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ecently, I found myself browsing the aisles at my local library searching for my next late night getaway story. Even in today’s digital literary culture, I still love the feel of a book (or magazine!) in my hands and the smell of the turning pages as my imagination blooms. It suddenly had me thinking about the way my own magazine has evolved over time. When Natural Awakenings launched in the late 90’s we were a print magazine. Then in the past decade, we launched our digital magazine in conjunction with our print magazine. Now we are thrilled to bring you the Natural Awakenings App for iPhones/iPads and mobile smart devices, along with the new web store. There is truly a shift in the way we share our valuable information. Whatever your literary choice, I hope you enjoy Natural Awakenings Magazine and that it takes your mind to new horizons. For an extra brain boost this month we’ve focused on how to achieve a healthy mind. Check out the article “How a Brain Grows” on page 21 and give your kids a healthy start. We also explore some fun new fitness classes in the article “Finding Fitness Bliss” on page 27. Whether you can or can’t dance, you can sure have fun trying with new classes like Nia or The Groove MethodTM or perhaps Piloxing (a cross between Pilates and boxing) will stir up your routine. In this month’s Healing Ways department starting on page 14, experts discuss tips for conflict Buckley resolution and stress management. We’ve also interviewed local professionals who offer advice and help in turning conflict into opportunities for a more productive path. Fairbanks Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center introduce us to Jack and Buckley, therapy dogs, used to help teach adolescents how to remain calm in tense situations. Last but certainly not least, we are approaching Valentine’s Day and this issue wouldn’t be complete without Jack a mention of relationships on page 31. The ancient Japanese art form of Wabi Sabi discovers grace in things modest, humble and unconventional. May the pages ahead expand your mind and open your heart so that you may receive all that is intended for you in magnificent abundance. Thoughtfully yours,

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ALL GET ALONG? Resolving Conflict

Benefits Mind and Body by Lisa Shumate


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Five Ways to Aid Development by Lisa Marshall


HEALTHY MIND More Then Just Exercise

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Dalai Lama

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Brendan to Extend Message of Love

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or more than a decade, counselor, teacher, radio host and humanitarian Richard Brendan has artfully conducted compelling interviews with the most compassionate and influential visionary leaders and social change artists in the world today. His ever-popular Richard Brendan...bringing love to life!TM show airs on 88.7 WICR-FM from 9 to 10 a.m. every Saturday, and he will begin stepping out from behind his radio mic to also share his timely, uplifting message with groups and organizations this year. Under the common theme of loving ourselves, one another and the Earth, the impressive list of guests on his show have included Dr. Patch Adams, Deepak Chopra, Judy Collins, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Marianne Williamson. Brendan is also executive producer and president of JourneysFire Productions which produces the show. Known as a “sacred activist”, Brendan has a huge heart for inspiring people of all ages to look for practical ways to create more love and compassion in their day-to-day living. He credits his often-fiery passion to the late Dr. Leo Buscaglia who started a similar movement about love in the 1970s. Brendan interviewed Dr. Buscaglia in 1998 shortly before his death. “Ever since then,” says Brendan, “I have known I am to pick up the torch that Leo left.” “A tender, compassionate concern for all creation will need to arise and reign in our hearts if we want to see a better world,” he says. “I believe the power of love is the fuel behind a dynamic movement for personal and social change. This truly is bringing love to life!” For more information, call 317-7961897 or visit See ad on page 17.


t the invitation of TIBETcenter, a not-for-profit Tibetan art and culture organization, His Holiness The XIV Dalai Lama will appear in Chicago to speak on the topic of non-violence, April 26, at the Gentile Arena of Loyola University, at the university’s Lake Shore campus. Beginning at 8 a.m., attendees will enjoy sacred chants and musical performances, and the talk begins at 9:30 a.m.

Loyola is donating space for the event, and approximately 4,000 tickets will be available for purchase by the general public, with an additional 452 tickets provided free to students in grades 11 and 12 throughout Illinois. Winners of an essay contest will be featured onstage. The Tibetan community will welcome His Holiness with a traditional, Tibetan-style reception that showcases Tibetan costumes and jewelry, including the participation of 76 Tibetans of all ages. As numbers hold special significance in Tibetan culture, the number 76 was selected to match the age of His Holiness. This group will perform a customary song in slow motion, and a boy and a girl will perform a Droso Chemar offering; an offering made in connection with Losar, the Tibetan New Year, and in accordance with the reception of high lamas. For tickets, visit TIBETCenter See ad page 2.


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Advance Your Spiritual Evolution via Transmission Meditation


re you concerned about the world’s wellbeing and searching for a way to contribute? Interested in transforming yourself while also simultaneously serving humanity? You are invited to join a free Transmission Meditation group, which meets every Sunday afternoon at a private home in Indianapolis, south of Broad Ripple. This meditation provides a simple, yet potent, form of world service that can advance your own spiritual evolution. When you participate in Transmission Meditation—easy to learn with no prior meditation experience required—you act as an instrument for distributing potent spiritual energies which help the healing and transformation of our planet. These energies flow through the group and then are directed out into the world where they are much needed. According to Benjamin Creme on TransmissionMeditation. org, there is no other form of service as potent and far-reaching that requires such a small expenditure of effort. You can achieve 20 years of personal growth from one year of consistent Transmission Meditation.   For more information, call Dave at 317-283-1152 or visit Transmission See ad on page 11.

Healing Workshop To Take Place at Harmony Farm in February

A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body. ~Benjamin Franklin


eeking to find inner peace? Intent Heals Journal workshop is being held on February 4, 2012 from 10am-12pm at Harmony Farm, a retreat center for the healing arts located only two hours drive from Indy. The Intent Heals Journal workshop provides a tangible way to experience gratitude, forgiveness and intentional prayer. Being in a wellness retreat setting, finding comfort in the workshop and fellowship with participants, offers inner peace and inspiration with which to begin this new year. Research on stress reduction reveals that anger, anxiety and worry significantly increase the risk of heart disease, including sudden cardiac death. Managing emotional stress is balanced by inner peace and quiet settings and increases the chance of surviving a heart ailment. The Intent Heals Journal workshop assists and supports the healing process using Chakra meditation, journal writing, and group process. Harmony Farm is a wellness retreat offering massage, meditation, raindrop therapy, Reiki, Sacred geometry and holistic health workshops that inspire and nourish the spirit, mind and body. The Farm is also a certified organic and biodynamic farm located in gently rolling hills of the Great Miami River valley. Farming is done intentionally to support and revitalize the soil to achieve sustainability. Harmony Farms is located in Tipp City, Ohio. Class fee of $35 includes journal and silk bag. Register online at natural awakenings




Experience Oops! Journeys at Mother Nature’s Sun


magine a journey, if only for an hour, to a higher elevation and vibration of yourself, to experience a spectrum of vibrational modalities that recalibrate your energy frequencies and lead you to pure dimensions of your well-being, dissolving your mind chatter and truly expanding your heart. Wendy Morrison, owner of Mother Nature’s Sun, in Broad Ripple, plus Iva Nasr, both seasoned professionals with years of experience, unite with a strong passion to provide transformational modalities that comprise Oops! (Out of Pure Science and Sound)® at a special rate in February plus offer Group Oops! Experiences at the center so as many as possible can shift into higher fields of awareness and experience this magic for themselves. Quantum Entrainment, Sound therapy, Crystal energy, and Channeled messages are but some of the many pieces of this playground of color, sound, and quantum leaps that you may experience in Oops! Sharing the modality of integrity, expertise, and Oops! playfulness is precisely timed with the shifts in consciousness: the intense and extraordinary changes that are happening now in each of us, our human family, and our planet. Location: 6156 Ferguson St. For more information or to make an appointment, call Morrison at 317-253-5683 (LOVE), visit or email

Burn Fat with Boresha Coffee


oresha International introduces thermogenic fat-burning Skinny Coffee to the coffee-loving community. BSkinny Coffee, a patented low-glycemic coffee, can help you burn fat while you enjoy your morning, afternoon, or evening cup. It helps balance hunger, combat stress-related eating, increase energy levels, and thermogenically burn fat from your fat cells all within your favorite cup of coffee. Dr. Ann de Wees Allen’s Skinny Coffee compound has been joined with Boresha International’s Fair Trade and certified organic coffees. BSkinny Coffee works through the patented Buffered Caffeine process, designed to create maximum adipose tissue fat burning, block cephalic response, and create glycemical balanced energy. The company says Skinny Coffee is the only patented fat-burning coffee that does not spike the blood sugar and has been scientifically proven to shrink the size of the fat cell. Skinny Coffee activates the body and instructs it to use the fat in your fat cells and burn it for energy, instead of your glucose or muscle, so it literally burns fat. The thermogenic fat burning turns the fat in the fat cells into heat, and as it’s dispelled, we feel that in the form of energy. The other benefits of Skinny Coffee is the low-glycemic matrix, helping the body curb appetite and combating stress-related eating so people feel fuller longer and don’t crave sugary foods throughout the day. For more information, visit See ad on page 28.


