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t’s an experience of something new. You either take to it with ease, jump right in and enjoy the ride, or you’re skeptical about every little nuance.” “That this is a first is open to debate, yet a demonstrable way has been found to immediately shift personal limitation to a better state.” “The end result is that complex (health) challenges, limitations, blocks and dilemmas resolve with a stunning simplicity, without years of therapy, medication and expense - and it feels quite freeing within seconds, an immediate and tangible change says Dr. Neal Smookler.” What Smookler is describing is a fascinating method that resets the pineal gland in the brain back to it’s youth. “It seems as if you are growing younger; that was dumbfounding to me in those early days, still is.” At 52, Smookler has been ‘resetting’ Bostonian’s for close to a quarter-century now. Smookler is serious about his work and others take him seriously, despite his smiling hazel eyes and youthful looks. After receiving his doctorate from the prestigious Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, he moved back to Boston, but within just a few years was introduced to what would become his life’s work. “After my first pineal

gland-brain reset, I was, uh... humming. I was literally resonating in what I can only describe as an insulated cocoon of warmth, openess and peace. It felt like a valium taking effect while in a flotation tank. I felt like my mind, my body, even my cells went through a decompression. It was like nothing I had ever experienced. Life began to take on a bit of a magical view that I hadn’t felt before. I remember waking up one night because I was so happy.” “As much as I loved chiropractic - I couldn’t turn away from my experience. So with a warm, fuzzy feeling I said goodbye to my past incarnation as a D.C. and discontinued all chiropractic activity in the early 90’s.” So just what was this discovery? “In a sense, “water-wings” for dissolving personal limitation.” “Inside your head is a mechanism, the pineal gland (its shape resembling a tiny pine cone, hence its name) which is located near the center of the brain, tucked in a groove where the two rounded thalamic bodies join.” “This pineal mechanism, is in essence, a reset button.” “I want to be very clear; it’s not there by accident. We’re all hard wired by Mother Nature this way. I was personally trained twenty-two years ago, by the professions founder, Dr. Virgil Chrane, to know where the mechanism is located, and exactly how to properly activate it.” One present model suggests that the pineal gland in the brain has the ability to create a piezoelectric charge when it is deformed. In physics, a piezo-

electric charge is a ‘spark’ created as the result of an applied compression (pineal reset) on a crystalline structure (pineal gland.) With the participant lying face up on a specially designed table, Dr. Smookler performs a very unique “hiccup” movement of the head. The compression (‘hiccup’ ) causes the pineal gland to deform and then reshape - resulting in the conceptual spark. In mere nanoseconds, neurons begin to fire spreading the potential throughout both brain hemispheres, triggering the reset. The grip of the fightor-flight response, which is really a low level state of alarm or shock (i.e. diminished function and limitation) is released. Energy previously misappropriated is reclaimed to address any challenge, block or limitation health or otherwise. “What I believe the pineal-reset is accomplishing is bringing a person out of shock by enabling the brain to override the daily ‘emergency stand-by’ mode, like an ‘all clear’ signal prompting the brain to begin a series of systems checks.” “As the pineal gland unfreezes, the brain and nervous system reset back to our original blueprint, cellular DNA. Now, instead of accessing a corrupted copy of a copy of our blueprint, experienced as diminished potential - the original, clean blueprint is read (function is enhanced.”) Movement, in even the most difficult cases is believed to stem from Dr. Smookler’s two tiered approach - increasing function while dissolving limitation. He also notes that a

significant part of his success is due to something Virgil taught him early on; to infuse every reset with that something extra, that intangible ... presence, intent and love. Something Neal has never forgotten. When asked what he

enjoys most about that work - Smookler hesitates for a moment, then as if the answer was there all along he replies, “people often come with a sadness, an emptiness. After a re-set, the light returns, you can see it in their eyes, that spark.”

For the last quarter-century, Dr. Neal Smookler has maintained a successful family-oriented wellness care practice in Massachusetts. He has held certification from Alphabiotics International since 1992. Neal received his Doctorate in Chiropractic from The Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in December 1988. He holds a Chiropractic license from both the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of California. Neal received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Boston College in June 1985. Neal considers Dr. Virgil Chrane as his primary teacher. He was trained personally by Virgil - logging hundreds of hours (and miles) in the two plus decades he has studied and refined it. Neal credits the original principles and philosophy (as well as a little secret) that Virgil mentored him in, as an intrinsic component of his success. Very few grasp those core teachings of Dr. Chrane, even fewer ever attain Virgil’s mastery, his “je ne sais quoi.” Dr. Smookler made a commitment to this great man twenty-two years ago to carry on his work undiluted and without compromise. With a background in orthopedics and neurology and the safety and comfort of the patient being paramount, Dr. Smookler has delivered the pineal-reset safely over 200,000 times in the last twenty two years - an unparalleled accomplishment. Neal’s work has been featured in The Newbury Street Guide, The Improper Bostonian, City Magazine, Sacred Pathways Magazine, Spirit of Change Magazine as well as on WBZ, WZBC & WATD. He lives and practices in Massachusetts.

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ike most other Natural Awakenings publishers, the first person I encountered in exploring this publishing opportunity was John R. Voell, company co-founder. As ‘Chief Visionary’, he catalyzed the vision for CEO Sharon Bruckman to reach beyond the original healthy living, healthy planet magazine she established in Southwest Florida in 1994. By 1999, the two partners were piloting their first franchise and soon began the process of seeding local Natural Awakenings editions across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico. Gradually spreading throughout Florida, up the East Coast and then westward, many new magazines were established by those picking up a copy while visiting being inspired to bring Natural Awakenings back to their own communities. Together, the larger publishing family now applies this awesome vehicle to sharing positive, cutting-edge messages relating to natural health and wellness and sustainable living with 3.8 million readers each month. I am glad that during a turning point in my own personal evolution I chose to step beyond my comfort zone to take the leap of faith needed to bring Natural Awakenings to Greater Boston in April, 2011. The first thing John said to me after signing up was, “You have no idea what you have just done.” He explained that my life was going to change dramatically through the relationships that would inevitably follow. I would be forced to grow… and boy was he right! Our dear friend John passed last month and we are honoring him as we continue to appreciate his contribution to all our lives. How fitting that November’s themes of Personal Growth and Mindfulness reflect the passion he exemplified daily for moving self-reflection into outward actions helping others. Without him, Natural Awakenings of Boston would not exist. I hope you will continue to enjoy the magazine each month for many years to come.

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Tips for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep The human body and mind recover during sleep, making a good night’s rest imperative to good health. Learn 10 ways to get a better night’s sleep.

newsbriefs Free Teleclass Explores Illness as a Teacher for Healing


lison Shaw, an integrative nurse practitioner, licensed massage therapist and founder of Bodymind Resourcing, in Arlington, presents a free teleclass for those interested in exploring illness as a teacher for healing. The class takes place from 7 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, December 4, via telephone. Shaw says that this approach can be a powerful adjunct to current healing modalities and useful for both minor symptoms and major illnesses. “Many healing tradiAlison Shaw, NP, LMT tions since ancient times have viewed illness as a symbol of underlying imbalances in body, mind and soul,” she says. “Instead of fighting to ‘beat’ our symptoms, we can learn what’s needed to heal the root causes of disease by pausing to listen on a deeper level to our ‘bodymind.’” Teleclass participants will learn about the body-mind connection and experience a guided visualization to explore messages that are waiting to be heard within their own bodymind. “I’m also offering participants a free, 50-minute private call with me and a downloadable MP3 of my body dialogue exercise, Your Symptoms are Trying to Tell You Something,” says Shaw. Shaw has more than 25 years of experience working with clients. She has developed an integrative therapy known as Bodymind Resourcing to help people discover and release the underlying bodymind patterns that keep them in illness and pain. Cost: Free. To register, visit or call 781-646-0686. See ad on page 11 and Resource Guide on page 45.

Family Fitness Classes at Sarah’s School of Martial Arts


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arah’s School of Martial Arts, in Arlington, is offering additional classes and fun for the whole family with it’s new SSOMA Fitness program. In addition to martial arts classes, the school now offers two Zumba classes on Fridays from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. for kids and families, and from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for adults. Adult cardio kickboxing classes at Sarah’s School take place every Tuesday at 9 a.m. and Thursday from 7:15 to 8 p.m. This high intensity class teaches basic kickboxing moves using bag work, focus pad work, light sparring and other choreographed routines. The variety of new programs offers family members the chance to participate in physical activities together or apart. Sarah’s School is also making a special offer available to Natural Awakenings readers. New members who mention this news brief and the code NATAWA receive a free month’s membership upon signing up. Location: 1100 Massachusetts Ave., 3rd Flr, Arlington. For more information, call 781-641-0262 or visit See ad on page 29.

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Dr. Iveta Iontcheva-Barehmi DMD, MS, D.Sc. Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi is an accomplished dentist and specialist in Periodontics and Implants. She has a firm belief that our bodies are very intelligent. All the body organs and systems are interconnected and related to each other (the teeth and the mouth are part of and related to the whole body). Our bodies are perfect self-sustainable systems, capable of self-healing and self-regeneration. Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi has expertise in the areas of Biological, Physiological Dentistry and Integrative Periodontal Medicine and Implants, Lasers and Energy Medicine. Miracle Bite Tabs™ (MBT) Miracle Bite Tabs™ (MBT) and and Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) are used to treat Dental Distress Syndrome. Your teeth and jaws are an extension of your brain and spinal cord. Any imbalances caused by improper alignment of the jaw can play a major role in pain syndromes and chronic diseases. Head and Neck Pain Management Scenar, a non-invasive treatment device, is the only real time biofeedback device that will find what is wrong with your body and stimulate self-healing through electro stimulation and “conversation” with the control systems of the body (CNS Integrative Periodontal Medicine-Periodontal Spa The majority of the dental and periodontal procedures in Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi’s office are laser assisted. She has Biolase MD, the most versatile laser, which can be utilized to work with the gums and the teeth, implants and root canals. The discomfort is minimal to none and the healing is speededup. The procedures are often combined with a low level laser and Scenar, which give additional boost to the healing and removing discomfort.

Vitamin C electrophoreses is a unique method used in Europe to prevent recession, boost collagen synthesis, support and increase the blood circulation leading to firming the gingiva and discontinuing the signs of aging and bleeding. It is part of the integrative protocol for treatment and prophylaxes of periodontitis. Zirconia Solution to Titanium Implant If you are allergic or sensitive to other metals Bio-ceramic (zirconia) implants might be an option for you. Dr. IontchevaBarehmi is certified to place zirconia implants, you don’t need to travel to Europe anymore. Ozone Treatment Ozone is a powerful oxidizer and kills effectively bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites. Oxygen ozone therapy can be applied as an adjunctive therapy in treatment of periodontitis (periodontal disease), in arresting and reversing carious lesions in initial stage, reversal of initial pulp inflammation in deep carious lesions, treatment of dentinal hypersensitivity. The methods applied are efficacious with no toxicity or side effects. Perio-Protect Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi is certified to use the Perio-protect methodone of the best prophylactic methods for periodontal disease, and subsequently for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some other conditions. Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry Your amalgam fillings contain not only poisonous mercury but they cause cracks in your tooth structure and can lead to tooth loss. Defective amalgam fillings are removed safely following the IAOMT protocol, Including spa treatments for detoxification and the newest form of noninjectable Vitamin C with comparable absorption. Anxiety and dental phobias are rarely experienced in the Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi’ s practice. Meditation, breathing techniques, homeopathy, EFT technique, hypnotherapy are all used, so you can be comfortable and love coming to your dentist. To schedule your comprehensive exam and share the excitement of a healthy smile call:


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newsbriefs Fourth Annual Local Craft Brewfest on the Boston Waterfront


he fourth annual Local Craft Brewfest takes place from 6 to 9:30 p.m., Friday, November 22, at the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse, on the Boston waterfront. The event, sponsored by the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN), showcases local craft brewers, distilleries, cideries and artisan craft beverages produced in New England. The festival will be held inside the courthouse and feature live music, a view of Boston Harbor and more than 50 local tastings and local food bites to sample. General admission includes a special extended tasting period from 3 to 6:30 p.m., unlimited tastings from participating vendors and producers, bite-sized food samples from local food vendors, a festival guide listing all vendors and a compostable tasting cup. All attendees must be 21 years of age or older and present a valid ID to enter the courthouse premises. Proceeds from the event help to support the Boston Local Food Program. Cost: $45, or a pair of tickets for $85. Location: John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way, Boston. For tickets and more information, call 617-395-0250 or visit

