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ife often appears very intense because of the way we experience it. We have a natural tendency to hold onto all of it from day to day. So why do we try to carry the weight of the world on our shoulders? Why do we even think we are so skilled that we can even carry that weight to begin with? Why is it so hard for us to just let go? Carrying too much around with us, even when we realize we need to let some of it go, is like hauling around old luggage with bricks in it every day. The bricks are our anger, sorrow, worry, sadness and pain. Our stories. It drains our energy and slows us down, yet we still get up every morning and start hauling our old suitcases behind us. The truth is that genuine letting go is very simple (in theory) and above all, natural; as natural for you and me as it is for a tree to shed the heavy, sun-ripened fruit clinging to its branches. Why? Because both man and tree, as well as all living things, are created to drop what is no longer needed. For the tree, the falling fruit carries its mature seeds to the ground, allowing life to continue its evolutionary process. It doesn’t have to be forced or coaxed. In a similar way, the friendly forces of nature are trying to do the same for us. We need to learn to cooperate with these powerful principles and learn to let go of emotional bitterness, regrets, anxious worries and troubling thoughts. The rest is done for us. This is what the secret of letting go is all about. We must first come to the understanding that we are still carrying around the accumulated bricks (defeats) of a lifetime and that these heavy weights have only served to make us someone weak and full of misery, not someone special. Why do we continue carrying these bricks from broken-down old houses we create in our minds to hold the stories? Somewhere along the way we have to learn to let go of the old ideals of self that are certain it is better to suffer and feel like “someone” than it is to just let go and quietly be “no one”. These are stories we cling to that give us reasons to be heard and to talk about something to someone that will acknowledge us in that moment. The truth is that it’s an empty moment. After the story is shared, do we feel all warm and fuzzy inside? Do we feel loved? Or do we feel like we just shared a reason with someone else that covers up all of our excuses? It’s hard to be that honest and look at ourself, admitting that our nature is to cling to the crap. I too, am guilty, but now I see it from a different point of view; letting go is the natural release that always follows the realization that holding on to the past hurts. With Love and Gratitude

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Embracing Yin (Feminine), Living Yang (Masculine)


his past week the world lost an unknown giant in our field. He was a gentle giant whose effects you have all felt and will continue to feel long into the future. John Voell Jr., co-founder of Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation, transitioned last week. It is because of his influence on Sharon Bruckman, our CEO, that there are now 90 franchises publishing the message we carry every month. He was loved dearly and respected for his vision for Natural Awakenings and how it would one day transform each of our lives and the world with better health and spirit. With the loss of such a friend, visionary and personal influence, I found myself doing a lot of reflecting. I love to observe the interesting way the Universe gets things done. All too often for myself, the struggle is between the Yang side of me, which lives more by the mind and physical world, and the Yin side of me, which lives in a space of spirit, heart and intuition. At the time when I met John and was introduced to Natural Awakenings, I had lost everything monetarily, my mind was quietly humble and my physical being gave no resistance. This is how John got to know me, and because of his creativity and vision for making me a part of this company, he inspired me and Sharon Bruckman to come together and the Northeast Florida Natural Awakenings franchise was born. Mine was not an easy lesson, but rather one found in a complete state of humility and not knowing the next step to take in life. It was then that simply embracing the Yin in me, which John made so easy, allowed me to set out on a venture in a city I had never seen or even thought about prior to my conversation with him. It was his belief in the power of what this magazine does for a community when guided by a competent publisher that won me over and made me believe I could start anew in a strange land and be successful. That was 11 years ago, and I am still grateful to him today. What John never realized was that I knew immediately, on the first night I drove into Jacksonville and saw the skyline overlooking the river, he had introduced me to my new home...a place I could thrive and become my true self. I knew it from that moment and I never looked back. Although during our conversations leading up to that point, I could never have known, it was his ability embrace his own Yin while living his Yang that made it so easy to guide me just as he has guided many...not just to a new home in my case, but to a new family, a new way of being in the world. You have heard me speak of Mushin many times, a state of no-mind; however, in the real world it is necessary to live, make a living and deal with others. This makes it incredibly difficult to maintain the state of Mushin or a quiet, almost meditative state of mind. But what I have learned about myself and observed many times in John is that when we truly embrace the Yin in the way we live our Yang, life will take on new meaning and we will redefine what we hold as valuable. Almost without exception, we will live out our passion and dreams. This is a lesson I think I could have only learned from my friend John and this wonderful road that he placed me on when I had nowhere to turn. As I take my hat off to John for his franchising vision, I would also like to acknowledge Sharon Bruckman for developing the magazine in the first place, as well as leading us and all of her team at our corporate office who, like John, go unseen for the most part in their efforts to make our magazine outstanding. It is because of them in a major way that nearly 4 million people read Natural Awakenings nationally each month. Thank all of you for being part of this experience and my life.

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Free Wellness Lecture in Jacksonville acksonville Health & Wellness Center will be presenting a free lecture, The 5 Steps and Secrets to Wellness, at 6 p.m., November 14, outlining a nononsense approach to becoming all that we can be in all dimensions of health: the physical, mental/ emotional and spiritual. We have one body that has been gifted to us, and it is our obligation to treat it as the sanctuary it is. The 5 Steps to Wellness opens a new paradigm of health that puts control back in our hands and away from the conventional medicine. This lecture talks about an integrated approach that includes diet, detoxification, mind/body work, awareness/ consciousness, ecological/cosmic interconnectedness, a sevenfold path to peace, exercise, stress reduction and more. Admission is free. Location: 9957 Moorings Dr., Ste. 403, Jacksonville. For more information and to sign up, call 904-268-6568 or visit See ad page 18.

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everend Elka Boren, a Panamanian clairvoyant and shaman, will offer a healing circle and private shaman healing sessions from December 6 to 9. She will hold a two-hour Shaman Healing Circle from 7:30 to 9:30, December 6, at Discovery Yoga, in St. Augustine, and give private healings that weekend. Boren will also conduct the new Seven Archangels Activation Codes Initiation and Healing System training on December 9. For 25 years, Boren’scompassion and powerful healings and classes have brought deep healing to people’s relationships, career, emotional trauma and scores of health-related issues. Elka says, “I see into the body like a diamond.” Her sessions remove blockages on all levels. For reservations, call Ann Kiyonaga-Razon at 904-797-5171 or visit


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In Memoriam


ohn R. Voell, father, author and visionary cofounder of Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation, has served as a mentor to our family of publishers for 15 years. During John’s time with us, the Universe responded to his faithful living of the principle to love God, one’s self and others by providing fertile soil for the big ideas he relished nurturing. His books, Cancer: How to Heal It— How to Prevent It and Cancer Report, as well as his latest development project, United We Can, were just a few of the ways that John allowed himself to be an instrument of the Divine in helping humankind. John was passionate about the success of our magazine, pleased and proud that the now 90-strong family of Natural Awakenings franchise publishers touch the lives of millions of readers each month. He’s known around here for saying, “I don’t know what your spiritual beliefs are, but I believe that when I leave this world, I’m going to somehow measure my success by those I’ve helped along the way.” Those that knew and worked with him would say that he more than succeeded—he soared.


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tion, and decreased libido, to name just a few, were at times worse than the symptoms they were supposed to treat. Additional medicines would often be prescribed to treat the side effects. For those looking for alternative health options, how exciting is it to know that psychotherapy could have a mind/body integrated approach. What does this integrated approach look like? It would be Green Psychotherapy. Your mental health provider will spend more time looking at your diet, your supplements including vitamins and herbs, and your activity level to find natural remedies to support your recovery. Traditional treatments will be suggested as needed. One of the leaders in this new protocol is Dr. Daniel Amen, a psychiatrist and author of Change Your Brain Change Your Body. He has now trained many providers throughout the country to follow his recommendations. With this new information, there will be more options available to help you feel better physically and mentally as the two are not viewed exclusive of one another. The treatment plan will include referrals to other alternative health practitioners as needed to improve outcomes. For more information about this exciting new approach, call Jan Gallagher, LMHC, an Amen Clinic Affiliate, at 904707-2669. See ad page 12.

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look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living? ~Bob Marley

Driving Deadlines and the Accountability of Coaching by Marlo Zarka eekly calendars, alarm clocks, appointment reminders, workout schedules, shopping lists and other to-do tools all serve to drive people toward their deadlines. They drive which decisions are made and actions taken and often, drive them crazy. The frenetic pace of finishing one task only to look at what is next on the list can drain anyone quicker than he or she can refuel their internal tanks. Without the luxury of a “pause” button, successfully coping with the stress that accompanies such scenarios is a challenge that many face. Research conducted by a consortium of business schools and marketing professionals found that sharing a stressful perspective with others is helpful; not just complaining, but openly inviting others into the stress-inducing outlook of the situation. Soliciting others to share the burden and possibly find their own means to lighten the load, whether offering humor (laughter taps into boosting endorphins) and/or validating a frustration with a similar experience (compassion renders a feeling of being less isolated). Honestly assess what on the list can be executed and what has to be pushed back, cancelled or delegated, and then embrace what is possible to get done. Don’t dwell on what could not be managed or completed within the time originally planned. The results of these efforts are the jewels of the expended time and energy—the remaining tasks are just “jewels in waiting”, not failed attempts. It all boils down to time management.


Many aspects of coaching support enhancing one’s skills in time management because it enhances all skills related to self-management. Understandably, the effort starts with improving self-awareness to better determine what elements are involved when we attempt to complete tasks. The coaching experience identifies which of following approaches a person might utilize: process driven (how is gets done); results driven (what will happen); dynamic driven (who is involved); time driven (when it will happen); and environment driven (where it will happen). These perspectives allow most people to understand to which facet of a task he or she will respond most successfully, so they can construct their respective efforts with that strength at hand. But there is one feature that no one can avoid, and that is the concept of “the drive”. Because it cannot be avoided, every person faces a driving factor—a condition beyond his or her control or personal agenda. The only option is to grab hold of the steering wheel and navigate from a beneficial and manageable approach. If not, the lists and tasks will do the managing and people risk living in a constant state of “go-go-go”, never really arriving at a significant destination or accomplishment. A coach is an essential co-pilot to share in the drive; assist in map reading and evaluate pit stops before detours slow the journey. Marlo Zarka MPA, CPEC, is a certified professional achievement coach and cofounder of Designed Alliance; a coaching partnership. Contact her at 904-3072769 or See ad page 31.

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R Mindful Meditation Relieves Inflammation


new University of Wisconsin-Madison study shows that meditation, a proven reducer of psychological stress, can also lessen stress-caused inflammation and thereby relieve the symptoms and pain of certain diseases. Long-term stress has long been linked to inflammation, an underlying cause of many diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, bowel disease, asthma, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Meditation study volunteers were divided into two groups—an eight-week mindfulness meditation course or a stress reduction program of supportive nutrition, exercise and music therapy that did not include meditation. The meditation group focused attention on the breath, bodily sensations and mental content while seated, walking or practicing yoga. Immune and endocrine data was collected before and after training in the two methods and meditation proved to be more effective. Melissa Rosenkranz, a neuroscientist with the university’s Center for Investigating Healthy Minds and lead author of the report, concludes that, “The mindfulness-based approach to stress reduction may offer a lower-cost alternative or complement to standard treatment, and it can be practiced easily by patients in their own homes whenever needed.”

