Tbsp seasoned rice wine vinegar 1 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1 tsp sorghum or maple syrup ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Yields: 4 to 5 servings 5 medium to large navel or large blood oranges 3 Tbsp orange blossom water 1 tsp ground cinnamon 2 Tbsp honey or date sugar ½ pomegranate, seeded 1½ to 2 Tbsp coarsely chopped unsalted pistachios 8 to 10 mint leaves, chopped or torn, for garnish Peel the oranges and cut away all of the white pith and outer membrane. Slice each orange across the core into ¼-inch slices, six per orange, reserving any juice that runs off. Push out and discard any spongy white core. Fan the slices in concentric circles, slightly overlapping the fruit, on a large round serving platter.
Drizzle the orange blossom water and any reserved runoff juice over the fruit. Using a fine sieve, lightly and evenly dust with cinnamon and a generous drizzle of honey.
Vegetables: 4 oz baby radishes 4 oz baby carrots, with some of the green top 4 oz baby leeks, trimmed 4 oz baby yellow pattypan squash 2 oz microgreens Prepare a medium-hot fire in the grill.
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Add the mushrooms and salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until tender, 4 to 5 minutes, adding more oil if needed. Zest the limes and set the zest aside. Halve the limes and grill, cut sides down, for 1 to 2 minutes or until they have good grill marks; adds a smoky, caramelized flavor. For the Charry Lime Vinaigrette, squeeze the juice of the grilled lime halves into a bowl. Whisk in the reserved lime zest, rice wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, sorghum and olive oil together until well blended. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Arrange the vegetables on salad plates and garnish with microgreens. Spoon the vinaigrette over all and serve.
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Add ¼ cup orange juice and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes until the juice evaporates and the mushrooms are very tender and glazed. Transfer the mushrooms to a bowl and set aside. Add the remaining butter and oil to the skillet and return to the heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes over medium heat until softened, transparent and just starting to turn golden. Add the rice and zest and toss with the onions until all the grains are coated in oil. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes more, stirring, until the rice becomes translucent. Add 2 ladles (about 2/3 cup) of stock and cook, stirring constantly and gently, until the liquid is almost absorbed. If using fresh peas, add them with the first addition of stock. Stir in the fresh or dried herbs at the same time. Continue cooking the risotto over medium heat, adding 2 more ladles (about 2/3 cup) of stock at a time, stirring constantly, allowing each addition of liquid to be almost absorbed before adding more broth. When the rice has cooked for 10 minutes in this manner, add all the remaining juice and cook until it’s absorbed. Continue cooking the rice, stirring, adding 2 ladles (about 2/3 cup) of broth at a time until the liquid is absorbed, about another 10 minutes.
Meyer Lemon Chia Seed Bowl with Tangerines Yields: 2 servings for breakfast, or as a snack or dessert ¼ heaping cup chia seeds 1½ cups dairy or non-dairy milk 2 Tbsp maple syrup, or to taste 1 Tbsp Meyer lemon juice (or other citrus juice) Pinch of sea salt ½ tsp lemon zest Fresh tangerine segments for garnish In a bowl, stir together the chia seeds, milk, maple syrup, Meyer lemon juice, salt and lemon zest. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour. To serve, spoon the chia seed mixture into bowls and garnish with tangerine segments. Adapted lemon and lime recipes are from Red, White, and ’Que: Farm Fresh Foods for the American Grill by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig, permission of Running Press. Adapted orange recipes are from Orange Appeal, by Jamie Schler, permission of Gibbs Smith.
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ne of the greatest challenges parents face is connecting with their children in deep and meaningful ways. The aim of awakened families is to raise strong and emotionally resilient children. Parenting expert and clinical psychologist Shefali Tsabary, Ph.D., author of The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children and The Awakened Family: A Revolution in Parenting, offers mindful approaches to benefit the family—and the community. Via her practice in New York City, appearances on Oprah and online courses, Tsabary provides awareness, skills and strategies to revolutionize families. She posts videos and blogs at DrShefali.com.
How do parents know if they’re on the right track? To be awakened or conscious means to realize that we carry emotional baggage and conditioning from childhood that affects our relationship with our children. Our old ways of thinking and
being from our own childhood shape the manner in which we react and interact today. Awakened parents are constantly evolving into their truest and most authentic selves. When parents undertake a daily practice of mindfulness and awareness, they begin to extricate themselves from blind reactivity to see how every problem with their children is a call to their own awakening. Parents will know they are on the right track because they will connect more with their children, empowering them to think and live autonomously—separate from a parent’s fantasies and expectations.
How can each family member connect with their true self? Parents need to understand that the path to creating a connected relationship with their children is to first create one with themselves. Realizing this, they consider their own inner growth a high priority. Children need to learn who they are and what they really enjoy. Parents
can help by allowing children to just sit by themselves. If inundated with activities and subjected to numerous lessons, how can young people hope to recognize their authentic voice amid the din of all this “doing”?
and shame my children?” In such introspection, they might discover triggers from old wounds that have nothing to do with a child’s behavior. When they can see the internal link, they can begin to make the transformations they need. As a parent, I have learned that my role is to step aside, stay in infinite possibility, heal my own wounds, fill my own bucket and let my child fly.
How do children benefit from conscious or awakened parenting? Conscious parenting mandates that we place the task of connecting with our children front and center, especially before correcting them. Admonishing and punishing them becomes secondary to the main imperative of conscious connection. It’s crucial we realize we aren’t raising a “mini-me”, but a spirit throbbing with its own signature. Thus, it’s vital to separate in our mind who we are from who each child is. Children aren’t ours to possess or own in any way. When we know this in the depths of our soul, we tailor their raising to their needs, rather than molding them to fit our needs. Children raised in this way grow up to be fearless and infinitely resilient, knowing that their purpose in life is to live in their most authentic and true
How can closer, awakened families co-create a better world via the ripple effect?