Energy Theater Combines Neuroscience, Comedy and Music to Teach Life Lessons


alter Ness, producer and director of Energy Theater, presents Turn It Around from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, November 2, at the Unity Church of Somerville. Ness says the performance combines comedy, music and mystical experiences to help people understand and respond differently to situations that may reoccur in life. “Even though things in life repeat themselves, it does not mean that our response has to stay the same,” says Ness. “We’ll present real-life situations and show how to change them with what might appear as outrageous responses.” This event is a fundraiser to benefit Unity Somerville, for which Ness and his cast have performed to standing ovations in the past. “We take energy, laughter club concepts and neuroscience and put it on stage,” says Ness. “It’s like an energy workshop intensive in which the audience gets taken to altered states with laughter as the vehicle.” Cost: $10 suggested donation. Location: Unity Somerville, 6 William St., Somerville. For more information, call 617-6285558 or visit See ad on page 23.

newsbriefs New Book Offers Tips on ‘Creating Life’s Potential Today’


agona Papadopoulos, a holistic health coach and GAPS practitioner with a master’s degree in acupuncture, announces the publication of her new book, Soul Ingredients: Creating Life’s Potential Today. The book distills more than 70 concepts for wellbeing, including healing modalities, nutrition and the power of thoughts to influence reality. Soul Ingredients includes interviews with such thought leaders as Bob Proctor, Dr. Dave Smiley, Peggy McColl, Mary Morrissey and Gay Hendricks. “This book reflects my own journey of transformation,” says Papadopoulos. “I was once addicted to sugar and living in fear and negativity until my body woke me up with an 11-pound cyst on my abdomen that made me look seven months pregnant. Once it was removed, I was guided to write a book, sharing the ingredients that now infuse my vibrant, joyful and peaceful life.” Soul Ingredients offers readers many options for creating their own transformational journeys, with gentle questions and suggestions that invite the mind to consider different perspectives. Papadopoulos will be offering workshops based on her book in Boston and surrounding cities. To purchase a copy, visit B& or To schedule a coaching session or connect with Pagona Papadopoulos, visit or email

One Arrow Project Provides Acupuncture Treatments to Veterans


thena Desai, MAOM, of Bright Eyes Healing Arts, is launching a program to provide low or no-cost acupuncture for veterans. Desai is reducing what she normally charges to sponsor acupuncture treatments for veterans in the ongoing One Arrow Project held at Harvard Square Acupuncture and Massage, in Cambridge.“It creates a community of people who support healing for themselves and others, all at once,” she says. “Our veterans from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan particularly need and deserve this care, and I hope people will refer them to the One Arrow Project.” Desai says that holistic health care can offer many benefits to returning veterans. “Acupuncture is a great method because it can address so many issues at once, and help veterans with all the levels of integration they face when they’re back home,” she says. A former public radio journalist, Desai reported on the effects of overseas wars here in America. “Those experiences inspired me to give back in a more direct way,” she adds. “And I’ve also always been connected to warrior culture, perhaps due to my namesake, Athena, the goddess of war and wisdom.” Location: Harvard Square Acupuncture and Massage, 12 Arrow St., Cambridge. For more information, call 617-960-6472 or visit natural awakenings

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ortland Community College (PCC) is actively training alternative health practitioners via professionallevel classes in nutritional therapy and herbal medicine. PCC intends to set the standard in next-generation holistic health education, offering support for a strong balance of complementary health careers. Classes are available on campus or in an interactive online version. Students can begin either the nutritional therapy or herbal medicine programs at the beginning of any term and online lecture times are conveniently scheduled for East and West Coast students. This fall marks the third year of the PCC Nutritional Therapy program, offered through the college’s Continuous Learning for Individuals, Management and Business (CLIMB) Institute for Health Professionals. The 14-course series is approved by the National Association of Nutritional Professionals and prepares students to take the national credentialing exam in nutritional therapy. In its second year, the online herbalism program now encompasses six modules that provide intensive training for a career in herbal medicine. K.P. Khalsa, the lead instructor and curriculum director for the program, is president of the American Herbalists Guild (AHG), a national association of herbal practitioners. The hours may be used toward the registered herbalist credential granted by the AHG. Location: 1626 SE Water Ave., Portland, Oregon. For more information, call 971-722-2798, email Climb or visit See ad, page 13.


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newsbriefs Somerville and Arlington Residents Enjoying New Whole Foods Markets


esidents are flocking to Whole Foods Market’s newest locations at 45 Beacon Street, in Somerville, and at 808 Massachusetts Avenue, in Arlington, to purchase natural and organic food and other healthy living products. With the addition of these two stores, Whole Foods currently has 28 Massachusetts locations and more than 325 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The natural and organic supermarkets are serving the community with outstanding value on the highest quality groceries, produce, seafood and meats available, along with a charcuterie, restaurant-quality prepared foods, a burrito bar and a pizza oven in the bakery department. Each store has employed more than 100 full- and part-time team members. “We opened our doors on September 4, with our first 5 percent day, where we donated 5 percent of our opening sales to five different local nonprofit organizations: Second Chances, Groundwork Somerville, The Family Center, Community Cooks and Food For Free,” says Marketing Team Leader Jessi Haggerty. “With the highest quality standards in the industry, we are excited to offer our outstanding products at such a great value to the Somerville community.” Arlington Community Liaison Katie Lamie adds, “Our Arlington team is thrilled to have opened our doors and proud to be carrying local Arlington-based products including The Chilly Cow and Doves and Figs. November 1 marks the beginning of the stores’ holiday ordering for Thanksgiving and beyond, and we are looking forward to helping our customers serve their best holiday meals yet.” Store hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., 7 days a week. For more local store information, visit and

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r. Wendie Trubow, chief operating officer at Visions HealthCare in Dedham and Wellesley, has been named to the Healthy Villi board. A volunteerDr. Wendie Trubow based nonprofit organization, the Healthy Villi provides support and education to people with celiac disease and their families. “I am honored to be selected to the Healthy Villi board,” says Trubow. “As someone living with celiac disease, I know firsthand the frustration of diagnosis and the challenges to living gluten-free. I look forward to working with the organization to provide valuable information and caring support to others suffering from celiac.” Celiac disease is an immune reaction to ingesting gluten. Over time, this reaction produces inflammation that can damage the lining of the small intestine, limiting nutrient absorption. The disease affects about one in 133 Americans and is more prevalent in those of Jewish, Scandinavian, Spanish, Italian and Irish decent. More information is available at At Visions, Trubow and her colleagues provide an integrative approach to health. “Rather than simply masking symptoms of illness, Visions’ goal is to foster fundamental changes that allow patients to live healthy, vibrant, productive lives well into old age,” says Trubow. “We have approximately 80 employees, two acupuncturists, 20 physicians and three nutritionists, and we also provide chiropractic care and physical therapy.”

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Tanning Beds Invite Melanoma


s summer tans fade, some might feel tempted to use tanning beds to keep a “healthy glow”, but they may be less than healthy. A recent multicountry meta-study published in the British Medical Journal confirms that exposure to a tanning bed’s intense doses of ultraviolet light significantly increases the risk of cutaneous melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer. Of the 64,000 new melanoma cases diagnosed each year in Europe, more than 5 percent were linked by researchers to tanning bed use. Users experience a 20 percent increased relative risk of all types of skin cancer compared with those that have never used one. This risk doubles if indoor tanning starts before the age of 35, and the risk increases with every session.

Happy Life, Healthy Heart


eelings matter when it comes to protecting a person’s physical health. Researchers at Boston’s Harvard School of Public Health reviewing more than 200 studies published in two major scientific databases found a direct correlation between positive psychological well-being and a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and strokes. They concluded that positive feelings like optimism, life satisfaction and happiness are associated with the reduced risk, regardless of a person’s age, weight or socioeconomic or smoking status.

Rosemary Revs Up Memory


osemary’s folkloric reputation for improving memory has been validated by science. UK researchers at London’s Northumbria University found that when the essential oil of rosemary was diffused into a room—a method practiced in aromatherapy—it enhanced participants’ ability to remember past events and remind themselves to do tasks planned for the future, like sending an anniversary card. Mark Moss, Ph.D., head of psychology at Northumbria, says, “We wanted to build on our previous research that indicated rosemary aroma improved long-term memory and mental arithmetic. In this study, we focused on prospective memory, which is critical for everyday functioning.” In the study, 66 people randomly assigned to either a rosemary-scented or unscented room were asked to complete a variety of tests to assess their memory

functions. Those in the rosemary-scented room outperformed the control group. Blood analysis of those exposed to the rosemary aroma confirmed higher concentrations of 1,8-cineole, the oil’s compound specifically linked to memory improvement. The researchers concluded that the aroma of rosemary essential oil can enhance cognitive functioning in healthy individuals and may have implications for treating people with memory impairment. The findings were presented at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference, in Harrogate. natural awakenings

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Social Networking Funds Local Business Community Sourced Capital (CSC) is a newly formed lender headquartered in Seattle, Washington, that aims to apply the crowdsourcing model to encourage the growth of locally owned businesses. “The hardest part is often not attracting shoppers once the project is off the ground,” explains co-founder Casey Dilloway, “but securing capital to get it started.” CSC’s objective is to harness the power of the connections that tie local people together—both via social media and in the physical world—to find people willing to loan money to small local businesses. They may initially connect through Community Lenders make funds available in $50 blocks up to a maximum of $250 per project, and are acknowledged by the receipt of a pale-blue square card bearing the CSC logo, which identifies them as “Squareholders”. The funds are then made available to borrowers at zero interest, and loans are paid back at a designated rate based on the company’s revenue. CSC makes loans of up to $50,000. Source: Yes magazine

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Kids Turn Trash into Musical Instruments Young musicians from the village of Cateura, Paraguay, a town of 2,500 families that make a living by mining the 1,500 tons of solid waste daily dumped in a local landfill, have started making musical instruments from the debris. Favio Chávez, an ecological technician and trained musician, was inspired to teach the local children to play music in an orchestra. He says, “The world sends us garbage, we send back music.” A documentary, Landfill Harmonic, is in production and a 30-member Recycled Orchestra has performed in Argentina, Brazil and Germany. The message is that like other natural resources, children living in poverty have redeeming value and should not be deemed worthless. photo courtesy of Landfill Harmonic

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Cooperation Rules in New Board Game Monopoly is a traditional, popular board game that provides fun for the whole family as players ruthlessly strive to outwit each other, form a monopoly and take ownership of all the real estate, houses, hotels and money. If that doesn’t seem like a pastime that teaches values of fairness and social justice, there’s a new game in town—Co-opoly. In the 21st-century game, invented by the Toolbox for Education and Social Action (, players develop cooperative businesses using a team effort. Sharing knowledge and creating cooperative strategies determine whether everyone wins or loses. Instead of encouraging players to grab up all the wealth and bankrupt others, it showcases the economic success that can result when people work together.

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People- and Planet-Friendly Fire Retardants An ultrathin film that consists of polymers found in crustacean shells could be an environmentally friendly alternative to the flame retardants used in bedding and sofas. Mattresses and furniture cushions are typically made of highly flammable polyurethane foam; to meet fire safety guidelines, manufacturers treat the foam with fire-retardant chemicals. These are typically brominated compounds that studies by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, in The Netherlands, have shown can act as endocrine disruptors, leading to neurological problems or even cancer. The European Union has banned several of the flame-retardant compounds and U.S. and Canadian regulatory agencies have started to scrutinize their use. The nano-coating could be sprayed on foam, which would make it easy for mass production; several companies have expressed interest in the material. Source: Chemical & Engineering News 14

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assachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) officials have proposed a commercial food waste ban to take effect by July 2014, along with funding to support anaerobic digestion (AD), a process that converts food waste into renewable energy. “Banning commercial food waste and supporting the development of AD facilities across the Commonwealth is critical to achieving our aggressive waste disposal reduction goals,” says EEA Secretary Rick Sullivan. “These policies and programs will continue the Patrick administration’s commitment to growing the clean energy sector in Massachusetts, creating jobs and reducing emissions.” The proposed food waste ban would require any business or organization that disposes of at least one ton of organic waste per week to donate or re-purpose the useable food. The new regulations would require any remaining food waste to be shipped to an AD facility, a composting operation or an animal-feed operation. Residential food waste is not included in the ban. Additionally, $3 million in lowinterest loans will be made available to private companies that build AD facilities. “Many grocery stores and environmentally conscious businesses across the state currently divert their food waste, saving money in the process,” says Kenneth Kimmell, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. “Diverting food waste to AD facilities creates value by reducing the waste stream, tapping into the energy within food wastes, reducing greenhouse gases and producing a byproduct that can be resold as fertilizer or animal bedding.” Source: The Boston Globe natural awakenings

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Bamboo Fabric a Product of Greenwashing

