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we consider the obstacles to peace—in ourselves, our communities and around the world. With each news story that breaks, revealing the degree to which violence and aggression occurs in places near and far, it is natural to want to find someone or something to blame. Like something out of a Marvel comic book, it would be so comforting if there were a singular, sinister villain at whom we could shake our finger, and who could hold the culpability for all that ails our society. It is far less comfortable to turn the gaze inward, and to examine in what ways we are all responsible for contributing to a culture of aggression. It was hard for me personally to accept that I had “a temper.” In 2014, at the urging of my husband and mother, I enrolled in an introductory course in Nonviolent Communication (NVC). I now consider it required, lifelong learning to a healthy, happy relationship with myself and others. NVC is a practical, skills-based system of communicating our thoughts, feeling and needs to promote mutual, empathetic understanding. The approach was developed by Marshall Rosenberg, award-winning psychologist and international peacekeeper whose legacy is maintained by practitioners around the world. Our article on page 18, The Language of Compassion, was written by Terry Chriswell, publisher of Mile High Natural Awakenings, in Denver, Colorado. It offers an excellent primer for those that are interested in learning more. Our Healing Humanity issue also includes an exclusive interview with Byron Katie, an author, speaker and spiritual teacher whose approach to ending self-suffering, called The Work, has gained worldwide prominence. We are extremely honored to have been given the chance to get her direct responses to questions raised by member of the Bucks County practice group. There are many situations where healing requires assistance from a mental health professional, and our local experts share their insights this month. Whether it’s feeling troubled by the political climate or by old wounds and anxieties stirred up by the holidays, it’s important that people know they are not alone in these experiences and feel encouraged to seek the support they need during this season. Wishing you a memorable, meaningful and peace-filled holiday. Together we are “Making the Awakening” in Bucks and Montgomery counties.

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tar Advanced Medicine, specializing in cutting-edge orthopaedic therapies, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections and a wide range of natural aesthetics treatments, is relocating to a new office space in Warminster at 755 Old York Road, Suite 101, beginning December 1. In addition to regular Tuesday, Thursday and Friday hours, clients can now receive services from 10 Bonnie McKinley, D.O. a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays, and can reserve appointments by request on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. “This space gives us room to do all of our regular services and more, and our new hours can accommodate people for whom weekends are the best time for self-care,� says owner and founder Bonnie McKinley, D.O. McKinley will be sharing the space with Lash & Brow Studio, and together they will offer a highly unique, hybrid service that begins with a natural facial and concludes with medical-grade microneedling. As a medical doctor, McKinley can provide microneedling services beyond those offered by estheticians. For more information, call 267-544-0664 or visit See ad and coupon, page 9.

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ew Vitae Wellness and Recovery is providing readers the opportunity to learn more about their array of holistic behavioral health services, including deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS) to treat symptoms of depression, during an information session to be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on January 18. Used with or without antidepressant medications, dTMS is an evidence-based, FDA-approved service that uses pulses to stimulate parts of the brain associated with the experience of depression. Shown to be safe and well-tolerated, this service permits individuals to experience relief from long-term symptoms with fewer side effects. dTMS is provided five days a week over four to six weeks in 20-minute sessions, and individuals are awake and alert during their appointments. Users are able to continue their daily routines while participating in services. Most insurances, including Medicare, cover all or part of the costs associated with dTMS treatment. In order to begin services, users should have symptoms of depression and a recommendation from their physician. The Recovery Center can assist with initiating services and working with insurance providers. Information session attendees will hear more about the treatment and other holistic offerings, see the device, and speak to staff and others that have had success with dTMS. Cost: Free. Location: The Recovery Center, 16 S. Main St., Quakertown. For more information or to preregister, contact Tracy at 215-538-3403, ext. 323, or visit NewVitaeWellness. com. See ad, page 10.

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rinkable Arts Philadelphia is a mobile art event company providing instructor-led paint on wood or glassware events at area homes and restaurants. Local owner and operator Ava Adames recently created a separate charitable initiative she calls “Painting with a Purpose.” “I paint glassware items and give them to organizations to raise money through silent raffles or direct sales. It gives the recipients a functional and whimsical piece of art to enjoy,” says Adames. “I also paint customized glasses for retail sales to customers, with 100 percent of profits going to credible nonprofit organizations. Customers are aware of the cause their glassware is linked to, and feel that they have made a contribution Ava Adames as well.” Glasses have been donated to the Women’s Empowerment Mission through Divas Abroad, empowering girls in underserved countries; The Lustgarten Foundation for pancreatic cancer research; Friends of Once Upon A Playground at Wall Park; Jessie’s Day, providing scholarships to pediatric heart transplant recipients; Mayte’s Rescue for dogs; United for Puerto Rico; and Jeep Girls Rock for the empowerment of women. Upcoming donations will go to the Autism Society. Communities can organize FUNdraising paint events through Drinkable Arts Philadelphia, where guests can paint a beautiful glass for keeping or gifting, and 10 to 30 percent of net profits go to specified 501c3 organizations. Nonprofits should contact Adames directly with Painting with a Purpose-related requests for a handpainted glass for their next auction or fundraising event. For more information, email or visit See listing, page 42.

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Christina Rosenbruch, founder of Spark Joy Space organizational consulting services in Bucks County, was a featured presenter at the Torresdale Women’s Committee November meeting in Philadelphia. Rosenbruch is one of the area’s only professional organizers certified in the KonMari Method of decluttering and home organizing created by Marie Kondo, author of the New York Times bestselling book, Christina Rosenbruch The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. The Torresdale Women’s Committee was formed in 1945 as a social group with a philanthropic focus. The committee is a diverse group of 45 women ranging from young moms with children to retired career women. Rosenbruch says she’s had the opportunity to perfect her organizational skills as an international flight attendant for the past 30 years. “Working in the confines of an airplane with limited resources taught me how to appreciate the beauty of a simplified but efficiently operating system.” For more information, call 267-544-7171, email Christina@ SparkJoy.Space or visit SparkJoy.Space. See listing, page 45.

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iver Valley Waldorf School (RVWS) invites families to attend its Winter Fair, a public welcome event, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., December 9, on the school grounds, located in the small river town of Upper Black Eddy. The seasonal celebration will feature ongoing live music in the luncheon café, with food and drinks, such as gingerbread tea and homemade desserts. The classrooms are transformed into workshops, with a variety of engaging craft activities for all ages, including ice fishing, candle rolling, apple baking, paper stars and a store featuring RVWS parent artisans. The store will also be sellridgetoning Hill Road • Upper Eddy, 18972 toys from A Toy Black Garden, anPA online store featuring U.S., 610.982.5606 • European and Fair Trade toys made from natural materials. Throughout the day, King Winter will appear with a story to tell—perhaps with a chance of snow. “Our Winter Fair transports the young child into a winter wonderland with activities for the whole family. With music, food, games and crafts for children, and King Winter himself, this winter festival creates a magical experience for everyone,” says Mary K. Till, a RVWS faculty member who teaches handwork. RVWS, situated on seven acres in Bucks County, was established in 1994 as one of 1,000 Waldorf schools worldwide. The school educates over 160 children from three years through eighth grade, and provides a thriving parentchild program for infants, toddlers and their families. The Waldorf school began as an educational movement in 1919, and its teachers work with the educational innovations developed by Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner. The school’s mission is to emphasize the role of imagination in learning, while striving to holistically integrate the intellectual, practical and artistic development of its students.


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esearchers from Northwestern University have found that acoustic stimulation using pink noise (random sound with more low frequencies than white noise) increases slow-wave brain activity, thus improving sleep-dependent memory retention. Thirteen mature adults completed two nights of sleep; one with the pink noise and one without, in random order. Specific brainwave activity increased during the periods when the pink noise was being delivered, suggesting that it could help older adults preserve some memory functions.

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igh-cacao dark chocolate contains high levels of flavanol, a compound known for its heart health benefits, but less is known about diluted foods such as milk chocolate candy. Harvard researchers followed 55,502 subjects for 13 years, comparing levels of high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease to lifestyle traits. They found those eating one to three servings of chocolate a month (including milk chocolate) displayed a 10 percent lower risk of irregular heartbeat than those eating an ounce or less a month. Eating one serving per week of chocolate yielded a 17 percent lower risk and two to six servings a week 20 percent, and then leveled off after eating one or more servings per day. “Eating excessive amounts of chocolate is not recommended, because many chocolate products are high in calories from sugar and fat, and could lead to weight gain and other metabolic problems,” advises Elizabeth Mostofsky, author of the study.

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Approximately a third of those older than 65 and half of elders at least 85 live alone, as do many people with illnesses and mental disorders. All can suffer from feelings of profound loneliness. Emerging virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies provide avenues to alleviate such isolation, instilling contentment, peace of mind, enrichment, fun, a sense of companionship and contributing to physical and mental health. Instead of passively watching TV, seniors can travel virtually to World Heritage sites, revisit old haunts or even attend family events they would otherwise miss. In terms of benefits attained, VR is predicted to measurably improve seniors’ quality of life. Healthcare applications of AI and telemedicine include reminders to eat, be active or take medications, perhaps assisted by a robotic companion that can share information with practitioners, children, caregivers and emergency personnel. Social applications include helping to form and maintain social connections. It may also serve as a personal concierge by reminding seniors of appointments, playing games with them and initiating dialogue to spark outward engagement.

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NAMI Fights Stigma of Mental Illness, Hosts Support Groups


he National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a nonprofit support, education and advocacy organization made up of more than 200,000 members seeking services for people living with severe mental illnesses. NAMI of PA, Bucks County Chapter, in Warminster, and NAMI of PA, Montgomery County Chapter, in Lansdale, are focused on the local level, with the mission of improving the lives of area residents affected by mental illness. NAMI’s programs educate individuals with mental illness about their condition and provide support to those individuals and their family members, who can then better understand their loved one’s illness, stressors and how to live in recovery. Their Stigma-Free campaign is part of a public awareness project to shift the social and systemic barriers to those living with mental illness and serious brain conditions. NAMI also advocates for training of

teachers, law enforcement and first responders to recognize and respond appropriately and compassionately to citizens with mental illness. The organization offers a range of ongoing support groups to Bucks and Montgomery County residents. The Connection Recovery Support Group is free and open to all adults with mental illness, regardless of diagnosis. Run by trained peers, the group offers a safe, confidential and empathetic setting to help attendees gain hope and develop relationships. The Family Support Group, which is led by trained family members of individuals living with mental illness, is confidential, free and designed for adult loved ones (ages 18+) of individuals living with mental illness. The NAMI-CAN group is a parent support group for parents of children and adolescents up to age 23 and is also led by trained family members. The full schedule can be found by visiting

the website or calling the local offices. Additionally, NAMI staffs a toll-free HelpLine 12 hours a day, seven days a week, with a 24-hour, seven-day-aweek message line. Debbie Moritz, executive director of the Bucks County chapter since 2004, says, “People are surprised to find out that there are other people and families just like them in the community, who can relate to their experiences. I always say, just give it a try.” Location: 600 Louis Dr., Ste. 106, Warminster, and 100 W. Main St., Ste. 204, Lansdale. For more information, call the HelpLine at 1-866-NAMI (6264). For more info on the Bucks County chapter, email Info@NAMIBucks or visit For more info on the Montgomery County chapter, call 215-361-7784, email or visit

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uthor, speaker and spiritual innovator Byron Katie is the developer of a method of self-inquiry known as The Work of Byron Katie, or simply The Work. This method was born from an epiphany she experienced in 1986, two weeks after checking herself into a women’s counseling center to treat the depression and addiction she suffered from. The Work is described in her newest book, A Mind at Home with Itself: How Asking Four Questions Can Free Your Mind, Open Your Heart, and Turn Your World Around. Recently, Natural Awakenings of Bucks and Montgomery counties had the opportunity to present Katie with questions from a local practice group of The Work in suburban Philadelphia.

