Natural Awakenings Boston December 2018

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A Global Wake-Up Call Collective Consciousness Nears Spiritual Tipping Point

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Holiday Happiness

Simple Ways to Maximize Joy

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Tips to Keep Them Merry and Safe

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December 2018


letter from the publisher




ur feature story, “A Global Wake-Up Call, Collective Consciousness Nears Spiritual Tipping Point,” by Linda Sechrist, is my favorite feature of 2018. I anticipate that readers, no matter their interpretations and philosophies regarding what consciousness really is, will equally appreciate the insights from some of the world’s leaders in the consciousness movement which affirm that we are perhaps on the verge of or even in the midst of a mass awakening of consciousness. It’s a favorite for me because I’ve been seeking and intermittently finding pockets of peace in my life, which I notice correspond to my habits around conscious thought. There’s no denying the truth that ‘thoughts become things’. It’s been scientifically proven and we frequently prove it to ourselves whenever we hurriedly race to get out of the house for an appointment all the while thinking, ‘I can’t be late; I’ve got to hurry up and get out of here or I’m going to be late.’ Inevitably, that’s when we hit every red light or end up behind every slowpoke. Many of us have had the experience of affirmative belief and expectation—a “knowing” that something is going to happen. These knowing experiences happen to me whenever I set my intention and expect a perfect parking space waiting for me upon arrival. I chuckle whenever I recall vivid memories of this sort of knowing that involved friends who pushed back and told me that I was crazy for taking a risk they considered wrong. I dismissed their good-natured jabs and criticisms without knowing why or where the knowing was coming from because I just knew. Practicing the habit of consciously choosing the thoughts I allow to expand is having a profound effect on my overall well-being, particularly regarding my emotional well-being and the quality of interactions throughout my day. Gone are days of waking up with an inexplicable feeling of dread that dragged me down a rabbit hole. Instead, on the rare occasion that a negative-waking thought occurs, I’ve built the resilience and ability to immediately shift my consciousness to a better feeling thought. My deeper understanding of the important relationship between thoughts and feelings has resulted in the realization that my thoughts help build the momentum toward improved feelings and the feelings are what really bring forth the manifestation of whatever it is that I’m focused upon. My wish for all, as we close out 2018 and begin anew, is a deeper understanding and knowing that there is truly a collective one-mind consciousness that underlies our universal oneness. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Feliz Navidad and Happy Holidays to you and yours,

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Contents 15 BRING LIGHT,



16 M*A*S*H

Integrative Healthcare for Animals



Collective Consciousness Nears Spiritual Tipping Point


20 2018 GIFT GUIDE 22 JACOB LIBERMAN on Light as Our Essential Nature


Untapped Potential of Human Healing



Six Ways to Bring On Joy



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7th Annual Season of Light Holiday Celebration


SL Greater Boston is hosting the seventh annual Season of Light Holiday Celebration from 9:45 to 11:15 a.m., December 23, at the Center for Spiritual Living Greater Boston, in Cambridge. Each December, various faiths and traditions exalt the transcendent power of light as a spiritual principle that illuminates, clarifies and unites. The Season of Light Holiday Celebration is an opportunity to share beautiful music, poetry, rituals and camaraderie of this magical, inspiring and heartwarming time of year. The founder of Center for Spiritual Living, Dr. Ernest Holmes, states, “We are not going through a harder time today, a longer or darker night, than has ever been experienced before. It only seems darker because we have lost faith—the beacon light. If one will have faith, in himself, faith in his fellowmen, in the universe and in God, that faith will light the place in which he finds himself, and by the light of this faith, he will be able to see that all is good.” Cost: Free. Location: 50 Dudley St., Cambridge. For more information, call 617-947-2743, email or visit

Mind-Body Skills Workshop at Facing Cancer Together


renner Reiki Healing has begun providing mind-body skills workshops from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., on the second and fourth Fridays of each month at Facing Cancer Together, in Brighton. Individuals diagnosed with cancer face uncertainty and experience strong emotions, along with their physical symptoms and rigorous medical treatment. The illness experience may include social, emotional, psychological and spiritual dimensions that cannot be effectively addressed with conventional medicine. Reiki practice provides the support for healing of body-mindemotions-spirit, even in the midst of distress. Facing Cancer Together offers programs and services designed to support the emotional and social needs of people with cancer. Facing Cancer Together participants may choose the reiki mind-body skills workshop offered by Brenner Reiki Healing, among many other wellness services. Participants learn essential reiki mind-body skills to care for and support themselves during a very scary time in their lives. Cost: $15. Location: 410 Washington St., Brighton. For more information, call 617-244-8856, email or visit See Resource Guide on page 38. 6

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Free Bioregulatory Medicine Webinar Series Offers Opportunity to 'Ask the Doctor'


edical questions will be answered during a free webinar from 1 to 2 p.m., December 11, with renowned naturopathic doctor, Dr. Dick Thom, from the American Center for Biological Medicine in Scottsdale, Arizona. For anyone that may not have been able to find answers to their medical symptoms, or have been struggling with chronic illness, this is a unique opportunity to learn more about bioregulatory medicine and have access to ask an expert in the field whatever questions they may have. Thom believes that “health is a reflection of physical, emotional, spiritual and energetic balance, and I remain committed to helping people overcome obstacles to achieving this essential equilibrium.” The immediate benefit is an understanding of symptoms and the body’s ability to heal itself by restoring balance. Individuals can gain insight into their situation and learn how bioregulatory medicine can potentially help them. Thom, DDS, ND, has more than 40 years of experience as a clinician and more than 20 years as a medical professor. He lectures extensively throughout North America and is the author of two books, Coping with Food Intolerances and Unda Numbers: An Energetic Journey to Homeostasis and Wellness. The Bioregulatory Medicine Institute (BRMI) was founded to promote the science and art of biological regulatory medicine, and to increase public knowledge of bioregulatory medicine as a wholistic and evidence-based medical system. It is a nonprofit program of the Marion Institute.

Expectancy is the atmosphere for miracles. ~Edwin Louis Cole

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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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Wellness Professional Networking Event Focuses on the Power of Facebook Groups


oul Being and Natural Awakenings will cohost a wellness professionals networking event from 6:45 to 8 p.m., December 13, at Newton Chiropractic & Wellness, in Newton Upper Falls. This event is all about harnessing the power of Facebook Groups. During this event, attendees will learn why Facebook Groups are key to growing lists, identify clear goals for developing a list and gain a better understanding on which steps to take next to build a group and reach ideal clients. The event’s keynote presenter is Kim Demado, a business owner, personal fitness coach and lifestyle strategist, who combines the most energetic practices from functional fitness, balanced nutrition and life’s wisdom to help women create everlasting transformations in their body and life. Attendees will also enjoy networking opportunities with other health and wellness professionals. Each attendee will have the opportunity to do a 90-second introduction of themselves to the group. This will allow attendees to make as many connections as possible. Cost: Free. Location: 383 Elliot St., #250, Newton Upper Falls (entrance is to the left of the flag pole). For more information, call 207-805-1496 or 617-906-0232, email or See ad on page 11 and Resource Guide on page 38.

Special Packages and Memberships Available at Cloud-9 Float & Wellness


loud-9 Float & Wellness is now offering unlimited packages and monthly memberships for all services, including the latest in non-invasive therapies at their location in Jamaica Plain. Cloud-9 is a family-owned business providing float, pulse electric magnetic field (PEMF) and infrared sauna therapy. As opposed to surgery or drugs, Cloud-9’s services are noninvasive and harmless therapies. They alleviate symptoms such as pain, anxiety and depression by targeting the source and removing stress and toxins from the body. These therapies ensure that cells are working at optimal levels so that the body can heal naturally. Cloud-9 Float and Wellness is open every day from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Give the gift of relaxation with a gift certificate. Cost: Memberships start at $55. Unlimited monthly packages start at $200. Location: 162 South St., Jamaica Plain. For more information, call 617-942-2644, email or visit Cloud9 See ad on page 11 and Resource Guide on page 36.

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Empower Your New Year with Pranic Healing


earn the science behind healing from 9 a.m., December 8 to 5:30 p.m., December 9, with the founder of the Center for Pranic Healing Boston, LLC, Christian D. Verde. He is a certified instructor of basic pranic healing and certified pranic healing practitioner who helps others heal, connect with themselves on a deep level and learn how to experience inner peace and stillness through healing sessions, workshops and meditation. His wish is that others will use this knowledge to heal themselves and be empowered for their health and well-being. Also, on December 31, Pranic Healing Boston, LLC, is having an end-of-the-year meditation where individuals will gather and connect online to reflect on 2018 and plan for 2019. Participants will spend time looking at their year and erasing old patterns and tendencies that keep them from having a successful year, then envision and program their mind towards success in the coming year in their career, relationships and physical, emotional and mental well-being. Location: 711 Atlantic Ave., Boston. For more information and to register, call 857-529-7804, email or visit See ad on page 21 and Resource Guide on page 37.

Natural Awakenings Family of Franchises Keeps Growing


atural Awakenings Publishing Corp. (NAPC) welcomed two new publishers to a recent training session. The NAPC staff spent several days with these entrepreneurs, discussing the ins and outs of publishing a new Natural Awakenings edition in Pittsburgh and Michelle Dainocky and Jody Pearce. taking over publication of an existing Natural Awakenings magazine in Northern and Central New Mexico. Founded by Chief Executive Officer Sharon Bruckman with a single edition in Naples in 1994, Natural Awakenings has grown to become one of the largest, free, local, healthy living publications in the world, serving nearly 3 million readers each month via more than 70 magazines published in cities across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico. For a list of locations where Natural Awakenings is published or to learn more about franchising opportunities, call 239-530-1377 or visit See ad on page 10. Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in

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Hosted by instructor Fae Ghodrat of Steinberg Wellness Center for Mind and Body at Emerson Hospital

Wednesday, Dec. 19 6:30 - 8PM at Acton Pharmacy

Pampamesayok Shaman School Begins in Medfield


oin Julie Hannon for 12 Days to an Awakened Life – A Shamanic Journey to Your Center, to be held from January 4 to 6, plus three additional weekends on February 1 to 3, March 22 to 24, and May 18 to 20, at the Hawthorne Farm Retreat Center, in Medfield. Participants will study shamanic practice, build a healing altar and walk the shamanic path. This is the first school of shamanic practice in the Boston area and an opportunity to learn in nature, and in-person. Take part in this in depth journey of healing and transformation to clear obstacles to a greater life, to live in their center, or experience the initiations from the Peruvian Andes. Hannon has been studying the medicine teachings of the Americas for more than 20 years. Her deep connection with Spirit creates a sacred space that allows profound change to occur with ease and grace. As senior faculty in the Light Body School of the Four Winds Society, she has been mentored by founder Alberto Villoldo. Hannon teaches the Medicine Wheel worldwide, and leads students on sacred journeys in Peru. In addition to teaching, Hannon has a private practice in the Boston area, working with clients locally and worldwide.

