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omeone quite close to me recently unloaded their upsetting day on my lap: It was a day that primarily revolved around how horrible people treated this person. All the things said, done, implied and intended made this person very distraught. We all know that there could be many reasons why this person experienced those things, one after another, on that given day. This did however, bring up an important point to consider: Aren’t we all, almost every day, sometimes several times in a day, treated in a less than loving way by someone? It happens. Being mindful in our own life, we go along and bam! Someone attacks us, lies about us, manipulates us and the list goes on. While I understand we may have attracted such behavior for any number of reasons, there are people around us that have so much fear and negativity in them that actually being kind to someone else is nothing more than an inconvenience to them. Let’s assume that someone is attacking you...with criticism, anger, etc. Our natural tendency is to feel defensive. But why? Because we’ve been attacked all our lives, usually starting from in childhood. These things are very painful to children because they simply don’t understand what is happening or why. When we are criticized in an unloving way as children, we hear the message, “I don’t love you,” and we naturally conclude that we are defective. This painful feeling of being defective or worthless often continues throughout life, and as a result we may become hyper-sensitized to any message that could be interpreted as critical, because it adds to the already intolerable pain we suffer (or rather, inflict upon ourselves). These things cannot change for us until we realize that what we were taught from childhood and learned throughout the rest of our lives, is very wrong. People criticize us not for who we really are, but for not giving them what they want, or for inconveniencing them. Almost everyone around us has created a picture in their minds of who we should be: not for our benefit, but to suit their needs. When someone attacks us, we need to understand what is going on and remember that they are not attacking who we really are. They are beating up a virtual image of us that they have created. This image can be severely distorted if the person with the image allows their own needs and fears to create it. If we can remember this, the attacks of others becomes far less painful and often meaningless. If someone creates a morphed, misaligned, clueless or obscure image of you, how painful would it be for you to observe that person beating up this image? Would it feel the same if we simply recognize the truth? Or would we attach to that image as if it were us, taking on this other person’s perception of who we are? I don’t know about everyone else out there, but I’ve lived with myself all my life. I think I know me better than anyone else. If it doesn’t feel right, and you simply don’t see what they see, maybe your next encounter will be more loving and compassionate, because you realize they still struggle with so many of their own fears.

The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them. ~Thomas Merton With Love and Gratitude,

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must admit that I love being part of such a wonderful movement and mindset which offers so much to so many. The holistic approach to life involves so many wonderful elements; from spiritual openness to alternative medicine, conscious living and sustainable lifestyles. These things are wonderful. It does my heart good when I pass by people speaking about how we create our lives with or without intention, that we have the power over sickness and health and healing. It is an amazing shift in mentality that I have witnessed over the last 29 years of being in this arena, with 25 years of it as a transformational coach. Twenty-five years ago, you couldn’t have these conversations without people challenging your sanity. Either you kept quiet or hung with a very small, like-minded group. For this reason it is truly wonderful to hear the sounds of human potential coming through. However, many are drunk on the concepts and ideas of the holistic lifestyle and become unaware of their words and actions. I see this side also. As humans, just like the general population 25 years ago, we cling to what we know. In the same way, we have holistic extremists. They are vital and important, but extreme in the sense that they want the mindset of individuals and the community to go in their direction no matter how hard they have to push. However, true balance and wholeness won’t be achieved until we learn to meet in the middle. When a holistic-minded person looks someone in the eye that has been struggling with a condition and says they can heal themselves, there is great truth to those words. But on the other hand, when that person has done everything holistic and the condition persists, it is not a failure of the individual or the field of alternative healing, it may just simply mean that they have a different path. Just as Source has provided us with the power to heal ourselves, God has also handed us medicine and competent doctors to assist in healing. This person might just have a different path to follow for numerous reasons. We must keep in mind: “A farmer does not grow, he creates an environment in which growth can take place, God does the growing: a doctor does not heal, he creates an aseptic environment in which healing can take place, God does the healing, a person does not change, they create an environment in which change can take place and God does the changing.” - Bob B. The point here is that we do not know what is the right path for another’s healing, we can only facilitate an environment in which their healing can take place in the holistic community. Therefore, when an individual speaks out to say that someone can heal themselves, at a certain point, once a decision in another direction has been made, it becomes invalidating and very unsupportive. If we are truly supporting someone, we should support their healing choices by encouraging their process and path. After all, the stronger belief we have in our choices, the more powerful the healing process will be. When I was a teenager, I broke my neck in a diving accident. They said I would be in braces and sleep with sandbags to support my neck for at least six months or longer. I didn’t accept that and my mother and friends gave me the right support to see beyond those limitations. Doctors said it was a miraculous recovery because within five or six weeks I was completely healed and back to normal activity. The truth is I never really stopped doing things, I just did them with a brace on after the first two weeks. My belief in my healing with the proper support proved to work for me because there was simply no other explanation. Maybe the most powerful healing we can give another individual is the power of belief in their own recovery and the path by which they choose to go about it. Keep in mind that God gave us all of this, not one over the other, but all of them to work in cooperation to achieve maximum health and to heal us when we need it. I agree we are moving rapidly into a new paradigm in health and healing. I actually have dedicated my life’s work to it. For now, we still need all of it because there is not one single path for everyone. Have a great month.

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O’Keeffe Holds Satsang Retreat in St. Augustine

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nternationally known non-duality teacher Jac O’Keeffe will give a Satsang (“being with the truth”) retreat from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., February 21, at Hampton Inn, Vilano Beach, and from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., February 22 and 23, at Hilton St. Augustine Historic Bayfront. Partial or full attendance is available. O’Keeffe was recently featured as a keynote speaker at the 2013 SAND (Science and Non-Duality) Conference in San Jose, California, which brought together quantum physicists, neuroscientists and realized beings to examine the nature of perception. She offers Satsang around the world. O’Keeffe was raised in rural Ireland. In 1997, her life changed dramatically when she experienced a spontaneous, inner awakening. Her spiritual quest took her to India for several years, where she sat in silence in the ashram of Ramana Maharshi. Her quest ultimately led to that which is beyond the mind and transcends dualistic thought. For reservations or information, call Derek Gill at 904-251-4305 email Manager@jac-okeeffe.com, or visit Jac-OKeeffe.com. See ad on page 9.

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he Friends of Washington Oaks will put on the annual Citrus Harvest Festival, together with the popular Second Saturday Plant Sale, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., February 8. There will be All About Citrus garden tours of the historic citrus grove at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Ruth Micieli, of Simple Gourmet, will demonstrate the preparation of recipes using citrus at noon, followed by a tasting The Friends will offer homemade baked goods featuring citrus and accompanying hot and cold beverages for purchase and the Flying Dragon Citrus Nursery of Jacksonville will be selling cold-hardy citrus trees in three- and five-gallon containers. The Historical Gardens contain a citrus grove with several varieties of oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, lemons and limes. Regular park entrance fees apply for the event. For more information, call Melissa Clauson at 386-446-6783 or email Melissa.Clauson@dep.state.fl.us.

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he St. Johns County Extension Service is offering a Landscape with Natives Now workshop from 2 to 4 p.m., February 20, at the St. Johns County Windstorm Training Center. Participants will learn to create functional, attractive and ecologically sound surroundings that complement any home. Keith Fuller, St. Johns County extension horticulture agent, and other master gardeners will share tips that will help save money and reduce water, fertilizer and pesticide use. Admission is free. Location: 3111 Agricultural Center Dr., St. Augustine. For more information, call 904-209-0430 or visit NativePlantConsulting.com.

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The Land Speaks and the Human Spirit is Heard

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everend Elka Boren, the Panamanian clairvoyant and shaman, will hold a Shaman Healing Circle from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., February 28, at Discovery Yoga, and offer private healings on March 1 and 2. She will also be presenting the new Nine Archangels Activation Codes and Healing System training, as well as the Minjushri Initiation and Rising Star Healer practitioner training. Boren also offers chakra clearing sessions and shaman house clearings. Gifted since childhood, Elka says, “The body is like a computer that holds tremendous amounts of data. I see into these areas like a diamond. Once your body starts deleting this unnecessary information in the form of blockages within your body and mind, you feel healthier and lighter—physically, mentally and emotionally. The Ascended Masters are very present during the workshops and shaman healing sessions.” Location: 3 Davis St., St Augustine. For more information, call Ann Kiyonaga-Razon at 904-797-5171 or visit UnityAngelHealing.com.

Open House at New Beaches Acupuncture Clinic

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eaches Acupuncture & Wellness Center has opened at 504 Osceola Avenue, in Jacksonville Beach, offering a unique approach to health and wellness, and will hold an open house event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., February 8. Services include acupuncture, Acutonics, energy kinesiology, Mei Zen cosmetic acupuncture, nutritional counseling, and fertility/ pregnancy support. Co-owners Rachel Buchanan and Sandy Bennett maintain a full Chinese herbal pharmacy housing more than 150 individual herbs to provide customized formulas in easy-to-use granular form. The center also offers monthly complementary classes on a variety of wellness topics.  They developed the concept of a wellness center to improve the wellness of humanity, one individual at a time, for the purpose of revitalizing their health naturally while educating them so they can educate others. They state, “Illness does not occur without cause and symptoms are not the cause of illness. We seek to identify and correct the root cause.” For more information, call visit JaxBeachAcu.com.

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special Rethinking Health Matters online radio show, hosted by Natural Awakenings National Editor Linda Sechrist from 3 to 4:30 p.m. EST, February 7, will highlight the importance of independent media in informing the public about natural health care options. Guests will include several Natural Awakenings publishers and Scott Tips, president of Natural Health Federation, an international educational nonprofit that protects access to healthy food and supplements and alternative therapies without government restrictions. Additional guests are Joanne Quinn, Ph.D., executive director of the Foundation for Alternative and Integrative Medicine, which collects clinical data to advance nontoxic, cost-effective therapies, plus international research consultant Ferdinando Pisani Massamormile. Also participating are Dr. James Forleo, author of Health is Simple, Disease is Complicated; Dr. Constance Casebolt, owner of South Carolina’s Greenville Functional Medicine; and Sayer Ji, founder of GreenMedInfo.com, the world’s foremost open-access, natural medicine database.

idbits is expanding and has opened Tidbits Express on the South Side at 8535 Baymeadows Road, in the Commerce Center between I-95 and Phillips Highway. Tidbits Express offers a new way to order, with a self-service kiosk and personal help with the menu. Or, place orders by phone or online and food will be ready for quick and easy pickup. Tidbits has been serving Jacksonville lunch for more than 28 years with catering services that span the Jacksonville Metropolitan Area. Although known for chicken salad and potato salad, Tidbits serves fresh sandwiches, salads and soups that are sure to please the hungry lunch diner looking for a healthy, local alternative to the fast-food chains that litter the city. Tidbits Express offers the same lunch menu as the original location, and all of the food is made at Tidbits’ Hendricks location and brought over fresh every morning. For orders, call 904-516-4144 or visit Tidbitsfood.com. Original location: 1076 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville.

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he Duval County Extension Service is hosting a fun day for gardening enthusiasts to listen to exciting speakers on many different gardening topics from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., February 22. Attendees can shop for plants and garden-themed items with the vendors and have lunch.

he St. Johns County Extension Service is offering a Natives Thrill in the Chill workshop from 2 to 4 p.m., February 16, at the St. Johns County Agricultural Center. Nature columnist Beverly Fleming and native plant consultant Renee Stambaugh will answer the question, “When I go for a walk in the woods, why is everything green, and everything in my yard is brown?” while sharing the benefits of native plants, which include providing warmth for wildlife.

Cost is $15. Prepayment and registration required. To pay by check, email Beckyd@ coj.net to get a registration form. Register with credit card at 2014ADayOfGardening.eventbrite.com. Location: 1010 N. McDuff Ave., Jacksonville. No walk-ins. For more information, call 904-255-7450.

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he Duval County Extension Service is offering a Compost and Vermicompost (worms) workshop from 10 a.m. to noon, February 12. Participants will can make their own worm bin to take home for an additional fee. Cost is $5 (additional $10 for bin). Prepayment made to DCOHAC and registration must be received by Feb 7 at Compost and Vermicompost Workshop, 1010 N. McDuff Ave., Jacksonville, Fl 32254. No walk-ins for make-and-take. Location: 1010 N. McDuff Ave. Jacksonville. For more information, call 904-255-7450.

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enowned toxicologist Dr. Rashid Buttar teaches about the different kinds of toxins in our life and that if we addressed and eliminated them, illness and disease would not exist as we know it, but how could we even come close to eliminating them? Toxicity is at an all-time high, from our water, air, products, foods and even stress. Not coincidentally, so are lifestyle diseases, as well as childhood illnesses, serious behavior challenges and food and skin allergies. Linda Chae started the nonprofit ToxicFree Foundation (ToxicFreeFoundation.org), which offers certification for products and ingredients that meet their toxic-free standards. Greenwashing marketing is the hokum of an unregulated industry where manufacturers can add one plant into the formula of a product and then call it “botanical” or “natural”. It means nothing as far as removing the toxins. One example, sodium laurel sulfate, may have come from coconut oil at one time, but it was not processed naturally and now it is synthetically made from petroleum ingredients. Why would we want to put shampoo on their hair that actually has a side-effect of hair loss? Chae explains that non-toxic typically means less than 50 percent of the rats in the study died. Toxic-free, on the other hand, means no toxins. None. Our skin is the largest organ in our body, and what we put on it goes directly into our bloodstream within minutes. By contrast, if we eat a food, it has to get through the acid police,


GI tract, then the kidneys or liver to finally make it to the bloodstream, if approved. But on the skin, it’s all in. So how do we know what is a toxin? What to avoid, what is no big deal? The truth is that it all has become a big deal because of the inundation of so many toxicities. Infants are born with hundreds of synthetic chemicals in their umbilical cord as a gift from mom American women are exposed to more than 200 chemicals before they leave the house in the morning, just from their daily grooming routine. The toxicity of typical cleaning products is emerging as another big source of toxins. Over-toxicity from birth onward plays a significant role in the major epidemics we see today. Our kidneys, liver and lymphatic system can only handle just so much. Fortunately, awareness is growing, because maybe we are all just a little drained from losing another friend or family member to a preventable lifestyle disease. Learn and get educated on toxins. There are plenty of sources online. Read labels. Get educated on what toxins to avoid. Shop smart. Determine to reduce daily exposure and no longer give business and support to manufacturers that do not care. Carefully select toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, skincare, shaving, first-aid, lotions, soaps, cosmetics and household cleaning products. Look for Certified ToxicFree ingredients. Pin it, tweet it and share it with others. Social media goes a long way with consumer power. Sophia Dentiste, owner of Island Gypsy Interiors, is a former corporate wellness coach and speaker. For more information, visit MommysClub.com/tflife.

