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his month Americans across this blessed country celebrate Thanksgiving—my favorite holiday of the year, one I experience unmarred by anything negative, divisive or tainted by commercialism. Free of religious, political, ethnic and cultural boundaries, Thanksgiving is a special time reserved for people to gather and honor all that is good. Unhindered by pressures of unfulfilled resolutions and unrealistic expectations, it escapes echoes of war and victories of one people over another. It’s all about pure and simple thanks giving. I love how a spirit of gratitude is one of the most powerful emotions human beings can feel. It has the ability to instantly lift us up; when practiced regularly, it has the power to transform one’s life from the pits of despair to utter bliss. In dark moments, I have found that the fastest way for me to climb up and out is to list what I’m thankful for, the blessings right in front of me, in that moment. It might start with the solar-powered daisy in my window that joyfully sways back and forth waving hello with a great big smile; leading my thoughts to the friend that thoughtfully bestowed this sweet gift. Recognized blessings might include the cozy feel of warm blankets surrounding me on a cold night, the joy of my puppy’s wet nose touching my ear as he wakes me or the honks of a flight of geese overhead. The act of making a gratitude list refocuses my consciousness on anything that makes me feel better, so that I can build upon those thoughts to the point where I forget the darkness even existed. These tiny treasures of thankfulness work wonders in banishing fear, uncertainty or any other negative emotion that wants to hold me back. I am now open to greater clarity in dealing with circumstances from a more positive place. I love author Melody Beattie’s observation, “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” Thanksgiving Day reminds us how good it feels to pause and express appreciation for all we have received as well as the good still to come. Let us vow now not to allow the stress of countless errands steal our goodwill and gratitude. Instead let us take a moment every day to reflect on blessings great and small. It’s the secret to receiving even more of the good that the Universe is just waiting for us to accept. With heartfelt gratitude always and wishes for a joyous holiday season,
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newsbriefs November Discounts on Reiki and Acupuncture in Brookline
Heading South Linda Marcille Linda Marcille’s paintings on silk are vibrant vignettes of rural life in New England, filled with a sense of joy and meant to inspire happy, healing emotions. Using steam-set French dyes, crepe de chine from China and a one-of-a-kind resist made only in New Zealand, Marcille infuses an ancient Asian art form with her own whimsical style. “There is a serendipitous quality to painting on silk with dyes,” she explains. “It’s very challenging, but also one of the most rewarding art forms, because the two-hour steaming process that joins the fiber reactive dyes molecularly with the silk causes the dyes to take on the silk’s iridescent sheen.” This union produces an awe-inspiring range of reflective colors that no other medium is capable of creating. Marcille, who has battled a Lyme-induced autoimmune disorder since 2000, chose her studio name, Crow House, to inspire healing and hope, as well. “In Native American legend, the crow represents an omen of change and is a shape-shifter,” she advises. “Crow medicine encourages people to shape-shift their old realities into their future self.” View the artist’s portfolio at CrowHouseStudio.com and visit her blog at Brattleboro-Muse.blogspot.com.
hroughout the month of November, Dr. Amy Pearsall of Brookline Medical Acupuncture, in Brookline, is offering a special 40-minute mini-consultation and Reiki session for $40. Brookline Medical Acupuncture is an integrative practice offering acupuncture, moxibustion, focused medical massage, heat lamp treatments and Reiki therapy. Pearsall brings a spiritual approach to healing and calls upon her extensive training in both Eastern and Western medical practices. “The human body is more than just a collection of functioning physiologic parts,” says Pearsall. “It’s a pulsating energy field that is constantly changing and seeking balance, and Reiki assists in achieving this balance. This hands-on healing art is a powerful adjunct to conventional modalities and works by helping to restore balance on a physical, psychological and even spiritual level. Reiki is now being used in major hospitals, hospice centers, nursing homes and prisons.” During client visits, Pearsall may combine several modalities to effect and support natural healing. Location: Brookline Medical Acupuncture, 1622A Beacon St., Ste. 205, Brookline. For more information, call 857-288-9416 or visit BrooklineMedicalAcupuncture. com. See ad on page 7 and Resource Guide on page 43.
Sollievo Massage Expands Staff, Services and Hours in Cambridge
ollievo Massage and Bodywork, in Cambridge, is pleased to welcome new massage therapists Mervi Karttunen, Loretta McClary and Susana Bullock to its staff. These additions will allow clients to experience several new massage therapy modalities, including hot stone therapy, cold stone therapy, reflexology, induction massage and Thai table massage. “At Sollievo we believe in upholding excellence and integrity in alternative health therapies,” says co-owner Rose Centola. “Adding these talented and dedicated therapists to our staff allows us to expand our services while continuing to offer comprehensive and integrative wellness programs that promote optimal health for our clients.” Sollievo’s acupuncturist, Larisa Rich, is also enhancing her services by expanding her hours and offering a new treatment called acupuncture facial rejuvenation. “This is a safe, cost-effective, non-invasive and chemical-free way to reduce wrinkles, firm skin and erase the signs of aging,” says Centola. “It offers the look of a facelift without the risks of surgery or costly injections.” To celebrate these new therapists and therapies, Sollievo is offering a $15 discount to first-time clients on treatments of 60 minutes or longer. The promotion cannot be combined with other discounts, promotions or packages. Location: Sollievo Massage and Bodywork, 2285 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. For more information, call 617-354-3082 or visit Sollievo.org. See ad on page 13 and Resource Guide on page 45.
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newsbriefs Fully Automated, Customized Exercise and Nutrition Program at Koko FitClub
K European Thermography Now Available Locally
uropean thermography is now available at Bella Natural Health, in Hanover. This alternative tool for evaluating breast and prostate health is a whole-body screening system that does not involve radiation. “European thermography is different from such imaging devices as mammograms, MRIs, ultrasound and digital imaging thermography,” says Dr. Dawna Jones, owner of Bella Natural Health. “Measurements for diagnosis are based on temperature changes in the body, where changes in skin temperature can reveal the health of the underlying organs.” Jones says that European thermography is a gentle, painless test that involves taking two sets of temperature readings over a period of about 30 minutes. “The technology was developed in Germany and has been used and studied since the 1960s,” she adds. “In several studies, thermography was found to be able to detect the first signs that a cancer may be forming up to 10 years earlier than other devices. This is critical because early detection may allow intervention prior to an irreversible state in the organ.” Thermography sessions are conducted by Jackie Bell Natural Health, of Dedham. Location: Bella Natural Health, The Hanover Health and Wellness Center, 20 East St., #20, Hanover. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 781-829-8900 or visit BellaNaturalHealth.com. For more information on European thermography, call Jackie Bell Natural Health at 508-280-6434 or visit NaturalBell.com. See ad on page 19.
oko FitClub, in Brookline and West Roxbury, now features groundbreaking technology to improve and track health and fitness. The club has introduced FitCheck as the centerpiece of its award-winning Koko Smart Training system to guide members toward their fitness goals. “Science shows that being fit and healthy at any age isn’t about a certain weight on the scale; it’s really about what that weight is made up of,” says owner Lana Lemeshov. “Koko FitCheck is medical-grade, bodycomposition-measurement technology that analyzes and tracks a member’s level of lean muscle and uses this information to precisely customize each workout.” In January, FitCheck information and exercise data will also be used to prescribe a customized nutrition program. With these advancements to the patented Smart Training system, Koko is now the first and only fully automated, customized exercise and nutrition program in the nation. “Our members see incredible transformations in their bodies from the strength training,” says Lemeshov. “The inches are coming off and their clothes fit differently. FitCheck allows them to measure results by focusing on their lean muscle levels, a true indicator of their health and fitness.” Location: Koko FitClub, 39 Harvard St., Brookline, and 77 Spring St. (Shaw’s Plaza), West Roxbury. For more information or to schedule a free training session, call 617-566-5656 (Brookline) or 617-325-4800 (West Roxbury) or visit KokoFitClub.com. See ad on page 17 and Resource Guide on page 44.
Free Workshop on Tips for a Healthy Menopause
mily Chan, a naturopathic doctor at Modern Integrative Medicine, in Cambridge, will present a free workshop featuring tips for a healthy menopause. The workshop will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on November 12 at the Lydian Center for Innovative Medicine, also in Cambridge. “Menopause can be a beautiful phase of life and I want to support women in going through it comfortably and gracefully,” says Chan. “Due to our stressed-out lifestyles, many women enter menopause with adrenal Emily Chan fatigue. While the adrenals usually make sufficient sex steroids after the ovaries have shut down, fatigued adrenals can cause women to experience increased discomfort with a drop in hormone levels.” Chan says her workshop will feature tips for having a healthy, natural menopause, along with information about an herb that’s been found to be effective in reducing hot flashes. “Safe and low-risk interventions should always be used first,” says Chan. “The good news is that they can also be effective.” Cost: Free. Location: Lydian Center for Innovative Medicine, 777 Concord Ave., Ste. 301, Cambridge. For more information or to register, email DrEmily@ModernIntegrativeMedicine.com, call 617-299-6151 or visit ModernIntegrativeMedicine.com. See Resource Guide on page 45.
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newsbriefs Isis Boston Offers Wellness and Nutritional Coaching for Clients
sis Holistic Clinic, in Brookline Village, has joined forces with Engin Coaching to add comprehensive wellness and nutrition coaching to their list of client services. Executive Director Andrew Barton, MS, and Karen Clickner says that certified wellness coaches Ali Barton, MA, LMHC Ali Barton, MA, LMHC, and Andrew Barton, MS, fill an important need in her clinic. “One area that we can improve is helping our clients put together a realistic and specific plan for the changes they want to make to their nutrition and health,” says Clickner. “People need a good support system to put their plans into practice and that is where Ali and Andrew come in.” Engin Coaching, founded in 2000, is focused on helping people make positive changes to their overall health patterns. “We know that we have a lot to offer the Isis clientele and our coaching will be an invaluable tool for people with inflammatory bowel disease, fibromyalgia and other autoimmune problems,” says Engin owner Andrew Barton. “What sets us apart is that we use a personalized, strength-based approach and coaching tools that motivate and inspire people to change.” Location: Isis Holistic Clinic, 1 Harvard St., Brookline Village. For more information, call 617-734-4708 or visit IsisBoston.com. See Fitness Directory on page 11.
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newsbriefs New Center for Spiritual Studies at Theosophical Society in Arlington
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he Board of Directors of the Theosophical Society (TS), in Arlington, announces that it now conducts all programming through its new TS Center for Spiritual Studies. To celebrate, the TS will host a fundraising event at 7:30 p.m. on November 2, with renowned healer, nutritionist, teacher and author Dr. Mark Mincolla of Santi Holistic Healing, in Cohasset. Mincolla, who has more than 30 years of experience as a natural healthcare practitioner, will speak on “Healing with Electromagnetic Energy.” “Mark has transformed the lives of many thousands of people,” says TS President Carolyn Romano. “He has ingeniously integrated ancient Chinese energy techniques with cutting-edge nutritional science in what has become his own innovative Electromagnetic Muscle Testing system.” Romano says that Mincolla’s talk will focus on the interaction between quantum electromagnetic healing and innate spirit, portraying energy as a bridge between worlds that can greatly assist with healing. The Theosophical Society is a volunteer-run, nonprofit organization. Cost: $40 general admission, $35 for TS members by October 31; $45 at the door. Seating is limited; registration is recommended. Location: Theosophical Society of Boston, 21 Maple St., Arlington. For more information or to register, call 781-6480101, email Carolyn@BlissHealingArts.com or visit TSBoston.org.
Learn Angelically Guided Healing: Book and Classes Now Available
ynn McGonagill, founder and teacher of the Lightworkers Healing Method (LHM), is the author of the new book The Lightworkers Healing Method: Be Who Your Soul Wants You to Be, available at bookstores and through online retailers. The Floridabased McGonagill also will be offering workshops at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, in the Berkshires. The LHM is a system designed to align people with their soul’s life purpose and to improve all areas of life. McGonagill, who says that divine, angelically guided healing is a teachable and learnable skill, has written her book as a how-to manual and guide to personal healing, as well as a complement to her workshops and distance-learning program. Upcoming workshops, to be held at Kripalu, include Level 1: The Foundation and Level 2: Letting Go of the Past, January 27 through February 1, 2013. Course credits are available. In addition, McGonagill has a weekly radio program, at 2 p.m. (PST) on Wednesdays, on News for the Soul Radio at NewsForTheSoul.com. For more information or to take a free, online introductory class, visit LightWorkersMethod.com.
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newsbriefs Opening Day for Skaters at the Boston Common Frog Pond
ovember 16 is opening day at the Frog Pond skating rink on the Boston Common. This year, organizers will honor Mayor Thomas Menino’s Boston Moves for Health initiative by offering free skating passes to those who register with the program and skate for 15 miles. “We’ll help people to track their skating, and for every 15 miles skated, they get a free pass to use for future visits,” says Cheri Rigby, program director at the Skating Club of Boston. “Ice skating is a great weight-bearing exercise and fun for the whole family. We want to encourage people to keep moving throughout the winter, and there’s nothing like the magic of skating under the open sky at Frog Pond.” Opening day events include raffles for free season passes and group skating lessons. A Skating Spectacular ice show also will be held at 5 p.m. on November 29, immediately before the mayor’s 71st tree lighting on the Boston Common. All Frog Pond events are held weather permitting; participants should visit BostonFrogPond.com to check for any weather-related closures. Location: The Boston Common Frog Pond, 84 Beacon St., Boston. For more information, call 617-635-2120 or visit BostonFrogPond.com.