In your book, A Mind at Home with Itself, you describe your awakening, where you were able to come out of the desert and never look back. Why is it that I practice The Work and have so many aha moments, yet I still suffer? Here’s how I talk about it in A Mind at Home with Itself: It does take patience to continue doing The Work as a daily practice, or at least as a regular practice. People

is—nothing more than an unquestioned mental state.

Your Worksheet, Judge Your Neighbor, focuses on others. What advice can you give for those that are dealing with self-judgment resulting from past actions? Here’s what I said about it in Loving What Is: If you are new to inquiry, I strongly suggest that you not write about yourself at first. When you start by judging yourself, your answers come with a motive and with solutions that haven’t worked. Judging someone else, then inquiring and turning it around, is the direct path to understanding. You can judge yourself later, when you have been doing inquiry long enough to trust the power of truth.

who truly want to end their suffering are able to find that patience. Questioning your stressful thoughts can be difficult, but it’s a lot more difficult not to question them. When people are interested in The Work, they notice that sometimes they do it and sometimes they don’t—at first. But if you make a commitment to doing The Work for breakfast every day, it starts waking up in you. You no longer do it; it does you. It becomes natural, automatic, like breathing.

What do I do when I’m triggered and I’m not in a situation when I can stop and do The Work? Any advice? If you can’t stop and question the thought that is triggering you, stop a little later, when you’re able to. Take a few deep breaths, get still, and begin to identify what you were thinking and believing during the episode.

How do you deal with the changing turbulence in the world? I am only able to witness it in others and do what I can to invite them to identify what they’re believing about the turbulence in their world. All turbulence belongs on a Worksheet, where it can be questioned and seen for what it

How does The Work help facilitate day-to-day happiness? The more clarity, the more happiness. The more deeply we understand that no one can cause us a problem—that it’s our thoughts about other people, the world and ourselves that cause all our problems—the freer we are. I often say that every time you fill in a Worksheet and question the thoughts on it, you become a kinder human being. For more information and free Worksheet downloads, visit



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PEACE ON EARTH Conflict Resolutions that Work to Bridge Divides Healing happens when we handle conflict in a healthy and transformative way.

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Roughly 30 years ago, notable voices began urging Americans to embrace a sustainable worldview of unity in diversity, recognizing our core oneness as a solution to an increasingly out-of-balance society. Success in this endeavor depends primarily on the “habits of the heart” of our citizens, developed in local milieus of families, neighborhoods, classrooms, congregations, voluntary associations, workplaces and public places where strangers gather.

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While mainstream media often largely focuses on the negative aspects of conflict—discord, divisiveness, intolerance, violence, incivility, injustice, chaos and complex problems—a countermovement is convening constructive conversations. Participants are initiating dialogue and deliberations intended to resolve conflicts and create cohesiveness, collaboration, cooperation and compromise among local factions that disagree on how to deal with everything from health care and social justice to environmental protection and climate science. Educational training materials and books are giving outdated models of conflict resolution a facelift. In The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000 Mile Journey Through a New America, Sarah Van Gelder devotes a chapter to a Greens16

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boro, North Carolina, battle over a story about a deadly, racially charged incident from the city’s recent past. She quotes James Lamar Gibson, a 20-something AfricanAmerican activist and core organizer for the Counter Stories Project: “We’ve been stuck in an old conversation for a couple of decades. We want to have an army of people with restorative conversation skills, so we can get past the divisiveness and imagine together a different sort of Greensboro,” he says. The project began with facilitator training, and then developed story circles in which residents were able to have the difficult discussions that don’t ordinarily take place among the police, city council, churches and social agencies. Today’s conflict resolution experts are discovering that conflict is an essential and powerful call for applying spiritual principles and exercising spiritual practices.

Provocative Questions

“What if we considered conflict as a secret ally or a guidepost, showing us what really matters to us and how much we care? What if our intense emotions are sources of invincible energy, with the power to build the world we want, together? What does having conflict in a healthy and transformative way look like?” queries Ma’ikwe Ludwig, executive director of Commonomics USA,

an organization which educates and advocates for a world where a commons-based economy creates economic and ecological security for all. “Conflict has the power to bring to the surface what’s really at stake and to unite people toward a common goal,” advises Ludwig. Her thought-provoking questions can help shift perceptions toward the idea that we need to use conflict; maybe even welcome it. Ludwig, author of Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption, recently helped present new perspectives on conflict resolution during a webinar for Transition US members interested in creating inclusive and diverse communities through collaboration. The nonprofit inspires, encourages, supports and provides networking and training for grassroots initiatives seeking to build community resilience in the face of such challenges as oil spills, climate change and economic crises. Courtney Breese, managing director for the nonprofit National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) and her colleagues, together with thousands of innovative thinkers, are helping by introducing people to simple dialogue and deliberation structures, processes and resources that invite meaningful and productive conversations leading to constructive civic

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A community is a group that can fight gracefully… Chaos is not just a state; it is an essential process of community development. ~Dr. M. Scott Peck, The Different Drum: Community Making and Peace engagement. Breese remarks, “We’re open to working with anyone interested in learning processes that can help bridge divides. We also like sharing stories about what is working.”


The group’s downloadable free tools help newcomers: A beginner’s guide for exploring dialogue ( beginners-guide); a how-to-guide for Conversation Café (CC) hosts (Tinyurl. com/ManualForConversationCafe); and the American Library Association Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change Project ( ltc-models). “To date, we’ve had at least 800 librarians participate in free NCDD webinars,” Breese notes. CC is a simple tool useful in exploring difficult topics and provides a safe space to process different perspectives. “Initial agreement on basic rules includes suspending judgment while listening and seeking to understand others, refraining from persuading or converting and talking only from personal experience,” explains Breese.

One new network member, J. Scott Wagner, author of The Liberal’s Guide to Conservatives, speaks about the importance of using neutral language in dialogue. “I learned from him how words can be emotional triggers and signal one-sided perspectives, leaving some group members feeling angry or excluded because they feel the speaker won’t be open to hearing their perspective,” says Breese. After three tours of the U.S. and hundreds of interviews with conservative individuals, Wagner, founder of the nonprofit Reach the Right, was inspired to use his knowledge of five arenas—neurology/cognitive psychology, personality, bias, social conformity and morality—to help progressives understand conservatives that are not only their political leaders, but also their relatives, partners, friends and managers. He offers a simple explanation for anyone drenched in inaccurate biases. “We inherit unconscious genetic personality characteristics that lead us to develop our ideology, with which we construct our world and align with others that are in agreement. Differences in our personality characteristics are the culprits that create conflict.”

Community Needs Erase Enmity

Drawing on 25 years of experience of enabling sworn enemies to create peace in places such as South Africa, Northern Ireland and Colombia, Adam Kahane, author of Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People You Don’t Agree with or Like or Trust, shares insights into the “enemyfying syndrome” that instigates conflict. This habit of thinking and acting as if people we are dealing with are our enemies and the cause of our problems is all around us and dominates the media. “The enemies are always the others, ‘those people’. Enemyfying, which feels exciting and satisfying— even righteous and heroic—usually obscures, rather than clarifies, the reality of the challenges we face. It amplifies conflicts, narrows the space for problem solving and creativity, and distracts us with unrealizable dreams of decisive victory from the real work we need to do,” observes Kahane.

Kahane sees the challenge of conflict becoming more acute. “People today are generally more free, individualistic and diverse, with stronger voices and less deference. Volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity are growing.” Yet, contrary to the common view, it is possible for people that hold contradictory positions to find ways to collaborate. That’s what he and 40 others representing military officers, guerrillas and paramilitaries; activists and politicians; businesspeople and trade unionists; landowners and farmers; and academics, journalists and young people, accomplished in the Destino Colombia project. They organized to contribute to ending their country’s 52-year civil war.


orld Café-style conversations used in Conversation Cafés to discuss issues that matter offer a powerful social technology to engage people in meaningful and constructive dialog in corporate, government and community settings. Understanding that conversation is the core process that drives personal, business and organizational life, it’s a way of thinking and being together sourced in a philosophy of conversational leadership. Embracing a combination of these guiding principles can foster collaborative exchanges, active engagement and helpful possibilities for action. n Clarify the Purpose n Create a Hospitable Space n Explore Questions that Matter n Encourage Everyone’s Contribution n Connect Diverse Perspectives n Listen for Insights and Share Discoveries Source: Principles

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Jonathan Bender, founder of The Performance of Your Life, a public speaking and personal development business, has been on a lifelong quest of fostering personal growth and societal transformation. His therapeutic classes and workshops demonstrate how to connect, honor and deeply resonate with others, even if they have different worldviews, and how to listen and hear in the same way we want to be heard. Acknowledging the adrenalin rush that’s a common response to fear of conflict, Bender says, “When we learn to be mindful and speak from our entire body, rather than just from our head, we notice that the voice resonates and originates from a much bigger place. This teaches us to cultivate greater awareness of our emotions and how we express them. “Begin by acknowledging an emotion, and then reduce its intensity through slow, deep breaths, paying attention to the correlating physical sensation. Shifting our focus back to the heart allows us to recognize parts of ourselves in the stories of others and come to understand that our personal history is

Intense emotions can become sources of invincible energy with the collective power to build the world we want.

the filter through which we ‘enemyfy’,” says Bender, who speaks and presents publicly, educating audiences and clients about the universally challenging performances of everyday life. According to Robert Atkinson, Ph.D., author of The Story of Our Time: From Duality to Interconnectedness to Oneness, today’s rugged individualism amid conflicts comprises a crisis of consciousness. “No longer can we settle only on seeing things in opposition to one another; we need to shift our consciousness to be able to see the parts coming together in a new whole. Accepting the oneness of humanity as a biological fact, a social necessity and a spiritual reality will lead us further along our journey toward lasting world peace.” His observation fits with what Joanna Macy, author and scholar of Buddhism and deep ecology, believes is the call of our time: “As planetary citizens, we are being called to wake up together.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings who blogs at

The Language of Compassion


powerful tool for peacefully resolving differences at personal, professional and political levels, Dr. Marshall Rosenberg’s book Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Compassion guides us to reframe how we express ourselves and hear others. Instead of “habitual, automatic reactions,” he writes, “our words become conscious responses based firmly on an awareness of what we are perceiving, feeling, and wanting. We are led to express ourselves with honesty and clarity, while simultaneously paying others a respectful and empathic attention.” NVC aims to change patterns of blaming, judging and criticizing others to focus instead on what is being observed, felt and needed. When we spotlight our own perceptions, we mitigate resistance, defensiveness and violence.


