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Tips for Remaining Resilient by Mimi Guarneri, M.D., FACC


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Proof of Life after Death by Linda Sechrist




Setting Health Goals for the New Year by Dr. Tanya Maximoff


Co-Sleeping in the Family Bed by Mark Sisson

27 ‘TIS THE SEASON TO BE WISE A Prime Time to Rejuvenate and Birth Creativity by Lane Vail



TOGETHERNESS? Exercise Helps Keep Family Holidays Merry by Sarah Todd

39 PEACE ON OUR PLATES 34 Mindful Eating for a

More Peaceful World by Judith Fertig


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You probably don’t hear from magazine publishers very often, as we are usually juggling a zillion things while trying to be five places at the same time. But I wanted to give you my wish list and share some holiday tips as well.    I must admit, a new iPad would be fun this year, but that can wait. Instead, here are some wishes and dreams for true and real gifts. They may be grandiose, but perhaps they are part of the spirit that can be carried within us all as we move into 2014. • That we show affection, respect and gratitude to our immediate family and friends, and let them know they are loved unconditionally. • That as human beings, we may begin to truly value all people and honor everyone daily with simple dignity, respect and hope for the future—and teach our children these ways by example. • That as citizens of this country and of the world, we can put our political and ideological differences aside and work toward lasting economic, spiritual and social healing. • That as keepers of Earth, we may realize that every action or inaction has an effect on generations ahead, and consciously work toward a healthier and sustainable environment for all creatures. • And that as part of the grand web of life, we may more fully honor and respect the beauty in all things and give thanks daily for this wonderful planet Earth that we call our home. Santa, we’ve also left you a few copies of December’s issue of Natural Awakenings to enjoy with your almond milk and gluten-free cookies. Please give a copy to Mrs. Claus, as we know she’ll enjoy our Conscious Eating section, which includes lots of yummy recipes for healthy eating. Pass your copy along to the elves in your North Pole workshop. We think they’ll want to read our article about Green Merry Making.    Oh, and Santa, just a thought after all those cookies—please check out the article in our Fit Body section about solo workouts.    One final thought for you, Santa. If while making your rounds this year, you find you’re missing a few gifts for all the good girls and boys, please be sure to visit our Natural Awakenings advertisers and distributors. They’ll help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.    Wishing you a peaceful and magical holiday season, and a world of happiness in 2014!

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ack by popular demand, acupuncture treatments will again be offered by the Center for Well Being, 139 Main Road (Route 202) in Montville. Experienced, licensed acupuncturists will be available for appointments every Monday, Thursday and Friday. This ancient Chinese medical procedure that uses needles to stimulate certain points on the body has been found to alleviate pain caused by stress, anxiety, musculoskeletal conditions, headaches, dental procedures and many other sources. Individual treatments range from $115 to $145 and subsequent treatments range from $75 to $105. In addition to acupuncture, the Center for Well Being offers one-hour full-body massages, wellness coaching, and nutritional counseling to help patients live healthier lifestyles. The center’s new TRIM & FIT Weight Loss Program will make its debut in January for those people who want to imagine a future with high energy and optimal health. For more information about any of the services above or to schedule an appointment, call the Center for Well Being at 973-299-2133, or visit See ad on page 18.

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n energy healing, the concept is simple: Change your energy and you will change your life. Energy healing is the balancing of the energy field, or aura, that surrounds the human body. It is often divided into chakras. Chakras are interpreted as energy points located in different parts of the body, which influence our health and wellbeing. These energy centers regulate the flow of energy through our energy system. Chakras interact with the physical body through the endocrine and nervous systems. Each chakra correlates with an endocrine gland and a group of nerves called a plexus. Each chakra can be associated with particular parts and functions of the body. Healing the energy field brings physical improvement. If the energy around a body part is blocked, there may be a corresponding physical problem. If the energy is smoothed out, the problem may be improved. Improving and balancing the flow of energy helps disperse blockages that can cause a range of physical ailments. Energy healing can heal physically, emotionally and mentally. A positive perception causes the release of chemicals that encourage the growth and health of cells. Negativity releases chemicals that change cells to a protection mode. So any conditions that affect our minds and bodies can be helped by energy healing. Jacqui Geary is an Intuitive Energy Healing Therapist experienced in a wide range of healing modalities including Reiki, Therapeutic Touch, Quantum Energy Healing, Hands-on Healing and Medical Intuition. Geary is the creator of H3 Energy Healing Therapy, which balances the body, mind and spirit through Divine Earth Energy; auric healing; intuitive, vibrational and visualization healing; aura cleansing; chakra balancing; and color, light and sound therapy. To contact her, visit the Trinity Metaphysical Center & Gift Shop, Hardyston Plaza North, 3617 Rte. 23 South, Hamburg, or phone 973-209-7070. See ad on page 31.

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Why Good Posture Is Essential for Good Health By Adele Aboutok, The Wellness Center of Northwest Jersey


Bad posture, or improper body alignment, whether standing, sitting, lying down or moving about, creates a variety of problems: • Increased pressure on your spine can cause neck and shoulder pain, headache, backache, foot strain and knee pain. • By compressing your internal organs, bad posture causes chest pain, high blood pressure, and poor digestion and has been found to reduce breathing capacity by up to 30 percent. • Increased pain can cause you to move less and promote arthritis in your joints. • Fatigue is the most common result of bad posture because it saps your energy to hold your body in a painful and awkward position. How can we achieve good posture? We must develop and maintain strong and flexible postural muscles to hold us in our own uniquely natural position. The discipline of physical activity including fitness training can help us maintain good posture.    “The best way to counteract gravity’s impact is to pay attention to good body alignment,” says Charlotte Carey of Randolph, a physical therapist, personal trainer and champion ballroom dancer. “An exercise routine that builds strength evenly through the body, keeps you flexible, and includes balance practice is an excellent approach.”    Carey has developed just such a program, which she calls Posture Fit. This group fitness class combines the use of props and light weights to strengthen and tone core and back muscles while improving balance and coordination. Posture Fit is offered only at the Wellness Center of Northwest Jersey (TWCNWJ) in Randolph. Health practitioners also recommend Pilates to strengthen proper body alignment. Joseph Pilates is credited with explaining the concept of the core muscles and developing an exercise system that increases flexibility and core strength. To experience what good posture feels like, sit with your feet hip width and center your ears over your shoulders and shoulders over your hips. Place one hand on your abdomen and one hand on your lower back. Then inhale and exhale. As you exhale, lengthen your head toward the ceiling and feel your hands move closer together. Your lower back should feel supported and your abdomen should feel tighter. You have just engaged your core and the muscles around your spine to create a tall, balanced and healthful posture. The Wellness Center of Northwest Jersey is located in the Randolph Medical Arts Building at 765 Route 10 East, Randolph. Call 973-895-2003 or email Center4wellness@ Visit our website at for more information. See ad on page 10.

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

Cocoa Calms Inflammation


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



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

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A report by TerraChoice Environmental Marketing exposes these six “greenwashing” marketing ploys to watch out for when shopping: 1. Hidden Trade Off: A refurbished plasma TV might reduce the need of buying new at first, but new or not, such TVs are energy hogs. 2. No Proof: Can a third party verify claims such as “organic” or “all-natural”? 3. Vagueness: Beware of products claiming to be “chemical-free” or “no hormones added.” 4. Irrelevance: Claims that have no relationship to the product or might be made with any other product in the same category, such as [chlorofluorocarbon] CFC-free shaving gel. 5. Fibbing: A falsehood that can’t be backed up, such as “certified organic” for products for which no such certification exists. 6. Lesser of Two Evils: An attempt to put a green twist on a product that’s inherently harmful to humans and the environment, such as organic cigarettes.

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

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historic healthcare event, hosted by some of the world’s top health and nutrition experts, will be held January 10 to 12, 2014, in New York City, at the Hudson Theatre, in the Millennium Hotel. When bestselling author and health and wellness adviser Brian Clement, Ph.D., was asked to explain the impetus for the seminar, his response was simple: “On the West Coast, people are often given opportunities to attend spectacular educational conferences, but no one does it on the East Coast. So, this will be the first.” The two-day conference will also be live streamed. Clement, a naturopathic medical doctor who spearheads the international progressive health movement, notes that Steven Shore, founder of The Real Truth About Health, helped hand-pick a panel of speakers known as ethical, moral and open truth-tellers. When the people, companies, organizations and institutions that we and our parents before us have trusted our whole lives are not always looking out for us, we need to take back our power. For too many such entities, meeting their own personal or organizational financial goals may be more important than their clients’ health. How do we take back that power? Knowledge. In addition to Clement — who has directed the renowned Hippocrates Health Institute for more than three decades — speakers include Jeffrey Smith; Dr. Richard Oppenlander; Dr. Michael Greger; Devra Davis, Ph.D.; Cherie Soria and Dan Ladermann; Dr. Hans Diehl; Steve “Sproutman” Meyerowitz; Joseph Keon; Elizabeth Grossman; and Anna Maria Clement, Ph.D. Topics include the raw food diet, GMO (genetically modified) food labeling, detoxification, and myriad harmful environmental and lifestyle impacts related to the immune system, contributing to diabetes, cancer, rheumatologic and gastrointestinal diseases. The initiation of a healthy lifestyle is often met with firm opposition from mainstream America, Clement explains. There is a belief that when one begins to live a healthy lifestyle, it is an “extreme” or “unnatural” approach to living. Clement quotes internationally renowned cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr.: “The culture of society has convinced us that it is extreme to live in a healthy way.” Reactions to healthy initiatives often prompt excuses such as “It’s a genetic predisposition for me to be obese or have heart disease.” Clement’s response to this excuse and others is emphatic: “For 62 years at Hippocrates, we have worked at changing the course of disease. We can’t change genes; we aren’t God. What we change is lifestyle, and when we do, we are successful.” According to Clement, “Every major disease will be addressed at the seminar, and you will be introduced to solutions. The curriculum for this event will be useful throughout one’s lifetime.” Register at (go to conference tab). For more information, email or call 516-921-1417. See ad on page 3.