At least one dealer in sustainable products has taken a stand against bamboo fabric, which most people associate with bamboo lumber, a rapidly renewable resource that requires fewer pesticides to grow than other crops. Laura Mathews, of Eco Promotional Products, Inc., in Washington state, cites the Federal Trade Commission’s report: “The truth is, most bamboo textile products, if not all, really are rayon, which typically is made using environmentally toxic chemicals. While different plants, including bamboo, can be used as a source material to create rayon, there’s no trace of the original plant in the finished rayon product.” Mathews says that her company has discontinued selling bamboo clothing and all other items made from bamboo fabric. She notes, “It’s the responsibility of everyone to vet these and other similar terms to ensure that the eco-friendly product you’re putting your purchasing power behind is actually eco-friendly.” An alternative to bamboo fabric is clothing made from hemp, such as fashions found at The Hempest located in Boston, Northampton and Harvard Square, and in Burlington, Vermont. Source:


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Unplug to Cut Stress, Up Success Whether it’s extreme texting, tweeting, Googling, posting or blogging, the phenomenon of being caught in the web of the Web is real. Rationalizations range from coping with today’s information overload to fear of missing out (FOMO). Yet, detriments of such continual digital connectedness range from the stifling of family and social bonds to a lack of life skills that only face-to-face communication fosters. In 2011, The New York University Child Study Center reported that 8-to-18year-olds average more than six hours of daily media use and that school grades of a surveyed group that considered themselves “heavy” users were considerably lower than their “light” use counterparts. Stanford Communications Professor Clifford Nass, author of The Man Who Lied to His Laptop, remarked in a 2013 NPR interview that people that do extensive media multitasking “can’t filter out irrelevancy, can’t manage memory and are chronically distracted. They say they are productive and can ‘shut it off’, but can’t keep on task and focus on one thing.” Fortunately, programs to unplug are catching on. More than 400 middle and high schools in 20 U.S. states plus Canada took a Digital Blackout Challenge to refrain from using electronic devices for one week during the 2012-2013 school year ( From Chief Sealth International High School, in Seattle, Washington, senior Marissa Evans says the experience informed her “there’s a balance between ‘too much’ and ‘just enough’” in being connected, and classmate Alex Askerov terms the Challenge “a breath of fresh air.” For the 2013 documentary film, Sleeping with Siri, Seattle-based journalist Michael Stusser underwent a one-week, self-assessed “techno gorge”, followed by a digital detox of the same duration. During stage one, he said his blood pressure went up 40 points after four days. He found, “You’re always waiting for a response.” He subsequently enjoyed being disconnected. Foresters, a Toronto, Ontario-based life insurance provider, asks families to take a Tech Timeout pledge for at least one hour every day and make Sundays entirely non-tech, packed with family activities and socializing.

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Kristine Bahr of Cutting Edge Wellness:

Healing with Foods that Nourish by Kim Childs


ristine Bahr is a clinical nutritionist whose career grew out of her childhood challenges with what appeared to be allergies. The problem was so severe that Bahr had to receive shots and sterilize her environment to manage her condition. As an adult, she discovered that her issues were caused by an improper diet. When Bahr tested herself for food sensitivities and eliminated the items that caused Kristine Bahr inflammation, her health improved and she no longer needed shots. In 2001, she combined her degrees in counseling and clinical nutrition to establish Cutting Edge Wellness in the Boston area. Natural Awakenings wanted to know more about Bahr’s approach to helping people feel better by eating the right foods. What is your protocol for working with clients? The initial consultation develops a complete picture of needs, lifestyle and objectives. I also outline any required diagnostic testing, which can include checking for parasites, metabolic, lipid and genetic testing, assessing nutrient deficiencies and testing for food sensitivities. I’m not into quick fixes. People are complex and I’m dedicated to identifying the root causes of illness through a functional medicine approach. I work with clients to develop a plan that helps them reach the point where they can heal themselves. 18

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How are food sensitivities different than allergies? Food allergies are often obvious, causing immediate symptoms like diarrhea, headache, sneezing, rapid pulse or a closed throat. I don’t test for allergies because most people know what theirs are. With food sensitivities, however, the reaction is delayed and a person may not feel anything for three days. Another way they manifest is when people can’t lose weight despite efforts to diet and exercise. I have one client who was a binge eater and, once we found out what her food sensitivities were and eliminated those items, her cravings went away. She’s now losing three to four pounds a week effortlessly while eating plenty of tasty foods. What’s involved in testing for food sensitivities? The tests are done by MIT scientists. Using blood samples, they identify foods that may be responsible for causing the symptoms associated with inflammation; typically, with a 95 percent accuracy rate. My clients are often surprised to learn that the foods that they think are good for them are causing inflammation. For example, lots of people are detoxing these days by drinking smoothies. Detox diets can be helpful under nutritional supervision because they give the body a break from heavy digestion. But even a plant-based diet can be counterproductive if someone is sensitive to foods like broccoli or peaches and they keep eating those things. How did we as a population become so sensitive to food? Most people are eating foods that the body can’t digest. They’re eating too much salt, sugar, flour products or al-

cohol and their bodies are breaking down. In addition, there is only a thin layer of topsoil left in the United States, so we’re not getting the rich minerals that our parents and grandparents consumed. We now have more degenerative diseases as a result. Our bodies have developed a systemic inflammatory response because of this lack of nutrients and overconsumption of unhealthy foods, causing leaky gut or intestinal hyper-permeability. This can cause inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, allergies, asthma, acne, weight issues and other problems. It’s the result of toxins, microbes, undigested food, medications, the poor quality of our food and stress. When someone is under emotional stress, it’s best to avoid eating solid food because they

won’t digest it properly due to lack of enzyme activity. Instead, they could sip on soup or a smoothie until they’re more relaxed. How is your health today? Great. I know where my weaknesses are and I have to stay on top if it when I get the warning signs of inflammation. That’s the message I tell my clients, too. When you start to notice problems, treat them right away before they become chronic conditions. Prevention is the key to managing your health. To contact Kristine Bahr at Cutting Edge Wellness, in Brookline or Great Barrington, call 617-360-1929 or visit See ad on page 17 and Resource Guide on page 46.

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Transform Your Life with Mentors, Books, Workshops and Online Courses by Bess J.M. Hochstein

Our capacity for self-examination distinguishes us from other animals. We feel compelled to ask: “Who am I? What am I here for? How can I attain my full potential?” The quest for answers has engaged humans for millennia.


opular books that have helped people on this journey span centuries, from Wallace Wattles’ The Science of Getting Rich (1910), Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich (1937), Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People (1937), Abraham Maslow’s Motivation and Personality (1954) and Dr. Thomas Anthony Harris’ I’m OK, You’re OK (1967) to Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret (2006). The personal growth genre is a cornerstone of the publishing industry. Companies like Hay House, founded by motivational author Louise Hay, have flourished. Hay teaches, “No matter where we live or how difficult 20

our situation seems to be, we have the ability to overcome and transcend our circumstances.” The success of her 1984 book, You Can Heal Your Life, a New York Times bestseller well into the 21st century, led to her publishing empire, which includes authors such as Dr. Wayne Dyer, Caroline Myss and Joan Borysenko, Ph.D. One of its recent top sellers is Pam Grout’s E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality. Hay House has expanded its messages of hope and healing through online courses, films, conferences, special events and other opportunities

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Fast Track to Personal Growth

to meet leading thinkers and peers. Such expansion is essential as more of those pursuing the examined life seek personal interaction in community and find that inward exploration frequently translates into outward action to improve the world. Perched on the cliffs of Big Sur, in California, the Esalen Institute, established in 1962, helped birth the modern human potential movement. It exists to help individuals grow through education, experience and research, with the conviction that positive personal and social transformation go hand-in-hand. Today, Esalen offers about 600 workshops a year, serving around 12,000 participants. Popular programs range from dance and yoga to couples workshops and psychology courses. Cheryl Fraenzl, director of programs, explains the appeal: “For most of us, life can be challenging and messy. Gaining the insight, skills and tools to move through the challenging times with more ease and grace while creating more love for yourself and those around you seems like a good investment of time and energy. Being consciously kind and relationally wise ripples out and changes the world. The effort has to start with the individual, like paying it forward; imagine if we all were doing it?”  The largest holistic retreat center in North America, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, attracts 35,000 participants to 800 programs annually. According to Denise Barack, the nonprofit’s director of program development, current workshops in high demand include qigong, Buddhist meditation, mindfulness and yoga nidra. She also notes a growing interest in diverse dimensions of yoga,

~ Plato dance and “authentic movement” for healing, addiction recovery, releasing trauma and energy medicine. Psychotherapist and yoga teacher Stephen Cope, founder and director of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living, the Center’s yoga research department, notes that many guests first come to Kripalu “… as a result of some form of suffering. Then they engage in a period of self-exploration—perhaps learning some form of contemplative practice to help them manage themselves more effectively. Almost always there is a turn outward, back toward the world, and a longing to bring the healing power of contemplative practice into their own domain.” Once someone has experienced the benefits of contemplative practices such as yoga, meditation, breathing and other healthy lifestyle routines, notes Cope, a powerful aspiration typically arises to share these practices and perspectives. “These practices all lead to a sense of union, relatedness and sameness with others,” he says, “and this burgeoning consciousness of sameness compels us to share what we’ve learned.” In Rhinebeck, New York, the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies offers similar self-empowering and reflective opportunities. Dr. Stephan Rechtschaffen and Elizabeth Lesser founded Omega in 1977 as a “university of life.” Through working with prominent Zen masters, rabbis, Christian monks, psychologists, scientists and others, Lesser has found, “By combining a variety of religious,

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The unexamined life is not worth living for a human being.

psychological and healing traditions, each of us has the unique ability to satisfy our spiritual hunger.” Based since 1981 in a former camp on a lake with more than 100 buildings on 200-plus acres, Omega hosts more than 23,000 guests in up to 500 programs between mid-April and October, plus special programs in Costa Rica and New York City. Director of Rhinebeck Programs Carol Donahoe notes the rising interest in workshops on dietary cleansing, detox and juicing, such as “Reboot with Joe Cross: A Jump Start to Health and Weight Loss,” led by the filmmaker of Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. Personal transformation and mindfulness programs led by teachers like Jon Kabat-Zinn, Saki Santorelli, Florence Meleo-Meyer, Byron Katie and Pema Chödrön are perennial favorites. “As humans, we continue to be fascinated by the big questions in life,” observes Donahoe, “like, ‘Where do we go when we die? Who are we if we are not our thoughts?’ People seem particularly drawn to hearing about it from those that have always lived their lives in a left-brain, logical way, and then come to believe the unexplainable through an extraordinary life experience, and now view the world through a completely different lens.” As examples, she cites neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander, who recounts his near-death experience in his bestselling book, Proof of Heaven, and neuroanatomist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, author of the bestselling memoir My Stroke of Insight. Taylor’s 2008 TED talk was ranked the nonprofit’s second most-watched for the past two years. Both of these cutting-edge thinkers have given presentations at Omega, which, like at Esalen and

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Kripalu, helps bring ideas and practices that once seemed on the fringe—from yoga and meditation to complementary medicine and sustainability—into mainstream consciousness. Particularly innovative initiatives include helping military veterans heal from posttraumatic stress disorder; the women’s leadership center; the center for sustainable living; and pioneering programs on mindfulness in the workplace, education system and at-risk urban youth communities. “We recognize that because we live in an interconnected world; the behavior of one can contribute to creating changes that benefit the whole,” says Donahoe. “Doing both the inner and outer work can awaken the best in the human spirit, and so provide hope and healing to individuals and society.” For those unable to travel great distances for a holistic immersion experience in community with like-minded seekers, Wanderlust Festivals may offer an answer. Four-day regional summits, primarily held at ski resorts during the off-season, feature teachers like Shiva Rea, Elena Brower and Gurmukh; stimulating discussions; yoga; music and adventure, amidst stunning vistas. Wanderlust co-founders Sean Hoess and Jeff Krasno strive to create an expansive space for personal growth and mindful living. One common element at every gathering—now including urban and exotic locales—is Seane Corn and Suzanne Sterling’s Off the Mat program, mobilizing yoga students toward activating social change. The Shift Network is dedicated to creating an online community that shares the tools of self-actualization, empowering a global movement of people creating an evolutionary shift of consciousness that leads to a more enlightened society, built on principles of sustainability, peace, health and prosperity. This new model for 22

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the human potential movement has roots in the grandfather of retreat centers; The Shift Network’s founder, Stephen Dinan, both worked at Esalen and contributed to Esalen’s Center for Theory & Research. Dinan explains that at a meditation retreat, he received a detailed vision of “a large global transformation network that would be helping to usher in a shift to the new era.” The Shift Network now offers free teleseminars and online summits on subjects ranging from meditation and parenting with presence to enlightened business practices and cultivating peace. “We started with The Sacred Awakening Series—40 days with 40 spiritual leaders—and 30,000 people signed up in 21 days,” says Dinan. The Inspiring Women Summit attracted 25,000 participants. Since 2010, more than 400,000 people from 160 countries have participated in free teleseminars; 18,000 have paid for online courses such as Barbara Marx Hubbard’s Agents of Conscious Evolution, Andrew Harvey’s Christ Path and Thomas Hüebl’s Authentic Awakening. The Shift Network has already reached profitability and donated more than $50,000 to nonprofits. Dinan’s vision includes providing education program certifications; building a multimedia platform of e-zines, mobile phone apps and web TV broadcasts; and eventually building facilities and intentional communities to model the possibilities of a more healthy, peaceful, sustainable way of life. From reading a book on meditation to attending a yoga intensive or tapping into a multifaceted community striving to change the world, we have myriad opportunities to lead an examined life. While the seeker may have a personal goal in mind, each mode of self-inquiry can expand outward toward making the world a better place. Hay encourages us all. “You’ve been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” Bess Hochstein is a freelance writer enjoying bicoastal bliss in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, and Sonoma County, California. Connect at

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ersonal growth can be advanced by activities that improve selfknowledge and identity, develop talents and potential, build human capital and employability, enhance quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations. It’s worth investing in: Consider these core universal benefits.