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Using the four components of NVC, we learn to see clearly our own behavior, rather than point the finger at someone else. They are:


Observation: the concrete actions you observe that affect your well-being;

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Feelings: how you are feeling in relation to the observation;

Needs: accepting responsibility

for the needs, values and desires creating your feelings;


Requests: concrete actions you

request in order to enrich your life.

Your compassionate communication might sound like this:

“When I see your dog pooping on my lawn (observation), I feel upset (feeling). We have kids who play here and I want the yard to be a safe, clean space for them (needs). Would you be willing to use this plastic bag to remove it (request)? While the work is not necessarily easy because it is a consciousness shift from the conditioned ways we express ourselves, it is worth the effort to allow compassion to blossom, enriching your life and those around you.


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he Interfaith Community of Lower Bucks (ICLB) is a volunteer, nonprofit organization that fosters communication between different religious communities within Lower Bucks County. Its mission is to bring together people of all faiths to build harmony, community and understanding by hosting and participating in community work, play, worship and education. “I’m proud to be a board member of the ICLB, especially in these times when increased racial tensions and hate crimes have resurfaced in our community,” says group member Lisa Gage. “The ICLB actively participates in building awareness of such events and taking an active role (along with other peace groups in the area) in community building.” The ICLB group meets the third Thursday of each month, from 7 to 8 p.m., at the Zubaida Foundation mosque library, located at 855 Big Oak Road, in Yardley. Area residents can join the organization or attend meetings and special events, including Sharing Our Faith events, the Interfaith Film series, Interfaith Thanksgiving Potluck and Service, and international peace festivals. For more information, contact Lisa Gage at 215-266-8426, email Lisa1LG3@gmail. com or visit or

he Peace Center, in Langhorne, is a nonprofit organization staffed by educators and volunteers dedicated to furthering peace in the local community, the nation and around the world. It is the only organization in Bucks County whose sole focus is peace education to address, interrupt and transform conflict and violence. Founded in 1982, The Peace Center’s roots began as B.A.N.D. (Bucks Alliance for Nuclear Disarmament). After the Berlin Wall fell, the international movement toward disarmament inspired The Peace Center to work on the prevention of violence on the local level. From preventing bullying in schools to mediating neighborhood disputes, The Peace Center teaches practical skills and techniques for conflict resolution to all age groups. Its programs are designed to help people communicate effectively, learn problem-solving skills and develop the emotional awareness needed to resolve conflict in their lives. Its staff is professionally trained in the most current and effective methods of mediation, counseling, group facilitation, school planning and organizational consulting. For the past 35 years, The Peace Center’s trainings and workshops have reached more than 175 schools and impacted more than 100,000 lives with the mission of creating more peaceful communities. Location: 102 W. Maple Ave., Langhorne. For more information, call 215750-7220, email Info@ThePeaceCenter. org or visit

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When the World is the Problem?

by Karen L. Smith


any people across the country have experienced current politics as directly impacting their moods and dispositions. More so than perhaps at any time since the ’60s there are sides, and lines in the sand, and overt contention. On TV, radio and social media, the news is bombastic, divisive, frightening and disheartening about the state of our Union. While it is hard to track our general feelings about life over a one year period, I think many of us would agree that if we had taken a survey about our outlook on life in October of 2016, and then again in October of 2017, we would see a sharp decrease in feelings of hopefulness and general well-being, and a sharp increase in feelings of anxiousness, hopelessness, agitation and even rage. Between moments of despair and apathy, many on both the political right and left have found some solace in community, activism and rigorous selfcare. Certainly, as a psychotherapist,


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those would be some of my top recommendations for how to deal with the crises of our current political climate. Another of my top recommendations would be psychotherapy. I suspect some would question how therapy could help, since therapy is directed toward change within the self. And if the political climate is a primary source of distress, individual psychotherapy certainly cannot change our political climate. So, I have two answers to that. The first answer is perhaps the most intuitive, which is that therapy can be a place of self-restoration to counter the debilitating effects of threats to our feelings of safety, the pull toward inertia, the exhaustion of relentless overmobilization, guilt regarding how much we are or are not doing to promote political change, and the weariness of rage and disbelief. Whether your reaction has been immobilization or hyper-mobilization, psychotherapy can be a supported, contained, contemplative space where you can sit in

ship to another whose only investment is your well-being. As therapists, many of us see our work as inherently political, both because of the impact the social, moral and political world has on the lives of our clients, and also because the internal freedom and clarity obtained through psychotherapy allows our clients to shape and engage with the world without the distortions of fear, pain and trauma. Citizens build a nation, and citizens connected to their truths, uncompromised by harsh superegos, distorted familial and societal narratives and traumatic visceral responses, will inherently help build a kinder nation. This brings me to the second answer as to why psychotherapy can help in times of such political chaos, even though its immediate focus of change isn’t the external world. This answer is one that clients often seek regarding other external situations they cannot change. For instance, clients will routinely ask, “Why talk about the past when it can’t be changed?” or “Why talk about my family if they are never going to change?” Here is an answer: nothing is over until it is grieved. I mean really grieved. When you have a friend whose partner just cheated and ended their marriage, the next many months will be filled with them crying on your shoulder and reliving moment after moment of both the love that was shared and the hurt and loss. They will repeat the same stories. They will shake their head and widen their eyes in disbelief. They will want to let it go and have it in their past, but will be haunted with grief. If they have good enough friends to listen to them, and force themselves to relive every one of the special moments and horrible moments, they will find themselves slowly moving on. When a tragedy involves loss, and all tragedies do, the sufferer must review each tentacle that they have wrapped around that lost object, and slowly unfurl each one, suffering the loss of that connection each time they release each tentacle. The longer we have been “attached” to someone/ something/the object, the more tentacles we have wrapped around it. Some



Citizens build a nation, and citizens connected to their truths, uncompromised by harsh superegos, distorted familial and societal narratives and traumatic visceral responses, will inherently help build a kinder nation. of the tentacles are thin, and only need one or two times of grieving them to release their hold. Some tentacles are long and thick and must be reviewed many times before they lose their grip. The tragedy of our our current political climate is different for all of us. What we lost is different. Some had horrible truths about the United States confirmed, some learned new truths. Some were directly put at greater physical/legal risk, some watched those they love get bigger targets on their backs. Some had dreams and hopes crushed, some lost their innocence about the goodness of our country, or democracy, or people. But we all suffered great loss. When we still open our eyes wide in disbelief, it is because we haven’t yet faced what we know, what we lost. We haven’t mourned it. We haven’t successfully come to understand it is gone. Psychotherapy offers the most contained and safe place for this kind of deep grieving. And there is freedom born of deep grieving. Even if our past is still the same. Even if our families are still the same. Even if our government is still the same. Karen L. Smith, MSS, LCSW, is the founding director of Full Living: A Psychotherapy Practice, with offices throughout Greater Philadelphia. For more information or a free initial consult, call 215-494-7818 or visit See ad, page 33.

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When we awake to the life-giving vow of compassion, we who are like broken tiles and scattered pebbles are transmuted into gold. ~Shinran (1173-1263)


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memories, those memories are yours to keep. They are now part of the fabric that makes up your very being. But for others, those memories are for story books only and can often evoke feelings of sadness, triggering depression with feelings of emptiness and loneliness. Or perhaps you do have happy childhood memories filled with loving family and yummy food,

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but now you are estranged from your loved ones. The holiday season can trigger depression for a plethora of reasons. The most common reason is loneliness. People who are estranged from their loved ones, and isolated from their communities, often experience their sadness at its peak during the holiday season. Sometimes, like a cruel joke, their mind replays happy scenes from childhood celebrations, reminding them of the severity of their loss. The empty void they feel is most notable during those quiet days of “time off” from work or daily routines. Ed Diener, a world leader in the field of research on happiness, found that happiness comes from a feeling of belongingness. Belonging to something larger than ourselves. Belonging to communities or in groups that are making a conscious effort to make their community better. Diener’s research findings suggest those that value money, power and good looks are less happy than those that value compassion, cooperation and a willingness to make the world better. In his study, people that volunteered to help others less fortunate or that shared in a community created a sense of belongingness and were abundantly happier in their lives. Here are six ways to begin to develop a sense of belongingness,

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Avoid social media. Take a break and unplug. The media is saturated with “happy” family gatherings celebrating together.

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Volunteer at a soup kitchen. Soup kitchens often need extra help during the holidays due to the increase in number of people in need.

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“Adopt” a family for the holiday. Through programs, such as the Holiday Assistance Program at Lenape Valley Foundation, in Doylestown, you can receive a wish list of food and gifts for a family in need of help for the holiday. Lenape’s “elves” will wrap the gifts and deliver them for you.


Reach out to a neighbor. Getting to know your neighbors is not an easy task in the suburbs. People with yards are less likely to sit out in front of their homes like they do in the city. This results in reduced opportunities to meet neighbors and develop a sense of community. So, take advantage of the holiday time off and spark discussions among your closest neighbors.

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Moving from the Head to the Heart

Beth Herman’s Integrative Psychotherapy What is your experience as a mental health professional? I began my career in community mental health while I was still a graduate student, working with chronically and seriously mentally ill populations, doing both individual psychotherapy and co-facilitating groups. In 2007, I opened my practice in Doylestown where I continue to practice today. My clients range from folks I refer to as from the “worried well”, to people struggling with mental illnesses, including Employee Assistance Program work.

When and why did you start to incorporate hypnotherapy into your work with patients? I began incorporating hypnosis into my work during the summer of 2016. I’d noticed over the years that, although my clients benefited in some way from our time together, they were not necessarily healing from their issues. The other thing I noticed was that people were seeking a more holistic approach and a less diagnostic approach. People wanted to talk about their spiritual lives and other experiences without the fear of being given a “diagnosis”. I began to tiptoe into the spiritual lives of my clients and the sessions took on a whole new vibration. Our work together was opening up. I wondered how I could go deeper in the work and in what other ways I might help people truly heal from their pain.