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What can parents do when they fall back into old patterns, shaming children or doing other things that create distance? When this happens, parents need to sit with themselves and look deeply within, asking: “What is it about me that feels the need to deride, scorn
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Five Ways to Make the New Year Sparkle by Kelly Martinsen
nspiration may strike anywhere, at any time. The trick is nurturing the process to appear on demand when we need it most. Often, an inspiration is sparked when we perceive someone being selfless, courageous, physically extraordinary or deliciously creative. However, we don’t need to wait for outside stimulus when we can discover internal stirrings by invoking any of these self-inspiring tips. Just Do It – The Nike slogan has never been more appropriate. We all have something we’ve thought about doing or trying. Whether traveling to a new location, trying a different sport, joining a new-to-us group or club, or making more friends, don’t put it off— just do it.
Economics examined the relationship between volunteering and happiness in a large group of American adults, they found that the more people volunteered, the happier they were. Journal – People often journal as a way to reflect upon their lives. This can be helpfully revealing, but rather than looking back, look forward, using a journal as a blueprint to manifest the most inspired year yet. Write out plans and dreams with the steps needed to achieve them.
Defeat allodoxaphobia – It’s the fear of others’ negative opinions. Everyone suffers from this to some extent, and it can hinder us from living our best life. Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt remarked, “You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.”
Gratitude – This is the big one. One way to be and stay inspired is by starting off each day in a state of gratitude. Every morning before getting out of bed, think of at least three things to be grateful for. By doing this, we recognize the blessings we have and greet the day in a positive frame of mind. It’s a perfect way to end each day, too. When someone routinely inquires, “How are you?” answer, “I am grateful.” Our time on Earth is not infinite. With only so many days promised, let’s vow to live them inspired.
Volunteer – A common excuse for not volunteering is, “I don’t have the time.” Next year, make the time. When researchers at the London School of
Kelly Martinsen is publisher of Natural Awakenings Long Island and author of the new book A Year of Inspired Living (Publisher@AwakeLI.com).
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PETS ¤ MUSIC Each Species Grooves to Its Own Beat
Rabbits Hear Up to 42,000 Hz “Rescued rabbits like long tones, common in music accompanying yoga or reiki,” Morgan relates. “Long tones hold a chord with layers of notes on top.”
by Sandra Murphy
He could tell by the way animals walked that they were keeping time to some kind of music. Maybe it was the song in their own hearts that they walked to.
Horses Hear Up to 33,500 Hz Marlow found that horses prefer rhythmic pieces matching their natural movements. “When a Tennessee walking horse breeder played music during a birth, the foal and mother recovered faster than usual.” After that, “The horses ran to the barn upon hearing the same music.” Sally Morgan, a physical therapist and advanced certified Tellington TTouch practitioner in Northampton, Massachusetts, who has enjoyed freestyle performance riding, says, “I liked to play our songs in the barn. Five CD players can keep horses relaxed most
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ust as dogs’ and cats’ noses are more efficient than ours, they also have better hearing, reacting to a broader and higher range of frequencies and vibrations. “We sense our world from where our ears are. Our plane is generally five to six feet high; animals closer to the ground hear things differently,” says Janet Marlow, founder and CEO of Pet Acoustics, in Washington Depot, Connecticut. The internationally renowned musician, composer and sound behaviorist has invented species-specific music based on her 30 years of research. Humans hear up to 23,000 Hertz (Hz), which differs substantially from that of many other creatures (lsu.edu/deafness/ HearingRange.html). A Hertz is a standard unit of frequency set at one cycle per second.
of the day. They don’t like countrywestern music; it’s often sad and in the wrong cadence. Classical music like Bach is calming. When I played Pachelbel’s Canon in D on my flute, my Morgan gelding, Ten Penny Moonshine, listened for hours.”
Dogs Hear Up to 45,000 Hz “People hear in stereo, animals in mono,” says Marlow. It’s why dogs tilt their heads left to right—to allow more sound waves into their ears—collecting information from various angles. Sound frequency and intensity keeps an animal alive in nature; they learn to flee in another direction, not analyze. Separation anxiety is often due to a sound the dog doesn’t recognize, Marlow explains. Sound triggers behavior, whether good or bad, as dogs relax or are stressed. Music releases tension from their being ever-vigilant as seen in their posture. To understand what a dog hears, sit or crawl on the floor. Electronic speakers are usually positioned at heights conducive for our ears, not theirs. “For the holidays, my dogs and horses like We Three Kings, The Holly and the Ivy and especially Greensleeves for their baroque roots and repeating patterns,” notes Morgan.
Cats Hear Up to 64,000 Hz Marlow credits her cat, Osborn, with inspiring her interest in music for animals. When Osborn was injured, she visited the veterinary hospital and sang to him to keep him calm. Her home state’s Litchfield Veterinary Hospital became her initial testing ground for species-specific music. “We use Pet Acoustics music boxes in the cat ward, recovery rooms and exam rooms,” says Heather Florkowski, a certified technician at the facility. “In our experience, stress inhibits the healing process. Like people, animals are anxious when ill and visiting the doctor’s
PROTECT office. Music helps ease their stress. At home, when I move the music box to another room, my dog follows it.” “During a TTouch session, cats are completely relaxed when I play New Age music for them,” says Morgan. “Pick music that fits the cat’s personality. You can tell what they like from their body language; it’s not always what you’d expect.”
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Aquarium Fish Hear Up to 3,000 Hz “Fish are frantic animals that must always anticipate their next meal,” says Sam Williamson, a former marine biologist in Edinburgh, Scotland. “When I started playing classical music at feeding time, I noticed my three betas became calmer. A piece by Benjamin Britten, started two minutes before feeding, led to them expect food only when the music played.”
Domesticated Birds Hear Up to 8,500 Hz In the wild, birds are part of a flock. At home, they’re often solitary. “Birds are the most musical and communicative of all animals,” remarks Marlow. “Without companionship, birds can get neurotic and pull their feathers out. Provide a sense of the outdoors by including nature sounds in played music.” “Animals need us to be aware of their hearing,” Marlow advises. “Holistic pet people have addressed improved diet and medical procedures. Understanding how music supports their well-being also enables us to better care for them.” Connect with Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@mindspring.com. natural awakenings
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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1 Yoga for Healing: Grace-Filled Yoga – 6-7:15pm. A time to reflect and feel the spirit within. Be filled with hope, renewal and rebirth. Gentle yoga intended to ignite and refresh you. Free; donations appreciated for the Gentle Waves non-profit organization. Santosha Yoga & Ayurveda, W307 N149 Golf Rd, Delafield. 262-271-4972. SantoshaYogaAyurveda.com.
