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Inner Whispers


n my view, “Think positively and positive things will happen” may be the most misguided, oversimplified advice ever conveyed by the self-help movement. My conclusion is based on many years of personal experience in seeking better inner and outer life circumstances. In the past, it seemed that no matter how hard I tried to focus on the good elements, what I most desired always existed just outside my reach, with the ultimate prize being inner peace and harmony; an alignment with truth and a better understanding of how our reality is formed; and the recognition of a higher power that lives within every living thing. Today, I’ve come to believe that every human being battles a belief of duality, an outward egoistic personality along with another mindset that exists beneath it. It’s like there are two of us: a rational mind and a quieter inner mindset that speaks through our gut instinct, intuition and heart. Our innermost essence explains how we just “know” something we can’t consciously grasp until we truly listen to that inner voice. Whatever we call it, there’s no denying that this deeper, truer being sends signals for us to embrace, but that we too often ignore. It’s up to us to choose whether we listen up or disregard those guiding whispers that show us each step of the way to what we really desire, even when it doesn’t make sense to our rational mind. These days my practice for seeking to improve life circumstances and attain higher levels of peace and joy is to more consistently pay close attention to this inner voice. When an idea or an impulse comes, I’m more apt to pause and pay attention to where the thought is coming from. Is it tied to ego or to a deeper place? We all know the feeling when something just feels right. I’ve also noticed that when all indications from my thinking mind, gut and heart are harmoniously aligned, I’m at peace; that’s my signal that I’m on the right track with a green light to proceed full speed ahead. May we each allow more of our true self to come forth day by day! Peace,

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Women’s Rehab Center in Portland Takes Alternative Approach to Opiate Addiction


reener Pastures Holisticare (GPH), in Portland, Maine, announces the grand opening of Greener Pastures Women’s Recovery Home, a 12bed residential facility for women seeking alternative treatment for opiate addiction. Featuring an innovative, self-motivational recovery program, GPH offers an all-natural alternative to medicated-assisted treatments (MAT) such as methadone and suboxone. In place of a typical 12-step program, the GPH 28-day wellness program utilizes cannabis and kratom therapy, herbal supplements, experiental therapy (yoga, art, botany, etc.), group therapy and oneon-one drug counseling. This client-centered program, developed by an occupational therapist, offers cognitive-behavioral treatment through motivational interventions with an emphasis on mindfulness principles. Letting the client chart their own course of recovery through collaboration, rather than confrontation, the clients discover their own motivation and actively participate in their path to wellness. The opiate epidemic in this country is staggering, with drug overdoses recently becoming the leading cause of death among Americans under 50. Greener Pastures Holisticare recognizes the dire need of new addiction treatment centers in Maine, and is dedicated to being New England’s first completely holistic rehabilitation center. “There is an immediate need to address the opiate epidemic in new/alternative ways,” says Roxanne Gullikson, CHLC. “Many of us know or love someone who suffers from addiction, or struggle with addiction ourselves. GPH is a one-of-its-kind treatment option for women who are ready to heal.” Location: 1851 Washington Ave., Portland, ME. For more information, call 207-835-9527 or visit

Free Holistic Health Open House in Braintree


he Internal Wellness Center, in Braintree, will be hosting a free Open House from 1 to 5 p.m., February 25, with workshops in acupuncture, medical aesthetics and colon hydrotherapy. Renowned Dr. Mark Lowney will be a guest speaker discussing bio-identical hormone therapy for both men and women, Thermiva and The O Shot. The event will end with a tea ceremony and Q & A session. Refreshments will be served. Space is limited. RSVP by February 17 for a spot in each session. Cost: Free, with RSVP. Location: 150 Wood Rd., Ste. 403, Braintree. For more information and to RSVP, call 781-228-6915, email or visit See Resource Guide on page 35.

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Brenner Reiki Healing Provides Reiki Training to BIDMC Staff


ore and more hospitals are recognizing the benefits of reiki practice for preventing staff burnout and for providing patient-centered care. Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center has long recognized the value of reiki-trained staff to enhance patient outcomes, and is now sending staff to Brenner Reiki Healing for Level 1 Reiki Training. Drawing on reiki practices, such as meditative breathing, meditations and hands-on-healing of oneself, enables hospital staff to manage stress and fears, mitigate burn-out, increase work satisfaction, promote collegiality, as well as deliver patient-centered compassionate care that may accelerate healing and build inner strength patients need for healing and recovery. Patients in a hospital feel strong emotions and fears, experience pain and other distressing symptoms, and live with the uncertainty of the outcome. In this situation, stress and pain shut us down and break us down. Reiki offered by hospital staff and hospital volunteers can help mitigate the emotional storm, restore resiliency and support patients in optimizing the strengths they do have. Reiki is a mind-body healing and meditation practice accessible to people of all ages, backgrounds and health conditions. Anyone can learn to practice reiki to care for themselves and others. Reiki practice is both a practitioner-directed practice as well as an active self-directed practice. Reiki-trained hospital caregivers and clinicians can easily engage with reiki practice with practical benefits for themselves, their co-workers and their patients.

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Free Event to Optimize Mental Wellness


oin Amare Global and Dr. Shawn Talbott, who has focused for two decades on the links between nutrition, biochemistry and psychology, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 3, at the Crowne Plaza Boston, in Newton, for a free, educational event about groundbreaking science in the holistic health field around gut/brain health and mental wellness. According to a survey in 2016 from the National Institute on Mental Health, one in six Americans will experience a mental health challenge this year, such as feeling stressed or anxious, having trouble sleeping or dropping weight, or losing focus or mental clarity. There is now a paradigm shift in science showing the gut may be at the root of these issues. In the last few years, scientists have learned the importance of microbiome balance in regulating mood, mental focus, as well as emotional and physical well-being. Talbott will explain how the gut/brain axis talks to each other through a complex network of nerves, cells and biochemicals. Attendees will leave with an actionable plan that can be implemented immediately. Amare Global, The Mental Wellness Company, is on the forefront of addressing these issues, using only the best aspects of both ancient traditions and modern scientific principles. It is creating a platform of natural mental wellness solutions, programs, education and technology to provide holistic and natural solutions to help people optimize their mental wellness and stress resiliency.

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New Initiative Creates Foundation for Carbon Neutrality


ll are invited to attend Let’s Talk Carbon Neutrality, an upcoming event to be held from 7 to 9 p.m., February 8, at Boston University, to learn about how Boston will continue on the path toward carbon neutrality. Carbon Free Boston is Greenovate Boston’s new initiative to support the city’s commitment to be carbon neutral by 2050. It will review the costs and benefits of policies and technologies that will help Boston reach that goal. Greenovate is working with its partners at Boston University’s Institute of Sustainable Energy and the Green Ribbon Commission to lead this analysis, which will help inform the next update to Boston’s Climate Action Plan. Cost: Free. Location: Boston University Questrom School of Business, First Fl. Auditorium,595 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. For more information, visit

Inspiring Author Shares Story of Courage

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ilomena Tripp, author of Invisible Courage, will be speaking from 6 to 8 p.m., February 6, at the Lakeville Public Library, about her story of courage, resilience, persistence, faith and a lesson in loving one’s self first. Tripp was born in 1955 with three underdeveloped limbs. From the beginning she was not expected to live long. Doctors thought she shouldn’t, but now at age 62, she is a role model. Tripp beat the odds. At first she wanted to prove to people she mattered. After hitting rock bottom in her 30s, she realized she needed to believe she mattered. She is now happily married, has a career, drives her own vehicle and works closely with people with disabilities. This book is for anyone looking for enrichment, hope, insight and inspiration. Location: 4 Precinct St., Lakeville. Invisible Courage can be purchased on Amazon or via her blog

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What are you GRATEFUL for?

A study of more than 50,000 people in the Czech Republic by the Seventh-Day Adventist Loma Linda University, in California, found that those that made breakfast their largest meal of the day had lower body mass index (BMI) levels. Lunch as the largest daily meal showed the next best results. The researchers concluded that timing and frequency of meals play a role in predicting weight loss or gain. The two factors associated with higher BMI were eating more than three meals a day (snacks were counted as extra meals) and making dinner the day’s largest meal.

In Exercise and the Prevention of Depression, a study of 33,908 adults in Norway by the University of New South Wales, researchers found that one hour of exercise a week reduced depression in 12 percent of the subjects. The purpose of the study was to address whether exercise protects against new-onset depression and anxiety and if so, the intensity and amount of exercise required. They concluded that regular leisure-time exercise of any intensity provides protection against future depression, but not anxiety. Thus, increasing the population of people exercising may provide public mental health benefits and prevent a substantial number of new cases of depression. 10

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Zinc Inhibits Throat Cancer Research from the University of Texas at Arlington reported in The FASEB Journal, published by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, has found that zinc supplements can inhibit or slow the growth of esophageal cancer cells. The research also found that zinc deficiency is common among throat cancer patients. Zinc-rich foods include spinach, flax seeds, beef, pumpkin seeds and seafood such as shrimp and oysters.


THIRD-PERSON SELF-TALK AIDS IN EMOTIONAL CONTROL As reported in Scientific Reports, two studies of 37 and 52 people at Michigan State University have discovered that talking to ourselves in the third person using statements like, “Why is John upset?” instead of, “Why am I upset?” can help improve our ability to control our emotions. Everyone occasionally engages in internal monologue, an inner voice that guides our moment-to-moment reflections. Now, scientists believe that the language used in the process influences actions differently. The premise is that third-person self-talk leads us to think about ourselves similarly to how we think about others, which provides the psychological distance needed to facilitate self-control.