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s summer tans fade, some might feel tempted to use tanning beds to keep a “healthy glow”, but they may be less than healthy. A recent multi-country meta-study published in the British Medical Journal confirms that exposure to a tanning bed’s intense doses of ultraviolet light significantly increases the risk of cutaneous melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer. Of the 64,000 new melanoma cases diagnosed each year in Europe, more than 5 percent were linked by researchers to tanning bed use. Users experience a 20 percent increased relative risk of all types of skin cancer compared with those that have never used one. This risk doubles if indoor tanning starts before the age of 35, and the risk increases with every session.



eelings matter when it comes to protecting a person’s physical health. Researchers at Boston’s Harvard School of Public Health reviewing more than 200 studies published in two major scientific databases found a direct correlation between positive psychological well-being and a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and strokes. They concluded that positive feelings like optimism, life satisfaction and happiness are associated with the reduced risk, regardless of a person’s age, weight or socioeconomic or smoking status. 20

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osemary’s folkloric reputation for improving memory has been validated by science. UK researchers at London’s Northumbria University found that when the essential oil of rosemary was diffused into a room—a method practiced in aromatherapy—it enhanced participants’ ability to remember past events and remind themselves to do tasks planned for the future, like sending an anniversary card. Mark Moss, Ph.D., head of psychology at Northumbria, says, “We wanted to build on our previous research that indicated rosemary aroma improved long-term memory and mental arithmetic. In this study, we focused on prospective memory, which is critical for everyday functioning.” In the study, 66 people randomly assigned to either a rosemary-scented or unscented room were asked to complete a variety of tests to assess their memory functions. Those in the rosemary-scented room outperformed the control group. Blood analysis of those exposed to the rosemary aroma confirmed higher concentrations of 1,8-cineole, the oil’s compound specifically linked to memory improvement. The researchers concluded that the aroma of rosemary essential oil can enhance cognitive functioning in healthy individuals and may have implications for treating people with memory impairment. The findings were presented at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference, in Harrogate.

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dding a handful of walnuts to a man’s daily diet might just increase the chance of pregnancy for couples with fertility problems. Scientists attribute male infertility as the central issue in 30 to 50 percent of the 70 million couples worldwide experiencing such difficulties. Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, investigated whether increasing intake of the polyunsaturated fatty acids found in fish, flax seed and walnuts that are critical for sperm maturation and membrane function would increase sperm quality in men consuming a typical Western-style diet. They found that less than three ounces of walnuts added to a man’s daily diet improved sperm strength, size and motility (swimming ability). The men eating the walnuts also showed fewer chromosomal abnormalities in their sperm.

The Killer Called Sugar


new animal study from the University of Utah, in Salt Lake City, reports daunting results. Female mice that consumed the equivalent of a human drinking three cans of soft drinks a day doubled their death rate from all causes. The study further showed that fertility rates dropped dramatically in male mice and their innate ability to defend their territory diminished. All of the sugar-saturated mice performed poorly on cognitive tests. The lab mice received a diet in which 25 percent of their total calories came from sugar (not high fructose corn syrup, which carries substantial additional health risks). That’s an amount commonly consumed in the Standard American Diet, easy to do in one sitting via a super-sized soft drink.


BIGresearch proves that magazines lead other media in influencing consumers to start a search for merchandise online, ranking at or near the top by gender as well as across all age groups. In addition, magazine ads boost web traffic, and magazine readers are more likely than non-readers to buy online. Magazines excel in driving web search across various demographics and perform best overall at influencing consumers to start a search for merchandise online —ahead of online media and word-of-mouth. What’s more, magazines are the only medium to fall within the top three media across all age groups and both genders. Source: 57A/2010-11-MPA-Handbook.pdf (pages 41 & 43)


Recent US research cited by MPA shows the best campaign results were achieved when using media synergistically and when including magazines in the mix. Magazines were the most consistent performers throughout the purchase funnel, producing positive results in the most campaigns. Factors that may have contributed to magazines’ strong performance include: targeting niché magazine audiences, engagement, audience quality, and good creative. Source: natural awakenings

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Millennials Devote Time, Talent, Treasure Much is rightly written about how and why “millennials”, or “Generation Y”—the young people heading into the 21st century—spend their time and money. This generation is redefining the way we think about business, and conscious consumerism is now its own form of philanthropy. This age group is leading the charge by extending the premise of a moral compass to for-profit enterprises and looking for ever-more meaningful opportunities to have an impact. The trend carries fresh implications for the nonprofit sector, too, because millennials lead the way in forwarding worthy causes. When The Case Foundation partnered with Achieve, a thought leader in nonprofit millennial engagement, to produce the Millennial Impact Report, researchers surveyed more than 2,500 millennials ages 20 to 35. They found that last year, 83 percent gave a financial gift to an organization supporting a cause that resonates with their interests. Seventy-three percent volunteered for a cause that they were passionate about or felt created impact, and 70 percent are raising money for their causes both online and offline.

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Frack Attack

Controversial Drilling Threatens Pacific Ocean Federal regulators have approved at least two hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, operations on oil rigs in the Santa Barbara Channel off the coast of California since 2009 without an updated environmental review that critics say may be required by federal law. Environmental advocates are concerned that regulators and the industry have not properly reviewed the potential impacts of fracking in the Pacific outer continental shelf. Fracking, a subject of heated debate, is a method of drilling that forces water, chemicals and sand deep beneath the Earth’s surface at high pressure to break up underground rock and release oil and gas. Offshore fracking is currently used to stimulate oil production in old wells and provide well-bore stability. In California, the oil company Venoco has been using fracking technology to stimulate oil production in an old well off the coast of Santa Barbara— where the public memory of the nation’s third-largest oil spill in 1969 lingers—since early 2010. Another firm recently received permission for fracking in the Santa Barbara Channel, home to the Channel Islands Marine Reserve. So far, offshore fracking is rare, but officials expect that other firms may seek to utilize the environmentally damaging technology on offshore rigs in the future. Source:

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Deadly Fungus Destroying Bat Colonies White-nose syndrome, a disease spread by a soil fungus, G. destructans, and thought to have been carried to North America from Europe, is devastating bat colonies in the U.S. and Canada. First identified in 2006 in a population of common little brown bats in a cave 150 miles north of New York City, the malady has claimed 98 percent of the bat population there by causing them to awaken prematurely from their normal hibernation and then die from lack of food and exhaustion. A single reproductive female little brown bat can eat her weight in insects each night. A recent Canadian study valued crops potentially lost to insects that would otherwise be devoured by bats at $53 billion a year. Without the bats to keep insect numbers down, farmers may turn to greater use of pesticides. Source:

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Cooperation Rules in New Board Game Monopoly is a traditional, popular board game that provides fun for the whole family as players ruthlessly strive to outwit each other, form a monopoly and take ownership of all the real estate, houses, hotels and money. If that doesn’t seem like a pastime that teaches values of fairness and social justice, there’s a new game in town—Co-opoly. In the 21st-century game, invented by the Toolbox for Education and Social Action (, players develop cooperative businesses using a team effort. Sharing knowledge and creating cooperative strategies determine whether everyone wins or loses. Instead of encouraging players to grab up all the wealth and bankrupt others, it showcases the economic success that can result when people work together.

Social Networking Funds Local Business Community Sourced Capital (CSC) is a newly formed lender headquartered in Seattle, Washington, that aims to apply the crowdsourcing model to encourage the growth of locally owned businesses. “The hardest part is often not attracting shoppers once the project is off the ground,” explains co-founder Casey Dilloway, “but securing capital to get it started.” CSC’s objective is to harness the power of the connections that tie local people together—both via social media and in the physical world—to find people willing to loan money to small local businesses. They may initially connect through Community Lenders make funds available in $50 blocks up to a maximum of $250 per project, and are acknowledged by the receipt of a pale-blue square card bearing the CSC logo, which identifies them as “Squareholders”. The funds are then made available to borrowers at zero interest, and loans are paid back at a designated rate based on the company’s revenue. CSC makes loans of up to $50,000. Source: Yes magazine

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People- and Planet-Friendly Fire Retardants An ultrathin film that consists of polymers found in crustacean shells could be an environmentally friendly alternative to the flame retardants used in bedding and sofas. Mattresses and furniture cushions are typically made of highly flammable polyurethane foam; to meet fire safety guidelines, manufacturers treat the foam with fire-retardant chemicals. These are typically brominated compounds that studies by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, in The Netherlands, have shown can act as endocrine disruptors, leading to neurological problems or even cancer. The European Union has banned several of the flame-retardant compounds and U.S. and Canadian regulatory agencies have started to scrutinize their use. The nano-coating could be sprayed on foam, which would make it easy for mass production; several companies have expressed interest in the material. Source: Chemical & Engineering News natural awakenings

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Bamboo Fabric a Product of Greenwashing At least one dealer in sustainable products has taken a stand against bamboo fabric, which most people associate with bamboo lumber, a rapidly renewable resource that requires fewer pesticides to grow than other crops. Laura Mathews, of Eco Promotional Products, Inc., in Washington state, cites the Federal Trade Commission’s report: “The truth is, most bamboo textile products, if not all, really are rayon, which typically is made using environmentally toxic chemicals. While different plants, including bamboo, can be used as a source material to create rayon, there’s no trace of the original plant in the finished rayon product.” Mathews says that her company has discontinued selling bamboo clothing and all other items made from bamboo fabric. She notes, “It’s the responsibility of everyone to vet these and other similar terms to ensure that the eco-friendly product you’re putting your purchasing power behind is actually eco-friendly.” Source:

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Kids Turn Trash into Musical Instruments photo courtesy of Landfill Harmonic

Young musicians from the village of Cateura, Paraguay, a town of 2,500 families that make a living by mining the 1,500 tons of solid waste daily dumped in a local landfill, have started making musical instruments from the debris. Favio Chávez, an ecological technician and trained musician, was inspired to teach the local children to play music in an orchestra. He says, “The world sends us garbage, we send back music.” A documentary, Landfill Harmonic, is in production and a 30-member Recycled Orchestra has performed in Argentina, Brazil and Germany. The message is that like other natural resources, children living in poverty have redeeming value and should not be deemed worthless. Watch videos at and

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Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not require the labeling of genetically modified organisms (GM or GMO) used as ingredients in any food, the Chipotle Mexican Grill national fast food restaurant chain has chosen to do so, on the way to eliminating them from its menu altogether. They have already switched fryers from using soybean oil, almost always made from genetically modified sources, to sunflower oil, which is not. With 1,400 locations, Chipotle reports that its labeling system reflects that it does use GMO soybean oil in some of its products and that most of the grain used to feed its animals for meat and dairy is GMO corn. The chain’s success in this effort may also prompt other fast food outlets to follow suit.