Animal Communication Sessions – 12-4pm. Ever wonder what your animal friend is thinking? Bring your animal friend or pictures to find out their thoughts, feelings, behavioral issues or what they’d like; w/Stacy Krafczyk. $65/20-minute sessions, cash or check. Petlicious, 2217 Silvernail Rd, Pewaukee. Register: 262-548-0923. Petlicious.com.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2 Mediumship Training – Dec 2-3. 9am-4pm. Highly experiential class will teach a variety of techniques to make connections with the spirit world and give an evidential reading. Taught by Amy Wilinski, who trained with many gifted mediums and brings a blend of styles to her work. Overnight options available. $295/commuter, $350/shared accommodation & meals, $375/private room & meals. Golden Light Healing Retreat Center. Info: 920-609-8277. GoldenLightHealing.net. Extended Practice Day – 9:30am-2:30pm. The day consists of sitting meditation, mindful movement, mindful walking, loving kindness meditation and discussion; w Ann Marie Arvoy. Lunch (bring your own) held in silence. Snacks provided. $65, $55/members; register on-line. Dragonfly Meditation Studio, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, #225, Mequon. 262-518-0173. DragonflyMeditation.com. Winter Fair and Waldorf Open House – 10am5pm. Enjoy a festive seasonal experience with unique gifts for sale, food, entertainment, natural crafts, children’s activities and school information. Free, donations welcome. Tamarack Waldorf School, 1150 E Brady St, Milwaukee. 414-2770009. TamarackWaldorf.org. Animal Communication Sessions – 12-4pm. Ever wonder what your animal friend is thinking? Bring your animal friend or pictures to find out their thoughts, feelings, behavioral issues or what they’d like; w/Stacy Krafczyk. $65/20-minute sessions, cash or check. Bark n Scratch Outpost, 5835 W Blue Mound Rd, Milwaukee. Pre-register: 414-444-4110. BarkNScratchOutpost.com.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3 IWG Holiday Shoppe – 10am-12:30pm Featuring natural and healing gift ideas. Crystal jewelry, natural body products and more. Inspiration Wellness Group, 6420A S Howell Ave, Oak Creek.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 4 Beauty School/Spa Night – 6-9pm. Try Savvy Minerals facial products and find solutions for skincare issues. Bring a friend and share the evening. Door prizes. $20; preregistration required. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. 920-285-4635. C4WB.com.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5 Essential Oils for the Holidays – 6:30-8pm. With Kait McCullough. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. UCIM@ wi.rr.com.
Winter Solstice Sound Celebration & Ceremony – 11am-12:30pm. The intention for this sound meditation is to get into your spiritual winter, a time to rest, to slow down. Without this rest, we feel soul-tired, unable to find spiritual nourishment. Plan to touch the place deep within that allows you to hibernate. $10 donation. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. RSVP: 262-787-3001. AngelLightLLC.com.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6 Through the Eyes of a Tarot Reader – 6:308:30pm. Sample methods for staying centered and connected to spirit, even in times of stress. Learn to clear channels to spirit and introduce yourself to your spirit guides. Also some life shifts that can help bring you more good vibes. $40. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001. AngelLightLLC.com.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7 Introduction to Crystal Healing Layouts – 6:308:30pm. The purpose of laying on of stones is to transform the energy of disease into the energy of healing using the synergy of crystals and stones. Learn basic layouts for protection, detoxification, balance and harmony and the creation of prosperity. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001. AngelLightLLC.com.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 Ayurvedic Remedies for Anxiety and Insomnia – 6-7:30pm. Learn natural and effective ways to calm the nervous system for greater sleep and harmony in your life with pranayama, yoga poses, food, herbs, self-care practices and essential oils. $30. Santosha Yoga & Ayurveda, W307 N149 Golf Rd, Delafield. 262-271-4972. SantoshaYogaAyurveda.com. Reiki Share with BioMat – 7-9pm. All levels of reiki. Wine social to follow. $15. Inspiration Wellness Group, 6420A S Howell Ave, Oak Creek. Natalie Benoit: 414-651-2243.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9 Spirit & Wellness Fair - Lake Country – 10am4pm. Uplifting pre-holiday services are being offered to support your journey toward wholeness and self-understanding. Experience personal readings, energy healing sessions, aura balancing and more. No entry fee. $20/15-minute readings or healings. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. 262-367-0607. Sandra@ C4WB.com. Reiki Level Three – 10:30am-4:30pm. Advanced reiki training: learn the Usui master symbol and master crystal grid. Increase your vibration and energy with this level. Reiki 1 and 2 are prerequisites. Class held in Mukwonago. Contact, Rhiana: 262-498-4162. BeReiki.com.
