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HEALTHY

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Onward & UPWARD

Rising Above Adversity

Meditation that Works

Tips for Finding the Right Practice

Heart-Happy Valentine Dinner

Looking Good

How Teens Can Learn to Love Themselves

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ADVERSITY

How to Strengthen Your Resilience Muscle

36 MEDITATION THAT WORKS

Tips for Finding the Right Practice

38 BE ON THE BALL Putting Extra Fun into Fitness

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40 FOODS OUR

HEART WILL LOVE

Top 10 Heart Healthy Choices

42 MARK ROSENFELD’S

Secrets for Successful Love Matches

46 DO-GOOD DOGS

DO ALMOST ANYTHING

Service Animals Train to Help People in Need

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49 SELF-LOVE 52 BANISHING

BODY-IMAGE BLUES How Teens Can Learn to Love Their Looks

DEPARTMENTS 11 news briefs 23 health briefs 28 eco tip 36 healing ways 38 fit body 40 conscious eating 42 wise words

24 46 natural pet 49 inspiration 52 healthy kids 61 calendar 67 classifieds 68 resource guide


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ebruary is here which means that love is all around! As we celebrate Valentine’s Day this month, now is the perfect time to also turn our affection inward and focus on practicing self-love. Nurturing our own hearts and affirming who we are as individuals is often overlooked, but it’s crucial for our well-being. This issue of Natural Awakenings offers both practical and spiritual advice for integrating more love into our daily routines, so we can live courageously and experience our fullest, healthiest, most exuberant selves. The feature article for this issue is “The Path to Personal Resilience” which dives into the restorative, healing process of moving beyond emotional traumas and finding the strength to not just survive in the world––but actually thrive! One approach to obtaining that sense of inner calm and resilience is through meditation which leads us into this month’s “Healing Ways” article on meditation styles to suit every need. These practices might include anything from mindfulness and conscious breathwork to guided visualization and personal mantras. This article breaks down the basics around each of these types, making it easier to choose the right one and proving that anyone can learn how to meditate. Self-love also takes the form of accepting how we look on the outside and developing a healthy appreciation for the uniqueness of our bodies. That message should be instilled at an early age in order to raise this next generation into confident, well-rounded adults. This issue’s “Healthy Kids” article focuses on just that––teaching children and teens to love their body image, no matter the shape or size it comes in! During this empowering interview with celebrity fitness trainer Tracy Anderson, she offers useful mind-bodyspirit insights on how to feel secure and comfortable in one’s physical appearance. Finally, investing in our hearts also means keeping them strong with the right kinds of nutrition. The “Conscious Eating” article for this month is all about heart healthy foods to promote cardiovascular function and maintain an active, energetic quality of life. Some of these superfoods worth adding to our diets include raspberries, pumpkin seeds, avocados, beets, garlic, dark chocolate, pomegranates, salmon and olive oil, to name a few. After all, if we want to experience life to the fullest, we need to nourish ourselves accordingly. As usual, that’s just a taste of everything inside this issue of Natural Awakenings. There’s so much love within these pages, and I hope it comes across! Please send any comments, questions or feedback to Publisher@NASRQ.com and happy Valentine’s Day!

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Alpha-Theta Training: Meditation with Handrails

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lpha-Theta training is different than our standard neurofeedback programs, and is used to help relieve negative symptoms resulting from learned habits, beliefs, fears, phobias and emotional trauma. This training guides the brain, rather than using operant conditioning, to achieve a new brainwave distribution. Two particular brain waves are involved in this type of neurofeedback–– Alpha and Theta. Alpha-Theta training works to guide the client into a relaxed state, just on the edge of sleep. At this point, Theta waves increase and Alpha waves slightly decrease, creating an Alpha-Theta “crossover.” The crossover state is a unique condition that allows for the emergence and integration of past trauma or generating novel solutions to challenges we face. This is a balancing act between conscious and unconscious awareness. You actually train towards the ability to control brainwaves, to enter and exit different mental states. Originally, this training was designed to induce creativity, but another outcome was reduced depression and anxiety in alcoholism and resolved post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Recent studies have shown that Alpha-Theta training can result in significant increases in meditative concentration, more self-control, improved focused, sustained attention and better working memory. The advantage of adding neuroscience to mindfulness and meditation techniques is mental training can be accomplished in a shorter time, working directly with the brain’s inherent neuroplasticity. Our neurofeedback training acts as a mental compass, showing the way into states that are difficult to reach without guidance. With practice, you can get there on your own. For more information, call 941-552-4500 or visit BrainwaveSarasota.com.

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Four Pillars Opens New Yoga Studio

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our Pillars Wellness Spa in Lakewood Ranch recently celebrated its two-year anniversary. Over these past couple years, it has expanded from massage and facials to Reiki, acupuncture, Hawaiian Lomi massage, Thai and Shiatsu massage, zero balancing, life coaching, workshops and hypnosis. In January, Four Pillars also leased a second space in San Marco Plaza in order to offer variety of Yoga practices including Kundalini yoga, restorative and alignment yoga, Vinyasa yoga, Yin yoga and more. In addition, other classes such as Pilates, Zumba, body sculpting, Tai Chi, Qi Gong and mindfulness meditation will also be offered. Renovations are underway, and classes are expected to begin on February 12. A new studio party will be held on February 22, 6–8:30 p.m. We look forward to expanding our services to help our clients achieve balance in all four pillars–– mind, body, spirit and social connections. Choose a class for your wellness this year and make new friends and community connections in the process. Location: 8209 Natures Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch. The new studio will be in Suite 203. For more information, call 941-3733955, visit FourPillarsFlorida.com, “like” @FourPillarsOfWellness on Facebook or search #FourPillarsFlorida on Instagram. Applications are also being accepted to teach yoga classes.

Find Your “A-ha!” Moment for Holistic Heath

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holistic view means engaging and developing the whole person. Think of this in terms of different levels––physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. It’s the concept that human beings are multi-dimensional. February 17–18 will be the second annual A-ha! Holistic Health Expo and Psychic Fair at the Bradenton Area Convention Center hosted by The Spirit University. This event will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days, and will include a conference forum. There will be seminars on healing, health, physical and emotional support, intuition and additional topics you won’t want to miss. There will be holistic exhibits with products and services. Psychic and intuitive readers including tarot, palm and medium modalities will also be there. Doctors, nutritionists, energy experts and other health practitioners will facilitate discussions and workshops on health, healing, detoxification, diet, weight loss, exercise, plant-based nutrition and complementary strategies for finding wellness. This is a wonderful opportunity to have your health concerns and learn from top holistic healers. This is a transformational conference designed to address the aspects of total wellness and energy healing. It explores achieving health and how to improve to care of your body, mind and spirit—the whole you. Location: 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Cost: $5 per day. For more information, call 941-544-5874 or visit TheSpiritU.com.

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Family Healing Center Natural Beauty Seminar

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oin Dr. Christina Captain, DAOM, AP, for a complimentary demonstration of her unique blend of cosmetic acupuncture, homeopathic facial injections and nutrition for natural facial rejuvenation on February 21, 6 p.m. Dr. Captain is a premier bio-injection specialist, educator and cosmetic acupuncturist who strives to bring the natural beauty out in each individual, utilizing the least invasive techniques possible. These are results you can see, and they last. Visit her integrative center for an evening of learning and laughter that you are sure to remember for a long while. Location: 2650 Bahia Vista St., Suite 101, Sarasota. To register, call 941-951-1119. Complimentary one-on-one meet and greets are always available too.

Anti-Aging and Chi Na Seminar

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n February 16, 1 p.m., Dr. Anna Baker, DOM, will give a seminar on Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna, her revolutionary anti-aging serum made from real pearls and Chinese herbs without any preservatives. Pearls contain amino acids that retighten muscles and slowly return the face to its younger look with daily use. These amino acids are sensitive and destroyed by chemical preservatives which is why other commercially available pearl creams don’t offer these results. Dr. Anna will show photographed results on people of all different ages. Pearl Cream by Dr, Anna is also available as a muscle tightening body lotion, men’s anti-aging line and sports performance line. Joining Dr. Anna will be Chi Na Master Sifu Michael Stults who has brought his clinical practice to the Pearl Cream store. Chi Na is a secret healing art only taught to highly advanced martial arts practitioners. Sifu Michael has pioneered translating ancient Asiatic healing arts into a functional modern body wisdom tradition that helps people reach higher levels of health and vitality. He will also be talking about the nature of self-care as it relates to longevity, vitality and optimal performance. Sifu Michael will also be presenting a Wellness Oasis night February 22, 6:30–8 p.m., which will feature traditional tea tasting and discussions about his Chi Na practice and his program of radical self-care. Call for reservations as space is limited.

Location: 2721 Mall Dr., Sarasota. Hours: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For seminar reservations, call 941-921-2662. For more information, visit PearlCreamByDrAnna.com. AGE 32

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Reflexology for Health at Heart and Sole Organics

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eflexology is a holistic form of alternative therapy that is well respected in the complementary medicine field, and is increasingly used as an adjunct to conventional medicine. A trained Certified Reflexologist must have a minimum of 200 hours in specialized education and has to continue to re-certify by continuing educational requirements. A reflexologist will utilize a particular technique by applying pressure with the thumbs and fingers to certain reflexes in the feet and hands that address specific body organs and glands to clear energy blockages. Reflexology is effective in helping many ailments and improving overall health. Some, but not all, of the named conditions that can be helped by reflexology might include relief from muscle and back pain, tension headaches, digestive disorders, induced nausea from cancer and chemotherapy, hormonal imbalances and arthritis. Reports from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Mayo Clinic and the National Cancer Institute state the following benefits of reflexology: releases tension and promotes relaxation, calms the mind, alleviates anxiety and depression, reduces pain and fatigue, brings the body into a state of balance and enhances sleep, to name a few examples. Clients generally describe reflexology as a pleasant experience that gives them a sense of deep relaxation. In addition, their feet often feel both “light and energetic” upon standing after a session. Cindy Heard, Certified Reflexologist, LMT, LE, is offering for the month of February a one-hour introductory Reflexology session for $59 or the purchase of a one-hour or more Organic Facial or Massage session at regular price which includes a complimentary 30-minute reflexology session. Location: 1435 S Osprey Ave., Suite 200, Sarasota. Hours: Monday–Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call 941-228-9724 or visit HeartAndSoleOrganics.com.

James Wanless Comes to Sarasota

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lysian Fields is excited to welcome back James Wanless on February 15, 7–9 p.m., for his class “Valentine’s Day, Every Day.” This class will explore your life of love using Wanless’ Voyager Tarot deck as a timeless, universal roadmap for illuminating the paths of various loving relationships––romantic partner, family, friends and community. Learn to embrace and love yourself including your shadow side. In this hands-on class, you will experience the process of practicing tarot as a communication tool for conflict resolution, partnership-building and truth-telling. You’ll receive insight on taking action of your own fortune creation. You will also receive your own 2018 Voyager Tarot take-home card for your life of love. Pre-registration is required. On February 16–17, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wanless will be offering personalized Voyager Tarot Readings. As the creator of “Voyager Tarot: Intuition Cards for the 21st Century,” he bridges an academic background with ancient “manifestation magic,” behavioral economics, depth psychology and the regenerative principles of ecology to offer a unique and accurate perspective into specific areas of your life. Pre-registration is required. In addition, his books are available for purchase at Elysian Fields. Location: 1273 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Cost of Class: $25. Cost of Readings: $75 (30 minutes), $135 (60 minutes). For more information, call 941-361-3006 or visit ElysianFieldsOnline.com. 14

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CROP launches Acai Bowls

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ROP is excited to announce that we are now serving acai bowls. Enjoy the benefits of this superfood, along with many nutritious toppings. As always, everything at CROP is organic, vegan and gluten-free. We currently have Purple Rain, Pure Decadence, Enter the Dragon Pitaya and Prima Spirulina smoothie bowls available at our CROP University location. We will begin offering all these organic treats at our Downtown and Gulf Gate locations in February. Purple Rain has a base of vanilla almond milk, acai, mixed berries, mango and banana with toppings including granola, banana, coconut chips, seasonal fruit, chia seed and bee-free honey drizzle. Pure Decadence has a base of vanilla almond milk, acai, peanut butter, cacao and banana with toppings including chocolate chips, banana, crumbled peanut butter CROPbites and peanut butter drizzle. Enter the Dragon includes coconut milk, coconut water, pineapple, mango, banana, lime blended with pitaya and topped with Kiwicha bar, toasted coconut chips, goji berries and drizzled with coconut nectar. Prima Spirulina includes spirulina, spinach and kale pulp, ginger root, chia seed, pineapple, peach and banana drizzled with coconut nectar. You’ll love these tasty indulgences as a meal replacement or as a special treat. We are also offering vegan favorites like avocado toast. Visit one of our three Sarasota locations for all organic nutrient-dense cold-pressed juices, smoothies, snacks and meals. In addition, we give out free juice samples at all locations. For more information, visit CROPJuiceSRQ.com.


Robust Fitness Calendar New Concrete Construction Concierge Services “Ignite the Light Within” at CitySide Apartments Resort Style Pool Wellness Seminar

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oin us for the third part of our new wellness seminars at CitySide Apartments and “Ignite the Light Within!” Our featured speaker is Lisa Karrat, Licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki Master, aromatherapy enthusiast|and owner of Just Be Therapeutic Massage. Learn powerful techniques to facilitate a, FL 34236 941-702-2756 | CitySideSRQ.com intended energy movement, simple yet powerful relaxation and self-care techniques, and an introduction to both Reiki Therapy and Energy Healing. Join us for this hands-on workshop in the inviting yoga studio at CitySide Apartments on March 7, 6–7 p.m. Cost: free for residents, $10 for non-residents. Pre-registration is required. To sign up, email RCarroll@CitySideSRQ.com.

Science Finds Mindfulness Beneficial for Health

Do something today you’ll thank yourself for tomorrow Food is just the beginning! It starts with a complimentary consultation. You bring your health and wellness goals. Together we discuss how a customized plan can transform your dreams to reality.

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indfulness is a larger concept than meditating. It’s a way of being that informs how we live in order to experience optimal wellness. Scientists have studied mindfulness for over 30 years and concluded that the benefits of learning mindfulness can improve all areas of life. Mindful breathing reduces the prevalence and intensity of pain, angina, panic attacks, asthma, fibro, MS, blood pressure, heart rate variability, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, seizures and cardiac incidents. Mindful movement, using only weight-bearing forces of the body and low intensity, results in balanced muscle strength and flexibility, improved neuromuscular health and less risk of injury. Mindful meditation restores DNA longevity indicators and holds the potential to disarm

genetic triggers. Mindful meditation improves brain function, memory, focus, productivity, creativity and decision-making. Mindful meditation reduces depression, despair, loneliness, anxiety, insomnia, anger, substance abuse and low self-image. Mindful meditation improves resiliency to trauma and PTSD, increases proprioception, balance and coordination, enhances metabolism, weight control, relationship with food and immune function to regulate inflammation, and reverses heart disease when combined with a nutritious diet. Mindful living promotes healthy relationships, happiness and enhanced quality of life through present-moment awareness, conscious choices in conflicts and challenges, and empowered positivity, acceptance, kindness, compassion, empathy and friendliness. Mindfulness practices significantly empower motivation and the ability to both recover and sustain overall health.

“8 Weeks of Mindful Living” is a program at Empowered 2 Wellness Yoga Therapy beginning in February presented by Paula Morris, Certified-IAYT Yoga Therapist, ERYT, MA Ed. Cost: $240. For more information, call 941-316-6893 or email YogaTherapyWithPaula@gmail.com.

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Injection and Filler Event at Point Lumineux

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all in love with injectables and fillers this Valentine’s Day. On February 6, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Point Lumineux is offering discounts off all Dysport, Restylane, Botox and Juvederm treatments. This includes $10 injections and $450 per filler syringe. The team at Point Lumineux enjoys helping clients obtain a natural, refreshed and youthful look with these aesthetic treatments. To achieve this, the team will even craft a personalized treatment plan to achieve the look you want. Location: 2206 Jo An Dr., Suite 4, Sarasota. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 941-217-6828.

Chinese New Year Celebration 2018: The Year of the Earth Dog 

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n February 13, 7 p.m., the Feng Shui School of Chicago– Sarasota Campus, will hold its annual Chinese New Year celebration to welcome the Year of the Earth Dog. Learn what to expect in the upcoming year during this informative and entertaining class. You will discover how your Chinese animal sign will be impacted, and what you can do to enhance productivity, love and abundance for the year.  Certified feng shui consultant Laurie Pawli will teach you the ceremony to welcome the gods of wealth to your doorstep as we enjoy door prizes, refreshments and a free gift for each attendee. Pawli is the founder and director of the Feng Shui School of Chicago which is recognized as a Gold Level School by the International Feng Shui Guild.  She is also a student of Grand Master Professor Lin Yun, Katherine Metz, Crystal Chu and Denise Linn. Location: 5041 Ringwood Meadow, Bldg. G–2, Sarasota. Cost: $15. For more information, call 941-371-9333 or visit CCOSL.com.

Pain Management? How About Pain Elimination

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t’s common to see pain management offices on just about every corner of town. The underlying message is clear––pain must be managed and endured. But rarely is it suggested that pain can be eliminated altogether. In fact, a 25–50% reduction in symptoms is often seen as a successful pain management protocol. Chronic pain impacts almost every aspect of a person’s life. From sleep to social interactions, job related functionality and even intimate relationships, pain limits a person’s ability to participate fully in life. Fortunately, there is a safe, non-surgical and drug-free way to address this chronic pain. Acupuncture has been used in the East for over 2000 years. It works with the peripheral nervous system and brain to not only quiet the pain signal, but to dilate blood vessels, improve circulation in affected regions and allow the body to heal from chronic pain. Common complaints such as TMJ, carpal tunnel, neck pain, low back pain, shoulder problems, hip pain, knee pain, sciatica and tendonitis are easily addressed in the acupuncture clinic. Patients often notice a reduction in pain up to 60–90% after just one or two treatments. Success comes from treating the whole person, not only the symptoms, but also addressing the core imbalance as well. For the month of February, receive $20 OFF your initial acupuncture visit when you mention this article. Contact 360 Degree Wellness and schedule your free consultation to find out if you are an ideal candidate for this form of therapy. Location: 7053 S Tamiami Trail, Suite A, Sarasota. For more information, call 941525-3752, email Aware122@gmail.com or visit 360DegreeWellness.com.

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Your Face, Only Younger: Acupuncture Face and Necklift Seminar

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n February 14, 2 p.m., Dr. Anna Baker, DOM and founder of Faces by Dr. Anna, will give a seminar on changing the course of facial aging with her muscle tightening acupuncture face and necklift. This technique reverses the puffing and sagging of aging in the muscles of the face and neck, returning the original features. Dr. Anna has a database of over 500 people, and she will show photographed results for different ages and face types. A nationally board certified Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Dr. Anna has been practicing in Sarasota since 1998. She has developed a specialty in a muscle tightening acupuncture face and necklift with no needles used on the face. Up to three treatments can be done in one day with a 10-treatment minimum. After treatments are completed, a one or two treatment touch-up is suggested every 18 months to maintain the lift. Dr. Anna’s work has been nationally televised, and she has been voted Sarasota’s favorite anti-aging practitioner. For seminar reservations or to schedule a free consultation, call 941-921-2662. To view photographed results, visit FacesByDrAnna.com.

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n February 13, Suncoast Singles and Insight Marketing will be co-hosting a Valentine’s Speed Dating Party at Yumi Sushi. Come and enjoy a beautiful night, making new friends and maybe even finding a romantic connection. Tickets are only $25 and include non-alcoholic drinks, sushi and appetizers, prizes, giveaways and mini-dates. A portion of the proceeds will be given to the Sarasota Humane Society to help with the care of local animals who are without a home. Join us for this fun party and contribute to a worthy great cause. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. All ages are welcome, but space is limited.  Location: 1532 Main St., Sarasota. To register, call 941-713-1000.

Natural Health Seminars Coming in February

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he Natural Health Improvement Center of Osprey is offering two free natural health seminars throughout this month. On February 12, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., we will explore “Stubborn Health Issues and Unresolved Pain.” Then, on February 28, 12:30–1:30 p.m., we will address “Headaches, Stomach Aches, Stress and Fatigue.” Discover the five most common factors that are stressing our bodies and keeping us sick. Experience a demonstration of applied kinesiology, and learn how chiropractic care and nutrition both work in conjunction with one another. Location: 664 S Tamiami Trail, C-2, Osprey. For more information and to register, call 941220-3950. 18

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Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light Welcomes

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n February 16, 7 p.m., the Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light proudly presents a workshop and group channeling with Source facilitated by international channel and bestselling author Elliott Jackson. He is one of America’s most famous and respected New Age authorities and motivational speakers, as well as author of the popular books From God to You: Absolute Truth and The Sapiential Discourses Universal Wisdom. In addition, he is a monthly contributor to the prestigious Sedona Journal of Emergence. People across America and the globe thousands have experienced his private sessions with Source.   Location: 5041 Ringwood Meadow, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-3719333 or visit CCOSL.com.

Love Is in the Air at Elite Health’s “Valentine’s Strawberry Social”

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n February 8, 1–2 p.m., join us for a social hour of tea, coffee, strawberries, dark chocolate and love songs. During this time, Nema Runyan, MD, will also share information on heart health. Your heart helps keep your whole body run-

ning, so find out more about how you can maintain its tip-top condition. Call ahead to reserve a seat, as space is limited, and no reservations will be accepted on the date of this event. Attendees are encouraged to wear red. Location: 1281 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more information and to register, call 941-549-8455, text 201-250-9332, or visit EliteHealth.com and EliteForever.com.


