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World Peace Diet How What We Eat Creates a More Peaceful World

Eckhart Tolle On Everyday Practical Spirituality

Greening Up the Holidays Fresh Ideas for Planet-Friendly Celebrations

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Like Yin and Yang, giving and receiving are two parts of one whole. In 2007, Deepak Chopra’s book, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, showed me how this dynamic plays out in everyday life. While reading that book, I consciously rotated the seven laws through my mind until they became automatic. The law of Giving and Receiving states the more you give the more you receive. In my experience, this law creates a profound circulation of energy. Beyond packages, I discovered other fun gifts to give, including smiles, complements, time and blessings. In turn, I found I did receive in copious amounts! I received gratitude, shared joy, attention and great opportunities. Overall, this circulation of energy left me with a greater sense of oneness with all those around me, and an empowerment within Self. My husband and I do our best to teach our children this law. We donate toys we no longer play with and clothes that no longer fit. My kids are happy to see others enjoy what they used to have. They have learned that as they give, they “get” happy. December is a month of giving, but we should try to recognize the energy of receiving. When you receive, after all, someone else gets to experience the joy of giving! As you shop for gifts this month, please keep in mind all local business in your community. What a true gift that will be! Happy Hanukah, Kwanza, Bodhi Day and Merry Christmas!

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Marian Wright Edelman said, “A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back – but they are gone. We are it. It is up to us. It is up to you.” Edelman also said, “If you don’t like the way the world is, you have an obligation to change it. Just do it one step at a time.” Muhammad Ali said, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” He refers to the fact that we all share this space, and we have an obligation to each other to chip in and make our collective space a little more habitable for all. Volunteering does not have to be groundbreaking or earthshattering work. The beauty and power it offers rests in the simple nature of its execution, which involves extending a hand towards a fellow human being or the earth to provide help or hope where it did not exist before. Soon after my wife and I married, we volunteered weekly at a shoe charity where impoverished individuals came to collect vouchers to obtain new footwear, be it for work or everyday use. Something as simple and straightforward as struggling to obtain one basic article of clothing instantly gave us pause to consider how those sorts of challenges never occurred to us since we have not ever had to face them in our daily lives. Through volunteering, we came to appreciate fully the standard of life we are accustomed to and at times take for granted. The article on page 24 entitled “Helping Out with Hunger” speaks well to that mental exercise, and by extension, real life experience. The holiday season is always an apt time to take stock of that which really matters in this life. That can be both the family and friends we surround ourselves with, and also the sense of how fortunate those of us are to have the basic survival necessities covered from day to day.

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olumbus studio Yoga on High has incorporated a unique experience into their offerings. Called aerial yoga, this series of classes alternates traditional mat yoga with postures formed in soft fabric hammocks capable of holding more than 2,000 pounds. The hammocks allow participants to shift their movements fluidly while building core strength and discovering new poses. Yoga on High co-owners Jasmine Astra-elle Grace and Michele Vinbury instruct the three course levels: (Flow, Strength and Restore) in group, semi-private and private sessions. Prior yoga experience is helpful but not necessary. The venue for this program is the Yoga on High Teacher Training Institute in the Victorian Village neighborhood, as opposed to the main Yoga on High facility in the Short North neighborhood. Location: 1020 Dennison Ave. For more information or to register, contact 614-291-4444 or visit Classes/Aerial-Yoga. See ad, page 14.

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newsbriefs New Herb Study Group Continuing Education Seminar Offered in Worthington for Forms in Gahanna Licensed Massage Therapists he Ohio Herb


Education Center, situated in Gahanna, the Herb Capital of Ohio, is starting a five-month program in January to explore and educate participants in the historical, botanical, energetic and folkloric uses of many herbs. Each month the group will focus on one herb and learn hands-on techniques for incorporation of culinary, craft and wellness purposes. The cooperative learning environment supplements class learning with online content featuring reference sources, videos, informational guides and an interface with Herb Center staff. Additionally, students are provided with both fresh and dried herbs for experiments, a signature binder for organization of class materials, 10% off all purchases at the Center’s gift shop and discounts on any additional Herb Center classes.

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aula Jurko, a Certified Access Bars® Facilitator, will instruct a one-day course entitled “Access The Bars” on Saturday, December 7, at Peak Brain Performance. Access Bars® classes are approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB); massage therapists and body workers may obtain eight CE credit hours for completing the class. Jurko is owner of Footprints to Wellness, a holistic health and wellness center located in Powell. Cost: $200. Location: 97 E. Wilson Bridge Rd. For more information, call 614-738-0434 or visit

Clintonville Restaurant Provides Drop Location for Monthly E-waste Recycle Drive


eplenish: The Spa Co-Op has moved to the Discovery District area of downtown Columbus. They invite the community to visit them in their new space from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on December 7 to help celebrate their grand re-opening. Local food trucks will be on hand to offer sample tastings, trolley rides will tour the Discovery District, and organic retailers will showcase their products. Sisters Deja (esthetician) and Chanelle (yoga), along with their mother Wauvette (massage), formed Replenish with the intention of offering a space for people to feel “accepted and nurtured, connected to their bodies, empowered and simply beautiful”. Skin and body products are organic and naturally based. Yoga is conducted in personalized private or group sessions. Massage is offered in Swedish, Sport, Deep Tissue and Hot Stone techniques, along with reflexology for the hands and feet.

ozart’s Café will host a regular event to collect electronic waste (“e-waste”), outdated technology and small appliances that need to be recycled. This prevents toxic chemicals from entering landfills and then seeping into the environment by way of the air and groundwater. Co-sponsor Cindy Dunigan, realtor for Dunigan Real Estate Group and e-Merge Real Estate, talks about the way sponsor partnership for the event came about. “Eliah Thomas of Recycle Girl asked me to be a sponsor for her monthly e-waste collections. I immediately jumped on board and said it would be great to find a regular place to hold the event. Anand Saha, owner of Mozart’s, was gracious to offer their parking lot for us to hold the event.” She continues, “I believe awareness breeds action and I want to make it easier for folks to recycle their e-waste. Many of us recycle paper, plastic and glass, and the next step is e-waste.” Collections are the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning December 7. A $10 disposal fee is required for CRT computer monitors and TVs.

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ranklin County Children Services (FCCS) started the Holiday Wish program 50 years ago to make the holiday season brighter for children who have experienced abuse, neglect, or who live in difficult circumstances and surroundings. Over that time, the program has positively influenced over 150,000 children by providing new toys through the facilitation of donations from individuals or groups. Holiday Wish allows donors a choice to sponsor an individual child, make a monetary contribution or donate new toys. Donors opting for the sponsorship are paired with a child the same age as the donor’s own. The donor’s child then shops from a $40 list of toys the sponsor child has preselected. Any monetary contributions are converted to gift cards for youths aged 12 through 18. All donations are tax deductible.



Sprinkle Cinnamon to Avert Alzheimer’s


innamon is known as an excellent antioxidant that improves fasting blood sugar levels and prevents heart disease. Now new research offers yet another benefit and reason to add this potent spice to our daily diet. Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, have confirmed that cinnamon helps protect against Alzheimer’s disease. They found that the cinnamon compounds cinnamaldehyde and epicatechin help stop the formation of “tangles” of tau protein in the brain, hallmarks of the memory-robbing neurodegenerative disease. The study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, says these powerful antioxidants that give cinnamon its potent flavor and scent defend mental function in a unique way. “Take, for example, sunburn, a form of oxidative damage,” explains Roshni Graves, of the university’s Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. “If you wore a hat, you could protect your face and head from oxidation. In a sense, this cinnamaldehyde is like a cap,” protecting against tau proteins. The findings suggest that sufficient cinnamon consumption might stop the progression of Alzheimer’s or even prevent it.

Cocoa Calms Inflammation


ew can say no to a cup of hot cocoa on a cold winter’s night. “Enjoy!” say Penn State researchers. They have found that a little bit of cocoa may be a powerful diet aid in helping to control inflammation and ameliorate related diseases, including diabetes. Numerous current studies link obesity to inflammation in the body. Cocoa, although a common ingredient of chocolate, by itself has low-calorie, low-fat and high-fiber content. The researchers fed laboratory mice the human equivalent of 10 tablespoons of cocoa powder—about four or five cups of hot cocoa—along with a high-fat diet for 10 weeks. The control group ate the same diet without the cocoa. Lead researcher Joshua Lambert, Penn State associate professor of food science, says the study results surprised the team, which did not expect the “dramatic reduction of inflammation and fatty liver disease” associated with obesity. Although the animals lost no weight, the cocoa powder supplement reduced liver triglycerides by 32 percent and plasma insulin levels by 27 percent, indicating it might be a powerful obesity-fighting tool. But there is a catch: Adding sugar, an inflammatory substance in itself, to healthy cocoa will likely neutralize the benefits. Try stevia as a sweetener instead; it’s been used for decades to lower blood sugar. 8

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ranscendental Meditation (TM) has a dramatic healing effect on people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and can also result in lower blood pressure, according to two new studies. TM—a technique to avoid distracting thoughts, decrease stress and promote a state of relaxed awareness— reduced PTSD symptoms in combat veterans by as much as 50 percent in just eight weeks, according to a study from Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C., published in the journal Military Medicine. The veterans also reported decreased depression and improved quality of life, with a greater ability to come back to their civilian lives after returning from duty. Vietnam War vets randomly assigned to TM sessions at a Denver Veterans Center also experienced greater reductions in alcohol usage, insomnia and depression than those in conventional counseling. At the conclusion of a landmark three-month study, 70 percent of the meditating veterans felt they no longer required the services of the center. A separate American Heart Association report on the general U.S. population showed that the practice of TM generally reduced systolic blood pressure in subjects by five points and diastolic by three points, enough to put many of them into normal range. Previous clinical trials have shown that lower blood pressure through TM practice is associated with significantly lower rates of death, heart attack and stroke. TM is usually practiced for 15 to 20 minutes twice a day by sitting comfortably and focusing on an individually selected word or series of words.

Cranberries Support Healthy Circulation


egularly drinking cranberry juice may help control blood pressure, according to new findings presented at the American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure Research 2012 Scientific Sessions. Cranberry juice, the researchers note, is rich in antioxidants—naturally occurring molecules that have been associated with the blood pressure-lowering benefit. U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers discovered a moderate systolic pressure reduction—about three points—for people that drank two eight-ounce glasses of cranberry juice every day for eight weeks. Because of the sugar calories in juice, consider the alternative of a whole-food cranberry supplement.



esearchers have identified a neurological condition called Sympathetic Survival Syndrome (SSS). This condition arises from the constant bombardment of screen time through use of computers, cell phones, video games and television. Similar to the “fight-or-flight” response, a biologically hardwired reaction to stress which increases our heart rate and blood pressure as a precautionary measure after a threat, SSS triggers the body to be in a constant defensive mode. This directly and negatively affects physical and emotional balance, sleep habits and food cravings. Psychologists from Harvard developed a treatment method that channels precise frequencies of light and sound into both hemispheres of the brain to create a delta brain wave pattern, the same pattern achieved in the deepest stages of sleep or meditation. Benefits of the procedure include improved mood, restful sleep, a boost in energy, a reduction in addictive behaviors, and increased stimulation of endorphins and serotonin, the “feel-good” chemicals produced naturally by the body.



iving away money or spending it on others increases the giver’s sense of personal wealth, according to research by Michael Norton, of Harvard Business School, and co-author Elizabeth Dunn, of the University of British Columbia. The latest in a series of studies showed that people that support others, from helping with homework to shoveling a neighbor’s driveway, feel that they had more time in general and that giving time away relieved the sense of “not having enough time,” even more than gaining unexpected free time.

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Button Batteries Imperil Bambinos


utton-type lithium batteries are all around us, powering remote controls, keyless entry devices for cars, flameless candles, watches, greeting cards and other devices. Parents should be aware that these batteries are attractive to small children and if swallowed, can dissolve and cause serious damage to the esophagus in as little as two hours. The National Safety Council reports that the number of children swallowing these batteries quadrupled between 2005 and 2010, to 3,400 cases, yet 62 percent of parents are unaware of the danger. natural awakenings

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globalbriefs News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

Genuinely Greenwashed Six Ploys to Avoid in Eco-Purchases

A report by TerraChoice Environmental Marketing exposes these six “greenwashing” marketing ploys to watch out for when shopping: Hidden Trade Off: A refurbished plasma TV might reduce the need of buying new at first, but new or not, such TVs are energy hogs.

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No Proof: Can a third party verify claims such as “organic” or “all-natural”?

Vagueness: Beware of products claiming to be “chemical-free” or “no hormones added”.

Irrelevance: Claims that have no relationship to the product or might be made with any other product in the same category, such as [chlorofluorocarbon] CFC-free shaving gel. Fibbing: A falsehood that can’t be backed up, such as “certified organic” for products for which no such certification exists.

Lesser of Two Evils: An attempt to put a green twist on a product that’s inherently harmful to humans and the environment, such as organic cigarettes.

Power Walking

Shoe Insert Generates Electricity Two Carnegie Mellon graduates, Matt Stanton and Hahna Alexander, are the founders of SolePower, a company making a shoe insert that stores the power generated by walking and running into a battery that can be instantly accessed via a USB port. Beta testing on the prototype has begun, with release expected next summer. The insert can be paired with any shoe type and feels like a regular, cushy insole, according to Stanton. The battery attaches to the ankle or the top of the shoe, and is charged after 2.5 miles of footsteps with enough power to run an iPhone. Runners needing to power heat-producing mittens in the winter could also benefit. Another application is emergency charging of cell phones and radios during power outages. People in developing nations likewise will have a reliable power source for mobile phones and other essential small electronics. Source: 10

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Standard Returns New Sustainable Currency Geared to Stabilize World Economy

The Terra, an Internet-based trade reference currency (TRC), has been launched as a global complementary form of money to provide an inflationresistant international value standard, stabilize the worldwide business cycle and realign stockholders’ interests with long-term sustainability. From a legal viewpoint, the Terra is standardized “countertrade” (international barter), which is routinely used for more than $1 trillion worth of transactions each year. Countertrade legislation already exists in about 200 countries, including all the major trading nations, so introducing the Terra does not require new intergovernmental agreements. Financial and currency expert Bernard Lietaer, one of the key architects of the European Currency Unit, the convergence mechanism that led to the Euro, posits the Terra as the first time since gold standard days that such a robust, inflation-resistant international base value has been available. He says, “This supranational complementary currency is uniquely designed, unlike national currencies, to provide a stable international mechanism for contractual and payment purposes worldwide. This mechanism would automatically work to reverse the boom and busts of the business cycle and stabilize the economy by providing more cash during downturns and cooling off inflationary pressures in the peak of an upturn.” Perhaps most importantly, it is positioned to resolve the current conflict between short-term financial interest and long-term sustainability. The Terra works in parallel with national currencies. Source:

Intuitive Generosity Spontaneity Sparks Altruism

What makes people put “we” ahead of “me”? To find out, a group of Harvard University researchers enrolled thousands of people to play a “public good” game in which subjects were divided into small groups, given some money and the choice to keep it or contribute it to a common pool that would grow and benefit the entire group. Researchers discovered that those that made their decisions quickly were more likely to contribute to the common good. Taking it a step further, the researchers applied time pressure to the decision-making process. They then found that those faced with making a quick decision most often chose the “we” option, while those that spent more time deliberating ended up giving less money to the group kitty. The Massachusetts research team, which tested thousands of online worldwide participants, concluded that spontaneity and intuition guide people into rapid acts of kindness.