Energy as Theater in Somerville
alter Ness, producer of the Energy Theater company, will present a performance at the Unity Church of Somerville, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on November 17. Energy Theater performers include members of the Somerville Laughter and Neuroplasticity clubs, which Ness also leads. “Everyone is energy-sensitive, and this understanding allows us to showcase energy topics that the audience can experience,” says Ness. “Energy understanding can then be taken and shown on stage as performance art, allowing the audience members to explore their own energy sensitivity while seeing it displayed on stage.” Ness says that he and the other performers will present several methods to enhance energy in a context that makes the experience accessible to all. “It’s easier to have people experience energetic phenomena when they are relaxed,” he says. “A performance does that.” The event is a fundraiser to benefit the roof repair fund at Unity Church of Somerville. Cost: $10 suggested donation. Location: Unity Church of Somerville, 6 William St., Somerville. For more information, call 617-628-5558 or visit EnergyTheater.org. 12
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Cranberry Juice Yields Knockout Punch
Nuts Help Neutralize Metabolic Syndrome
ccording to the World Health Organization, metabolic syndrome—linked to inflammation and oxidative stress that increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease—affects 25 percent of U.S. adults and 20 percent of adults worldwide. A nut-rich diet may offer some protection. Researchers at the University of Barcelona, in Spain, discovered that a daily one-ounce serving of mixed nuts, including raw, unpeeled walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts, boosted patients’ levels of beneficial metabolites derived from metabolizing tryptophan (an amino acid), serotonin (a hormone), fatty acids and polyphenols (phytochemicals with antioxidant activity). Their findings support the hypothesis that nuts can help prevent metabolic alterations that lead to chronic disease.
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hen scientific studies first provided evidence that cranberries are a powerful agent in fighting urinary tract infections (UTI), the supplement industry was fast to react by putting cranberry pills and extracts on the market. But are they as effective as drinking cranberry juice or eating the sauce? Recent analysis by Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers answers. The researchers tested proanthocyanidins (PAC), a group of flavonoids found in cranberries and thought to be what gives the juice its infection-fighting properties, offering hope that these could translate into an effective extract. However, the report concluded that cranberry juice itself is far better at preventing biofilm formation—the precursor of infection—than PACs alone. The virulent form of E. coli bacteria that is the cause of most UTIs is covered with small, hair-like projections, known as fimbriae, which act like hooks and latch onto cells that line the urinary tract. When enough bacteria adhere to the cells, they form a biofilm that leads to infection. Cranberry juice prevented the bacteria from forming this biofilm, while PACs alone were not as effective.
Good Foods to Keep the Brain Sharp
ew research reveals that diet may make a difference in reducing the risk of developing the most common form of dementia, known as Alzheimer’s disease. A study published by the American Academy of Neurology suggests that eating foods containing omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish, chicken, salad dressing and nuts, may be related to lower blood levels of a problematic protein called beta-amyloid associated with Alzheimer’s and memory problems. For the study, 1,219 people older than 65 and free of dementia provided information about their diets for an average of 1.2 years before their blood was tested for beta-amyloid. Researchers looked specifically at 10 nutrients, including saturated fatty acids; omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids; monounsaturated fatty acids; vitamins E, C, B12 and D; beta-carotene; and folate. The scientists found that higher consumption of omega-3 fatty acids corresponded to lower blood beta-amyloid levels. Particularly, those consuming just one gram more than other study subjects’ average daily intake of omega-3 fatty acids experienced a 20 to 30 percent decrease in beta-amyloid levels in the blood. One gram of omega-3s can be obtained by eating half a salmon fillet, once a week. Other foods that contain healthy omega-3s are flax seeds, almonds, walnuts and walnut oil, tuna and sardines and in small amounts, vegetables like Brussels sprouts, kale, spinach and salad greens.
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EFT Relieves Veterans’ Post-Traumatic Stress
motional Freedom Technique (EFT) uses tapping along acupuncture meridians to relieve stress so the body can resume the natural function of self-healing. Through the Veterans Stress Project (StressProject.org), the therapy is now being used and tested with veterans exhibiting post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms such as insomnia, anger, grief and hypervigilance. A study by the nonprofit Soul Medicine Institute has shown that more than 86 percent of vets that used EFT have resolved most of their PTSD symptoms; the researchers also report that, on average, their pain diminished by 68 percent. Dr. Steve Manire, a chiropractor and EFT practitioner in Little Rock, Arkansas, states, “Too many of our nation’s veterans are left believing that they have to live with stress for the rest of their lives when they return from their tours of duty.” He asserts that many find significant relief with EFT. The Veterans Stress Project will connect veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress with EFT practitioners across the country for six sessions at no cost. Email Deb Tribbey at Deb@StressProject.org.
More Americans are Eating Fresh
t’s official: Americans are eating more fresh foods than they did five years ago. A recent survey of 800 U.S. adults by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation reports that more than 68 percent of respondents say they eat more whole grains, fruits and vegetables than they did in 2007. Farmers’ markets and stands attracted 70 percent of the survey participants, although only 14 percent regularly shop at such venues. More good news: 64 percent of the respondents agree that it’s very important that produce be grown in an environmentally friendly way and also important that the fruits and veggies be organic.
Dr. Iveta Iontcheva-Barehmi DMD, MS, D.Sc. Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi is an accomplished dentist and specialist in Periodontics and Implants. She has a firm belief that our bodies are very intelligent. All the body organs and systems are interconnected and related to each other (the teeth and the mouth are part of and related to the whole body). Our bodies are perfect self-sustainable systems, capable of self-healing and self-regeneration. Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi has expertise in the areas of Biological, Physiological Dentistry and Integrative Periodontal Medicine and Implants, Lasers and Energy Medicine. Miracle Bite Tabs™ (MBT) Miracle Bite Tabs™ (MBT) and and Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) are used to treat Dental Distress Syndrome. Your teeth and jaws are an extension of your brain and spinal cord. Any imbalances caused by improper alignment of the jaw can play a major role in pain syndromes and chronic diseases. Head and Neck Pain Management Scenar, a non-invasive treatment device, is the only real time biofeedback device that will find what is wrong with your body and stimulate self-healing through electro stimulation and “conversation” with the control systems of the body (CNS Integrative Periodontal Medicine-Periodontal Spa The majority of the dental and periodontal procedures in Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi’s office are laser assisted. She has Biolase MD, the most versatile laser, which can be utilized to work with the gums and the teeth, implants and root canals. The discomfort is minimal to none and the healing is speededup. The procedures are often combined with a low level laser and Scenar, which give additional boost to the healing and removing discomfort.
Vitamin C electrophoreses is a unique method used in Europe to prevent recession, boost collagen synthesis, support and increase the blood circulation leading to firming the gingiva and discontinuing the signs of aging and bleeding. It is part of the integrative protocol for treatment and prophylaxes of periodontitis. Zirconia Solution to Titanium Implant If you are allergic or sensitive to other metals Bio-ceramic (zirconia) implants might be an option for you. Dr. IontchevaBarehmi is certified to place zirconia implants, you don’t need to travel to Europe anymore. Ozone Treatment Ozone is a powerful oxidizer and kills effectively bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites. Oxygen ozone therapy can be applied as an adjunctive therapy in treatment of periodontitis (periodontal disease), in arresting and reversing carious lesions in initial stage, reversal of initial pulp inflammation in deep carious lesions, treatment of dentinal hypersensitivity. The methods applied are efficacious with no toxicity or side effects. Perio-Protect Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi is certified to use the Perio-protect methodone of the best prophylactic methods for periodontal disease, and subsequently for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some other conditions. Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry Your amalgam fillings contain not only poisonous mercury but they cause cracks in your tooth structure and can lead to tooth loss. Defective amalgam fillings are removed safely following the IAOMT protocol, Including spa treatments for detoxification and the newest form of noninjectable Vitamin C with comparable absorption. Anxiety and dental phobias are rarely experienced in the Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi’ s practice. Meditation, breathing techniques, homeopathy, EFT technique, hypnotherapy are all used, so you can be comfortable and love coming to your dentist. To schedule your comprehensive exam and share the excitement of a healthy smile call:
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ecotip Cherished Charities
Top 10 Giving Tips for Maximum Impact These guidelines from Charity Navigator can help Natural Awakenings readers make wise decisions in donating dollars to favorite eco-causes.
1 Be Proactive. First, take the time to identify which environmental results are most important to the family and be specific about the goals you expect via giving.
2 Engage in Dialogue. Before contributing to an organization, talk with staff to learn about the group’s accomplishments, goals and challenges.
3 Confirm Nonprofit Status. Check to ensure that the re-
cipient is registered as a public nonprofit charity [501(c) (3)]; this also qualifies donations as tax deductions.
4 Check for Commitment
to Accountability and Transparency. Charities that follow good governance and transparency practices are less likely to engage in unethical or irresponsible activities and more likely to be making a measurable difference. Even advocates of big-picture environmental causes will find ways to quantify the quality of their contributions to planetary health.
5 Examine the Charity’s Financial Health. The financial
health of any organization is a strong indicator of its performance. The most efficient nonprofits invest 75 percent or more of their budgets on programs and services and less than 25 percent on fundraising and administrative fees.
6 Review Executive Compensation. Even eco-charities
need to pay their top leaders a competitive salary in order to attract and retain the talent needed to run a viable organization and produce results. But don’t just accept the CEO’s compensation at face value; compare it with counterparts in organizations of similar size, mission and location.
7 Be Careful of Sound-Alike Names. Don’t be confused
by a charity that purposely chooses a name strikingly similar to a more reputable, well-known organization.
8 Hang Up the Phone. Recognize that the for-profit
fundraising companies often used for charitable telemarketing campaigns keep 25 to 95 cents of every dollar they collect.
9 Concentrate Giving. Choose a few favorite causes to fo-
cus on. Spreading donations among multiple organizations can diminish the overall impact, because a percentage of each gift immediately goes toward overhead.
10 Make a Long-Term Commitment. Wise donors support their favorite environmental and other charities over the long haul, because they understand success requires a reliable pool of long-term, committed supporters. CharityNavigator.com provides ratings and analysis of participating charities as a public service.
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globalbriefs News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.
African Savannas Hold Clues to Drought Relief
Students Thirst for Eco-Knowledge As part of its 25th Envirothon, a competition for students across the United States to test their knowledge on environmental issues, a survey commissioned by Canon U.S.A. and conducted online by Harris Interactive found that a majority of 14-to-18-year-olds looking for information about the environment seek it outside of the classroom. Data also indicate that teens believe environmental issues will have an impact on their lives in the future and want to know more about them. With three-quarters feeling that school curricula are inadequate, two-thirds of the students use TV as their primary information source. A majority of surveyed teens ages 16 to 18 favor the Internet, print newspapers and other periodocals. Seventy-five percent of all of the teens surveyed believe that humans have a major impact on climate change. The top three environmental changes that they fear will impact their quality of life are poor air quality (66 percent), global warming (61 percent) and poor solid waste management (59 percent). Other major areas of concern are deforestation, water shortages and energy availability. Students are also looking for ways they can help, such as recycling, conserving electricity and water, cleaning up public spaces, carpooling, bicycling and using public transportation. Get involved at EnviroThon.org.
This year, much of the United States has experienced the most severe drought since the 1950s, prompting governors to declare emergency conditions. There is no guarantee that the crisis will be alleviated, but new research points to a way that farmers may be better able to cope. In the hotter, drier climate of the semiarid African savanna, flowing between the Atlantic Ocean and Red Sea, farmers have successfully fought back an expanding Sahara Desert and turned once dry, uncultivated scrub into highly productive farmland. The key to success is allowing trees to grow where they once cut them down, and adopting agricultural techniques that take full advantage of scarce water resources. Experts claim that today’s American farmers should recognize the benefits that trees can bring to even the most arid plots of land. Chris Reij, a sustainable land management specialist at Free University Amsterdam, who has worked in Africa since 1978, observes, “Given the situation in the U.S. corn belt, these practices might help farmers in Kansas and Iowa adapt to more extreme weather and help make their crops more resistant to drought.” Adding more trees, planted in rows between crops or bordering fields, could provide many of the same benefits found in Africa: improved soil and water quality and windbreaks that keep dry topsoil from going airborne. Fallen leaves and twigs inject nutrients into the soil, reducing the need for expensive fertilizers that can also pollute nearby streams or wells. Trees cool temperatures on a local scale, trap carbon and clean the air. Their roots are natural filters between fields and waterways and can help keep soil moist. Plus, tree fruits and nuts provide food for farm animals and wildlife. It’s an Early American agriculture tradition worth revisiting. Find more information from the USDA National Agroforestry Center at nac.unl.edu.
Fast Food that’s Good Food Mike Roberts, once the president and CEO of McDonald’s, has cofounded Lyfe Kitchen, a restaurant chain that aims to serve healthy food on a fast-food scale. The acronym Lyfe stands for Love Your Food Everyday, and the food is made without butter, cream, white sugar, white flour, high-fructose corn syrup, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), trans fats or additives. He foresees hundreds of the alternative bistros opening across the country, all serving locally sourced, sustainable gourmet meals with the efficiency and economy usually found in a fast-food chain. With free-range chicken; burgers from grass-fed, humanely raised cattle; roasted kabocha squash; beet and rice salad and Napa cabbage salad, costs are expected to be pricey at first, but decrease as more locations are added. Visit LyfeKitchen.com.