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wo lucky winners will enjoy a weeklong stay at a much-loved boutique health retreat in Costa Rica, sponsored by Natural Awakenings and Farm of Life (Finca de Vida). Secluded high in the cooling mountains above Dominical with views of the Pacific Ocean, Farm of Life offers yoga classes, health counseling, educational retreats, a wide variety of area activities, and a delicious raw food menu featuring fresh produce from their permaculture garden. The property features spring-fed pools, an organic farm, mountainside yoga deck with sunset views of the Pacific Ocean, an inviting common house, and delightful hilltop cottages and cabins. The prize includes shared accommodations for two, ground transportation to and from the San José airport, nightly dinners, and use of the communal kitchen and the farm’s fruits and vegetables to prepare your own breakfast and lunches. Winners will also enjoy health coaching, yoga sessions, two waterfall hikes, a beach excursion, permaculture farm tour, and tour of Manuel Antonio National Park. The best part is simply relaxing in this very special mountain retreat with like-minded international guests while learning how to create a healthier lifestyle. Owners Jody and Brian Calvi have a well-deserved reputation for attentive, loving service and skillful health counseling devoted to helping guests explore the inner world of personal health while enjoying the peaceful, healing and inspirational natural surroundings.

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Pinecone Center Offers Yoga and Fitness on 53rd Street

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge. ~Thomas Carlyle


inecone Center offers yoga classes each weekend morning and various yoga and fitness classes at 5:30 and 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The facility, catering to people of all ages that want to improve their flexibility, strength, fitness and joie de vivre in a quiet setting with soothing music and no hustle-bustle, is also available for meetings and special events. Pinecone Center is professional, but unpretentious. If you don’t have a yoga mat or the latest exercise clothing, haven’t seen that slim waistline in years, or lost your flexibility long ago, leave any such concerns at the door. Pinecone’s renowned yoga instructors include Nancy Schalk, Carol TharpPerrin, Mimi Sosa, Latin Caldwell and Diane Hancock. Judy Hanna, Lynn SpencerNelson and Maureen Dobie teach belly dancing, hula hooping and adult tap dance, respectively. Also, Andra Faye Hinkle offers lessons in voice, violin and various other musical instruments while Karla Carter teaches hip-hop and modern dance to preschoolers. Pinecone Center is named from an unusual event during a final relaxation. Imagine being flat on your back, breathing consciously, when something begins floating toward you from behind your closed eyelids. As it gets close, you realize, “Hey, that’s a pinecone!” and, zip, it floats right into your forehead. That is what happened to Maureen Dobie years ago, so when a commercial building in Rocky Ripple was for sale, she grabbed and rehabilitated it with the intention of honoring that pinecone “gift.”

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Seaweed Loves the Heart


ome relish seaweed, while others eye it with culinary suspicion. Now an article in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry reports that many scientists have identified seaweed as a rich, potential source of heart-healthy food ingredients. A review of nearly 100 studies shows that seaweed and other microalgae could rival milk products as sources of important bioactive peptides. Maria Hayes, Ph.D., and her colleagues at the Teagasc Food Research Centre, in Dublin, Ireland, concluded that certain seaweed proteins work just like the bioactive peptides in milk products to reduce blood pressure, almost like angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor drugs. Thus, they could be used as ingredients in functional foods like soups and health beverages to provide nutrition, while offering medicinal effects in treating or preventing heart disease. Seaweeds are a neglected alternative source of these bioactive peptides in this country, the researchers state, noting its popularity in other cultures. Varieties of seaweed are known as nori in Japan, dulse in coastal parts of Europe and limu palahalaha in native Hawaiian cuisine. I n a d d i t i o n , n o t e s H ay e s , “Seaweeds are a known source of essential fatty acids, which are thought to reduce thrombosis and atherosclerosis—factors important in the reduction of the risk of heart disease.”

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esearchers from the University of Massachusetts Medical School that collected blood from volunteers to study how drinking alcohol affects monocytes, the white blood cells that are part of the immune system, made an unwelcome discovery. Alcohol can worsen the effects of disease and lengthen the recovery period following trauma, injury or burns. It both impairs the body’s antiviral immune response, especially in the liver, and increases inflammation, so think twice before downing another hot toddy. Source: BioMed Central

Does Yawning Cool the Brain?


hen we feel the urge to yawn in cooler weather, we should succumb—it might do us good. New research suggests that beyond signaling fatigue or boredom, yawning might be a physical reaction to cool an “overheated” brain. A study at Princeton University is the first to show that the frequency of yawning varies with the season and that people are less likely to yawn when the heat outdoors exceeds body temperature. The research monitored 160 people, 80 per season, during winter and summer in Tucson, Arizona. According to the researchers’ theory, it is possible that yawning in cooler temperatures works to cool the brain, while yawning in warmer conditions appears to provide no similar relief. Research associate Andrew Gallup remarks, “The applications of this research are intriguing… for better understanding diseases and conditions such as multiple sclerosis or epilepsy, which are accompanied by frequent yawning and thermoregulatory dysfunction.” Excessive yawning may prove a helpful diagnostic tool.

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Meditation Boosts Brain Power


niversity of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers first discovered that specific regions in the brains of long-term meditators were larger and contained more gray matter than those of a non-meditating control group; that was in 2009. Now, a follow-up study by the UCLA Laboratory of Neuro Imaging suggests people that meditate regularly also display stronger neuronal connections between brain regions and less age-related atrophy (shrinkage) in all areas of the brain. The study comprised 27 active meditation practitioners (average age 52) and 27 control subjects, matched by age and sex. The number of years of meditation ranged from five to 46 and included various styles. Using a type of brain imaging known as diffusion tensor imaging, or DTI—a new imaging mode that provides insights into the structural connectivity of the brain—the researchers found that long-term meditators have white matter fibers that are either more numerous, more dense or more insulated, throughout the brain. Although such tissue tends to decline with age, the study suggests that it can be preserved through active meditation practices. Researcher Eileen Luders remarks, “If practiced regularly and over years, meditation may slow down aging-related brain atrophy, perhaps by positively affecting the immune system. Meditation appears to be a powerful mental exercise with the potential to change the physical structure of the brain.”


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Here’s the Deal There’s Three Sides to Every Good Deal! By Linda Sechrist


one are the days when shoppers had to either wait for the postman to deliver the weekly circular so they could clip coupons, or for a special holiday sale so they could get a bargain at a local retail establishment. Today’s bargain lovers can seize the moment with an iPhone or Smart Phone, which have given mobile status to “couponing”, making it easy to check a coupon APP mid-morning and find a light lunch deal that weighs in at heavy discount. Definitely a trend, 10% of all mobile phone users redeem coupons—a number that is expected to reach 16.5% by 2013, according to Microsoft.

The Coupon Service

Renee Sweany can attest to the fact that it is easy to get caught up in the excitement of a good deal because she does it for a living. As the founder of Green Piece Indy, a twice-weekly newsletter offering green lifestyle tips on how to be more considerate of the environment, Sweany has been connecting Indianapolis residents with greener options since 2008. In December 2010, she launched her GreenClipping website with daily deals. “The response to GreenClipping was good and now I have 4,000 subscribers, which are a target audience for the local green businesses that I promote,” says Sweany,


who notes that subscribers download and print coupons, which they redeem within a time-sensitive period.

Lessons from Coupon Merchants

To build her business, Wendy Morrison, owner of Mother Nature’s Sun, has tried several coupon services including GreenClipping. “I’ve also tried Deal Chicken, Living Social and Groupon,” says Morrison, who points out that coupon services—discount rates negotiated for customers, restrictions on redemption dates, wordings for description of services, and results generated--can differ from company to company. “I think it’s really important that I get to describe my services clearly without cutesy marketing phrases so that coupon users are certain about what they are getting. Restrictions on these things make it challenging for businesses that offer massage, bodywork, sound and energy services similar to mine,” advises Morrison. “I had good experiences with GreenClipping,” says Morrison, who notes that many of her GreenClipping coupon clients return for additional services. Morrison has tracked other coupon services to determine her return rates and the profitability of her investment. “I learned early on to ask if coupon redeemers used Groupon or Living Social coupons often. If they were

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frequent users, then I knew they were “deal hoppers” who wouldn’t be back,” explains Morrison. According to Morrison, Groupon and Living Social demanded at least a 50% discount off the regular price of the 90-minute massage she offered. The client is charged $55 (on a credit or debit card) for the normally $110 massage and Groupon gets 50% of this cost for administrative and marketing fees. “In other words, I received $27.50 for a 90-minute massage,” says Morrison, who admits that she was initially too inexperienced to realize that it was not a win-win situation. “It’s a lesson I wouldn’t repeat,” she says. Another lesson Morrison learned was not to schedule too many “coupon customers” that would crowd out her full-paying clients. Mindi Epstein, Director of Marketing and Membership for Arthur M. Glick JCC, has twice used the services of Groupon as a marketing tool to introduce the programs and services of JCC Indianapolis to the public. Satisfied with the results but frustrated with getting bounced around, Epstein explains. “Groupon can be difficult to work with because they hold all the cards and don’t always give notice of when they are going to run your deal. As a merchant, that means that you have to suddenly jump to have all systems in place for the

onrush of coupon callers or users, and that’s definitely not a good thing,” she says. “It appears that they select the daily deals that make them the most money.”