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Many Animals Mate for Life Humans like to think of themselves as unique when it comes to taking vows of togetherness. But a surprising number of other species in the animal kingdom provide sterling examples of fidelity, monogamy and lifelong pairing. Gibbons, of the ape family, are the nearest relatives to humans that mate for life. They form extremely strong pairings and both sexes are on relatively equal footing in their relationships. Bald eagles, our national emblem, typically mate for life, except in the event of a partner’s inability to procreate. Wolves, often portrayed as tricksters in folklore, conduct a family life more loyal than many human relationships. Wolf packs typically comprise a male, a female and their offspring, making them akin to a human nuclear family. Swans form monogamous pair bonds that last for many years or even for life. Their loyalty is so storied that the image of two swans swimming with their necks entwined in the shape of a heart has become a universal symbol of true love. French angelfish are seldom found far from their mate, because they live, travel and even hunt in pairs. The fish form monogamous relationships that often last as long as both individuals are alive. In fact, they act as a team to vigorously defend their territory against neighboring pairs. Other examples include albatrosses, African antelopes, black vultures, Malagasy giant rats, prairie voles, sandhill cranes, termites and, of course, turtle doves. To view images, visit Tinyurl.com/AnimalMatePics and Tinyurl.com/Animal MatesSlideshow.

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Cement that incorporates waste ash from sugar production is not only stronger than ordinary cement, it also qualifies as a greener building material. Researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen, in Denmark, have found that cement made with sugar cane ash mixed in is stronger, can withstand higher pressure and crumbles less than ordinary cement. In countries where sugar cane is grown, such as Cuba and Brazil, this agricultural waste product has been added to cement for years. Extracting sugar from the cane typically leaves a lot of fiber waste that is burned into ash, discarded and then requires disposal. Using sugar cane ash also can lower the energy use and carbon footprint of cement production. Heloisa Bordallo, a researcher at the Institute, comments, “You are saving both CO2 emissions and raw materials.� Source: EcoSeed.org www.najax.com


Star Trekking

Voyager 1 Enters Interstellar Space The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) recently confirmed that after 36 years, the Voyager 1 probe crossed the boundary of the heliosphere, or the extent of our Sun’s influence, a year ago. It’s the first manmade object to venture into interstellar space. At a distance of about 12 billion miles from the Sun, the latest data indicates that Voyager 1 has been traveling through the plasma, or ionized gas, present in the space between stars. The journal Science notes that this corroborates the existence of a longhypothesized boundary between the solar plasma and the interstellar plasma. Voyager 2, a companion craft launched at the same time, is also expected to break the barrier. Source: EarthSky.org

Loving Local

Small Retailers Gaining Force While online mega-shopping malls have decimated many types of small businesses around the country, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies notes that independent bookstores are doing surprisingly well. For the last four years, their number and total sales have grown, despite the recent recession. In 2009, citizens patronized 1,651 independent bookstores in the United States; today their number exceeds 1,900. In addition, local coffee shops have grown faster than the largest chain’s storefronts. Bakers and specialty food purveyors, independent pharmacies and pet, fabric and stationery stores are growing, too. One reason for the good news is the “buy local” ethic promoted by groups such as the American Independent Business Alliance. Last year, sales at independent businesses in cities benefitting from these campaigns grew 8.6 percent; those without them still increased 3.4 percent. Independents are winning customer loyalty in part by hosting and sponsoring events that enrich the community. The public is realizing that buying local supports area families, keeps more dollars circulating locally and strengthens a healthy sense of community that benefits everyone.

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Canada Shows the Way via Mass Transit The government of Ontario, Canada, is issuing “green bonds” to fund the expansion of mass transit infrastructure in the province. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says, “Green bonds are a great tool to raise capital for a project with specific environmental benefits. The worldwide market for green bonds in the last year has doubled; it’s now estimated to be more than $346 billion in U.S. dollars.” Source: Treehugger.com

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Why Print Advertising MAGAZINES IMPROVE ADVERTISING ROI Based on analyses of client-commissioned cross-media accountability studies, two separate sources found that magazines most consistently generate a favorable cost-per-impact throughout the purchase funnel. When analyzing ROI across 38 cross-media accountability studies, Marketing Evolution found: - TV led in cost efficiency for brand awareness with magazines a close second. - Magazines generated a superior cost-per-impact for brand familiarity with TV and online costing almost double magazines’ CPI. - For purchase intent magazines yielded a far more efficient cost per impact than TV or online.

Across categories studied, magazines outperformed TV and online when looking at the #1 ranking as well as the combined ranking for #1 and 2. Categories include auto, electronics, entertainment, and healthcare DTC. Magazines provide more “bang for the buck.” When looking at how each medium alone affected purchase intent, magazines increased purchase intent five times as much as TV or the internet. Magazines were the only medium to be ranked as most efficient at each stage of the purchase funnel, when media alone or in combination with other media were assessed. Based on a recent analysis of cross-media accountability studies, Marketing Evolution found magazines most consistently generate a favorable cost per impact throughout the purchase funnel. Multiple studies confirm that allocating more money to magazines in the media mix improves marketing and advertising ROI across a broad range of product categories. Sources: remnantmedianetwork.com/remnant-services/print-advertising/, 20

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Shop Class Teaches Sustainability According to a report in The Boston Globe, some American schools regret that they replaced woodshops with high-tech educational forums in the 1990s. Shop class is valuable for students that may underperform in traditional academic settings and empowers them to learn and produce tangible results. Doug Stowe, a woodworker and teacher in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, writes in WisdomOfHands.Blogspot.ca, “Our society has inadvertently created a dependent generation of young people that don’t know how to fix things and lack even the most basic manual competence. Putting girls and boys into shop class would challenge rampant consumerism because a person is less inclined to throw out a piece of furniture and buy a replacement if they know how to fix it. “With so many cheap imports flooding stores, it’s difficult for students to gain perspective on the resources and time required to create a piece of furniture, so shop class can teach students to appreciate long-lasting quality and its accompanying fair price tag. In this way, shop class is linked to sustainability.” Source: Treehugger.com

Jumpin’ Jellyfish

Numbers Explode with Ocean Warming and Overfishing Favorite destination beach resorts around the world have seen huge increases in jellyfish “bloom” activity. “Jellyfish and tourism are not happy bedfellows,” says Dr. Lisa-ann Gershwin, Ph.D., a pioneering marine biologist and author of Stung! On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean. “In Florida, it’s not uncommon in recent years for a half a million people to be stung during an outbreak.” A report, Review of Jellyfish Blooms in the Mediterranean and Black Sea, written by Fernando Borea for the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean and the United Nations, cites both global warming and overfishing, which removes jellyfish predators, as causes for recent jellyfish population explosions. Of the more than 2,000 species of jellyfish swimming through the world’s waters, most are completely harmless. However, human contact with some types can cause excruciating pain, and the box jellyfish is among the handful of species that have caused fatalities around the globe. Gershwin says, “Australia is upfront about its jellyfish dangers and also assertive in safety management, whereas other places have them, but may understand less about them or in some cases, just don’t want to say. Tourists need to be aware of local hazards and not expect to necessarily be provided with pertinent information.” Source: CNN www.najax.com


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True Treasures Avert Eco-Harm Done right, Valentine’s Day and gifts of jewelry go together like love and marriage. Those that have no desire to support the unsafe worker conditions, widespread price fixing and waste associated with gold mining, also linked to pollution, financing wars and terrorism, look for better options. They wish to have no part in underwriting standard ring-making practices which, according to the Worldwatch Institute, create tons of toxic mining waste that can persist for decades and enter the food chain. Happily, there are far more ethical choices. Alternate routes. Among many sustainable and socially responsible options, jewelry made from recycled gold, silver and titanium plus synthetic gemstones is offered by GreenKarat (GreenKarat.com) while Brilliant Earth (BrilliantEarth.com) provides antiques and also custom makes or helps customers create their own treasured gifts utilizing minerals from pure sources; the company also donates 5 percent of its profits to support communities that have suffered from unethical industry practices. Heirlooms. A son or grandson gifting a grandmother’s or mother’s cherished piece of jewelry to a spouse or girlfriend expresses a tradition of love and family connectivity, plus gives new life to precious items. Michelle Ercanbrack, a family historian at Ancestry.com, recommends using a family-treasured diamond in a more modern setting or making a ring into a pendant. “Heirlooms link the present to the past—they are part of a family narrative that can increase the present generation’s sense of belonging and identity,” she says. Native American jewelry. Deborah Nelson, owner of Silver Eagle Gallery, in Naples, Florida, and Highlands, North Carolina, attests that artful jewelry by Native Americans supports their culture and forges a connection to Americana with timeless appeal. Bracelets made by Navajo Indians incorporate turquoise pieces often linked together or set in mosaic form on a sterling band. Sterling silver and golden amber sunburst rings also make good gifts. “The handmade attention to detail is a stark contrast to what’s cast in a mold overseas,” says Nelson.

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Early Warnings of Heart Troubles Differ for Women

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omen may worry more about breast cancer, but in reality, heart disease is the top killer of American women, claiming 300,000 lives a year, 7.5 times the number that die of breast cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although heart disease is more often perceived as a men’s issue, since 1984 more women have died of heart disease than men. Part of the reason may be that women’s heart attacks can differ from men’s and the American Heart Association (AHA) warns that women often fail to recognize the symptoms, ranging from torso aches and pains and nausea to anxiety, shortness of breath, dizziness and extreme fatigue. They may experience subtle symptoms for months and write them off as byproducts of menopause, heartburn or effects of aging. The National Institutes of Health states that 43 percent of women that have heart attacks experience no chest pain. The difference between the more subtle signs of a heart attack in women and the more dramatic signs in men may help explain why 75 percent of men, prompted to act quickly, survive a first heart attack, while only 62 percent of women do, according to the AHA. “Research shows that women may not be diagnosed or treated as aggressively as men,” notes the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Nostalgia Arms Us for the Future

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aving lingering fond memories of happy times, once actually thought to be a psychiatric disorder, have now been confirmed as a healthy and, ultimately, positive activity. Most people experience nostalgia at least once a week and nearly half of those surveyed reported experiencing it three or four times a week, say researchers at England’s University of Southampton. When speaking wistfully of the past, individuals are usually reconstructing happy memories of family and friends, and typically become more optimistic about the future, reports lead researcher and Social Psychologist Constantine Sedikides, Ph.D., who observes, “Nostalgia makes us a bit more human.” The Southampton paper, presented to the American Psychological Association, meshes well with another study confirming that nostalgic memories inspire positive feelings of joy, high self-regard, belonging and meaningfulness in life. In two studies, social psychologists at North Dakota State University found that past fond memories help us become more self-confident and cope better in the present. “We see nostalgia as a psychological resource that people can dip into to conjure the evidence they need to assure themselves that they’re valued,” says lead researcher Clay Routledge. 22

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FDA Moves to Ban Trans Fats

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eart-clogging trans fatty acids may soon be a thing of the past. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken the first step to remove trans fats from its GRAS (generally recognized as safe) list, effectively banning their use in food products. Trans fats, also known as hydrogenated vegetable oils, can be found in many processed foods, including baked goods, microwave popcorn, peanut butter, frozen pizza, margarine and coffee creamers. Created by adding hydrogen to liquid oils to turn them into a solid form, trans fats have been used to improve the texture, shelf life or flavor of foods. For more than a decade, numerous scientific studies have documented that trans fats raise dangerous LDL cholesterol and lower good HDL cholesterol. The FDA’s proposed ban would require the food industry to gradually phase out all trans fats, likely over several months or years, noting their threat to health. Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the move could prevent 20,000 heart attacks a year and 7,000 deaths. Many food manufacturers have already phased out trans fats since new nutrition labeling requirements were introduced by the FDA in 2006; plus an increasing number of local laws have banned them.


A Different Breathalyzer Test for Heart Failure

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imply blowing up a balloon may help doctors test heart function, according to a new study from the Cleveland Clinic. Although such examinations usually require expensive and sometimes invasive procedures, the new test can be done in a doctor’s office in 30 seconds, according to the research findings published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The patient simply breathes into a Mylar balloon, similar to a party version, and the air is passed through a machine to produce an individual “breathprint”. Researchers determined that exhaled breath contains volatile organic compounds that can be easily analyzed to determine potential heart failure.

Zinc Orchestrates Immune Response

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any have heard that zinc can stop a cold in its tracks, and new research from Ohio State University tells us why; it turns out that zinc gently taps the brakes on immune responses, slowing them down and preventing inflammation from spiraling out of control. The researchers’ work with human cells and animals found that zinc serves to balance the immune response within the cells so that the consequences of insufficient zinc at the time of an infection include excessive inflammation. Of all the zinc contained in our bodies, only about 10 percent of it is readily accessible to help fight off an infection, notes Daren Knoell, professor of pharmacy and internal medicine and lead author of the study, published in Cell Reports. The research team suggests that proper zinc balance is especially important in battling serious and potentially deadly infections. Zinc deficiency affects about 2 billion people worldwide, including an estimated 40 percent of the U.S. elderly.

Happy Marriage, Healthier Lives

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University of Missouri expert says that people in happy marriages are more likely to rate their health better than their peers as they age. Evidently, engaging with one’s spouse builds a strong relationship that can improve spirits, promote feelings of well-being and lower stress. Analyzing data from 707 continuously married adults that participated in the Marital Instability Over the Life Course panel study, a 20-year nationwide research project begun in 1980, researchers found that married people have better mental and physical health and are less likely to develop chronic conditions than their unmarried, widowed or divorced peers. Thus, researchers recommended involving spouses and families in treatment for any illness. They further suggested that in cases of a strained marital relationship, improving marital harmony would also improve health.

THE WHOLE FISH IS BEST FOR BLOOD PRESSURE

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ver the years, a broad range of research has confirmed that omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish like salmon, tuna and sardines promote heart and brain health. Now researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine have found that taking fish oil supplements isn’t as effective at keeping blood pressure under control as eating an actual fish. The animal study published in the U.S. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that eating oily fish helped open ion channels, a complex series of membranes in the cells that line blood vessels, letting sodium, calcium and potassium in and out of those crucial cells and helping reduce blood pressure. Because fish oil supplements did not activate the ion channels, they didn’t reduce blood pressure in the same way.