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Derricks to Get a New Lease on Life The U.S. Department of the Interior has rules governing nonproducing ocean oil rigs: They must be torn down after a certain period of time. What sounds like a sensible policy to deter oil companies from abandoning idle rigs is now being reconsidered as the growing depletion of natural reefs may give them a new purpose as artificial reefs. Below the surface at one 30-year-old rig in the Gulf of Mexico, corals, sea fans and sponges cover a maze of pipes. Schools of jack and snapper, solitary grouper and barracuda circle in its shadows and eco-dive boats periodically stop at the enormous structure, where dolphins, sea turtles and sharks are often spotted. The New York Times reports that about 650 such oil and gas industry relics, referred to as “idle iron”, would be demolished with large amounts of explosives under the old rules, killing thousands of fish and other sea creatures. Now the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is seeking recognition of offshore platforms as essential fish habitats. To ease liability concerns and help insure and maintain structures to be spared such removal, John Hoffman, chief executive of Black Elk Energy, an oil and gas company based in Houston, Texas, has founded a nonprofit organization, Save the Blue. To convert a platform into a reef, approval is required by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. Under the federal Rigs-to-Reefs program, a structure is only partially removed: cut off down to 85 feet below the water surface. Fish densities have been found to be 20 to 50 times higher near converted rigs than in open water. Each platform typically supports more than 10,000 fish.
communityspotlight Daniel Sharp and Boston Soul Coaching: Reconnecting People with Their Personal Power by Kim Childs
hen Daniel Sharp was just a boy, he pretended to be a Native American healer, talking to tree and animal spirits and making herbal concoctions for his friends. As an adult Sharp acquired a degree in art therapy, became a massage therapist and studied Reiki and crystal healing to expand his offerings as a healer. Eventually he combined these modalities and trained to become a soul coach, establishing Boston Soul Coaching, in Brookline, last year. Natural Awakenings wanted to know more about what a soul coach does. How is soul coaching different from life coaching? The biggest difference is that soul coaching connects you with your own spiritual abilities and pulls your inner creativity forth to help you create the changes you want to make. Soul coaches incorporate a lot of feng shui, guided meditation and positive affirmations, so there’s a lot of holistic healing in addition to the typical coaching strategies employed by modern-day life coaches. 20
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How do you work with your clients? I have a 28-day program that includes a booklet of processes that people do on their own for four weeks, along with several personalized coaching sessions. In those sessions, we do a lot of guided meditation about the client’s goals. For example, if someone wanted to be an artist, one of the first things I’d do is bring that person into a guided meditation and have them imagine themself as a successful artist. In that meditation, I’d help them call forth details that are unique to them, asking things like, “What color are you wearing at the gallery where you’re exhibiting your art?” If they answered “purple,” then their homework would be to add more purple to their wardrobe because they associate that color with being a successful artist. So I start to align their outer world with what their inner world is telling them. Twenty-eight days seems like a short amount of time to establish major changes. Yes, the program is designed to jumpstart people into taking back a lot of
their own personal power. After the 28 days are over, clients can keep using the booklet, tools and techniques whenever they need to. A lot of the guidance that I give clients is tailored to them, so they hold on to what resonates with them and they don’t need me. I want them to get to a place where they know they can do anything they want to do and they don’t need to keep seeing me because they’ve reclaimed their own power. How is the practice of feng shui used in soul coaching? A big part of the 28-day program is having people clear their homes and office spaces of clutter. I consider clutter-clearing to be a kind of modernday alchemy. I always encourage people to do it when they feel stuck, to get rid of things that they don’t use or love and release them to make room for better things to enter their lives. We also work to create an environment that feels nurturing and uplifting and supports their intention for the program. So if someone’s coming to work with me because they want to feel healthier, I’m going to help them to create a home that feels healthy. If someone wants to be more creative, we make his or her living space feel more creative. The goal is to make home a place that inspires you to be whatever you intend to be. We also work to clear mental and emotional clutter through the guided meditations, taking time each day to just sit, empty the mind and disconnect from the chaos of the fast-paced world and really tune in to what it is you do want to hold and what you want to let go of. Positive affirmations help this process, too, by shifting our thinking so we’re less self-critical and not sabotaging our best efforts. Soul collages and life timelines are some other tools I use to help people release baggage and move toward what they want. Daniel Sharp is a certified soul coach who practices at Boston Soul Coaching, 1 Harvard St., Brookline. For more information, call 781-763-7685 or visit BostonSoulCoaching.com. See ad on page 11 and Resource Guide on page 43. natural awakenings
sector jobs that feed their souls more than their bank accounts. Off-the-clock volunteerism is soaring. Due to working and earning less, people are also consuming less, cooking, sewing and gardening more, rediscovering forgotten passions and relationships and finding new ones in the process. “When the economy tanked, it prompted a real moment of spiritual awakening for all of us,” observes Sue Frederick, of Boulder, Colorado, a nationally renowned career counselor who also applies her intuitive skills in helping clients like Readnower find their muse. “We are no longer able to hide out behind jobs and benefits that might not have been a good fit for us to begin with. People are remembering their soul’s mission and waking up to the true work they are intended to do.” At the leading edge of the purposedriven career movement is the millennial generation, now in their 20s
In the midst of uncertainties, many are asking, “Why am I here?”
Fashion a Passion-Driven Life Realize Your Purpose and Feed Your Soul by Lisa Marshall
hree years ago, Cindy Readnower felt as if work was swallowing her life. As a single mom with two sons to support and two franchise restaurants to run in Sarasota, Florida, she routinely would get up at 4 a.m. and go to bed after midnight. She didn’t see enough of her boys. “I never had a free moment to just shut down and think about what I really wanted,” she recalls. Then the economy collapsed, forcing her to shutter her businesses, file for bankruptcy and consult with a career counselor to plan her next steps. Today, at 57, she’s working as a life coach and business consultant and as she sees it, living the life she is meant to live. “When you hit hard times and say, ‘My worst fears have come true; what am I going to do now?’ It makes you realize you will only find true success when you follow your passion,” she says.
Readnower represents what some see as the silver lining in these challenging economic times. At a time of high unemployment, when some can’t find a job and others are working grueling hours to compensate for laid-off coworkers, many Americans are stepping off the corporate hamster wheel and sincerely asking themselves: “What is my purpose here, and how can I realize it?”
Purpose Over Profits
According to a recent study by the nonprofit Encore.org, which helps older Americans pursue more meaningful careers, as many as 9 million people ages 44 to 70 have already transitioned into encore careers that combine purpose, passion and a paycheck. Another 31 million would like to. Meanwhile, surveys show that new college grads are increasingly gravitating toward nonprofit and public
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through early 30s. Having come of age amidst the Enron Corporation scandal, 9/11, Iraq and Afghanistan wars and the 2008 economic collapse, they’re graduating from college with a more holistic perspective on what constitutes a good career. “The decade in which we have matured has been turbulent in almost every dimension,” says John Coleman, 31, a recent graduate of Harvard Business School and co-author of Passion and Purpose: Stories from the Best and Brightest Young Business Leaders. “This generation is looking at a world that has so many problems and saying, ‘The old opportunities are not there anymore, so we have to create new ones.’ Many are actively seeking more meaning and purpose at work.” One 2010 survey of 500 MBA students found that when considering a long list of options for what they looked for in a career, they ranked “intellectual challenge” and “opportunity to impact the world” as their first and third priorities, bracketing “compensation” which ranked second.
Another analysis by The New York Times found that in 2009, 11 percent more college graduates ~ Mother Teresa worked for nonprofits than in the previous year. Accordingly, Coleman’s book is packed with encouraging examples, from a Harvard MBA student and a U.S. Marine that co-founded a nonprofit addressing poverty in Kenya’s largest slum to a biomedical engineering grad that launched a web-based car-sharing service. This altruistic, purpose-driven career track seems a stark departure from that of the baby boomers, collectively referred to as the “me” generation for its materialistic ethos. Yet those that specialize in helping people find more meaningful lives say this group currently counts among their best and most focused customers. “We are at a time in the world
It is not how much you do, but how much love you put into the doing, that matters.
Take the Passion Test Make a list of your passions; the 10 or 15 things most critical to your happiness and well-being. Start each entry with, “When my life is ideal, I am … ” (living in a beautiful house in the mountains, working in a job that changes lives, spending plenty of time with my children, etc.) Don’t worry about how you’ll get there. Just write it down. You become whatever you are committed to. “People often write down a passion, but if they can’t immediately see how they can manifest it, they erase it and instead write something down that they can easily put their arms around. In other words, they play it safe,” says Janet Attwood, co-author of The Passion Test: The Effortless Path to Discovering Your Life Purpose. Instead, think big. Narrow the list to your top five passions.
Write all five passions down on five index cards. Post passions in places you will routinely see them, such as on the bathroom mirror and refrigerator door; display them prominently on your computer. Create a vision board (a collage of representations of your passions). “It’s an easy way to keep your attention on the things you really want to grow stronger in your life,” notes Attwood. Use these priority passions as a guidepost. “Whenever you are faced with a choice, a decision or opportunity, choose in favor of your passions,” advises Attwood. Then run to the goal with purpose in every step. Take the test again every six months, because passions can change and evolve over time.
when it is more socially acceptable to follow your passions,” says Janet Attwood, whose Passion Test workshops—established in 2004—are welcoming more people than ever. “In my day, my dad was so freaked out I’d end up homeless that he sent me to business school so I would learn how to type. Back then, parents never asked: ‘What turns you on?’” That’s a shame, remarks Frederick, because first hints at our purpose often bubble up in our youth. “I believe all of us know at some point what our gift is, but we often bury it and say, ‘I have to fit in and get a job with benefits and a good paycheck.’” There is an alternative.
Work and Consume Less, Live More
Attwood stresses that living in line with one’s passion isn’t just about work, noting, “It’s about your relationships and friends, your spirituality and health, what you consume and where you choose to live…” She asks clients to write down five life-defining passions (see sidebar) and use them as a guidepost. “Whenever you are faced with a choice, a decision or an opportunity, choose in favor of your passion,” she counsels. Attwood has observed firsthand how success often follows, because, “When you choose in favor of the things that have the greatest, deepest meaning for you, the universe supports you more than if you are just tepid and neutral about something.” For some, that has meant working fewer hours for less pay, in order to allow more time for clarifying meditation, family dinners, volunteering at a local shelter, taking a long-yearned-for dance class or planning the next career shift. It
Purpose concentrates your effort and energy on what’s important; you become effective by being selective. Nothing energizes like a clear purpose. ~ Rick Warren, from The Purpose Driven Life 24
This is the true joy of life—being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. ~ George Bernard Shaw has also led to willing trade-offs in buying less and doing more for oneself. According to the 2010 MetLife Study of the American Dream, 77 percent of Americans now say that achieving their big dream comprises improving the quality of their lives by strengthening personal relationships. As for millennials, 39 percent say they already have what they need. Also, those that feel growing pressure to buy more and better material possessions has dropped from 66 percent in 2006 to well below half today. “Plenty of people have already started down this path. They’re growing vegetables, raising chickens and keeping bees. They’re building their own homes, often with the help of friends and neighbors,” writes Boston University Sociology Professor Juliet Schor, Ph.D. In her groundbreaking book, Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth, she argues that contrary to many economists’ assumptions, a shorter work week and smaller economy is better for society as a whole. More, such a lifestyle, “allows people to build stronger social connections, maintain their physical and mental health and engage in activities that are more creative and meaningful.”
Any Example Proves the Rule
Ever since childhood days of helping her mother make clothing for the family, Juliette Bastian has had a passion for fashion design. Her love of dancing dates back to watching American Bandstand. But when it came to choosing a career, “There was always this trigger that went off in my head that said, ‘You need to make money,’” she explains. By her mid-40s, this San Dimas, California, resident boasted a six-figure salary and a successful, but not terribly
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fulfilling career doing accounting and strategic business planning. To indulge her creative side, she created colorful spreadsheets, but it wasn’t enough. “At one point, I acknowledged, ‘I am not happy walking into work anymore,’” recalls Bastian, now 52. “I felt like a hamster on a wheel.” Seven years ago, she walked out, and with Attwood’s help, set out to find her true callings. “People always think you have to pick just one, but you have passions that run across every aspect of your life,” she says. “I now realize I am a dancer, fashion designer, family person and spiritual woman.” Bastian begins each week by making a color-coded “strategic plan of action,” making sure to include elements of each of her five passions: financial freedom, exceptional relationships, optimal health, successful business ventures and an alliance with God. That means she’s back in school studying fashion design, and now makes time for dancing, church, family and a part-time career-coaching business. She says that it has been financially rough at times. But the “sacrifices”—like fewer hair appointments, fancy clothes, meals out and expensive holiday gifts for friends—have been well worth it. “I now have the flexibility, freedom and joy of knowing I am living who Juliette truly is,” she says with a smile. “I know I’ll be taken care of as long as I honor what truly matters to me.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance writer near Boulder, CO. Connect at Lisa@Lisa AnnMarshall.com.
The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder… Have a purpose in life and, having it, throw such strength of mind and muscle into your work as God has given you. ~ Thomas Carlyle
What Most Americans Are Missing and How to Find It by Donna Markussen
ost people are happy when they’re pursuing what they love because it feels so good. Pleasurable activities release dopamine, endorphins and a variety of stress-reducing hormones and neurotransmitters into the body and mind. According to a recent Harris Interactive study, however, only 20 percent of working Americans are passionate about what they do. That means that 80 percent are unhappy and unfulfilled in their jobs. Clarity is the key ingredient to living a passionate life. Clearly identifying one’s passions and pursuing them puts people on a fulfilling path of self-discovery and self-love. It leads to a more meaningful life full of abundance and joy. People who are living in alignment with their passions make decisions from love, not fear, improving their relationships, creating careers they love, and sharing their unique gifts and talents with the world. They consciously co-create their lives instead of living by default. The trick for many though, is figuring out what they’re passionate about. The Passion Test is a profound process to help people get crystal clear about what they love and what’s most important to them right now. The process starts with identifying 10 to 15 passions and narrowing the list down to your top five. Next, three simple yet powerful steps will move you closer to your dreams: • Intention – Consciously stating what we choose to create in life is the first step toward manifesting it. • Attention – Noticing where our attention goes and seeing whether it’s focused on what we want or what we don’t want. Giving our attention to that which we choose to create in our lives causes it to grow. • No Tension – Let the intention go and stay open to what is appearing now, allowing a higher wisdom to take over. By releasing our attachment to a particular outcome, we create the opportunity for “this or something better” to manifest. When people live this way, synchronicity happens and the right people, places and things show up by chance, sometimes redirecting them onto a totally different path and the fastest road to fulfillment. By identifying and living from their passions, people can focus their energy on that which is truly important and start attracting and creating the life they are meant to live. As they become more alive and fulfilled, they naturally become a brighter light to everyone around them. The rewards are contentment, high energy, joyous living, more meaningful relationships and greater personal success.
