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appy December, everyone! Did the year go by as quickly for you as it did for me?    The upcoming holidays present us with special opportunities to exercise conscientious choices about what we buy, the food we prepare and consume, and most importantly the kindness, love and peace we offer to those around us. It’s easy to get caught up in the do-more, spend-more, and eat-more state of mind. By doing that, though, you may lose your true joy in the season.    We also have a choice about how to deal with the demands put on us by friends, family and ourselves. This time of year can be stressful as we try to find the perfect gifts, host and attend parties, and travel to visit friends and family. Remember that most of the pressure comes from our own expectations and desire to please. Ease up, relax, and realize that perfection is not required. However you choose to celebrate, make sure your choices reflect your heartfelt values. Hopefully, Natural Awakenings can help you with some of these choices. Our mission every month is to provide information, resources, and options to help you live your healthiest, most joyful life. In Meaningful Giving, we offer gift-giving tips to simplify the season. There’s no reason to break the bank when giving of yourself is often free and the most appreciated gift of all. Fun Party Foods are flavorful and festive, yet healthy and oh, so easy. This month, in our Uplifting Humanity issue, we also bring you some special articles on peace and happiness. Do Good, Feel Good explores how acts of generosity and the feelings that prompt them may improve our mental and physical health. Feel Peace, Speak Peace, Teach Peace tells the story of a program that uses the power of the heart to bring peace into Costa Rican and American schools. Whatever holiday your faith leads you to observe this month, stay happy and healthy, naturally. Thank you for welcoming Natural Awakenings into your homes. As always, we are grateful to our advertisers and distributors for their support, and ask that you support them in return. Wishing you a joyous holiday season.

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newsbriefs Kula for Karma Fundraiser Nets More Than $125,000 for Society’s Most Vulnerable


n November 4, Kula for Karma, which offers therapeutic yoga in healthcare settings, raised more than $125,000 at its Fourth Annual Gala Dinner event at the Preakness Hills Country Club in Wayne. The monies raised will go toward therapeutic yoga, meditation and stress reduction programs for society’s most vulnerable populations including those who have been challenged by illness, disabilities, violence and other traumas.    Founded in 2007, Kula for Karma works with hospitals, social service agencies and schools to create customGeri Topfer, cofounder and president of tailored programs at no cost for their Kula for Karma; Joan Bronman, most needy client populations. Kula for Dr. Goy’s patient and presenter of Karma’s three divisions—TeenKula, Kula the Kula Angel Award; Dr. Andre Goy, Care and Caring for the Caregivers—are chairman of oncology and director established in New York, New Jersey and of the John Theurer Cancer Center; Pennsylvania, with the majority located and Penni Feiner, cofounder and in northern New Jersey. executive director of Kula for Karma.    As part of Kula Care, patients at the John Theurer Cancer Center, based at the Hackensack University Medical Center, are being prescribed yoga by oncologists to complement radiation and chemotherapy treatment. Kula Care offers accessible, user-friendly tools for stress management to support those who have been challenged by cancer. The goal is to empower patients to manage pain that may cause anxiety and depression. As Kula for Karma’s cofounder and president Geri Topfer says, “We are thrilled and very excited to be partnering with Dr. Andre Goy and his team in providing services at the center, and we were honored to have one of his patients, Joan Bronman, a breast cancer survivor, present Dr. Goy with a Kula Angel Award. We believe in integrating whole-person approaches to recovery and healing that honor the mind, body and spirit of each individual.” For more information, visit

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rea women will once again have the opportunity to renew their minds, bodies and spirits at the Fourth-Annual Women’s Self-Care Retreat, held January 20–22 at the Quellen Spiritual Center, in Mendham. The retreat features gentle yoga (no experience necessary), a lesson in the four Yogas of the Gita, reflection, group discussion, massage, Reiki and more. Meals and lodging are included in the retreat fee. For more information, contact Jean Marie DuHamel at JeanMarie@ or Mary Ellen Ricks at See ad on page 36.

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newsbriefs Hypnosis Counseling Center Presents Smoking-Cessation and Weight-Loss Workshops

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he Hypnosis Counseling Center will present a special set of smoking-cessation and weight-loss workshops on Tuesday, December 6, at its Bloomfield office, 554 Bloomfield Avenue. Hypnosis is a medically approved method of tapping the normally inaccessible power of the mind and correcting negative behavior. Each one-hour workshop includes hypnosis exercises, discussion and an optional CD for $18, which assists in reinforcing immediate results and long-range success. The workshops, at a cost of $55 each, can be taken individually or as a set. The smokingcessation workshop begins at 6:30 p.m. and runs to 7:30, and the weight-loss group will continue from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The center’s director, Barry Wolfson, will lead each workshop. To register, call 908-996-3311. For more information, visit See ad on page 45.

Be the Medicine’s Foundational Class Offers Ways to Reclaim Health for the Holidays


n Saturday, December 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Janet StraightArrow offers a class at Be The Medicine, 18 Bank Street, Suite 300, Morristown, designed to help participants heal and live free of pain by learning new techniques and developing new perspectives on healthy lifestyles. This class is open to all who are ready to live a full, healthy life, no matter what current challenges are facing them. StraightArrow, a medical intuitive, energy healer, teacher and shaman, with more than 40 years of training, believes that many of our pains, diseases and anxieties can be better understood, lessened, released and healed quickly and easily when given the right tools. This introductory class will establish a strong foundation and a direct focus to achieve lifelong health. The fee is $125. For more information and to reserve a spot, call 973-647-2500, email Janet@ or visit See ad on page 38.

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Feel Peace, Speak Peace, Teach Peace BePeace promotes happiness and harmony, one heart at a time

by Susan Bloom


ixty-year-old Rita Marie Johnson recalls a pivotal moment in her life, fifty years ago, that set her on a course of destiny. As a ten-year-old girl growing up on a farm in Missouri, she was mesmerized by a magnificent sunset one summer evening. “My heart filled with beauty, and an inner voice told me ‘You will work for peace,’” she says. “At that moment, I had a calling.” Johnson has not looked back since. Armed with a degree in psychology and a desire to serve the community, she worked with troubled youth, adults with mental illness, senior citizens, and cancer patients. She eventually became Chief of Volunteer Services for the Texas Department of Health. “But I still didn’t know what it meant to work for peace or how to do this authentically,” she says. The answer would come in 1993. Fascinated by the fact that Costa Rica had abolished its army in 1948, she moved there and soon became inspired by a Costa Rican poem called “Rasur,” which tells the story of a peace teacher who leads the village’s children to a mountain and instructs them on following the wisdom and compassion in their hearts. Johnson subsequently founded the School of Rasur and began to put the underlying principles of the poem into action with her students. “In the story of Rasur, the entire village was transformed into a culture of peace where creativity flowed and people lived in harmony,” Johnson said. “That was my vision, too.” Johnson soon established the Rasur Foundation, designed to cultivate master peace teachers, known as Rasurs. In 2004, she developed and introduced BePeace, a synergistic practice that combines a scientifically tested method for feeling peace with an honest, empathic technique for speaking peacefully. According to Johnson, “This combination allows us to access our wisdom and compassion, which efficiently shifts us from stress to peace.” The organization offers a 32-hour BePeace Foundations Course, which has already turned out 500 graduates in 12 states. Among those graduates is 59-year-old Kris Imbrie, a longtime teacher, social worker, and psychotherapist with a Sparta-based practice, who completed the Foundations Course this spring. Having studied the effects of trauma and domestic violence on people and believing in the need to help children be the best they can be, she felt an instant connection to the program. “I feel like the opportunity to be part of this beautiful movement called BePeace was given to me as a gift,” she says.

According to Imbrie, the BePeace practice uses the power of the heart to bring the brain into coherence and consequently feel peace. “If you’re feeling negative emotions, your ability to problem-solve or use good judgment is impaired. When we learn to achieve heart-brain coherence, we allow for the pause that enables us to thoughtfully respond instead of just reacting,” she says. “Scientifically, the heart is the strongest oscillator in the body and can bring the heart, mind, and emotions into sync with one another. This begins by focusing down into the heart, breathing deeply through the heart, and feeling appreciation for something you love,” she explains. “The second part of the BePeace practice, speaking peacefully, is based on the understanding that human beings share universal needs,” Imbrie continues. “When we learn to connect to those needs in ourselves and others through empathy and honesty, our compassion emerges naturally.” As Johnson says, “Coherence and connection to universal needs are the clearest how-to’s you will find for embodying peace.”

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Since 2004, the BePeace program has been integrated into 18 schools in Costa Rica and has just been embraced by its first public school in the United States, in Houston. Johnson and Imbrie are hoping to incorporate BePeace into the curricula of more schools. “A program like this is absolutely for everyone, but I’ve always instinctively known that children are the answer,” Imbrie says. “If we teach kids to open up to their heart’s wisdom and connect compassionately with others, they’ll grow into adults who can practice and teach peace.” Johnson wholeheartedly agrees. “We have to educate for peace. It’s inside all of us, we just have to know how to find it, and BePeace provides the simple tools. It’s my hope that all teachers around the world will replicate the story of Rasur so that, together, we can create a global peace story. We want to see a world where every person practices peace and passes this gift on to the next generation.” Rita Marie Johnson will be presenting a BePeace Foundations Course in our area from March 28 to March 31 at Unity of Sussex County in Lafayette. The course is open to teachers, counselors, parents, grandparents, or anyone interested in helping children to be more peaceful. To register, call 973-383-6277 or email UnityOfSussex@embarqmail. com. For more information on BePeace courses nationwide and special tours to Costa Rica, visit Freelancer Susan Bloom writes weekly Health and Food features for New Jersey’s Asbury Park Press and specializes in topics related to nutrition, fitness and healthy lifestyles.


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Learning to Read Through the Arts A Holistic Approach to Literacy

by Shelley Tzorfas


e may all know of a bright child who after entering the first grade began to struggle by the middle of the school year. At first, he (or she) was excited to go to school and make friends, but as the weeks passed, became unhappy, perhaps even withdrawn. Teacher conferences yielded no easy answers, and the child’s motivation continued to wane. The quest to help such kids has left many parents—and teachers—frustrated. And teaching requirements that put test scores ahead of social intelligence have failed many of our children. For a child struggling in school, a typical classroom may just not be the best place to learn. Ask any struggling child: The classroom has a certain “schoolroom smell,” and the harsh glare of fluorescent lights can make it difficult to focus. Even row after row of desks can be intimidating to certain children. Replace that static environment with a room full of art supplies and soft music playing in the background, and you can almost see and feel how a struggling child’s sense of balance is restored. But how does learning about painting and sculpture— and participating in those and other forms of artistic expression— improve literacy and critical thinking skills? How does art help those children who, though seemingly bright, lack motivation and fail to thrive in a typical classroom setting? According to the Fact Sheet About the Benefits of Arts Education for Children, “Art stimulates and develops the imagination. It strengthens problem-solving and critical-

thinking skills, adding to the overall academic achievement and school success.” When using art to help struggling students, academic skills should be put to the side for bit—like a “time-out” period, minus the punishment. One of the first formal programs, Learning to Read Through the Arts (LTRTA), established in 1970 by Natalie Lieberman, was explained in this way: “Reading is not an isolated mental process. It is part of a person’s whole experience. Some children, however, cannot grasp reading skills because words are abstract, unrelated to the world of their senses. Art, on the other hand, is an experience of the senses. Shaping clay, squishing papier-mâché, spreading pungent paint, playing musical notes on a recorder, stretching and turning in a dance, involve all the senses that we live by. The Learning to Read by the Arts Program simply combines these two processes and suddenly the written word begins to have meaning.“ By learning to paint or draw, the child is taking a “mental break” or a “mini-vacation,” and the stress of learning to read is released. Children can relax through artistic expression, freed from feeling judged. It’s akin to art and play therapy, since proficiency isn’t required. The key is that nothing is required but the child’s freedom to express himself through art, and the goal is for children to feel good about themselves and build trust in their abilities. Sometimes this is accomplished with simple watercolors and brush stroke techniques. Other times, it may come through capturing photographs in nature while taking a hike with a camera. The mere opportunity to see things from a different perspective generates an enormous sense of well-being. Art can also help older students who have already learned to read. When high school kids are given a chance to recreate themselves from the inside out through artistic expression, at a time when developing their self-image is critical, that creativity stays with them for life. My own struggles in school, which I kept hidden because my dyslexia went undiagnosed, were relieved by my art class; I counted the days, hours and minutes to the next one! Thankfully, our school had a great art program. If not for art, I probably would have not received a master’s degree. And as a tutor for those with learning disabilities, I’ve used Learning to Read Through the Arts in nearly all my sessions, to wonderful results. Kids who couldn’t draw or paint learned to do so by the third session. Some of my students have even won awards, happily having discovered hidden talents. For any parents whose kids are struggling in school, enrolling them in a good art or music class makes a lot of sense. Many community colleges offer art classes and workshops as well. Artistic expression can help your child flourish and become inspired, and with creativity, become a truly well-rounded person. Shelley Tzorfas, a tutor for more than 20 years, offers individualized instruction for those struggling with ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, and autistic spectrum disorders. See ad on page 14. natural awakenings

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How the Power of Giving, Compassion and Hope Can Get Us Through Hard Times. “This is a young science, but what we have begun to discover is that there is something going on, physiologically, in this process of helping others that seems to make people feel happier and report greater health.”