EGG WHITES FUNCTION LIKE BLOOD PRESSURE MEDS

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aintaining healthy blood pressure is vital for long-term heart health, and scientists have now discovered evidence that a component of egg whites may have beneficial cardiovascular effects. Researchers from Clemson University, in South Carolina, found that a peptide in egg white, one of the building blocks of proteins, reduces blood pressure in animals about as much as a low dose of Captopril, a prescription medication for high blood pressure. The RVPSL peptide acts as a natural ACE inhibitor, functioning similar to the entire family of prescription medications that treat hypertension.

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Katherine Woodward Thomas on Drawing True Love Our Way by Debra Melani

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fter years of experiencing love going sour, Katherine Woodward Thomas set a goal: She would marry her soul mate within a year. Her quest inspired a surprising awakening that spurred her to look deep inside for the key that would unblock love. Thomas realized the transformation that enabled her success involved clear steps that could help anyone. Today, the licensed psychotherapist and relationship expert has guided thousands toward successful relationships via her national bestseller, Calling in “The One”: 7 Weeks to Attract the Love of Your Life, and subsequent books and seminars.

What catalyzed your Calling in “The One” professional journey? I was 41, a card-carrying member of one of America’s largest-growing groups—the never-marrieds. I had bought into the cultural belief that a woman my age had little chance of finding a great husband. I felt anxious and resigned, trying to come to terms with it, but sad inside. Fortunately, at the time, I was part of a small group supportive of each other’s intentions. So I set the outrageous intention that I would be engaged by my next birthday. I also recognized my longstanding pattern of attracting unavailable men who were engaged, married or alcoholics. A woman in the group said, “Katherine, I will hold that intention with you if you permit me to 24

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hold you accountable to be the woman you would need to be in order to fulfill it.” Her wake-up call turned my focus from running out to find love to going within to discover the barriers I had against it. Thus I began what became the Calling in “The One” process.

How does it differ from other approaches to finding love? Many approaches focus on the external reasons love is elusive, such as all the good men are taken, men don’t like powerful women or just not having met the right person. This approach focuses more on the internal reasons—going within to discover and release one’s own conscious and unconscious barriers. For most of us, a gap exists between how much we think we want love and how much we are actually open and ready to receive it. Until we bridge that gap, we will covertly keep love at bay, and won’t even realize we are doing it.

What are the most common hidden barriers to love? One hidden barrier is resentment. We only resent people to the extent that we’ve given our power away to them. Uncover your role in what happened. Even if it was 97 percent their fault and 3 percent yours, zero in on that 3 percent, because you’ll only be able to trust yourself to love again once you’ve taken that responsibility. If you still feel resentful, you have not yet evolved beyond the person you were before.

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Another centers on old agreements—the spoken and unspoken, agreements we make, usually in an emotional time—such as “I’m never going to let myself get hurt again” or “I’ll never love anyone the way I love you.” Such agreements live in our lives as intentions. They may no longer be conscious, yet still set our course. Another has to do with toxic relational dynamics. To find the best partnership, you need to be your best self. Maintaining a toxic dynamic drains personal power, making it hard to move forward in life. It’s vital to evolve out of this debilitating dynamic so you are in the center of your power everywhere in life. The fourth area, and probably the most important, revolves around the core beliefs you hold about both yourself and others. You might have a reasonably clear sense of yourself around money, career and friendship, but your core love identity might cause you to believe yourself unworthy of a quality partner. Identifying and challenging these beliefs is critical in learning how to break free from them, helping to raise your value in your own eyes and thus in others.

You believe the best way to find a needle in a haystack is to become magnetic and allow that needle to find you. How does one become magnetic to love? Being centered in the truth of your own value and the real possibilities you hold for true love is wildly attractive. Love yearns to embrace us, but can’t come to us if it can’t come through us. When we shift into this place of possibility, we can become profoundly magnetic to love. Learn more at CallingInTheOne.net, ConsciousUncoupling.com or KatherineWoodwardThomas.com. Explore the qualities possible in an enlightened mate at NaturalAwakenings Singles.com. Freelance journalist Debra Melani is from Lyons, CO. Connect at DebraMelani.com.


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o’oponopono is an ancient Hawaiian huna, a secret to facilitating forgiveness within; or simply, the art of forgiveness. Four healing phrases are employed in a harmonic mantra to help “make things right” or “correct the errors”. It works to cleanse hurt feelings and relieve suffering from being in an unforgiving or unforgiven state. According to the Babylon online dictionary, Ho’oponopono is used to release problems and blocks that cause imbalance, unease and stress in the self; bring peace and balance through physical, mental and spiritual cleansing that involves repentance and transmutation; and create balance, freedom, love, peace and wisdom within individuals, social entities, the world and the universe. Ho’oponopono Forgiveness Mantra I am sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you. These four forgiveness phrases, both individually and collectively, help heal us and our relationships with others, especially loved ones. Each one melts hearts and heals souls. Going deeper, we can voice this mantra in communing with the divine and see the effect both within and without.

I am sorry for participating in this erroneous memory data. Please forgive me for not seeing the perfection in this moment, and playing back a universal memory I have received within me that is riddled with wrongs and errors. Thank you for cleansing me, others, the world and the universe. I love you. Loving the sweet divine is the greatest power or energy there is in all space. I am now loving everyone involved and affected. I know that my perceptions of them are within me, where this error first occurred and where it can be eradicated. Like planting a seed in soil that grows into nothing of our making, the divine does the work as we allow it to work through us. As we come to consistently use the Ho’oponopono mantra, we may elect to select a special word as a substitute for the whole mantra to use as a touchstone, so that when we say or think this word, we are immediately clear and clean of all the pain associated with any erroneous memory data presented. Our heart is healed and family or friends will return to relationships with a lighter heart. We do not need to understand how it works, only that it does. Source: Adapted from VividLife.me

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abrielle Perillo’s daughter, A’ngel, 11, is a deep thinker, compassionate for all beings (human and not), a defender of justice, spiritual and extremely creative. She pursues any subject she studies with focus and passion. Although other children are naturally drawn to her, A’ngel, a born introvert, generally prefers to play quietly on her own. At first, her mother worried that her daughter was being insensitive to others and not paying attention to her surroundings. But once Mom released her own emotional projections, she recognized how happy her daughter is in her own space and began to appreciate the benefits of this independence. At least a third of Americans are introverts, yet many parents are prone to mischaracterize their more private children as antisocial, self-centered and lonely. Susan Cain, a former corporate attorney and author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, explains, “Introverts are not antisocial, they just prefer socializing in lower-key ways.” They usually form a few deep and intimate relationships compared to extroverts that often cultivate many friends. Christine Fonseca, an educational psychologist and author of Quiet Kids, notes the danger in misunderstanding a child’s hesitancy or reserved nature. “Kids can benefit from understanding who they are and what it means to be an introvert. Otherwise, they may compare themselves to their extrovert friends and feel deficient.” Introverts own many exceptional qualities. They tend to be deep thinkers able to work independently in highly creative and innovative ways. They may prefer to learn a lot


about a few topics instead of a little about many different areas. Often described as empathetic, conscientious and self-aware, introverts make authentic leaders and effective managers as adults. Introvert and extrovert temperaments are distinguished by how individuals generate energy. Introverts process the world and recharge through solitude; many can flourish in social situations as long as they can rejuvenate by being on their own. Fonseca notes a defining difference in physiology. “Introverts use part of the nervous system that has a long pathway from point A to point B, so it takes them longer to process information.” Cain adds, “Introverts also usually have a longer runway than others, so it takes them longer to take off and fly. It’s crucial that the message they’re receiving from parents and teachers is, ‘That’s okay.’” It’s important that parents balance how they honor a child’s preferences with teaching them skills to thrive. “Don’t expect them to follow the gang,” says Cain. “Instead, encourage them to follow their passions.” Parents can empower children with tools to increase their comfort zone. If youngsters have difficulty speaking up in class, it helps to prepare them with what they want to say beforehand. Cain notes that this lessens anxiety and when they are able to speak up, they’ll feel like part of the class. Simple tips can offer relief in uncomfortable social situations. Perillo reinforces social manners before she and A’ngel arrive at an event. She focuses on the greetings, reminding her to extend her hand first, speak clearly, make eye contact and smile. Also, because self-promotion doesn’t come naturally to introverts, they often need coaching to highlight their own assets when applying for a club, college or job. Fonseca encourages families to embrace digital technology. She observes, “Most introverts are extroverts online. While face-to-face communication tends to drain them, that doesn’t happen as much online, plus it’s easier to feel more adept socially there.” They’ll still need to disconnect and renew after socializing online, so it’s important to set usage boundaries. Fonseca, who has one introverted and one extroverted child, facilitates dialogue that teaches each of them to communicate with their peers about their needs. “My introvert tells her extrovert friends not to take offense if she needs to take quiet time alone. They offer each other a perspective that makes their own point of view more well-rounded.” From a neuropsychological perspective, introverts and extroverts can learn from each other, as well. According to Fonseca, extroverts that habitually activate their sympathetic nervous system (“fight-or-flight”) can experience burnout if they don’t learn how to slow down and be calm. However, introverts, relying mostly on their parasympathetic system (“rest and digest”), can be overly calm and slow to respond to situations. Fonseca notes, “It’s not about one temperament being more positive than the other; it’s about understanding who everyone is, their authentic self and finding balance.” Meredith Montgomery is the publisher of Natural Awakenings Mobile/Baldwin, AL (HealthyLivingHealthyPlanet.com).

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RETHINKING HEART HEALTH Pioneering Doctors and Patients Reinvent Cardio Care by Linda Sechrist

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n 1977, Dr. Dean Ornish began to think beyond an allopathic medicine paradigm that defined the reversal of cardiovascular disease, including coronary heart disease (CHD) and the hypertensive diseases such as heart failure and stroke, as physiologically implausible. Undaunted by the challenge of funding his research, he pushed forward. Results of his foundational 1986 to 1992 Lifestyle Heart Trial, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, proved that individuals with preexisting coronary atherosclerosis that make intensive, integrated lifestyle changes can begin to experience improvements in their condition after as little as one year without using lipid-lowering drugs. Based on his 30-plus years of clinical research, Ornish and his colleagues further showed that five years of following proper nutrition, fitness and stress

management—which must include love and support—can reduce symptoms of CHD and other chronic conditions. He remarks in Love & Survival: 8 Pathways to Intimacy and Health that despite numerous studies showing a medical basis for its occurrence, the reason why CHD is reversible is still the subject of debate. Ornish’s work has paved the way for a growing corps of pioneering integrative physicians successfully collaborating with patients to reduce the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.

Plaque the Culprit

The cause of cardiovascular disease is arterial plaque, a fine layer of fatty material that forms within the arteries and blocks blood flow. It is largely the result of food and activity choices, plus the degree of inflammation in the arteries. Dr. Steven Masley’s three keys

to improving heart health highlighted in his book, The 30-Day Heart Tune-Up, and an upcoming PBS special, concern lifestyle factors capable of shrinking plaque, improving circulation and strengthening the heartbeat. “Abnormal plaque growth is preventable 90 percent of the time,” states the president of Masley Optimal Health Center, in St. Petersburg, Florida. While conducting research on the heart health of nearly 1,000 patients over a period of 20 years, Masley suspected that the traditional assessment approach of measuring cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure didn’t effectively address the biochemistry within arteries. Testing intima-media thickness (IMT) using a simple 10-minute external ultrasound confirmed it. The test bounces high-frequency sound waves to measure the thickness of the carotid arteries’ innermost two layers on either side of the neck. “This valuable tool allows for an estimate of arterial age. A healthy, young cardiovascular system has less plaque and an unhealthy, old one has more,” advises Masley. IMT, a useful tool for preventing future heart attacks and strokes, differs from standard carotid Doppler ultrasound, which looks for artery obstructions suggesting surgery. A practitioner of functional medicine, Masley explains heart-related diagnoses differently than his allopathic counterparts. “Rather than diagnosing high blood pressure as hypertension, I categorize it as not enough exercise, not enough fruits and vegetables, high emotional stress and excessive body fat.” To optimize heart health, Masley employs a broad, holistic matrix of options that enhance the cardiovascular system—the interactions among diet, activity level, weight, environmental toxins, hormones, stress and biochemical factors such as blood sugar control and inflammation levels. He prescribes heart-healing foods that simultaneously help to manage the aging process, following a customized, heart-friendly supplement plan; engaging in exercise that strengthens the heart and arteries; and learning how to better manage stress. He contends that cardiovascular


Love and intimacy are at the root of what makes us sick and what makes us well, what causes sadness and what brings happiness, what makes us suffer and what leads to healing. ~ Dr. Dean Ornish, Love & Survival events remain the top cause of death because individuals are largely unaware of treatment options before they get into trouble. More, “Most people falsely assume that their condition has been fixed with a medical procedure and/or drugs, and that a lifestyle change isn’t necessary.”

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Dr. Stephen Sinatra, an integrative cardiologist, anti-aging specialist and bioenergetics psychotherapist in Manchester, Connecticut, has also shifted his heart health paradigm. He now prescribes a combination of conventional medicine, food, supplements, mind/body strategies and natural healing methods. His book, Heartbreak and Heart Disease: A Mind/Body Prescription for Healing the Heart, relates many inspiring case histories that address the psycho-emotional component of heart health and illustrate how to repair and reopen a broken heart by releasing long-repressed emotions. Following two years of Gestalt psychotherapy training and seven years of bioenergetics training, Sinatra likewise realized that heartbreak was one of the major causes of heart disease. An expert in the field of natural cardiology, he had once believed that cholesterol and fat were the primary causes before 40 years of treatment research taught him otherwise. “Cholesterol is not the reason for heart disease,” advises Sinatra, founder of HeartMDInstitute.com and author of The Great Cholesterol Myth. “The body produces and needs cholesterol to convert sunlight to vitamin D, to make sex hormones, vital semipermeable membranes for the body’s trillions of cells, plus bile salts for digestion. Even your brain makes and uses cholesterol to build connections between the neurons that facilitate learning and memory.”

