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s the weather begins to turn colder, many people don’t realize the dangers that go along with the winter season. The snow may look tranquil and white from inside your warm house, but it can cause serious injury once you step outside.

Shoveling Snow

One of the most common weather related injury occurs from shoveling snow. Studies have concluded that this type of injury occurs most in males. Shovels were made in an unforgiving shape, causing you to bend your body to compensate for the solid shovel. If done incorrectly, this could lead to severe back and shoulder pain. Many doctors have suggested light exercise before shoveling to help loosen your body’s muscles. Once you are ready to shovel snow, it is beneficial to push the snow rather than trying to lift it. If you have to lift the snow, the best way to avoid injury is to bend your knees and lift with your legs. Most people tend to lift with their back, which is the main cause for injury. It is also important not to throw the snow over your shoulder as it can damage both your shoulder and spine with excessive twisting. Another key strategy is to begin shoveling when the snow is first on the ground. This is when the snow is lightest. If you wait until all the snow has fallen, it tends to be tightly packed together and much harder to lift. It is also important to take frequent breaks. This way your body has a chance to recover from the extensive lifting that many of us are not accustomed to doing. Doctors have suggested taking a five minute break for every fifteen minutes spent shoveling. The right shovel is also the key to avoiding injury. Use a shovel that feels comfortable to your height and weight.

Slipping on Ice

Another common injury that is caused from the winter season is slipping and falling. Ice may be one of the most dangerous weather related injuries due to the fact that it is not easily seen. One of the key things to prevent slipping on ice is to wear the correct shoes. Snow shoes have the best traction and can help you stay on your feet rather than wearing sneakers or dress shoes. You are least likely to fall if you take smaller steps and put your whole foot on the ground rather than walking heel first than toe. If you do slip and fall try to slowly get up instead of trying to jump up. Once you have regained your balance it is best to ice the area that is bothering you for 24-48 hours. If the problem persists after this time frame, use a heat pack and visit your doctor. These weather related injuries can be extremely detrimental to your body’s health. If these injuries were left untreated, it can cause even more damage. The next time the weather begins to get colder and starts to snow; remember that nothing is as tranquil as it may appear. Using these tips can help prevent you from a serious injury.

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Symptoms of Inner Peace by Saskia Davis Be on the lookout for symptoms of inner peace. The hearts of a great many already have been exposed;  and it is possible that people, everywhere,  could come down with it in epidemic proportions. This could pose a serious threat to what, up to now,  has been a fairly stable condition of conflict in the world.

Signs & Symptoms of Inner Peace A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment A loss of interest in judging other people A loss of interest in judging self A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of  others A loss of interest in conflict A loss of ability to worry                                                    Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation Contented feelings of connectedness with others  & nature Frequent attacks of smiling An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen An increased susceptibility to love extended by others and the uncontrollable urge to extend it WARNING If you  have  some or all of the above symptoms, be advised that your condition of inner peace may be too far advanced to be curable. If you are exposed to anyone exhibiting any of  these symptoms, remain exposed only at your own risk.     © 1984 Saskia Davis. Request permission to reprint and/or purchase poster(s) at

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Learn Swedish Massage for the Non-Professional


any would like to be able to give a healing massage but don’t want to commit to professional training. Suzin Walker, LMT and massage instructor, is pleased to offer Swedish Massage Training for the Non-Professional, from 6 to 9 p.m., beginning January 23. During this 8-week course, participants learn how to give a full-body Swedish massage and effectively integrate relaxing essential oils, hot towels wraps and hot stones. The healing power of touch is well documented. This training is for anyone who desires the skills to create connection, trust and new meaning in relationships. It is also the perfect complementary skillset for elder and other caregivers, hospice workers and holistic health practitioners. Feel the joy of helping others through massage. No experience required and beginners are welcomed. Early bird rate: $600, before 12/15; $650 thereafter. Location: Complete Health Yoga, 136 Franklin Corner Rd., Lawrenceville. To register, call or text Suzin Walker at 609-468-8233 or email See ad, page 10.

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n her book, The Trip to Bethlehem, Reverend Hypathia Hasbrouck writes, “The Christmas story is our story. Each year, the traditional Christmas story stirs believers and unbelievers alike, not only because it celebrates the birth of the Christ child—the baby who grew into the man whose life and teachings changed the course of history and shaped the mind and culture of the Western world—but also because it appeals to the very depths of our being. It stirs all of us because the Christ child represents the higher Self, the true Self, of everyone. That child is within us and in our depths, we know that at some time we are destined to take the mystical trip to our inner Bethlehem, the birthplace of our own higher Self.� Join Unity Spiritual Center at 10 a.m., on December 1, 8 and 22, and at 7 p.m., on December 24, as Rev. Carmela Vuoso-Murphy guides participants on this journey. The Christmas Eve Service includes a candle lighting ceremony and caroling. Location: Unity Spiritual Center, 453 Bellwood Avenue, Asbury (physically located in Pattenburg). For more information, call 908730-8792 or visit See ad, page 10.


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“Free the Girls” Charity to Stop Human Trafficking


or over two years, Personally Yours Lingerie has been pleased to support Free the Girls, a charitable project that collects donated bras in order to save women from human trafficking and help those affected to rebuild their lives. In additional to providing donated bras for the women to wear, Free the Girls also teaches them how to sell the bras, which creates a way for them to earn a living while staying safely in groups. Donated bras can be new, but often are personal bras that no longer fit. In fact, women sometimes bring their entire collection to the shop for a fitting “diagnostic” and leave the ones that no longer serve them. Since 2017, the shop has collected over 600 bras, which

greatly pleases Owner Suzi Manning. “I am so grateful to everyone who has made donations and hope they continue to send them in,” shares Manning. “We also offer a private room for ladies to come together to celebrate their favorite cause and friendship. Women who book these parties are able to enjoy an evening of Bra 101 fitting and fun. At the end of the night, Personally Yours will donate 10 percent of the gross proceeds to the charity of their choice.” Personally Yours looks forward to continuing to provide this worthy service for the community. Location: 315 Rte. 202, N. Main St., Bedminster. For more information, call 908-234-1444, email Info@, or visit See ad, page 13.

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mid the noise and rush of holiday preparation, this is a unique opportunity to celebrate the journey through darkness towards the light of the mystery of Christmas. At 7 p.m., on December 4, take time for a calm breath in the crisp winter air and a short walk to contemplate the blessings and opportunities of the Christmas season. As the winter solstice approaches, this free and family-friendly event is a reminder that darkness is overcome by light. The Creator’s gift of light shining in the darkness is a guide on the journey towards a new birth of hope, peace and love. Attendees are asked to dress warmly for the outdoor labyrinth walk and are invited to enjoy warm refreshments inside afterwards. This moving service of worship demonstrates how the light of hope guides one’s journey even when the path is not obvious. Participants will leave the candle-lit labyrinth walk with divine promises ringing in their ears, a simple, encouraging song on their lips and comfort in their hearts. The Journey of Faith Labyrinth is open daily dawn to dusk. Information about labyrinth walking is available on the church’s website. Location: Christ Church, 1600 Washington Valley Rd., at Crim Road, Martinsville. Participants may park in the lot off of Crim Road and meet inside the church doors. For more information, call Reverend Susan Joseph Rack at 908-722-2080, email or visit See ad, page 7.

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Maintain a Healthy Diet and Weight to Lower Cataract Risk

New research offers potential paths for treatment for the nearly 20 percent of patients with high blood pressure that don’t respond well to medications. University of Florida College of Medicine researchers, testing 105 volunteers, found that the populations of gut bacteria differed between hypertensive individuals with depression and those without depression. A second study by Italian researchers found that patients with heart attacks had different bacteria in their guts than patients with stable angina.

Train Students in Mindfulness to Reduce Stress and Improve Grades

A recent study published in The Journal of Nutrition used adherence to dietary guidelines and total diet scores to assess the effects of diet on cataract risk. The researchers followed 2,173 older Australians for five and 10 years in two phases. They found that maintaining a healthy body mass index (BMI) of less than 25, combined with a healthy diet, reduced the risk of developing cataracts.

Sixth-graders that received mindfulness training each day for eight weeks experienced lower stress levels, less depression and improved academic performance compared to their peers in a control group that studied computer coding, report Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers. In addition to that 100-student study, researchers surveyed 2,000 students in grades five through eight and found those that showed more mindfulness tended to have better grades and test scores. They also had fewer absences and suspensions.

Eat a Better Diet to Improve Gut Bacteria Researchers at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center tested stool samples of 858 men and 877 women in Los Angeles and Hawaii with a mean age of 69—regarded as an ethnically diverse study population with varied food intakes. The study found that those with higher quality diets also had significantly better gut bacteria diversity, a factor linked to reduced risk for a variety of diseases. Diet quality and a reduced risk of developing chronic disease is strongly associated with fecal microbial diversity. 12

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Researchers followed more than 36,000 Japanese men older than 40 for an average of 13.2 years. They found that those that consumed culinary mushrooms three times a week had a 17 percent lower chance of developing prostate cancer compared to those that ate mushrooms less than once a week. Participants that ate mushrooms once or twice a week had an 8 percent lower risk. The trend was even greater for those men over the age of 50 and was unrelated to other dietary habits.

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Marry to Halve the Risk of Dementia Wedlock tends to stave off dementia, according to a new Michigan State University study. Analyzing 14 years of data on 15,000 people older than 52, researchers found those in all unmarried groups—cohabiting, divorced, separated, widowed and never married—had significantly higher odds of developing dementia than their married counterparts. The differences were most acute for those divorced, separated or widowed—about twice as prone as married people to develop dementia, with the men faring worse cognitively than the women.

Extreme Weather Events Affect Mental Well-Being People that experience storm and flood damage to their homes are about 50 percent more likely to experience depression and anxiety, British researchers report. Surveying more than 7,500 people after the 2013-2014 season of severe weather, they found that those with homes damaged by wind, rain, snow or floods had mental health risks similar to living in a disadvantaged area. This occurred even when the effects of the extreme weather were relatively minor and did not force people to leave their homes.


Eat Nuts to Reduce Odds of Death From Heart Disease Adults that ate nuts two or more times per week had a 17 percent lower risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke, reports an Iranian study that followed 5,432 adults for 12 years. The research was presented in August at the European Society of Cardiology. “Nuts are a good source of unsaturated fat and contain little saturated fat,” says study author Dr. Noushin Mohammadifard, of the Isfahan Cardiovascular Research Institute. “They also have protein, minerals, vitamins, fiber, phytosterols and polyphenols which benefit heart health.”