Donna Markussen is a Certified Passion Test Facilitator and owner of Your Inspired Truth, in Arlington. To learn more and schedule a free 30-minute consultation, call 781-354-4075 or visit YourInspiredTruth.com. See ad on page 23 and Resource Guide on page 44. natural awakenings
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Grounded in Gratitude Embrace Every Gift Because Each Blessing Counts
Make time for a spiritual life. Whether it’s pausing to meditate in the morning or going to church or temple, allow time to reflect upon who you are and what you really want. “If you are not setting aside time to explore these questions, you won’t find the answers,” says John Coleman, author of Passion and Purpose. Don’t limit yourself to one purpose, such as a job. Decide who you want to be, rather than focus on what you are doing or want to do. Seek out mentors, young and old, that appear to be living a passionate life and ask them how they reached their life space. If you have the option of working less to pursue other passions, consider it. To save money, think about what you can make, grow or do, rather than pay for. In the process, you may rediscover an old passion. Let your talents guide you. If you are good at something, the chances are you are passionate about it. Do more of it, and that doesn’t necessarily mean volunteering forever. Consider making a passion into a relevant career. “We are not here to give away our gifts for free and then go to a job we hate,” says career counselor Sue Frederick. Take baby steps. If you can’t quit your job to follow your passion quite yet, take baby steps. Write a business plan. Take a class. Start volunteering. Meanwhile, focus on activating passions in other areas of your life. What is one thing you should stop doing, and one thing you can start doing today? Additional sources: Janet Attwood, author of The Passion Test; Juliet Schor, author of Plenitude 26
by Frank Jude Boccio
n counting our daily blessings, we find that even uneventful or difficult days possess precious gifts. Consider all the contributions that make it possible for family members to gather for the holidays—the workers that helped construct and maintain the vehicles that brought us here, the house where we come together and the trees that light the fireplace. Consider the food that nourishes us, thanks to the Sun’s energy, Earth’s minerals and rain and the labor of the farmers, processors, truckers, retailers and cooks. Whether or not the holidays fulfill our expectations, we have much for which to be grateful. As the Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh points out, every blessing is the gift of the whole universe. When we stop and really look, we see that we are supported continuously in countless ways. Author Roger L’Estrange noted in the 17th century how humans tended to “mistake the gratuitous blessings of heaven for the fruits of our own industry.” We awaken when the alarm goes off due to the skill of the technology’s engineers, designers, assembly workers, distributors and salespeople. We can turn on the light because power company workers are supplying the electricity. Our morning spiritual practice is the gift of generations of teachers and writers that observed the truth and shared what they learned. It feels good
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to be bowled over by each moment of grace and the simplest act of kindness. Such gratitude flows when we break out of a petty point of view—with its selfcentered expectations and demands—to appreciate that through the labors, intentions and existence of an inconceivably large number of other people, life forms and elements, we have been given the miracle of life, with all its present goodness. This heightened awareness of our connection spontaneously fills us with a joy and gratitude that transforms our experience. Thankfully, gratitude can be cultivated. It simply takes practice in being present to what is being given. It helps to remain aware of some of the most pernicious obstacles to thankfulness, and one of the most obvious is the failure to notice what we have, including a roof over our head and someone to love. As Joni Mitchell sang, “You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.” So the first step is to start paying attention to gifts that have always been there, but until now went unnoticed and unappreciated. We are rich in what counts and never truly alone, because we are always supported by the universe. The 13th-century mystic Meister Eckhart counseled, “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘Thank you,’ that would suffice.” Frank Jude Boccio is the author of Mindfulness Yoga (MindfulnessYoga.net).
Dr. DoMore Educates People About Holistic Medicine for Animals by Lynda Bassett
s more people discover the benefits of complementary medicine, it follows that they would also want to treat their pets holistically, right? Such is the philosophy of Dr. Margo Roman, DVM, owner of Main Street Animal Services of Hopkinton (MASH), in Hopkinton. To spread her message, Roman produced Dr. DoMore, a documentary that plays on the title of a popular movie. “Instead of Dr. Dolittle, we have Dr. DoMore, because we wanted to show people that you can do more to care for your pets,” says Roman. “If your pet is in pain, why wouldn’t you try it?” The documentary features interviews with veterinarians from around the world who speak about the importance of integrative medicine for animals. Roman, who has been practicing and teaching integrative and complementary veterinary medicine for decades, developed the film with Simone Hnilicka, a MASH client and documentary filmmaker. Hnilicka says she was inspired to create the documentary after seeing how her own dog benefitted from such holistic therapies as acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, herbs and dietary changes. Their partnership also led to the development of The Center for Integrative Veterinary Care (CIVC), a nonprofit organization that promotes education about complementary health and medicine for both pets and their human caretakers. CIVC’s activities include outreach and providing scholarships for veterinary students who want to study alternative medicine. In a bold effort to raise funds for the cause, Roman developed the Dr. ShowMore calendar, featuring 12 veterinarians from around the world who’ve shed their lab coats, and just about everything else, for the provocative and educational publication. The veterinarians are shown in the buff, cleverly covered by the animals they are treating, and the cheeky photos are accompanied by comments from holistic vets and information about integrative veterinary medicine. In one image, a veterinarian uses her long hair as a curtain to conceal her body while she practices acupuncture on a dog. “We wanted to highlight the importance of integrated veterinary medicine in a way that’s clever, funny, smart,
and educational,” says Roman. “If people have fun learning something, they’re more likely to remember it.” Sales of the 2012 Dr. ShowMore calendar raised about $5,000. This year, Roman has greatly expanded her goals. “I’d like to raise $50,000,” she says. “And it would be my dream to raise $100,000.” Purchases and donations can be made at DrShowMore.org. Dr. Margo Roman, DVM, and Main Street Animal Services of Hopkinton are located at 72 West Main St., Hopkinton. For more information call 508-435-4077 or visit MashVet.com. See ad on page 37, and Resource Guide on page 45.
Overcome Obstacles to Achievement
Jack Canfield Shares Insights on Creating Success by Linda Sechrist
ack Canfield is best known as co-author of The New York Times number-one bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series, which has sold more than 500 million copies in 47 languages. A featured teacher in the films The Secret and Tapping the Source, he also has been interviewed on more than 1,000 radio and TV segments. He currently serves as CEO of The Canfield Training Group and president and founder of the Transformational Leadership Council.
Even with a wealth of webinars, teleclasses, workshops and other tools advising everyone how to live the life of their dreams, why do so many still struggle to feel successful? Just having a map in your hands doesn’t mean that you will get to your destination. Understanding your fears and limiting beliefs does not necessarily give you the ability to overcome them. Humans also have built-in protective mechanisms that often override their efforts to achieve their goals in order to maintain the status quo. While ideas presented in programs and courses to help people achieve success can inspire and motivate positive change, many people get stuck when they have to apply them. In the past, many of the methods used to overcome obstacles to success have been tedious and time consuming, requiring months or years of intense concentration and relentless perseverance. 28
Why is it so challenging to make the changes necessary to succeed? The mind is divided into two hemispheres. One is responsible for rational, conscious thought and processes ideas sequentially, using language. The other is emotional, and processes ideas simultaneously, using pictures. The emotional, subconscious mind is far more powerful than the rational, conscious mind. It controls about 95 percent of our thoughts and actions and is motivated by the pull of pleasurable rewards and the push of negative emotions. To understand the challenge of change, think of the emotional mind as an elephant and the rational mind as the rider. As long as the elephant doesn’t have a strong desire to move in a particular direction, the rider can control the elephant. However, if the direction that the elephant wants to go in is different than what the rider has in mind, the chance of forcing the elephant radically diminishes. The reason that so many people fail to achieve success is that the elephantine subconscious is innately averse to the new action that needs to be taken. To make tasks much easier, the elephant must be motivated to move in a certain direction or, at the very least, remain neutral and not resist the rider. By applying some newer, cuttingedge tools that support change, such as tapping points along the body’s energy meridians, the approach used in the
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Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), it is not only possible to get the elephant to cease resisting, but can also shave time off the journey to personal power and accomplishment. Tapping can transform the beliefs and emotions that cause selfdoubt, self-sabotage, procrastination and other roadblocks. It is being used around the world to help people minimize or eliminate issues as varied as fears, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder, food cravings and chronic pain.
What do you consider ultimate success? Many people report that after applying my 64 recommended success principles, they have achieved outstanding results in one area of their life, although they didn’t meet their expectations in another. Ultimate success isn’t about having only financial success, yet poor relationships; it’s about having success in all areas of your life. So, as practitioners like my co-author Pamela Bruner, a business success coach and EFT expert, teach the tapping technique, they verbally introduce a powerful success principle and note the resistance people might encounter when trying to implement that principle. This can be done in person or self-administered, as demonstrated on the DVD included in our book, Tapping Into Ultimate Success.
How can we support our goals in everyday life? I’ve learned that few people actually study the principles of success as they relate to life. In college or business school, students are taught management skills that apply to business, but not the skill sets or mindsets needed for success in their personal lives. Students in educational institutions of any kind never learn that they control their life. We all need to understand that the books we read, the TV shows we watch and the social environment we choose to immerse ourselves in all either undermine our success or support it. For more information, visit JackCanfield.com. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings magazine.
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Organic and Low-Sugar Mixers
Keeping the artificial ingredients to a minimum in mixers is important, too. “I strongly suggest Rachel’s Ginger Beer,” says Rathbun. “It’s not sugarfree, but is organic and gluten-free. Also, Fever-Tree mixers (tonic water, bitter lemon, ginger ale and ginger beer) are all natural—again, not all sugar free—and amazing. Organic or fresh-squeezed fruit juices also make good mixers. Monin has a sugar-free pomegranate syrup that can substitute for grenadine.”
HOLIDAY CHEER Special Drinks Help Make a Party Memorable by Judith Fertig
Musician Dave Matthews’ Dreaming Tree wines of Sonoma County, California, tout lighter bottles for a smaller carbon footprint, labels made of 100 percent recycled paper and sustainably grown corks. He recently partnered with The Wilderness Society.
his year, glasses of choice holiday cheer might help everyone feel jollier the morning after, as well as during festive gettogethers. As party hosts or guests, we can stock or bring gluten-free beverages and organic spirits, wines, mixers and cocktails that avoid sugary syrups to help keep our “fa-la-la” spirit going stronger and longer. Leave it to award-winning author A.J. Rathbun, a Seattle-based wine and spirits expert, to steer us away from ingredients that can turn naughty on those that are nice. He leads us off with some of his favorite beverages.
In the category of organic spirits, Rathbun likes Square One organic vodka, Casa Noble tequila and Juniper gin. “Also, if you can find their prod30
ucts,” he advises, “great organic and sustainably made spirit-makers from the state of Washington include Bainbridge Organic Distillery, Side Track Distillery, Sound Spirits and the Woodinville Whiskey Company.”
Organic Wines and Bubbly
“Much like spirits,” Rathbun says, “you may have to do some research on wines and sparkling wines, and then find the finest organic options in your area.” Some good choices for organic wines include Nuova Cappelletta, from Italy’s Piedmont region and Snoqualmie wines from Washington State. Also, the Organic Wine Company of San Francisco imports a variety of organically produced French Languedoc wines. For a sparkling wine, Rathbun suggests La Cantina Pizzolato’s prosecco, produced in Italy’s Vento region.
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Gluten-Free Spirits, Wine and Beer
Rathbun found that small-batch distillers that use local and organic ingredients assure customers that they’re getting the real thing, with no unwanted extras. Koval, in Chicago, for instance, offers a naturally gluten-free millet whiskey that’s distilled from organic grain, and then aged in oak barrels made in Minnesota, deemed free of even trace amounts of gluten. Other gluten-free alcoholic beverages can include wines, vodka, tequila, brandy, bourbon and scotch. By contacting the maker or company directly, gluten-free fans can find out more about their beverage of choice. Captain Morgan’s spiced rum, for example, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau permit to be designated as gluten-free, is not labeled as such on the bottle. Gluten-free beers are appropriately labeled and include Sapporo, a Japanese beer brewed from rice; Green’s, a British beer made from a blend of sorghum, buckwheat, millet and brown rice; and O’Brien’s, an Australian beer using a blend of sorghum, millet and rice. Gluten-free beer lovers can also check locally for micro-brewed options.
Crafting a Holiday Cocktail
Signature cocktails have become a holiday specialty of Andrea Currie, who recently appeared on the Discovery Channel’s Craft Wars. “A cocktail is kind of like a dessert,” says the San Diego,
California, creativity specialist. “You don’t have one every day, and when you do have one, you want it to be really, really good.” Moreover, she adds, “When you make cocktails by hand, you get to control the ingredients.” Currie blogs and crafts at Hand MakeMyDay.com, with her husband, Cliff. His becoming gluten-free three years ago prompted her to develop her gluten-free Mistletoe Mojito, using rum distilled from sugar cane, rather than grain. Pear juice, fresh strawberries and mint combine for a fresh-tasting and festive concoction. Signature cocktails can build excitement for holiday get-togethers, notes Rathbun. “Plan on serving only two or three signature drinks, plus having wine, beer and a nice non-alcoholic option,” he suggests. “If you start mentioning these drinks on the invitations to whet people’s appetites, you give your celebration more personality from the get-go and help ensure a memorable holiday party.” Award-winning cookbook author Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood AndLifestyle.blogspot.com.