Growing self-awareness enables an individual to live a life by design, instead of one marred by feelings of mediocrity, discontent or being a victim of circumstance. When elevated awareness becomes one’s modus operandi, it brings infinite spiritual riches to life.


Successful growth requires taking personal responsibility for each choice we make in shaping and responding to circumstances and other people. Most of us are happier when we feel that we have some control over creating our own reality. Feeling empowered supports self-worth and increases our confidence to make even more of the changes we desire to comfort and nurture us and keep us safe.


True success isn’t about the dollars and cents of financial worth—it’s realized via living a life of balance and fulfillment in our health, family life, social relationships, career and contributions to our community and world. Source: Inspired by

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Robust All Winter Boost Kids’ Immunity Using Nature’s Medicine Chest

3 cups macademia nuts* 1 cup shredded coconut ¼ cup honey ¼ cup coconut oil 2-3 eggs 1 bar good quality dark chocolate vanilla to taste cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom to taste pinch of salt 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grind the macadamia nuts to meal in a blender (*pecans, walnuts or almonds work, too) ending up with a little less than two cups of nutmeal. Combine this and the cup of shredded coconut in a mixing bowl. If desired, add a bit of cinnamon, nutmeg or cardamom and a pinch of salt. 2. Add the honey, two eggs, coconut oil and vanilla to the dry ingredients. Heat the coconut oil slightly to liquefy if needed. Mix well. Add the third egg if the mix is too crumbly. Chop the chocolate bar and stir it into the mix. If you prefer, substitute raisins or goji berries, or leave the cookies as plain vanilla cookies. 3. Lightly grease cookie sheets or pyrex baking dishes, and spoon cookie batter onto the sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown.


by Katja Swift


atural remedies really can make a difference through the cold and flu season, but they must be consumed regularly and in sufficient quantity to be effective, which is a lot easier to do if they taste good. Here are some remedies that even kids will be willing to take. Elderberry syrup: Elderberries have been long used to boost immunity, and scientists are now learning that elder contains compounds that inhibit the ability of viruses to replicate. Put elderberry syrup in a small glass and savor it straight up three or four times a day; its that delicious. A tablespoon of elderberry syrup is great in tea instead of honey, and it goes particularly well with ginger tea, another great immune booster. Drizzle elderberry syrup over pancakes for breakfast, include in a smoothie

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or over nuts for a tasty dessert. Garlic: Another great immune booster, but the strong flavor isn’t appealing to everyone, especially kids. Try pickled garlic, which kids can help make and will generally eat, too. Pickling gives the garlic a sweet and sour taste and is much less likely to produce bad breath. Simply peel the cloves of several heads of garlic. Put them into a jar and pour enough apple cider vinegar to barely cover the garlic. Next, add some honey (about half as much honey as vinegar is a good starting point). Allow the jar to sit on the counter; it doesn’t need to be refrigerated. After a few days, the garlic and its infection-fighting compounds will turn blue and green. After a week or two, the cloves will be ready to eat when the color changes to a honey-vinegarybrown color. Have one with lunch and one with dinner to give the immune

Proper nutrition is our first line of defense to illness.

system a natural boost. Thyme: A familiar herb for cooking, it also has excellent immune boosting qualities. In fact, it doesn’t need to be consumed to be effective; thyme is excellent as a steam. At the end of the day, add thyme (sage and oregano work also) to boiling water. Inhale deeply to move the therapeutic properties found in the highly anti-microbial volatile oils of thyme into the respiratory tract where most viruses live. Sleep: Of course, boosting immunity is incomplete without getting proper amounts of sleep. On average, Americans don’t get enough of it. Adults require nine to 10 hours of sleep every night, varying slightly with the seasons, and children need even more. With today’s busy lifestyles, it is sometimes difficult to get enough sleep, but it is especially important during cold and flu season. Food: Proper nutrition is our first line of defense to illness. As little as two ounces of sugar (a little more than a candy bar or a medium soft drink) reduces the production of white blood cells by 40 percent for up to five hours after consumption. More people are now realizing they have intolerances to certain common foods. Even without traditional allergy symptoms such as hives, intolerances cause an immune response. Eliminating troublesome foods allows the immune system to devote all its resources to fighting the flu. Gluten, dairy, corn and soy are some of the most common foods that cause immune responses; avoiding them, along with sugar, during illness allows the body to focus on getting well. To help build a strong body, eat good quality protein and fats, vegetables with lots of colors such as beets, squash and collards, and low-sugar fruits such as apples, pears and berries. Additionally, fermented foods such as kimchi or kombucha provide a probiotic boost. Chicken soup really is a cold-fighting remedy. Broth made from bones (chicken or otherwise) is very high in minerals, which are often lacking in modern diets and are vital to the body’s immune response. It can be inconvenient and no fun to have a sick child at home, but when they are hit with an illness, staying home gives the compromised immune system time to recover.

It’s a reminder that sleep is required and good nutrition matters, so give them a good book to read and help them settle in—their body will thank you for the rest. Katja Swift is a Clinical Herbalist and the director of the CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine located at 25 Saint Mary’s Ct., Brookline. For more information about herbal remedies, call 617-750-5274 or CommonWealth See ad on page 19 and Resource Guide on page 45.

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gin to feel Spirit flowing in from behind. It lifts you and brings great love and joy.


Your inner experience becomes so beautiful that you fall in love with the energy flow. You’ll see that there is a trade-off between getting involved in personal energies and the amount of Spirit you feel. Once you’ve established a direct relationship with spiritual energy, you’ll long to constantly experience its freedom.

The Path to Inner Peace 12 Steps to Spiritual Awakening by Michael A. Singer


pirituality is meant to bring about peace. Yet our concepts of spirituality often lead to confusion or even conflict. What we need are clear steps that can be taken by people of any religion or intellectual standing. The following universal road map can be a helpful aid to self-realization. Realize that you’re in there. First realize, from deep inside, that you are consciously experiencing the outside world, as well as your inner thoughts and emotions. Understand that you’re not okay in there. If you want to understand why you’ve done everything you’ve ever done, observe your mind and emotions. If you’re objective, you’ll see that you’re really never completely at peace. Notice that you’re always trying to be okay. As you observe your inner state, you’ll notice that inner disturbances create the urge to either get something or avoid something. This is all done in an attempt to feel okay inside. Watch as your mind strives to figure out how everything needs to be for you to be okay. Your mind is always telling you how people, places and things need to be. That’s its attempt to create a conceptual model of what would make you okay and then try to get the outside world to match it.


Realize that defining how the outside needs to be is not working. You’ve been busy trying to be okay your entire life. Although some times are better than others, you’ve never come close to experiencing permanent peace. This is because the world will never match your conceptual model. Eventually, you’ll come to see that this approach doesn’t work, and you need to find a different way. Learn to not participate in the mind’s struggle. You must learn to relax inside and not get drawn into acting on your disturbances. Instead, be willing to allow them to pass through you and simply witness their passing. If you do, the drama will cease of its own accord. Experience going about your life like everyone else, except more peacefully, because nothing you do is for the purpose of trying to be okay. When you aren’t preoccupied with trying to be okay, you can learn to sit inside and quietly love, serve and honor whatever naturally unfolds. At this point, you’re no longer living for yourself—you’re serving life. As you let go of the personal energies, you attune to a much deeper energy flow. Up to this point, everything you were watching inside was front and center in your consciousness. Now that you’re no longer being drawn into personal thought and emotions, you’ll be-

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You begin to feel the energy pulling you up into it, and your entire path becomes letting go of yourself in order to merge. Will is no longer needed. All that’s left is learning to surrender into the higher energy. You must be willing to die personally in order to be reborn spiritually. Once you dwell deep in the upward flow, you realize that your personal existence can go on without you, leaving you free to live completely immersed in Spirit. This is the greatest miracle: You’ve surrendered your entire being to Spirit, yet people, places and things continue interacting with you. But now these interactions require none of your energy; they happen by themselves, leaving you at peace and absorbed in Spirit. Now you are truly okay. Nothing inside or outside of you can cause disturbances—you have come to be at peace with everything. Because you are now completely okay, you don’t need anything. Things just are what they are, and nothing can disturb you. You’ve transcended the world and everything in it. Instead of feeling drawn into Spirit, you now actually experience yourself as Infinite Spirit. A longer version of this article can be found at Michael A. Singer is the author of The New York Times bestselling book, The Untethered Soul – The Journey Beyond Yourself ( His “Twelve-Step Guide to Spiritual Awakening” is the basis for this article. He is the founder of the Temple of the Universe, a yoga and meditation center established in 1975 in Alachua, FL.


Relationship Muscles by Jonathan Baxter


hile most people would acknowledge that relationships require time and energy to thrive, they may not know how, exactly, to go about that process. “You have to work at a marriage,” is a typical, almost trite, refrain, but the ultimate instruction manual for couples has yet to be written. Fortunately, Barbara Fredrickson’s new book, Love 2.0, presents some useful ideas about loving relationships. Fredrickson narrows the definition of love from a vague concept to a specific emotional experience, alongside happiness, sadness or anger. Seen in this light, love is something that can be felt at any given moment, coming and going like other emotions. There is no way to be “in love” with someone any more than there is a way to be “in happiness” or “in anger” because love is an emotion, not a label. Understanding love as an emotion opens up the possibility of creating more love, because a person’s emotional state can be influenced, practiced and cultivated. Couples can therefore consciously work to create moments of love together. Thinking of love as an emotion rather than a concept helps people step away from ambiguous labels and consciously nurture loving feelings. Love moments are free and readily available, but cultivating them with a partner takes practice and skill. The work involves repeatedly bringing mindful attention to one’s reactions in relationship. It involves challenging assumptions that typically lead to anger and defensiveness, letting go and practicing acceptance. It also requires encouraging and creating moments of true partnership and shared experience. Physical fitness is built in the gym, while relationship muscles are built in the relationship. Happily, this work comes with rewards. For many, the love moments themselves, including instances of shared

experience, affection and togetherness, will be reward enough. This is especially true when these moments appear in situations that formerly resulted in reactive anger, fear and emotional isolation. There is also growing evidence that relationships based in love moments are good for physical health. Beyond the good feeling of it all, the cumulative effect of these efforts is a stronger bond of connectedness that makes relationships more resilient. The pursuit of progress defines much of the American experience, but that ambition has traditionally been focused on such areas as financial gain, professional growth and physical development. Today, it is becoming clear that our most intimate relationships can also be trained and developed through practice and attention. The key lies in letting go of love as a concept and, instead, learning how to create moments of love that can be felt and enjoyed. Jonathan Baxter, MA, LMHC, is a psychotherapist, couples counselor and consultant based in Lexington, and a member of the adjunct faculty in Counseling Psychology at Lesley University. For more information, visit or call 617-306-0264. See ad on page 22 and Resource Guide on page 46. natural awakenings

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Creating a Clear Vision of the Future by Leigh Doherty


veryone has dreams, hopes, goals and paths that they want to pursue over a lifetime, and there are many ways to keep these ideals alive in daily life. Some people pray about them, others journal, and still others may wish on birthday candles. Another method, known as vision boarding, is a simple yet powerful self-coaching activity that can be done at home to create and track current or future goals and keep them in focus. The first stage of the vision boarding process is to identify what we want in life. This can include feelings, experiences, states of being and values that are most cherished, desired and important. Setting intentions is the key initial ingredient to the process of vision boarding, and these intentions can be stated out loud, written down or meditated upon. Vision boarding can be done solo or with family members and friends for a powerful shared experience. Add some music to the process, light candles or sip a delicious beverage to add to the fun and sensory delight of the practice while following these steps: 1. Grab a collection of diverse magazines, along with some scissors, glue and a surface on which to apply collected images. This can be a large poster board, a cardboard box (to create a vision box, a nice twist on the exercise), or even a piece of furniture (in which case, a product called ModgePodge should be applied over the images after they have been glued onto the furniture item). 2. Peruse the magazines, consider-


Workshop attendees work on vision boards. ing the images. Which ones best capture desired feelings, relationships, jobs and other cherished dreams? Are there words, slogans or headlines that relate to your plans? Begin to tear out the most appealing images and words without overanalyzing them. Stay present in this process, letting go of thoughts about the finished product. 3. Begin to think about the role of these images on the vision board. How can they help to maintain clarity and focus? Do these images and words tell the story of your dreams, hopes, goals and desired paths? How can they best be cut, shaped, laid out or juxtaposed to create an act of beauty and power that will visually tell the best story? Once satisfied, glue the images in place. 4. The final phase is to share your vision board, if desired, and set it in a place where it can be regularly seen. Some people like to consciously meditate on their vision board each day, oth-

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ers have chosen to write about it from time to time and some visit it and take it in as a means to connect with their vision for life. Vision boards are a creative way to get clear about dreams and desires, say them out loud and explore the Law of Attraction in life. While prayers, journal lists and birthday wishes are not always answered, it’s always a good idea to state intentions, deliberately interact with dreams, hopes and goals, and believe in possibility. Leigh Doherty, MA, GCEC, is an Achievement Coach and co-founder of Designed Alliance, a coaching partnership in the Boston area that works with clients locally, nationally and internationally. For more information, visit, email info@ or call 617-7645268. See ad on page 19 and Resource Guide on page 44.