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Making Meat Without Animals

Five major food technology companies have converged to form the Alliance for Meat, Poultry and Seafood (AMPS) Innovation, which seeks to create real meat from animal cells without the need to slaughter animals. The founding members of the coalition are both cell-based seafood companies BlueNalu and Finless Foods and meat makers Fork & Goode, San Francisco-based JUST Inc., and Memphis Meats. AMPS Innovation ( intends to tackle obstacles presented in the cellular agriculture industry and bring products to the consumer faster with transparency and proper regulatory frameworks for cell-based products. Each member company has made significant strides in the development of these products with the hope they will soon be options in the everyday diets of individuals, as well as a nutrition source for a human population projected to grow to 10 billion by 2050.

A new study based on the National Land Cover Database of 3,086 of the 3,103 counties in the continental U.S. published in the journal Urban Forestry and Urban Greening found that increases in forest and shrub cover corresponded to decreases in Medicare health care spending, even when accounting for economic, geographic or other factors that might independently influence healthcare costs. Urban and rural counties with the lowest socioeconomic status appeared to benefit the most from increases in forests and shrubs. University of Illinois graduate student Douglas A. Becker, who led the new research with Matt Browning, a professor of recreation, sports and tourism, says, “It occurred to me that low-income communities are getting the biggest bang for their buck because they probably have the most to gain.” Other studies have shown that people in intensive care units recover more quickly and have fewer complications after surgery if their hospital rooms look out over trees rather than parking lots and that forest walks can influence potentially health-promoting hormone levels or anti-cancer immune cells in the blood.

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The RS Automotive gas station, in Takoma Park, Maryland, has been around since 1958, and Depeswar Doley has been running it for 22 years. Now, frustrated by the complicated rules, requirements

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and contracts of oil and gas companies, he has completely transitioned away from offering petroleum and become the country’s first exclusively electric vehicle (EV) charging station. Because there has been a shortage of EV charging stations in the state, the station’s changeover was partially funded by the Baltimore-based

Electric Vehicle Institute and the Maryland Energy Administration. Its new 200-kilowatt electrical system will now be able to recharge up to four vehicles at a time while drivers wait inside. Doley says, “It’s not something that I expect to become rich overnight or something like that, but it’s a good cause [and] good for the environment.”


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Lung Relief

Biosolar Leaf Purifies Air in London

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A 2016 study at the University of British Columbia revealed that air pollution is the fourth-leading cause of death worldwide, with at least 5.5 million air pollution-related fatalities every year. A new cultivation system developed by researchers from Imperial College London collaborating with the startup Arborea have created the world’s first Biosolar Leaf technology to purify and improve the air in London. They hope it’ll boost environmental outcomes not only in the UK, but all over the world. The process works by purifying the air through photosynthesis of microscopic plants, which removes the greenhouse gases from the environment and generates breathable oxygen at the same time. The startup’s innovative cultivation system can facilitate the growth of microalgae, phytoplankton and diatoms on large, solar panel-like structures that can be installed on buildings and other infrastructure to improve the quality of the atmosphere. Arborea’s cultivation system also creates a sustainable source of organic biomass from which nutritious food additives can be extracted for plant-based food.

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler has signed a directive reducing the animal testing that the agency has long required on such animals as dogs, birds, rats and fish to gauge the toxicity of chemicals before they can be bought, sold or used in the environment. The agency also authorized $4.25 million in funding for five universities to research the development and use of alternative test methods and strategies that reduce, refine or replace vertebrate animal testing. He says, “Today’s memo directs the agency to aggressively reduce animal testing, including reducing mammal study requests and funding 30 percent by 2025 and completely eliminating them by 2035.” Any mammal studies requested or funded by the EPA after 2035 will require administrator approval on a case-by-case basis. It directs leadership and staff in the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention and the Office of Research and Development to prioritize and direct existing resources toward measurable impacts in the reduction of animal testing while ensuring protection of human health and the environment.

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erbal medicine has been founded on the experience that the organism is a functional unit, under the directing influence of a self-regulating, self-correcting life force, a microcosm of the macrocosm of the planet. Herbal Medicine practitioners make decisions based on the energy pattern of the human organism, using energy of plants to balance the human energy back to homeostasis and fluidity. With this being said, it is extremely important to understand that within herbal therapeutics, an herbalist does not treat specific diseases, they treat the person that has the disease. Methods used, such as pulse diagnosis, tongue evaluation, appearance, skin, smell and voice are studied. These ways of understanding how diseases appear may seem primitive, but often, returning to and listening to the body is what has been neglected in the first place and is a big part of why the current ailment is manifesting. The tongue attaches to the heart and is accepted in Traditional Chinese Medicine to geographically depict the current state of all five major organs in

our body (heart, lungs, liver, kidney, spleen and stomach). This is one of many useful tools an herbal practitioner may use to confirm a patient’s evaluation upon the end of a session. Herbs like to be paired with each other and work much more effectively when formulated instead of being taken

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as a simple, or just one herb by itself. An herbalist formulates recipes, by tincture, glycerite (non-alcohol) or tea to be taken internally for three weeks minimum and changes the formula according to a patient’s progress. They curate formulas that work synergistically for a specific person— increasing the likelihood of reaching wellbeing and bringing the person into homeostasis. Taking control of a person’s health not only means being diligent in seeking recovery, but it also means maintaining the freedom to have options. A system is in place where individuals lack choice in what is best for the individual. Alternative medicine and its benefits are currently not a part of Western mainstream medicine. Therefore, it is inevitable to lack the information and freedom to alternative choice. As complex organisms, these ailments are almost always multi-layered. Herbs are complex in their phytochemistry, as is a person’s biology. When natural bio-rhythms of the seasons are aligned, a person can see themselves open to a whole new experience of the human condition. Robert Sena is a Master Herbalist, having completed his studies at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine in Ithaca, New York. He is currently studying at the David Winston School of Herbal Medicine.

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GREEN TEA Hailed by many as the healthiest drink on the planet, green tea has surged in popularity around the world. Originating in China, green tea is made from Camellia sinensis leaves. The more common names used for the plant are tea shrub, tea plant or tea tree. Most teas are produced from the parts of this plant, but the numerous varieties of tea are based on the levels of oxidation that takes place in the leaves. Green tea leaves are unoxidized, making it one of the purest forms of the most consumed drink on the planet. Green tea leaves are packed full of antioxidants and nutrients that benefit whole body health. Many of the helpful agents of green tea are still being

researched. As more tests are done on the leaves and elixir that is made from them, the possible benefits are becoming more mainstream here in the U.S. China and India have already incorporated green tea as a medicinal staple in their healthcare practices.

There is no disputing the fact that antioxidants are vital to a healthy lifestyle. Although there are skeptics who can’t see the numerous benefits of the tea, it is scientifically known that antioxidants are prevalent in green tea. The National Cancer Institute has discovered that green tea contains polyphenols, shown to reduce the speed in which cancer tumors grow. Cancer types which have been identified include breast, bladder, ovarian, colorectal, esophageal, lung, prostate, skin and stomach. Green tea is beneficial to the body. How beneficial is still being defined, but the results from many research studies are showing that it is a powerful tool in helping and healing the human body.

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HYSSOP TEA A woody-stemmed perennial, the hyssop plant is native to the Mediterranean Islands, but has spread to most other continents and can be seen in many flower gardens throughout Europe and North America. Aside from the beauty of the deeply colored flowers it produces, there are many medicinal properties to the plant as well. Known for its respiratory system benefits, hyssop is an expectorant, which cleanses the bronchial airways. Hyssop can help cure the irritations and infections that occur when

suffering from allergies, asthma and the common cold or flu. There is a mold that grows on the leaves of the hyssop plant that initiates the growth of penicillin. It also acts as a stimulant and anti-inflammatory agent by shrinking the blood vessels, which helps staunch bleeding from wounds and increase the healing process. In Hebrew, hyssop is named

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“ezeb”, which means “a holy herb”, and is also mentioned in the bible: Leviticus 14:1-7. Hyssop tea has made its mark in history as being a medicinal resource, and has been recorded as a powerful agent against illness and disease. There are some important steps that must be followed when making the tea. There are precautions that must be taken for expectant mothers and those with high blood pressure. It is always advised to seek professional advice before introducing a new medicinal tea into the diet.

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generally over 1,000° F in the firebox, to effect complete combustion of the wood and gases.” Denser woods such as ironwood, rock elm, hickory, oak and sugar maple burn longer and conserve resources. Use a higher British thermal unit (BTU) per cord of wood to maximize heat production. ( has tips per region.) Harr adds, “Don’t starve the fire to extend burning time, as smoldering can cause incomplete combustion.” This leads to more carbon monoxide and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) being released that can cause flu-like symptoms, and at high levels, unconsciousness and even death. To help maintain proper airflow and prevent soot buildup, shovel excess ash into a covered metal container, store it outside and dispose of it in a few days. Smelling smoke can indicate the fireplace may be backdrafting and needs to be inspected. Harr also suggests checking periodically for potential cracks or rusting in the joints of a stovepipe. Make sure children and the elderly don’t accidentally touch the stove while in use and keep furniture a suitable distance away. Periodic inspections by a professional can address potentially dangerous creosote (tar deposit) accumulations, assure the catalytic converter is operating correctly and detect trapped debris in escape shafts that can force toxic gases back into the home and clog spark-arresting screens on tops of stovepipes or chimneys. If buying a new unit, make sure it’s U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-certified, which requires two-thirds less wood to generate heat and emits fewer harmful particles— two to seven grams per hour—compared with 15 to 30 grams for models manufactured before 1992, according to

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he pet aisles are so full of squeaking, plush and colorful toys it can make a dog or cat parent’s head spin like a Frisbee. Add blinking lights, flavors, promises of higher intelligence or cleaner teeth; then toss in concerns about sustainably sourced materials, potentially toxic ingredients and varying degrees of quality. The choices are complex. It would be nice to look for that gold

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ur first breath is instinctual and belly-deep, but as we grow into life, everyday stress and trauma can bring us into the shallows. Mindful breathing can help guide our breath back to its original, healthy rhythm. Both the brain and organs benefit from increased oxygen, and the vagus nerve that connects the two—prompted by changes in the body’s pH levels—releases acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter responsible for lowering heart rate. Breathwork can improve vagal tone, a major component in a wide range of conditions like depression, pain syndromes, sleep disturbances, anxiety disorders and chronic inflammation. A 2016 study by the Medical University of South Carolina published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine shows a lower number of proteins associated with inflammation in the saliva of participants that employed breathing exercises. A study that appeared in the journal Psychophysiology in 2015 found that 20 minutes of mindful breathing at bedtime fostered a good night’s rest for people with insomnia.

