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Sharable Thanksgiving A Feast and Flow of Abundance

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MOVING FROM FEAR TO FREEDOM by April Thompson

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36 SACRED SILENCE Discover the Benefits of Quiet at a Silent Retreat

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Healthy Twists on Old Favorites by Judith Fertig

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nother holiday season is here, and as we enter this festive time of year, I’m reminded to pause and express gratitude for the simple pleasures in life––the beauty of nature, the gift of wellness and the love of relationships, to name just a few. This month, in particular, is about being mindful of how enriched and abundant our lives are when we can slow down long enough to take notice. The November issue of Natural Awakenings is full of inspiration to help you become centered in each moment and reflect on your blessings as we approach this season of thanks. Our feature article for this month is on “Diabetes Prevention and Reversal” which offers both natural and practical advice for changing your lifestyle to decrease the risk of diabetes onset. Some of these suggestions include engaging in cardiovascular exercise, eating nutrient-dense whole foods and limiting sugar intake, being more conscious of environmental toxins, and practicing stressrelievers such as yoga, qigong or tai chi. These ideas are also beneficial for keeping yourself grounded in the midst of that holiday “hustle and bustle.” Speaking of maintaining inner calm during this hectic time of year, our “Healing Ways” article focuses on the value of taking a silent retreat for personal awareness, introspection and healthy stress management. Even if you’re unable to take an actual retreat, joining a local meditation group or making time for yourself on a consistent basis can help you feel invigorated, renewed and more in tune with your own peace of mind. Finally, since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, this issue would not be complete without some festive, mouth-watering recipes. Our “Conscious Eating” article for this month is all about reinventing a seasonal favorite––stuffing––with a healthier twist. So feel free to indulge in that second helping––no fear of holiday pounds here! And let’s not overlook the community aspect of this season either. Our “Shareable Thanksgiving” article is packed with creative ideas for spreading joy to our neighbors around the entire Suncoast area. As usual, that’s just a sampling of all the enlightenment and entertainment that awaits you inside this issue. Please send any comments, questions or general feedback to Publisher@NASRQ, and here’s wishing you readers the happiest of Thanksgivings!

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newsbriefs How to Connect with the Ascended Beings of Light and Forge a Personal Connection

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lysian Fields welcomes Indira on November 28, 7–9 p.m., for her class “How to Connect with the Ascended Beings of Light and Forge a Personal Connection.” In this interactive and lively class, you’ll learn how to connect with the Ascended Beings of Light such as Jesus, Gautama Buddha, Mother Mary, Kuan Yin, Saint Germain and others who desire to help us along our spiritual paths. Learn how these Divine Beings can assist you to move through challenges quickly and discover which Being is offering to personally mentor you. Indira will lead a deep meditation to the Fifth Plane of Existence, and each attendee will receive a personal and timely message. If you’re ready to have a closer relationship with the Divine Being who is your ultimate “life coach,” then join us. Bring a notepad, pen, water bottle and crystal of your choice. Indira is a certified Thetahealing® Practitioner and Instructor, Intuitive Card Reader and certified Crystal Remote Viewing Practitioner (Past/Future Life Readings). She has been personally trained as an instructor of numerous classes by the founder of Thetahealing®, Vianna Stibal. From a young age, Indira was drawn to study metaphysical topics, energy healing modalities, music and dance. She currently offers intuitive readings at Elysian fields, along with workshops, Thetahealing® classes, and both private and group sessions—all of which are uplifting, interactive, light-hearted and practical. Location: 1273 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Cost: $25. For more information, call 941361-3006 or visit ElysianFieldsOnline.com.

Modern School Feng Shui Workshop

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r. Christina Captain, DAOM, is bringing Modern School Feng Shui back. Join her on November 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for a one-day introduction to Modern School Feng Shui. Participants will obtain a general concept of what Modern School Feng Shui is, how it differs from classical feng shui and how to utilize the basic principles in their own homes or work place. In addition, an “Essential Balance Feng Shui Certification” class for consulting is also available. Space is extremely limited, so register now for this informative event! Location: 2650 Bahia Vista St., Suite 101, Sarasota. Cost: $99. For more information and to register, call 941-951-1119 or email Dr_Captain@ FamilyHealingCenter.com.

Dr. Anna’s Acupuncture Face and Necklift Seminar

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n November 15, 2 p.m., Dr. Anna Baker, DOM and founder of Faces by Dr. Anna, will present a seminar on facial rejuvenation at any stage in the aging process, using her muscle tightening acupuncture face and necklift technique. Dr. Anna’s results are unique in that all muscles of the face and neck are retightened proportionally along the route in which they aged. She will show photographed results on people of all different ages and face types. She is also a specialist in restoring drooping surgical facelifts and poor results from Botox, fillers and laser treatments. A nationally boardcertified Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Dr. Anna has been practicing in Sarasota since 1998. She has developed her 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 the 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. To make seminar reservations or to schedule a free consultation, call 941-9242723. To view before-and-after photos, visit FacesByDrAnna.com. natural awakenings

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Reflexology for Relaxation at Heart and Sole Organics

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r. Winder and the staff at GentleBay Chiropractic are pleased to announce availability of fascia-based massage therapy at their Sarasota location on Tamiami Trail. Rowan Winder, LMT, and Sky Winder, LMT, are both fully trained in the fascia therapy techniques used by Dr. Eric Winder in his practice. They are available for half-hour, one-hour and 90-minute sessions, Monday through Friday, with limited availability on Saturday mornings. Fascia Therapy Massage is effective for alleviating many types of pain and focuses on achieving lasting improvement. Sessions can be blended with traditional massage techniques, as well as active isolated stretching, depending on the client’s preference. Due to the nature of Fascia Therapy Massage, sessions can also be done with the client fully clothed if desired. For a limited time, initial massage sessions are being offered at a discounted price. GentleBay Chiropractic is a licensed massage establishment, MM#32680. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 941-9578390.

here are reflexes in the hands and feet which correspond to every organ, gland and part of the body on a cellular level. Through the application of a compression technique by utilizing the thumbs and fingers on these particular areas of the hands or feet, reflexology can be beneficial in relieving stress and tension, improving circulation and normalizing function in a related area of the body which enhances overall health. Reflexologists do not diagnose, claim to cure health disorders or take the place of medical intervention, but many people around the world use their modality to complement other treatments when addressing anxiety, asthma, cancer, cardiovascular issues, diabetes, headaches, kidney function, PMS, sinusitis and other conditions. Reflexology can also be beneficial for many painful conditions in the feet such as plantar fasciitis. Research states that around 70% of illnesses are a direct result of stress in the body. The main attribute of reflexology is its positive effect on the nervous system by facilitating a “relaxation state,” also known as the parasympathetic nervous system. This stimulates digestion, slows the heart rate and activates various bodily processes. Reflexology can balance the mind and body, sustaining a natural “homeostasis” that promotes relaxation and well-being. Cindy Heard, Certified Reflexologist, LMT, LE, is the owner of Heart and Sole Organics. She also offers Organic/Holistic facial treatments and therapeutic massage. First-time clients are invited to take $15 off a regular priced one-hour reflexology session or any regular priced one-hour or more service. Location: 1435 S Osprey Ave., #200, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-228-9724 or visit HeartAndSoleOrganics.com.

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Two LMTs Receive Laser Anti-Aging and Chi Na Seminar n November 17, 1 p.m., Dr. Anna Baker, Certification at Mad O DOM, will give a seminar on Pearl Cream by Dr. Anna, her revolutionary anti-aging Science Massage serum made from real pearls and Chinese herbs

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en Flick and Brian Hulliger have both completed an intensive certification program to use Class IV Laser which is a non-invasive, non-surgical, drugfree approach to pain relief and reducing inflammation. Few massage therapists in the Sarasota and Bradenton area offer this cutting-edge technology. This course included laser safety, science, and treatment protocols from the American Institute of Medical Laser Applications. Flick and Hulliger also both received hands-on training, and are currently offering an apprentice rate of just $30 per treatment (normally $85) through the end of 2017. Location: 7357 International Place, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-777-2997, email LizzPughLMT@gmail.com or visit MadScienceMassage.com.

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 are destroyed by chemical preservatives which is why other commercially available pearl creams don’t offer these same 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. 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 more information, call 941-921-2662 or visit PearCreamByDrAnna.com.

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newsbriefs Solutionary Health Festival Comes to Sarasota

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he Solutionary Events team is excited to bring the Solutionary Health Festival to the Sarasota community. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about creating a healthy, compassionate and environmentally sustainable world through a 5-K run, 10 a.m., followed by a festival, 11 a.m., at the beautiful Oscar Scherer Park. Featuring knowledgeable speakers, health food, live music from a variety of talented musicians, health-oriented vendors, a kids’ health zone, scavenger hunt, yoga sessions and more, Sarasota’s Health Festival is entertaining for all age groups and welcomes diversity. This free event will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Solutionary Events is a 501c3 non-profit educational outreach organization with a mission to create healthy, compassionate and regenerative communities through teaching people to be part of the world’s solutions. Team members coordinate festivals, workshops, seminars, potlucks, beach/park, cleanups, film screenings, outreach events, races/walks and other events that align with the values of Solutionary Events’ mission. Through the knowledge, experience and dedication of solutionaries (people who take part in solutions instead of problems), the team offers valuable resources to people interested in learning about healthy living. The Solutionary Events team embraces the elements of living a full and meaningful life through promoting conscientious lifestyle choices. Cost of parking: $5. For more information about this event, visit SolutionaryFestival.org. For more information about the organization, visit SolutionaryEvents.com.

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UFO Researcher and Author Returns to the Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light

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ichael Ellegion, who has been the firsthand recipient of extraterrestial communications, encounters and interventions, describes boarding a spaceship in 1979 after receiving instruction that he would make contact with a being named Ashtar (whom he later channeled). Having lived and lectured in Florida over 20 years ago, Ellegion has now returned to share with the public what his more recent research and experiences have compiled. This fascinating subject has both “scientific” and “spiritual-metaphysical” implications, as he shares both in his book, as well as during public lecture presentations and workshops. One of the many fascinating areas of his research, is the “NASA Star People Characteristics” list. You can check out this list of over 30 characteristics to see how many of these traits you happen to possess, and be sure to attend Ellegion’s special appearance at the Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light. His lecture will take place on November 10, 7 p.m., and his workshops will take place November 11–12, 3–6 p.m. To register in advance, call 941-371-9333. Payments will be accepted at the door if space is available. To view the NASA Star People Characteristics list, visit MichaelEllegion.com.

Meditation & Me

Mindfulness Series for Kids & Teens

6 Week Series Starting Nov. 12 - Dec. 31

Classes on Meditation Nov. 12, 18, 26, Dec. 17 & 31

Special Holiday Programs Dec. 3 & 24 Two Programs: Kids: K-5, ages 5-10 & Teens: 6-12th, ages 11-17 Youth Ministry Classes are presented on a Love Offering basis during Sunday Services 10:30-11:45am

MindTime Kids at Unity of Sarasota 3023 Proctor Road, Sarasota


Pixie Dust Metaphysical Boutique Celebrates Anniversary

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ive years ago, Pixie Dust Metaphysical Boutique opened in a tiny storefront on Main Street. From its humble 600 squarefeet beginnings, Pixie Dust has grown into its current location at 1476 Main Street, offering 2400 square-feet of magic. The concept of Pixie Dust is based on being a judgment-free place of light and love for people of all ideologies, ranging from Buddhist to Christian to Pagan. All spiritual paths are honored here.  Along with offering spiritual jewelry, crystals, candles, unique gifts and statuary, Pixie Dust has services for spiritual, emotional and physical healing. Therapeutic massage, Reiki and intuitive readings are offered in cozy and soothing spaces. Classes ranging from Reiki training, Munay-ki shamanism and Tarot are also facilitated in our upstairs classroom. Group sound baths take place every Saturday at 11 a.m., upstairs as well.  From November 1–12, Pixie Dust will be celebrating its anniversary with daily specials that include discounts on intuitive readings, massage and merchandise.

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FREE COSMETIC CONSULTATIONS ALL DAY!!! Dr. Abrams is one of the most recognized cosmetic dermatologists in Sarasota for his expertise in the latest injectable and facial rejuvenation techniques. He is highly trained in SculptraAesthetic procedures by world recognized doctors. Abrams has over 20 years experience in dermatology, and dermatology surgery. Sheryl Wilson, ARNP-C has extensive training in injectables and laser treatments and has over 20 years experience in internal medicine. Catherine Deans, Medical Licensed Esthetician, has years of experience working closely with Dr. Abrams to help patients understand the best treatment options. “Sculptra is the first injectable that gives you noticeable results that emerge subtly and can last up to two years”

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newsbriefs Is Your Mind Part of Your Fitness Routine?

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rain health is as important as physical health. Your wellness, longevity, success and happiness could be in jeopardy if the following conditions describe your usual mind-body state: tension, stress, fatigue, weakness, anxiety, aches and pains, soreness or stiffness, exhaustion, irritation, anger, lack of focus, confusion, grief, depression, unhealthy weight, fear, lack of control, numbness, memory loss, poor sleep habits, burnout and more. Yoga Therapy, classical yoga, meditation, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong are modalities that can strengthen and balance the vital energy communication between your mind and body, impacting physical, neurological, physiological, cognitive, emotional and social health. The following national and international associations, universities and medical research hospitals are a partial list of organizations highlighting mindbody therapies for improving health outcomes based on clinical and scientific research: American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Harvard Medical Mind-Body Institute, International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), Memorial-Sloan Kettering Hospital, and the National Alzheimer’s Association. Empowered 2 Wellness Yoga Therapy at Midtown Medical Park, works oneto-one with individuals to develop home practice programs that exercise mind and body, reduce sensory overload, strengthen focus, cognition, coordination and function, and develop respiratory and emotional relaxation skills to regulate the brain-body’s conscious and unconscious reactivity. In addition, Empowered 2 Wellness is offering a free lecture on “Developing Calm Presence in a Chaotic World: Mind-Body Therapy Challenges You to Work on What’s Hard, Not Work Harder.” This upcoming event is facilitated by Paula Morris, C-IAYT. Location: 1219 S East Ave., Suite 104, Sarasota. For more information, call 941316-6893 or visit Empowered2Wellness.com.