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The Helping – Health – Happiness Connection by Lisa Marshall


rowing up on Long Island, New York, young Stephen Post often received an unusual prescription from his mother when he was feeling grouchy or under the weather. “She’d say, ‘Why don’t you go out and help someone?’” he recalls. “I’d go out and help Mr. Muller rake leaves or help old Bobby Lawrence fix his boat. Then, I’d come back feeling better, and feeling better about life.” Decades later, Post—a professor of preventive medicine at New York’s Stony Brook University—is among a growing contingent of researchers exploring just how such acts of generosity and the feelings (empathy, compassion, altruism) that prompt them may actually improve our mental and physical health.


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Recent studies have shown that people that volunteer live longer, suffer less chronic pain, have bolstered immune systems, are more likely to recover from addiction, and experience an in-the-moment sense of calm akin to that which people experience during and after exercise. Scientists have yet to fully understand what the physiological underpinnings are of such health benefits, but early studies credit a cascade of neurobiological changes that occur as we reach out to help a loved one, or (in some cases) even cut a check to a stranger in need. Could generosity be the missing, often overlooked ingredient to a prescription for better health? Perhaps, says Post, author of The Hidden Gifts of Helping:

We’ve all felt it: That blush of innerwarmth we get after we bring a plate of healthful, steaming food to a sick relative, volunteer to read to kids at a local preschool or help sort donations for a shelter. According to a 2010 survey of 4,500 Americans by United Healthcare, 68 percent of those that volunteered in the previous year reported that doing it made them feel physically healthier; 73 percent noted that it lowered their stress levels. Meanwhile, 29 percent of volunteers that suffered from a chronic illness claimed that giving of their time helped them to better manage the illness. Other studies, by researchers at Boston College, found that when chronic pain sufferers volunteered to help others with similar conditions, they saw their own pain and depression levels decrease. At least seven studies have shown that people that regularly volunteer or give of themselves live longer—especially if they do it for genuinely altruistic reasons. Cami Walker, 38, of Denver, has experienced firsthand the physical benefits of being generous. After one sleepless night, lying awake and, “feeling sorry for myself,” due to a flare-up of her multiple sclerosis, she decided to take the advice of a spiritual teacher that suggested she, “Give something away each day for 29 days.” On day one, she called a sick friend to offer her support. On day two, she dropped $5 in a hat for some street performers. Another day, she treated a friend to a foot massage. By day 14, she recalls, “My body was stronger and I was able to stop walking with my cane. After months of being too sick to work, I was able to go back part-time.” Walker subsequently wrote the

bestselling 29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life. It has inspired a global giving movement, with participants blogging about their experiences at As she recently explained to The New York Times, “It’s about stepping outside of your own story long enough to make a connection with someone else.”

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University of Michigan researcher Sara Konrath, Ph.D., has found that people engaging in acts that benefit others tend to have more calming hormones like oxytocin and progesterone coursing through their bodies. If presented with a tough situation later, they are likely to react with a muted stress response, churning out fewer harmful stress hormones, such as cortisol and norepinephrine, and maintaining a calmer heart rate. Konrath is studying whether altruistic thoughts and behavior might also be associated with an anti-inflammatory effect on the body. “Just thinking about giving seems to have a beneficial physiological

impact,” says Post. For instance, a late 20th-century study by then Harvard Psychologist David McClelland found that when people watched a film about Mother Teresa’s work with orphans in Calcutta, levels of immunoglobulin A (a marker of immune strength) shot up. A more recent study found that people had higher levels of oxytocin in their blood after they had watched a moving film about an ill 4-year-old boy. Some research further suggests that the act of giving may release natural opiates, such as endorphins, into our system. One landmark analysis of 1,700 people published in Psychology Today found that more than 68 percent experienced a “helper’s high” when physically helping another person, and 13 percent reported a decrease in aches and pains afterward. It’s a concept that’s been documented many times since. Meanwhile, new brain-imaging research has shown that acts of giving (including making a charitable donation) stimulate “reward centers” in the brain. This includes the mesolimbic pathway by which natural dopamine is released, leaving us feeling euphoric. On the flip side, “We found that people that are high in narcissism and low in empathy have higher cortisol levels,” advises Konrath. “They walk around with high stress reactivity, which is really hard on the body.” One other clear example of the health benefits of helping lies in the field of addiction research. Recent studies by Maria Pagano, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, found that recovering addicts that volunteer to help other addicts stay sober are twice as likely to remain so themselves. That’s because narcissism and self-absorption are often at the root of addiction, and generosity is an antidote, Pagano says. “The founders of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) figured it out,” Pagano continues, noting that a primary focus is on serving others. “They figured out that this selfish root is there before the illness develops, and is sustained unless you treat it. This is treat-

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ment; it is a way of continually weeding out the narcissism that made you sick.”

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How to Up Our Generosity Quotient


ocus on someone else for a change, whether it’s looking a store clerk in the eye or refraining from shouting at a referee at a sporting event. “People can become more empathetic if they just practice taking someone else’s perspective,” says University of Michigan researcher Sara Konrath. “When encountering a homeless person, for example, our inclination may be to not go there psychologically, because it is painful to imagine. Allow yourself to try.” n Do something for nothing. “This idea that everything has to be paid back hangs over our lives,” says Stephen Post, author of The Hidden Gifts of Helping. “Just be generous and expect nothing in return. Pay it forward.” n Don’t reserve your generosity for people you know. Do something nice for someone you don’t know or will never meet. n Be consistent. “Don’t think you can be kind in one domain and dastardly in another,” says Post. n Do something that you feel called upon to do, or that you are good at. n Slow down, take a deep breath and look around. Need abounds. Stop to help a stranger in some small way, even if you are in a hurry. n Don’t help just to get healthy, impress your friends or get a tax deduction. “Motivation matters,” says Konrath. “If you are volunteering just for self-interested reasons, research shows you aren’t going to live any longer than someone who doesn’t volunteer at all.”


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Stephanie Brown, Ph.D., an associate professor of preventive medicine at Stony Brook, is the daughter of an evolutionary psychologist and a pioneer in the study of altruism’s neurobiological roots. In sharp contrast to what she describes as the long-held “self-interested” assumption about human nature, she suggests that humans are biologically wired to be empathetic and generous. “It makes more sense from an evolutionary perspective for us to suppress self-interest,” for the benefit of the whole sometimes, she says. New research from the University of Washington suggests that babies as young as 15 months old exhibit fairness and empathy. So, why don’t we always stop to help? Our anxious, busy, modern-day lives get in the way, suggests Brown. “It could be that our natural, default state is to help when we see need, but what prevents that is our stress response.” That is, stress often gets in the way: Maybe we pass a stranded motorist on the road, but drive on by because we’re on a timetable. Perhaps our instinct is to offer a helping hand to a homeless person, but we fear that more will be asked of us than we are prepared to give. Brown’s recent federally funded studies show that at least some of the calming hormones and quietness of heart often seen in habitual givers may actually precede and enable their acts of selflessness by interrupting their potential stress response before it stalls their helping hand. “I am suggesting that when you see helping going on, something beneficial has already happened to the giver’s body,” says Brown. When givers perceive a need, instead of fretting and fleeing, they calmly stop to help. In the end, everyone walks away feeling a little more generous. Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at

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is the season, and a U.S. poll by Harris Interactive reveals that a majority of the stress 90 percent of us feel about the holidays is related to gift-giving. So, solving this problem will set us well on our way to a joyeux noël. The same study found that given a choice, most of us prefer investing in good family relationships instead of more material things, anyway. Natural Awakenings has uncovered four ways that we can make the holidays less hectic and more relaxing and meaningful. First, says Barbara Kilikevich, author of A Mindful Christmas–How to Create a Meaningful, Peaceful Holiday, we have to stop buying into the notion that more is better and that extravagant,


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expensive gifts are equal to how much we care for one another. “We need to stop believing that doing it all is productive and having it all is meaningful.”

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Homemade gifts are always special. They carry a message of thoughtfulness and love, which is the heart of gift-giving. Making a memorable gift can take less time than we’d spend earning the money for a manufactured gift, driving to the store and back and coping with checkout lines. Ideas are endless; these may stimulate your creative juices. n Gather favorite family recipes and copy them into a personalized binder.

n Fashioning painted pottery, custom artwork and decorated picture frames can engage kids in anticipating fun holidays with friends and family.

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The Center for a New American Dream, a national nonprofit organization that challenges a “more is better” definition of the good life, suggests giving of oneself—providing gifts of time or experiences that will be long remembered. n Invite loved ones to an outing to the zoo, a sporting event or an indoor/outdoor picnic. n Give a friend her dream, based on an expressed interest and careful research. Sign her up for a class in cooking, sew-

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For large families or families with grown children, it can be expensive and timeconsuming shopping for a gift for every relative. Try one of these ideas to take the pressure off. n Instead of giving gifts to each member of a family or a couple, think in terms of a single gift for the household. n Draw names, so that each person needs to buy only one or two gifts.

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Avoid the crowds. When skiing on a weekend, locate one or two trails serviced by a mid-mountain chairlift, which is usually far less crowded than the main lift closest to the lodge. “Many resorts have high-speed, four-seat chairlifts, which reduce wait time,” says Karl Winter, vice president of Ski the Rockies, which represents 30-plus resorts in California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and Canada. Eat early or late to get in more skiing while others lunch in the lodge. Take a workweek vacation day or two to totally beat weekend crowds. Safety. Call out, “On your right,” for example, if you pass a skier that’s to your left, to make sure he or she doesn’t ski into your path. Stay aware of faster moving skiers and boarders. “Don’t stop for too long in the middle of a steep trail to rest or take in the splendid views,” counsels Butson. “A speedy skier might not see you there beneath a mogul.” Late-season benefits. More natural and manmade snow on the slopes is the norm as the season progresses. Warmer temperatures later in the season also tend to make conditions more comfortable and soften ice and hard-packed

snow, slowing speeds a bit and making turns easier. “More snow makes skis easier to control,” explains Winter. “It allows you to glide and carve your turns and maintain a turning rhythm. So, you don’t have to work as hard, which also saves energy.” Many resorts offer special lateseason discounts. Ski green. Joining a ski club can deliver savings on lift tickets, as well as lodging booked by the group. Plus, traveling by bus or carpooling saves gas. Remember to properly recycle or dispose of refuse and pick up any trash you spot in the snow. When choosing a destination, check to see if the resort goes for electric vehicles, composting, local purchasing programs, efforts to reduce carbon footprints, water conservation and employee and guest sustainability education. All are elements of the National Ski Areas Association’s Environmental Charter, endorsed by190 resorts that together, host about 75 percent of all U.S. skier and snowboarder visits. Many resorts are adopting the association’s new sustainable slopes and climate challenge programs. If you need skis, but are on a tight budget, consider renting or checking out early season ski swaps, which also can offer more traditional eco-friendly, gently worn clothing. If you feel you must wax ski bases, select a product that is free of PFCs and other petrochemicals, which can rub off into snow and eventually find their way into waterways. With the ultra-smooth, resilient bases of modern skis, waxing has become unnecessary for most recreational skiers. Enjoy winter’s wonderland. For consumer tips and destination directories, visit,, and Avid skier Randy Kambic is a freelance editor and writer in Estero, FL, and a copyeditor for Natural Awakenings.