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arasota Center of Light welcomes visitors from the United Kingdom and Hawaii in February, offering workshops and presentations to awaken and enlighten your life. Other visitors will be coming from the east coast of Florida and New York. On February 17, 1–2:30 p.m., Sarasota Center of Light is excited to have Inette Miller and ‘lokepa Hanalei ‘lmaikalani from Hawaii present Hawaiian Spirit Journey. This event will include aboriginal Hawaiian chanting, ancestral stories and a book signing of The Return Voyage:  95,000 Miles on the Paths of Our Ancestors. Learn about the mystical practices of the Native Hawaiian people. Love offerings are accepted, and all are welcome. On February 24, 1–4 p.m., Rev. Beth Franks will be presenting Angelology Healing with the Angels. You will be introduced to working with the Angels for your own personal healing and to assist others on their path. A prepaid registration of $30 is required for this workshop. Please contact the office. The first week of March, medium Richard P. Schoeller will come to Sarasota Center of Light to share his knowledge, experience and mediumship. He will be offering workshops, mediumship demonstrations and spiritual talks, as well as spirit messages during services. Join us for our services, extensive education programs, events, other visiting mediums and musical events scheduled throughout the year.   Location: 852 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota.  For more information, call 941-953-6620, email ChurchOffice@SarasotaCenterofLight.com or visit SarasotaCenterofLight.com

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annabidiol, or CBD, products are rapidly rising in popularity because they work so effectively and don’t give you that sensation of being “high.” CBD is not a psychoactive and contains less than .3% THC which is appealing to many people who don’t want a high feeling, but do want to benefit from its medicinal properties. CBD is completely legal, but with a flooded CBD market of sub-grade products, consumers should be careful what they purchase and question where the actual plant was grown, how it was grown and what method the CBD was extracted. Innovative CBD is an organically grown with CO2 extracts that contain no solvents to produce high-quality CBD. Innovative products include CBD oil, CBD oil lip-balms, capsules, salves, muscle rubs, Sextiva, lozenges and vaporization products. All of these oils are independently lab tested and include a separate report on solvent bases that other companies do not supply because they still use solvents or co-solvents in their process. There is a QR code on every bottle that provides all this information to the consumer. Innovative is available at Super Value Nutrition, and the Super Values staff just finished a training to help customers find the right CBD products for their pain, anxiety, headaches, arthritis, nausea, epilepsy, MS, fibromyalgia and more. For more information, visit Super Value Nutrition stores in Sarasota or check out the Innovative website: www.innovativecbd.com

Intuitive Energy Healing Offers Hope to Many

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re you facing health challenges––physical or emotional––that are chronic and difficult to resolve? Consider look into an alternative approach to healing like Intuitive Energy Healing offered by Waldete Fioretti. Intuition and experience allow certain gifted individuals like Waldete to help people regain their health. Waldete utilizes the intuitive and holistic methods of focusing on the individual person as a complex and unique being. She is able to “see” where energy blocks or imbalances are occurring, and is able to restore the natural flow of one’s own healing energy. She also uses this healing art to purify the physical space in both homes and businesses. As the environment is cleansed, the space becomes more harmonious which results in a higher work performance, faster sales and improved relationships within. Fioretti is a fourth generation Brazilian Intuitive Healer who serves the Sarasota community, and has been providing Intuitive Healing services in the United States for the past 25 years. For a free consultation, call 941-525-6040 or visit Waldete.com.

Love Letters from Beyond: A Valentine’s Day Message Gallery

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his will be a Valentine’s evening to remember! Acclaimed psychic medium Victoria Ackerman will present fascinating insight into how a medium connects with those on the “other side” of life to bring healing messages of hope, love and closure. She will reveal how Spirit communicates through a medium and how you can receive messages yourself. Ackerman will take the stage at the Starlight Room, along with upcoming mediums Michael Newton-Brown, Ginger Walters and Wendy Gerdin, to bring messages and comfort to some members of the audience. They will each share their own style of communication with Spirit as they bring validation from loved ones in the beyond to those among the living. Location: 1001 Cocoanut Ave., Sarasota. Cost: $20. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 941-544-5874 or visit TheSpiritU.com.

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International Medium Janet Nohavec Visits The Spirit University

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n February 23, 7–9 p.m., The Spirit University will host a gala demonstration of mediumship “Where Two Worlds Meet: An Evening of Spirit Communication” with medium Janet Nohavec. She is an internationally known evidential medium whose client base extends to over 20 countries. A former Roman Catholic nun, she has been featured extensively in the media. Nohavec is also a tutor for the prestigious Arthur Findlay College in Stansted, England, and her evidential form of mediumship has been researched by several university groups. During this special evening, Nohavec will give messages of the Spirit to people in the audience, as time allows. Please understand, however, that you are not guaranteed a message. On February 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nohavec will also be teaching her workshop “The Power and The Presence: Advanced Mediumship.” Join her to expand the depth of your connection with the spiritual realms. The presence of the spirit communicators should become an incredible experience for the medium. Blending techniques, new methods of deepening the connection to the spirit link, and the power of the soul will be this workshop’s focus. Greater evidence and an ability to feel the presence of loved ones during a contact will be addressed. Working with various forms of group work, you will learn the necessary aspects of each communication. This is not a class for absolute beginners. Each student will be encouraged to connect soul-to-soul with the spiritual realms. You become the storyteller for each loved one that steps forward. The power and presence should move you to new heights in your connection. Location: 373 Braden Ave., Sarasota. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 941-544-5874 or visit TheSpiritU.com.


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Medical Intuitive Weekend Intensive at Spirit University

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ina M. Zion is a fourth generation psychic medium, specializing in medical intuition and teaching it internationally. She has worked in the mental health field as a registered nurse with a national board specialty certification in mental health nursing. She is also a Gestalt trained counselor and clinical hypnotherapist. This highly-rated author and instructor will be visiting The Spirit University on February 24–25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., for a hands-on Medical Intuition workshop, followed by an optional one-day intensive course on February 26. Learn to develop inner sight for the deeper cause of illness—feel, sense and see the entire person on all levels. Understand the electromagnetic energy of thought and emotion, assess what vibrational colors are telling you, complete distance assessments and more. This workshop is perfect for lay people, medical practitioners, energy healers, practicing psychics and mediums. This is an experiential program without performance anxiety which includes presentations and interactive practices, along with a certification upon completion of the course. For students who desire a more in-depth training after completing the weekend workshop, Zion will offer The Advanced Medical Intuitive Training Course on February 26. You will gain a deeper understanding of how to apply the medical information you receive. You will learn the seven common causes of illness and injury. Acquire specific healing techniques based on the individual you are working with. There will be practice sessions, and each participant will receive a certificate of completion. Location: 373 Braden Ave., Sarasota. For more information and to register, call 941544-5874 or visit TheSpiritU.com.


THIRD-PERSON SELF-TALK AIDS IN EMOTIONAL CONTROL As reported in Scientific Reports, two studies of 37 and 52 people at Michigan State University have discovered that talking to ourselves in the third person using statements like, “Why is John upset?” instead of, “Why am I upset?” can help improve our ability to control our emotions. Everyone occasionally engages in internal monologue, an inner voice that guides our moment-to-moment reflections. Now, scientists believe that the language used in the process influences actions differently. The premise is that third-person self-talk leads us to think about ourselves similarly to how we think about others, which provides the psychological distance needed to facilitate self-control.

The Dangers of Mercury in Dental Fillings Many consumers are not aware that all silver-colored fillings, or dental amalgams, contain mercury. In fact, amalgam fillings are comprised of approximately 50 percent mercury, according to the World Health Organization and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.Although banned or restricted in many other countries, these fillings are still used in the U.S. Amalgam fillings pose risks to human health, and dental mercury released into the environment can cause long-lasting damage to wildlife. Jack Kall, a Doctor of Dental Medicine and chairperson of the board of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT), a global network of dentists, health professionals and sci-

entists that has been researching dental amalgam and other dental products since 1984, explains, “Mercury is continuously emitted from dental amalgam fillings, and it is absorbed and retained in the body, particularly in the brain, kidney, liver, lungs and gastrointestinal tract.” Unsafe amalgam removal techniques also raise health concerns. Some patients require the removal of amalgam fillings due to physical deterioration, while others have it done for cosmetic purposes (white-colored fillings match the teeth better) or because they prefer to have dental fillings that don’t contain mercury. However, removal of amalgam fillings without proper safety measures can potentially lead to patients, dentists, staff and the environment being exposed to unsafe levels of mercury. Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique recommendations to mitigate dental mercury exposure are available at TheSmartChoice.com. The IAOMT is based in ChampionsGate, FL. For more information, visit IAOMT.org, Tinyurl.com/IAOMT-Mercury-Facts or Tinyurl.com/ IAOMT-Mercury-Report. See ad, page xx.

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In Exercise and the Prevention of Depression, a study of 33,908 adults in Norway by the University of New South Wales, researchers found that one hour of exercise a week reduced depression in 12 percent of the subjects. The purpose of the study was to address whether exercise protects against new-onset depression and anxiety and if so, the intensity and amount of exercise required. They concluded that regular leisure-time exercise of any intensity provides protection against future depression, but not anxiety. Thus, increasing the population of people exercising may provide public mental health benefits and prevent a substantial number of new cases of depression.

Chocolate and Olive Oil Help Heart Health Cardiologist Rossella Di Stefano, with the University of Pisa, in Italy, led a study of 26 people and determined that eating a combination of dark chocolate and olive oil improved cholesterol levels and blood pressure after 28 days. She says, “Fruits and vegetables exert their protective effects through plant polyphenols found in cocoa, olive oil and apples. We found that eating small, daily portions of dark chocolate with added natural polyphenols from extra-virgin olive oil was associated with an improved cardiovascular risk profile. Our study suggests that extra virgin olive oil might be a good food additive to help preserve our ‘repairing cells’.”

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Research from the University of Texas at Arlington reported in The FASEB Journal, published by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, has found that zinc supplements can inhibit or slow the growth of esophageal cancer cells. The research also found that zinc deficiency is common among throat cancer patients. Zinc-rich foods include spinach, flax seeds, beef, pumpkin seeds and seafood such as shrimp and oysters.

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Antidepressants in Pregnancy Linked to Autism A study by the University of Bristol, England, of 254,610 young people from Stockholm showed that children born to mothers taking antidepressants during pregnancy had more than a 4 percent risk of autism, compared to less than a 3 percent risk in children born to mothers with psychiatric conditions not on antidepressants. Depression is common in women of childbearing age, with 3 to 8 percent of pregnant European women prescribed antidepressants. But with 95 percent of them bearing children without autism, the risks and benefits must be carefully weighed, say researchers.

Mindfulness Reduces Alcohol Cravings In a randomized, double-blind experiment published in the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, University College London researchers found that among 68 heavy drinkers, just 11 minutes of recorded mindfulness training reduced drinking. Subjects were closely matched with an active control group that was taught relaxation techniques. Seven days later, the mindfulness group on average drank 9.3 fewer units of alcohol, roughly equal to three pints of beer, while the relaxation group showed no drop in alcohol consumption.

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Cosmic Breath
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e breathe in and out without even thinking about it. This is a function of our autonomic nervous system. Now add thought, intention and control to that breath, and it becomes pranayama––conscious breath. But conscious breathing requires focus and effort. By controlling the movement of our breath, we direct the flow of prana (life force) in our physical bodies, as well as the non-physical subtle body comprised of chakras, pranic channels, mind, intellect and ego. It’s a shot of vitamin “B” for balance of body, mind, emotions and spirit. The original Cosmic Breath created us and breathes in us now. The multi-verse expands and contracts with the pulsation of the Cosmic Breath. We are alive because 26

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of the Cosmic Breath. One might say that in the beginning, God, Source or the Will of Divine Consciousness manifested its creation by breathing that first breath of life, putting into motion all of existence–– stars exploding and colliding, planets rotating on their imaginary axes, moons and planets revolving around each other in our solar system, millions of solar systems continually spiraling within a galaxy and billions of galaxies spinning in space, all kept in motion by the Cosmic Breath. And here we are in the midst of it all. I’m from Michigan which is shaped like a glove. So when people ask me “where” in Michigan, I just point on my hand respond, “here.” It’s a Michigan joke, but likewise, our beautiful little planet

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earth is but a speck floating in the vastness of our suspended, spinning, vibrating galaxy. And our galaxy is just a speck in the unimaginable expanse of our universe. Just as we live within the universe, the universe is alive within us. When scientific minds explore their theories, they often look to the super galactic for answers about how life functions on a subatomic level––and vice versa. In other words, how things work “in here” reflects how things work “out there.” For example, in reference to our non-physical subtle bodies, we might look at the chakras. You can imagine them much like galaxies of spinning, vibrating, radiating prana revolving like a vortex of energy. Prana is the existential life-force permeating all things. It’s everywhere. Even the sun, air and grass we walk on have prana. Once we begin to observe the earth with this insight, we see and feel our connectedness to everything. We are not separate, but one. This realization is the primary goal of yoga. Although scientific research has measured the benefits of yoga to physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, the experience of connection and harmony is an inside job. When I teach, I remind students that what they learn through yoga is applicable to daily life. Focus “in here” helps us focus “out there.” The same can be said for control and balance. Yogic breathing teaches us to calm the stormy seas of distractions through focus, observation and nonattachment. So the next time you find yourself feeling an anxious or uptight, remember to breathe in...and out...and in... and out, then know that you are loved and supported by the abundance of and connection with the infinite Cosmic Breath. Rosemary Sahana Nulty is a certified Kriya Yoga instructor trained in the Datta Yoga tradition by her Guru, Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji of Mysore, India. She currently teaches the Cosmic Breath classes weekly at Wild Ginger in Sarasota, and once a month at the Mitreya Center in Bradenton. For a class schedule, visit WildGingerApothecary.com.


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Whether for function, decoration or personal gifting, the skillful hobbies of yarn arts such as knitting, quilting, weaving, stitching, sewing, crocheting and macramé are going strong. The difference these days is that doing it ecoresponsibly is enhancing the process. “More people are making and hand-dyeing their own yarn,” says blogger Ann Budd (AnnBuddKnits.com), of Boulder, Colorado, former editor of Interweave Knits magazine and author of Knitting Green. “The results are beautiful with different color combinations, and even striping.” Also, more yarn is American-sourced. “Shearing and dyeing are done here to cut down on the overall carbon footprint,” explains Budd, who conducts workshops for shops and clubs, plus two annual learning retreats. This year’s are in Savannah, Georgia, from April 26 to 29, and in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, from September 20 to 23. GreenAmerica.org suggests Green Mountain Spinnery (Spinnery.com) as a U.S. source of certified organic, natural fiber yarns processed without toxic oils, chemicals or dyes; Ecobutterfly Organics (Ecobutterfly.com), for vegan-friendly, fair trade and botanically dyed organic cotton yarns and fiber, recycled glass beads, buttons and kits; and Organic Cotton Plus (OrganicCottonPlus.com), offering certified organic woven and knit fabrics, hemp and hemp-blended fabrics, threads, ribbons and vegetable-based dyes. Interweave (Interweave.com), a craft magazine publisher, provides video and online education. Learn how to avoid potential hand and arm pain from repetitive motions with the new book Knitting Comfortably: The Ergonomics of Handknitting (ErgoIKnit.com) by San Francisco physical therapist and needlework teacher Carson Demers. For many needlework fans, charitable volunteering keeps their fingers flying. Members of the nonprofit Mittens for Detroit (MittensForDetroit.org) make mittens, gloves, hats and lapghans for children and adults in need. Donna Davis, of Roswell, New Mexico, has knitted hats for African newborns, wool items for Eastern European orphans and scarves for American artists. Learn more at KnittingForCharity.org.

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The Healing Art of Craniosacral Therapy:

A Firsthand Account Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer, Managing Editor of Natural Awakenings

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handicap license plate is attached to the front bumper of a Black SUV but the owner of this vehicle no longer parks in a handicap space—not since discovering the benefits of Craniosacral Therapy. Rewind back to October 2015 when that same person, 54-year-old Don Wilson, began to experience chronic pain in both his chest and back. Twice his doctors misdiagnosed this issue as pneumonia. A couple months later, he awoke with no feeling throughout his body and convulsed into an episode of seizures which he described as being shocked with “10,000 volts.” Upon admission into the emergency room, a neurologist pinpointed the actual source of Wilson’s pain—a strep infection that had gone untreated and subsequently wrapped around his thoracic spinal cord. In response, his entire system was shutting down to the extent where his vertebrae started disintegrating, and an operation to fuse the spine with rods was the doctors’ only course of action. Before prepping Wilson to undergo this procedure, the surgeon informed his wife that he would survive but might never regain the ability to walk. This assumption proved false when he became mobile again, with the assistance of canes and a walker, following two months of physical therapy, but the illness’s repercussions took an immense toll on Wilson’s capacity to function on a regular basis.

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During the first two months of his treatment process, doctors administered chemotherapy to kill the infection, then prescribed narcotic medicine which, until recently, he had been taking ever since. For two years, Wilson experienced numbness in various regions of his body—not to mention, chronic discomfort which the medications reduced temporarily but could not address with permanent results. Following that initial craniosacral therapy session, Wilson’s pain in the back, hips and neck diminished, his cognitive awareness improved, and his energy was restored. His walking gait stabilized too, and he no longer required a cane for support. Now five sessions later, the progress is even more noticeable, and Wilson has been able to discontinue narcotic usage completely. “I feel sharper and calmer—not so edgy since beginning the treatments with Terry. For the first time in two years, I feel like doing physical activities,” he adds.

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ver 4 million people in the United States have scoliosis, a sideways curvature of the spine, and the majority experience pain as a result. However, the pain of scoliosis in both adults and children can often be greatly relieved, allowing for a better quality of life. Also, in children, the curvature can often be reduced or stopped from progressing further. In my practice, the main focus for helping patients with scoliosis is treatment of restrictions in fascia. This connective tissue contains millions of nerve endings that give us “position sense,” telling our brains where the body parts are in space. Scoliosis, with its abnormal curve of the spine, is considered a problem of proper position sense, or proprioception. While the most common form of this problem, called idiopathic scoliosis, is poorly understood, my clinical experience is that problems with restricted fascia play a large role in causing this spinal distortion and especially the pain it causes. Restricted fascia can distort normal proprioception, contributing to the improper alignment found in a scoliotic spine.

A large proportion of scoliosis cases begin in either childhood or adolescence. Many cases are found by a school nurse in routine screening programs. In mild cases, conventional medical care can be utilized to simply monitor the curve to ensure it doesn’t worsen through an X-ray taken every six months. If a curve becomes more severe, physical therapy with stretching and exercises might be used to stop the curve from getting worse, and this can be helpful. A brace worn to support the spine can also stop the curve from progressing. However, in some cases, these treatments do not help, and the curve continues to increase. If the scoliosis gets severe enough, surgery that places supportive metal rods next to the spine will often be recommended. In my experience, while stretching and specific exercises are important for treatment, addressing the restricted fascia is the most critical part of treating nonsurgical scoliosis. In children younger than 16, I have never seen a curve get worse after fascial treatment has been started. In many cases, I have seen children’s curvatures improve up to 20 degrees and, in a few mild childhood cases, the scoliosis has been eliminated completely.

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Scoliosis in most adults starts in their youth, but there are some situations where the curvature develops after adulthood. Sometimes trauma, surgeries and other medical issues can trigger scoliosis to develop. Regardless of the origin, adults with scoliosis are even more likely to have spinal pain than children with the same problem. In fact, more than three quarters of adults with this problem experience back pain. Many of these patients come to my practice feeling like they have run out of options for finding relief and regaining their quality of life. However, successful treatment of scoliosis pain in adults is similar to that in children, and the results are also excellent. The focus is on fascia release, gentle stretching by a therapist and specific exercises. Although the curvature typically cannot be reduced in adults, pain

relief is still quite successful. An illustrative example is a 78-yearold woman whom I’ll call June, who was brought somewhat reluctantly to my practice by a good friend. She had experienced a lifetime of pain from her severe scoliosis that caused a visible deformity to her posture. Her pain had increased greatly in recent months, but she did not want to be dependent on prescription pain relievers that were not reducing her pain. Every patient is unique, but overall June’s treatment was similar to most cases of scoliosis I see. She received manual therapy to release fascial restriction, along with gentle stretching and exercises. Over time, her pain was reduced from 10 out of 10 (where 10 is equated to unbearable pain) to averaging three out of 10 which she found greatly improved her quality of life.

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Most adults can experience enormous relief of pain and discomfort, despite not improving the actual curvature of their scoliosis. Fascial therapies to remove restriction in connective tissue can greatly decrease muscle spasm, joint restriction and painful motion. Some people with scoliosis will need occasional “tune-ups” because their curvatures cause new restrictions to develop. How often these wellness visits are needed varies from person to person, but once the pain relief is achieved an occasional tune-up is usually all that is needed to keep pain at bay. It is my hope that more practitioners will begin to explore fascial treatment in the care of scoliosis. The benefits can be profound for people who experience pain from spinal curvature. When people can achieve pain relief without powerful drugs, it’s a major success for both their health and overall lifestyle. Dr. Eric Winder has been practicing chiropractic for 20 years, with a focus on fascial treatment and soft tissue therapies for the past 17 years. Dr. Winder’s practice focuses on relieving pain and restoring alignment and motion through soft tissue therapies without forceful manipulation. For more information, call 941-957-8390 or visit GentleBay.com. February 2018

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ADVERSITY How to Strengthen Your Resilience Muscle by April Thompson

At one time or another, an estimated 70 percent of people experience a life-altering traumatic event, and most grow stronger from surviving it, according to decades of research by leading institutions like Harvard and Yale universities and the University of Pennsylvania. We can prepare now for life’s inevitable hurdles and setbacks by developing the skills and tools of resilience.