Point Luminex Simplifies the Process of Medicinal Cannabis Therapy

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f you or a loved one is suffering, the first step on your journey through Medicinal Cannabis Therapy is to receive answers to all your questions. You can obtain this information from a personal 30–40-minute consultation. Once a medicinal cannabis recommendation is made by our doctor, our team walks you through the process of applying for your Medical Marijuana Card through the Florida Department of Health. From your consultation and recommendation to the completion of your state application, we are with you in each step of the process. THC products are designed to alleviate seizures, severe and persistent muscle spasms, pain, nausea, loss of appetite and other symptoms associated with serious medical conditions. Patients with cancer or a similar condition might qualify to receive low-THC cannabis which has minimal amounts of the psychoactive ingredient THC and does not usually produce the “high” often associated with cannabis. Patients suffering from a condition that has been deemed terminal by two physicians, might qualify for medical cannabis which contains sufficient levels of the psychoactive ingredient THC to produce a “high.” THC is available in numerous forms, as recommended by our doctors, including a vape pen, tincture, oral syringe, truclear concentrate, capsule and topical cream. Location: 2206 Jo an Dr., Sarasota. Cost: $225 (consultation), $75 (check or money order to the Florida Department of Health). For more information, call 941 217-6828 or visit PointLuminex.com.

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Lisa L’s Gallery offers Thyroid Wellness Workshop

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n November 12, 3–6 p.m., Lisa L’s Gallery welcomes Empower Your Thyroid with Stacy Tarter Fradkin, CEPC-CEPC. Fradkin refers to the thyroid as “mission control.” If you are interested in learning about thyroid health strategies, or are experiencing symptoms like weight gain, lack of energy or brain fog, this hands-on workshop is for you. Fradkin will introduce Thyroid Yoga™, a practice of gentle stretches and energizing flow for your endocrine system. The workshop will also include stress management through EFT/tapping, nutritional suggestions and essential oils. Fradkin is especially pleased to be offering this workshop in Lisa L’s serene art gallery space in Towles Court. Lisa L’s elevating contemporary art is translated to a versatile clothing line seen both in the gallery and online. This creative and healing environment aligns with Fradkin’s passion to empower women toward becoming active participants in their thyroid health. Location: 1975 Morrill St., Sarasota. Cost: $45. Thyroid-friendly snacks will be served. To pre-register, call 650-465-3708 or visit Stacy.Fradkin@gmail.com. For more information, visit LisaLDesigns.com.

kudos Recognizing 30 Years of Chiropractic Health Service

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r. Kyle Doan and Dr. William Maecker of SRQDC have shared a space for quite awhile, and Dr. Doan has been in the chiropractic profession for 30 years now. Dr. Doan began his chiropractic career in New York state, having spent most of these 30 years in the Syracuse area. As a semi-rural practitioner, he was often the only local healthcare available. He recently relocated to Sarasota, on a permanent, year-round basis. Dr. Doan demonstrates persistent care and empathy for both his patients and the community. He showed incredible dedication to his town in New York, and that same commitment has followed him to Sarasota as well. Dr. Maecker adds, “I’m proud to have him in the same office as me, and I’m glad to call him a friend.”

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Fusion Therapy Welcomes New Massage Therapist and New Richard’s Foodporium Massage Modality Presents 5th Annual Health Expo

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ichard’s Foodporium will present their 5th Annual Health Expo taking place at Robarts Arena in Sarasota on January 6th, 2018, featuring special guest Dr. Michael Murray. This Health Expo will feature a talk starting at 9am with Dr. Michael Murray discussing the role enzymes play in the digestion process. Doors open at 8am. The Health Expo will begin at 10am and features Supplement, Natural Food, and Health items. Also, included are local businesses and non-profit organizations.  Attendees will have the opportunity to visit each booth to test and take-home samples, and watch live cooking demonstrations. Event is family friendly and free to the public. Founded in 1979, Richard’s is locally owned and operated.  Today Richard’s has 17 locations.  Richard’s is known for its affordable and value driven pricing, natural grocery selections, along with natural vitamins and health and beauty items. All stores are customer service focused, nostalgic, and offers a turn-of-the-century décor.  The Sarasota based chain was named Best Independent Chain Retailer in the Nation by Vitamin Retailer Magazine and has won dozens of local and national awards. 

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usion Therapy welcomes Jennie Shien Wang to our family of bodyworkers and yoga teachers. “Sabai” is a Thai word, meaning “relaxed” or “comfortable,” and that’s just how you’ll feel after experiencing her Thai massage. Traditional Thai Massage, also known as Ancient Massage or Thai Yoga Massage, dates back more than 300 years, with its origins going another 5,000 years back to ancient India and China. It is widely regarded as one of the best systems of therapeutic massage. Thai Massage combines gentle, yoga-like stretching with massage of the muscles, tendons, pressure points and energy lines. This modality is performed on a mat instead of a table which gives the practitioner necessary leverage for the stretches and postures used in Thai Massage. The benefits of this practice include relief from stress and muscle tension, improved circulation, unblocking and balancing of energy flow, detoxification, improved alignment, increased flexibility and range-of-motion, improved mood state and enhanced sleep. Shien Wang, LMT, is a graduate of Sarasota School of Massage, also specializing in Thai Herbal Poultice, Sacred Lomi and Deep Tissue Massage. She is also a certified yoga teacher. During the month of November, Fusion Therapy will add a 45-minute Dry Salt Therapy, following a Thai Massage, so you experience an even deeper sense of calm and balance ($45 value). To schedule an appointment and add a complimentary Dry Salt Therapy session throughout this month, call 941-921-7900 or visit FusionTherapySarasota.com. 

Sarasota Center of Light Celebrates Sixty-Eighth Anniversary

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arasota Center of Light will celebrate its sixty-eighth year in Sarasota on November 4. It was founded as the Shrine of the Master in 1949 by Rev. Dorothy and Dr. Russell Flexer, a husband-and-wife team of Spiritualist ministers. The Flexers’ dreams for the Shrine of the Master were to give people an awareness and understanding of spiritual truth that was practically applicable to everyday life. As this philosophy evolved in response to the ever-changing views and interpretations of spirituality, we were inspired to take a closer look at how we expressed ourselves as a church. In 2010, we chose to change the name of our denomination from Metaphysical Christianity to Metaphysical Spirituality, and the name Shrine of the Master to Sarasota Center of Light.  Through the guidance of Spirit and many that have served this church over the decades, the Shrine of the Master has evolved into a “Center of Light,” a beacon that shines brightly and allows each individual to discover, express and experience their own connection with Spirit and God. On November 5 at noon, following the 10:30 a.m. service, a Founders Day Celebration will be held at the Center in Davis Hall.  A luncheon will be served with all the trimmings. There will be live music by Sal Garcia, founder of the famous band OMNI, prizes, raffles and a silent auction. Come be part of the celebration and connection.    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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oint Lumineux offers CBD oil which interacts with the body through the endogenous cannabinoid system (ECS) or endocannabinoid system. First discovered in the late 1980’s, the endocannabinoid system regulates the body’s homeostasis, or general state of balance, impacting such functions as mood, sleep, appetite, hormone regulation, pain response and immunity. This oil is available in multiple recommended forms such as oral, inhalation and topical delivery. 18 different strains to ensure a variety of options include Charlotte’s Web, Lemon Tree, Remedy, Skywalker, Girl Scout Cookies and more. Location: 2206 Jo an Dr., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-217-6828 or visit PointLumineux.com.

Animal Rescue Coalition Offers Free Spay/Neuter Surgeries to Charlotte County Residents

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nimal Rescue Coalition (ARC) will provide free spay/neuter surgeries for income-qualified residents of Charlotte County after being awarded a $25,000 grant by Florida Animal Friend. In addition to providing vital spay/neuter surgeries and improving the quality of life for animals, this grant will expand ARC’s current program providing free round-trip transportation to the clinic from central locations within Charlotte County. These appointments will available starting on October 11. “This award from Florida Animal Friend goes right to the heart of ARC’s mission to reduce the homeless animal population in this area by proactive spay/neuter programs,” notes Mary Dietterle, ARC’s Executive Director. “This grant allows us to ensure families have access to these surgeries that are proven to reduce shelter overcrowding. If you purchase a Florida Animal Friend plate, you are making a difference.” The main source of funding for Florida Animal Friend is the sale of its specialty license plate. A portion of every plate sold goes directly to organizations across the state that offer free or low-cost spay/neuter services. On an annual basis, Florida Animal Friends’ Board of Directors review grant applications from non-profit and municipal agencies across Florida and award grant funding to those who further its mission to help save the lives of countless unwanted cats and dogs. After receiving the grant, ARC worked closely with Charlotte County Animal Control to best determine how to extend these benefits. For more information and to make an appointment, call 941-957-1955 or email Booking@ARCSRQ.org.

Lucky Dragon Feng Shui Tip of the Month Christina Captain, DAOM, MSAOM, MSHN, MA ucky Dragon says, Most of us spend more than eight hours in our personal home environment each day. If you feel negatively about your space, this attitude can have a tremendous impact on both your mental and physical health.  One tip to improve how you feel in your space is to “de-clutter.” A disorganized and cluttered environment supports indecision or the inability to move forward.  My rule is that if you haven’t laid your hand on it for one year, it goes in the “byebye” pile. An organized home supports the ability to make decisions and keep your life on-track. Purge and organize, or if you can’t, then hire a professional to do the work for you. 

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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.  

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cientists from the Research Institute for Endocrine Sciences and Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, both in Tehran, Iran, investigated the impact on leading diseases of regularly eating onion and garlic (both belonging to the genus Allium). Using data from more than 12,000 people for an average of six years, researchers assessed their onion and garlic consumption using a food frequency questionnaire and compared those measurements with blood pressure and incidences of both cardiovascular and chronic kidney disease. The scientists discovered the subjects that ate more onion and garlic regularly had risk reductions of 64 percent in cardiovascular disease, 32 percent in chronic kidney disease and 25 percent in hypertension compared to those that ate less of them.

TEETOTALERS ENJOY LESS HEART DISEASE In a meta-analysis of 45 research studies covering thousands of subjects led by Canada’s University of Victoria, in British Columbia, researchers found that former and occasional drinkers have a 45 percent increased risk of heart disease than nondrinkers. This discovery contradicts the widely held belief that occasional alcohol consumption reduces the risk of coronary heart disease.

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Aerobics Improve Brain Function

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esearchers from the Wake Forest School of Medicine, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, have found that aerobic exercise increases overall brain volume and gray matter, and helps improve brain function. Thirty-five adults with mild cognitive impairment were split into an aerobic group and a stretching group. The aerobic group participated in moderate-to-vigorous exercise four times per week for six months, while the others did stretching exercises at the same rate. The researchers used magnetic resolution imaging with each participant at the beginning of the study and after six months to determine potential changes in the brain. They found that both groups showed volume increases in gray matter regions linked to short-term memory, but the aerobic group displayed a larger preservation of overall brain volume. They also had greater improvements in cognitive function.

Cranberry Prebiotic Promotes Gut Health

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esearch from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, has found that the cell walls of cranberries contain xyloglucan, a complex sugar that feeds the beneficial, naturally occurring bifidobacteria, enhancing the body’s microbiome. “A lot of plant cell walls are indigestible, just like we can’t digest the special sugars found in xyloglucans,” explains nutritional microbiologist and researcher David Sela, Ph.D. “But when we eat cranberries, the xyloglucans enter our intestines, where beneficial bacteria can break them down into useful molecules and compounds.” Sela emphasizes the importance of prebiotics. “With probiotics, we are taking extra doses of beneficial bacteria that may or may not help our gut health,” he says. “But with prebiotics, we already know that we have the beneficial guys in our guts, so let’s feed them with more nutrients and things that they like.”

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Glyphosate Toxin Turns Up in Wines

Monsanto’s toxic Roundup herbicide glyphosate has been found in all 10 California vintages tested, including organic wines. While glyphosate isn’t sprayed directly onto grapes because it would kill the vines, it’s often used to spray the ground in the vineyard to be absorbed via the roots. Sometimes, glyphosate drifts from conventional vineyards into nearby organic and biodynamic vineyards. Other times, the toxin remains in the soil after a conventional farm has been converted to organic; the chemical may persist onsite for more than 20 years. Glyphosate is patented as an antibiotic. Designed to kill bacteria, it harms both soils and human health, and has been cited as a human carcinogen by the World Health Organization. For glyphosate-related consumer information, search Actions at MomsAcrossAmerica.com.

Renewables Hit High Mark in UK In a major marker of renewable growth, sources of energy that includes wind, solar, hydro and wood pellet burning briefly generated more electricity—50.7 percent—than coal and gas in Great Britain for the first time on June 7. When nuclear sources are added, the number increased to 72.1 percent. Records for wind power are also being set across Northern Europe.