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The Healing Power of Illness by Alison Shaw
hese days modern medicine can treat, if not cure, many illnesses, repair damaged bones and organs, correct biochemical imbalances and relieve pain. Many people owe their lives to the miraculous advances of medical science and alternative therapies. But in the quest to eliminate pain and disease, many tend to see illness as an enemy to be fought and defeated, whereas it can also be seen as a messenger to enhance healing on many levels. Many ancient cultures embraced this kind of outlook, approaching “diseases” of body or mind as valuable messengers and symptoms of imbalances at all levels of life. Medical practitioners from these cultures acted more like guides, helping their patients to listen to the disease and heed its message. In the ancient healing temples of Asclepius (named for the Greek God
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of healing), anyone in need of healing was led to a chamber and allowed to sleep, dream and receive symbolic visions from their unconscious. Even today, patients in Shamanic cultures are led on spiritual journeys to receive communication from higher parts of themselves for their physical, emotional and spiritual healing. Modern science is now demonstrating that the body and mind affect each other in every moment. Emotional states such as stress, grief, and chronic anger cause biochemical changes in the body that can lead to illness. But there may be more to the body-mind connection than chemistry. CG Jung, the father of Jungian Psychoanalysis, described the body as an expression of the psyche. Integrative medicine practitioners following this line of thinking may encourage their clients to ask, “How does what’s going on in my body
reflect what’s going on in my life?” in order to open possibilities for healing the root causes of illness. For example, someone who suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome and has found no relief from conventional and alternative treatments might do well to stop fighting the fatigue and instead begin to dialogue with it. Those challenged with this illness could ask themselves, “What am I tired of?” and see what answers and insights emerge that may have been obscured by busy efforts to fight the fatigue. Once the information presents itself people can then address the critical root causes of their stress and depletion and make lifestyle changes for better health. It is most useful to begin this work with a guide in the form of a trained practitioner. Body-centered therapies like bioenergetics, Hakomi, art and dance therapy, and many energy healing and integrative bodywork modalities will explore physical and emotional issues from a body-mind-soul perspective. In the meantime, try listening to symptoms as metaphors with these simple steps: • The next time a symptom appears, take a quiet moment to relax and allow the physical sensations and emotional experiences to be there. • Be curious about their presence. Notice any images, words or moods that arise. • Hold these questions softly: What is this symptom saying? What is its purpose? What is it here to do for me? What does it need from me? • Do some writing or drawing or some form of art to allow these symbolic messages to come through. • While the answers to these questions and inquiries may not be clear at first, staying with the process can yield information that leads to healthy changes and true, lasting healing. Alison Shaw and Bodymind Resourcing are located at 393 Mass. Ave. in Arlington. For more information, call 781-646-0686 or visit Bodymind Resourcing.org. See ad on this page and in Resource Guide on page 45. natural awakenings
C ARDIO BUZZ Trade Energy Snack-Attacks for a Daily Dose of Exercise by Debra Melani
nergy is a hot commodity today, with online ads and storefront posters for so-called energy products shouting, “Feel the rush,” “Revitalize your mind,” and “Re-think the way you re-energize.” People are reaching for these artificial jolts in record numbers, but many buzz-seekers don’t realize they have free access to a much better energy shot: exercise. Experts across the board agree that we would be wise to trade in our lattes and high-calorie power bars for a regular lunch-hour walk, because of the many happier returns exercise provides. One in four Americans experiences energy-sapping fatigue at any given time, according to Tim Puetz, Ph.D., of the National Institutes of Health, who has published studies on the exerciseenergy link. Although it’s a difficult response to measure, more than a dozen studies from institutions such as Duke University and The University of North Carolina have shown that regular physical activity can reduce fatigue by about 40 percent, says Puetz. “If exercise were a pill, it would be like the magic pill of all time,” remarks James Hill, Ph.D., executive director of the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Health and Wellness Center. Research suggests that exercise enhances nearly every system in the body, he says. “But you have to walk on that treadmill; you can’t just sit on it.” Exercise burns calories, while energy drinks and snacks add them. Plus, unlike caffeine and other stimulants, exercise improves sleep (as long as it’s not too close to bedtime), points out Patrick O’Connor, Ph.D., co-director of the Exercise Psychology Laboratory at the University of Georgia, and Puetz’s
research partner. Periodic exercise can prevent people, often fatigued because of insufficient sleep, from falling into a vicious cycle. “When I roll out of bed in the morning, I’m not reaching for a cup of coffee,” Puetz says. “I’m reaching for my sneakers. I do a morning run every day and the days I don’t get it in, I can feel the difference.” A workout can boost mood, relieve stress, improve cognitive function and generate new connections in the brain, all promoting a sense of energy, Hill notes. Researchers believe that changes in the brain are the most likely reason for the exerciseenergy link, according to O’Connor. A recent groundbreaking study led by J. Mark Davis, Ph.D., director of the Exercise Biochemistry Laboratory at the University of South Carolina, found that mice that exercised one hour a day for eight weeks, versus mice that lounged nearby, developed new brain mitochondria, considered the energy powerhouses of the cells (Journal of Applied Physiology). Researchers knew from human studies that exercise can boost these mitochondria in the muscles, but the brain connection had never been shown. Davis speculates the increase could play a role in boosting exercise endurance by making the brain more
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resistant to fatigue, plus help individuals feel more energetic. Just getting the blood pumping with a cardio blast can make people feel more energized, Hill contends, because blood supplies oxygen and nutrients that generate fuel for the body. Regardless of the energy connection, researchers note that exercise improves overall health, maintains healthy weight and reduces risk of disease, making it an obvious choice as a double-duty energy boost. “What so many of us do is grasp at things and try to make ourselves feel better in the short-term,” Hill says. “Regular exercise can make us feel better in the long term.” “You don’t have to run a marathon,” Puetz adds. In fact, it’s best not to overdo it, Puetz and O’Connor counsel. High-intensity workouts can drain energy in the short-term, and serious athletes that over-train can even end up in a low-energy, depressed state, they say. Their study published in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics looked at otherwise healthy, but fatigued, people, finding that both lowand moderate-level exercise produced a similar and significant reduction in fatigue. O’Connor offers a general recommendation, which varies with fitness level, of walking, swimming or cycling at least 10 minutes and up to an hour most days of the week. Even taking two or three 10-minute walks throughout the workday will make an energy difference, Puetz advises. “Anything’s better than nothing,” he concludes. “The bottom line is: If instead of reaching for that cup of coffee, you grab a pair of athletic shoes, you are not only going to experience the desired energy boost, you are going to be living a healthier lifestyle.” Freelance journalist Debra Melani writes about health, medicine and fitness from Lyons, CO. Connect at DebraMelani.com or DMelani@msn.com.
How to Energize Any Workout
Skin Care During the Cold Season
Anthony Wall, director of professional education for the American Council on Exercise, offers these tips.
by Marianne Zullas
ost people experience skin changes during the cold months of the year. Dryness, sensitivity, red patches and even flakiness are common complaints in the winter, when cold wind and low temperatures can create a harsh environment for all skin types. As the weather changes, it is important to pay more attention to what skin needs. Many healing treatments can easily be done at home to improve the skin and keep a nice glow all winter long. The goal during the winter is to protect the skin barrier, located on the outermost layer of the skin, called the epidermis. A daily moisturizer rich in essential oils can help to keep skin soft and moist, and weekly exfoliation is essential to remove the dead cells and allow the moisturizer to penetrate the epidermis. Applying a hydrating mask that contains natural ingredients after cleansing is a great way to relax and pamper skin. Many skin care products currently on the market are made with organic ingredients and essential oils that are capable of returning moisture to skin. Some beneficial substances can even be found at the grocery store, such as honey. During the winter months, ingredients such as chamomile, lavender, squalene, bisalobol and aloe vera are helpful because they can calm down redness while moistening the skin. Try to stick with an organic line that is free of parabens, fragrances and sulfates. Following is a list of winter skin care essentials:
Play music. An increasingly popular way for bumping up the energy level of a workout is to listen to an iPod loaded with a heart-pumping and self-motivating playlist. Research by Costas Karageorghis, Ph.D., of Brunel University, UK, has shown that syncing the right music with the right intensity level for the individual can improve cardio performance by as much as 15 percent (Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology). Hydrate. Drink water throughout the day and during every workout to maintain energy levels. Sleep. Strive for a regular sleep routine. Motivate. Remember that the reason for working out is not just because, “I’m supposed to,” but because, “I want more energy to play with the kids,” or “I want to feel good every day.”
1) A very mild cleanser, to remove impurities and make-up. You can find one for your skin type if you know it, but a mild cleanser should be safe for most concerns. 2) A papaya based enzyme mask is a great choice for a weekly exfoliation. 3) At night, moisturizers should help the skin to rejuvenate itself. Look for organic options that contain antioxidants and essential oils because of their healing properties. 4) Sun Protection. No matter what time of year, skin needs to be protected against sun damage. Winter sports can be very though on skin, so pack a very good SPF before leaving for a skiing trip. 5) On a very cold night, take a bath and enjoy 10 minutes under an oatmeal or honey mask. Both are very hydrating for the skin, and it can become a lovely winter ritual. While these basic everyday routines apply to most skin types, see a professional if you want a program that’s tailored to your particular skin type, age and goals. Marianne Zullas is the owner of MZ Skin Care, 1160 Boylston St. (Route 9), in Chestnut Hill. For more information and to book an appointment, call 617-7396010 or visit MZSkincare.com. See Resource Guide on page 46. natural awakenings
A GING GRACEFULLY Good Ways to Care for Pets in their Golden Years by Sandra Murphy
We know that animals subjectively age faster than humans. What are the signs and how can we ease the way for an elderly pet?
s with humans, living longer doesn’t mean adding on time at the end, but adding to the middle, when pets can still enjoy themselves, maybe with some changes and modifications,” advises Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Mark Howes, owner of Berglund Animal Hospital, in Evanston, Illinois. “Pets deserve quality of life.” Howes believes the old rule of thumb—one human year equals seven dog years—has changed. Size and breed are also factors now. “A 7-yearold great Dane is a senior, but for a Pomeranian, it’s closer to 10,” he says. “For other breeds, 12 is not necessarily elderly.” Key signs that indicate a pet may be slowing down and require special attention include changes in appetite, mobility and social interaction with 36
people and other pets. In general, watch for flagging desires, abilities and cooperation.
Instead of visiting a veterinarian’s office, choosing a vet that makes house calls is one viable solution. This is how New York City-based Dr. Jonathan Leshanski has specialized in aiding pets for 15 years. “During home visits, I notice things a pet’s person may miss or misinterpret in the midst of daily companioning,” says Leshanski, who sees more cats than dogs. “Because house calls are convenient for owners, I see pets more often and can diagnose problems earlier.” Dr. Cathy Alinovi also takes to the road with her rural practice, Hoof Stock Veterinary Service, in Pine Village, Indiana. She’s found, “The best way to
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keep a pet healthy and present longer is to keep the brain active,” adding that clients attest that their dog lived well and longer because of early intervention. “Some treatments for maintaining flexibility in their body are as simple as massage and stretching,” she adds. An older or ill pet can become a finicky eater whose diet needs revamping. Dogs can sometimes skip a meal or two, but it’s important for cats to eat regularly says Jodi Ziskin, a holistic nutrition consultant who specializes in companion animal care in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “Each animal is different, and it’s important to find the right food texture, smell and taste,” she notes. “Keep nutrients as pure and organic as possible and serve real meat and veggies. If a pet has trouble chewing or needs more fluids, try dehydrated foods, thinned by blending with filtered water to a puréed consistency. Don’t set food and water dishes on the floor—raise them so the pet’s head is higher than his stomach, which helps digestion.” Ziskin recalls how a holistic diet and supplements enabled her own cat, Kayla, diagnosed with chronic renal failure, hyperthyroidism and irritable bowel syndrome at age 14, to live twice as long as her original prognosis of three years. Acupuncture and subcutaneous fluid therapy complemented her nutritional program.
For pets with chronic pain from arthritis or another ailment, veterinary house calls can literally be lifesavers, because they give owners more options than premature euthanasia. Dr. Karri Miller, a veterinary oncologist with Veterinary Healthcare Associates, in Winter Haven, Florida, advises, “Cancer treatments for pets are not as harsh as they are for people and have fewer side effects. Before making a decision about treatment, consult a veterinary oncologist and ask a lot of questions. More pets today are living longer with a good quality of life.” Dr. Kathleen Cooney, owner of Home to Heaven veterinary services, in Loveland, Colorado, likes the team approach. “We teach people to partner with their pet on a day-to-day basis and help take away the fear by educating the family to recognize the stages of aging and illness, pain and crisis, manage nutrition and live like their pets do—in the moment, not in the future. Understanding brings peace.” When the end comes, compassionate euthanasia at home or on Cooney’s farm lends a comforting atmosphere at a difficult time.
Leaving with Dignity
ENTICING A PICKY EATER “A pet doesn’t need to eat every nutrient every day. A balance achieved over several days will work. Getting them to eat is the main thing,” says Jodi Ziskin, a Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based animal wellness counselor. “Details can be worked out later.” She suggests these nutritious tips for perking up interest: Feed the animal two to four times a day in small amounts, so the stomach is neither empty or overfull. Changing from a raw diet to cooked food can aid digestion for older pets. For cats: Quinoa, millet or rice slows digestion and allows absorption of more nutrients. Because cats utilize fat in their diet better than dogs, a full-fat, plain yogurt is a good treat. For dogs: Low-fat yogurt and probiotics soothe the stomach. Chicken thigh meat
offers more flavor than breast meat. For both: A scrambled egg is a welcome treat. Also, add a bit of liquid from no-salt added, low mercury, wild caught, BPA-free cans of waterpacked tuna poured over their regular food or alternatively, ground-meat baby food. Aroma plays a large part in appetite, so appropriately warm foods before serving. Chamomile tea—about two teaspoons for cats and more for dogs, depending on size—has a calming effect and aids digestion. Like humans, pets sometimes need an antacid—ask a veterinarian for advice. If administering pills is a problem, crush them in the liquid from water-packed tuna, put it into a feeding syringe and slowly squirt the liquid into the corner of the pet’s mouth. LapOfLove.com/Pet_Quality_of_Life_Scale.pdf helps owners track signs of improvements or deterioration that require adjustments in life management.