Arctic Rescue

Finland Calls for North Pole Sanctuary The Finnish government has adopted a new Arctic Strategy that calls for a global sanctuary around the North Pole as one of the key demands of the growing Save the Arctic movement, reversing its long-held position of backing corporate interests over the environment. The populace responded strongly to a series of actions taken by Greenpeace against government icebreaker ships aiding corporate oil exploration in order to heighten awareness of the issue. The new Finnish policy reflects a mounting world citizenry’s view that the Arctic deserves protection. Greenpeace points out that companies can wreck the Arctic with little penalty and the current Arctic Council oil spill agreement does nothing to protect the Arctic or impose liability in this the most vulnerable place on Earth. The hope is that the other seven Arctic Council countries will see the light, as well. Sign the petition and pitch in at

Tagging Toxins

Online Database Identifies Safe Products offers a new clearinghouse of information gathered by advocates investigating toxic chemicals in food, baby products, toys, furniture, construction materials and other consumer goods. Families, municipalities, builders and businesses can use it to identify potentially harmful products and find safer alternatives. Hosted by the Workgroup for Safe Markets (WSM), it’s a one-stop shop to provide information for consumers, retailers and manufacturers that are demanding safer products, says Beverley Thorpe, a WSM co-leader and consulting co-director for Clean Production Action. Mia Davis, vice president of health and safety at Beautycounter, who is expecting her first child, sees it as a resource for parents to find a full complement of safe products for their families. “More than ever,” she says, “people understand how important it is to shop with companies they trust and to support businesses working to create truly safe products.”

Historical Remedies offer Modern Holistic Applications


he gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh borne by the three wise men in the New Testament Bible story were used at the time to treat arthritis, tuberculosis, syphilis, toothaches and leprosy. Frankincense and myrrh were luxuries of their day, derived from a gummy sap produced by the indigenous shrubby trees of the Arabian Peninsula. Both were also incorporated into ancient rituals, incense and embalming. Frankincense, after being charred and ground into a power called kohl, was widely used as the black eyeliner we associate with ancient Egyptians. Today, both frankincense and myrrh appear in Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine, as well as in aromatherapy. Several popular natural toothpastes contain myrrh to help maintain gum and tooth health. Frankincense carries anti-inflammatory properties, particularly in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Both are still used in the production of perfumes, but to a lesser extent than in ancient times. For more information locally, contact Trudy Pieper, ND, at 740-616-9949 or visit See ad, page 28.

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

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Escalating Thirst

Endangered Western Tree Habitats A team of scientists at the University of Grenoble, in France, have isolated ultrasonic pops 100 times faster than what a human can hear in slivers of dead pine wood bathed in a hydrogel to simulate the conditions of a living tree. They exposed the gel to an artificially dry environment and listened for the noises that occurred as air bubbles built up, blocking water uptake, similar to what occurs to trees during drought. As leaves on a tree collect carbon dioxide, they open their pores, a process that leaves them particularly vulnerable to water loss. Douglas firs and pine trees can repair this damage as frequently as every hour, says Katherine McCulloh, a plant ecophysiologist at Oregon State University. However, the bubbles are deadly for other species. Today, the typical forest in the often thirsty American West contains an unnaturally high density of 112 to 172 trees per acre. Besides intercepting rain and snow that would otherwise enter the groundwater supply, such an overabundance threatens native species. “Deprived of [the effect of] low-intensity, naturally occurring fires, aspen, lupine, sequoia and fireweed can’t reproduce,” notes Jamie Workman, of the Environmental Defense Fund. “Deer lose edge habitat. Threatened owls and raptors can’t navigate through increasingly dense thickets.” Workman argues that thinning out small trees is the answer. Contributing source:




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First-Aid Kit for Pets

All-Natural Home Health Care by Sandra Murphy


irst-aid is the first thing you can do to help an injured animal if you are prepared,” says Dr. Jason Nicholas, owner of The Preventive Vet, in Portland, Oregon. Attention in cases of injury or sudden illness can help a dog or cat stay more comfortable, stop bleeding and provide temporary relief. A pet first-aid kit can resemble a pantry more than a medicine cabinet. Natural components include: Cool water. Purified water kept in a spray bottle can cool overheated pets. For the fastest results, spray near the pulse points, the “armpits” and where fur is the thinnest. Further, a vet will assess if clinical hydration is needed beyond the water bowl. Saline solution. Versatile saline is available at the vet’s office or any pharmacy, and also easy and inexpensive to make at home. Use it to flush debris from eyes, clean wounds and promote healing from incisions. Two teaspoons of non-iodized salt in four cups of boiled water mimics body fluids. The Ohio State University Medical Center website provides a recipe for normal saline solution at Tinyurl. com/SalineRecipe. Vinegar. It acts as a drying agent, especially for floppy-eared dogs taking a dip in a pool or natural waterway, which can leave the inner ear moist. “Don’t use vinegar if the skin is red or broken

because it will be painful,” says Dr. Jules Benson, vice president of veterinary services at Petplan Pet Insurance, in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. Never use it more than twice a week. Honey. Apply this sweet unguent to gums to help counteract low blood sugar and shock, particularly when a diabetic pet’s insulin levels are off. Maple syrup is a good substitute. Sugar. Although not recommended in a regular pet diet, sugar can be a topical antibacterial for the short term. Sugar draws water from the wound and dehydrates bacteria, supporting growth of new tissue. Plain yogurt. Adding this healthy refrigerated topping to dry food will activate a sluggish appetite and supply needed cultures to help balance the digestive system. Cornstarch. This non-toxic remedy helps stop minor bleeding from cuts, scrapes and pedicure accidents. Calendula. Also known as pot marigold, calendula cream may be used as an anti-inflammatory. Bug bites, scrapes, sunburn and itching from allergies also benefit from its application. Aloe. Easily grown in a garden or pot and available in gel form, aloe sooths burns, prevents blisters and speeds healing. It also serves as canine Chapstick. “Older dogs often have cracked skin on their noses,” notes Benson. “Aloe helps to heal the skin and keeps the dog comfortable.” Rescue Remedy. Illness or injury brings

stress, and one common solution is Rescue Remedy. To relieve fear or anxiety, rub it onto a paw, nose or ears or add the recommended number of drops to water, a treat or food. It helps dogs, cats, horses, birds, fish and even iguanas. Dosage relies on the extent of stress rather than weight or species. Clean cloths. For bee stings or insect bites on the body, cool compresses can reduce swelling and itching. Wet a washcloth with cold water or for larger welts, wrap an ice pack in a towel and apply for a few minutes at a time. For stings on the face or mouth, it’s best to go to the vet’s office immediately, so that airways don’t swell up and hinder breathing. Miscellaneous supplies. Keep on hand gauze, tape, small scissors, tweezers (for removing objects from the roof of the mouth or splinters), a small flashlight, clean socks to cover a bandage and disposable gloves to keep human germs out of open wounds. A dog in pain may bite without realizing it. Nicholas recommends a basket muzzle, so the dog can easily breathe and pant. When a pet eats or drinks nonfood items or foods they shouldn’t, such as chocolate, grapes or onions, head to the local vet. Veterinarian Jeff Levy, in New York City, who is also a certified veterinary acupuncturist, counsels, “Always keep contact information for your vet, an emergency hospital and animal poison control center handy.” Also, find out where emergency services are located when traveling. Pets can go into shock just like humans. To prevent or reduce the impact, keep the animal warm and provide a deep massage of the ears, at the base, where ears meet the head. A couple of drops of lavender oil on a collar or bandana will help everyone relax. Do not put essential oils directly on the pet, especially cats, as it can be toxic. Just like children, pets may have accidents or get sick after office hours. Stay calm, head for the natural pet pantry and then call the family’s holistic veterinarian. Sandra Murphy is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect at

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Worthington Optimal Wellness Wellness as a Way of Life by Susan Post


t Worthington Optimal Wellness, patients can expect an educational and personal approach to wellness. Chiropractor and Founder Dr. Julia Keiser and her team of specialists focus on getting to know each patient to find and solve underlying health issues that can keep a body from functioning optimally. Dr. Keiser started her career in the field of social work, instilled with the drive to help people get the “blocks” out of the way to reach their potential. She developed sciatica after a fall down the stairs and her family doctor prescribed valium for the pain. She did not want to take the prescription because she saw so many clients addicted to the same drug. A series of doctors and medicines later, nothing seemed to help. About eight months after the fall, she turned to chiropractic. Although unfamiliar with the field, she gave it a try at a coworker’s suggestion. Within three weeks of starting treatment, the sciatica was gone. Not only did the treatments relieve those symptoms, another six weeks of care


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cleared up a sinus migraine condition where she had altogether given up on a cure. Dr. Keiser knew chiropractic was another route to help people get the blocks out of the way. “I literally woke up one morning and I said to my husband I have to become a chiropractor,” she says. When her husband questioned if that’s what she wanted, she responded, “I don’t even know if I want to be, I have to be.” Dr. Keiser opened Worthington Optimal Wellness in 1987 as a solo practitioner. “People were sick and there was no place for them to go to put the health picture together,” she says. Expansion started with a physical therapist, then a massage therapist. To figure out the next step, Dr. Keiser looked to her patients. What services did her patients want? What was missing? The answer moved the practice in the direction of overall health. “They come to us looking for answers to wellness,” she says. Patients can work with several different physi-

The practice also offers basic rehabilitation exercises and restorative yoga, but no matter the service, the practitioners at Worthington Optimal Wellness think of themselves as wellness coaches first. cians within the facility. Dr. Keiser also focuses on building a network of holistically-oriented physicians outside of their specialties to ensure patients get needed care. Wellness begins with patients prior to an illness and uses sound practices to keep them well, beyond pharmaceutical solutions. The practice, however, is also committed to meeting patients where they are to identify the root cause of symptoms. “It’s looking at the body as an intelligent organism and trying to help it function optimally versus just covering up the symptom with a medication,” Dr. Keiser says. Worthington Optimal Wellness uses a variety of practices to fine-tune the body: Chiropractic: WOW has three practitioners, each with more than 25 years of experience and specializing in an

brain heal. Research shows that technology is rapidly aging our brains, but that MindFit can help a patient feel relaxed and energized.

array of techniques. Massage: Three massage therapists focus on three different types of massage: trigger point, neuromuscular skeletal and deep tissue. Nutritional Cleanse: A nutritional cleanse can help a patient lose weight, gain energy, get better sleep and sharpen their mind. This cellular cleanse lasts for 30 days. Bax-Aura Allergy System: This system identifies over 400,000 different possible allergens. Then, using lasers on acupuncture points, it re-programs the nervous and immune systems to identify a specific allergen as not dangerous. Smoking Cessation Program: This three-session treatment using the Bax-Aura technology has seen a 100 percent success rate. The program focuses not only on the biochemical level, but on emotional and habitual actions as well. Acupuncture: WOW uses acupuncture to treat a variety of different ailments, including menopausal symptoms and chronic joint or post-surgical pain. MindFit: The MindFit system uses light and sound frequencies to help the

The practice also offers basic rehabilitation exercises and restorative yoga, but no matter the service, the practitioners at Worthington Optimal Wellness think of themselves as wellness coaches first. Education plays a pivotal role in every visit. With an overwhelming amount of information available about different treatments, practitioners can help patients identify what practice will work best for them. “A lot of us know what we need to do, but it is helpful to have a coach,” Dr. Keiser says. Patients frequently note the educational benefits, saying they love coming back because they always learn something new. For more information, call 614-8485211 or visit See ad, page 12. Susan Post is a freelance writer and editor based in Columbus. She enjoys writing about her city and the people and places that make it special. Contact her at

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‘Tis the Season to Be Wise A Prime Time to Rejuvenate and Birth Creativity by Lane Vail

versity of Pittsburg. Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), like Freda, view decreased energy in nature’s wintertime as a reflection of the season’s energy. In this philosophy, rising (yang) and falling (yin) energies cycle as the seasons turn. Winter is governed by quiet, slow, introspective and creative yin energy. As winter yields to spring, the bright, fast, expansive and extroverted yang energy gains momentum to peak in summer. “Nature expresses universal energies in a big way,” says research psychologist and mind-body medicine expert Joseph Cardillo, Ph.D., author of The Five Seasons. Who can ignore a blossoming spring or an abundant autumn? “Those same energetic cycles,” says Cardillo, “are mirrored in the microcosmic human body and human experience.”

Chill Out


or California acupuncturist Daniela Freda, counseling patients that grapple with low energy during winter is routine. “They’re often concerned something is wrong, since our society expects us to feel the same way year-round,” says Freda, who maintains a private practice in San Francisco. “But in fact,” she adds, “everything is right.” According to a study published


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in Psychiatry Research, only 4 to 6 percent of Americans suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), characterized by a predictable seasonal pattern of major depressive or bipolar disorder. For the vast majority of the population, a slight seasonal variance in mood and behavior is normal, confirms Kathryn Roecklein, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and prominent SAD researcher at Pennsylvania’s Uni-

Although the December 21 winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year, temperatures in most of the U.S. continue to fall through February. Cardillo advises embracing winter’s chill because it diverts our attention from daily activities so that we pause to consider what’s important. “The effect is similar to splashing cold water on our face,” he remarks. As the cold draws animals into hibernation and plants into dormancy,

Spring is a time for new beginnings, summer a time for growth, autumn for gathering abundance and winter for introspection. ~Joseph Cardillo

it also beckons us to enjoy extra sleep, notes Freda, as we follow the sun’s path: Earlier to bed; later to rise. She encourages her clients to incorporate restorative activities into daily routines. “Intentionally set aside time to connect with the breath and quiet the mind,” she counsels. Try gentle yoga or t’ai chi, listen to relaxing music, curl up with a cozy book or take nature walks, flush with fresh sensory experiences. Cardillo explains that slowing down naturally creates space for the contemplative and creative qualities of yin energy to rise. Meditating, visualizing and journaling promote access to one’s inner wisdom. “Winter is a perfect time to examine the myriad ideas you’ve dreamt up and assemble them into a new you,” says Cardillo. “Now you are prepared to use the robust energy of spring to scatter those ideas abroad.”