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Sweden Dumps its Dumps Landfills generate environmental problems such as the greenhouse gas methane that warms the atmosphere and toxic chemicals from household cleaning products that pollute soil and groundwater. Installations are smelly, noisy and can breed disease-transmitting vermin, as well as harm wildlife. Recycling helps cut the volume of waste, but the bulk of all trash continues to fill these dumps. Sweden produces about the same amount of waste as other European nations, but less than 1 percent of its household refuse ends up in landfills. Thirty-two waste-to-energy (WTE) plants that have been operating across the country for years incinerate more than 2 million tons of trash annually—almost 50 percent of all waste. The country still recycles, but anything else normally ends up in the WTE incinerators, creating steam to generate electricity distributed on the grid. This system heats close to a million homes and powers more than a quarter-million, thus reducing Sweden’s reliance on fossil fuels. Sweden also helps to clean up other countries in the European Union by importing their trash and burning it. Because specific products contain materials that cannot be recycled or incinerated, some landfills are still necessary. 24

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is helping doctors and scientists worldwide do their jobs better. In wildlife preservation, many researchers want to know how many animals there are and where they live, but Tanya Berger-Wolf, a professor of computer science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, states, “Scientists do not have the capacity to do this, and there are not enough GPS collars or satellite tracks in the world.” At AI-driven Wildbook.org, photos are uploaded by experts and the public and analyzed for species, age and even gender. One massive Kenyan study in 2015 prompted officials to alter their lion management program. Also, the locations of stranded victims of floods, earthquakes or other disasters can be determined via computer programmers writing basic algorithms that examine extensive footage. In flooded areas, AI technology can also find debris that harbors trapped people. AI techniques can even monitor social media sites to find out more about missing people and disasters.


Why Whales Leap High

Humpback whales are famous for their prodigious leaps from the water. A recent paper published in Marine Mammal Science proposes that breaching the surface and making a big splash serves as an acoustic telegram to communicate with far-off pods. The phenomenon may be compared to a distant drumbeat, which probably carries farther than the whales’ signature songs. Former University of Queensland marine biologist Ailbhe S. Kavanagh, Ph.D., and her colleagues observed 76 humpback groups off the coast of Australia for 200 hours between 2010 and 2011 and found that breaching is much more common when pods are at least 2.5 miles apart, with more local slapping of fins and flukes when fellow whales are nearby.

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Birds Die Flying Into Reflective Glass One night earlier this year, nearly 400 birds migrating north from Central and South America died in the midst of a storm from slamming into the 23-story American National Insurance Company skyscraper in Galveston, Texas. Among the victims were Nashville warblers, yellow warblers and ovenbirds. The American Bird Conservancy estimates as many as 1 billion birds die annually from colliding with glass in the U.S. as they see and therefore fly into the reflection of landscapes and the sky or inside vegetation. The exterior of the Galveston building, previously lit by large floodlights, is now illuminated only by green lights on its top level for air travel safety considerations. Other widely available means to protect birds include products to make residential and commercial windows less attractive to them. Specially placed tape or mullions creating stripes or patterns can help birds identify glass and avoid deadly crashes. Awnings, shutters and outside screens can also reduce bird collisions with buildings.

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This year, all REI outdoor outfitter stores will close on Black Friday and join hundreds of national and local organizations and like-minded brands to ask, “Will You Go Out with Us?” For the third year, the REI #OptOutside initiative will mobilize Americans to firmly establish a new tradition of choosing trails over sales on Black Friday, including camping under the stars instead of camping out at malls. For helpful ideas, visit rei.com/ opt-outside.

Conventional street lights collectively emit more than 100 million tons of carbon dioxide annually. The city of Las Vegas, a leader in municipal sustainability, has contracted with EnGoPlanet, a New York City clean tech startup, to install the world’s first Smart Street Lights powered by pedestrians’ footsteps via kinetic energy pads and solar energy. When someone steps on a kinetic tile, energy is created and goes directly to a battery. Petar Mirovic, CEO of EnGoPlanet, says, “Clean and free energy is all around us. Urban cities have to build the smart infrastructures of tomorrow that will be able to harvest all of that energy. This project is a small but important step in that direction.” Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman says, “Through our LEED-certified buildings, solar projects, water reclamation, alternativefueled vehicles and sustainable streetlights, Las Vegas continues to lead the way.” The company also cites Smart Street Light projects in Chicago, Detroit, Auburn Hills (Michigan), Asbury Park (New Jersey) and at stadiums such as the MercedesBenz Superdome, in New Orleans. View an illustrative video at Tinyurl. com/SmartStreetLights.

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The Healing Art of Craniosacral Therapy: A Firsthand Account by Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer

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here is a black SUV in the parking lot of the San Marco office suite on Tamiami Trail. A handicap license plate is attached to the bumper, 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, but Wilson sensed that his symptoms were not consistent with this particular diagnosis. 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. During the first two months of his treatment process, doctors administered chemotherapy to kill the infection, then prescribed narcotics 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. Now fast forward to 2017, when after being treated by pain specialists with mediocre success, Wilson’s sister-inlaw, a licensed massage therapist, referred him to Advanced Craniosacral Therapy here in Sarasota. Although he is a selfdescribed “conservative” with no prior knowledge of holistic medicine, Wilson’s first encounter with this treatment method and its practitioner Terrence Grywinski gave him the impression of “cautious optimism.” “I appreciate how Terry broke down the process

of Craniosacral Therapy in physiological terms I could understand,” Wilson enumerates. “He explained how fascia (connective tissues) in the body are intertwined, and how stress on that fascia affects everything else. He told me how the production and absorption of craniosacral fluid in the brain causes a dynamic cleansing of toxic build-up, but impaired drainage of this fluid creates dysfunction within the fascia. So through addressing that dysfunction, the body’s intelligence to reorganize itself is activated.” Following that initial 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. His wife Pam Wilson also has positive feedback to share, calling the transformation a “miracle.” She goes on to further elaborate, “Both mentally and physically, he is getting his life back, and I have my husband back. He even sings in the shower again!” From a therapeutic perspective, Grywinski sheds his own insight on this process and the science behind it. “Without the training I received this summer in a Specialized Craniosacral course on accessing and healing dysfunctions in the brain and spinal cord, Don would not have experienced these phenomenal results. Because fascia allows us to access brain and spinal cord functions, we can release the stress causing these dysfunctions. People who experience migraines, chronic pain, foggy brain, concussions, aging brain, effects of stroke, early-stage Parkinson’s, autism and other learning disabilities can benefit from this profound work.” This exposure to the far-reaching impact of Craniosacral Therapy has broadened Wilson’s attitude toward alternative medicine as a whole, offering him “new respect and an open mind” to the more unconventional modalities. “These results speak for themselves, and the facts do not lie,” he concludes. Nor does a handicap license plate no longer in use. Terrence Grywinski has been specializing in Craniosacral Therapy since 1994 after the completion of his training at the Upledger Institute. Described by his teachers, clients and colleagues as a “gifted healer,” Grywinski’s intuitive sense and healing energy provides quick and lasting relief from injury, pain and restriction in the body’s network of connective tissues. His practice Advanced Craniosacral Therapy is located at 1188 N Tamiami Trail, Suite 205D, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-321-8757 or visit ADVCST.com. 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. natural awakenings

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Preventing, Reversing and Managing Diabetes Naturally by Linda Sechrist

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ore health practitioners today are recognizing both the mind-body connection, as well as energetic and metaphysical insights into preventing and reversing illnesses. As a result, those facing diabetes and other health challenges are accessing contemporary resources such as Louise L. Hay’s explanation of the emotional roots of disease in You Can Heal Your Life, and the medical science and natural methods explained by health researcher and author Gary Null, Ph.D., in No More Diabetes: A Complete Guide to Preventing, Treating, and Overcoming Diabetes. Applying a “both” rather than an “either” approach illuminates the importance of recognizing the ways our thoughts, emotions and lifestyle choices can impact chronic illness and long-term health.

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Hay suggests that this metabolic disorder may be rooted in a feeling of being deprived of life’s sweetness and longing for what might have been, accompanied by a great need to control deep sorrow. Such chronic unease can show up as Type 1, or insulin-dependent, diabetes; Type 2, or non-insulin-dependent diabetes; latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA), a slowly progressing variation of Type 1; or gestational diabetes, which occurs during pregnancy.

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Eavesdropping on our repetitive inner mind chatter and observing its impact on outer experiences can reveal faulty thinking that disrupts the mindbody connection. Hay, a firm believer in the power of affirmations to send a message to the subconscious mind, recommends them to aid healing. For diabetes, she suggests, “This moment is filled with joy. I now choose to experience the sweetness of today.” Null cites medical evidence that explains how the physical causes of diabetes are related to the pancreatic production of the hormone insulin and the body’s use of it, together with rollercoaster blood sugar levels determined by food selections, stress, sleeplessness, insufficient rest and lack of exercise. His approach for preventing, reversing or managing this debilitating condition is to raise awareness of the physical, behavioral and mental causes that lead to its emergence, and making healthy lifestyle choices that regulate blood sugar levels.

Naturally Control Blood Sugar

Glucose, the human body’s key source of cellular energy, is the end product of the digestive system breaking down carbohydrates, proteins and fats for absorption in the intestines. From there, it passes into the bloodstream. Glucose also supplies energy for the brain. Normal blood glucose levels vary throughout the day. For healthy individuals, a fasting blood sugar level upon awakening is less than 100 milligrams (mg) per deciliter (dl) of blood. Before meals, normal levels are 70 to 99 mg/dl; otherwise, 100 to 125. Consistent readings above 126 indicate that lifestyle changes are needed to avoid eventual progression into full Type 2 diabetes. When there’s an inability to efficiently transport glucose from the blood into cells, cells don’t receive the energy they need to function properly. “Elevated glucose levels contribute to blood vessel damage, high blood pressure and inflammation among other issues. High glucose causes insulin levels to spike in an effort to draw the glucose into cells. This stresses the pancreas and causes a sugar crash, called hypoglycemia, which can lead individuals to make impulsive, poor food choices,” advises Marcy Kirsh-

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enbaum, a board-certified clinical nutritionist and owner of Enhance Nutrition, in Northbrook, Illinois. She notes, “Elevated sugar and insulin levels raise triglycerides, a fat that circulates in the blood, and cholesterol, specifically the LDL (low-density lipoprotein) levels. Triglycerides and cholesterol are important measures of heart health. Triglyceride levels of 150 mg/dl in fasting blood is a risk factor for a stroke or heart attack.”

Early Heads-Up

According to the American Diabetes Association, 8.1 million of the 29.1 million individuals diagnosed with diabetes were previously unaware of any early symptoms such as dry mouth, excessive thirst, frequent urination, constant hunger (even after meals), unusual weight gain or loss and lack of energy. “Many individuals only learn of their condition from a doctor-ordered routine blood test such as the A1C glycated hemoglobin procedure, which reads blood sugar levels over a three-month period,” advises Dr. Nancy Iankowitz, a board-certified family nurse practitioner and founding director of Holistic and Integrative Healing, in Holmes, New York. Individuals that consume large amounts of simple carbohydrates and sugars, are overweight or are exceedingly sedentary and eat unhealthy processed foods, have a higher risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Iankowitz’s effective, patient-centered practice follows a practical, four-month healing plan that includes tracking foods, moods, blood pressure, sleeping habits and exercise, all necessary to manage or reverse Type 2 diabetes.

Effective Diet Choices

Making the highest-impact food choices is critical in the earliest stages of diabetes. That’s why nutritionist and holistic integrative health practitioner Saskia Kleinert, an independent practitioner who also serves as director of the Emeryville Health & Wellness Center, in California, helps patients integrate dietary changes into everyday life. “Patient education includes the necessity of eating low-glycemic index foods and reducing blood glucose levels, while increasing healthy fats with nuts, avocado and olive oil,” advises


Kleinert. She notes that antioxidant-rich plant foods are another key component of an effective dietary plan for all age groups. The role of exercise is also vital for those needing to reverse pre-diabetes or managing diabetes aided by insulin injections. “Exercise increases the muscle cell’s demand for glucose, moving it out of the blood into muscle cells that use it as fuel, and so lowering insulin levels,” explains Jamie Coughlan, a naturopathic doctor who practices in Pleasanton and Pleasant Hill, California. Dr. Angelo Baccellieri, owner of Westchester Wellness Medicine, in Harrison, New York, introduces patients to intermittent fasting, an eating pattern that helps treat insulin resistance and control blood sugar. “The concept is predicated on going 14 to 16 hours without food, replicating how our primitive ancestors ate. They feasted when food was available and fasted during famines, sometimes going several days without eating,” advises Baccellieri, who notes that intermittent fasting can be done one day a week. “Our biochemistry actually does very well with this approach, which isn’t hard to do when your last meal is at 7 p.m. and you skip breakfast and delay lunch the next day until 1 p.m. You can drink water with lemon, teas and black coffee throughout. By 1 p.m., the body has been 18 hours without protein and carbohydrates, allowing insulin levels to remain at a low level. Excess insulin from too much sugar shifts the body into a storage mode. Having no sugar stores available, the body can then switch into a ketogenic state that allows the body to burn fat for fuel,” explains Baccellieri. Herbs such as turmeric reduce inflammation. Berberine can help cells use glucose efficiently. Supplements such as vitamin C, B-complex, resveratrol and pycnogenol (pine bark extract) can raise antioxidant levels, in which most pre-diabetic and diabetic individuals are deficient, according to a study published in PubMed. Cautious health professionals tailor supplement recommendations to each patient.

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According to Hamdy, “On average, diabetes has the potential to rob you of more than 12 years of life, while dramatically reducing the quality of life for more than 20 years through chronic pain, loss of mobility, blindness, chronic dialysis and heart disease.” Such serious consequences also include stroke, hearing impairment and Alzheimer’s, he adds. All provide good reasons to live responsibly every day, cherishing long-term goals of laying claim to the best possible health. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at LindaSechrist.com.


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Moving from Fear to Freedom by April Thompson

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issa Rankin wears many hats: physician, mystic, author, artist, speaker and blogger. What unites her many pursuits is a passion for helping people optimize their health and understand how science and spirituality converge toward that goal. A former obstetrician and gynecologist, Rankin is the founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute, in San Francisco, which trains doctors in mindbody-spirit medicine. She’s authored six books to date, including the bestseller Mind over Medicine, The Fear Cure and The Anatomy of a Calling. She lives in California’s Marin County and blogs at LissaRankin.com.