Real Perpetrators

Sinatra names the real perpetrators of heart disease—stress, inflammation and overeating sugar and processed foods containing saturated fat. He counsels that the heart benefits less from a lowfat, high-carbohydrate diet than one low in carbohydrates and higher in healthy fats, overturning widespread medical mantras. Also, a high-fructose, high-grain carbohydrate diet raises triglycerides, increases the risk of metabolic syndrome and contributes to insulin resistance, causing the liver to produce more cholesterol, as well as more inflammatory, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL) particles, all of which increase the risk for CHD, diabetes and stroke. The American Heart Association (AHA) estimates that metabolic syndrome, which affects nearly 35 percent of American adults, may overtake smoking as the leading risk factor for CHD. The AHA currently is focused on increasing awareness that heart disease is the number one killer of women. Its Go Red for Women campaign emphasizes the vital need to take preventive basic actions, including adopting an exercise routine, healthier diet and doctor visits for appropriate non-invasive tests.

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Dr. James Forleo, a chiropractor in Durango, Colorado, with 30-plus years of clinical experience, maintains that health is simple, disease is complicated (also the title of his book). He counsels patients, “If mental stress is present in your life, you owe it to your cardiovascular system to change to a healthier lifestyle. Your life may depend on it.” Forleo has recognized that an individual’s state of mind can be a big help or hindrance in maintaining a healthy heart. “The heart represents a different realm of experience entirely, one

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It is no coincidence that we address our physical and emotional heart by the same name. Our physical heart usually reflects the state of our emotional heart, and vice versa. ~ Dr. James Forleo that cannot be explained by logic and reason,” comments Forleo. He champions the link between maintaining normal spinal function and healthy heart function, along with supporting the inner presence of Spirit, which he calls the healthy heart’s ultimate elixir. “Its essence relaxes the heart, opens the mind to possibilities greater than itself and provides the perspective that the heart and the mind are complementary,” he observes. He explains that when our emotions get bottled up, something in our heart or circulation has to give. “If you or someone you know experiences heart problems, chances are that unresolved emotions lie directly below the surface,” he says. “There are exceptions, and genetic problems can explain

many heart defects, but heart problems don’t usually show up unless emotions are involved.” Forleo’s concept is supported by the work of Rollin McCraty, Ph.D., executive vice president and director of research at California’s Institute of HeartMath. His research papers include The Energetic Heart: Bioelectromagnetic Interactions Within and Between People. “Today, evidence suggests that the heart may play a particularly important role in emotional experience. Research in the relatively new discipline of neurocardiology has confirmed that the heart is a sensory organ and acts as a sophisticated information encoding and processing center that learns, remembers and makes independent functional

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Pioneering integrative medical doctors Masley, Sinatra, Forleo and Mona Lisa Schultz, who also holds a Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience, agree that in matters of heart disease, emotions take center stage. Schultz, who recently co-authored All is Well: Heal Your Body with Medicine, Affirmations and Intuition, with Louise L. Hay, a leading founder of the self-help movement, applies her 25 years of experience as a medical intuitive with the best of Western clinical science, brain research and energy medicine. Shultz observes, “Every illness has an emotional component, which tells us intuitively that something or someone in our life or environment is out of balance and needs to be addressed. Our use of language—such as frustration makes our heart race, anger boils our blood—and our common sense are telling us what we don’t need more studies to confirm. If we can’t deal with our anger in a timely fashion, name our feelings, respond effectively and release them, we increase our chance of illness, ranging from hypertension to cardiovascular events.” According to the American Journal of Cardiology, the U.S. spends 10 percent of all healthcare dollars for cardiovascular disease prevention and medical management versus 90 percent on medical treatment procedures and hospital care. For individuals interested in taking charge of their heart health, working with a physician that embraces the emerging paradigm of integrative lifestyle changes and prevention can be a drug-free, lifesaving decision. Linda Sechrist is the senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAboutWe.com for full interviews.


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The better approach is to do further testing and evaluation at the first sign of a murmur, including chest X-rays, an electrocardiogram (EKG) and a cardiac ultrasound to classify the stage of the disease and determine if conventional medications can help. Follow-up visits every six months allow the doctor to identify the point at which heart disease has progressed toward impending heart failure. In general, pets with either a diseased or failing heart can benefit from supplements. Individual regimens vary, based on the nature of the patient’s case.

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ymptoms that suggest a dog or cat’s heart is not pumping effectively include coughing and fatigue from light exercise. Before the signs are evident, it is far better to check for heart disease during regular twice-yearly visits to the veterinarian. Using a stethoscope, a skilled doctor can pick up telltale heart murmurs during the examination. A fairly common problem with cats, heart disease tends to occur as cardiomyopathy, an issue with the heart muscle. In most dogs, where cardiomyopathy is rare,

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it usually involves damaged heart valves, resulting in “leaks” that allow blood to flow in both directions. Upon an initial diagnosis of heart disease, one of two mistakes in treatment routinely occur: Either a doctor prescribes strong cardiac medications to “prevent” heart failure from happening (even though no medication has been shown to prevent heart failure), or he takes a waitand-see approach, only intervening when the disease progresses to irreversible heart failure.

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Fish oil contains beneficial docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) unsaturated omega-3 fatty acids. The principle metabolites derived from the metabolism of EPA and DHA tend to be anti-inflammatory. Contrariwise, omega-6 fatty acids, which are found in warm-weather vegetable oils, produce pro-inflammatory mediators. Because omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids compete with each other to be converted to active metabolites (pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory) in the body, decreasing the intake of omega-6 fatty acids and/or increasing dietary omega-3 fatty acid levels, available through fish oil, is generally considered beneficial. The differing numbers identifying omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids simply refer to where the carbon-carbon double bonds are positioned in the molecules. Supplementing with fish oil may also reduce the occurrence of atherosclerosis, thrombosis, coronary heart disease, arrhythmias, heart failure and sudden cardiac death by decreasing inflammation throughout the body, including in the heart.


Coenzyme Q-10

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), also known as ubiquinol or ubiquinone, is a naturally occurring antioxidant synthesized in most tissues in the body. The highest concentrations are in the heart, kidneys, liver and pancreas. In the diet, CoQ10 is found in foods such as organ meats, poultry, fish, meat, nuts, soybean oil, fruits, vegetables, eggs and dairy products. The Professional’s Handbook of Complementary & Alternative Medicines explains that CoQ10 is used in electron transport in mitochondria—small organelles inside cells that convert carbohydrates and fats into energy. It reports that studies in people with hypertension showed a reduction in systolic blood pressure through CoQ10 supplementation. Benefits of such therapy studied in people with a heart that has failed in its pumping ability showed increased improved heart function and proper dilation of the blood vessels for improved circulation. It is proving to be one of the best nutrients to help an ailing heart.

Hawthorn

The herb hawthorn is highly regarded for its suitability in the treatment of heart disease due to its flavonoid and other antioxidant content. It provides several beneficial effects for the heart—helping to maintain a normal heart rhythm with decreased risk of arrhythmias; bolstering the force of heart muscle contraction; increasing coronary blood flow; and decreasing the organ’s energy demands. It acts like angiotensin-1-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors such as the medicine Enalapril, used to help regulate blood pressure and reduce the workload of a failing heart. While other therapies can be used to help pet heart patients, these three are a sound starting point. In some cases, they may be suitable instead of medications that can cause side effects to the kidney and liver, or at least allow for smaller doses. Natural remedies provide a gentler alternative.

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Keeping Momentum for Change by Marlo Zarka

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fter the confetti settles from the celebrations welcoming the the new year, many people are faced with the reality of making resolutions that involve trying on new behaviors or ending old ones. Typical resolutions include vowing to lose weight, swearing off certain foods or activities, and some even aim for a whole new picture: new job, new love, new self. Research shows that while people tend to be successful with intended resolutions for the month of January, most lose steam by February. There are simple steps to take to avoid becoming a statistic and maintain momentum towards desired goals. Barriers to achieving goals come in varied shapes, sizes and names. Similar to unexpected surprises in a video game or false exits in a labyrinth, these barriers can halt a person’s momentum temporarily or permanently, despite their dedication and determination. The truth is that change is hard. Whether the goal is to spend more time at the gym, become more involved in creative endeavors or respond to emails in a timelier manner, different kinds of change are hard for different kinds of people for different reasons. According to research conducted by Dr. Robert Kegan and Dr. Lisa Lahey, of Harvard University, when heart patients that were being studied were informed that death was imminent without specific changes in behavior, only one in seven patients actually made the prescribed changes. This study illustrates how truly challenging certain changes can be, even when the motivation is literally life or death. Change requires clarity, awareness and the commitment to begin again when good intentions fail. Perhaps the most important component of lasting change is self-compassion on the journey. Like a child that falls down and gets back up 34

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when learning to walk or ride a bike, adults must adopt a similar sense of resilient determination, along with a healthy dose of cheerleading and care for the self, when aiming for change. Holding an all-or-nothing mindset when it comes to modifying behavior is likely to bring about discouragement and failure. Here are some ways to stay on track and begin again with resolutions. Imagine what you might say to a child, a loved one or best friend that was struggling to stay on a goal path; the chances are you might be more compassionate and encouraging with them than you tend to be with yourself. Practice mantras or say or post affirmations that provide encouragement. Simple phrases like “Correct and continue,” or “I shall begin, again!” can be supportive. Create an artistic representation containing symbols, photos, encouraging words or phrases that remind you of your true desire to stay the course and offer compassion when you falter. Find a partner and agree to remind each other that “Beginning again” is an option and that it’s possible to pause, correct and continue on the desired path without giving up. Be willing to correct course and continue on the spot, every day, if necessary. Allow beginnings to happen any time of year. This also puts the concept of beginnings into everyday life, not just in the context of a once-a-year calendar event. Marlo Zarka, MPA, CPEC, is a certified professional achievement coach and co-founder of Designed Alliance; a coaching partnership. Contact her at 904-307-2769 or visit DesignedAlliance.com.


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e all encounter everyday stressors and usually find our own ways of defusing them. However, when chronic stress remains unresolved, it extracts a toll on health that may range from heart disease and stroke to obesity, gastrointestinal problems and depression. Thankfully, Natural Awakenings has uncovered inviting ways to regularly de-stress that naturally make us feel good. Here are some refreshing ideas for immediate rest and relaxation. Eat Mindfully. Chocolate can be an excellent antidote to stress-related binge eating, advises Dr. Susan Lord, an integrative physician in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, who leads mind-body medicine programs at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, in

Stockbridge. “We rarely eat mindfully,” comments Lord. “We’re usually gulping down our food while watching TV, arguing with the kids or reading a book.” She often leads a meditation in which participants are allotted one small piece of chocolate that they must eat slowly and consciously. “Most people discover they have never really tasted their food,” she says. “They are pleasantly surprised to discover that they feel satiated and satisfied on every level.” Lord’s teaching is supported by a study from an Oregon Research Institute affiliate in Albuquerque, New Mexico, showing that people lost significant amounts of weight by eating slowly and mindfully. Accordingly,

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Kripalu has encouraged eating in silence for nearly 40 years, a practice Lord heartily recommends to her patients for one meal a day. Walk a labyrinth. A meditative walk on a labyrinth may be just what the doctor ordered, says physician Esther Sternberg, professor of medicine and research director at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, in Tucson. “A labyrinth differs from a maze, which has high walls and many dead ends,” notes Sternberg. “Walking a maze is inevitably stressful; a labyrinth has the exact opposite effect. There is only one path in and one path out. You go to the middle, meditate and walk back out. It’s a perfectly calming walking meditation.” In physiological terms, Sternberg explains, the deep breathing induced by labyrinth walking activates the vagus nerve, which prompts relaxation. It does this by interrupting the brain’s stress response and halting the release of adrenaline and the stress hormone cortisol from the adrenal glands. Our ancestors built labyrinths as early as 4,000 BCE. They exist today in churches, healing centers and backyards all over the world. Finger labyrinths, even as simple as an outline printed on a piece of paper, also have proved to be effective relaxation tools, says Neal Harris, a licensed clinical professional counselor in Barrington, Illinois. His study confirming its relaxing effects was published in the Annals of Psychotherapy & Integrative Health. Shake (or laugh) it off. Anyone that has ever felt like exploding from tight shoulders, indigestion, head-

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aches or other conditions caused by accumulated stress can benefit from Lord’s recommendation to experience a whole-body shake. “Just stand with your feet firmly planted and start shaking—first your feet, then your legs, arms, head and neck and eventually, your whole

University, in Terra Haute, published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. Results also showed that laughter increased production of the protective cells that boost immune function. Create a memory garden. For Sternberg, her personal place of peace

body—for at least two or three minutes,” she counsels. “You’ll shake off all of that tension, energize every cell and probably start laughing, another great stress reliever.” A good belly laugh is likewise a powerful stress reliever, according to a study by researchers at Indiana State

is an unconscious re-creation combining the sights and smells of her grandmother’s garden with the comfortable “at home” feeling of her parents’ deck and mementos from a happy time in Crete. At the center of Sternberg’s happy memories are fragrant jasmine and gardenia trees, lavender and basil,

Music Soothes the Soul Dozens of studies from leading institutions like Brandeis University, in Waltham, Massachusetts, the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, in Yonkers, New York, and Colorado State University, in Fort Collins, show that music can offset stress, relieve pain, lower blood pressure, improve immune function and support restful sleep. So play a tune or two of much-loved music and let the calming effects induce a state of relaxation. According to research from the American Society of Hypertension, classical music, the blues and other soothing music work best because they cause the body to release endorphins and slow breathing rates. It’s better yet if our favorite music inspires stress-releasing body movement. Source: GreenMedInfo.com

all reminders of happy times in her life. She recalls, “It wasn’t until I was finished that I realized what I had done.” A review of relevant science reported in Neural Plasticity explains that the brain’s hippocampus region, a seat of memory, especially related to place, also normally regulates the production of cortisol. But an excess of cortisol due to stress can impair its memory functions. “When we are in a place that brings happy memories to mind, we let go of stress and stop the release of cortisol,” says Sternberg. “It helps to just think of a place where we have been happy.” She recommends creating a home space with some plants on a windowsill, photos of happy family gatherings, fabrics or paint in beloved colors and perhaps inherited items that trigger fond memories. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books, including 10 Best Ways to Manage Stress. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com.

Breathe Deeply Perform this subtle de-stressor while in line at the market or driving. It slows heart rate, oxygenates the body, improves mental clarity and has a relaxing effect on the nervous system. n Sit or stand straight. n Put the tip of the tongue against the ridge of tissue just behind the upper front teeth, and keep it there throughout the entire exercise. n Inhale through the nose for a count of four. n Hold each breath for a count of seven. n Exhale completely through the mouth with a whoosh sound for a count of eight. n Repeat three more times. Source: DrWeil.com

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Creating an inspired and healthy home environment soothes the soul and recharges our proverbial batteries. Making healthful choices in the products we use and consume helps ensure we retain a healthy body and vibrant living in an era when we are inundated with disease-producing toxins in our homes, food, air and water.