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Is Stress Affecting Your Health? Tips for Remaining Resilient

By Mimi Guarneri, M.D., FACC


n a groundbreaking 2005 study, biologist Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Ph.D., and psychologist Elissa S. Epel, Ph.D., discovered that chronic stress speeds up aging in cells. They found that women with the highest levels of ongoing stress had cells that had aged 10 years beyond their biological age. The research also linked stress to the development of chronic disease. As a cardiologist, I’ve been taught by my patients that stress can truly lead to disease. When I think about the common medical conditions I treat, it is easy to see how they are made worse by stress. For example, stress increases blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol. My patients are surprised to learn that stress can also make them fat. The hormone cortisol, which we produce in stressful situations, leads to weight on our midline. Stress can also lead to fatigue, memory loss, insomnia and even osteoporosis. Before stress takes a physical toll, it usually takes an emotional one. When people feel overwhelmed, they often respond with anger, fear or depression. Those emotions can trigger the release of stress hormones, setting off nearly 1,400 chemical reactions in the body and brain that are intimately linked to a variety of health issues. In addition to seeing the medical challenges mentioned above, we see irregular heart rhythm, angina or coronary constriction, headaches, muscle tension, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and more. Anger alone can increase the risk of a heart attack by about 230 percent. Fortunately, such damaging reactions aren’t inevitable. It’s how people perceive and react to what happens to them that determines how their bodies respond. Two people can have the same experience, such as being cut off in traffic, but one may react negatively while the other responds with resiliency. How can you enhance resiliency and “find your strength in the storm”? Start by practicing a few basic behaviors that will become second nature in a short time. The easiest tool I use with my patients is the breath. Our autonomic or automatic nervous system is controlled by our breathing. Simply take a breath in for four seconds and then slowly release it for seven seconds. Your body will go

into a state of deep relaxation. You may want to say to yourself, “I am breathing in peace” on the in-breath and “I am breathing out tension” on the outbreath. Make a conscious effort to stop thinking about the past or worrying about the future. Instead, pay attention to the here and now. One simple way to practice this mindful behavior is to adopt a mantra, a short phrase or single word repeated, such as “present moment, only moment” or “peace.” Research shows that this helps calm the mind and breaks the cycle of jumping from one thought to the next, which can provoke anxiety. I encourage my patients to use their mantra throughout the day. You can repeat your sacred or healing word while waiting on line or stuck in traffic. By repeating your mantra throughout the day, you become less inclined to worry about the future or regret the past. Research has also shown that repeating a mantra at night helps relieve insomnia. Similarly, taking a few minutes to meditate each day helps build resilience by promoting clarity of thought and a calmer, more measured response to events. Meditation also lowers blood pressure and cholesterol and decreases anxiety and pain. Even just 20 minutes per day in contemplative meditation can have a profound effect.

More tips for dealing with stress There are simple ways we can deal with stress every day: • Try to avoid taking things personally and controlling everything that happens. Remember the Serenity Prayer: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” • Exercise, especially outdoors in nature. Exercise produces hormones that improve depression and relieve stress. • Keep a gratitude journal. Every day, write down five to 10 things for which

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you are grateful. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, focus on all the good in life. • Forgive. Research shows people who forgive experience less stress and anger than those who carry grudges. Forgiveness doesn’t right a wrong, but it does allow you to reclaim your power over your emotions. Forgiveness has been shown to decrease blood pressure, relieve muscle spasms and improve well-being. • Last but certainly not least, laugh as often as possible. Laughter helps relieve stress and triggers positive changes in the body. It truly is the best medicine.

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Near-Death Experiences Proof of Life after Death by Linda Sechrist


he advice that the White Queen gave to young Alice in Lewis Carroll’s Through the LookingGlass might be some of the best to offer non-believers and skeptics that question the credibility of near-death experiences (NDE). When Alice protests, “One can’t believe impossible things,” the White Queen famously retorts, “I daresay you haven’t had much practice. When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

I was overwhelmed by the realization that God isn’t a being, but a state of being . . . and I am that state of being . . . pure consciousness. ~ Anita Moorjani

Cancer to Near Death, to True Healing, and Dr. Eben Alexander, author of Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife, have sparked fresh public interest in NDEs, a word coined by Raymond Moody, Ph.D., in his 1975 classic, Life After Life. Moody, a psychiatrist and professor of philosophy who has spent nearly 50 years investigating what happens when people die, has interviewed thousands of individuals that have personally experienced an NDE. “Over the past 20 years there have been enormous strides in resuscitation technology. Defibrillators and public access defibrillation programs, as well as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, are major factors that allow modern medicine to bring people back from a state that 100 years ago would have been labeled death,” observes Moody. Through his research, he has identified numerous common elements that occur in NDEs—an out-of-body experience, the sensation of traveling through a tunnel, encountering a bright light (usually interpreted as God, Jesus or an angel), communicating with deceased relatives, feeling emotions such as profound peace, well-being and love, plus a flood of knowledge about life and the nature of the universe. Perhaps the most significant element he reports is the supremely conscious and superbly blissful state that exists beyond both limitations of the senses and intellect and the confines of space and time—

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the pure conscious form of each one’s truly real Self.

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Rushed to the hospital in a coma, Moorjani, whose body had been devoured for four years by cancer of the lymphatic system, describes the real self that she discovered during her NDE. “There I was, without my body or any physical traits, yet my pure essence continued to exist. It was not a reduced element of my whole self; in fact, it felt far greater and more intense and expansive than my physical being. “I felt eternal, as if I’d always existed and always would, without a beginning or end. I was filled with the knowledge that I was simply magnificent,” explains Moorjani, whose cancer completely disappeared within five weeks after her release from the hospital. “Not only did I come back with a clean slate, I brought back one of my biggest lessons—to love myself and be an instrument of love. I also returned to life here with a sense of purpose—to fearlessly be as authentically me as I can be. This means,” she clarifies, “that in whatever I do, I am acting from my sense of passion and the sheer joy of doing it.” During Alexander’s seven-day coma in a hospital, brought about by antibiotic-resistant E. coli meningitis that attacked his brain, he left his mortal identity behind. “My brain wasn’t working at all,” he relates. “My entire neo-

“We need to accept—at least hypothetically—that the brain itself doesn’t produce consciousness.” ~ Dr. Eben Alexander cortex, the part that makes us human, was entirely shut down. I had no language, emotions, logic or memories of who I was. Such an empty slate granted me full access to the true cosmic being that I am, that we all are,” says Alexander. He further recalls that as his NDE unfolded, it occurred to him that he was being granted a grand overview of the invisible side of existence. He also had a lovely ethereal companion that floated along on a butterfly wing, telepathically teaching him to accept the universal truth that, “You are eternally loved and cherished, you have nothing to fear, and there is nothing you can do wrong.” “If I had to boil the whole message down to just one word, it would be Love—the incomprehensibly glorious truth of truths that lives and breathes at the core of everything that exists or will ever exist. No remotely accurate understanding of who we are and what we are can be achieved by anyone who does not know it and embody it in all their actions,” Alexander now understands.

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Prior to his life-threatening illness, this neurosurgeon’s sophisticated medical training had led him to dismiss the possibility of NDEs. Today, he works at returning to his NDE state of oneness and unconditional love by using meditation and sacred acoustics, as well as quantum mechanics, to explore the nature of consciousness and higher brain function. Like Moody, Alexander studies the ancient Greek philosophers Parmenides, Pythagoras and Plato, who took the notion of an afterlife seriously and questioned “what” survives bodily death. Alexander’s consequent nonprofit organization, Eternea, fosters cooperation between science and spirituality by sponsoring research and education about spiritually transformative experiences and holistic consciousness beyond conventional definitions. “I had to learn a whole lot more about consciousness than I had to know about neuroscience,” quips Alexander, who now believes that the brain blocks access to knowledge of higher worlds. “We need to accept—at least hypothetically—that the brain itself doesn’t produce consciousness. That it is, instead, a kind of reducing valve or filter that dumbs down consciousness for the duration of our human experience. “Neuroscience can’t give you the first sentence about how the physical brain creates consciousness,” he states,

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while many are finding how science and spirituality strengthen each other. At age 37, a blood vessel exploded in the left hemisphere of Jill Bolte Taylor’s brain. A Ph.D. Harvard-trained scientist specializing in anatomy of the brain, she was fascinated to observe the breakdown of her brain-related functions. As described in her book, My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey, she became the witness to her stroke, which initially left her unable to talk, walk, read, write or remember anything prior to that occurrence. As her left brain shut down, Taylor lost her ability to process all language; with her mind suspended in newfound silence, she experienced an unprecedented sense of deep peace. She also experienced an inability to visually distinguish edges and boundaries between herself and the outer world. Absent conventional orientation, “I could actually see that my skin was not my physical boundary. “As a result of such a glorious state of blissful realization that I am—as we all are—connected to everything and everyone around us, I no longer see myself as a single, solid entity, separate from other human beings,” advises Taylor. “Although my left mind still thinks of me as a fragile individual, capable of losing my life, my right mind realizes the essence of my being as eternal life.” She now understands that she is part of the cosmic flow of energy, which she characterizes as a tranquil sea of euphoria.