Find Balance

Freda points out that within the strong yin energy of winter, “There are yang moments, celebratory moments, to keep us going.” An imbalance can occur when the slowness of winter is completely counteracted by too much high-energy socializing, working or rushing through the day. “An excess of yang during the winter,” counsels Freda, “rather than a glimpse of it, can deplete us,” contributing to stress, fatigue and depression. Conversely, for those with an already predominantly yin personality (quiet, introverted, low energy) that overindulge in the yin energy of winter, an attempt at restoration and quietude can lead to lethargy and isolation. “I see this clinically,” says Freda. “Instead of embracing a little extra rest and relaxation, some people become exhausted and lose their motivation altogether. They become stuck in the yin.” Cardillo recommends that such individuals engage in mood-brightening outdoor activities to help restore balance. Roecklein agrees, noting that SAD sufferers undergoing cognitive behavioral therapy (which emphasizes positive thinking and beneficial behaviors) likewise are encouraged to participate in physical and social activities that bring joy and meaning.

Rituals Reverse Winter’s Blues Unpleasant winter memories can affect one’s emotional experience of the season every year like clockwork, says Dr. John Sharp, a physician, psychiatrist and author of The Emotional Calendar. Fortunately, it is possible to take a personal inventory, be aware of such behaviors, innovate on traditions and create a new experience. Holistic Psychologist Joseph Cardillo goes further, suggesting that we create a “personal prescription” to mindfully manage difficult emotions during wintertime. He encourages activating the senses and combining two or more sensory experiences to amplify the effectiveness. Appealing options include: n Light scented candles or diffuse

essential oils (citrus brightens; lavender soothes) n Invite bright colors into living

spaces (reds excite; greens, blues and whites calm) n Nourish the palate with winter

vegetable stews n Create a playlist of soothing nature

sounds or uplifting music n Warm up near a cheery fire after

spending time in the frosty outdoors

Lane Vail is a freelance writer in South Carolina. Connect at

Reflect on Water

In TCM, the element of water, symbolizing focus and purity, is closely associated with winter. Highly adaptable, water can be solid, liquid or formless vapor; it can flow over, under, around or through obstacles with ease; and it can be still and contained. Contemplating the power of water in any of its forms can help synchronize one’s consciousness with the season’s gifts. “When your mind is unstuck and flowing like water, your dreams start becoming real to you, simply because you’re in the flow, the present moment,” observes Cardillo, who also authored Be Like Water. He suggests looking to water for guidance in creating solutions, sharpening focus or moving effortlessly on to the next step.

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.

~Calvin Coolidge

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It’s All About We Conscious Evolution: Why We’re Better Together by Linda Sechrist


fter decades of studying issues of environmental destruction, poverty and war, Malcolm Hollick, Ph.D., author of The Science of Oneness: A New Worldview for the Twenty-First Century, concluded in 2006 that a better future for humanity requires a more holistic worldview. It must be one that reflects the evidence of both new sciences and established spiritual traditions, all of which point to a deep unity, or Oneness, the grand reality underlying and often belying the superficial testimony of the senses. Hollick concluded, “We become open to the experience of this unity only when we recognize at the deepest intuitive level that we do not exist as separate selves.” The founder of the Findhorn College Foundation, in


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Scotland, recognized that while the old worldview has disintegrated, the concrete of a new one has not yet set. He also observed how the acceleration of scientific findings—advancing knowledge and understanding of the universe, as well as the meaning and purpose of life—would continue to influence the general worldview. Within a decade, of the publication of his book, hard scientific evidence across many disciplines— particularly physics and biology—as well as pioneering ideas and anecdotal evidence presented by leading philosophers and authors, affirmed the existence of a reality in which everything is connected and linked in a coherent whole. Such thinking further revealed

that evolution has equipped humans with genetic wiring for co-creation, cooperation and collaboration. Martin A. Nowak, a professor of biology and mathematics at Harvard University and co-author of Super Cooperators: Altruism, Evolution, and Why We Need Each Other to Succeed, explains that most great innovations of life have resulted not from competition, but cooperation, the real “master architect” of evolution. Nowak believes that figuring out how cooperation comes about and breaks down is the key to human survival as a species. Books such as The Bond: Connecting Through the Space Between Us, by Lynne McTaggart, a scientific researcher and award-winning journalist, and The Golden Motorcycle Gang: A Story of Transformation, co-authored by motivational speaker Jack Canfield, are helping individuals to see through the illusions of the old “survival of the fittest” and “I win, you lose” paradigms into one expressed in terms of connectedness and relationships. This new “Me-We” thinking and way of being has been spreading; it now informs everything from enlight-

ened environmental stewardship to economics, as well as health and spiritual well-being.

How Community Works

Canfield emphasizes the valuable lesson of collaboration and cooperation he learned while working for W. Clement Stone, a philanthropist and self-help author: When working together, focus on overlapping goals and interests, and not on differences. In Chicago, Illinois, where the Eat Fresh Eat Local movement sparks successful collaborations, the focus is on food, rather than issues of race, sex or economic disparity. There, hundreds of people are growing food together in communal spaces on city-owned land, privately owned empty lots and rooftops, as well as in school gardens, food forests and urban farm sites. “Self-reliant, community-operated urban farms and the food centers that retail the produce to residents in surrounding neighborhoods—some in the city’s most isolated and impoverished communities—are economic drivers that create jobs,” says Erika Allen, projects manager of Chicago’s Growing Power office. The daughter of national organization founder Will Allen notes that local workshops resemble a crosssection of the world. “Participants from different countries, cultures and economic levels come together for three meals a day, where we connect, share perspectives and learn from one another.” Another successful initiative, Building a Healthier Chicago (BHC), brings together the Chicago Department of Public Health, the Office of the Regional Health Administrator of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Chicago Medical Society and the Institute of Medicine of Chicago. The BHC agribusiness project develops and maintains a system of more accessible food supply, distribution and markets where people live, work, play, pray and learn. Neighbors in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, organized park cleanups with the long-range goal of replacing crime and litter with learning. Now, Riverside Park, once an area of urban blight, has both a college-level field research station and grade school outdoor classroom, offering innova-

“The transformation of our society, world and universe starts and ends with the transformation of ourselves… and in this way to co-create with others and Spirit a person, a community, a civilization, a planet and a cosmos that are whole and harmonious.” ~ Malcolm Hollick

tive school, adult and community programs operated by the Urban Ecology Center (UEC). Programs serve 44 schools and have spawned two branches in Washington Park and Menomonee Valley to serve residents in those areas. The UEC’s latest project, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Milwaukee, the River Revitalization Foundation, Milwaukee County Parks, private businesses and local landowners, is an arboretum that will protect and restore 40 acres of land for native species and wildlife habitat along the Milwaukee River. “With the creation of the Milwaukee Rotary Centennial Arboretum, southeastern Wisconsin has a new, biologically diverse space for growing future environmental stewards,” says UEC Executive Director Ken Leinbach. He particularly likes creating spaces and resources that give people that wouldn’t normally connect a place to bump into one another.

book EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want. As a result, the pair embraced the need to shift their view of the world away from looming negatives to focus on creating positive connections and meaningful relationships that recognize life’s interdependence and fuel constructive change. After more research, the duo built a simple website named Convenient and created a blog before commencing a coast-to-coast, 100-day, solutions-oriented journey last summer. They posted nearly 30 “webisodes” of heartfelt interactions with individuals and organizations with stories to tell, like the group at 2100 Lakeside Emergency Men’s Shelter, in Cleveland, Ohio, that is using small-scale, practical and cost-effective solutions to lessen their impact on the environment. “The personal stories we heard affirm what we learned from Frances—that it’s possible to locally solve global problems together,” advise the sojourners, who travel in a grease-powered car. “Learn to think beyond negative thought traps that engender fear,” advises Lappé. “Thinking, ‘There isn’t enough to go around, so I have to grab what I can now,’ for instance, focuses on separateness and lack, which is precisely what got us into the state we are in.”

Starting Within

A big-picture, more-whole-systems perspective forms naturally when individuals come together to explore the power of building intentional coherence. The Art of Hosting (and convening conversations that matter), World Café, Vistar Method for Circles and OpenSpace collaborations leverage technology for the practice of mindfulness to foster deeper connections, authentic conversations and outside-theExpanding Worldview box ideas, all contributing to a more enlightened collective intelligence. College settings are similarly in One’s own new world perspectended to encourage stimulating and tive can even emerge as a result of expansive dialogue among diverse a dark night of the soul, as Patricia populations. At Mount Holyoke ColAriadne, Ph.D., author of Drinking the lege, in South Hadley, Massachusetts, Dragon, has observed with clients that recent environmental study grads have undergone a personal metamorDana Rubin and Hannah Blackmer phosis as a result of the economic met Frances Moore Lappé when she downturn. “Often, the entire process visited to share the message of her natural awakenings December 2013 19

of transformation indicates a spiritual initiation—a renewal or rebirth—that acts as an induction into a level of expanded consciousness and new relationship with Spirit,” remarks Ariadne. “True spiritual progress inevitably leads to a desire to be of greater service to others, to go from ‘Me to We,’ which I believe is our mandate for the 21st century.” Living mindfully can literally change our brains, states Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., in the introduction to A Mindful Nation, by Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan, which reports on the supporting science. “Mindfulness… can improve our capacity for perspective taking and decision making, and enhance our emotional intelligence and our ability to act with clarity and wisdom, alone and in concert with others.” Kabat-Zinn is the founding director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, in Worcester. “A peaceful revolution is being led by ordinary citizens across our nation,” confirms Ryan. “At the core of it is mindfulness—finding ways to slow the mind, pay attention to the present moment and see how you are connected to others and can work in a spirit of cooperation with get things done.” The inner impulse to recognize the deeper unity of all life and sense the reality of Oneness is bubbling up within individuals, small groups and organizations, and finding expression in writings and teachings, according to Barbara Marx Hubbard, author of Birth 2012 and Beyond: Human-

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ity’s Great Shift to the Age of Conscious Evolution. Individuals that feel compelled to join with others in expanding their consciousness to help foster systemic change and a culture of a higher order are invited to find a compatible group. Hubbard offers webcast training for Agents of Conscious Evolution (ACE), now 3,000 members strong; Craig Hamilton, founder of Integral Enlightenment, provides an online telecourse called Awakening to an Evolutionary Relationship to Life. “Evolutionaries sense that we are facing a critical moment in the unfolding of our human story and feel called to create pathways to a better future,” says Hamilton. He notes that the 35,000 participants in his most recent introduction to his webcast were interested in where they could find a supportive community of kindred spirits committed to living life on the same level. He states, “We instinctively know that we can accomplish more together.” A partnership with The Shift Network, which empowers a global movement of those intent on creating an evolutionary shift in consciousness, has enabled Hubbard, a featured sage in the documentary Awaken Soul to Soul, and her ACEs to launch a global initiative to mark the inauguration of a sustainable planetary civilization on December 22. Thousands of individuals are now working in collective hubs across the United States to prepare for the Planetary Birth Day celebration. An initial concern for many individuals seeking to experience Oneness is, “What happens to my identity?” Christopher M. Bache, Ph.D., professor emeritus in the department of philosophy and religious studies at Youngstown State University, in Ohio, reassures us that within the matrix of connectivity, individuality is not suffocated, but paradoxically liberated into deeper forms of self-expression. “While opening to the collective fields that surround us melts the boundaries of the private ego, bringing about the ‘death of self’ noted in spiritual literature, as the ego dies, a deeper form of individuality is born—not an isolated individuality, but one that thrives in subtle giveand-take,” explains the author of The Living Classroom: Teaching and Collective Consciousness. While the idea of a future in which American and other cultures reflect oneness can seem distant and idealistic, it is already present in South Africa’s Xhosa community in the form of Ubuntu, a worldview which means, “I am what I am because of who we all are.” According to South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, Ubuntu iterates the essence of being human and speaks to the fact that it’s impossible to exist as human beings in isolation. We are people through other people. “We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected, and what you do affects the whole world,” he observes. “When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. For more information and in-depth interviews on It’s All About We, visit


but not activated. Buy a live tree to later plant or recycle, Seo suggests. This supports regional Christmas tree farmers while retaining the integrity of local forests. Many communities offer recycling of holiday trees to provide mulch or habitat for aquatic life in local lakes.

Keeping the Feast

Greening Up the Holidays

Fresh Ideas for Planet-Friendly Celebrations


by Claire O’Neil

hroughout the year, Santa’s good girls and boys of all ages make every effort to buy only what’s needed, plus recycle, reuse and repurpose. Then the holidays hit and discipline often gives way to indulgences. The season seems consumed by up-tempo decorating, feasting, shopping, gift-giving and merrymaking at any cost. Yet, creative green living experts show us how easy it is to tweak time-honored family traditions to align with the green way we wish to live and feel even more satisfied with festivities.

Decking the Halls

For Danny Seo, author of Upcycling Celebrations: A UseWhat-You-Have Guide to Decorating, Gift-Giving & Entertaining, “Upcycling is basically a form of recycling that elevates something to a better level than before.” Based in New York City and Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Seo always has an eye out for green possibilities. “Opt for vintage pieces and re-imagine them in new and interesting ways,” he advises. For example, he likes to upcycle a vintage glass cake stand with a collection of bright ornaments for a unique holiday focal point. Michele Johansen, a lifestyle writer in Bellevue, Washington, suggests bringing in the outdoors. Instead of decorating the tree with tinsel and the home with plastic faux greenery, she suggests stringing popcorn and cranberries on the tree and decking the halls with fresh wreaths and garlands accented with boughs of holly. “Local nurseries are good sources for holiday décor that you can later mulch or put in yard waste bins,” she says. “The smells are much more authentic and festive.” Save energy by using LED lights whenever possible, suggests Sheryl Eisenberg, a writer for the National Resources Defense Council. Plug lights and electronics into a power strip, and then unplug it when not in use to save “ghost” energy pulled by electronics that are plugged in,

Organize a cookie exchange to get together and save time and energy on holiday baking, suggests Sara Novak, a food policy and health writer at, from Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina. Generally, a hostess asks guests to bring several dozen of their favorite cookies. Once gathered, attendees share the treats and recipes, taking home several of each variety. To “green it up”, Novak recommends emailing the recipes rather than printing them, encouraging invitees to use fresh and local ingredients and bring favorite reusable containers from home, like a colorful, time-honored cookie tin. For the holiday table, mix and match settings of plates, glasses, linens and cutlery. “Use the real thing,” Eisenberg recommends, “and recruit guests to help wash up afterwards.” She recalls that while growing up, her mother supplemented her silverware with grandmother’s for large holiday dinners. Save your own energy—and sanity—by asking family and friends to bring an appetizer, side dish or dessert. The hostess can assign a dish and corresponding recipe or use a potluck approach, says Eisenberg. Leftovers go home in non-plastic, reusable containers.