Cost: $675-$2,300. Location: Hawthorne Farm Retreat Center, 315 North St., Medfield. For more information, call 617-549-0439, email or visit InnerPeace

Free Community Qigong Classes


ao and Zen Healing will offer three free qigong classes from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., December 6, 13 and 20, at the First Baptist Church, in Jamaica Plain. During this busy time of year, people often focus on others, putting themselves last. Taking some time to relax and rejuvenate is essential to maintaining energy and avoiding holiday burnout. Qigong relieves stress, lowers blood pressure and helps balance emotions. Qigong is an ancient moving meditation dating back thousands of years. Those that have struggled to enjoy yoga and/or sitting meditation may find qigong to be the perfect balance of the two. And while it is related to tai chi, it is much easier to learn. Cost: Free. Location: 633 Centre St., Jamaica Plain. Registration requested for a head count at 617-524-2795 or TaoAndZenHealing. com/register.


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kudos Saad Dinno, pharmacist and co-owner of West Concord Pharmacy, recently was recognized by the Concord Chamber of Commerce as the 2018 Business Person of the Year. He received the award at the Chamber’s annual dinner on October 11, where more than 80 guests were in attendance. Dinno and his brother, Raied, who is also a pharmacist, co-own Acton Pharmacy, West Concord Pharmacy and Keyes Saad Dinno Drug, in Newton. The recognition by the Chamber was the latest in a series of awards and honors for Saad, including the Margaret Bauman Outstanding Medical Professional award in 2006 for his work serving the needs of the autism community. Also in 2006, Saad was named Massachusetts Innovative Pharmacist of the Year by the Massachusetts Pharmacist Association. In 2014, he received Professional Compounding Centers of America’s Dr. M. George Webber Compounding Pharmacist of the Year award. “I am so honored to have been selected for this award by the Concord Chamber of Commerce, and I am equally honored to be able to work in this community,” Dinno said. “The people of Concord and the western suburbs have been so welcoming to our family and our pharmacies; it is a great privilege to serve them.” See ad on page 10 and Resource Guide on page 35.

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Yams Protect Against Liver Damage Serving yams with a holiday dinner helps protect liver health, new research shows. Scientists from the University of Mississippi and King Saud University, in Saudi Arabia, found that steroidal glycoside compounds in wild yam root known as furostans can help protect liver cells against damage from free radicals.

Too Much Sitting Thins the Brain Sitting too much thins the medial temporal lobe (MTL), the part of the brain known for forming new memories, reports a study from the University of California, Los Angeles. Researchers questioned 35 people of ages 45 to 75 about how much time they spent sitting and exercising, then gave each participant a high-resolution MRI scan. Sedentary behavior was significantly linked to thinning of the MTL. Even increased levels of physical activity did not offset the harmful effects of sitting for extended periods, according to the research. 12

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Meditation Soothes Anxiety and Improves Focus Even a single mindfulness meditation session can significantly reduce anxiety and lower heart rates, Michigan Technological University research shows. Fourteen people with mild to moderate anxiety participated in a 20-minute introductory meditation, a 30-minute mindful scan of each body part seeking areas of stress and a 10-minute self-guided meditation. An hour later, the meditators showed both lower resting heart rates and anxiety levels. A week later, they continued to report less anxiety. Another study at Trinity College Dublin, in Ireland, uncovered an anatomical reason why breath-based meditation practices can enhance mental clarity and focus, as yogis have long claimed. The research focused on a small area in the brain called the locus coeruleus, which is responsible for producing an action hormone and neurotransmitter called noradrenaline. They found that this part of the brain is affected by our inhaling and exhaling patterns. “Put simply, this means that our attention is influenced by our breath, and that it rises and falls with the cycle of respiration,” says lead author Michael Melnychuk. “It is possible that by focusing on and regulating your breathing, you can optimize your attention level.”

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Dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cacao can have positive effects on stress levels, inflammation, mood, memory and immunity, according to two new studies from Loma Linda University, in California. Ten participants ate a 48-gram bar of dark chocolate at the beginning of each study and then ate a piece of dark chocolate every two hours when they were awake for several days. Blood tests revealed the chocolate heightened sense perception and nervous system responsiveness and increased both anti-inflammatory agents and infection-fighting cells. Gamma waves recorded by an electroencephalogram (EEG) suggested the treat could positively impact cognitive function and creativity even two hours after eating it.

In a double-blind, randomized study at Iran’s Kerman University of Medical Sciences, 68 university students took either 500 milligrams of rosemary or a placebo each day for one month. Those taking the rosemary saw their levels of anxiety and depression significantly reduced and their memory scores boosted by 14 percent; students reporting nights of good sleep rose from 47 percent to 62 percent.

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Not Yet Extinct


New Species Discovered

We know a lot about the Earth and its creatures, but never everything. The State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry, in Syracuse, has compiled a list of the top 10 new species discovered in 2018, which includes a rare great ape, hitchhiking beetle, omnivorous marsupial lion thoughtto-be-extinct and other species that are critically endangered. Quentin Wheeler, college president and founding director of the International Institute for Species Exploration, says, “As humans alter habitats and contribute to global climate change, species are going extinct at a faster rate than we can name them. They can teach us so much about the intricacies of ecosystems and the details of evolutionary history.”

Eco Jets

Electric Planes on Horizon

European airline EasyJet aims to begin service with electric-powered airplanes within the next decade by collaborating with aviation startup Wright Electric. The company wants to build vehicles with room for 120 and 220 passengers and a range of 335 miles. Not only is battery performance steadily improving, but methods are surfacing to improve the performance of electric motors and squeeze more range out of existing technology.

Bridge Reborn


Tappan Zee Repurposed into Reef

The old Tappan Zee Bridge, a three-mile span over New York’s Hudson River, is being turned into several artificial reefs off Long Island. Barge loads of decades-old concrete chunks and steel will significantly expand a state-managed artificial reef program to provide new habitats that increase the diversity of marine life, promote recreational fishing and diving, and bolster economic development. The Tappan Zee, which opened in 1955 and was replaced in 2017, was once a vital crossing just north of New York City, carrying nearly 140,000 vehicles a day at its peak. Some parts are destined for recycling centers and scrap yards, while others are being repurposed.

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. ~Dalai Lama

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Frigid Farming

Antarctic Greenhouse Yields First Crop

Scientists at Germany’s Neumayer Station III, in Antarctica, have harvested their first crop of vegetables grown without soil, daylight or pesticides as part of a project designed to help astronauts cultivate fresh food on other planets. They picked about eight pounds of salad greens, 18 cucumbers and 70 radishes grown inside a high-tech greenhouse as outside temperatures dropped to minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit. NASA has successfully grown greens on the International Space Station, but the Antarctic project aims to produce a wider range of vegetables that might one day be grown on the moon or on Mars. December 2018


Earth Christmas

Guide to Sustainable Merry-Making There is symmetry between living in an ecoconscious manner and the spirit of Christmas. Striving for peace on Earth and good will to all can also be expressed in reducing the holiday’s impact on the planet. n Alternatives to a cut or artificial plastic Christmas tree abound. Purchase a potted tree to replant later; buy from a local Whole Foods grocer or farmers’ market, even seek out an organically grown tree; or make an artful tree from driftwood or a large houseplant. n Instead of hanging plastic icicles and placing Styrofoam ornaments on Christmas tree branches, go natural and unique. suggests checking nearby woods or gardens for pine cones, evergreen boughs, bark, holly berries and fresh mistletoe; those living close to coastlines can pick up seashells with holes in them. guidelines include making paper ornaments and holiday yarn pieces.


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n Save energy in tree lighting. Today’s LEDs look good, use up to 75 percent less power and typically last up to 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs, reports the U.S. Department of Energy. Turn them off when not at home and overnight. n Consolidate shopping trips to reduce fuel emissions and buy gifts that support the community. Buy from independent, locally owned stores or galleries that showcase local artists, instead of from national retailers whose products are shipped from faraway places. Consider choosing gifts in the sustainable realm like solar-powered chargers for e-devices. Share gift certificates for holistic services or art classes. Use reusable tote bags when shopping. n Give of yourself. Play outside as a family. Gift a collect-on-delivery IOU for skills or assistance based on personal talents. The most meaningful gift of all may be writing an admiring letter from the heart. n According to, Americans generate 25 percent more waste during the holidays, much of it wrapping paper and cards. Don’t overdo it with tape when wrapping presents and then instruct everyone to carefully unwrap them so the paper can be stored and reused next year. Instead of buying and snail-mailing holiday cards, send emails with photo attachments of the family.