How does Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy differ from traditional hypnotherapy? Let’s start with what traditional hypnotherapy is—hypnosis is simply an altered state of consciousness where an individual can become more susceptible to suggestion. The altered state works by allowing us to bypass the conscious mind and get into the subconscious where about 90 percent of the mind’s activities are. Bypassing the conscious mind allows me to access the places within, where the deep pain resides. Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy produces an altered state of deep calm and relaxation and the ability to experience things generally beyond their capacity while in a “wake-state”. But it goes beyond traditional hypnotherapy by integrating other proven, clinically effective modalities, 24

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such as Gestalt, by offering a deep experience in the present moment; cognitive behavioral therapy, by identifying those damaging thoughts, self-beliefs and behaviors; and inner child work, where we really get to address that part of us that begs for nurturing, acknowledgment and love.

How does this approach differ from traditional talk therapy, and how do the two complement each other? In traditional talk therapy we are generally only working with the conscious mind where only a small part of the material is what we’re working on. It can take a much longer time to access the information needed to begin to heal. People are generally more defended in talk therapy as the ego is busy keeping the upsetting material deeply hidden and out of sight. Doing Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy with a client has a much different vibration. There is a deeper connection and intimacy with clients due to the nature of the experience and also that I am sitting physically closer to my clients as I guide them through the process. Yet, Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy absolutely complements the talk therapy sessions with my clients. After a hypnosis session, I usually take the next session to “talk” and process the experience.

What do you say to people that may have some fears about hypnotherapy? I acknowledge their fears because there is so much misinformation out there about this work. In addition, there are “hypnotists” that do not have a clinical mental health background, so people often ask about things they have seen that would be considered “stage hypnosis”. I explain the difference and reassure clients that in this process they wouldn’t do anything they don’t want to and that they have full control during their session. I answer all of their questions and discuss the HeartCentered Hypnotherapy process. I also share my own experience of my personal hypnosis sessions that I participate in. Beth Herman Counseling is located at the The Farm at Doylestown, 605 Farm Lane, Doylestown. For more information, visit or call 215-3488900. See ad, page 8.



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he holidays can be a difficult time for people in the midst of custody and divorce matters—especially the first holiday season in transition. When children divide their holidays between two parents’ separate households, or when clients face the holidays without their spouses for the first time, the holidays may feel like a lonely time. Family law attorney Jennifer J. Riley recommends to her clients that they focus on developing new holiday traditions. “This way, rather than feeling the holidays from a position of loss, creating new holiday traditions can help our clients and their children feel excitement during the season,” she explains. During the busy holiday season, many people feel overwhelmed. Riley says this is exactly why they recommend to clients that they pause the legal proceedings until the new year. “It can be so hard to face the first holiday season without a former spouse and his or her family. Taking a breather from the legal issues allows everyone time to focus on selfcare, to allow time to experience the stages of grief—which go hand-in-hand with family law legal proceedings—and to listen to what they need as they design new holiday celebrations. It also helps to ensure that emotions during the holiday time do not guide people in making legal decisions they might later regret.” Riley recommends that clients turn to their friends and family to help design new traditions. “Maybe the day after Christmas becomes a client’s annual spa day with her best friends. Or, in families where children split their holidays, maybe Christmas Eve becomes the new ‘Christmas morning’ for the children, complete with a special visit from Santa. It’s important to focus on making the transition positive. The holidays may be different, but they can still be joyful, even in times of transition.” The Law Offices of Jennifer J. Riley are located at 585 Skippack Pk., Ste. 200, Blue Bell and 900 West Valley Rd., Ste. 703, Wayne. For more information, call 215-2835080 or visit See ad, page 21.

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hirty years ago, speaker, author and journalist Lynne McTaggart recovered from an illness using alternative approaches to health. Since then, she’s been exploring the frontiers of healing through consciousness and alternative medicine. In the 1990s, McTaggart, who lives in London, started a newsletter called What Doctors Don’t Tell You, now an international magazine and popular platform at that cites thousands of resources showing what works and doesn’t work in conventional and alternative medicine and how to beat chronic conditions naturally. McTaggart’s seven books include The Intention Experiment, The Field, The Bond and most recently, The Power of Eight. Her latest work examines the transformative power of small groups of people sending thoughts together for a common goal.

Can you summarize the results of your experiments of healing through collective intentions? We’ve done hundreds of experiments using small and large groups; 30 were tightly controlled scientific studies conducted in conjunction with researchers at institutions such as the University of Arizona, University of California and Penn State University. The experiments have involved all kinds of intentions, ranging from the relatively simple to the impossibly complex. The large-scale intention experiments involved upwards of 25,000 participants remotely logging onto a website to view photos of the targets, sometimes 8,000 miles away, and 26

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sending them a well-defined intention, like changing the pH balance of water or healing a war veteran of post-traumatic stress disorder. To date, 26 of those 30 experiments resulted in positive, measurable, mainly scientifically significant effects. We’ve seen the pH of water change by a full pH number and seen seeds grow twice as much as control seeds.

We also conducted three peace intention experiments with interesting results: After our eight-day intention for Sri Lanka during its civil war, violence levels fell; the government had won several decisive battles that week; and within a few months that 25-year war was over. We can’t say with certainty that we had a hand in this, but our other peace experiments showed similar results. If it happens a few more times, that becomes compelling.

What conditions were the most conducive to manifesting positive results? Was it intention, the power of the group or altruism? I think it’s a little of all of these. We’ve found that larger groups do not have a larger effect, which brought about the “power of eight” concept. I’ve discovered all that’s needed is a group, whether it’s eight or 8,000. In a group, we seem to lose our sense of individuality and separation from the world. We experience an overwhelming sense of oneness with the other intenders, which may be why our influence then becomes more powerful.

How did the act of sending positive intentions affect the senders? I was most surprised by the rebound effects reported by participants, whom I started surveying after the Sri Lankan peace experiment. Thousands of extraordinary comments related not only how participants felt during the activity, but also afterwards; they were experiencing major shifts in their relationships, health, careers and well-being. All they had done was sit individually in front of their computer holding an intention, yet they experienced the altered and mystical states of consciousness described by psychologist Abraham Maslow as “peak experiences”. Life University, a large chiropractic university in Atlanta, worked with us to study the brainwaves of participants in six “power of eight” groups and found that senders had decreased activity in their frontal and parietal lobes, which govern the sense of self. It was like the boundaries between participants were dissolving into a state of oneness. To me, this partly explained the sense of oneness, compassion and love they


experienced. Andrew Newberg, director of research at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health, in Philadelphia, recorded similar effects in Sufi masters, and nuns and monks engaged in prayer and meditation, but only after years of learning certain techniques. My participants, all novices, were primed only by watching a 13-minute YouTube video of me explaining how to send intention in a group. Group intention appears to be a fast-track to the miraculous—no experience necessary.

Why does “groupthink” have such a powerful, multiplicative effect? I think a huge part of it has to do with the power of getting off of yourself and setting an intention for someone else. Another is the connection created in a group. When we engage together in an activity like praying or setting altruistic intentions, we create a powerful virtual circle that proves healing to both the receivers and senders. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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THE GIFTS OF CITRUS Colorful Good Health in Holiday Dishes by Judith Fertig


inter citrus fruits that arrive in a gift basket or show up on sale at the grocer present a welcome bright spot on winter’s darker days. Valencia and blood oranges, limes and Meyer lemons are delicious in their own right, and deserve their place on the breakfast table. Yet there are many other intriguing ways to enjoy them in vinaigrettes, salads, main dishes, baked goods and desserts. Winter citrus is full of health benefits, just when we need them most:

during the busy holiday season. To start, they help bolster our immune system, guarding against colds or helping us recover faster. Their high vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, content is water soluble. According to a comprehensive study by the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, a daily intake of 400 milligrams of vitamin C can halve the incidence of colds in adults and cut their duration by 14 percent. The flavonoid hesperidin in citrus helps boost “good” HDL cholesterol and

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lowers “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, report researchers in the Journal of Nutrition. In a new study in Nutritional Neuroscience, hesperidin in citrus also was found to ameliorate brain deterioration found in Alzheimer’s patients. Other studies further show that the grapefruit diet wasn’t wrong; eating half a fresh grapefruit before each meal can help us lose weight. In a study conducted at the Scripps Clinic, in La Jolla, California, and published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, researchers put overweight volunteers on an exercise plan for 12 weeks and asked them to eat either half a fresh grapefruit or drink apple juice and pop a placebo pill before each meal. The grapefruit group dropped an average of three-and-a-half pounds, compared to only one-half pound for the apple group. Limonoids, an antioxidant found in most citrus, may help guard against stomach, lung, breast and skin cancer, according to the U.S. Agricultural Research Service. Animal and human cell studies found that limonoids—especially those in fresh oranges—harbor potential as anticancer compounds. Another study in Nutritional Neuroscience showed that the volatile compound limonene, found in the rind of a lemon, can enhance memory. As nights grow colder and longer, winter citrus “adds a little sunshine to every meal,” says Jamie Schler, author of the recently released cookbook Orange Appeal: Savory & Sweet. Schler grew up in Florida, surrounded by citrus groves between the Atlantic Coast and Indian River. “Winters meant Dad’s workbench in the garage groaning under the weight of brown paper grocery bags filled to bursting with navels, tangerines, grapefruits, Valencias and tangelos,” writes Schler. “I fondly recall trips in the old green station wagon to the groves on chilly weekend mornings where we could pick them ourselves.” Today, Schler and her husband own and operate the boutique Hotel Diderot, in Chinon, France, where life’s a feast—especially during citrus season. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (


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Moroccan Spiced Orange Slices with Orange Blossom Water

Vegetables: 4 oz baby radishes 4 oz baby carrots, with some of the green top 4 oz baby leeks, trimmed 4 oz baby yellow pattypan squash 2 oz microgreens

Orange blossom or orange flower water is available at better grocery stores, kitchen shops, Middle Eastern markets or online. Yields: 4 to 5 servings 5 medium to large navel or large blood oranges 3 Tbsp orange blossom water 1 tsp ground cinnamon 2 Tbsp honey or date sugar ½ pomegranate, seeded 1½ to 2 Tbsp coarsely chopped unsalted pistachios 8 to 10 mint leaves, chopped or torn, for garnish Peel the oranges and cut away all of the white pith and outer membrane. Slice each orange across the core into ¼-inch slices, six per orange, reserving any juice that runs off. Push out and discard any spongy white core. Fan the slices in concentric circles, slightly overlapping the fruit, on a large round serving platter. Drizzle the orange blossom water and any reserved runoff juice over the fruit. Using a fine sieve, lightly and evenly dust with cinnamon and a generous drizzle of honey. Chill the oranges for at least 1 hour or longer in the refrigerator before serving. When ready to serve, sprinkle the pomegranate seeds, pistachios and mint leaves evenly over the top.

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Juice from the grilled limes 1 Tbsp seasoned rice wine vinegar 1 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1 tsp sorghum or maple syrup ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Prepare a medium-hot fire in the grill. Brush the radishes, carrots and leeks with olive oil and place in a grilling basket or on a perforated grill rack. Grill for 4 to 5 minutes, turning often, until the vegetables have just started to brown at the edges. Zest the limes and set the zest aside.