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Monsanto, the company that makes the controversial weed killer Roundup, is setting farmer against farmer and state against state with its newest product, dicamba. Amid claims and counterclaims over effectiveness and safety of crops and humans, the debate is shedding new light on how new agricultural products are introduced, tested and regulated. One major difference with dicamba is the gaseous vaporization it uses to treat crops, causing the poison to spread onto neighboring plants via wind. Brad Williams, a Missouri farmer, says that leaves on trees were “so deformed you couldn’t even really identify the differences between them.” The manufacturer claims that proper usage protocols are not being followed. Some farmers agree, while others report crop damage and human health issues. One pivotal point of debate is which federal and state agencies have jurisdiction and the power to set enforceable guidelines. At stake are millions of acres that have already been sprayed, along with the future of non-GMO farms inadvertently contaminated by the dicamba sprayed on genetically modified crops that need the poison to survive.

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Renewable Payoff Germany Undergoes an Energy Renaissance

Last May, Germany’s renewable energy mix of solar, wind, hydropower and biomass generated so much power for a few hours that customers actually got paid for using electricity. The country’s renewable power sources generate 88 percent of total electricity demand, and growing wind power assets alone are expected to make the phenomenon a regular occurrence. When this happens, commercial producers either close power stations to reduce the electricity supply or pay consumers to take it off the grid.


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China, the world’s largest car market, is planning to stop production and sales of traditional energy vehicles in favor of electric vehicles (EV), and the decision has sped up competitive development by U.S. automakers. General Motors is promising to launch at least 20 new electric vehicles in the next six years. “General Motors believes the future is all-electric,” says Mark Reuss, the company’s head of product development. The falling cost of lithium-ion batteries also brings a tipping point into view, observers say. By 2025 it’s possible that electric drivetrains will have no cost disadvantage compared with internal combustion engines. Technology is fast resetting the outlook for what cars can do, how consumers use them and how much an EV will cost. Tesla, Ford and Japanese and European companies are also responding to what’s being called both “the age of electricity”, and “the age of personalized transportation”.


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Greenpeace Lobbies to Create Huge Antarctic Preserve

The South Pole is Earth’s last uninhabited outpost, and Greenpeace seeks to establish an Antarctic sanctuary of almost three-quarters of a million square miles in the Weddell Sea adjacent to the vast continent that would protect whales, penguins and other wildlife. The nonprofit has called for governments to show greater vision and ambition. Frida Bengtsson, head of the Greenpeace Antarctic campaign, states, “Over the next 12 months, we have an opportunity to make history: to create an Antarctic Ocean sanctuary which would be the largest protected area on Earth.” She notes that it would also ensure healthier oceans that soak up carbon dioxide to moderate climate change. The proposal, submitted by the European Union and promoted by the German government, will be considered in October by the governmental bodies responsible for managing the Antarctic marine environment. It follows the successful adoption of the Ross Sea sanctuary in 2016.

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Whether for function, decoration or personal gifting, the skillful hobbies of yarn arts such as knitting, quilting, weaving, stitching, sewing, crocheting and macramé are going strong. The difference these days is that doing it ecoresponsibly is enhancing the process. “More people are making and hand-dyeing their own yarn,” says blogger Ann Budd (, of Boulder, Colorado, former editor of Interweave Knits magazine and author of Knitting Green. “The results are beautiful with different color combinations, and even striping.” Also, more yarn is American-sourced. “Shearing and dyeing are done here to cut down on the overall carbon footprint,” explains Budd, who conducts workshops for shops and clubs, plus two annual learning retreats. This year’s are in Savannah, Georgia, from April 26 to 29, and in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, from September 20 to 23. suggests Green Mountain Spinnery ( as a U.S. source of certified organic, natural fiber yarns processed without toxic oils, chemicals or dyes; Ecobutterfly Organics (, for vegan-friendly, fair trade and botanically dyed organic cotton yarns and fiber, recycled glass beads, buttons and kits; and Organic Cotton Plus (, offering certified organic woven and knit fabrics, hemp and hemp-blended fabrics, threads, ribbons and vegetable-based dyes. Interweave (, a craft magazine publisher, provides video and online education. Learn how to avoid potential hand and arm pain from repetitive motions with the new book Knitting Comfortably: The Ergonomics of Handknitting ( by San Francisco physical therapist and needlework teacher Carson Demers. For many needlework fans, charitable volunteering keeps their fingers flying. Members of the nonprofit Mittens for Detroit ( make mittens, gloves, hats and lapghans for children and adults in need. Donna Davis, of Roswell, New Mexico, has knitted hats for African newborns, wool items for Eastern European orphans and scarves for American artists. Learn more at

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SHIATSU’S SAVIORS Helen Keller’s and Marilyn Monroe’s Places in Shiatsu History by Marjorie Pivar


ntil the beginning of the 19th cen- meaning “finger pressure” in an effort to tury, all Japanese physicians were renew interest. Then in 1948, during the required to learn anma, which is American occupation of Japan, U.S. Presthe practice of diagnosident Harry Truman ing and treating their criminalized the practice clothed patients using of Japanese traditional touch along the network medicine including of energy pathways or shiatsu. Many tradimeridians. This practice tional doctors became dates back to around unemployed, including 1650, when a Japanese the blind shiatsu practiphysician named Waichi tioners. Sugiyama lost his sight. Helen Keller, the One can assume that blind-deaf activist for his sudden blindness human rights, was bechanged the way he loved by the Japanese experienced touch. He people even before the Marilyn Monore noticed that certain ways war. She had come to of touching affected the Japan to experience the muscles and tendons while other ways of devastation in Hiroshima. The blind shiatsu touching entered deeply into the internal practitioners contacted her and asked for organs. her help. Keller appealed to President Tru Sugiyama went on to establish man and he eventually removed the ban. many medical schools Another famous throughout Japan excluAmerican, Marilyn Monsively for the blind. This roe, is believed to have medical service has been benefitted from shiatsu. mostly reserved for blind In 1954, she was in Topractitioners in Japan kyo on her honeymoon to this day. In the early with baseball legend 20th century, the JapaJoe DiMaggio. The sex nese public began to lose goddess had transfixed interest in their medical the country, and she was tradition in favor of mobbed everywhere Western medical advancshe went as if she could es. Anma was considered impart her goddess-like an old-fashioned folk sexiness to all who beHelen Keller medicine. held her. The truth was In 1925, a practitioner named Tamai Monroe was plagued by endometriosis on Tempaku changed the name to shiatsu, this honeymoon trip and was overcome by Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in

excruciating uterine pain. Hearing of her affliction, the hotel manager called a doctor and arranged for her to receive shiatsu with Tokujiro Namikoshi. According to biographer Carter Wit, “Namikoshi entered the room to discover Marilyn lying naked on the bed. As he later recounted to one of his students she was ‘wearing nothing but Chanel No. 5.’” Namikoshi found it hard to concentrate on his work, eventually spreading his handkerchief over the more distracting areas. According to Wit’s account, within five minutes the pain had dissipated and Monroe was so relaxed that she began to fall asleep. The Shiatsu School of Vermont (SSV) offers certification programs in zen shiatsu with world-renowned teachers. SSV also offers workshops in zen shiatsu and Thai massage for continuing education credits. One-year certification program starting in Boston begins September. Visit for details. Overnight accommodations in the lovely town of Brattleboro, Vermont, are included in tuition. For more information, visit Marjorie Pivar is director of the Shiatsu School of Vermont and author of Fourth Uncle in the Mountain: The Remarkable Legacy of a Buddhist Itinerant Doctor in Vietnam, (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2006). See ad on page 14.


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Tips for Finding the Right Practice by April Thompson


ore Americans than ever before are seeking the benefits of meditation, which notably improves mental, physical and spiritual health. Choosing from its many styles and traditions can be daunting for a new meditator, as is figuring out how to incorporate such a practice into a busy life.

Universal Appeal “Meditation is for people of all spiritual backgrounds. As a tool to develop awareness, it can enhance what you already believe and practice,” assures Diana Lang, the Los Angeles author of Opening to Meditation: A Gentle, Guided Approach and a spiritual counselor who has taught meditation for 37 years. For Jackie Trottmann, a Christian author from St. Louis, Missouri, there is no contradiction between a meditation practice and her faith; rather, they complement one another. For her, “Prayer is like talking to God, whereas meditation is listening to God. Before I came to meditation, I had been doing all the talking.” She came to meditation during a 16

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trying period working in sales and marketing. “When a friend gave me a meditation CD, I popped it in after a stressful conference call and felt instantly calmed. Ten years later, meditation has gone beyond quieting the mind; it’s sunk into my heart and spirit,” says Trottmann, who went on to publish her own CDs at “I came to meditation tired of habitual suffering and stress, and wanting to be happier,” says Bill Scheinman, a coach in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), which he refers to as “mindfulness practice without the Buddhist jargon.” The Oakland, California, instructor has taught mindfulness in settings ranging from corporations to prisons, drawing from a range of meditative disciplines and 23 years of intensive practice.

Begin Modestly “Millions are seeking more mindfulness through meditation, but don’t know how to go about it,” says Sean Fargo, a Berkeley, California, meditation instruc-

tor and former Buddhist monk. “The key is to take baby steps, like going to the gym for the first time. Start by practicing a few minutes a day; just pay attention to something such as the sensations of breathing, without judgment.” “Having taught meditation to tens of thousands of people, I would say the most common issue is that beginning meditators don’t think they’re doing it right. It’s important not to judge yourself or have loaded expectations about the experience,” notes Lang. She suggests starting wherever we are right now, adding, “Whatever book, class or teacher you first stumble upon is a clue.” But that doesn’t call for rigidly adhering to a particular type of meditation forever.