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Unplug to Cut Stress, Up Success Whether it’s extreme texting, tweeting, Googling, posting or blogging, the phenomenon of being caught in the web of the Web is real. Rationalizations range from coping with today’s information overload to fear of missing out (FOMO). Yet, detriments of such continual digital connectedness range from the stifling of family and social bonds to a lack of life skills that only face-to-face communication fosters. In 2011, The New York University Child Study Center reported that 8-to-18-year-olds average more than six hours of daily media use and that school grades of a surveyed group that considered themselves “heavy” users were considerably lower than their “light” use counterparts. Stanford Communications Professor Clifford Nass, author of The Man Who Lied to His Laptop, remarked in a 2013 NPR interview that people that do extensive media multitasking “can’t filter out irrelevancy, can’t manage memory and are chronically distracted. They say they are productive and can ‘shut it off’, but can’t keep on task and focus on one thing.” Fortunately, programs to unplug are catching on. More than 400 middle and high schools in 20 U.S. states plus Canada took a Digital Blackout Challenge to refrain from using electronic devices for one week during the 2012-2013 school year ( From Chief Sealth International High School, in Seattle, Washington, senior Marissa Evans says the experience informed her “there’s a balance between ‘too much’ and ‘just enough’” in being connected, and classmate Alex Askerov terms the Challenge “a breath of fresh air.” For the 2013 documentary film, Sleeping with Siri, Seattle-based journalist Michael Stusser underwent a oneweek, self-assessed “techno gorge”, followed by a digital detox of the same duration. During stage one, he said his blood pressure went up 40 points after four days. He found, “You’re always waiting for a response.” He subsequently enjoyed being disconnected. Foresters, a Toronto, Ontario-based life insurance provider, asks families to take a Tech Timeout pledge for at least one hour every day and make Sundays entirely non-tech, packed with family activities and socializing. Learn more at


he St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) has tested two algae samples from the St. Johns River at Doctors Lake Marina, in Clay County that detected total microcystin toxin levels at 1,120 and 4,350 micrograms per liter, or more than 50 and 200 times higher than the recommended recreational exposure threshold of 20 micrograms per liter from the World Health Organization. St. Johns Riverkeeper, a nonprofit advocacy group, took samples from the river at Jacksonville University, and the test results detected microcystin toxin levels at 1,085 and 2,080 micrograms per liter. The alarming results prompted the St. Johns River Water Management District to do more sampling. Lisa Rinaman, of the St. Johns Riverkeeper, states “It is clearly time to put an end to the nutrient pollution problem that is fueling these toxic algal blooms, putting the health of our river and our citizens at risk. It is important that the public understand the risks from exposure and avoid contact with any algal blooms they may encounter.” Algal blooms often occur as a result of excessive concentration of nutrients in our river and waterways. Too much nitrogen and phosphorous can feed uncontrolled algal blooms that deplete oxygen in the water needed by fish, reduce light that is essential to submerged vegetation and threaten the health of both humans and aquatic life. Excess nutrients result from failing septic tanks, manure, wastewater discharges, stormwater runoff and fertilizers that regularly wash into the river. The Florida Department of Health (DOH) in Duval County advises, “Blue-green algae toxins can affect the liver, nervous system and skin. Most problems happen when water containing high toxin amounts is ingested. Abdominal cramps, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting may occur if any untreated surface water is swallowed. Direct contact or breathing airborne droplets containing high levels of algal toxins during swimming or showering can cause irritation of the skin, eyes, nose and throat. Rashes can develop when skin is exposed to the algae. Individuals should avoid coming in to contact with a blue-green algae bloom, especially children and pets. Boiling water does not remove or destroy these toxins.” The statement continues, “DOH-Duval recommends people refrain from recreational water uses that could result in ingestion of and/or skin exposure to algal blooms in the river. Children should also not be allowed to play along the shoreline where they might be exposed to clumps of algae or drink water from the river. FDOH also recommends that fish caught in or near the bloom not be consumed.” For more information, visit natural awakenings

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f the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘Thank you,’ that would suffice,” a maxim first voiced by mystic Meister Eckhart, has held true through the centuries. Why should this simple act mean so much? Expressing gratitude works wonders.

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Gratitude reminds us of what’s important. Being grateful to have a healthy family and friends, a home and food on the table puts smaller worries in perspective.

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Create a morning gratitude session. Take a few minutes each morning to close your eyes, silence the to-dos and give thanks to whomever and whatever is cause for gratitude.

See the silver lining even in “negative” situations. There are always two ways to look at something. We can perceive something as stressful, harmful, sad, unfortunate and difficult, or look for the good embedded in just about everything. Problems held in a positive light from a different perspective can be opportunities to grow and to be creative in devising a solution. Learn a gratitude prayer. Many songs and prayers, religious or not, serve to remind us to be grateful. Find or write a special one and post it in a highly visible spot. Leo Babauta is the founder of the simplicity blog,, and author of bestselling e-books Focus, The Little Guide to Un-Procrastination and Zen to Done.

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Our capacity for self-examination distinguishes us from other animals. We feel compelled to ask: “Who am I? What am I here for? How can I attain my full potential?” The quest for answers has engaged humans for millennia.


opular books that have helped people on this journey span centuries, from Wallace Wattles’ The Science of Getting Rich (1910), Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich (1937), Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People (1937), Abraham Maslow’s Motivation and Personality (1954) and Dr. Thomas Anthony Harris’ I’m OK, You’re OK (1967) to Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret (2006). The personal growth genre is a cornerstone of the publishing industry. Companies like Hay House, founded by motivational author Louise Hay, have flourished. Hay teaches, “No matter where we live or how difficult

our situation seems to be, we have the ability to overcome and transcend our circumstances.” The success of her 1984 book, You Can Heal Your Life, a New York Times bestseller well into the 21st century, led to her publishing empire, which includes authors such as Dr. Wayne Dyer, Caroline Myss and Joan Borysenko, Ph.D. One of its recent top sellers is Pam Grout’s E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality. Hay House has expanded its messages of hope and healing through online courses, films, conferences, special events and other opportunities to meet leading thinkers and peers.

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Such expansion is essential as more of those pursuing the examined life seek personal interaction in community and find that inward exploration frequently translates into outward action to improve the world. Perched on the cliffs of Big Sur, in California, the Esalen Institute, established in 1962, helped birth the modern human potential movement. It exists to help individuals grow through education, experience and research, with the conviction that positive personal and social transformation go hand-in-hand. Today, Esalen offers about 600 workshops a year, serving around 12,000 participants. Popular programs range from dance and yoga to couples workshops and psychology courses. Cheryl Fraenzl, director of programs, explains the appeal: “For most of us, life can be challenging and messy. Gaining the insight, skills and tools to move through the challenging times with more ease and grace while creating more love for yourself and those around you seems like a good investment of time and energy. Being consciously kind and relationally wise ripples out and changes the world. The effort has to start with the individual, like paying it forward; imagine if we all were doing it?”  The largest holistic retreat center in North America, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, attracts 35,000 participants to 800 programs annually. According to Denise Barack, the nonprofit’s director of program development, current workshops in high demand include qigong, Buddhist meditation, mindfulness and yoga nidra. She also notes a growing interest in diverse dimensions of yoga, dance and “authentic movement” for

~ Plato healing, addiction recovery, releasing trauma and energy medicine. Psychotherapist and yoga teacher Stephen Cope, founder and director of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living, the Center’s yoga research department, notes that many guests first come to Kripalu “… as a result of some form of suffering. Then they engage in a period of self-exploration—perhaps learning some form of contemplative practice to help them manage themselves more effectively. Almost always there is a turn outward, back toward the world, and a longing to bring the healing power of contemplative practice into their own domain.” Once someone has experienced the benefits of contemplative practices such as yoga, meditation, breathing and other healthy lifestyle routines, notes Cope, a powerful aspiration typically arises to share these practices and perspectives. “These practices all lead to a sense of union, relatedness and sameness with others,” he says, “and this burgeoning consciousness of sameness compels us to share what we’ve learned.” In Rhinebeck, New York, the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies offers similar self-empowering and reflective opportunities. Dr. Stephan Rechtschaffen and Elizabeth Lesser founded Omega in 1977 as a “university of life.” Through working with prominent Zen masters, rabbis, Christian monks, psychologists, scientists and others, Lesser has found, “By combining a variety of religious, psychological and healing traditions,

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each of us has the unique ability to satisfy our spiritual hunger.” Based since 1981 in a former camp on a lake with more than 100 buildings on 200-plus acres, Omega hosts more than 23,000 guests in up to 500 programs between mid-April and October, plus special programs in Costa Rica and New York City. Director of Rhinebeck Programs Carol Donahoe notes the rising interest in workshops on dietary cleansing, detox and juicing, such as “Reboot with Joe Cross: A Jump Start to Health and Weight Loss,” led by the filmmaker of Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. Personal transformation and mindfulness programs led by teachers like Jon Kabat-Zinn, Saki Santorelli, Florence Meleo-Meyer, Byron Katie and Pema Chödrön are perennial favorites. “As humans, we continue to be fascinated by the big questions in life,” observes Donahoe, “like, ‘Where do we go when we die? Who are we if we are not our thoughts?’ People seem particularly drawn to hearing about it from those that have always lived their lives in a left-brain, logical way, and then come to believe the unexplainable through an extraordinary life experience, and now view the world through a completely different lens.” As examples, she cites neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander, who recounts his near-death experience in his bestselling book, Proof of Heaven, and neuroanatomist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, author of the bestselling memoir My Stroke of Insight. Taylor’s 2008 TED talk was ranked the nonprofit’s second most-watched for the past two years. Both of these cutting-edge thinkers have given presentations at Omega, which, like at Esalen and Kripalu, helps bring ideas and practices that

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potential movement has roots in the grandfather of retreat centers; The Shift Network’s founder, Stephen Dinan, both worked at Esalen and contributed to Esalen’s Center for Theory & Research. Dinan explains that at a meditation retreat, he received a detailed vision of “a large global transformation network that would be helping to usher in a shift to the new era.” The Shift Network now offers free teleseminars and online summits on subjects ranging from meditation and parenting with presence to enlightened business practices and cultivating peace. “We started with The Sacred Awakening Series—40 days with 40 spiritual leaders—and 30,000 people signed up in 21 days,” says Dinan. The Inspiring Women Summit attracted 25,000 participants. Since 2010, more than 400,000 people from 160 countries have participated in free teleseminars; 18,000 have paid for online courses such as Barbara Marx Hubbard’s Agents of Conscious Evolution, Andrew Harvey’s Christ Path and Thomas Hüebl’s Authentic Awakening. The Shift Network has already reached profitability and donated more than $50,000 to nonprofits. Dinan’s vision includes providing education program certifications; building a multimedia platform of e-zines, mobile phone apps and web TV broadcasts; and eventually building facilities and intentional communities to model the possibilities of a more healthy, peaceful, sustainable way of life. From reading a book on meditation to attending a yoga intensive or tapping into a multifaceted community striving to change the world, we have myriad opportunities to lead an examined life. While the seeker may have a personal goal in mind, each mode of self-inquiry can expand outward toward making the world a better place. Hay encourages us all. “You’ve been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” Bess Hochstein is a freelance writer enjoying bicoastal bliss in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, and Sonoma County, California. Connect at

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CRAFTING A GREEN HOLIDAY Happy Ways to Deck the Halls by Avery Mack

Conjure a Norman Rockwellesque holiday fantasy of family members gathered around a home-cooked meal, creative gifts and decorations in place as stories of holidays past mingle with memories in the making. Cue the strolling carolers. The reality tends to be more of a distracted and exhausting race to the finish line. Available time, energy and money all play into what’s possible to get done by the big day. Some tips can make easy eco-decorations a feel-good part of the merriment.