Baby Vegetables and Microgreens with Charry Lime Vinaigrette Yields: 4 servings Charry Lime Vinaigrette: Zest of 2 limes

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Yields: 2 servings for breakfast, or as a snack or dessert

Adapted orange recipes are from Orange Appeal, by Jamie Schler, permission of Gibbs Smith.

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Meyer Lemon Chia Seed Bowl with Tangerines

In a bowl, stir together the chia seeds, milk, maple syrup, Meyer lemon juice, salt and lemon zest. reserved lime zest, rice wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, sorghum and olive oil together until well blended. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Arrange the vegetables on salad plates and garnish with microgreens. Spoon the vinaigrette over all and serve.

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The New Face of Sports Medicine by Marlaina Donato

From college athletics to Olympic training, sports medicine has a new, holistic face.


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an organic farm in Hawaii and continues to adopt many holistic practices. “I have a superfood smoothie every day. Liquid food helps me feel lighter and I have more usable energy for training,” says Strong. His regimen also includes organic produce, sprouted grains, occasional raw goat milk products, homeopathic formulas and wildcrafted medicinal herbs. Strong credits achieving his personal best to a healthy lifestyle and recovery from an automobile accident that led to amputation of his lower left leg as a teen. “After the accident, my family and I opened a raw vegetarian restaurant. We produced as many cultured foods as possible—sauerkraut, kombucha and kefir. Improving my gut health gave me the biggest strides in healing. Yoga and meditation also contributed. It all saved me.” Six-time Ironman triathlete, U.S. Senior Olympic gold medalist and marathoner Ruth Heidrich, Ph.D., of Honolulu, attributes surviving stage IV breast cancer primarily to her low-fat vegan diet. Already an avid runner and nutritionally conscious, Heidrich was shocked to hear the diagnosis. “I was 47 years old when I was told the results of the biopsy. I thought I was going to die because of the symptoms I was experiencing,” recalls the 82-year-old, who not only beat multiple malignancies without chemotherapy or radiation, but was the first cancer patient to complete an Ironman Triathlon. This “Ironlady’s” holistic approach in-

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Maintaining good habits while traveling can be challenging. Strong adds healthy salts to structure his drinking water and brings along superfoods such as green vegetable powders to use when he can’t access organic produce. To optimize his air quality while away from home, Strong uses a personalized air purifier that creates ozone. San Francisco-based, three-time Olympic swimming gold medalist and world champion Natalie Coughlin remains dedicated to better diet choices without deprivation. “When I travel, I always bring my own snacks. I like dark chocolate-covered almonds, a natural sweet that also supplies protein and fiber. To stay hydrated, I drink herbal teas, especially mint,” says Coughlin, who also incorporates a tart green smoothie every morning with kale, parsley, collards, celery, citrus and frozen pineapple. At home, “I like to be informed about where my meat comes from and how the conditions are for the animal. If I roast a chicken, I will use every part, including the bones, to make a stock,” she says. Her holistic approach includes

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PETS ¤ MUSIC Each Species Grooves to Its Own Beat

Rabbits Hear Up to 42,000 Hz “Rescued rabbits like long tones, common in music accompanying yoga or reiki,” Morgan relates. “Long tones hold a chord with layers of notes on top.”

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He could tell by the way animals walked that they were keeping time to some kind of music. Maybe it was the song in their own hearts that they walked to. ~Laura Adams Armer

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ust as dogs’ and cats’ noses are more efficient than ours, they also have better hearing, reacting to a broader and higher range of frequencies and vibrations. “We sense our world from where our ears are. Our plane is generally five to six feet high; animals closer to the ground hear things differently,” says Janet Marlow, founder and CEO of Pet Acoustics, in Washington Depot, Connecticut. The internationally renowned musician, composer and sound behaviorist has invented species-specific music based on her 30 years of research. Humans hear up to 23,000 Hertz (Hz), which differs substantially from that of many other creatures ( HearingRange.html). A Hertz is a standard unit of frequency set at one cycle per second.

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Dogs Hear Up to 45,000 Hz “People hear in stereo, animals in mono,” says Marlow. It’s why dogs tilt their heads left to right—to allow more sound waves into their ears—collecting information from various angles. Sound frequency and intensity keeps an animal alive in nature; they learn to flee in another direction, not analyze. Separation anxiety is often due to a sound the dog doesn’t recognize, Marlow explains. Sound triggers behavior, whether good or bad, as dogs relax or are stressed. Music releases tension from their being ever-vigilant as seen in their posture. To understand what a dog hears, sit or crawl on the floor. Electronic speakers are usually positioned at heights conducive for our ears, not theirs. “For the holidays, my dogs and horses like We Three Kings, The Holly and the Ivy and especially Greensleeves for their baroque roots and repeating patterns,” notes Morgan.

Cats Hear Up to 64,000 Hz Marlow credits her cat, Osborn, with inspiring her interest in music for animals. When Osborn was injured, she visited the veterinary hospital and sang to him to keep him calm. Her home state’s Litchfield Veterinary Hospital became her initial testing ground for species-specific music. “We use Pet Acoustics music boxes in the cat ward, recovery rooms and exam rooms,” says Heather Florkowski, a certified technician at the facility. “In our experience, stress inhibits the healing process. Like people, animals are anxious when ill and visiting the doctor’s

Marlow found that horses prefer rhythmic pieces matching their natural movements. “When a Tennessee walking horse breeder played music during a birth, the foal and mother recovered faster than usual.” After that, “The horses ran to the barn upon hearing the same music.” Sally Morgan, a physical therapist and advanced certified Tellington TTouch practitioner in Northampton, Massachusetts, who has enjoyed freestyle performance riding, says, “I liked to play our songs in the barn. Five CD players can keep horses relaxed most 34

of the day. They don’t like countrywestern music; it’s often sad and in the wrong cadence. Classical music like Bach is calming. When I played Pachelbel’s Canon in D on my flute, my Morgan gelding, Ten Penny Moonshine, listened for hours.”

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Aquarium Fish Hear Up to 3,000 Hz “Fish are frantic animals that must always anticipate their next meal,” says Sam Williamson, a former marine biologist in Edinburgh, Scotland. “When I started playing classical music at feeding time, I noticed my three betas became calmer. A piece by Benjamin Britten, started two minutes before feeding, led to them expect food only when the music played.”

Domesticated Birds Hear Up to 8,500 Hz In the wild, birds are part of a flock. At home, they’re often solitary. “Birds are the most musical and communicative of all animals,” remarks Marlow. “Without companionship, birds can get neurotic and pull their feathers out. Provide a sense of the outdoors by including nature sounds in played music.” “Animals need us to be aware of their hearing,” Marlow advises. “Holistic pet people have addressed improved diet and medical procedures. Understanding how music supports their well-being also enables us to better care for them.” Connect with Sandra Murphy at

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Shine Yoga Center 601 W Market St, Perkasie 267-221-0980 Sun Dog Yoga Studio 17 W State St, Ste 1, Doylestown 215-230-4031 Tranquility Yoga at Airmid Wellness and Counseling Center 1260 Old York Rd, Warminster 609-455-7224 Tristana Yoga Studio 4095 Ferry Rd, Doylestown 267-245-4140 Yoga Vibhuti 77 2nd Street Pike, Southampton 215-514-6065 Yogasphere 18 Swamp Rd, Newtown 215-579-6130 EASTERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Park Club Fitness and Wellness 620 W Chestnut St, Ste 101, Perkasie 215-257-8877

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Hope Hill Lavender Farm at the Walk In Art Center Holiday Market – Fri 4-8pm; Sat 10am4pm. Visit Hope Hill and other artists, jewelers and crafters. This is a two-day event. Free. 110 W Columbia St, Schuylkill Haven. 570-732-3728.

Yogini Ballerini – 7:30-8:45pm. A mix of yoga, ballet and modern dance for anyone who loves both the bliss of yoga and the joy of movement. Structured like a yoga class with pranayama, postures, savasana and a dance class with floor barre, adagio/flow and moving combinations. No dance training or dance shoes required. Men are more than welcome. $20. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215-661-0510.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2 Wirth-Torrente Brothers in Bravery – 2-3:30pm. Join us for a meet and greet with Kathrin WirthTorrente. Kathrin will be signing her new book Brothers in Bravery: A Tribute to Service Members Who Have Given Their Lives Fighting in the Greater Middle East. The Doylestown Bookshop, 16 S Main St, Doylestown. Laura Steavenson, 215-230-7610. Doylestown Roots & Wings Holiday Open House – 2-6pm. Come OM for the holidays, discover the self-care resources offered at Roots & Wings. Free yoga class: 2-2:45pm. Introduction: 3-3:30pm. From 3:30-6pm stay, visit and explore the Boutique Wellness Retreat. Chai tea, ayurvedic treats, mock-tails and gratitude gifts will complete our experience together. Free. Registration required for yoga class: Roots & Wings, 127 S 5th St, Ste 150, Quakertown. Hillery Woods Siatkowski, 215-257-5025. Special Local History Presentation – 7-9pm. Due to popular demand, local historian Clarence King will be returning to SLNC for a history presentation, “Silver Lake’s Great Health Spa, the Bath Spring.” Learn all about this unique spot that was a part of Silver Lake for over 100 years (since before the Revolutionary War, until late 1800s). $6. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215785-1177. SilverLakeNatureCenter@BucksCounty. org.

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JourneyDance – 7-8:30pm. A conscious dance party. JourneyDance is a transformational dance that combines freestyle and guided movement that inspires well-being and empowerment. JourneyDance’s meditative joyful movement is for everyone. Come as you are, wherever you are on your journey. Bring a water bottle and dress comfortably for movement. $20. Anahata Yoga and Wellness, 690 Harleysville Pk, Lederach. 215-534-4989.

and a violinist for entertainment. Free. 2375 Panther Valley Rd, Pottsville. 570-617-0851. HopeHill

Open to the public. The classrooms are transformed into workshops, with engaging crafts for all ages, including ice fishing, candle rolling, apple baking and paper stars, and a store featuring RVWS parent artisans and toys from A Toy Garden online store. Live music, food and drinks. King Winter appearances.