Coupon Users

The fact that Coupon Groupies aren’t always loyal is something that Epstein can also attest to. “I love treating myself to a facial but can’t afford to pay full price for one. I’m not a loyal customer. Every time I see a half-off coupon for a facial, I buy it, wherever it is offered.” says Epstein. Nancy Caniff, publisher of Natural Awakenings Magazine, has purchased several local deals from Groupon and Living Social. “Watching that timer tick down to the deal expiration is my motivation” says Caniff, whose deals have included: a box of local foods (fruits and veggies), full-day bicycle rental, and comedy club passes. “I used the food voucher immediately, but accidentally let the bicycle rental expire,” she advises. “Buying “deals” has given me an opportunity to try products and services at less than full price, and I’ve enjoyed it, but in the back of my mind, I wondered if it was positively impacting the business,” remarks Caniff,

who has partnered with and is helping introduce a new concept in discount buying:

A New Deal in Town – (NGD) is partnering with its “official media partner” Natural Awakenings Magazine, to offer fair deals for the community and the merchants. “We’re really excited about this partnership,” says Caniff, who believes that NGD chose Natural Awakenings Magazine for its 40,000 loyal readers, who pick up their monthly issues at over hundreds of local distribution sites. “Plus, we host a Natural Living Fair in the community that attracts thousands of guests,” advises Caniff. “It was a natural fit, which will give NGD merchants even better exposure to people who are more likely to be repeat customers.” Caniff also sees NGD as a perfect fit for businesses and readers of Natural Awakenings Magazine because their

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goal is to strengthen the local business economy by helping the merchant select the best possible deal to gain new and repeat customers. “Customers can feel good about buying the deal because they know they are supporting a local business, which will garner more attention and exposure with Natural Awakenings as the official media partner,” remarks Caniff. is to poised to become a national company with many markets already underway. “I’ve been told that an iPhone APP is under construction,” says Caniff, who notes that after sharing the new concept of, which also favors the merchant, Morrison and Epstein are eager to take the new winwin model out for a trial drive. For more information visit or subscribe by texting NGDeals to 70259 from your mobile phone. See ad on page 8 and back cover.




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Improving Communication with Animal Assisted Therapy by Beth Davis


t Fairbanks Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center, the oldest nonprofit treatment center in America, counselors have taken a new approach to teaching adolescents about healthy communication. More than a year ago, they implemented Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) in its HOWSE program, a transitional recovery program for adolescents, ages 15 to 19. HOWSE counselor, Erin Flick, says she’s seen a noticeable difference in the kids’ behavior thanks to Jack, a golden retriever, and Buckley, a Great Dane. “The animals provide the kids with unconditional love and support, which allows them to begin moving toward emotional healing,” says Flick. But that’s certainly not all these dogs are providing. Because most domestic animals shy away from aggressive behavior, AAT is helping the teens learn that quiet, gentle behavior will get better results. “It really teaches them how to communicate and handle potentially stressful situations,” explains Flick. In fact, studies have shown that spending time with a friendly animal, even if only for a short time, increases the amount of endorphins that are released into the body and decreases the levels of cortisol—a hormone that controls stress. So, AAT can actually help the teens feel calmer and therefore able to manage conflict in a positive way. “Instead of telling someone to ‘shut up’ or ‘move,’ they become more aware of one another’s feelings and more willing to express what they feel as well,” explains Flick. “Plus, it helps make them accountable for their own actions.” For teens who struggle with substance abuse or addiction, this can play a vital role in their recovery. Flick says many of the teens in the program often come in with a lack of boundaries and a possible history of abuse or neglect. The dogs help teach the teenagers the concept of appropriate touch and gentle relations. By introducing a trained therapy animal into the HOWSE program, Fairbanks has not only assisted these teens in learning how to better communicate, but has also helped in restoring a positive self-image and ability to trust others and themselves. Fairbanks Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center is located at 8102 Clearvista Parkway in Indianapolis. For information, call 317-849-8222 or visit 14

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Resolving conflict benefits mind and body. by Lisa Shumate


significant amount of wear-and-tear on the body comes from prolonged unresolved conflict—from not letting go, holding grudges and reliving situations over and over in your head,” says Raj Dhasi, a Toronto-based conflict management consultant who specializes in the physiological impacts of conflict. “But if conflict happens and my mindset is: ‘I can handle this. We can work through this,’ that is phenomenally beneficial for the brain and body.” Dhasi explains that when faced with any conflict—whether it’s an angry boss, disgruntled n e i g h b o r, p o l i t i c a l o p p o n e n t o r u n t i dy teen in the house—our limbic system responds swiftly by igniting a cascade of stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol and spiking our heart rate and blood pressure. Meanwhile, our prefrontal cortex—the part of the brain responsible for thinking things through and putting the brakes on emotional, irrational behaviors—begins to slowly light up. The fundamental problem is that in the race to mount a response, the limbic system often wins, prompting us to greet conflict impulsively by raising our voice and saying things we later

regret before our rational brain has time to step in. On the flip side, many of us avoid conflict altogether, harboring discontent in such a way that we feel powerless or even threatened. Making matters worse, our fight-or-flight response never quite goes away, says Gary Harper, author of The Joy of Conflict Resolution: Tr a n s f o r m i n g Victims, Villains and Heroes in the Workplace and at Home. “More people are stressed out by not dealing with a conflict than with dealing with it,” Harper observes. “If you deal with it in the moment, it allows you to let it go.”

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Pause, Breathe, Consider

Harper advises that one way to deal with conflict on the spot is to pause and give our more rational side a chance to arrive at a solution. “Before you react, slow down, take a deep breath and listen to your inner dialogue,” he says. “In that deep breath, you might realize that you need five minutes [to consider a response].” If you still remain in attack mode, it might not be the best time to respond. He adds that while no conflict should be avoided altogether, careful consideration might lead us to conclude that some battles aren’t worth fighting. Ask yourself: How important is this person to me? How important is this issue to me? “If neither is vital to you, save your energy for a better use. If the issue is not important, but the relationship is, it’s okay to accommodate or give in sometimes,” he says.

Be Direct and Follow-Up

Some conflicts are worth confronting. Then, Barbara Pachter, a business


communications consultant and author of The Power of Positive Confrontation, offers what she calls the WAC approach for dealing with most cases of work and family conflict. W: Ask yourself: What is really bothering me? “A lot of times, people don’t do this. They just say, ‘This person is a jerk,’ rather than specifying the problem.” A: Ask them for a solution. “We often complain, but we don’t identify a solution,” she says. “Determine what is going to solve the problem for you and ask for it.” C: Check in. “Turn it over to the other person and ask for their response. Inquire: ‘Is this possible? What do you think?’” All the while, stay curious about the other person’s perspective, suggests Harper. “We tend to see ourselves as the innocent victim, or we go into hero mode and tend to see the other person as the villain,” he says. “Of course, the other person is doing the same thing, and that makes collaboration tough.” Instead, ask sincere questions—and really listen.

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Terrie McCants, coordinator of the conflict resolution program at Kansas State University, notes that in some cases, especially when deeply held values such as politics or faith are involved, resolving conflict isn’t necessarily about reaching an agreement. “You cannot negotiate people’s values. Sometimes, these are things that people are willing to lie down and die for,” she says. “Instead, sometimes you might need to agree to disagree.” In the end, whether the conflict is a minor disagreement at home, a workplace quarrel or a complicated political dispute, the process of properly working through it can leave both parties feeling stronger and improve their communities. “Conflict forces you to problem-solve collaboratively and come up with options and elegant solutions,” she explains. “If handled well, it can add brilliant things to your life.” Lisa Shumate is a freelance writer in Boulder, CO.