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t’s an incredibly hopeful message: We can go through the most terrible things imaginable and still get through to a better place,” says David B. Feldman, associate professor of counseling psychology at California’s Santa Clara University and co-author with Lee Daniel Kravetz of Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success. Such researchers have found that, like elastic stretched beyond its normal limits, people often don’t just bounce back to their old form, but stretch and expand in new ways. The pair conducted in-depth case studies of survivors of extreme traumatic experiences that went on to do bold things. Just one case in point: After losing a leg in a car accident, college basketball player Casey Pieretti reinvented himself as a successful Hollywood stuntman. According to many studies, 60 to 80 percent of people grow in some way from personal trauma, known as “post-traumatic growth”, according to Feldman. “It can be as simple as appreciating each day more. It can mean deepening relationships. It may result in a renewed sense of spirituality. Or, it might take one’s life in a dramatically different direction,” he says. Ila Eckhoff, a financial executive in New York City, has experienced more than her share of challenges: developing cerebral palsy as a toddler, enduring

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12 childhood surgeries, losing her mother at age 11 and four years ago, her husband. “All of the struggles and losses brought me here, now,” says Eckhoff. “Nobody ever said life was easy. We have greater appreciation for the things that we had to struggle to achieve.” Choosing self-directedness instead of self-pity in the face of challenges differentiates those that thrive from those that merely survive, observes Catherine Morisset, a life coach from Ottawa, Canada, who specializes in resilience. “It’s taking responsibility for life and managing the way you want to live it. We all have choices, even in the face of difficulty,” she says.

Mastering an Optimal Outlook

“Challenges don’t define you. How you respond does,” remarks Doug Hensch, an executive coach and author of Positively Resilient: 5½ Secrets to Beat Stress, Overcome Obstacles,


and Defeat Anxiety. He attests that having Forces instructors and civilians. They found a growth mindset is vital, focusing on people that rebounded strongly often shared strengths without disregarding areas needcommon attributes, including embracing a ing improvement. spiritual outlook and social network. Maintaining a balanced outlook that’s In 2013, Damon Redd, of Boulder, Colorado, awoke to a severe flooding realistic, yet positive, enables individuals to event, with his home and business burmove on from trauma. For supersurvivors, ied under five feet of mud and water that being pragmatic serves them far better nearly wiped out his clothing business, than a false sense of optimism about bad Kind Design, overnight. situations, Feldman found, Parents do a “It was the hardest thing saying, “They grieved losses, but thought realistically disservice to their I’ve ever gone through, to lose everything I had about what to do next.” kids when they built. It also gave me a “Optimism in the try to remove new perspective on what’s best sense is focusing on adversity from their important. It made me the positive without denyaware that you can replace ing the negative, while lives. When little physical things, but you focusing on what’s in your things go wrong, control,” notes Hensch. rather than rush to can’t replace memories. My mind was blown away Martin Seligman, fix it, let the kids by the support I received.” known as the “father of figure out a solution. Redd ended up paying positive psychology”, found that when people They’ll realize it’s not forward the kindness. “We take setbacks personthe end of the world. cleaned and repaired 1,500 pairs of gloves in our inally, viewing them as ~Doug Hensch ventory that were damaged permanent, pervasive and that day, and are donating personal, they develop a sense of learned helplessness that inhibits growth and happiness. “It’s important not to ‘catastrophize’ or generalize a failure and extend it to other areas of life,” says Dr. Steven M. Southwick, a professor of psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine who focuses on post-traumatic stress disorder and resilience.

them to search-and-rescue teams and ski patrols. The more good you do, the more good other people will do,” Redd professes. Altruism and owning a moral code is another common characteristic of resilient individuals, according to Southwick. Having a purpose is a huge indicator of whether a person will rise to the occasion. “You can endure almost anything if you have a mission, or believe what you are doing has meaning. It gives you great strength,” he says. In 2016, Bobbi Huffman lost her high school sweetheart and husband to suicide a few days before Valentine’s Day. As she began to process the tragedy, she saw two choices ahead: “Drop into a deep depression and give up or focus on our deep love for one another, get into therapy, and make a difference by inspiring, encouraging and helping others,” says Huffman. She chose the latter, asking for professional help and signing up for the 16-mile Overnight Walk for Suicide Prevention, in New York City. “Getting into the best shape of my life at age 50 became my passion. As I walked through the night, I reflected on our beautiful memories as a

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Social networks are critical in the face of challenges, resilience experts agree. “When we are wronged or feel unsafe, it’s natural to withdraw when we should do the opposite,” says Feldman. “It’s also not the number of friends you have, or even how much time you spend with them, that matters. All you need is at least one person you can count on.” “We are built to be connected with others. It has a significant impact in regulating stress,” says Southwick, a co-author of Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges, from West Haven, Connecticut. Over the past two decades, Southwick and his colleagues have studied three groups that have come through harrowing events: being Vietnam War prisoners, Special

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couple. It was an amazing, healing experience,” reflects Huffman. Forgiveness—whether for others or ourself—is another key to help us move forward, reports Feldman. “Often, people can get stuck in blame, but resentment keeps people shackled to the past. If and when a person is ready to forgive, widespread research indicates that it can lead to better health outcomes.”

Strengthening Our Resilience Muscle Experts point out that there isn’t any one perfect formula or single must-have trait for building resilience, and none we can’t develop. Learning a skill like mindfulness is an easy place to start. “Resilient people don’t try to avoid stress, but learn how to manage and master it,” says Southwick. “Mindfulness meditation requires practice, but through it, you can learn to regulate emotions and relax the nervous system.” Eckhoff practices mindfulness several times a day with a one-minute gratitude meditation. “I have five things I am most grateful for. I close my eyes, take a deep breath and say them. It brings me focus, reduces stress and reminds me of how lucky I am,” she says. Morisset suggests making incremental changes to strengthen our resilience muscles. “Success builds success and failure builds failure, so do something you know you can accomplish and build on that,” she counsels.

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Writing can also be a good coping tool, according to Hensch. “Just write about your emotions. It’s amazing how much you can learn about yourself and how calming it can be.” Good times are the best times to begin “resilience training” notes Hensch. “I sought out a therapist once I had turned the corner after my divorce and was dating someone and my business was taking off. It was precisely because I knew something else would likely happen, and I wanted to be better prepared for it,” he recalls. Applying positive self-talk when something blindsides us helps, as does not expecting to handle things perfectly. “There’s nothing wrong with just staying afloat when you’re in the middle of trauma or adversity. One key to happiness in life is just managing expectations. It’s okay to be anxious, sad and worried at times—in fact, it’s healthy,” says Hensch. Hardships are just that: hard. However, with time and experience, resilient individuals come to trust their ability to get through them, large and small. “Resiliency is not about how you bounce back from a single traumatic event; it’s how you respond every day to the challenges that life presents,” Eckhoff has learned. “Repetitive use of this ‘muscle’ builds strength and enables you to do more and sometimes, the impossible.” Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.

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RESILIENCE RESOURCES

Helpful Organizations

OptionB.org provides a supportive space online for survivors of trauma and adversity to share stories, connect with others and get help from experts. LearningConnection.Stanford.edu/ Resilience-Project normalizes setbacks and failures as part and parcel of professional and personal growth, and provides Stanford University students and faculty a platform to swap stories and coping strategies. Resilience.Education.UTexas.edu conveys an interactive e-learning platform developed by the University of Texas at Austin to foster a better understanding of resilience and develop related skills.

Films and Books

Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story documents the journey of chef and outdoorsman Eduardo Garcia, whose life changed irrevocably when he was jolted with 2,400 volts of electricity while hiking in Montana. Garcia lost his hand, ribs and muscle mass, but survived the injury with the help of his former partner, and became an athlete and speaker for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Unbroken depicts the life of Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini, who survived 47 days on a raft after a near-fatal plane crash in World War II, only to be captured by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. The film is based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Laura Hillenbrand, herself the survivor of a disabling chronic illness. The 33 tells the true tale of 33 miners trapped inside a mine in San Jose, Chile, for more than two months, the longest such entrapment in history. All were rescued alive. Wild is based on Cheryl Strayed’s memoir of her solo hike of 1,000-plus miles on the Pacific Crest Trail without any training, following the loss of her mother and marriage.


Lucky Dragon Feng Shui Tip of the Month

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n a world that seems to move faster and faster every time we step outside, it is important to understand the most important areas of life can greatly enhance your success and health––and you have control over those manifestations. You can achieve this by transforming your space through the simple techniques of feng shui. Feng shui is an ancient “environmental science” that focuses on how your environment permits you to succeed. Feng shui can be defined as “living in harmony with the natural world.” It is over 4,000 years old, but Feng shui has stuck around for one major reason––it works! This practice affects you consciously, but as I mention to my students, it has an even more powerful effect on the subconscious which does most of the heavy-lifting when making decisions. I became involved with feng shui for a self-serving reason––it helped me sell my listings quickly when I was a real estate agent. It also made my clients happier and easier to work with That alone made learning feng shui worthwhile. I’m no longer a realtor, but I have been training real estate agents, home stagers and homeowners for over a decade on how to effectively use this ancient science. I knew Feng Shui worked for my real estate business, but as someone whose first degree was in mathematics, I needed evidence to back it up. So I did my research and found the support I needed––not only for myself, but to show to a client. One study I bring up with my students how having an office with a window affects performance compared to an interior office with no daily access to the outside. This study showed that workers who were unable to look outside were consistently unproductive and unhealthy. They even presented a higher risk of developing cancer. Another study I love to mention was conducted in the state of Wisconsin, using satellite imaginary and data. The researchers compared the amount of tree canopies in an area to the population’s overall health and found that in neighborhoods where the amount of trees covered more than 10% of the ground area, the residents were healthier, less stressed and experienced a reduced risk of depression. Feng shui encourages people to be more productive, and it can make any environment feel more secure and comfortable. When these feelings “seep” into your subconscious, wonderful occurences can happen, and life becomes easier to manage. On March 1–2, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Steve Kodad will present a two-day workshop which leads up to an attendee being awarded the certification of Feng Shui Staging Professional. The workshop will be held at the Hampton Inn & Suites Sarasota/Bradenton-Airport. For more information, visit TheFengShuiCure.com/Get-Certified.

by Christina Captain, DAOM, MSAOM, MSHN, MA Lucky Dragon says: ollow these tips for bringing more love into your life throughout 2018. Last month, we spoke about clearing negative energies from your space for a fresh new start. This month, we focus on increasing love energy with these feng shui tips. • Clear out your clutter. These items are about the past and prevent you from experiencing a clear new present. By clearing out the clutter and organizing your space, especially in the bedroom, you’ll have a heightened ability to draw more love toward you. • Use the power of twos. The bedroom space must have two night tables (they do not have to match) and lights on each of those tables. Think about this––if the side you sleep on has no light, then you are essentially in the dark” about your relationships to others. • Discard lonely or stormy art. Avoid artwork in the bedroom of singles or lonely people. Find artwork that features twosomes instead. Similarly, avoid artwork of a stormy water scene, as this can emphasize rough seas in your relationships. • Crank up the heat in your bed. Sheets that are white, bright green or even red will heat up your love life. Add candles to your bedside table for an additional fire element. • Create more room. If your closets are over-stuffed and can’t fit anything else inside, then clear it out. To draw love in, you need to make space for it to enter. This is called creating a void. When we empty closets and drawers to rid ourselves of unused items, we make room for something new to flourish. Follow these tips and get ready––you’re in for a major, rapid lifechange! Does feng shui excite you? Then stay tuned to this feng shui column for announcements about video blogs on how to feng shui your space for life.

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Dr. Christina Captain is nationally boardcertified by the National Commission for Certification in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is the lead practitioner at the Family Healing Center which she founded in 2000. Dr. Captain is also an expert Feng Shui practitioner and teacher who studied under Nancilee Wydra of the Feng Shui Institute of America, before originating her own style, Essential Balance Feng Shui. Since this discipline is a branch of Oriental Medicine, she often blends Feng Shui principles into her treatment plans. Family Healing Center is located at 2650 Bahia Vista St., Suite 101, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-951-1119 or email Dr_Captain@FamilyHealingCenter.com. February 2018

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She came to meditation during a trying period working in sales and marketing. “When a friend gave me a meditation CD, I popped it in after a stressful conference call and felt instantly calmed. Ten years later, meditation has gone beyond quieting the mind; it’s sunk into my heart and spirit,” says Trottmann, who went on to publish her own CDs at GuidedChristianMeditation. com. “I came to meditation tired of habitual suffering and stress, and wanting to be happier,” says Bill Scheinman, a coach in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), which he refers to as “mindfulness practice without the Buddhist jargon.” The Oakland, California, instructor has taught mindfulness in settings ranging from corporations to prisons, drawing from a range of meditative disciplines and 23 years of intensive practice.

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Universal Appeal “Meditation is for people of all spiritual backgrounds. As a tool to develop awareness, it can enhance what you already

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“Millions are seeking more mindfulness through meditation, but don’t know how to go about it,” says Sean Fargo, a Berkeley, California, meditation instructor and former Buddhist monk. “The key is to take baby steps, like going to the gym for the first time. Start by practicing a few minutes a day; just pay attention to something such as the sensations of breathing, without judgment.” “Having taught meditation to tens of thousands of people, I would say the most common issue is that beginning meditators don’t think they’re doing it right. It’s important not to judge yourself or have loaded expectations about the experience,” notes Lang. She suggests starting wherever we are right now, adding, “Whatever book,

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class or teacher you first stumble upon is a clue.” But that doesn’t call for rigidly adhering to a particular type of meditation forever.

Assess Benefits “Shop around and try different things, but at some point, you will begin to discover what works for you,” advises Scheinman. In trying to decide which meditation practice is right for us, “Go with what feels juicy,” says Fargo, who founded MindfulnessExercises.com, offering 1,500 free mindfulness meditations, worksheets and talks. “You’re more likely to do what feels alive and enlivening.” The act of meditating can be uncomfortable, but the challenges are part of its power. Scheinman remarks. “If you establish a daily practice, eventually, you will become more clear-headed, kinder and happier. That’s how you know your practice is working—not how you feel during meditation itself.” Consistency is key. It’s not effective to only meditate when you feel good, he says.

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Mindfulness practices go by many names, from vipassana to MBSR, and can be done sitting or walking, but all are focused on cultivating moment-to-moment awareness. “Mindfulness is about being aware: deliberately paying attention to body sensations, thoughts and emotions. Focused attention is on the body, heart and mind,” explains Scheinman. Guided visualization differs from most forms of meditation in that the meditator is intentionally creating a mental image, typically one of a peaceful, beautiful place. Typically, the goal of a guided visualization is deep relaxation and stress reduction. Mantra meditations involve continuous repetition of a word, phrase or sound, drawing spiritual power from the sound’s vibration, as well as its meaning. Many mantras are uttered in a tradition’s native language, such as shanti, meaning peace in Sanskrit. Teachers like Lang prefer to use mantras in English that meditators can more easily grasp, such as, “Love is the way.” Breathing meditation. Meditation experts say our everpresent breath is a sound foundation for a meditation practice, as well as an easy place to start. “Tapping into the power of our breath is vital; it cleanses our system,” says Trottmann. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.

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heir playful appearance as a beach ball look-alike makes exercise balls welcome props in home workouts, gyms and yoga studios. “They’re a fun training tool for every age, from children to maturing Baby Boomers,” says Dennis Fuchs, CEO of TheraGear, in Sumas, Washington. “Exercise balls are affordable and offer many benefits, from enhanced mobility to reduced risk of injury and increased athletic performance.” Originally developed by Italian plastic manufacturer Aquilino Cosani in 1963 as a toy called the Gymnastik and then used by British and Swiss physical therapists to help orthopedic patients, the ball has since come a long way to serve fitness needs. Also known as Swiss, stability, balance, physio- and Pilates balls, this colorful piece of equipment can range in size from 14 to 34 inches to be appropriate for a user’s height (Tinyurl.com/RightSizeExerciseBall).

Core Strength Without Strain Stability balls are recommended by fitness trainers and chiropractors for their ability to build core strength and increase flexibility of pelvic muscles without putting unnecessary strain on the back. “The core is a series of muscles used in almost all functional movement; tailored exercises focus both on abdominal and back strength and pelvic and hip stability,” explains Linnea Pond, an exercise instructor at the Pocono Family YMCA, in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Using an exercise ball also promotes full body conditioning. “Swiss ball training connects the brain with stabilizer muscles, improving gross motor skills and upper body strength, as well,” Fuchs elaborates. “These versatile training balls help equip an individual to handle the functional demands of sports and everyday life.”

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repetition and visual reinforcement. We have patients do simple exercises with the ball hundreds of times so these pathways start to form,” explains Bob Schrupp, a physical therapist and founder of Therapy Network, in Winona, Minnesota. One goal for physical and occupational therapists is to help clients perform rehabilitation exercises that also motivate them to continue exercising. While the ball is an excellent tool in clinical settings, Schrupp cautions, “After a stroke, or if you’re older or in poor health, it’s always best to check with your doctor or physical therapist to determine if stability ball exercises are appropriate.”

Pregnant Women and Senior Fitness Balance balls, when used properly, can offer a safe way for pregnant women, children and seniors to stay fit. Exercising with a ball can help older individuals increase flexibility, especially in the hips, with cardiac strengthening as a bonus. Pregnant women can safely increase and maintain abdominal strength as the baby grows, and in doing so, care for muscles that will help them through labor. “Pregnancy can throw a woman off balance, and a growing baby puts pressure on internal organs. Pressing the back on a stability ball against a wall offers support for squats. Sitting on a ball helps maintain good posture and pelvic mobility, and reduces low back pain,” explains Pond. Incorporating the ball into yoga or Pilates routines prompts different muscles into action because it calls on the body’s learned ability to sense and respond to movement, termed proprioception. Pond says, “Proprioception is challenged just from sitting on the ball; there are immediate physical adjustments made to maintain posture and stability. In yoga, the ball is another tool to increase flexibility and balance.”

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Regarding the equipment’s eyecatching appearance, Schrupp sees a helpful bonus: “The ball is a big, colorful reminder to perform your exercises.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at MarlainaDonato.com. February 2018

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ow do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” Elizabeth Barrett Browning once penned this unforgettable line to her husband and fellow poet, Robert Browning. Let us also count the ways to improve our loved ones’ heart health: Lower blood pressure. Modulate irregular heartbeats. Avoid plaque build-up in arteries. Improve blood flow to the heart. We can love our hearts with 10 superfoods that just might make perfect ingredients for a Valentine’s Day meal, starting with dark chocolate.

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Cocoa powder. Cacao’s flavanols lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of stroke and act as antioxidants to prevent inflammation. Dr. JoAnn E. Manson, a physician, doctor of public health and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School affiliate Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, confirms, “Between 400 and 900 milligrams (mg) a day of cocoa flavanols may favorably affect several mechanisms and pathways related to cardiovascular disease prevention.” Not all chocolate is created equal. Manson recommends chocolate with cocoa or cacao as the first ingredient, not sugar. She 40

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Just one-half cup of berries a day can provide plenty of phytonutrients and antioxidants for decreasing inflammation and preventing heart disease, says Wendy Bazilian, a doctor of public health and registered dietitian in San Diego, and author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet: Lose Weight with the Power of SuperNutrients. “Whirl them into a breakfast smoothie, add them to a green salad or combine them with dark chocolate for a tasty, heart-healthy dessert,” she advises.

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nesium—about 764 mg per cup— roasted pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, top the list of heart-healthy nuts and seeds. Magnesium is an important electrolyte that helps the heart fire on all cylinders and not skip a beat. Improvements in lipid profiles can occur with a daily intake of 365 mg, or about a half-cup, of pepitas. Enjoy roasted pumpkin seeds as a snack or scatter them in a salad, bowl of chili or soup for a delicious crunch.

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magnesium, plus they’re a good source of potassium, another electrolyte the heart needs for optimum functioning. “You probably know bananas and citrus fruits are top sources of potassium, but I like avocados because they also supply healthy fats,” says Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra, a boardcertified cardiologist with the HeartMD Institute, in Manchester, Connecticut.

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Almonds. Sinatra recommends a handful of almonds a day to raise HDL, a form of “good” cholesterol he likens to a “lipid garbage truck” that picks up oxidized “bad” LDL in the bloodstream and carries it to the liver for processing.

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A 2015 study in the journal Hypertension found that two daily eight-ounce glasses of beet juice can help reduce high blood pressure. Beets contain a natural dietary nitrate found in previous studies to lower high blood pressure. Enjoy beet juice in smoothies, as a tart drink known as a “shrub” (beet juice with raspberry vinegar) or in soups like borscht.

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ustralian author, speaker and dating coach Mark Rosenfeld knows firsthand the challenges of navigating romantic relationships. After struggling with shyness, he took on a confidence-boosting job as an exotic dancer in 2011, working with men at both ends of the assertiveness spectrum. In this milieu, he gained a better understanding of men’s thoughts and actions related to women. Through his career as a dancer while in his own satisfying relationship, Rosenfeld also personally communicated with about 50,000 women, many of which opened up about their own trials and tribulations with dating. A resident of Brisbane, Rosenfeld launched the website MakeHimYours.com. au in 2014, sharing what he’s learned in order to help women stop experiencing frustrations in dating and start attracting healthy, happy relationships. He’s also participated in the conversation at The Good Men Project on what enlightened masculinity means in the 21st century.

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Why do both genders need to nurture their feminine energy?

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to slow down and date multiple men to counter that tendency. It’s also good to “widen the funnel” and date different types of men, especially if you seem to attract the so-called “wrong” type. Keep deep emotions and commitments out of the courtship phase, while you discover who someone is and if they are right for you.

As a man, I can spend too much time on my masculine energy and be too logical and focused on end results. I can lose a sense of self, presence and connection with the present moment. Meditation is one entry point; I find practicing a martial art is grounding, as is spending quality time with a woman. If an individual spends too much time in either energy, imbalance occurs; everyone has to find their own equilibrium.

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self. Take care of your health, home and friendships. Exercise some independence. Make your life fulfilling, so that men want to be part of your exciting days.