Cost: Free materials and help you make your creativity come to life. Class fee is $35 and includes glass, glass paint, brushes and all supplies needed. Special promo discount for Creekside Co-op members: Use promo code PAINT10 to save $10 off the registration. Creekside Co-op, 7909 Highschool Rd, Elkins Park. Ava Adames, 267-560-7351. Ava.Adames@ The “Room” Holiday Celebration – 6:30-9pm. Gather with our instructors, Natural Life business partners and our growing community as we celebrate the holiday. Bring something tasty and a recycled or silly gift to exchange in humor. We welcome your spirit and brightness as we celebrate our expanding spiritual community. Free. The Room At Meadowbrook, 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville. RSVP Lyn Hicks, 215-813-4073. Lyn@HarmonyHillGardens. com. Self-Care with Ayurveda – 7-9pm. Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, teaches us simple, yet effective practices to care for your body... just what your body might appreciate as we move into the fall/ winter holiday season. Dress in comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting oil on. Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center, 690 Harleysville Pk, Lederach. 215-740-1354.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7 Nourishing the Season – 1-2pm. Adults. Give yourself the gift of health this holiday season. With cold and flu season around the corner, now is the time to protect your body. Get tips and tricks from our nutritionist to boost your immune system this winter. Free. Giant Food Stores Cooking School, 315 York Rd, Willow Grove. To register, call 215-784-1960. Paint a Wood Design–Fox & Hound – 7-9pm. Paint your own wood art decor with Drinkable Arts. We provide all materials and help you make your creativity come to life. Reservation is $45 and includes your wood pallet, the paint, brushes and all other supplies needed. Use promo code PAINT10 to save $10 when registering. Fox & Hound, 1501 Spruce St, Philadelphia. Ava Adames, 267-560-7351.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9 Hope Hill Lavender Farm 6th Annual Holiday Open House – 10am-3pm. Holiday shopping for your perfect holiday gifts in the warmth of our new farm store. Complimentary wine and beer sampling. Complimentary lavender refreshments

River Valley Waldorf School 1395 Bridgeton Hill Rd, Upper Black Eddy 610-982-5606

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10 Breathe In, Bliss Out – 2-4:30pm. A Workshop in Conscious Relaxation. Learn self-sedative movement and breathing strategies and explore innovative techniques for “hacking” your nervous system to improve resilience and create conditions for deep healing. You will unbind muscular tension, relieve anxiety and master the art of “Blissing Out.” Accessible to everyone. Eat lightly before class. $40. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215-661-0510.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14 Naughty or Nice? – 1-2pm. Adults. ‘Tis the season for delicious (but not always nutritious) foods. Discover which holiday favorites are on the naughty and nice lists. Sample delicious, nutritious holiday treats in our cooking school. Free. Giant Food Stores Cooking School, 315 York Rd, Willow Grove. To register, call 215-784-1960. Paint a Glass–Fox & Hound – 7-9pm. Paint your own glassware and “uncork your creative side.” You choose the glass you would like to use, and we’ll provide all materials and help you make your creativity come to life. Class fee is $30 and includes glass, glass paint, brushes and all supplies needed. Fox & Hound and Drinkable Arts, 1501 Spruce St, Philadelphia. Ava Adames, 267-560-7351. Ava.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 Kids Cook Under 5: Grinch Kabobs – 10am or 3pm. Kids with parents. Interactive kids’ class that will teach basic kitchen skills to create nutritious and delicious snacks. Recommended for children ages 18 months to 5 years. Free. Giant Food Stores, 1874 Bethlehem Pk, Flourtown. To register, call nutritionist Rabiya Bower, 215-836-4300. Yogini Ballerini – 7:30-8:45pm. A mix of yoga, ballet and modern dance for anyone who loves both the bliss of yoga and the joy of movement. Structured like a yoga class with pranayama, postures, savasana and a dance class with floor barre, adagio/flow and moving combinations. No dance training or dance shoes required. Men are more than welcome. $20. Whole

Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215-661-0510. Patty@WholeBodyYoga

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16 Intro to Shiatsu – 12/16-12/17. 9am-5pm. Handson learning. One weekend can change your life. Learn do-in for self-development and stress-relief. Learn the whole body sequence to create a handson shiatsu session to reduce the stress for family and friends. $369. International School of Shiatsu, 6055C Kellers Church Rd, Pipersville. Shirley Scranta, 215-766-2800. Anahata Yoga Teacher Training Information Session – 10-11am. One of the things that makes our program special is the communal bonding you will experience while learning in a small, supportive group. Even if you don’t see yourself as a yoga teacher, taking our training is a wonderful way to expand your yoga knowledge and deepen your practice. Come, learn more about us. Free. Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center, 690 Harleysville Pk, Lederach. 215-740-1354. Songs of Healing at Tranquility Yoga – 7-8:30pm. Enjoy an evening of harmonic frequencies and positive vibrations. A blend of ancient and novel soundscapes comprised of sacred sound instruments including gongs, singing bowls, kyeezees, tingshaws, eastern bells, wind chimes, drilbu, kalimba, jaw harp, the Entangled Circles Tranquility drum and other rare healing instruments, used to re-tune and recharge every cell of your body, leaving you in a state of peace and tranquility. Bring sacred objects. $30. Tranquility Yoga at Airmid Wellness and Counseling Center, 1260 Old York Rd, Hartsville Professional Village, Warminster. Samuel Steward, 609-455-7224.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19 Gourmet Ginger – 2-3pm or 6-7pm. Adults. Scientists know about ginger’s anti-inflammatory effects, but do you know how to use this adaptable root? We’ll discuss its health benefits and explore ways to use ginger in sweet and savory dishes. Samples and recipes provided. Free. Giant Food Stores, 1874 Bethlehem Pk, Flourtown. To register, call nutritionist Rabiya Bower, 215-836-4300. Nutrition and Tradition – 6-8pm. No need to choose between the two this holiday season. Come learn skills to help you to eat healthfully, mindfully and happily. No need to restrict yourself from memories that brought you much joy. Montgomery Integrative Health, 1108 E Willow Grove Ave, Wyndmoor. Donna Butler, 215-233-6226. Donna

JourneyDance – 7:30-9pm. A dance of the Winter Solstice. JourneyDance is a transformational dance that combines freestyle and guided movement that inspires well-being and empowerment. JourneyDance’s meditative joyful movement is for everyone. Come as you are, wherever you are on your journey. Bring a water bottle and dress comfortably for movement. $20. Complete Wellness, 519 W Broad St, Quakertown. 215-534-4989.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21 Winter Solstice Night Hike Campfire – 7-8:30pm. Join us for a night-time walk on the trails to celebrate the Winter Solstice. We’ll also get to enjoy a warm campfire with marshmallows. $10. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-7851177.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29 YogaPuncture – 6:30-8pm. Relax, rejuvenate and recharge for the new year with our unique YogaPuncture experience. We combine yoga and acupuncture to help your body restore balance so it can heal itself naturally. No yoga or acupuncture experience necessary. Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center, 690 Harleysville Pk, Lederach. 215-7401354.

plan ahead savethedate dTMS Information Session January 18 • 4-6pm New Vitae Wellness and Recovery Center will host free information sessions on Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS), a holistic, non-invasive, FDA-cleared option to treat depressive symptoms. Learn how dTMS works and who can be treated. Hear patient testimonials. Refreshments served.

Cost: Free New Vitae Wellness and Recovery Center 16 S Main St, Quakertown Pre-register: Tracy Semmel, 215-538-3403, ext 314

savethedate Qigong with Diane Hynes January 20 • 9am-4pm Meridian Qigong opens the flow of qi and helps to balance the body. Cost: $125 International School of Shiatsu 6055C Kellers Church Rd, Pipersville 215-766-2800

savethedate Susan Duval Seminars and Sacred Journeys Doylestown • 215-348-5755 Register online or call Susan. Sign up on website to receive weekly newsletter for updates on seminars and trips. Spirits of the Southwest Tour in NM, AZ, CO May 1-7

Mystical beauty, fantastical rock formations, adventure and exploring an ancient way of life in the great houses of remote Chaco Canyon. The cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde and the magical natural beauty of Canyon de Chelly will have you falling in love with the land of the Navajo Nation and her people. Limited to just 12 attendees, there are four spots left.

Goddess Retreat in Tulum May 15-20

On the lush Yucatan peninsula, the ancient Maya created one of the most advanced civilizations on Earth, rooted in an exquisite balance of earthly and cosmic feminine and masculine energies. Their sacred pyramids, temples and cenotes mirror this balance with unparalleled mystical beauty. Tulum—a charming coastal town on the Riviera Maya with dramatic Mayan cliff-side ruins and white sand beaches enveloping the turquoise waters of the Caribbean—is the perfect setting for this women’s retreat devoted to igniting and expanding our feminine power. In addition to teachings with Dana Micucci, we will snorkel with the sea turtles, swim in a cenote, visit the Tulum ruins and Chichen Itza. Lodging is at the beautiful Suenos Tulum resort.

Swim with the Dolphins in Bimini July 15-20

Bimini is a small island in the Bahamas, renowned for the pods of Atlantic spotted and bottlenose dolphins. We will go out every afternoon to swim with (but not touch) the dolphins in the sea. We will also snorkel over the Bimini Road, reputed to be part of ancient Atlantis. Free time is available to explore the island on golf carts, relax at the gorgeous beaches and shop at local markets. Our private chef will prepare three delicious gourmet meals for us every day. Passports are required.

Ascended Masters Retreat in the Grand Tetons, WY July 27-29

Serving as examples to all who aspire to higher consciousness, the Ascended Masters assist us in achieving our own self-mastery and guide the expansion of light on the planet. In addition to the teachings by Dana Micucci, we will go on a Snake River raft trip, hike up to Inspiration Point and experience energetic upgrades and activations as we connect with the Cave of Symbols in Idaho, in view of the etheric Table Mountain Retreat of Saint Germain. For all trips, single or double rooms available. Roommates provided, first come first served. Contact Susan for details on all of these journeys. See Susan’s website for other upcoming events and sacred journeys!

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Gentle Yoga with Erin Range – 9:30-10:30am. The practice of gentle yoga will help bring awareness to the connection of the breath and the body. With gentle and mindful movements this class will nourish, release tension and cultivate relaxation. Please bring your own mat or blankets, what makes you comfortable. We provide some as well. $15. The Room At Meadowbrook, 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville. Erin Range, 215-813-4073. FreeRangeYoga

Healthy Aging Chair Yoga – 11am-noon. The chair is a great way to practice yoga. Applying the principles of alignment makes this a dynamic and effective way to experience yoga with support. Gain confidence in your body, move with awareness and achieve the deep peace and relaxation that moving mindfully can give you. $15. Roots & Wings, 127 S 5th St, Ste 150, Quakertown. Hillery Woods Siatkowski, 215-257-5025. Info@HilleryWoods

monday Tranquility Beginners Yoga Class – 4:30-5:45pm. An easy open flow where new and experienced can feel comfortable asking questions to fully enjoy and experience Tranquility Yoga. Have fun with the humor and imagination of Shamanic Yoga Master Samuel “Ganesha” Steward. Never a script and class is always dedicated to the never-ending pursuit of peace and relaxation. $21. Tranquility Yoga at Airmid Wellness and Counseling Center, 1260 Old York Rd, Hartsville Professional Village, Warminster. Samuel Steward, 609-455-7224. Quest for Health Q&A Session – 6-8pm. Bruce Lipton says our bodies hear our thoughts, respond to our beliefs and create the health we think is possible. Do you want less pain, more energy, more clarity in your daily life? Bring your questions to our open Q&A sessions on the first and third Mondays of the month. $15. International School of Shiatsu, 6055C Kellers Church Rd, Pipersville. Shirley Scranta, 215-766-2800. Mental Health Support Group – 6:30-7:30pm. Join 4 The M.I.N.D.S. for its weekly peer-to-peer support group. We welcome family, friends and individuals that suffer from mental illness. Aldie Medical Arts Building, 11 Welden Dr, Doylestown.