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Breathing Breaks

From traditional rebirthing techniques using circular breathing to Middendorf Breath Work for somatic awareness, there are many styles of conscious breathing. The gentler approaches best suit everyday needs and taking a breathing break can actually provide more refreshment than one featuring coffee. “Many people have found that a regular breathing practice has helped them increase energy and decrease anxiety. It is a powerful tool to reset the nervous system when we’re overwhelmed and stressed,” says Somatic Breath Therapy (SBT) practitioner Rachael Walter, owner of Breathe-HereNow, in Keene, New Hampshire. Like many forms of breathwork, SBT bridges the chasm between mind and body. “Conscious breathing can also help people access and understand their emotions,” notes Walter. Pranayama, an ancient technique of yoga that focuses on breath control and employs alternate nostril breathing, can be performed while lying down, seated or on the yoga mat. Kundalini yoga teacher Melissa Crowder, owner of 4 States Yoga, in

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The American Lung Association recommends a variety of exercises, including diaphragmatic (belly) breathing, for conditions like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Engaging the diaphragm is key in breathing to fullest capacity. Walter explains, “An open, healthy breath is one in which we use the diaphragm to initiate the breath, followed by the belly expanding and the breath moving into the chest.” Most of us unconsciously fall into shallow and sometimes self-conscious breathing patterns at an early age. “During my training, I read that by age 6, we pick up on cues telling us to tuck in our tummies. This simple, bad habit begins a cascade of physiological responses. Upper chest breathing can create anxiety symptoms and poor digestion,” explains Colleen Breeckner, owner of Colleen Lila Yoga, in New York City. “Diaphragmatic breathing causes the diaphragm to become flat and wide,

The depth and quality of the breath can help us to become aware of emotional states that include “holding patterns”. “Conscious breathing is a doorway into deep meditation, which can help alleviate anger and insecurities. It can also be helpful in dropping addictions,” says Crowder. “Linking pranayama with physical movement [asanas] helps to release tension and emotions that can be held in the body’s soft tissues.” Breeckner agrees, “Developing this awareness can help us to move unpleasant and stuck emotions through the body.” Well-being can be just a breath away, says Walter. “When we open up our breath, we open ourselves to a fuller experience of being human. It has the capacity to bring us into the present moment to access our joy and our life’s purpose.” Marlaina Donato is an author and a composer. Connect at

Noteworthy Breathwork Styles Clarity Breathwork: Developed from the groundwork of Leonard Orr, with a focus on accessing the subconscious mind for self-awareness Holotropic Breathwork: Developed by psychiatrist Stanislav Grof, M.D., and his wife Christina and employs deep, rapid breathing to initiate an altered state of consciousness; training in the Grof method is required Integral Breath Therapy: Gentle technique for an altered state of consciousness that works with the body’s natural healing capacity Middendorf Breath Work: Named after German-born Ilse Middendorf, a gentle technique that does not include forcing the breath to promote healing Rebirthing Breathwork: Pioneering and well-known form of breathwork that was also developed by Orr with a focus on releasing unconscious energy blocks imprinted during the birth process Shamanic Breathwork: Uses specific breathing methods, chakras or energy centers, music and movement to overcome emotional blocks for deep-level healing Transformational Breath: Developed by Dr. Judith Kravitz using uninterrupted breathing, Kundalini yoga and other elements of physical and energetic healing; recommended by Dr. Christine Northrup and Dr. Deepak Chopra

Go-to Breathing Exercises From Rachael Walter: The Three-Breath Sigh Place one hand on your lower belly and the other on your chest. Breathing in through your nose, let your breath start in the belly and move up to the chest. Then exhale through your mouth while making an audible sighing sound. Repeat two more times. The Four-Eight Relaxing Breath Place one hand on your lower belly and the other on your chest. Using a belly breath, inhale to the count of four and exhale to the count of eight, making your exhale twice as long as your inhale to facilitate relaxation. Feel free to play with how fast or slow you count to find a comfortable breathing pace. Repeat for six to 10 times as needed. Breath Walk This is an excellent exercise to do while at work, school or a public place to give your nervous system a break, even when the world is crazy-busy around you. Walk at a slightly slower pace than normal and breathe in for one step; breathe out for the next step, counting three or four for each breath/step. Continue as you walk, being mindful of your breath, counting and surroundings.

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Awakening to the Evolution of Community


en master Thich Nhat Hanh’s suggestion that the next Buddha would likely not take form as an individual but rather as a sangha, a community practicing mindful living, led many people to ask, “Why a community?” The author of more than 100 books that explore the Buddha’s core teachings on mindfulness, kindness and compassion, Hanh clarified the meaning of sangha as a good community necessary for helping individuals learn how to encounter life in the present moment, resist the unwholesome ways of our time, go in the direction of peace and nourish seeds of enlightenment. Even the best intentions, he noted, can falter without such a group of trusted family, friends and co-practitioners experiencing mindfulness together.

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Today’s trend toward collaborative processes and opportunities for transformation through online communities is made easier by the availability of affordable video conferencing providers such as Zoom, Skype and Mighty Networks, as well as online platforms like Facebook and MeetUp.

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The Old Story Versus the New Story

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human desire for community might be nature’s evolutionary nudge toward a collective leap that helps us to survive a changing climate and Earth’s potential sixth mass extinction. If so, this possibility needs a new supportive story that includes humans as part of nature, with its evolutionary impulse as a guide for body, mind and soul. With our modern scientific worldview, when people talk about nature, they typically mean animals, plants, geological features and natural processes, all happening independently of humans. A more suitable new story is cultural historian Thomas Berry’s moving and meaningful narrative in The Great Work: Our Way Into the Future, in which humans aren’t above nature by virtue of superior intellect, but instead are equal partners with all that exists in a materially and spiritually evolving universe. From Berry’s perspective, humans are the eyes, minds and hearts through which the cosmos is evolving so that it can come to know itself ever more perfectly through us. Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell shared Berry’s perspective. Traveling back to Earth after walking upon the lunar surface, Mitchell gazed out of the spacecraft



window, whereupon he was flooded with an ecstatic awareness. “I was a part of the universe I was observing, and I became aware that everything that exists is part of one intricately interconnected whole,” recounts Mitchell, who founded the groundbreaking Institute of Noetic Sciences to explore the nature of human consciousness.

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Seijaku Roshi, the abbot and founder of the Pine Wind Zen Community, aptly named for its location in a pine forest in Shamong, New Jersey, advises, “People are searching and hungering for community, which is number one on my agenda. If we aren’t talking about community, we’re squandering the moment. Whether it’s an evolutionary nudge or not, it appears that our tragic world situation is pushing us towards an alternative vision for living a meaningful life that meets the needs of people, society and the environment. We are awakening to the fact we’re interconnected, interdependent and need community, which is the spirit and guiding light whereby people come together to fulfill a purpose, to help others fulfill their purpose and to take care of one another.”

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Craig Hamilton, the guiding force behind the movement known as Integral Enlightenment, is the founder of the telecourse training program Academy for Evolutionaries. His spiritual guidance and teachings reach a growing international online community spanning 50 countries. “Transforming ourselves in the deepest possible way is, in fact, an evolutionary imperative, and we need to be able to identify the indicators of emergent shifts and participate creatively with change as an evolutionary force. Evolution up to this point has been playing out unconsciously. We’re now waking up and realizing that we can collaborate and participate in an emerging future.” Hamilton’s experience is that where humans awake to the one that is expressed through the many, they also begin to engage together. “Practicing community isn’t as simple as it seems. In online communities, a lot less can go wrong. The stakes aren’t as high. People come and go, share and engage as they like.”

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Laurie McCammon, author of Enough! How to Liberate Yourself and Remake the World with Just One Word, feels certain that humans are evolving. “We were last to the party with our big brains, and now we’re trying to intellectualize our way to an uncertain future without important feminine values such as feeling, intuiting, nurturing, interdependency and vulnerability,” says McCammon, who is deeply involved in the circle movement, in which women gather in small groups to empower each other. A regular participant in Gather the Women Global Matrix, a worldwide sisterhood that connects thousands of women sharing meaningful conversations and celebrating the divine feminine with the intention of bringing about personal and planetary transformation through cooperation and collaboration, McCammon says, “No one of us can bring about large-scale transformation alone. It’s time to tell the new story wherein our lives and actions demonstrate that together we are enough. Non-hierarchical circles that encourage authentic communication are part of this new story.” Citing other important circle communities such as Tree Sisters and The Millionth Circle, McCammon suggests that women tap into The Divine Feminine app, which allows them to find circle communities and events anywhere in the world.

Co-Creating With the Intelligence of Nature

Teacher and futurist Peter Russell writes books that are focused on consciousness and contemporary spirituality. His lectures help humans free themselves of limited beliefs and attitudes that belie many of humanity’s personal, social and global problems. The author of The Global Brain: The Awakening Earth in a New Century, Russell posits that the evolutionary process naturally draws humans together. “Humans are social creatures that need community, which I find very energizing,” says Russell, who cites the Findhorn Foundation eco-village, in Scotland, as a dynamic experiment in community. “Although residents went through hard times, they recognized the need for honest communication so they could attune to one another in loving ways that would allow everyone to work through their difficulties. Today, life at Findhorn is guided by the inner voice of spirit, and residents work in co-creation with the intelligence of nature,” he says.

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QI The Force Behind Blood Flow and Higher Intelligence This interview with qigong practitioner Jeff Primack, conducted by nationally recognized mindfulness speaker and author Damon Damato, is part one of a two-part series. Primack is founder of Supreme Science Qigong Center and has shared qigong, breathing and food-based healing techniques with tens of thousands of people worldwide in live seminars.

Can you bring a universal meaning to describe what is qi?

Qi is the electric life presence that beats the human heart and charges the air we breathe. Gong, like gong fu, is a repeated action to activate higher energy. Qigong generates a powerful magnetic field in the hands and this energy dilates arteries, healing what it touches. The effects of qi are profound for increasing circulation and improving endocrine imbalances. Science will discover qi is related to static electricity and can be harnessed with hand postures.