What common signs indicate that fear is affecting our health? When people are sick, there is almost always an element of fear. Many of us have “ridden shotgun” at one time or another with a health diagnosis, and that’s scary, so even if it’s not predisposing the illness itself, it can stimulate fear. Studies from institutions such as the Harvard School of Public Health and Carnegie Mellon University have discovered strong correlations between fear, stress and anxiety and health issues. When fear is predisposing us to illness, addressing the root cause of the issue is preventive medicine.

Whether triggered by something trivial or real, fear activates the “fight-or-flight” stress response in the brain. The body has natural self-healing mechanisms, but these only operate when our nervous system is relaxed, so effectively dealing with fear is foundationally critical to wellness.

How can we distinguish between true and false fear? True fear is an actual threat to physical survival, like being approached by someone wielding a gun. However, most fear is generated by a story we make up in our minds. Our wild imaginations, the source of beautiful creativity, can be a destructive force, too, as we envision all kinds of worst-case scenarios, most of which will not come true. Modern-day humans average more than 50 stress responses a day, which indicates we’re way off track in our relationship to fear. The mind constantly strategizes how to get what it wants and avoid what it doesn’t. A spiritual practice can help interrupt the “monkey mind” constantly ruminating on what could go wrong. Paying attention to fear around practical issues like not being able to pay bills is helpful because it can keep us from being reckless, such as buying an unneeded luxury item although our mortgage payment looms. But letting false fear prevent us from following a

dream, ending an unhealthy relationship or leaving a toxic job can predispose us to illness. Fear is the emotional equivalent of pain in the body. Attend to it when it arises; try to understand what it is telling you and see what’s in need of healing.

What are some effective ways to defang false fear? Ultimately, we need to come into the right relationship with uncertainty; it’s the gateway to possibility. People often think that fear provides protection, when our intuition, which typically requires a relaxed state of mind, is a far more effective protector. There have been studies about doctors following their hunches to a patient’s underlying condition, leading to life-saving diagnoses.

How can we cultivate courage, curiosity and resilience, rather than feed our fears? Cultivating a spiritual practice such as mindfulness helps put a pause between a feeling like fear and the reaction that might ensue. You learn to sit with uncomfortable feelings and recognize the story you are spinning in your mind about what’s happening. It also means letting go of expectations when things don’t go as planned. Fear is my cue to activate a practice of surrender; to turn something over to the universe. I will also ask for help to calm my heart and let go of attachments. For me, this life-changing practice means I now trust the mystery more than my mind. I trust the unknown more than science and logic. The latter may be useful tools when doing taxes or a research paper, but I don’t trust them to be the best navigation system of my life or help me in a crisis. Psychology isn’t enough to address fear, which comes with the territory if you think that we are just flesh robots programmed to maximize self-interest, alone in a hostile universe. Once you learn to see the possibilities and hand over the wheel to a greater, benign organizing intelligence, something unwinds in the nervous system and we relax into the wonder of mystery. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at AprilWrites.com.

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hether working out at the gym or taking to the trails, stretching is sometimes an overlooked asset to any exercise regimen. Eliminating stretches or not doing them properly increases the risk of injury and deprives muscles of what they need for optimum performance. “Just because you are in shape doesn’t always mean you have good flexibility,” notes LaReine Chabut, a Los Angeles fitness expert and author of Stretching for Dummies. “If you do plenty of strength training and cardio, but you don’t do any stretching, you’re creating an imbalance in your body. Flexibility plays a big part in overall fitness.” Loosening up correctly not only fosters flexibility, but also improves muscle endurance and coordination. “Everyone should be stretching, especially as you age, to maintain range of motion and balance,” advises fitness trainer Ben Wegman, of The Fhitting Room, in New York City. “A personal workout regime can be enhanced with stretching, which also increases mobility, improves posture and performance, and reduces stress levels.”

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“Different types of stretches access different muscles and different types of flexibility, but together, can benefit everyone,” says Wegman. There are many ways to stretch, but knowing what to do and when to do it can be key to optimum results and injury prevention. Warming up to different types of stretches can be a little daunting, but the basic four (sometimes combined in terminology) are passive, static, active and dynamic. In the past, ballistic stretching was common and included potentially harmful bouncing techniques, but today dynamic stretching has become a favorite among trainers, consisting of specific, controlled movements that prepare the body for the demands of both engaging in sports and an average workout. “Stretches can be confusing, so as a rule of thumb, I suggest dynamic stretching for any workout that involves movement and passive stretching for cooling down after a workout to release the muscles,” says Chabut. Stretching also plays an important role in yoga, which generally complements different stretches by adding a mind-body connection. “Breath is the key difference between yoga and regular stretching,” notes Chabut. “The use of breath allows you to get deeper into the muscle. Yoga also places particular emphasis on core muscles: the abdominals,

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Dynamic Stretching vs. Static Stretching and Their Benefits, by Jack Cascio Exercise Balls for Dummies (including safe stretches for pregnant woman) and Stretching for Dummies, both by LeReine Chabut Stretching: 20 Simple Stretching Techniques to Relieve Pain and Increase Flexibility, by Neb Notliar ONLINE VIDEOS BlackBeltWiki.com/stretching (range of stretches specific to martial arts styles and body parts) DoYogaWithMe.com/yoga-beginners (free yoga videos for all levels) ElderGym.com/elderly-flexibility (highly detailed instruction tailored to seniors) Essentrics.com/media.html (videos from the PBS series Classical Stretch) StretchCoach.com/resources/ stretching-videos (instruction specific to sports and muscle groups) StudioSweatOnDemand.com/classes/ feature/good-for-beginners (select stretching videos) lower back and spinal muscles. Through focus and deep breathing, yoga allows you to move beyond stretching into a deeper physical experience that both strengthens and focuses your body.”

Injury Prevention and Recovery

Nancy Whelan, a physical therapist and owner of The Physical Therapy Center, in West Palm Beach, Florida, emphasizes the importance of proper technique for clients to avoid further injury, especially individuals that had a torn Achilles tendon. “Stretching is important when doing any exercise, and especially important following surgery or injury, because the body’s reaction to either one is to contract,


which can cause secondary problems,” explains Whelan. “I think the body has an intelligence we must listen to. We must acknowledge our limitations and the signals our body sends us to let us know that something is harmful or painful,” she notes. “When you take responsibility to take care of your body, it will take care of you.” For injury prevention, dynamic stretching offers many benefits. “It’s the best because it ensures that all major joints have full range of motion and sufficient muscle length,” says Wegman. She advises never to stretch an injured muscle or stretch too forcefully. “Intro-

duce low-intensity stretching back into a regime only under a doctor’s supervision,” she cautions.

Daily Moderation

For Chabut, moderation is everything. “Gently warm up the body before moving into deeper stretches. Build heat in the muscles slowly to avoid potential injury,” she advises. Proper stretching is beneficial, but not doing so can foster bad habits and cause muscle or tendon tears. “Stretching cold muscles or using improper techniques such as bouncing when holding a stretch position are common mistakes,” observes Whelan.

Stretching Guide at a Glance

Benefit: Increases flexibility in the muscles being stretched and increases strength in the opposing muscles.

STATIC What it is: Hold a stretch in a challenging, but not painful position, for 10 to 30 seconds until feeling discomfort; once this is felt, the muscle then releases and relaxes.

PASSIVE What it is: Employ an outside force such as a stretching device, strap or another’s body weight such as a trainer, physical therapist or massage therapist, which assists the stretch while the individual remains passive. The targeted muscles are not actively engaged. Examples include postworkout stretches applying pressure with a body part, towel or other prop or piece of equipment.

Benefit: Improves flexibility. ACTIVE (aka Static Active) What it is: Engage and contract the muscle group opposite the one being stretched to initiate the stretch; repeat. Many yoga poses are examples of active stretching.

Benefit: Increases range of motion, decreases muscle tension (spasm)

Stretching doesn’t have to be reserved for workouts, and with a little discipline, its benefits can easily be attained at home or the office. “Take 10 minutes during your favorite TV program and perform a couple of stretches,” suggests Wegman. “Make it a point to get up every half-hour and stretch for five minutes before resuming work. If you aren’t being pushed or pushing yourself, you won’t see results or make improvements. If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at MarlainaDonato.com. and reduces post-workout soreness and fatigue. DYNAMIC What it is: Use controlled, gradual movements and stretches that involve repeated range of motion moves, especially in relation to a specific activity or sport that will follow the warm-up. Benefit: Prepares the body for activity and warms the muscles; especially advantageous after static stretches. Builds strength. Primary sources: Fitness Science; Scott White, a power trainer in Scottsdale, AZ.

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ndividuals seeking to escape life’s ceaseless distractions, deepen their personal spiritual practice, enhance well-being and gain fresh perspective, are patronizing silent retreats in rising numbers. “Retreats are a special opportunity to enter a healing space where your natural energy, insight, intelligence and wisdom can arise,” says Linda Mary Peacock, known as Thanissara, a former Buddhist nun, cofounder of South Africa’s Dharmagiri Hermitage and Outreach and a retreat leader at the Spirit Rock Insight Meditation Center, in Woodacre, California. Sheila Russ, of Richmond, Virginia, has participated in several retreats with silent components, hosted by spiritual traditions spanning Baptist to Benedictine. “People of different faiths all have the same need to reach inside and listen. If we don’t slow down and get quiet, we can’t hear what’s going on with us,” says Russ. “Spending time in contemplation

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is cleansing and freeing; I feel like mentally and spiritually I can breathe.”

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Formats vary, but most silent retreats entail extended periods of sitting meditation or prayer, often alternating with walking meditation or other mindful movement. Some may also entail a work detail, like sweeping the meditation hall or helping prepare meals. “Work tasks help bring mindfulness into everyday life,” says Chas DiCapua, a resident teacher for the Insight Meditation Society’s flagship retreat center in Barre, Massachusetts, who has led silent retreats teaching Buddhist practices for 20 years. “The community aspect is equally important; being surrounded by people that support your spiritual practice can encourage you on what can be a lonely path.” Silence doesn’t mean being static and somber or not thinking, counsels David Harshada Wagner, of Ojai, California, whose meditation retreats draw from the Indian mystical traditions of yoga, vedanta and tantra. “Silence is more than the absence of talking; it’s a powerful energy,” says Wagner. “Silent retreats are the loudest, as the energy is roaring within. It should be a joyous practice.” Yet retreats aren’t a cakewalk. Los Angeles author and mindfulness facilitator Jennifer Howd chronicles the challenges of her first nine-day silent retreat in Joshua Tree, California, in her memoir Sit, Walk, Don’t Talk. Seven retreats later, Howd says that although the journey isn’t always easy, she always gains insights about herself and the nature of the mind.

Attaining heightened well-being after a retreat may have a neurological basis, according to research from Thomas Jefferson University’s Marcus Institute of Integrative Health, in Philadelphia. Silent retreats appear to raise the brain’s levels of mood-boosting chemicals, according to Dr. Andrew Newberg, director of research there. Newberg’s team tested the brains of retreat participants before and one week after an Ignatian-based retreat, finding significant changes in their serotonin and dopamine systems. “Whether through prayers, walks or meditations, Choosing a Retreat the single-minded ritualistic aspect of Retreat leaders caution that while it’s retreats seems to predispose the brain for good to jettison expectations and appeak spiritual experience,” he observes. proach the experience with an open

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mind, choose a retreat that fits individual needs. The level of personal attention at retreats can vary greatly, remarks Thanissara. “Some may host 100 or more people, relying largely on taped instruction without much interaction with group leaders. A small group might be better for a first retreat,” she suggests. Thanissara recommends an upfront review of instructor credentials and starting with a weekend retreat before embarking on one of longer duration. Regardless of length, retreats aren’t always for everyone. “If you’re going through emotional or psychological difficulties, it’s best to discuss your circumstances with a teacher at the retreat center before deciding to attend. If you’re in therapy, talk with your therapist,” counsels DiCapua.

Retreat Back to Everyday Life

Afterwards, ease back into the daily routine; don’t rush back into old patterns of media and food consumption, recommends Howd. “Try to build-in a day or two of down time. You may still be processing things emotionally.” DiCapua suggests finding a local community of a kindred practice to keep the momentum going, and not expect to keep it up as earnestly at home as at the retreat. Attending daylong maintenance retreats on Saturdays or Sundays can also help sustain individual practice. Above all, “Appreciate yourself for having thought to go on a retreat and follow it through,” says DiCapua. “It can be a radical thing.”

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hanksgiving side dishes continue to evolve, even though traditional entrées still hold pride of place. New, lighter alternatives to time-honored stuffing maximize flavorful dried fruits, herbs and nuts. Healthy options may use gluten-free bread or black rice, cauliflower, chestnuts or pecans for flavor, bulk and color. A stuffing can also fill a halved acorn squash or cored apple. According to renowned health authority Dr. Joseph Mercola, pecans contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals, including anti-inflammatory magnesium, heart-healthy oleic acid, phenolic antioxidants and immuneboosting manganese. Erica Kannall, a registered dietitian in Spokane, Washington, and a certified health and fitness specialist with the American College of Sports Medicine, likes dried fruits because they contribute antioxidants and fiber.