Holiday/Everyday Stress Getting to You? – 123:30pm. Learn safe and effective reflexology and acupressure techniques for relief from tension headaches, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and other stress-related issues. Learn to incorporate essential oils and crystals to maximize benefits. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001. AngelLightLLC.com. Afterlife Beliefs that Inspire – 1:30-3:30pm. Beliefs. Fears. Afterlife quests, comfort, curiosity. Is there an afterlife? What is it like? What do you know for sure already? $25 love exchange appreciated. WonderSpirit - Kindred Spirit Center, 2312 N Grandview Blvd, Ste 101, Waukesha. 262-5444310. WonderSpirit.com.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12 BioMat Sessions & Reiki – Dec 12, 21. Healing amethyst mat, with Far infrared, PEMF, biophoton and magnet therapies. $50/30-min session. Inspiration Wellness Group, 6420A S Howell Ave, Oak Creek. Natalie Benoit: 414-651-2243. MilwaukeeReiki. MassagePlanet.com. A Holiday Gift for You: Two Free Classes – 6:308:30pm. Be introduced to the fundamentals of reiki energy work along with a peek behind the doors that comprise the healing arts. Additional information on what role your energy centers (chakras) play in your physical, emotional and spiritual health is included. Preregistration required. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001. AngelLightLLC.com.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13 Gallery Readings – 6:30-8:30pm. Psychic mediums Kristina Nez Begay and Mike Pozorski share their gifts of insight during this special gallery event. Kristina and Mike are able to bring messages from your loved ones that can be validating and healing. Call ahead to reserve a seat. $40. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001. AngelLightLLC.com.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 Awaken your Intuition – 5-10pm. Determine your primary channel for receiving divine guidance. Experience meditations and attunements to open your 3rd eye and ear chakras. This experiential workshop will teach you how to see/sense the aura/energy fields around yourself and others, and to connect with your guide or angel. $99. Golden
Light Healing Retreat Center near Green Bay. Info: GoldenLightHealing.net. Artist-Themed Yoga Night Out – 6:30-7:45pm. When gathering in union, music can become a spiritual experience. Take your practice out of the box with old school sounds that will bring you back in time; hip hop music with Scott Fisher. $20. Santosha Yoga & Ayurveda, W307 N149 Golf Rd, Delafield. 262-271-4972. SantoshaYogaAyurveda.com. Astro Jam – 6:30-9pm. This is an evening of fun and connection as we dabble in the wonders of astrology. This is not your ordinary astrology gathering. Snacks provided. $20; preregistration required. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. 262-367-0607. C4WB.com.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16 Reiki II for Animals & People – 10am-4pm. Reiki is a hands-on energy treatment that improves health, reduces stress, and promotes an overall well-being. You’ll learn all three reiki symbols and how to send reiki from a distance; w/Stacy Krafczyk. Prerequisite of reiki I. $150, includes hand-out, attunement and certification. Petlicious, 2217 Silvernail Rd, Pewaukee. Preregister: 262-548-0923 Petlicious.com. Make and Take Gemstone/Essential Oil Bracelets – 11am-1pm. Create bracelets with dozens of gemstones and leave with a personalized piece for you or a loved one. It makes a great holiday gift; w/Sarah Litzenberger. $30/per bracelet. Santosha Yoga & Ayurveda, W307 N149 Golf Rd, Delafield. 262-271-4972. SantoshaYogaAyurveda.com.
Gorton on Dec 24. Other musicians TBA. Unity Church of Milwaukee, 1717 N 73 St, Wauwatosa. 415-475-0105. UnityChurchInMilwaukee.org.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27 Teen Yoga Holiday Break – 10-11am. Experience yoga using asanas (poses) safely with your breath opening your body as you work through tightness and alleviate stress of mind and body. $12. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. Questions: 312-420-7042. C4WB.com.
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Peru Mysticism – Jan 28-Feb 3, 2018. Explore Peruvian shamanism up close and personal on a spiritual journey with Golden Light Healing. Participate in healing rituals and meditations at ancient holy sites, including the fabled City of Light, Machu Picchu, with the local shamans. Information, Amy: 920-609-8277. GoldenLightHealing.net.
Acu-Gong: Acupuncture plus Gong Bath Meditation – 5-6pm. Acu-Gong combines the power of gong meditation with community style acupuncture. No previous acupuncture or meditation experience required. $40. Royal Road Clinic, 1841 N Prospect Ave, 2nd fl, Milwaukee. 414-377-3898. RoyalRoad MKE.com/Meditation-Milwaukee.
Lupus Support Group Meeting – Jan 30. 6-8pm. Lupus support group meetings are held the last Tuesday of the month to provide support to Lupus patients and their families. Free. 2600 N. Mayfair Road, Atrium level, basement conference room, Milwaukee. Info: 414-443-6400. Betsey@ LupusWI.org.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31
Burning Bowl Service – 10am. The opportunity to release thoughts and behaviors the individual does not want to take into the New Year, through the process of making and burning a list. Participants then write letters of dreams and goals for the New Year, which are mailed back to each writer mid-year. Free will offering. Unity Church in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. Unity ChurchInMilwaukee.org.
Let’s Talk Wellness for Kids – Mar 7, 14, 21. 12-1pm. Discussion about natural approaches to common health issues for kids: Mar 7th, ear infections; Mar 12th, colic and digestive issues; Mar 21st, why your child might be irritable. Free. Settimi Chiropractic and Wellness Center, 17280 W North Ave, Ste G-102, Brookfield. 262-789-0576. SettimiChiropractic.com.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19 Heal Your Gut – 7-8:30pm. Disease begins in the gut. Learn to heal leaky gut, dysbiosis and how to reestablish a healthy microbiome. $50. Inspiration Wellness Group, 6420A S Howell Ave, Oak Creek. Natalie Benoit: 414-651-2243.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21 Winter Solstice Celebration Ceremony – 6:30830pm. Beginning with a look at the many religions that have holy days in December, participants learn ceremony components so they can create their own. Concludes with a ceremony to acknowledge the gifts winter brings us: resilience, strength, trust and a time of rest. $35 with pre-registration. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001. AngelLightLLC.com.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23 Christmas Candle Lighting Services – Dec 23 & 24. 5pm. These candle lighting services are family oriented and include the music of harpists Kim Robertson and Mary Radspinner; also vocalist Katie
APRIL 2018 Whispers on the Wind Shamanic Training – Apr 4-8, Jul, Nov 2018 and Mar 2019. Intensive training program in shamanism, energy medicine and selftransformation meets four times over 12 months. Learn core energy healing techniques including power animal and soul retrieval, clearing of past life and ancestral imprints, connecting with the forces of nature, etc. Golden Light Healing Retreat Center near Green Bay. Info: 920-609-8277. GoldenLightHealing.net.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17 Reiki Level I Certification and Candlelight Attunement – 12:30-5:30pm. Using the intent and ideals of Mikao Usui, the class teaches core principles and techniques including how to connect to the frequency of reiki energy using intention, breath and meditation techniques. Students receive a sacred attunement and certification upon successful completion. $140 with pre-registration. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001. AngelLightLLC.com.