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The Parent Path How Children Enrich Our Spiritual Life by Steve Taylor


irty nappies, wakeup calls in the middle of the night, a house full of screams and squeals, food splattered on walls, a chaos of toys everywhere, no more late nights out, no time to read books, take classes or attend retreats—what could be spiritual about bringing up children? Isn’t spiritual development just one of the many things we sacrifice when we have kids? Many spiritual traditions based on meditation, prayer and solitude maintain that nothing should divert us from our spiritual practices—least of all a family, which takes up so much time and energy. In India, one tradition holds that spiritual development belongs to a later stage of life, roughly after age 50. It is only once we have lived through a householder stage, bringing up and providing for our children and living


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a worldly life, that we can turn our attention to the inner world. After our children have reached adulthood, we have the privilege of meditating regularly, and living more quietly and simply. Many parents, however, find that—far from hindering it—bringing up children actively advances their spiritual development. Seen in the right way, parenthood can be a spiritual path, bringing a heightened sense of love, wonder and appreciation.

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After all, children are such strongly spiritual beings. They naturally have many of the qualities that adults work to cultivate through spiritual development. For example, children are naturally mindful. They constantly live fully in the present, and the world is always

a fantastically real and interesting place to them. As child psychologist Professor Alison Gopnik, of the University of California, Berkeley, puts it, “Babies and young children are actually more conscious and more vividly aware of their external world and internal life than adults are.” They have what she calls an, “…infinite capacity for wonder,” that adults only experience at their highest moments. “Travel, meditation and romantic poetry can give us a first-person taste of infant experience,” as can experiencing beauty, she says. This illustrates one of the most positive effects of having children: They help us to become children again ourselves. In Taoism, the ideal is to be as spontaneous and curious as a child, exhibiting their openness to experience. On the physical plane, Taoist practices like Tai chi and qigong aim to help the body become as supple and flexible as a child’s.

Beyond Selfishness

All the world’s spiritual traditions tell us how important it is to transcend our own selfishness; to stop seeing ourselves as the center of the universe and trying so hard to satisfy our own desires. They advise us to help and serve others, so that we can move beyond our separate ego and connect to a transcendent power. The eightfold path of Buddhism aims to cultivate this selfless state and ideally, the path of parenthood can, as well. It’s impossible to be a good parent without being prepared to put your children first. Much of parenthood is about selfsacrifice. Gopnik remarks: “Imagine a novel in which a woman took in a

stranger who was unable to walk or talk or even eat by himself. She fell completely in love with him at first sight, fed and clothed and washed him, gradually helped him to become competent and independent, and spent more than half her income on him… You couldn’t bear the sappiness of it. But that is just about every mother’s story. Caring for children is a fast and efficient way to experience at least a little saintliness.” The poet William Wordsworth described how children see the world as “… appareled in celestial light [having] the glory and freshness of a dream.” Yet, as adults, this vision, “…fades into the light of common day.” Having children of our own helps us to reawaken some of the celestial light within. Perhaps this is what Jesus meant too, when he told his disciples, “Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” This makes sense if we think of the kingdom of heaven not as a future, far-off place, but as a state of consciousness, here and now. Heaven is the state of wonder and natural well-being where children dwell and in their company, we naturally re-enter the kingdom. Steve Taylor, a UK university lecturer and researcher, is the author of Waking from Sleep, described by Eckhart Tolle as “One of the best books on spiritual awakening I have come across.” His new book is Out of the Darkness – from Turmoil to Transformation. Visit

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How to Treat Parenthood as a Spiritual Path n Don’t be tempted to rush your children; try not to be impatient at their slowness. Walk at their pace and be mindful with them. n Consciously cultivate a fresh, intense, childlike vision. Imagine how the world looks through their eyes. n Let youngsters teach you the marvels of the world around you. Be as open and curious as they are, not taking anything you know for granted. n Give yourself wholly to play with kids, allowing yourself to step outside your mental world of worries and responsibilities.

How to Support Your Inner Child’s Natural Spirituality n Don’t be irritated when children ask, “Why?” Encourage their sense of wonder. n Try not to be irritated by youthful exuberance and excitement. n Try to limit the amount of time kids watch TV or play computer games. n Encourage children to use their own creativity by inventing games, drawing or painting. n Schedule periods of quiet relaxation and meditation, which enable them to feel more at home within their own being.

Among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.

Source: Waking From Sleep, by Steve Taylor

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efore Wally and Ann Collito, of North Attleborough, Massachusetts, had a chance to befriend the stray kitten that had appeared in their yard, the couple discovered that another caring being—a crow—had already done so. Over the next few months, the Collitos witnessed an incredible friendship develop between the crow and cat they respectively named Moses and Cassie. The pair romped in the grass, swatting gently at each other like they were born playmates, rather than sworn enemies. Moses often dropped nutritious worms and bugs in the kitten’s mouth, following it around like a protective parent. “If it wasn’t for the crow feeding and taking care of that cat, it would have been dead a long time ago,” relates Wally Collito in a video posted at “When the cat would start crossing the road, the crow would holler as if to say,


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‘Don’t go in the road, you’re going to get hit.’ Sometimes she would get in front of her and push her back on the sidewalk. It had to be love or friendship.” The story of Moses and Cassie is not an anomaly, but rather an indication of the potential emotional bond between animals, according to Jennifer S. Holland, author of Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom. “A number of years ago, it was really taboo to attribute empathy to other animals,” she says, “but more scientists today are crossing that line comfortably.” She explains that no one really knows what emotions animals experience or how, although people share the brain’s limbic system, considered the seat of emotions in humans, with other mammals. “There is no reason they wouldn’t have experiences similar to ours in terms of basic emotions,” Holland surmises.

Photo: Melanie Stetson Freeman/2006 The Christian Science Monitor

naturalpet Holland’s new book is just one of a growing number of efforts to document the wild landscape of interspecies love, including blogs dedicated to the topic and countless children’s books; one of them, Cat and Crow, by Lisa Fleming, immortalizes Moses and Cassie. “Such stories give us a sense of hope at a time when there is a lot of negativity in the world,” observes Holland. “I think people are looking for a reprieve.”

Mother Love Knows No Bounds

A variety of recent studies by the likes of the University of Cambridge and Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology indicate that empathy and altruism may be characteristics of species ranging from squirrels to sea lions. Consider the adventures of Finnegan, a squirrel that had fallen out of its nest and into the loving abode of Seattle resident Debby Cantlon. Her pregnant papillon, Mademoiselle Giselle, adopted the injured squirrel, pulling its cage close to her own dog bed. Giselle continued to care for Finnegan after she had her own litter, literally nursing the squirrel back to health. “The drive to nurture and be nurtured is strong, particularly when an animal has lost its baby or parent. This story is a perfect example of the mothering instinct coming to life,” says Holland. Like many human friendships, some unusual animal pairings develop out of the basic need for companionship. One well-known example is Tarra, an 8,700-pound former circus elephant retired to the Elephant Sanctuary, in Hohenwald, Tennessee. Elephants are known to pair up, but Tarra chose to instead bond with a rescued stray dog named Bella. The two became inseparable pals and Tarra proved to be no fair-weather friend: When Bella suffered a spinal cord injury, Tarra stood sentinel at the gate outside the sanctuary office, waiting three weeks for Bella before she could be carried outside for a happy reunion.

Photo: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Ohio

Model Behavior

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Seeing firsthand the positive outcomes that various interspecies pairings can yield, some animal trainers are using natural characteristics of one species to influence the behavior of another. A program at the Columbus Zoo, in Ohio, routinely taps into the Zen of dogs to boost the confidence of traveling cheetahs, which, although they are the fastest mammals on land, are also among the most skittish. Animal Programs Director Suzi Rapp has raised several baby cheetahs alongside puppies— most recently, a charismatic golden lab named Carlisle.

Carlisle helps the cheetahs keep their cool when Rapp takes them on the road to make TV appearances in support of animal conservation efforts. “If there is a loud noise, the cheetahs will look to Carlisle for his reaction. The dog has a ‘whatever’ attitude that the cheetahs in turn adopt,” says Rapp, who notes that the program has been so successful she wouldn’t ever consider raising a cheetah without a canine again. “Because they were raised together, the cheetahs believe that Carlisle is one of their littermates and don’t think of him as a dog,” explains Rapp. “They cuddle, play and sleep together.” Rapp is quick to caution that an unknown adult dog thrown in with the cheetahs wouldn’t last long, however. Tales of mismatched orphans underscore the importance of introducing different species to each other while they’re young. Baloo, the bear, Leo, the lion, and Shere Khan, the tiger, were each just two months old when they were rescued during a residential drug raid. Noah’s Ark Animal Rehabilitation Center, in Locust Grove, Georgia, took in the trio, and the “BLT” (bear, lion and tiger) became so close that the sanctuary spent thousands of dollars to build a special clubhouse to house them. Eight

years later, the three animals—each hailing from different continents—still live like blood brothers. If peace between traditionally antagonistic species is possible, the implications for humankind are obvious. When basic needs are met, the instinct to protect or play can trump the urge to grab, neglect or fight. We can all share and get along better when we take responsibility for creating the circumstances to support that ideal. “I joke that we should give my book to politicians to remind them that a lot of good can come from crossing boundaries,” smiles Holland. “Kindness and companionship can mean survival for all kinds of animals; that goes for humans, too.” April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Connect at

Friends to the End Sadly, the unique bond between Bella, the dog, and Tarra, the elephant, was broken this fall, with Bella’s death. The Elephant Sanctuary staff believes the dog may have been attacked and killed by coyotes. Tarra, in an act of devotion both heartbreaking and life-affirming, found Bella and carried her canine companion back to the barn where the two had spent much of their time together. Judging by the Tributes to Bella page on the Elephant Sanctuary website (, millions were moved by this tale of interspecies friendship. But none mourn Bella’s passing more than Tarra, her friend of eight years. To honor Bella’s memory, the sanctuary has established the Bella Fund. Donations will be used to support the ongoing care of the sanctuary’s elephants as well as the care of strays who wander onto the sanctuary’s grounds, as Bella once did.

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FOODS Easy, Flavorful and Festive by Renée Loux


ake the most of being a host with party foods sure to wow guests. Combining classic concepts with tasty twists will satisfy any gourmet in search of a fabulous holiday buffet. Whether you are a year-round or seasonal party planner, these crowdpleasing appetizers will make you the toast of the celebration circuit.

Butternut Squash Spread with Baked Spelt Crisps

A festive, flavorful spread perks up any table, and this one commands attention with its gorgeous golden color. Butternut squash is loaded with antioxidant vitamins A and C, carotenoid antioxidants, potassium and manganese. Plus, it is simple to make and serve. For an innovative use of leftovers, add 1 cup of vegetable broth or stock to 1 cup of the prepared recipe, mix well and warm up for a satisfying serving of smooth soup. Yields: about 4 cups (dairy-free) 1 medium butternut squash (about 6 cups of cubes) 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 clove garlic, finely minced 1 tsp maple syrup (optional) 1 tsp finely grated ginger 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves (or 1 tsp dried thyme leaves) 1 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped finely (or ½ tsp dried rosemary) Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 30

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Peel squash, cut in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds with a spoon. Cut into 1-inch cubes. Place in a medium-large saucepan and cover with filtered water plus 2 inches. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to simmer for 6-9 minutes or until tender and easily pierced with a fork.

Yields: about 3 dozen crisps 4 spelt tortillas (9-inch), preferably made from whole wheat spelt Extra-virgin olive oil, as needed Pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Drain liquid and let cool until comfortable to handle. Reserve the liquid for other uses such as making a vegetable stock or watering houseplants. Place cooked squash in a food processor with olive oil, garlic, ginger, thyme, rosemary, a scant teaspoon of sea salt and some freshly ground black pepper. Blend until very smooth. Season further to taste with sea salt and pepper as needed. Serve with crisps, crackers, whole-grain bread or crudité vegetables. Store any leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.

Baked Spelt Crisps

Easy, homemade crisps are delightfully crunchy and contain less oil than nearly anything available for purchase in a bag, plus the oil is of a high quality. Spelt (an ancient variety of wheat) contains more nutrients and less gluten than standard wheat. Look for whole wheat spelt tortillas for optimum flavor, fiber and nutrition.

Preheat oven to 350° F. Using a mister or pastry brush, mist or brush both sides of each tortilla with olive oil. Stack the tortillas and cut the stack into 8 wedges. Arrange resulting triangles in a single layer on baking sheets and sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Bake for 6-7 minutes, or until crisp and turning golden. Watch carefully after 5 minutes to avoid burning. Let cool before serving; they get crispier as they cool.