Resolving Conflict in Divorce

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raditionally, the words divorce and conflict seem to be synonymous, but according to local attorney, Carl J. Becker of Newton Becker Bouwkamp Pendoski, PC, it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, couples under the stress of failing marriages can truly flourish when given strength produced from simple knowledge and understanding. Becker says one of the keys to keeping the peace during dissolution of marriage is simply education. “One of the first things we do for our clients is make sure they have an understanding of the rules and the process—how it works, the duties and responsibilities of each party, what rights they have and how it will impact them, their spouse and their children—they can then use that information when developing proper responses to potentially negative situations.” Once individuals are armed with this information, the difference is palpable— they are calmer and more confident in their knowledge, which can create a more positive experience for everyone involved. To help avoid any unnecessary conflict, Becker says it’s crucial that spouses and/ or ex-spouses respond to communications in ways that will not encourage further conflict. “The goal is to take the emotion out of it and simply exchange factual information,” he explains. “If you take a positive approach, then you’ll often have a more positive response.” Recognizing this is not always easy, Becker suggests that families meet with therapists and counselors to help them cope with divorce and all that entails. Plenty of free resources also exist—from reading materials to churches and groups—that are designed to support families and help them optimistically move forward.

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Already, one in five people older than 65 suffer from “mild cognitive impairment” (persistent memory problems severe enough to be noticeable by others). According to the Alzheimer’s Association, if we live to age 90, as many as half of us could ultimately be diagnosed with that disease.

The good news: Such fates are far from inevitable. “People seem to expect that as soon as we start to need reading glasses, we should also expect some of these cognitive issues to arise, but it does not need to be that way,” says Naples, Florida-based Neurology Doctor David Perlmutter, co-author of Power up Your Brain. “You can absolutely do things early on in life and throughout your lifetime that work to maintain the bulk and function of the brain.”

Here’s how:

A Brain-Building Blueprint How to Keep the Mind Young and Memory Sharp by Lisa Marshall

“Have you seen my keys?” “Now, why did I come in here?” “Her name is on the tip of my tongue.” If you catch yourself uttering such phrases, listen up:


emory generally starts to decline in our 30s, as the brain shrinks with age. One of the first and most prominent signs is that ‘tip of the tongue’ phenomenon,” advises neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt, Ph.D., co-author of Welcome to Your Brain. Studies show that the adult brain can shrink as much as one-half to 1 percent annually in midlife, as 18

neurons in the prefrontal cortex and hippocampus wither and the branches between them thin. Add hormonal changes, which can starve gray matter of nourishing estrogen and progesterone; less-than-stellar cardiovascular health, which tends to limit blood flow to the brain; and a gummy protein called amyloid plaque, which can hamper neuronal function; and cognitive decline may be exacerbated.

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Stay lean. It may seem counterintuitive, but mounting evidence suggests that in order to grow a bigger brain, many of us should be eating less. “The key to the brain maintaining and even regenerating itself is the activation of a set of genes that code for a protein called brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF),” explains Perlmutter. “BDNF is significantly enhanced in people that simply cut down their calorie consumption.” Several animal and human studies support this conclusion. One 2009 study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, divided 50 men and women age 50 and older into three groups that slashed calorie intake by 20 percent, 30 percent and not at all. After three months, the groups that restricted their calories saw their verbal memory scores jump by more than 20 percent. Perlmutter notes that just being overweight in the prime of life can promote excess inflammation and free radical production—two enemies of a healthy brain. A 2005 study of 10,000 men and women conducted by researchers at Kaiser Permanente found that people that were obese in their

early 40s had a 74 percent increased risk of developing dementia later in life. “Just a 25 percent reduction in calories over one month’s time can have a profound effect on boosting memory,” Perlmutter notes. Eat a brain-building diet. Aside from cutting calories, experts say it’s critical to load up on foods that boost neurogenesis (the development of new brain cells) and stall brain atrophy. Eating more fish (or omega-3 supplements), adding fruits and vegetables and cutting back on refined carbohydrates do just that, advises Dr. Christiane Northrup, obstetrician, gynecologist and author of Women’s Bodies Women’s Wisdom. “The brain is mostly made up of omega-3 fats, and many women, in particular, are lacking them in their diet,” she observes. Perlmutter notes that supplementing one’s intake of omega-3 fatty acid DHA, present in fatty fish and marine algae, has been shown to switch on the genes that jumpstart BDNF production. DHA is also anti-inflammatory and promotes healthy blood flow to the brain. But people shouldn’t wait too long to load up on it. One 2010 trial of 485 healthy adults with mild memory complaints found

that those who took 900 milligrams per day of algae-based DHA supplements for six months made significantly fewer errors on memory tests than they had at the study’s onset. Another study by the National Institute on Aging, however, found that DHA supplementation had little impact on patients once severe dementia had set in. So, sooner is better. Healthy fats aside, dark-colored fruits such as blackberries, blueberries and plums are all rich with antioxidants, substances known to scavenge cell-damaging free radicals in the brain. Also, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and broccoli sprouts contain a powerful compound called sulforaphane, believed to boost the body’s own production of antioxidants. One famous 2005 study followed 13,388 women over several decades, and found that those that ate the most cruciferous vegetables and leafy greens stayed mentally sharp for far longer than those that ate the least. New research from Rush University, in Chicago, further suggests that a deficiency of B12, found in fish, liver, milk and eggs, may hasten brain shrinkage as previously functioning cells die off. Overloading on refined carbohydrates like white flour, pasta

and potatoes carries a similar result. “Elevated blood sugar can destroy the brain,” advises Perlmutter, pointing to a 2005 study in the journal Neurology, which linked accelerated brain shrinkage with elevated blood sugar. Prevent hormonal havoc. Ebbing hormones can also have a measurable impact on our ability to recall words and follow through on tasks, says Hawaii naturopathic physician Laurie Steelsmith, author of Natural Choices for Women’s Health. One 2009 University of California study of 2,362 women between the ages of 42 and 52 found that 60 percent suffered memory and mentalprocessing problems. “I hear about it almost every day from women in my practice,” comments Steelsmith. “They’re trying to find the word for, say, ‘garlic’ or ‘pen,’ and it just won’t come to them. It can be very frustrating.” Steelsmith notes that estrogen plays a critical role in influencing verbal and spatial memory and fine motor skills and bolstering the blood-brain barrier to keep toxins out. Meanwhile, progesterone acts on the same brain receptors that Valium does, promoting calm and aiding sleep. In the days immediately prior to menstruation,

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when estrogen and progesterone levels are low, or once women begin to approach menopause and they stay low, the brain feels it. In an ideal world, the adrenal glands kick in to pick up where the ovaries leave off—producing sex hormones. “But women that are stressed out or not nourishing themselves tend to experience adrenal fatigue, so their adrenals are not able to act as a secondary source of hormones,” says Steelsmith. For ovulating women, she recommends taking 100 to 175 milligrams (mg) daily of the herb Rhodiola rosea during the second half of the menstrual cycle to support fatigued adrenal glands and ward off hormone-related brain fog. If the condition occurs only for a few days before a menstrual period, and is accompanied by tender breasts, lack of sleep and heavy monthly bleeding, the problem may be low progesterone. For that, try the herb chaste tree berry during the second half of the menstrual cycle, or consider a low dose, over-the-counter progesterone cream, says Northrup. For post-menopausal women, she recommends taking up to 50 mg per day of pregnenolone, an adrenal hormone that the body naturally converts into estrogen and progesterone. (While pregnenolone is available over the counter, Steelsmith suggests that women have a naturopath first test their hormone levels in order to determine an appropriate dose.) Or, older men and women experiencing age-related memory loss can try a soy-based nutritional supplement called phosphatidylserine (PS), which is believed to bolster cell-to-cell communication and levels of the memory-boosting neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Exercise mind and body. Aamodt notes that a common cause of cognitive decline is the accumulation of clogged blood vessels in the brain that choke off blood and oxygen. Thus, “Regular exercise is the single most useful thing you can do to maintain your cognitive abilities later in life,” she says. Recent studies by researchers at the University of Illinois and elsewhere have shown that as little as 45 minutes of aerobic exercise, three times per week, may not only stall agerelated brain atrophy in the elderly, but even help regenerate parts of the brain that have withered. “There is no medication on the planet that can do that,” says Perlmutter. Brain exercise is helpful, as well. Exposure to new experiences prompts the brain to literally lay down new neuronal networks, becoming stronger. A 2009 Mayo Clinic study found that of 1,300 people ages 70 to 89, those that had regularly engaged in mentally challenging activities in their 50s and 60s (such as playing games, quilting, building model airplanes, or learning a new language or instrument) were 40 percent less likely to suffer memory problems. The key, advise the experts, is not to stick with the same crossword puzzle for years. Instead, try something new. As Steelsmith puts it: “Use it or lose it.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer headquartered near Boulder, CO. Connect at 20