How can we best navigate the world of online dating and other means of meeting potential mates? It starts with your mindset. If you think you will be on a dating site for three weeks and find a mate, don’t bother. Be prepared to engage for a minimum of six to 12 months. Consider bad dates as reasons to laugh. Think of it as “online introducing”. It’s up to you to quickly get past the chat stage to real communication and real dates. Online potential mates don’t have a “vibe” for you like they do in person. I suggest talking with prospects on the phone and keeping first dates short. Keep an open mind to recognize prospects you might otherwise overlook. Online dating is a supplement, not a substitute, for meeting compatible men or women in real life. You should be tapping networks of friends, family and colleagues to make connections, as well as being open to meeting potential mates at public events.

Which signs indicate that a dating prospect wants to pursue a genuine relationship? Emotional momentum, combined with consistency, is an important sign. Anyone can put in effort for a little while; but do they periodically disappear? No one wants someone they feel a connection with to physically or emotionally wander away, or risk the object of their affection thinking they aren’t interested. Make sure they are reciprocating the effort you put in. Prioritizing is another sign; a person will find a way to see someone they care about. A key third sign is integration. They will want to respectfully integrate you into their world more and more, introducing you to friends, family and work colleagues. Look for this overall pattern to continue over time. It’s vital to let people prove themselves with their actions. Alison James is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C.


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Sounding Alerts Hearing dogs alert their hearing-impaired person to the sound of a doorbell or ringing phone. In the car, they’ll nudge the driver with a paw if they hear a siren. Riley the Chihuahua’s job is caring for Jennifer Wise, an aromatherapist and owner of Enchanted Essence, in Toledo, Ohio. Wise has a neurological disease that affects her legs and makes her prone to falls. “Riley’s trained to bark for help if I am unable to get up,” she explains. “If barking fails, he’ll grab someone’s pant leg or shoelaces and pull in my direction. He’s small, but determined.” Michelle Renard, a stay-at-home mom in Woodstock, Georgia, relies on Mossy, a goldendoodle trained by Canine Assistants, in nearby Alpharetta, to detect high- and low-blood sugar levels. “She’s never wrong,” says Renard.

Comfort and Joy Linda Blick, president and co-founder of Tails of Hope Foundation, in Orange County, New York, observes, “A veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder may not show outward symptoms, but have anxiety. Dogs are trained to turn on the lights, lick their person’s face or apply reassuring pressure by lying across their person’s chest to bring them out of night tremors. “One of our veterans was so uncomfortable in public, it was difficult for him to even speak to the veterinarian about his dog’s torn knee ligament,” Blick explains. “For the sake of the dog, he managed to discuss care, a big step for him.” As Sims states, “True service dogs literally give people with disabilities their lives back.” Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@mindspring.com.

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s I began to love myself, I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, I know, this is AUTHENTICITY. As I began to love myself, I understood how much it can offend somebody as I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me. Today I call it RESPECT. As I began to love myself, I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow. Today I call it MATURITY.

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As I began to love myself, I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm. Today I call it SELF-CONFIDENCE. As I began to love myself, I quit stealing my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future. Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm.

Today I call it SIMPLICITY. As I began to love myself, I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health—food, people, things, situations and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today I know it is LOVE OF ONESELF. As I began to love myself, I quit trying to always be right, and ever since, I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is MODESTY. As I began to love myself, I refused to go on living in the past and worrying about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where everything is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it FULFILLMENT. As I began to love myself, I recognized that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. But as I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this connection WISDOM OF THE HEART. We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born.

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The Latest & Greatest in Sarasota’s Wellness Scene:

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or almost two decades, a vibrant yellow storefront with distinctive red signage has been a landmark of sorts in the Stickney Point neighborhood of Sarasota. In fact, over the years, Special Nutrition has earned a reputation among locals and visitors alike for curating the widest selection of health foods for the lowest prices guaranteed. At the core of this thriving business model is a resolute devotion to customer wellness and satisfaction––the impetus behind owner Louise Mastro’s continuous efforts to bring knowledgeable service, quality assurance and a hassle-free shopping experience together all under one roof. Or rather, make that two roofs because now Special Nutrition has enlarged its bandwidth to include a second location on Bahia Vista Street. This newest ex-

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pansion was acquired three months ago when Mastro purchased the store from its retired owners of 26 years and rebranded it to “Special Nutrition––Bulk ‘N Natural.” As this moniker would suggest, half the inventory consists of supplements and vitamins, while the other half is comprised of bulk food items such as dried herbs, whole grains and unprocessed flours––offered at just a fraction of the cost that mainstream retailers often charge. This makes it both accessible and economical to maintain healthy eating habits regardless of an individual’s budget parameters. Moreover, if a desired product is not in-stock or a certain brand is not carried, shoppers are encouraged to personally request the item they’re seeking for no additional expense. Mastro chimes in, “Special orders are our pleasure, and we ship to all 48 states in the continental U.S. We pride ourselves on going that ‘extra mile’ for each customer, and our staff is well-versed in nutrition to assist customers with choosing the right supplement for their lifestyle needs. We’re known for providing the most trusted brands in the industry––nothing less. Our customers can rest assured they’re getting optimal nutrients in terms of purity, potency and reputability without synthetic colors, sweeteners or ingredients.” This hospitable atmosphere, dedication to wellness and price-conscious mentality are all incentives enough to walk through the doors of Special Nutrition, so come experience firsthand why this ever-growing family operated business has been a Sarasota institution for more than 17 years––and counting. Special Nutrition—Bulk ‘N Natural is located at 3737 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota. The Special Nutrition flagship store is located 1882 Stickney Point Rd., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-9290884, email SpecialNutrition@verizon.net, visit SpecialNutrition. net or like “Special Nutrition Discount Prices” on Facebook. Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer is the Managing Editor of Natural Awakenings Sarasota–Manatee. She also works as a freelance writer, blogger and social media marketer based in Southwest Florida. Her personal blog HealthBeAHippie.Wordpress.com features practical tips for embracing an active, nutritious and empowered lifestyle.

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Acupuncture Points for Meditation by Josh Zimmer, AP,DOM

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hen it comes to meditation, one approach is to direct the energy flow on specific areas of the head and torso. What’s remarkable is how many of them are both chakra and acupuncture points. Who hasn’t been told, for example, to combine their meditations with the third eye? Aligning with the sixth chakra, this is an often used Yin Tang point in Traditional Chinese Medicine. One of Yin Tang’s main functions is to promote relaxation. From what fountain of wisdom were the ancient Chinese and Indians drinking when they developed their healing parallel visions of mind-body? Most chakra points, which begin at the root chakra on the perineum, are located along the Chinese Ren Channel––the sea of Yin. The Yin is feminine and nourishing, parasympathetic in comparison to the stimulatory energy of the male-oriented Yang channel––the Du. The Ren and Du channels form an integrated circuit of circulating energies, just like the chakra system. While their specific functions may differ, the universal effect of both visions is to nourish, regulate and animate our existences. This sounds calming and meditative already, right? But who says meditation can’t make use of other regions of the body represented by acupuncture points? The following points and combinations create their own meditative energetics. They engage parts of the body linked with afferent signaling to the brain. These are the impulses from our environment that, in partnership with our thought patterns, are processed by the central nervous systems. The clearer these pathways become, the more easily we can promote calm. Interestingly, the points are located on the hands and feet which makes sense since in the world of touch and travel––we use them more than any other parts of the body: • Fingertips––these are considered “extra points.” • Soles of Feet––this is Kidney 1, the first point on the channel responsible for our essence, or genes, which governs the nervous system including the adrenals that are often implicated in fight-or-flight syndrome. • Webbing between First and Second Toes––this is Liver 3, a point that regulates Qi flow in the body, stores blood and handles our daily stressors, making it a pivotal point in controlling our sympathetic and parasympathetic worlds.

In the Traditional Chinese Medicine system, location renders these points extremely energetic. In fact, all the major meridians––except for the Ren and Du mentioned above––begin and end on the tips of the hands and feet. During one of your next meditations, experiment with these points as energetic extensions, either alone or in combination with the chakra and acupuncture points like the Third Eye and Crown Chakra. Notice how it feels. Imagine energy gently flowing into and out of the body through the fingertips or a direct circuit between the top of the head and bottom of the feet. The connectivity can only be meditative. Josh Zimmer is a Nationally Certified, State Licensed Acupuncture Physician. He is a 2008 graduate of the East West College of Natural Medicine in Sarasota. Zimmer is the acupuncturist at Four Pillars, providing natural healing for pain relief and digestive issues. He also treats symptoms of cancer, stroke and neuropathy. Four Pillars is located at 8209 Natures Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch. For more information, call 941-373-3955, email Info@FourPillasFlorida.com or visit FourPillarsFlorida.com.

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Banishing Body-Image Blues

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any young women don’t feel comfortable in their own skin. A 21st-century global study sponsored by Unilever’s Dove brand found that 90 percent of girls from 15 to 17 years old wanted to change at least one aspect of their physical appearance, especially their body weight. University of Minnesota research following adolescents for 10 years showed that about half of the female participants had dieted in the previous year, twice the number of males. Tracy Anderson, a mother of two and fitness expert, has spent the last 18 years working with women seeking balance in their bodies. In her recent book, Total Teen: Tracy Anderson’s Guide to Health, Happiness, and Ruling Your World, she observes, “Teens are depleted from comparing themselves to the shapes of others and from scolding themselves: ‘I should be thinner, I should be able to fit in those pants, I should be in better shape.’ But looking good on the outside must start with feeling good on the inside.”

“If young women learn to connect with their mind, identify when their thoughts are anxious or stressed, and practice conscious breathing and meditating to regain a calm, centered state, they’ll be able to rebalance themselves for the rest of their lives,” she says. “By keeping a thought journal for a while and noticing when their thoughts have negative undertones, they can retrain their attitude.” Live a complaint-free day once each week. Every time a negative thought pops up, expel it and focus on a positive aspect of the idea or experience. Also invest a few moments each day feeling thankful for successful aspects of life. “After a while, these exercises become habitual,” says Anderson. “Happy, high-achieving people fill their minds with positive, uplifting thoughts, affirmations and sincere gratitude. It’s widely proven to work.”

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Eat Well

“Most teens can eat junk food all day long and still wake up the next morning ready to take on the world,”

connect with their mind, identify when their thoughts are anxious or stressed, and practice conscious breathing and meditating to regain a calm, centered state, they’ll be able to rebalance themselves for the rest of their lives Anderson says. But such an unhealthy routine “shapes eating patterns for the rest of their lives, eventually catching up with them.” She strongly believes every young woman should routinely ask herself, “Is this real food?” “A potato is a real food, or whole food, but instant mashed potatoes are processed. A fresh ear of corn is a whole food; corn chips are processed. If you want to feel strong and healthy and look great, eat whole foods,” says Anderson. Also, note how the body responds to eating specific foods. Here again, a journal can help. “Jot down how a food made you feel after 15 minutes, an hour and two hours. Are you alert or sluggish? What signals are your stomach and brain sending? It’s useful information to make better ongoing food choices,” Anderson advises. She also advocates drinking plenty of water and eating organic foods when possible, and warns teens against skipping meals or snacks when their developing bodies feel the need for fuel.

Move More

For some teens, exercise movements don’t feel comfortable or natural, which hinders them from doing healthful exercise. “I’ve found that if a young woman practices exercises for a while privately, she’ll become more comfortable and confident over time,” says Anderson. “It’s like learning a foreign language, musical instrument or any skill. You master the basics first and build on them. With practice, you start feeling more at ease.” In her book, Anderson offers many step-by-step, illustrated workout moves designed to daily tone arms, legs and abs, and increase strength and flexibility. Many


incorporate fun dance components that work well with music. “Regular exercise releases endorphins—the hormones that make us feel happier and better about ourselves,” she says. “For young women navigating the emotional ups and downs associated with menstrual cycles and puberty, exercise can be a lifesaver.” Whether it’s yoga, walking, martial arts, dancing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, climbing, skiing, gymnastics or tennis, teens need to find “some kind of movement and activity to become part of their everyday life.” A University of Wisconsin metaanalysis of 77 studies examining women’s body images suggests body dissatisfaction is a risk factor for eating disorders and a significant predictor of low self-esteem, depression and obesity. Helping young women build, strengthen or regain their positive body image and self-esteem works to empower a new generation and enables them to enjoy happier, healthier lives. Amber Lanier Nagle is a freelance writer in Northwest Georgia (AmberNagle.com).

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The Peak Performance Plan Small Changes, Enormous Impact by Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer

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or local nutritionist Bonni London, holistic wellness is the name of the game––and that is the exact motivation behind her Peak Performance Plan, a multi-faceted approach to changing one’s lifestyle through body, mind and spirit. A licensed dietician and personal trainer who received her Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from NYU, London has dedicated her almost 20 years of experience to pointing clients toward long-term health and an enriched quality of life. The Peak Performance Plan, her most recent endeavor, is a merger of this professional expertise and passion for helping others reach their strongest, most exuberant selves. “The Peak Performance Plan is unique because it goes deeper than just instructing people on how they can live healthier. The PPP aims to come alongside participants, so they feel supported in achieving their goals. It takes into account each person as a whole including their life stressors, social obligations and medical histories. The ultimate objective of the PPP is for participants to adopt sustainable practices that align with their goals and values,” London enumerates. She continues, “The longer I have been counseling people in my private practice, the more it’s become clear how challenging it can be to make long-term, meaningful changes in lifestyle, even with the best of intentions. So I sensed the need 54

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to create a program that addresses more than just a basic diet plan. “Sarasota is among the nation’s top retirement communities, and I want to help individuals continue finding enjoyment as they get older. Medical care has been successful in delaying death which I witnessed firsthand working in long-term healthcare facilities (a.k.a. nursing homes) for nearly a decade, but I want to optimize and extend this quality of life. I have seen what can happen to the human body when we don’t take a proactive role in caring for our own health, so with the PPP, I am targeting environmental influences within our control such as nutrition, exercise, sleep habits, stress management and social interactions.” In addition to London’s personalized attention and assessments––comprised of strategic goal-setting, a guided supermarket tour, supportive emails and consultations to track the client’s progress––she has also joined forces with three other wellness experts to design an inclusive program that touches on both the physical and psychological facets of life-change. Art Emrich, PhD., a certified hypnotist, customizes a CD for each participant to listen to as they’re drifting asleep which recalibrates the subconscious with empowering messages. Alyson Zyldjian, a professional chef of 30 years, offers two private in-home cooking lessons. And finally, Elizabeth Harrison, an interior

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organizer, rearranges the storage of food in the client’s kitchen to minimize the stress around eating and provide easier access to healthy options, while keeping temptations out of sight. By educating and equipping her participants to view their well-being through a more holistic vantage point, London has enabled an increasing number of people in the Sarasota community to transform their habits, succeed in their intentions and experience greater longevity. These core tenets of the PPP have staying power because they’re based on small, manageable and realistic shifts that can be integrated into an existing routine. London’s modus operandi is simple, and her actionable strides are effective. “Spend time formulating your end goal. Use visualization techniques with as many specific details as you can think of. Strive for progress, not perfection––that one mile you had time to run today is better than those five miles you never ran. Combine a new ritual you want to adopt with one that you engage in already. Replace an afternoon ‘siesta’ with a brief, invigorating walk. Just a single positive change leads to another which becomes a long-term strategy to build on,” she concludes. Now that’s a 2018 resolution worth keeping past February!

Bonnie London is the developer of the Peak Performance Plan, and has been an accredited, licensed and registered dietician since 1999. Her private practice London Wellness is located at 950 South Tamiami Trail, Suite 101, Sarasota. For more information on the Peak Performance Plan and her additional services, call 941685-8074, email Bonni@LondonWellness. net or visit LondonWellness.net. Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer is the Managing Editor of Natural Awakenings Sarasota– Manatee. She also works as a freelance writer, blogger and social media marketer based in Southwest Florida. Her personal blog HealthBeAHippie.Wordpress.com features practical tips for embracing an active, nutritious and empowered lifestyle.


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I Just Can’t Meditate! by Shana Rosenthal, Certified Consulting Hypnotist

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y mind won’t switch off.” “I have too many thoughts.” “My nose itches.” “I can’t get comfortable.” “I just don’t have time.” Often, I hear these complaints from clients who have tried to meditate but just cannot seem to connect with the practice. It’s easy to give up and believe that you will never master the art of meditation because it doesn’t come naturally to you, but let me put your mind at rest––you do not have to fold yourself into a lotus pose at sunrise to reap the benefits of this wonderful practice. “There is certainly great value in doing a sitting meditation,” says Bob Stahl, PhD, author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook. “But there are also ways to practice being mindful in whatever activity we are doing.” So if you don’t connect with the traditional meditation style, or you are just beginning to practice and feel overwhelmed, there are many options that can help get you started and give you exactly the same benefits. All you need is just a minute––I promise!

Check-In

The phone doesn’t stop ringing, the emails are pouring in, the dog needs walking, the kids need attention, and the deadline is fast approaching. You missed lunch, and that cup of coffee you made this morning is still sitting there. We all have days like this, but running on autopilot depletes our energy and affects our quality of life. The problem is that we are not focusing on what we truly need, so we often miss those subtle, magic moments because we are not paying attention. Dr. Stahl has a simple tool called “mindful check-ins” which are one-minute pauses throughout the day to rebalance. He uses the S.T.O.P. acronym to explain this method which stands for Stop, Take a Breath, Observe, and Proceed with Presence. It’s a simple method, but the difficult part is remembering to do it. I suggest you find a trigger that works for you––perhaps

each time you stop at a red light or whenever you get an email notification. The key to this technique is to practice it a few times per day. When you check-in with yourself, take a breath and notice how you feel emotionally and physically, you will become more self-aware and connected to your own needs. Perhaps that minute will help you realize that you are feeling dehydrated and need some water, or perhaps that feeling of anxiety becomes less intense. We become so distracted instead of being tuned into what’s really important in the moment. Getting off autopilot and living more deliberately will enhance your personal experience. Just imagine the difference between walking hurriedly from your car to your destination, while glancing down at your phone feeling stressed and rushed as you scroll through your Facebook feed, versus taking a deep breath, looking at the beautiful green leaves on the majestic oak tree on the sidewalk, listening to the hum of the passing cars and feeling the warmth of the sun on your face as the soft breeze caresses your hair. Taking a few mindful moments won’t solve major problems or release traumas, but it will leave you feeling calm, relaxed and focused. Even if you are incredibly busy, these check-ins don’t need your time––they just need a shift in your awareness throughout the day. This is your choice to refocus your attention on the present moment. All that is required is that you pause and be attentive. So I urge you to give it a try. You might even want to take the next step into a more formal meditation which studies show change parts of the brain connected to stress and anxiety. Perhaps you will never end up in lotus pose, but know that you can achieve a calmer, balanced life by just paying attention. Shana Rosenthal is a certified consulting hypnotist, neuro-linguistic practitioner, emotional freedom technique practitioner, and is stress management certified. She runs her clinic at Four Pillars, guiding clients to make profound improvements in their lives. She teaches powerful tools that enable the recipient to overcome their issues, enabling self-empowerment, control and ultimately relief. Four Pillars is located at 8209 Natures Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch. For more information, call 941-3733955, email Info@FourPillasFlorida.com or visit FourPillarsFlorida.com.