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Bring Light, Love and Power to the World by Christian Verde


editation on Twin Hearts is an advanced meditation technique aimed at achieving illumination or universal consciousness. It is also an instrument of world and community service that eventually harmonizes the Earth by blessing it with loving-kindness, peace, joy and goodwill. Presently being practiced globally by tens of thousands of people of different religions and backgrounds, Meditation on Twin Hearts is extraordinary in its simplicity with amazing and dramatic results. If this meditation is practiced daily for about a year or longer, the size of each chakra and the inner will increase substantially because of the cumulative effects of regular meditation. When practicing this meditation, we improve the ability to understand one another and our brains begin to integrate more. The spiritual tipping point brings about an idea of change, revolution and the orientation of the human being through all of us becoming that which is needed: A sense of unity and commonality. The more we meditate the more we bring a common thread in the mind of humanity. Meditation on Twin Hearts gives us the opportunity to integrate the qualities of the soul into our lives. Utilizing prayer in meditation gives us healing, the will to do good, inner peace and illumination. In society, people have developed the ability to survive through working and earning money. We use our intellect and mind to get ahead of others. But, where is the development of compassion and understanding? Master Choa’s pranic healing empowers individuals to become more compassionate and develop a community of good will. As the tools of pranic healing are used, physical, emotional and

mental suffering can be alleviated. With so many people already on the path to uplifting humanity through healing and meditation, a much needed shift is being created. As our awareness increases that the earth is this amazing living being that supports us, more people are uniting to support the Earth by meditating together, healing together and doing service together. Group intention and group effort have increasingly become the norm. As we increase our connection to greater love, light and power, we can help more people. By connecting to a greater source of power by more people, more of us will be able to use this greater power, to uplift and be uplifted while helping others to higher states of consciousness and awareness, thereby bringing about the spiritual tipping point. We are, as people, growing in a way that starts to integrate the idea that we are connected, to understand that our decisions and thoughts do affect others. Increasingly we are becoming aware that how we feel and think also affect the world around us. By integrating meditation, healing arts and advanced spiritual practices, we become more aware of our effect on the world. Deep healing comes from awareness, intelligent evaluation, compassion, forgiveness, understanding, good will and spiritual development. We are all invited to meditate, heal and support each other. Be the light in the world, do service, start meditating and let your soul shine. Christian Verde is the founder of the Center for Pranic Healing, LLC, a licensed instructor of pranic healing and certified pranic healer. Connect at See ad on page 21 and Resource Guide on page 37.

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business spotlight


Integrative Health Care for Animals


by Wendy Fachon

ain Street Animal Services of Hopkinton (MASH) offers a unique combination of conventional veterinary medicine and alternative therapies in a balanced whole health approach to pet care. The goal is to support a pet’s vital energy for good health and self-healing. MASH integrates nutrition therapy, acupuncture, homeopathy and other services with traditional diagnostics and treatment. Some of the more innovative services include the following: Medical Ozone Therapy – an oxidative modality that reduces infection inflammation and pain, while it improves circulation and healing. It is used for bacterial, viral and fungal infections, as well as cancer and autoimmune issues. It improves health and well-being and potentiates other medical treatments. Biophotonic (UVBI) – a blood therapy that boosts the immune system by applying ozone therapy and ultraviolet light to an animal’s blood, which has been mixed with a small amount of Biocean, containing trace minerals from the bottom of the ocean. The photoluminescence stimulates healthy cells and destroys or weakens viruses and bacterias that do not like light or oxygen. This procedure is good for infections, cancer and Lyme. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) – a treatment designed to boost the supply of oxygen to ischemic or diseased tissues that respond to increased oxygen levels. The animal relaxes in a chamber with elevated oxygen pressure. Micro-Biome Restorative Therapy (MBRT) – the introduction of healthy cultures of fecal microbes to correct an imbalance of microbes caused by antibiotics, pesticides or other chemicals. Reintroducing a healthy biome from a healthy dog or cat helps to reestablish the hundreds of species needed for proper digestion and absorption. Prolotherapy/Prolozone – a natural injection used to treat pain arising from ligaments, tendons and degenerated joints. Prolozone has ozone added to increase the success of the therapy and stimulate more stem cells. MASH is located at 72 W. Main St., Hopkinton. Learn more at See ad on page 29 and Resource Guide on page 36.


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Wireless Warning


by Peter Howe

e now live in a World Wide Web of electromagnetic frequency (EMF) or microwave radiation. The explosion of wireless technology within one generation has been dramatic and created many benefits such as convenience and connectivity, but at what price? Like climate change, EMF is a complicated issue that affects every living thing on earth. It is our new silent spring alarm that needs to be addressed. The safety of wireless technology was never tested before being brought to market. The FCC and EPA had no knowledge or expertise regarding EMF and presumed it was safe because it doesn’t produce heat the way ionizing radiation does. Current guidelines are 20 years old and still don’t take into account biological effects. In the meantime, thousands of worldwide scientific studies conclude that even short term exposure to non-ionizing radiation or (EMFs) produced by cell phones, cordless phones, computers, smart appliances, smart utility meters and all wireless devices is detrimental to health. Our bodies are electric beings that react to electricity. They did not evolve with micro-radiation which damages cell to cell electron signaling. Since radiation cannot be seen, heard or felt, it is easy to deny its effects unless an individual becomes electro-hypersensitive (EHS). It is estimated that 30 to 40 percent of the population are EHS. Some of the first warning signs are headaches, insomnia, brain fog, nausea, unexplained pains, attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity and irritability.

The danger of cumulative EMF exposure is now recognized by the World Health Organization, National Institute of Health, National Toxicology Program, and International Institute of Cancer, as brain cancer (glioblastoma), colon cancer, and neurological diseases such as Lou Gehrig’s, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, dementia and Alzheimer’s are all on the rise. What’s Hsappening? Before 1984, only the military used microwave radiation. There were no safety regulations—headaches, nausea, rashes and other symptoms were referred to simply as “microwave sickness”. In 1985, 900 cell towers existed across the U.S.; now there are more than 215,000. The imminent shift from 4G to 5G is monumental, requiring thousands of smaller antennas in close proximity to our homes, offices and entire neighborhoods, and is already in use in some areas. What is 5G? (Fifth Generation) The Internet of Things Frequency bandwidths being used by cell phones are maxing out, yet even more is required for self-driving cars, and instant connection to our homes, schools, offices and open spaces. Networks are expanding to support at least 100 billion devices and will be 10 to 100 times faster than our current 4G. It’s worth at least $7 trillion to Telecom Industries. Corporate lobbyists, lawyers and public relations are powerful and skilled at protecting corporate rights and profits—not the consumer or right to know.

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To protect yourself from EMFs, follow the safety precautions below: • Keep cell phones away from the body, especially the head • Use airplane mode when not in use, especially when sleeping • Use air tube earbuds • Unplug Wi-Fi router at night and whenever not needed • Consider hardwiring your computer • Limit use of all wireless devices • Opt out of smart utility meter or use shielding • Obtain gaussmeters to read EMF exposures or hire a building biologist to mitigate them, especially in the bedroom Peter Howe is a holistic health practitioner. For more information, email or visit See ad on page 7 and Resource Guide on page 36.

Excellent resources to learn more about the Electromagnetic Field and its effects are: • The movie Generation Zapped reviews the history, science and dangers of wireless technology. Available online. • is a comprehensive up-to-date resource for how to make informed choices and how to reduce EMF exposure. Provides courses, excellent interviews with leading scientists and doctors. • In Massachusetts, CeCe Doucette, technology safety educator of, can be reached at C2Douc@ • Visit for The Dangers of 5G and 11 Reasons to be Concerned. This site offers thorough research articles and product recommendations for protection. • To understand the technical aspects of 5G, please watch the YouTube Everything You Need to Know About 5G. • Watch Jeremy Johnson’s TED talk on EMF danger. December 2018


A GLOBAL WAKE-UP CALL Collective Consciousness Nears Spiritual Tipping Point by Linda Sechrist


all it enlightenment, awakening, transcendence, self-realization or any of the myriad terms used to describe the ultimate higher state of consciousness. People have been seeking it for millennia, but beyond peak experiences of heightened awareness, only a few spiritual figures, Jesus Christ and Gautama Buddha among them, are known to have lived in this exalted state. Yet, an unprecedented awakening has been underway since the 19th century.

Modern-Day Advances

Humanity’s collective consciousness took an unexpected turn in 1968 after The Beatles captured the world stage. The iconic British group became agents of change in more ways than music when their search for answers to life’s big 18

questions led them to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s spiritual center in Rishikesh, India. Their interest in Transcendental Meditation (TM) sparked a surge of interest in enlightenment and meditation, providing the West with a popular means of cultivating higher states of awareness. A movement to bring about global awakening has been growing ever since. Fresh impetus, in the form of quantum physics, the science of yoga and spiritual practices rooted in ancient cultures, disseminated by books, teachings by spiritual luminaries and websites such as Conscious.TV, has exposed millions to the concept of consciously participating in the evolution of humanity to bring about a world that works for all.

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In 2000, Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, provided a ray of hope for the estimated 50 million individuals involved in the world enlightenment movement by introducing the concept of critical mass. This occurs when an unshakable belief is held by 10 percent of the population. Scientists that tested the phenomenon at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in upstate New York, discovered, “Once that number grows above 10 percent, the idea spreads like flame.” Mahesh predicted that only 1 percent of humanity is needed to create enough good vibrations to usher in world peace. While the figures required to reach this critical mass can be debated, it’s certain that the old ways no longer work, and we are quickly running out of time to adopt viable solutions to mounting global crises. Despite this sense of urgency, we have no clear idea of where we are on the scale of transformation. Yet leading voices point to promising signs of progress in a developing collective awareness that acknowledges life’s interconnectedness and embodies life-affirming beliefs and values.

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Deepak Chopra, a physician, pioneering author and co-founder of living in California and New York, believes that we may be in a phase of the necessary transformational shift, experiencing disruption along with the emergence of a new paradigm. “The ultimate goal with our community, a collective well-being project, is to build a critical mass of people that will create a more peaceful, just and harmonious inner and outer world,” says Chopra. It begins with personal transformation through yoga, meditation, pranayama breathing exercises, nutrition, sleep, personal growth and relationships that enhance awareness. “Evolution should be gradual and comfortable,” he says. Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith, founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center, in Beverly Hills, believes humanity is in the midst of an emerging renaissance of kindness, love and compassion, with millions embracing

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the planet as a living being. “This isn’t making news because mainstream journalists are still reporting from an old worldview,” he says. Beckwith, a renowned minister and teacher for 40 years, leads a 9,000-strong trans-denominational spiritual community. He remarks, “Those of us focused on adding our energy to the global enlightenment movement see aspects of it emerging in changes such as health care rather than sick care, businesses adopting multiple bottom lines of people, planet and purpose—rather than only profit—and the shift from a me to we consciousness.” Dianne Collins, author of Do You QuantumThink?: New Thinking that Will Rock Your World, in Miami, suggests it’s time to wake up to the fact that we are living in a quantum age and still using thought and language shaped by the Industrial Age. She discovered a burgeoning underground culture that she calls the “consciousness crowd” while researching her book tour audience. “These individuals are using new thinking and recognizing the worldview of interconnectedness based on modern science. The media doesn’t recognize that thinkers such as these represent the new mainstream, and no one realizes the tipping point is already here,” she says. Cate Montana, author of The E-Word: Ego, Enlightenment and Other Essentials, in Hawaii, likewise is convinced the movement has reached critical mass and is hopeful the perceived tipping point is closer than we think. “Every moment we’re awake, we’re being conditioned to believe in our limited physical nature and separation from everyone and everything around us. This is why we must re-educate ourselves regarding our full nature,” she says. News headlines of global conflicts and ecological decimation make it appear that we are regressing, Montana says, but we are not going backwards. “The nature of life is growth, expansion and evolution. As one example, some among the medical community now accept the validity of energy practices such as acupuncture, tai chi, qigong and reiki. None of these words were even being bandied about in the U.S. 50 years ago.”