Monthly Multi Media Art Class with Ute Arnold, MFA – 10am-2pm. Last Tues of each month. Composition and color studies with drawing, printing, water color, pastel, painting on silk, collaging and journal making. No experience necessary. $90 each for a series of six, drop-ins $130. Work study possible. Blue Bamboo Studio, Pt Pleasant. UteB

tuesday Nature Fitness with Tai Chi Health – 9:3010:30am. Perfect class to find great flexibility and fitness through flowing tai chi and other Eastern art practices. Learn the basic ways of moving your body for health, vitality and energy management. Feel and enhance your energy field through powerful practices of movement. Weather permitting we will play with them outside. $15. The Room At Meadowbrook, 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville. 215-813-4073. Dosha Balancing Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. We can use our physical practice to balance our lifestyle. Choosing the right movements and sequence gives the student a practice with purpose. In the winter our movements are focused on building heat and opening the chest. Asana informed by ayurveda with a purpose to heal, transform and deepen selfawareness. $15. Roots & Wings, 127 S 5th St, Ste 150, Quakertown. Hillery Woods Siatkowski, 215-257-5025.

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Community Acupuncture – 3-6pm. Seated in a serene group environment, receive affordable acupuncture for stress management, detox, routine health/pain issues and overall wellness. $35. Mention NA to waive initial $15 paperwork fee. Online scheduling via or call 215-348-8058. Bridge Acupuncture, 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown. Paolo Propato. BridgeWellness@ Tranquility Power Hour Yoga – Noon-1pm. Experience a quick and unique cardiovascular flow focused on earth, water and fire elements, while combining the life-changing physical exercises of traditional yoga with the humor and imagination of Shamanic Yoga Master Samuel “Ganesha” Steward. Never a script and class is always dedicated to the never-ending pursuit of peace and relaxation. Power Hour Yoga at noon daily except Tuesday. $21 drop-in or intro membership special 30 days for $30. Tranquility Yoga at Airmid Wellness and Counseling Center, 1260 Old York Rd, Hartsville Professional Village, Warminster. Samuel Steward, 609-455-7224. MetaFriends Support Group – 6-7pm. 1st & 3rd Wed. This group is intended for those individuals with Stage IV cancer. Holy Redeemer Women’s Healthcare Center, 45 2nd St Pike, Southampton. Dr Pam Ginsberg, 215-340-0608. Ginsberg Bridge Bi-Weekly Meditation – 6:15-7pm. 1st & 3rd Wed. Join Paolo for guided meditation to destress midweek. In a serene environment located in the heart of Doylestown. Free. Any donations are giving to local charities. Bridge Acupuncture, 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown. Paolo Propato, 215348-8058. Bridge

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Interfaith Community of Lower Bucks County – 7-8pm. 3rd Thurs. The organization’s mission is to bring together people of all faiths to build harmony, community and understanding by hosting and participating in community work, play, worship and education. Join the organization and/or attend

meetings and special events including Sharing our Faith events, Film Series, Interfaith Thanksgiving and Int’l Peace Festivals. Zubaida Foundation mosque library, 855 Big Oak Rd, Yardley. Lisa Gage, 215-266-8426. ICLB. Bucks County Breast Friends Meeting – 7-9pm. 1st Thurs. Bucks County Breast Friends (BCBF) general meeting. This group is intended for those that have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Meetings focus on providing men and women with educational support and peer support. Holy Redeemer Healthcare at Bensalem, 3300 Tillman Dr, Bensalem. Jill Indelicato, 215-364-0935.

friday Molecules of Emotions/Changing Body Memory – 9:30am-12:30pm. Biweekly classes with bodypsychotherapist Ute Arnold. Our cellular bodystories hold on to abuse, trauma, abandonment, chronic pain, relationship issues, etc, therefore creating illness and interfering with wellness. Unergi body-psychotherapy changes belief systems and, therefore, the body story. Pt Pleasant (near New Hope). Ojas Building Restorative Yoga – 6-7:30pm. Ojas is the essence informing natural immunity and vitality. Busyness and stress deplete ojas. Create a new weekly ritual for releasing stress. Jin shin jyutsu selfhealing holds are used in concert with supportive restorative yoga postures. This gentle practice will leave you feeling like yourself and ready to enjoy the weekend. $15. Roots & Wings, 127 S 5th St, Ste 150, Quakertown. Hillery Woods Siatkowski, 215-257-5025.

saturday Shiatsu Community Clinic – 9:15am-4:45pm. 1st Sat. Shiatsu sessions offered in supervised clinic setting. Each student will interview, assess energy and create individualized shiatsu session to balance the body. Wear loose, comfortable clothing, preferably cotton. Wear socks. No cell phones, no perfumes. $45. International School of Shiatsu, 6055C Kellers Church Rd, Plumsteadville. Shirley Scranta, 215-766-2800. Nature Fitness with Tai Chi Health – 9:3010:30am. Perfect class to find great flexibility and fitness through flowing tai chi and other Eastern art practices. Learn the basic ways of moving your body for health, vitality and energy management. Feel and enhance your energy field through powerful practices of movement. Weather permitting we will play with them outside. $15. The Room At Meadowbrook, 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville. Lyn, 215-813-4073.

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Professional Development Services 267-935-9097 •

Schedule a complimentary consultation to learn more about acupuncture and our warm, joyful wellness center. 10% off your first treatment for NABuxMont readers. Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine can safely and effectively relieve chronic pain, stress and anxiety, restore sleep, boost energy, promote healthy digestion, balance the immune system and regulate hormones. Meditation classes, qigong, nutritional counseling, massage therapy, pediatric acupressure and more. Google our many positive reviews and testimonials. Easy online scheduling available. See ad, page 13.

Office organizer and “next actions” coach for business professionals in their homes or business offices, including high-level administrative support services, program coordinating, project management.


Plymouth Meeting Providing the highest quality hemp-based healing products. Locally produced. CBD (healing hemp oil) is legal, effective and safe for many health issues. Salves, tinctures, more. See ad, page 22.


Lisa Rhodes, DPM, Licensed Acupuncturist Fountainville • 215-230-4600 Utilizing applied kinesiology and nutritional testing to develop individualized, holistic therapeutic solutions. Integrative approach to optimizing your health and function. Specializing in allergy elimination and immune function. See ad, page 7.


Andrew Persky, DC 1432 Easton Rd, Ste 4A, Warrington 215-491-4200 • LifeAligned offers a unique treatment for chronic musculoskeletal and neurological pain conditions, offering a safe, gentle alternative to drugs, surgery or traditional chiropractic “twisting” and “cracking”. See ad, page 14.

AYURVEDIC BODYWORK ROOTS & WINGS FACILITATING HEALING: Self, Family and Community Hillery Woods Siatkowski, LMT, BCTMB, RYT-200, AYS


Featuring specialty yoga, ayurvedic spa, therapeutic massage, jin shin jyutsu and far-infrared sauna in a boutique wellness retreat. At Roots & Wings, you’ll learn self-healing rituals to sustain your vital essence. See ad, page 8.

Katie Samsel, DC 215-944-8424

Hope Hill Lavender Farm Open – 10am-3pm. 1st, 2nd, 3rd Sat. Enjoy a visit to our lavender farm and new lavender farm store. Store contains our quality lavender products and other specially selected unique items. Come see what’s in store for you at Hope Hill. Free. 2375 Panther Valley Rd, Pottsville. 570-617-0851.

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Let’s make pain a part of your past. Integrative chiropractic care in a warm, familiar setting. Applied kinesiology, lifestyle support, ayurveda, nutrition and weight loss. See ad, page 21.

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COMMUNITY WELLNESS CENTER THE ROOM AT MEADOWBROOK Lyn Hicks • 215-813-4073 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville

An educational center for spiritual enlightenment, which nourishes the holistic lifestyle. The Room hosts classes, workshops, retreats and is available for rental to instructors sharing the healing and expressive arts. See ad, page 13.


1260 Old York Rd, Warminster 215-293-0744 • Our licensed staff of professional counselors offer private and group therapy for children, adolescents, teens and adults. Most insurance accepted. Experience Tranquility Yo g a c l a s s e s , m a s s a g e , acupuncture, JourneyDance and t’ai chi. See ad, page 37.


Alexis Zankman Lee 5 Evergreen Ave, Warminster 215-323-4244 •

Asking for help is not a l w a y s e a s y. We provide individualized therapy in a warm, supportive environment for children, adults and families. Please call for a free consultation.


Ava Adames • 267-560-7351 Event Planner/Arts Entertainer-Instructor A mobile art event company providing instructor-led paint on glassware and wood events at local restaurants and private in-home parties. Guests create their own item for gifting or keeping. Fundraising events available with a percentage of proceeds to charities/ causes. Let us plan an unforgettable event with you.


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CRYSTAL – COLOR – LIGHT HEALING JOHN OF GOD CRYSTAL BED HEALING Evolving Soul, LLC Elaine Berk, MEd Counseling 110 North State St, Newtown 215-970-1534

John of God Crystal Bed Healing cleanses, opens and invigorates the body and soul by balancing and clearing one’s chakras and energy field. Colored lights, chosen to match the chakra colors, radiate light and energy through precision crystals, activating the body’s own natural healing mechanisms. Gain insight & enhanced emotional, physical & spiritual well-being. See ad, page 23.


Kelly Thomke, JourneyDance Certified Facilitator 215-534-4989 • JourneyDance is a whole-body experience that tickles the mind and nourishes the soul. It is freestyle movement to world music where self-expression releases tension. Visit the website for upcoming dances or to book a JourneyDance for a group. No dance experience needed to feel this wild freedom.


Hyo J. Lim DMD 216 Mall Blvd, Ste 11, King of Prussia 610-265-4485 Dr. Hyo Lim provides a holistic approach to exceptional dentistry, in a warm and caring environment. At Dental Wellness Centre, mercuryand metal-free restorations are used for the most biocompatible results. Biocompatibility testing for dental materials is available. Invisalign is offered as an alternative to metal braces. Zirconium and titanium implants are offered to replace damaged or missing teeth. Free digital X-rays with initial consultation. See ad, page 6.


Beth Skovron, DDS 595 Bethlehem Pike, Montgomeryville 215-822-3860 • Enjoy an anxiety-free dental experience. You no longer have to be nervous about going to the dentist. From the moment you open the doors, our friendly and courteous team will make you feel comfortable in our relaxing spa atmosphere. Choose from a wide range of holistic services. See ad with special offers, back page.