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Quantum Medicine and Releasing Trauma by Christina Captain, DAOM, MSAOM, MSHN, MA

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lternative Medicine can be defined as a treatment that does not fit into the conventional medical model. The federal government has given it the broader title of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, or CAM. While some CAM treatment modalities are well known like acupuncture and chiropractic, there are other models of lesser known alternative medicines such as the Jaffe-Mellor Technique (JMT ™). The main premise of JMT ™ is that the human body can heal itself. The secondary premise is that trauma and emotional disturbances underlie all forms dis-ease. In my practice, specifically in autoimmune issues, I have found the presence of some type of emotional trauma. This emotional trauma is underlying the physical symptoms, and in many instances, prevents complete healing. Emotional trauma might have been treated on a conscious level as patients routinely state, “I have done extensive therapy.” However, the concept that our bodies retain cellular memory is one that should not be discarded. The body remembers emotional trauma and continues to respond in the same way. Emotional memories become locked inside each cell as an imprint, and it is only upon release of these memories that true and complete healing can occur. There are several ways that we as healers can guide patients in the release of cellular memories, and one of the most effective that I have found is the Jaffe-Mellor Technique. JMT ™ is a proprietary system of treatment based upon assessing and evaluating the autonomic nervous system of a patient through a unique method of muscle response testing which uses both nonverbal and verbal questions and statements. This method is completely noninvasive––there are no oral supplements, injections or other applications provided to the patient. The Jaffe-Mellor Technique likens the human nervous and immune systems to a computer. When online, your computer is susceptible to viruses, structural damage, malfunctions and other glitches that lead to less than optimal performance. Failing to locate the root cause of the problem will eventually lead to greater internal issues that can threaten the daily functioning of that hard drive. When the human bio-computer is online (a.k.a. “alive”), we tend to pick up the same kind of ‘bugs” that cause less-than-optimal performance. The human biocomputer malfunctions from the insult of viruses, toxins, toxic emotions, trauma and other glitches in its nervous and immune systems. Where evaluation discovers glitches in the nervous system,

verbal corrective commands are utilized to repair the problem, enabling the body to heal itself. This process is reinforced by percussion of vertebral sectors and specific patterned breathing. The JMT™ technique commonly produces immediate changes in virtually all health issues resulting from glitches in the human bio-computer. This technique successfully addresses the symptoms of many disorders including, but not limited to, all forms of arthritis and chronic degenerative disorders, allergy elimination, interstitial cystitis, fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, Crohn’s Disease, irritable bowel syndrome, autoimmune diseases, trauma-induced pain syndromes, acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, emotional, sensory and motor neurological disturbances, and endocrine problems. My professional experience with JMT™ has revealed a tremendously successful technique for health problems that have exhausted the conventional medical model. An example of such a patient follows: This patient has been suffering from severe acid reflux and violent heaving of stomach fluids since her lifesaving surgery for stomach cancer. The surgery, although life-saving, created a malfunction in the value leading from the stomach to the esophagus. This malfunction created a constant reflux of acid into the throat. This made it impossible to sleep and or eat much food. After trying many forms of Western treatment, mostly pharmaceutical, the patient was frustrated and losing hope. Seeking alternative medicine in the form of acupuncture, she found the Family Healing Center. The patient was treated with acupuncture and Chinese herbs. While progress was made in reducing the frequency and severity of the episodes, total resolution was denied. We then decided to try something even more alternative. JMT™ was attempted, and almost unbelievably, resulted in the total resolution of the problem. There are many testimonials of JMT creating total pain reduction and resolution of illness and dysfunction. Facing the facts, if you have tried other conventional and non-conventional therapies without success, then why not attempt something truly alternative. What would you have to lose? The last hope just might exist in a safe and gentle alternative technique that successfully gets to the heart of the issue. Dr. Christina Captain is nationally board-certified by the National Commission for Certification in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is the lead practitioner at the Family Healing Center which she founded in 2000. Dr. Captain is also an expert Feng Shui practitioner and teacher who studied under Nancilee Wydra of the Feng Shui Institute of America, before originating her own style, Essential Balance Feng Shui. Since this discipline is a branch of Oriental Medicine, she often blends Feng Shui principles into her treatment plans. Family Healing Center is located at 2650 Bahia Vista St., Suite 101, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-951-1119 or email Dr_Captain@FamilyHealingCenter.com. February 2018

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Living the Dream by Juliette Jones

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n January of 1973, I was living in Malibu, California, in a three-story hacienda on Puerco Canyon Road which had once belonged to actor Frank Morgan, best known for his portrayal of the title character in the film The Wizard of Oz. Interestingly, this film is understood by many as representative of a profound dreamlike quest that features experiences far from the ordinary, as though seen through another world. At that time in my life, I was in the employ of a unique, eclectic woman who had purchased the Morgan house for real estate speculation, and among my other duties, assigned me as the house-sitter. Cantilevered over the side of a mountain, it was a magical place steeped in Hollywood history and TV-star neighbors. The rooms in the main residence were imposing, but the maid’s quarters beneath the first floor felt more inviting––despite the fact that it was adjacent to the cellar which once housed three gigantic wine barrels, along with the rumor of a post-mortem party held for John Barrymore’s body. Purportedly, a number of his friends, including Errol Flynn, toted him from haunt to haunt, toasting his earthly 58

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exploits. At least, this was what the previous owner confided to my boss––whether this was true or not, the house radiated an element of the spooky. As a young person from the Midwest following my dreams in California, I’d been for the most part on my own. The untimely death of my father a few years earlier had ripped a hole in my soul that was filled with both grief and flashes of awesome wonder. It was great fortune to have found such a generous, philanthropic employer, and the events that led me to her doorstep, high above the panoramic pacific coastline, were mythic in their own right. That period of my life strengthened my reliance on Divine guidance yet left me emotionally troubled. The one pursuit that engaged my enthusiasm was the study and practice of theatre arts. So in 1972, I enrolled in the Theatre Arts department at what was then known as San Fernando Valley State College. In the beginning, this was a form of therapy––an activity that fueled inspiration and made constructive use of my energies. I had time in my work schedule for educational pursuits, and my boss made it clear she would support me in getting an education in whatever field I desired. She was well-to-do, had no children of her own, and was already supporting a young man who had returned from Vietnam and was going through medical school. This turn of fortune caused me to evaluate the practical implications of pursuing the art of acting. I loved what I was doing but became torn and rather obsessed by the reality of being offered a path to a more practical professional career. After months of inner struggle, I put the matter to Divine guidance. One cool night, I opened the windows to the beauty of the starry, black sky. The scent of eucalyptus and music of owls filled the room, and between the crisp white sheets in perfect trust, I requested unmistakable guidance then fell into a deep sleep. Next I saw myself looking down a long, dark hallway in what seemed to be a section of the house above my bedroom. At the far end, a distinctly short man stood illuminated by a bright, cosmically gener-

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ated spotlight. I couldn’t see who he was, so I ventured closer. The hall seemed to elongate, and paintings appeared on either side of the corridor, overshadowed with glowing display lights. As I passed by each painting, I felt sure I was looking at original works of art by great masters––both old-world and modern––and wondered why such paintings would be hanging in a place that lacked climate control and security. When I reached the end of the hall, I immediately recognized the man as Edward G. Robinson, and as I stepped next to him in the cosmic spotlight, the lucidity of the dream became more vivid. What a joyful surprise to come face-to-face with this great artist. His demeanor, however, was business-like as though he had a job he had to finish. He motioned me to follow him back down the hall where he conducted examination of each painting, one by one, and relating information about the artist, cultural period, style and many other interesting features of the work. It was one of those dreams that seem to go on forever, and eventually, I was exhausted. “Mr. Robinson,” I muttered, “I wish I had brought pencil and paper. I’ll never remember all of these details.” He replied in a character voice I recognized from some of his film roles, “That’s alright, kid, because I didn’t come here to tell you about this. I came here to tell you that you should be doing this acting thing, see. That’s what I came to tell you.” Then I asked him if this was his true opinion, and he looked at me in a way that conveyed he was slightly perturbed at such an inane question and faded from my sight. As ordinary conscious awareness began to return, there was a sense of having been far away, and a strange heaviness of body. I sat at the side of the bed for quite a while, not moving, but reviewing the dream. Eventually, I started a pot of coffee and wended my way up a small set of stairs to the streetlevel porch to pick up the newspaper,


thinking that reading might help me to ground myself. What I read when I flipped it open on the kitchen counter evoked a shock that spread through every cell in my body and precipitated a stunning, shimmering series of realizations. It read: “Edward G. Robinson passes during the night.” I had to sit myself down to let it register––visitations from those who have passed over can and do happen.

If the Door Isn’t Open, the Spirit Cannot Enter.

This begs the question of how we can know anything of this nature. The only place we can know anything at all is in the laboratory of our own being. Of the many types and levels of knowledge and processes of acquisition and discernment, the crown jewel of all knowing is self-realization. It seems to me that an evolution of profound experience comes naturally, in various forms, as we seek to understand who and what we really are in the cosmos and challenge ourselves to live dynamically with what we deem as a meaningful purpose. This particular dream experience was alchemical in nature and changed me. It opened access to expanded realms of awareness involving powerful synchronicity and transformation. It was an unmistakable sign pointing to an answer to the inquiry of my soul. I got the message loud and clear, and in due course, went on to earn an MFA in acting. Of course, from that point forward, I read everything I could get my hands on pertaining to the life of Emanuel Goldenberg– –a.k.a. Edward G. Robinson. At the time of the dream, I had absolutely no idea that he had been a world-class art connoisseur

and collector of paintings who once wrote, “I am not a collector, I am just an innocent bystander who has been taken over by a collection.”

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Recently I became aware of IANDS (International Association for Near Death Studies) which meets on the first Thursday of the month at Spirit University in Sarasota. IANDS offers education and discussion of near death experience and related topics in a supportive setting. For more information on this group, visit IANDS. org/Groups/Affiliated-Groups/Find-A-Group/233-Near-Death-Experience-Study-Support-Group-Of-Sarasota-1.html. Additionally, the Spirit University offers classes, workshops, seminars and special events featuring presenters on the subject of spiritual discovery and healing. For more information, visit TheSpiritUniversity.com. More details on this will be forthcoming in the Natural Awakenings’ March issue.

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1 Yoga Class – 9am. With Pauline Dimitry. Awakening for the Heart-Body-Mind. All Ages and Experiences Welcome. Accepting New Students. $10. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-822-0263. Prayer Circle with Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon – 7:30-8:30pm. Join Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon every Thursday for an hour of gratitude, praise and prayer to the Living God, the God of Gods and the King of Kings. Using a myriad names of God, we will offer up prayers of gratitude for the grace and blessings bestowed upon is. Love Offering. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-3719333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Guest Reader, Sherry Lord - 10:30am–5:30pm. Sherry is a Reiki Master, Ordained Reverend, Teacher, Psychic Intuitive and Deeper Trance Channel. She can see angels, guides, and auras, as well as, channel loved ones who have crossed over. Sherry is a versatile channel who can answer your questions, both business and personal, and help you on your spiritual path. Pre-registration required. 15mins/$40, 30mins/$75, 60mins/$125 *Deep Trance Channel Sessions - 50mins/$175. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-361-3006, ElysianFieldsOnline.com. Shamanic Healing with Eric - 11-7. Fridays only by appointment. These powerful healing sessions are often channeled and rely on the high vibrational angels, masters, healers, and teachers that flow through Eric. All sessions are different depending on the treatment that is needed. All will receive results in accordance with your own bodies’ desire and willingness to heal. $60/1 hour, $30/30 mins. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-3719333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com. Ed Foote – Discovering Your Soul’s Purpose 7-9pm. “Discovering Your Soul’s Purpose.” This inspiring talk looks at why we are here, and what we are meant to do while on earth. It discusses universal purposes that we are all meant to do, as well as each person’s individual purpose. It also lists specific criteria that each person can use to determine whether they are actually doing their Soul’s Purpose. The information comes primarily from the Edgar Cayce Readings, but also from A Course In Miracles. $15. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3 Psychic Saturday Readings and Healings – 10:30am-1pm. Vibrational Healing, Love Donation. Gift certificates available. 15-minute readings $20. Sarasota Center of Light. 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941953-6620, SarasotaCenterofLight.com.  Working with the Spirit Workshop – 2-4pm. With Revs. Al and Geoff Potts. Learn how to enhance your mediumship abilities by learning various techniques and skills and practical application for skill develop-

ment. All levels of student development welcome! $30. Sarasota Center of Light, Davis Hall, 2727 Browning St., 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterofLight.com. Tai Chi combined with a Sound Bath – 3pm. We are holding a Tai Chi class that will be combined with the pure tone of the singing, quartz crystal bowls and a gong. This  event will be transporting.  $25/person, please send note to reserve spot to: Facebook.com/CreateBalanceandHealing. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5 Pyschometry I and II - 7-8:30pm. With Rev. Marie H. Rowe. Learn how to use your intuitive ability to sense information from material objects. This is the first class in a series of two. The second class, Pyschometry II, will take place on Monday, Feb 19, 7-8:30 pm. $15/per class. Sarasota Center of Light, Flexer Hall Chapel, 2729 Browning St  941-9536620, SarasotaCenterofLight.com. Joseph Campbell Foundation Mythological RoundTable® Group of Sarasota – 6-7:30 pm. Explore the Hero’s Journey through the film “Finding Joe” and take part in an interactive talk after. Presented in conjunction with the C. G. Jung Society of Sarasota. FREE and open to the public, but registration is required at: CGJungSarasota. org/events. Meets at New College’s Cook Library. Channeled Anchoring Light Meditation 7:45pm. Serving the Ascension of our planet with the Ascended Realms as Anchors of Light. with Rev. Sharon-Elizabeth James July 16, since 2007. Love Offering. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 Fall in Love with Injectables and Fillers for Valentine’s Day! 9am-7pm. Injection/Filler Event at Point Lumineux. The team at Point Lumineux enjoy helping clients obtain a natural, refreshed, and youthful look with their aesthetic treatments. They craft a personalized treatment plan to achieve the look you want. $10 Injections and $450 per filler syringe, Dysport, Restylane, Botox, Juvederm. Point Lumineux, 2206 Jo An Drive, Suite 4, Sarasota, Call 941-217-6828 to schedule your appointment! Experience John of God, Crystal Light Bed Sessions – 9am-6pm. With Michele Denise. She is authorized by John of God, and offers crystal light bed sessions and tours to visit John of God in Brazil. The crystal light bed aligns the chakras leaving the person emotionally, physically and spiritually balanced. Available, blessed John of God Crystals and Jewelry. $35/half hour, $65/ per hour. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, for appointment, 828-4231482, Michele@crystalhealingbed.com. Improve Your Blood Flow – 7pm. Learn how BEMER technology has impacted the lives of millions of people worldwide. Non-invasive. Holistic. FDA registered Device. Improved Delivery of Oxygen snd Cellular Waste Elimination. Better Sleep, More Energy, Strengthened Immune System. Coldwell Banker Bldg., 8 Sorrento Drive, Osprey.  941-223-8878. Having it All – Mastering Prosperity Through Metaphysics - 7-9pm. A Treasure Map is a creative tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal. It’s also just plain fun to make! By creating a treasure map and then putting it somewhere you will see it every day, you will help manifest all that you desire. Appealing to you on both conscious and subconscious levels, a treasure map keeps your mind focused on your goal. Facilitated by Divya Melissa Schnirring. $25. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874. Light@ VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com .

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 ZYTO Biocommunication- What if you could ask your body what nutritional supplements it prefers? With a ZYTO scan you can! The ZYTO Compass technology allows a bio-survey to be performed on your body and addresses bio-markers in the body through a hand cradle. This helps in identifying what areas of the your body need support to help you get back in balance. Kevin Talmadge is a nationwide leader in the practice of bio-survey using ZYTO software and will be at Super Value Nutrition on February 7th and March 7th. Sessions start at $15 and take 15-30 minutes. To make an appointment call 941-342-1908..  Watch your blood cells live on screen! - Holly Behan will be at Super Value Nutrition on Feb 7th and March 7th. Feeling tired all the time? Poor digestion? Always getting sick? Need an immune boost? Live Blood Analysis can help you improve your overall health and point you in the right direction with what supplements you should be taking. Sessions are $50 and take 30 minutes plus receive 10% - 20% off at Super Value Nutrition! Call to make an appointment. 5842 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, 941-342-1908.  Experience John of God, Crystal Light Bed Sessions – 9am-6pm. With Michele Denise. She is authorized by John of God, and offers crystal light bed sessions and tours to visit John of God in Brazil. The crystal light bed aligns the chakras leaving the person emotionally, physically and spiritually balanced. Available, blessed John of God Crystals and Jewelry. $35/half hour, $65/ per hour. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, for appointment, 828-4231482, Michele@crystalhealingbed.com. Conversations of Light and Meditation Circle with Rev. Molly Friedenfeld - 7-9pm. This group will discuss a new spiritual topic each week. We practice an energy healing tool of light each week – Qigong, Reiki IET, etc. Drop-ins to the group are welcome. Please invite your friends also. $15. Molly, 612-384-7903, Molly@VioletWisdom.com. Keys of Enoch Study Group -7-9pm. With Kim Convers and Rev. Dr. Sharon-Elizabeth James. We will explore how The Keys of Enoch works directly with the spiritual truths of our past, present and future. Through music, sacred expressions, higher education and prayer, we will develop a deeper understanding of our cosmic birthright and our ability to co-participate with our spiritual counterparts connected with the Divine. $7. If you are new to the Keys of Enoch please call for information. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-3719333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Yoga Class – 9am. With Pauline Dimitry. Awakening for the Heart-Body-Mind. All Ages and Experiences Welcome. Accepting New Students. $10. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-822-0263. Guest Reader, Deborah Chadwick 10:30am– 5:30pm. Using a deck of regular playing cards, Deborah is able to communicate with her guides and angels, quickly receiving very specific information for her clients. Throughout her readings, Deborah brings forth humor and healing to aid her clients in achieving a higher level of understanding and focus. 15mins/$30, 30mins/$60, 45mins/$80. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-361-3006, ElysianFieldsOnline.com. Christ Consciousness Light Presentation – New Photographs with Gail Swanson – 7-9pm. For the past several years Gail has been photographing hundreds of these manifestations of Christ Consciousness. Come experience these powerful new

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energies that are coming to Earth to help us raise our frequency and our consciousness. They come to us at this time to help and aid us in our ascension and the ascension of the planet. They are imbued with and radiate light, love and healing. Each person will receive exactly what they need. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-3719333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL. com, TheHeartofLove.com. Finding and Living Your Spiritual Ideal – 7-9pm. One of the most important things a person can do in life is to clarify a spiritual ideal, because it provides a pattern for living one’s life. This inspirational presentation discusses how each of us can go about determining our spiritual, mental, and physical ideals. If a person practices the steps outlined in this talk, meaningful direction for a better life will result. Facilitated by Ed Foote. $15. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874. Light@ VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. The Sabal Trail Gas Pipeline – 7pm. Speaker Merillee Malwitz-Jipson is a staff member for red tide and water quality issues for the Sierra Club Florida and will be discussing the Sabal Trail gas pipeline. Since 2013, residents have attempted to stop it. Malwitz-Jipson has been one of the strongest opponents of the fossil fuel infrastructure project that threatens Florida’s most vulnerable natural resource found in water. Learn insights on citizen involvement, the FERC, eminent domain, fracking, gas transmission and LNG, and an overview of the process she went through and invaluable information on her and others’ involvement that tried unsuccessfully to stop this destructive behemoth. Bring a snack to share. Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Blvd. Of the Arts.   Prayer Circle with Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon – 7:30-8:30pm. Join Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon every Thursday for an hour of gratitude, praise and prayer to the Living God, the God of Gods and the King of Kings. Using a myriad names of God, we will offer up prayers of gratitude for the grace and blessings bestowed upon is. Love Offering. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-3719333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

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9. $18/class, $60/5 classes prepay. Cash or check. Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu, Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. Contact: Michelle 941-2282972, Michelle@Suncoastjsj.com, Suncoastjsj.com. An Evening of Spirit Messages – 7-9pm. Medium Karin Strauss will connect with your loved ones who have passed into spirit, to bring uplifting, heart-healing messages of validation that they are free of any pain and bring helpful information for you on your path of life. $20 donation. Reservations are required. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 2044 Bispham Rd., Sarasota, 941-266-8435, CMFSarasota.org. Ed Foote – Path of Forgiveness – 7-9pm. This is the basic theme of the book entitled A Course In Miracles. After a brief introduction of the book explaining its history and an examination of its themes, forgiveness will be examined in detail. This includes false forgiveness - called Forgiveness to Destroy, lessons from the story of the Prodigal Son, how to achieve Forgiveness for Salvation, overcoming fear, specific ways to practice forgiveness in everyday living, and forgiveness as revealed in near-death experiences. The 40 Day Prayer is also examined. This uplifting and inspiring talk will give you the steps for reducing stress and achieving peace in your life. $15. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Intuitive Arts Fair - 10:30am–5:30pm. Elysian Fields has been offering this long-standing Intuitive Arts Fair for over 2 decades! Come try one of our professional and seasoned readers for an intuitive reading, featuring: Catherine, Erika, and Skye. No appointments made by phone. First come, first served. 30mins/$35. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-361-3006, ElysianFieldsOnline.com. HU-Sound of Soul – 11am-noon. Eckankar members would like to to invite you to experience HU, the Sound of Soul, in a 15-minute HU chant. You will be welcomed with warmth and respect. Please stay after the HU chant for friendly conversation on spiritual thoughts and experiences. Light refreshments. Free. Jacaranda Library, Children’s Activity Rm, 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd, Venice, 941-3580325. Meetup.com/EckankarInSarasota.

An Introduction to TOUCH TO INFORM Seminars – Friday 9th – Sunday 11th. Come and experience how concepts and practical applications from The Feldenkrais Method® are experienced with Bonnie K. Friday evening seminar open to all, $40. Following will be 2-day seminar Saturday and Sunday. Saturday seminar is “Your Walking Engine, Discover your diagonals”. Sunday seminar is “Moving From and Through your Feet”. Full weekend is $315. Can do one seminar or all 3- call for more information and pricing. Ionie’s, 1241 Fruitville Road, 941-587-4535, FeldenkraisInSarasota.com.

Reincarnation w/Mary Linn Clarke - 1–3pm. How the soul returns to the earth plane. What takes place before the entry into the new body? Do we choose our parents? Identity-what do we mean by soul recognition? What is the law of karma? Purpose of reincarnation. $20. Reserve your spot call Rev Mary Linn, 941-479-7234. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

Guest Reader, Margo Park 10:30am–5:30pm. Margo Park is a warm and caring person who uses her psychic gifts to connect with your spirit guides for guidance and clearer vision in your life. She will often receive healing messages from loved ones that have crossed over to the other side. Margo is a Certified Voyager Tarot Consultant, Aromatherapist, Reiki Master and is gifted in working with animals. She loves to find the answers that you seek and share her knowledge of how you can connect with your own intuition and spirit guides.30 mins/$60. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-361-3006, ElysianFieldsOnline.com.

ECK Light and Sound Service – 10-11am. HU – The Sound of Soul. When you sing HU, you are saying to Divine Spirit, “I’ve opened myself to you. Give me strength to meet life.” La Quinta Inn, 5931 Commercial Way (W of I-75), Rm A, Sarasota, 941-358-0325, Meetup.com/EckankarInSarasota.