Qi Revolution is coming to New Jersey at the Somerset Ukrainian Cultural Center on January 18 through 20, 2020. What is your higher vision for sharing this kind of healing with hundreds of people? I believe when more human beings develop “qi awareness”, human evolution will go higher. Our intention is to experience the authentic healing and stress-dissolving practices of qigong in a strong group energy field. Sound, light and qi graphics are used to improve learning so everyone can feel what is going on without any previous experience. It’s rare that more than 300 people all simultaneously inhale at the same second, while holding the same healing prayer. Many people that attend heal old injuries, and nearly everyone is strengthened by the energy. Our vision for this event is to uplift the group energy to the highest level to benefit all that attend.

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Is there significance to practicing qigong in large groups?

Between 1980 and 1999 the Chinese people gathered for qigong events inside arenas and stadiums with tens of thousands of people. Dr. Yan Xin led this first wave of qi awareness with integrity, but other fake masters misused qigong to protest the government, and qigong was banned in large group settings. Chinese people had discovered the secret of group energy, and it went beyond the roar of a rock concert or the cheers in a football game. Qigong was a weekly outing in China for two decades and people viewed qigong as an opportunity to be strengthened and healed while enjoying fellowship with friends. Qi sensations and internal benefits reach into the scientific minds of truth-seeking men and women. Where two or more practice qigong sincerely, there exists a larger living field of energy, and I believe it’s stronger when more people practice.

The breath work at the Qi Revolution is transformative. Since every person is connected to it, do you believe the answers to healing and overcoming negative emotions are found here? Breathing is the most powerful skill humans can learn to attune with the spirit of life. Genesis 2:7 reveals, “God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” After teaching qigong breathing to groups large and small, I would say there is a connection. People report euphoric vibrational experiences when they do our Breath Empowerment, even if they don’t

believe qi exists. Breathwork is the best gong fu—repeated deep breathes will break the veil of darkness and bad thoughts, eventually flooding the body with light energy.

Can one become more peaceful and increase awareness from the breath?

A renown surgeon named Perrin Clark, M.D., from Daytona Beach, Florida, recently attended our national event. He told us he was super stressed from telling five patients (on average days) that they had some type of cancer. Dr. Clark’s job was to give bad news to patients, and this caused him to hold his breath a lot! He now reports his stress has gone down dramatically since after attending Qi Revolution and learning qigong. As a result, he attended our trainings and was certified in both our Qigong and Food Healing programs.

There are a number of healing routines within the Qi Revolution experience. Do you need to be fit to participate? Can one receive healing attributes if they are out of shape, ill or have other physical impairments? People with injuries often experience pain relief doing qigong in the first morning practices. We are okay with people practicing where their body is at and provide modified postures for those that need special assistance. People of all ages can benefit from qigong’s challenge.

I’ve seen a shift over the past few years where your focus has really zeroed in on food healing, especially in regard to food science. Why do you feel this is so important in today’s world,

and how does it relate to one’s personal qi?

Food is key to excellent health, especially natural foods made before the inventions of man. Kiwi, for example, helps to reverse asthma in hundreds of students I’ve counseled. Moreover, a study published in the prestigious medical journal Thorax indicated that children that ate kiwi three to five times a week, versus those that didn’t eat any, had a much lower incidence of asthma. My theories have science to back them. Proof is really in whether or not God’s kiwi really helps people breathe. Evidence shows kiwi should be suggested by allergists and breathing therapists to help children with this disease. Food affects our qi by becoming our blood and the cells that carry oxygen to our brain. I teach that eating red foods (high in carotenoids) are the best way to stop the oxidative processes responsible for heart disease and brain degeneration. We make smoothies and serve sweet red pepper paste to all attendees at Qi Revolution, so they can taste for themselves how delicious natural foods can be prepared.

You perform a global healing circle that is legendary. How does it connect participants using the 9-Breath Method with an expanded process?

The living electricity felt in the hands of the Circle of Healing is unlike anything else we teach. After everyone is proficient in using the 9-Breath Method, our signature breathing technique, we hold hands while doing it many times. The feeling is like an electric current going through everyone’s legs, arms and hands. It feels so very good! Delicious, I might say. We focus our mind to God and ask for healing

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You have vowed from the beginning to keep the cost of Qi Revolution in reach for all people and have even gone as far as to offer this healing for veterans free of charge. You offer CE hours for message therapists and nurses for an incredible value. Share with me the importance of putting people over profit.

Qigong is not only for rich or materially successful people. Qi Revolution, priced at $199 for three days, is made affordable to open the “qi door” for more people. Massage therapists love our training and earn 24 CE hours when they attend. We allow U.S. veterans to attend free, and each year hundreds of veterans do attend, and many of them have become our best qigong instructors. Qi Revolution will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on January 18 through 20, 2020, at the Ukrainian Cultural Center, 135 Davidson Ave., Somerset, New Jersey. For more information, call 800-298-8970 or visit See ad, page 37 December 2019


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n 1999, while kayaking on the Fuy River in Chile, orthopedic surgeon Mary Neal became trapped beneath a waterfall and drowned. She was underwater for 30 minutes before the current pulled her out. During that time, Neal experienced what she believes to be a miraculous event in which she penetrated the veil dividing the physical and spiritual worlds. There, she was told that it was not yet her time, and of the future death of her eldest son, a prediction that was fulfilled 10 years later. The experience gave her a new perspective on the purpose of our Earthly existence and life after death. She has since written two books on the subject: To Heaven and Back: A Doctor’s Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels and Life Again; and 7 Lessons from Heaven: How Dying Taught Me to Live a Joy-Filled Life. Her life-altering experience prompted her to pay more attention to those things that are truly important: faith, family and relationships with other human beings. She lives with her family in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where she continues to mend broken bones.

How do you think your medical background makes you uniquely qualified to speak on near-death experiences (NDE)?

access to many resources that the common person would not. I spent many months researching scientific and medical literature to try to come up with a logical explanation of what had happened to me. I was forced to conclude that my experience fell outside of the parameters of both science and medicine. I could not find any examples to disprove what happened, especially when the predicted death of my oldest son came to pass.

What was the most profound moment of your experience?

It’s hard to pinpoint the most profound moment of the entire experience, but what impacted me most was the realization that God is real, and He is present to each and every one of us every moment of our daily lives. I realized to the depths of my soul that all God’s promises are true, not just wishful thinking or a vague hope.

How has your NDE made you a better wife, mother and medical professional?

You can’t have an NDE without having your entire life changed. When you realize that there is more to life than what you can see with your physical eyes, it changes your entire perspective on every moment of every day. The things we say and the things we do create a ripple effect that spreads beyond the boundaries of our human sight. Love

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is ultimately the only thing that matters, to reflect love to the world and other people. I was a “good person” before my NDE, but I now see differently. I see that each human being is incredibly loved, and that we are all one: We are them, and they are us. Everything else in the world is secondary to God’s love and presence in our lives.

How is your approach to everyday life different than it was prior to your NDE?

I am able to be entirely present in every moment of my life. I can experience deep and abiding joy regardless of my circumstances. I am able to trust that grace covers my past, that there is life after death and a plan for my life. No matter what is happening, even if it is terrible, beauty will come out of it. Most people are trapped in regrets of the past and worry about the future. With complete trust in God, I am able to fully have joy in each and every moment.

Is there a difference between joy and happiness?

Absolutely. Happiness is an emotion based on circumstances. Happiness can accompany joy, but not always. Joy is a state of being, of trusting in God, of believing that his promises are true. Joy comes from freedom—freedom from disruptive emotions like guilt, remorse, unforgiveness. Even in the devastation of my oldest son’s death, I can honestly say that I experienced a deep joy from trusting in God’s love and promises.

Why do you believe heaven is written in our hearts?

As a scientist, I firmly believe that we are created beings with physical bodies and spiritual souls. I believe that our spiritual self remembers heaven and remembers joy. Part of our journey here on Earth is to rediscover our connection with God. As adults, we often feel that we have to choose between science and spiritualism. The truth is that they coexist, answering questions in different ways. Kajsa Nickels is a freelance author who lives in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Connect at

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he holidays may send too many sugar plums and frosted gingerbread figures dancing in the heads of people with dietary restrictions. Anyone that chooses to avoid highly processed flours or sugars, artificial ingredients and loads of butter will typically be presented with all of this and more at social gatherings this time of year. They arrive on visually appealing cookie platters that tempt with their cute shapes, vibrant colors and sparkle.

Some, like the gingerbread and reindeer cutouts, will beckon with glazed eyes: “Just one,” they whisper. But one can turn into nine and make someone that may normally avoid sugar or gluten feel bodily regrets. Someone that is vegan or allergic may feel they can’t have treats. Making healthier choices about food is difficult for reasons many don’t understand. “People have relationships with food—involving family, comfort

and traditions—and they don’t want to give that up,” says James Brandon, of Tampa, founder of Facebook’s Vegan and Plant-Based Beginner’s Community. Brandon says that holiday treats are tough to resist, but staying true to health goals is most important in the long run. The best defense to avoid frustration at social food events is to bring a dish to share that meets your dietary needs, says Megan Gilmore, the author of No Excuses Detox: 100 Recipes to Help You Eat Healthy Every Day and a blogger at “That way, you can introduce something delicious to your friends, family or co-workers and be sure you’ll have something to eat!” A batch of simple, delectable, visually appealing and healthful cookies can be that plate to share, a gift to give or something to keep on hand for guests. Keep the focus on simple, advises Pamela Reed, who blogs at BrooklynFarmGirl. com. There are plenty of recipes that will satisfy the sweet tooth and decorate the holiday buffet (until they’re all eaten, that is). Don’t increase holiday stress by trying a new recipe at the last minute. “Stick with your favorite recipes that you know are going to be a success and are going to leave everyone’s taste buds happy,” she says. Transitioning to a more conscious way of eating isn’t about deprivation or leaving tradition behind. Bring on the new and healthful cookie recipes and name one after your grandma. Julie Peterson writes from her home in rural Wisconsin. Contact her at

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Yields: About 18 cookies 1 cup creamy peanut butter ½ cup coconut sugar ½ cup brown sugar 2 tsp vanilla ⅔ cup oat flour 1 tsp baking soda ¼ tsp salt ¼ cup almond milk Additional sugar to roll cookies in Preheat oven to 350° F. In a large bowl, cream together peanut butter and sugars with a hand mixer. Once combined, add vanilla and continue mixing.