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HOW A BRAIN GROWS Five Ways to Aid Development by Lisa Marshall

Parents that believe playing Beethoven for their infant, investing in educational videos for their toddler or forcing school-age youngsters to sit still and study for hours will help them to build a better brain have another “think” coming.

eople are anxious to do everything they can to improve their child’s intelligence, yet many are focusing their energy in places where they are not getting the best payoff for it,” says neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt, Ph.D., co-author of Welcome to Your Child’s Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College. In their new book, Aamodt and Princeton University Neuroscience Professor Sam Wang try to dispel what they believe are many myths that have led parents to worry too much about the influence they can have on a child’s cognitive development and in some cases, have led to doing more harm than good. Aamodt says that genetics and thousands of years of human evolution have already exerted a heavy influence on a child’s developmental future before he or she is born. In the absence of abuse and neglect, and with good nutrition and a stimulating environment, a child’s brain “raises itself” in many ways, the authors maintain. Meanwhile, they argue that there is little scientific evidence showing that factors like birth order and exposure to classical music and educational videos have an impact on cognitive development. “Children come ‘out of the box’ with individual temperaments that strongly influence the possible paths they can take through life,” Aamodt observes. “Most parents believe that they can have a bigger influence on their child’s personalities than they actually do. They should relax and enjoy their kids more.” The authors offer these scientifically backed tips for parents and caregivers to influence a child’s developing brain: Don’t stress during pregnancy. “The hormones produced in the mother’s body during stressful times can cross over into the placenta, exposing the child. If it’s a chronic condition, it can lead to problems with brain development,” counsels Aamodt. One 2008 review paper from Harvard Medical School led researchers to conclude that babies born to stressed mothers are more likely to suffer from autism spectrum disorders. Others, from researchers in Canada and the UK, found that

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women that endure natural disasters while pregnant are more likely to have babies that suffer from schizophrenia, decreased IQ and depression. Animal research has repeatedly demonstrated that babies of stressed mothers often grow up with touchy stressresponse systems. Switch off the baby videos. University of Washington researchers have found that baby educational videos, like Baby Einstein and Brainy Baby fail to boost language skills and may actually slow acquisition of vocabulary. “For every hour per day spent watching baby DVDs and videos, infants understood an average of six to eight fewer words than infants that did not watch them,” the report said. Other research by the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that exposure to action-packed videos may increase the risk of development of attention disorders. “Babies are wired to learn from other people, and every period of time they are not interacting with people because they are watching TV interferes with that face-to-face interaction,” says Aamodt. Teach a second language. Bilingual children consistently outperform single-language speakers in tests of


executive brain function (a measure of organizational and planning skills) and tend to be better at making choices and understanding other people’s perspectives, Aamodt says. “The very first act of speech for a bilingual person is picking which language to use, and you do that based on your understanding of the other person’s perspective.” Aamodt recommends exposing youngsters to a second language in infancy—if possible, just by speaking to them in a different language—and exploring more formal instruction before the age of 8. Foster self-control. “Ultimately, parents can make the biggest difference in their child’s adult quality of life by promoting self-control,” Aamodt says. Recent research published in the journal Science and elsewhere suggests that children with greater self-control (meaning they can resist temptation, stay on task and control their own behavior) achieve greater success in school, the workplace and their personal lives. “Preschool children’s ability to resist temptation is a much better predictor of academic success than their IQ scores,” Aamodt notes.

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She recommends engaging and progressively more challenging tasks. “You want to stretch the child just a little; get them to do something a little bit hard, but that they can succeed at if they concentrate.”

Encourage study breaks. “Some very old science tells us that to learn effectively, you need to take breaks and allow your brain to consolidate what you have already learned before you go back and try to learn some more,” says Aamodt. “If you study a total of an hour, you will learn twice as much if you break it up into two 30-minute spans.” Hooray for recess. Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer headquartered near Boulder, CO. Connect at


Yoga for a Healthy Mind by Beth Davis


oga is a science that has been practiced for thousands of years and consists of observations and principles about the mind and body connection that are now being proven by modern medicine. Though it is often thought of as a fitness exercise, the physical benefits are only the beginning. Yoga is aimed to unite the mind, body and spirit through meditation, breathing and physical postures. This integrated approach leads to ultimate physical health and happiness together with the achievement of mental peace and tranquility. In other words, yoga creates not only a healthy body, but also a healthy mind. Amy Thomas, a psychotherapist and nationally certified yoga instructor at Flourish Yoga, says taking care of our body through physical fitness helps calm the mind; and a calm mind is a healthy one. “Yoga helps us still our thoughts and have a clearer, calmer, more peaceful existence while awake,” she explains. “If our thoughts and mind are peaceful, then

it positively affects our physical health.” In fact, several recent studies documenting yoga’s psychological benefits suggest that yoga may help strengthen social attachments, reduce stress, and relieve anxiety, depression and insomnia. Yoga has also been shown to improve mood, concentration, memory and selfacceptance. So just how do we take the time to slow down from the hustle and bustle of life? Thomas recognizes that it can be difficult. “We get so caught up in things we should be doing instead of living in the moment and finding peace in that moment,” she notes. She suggests finding the yoga practice that is right for you. “There are so many different styles and approaches—from gentle to fastpaced—so it is important to take the time to find what works,” she notes. “Most

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importantly, don’t give up. Decide what it is you want from your yoga practice and ask an instructor for advice. You may not find that clarity of mind right away, but with regular practice it will all come together.” Fo r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n , c o n t a c t Flourish Yoga at 317-841-0103 or visit See ad on page 25.




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Exercise to Beat the Blues

Staying Active Lifts Our Spirits by Priscilla Goudreau-Santos

Depression affects about one in 10 adults each year and nearly twice as many women as men, according to the American Psychiatric Association. Although exercise may feel like the last thing you want to do when you are feeling blue, it’s a sure way to climb out of the morass and achieve a brighter outlook, higher energy levels and good heart health.


n winter months, people get sluggish in many ways, and the resulting buildup of toxins can make them feel achy. They often interpret their fatigue and tension as depression, but that’s not necessarily so,” says Carolyn Dean, a pioneering physician, naturopath, nutritionist and author, with 25 years of experience treating diet and health issues. “The best, most natural way to pull toxins out of the body is through movement,” she advises. Becoming active is a good way to both lift depression and promote overall health, including a healthy heart, one of the largest and most vital muscles in the body. Getting off the couch often begins by identifying what you enjoy and will be most likely to continue doing. Setting reasonable goals is important. If you haven’t exercised in awhile or feel

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guilty for taking time out of an already busy day, try starting with a five-minute workout, and then increase the duration as you get stronger and feel better. Dean suggests that one good way to start is by walking and using a pedometer, or climbing stairs with a step-counter (10,000 steps a day is a reachable goal). You can make a game of competing against yourself. Invite friends to walk with you or create your own walking club to help stay on track with a cardioexercise routine. Walking your dog or borrowing a neighbor’s pooch for a stroll around the neighborhood is fun. Inject additional movement into daily routines via gardening, washing the car or playing with children.

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As Martin notes, people that work out with a buddy are more likely to be accountable to an exercise routine. Strengthening healthy social bonds reduces stresses at the same time. “When you don’t exercise, the muscles of the body and the heart atrophy, he says. The more you exercise, the lower the heart rate tends to become, and the more efficient the heart function.”

Daily Do depression aren’t entirely known, it is clear that working out can help anyone relax and feel better. The Mayo Clinic reports that exercise helps ease depression by releasing feel good brain chemicals in the body; reducing immune system chemicals; increasing body temperature; boosting self-confidence; taking thoughts off of worries; and promoting social interaction, thus equipping individuals to better cope with life’s ups and downs. “Exercise is sometimes stigmatized as an activity that’s hot, sticky and not fun,” notes Jess Martin, a wellness coordinator with the nationwide network of Healthstat, Inc. clinics, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. “We encourage our participants to instead think of exercise as fun. Running, lifting weights and other fitness activities certainly get your heart pumping, but so can less intense forms of exercise. While we encourage everyone to have 30-minute workouts, you can also benefit from shorter intervals, such as two 15-minute or even three 10-minute sessions a day.”