Guided Jin Shin Jyutsu (Hands-On Self-Harmonizing Meditation) - 6-7:15pm. Be renewed as you are guided through dynamic hands-on energy balancing exercises you apply to your own body. Profound relaxation, pain relief, and more. Register by 4pm, February

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Biomagnetist and Spiritual Healer - Ralph Serrano - Appointments Only. Ralph Serrano is an Intuitive  Biomagnetist and Spiritual Healer. He helps people find their true illness and then helps them through the process of  Biomagnetic Pair Therapy. A new revolutionary, scientific and therapeutic approach to healing that differs from Traditional Medicine, Homeopathy, Herbs and Naturism. It is also a Therapy free of side effects, perfectly compatible with any other traditional or

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alternative practice. To schedule an appointment and to get further information Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com. Group Guided Self-Hypnosis - 11:30am-12:30pm. With Shana Rosenthal, Certified Consulting Hypnotist. Come and relax like you have never felt before; power your intentions deep into your subconscious mind and set yourself up for an amazing week. This group session is offered 2x a month at Four Pillars and is enhanced with Aromatherapy. $20. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com. Medical Cannabis and Holistic Wellness Event – 5:30 pm. This educational event is sponsored by Trulieve, Surterra, and Dr. Jonathan Roberti with Juice Plus. Speak with our doctors about qualifying conditions, get your questions answered and obtain product knowledge. Wine, Nibbles and Raffle Prizes! 10% off CBD products at the event! Call to register. Free. Point Lumineux, 2206 Jo An Drive, Ste 4, Sarasota, 941-217-6828. Channeled Anchoring Light Meditation 7:45pm. Serving the Ascension of our planet with the Ascended Realms as Anchors of Light. with Rev. Sharon-Elizabeth James July 16, since 2007. Love Offering. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13 Monthly Anchoring Light Channeled Meditation Charlotte County – 6:45 pm. Serving the Ascension of our planet with the Ascended Realms as Anchors of Light every Monday since July 16, 2007! Love Offering. Port Charlotte Beach Park, Room A, Port Charlotte. The Loving Relationships Training – 7-9pm. Interactive processes for loving exchange: The art of affirmations for self-esteem. The red hot share. Acknowledging and appreciating. A total immersion in love. $25. Facilitated by Divya Melissa Schnirring. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874. Light@VictoriaAckerman. com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. Thetahealing Meditation – A Celebration of Love! – 7-9pm. Through music and meditation we will draw the energies of divine love, giving us the ability to magnetize more into our everyday lives. In a guided meditation, we will enter the quantum field of light and call forth the goddess of love herself, lady master Venus, to provide specific messages for all present. We will summon the divine lovers, Radha and Krishna, to help us magnetize the relationships we desire or enhance the ones we have. $20. Facilitated by Indira. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@ VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. Chinese New Year Celebration 2018 The Year of the Earth Dog with Laurie Pawli Certified Feng Shui Consultant – 7pm. The Feng Shui School of Chicago- Sarasota Campus, will hold its Annual Chinese New Year Celebration to welcome The Year of the Earth Dog. You will learn how your Chinese Animal sign will be impacted and what you can do to enhance productivity, love, and abundance for the year. With door prizes, a mini Chinese New Year Celebration, foods to sample and a free gift for each attendee. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

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with Rev. Molly Friedenfeld - 7-9pm. This group will discuss a new spiritual topic each week. We practice an energy healing tool of light each week – Qigong, Reiki IET, etc. Drop-ins to the group are welcome. Please invite your friends also. $15. Molly, 612-384-7903, Molly@VioletWisdom.com. Love Letters from Beyond – 7-10pm. This will be a Valentine’s night to remember! Psychic Medium Victoria Ackerman will present fascinating insight into how a medium connects with those on the “other side” of life to bring healing messages of hope, love, and closure. She will reveal how spirit communicates through a medium, and how you can receive messages yourself. Accompanying Victoria, Michael Newton-Brown, Ginger Walters, and Wendy Gerdin, to bring messages and comfort to some members of the audience. $29. Starlite Room, 1001 Cocoanut Ave, Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@ VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Yoga Class – 9am. With Pauline Dimitry. Awakening for the Heart-Body-Mind. All Ages and Experiences Welcome. Accepting New Students. $10. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-822-0263. “Valentine’s Day, Every Day!” Class with James Wanless, Creator of the InternationallyAcclaimed Voyager Tarot Deck - 7–9pm. This class will explore your life of love using James Wanless’ Voyager Tarot deck as a truly timeless and universal roadmap for illuminating the paths of various loving relationships: romantic, family, friends, and community. Learn how to embrace and love yourself, including your shadow side. In this hands-on class of learning how to read the cards, you will experience the process of practicing tarot as a communication tool for conflict resolution, partnership-building, and truth-telling. You’ll receive insight that inspires you to take action of your own fortune creation. You will also receive your own 2018 Voyager Tarot take-home card for your life of love. Pre-Payment required, $25. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-361-3006, ElysianFieldsOnline.com. Prayer Circle with Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon – 7:30-8:30pm. Join Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon every Thursday for an hour of gratitude, praise and prayer to the Living God, the God of Gods and the King of Kings. Using a myriad names of God, we will offer up prayers of gratitude for the grace and blessings bestowed upon is. Love Offering. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-3719333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Guest Reader, James Wanless -10:30am–5:30pm. Dr. James Wanless, creator of “Voyager Tarot: Intuition Cards for the 21st Century,” bridges an academic background with ancient “manifestation magic,” behavioral economics, depth psychology, and the regenerative principles of ecology to create a personalized and powerful reading just for you. Pre-registration required. 30 min/$75, 60 min/$135. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-361-3006, ElysianFieldsOnline.com. Shamanic Healing with Eric - 11-7. Fridays only by appointment. These powerful healing sessions are often channeled and rely on the high vibrational angels, masters, healers, and teachers that flow through Eric. All sessions are different depending on the treatment that is needed. All will receive results in accordance with your own bodies’ desire and willingness to heal. $60/1 hour, $30/30 mins. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center,

Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@ gmail.com, CCOSL.com. CPR Training, Only $40! – 3-5pm. Whether this is your first time, or you want to retrain, Elite Health is offering this 2-hour class! $40. For more information call 941 549-8455. Elite Health, 1281 S, Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, EliteHealth.com, EliteFitForever.com. Elliot Jackson As Featured in the Sedona Journal or Emergence - 7–9pm. Read source’s monthly articles in the Sedona Journel Emergence - workshop/ group channeling with sourcethrough international channel and bestselling author Elliott Eli Jackson. $25. Readings available for 2 days - Sat. Feb.17th, 10am-6:30pm, Sun. Feb. 18, 3-8 pm. $130/60 min, $75/30 min. For Appointments, 941-371-9333. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

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ing Aboriginal Hawaiian Chanting, Ancestral Stories and Book Signing, The Return Voyage: 95,000 Miles on the Paths of Our Ancestors.  Learn about ho’oponopono, a traditional, women-led peacekeeping technique and huna, the mystical practices of the Native Hawaiian people. All are welcome! Love offering. Sarasota Center of Light Sanctuary, 852 S. Tuttle Ave, 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterofLight.com. Shaman Journey – 2-5:30pm. We relax, breathe and settle into the subtleness of the New Year, leaving this past year behind us. We find delights of New Beginnings in this twilight, deep in the essence of our Winter’s dream. Similar to a guided meditation, enhanced by the heartbeat of the large mother drum we enter into a parallel reality where the seen and unseen, known and unknown open up with for us for guidance, clarity, insight and healing, RSVP. $25/advance, $30/door. At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, FL. Rev. Zan Benham aka Butterfly Deerwoman, 941-922-7839. Zan@ woman-spirit.com, Woman-Spirit.com.

Happy Feet! Acupuncture Day for Foot Pain and Neuropathy – 10am–5pm. Do you suffer from foot pain or neuropathy? Josh Zimmer, DOM, has been having great results treating foot pain and neuropathy with acupuncture, acupressure, and tuina (Chinese massage therapy techniques). Schedule your time to see how Josh can help you have happy feet! $45/45 minutes. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com.

Spiritual Exploration Class Number 3 - 3-4 pm. Why Remember Past Lives? Understand yourself better! Your past life experiences often show up in the fears, likes, talents and challenges you face now. Receive a CD with special techniques given as a gift to all attendees. Free. North Port Library, Juliano Rm, 13800 S. Tamiami Trail, North Port, 941-358-0325, Meetup.com/EckankarInSarasota.

Mastery Training – Birthing the Golden Age with Deborah Mills – 10am-5pm, Sat and Sun Feb 17 and 18. Live more deeply into the truth of your I AM presence and leave behind all that no longer serves your highest purpose and expression of being. This unique and powerful experiential workshop will upgrade your operating systems and deeply awaken your potential within to live your part of the divine plan for personal and planetary evolution.Deborah is a gifted healer, medical intuitive and spiritual guide who has been teaching workshops on Healing and Awakening Consciousness for over 20 years. Register at SoulFocusedHealing.com or contact Ariyana, Optimume@icloud.com. Lumina Health, 2301 Porter Lake Drive, Sarasota, 941-321-9770.

26 Energy Keys for Transformation of Spirit, Mind & Body - 10am-5pm. Learn the locations, meanings & functions of energy keys on your body. Practice hands-on energy harmonizing. Take home simple, powerful self-help knowledge to use immediately, any time, anywhere for total well-being. Pay by February 9 for Early Bird Rate/$108, $120/ after February 9. Last day to register is February 15. Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu, Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. Contact: Michelle 941-2282972, Michelle@Suncoastjsj.com, Suncoastjsj.com.

Improve Your Blood Flow – 10am. Learn how BEMER technology has impacted the lives of millions of people worldwide. Non-invasive. Holistic. FDA registered Device. Improved Delivery of Oxygen snd Cellular Waste Elimination. Better Sleep, More Energy, Strengthened Immune System. Coldwell Banker Bldg. 8 Sorrento Drive, Osprey. 941-223-8878. Guest Reader, James Wanless - 10:30am–5:30pm. Dr. James Wanless, creator of “Voyager Tarot: Intuition Cards for the 21st Century,” bridges an academic background with ancient “manifestation magic,” behavioral economics, depth psychology, and the regenerative principles of ecology to create a personalized and powerful reading just for you. Pre-registration required. 30 min/$75, 60 min/$135. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-361-3006, ElysianFieldsOnline.com. A-HA! Holistic Halth Expo and Psychic Fair – 11am-6pm. Our Expo is a transformational conference designed to address the whole person and key aspects of total wellness and energy healing. There will be educational seminars, guest speakers, holistic healing sessions, psychic readings and shopping that will make this a diverse, fun and family friendly event. We want you to be a part of the largest event of its kind in the Sarasota/ Bradenton area. Mark the dates in your calendar! $5. Bradenton Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd. Palmetto, 941-544-5874. Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. Hawaiian Spirit Journey – 1-2:30pm. With Inette Miller and ‘lokepa Hanalei ‘lmaikalani. Empower-

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HU-Sound of Soul - 10–11am. Eckankar members would like to to invite you to experience HU, the Sound of Soul, in a 15-minute HU chant. You will be welcomed with warmth and respect. We hope you will stay after the HU chant for friendly conversation on your spiritual thoughts and experiences. Light refreshments. Free, La Quinta Inn, Rm A, 5931 Commercial Way (W of I-75), Sarasota, 941-358-0325, Meetup.com/EckankarInSarasota. A-HA! Holistic Halth Expo and Psychic Fair – 11am-6pm. Our Expo is a transformational conference designed to address the whole person and key aspects of total wellness and energy healing. There will be educational seminars, guest speakers, holistic healing sessions, psychic readings and shopping that will make this a diverse, fun and family friendly event. We want you to be a part of the largest event of its kind in the Sarasota/ Bradenton area. Mark the dates in your calendar! $5. Bradenton Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd. Palmetto, 941-544-5874. Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19 Improve Your Blood Flow – 2pm. Learn how BEMER technology has impacted the lives of millions of people worldwide. Non-invasive. Holistic. FDA registered Device. Improved Delivery of Oxygen snd Cellular Waste Elimination. Better Sleep, More Energy, Strengthened Immune System. Coldwell Banker Bldg. 8 Sorrento Drive, Osprey. 941-223-8878. Channeled Anchoring Light Meditation 7:45pm. Serving the Ascension of our planet with the Ascended Realms as Anchors of Light. with Rev. Sharon-Elizabeth James July 16, since 2007. Love Offering. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light,

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20 Free Pain Elimination Seminar and Demonstration – 6-7pm. Get out of Pain NOW! Are you tired of struggling with pain? Shoulder, back, joint pain, anxiety stress? Or does chronic pain drain you? Have you tried multiple Solutions and still have pain? This is your chance to try the “Get out of pain” method by Heidi. This technique will balance the energy in the body and delete the discomfort. Join Heidi for a powerful and rewarding experience with a with a non-invasive, no hands technique. Heidi will remove the pain caused by energetic blockages and improve the quality of life. 5355 McIntosh Rd. Suite H, Sarasota, (between Clark Rd. and Ashton Rd.) RSVP, 941-544-8388 to be one of the people considered for a free session right at the event! Heidi@LifeBalance.Life, LifeBalance.Life. The Akashic Records – 7-8:30pm. What if you had access to universal knowledge? What if you could bring more joy and happiness to your life right now? Did you know that the universe interacts with us on a daily basis?  Did you know that the “Akasha” are a full and complete record of everything you and others have created, since the beginning of time?  Join Pam Jacob for an evening of discussion and fun interaction with the Akashic Records.  Learn how the Records are formed by our individual and collective thoughts and emotions. Pam is a trained Akashic Records reader, and will also discuss how you can uncover hidden energy patterns that may be blocking your growth. $15 donation.  Reservations please. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 2044 Bispham Rd, Sarasota, 941-266-8435, CMFSarasota.org.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Guest Reader, Suzanne Gerber - 10:30am– 5:30pm. Suzanne, Intuitive and Shamanic Astrolo-

ger, works with your birth chart to channel remarkably accurate and insightful information about work, love, relationships, money, home, travel, health, soul’s purpose, and whatever else you are curious about.  As a spiritual life coach,  she has helped thousands of people gain greater understanding of their gifts, talents, challenges, and life purpose, and destiny over the past 30 years. Knowing your birth time helps to pinpoint the timing of events, but isn’t necessary.  Pre-registration required. 15mins/$30, 30mins/$50, 45mins/$70, 60mins/$90. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-361-3006, ElysianFieldsOnline.com. Have You Had a Spiritual Experience? – 6:307:30pm. Come share and learn more about spiritual experiences such as coincidences, guidance from departed ones or angels, dreams, past lives, soul travel. These topics come from the Spiritual Experiences Guidebook which will be given as a gift to attendees. Elsie Quirk Library, Conference Rm, 100 West Dearborn St., Englewood. 941-358-0325, Meetup.com/EckankarInSarasota. Conversations of Light and Meditation Circle with Rev. Molly Friedenfeld - 7-9pm. This group will discuss a new spiritual topic each week. We practice an energy healing tool of light each week – Qigong, Reiki IET, etc. Drop-ins to the group are welcome. Please invite your friends also. $15. Molly, 612-384-7903, Molly@VioletWisdom.com. “Four Steps to Meeting Your Soulmate” Class with Indira - 7–9pm. If you’ve been frustrated in love, or are simply at a point in your life where you know you’re ready to meet “The One,” join us for this inspiring workshop. We’ll look at each of the 4 steps in detail and will have time in class to actually begin using the steps immediately. We’ll also look at the 7 types of soulmates and how to identify which one is right for you. This will be an interactive, fun workshop with lots of audience participation. Please bring a notepad, pen, a crystal of your choice and a sweater. Pre-registration is required. $25. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl,

Sarasota. 941-361-3006, ElysianFieldsOnline.com. REIKI III Master Share – 7-9pm. Masters of all lineages to come together to share, expand, enhance and brush up on their Reiki. Wear comfortable clothes. $5 Suggested Donation. At the Enlightenment Center at Unity Church, 3023 Proctor Rd. Sarasota. Rev. Zan Benham. 941-922-7839. Zan@ woman-spirit.com, Woman-Spirit.com. Sound Meditation – 7-8pm. The therapeutic use of the gong vibrations and Tibetan singing bowls is an ancient tradition originating in the far east and is used to awaken, refresh, and relax the listener. Experience the sounds and vibrations of the instruments as they move throughout your being, bringing balance to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies. Edward Russell will lead participants through an hour long meditation with a Sound Bath that will soothe your soul. Facilitated by Edward Russell. $15. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874. Light@ VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. Spirituality Circle with Cheri - 7-9 pm. The 3rd Wednesday of every month come gather in circle and let’s discuss a new topic of spirituality. This month we will be discussing letting go and moving on…. We all hold on to things from our past. Learn strategies to close those chapters. Enjoy a cup of wine or tea. $15. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22 Yoga Class – 9am. With Pauline Dimitry. Awakening for the Heart-Body-Mind. All Ages and Experiences Welcome. Accepting New Students. $10. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-822-0263. Wellness Oasis Evening - 6:30-8:00pm. Chi Na Master Sifu Michael Stults will be presenting a Well-

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ness Oasis night featuring traditional Gong Fu which is translated as Tea arts and ways. You will be able to sample some of the world’s finest teas. Sifu Michael will also discuss his Chi Na healing practice and his program of radical self-care. Call 941-921-2662 for reservations as space is limited. Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna store, 2721 Mall Drive, Sarasota. Improve Your Blood Flow – 7pm. Learn how BEMER technology has impacted the lives of millions of people worldwide. Non-invasive. Holistic. FDA registered Device. Improved Delivery of Oxygen snd Cellular Waste Elimination. Better Sleep, More Energy, Strengthened Immune System. Coldwell Banker Bldg. 8 Sorrento Drive, Osprey. 941-223-8878. Introduction to Angelic Resonance® Healing Energy by Rev. Jay Quinn - 7–9:30 pm. What you will experience:  Learn about Angelic Resonance® healing energy - what it is, the techniques, and unique benefits·  Experience the Angelic Resonance®  energy· Release issues and karma with family members, work associates and friends· Answer questions regarding the upcoming class· Participate in Archangel Metatron healing circle for family members, friends, and social and world issues· Receive a blessing from Archangel Michael. Free. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com. Prayer Circle with Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon – 7:30-8:30pm. Join Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon every Thursday for an hour of gratitude, praise and prayer to the Living God, the God of Gods and the King of Kings. Using a myriad names of God, we will offer up prayers of gratitude for the grace and blessings bestowed upon is. Love Offering. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-3719333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23 Shamanic Healing with Eric - 11-7. Fridays only by appointment. These powerful healing sessions are often channeled and rely on the high vibrational angels, masters, healers, and teachers that flow through Eric. All sessions are different depending on the treatment that is needed. All will receive results in accordance with your own bodies’ desire and willingness to heal. $60/1 hour, $30/30 mins. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-3719333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com. Angelic Resonance® Healing Energy by Rev. Jay Quinn - 7–9:30 pm. The Angelic Resonance® Workshop is Friday, February 23, 7-9:30pm, Saturday, February 24, 9am-6pm, Sunday, February 25, 3-9pm. Angelic Resonance® is a system of simple healing techniques provided by the angelic kingdom to speed spiritual progression and transformation of planet earth. Although the techniques are primarily given for humans, they also can be used for the benefit of animals, plants and spaces, as well as Mother Earth. $175. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com. Archetypal Narrative Intelligence Case Study: The USA in Analysis Lecture - 7–9 pm. Bestselling author Dr. Carol S. Pearson will explore the principles of archetypal psychology and show how Americans might come together again to better thrive as individuals and groups in today’s challenging global context. Presented by the C. G. Jung Society of Sarasota. $25 ($15 for members). Purchase tickets online at cgjungsarasota.org/events. Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota. Where Two Worlds Meet – An Evening of Spirit Communication – 7-9pm. Featuring Medium Janet Nohavec for an uplifting mediumship event at The Spirit University. Please join Janet for a wonderful

evening of receiving messages from those who have crossed over. Janet will take the stage to share with you her own style of communication with Spirit as she brings validation and messages from those we love beyond to those here in the living. She will give as many messages as the time of the event allows. $30. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman. com, TheSpiritUniversity.com.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24 Angelic Resonance® Healing Energy by Rev. Jay Quinn – 9am-6pm. The Angelic Resonance® Workshop is Friday, February 23, 7-9:30pm, Saturday, February 24, 9am-6pm, Sunday, February 25, 3-9pm. Angelic Resonance® is a system of simple healing techniques provided by the angelic kingdom to speed spiritual progression and transformation of planet earth. Although the techniques are primarily given for humans, they also can be used for the benefit of animals, plants and spaces, as well as Mother Earth. $175. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com. Become a Medical Intuitive – 10am-5pm. Sat & Sun: Learn to develop inner sight for the deeper cause of illness — feel, sense, see the entire person on all levels. Understand electromagnetic energy of thought and emotion, assess what vibrational colors are telling you, do distance assessments, and much more.  For lay people, medical practitioners, energy healers, practicing psychics and mediums, and anyone who wants to develop their intuitive abilities. This is an experiential program without performance anxiety. Facilitated by Tina Zion. $290 for weekend. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874. Light@ VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. My Story, Your Story, Our Story: Narrative Intelligence in Individuation Workshop - 10 am– 4pm. Bestselling author Dr. Carol S. Pearson will explore how we can increase our ability to observe and name archetypal narratives in ourselves, others and society, as well through unconscious messages in dreams and synchronistic experiences. Presented by the C. G. Jung Society of Sarasota. $80 ($70 for members). Purchase tickets online at CGJungSarasota.org/events. Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota. The Power and the Presence – Advanced Mediumship Workshop – 10am-5pm. Join Janet as we expand the depth of our connection with the spiritual realms. The presence of the spirit communicators should become an incredible experience for the medium as they work with their mediumship. Blending techniques, new ways of deepening the connection to the spirit link and the power of the soul will be our focus. The ability for the sitter to feel the presence of their loved one during a contact will be addressed. $99. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874. Light@ VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. Guest Reader, Margo Park - 10:30am–5:30pm. Margo Park is a warm and caring intuitive who uses her psychic gifts to connect with your spirit guides for guidance and clearer vision in your life. She will often receive healing messages from loved ones that have crossed over to the other side. Margo is a Certified Voyager Tarot Consultant, aromatherapist, Reiki Master and is gifted in working with animals.  She loves to find the answers that you seek and share her knowledge of how you can connect with your own intuition and spirit guides. Pre-registration is required. $60/30 mins. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-361-3006, ElysianFieldsOnline.com. CMF Wisdom Warriors Psychic Fair - 11am-4pm. Come see what 2018 has in store for you. Relax in this spiritual oasis. Experienced mediums  available for your 15 min. reading for $20 donation.  We will also have crystal bowl healer/reader, nu-