Assess Benefits “Shop around and try different things, but at some point, you will begin to discover what works for you,” advises Scheinman. In trying to decide which meditation practice is right for us, “Go with

what feels juicy,” says Fargo, who founded, offering 1,500 free mindfulness meditations, worksheets and talks. “You’re more likely to do what feels alive and enlivening.” The act of meditating can be uncomfortable, but the challenges are part of its power. Scheinman remarks. “If you establish a daily practice, eventually, you will become more clear-headed, kinder and happier. That’s how you know your practice is working—not how you feel during meditation itself.” Consistency is key. It’s not effective to only meditate when you feel good, he says.

Overview of Options Mindfulness practices go by many names, from vipassana to MBSR, and can be done sitting or walking, but all are focused on cultivating moment-to-moment awareness. “Mindfulness is about being aware: deliberately paying attention to body sensations, thoughts and emotions. Focused attention is on the body, heart and mind,” explains Scheinman.

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Guided visualization differs from most forms of meditation in that the meditator is intentionally creating a mental image, typically one of a peaceful, beautiful place. Typically, the goal of a guided visualization is deep relaxation and stress reduction. Mantra meditations involve continuous repetition of a word, phrase or sound, drawing spiritual power from the sound’s vibration, as well as its meaning. Many mantras are uttered in a tradition’s native language, such as shanti, meaning peace in Sanskrit. Teachers like Lang prefer to use mantras in English that meditators can more easily grasp, such as, “Love is the way.” Breathing meditation. Meditation experts say our ever-present breath is a sound foundation for a meditation practice, as well as an easy place to start. “Tapping into the power of our breath is vital; it cleanses our system,” says Trottmann. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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How to Strengthen Your Resilience Muscle by April Thompson

At one time or another, an estimated 70 percent of people experience a life-altering traumatic event, and most grow stronger from surviving it, according to decades of research by leading institutions like Harvard and Yale universities and the University of Pennsylvania. We can prepare now for life’s inevitable hurdles and setbacks by developing the skills and tools of resilience.


t’s an incredibly hopeful message: We can go through the most terrible things imaginable and still get through to a better place,” says David B. Feldman, associate professor of counseling psychology at California’s Santa Clara University and co-author with Lee Daniel Kravetz of Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success. Such researchers have found that, like elastic stretched beyond its normal limits, people often don’t just bounce back to their old form, but stretch and expand in new ways. The pair conducted in-depth case studies of survivors of extreme traumatic experiences that went on to do bold things. Just one case in point: After losing a leg in a car accident, college basketball player Casey Pieretti reinvented himself as a successful Hollywood stuntman. According to many studies, 60 to 80 percent of people grow in some way from personal trauma, known as “post-traumatic growth”, according to Feldman. “It can be as simple as appreciating each day more. It can mean deepening relationships. It may result in a renewed sense of spirituality. Or, it might take one’s life in a dramatically different direction,” he says. Ila Eckhoff, a financial executive in New York City, has experienced more than her share of challenges: developing cerebral palsy as a toddler, enduring 12 childhood surgeries, losing her mother at age 11 and four years ago, her hus18 18

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band. “All of the struggles and losses brought me here, now,” says Eckhoff. “Nobody ever said life was easy. We have greater appreciation for the things that we had to struggle to achieve.” Choosing self-directedness instead of self-pity in the face of challenges differentiates those that thrive from those that merely survive, observes Catherine Morisset, a life coach from Ottawa, Canada, who specializes in resilience. “It’s taking responsibility for life and managing the way you want to live it. We all have choices, even in the face of difficulty,” she says.

Mastering an Optimal Outlook

“Challenges don’t define you. How you respond does,” remarks Doug Hensch, an executive coach and author of Positively Resilient: 5½ Secrets to Beat Stress, Overcome Obstacles, and Defeat Anxiety. He attests that having a growth mindset is vital, focusing on strengths without

disregarding areas needing improvement. outlook and social network. Maintaining a balanced outlook that’s In 2013, Damon Redd, of Boulder, realistic, yet positive, enables individuals Colorado, awoke to a severe flooding to move on from trauma. For supersurevent, with his home and business buried vivors, being pragmatic serves them far under five feet of mud and water that nearbetter than a false sense of optimism about ly wiped out his clothing business, Kind bad situations, Feldman found, saying, Design, overnight. “It was the hardest “They grieved losses, but thought realistithing I’ve ever gone through, to lose evcally about what to do next.” erything I had built. It also gave me a new “Optimism in the best sense is perspective on what’s important. It made focusing on the positive me aware that you can Parents do a without denying the replace physical things, negative, while focusing disservice to their but you can’t replace on what’s in your control,” memories. My mind was kids when they notes Hensch. blown away by the support Martin Seligman, I received.” try to remove known as the “father of Redd ended up payadversity from positive psychology”, ing forward the kindness. found that when people their lives. When “We cleaned and repaired take setbacks personally, 1,500 pairs of gloves in little things go viewing them as perour inventory that were manent, pervasive and wrong, rather than damaged that day, and are personal, they develop a donating them to searchrush to fix it, let sense of learned helplessand-rescue teams and ski ness that inhibits growth the kids figure out patrols. The more good and happiness. “It’s you do, the more good a solution. They’ll other people will do,” important not to ‘catastrophize’ or generalize realize it’s not the Redd professes. a failure and extend it to Altruism and owning end of the world. a moral code is another other areas of life,” says Dr. Steven M. Southwick, common characteristic ~Doug Hensch a professor of psychiatry of resilient individuals, at Yale University School according to Southwick. of Medicine who focuses on post-traumat- Having a purpose is a huge indicator of ic stress disorder and resilience. whether a person will rise to the occasion. “You can endure almost anything if Make Caring Connections you have a mission, or believe what you Social networks are critical in the face are doing has meaning. It gives you great of challenges, resilience experts agree. strength,” he says. “When we are wronged or feel unsafe, it’s In 2016, Bobbi Huffman lost her high natural to withdraw when we should do school sweetheart and husband to suicide the opposite,” says Feldman. “It’s also not a few days before Valentine’s Day. As she the number of friends you have, or even began to process the tragedy, she saw two how much time you spend with them, that choices ahead: “Drop into a deep depresmatters. All you need is at least one person sion and give up or focus on our deep you can count on.” love for one another, get into therapy, and “We are built to be connected make a difference by inspiring, encouragwith others. It has a significant impact ing and helping others,” says Huffman. in regulating stress,” says Southwick, a She chose the latter, asking for profesco-author of Resilience: The Science of sional help and signing up for the 16-mile Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges, from Overnight Walk for Suicide Prevention, West Haven, Connecticut. Over the past in New York City. “Getting into the best two decades, Southwick and his colleagues shape of my life at age 50 became my have studied three groups that have come passion. As I walked through the night, I through harrowing events: being Vietnam reflected on our beautiful memories as a War prisoners, Special Forces instructors couple. It was an amazing, healing experiand civilians. They found people that ence,” reflects Huffman. rebounded strongly often shared common Forgiveness—whether for others or attributes, including embracing a spiritual Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in

RESILIENCE RESOURCES Helpful Organizations provides a supportive space online for survivors of trauma and adversity to share stories, connect with others and get help from experts. Resilience-Project normalizes setbacks and failures as part and parcel of professional and personal growth, and provides Stanford University students and faculty a platform to swap stories and coping strategies. Resilience.Education.UTexas. edu conveys an interactive e-learning platform developed by the University of Texas at Austin to foster a better understanding of resilience and develop related skills.

Films and Books

Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story documents the journey of chef and outdoorsman Eduardo Garcia, whose life changed irrevocably when he was jolted with 2,400 volts of electricity while hiking in Montana. Garcia lost his hand, ribs and muscle mass, but survived the injury with the help of his former partner, and became an athlete and speaker for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Unbroken depicts the life of Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini, who survived 47 days on a raft after a near-fatal plane crash in World War II, only to be captured by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. The film is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Laura Hillenbrand, herself the survivor of a disabling chronic illness. The 33 tells the true tale of 33 miners trapped inside a mine in San Jose, Chile, for more than two months, the longest such entrapment in history. All were rescued alive. Wild is based on Cheryl Strayed’s memoir of her solo hike of 1,000-plus miles on the Pacific Crest Trail without any training, following the loss of her mother and marriage. February 2018



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ourself—is another key to help us move forward, reports Feldman. “Often, people can get stuck in blame, but resentment keeps people shackled to the past. If and when a person is ready to forgive, widespread research indicates that it can lead to better health outcomes.”