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with chestnuts and embraces healthy living with millet and mushrooms in his special stuffing. His new book Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious includes healthy takes on Thanksgiving dishes such as a sugar-free cranberry sauce. Sonnet Lauberth, a certified holistic health coach, blogger and cookbook author in Seattle, created a healthy stuffing she loves. “My GrainFree Sage and Pecan Dressing is one of my favorite dishes to bring to gatherings because it works with a variety of diets,” she says. “It’s gluten-, dairy- and grain-free, paleo and vegan. The pecans can be omitted for a nut-free version.” Riced cauliflower is the base, which is available prepackaged at some groceries, but can be made at home simply by chopping the florets into rice-kernelsize pieces. “Cauliflower is the perfect base for this recipe, as it adds a nice texture in place of bread and provides extra fiber,” she says. Laurie Gauguin, a personal chef in

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the San Francisco Bay area, specializes in gluten-free dishes that she prepares in clients’ homes. “Anything that will hold its shape and not crumble too much can work as a stuffing base,” she says. “Gluten-free, somewhat sticky grains, like short grain brown rice, Chinese black rice, millet or soft-cooked quinoa work well.” “Choose a mixture that contrasts with the texture and color of the food you’re stuffing,” advises Gauguin. “I created a stuffing that has crunchy pecans, tender black rice and chewy, dried cranberries to contrast with the creaminess of the cored squash entrée. The black rice looks striking against the golden squash.” A stuffing that everyone can eat is ideal for a holiday gathering, either to serve or bring. Lauberth observes, “While not always possible, it’s nice if the host can accommodate various dietary concerns and preferences. Bring your own hearty side dish or two so that you have enough to make a meal for yourself if needed.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).

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Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed With Black Rice, Pecans, Dried Cranberries and Tempeh Yields: 8 servings

Cook a quarter-cup millet in a small saucepan on the stovetop according to package instructions. When millet is cooked through, transfer it to a large mixing bowl. Heat a large, safe, nonstick sauté pan over high heat and use it to sauté the mushrooms until tender and golden, approximately seven to 10 minutes. Transfer mushrooms to the same mixing bowl as the millet. Heat a large, safe, nonstick pan over medium heat and use it to sweat the onions, celery and carrots until tender and translucent, about 10 minutes. Transfer the vegetable mix to the same mixing bowl as the millet and mushrooms. Add the chestnuts, sage, poultry seasoning, protein powder, egg whites and chicken stock to the large mixing bowl, and then use a rubber spatula to mix well, so that no lumps are visible. Carefully remove the cast iron pan from the oven, and then pour stuffing batter into it. Popping occurs as the outside batter develops a crust. Return the cast iron pan to the oven and bake for 13 minutes.

Scatter crumbled tempeh over the cooked rice. Cover the pan, then take it off the stove and let it rest for 10 minutes.

Squash: 4 acorn squashes (1½ lb each) 4 tsp olive oil ½ tsp sea salt Place grapeseed oil in a 12-inch cast iron pan; place the pan in the oven and preheat oven to 425˚ F.

Pour in the water and bring to a boil, then cover and simmer over very low heat for 30 to 60 minutes, until rice is tender.

Rice: 1 Tbsp olive oil ¾ cup finely diced onion 1 cup Chinese black rice (also called Forbidden Black Rice) ½ tsp sea salt ¼ tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp ground coriander 2 cups water 4 oz tempeh, crumbled Roasted Pecans and Cranberries: 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans 1 tsp minced ginger root 4 tsp olive oil 1 tsp ground coriander ¼ tsp ground nutmeg ¼ tsp sea salt 10 large sage leaves, chopped 1 cup dried cranberries 2 Tbsp maple syrup

While the rice is cooking, combine pecans, ginger, four teaspoons olive oil, one teaspoon coriander, nutmeg and ¼ teaspoon salt. Pour this mixture into an eight-by-eightinch baking pan; roast at 375° F for 15 minutes on the bottom middle oven rack, stirring halfway through. Stir in the sage, dried cranberries and maple syrup. Roast for another 10 minutes, then remove from the oven. Arrange squash halves, cut side up, on a serving platter. Combine rice with the pecan mixture and divide among the squash halves, pressing gently so the stuffing stays put. If made one day ahead, cover and reheat in a 350˚ F oven until heated through.

Preheat oven to 375° F. Cut squashes in half lengthwise, then scoop out the seeds. Brush the interior, plus the cut sides of the squashes with the 4 teaspoons oil, then sprinkle with ½ teaspoon sea salt. Arrange squash halves on a baking sheet, cut side down. Roast for 40 to 50 minutes on the upper middle rack of the oven until tender when pierced with a fork. While the squash is roasting, place a medium, heavy saucepan over medium heat and pour in one tablespoon of olive oil.

Remove from oven and turn the result out onto a serving dish.

Add the onion and sauté for two to three minutes, until the onion begins to soften.

Recipe courtesy of Rocco DiSpirito, Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious.

Stir in the rice, salt, cinnamon and coriander. Cook and stir for 30 seconds.

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Eat Warmer to Improve Your Diet and Health by Josh Zimmer

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n America, we love cold food. We enjoy hot food as well, but there’s a special place in our hearts for icy drinks and refrigerated fruits or vegetables. Air conditioners run so low that edibles we consider room temperature are actually cold, too. A cool diet seems to make sense, especially in Florida. You’re hot, so eat cold. No wonder patients are surprised to hear acupuncturists say that eating this way all the time undermines their digestive systems, and therefore, their general health. As we know, a troubled digestive tract is at the heart of obesity and Type 2 diabetes. The idea of focusing on warm, cooked foods is as basic to the Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophy as Qi flow. That’s because our digestive system is considered an engine that powers us today and into the future. Like a car, the cooler the engine, the less efficiently it runs which means a slower metabolism and weight gain. The list of symptoms related to that is long––low energy (particularly in the afternoon and after eating), bloating, uneven bowel movements, muscle aches, slow healing, and possibly lack of focus and chronic inflammation. For the moment, keep in mind this cold concept includes raw vegetables, another surprise to many. Take a second

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and conjure up pictures of sodas swimming in ice. Or refrigerator-chilled salads consumed with the belief that pounding vegetables this way is a low-fat route to adding nutrients and promoting weight loss. Have you ever wondered why numerous people who do this don’t lose weight, despite exercising constantly? As a practitioner who, like most TCM colleagues, spends considerable time trying to improve digestive functions, I find these images extremely frustrating. They’re based on a mix of false assumptions, taste preference and skillful marketing by the food industry. Contrast this with another part of the world––Asia. Although obesity has become a modern-day problem in China with the adoption of American-style fast food, the basic Asian body type remains thin. A fresh diet rich in vegetables is one reason. But there also is a deeply-rooted culture of eating cooked food that is almost entirely warm. Except for sushi, how many cold meals have you had recently in a Chinese, Thai or Indian restaurant? Apart from issues of weight and obesity, modern research supports more than ever the ancient obsession with digestive health. To live energetically and avoid unnecessary inflammation and disease, we need finely-tuned digestive systems. From the tried-and-true perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine, we need to be eating more cooked vegetables and much less cold food and drinks. Even non-raw dieters wonder if cooking kills vegetable nutrients. All I can say is there’s a strong counter-argument. In tests, cooking alters the chemical composition of vegetables, lowering and raising various nutrients, but the overall nutritional value remains. And in terms of Qi flow, the food is easier to digest. People are open to hearing another perspective on food, with all the reasons expressed above. Some are already familiar with the warm food versus cold food argument. It’s much easier for people who already cook. In conversation, most can envision warming up what they normally eat cold and raw, whether they prefer to sauté, roast, steam or bake. Try these simple steps for starters. Warm everything up––the leftovers, the healthy grains and even the bread in your sandwich. Try going without ice, then experiment with warm drinks, at least when you’re in an air conditioned environment. Start the day with warm or hot water and lemon (add honey and herbs for more flavor). Also, transfer meals. If you like soup for lunch or breakfast, consider it for breakfast. Many soups rock the nutrition charts. Josh Zimmer, DOM and Licensed Acupuncturist, takes appointments at Four Pillars, located at 8209 Natures Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch. He is currently offering free 20 minute consultations and a 20% discount for all Initial Evaluations (90-minute service) booked in November to Natural Awakenings readers. For more information or to make an appointment, call 941-373-3955, email Info@ FourPillasFlorida.com or visit FourPillarsFlorida.com.


Ohio, author of Kindness is Contagious, observes, “We are literally created to be kind; it’s well known that feel-good endorphins are released when we do an act of kindness. I think we often hold back because we predetermine that our resources are limited. Know your talents and gifts, and build your acts of kindness accordingly.”

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Sharable Thanksgiving Ways to Focus on What Really Matters by Marlaina Donato

Thanksgiving inspires a season of appreciation for what sustains us and gives meaning to life.

Share Good Food “I think true sustenance is when our hunger for connection and belonging meet,” says Sarah Ban Breathnach, the Los Angeles author of The Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude. “When my daughter was small, we would purchase a complete Thanksgiving dinner for the local food pantry when we shopped for our own, saying, ‘One for us, one for them.’” Nourishment of our emotional and spiritual selves often begins with choosing simple, whole food. Rocco DiSpirito, a New York City celebrity chef and author of Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious, reminds us, “Eat real food! Return to the basics of eating what’s produced by Mother Nature. You’ll become a better partner, parent and person.” Cooking is more enjoyable when shared; beyond partaking together, partnering in meal preparation is a fun way to nurture bonds with others any time of the year.

Bangor, Pennsylvania, has opened her doors for intimate community events through the years. “My former home, a converted church, was a perfect space for organizing and a way to give back,” says Caldara, who has hosted gatherings on local environmental issues, music performances, literary nights and annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations. Small living spaces can be just as welcoming and facilitate simple conversation, a valuable gesture. “The art of listening is such a beautiful, but rare act of kindness. I love technology, but there’s no denying that our devices have made us poor listeners,” says Michael J. Chase, of southern Maine, the founder of The Kindness Center, whose books include Am I Being Kind and Off: A Memoir of Darkness, a Manual of Hope. Each month, Chase makes it a point to visit friends and send some handwritten notes instead of using social media.

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n Revive a traditional weekly or monthly dinner with family or friends. n Whip up and enjoy a healthy dinner or dessert with someone not seen in a while. n Organize a healthy potluck using local ingredients and encourage invitees to bring someone that’s new to the group. n Choose a healthier version of a holiday favorite and print out the recipe for everyone at the event. n Fill a holiday basket with yummy and colorful edibles and drop it off at a local business or library to express appreciation. n Seek reconciliation by initiating a conversation with someone that may have been hurtful. n Explore ThePeoplesSupper.org to join or host a dinner to make new friends.

Offer Some Time n Offer to help clean up a friend’s yard or organize a closet or room in their house. n Host a children’s art party and donate their works to a local facility or shelter. n If in possession of a holistic, artful or practical skill, gift it. n Bring a pot of homemade soup to a friend or neighbor that’s under the weather. n Find ideas for random acts of kindness at Kindness.org.

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Homeowners Like its Eco-Friendly Cost Savings by Jim Motavalli

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t’s an uncertain time for home-based geothermal heating and cooling, which has been increasing for years. The good news is that the cost of the technology is down and its efficiency is up. Yet a helpful 30 percent federal income tax credit inaugurated in 2009 disappeared in 2017 and may not get renewed anytime soon, even though H.R. 1090, a bill aimed at restoring the credit, has had strong support in Congress, led by New York Republican Congressman Tom Reed. While ideal spots for tapping into Earth’s energy are where tectonic plates meet and move, such as along the U.S. West Coast and in Alaska, it’s a misperception that it’s only possible in corresponding states. Anyone in the U.S. can use a geothermal heat pump, which works by accessing the constant 50-degree temperature just below the Earth’s surface. Iceland is equipped to get 50 percent of its energy from geothermal. Other countries now accessing it for at least 15 percent of their energy include Costa Rica, El Salvador, Kenya and the Philippines.


How It Works The systems work by moving water through plastic pipes sunk into the ground, and using a heat exchanger to warm or cool refrigerant that then circulates throughout the house. Operating like a conventional heat pump, it needs less than half as much energy—just one kilowatt-hour of electricity—to produce 12,000 BTU (British thermal units, a standard energy measure). Its efficiency is double that of the best air conditioner and 50 percent superior to the best natural gas furnace, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Planet-friendly geothermal energy emits no pollution and reduces the need for fossil fuels.

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oil into the skin all over their body, especially on dry areas. Let it absorb for about five minutes. Follow with another bath (not much lather) and a very light rinse. Also, dab it directly on hotspots, eruptions and rashes after disinfecting.

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DIY FIRST-AID FOR DOGS 6 Seven Natural Home Remedies by Karen Becker

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any pet parents check their kitchen cabinets first when treating their canine companion’s minor health issues. Three helpful basics are canned, 100 percent pumpkin, povidone iodine antiseptic and 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, plus apple cider vinegar and coconut oil.

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Constipation, Diarrhea and Other Minor Digestive Issues Solution: Canned pumpkin. For occasional mild tummy upsets, give a teaspoon of pumpkin for every 10 pounds of body weight, one to two times a day, either in food or as a treat, for non-allergic dogs. Pumpkin’s soluble fiber can ease diarrhea and constipation.

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Minor Skin Abrasions, Cuts, Infections or Hot Spots Solution: Povidone iodine. The gentle Betadine brand can allay staph, yeast and most common bacteria. It’s safe if a pet licks it. Dilute the povidone iodine until it looks like iced tea, soak a clean cloth and gently wipe infected skin areas. Rinse the cloth, wipe the skin, and then pat dry. Repeat twice daily for a minor issue.

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Itchy, Irritated Paws Solution: Footbaths. About 50 percent of a dog’s foot licking and chewing can be alleviated by simply rinsing off allergens and other irritants from its paws. For large dogs, soak one foot at a time in a bucket. Stand small dogs in a sink or tub, or dunk one paw at a time in a small container of solution.

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Dilute povidone iodine to the color of iced tea and add to the footbath. Swish it around while the dog stands in it for two to five minutes. Talk soothingly and offer treats as needed.

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Fleas Solution: Apple cider vinegar (ACV). It doesn’t kill fleas, but helps deter them. Put a solution of equal parts raw, organic ACV and water in a spray bottle and spritz the pet before they head outdoors plus dog bedding. Consider adding it to a dog’s food as well; one teaspoon for every 20 pounds of pooch.