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shells and be put away for easy storage. Visit ColoredShells. com. Canadian Laura Watt, owner of the ethical seed company Cubit’s Organics, in Toronto, made a felted wool wreath for a front door from an old jacket. A worn-out blanket will also work. “It only took one long baby nap to make,” says Watt, who

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gave new life to the wire base from an old wreath by using bits of yarn to stitch flowers. Find instructions at FeltWreath. A little VOC-free paint, some repurposed mini-decorations and recycled toilet paper rolls could become an indoor wreath to be proud of. “I’m a television producer, blogger and mother of 2- and 4-yearold daughters, so it had to be easy and quick,” says Karri-Leigh Mastrangelo, in Los Angeles. “We’ll do it again this year.” See how at Spice up table décor using unexpected items. Lay a base of an organic cotton tablecloth, runner and napkins. Top with a centerpiece base comprising a pie pan, clear flower vase or Mason jar filled with bits of fresh evergreens and accented with small ornaments or beads from repurposed and recycled jewelry. Colored shells can line the bottom. Add a stable soy candle positioned in a bit of water for easy cleanup of dripped wax. To continue the theme from the front door to the table, fashion leftover felt from the wreath into candle rings, using the same method, but on a smaller scale. Add spirals of garland made of star-shaped, dried orange peels handcrafted by Colombia’s Sapia artisans. The green, yellow and orange colors, backed with a soft white, provide a citrusy fragrance that lasts months. Learn

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repurposed items. Price says, “Decorating the tree or the table, they’re easy to maintain and can be enjoyed for many months beyond the holidays.” See Tinyurl. com/Decorative Terrariums for inspired ideas. Place cards add an elegant, personal touch to any holiday table. Kids can make snowflake ornaments from recycled paper. Print a holiday greeting on one side of the snowflake and inscribe a name and personal message on the other for family gatherings. Tied with a ribbon, the snowflakes can also be hung in the window or on the tree. Preprinted snowflakes made of recycled paper with soy ink at are embedded with a variety of wildflower seeds for future planting. Mail them in lieu of traditional greeting cards or as more formal place cards for a simple way to prosper green holiday wishes. Mixing mindful shopping with creative touches embroiders a memorable day with family fun and the satisfaction that we’ve celebrated the holidays in sustainable style. Connect with Avery Mack via

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BIGresearch proves that magazines lead other media in influencing consumers to start a search for merchandise online, ranking at or near the top by gender as well as across all age groups. In addition, magazine ads boost web traffic, and magazine readers are more likely than non-readers to buy online. Magazines excel in driving web search across various demographics and perform best overall at influencing consumers to start a search for merchandise online —ahead of online media and word-of-mouth. What’s more, magazines are the only medium to fall within the top three media across all age groups and both genders. Source: 57A/2010-11-MPA-Handbook.pdf (pages 41 & 43)


Recent US research cited by MPA shows the best campaign results were achieved when using media synergistically and when including magazines in the mix. Magazines were the most consistent performers throughout the purchase funnel, producing positive results in the most campaigns. Factors that may have contributed to magazines’ strong performance include: targeting niché magazine audiences, engagement, audience quality, and good creative. Source: 34

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Superpower Kids’ Immune Systems Natural Health Experts Share How by Jenna Blumenfeld


any experts admit there is no definitive reason that people sniffle more during colder months. Some speculate it’s because we’re spending more time indoors and missing out on resupplying vitamin D, which makes us more susceptible to disease. Others say that when the temperature drops, the body uses more energy to stay warm instead of to fend off infection. What health practitioners do know is it’s possible to maintain immunity naturally with diet, lifestyle and a proper whole foods supplement routine. Consider these tips from three experts to stave off illness and shorten its duration. NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR Christopher Johnson, Doctor of Naturopathy Thrive Naturopathic, Arlington, Virginia Incorporate immunity-boosting foods. Ginger and garlic contain antioxidants such as vitamin C and selenium, and have antimicrobial qualities. Add minced ginger to teas or marinades; roast garlic with carrots and squash. Aim

to eat one to two cloves of garlic and 250 milligrams of ginger daily. Try elderberry extract. Elderberry has strong antiviral properties. Consuming the plant’s extract may prevent virusbased illnesses and alleviate both the symptoms and duration of a cold. Adults can take one to two teaspoons twice daily for prevention; increase dosage to four times a day if feeling sick. Use less for youths, based on size. Make exercise and rest priorities. Daily physical activity rids the body of toxins, increases blood circulation and lowers stress levels. A simple 30-minute cardio routine three to four times a week strengthens immunity. Adequate rest helps the body recover and regenerate cells. Adults need a minimum of seven hours of sleep per night; children may need up to 13. ACUPUNCTURIST AND CHINESE HERBALIST Marco Chung-Shu Lam, Licensed Acupuncturist Mandala Integrative Medi-

cine Clinic, Boulder, Colorado Practice deep-breathing exercises. Practicing yoga or t’ai chi several times each week can deepen the breath, allowing organs to function more efficiently and boost immunity. Concentrate on pranayama, a focused and controlled type of yogic breathing: Slowly inhale and exhale through the nostrils, expanding the belly, rather than the chest. Add herbs. Incorporate the root herb astragalus in a daily whole foods supplement routine, especially important for older adults. Used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine, astragalus supports the immune system by stimulating immune cell activity with its high polysaccharide (complex carbohydrate) content. Simmer the short, flat herb in soups or add to long-cooking grains like brown rice. Eat seasonally. Our body naturally drives us to eat heartier foods like sweet potatoes, beets and winter squashes in colder months— foods that support immunity by providing both fiber and vitamins A and C. Eat warming foods like stews, beans and miso; avoid raw foods, which cool the body and stress the immune system.  

DIETITIAN Barbara Bapst, Registered Dietitian Carolina Nutrition & Wellness, Charlotte, North Carolina Balance bodily pH. The typical American diet of fast food, sugary treats and refined snacks produces acid in the body, creating an environment in which bacteria thrive. Eat at least 10 servings of alkalizing foods each day to optimize the body’s immune response and overall functioning. Spinach, broccoli and cauliflower are excellent choices, along with almonds, olive oil and grapes. Drink plenty of water and green tea to keep acid in check. Up the antioxidants. Antioxidants help the body resist illness because they protect cells against harmful free radicals and oxidative stress. Berries are particularly beneficial and maintain their nutrients even when frozen; blend half a cup into a morning smoothie. As a diet supplement, consider adding 400 to 600 milligrams of curcumin—the active ingredient in turmeric, an anti-

oxidant and anti-inflammatory spice— to meals. Focus on kids’ immunity. Although it’s tricky to get children to eat enough immune-supporting fruits and vegetables every day, encouraging them to sit down at the table for meals can help. Get kids excited about eating healthy foods by involving them in vegetable gardening, planting herbs in windowsill pots and preparing dinner. Incorporate pumpkin and carrot purées into sauces or stews to increase their nutritional power. Jenna Blumenfeld is a managing editor with New Hope Natural Media, in Boulder, CO.

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Onto The Next Proposes Brain Wellness for Seniors by Martin Miron


inda S. Stoler, MA, CCC, is a speech-language pathologist (SLP) and founder of the new St. Augustine initiative, Onto The Next (O2N). She states, “A healthy brain is perhaps the most important part of a holistic lifestyle for our aging population. Neuroscience points to research showing that the brain is able to create new, healthy neurons and synapses well into our later years.” Her view is that the aging brain is able to remain viable, flexible and joyful as it encounters new activities to expand memory, focus and attention allowing new learning to take place. Stoler believes that individuals can adopt a simple series of practices that combine brain wellness, creativity and movement to activate and rejuvenate multiple regions of the brain simultaneously. The program that Stoler and her team is offering centers around a Multi Modal Method, or synergistic weaving of music, movement, manual motion (sign language) and mindful meditation with visualization. The value of this unique approach, provided in the Onto The Next seminars, focuses on its ability to deliver positive rewiring of the brain as participants share in a joyful experience. “Eons before language, literacy and scientific study, we sang, danced and used gestures in order to communicate. For centuries, in every culture, over the entire planet, these modalities were used,” says. Stoler. “They are a pre-verbal part of our biology and the underpinnings of language as we know it today. Using these tools allows for information, learning and creativity to be integrated and absorbed by participants’ evolving brains, as well as their entire being.” She is joined in this venture by her husband, Will Stoler, a media producer, architectural designer, builder and entrepreneur, along with an experienced and dedicated team of professionals. Says Will, “Our primary mission with Onto The Next is to apply Linda’s proven methods as an SLP for over 45 years in an effort toward minimizing the risks of dementia and Alzheimer’s for our aging population. Statistics show a rapidly increasing adult population that is likely to be affected by either dementia or Alzheimer’s by age 85. Many more adults are noticing cognitive decline at a much earlier age. Dementia and Alzheimer’s is the number one 36

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health concern of our seniors, and our program addresses these issues with proven tools.” Onto The Next’s Team members include Gretchen Espinetti, Ph.D., an educator and researcher with expertise in multicultural studies and neuroscience research; Celeste R. Fitzgerald, CNA, a health practitioner with 30 years of experience in senior care; and long-time creative and technical partner, Peter Bruce Wilder, an Emmywinning composer, media specialist and caregiver. “The one thing that ties all of us together is our individual experience with family members and loved ones going through dementia and Alzheimer’s,” continues Will. “We know that as the baby boomer population bubble grows exponentially, the likelihood of memory and related cognitive and physical challenges will occur for many. We believe strongly that we have a proactive program to minimize these risks and encourage anyone who is concerned about themselves or a loved one to participate.” The website has assembled a significant quantity of content supporting their program with links to major neuroscience research studies, online video and testimonials from early program participants. A seminar, Transforming Your Aging Brain, will take place January 25 and 26, 2014, at the Ramada Inn & Conference Center, in Jacksonville. These seminars, for individuals over 50 and their caregivers, are conducted within a healthy and nurturing environment, offering regular breaks and continual interactive support and guidance. For more information, call 802-7774299 or visit Martin Miron is the editor of Natural Awakenings Jacksonville. See ad page11.

The Breath is an Abundant Resource by Derek Gill


e seldom notice our own breath. The last time we did was probably when we were feeling in need of more of it. Maybe it was our last run, bike ride, passionate evening or trip up a flight of stairs; we all have to catch our breath at some point. Air, along with our food, is the fuel that our bodies consume to propel us through space and sustain our involuntary support systems, so the more proficient we become at acquiring this fuel, the better our experience of life will become. This is because as we learn to breathe fully and without restriction we become more fluid and efficient in our actions and movements. These factors play significant roles in decreasing our experience of pain, compression and stagnation, both physically and psychologically. Fixations in our physical structures eventually become represented in our behavior patterns, while fixations in our psyche also become represented in our physical body over time. This is a two-way street. Working to free up and harness the breath is the focus of the first session of the traditional Rolfing 10 Series, and is in the domain of yoga, qigong and many of the martial arts traditions. Many meditation techniques also use the breath as a point of focus. This common thread is not a coincidence. To be able to direct your breath throughout your body is one of the most powerful self-healing tools available to us, along with touch, food and beverage choices, movement, and meditation. Many factors can influence breathing patterns, such as postural patterns that do not allow proper expansion of the ribs and movement of the diaphragm, organ dysfunctions that cause connective tissue adhesion to the diaphragm and breath training for specific activities (singing, martial arts, some yoga) that teach isolated breathing. While performing these activities it is okay to isolate the breath; however, in the rest of our lives we should explore global breathing that utilizes our full capacity for oxygen delivery and carbon dioxide removal. Trauma is another common factor in breath restriction. Most animals see other animals through their movement, and breathing is a movement. When an animal is in danger and

hiding, hardwired physiology kicks in and shuts down breathing so that their location is not detected by a predator. Human traumas, whether physical or emotional, cause us to suspend our breathing, too. Our nervous system responses do not distinguish between the two types of trauma and shuts down our breath in both cases. This pattern becomes stored in our nervous system until we are able to process and release the trauma. Take a few minutes and tune into your breath, preferably lying down on your back. Notice what moves when you breathe. Does your abdomen move? How about your chest? Your ribs? Your back? Your collar bones? Are you able to sense into your body with this level of detail? Maybe it is easier for us to notice what is not moving when we breathe. When we find places that are not moving, imagine directing our breath into these areas. With enough focused attention and repetition, we can begin to free these areas of restriction with our breath and begin to reclaim this valuable resource that is already ours. Derek Gill is a certified advanced Rolfer, certified cranial-sacral therapist and certified movement instructor practicing in Northeast Florida. He also teaches anatomy workshops for yoga teacher trainings. Contact him at 904-251-4305 or RolfingAwareness. com. See ad page 35.