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Applying simple solutions to slow down helps us maintain a calm mind amidst the frenetic pace of daily life. Periodically unplugging from the instant demands of technology is a good first step. Tuning into our life purpose and sharing it with others allows us to shine. We naturally radiate our inner light in ever-expanding ways.

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A study published by the International Academy for Design and Health shows that because our home influences us on many levels, the setting is continually either supporting or depleting its occupants. Consciously creating and sustaining a nurturing environment fortifies the roots from which family members evolve and grow. Experience shows us how improving our immediate surroundings, ranging from our wardrobe to household furnishings, helps to manifest positive internal transformations. The activity likewise reflects our inner landscape, allowing us to take a step back and observe how we are changing and hope to change. That’s why we periodically feel impelled to clear unsettling clutter from our private spaces. It’s an irritant that disrupts order and our sense of beauty; even when it’s stashed in drawers and closets, we still know it’s there. It competes for attention and distracts our focus. A recently relocated design client felt that her new house was beautiful, but didn’t feel like a home. The woman explained that when she was there, she was short-tempered with her kids, a sharp contrast to her usual demeanor. She yearned to love her home, enjoy her kids and live vibrantly. A key part of the solution was tackling the home’s mudroom entrance that was cluttered with the kids’ detritus, a condition that irritated her the minute she walked through the door. Many of the home products we buy contain disquieting, hidden elements. Understanding which ingredients are hazardous is imperative to maintaining a safe home environment. Key decisions range from the choice of carpets, couches and bedding to cleaning products,


laundry solutions and air fresheners. Knowing the products we use are healthful enhances peace of mind. As one homeowner said, “I am so relieved to have a better understanding of what products I shouldn’t bring home. I was so scared before that I just ignored the idea that chemicals could be harmful.” Being informed and alert to the composition of the items we bring into our home—including food—is vital. More than 80,000 chemicals make up the ingredients in commonly available products that end up in the typical American home, and a large portion of them are toxic. Nearly 20 percent of the chemicals are not divulged, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA also reports that the average person holds more than 700 toxic chemicals in their body. We inhale myriad chemical byproducts that fill the air both indoors and out, plus ingest numerous toxins in the foods and beverages we consume. Once absorbed, they remain in the body unless flushed out, throwing it out of balance and, as widespread research shows, causing a broad range of diseases. WebMD.com reports that the psychological impacts of feeling stressed, helpless and overwhelmed by the fear of lurking poisons can directly influence our physical health. Making informed choices can alleviate such feelings. It only requires taking a series of small and manageable, progressive steps to create our own style of a healthy and harmonious home life. New Hair Removal Services" with On a spiritual level, we can rest "New Natural Nail Services" assured that such caring for our inner temple and larger environment supports a greater good and fosters a deeper connection to life’s Source. We feel more physically, psychologically and spiritually vibrant. Our home becomes a vital wellspring that, cleaned and furnished with holistic awareness, continually refreshes us. Christa O’Leary is founder and CEO of Home in Harmony, Inc., combining expertise in marriage and family therapy, interior design and green living. Her book, Home in Harmony Lifestyle: Designing an Inspired Life, will be released in November. Connect at ChristaOLeary.com/FreeKit.

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by Jac O’Keeffe

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he term “enlightenment” is used very freely in spiritual circles and its meaning is often misunderstood in contemporary spirituality. Its original meaning has been modified, and this is confusing to many on a spiritual path. Enlightenment marks a specific point on one’s spiritual path from which there is no turning back physiologically. If we have had deep spiritual awakenings and significant shifts in our perception, these are markers along the path. Enlightenment, however, is when a neurological rewiring occurs in the brain. Enlightenment permanently alters the functioning of the brain. For some, it happens instantaneously, but for most, a spiritual path is followed until this physiological breakthrough arrives. How does one know if this has happened? The ability to identify with our thoughts and our body totally disappears. There is a knowing that we are not our body and that we are not a product of our thinking mind. There is a 40

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non-conceptual knowing that what we are is prior to all that can be perceived with the mind. Many recall a memory of knowing this during early childhood. Let us take a look at how the mind works from a spiritual perspective. For the first seven years of our lives, we develop our ego. The ego gives us a personal sense of who we are. We mature as we follow a general path to become autonomous and self-sufficient. In other words, the ego becomes ripe and matures when we are okay with who we are. Sadly, this is rarely achieved by the age of seven and we continue to bring the ego to wholeness for many more years. When there is self-love and self-acceptance, we are more at ease with the world. This is the first step on a spiritual path; to bring the ego to wholeness, because when the ego is not at rest in self-acceptance, there will always be a neediness and a demanding of love and attention from others. An ego that is not whole will always look for external ac-

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ceptance, love and confirmation. This is what perpetuates the healing industry. If our early years were rich with love and attention, we would not need healing at all, but this style of idyllic rearing is truly a rare occurrence. If we can say, “I am lovable and I am capable,” and know this sentence to be true, then the healing phase is largely over and there will be an ability to see the inner workings of our mind. When the ego is not whole, it believes that external love and attention will heal it, but it can’t. Self-love is actually the way out of a broken sense of who we are in the world. Our mind will tell us that external things such as love, acceptance, success, notoriety and possessions will bring us some internal rest, but we have seen that this break from neediness only lasts for a short while. The ego will never get enough externally to make it feel whole and completely okay with itself. We can only give this gift to ourself. While this emotional work is a


direct way to propel our spiritual path, there is a correlating mechanism that is happening in our brain. When the ego is not ripe and requiring attention, the self-referencing mechanism in our brain is most active. Self-referencing is when we hold ourself in the center of our world and our thoughts are invariably about us. When there is a story about another, we quickly work out how it impacts on us. The starting point to each day has us as the lead role and beliefs around “me and mine” motivate most of our actions. Once we are aware of this, a shift to the impersonal significantly reduces emotional, physical, mental and spiritual suffering. The impersonal is an observing viewpoint where mind is not our master, but we can now see our thoughts and choose not to buy into them. Step back and choose not to be the slave of the mind. Mind is a tool for us to pick up and set down. It helps us to function in the world. Believing the constant flow of thoughts is suffering. Seeing them as thoughts requires us to step back into observer mode. Observing has no comment or judgment on what is seen because there

is no personal “you” that is threatened or endorsed by what is happening in each moment. This practice brings great relief. We become the observer of our thoughts and when there is an “all about me” moment of drama, we will be able to find that at the core of suffering, the ego is looking for something; usually attention, love, healing and wanting to be right. Usually, when the observer becomes our natural state of mind, we can point the mind prior to this viewpoint. It feels like mind or our attention is directed behind the observer. This brings us to an empty state that is somehow rich and complete. Nothing is lacking, all is well and there is undisturbed peace within. When this pure consciousness/pure awareness state

becomes permanent and the ability to believe our thoughts dies off, there is a corresponding shift in one’s neurology. This is enlightenment. If this shift is not yet permanent, there is no enlightenment. Many confuse the light of the sun with the sun itself and begin to teach prematurely. A spiritual teacher can bring their audience to the level they have attained, but not beyond. Traditionally, it is said that direct transmission from one that has had the shift is necessary. This is where the Eastern guru model has its place. Grace and a teacher are necessary to cause this final shift. Ultimately, if this shift is in one’s destiny, it will inevitably occur. This is the direct path to freedom. Jac O’Keeffe offers Satsang globally, and is the author of the book, Born to be Free, which has been translated into seven languages. For more information, visit jac-okeeffe.com. O’Keeffe will be offering Satsang in St. Augustine from Feb. 21 to 23. See ad on page 9 and news brief on page 8.

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ike many newly minted sports, “Spin” has at its center a nearmythical figure: its creator, Jonathan Goldstein—better known as Johnny G—by most accounts a unique eccentric with an unheralded passion for cycling. In 1987, while training for the renowned The Race Across America bike event, a mega-marathon 3,100mile race from Los Angeles to New York, Goldstein was struck by a car and nearly killed. It produced an epiphany: Building an indoor bike simulating the outdoor experience would create a novel workout that would incorporate cardio training and emphasize a mindbody connection. With the formation of Mad Dogg Athletics in 1994, the Spinning craze began rolling. Rolling Stone magazine named it the newest hot exercise and by 1996 there were 1,000-plus Spinning centers in 30 countries.

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heart monitor. The original goal was to provide an “aerobic base” by working at 65 to 80 percent of one’s maximum heart rate, making the heart a more effective pump and increasing oxygen levels throughout the body. The Spin program follows the principle that participants will train aerobically for six to 12 weeks prior to a

“Race Day”—a special ride performed at a steady anaerobic threshold generally at 85 to 95 percent of maximum heart rate. Anaerobic threshold, or AT, is the point at which the body accumulates lactic acid in the muscles faster that it can be removed. “Aerobic base building creates a strong foundation for increasing one’s lactate threshold,” explains Lorey Pro, a master Spin instructor and assistant director of fitness and wellness at Louisiana State University. “Riders can increase their tolerance for anaerobic exercise.” “The metabolism’s foundation is strengthened by aerobic base building. Without it, the body will fall apart if the athlete moves right into anaerobic threshold training,” explains Shannon Derby, a master Spin instructor and certified group fitness and personal trainer at Mountain’s Edge Fitness Center, in Boulder, Colorado. In contrast to indoor cycling, Spin requires that exertion rates be correlated to levels based on maximum heart rates, and revolutions per minute (RPMs) or pedal strokes be kept at pre-specified levels. According to Pro, Spin should combine mind and body training by using a variety of heart rate zones to improve health, fitness and performance. Instructors take participants through a series of rides known as Energy Zones, each serving a specific purpose like endurance, strength or recovery. Terri Arends, a master Spin instructor and group fitness director at the Jewish Community Center of Dallas, Texas, attests that without such rides, the aerobic foundation

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In today’s typical Spin class, no one wears a heart monitor. While some gyms and boutique facilities offer endurance or strength rides, most conduct only interval rides featuring top 40 music selections and a loose interpretation of the prescribed movements, positions and cadence rates. “Interval rides tend to get picked most,” observes Derby. “There are many different kinds and they are fairly easy to teach and well liked, even though that isn’t what the official Spinning program recommends.” Del Lugo, a Spin instructor and fitness professional in Suffern, New York, who works at the nearby Torne Valley Sports Complex and Lifeplex Health Club, says he rarely sees classic Spin done anymore. In Lugo’s world, Spin should be simply a “fun, safe experience with the instructor endeavoring to instill enthusiasm and encouragement.”

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One key indicator of whether a fitness activity is a trend and not a fad is the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) annual Fitness Trends survey. In 2012, Spin made ACSM’s top 20 list of fitness trends, citing it as “one of the most popular group exercise programs in the commercial sector.” Yet it fell off of ACSM’s list last year. Reviving the original training program may prove helpful in preventing potential Spin burnout. Workouts were originally designed to culminate each week in a meditative, low-impact recovery ride to allow for rest and recovery, which is pivotal to any successful fitness program. The key to Spin’s continuity may be in moving cycling back to its origins—re-educating participants about how best to use Spinning to maximize desired results for body, mind and spirit.

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esearch tells us that 14 out of any 10 individuals like chocolate,” quips cartoonist Sandra Boynton. American chocolate lovers buy 58 million-plus pounds around Valentine’s Day, according to Nielsen Research. Ideally, the dark treat would be as healthy as a salad or an apple. Fortunately, accumulating research is on the way to giving plant-based chocolate superfood status. All chocolate starts with cacao beans, seeds from the pods of the tropical cacao tree that thrives only in hot, rainy climates in Africa, Indonesia and South America. Local soil and climate conditions determine flavor characteristics, much as with grapes. Harvested beans are fermented to create the chocolate taste and then dried. Afterwards, chocolate makers add brand-specific ingredients to the cacao solids. “The percentage number on a bar’s wrapper represents the weight that actually comes from the cacao bean content,” says Robert L. Wolke, professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh and author of

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What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained. “The higher the number, the lower the percentage of sugar and the less sweet, more bitter and complex the flavor.” This is significant because dark chocolate contains higher levels of antioxidants which can help reduce cell damage, according to the Integrative Medicine Department at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. Alex Whitmore, founder of Taza Chocolate, in Somerville, Massachusetts, recently had one of its bars lab tested for antioxidant levels, called ORAC, or oxygen radical absorption capacity; the higher the value, the more antioxidants. Taza Chocolate’s 80% Dark Bar had a 65 percent higher ORAC than Himalayan goji berries, famed for being a superfood. “This is very high for a chocolate bar,” notes Whitmore. Cocoa also serves as a superfood for cardiovascular and metabolic health, report two recent studies from separate teams of Harvard School of Public Health researchers. A 2012 meta-analysis of clinical trials published in the American Journal of Clini-


cal Nutrition concluded that consuming dark, unsweetened cocoa powder and dark chocolate can improve blood pressure, vascular dilation and cholesterol levels, plus reduce metabolic precursors like diabetes that can lead to heart disease. In 2011, Eric Ding, Ph.D., a Harvard School of Public Health epidemiologist and nutrition scientist, reviewed short-term trials of subjects ingesting 400 to 500 mg per day of flavonoid-rich cocoa, which he equates to 33 bars of milk chocolate or eight bars of dark chocolate. While Ding feels this is an unreasonable amount to eat because of the extra calories from sugar and fat, he states, “Supplements with concentrated cocoa flavonoids may perhaps be helpful for garnering the benefits discovered. The key is getting the benefits for heart disease while avoiding the calories, and for that, chocolate bars are not likely the best solution.” Another observational study published in Nutrition shows that eating dark chocolate might help keep the pounds off for teenagers. Researchers with the Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence program at the University of Zaragoza, in Spain, knew that chocolate consumption in adults already had been linked to lower body mass index. They found that chocolate consumption was also associated with lower total and midsection fat in European adolescents, reports Sayer Ji, founder of GreenMedInfo.com, a natural health research database. “The quality and cocoa content they used in their research is probably much higher than in America,” says Ji. “From my perspective, it appears that even when researchers don’t control for type, the results across the board are rather startling. Even American subjects, presumably eating common milk chocolate bars, see benefits.” So, this Valentine’s Day—and every day—we can happily relish that one-ounce piece of artisan dark chocolate melting slowly in our mouth and know we’re doing it for pleasure and for health. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd Lifestyle.blogspot.com from Overland Park, KS.