A Taproot of Happiness by Leo Babauta


f the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘Thank you,’ that would suffice,” a maxim first voiced by mystic Meister Eckhart, has held true through the centuries. Why should this simple act mean so much? Expressing gratitude works wonders.

ward to thank others.

Gratitude reminds us to recognize good people in our life. They range from loved ones to those that render a kindness to a stranger. Treasuring goodness in every form brings more of it into our experience.

Show thanks. Sometimes we think about something helpful or kind that someone did for us recently or long ago. Make a note, call them up or even better, tell them in person with sincere conviction why you continue to be grateful and appreciative. Another option is a thank-you card or email—keep it short and sweet.

Gratitude turns bad things into good things. Having problems at work? Be grateful to be employed and serving others. Challenges keep life interesting, enhance judgment and strengthen character. Gratitude reminds us of what’s important. Being grateful to have a healthy family and friends, a home and food on the table puts smaller worries in perspective. Gratitude reminds you to say, “Thank you.” Call, email or stop by to say thanks… it takes just a few minutes to express our reason for doing so. People like being appreciated. It creates a satisfying beam of mutual happiness that shines on.

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Here are some ways to overcome any initial discomfort felt in stepping for-

Create a morning gratitude session. Take a few minutes each morning to close your eyes, silence the to-dos and give thanks to whomever and whatever is cause for gratitude.

I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose. ~Woody Allen

See the silver lining even in “negative” situations. There are always two ways to look at something. We can perceive something as stressful, harmful, sad, unfortunate and difficult, or look for the good embedded in just about everything. Problems held in a positive light from a different perspective can be opportunities to grow and to be creative in devising a solution. Learn a gratitude prayer. Many songs and prayers, religious or not, serve to remind us to be grateful. Find or write a special one and post it in a highly visible spot. Leo Babauta is the founder of the simplicity blog,, and author of bestselling e-books Focus, The Little Guide to Un-Procrastination and Zen to Done. natural awakenings

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Mindfulness: A Practice for Greater Peace and Health by Patricia Howard


indfulness can be defined as the ability to be with what is unfolding in the present moment. While some may add that mindfulness includes being without judgment, being aware of judgments as they arise is actually part of the practice. Mindfulness allows the cultivation of a more neutral observer and trains practitioners to keep better company with the self. The teaching of mindfulness as an experiential practice shifts the focus from thoughts to the awareness of sensations in the body. It explores life as it is unfolding in the present moment, which is, for the most part, without fear. Mindfulness practitioners and teachers use words to direct attention to the breath and body for the release of tension and the cultivation of presence. Try this simple practice right now: 1. Bring awareness to the movement of breath in the body, noticing the “in” breath and the “out” breath. 2. Notice any efforts to make the breath happen, inviting that effort to release and trusting the body to breathe on its own. 3. As awareness settles into the natural breath, let the “in” breath 30

bring focus to this moment. Allow the “out” breath to invite release and permission to soften. 4. Bringing awareness to the back, invite release and let go. 5. Bringing awareness to the jaw, invite release and let go. 6. Bringing awareness to the feet and legs, release any habitual tension or holding. Take a moment to notice the gifts of the practice. Vietnamese author and spiritual teacher Thich Nhat Hahn says that, “We are part-time Buddhas” in times of deep joy, grief and love, when it is possible to stay with what is unfolding. Time in nature also feeds the ability to be present. Given the riches of staying present, why is it so challenging to remain there? Actually, habits of not staying present can start in utero and become fully engrained by the time people are 7 years old. Afterwards, the human unconscious practice is to guard against re-experiencing pain from childhood. Fear can become a much more familiar energy than peace, whether it’s fear of rejection, abandonment, invasion or losing control. Operating from fear creates mental

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and emotional challenges and throws off the body’s chemistry. Thus, mindfulness is seen as participatory medicine for those who practice, as the technique has been proven to help with heart disease, cancer, diabetes, anxiety, depression and many other stress-related disorders. Mindfulness can be thought of as the practice of re-parenting oneself. When stress arises, most people reach for food, alcohol and other compulsive habits to avoid pain and discomfort. In mindfulness, it is the quality of presence that soothes, accessing an internal state that is always available, no matter the external circumstances. In learning to release habitual body tension, soothe feelings and reframe beliefs, the practice allows deeper states of love, joy and peace that lie untapped within each person. Inner freedom is the result. Patricia Howard teaches Jon KabatZinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program at Visions Healthcare, in Dedham, and Emerson Hospital, in Concord. For more information about her services, including corporate programs, visit or call 617-5247628. See ad on page 23 and Resource Guide on page 45.


The Miracle of Midlife Being Exactly Who We Need to Be by Marianne Williamson


ow would we live, were we not afraid of death? How would we live if we gave ourselves permission to give to life everything we’ve got? In The Longevity Factor, Lydia Brontë, Ph.D., observes that we’ve added 15 years to our lives… but in the middle, not at the end. No longer identifying ourselves as “over the hill” at whatever age, we are simply removing the hill. We are forging a different conversation and a new vision to take us beyond the limited thought forms that have defined the parameters of age for generations. For the first time in history, we can realistically view the first half of life as a kind of gestation period, preparing us for an even more productive second half. Midlife is like a second puberty, a point at which one persona falls away and another comes to take its place. What happens then is up to us. Some begin a long, slow cruise toward death at that point, allowing memories to become more meaningful than the present. Others, remembering that the spirit within us never ages, see the moment of midlife as a rebirth—the time to put our engines into high gear. Whomever it is we were born to be, whatever our soul was coded to accomplish, whatever lessons we are here to learn; now is the time to seriously get going. We may regret that we’re no longer young, but we’re ecstatic that we’re no longer clueless. We must be disciplined, though. We want to become precision instruments now, focused on exactly what we want to do and being exactly who we need to be. This requires separating from the person we were before to whatever extent that person was not who we know in our hearts we were created to be. natural awakenings

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There’s no more time for five-year detours. No more time for relationships that don’t serve us or for staying in situations that aren’t true to who we are. No more time for pettiness, false pride or whatever other dysfunctional roadblocks obstruct our higher destiny and the joy that’s meant to be ours. Our life might not be as fabulous as it used to be in some ways, but in

other ways it’s even more fabulous. The Universe is constantly and infinitely elastic, responding not to our past, but to our present state of mind. As we learn to reprogram thoughts—atoning for our mistakes of the past and embracing the endless miraculous possibilities of the present—we step into a time when we have every reason to look forward with genuine excitement to what happens next. Individually and collectively, we are now fitted to fearlessly forge new ground, wielding the power of what life has taught us so far and laying claim to the possibility of redemption, not only for ourselves, but also for the entire world. The planet needs a new story, aligned with a larger consciousness, and so do we. What we need now are imagination and courage. Many of us feel we’ve forever carried around a secret dream, rarely validating it even to ourselves and often denying its reality. Yet it has refused to go away and is ready to be born at last. Individuals that have spent decades achieving one thing or moving in one direction often take up something else entirely that gives them far more psychic satisfaction. They see achievements that were the height of their material success as preparation for an even greater one; the means by which

they learned the skills ultimately needed to make their biggest contribution to the world. Divine law guarantees that the power of “now” presents an endless fount of miraculous opportunities. In God, there are no limits to how high we can go, ever. In God, there is no time… only the call of the soul. It is not too late; we are right on time and we are better than we know. Now, having visited so many other places in our journey of life, we seek our place within the collective heartbeat of holiness. When enough of us stand in the light of our higher purpose, seeking to be ever-greater servants of love, each consciously dedicated to creating a more loving world, then a new field of collective possibility will emerge among us. All that is not love will begin to fall away of its own dead weight. A profound moment of planetary renewal will occur then, after our having allowed it first to occur within us. Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed inspirational author and lecturer. Six of her 10 books have been New York Times bestsellers, including The Age of Miracles: Embracing the New Midlife, the basis for this article.

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ack by popular demand, Especially for Pets is holding a fun-filled day of photographs with Santa Paws and the Grinch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, November 16, at the Canton store location in the Village Shoppes. Multiple pets, family members and children can choose to be photographed with either Santa or the Grinch, and will leave with a digital image on a CD and an abundantly stuffed goodie bag. Leashed and well behaved pets are welcome to the walk-in-only event. Iguanas, turtles, rabbits, llamas, a Polish chicken and even a donkey have been photographed in the past. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.

ain Street Animal Services of Hopkinton (MASH) now offers micro biome restorative therapy (MBRT) to help animals’ immune systems restore their natural defenses. The therapy has received coverage on National Public Radio and in such publications as the New England Journal of Medicine for its use in effectively treating Clostridium difficile infection in humans. “This is a very natural way that young animals introduce bacteria into their gut, by eating all sorts of things, including feces,” says Dr. Margo Roman of MASH. “In veterinary care, it means giving a dog or cat a health fecal transplant from a naturally raw fed donor dog or cat that’s had limited toxin exposure and no antibiotic treatments. A chronically sick pet may be in need of something more then drugs, and MBRT and good nutrition may be what nature is calling for to restore that animal’s health.” Roman notes that MASH has long used alternative and integrative therapies to bring about significant improvements in the health of animals. “When MBRT is used in combination with oxygen ozone therapy to remove the biofilm that occurs in weak gastrointestinal tracts, the positive health cascade can occur. There is more information about this cutting-edge care in our blog at”

Cost: $20 donation. Location: Especially for Pets, The Village Shoppes, 95 Washington St., Canton. Please direct questions to 508-824-6978 or See ad on page 35.

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Like water, grace seeks its own level. In rescuing animals, the rescuer is often also rescued. Both lives change for the better.

member of my community.” Fannie’s Chinese heritage includes chow and Pekingese breeds. Transformations can come from more unusual pets, as well. Soon after Susan M. Tellem, a registered nurse in Malibu, California, gifted her husband, Marshall, with two tortoises for his birthday, the couple discovered there was no national protection program for the reptiles. They started American Tortoise Rescue (, an organization that has been rescuing, rehabilitating and providing sanctuary to more than 3,000 water turtles and land tortoises since 1990. Their education and awareness initiatives for humane treatment have gone international, as well. It was a bird that rescued April Leffingwell. She had been dealing with a severe back injury that necessitated pain medication and kept her from regular work for six months when she and her husband visited a local Los Angeles pet store, “to get out of the house.” She was touched by seeing a large Moluccan cockatoo that was afflicted with a damaged claw. Her husband recognized how she related to the bird’s condition and brought Izzi home the next day. Now with just one leg, Izzi has learned to sleep while lying down to rest his other limb. “Izzi and I found each other when we were both broken,” she says. “We’ve become each other’s source of strength. If he can live with only one leg, I can live through pain.” When members of the armed forces deploy, they often have to find alternate living arrangements for pets and may not always be successful. Kimberly Gauthier, a blogger at, and her ex-Army partner are securing


uster came to us for a reason,” says Amy Burkert. “My husband, Rod, and I were walking our SharPei, Ty, in our Philadelphia neighborhood when a man warned us about ‘a big, black dog’ in the alley. The friendly fellow came home with us and after a fruitless search for his family, we decided to make him part of ours.” In 2009, when the couple encountered difficulty finding a vacation hotel that would accept their new 70-pound German shepherd as an overnight guest, they decided to launch, a website that assists in finding travel accommodations for families with dogs and other pets. Selling their house in Pennsylvania and hitting the road in a 24-foot-long RV, they’ve now traveled to 47 states to research and qualify content for the website; Rod works from “home” and Amy writes the weblog. Their travel schedule flexes, with most stops lasting one to three weeks. “It’s not the life two accountants were banking on, but we couldn’t be happier,” she says, “and we owe it all to Buster.” The site now lists more than 60,000 hotels, campgrounds, restaurants, beaches, dog parks and activities across the U.S. and Canada, plus a road trip planner. “I woke up one morning and thought, ‘I can’t find a husband, so I’ll get a dog,’” says BJ Gallagher, a sociologist and award-winning author. “I’d lived in my Los Angeles house for 16 years and knew none of the neighbors. Within six months of adopting Fannie from a shelter, I’d met them all. Thanks to her, I’ve become a full-fledged natural awakenings

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funding and laying plans to foster dogs for deployed soldiers. Emailing updates and Skype visits will aim to boost the morale of both the dog and serviceman or woman. The couple lives on five acres in Marysville, Washington. An animal-enriched environment has proved to be helpful for author Kathy Rowe, a 20-year veteran retired from the military, and her husband, Scott, who also retired from Air Force service that included Special Forces duty. They have chosen to live on a 100-acre farm in Tyner, Kentucky. Kathy believes their variety of resident rescued animals, including dogs, cats, chickens, turkeys and a potbelly pig, all help Scott in dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder. Riding, working with and grooming his horse, Quint, is particularly helpful. “My husband is less frustrated, has better focus, is less jumpy and has fewer flashbacks than he used to,” relates Rowe. “Knowing that our rescue dog, Lola, is guarding the farm, he feels he can sleep better because she has his back.” Humans rescue animals, but animals show up for a reason—most humans can use some rescuing, as well. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy of St. Louis, MO, at StLSandy@


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Introduction to Meditation Course – Wednesdays, Oct 30-Nov 27. 7pm. Also Jan 8-Feb 5. A 5-wk introductory course presenting basic information and techniques relating to meditation. $120. Advaita Meditation Center, 28 Worcester Ln, Waltham. 781-647-0020.