Gift Giving

Many families enjoy giving traditional gifts to children at certain ages, like dollhouses or train sets. Re-imagine these and, when possible, buy local to save energy and support area businesses, suggests Eisenberg. Cintia Gonzalez, an Australian mom, crafted a dollhouse from an old suitcase, inventively using black chalkboard paint for the exterior, wooden shelves as floors and fast food ketchup cups as lampshades ( UpcycleDollhouse). Another mom transformed a discarded coffee table into a painted train table for her boys. Upcycle paint chip cards into colorful gift tags, suggests Seo. Plus, use gift wraps that become part of the gift itself, such as placemats swaddling a bottle of wine, fabric to encase quilting supplies or sheet music enveloping concert tickets. As a general rule, “Give experiences, not gifts,” counsels Eisenberg. “Giving loved ones experiences reduces wrapping paper, ribbon and packaging and is an easy way to be a bit more personal over the holidays. Your teenage niece may love a spa day, complete with hair styling, while your favorite aunt and uncle may be thrilled to attend a local wine tasting. If you think a young child can tolerate a few less presents in exchange for a pass to an ice show or dance class, go for it.” “It’s the holiday experience that counts,” counsels Seo. “It’s what makes memories.” Claire O’Neil is a freelance writer from Kansas City, MO. natural awakenings December 2013 21


Holiday Fitness Survival Guide

Exercises to De-Stress the Holidays by Sarah Todd


iven family hopes and often unrealistic expectations that everything will go perfectly, holiday gatherings can sometimes be a recipe for untoward stress. One of the best ways to keep potential ’tisthe-season tensions under control is to carve out some time for exercise, a move supported by research findings at Princeton University. Other experts suggest that from practicing a favorite Eastern modality to taking a natural spin around the neighborhood, we all have instant access to foolproof tactics for staying relaxed, healthy and more even-keeled among kin this winter. To mend nerves frayed by debates at the dinner table, slip into a nearby bedroom for a calming yoga workout. Yoga’s emphasis on controlled breathing makes it ideal for treating family dynamics straight out of Silver Linings Playbook. The Mayo Clinic reports that deep breathing increases the flow of oxygen into the bloodstream, easing headaches, muscular tension and chest tightness. Yogic breathing patterns also are shown to lower resting heart rates, which helps practitioners stay composed in the


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face of any intra-family disagreements or other stressors. For a quick, relaxing yoga routine, begin with a few breathing exercises before moving into a sun salutation—a sequence of full-body poses, or asanas, performed in a smooth, continuous flow. Begin standing, palms pressed together in the tadasana, or mountain, pose. Then move through a series of motions that sweep the arms over the head, expanding the chest, before dipping into downward dog and plank poses, which help increase flexibility and strength. End lying down in the shavasana, or resting, pose with eyes closed and let the quiet settle in. Resistance-training exercises are another option. Release pent up tension by pushing against a wall. Stand about three feet away, lean in and push. Position feet at an angle so that a straight body line forms the hypotenuse of a triangle with the wall and floor. This activity drains the limbs of tightness and stretches out hamstrings and calf muscles, enabling

us to walk away feeling light and limber. While some people can happily greet and maintain cheerfulness throughout holiday family times, others may feel a bit anxious. For a sure-fire endorphin boost, try a cardiovascular workout like running, which German researchers published in Cerebral Cortex confirm produces a flood of euphoria on cue. A quick jog or spirited walk outside helps elevate mood while strengthening the immune system, helping to keep feelings of melancholy at bay. Before heading for the door, those stretching their legs outside in colder climates need to dress as if it’s 20 degrees warmer than the thermometer reads. This helps prevent the body from overheating, especially after being sedentary for an extended period. To get the blood flowing beforehand, do some simple stretching or take a few trips up and down the stairs. Exercisers that prefer to stay sheltered from wintry weather entirely have a solid alternative; an indoor cardiovascular workout can mimic jogging’s mood-lifting effects. Try alternating 12 reps of jumping jacks, lunges, squats and crunches to get the heart pumping. Consider a second series for a higher intensity workout. All of it will give muscles that often go slack during holiday loafing a chance to flex. Because these moves don’t require any equipment, such electives are as portable as a travel hair dryer during holiday visits anywhere. After one or more of these solo workouts, many revelers may be ready to up the ante on family togetherness. For a healthy dose of quality time, round up the gang and enlist them in a high-energy outdoor activity like hiking, sledding or even Ultimate Frisbee. Participating in friendly family competition is healthy fun and gives everyone something else to talk about later. Sarah Todd is a freelance writer in Brooklyn, NY. Connect at Sarah

Awakening the Evolution of Beauty by Deja Redman


e are so different and individual that when we place the beauty of the world in a box it stunts our growth. Beauty is so vast. It takes many shapes colors and forms. It is found in healthy conversation and in everyday life. Beauty is not concrete but fluid and flexible. Beauty is not meant to be perfect but meant to be whole. How do we awaken ourselves to going back to our beginnings, our birthright, to be beautiful and to live beautiful lives? We wake up everyday and before we even say, “Good Morning”, we instead choose to criticize ourselves before we begin our day. Why is this? It is in the hustle and bustle of everyday life that makes it hard to have a positive outlook on what we see. We are buried alive in all the daily tasks and stressors that life brings our way and our personal beauty is somewhere buried underneath it. When we look in the mirror it is our thoughts that shape our opinions of what we see. Think about this: No one is talking to you in the mirror. It is simply the reflection of what you think. And your thoughts can be reformed. The bottom line is this: People who are more joyful are more attractive. That is a new phenomenon. Or is it an old one? Like a newborn baby naturally offering joy and putting smiles on people’s faces. We have forgotten this in ourselves. So perhaps being beautiful is not so far-fetched anymore. It is simply remembering our beginning; the first breath of life, the first loud cry to the world and the first smile on your mother’s face. It is time we awaken and accept who we are – and that is perfectly imperfect. When we do this, we begin to emerge into our own authentic beauty. We no longer have

to accept mainstream ideas and images of what beauty looks like. We evolve to a higher consciousness and feel empowered as human beings. From the moles, the scars, the life experience that shows up on our faces this is all part of our own personal story, and that’s beautiful, isn’t it? When we choose to take care of ourselves, understand ourselves and heal ourselves, we become rooted in our life and unbreakable. The creative process of life allows us to choose to decorate our lives with color, inspiration and positive people. This is how we keep beauty transforming so that we are able to evolve into our most beautiful self. The fact of the matter is this awakened process is as it should be. It is accepting our individual path that allows us to keep moving forward, discovering beautiful treasures along the way and never ever forgetting our beginning (the most precious point of our existence). So the mirror now becomes our friend and our days begin brighter as we find courage to forge forward. I am who I am and I love who I am. I am learning to let go and to embrace what the universe has to offer me. I am rooted in my personal truth and I am empowered by my spirit I practice patience and self love. I am Beauty. Deja Redman is the co-owner of replenish: the spa co-op, located in the Discovery District of downtown Columbus. Visit See ad, page 35.


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Helping Out With Hunger by Felicia Brower


t is not often that the CEO of a major company makes an effort to see what it is like to walk a mile in the shoes of someone less fortunate. Ron Shaich, founder and CEO of Panera Bread and president of the Panera Bread Foundation, recently participated in a seven-day SNAP Challenge. The challenge consisted of living on a food and beverage budget of $4.50 a day – the average amount of benefits available to recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Formerly known as food stamps, SNAP provides financial assistance to millions of low-income individuals and families. SNAP benefits can be used to buy food such as breads and cereals, fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, poultry, dairy products, and plants that produce edible food for the household.


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According to a 2010 survey conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture, 49 percent of all participant households have children (17 or younger), 55 percent are single-parent households, 15 percent of all participant households have elderly (age 60 or over) members 20 percent of all participant households have non-elderly disabled members. The people reliant on SNAP depend on these benefits to supplement food purchases and, ultimately, ensure their survival. When Shaich first embarked on the SNAP Challenge, he thought he understood the scope of the hunger problem. Throughout his life, he has met thousands of people who struggle to feed themselves and their families and has worked closely with nonprofit organizations trying to find new ways to end hunger. He quickly learned, however, that it is nearly impossible to understand fully what it is like to be hungry by simply observing someone else’s unfortunate circumstances. During the challenge, he had to focus on food in a way that he had never imagined. He was always aware of how much food remained in the fridge and how much money he had left to spend. Millions of Americans face this dilemma every day and live in fear that eating until they are full one day will mean being unable to eat the next. Central Ohio is unfortunately not exempt from the hunger problem. A 2010 study conducted by Mid-Ohio Foodbank produced alarming statistic showing that hunger is a major issue in Central Ohio: 35 percent of those served by Mid-Ohio Foodbank agencies are children under 18 years of age 76 percent of adult participants under age 65 are currently unemployed The Mid-Ohio Foodbank supplies food to more than 550 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, after school programs and senior housing sites in 20 counties in central and eastern Ohio. To help people understand how widespread poverty and hunger really are, they occasionally hold “Poverty Simulations,” a smaller, local version of

the SNAP challenge that provides attendees with a crash course in how poverty affects daily lives. This program helps people understand what life is like with a shortage of money and no shortage of responsibilities. The Poverty Simulation is a unique, interactive experience for large groups aiming to sensitize participants to the life faced by a person in poverty. Most importantly, they hope it will encourage people to give their time and donations to help make a difference. Dustin Speakman, a facilitator of the Poverty Simulation, believes that the simulations open the eyes of participants. “Having come from generational Appalachia poverty, I was very skeptical going into this. I thought there was no way that the horrors of poverty could be recreated in an hour, but I was wrong. The simulation, if facilitated properly and if participants really take on their role, is extremely powerful”. Speakman and other facilitators hope that participants are inspired to take action in their communities to help make life just a little bit better for those less fortunate. Participants of the simulation come from a variety of groups, including schools and universities, state agencies, national service members, leadership groups, churches and community action agencies. Every person comes into the simulation with different assumptions about what it means to be poor and learns how frustrating and difficult it can be simply to stay afloat. Gale Gray, Outreach Coordinator for the Columbus Community Relations Commission, conducts Simulations and points out, “People generally don’t take a look at economic standing when discussing diversity and equality.” Jen Odenweller, the Executive Director for the United Way of Knox County, experienced the Simulation. “Living in simulated poverty opens eyes, creates dialogue and softens hearts to the harsh realities that so many of our community members face every single day,” says Odenweller. Volunteering and donating goods are excellent ways to help those in need in the community. During the holiday

season it is especially important to give back to those who have less. For more information on how to get involved with the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, visit Felicia Brower is a freelance writer based in Columbus. Connect at or email

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in this lifetime. This is exactly the point that Tolle, one of the world’s most well-known spiritual teachers and authors, rebuffed during a talk earlier this year at California’s Stanford University. “Some people awaken spiritually without ever coming into contact with any meditation technique or any spiritual teaching,” he said. “They may awaken simply because they can’t stand the suffering anymore.” He went on to cite examples of those that have either been told they have a short time to live or have been

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o listen to Eckhart Tolle is to be reminded that anything is possible— for anyone. We’re not talking about living a life of leisure, filled with expensive cars, beach homes and extravagant vacations, but an experience brimming with the kind of spiritual insights that make this life not only worth living, but decidedly more fulfilling. The problem is that when people hear the words “spiritual insight”, there’s often an assumption that it’s about something too ethereal to be practical or too elusive to be achieved

given an exceptionally long prison sentence. In both cases, any thought of a future has been effectively dashed, forcing these individuals into what Tolle describes as an intense awareness that there is only the present moment, with no more future to escape into mentally. The result is a lot less suffering. “That is the real spiritual awakening, when something emerges from within you that is deeper than who you thought you were,” says Tolle. “So, the person is still there, but one could almost say that something more powerful shines through the person.” The good news, according to Tolle, is that in order to experience this awakening, “You don’t have to wait for the diagnosis by the doctor or to be put in prison… nor do you have to do 30,000 hours of meditation or live in an ashram for 20 years. Once you get a glimpse of it, you can invite it into your daily life.” For a growing number of people, it’s this understanding of the always present “spiritual you” shining through that has led to significant improvements in their lives, not the least of which is better health. This would seem to indicate that these kinds of spiritual insights aren’t the least bit ethereal or elusive, but decidedly practical. “Spirituality and religion belong in the healing paradigm,” writes Airdre Grant, Ph.D., of Australia’s Southern Cross University, in a study pub-

Spiritual insights aren’t the least bit ethereal or elusive, but decidedly practical. lished in the Journal of the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society. “They are determinants of health and they are factors in recovery, well-being and longevity.” So where do these insights come from? Is it simply a matter of wishful thinking? Or is it perhaps something more reliable, more effective than that? “Jesus said, ‘The kingdom of heaven is within you,’” observes Tolle, implying that this health-inducing understanding may be a lot closer than we thought. “I think if he lived nowadays, instead of ‘kingdom’, he would have said, ‘dimension’. And ‘heaven’ refers to a sense of vastness or spaciousness. So if we retranslate the words of Jesus into modern terms, [it would be] ‘the dimension of spaciousness is within you.’” “And then Jesus said—when they asked him, ‘Where is the kingdom of heaven and when is it going to come?’— he said, ‘The kingdom of heaven does not come with signs to be perceived. You cannot say, ah, it’s over there or look, it’s over there, for I tell you the kingdom of heaven is within you.’” How comforting it is to be reminded that the proverbial “kingdom of heaven” we’ve been hearing about for at least two millennia—this “dimension of spaciousness”, or what might be characterized as the understanding of our true spiritual identity—is “within you.” It’s within us all, here and now. All that remains is the willingness— and the humility—to put this insight into practice.

ecotip Family Games Generate Goodwill All Year Fun family games based on cards, trivia and charades are quintessential holiday activities. Now a new generation of games adds fresh dimensions of interest and goodwill. Online games—some are free—extend good tidings to people around the world, as well as our environment. Santa is thrilled. Eco games galore: From determining our family’s carbon footprint to making ethical decisions as a business leader or learning how to help child populations vulnerable to pneumonia, is a gateway to enriching experiences. More than 20 entertaining websites employ informative, eco-related calculations, games and quizzes. Assist African farmers: Heighten awareness and empathy by experiencing on a virtual basis the immense challenges of life on an African farm, including dealing with disease, drought, a lack of resources and war, at 3rdWorldFarmer. com/About.html. Free trials are available, plus links to international nonprofit organizations and relief groups. Become a citizen scientist: At, players travel back in time to investigate how a lake became polluted and what can be done today to protect our waterways. Developed by the National Science Foundation, in partnership with the University of Wisconsin, it illustrates business, lifestyle and social factors that can harm the environment. Learn and feed: allows players to automatically help feed hungry people with rice donations through the United Nations World Food Program. Players select from specific subjects: art, chemistry, geography, English, other languages and math. Each correct answer donates 10 grains of rice as participants watch the contents of a virtual bowl gradually fill. Tabletop games: Bioviva (, Destruct 3 (, ReThink: The Eco Design Game (, Xeko ( and Endango (search are all new takes on the traditional pastime of board games. Some are made of recycled materials, to boot.