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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:, 38

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he choice of treatment options available for the individual with autism. are vast, unique and may appear to be at times overwhelming. Caregivers and parents need to choose according to their own belief system. What works for one individual or family may not work well or easily for another. One approach can be: First things first. What is true for the rest of us is true for them, too. For instance, if water helps us to flush out toxins, that is true for the autistic person, also. If nutrition plays an integral part in a person’s life and how they feel, then this is again true for the autistic individual and must be taken as seriously for them as for any other person. When these are taken into consideration and implemented, then the other many different therapies/modalities we may choose for our loved one will work more effectively. Bio-nutritional interventions are one avenue which may help autistic individuals. The expertise of the practitioner in evaluating the needs of the individual with autism will help with choosing modalities/therapies that will enhance progress, resulting in improvement and increased quality of life for the patient and those around them. With treatments, improvements may be seen in many areas, such as language skills, awareness of physical surroundings, improvement in mood, increased interaction with siblings, parents, friends and general increase in verbal skills. This is evidenced by going from (in some cases) being non-verbal to having exciting verbal interactions with those around them within a period of one year. It has also been noted that direct eye contact and ability to follow commands may improve greatly. In many, self-care and the desire to perform activities of daily living such as dressing and undressing is markedly improved and able to be accomplished without direct supervision. Some individuals may even no longer need or meet the diagnosis of autism by conventional psychological assessment. Major improvement of physical complaints such as profoundly bad-smelling bowel

movements, constipation or diarrhea is often seen. Commitment, sticking to the therapies and sessions chosen, trial and error is crucial for any long-term shifting and improvement. Just remember, whatever treatment intervention we choose for our loved one is going to be work. But as many parents of autistic children can tell us, the work we put in will, with time, effort and perseverance, pay off. Parents of autistic children often state that their child with autism helped the whole family to improve their life and nutritional habits. They are grateful to the contributions from that family member, because everyone ultimately benefited. If the parents relate to the approach they choose, the results are different than when a parent does not relate. Caregivers, teachers and therapists need to work closely with the autistic

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Humans rescue animals, but animals show up for a reason—most humans can use some rescuing, as well.

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Like water, grace seeks its own level. In rescuing animals, the rescuer is often also rescued. Both lives change for the better.


uster came to us for a reason,” says Amy Burkert. “My husband, Rod, and I were walking our Shar-Pei, Ty, in our Philadelphia neighborhood when a man warned us about ‘a big, black dog’ in the alley. The friendly fellow came home with us and after a fruitless search for his family, we decided to make him part of ours.” In 2009, when the couple encountered difficulty finding a vacation hotel that would accept their new 70-pound German shepherd as an overnight guest, they decided to launch, a website that assists in finding travel accommodations for families with dogs and other pets. Selling their house in Pennsylvania and hitting the road in a 24-foot-long RV, they’ve now traveled to 47 states to research and qualify content for the website; Rod works from “home” and Amy writes the weblog. Their travel schedule flexes, with most stops lasting one to three weeks. “It’s not the life two accountants were banking on, but we couldn’t be happier,” she says, “and we owe it all to Buster.” The site now lists more than 60,000 hotels, campgrounds, restaurants, beaches, dog parks and activities across the U.S. and Canada, plus a road trip planner. “I woke up one morning and thought, ‘I can’t find a husband, so I’ll get a dog,’” says BJ Gallagher, a sociologist and award-winning author. “I’d lived in my Los Angeles house for 16 years and knew none of the neighbors. Within six months of adopting Fannie from a shelter, I’d met them


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all. Thanks to her, I’ve become a full-fledged member of my community.” Fannie’s Chinese heritage includes chow and Pekingese breeds. Transformations can come from more unusual pets, as well. Soon after Susan M. Tellem, a registered nurse in Malibu, California, gifted her husband, Marshall, with two tortoises for his birthday, the couple discovered there was no national protection program for the reptiles. They started American Tortoise Rescue (, an organization that has been rescuing, rehabilitating and providing sanctuary to more than 3,000 water turtles and land tortoises since 1990. Their education and awareness initiatives for humane treatment have gone international, as well. It was a bird that rescued April Leffingwell. She had been dealing with a severe back injury that necessitated pain medication and kept her from regular work for six months when she and her husband visited a local Los Angeles pet store, “to get out of the house.” She was touched by seeing a large Moluccan cockatoo that was afflicted with a damaged claw. Her husband recognized how she related to the bird’s condition and brought Izzi home the next day. Now with just one leg, Izzi has learned to sleep while lying down to rest his other limb. “Izzi and I found each other when we were both broken,” she says. “We’ve become each other’s source of strength. If he can live with only one leg, I can live through pain.” When members of the armed forces deploy, they often have to find alternate living arrangements for pets and may not always be successful. Kimberly Gauthier, a blogger at, and her ex-Army partner are securing funding and laying plans to foster dogs for deployed soldiers. Emailing updates and Skype visits will aim to boost the morale of both the dog and serviceman or woman. The couple lives on five acres in Marysville, Washington. An animal-enriched environment has proved to be helpful for author Kathy Rowe, a 20-year veteran retired from the military, and her husband, Scott, who also retired from Air Force service that included Special Forces duty. They have chosen to live on a 100-acre farm in Tyner, Kentucky. Kathy believes their variety of resident rescued animals, including dogs, cats, chickens, turkeys and a potbelly pig, all help Scott in dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder. Riding, working with and grooming his horse, Quint, is particularly helpful. “My husband is less frustrated, has better focus, is less jumpy and has fewer flashbacks than he used to,” relates Rowe. “Knowing that our rescue dog, Lola, is guarding the farm, he feels he can sleep better because she has his back.” Humans rescue animals, but animals show up for a reason—most humans can use some rescuing, as well. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy of St. Louis, MO, at


The Miracle of Midlife Being Exactly Who We Need to Be by Marianne Williamson


ow would we live, were we not afraid of death? How would we live if we gave ourselves permission to give to life everything we’ve got? In The Longevity Factor, Lydia Brontë, Ph.D., observes that we’ve added 15 years to our lives… but in the middle, not at the end. No longer identifying ourselves as “over the hill” at whatever age, we are simply removing the hill. We are forging a different conversation and a new vision to take us beyond the limited thought forms that have defined the parameters of age for generations. For the first time in history, we can realistically view the first half of life as a kind of gestation period, preparing us for an even more productive second half. Midlife is like a second puberty, a point at which one persona falls away and another comes to take its place. What happens then is up to us. Some begin a long, slow cruise toward death at that point, allowing memories to become more meaningful than the present. Others, remembering that the spirit within us never ages, see the moment of midlife as a rebirth—the time to put our engines into high gear. Whomever it is we were born to be, whatever our soul was coded to accomplish, whatever lessons we are here to learn; now is the time to seriously get going. We may regret that we’re no longer young, but we’re ecstatic that we’re no longer clueless. We must be disciplined, though. We want to become precision instru-

ments now, focused on exactly what we want to do and being exactly who we need to be. This requires separating from the person we were before to whatever extent that person was not who we know in our hearts we were created to be. There’s no more time for five-year detours. No more time for relationships that don’t serve us or for staying in situations that aren’t true to who we are. No more time for pettiness, false pride or whatever other dysfunctional roadblocks obstruct our higher destiny and the joy that’s meant to be ours. Our life might not be as fabulous as it used to be in some ways, but in other ways it’s even more fabulous. The Universe is constantly and infinitely elastic, responding not to our past, but to our present state of mind. As we learn to reprogram thoughts—atoning for our mistakes of the past and embracing the endless miraculous possibilities of the present—we step into a time when we have every reason to look forward with genuine excitement to what happens next. Individually and collectively, we are now fitted to fearlessly forge new ground, wielding the power of what life has taught us so far and laying claim to the possibility of redemption, not only for ourselves, but also for the entire world. The planet needs a new story, aligned with a larger consciousness, and so do we. What we need now are imagination and courage. Many of us feel we’ve

forever carried around a secret dream, rarely validating it even to ourselves and often denying its reality. Yet it has refused to go away and is ready to be born at last. Individuals that have spent decades achieving one thing or moving in one direction often take up something else entirely that gives them far more psychic satisfaction. They see achievements that were the height of their material success as preparation for an even greater one; the means by which they learned the skills ultimately needed to make their biggest contribution to the world. Divine law guarantees that the power of “now” presents an endless fount of miraculous opportunities. In God, there are no limits to how high we can go, ever. In God, there is no time… only the call of the soul. It is not too late; we are right on time and we are better than we know. Now, having visited so many other places in our journey of life, we seek our place within the collective heartbeat of holiness. When enough of us stand in the light of our higher purpose, seeking to be ever-greater servants of love, each consciously dedicated to creating a more loving world, then a new field of collective possibility will emerge among us. All that is not love will begin to fall away of its own dead weight. A profound moment of planetary renewal will occur then, after our having allowed it first to occur within us. Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed inspirational author and lecturer. Six of her 10 books have been New York Times bestsellers, including The Age of Miracles: Embracing the New Midlife, the basis for this article.

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How Wheat, Carbs and Sugar are Affecting Your Brain Health by Linda Sechrist


lzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia and a general term for memory loss and other intellectual disabilities serious enough to interfere with daily life, affects 5.6 million Americans. According to The Lancet Neurology, a well-respected medical journal on brain research, Alzheimer’s, which presently has no cure, is preventable. “Lifestyle choices, like aerobic exercise and eating plenty of healthy fats and reducing carbohydrates, affect overall brain health, as well as the risk of Alzheimer’s,” says Dr. David Perlmutter, a board-certified neurologist and author of the new bestselling book, Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar—Your Brain’s Silent Killers. Food is a powerful epigenetic modulator—it can enable or hamper our DNA, thus regulating the expression of many genes. Experts have only begun to understand the damaging consequences of wheat consumption. “Grain Brain is a timely wake-up call about how we are increasingly challenging human physiology by consuming what we are not genetically prepared to process, like the 133 pounds of wheat the average American eats annually,” says Perlmutter. He believes that one of the main culprits for the decline in brain health in modern times has been the introduction of wheat into the human diet. Today’s modernized and hybridized wheat crops share little genetic, structural or chemical similarity to the wild einkorn variety of grain our ancestors consumed in small amounts.


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In the West, 20 percent of calories “A hallmark of what I term grain to disease processes like Alzheimer’s, come from wheat-based food. Perlmutmild cognitive impairment and coronary brain is that brain dysfunction artery disease. The researchers conter is among those that regard this as a is predicated on the inflamma- cluded that elevated hemoglobin A1C is dangerous statistic, especially since Dr. Alessio Fasano, a pediatric gastroenterolo- tion from consumption of glu- directly associated with brain shrinkage, gist and research scientist who leads the says Perlmutter. ten, as well as the long chains Center for Celiac Research & Treatment at He further notes, “The function of of sugar molecules known as the brain, which is 60 to 70 percent fat Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston, found that the gluten in wheat leads and maintained by the fats you consume, carbohydrates.” to the production of zonulin in the gut. depends on its environment.” Grain Brain Zonulin increases the permeability recommends a diet that’s aggressively ~ Dr. David Perlmutter of the intestinal wall, allowing proteins low in carbohydrates (60 grams per day) to leak from the gut into the bloodstream, explains Perlmutand bountiful in supportive brain fats. These include extrater. These proteins, which would normally remain within the virgin olive oil, sesame oil, coconut oil, ghee, almond milk, digestive system, then challenge parts of the immune system, avocados, olives, nuts, nut butters, cheese and seeds such as the macro fascia and certain other types of white blood cells flaxseed, sunflower, pumpkin, sesame and chia. It is also rich that increase production of inflammation-related chemicals. in above-ground vegetables such as kale, broccoli, spinach, “Zonulin is the cornerstone of diseases characterized by cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and salad greens, while relainflammation in the brain—Alzheimer’s, autism, Parkinson’s tively low in below-ground vegetables like beets, carrots and and attention deficit disorders—as well as autoimmune dispotatoes, which are higher in carbohydrates. It also calls for eases,” advises Perlmutter. reduced fruit consumption. Fasano’s research shows that such a reaction to zonulin “Having two to four servings of fruit every day, based on is present in 100 percent of humans—not just in the 1.8 perAmerica’s present food pyramid, is not helpful. More in line cent of the population that have celiac disease or 30 percent with avoiding brain drain is an apple or a handful of berries, that are gluten sensitive. “A hallmark of what I term grain or about 100 calories worth of any fruit. In my opinion, the brain is that brain dysfunction is predicated on the inflamma- pyramid needs to be stood on its head,” advises Perlmutter. tion from consumption of gluten, as well as the long chains “We should eat a diet similar to what our ancestors survived of sugar molecules known as carbohydrates,” says Perlmuton for 2.6 million years and reprogram support of our genetic ter. “This includes fruit, which also was consumed in limited destiny for the better.” quantities by our ancestors.” He cites a published analysis by Loren Cordain, Ph.D., author of The Paleo Diet. Dr. David Perlmutter is a board-certified neurologist, Fellow A diet high in carbohydrates has been directly related of the American College of Nutrition and author of Grain to atrophy, or brain shrinkage, according to a recent GerBrain. For more information on his 2013 PBS Grain Brain man study by University of Bonn researchers, published in series, visit Neurology. A blood test for hemoglobin A1C, the standard laboratory measurement to assess average blood sugar, is Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. frequently used in studies that correlate blood sugar control Visit for the recorded interview.