Coming Together

Today, an estimated 5 million people practice TM, which has been incorporated into some schools, universities, corporations and prison programs in the U.S., Latin America, Europe and India. “Those learning this meditation practice number as many as 30,000 to 40,000 a year, which significantly contributes a positive effect to the collective consciousness,” says John Hagelin, a leader of the TM movement in the U.S. Hagelin, president and professor of physics at the Maharishi University of Management, in Fairfield, Iowa, has been leading a scientific investigation into the foundations of human consciousness for 25 years. He’s one of the world’s preeminent researchers on the effects of meditation on brain development. “I think that we are much closer to a global spiritual tipping point than ever before,” he says. Ron Dalrymple, Ph.D., a quantum

Truth is what we are. It is our essential nature and Being. It is the pure Self, the limitless One, the ultimate reality—it is awareness itself. But we have become unaware of the magnificence of our true nature on account of our upbringing, conditioning and education, which paint a very different picture of who we are—and all of which we believe. ~Mooji

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field psychologist practicing in Fort Myers, Florida, believes the threshold is close and that his quantum unified field theory explained in his film, The Endless Question, can win over skeptics. “I use mathematics, science and storytellers that have studied consciousness to explain in lay language my theory, which proposes that the mind is an energy field that extends beyond the brain, and its nucleus is the superconscious. Viewers are led to the undeniable reality of what we all are and to the need for creating a culture of enlightenment where we encourage and inspire one another to greatness,” says Dalrymple, author of Quantum Field Psychology: The Thoton Particle Theory. Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo, founders of the Science and Nonduality Conference (SAND), agree that individual awakening and the collective movement toward the understanding of our fundamental oneness is crucial to social transformation. Their nonprofit organization is designed to foster a new relationship with spirituality that is both based on timeless wisdom traditions and informed by cutting-edge science. For 10 years, biannual SAND conferences have energized the global enlightenment movement ( Early audiences of 300 individuals now number from 800 to 1,000, and often include business people and trainers developing programs for workplaces. “Understanding the new science that points to consciousness as all-pervasive and the fundamental building block of reality can change what it means to be human, as well as possibly make violence and economic, social and political crises things of the past,” says Zaya. Thus, the spread of awareness and the harmonic convergence of science, psychology and spiritual thought seem to be bringing humanity closer to the enlightenment that has been elusive for millennia. “Tremendous progress is being made, and I am confident that within a year or two, we’ll see a victory for the enlightened evolutionary forces already present on the planet,” says Hagelin. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at December 2018



Gift Guide

Often during this wonderful time of year, wellness is less of a priority and heightened consumption upstages efforts to go green. To practice conscious consumerism, consider the eco-friendliness of a potential gift item— what it’s made of, where it came from and how it’s packaged—but remember that gifts that acknowledge the recipient’s needs and interests are the most meaningful and fun to give. For this year’s gift-giving season, Natural Awakenings has gathered some thoughtful and practical gift ideas to ease the stress of holiday shopping. The TruMedic IS-3000 Pro InstaShiatsu + Neck and Back Massager with Heat offers a three-speed setting to create a massage that’s customized for your needs. It works great on the neck, back, shoulders, legs and more. For a more targeted massage on your feet, the IS-4000 InstaShiatsu + Foot Massager with Heat treats your feet to a deep tissue massage in the comfort of your own home. The machine uses a combination of air compression and rollers allowing you to choose the rotation of the nodes and three different intensities. Üllo is a revolutionary tool for red and white wine drinkers alike. Üllo, both a sulfite filter and an aerator, brings the natural flavors out of every glass of wine while allowing consumption without the headache that many wine drinkers get from sulfites. Üllo can conveniently travel with you to happy hour with your friends or date night with your partner. Combine the Üllo with a hand blown lead-free crystal carafe or decanter for a great gift.

Chase away the winter blues with Sunlight Inside lamps. These hand-crafted and sustainably designed lights help synchronize our circadian rhythms, which regulate our energy levels, performance, metabolism and recovery. Sunlight Inside products, handmade in the USA with glass, wood and metal and built to last 10 to 20 years, use a new light engine technology which actively mixes together all of the natural colors of the rainbow, mimicking the sun’s rays throughout the course of the day and evening, specifically programmed to the area where you live. 20

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Stocking Stuffers Pluggerz, the eco-friendly earplug that’s incredibly comfortable, versatile and reusable more than 100 times. Made of medical-grade silicone, they can be recycled and don’t end up in the landfill like single use, disposable ones. Furthermore, Pluggerz don’t simply block noise, they “regulate” it, using innovative technology that makes it possible to adapt to each situation, from sleep, to music (concerts) and even regulating air pressure on flights. Silk Eye Pillows by ASUTRA create a Zen moment any time. Slip on the adjustable strap to block out light to relax or to make it easier to sleep without distraction. Inside the hand-assembled pillow is a muslin pouch filled with just the right mix of lavender and flax seed for an added aromatherapy benefit. For extra pampering, soothe puffy or tired eyes with the therapeutic gel eye mask. Glasstic bottles are glass on the inside, where your drink is. That means no plastics of any kind touch your beverage. No need to worry about leaching of BPA or phthalates. On the outside, Glasstic bottles are covered with a special coating that prevents breaking, so you can take them literally anywhere. Wide mouth, large spout, easy-to-clean and dishwasher-safe. Insert packs allow for different looks, including coloring your own design.

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December 2018


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Jacob Liberman

on Light as Our Essential Nature

What fuels our desire to act?

by Deborah Shouse


s a boy growing up in Havana, Cuba, Jacob Liberman struggled with reading—that’s one reason this Maui resident finds it miraculous that he was called to write books. An optometrist, Liberman initially specialized in helping children with vision-related difficulties find ways to better learn and pay attention. That evolved into working with professional athletes and eventually earning a Ph.D. in vision science. Through a profound meditation experience, Liberman’s vision spontaneously “corrected”, catalyzing insights that fueled his first three books: Light: Medicine of the Future; Take Off Your Glasses and See: A Mind/Body Approach to Expanding Your Eyesight and Insight; and Wisdom from an Empty Mind. His new book, Luminous Life: How the Science of Light Unlocks the Art of Living, offers a fresh way of seeing and being (

Why is light so important to us all?

Light is the foundation of everything that exists. That’s why light marks the convergence of science, religion and spirituality. The Bible speaks of the source of all creation as light. Throughout history, spiritual texts from various traditions speak about God, light and consciousness as if they are interchangeable. Physicists 22

thing in the body, everything in nature and in the universe is naturally self-activating and self-regulating. Yet even though everything is taken care of, we still think we have to do something. We’ve been conditioned into this way of thinking. Until we uncover the truth, we continue to live our ordinary, hard-working life. But when we understand that all of this is happening by itself, something inside us relaxes and breathes a sigh of relief.

consider light to be the fundamental energy from which all life emerges. Everything is made of solidified light. Our entire physiology is light-dependent. We are a living photocell, and light is an integral part of our guidance system. When we get an intuitive “hit” or spiritual insight, it’s the luminous intelligence of life effortlessly directing us toward the next step on our journey.

What can we do to more fully harness light as part of our guidance system? Everyone asks: “What do I need to do?” It’s the idea of our doing something that puts a wrench in the works. The universe is an example of optimal efficiency, which means we invest nothing and get everything. The individual does no work, yet creation appears. The doing occurs by itself. This is not metaphorical; I am speaking about the law of the universe. This is fact.

What are some examples of such doing occurring by itself?

God’s wisdom—or light—funnels through all living things all the time; all beings have an inseparable connection. Every-

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We think something is wrong with us or someone else, or that we’ve done something wrong in the past, and so try to fix it. Research shows that most of our responses to life are conditioned. I try to help people go beyond their hardwired reactions to explore the facts. When someone tells me he’s made a regrettable mistake, I say, “Tell me one part of your body that you control.” He may answer, “I control my thoughts.” I reply, “Are you sure those are your thoughts? You are aware of them after they surface. But did you create them?” As I keep asking such questions, it becomes obvious that the mistake has nothing to do with him. It’s an illusion that each of us is the god of our reality. The truth is that there is nothing to do because in the greater reality, nothing is wrong.

How has this exploration of light enriched and expanded your life?

It’s allowed me to live without a net. In the circus, tightrope walkers usually have a net in case they fall. We’ve been taught we must create safety, security and predictability. We work, save, plan and pray, trying to ensure our lives are filled with these three “fail safes”; qualities that have never existed on planet Earth. Most of our stress comes from trying to create something that doesn’t exist. It was liberating when I realized that the universe doesn’t work that way. Deborah Shouse is the author of Connecting in the Land of Dementia. Learn more at

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December 2018



Six Ways to Bring On Joy by James Baraz


o truly enjoy the holidays, try these simple, research-based practices to maintain a healthy state of mind.


Set an intention to enjoy the holidays. By making the conscious decision to be open to true well-being and happiness, we’ll be more likely to have our “antenna” up, so we’re alert to uplifting moments.