Eric Nelson is a Christian Science healing practitioner from Los Altos, CA, whose articles on the link between spiritual consciousness and health appear regularly in national online publications. Connect at natural awakenings

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cohol is a popular ingredient, but it is likely to dry out the skin. Look at the ingredients list or check the product on The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database ( to see if there are potentially harmful ingredients. Creating custom, natural products using household items is another option for dry skin relief. There is a plethora of face and body mask recipes online that will keep dry skin at bay. Scrubs also help keep skin smooth by removing troublesome dead skin. Several can be made with a simple combination of sugar, salt and essential oils. When applied with small circular motions, the dead layer is removed, leaving skin soft and rejuvenated. The following natural products are good for retaining moisture and keeping skin feeling supple: Organic honey – local, organic honey works wonders on dry skin and chapped lips.

skin. LUSH has a wonderful all natural product that is great for dry skin, dry patches and other winter ailments. Ultra Balm is a moisturizing, all-purpose balm made with plant waxes. It contains no petroleum jelly and no mineral oils - just natural, healing goodness. Andalou Naturals boasts products that are made by combining natural, organic and fair-trade ingredients with fruit stem cell science. Their Lavender Shea Firming Body Butter is rich in omegas and provides a luxurious moisturizing experience. This winter beat dry skin without using harsh chemicals. Try to prevent it with a few changing habits, but if it happens, use natural, time-tested remedies and products that work. Felicia Brower is a freelance writer based in Columbus. Connect at or email

Coconut oil – coconut oil has large amounts of the antioxidant vitamin E and helps reduce harmful, drying toxins and pesticides from being absorbed into the skin. Avocado oil - avocado oil helps relieve dry and itchy skin. It can be deeply absorbed into the skin, making it an effective moisturizer. Olive Oil – olive oil has a lot of skin benefits. In addition to helping with dry cuticles, hands and elbows, it also soothes and conditions dry skin all over the body.

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World Peace Diet How What We Eat Creates a More Peaceful World by Judith Fertig


s Earth’s population grows to a projected 9 billion people by 2050, can our global community keep eating flesh like we’ve been doing for centuries? No, according to a 2010 report by the United Nations Environment Programme, an international panel of sustainable resource management experts. Examining the food demands of a growing population and associated environmental and sustainability issues, Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Consumption and Production recommends “substantial worldwide diet change away from animal products.” Making the case for a holistic view, Will Tuttle, Ph.D., suggests in World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony that we start to see the connections between our food choices and the health and well-being of ourselves, our families, communities and the world.

fully involves all five senses,” he says. We honor this wonderful activity most by sharing our cooking efforts with others, blessing the food and eating mindfully. The problem at the center of life, maintains Tuttle, is that we involve animals in our food chain, an act that “introduces suffering, whether physical, mental or emotional.” This is a truth we try to hide from, what he calls the ”cultural shadow”. “The worst examples include factory farming, but even the best methods ultimately involve killing other animals for food,” he says. One of Tuttle’s more controversial claims is that the herding culture— raising, dominating, selling, killing and owning animals—sets up a harmful physical, emotional and cultural dynamic, extolling domineering and aggressive behavior. “The herding culture requires male dominance and

a mentality that might makes right,” observes Tuttle. “It also sees females as primarily breeders, not beings.” Based on contemporary research in anthropology, sociology and psychopathology, he maintains that the actions required to both dominate animals and eat their meat can lead to more aggressive and violent behavior. One recent study seems to support his claim. Dr. Neil Barnard, in his book, Foods That Fight Pain, remarks that, “Plant-based diets also help tame testosterone’s activity.” Barnard cites a Massachusetts male aging study of 1,552 men ages 40 to 70, which indicated that men eating more fruits and vegetables than meat were less domineering and aggressive, because the increased sex hormone-binding globulin produced by plants helps keep testosterone in check. “If we continue the meat-centric way of eating, we’re going to continue to have the problems that come with it,” says Tuttle. “The way forward is plant-based agriculture.”

Practicing a World Peace Diet The Tuttles shop for fresh, organic and non-GMO (genetically modified organism) foods and favor what they call “blueprint recipes”, that vary from day to day. Each outlines the makings of a dish and encourages cooks to be intuitive in how they fill in the details. For a typical breakfast, for example, Tuttle and his wife, Madeleine, will make a green smoothie that includes kale, banana, apple, grapes, ground flax, chia seeds, cinnamon and fresh ginger. “It’s a flexible drink,” says Tuttle. “We will swap out whatever organic fruits and vegetables we have so that we vary the flavor from time to time.” For example, they might use parsley, spinach, or chard leaves in place of

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Tip: Cook whole-grain or spinach pasta, potatoes, rice or another recommended grain in a large quantity to store in the refrigerator for use in stir-fries, salads and other meals later in the week.

kale, or citrus in place of grapes. Lunch is usually a wrap-type sandwich, sometimes using fresh leaf lettuce or a whole-wheat tortilla. One recent example of such a wrap combined tomatoes, peppers, sprouts, walnuts, tempeh and avocado. A dinnertime blueprint recipe involves a base of cooked rice, quinoa, pasta, mashed potatoes or polenta, topped with a vegetable ragout, cooked or raw. “You could live the rest of your life mixing and matching these ingredients and never have the same meal twice,” notes Tuttle. “We have been doing it for 30 years. If we all choose to eat like this, the world could feed everybody on a fraction of the land now consumed by agriculture.” Learn more at articles.htm. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood from Overland Park, KS.

Peace Blueprint Recipe When sitting down to eat, look at what’s been created to nourish all those gathered. Enjoy the colors, smells, tastes and love that blesses the food. May the principle of Oneness govern all beings.

Green Smoothie

To start the day, use a high-powered Vitamix-type blender to reduce whole fruits and vegetables to a smooth juice. If using a regular blender, cut the fruits and vegetables into small pieces and strain the purée after blending. Yields two servings 1 banana, sliced 1 large apple, peeled, cored and chopped

Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Stir in the rice, reduce the heat and simmer covered until tender, about 40 minutes. While the rice is cooking, combine the red bell pepper, celery, Kalamata olives, Italian parsley and walnuts in a medium-sized bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and salt. Pour the dressing over the vegetables, stir until well blended, and then let rest until the rice is done. To serve, spoon the cooked rice onto each plate and top with the raw vegetable ragout. ½ cup seedless green grapes 1 cup chopped kale leaves 1 cup baby spinach leaves 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger 1 Tbsp ground flax seeds ¼ cup ground chia seeds ¼ tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp ground cloves 1 cup purified water

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Whole Wheat and Vegetable Wrap

Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Strain, if necessary, to remove larger pieces; pour into two glasses and serve.

Raw Vegetable Ragout with Brown Rice Start dinner with a base of cooked rice, potatoes, quinoa or polenta and top it with a vegetable medley. Yields two servings Rice: 1 cup brown rice 2¼ cups water Raw Vegetable Ragout: 1 cup red bell pepper, cut into strips ½ cup finely chopped celery ½ cup pitted Kalamata olives, chopped ¼ cup finely chopped Italian parsley ¼ cup toasted, chopped walnuts 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 garlic clove, minced 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp coarse kosher or sea salt

For lunch, a simple wrap can provide a daily change-up mixing in different fresh ingredients plus a plant-based flavoring like dried herbs, spices or garlic stirred into the Vegenaise or homemade eggless mayonnaise. Yields two servings 2 10-inch whole-wheat tortillas 2 Tbsp Vegenaise 1 tsp prepared horseradish, or to taste 1 cup fresh lettuce, torn into pieces ½ cup sprouts ½ cup chopped fresh tomatoes ½ cup shredded fresh carrots ½ cup diced fresh cucumber 1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced ¼ cup toasted walnuts Toast walnuts by placing them on a baking sheet in a 350-degree oven for 15 minutes. Cool, and then chop. Place the tortillas on a flat surface. In a small bowl, mix the Vegenaise and horseradish together. Spread the mixture on the tortillas. Top each tortilla with half the lettuce, sprouts, tomatoes, carrots, cucumber, avocado and walnuts. Roll each tortilla into a wrap and serve.

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Healthy World Shopping List by Madeleine W. Tuttle Allow an hour to explore and buy the following basics to stock the pantry, always choosing organic and foods that have no genetically modified (GM or GMO) ingredients. In certain Asian traditions, only the most enlightened members of a monks’ community are allowed to cook food for their fellows, with good reason. The more love that goes into meal preparation, the better the outcome will be.

Staples Grains: rice, millet, whole-grain spaghetti or angel hair noodles, couscous, quinoa, buckwheat, wild rice, cornmeal Veggies: (in season) pumpkin/squash, leek, onions, garlic, kale, cabbage, ginger, horseradish, broccoli, peppers, mushrooms, carrots, lettuce/greens, sprouts, edamame, spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, avocado, cilantro, peas (fresh or frozen), yams, potatoes Proteins: tofu, tempeh, seitan; lentils, split peas, beans and other legumes Dried herbs: peppermint, Italian seasoning mix, basil, dill, cilantro, paprika, cayenne, curry, turmeric, pepper, nutmeg powder, cumin seeds, rosemary, nutritional yeast Fruits: citrus, apples, bananas, grapes, berries, avocado and others

Additions Meat analogs: Gardein, Tofurkey, Field Roast, Beyond Meat, Sun Burger, Fakin’ Bacon Nuts and seeds: almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, pine nuts; raisins; flax, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds Oils and sauces: tahini (sesame butter), Vegenaise dressing, tomato sauce, olive oil, coconut oil, tamari or shoyu Sweeteners: Sucanat, stevia, coconut sugar, rice syrup, date syrup/sugar, agave nectar Dairy: plant-based milks (e.g., soy, rice, hemp, coconut, almond, oat, tapioca), cheeses, yogurts, and creams; and nut butters such as almond, cashew, and peanut butters and sesame tahini Others: spelt flour, Celtic salt, vanilla, cacao powder, shredded coconut 32

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for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. As a result, many developed illnesses apparently related to the bitterness and resentment they carried.

Be Happy Right Now The Top Five Regrets of the Dying by Bronnie Ware


eople grow a lot when faced with their own mortality. As a palliative caregiver for many years, I learned never to underestimate someone’s capacity for personal growth. After wrestling with a variety of intense emotions, every patient I saw found their peace before they departed. When questioned about regrets or what they would have done differently, five themes emerged. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. This was the most common regret of all. When people realize that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honored even half of their dreams and died knowing that it was due to choices they had made or not made. Health brings a freedom very few realize until they no longer have it. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard. Every male patient that I nursed felt they had missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. They deeply

regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence. Women also spoke of this regret, but because most were from an older generation, many had not been breadwinners. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings. Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled

I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends. Many were disappointed they had not truly realized the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks, and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip away. Many deeply regretted not giving important friendships the time and effort that they deserved. I wish that I had let myself be happier. Many did not understand until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called comfort of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others and to themselves that they were content, when deep within, they longed to laugh with gusto and cultivate some silliness in their life. Bronnie Ware is the author of The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing, a memoir of how people she cared for changed the way she lives. She blogs at

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hile it may be the most wonderful time of the year, the stress and consumption associated with holiday shopping can push wellness to the back burner and derail efforts to go green. Natural Awakenings’ Holiday Gift Guide, however, can be your resource for that perfect, meaningful gift, and your roadmap to conscious, local shopping. Don’t be the only person on your holiday list to shop local. Start a new tradition and encourage out-of-town family members to find unique, local items for their gifts. Look for gifts with meaning or make a charitable donation in someone’s name instead of purchasing a present. Try to use the holiday season as a time to make others aware of great local causes. Get creative with your gift giving. Look for fun themes or start a new tradition. Also, don’t be afraid to give outside the box. Gift cards or prepaid memberships make thoughtful, useful gifts. Finally, for kids try the four-gift rule: one thing they want, one thing they need, one thing to wear and one thing to read. Local items can be a special gift anytime of year, but use this season of giving as a time to show others all the great businesses located around 34

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Central Ohio. Check our holiday gift guide for creative, conscious gifts for everyone on your list and visit the national Natural Awakenings webstore,, for even more ideas.

Accessories with a Conscience

Look for pieces of jewelry that are made of sustainable or recycled materials or that raise funds for a worthy cause. Someone can look at their bracelet or necklace everyday and know that it made an impact on the life of another. FAIR TRADE JEWELRY Global Gallery, Columbus Global Village, Delaware JEWELRY WITH A CAUSE soHza, Central Ohio -

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With busy calendars and long to-do lists, everyone can use a little pampering this time of year. Check out these local spas and salons with natural, eco-friendly products and relaxing treatments.

GoldenLife Dog Food, Central Ohio Health & Harmony Animal Hospital, Grandview Lifetime Pet Wellness Center, Columbus Mutts & Co., Dublin and New Albany

Help at Home

Everyone could always use an extra hand around the house. Whether it’s with clean up or grocery shopping, help at home gives the gift of a little extra time to your loved one. EcoMaids, Central Ohio Green BEAN Delivery, Central Ohio

Charitable Gifts that Keep On Giving

Good things can come in little packages—or no package at all. Consider charitable donations in the name of those on your gift list. You can also consider volunteering or donating together for a great bonding experience while helping others.