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“Daily exercise should be as much a part of your routine as meals,” counsels Dr. Gabriela Cora, vice-chair of the Council on Communications for the American Psychiatric Association, author, wellness and well-being coach and former researcher in mood and anxiety disorders at the National Institutes of Health. “This is even truer for busy people, because so many these days are sedentary; everyone needs to find a balance for any lack of energy flow.” She points out that while many tend to think of exercise as a hobby, it is really one of the four pillars of biological health—sleep, relaxation, nutrition and exercise. Note: Consult with a physician for advice about what exercise and level of intensity is best for you. If you exercise regularly, but anxiety or depression symptoms still interfere with daily life, follow up with a doctor or other qualified mental health provider. Priscilla Goudreau-Santos is a freelance writer and owner of Priscilla Goudreau Public Relations and Marketing, in Jacksonville, FL. Connect at 904-371-7751.

Finding Fitness Bliss by Beth Davis


t is probably safe to say that many of us are tired of walking on the treadmill road to nowhere, but it’s not always easy to find an exercise that is both fun and functional. However, we’ve uncovered some local fitness classes that are not only growing in popularity, but are giving participants the chance to work out mind and body—all while making fitness fun.

Nia: A blend of yoga, martial arts, and dance, Nia is one of the latest t r e n d s i n m i n d - b o dy fitness fusion. It is a dynamic cardiovascular workout that stimulates and integrates the mind, b o dy a n d s p i r i t a n d leaves participants feeling recharged, rejuvenated and fully alive. Local Nia instructor, Rhonda Vaughn, describes the whole body workout as one that allows the body to move its own organic way to music. Although it is traditionally performed barefoot, it is not required. “Nia is really about the joy of movement,” she explains. “It’s not about keeping up with the instructor, but about honoring the body and allowing it to move its way.” Most importantly, Vaughn says it is about having a good time and getting fit while doing so. Nia incorporates 52 moves into routines that draw from disciplines of the martial arts, dance arts and healing arts— allowing individuals to work various joints and muscles for maximum impact. Each routine is different, so no need to worry about doing the same thing over and over again. Benefits of Nia are said to include cardiovascular conditioning; increased muscle tone; increased flexibility, agility, stamina and balance; improved circulation and heart health; body, mind, spirit integration; relaxation and stress reduction; and more. Piloxing: JCC Indianapolis introduced Piloxing—a unique mix of Pilates and boxing—to its already extensive line-up of classes late last year. According to Anne Hasbrook, a certified Piloxing instructor, the response has been nothing but positive. “People just love it and keep wanting more,” she says. According to Hasbrook, Piloxing is an hour long cardiovascular workout that incorporates high interval training (also known as HIT method) and barefoot training by combining the power, speed and agility of boxing with the beautiful sculpting and flexibility of Pilates. “The boxing moves elevate the heart rate up to the cardiovascular level and we utilize the standing Pilates postures

as an active recovery decreasing the heart rate by lowering it to the fatburning level,” explains Hasbrook. “We also throw in a couple dance moves to help lighten up the workout.” Regular Piloxing sessions can improve speed, flexibility and stamina; boost energy levels and promote a more efficient weight loss; and tone the body while strengthening the core. It is the brainchild of Swedish dancer and celebrity trainer, Viveca Jensen, and the culmination of her mission to physically and mentally empower women through fitness.

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As a certified professional coach, Carla Feagans was searching for a way to help clients get fit physically, spiritually and emotionally. She found it in The Groove Method, a revolutionary approach to teaching dance/ fitness activities. The classes focus on authentic participant engagement through simple movement and the discovery of each person’s unique style. According to Feagans, class participants learn simple movements that anybody can do and then dance them in their own way. These easy and fun moves are combined with playlists that showcase a variety of music and dance styles. Not only is it a healthy fitness experience, but it is also allowing people to enjoy exercise and inspiring them to have more fun. “The beauty of The GROOVE Method is that nobody cares what you look like,” says Feagans. “There is no right or wrong way—you just start where you are and have fun with it. It’s about feeling good in your own body and just moving and dancing for the health of it.” So next time, instead of facing that treadmill, consider a few fun fitness exercises to add variety and enjoyment to your workouts. For more information about Nia, call Rhonda Vaughn at 317201-9659 or visit Fo r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n a b o u t P i l ox i n g , c a l l J CC Indianapolis at 317-251-9467 or visit See ad on page 26. To find our more about The GROOVE Method,call Carla Feagans at 317-645-3627. The Groove Method is being offered at Stillpoint Chiropractic Tuesday’s and Friday’s at 12 pm.

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into alignment with a more elegant expression of our gifts, relationships and overall life energy? The late psychologist Herbert Freudenberger, Ph.D., who first popularized the concept in his 1980 book, Burnout: The High Cost of High Achievement, believed the condition is a painful affliction of good people trying to give their very best. He defined it as “the extinction of motivation or incentive, especially where one’s devotion to a cause or relationship fails to produce the desired results.”

The Benefits of Burnout An oxymoron? Not according to psychologist Joan Borysenko. by Linda Sechrist

Why do we burn out even when we regularly use self-care practices?


What does it mean to physically, emotionally and spiritually burn out? When you’re stressed out, you keep chasing the same old carrot, whatever that may be for you. But when you’re burned out, you eventually give up the chase. The hope that you can create a meaningful life fizzles and you find


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oan Borysenko, Ph.D., a pioneer in integrative medicine, is a renowned expert on the mind-body connection. Her work has been foundational in an international health care revolution that recognizes the role of meaning and the spiritual dimension of life as integral aspects of health and healing. M o s t r e c e n t l y, t h e Harvard-trained biologist and psychologist explored the anatomy of burnout with Facebook friends in her latest book, Fried: Why You Burn Out and How to Revive.

yourself sitting in the ashes of your dreams. In a culture wedded to positive thinking, burnout and its first cousin, depression, are thought of as disorders in need of a fix. What if instead, we see them as losses of naïveté, false identities and faulty assumptions that are making way for a more authentic life? What if we viewed burnout as an invitation to come

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Many people are shocked to learn that even though I’m a positive person, with a regular yoga and meditation practice, as well as healthy eating habits, I have burned out more than once. Ironically, but predictably, I was trying to do and be my best. For me, burnout means that my most loving, creative self goes missing; I contract into the smallest, most negative version of myself, which is not a pretty picture. I find that for many people that intellectualize a great portion of their lives, burnout doesn’t become real until they are not only physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted, but are also in pain. Knowing ourselves and our limitations is essential, because our tendency is to become complacent and think we’re too busy to tend to our wellbeing, or else believe we can do even more because we practice self-care. Keep in mind that we can’t solve burnout with the same level of consciousness that created it. We

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he ancient Japanese art the bad and everything in-between. form of Wabi Sabi honors It starts when we shift all things old, weathered, our perception and see worn and impermanent our mate’s behavior We shift our by perceiving the beauty through a gentler in imperfections. It and kinder lens of choices from discovers grace in things mutual respect and “what I want,” modest, humble and lightheartedness. to what is unconventional. Research by Wabi Sabi love is Psychologist Sandra ultimately the art and practice of Murray, Ph.D., at best for the appreciating the quirks and the University of imperfections in our self and Buffalo, reveals that relationship. our partner. Listening with our donning “rose-colored heart, we come to see with it, glasses” and idealizing our too. Discerning the hidden dance partner leads to more happiness between partners brings emotional and satisfaction in a relationship, maturity to our relationships as and that the happiest couples focus we shift our focus from what’s on what’s right. In what is known as wrong to what’s right. This new, true the Pygmalion effect, the greater the view deeply bonds us and is a key to expectation placed upon people, the everlasting love—and any harmonious better they perform. relationship. Keeping an open heart and Spiritual teacher David Deida mind also prepares us to receive our counsels, “Practicing love often partner’s best expectations and highest means… surrendering all hold on level of caring, even if it might seem the familiar act you call ‘me.’” By different than what we expect. When choosing to turn everyday conflict into we choose to lovingly accept each compassion, we cultivate a more loving other, let go of issues and apologize relationship through humor, listening, for any wrongdoing, it transforms the intimacy and generosity, even when relationship. someone is acting out, refusing to listen Overall, we better appreciate or shutting down. the bigger picture and go from being Acceptance and its counterpart, annoyed to enjoyed! understanding, are crucial to achieving relationship harmony. It’s the highest Bestselling author Arielle Ford is a form of love and, like most things leader in the personal growth and worth striving for, requires patience, contemporary spirituality movement. commitment, personal responsibility, Her new release is Wabi Sabi Love playfulness and practice. Imagine how ( Subscribe to great it is to feel loved all the time by a free Soulmate Secret newsletter at a friend and partner—during the good, natural awakenings

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Smaller Pets Have Big Potential by Randy Kambic

Whether they crawl, swim, hop or fly, speak, make other sounds or stay silent, many small wonders can make ideal pets.


hile 85 percent of U.S. households with pets feature a dog or a cat, giving a home to smaller friendly creatures can mean less maintenance and less cost— including only tiny stomachs to fill and no vaccinations. Downsizing to wellconsidered domesticated companions also provides uncommon windows to animal behavior for adults and youngsters alike. Apparently, many appreciate these benefits. The same 2011 American Pet Products Association National

Pet Owners Survey that reported on dogs and cats also showed that 12.6 million residences have fish; 5.7 million, birds; 5 million, small animals (rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, gerbils, hamsters, mice and rats); and 4.6 million, reptiles. “These animals pose a world of possibilities,” says Veterinary Doctor Kimberly Weiss, owner of Heartland Healing Hands, in Oklahoma City. “They all have individual needs. Having

Watching colorful fish swim around an aquarium encourages a serene, soothing feeling. In addition to their traditional purview in kids’ bedrooms and seafood restaurants, more workplaces and physicians’ offices sport tanks these days. Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Melinda Fernyhough, Ph.D., a manager with the Hartz Mountain Corporation, recommends that a first collection encompass a variety of species that happily coexist, behave differently, and don’t lead to overcrowding. “It is best to error on the side of fewer fish; you can always add more,” she says. “A good initial combination can be darting petras, slower moving mollies and guppies, interactive oscars, and plecostomus bottom feeders.”