The Way of the Altomesayok: Peru Journey – Jan 15-26. In alliance with Rainbow Jaguar Institute, an opportunity for mesa carriers to delve deeper into the mystery teachings of the altomesayok shamans of Peru, and to further their studies in this mystical tradition. Info: GoldenLightHealing.net.
plan ahead JANUARY 2018 Midwest College of Oriental Medicine Winter 2018 Quarter Begins – Jan 6. The winter 2018 quarter offers Saturday courses and distance education. Online LiveStream lectures available for weekday evening science courses eliminating winter weather commuting. Online as a LiveStream lecture or campuses in Racine, WI and Evanston, IL. 800-593-2320. Acupuncture.edu. White Stone Sunday – Jan 7. 10am. A ceremony wherein each person receives a white stone. After meditation, they write what their new name will be, or their intention for the New Year. Youth education and nursery care provided. Free will offering. Unity Church of Milwaukee, 1717 N 73 St, Wauwatosa. 415-475-0105. UnityChurchInMilwaukee.org. Reiki Level One Training – Jan 13. 10:30am6:30pm. Learn reiki so that you may give yourself or others a treatment. Reiki heals physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. $200. Class held in Mukwonago. Register: 262-498-4162. BeReiki.com.
Mists of Ireland Tour – Fall 2018. Explore the sacred circles and holy wells of Celtic lore. Amy and David Wilinski of Golden Light Healing are excited to offer once again this popular spiritual journey on the Emerald Isle. Contact: GoldenLightHealing@ bayland.net. Amy Wilinski: 920-609-8277. Golden LightHealing.net.
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Guided Meditation – 6-6:45pm. A guided mindfulness meditation with a focus on the breath to develop increased awareness and presence; with Jerry Arvoy, certified meditation instructor. Open for beginner to advanced practice. $15, free/members. Dragonfly Meditation Studio, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, #225, Mequon. 262-518-0173. RSVP: Dragonfly Meditation.com.
Gentle Healing Yoga – 10-11am. An extremely gentle, individualized class ideal for those dealing with chronic aches and pains, arthritis, fibromyalgia, MS, cancer, other health conditions, post-injury, or those interested in the gentle yoga style. Instructor: Shelley Carpenter, PT, e-RYT. $40/4 weeks, $12/ class. Lakepoint Church, S63W13694 Janesville Rd, Muskego. Register: 414-217-4185. Shelley@ PureEnergyYoga.com. PureEnergyYoga.com.
$5 Yoga Classes – Daily yoga classes available; call or visit the website for the schedule. The Institute of Beauty and Wellness, 327 East St. Paul Ave, Milwaukee. RSVP: 414-227-2889. IBW.edu.
sunday A.C.I.M. Study Group – A Course in Miracles study group, following fellowship. Love offering. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. UCIM@wi.rr.com. Friendship and Potluck – Last Sun. Celebrate with a spiritual community; messages and music during the service followed by food and fellowship. Bring a friend and a dish to share. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-4750105. UCIM@wi.rr.com. 12 Powers of Man – 7:30-9:15am. Class on this teaching by Unity’s co-founder, Charles Fillmore, will be before Sunday celebration; w/Rev Brian Griffin. Love offering. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. UCIM@wi.rr.com. Sunday Gathering: Light of Grace – 10am. Come for meditation, soul-filled music and an inspiring spiritual message to uplift and motivate you. Spiritual Youth Development, ages 5-9, the second Sunday of each month. Light of Grace, 5806 W. National Ave, West Allis. 414-258-5555. LightOfGrace.Church. Unity Church of Light Sunday Service – 10am. Sunday service with Rev Sue Ellen Kelly and the amazing music of George Busateri, John Zaffiro and various soloists. Children’s Sunday school at same time. Unity Church of Light, 150 S Sunnyslope Rd, Ste 110, Brookfield (in Bishop’s Woods West 1). 262-641-7558. UnityChurchOfLight.com. Shamanic Journey and Drumming Circle – 11:30am. 3rd Sun. Meets following fellowship and service. Please bring your drum, some available for use. Group led by Dennis Clark, president, board of trustees. $10 suggested offering. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-4750105. UCIM@wi.rr.com. Coloring and Crafting Club – 12pm. 2nd Sun. This is a quiet time of fellowship and creative expression. Meets in the fireside room following fellowship and service. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. UCIM@wi.rr.com.
Guided Meditation – 6-6:45pm. As a reiki practitioner, Dawn Weberg, certified meditation instructor, brings a healing presence along with nature visualizations to her meditations. Open to beginner and more experienced practitioners. $15, free/members; registration on line. Dragonfly Meditation Studio, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, #225, Mequon. 262518-0173. DragonflyMeditation.com.
tuesday Beginner/Intermediate Yoga – 9-10am. Relieve stress, gain flexibility, strength and balance. Emphasis is on proper alignment and breathing for a safe, healing practice. Led by Shelley Carpenter, PT, e-RYT. $44/4 weeks, $13/class. The Ommani Center, 1166 Quail Court, Ste 210, Pewaukee. Register: 414-217-4185. Shelley@PureEnergyYoga.com. PureEnergyYoga.com. Caravan of Remembering: Book Club – 6:308pm. 3rd Tue. Sandra Zwirlein facilitates. The group works together to discover and empower our personal life mission’s work. Love offering. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. UCIM@wi.rr.com.
wednesday Beginner/Intermediate Yoga – 6-7pm. Relieve stress, gain flexibility, strength and balance. Emphasis is on proper alignment and breathing for a safe, healing practice. Led by Shelley Carpenter, PT, e-RYT. $44/4 weeks, $13/class. The Ommani Center, 1166 Quail Ct, #210, Pewaukee. Register: 414-217-4185. Shelley@PureEnergyYoga.com. PureEnergyYoga.com.
monday TOPS Weight Loss Support Group – Through Feb. 5:45-7pm. Real people, real weight loss. Helping millions to take off pounds sensibly since 1948. $32, annual membership. 4575 S 5th St, side entrance, Milwaukee. 414-841-1685. TOPSWi1381@ yahoo.com. TOPS.org.
thursday Minister’s Book Study – 9:15-10:45am. This is an open discussion group; currently discussing The Untethered Soul, The Journey Beyond Yourself. Free. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. UCIM@wi.rr.com.