Bone Strong: A Natural Approach – 6:309:30pm. Learn what comprises healthy bone formation, the controversy behind bone scans, and the negative effects of the pharmaceutical approach. Information about herbal remedies, diet and lifestyle choices that deeply enhance bone health. $25. Boston School of Herbal Studies, 12 Pelham Terrace, Arlington. 781-646-6319.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Calm Before the Storm: Woman’s Getaway Weekend – Nov 2-3. 11am-3pm. Workshops to inform, inspire and enhance life. Schedule a massage or angel card reading, create a vision board or do whatever energizes your spirit, relaxes your body and refuels your soul. $225. Emerson Inn by the Sea, 1 Cathedral Ave, Rockport. 978587-7324. Eyes on Yoga Natural Vision Improvement – 1-4pm. Heal your eyes from the inside out. Most vision difficulties are the result of how you habitually use your eyes. Imagine a new concept: greater eye health comes from relaxing, not strengthening your eyes. $45. YogaAtTheAshram, 368 Village St, Millis. Pre-reg 508-3764525. Energy Theater: Turn it Around – 7:30-9:30pm. Laughter, comedy, music, and amazing mystical experiences used to explore repetitive problems and show how to change things in your own favor. A benefit for Unity Somerville. Suggested donation $10. Unity Somerville, 6 William St, Somerville. 617-628-5558.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3 The Conference on Animals in the Afterlife – 8:30am-5:30pm. Presentations on actual afterdeath interactions with animals in spirit by Kim Sheridan, Jeff Belanger, Alexis Brooks and Maureen Harmonay. Psychic medium Joanne Gerber will do spirit readings with departed family members and their beloved animals. $149. Holiday Inn, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough. 978-502-5800.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Trigger Point Release Seminar – 7:30-8:30pm. Discover why gentle touch is so effective in reducing pain and tension in the body, and learn techniques to effectively do this at home. Bring a partner as it requires another person to do it. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Newton. Must register; space limited: 617-964-3332.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Food Allergies and the Holidays – 7-9pm. Learn to make delicious holiday foods without any of the common food allergens: gluten, dairy and others. $25. CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-750-5274.


Talk to the Animals: An Introduction to Animal Communication – 7:30-9pm. Introductory talk for workshop on Nov 9. $10. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. LCorinash@

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Introduction to Clinical Somatic Education – 9am-6pm. Learn the basics of a neuromuscular re-education technique which allows you to make long-lasting changes to your postural habits, movement patterns, and ability to manage stress. $125/non-credit, $150/NCBTMB credit. Somatic Movement Center, 440 Arsenal St, 2nd Fl, Watertown. Pre-registration required: 800-7622998. Talk to the Animals: An Introduction to Animal Communication – 9:30am-5pm. Learn basic techniques that will develop heightened sensory awareness and help you connect with animals. Apply these sensing techniques to intuiting information. Introduction on Nov 7. $80 by Nov 1; $95 thereafter. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. Veterans Day Family Event at USS Constitution Museum – Nov 9-11. 10am-5pm. Take a free tour of the USS Constitution and then walk across the plaza to the museum and learn more about the Constitution’s history, explore interactive exhibits, and find out what the life of a sailor was like during the War of 1812. Suggested donation: $5/adults, $3/seniors, $2/children. Charlestown Navy Yard, 1 Constitution Rd, Charlestown. History.Navy.Mil/ USSConstitution. Veterans Day Cruise to the Boston Harbor Islands – 11am-2pm. A special cruise to Fort Warren on Georges Island. Park Rangers will present a program about the military history of Boston Harbor from the American Revolution through the Civil War and up to the present time. Free/Veterans; $5. Long Wharf on Boston’s Downtown Waterfront. 617-770-0040. How a Psychic Works with Autistic Individuals – 12-2pm. Walter Ness talks about his experiences with autistic children and adults, as a counselor in mental health group homes, and as a one-on-one consultant. All welcome. $10 suggested donation. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-628-5558.

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Network Spinal Analysis Class – 3-4pm. Discover your body’s innate ability to heal itself through this advanced chiropractic technique. Learn the basics, including a live demonstration. NSA can help you handle stress, overcome aches and pains, improve posture, and assist in achieving a greater sense of well-being. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. 617-9643332.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Boston River Run 5K – 9am. A spirited, patriotic run that takes place Veterans Day weekend. A family-friendly course welcoming runners and walkers of all ability levels. Proceeds for charity. $35. DCR’s Artesani Park, 1255 Soldiers Field Rd, Boston. Reiki Level 1 Training – 9:45am-6:30pm. Learn to practice Reiki for self-care and selfdiscovery, as well as to be of service to others. Class facilitates healing, health, and wellbeing for yourself and others. A comfortable and exciting place to begin your exploration. $150. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-2448856.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Regenerating Your Body with Core Movement Integration – 11am-12:15pm. Basic to advanced core movement lesson-exercises to reduce arthritic pain, improve mobility and body posture; stabilize and strengthen the body core; reverse and transform degenerative habits into regenerative improvement, for lifelong fitness and wellness. $125/7 classes, prepaid. Samadhi Integral Life Practice Center, 796 Beacon St, Newton. Registration required: 978-461-0221. Health Maintenance – 6:30-7:30pm. With Kenyon Keily. Learn what herbal medicine is, the illnesses it treats, and the role it can play to benefit your whole body naturally. Taste different herbal extracts and receive Ganoderma 18, a leading tonic herb formula that promotes health maintenance and a general well-being. $25. Groton Wellness, 493 Main St, Mill Run Plaza, Groton. Pre-registration required: 978-449-9919. Workshop for Body-Breath Integration – 7:308:30pm. Learn how to de-stress your life and calm your mind. Release tension and energy blockages in the body. Create more focused healing with your chiropractic care. A powerful and inspiring workshop with Dr. John Coleman. $30. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Newton. 617-964-3332.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13 Herbs & Foods for AD[H]D & the Autism Spectrum – 7-9pm. Learn effective, safe, and simple herbal and nutritional remedies for ADD, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum conditions. $25. CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine,

25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-750-5274.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14 Bounty-ful – 5-8pm. A local wine and cheese tasting fundraiser to support the Boston Bounty Bucks program. Highlights include local wineries and food artisans with tastings fresh from New England farms. $35. Benjamin Franklin Institute, 41 Berkeley St, Boston. 617-203-2073. A Metaphysician’s Perspective on Crystal Healing – 7:30-9pm. Kyle Russell shares his knowledge through a slide presentation as well as a display of crystals on-site. See the beauty and experience the energy of these powerful healing tools from Nature. $10. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-771-5119.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15 3rd Friday Soirees: Kaeza Fearn, Composer/ Pianist and Friends – 7-9pm. Kaeza’s Soiree program includes colorful vocal works expressing a range of poetry, light-hearted nursery rhyme arrangements, and original meditative chants. $15$12, includes refreshments. ASC, 27 Maple Street, 2nd Fl, Arlington. 781-643-1586. To reserve: com/site/ImpresariaProductions. Nirinjan Kaur Live in Boston – 7-9:30pm. Experience an indelible pull to the sacred that travels through Nirinjan Kaur’s sound current and be carried into the devotional space that is the signature of every note. Join Nirinjan Kaur Khalsa, Matthew Schoening and RamDass Khalsa for this amazing event. $30 by Nov 12, $40 thereafter. Kundalini Yoga Boston, 186 Hampshire St, Cambridge.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair – Nov 16-17. Offerings are wide and diverse from over 120 dealers from around the world who will exhibit and sell rare, collectible and antiquarian books, manuscripts, autographs and

more. Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St, Boston. 617-543-1595. For pricing & schedule: Free Introduction to Reiki – 10am-12pm. Learn about the history and theory of this healing method, get your questions answered, receive a sample treatment and experience 20 mins of guided imagery and relaxation. Reiki can be used on yourself, others and pets. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Mass Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. Pre-registration required: 781-648-9344. David Dalton: Flower Essences for Lyme Disease – Nov 16-17. 10am-4pm. David Dalton, author of Stars of the Meadow and founder/director of Delta Gardens, offers this weekend intensive on the treatment of Lyme disease with flower essences. $250. CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine, 25 Saint Mary’s Ct, Brookline. 617-7505274. Pet Photos with Santa & The Grinch – 10am4pm. Have your pet’s photos and yours, if you like, taken with Santa Paws and/or the Grinch. Receive a CD of your photo and an abundantly stuffed goodie bag. $20 donation to Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. Walk-ins only. Especially for Pets, 95 Washington St, The Village Shoppes, Canton. 781828-8900.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17 Reiki Clinic: Free for Practitioners – 1:304:30pm. An opportunity for clients to receive a Reiki treatment at the introductory rate of $15 for a half-hour treatment by a group of practitioners. Reiki practitioners participate in giving and receiving Reiki treatments for free at the clinics. By appointment only. $15/clients, free/practitioners. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Mass Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. To reserve a space: 617-710-3683.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19 Network Spinal Analysis Class – 7:30-8:30pm. Discover your body’s innate ability to heal itself through this advanced chiropractic technique. Learn the basics, including a live demonstration. NSA can help you handle stress, overcome aches and pains, improve posture, and assist in achieving a greater sense of well-being. Free. Newton

Le Cordon Bleu Boston Thanksgiving Demo – 10:30am. College of Culinary Arts demonstrations by master chef instructors showing how to turn an ordinary turkey dinner into a scrumptious holiday feast. Includes a tour of their commercial kitchens. Free. Le Cordon Bleu, 215 First St, Cambridge. Reservations required; space limited: 888-3946222. Intuitive Readings with Chantra – 10:30am5:30pm. Barbara Chantra Prince is a Lakotainitiated medicine woman and a sacred pipe carrier. She is clairaudient/clairvoyant and a gifted healer and teacher. Private, intuitive readings for 30 or 60 mins by appointment. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. To schedule, Carolyn: 508-481-2547, CarolynRomano@

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Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste 250, Newton. 617-964-3332.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21 Fertility Awareness Meetup – 6-7pm. A space where women can connect with peers, access information, pose questions, request resources, and share experiences. Open to all women, including those who are considering using natural birth control and those already familiar with sympto-thermal methods. Free. Cambridge Women’s Center, 46 Pleasant St, Cambridge.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22 Plymouth Thanksgiving Events – Nov 22-24. Explore the website for details and scheduling of events throughout Thanksgiving weekend.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23 Thanksgiving Buffet for Dogs – 11am-3pm. Bring your dog by to taste an array of delicious and healthy foods offered on our Thanksgiving buffet table. Featuring The Honest Kitchen Love meatballs; samplings also available from Merrick Pet Foods and many more. Free. Especially for Pets, 95 Washington St, The Village Shoppes, Canton. 781-828-8900. Trigger Point Release Seminar – 1-2pm. Discover why gentle touch is so effective in reducing pain

and tension in the body, and learn techniques to effectively do this at home. Bring a partner as it requires another person to do it. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Newton. Registration required; space limited: 617964-3332.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25 Intermediate Herbal Course Online – A comprehensive multi-media herbal program. Includes hands-on projects, recipes, demonstrations and quizzes. Complete the course on your own time (about 10 months recommended). $36/month. 781-572-4454.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26 Giving Thanks, Increasing Happiness – 7-8pm. On Thanksgiving we appreciate our blessings, but the daily practice of cultivating gratitude can radically transform our lives and our well-being all year round. Learn about powerful gratitude practices in this free teleclass with Creative Living Coach, Kim Childs. Free. Teleconference. 617640-3813. Community HU: Experience the Wisdom and Love of Your Inner World – 7:30-8:30pm. People of all faiths and philosophies welcome. Sing HU, an ancient name for God. Sung silently or out loud, singing or chanting this sacred word can bring peace, calmness, solace, expansion of awareness,

and an experience of divine love. Free. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 508816-1454.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29 Museum of Fine Arts Annual School Sale – Nov 29-Dec 2. Snap up the fabulous creations by faculty, students and alums. Thousands of paintings, photographs, prints, sculptures, new media and more. Sales benefit student scholarships at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Free. School of Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston. For times: 617-369-3204 or

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30 Boston Tuba Christmas Concert – 2pm. More than 150 tuba players delight the crowd when they perform their annual free holiday concert of Christmas classics. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston. 617-2480399. The Capitol Steps “Fiscal Shades of Gray” Tour – 5 & 8pm. In song and satire, The Capitol Steps roast Congressional gridlock, financial crises, and sex scandals. This irreverent group charms audiences on both sides of the aisle with its unique brand of political humor set to popular music. $38-$29. Students discount $5. Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall, Harvard University, 45 Quincy St, Cambridge. 617-496-2222.