Savor moments of well-being. Beyond being grateful for feeling good, savor how the experience registers in body, mind and spirit for a period of 15 or 30 seconds. The longer we hold an emotionally stimulating experience in our awareness, the more neural connections form in our brains to strengthen it in memory.



Take a break to regain focus. If we are feeling overwhelmed by everything on the to-do list, remember to take a few deep breaths. Then take a break and enjoy a cup of tea or a hot bath. Try some yoga or exercise. Leave the holiday activity mode for a bit and just relax.


Practice gratitude. Rather than take good fortune for granted, consciously reflect upon all the blessings apparent in each day. When we directly express appreciation to loved ones and friends while we’re with them, everyone feels the joy of the loving connection.


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Practice generosity. Neuroscience research shows that performing an

James Baraz is a co-founding teacher of the Spirit Rock Meditation Center, in Woodacre, CA, and co-author of Awakening Joy: 10 Steps That Will Put You on the Road to Real Happiness and Awakening Joy for Kids: A Hands-On Guide for GrownUps to Nourish Themselves and Raise Mindful, Happy Children. Connect at

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ased on his study What Makes for a Merry Christmas?, psychologist Tim Kasser told the American Psychological Association: “[Our study] found that to the extent people focused their holiday season around materialistic aims like spending and receiving, the less they were focused on spiritual aims… We also found people reported ‘merrier’ Christmases when spirituality was a large part of their holiday, but reported lower Christmas well-being to the extent that the holiday was dominated by materialistic aspects.”


Holiday Happiness Helpers

Play and have fun. The holidays allow us to let ourselves feel like we did when we were kids. Be around children if possible. Tune into and take delight in their enthusiasm. Singing or dancing is an excellent way to move out of our head and open our heart to the joy within. Remember that happiness is contagious: If we’re happy, we increase the odds that close friends and family will be happy, too.


altruistic act lights up the same pleasure centers in the brain as food and sex. When an impulse to be generous arises, act on it and notice the expansive feeling that blesses us when we share.

be a meal together, time at the park or zoo, camping out in the backyard or sleepover in the living room, to name a few.

• A trip together – Traveling, whether a

day trip, a weekend away, or for weeks at a time, is a great way to get out of the everyday habits and pay attention to time spent together. Drive to the beach for the morning; take the bus and explore an unknown part of the city; go for a hike in the woods.

• Take a class together – Learning together

can be a lot of fun, and a great opportunity to bond. Martial arts or dance, pottery or poetry, a new language or a new hobby, all are great ways to get out together on a regular basis. For parents and kids, learning a new activity or hobby together is a great opportunity for both parent and child.

• Entertainment as a gift – Go to a show,

Giving a Priceless Gift by Kerry Kokkinogenis

• Join a hobby – Does your spouse garden?


he gift-giving season is nearly upon us, forcing us to ask ourselves the annual question: How do we show the people we love how much they mean to us? Why not give stuff? We all have too much stuff. In fact, the amount of stuff we have may be causing us to feel more stress, instead of more content. While we have far more stuff than our recent ancestors, we are less benefited by our stuff. More than half of all Americans report feeling overwhelmed by clutter, and as of 2013 one in 10 Americans have a storage unit to hold stuff that can’t be stored in their home. While some consumable gifts can be fun—food gifts, art/ craft/hobby supplies, etc.—by and large, as a society we don’t need more stuff. What to give? Time. There are several upsides to giving experiences over giving material gifts:

• Anticipating an activity provides more

see a movie, visit a museum, amusement park, or indoor trampoline park, go rock climbing together, paint pottery together, or go bowling or skating. The options are endless, depending on your shared interests. Not only is time spent together, but the shared experience can be talked about afterwards.

enjoyment than anticipating stuff. In multiple studies, people reported more hap-

piness and excitement when waiting for an experience than in waiting to receive a thing.

• Time together increases bonding. Quality time together is an important component of any relationship, for adults and kids alike.

• Experiences give more joy after the event. People tend to get less happy with objects over time, and happier with experiences.

• Decreased environmental impact. Spending time together, doing things together, generally have a far kinder impact on the environment, compared to buying and wrapping new gifts that need to also be disposed of after their use. What does giving time look like? Ready to make the transition? Here are a few ideas to get inspired:

• Date night – Whether with a significant

other, your kids, or your bestie, a specially designated date night/day can make loved ones feel loved. Make specific plans or a simple commitment to a special time. It can

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Do your kids take martial arts? Does your best friend paint? Sometimes joining a hobby that loved ones enjoy can increase understanding and create something to talk about. Plus, many people enjoy teaching what they love.

• Long-distance gift-giving – If physically

spending time together isn’t feasible due to distance, there are still ways to send the gift of an experience through museum memberships, classes, a book that can be talked about, a photo treasure hunt challenge, or a gift certificate to a massage or a restaurant, to name a few ideas. Giving, showing our loved ones we are thinking deeply about them, is a natural need for the social creatures that humans are. Fulfill this need creatively for a more meaningful and long-lasting gift. Kerry Kokkinogenis is an instructor at the Boston Martial Arts Center located at 161 Harvard Ave., #4E, Boston. For more information, visit See ad on page 24 and Resource Guide on page 37. December 2018


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Family-Pleasing Holiday Meals by Judith Fertig


he festive season might signal indulgence, but it also calls for simple, healthy recipes with easy cleanup. We might have friends that drop by, family staying for the weekend or last-minute guests. The simpler we can make meals, the better. Many chefs and home cooks have found the ideal method: the sheet pan supper. Simply arrange the protein and vegetables on a baking sheet and place it in the oven, where the ingredients burnish to perfection as the flavors concentrate. Experts recommend a heavy duty, 13-by-18-inch sheet pan, also known as a half sheet or a rimmed baking pan. They’re available at local cookware shops and box stores that carry kitchenware. “Sheet pans combine easy prep, process and cleanup, and deliver interesting, sophisticated flavor,” says Molly Gilbert, a Seattle chef and the author of Sheet Pan Suppers: 120 Recipes for Simple, Surprising, Hands-Off Meals Straight from the Oven. Yet, even this streamlined cooking method has a few best practices. Carla Snyder, a cookbook author in Hudson, Ohio, lines her sheet pans with un-

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bleached parchment paper for easy cleanup. The author of One Pan: Whole Family – More than 70 Complete Weeknight Meals also sprays the liner with olive oil, so food won’t stick. Naomi Pomeroy, a chef in Portland, Oregon, recommends preheating the pan in the oven, and then carefully adding the food. “If you put a room-temperature tray in the oven with, say, Brussels sprouts, it can get steamy, and then they can get soggy,” she says. Gilbert favors groupings of foods that will cook in about the same time, such as fish fillets and tender vegetables for a shorter time, or bone-in chicken and root vegetables that take longer.

Dinner and Beyond

Sheet pan entrées can serve up meals beyond just dinner, making them a big help during the holidays. Sarah Britton, the Toronto author of My New Roots: Inspired Plant-Based Recipes for Every Season, arranges blocks of feta cheese on a sheet pan, surrounds them with fresh bell pepper slices, quartered cherry tomatoes, black olives and preferred herbs. She drizzles it all with olive oil and then

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bakes at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, just until the cheese is soft. It can be served as an appetizer with whole grain crackers or as an entrée with crusty bread and a salad. The rest can be used as a sandwich filling the next day.

Sheet pan meals can be a gift that keeps on giving. Judith Fertig writes award-winning cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

Surprising Sheet Pan Recipes Roasted Vegetable, Feta and Smoked Almond Salad This salad, packed with tasty browned vegetables, nuts and cheese, really satisfies. Yields: 4 servings 1 medium red onion 2 carrots 2 zucchini 2 red peppers 2 cloves garlic 1 lemon 2 Tbsp plus ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil ½ tsp sea salt plus more for sprinkling Freshly ground black pepper ½ cup chopped smoked almonds 1 small shallot, peeled and minced 1 tsp minced fresh thyme or chives 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar ½ cup crumbled feta cheese 6 large handfuls of a mix of bibb lettuce, radicchio, romaine or arugula

On a large cutting board, cut the onion into ½-inch slices, the carrots into ½-inch pieces, the zucchini into 2-inch pieces, the pepper into 2-inch squares, chop the garlic, zest the lemon and transfer it all to a large bowl. Add the 2 tablespoons oil, ½ teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper and toss to coat. Arrange the vegetables on the heated sheet pan and spread them out so that they cook evenly. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes or until tender and lightly browned. While the vegetables cook, chop the almonds, mince the shallot and thyme,

Preheat the oven to 350° F with a rack in the center position.

Sprinkle the almonds over the vegetables during the last 5 minutes of cooking to toast them lightly. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.

Mist a sheet pan with cooking spray or line it with parchment paper.

When ready to serve, add the lettuce to the bowl with the dressing and toss to mix.

Line a sheet pan with unbleached parchment paper and preheat it in the oven.

Olive oil cooking spray 1 bunch asparagus (about 1 lb total) ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 boneless fillets Arctic char (5 to 6 oz each) ½ medium red onion, sliced into ¼-inch thick half-moons ½ lemon, sliced into ¼-inch-thick rounds ½ cup cherry or grape tomatoes Grated zest of 1 lemon 1 clove garlic, minced ½ cup packed fresh, flat-leaf parsley leaves, roughly chopped ½ cup roasted, salted and shelled pistachios, roughly chopped

and set aside into separate piles. Squeeze the lemon into a small bowl.

In a very large bowl, combine the vinegar with 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Add 2 pinches of salt and the shallot and whisk until the salt dissolves. Whisk in the remaining ¼ cup olive oil and taste for seasoning, adding more vinegar, oil, salt and pepper if needed.

Preheat the oven to 425° F.

Yields: 4 servings

Divide the dressed lettuce between plates and top with the still warm vegetables, feta cheese and fresh herbs. Grind a little freshly ground black pepper over the top and dig in. Reprinted with permission from Carla Snyder’s One Pan: Whole Family from Chronicle Books.

Roasted Arctic Char and Asparagus with Pistachio Gremolata Pink-fleshed Arctic char is closely related to both salmon and lake trout, with a flavor somewhere between the two. Feel free to substitute with either fish.