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Give a healthy gift with a yoga-class pass. Encourage others to get fit and flexible with a relaxing yoga class. A number of studios across Central Ohio offer classes for any level of yogi. Yoga apparel and accessories also make a great gift for the avid practitioner in your life.


Instead of just material presents, engage young ones with an active gift. Trips to the zoo or a visit to the museum can be a fun and educational experience for the whole family. Columbus Children’s Theatre, Columbus

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Make holiday shopping easier on the environment and the family budget by visiting local consignment and resale shops for gifts or gift certificates.

Local Vendors

For lots of local all in one location, you can check out special holiday shopping fairs, or stores dedicated to all things local and all things Central Ohio. Celebrate Local, Columbus Moonlight Market, Columbus North Market Holiday Open House & Craft Extravaganza, Columbus Simply Vague, Dublin and Columbus

Fresco Furnishings, Grandview

Wholly Craft, Clintonville

Nieman Bates, Upper Arlington

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Sweet Slumber Co-Sleeping in the Family Bed


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very young mammal on Earth sleeps in close contact with its mother and other family members. They’ve been co-sleeping for security, warmth, comfort and protection for millions of years of evolution. Although it is generally frowned upon in the United States, many human cultures, including most in East Asia, the Pacific islands, South America, Africa and much of southern Europe, have a rich tradition of co-sleeping. In At Home: A Short History of Private Life, Bill Bryson relates that until very recently, most domiciles centered around a central room, or hall, where everyone slept together. Even today, adults and children almost always sleep together in the same beds in non-industrialized, traditional societies worldwide. The modern practice of placing babies in separate rooms at night, often to cry themselves to sleep, appears to be a historical aberration. Co-sleeping, conversely, is the age-old norm because it offers so many benefits to both parents and children.

Co-sleeping makes breastfeeding easier. Studies published by the Acta Paediatrica, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics confirm a consistent link between co-sleeping and breastfeeding in countries as disparate as Brazil, Britain, Malaysia and Sweden. Breast milk provides immunological benefits, transfers symbiotic gut bacteria and promotes bonding between mother and child. It’s especially nutritious if the mother’s diet is healthy, and breast milk is the only food experts agree the human body is unquestionably designed to consume. 36

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Co-sleeping improves sleep. A mother that can

breastfeed without leaving the bed will get more sleep. Also, more research from the American Academy of Pediatrics shows a lower incidence of sudden infant death syndrome when breastfeeding is practiced. In the clinical experience of James McKenna, Ph.D., a University of Notre Dame professor and leading anthropologist in the field, “Breastfeeding mothers typically keep their babies away from pillows, positioning their infants on their backs, while placing them below the parents’ shoulders and raising their arms above them.” Plus, the adults “lay on their sides in ways that can prevent accidental overlays.”

Co-sleeping builds parent-child bonds. Research

published by the Sleep Research Society shows that mothers that co-sleep with their babies are more attuned to their sleep/wake habits and can respond quicker to their needs. According to the journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, skin-to-skin touch increases the secretion of oxytocin, a bond-building hormone.

Co-sleeping fosters maturation. Studies in the Infant and Child Development journal show that kids that share a bed or sleep in the same room with their parents grow up to be more self-reliant and socially independent, better behaved, less anxious about intimacy as adults and more likely to be happy. Parents that are nervous about sharing beds can try room sharing, where the baby sleeps in an adjoining crib or cot; family members will experience many of the same benefits. Mark Sisson is a former marathon runner and triathlete. He is the author of the bestselling health and fitness book, The Primal Blueprint, and publisher of the health blog,

Safe Co-Sleeping Habits by Mark Sisson


4 Don’t drink alcohol or take drugs that affect awareness and judgment, especially before bed. 4 Don’t smoke tobacco. The tars and toxins cling to an adult’s body, hair and clothes, exposing the baby to dangerous chemicals that increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). 4 Don’t co-sleep if the parent is sleep-deprived, a heavy sleeper, has sleep apnea or is obese. 4 Don’t allow pets or other children to sleep next to babies. 4 Don’t co-sleep on a sofa, loveseat or reclining chair. The cushions create crevices for infant heads to slip into and the elevation creates a fall risk. 4 Don’t use overly soft mattresses that babies can sink into. Think firm. 4 Don’t use thick bedding, which can cause rapid overheating or lead to smothering. 4 Don’t co-sleep unless everyone is on board. If a spouse isn’t agreeable, try a room share instead.


4 Provide a big enough bed to afford ample space for all co-sleepers. 4 Keep the mattress low or place it on the floor. 4 Eliminate all crevices that a baby might be able to fall into; push the mattress snug against one or more walls. 4 Use a firm mattress, a tight-fitting sheet and light bedding. 4 Place the baby on its back to sleep.

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scents promote a happy mind and make your own products for yourself or others. The class is free with a small fee for each product you choose to make. Please register. Peak Brain Performance, 97 E Wilson Bridge Rd, Worthington. 614-505-6519.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 2 Shop with the Docs – 6:30pm. Active Edge Chiropractic, 1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102, Columbus. 614-407-5335.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3 We Can: Wine & Herb Jellies – 6-9:30pm. Learn how to water bath can a few gourmet products. We will discuss the safety and science behind water bath canning, do taste testing and make our own jelly. Each participant will take home their own jar of homemade gourmet jelly and the confidence to repeat the process at home. $45. Glass Rooster Cannery, 1673 S. St. Rte. 605, Sunbury. 614-4992958. Bliss by Candlelight – 7-8:30pm. Enter Om2Ohm and let the soul be nourished. Let bliss find its way into the heart like the ocean finds its way to the shore. Celebrate meditation, nurturing interaction, and learning to breathe for joy and health. Certified Meditation Guide: Sheri Toth. $10. Om2Ohm Wellness Center, 324 West Case St, Powell. 614787-0583. 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4 Introduction To Mindful Eating Series – 6-8pm. Stop shopping, preparing, and eating food mindlessly. Notice thoughts, feelings, and sensations around food while losing the weight

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 Santa at the Herb Center – 9am-1pm. Santa’s elves and helpers greet and guide children to the letter writing station. Kids can sit on Santa’s knee and pose for a special keepsake photo, complete with a picture frame that children make themselves. Step into Mrs. Claus’ kitchen for special make and take crafts. $5/craft or $12/three crafts. Ohio Herb Center, 110 Mill St, Gahanna. 614-342-4380.

and the emotional issues caused by food. Certified Mindfulness Instructor: Sheri Mollica-Toth, Certified Wellness Coach: Felicia Oldrieve, Certified Wellness Coach: Deni Benedict, and Registered Nurse/Certified Wellness: Coach Kelli Parrish. Om2Ohm Wellness Center, 324 West Case St, Powell. 614-787-0583. 

Usui Reiki I – 9am-5pm. Learn to relieve a headache or an aching muscle without medication. Hands-on experiences will demonstrate how to feel energy and see its immediate impact on others. Learn valuable techniques. Ethics and delivery of a session will be addressed in detail. Instructor: Linda Haley, RMT. $200 with $50 Deposit. The Reiki Center, 1540 W 5th Ave, Columbus. 614486-8323.

Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen – 6-9pm. Decorate cookies at Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen on the Scotts Miracle-Gro Community Garden Campus, and warm up by the fire and enjoy hot beverages ($1). Santa and two of his live reindeer make a special appearance. At 7 pm., The Worthington Chorus performs selections from their holiday program in the Grand Atrium. $6-12. Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E Broad St, Columbus. 614-715-8000.

Access Bars – 10am-6pm. Running the Bars consists of a gentle holding technique of 32 different points on the head that release stuck judgments, beliefs and limitations. Class includes a comprehensive manual and in-depth head chart. Receive two full bars sessions. Receive a Certificate. Massage CEU. $200, $100 if repeating. Peak Brain Performance, 97 E Wilson Bridge Rd, Columbus. 614-738-0434.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6 Aroma Yoga – 6:30-8:30pm. Using essential oils in yoga asana class increases all of the positive effects that yoga has on the body, mind and spirit. See how easy it is to transform and deepen yoga practice and to open up to more of the positive energy in your life with therapeutic-grade essential oils. Yoga on High, 1081 North High St, Columbus.

Walking Meditation – 10:30-11:45am. Transform routine walks into a soothing meditative practice. Learn this special technique to harness the rhythm of the mind and breath to experience more physical

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fitness, a deeper appreciation for surroundings, and more mental clarity. Certified Meditation Guide: Sheri Toth. $5 donation. Om2Ohm Wellness Center, 324 West Case St, Powell. 614-787-0583. Replenish Spa Winter Harvest – 11am-4pm. Celebrate the new location, eat local bites, and shop their conscious retail selection. replenish: the spa co-op, 124 S Washington Ave, Columbus. 614-429-3165. Reiki Workshop – 2-5pm. The Five Reiki Precepts or Gokai (“The Five Commandments”) are offered  as a guide by which to live. Taught by Reiki Master Jodi Patton. Yoga on High, 1081 North High St, Columbus. 614.291.4444.  In Spirit’s First Saturday Chant – 5-6pm. Held the first  Saturday  of each month. An uplifting hour of music and meditation. Music provided by The In Spirit Band, often with special musical guests. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 W Weisheimer Rd, Columbus.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8 Emotional Cleansing Process with Aromatherapy Oils – 9am-4:30pm. Join Tracy Griffiths for this workshop on emotional cleansing with essential oils. Learn how to perform an adaptation of an ancient healing ritual that has its roots in ancient Egypt. Yoga on High, 1081 North High St, Columbus. 614.291.4444.  Usui Reiki I – 9am-5pm. See December 7 listing. The Reiki Center, 1540 W 5th Ave, Columbus. 614-486-8323. Serendipity Stables Open House – 12-4pm. The programs are designed to help autistic, traumatized and fragile children and adults improve their quality of life. The horses help ease many health and emotional issues.  See horses on the second Sunday every month. Suggested Donation $25/session. Serendipity Stables, 21721 St. Rte. 47, West Mansfield. 614-657-0316. Wrap-It Up at The Mac – 12-4pm. An opportunity to raise understanding and awareness of the local arts community while spending a great afternoon with your family. Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington, 777 Evening St, Worthington. 614-431-0329.

Natural Ways to Balance Hormones – 7:308:30pm. Join us to learn tricks on balancing hormones, naturally. Space limited. Registration required. Free. Integra Acupuncture & Wellness Associates, 1110 Beecher Crossing N, Ste B, Gahanna. 614-855-8828. IntegraAcupuncture. com/#!workshopsclasses/clku8.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10 Doc Talks – 10:15am. See December 9 listing. The Pilates Studio of Bexley, 228 E Main Street, Bexley. 614-407-5335. Fermentation for Your Health – 6-9pm. Fermented foods offer a world of health benefits and gourmet options. Join a discussion on the benefits of fermentation as a preservation method and for a hands-on lesson. Explore a variety of tastes with a fermented dinner, and begin fermentations to finish at home. $65. Glass Rooster Cannery, 1673 S. St. Rte. 605, Sunbury.614-499-2958. Sound Healing Mini Sessions – 6:30-8:30pm. Everything is energy and vibration, including light, colors and sound. Come experience how different frequencies can enhance your healing & well being. Kelly Bisson, Reiki Master. Please call to reserve 20 min time slot. $20. The Reiki Center, 1540 W 5th Ave, Columbus.  614-4868323. Spiritual Storytelling Share – 7pm. A casual forum to share and discuss the spiritual experiences that have shaped our lives. Presented by Debbie Keri-Brown. Free. Numinous Zoe, 249 Brisbane, Westerville. 614-226-1397. MeetUp. com/NuminousZoe/Events/151098512

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11 Holiday Restoratives: Relax, Restore, Refresh – 6-9pm. See December 9 listing. Yoga on High, 1081 North High St, Columbus. 614.291.4444. 

THURSDSAY, DECEMBER 12 Super Thursday – All Day. Receive 20% off most nutritional products. Active Edge Chiropractic,

1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102 Columbus. 614-4075335. Holiday Bazaar – 3-6pm. All are welcomed to stop by to learn and shop from our various vendors. Enjoy a cup of cocoa and a snack as you browse. Give the gift of services for Acupuncture, Massage, Reflexology, and whole-body spa treatment, Laser Therapy for pain or Colon Hydrotherapy. 12 Meridians Acupuncture and Wellness center, 2511 Oakstone Drive, Columbus. 614-423-8368. Your Nativity at The Blended Path Fellowship – 6-8:00pm. A Nativity is the place & circumstances concerning one’s birth. Look at individual Natal (Birth) Charts and discover personality traits, virtues & challenges.   Please provide prior to class:  Name, Birth Date, Birth Time & Birth Location. Love offering. Instructor: Rev. Melody Lynn Jenkins, M.Msc. Other Intuitives will offer Mini Readings. The Reiki Center, 1540 W 5th Ave, Columbus. 614-486-8323. Journey to Om – 7-8:15pm. Group session using guided imagery exercises that can lead to self-healing through thoughts and mental images. Authentic Awareness teaches the mind to heal the body. Discover how an enjoyable series of images and emotional experiences can lead the body, mind, and emotions to deep healing and peak performance. Certified Meditation Guide: Sheri Toth. $15, $39.95/three-session pass. Om2Ohm Wellness Center, 324 West Case St, Powell. 614-787-0583. RSVP: 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 Santa at the Herb Center – 9am-1pm. See December 7 listing. Ohio Herb Center, 110 Mill St, Gahanna. 614-342-4380. Pet Photo with Santa – 2-4pm. Bring the pooch in for a special photo session with Santa Claus. $5 donation and all proceeds benefit Black and Orange Cat Foundation. Health & Harmony Animal Hospital, 1117 W 1st Ave, Columbus. 614-3603941.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9 Doc Talks – 6pm. Healthy Holidays Doc Talk: Delicious, healthy and nutritious holiday cooking tips and recipes. Active Edge Chiropractic, 1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102, Columbus. 614-407-5335. Frankincense, Myrrh & Other Essential Oils from Scripture – 6-8pm. Learn about Frankincense & Myrrh and other sacred oils that are still of benefit to us today. Free. The Reiki Center, 1540 W 5th Ave, Columbus. 614-486-8323. Holiday Restoratives: Relax, Restore, Refresh – 6-9pm. This popular annual event is designed to help with relaxation so one can stay calm and full of joy through the busyness of the holiday season. Marcia, Gail, and their angelic assistants will guide the class through an evening of relaxing poses and practices. Yoga on High, 1081 North High St, Columbus. 614.291.4444. 