Strengthening Our Resilience Muscle Experts point out that there isn’t any one perfect formula or single must-have trait for building resilience, and none we can’t develop. Learning a skill like mindfulness is an easy place to start. “Resilient people don’t try to avoid stress, but learn how to manage and master it,” says Southwick. “Mindfulness meditation requires practice, but through it, you can learn to regulate emotions and relax the nervous system.” Eckhoff practices mindfulness several times a day with a one-minute gratitude meditation. “I have five things I am most grateful for. I close my eyes, take a deep breath and say them. It brings me focus, reduces stress and reminds me of how lucky I am,” she says. Morisset suggests making incremental changes to strengthen our resilience muscles. “Success builds success and failure builds failure, so do something you know you can accomplish and build on that,” she counsels. Writing can also be a good coping tool, according to Hensch. “Just write

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about your emotions. It’s amazing how much you can learn about yourself and how calming it can be.” Good times are the best times to begin “resilience training” notes Hensch. “I sought out a therapist once I had turned the corner after my divorce and was dating someone and my business was taking off. It was precisely because I knew something else would likely happen, and I wanted to be better prepared for it,” he recalls. Applying positive self-talk when something blindsides us helps, as does not expecting to handle things perfectly. “There’s nothing wrong with just staying afloat when you’re in the middle of trauma or adversity. One key to happiness in life is just managing expectations. It’s okay to be anxious, sad and worried at times—in fact, it’s healthy,” says Hensch. Hardships are just that: hard. However, with time and experience, resilient individuals come to trust their ability to get through them, large and small. “Resiliency is not about how you bounce back from a single traumatic event; it’s how you respond every day to the challenges that life presents,” Eckhoff has learned. “Repetitive use of this ‘muscle’ builds strength and enables you to do more and sometimes, the impossible.” Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

REIKI MEDITATION The Inner Determines the Outer by Elise M. Brenner


eiki practice may be best known as a hands-on healing practice to care for oneself and others, but the system of reiki teaches much more than hands-on healing. The system of reiki, as developed in Japan by its founder Mikao Usui, is a complete spiritual self-development system of wisdom and compassion teachings, based in meditation and contemplation practices. The reiki meditations are a simple, practical and accessible resource for everyone. Three reiki meditative and contemplative practices to consider are: hara breathing, joshin kokyu ho and contemplation of the Five Reiki Precepts. “The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” Ram Dass The most essential Reiki meditative practice is hara breathing. Hara (also known as tanden or dantian) is a Japanese word referring to our center of awareness, or energy center, in the lower abdomen; it is also our connection to Earth Ki. By breathing slowly into the lower abdomen (hara) and gradually expanding the breath out, we can stabilize our being and become aware of the qualities of Earth Ki within ourselves—solidity, stability, safety

and strength. Without working hard, and without trying to achieve anything, just by breathing into the hara space, we can actually change our own physiology. The longer expansive outbreath signals the medial prefrontal cortex of the brain to calm and settle; downregulating our nervous systems from sympathetic to parasympathetic. Breathing into the hara allows us to cultivate a stable, secure foundation. With that solid foundation, our minds are clearer, calmer and more focused, instead of frantic, racing and scattered. This base of balance within us allows us to manage our fears and the uncertainties of our lives with greater mindfulness and resilience. From this inner space of mental-emotional stability, we can also provide a calm, comforting presence to those around us. In fact, this is precisely the state of mind the reiki practitioner seeks to embody. We undeniably experience in hara breathing that the inner determines the outer. “If the inner mind has been tamed, the outer enemy cannot harm me.” Atisa Building on the central practice of hara breathing, the teachings of reiki in-

clude the meditation known in Japanese as joshin kokyu-ho, which can be translated as soul cleansing breath to focus the mind. In this meditation, we begin with breathing into the hara, focusing on gently bringing the breath down through the body to the hara, with the intention of filling our beings with ki. We focus the mind there, sensing ki radiating throughout our body, dissolving and dissipating any stress or tension. On the slow outbreath, we focus the mind on expanding ki out from every pore of our body in all directions into the openness of our surroundings. When we expand the breath and the mind out, we feel spacious and open-minded, able to accommodate the realities of our lives with more ease, mindfulness and skillfulness. “Sooner or later you’re gonna realize, just like I did… There’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.” Morpheus in The Matrix Spending time meditating on the Reiki Precepts is something we can do to “walk the path”. It is challenging to be mindful of our anger, worry, fear and other reactive feelings that make it hard to connect with our greater human purpose. The Reiki Precepts are the core of the practice of reiki, as we seek to embody them in our thoughts and words, in the choices we make, and in our interactions with others. The Reiki Precepts were developed to assist us in moving into a state of well-being, ease and peace of mind. Reiki meditation practices are a practical resource from which we can all benefit. Whether we are seeking to reduce reactivity, to create an inner space for gratitude and compassion, or to gain relief from physical and emotional distress, reiki meditation practices are not only valuable, but vital for our health and well-being. Elise Brenner, Ph.D, reiki practitioner and teacher, and founder and executive director of the nonprofit reiki educational and outreach organization, Celebration of Reiki, Inc., is a strong advocate for reiki outreach, education and empowerment. She assists clients at Brenner Reiki Healing, in Newton, while also providing reiki at veterans’ retreats, community wellness fairs, support groups, schools, hospitals and hospice. For more information, visit See Resource Guide on page 39.

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editation reduces stress, improves concentration and encourages a healthy lifestyle. A regular practice helps to increase acceptance and self-awareness. It can also slow aging, improve cardiovascular and immune health, and even increase happiness. In Boston, there are many styles and teachers with a variety of training and personalities to choose from. Students may want to consider their personal purpose in learning meditation in order to find a comfortable fit.


Boston and Cambridge Mindful Boston is a studio that teaches meditation skills accessible to beginner, intermediate and expert meditators. The Community Meditation Night, is a standalone, free, drop-in introductory class, perfect for anyone wishing to give meditation a try. For a more structured introduction, The Meditation Toolbox Course consists of six weekly classes lasting 75 minutes. Coming up in March, workers facing burnout can 22

take part in a Bypassing Burnout Retreat Day, and a favorite for members is the Cape Cod Campfire Retreat Weekend in July. Also offered is an annual Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, an intensive program on nine Sundays for people that are committed to overhauling their relationship to stressors. Teacher training is also available.


Jamaica Plain KMC Boston holds classes on meditation and modern Buddhism that are open to everyone regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation or faith. Being a Buddhist is not required to learn how to meditate or to benefit from it. The majority of weekly classes are drop-in and are designed to be easily accessible to new meditators while being very engaging for those with more experience, allowing individuals to go deeper and enhance their meditation practice. Monthly memberships are available.

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Somerville Self-Realization Fellowship, a worldwide nonprofit organization, was founded in 1920 by Paramahansa Yogananda for the purpose of disseminating Kriya yoga, a definite scientific technique for attaining direct personal experience of God. Boston is where Paramahansa Yogananda first landed in the United States in 1920, as an invited speaker at the International Congress of Religious Liberals. Paramahansaji made the Boston area his home for four years, giving lectures and teaching meditation techniques to a growing number of students. Today, members of the Boston Center of Self-Realization comprise a diversity of countries, languages, religions, races and ages, and meet in Somerville. What brings them together is their search for God, which is found in their meditation practice and study of Paramahansa Yogananda’s teachings. It is a special form of fellowship and all are warmly welcome to join.


Newton Centre BCCP’s intention is to be at the service of the physical, spiritual, psychological and social development of all living beings at the individual and community level. The center is a collection of collaborative, yet independent practitioners drawing from and representing the intersection of Eastern and Western systems of psychology, Tibetan Buddhism, holistic medicine, Ayurvedic medicine and systems of yoga. Events, series and individual classes are offered in its large, galley-style space, with gleaming maple hardwoods and natural light accentuating its natural beauty.


Arlington Boston Meditation center offers a warm, welcoming and comfortable environment. Its method allows individuals to let go of the source of the obstacles and burdens that are in their mind. As the mind is emptied of accumulated thoughts, more openness and greater awareness is noticed. The mind becomes one with the world that surrounds it. As consciousness

expands, people find themselves able to live a life at their highest potential, full of energy, creativity and wisdom to face life challenges. Boston Meditation has seven levels of meditation which are personally and professionally guided to cater to everyone’s unique needs. The meditation instructors are certified to teach the unique method. The center is open seven days a week and classes are offered throughout the day with a monthly membership fee that covers unlimited class time.


Groton Authentic Lifestyle Mentor Deanna Jayne leads a weekly guided group meditation from noon to 1 p.m., every Tuesday, at the Sacred Tree Group Room, at Groton Wellness. Each week, up to 20 people take 15 minutes to settle into a 30-minute meditation, followed by another 15-minute easing out period. Registration is highly recommended. It costs $12 online or $14 drop-in.


Shrewsbury Bhavna’s Wellness Group, a collaborative of holistic wellness practitioners in Shrewsbury, offers several meditation groups throughout the month. Bhavna leads an energy-filled weekly Divine Meditation group every Tuesday, from 6 to 7 p.m., to de-stress and find inner peace. Other monthly offerings include a non-denominational Oneness Blessing, a Native American prayer ceremony, and an Evolutionary Meditation which uses tapping in a group guided meditation.

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Foods Our Heart Will Love

Top 10 Heart Healthy Choices by Judith Fertig


ow do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” Elizabeth Barrett Browning once penned this unforgettable line to her husband and fellow poet, Robert Browning. Let us also count the ways to improve our loved ones’ heart health: Lower blood pressure. Modulate irregular heartbeats. Avoid plaque build-up in arteries. Improve blood flow to the heart. We can love our hearts with 10 superfoods that just might make perfect ingredients for a Valentine’s Day meal, starting with dark chocolate.


Cocoa powder. Cacao’s flavanols lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of stroke and act as antioxidants to prevent inflammation. Dr. JoAnn E. Manson, a physician, doctor of public health and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School affiliate Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, confirms, “Between 400 and 900 milligrams (mg) a day of cocoa flavanols may favorably affect several mechanisms and pathways related to cardiovascular disease prevention.” Not all chocolate is created equal. Manson recommends chocolate with cocoa or cacao as the first ingredient, not


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sugar. She and her colleagues are currently conducting the Cocoa Supplement and Multivitamin Outcomes Study, a large-scale, randomized study of 18,000 U.S. men and women testing the benefits of ingesting 600 mg per day of cocoa flavanols.



Just onehalf cup of berries a day can provide plenty of phytonutrients and antioxidants for decreasing inflammation and preventing heart disease, says Wendy Bazilian, a doctor of public health and registered dietitian in San Diego, and author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet: Lose Weight with the Power of SuperNutrients. “Whirl them into a breakfast smoothie, add them to a green salad or combine them with dark chocolate for a tasty, heart-healthy dessert,” she advises.