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Using both hands, gently bend one asparagus spear held between fingers and thumbs to snap off the bottom where it breaks easily. Line up the rest of the bunch and slice off the bottoms at the same distance from the tips. Place the trimmed asparagus on the prepared pan, drizzled with the olive oil, and sprinkle with ½ teaspoon each of the salt and pepper. Toss to coat and spread the asparagus in an even layer. Place the Arctic char fillets on top of the asparagus, evenly spaced apart and sprinkle with an extra pinch of salt and pepper. Scatter the onion, lemon slices and cherry tomatoes around and on top of the char. Bake until the asparagus is crisp-tender and the char is almost opaque, 20 to 40 minutes. While the fish cooks, mix together the lemon zest, garlic, parsley and pistachios in a small bowl; this is the gremolata. Sprinkle it over the char and asparagus before serving warm. Recipe courtesy of Molly Gilbert, author of Sheet Pan Suppers. December 2018


PET-SAFE HOLIDAYS Tips to Keep Them Merry and Safe


by Sandra Murphy

olidays promise joy and celebration, but the festivities can also lead to stress and anxiety for people and pets. It is important to remember that visiting strangers, a tree, shiny ornaments, gifts to sniff and food to beg for can pose danger for pets.

Maintain Calm

Christina Chambreau, a homeopathic veterinarian, author and educator in Sparks, Maryland, suggests that petting a dog or cat several times a day can lower stress levels and instill a sense of normalcy. “Flower essences like Bach’s Rescue Remedy help attain calm,” she says. Add it to a pet’s water bowl in the days before a party or drop it directly onto the tongue if unexpected guests arrive. All-natural ingredients make daily use safe for pets and humans.

Avoid Bad Foods

“Fatty dishes are a problem, from oily potato pancakes to rich gravies for the turkey,” says Ann Hohenhaus, a veterinarian at the Animal Medical Center, in New York City. “Spilled food, unguarded pans and forgotten eggnog or liquor put animals at risk for severe gastrointestinal upset.” Other common holiday fare can also pose a significant danger for pets: n Chocolate—especially dark chocolate and dry cocoa powder—can cause seizures 28

and heart arrhythmia. n Onions, often used in dressing, can cause anemia in pets. n Raw, yeasty bread dough expands when ingested, potentially causing bloat, a deadly twisting of the stomach. n Raisins and grapes in desserts, cookies and fruitcakes can cause kidney failure in dogs. n Nutmeg is toxic for pets. The trash can itself contains numerous hazards for furry family members. The string that binds roasted meats is tempting and may require surgery to remove if ingested. Trimmed fat can mean pancreatitis. Swallowed bones pose a dire threat to the entire digestive tract.

Provide Good Foods

Naked foods are best. Pets don’t need brown sugar, marshmallows, butter, salt or gravy to appreciate a treat. “Unless there’s a special diet, share skinless turkey breast, sweet potatoes and green beans,” says Dana Humphrey, aka The Pet Lady, in New York City. “There’s always a friend or relative who thinks one taste won’t hurt. Turkey or sweet potato jerky and homemade treats let guests dole out risk-free bites.”

Pet-Wise Tree and Candles

Preservatives that keep the evergreen tree fresh can turn tree water into a drinking

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hazard for pets. Mesh netting or screen wire allows the addition of fresh water, but prevents pets from quenching their thirst. Tinsel, garland and ribbon bits are easy to swallow, glass ornaments can cut and tree needles aren’t digestible. Small dreidels become choking hazards, so play while the dog sleeps and put toys away when done. For safety, add edibles to the stockings at the last minute. Keep light cords out of sight and unplug them when not in supervised use to preempt chewing. Carefully monitor lit candles: A wagging tail or leaping cat can knock them over and start a fire. Update holiday candles with rechargeable, battery-operated versions for a pet-safe holiday glow. Pet parents everywhere employ creative strategies to ensure maximum mirth and safety during the holidays. Mystery writer Livia Washburn Reasoner opted for a tabletop tree in her Azle, Texas, home, “because our rescued Chihuahuas, Nora and Nicki, peed on the tree skirt.” In Festus, Missouri, retired school bus driver Darlene Drury suggests that a baby’s recycled playpen or a dog’s exercise pen can separate pets from holiday trees. Patricia Fry, author of the Klepto Cat mysteries, in Ojai, California, decorates the lower branches of her tree with unbreakable ornaments and puts more fragile ornaments out of her cats’ reach.

Other Options

If a large party is planned, a guest is allergic or many children will be present, consider boarding a pet. “Slipping out the door as guests arrive is a hazard,” says Veterinarian Carol Osborne, owner of the Chagrin Falls Pet Clinic, in Ohio. “If your pet is very young, very old, pregnant, aggressive and/ or suffers with a chronic disease, consider personal pet sitters, kennels, pet hotels and doggie spas to ensure a joyous holiday.” Pet-proof the house by getting down to the pet’s level and make a family schedule to take turns keeping track of four-footed friends. Then the whole family, pets included, can enjoy the season worry-free. Connect with Sandra Murphy at

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Holiday Pet Treats Recipes Never allow nutmeg (It's toxic to dogs) or sugar-free products with Xylitol in dog treats.

Bake for 20 minutes, then flip and bake an additional 10 minutes. Cool completely before feeding.

Gingerbread Cookies

Pumpkin Cookies

1½ cups flour 1 Tbsp ground ginger ½ tsp ground cinnamon ½ cup molasses ¼ cup filtered water 2 Tbsp vegetable oil

1½ cups oat flour 1½ cups brown rice flour ½ canned pumpkin, look for BPA-free cans (use plain pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling) 1 egg 2 Tbsp molasses 1 Tbsp honey Filtered water as needed

Preheat oven to 325° F.

Preheat oven to 350° F. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Add water slowly until dough forms a ball. Roll dough ¼-inch thick on floured surface. Use cookie cutters to cut into desired shapes. Arrange on a greased cookie sheet. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks in the refrigerator or freeze for later use. Recipes courtesy of Birgit Walker, author of Chew on This: Homemade Dog Treat Recipes, in Phoenix.

Combine dry ingredients and mix together. In a separate bowl, combine the molasses, water and vegetable oil and mix together. Using a wooden spoon, slowly mix the liquid into the flour mixture. Stir well until dough has a uniform color. Roll dough ¼-inch thick on floured surface. Use cookie cutters to cut into desired shapes and place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. Allow cookies to cool completely before feeding. They can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Blue Oatmeal Cookies 1 cup oats 1 cup flaxseed 1 cup blueberries 2 cups whole wheat flour ½ cup plain yogurt Filtered water as needed Preheat oven to 350° F. In a food processor or coffee grinder, turn oats into oatmeal powder and grind flaxseed if necessary. Purée the blueberries. Combine dry ingredients. Fold in the yogurt and blueberry purée. Add a little water to create smooth dough. Spoon dough into hands and form small dough balls. Shape into cookies and arrange them on a greased cookie sheet. Be sure to let our advertisers know you found them in

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30 BMAC Bootcamp: Back to Foundations – Nov 30-Dec 2. The basics are the tools needed to find your way to a safe place to ride out life’s storms. In martial arts practice, every form is built on the fundamental elements. We will examine these building blocks to enhance your technique at every level. All experience levels welcome. $359/3 days. Boston Martial Arts Center, 161 Harvard Ave, Ste 4E, Boston. 617-789-5524.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1 Flying Phoenix Qigong with Master Terry Dunn – Dec 1-31. Flying Phoenix is an immensely powerful medical qigong system created by Taoist monks over 400 yrs ago. Educated at Yale/Harvard, Dunn wrote the 1st medical protocol in US history on using Qigong to recover from surgery; he’s also the 1st tai chi trainer for the NBA. Estate & Eco Village, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-264-5139. More info: Making One’s Own Nature: An Exploration of Creating a Self – Dec 1-2. 10am-5pm. With Pir Zia Inayat-Khan. Through meditation, prayer, reflection and sacred sound we explore fashioning our lives in accord with our highest vision of meaning and beauty. $70-$250; early registration, first-time attendee, student discounts available. Dante Alighieri Society, 41 Hampshire St, near Kendall Sq, Cambridge. 617-522-0800. Holly-Day on the Harbour – 12-2pm. Familyfriendly holiday celebration will feature a kid concert by children’s musical group, Little Groove, face painting with Jandy, arts and crafts with FPAC, snacks from Boloco and more. Free. Atlantic Wharf, Waterfront Sq, 290 Congress St, Boston. Winter Solstice Sound Bath – 3:30-5pm. Reduce stress, enjoy deep peacefulness with this unique sound bath session with international sound therapist, Tara. A powerful combination of aromatherapeutic oils while using healing vibrations from sound bowls and crystal alchemy singing bowls to reset our body’s vibration from stress, disharmony and dis-ease to clarity, focus, a deep sense of nourishment and healing. $30. Revolution Community Yoga, 22 Town Farm Rd, The Mill Works, Westford. 978-727-8356. Nevins Holiday Tree & Christmas Feast for the Horses – 4:30-6:30pm. Holiday tree lighting and Christmas feast for the horses at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm. Bring carrots, apples and peppermints to stuff the horses’ stockings. Free. MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen. 978-453-6161.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2 Free Introduction to Reiki – 10am-12pm. Learn about the hands-on healing art of reiki, experience a sample treatment and guided imagery,


get your questions answered. Pre-registration required. Free. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. 781-6489334.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4 The Incredible Dr. You Workshops – 7:158:15pm. This first of two workshops breaks down the basics of Network Spinal Analysis, the method of chiropractic used at Newton Chiropractic. Get more out of your adjustments and enlighten yourself on just how incredible your body is at healing itself. Please RSVP. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St, Ste F 250, Newton Upper Falls. 689-894-5834.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5 South End Holiday Stroll – 6-9pm. Special promotions from 40+ neighborhood boutiques and restaurants.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6 Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll – 6-9pm. Carolers and music, festive holiday decorations, and all the eclectic boutiques, galleries, and restaurants along Charles Street make this annual Holiday Stroll a special occasion. Enjoy the festive spirit, and get all of your holiday shopping done in one evening. Charles St, Beacon Hill.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7 The Fort Point Holiday Sale & Stroll – 4-8pm. For the Sale, gather in the lobby of 315 on A, where you can also enjoy drop-in holiday art and craft activities, refreshments and the fireplace. For the Stroll, just follow the signs to local businesses and restaurants, museums and galleries, art studios and more. More info:

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8 Santa Speedo Run – 10am, check-in; 1pm, run. 700 scantily-clad Santas complete a 1-mile jog to raise money for the Play Ball Foundation, which brings sports and team-building skills to local Boston middle-schoolers. Newbury St, Back Bay. Make & Take Essential Oil Roller Blend & Restorative Yoga – 2-3:15pm. Experience the benefits of adding essential oils to one’s yoga and meditation practices. Following a brief and gentle warm up in preparation for restorative postures, experience a series of supported reclining postures. Then make and take own roller blend of essential oils. $20. Revolution Community Yoga, The Mill Works Athletic Center, 22 Town Farm Rd, Westford. 978-274-5596.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9 Meditation for the Holiday – 7-8pm. Meditation/ yoga combo. Combine the flow of yoga with mindfulness exercises to be present for the holidays with positivity and joy. $25. Alchemy Yoga, 138 Main St, Acton. 617-939-3113.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11 Free Ask the Doctor Webinar: Your Medical Questions Answered – 1-2pm. Get answers to your medical questions during this free webinar with renowned naturopathic doctor, Dr. Dick Thom. Ask your questions during the live webinar or send them in advance to, subject line: Ask the doctor. Free. Online: 347452-9488.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12 Free Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Orientation – 6:30-8:30pm. Cindy Gittleman, Certified MBSR teacher and founder

of Sunrise Mindfulness, leads a free information session about the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Free. Skin to Soul, 800 W Cummings Park, Ste 3950, Woburn. 978-657-7730.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13 Journaling as Spiritual Practice – 7:15-8:45pm. Journaling can be part of your spiritual practice. This is a valuable part of your inner work and is a part of the tree of contemplative practices. This workshop is open to anyone, whether you have a meditation or journaling practice or not. Free. Waltham Public Library, 735 Main St, Waltham. 781-314-3429.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15 Free Introduction to Reiki – 10am-12pm. Learn about the hands-on healing method of reiki for stress reduction and relaxation and overall healing. Experience a sample treatment, guided imagery, get your questions answered. Pre-registration required. Free. Arlington Reiki Associates, 366 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 304, Arlington. 781-6489334. BEMER – 3:30-4:30pm. BEMER is designed to improve circulation supporting the body’s natural self-regulating processes. It enhances cardiac function, physical fitness, endurance, strength and energy, concentration, mental acuity, stress reduction and relaxation, and sleep management. Limited space, please RSVP. Free. Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 383 Elliot St,

Ste F 250, Newton Upper Falls. 617-894-5834.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16 Reiki Level 1 Training & Certification – 9am7pm. Learn to care for yourself and others with reiki practice. Learn the traditional Japanese reiki meditations, how to practice hands-on healing for self and others, the reiki principles, reiki history, and how reiki promotes mindfulness, well-being, and resilience. Comprehensive course manual. CEUs for nurses, social workers, and LMTs. $150. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St, Newton. 617-244-8856.


special event Free Yoga Session at Acton Pharmacy Acton Pharmacy is hosting a yoga session with instructor Fae Ghodrat of Emerson Hospital’s Steinberg Wellness Center for Mind and Body. Please bring your own yoga mat.

Wed., Dec. 19 6:30 - 8pm Free. Acton Pharmacy, 563 Massachusetts Ave, Acton. 978-263-3901.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 31 First Night Boston – Dec 31-Jan 1. The oldest New Year’s Eve event of this type in the U.S. Fun, alcohol free and designed for the whole family. Entertainment, ice sculptures, People’s Parade, family fireworks, ice show, ice skating, music, dancing, midnight fireworks and more. Free. Copley Square, Boston Common, Boston Harbor.


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Sat., Jan. 26 • 9am - 1pm Free. Crowne Plaza Newton, 320 Washington St, Newton. Pamela Pearson: 978-877-6122. Registration:


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daily Downtown Holiday Arts Market – Thru Jan 6. Look for special creations such as one-of-a-kind jewelry, handcrafted gifts and decorative items, and delicious homemade and organic gourmet treats, plus plenty of Christmas trees on display. 467 Washington St, Quincy Market History Tour – Learn about Quincy Market’s central and ever-evolving role in Boston’s history. Meet guide by Pulse Café on South Market St. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market, Boston. 617-523-1300. Available dates & times: Free Tour of Symphony Hall – 4:30pm select weekdays. Also 3:30pm select Sat. Join volunteers on a behind-the-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. Blink! Light and Music Show – Thru Jan 3. 4:309:30pm, running every half hour. Light and music show at Faneuil Marketplace. Free. 4 S Market St, Boston.

monthly Anxiety and Panic Support Group – 6:30pm. 1st day of month. A group designed to offer a place where people with common interests and experience can meet. People who have been through, or are going through, a similar circumstance can do more than sympathize with you, they can relate to what you are going through and keep you from feeling alone. Free. Washington St, Newton. 617-849-3198.

sunday Seasoned Healers Group – 9:45am. 1st Sun. Come and break bread to discuss and dream of living as an intentional group in a more rural area with like-minded, active, older adults. Singles and couples welcome. Watertown. For more info: 617548-4698 or Celebration Service – 10-11:15am. Meditation, 9:45am. Service followed by fellowship. Free. Center for Spiritual Living of Greater Boston, 50 Dudley St, Cambridge. 617-947-2743. SoWa Vintage Market – 10am-4pm. Designers, collectors, appreciators of the beautiful and unusual love this market. A cool, urban, vintage flea market featuring fresh vintage and designer finds every week. Free. SoWa Vintage Market, 450 Harrison Ave, Boston. Kirtan: The Music of Spirituality – 7-9pm. 2nd Sun. Charlie Braun’s music is a creative outpouring


of reflective melodies, sweet harmonies, inthe-groove rhythms and the space in between. Donation. Eastover Estate & Retreat Center, 430 East St, Lenox. 866-264-5139.

monday Martial Arts for Kids at BMAC – 5pm, Mon & Wed. Also Sat, 9:30am. Fun, confidence, coordination and self-defense in a supportive, student-centered class. Classes for ages 3 yrs to teens. See website for pricing. Boston Martial Arts Center, 161 Harvard Ave, Ste 4E, Boston. 617789-5524. Anxiety and Panic Support Group – 5:30pm. 1st Mon. A group designed to offer a place where people with common interests and experience can meet. People who have been through, or are going through, a similar circumstance can do more than sympathize with you, they can relate to what you are going through and keep you from feeling alone. Free. Washington St, Newton. 617-849-3198. Free Guided Meditation – 6:15-6:45pm. Experience different HypnoMeditations (prerecorded by Richard Lanza) each week. HypnoMeditation takes you on a journey to states of expansive inner calm which allow for personal transformation and healing. Free. Open Doors, 395A Washington St, Braintree. 781-843-8224. Prosperity Healing and Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Meditation on twin hearts is a loving-kindness meditation. Remove old thought patterns and learn how to harness energy to increase the prosperity energy within you. Donation. Workbar Boston, 711 Atlantic Ave, Boston. 857-529-7804. Mental Wellness: The Gut-Brain Connection – 9-9:30pm. Join Amare Global, The Mental Wellness Company for a live webinar as we discuss the science behind the gut-brain connection and its impact on mental wellness. Free. Online. 978-8776122.

tuesday Noon Concerts on the Freedom Trail – 12:15pm. Stop by to hear a 30-40-min concert. Performers vary each week and perform a wide variety of music ranging from jazz to folk, medieval to modern. $5 suggested donation. King’s Chapel, 64 Beacon St, Boston. 617-227-2155. Weekly Divine Meditation – 6-7pm. Experience a powerful guided meditation lead by Bhavna, the Golden Light Goddess. No two meditations are ever the same. Drop-ins encouraged. $10. Bhavna’s Wellness Group, 512 Main St, Penthouse Ste, Shrewsbury. 508-970-5620.

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Relationship Healing and Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Meditation on twin hearts is a lovingkindness meditation. Learn how to harness energy to heal your relationship; family, friends, personal and business partnership(s). Donation. Workbar Boston, 711 Atlantic Ave, Boston. 857-529-7804. Reiki Healing Sessions – 7-9pm. Reiki and energy healers offer their services free of charge. To broaden the spirit of free care and community services to others, please make a donation in any amount for each healing you receive. Free, donation suggested; donations sent to a variety of local charitable causes. Open Doors, 395 Washington St, Braintree. 781-843-8224. Mental Wellness: The Science & Solutions – 9-9:30pm. Also Mon. Join Amare Global for a live webinar as we discuss the science behind the gut-brain connection and natural solutions for addressing the mental wellness epidemic. Free. Pamela Pearson: 978-877-6122. For webinar details:

wednesday Nia Technique Open Class – 9-10am. All levels and ages welcome. Done barefoot. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Dance, yoga and martial arts set to music for 1-hr somatic experience. First class is free if mention Natural Awakenings. $15. Studio@550, 550 Massachusetts Ave, upstairs, Cambridge. 617-620-7654. Restorative Yoga – 12-1pm. Restorative yoga for breast cancer patients, survivors and their families/ caregivers. Free for those listed. Saint Vincent Cancer & Wellness Center, 1 Eaton Pl, Worcester. 508-987-3310. Museum of Fine Arts Free Wednesdays – Free admission after 4pm. MFA, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston. 617-267-9300. Meditation on Twin Hearts and Pranic Healing – 7-8:30pm. Meditation on twin hearts is a lovingkindness meditation. Come together as a group to bless the Earth. Reduce stress, boost your energy and receive healing. Donation. Workbar Boston, 711 Atlantic Ave, Boston. 857-529-7804. Public Open Night at the Observatory – 7:30pm, Fall/Winter; 8:30pm, Spring/Summer. A chance to come observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars and see things you otherwise might not get to see. Held most Wed evenings throughout the year, weather permitting. Space limited, reservations recommended. Free. Coit Observatory at Boston University, 725 Commonwealth Ave, Boston. 617-353-2630. Let’s Laugh Today Laughter Yoga – 7:308:30pm. 1st Wed. Any age and any level of physical ability can enjoy this unique exercise

of laughter and clapping combined with gentle breathing that brings more oxygen to the body’s cells. Free. Meetinghouse of the First Universalist Society, 262 Chestnut St, Franklin. 508-660-2223.