Add flour, baking soda, salt and almond milk into the bowl and mix for a few seconds, until combined. The cookie dough will be a little crumbly. Prepare 2 cookie sheets with silicone baking sheets or spray with nonstick spray. Roll the dough into large balls, and then gently roll in sugar to cover them. Use a fork to gently press down on each cookie a little bit—not too much, or they will crumble. Bake cookies for 12 minutes. Once out of the oven, allow to cool for 15 minutes. This is important, as the cookies will be very soft when they come out of the oven, but they will harden up as they cool. Store in an airtight container or freeze. Recipe courtesy of

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dealing with feisty loved ones. ■ Be kind to yourself. Offer yourself a kind thought each day, especially on days that you are feeling forgetful, clumsy or cranky. ■ When holiday shopping, buy from companies that invest in the health of the planet. ■ Choose ahimsa while driving by leaving extra space in front of your car so anxious drivers can switch lanes easily. This will make you feel better too. ■ Spend more quality time with elderly family members. ■ Treat yourself to something lifeaffirming each day, such as taking a nap or making a homemade smoothie. Search your heart for other ways to close out 2019 with the principle of ahimsa. Wishing you abundant peace this holiday season. Rosie Lazroe is a certified yoga teacher and master reiki practitioner. For more information, call 732-596-7384, email or visit

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The Trip to Bethlehem: A Metaphysical Journey, Part 1 – 10am. Dec. 1, 8, 22, 24. Presenter: Rev Carmela Vuoso-Murphy. Based on author Rev. Hypatia Hasbrouck’s book: The Traditional Christmas Story as a Guide To Spiritual Transformation. Unity Spiritual Center, 453 Bellwood Ave., Asbury (physically located in Pattenburg). 908-7308792.

Eating Disorder Support Group – 1st and 3rd Mon/month. 7:30-8:30pm. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park.

Qi Healing Seminar/Workshop Intensive – Dec. 6-8, 13-15. Jan 3-5, 10-12. Fri: 5:309pm. Sat/Sun: 9am-5pm. Instructor: Patty Pagano. Six-day Workshop. Learn how to achieve and sustain wellness for yourself and those you love and care for. Effective and safe. No touch. No equipment. Just results! $850. 1275 Bound Brook Rd., Ste 1, 2nd Floor, Middlesex. 908-392-1313.

Light and Sound Service: “Maintaining Harmony and Balance in our Life” – 11am12pm. Join others seeking to bring more insight and divine love into their lives at this special celebration. Eckankar, the Path of Spiritual Freedom, offers spiritual exercises to help you experience the twin aspects of the Light and Sound of God within. Share your spiritual insights. Eckankar Center, 323 Main St., Metuchen. 800-870-9139. Advent Journey to Bethlehem – each Sunday thru 12/22; 10–11:15am. Join the journey to Bethlehem this Christmas season. Experience the story of the coming of Jesus through Godly Play for all ages. Christ Church Emerging, 1600 Washington Valley Rd., Martinsville. 908-722-2080. Paint and Meditate: A Workshop Introduction to Mandala Meditation – 2-4pm. As we paint, we’ll be guided through this silent meditation with a break for Chair Yoga. All levels. Preregister and select chakra color and mandala color. $40/includes materials. Yoga Central/Antonette D’Orazio, Yoga Central, 953 US 202 N, Branchburg. 908-7070759. Reiki Soul Celebration – 1–4pm. Enjoy Reiki healing, meditation, high vibration crystal singing bowls, drum, gong, flute, koshi bells, ting-sha and chants. Walk-ins welcome. $15. eZential Wellness Center, 1 Lamington Road, Branchburg. 908-526-0002. Beth Wishbow, Reiki Master Teacher: Beth@

Valley Integrative Pharmacy & Wellness Centers’ Annual Networking Party – 5-8pm. Meet and greet local practitionersfunctional medical doctors, naturopaths, nutritionists, thermographers, holistic dentists, homeopaths, herbalists and more. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. Appt only: 908658-4900.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4 Labyrinth Walk by Luminaria – 7-8pm. Dress warmly and join in welcoming light into the Advent season with scripture, candles and song. Then walk our outdoor Labyrinth by candlelight. Free. Christ Church Emerging, 1600 Washington Valley Rd., Martinsville. 908-722-2080.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5 C B D P rese n ta t i o n – 7 pm. J oi n t he educational team from CV Sciences for an informative session on what CBD is and how it works. Free. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd. Bedminster. RSVP: 908-658-4900. Janet@ValleyPharmacyRX. com.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 Healing Circle with Singing Bowls – 2-4pm. Listen to the singing of chants in ancient languages and the healing tones of quartz crystal singing bowls. $20. Drop-ins welcome. eZential Wellness, 1 Lamington Rd., Branchburg.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8 What’s Your Identity? – 10:30am. Facilitator: Rev. Della Manechella. Warm, dynamic community of spiritually-minded people. The Center for Spiritual Living Princeton, Princeton Masonic Lodge, 345 River Rd. (Rt. 605), Princeton. 609-924-8422.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11 Essential Oils for Healthy Living Class – 7-9pm. Learn the many safe ways to use essential oils to support a healthly non-





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Sunday, December 8 • 11am-12:30pm Spiritual Discussion & Free Booklet Find answers to common questions of the heart including the truth about Soul mates. Learn how to know if a partnership is worth developing. Break pattern of poor relationships and find balance. FREE and open to all. Eckankar Center 323 Main Street, Metuchen, NJ 800-870-9139 • Presented by ECKANKAR The Path of Spiritual Freedom

toxic life for you & your family. Instructor: Susan Walker, LMT Essential Oils Educator. Free. Lawrenceville. 609-468-8233. Micronutrient, Hormone, Thyroid, MTHFR Testing – 3-6:15pm. Testing by Spectracell and Vibrant Wellness Labs. Most insurance accepted. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. Appt only: 908-658-4900. Janet@ValleyPharmacyRX. com.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12 Reiki Share with Reiki Master Diana Davis – 7pm. Dec. 12. This share is for everyone, Reiki practitioners and nonpractitioners alike. $10. Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St., Ste 202, Flemington. 908-6420989. Relax & Renew FREE Massage Training – 7:15-9:15pm. Learn to give & receive effective massage techniques for a deeper relaxation experience. Free. Instructor: Susan Walker. Complete Health Yoga, 136 Franklin Corner Rd., Lawrenceville. RSVP: 12/12. 609-4698233.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 Reiki Master Training & Certification – 3-day class: Dec 13-15. 1:30-7pm. Instructor: Beth Wishbow, Step up to the mastery of Reiki to transform your life and share the gift with others. eZential Wellness Center, 1 Lamington Rd., Branchburg. Register: eZentialWellness. com/Reiki.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 Rest and Reset: Restorative Yoga & Wellness Workshop with Cello – 4-6pm. Instructor:

Jen Warakomski. Treat yourself to this wellness workshop that includes restorative yoga to live cello, yoga nidra, and essential oils. $45/advance. Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St., Ste 202, Flemington. 908-6420989.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15 12 Steps to Freedom: Step 12 – 10:30am. 4th Sun./month. Theme: Having had a spiritual awakening, we don’t keep it a secret! Speaker: Rev. Dr. Karen Kushner. Looking at the “12 Steps” from a spiritual perspective. The Center for Spiritual Living Princeton, Princeton Masonic Lodge, 345 River Rd. (Rt. 605), Princeton. 609-9248422.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 16 Eating Disorder Support Group – 1st and 3 rd Mon/month. 7:30-8:30pm. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19 Thermography Medical Imaging – 9am6pm Facilitator: Lisa Mack. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. Info: 609-618-6545.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20 Winter Solstice Restorative – 7-8pm. It’s the time of year for nesting, resting and borrowing. Time to reconnect with the quiet and stillness. Gentle restorative poses and Yoga Nidra (guided, relaxing meditation). $15 or class card. Yoga Central/Antonette





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A Mitote is a transformative, high energy and focused Toltec Shamanic ceremony purifying us and raising our vibration to awaken higher wisdom and truth. Chant and dream under the stars in the atrium allowing the raising of your energy, visions, and inner movement. This overnight ceremony led by Janet StraightArrow in a private location; address is provided upon sign-up. $325 if paid by 12/1/19; $350 thereafter (if there is space).

D’Orazio, Yoga Central, 953 US 202 N, Branchburg. 908-707-0759. Winter Solstice Ceremony – 7-9:30pm. Powerful Community Shamanic Ceremony with drumming, journeying, and celebration. Friday night under the stars. We gather to welcome the return of the light. $20-40. Janet StraightArrow Be The Medicine, 48 Frederick Pl., Morristown. PayPal. me/JanetStraightArrow. 973-647-2500. BeTheMedicine. com.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21 Women, Power and Freedom – 10am-12pm. Safe space to share fears, weaknesses and hearts. Supportive place to connect with other women or just feel loving support and acceptance. Coffee. Center for Spiritual Living Princeton’s office, 812 State Road (Rt. 206 S), Ste 220, Princeton. 609-924-8422. Breakfast Benefits: Learn about Laser Treatment – 9am. 3rd Sat. All are welcome to share breakfast and learn about the benefits of laser treatment. Facilitated by Dr Paul M Bizzaro, DC. Free. The offices of Dr. Bizzaro, 81 S Main St, Yardley. RSVP to 215-4936589. Homeopathic Consultations with Virangini Cindy Rounsaville, – 2-4pm. By appointment only. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. Info and appointments: 908-996-6761.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22 Yoga Nidra – 3-4:30pm. Experience deep relaxation and complete mind-body balance

savethedate JOURNEY INTO HAPPINESS: ONE DAY IMMERSION RETREAT Sunday, December 16 10:30am-8:30pm Super charged, transformational event with life changing teachings takes you into deep states of consciousness and awakening. This amazing course is taught directly from India by an awakened guide. Cost: $75 DoubleTree by Hilton, Hotel Princeton, 4355 US Route 1, Princeton. Register at For information, visit December 2019


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with the benefits of guided meditation and Reiki. $30. eZential Wellness, 1 Lamington Rd., Branchburg. Register: eZentialWellness. com/Events. High Holy Days: Solstice, Hanukah, Christmas and Kwanzaa – What Has Meaning for You? – 10:30am. Facilitator: Rev. Karen Kushner. Warm, dynamic community of spiritually-minded people. The Center for Spiritual Living Princeton, Princeton Masonic Lodge, 345 River Rd. (Rt. 605), Princeton. 609-924-8422. Sound of Soul Event – 11am-12pm. Seeking spiritual growth and transformation? Experience HU, an ancient sacred Mantra, that has been sung for thousands of years in many lands for spiritual unfoldment. Chant HU, have contemplative time and share in spiritual conversation. Eckankar Center, 323 Main St., Metuchen. 800-870-9139. 