Sweet Potato Rolls with Haricot Verts & Pecan Pesto This party favorite is sumptuous enough to be considered a small plate entrée when served on a bed of wild

rice. Sweet potatoes are a rich source of antioxidant beta-carotene (provitamin A), vitamin C, minerals and hunger-quenching fiber. Haricot verts (small and slender immature bean pods) are abundant in bone-building vitamin K, silica, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. Soaking the pecans for the pesto makes them lighter, more digestible and yields delicious, nutritious results.

cut in half and sliced lengthwise 2 tsp tamari or soy sauce 1 tsp umeboshi plum vinegar ½ tsp agave nectar or maple syrup Enough filtered water just to cover the veggies in a small saucepan

Yields: 10-12 rolls (dairy-free, gluten-free)

Place haricot verts or sliced green beans in a small saucepan.

Sweet Potato Wrapper

Haricot verts are thin enough to leave whole. If using green beans, slice in half lengthwise. If green beans are extra-long, cut them in half before slicing.

2 sweet potatoes, peeled 2 tsp olive oil Pinch of sea salt Several fresh basil leaves, torn in half (to roll inside)

Mix together tamari or soy sauce, umeboshi plum vinegar and agave nectar or maple syrup and drizzle over the vegetables.

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Bring to a gentle simmer uncovered over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 5-10 minutes, or just until tender. Do not disturb the veggies by stirring while they cook; they should remain firm. When tender, remove from the liquid with tongs and set aside in a bowl.

Peel the sweet potato and cut the ends off. Slice thinly, lengthwise. If the potato is long, first cut it in half across the middle. Lay pieces flat on a baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes until soft. Allow to cool and gently rub with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt. If wrappers must stand for any length of time, cover after cooled.

Haricot Verts or Green Beans 30 haricot verts or 18 green beans,

Add just enough filtered water to cover the beans.

Continue cooking the liquid, stirring occasionally until it is reduced and the resulting marinade becomes syrupy. Pour over haricot verts or green beans and toss to coat. Let stand while preparing the remainder of the dish.

Pecan Pesto

¼ cup pecans, soaked for 1 hour 3 cups packed basil leaves 1 Tbsp walnut oil or extra-virgin olive oil ½ tsp sea salt 3-4 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil Soak pecans in 1 cup filtered water for 1 hour. Drain and rinse. Pat dry with a clean towel. In a food processor, place drained pecans, basil, walnut oil and salt, and then pulse until finely chopped. With the motor running, add olive oil in a slow stream until well incorporated, but the mixture still has a bit of texture.

Assembly Lay 2 pieces of softened sweet potato skins on a cutting board (not touching, with short end facing you, and the length of the sweet potato placed away from you). It is best to lay a few pairs at once to create an assembly line for quicker rolling. Lay haricot verts or green beans across a piece of sweet potato, and top with a teaspoon or two of pesto. Fold the short end of the softened potato skin over the vegetables and roll closed. Note the tendency to overpack and the fact that less is more; it will be easier to eat and go further. Roll the second sweet potato slice around the bundle and secure with a toothpick. Follow suit until all ingredients are used. Eat the rolls as is, or bake at 350° F for 10-12 minutes to warm. Garnish with freshly ground black pepper.

Rosemary Sable Squares

These crisp and crumbly squares have a texture like shortbread and a savory and slightly sweet flavor, with the delicate fragrance of rosemary. Oats are rich in heart-healthy beta-glucan fiber, as well as the antioxidant selenium. Almonds are abundant in antioxidant vitamin E and healthy fats. Yields: about 2 dozen squares (dairyfree, egg-free, low in gluten) 1 cup whole oats 1 cup slivered almonds ½ cup spelt flour ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour ½ tsp baking powder ½ tsp sea salt 3 Tbsp fresh rosemary needles, roughly chopped ½ cup safflower oil ¼ cup maple syrup ¼ cup agave nectar 2 Tbsp brown sugar (optional) 1 tsp vanilla extract Preheat oven to 375° F.

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PARTY-HOSTING TIPS n Create identification cards for appetizers. n Decorate the buffet table with form and function using seasonal fruits, vegetables and small evergreen sprays. n Double-line the kitchen trashcan, in order to catch any drips and to save time from having to hunt for another bag after the first one fills up. n Provide a small trashcan and a recycle bin in an easy-to-find place for guests. n Use washable plates, cups and cutlery and cloth napkins. If opting for disposables, look for tree-free bagasse plates (from sugarcane fiber), bioplastic cutlery and napkins made from recycled content.

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In a medium bowl, mix in oats, almonds, baking powder, salt and rosemary. In a separate medium-large bowl, whisk together oil, maple syrup, agave nectar, brown sugar (if desired for a touch more sweetness) and vanilla, until emulsified. Add the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir until dough forms. Let stand for 10 minutes for flavor to develop and for absorption of moisture. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (unbleached is recommended, or grease with safflower oil). Using wet hands, press 1/3 of dough until it is spread evenly and thinly; ¼-inch-thick bare spots occur where the dough is too thin. (Spreading the dough evenly is the key to uniform cooking to avoid over-browned and/or undercooked sections.) Cook 12 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool 3-5 minutes and cut into squares while still warm and soft. The squares will become crisp and flaky when thoroughly cool, so cut them to size while they are still warm and pliable.

Pear & Pomegranate Seed Guacamole

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This festive guacamole fuses spicy, sweet and savory flavors in a colorful array of texture. Avocados are rich in skin-beautifying oils, pears supply vitamin C and copper, and sweet-tart pomegranates are among the most antioxidant-rich fruits on Earth. Yields: about 4 servings (raw-living, dairy-free, gluten-free) 2 avocados, cubed 2 Tbsp lime juice ½ tsp sea salt, or to taste 3 Tbsp finely chopped red onion 1 chili pepper, finely chopped (add only to desired spiciness) ½ cup pear, peeled and finely diced ½ cup pomegranate seeds In a bowl, mash together the avocados,

lime juice, sea salt, red onion and chili pepper with a fork. It should exhibit small chunks, with texture. Reserve 2 tablespoons of pomegranate seeds for garnish. Fold remainder of pomegranate seeds and pear into the avocado mixture. Season to taste with salt if needed. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and serve.

Tuscan Kale Chips

Crunchy kale chips are super-simple to make and bursting with flavor. Kale is one of the most nutritious foods by weight; rich in blood-building vitamin K and antioxidant vitamins A and C, as well as minerals such as calcium and iron and satisfying fiber. Roasting the kale brings out a near-addictive nutty flavor. Yields: 6-8 cups chips (dairy-free, gluten-free, low-glycemic) 1 bunch kale, leaf ribs removed, and roughly chopped 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil Sprinkle of sea salt Preheat the oven to 250° F. Toss the kale with olive oil in a large bowl. Arrange in a single layer on a pair of baking sheets and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake 30-33 minutes, or until crisp. Allow to cool completely to crisp before serving Recipes are from The Balanced Plate and Living Cuisine, by Renée Loux and

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Exploring the Last Frontier with Astronaut Edgar Mitchell by Linda Sechrist


he sixth of only 12 men to walk the lunar surface, Apollo 14 Astronaut Edgar Mitchell had a life-changing experience in 1971 as his spacecraft sailed back to Earth. Long before he first published The Way of the Explorer, in 1996, he understood that the beautiful blue planet to which he was returning was part of a harmonious and whole living system and that we each participate in a universe of consciousness. This expanded worldview led him to found the nonprofit Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) in 1973, to support individual and collective transformation and realization of human potential. Since its inception, IONS has conducted research in intentionality and prayer in healing; subtle fields and energy medicine; inner dimensions of the healing response; and emerging worldviews. Noetic means “intuitive mind” or “inner knowing,” and IONS looks deeply into phenomena that do not necessarily fit conventional science models, while maintaining scientific rigor.

How would you describe the life-changing experience that happened on your way home from the Moon? The experience, which began with a startling recognition that the nature of the universe was not as I’d been taught, continued to unfold as I saw how my existence was irrevocably connected with the movement and formation of planets, stars and galaxies. I saw the connectedness, felt it and experienced it 34

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emotionally. The natural response of my body to the overwhelming sense of unity was another way of knowing; it felt as trustworthy as my world of rationality and physical precision. Today, the merging of many factors—including recent discoveries in quantum physics, cosmology, biology, chaos theory and selforganizing systems—is pointing to the recognition of the fundamental interconnectedness and interdependence of all things. It is also affirming the powerful role that directed intention plays in shifting our worldview toward one that focuses on the need to serve the greater good of all nature.

Do you believe that if science and humanity focused more on the exploration of inner space and consciousness, we could discover sustainable solutions for our planet? Civilization’s understanding of the nature of reality and hence, our survival and future well-being, depends entirely upon the emergence of a completely different worldview: a new paradigm that properly addresses, in verifiable scientific terms, our collective relationship to one another, the environment, nature and the universe. Establishing this fundamental shift in common perceptions can lead to changes in thinking, values, behavior and actions based on concepts of interconnectedness, cooperation and interdependence in all human endeavors. It can come about if a significant portion of hu-

mankind develops this new understanding and incorporates it into our individual and societal belief systems. Science can bolster this advance by providing reliable and credible empirical data that supports it as a basis for public education. The hypothesis of interconnectedness, proposed by ancient sages from many pre-scientific cultures, has never been rigorously explored or tested by modern mainstream science. Achieving a truly sustainable civilization requires us to apply a more holistic view to the macroscopic world, one that encompasses living systems and social phenomena.

What is IONS doing to encourage the desired transformation of consciousness? Worldview Literacy (WVL) for high school students and beyond is IONS’ latest consciousness-based educational program. Its curriculum explores the pivotal role that our personal and cultural worldviews play in how we perceive and process information, act and behave. WVL works to increase people’s awareness of our own largely unconscious worldviews by opening a conversational space of exploration where diverse views are welcomed with curiosity and wonder. Such recognition and joint engagement deepens individual and collective understanding and helps students better navigate life when they encounter differing perspectives. Such education can help people of all ages discover critical connections between lived experiences and assumed habits of mind. It can help us develop greater cognitive flexibility, comfort with unfamiliarity, appreciation of diverse perspectives, ability to hold multiple points of view simultaneously, creative problem solving and a capacity for discernment that relies equally on intellect and intuition. It changes the human paradigm. For more information, visit Linda Sechrist writes and edits for Natural Awakenings and is a student of noetic sciences.

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Reflexology Basics for General Health— 1–3 p.m.Ages 18 to adult. Learn and practice the lines for the lungs, spine and other helpful points such as the adrenals and sinuses. $40. The School of Royal Yoga, 57 Main St., Suite 7, Chester, 908-879-9648. Art Walk & Holiday Celebration with The Art of the Heart & Le Reve Gallery—6–9 p.m. Socialize and enjoy art as The Art of the Heart & Le Reve Gallery join together in a holiday celebration. More info or to RSVP, call Sue at 908-879-3937. The Art of the Heart, 15 Perry St., Chester. 908-879-3937.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 5 Sixth-Annual Sustainable Homes Gingerbread Contest & Exhibit—thru December 21. Create a gingerbread house with natural accents and green building design features. Entries must be submitted by December 5. Prizes will be awarded in various categories. Call 973-228-8776 to register or for more info. Essex County Environmental Center, 621-B Eagle Rock Ave., Roseland.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6 Stop Smoking with Hypnosis—6:30–7:30 p.m. Eliminate the craving for tobacco while minimizing discomfort. $55. Bloomfield Hypnosis Counseling Center, 554 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield. 908-9963311.

Group Healing—7–9:30 p.m. Free lecture followed by a group healing, drawing forth the transformative strength of the full moon energies. $42. Space limited, register at 732-927-1116. healingaia Holistic Wellness, 13 E Main St., Mendham. Lose Weight with Hypnosis—7:30–8:30 p.m. Shed unwanted pounds and keep them off in a safe, effec­ tive program. $55. Bloomfield Hypnosis Counseling Center, 554 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield. 908-9963311.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7 Eco Fashion~Renew and Reuse—6:30–8 p.m. Ages 13 to adult. Bring a no-longer-used polar fleece blanket and some broken jewelry and create a trendy fashionable scarf or spring wrap. No sewing skills needed. $15. Essex County Environmental Center, 621-B Eagle Rock Ave., Roseland. 973-228-8776.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8 Dream Interpretations—This workshop will awaken participants to their dreams by enabling them to understand the personal messages given in sleep state. Sacred Light Center, Rockaway; 973-784-4211.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9 Meditation with Sue—Meditation includes sound, the Pillars of Transformation and essential oils/ sprays to enhance and deepen your experience. $20. Please RSVP to Sue at 908-879-3937 or Sue@







Open House: February 8, 2012—7 p.m. 7 PM. THE DAVIS CENTER, 19 State Rt. 10 E, Ste 25, Succasunna, NJ; TheDavisCenter. com. Specializing in sound-based therapies for learning, development and wellness. All disabilities, all ages, all wellness challenges. Make positive change with sound therapy. We use The Davis Model of Sound Intervention and offer a Diagnostic Evaluation for Therapy Protocol to determine if, when, how long, and in what order the many sound-based therapies can be appropriately applied. Recognized as the world’s premier sound therapy center. Offering AIT, Tomatis, BioAcoustics and more. In office or at home programs available. Experience our powerful Sound Relaxation Water Bed! Discover how sound changes the energy of the body for a more balanced life! Call 862-251-4637;


make handmade, recycled cards and other holiday crafts. Free. Vendor info at 973-228-8776. Essex County Environmental Center, 621-B Eagle Rock Ave., Roseland.