SRR Thursday Night 4.06 Miler – 7:15-8:15pm. It may be raining. It may be hot or cold. The SRR Thursday night run will happen every week, no matter what. Free. Casey’s Bar, 171 Broadway, Somerville.

Natural Solutions for Mental Wellness – 8-8:30pm. Join Amare Global, The Mental Wellness Company, for a live webinar as we discuss the science behind the gut-brain connection and its impact on mental wellness. Free. Pamela Pearson: 978-877-6122. For webinar details:

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.

thursday Mental Wellness: A Deep Dive with Q&A – 2:30pm. Join Amare Global’s live webinars and deep dive into mental wellness topics like stress, ADHD, brain fog, fatigue, low energy, sleep and more with Q&A. Free. Pamela Pearson: 978-8776122. For webinar details: PamelaEPearson@ Free Night at the ICA – 5-9pm. The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston. Breathe Deep: Holiday Stress Relief Qigong – Thru Dec 20. 6:30-7:30pm. Free qigong classes sure to reduce the stress of the busy holiday season. Attend one, two or all three. Kindly register for a head count. Free. First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St, Jamaica Plain. 617-524-2795.

Community Reiki Clinic – 7-8:45pm. 1st Fri. Receive a 30-min reiki session by appt. Appointments start at 7, 7:35 & 8:10pm. If you have been curious about reiki, schedule a session. $15. Brenner Reiki Healing, 324 Central St. Auburndale. 617-244-8856.



Restorative Yoga – 8:15-9:15am. Restorative yoga for breast cancer patients, survivors and their families/caregivers. Free. Oxford Community Center, 4 Maple Rd, Oxford. 508-987-3310.

Watertown Mall Walking Club – 9am. Meet the club leader near Carter’s. Start with stretching exercises followed by a walk through the mall. Occasional guest lectures. Free. Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St, Watertown. 617-926-4968.

The Marketplace at Simpson Spring – 10am2pm. Includes farmers, bakers, artisans and local entrepreneurs. Stop in to browse or take in our featured entertainment, local authors, educational seminars and lecturers. 719 Washington St, South Easton.

Second Fridays – 5-8pm. Free with admission at the MIT Museum on the 2nd Fri each month. Mingle with friends in the unique galleries and see some of the latest research coming out of MIT. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. 617-253-5927. SoWa First Fridays – 5-9pm. 1st Fri. Over 60 galleries south of Washington St and at the Artist’s Guild, nearby businesses and restaurants open their doors to give you a chance to experience the vibrant South End arts community. Free. Start at 450 Harrison Ave, follow gallery lights around the neighborhood.

Let’s Laugh Today Laughter Yoga – 11am12pm. 2nd Sat. Any age and any level of physical ability can enjoy this unique exercise of laughter and clapping combined with gentle breathing that brings more oxygen to the body’s cells. Free. Unitarian Church of Sharon, 4 N Main St, Sharon. 508-660-2223.



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

A COMMON THREAD COACHING James Ashton, Certified Life Coach 646-262-3037


Specializing in Neurotherapy, an effective, drug-free treatment for: attention, behavior, emotional, and executive function problems, autistic spectrum, anxiety, depression, postconcussion, peak performance and more. See ad, page 23.


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Coaching is a place where you can be truly heard and supported. Through deep listening and powerful questioning, I can assist you in moving towards a desired outcome in virtually any area of life. Complimentary 45-minute “Gain Clarity” session.


Liz Marcano-Pucillo 150 Wood Rd, Ste 403, Braintree, MA 02184 781-228-6915 Receive professional colon hydrotherapy by a national board-certified therapist using the Angel of Water system. The most comfortable and private system in the industry. See ad, page 15.



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978-378-3048 City Compost provides home composting services and custom solutions for events and organizations. All compostables including meat, dairy and paper products are accepted. 100% of the independently processed compost goes to grow more fresh food and subscribers can receive top quality, tested, compost with service. See ad, page 15.

JCW is the only sterile and non-sterile PCABaccredited pharmacy in Massachusetts. In addition to our compounding service, we offer a full range of nutritional supplements, natural products, homeopathic remedies and home health care equipment. See ad on back page.



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401 Great Plain Ave, Needham, MA 02492 781-449-0550 Familyowned and -operated since 1960, we have evolved from a traditional pharmacy to a worldwide compounding and nutritional resource. Our unique one-on-one patient consultations produce a full understanding of your health needs. You, your physician, and one of our compounding pharmacists work as partners to ensure that you will receive the best care possible.


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

Dr. Iontcheva-Barehmi is an accomplished dentist and specialist in Periodontics and Implants with a holistic approach to medicine and dentistry. To schedule your comprehensive exam and share the excitement of a healthy smile, call: 617-868-1516. See ad, page 8.

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

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

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YASMIN’S HOLISTIC DENTAL 284 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446 617-731-6767

A holistic, caring, mercury-free dental practice that focuses on the individual, not just teeth. We will help you restore and maintain full body health. We also specialize in jaw and muscle pain, headaches and sleep.



Irina Serebryakova, Holistic, NP 493-495 Main St, Groton 978-449-9919

Psychotherapist and Enneagram expert Herb Pearce with 38 years’ experience, works with individuals, couples and families to clarify differences and practice personalized, effective communication. Enneagram team building workshops for groups and organizations. Author of six books.

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


512 Main St, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 Call now to receive Divine healing energy to release pain from your heart, soul, body and allow for love and joy to enter your life. See ad, page 16.


98 Parmenter Rd, Framingham, MA 01701 508-838-1101 Through a mutli-modatlity approach, Peter’s practice utilizes the wisdom of ancient knowledge with the science of modern day. Addressing the person’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs that will support the client’s health or return to health. See ad, page 7.


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162 South St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 617-942-2644 Our Infrared Sauna uses far infrared waves to heat the body reaching only 1400F and is a dry heat. Despite this, you sweat 3x more and detox 15-20x more toxins than a normal sauna. See ad, page 11.



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

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


Hands-on, Earth-based, energy healing, where the healer assists the client to alleviate illness, pain and dis-ease by tracking it’s aspects through all layers of the body in order to locate and shift the source.


Float therapy involves using 10 inches of warm water heated to skin temperature and 800 lbs of epsom salt. The salt is healing and allows you to float effortlessly providing relaxation and pain relief like never before. See ad, page 11.

ENERGY HEALING Tim Grantham, Certified NIASZIIH Healer 745 High St, Westwood, MA 339-203-1726



Dawna Jones, MD, FACOG 427 Washington St, Norwell, MA 02061 781-829-0930

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


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


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



98 Parmenter Rd, Framingham, MA 01701 508-838-1101 Lyme requires a mutli-dimensional approach. With the use of Quantum Reflex Analysis, Zyto, and nutritional support we can identify the Lyme, its supporting bacteria and remediate them. Returning the person to one’s health. See ad, page 7.

MARTIAL ARTS BOSTON MARTIAL ARTS CENTER 161 Harvard Ave, Ste 4E, Boston 617-789-5524

The Boston Martial Arts Center has been actively training and teaching in the Boston area for over 25 years. We have grown from a small, dedicated group of practitioners into a full-fledged martial arts school devoted to training quality individuals in the best martial arts and self-defense available anywhere. See ad, page 24.

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


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

NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE Johnson Compounding and Wellness 781-893-3870

NEWTON CHIROPRACTIC & WELLNESS CENTRE 383 Elliot St, Ste 250 617-964-3332

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

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





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



Christian Verde, Certified Pranic Healer 857-529-7804 A center providing workshops, healing sessions and meditation to alleviate suffering and elevate consciousness through the principles in GMCKS Pranic Healing, Arhatic Yoga and Kriyashakti. See ad, page 21.


162 South St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 617-942-2644 P.E.M.F. (Pulse Electroagnetic Field) Therapy replicates the Earth’s magnetic field to energize the cells in the body. It has many benefits; however, most use it to target pain in certain areas. See ad, page 11.


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


Alison Shaw APRN, LMT, CEH 109 Massachusetts Ave Lexington, MA 02420 781-646-0686 An innovative blend of bodycentered counseling, integrative bodywork and energy medicine to uncover and release bodymind patterns that limit your life and health. See ad, page 29.

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


Sacha L. Fossa, Masters Health Arts & Sciences, Certified Sex & Tantric Educator, Licensed Erotic Blueprint Coach, Healing Arts Practitioner 978-309-9399 Ready to have better sex, and love your life more, partnered or not? Holistic cutting-edge sex, intimacy and relationship coaching, energy and bodywork, for your sexual healing and empowerment. In person and/or virtual sessions and programs. See ad, page 23.



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 21.


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

Acton Pharmacy Keyes Drug West Concord Pharmacy 508-259-7851 Certified lifestyle educator and the director of health and wellness at Acton Pharmacy, Keyes Drug and West Concord Pharmacy. Beth Gardner works one-on-one with patients to help create ways to improve diet and overall health as a means for disease and illness prevention. See ad, page 10. An expanding technology platform that connects health seekers with wellness professionals. Representing 40+ therapies in health and wellness. Online tools to manage your holistic lifestyle. See ad, page 11.



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




Shamanic healing/workshops to facilitate personal transformation and joy in relationships, career and health. Work through private sessions or join a medicine wheel series. Virtual sessions/Arlington, MA.


TMJ PAIN AND HEADACHES YASMIN’S TMJ SLEEP CENTER 284 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446 617-731-6767

Do you suffer from jaw pain or a locked jaw? Do you grind your teeth at night? Do you have headaches, ear pain, facial pain? Do you snore or wake up tired? We can help.

Alexia Taylor 617-939-3113 An innovative approach to women's wellness, addressing the foundation of healthy living, but also engaging your heart, mind and soul in order to propel you to achieve your authentic, joy-filled life. See ad, page 9.


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