For first-time bird guardians, “Consider starting off with a small bird, such as a parakeet, cockatiel or canary,” says Dr. John Simon, a veterinarian and owner of Woodside Animal Clinic, in Royal Oak, Michigan. “If you are more adventurous,

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While many rabbits do not like to be held and cuddled and hamsters can sometimes nip if awakened or startled, guinea pigs are typically friendly and often enjoy interaction with people. They can emit a charming chirp or “oink” sound when petted or touched. Smaller rodents like gerbils, mice and rats love scurrying around their cages and “jogging” in wheels. Hamsters and rats are sometimes active at night, so their cages might not be suitable in bedrooms. Guinea pigs are more docile and sleep much more. “ Th e s e ‘ p o c k e t p e t s ’ l i k e fresh veggies to supplement their nutrition—green beans, zucchini,

broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, peas, spinach, arugula and green peppers,” advises Seattle-based Veterinarian Darla Rewers, owner of Ancient Arts Holistic Services. “Rabbits should get more of the lettuce-type greens, but limit the spinach, because it is high in calcium.”

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Whether it’s the dinosaur-like appearance of an iguana, flicking tongue of a chameleon, intricate scale patterns of a snake or wise-looking turtle head, the exotic appearance of reptiles fascinates children. They take up little space inside a small aquarium and their lack of fur prevents potential allergic reactions. However, some reptiles need special lighting and specific amounts of water; maintaining proper levels of heat and humidity is vital to some of them in order to replicate their natural environment. It’s best to learn as much as you can about a potential pet before bringing it home. Understanding species temperament, behavior patterns, maintenance needs, diet and average lifespan helps you know what to expect beforehand and ultimately to better enjoy your choice of the small-pet experience. Find tips on small animal ownership and care at and American Randy Kambic, in Estero, FL, is a freelance writer and a copyeditor for Natural Awakenings.

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consider what you desire most in a bird—how much talking you expect, its appearance, level of friendliness—and how much it will grow. Some larger breeds, such as Amazon parrots, macaws and cockatoos, can live 60 or 70 years, so your selection could remain in your family for generations. If you’re away a lot, consider housing two of the same breed; they can keep each other company.” There’s no magic to producing a talker. “The more interaction, attention and mental stimulation, the happier the bird and greater inclination to talk,” advises Weiss. She suggests taking a bird out of its cage regularly and providing leadand zinc-free mirrors, noisemakers and other toys to ward off boredom. Favorite gabbers include African greys, macaws and double-yellow-headed Amazons; cockatoos are more prone to imitate sounds.

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Soups and Salads Cooking Class – 5:30-7:30pm. Do you want more kitchen confidence in understanding the basics about preparing delicious soups and salads? Be sure to bring your appetite. $35. Reinventing Wellness, 8725 Gordonshire Dr., Indpls. 317-408-0110.

Candlelight Dinner – Three seating times available 5pm, 6:30pm, 8pm. Special Valentine’s Day menu of deliciously organic dishes both Monday & Tuesday. Call for reservations: 317-733-1700. Traders Point Creamery, 9101 Moore Rd, Zionsville.



Yoga for the Heart – 7-8:15pm. 4-week Kundalini yoga series with Hari Datti Kaur is devoted to the heart, which increases your capacity for compassion, forgiveness, and unconditional love. Register by Jan 29 for $48 series discount/$55 after. Drop-ins $15. Cityoga School of Yoga and Health, 2442 N Central Ave., Indpls. 317-9209642.


Mark Your Calendar Intent Heals Journal Workshop – 10am – 12pm. Seeking inner peace? Come to the Intent Heals Journal workshop being held at Harmony Farm, a retreat center for the healing arts located only two hours drive from Indy. Elaine Voci Life Skills Coaching. Location is Harmony Farms in Tipp City, OH. 317-730-5481. Level 1 Raw Food Certification Class – 10am1:30pm. Fundamental course that will teach you the basics of the raw food diet through the teachings of the Living on Live Food plan. Will allow you to teach Raw Food Prep Courses and to continue on to the next level of the Living on Live Food training. Reinventing Wellness, 8725 Gordonshire Dr., Indpls. 317-408-0110.


Grow a Home Based Health Business – 7pm. Share an opportunity of health and happiness to friends and family while earning a living. Whitewillow. Hampton Inn Meeting Room, 2311 N Shadeland Ave. Free. Virginia Biasizzo. 617-990-6979.


Spirit Healing Drum Circle – 6:30-8pm. Connect to the rhythm and power of community and experience the healing power of the drum. Whether you drum, dance or just soak it in – this experience is sure to open your heart and provide transformation. $10. Mother Nature’s Sun, 6516 Ferguson St., Indpls. 317-253-5683. Wendy@


Valentine Spa Day – 1-5pm. Relax and enjoy a massage, facial or manicure with soothing live jazz music playing in the background. Before and after photos are free. Door prizes and raffle items available, plus jewelry, candles and handmade chocolates for sale. $10. Unity Church of Indianapolis, 907 N Delaware, Indpls. 317-635-4066.

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Overcoming Depression Naturally Lecture – 7pm. Hampton Inn 2311 N Shadeland Ave, Indpls. Free. RSVP Whitewillow 617-990-6979.


Time For Change Film – 7:30pm. Join Evolver Indianapolis for a film series that explores the depths and boundaries of human consciousness. Evolver Indpls. Earth House Collective, 237 North East St., Indpls. purchase tickets for other films in the series


Ayurvedic Workshop – 1:30-5pm. Certified Deepak Chopra Class learning to eat for your body type. Includes a workbook and a light lunch. $75. Barbara Manley, RN, MS. Mother Nature’s Sun, 6516 Ferguson St., Indpls. 317-753-1167. Candlelight Partner Yoga – 5:30-7:15pm. Join Lisa and Brett Daugherty as we guide you and your partner through a yoga experience of shared intimacy and connection. $25 couples. Cityoga, 2442 N Central Ave., Indpls. 317-920-9642.

Troubadours of Divine Bliss Concert 7-9pm. Female folk duo from Kentucky describe their sound as having “harmonies smooth as Kentucky Bourbon soft as Spanish moss.” Hear samples at Troubadours or find them on YouTube. Only $14. Saturday, Feb 18.

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A Metaphysical Approach to Lent – 1-2:30pm and 6:30-8pm. What is Lent really about? Get answers in this seven-week class. Recommended books: “The Week that Changed the World” by Ernest Wilson and “Keep a True Lent” by Charles Fillmore. Class taught by Unity Minister, Don Treadwell. Free. Unity Church of Indianapolis, 907 N Delaware, Indpls. 317-635-4066.


Sound Off! – 6:30-8pm. When you free your natural voice, you free yourself. Holistic lifestyle coach and singer/songwriter Pamela Jay leads this playful and innovative workshop featuring simple songs, powerful group chants and energizing improv dance movements. Learn how to tune into your intuitive mind/body awareness by getting out of your head and into your heart to unlock the powerful “energy healer” within you. $15. Mother Nature’s Sun, 6516 Ferguson St., Indpls. 317-253-5683.


Wake Up Film – 7:30pm. Join Evolver Indianapolis for a film series that explores the depths and boundaries of human consciousness. Evolver Indpls. Earth House Collective, 237 North East St., Indpls. Evolver. net.To purchase tickets for other films in the series


Celebration of George Harrison – 12-6pm. Celebrate George’s birthday. Explore the life of George through music, pictures, and the spiritual path that he was so devoted to. Shop at Strawberry Fields for everything Beatles. Mother Nature’s Sun, 6516 Ferguson St., Indpls. 317-253-5683.