During baths, pour diluted ACV of one cup of vinegar to one gallon of water over a freshly bathed dog (avoid the head) for a flea-preventive rinse. Massage the ACV solution into their coat and towel dry. Don’t rinse. Alternatively, add about two cups of apple cider vinegar to their bathwater.

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Crusty Skin and Nails Solution: Coconut oil. Skin treatments using 100 percent organic, cold-pressed, human-grade coconut oil can reduce flaking and improve skin quality, especially for seniors with crusty patches of skin and funky nails. Bathe the dog, and then rub the

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Skunk Encounter Solution: Skunk rinse. In a pail, mix one quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, one-quarter cup of baking soda and two teaspoons dishwashing liquid. For a large dog, double, triple or quadruple the mixture, based on their size and coat. Apply the mixture to the dog’s dry coat, taking care to avoid the eyes. Massage the mixture into the coat and skin for about five minutes or until the skunk smell starts to dissipate. Use a sponge to apply the solution to the chin, cheeks, forehead and ears. Rinse thoroughly. When rinsing the head, tilt the dog’s chin upward to protect the eyes. It may be necessary to repeat the entire process up to three times. Rinse off the solution completely.

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Toxin Ingestion Solution: Hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting. Use 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and give one teaspoon for every 10 pounds of dog weight. Add a little vanilla ice cream or honey to encourage swallowing, or simply syringe it down their throat, if necessary. Walk the dog for a few minutes— movement helps the hydrogen peroxide work—which typically occurs within 15 minutes. If the dog doesn’t vomit in 15 minutes, give a second dose. If after another 15 minutes they still haven’t vomited, call a veterinarian. Don’t induce vomiting if the dog is throwing up already, has lost consciousness or can’t stand, or it’s been more than two hours since they ingested the toxin. Harsh chemicals can cause burning both as they are swallowed and come back up. For these problems, seek veterinary care immediately. Dr. Karen Becker, a proactive and integrative veterinarian in the Chicago area, consults internationally and writes Mercola Healthy Pets (HealthyPets.Mercola. com).


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Acne, Be Gone by Rene Ng, AP, L.Ac.

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he dreaded and unwelcome acne––we all know its symptoms, but some of us are all too familiar with that feeling of absolute dread whenever acne rears its ugly head. Especially when acne appears on the face or other exposed areas of the skin, we can become both subconscious and embarrassed. According to Medical News Today, acne is defined as a “chronic, inflammatory skin disease that results in whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, cysts and nodules. It is not dangerous, but it can leave skin scars.” Acne is more commonly known by the terms “pimple” or “zit”, but it can also include whiteheads, blackheads or cysts on the face, upper arms, chest and back. Most signs of acne appear during puberty and in youth, but adult-onset acne can also occur, although these are commonly attributed to hormonal changes. This skin condition involves the oil glands which are found at the base of hair follicles. Acne happens when these oil glands secrete too much sebum which clogs the pores. Sebum secretions will typical increase hormonal changes, especially during puberty, pregnancy and menopause. When too much sebum is secreted, it causes a blockage leading to bacteria and yeast growth. The skin, as a result, becomes inflamed which leads to the formation of acne. In Chinese Medicine, the skin is controlled by the lungs. Therefore, an individual with some form of imbalance in the lung organ system will be more prone to acne than another individual with healthy lungs. In China, a common approach to addressing the acne is to directly strengthen the source. That means enhancing the lung function through food, herbs and acupuncture. Pears are a common food used to condition and strengthen the lungs.

Causes of Acne

According to the Mayo Clinic, acne can be caused by oil production, dead skin cells, clogged pores and bacteria. In addition to hormonal changes and issues directly tied to increased secretion of sebum as previously discussed, the following triggers also can cause acne, make existing acne worse or increase the risk of acne formation: • Medication (especially containing corticosteroids, androgens and lithium) 
 • Greasy physical factors (such as cosmetics, hands and tools) 
 • Stress 
 • Poor nutrition 
 • Menstruation 
 • Pregnancy 
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Dirty skin 
 Smoking 
 Scrubbing the skin too hard 
 Continuous picking at the skin or pimples 


Natural Remedies for Acne 


• Avoid excess sugars, dairy products, chocolate, milk, caffeine and carbonated beverages. 
- Limit the consumption of nuts and certain seafoods (especially shellfish). • Avoid oily, greasy and fried foods. 
 • Apply tea tree oil to acne lesions which can help eliminate or reduce the inflammation. (Consult with your healthcare practitioner first before using this remedy to determine if it will be beneficial for you). 
 • Boost immunity and circulation with exercises like fast walking, biking or running. The increased blood-flow to the skin helps to bring healing cells to the affected area to both nourish the skin cells and ward off bacterial invasion. 
 • Engage in activities to reduce stress like singing, dancing, painting or sculpting. 
 • Avoid picking at your face or pimples. 
 • Reduce the use of makeup. 
 • Make sure that you have regular bowel movements. This will help reduce the heat and 
toxic build-up in the body. 
 • Get adequate amounts of sleep. 
 • Reduce the intake of alcohol and smoking. 


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Acne is an issue that can readily be controlled and reduced, even eliminated. Being able to manage your body’s hormones goes a long way toward achieving this. The majority of hormones in question here are directly tied to the liver and kidney. A board-certified, licensed acupuncturist can go a long way towards helping you manage your hormone production and levels to indirectly, but effectively, address acne symptoms. In addition, herbal creams are available that can soothe acne inflammation when applied directly. If you are suffering from acne problems, regardless of your current stage of life, Chinese Medicine provides many powerful, potent solutions that can help you with resolve this issue. 
 Rene Ng, AP, L.Ac., is a board-certified, licensed Acupuncture Physician and Chinese Herbalist in Sarasota. He is also a four-time winner of Sarasota’s “Favorite Acupuncture Physician” award. In addition to his work with cancer, multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune disorders, he is known for his work in helping patients with their skin problems (including acne) through Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, 7-Star needling and cupping. These treatments occur naturally with no use of steroids, fillers or medications. For more information, call 941-7735156, email RNG@ChineseMedicalSolutions.com or visit ChineseMedicalSolutions.com.


Why Choose European? by Christa Andrews

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othing compares to the indulgence of being in the hands of an experienced esthetician, while receiving a luxurious facial. The stress of modern life takes its toll on the look and feel of your skin, but fortunately, professional treatments on a regular basis prevent the aging process and renew your sense of wellbeing. Facials have come a long way since the 1500–1600s when European women began to try improving their skin. Amongst the upper classes, having pale skin untouched by the sun was viewed as a sign of beauty, wealth and power. At the time, there was little science behind skincare, so attempts to further the skin-whitening process led to the use of a poisonous mixture of white lead and vinegar called Ceruse, most famously used by Queen Elizabeth. These days, however, facials have become more advanced. Using the latest scientific research and technology, they now offer a wide range of effective treatments with minimal risk––much safer and more reliable than rubbing poison on your face! Most facials in the United States last approximately 50 minutes, and are relaxing, pampering and resultsoriented. A European Facial is the ultimate in luxury. You can expect to be

pampered for 90 minutes during which you will be indulged with the following: • Steam cleansing • Exfoliation • Manual extractions • Applications of serums or face masks • Relaxing massage The European Facial also offers multiple benefits which include: • Removal of impurities • Detoxification of the skin which increases circulation and lymphatic drainage • Deeper relaxation with a pressure point face, neck, shoulder, arm, and hand massage enhanced with aromatherapy essential oils. This releases tension and reduces headaches

• Stimulation of cellular renewal which aids ageing reversal of fine lines, dark spots and blemishes • Deep cleaning and hydration utilizing the specialized HydraFacial machine which promotes a youthful appearance Christa Andrews, Licensed Aesthetician and expert in the European Facial, has over 20 years of experience. Andrews, who both trained and operated a spa in London, elaborates, “A European Facial will leave your skin feeling cleansed, refreshed and completely revived. With regular treatments, you can expect to notice a tighter, more youthful glow to your complexion. I use top-quality products to pamper my clients and customize each facial to ensure the best results. I love to incorporate microdermabrasion, dermaplaning or a peel to help my clients achieve a beautiful radiance that lasts.” Christa Andrews, Licensed Aesthetician, takes appointments at Four Pillars, located at 8209 Natures Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch. She is currently offering a 20% discount for all European Facials booked in November to Natural Awakenings readers. For more information and to make an appointment, call 941-3733955, email Info@FourPillasFlorida. com or visit FourPillarsFlorida.com.

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Living in Control with Diabetes Type 2 by Christina Captain, DAOM, MSAOM, MSHN, MA

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am diabetic, according to the numbers. I have lived with this label for at least two decades, maybe more. There are no pharmaceutical drugs in my daily routine––only proper nutrition, quality supplements and consistent exercise. And still, I have diabetes. Before I took control of my health, my life was miserable. I experienced a seemingly endless cycle of high energy then fatigue, mood swings and chronic gut pain. Food was my lifeline, but too much, too little or the wrong kind resulted in devastating symptoms. I have found there is a fantasy about curing type 2 diabetics. That fantasy consists of losing weight and eliminating carbohydrates, then magically, you’re not diabetic anymore. Been there, done that, found no magic.  The reality is that some people, like me, struggle with diabetes type 2 and insulin resistance forever. However, this is not a death sentence, and you don’t need to progress to the point of requiring medication or insulin. As a practicing healthcare provider since 2000, I have facilitated many prediabetics to reverse the trend of their metabolisms. All the techniques and strategies that you will read about in this November publication are the same ones I utilize in my practice and use to help myself––clean eating with minimal whole grains (not wheat based), low carbohydrates, no processed sugars, exercise meditation and yoga. Yes, I am still human. And yes, I do indulge

she earned a Master of Science degree in dark chocolate and wine––just in in Human Nutrition from the University moderation. of Bridgeport, CT, and holds a No one speaks about us, those Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental living in control. Diabetics are either Medicine with focus in integrative on medication and insulin, or they medicine and pain management from are reversed to normal. I am living AOMA Graduate School of Integrative in control with diabetes type 2, and Medicine, Austin, TX.   I refuse to worry about not being on Prior to becoming a practitioner of medication or attempting to reverse Oriental Medicine, Dr. Captain earned my disease. It is extremely helpful to a Master’s degree in Speech Language have experienced what my patients Pathology and Communication experience, as this allows for a Disorders from the University of resonance and bond that facilitates a greater amount of success in treatment. Central Florida. She remains an actively licensed speech pathologist in the state Do not be ashamed of a “cheat” of Florida. Dr. Captain is also an expert now and then. you must live free, Feng Shui practitioner and teacher who unencumbered by severe restrictions. studied under Nancilee Wydra of the You can function and thrive with this Feng Shui Institute of America, before disease, while staying in control of originating her own style, Essential it. Trust me, I know.    Balance Feng Shui. Since this discipline Dr. Christina Captain is nationally is a branch of Oriental Medicine, she board-certified by the National often blends Feng Shui principles into Commission for Certification in her treatment plans. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is the lead practitioner at the Family Healing Center which she founded in 2000. She earned her Masters degree in Acupuncture and *Voted Best Yoga Studio in Sarasota* Oriental Medicine 2010Nattie 1st Place Natty: Yoga, Zen &Since Spiritual Center Award Winners 2009 from the Academy of 810 Central Ave Drop in $14 or 5 classes $50 Chinese Healing Arts, Sarasota FL 34236 RosemaryCourt@yahoo.com Sarasota. In 2014, 941.952.5280

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Serving Sarasota and Manatee Counties - and the World through Healing, Education and Enlightenment

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Embracing the New Paradigms of our Awakening Consciousness:

Divine Connection, Ascended Masters, Alternative Healings, Lightwork, Meditations, Channeling, Mediumship, Shamanism, UFOs, Special Guest Speakers and much more...

SUNDAY SERVICES 10:30 AM ~ Open Arms Metaphysical Spiritualist Service Revs. Thomas & Mary Linn Clarke 12:15 PM ~ Inspirational Service with Rev. Molly Friedenfeld 12:15 PM ~ 1st Sunday of The Month Open Heart Divine Healing Service with Rev. Dr. Sharon-Elizabeth James For more information on our workshops and classes 941-371-9333 or www.CCOSL.com

SPECIAL EVENTS MICHAEL ELLEGION Returns after 20 Years

UFO Researcher, Author and E.T. Experiencer LECTURE: Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at 7:00PM TWO WORKSHOPS. Saturday, Nov. 11 & Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017 at 3:00PM - 6:00PM For reservations and more information please visit www.ccosl.com or call 941-371-9333

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The Tempest––Powerful Enough to Blow Your Mind? Maybe...Maybe Not.

It can mean growth and evolution. They could represent people coming back to the same point in their life, but with new and better kinds of understanding. The symbol of the spiral can push the viewer to be flexible and have trust when things change.” ––Sun Signs.org

“Now would I give a thousand furlongs of sea for an acre of barren ground.” ––William Shakespeare

Intuitively, I interpret Irma as both a powerful sign and symbol of transformation in the natural world, much in the way that 9/11 was a signal that a significant shift was taking place in our cultural environment.

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There’s a Reason for Everything...Isn’t There?

by Juliette Jones

hether by taste, synchronicity or inheritance, there’s always something in a name that speaks to the nature of a thing. This is apparent in the designation given Hurricane Irma, a name which descends from the German word irmin, meaning “world” and from which springs derivative meanings such as “big,” “aggressive” and “Goddess of War”. Indeed, Irma seemed to have the authority of a tempestuous goddess, extending her territorial conquest across the Caribbean and Florida in unpredictable ways, while the entire world watched via a fleet of international and domestic satellites and followed the unrelenting, anxiety-ridden media reports. The fearful, catastrophic implications of this iconic event were not to be ignored or underestimated. Irma caused the release of unfathomable amounts of energy. Maintaining a maximum intensity of 185 mph for 37 hours, Irma was one of the most powerful, intense storms on record. Accumulated cyclone energy (ACE) measurements showed this hurricane generated more energy than the previous “17 entire Atlantic hurricane seasons.”