Salmon. Full of omega-3 fatty acids, wildcaught salmon (about two six-ounce weekly servings) helps reduce systemic inflammation and risk of developing atherosclerosis, hypertension and stroke, according to Dr. Josh Axe, of Nashville, Tennessee. Beyond prevention, omega-3s in oily fish

are also widely known to treat atherosclerosis, normalize heart rhythms and help lower blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, as well as significantly lower the risk of stroke.


Pumpkin seeds. High in

magnesium—about 764 mg per cup—roasted pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, top the list of heart-healthy nuts and seeds. Magnesium is an important electrolyte that helps the heart fire on all cylinders and not skip a beat. Improvements in lipid profiles can occur with a daily intake of 365 mg, or about a halfcup, of pepitas. Enjoy roasted pumpkin seeds as a snack or scatter them in a salad, bowl of chili or soup for a delicious crunch.


Avocados. Fresh avocados supply

magnesium, plus they’re a good source of potassium, another electrolyte the heart needs for optimum functioning. “You probably know bananas and citrus fruits are top sources of potassium, but I like avocados because they also supply healthy fats,” says Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra, a board-certified cardiologist with the HeartMD Institute, in Manchester, Connecticut.

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Almonds. Sinatra recommends a handful of almonds a day to raise HDL, a form of “good” cholesterol he likens to a “lipid garbage truck” that picks up oxidized “bad” LDL in the bloodstream and carries it to the liver for processing.

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil. Cold-pressed ex-

tra-virgin olive oil with a high phenol content can help lower blood pressure (via about two tablespoons daily), make more efficient and protective HDL

cholesterol, and protect the inner lining of arteries.


Beet Juice.

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A 2015 study in the journal Hypertension found that two daily eight-ounce glasses of beet juice can help reduce high blood pressure. Beets contain a natural dietary nitrate found in previous studies to lower high blood pressure. Enjoy beet juice in smoothies, as a tart drink known as a “shrub” (beet juice with raspberry vinegar) or in soups like borscht.


Garlic. Allicin, the sulfur compound that gives garlic its distinctive aroma, helps keep blood thin and flowing optimally, says Sinatra. The freshest chopped garlic offers the best benefits, according to a study from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.




Pomegranate. Drinking

about one cup of pomegranate juice a day for three months can improve blood flow to the heart, reports a study in the American Journal of Cardiology. The ultimate reason of all to keep our hearts in good working order was voiced by Helen Keller: “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”

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Banishing Body-Image Blues How Teens Can Learn to Love Their Looks by Amber Lanier Nagle


any young women don’t feel comfortable in their own skin. A 21st-century global study sponsored by Unilever’s Dove brand found that 90 percent of girls from 15 to 17 years old wanted to change at least one aspect of their physical appearance, especially their body weight. University of Minnesota research following adolescents for 10 years showed that about half of the female participants had dieted in the previous year, twice the number of males. Tracy Anderson, a mother of two and fitness expert, has spent the last 18 years working with women seeking balance in their bodies. In her recent book, Total Teen: Tracy Anderson’s Guide to Health, Happiness, and Ruling Your World, she observes, “Teens are depleted from comparing themselves to the shapes of others and from scolding themselves: ‘I should be thinner, I should be able to fit in those pants, I should be in better shape.’ But looking good on the outside must start with feeling good on the inside.”

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Monitor Thoughts

Anderson believes we feel most happy and fulfilled and accomplish the most when our minds are calm, clear and alert. “If young women learn to connect with their mind, identify when their thoughts are anxious or stressed, and practice conscious breathing and meditating to regain a calm, centered state, they’ll be able to rebalance themselves for the rest of their lives,” she says. “By keeping a thought journal for a while and noticing when their thoughts have negative undertones, they can retrain their attitude.” Live a complaint-free day once each week. Every time a negative thought pops up, expel it and focus on a positive aspect of the idea or experience. Also invest a few moments each day feeling thankful for successful aspects of life. “After a while, these exercises become


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habitual,” says Anderson. “Happy, high-achieving people fill their minds with positive, uplifting thoughts, affirmations and sincere gratitude. It’s widely proven to work.”

Eat Well

“Most teens can eat junk food all day long and still wake up the next morning ready to take on the world,” Anderson says. But such an unhealthy routine “shapes eating patterns for the rest of their lives, eventually catching up with them.” She strongly believes every young woman should routinely ask herself, “Is this real food?” “A potato is a real food, or whole food, but instant mashed potatoes are processed. A fresh ear of corn is a whole food; corn chips are processed. If you want to feel strong and healthy and look great, eat whole foods,” says Anderson. Also, note how the body responds to eating specific foods. Here again, a journal can help. “Jot down how a food made you feel after 15 minutes, an hour and two hours. Are you alert

or sluggish? What signals are your stomach and brain sending? It’s useful information to make better ongoing food choices,” Anderson advises. She also advocates drinking plenty of water and eating organic foods when possible, and warns teens against skipping meals or snacks when their developing bodies feel the need for fuel.

Move More

For some teens, exercise movements don’t feel comfortable or natural, which hinders them from doing healthful exercise. “I’ve found that if a young woman practices exercises for a while privately, she’ll become more comfortable and confident over time,” says Anderson. “It’s like learning a foreign language, musical instrument or any skill. You master the basics first and build on them. With practice, you start feeling more at ease.” In her book, Anderson offers many step-by-step, illustrated workout moves designed to daily tone arms, legs and abs, and increase strength and flexibility. Many incorporate fun dance compo-

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nents that work well with music. “Regular exercise releases endorphins—the hormones that make us feel happier and better about ourselves,” she says. “For young women navigating the emotional ups and downs associated with menstrual cycles and puberty, exercise can be a lifesaver.” Whether it’s yoga, walking, martial arts, dancing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, climbing, skiing, gymnastics or tennis, teens need to find “some kind of movement and activity to become part of their everyday life.” A University of Wisconsin meta-analysis of 77 studies examining women’s body images suggests body dissatisfaction is a risk factor for eating disorders and a significant predictor of low self-esteem, depression and obesity. Helping young women build, strengthen or regain their positive body image and self-esteem works to empower a new generation and enables them to enjoy happier, healthier lives. Amber Lanier Nagle is a freelance writer in Northwest Georgia (

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Service Animals Train to Help People in Need by Sandra Murphy


ervice dogs help an aging population live full lives in spite of limitations, no matter the size, age or breed of dog. Plus, hundreds of thousands of canines make living with disabilities both possible and more pleasant.

The Rules “Service dogs don’t eat on duty, and should be on the floor, not put in a handbag or shopping cart,” advises Maggie Sims, project manager for the Rocky Mountain Americans with Disabilities Act Center, in Colorado Springs. “If the dog disrupts business, the person can be asked to remove the animal and then return. Emotional-support dogs are not provided for by the disabilities act, because the dog does not perform a specific task. “We get calls from people concerned about fake service dogs when owners try to bring them into places where pets generally aren’t allowed. Usually, they’re the ones that behave badly,” Sims says. Service

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Educating the Public A motorcycle accident left Matthew Smith dependent on using a wheelchair or crutches. An administrator at Comcast Cable, in Baltimore, Maryland, Smith relies on his pit bull, Jericho, to fetch dropped items, open doors and help him maintain balance. “Gravity is my specialty,” he jokes. “If I fall, he braces me so I can get up. Moving about stresses my shoulders, so Jericho pulls the wheelchair on days when I’m in pain.” Although working service dogs should not be petted or approached, Smith tells Jericho, “Go say ‘Hi,’” if someone asks to approach him. “Pit bulls have an undeserved bad reputation, so I’ll take a minute to let people meet him to change that perception. When Jericho is the subject of conversation, it also takes the spotlight off of me,” he says.

When someone brings a dog into a place of business, we can legally ask only two short questions: “Is this animal needed for a disability?” and “What tasks has the animal been trained to do in relation to the disability?”

Ohio. Wise has a neurological disease that affects her legs and makes her prone to falls. “Riley’s trained to bark for help if I am unable to get up,” she explains. “If barking fails, he’ll grab someone’s pant leg or shoelaces and pull in my direction. He’s small, but determined.” Michelle Renard, a stay-at-home mom in Woodstock, Georgia, relies on Mossy, a goldendoodle trained by Canine Assistants, in nearby Alpharetta, to detect high- and low-blood sugar levels. “She’s never wrong,” says Renard.

Comfort and Joy

Jericho was trained by Apryl Lea, a certified assistance dog trainer for the Animal Farm Foundation’s Assistance Dog Program, in Kingston, New York. She explains, “The pit bulls I train are from shelters, and must be good with people and other animals and be comfortable in social settings that match the person’s lifestyle.”

Overcoming Obstacles

“When a counter is too high, a service dog can pass money to the cashier. Dogs will pull a rope to open a heavy door. In the event of seizures or fainting, our dogs react based on location; at home, they find another family member, but in public, will stay with their person,” Lea says. The muscles of a patient with Parkinson’s disease may freeze while walking. Dogs brace against a resulting fall or touch the person to help unfreeze the muscles. Tethered to an autistic child, the dog provides distraction from repetitive behaviors like flapping hands or crying, while keeping the child in a safe area. Some dogs are trained to track the child, as well, in case of escape. Likewise, dogs can give Alzheimer’s disease patients a bit of freedom without getting lost.