Tuning Forks Meditation with Celia Tiberio—7 p.m. Help balance and align your chakras and deepen your meditative experience. $25. Must register at 908-879-3937. The Art of the Heart, 15 Perry St., Chester. 908-879-3937. TheArtoftheHeart-Chester. com.

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Virtuoso Guitarist, Songwriter, Polarity Therapist, and Certified BioSonic Re-patterning Instructor Vicki Genfan offers a unique sonic healing workshop that provides training in sound healing with tuning forks and rhythmic awareness followed by a post-workshop musical healing circle, open to all. Vicki has taught in healing centers and massage schools throughout the U.S. including the New York Open Center, the Omega Institute, and many more. Visit for more information.

(Series) December 2, 9, & 16 6:30–8:30 p.m. $105 includes light snacks and beverage Rest Stop Rejuvenate, 21 Maple Ave., Rockaway, NJ 07866. Preregistration is required. Contact Vicky Mulligan, 973-985-7548.

Join us again this winter to care for your mind, body and spirit. January 20-22, 2012 As the nurturers of so many others, it is important that women take time to nurture themselves. This retreat offers women an opportunity to learn ancient yogic wisdom in a quiet setting in beautiful Mendham, New Jersey. With us, you will enjoy gentle yoga (no experience necessary), a lesson in the four Yogas of the Gita, reflection, group discussion, massage, Reiki and more. Delicious meals are also a part of your rejuvenation, prepared lovingly for you by the attentive staff at Quellen Spiritual Center, Mendham, NJ, January 20-22, 2012. Contact Jean Marie DuHamel at JeanMarie@ or Mary Ellen Ricks at The Art of the Heart, 15 Perry St., Chester. 908-879-3937. Know Thy Self—This course teaches greater self awareness leading to fulfillment and spiritual power. Learn to love yourself, awaken your inner power and connect with your higher self through meditation and mind power. Sacred Light Center, Rockaway; 973-784-4211.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10 Energetic Hygiene—1:30–6:30 p.m. Learn techniques to cleanse and protect your personal energy field and living environment. $160; $60 deposit to reserve a seat. Register at 732-927-1116. healingaia Holistic Wellness, 13 E Main St., Mendham.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11 Meditation Mini-Retreat with John Welshons—12:30–5 p.m. Discover the infinite reservoir of peace within—an oasis of calm in a turbulent world. $60. Studio Yoga, 2 Green Village Rd., Suite 215, Madison. 973-966-5311. Staff@ Chow and Bow Wow Charity Event—11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. to support Noah’s Ark Animal Shelter. Guest lecturers, door prizes, free giveaways, cupcake- cooking demo, musicians, kids’ contest, unlimited four-dish buffet includes dessert. $25 at door. Held at the Loving Hut Restaurant, 538 Route 10, Ledgewood. Limited seating–must RSVP at 862-251-4611.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13 Emotional Release—7:30–9:30 p.m. Free lecture followed by Emotional Release techniques with oils to clear emotional/mental blockages and trauma; includes group healing. $52. Space limited, register

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14 Top Secrets to turn the Holidaze into a Healthy Celebration – Without the Stress! Women’s Wellness Club with Christine Grasso—7–8:30 p.m. Learn Christine’s best-kept secrets to nourish yourself, destress, have fun with your family, prepare for party temptations and get your holiday sparkle on. $37–$47. Must register at More info at 201-787-4950 or Christine.Grasso@ Mt. Tabor Healing Center, 999 Tabor Rd., 2nd Floor, Morris Plains.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17 Sunset Kirtan with Laksmi Nrsimha das and his wife Pattarajni—5:30–7 p.m. Enjoy the yoga of voice, using sound to balance and soothe your mind and uplift your heart. $10. Studio Yoga, 2 Green Village Rd., Suite 215, Madison. 973-966-5311.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20 Tuning Forks Meditation with Celia Tiberio—7 p.m. Help balance and align your chakras and deepen your meditative experience. $25. Must register at 908-879-3937. The Art of the Heart, 15 Perry St., Chester. 908-879-3937. TheArtoftheHeart-chester. com.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21 Winter Solstice Winter Solstice Ceremony—7–9:30 p.m. Gather in community and journey, meditate, sing and dance together. Bring drums, rattles and instruments, and goodies to share. $40. Be The Medicine, 18 Bank St., Suite 300, Morristown. 973-647-2500.

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27 Little Explorers Winter Camp—thru December 29. 9 a.m.–Noon for Kindergarten to1st grade and 1:30–4:30 p.m. for 2nd to 3rd grade. $30 per day; $75 all three days. Call 973-228-8776 to register or for more info. Essex County Environmental Center, 621-B Eagle Rock Ave., Roseland.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 Happy New Year Celebration of Rebirth & 2012—7 p.m. Join Sue Freeman and Wendy Kreiss-Parkin for an evening of ceremony, rebirth, channeling and healing as you move into a new year and new life. $40. Please RSVP to Sue at 908-879-3937. The Art of the Heart, 15 Perry St., Chester. 908-879-3937. New Year’s Eve Yoga Celebration with Lorrie & Brian—9:30 p.m.–12:30 a.m. Ring in the New Year with a night of yoga to an awesome soundtrack. Register at 973-943-9708 or email $35 by 12/1, then $50. Ananta Yoga, 1133 Rt. 23 S., Wayne.

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ongoingevents sunday Summit Unitarian Worship Service—9 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. The Unitarian Church, 4 Waldron Ave., Summit. 908-273-3245. Morristown Unitarian Fellowship—Worship services at 10 a.m. Children and youth religious education at 9 a.m. 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-540-1177, ext. 201. Fresh Freedom Call Ministry—9:30 a.m.–3 p.m. This nonprofit organization ministers and serves lunch to more than 75 people each week at Fresh Anointing International Church, 23-25 Washington St (corner of James St.), Newark. FreshFreedomCall .org or call 973-713-2145. Morning Satsang with Rev. Jaganath Carrera—10 a.m.–Noon. Sundays. $25. Presented by Yoga Life Society. Held at Serenity Yoga & Wellness Spa, 1244 McBride Ave., Woodland Park. Orange Unitarian Worship Service—10:30 a.m. The First Unitarian Universalist Church of Essex County, 35 Cleveland St., Orange. 973-674-0010. Summit Unitarian Church Worship Service—10:45 a.m. The Unitarian Church, 4 Waldron Ave., Summit. 908-273-3245. Center for Spiritual Living ~ Morristown—11 a.m. Sunday Celebration and Youth Program, followed by refreshments at noon in Friendship Hall. 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3114. Unity of Sussex County—11 a.m. Sunday Celebration and Youth Program, followed by fellowship in Wakeman Hall. 25 Mudcut Rd, Lafayette. 973-3836277.


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Free Community Yoga Classes—4–5 p.m. Sundays. Open to all. Free; donations appreciated. More info contact Nancy Candea at 973-874-YOGA (9642) or visit Purple Om Yoga, 3118 Rt. 10 W., Denville. 973-343-2848.

Noontime Energy Enhancing Blasts with Sal Canzonieri—Noon–1 p.m. Mondays. Lunchtime energy healing. $15. Register at 908-8793937. The Art of the Heart, 15 Perry St, Chester.

AA Meeting (O-B-ST)—8 p.m. Sundays. Open to those struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction. Free. Cranford United Methodist Church, 201 Lincoln Ave., Cranford.

Tai Chi—5 p.m. Mondays. $10. The Healthy Lifestyles Center at the Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Medical Center. 973-971-6301.

monday Morris County Career Network—9–11 a.m. Second and Fourth Mondays. Practice your pitch, exchange business ideas, etc. Held at St. Peter’s Morristown Parish Hall, 70 Maple Ave., Morristown. Parking provided by Assumption Church at lower lot behind 95 Maple Ave. The Radiant Self: Women’s Creative & Spiritual Exploration Group—9:30–11:30 a.m. Mondays. Delve deeper within and discover your radiant self and how to express her. Must register. Non-refundable $40 registration fee; $20 weekly fee. More info at 908-879-3937 or MOMS Club of Flanders Area—10 a.m. First Mondays. Connect with other stay-at-home moms and their children. Nonprofit support group for families in Flanders, Roxbury Twp., and Chester. Email or visit Restorative Yoga—10:30–11:30 a.m. Mondays. Gibbons Holistic Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, 601 Jefferson Rd., Suite 102, Parsippany. 973887-0860. Ongoing Qigong with Sal Canzonieri—Noon. Mondays. Held at The Art of the Heart, 15 Perry St., Chester. Call Sue at 908-879-3937 for pricing & more info. Beginner Yoga Adult Class—Noon–1 p.m. Mondays. Drop-in $25; 4 sessions $75; 8 sessions $130; New Student promotion 3 sessions $45. Pediatric Therapy & Yoga of Morris, LLC, 14 Elm St., Morristown. 201-213-1294.

Meditation—6:30 p.m. Mondays. $10. The Healthy Lifestyles Center at the Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Medical Center. 973-9716301. Martial Arts of Zen—6:30–8 p.m. Mondays. Classes led by Jeff Eisenberg, 6th degree Black Belt. Zen Center, 393 Crescent Ave, Wyckoff. 201891-9100. Meditation in the Salt Room—7–8 p.m. Third Mondays. Every class concludes with guided relaxation and a few minutes of salt therapy. $15. Must register or 908-665-0333. Respira Salt Wellness Center, 472 Springfield Ave., Berkeley Heights. Reiki in the Salt Room—7–8:30 p.m. Second and Fourth Mondays. Enjoy Reiki in the salt room; includes guided meditation, intro to Reiki, chair treatments, and a few minutes of salt therapy. $20. Register at or 908-665-0333. Respira Salt Wellness Center, 472 Springfield Ave., Berkeley Heights. Herbal Medicine and Essential Oils, Physical and Metaphysical Healing—7–9 p.m. Fourth Mondays. Classes include meditation, healing properties of herbs and essential oils, proper dosage and preparation. $45 per class; $115 for 3. Goddess In Eden (housed in Blu Lotus), 20 Church St., Montclair. 732-745-7455. or Psychic Mediumship —7–9 p.m. First three Mondays. Gather with two to five family members and attempt to contact the energy of your loved ones who have passed away. Bring a digital recorder. Held in Netcong. Call 908-852-4635 to register. Garry@

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Chatham Drum Circle & Sacred Circle of Sound—3 p.m. Third Sundays. Friends (Quaker) Meeting House, Southern Blvd., Chatham Twp. Donations welcome. No calls Sunday: 973-6579696 or 212-475-1090.

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Psychic Development Class—7–9 p.m. Last Mondays. Includes psychic development exercises, metaphysical discussions and psychic and/or Mediumship “readings.” fee is $10. Held in Netcong. Space is limited. Call 908-852-4635 to register.

Teen Pilates & Teen Ballet Barre—4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays thru December. Helps teens increase flexibility and develop body awareness while having fun. $20. Commit to Change Yoga & Pilates Studio, 2 Lackawanna Pl., Morristown. 973-401-0066.

Herbal Medicine and Essential Oils, Physical and Metaphysical Healing—7–9 p.m. Last Mondays. Each month focuses on a different chakra/body system. Classes include meditation, healing properties of 2-3 herbs and 2-3 essential oils, proper dosage and preparation. $45 per class; $115 for 3 or $325 for 9. Goddess In Eden (housed in Blu Lotus), 20 Church St., Montclair. 732-745-7455. VirginiaAhearn@ or or

Awareness through Movement Classes with Diane Bates—4:30–5:15 p.m. Tuesdays. Ease pain, improve posture, prevent injury, increase energy, and reduce stress. $15. Held at 24 Elm St., Room 1, Morristown. Call 973-534-8122 or email Diane. for more info.