Chocolate Cookery Vegan Chocolate Pie

Serve this with fresh raspberries and enjoy a little romance. Yields 8 servings Chocolate Wafer Crust 6½ oz dairy-free chocolate wafer cookies, crushed into fine crumbs 1 Tbsp maple or date sugar 3 oz vegan buttery stick (such as Earth Balance), melted and slightly cooled Chocolate Filling 13 oz dairy-free semisweet chocolate chips (such as Ghirardelli) 1 /3 cup strong brewed coffee 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 lb silken tofu, drained 1 Tbsp honey 1 (9-in) prepared chocolate wafer crust Preheat the oven to 350° F. For the crust, combine the cookie crumbs, sugar and melted vegan buttery stick. Press this mixture firmly and evenly into the bottom, up the sides and just over the lip of a 9-inch metal pie pan. Bake on the middle rack of the oven until the crust is set and appears dry, 18 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely, about 1 hour.

For the filling, melt the chocolate chips with the coffee and vanilla in a medium metal bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring often with a spatula. Combine the tofu, melted chocolate mixture and honey in a blender or food processor until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour the filling into the crust and refrigerate for 2 hours or until the filling becomes firm.

Vegan Hot Chocolate

A comforting way to enjoy the benefits of chocolate on a cold day. Yields 4 servings 2½ cups plain rice milk 3 Tbsp maple or date sugar 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder ½ tsp salt ½ tsp vanilla extract 1 pinch ground cinnamon 1 pinch cayenne pepper Bring the rice milk, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla extract, cinnamon and cayenne pepper to a simmer in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Remove from the heat and whisk until frothy. Serve immediately. Source: Recipes courtesy of Judith Fertig

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1 Guided Cultural Hike – 8:30-10:30am. Visitors learn about the cultural history of the Guana Peninsula during this guided hike. Wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes. Please RSVP. Free; $3/parking fee. GTM Research Reserve Trailhead Pavillion, west of the Guana Dam, Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-823-4500. GTMNERRCulturalHike.eventbrite.com. Healing Event – 1-3pm. On the first Saturday of every month, practitioners will practice Reiki on customers. Love offerings accepted. Spiritual Uplifts, 3491 Pall Mall Dr, Jacksonville. 904-292-4555.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2 John Springer Lecture: Lessons in Truth – 1pm. How to capture photographs of spirits. $20. The Cosmic Church of Truth. 901-384-7268. TheCosmicChurchOfTruth.net. Wholehearted Living – 10:30am, Celebration of Life; 9-10am, Qigong; 12-2pm, Class: The Spiritual Path. Center for Spiritual Living, Sheraton Hotel, 10605 Deerwood Park Blvd, Jacksonville. 904-398-4353. CSLJax.org.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3 Following Spirit Discovery Workshop – 7-8:30pm. Every Monday in February, learn about all the courses we offer at the Institute and how they could

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SATURDAY, MARCH 1-2 Shaman Healing Sessions – Elka works with geometric grids at the cellular level to remove blocks ancestrally on all levels & powerfully shift your energy on all levels. Reverend Elka Boren from Panama, gifted since childhood with spiritual healing abilities and clairvoyance, has done deep energy shamanic healing for 26 years. Ann Kiyonaga-Razon: 904-797-5171. Register: UnityAngelHealing.com.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Open House – 6-7pm. Tour the facility and meet Dr. Pautz, MD. Learn more about the holistic philosophy of the practice. Call to RSVP. Persephone Healing Arts Center, Holistic and Internal Medicine, 485 6th Ave N, Jacksonville Beach. 904-246-3583. DrPautz.com.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5 Guided Trail Walk at River to Sea Preserve – 9-10:30am. Join other nature lovers through the wooded hammock between the ocean and the Matazas River. Please RSVP. Free. In the town of Marineland, turn west at the River to Sea Preserve entrance, follow directional signs to the parking lot. 904-823-4500. GTMNERRMarinelandTrail. eventbrite.com.

FRI-SUN, FEBRUARY 21-23 Satsang Retreat with Jac O’ Keeffe – The Satsang format is question and answer, however, live Satsang primarily offers an opportunity for direct transmission from a realized being. -Friday Only: $30 -Saturday or Sunday only: $75 -Half day Saturday or Sunday: $40 -Entire Weekend: $150 Times and locations: Friday, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., Hampton Inn, 95 Vilano Road, Vilano Beach, 32084 Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 2:30 - 5:00 p.m., Hilton St. Augustine Historic Bayfront, 32 Avenida Menendez, 32084 For reservations or information, contact Derek Gill at 904-251-4305 or manager@jac-okeeffe. com, or visit www.jac-okeeffe.com.

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Learn About Crystals – 7-8:30pm. This six-week course will include intense research and study on the use of crystals with meditation of chakras, how to create your own wand, house protection, healing animals and people, and much more. $140 with materials. Spiritual Uplifts, 3491 Pall Mall Dr, Jacksonville. 904-292-4555.

Tea Party – 1:30-3:30pm. Learn to read tea leaves while enjoying a tea party, including sandwiches, cakes and goodie bags. Experienced readers will read tea leaves and share tarot, mediumship and astrology. Reservations required. $15. Spiritual Uplifts, 3491 Pall Mall Dr, Jacksonville. 904-292-4555.

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How to Make Peace with Anyone – 7-9pm. Cary Bayer draws from his book Relationships 101 to present a systematic three-part written process that enables participants to forgive those who’ve broken their hearts. Housing on site. Discovery Yoga, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-824-7454. DiscoveryYoga.com.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8 2nd Saturday Trail Hike – 8:30-10:30am. This 1.5 mile walk is perfect for the entire family. Wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes. Please RSVP. Free; $3/parking fee. Meet at the GTM Research Reserve Trailhead Pavillion, west of the Guana Dam. 904823-4500. GTMNERR2ndTrailHike.eventbrite. com. 11TH Annual Air Potato Rodeo – 9am-1pm. This is an annual park beautification day and resource management project held to help control the air potato vine (Dioscorea Bulbifera) that is widespread at Ravine Gardens. Gloves, trash bags and tools provided. Ravine Gardens State Park, 1600 Twigg St, Palatka. 386-329-3721. FloridaStateParks.org. Citrus Harvest Festival – 10am-3pm. This annual festival, along with the popular 2nd Saturday Plant Sale, is a wonderful environment to enhance your knowledge of citrus. The “All About Citrus Tour” will be held at 11am and 2pm. Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, 6400 N Oceanshore Blvd,

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9 Community HU Song – 11-11:30am. Learn how to sing HU and tap into your potential for greater happiness, love and understanding. All are welcome and free HU CDs available. Followed by light refreshments. Jacksonville Eckankar Center, 6636 Arlington Rd, Jacksonville. 904-725-7760. Meetup. com/Jacksonville-Florida-Eckankar. Dare to Create Great Love – 10:30am, Celebration of Life; 9-10am Qigong. Center for Spiritual Living, Sheraton Hotel, 10605 Deerwood Park Blvd, Jacksonville. 904-398-4353. CSLJax.org.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Ask Your Guides Class. Led by spiritual counselor and teacher, Judy Zarnes, learn information you need to connect with your guides so you can enjoy the love, abundance and joy you are entitled to. $10. JudyZarnes.com.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11 Friends of the GTM Reserve Meeting – 5-6pm. The public is welcome to attend this monthly meeting! 904-823-4527.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Compost and Vermicompost Workshop – 10am12pm. In addition to the workshop, attendees can make their own worm bin to take home for an additional fee. $5/attendance only; $15/attendance and worm bin. Pre-payment and registration required


by 2/7. Checks can be made to DCOHAC and sent to Compost and Vermicompost Workshop, 1010 N McDuff Ave, Jacksonville, 32254. 904.255-7450.

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Spiritual Experiences Guidebook Part II: Book Discussion – 7-8:30pm. Free book and CD provided. All are welcome. Part I not required to attend Part II. Neptune Beach Public Library, 600 3rd St, Neptune Beach. 904-725-7760. Meetup.com/ Jacksonville-Florida-Eckankar.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21

Couples Valentine Weekend Getaway and Workshop – 7pm-Sun 2pm. Join Richard and Diana Daffner, authors of Tantric Sex for Busy Couples, for a romantic beach getaway. Bring joy, intimacy and passion to your relationship. Celebrate love and connect on a soul level. $650/couple. Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota. Additional information, dates and locations available. 877-282-4344. Twin Hearts Meditation – 6-7pm. This technique is aimed at achieving illumination or universal consciousness, one of the most powerful meditation tools for spiritual enlightenment, bringing positive awareness and harmony to the community. RSVP. Free. Seventh Wonder Day Spa, 5393 Roosevelt Blvd, Jacksonville. 904-381-8686. Seventh-Wonder. com.

Mark the Date SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23 “Change, A Gift for Growth” Roundtable Discussion – 11:00am-Noon Join us for an engaging Spiritual Discussion FREE Contemplation CD and Spiritual Guidebook. Jacksonville Eckankar Center, 6636 Arlington Rd. 904-725-7760. Meetup.com/Jacksonville-Florida-Eckankar.

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Guided Beach Exploration – 8:30-10am. During this “Beaches 101” event, learn about the animals that call the beach their home as well as things like seashells and other interesting facts. Please RSVP with email and phone number in case of need to cancel due to inclement weather. $3/parking fee; additional fee to visit EEC after the exploration. GTM Research Reserve South Beach Access Lot, 1798 Ponte Vedra Blvd A1A, Ponte Vedra. 904-823-4500. GTMNERRBeachExploration.eventbrite.com.

Art in the Park – 9am-12pm. This six-week course (2/19-3/26) is perfect for you to learn to paint if you’re a beginner, or refine your skills, experiment and find direction to enhance your creativity in the beauty of the park. Reservation required. $150 (includes admission fee for six weeks). Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, 6400 N Oceanshore Blvd, Palm Coast. 386-446-6783. Melissa.Clauson@dep. state.fl.us.

Vision Board with Sherry – 1-3:30pm. Embrace positive thinking and visualization with the creation of a vision board, recognized as the key to success. Bring photos if you wish. $15 with vision board and markers; more supplies will be available for sale. Spiritual Uplifts, 3491 Pall Mall Dr, Jacksonville. 904-292-4555.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Guest Speakers: Bruce McClure and Ed Dooley – 10:30am. Celebration of Life. Center for Spiritual Living, Sheraton Hotel, 10605 Deerwood Park Blvd, Jacksonville. 904-398-4353. CSLJax.org.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20 Landscape with Natives – 2-4pm. Now is a good time to analyze your yard. Learn to create functional, attractive and ecologically sound surroundings. Free. St. Johns County Windstorm Training Center, 3111 Agricultural Center Dr, St Augustine. 904-2090430. NativePlantConsulting.com. Open House – 6-7:30pm. Tour the facility and meet Dr. Pautz, MD. Learn more about the holistic philosophy of the practice. Call to RSVP. Persephone

Couples Getaway Weekend and Workshop – 7pm-Sun 2pm. Join Richard and Diana Daffner, authors of Tantric Sex for Busy Couples. Reignite your relationship, rekindle passion, celebrate love and connect on a soul level. $650/couple. Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota. Additional information, dates and locations available. 877-282-4244. Dances of Universal Peace – 7:30-9pm. Circle dances honoring all religious paths, held monthly. Dances and songs are taught in the circle. All are welcome. $10-$15 love offering. Discovery Yoga, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. Lynn Haqqiqa: 352-8708558 or LynDeluke@msn.com; Holly Levinson, LCSW: 904-471-1414 or Holly@thc-hal.com. Marineland Beach Walk – 9-10:30am. Learn how beach vines and sea oats help anchor dunes and why the dunes need protection, plus much more. Please RSVP. Free. Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve Marineland Field Office, 9741 Ocean Shore Blvd, Marineland. 904-823-4500. GTMNERRMarinelandBeach.eventbrite.com. Weekend Satsang Retreat with Jac O’Keefe – 7:30-9:30pm; 2/22 and 2/23, 10:30am-5pm. The Satsang format is question and answer, however, live Satsang primarily offers direct transmission from a realized being. $30/Friday only; $40/ ½ day Saturday or Sunday; $75/Saturday or Sunday; $150/ entire weekend. Locations vary daily; call or visit online for specifics. 904-251-4305. Manager@JacOkeeffe.com. Jac-Okeeffe.com.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22 Ascension Consciousness – 12pm. Based on the book Power vs Force by David Hawkins. Please read the book before the seminar. $20. The Cosmic Church of Truth. 901-384-7268. TheCosmicChurchOfTruth.net.