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Burning Bowl Ceremony: Don’t Pack What You Don’t Want to See in 2020 – 10:30am. Facilitator: Rev. Karen Kushner. Warm, dynamic community of spiritually-minded people. Followed by refreshments and conversation. The Center for Spiritual Living Princeton, Princeton Masonic Lodge, 345 River Rd. (Rt. 605), Princeton. 609-9248422. Pre-New Year’s Burning Bowl Ceremony – 10am. Sunday Service. Participants write down limiting beliefs, unforgiving attitudes, regrets, to be released and burned as we end 2019. Then write goals for 2020. Unity Spiritual Center, 453 Bellwood Ave., Asbury (physically located in Pattenburg). 908-7308792.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24 Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship of Story and Song – 5:30pm. Celebrate the birth of Jesus with story and song in a simple, intimate setting. People of any faith or none welcome. Free. Christ Church Emerging, 1600 Washington Valley Rd., Martinsville. 908-722-2080. Christmas Eve Candle Lighting Service – 7pm. Nondenominational Service by Rev. Carmela Vuoso-Murphy, celebrating Christmas with carol singing and candle lighting. Unity Spiritual Center, 453 Bellwood Ave., Asbury (physically located in Pattenburg). 908-7308792.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28 Community Drum Circle – 7-9pm. Promotes sense of community and wellbeing. Bring your instrument or rent a drum for $5. Various percussion instruments to play for free. All welcome! No experience needed. $15. eZential Wellness, 1 Lamington Rd., Branchburg. Register:



whole family, and friends too, to sing favorite Christmas hymns in a friendly and intimate setting. Free. Christ Church Emerging, 1600 Washington Valley Rd., Martinsville. 908722-2080.

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PLAN AHEAD SATURDAY, JANUARY 4 Toltec Mitote Shamanic Ceremony – Jan. 4-5. 6pm-9am. Transformative, high energy and focused ceremony. Drumming, chanting, lucid dreaming, purifying us and raising our energy and light to awaken higher wisdom and truth. By 12/10: $295. After: $325. Shaman Janet StraightArrow, 48 Frederick Pl., Morristown. JanetStraightArrow. Janet@BeTheMedicine. com. 973-647-2500.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 5 New Year’s White Stone Ceremony – 10am. Sunday Service. Participants claim a new attitude, quality or identity for the New Year. The White Stone represents a new beginning and a new essence seeking to emerge in 2020. Unity Spiritual Center, 453 Bellwood Ave., Asbury (physically located in Pattenburg). 908-730-8792.

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Christingle – 10-11am. A family-friendly, multi-sensory, participatory event declaring the Hope, Joy and Love Christ gives the world. Free. Christ Church Emerging, 1600 Washington Valley Rd., Martinsville. 908722-2080.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11 Reiki 1 Certificate Training – Jan 11-12. 1-6pm. Janet StraightArrow, Reiki Master. Comprehensive professional level course offers practical healing and energy work teachings in addition to Reiki attunements, meditations, and practice with each student receiving a full healing session. By 12/27: $295. After: $325. Studio Yoga Madison, 2 Green Village Rd., Madison. Staff@ 973-966-1400. 973-647-2500.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15 Introduction to Self-Hypnosis – 7-8pm. Learn method of self-hypnosis, how to put yourself into trance, how to deepen your trance, how to program your subconscious to achieve your goals, change your behaviors and enhance your health. $20. Inner Truth Hypnotherapy and Meditation Center, 1386 US 22, Lebanon. 908 617-1535.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 18 Channeling-Automatic Writing – 10am-5pm. Connecting to our higher self and spiritual support teams we learn to receive more complete messages about our life, purpose, health and more. Meditations, journeys, and automatic writing throughout the day. By 1/10: $195. After: $225. Be The Medicine Janet StraightArrow, 48 Frederick Pl., Morristown. 973-647-2500.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 18 Universal Kabbalah – 10am-4:30pm. Purest form of esoteric study available on the planet. The study of God and the God essence within humans is a noble and essential part of being a spiritual being. $325. Inner Truth Hypnotherapy and Meditation Center, 1386 US 22, Lebanon. 908 617-1535.


min massage. $399/double. $319/single. Cross Roads Camp & Retreat Center, Port Murray. Contact: Mary Moses of Awakening Point Wellness: 973-670-7421. YogaMaryS@

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25 Return to Health Day – 10am-5pm. Receive deep healing and learn how to continually heal yourself. Be The Medicine is a pathway that is a precise gathering of studies and practices from around the world that have direct results. By 1/15: $295. After: $325. Be The Medicine Janet StraightArrow, 48 Frederick Pl., Morristown. JanetStraightArrow. Janet@BeTheMedicine. com. 973-647-2500.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19 Hypnosis for Test Taking – 6-8pm. Course will help you or your child do better when taking your /his-her next test. $90. Inner Truth Hypnotherapy and Meditation Center, 1386 US 22, Lebanon. 908 617-1535.

Women’s Wellness Weekend – Jan. 24-26. Balancing all layers of the self through yoga, meditation, natural healing, discussion and music. Includes 5 meals, programs and 15-

INTUITIVE SERVICES READINGS: Oracle card and palmistry readings offered in person, phone, parties welcome. Spiritually guided channeled messages are for your highest good. Let my gifts guide you! Reasonable rates. Cheryl 908-268-8029.

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SUNDAY Cathedral of the Horse: Meditation with Horses – 9:30-11am. Sit quietly, surrounded by our intuitive horses, as you are led in guided meditation by experienced facilitators. Check website for dates. $20/ session. Tri-Brook Equestrian Center, 283 Long Swamp Rd., New Egypt. Info: 908-2177852. Spiritual Awakening Sunday Service – 10:30 am. Warm, dynamic community of spirituallyminded people at Sunday Transformation Service. Mingle afterwards with refreshments and conversation. The Center for Spiritual Living Princeton, Princeton Masonic Lodge, 354 River Rd, Princeton. 609-924-8422. Unity Spiritual Center Sunday Service – 10am. Join us for prayer and meditation, song, an uplifting spiritual message and fellowship afterwards. Youth programs offered. Off hours: Sun, Wed, Thurs 10-2:30 pm. Unity Spiritual Center, 453 Bellwood Ave., Asbury (physically located in Pattenburg). 908-7308792.

MONDAY Reiki Share and Healing Circle – 6-7:15pm. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. 732419-3551. Beginner Sun Style Tai Chi – 11am-12pm. Easy and fun. Instructor: Patty Pagano. $60/ month. $20/drop-in. Reserve your place: 908-392-1313. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 1275 Bound Brook Rd., 2nd Floor, Middlesex. More information at

Beginner Swimming Dragon Qi Gong – 121pm. Instructor: Patty Pagano. Easy to learn, gentle movements will leave you feeling refreshed and calm.4-week course. $60/4-class series. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 1275 Bound Brook Rd., 2nd Floor, Middlesex. Must preregister: 908-392-1313. More information at Prenatal Yoga Workshop – 6:30pm. Class focuses on helping the moms-to-be relax and to prepare their bodies and minds to welcome new life into this world. Registration required. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-754-5901. Beginner Tai Chi (Wuji Jing Gong) – 7-8pm. Instructor: Fran Maher. For students new to Tai Chi or new to the Wuji form. $60/month. $20/drop-in. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 1275 Bound Brook Rd., 2nd Floor, Middlesex. 908-647-1563. Info:

TUESDAY Stress, Hormones & Health (The True Ca u s e of B e l l y Fa t) – 6 p m , s e l e c t Tuesdays. Presentor: Jean Golden-Tevald, DO of Morning Star Family Health Center. Learn about hormone imbalances and what really works. Free dinner seminar. RSVP required. Info: Carol May, Program Coordinator at 908-528-8121. Beginner Tai Chi (Wuji Jing Gong) – 10:30am. Instructor: Fran Maher. $60/month. $20/ drop-in. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 1275 Bound Brook Rd., 2nd Floor, Middlesex. 908-647-1563 or 908-392-1313. Info: Beginner and Returning Tai Chi Chih – 1:30pm. Instructor: Janet Oussaty. Preregistration required. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 1275 Bound Brook Rd., 2nd Floor,

Beginner Tai Chi (Wuji Jing Gong) – 6:30pm. Instructor: Patty Pagano. $60/mo, $20 dropin. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 1275 Bound Brook Rd., 2nd floor, Middlesex. Info: 908392-1313 or Pilates Mat with Props – 6pm. Amazing and challenging class will tone your entire body! Incorporates weights, Thera-Bands, Magic Circles and classical Pilates Mat exercises. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-754-5901.  Gentle Relaxation Yoga – 7pm. This class will focus on reducing chronic tension, improving normal range of motion in the joints, and strengthening the musculature of the body so that all bodily systems can function optimally. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-754-5901. 

WEDNESDAY Pilates Mat with Props – 9:30am. Amazing and challenging class will tone your entire body! Incorporates weights, Thera-Bands, Magic Circles and classical Pilates Mat exercises. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-754-5901.  Beginner Tai Chi (Wuji Jing Gong) – 10:30am. Instructor: Patty Pagano. $60/month. $20/ drop-in. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 1275 Bound Brook Rd., 2nd Floor, Middlesex. 908-647-1563 or 908-392-1313. Info: Wuji in Tai Chi and Qi Gong – 1pm. Instructor: Brain Coffey. $60/month. $20/drop-in. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 1275 Bound Brook Rd., 2nd Floor, Middlesex. More information at 908-647-1563 or Goju Ryu Karate Classes – 7-8:30pm. Learn self-defense, get fit, lose weight, gain focus. Traditional Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate-Do. Free trial. Sand Hills Community Wellness

There’s something for everyone at Sand Hills! We offer a diverse selection of programs in a safe, warm environment to support Body, Mind and Spirit. Reiki, Massage Therapy, Yoga, Alzheimer’s Support Group, Gong Bath Meditation, Piloxing, Crafting, Creative Writing plus special workshops and retreats...just to name a few.