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Yoga and Acupuncture – 2-5pm. Experience these healing modalities together in one session. First, we will move through a light, flowing yoga practice, including a simple, balancing pranayama practice. Following this, during a wonderfully long savasana, receive a balancing acupuncture treatment. This workshop is open to students of all levels. Yoga on High, 1081 North High St, Columbus.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15 Holistic Skin Care Event – 3-6pm. Olga’s Well Being Spa will host a beauty and wellness informational event. Elina Fedotova, founder of Elina Organics and the Association of Holistic Skin Care Practitioners will be presenting. Institute of Holistic Health Careers/ Columbus Polarity Center, 170 W 5th Ave, Columbus. 614-824-9996. Info@

will lead the celebration of the full moon. All Life Center, 123 Hyatts Rd, Delaware. 614-325-981. Bliss by Candlelight – 7-8:30pm. See December 3 listing. Om2Ohm Wellness Center, 324 West Case St, Powell. 614-787-0583. Deeksha: Oneness Blessing – 7-9pm. Open the doors to a consciousness of Oneness with all life and create a shift in the brain which activates Kundalini and quiets the ego. Awaken intelligence, increase learning ability, enhance memory retention, and create better brain synchronization. Love Offerings. Donna Herman, and Chuck Reynolds are certified as Oneness Blessings Trainers. The Reiki Center, 1540 W 5th Ave, Columbus. 614486-8323.



Pet Photos with Santa at the Herb Center – 1-1:30pm. See December 14 listing. Ohio Herb Center, 110 Mill St, Gahanna. 614-342-4380.

Shop with the Docs – 6:30pm. Active Edge Chiropractic, 1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102 Columbus. 614-407-5335.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17 Cold Moon Drumming Circle – 4:30-6pm. Bring drums and rattles to join in welcoming the full Cold Moon rising at All Life Center! Maggie

Santa at the Herb Center – 9am-1pm. See December 7 listing. Ohio Herb Center, 110 Mill St, Gahanna. 614-342-4380.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22 Holiday Open House Party – 4-6pm. Join the first in a series of exciting musical events that will be offered throughout 2014. Enjoy live music by a group of local (French) horn players. Enjoy this opportunity to slow down, gather together, enjoy the company of friends, vibrant holiday music. Bring a dish, drink, dessert, or donation. All Life Center, 123 Hyatts Rd, Delaware. 614-325-981.

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ongoingevents sunday Xtend Barre Stick – 9:30am. Xtend Barre Stick has all the elements of Xtend Barre. Class utilizes the Pilates stick that attaches to the barre and challenges stability and increases core strength. Turning Point Fitness, 5890/5894 Chandler Court, Westerville. 614-895-1433. 

monday No Excuses UA Bootcamp – 5:30am. Start the day with a dynamic warm up, then combine cardio and strength training. All fitness levels welcome. $10. Barrington Elementary School, 1780 Barrington Rd, Upper Arlington. 614-886-5673. Free Yoga Classes – 9-10am. Available every Monday morning in the Salud. Whole Foods, 1555 W Lane Ave, Upper Arlington. 614-481-3400. Beginner’s Series – 12-12:45pm. Foundations of yoga; no yoga experience necessary. On The Square Yoga, 65 E State St, Ste R103, Columbus. 614-374-9369. Free Class: Instructed by Teachers in Training – 4-5pm. All Levels Flow class. Taught by students in this 200-hour teacher training program. Donations welcomed. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444. Xtend Barre – 5:45-6:45pm. The premier ballet barre workout, Pilates and dance amplified. Serves to strengthen, lengthen and stretch the body from top to bottom and from inside out. Turning Point Fitness, 5890/5894 Chandler Court, Westerville. 614-895-1433. Pilates Mat Class – 6:45-7:30pm. Features 40 various exercises created by Joseph Pilates that are performed lying on the back, side or stomach. Targets abdominal and back muscles focusing on increasing core musculature and flexibility. Turning Point Fitness, 5890/5894 Chandler Court, Westerville. 614-895-1433. Energize Yoga – 7-8pm. Begin or grow a stress relieving, energizing practice. All levels welcome. Registration recommended. $8. Active Edge Chiropractic, 1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102, Columbus. 614-407-5335. Open Psychic Development – 7pm. Explore intuitive abilities in a safe environment, focusing on the development of psychic senses, the use of tools to hone intuition, and the art of psychic reading. Open to everyone. $15/wk. Primal Nexus, 249 Brisbane Ave, Westerville. 614-390-1432. Meetup. com/PrimalNexus.

tuesday No Excuses UA Bootcamp – 5:30am. Start the day with a dynamic warm up then combine cardio and strength training. All fitness levels welcome. $10. Barrington Elementary School, 1780 Barrington Rd, Upper Arlington. 614-886-5673. Sunrise Yoga – 6-7am. Gentle, but empowering

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Sunrise Yoga class. Built to bring mindfulness to your day through focusing the mind, energizing the body and bringing clarity to your day. $60/6 classes. Shift Classes at Elizabeth Blackwell Center, 3724-A Olentangy River Rd, Columbus. 614-566-5353. Bootcamp – 8:30am. Start the day with a dynamic warm up, and then combine cardio and strength training. All fitness levels welcome. $10. Barrington Elementary School, 1780 Barrington Rd, Upper Arlington. 614-886-5673. NoExcusesUA. com. Gentle/Level I Yoga – 11-11:45am. On The Square Yoga, 65 E State St, Ste R103, Columbus. 614-374-9369. Lunchtime Flex and Stretch – 12-12:45pm. Acquire strength and flexibility during lunch breaks. Boost energy and fitness without needing a shower. All levels welcome. Registration recommended. $8. Active Edge Chiropractic, 1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102, Columbus. 614-407-5335. Non-Scary Gentle Yoga – 4-5:30pm. Yoga demands nothing more than a willingness to move, breathe and be comfortable in one’s body. This class is ideal if there’s a desire to experience yoga, but concern about personal flexibility. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444. Circuit Burn – 5:45-6:45pm. Build lean muscle and burn fat quickly while challenging the heart & lungs in a fun atmosphere. All levels welcome. Get 5 free classes with the purchase of any class package. Active Edge Chiropractic, 1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102, Columbus. 614-407-5335.


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Energy Exercises, Meditation and Positive Intentions Class – 6-7pm. Use movement, breath, sound and meditation to achieve well-being of mind, body and spirit. Work with the five basic elements of life. Bring yoga mat or sheet for floor postures. Registration required. $10. 1301 Olentangy River Rd, Ste 200, Columbus. 614-657-0316. Misty.

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Mellow Yoga – 6:15-7pm. Gentle/Level I. On The Square Yoga, 65 E State St, Ste R103, Columbus. 614-374-9369.

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TRX Express – 6:15-6:45pm. This 30-min class uses the TRX suspension trainer and personal body weight to ensure a fast and efficient workout. Turning Point Fitness, 5890/5894 Chandler Court, Westerville. 614-895-1433.

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Martial Arts – 7-8pm. Enjoy exercise and fitness through the training of Martial Arts. Boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, cardio and self-defense lessons. All levels welcome. Active Edge Chiropractic, 1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102, Columbus. 614407-5335. Beginners Meditation Class – 7:15-8:30pm. Meditation instruction for beginners; all beliefs and levels of practice welcome. No experience necessary. Learn about different types of mindfulness and benefits of regular practice. $5 suggested donation. Mind, Body, Spirit Academy, 885 High St, Ste 106, Worthington. 614-547-2187.

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wednesday Slow Flow Yoga – 9:30am. Gentle and alignment based flow to start your day off right. Instructor: Kathy Yannucci. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444. Xtend Barre Stick – 9:30am. Xtend Barre Stick has all the elements of Xtend Barre. Class utilizes the Pilates stick that attaches to the barre and challenges stability and increases core strength. Turning Point Fitness, 5890/5894 Chandler Court, Westerville. 614-895-1433.  Lunchtime Pilates – 12-12:45pm. Core work to help beat the afternoon slump. All levels welcome. Registration recommended. $8. Active Edge Chiropractic, 1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102, Columbus. 614-407-5335. Beginner’s Series – 5:15-6pm. Foundations of yoga. No yoga experience necessary. On The Square Yoga, 65 E State St, Ste R103, Columbus. 614-374-9369. Restore Yoga – 6-7pm. Relieve both physical and mental stress while improving overall body awareness and function. Beginners welcome. Active Edge Chiropractic, 1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102, Columbus. 614-407-5335. Nia Dance – 6:30-7:30pm. A low-impact dance class for all levels of activity that helps connect the mind and body. $10. Peak Brain Performance, 97 E Wilson Bridge Rd, Worthington. 614-505-6519. Xtend Barre – 6:30-7:30pm. The premier ballet barre workout, Pilates and dance amplified. Strengthen, lengthen and stretch the body from top to bottom and from inside out. Turning Point Fitness, 5890/5894 Chandler Court, Westerville. 614-895-1433.

thursday No Excuses UA Bootcamp – 5:30am. Start the day with a dynamic warm up then combine cardio and strength training. All fitness levels welcome. $10. Barrington Elementary School, 1780 Barrington Rd, Upper Arlington. 614-886-5673. Sunrise Yoga – 6-7am. Create your day with this gentle, but empowering Sunrise Yoga class. Built to bring mindfulness to your day through focusing the mind, energizing the body and bringing clarity to your day. $60/6 classes. Shift Classes at  Elizabeth Blackwell Center, 3724-A Olentangy River Rd, Columbus. 614-5665353. Lunchtime Flex and Stretch – 12-12:45pm. Acquire strength and flexibility during lunch break. Boost energy and fitness without needing a shower. All levels welcome. Registration recommended. $8. Active Edge Chiropractic, 1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102, Columbus. 614-407-5335. Mixed Levels Yoga – 5:15-6pm. Levels II/III. On The Square Yoga, 65 E State St, Ste R103, Columbus. 614-374-9369. Power Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. Challenge the body and mind while gaining strength, clearing out mind chatter and gaining clarity. Power yoga is designed


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to center and quiet the mind while working the body. $60/6 classes. Shift Classes at Elizabeth Blackwell Center, 3724-A Olentangy River Rd, Columbus.614-566-5353. Circuit Burn – 5:45-6:45pm. Build lean muscle and burn fat quickly while challenging the heart & lungs in a fun atmosphere. All levels welcome. Get 5 free classes with the purchase of any class package. Active Edge Chiropractic, 1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102, Columbus. 614-407-5335. TRX Express – 6-6:30pm. This 30-min class uses the TRX suspension trainer and personal body weight to ensure a fast and efficient workout. Turning Point Fitness, 5890/5894 Chandler Court, Westerville. 614-895-1433. Gentle Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. Enjoy slow, meditative stretches that open and free the body while releasing and clearing the mind. Class offers calming, relaxing and restorative postures. For beginners and experienced. $60/6 classes. Shift Classes at  Elizabeth Blackwell Center, 3724-A Olentangy River Rd, Columbus. 614-566-5353. Columbus Threshold Choir Practice – 7-8:30pm. Convey kindness through singing. Join this women’s choir dedicated to singing at bedsides of those struggling with living and dying. 35 Oakland Park Ave, Columbus. 614-600-2460. Martial Arts – 7-8pm. Enjoy exercise and fitness through the training of Martial Arts. Boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, cardio and self-defense lessons. All levels welcome. Active Edge Chiropractic, 1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102, Columbus. 614407-5335. The Art of Breathing & Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Healthy body, peaceful mind and joyful spirit. Yoga on Broadway, 134 1/2 Broadway, Granville. Info, Mary Kohut: 740-928-7077.

friday Free Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. Free community yoga classes are available every Friday morning in the Salud. Whole Foods, 3670 W Dublin-Granville Rd, Columbus. 614-760-5556. Mat Pilates – 10-11am. Pilates is an unbeatable mind & total body-conditioning program that develops strength, tone, and body awareness. $15pp, $39.95/three-class pass. Om2Ohm Wellness Center, 324 West Case St, Powell. 614-787-0583.  Martial Arts – 7-8pm. Enjoy exercise and fitness through the training of Martial Arts. Boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, cardio and self-defense lessons. All levels welcome. Active Edge Chiropractic, 1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102, Columbus. 614407-5335.

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classifieds HELP WANTED CLEANING CREWS NEEDED – EcoMaids is always looking for dependable, energetic people who have a passion for cleaning! 614-429-6330. Apply online at HOLISTIC HEALTH CENTER EXPANDING – Looking for holistic practitioners (massage therapist, acupuncturist, etc.) to join our NW Columbus team as contractors. Call 614-717-9144, or email LICENSED ACUPUNCTURIST NEEDED – Great opportunity for motivated individual to build their practice in a growing facility. Pay is 100% commission with 60/40 to 70/30 split in your favor, depending on performance. We supply treatment table, sheets, and linens. Patients immediately available. Contact Dr. Jasmine Craner at Active Edge Chiropractic 614-407-5335 LICENSED MANICURIST AND ESTHETICIAN – Looking for a clean and inviting atmosphere to work in? Beautiful new spa in the Polaris area. Experience preferred. Excellent customer service, communication skills, positive attitude, good time management/flexibility, clean professional attire and hygiene required. Apply today. Send resume/contact to PERSONAL TRAINER WANTED – Seeking Functional Movement based, motivated individual looking to work somewhere more holistic than the typical gym. Join our growing chiropractic, rehab and health facility. Independent contractor or part-time employment positions available. Experience and established clientele preferred, but all candidates will be considered. FMS and MoveNat certifications a plus. Contact Dr. Jasmine Craner at Active Edge Chiropractic 614-407-5335. SEEKING LICENSED ACUPUNCTURIST – The Center for Alternative Medicine has one practitioner office available, and we’d love to have an ACUPUNCTURIST join us! Peaceful and restorative atmosphere, convenient location, beautifully decorated waiting area, kitchenette. Call 614-214-1791 or email

lessons. All levels welcome. Active Edge Chiropractic, 1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102, Columbus. 614407-5335.


Teen Mat Pilates – 11am. Reservation required. Turning Point Fitness, 5890/5894 Chandler Court, Westerville. 614-895-1433.

Bootcamp – 7:30am. Reservation required. Turning Point Fitness, 5890/5894 Chandler Court, Westerville. 614-895-1433.

Beginner’s Power Yoga – 12:30-1:30pm. Learn the basics of Power Yoga (Vinyasa yoga), a great system to increase cardiovascular health and flexibility. No registration necessary. Simply arrive 10 mins before class. Rental mats/towels available for a fee. $15. V Power Yoga, 252 N 5th St, Columbus. 614-228-9642.