Mandala Magic – 11am-12pm. In this one-hour discussion, learn about the art of mandala to create your own. No experience necessary. Free. The Peaceful Living Center, 1250 S McDuff Ave, Jacksonville. 904-466-2801. OlenaProvencher@yahoo.com.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17 Death Café – 4pm. This is not a grief support group. It is a casual form to discuss philosophical thoughts and ideas about death. Why do we fear death? How do our views inform the way we live? Cake and tea served. Unity Church of Jacksonville, 634 Lomax St, Jacksonville. 904-355-5100.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18 Angel Light Attunement Ceremony and Healing Circle. Join Reiki master Clarence Zarnes to invite the angels into your life and healing work with this simple ceremony, and then share angelic healing with other participants. $10. JudyZarnes.com. GTM Research Reserve Marineland Lecture – 10-11am. This series is designed to help inform the public about their coastal natural world. Reservation required. Free. GTM Research Reserve Marineland

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A Day of Gardening – 8:30am-2:30pm. The Duval County Extension Office is hosting a fun day for gardening enthusiasts to hear exciting speakers on many topics as well as shop for plants and garden themed items. Pre-payment and registration required. $15; email for required pre-payment specifics or pay online at 2014ADayOfGardening.Eventbrite.com. Duval County Extension Office, 1010 N McDuff Ave, Jacksonville. 904-255-7450. Becky@coj.net. Family Seining at the GTM Research Reserve – 8:30-10:30am. Visitors will get the chance to pull a seine net through the Guana Lake collecting species of fish, crabs and much more. Please RSVP. Free with paid entrance. Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Rd, Ponte Vedra. 904823-4500. GTMNERRFamilySeine.eventbrite.com. Introduction to the MELT Method with Amba Greene. Learn simple self-care techniques to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, ease chronic muscle strain, improve alignment, and keep your whole body working better. Housing on site. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-8247454. DiscoveryYoga.com. Matanzas Inlet Guided Hike – 9-10:30am. Hike to the Matanzas Inlet shores to learn about inlet dynamics and movements of sand as the sea constantly rearranges the land. Reservation required. Free. Meet at the Westside parking lot on Hwy A1A, north of the Inlet Bridge, by 8:30am. 904-823-4500. GTMNERRMatanzasHike.eventbrite.com.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23 “Change, A Gift for Growth” Roundtable Discussion – 11am-12pm. Join us for an engaging spiritual discussion. Free contemplation CD and spiritual guidebook. Jacksonville Eckankar Center, 6636 Arlington Rd, Jacksonville. 904-725-7760. Meetup. com/Jacksonville-Florida-Eckankar. Dream Board Workshop – 12-3pm. A dream board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on specific life goals and dreams. Manifest with us! Registration preferred. $30. 904-803-4104. FollowingSpirit.com. Dropping the Shield – 10:30, Celebration of Life; 12-2pm: Class: The Spiritual Path. Center for Spiritual Living, Sheraton Hotel, 10605 Deerwood Park Blvd, Jacksonville. 904-398-4353. CSLJax.org. Mandala Magic – 11am-5pm. Ignite your fire within and discover a window to your soul as you create a mandala. No experience necessary. $80$125 sliding fee; material fee included. The Peaceful

Living Center, 1250 S McDuff Ave, Jacksonville. 904-466-2801. OlenaProvencher@yahoo.com. MELT Your Core with Amba Greene. Have traditional abdominal exercises left you with an aching back and a bulging belly? Learn how to strengthen the pathways that connect to your center. Pre-requisite: 3-hour workshop with Amba. Housing on site. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-824-7454. DiscoveryYoga.com.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25 North Florida Astrological Association – 7pm. Join us for interesting presentations with a focus on astrological topics. The Cosmic Church of Truth. 904-384-7268. Understanding Night-time Dreams – 11:30am1pm. Night-time dreams can be a rich source of information about our inner life. Learn ways to increase dream recall and to interpret dreams on many levels. $20. Surf Plaza, 721 A1A Beach Blvd, Unit 7, St Augustine. 904-436-5576. MindUnltd.com.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26 Psychic-Mediumship Spiritual Development Class – 7-9:30pm. Designed as an ongoing class. Includes meditation, lesson and hands-on practice to develop your personal skills. $25. Marilyn Jenquin, International Foundation for Spiritual Knowledge. Call for location. 407-673-9776. IFSK.org.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27 Reiki Attunements for Psychic Enhancement. Led by Reiki master Clarence Zarnes, these attunements and training are for Reiki masters of all lineages. Receive and learn to give three gently powerful attunements for clairvoyance, clairaudience and clairsentience. $75. JudyZarnes.com. Reversing Heart Disease – 6pm. Learn groundbreaking research on how to effectively prevent, treat and reverse cardiovascular dysfunctions. Free. Jacksonville Health and Wellness Center, 9957 Moorings Dr, Ste 403, Jacksonville. 904-268-6568. DrRepole.com.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28 Healing Circle – 7:30-9:30pm. Rev. Elka Boren opens a healing vortex with her unique connection to Source energy, giving a rarified experience of grace and blessings. Call to register. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-797-5171. UnityAngelHealing.com.

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Twin Hearts Meditation – 6-7pm. See 2/14 listing for details. RSVP. Free. Seventh Wonder Day Spa, 5393 Roosevelt Blvd, Jacksonville. 904-381-8686. Seventh-Wonder.com.

PLAN AHEAD SATURDAY, MARCH 1 Private Shaman Healing Sessions. 3/1-3/2. Elka Boren, an energy shamanic healer for 26 years, works with geometric grids at the cellular level to powerfully shift your energy on all levels. Call for additional details. 904-797-5171. UnityAngelHealing.com.

SUNDAY, MARCH 2 & 3 Nine Archangel Activation Codes and Healing Practitioner Training. 3/2-3/3. In this interactive workshop, you will be guided through a healing meditation to receive physical, emotional and spiritual healing from the archangels, and much more. Call for additional details. 904-797-5171. UnityAngelHealing.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 8 Psychic Fayre – 11am-4pm. Readings are $15/20 minutes. The Cosmic Church of Truth. 901-384-7268. TheCosmicChurchOfTruth.net.

FRIDAY, MARCH 14

“Let Your Yoga Dance” Teacher Training for Special Populations with Megha Nancy Buttenheim. Fri 3/14 and Sat-Wed, 3/14-3/19. Healing professionals and teachers of yoga, dance and special education learn to teach Yoga Dance in and out of chairs to people with special needs. Call for time and details. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-824-7454. DiscoveryYoga. com.

FRIDAY, MARCH 21

Let Your Yoga Dance With The Sun And Sea with Megha Nancy Buttenheim. Fri 3/21 and Sat-Sun 3/21-23. Join us for a joyous weekend combining yoga and movement with tribal dancing and meditation in motion. Call for time and details. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-824-7454. DiscoveryYoga.com.


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Sunday A Course in Miracles: Study Group – 9am. Explore universal spiritual themes: love, forgiveness, truth and illusion. Unity Church for Creative Living, 2777 Race Track Rd, St Johns. 904-287-1505. UnityInJax.com. Unity Church of Jacksonville – Services: 9am Contemplative; 11am Celebratory with youth education and nursery. A positive path for spiritual living. Rev. Therese Lee. Energetic healing offered after each service on 2nd and 4th Sundays. 634 Lomax St, Riverside. 904-355-5100. UnityJax.org. Lessons In Truth – 10:30am. Lessons in Truth lecture. Love offering. The Church of Cosmic Truth, 1637 Hamilton St, Jacksonville. 904384-7268. FREE Community Yoga – 11am-12:30pm. Donations appreciated. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-824-7454. DiscoveryYoga.com. Center for Spiritual Living Jacksonville – 10:30am. February Theme: I Dare to Be Great. Center for Spiritual Living Jacksonville, Residence Inn, 10551 Deerwood Park Blvd. 904-398-4353. Unity Church for Creative Living Sunday Service – 10:30am. With Rev Mona Krane. A positive path to realize divine potential. 2777 Race Track Rd, St Johns. 904-287-1505. UnityInJax.com. Unity Spiritual Enrichment Center – 10:30am. Inspiring lesson and meditation. Loving fellowship. Hilton Garden Inn, 9745 Gate Pkwy, Jacksonville. Rev Betty Sikking: 904-268-5991. UnityChurchJacksonville.org. Youth Ministry on Sunday – 10:30am. Classes for all ages. Unity Church for Creative Living, 2777 Race Track Rd, St Johns. 904-287-1505. UnityInJax.com. Mind Body Yoga –10:45am. With Analise. Yoga Den, 2929 Plummer Cove Rd, Jacksonville. 904268-8330. Yoga-Den.com. Mediumship Classes – 2-4pm. Mediumship potential is present in every person. Our spirit guides and loved ones on the other side want to communicate with us and help us as much as possible. $10. Spiritual Uplifts, 3491 Pall Mall Dr, Jacksonville. 904-292-4555.

Monday Insight Meditation – 6:45-7:30am. Join us with Jonathan Hunt of Just Sit Jacksonville. Love offering. Sanctuary of Unity Church of Jacksonville, 634 Lomax St, Riverside. 904-355-5100. UnityJax.org. Vinyasa Flow Yoga Multi-Level – 9:00-10:30am. City Yoga Dolce Spa. 2225 A1A S, Ste B8, St

Augustine. 904-671-2860. DolceMindBody.com. Yin Yoga – 9-10:30am. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-824-7454. DiscoveryYoga.com. Qigong for Health – 4:45-5:45pm. Relieve arthritis, anxiety and stress symptoms. Free trial. Kam Lee’s TKA, 1835-5 E W Pkwy, Fleming Island. 904-215-6111. TaijiKungFuAcademy.com. Vinyasa Flow – 5:30-7pm. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-824-7454. DiscoveryYoga.com. Warmed Power Yoga – 5:45-6:45pm. City Yoga Dolce Spa, 2225 A1A S South, Ste B6-8, St Augustine. 904-671-2860. DolceMindBody.com. Yoga – 5:45-6:45pm. Gentle Level I with Beth Daugherty. Unity Church for Creative Living, 2777 Race Track Rd, St Johns. 904-287-1505. UnityInJax.com. Mind-Body Yoga – 6pm. With Kate. Yoga Den, 2929 Plummer Cove Rd, Jacksonville. 904-2688330. Yoga-Den.com. Free to Be AA – 6:30pm. Lesbian, gay, bi and trans 12-step group. Unity Church of Jacksonville, 634 Lomax St, Riverside. 904-355-5100. UnityJax.com. Monday Night Meditation – 7-7:30pm. Singing bowls or lead meditation. Love offering. Unity Church for Creative Living, 2777 Race Track Rd, St Johns. 904-287-1505. UnityInJax.com. Bosom Buddies: A Support Group – 7-8:30pm. Providing emotional support and education for survivors of breast cancer and women at high risk. Facilitator Bobbi de Cordova-Hanks. Women’s Center of Jacksonville. 904-722-3000. Conscious Singles Group – 7-8:30pm. Identify and share strengths, passion and info, ideas about being single and in relationships, together. The Heart Center, St Augustine. Register, Holly Levinson, LCSW: 904-471-1414. Holly@thc-hal.com. How to Read the Tarot – 7-9pm. The class is led by Rev. Mary Cox. $10. 904-384-7268. TheCosmicChurchOfTruth.net. Healing Energy Group – 7-10pm. Experience divine healing energy treatments given by master energy healers. $5 love offering. 3491 Pall Mall Dr, Jacksonville. 904-292-4555.

Tuesday Sun Power Yoga – 7:30am. With Sandra. Yoga Den, 2929 Plummer Cove Rd, Jacksonville. 904268-8330. Yoga-Den.com. Meditation – 9am until 9:30am, Experience a gently guided meditation. Bring forth self-empowering healing and growth. San Jose Office Center, 6034 Chester Ave Ste. 107A, Jacksonville, 904-413-8344, www.sheilaskincare.com Hatha Flow Yoga – 9:00-10:30am. City Yoga Dolce Spa. 2225 A1A S, Ste B8, St Augustine.

904-671-2860. DolceMindBody.com. Hatha Flow Yoga – 9-10:30am. City Yoga Dolce Spa. 2225 A1A S, Ste B8, St Augustine. 904-6712860. DolceMindBody.com. Kripalu Yoga Basic Practice – 9-10:30am. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-824-7454. DiscoveryYoga.com. Morning Meditations and Practical Buddhist Teaching – 10-11:30am. Learn to meditate and explore new possibilities. Everyone welcome! $10. Maitreya Kadampa Buddhist Center, 85 Sailfish Dr, Atlantic Beach. 904-222-8531. MeditationInJacksonville.org. Prayer and Meditation Service – 10:30-11am. Guided and interactive prayer and meditation. Prayer requests encouraged. Unity Church of Jacksonville, Peace Prayer Chapel, 634 Lomax St, Riverside. 904-355-5100. UnityJax.org. UNITY Yoga – 12-1pm. Join Jim Ernstsen to welcome beginner and intermediate level students. Please bring a floor mat and use May Street entrance. Love offering. Unity Church of Jacksonville, 634 Lomax St, Riverside. 904-3555100. UnityJax.org. T’ai Chi – 5:30-6:30pm. With Elizabeth Alexander. Beginners-intermediate. Love offering. Unity Church of Jacksonville, 634 Lomax St, Riverside. 904-355-5100. UnityJax.com. Move, Meditate and Melt – 5:30-7pm. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-8247454. DiscoveryYoga.com. Prenatal Pilates – 6:30pm. Arch Pilates & Physical Therapy, 3491 Pall Mall Rd, Ste 103, Jacksonville. 904-860-5392. ArchPilates.com. Yoga Basic Training – 6:30-8pm Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St. St Augustine. 904-824-7454. DiscoveryYoga.com Food Addicts Anonymous – 6:30-7:30pm. Unity of Church of Jacksonville, 634 Lomax St, Riverside. 904-355-5100. UnityJax.com. Integrative Yoga: Mind-Body-Spirit – 6:307:45pm. With James P Ryan, RYT-200. Multilevel class. Ponte Vedra Beach. 280-4130. RWYogaTherapy.com. Change@rwhypnosis.com. Julia’s Dream Club – 7-8:30pm. We spend a third of our lives dreaming, and they can give many messages while assisting in life’s lessons. Come share and discuss! You’re welcome to bring snacks. $5 love offering. Spiritual Uplifts, 3491 Pall Mall Dr, Jacksonville. 904-292-4555. Insight Meditation – 7:30-9pm. See Monday listing for details. Love offering. Sanctuary of Unity Church of Jacksonville, 634 Lomax St, Riverside. 904-355-5100. UnityJax.org. Parent Support Group – 7-8:30pm. For parents of a child with a mental health disorder, including depression, bipolar and schizo-affective disorder. Beaches Resource Center, 700 Seagate Ave, Neptune Beach. 904-270-8200. Pilates Mat Core Class – 7:35pm. Beginner and intermediate. Arch Pilates & Physical Therapy, 3491 Pall Mall Rd, Ste 103, Jacksonville. 904860-5392. ArchPilates.com. Power Yoga Basics – 7:45pm. With Khristi. Yoga Den, 2929 Plummer Cove Rd, Jacksonville. 904268-8330. Yoga-Den.com.