LANAP & IMPLANT CENTER OF PA David DiGiallorenzo, DMD 184 W Main St, Collegeville 610-422-3120 •

Dr. David DiGiallorenzo focuses on providing oral health solutions through holistic, biologically compatible and organic practices. It is one of the world’s most accomplished centers for periodontal and implant care, which integrates wellness services into their therapeutic approach. He is experienced at immediate total tooth replacement with metal-free dental implants, treating gum disease with LANAP, a no-cut, no-sew method of treating gum disease, comfortable gum grafting with PRGF, implant denture solutions and chronic pain management. See ad, page 30.


Stimulating specific brain regions, deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS) is clinically proven to safely, effectively help with depression. Noninvasive, non-medication, FDA-cleared. Medicare/ insurances accepted. See ad, page 10.


Ever wonder why people repeat patterns that lead to emotional pain? The answer may lie in past life experiences. Now there is a way to heal trauma on a soul level. It’s called Quantum EFT. Now offering discount sessions— contact Delia today.


Weavers Way Ambler is member-owned and open to the public. The new store includes a café, full-service butcher, bulk and prepared foods. See ad, page 29.


1075 Main St, Hellertown Mon-Fri, 9:30am-5pm; Sat, 9:30am-3pm Why an organic mattress? Remove toxic chemicals from the bedroom, naturally flame retardant, repels dust mites, mold and mildew, naturally regulates temperatures and improves spinal alignment. Say goodbye to toxic gases, allergies, night sweats and back pain with an environmentally friendly mattress. Serving the community since 2004. See ad, page 7.





Arnold B Meshkov, MD 1077 Rydal Rd, Ste 307, Rydal 267-626-2881 • Board-certified cardiologist with 35 years in private practice. Offering a holistic approach to cardiology with an emphasis on outpatient management, prevention, diagnosis, lifestyle and treatment. See ad, page 32.


Jean White is a holistic nurse and expert Healing Touch practitioner/ instructor. Call for a free consult today.


215-736-3803 Let the masterpiece that is you e m e rg e . P r o v i d i n g n e u r o emotional technique, lifestyle and wellness coaching, creative chiropractic care, energy healing, mind/body healing education and workshops.

585 Skippack Pike, Ste 200, Blue Bell 900 W Valley Rd, Ste 703, Wayne 215-283-5080 •

Specializing in family law. High-quality, compassionate legal services including child support, child custody, divorce, alimony, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, estate planning and more. Serving the greater Philadelphia area. See ad, page 21.





6055C Kellers Church Rd, 2nd Floor, Pipersville 215-766-2800 •

Dedicated to educating people on toxins and chemicals found in their homes, and the effects they have on their health. Convert your home to safer, healthier products. See ad, page 11.


102 S Bellevue Ave, Langhorne 267-374-0187


Celebrating 20 years as the area’s leading center for shiatsu massage training and treatment. Come visit our new space in Pipersville. New courses start regularly. See ad, page 19.



108 Cowpath Rd, Stes 3 & 4, Lansdale 215-542-2100 Bringing a personalized and holistic approach to hospice care. Our trained volunteers offer aromatherapy, massage therapy, reiki and pet therapy to bring healing and wholeness to clients and their families. See ad, page 25.


Psychotherapy • Hypnotherapy • Distance Counseling 605 Farm Ln, Doylestown 215-348-8900 • I use an integrative approach combining talk therapy with Heart-Centered Hypnosis to heal trauma, pain or illness. Help with depression, anxiety, sexual abuse, grief work, stress management, relationships and codependency, weight and smoking. See ad, page 8.

Megan Downs, LMT, E-RYT Center for Natural Healing Bailiwick Office Campus, Ste 26, Doylestown • 215-206-3394 Megan’s therapeutic massage technique works deeply by targeting specific problem areas while keeping in mind the whole. She incorporates a variety of methods including Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Hot Stones, Bellabaci Method of Cupping and Aromatherapy, and also offers Therapeutic Yoga instruction. Relieve pain and stress, increase body awareness, heal and relax.


Laurie Van Valkenburgh, ACBT, LMT 6064 Upper Mountain Rd, New Hope 800 W State St, Doylestown • 267-566-6056 Experience Shiatsu/Shin Tai Bodywork, in New Hope. Align your body’s structure using muscle energy and fascial release techniques, central channel release to allow free-flowing spinal alignment, and cranial work. This releases hidden trauma trapped in the body, and life force is then able to return.

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Modern-day psychic, mystic, author and master spiritual teacher/healer, Ms. Joyce is widely recognized for accurate predictions, mediumship and guidance for missing persons, dream analysis and past-life regression. Visions of Reality classes help develop psychic/intuitive abilities. Listen Sundays, 9 p.m., to Let’s Find Out on Skype sessions available.


Psychic Medium, Reiki Master, Soul Coach • 609-353-7210 Kimara empowers clients to discover purpose, develop intuition and find clarity. Connect with loved ones who’ve crossed over for healing, closure and forgiveness. In-person or virtual, private and group readings available.


Intuitive Automatic Writing Telesessions Serving BuxMont & Beyond 267-451-6141

Imagine there are answers to the questions about your life that are burning inside you. I’ve helped many people over the years using intuitive automatic writing; I may be able to help you. $60 for a 1-hour telesession. First 15 minutes free. Please call and we will experience this together.

NATUROPATHY LICENSED NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR 2325 Heritage Center Dr Bldg 100, Ste 115, Furlong 267-406-0782 •

Julie Lachman, ND, graduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and is a member of the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society; Naturopaths are specialists in complex diseases, ie, autoimmune. She has additional training in women’s health and pediatrics and certification as a CEASE (Complete Elimination of Autistic Spectrum Expression) practitioner. She sees patients of all ages.


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NUTRITIONAL HEALING CENTER FOR NATURAL HEALING Jeffrey L Griffin, DC Bailiwick Office Campus, Ste 26, Doylestown • 215-348-2115

Dr. Jeffrey Griffin is a chiropractor with 31 years of practice experience in chiropractic care that is blended together with enzyme nutrition. This combination of treatment modalities allows Griffin to successfully treat a wide variety of health complaints, ranging from neck and back pain to headaches, digestive maladies and fibromyalgia. Call him today for a complimentary phone consultation or visit his website. See ad, page 25.

PAST LIFE REGRESSION THERAPY EVOLVING SOUL, LLC • ELAINE BERK Certified Past Life Regression Therapist Certified Hypnotherapist MEd in Counseling 110 North State St, Newtown 215-970-1534 •

PLRT is a unique therapeutic process that helps you recall and resolve emotional trauma from previous lifetimes which, unbeknownst to us, is often the root cause of issues we’re struggling with in this lifetime. As a former psychotherapist and PLR therapist, I work with clients to address these complexes and bring about transformation and healing. See ad, page 23.


1874 Bethlehem Pk, Flourtown 215-836-4300 In-store nutritionist Rabiya Bower can help you reach your goals by helping you find healthy choices in the store and create enjoyable meals. $20 for individual consultation, receive $20 Giant gift card in return.

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Julia Helstrom, DO 10 S Clinton St, Ste 101, Doylestown 267-454-7262, Bucks County Center for Integrative Medicine: where traditional family medicine and alternative modalities combine for an individualized plan. Come attain your personalized optimal wellness.


Montgomery Integrative Health Group 1108 E Willow Grove Ave, Wyndmoor 215-233-6226 Dr. Daila Pravs is trained in integrative, functional medicine and specializes in family medicine, women’s health, urinary tract infections, colds, rashes, musculoskeletal concerns, nutrition and food intolerance, nutrigenomics, stress, sleep, emotional wellbeing, digestive wellness and environmental factors. See ad, page 3.


Montgomery Integrative Health Group 1108 E Willow Grove Ave, Wyndmoor 215-233-6226 Dr. Heidi Wittels is a functional medical doctor who specializes in “whole-person” diagnosis and integrative treatment of Lyme disease, mold sensitivity and biotoxins, cognitive decline, autoimmune disease, metabolic syndrome, hyperlipidemia, digestive concerns, nutrigenomics and methylation. See ad, page 3.


Expertly p l a c i n g interested clients with one of our 15 seasoned and varied therapists throughout the city and surrounding areas to find the best fit for you. See ad, page 33.


Bonnie McKinley, DO 755 York Rd, Ste 101, Warminster 267-544-0664 • A board-certified physician, Dr. McKinley specializes in noninvasive, regenerative treatments including prolotherapy, platelet-rich plasma therapy, DioWave laser, microneedling, and the Vampire Series: Facial, Facelift, Breast Lift, Hair Restoration, O-Shot and P-Shot. See ad, page 9.


4 Terry Dr, Ste 12 Atrium Bldg, Newtown 215-968-9000 • A fully organic, holistic, ecofriendly wellness spa featuring an array of detoxification, cleansing and therapeutic services. The spa is one of the only facilities in the area to offer colon hydrotherapy. See ad, page 9.


Christina Rosenbruch, Certified KonMari Consultant 267-544-7171 • SparkJoy.Space Find freedom, joy and spaciousness to live a new life using Marie Kondo’s proprietary technique. Let’s start today, organizing your space and transforming your life.

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Improving the lives of pets through acupuncture, herbal therapy, h o m e o p a t h y, n u t r i t i o n a l counseling and integration of holistic therapies with conventional medicine for customized approach to care.

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Dr. Suzanne Walski has been serving the community since 1987. Currently providing chiropractic, TCVM acupuncture, K-Laser, Bach Flower, and nutritional/food therapy. Geriatric and pets with complicated health issues welcome. See ad, page 13.

YOGA ANAHATA YOGA & WELLNESS CENTER 690 Harleysville Pike, Lederach 215-740-1354 •

A welcoming, cozy, Kripaluaffiliated studio with the sacred mission of serving from the heart. Offering yoga and ayurveda classes and workshops, meditation and energy healing sessions.

Beautiful, positive energy-filled, SHARED TREATMENT ROOMS available in Harleysville. Are you a healing arts practitioner looking for a place to share your gifts? We have space for you. Six-month minimum commitment. Call 215-740-1354 or email Kathy@Anahata CARDIOLOGY OFFICE – Rydal-Abington area. Used only two days a week; looking for another professional to sublet. 600 square feet, private office, exam room, waiting room – office built in 2015. Internet, computer access. Large parking lot. Located on major road, street visibility. Elevator building. Contact A. Meshkov, MD, 267-626-2881. Peaceful COUNTRY SETTING – Building includes four gathering rooms, kitchen and covered porch. Wooded paths, meditation gardens. Perfect for workshops, weddings, retreats. 215-538-0976.

HELP WANTED Are you a COMMUNITY CONNECTOR IN HEALTH AND WELLNESS in Main Line (Montco), Plymouth Meeting/Kop/Conshohocken? Consider becoming a Community Liaison. NABuxMont seeks passionate, self-motivated people to become a part of our growing outreach team. Part-time, flexible hours, commission-based pay for living what you love. Help be a part of “Making the Awakening” in BuxMont. Email

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