Linda Blick, president and co-founder of Tails of Hope Foundation, in Orange County, New York, observes, “A veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder may not show outward symptoms, but have anxiety. Dogs are trained to turn on the lights, lick their person’s face or apply reassuring pressure by lying across their person’s chest to bring them out of night tremors. “One of our veterans was so uncomfortable in public, it was difficult for him to even speak to the veterinarian about his dog’s torn knee ligament,” Blick explains. “For the sake of the dog, he managed to discuss care, a big step for him.” As Sims states, “True service dogs literally give people with disabilities their lives back.” Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at

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TO CONTACT AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT CENTERS: Ten centers serve the U.S. and calls are directed to the one closest to the caller. Call 800-949-4232 or visit TO SUPPORT THE TAILS OF HOPE FOUNDATION: This nonprofit provides critical and life-saving help to veterans, first responders and search-and-rescue teams. Operating on donations, it covers the cost of purchasing a trained dog, as well as lifetime veterinary care when necessary. LEARN ABOUT DOGS TRAINED FOR SPECIAL CONDITIONS: Parkinson’s disease – Davis Phinney Foundation at ForParkinsons Disabled children – Alzheimer’s disease/dementia – Rover. com/canine-caregivers-dementia-alzheimers Sight-impaired – SAMPLE SERVICE-DOG VIDEOS: A pit bull-lab mix that saves a veteran having a seizure: SavesVeteran A pug that helps a veteran with post-traumatic stress: CalmsPTSD

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SELF-LOVE by Charlie Chaplin

Today, I know, this is AUTHENTICITY. As I began to love myself, I understood how much it can offend somebody as I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me. Today I call it RESPECT. As I began to love myself, I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow. Today I call it MATURITY. As I began to love myself, I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm.

Today I call it SELF-CONFIDENCE. As I began to love myself, I quit stealing my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future. Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm. Today I call it SIMPLICITY. As I began to love myself, I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health—food, people, things, situations and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today I know it is LOVE OF ONESELF. As I began to love myself, I quit trying to always be right, and ever since, I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is MODESTY. As I began to love myself, I refused to go on living in the past and worrying about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where everything is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it FULFILLMENT. As I began to love myself, I recognized that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. But as I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this connection WISDOM OF THE HEART. We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born. Today I know that is LIFE. Chaplin’s World museum, in Switzerland, opened in 2016 (


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s I began to love myself, I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Intro to Women’s Heart, Womb and Soul Healing – 7-9pm. Herbalist Cindy Hebbard will share ancient herbal and nutritional wisdom. Women’s spiritual teacher Lori O’Doherty will guide a vibrational raising activation for healing. Free. Private home in Woburn. 415-342-7738.

activities. Explore Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese traditions and enjoy music and dance performances including a Lion and Dragon Dance. Free. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston.

mark your calendar An Afternoon of Cooking with Melissa and Vital Proteins

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Motherhood Matters, Youth Brigade Health Fair – 10am-3pm. Discussion around matters of motherhood, a healthy lunch, a health fair presented by youth members. Free. Academy of Creative Arts, 12 A St, Burlington. 603-791-4911.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5 Know Thyself – 7:15-8:45pm. 3-part series. Meets on Mondays. The Enneagram with Hazel Johnson. A guided tour in discovering, confirming and verifying your personality, behaviors and habits. Free. Waltham Public Library, 735 Main St, Waltham. 781-314-3429.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 Guided Imagery for Heart Health: Benefit Event – 6:30-8pm. Imagery is the biological connection between the mind and body and provides effective ways to relax the body, calm the mind and resolve stressful situations. Donation. The Tam Center for Healing, 15 Cottage Ave, 5th Fl, Quincy Center. 781-340-2146.

Join us for our next workshop when our own Crunchy Mama Melissa will guide you through a delightful afternoon of cooking with Vital Proteins. Everyone will enjoy a hands-on experience making and eating a full meal consisting of 4 different delicious and healthy recipes using various Vital Proteins products. Vital Proteins offers a wide selection of collagen products that can be consumed in tea or coffee, and can also be added right into a meal. Learn how to add the benefits of collagen to a dish without changing the texture or flavor. Seating limited to 10 guests. Bring a friend. Recipes include a lovely lemon lavender chamomile tea, breakfast smoothie, hearty sausage and vegetable soup, and finishing with gluten-free donuts. Attendees will receive a discount coupon to use following class on all Vital Proteins item used in the recipes.

Sat., Feb. 10 • 11am-2pm

Cost: $30 781-893-3870

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 Ted Reinstein: General Stores of New England – 7-8pm. WCVB-TV reporter Ted Reinstein explores why the fabled general store became such a unique and iconic fixture in New England, how it has survived, and why it still matters. Free. Winchester Public Library, 80 Washington St, Winchester. 781-721-7171.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9 43rd Annual Boston SciFi Film Festival – Feb 9-19. Oldest genre fest in America. Traditional film festival followed by “The Marathon” a 24hr motion picture endurance test. Prices vary. Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Sq, Sommerville. 603-593-3610. More info:

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10 First Free Acupuncture Relaxation – 9am1pm. Relax, find relief and rest with Community Acupuncture. It’s a quiet environment, group setting with affordable prices. Taking insurance for further treatment, if covered. 18+ years experienced practitioner. Free. Joy Community Acupuncture, 335 Boylston St, Ste J3, Newton. 161-510-0559. Lunar New Year Celebration – 10am. Free admission to Boston’s MFA with plenty of fun family


Johnson Compounding and Wellness, 577 Main St, Waltham.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11 Reiki Level 1 Training & Certification – 9am-7pm. Training includes the Japanese reiki meditations, how to practice hands-on healing of self and others, the reiki precepts, reiki history, and how reiki promotes mindfulness and resiliency on all levels of your being. Comprehensive course manual, CEUs for nurses, social workers and LMTs. $150. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-244-8856. Music for Food, Season 8: Schubert’s Vienna/ Our Boston IV – 7:30pm. Musician-led initiative to fight hunger in their home communities. Artists volunteer their time and 100% of concert donations go to The Women’s Lunch Place. Free; suggested donation: $25/adult, $10/students. NEC’s Brown Hall, 290 Huntington Ave, Boston. More info:

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13 BEMER Workshop – 7:15-8:15pm. BEMER is designed to improve circulation supporting the body’s

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natural self-regulating processes. It enhances cardiac function, physical fitness, endurance, strength and energy, concentration, mental acuity, stress reduction and relaxation, and sleep management. Limited space. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. RSVP: 617964-3332.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17 Clean Teeth, Fresh Kisses - 11am-2pm. February is National Pet Dental Health Month. Visit any Especially for Pets store for a special dental health awareness event for pets. Furry friends are always welcome. There will be giveaways, raffles and a chance to win a $200 store gift card! Free. Especially for Pets, all locations.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18 Explore the Traveling Tidepool – 1-3pm. The New England Aquarium visits and will bring all kinds of creatures from New England’s waters. Free. BCYF Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 S St, Jamaica Plain. 617-635-5195.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Neurofeedback: Brain Training at its Best! Psychological, Neurological, Cognitive Correction – 7-8:30pm. A free educational lecture by Dr. Jolene Ross concerning easy, effective, safe, and durable brain training for executive functioning, ADHD, memory, attention, anxiety, and depression as well as many other neurologically based disorders of the brain. Research will be presented. Free. Milton Public Library, 476 Canton Ave, Milton. 781-4449115.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23 New England Home Show – Feb 23-25. Hundreds of products and services exhibited in one convenient space including green energy options, talk to the experts and collect business cards and brochures for follow-up. $12/adults, free/under 17. Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, South Boston Waterfront. More info:

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24 The Incredible Dr. You Workshop – 3-4pm. This first of 2 workshops breaks down the basics of Network Spinal Analysis, the method of chiropractic used at Newton Chiropractic. Get more out of your adjustments and enlighten yourself on just how incredible your body is at healing itself. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. RSVP: 617-964-3332.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25 Reiki Level II Training & Certification – 9am-7pm. Learn to practice with 3 symbols and mantras, as well as specific healing processes. This training can be a gateway to a professional reiki practice. CEUs for social workers, nurses and LMTs. Comprehensive course manual and ongoing support in your practice provided. Inquire regarding tuition discounts that are applicable. $300. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-244-8856.

Chinese New Year Parade and China Cultural Village – 10am-5pm. Celebrate the start of the Year of the Dog with a parade featuring lion dances, drums and firecrackers. Cultural villages featuring calligraphy, dough characters, dance, music, origami, balloons and more. Free. Philips Square & Beach St, Chinatown, Boston. More info: Internal Wellness Centre Open House – 1-5pm. Cupping demo, bio-identical hormone therapy, Thermiva & the Oshot, guest speaker Dr. Mark Lowney, mesotherapy radiofrequency/Venus Viva Moxibustion, colon hydrotherapy, tea ceremony, Q&A, refreshments. Limited space. Free. Internal Wellness Center, 150 Wood Rd, Ste 403, Braintree. 781-228-6915. RSVP by Feb 17: Liz@

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26 Restorative Deep Winter Detox – 7:30-9:30pm. With Jacqui Bonwell. Focused on invigorating some of the dormant, healing energy housed in the hips and spine. A calculated restorative sequence with a component of mindfulness. Dial it back a little and give your healing longevity. $35. Revolution Community Yoga, 537 Massachusetts Ave, Acton. 978-274-5596.



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Transformation Through BREEMA

Ready to invite joy in? Hosted by Julie McGrath of The Joy Source. Take this time to refresh your spirit, reconnect with your dreams and allow yourself to feel joy!

March 24-25

Cost: $250/double, $335/single occupancy. 978-587-7324

Timeless, yet down-to-earth and practical, Breema uses nurturing touch, tension-relieving stretches, and rhythmic movements to catalyze ongoing and revolutionary changes in your relationship to yourself, your life and other people. As your mind, feelings and body become more unified, harmonious and natural, you begin to discover the real meaning of health and harmony with existence and a greater potential to live a more purposeful and meaningful life.