Being Fully Present: Exploring the “Fish Philosophy” – 11:45am-12:45pm. This “playshop” is based on the transformative processes developed by Seattle’s Pike Place Fish Market that moved them from ordinary to “World Famous.” ‘Playticipants” will experience the seven principles of Being Fully Present: Play; Make Their Day; Be There; Choose Your Attitude, Commit; Be it; and Coach it. Apply principls to both personal and professional life. Taught by Unity Minister, Don Treadwell. Free. Unity Church of Indianapolis, 907 N Delaware, Indpls. 317-635-4066.



Mark Your Calendar Free day of Acupuncture – 12-5pm. New patients and existing patients who want to bring in friends or family. Indy Acupuncture & Indy Downtown Community Acupuncture, 6155 N. College Ave. & 111 E. 16th St. Indpls. 317-255-3030 or 317-423-9999.


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My Reincarnation Film – 7:30pm. Join Evolver Indianapolis for a film series that explores the depths and boundaries of human consciousness. Evolver Indpls. Earth House Collective, 237 North East St., Indpls. purchase tickets for other films in the series


I Am Film Screening – 7:30pm. Join Evolver Indianapolis for a film series that explores the depths and boundaries of human consciousness. Evolver Indpls. Earth House Collective, 237 North East St., Indpls. purchase tickets for other films in the series

SPA for Mind, Body and Spirit - 9am-4pm. Spa Day at Fairbanks is a unique experience, one that can be shared and enjoyed by anyone who is looking to celebrate a special occasion or indlulge themselves or a loved one. Cleanse your mind, body and spirit. Fairbanks Hospital, The Recovery Center, 8102A Clearvista Parkway, Indpls. Register by March 1, $85/after March 1, $100. Sponsored by Reiki Center of Indiana, Connie Bunting. 317-259-4599.

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daily FLOW: Can You See the River?Exhibit – Daily through Feb. 2012. Reveals important and unique elements of the White River water system through a series of installations at stopping points along the river and the canal, engaging visitors and increasing awareness of the watershed and the role that it plays in the life of the city and its inhabitants. Free. Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis. Pilates Reformer Classes – Mon–Sat. No Sun classes. Visit website for times. Engage the mind with the body to create exercises that involve whole body movement. $20-$35. Inner You Pilates, 14950 Greyhound Ct, Indianapolis. 317571-8367. Yoga Classes – Mon-Sun. Visit website for times. Classes range from Hot Vinyasa to Yin to Slow Flow. Flourish Yoga + Wellbeing, 10138 Brooks School Rd, Fishers. 317-841-0103. FlourishYoga.Biz.

sunday Dharma For Kids – 11am-12:15pm. Suitable for ages 4-11. Children learn how to develop harmony, confidence and methods to calm the mind. The topics of both classes will correlate to foster parent/child discussion after class. $5 per child. Snacks included. Dromtonpa Kadampa Buddhist Center, 6018 N. Keystone Ave, Indianapolis. 317374-5281. Kundalini Yoga – 11am-12:15pm. All levels. A unique blend of posture, breathwork, meditation and chanting. Currently working through the chakras. Modifications available for any fitness level. $7. Cityoga, 2442 N Central Ave, Indianapolis. 317-430-3875. Prayers For World Peace with Mandy Vickery – 11am-12:15pm. All welcome. Increase and maintain a happy, positive mind. Free/Donation. Dromtonpa Kadampa Buddhist Center, 6018 N. Keystone Ave, Indianapolis. 317-374-5281. Sahaja Meditation – 12-1pm. A simple and spontaneous meditation technique, which destresses mind, improves attention and brings inner peace and joy harnessing one’s own inner energy. Free. Old National Bank, 6135 N College Ave, Indianapolis. 317-300-4560. Warming Up to Hot Vinyasa – 2-3:15pm. Class for those new to yoga or anxious about the idea of practicing yoga in a hot room. $17. Flourish Yoga + Wellbeing, 10138 Brooks School Rd, Fishers. 317-841-0103. FlourishYoga.Biz.


Sahaja Meditation – 7-8pm. A simple and spontaneous meditation technique, which destresses mind, improves attention and brings inner peace and joy harnessing one’s own inner energy. Free. Old National Bank, 4950 E. County Line Rd., Greenwood. 317-300-4560.

Sommelier’s Wine Special on select organic & sustainable wines. The Loft Restaurant, Traders Point Creamery, 9101 Moore Rd, Zionsville. 317733-1700.

Health & Wellness Class – 7pm. Every 2nd Wednesday. First class free/$5. Whitewillow Integrative Health Specialist. Hampton Inn, 2311 N. Shadeland Ave, Indpls.



Therapeutic Yoga – 5pm. Donation. Pilates Wellness Studio, 1233 Parkway Dr., Zionsville. 317873-2163.

Half Price Bottles of Wine – 5-9pm. Organic and sustainable bottles of wine are half price. The Loft Restaurant, Traders Point Creamery, 9101 Moore Rd, Zionsville.

Simply Meditate – 7-8pm. Meditation Classes for Beginners. Learn meditation to relax the body and mind, achieve inner peace and mental clarity and develop a kind and patient attitude toward everybody. $10/$5 Students. Dromtonpa Kadampa Buddhist Center, 6018 N. Keystone Ave, Indianapolis. 317-374-5281 or

tuesday Restorative Yoga – 11:30am. Flourish Yoga + Wellbeing, 10138 Brooks School Rd, Fishers. 317-841-0103. FlourishYoga.Biz. Yoga for Healing the Heart – 5:45-7pm. Yoga for those recovering from stress, grief, life crisis. Nia Dance – 5:45-6:45pm. Movement class to music for your body, mind, emotions and spirit, drawing from the dance, martial, and healing arts. $10/ class or $40/5-class pass. First class free. Earth House, 237 N. East St. Indpls. Rhonda Vaughn. 317-201-9659.

wednesday Slow Flow Yoga – 8am. Donation. Pilates Wellness Studio, 1233 Parkway Dr., Zionsville. 317-8732163. Farmers’ Market at the City Market – 10am1pm. Market Street between Delaware and Alabama sts, Indianapolis. 317-634-9266. Half Price Glasses of Wine – 5-9pm. Choose from a selection of organic & sustainable wines for half the price. Pair with our Artisan Cheese Fondue and distinctive menu dishes The Loft Restaurant, Traders Point Creamery, 9101 Moore Rd, Zionsville. 317-733-1700. Frequencies of Light Meditation Class – 6-7:30pm. Using channeled sound and teachings to shift into a high vibration of being. Instructor: Anara Whitebear, Sound Shaman. $10. Mother Nature’s Sun, 6516 Ferguson St., Indpls. 317-2535683.

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Free Community Drum Circle – 6:45-8pm. All ages/experience welcome. Free. Hand Drum instruction class prior to the drum circle at 6:156:45pm. $5. Bongo Boy Recreational Music and Wellness Center, 8481 Bash Street Ste 1100, Indianapolis. 317-771-0241. Lisa@bongo Meditations For Everyday Life – 7-8:30pm. Current Series: How to Solve Human Problems. $10. Dromtonpa Kadampa Buddhist Center, 6018 N. Keystone Ave, Indianapolis. 317-374-5281 or Health & Wellness Class – 7pm. Every 3rd Thursday. First class free/$5. Whitewillow Integrative Health Specialist. Hampton Inn, 2311 N. Shadeland Ave, Indpls. Kundalini Yoga for the Heart – 7-8:15pm. Physical postures and meditations for heart opening, increasing capacity for compassion, forgiveness, and unconditional love. Meditations for physical heart health for blood pressure issues, depression, addictions and insomnia. Gong relaxation in each class. $15. Cityoga, 2442 N. Central Ave., Indpls. 317-920-9642.

friday Live Music – 5-9pm. Start the weekend off right with a farm-to-table dinner, organic glass of wine, and live musical performances every Friday night at The Loft Restaurant! Traders Point Creamery, 9101 Moore Rd, Zionsville. 317-733-1700.

saturday Continental Breakfast – 9-11am. Rise and shine! The Loft offers an enticing spread of organic, freshly made breakfast favorites every Saturday morning. Traders Point Creamery, 9101 Moore Rd, Zionsville. 317-733-1700. Winter Green Market – 9-12pm. Shop our vendors to find the best selection in local organic products. The Green Market, 9101 Moore Rd, Zionsville. Yoga for Kids; Saturdays –10-11:15 a.m. at Peace through Yoga in the heart of Eagle Creek Park. Six classes/$30.

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Enjoy smaller classes with personalized instruction. Exercise your body then join us for meditation, offered several times each week. Early morning and lunch classes available. natural awakenings


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