merologist, card readers and healers. Pendulums, Lotions, Essential oils, Crystals  and beautiful hand-made  gifts for  sale.  For more info: Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 2044 Bispham Rd. Sarasota, 941-266-8435, CMFSarasota.org. Have You Had a Spiritual Experience? – 11amnoon. Come share and learn more about spiritual experiences such as coincidences, guidance from departed ones or angels, dreams, past lives, soul travel. These topics come from the Spiritual Experiences Guidebook which will be given as a gift to attendees. Free, Nokomis Community Park Art Room, 234 Nippino Tr., Nokomis. 941-358-0325, Meetup.com/EckankarInSarasota. Angelology Healing with the Angels – 1-4pm. With Rev. Beth Franks. You will be introduced to working with the Angels for your own personal healing and to assist others on their path. Learn about and how to ask these Divine Beings of Light for assistance, no matter how large or small. $30 Prepaid registration is required for this workshop. Contact the Center office, Sarasota Center of Light, Flexer Hall Chapel,  2729 Browning St, 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterofLight.com. Guided Jin Shin Jyutsu with Sacred Sound -12:15pm. Connect with the harmonizing power of your own two hands as you are bathed in the sacred vibration of crystal bowls, Tibetan bowls, & gong. Be renewed as you are guided through dynamic handson energy balancing exercises you apply to your own body. Profound  relaxation, pain relief, and more. Register by 11am, February 24. $18 cash or check. Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu, Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. Contact: Michelle 941-2282972, Michelle@Suncoastjsj.com, Suncoastjsj.com.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25 Angelic Resonance® Healing Energy by Rev. Jay Quinn – 3-9pm. The Angelic Resonance® Workshop is Friday, February 23, 7-9:30pm, Saturday, February 24, 9am-6pm, Sunday, February 25, 3-9pm. Angelic Resonance® is a system of simple healing techniques provided by the angelic kingdom to speed spiritual progression and transformation of planet earth. Although the techniques are primarily given for humans, they also can be used for the benefit of animals, plants and spaces, as well as Mother Earth. $175. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26 Advanced Medical Intuition Training – 10am -5pm. Understand what to do with the medical information you are now receiving. How to receive 7 common causes of an illness/injury. Learn specific healing techniques based on the individual you are working with. Practice sessions for healing. Certification of completion for Advanced Medical Intuition. Facilitated by Tina Zion. $99. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874. Light@ VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. Group Guided Self-Hypnosis - 11:30am-12:30pm. With Shana Rosenthal, Certified Consulting Hypnotist. Come and relax like you have never felt before; power your intentions deep into your subconscious mind and set yourself up for an amazing week. This group session is offered 2x a month at Four Pillars and is enhanced with Aromatherapy. $20. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com. Channeled Anchoring Light Meditation 7:45pm. Serving the Ascension of our planet with the Ascended Realms as Anchors of Light. with Rev. Sharon-Elizabeth James July 16, since 2007. Love Offering. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28 Conversations of Light and Meditation Circle with Rev. Molly Friedenfeld - 7-9pm. This group will discuss a new spiritual topic each week. We practice an energy healing tool of light each week – Qigong, Reiki IET, etc. Drop-ins to the group are welcome. Please invite your friends also. $15. Molly, 612-384-7903, Molly@VioletWisdom.com. Cooking with Essential Oils - 6:30-7pm. Social, 7-8pm class. One of the great ways to give your body the benefits of essential oils is to add them to your cooking! They can provide amazing flavor to your dishes! Essential oils have a unique, intense flavor, they’re cost effective, convenient, potent, pure, and healthy! Learn which oils can be used and great recipes. We will make and eat some terrific appetizers and have tea or a glass of wine to accompany our dishes. Can’t wait to see you! Free. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com.

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THURSDAY MARCH 1 IANDS – 7-8:30pm. Near death study and support group of Sarasota. IANDS Affiliated Groups serve near-death experiencers by providing understanding and information to those who have had such experiences. Groups also offer education and discussion of near-death and related experiences in a supportive setting. Facilitated by Sue Lanier and Carol Vengroff. $15. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874. Light@ VictoriaAckerman.com TheSpiritUniversity.com.

SATURDAY MARCH 3 Reiki 2 Certification – 10am-2pm. Reiki 2 teaches distance healing in order to bridge the span of space and time. Learn unique methods of sending Reiki including use of crystals and photographs.  Students will be granted Level 2 symbols and additional energy centers will be accessed with Level 2 attunements.  A concise section on animal healing is included. Time will be alloted for hands on practice.  The class will begin with a short review of Reiki 1 fundamentals. Facilitated by Barbara Harrison. $136, $156/at door. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874. Light@ VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7 ZYTO Biocommunication- What if you could ask your body what nutritional supplements it prefers? With a ZYTO scan you can! The ZYTO Compass technology allows a bio-survey to be performed on your body and addresses bio-markers in the body through a hand cradle. This helps in identifying what areas of the your body need support to help you get back in balance. Kevin Talmadge is a nationwide leader in the practice of bio-survey using ZYTO software and will be at Super Value Nutrition on March 7th. Sessions start at $15 and take 15-30 minutes. To make an appointment call 941-342-1908.

SATURDAY, MARCH 24 Guided Jin Shin Jyutsu with Sacred Sound 1-2:15pm. Connect with the harmonizing power of your own two hands as you are bathed in the sacred vibration of crystal bowls, Tibetan bowls, & gong. Be renewed as you are guided through dynamic handson energy balancing exercises you apply to your own body. Profound relaxation, pain relief, and more. Register by 11am, March 24. $18 cash or check. Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu, Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. Contact: Michelle 941-2282972, Michelle@Suncoastjsj.com, Suncoastjsj.com.

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sunday Morning Meditation at Garden of the Heart Yoga Center - 8:30-9:30am. Stephen Gillum will lead you through meditation practices including silent, guided, and walking meditation. Suggested Donation $12. Garden of the Heart Yoga Center, 2888 Ringling Blvd., GardenofTheHeartYoga.com. One from the Heart Healing Sessions – 9:3010:15am. Center of Spiritual Awareness healing practitioners offer 15-min sessions to bring a state of wholeness to body, mind, and spirit. Free. Fruitville Rd (Knights of Columbus Bldg), 941-926-7828. Sunday Services Cosmic Center – 10am. Hands-on Spiritual Healing. 10:30am Open Arms Metaphysical Spiritualist Service: Inspirational lectures and messages from your loved ones and friends on “The Other Side”. Reverends Thomas & Mary Linn Clarke. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333. ccosl.com. Hatha Yoga with Jamie Coffey – 10-11:30am. A creative blend of yoga styles based on the teacher’s background. The class helps to build strength and increase flexibility. $14 or 5 for $50. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-9525280, RosemaryCourt.com. Nia - 10am. With Becky. Say yes to living well with Nia: a blend of the dance, martial, and healing arts.  Also Wednesdays and Fridays at 9am.  First class is only $5! Wild Ginger Apothecary in Gulf Gate, 6553 Superior Avenue. 941-312-5630, WildGingerApothecary.com. Unity of Sarasota-10:30am. Celebration Service. We honor the Christ Spirit in all. Music: Rob Satori. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-350-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org. Sarasota Center of Light Sunday Morning Celebration Service - 10:30am. We celebrate life in a morning church service that features Vibrational Healing followed by singing, music, a guided meditation, a greeting of the community and an inspirational talk by our Pastor, Rev. Jim Toole.  Feel the energy of the Sanctuary and this Community. 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterOfLight.com. Sunday Service at CMF – 10:30am. Please join us each Sunday morning for spiritual healing, an inspirational talk, special music and messages from spirit.  Leave refreshed and inspired. Refreshments and fellowship period follows the service.  Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 2044 Bispham Rd. Sarasota. 941-266-8435, CMFSarasota.org. The Universal Worship Service -10:30am. This weekly egalitarian worship service celebrates all of humanity’s religions and spiritual traditions on a single altar. Scriptures, songs, prayers, chants, and offerings from each religious tradition are accompanied with universalist prayers that honor all faiths as lights serving humanity’s unfoldment. Different officiates/Cherags rotate on leading the services each week. At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839, RisingTideInternational.org. Cosmic In-Service Gathering of Lightworkers – 12:15pm. A call to Planetary World Servers to Anchor Light and work with our Family of Light to bridge Heaven and Earth. Rev Molly Friedenfeld. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdws, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333, ccosl.com. Open Heart Divine Healing Service – 12:15pm. First Sunday monthly. Through the gathering of the faithful, experience and co-create the Anchoring of Powerful Divine Healing Energies within the Sacred Circle. Expect miracles! Rev Dr. Sharon-Eliz-

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abeth James. A Spiritual Discussion follows the service at 1:15 with Rev Molly Friedenfeld. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333. ccosl.com. Sarasota Center of Light Sunday Evening Celebration Service – 7pm. Our evening service is special for the Spirit communication offered by our Pastor, Rev. Jim Toole, one of our mediums, or a guest medium. Experience the inspiration and joy as we come together for an inspirational talk, singing, music, prayer and celebrating life. 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterOfLight.com.

monday Find Health through Movement! 8:30-9:30am, Monday through Friday. Nia dance-fitness classes every weekday. Join in any time for a smooth blend of dance arts, martial arts and healing arts. Perfect for athletes, dancers, casual exercisers and gymhaters alike. No dance experience needed! Nia is exhilarating, not guilt-driven; expressive instead of one-dimensional; healing, not exhausting. Nia is simple choreography created with textured, world music. Classes are done barefoot in a supportive and playful environment.  Sweating and Smiling are guaranteed! $15/Drop In, $60/6 classes, $100/12 classes. Unlimited monthly available. Sara Dance Center on 5000 Fruitville Rd. in Sarasota - close to I-75, 941-807-4677, OrganicBalance@att.net. Chi Tao Yoga – 9-10am. Walk in to any class. You haven’t done Yoga until you have done Chi Tao Yoga with Sifu Michael Stults.  He will show you how to access your body wisdom for more health and vitality. $20 per class. Call for more information. Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna store, 2721 Mall Drive, 941-921-2662. Intermediate/Advanced Level Yoga Class – 9am. Led by Gillian Whatmore at Garden of the Heart. Vinyasa and poses that will progress your yoga practice, including inversions like handstand and forearm balance. $18. Garden of the Heart Yoga, 2888 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, GardenofTheHeartYoga.com. Yoga Classes at Rosemary Court Yoga – 9:3011am and 11:15am-12:45pm. Hatha Yoga with Stephanie Cole features a blend of yoga styles based on the teacher’s background and helps to build strength and increase flexibility. 11:15am Ashtanga Yoga with Liana Sheintal Bryant is a physically demanding practice synchronizing breath with movement through a set series of progressive postures to build strength, flexibility and stamina. $14 or 5 for $50. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-952-5280, RosemaryCourt.com. Buti Yoga -10:30am, Tuesday 7pm, Thursday 7pm, Saturday 9am. With Leila, yoga, tribal dance, and body sculpting class. Also Wednesday at 7pm and Saturday at 9am. First class is only $5! Wild Ginger Apothecary in Gulf Gate, 6553 Superior Avenue. 941-312-5630, WildGingerApothecary.com. Introductory Reflexology Session – Noon-5:30pm. One-hour session. $49. Heart and Sole Organics, 1435 S Osprey Ave, Ste 200, Sarasota. 941-2289724. HeartAndSoleOrganics.com. Transitions Support Group – 5-6:30pm. A support group that helps cope with the reality of traumatic changes. Discover resources & chart strategies to achieve priority goals. Six sessions are recommended. Free. Transition Church, 2215 Sunset Dr, Ste E1, Bradenton. 941-739-7103. RevDCT@Verizon.net. Feldenkrais with Bonnie K – 5:45pm. Ongoing Awareness Through Movement lessons. Improve posture, body/mind connection, self-reliance. $15. Ionie’s, 1241 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. 941-360-2248. FeldenkraisInSarasota.com.


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SERVICES HOUSECLEANING. Enjoy your free time and let us do what we do best: Housecleaning to your healthy satisfaction. Call Paula for a free estimate 941-320-4052. $60 CHIROPRACTIC EVALUATION AND REPORT (A $150 Value) Expiration 3-31-18. Natural Health Improvement Center of Osprey, 664 S Tamiami Trl C-2, Osprey.941-220-3950.

Psychic Development Class – 7-8:30pm. Awaken your psychic and intuitive abilities, like the ability to give spiritual healing, should not be regarded as the gift of the few – they are the birthright of everyone on Earth. Open to all those who seek to expand their knowledge of the spirit world.  Develop and strengthen your understanding of the different elements of spirituality and psychic development through discussion, entertaining exercises, interaction with others and personal application. Facilitated by Divya Melissa Schnirring. $15. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. Monday Evening Channeled Anchoring Light Meditation – 7:45pm. With Dr. Rev Sharon-Elizabeth James, serving the Ascension of our planet with the Ascended Realms as Anchors of Light every Monday since July 16, 2007! Love Offering. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333, ccosl.com.

tuesday Alchemy TaiChi and Qigong - 8:30am. Exercise the mind, body, and spirit in this energy-based movement practice. By donation. Outside @ Arlington Park, 941 525 3752, aware122@gmail.com, 360DegreeWellness.com. Yoga at Siesta Key Chapel - 9:30-11am, 5:30- 7pm. All levels welcomed. Chair yoga 11-12pm. $10. 4615 Gleason Ave. 34242. 941-349-1166. Yoga Classes at Rosemary Court Yoga - 1011:30am, 12-1:15pm, and 6:30-8pm. 10am Hatha Yoga with Stephanie Cole is a blend of yoga styles based on the teacher’s background and helps to build strength and flexibility. 12pm Yin Yoga with Stephanie Cole is a passive yoga practice that stretches connective tissue in the body and provides time to remain in the poses for longer periods which increases flexibility. 6:30pm Vinyasa Yoga with Stacey Steig is a vigorous style of yoga, which links breath and movement through a heat-building sequence. $14 or 5 for $50. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-952-5280, RosemaryCourt.com. Drop-In Psychic Intuitive, Tarot, and Astrology - 12-3pm, Tues through Sat. Psychic, Tarot/ Astrology. Also by appointment and special scheduled events! $20/15 minutes. Wild Ginger Apothecary in Gulf Gate, 6553 Superior Avenue. 941-312-5630, WildGingerApothecary.com. Law of Attraction Class - 7-9pm. This class takes you to the leading edge of co-creation, working with the Principles of the Laws of Cause/Effect or Sow/ Reap. We are entering a study series of intension for living life as masterfully as we can, given our

various quirks and preferences. We move forward in our understanding of the Law of “if you ask it is given.”  $10. At Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd. Sarasota. Rev. Zan Benham, 941-922-7839. Zan@ woman-spirit.com, Woman-Spirit.com. Psychic Practice Circle – 7-9pm. Come together with likeminded individuals to practice your intuitive abilities in a supportive and caring atmosphere.  This is not a class, but rather an opportunity to advance and share your sacred gifts in friendly environment.  Each session will be preceded by a brief meditation and blessing.  Open to all regardless of experience.  Join us for one, any, or all weeks!  Facilitated by Dawn Freeman. $5. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. Zen Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Tues & Thurs. Led by spiritual director, Rev Daito Zenei Thompson. Consists of two 20-min meditations, separated by a 5-min walking meditation. Ends with tea & conversation. Free. Sarasota Zen Center, 3947 Clark Rd, Ste A, Sarasota. 941-451-6988. SarasotaZen.org. Intermediate Level Yoga Class – 7:30pm. Led by Cindy Turner at Garden of the Heart Yoga. Work toward a challenging “peak” pose each month, all classes include inversion preps. $18. Garden of the Heart Yoga, 2888 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, GardenofTheHeartYoga.com. Healing Certification Classes – 7:30–9pm. Beginning January 9. This healing program offers a focused, well-rounded curriculum and practicum. Students may complete the curriculum for certification or attend individual classes. $15. Sarasota Center of Light. 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterofLight.com. Anchoring Light Channeled Meditation Charlotte County – 7:45pm. 2nd Tuesday  monthly. Reverend Sharon-Elizabeth James.  Serving the Ascension of our planet with the Ascended Realms as Anchors of Light since July 2007. Love Offering. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333, CCOSL.com

wednesday Hands-On Self-Healing Meditation – 10-11:15am. Connect with the rejuvenating, harmonious flow of life  energy in your body for deep relaxation, pain relief and more. Certified Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help  Instructor, Michelle Giambra, guides you in sequences of hand placements to revitalize energy centers on your own body. Space is limited. Please preregister. $18/class or 5 classes for $60 (prepay). Cash or check. Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu, Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. Contact Michelle Giambra,  941-228-2972, Michelle@SuncoastJSJ.com, SuncoastJSJ.com. Feldenkrais with Bonnie K – 10:45am. Awareness Through Movement classes improve posture, balance, and body awareness. Lessons (in chairs/on floor) are designed to quiet non-working habitual patterns, invite you into a process for learning and offer experiences for more efficient movement. $15. Ionie’s, 1241 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota. 941-360-2248. FeldenkraisInSarasota.com.

ated. Angel Ministries, 2269 S Tamiami Trl, Venice. Rev Patricia Charnley, 941-492-4995, revpat@ angelministriesfl.org, angelministriesfl.org. Wednesday Candlelight Healing Service - 7pm. Wednesday evening is dedicated to healing. Receive a Vibrational Healing and join us in a guided meditation. We share our energy and intentions together in our candlelit sanctuary in a peaceful and loving hour together. 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterofLight.com. Tarot Practice Circle – 7-8:30pm. The Tarot is a wonderful tool that can cultivate your intuition. We will find together unique ways to play with some of the meanings to strengthen one’s knowledge of most of the symbols and other pictograms within each deck of cards. This workshop will offer a bit of education, advice and practice to further your knowledge of the Tarot. Come with your favorite deck of Tarot cards! Facilitated by Karen Rose Slember. $15. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. The Keys of Enoch Study Group – 7-9pm. 1st and 3rd Weds. Known also as The Book of Knowledge, this is the study of the “code-book” or blueprint for spiritual consciousness with the reality of Divine Intelligence. KeysOfEnoch.com. Written by Dr J J Hurtak. Co-facilitated by Kim Converse and Rev. Dr. Sharon-Elizabeth James. $7. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333, ccosl.com. Learning to Connect Classes at CMF - 7:30-9pm. Join Susan Houliston and guest instructors every Wednesday to learn techniques for connecting with Spirit. Students are given the opportunity to practice lessons to develop their skills, and each class will end with healings by the “WE” for all those attending. Discussion and refreshments follow. $10 donation is requested. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 2044 Bispham Rd., Sarasota. For more information or for description of the program offered for a given date, call Susan at 941-266-1696, CMFsarasota.org.

thursday Alchemy TaiChi and Qigong - 8:30am. Exercise the mind, body, and spirit in this energy-based movement practice. By donation. Outside @ Arlington Park, 941 525 3752, aware122@gmail.com, 360DegreeWellness.com. Chi Tao Yoga – 9-10am. Walk in to any class. You haven’t done Yoga until you have done Chi Tao Yoga with Sifu Michael Stults.  He will show you how to access your body wisdom for more health and vitality.  $20 per class. Call for more information. Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna store, 2721 Mall Drive, 941-921-2662.  Yoga at Siesta Key Chapel - 9:30-11am. All levels welcomed. Chair yoga 11-12pm. $10. 4615 Gleason Ave. 34242. 941-349-1166.

Vinyasa Yoga with Stephanie Cole – 11:30am1pm. A vigorous style of yoga, which links breath and movement through a heat-building sequence. $14 or 5 for $50. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-952-5280, RosemaryCourt.com.

Yoga Classes with Liana Sheintal Bryant - 1010:45am and 11:15am-12:30pm. 10am Mom + Baby Yoga class is designed for babies 6 weeks to 3 years (but all are welcome!) and offers benefits for both moms and their babies. 11:15am Ashtanga Yoga with Liana Sheintal Bryant is a physically demanding practice synchronizing breath with movement through a set series of progressive postures to build strength, flexibility and stamina. $14 or 5/$50. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-952-5280, RosemaryCourt.com.

Free Healing Clinic – 4-6:30pm. Our Masters tap into the Divine Source of energy to balance and heal your being. Relax and enjoy this renewing and enlightening experience. Love Donation Appreci-

The Developing Medium – 7-8:30pm. In February, we begin practicing our mediumship, we begin to develop a deeper relationship with ourselves and the spirit around us. We are each called to higher

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levels of development and understanding. This class is designed to take your practice to the next level. In this class you will experience meditative exercises specifically designed to increase your power and expand your awareness of the spirit world. Facilitated by Sharon Hill. $25. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@ VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. The Seven Healing Chakra – 7-9pm. Come on a journey of awakening and growth. We will work on understanding, developing, healing and awakening our seven major chakra: root, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, brow and crown. Each session there will be beautiful led meditations, learning, discussing, sharing and learning gentle exercises to your soul using specific crystals as an enhancement to healing, growth and change. Loving affirmations that will empower you and move you further along on your spiritual journey. Facilitated by Karen Rose Slember. $15. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@ VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com.

friday Hatha Yoga with Stephanie Cole – 9:30-11am and 11:30am-1pm. A creative blend of yoga styles based on the teacher’s background. The class helps to build strength and flexibility. $14 or 5 for $50. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-952-5280, RosemaryCourt.com. Energize and Revitalize with a John of God, Crystal Light Bed Session - 10am-6pm. With Diane Oliva, authorized by John of God. Feel relaxed, restored and renewed as negative energy is transformed and your mind, body and spirit comes back into balance. You can experience less stress, clearer thinking, better sleep, increased energy, a sense of peace and so much more, as each experience is unique to you. Take one step closer to becoming your best self. All natural. Non-invasive. By appointment. $45/40 minutes, $65/hour. Essential Acupuncture and Wellness, 3150 Southgate Circle, Sarasota, 941-313-6123. Feldenkrais Class – 11:30am-1pm. Deepen your awareness of how you move to improve balance, flexibility and posture. Pay as you wish. Longevity Wellness Clinic. SRQ, 941-923-9355. Developing Consciousness with Rev Jim Toole 6pm. Enjoy a time of connection, checking in with each other, discussing spiritual topics and joining in a channeled meditation. All are welcome Love offering. Sarasota Center of Light Ed Center 852 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota, 941-330-5031, RevJimSCOL@gmail.com.

saturday Sarasota Farmers Market – 7am-1pm. Rain or shine. Established in 1979, the market continues its tradition of serving the community with local produce, plants, prepared foods and artisans. They currently have a full market that includes 70 vendors and 5,000 sq ft of produce and plants. 1592 Main St from Lemon Ave to Selby Five Points Park, Downtown Sarasota. Central Sarasota Year-Round Farmers Market – 8am-1pm, rain or shine. Every agriculture vendor at the market (fruits, vegetables, herbs, plants, etc.) is a grower or farmer, not just a reseller. The Florida House, 4454 S Beneva Rd, Sarasota. CentralSarasotaFamersMarket.com. Mixed level Yoga Class – 9am. Led by Amanda Hansell at Garden of the Heart Yoga. Learn a variety of poses everyone can do, including inversion preps and advanced variations on poses. $18. Garden of the Heart Yoga, 2888 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, GardenofTheHeartYoga.com.