Ashworth by the Sea, 295 Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH. 978-587-7324.

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daily Quincy Market History Tour – 11am, daily; 6pm, Wed; 2pm, Sat. Learn about Quincy Market’s central and ever-evolving role in Boston’s history. Meet guide by Pulse Café on South Market St. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market, Boston. 617-523-1300.

sunday Celebration Service – 10-11:15am. Meditation, 9:45am. Service followed by fellowship. Free. Center for Spiritual Living of Greater Boston, 50 Dudley St, Cambridge. 617-947-2743. SoWa Vintage Market – 10am-4pm. Designers, collectors, appreciators of the beautiful and unusual love this market. A cool, urban, vintage flea market featuring fresh vintage and designer finds every week. Free. SoWa Vintage Market, 450 Harrison Ave, Boston. Vinyl Sundays at Short Path Distillery – 1-6pm. Bring your favorite LP and we’d be happy to spin it on the tasting room stereo system, or choose from our selection. Free. Short Path Distillery, 71 Kelvin St, Unit 2, Everett. Kirtan: The Music of Spirituality – 7-9pm. 2nd Sun. Charlie Braun’s music is a creative outpouring of reflective melodies, sweet harmonies, inthe-groove rhythms and the space in between. Donation. Eastover Estate & Retreat Center, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-264-5139.

monday Anxiety and Panic Support Group – 5:30pm. 1st Mon. A group designed to offer a place where people with common interests and experience can meet. People who have been through, or are going through, a similar circumstance can do more than sympathize with you, they can relate to what you are going through and keep you from feeling alone. Free. Washington St, Newton. 617-849-3198. EasYoga – 6-7:30pm. Relax, re-energize and revitalize. Walk-ins welcome. First class free. The Well Street Station, 62 Mt Auburn St, Watertown. 617-923-1440.

tuesday Noon Concerts on the Freedom Trail – 12:15pm. Stop by to hear a 30-40-min concert. Performers vary each week and perform a wide variety of music


ranging from jazz to folk, medieval to modern. $3 suggested donation. King’s Chapel, 64 Beacon St, Boston. 617-227-2155. Open Meditation – 7-8:15pm. A supportive environment with 45 mins of shamatha sitting. Appropriate for all levels with several breaks and a brief inspirational video. Free. Rigpa Boston, 24 Crescent St, Ste 308, Waltham. 619-906-4291.

wednesday Ton Ren Healing Class – 9-10am. Release blockages to restore the body’s natural healing ability. Powerful distance healing method developed by Tom Tam, LAc, utilizing acupoints and the unconscious universal commonality. Donations accepted. Portal Crystal Gallery, 489 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington Center, Arlington. 857-928-0513. Free Tour of Symphony Hall – 4pm select Wed. Also 2pm select Sat. Join volunteers on a behindthe-scenes tour and hear about the hall and the history and traditions of the famed musicians and conductors. Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave, Boston. For available dates & times: 617-638-9390. Endometriosis Sommerville: An Endometriosis Support Group – 6-7pm. New support group for endometriosis survivors to thrive in community. Free or donation. More info: EndometriosisSommerville. Museum of Fine Arts Free Wednesdays – 6-9pm. An opportunity to sketch from live models

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and/or from objects in their collections. A drawing instructor provides insights on drawing technique and the artist-model relationship as it informs the creation of artwork. MFA, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston. 617-267-9300. Support Group for Spouses and Family Members of Breast Cancer Patients and Survivors – 6:30pm. 3rd Wed. Do you keep your questions, concerns or fears to yourself? Have you wished there were others you could talk with who have been in your shoes? Please join us for our monthly support group led by the husband of a breast cancer survivor. Free. Generations Healing Center, 250 Main St, Oxford. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Weekly Meeting – 7-8:30pm. Free 12-step program for food addiction. There is a solution. Do you, or someone you know, struggle with issues with food, weight or body image? Weekly meetings open to anyone. Free. St. Brigid’s Parish Center, 1995 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington. 617-610-3748. Public Open Night at the Observatory – 7:30pm, Fall/Winter; 8:30pm, Spring/Summer. A chance to come observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars and see things you otherwise might not get to see. Held most Wed evenings throughout the year, weather permitting. Free. Coit Observatory at Boston University, 725 Commonwealth Ave, Boston. 617-353-2630. Let’s Laugh Today Laughter Yoga – 7:308:30pm. 1st Wed. Any age and any level of physical ability can enjoy this unique exercise of laughter and clapping combined with gentle breathing that brings more oxygen to the body’s

cells. Free. Meetinghouse of the First Universalist Society, 262 Chestnut St, Franklin. 508-660-2223. Bones for Life Class – 7:30-8:45pm. Easy movement class based on the Feldenkrais Method. Bones for Life process is designed to improve posture and bone density. Discover a spring in your step. $20/drop-in or ask about promo price. Easy Does It Movements, 19 Mystic St, Arlington. 617875-6041.

thursday Free Night at the ICA – 5-9pm. The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston. Assabet Valley Holistic Mom’s Group – 7-8:30pm. 2nd Thurs. A nonprofit organization that is gender neutral, open to the public. LGBT, singles, couples, marriages, teachers, professionals and individuals are welcome. Free. Maynard Public Library, 77 Nason St, Maynard. More info: 978-908-7870. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Meeting – 7-8:30pm. Are you having trouble controlling what you eat? A twelve-step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating or bulimia. Free. Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Johnson Conference Room, 170 Governor’s Ave, Medford. 617-583-2901. SRR Thursday Night 4.06 Miler – 7:15-8:15pm. It may be raining. It may be hot or cold. The SRR Thursday night run will happen every week, no matter what. Free. Casey’s Bar, 171 Broadway, Somerville. Shift from Dis-Ease to Ease – 7:30-9pm. 2nd Thurs. Cancer? Be supported in how to manage your anxiety and explore how the interactions of your beliefs and feelings can have profound effects on your health and well-being. Presented by, Sonny Rose, MA, Founding Director of The Healing Beyond Cancer. Bring pen and paper. Free. Roots and Wings Healing Center, 317 N Main St, Natick. 978-369-7733. 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. 617-495-7461. CFA.

friday 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. 617-926-4968. Blood Pressure Screenings – 10am-12pm. 1st Fri. Free blood pressure screenings in front of the Old Country Buffet. Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968. Second Fridays – 5-8pm. Free with admission 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. SoWa First Fridays – 5-9pm. 1st Fri. Over 60 galleries south of Washington St and at the Artist’s Guild, nearby businesses and restaurants open their doors to give you a chance to experience the vibrant South End arts community. Free. Start at 450 Harrison Ave, follow gallery lights around the neighborhood. Monthly Community Reiki Clinic – 7-8:45pm. 1st Fri. Make an appointment for a 30-min reiki session. Appointment times are 7-7:30pm, 7:358:05pm & 8:10-8:40pm. $10. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-244-8856.

saturday EasYoga – 9-10:30am. Relax, re-energize and revitalize. Walk-ins welcome. First class free. The Well Street Station, 62 Mt Auburn St, Watertown. 617-923-1440. The Marketplace at Simpson Spring – 10am2pm. Includes farmers, bakers, artisans and local entrepreneurs. Stop in to browse or take in our featured entertainment, local authors, educational seminars and lecturers. 719 Washington St, South Easton. Let’s Laugh Today Laughter Yoga – 11am12pm. 2nd Sat. Any age and any level of physical ability can enjoy this unique exercise of laughter and clapping combined with gentle breathing that brings more oxygen to the body’s cells. Free. Unitarian Church of Sharon, 4 N Main St, Sharon. 508-660-2223.

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communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural health care and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide, email to request our media kit.




Dianne Kosto, Founder & CEO 132 Central St, Ste 205A, Foxboro 844-272-4666

Helping patients return to health with acupuncture, ear therapy, cupping, guasha and acupressure, Quan’s expertise lies in the areas of chronic and acute pain, allergy, digestive conditions, stress related problems, headaches, migraines, anxiety, depression, neurological disorders, respiratory issues, supportive treatment for cancer, fertility, reproductive health, women’s health and difficult-to-treat conditions in conventional medicine. See ad, page 2.

Natural solutions to ADHD, autism, migraines, memory loss and mental fatigue do exist. SYMMETRY is helping families increase grades in school, become more productive at work, manage emotions with calmness and security, and regain their health. Book a free consultation at

Quan Zhou, LicAc, Nutritionist 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919


Kristine Jelstrup, CMFT, CBK, LMT 126 Prospect St, Ste 5, Cambridge, 02139 617-833-3407 Kristine@CentralSquareHealthAnd Achieve optimal health physically, emotionally, nutritionally. Kristine uses a form of muscle response testing to identify and clear nervous system interference, facilitating optimal health. See ad, page 9.


Kim Childs 1025 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA 02476 617-640-3813 Need help clarifying and manifesting your desires? Asking “What’s next?” or “What do I really, really want?” Kim is a certified life and career coach specializing in Positive Psychology, creativity, and spiritual living to help clients create more joyful and fulfilling lives. Consultations are free via phone/Skype or in person.


We are an integrative holistic center, with a caring team of Network Spinal Analysis chiropractors, massage therapists, Shiatsu and reiki practitioners and a Wellness Coach. See ads, pages 3 and 7.


ADVANCED NEUROTHERAPY, PC Jolene Ross, PhD 781-444-9115

Specializing in Neurotherapy, an effective, drug-free treatment for: attention, behavior, emotional, and executive function problems, autistic spectrum, anxiety, depression, postconcussion, peak performance and more. See ad, page 8.