For aging or terminally ill pets, Dr. Mary Gardner, owner of Lap of Love, in Broward County, Florida, works with families through the end of the pet’s life. “As a veterinarian who solely practices in-home hospice and euthanasia, I have been given a unique privilege,” she says. “Hospice care supports both the pet and family. I make sure the family and I have a clearly defined goal—the comfort of the animal.” Similar to hospice care for humans, pets in hospice are given palliative care that can prolong life without suffering or pain. Accepting help from a hospice service is not about giving up, but simply recognizing that additional treatment will not cure the illness. It’s accepting that the quality of each day of life is more important than the number of days. It’s living fully, beginning to end, right up until the last breath. Sandra Murphy is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings magazines. natural awakenings
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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1 Halloween Candy Collection – 7:30am-12pm. Bring your unopened excess candy to Move Well Chiropractic in Newton Centre where the candy will be shipped to our troops overseas in cooperation with Operation Shoebox. Also be accepting basic toiletries, magazines and handwritten notes which are greatly appreciated by our troops. Free. Move Well Chiropractic, 1280 Centre St, St 210, Newton. MoveWellChiro.com. Anatomy/Palpation/Cadaver Lab: The Neck, Shoulder and Upper Extremity – Nov 1-2. 9am5pm. Workshop involves examination of a nonchemically treated dissected cadaver section of a spinal column. Review of regional anatomy and common injuries will be presented. Also includes the latest sports medicine and acupuncture research, pain referral patterns, meridian topography and muscle origin/insertion. $595. New England School of Acupuncture, 150 California St, 3rd fl, Newton. 617-558-1788 x 120. NESA.edu. Chakra Healing With Herbs – 6:30-9:30pm. Experience a powerful new way to heal emotionally, physically, and spiritually with chakra balancing, medicinal plants and flower essences. Gain the tools needed to do chakra work on yourself and to connect with the deeper spiritual energies of the plants. $25. Boston School of Herbal Studies, 12 Pelham Terrace, Arlington. 781-6466319. BostonHerbalStudies.com. Notlob Music Concerts Presents Keith Murphy & Becky Tracy – 8-10pm. Dynamic performers of traditional music from Newfoundland, Quebec, Ireland, France and beyond. Tracy’s fiddling pulses through tasteful arrangements of dance tunes and resonates with beauty on traditional slow airs. Keith’s gentle and expressive singing in English and French is balanced by the drive and power of his guitar playing and foot percussion. $20 suggested donation. Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St, Jamaica Plain. 413-658-4585. Sites. google.com/site/Notlobmusic.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Healing With Electromagnetic Energy – 7:308pm. The Theosophical Society of Arlington presents guest speaker Mark Micolla. $40/preregistration, $45/at door. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. To reserve seat, Janet Kessenich: 617-926-4155. TSBoston.org.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Massage for the Cancer Patient Workshop – Nov 3-4. Two-day workshop. Also, Fri, Nov 30Dec 1. Instructor Judy Antonelli LMT, NCBTMB, RI & MA. See website for full bio and registration. Equipment provided. $250. Sanford-Brown College, 126 Newbury St, Boston. 617-578-7135. SBLearningLink.com. Living From the Inside Out – 8:30am-5pm. A one-day women’s retreat. Reconnect to your
authentic self and create the life you really want. In this fun and experiential workshop you will learn to nourish your body, mind and soul. Light breakfast and lunch included. $145. St. Gabriel’s House, 173 Appleton St, Arlington. 617-6509829. LivingFromTheInsideOut.net. Tuina and Integrative Manual Therapy – Nov 3-4. 9am-5pm. Learn specific methods for the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries to the neck and upper extremities. Focus will be on learning to utilize specific acupoints and ashi points in combination with passive joint movement and traction methods to facilitate healing of sports injuries. $450. New England School of Acupuncture, 150 California St, Newton. 617558-1788 x 120. NESA.edu. Treatment of PTSD with Chinese Medicine – Nov 3-4. 9am-5:30pm. This seminar discusses the causes of PTSD from a Western medical perspective but focuses on the causes in Chinese medical terms, TCM pathology, and the acute and chronic phases in TCM. Integrative treatment approaches will also be covered as well as herbal applications. $275. New England School of Acupuncture, 150 California St, Newton. 617-558-1788 x 112. NESA.edu. Evolution of the Feminine – 12:30-4:30pm. Explore key figures and historical events in the evolution of the ever-changing face of the feminine. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-926-4155. Register with Gloria Amendola: Ggxa22@aol.com. Cost info: TSBoston.org.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Reiki 1 Training – 9:45am-6:30pm. Reiki is a Japanese spiritual practice that supports healing and personal development. Learn to practice Reiki for self-care and for treatment of others in an empowering and reassuring setting. $150. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-2448856. BrennerReikiHealing.com. Chakra Healing With Herbs – 1-3:30pm. Be ready to lift your spirits by learning to make your own mead. A wine made from honey, mead is the oldest fermented beverage, renowned throughout the ages for its tonic and aphrodisiac properties. Class includes a demonstration of the process from start to delicious finish and a tasting of several varieties of mead. $45. Boston School of Herbal Studies, 12 Pelham Terrace, Arlington. 781-646-6319. BostonHerbalStudies.com.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Sugar Blues: Healing Your Relationship with Sweets – 6-7pm. This class will permanently change your relationship with sugar. Delicious samples included. Pre-registration required; space limited. $15. Groton Wellness Center, 493 Main St, Mill Run Plaza, Groton. 978-449-9919. GrotonWellness.com.
Buddism’s Feminine Side – 7:30-9pm. Theosophical Society presents, In Search of the Sacred Feminine, a slideshow and lecture from a 2007 pilgrimage to Tibet retracing the footsteps of powerful teachers. With Wendy Garling. $15. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617926-4155. TSBoston.org.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Healthy Eating Seminar – 7-8pm. Avoid seasonal weight gain. Learn about healthy, low-glycemic, tasty eating. Create a desire for healthy foods and support your body’s true health and longevity. Free. Sue Cullen PT Studio, 143 Essex St, St 201, Haverhill. 978-478-8241. SueCullenPTStudio.com.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7 Making Herb-Infused Wines – 7-9pm. Learn to make stimulating, relaxing, or aphrodisiac herbed wines. Makes a great holiday gift. Class is handson and includes tastings. $25. CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-750-5274. CommonWealthHerbs. com.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8 Notlob Parlour Concerts Presents Mike & Ruthy – 8-10pm. As a duo Mike and Ruthy have refined their sound down to the very core of acoustic American music, demonstrating an uncommon ability to create songs as lyrically sophisticated as Bob Dylan or Leonard Cohen and as harmonically beautiful as Gillian Welch & David Rawlings or Simon & Garfunkel. Suggested donation $20. Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St, Jamaica Plain. 413-658-4585. Sites.google.com/site/ Notlobmusic.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Manifesting Your Gifts Online – 10am-12pm. Also Nov 17 and Dec 1 & 8. Get your online business started now. A hands-on website workshop where you will walk away with domain selection, setup and a finished website. Also learn to setup or include social media on your website. Visit website for full details and registration. $350/4 classes. Lifetime Health & Consulting, 1166 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-710-1337. HolisticKey.com. Healing Energy Of The Divine Mother – 10am4pm. Attunement and training in the LuMarian modality, a deep and powerful chakra-clearing energy that releases unhelpful patterns and energy. With Janet Kessenich. $200. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-926-4155. Register: Janet@SpiralEnergies.com. TSBoston.org. Reiki 2 Certification Class – 10am-6pm. Increase your healing capability and learn mental/emotional and long distance healing. Learn three sacred symbols and the healing techniques associated with them. Pre-requisite: Reiki I Certification Training. Continuing Education Credits for nurses, mental health professionals and massage therapist
available. $300. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Mass Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. 781-648-9334. ArlingtonReiki.com. Yoga Workshop: Twists – 4-6pm. Fall is the perfect time to practice twists. These poses help with digestion by cleansing and rinsing the organic body. $25. Inner Space Yoga, 17 Station St, Brookline. 617-645-5573. AnnieHoffmanYoga.com. Reiki Share – 6:30-8:30pm. Come to a place of deep healing and self-discovery; a place of support; a place to build and sustain a healing community. Free. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. For more info & location, Elise: 617-2448856 or EliseB@rcn.com. BrennerReikiHealing. com.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Managing Hot Flashes and Menopause – 7:308:30pm. Find out about a new natural remedy that supports menopausal symptoms. Studies are showing that it is equally as effective as HRT in reducing hot flashes. Join Dr. Emily Chan, Naturopathic Doctor in this informative workshop to help you transition through menopause comfortably. Space limited, reservations recommended. Free. Lydian Center, 777 Concord Ave, Ste 301, Cambridge. 617-299-6151. ModernIntegrativeMedicine.com.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13 Create More Abundance By Rewriting Your Money Story – 8-8:30pm. Telling the same life story keeps you trapped in the same reality. Join women’s health pioneer, Christiane Northrup, M.D., for an intimate tele-gathering and explore creating more abundance in your life through telling a new story. Free. Phone conference call. For call-in info: 978-877-6122, Pam@WealthyHealthyWomen. com. WealthyHealthyWomen.com. Home-Based Business Opportunity Conference Call – 8:30-9pm. A call regarding business in the health and wellness industry. Learn how to earn residual income with Team Northrup and how we use personal growth as a business building strategy in a supportive community. Free. Phone conference call. For call-in info: 978877-6122, Pam@WealthyHealthyWomen.com. WealthyHealthyWomen.com.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 Reiki 1 – Nov 14-18. Learn the history of Reiki, receive a Reiki Level I attunement, learn hand positions to give a Reiki session, experience scanning energy fields and give and receive Reiki sessions, Review how to integrate Reiki into your practice. Open to everyone. $175. Cortiva Institute, 103 Morse St, Watertown. 617-612-6905. For schedule: Cortiva.com. Herbal Medicine For Cold and Flu – 7-9pm. Learn traditional remedies for cold and flu with common, readily-available herbs to help you sail through winter without sickness. $25. CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-750-5274. CommonWealthHerbs.com. Darol Anger And Emy Phelps with Family and Friends – 8pm. Fiddler, composer, producer and educator, Darol Anger is at home in a number of musical genres, some of which he helped to invent. Exceptional among modern fiddlers for his
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Lightworkers Healing Method: Angelically Guided Energy Healing Classes At Kripalu– As spiritual beings having a human experience, our souls all have plans for our lives. With Lightworkers Healing Method (LHM), we can realign with those plans, so that diseases and dis-harmonies resolve and we can begin to live the lives we came here to live. LHM can improve any aspect of life and return us to our natural state of joy and fulfillment, with loving relationships and vibrant health and finances. Nothing is off limits. Level 1 & 2 Combined Workshop Retreat, Jan. 27 - Feb. 1, Kripalu Center in the Berkshires. For Information/ Registration, visit www.lightworkersmethod.com versatility and depth, Anger has helped drive the evolution of the contemporary string band through his involvement with numerous path-breaking ensembles. $15. Burren, 247 Elm St, Davis Sq, Somerville. 413-658-4585. LordGeoffreyPresents. blogspot.com.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Healthy Eating Seminar – 7-8pm. The holiday eating season is here. Avoid seasonal weight gain. Learn about healthy, low-glycemic, tasty eating. Create a desire for healthy foods. Support your body’s true health and longevity. Learn to reset your health, banish the belly bulge and reenergize. Free. Sue Cullen PT Studio, 143 Essex St, Ste 201, Haverhill. 978-478-8241. SueCullenPTStudio.com.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17 Pregnancy Massage Workshop – 8:30am-5pm. Also Dec 7. One-day workshop. Instructor: Judy Antonelli LMT, NCBTMB RI & MA. See website for full bio and registration. Equipment Provided. $100. Sanford-Brown College, 126 Newbury St, Boston. 617-578-7135. SBLearningLink.com. Alexander Technique For Neck, Back and Joint Problems – 10am-12pm. Learn how to improve postural balance and coordination, reduce mind and body tension while increasing ease of movement by using this mind/body approach which triggers your postural reflexes so you have less to do and yet you are more efficient in what you do. Can be applied to any activity and even non-movement activity like sitting. $50. 33A Harvard St, Ste 302, Brookline. 617-359-7841. AlexanderTec.com. Spread Your Expertise Online – 12-2pm. Also Dec 1, 8 & 15. A hands-on workshop to learn how to communicate your expertise online. Includes the step by step process for making a podcast and posting it on iTunes. Visit website for full details and registration. $350/4 classes. Lifetime Health & Consulting, 1166 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-710-1337. HolisticKey.com.
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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19 Creating a Feng Shui Door Protector – 7-9pm. Learn how to create a sacred object to place over your doorway to bring harmony and well-being to your home with Lidia Scher. Five-part class. $108 plus cost of materials. Theosophical Society, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-926-4155. TSBoston.org.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20 Healthy Holidays – 7-8pm. Learn how to keep a healthy mental, physical and spiritual body during the season of family, friends, great food and presents. Sage Joya will talk about facing comfort foods, maintaining family peace, balancing the in-laws and conscious gift giving. Register online for this free tele-seminar. Info, Lifetime Health & Consulting: ColonLove.com. Practicing Gratitude, Cultivating Abundance – 7:30-8:30pm. Join Kim Childs, writer, creativity coach and facilitator of workshops on The Artist’s Way and The Prosperous Heart by Julia Cameron, for a free tele-class on building a gratitude practice to cultivate greater abundance and joy for the holidays. Free. Kim@KimChilds.com. KimChilds.com.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22 Thanksgiving Yoga Class – 9-11am. Feel free to bring the family to this all levels class and start your holiday in a relaxed fashion. $20. St. Mary’s Church, 8 Inman St, Cambridge. 617-645-5573. AnnieHoffmanYoga.com.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27 Toxins in Your Beauty Products – 6:45pm. When it comes to good health, what you put on your skin can be as important as what you put in your mouth. Learn what is safe and what could cause you trouble as well as what products have ingredients you need to avoid. Seating limited, reservations recommended. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 345 Boylston St, Ste 300, Newton. 617-964-3332. WellAdjusted.com.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29 Handling Emergencies for Body Workers – 6:30-9:30pm. Course designed to provide Holistic Health Providers such as LMT’s, yoga instructors and other body workers with information on commonly encountered emergency situations. Learn the common signs and symptoms as well as some of the causes and appropriate steps to take for the following: strokes, seizures, heart attacks, anaphylaxis diabetic and respiratory emergencies. Also learn what not to do in the event of such an emergency. $60. Cortiva Institute, 103 Morse St, Watertown. 617-612-6905. Cortiva.com.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30 Full Moon Yoga: The Snow Moon – 7-9pm. Celebrate the divine feminine through meditation, chanting, pranayama, asana, dance and ceremony. Welcome the Snow Moon as the wheel of the year turns. This is a time for preparing for the cold of winter, going inside, energetic clearing and making space for warmth and resting. $20. The Center at Westwoods, 590 Gay St, Westwood. SelfHealingSolutions.com.