ACUPUNCTURE/ CHINESE MEDICINE CARYN L. YOUNG, DOM, AP, OTR

Board Certified Acupuncture Physician The Integrated Path, P.A. 3148 Southgate Ci, Sarasota 941-924-8833 • IntegratedPath.com

The Integrated Path to Health and Wellness for the whole family utilizing Traditional Chinese Medicine,Acupuncture, Energetic Medicine, Bloodwork Analysis,Clinical Nutrition Assessments and ZYTO Elite to restore balance. Over 30 years of clinical experience!

360 DEGREE WELLNESS

Sean M Leonard, AP, MAcOM Acupuncture Herbal Medicine Qigong Personal Training 7053 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite A, Sarasota 941-525-3752 aware122@gmail.com

Traditional “Home Circle” – Evidential Mediumship – 7-8:30pm. Spiritualists have sat in home circles since their very beginnings. It was the way they developed their relationship with spirit, refined their spirit within. Today, we know that everyone has the potential to develop; many a developing (as well as well developed) medium still sits in circle. Sitting in circle increases our spiritual abilities and offers the developing and well-developed medium alike the opportunity to continue increasing their spiritual potential. Facilitated by Sharon Hill. $15. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com.

Sarasota/Manatee Edition

Bradenton Farmers’ Market – 9am-2pm. Over thirty-five vendors offering locally-grown fruits, vegetables, plants, organic products, fresh seafood, prepared foods, as well as the s of local artists, craftspeople and musicians. 1005 1st Ave W, Bradenton. 941-932-9440. RealizeBradenton.com/our_vendors. Downtown Bradenton Farmers’ Market – 9am2pm. Features a special activity including guest chefs, raffles, arts & crafts vendors, children’s activities. Old Main St, Downtown parking/free on weekends. Dogs on leashes welcome. 941744-7484. Psychic Fair – 10am-3pm. 2nd & 4th Sat. Are you searching, questioning and seeking answers? Choose from some of the best Intuitive Artists in the area. See what your future holds. Complimentary refreshments. Private Readings $1/Min. Angel Ministries, 2269 Tamiami Trail, Venice. Rev Donna L. Galloway, 561-346-6296, AngelMinistriesfl.org.

community resource guide

Restorative Thai Yoga - 7pm with Angi. Restorative Yoga with personalized Thai Yoga adjustments.  First class is only $5!  Wild Ginger Apothecary in Gulf Gate, 6553 Superior Avenue, 941-312-5630, WildGingerApothecary.com.

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Vinyasa Yoga with Rebecca Harp - 9-10:15am. A vigorous style of yoga, which links breath and movement through a heat-building sequence. $14/ class, 5/$50. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota, 941-952-5280, RosemaryCourt.com.

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Advanced Acupuncture treatments for acute and chronic conditions. Layered protocols work to address both the root cause and symptoms, bringing you back into balance.

FAMILY HEALING CENTER, PA

Dr. Christina Captain, DAOM Nationally Board Certified Dipl.Ac Complimentary Meet & Greet The Medical Complex 2650 Bahia Vista Street, Suite 101, Sarasota, 941-951-1119 •FamilyHealingCenter.com

Family Healing Center, an integrative wellness practice. Addressing all health issues we will find the key to unlock your highest level of health and wellness. Complimentary Meet & Greet

ACUPUNCTURE FACELIFT FACES BY DR ANNA

Anna L. Baker, D.O.M. Nationally Board Certified Acupuncture Physician 941-924-2723 FacesByDrAnna.com

Unique muscle-tightening acupuncture facelift and necklift done with 12 hair-thin needles, none of which are on the face. Results documented photographically. Only one maintenance treatment needed every 18 months. Free consultation includes facial analysis. Monthly seminars, call for schedule.


ANIMAL MEDICAL CENTER SARASOTA ANIMAL MEDICAL CENTER


Anne Luther, DVM 3646 Birky St., Sarasota 34232
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Dr. Anne Luther has over 25 years experience in conventional medicine and alternative therapies such as acupuncture and homeopathy. “We treat your pet like our own!”

APOTHECARY

WILD GINGER APOTHECARY

6557 Superior Avenue (Gulf Gate Shopping Village), Sarasota 941-312-5630 WildGingerApothecary.com Strictly shopnontoxic, natural, organic health + beauty . Now offering hemp CBD, sage, gifts, learn cards, metaphysical tools, essential oils, jewelry, and more! move Visit Studio + Lounge for classes 6557 SUPERIOR AVENUE • SARASOTA, FL • 34231 + events.  Open Tu-Fri 10-5 and {IN GULF GATE SHOPPING VILLAGE} Sat. 10-3.

941.312.5630 • WILDGINGERAPOTHECARY.COM

BOOKSTORE/GIFT SHOPS ELYSIAN FIELDS

1273 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941-361-3006 • ElysianFieldsOnline.com

Celebrating 25 wonderful years, this award-winning store for conscious livings offers a unique assortment of quality, hand-selected gifts: jewelry, crystals, books, greeting cards, clothing, candles, aromatherapy, incense, and more… Private intuitive readings offered daily by the most reputable readers in town. Engaging classes and events monthly. Open: Mon-Sat 10am – 6pm, Sun 12pm – 5pm.

COLON HYDROTHERAPY COLON THERAPY CLINIC

Alain Menard • Allaesia Menard 7733 Holiday Drive • Sarasota, Fl 34231 941-922-7744• ColonTherapyClinic.com

Cleansing for digestive disorders. Licensed 42 years. Developed gentle technique. Foot bath and ear candling.

Connecting you to the leaders in natural health care and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide email publisher@nasrq.com to request our media kit.

CHIROPRACTORS GENTLEBAY SARASOTA CHIROPRACTIC

Residual Strain Therapy Eric Winder DC Offices in Sarasota and Venice, FL 941-957-8390 eric.winder.dc@gmail.com

Professional care with a personal focus. Feel better through proper alignment, and get back to work and play! See our website for more information.


SRQDC

Dr. William J Maecker 7725 Holiday Dr, Sarasota 941-518-2247 SRQDC.com

Improving health in Sarasota, one person at a time.

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY ADVANCED CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY [WHOLE BODY]

Terry Grywinksi, LMT MA6049 San Marco 205D, 1188 N Tamiami Tr, Sarasota • 941-321-8757 www.ADVCST.com

Gifted healer Terry Grywinski with 19 years experience and advanced craniosacral training provides rapid relief from injury, pain, and muscle restrictions. Great success with auto/ sports injury, sciatic, neck and back pain, TMJ, migraines.

CRYSTALS THE CRYSTAL CAVE

1899B Fruitville Rd., Sarasota 941-346-6203 CrystalCave.me

Sellers of stones, crystals, mineral specimens, fossils, jewelry, books, gifts, etc. Susan has over 25 years experience working with crystals and stones

ELYSIAN FIELDS

1273 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941-361-3006 ElysianFieldsOnline.com

Celebrating 25 wonderful years, this award-winning store for conscious livings offers a unique assortment of quality, hand-selected gifts: jewelry, crystals, books, greeting cards, clothing, candles, aromatherapy, incense, and more… Private intuitive readings offered daily by the most reputable readers in town. Engaging classes and events monthly. Open: Mon-Sat 10am – 6pm, Sun 12pm – 5pm.

DENTISTRY FLORIDA INTEGRATIVE DENTISTRY

Dick Chapman 2401 University Pkwy # 204, Sarasota 941-893-5968 DickChapmanDDS1@gmail.com


Our Holistic practice is committed to achieving optimal health using the highest standards in professional care and safety working together with our integrative modalities. Our approach to dentistry is based on honesty, integrity and respect. 
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RAY BEHM DDS

127 N Garden Ave.Clearwater, FL SaveYourTeeth.com 727-446-6747

Save your teeth with safe natural holistic dentistry. We offer general dental services such as cleanings, checkups and emergencies. Safe appropriate amalgam removal. Metal-free crowns, bridges and dentures.Non-surgical gum treatment. Holistic extractions.

WHITE SANDS DENTISTRY

Martina Mallery 520 48th Street Court E. Bradenton 941-748-9393
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Dr. Mallery combines conservative dental treatment with holistic principles while emphasizing prevention and healthy nutrition. We practice mercury free, fluoride free and use SMART Technology.

ENERGY HEALING HEALING ROOMBLUE LIGHT ENERGY HEALING

HEALING ROOM, ENERGY HEALING, BIOFEEDBACK STRESS MANAGEMENT, PEMF Treatments to balance over a thousand conditions! Infrared Inversion, Sound Immersion with the Singing Bowls 
718-791-3797
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Energy Healing helps the body with a long list of conditions, aches, pains and imbalances. Biofeedback Scanning locates the imbalances and it also corrects them. PEMF (Pulsed Magnetic Field Therapy) re-energizes damaged cells, it is a powerful tool to MANAGE PAIN! 941-586-9539, Facebook.com/ CreateBalanceandHealing

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INTEGRATED WELLNESS

FACIALS/REFLEXOLOGY

HEART AND SOLE ORGANICS

Cindy Heard, LMT, LE, MA65765 Certified IIR Reflexologist 1435 S. Osprey Ave., Suite 200, Sarasota 941-228-9724 HeartandSoleOrganics.com

Offering therapeutic treatments in Reflexology, Organic Facials and Massage bodywork. New clients receive $10 off any one 60 minute service. Open Mon-Fri 11am-6pm. By appointment only.

FELDENKRAIS METHOD® FELDENKRAIS METHOD®

Children (ABM) and Adults Classes, Individual Lessons, Workshops Bonnie Kissam, MA, LMT, CE Provider 941-360-2248 www.FeldenkrasInSarasota.com

The Feldenkrais® Approach improves posture and creates more efficient ways of moving through ‘Movement with Attention’. Clients optimize their musical, athletic or everyday movements, and improve abilities after injury, illness and trauma. Available in Sarasota, St. Pete & Orlando. Call Bonnie at email Bonnie@FeldenkraisInSarasota.com or 941-360-2248.

HYPNOTHERAPY

1281 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 4125-2 S. Tamiami Trail S., Venice 941-549-8455 SarasotaActivityCenter@Elitehealth.com EliteHealth.com Come experience the Elite difference Primary Care & Community Wellness Center Advanced Diagnostics all under one roof

Dr. Nema Runyan is a board certified Internist, with 35 years of experience. Micronutrient Testing, Allergy immunotherapy, IV Vitamin Therapy, Wellness Center offering workshops at low to no cost, VIP Wellness Programs. Accepting new patients and most insurance.

JIN SHIN JYUTSU® SUNCOAST JIN SHIN JYUTSU

Michelle Giambra, Certified Practitioner at Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave 941-228-2972 SuncoastJSJ.com

Michelle shares this ancient, hands-on art of balancing life energy in the body with individuals addressing acute, chronic and serious health projects along with those interested in maintaining wellness. MA42460

JUICE BAR

CROP JUICE BAR & CAFE

BETH A. SNYDER HYPNOSIS & MINDFUL COACHING Beth A. Snyder, CCHT 941-228-8020 bethsnyderhypnosis@gmail.com

ELITEHEALTH MEDICAL CENTER

Looking for a new and empowering way to create the positive change in your life you desire? Have you suffered enough, struggling with habits, sadness, anxious feelings or stress? Discover within you a new and happier way to be in the day to day. Hypnosis is a safe, simple and successful way to empower yourself. You are unique and deserve a compassionate customized approach to achieving your goals. I invite you to learn more, enjoy free resources, and schedule a complimentary compassionate consultation at bethsnyderhypnosis.com or call 941.228.8020. Feel better now!

2320 Gulf Gate Drive, Sarasota and 4057 Cattlemen Rd, Sarasota (inside LA Fitness) (941) 923-8640 cropjuicesrq.com

At CROP, we hand craft our juices daily by using the highest ORGANIC JUICE BAR & CAFE quality organic vegetables, mix the appropriate amounts of organic fruits for a burst of flavor, and package our juice in glass to ensure the freshest, highest quality juice available anywhere. We invite you to try a CROP juice today and compare the ingredients on our label to any other juice on the market.  You will then understand why we believe no other juice even comes close.

LYMPHATIC THERAPY SUNCOAST LYMPHEDEMA THERAPY CENTER

Center and Perfect Blend Acupuncture Diana Hebert, AP, DOM, RN, CLT 941-321-7171 dianahebertrn@gmail.com

Specializing in removing toxins naturally, promoting wellness and treating abnormal swelling due to lymphedema, trauma, surgery, or cancer with Manual Lymph Drainage. 



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MASSAGE THERAPY

Bich Mai Massag BICH MAI MASSAGE NO MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED

MA 0025928 Will meet or beat all competitor pricing. 1219 East Ave, Suite 202, Sarasota New Client Special 941-724-9992

3 Massages for $100 (regular price $65-75) ea Customized massage to fit your needs. Specializing in sports massage. Avail• Customized Massage to Fit Your Needs able evenings & weekends. New cli• Specializing in Sports Massage ent special 3 massages for $100. • Works on-all levels of athletics to alleviate pa and prevent injury • Medical Insurance Accepted

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MAD SCIENCE MASSAGE

Lizz Pugh, LMT (MA40424) 7357 International Place #101, Sarasota 941-777-2997 MadScienceMassage.com

CBD Oil Massage, Vitamin Infused Massage, and other unique treatments. Our muscle mechanics take some insurances for medical massage including Sarasota and Manatee County

MATCHMAKING SUNCOAST SINGLES

Christy Tromp Matchmaking Speed Dating Events Parties
• 941-713-1000 SuncoastSingles.com
 Christy@SuncoastSingles.com



I have been helping people find meaningful relationships for over 20 years. Give us a call for a free consultation. LIFE IS BETTER WHEN SHARED!



NATURAL FOOD CAFE EVERGREEN

801 S Tamiami Trail, Nokomis, FL 941-412-4334 • CafeEvergreen.net

Cafe Evergreen is a natural, organic restaurant. Our menu consists of many organic recipes designed to not only taste delicious, but also enhance your health. Open 7 days a week 11am-9pm.


NATURAL PET FOOD HOLISTIC FOR PETS

Valerie Clows 713 Honore Ave, Sarasota, 941-378-4367 5770 Ranch Lake Blvd, East Bradenton, 7537297 • HolisticForPets.com

Specializing in Hypo-allergenic Foods, Frozen Natural Raw Foods, Herbal & Homeopathic Remedies, Detergent & Soap Free Shampoo, Natural Flee Preventatives Skin Care Products, Healthy treats, Toys and gifts.

NUTRITION LICENSED NUTRITION COUNSELOR Eve Prang Plews, LIC NC333 Full Spectrum Health, Inc. 2106 Bispham Road Sarasota, FL 941-952-1200 • M-Fri 9-5, Sat10-2 FullSpectrumHealth.com

HOLISTIC HEALTH CLINIC & STORE. Superior Supplements by Xymogen and more. Professional Grade Homeopathics by Newton. Essential Oils by Oil Lady and Wind River Organic Skin Care by Éminence.

NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS SPECIAL NUTRITION DISCOUNT PRICES

1882 Stickney Point Rd, Sarasota 941-929-0884 SpecialNutrition.net

Offering the largest selection of all major supplement brands and natural products in the Sarasota area at discount prices. Special orders are our pleasure.

SUPER VALUE NUTRITION

2163 Siesta Drive Sarasota, 941-366-1997 5842 Bee Ridge Road Sarasota, 941-342-190 SuperValueNutition.com SuperValueNutrition@gmail.com

Family owned since 1977! Best prices, largest election and highly trained staff. We carry quality vitamins, sports nutrition, herbs, aromatherapy, CBD and more! If you don’t see what you are looking for we can order it, including professional brand supplements.

PET SUPPLIES HOLISTIC FOR PETS

Valerie Clows 5411 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, 941-378-4367 5770 Ranch Lake Blvd. East Bradenton, 753-7297 HolisticForPets.com

Specializing in Hypo-allergenic Foods, Frozen Natural Raw Foods, Herbal & Homeopathic Remedies, Detergent & Soap Free Shampoo, Natural Flee Preventatives Skin Care Products, Healthy treats, Toys and gifts.

SHAMANIC PRACTICES SPIRITUAL COUNSELOR, SHAMANIC AND REIKI PRACTICES

Rev. Zan Benham, BSL, BD, CHT 941-922-7839

Spiritual counselor, shamanic practitioner, Reiki healing, breath, and energy work, hypnosis, soul retrieval, past life regression all to empower and help you move into the Divine flow of the joy and power within you.

SPA AND WELLNESS FOUR PILLARS

San Marco Plaza 8209 Natures Way, Suite 221 Lakewood Ranch, Fl 941-373-3955 FourPillarsFlorida.com

Four Pillars is a positive and healthy place to learn, relax, energize, and reinvent. Our services include massage, facials, acupuncture, reiki, hypnosis, wellness and life coaching, educational and social workshops. Our retail shop offers books, crystals, t-shirts, jewelry, skin care, and essential oils. You’ll find just what you need to balance your mind, body, spirit, home and social connections. Open Mon-Fri 9-6, Sat 10-5 and evenings by appointment. See our website or social media for events.

THE OM SHOPPE

4801 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941-706-3257 www.theomshoppe.com, www.theomshoppeandspa.com

Unique and one of a kind gifts, products, and spa services. The luxury spa includes services such as Sound Wave AttunementTM, Crystal Alchemy Energy AttunementTM , and massages that incorporate the ancient healing sounds of singing bowls & crystal gridding. We offer an array of healthful and personally empowering products. Enjoy a visit to our showroom and discover the largest selection of crystal singing bowls in Florida. We invite you to stop in and mention code Natural10 to receive 10% off any single item.

SPIRITUAL CENTERS COSMIC CENTER OF SPIRITUAL LIGHT

5041 Ringwood Meadow, G2, Sarasota 941-371-9333 CosmicCenterOfSpiritualLight.com

Embracing the New Paradigms of our Awakening Consciousness. A place of Knowledge,Wisdom, Healing and Comfort. Please visit our website at CCOSL.com for more information.

SARASOTA CENTER OF LIGHT 852 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota 941-953-6620 sarasotacenteroflight.com

Experience the peaceful energy, love and light of our metaphysical spiritual community. Join us for the inspiration, healing and connection to Spirit in our services, classes and social gatherings.



UNITY OF SARASOTA

Rev. Elizabeth Thompson 3023 Proctor Rd, Sarasota 941-955-3301 • UnityOfSarasota.com

Unity is an extremely positive approach to life, seeking to accept the good in people and all of life. God is seen as having many attributes, but most important that God is LOVE.

VETERINARIAN ANIMAL MEDICAL CENTER

3646 Birky Street, Sarasota 941-954-4771 SRQVet.com

Dr. Anne Luther has over 25 years experience in conventional medicine and alternative therapies such as acupuncture and homeopathy. “We treat your pet like our own!”

YOGA ROSEMARY COURT YOGA

810 Central Ave, Sarasota 941-952-5280 RosemaryCourt.com

Rosemary Court Yoga in downtown Sarasota offers all styles & levels of yoga classes including Beginner, Hatha, Pre & Postnatal, Iyengar, Restorative, Vinyasa, Power, Senior, Kundalini, Kripalu, and more. Come visit our welcoming and tranquil space.

GARDEN OF THE HEART YOGA

2888 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota. Near Tuttle 941-341-9781 GardenOfTheHeartYoga.com

Alignment-based hatha yoga for all ages and abilities. Classes are taught progressively, building from one week to the next each month, so you can access more poses with ease, according you your level. Gentle Yoga, Meditation, Vinyasa, Mixed Levels, Kirtan, Restorative Yoga, Chair Yoga, Workshops, and Teacher Training. Open 7 days a week. Drop-ins welcome.

WILD GINGER APOTHECARY: STUDIO + LOUNGE

6553 Superior Avenue (Gulf Gate Shopping Village), Sarasota 941-312-5630 WildGingerApothecary.com

Community shop for health + wellness offering Yoga, Pilates, Nia, Buti Yoga, and more. Classes and learnfor every interest/age/ workshops skill level, offered daily + weekly.  move First class with every teacher is 6557 SUPERIOR AVENUE • SARASOTA, FL • 34231 only $5! Daily Psychic Intuitive + {IN GULF GATE SHOPPING VILLAGE} Tarot Readers.  Event space rental available.

941.312.5630 • WILDGINGERAPOTHECARY.COM

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SARASOTA MIDTOWN 1279 S. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34239 (941) 308-7600

SARASOTA SOUTH 4055 Clark Road Sarasota, FL 34233 (941) 927-6200

SARASOTA NORTH 2855 University Parkway Sarasota, FL 34243 (941) 556-6400

PORT CHARLOTTE 1808 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL 33948 (941) 629-3689

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February 2018 Natural Awakenings Sarasota  

Healthy Living Magazine

February 2018 Natural Awakenings Sarasota  

Healthy Living Magazine

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