The Reality of Climate Change Science Consensus

The Scott Administration and general public have been slow to accept the “inconvenient truths” that global warming and climate change present. Perhaps Irma will serve as a wakeup call––or perhaps not. Nonetheless, irrespective of public, political or commercial opinions, there is an international consensus of real science providing this information. Is it possible the experience of this hurricane could signal a better awareness of our real relationship to the earth as a species, and in relation to the reality of our profound, embedded oneness with the cosmos?

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During my stay-over in a Sarasota County shelter, we came together as refugees of the storm, acclimating to one another, sharing provisions and adjusting to our small corner in the midst of turbulent circumstances. We were fortunate to be in a place of safety where hospitality, food and water were provided. I spoke to the man who supervised the shelter, both during and after the hurricane. His goal, which was mirrored by the volunteer staff, was to treat each and every evacuee as a welcomed guest. Later, he told me that being of service to such a large group under the intense, chaotic circumstances had been one of the most important spiritual experiences of his life. “There’s a reason for everything,” he affirmed, as he connected to what he described as an internal awareness that removed all concern for personal loss from his mind. He used the formidable energy of the moment mindfully, to lift the entire situation to a higher state. Thankfully, as it turned out, he and his wife suffered no losses. One remarkable couple, who spent time sharing food and supporting others, had a moment of feeling downcast. “What’s the matter?” I queried. “Our house is right on the water, and we could lose everything,” they answered. My response came from training as a metaphysician, “Has it happened yet?” They looked at me from the depth of their eyes, and I continued, “Let’s pause to visualize something else. Let’s switch that powerful energy behind the despair to an image of your home as protected.” Then, I shared true stories of seemingly miraculous protection, all of which manifested subsequent to the application of inner work. The electrical power shut off just as Irma was reaching Naples, and the evening took a dark turn when the TV went dead, and one elderly woman became unstable. Without air conditioning, the sealed room felt warm and stuffy. I lay down on my bedroll in the midst of this disturbing atmosphere and withdrew from the outer world through a process of practiced meditation. My awareness detached from the physical body and traveled to the center of the storm. I could see and feel Irma’s powerful cyclonic field swirling around me. The rest is impossible to put into words, as it belongs to a dimension beyond language. “We have no idea how deep the connection between us and reality goes.” ––Gregg Braden In the midst of the storm, I felt oneness, affinity, serenity and love, knowing I was not separate from nature––I was nature.


Working from the implicate level with other visionaries in the area, I focused upon oneness with the sacred, deeply desiring peace and protection. The image of a painting I had once seen flashed before my inner eye, the Master teacher Jesus in a storm at sea, raising his hand affirming peace, and the storm became calm through the real magic of his faith. For a second, I realized pure bliss, and I knew that our area would be alright.

Magical Thinking: Miracle or More?

Consciousness is not separate from everything else, and we are not separate from what we observe. “The question of applied consciousness might seem remote from issues like climate change, especially since classical science still teaches that observation and consciousness are completely independent of the way things work” (Richard Schiffman). Heisenberg and other quantum physicists have already shown that observation affects outcome, but science cannot yet speak to the perimeters of such influence. IONS senior scientist Dean Radin states there is “some underlying form of connection in which literally everything is connected to everything else all of the time,” and “the universe is less a collection of objects than a web of interrelationships.” Ancient and indigenous spiritual traditions were based on this premise, long before it resurfaced through modern quantum physics. The miracle stories in religious texts have lost their application as mythos because few people in the modern world recognize actual inner realization of their own profound interconnectedness with everything else and the gnosis that comes about with such understanding. Miracle stories usually arise out of cultures that have not lost their connectedness with nature and super nature. Most of our modern challenges can be traced back to our core cultural beliefs through which we have lost our intimacy with life, the need for mindfulness and cultural depth experience of the sacred. The accepted story of cosmology and human life, as told by modern mainstream science and religion, is incomplete. We need to collectively adopt a passionate and powerful new collective worldview, understanding that that we are the consciousness of the cosmos––the eyes and the ears of nature, not separate from it. As Thomas Berry put it, “We bear the universe in our beings as the universe bears us in its being.” “This was the breathtaking vision of the late Father Thomas Berry. Berry taught that humanity is presently at a critical decision point. Either we develop a more heart-full relationship with the Earth that sustains us, or we destroy ourselves and life on the planet.” ––Richard Schiffman

“Hands of Light” Workshop

Comes to the Sarasota School of Massage Therapy by Joy Adler

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he Barbara Brennan School of Healing (BBSH) is the world’s premier institute of hands-on healing and personal transformation, as well as a highly respected and global healing institution. This school was founded in 1982 by Dr. Barbara Brennan, world-renowned spiritual leader, healer, scientist and educator, who is also the author of Hands of Light, Light Emerging and Core Light Healing. BBSH has thousands of graduates in over 50 countries throughout the world. This four-year program is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education and the Florida Department of Education to grant both Professional Studies diplomas and Bachelor of Science degrees in Brennan Healing Science®, the specialized form of holistic healthcare taught at BBSH. This is a hands-on healing system that works with an individual’s energy consciousness to create physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. Graduates of BBSH are considered to be the most well-trained professional healers. They are often hired to work alongside surgeons in university hospitals, as research has shown that with a combined allopathic and alternative approach, patients report their post-surgical pain is greatly reduced, and their healing is expedited. On December 2–3, Joy Adler, head of the Advanced Studies Program at BBSH, looks forward to teaching a “Hands of Light” weekend workshop at Sarasota School of Massage Therapy. This twoday event offers participants a chance to learn the fundamentals of Brennan Healing Science, and is open to all. These teachings on energy, consciousness, health, healing and self-awareness are at the cutting-edge of human development. Come experience this healing event and return to your life renewed, openhearted and transformed. Learn skills taught at this premier, worldclass healing school. Hands of Light Energy Mastery techniques are ideal for those interested in energy healing. In addition, if you are a massage or physical therapist, you will learn specific adjunct techniques for your area of expertise. You will be taught skills that help you to balance, clear, recenter and recharge the immune system. You will discover how energy blockages held in the body from trauma, accidents or adverse experiences can result in physical illness. You will examine the anatomy and physiology of the energy field and chakra system, and how it relates to the physical body. You will also participate in experientials to heighten and develop your intuitive awareness of energy such as demonstration healings, practice sessions, and exercises or meditations to increase your intuition. Finally, you will leave this workshop with an understanding of the emotional, spiritual and mental connection to pain, stress or the dis-ease in the body. It is a wonderful adjunct to massage Discover the skills needed to regulate energy for self-healing and exercises to sense the human energy field, through a combination of lecture and experiential learning. Attendees should wear loose, comfortable clothing. To register, call 941-957-0577 or visit SarasotaSchoolOfMassageTherapy. edu, then click on “Continuing Education.” natural awakenings

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Books that Kids Will Love Advice for Parents from Award-Winners by Randy Kambic

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hile kids may list movies, kids 8 and up about math, science and video games, music downengineering—cultivates positive role loads and other media featur- models via inspirational personal stoing their favorite athlete, actor or music ries. She points out that most of those star as priority holiday gifts, books will depicted were not that well known, and expand their thoughts, curiosity and therefore can be emulated and more dreams by exposing them to a different readily related to. set of role models and aspirations. One of these is Katherine Coleman Reading takes kids away from tech Johnson, a black National Aeronauscreens and expands horizons in ways tics and Space Administration research that can improve their mathematician and physischool grades, maturity cist, portrayed in the recent Holiday gift and overall inquisitiveHidden Figures. Mabooks can inspire film ness. Many wise-hearted rine scientist Eugenie Clark, lifetime readers. known as the “shark lady” parents are recognizing the benefits, as children’s for her daring underwater book sales were up 5 percent in the research, and major pioneers in cartog12-month period ending in mid-Octoraphy, archaeology and other fields also ber 2016, according to the American stir inquiring minds. Booksellers Association. Humor, fantasy “I wanted to provide a variety and magic, classics, nonfiction, time of fields, backgrounds and ethnicitravel and participatory activities rank ties,” remarks Lawlor. “They were all among the most popular topics. determined, very smart and persistent, and made strides in opening Award-Winners’ Advice doors for women.” Lawlor’s 2012 “Children can’t be what they can’t see,” children’s book Rachel Carson and says author Laurie Lawlor, of Evanston, Her Book That Changed The World Illinois. Her 2017 book Super Women: describes how Carson’s seminal 1962 Six Scientists that Changed the World— book Silent Spring helped spawn the a nonfiction account designed to excite conservation and pro-environment 52

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movement by chronicling the dangers of pollution. Children’s fascination with nature and wildlife can also be met through the Dog and Bear series by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, out of Long Island, New York, and Vermonter Jim Arnosky’s scientifically sound wildlife chronicles (JimArnosky.com). Kelly Barnhill, of Minneapolis, whose latest work is The Girl Who Drank the Moon, characterizes children as quiet, yet highly active when reading. “They are encountering characters and then building, inserting themselves and more information into the stories, making it more relevant to them,” she says. The former middle school language arts teacher advocates parental reading aloud with children. “Make it a daily practice of turning to a separate book from what they may be reading on their own. You’re helping them develop cognitive structure by reinforcing and explaining. It’s a shared lens on life.”

Cultivate Reading 4 Know the child’s interests. “If they like horses or birds, you’re certain to find great related books,” advises Lawlor. 4 Lead by example. “Seeing you

reading or gardening or making things invites them to learn more about what they like,” says Lawlor.

4 Be flexible and share. There’s no clear-cut time to transition from reading aloud to having a child do it on their own. Try taking turns reading a paragraph and then a page with them. “Women tend to read more than men, so get Dad involved, as well,” says Barnhill. 4 Access quantity. “Make many

books available to kids,” advises Barnhill. “They’ll enjoy having a choice.” Thrift stores are stocked with heavily discounted used books.

4 Empower them. The interactive, hands-on format of Ellen Sabin’s new The Imagine It Book allows children to “dive in and see how they can make an impact, be innovative, play, fail and then succeed,” says Sabin. “Make them feel like they are ‘driving the bus.’” Welcoming diversity and providing a safe and reassuring community


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Books Expand Kids’ Horizons

aunched in April, Reading Without Walls (ReadingWithoutWalls.com) is a national initiative celebrating and encouraging reading, diversity and appreciation for those unlike ourselves. “We feel that this will change lives,” says Shaina Birkhead, strategic partnerships director with the Children’s Book Council, one of the program’s partner organizations. Under the program umbrella, libraries, bookshops, teachers, community youth groups and parents can host “challenge” events. An online guide includes tips on setting up displays and props; fun crafts and drawing activities; how to talk about reading; writing and design contests, word games and puzzles; and bookmark prizes. “Reading opens up minds and hearts to new people, places and things,” says Gene Luen Yang, a national ambassador of the program and author of the youthful tale American Born Chinese.

space for both confident and vulnerable youngsters, the American Library Association (ala.org) provides libraries with positive, unifying resources for children and families. They include a Storytime for Social Justice Kit; booklist for Hope and Inspiration storytime events; resource list on Talking to Kids about Racism and Justice for parents, caregivers and educators; and curated media list on immigration. The Barnes & Noble bookseller groups selected children’s books— including classics such as Dr. Seuss titles, poetry, nature, sports, history and science—in five age categories from newborn through teenage years. “It’s an amazing era for children’s books,” assesses Barnhill. “The success of the Harry Potter series reminded people that kids like real stories. There’s been a boom in creativity, vigor and technical skills in story construction.”

Silence is a source of great strength. ~Lao Tzu

Freelance writer and editor Randy Kambic, in Estero, FL, is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings. natural awakenings

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How You Can Tackle Low Self-Confidence

by Shana Rosenthal, Certified Consulting Hypnotist

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eople endure highs and lows in confidence levels throughout their lifetimes, but for some individuals, certain experiences can make it challenging to fully regain their confidence. From attending parties or social gatherings to giving presentations, multiple scenarios leave many feeling the effects of low confidence. This also affects self-worth and self-esteem which can have a harmful effect on all areas of life. People who lack confidence often seem introverted and nervous which might come across as anti-social, guarded and unfriendly. This is often far from the truth, however. Bullying at school or demanding parents

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can establish an environment that influences the type of conditioning a person receives in childhood, and these situations often create the ideal breeding ground for self-esteem issues. If this low confidence goes unresolved, it can result in other problems such as difficulty asserting oneself, feelings of unfulfillment, emotional stress and even depression. To prevent these issues from escalating, it is important to seek help without delay, as negative thinking patterns can rapidly develop and spiral out of control. Low self-confidence often has major ramifications on both personal and professional areas of life. It can affect social interactions, family relationships, job interviews and meetings in the office. Fortunately, low self-confidence can be remedied easily, as most sufferers have just learned this pattern of feeling through “stories” they have told themselves repeatedly. These messages are often instigated in childhood, then built upon by events throughout their lives, eventually becoming self-fulfilling prophecies. By replacing these habitual thinking styles and creating new frames of thought, confidence levels can be increased easily. As confidence begins to improve, self-esteem will also increase which creates a constructive reaction cycle to positively impact one’s quality of life. Improvements in

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relationships can also take place which fuels even more confidence and self-esteem. Hypnosis is among the most effective ways of dealing with low self-confidence because it quickly helps to make significant improvements by identifying the root cause of an issue. Shana Rosenthal, a Certified Consulting Hypnotist with several years of experience in guiding her clients to release emotional blocks, states, “Identifying the origin of what caused this negative thinking style, using hypnosis, is often deeply intense and liberating. “Once this has occurred, people are then free to rebuild more positive thinking styles which begin to create a beneficial feedback loop. I feel honored to have been witness to many clients who have achieved astounding life-changing shifts in a matter of three to five sessions. Guiding people to experience the power of their own minds through hypnosis never ceases to amaze me.” She continues, “In fact, one of the most common uses of hypnosis is confidence boosting. It is a perfect modality to re-educate the subconscious mind, giving the client control over responses where previously conscious control had been lost.” Hypnosis is a gentle, enjoyable and naturally occurring state of heightened awareness. It is always advisable to seek a highly trained, experienced Certified Hypnotist to guarantee a positive experience. Shana Rosenthal is a Certified Consulting Hypnotist, Neuro Linguistic Practitioner and Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner. She is also Stress Management Certified. and runs her clinic at Four Pillars, guiding her 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 941-373-3955, email Info@FourPillasFlorida.com or visit FourPillarsFlorida.com.