Present Possibility

In The Hidden Face of God: Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth, author Gerald L. Schroeder, Ph.D., suggests that each of us is a part of the universe seeking and finding itself. Could it be that without the mental filter and self-limiting beliefs, we are free to consciously know our higher state of wholeness and the truth of our magnificence? Upwards of 8 million people that have experienced their own NDE are trending the world toward a tipping point into the comforting awareness that anything is possible. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAboutWe. com for the recorded interviews.



sked why she “I’ve become focused just my own enthought she ergy manifesting on seeing the perfection as cancer, because had cancer, Anita Moorjani, of life in this moment.” my fears weren’t author of Dying to allowing me to exBe Me, sums up press myself as the her answer in one word: Fear. “I was magnificent force I was meant to be,” killing myself, and cancer saved me,” advises Moorjani. says Moorjani, whose book documents She hopes that her presentaher near-death experience (NDE) and tions to medical professionals and the higher realm she encountered public speaking will influence how when her body shut down. Allowed the health profession views cancer to identify with her true magnificence, and other diseases and illnesses. undistorted by the fear generated “Treatment needs to be about more by her own lifelong self-judgment, than medicine, because so much of self-criticism, worry and lack of selfdisease has to do with our emotions,” forgiveness, she returned with a vital, she imparts, “especially the ones we heartfelt message. direct toward ourselves.” “Everyone is an amazing, mag Through this life-enhancing expenificent being, with great capacity for rience, Moorjani came to understand health, happiness and joy. Although why she owes it to herself, everyone we’ve been conditioned to believe that she meets and life itself to always exwe need to pursue success and learn press her own unique essence. “Trying to improve ourselves to be happy, such to be anything or anyone else doesn’t steps are unnecessary, because we make me better—it just deprives me already are all we are trying to attain,” of my true self and keeps me from she says. interacting authentically with others,” “I’d spent a lifetime feeling she explains. inadequate, beating myself up for Moorjani now knows that all life not meeting my own expectations,” in the universe is one and our core she continues. Through the clarity is love. “I was overwhelmed by the of dwelling in the NDE realm, she realization that God isn’t a being, but understood that the cancer wasn’t a state of being… and I am that state a punishment for anything. “It was of being… pure consciousness.” natural awakenings

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or for your annual physical. Then pick the five goals that are most important to you at this time. Be specific and give as much detail as possible and have a picture of your goals to help visualize them. Step 2: Write a plan for reaching your goals — Break down your plan into monthly and weekly steps. For example, if you want to lose 50 pounds for your high school reunion in May, you could set a monthly goal of losing 10 pounds or a weekly goal of 2 ½ pounds. By setting a deadline and putting it in writing, you’re more likely to achieve it. Step 3: Review your goals daily — By reviewing your goals each day, they’ll be imprinted in your mind and help you stay focused on what action you need to take daily.


Step 4: Work your plan — To eliminate wasted time and energy, channel your efforts in the pursuit of your goals. Believe in yourself and be determined to speed your progress.

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Track your goals and reward yourself as you achieve them. Our health is our most important asset. Unfortunately, it’s also the one we neglect the most, affecting all aspects of our lives. We push ourselves to the limit with ever-rising stress levels, which often result in a poor diet and minimal activity and exercise. When our health fails, we find ourselves focused totally on the arduous and expensive task of regaining it, when we could have prevented it. By setting goals and sticking to them, this time next year you will have cause to celebrate!


he hustle and bustle of the holidays and the fast approaching new year mean most of us are involved in a flurry of activity this month. But this time of year should also be a time for reflection and planning — otherwise, we tend to find ourselves playing catch-up without really getting anywhere. Most businesses use this time of year to set goals and objectives and to revise their plans and strategies accordingly. What would happen if we did the same for our health? How would we see our lives if we were actually able to accomplish the goals we set forth in the past year? Instead of the making the same resolutions that we often fail to keep, we can set goals for a healthier new year in much the same way that businesses set goals for a healthier fiscal year. The best time to lay out a plan is now — just before the new year is upon us. Find a quiet place for an hour, whether waking early before your family does to have the house to yourself or at a local coffee shop, so you can focus on yourself. To begin, it’s important to be clear about not only what your goals are but also your reasons for achieving them. And make sure those goals are truly what you want. You should also identify the people and situations in your life that support and challenge your efforts. Once you’ve identified your goals, you can design an effective health restoration and development program that sets you up for success. Step 1: Choose your goals — Decide which lifestyle changes you wish to make, whether starting an exercise program, changing your diet, quitting smoking, or making that long overdue appointment with your chiropractor, massage therapist


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Co-sleeping improves sleep.

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

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Co-sleeping builds parent-child bonds. Research published by the

by Mark Sisson


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

Co-sleeping makes breastfeeding easier. Studies published by the Acta

Paediatrica, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics confirm a

consistent link between co-sleeping and breastfeeding in countries as disparate as Brazil, Britain, Malaysia and Sweden. Breast milk provides immunological benefits, transfers symbiotic gut bacteria and promotes bonding between mother and child. It’s especially nutritious if the mother’s diet is healthy, and breast milk is the only food experts agree the human body is unquestionably designed to consume.

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

Co-sleeping fosters maturation.

Studies in the Infant and Child Development journal show that kids that share a bed or sleep in the same room with their parents grow up to be more selfreliant and socially independent, better behaved, less anxious about intimacy as adults and more likely to be happy.

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Parents that are nervous about sharing beds can try room sharing, where the baby sleeps in an adjoining crib or cot; family members will experience many of the same benefits. Mark Sisson is a former marathon runner and triathlete. He is the author of the bestselling health and fitness book, The Primal Blueprint, and publisher of the health blog,

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or California acupuncturist Daniela Freda, counseling patients who grapple with low energy during winter is routine. “They’re often concerned something is wrong, since our society expects us to feel the same way yearround,” says Freda, who maintains a private practice in San Francisco. “But in fact,” she adds, “everything is right.” According to a study published in Psychiatry Research, only 4 to 6 percent of Americans suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), characterized by a predictable seasonal pattern of major depressive or bipolar disorder. For the vast majority of the population, a slight seasonal variance in mood and behavior is normal, confirms Kathryn Roecklein, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and prominent SAD researcher at Pennsylvania’s University of Pittsburg. Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), like Freda, view decreased energy in nature’s wintertime as a reflection of the season’s energy. In this philosophy, rising (yang) and falling (yin) energies cycle as the seasons turn. Winter is governed by quiet, slow, introspective and creative yin energy. As winter yields to spring, the bright, fast,

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Spring is a time for new beginnings, summer a time for growth, autumn for gathering abundance and winter for introspection. ~Joseph Cardillo expansive and extroverted yang energy gains momentum to peak in summer. “Nature expresses universal energies in a big way,” says research psychologist and mind-body medicine expert Joseph Cardillo, Ph.D., author of The Five Seasons. Who can ignore a blossoming spring or an abundant autumn? “Those same energetic cycles,” says Cardillo, “are mirrored in the microcosmic human body and human experience.”

Chill Out

Although the December 21 winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year, temperatures in most of the U.S. continue to fall through February. Cardillo advises embracing winter’s chill because it diverts our attention from daily activities so that we pause to consider what’s important. “The effect is similar to splashing cold water on our face,” he remarks. As the cold draws animals into hibernation and plants into dormancy, it also beckons us to enjoy extra sleep, notes Freda, as we follow the sun’s path: Earlier to bed; later to rise. She encourages her clients to incorporate restorative activities into daily routines. “Intentionally set aside time to connect with the breath and quiet the mind,” she counsels. Try gentle yoga or t’ai chi, listen to relaxing music, curl up with a cozy book or take nature walks, flush with fresh sensory experiences. Cardillo explains that slowing down naturally creates space for the contemplative and creative qualities of yin energy to rise. Meditating, visualizing and journaling promote access to one’s inner wisdom. “Winter is a perfect time to examine the myriad ideas you’ve dreamt up and assemble them into a new you,” says Cardillo. “Now you are prepared to use the robust energy of spring to scatter those ideas abroad.”

Reflect on Water

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

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

essential oils (citrus brightens; lavender soothes) n Invite bright colors into living spaces (reds excite; greens, blues and whites

calm) n Nourish the palate with winter vegetable stews n Create a playlist of soothing nature sounds or uplifting music n Warm up near a cheery fire after spending time in the frosty outdoors

Find Balance

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

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

I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings. Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. As a result, many developed illnesses apparently related to the bitterness and resentment they carried. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends. Many were disappointed they had not truly realized the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks, and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip away. Many deeply regretted not giving important friendships the time and effort that they deserved. I wish that I had let myself be happier. Many did not understand until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called comfort of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others and to themselves that they were content, when deep within, they longed to laugh with gusto and cultivate some silliness in their life. Bronnie Ware is the author of The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing, a memoir of how people she cared for changed the way she lives. She blogs at

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Too Much Togetherness?

Exercise Helps Keep Family Holidays Merry by Sarah Todd


iven family hopes and often unrealistic expectations that everything will go perfectly, holiday gatherings can sometimes be a recipe for untoward stress. One of the best ways to keep potential ’tis-the-season tensions under control is to carve out some time for exercise, a move supported by research findings at Princeton University. Other experts suggest that from practicing a favorite Eastern modality to taking a natural spin around the neighborhood, we all have instant access to foolproof tactics for staying relaxed, healthy and more even-keeled among kin this winter.

To mend nerves frayed by debates at the dinner table, slip into a nearby bedroom for a calming yoga workout. Yoga’s emphasis on controlled breathing makes it ideal for treating family dynamics straight out of Silver Linings Playbook. The Mayo Clinic reports that deep breathing increases the flow of oxygen into the bloodstream, easing headaches, muscular tension and chest tightness. Yogic breathing patterns also are shown to lower resting heart rates, which helps practitioners stay composed in the face of any intra-family disagreements or other stressors.