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itness seekers across the country are finding their wild sides by crouching like cougars, leaping like leopards and crawling like crabs. Although it might seem like they’ve let silliness encroach on their fitness goals, these adventurous types might be on the right track, realizing more of the rippled muscles and exceptional agility of our four-legged complements. “It’s getting people back into their own bodies,” says Mike Fitch, creator of Animal Flow, one of several fitness programs offered in health clubs around the country that enable participants to make the most of their inner beast. “People are tired of being injured and doing the same old workouts. They need a more well-rounded, holistic approach to their health.” Fitch, founder of Global Bodyweight Training, in Miami, Florida, incorporates fluid movement (including parkour, break dancing and gymnastics) in his routines. Animal-related workouts are proving to be a fun form of natural bodyweight training—named a top fitness trend for 2013 by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Men and women are mimicking animals to attain 44

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stronger, leaner and more agile bodies that perform better in life. Whether building arm strength by swinging their lower bodies sideways, feet-to-hands, like a gorilla, or toning thigh muscles by stalking forward inches from the ground like a panther, animal workout converts are toning their bodies in challenging ways without the use of heavy weights or equipment. “The bear crawl is another good example,” advises David Nordmark, author of Animal Workouts: Animal Movement Based Bodyweight Training for Everyone. With hands and feet on the ground and rear end raised in the air, the bear crawl involves scrambling quickly forward and backward—a popular high school football and karate agility drill for years. He contends, “Even if you think you are in shape and do it for a minute, you’ll be amazed at how much more of a workout your arms get.” Neal Pire, a New Jersey-based strength trainer and ACSM fellow, agrees the movements are intense and strength building, but wonders if an evolved, two-legged animal is meant to mimic four-legged species. “It’s a very tough workout,” says Pire. “You’re

loading muscles where typically you don’t have very much leverage, so your muscles are doing all of the work; yet some moves might be overloading to certain people’s joints.” Fitch claims the overall result is increased muscle endurance. He cites a study published in the journal Applied Physiology Nutrition and Metabolism of women that found whole-body, aerobic resistance training like what’s applied in his program supplies a cardiovascular workout similar to endurance training, but with the added benefits of increased balanced muscle strength and perceived enjoyment. “I call it body balance, working your body as a unit,” Nordmark says, citing pushups, which activate specific muscle groups, as a more traditional example. He notes, “I think it gives people a more natural and attractive look than bodybuilding, more like dancers or even martial artists or gymnasts.” Working out like animals keeps human cores activated, especially when combining the exercises together for a sustained routine. In addition to tightened abdominal muscles, it boosts

“Even if you think you are in shape and do it for a minute, you’ll be amazed at how much more of a workout your arms get.” ~ David Nordmark on “the bear crawl” exercise calorie consumption and leads to enhanced core and overall strength. Fitch points to a relevant study of college football players that demonstrated the strength connection, published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Pire concurs that sustained exercises at a moderate range, as with animal workouts, is an effective calorie burner. Firming up a flabby middle also works to improve balance, as another study in the same journal showed, involving sedentary women performing fitness ball exercises. Moving the body in many directions in intense, but flowing, almost dance-like workouts, naturally improves stability, agility, flexibility and balance,

as exhibited in the animal kingdom. “Challenging the body as it moves in all directions uses the body the way it was intended to be used,” maintains Fitch. Nordmark also points to similarities in yoga poses resembling animal postures that have contributed to physical and spiritual health for millennia. Nordmark and Fitch believe that animal themes provide many more bodyweight movements that can keep workouts fresh and be mastered for life, keeping bodies strong and functional as people age. “If you meet an old bear in the woods, he’s not walking around with a walker,” Nordmark observes. “He’s still a formidable animal, and you don’t want to mess with him.” Plus, adds Fitch: “The workouts are great fun.” Watch animal moves in action at Freelance journalist Debra Melani writes about health care and fitness from Lyons, CO. Connect at Debra or

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Getaway Weekend & Workshop – 7pm through Sunday, Nov 3 at 2pm. Join Richard and Diana Daffner, authors of Tantric Sex for Busy Couples, for a romantic beach getaway. Bring greater joy, intimacy and passion to your relationship. Additional dates and brochure available. $650/couple. Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota. 877-282-4244.

Twin Heart Meditation – 6-7pm. This technique is aimed at achieving illumination or universal consciousness, one of the most powerful meditation tools for spiritual development. Group healing brings positive awareness and harmony to the community. RSVP. Free. Seventh Wonder Day Spa, 5393 Roosevelt Blvd, Jacksonville. 904-381-8686.

Herbal Tea Workshop – 1-2pm. We will make samples of 8 to 10 herbal teas, and all participants will get two tea plants to take home. $10. Eat Your Yard Jax – Fruit Cove Cactus, 8220 Moncreif Rd W, Jacksonville. 904-343-9575.


The Joy of Living Meditation Training: Level 2, Opening The Heart with Tim Olmstead – Nov 1-3. Times vary. Meditating on loving kindness and compassion can open our hearts and relax the self-centered tendencies that lead to anxiety, dissatisfaction and suffering. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis Street, Saint Augustine. 904-824-7454.

Mark The Date “A Fabulous You” Seminar—10am-3:30pm and 2:30pm-6:30pm. ARE YOUR CLOTHES KILLING YOU? Learn about the chemicals used in the fashion industry that are harmful to your health. Get a free color palette and Killer Clothes book. Organic underwear preview and organizational tips. Residence Inn Marriott, 10551 Deerwood Park Blvd., 904-998-9978. Registration at

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Guided Cultural Hike – 8:30-10:30am. On the first Saturday of each month, visitors can learn about the cultural history of the Guana Peninsula. Learn the peninsula’s 5,000 years of history and the work to save the area’s resources. Wear comfortable, closetoed shoes. Free; $3 parking fee. Meet at the GTM Research Reserve Trailhead Pavilion. 901-8234500. RSVP online at GTMNERRCulturalHike. Reiki Certification Classes for Levels I, II & III – Nov 2-3. Reiki Master Clarence Zarnes leads the classes. Once you have demonstrated proficiency and have been attuned, you will become “Certified” at each level completed. Orange Park. JudyZarnes. com.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3 A Sea of Plenty – 2pm. Celebration of life. Class: SelfMastery: The Emergence of the True Self. 3:30-5pm. Center for Spiritual Living Jacksonville, Residence Inn, 10551 Deerwood Park Blvd. 904-398-4353.

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Whole Foods Market Tour – 12-2pm. Feeling lost or overwhelmed at the supermarket? Learn the best dietary options for yourself, how to shop with confidence and how to easily navigate through the grocery store. Led by Jacksonville Health and Wellness Center. $50. Whole Foods Market, 10601 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville.




Open House at Persephone Healing Arts Center – 6-7pm. Tour the facility and meet Dr. Pautz, MD. Learn about the holistic philosophy of the practice. Massage and facial therapists available for 5-minute consultations. RSVP requested. Persephone Healing Arts Center, Holistic and Internal Medicine, 485 6th Ave N, Jacsonville Beach. 904-246-3583.

Book Warehouse Sale – Nov 7-16; times vary. Shop a warehouse full of book bargains, sponsored by Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library. The sale helps raise money to supplement the library budget. University Park Library, 3435 University Blvd N, Jacksonville. 904-6302304.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8 Permaculture Jax Meetup – 7-8pm. Enjoy a tour of Echo Farm along with a presentation on edible, tropical and unusual plants. Free. Eat Your Yard Jax – Fruit Cove Cactus, 8220 Moncreif Rd W, Jacksonville. 904-343-9575. Free Zumba Dance Party – 7:15-8:15pm. Space is limited; pre-registration required. City Yoga Dolce Spa, 2225 A1A S, Ste B8, St Augustine. 904-671-2860.

Mark The Date SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9 AModern Spiritual Guide Speaks: Seminar Talk by Harold Klemp – 11-11:45am. Hear a recent seminar video with Eckankar’s spiritual leader, Harold Klemp, award-winning author of more than 75 books on spirituality. Free CD and book. All are welcome. Pablo Creek Library, 13295 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville. 904725-7760.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6 Healing Circle – 7:30-9:30pm. Shaman Elka Boren opens a healing vortex with her unique connection to Source energy -- giving a rarified experience of grace & blessings from Ascended Masters & Angelic Beings present throughout the event. Elka offers each participant an individual healing as blocks are energetically removed from subtle & physical bodies. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis Street, St. Augustine 32084 (904) 797-5171 Ann KiyonagaRazon to register.

SATURDAY, DEC 7-8 Shaman Healing Sessions August 31-September 2. With Elka Boren. Gifted since childhood with spiritual healing abilities and clairvoyance and has done shamanic healing for 26 years. In her private sessions, Elka works with geometric grids at the cellular level to remove blocks ancestrally and powerfully shift energy. Ann Kiyonaga-Razon: 904-797-5171. Register:

1.5-mile walk. Wear comforatable shoes. Free; $3 parking fee. GTM Research Reserve Trailhead Pavilion, west of the Guana Dam. 901-823-4500. RSVP online at House Cleansing and Protection – 1-3pm. Often there are situations within houses that make it difficult for us to live in them. Learn cleansing rituals that can influence energies and encourage positive surroundings. $10. Spiritual Uplifts, 3491 Pall Mall Dr, Jacksonville. 904-292-4555. Women in Transition – Call for time. Dolores Morford and Sandye Seivers will be conducting a workshop for women who are looking for peace and serenity in their lives. $20. Spiritual Uplifts, 3491 Pall Mall Dr, Jacksonville. 904-292-4555.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Community HU Song – 11-11:30am. Learn how to sing HU and tap into your potential for greater happiness, love and understanding. Followed by light refreshments. All are welcome and free HU CDs available. Jacksonville Eckankar Center, 6636 Arlington Rd. 904725-7760. Mindfulness Seminar: Becoming Self-Aware Creates the Opportunity for Change – 1-6:30pm. Learn to overcome self-destructive habits. Experience meditation and self-examination in this 5-hour intensive training. Presenter: Steve Smith, Delphi University teacher and spiritual advisor. $125. Glen Kernan Golf & Country Club, 4590 Glen Kernan Pkwy E, Jacksonville. 904-992-9930. Carolyn@ An Abundant Harvest – 10:30am. Celebration of life. Class: Self-Mastery: The Emergence of the True Self. 12-2pm. Center for Spiritual Living Jacksonville, Residence Inn, 10551 Deerwood Park Blvd. 904-3984353.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11 Integrative Weight Loss Program – times vary. Nov 11 - Dec 16. $750 Package includes 7 acupuncture sessions, 7 individualized health coaching sessions, 2 month supply of supplemental herbs for weight loss and cravings. $750. Florida Pathways to Health, 13500 Sutton Park Dr S, Jacksonville. 904-992-9930.