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Looking to improve an area of your life or to heal a personal/ business relationship? I can assist you in discovering a new path forward. My specialties: family dynamics, personal/work relationships and career development.


Katryn Miller, MEd, LMT, Colon Hydrotherapist 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919 Katryn has always held a deep desire to learn about the body and how it works. After many years of running her own business, Katryn joined Groton Wellness to help others with Colon Hydrotherapy. She holds a training certificate on the Libbe Colon Hydrotherapy Device. See ad, page 2.


Liz Marcano-Pucillo 150 Wood Rd, Ste 403, Braintree, MA 02184 781-228-6915 Receive professional colon hydrotherapy by a national board-certified therapist using the Angel of Water system. The most comfortable and private system in the industry. See ad, page 35.



Stephen Bernardi 577 Main St, Waltham, MA 02452 781-893-3870 • Fax: 781-899-1172


978-378-3048 An at-home collection service that turns food scraps into soil to grow more fresh food. Meat and dairy acceptable. Call today to learn more. See ad, page 35.


JCW is the only sterile and non-sterile PCABaccredited 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, back page.




401 Great Plain Ave, Needham, MA 02492 781-449-0550

1842 Beacon St, Ste 305, Brookline, MA 617-868-1516

Familyowned and -operated since 1960, we have evolved from a traditional pharmacy to a worldwide compounding and nutritional resource. Our unique one-on-one patient consultations produce a full understanding of your health needs. You, your physician, and one of our compounding pharmacists work as partners to ensure that you will receive the best care possible.


Acton Pharmacy 563 Massachusetts Ave, Acton, MA 01721 978-263-3901 Keyes Drug 2090 Commonwealth Ave Newton, MA 02466 617-244-2794 West Concord Pharmacy 1212 Main St, Concord, MA 01742 978-369-3100 For more than a quarter of a century, Dinno Health has been a trusted provider of pharmacy services and is committed to providing the highest quality of individualized care for each customer. At our three independent pharmacies we offer prescriptions, compounded medications, medical supplies, homeopathic remedies, vitamins and vaccines. See ad, page 10.

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 6.

GROTON WELLNESS – FAMILY DENTISTRY & ORTHODONTICS, MEDICAL, SPA, CAFÉ 493-495 Main St (Off Rte 119) Groton, MA 01450 978-449-9919

Groton Wellness is a vibrant center for health and healing consisting of Holistic Family Dentistry & Orthodontics, an Integrative Medical Practice, a therapeutic detoxification spa, and a clean food, farm-to-table café—all working together to provide exceptional community health care. We also offer exciting talks, cleanses, classes and events, many of which are free to the community. Groton Wellness uses IV therapy, nutrition management, herbal medicine, bio-identical hormone balancing, EAV testing, colon hydrotherapy, acupuncture and many other holistic therapies to treat patients from head-to-toe. We have enormous success treating chronic health issues such as Lyme disease, cancer, diabetes, hormonal imbalance, mold, internal toxicity and more. See ad, page 2.

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Specializing in natural solutions to healing pre-diabetes and diabetes support. Coping and healthy living strategies. Offering on-site workshops for businesses and organizations and individual coaching. See ad, page 33.


512 Main St, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 Call now to receive Divine healing energy to release pain from your heart, soul, body and allow for love and joy to enter your life. See ad, page 10.

HEALTH COACH YOUR WELLNESS SCOUT Kirsten Wright-Cirit 919-593-2943

Your Wellness Scout provides coaching, resources, and tips to set wellness goals and integrate sustainable solutions and practices without tipping the work, life, family balance.


12 Pelham Terrace, Arlington, MA 781-646-6319 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 13.

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HORMONE BALANCING BELLA NATURAL HEALTH Dawna Jones, MD, FACOG 99 Longwater Cir, Ste 100 Norwell, MA 02061 781-829-0930

Board-certified MD in gynecology and integrative medicine. Hormone balancing, nutrition and detoxification are keys to optimal health. See ad, page 9.


Irina Serebryakova, Holistic, NP 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919 Irina is trained in holistic modalities such as weight management, whole body detoxification, nutraceuticals, essential oils, spiritual medical intuition and kinesiology. Irina’s training extends to endocrine disorders such as hypothyroidism, adrenal insufficiency, depression, anxiety and sex hormone deficiencies. She also practices holistic gynecology, bio-identical hormone restoration, neurotherapy, endocrine disorders and ozone therapy. See ad, page 2.


Services include: (John of God) Crystal Bed Healing with Crystal Singing Bowls; Sound Healing; Sound Healing with Reiki; Reiki. Release stress, reduce pain, boost your immune system, lower blood pressure, more energy, clarity of thought. sessions and appropriate referrals where necessary.


A full-service integrative veterinary clinic offering caring and healthful options and mod- alities like acupuncture, functional nutrition, homeopathy, chiropractic, herbs, ozone therapy, surgery and dentistry. See ad, page 29.



Rose Siple, Certified Hypnotherapist 774-991-0574


98 Parmenter Rd, Framingham, MA 01701 508-838-1101 Lyme requires a mutli-dimensional approach. With the use of Quantum Reflex Analysis, Zyto, and nutritional support we can identify the Lyme, its supporting bacteria and remediate them. Returning the person to one’s health. See ad, page 13.

Transform yourself and achieve your goals through the transformative healing process of hypnotherapy. Aren’t you tired of talking about it and thinking about it? We specialize in Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis for weight loss. Call today. See ad on page 11.


Deep-tissue, medical, sports, Swedish and therapeutic massage, shiatsu, reiki & hydromassage in a full-service Wellness Center also featuring chiropractic, acupuncture, Facial Rejuvenation, Facelift Acupuncture and detox footbath. See ads, pages 3 and 7.


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Alison Shaw APRN, LMT, CEH 109 Massachusetts Ave Lexington, MA 02420 781-646-0686 An innovative blend of bodycentered counseling, integrative bodywork and energy medicine to uncover and release bodymind patterns that limit your life and health. See ad, page 20.

BOSTON BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE 1371 Beacon St, Ste 304-305 Brookline, MA 02446 617-232-2435 Ext 0

Boston Behavioral Medicine promotes a holistic view of health using integrative mind-body psychotherapy, stress management, and nutritional services, and strives for the balance of mental, physical, social and spiritual well-being.


Grace Ramsey-Coolidge, LMHC 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919 Grace Ramsey-Coolidge is a Heart-and Energy-Based Psychotherapist who practices process-oriented care that focuses on the interactions between the mind, body and spirit to target the root cause of issues using kinesiology and energetic medicine. A Reiki Master, she teaches meditation techniques, energetic medicine classes and chakra seminars. See ad, page 2.


98 Parmenter Rd, Framingham, MA 01701 508-838-1101 Through a mutli-modatlity approach, Peter’s practice utilizes the wisdom of ancient knowledge with the science of modern day. Addressing the person’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs that will support the client’s health or return to health. See ad, page 13.



Johnson Compounding and Wellness 781-893-3870 Dr. Gary Kracoff provides guidance and in-depth consultative services to find the “why” to what is happening physically and mentally, working with individuals to restore balance in the body. Specializes in customizing medications to meet individualized needs of patients, and he suggests nutritional supplements, natural products and homeopathic remedies to aid in faster healing and recovery See ad, back page.


Whole Family Wellness, LLC 29 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02116 781-721-4585 Naturopathic Medicine since 2006. Dr. Layton provide safe, effective, complementary and alternative natural therapies to achieve vibrant health in people of all ages.

324 Central St, Newton 02466 617-244-8856 Providing you with reiki healing sessions, reiki meditation, and reiki training to support you in reaching your goals of mind-body-spirit wellness and wholeness.


Susan Shaw Saari, Lic.Ac., CCT, MEd, MAOM, Diplomate in Acupuncture (NCCAOM) 781-899-2121, A clinical imaging technique that records thermal patterns of the body to help diagnose and monitor pain or pathology in any part of the body. See ad, page 14.


160 School St, Ste 1-1, Waltham, MA 508-335-3814 Healing for body, mind and spirit. Yoga, reiki, meditation, crystal healing and life coaching are used to activate your body’s natural healing response.



Certified Alexander Technique Teacher; Certified Thai Yoga Therapist 33A Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445 617-359-7841 Your yoga can release or create tension depending on the quality of your daily movements. Learn to let your postural mechanism work for you and notice excess body tension ease away on-and-off the mat.

98 Parmenter Rd, Framingham, MA 01701 508-838-1101

NUTRITION COACHING OLIVIA NAPOLI WELLNESS Olivia Napoli Boston, MA 917-576-4078 OliviaNapoli.ccom

What if you could look and feel your best every single day? It’s possible. As an Integrative Nutrition Coach, I specialize in healthy eating and lifestyle, including one-on-one nutrition coaching, corporate wellness, group health programs, weight loss, cooking demos and more.

Peter offers every 1st and 3rd Tuesday evening meditation at 7pm. Once a month Peter offers sweat lodge. Both are for those who seek to find awareness for the heart and soul. See ad, page 13.



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Ready to radically improve your sex and love life, with or without a partner? Cutting-edge holistic sex, relationship and intimacy coaching, energy and bodywork for your sexual healing and empowerment. In person and/or Skype. See ad, page 8.


34 Lincoln St, Newton Highlands 617-633-3654 Are you stressed from the pressure of your job, home life, kids or an illness? Do you want to feel calm and relaxed? Experience reiki. Certified Reiki Master/Teacher with over 20 years’ experience in energy medicine providing pure Usui Reiki healing/relaxation sessions.

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Natural Awakenings Boston February 2018  

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