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

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Exercisers that prefer to stay sheltered from wintry weather entirely have a solid alternative; an indoor cardiovascular workout can mimic jogging’s mood-lifting effects. Try alternating 12 reps of jumping jacks, lunges, squats and crunches to get the heart pumping. Consider a second series for a higher intensity workout. All of it will give muscles that often go slack during holiday loafing a chance to flex. Because these moves don’t require any equipment, such electives are as portable as a travel hair dryer during holiday visits anywhere. After one or more of these solo workouts, many revelers may be ready to up the ante on family togetherness. For a healthy dose of quality time, round up the gang and

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GREEN Merry Making

Retro-Fresh Family Traditions by Claire O’Neil


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

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For Danny Seo, author of Upcycling Celebrations: A UseWhat-You-Have Guide to Decorating, Gift-Giving & Entertaining, “Upcycling is basically a form of recycling that elevates something to a better level than before.” Based in New York City and Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Seo always has an eye out for green possibilities. “Opt for vintage pieces and re-imagine them in new and interesting ways,” he advises. For example, he likes to upcycle a vintage glass cake stand with a collection of bright ornaments for a unique holiday focal point. Michele Johansen, a lifestyle writer in Bellevue, Washington, suggests bringing in the outdoors. Instead of decorating the tree with tinsel and the home with plastic faux greenery, she suggests stringing popcorn and cranberries on the tree and decking the halls with fresh wreaths and garlands accented with boughs of holly. “Local nurseries are good sources for holiday décor that you can later mulch or put in yard waste bins,” she says. “The smells are much more authentic and festive.”

Save energy by using LED lights whenever possible, suggests Sheryl Eisenberg, a writer for the National Resources Defense Council. Plug lights and electronics into a power strip, and then unplug it when not in use to save “ghost” energy pulled by electronics that are plugged in, but not activated. Buy a live tree to later plant or recycle, Seo suggests. This supports regional Christmas tree farmers while retaining the integrity of local forests. Many communities offer recycling of holiday trees to provide mulch or habitat for aquatic life in local lakes.

Cintia Gonzalez, an Australian mom, crafted a dollhouse from an old suitcase, inventively using black chalkboard paint for the exterior, wooden shelves as floors and fast food ketchup cups as lampshades ( Another mom transformed a discarded coffee table into a painted train table for her boys. Upcycle paint chip cards into colorful gift tags, suggests Seo. Plus, use gift wraps that become part of the gift itself, such as placemats swaddling a bottle of wine, fabric to encase quilting supplies or sheet music enveloping concert tickets. As a general rule, “Give experiences, not gifts,” counsels Eisenberg. “Giving loved ones experiences reduces wrapping paper, ribbon and packaging and is an easy way to be a bit more personal over the holidays. Your teenage niece may love a spa day, complete with hair styling, while your favorite aunt and uncle may be thrilled to attend a local wine tasting. If you think a young child can tolerate a few less presents in exchange for a pass to an ice show or dance class, go for it.” “It’s the holiday experience that counts,” counsels Seo. “It’s what makes memories.”

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

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Many families enjoy giving traditional gifts to children at certain ages, like dollhouses or train sets. Re-imagine these and, when possible, buy local to save energy and support area businesses, suggests Eisenberg.


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Humanity’s Eternal Quest Eckhart Tolle on the Kingdom of Heaven Within by Eric Nelson


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o listen to Eckhart Tolle is to be reminded that anything is possible—for anyone. We’re not talking about living a life of leisure, filled with expensive cars, beach homes and extravagant vacations, but an experience brimming with the kind of spiritual insights that make this life not only worth living, but decidedly more fulfilling. The problem is that when people hear the words “spiritual insight”, there’s often an assumption that it’s about something too ethereal to be practical or too elusive to be achieved in this lifetime. This is exactly the point that Tolle, one of the world’s most well-known spiritual teachers and authors, rebuffed during a talk earlier this year at California’s Stanford University. “Some people awaken spiritually without ever coming into contact with any meditation technique or any spiritual teaching,” he said. “They may awaken simply because they can’t stand the suffering anymore.” He went on to cite examples of those that have either been told they have a short time to live or have been given an exceptionally long prison sentence. In both cases, any thought of a future has been effectively dashed, forcing these individuals into what Tolle describes as an intense awareness that there is only the present moment, with no more future to escape into mentally. The result is a lot less suffering. “That is the real spiritual awakening, when something emerges from within you that is deeper than who you thought you were,” says Tolle. “So, the

person is still there, but one could almost say that something more powerful shines through the person.” The good news, according to Tolle, is that in order to experience this awakening, “You don’t have to wait for the diagnosis by the doctor or to be put in prison… nor do you have to do 30,000 hours of meditation or live in an ashram for 20 years. Once you get a glimpse of it, you can invite it into your daily life.” For a growing number of people, it’s this understanding of the always present “spiritual you” shining through that has led to significant improvements in their lives, not the least of which is better health. This would seem to indicate that these kinds of spiritual insights aren’t the least bit ethereal or elusive, but decidedly practical.

“Spirituality and religion belong in the healing paradigm,” writes Airdre Grant, Ph.D., of Australia’s Southern Cross University, in a study published in the Journal of the Australian TraditionalMedicine Society. “They are determinants of health and they are factors in recovery, well-being and longevity.” So where do these insights come from? Is it simply a matter of wishful thinking? Or is it perhaps something more reliable, more effective than that? “Jesus said, ‘The kingdom of heaven is within you,’” observes Tolle, implying that this health-inducing understanding may be a lot closer than we thought. “I think if he lived nowadays, instead of ‘kingdom’, he would have said, ‘dimension’. And ‘heaven’ refers to a sense of vastness or spaciousness. So if we retranslate the words of Jesus into modern terms, [it would be] ‘the dimension of spaciousness is within you.’” “And then Jesus said—when they asked him, ‘Where is the kingdom of heaven and when is it going to come?’— he said, ‘The kingdom of heaven does not come with signs to be perceived. You cannot say, ah, it’s over there or look, it’s over there, for I tell you the kingdom of heaven is within you.’” How comforting it is to be reminded that the proverbial “kingdom of heaven” we’ve been hearing about for at least two millennia—this “dimension of spaciousness,” or what might be characterized as the understanding of our true spiritual identity—is “within you.” It’s within us all, here and now. All that remains is the willingness— and the humility—to put this insight into practice. Eric Nelson is a Christian Science healing practitioner from Los Altos, CA, whose articles on the link between spiritual consciousness and health appear regularly in national online publications. Connect at

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Peace on Our Plates Mindful Eating for a More Peaceful World by Judith Fertig


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

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At the center of the web of life is the food we all share to sustain our bodies. Tuttle insists that we celebrate this and regard each meal as a feast. “Food preparation is the only art that allows us to literally incorporate what we create. It is also the only art that fully involves all five senses,” he says. We honor this

wonderful activity most by sharing our cooking efforts with others, blessing the food and eating mindfully. The problem at the center of life, maintains Tuttle, is that we involve animals in our food chain, an act that “introduces suffering, whether physical, mental or emotional.” This is a truth we try to hide from, what he calls the ”cultural shadow”. “The worst examples include factory farming, but even the best methods ultimately involve killing other animals for food,” he says.

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One of Tuttle’s more controversial claims is that the herding culture—raising, dominating, selling, killing and owning animals—sets up a harmful physical, emotional and cultural dynamic, extolling domineering and aggressive behavior. “The herding culture requires male dominance and a mentality that might makes right,” observes Tuttle. “It also sees females as primarily breeders, not beings.” Based on contemporary research in anthropology, sociology and psychopathology, he maintains that the actions required to both dominate animals and eat their meat can lead to more aggressive and violent behavior. One recent study seems to support his claim. Dr. Neil Barnard, in his book, Foods That Fight Pain, remarks that, “Plant-based diets also help tame testosterone’s activity.” Barnard cites a Massachusetts male aging study of 1,552 men ages 40 to 70, which indicated that men eating more fruits


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and vegetables than meat were less domineering and aggressive, because the increased sex hormone-binding globulin produced by plants helps keep testosterone in check. “If we continue the meat-centric way of eating, we’re going to continue to have the problems that come with it,” says Tuttle. “The way forward is plant-based agriculture.”

Practicing a World Peace Diet The Tuttles shop for fresh, organic and non-GMO (genetically modified organism) foods and favor what they call “blueprint recipes,” that vary from day to day. Each outlines the makings of a dish and encourages cooks to be intuitive in how they fill in the details. For a typical breakfast, for example, Tuttle and his wife, Madeleine, will make a green smoothie that includes kale, banana, apple, grapes, ground flax, chia seeds, cinnamon and fresh ginger. “It’s a flexible drink,” says Tuttle. “We will swap out whatever organic fruits and vegetables we have so that we vary the flavor from time to time.” For example, they might use parsley, spinach, or chard leaves in place of kale, or citrus in place of grapes. Lunch is usually a wrap-type sandwich, sometimes using fresh leaf lettuce or a whole-wheat tortilla. One recent example of such a wrap combined tomatoes, peppers, sprouts, walnuts, tempeh and avocado. A dinnertime blueprint recipe involves a base of cooked rice, quinoa, pasta, mashed potatoes or polenta, topped with a vegetable ragout, cooked or raw. “You could live the rest of your life mixing and matching these ingredients and never have the same meal twice,” notes Tuttle. “We have been doing it for 30 years. If we all choose to eat like this, the world could feed everybody on a fraction of the land now consumed by agriculture.” Learn more at articles.htm. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood from Overland Park, KS.