Intro to Holistic Health & Nutrition – 1-3pm. City Yoga Dolce Spa. $15/advance; $20/door. 2225 A1A S Ste B8, St. Augustine. 904-671-2860. Pet Pictures with Santa – 10am-2pm. Have your pet photographed with Santa Claus, benefitting Middleburg Animal Rescue. Donations graciously accepted. Watson Realty, 4729 US Hwy 17, Orange Park.

Matanzas Inlet Guided Hike 9-10:30am. Learn about dynamics and movements of sand as the sea constantly rearranges. Free. Meet at Westside parking lot on Hwy A1A, north of the Inlet Bridge. 904-823-4500. Reservations required online at

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13 Tarot Classes – 7-8:30pm. Beginning Nov 13 , continuing for six weeks every Wednesday. Learn through mythology, numerology, colors and different spreads. Spiritual Uplifts, 3491 Pall Mall Dr, Jacksonville. 904-292-4555. th

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14 The 5 Steps and Secrets to Wellness – 6pm. In this lecture, learn a no-nonsense approach to becoming all that you can be on all dimensions of health – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Free. Jacksonville Health and Wellness Center, 9957 Moorings Dr, Ste 403, Jacksonville. 904-268-6568.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Mushroom Workshop – 1-2pm. Learn about shiitake mushroom culture and receive an oak log to grow your own, along with all supplies needed. $35. Eat Your Yard Jax – Fruit Cove Cactus, 8220 Moncreif Rd W, Jacksonville. 904-343-9575. RSVP-EatYourYardJax@ Sadhana Retreat with Christopher Baxter – Nov 15-17. Immerse yourself in yogic practices of asana, pranayama, yoga nidra, meditation, journaling, chanting and relaxed study of the Bhagavad Gita. (Yoga Alliance CEUs). Housing on site. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, Saint Augustine. 904-8247454.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 Guided Beach Exploration – 8:30-10am. Held every 3rd Saturday, this month enjoy a family-friendly “Beaches 101.” Free. $3 parking fee at the GTM Research Reserve South Beach Access Lot, 1798 Ponte Vedra Blvd, Ponte Vedra. RSVP required; include email and phone number in case of cancellation due to weather. 901-823-4500. The Heart Sutra: Teaching and Retreat – 10am3:30pm. Nov 16-17; session times vary. Chanted prayers, teaching and meditations with resident teacher Carol Lutker. Everyone welcome! $15/day; $5/session; $5/lunch. Register at Maitreya Kadampa Buddhist Center, 85 Sailfish Dr E, Atlantic Beach. 904-222-8531.

Open House at Persephone Healing Arts Center – 6-7pm. See November 5 listing for details. RSVP requested. Persephone Healing Arts Center, Holistic and Internal Medicine. 485 6th Ave N, Jacksonville Beach. 904-246-3583.



Bat House Building – 1-2pm. Learn to build a bat house! At this event, you’ll make both one for yourself and one for the farm. Free. Eat Your Yard Jax – Fruit Cove Cactus, 8220 Moncreif Rd W, Jacksonville. 904-343-9575.

Magnetizing Plenty – 10:30am. Celebration of life. Center for Spiritual Living Jacksonville, Residence Inn, 10551 Deerwood Park Blvd. 904-398-4353.

Getaway Weekend & Workshop – 7pm through Sunday, Nov 3 at 2pm. See November 1 listing for details. $650/couple. Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota. 877-282-4244.


Lectures on Anthroposophy: What is Spiritual Science? – 7-8:30pm. Lecture by Howard Pautz. Contact to RSVP and for cost. Persephone Healing Arts Center, 485 6th Ave N, Jacksonville Beach. 904-246-3583.

Tarot Classes – 7-8:30pm. Beginning Nov 16 , continuing for six weeks every Saturday. See November 13 for details. Spiritual Uplifts, 3491 Pall Mall Dr, Jacksonville. 904-292-4555. th

Friends of the GTM Reserve Meeting – 5-6pm. The public is welcome to attend the monthly meeting. For information, call Teri Webley at 904823-4527.

in Anastasia State Park, 1340-A State Rd A1A S, St. Augustine. 904-692-3927.

Twin Heart Meditation – 6-7pm. See November 4 for details. RSVP. Free. Seventh Wonder Day Spa, 5393 Roosevelt Blvd, Jacksonville. 904-381-8686.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19 GTM Research Reserve Marineland Lecture – 10-11. On the 3rd Tuesday each month, enjoy this lecture series designed to inform the public about the coastal natural world. Free. GTM Research Reserve Marineland Field Office, 9741 N Oceanshore Blvd, Marineland. 904-823-4500. Reservations required online at GTMNERRMarinelandLecture. Soul Healing Miracles with Master Sha – 1pm. Join Master Sha for a special Soul Healing Miracles book release event live-streamed around the world to offer free soul healings for you, your loved ones, humanity and Mother Earth. Global webcast. 888339-6815. Whole Foods Market Tour – 12-2pm. See November 5th listing for details. Led by Jacksonville Health and Wellness Center. $50. Whole Foods Market, 10601 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20 Guided Walk at River to Sea Preserve – 9-10:30am. Join other nature lovers on a guided walk through the wooded hammock between the ocean and the Matanzas River. Free. The Preserve is located at the south end of Marineland, across from ocean. Turn west at River to Sea Preserve entrance. Temporary event sign posted; follow to parking lot to meet the guide. 901-823-4500. Reservation required online at GTMNERRMarineLandTrail. 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 with Marilyn Jenquin. $25. International Foundation for Spiritual Knowledge, 1437 Flagler Ave, Jacksonville. 407673-9776.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21 Native Landscapes Tour – 2-4pm. Enjoy our beautiful northeast Florida coastal habitat, featuring landscapes of St. Augustine’s Anastasia Island. Free. Coquina Quarry

Open, Expand and Balance Your Chakras – 7-9pm. Join this transformative workshop and learn the power of the Seven Soul Houses to heal all life. Led by Certified Soul Healer and Teacher Geho Gold. Free book. $15 pre-register. Center for Spiritual Living, 1795 Ole Moultrie Rd. 386-3416260.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23 Cunningham’s Herbal Celebration – 10am3:30pm. Nov 23-24. Enjoy seasonal herbal beverages, herbal plants and gifts from the garden. Free. Cunningham Backyard Herb Nursery, 2440 Loftberg D, Arlington. Family Seining at the GTM Research Reserve – 8:30-10:30am. On the 4th Saturday of each month, enjoy this family-friendly seining activity, including the opportunity to pull a seine through Guana Lake. Free with paid entrance to Guana Dam Recreational Area. Meet at the Docents at the Environmental Education Center, 506 Guana River Rd, Ponte Vedra. 904-823-4500. RSVP online at Astrology Workshop with Kelly Lowe – 1-4:30pm. Your astrological chart is the blueprint of your personality. Discover secrets of the lunar cycle and how it can impact your life and become a tremendous tool in planning and preparing for the future. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St. Augustine. 904-824-7454.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24 There is P.L.E.N.T.Y. – 10:30am. Celebration of life. Class: Self-Mastery: The Emergence of the True Self. 12-2pm. Center for Spiritual Living Jacksonville. Residence Inn, 10551 Deerwood Park Blvd. 904-3984353.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26 Marineland Beach Walk – 9-10:30am. Learn about beach vines, sea oats, see shorebirds and learn about the need to protect dunes. Free. Meet at Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, 9741 Ocean Shore Blvd, Marineland. 901-823-4500. RSVP at

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pirituality is meant to bring about harmony and peace. But the diversity of our philosophies, beliefs, concepts and views about spiritual matters often leads to confusion or even conflict. The fact is that the very act of seeking spiritual freedom causes notions of success and failure, and these notions serve only to bind us to our own self-judgments: Am I growing? Have I done anything wrong? Am I meditating enough? Truth is only complicated because we pass it through our habitual thought patterns. When we step back from ourselves, truth becomes simple. There are not many paths to freedom; there is only one. In the end, no matter what particular patterns of thought we have managed to build in our minds, freedom always means transcending these personal thought patterns. So how does one go about transcending the personal self and awakening to spiritual freedom? What is needed for this journey are succinct steps that are so universal that they can echo through the halls of any religion as well as support intellectual understanding. The following is a universal road map to Self-Realization.


Realize that you are in there. You must first come to realize that you are in there. From deep inside, you are experiencing this world. You are experiencing your physical body, your

thoughts and your emotions. You are conscious and you are experiencing what it is like to be human.


Understand that you are not okay in there. Look to see what’s going on inside. If you want to understand why you’ve done everything you have ever done, if you want to see what’s really going on, just observe your mind and emotions—just experience your inner state. If you objectively look, you will see that you are never completely at peace. You will see that you are not okay in there.


Notice that you’re always trying to be okay. At any point when you look at the state of your inner being, you will see that something is bothering you. You will then notice that this causes urges, drives and impulses to do something about it. You will find yourself constantly trying to either get something or avoid something. All of this is done in an attempt to be okay.


Watch as your mind strives to figure out how everything needs to be for you to be okay. If you watch, you will see that your mind is always telling you what you should and should not do, what others should and should not do and how things should and should not be. All of this is the mind’s attempt to first create a conceptual model of what would make you okay, and then try to

get the outside world to match it.


Realize that the process of defining how the outside needs to be is not going to make you okay. You must seriously look at this process of trying to be okay. You’ve been at it your entire life—you’ve just tried different things at different times. While it’s true that sometimes you manage to make it better for short periods of time, you know that you’ve never even come close to reaching a state of permanent peace. Watch very closely how you react to the things your mind has preferences about. You will see that if your mind gets what it wants, you feel joy; if it doesn’t get what it wants, you feel disturbance. Likewise, when your mind experiences what it doesn’t want, you feel disturbance, and when it avoids what it doesn’t want, you feel relief. You will never be okay playing this game because the world will never match the conceptual model your mind has made up. Eventually, you will come to see that struggling to be okay does not work. At some point, you will try to find a different way to be okay in there.


Learn to not participate in the mind’s struggle to be okay. This step is about learning to sit in as the witness, the part of you that notices the inner urges to be okay. You must become comfortable with sitting in there and not participating in the inner energies. You learn to relax in the midst of them. You come to see that there is a habitual process in which the moment you feel inner disturbance, you are drawn into doing something about it. You must learn to sit inside and not participate in this process. If you truly understand that going outside to try to be okay inside doesn’t work, then you’ll be willing to sit inside and simply allow the disturbance to pass through. It is not difficult. If you can do this, all disturbance will cease by itself.


Go about your life just like everyone else, except that nothing you do is for the purpose of trying to be okay. If you aren’t so preoccupied with trying to be okay, you will be free to sit inside and quietly love, serve and honor whatever naturally unfolds in

front of you. When you reach this point, you are no longer living for yourself. You are interacting with life, but not for the purpose of being okay.


As you sincerely let go of the inner energies you are watching, you begin to feel a deeper energy come in from behind. Up to this point, everything you were watching inside was in front of you. But now that you are no longer being drawn into those personal energies, you’ll realize that your inner universe is actually very expansive. You will begin to feel Spirit flow in from behind. It lifts you and brings you great love and joy.


Your inner experience becomes so beautiful that you fall in love with the energy flow, and you develop a very deep and personal relationship with it. It will become completely clear to you that there is a direct trade-off between your personal energies and the amount of Spirit that you feel. The more you get drawn into your personal energies, the less Spirit you feel; the less you participate in your personal energies, the more Spirit you feel. You now have a direct relationship with the spiritual energy, and you will find yourself constantly longing to experience it.


You begin to feel the energy pulling you up into it, and your entire path becomes letting go of yourself in order to merge. Will is no longer needed. Now your path is strictly about releasing yourself into the pull of the higher energy. You must surrender deeply enough to be able to overcome the fear of losing your connection to the personal self. You must to be willing to

die to be reborn.