Silent Unity Prayer and Healing Circle – 11am. This prayer time coincides with the prayer time at World Headquarters Silent Unity where prayer partners are praying 24/7/365. This is a powerful time to join in prayer. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. UCIM@ wi.rr.com.
friday Basic Hatha Yoga – 9:45-10:45am. Meditative hatha yoga class; basic postures and stretches for a healthy spine and strong inner core are practiced; w/Caroline Raffel. All levels welcome. $12, $50/5 class pass, $10/members, $45/member 5 class. Dragonfly Meditation Studio, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, #225, Mequon. 262-518-0173. Register on line: DragonflyMeditation.com.
saturday Yoga with Mary Galati – 9am. 1st & 3rd Sat. Appropriate for all ages and abilities. Bring yoga mat or beach towel, wear comfortable clothing; men invited to participate. $7.50 per session. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. UCIM@wi.rr.com. Mindfulness Meditation – 9-10:30am. 2nd & 4th Sat. Mindfulness Meditation is based on the teachings of Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh. Facilitated by Cornelia Beilke, who has taught this technique for over a year. Love offering. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. UCIM@wi.rr.com. Ascension Reiki – Through Dec. 10am-4 pm. Pure, gentle, and powerful. Proceeds to benefit American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. $40/one-hour session. Cudahy location. For more info and to register, Kalela: 414-378-7604. Kalela1@hotmail.com. Citizens Climate Lobby – 10:30am-1:30pm. 2nd Sat. This is a non-partisan group dedicated to finding effective ways to preserving and protecting our planet from further climate change. Wedding Suite, Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. UCIM@wi.rr.com.
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ACUPUNCTURE ACUPUNCTURE BY ALANA
6789 N Green Bay Ave, Glendale 414-813-4747 AcupunctureByAlana.com
Aimee is a Healing Touch for Animals (HTA) Practitioner and animal communicator. HTA restores harmony and balance to an animal’s energy system and works cooperatively with traditional veterinary care.
ENERQI CENTER FOR ACUPUNCTURE AND TRADITIONAL MEDICINE
SANTHIGRAM WELLNESS AYURVEDA SPA
ROYAL ROAD CLINIC
1841 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee 414-377-3898 RoyalRoadMke.com Specializing in mental health, including anxiety, depression, and PTSD; stress reduction, digestive and eating disorders, detox and chronic pain. Offering acupuncture, reiki, gong bath meditations.
ANIMAL COMMUNICATION/ HEALING ALL SPIRIT HEALING
Stacy Krafczyk • 414-460-4781 AllSpiritHealing.com Stacy Krafczyk specializes in Animal Communication, intuitive readings, after life communication, energy work and healing for both people and animals that helps promote physical and emotional well-being.
15720 W National Ave, New Berlin 262-785-5515 • NewBerlinChiro.com Exceptional chiropractic and wellness clinic with a special focus on chronic pain relief. Offering MLS Laser Therapy, massage, acupuncture, exercise rehabilitation, functional medicine, and more. See ad, page 9.
Aimee Lawent Beach 414-732-9860 AnimalConnectingAndHealing@yahoo.com
A 501c3 nonprofit, fullservice acupuncture care center, we offer excellence in pain management, oncology support, and stress insomnia treatment in our beautiful West Allis clinic. See ad, page 29.
EVANS CHIROPRACTIC PAIN RELIEF LASER CLINIC
ANIMAL CONNECTING AND HEALING
Specializing in pain treatment, internal medicine, hormone imbalance and stress management. Alana Hammer, MS L.Ac utilizes acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to help individuals achieve their optimal health.
10827 W Lincoln Ave, West Allis 414-209-4228 EnerqiAcu.com
12800 W National Ave, New Berlin 262-955-6600 Facebook.com/SanthigramMilwaukee Santhigram’s Vaidya Sunita, the only ayurvedic doctor in Wisconsin, offers affordable authentic ayurvedic consultations, diet/yoga/lifestyle coaching, panchakarma treatments, spa services. Come, experience true healing. See ad, page 39.
OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER 15850 W Bluemound Rd, Ste 306, Brookfield 262-226-8349 OptimalPerformanceWI.com We combine the best of chiropractic, physical therapy and wellness care. We use a comprehensive panel of diagnostic testing to insure our patients get the highest level of care possible.
SETTIMI CHIROPRACTIC AND WELLNESS CENTER
17280 W North Ave, Ste G-102, Brookfield 262-789-0576 SettimiChiropractic.com Special focus on women and children, Dr. Settimi has been providing exceptional wellness care to our community for over 27 years. Our natural approach addresses common healthcare concerns in a warm and welcoming environment. See ad, page 8.
SANTOSHA YOGA AND AYURVEDA W307 N1497 Golf Rd, Delafield 262-271-4972 SantoshaYogaAyurveda.com
Nikki Estes offers holistic health coaching through ayurvedic consultations, AyurYoga therapy and ayurvedic products and essential oils. Balance the body, focus the mind, enlighten the spirit. See ad, page 18.
CRYSTALS ANGEL LIGHT CENTER FOR THE HEALING ARTS
13000 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove 262-787-3001 • AngelLightLLC.com Our Crystal Emporium features unique and exquisite crystals, stones and natural stone jewelry at affordable prices. Crystal Workshops and therapeutic Crystal Healing sessions also available.
BODYWORK 1212 BODYWORKS
19601 W Bluemound Rd, #100, Brookfield 414-405-3956 1212BodyWorks.com Emily Yenor, Physical Therapist and movement expert, identifies and corrects muscle imbalances throughout the body to help you move better, feel better and live better. See ad, page 7.
FREE SPIRIT CRYSTALS
4763 N 124 St, Butler • 262-790-0748 FreeSpiritCrystals.com
Besides selling beautiful stones and crystals, we offer a variety of healing sessions, crystal healing classes, reiki, astrology, tarot readings and spiritual counseling. See ad, page 8.