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Wednesday Morning Flow Yoga – 7:30-8:30am. City Yoga Dolce Spa, 2225 A1A S South, Ste B6-8, St Augustine. 904-671-2860. DolceMindBody.com. La Leche League of Jacksonville – 10am. 3rd Wed. Grace Church of Avondale. Chrissy: 904389-0484. Lori: 904-485-0861. Kripalu Yoga – 10-11:30am. All levels. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-824-7454. DiscoveryYoga.com. Galaxy Jax: Breastfeeding Support and Advocacy – 10:30am. 1st Wed. Come alone or bring the baby. Jacksonville Beach. 904-945-4540. Meetup. com/galaxyjax. Chair Yoga Class – 11am-12pm. Get fit where you sit with this healing, gentle seated yoga practice. Perfect for all ages. Ocean Yoga, 51 Pine St, Atlantic Beach. 904-874-4094. OceanYoga.biz. Mid-Week Market – 3-6pm. Featuring local, healthy, fresh and green foods. Bull Park, 716 Ocean Blvd, Atlantic Beach. Tinyurl.com/ a4xegwv. Yoga – 5:15-6:15pm. With Jayne Parker. Beginner and intermediate. BYO floor mat. Unity Church of Jacksonville, Sanctuary, 634 Lomax St, Riverside. 904-355-5100. UnityJax.com. T’ai Chi Gung Classes – 5:45-6:45pm. With Pat Burke for exercise, relaxation and improved health. Unity Church for Creative Living, St Johns. 904-287-1505. UnityInJax.com. Kripalu Yoga, Mulit-level – 5:30-7pm. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-824-7454.DiscoveryYoga.com. T’ai Chi Gung Class – 5:45-6:45pm. Exercise, relaxation and improved health. Love offering. Unity Church for Creative Living, 2777 Race Track Rd, St Johns. 904-287-1505. UnityInJax. com. Warmed Power Yoga – 5:45-6:45pm. City Yoga Dolce Spa, 2225 A1A South, Ste B6-8, St Augustine. 904-671-2860. DolceMindBody.com. Meditation and Modern Buddhism – 7-8:15pm. Led by Carol Lutker of Maitreya Center. Everyone welcome. Ananda Kula, 4154 Herschel St, Avondale. 904-222-8531. MeditationInJacksonville. org. A Course in Miracles – 7pm. Unity of Jacksonville Beach, 1079 Atlantic Blvd, Atlantic Bch. 904-246-1300. The Quest Discussion Class – 7-8:30pm. With John Zimmerman. Discussion based on book by Richard and Mary Alice Jafolla. Love offering. Unity Church of Jacksonville, 634 Lomax St, Riverside. 904-355-5100. UnityJax.com. Psychic/Medium Spiritual Development Class – 7-9:30pm. One Wed per month. Marilyn Jenquin, International Foundation for Spiritual Knowledge. $25. Call for location. 407-673-9776. IFSK.org.

Thursday Insight Meditation – 6:45-7:30am. See Monday listing for details. Love offering. Sanctuary of Unity Church of Jacksonville, 634 Lomax St, Riverside. 904-355-5100. UnityJax.org.


The Quest Discussion Class – 10:30am-12pm. With Brooke Stephens and Robert Freeman. Discussion based on book by Richard and Mary Alice Jafolla. Love offering. Unity Church of Jacksonville, 634 Lomax St, Riverside. 904-3555100. UnityJax.com. Yin Yoga – 9-10:30am. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-824-7454. DiscoveryYoga.com. Hatha Flow Yoga – 9-10:30am. City Yoga Dolce Spa, 2225 A1A South Ste B8, St Augustine. 904-671-2860. DolceMindBody.com Mind Body Class – 11:30am. With Alyson. Four classes $40. Yoga Den, 2929 Plummer Cove Rd, Jacksonville. 904-268-8330. Yoga-Den.com. Kripalu Yoga All Levels – 11:30am-1pm and 5:30-7pm. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-824-7454. DiscoveryYoga.com. Yoga/Pilates for Preschool, Bendy Bodies – 2pm. Arch Pilates & Physical Therapy, 3491 Pall Mall Rd, Ste 103, Jacksonville. 904-860-5392. ArchPilates.com. MEDA Eating Disorder Group – 3-4pm. Mentor, empower, develop and advocate. UNF Counseling Center, Bldg 2, Jacksonville. 620-2602. Kripalu Yoga Basic Practice – 5:30-7pm Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-824-7454. DiscoveryYoga.com. UNITY Yoga – 6-7pm. With Jim Ernstsen. Beginner and intermediate. BYO floor mat. Love offering. Unity Church of Jacksonville, May St entrance. 634 Lomax St, Riverside. 904-3555100. UnityJax.com. Integrative Yoga: Mind-Body-Spirit – 6:307:45pm. With James P Ryan, RYT-200. Multilevel class. Ponte Vedra Beach. 280-4130. RWYogaTherapy.com. Change@rwhypnosis.com. Free Introductory Soul Healing Workshops – 6:30-8:30pm. Join Certified Soul Teacher & Healer Geho Gold to learn powerful Soul Healing knowledge, wisdom & practices based on Master Sha’s teaching. Be Healed Within Healing Center, 20A Oriole Cir, Ormond Beach. Pre-register. 386341-6260. BeHealedWithin.com. Tergar Meditation Community – 6:30-8pm. Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Beginners welcome. Free. Body Wise Center, 2706 Old Moultrie Rd, St Augustine. 904-687-8482. Tergar.org. Yoga Basic Training – 6:30-8pm Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-824-7454. DiscoveryYoga.com. Healing Circle – 7pm. $10. The Cosmic Church of Truth, 1637 Hamilton St, Jacksonville. 904384-7268. TheCosmicChurchofTruth.net. Open Reiki Circle – 7-9pm. 1st & 3rd Thursday evening each month in Orange Park with Reiki Master Clarence Zarnes. Cost: donations. JudyZarnes.com. Spiritual Matters Book Club – Contact for time. 2nd Thursday evening each month in Orange Park with Spiritual Counselor Rev. Judy Zarnes. Donations graciously accepted. 904-477-4427. JudyZarnes.com. Community Yoga Class – 7-8:15pm with Caryn Keshner. Free/Donation. Register at City Yoga Dolce Spa, 2225 A1A South Ste B8, St Augustine. 904-671-2860. DolceMindBody.com Reiki Healing Circle – 7pm. Reiki healing circle with Rachael Amos. $10. The Church of Cosmic

Truth, 1637 Hamilton St, Jacksonville. 904-3847268. TheCosmicChurchOfTruth.net. Spirituality 101 – 7-8:30pm. Share questions, answers and lively discussion with like-minded people in an informal setting. The Heart Center, St Augustine. Register; Holly Levinson, LCSW: 904-471-1414. Holly@thc-hal.com. Yoga Basics – 7:45pm. With Khristi. Yoga Den, 2929 Plummer Cove Rd, Jacksonville. 904-2688330. Yoga-Den.com.

Friday Morning Flow Yoga – 7:30-8:30am. City Yoga Dolce Spa, 2225 A1A S South, Ste B6-8, St Augustine. 904-671-2860. DolceMindBody.com. Pilates Props and Boots – 9am. A Pilates boot camp to burn calories. Arch Pilates & Physical Therapy, 3491 Pall Mall Rd, Ste 103, Jacksonville. 904-860-5392. ArchPilates.com. Mommy ‘N Me Pilates – 10am. Ages 6 weeks-24 mos. Arch Pilates & Physical Therapy, 3491 Pall Mall Rd, Ste 103, Jacksonville. 904-860-5392. ArchPilates.com. Kripalu Yoga – 10-11:30am. All Levels. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-824-7454. DiscoveryYoga.com. Hemming Plaza Farmers’ Market – 10am-2pm. Local and fresh plants, flowers, fruit, vegetables, jewelry and live entertainment. Monroe St and N Hogan St, Jacksonville. 904-634-0303. Friday Market – 10am-2pm. Rain or shine. Featuring locally grown produce, baked goods, plants, pottery and more. Jacksonville Landing Market. 904-703-2727. Market@jacksonvillelanding.com. Mind Body Class – 11:30am. With Alyson. $40 for four classes. Yoga Den, 2929 Plummer Cove Rd, Jacksonville. 904-268-8330. Yoga-Den.com. A Course in Miracles – 5:30-6:30pm. The Cosmic Church of Truth. 904-384-7268. TheCosmicChurchOfTruth.net. Kripalu Yoga – 5:30-7pm. All Levels. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-8247454. DiscoveryYoga.com. Psychic Awareness Class – 7pm. The Cosmic Church of Truth. 904-384-7268. TheCosmicChurchOfTruth.net.

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A1A South, Ste B8, St Augustine. 904-671-2860. DolceMindBody.com. Vinyasa Flow – 9-10:30am. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-824-7454. DiscoveryYoga.com. Qigong – 9-10am. Relieve stress, anxiety and pain. Gain energy, balance and strength. Free Trial. Kam Lee’s TKA, 1835-5 E W Pkwy, Fleming Island. 904-215-6111. TaijiKungFuAcademy.com. Warmed Power Yoga – 9-10am. City Yoga Dolce Spa, 2225 A1A South, Ste B6-8, St Augustine. 904-671-2860. DolceMindBody.com. Farmer’s Market – 10am-2pm. Featuring organic produce, BBQ ribs and chicken, baked goods, prepared foods, seafood and live music. Unity Church for Creative Living, 2777 Race Track Rd, St Johns. 904-287-1505. UnityInJax.com. Meditation – 10:30-11:30am. Need a place to meditate? I will go over some techniques to help with meditation along with a 20-30 minute meditation. Bring a yoga mat or you can use a chair. Reservation required. $5 love offering. Spiritual Uplifts, 3491 Pall Mall Dr, Jacksonville. 904-571-2586. Metaphysics of the Book of Revelation – 10:30am-12:30pm. Discussion with Rev. Joanne Dator. Love offering. Please use May Street entrance. Unity Church of Jacksonville, 634 Lomax St, Jacksonville. 904-355-5100. UnityJax.org. Kripalu Yoga Gentle – 11am-12:30pm. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-824-7454. DiscoveryYoga.com. Free Soul Healing Miracles Daily Practice – 121pm. Receive profound soul healings for every aspect of life. Experience the power of hundreds of Divine Healing Hands Soul Healers & Divine Channels as they offer soul healing blessings for you, humanity and Mother Earth. Global teleconference. Register 888-339-6815. Drsha.com/ free-divine-services/#s1_5. Beaches Green Market – 2-5pm. Jarboe Park, 301 Florida Blvd, Neptune Beach. 904-270-0273.

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Integrative Yoga: Mind-Body-Spirit – 8:309:30am. With Joan Ryan, E-RYT-500, IYT-1000. Multilevel class. Ponte Vedra Beach. 280-4628. RWYogaTherapy.com. Joan@RWYogatherapy. com. Guided Cultural Hike – 8:30-10:30am. 1st Sat. Wear comfortable closed-toe shoes. The GTM Research Reserve, Trailhead Pavilion west of Guana Dam, Marineland. RSVP: 904-823-4500. Trail Hike – 8:30-10:30am. 2nd Sat. 1.5-mile guided walk. Wear comfortable closed toe shoes. The GTM Research Reserve, Trailhead Pavilion west of Guana Dam, Marineland. RSVP: 904823-4500. Power Yoga – 9-10am. City Yoga Dolce Spa. 2225

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We offer a variety of holistic healing modalities: Five Element Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Medical Qigong, and Yoga. With each of these modalities, we provide personalized treatments and education, and focus on integrating the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Integrating these levels allows us to heal and manifest one’s true self.

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HERBS LAURENCE LAYNE, LMT, HERBALIST Healing Waters Clinic & Herb Shop 904-826-1965, St. Augustine www.healingwatersclinic.com MA0010746 MM005595

A holistic center specializing in pain relief & chronic health issues. Certified in Neuromuscular & Deep Tissue Bodywork, Myofascial  Therapy, Craniosacral Balancing, East-West Herbalism. Attunement Energy Healing since 1978. See ad page 33.

Designed Alliance: a coaching partnership. Designed Alliance works with each client in a collaborative coaching partnership to clarify, articulate and create action plans toward self identified growth, change and achievement. See ad page 16.

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Dr. Jon Repole, D.C. 9957 Moorings Drive, Suite 403 Jacksonville, Fl 32257 (Mandarin) 904 268-6568 www.DrRepole.com

Safe, Gentle Chiropractic Treatment for the whole family. Our treatments include: medical massage (MM 17770), rehabilitation, nutrition, traction, posture, and physical therapy modalities. See ad page 16.

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HYPNOTHERAPY LOGICAL THERAPY WELLNESS CENTER

555 W. Granada, Ste D-9 386-673-1880 • Ormond

Colon Hydrotherapy with associated detoxs, Microcurrent Therapy and Massage. Hydraulic tables. Qualified therapists, Clean Professional Office. Disposable supplies. MA#50404, MM#21504. See our ad page 27.

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We offer clinical and meta-physical hypnosis services for individuals seeking personal development and spiritual exploration. Explore past lives or get help with eliminating unwanted mental, emotional, and behavioral habits.


INTUITIVE HEALING MIA “MAYA” CLARK Jacksonville, FL 32210 (904) 294-9931 www.miamayaclark.com

“Soul Rejuvenator” healing artist who practices gentle yet powerful intuitive guidance readings, pastlife readings, shamanic soul retrieval journeying, and Munay-Ki rites.

RECONNECTIVE HEALING

Tad Kostek Jacksonville, FL 32244 904 613-7608 recoheal@aol.com

Do you suffer from physical, mental, or emotional pain? Gifted healer’s sessions help restore balance and harmony to the body, mind, and spirit.

LOCAL FARMS LOCAL RAW HONEY

Jacksonville, Fl. Zack 904-517-3614 zackshoneyfarm@gmail.com

Small family Apiary offering local wildflower honey. Our honey is raw, unprocessed and not heated. We also offer starter colonies and wax for sale.

NATURAL PEST CONTROL NATURE’S WAY PEST CONTROL

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Our mission is to use a blend of modern knowledge, ancient wisdom and feng shui to make a safe effective bio-rational pest control product. Our products are all natural and safe for you, your family, your pets and our environment. See our ad page 31.

B O DY a n d M O V E M E N T RESTORATION. 80% of all pain is musculoskeletal. Alleviate it with Myofascial therapy and Anato-ME© 10 second limbering. MOTION is LOTION! Free consultations.

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REFLEXOLOGY REFLEXIONS BODYWORK John Guinta, LMT MA69357 1617 Thacker Ave (San Marco) PH# 504-559-4259

WELLNESS WORKING GROUP Todd Robinson, N.D. (904) 372-9074

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A Naturopathic Doctor offering consultation services on holistic approaches, including nutritional, botanical, and lifestyle medicine, to create an individualized plan for your optimal health. See ad on page 11.

C e r t i f i e d H a n d / Fo o t Reflexology. Give your feet and hands a special treat! Swedish Relaxation Massage also available. Free consultation Call for appointment.

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SHEILA SKIN CARE THERAPY (Inside) San Jose Office Center 6034 Chester Ave Ste. 107A Jacksonville, FL 32217 (904) 413-8344 www.sheilaskincare.com

JACKSONVILLE HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER

Dr. Jon Repole, D.C. 9957 Moorings Drive, Suite 403 Jacksonville, Fl 32257 (Mandarin) 904 268-6568 www.DrRepole.com

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NATUROPATHIC CONSULTING

Creating individualized dietary recommendations, meal planning, and supplemental guidance for all conditions utilizing food diaries, heart rate variability, questionnaires, body composition, blood, urine, and saliva testing. See ad page 16.

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MYOFASCIAL THERAPY

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