Sand Hills Community Wellness Center 57 Sand Hills Road Kendall Park, NJ 08824

732-419-3551 • 52 Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition

Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Register: 732421-7116. Beginner Swimming Dragon Qi Gong – 7:30pm. Instructor: Patty Pagano. $60/ month. $20/drop-in. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 1275 Bound Brook Rd., 2nd Floor, Middlesex. Must preregister: 908-392-1313. More information at

THURSDAY Meditation Class for Stress Reduction & Self Awareness – 11:30am-12:30pm. Facilitator: Sharon Coyle-Saeed. Learn how to live more fully in the present moment, to be more at ease in your body as you deal with stress and experience more clarity. 57 Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Info: Sharon at 732-4917277 or A Pure Component Radio show, Linking Spirit & Science – 10am-11pm. Hosted by Tori Valspirit. Life, Health, Fitness, Wellness and Mystery. Complementary and integrative Health Care. Experts in various wellness fields & subjects. 908617-1545. Lifestream: aPureComponent. HunterdonChamerRadio. com.

FRIDAY Beginner Qi Gong (Wuji Jing Gong) – 12:30pm. Instructor: Patty Pagano. $60/month. $20/ drop-in. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 1275 Bound Brook Rd., 2nd Floor, Middlesex. 908392-1313. Info:

SATURDAY Pilates Mat with Props – 9am. Amazing and challenging class will tone your entire body! Incorporates weights, Thera-Bands, Magic Circles and classical Pilates Mat exercises. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-754-5901.  Gentle Relaxation Yoga – 10am. This class will focus on reducing chronic tension, improving normal range of motion in the joints, and strengthening the musculature of the body so that all bodily systems can function optimally. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-754-5901.  Goju Ryu Karate Classes – 3:30-5:30pm. Learn self-defense, get fit, lose weight, gain focus. Traditional Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate-Do. Free trial. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Register: 732-421-7116.

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84 Park Ave, Ste G-103C, Flemington 973-979-1652 Gentle acupuncture with can be both very relaxing as well as healing. Acupuncture has been used for centuries to ease muscle and arthritis pain, relieve stress, increase energy and improve sleep. De-stress in a nurturing and healing

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Dr. Andy Rosenfarb, ND, LAc Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine; Board Certified in Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine 332 South Ave East, Westfield 908-928-0060 •

Dr. Rosenfarb is world renowned in the field of holistic eye health. He is passionate about helping people with degenerative eye diseases. Learn of his astounding work in this area—call now to qualify for your free copy of his groundbreaking book, Recover Your Vision. Additional specialties include glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa and diabetic retinopathy. See ad, page 43.

Ayurveda/Holistic Health Ayurvedashram Holistic Wellness Center

2070 Route 1, 2nd Floor, North Brunswick 732-658-6122 Experience the personalized body-mind-spirit approach of Ayurveda, a 5000-yearold healing science from India and one of the oldest system of medicine in the world! Ayurveda consultations and Panchakarma (detox) therapies by experienced and trained Ayurvedic practitioners. We specialize in pain management, hormonal imbalance, auto-immune disorders and pediatric wellness. Mention NaturalAwakenings and get 25% OFF your initial consultation! See ad, page 21.

RedTail Energetics Karen E Adamo, EEM-AP

5 Locations in NJ/PA 484-415-5037 CBD is a natural pain reliever and anti-inflammatory with no addictive properties. However, not all CDB products are created equally. We use the latest scientific knowledge and experienced professionals to create top of the line CBD products at affordable prices. See ad,

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Your CBD Store Christi Radcliffe 69 Wal-Mart Plaza, Clinton

76 E Washington Ave, Washington 908-310-6373 Now open! All natural health optimization at a location close to home. We are local, all organic,trustworthy, and happy to help. We feature the highest quality CBD products (oil, tinctures, water solubles, gummies, vapes and pain creams. Hours: M-F, 10am-7pm; Sat, 9am-7pm; Sun 11am-6pm. See ad, page 22.

Chinese Healing Arts Qi Gong For Healing Brian Coffey LMT, and Fran Maher CA 908-647-1563 Specializing in T’ai Chi and Qi Gong classes, as well as private session clinical Qi Gong and acupuncture since 1994. Chinese Medicine weekend seminars teach how to apply clinical Qi Gong remedies to specific disorders. Excellent for the lay person and healthcare providers. All are welcome to observe or join a class. See ad, page 13.

Eden Energy Medicine Advanced Practitioner Phillipsburg, NJ 908-752-0097 (phone or text) Experience more joy, peace, calm, health and vitality through the combination of two profoundly effective healing modalities—Eden Energy Medicine, which corrects imbalances in nine different energy systems, and Sound Meditation with authentic bronze Himalayan Singing Bowls and Gongs.

Education/Schools Waldorf School Of Princeton 1062 Cherry Hill Rd, Princeton 609-466-1970, x115

The Waldorf curriculum, used in 1,000+ schools School worldwide, integrates arts, of Princeton academics, movement, and music, emphasizing social and environmental responsibility. The hands-on approach is screen free.


Energy Healing Rayki School Master Training Makiko Suzuki Fliss, PhD, MBA, MSc Phone/text: 609-495-4229

“Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much” – Helen Keller

54 Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition

Explore how the human body and mind are interconnected and how to maintain perfect harmony to stay young and healthy. Focus with Quantum Healing, Reiki and Wellness Education. Private and corporate settings. See ad, page 38.

Functional Medicine

Samsara Chiropractic Wellness Center

Morningstar Family Health Center

Dr Jennifer Redmond

54 Old Highway 22, Clinton 908-735-9344

7 E. High St, Somerville 908-300-8800

MorningStar’s team of health professionals cares for you like family. Our membership based practice cares for men, women and children age 8 and up with a functional approach to primary care. See ad, page 9.

We believe that the body is designed to heal itself but structural issues, toxins, lack of nutrients or an emotional component can affect overall health. We offer Whole-istic healing techniques including Neuroemotional Technique, Active Release techniques, Activator, Flexion Distraction and more! See ad, page 27.

Gifts/Natural/Handmade Gaia’s Gifts Ellen Perkins

16 Broad St., Washington 908-223-1331 • Local, handcrafted items including wall art, fiber art, jewelry, small furniture, leather work, soaps, lotions, local honey, loose tea and flower vibrational essences. Variety of rocks and crystals in personal size or display pieces, Himalayan salt lamps and so much more. See ad, page 32.

Holistic Chiropractors Dr. Paul M. Bizzaro, DC

81 S Main St, Yardley, PA 215-493-6589 • My mission is to educate people to the benefits of chiropractic, nutrition, and a healthy lifestyle. Over 40 years experience (personally and professionally) allows me to relate to your problem(s). Services include nonforce chiropractic, nutritional testing, utilizing test kits/panels, Chirothin weight loss, massage (covered by most insurance) and laser therapy for pain. Personalized attention guaranteed! See ad, page 33.

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Holistic Dental Center


Age-Defying Habits Plus: Healthy Immune System

The Center For Advanced Health Through Dentistry


Cardiovascular Health Plus: Regenerative Medicine

Dr. Joseph R. Mele, DDS, FIND, CNC 215 Union Ave.,Ste D, Bridgewater 908-526-2266

Our aim is to restore you to health and vitality by eliminating dental road blocks. We offer the highest quality dental services with a holistic approach for children and adults. See ad, page 57.

Holistic Dental Center Vladimir Gashinsky, DDS

91 Millburn Ave, Milburn 973-457-4688



Thriving on a Plant-Based Diet Plus: CBD


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Holistic dental care that is good for the body as well as teeth and gums. By treating the cause, not just the symptoms, Dr. Gashinsky helps improve his patients’ quality of life through dental care that respects and honors the body. See ad, back cover.


Biological Dentistry Plus: Environmental Education

Princeton Center For Dental Aesthetics


Dr. Ruxandra Balescu, DMD Dr. Kirk Huckel, DMD, FAGD

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11 Chambers St, Princeton 609-924-1414

We offer a unique approach to the health care of the mouth based on a holistic understanding of the whole body. Please contact us to learn how we can serve your needs. See ad, page 45.



Emotional Well-Being Plus: Adaptive Yoga


Stress Management Plus: Joint Health


Personalized Diabetes Strategies Plus: Skin Care


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Holistic Women’s Health

Integrative Psychotherapy


Wellspring Women’s Health

Bobbie Lynn Edwards LPC, NCC,M.Ed

Center For Healing and Empowerment

Sarah Wallis CNM NCMP WHNP-BC 280 Rolling Knolls Way, Bridgewater 732-456-6262 call or text

Holistic gynecology specializing in hormone balance, sexual health, chronic pelvic pain and menopause wellness including bio-identical hormone replacement. Integrative fertility support. Come see us for a gentle exam and in-depth evaluation from a Certified Nurse Midwife / Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. House calls available! See ad, page 17.

Integrative Holistic Consultant Sunny van Vlijmen

939 Ridge Rd, Suite 2D, Monmouth Junction 609-275-3881 Do you want real and lasting change? My professional background of 20+ years in alternative healing and personal development has taught me what works and what doesn’t. If you’re ready for change, schedule your free 15-minute phone consultation, today. See ad, page 24.

Integrative/Functional MD Integrative Health & Wellness Associates Minal Vazirani, MD

112 Town Center, Warren 844-5-HEALER • 844-543-2537 ; Facebook: DrVazirani Dr. V is triple board certified in pediatrics, internal medicine, and integrative medicine, plus additional training in Ayurvedic and Functional Medicine, and Yoga Therapy. She has published on integrative approaches to gut health. Committed to helping patients get to the root cause of health concerns to create an individualized integrative lifestyle prescription for optimal wellness. Functional Medicine Testing and Nutritional Testing is performed when indicated. See ad, page 43.

Licensed Psychotherapist 15 E. Main St., Clinton 908-892-8978

Phyllis Livera

172 Washington Valley Rd, Suite 3, Warren 732-882-9676

Bobbie Lynn Edwards is a licensed psychotherapist for 35 years. Practicing integrating psychotherapy focusing on a broad  spectrum of spiritual philosophies and practices to assist in your healing. Clinically trained to provide guidance and direction to individuals,  couples and families.  Goals set within   a mutual  learning environment  is the process. Meditation workshops for small and large groups are available. Call for a free consultation and further information.