DENTISTRY HOLISTIC DENTISTRY OF PORT WASHINGTON
222 N Franklin St, Port Washington 262-235-4525 HolisticDentistryWI.com Dr. Railand is passionate about treating all ages with a whole body p e r s p e c t i v e . We c o m b i n e advanced alternative treatments with conventional procedures to provide true wellness. See ad, page 5.
INTEGRATIVE DENTAL SOLUTIONS N35 W23770 Capitol Dr, Pewaukee 6789 N Green Bay Ave, Glendale 262-691-4555 • WINaturalDentist.com
“…Because a healthy Body, starts with a healthy Mouth.” Our office specializes in treating the cause of the problem and not just the symptoms; we offer the latest advances in dentistry. See ad, page 3.
GREEN CLEANING PRODUCTS EXTREME ENERGY SOLUTIONS, INC. info@ExtremeKleaner.com ExtremeKleaner.com 800-337-8326
Visit ExtremeKleaner.com to get your free sample of Extreme Kleaner, a non-toxic biodegradable multi-purpose cleaner-degreaser aimed to improve air and water quality and reduce negative influences on the environment. See ad, page 2.
HOLISTIC HEALING CENTER FOR WELL-BEING Sandra Anderson 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland 262-367-0607 • c4wb.com
Sandra Anderson is certified in advanced energy medicine techniques and practices for supporting individuals who are looking for holistic approaches in attaining fulfillment and wellbeing. See ad, page 20.
WHOLEHEALTH BIOMIMETIC & BIOLOGIC FAMILY DENTISTRY
125 W Wisconsin Ave, Ste 102, Pewaukee 262-737-4004 WholeHealthFamilyDentistry.com Dr. Schwartz is board certified in Biomimetic Dentistry, Integrative Biologic Dental Medicine and is a Board Certified Naturopathic Physician. We offer the best and healthiest dentistry for our patients.
GOLDEN LIGHT HEALING
Amy Wilinski, Shamanic Energy Practitioner/ Reiki Master • 920-609-8277 GoldenLightHealing.net Discover your gifts with one of our many offerings! Offering healing sessions and training in Milwaukee and Green Bay area in Reiki, Shamanism, Intuition, Mediumship and much more.
ENERGY HEALING PURE ENERGY YOGA
Shelley Carpenter, PT, e-RYT, Reiki Master/Teacher PureEnergyYoga.com • 414-217-4185 Reiki sessions, gentle therapeutic individual & group yoga in Pewaukee & Muskego. Combining PT knowledge with the wisdom and healing energy of yoga and reiki.
Inspiration Wellness Group, 6420A S Howell Ave, Oak Creek 414-651-2243 MilwaukeeReiki.MassagePlanet.com Wellness coach, guide, consultant, educator and reiki practitioner since 2000. Specializing in disease reversal with natural evidencebased therapies. Emphasis on functional, alternative, complementary and energy medicines.
YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS Anne Wondra 262-544-4310 Yldist.com/myoilsjuice
ECO HARMONY LANDSCAPE
My wellness site is life-centered. I write about and teach empowered wellness, useful resources, and creating everyday wellness for ourselves. Learn more on my blog tab at Yldist.com/myoilsjuice.
414-810-5858 Info@EcoHarmonyLandscaping.com Mike.EcoHarmony@gmail.com EcoHarmonyLandscaping.com Ecologically minded, full-service landscape company servicing SE Wisconsin. Specializing in sustainable ideas and low-maintenance solutions. Professional Craftsmanship Inspired by Nature. See ad, page 27.
Diane Olson-Schmidt • 414-793-3652 LaceWingGdcs@att.net Garden consultation, instruction, landscape design, wildflowers and woodland gardens, prairies, small ponds, rain gardens, landscape maintenance, organic lawn care. Organic landscape practices in all habitats. See ad, page 18.
LED PHOTO REJUVENATION WHITE SAGE SPA
Susie Raymond, Esthetician, Life Coach, Reiki Master/Teacher WhiteSageSpa.com • 414-352-6550 Reveal your radiance through natural methods of skin rejuvenation, including photo rejuvenation, gentle peels, natural/ organic customized facials. Susie brings 19 years of experience to every service and has a gentle healing touch. See ad, page 22.
LIFE COACH WONDERSPIRIT
262-544-4310 2312 N Grandview Blvd, Ste 101, Waukesha WonderSpirit.com Need a reminder you’re a goddess? Spiritual life coach, goddess of greatness growing, feminine spirit arts and sciences, spiritual exploring, self-worth, relationship rules, and energy medicine. See ad, page 8.
LYMPHATIC DETOX ALIVE & WELL NATURALLY 140 S Main St, Thiensville 262-297-7070 AliveAndWellNaturally.com
Teresa Lopez offers dry salt bed t h e r a p y, S T- 8 Ly m p h a t i c decongestion/oxygen/ozone, MediCupping, microscopy, and independent monthly healthy foods lifestyle courses. Complimentary BioMat sessions.
MEDICINE – FUNCTIONAL & INTEGRATIVE GREENSQUARE INTEGRATIVE HEALTH CARE CENTER 6789 N Green Bay Ave, Glendale 414-292-3900, Ext 203 GreenSquareCenter.com
20+ Integrative natural healing and medical specialists offer drug-free, patient-centered care. We treat the cause, not the symptom, using the latest integrative strategies. Enjoy affordable daily health & fitness classes, all in a beautiful neighborhood setting.
ZUZA’S WAY INTEGRATIVE WHOLE FAMILY CARE 817 N East Ave, Waukesha 262-312-9098 • ZuzasWay.com
Dagmara Beine blends Western medicine with Integrative/ Functional medicine to empower your whole family with knowledge and the right tools to make the most informed decisions for your health. See ad, page 21.