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

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For lunch, a simple wrap can provide a daily change-up mixing in different fresh ingredients plus a plant-based flavoring like dried herbs, spices or garlic stirred into the Vegenaise or homemade eggless mayonnaise. Yields two servings 2 10-inch whole-wheat tortillas 2 Tbsp Vegenaise 1 tsp prepared horseradish, or to taste 1 cup fresh lettuce, torn into pieces ½ cup sprouts ½ cup chopped fresh tomatoes ½ cup shredded fresh carrots ½ cup diced fresh cucumber 1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced ¼ cup toasted walnuts

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To start the day, use a high-powered Vitamix-type blender to reduce whole fruits and vegetables to a smooth juice. If using a regular blender, cut the fruits and vegetables into small pieces and strain the purée after blending. Yields two servings 1 banana, sliced 1 large apple, peeled, cored and chopped ½ cup seedless green grapes 1 cup chopped kale leaves 1 cup baby spinach leaves 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger 1 Tbsp ground flax seeds ¼ cup ground chia seeds ¼ tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp ground cloves 1 cup purified water Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Strain, if necessary, to remove larger pieces; pour into two glasses and serve.

Toast walnuts by placing them on a baking sheet in a 350-degree oven for 15 minutes. Cool, and then chop. Place the tortillas on a flat surface. In a small bowl, mix the Vegenaise and horseradish together. Spread the mixture on the tortillas. Top each tortilla with half the lettuce, sprouts, tomatoes, carrots, cucumber, avocado and walnuts. Roll each tortilla into a wrap and serve.

1 garlic clove, minced 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp coarse kosher or sea salt Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Stir in the rice, reduce the heat and simmer covered until tender, about 40 minutes. While the rice is cooking, combine the red bell pepper, celery, Kalamata olives, Italian parsley and walnuts in a medium-sized bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and salt. Pour the dressing over the vegetables, stir until well blended, and then let rest until the rice is done. To serve, spoon the cooked rice onto each plate and top with the raw vegetable ragout. Source: Adapted from Intuitive Cooking, by Madeleine Tuttle (

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Weight Loss and Detox Before the Holidays—6:30–8:30pm. Kick off your weight-loss goals with DoTERRA’s Slim & Sassy and move into your holiday season by slimming down, gaining energy, and revving up your metabolism naturally. No charge. Classes held at MAXLIFE, 9 Franklin Street, Suite 2, Morristown. RSVP: 973-292-0222 or

Where’s Your Moon? Astrology Workshop with Sherri Horn Hasan—1–4pm. Workshop with astrologer Sherri Horn Hasan to learn more about your moon and how it affects your present day emotional life. Limited to eight people. You must have your exact birth time to participate! $37. Sheri@ 973-222-6762. Growing With the Seasons, 811 Main Street, Boonton.


Want Better Vision?—1–3pm. Hear Dr. Ben Lane talk about “Real Reversal of Eye and Vision Problems.” Discover the essential vitamins and eye exercises to protect your eyes. Nutritional Optometry Associates, 16 North Beverwyck Rd., Lake Hiawatha. 973-335-0111.

New Moon Celebration & Healing Gong—6:30– 8:45pm. Event includes a long session of deep meditative relaxation with the Healing Gong. $20 pre/$25 door. (Mention Natural Awakenings to receive 20 percent off.) Aquarian Yoga Center, 641 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair. 908-884-4984.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6 Growing the Sisterhood with Madeline Thompson—7–9pm. A monthly gathering of women for breath work, kundalini yoga, singing, sharing, and listening to one another. We support awareness of the self and use the mirrors of potential and possibility of the other sisters to empower change, acceptance and patience as the way opens. $22. Growing With the Seasons, 811 Main Street, Boonton. 973-2226762.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11 Medicine Cabinet Makeover—6:30–8:30pm. Learn why essential oils are cheaper, safer and more effective than traditional remedies. No charge. Classes held at MAXLIFE, 9 Franklin Street, Suite 2, Morristown. RSVP: 973-292-0222 or Info@


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15 Back Care Basics—11:30am–1pm. General back care yoga class with Hector Martinez. The class is designed for those with “bad posture,” neck and shoulder issues, general back discomfort, scoliosis, and other common back issues. $25. Studio Yoga Madison, 2 Green Village Rd., Suite 215, Madison. 973-966-5311. EFT 1-Day Workshop—1–3pm. iwc Seminar Sunday Presents: EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) 1-Day Workshop. Learn how to heal yourself through tapping into your own body’s energy meridians. Call for reservations as seating is limited. 908-879-8700. $20. for more info. iwc (Integrative Wellness Center), 401 Rte. 24, Nathan Cooper Building, Chester. Meditation Mini-Retreat—1–5:30pm. Meditation Mini-Retreat with John Welshons. An oasis of calm in a turbulent world. Discover the infinite reservoir of peace within. $60. Studio Yoga Madison, 2 Green Village Rd., Suite 215, Madison. 973-966-5311.

6TH ANNUAL WOMEN’S SELF-CARE RETREAT January 17 - 19, 2014 Coming Back to Life: Detaching from Life’s Distractions The Quellen Spiritual Center, Mendham, NJ

Gentle Yoga & Levels 1-2 Feeding Your Yoga Practice with Energy and Nutrition with special guest Delia Quigley, Fearless Expression, Meditation, living in higher consciousness, and group discussion. Therapeutic Massage and/or IGM Acupressure treatments available for an additional fee. Fee includes food and lodging Contact: jeanmarie@fosteringthejourney. com. 908-850-6475 or yogamarys@yahoo. com. 973-670-7421.

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Free Zen Meditation Group Sit—7–8:30am. Led by Kurt Spellmeyer of at Kula Yoga Wellness, 25 Main St., Stanhope. For info, email

Yoga Therapy—9:30am. Mondays. Heal your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies through expert instruction and personal attention. Sadhana Yoga, 150 River Road, Unit M4, Montville. 973-265-0665 or

Outdoor Boot Camp Class—9:30am. Work at your own pace and get in shape with Brad Sims Personal Training. $10. 908-247-7063, Info@BradSimsPT. com. The Room Above, 2 E. Main St., Brookside (Mendham Twp.). Summit Unitarian Worship Service—9:30 and 11:15am throughout the regular church year. The Unitarian Church, 4 Waldron Ave., Summit. 908273-3245. Prenatal Yoga—9–10:15am. For the Mother Goddess and her growing baby! $18 drop-in or class package. The Karuna Shala, 855 Bloomfield Ave., Suite 208, 2nd Floor, Glen Ridge. Morristown Unitarian Fellowship—Worship services at 10am. Children and Youth Religious Education at 9am.21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-540-1177, ext. 201. Institute for Spiritual Development—10am. First and third Sundays. Psychic and spiritual development & healing. Masonic Lodge #93, 170 Main St., Madison. 973-437-4370. Center for Spiritual Living~Morristown—11am 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—11am Sunday Celebration and Youth Program, followed by fellowship in Wakeman Hall. 25 Mudcut Rd., Lafayette. 973-3836277. Drum Jam—3–5pm. Third Sundays. Open to all; beginners to experienced musicians. Some gather for spiritual reasons, others for an opportunity to socialize or try something different. $10 donation. Rest Stop Rejuvenate, 21 Maple Ave., Rockaway, 973-985-7548. Free Meditation Class—4–5pm.Learn how to manage stress and emotions through breathing techniques and meditation. A perfect introduction to meditation. Free. Art of Living Foundation, Parsippany PAL Bldg., 33 Baldwin Rd., Parsippany. 973-400-9191. Free Community Yoga Classes—4:30–5:30pm. Free; donations appreciated. Purple Om Yoga, 3118 Rte. 10 W., Denville. 973-343-2848. Outdoor Boot Camp Class—6pm. Work at your own pace and get in shape with Brad Sims Personal Training. $10. 908-247-7063, Info@BradSimsPT. com. The Room Above, 2 E. Main St., Brookside (Mendham Twp.). AA Meeting(O-B-ST)—8pm Sundays. Open to those struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction. Free. Cranford United Methodist Church, 201 Lincoln Ave., Cranford.

Beginners Yoga with Shirley Sahaja Sicsko— 9:30am Mondays. Yoga West Holistic Center, 86 Main St., Succasunna; Yoga—Noon–1pm. Gentle poses that focus on movements with the breath, creating a connection between the body and the mind. $10. Please bring your own yoga mat. Center for Well Being, Morristown Medical Center, 100 Madison Avenue, Morristown. 973-971-6301. Pilates Sculpt—Noon–1pm. Try your first class for free. 973-895-9925. Pilates at Pro Physical Therapy, 2 Emery Ave., Randolph. Pilateswithamy@verzon. net. Noontime Energy Enhancing Blasts of Qigong with Sal Canzonieri—Noon–1pm Mondays. Lunchtime energy healing. Register at 908-8793937. The Art of the Heart, 15 Perry St., Chester. Restorative Yoga—3:30–4:30pm. Restore, relax, and unwind. This is a deepening centering yoga class for bringing you back to your calmest self. $10. Please bring your own yoga mat. Center for Well Being, Morristown Medical Center, 100 Madison Avenue, Morristown. 973-971-6301. Posture Fit©—3:30–4:15 pm. Use props and weights to strengthen, tone, improve balance and coordination, challenge your mind, strengthen core and back. Try a complimentary class. The Wellness Center of Northwest Jersey, Randolph Medical Arts Building, 765 Rte. 10 East, Randolph. WellnessCenterNWJ. com or 973-895-2003. Qigong—6–7pm. Gentle exercises designed to generate energy flow. Contact Renee Dorn, 551574-9500; Move in Grace, 294 Main St., Chester. Awareness Through Movement—7–8pm. Gentle movement lessons suitable for everyone, even those limited by pain, injuries or neurological conditions. Contact Beatrice Basso, 973-294-4059; Move in Grace, 294 Main St., Chester. Monday Night Meditation Circle—7–8pm every Monday. Relax and recharge with Reiki Master Victoria at Monday Night Meditation @ Evolve Restorative Therapy. Feel the healing energy flow! Evolve Restorative Therapy, 523 Westfield Ave., 3rd Floor, Westfield. 908-361-6376. Meditation Class—7–9pm every Monday. Balance body, mind, and spirit with meditation, breathing, crystals, acupressure and essential oils. Yoga teachers: Rev. Bill, Reiki master, and Rev. Judith, MSW. Suggested donation: $10. RSVP 973-585-4661. Succasunna.