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daily Free Energy Yoga Class – 70-min class focused on building strength and warmth of the core. Move through periods of stretching, breathing postures and energy meditation. Dahn Holistic Fitness, 1773 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. For scheduling: 617-354-9642. Free Tour of Symphony Hall – Musicians and engineers consider Boston’s Symphony Hall to be the most acoustically perfect concert space in the United States. 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.

artisanal foods. Singers and other entertainment plus an excellent supply of Christmas trees and holiday decorations. Free. Downtown Crossing, across from Macy’s, Summer St, off Washington. Blink! Holiday Lights and Music – Nov 23Dec 31. 5-10pm. America’s first open air market blazes with 350,000 Earth-friendly LED lights that streak across Boston’s night sky in a spectacular display of holiday light and recorded Holiday Pops music. Runs 12 times each night. Free. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston. 617-248-0399.


Yoga at The Breathing Room – Located next to Life Alive, this studio is like no other in that it offers various styles of yoga, massage, acupuncture and more. $25 explorer pass for 1 wk of yoga. The Breathing Room, 763 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 7, Cambridge.

Gentle Beginners Morning Yoga – 10-11:15am. Also, All-Level Yoga, 11:30am-12:45pm. A perfect class for beginners or anyone looking to connect with the slower, softer side of yoga. The class sequence offers postures and breathing techniques that stretch and relax the body and calm the mind. $15/drop-in, $12/students with ID. The Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge.

Downtown Crossing Holiday Market – Nov 22-Dec 28. 11am-7pm, Mon-Fri; 11am-5pm, Sun. Local crafts, original art and jewelry and

Free Breathing and Meditation Group – 2-3:15pm. Join us for bi-weekly breathing, relaxation and meditation sessions. Learn and experience practical


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tools for managing stress and energy in everyday life. All ages and levels welcome. Free. Dahn Holistic Fitness, 1773 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617354-9642. Tong Ren Energy Healing Class – 4-6:30pm. Tong Ren combines Western knowledge of anatomy and physiology with the ancient principle of “chi,” or life force energy, to create what many consider to be a powerful new healing modality. Free, donation up to $10 accepted. Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, 300 First Ave, Charlestown. Sunday Restorative Yoga – 5-6:15pm. Relax, stretch, de-stress and re-charge your whole system before your work week. Poses supported with blankets and bolsters. Open to everyone. $75/6-wk series, $15/drop-in. The Center at Westwoods, 590 Gay St, Westwood. 617-869-9574. Expression Flow Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. Expression Flow is a Vinyasa-based flow that incorporates vocal exercises to open the body and voice. Great for creative souls and those looking for more expressiveness in their lives. $10. The Breathing Room, 763 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 7, Cambridge. 570-574-1207.

Boston. 617-523-1749. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – 6:15-7:15pm. Beneficial in helping individuals gain more knowledge on how to defend oneself and increase self-discipline. Learn techniques that increase physical fitness and mental training. Call for free trial. Sarah’s School of Martial Arts, 1100 Mass Ave, 3rd Fl, Arlington. 781-6410262. Zumba Toning – 6:30-7:30pm. Benefit mentally, emotionally and physically from the dance workout that has caused such a sensation all over the world. $100/10 classes, $12/walk-in. Dance Union, 16 Bow St, Somerville. 617-968-1695.

monday Anxiety and Panic Support Group – 6:30pm. First Monday of every month. Designed to offer a place where people with common interests and experience can meet. Learn that you aren’t alone in your experience and knowledge is the key to living a symptom-free life. Free. Washington St, Newton. Doreen: 617-849-3198. Community Acupuncture – Thru Dec 31. Also Wed & Fri. By appt. Affordable care for a healthy community. Acupuncture in a shared space, rather than private rooms enabling lower cost. Sliding scale, $35-$55 initial visit; $20-$40 follow-up visits. Green Tea Yoga, 10 Colonial Rd, Salem. 781-2692287. CrossTrain Class – 5-6am. A challenging and fun class. Expect a warm up, combined upper and lower body exercises, endurance, strength and stamina development. All levels benefit. $10. Victory Field, 40 Orchard St, Watertown. Inclement weather at Watertown Center for Healing Arts, 22 Mt. Auburn St, Watertown. 617438-4467. Nia “Get into your Body” Classes – Thru Dec 23. 10-11am. Includes dance, martial arts and healing arts with yoga for a great workout. $15/drop-in. New England Tango Academy, 620 Cambridge St, 2nd Fl, East Cambridge. 617-620-7654. Yoga at East End House – 5:30-6:30pm. A free (donation suggested) yoga class with Caitlin Green for the community. The East End House, 105 Sprint St, Cambridge. 617-824-8644. Kripalu Yoga – 6pm. Start anytime. Walk-ins welcome. Experience deep relaxation, increased flexibility and renewed energy. Free/first session, $95/8 sessions, $15/walk-ins. The Well Street Station, 62 Mt. Auburn St, Watertown. 617-9231440. Open Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Join Rigpa Boston’s open meditation sessions whenever you wish. Open to everyone, from beginners to more experienced meditators. Donations accepted. Rigpa Boston, 24 Crescent St, Ste 308, Waltham. 619-906-4291. Hatha Yoga at Gallery 263 – 7:15-8:30pm. Increase flexibility, strength and balance. Relax and recharge mind and spirit. Intelligent sequencing

and attention to alignment which will challenge all levels. $10. 263 Pearl St, Cambridgeport. 617-4599817. Community Contra Dance – 7:30-10:30pm. Make new friends while doing easy social dancing to great live music in a historic hall. Alcohol-, smoke- and perfume-free. Instruction provided; no need to bring a partner. $8, $5/22 or under. Concord Scout House, 74 Walden St, Concord. 978-369-1232. Yoga for Cyclists – 7:45-9:15pm. A beginnerfriendly class for cyclists and other athletes. Emphasis on releasing chronically tight muscles and gently strengthening the core. Restorative poses used to release stress and cultivate deep relaxation. $17/drop-in. The Arlington Center, 369 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington. 781-316-0282.

tuesday Practitioners Breakfast – 7:30-9am. 3rd Tues. Enjoy breakfast from Farm to Table Café. All health care practitioners are welcome to share breakfast and knowledge. Monthly speakers and presentations. Working together to increase the overall wellness of our great community. Free. Groton Wellness, 493 Main St, Mill Run Plaza, Groton. 978-449-9919. Gentle Hatha Adaptive Yoga –­ Thru Dec 13. 10:30-11:45am.­­­8wks, Tues & Fri. Tools to help you towards better health and wellness. Combines gentle yoga, restorative yoga, breathwork and guided meditation techniques into a soothing, gentle yoga class. Great for those with injury, illness, mental and physical stress. $192/all 16 classes, $12/class, $15/drop-in. Groton Wellness, 493 Main St, Groton. 978-449-9919. Natural Healing with Chi-Lel Qigong – 11:15am12:15pm. Experience the healing power, learning gentle movement with visualization to build up your own energy. Discuss how effective qigong exercises can be and why they can help many health issues. $120/8-session series, $20/session. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 617-9979922. Noon Concerts on the Freedom Trail – 12pm. Stop by to hear a 30-40-minute 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,

Reiki Clinic – 6:30-8:30pm. 2nd Tues. Holistic Healing Reiki Clinic is offering Reiki sessions on a donations-only basis. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. For appt, Kathleen: or Doreen: 617-8493198. Gentle Yoga – 6:45-7:45pm. Yoga that is about moving slowly and attentively to improve physical, mental and emotional health. Come and try it. See for cost details. Breathe Wellness, 162 Cook Ln, Marlboro. 617-699-2389. Reiki Clinic – 7-9pm. Last Tues. An opportunity to try something new, crack open the door or just take a moment for yourself to de-stress. Appointments for 30-min sessions. $10 suggested. Sky Dancer’s, 788F Country Way, Ste 1, Scituate. 339-526-9759.

wednesday Tong Ren Energy Healing Class – 12-1pm. Tong Ren combines western knowledge of anatomy and physiology with the ancient principle of “chi,” or life force energy, to create what many consider to be a powerful new healing modality. Free, donation up to $10 accepted. Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton. Community Acupuncture – 2:30-5:30pm. Also Thurs, Fri & Sun, 9:30am-12:30pm. Cambridge, Belmont and Watertown residents, take advantage of effective acupuncture at an affordable rate. Sliding scale $20-$40. Initial consultation $30-$50. OM Namo Community Acupuncture, 21 Belmont St, Cambridge. 617-868-0756. Meditation Evenings – 7-8:30pm. Come to meditate and take part in a discussion. Both beginners and experienced meditators welcome. Light refreshments provided. $10/suggested donation. Advaita Meditation Center, 28 Worcester Ln, Waltham. 781-647-0020. Philosophy Works: An Intro to Practical Philosophy – 7-9pm. Contact Dennis with questions related to Practical Philosophy. Free. TS Center for Spiritual Studies, 21 Maple St, Arlington. 978-443-1743. Dance Freedom – 7:30-10:30pm. The oldest continually running weekly barefoot dance in the world. Live DJ music, a great workout, lots of fun and lots of interesting people to meet. Recharge and renew in a joyous, positive, drug- and alcoholfree environment. $10-$20 sliding scale. First Congregational Church, 11 Garden St, Cambridge. 617-312-3039.

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Rising Energy Flow – 7-8am. A morning Vinyasa class dedicated to your re-awakening. Come to set an intention and invigorate your energy for the week ahead. $10. The Breathing Room, 763 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 7, Cambridge. 570-5741207.

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Gentle Kundalini Yoga and Gong Relaxation – 8:30-10am. Enjoy gentle yoga and meditation and deeply relax with the gong, the first and last instrument for the mind. $110/10 classes, $12/ drop-in. Newton Highlands Congregational Church, 54 Lincoln St, Newton Highlands. 617-733-2311.

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Somerville Road Runners Night 4.13 Miler – 7:15-8:15pm. It may be raining. It may be cold. The SRR Thursday night run will happen every week, no matter what. Free. Casey’s, 171 Broadway, Somerville.

Office Space – Space available in Arlington, Medford & Wakefield. Locations feature affordable rent, off-street parking, 24-hour security surveillance near major highways with high visibility and pedestrian traffic. Different size offices for every budget level. For more information go to or call 781-648-9867. SEMINAR ROOM – Perfect location for your wellness seminar or training class. Seated classroom for 30-50 people or massage table classroom for 10-12 tables. Friday, Saturday, or Sunday only. Free parking or walk from Watertown Square. New England School of Acupuncture. Call Steve: 617-558-1788 x 375.

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Reiki Healing Circle for Women on a Healing Journey with Cancer – 4-6pm. Once a month. Women trained in Reiki and at various stages in their healing journey come together to support each other. Uplifting, life affirming and healing. $35. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Mass Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. 781-648-9334. Zumba – 6:30-7:30pm. Benefit mentally, emotionally and physically from the dance workout that has caused such a sensation all over the world. $100/10 classes, $12/walk-in. Dance Union, 16 Bow St, Somerville. 617-968-1695.

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 Heron Homeschool Wilderness Survival Program – 9:30am-2pm. Throughout Fall, Winter and Spring. Your child can learn wilderness living skills and nature awareness while fully immersed in nature. $50-$65/class, sliding scale. Amherst. 413-5220338. 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. Yoga for All Levels – 10-11:30am. All-levels, Vinyasa flow-style yoga experience that offers a dynamic approach to a safe foundation. Say yes to exploring a deeper experience in your practice and join with your highest aspirations. $15. Samara Yoga Studio, 249 Elm St, Somerville. 617-393-2200. Blood Pressure Screenings – 10am-12pm. Free blood pressure screenings on the 1st Fri each month in front of the Old Country Buffet. Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968.