Once you get far enough back into the energy, you realize that your personal life can go on without you, leaving you free to become immersed in Spirit. This is the greatest miracle: You’ve surrendered and your entire life is about Spirit, yet people, places and things continue to interact with you. The difference is that these interactions require none of your energy. They happen naturally, by themselves, leaving you at peace and absorbed in Spirit.


Now you are truly okay and nothing inside or outside of you can cause disturbance—you have come to be at peace with it all. Because you are now completely okay, you don’t need anything. Things just are what they are. At this point, you know yourself as Self. The world, mind and heart cannot disturb you. You’ve transcended them all. What is more, instead of feeling drawn into Spirit, you now actually experience yourself as Spirit. You have no boundaries in time or space. You have always existed and you will always exist. You have no form, shape, gender or body. You simply are, have always been and will always be— Infinite Spirit. Michael A. Singer is the author of The New York Times bestselling book, The Untethered Soul – The Journey Beyond Yourself (, which is the basis for this article. He is the founder of the Temple of the Universe, a yoga and meditation center established in 1975 in Alachua, FL.

When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself. ~Tecumseh

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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. 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. 904-3555100. 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 – 2 pm. November theme: The more I praise the Plenty, the more Plenty there is to praise! 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. 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. Youth Ministry on Sunday – 10:30am. Classes for all ages. Unity Church for Creative Living, 2777 Race Track Rd, St Johns. 904-287-1505. Mind Body Yoga –10:45am. With Analise. Yoga Den, 2929 Plummer Cove Rd, Jacksonville. 904268-8330. 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. Morning Flow Yoga – 7:30-8:30am. City Yoga Dolce Spa. 2225 A1A S, Ste B8, St. Augustine. 904-671-2860. Yin Yoga – 9-10:30am. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-824-7454.


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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. 904-2156111. Vinyasa Flow – 5:30-7pm. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-824-7454. Mind-Body Yoga – 6pm. With Kate. Yoga Den, 2929 Plummer Cove Rd, Jacksonville. 904-2688330. 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. Monday Night Meditation –7pm. Reduce stress and experience inner peace in a positive, spiritual way. Everyone welcome. Unity Church for Creative Living, St Johns. 904-287-1505. 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. 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.

Tuesday Sun Power Yoga – 7:30am. With Sandra. Yoga Den, 2929 Plummer Cove Rd, Jacksonville. 904268-8330. Morning Yoga Flow – 7:30-8:30am. City Yoga Dolce Spa. 2225 A1A S, Ste B8, St. Augustine. 904-671-2860. Hatha Flow Yoga – 9-10:30am. City Yoga Dolce Spa. 2225 A1A S, Ste B8, St. Augustine. 904-6712860. Kripalu Yoga Basic Practice – 9-10:30am. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-824-7454. 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. 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. Move, Meditate and Melt – 5:30-7pm. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-8247454. Prenatal Pilates – 6:30pm. Arch Pilates & Physical Therapy, 3491 Pall Mall Rd, Ste 103, Jacksonville. 904-860-5392.

Food Addicts Anonymous – 6:30-7:30pm. Unity of Church of Jacksonville, 634 Lomax St, Riverside. 904-355-5100. Integrative Yoga: Mind-Body-Spirit – 6:307:45pm. With James P Ryan, RYT-200. Multilevel class. Ponte Vedra Bch. 280-4130. RWYogaTherapy. com. 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. 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 Bch. 270-8200. Pilates Mat Core Class – 7:35pm. Beginner and intermediate. Arch Pilates & Physical Therapy, 3491 Pall Mall Rd, Ste 103, Jacksonville. 904-860-5392. Power Yoga Basics – 7:45pm. With Khristi. Yoga Den, 2929 Plummer Cove Rd, Jacksonville. 904268-8330.

Wednesday La Leche League of Jacksonville – 10am. 3rd Wed. Grace Church of Avondale. Chrissy: 904-389-0484. Lori: 904-485-0861. Kripalu Yoga – 10-11:30am. All levels. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-8247454. Galaxy Jax: Breastfeeding Support and Advocacy – 10:30am. 1st Wed. Come alone or bring the baby. Jacksonville Bch. 904-945-4540. 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. Mid-Week Market – 3-6pm. Featuring local, healthy, fresh and green foods. Bull Park, 716 Ocean Blvd, Atlantic Bch. 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. 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. 904287-1505. Kripalu Yoga Strong – 5:30-7pm. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-824-7454. 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. 904-2461300. 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. 904-3555100.

Psychic/Medium Spiritual Development Class – 7-9:30pm. One Wed. per month. Marilyn Jenquin, International Foundation for Spiritual Knowledge. $25. Unitarian Universalist Church, 7405 Arlington Xwy, Jacksonville. 407-673-9776.

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. 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. 904-355-5100. Yin Yoga – 9-10:30am. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St. Augustine. 904-824-7454. Hatha Flow Yoga – 9-10:30am. City Yoga Dolce Spa, 2225 A1A South Ste B8, St. Augustine, FL 32080 904-671-2860 Mind Body Class – 11:30am. With Alyson. Four classes $40. Yoga Den, 2929 Plummer Cove Rd, Jacksonville. 904-268-8330. Kripalu Yoga All Levels – 11:30-1pm and 5:307pm. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-824-7454. Yoga/Pilates for Preschool, Bendy Bodies – 2pm. Arch Pilates & Physical Therapy, 3491 Pall Mall Rd, Ste 103, Jacksonville. 904-860-5392. MEDA Eating Disorder Group – 3-4pm. Mentor, empower, develop and advocate. UNF Counseling Center, Bldg 2, Jacksonville. 620-2602. 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. 904-355-5100. Integrative Yoga: Mind-Body-Spirit – 6:307:45pm. With James P Ryan, RYT-200. Multilevel class. Ponte Vedra Bch. 280-4130. RWYogaTherapy. 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. 386-3416260. Tergar Meditation Community – 6:30-8pm. Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Beginners welcome. Free. Body Wise Center, 2706 Old Moultrie Rd, St Augustine. 904-687-8482. Healing Circle – 7pm. $10. The Cosmic Church of Truth, 1637 Hamilton St, Jacksonville. 904-3847268 Open Reiki Circle – 7-9pm. 1st & 3rd Thursday evening each month in Orange Park with Reiki Master Clarence Zarnes. Donations graciously accepted. 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.

Community Yoga Class—7-8:15pm with Caryn Keshner. Free/Donation. Register at City Yoga Dolce Spa, 2225 A1A South Ste B8, St. Augustine, FL 32080.904-671-2860, 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: 904471-1414. Yoga Basics – 7:45pm. With Khristi. Yoga Den, 2929 Plummer Cove Rd, Jacksonville. 904-2688330.

Friday Pilates Props and Boots – 9am. A Pilates boot camp to burn calories. Arch Pilates & Physical Therapy, 3491 Pall Mall Rd, Ste 103, Jacksonville. 904-8605392. Mommy ‘N Me Pilates – 10am. Ages 6 weeks-24 mos. Arch Pilates & Physical Therapy, 3491 Pall Mall Rd, Ste 103, Jacksonville. 904-860-5392. Kripalu Yoga – 10-11:30am. All Levels. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-8247454. 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. Mind Body Class – 11:30am. With Alyson. $40 for four classes. Yoga Den, 2929 Plummer Cove Rd, Jacksonville. 904-268-8330. Kripalu Yoga – 5:30-7pm. All Levels. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St. Augustine. 904-8247454.

Kripalu Yoga Gentle – 11am-12:30pm. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-8247454. 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. Beaches Green Market – 2-5pm. Jarboe Park, 301 Florida Blvd, Neptune Bch. 904-270-0273.

The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart. ~Buddha

Saturday Integrative Yoga: Mind-Body-Spirit – 8:309:30am. With Joan Ryan, E-RYT-500, IYT-1000. Multilevel class. Ponte Vedra Bch. 280-4628. 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: 904-823-4500. Power Yoga – 9-10am. City Yoga Dolce Spa. 2225 A1A S, Ste B8, St. Augustine. 904-671-2860. Vinyasa Flow – 9-10:30am. Discovery Yoga Center, 3 Davis St, St Augustine. 904-824-7454. 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.

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Natural Iodine Supplementation A Must for Most Americans


e all need iodine, yet most of us don’t get enough of it through our diet. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that iodine deficiency in the developed world has increased fourfold in the past 40 years and now affects nearly three-quarters of all adults. Numerous U.S. practicing physicians quoted widely in the media estimate that the incidence of hypothyroidism in our adult population may be between 30 and 70 percent. Thus, we can’t efficiently produce the thyroid hormones that serve as chemical messengers triggering nearly every bodily function. The presence or absence of iodine affects our every cell. Natural Awakenings Detoxifed Iodine is 100 percent natural, raw iodine in an ethyl alcohol solution. We thank all those that are benefiting from this product and enthusiastically telling us their great results.  Available only at  My wife, who suffered from extreme fatigue and other symptoms, saw a dramatic increase in energy after just a few days of taking the natural iodine drops. Now if she misses a day, she’ll end up falling asleep in the middle of the afternoon, like she used to do before taking the iodine. It works! ~ Aaron My doctor told me that I had a hypothyroid condition, prescribed medication and was happy with the follow-up test results, yet I noticed no positive effects on my overall wellbeing. Within two weeks of using the Natural Awakenings Detoxified Iodine, I had more energy, felt more awake and enjoyed clearer thinking and greater peace of mind. People even comment that I look younger. I am a fan! ~ Larry

Be Aware of Hypothyroidism Symptoms Low thyroid function, or hypothyroidism, is the most recognized and obvious indicator of low iodine intake because the thyroid gland contains more concentrated iodine than other organs. Symptoms can range from extreme fatigue and weight gain to depression, carpal tunnel syndrome, high blood pressure, fibrocystic breasts and a variety of skin and hair problems. Hypothyroidism can further cause infertility, joint pain, heart disease and stroke. Low iodine levels also have been associated with breast and thyroid cancers. In children, insufficient iodine has been strongly linked with mental retardation,

deafness, attention deficient and hyperactivity disorder and impaired growth, according to studies by Boston University, China’s Jiao Tong University School of Medicine and France’s National Academy of Medicine. The answer is simple: Taking the right kind of iodine in the right dosage can rebalance thyroid function and restore health to the thyroid and the whole body.

Reasons Behind Iodine Deficiency Radiation: Almost everyone is routinely exposed to iodine-depleting radiation emitted by cell phones, Wi-Fi, microwave ovens and other electronic devices. Iodized table salt: The human body cannot utilize the iodine added to this product. Low-sodium diets: Failure to use healthy salts to fulfill sodium requirements, plus over-

use of zero-nutrient table salt in foods, leads to iodine depletion. Bromine: This toxic chemical overrides iodine’s abilities to nourish the thyroid, adrenal and other hormone-producing glands. A known carcinogen, it is used as an anticaking ingredient found in almost all baked goods, unless the ingredients specifically cite unbromated flour. Iodine-depleted soils: Due to poor farming techniques, iodine and other minerals in soil have declined, so most foods today are devoid of naturally occurring iodine. Proper iodine supplementation with a high-quality product like Natural Awakenings Detoxified Iodine can prevent harm by protecting the thyroid and other endocrine glands and restoring proper hormone production.

Your Thyroid Needs Protection! Natural Awakenings Detoxified Iodine Can Provide the Protection You Need

Almost everyone is routinely exposed to iodine-depleting radiation emitted by cell phones, WI-FI and microwave ovens. Proper iodine supplementation with a high-quality product like Natural Awakenings DETOXIFIED IODINE can prevent harm by protecting the thyroid and restoring proper hormone production. Iodine replacement has been reported to give relief from: • Depression • Fibromyalgia • Hyperthyroidism • Hypothyroidism

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