Tai Chi & Qigong—7pm Mondays. All levels, featuring Qigong for energy, Sun Style Tai Chi, and meditations for health. Institute for Spiritual Development,15 Sparta Ave., Sparta. More info at 973-786-6466 or Reiki Healing Circle in the Salt Room—7–8:30pm. Second and fourth Mondays. Experience restoration, relaxation, and balance. Includes guided meditation, an introduction to Reiki, chair treatments, and salt therapy. $25.Register at or 908-665-0333. Respira Salt Wellness Center, 472 Springfield Ave., Berkeley Heights. Meditation in the Salt Room—7–8pm.Every third Monday. Mindfulness-based stress reduction and other meditation techniques. Bring a meditation pillow or sit in one of our chairs. RSVP required. 908-665-0333 or$15. RespiraSaltWellnessCenter, 472 Springfield Ave., Berkeley Heights. Because I Love You (B.I.L.Y.) Parent Support Group—7–8:30pm. Confidential self-help group for parents experiencing substance abuse issues with their children. Free. Jefferson Twp. BOE Community Room, 31 Rte. 181, Lake Hopatcong.

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Psychic Mediumship—7–9pm. First three Mondays. Gather with an individual or up to five family members 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@ Psychic Development Class—7–9pm Last Monday of the month. $10.Held in Netcong. Call 908-8524635 to register. HYP4LIFE. com. Meditation and Healing Group—7:30pm.First and third Mondays. Metaphysical Center of New Jersey, Montville. Free. No experience necessary. Call Harriet at 973-702-8443 for directions and info. A Course in Miracles—7:30pm Mondays. Unity of Montclair, 84 Orange Rd., Montclair.$10 suggested donation. Contact Connie at 973-239-8402 for Psychic Readings with Sue—7:30–9pm Mondays. Call 908-879-3937 to schedule an appt. Held at The Art of the Heart at 15 Perry St., Chester. Yoga for Ultimate Beginners—8–9pm. For students brand new to yoga, this series covers the fundamentals of yoga from alignment basics to class etiquette. $90 for six weeks. Purple Om Yoga,3118 Rte. 10 West, Denville. 973-343-2848.

tuesday Early Morning Kigong/Tai Chi—6–7am. Start your day with a fresh and recharged mind and body. Harmony Meditation Center, 241 North Ave. West, Westfield. 908-301-9642. Chair Yoga—7am. Enjoy the benefits of yoga while sitting on a chair. $7 per class. Randolph Pain Relief & Wellness Center, 540 Rte. 10 West, Randolph. 973-866-5776. Yoga Foundations—9:15–10:15am. Learn the foundations of yoga in a safe, encouraging environ-

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ment, while releasing stress and tension. $10/class. Breathing Room Center, 735 Rte. 94, Newton. 973896-0030. Kundalini Yoga Class—9:30am. Awaken and balance the flow of your Kundalini life energy. $15. Growing with the Seasons, 811 Main St., Boonton. 973-222-6762. Christpaths—9:30am–12pm.Second Tuesdays. Monthly spiritual sharing and practice group. Christ Church, 66 Highland Ave., Short Hills. Yearly tuition: $175. 908-277-2120. Information@ White Oak Yoga—9:30–10:45am or 5:45– 7pm,mixed level. $10 or $50 for six classes. Taught by Elizabeth Bell. Sparta Ambulance Bldg., 14 Sparta Ave., Pilates Mat with Props—10–11am. A traditional mat workout along with the magic circle, weights, stability balls and barre with flow and control. Try a complimentary class. The Wellness Center of Northwest Jersey, Randolph Medical Arts Building, 765 Rte. 10 East, Randolph. WellnessCenterNWJ. com or 973-895-2003.


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Awareness Through Movement Classes with Diane Bates—12:30, 2:00 and 4:30 pm 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 for more info.


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The Spirit Gathering Church—7:15pm 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. Restorative Yoga—7:30pm. Tuesdays. Shed stress and unleash your body’s innate healing capacities through comfortably supported guided relaxations. Sadhana Yoga, 150 River Road, Unit M4, Montville. 973-265-0665 or The Morris Music Men Quartet—7:30pm Tuesdays. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 300 Shunpike Rd., Chatham. Sing and socialize. Newcomers always welcome. 877-808-8697. North American Butterfly Association—7:30pm First Tuesdays. Frelinghuysen Arboretum Education Center, 53 E. Hanover Ave., Morristown. 973-326-7600. Restorative Yoga—7:30pm Tuesdays. Community House, Madison. Contact for schedule and details. A Course in Miracles—7:30pm Study group for the course in spiritual psychotherapy.Miracles-Course. org. Garwood. Call Betsy Zipkin at 732-469-0234.

Prenatal Yoga—4–5pm. Focus on breathing exercises that increase body and mental awareness for a healthy and happy mom-to-be. $10. Please bring your own yoga mat. Center for Well Being, Morristown Medical Center, 100 Madison Avenue, Morristown. 973-971-6301. Doctor’s note mandatory to participate.

Book Study Group—7:30–9pm Held at Unity of Sussex County, 25 Mudcut Rd., Lafayette. More info: 973-383-6277.

Yoga—5–6pm. Gentle poses that focus on movements with the breath, creating a connection between the body and the mind. $10. Please bring your own yoga mat. Center for Well Being, Morristown Medical Center, 100 Madison Avenue, Morristown. 973-971-6301. Yoga Level 1—6–7pm. Learn basic postures, breathing styles and meditation. Contact Jean Marie: 908850-6475. Move in Grace, 294 Main St., Chester.

Yo Bro Yoga—7pm. Tuesdays. Building the Brotherhood, yoga with Bernayogi (aka Phil Bernarducci), $10. Growing with the Seasons, 811 Main St., Boonton. 973-222-6762.


Meditation—7–7:30pm Unity of Sussex County, 25 Mudcut Rd., Lafayette. 973-383-6277.

Yoga for Teens & Tweens—3:45–5:45pm. Aquarian Yoga Center, 641 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair. 908-884-4984.

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The Gathering—7:30–9:30pm First and third Tuesdays. Worship service with Christina Lynn Whited. Offering of $10–$20 requested. Call 908-638-9066 to register. Circle of Intention, 76 Main St., High Bridge. Gentle Yoga—8pm. Includes a wide range of yoga poses, breath awareness, alignments, relaxation, and meditation. $7 per class. Randolph Pain Relief & Wellness Center, 540 Rte. 10 West, Randolph. 973-866-5776.

wednesday White Oak Center Organic Co-Op—Every other Wednesday. Delivered by Albert’s Organics. Membership $20, then $35 bimonthly. White Oak Center, 33 Woodport Rd., Sparta. For more info, contact Brian Trautz at 973-729-1900 or BTrautz@

Meditation and Healing Group—7pm.Second and fourth Tuesdays. Metaphysical Center of New Jersey, Towaco. Free. No experience necessary. Call Peggy at 973-299-0172 for directions and info.

New Barre Sculpt—8–9 am. Sculpt and elongate while developing balance, strength and flexibility. Try a complimentary class. The Wellness Center of Northwest Jersey, Randolph Medical Arts Building, 765 Rte. 10 East, Randolph. WellnessCenterNWJ. com or 973-895-2003.

Meditation—7–8pm Tuesdays. Beginners and advanced are welcome to join a weekly guided meditation. Aquarian Sun Healing and Learning Center, 212A Main St., Lincoln Park. Donation: $10. Call

Free 8-Week Vinyasa Yoga—9:15am–10:15am. First Presbyterian Church of Springfield, 37 Church Mall Rd., Springfield. Reserve: 973-379-4320.

Chakra Yoga with Chant and Tibetan Yoga—9:30– 10:45am Wednesdays. Westfield Yoga, 231 Elmer St., Westfield. Call 908-232-1355 for details. Yoga for Women’s Health—9:30–10:45am. Poses to help you better address menstruation, menopause, pelvic floor issues, and basic back care. The Karuna Shala, 855 Bloomfield Ave., Ste. 208, 2nd Fl., Glen Ridge. Mommy and Me Yoga—10:30–11:15am.For children ages 3&4. Children learn “peaceful” breathing as they flow through a series of poses and create their own. Carol’s Yoga Youngsters, 145 Washington St., Morristown. 973-898-0544. Healing Meditations with Rev. Frankie—Noon. Center for Spiritual Living, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. Free. 973-539-3333. Cardio/Pilates Apparatus Circuit—Noon. Pilates at Pro Physical Therapy, 2 Emery Ave., Randolph. 973-895-9925. T’ai Chi Chih®—3:30-4:30pm. T’ai Chi Chih is a “moving meditation” consisting of 19 movements and one pose. Helps circulate and balance the vital life force in the body and is helpful for osteoporosis, bone density, and balance. Can be done standing or sitting. $10. Center for Well Being, Morristown Medical Center, 100 Madison Avenue, Morristown. 973-971-6301. Pilates for Everyone—5–6pm.Lengthen, strengthen, stretch and tone. Move in Grace, 294 Main St., Chester. For more information, contact Carrie Oesmann: 201-919-7811. Chi Kung (Qigong) for Women—5:30–6:30pm meets every week in Verona to practice gentle, relaxing, and healing movement. All ages and levels welcome. Info and directions at 973-857-9536. Monthly Reiki Bodywork Practice Sessions— 6–9pm.Second Wednesdays. Practitioners of all levels of Reiki or energy training join to offer one another energy healing sessions. $25. At Be The Medicine, 18 Bank St., Suite 300, Morristown. Guided Meditation & Chanting—6–7pm Westfield Yoga Studio, 231 Elmer St., Westfield. $14 per class or $72 for 6. Preregister at 908-232-1355. Teen Yoga—6:30—7:30pm.Age 13+. Teens learn to listen to their bodies as they move at their own pace promoting peacefulness, mental clarity and improved self-esteem. Carol’s Yoga Youngsters, 145 Washington St., Morristown. 973-898-0544.