A Course in Miracles—7:30 p.m. Mondays. Study group for the course in spiritual psychotherapy. Unity of Montclair, 84 Orange Rd., Montclair. $10 suggested donation. Contact Connie at 973-2398402 for details. Psychic Readings with Sue—7:30–9 p.m. Mondays. Call 908-879-3937 to schedule an appt. Held at The Art of the Heart at 15 Perry St., Chester. Law of Attraction Meeting—7:30–9 p.m. First Mondays. This meeting is intended to foster support for individuals who are incorporating this law into their life. Attendance limited; must register at 973-383-6847 or Fresh Look on Life, 31 Rt. 206, Suite 3, Augusta.

tuesday Morris County Striders Running Club ~ Tuesday Night Track Workouts—Check website for time. Currently at Mountain Lakes High School track. See and click Activities. Dues May to May: $15 individual, $20 family. Pete at White Oak Yoga—9:30–10:45 a.m. or 5:45–7 p.m. Mixed level. $10 or $50 for six classes. Taught by Elizabeth Bell. Sparta Ambulance Bldg, 14 Sparta Ave., 973-729-1900. Intro to Nia—3:15 p.m. Tuesdays. The Healthy Lifestyles Center at the Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Medical Center. 973-971-6301.

Preschool Yoga Class—4:30–5:15 p.m. Tuesdays. More info at 201-213-1294. Pediatric Therapy & Yoga of Morris, LLC, 14 Elm St. Morristown. Yoga—5 p.m. Tuesdays. $10. The Healthy Lifestyles Center at the Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Medical Center. 973-971-6301. Cross Bike Rides—5:30 p.m. On trails, some pavement. +/- 2 hrs at a moderate pace. All welcome. Bring lights. Meet at Van Dessel Sports, 55 Market St., Morristown. More info at Edwin@ Girls’ Yoga Class—5:30–6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Pediatric Therapy & Yoga of Morris, LLC, 14 Elm St., Morristown. 201-213-1294. CHi Positive Energy Network—6–8 p.m. Every other Tuesday. Northern NJ Spirit Connections, Business Referrals & New Clients. RSVP CeCe at 973-285-7590 or Held at The Paris Inn Restaurant, 1292 Alps Rd., Wayne. Visit for details and directions. SMART Recovery—6:30–8 p.m. Tuesdays. Secular, science-based recovery group for support and assistance with all forms of addictive behavior. Free. Roxbury Twp. Library. 201-774-8323. SmartRox@ Mother/Daughter Yoga—7–8 p.m. Tuesdays. More info at 201-213-1294. Pediatric Therapy & Yoga of Morris, LLC, 14 Elm St. Morristown. Reiki Circle for Everyone—7–8:30 p.m. First Tuesdays. Learn more about this natural healing modality or brush up on your skills. By donation. Andrea Grace at the Center for Natural Healing,

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Kings Plaza, Upper Level, 430 Springfield Ave., Ste. 209, Berkeley Heights. 908-963 7911. Info@ Debtors Anonymous Meeting—7–8:30 p.m. Tuesdays. 12-step meeting for those dealing with debt, overspending and under-earning. Downstairs Main Bldg. at Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church, 1 East Oak St. 877-717-3328 or Sacred Light Circle of Intention, Prayer, Meditation and Healing—7–9 p.m. Second & Fourth Tuesdays. Suggested offering $11. More info at Divine. or 973-366-8765. Held at Rest Stop Rejuvenate, 21 Maple Ave., Rockaway. 973-985-7548. The Spirit Gathering Church—7:15 p.m. Tuesdays. Prayer, energy healing, discussion, meditation and mediumship. Facilitated by Rev. Susan C. Nigra, CHt. Held in the rear of Yoga West, 86 Main St., Succasunna. Donations appreciated. 973-691-9244 or 973-876-2449. The Morris Music Men Quartet—7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 300 Shunpike Rd., Chatham. Sing and socialize. Newcomers always welcome. 877-808-8697. MorrisMusicMen. org. North American Butterfly Association—7:30 p.m. First Tuesdays. Frelinghuysen Arboretum Education Center, 53 East Hanover Ave., Morristown. 973-326-7600. Restorative Yoga—7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Community House, Madison. Contact Anitateresap@aol. com for schedule and details. A Course in Miracles—7:30 p.m. Study group for the course in spiritual psychotherapy. Garwood. Betsy Zipkin 732-469-0234. Meditation and Healing Group—7:30 p.m. Second and fourth Tuesdays. Sponsored by the Metaphysical Center of NJ, in Towaco. Free. Contact Peggy Tierney for directions and info at 973-299-0172. Book Study Group—7:30–9 p.m. Held at Unity of Sussex County, 25 Mudcut Rd., Lafayette. More info: 973-383-6277. The Gathering—7:30–9:30 p.m. First and third Tuesdays. Worship Service with Christina Lynn Whited. Offering of $10-$20 requested. Call 908-

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638-9066 to register. Circle of Intention, 76 Main St., High Bridge. Happy Soles Scottish Country Dance Classes, Fanwood—7:30–10 p.m. Tuesdays from Sept thru May. Beginners welcome; no exp. or partner necessary. Fanwood Presbyterian Church, 74 S. Martine Ave. at LaGrande Ave., Fanwood. $3 per class. More info at 732-356-3923 or

wednesday Parent-Child Group—9–11 a.m. Parents, caregivers, and their children. Emerson Lily Free School, 55 Lackawanna Dr., Stanhope. Kelly Coyle DiNorcia. Chakra Yoga with Chant and Tibetan Yoga— 9:30–10:45 a.m. Wednesdays. Westfield Yoga, 231 Elmer St., Westfield. Call 908-232-1355 for details. Kundalini Yoga—10 a.m. Wednesdays. A blend of asanas, movement, breathing techniques, meditation, chanting, music and dancing. $15. Upper Montclair. 908-884-4984. T’ai Chi Ch’uan—10 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesdays. This very interesting exercise and flow of opposite energies brings you a healing, calming & powerful tranquility. Bring your own energy into balance as you strengthen the relationship between you physical, soul & spiritual self. Sacred Light Center, Rockaway; 973-784-4211. Vinyasa Yoga with Katarina (Kat) Baresic—11 a.m. Wednesdays. Mixed Level (Beginner/Intermediate). major injuries and ability to perform basic standing poses with confidence. Not suitable for pregnant women. Yoga West Holistic Center, 86 Main St., Succasunna. 973-584-6664. Healing Meditations with Rev. Frankie—Noon. Center for Spiritual Living, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. Free. 973-539-3333. Yoga/Pilates Fusion—3:30 p.m. Wednesdays. $10. The Healthy Lifestyles Center at the Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Medical Center. 973-971-6301. Restorative Yoga—4:30 p.m. Wednesdays. $10. The Healthy Lifestyles Center at the Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Medical Center. 973-971-6301.

Teen Pilates & Teen Ballet Barre—4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays thru December. Helps teens increase flexibility and develop body awareness while having fun. $20. Commit to Change Yoga & Pilates Studio, 2 Lackawanna Pl., Morristown. 973-401-0066. Zumba—5:30 p.m. Wednesdays. $10. The Healthy Lifestyles Center at the Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Medical Center. 973-971-6301. Beginner Yoga Adult Class—6:15–7:15 p.m. Wednesdays. Drop-ins $20; 4 sessions $65; 8 sessions $120. Pediatric Therapy & Yoga of Morris, LLC, 14 Elm St., Morristown. 201-213-1294. Guided Meditation & Chanting—6–7 p.m. Westfield Yoga Studio, 231 Elmer St., Westfield. $14 per class or $72 for 6. Preregister at 908-232-1355.

Morning Chi Kung (Qigong)—8:30–9:15 a.m. All welcome. Movement is simple and adjustable to your needs. The WAE Center at Temple B’nai Shalom, 300 Pleasant Valley Way, W. Orange. 973-857-9536. Be the Medicine ~ Refresh, Renew and Reclaim You—10 a.m.–Noon. Second and fourth Thursdays. Deep meditation, teachings and tools to live your life. $35. Must register at 973-647-2500. Janet StraightArrow, 18 Bank St., Suite 300, Morristown.

A Course in Miracles—7–8:30 p.m. Study group for the course in spiritual psychotherapy. Miracles-Course .org. Fanwood. Peter Ferraro. 908-322-8181.

Talk & Tour with Tyrone—10 a.m.–12 noon. Whole Foods Market, 235 Prospect Ave. West Orange. Call 973-669-3196.

Women’s Healing Circle—7–9 p.m. First Wednesdays. Support, share, bond and attain deep peace through guided meditation. Led by Lindsey Sass. Preregister at 973-714-0765. $30. The Healing Center, 142 Main St., Bloomingdale.

Beginner Yoga Adult Class—11 a.m.–Noon. Thursdays. Drop-ins $20; 4 sessions $65; 8 session $120. Pediatric Therapy & Yoga of Morris, LLC, 14 Elm St., Morristown. 201-213-1294.

Introduction to Soto Zen Practice—7:15 p.m. Hands-on instruction and explanation for seated and walking meditation. Dharma Talk and discussion. By donation. Rev. Shofu Keegan, Empty Hand Zen Group, 22 Lackawanna Plaza, Montclair. 908-6728782. A Course in Miracles Study Group—7:15–9 p.m. Westfield Yoga Studio, 231 Elmer St., Westfield. $10. Call in advance 908-232-1355. The Morris County (West) Chapter of Holistic Moms Network—7:30 p.m. First Wednesdays. Held at Chester Field House, 107 Seminary Ave., Chester. or Sierra Club General Meeting—7:30 p.m. Loantaka Group. Second Wednesdays. Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St, Chatham. Directions: Health & Wellness Professional Network ~Wellness Seminars—7:30–8:30 p.m. Maplewood Memorial Library. Co-sponsored by HWPN and the Maplewood Library. Info Ilona Hress at

AA Meeting (O-B-ST)—8 p.m. Wednesdays. Open to those struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction. Free. Cranford United Methodist Church, 201 Lincoln Ave., Cranford.

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Adult Yoga Class—6:30–7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Drop-in $25. 4 sessions $75; 8 sessions $130.00; New Student 3 sessions $45. Pediatric Therapy & Yoga of Morris, LLC, 14 Elm St., Morristown. 201-213-1294.

International Folk Dancing—7:30–11 p.m. Wednesdays. First hour dedicated to beginners and new dances. Mountain Lakes Community Church, 48 Briarcliff Rd., Mountain Lakes. $5. 973-6274386 or 973-539-7020 or 973-635-4913.


Reiki Circle—8–9 p.m. Wednesdays. Gentle intro to Reiki, guided meditation and Reiki sample. Questions welcome. $10 suggested donation. Miriam’s Well Healing at Wellness on the Green, 26 W. Park Pl., 2nd Fl., Morristown. 917-202-0475. MiriamsWellHealing@

Intro to Yoga Pilates—Noon. Thursdays. $10. The Healthy Lifestyles Center at the Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Medical Center. 973-971-6301. Healthy Food Prep Classes with Phyllis Deering—Noon. Third Thursdays. Learn about delicious and healthy food preparation. $25; 4 for $75. Contact Marnie at Mountain Lakes Organic Co-op, LLC, 10 Vale Dr, Mountain Lakes. 973-335-4469. Lunch & Learn—Noon–1 p.m. Thursdays. $10. Register at 908-879-3937. The Art of the Heart, 15 Perry St, Chester. Private Reiki Sessions—3–8 p.m. First Thursdays. This laying-on of hands healing technique uses the life force energy to heal and balance the subtle energies within your body. Sacred Light Center, 25 ½ Wall St., Rockaway. 973-784-4211 or 201-6325638. White Oak Yoga—4:15–5:15 p.m. Gentle Yoga. Taught by Elizabeth Bell. Sparta Ambulance Bldg, 14 Sparta Ave., 973-729-1900. Yoga for Special Needs—5–5:45 p.m. Thursdays. Pediatric Therapy & Yoga of Morris, LLC, 14 Elm St., Morristown. 201-213-1294. Personalized Fitness Consultations—5–8 p.m. Thursdays. Learn how to lose weight and tone safely and effectively, and what to buy to set up your in-home exercise program. By appt. $20. Ryan Chiropractic, 961 Rt. 10 E., Randolph. 973-252-6040. Special Needs Yoga—5:15–6 p.m. Thursdays. Pediatric Therapy & Yoga of Morris, LLC, 14 Elm St., Morristown. 201-213-1294.