MEDICINE - NATUROPATHIC LAKESIDE NATURAL MEDICINE 4433 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood LakesideNaturalMedicine.com 414-939-8748
Dr. Sarah Axtell and Dr. Joanne Aponte are naturopathic doctors with a focus on autoimmune diseases, gastrointestinal disorders, hormone imbalances, weight loss and hypothyroidism. See ad, page 20.
MEDITATION DRAGONFLY MEDITATION STUDIO
11649 N Port Washington Rd, Ste 225, Mequon 262-518-0173 • DragonflyMeditation.com Dragonfly Meditation is a secular (non-religious) mindfulnessb a s e d s t u d i o w h i c h o ff e r s meditation instruction, special workshops, retreats, massage, reiki and yoga classes. See ad, page 17.
MENTAL HEALTH TRINERGY CENTER FOR INTEGRATIVE PSYCHIATRY
12800 W National Ave, New Berlin 262-955-6600 At Trinergy, a holistic mental health clinic, Dr Tummala provides mind-body evaluation & comprehensive treatment plan to address psychological problems & achieve health & vitality. See ad, page 39.
MYOFASCIAL RELEASE WHITE WOLF MFR Infinity Healing Center, 3305 N 124th St, Brookfield 414-543-0855 WhiteWolfMFR.com Tony Grimm, LMT since 2007; expert-level JFB Myofascial Release therapist. MFR is the most effective treatment to eliminate or reduce pain using gentle pressure to get lasting results.
NATURAL FOODS OUTPOST NATURAL FOODS
Coming Next Month Natural Stress Relief Plus: Understanding Nutraceuticals January articles include: Answers for Stress Reduction Solutions for Digestive System Health Just What Are Nutraceuticals? and so much more!
Bay View, Brown Deer, Milwaukee, Mequon and Wauwatosa locations Outpost.coop We know Jack! Unlike other area grocers, we know by name many of the farmers and producers who supply Outpost with quality goods. See ad, page 10.
NUTRITION LANGLOIS’ VITAL NUTRITION CENTER 8843 W North Ave, Wauwatosa 414-453-8289 store, 414-453-4070 office VitalNutritionCenter.com
Langlois’ Vital Nutrition Center is at the forefront in optimal nutrition. Optimal nutrition equals: Increased energy, more productivity, enhanced emotions, improved brain function and more. See ad, page 40.
OUTDOOR GEAR YELLOW WOOD GEAR
401 E Silver Spring Dr, Whitefish Bay YellowWoodGear.com 414-332-3636 Yellow Wood specializes in premier outdoor gear with a conscience, passion for what we do and purpose to create a better society and community. See ad, page 7.
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PHYSICAL THERAPY PHYSIOBIN
414-552-0820 Wauwatosa and Walker’s Point Locations PhysioBin.com Doctors of Physical Therapy Daniel Schumann and Rachel Thiel offer unique techniques to eliminate pain and limitations and bring you to better movement for a better life. See ad, page 23.
REIKI ANGELIK HANDS
Infinity Healing Center, 3305 N 124th St, Brookfield 414-429-5117 Reiki-AngelikHands.com Offering reiki therapy, intuitive readings, angel card readings & more. Ann Miller is a psychic medium and certified reiki master. Start your journey to wellness today!
100 Main St, Mukwonago 262-498-4162 BeReiki.com
SCHOOLS/TRAINING ART OF HEALING SCHOOL OF ENERGY MEDICINE
13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove 262-787-3001 • AngelLightLLC.com Wisconsin’s premier School for Energy Medicine Training offering individual classes, certificate and diploma programs. Built on the belief that knowledge, competency and professionalism must exist at the very foundation of Energy Work.
INSTITUTE OF BEAUTY AND WELLNESS
327 E St Paul Ave, Milwaukee 414-227-2889 • IBW.edu Located in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, The Institute of Beauty and Wellness is a leading Aveda school with multiple beauty and wellness programs.
MIDWEST COLLEGE OF ORIENTAL MEDICINE
6232 Bankers Rd, Racine • 800-593-2320 Acupuncture.edu The Midwest College, with campuses in Racine and Chicago, offers accredited programs in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine that lead to licensed practice in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and many other states. See ad, page 17.
Rhiana is trained in Usui and Holy Fire Karuna Reiki. Earn CEUs. If you’re looking for certified training and compassionate healing sessions, call Rhiana.
SPIRITUAL LIGHT OF GRACE
Associate Pastor Kris Nelsen 5806 W National Ave, West Allis LightOfGrace.Church A loving, spiritual community dedicated to assisting others on their spiritual journey. We provide 10am Sunday gatherings, healing services, weddings, classes & m o r e . S e n i o r P a s t o r To m Sherbrook. See ad, page 31.
Rev Mari Gabriels on 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa • 414-475-0105 UnityChurchInMilwaukee.org A God-centered c o m m u n i t y, welcoming all to come and share the gifts of divine love, life, peace, joy and abundance. Join us Sundays, 10 am. See ad, page 27.
WELLNESS CENTER MYOM WELLBEING
7963 N Port Washington Rd, Fox Point 414-405-3556 MyOmWellbeing.com Offering yoga, meditation, reiki, massage, naturopathic skin care treatments and remedies, organic makeup. A personalized experience for children and adults in a cozy, home-like setting.
SKIN CARE CINDY CARLSON REIKI AND ENERGY HEALING
121 E Silver Spring Dr, Ste 208, Whitefish Bay 414-758-0657 CarlsonHealing.com
SKIN AND ACNE SPECIALIST
682 Kettle Moraine Drive South, Slinger 920-210-0370 SkinAndAcneSpecialist.com
Reiki/energy healing is a powerful treatment that helps the body relax at a very deep level, allowing the body to activate its own ability to heal itself. See ad, page 21.
ROLFING KEVIN MCCOY ROLFING
262-337-1530 KevinMcCoyRolfing.com Brookfield and Glendale locations Rolfing Structural Integration is a unique whole-body approach that facilitates effortless, upright posture & fluid, pain-free movement. It helps you feel comfortable in your own skin. See ad, page 21.
Rachel Geschke is a Face Reality Acne Specialist and holistic esthetician. She specializes in acne treatment and prevention, along with reiki-infused facials, peels and waxing.
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