Beginner Yoga Adult Class—6:30–7:30pm Wednesdays. Drop-in, $20. 4 sessions, $75; 8 sessions, $130; New student 2 sessions for $20. More info at 973-944-0555.Pediatric Therapy & Yoga of Morris, LLC, 18 Elm St., Morristown. Yoga as Medicine—6:15–7:30pm Explore the interface of Hatha Yoga and ayurvedic medicine. All levels welcome. The Karuna Shala, 855 Bloomfield Ave., Ste. 208, 2nd Fl., Glen Ridge. Adult Yoga Class—6:30–7:30pm Wednesdays. Drop-in, $25.4 sessions, $75; 8 sessions, $130;Newstudent 3sessions, $45. Pediatric Therapy & Yoga of Morris, LLC, 14 Elm St., Morristown. 201-2131294. Prenatal Yoga—6:30–7:45 pm. Wednesdays. Nourish yourself and your baby through the practice of yoga postures, breathing and relaxation. New students: $67 for 5 classes. Studio Yoga Madison, 2 Green Village Rd., Suite 215, Madison. 973-9665311. Heart Circle/Meditation Class—7–8pm. 3rd Wednesdays. Relax, enjoy and learn. Intimate home setting. 35 Long Hill Road, Long Valley. RSVP or 908-625-6732 Free Meditation Class—7–8pm. Learn how to manage stress and emotions through breathing techniques and meditation. A perfect introduction to meditation. Free. Art of Living Foundation, Parsippany PAL Bldg., 33 Baldwin Rd., Parsippany. 973-400-9191. Women’s Healing Circle—7–9pm 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. Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Support Group of Morristown—7–9pm First Wednesdays, except July and August. Support for patients and their families. Speakers. 973-219-8092 or Wen5500@hotmail. com. 95 Madison Ave., Suite 109A, Morristown. Introduction to Soto Zen Practice—7:15pm 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—7:15–9pm Westfield Yoga Studio, 231 Elmer St., Westfield. $10. Call in advance: 908-232-1355. Intuitive Tantric Meditation—7:30pm Wednesdays. Still your mind, experience your inner ener-

gies, and enjoy love & peace. Sadhana Yoga, 150 River Road, Unit M4, Montville. 973.265.0665 or The Morris County (West) Chapter of Holistic Moms Network—7:30pm First Wednesdays. Held at Chester Field House, 107 Seminary Ave., Chester. International Folk Dancing—7:30–11pm Wednesdays. First hour dedicated to beginners and new dances. Mountain Lakes Community Church, 48 Briarcliff Rd., Mountain Lakes.$5.973-627-4386 or 973-539-7020 or 973-635-4913. AA Meeting (O-B-ST)—8pmWednesdays. Open to those struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction. Free. Cranford United Methodist Church, 201 Lincoln Ave., Cranford. Reiki Circle—8–9pm Every other Wednesday. Check website for dates. Gentle intro to Reiki, guided meditation and Reiki sample. Questions welcome.$10 suggested donation. Miriam’s Well Healing, 460 Bloomfield Ave., Suite 207, Montclair; 917-202-0475.

thursday Early Morning Meditation—6–7am. Start your day with a fresh and recharged mind and body. Harmony Meditation Center, 241 North Ave. West, Westfield. 908-301-9642. Morning Chi Kung (Qigong)—8:30–9:15am. All welcome. Movement is simple and adjustable to your needs. The WAE Center at Temple B’nai Shalom, 300 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange. 973-857-9536. Outdoor Boot Camp Class—9:30am. Work at your own pace and get in shape with Brad Sims Personal Training. $10. 908-247-7063, Info@BradSimsPT. com. The Room Above, 2 E. Main St, Brookside (Mendham Twp.). Beginner Yoga Adult Class—10–11am Thursdays. Drop-in, $20. 4 sessions, $75; 8 sessions, $130; New student 2 sessions for $20. More info at 973-9440555.Pediatric Therapy & Yoga of Morris, LLC, 18 Elm St., Morristown. Beginner Yoga Adult Class—11am–noon. Thursdays. Drop-ins, $20; 4 sessions, $65; 8 sessions, $120.Pediatric Therapy & Yoga of Morris, LLC, 14 Elm St., Morristown. 201-213-1294.

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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–1pm Thursdays. $10. Register at 908-879-3937. The Art of the Heart, 15 Perry St, Chester. Yoga Pilates Fusion—2–3pm. Combines yoga and Pilates, leaving you calm, refreshed, invigorated and toned. $10. Please bring your own yoga mat. Center for Well Being, Morristown Medical Center, 100 Madison Avenue, Morristown. 973-971-6301. Restorative Yoga—3–4pm. Restore, relax, and unwind. A deepening centering yoga class for bringing you back to your calmest self. $10. Center for Well Being, Morristown Medical Center, 100 Madison Avenue, Morristown. 973-971-6301. Please bring your own yoga mat. White Oak Yoga—4:15–5:15pm Gentle Yoga. Taught by Elizabeth Bell. Sparta Ambulance Bldg., 14 Sparta Ave., 973-729-1900.WhiteOakCenter. com. Yoga—5–6pm. Gentle poses that focus on movements with the breath, which create a connection between the body and the mind. $10. Please bring your own yoga mat. Center for Well Being, Morristown Medical Center, 100 Madison Avenue, Morristown. 973-971-6301. Boot Camp Body Blast—5:45–6:30 pm. Burn calories, tone and condition. Try a complimentary class. The Wellness Center of Northwest Jersey, Randolph Medical Arts Building, 765 Rte. 10 East, Randolph. or 973-895-2003. Outdoor Boot Camp Class—6pm. Work at your own pace and get in shape with Brad Sims Personal Training. $10. 908-247-7063, Info@BradSimsPT. com. The Room Above, 2 E. Main St, Brookside (Mendham Twp.). Evening Yoga Series—6:15pm–7:30pm. For adults. All levels yoga series. Advance registration and monthly payment is required; Essex County Environmental Center, 621-B Eagle Rock Ave., Roseland. 973-228-8776. Parent/Child Yoga—6:30–7:30pm Thursdays. More info at 973-944-0555.Pediatric Therapy & Yoga of Morris, LLC, 18 Elm St., Morristown.

Reiki Share—6:30–9pm Fourth Thursdays. Experience Reiki’s healing touch by giving or receiving. All welcome. Free. Aquarian Sun, 212A Main St., Lincoln Park. 973-686-9100. Yoga with Daniella—7pm.Yoga for all levels. $5 suggested donation. The First Presbyterian Church,11-13 Main St., Franklin. $5 suggested donation. Oasis for the Soul Spiritual Salon—7–9:30pm. Second Thursdays. Experience deep meditations, teachings, discussions and healing immediately relevant to all in profound ways. $40. At Be The Medicine 18 Bank St, Suite 300, Morristown. RSVP 973-647-2500 iwc Women’s Group—7–8:30pm. Thursdays. Therapeutic discussion group led by licensed professional counselors processing all life issues including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, divorce, life transition, stress, aging, care-giving, etc. iwc for medical, mind and body. 401 Rte. 24, Chester. Call for information: 908-879-8700. Hypnosis & NLP Certification—7–9pm. Become a certified hypnotherapist & NLP practitioner. Eleven separate classes and the convenience of paying per class, or do certification separate. First 5 for NLP and last 6 for hypnotherapist. Huna Healing Center, 23 Diamond Spring Rd., Suite 5, Denville. HunaHealingCenter@yahoo. com.973-224-6773. The Sussex County Chapter of Holistic Moms— 7pm Second Thursdays. Free. Held at Holy Counselor Lutheran Church, 68 Sand Hill Rd., Sussex. 973-347-1246. Sacred Light Circle of Intention, Prayer, Meditation, and Healing—7–9 pm, first and third Thursdays. Suggested offering, $11. DivineAlchemy111@ or 973-366-8765. Held at Rest Stop Rejuvenate, 21 Maple Ave., Rockaway. Taking Control of Your Own Health and Wealth—7:30pm Thursdays. Discover the difference between opportunity and success. Free. RSVP: 908-461-0141 or 35 W. Main St., Denville. Adult Survivors of Child Abuse Support Group Meeting—7:30–9pm. We follow the ASCA meeting format and our goal is mutual support in a gentle and nonjudgmental environment. or The Morristown Chapter

of ASCA, Church of the Redeemer, 36 South St., Morristown. A Course in Miracles—7:30pm. Study group for the course in spiritual psychotherapy. Miracles-Course. org. Summit. Betsy Zipkin. 732-469-0234. A Course in Miracles—7:30pmSecond Thursdays. Study group for the course in spiritual psychotherapy. Unity of Sussex County, 25 Mudcut Rd., Lafayette.973-383-6277. Gentle Yoga—8pm.An effective approach to develop flexibility and strength and encourage deep relaxation. $7 per class. Randolph Pain Relief & Wellness Center, 540 Rte. 10 West, Randolph. 973-866-5776. Gentle Yoga with Daniella Hurley—8pm.Randolph Pain Relief & Wellness Center, 540 Rte.10 West, Randolph. 973-866-5224.