Massage - Therapy Body Be Well Massage Lauren Curtis, LMT

615 Mountain Blvd, Watchung 908-333-7746 Lauren Curtis, LMT is a New Jersey State Licensed massage therapist, who specializes in various forms of massage, including Oncology, Pregnancy, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Medical, Aromatherapy and Chair massage. She is also trained in Foot Reflexology and Reiki.

Matrix Repatterning Dr. Clare M. Larkin, DC, CMRP located in Warren 908-930-0628

Your cells remember traumatic injury on a deeper level. Some injuries hang on because their energy gets trapped in the deeper tissues of the body. Matrix Repatterning allows the detection and release of these deeper injuries, improves electrical flow and allows the body to function normally again. See ad, page 7.

Are you seeking deeper meaning in your life? Are you stressed and ready for a change? Tired of being in both physical or emotional pain? We offer spiritual development, meditation and mini-me yoga classes, which have been helping people live more productive, happier lives.

MLS Laser Therapy MLS Laser Therapy Dr. Paul Bizzaro, DC

81 S Main St, Yardley, PA 215-493-6589 Get permanent relief for your pain without drugs, shots or surgery with FDA approved Laser Therapy. Benefits include Speedy healing process, pain free, extremely safe with no known side effects. Don’t live in pain anymore. See ad, page 33.

Nutrition Sunrise Nutrition & Wellness Center Dr. John Harrington 137 Mountain Ave., Hackettstown 908-441-2276 You may be suffering from nutritional deficiencies, toxin overload, chronic infections and bad lifestyle habits. Get checked today! We are dedicated to providing a health improvement program unique to your body. We aim to improve your health through nutrition and other safe, non-invasive therapies. See ad, page 21.

“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb

56 Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition

Pain Relief/Management East Coast Spine, Sports, And Regenerative Medicine Edward Magaziner, MD

2186 Route 27, Suite 2D, North Brunswick 877-817-3273 Dr. Magaziner’s goal of treatment is to repair, regenerate and eliminate injury or pain, and its causes. Specializing in: Orthopedic Regenrative Medicine, Endoscopic Spinal Discectomy, PRP, Stem Cell Grafts & Prolotherapy. See ad, page 4.

Reiki & Hypnosis

Alice Rich Reiki Center Alice Rich, Certified Master Teacher

Usui Reiki Ryoho, Karuna Reiki®, Crystal Healing, Certified Hypnotist 732-501-7628 Reiki, Crystal Healing and Integrated Energy Therapy® or Hypnosis sessions can help reduce pain physically, mentally and emotionally, promote a healthy lifestyle, achieve personal and professional goals, create balance and harmony and advance your spiritual journey. Private sessions and classes. Certification classes on Reiki, Crystal Healing and IET.

The Center for Advanced Health Through Dentistry Our aim is to restore you to health and vitality by eliminating dental road blocks.

Our patients come from New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and other states...some have even traveled from outside the United States! Why? Because quality biocompatible dental care provided by a warm, caring dental team in a comfortable, relaxed setting is worth the trip.

Joseph R. Mele


- Fellowship in Institute for Natural Dentistry - Diplomate Member in American Association of Nutritional Consultants - Member of The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology - Member of The Holistic Dental Association

We offer the highest quality dental services including... • Safe removal of amalgam restorations (fillings) following OSHA and EPA guidelines • Biocompatible dental materials including BPA-free restorations • Non-surgical natural and nutritional therapies to treat periodontal disease and dental decay • Effective treatment of TMJ, teeth grinding, bad breath, snoring, sleep apnea, and mouth breathing

Does your child (up to age 10) show signs of: • Crowded baby or permanent teeth • Mouth breathing (lips are apart most of the time) We can help by fitting your child with a corrective, colorful, comfortable removable appliance that they will love to show to their friends.

For more information, see our video “How To Start Fixing Children’s Crooked Teeth As Early As Age 7 to 10” at or YouTube®.

Come in for a complimentary Meet and Greet, or visit our website for information.

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Relationship Coach

Spiritual Healing, Teaching Vision/Eye Health

Ondov Relationship Coaching

Be The Medicine

Rhoda Ondov, MS, MFT, CPC

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Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine; Board Certified in Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine 332 South Ave East, Westfield 908-928-0060 •

Shamanic Healing, Energy Medicine, Past Life, Medical Intuition, Life, Health, Spiritual Coaching, Astrology Readings, House and Land Clearings. In person, phone or Skype. Professional Reiki, Shamanism and Medical Intuitive Training. Retreats. 40 years’ experience.

Dr. Rosenfarb is world renowned in the field of holistic eye health. He is passionate about helping people with degenerative eye diseases. Learn of his astounding work in this area—call now to qualify for your free copy of his groundbreaking book, Recover Your Vision. Additional specialties include glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa and diabetic retinopathy. See ad, page 43.


Wellness Center

Lisa’s Thermography & Wellness

eZential Wellness

12-14 E Main St, Suite 8, Somerville 908-642-6256 If you are in a troubled relationship, or dealing with infidelity, or facing possible divorce, you do not need Therapy. You are not mentally ill. You just need guidance and solutions. Relationship Coaching can help you repair these difficult situations, bringing clarity and restoring harmony. Eight years experience helping couples successfully navigate relationship crises. Does not require participation by both partners. See ad, page 23.

Reflexology Christel Haase Reflexology Christel Haase, PhD, Certified Reflexologist Main Street Massage 4 Walter E Foran Blvd, Ste 404 Flemington - 908-788-2748

Foot reflexology applies pressure to reflex points to remove toxins, clear neural pathways and improve internal organ and system functioning. Other benefits: stress/ pain reduction, increased circulation, relief from insomnia, headaches, allergies, PMS and Plantar Fasciitis. Also addresses foot discomfort from injury, tight muscles and ill-fitting footwear. See ad, page 27.

Dr. Andy Rosenfarb, ND, LAc,

Lisa Mack, CCT, HHC

Thermographer and Holistic Counselor See website for locations in NJ and NY 855-667-9338 Thermography gives an early look at the most important indicator of a potential health problem – inflammation. Early stage disease screening is an area in which thermography excels. Whether your pain is acute or chronic, or you are merely curious about the state of your health, thermography can help provide answers. Radiation-free breast and full body screenings for men and women. See ad, page 31.

Eckankar – The Path of Spiritual Freedom 323 Main St, Metuchen 800-870-9139

A truly spiritual way of life for the individual in modern times. Teachings provide a framework and spiritual tools for anyone to explore their own spiritual experiences. Studies of Dreams, Past Lives, Soul Travel.

Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, & Ashtanga Yoga for all levels. Whether you are new to yoga or have been practicing for a while, we see each of you as unique individuals who deserve to feel happy, healthy & welcome! Also offering Mindfulness classes, Reiki certification and Yoga teacher training. See Yoga Profile, page 46.

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“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.” – Margaret J. Wheatley

58 Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition

Seven years without a cold?

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The Holistic Dental Center Working Together with Other Holistic Practitioners to Create a True Holistic Approach to Your Health


team approach to your overall health and it starts at the Holistic they don’t see, I do, and vice versa, seeing dental infections and Dental Center in Millburn, New Jersey, with their highly skilled how they can affect organ systems through meridians or directly and team of trained professionals in holistic and biological dentistry. From utilizing the benefits of networking with a holistic practitioner can and their award winning doctors and their state of the art technology to does make all the difference in patient care…I wouldn’t have it any their use of ozone and self-healing therapies, they are committed other way,” Dr. Gashinsky says about working with other practitioners. to not only treating your dental related symptoms, but also, the root So if you’re looking for an approach that is inclusive of all aspects cause thereby eliminating disease and promoting optimal health. of holistic care, visit Dr. Gashinsky and his team at The Holistic Dental Little did conventional practitioners know so many years ago that Center in Millburn, New Jersey. It’s their priority to ensure complete it took more than just looking at the mouth. A generation ago there holistic care by promoting the benefits of holism. “It’s not just your was a disconnect, a thought that our mouth and teeth had no bearing teeth anymore,” as he says, “It never was,” but now they have the on the health of the rest of our body. Now more and more research ability to not just treat overall disease but truly prevent and promote has been showing that there is a strong connection between dental whole body wellness. disease and systemic health. Dr. Gashinsky, Holistic Dentist, has always known that. A holistic approach to health is multifaceted, so he Other than being a dentist for 40 years, Dr. Vladimir Gashinsky, is a certified nutritional consultant, Accredited by the International Academy has built a network of healthcare practitioners to assist his patients in of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, SMART certified and a Naturopathic obtaining their desired level of optimal wellness. doctor “My passion for learning is never complete, I will continue to Working hand in hand with Naturopaths, Functional Medicine research and learn the latest in alternative treatments and team up practitioners and many others in the field of holistic medicine has with the best in the fields of holistic and alternative medicine to bring expanded Dr. Gashinsky’s ability to help more people. “I find it to be my patients the best treatments available, this I can assure you.” incredibly fulfilling to work synergistically with these practitioners to be able to improve patients’ health so dramatically. Some are coming Holistic Dental Center is located at 91 Millburn Avenue, Millburn, to me so very sick and by working together we’re seeing drastic New Jersey. For more information, call (973) 457-4688 or visit improvements in their quality of life,” says Dr. Gashinsky. Dr. Gashinsky feels strongly in the need to practice in such a manner as to take patients whole health into consideration. So much so, that he traveled to Switzerland this past spring to visit the Paracelsus Clinic and Swiss BioHealth Clinic; two healthcare models that promote the oral-body connection, to study their holistic approach to patient care. Dr. Gashinsky says, “To truly practice holism; the thought that everything is understood in relation to the whole and not just its parts, it’s important to remember that when treating a person it’s not just what one practitioner does, but how they can work together to improve the final outcome.” “Finding and working with like minded practitioners to help my patients has not only been professionally satisfying, but also on a personal level knowing that my patients are being well taken care of,” say Dr. Gashinksy. “Finding and addressing the root cause of disease in all our disciplines is the key to success in our patients’ health. What __________________________________________ A D V E R T O R I A L __________________________________________

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Natural Awakenings Central New Jersey / December 2019  

Cutting edge information for those who embrace the natural, healthy and green living lifestyle for people and pets. This month, join us for...

Natural Awakenings Central New Jersey / December 2019  

Cutting edge information for those who embrace the natural, healthy and green living lifestyle for people and pets. This month, join us for...