Guided Astral Travel—6:30–7:15 p.m. Third Thursdays. $10. This is for people who want to increase mental ability, have control in their dreams and create the consciousness that brings them mastery of their lives. Sacred Light Center, 25 ½ Wall St., Rockaway. 973-784-4211.

NJ Business Expansion Club—7:30–9 p.m. Thursdays. Learn step by step how to organize and manage your business more effectively so you may succeed in this economy. Free. WISE Business Expansion Club, 324 Morris Ave., Elizabeth. 908-355-0300.

Reiki Share—6:30–9 p.m. Fourth Thursdays. Experience Reiki’s healing touch by giving or receiving. All welcome. Free. Aquarian Sun, 1574 Rt. 23 N, Suite C, Butler. 973-686-9100. Suzanne@

Sacred Light Western Mystery Circle—7:30 p.m. Third Thursdays. We share knowledge and discuss ideas. We are open to qualified seekers who wish to transform their lives for the better. $10. Sacred Light Center, 25 ½ Wall St., Rockaway. 973-784-4211.

The Sussex County Chapter of Holistic Moms—7 pm. Second Thursdays. Guest speakers, “Mom’s Nights Out,” play dates. Connecting mothers who care about holistic health and green living. Free. Held at Holy Counselor Lutheran Church, 68 Sand Hill Rd., Sussex. 973-347-1246. TiggerNorton04@ Chair Yoga in the Salt Room—7–8 p.m. Stretch and perform gentle yoga postures in the salt room. $120 for six classes; $25 per class. Must register at or 908-665-0333. Respira Salt Wellness Center, 472 Springfield Ave., Berkeley Heights. 908-6650333. Poetry Well Gathering—7–9 p.m. Second Thursdays. Share original work or your favorite poems. Suggested donation $10; includes tea/coffee and a light snack. Rest Stop Rejuvenate, 21 Maple Ave, Rockaway. Call Vicki at 973-985-7548. The Mystical Poet’s Society—7–9 p.m. Last Thursdays. Explore poetry, prose, prayers and intuitive thoughts of Mystical poets. Please bring your writing quill and parchment. $10 includes beverage and light snack. Rest Stop Rejuvenate, 21 Maple Ave., Rockaway. 973-985-7548. Be The Medicine-Apprentice To You—7–9:30 p.m. First and third Thursdays. Tools are taught to awaken you to live purposefully and freely. For healers, teachers, spiritual seekers. Janet StraightArrow, Be The Medicine, 18 Bank St., Suite 300, Morristown. 973-647-2500. Taking Control of Your Own Health and Wealth—7:30 p.m. Thursdays. Discover the difference between opportunity and success. Free. All welcome. RSVP 908-461-0141 or 35 W. Main St., Denville.

A Course in Miracles—7:30 p.m. Study group for the course in spiritual psychotherapy. Summit. Betsy Zipkin. 732-469-0234. A Course in Miracles—7:30 p.m. Second Thursdays. Study group for the course in spiritual psychotherapy. Unity of Sussex County, 25 Mudcut Rd., Lafayette. 973-383-6277. Health and Wellness Professional Network Scotch Plains Meeting—7:30–9 p.m. First Thursdays. Bring business cards and brochures and network with your wellness community. Jewish Community Center of Central New Jersey, 1391 Martine Ave. Topics and info: Women’s Interest Group—7:30–9:15 p.m. every other Thursday. Call to confirm date. Speak with women about health, marital, family and personal issues. The Riverview Marriage & Family Counseling Center, 43 Powhatatan Way, Mt. Olive. 908-850-5778. TrumpNetwork Presentation—8 p.m. Thursdays. Timing is the key to success. Held at Jersey Chiropractic and Wellness Center, 35 West Main St., Suite 202, Denville. RSVP 908 461-0141. Office: 973 625-7800.

friday Healing Chi Kung (Qigong) Meditation—9:30–11 a.m. Standing and sitted meditation practiced, Chi Kung principals and theory taught. Blu Lotus, 20 Church St., Montclair. Call before attending first class. 973-857-9536.

Morning Meditation—10–11 a.m. Fridays. Held at The Art of the Heart, 15 Perry St., Chester. RSVP at 908879-3937. More info at Overeaters Anonymous Meeting—10:30 a.m.– Noon. 12-step group to support those losing weight or wishing to maintain long-term weight loss. Free. Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church, 75 Ridgedale Ave., Cedar Knolls. Call before attending to confirm with Angie: 973-794-3443. Zumba—11 a.m. Fridays. $10. The Healthy Lifestyles Center at the Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Medical Center. 973-971-6301. Yoga—Noon. Fridays. $10. The Healthy Lifestyles Center at the Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Medical Center. 973-971-6301. Ongoing Qigong with Sal Canzonieri—Noon. Fridays. Held at The Art of the Heart, 15 Perry St., Chester. Call Sue at 908-879-3937 for pricing & more info. Meditation—Noon–1 p.m. First and Third Fridays. Meditation techniques; guided relaxation and a few minutes of salt therapy. $15. Space limited. Register at or at 908-3475209. Respira Salt Wellness Ctr., 472 Springfield Ave., Berkeley Heights. Debtors Anonymous Meeting—5:30–6:30 p.m. 12-step meeting for those dealing with debt, overspending and under-earning. Downstairs Main Bldg. at Redeemer Church, 37 Newton Sparta Rd., Newton. 877-717-3328. Healing Sanctuary—7 p.m. Third Fridays. Experience an evening of quiet meditation and healing. Open to all. Frer. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 127 Broad St., Washington. 908-362-6360. SachaCenter. com. Messages from the Other Side—7–9 p.m. Third Fridays. Held at Eleven on Main Café, 11 Main St., High Bridge. Must register at 908-6388888 or $10 includes coffee or tea. Sponsored by Circle of Intention. Women’s Healing Circle—7–9 p.m. Third Fridays. Includes ceremonial practices of shamans, discussion of animal totems and more. RSVP. Healing Zone, 127 Valley Rd, Montclair. 973-746-3334.

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Reiki Share—7–9 p.m. Fridays. Join with other Reiki practitioners and experience working on others. Suggested donation $10-$15. Divine Inspirations Bookstore, 217 Franklin Ave., Nutley. 973-562-5844. Chanting & Drumming Circle—7:15–9 p.m. Fridays. Bring your drum or call to reserve one of ours. $5 donation. Refreshments available. Westfield Yoga, 231 Elmer St., Westfield. 908-232-1355. AA Meeting—7:30 p.m. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. 70 Maple Ave., Morristown. 973-538-0555. Evening of Prayer and Healing—7:30-9:30 p.m. Third Fridays. Join the Universal Healing family to heal all life on this planet and in this solar system, galaxy and universe. Bring finger foods to share. Growing Consciousness, 54 Canfield Rd., Morristown. Free. 973-292-5090. Evening Satsang with Rev. Jaganath Carrera—7:30–9:30 p.m. Fridays. $15. Presented by Yoga Life Society. Held at Akasha, 265 Rt. 34 N., Rear Bldg., Colts Neck, A Course in Miracles—8 p.m. Every other Friday. Study group for the course in spiritual psychotherapy for those looking to heal themselves of misperceptions causing the body to appear ill and the mind to be frightened, alone or not at peace. Contact June at 973-366-4455. The Minstrel—8–11 p.m. Fridays. Concert series. Refreshments served. Admission $7; children under 12 free. 973-295-6864. Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. Al-Anon Meeting—8–9:30 p.m. Center for Practical Spirituality – Religious Science, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3114.

saturday Coffee House—Second Saturdays. Call for time. Performances by one or more musical groups, or open mic performances by singers, poets, and comedians. Modest entrance fee. Summit Unitarian Church, 4 Waldron Ave., Summit. 908-273-3245. Adult Yoga—7:45 a.m. Saturdays. Drop-in $25; 4 sessions $75; 8 sessions $130.00; New Student 3 sessions $45. Pediatric Therapy & Yoga of Morris,

LLC, 14 Elm St., Morristown. TheWholeChildNJ. White Oak Yoga—8–9 a.m. Mixed level. Taught by Elizabeth Bell. Sparta Ambulance Bldg, 14 Sparta Ave., 973-729-1900. “Men Who Care” Men’s Meeting—8:30–10 a.m. First Saturdays. 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3114. Books & Bagels—9:30–10:30 a.m. Saturday. Teens and adults only. Meet your neighbors and share your list of favorite books. No registration required. Randolph Township Library, Quiet Study Rm., 28 Calais Rd. 973-895-3556. Spiritual Readings with Aine C—10 a.m.–Noon. Third Saturdays. This intuitive channel brings forth messages and insights from your Spirit’s loving guidance to lead you to a greater life. Sacred Light Center, Rockaway; 973-784-4211 Overeaters Anonymous Meeting—10:15 a.m.12:15 p.m. Weekly gathering of the free support group that helps people lose weight and keep it off. Downstairs meeting room, Parsippany Library. 973-335 1717.

Integrated Yoga for Boys—1:15–2 p.m. Saturdays. Pediatric Therapy & Yoga of Morris, LLC, 14 Elm St., Morristown. 201-213-1294. Swingin’ Tern—8–11 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Beginners’ Workshop. First and third Saturdays. Contra and square dancing to live music. Beginners welcomed and encouraged to come to the beginners’ workshop. $10 adults/$5 students with ID. The First Presbyterian Church, 14 Hanover Rd., East Hanover. 973-295-6864. Open Mic hosted by Chris Fonden & Joe Fischetti—8–11 p.m. Third Saturdays. Musicians, singers, poets, and comedians welcome to jam. $12. Rest Stop Rejuvenate, 21 Maple Ave, Rockaway. 973-985-7548. The Laughter Experiment—8–9:30 p.m. Last Saturdays. Open Mic for comics. Must register by 8 p.m. $10; participants and audience. Rest Stop Rejuvenate, 21 Maple Ave., Rockaway. 973-9857548.

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Nia—11 a.m. Saturdays. Nia offers light cardio, strength and flexibility movement blending dance, healing and martial arts. Yoga West, 86 Main St., Succasunna. 973-584-6664. GoddessBody Fitness for Women—11 a.m.–Noon. Saturdays. World dance movements celebrating the feminine body and spirit. Afro-Brazilian Cultural Center of NJ, 356 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair. Start anytime. No dance exp. required. Call TaRessa Stovall: 609-304-3481. Integrated Yoga for Girls—11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Saturdays. Pediatric Therapy & Yoga of Morris, LLC, 14 Elm St., Morristown. 201-213-1294. Introductory Pilates Reformer Class—Noon. Saturdays. Free. Mind Body Spirit, Pilates and Gyrotonic Studio, 228 South Ave., Fanwood. 908288-7551. Psychic Saturday—Noon–3 p.m. First Saturday. Psychic/Tarot Readings. $20/15 mins. $45/30 mins. Cassette tape of reading. SoulJourney, 194 Main St, Butler. 973-838-6564.

New Hope Pet Rescue, Inc—Rescue group looking to rehome dogs and cats. NewHopePetRescue@ Randolph Animal Pound—Adopt your new best friend. Sussex Tpk. and Morris Tpk. in Randolph. 973-989-7090. Pet Adoption—Noah’s Ark, 1915 Rt. 46 W., Ledgewood. 973-347-0378. Angel Paws Pet Adoption—Adopt or sponsor a cat. Inman Ave & West St., Colonia. 732-340-1199.

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Jennifer O’Brien is nationally certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She has extensive training and experience in the treatment of chronic pain, allergies, gastrointestinal issues and women’s health issues such as infertility. Please call for more information and to schedule your first appointment.

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Biofeedback uses sensors attached to the body to magnify your body’s reactions in the form of a signal (lights, sounds, numbers, and colors) increasing awareness about your response at the present moment. Using this information or feedback along with therapeutic techniques you can learn how to regulate central nervous system functions, calming mind and body. Also called applied psychophysiology, biofeedback is a well researched and effective complimentary medical treatment for conditions such as chronic pain, stress related problems, anxiety with somatic components (muscle tension, gastrointestinal discomfort, headaches, tics, and pain) and attention disorders. It is also beneficial for improving performance in academics (reducing test anxiety, improving focused concentration). Please visit the above web site for more details.


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Ann Ochs has more than eight years experience as a colon hydrotherapist. She holds an advanced certification from the International Association of Colon Therapists (I-ACT), is certified by the National Board for Colon Hydrotherapy, and is a certified body ecologist. Living Waters offers the Angel of Water®, an advanced colon hydrotherapy system, designed to offer the ultimate in privacy and dignity. The Center is under the medical direction of Kristine Profeta-Gedroic, MD, FAAFP. Call today for an appointment. See ad on page 13.