friday The Fit Body—8–8:55am. A fun combination of cardio and weights in an “express” workout. Try a complimentary class. The Wellness Center of Northwest Jersey, Randolph Medical Arts Building, 765 Rte. 10 East, Randolph. WellnessCenterNWJ. com or (973)895-2003. Yoga Flow—9:15–10:30am.$10/class. Breathing Room Center, 735 Rt. 94, Newton. 973-896-0030. Outdoor Boot Camp Class—9:30am. Work at your own pace and get in shape with Brad Sims Personal Training. $10. 908-247-7063, Info@BradSimsPT. com. The Room Above, 2 E. Main St, Brookside (Mendham Twp.). Beginners Yoga with Shirley Sahaja Sicsko— 9:30am Fridays. Yoga West Holistic Center, 86 Main St., Succasunna; Morning Yoga Series—9:30am–10:45am for adults. All levels yoga series. Essex County Environmental Center, 621-B Eagle Rock Ave., Roseland. 973-228-8776. Morning Meditation—10–11am Fridays. Held at The Art of the Heart, 15 Perry St., Chester. RSVP at 908-879-3937.More info at

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Meditation in the Salt Room—10–11am. Mindfulness-based stress reduction and other meditation techniques. Bring a meditation pillow or sit in one of our chairs. RSVP required. 908-665-0333 or $15. Respira Salt Wellness Center, 472 Springfield Ave., Berkeley Heights. Overeaters Anonymous Meeting—10:30am– Noon. Twelve-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: 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. Yoga—noon-1pm. Gentle poses that focus on movements with the breath. $10. Please bring your own yoga mat. Center for Well Being, Morristown Medical Center, 100 Madison Avenue, Morristown. 973-971-6301.

fee or tea. Sponsored by Circle of Intention. Reiki Share—7–9pm Fridays. Join with other Reiki practitioners and experience working on others. Suggested donation $10-$15. Divine Inspirations Bookstore, 217 Franklin Ave., Nutley. 973-5625844. AA Meeting—7:30pm.St. Peter’s Episcopal Church,70 Maple Ave., Morristown. 973-538-0555. Dances of Universal Peace—7:30–9pm First Fridays. Sacred circle dancing and joyous group singing. Interweave (Calvary) at the Unitarian Church, 31 Woodland Ave., Summit. $ Evening of Prayer and Healing—7:30–9:30pm. 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. A Course in Miracles—8pm every other Friday. Contact June at 973-366-4455.

Outdoor Boot Camp Class—2pm. Work at your own pace and get in shape with Brad Sims Personal Training. $10. 908-247-7063, Info@BradSimsPT. com. The Room Above, 2 E. Main St, Brookside (Mendham Twp.).

The Minstrel—8–11pm Fridays. Concert series. Refreshments served. Admission $8; children 12 and under free. 973-335-9489. Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown.

Debtors Anonymous Meeting—5:30–6:30pm. Twelve-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.

Al-Anon Meeting—8–9:30pm Center for Practical Spirituality – Religious Science, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3114.

Drum Circle—6pm. Weekly drum circle to get your spirit flowing with the ancient healing art of drumming. Learn new skills; connect with others in this warm and welcoming space. $20/class. Breathing Room Center, 735 Rte. 94, Newton. 973-997-0116. BreathingRoomCenter. com. Healing Sanctuary—7pm. Third Fridays. Experience an evening of quiet meditation and healing. Open to all. Free. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 127 Broad St., Washington.908-362-6360. Messages from the Other Side—7–9pm Third Fridays. Held at Eleven on Main Café, 11 Main St., High Bridge. Must register at 908-638-8888 or $10 includes cof-

saturday Essential Pilates—8am. Weekly. Try out a class for free at our award-winning studio. “Best in NJ 2011&2012!” Call to register: 973-895-9925. Pilates at Pro Physical Therapy, 2 Emery Ave., Randolph. 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—7:45am Saturdays. Drop-in, $25; 4 sessions, $75; 8 sessions, $130; New student 3 sessions, $45. Pediatric Therapy & Yoga of Morris, LLC, 14 Elm St., Morristown.TheWholeChildNJ@

White Oak Yoga—8–9am Mixed level. Taught by Elizabeth Bell. Sparta Ambulance Bldg., 14 Sparta Ave., Sparta.973-729-1900. “Men Who Care” Men’s Meeting—8:30–10am First Saturdays.331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3114. Prenatal Yoga—9am–10:15pm.The Karuna Shala, 855 Bloomfield Ave., Suite 208, 2nd Floor, Glen Ridge. Tasting Life Twice: A Monthly Writing Circle—9:30–11:30am. Come to one session, or come to all. $20 drop-in. Interweave, 31 Woodland Ave. (2nd Floor of Calvary Episcopal Church’s Parish Office), Summit.908-277-2120. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Meeting—10–11:30am.Twelve-step recovery for food obsession, overeating, under-eating and bulimia. St. Clare’s Hospital Dover Campus, 400 West Blackwell St., Conference Room C, Dover. 973 945 2704. Overeaters Anonymous Meeting—10:15am– 12:15pm. Weekly gathering of the free support group that helps people lose weight and keep it off. Downstairs meeting room, Parsippany Library. 973-335 Prenatal Yoga—10:30–11:45am. Helps relieve back pain, increase flexibility & teaches relaxation techniques. 25 Main St., Stanhope. Meditation and Visualization Class—11:30am– 12:15pm. Learn visualization techniques and gain access to tools that will allow you to achieve a deep and meaningful meditation practice. $5. Body & Brain Yoga Meditation Center, 241 North Ave. West, Westfield. 908-301-9642. Hatha 1 Yoga—12:15pm.Yoga for You, LLC, Olde Lafayette Village, Building J, Rtes. 15 & 94 intersection, Lafayette. 973-714-4462. Integrated Yoga for Boys—1:15–2pm Saturdays. Pediatric Therapy & Yoga of Morris, LLC, 14 Elm St., Morristown. 201-213-1294. Swingin’ Tern—8–11pm. Beginners’ Workshop, 7:30pm. First and third Saturdays. Contra and square dancing to live music. $10 adults/$5 students with ID. The First Presbyterian Church, 14 Hanover Rd., E. Hanover. 973-295-6864.

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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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Elements massage therapists listen to your needs and employ the proper techniques to deliver a truly therapeutic experience. Experience the rejuvenating benefits of massage therapy today and discover the positive effect it can have on your body and your well-being. Call to schedule a session, or visit us today - walk-ins welcome! See ad on page 2 for a location near you. See ad on page 2.

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Would you rather train in the privacy of your own home? Diana is a certified personal fitness trainer who specializes in training people age 50 and up. She also has a certificate as a Senior Fitness Specialist. Train one-on-one or with a buddy, for better balance and mobility, strength, and cardiovascular fitness. Because life is more fun when you’re fit! See ad on page 8.

PSYCHOTHERAPY Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress Founder-Shiome Therapy™ Certified in Yoga, Gestalt, EMDR Energy Psychology (EvTFT) And Children’s Therapy Succasunna, NJ 973-585-4660 • •

As a social worker and holistic educator for over 20 years, Judith dedicates herself to the empowerment of others in her healing work. Shiome Therapy™ weaves diverse healing modalities, ancient wisdom and modern science to help you safely and effectively accelerate your emotional healing process. In order to support her clients’ emotional healing, she created a CD, ‘Creating Healthy Boundaries’ and ‘Energy Balancing Meditation’ Book and CD. They are available exclusively at See ad on page 8. Publisher@


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Try the holistic path to healing. I co mb in e c o u n s e l i n g w i t h affirmations & Reiki to break through barriers, then give you empowering tools to transform your world. Specializing in grief recovery, trauma healing, and grounding. No more suffering in helplessness – happiness is your birthright! Let’s turn your Suffering into Serenity. Free ½ hour consultation. See ad on page 11.





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The world’s premier sound therapy center, offering sound-based therapy—The Davis Model of Sound Intervention®. All ages, all disabilities/wellness issues. Start with The Diagnostic Evaluation for Therapy Protocol (DETP®). Therapies: AIT, Tomatis ®, BioAcoustics™, and more. Change the energy of the body by repatterning the energy frequencies (sound) of the body. We make change with learning, development and wellness challenges!

WELLNESS CENTER BREATHING ROOM CENTER 735 Rt. 94, Newton, NJ 07860 973-896-0030 Breathing

Fitness, wellness, and more. A unique and diverse cooperative space, offering a variety of holistic practices for your health and wellbeing, such as yoga, meditation, healing arts, even hula-hooping! Workshops, yoga teacher training and special events. We are a beautiful, serene, green space, honoring Karma practices, the environment and local community.


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We are a full-service integrative health facility voted the Best of the Best to help restore and maintain optimal health and fitness. The Center provides individualized personal training plus more than 50 small group classes per week, nutritional assessment and counseling by credentialed dietitians, and professionally selected nutrition supplements. See ad on page 10.

YOGA AQUARIAN YOGA CENTER 641 Bloomfield Avenue Montclair, NJ 07042 908-884-4984

More than a yoga center, your spiritual home. The first Kundalini Yoga Center in New Jersey. We are located in the heart of Montclair. We offer Kundalini Yoga and meditation classes to all ages. Workshops, concerts, kirtan, dance classes and training are offered on a weekly basis.

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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.”

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