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2 for $20 Acupuncture – Thru Nov 30. Two visits for $20 or bring a friend for $10 each. Come and experience the benefits of Acupuncture and Cupping Therapy. Stop suffering from pain, stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue, insomnia, sciatica, muscle spasms, IBS, arthritis, headaches, PMS, TMJ, asthma, allergies and other ailments. $10. North Shore Community Acupuncture, 10 Colonial Rd, Salem. 781-269-2287. NSC Acupuncture.com. Anxiety and Panic Support Group – 6:30pm. First day of every month. Designed to offer a place where people with common interests and experience can meet. Learn that you aren’t alone in your experience and knowledge is the key to living a symptom-free live. Washington St, Newton. For more info, Doreen: 617-849-3198. UCanBFearFree.com. Boutique Yoga – One-hour sessions designed specifically for the beginner. Come to this peaceful, comforting and well-balanced environment to begin or enrich your vinyasa yoga practice. Choose between private, semi-private, trio or quad to begin cultivating your body flow. By appointment only. $100-$125. Lifetime Health & Consulting, LLC, 1166 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-710-1337. HolisticKey.com. Beginner Level Yoga Classes – Sun-Wed & Sat evenings. Small group class introducing yoga flows, poses and sequences linked to breath and core strength. Emphasis on the fundamentals and an interconnection with the body through yoga alignment, meditation, breathing technique and relaxation. $20/class. Lifetime Health & Consulting, LLC, Harvard Sq, 116 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-710-1337. For scheduling & to reserve a spot: Info@HolistiKey.com. ColonLove.com. Full Moon Coaching and Clutter Clearing Course – Thru Nov 25. 8am daily. Harness the power of the full moon as you clear clutter, accomplish your goals and improve your wellbeing from the comfort of your own home. Enjoy daily positive affirmations, guided meditation, creative processes, secret feng shui tips and more. $175. Online event. 781-763-7685. BostonSoulCoaching.com.
Gentle Morning Yoga – 10-11:15am. Also, Vigorous Yoga, 11:30am-12:45pm. All classes are taught in the Kripalu Style and can be gentle, moderate or vigorous. $14/drop-in, $12/students
Glassblowing Family Experience – 1-2pm. Enjoy a glassblowing demonstration with the family. A truly unique experience. $15/person. Make pendants for only $10 more per person. Diablo Glass School, 123 Terrace St, Boston. 617442-7444. DiabloGlassSchool.com. Restorative Yoga – 4-6:30pm. 2nd & 4th Sun. Intended for individuals who have been experiencing stress, fatigue, sickness, insomnia, injuries, recent surgery and anyone wanting a quiet, centering respite. A gentle entry into yoga for beginners as well. $35. Art & Soul, 91 Hampshire St, Cambridge. Pre-registration required: 617-395-4227. ArtSoulYoga.com. Supper Club at Mandarava – 7pm. 3rd Sun. String of six or so surprise courses, all small plates, presented directly by the chef and created entirely at her whim. Sit back and take in a little magic in a cozy, candlelit environment. First come, first served basis, reservations required. $36/seat. Mandarava, 46 Inn St, Newburyport. 978-465-7300. MandaravaJuice.com.
Community Acupuncture – Thru Dec 31. Also Wed & Fri. By appointment. Affordable care for a healthy community. Acupuncture in a shared space, rather than private rooms enabling lower cost. Sliding scale, $35-$55/initial visit, $20-$40/ follow-up visits. Green Tea Yoga, 10 Colonial Rd, Salem. 781-269-2287. NSCAcupuncture.com. Men’s Redcord Class – 6:30-7am. A double suspension training system using the instability of the cords to condition the entire body. A great and intense workout. $20/drop-in, $90/5 classes, $170/10 classes. Every Body Pilates, 50 Leonard St, Ste 2A, Belmont. 617-484-3311. EveryBodyPilates.com. Core Fundamentals – 12:30-1:30pm. Also Wed, 12:30-1:30pm. Learn how to effectively use free weights, your body weight, resistance tubing and cable exercises to unleash your body’s natural confidence and power. $20/first class. Vitality Personal Fitness, 118 Needham St, Newton. 617620-3585. VitalityPersonalFitness.com. Pilates Group Equipment Classes – 5:306:30pm. Enjoy a comprehensive Pilates workout using the traditional Reformer apparatus and transform your mind, body and spirit. First class free. Shawn’s Studio, 103 Morse St, Watertown. 617-393-3535. ShawnsStudio.com. Jam’n Cardio Kix – 7-8pm. Also Wed, 7:30pm. A martial art fitness class that puts several musical patterns together in to routines performed continuously to develop cardiovascular fitness, agility and quickness. $100/10 classes, $60/5
classes, $15/drop-in. Corpbasics Fitness & Training Club, 73 Bow St, Somerville. 617-6288400. Corpbasics.com. Hatha Yoga at Gallery 263 – 7:15-8:30pm. Increase flexibility, strength and balance. Relax and recharge mind and spirit. Intelligent sequencing and attention to alignment which will challenge all levels. Emphasizes correct alignment within a flowing sequence that will leave you feeling strengthened and energized. $10. 263 Pearl St, Cambridgeport. 617-459-9817. WatertownHolisticHealth.com. MoneyMoves TeleConnections – 8-9pm. 2nd Mon. Discussions which will dive deeply into many facets of financial fitness from a practical as well as reflective perspective encouraging growth in money-savvy and self-awareness. Free. For details: GayleColman.com.
Practitioners Breakfast – 7:30-9am. 3rd Tues. All health care practitioners are welcome to share breakfast and knowledge. Features monthly guest speakers and presentations and working together with passion and enthusiasm to increase the overall wellness of the community. Groton Wellness Medical Center, 493-495 Main St, Groton. 978-449-9919. GrotonWellness.com. Zumba Toning – 6:30-7:30pm. Benefit mentally, emotionally and physically from the dance workout that has caused such a sensation all over the world. $100/10 classes, $12/walk-in. Dance Union, 16 Bow St, Somerville. 617-968-1695. ShapeUpPersonalTraining.com. Kripalu Yoga Series – Thru Dec 18. 6:457:45pm. Learn to move your body in a way that improves your health, makes you feel good and provides you with tools to help you manage life’s challenges, both on and off the yoga mat. $65/5-class card, $15/drop in. Breathe Wellness, 162 Cook Ln, Marlborough. 617-699-2389. BreatheInWellness.com. The Nature Of Canine Health – 7-8pm. Join canine herbalist Nancy Anderson on the 2nd Tues of each month and explore a holistic, herbal model for canine health. $10. The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville. 617-718-2191. ArtsAtTheArmory.org. Reiki Clinic – 7-9pm. Last Tues. An opportunity to try something new, crack open the door or just take a moment for yourself to destress. Appointments for 30-minute sessions are suggested. $10. Sky Dancer’s, 788F Counrty Way, Ste 1, Scituate. 339-526-9759. SkyDancersNewAge.com.
Refreshing Samples – 10am-3pm. Try featured refreshing teas and nutritional snacks. Enjoy a selection of organic teas, treats and snacks for customers to sample. Stop in to see what’s new to try. Free. Johnson Compounding and Wellness
Center, 577 Main St, Waltham. 781-893-3870. NaturalCompounder.com. Expand Your Gifts – 6:30-8:30pm. Every two weeks. Come develop your known and unknown, intuitive, psychic or medium gifts. Discover new aspects of you. $15. Sky Dancer’s, 788F Country Way, Ste 1, Scituate. For more info or to register: 339-526-9759. SkyDancersNewAge.com. Meditation Evenings – 7-8:30pm. Come to meditate and take part in a discussion. Both beginners and experienced meditators welcome; instruction provided from 7-7:30pm for those who need it. Light refreshments provided. Suggested donation $15. Advaita Meditation Center, 28 Worcester Ln, Waltham. 781-647-0020. AdvaitaMeditation.org. Dance Freedom – 7:30-10:30pm. The oldest continually running weekly barefoot dance in the world. Live DJ music, a great workout, lots of fun and lots of interesting people to meet. Recharge and renew in a joyous, positive, drug and alcohol free environment. $10-$20 sliding scale. First Congregational Church, 11 Garden St, Cambridge. 617-312-3039. DanceFreedom.com.
Free Sample Acupuncture Treatment – People new to the clinic can book a free sample treatment on Thursdays. Open Space Community Acupuncture, 66-70 Union Sq, Ste 102, Somerville. 617-627-9700. OpenSpaceAcupuncture.com. Reiki Healing Circle for Women on a Healing Journey with Cancer – 4-6pm. Once a month. Women trained in Reiki and at various stages in their healing journey come together to support each other. Uplifting, life affirming and healing. $35. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Mass Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. 781-648-9334. ArlingtonReiki.com. Zumba – 6-7pm. Benefit mentally, emotionally and physically from the dance workout that has caused such a sensation all over the world. $100/10 classes, $12/walk-in. Dance Union, 16 Bow St, Somerville. 617-968-1695. ShapeUpPersonalTraining.com. Evolutionary Circle – 7-9pm. 2nd Thurs. Explore our emergence as universal humans, up to and following the Planetary Shift. Led by EliSabeth Taylor, A.C.E. and Rev. Betty Walker. Donation encouraged. Unity Somerville, 6 William St, Somerville. 781-643-1586. Birth2012Boston.com.
Observatory Night – 7:30-9:30pm. 3rd Thurs. A non-technical lecture and telescopic observing from the observatory roof if weather permits. Free. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St, Cambridge. 617-4957461. CFA.Harvard.edu.
The Family Walking Program – 9:30am. Take a healthy walk through the mall in a safe, climatecontrolled environment for both parent and child. Spend time with other parents while your children make new friends and learn the benefits of regular exercise. Meet near Carter’s. Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968. Watertown-Mall.com. Health Lecture Series – 10am. 1st Fri. An informative discussion for parents and caregivers on a variety of parent- and child-related topics such as: nutrition, behavior, community resources and more. Held in the Old Country Buffet, Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617926-4968. Watertown-Mall.com. Anusara Yoga – 10-11:30am. Be led through yoga poses that open the heart and encourage you to live from that place off the mat. Explore a deeper experience by way of balanced energy and optimal alignment. Experience yoga as a joyful celebration of the heart. $15. Samara Yoga Studio, 249 Elm St, Davis Sq, Somerville. 617-393-2200. NamasteNutrition.net. Blood Pressure Screenings – 10am-12pm. Free blood pressure screenings on the 1st Fri each month in front of the Old Country Buffet. Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617926-4968. Watertown-Mall.com. Second Fridays Free – 5-8pm. Free evening at the MIT Museum on the 2nd Fri each month. Mingle with friends in the unique galleries and see some of the latest research coming out of MIT. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-253-5927. MIT.edu/Museum. First Fridays Open Studios – 5-9pm. Over fifty of the United South End Artists open their studios on the 1st Fri of every month. Free. USEABoston. com. Jam’n Java Open Mic and Coffeehouse – 6:309pm. 1st Fri. Sign up to play, or come and listen to talented local performers. Free. Jam’n Java, 594 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington. ArlOpenMic. wordpress.com. Friday Night Cooking Series – 6:30-9:30pm. Join us for a night of conversation, anecdotes and fun, and a detailed cooking demonstration. See website for specifics by week. $61. Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 56 Brattle St, Cambridge. CCAE.org. Glass Beadmaking – 6:30-9:30pm. An evening of glass, friends and wine. Spend 3 hrs in one of our studios to experience an introductory taste of working with hot glass in glassblowing and bead making. $75. Diablo Glass School, 123 Terrace St, Boston. 617-442-7444. DiabloGlassSchool.com.
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Meditation Evening – 7-9pm. 2nd Fri. Let the week go and prepare for a work-free weekend. Practice mindful meditation, chakra movement and awareness and perhaps read from The Power of Now. $20. The Center at Westwoods, 590 Gay St, Westwood. Confirm attendance: 617-524-7628 or PMCHoward@hotmail.com. CenterAtWestwoods.com. Live Music – 8-10:30pm. Also Sat. Enjoy local food, music and art. Free, no cover charge. Nourish Restaurant, 1727 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington. 781-674-2400. NourishLexington. com.
Morning Yoga – 7-8:15am. Gentle beginner level yoga class held in a sunlit room in a lovely historic house. Led by trained instructor, Keith Herndon. $10 donation. Advaita Meditation Center, 28 Worcester Ln, Waltham. 617-497-4541. AdvaitaMeditation.org. Yoga Class – 7:30-8:45am. Stop by for a slowpaced, conscious flow through a morning yoga series. Afterwards, walk around the studio to see the events and offerings within this community. $18. Samadhi Integral Studio, 796 Beacon St, Newton Centre. CBeingYoga.com. Vital TRX Cross – 9-9:55am. A revolutionary method of leveraged bodyweight exercise, which allows you to safely perform hundreds of functional exercises that build power, strength, flexibility, balance, mobility, and prevent injuries. $20/first class. Vitality Personal Fitness, 118 Needham St, Newton. 617-620-3585. VitalityPersonalFitness.com. Broga II Power – 10-10:45am. High energy, Broga flow class. Good for those ready for a great workout. Familiarity with Broga or yoga recommended, but not required. $100/10 classes, $15/drop-in. The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville. 617-207-9374. BrogaYoga.com. Broga I Chill – 12-12:45pm. Energetic, fun, challenging, but set to a chill, accessible pace. Perfect for Broga or yoga newbies or those interested in focusing on fundamentals. $100/10 classes, $15/drop-in. The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville. 617-2079374. BrogaYoga.com. Kripalu Yoga Series – Thru Dec 22. 4:305:45pm. Learn to move your body in a way that improves your health, makes you feel good and provides you with tools to help you manage life’s challenges, both on and off the yoga mat. $72/6wk series, $15/drop in. Earthsong Yoga, 186 Main St, Marlborough. 617-699-2389. EarthsongYoga. com. Live Music Saturday Nights – 8-10:30pm. We are building a community around local food, music and art. Current show is FRESH: Food and Farming in New England. No cover. Nourish Restaurant, 1727 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington. 781-674-2400. NourishLexington.com.
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ACUPUNCTURE BROOKLINE MEDICAL ACUPUNCTURE
Amy Pearsall, MD 1622A Beacon St, Ste 205, Brookline 857-288-9416 BrooklineMedicalAcupuncture.com Individuals seeking a more natural and elemental approach to healing and wellness may benefit greatly from the integration of Eastern and Western medicine. See ad page 7.
NEW ENGLAND SCHOOL OF ACUPUNCTURE
150 California St, Newton MA 02458 617-558-1788 NESA.edu NESA is the first school of acupuncture in the U.S. and provides a rigorous acupuncture education along with affordable health care to the community. See ad page 12.
170 Worcester St (Rte 9), Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-1333 VisionsHealthCare.com Acupuncturists at Visions HealthCare are able to provide relief for a variety of concerns including but not limited to insomnia, allergies, digestion, pain, fatigue, etc. See ad on the back cover.