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Janet StraightArrow, Medical Intuitive, Shaman 18 Bank St, Morristown, NJ 07960 and by Skype and Phone 973-647-2500 • Experience Profound Healing, Learning and Solutions. Janet’s 43 years of research and practice in mind-body-spirit medicine, including intense study with renowned healers from around the world, brings a full tool bag and expertise to each transformational session and class. Medical Intuitive, Energy Healer, Reiki Master, Shaman, Mentor to Healers, Spiritual Guide, Integrative Healer and Coach, Soul Retrievals, Training, Ceremonies. See ad on p. 38.


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Are you feeling stuck or blocked? Unseen energy from past lives may be having a profound impact upon your present circumstances. Change your life for the better in ONE HOUR! Experience Soul Path Clearance, Unconscious Scripts Release, Energy Healing, Past Life Therapy, and Crystal Bowl Sound Healing for pain, chronic conditions, and overall wellness.


Cindy Nolte 31 Route 206, Augusta, NJ 07822 973-383-6847 •

Fresh Look on Life is designed to empower others to take a “fresh look” at their lives. Whether you are a busy professional in need of stress management, struggling with a health issue, want to change a habit, or develop a new understanding of yourself and the world around you, this might be just what you were looking for. Cindy Nolte holds certifications as a Reiki Master/Teacher, Animal Reiki Master/Teacher, Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner (Acupressure), Hypnotist, Past Life Regression Hypnotist, and in the Life Transformation Method. See ad on page 21.


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Sacred Light Center LLC 25 1/2 Wall St. Rockaway NJ • 973-784-4211

Settie is an initiate in the Hermetic Arts, Esoteric Arts and Sacred Sciences. She is a Spiritual Instructor, Inter-faith Ceremonial Master, Kabbalist, FengShui-Interior-Designer, Reiki Master/Teacher, T’ai Chi-Ch’uan Instructor, Light Worker as well as an Art Teacher who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and is New Jersey certified. She is initiated in the King Solomon Tradition and specializes in Kabbalah, Rites of Passage and Advanced Esoteric Training, which is training that empowers you and encourages you to know yourself and live a truly magickal life. It helps to strengthen your life force, prepare you to work with high magick, motivate you to work in the light and use magick as a way of life in the form of a mystery school not a religion. Since 1999, Settie has successfully trained students all over the USA and Canada.


1574 Rt. 23 N, Suite C, Butler, NJ 07405 973-686-9100 •

Under the direction of Dr. Suhail S. Jarroush, PhD, DCH., Doctor of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Ancient Healing Arts, and Ms. Suzanne Bini, RSMT, Reiki Seichim Master Teacher, the staff of the Aquarian Sun Healing and Learning Center, a place of peace and knowledge, will help you heal your body, engage the power of your mind, feed your soul, release your stress, relieve your pains, eliminate your anxieties, purge your fears and gain control of your life without relying solely on prescribed medicine or over-the-counter drugs. Call us now. You are not alone in this struggle. We can help you. Visit our website for more information on our specialized combinations of ancient and modern healing techniques, workshops and self-awareness classes.


2 East Main Street, Brookside, NJ 07926 Above the Art Studio, next door to the Post Office. Just … look up! (for Mapquest directions: 2 East Main St. Morristown, NJ 07960)

Energize your spirit and transform your life! Joyfully offering: Aromatherapy, Crystals, Dowsing, Drumming, Feng Shui, Healing Touch, Massage, Meditation, Raindrop Technique, Reiki, Shamanic Healing, Therapeutic Touch, Tibetan Singing Bowls, Writing Workshops, Yoga & More! Email now to sign up for unique workshops, exciting events, make an appointment or subscribe to The Room’s juicy newsletter. Visit us on Facebook: The Room Above LLC.


Hilary D. Bilkis, MS, CST CranioSacral Therapy • SomatoEmotional Release Work • Visceral Mobility Energy Healing Office located in: The Abbey 355 Madison Ave. • Morristown, NJ 07960 973-479-2229 •


During a hands-on bodywork session, Hilary uniquely blends CranioSacral therapy with other healing modalities to alleviate chronic pain, headaches, stress and accumulated tension from the client’s body. The client benefits from the treatments on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. Using her intuitive abilities, Hilary facilitates and encourages the body’s self-healing process by removing restrictions in the connective tissue, removing energy blockages and stored emotion, and clearing soul programming. All of which may be affecting the clients health, ability

Lisa Bellini Spiritual Intuitive & Channel • Reiki Master Teacher, Crystal Pyramid Technique Indigo Children & Adult Consultant 171 West Main St., Suite 3 Rockaway, N.J. 07866 908-963-2628 •

The Foundation is dedicated to guiding children to their highest purpose through education and healing techniques. As source of the Crystal Pyramid Technique, Lisa facilitates self-healing to remove blockages, energize the body, balance emotions and spirit to encourage divine inspiration of personal growth. See ad on page 25.


Holistic Healing and Teaching Center Etheric Healing In-Person & Remote Group & Pet Healing - Medical Intuition Guardian Angel Readings - Aromatherapy Spiritual Development Classes & Counseling Holistic Massage - Raindrop Technique 13 E Main St - Mendham, NJ 07945 732-927-1116 -

Our mission is to guide each individual in uncovering and healing the root of emotional and physical diseases by offering healing and guidance that assists on all levels—physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Beyond healing services, we teach techniques to integrate healing, transformation and connection to one’s Higher Self, empowering each individual with the tools needed to achieve Holistic Wellness in everyday life.


Lory Sison-Coppola Reiki Master, Past Life Regressionist, Huna, Crystal Children Advocate, Readings 171 West Main St., Suite 3 Rockaway, N.J. 07866 973-224-6773

The Center offers different modalities that will raise your Spiritual Awareness, heighten your vibrations. We are dedicated to understanding and providing for those with specific needs. Classes, Certifications, Healing sessions, readings and counseling are offered. See ad on page 16.


Sacred Light Center 201-632-5638 Reiki Master/Teacher Northern NJ & Rockland County, NY.

With a compassionate, intuitive awareness to people and animals. She is an Energy and Light Worker and an Initiate in the Sacred Sciences. Using Traditional Usui Reiki and Sekhem-Seichem Reiki, Michelle can see your energy field and help you to balance and cleanse it. This accelerates the healing process of any illness or injury of the physical body. This healing modality is also highly beneficial to those seeking assistance in progressing on their Spiritual Journey. Michelle practices at the Sacred Light Center and is available to come to your home or office. Specializing in people, dogs and horses, her services are available to pets of all types.


Certified Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach, Digestive Health Expert, Yoga Teacher Mt. Tabor Healing Center 999 Tabor Road, 2nd Floor Morris Plains, NJ 07950 and by phone 201-787-4950 •

Want more energy? Hooked on sugar, carbs, or caffeine? Struggling with digestive concerns like acid reflux or IBS? Looking for balance? Learn easy, healthy recipes customized for YOU, master meal planning, and shed pounds. Experience stress reduction in a motivational, supportive, and guilt-free environment. Christine offers nutrition coaching and gentle yoga movement private sessions, group programs, phone sessions, and classes. Certified by the American Association for Drugless Practitioners.


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Nutritionist Dian Freeman and staff nutritionists LuAnn Peters & Brenda Woodruff of Dian’s Wellness Simplified in Morristown, NJ, offer private nutritional consultations, Applied Kinesiology and Ondamed biofeedback sessions. Dian also teaches classes and a nutritional certification course in preparation for the national Certified Nutritional Counselor (CNC) exam. Also, to address energetic and vibrational healing, a variety of crystal and energy healers are available by appointment and LuAnn mixes personalized formulas combining various Bach flower remedies.

SUSAN RICHTER, RN, CNC, CCH, LDHS Next Level Healing of NJ, Inc 166 Franklin Road, Denville 973-586-0629

Do you suffer from symptoms that do not prove to be a diagnosis? Do you acquire new symptoms when treating old ones? Do you wonder if the vitamins and supplements you take are really helping? Headaches, stiff sore joints, indigestion, gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, sleeplessness, depression and anxiety are a few of the symptoms that are not answered by medicine, but can be relieved with enzyme formulas. Join Susan at a monthly lecture and learn how the Loomis System uses physiology and basic science to determine your source of stress. Treatment of chronic and acute conditions is with 100% food formulas and self healing practices. Sign up for Susan’s free newsletter at, and call for the next lecture date: 973-586-0629.


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Incorporating traditional hypnotherapy techniques with other holistic modalities is Garry’s forte. Using traditional hypnosis for Smoking Cessation, Weight Control, Stress Management, Elimination of Fears, Improving Sports, Artistic, and Academic Performance, Anger Management, etc. He has expanded his practice to include Reiki Healing, Transpersonal Hypnotherapy, Metaphysical Counseling, Psychic/Mediumship and Past Life Regression Therapy as taught to him by Dr. Brian Weiss author of “Many Lives, Many Masters.”

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Hypnosis Counseling Center of New Jersey is a full-service counseling center, using both traditional counseling methods and the art of hypnotherapy in private and group settings. We regularly hold adult education seminars, work with hospitals, fitness centers, and individuals who want to better their lives. We specialize in weight loss, stress, smoking, confidence building, phobias, insomnia, test taking, sports improvement and public speaking. The State of New Jersey and Fortune 500 Corporation alike employ our programs.


At Wortzel Integrative Dental Care we focus on your mouth/body connection. As you improve your oral health, you improve your overall health and well-being. We invite you to balance your oral health through an individualized plan to integrate the health of your teeth, gums, bite and smile. The goal of Integrative Dental Care is to enhance the quality of your life. We are conveniently located in Mountainside, New Jersey. Please call us to learn what Wortzel Integrative Dental care can do for you. See ad on page 7.


Paulette LaConte Registered Nurse, Massage Therapist, Healing Touch Practitioner, Push Therapist 23 Church Street, Denville 201 400 8913 •

When Fluff is Not Enough! Experience the therapeutic benefit of Push Therapy for chronic muscle pain, or have a customized Massage - Swedish, Pregnancy, LaStone or Lomi Lomi. All Massages can include lotion blended with Therapeutic Oils based on your needs. Classes for Infant Massage, Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster are available.

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NEVER BE WITHOUT TEETH, INCLUDING IMPLANTS Patients travel from around the country to Denville, in search of the perfect smile. Denville is famous for its medical community. So, it’s no surprise that a perfect smile is a must have item in this friendly town. Hand crafting those smiles is the life work of Dr. Steiner and Dr. Fine. Our office’s reputation has spread so far that we now treat patients from around the world; often doing more smile makeovers in a single month that some dentists do in a lifetime. We also offer an amazing alternative for those living with missing teeth. This dramatic advancement in the field of dental implantology now makes it possible for many patients to switch from dentures to permanent implant supported teeth in only a few hours. This new approach can be used to replace a single missing tooth or an entire mouth. Patients leave the office after just one appointment with a beautiful and strong smile. Discomfort is so minimal that most patients eat a light meal that evening. Upon entering our front door you will immediately know that this is no ordinary dental office, because that’s what most people say upon seeing it for the first time. Among our practice’s notable patients are actresses, actors, astronauts, models and TV personalities. However most of the doctor’s patients are everyday people who just want to look their best. Drs. Steiner, Fine and Kwiatkowski have focused their practice on those areas about which they are highly passionate. (After all you wouldn’t ask your family doctor to do heart surgery.) Those areas are Cosmetic Dentistry. Trained at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for advanced dental studies, they have devoted over fifty combined years to perfecting their skills and have placed over 23,000 cosmetic restorations. Our main focus is on cosmetic and full mouth reconstruction cases. This includes Implant Dentistry and Neuromuscular Orthodontics, which can avoid unecessary removal of teeth. Many people do not realize that dental problems may be the cause of headaches, shoulder, back and neck pain, noisy jaw joints and pains in the TMJ. Drs. Steiner, Fine and Kwiatkowski pride themselves in having Morris County’s premier head, neck and jaw pain relief center. Our office also offers a “limited warranty” that provides free repair or replacement of restorative dental work, when a patient’s regular hygiene visits are maintained. This kind of security could only be offered by truly World Class Dentists. This is why our motto is: “Experienced professionals make the difference.”

AESTHETIC FAMILY DENTISTRY, PA 35 West Main Street, Suite 208, Denville, NJ 07834


Alan B. Steiner, DMD • Derek Fine, DMD • Jenni Kwiatkowski, DDS

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