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Zumba Fitness – 6:30-7:30pm. Achieve long term benefits while experiencing an absolute blast in one exhilarating hour of calorie-burning, bodyenergizing, awe-inspiring Latin movements meant to engage and captivate for life. $100/10 classes, $12/walk-in, $50/month for unlimited membership. Sarah’s School of Martial Arts, 1100 Mass Ave, 3rd Fl, Arlington. 781-641-0262. Second Fridays Free – 5-8pm. Free evening at the MIT Museum on the 2nd Fri each month. Mingle with friends in the unique galleries and see some of the latest research coming out of MIT. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-253-5927. Zumba Family – 5:30-6:15pm. Something fun and healthy to do with your family. Class is toned down so that everyone can follow along. $100/10 classes, $12/walk-in, $50/month for unlimited membership. Sarah’s School of Martial Arts, 1100 Mass Ave, 3rd Fl, Arlington. 781-641-0262. Jam’n Java Open Mic and Coffeehouse – 6:309pm. 1st Fri. Sign up to play, or come and listen to talented local performers. Free. Jam’n Java, 594 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington. ArlOpenMic. Glass Beadmaking – 6:30-9:30pm. Last Fri. An evening of glass, friends and wine. Spend 3 hrs in one of our studios to experience an introductory taste of working with hot glass in glassblowing and bead making. $75. Diablo Glass School, 123 Terrace St, Boston. 617-442-7444. Conscious Body – 7-9pm. Exercise and enjoy your body while developing body awareness. Feel younger and rediscover play. Tone, stretch and release tension. Movement and massage for fun and wellness. No experience necessary. $15 or donation. Watertown Square MA, 22 Mt. Auburn St, Watertown. Register: 617-254-4088. Facebook. com/RezakkaMassage. Reiki Clinic – 7-9pm. First Fri. Experience a Reiki session at the Brenner Reiki Healing monthly Reiki Clinic. 30-min time slots available, call to schedule. $10. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-244-8856.

saturday Natural Healing with Chi-Lel Qigong – 11:15am12:15pm. Relieve allergies, headaches and joint stiffness. Lower high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes with Ancient Chinese mindful exercise. Experience the healing power of qigong. $20. Park Avenue Congregational Church, 50 Paul Revere Rd, Arlington. 617-997-9922. Glassblowing Sampler – 12-2pm. Every other Sat. Get a taste of the ancient art of glassblowing. Enjoy the excitement of playing with melted glass while making your very own souvenir. Learn how to gather glass from the furnace, and then control and shape it. Our experienced teachers will help you make a colorful paperweight for you to exhibit as your trophy. $75. Diablo Glass School, 123 Terrace St, Boston. 617-442-7444. Live Music – 7:30-10pm. Enjoy local food, music and art. No cover charge. Nourish Restaurant, 1727 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington. 781-674-2400.

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ACUPUNCTURE BETTER LIFE ACUPUNCTURE & HERBS Midgie Franz, LicAc, Herbalist, MBA Lexington/Cambridge

Gentle and effective acupuncture treatments, herbal medicine consultations, diet and lifestyle counseling. Specializing in chronic pain, migraines, fertility, autoimmune disorders, digestive upsets and stress management.


Certified Alexander Technique Teacher; Certified Thai Yoga Therapist 33A Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445 617-359-7841 Learn to relieve and prevent excess tension and manage the stress in your life. Improve your posture without any holding. Learn mind/body tools for personal growth or simply enjoy a relaxing Thai yoga session.


2285 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140 617-651-3213 Seetal Cheema is a boardcertified physician in anesthesia and pain management, offering holistic medical care, including acupuncture and yoga.


150 California St, Newton MA 02458 617-558-1788 NESA is the first school of acupuncture in the U.S. and provides a rigorous acupuncture education along with affordable health care to the community. See ad page 9.

VISIONS HEALTHCARE 910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-1333

Acupuncturists at Visions HealthCare are able to provide relief for a variety of concerns including but not limited to insomnia, allergies, digestion, pain, fatigue, etc. See ad on the back cover.



910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-1333 Effectively using BioIdentical Hormone Therapy for 9 years; expert gynecologist passionate about supporting women to ease transition through all life phases. Accepts most major insurances. See ad on the back cover.



Kristine Jelstrup, LMT, CBK 126 Prospect St, Ste 5 617-833-3407 Kristine@CentralSquareHealthAnd Achieve optimal health, physically, emotionally, nutritionally. Kristine works with the subtle energies of the body to clear nervous system interference, creating a balanced body. See ad page 32.

Bioidentical Hormone Treatment CONNIE A. JACKSON, MD

55 Pond Ave, Brookline, MA 02445 132 Great Rd, Ste 201, Stow, MA 01775 617-232-0202 (Brookline) 617-879-0403 (Stow)

393 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 781-507-4226 I’m a Physical Therapist with 20+ years experience helping people recover from pain using gentle, effective Bodywork techniques including Craniosacral Therapy and Fascial Mobilization. See ad page 16.


Rezakkah Norins 22 Mount Auburn St, Watertown 02472 617-254-4088 Twenty years of experience with many techniques, Rezakkah offers comprehensive bodywork tailored to each individual’s needs. Specializing in oncology massage and self-care education.

Specializing in Hormonal Imbalance and Individualized Natural Bioidentical Hormone Treatment for irregular menstrual cycles, hot flashes, night sweats, low sex drive, irritability, fatigue, poor concentration, poor memory, depression and sleep disturbances. Accepting most major insurances. See ads pages 2 and 31.

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781-296-5158 As a Neuro Linguistic Programming master, Aaron works with people who want to improve the quality of their life. Also uses reflexology and the powerful effects of Reiki for healing and balance.

Julie Burke, DC 617-964-3332

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 ad page 12.



Brian Reid is an internationally acclaimed life coach with Brenda Lee, a Shire horse. Through his discoveries with Brenda Lee, Brian founded Horses Know The Way Home and developed 13 principles that guide his teachings. See ad page 7.

910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 781-431-1333 Patient-centered, evidence-based spinal care and soft tissue work to decrease pain and improve mobility. Accepts major health insurances. Weekend and evening hours available. See ad on the back cover.


Marie Wetmore, Certified Coach 781-670-7090 Accomplish your goals: coaching for self-care, balance, organization, time management, career change, professional success, etc. Manage decisions and transitions confidently. Learn to self-coach. Individual coaching and workshops available. Call for a free trial.


617-640-3813 Ready to get unstuck and on track with your goals and passions? Asking “What’s next?” Kim uses the practices and principles of Positive Psychology and The Artist’s Way to assist you in making your life more joyful, meaningful and authentic


Liz Marcano-Pucillo 640 Washington St, Dedham, MA 02026 781-329-3800


Designed Alliance works with each client in a collaborative coaching partnership to clarify, articulate and create action plans toward self-identified growth, positive change and achievement. See ad page 19.


industry. See ad page 31.

Receive professional colon hydrotherapy by a national board certified therapist using the Angel of Water system. The most comfortable and private system in the

compounding & wellness pharmacy JOHNSON COMPOUNDING AND WELLNESS CENTER Stephen Bernardi 577 Main St, Waltham, MA 02452 781-893-3870 Fax: 781-899-1172

JCWC is the only sterile and non-sterile PCAB-accredited pharmacy in Massachusetts. In addition to our compounding service, we offer a full range of nutritional supplements, natural products, homeopathic remedies and home health care equipment. See ads pages 2 and 25.

dentist DR. IVETA IONTCHEVA-BAREHMI DMD, MS, D.SC. 1842 Beacon St, Ste 302, Brookline, MA 617-868-1516

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 8.

GROTON WELLNESS – MEDICAL, DENTAL, SPA, FARM TO TABLE CAFÉ 493-495 Main St Groton, MA 01450 978-449-9919

The only holistic center of its kind on the East Coast. Groton Wellness synergistically fuses state-of-the-art Biological Dentistry with Integrative Medicine to meet the health needs of the whole person. We are professionals in preventative and functional medicine, general and pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, detoxification, spa therapy, nutrition and a host of complementary therapies. We work with you to develop a personal, comprehensive plan that achieves wellness and balance from head to toe. This is our mission. See ad pages 2 and 15.

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781-891-5439 Abbey Brown has been successfully working with dog behavior and obedience training since 1980. She has a master’s degree in psychology and animal behavior. See ad page 36.


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910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333

Family Medicine Physician with 19 years of experience practices with the Functional Medicine approach. Accepting new patients for Primary Care or Consultation. Accepts insurance. See ad on the back cover.

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Lydian Center for Innovative Medicine, 777 Concord Ave, Ste 301, Cambridge, MA 617-299-6151 Naturopathic medicine address root causes of illness, interconnection of body-systems, and approaches each patient based on their individualized needs. Specialties: gastrointestinal, mood, autoimmune, adrenal, cardiovascular, blood sugar and neurological issues.

Alison Shaw APRN, LMT, CEH 393 Massachusetts Ave Arlington, MA 02474 781-646-0686 An innovative blend of body-centered counseling, integrative bodywork and energy medicine to uncover and release body-mind patterns that limit your life and health. See ad page 11.



678 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139 617-642-0263

910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333 Board-Certified Family Medicine physician trained in Functional Medicine accepting new patients of all ages for Primary Care or consultation. Accepts most major health insurances. See ad on the back cover.


910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333

Dr. Magdalena Fosse integrates mind-body, cognitive-behavioral, and existential methods to alleviate symptoms and problems that cause suffering. Working with individuals and couples her aim is to create a life for each client that is meaningful and fulfilling.


Board Certified through the American Board of Family Medicine as well as the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. Available for primary care and consultation. See ad on the back cover.

617 524 7628 With a background in Energy Healing & Consciousness (Barbara Brennan), Sound and Mindfulness, Patricia supports you in understanding and releasing patterns that no longer serve you so you can blossom. See ad page 23.

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170 Worcester St (Rte 9) Wellesley, MA 02481 910 Washington St (Rte 1A) Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333

Licensed Mental Health Clinician and Behavioral Health Specialist with over 15 years of experience; integrative approach. Specialties: anxiety, panic, depression, stress, anger, etc. Accepts insurance. See ad on the back cover.


6 Emily Ct Gt, Barrington 617-360-1929 Fax: 413-332-0719 Individualized plans based on nutrient, metabolic and hormonal and digestive testing. Call Kristine Bahr, Lic Nutritionist. Insurance accepted. See ad page 17.


Anti-aging personal care and nutrition with proven clinical results. Swiss botanical products are vegan, gluten-free, non-toxic. Consumer discounts and consultant options available.


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Feeding mind-body-spirit through therapeutic and restorative yoga, Ayurvedic counseling, meditation, pranayam and Reiki; specializing in low back pain and digestive issues. See ad page 39.

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150 Fearing St, Ste 4-A Amherst MA 01002 413-230-3260

Improve all your relationships. Learn to navigate difficult conversations with confidence. Our training programs show you how. See ad page 16.

MASH MAIN ST ANIMAL SERVICES OF HOPKINTON Margo Roman, DVM 72 W Main St, Hopkinton, MA 01748 508-435-4077


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 25.


1620 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA 617-306-0264

A full-service integrative veterinary clinic offering caring and healthful options and modalities like acupuncture, functional nutrition, homeopathy, chiropractic, herbs, ozone therapy, surgery and dentistry. See ad page 36.

Connect to your highest self! Jonathan offers spiritually focused, results-oriented, holistic psychotherapy. Release limitations, build a sense of groundedness, develop creativity, and grow into the person you are meant to be. See ad page 22.


Phyllis Wilson 781-883-2282

Offering website design and business consulting for small businesses and providers in private practice.

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Ree Coleman - Certified Vision Teacher Offices in Boston & Newton 617-838-0928 Achieve vision improvement via exercises, relaxation, science & physiology to create a pathway to sharper, clearer, more balanced vision, reducing dependence on external correction.


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We partner with clients to identify and overcome barriers to living a healthy lifestyle. Services include wellness coaching, professional organizing, personal training and stress management.


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Works one-on-one to develop a program for your body/mind to be brought back into balance. Currently accepting new clients.

YOGA THERAPY ALAINE AMARAL, BFA, RYT 910 Washington St Dedham, MA 02026 781-431-1333

Integrative Yoga Therapy is a highly individualized, self-empowering process that connects healthcare with yoga. Heal from chronic pain or illness. Individual & group offerings. See ad on the back cover.

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Natural Awakenings Magazine is Boston's healthy living magazine. We're your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. Our mission is to prov...

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Natural Awakenings Magazine is Boston's healthy living magazine. We're your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. Our mission is to prov...