Bioidentical Hormone Treatment CONNIE A. JACKSON, MD
55 Pond Ave, Brookline, MA 02445 132 Great Rd, Ste 201, Stow, MA 01775 617-232-0202 (Brookline) 617-879-0403 (Stow) Connie.A.Jackson.MD@gmail.com Specializing in Hormonal Imbalance and Individualized Natural Bioidentical Hormone Treatment for irregular menstrual cycles, hot flashes, night sweats, low sex drive, irritability, fatigue, poor concentration, poor memory, depression and sleep disturbances. Accepting most major insurances. See ad page 27.
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chiropractic NEWTON CHIROPRACTIC AND WELLNESS Julie Burke, DC 617-964-3332 Info@WellAdjusted.com
We are an integrative holistic wellness center. Our caring team consists of chiropractors specializing in Network Spinal Analysis, massage therapists and Shiatsu and Reiki practitioners. See ad page 19.
ERIC ROSEEN, DC
170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-1333 VisionsHealthCare.com
170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-1333 VisionsHealthCare.com Effectively using BioIdentical Hormone Therapy for 9 years; expert gynecologist passionate about supporting women to ease transition through all life phases. Accepts most major insurances. See ad on the back cover.
Patient-centered, evidence-based spinal care and soft tissue work to decrease pain and improve mobility. Accepts major health insurances. Weekend and evening hours available. See ad on the back cover.
COACHING BOSTON SOUL COACHING
Daniel Sharp, CSC, CIMT, RMT 781-763-7685 BostonSoulCoaching.com
WISE WOMAN SMALL BUSINESS SERVICES Phyllis Wilson 781-883-2282 WiseBlueLotus@gmail.com WiseBlueLotus.com
De-clutter your mind, your home and your path to an abundant future with personalized Soul Coaching. Daniel will help you build the life you deserve. See ad page 11.
Successful relationships create successful businesses. Offering client communications, Web and creative services, and organizational strategies for holistic health and personal growth practitioners. See ad page 25.
YOUR INSPIRED TRUTH Donna Markussen 781-354-4075 YourInspiredTruth.com
Are you looking for more meaning and purpose? I’ll help you find the key that unlocks the door to the bigger, better version of yourself. See ad page 23.
dentist DR. IVETA IONTCHEVA-BAREHMI DMD, MS, D.SC. 1842 Beacon St, Ste 302, Brookline, MA 617-868-1516 BostonDentalWellness.com
Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi is an accomplished dentist and specialist in Periodontics and Implants with a holistic approach to medicine and dentistry. To schedule your comprehensive exam and share the excitement of a healthy smile, call: 617-868-1516. See ad page 15.
LIFETIME HEALTH & CONSULTING 1166 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge, MA 02138 617-710-1337 LifetimeHealth@ColonLove.com
Improve your colon health through hydration, activation and elimination. Experience Guided Colon Therapy in a safe, gentle atmosphere using FDAapproved equipment by a National Board Certified and I-ACT Certified Instructor. See ad page 21.
compounding & wellness pharmacy JOHNSON COMPOUNDING AND WELLNESS CENTER Stephen Bernardi 577 Main St, Waltham, MA 02452 781-893-3870 Fax: 781-899-1172 Steve@NaturalCompounder.com NaturalCompounder.com
GROTON WELLNESS – MEDICAL, DENTAL, SPA, BISTRO 493-495 Main St Groton, Ma 01450 978-449-9919 GrotonWellness.com
Our specialization, healthfocused dentistry, enables us to consider you, our patient, as a whole person, not merely a “dental case.” Therefore, we have the unique opportunity to evaluate every patient, and develop every treatment, procedure and protocol, from an individualized holistic standpoint. We will make recommendations to improve not only your dental health, but your overall health as well. See ad page 9.
JOSEPH MANISCALCO, DDS
19 Chestnut St, Arlington, MA 02474 781-643-2344 Fax: 781-641-3483 SmileFxr10@gmail.com JosephManiscalcoDDS.com
JCWC is the only sterile and non-sterile PCAB-accredited pharmacy in Massachusetts. In addition to our compounding service, we offer a full range of nutritional supplements, natural products, homeopathic remedies and home health care equipment. See ad page 3.
Our practice centers on your comfort, your convenience, and on dental excellence, always. We believe everything we do here should enhance your lifestyle and your health. See ad page 2.
creative Living THE ARTIST’S WAY Kim Childs 617-640-3813 Kim@KimChilds.com KimChilds.com
DOG WALKING CANIS MAJOR DOG WALKING Nancy Anderson 617-501-9241 Canis_major@mac.com CanismajorHerbals.wordpress.com
Kim coaches people in the life-changing practices and principles of The Artist’s Way and The Prosperous Heart by Julia Cameron. No artistic experience required, just a desire to live a rich and more fully expressed life. Workshops offered each spring and fall.
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As a wellness service of Canis major Herbals, we now offer dog walking in the Davis Sq, Somerville area. Visit CanismajorHerbals.com. Experienced. Responsible. Insured.
EXERCISE/FITNESS/ PERSONAL TRAINING KOKO FITCLUB
39 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445 77 Spring St, Shaw’s Plaza, West Roxbury, MA 02132 Brookline: 617-566-5656; West Roxbury: 617-325-4800 MA.Brookline@KokoFitClub.com MA.WRoxbury@KokoFitClub.com KokoFitClub.com World’s first automated personal training studio offering highly effective, efficient, customized workouts guided and monitored by the proprietary Smartraining technology in a spa-like setting. See ad page 17.
HERBal studies THE BOSTON SCHOOL OF HERBAL STUDIES
12 Pelham Terrace, Arlington, MA 781-646-6319 BostonHerbalStudies.com We offer two Herbal Apprenticeship Programs, Advanced Training, Aromatherapy Certification and a series of Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon classes. Please visit our website. See ad page 31.
COMMONWEALTH CENTER FOR HERBAL MEDICINE Katja Swift & Ryn Midura 25 Saint Mary’s Court, Brookline, MA 617-750-5274 CommonWealthHerbs.com
Personalized, comprehensive consultations with experienced herbalists. Whether it’s the flu or a chronic illness, or simply to build greater vitality, herbal medicine can help. See ad page 35.
HERBAL ACADEMY OF NEW ENGLAND
120 Arlington Rd, Woburn, MA 01801 781-572-4454 HerbalAcademyOfNE@gmail.com Our Academy is focused on the art and science of plantbased medicine, from a holistic perspective. All herbalists are welcome, mentors and students. See ad page 21.
holistic bodywork BARBARA GOSSELIN, PT
393 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 781-507-4226 HolisticHealingPT.com Iâ€™m a Physical Therapist with 20+ years experience helping people recover from pain using gentle, effective Bodywork techniques including Craniosacral Therapy and Fascial Mobilization. See ad page 31.
Integrative/Functional Medicine RICHARD CHEN, MD
Experience what gentle, integrated therapies can do to help you lose your pain. Mimi Rhys offers craniosacral therapy, lymphatic drainage, and lymphatic joint release work. See ad page 11.
SOLLIEVO MASSAGE & BODYWORK 2285 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge, MA 02140 617-354-3082 Sollievo.org
A therapeutic massage and acupuncture practice specializing in chronic pain, injuries and stress reduction. We are a group of seasoned therapists with combined expertise in various bodywork treatments and approaches. Visit our website for pricing and promotions. Blue Cross & Aetna discounts available. See ad page 13.
HOME-BASED BUSINESS PAM PEARSON
978-877-6122 Pam@WealthyHealthyWomen.com WealthyHealthyWomen.com Build your own health and wellness business. As a successful entrepreneur, Iâ€™ll teach you how to manifest success and achieve your personal and professional dreams. See ad page 17.
Certified Alexander Technique Teacher; Certified Thai Yoga Therapist 617-359-7841 AlexanderTec.com
170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-1333 VisionsHealthCare.com Board Certified Family Medicine physician-trained in Functional Medicine accepting new patients of all ages for Primary Care or consultation. Accepts most major health insurances. See ad on the back cover.
PHOENIX HEALING ARTS
Mimi Rhys, LMT 617-413-7174 Mimi@PhoenixHealingArts.net
SOPHIA DAROSA-SPILLANE, MSN, ANP-C
Learn to relieve body tension and manage the stress in your life. Improve your posture without any holding. Learn mind/body tools for personal growth or simply enjoy a relaxing Thai yoga session. See ad page 13.
integrative veterinary medical care MARSHA KLEIN, LMHC
170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-1333 VisionsHealthCare.com
Nurse Practitioner with extensive training in Functional Medicine, primary care, and allergy testing & treatment. Knowledgeable, caring, and backed by a whole integrative team. Accepts insurance. See ad on the back cover.
PATRICIA ZUB, MD
170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-1333 VisionsHealthCare.com
Licensed Mental Health Clinician and Behavioral Health Specialist with over 15 years of experience; integrative approach. Specialties: anxiety, panic, depression, stress, anger, etc. Accepts insurance. See ad on the back cover.
MASH MAIN ST ANIMAL SERVICES OF HOPKINTON
170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-1333 VisionsHealthCare.com Internal Medicine Physician with integrative approach and more than 13 years of primary care experience. Also available for consultation. Accepting most major health insurances. See ad on the back cover.
Margo Roman, DVM 72 W Main St, Hopkinton, MA 01748 508-435-4077 MASHVet.com
A full-service integrative veterinary clinic offering caring and healthful options and modalities like acupuncture, functional nutrition, homeopathy, chiropractic, herbs, ozone therapy, surgery and dentistry. See ad page 37.
Alison Shaw APRN, LMT, CEH 393 Massachusetts Ave Arlington, MA 02474 781-646-0686 Alison@BodymindResourcing.org
EMILY CHAN, ND
An innovative blend of body-centered counseling, integrative bodywork and energy medicine to uncover and release body-mind patterns that limit your life and health. See ad page 33.
Lydian Center for Innovative Medicine, 777 Concord Ave, Ste 301 Cambridge, MA 02138 617-299-6151 ModernIntegrativeMedicine.com
Dr. Emily cares and takes the time to listen. Effective, scientific, and non-invasive natural options are used to address the root cause of health issues.
physical therapy CAMBRIDGE PHYSICAL THERAPY & SPORTS MEDICINE 1000A Cambridge St. Cambridge, 02141 617-492-6600 CambridgePTSportsMed.com
SKIN CARE CATHERINE HINDS INSTITUTE OF ESTHETICS
300 Wildwood Ave, Woburn, MA 01801 781-935-3344 CatherineHinds.edu
We offer the finest education and training in skin care and spa therapy as well as affordable skin care treatments to the public. See ad page 17.
Specializing in outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation and treatment of sports, dance and work injuries. We also treat computer/musician overuse injuries, carpal tunnel and injuries from motor vehicle accidents. See ad page 9.
Cynthia S. Rowe, PT, has over 26 years of experience as an Integrative Manual Physical Therapist who treats body, mind and spirit as a holistic, total body approach. See ad page 33.
1160 Boylston St (Rte 9), 2nd Fl Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 617-739-6010 Booking@MZSkincare.com MZSkincare.com Customized facials and treatments for all skin types using an exclusive food-grade organic, wild-crafted, chemical-, paraben- and cruelty-free skin care line.
SACRED SONG REIKI
978-897-8846 SacredSongReiki@yahoo.com SacredSongReiki.com
WATER PURIFICATION/ IONIZATION KANGEN WATER® IONIZERS Nancy Zare, PhD 508-981-2315 KangenDemo.com
BOSTON BODY BALANCE
Rolfing® Structural Integration is a hands-on, participatory approach to rebalancing the body. Reduce aches, pains, and injuries. Increase energy and grace. Improve athletic performance.
WELLNESS COACHING LIVING FROM CENTER ~ WELLNESS COACHING & MASSAGE THERAPY Katrina Piehler, CWC, LCMT, MEd 617-833-3035 Living-From-Center.com
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AD SALES REP – Natural Awakenings is now accepting resumes for full-commission experienced Ad Sales Reps in Southeastern Middlesex County including: Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Belmont, Watertown, Waltham, Lexington, Brookline, Boston and Newton. Strong organizational and people skills, computer/database experience necessary. Must be a self-starter. We’re positive people looking for positive associates who are focused on healthy living and a healthy planet to reach likeminded practitioners and businesses, and help grow their client base. Flexible schedule with great earning potential, only you set the limit on your potential. Email cover letter and resume to: Publisher@NaturalAwakenings Boston.com. SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY PLEASE. SOLLIEVO MASSAGE AND BODYWORK – Is looking for a front desk person part-time. Candidate must have good interpersonal skills, computer skills, and be able to multi-task. Please send inquiries to Rose@Sollievo.org.
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ROLFING STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION Jazmine Fox-Stern 617-308-7104 BostonBodyBalance.com
We partner with clients to identify and overcome barriers to living a healthy lifestyle. Services include wellness coaching, professional organizing, personal training and stress management.
employment opportunities MZ SKIN CARE
Priscilla Gale, of Sacred Song Reiki, utilizes multiple healing modalities and techniques along with Reiki, including Himalayan and Crystal Singing Bowls, Reconnective Healing, and Magnified Healing.
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ROWE PHYSICAL THERAPY
1148 Linden St, B-8, Wellesley Center 781-263-9977 RowePT.com
Empowering, action-oriented coaching that helps busy women transform and love their lives. Fully individualized one-onone coaching or powerful small group support for your journey of healthy, vibrant, balanced living. Free initial consultation available.
SEMINAR ROOM – Perfect location for your wellness seminar or training class. Seated classroom for 30-50 people or massage table classroom for 10-12 tables. Friday, Saturday, or Sunday only. Free parking or walk from Watertown Square. New England School of Acupuncture. Call Steve: 617-558-1788 x 375. TWO ROOMS FOR RENT OR LEASE – In a holistic therapy practice located within Sollievo Massage & Bodywork, North Cambridge. 617-354-3082.
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Natural Awakenings Magazine is Boston's healthy living magazine. We're your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. Our mission is to prov...
Published on Nov 1, 2012
Natural Awakenings Magazine is Boston's healthy living magazine. We're your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. Our mission is to prov...