Martial Arts – 10-11am. Enjoy exercise and fitness through the training of Martial Arts. Boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, cardio and self-defense



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Brigitta Moskova, Owner and Licensed Acupuncturist Christina Wallace, Licensed Acupuncturist 2511 Oakstone Dr, Columbus 614-423-8368 12 MERIDIANS 12 Meridians Acupuncture ACUPUNCTURE believes in creating life balance through spending quality time to identify your individual needs. We specialize in addressing the WELLNESS cause of your problems and not just the symptoms. We treat headaches, fibromyalgia, fatigue, sleep disturbances, back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, hormonal imbalances, infertility, Bell’s palsy, premenstrual syndrome and more. The results we provide are incredible and can be life-changing. See ad, page 5.


Melissa N. Yang, LAc (MD China) 1110 Beecher Crossing N Rd, Ste B, Gahanna 614-855-8828 To best serve you, Integra Acupuncture & Wellness Associates offers: acupuncture, massage and Health Coaching. All of the practitioners work together and with you to develop a treatment plan that is unique to you and carefully crafted with your healthcare goals in mind. See ad, page 24.



Beecher Wellness Center 428 Beecher Rd, Ste B, Gahanna 614-855-5533

8487 Sancus Blvd, Columbus 614-985-3205

Incorporating the most natural products and processes for manicure, pedicure and waxing, while maintaining the highest level of cleanliness and sterilization available.


Brain Core Therapy™ provides a unique, drug-free approach to treating Brainwave Dysregulation, a condition brought about by tension on the nervous system from a variety of factors. Brainwave Dysregulation may be associated with several neurological conditions such as ADD/ADHD, insomnia, panic attacks, autism, anxiety, memory loss, TBI, migraines and PTSD.


Kelly Walton, Owner 679 G. High St, Worthington The Kilborne Shops 614-745-9250

Olga Kostina, Owner Licensed Aesthetician/Nail Technician, Certified Aromatherapist, Reflexologist 6748 Perimeter Loop Rd, Dublin 2511 Oakstone Dr, Columbus 614-824-9996 We believe in the power of well-being for beauty and health. We approach renewal and rejuvenation holistically, from head to toe, with an emphasis on personal attention. Our spa offers a variety of services, including skin care, waxing, sugaring, aromatherapeutic relaxation massages, reflexology and pedicures. Through education, motivation and relaxation, our goal is to extend the benefits of your spa visit long after each retreat.


Melanie Guzzo 3333 N High St, Columbus 614-725-2329

Kelly Walton is a skilled esthetician and manicurist who offers completely natural spa services including facials, sugaring, waxing, manicures and pedicures. All skincare products are made with organically grown herbs, flowers, oils & grains from American family farms. Visit her website for additional product and service information. See ad, page 9.

Committed to helping men and women enjoy the luxuries of the modern beauty industry without harming animals, the environment or our health. We are dedicated to working in an organized, stress-free environment while enjoying a holistic lifestyle within true community. See ad, page 28.

COLUMBUS LASERY ALLERGY Beecher Wellness Center 428 Beecher Rd, Ste B, Gahanna 614-855-5533


Beecher Wellness Center’s Laser Allergy Relief Program helps patients with the LZR7™ System, which works by targeting the problem at its source – the immune system. Since medications and shots only treat symptoms, their results are only temporary and require continual daily, weekly and monthly doses for several years. Our system differs by painlessly and effectively identifying allergens and re-educating the immune system to no longer react inappropriately to allergens.

JuicyforSure™ produces local, artisan-crafted, luxurious and ecoconscious skin care products made with organic, wild-harvested and 100 percent pure plant botanicals. We offer body lotions and butters, which are always packaged in glass and free from parabens, pthalates and petroleum. All items are non-carcinogenic, will not disrupt hormones, are gluten-free, non-GMO and truly vegan. We sell to retail and wholesale customers. See ad, page 16.

2572 Oakstone Dr, LL Ste 2, Columbus 614-636-7420

Politics shouldn’t be the least heart-filled thing we do; it should be the most heart-filled thing we do. It should be a collective expression of our most enlightened selves. ~Marianne Williamson

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Dr. Jasmine Craner, DC, CSCS & Dr. Erik Hensel, DC 1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102, Columbus 614-407-5335 Active Edge takes a comprehensive approach to health care combining chiropractic, massage, physical therapy and nutritional counseling as needed to help you achieve and maintain optimal health through optimal function. We offer weekly educational Doc Talks, elective wellness programs, fitness classes and personal training services that empower you to get your edge on a healthy, active and vibrant life. See ad, page 27.


Beth Seemann, Clinically Trained Certified Colon Hydrotherapist Member of GPACT 307 Vernedale Dr (Lower Level), Mt. Vernon 740-392-3377 When combined with a healthy lifestyle, colon hydrotherapy helps maintain proper homeostasis, the correct stability and balance of the body’s internal environment. Gentle Waters uses a closed system called Toxygen, made by Dotolo, that is FDA(US)/ CE(EU) certified for medical use. We pair this with ColoLAVAGE, a safe and effective method of colonoscopy prep. Gentle Waters is the only colon hydrotherapist in Central Ohio that has been clinically trained in the ColoLAVAGE method. See ad, page 12.



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Tom & Amy Keating 305 E 5th Ave, Columbus 614-429-6330 Ohio’s premier green cleaning company, providing eco-friendly cleaning services to homes and businesses throughout the Greater Columbus area. We use Green Seal-certified cleaning solutions, and methods, multi-level HEPA-filtered vacuums, and microfiber tools and cloths. Our employees are screened, bonded and insured, and trained in the most progressive green cleaning techniques. See ad, page 29.


Kate Dixon, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist, Certified Microscopist Dr. Michael H. Fritz, Chiropractor, Certified Applied Kinesiologist, Certified Microscopist, Naturopathic Doctor 10223 Sawmill Pkwy, Powell 614-717-9144 We are proud to offer the only gravity centered, Class 1 (nonprescription), FDA classified device in the Columbus area. Colon Hydrotherapy, also known as Colon Irrigation or Colon Cleansing, involves cleaning the large intestine with warm purified water, to help free the colon of putrefied waste materials and bring the body back to proper digestive health. We use a four-phase water purification system. Please see our website for FAQs and a list of other services we provide.

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Debi Boyle, Owner and Certified Colon Hydrotherapist Linda Thatcher, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist 2511 Oakstone Dr, Columbus 740-704-7197 Colon hydrotherapy is a safe and effective method of removing waste from the large intestine without the use of drugs, through an open system, FDA approved Class II medical device. The potential benefits can make the digestive system more effective and regular, prevent constipation, detoxify the colon, facilitate weight loss, increase energy, improve concentration and decrease the risk of colon cancer.


Cameron Nicodemus, Owner 614-441-3199 Franklin County’s only residential food scraps collection service. Our priority is to divert your food scraps and other compostable material from the landfill to create nutrient rich compost that helps organic farmers create sustainable farming practices without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers. We provide the collection containers and pick up weekly while giving you the added satisfaction of being environmentally responsible for your disposal of compostables, reducing your waste and creating your green circle.

HEALING TOUCH ALPHA HEALING ARTS, LLC Jill Zimmerman Central Ohio 614-271-9338

Jill is a Healing Touch for Animals® Certified Practitioner and a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner. Her private practice provides energy therapy services to assist animals and their humans with their healing process. A variety of techniques are used for clients to receive treatments that meet their individual needs. Jill works with animals of any species and humans of any age who are facing physical, mental, emotional or spiritual concerns. She has a strong interest in energetically supporting animals and humans to overcome the effects of fear, anxiety, depression and trauma. Treatments for humans are provided in your home, in hospitals, nursing homes, hospice facilities. Animal treatments are offered in home or barn, vet’s office. See ad, page 36.


Sophia Sipes 1021 B Country Club Drive, Columbus 614-762-7312 We provide a patient care center that focuses on healing the whole person – mind, body and spirit. With a broader understanding about the nature of illnesses, healing and wellness, we combine the best of conventional, complementary and alternative medicine to achieve optimal health and healing. We carefully select the testing and diagnostic procedures to be integrated into individually customized treatment plans. See ad, page 26.



Dalila Reyes-Tulleners, RN, Certified Laser Therapist 2511 Oakstone Dr, Columbus 877-695-8504 / 614-423-8368 Laser therapy can provide increased joint flexibility and range of motion, muscle relaxation, faster wound healing, reduced fibrous (scar) tissue formation, analgesia, and relief from postherpetic neuralgia pain. Treatments are extremely safe and are an effective alternative to surgical procedures. They do not require the use of drugs and have virtually no side effects. Our Class IV Laser Therapy has faster and more effective results than other modalities of lasers because of its ability to reach deep tissues.


Massage therapy is the manipulation of superficial layers of muscle and connective tissue to enhance their function and promote overall relaxation. The benefits can include pain management, increased circulation and mobility, and cleansing the body of harmful toxins. The services we offer are Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Therapy, and Essential Oil Wraps for pain management, fatigue and weight loss.


Sheri Mollica-Toth, Owner, C.MI, IAMI 324 West Case St, Powell 614-787-0583 Om2Ohm will change the way you think about stress management. We offer Peace Management for individuals and groups, teaching management of daily peace as opposed to stress. Through Certified Meditation Instruction, Sound Healing, Chromotherapy, Mindfulness based guidance, Energy and Body Work we will transform and empower you. Allow yourself time for peace in our beautiful Om2Ohm wellness center, leave your worries at the door and enter into your “Om away from home”.

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best of times or the worst of times, it’s the only time we’ve got. ~Art Buchwald


1360 Cherry Bottom Rd, Gahanna 614-476-6159 Nature’s Path is a prominent source of vegetarian and vegan products, offering organic, ecoconscious and downto-earth items. Our mission is to promote a benevolent, eco-friendly and vegan lifestyle. We strive to be fertile ground where seeds of love can be planted to grow in health and harmony. See ad, page 7.


508 N Cassady Ave, Columbus 614-252-3951 The Bexley Natural Market is a not-for-profit cooperative grocery store dedicated to providing food of the highest possible nutritional quality to our members and community. We provide many local and organic products, bulk foods, organic herbs and spices, as well as a vast array of vitamins and supplements to support the health of our customers. We like to support local businesses and farmers by being a space in which their products are available. See ad, page 16.

RAISIN RACK NATURAL FOOD MARKET 2545 W Schrock Rd, Westerville 614-882-5886

Raisin Rack offers a complete variety of organic groceries, including gluten-free foods, vegan/vegetarian products, and dairy-free items. Bulk grains, herbs, nuts and seeds accompany organically-grown fruits and vegetables, as well as a complete selection of vitamins, minerals, herbals and other nutrients from leading national brands. See ad, page 39.


5890/5894 Chandler Court, Westerville 614-895-1433

We specialize in teaching Classical Pilates and upholding the Pilates Method to the highest standard. In addition to Pilates we offer a variety of specialty classes: Xtend Barre™, TRX, SPINNING® and Personal Training. We are committed to providing personal fitness programming to help you live a healthy lifestyle. See ad, page 23.

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REAL ESTATE DUNIGAN REAL ESTATE GROUP Cindy Dunigan, Realtor 3500 N High St, Columbus 614-361-8400

There are only a handful of Realtors in the Central Ohio area that carry the National Association of Realtors GREEN designation, and Cindy Dunigan is one of them. She has taken the initiative to encourage the industry to produce more sustainable homes, and helps communities to reduce their consumption by implementing sustainable practices. Cindy is devoted to reducing her own footprint on the environment, and lives by her motto: “We can make a significant impact on the world around us one person at a time.”


Linda Haley, RMT Director 1540 W 5th Ave, Columbus 614-486-8323




Dena Johnston RN, MSN, CCT 8570 Cotter St., Lewis Center 110 County Line Rd., Westerville 614-636-3362

Dr. Julia Keiser 6180 Linworth Rd, Worthington 614-848-5211

Thermography detects blood vessel and vascular changes, which can be precursors to disease. These changes can occur up to 10 years before a lump is large enough to be felt, or even seen on a mammogram. Thermography allows for the earliest possible detection of symptoms. It is a pain-free, radiation-free, non-invasive and non-compressive procedure. See ad, page 29.



HEALTH & HARMONY ANIMAL HOSPITAL Dr. Kimberly West & Dr. Evelyn Tannhof 1117 W 1st Ave, Columbus 614-360-3941


The Reiki Center is a comprehensive natural wellness center which understands the relationship between your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs. Practitioners work closely with you to bring each aspect of your life into greater harmony. See ad, page 36.

To honor our patients, Health & Harmony Animal Hospital ensures that each client is confident in the care they are receiving for their animal companion, comfortable with all aspects of the hospital and staff, as well as engaged in all areas of their pet’s health and well-being. We focus on the pet as a whole: mind, body and soul. See ad, page 29.


You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.

Dr. James Carlson 454 Lazelle Rd, Columbus 614-882-2100

Lifetime Pet Wellness Center is a full service veterinary hospital that practices both conventional and alternative medicine. We are not just a veterinary hospital, we are a facility that CARES. Lifetime Pet Wellness is a wonderful place to be, and you can feel it when you walk through our doors. See ad, page 5.

~Mahatma Gandhi

Worthington Optimal We l l n e s s h a s b e e n helping people reach their optimal health for over 25 years through; Master Level Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Expert Massage, Natural Weight Loss. Nutritional Cleansing, Allergy Cessation and other holistic treatments. Visit central Ohio’s most experienced and comprehensive wellness center at Worthington See ad, page 12.

Mary E. Coleman, Owner 65 E State St, Ste R103, Columbus 614-374-9369 On The Square Yoga, Making Yoga Accessible to Every Body, in the heart of Capital Square.


Jasmine Astra-elle Grace CEO , Partner, Registered Yoga Teacher 1081 N High St, Columbus 614-291-4444 Our core Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Hatha programs allow new students to safely learn yoga basics and explore their own body-mind connection, while our advanced asana classes and guest teachers offer the experienced student the opportunity to deepen their practice. We offer a number of specialty classes for moms-to-be, children, teens, and physically challenged or disabled students. See ad, page 14.

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Natural Awakenings of Central Ohio - December 2013 issue  

Central Ohio edition of the free monthly national health/wellness and sustainability publication.

Natural Awakenings of Central Ohio - December 2013 issue  

Central Ohio edition of the free monthly national health/wellness and sustainability publication.