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How Re-Training Your Brain Can Revitalize Your Life by Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer

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id you know the brain is responsible for more than just keeping you focused at the office, reminding you to be on time for afterschool pickup and giving you the wherewithal to power through a hectic schedule? This organ is the “command center” of your being. It regulates the ability to communicate and interact with others, process information and environmental stimuli, engage in physical activities and routines, identify and express different emotions, cultivate greater mindfulness and self-awareness, and perform a myriad of functions that most take for granted. Since the brain is an intricate, indispensable part of the human body, mental health requires just as much energy, care and attention as physical health does. In the same way that muscles change and strengthen with conditioning, the brain responds to persistent training as well. Through an advanced methodology called Neurofeedback, it is possible to correct and stabilize impaired cognition by pinpointing abnormalities in the brainwaves, then re-directing them back within healthy parameters. To learn more about this multifaceted––not to mention, fascinating––process, I spoke with Gregg Sledziewski, a pioneer of Neurofeedback technology and practitioner at the Brain Wave Center in Sarasota. Below are the highlights of our conversation.

Natural Awakenings: Can you give a summation of this Neurofeedback process in basic, easy to understand terms? Gregg Sledziewski: Think of it like a personal training session, specifically designed for you, that challenges and retrains the brain to function in a more optimal state. Training the brain to reach its maximum potential is similar to how we exercise our bodies to achieve peak performance. Without drugs and using nationally recognized brain-mapping techniques, we develop customized Neurofeedback programs to overcome multiple issues and experience long-lasting results. This method focuses on building new neural pathways to strengthen the brain, rather than just patching up symptoms.

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modality effective in managing, improving or eliminating the symptoms of?

Sledziewski: It has been well documented that people who suffer neurological problems have abnormal brainwaves in certain areas of this organ, so Neurofeedback is intended for these people with neurological and nervous system conditions. Neurofeedback does not target any specific disorder but, instead, changes timing and activation patterns in the brain. The goal is to slowly guide the brain back into normal, healthy ranges and reconnect the neural pathways that have been disconnected. This results in the improvement of brain regulation which, in turn, impacts various symptoms. In addition, seemingly unrelated issues like stress, anger, depression, negative habits and minor injuries can take a toll on our mental state––not just our physical health. Like the body, the brain needs both exercise and rest to function at peak performance. Neurofeedback is a measured learning process which takes advantage of the brain’s ability to selfregulate and seek balance. By re-training irregular brainwave patterns, we are assisting the brain to operate more efficiently. This is similar to a computer storing data which, over time, slows its hard drive, requiring a reboot. The list of symptoms Neurofeedback can address is lengthy. Although we’ll work with anyone, we target anxiety, depression, ADHD and trauma/PTSD.

NA: How exactly does Neurofeedback retrain these brainwaves to enhance a person’s cognitive function and performance?

Sledziewski: The process of Neurofeedback is actually quite simple. Brain cells interact with each other to create thoughts, sensations, actions and emotions which are detectable as brainwaves. Neurofeedback monitors these brainwaves, looking for irregularities, then produces a signal designed to correct and guide them back into a healthy pattern. A computer monitors your brainwaves while you watch a movie or listen to music. When deviations from the normal brainwave activity occur, the computer triggers an audio or visual cue to alert you that you’re functioning outside normal ranges. These cues are received by the brain which subconsciously adjusts itself back toward a normal pattern in order to make the cue stop. Over time, the brain learns to stay within the healthy ranges on its own.  The brain is a complex organ that comprises billions of cells, known as neurons, which send and receive messages throughout all parts of the body. These messages are electrical impulses that create brainwaves. The brain-map––also called a neuro-map––is an important tool used to evaluate the brainwaves and identify opportunities to improve communication between different regions of the brain. This integral tool aids in developing the most effective Neurofeedback training protocols for your unique cognition. The brain-map is able to capture a window of brain activity, then analyze the data, and create a visual representation for each lobe and specific brainwave––Alpha, Beta, Delta and Theta.


NA: What attracted you to pursue the field of neuroscience, and how long have you been operating The Brain Wave Center? Sledziewski: The brain is involved in everything we do from driving to studying to exercising to performing our jobs. It even informs our emotions, whether we feel happiness, anger, love or anything in between. The brain is the most important organ in our bodies. The Brain Wave Center started offering Neurofeedback to the public back in 2013. We came together under the belief that a combination of brain function assessments and Neurofeedback training can shift how people focus their attention and energy to achieve their goals. We also partner with local advocacy groups here in Sarasota like the Child Protection Center and the Green Zone Hero veterans’ organization. We also offer payment arrangements for families and individuals in need, based on what they can afford. Our mission is to make Neurofeedback as accessible to our community as possible because retraining your brain leads to a more enjoyable life! The Brain Wave is committed to its passion for helping people experience their fullest lives through optimal cognitive function. The Brain Wave Center is located at 1 Health Place International, 1440 Main St., Sarasota. For more information on this cutting-edge approach of Neurofeedback, call 941-552-4500, email Info@1HealthPlace.com or visit BrainWaveSarasota.com. 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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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1 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 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, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2 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. Maintaining a Healthy Gut by Josh - 2–3:30pm. Once a bad word, bacteria has a deservedly new image in the health world, especially in connection with the family of cells residing within our gut called the Microbiome. This varied world of bacteria, more populous than all the cells in our body, actually plays a hugely pivotal role in promoting health, fending off disease and maintaining our brains. Ancient wisdom and modern research agree: the key to feeling good rests within our digestive tracts! $15.Led by Josh Zimmer, Licensed Acupuncturist at Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com. Beginning Mediumship Class - 6 week course – 6:30-8:30pm. Begins with Rev. Mary Linn Clarke. Class Two of Six - Every Thursday from September 7th to October 12th 2017, with one hour of theory and one hour of meditations. 1 class, $15/3 classes, $40 (save $5)/ 6 classes, $75 (save $15). Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-822-0263. IANDS Near-Death and Transformative Experiences – 7-8:30pm. Meets first Thursday of every month. The purpose of IANDS Sarasota is to offer information, sharing, and support for those interested in Spiritually Transformative Experiences and their After Effects. This group offers education and discussion of near-death and related experiences in a supportive setting. Welcome: Experiencers, Veterans, Health Care Professionals, Educators, Interested Guests. November’s Guest Speaker: Juliete Mathison. Suggested Donation $15. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue, Sarasota, 941-544-5874. Prayer Circle (New) with Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon - 7-8pm. 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, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Shamanic Healing with Eric - 11-7. Fridays only by appointment, $90/1 hour, $45/30 mins. 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. 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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Psychic Saturday – 10:30am-1pm. Readings and Healings. 15-minute readings $20. Vibrational Healing, Love Donation. Gift certificates available.  Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, SarasotaCenterofLight.com. Life After Death with Rev. Mary Linn Clark – 1-3pm. How the spirit leaves the body after death. The valley of judgment and atonement. What are the seed atoms? What is Bardo? $20. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-3719333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com. Shaman Journey – 2-5:30pm. On the Full Moon following All Hallows the veils open to greet us in this incredible world of the Shaman’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 in -advance or $30 at door. Rev. Zan Benham aka Butterfly Deerwoman, Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, 941-922-7839. Zan@woman-spirit.com, Woman-Spirit.com Full Moon Sound Healing with Kumara – 7-9pm. Kumara is a Sound and Crystal Healer: A singer who activates the DNA Ascension Codes. She is a Bridge between the Higher Realms and your Personal Path of Awakening and Healing. Benefits: more balanced emotional body, reduction of stress, fear and doubt, greater connections with your Higher Self, Activation of your intuitive gifts and a direct experience of your personal path to self-realization, release of pain held in the body to allow expansion. $25.00. Register at 830-220-0398. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail. com, CCOSL.com.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6 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 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.

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Group Meditation -11:30am–12:30pm. Peace Through Meditation with Rosario Mazer. Feeling overwhelmed by today’s constant barrage of stress and fears? If your answer is YES. Are you ready to experience greater health, deep inner peace and real happiness? Join us to learn the art of meditation, and create a space of relaxation and expansion. Meditation moves us into a deep state of inner peace, stress reduction and mental clarity. You will be exposed to a variety of meditations styles and acquire new insights into how to improve your bond with life, nature and the eternal knowledge of the universe. $15. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com. Light Lessons for Ascended Mastery, 9 week series with Teresa Blackburn and Rev. Mary Gemming, Ph.D. - 6:30-8pm. In this weekly class, learn how to fill yourself with The Divine Light Rays, and the powers and blessings of each Ray, and develop a personal relationship with the Celestial Beings of Light that deliver The Light of God, (the Elohim, the Archangels & Ascended Masters). Working with the Divine Light enables you to realize and activate your personal ‘Gifts of The Holy Spirit’. Awaken and expand your telepathic communication and intuitive abilities; energize, empower and heal yourself and others, and feel more peace, joy and harmony. Love Offering. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com. Red Light Art Class at CMF – 7-8:30pm. Let’s change those Monday blues with a Red Light Art class. Just come join in this fun creative class. Let Spirit show you what happens using water color pencils done under red light, using a hidden model for your subject. There is no experience needed and you will very likely be happy with your results. $20 donation, reservations required. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 2044 Bispham Rd. Sarasota. 941-266-8435, CMFsarasota.org. Channeled Anchoring Light Meditation - 7:45pm. Serving the Ascension of our planet with the Ascended Realms as Anchors of Light. with Rev. Dr. 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, NOVEMBER 7 Candlelight Meditation and Healing Circle - 7pm. Come relax and benefit from a guided meditation, hands-on healing, and mental healing for those named by the attendees during the gathering. Many good reports of the healing results have been received from these once a month 45-minute circles conducted by Rev. Yvonne Graham.  Love Offering. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 2044 Bispham Rd, Sarasota, 941-266-8435. CMFsarasota.org.

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Afternoon Tea Tasting Class with Christa Andrews - 2-3:30pm. A Fun way to increase tea knowledge, enjoy the world of tea! Where does the tea plant grow? Tea Tastings and learning about different tea varieties. Also learn about loose tea, tea bags the quality of different tea and how to perfect brewing. Christa trained in London Mayfair, Chicago, and experienced great tastings around the world in Asia, Europe, Middle East and USA. Christa has now earned the title of a tea Sommelier. Class $20. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.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.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9 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. Caring for your Skin and Slowing the Aging Process I – 11am-12:30pm. Christa Andrews, our new team member and aesthetician from London, will be sharing over 20 years of experience in the spa industry by leading a hands-on class in a treatment room to discuss which treatments and products really work and how to achieve the results you desire with professional and home care tips. She will explain the benefits of hydrafacials and the relaxing European approach to skin care treatments. Free. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com. Crystal Tibetan Bowl Concert – 7-9pm. Sound Healer Robert Austin, Special Guest Mom Jennie, and Gong Artist Ed Russell will perform with over 30 bowls and various sound instruments and several gongs. Limited seating, reservations requested. $20. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. Prayer Circle (New) with Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon - 7-8pm. 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, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@ gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Michael Ellegion, Introductory Lecture- UFO Researcher, Author and E.T. Experiencer -Extraterrestial communications, encounters and interventions, Michael Ellegion describes going onboard a spaceship in 1979, and was told he would have contacts with a being named Ashtar (whom he later channeled). Personally knowing 1950’s early contactee and channel, George Van Tassel, Michael Ellegion, who used to live and lecture in the Florida area over 20 years ago, has returned to share with the public what his more recent research and experiences have compiled. This fascinating subject has both a “scientific” as well as an obvious “spiritual-metaphysical” implication, as Michael shares both in his book. See his website, MichaelEllegion. com, with the “NASA Star People Characteristics” List. Please call and register in advance/pay at the door if seats are available. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com. Spiritual Wayfaring and Presential Knowing – 10am-5pm, Nov 10th (Zikr, Open To All, 7-8:30pm), Nov 11th (10am-5pm), Nov12th (1pm5pm). Learning how to employ the eye of the subtle

heart, participants will improve their understanding and skill in spiritual wayfaring, particularly addressing: the use of effort and presence in spiritual practice, the employment of the compass of the heart in life’s journeying, the employment of the eye of the heart in spiritual understanding, becoming aware of the nature and dynamics of your soul. 3 days, $250$150/2 days, $180-$100/per day $75-$50. Young Adults Price $50–$150 for all three days/$33 day. Reduced reg fees until Nov 1st. For more info, contact Tajali Elena Burge at BrooklynGranny63@aol. com. Rising Tide Intl, 5102 Swift Road Sarasota. To register by check via Universal Awakening address checks: Universal Awakening, PO Box 1958, Leicester, North Carolina 28748. Credit cards via PayPal (Merchant: office@universal-awakening. org, Item: November Workshop.) RisingTideInternational.org/Event/SpiritualWayFaring-With-Himayat-Inayati/ 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. Shamanic Healing with Eric - 11-7. Fridays only by appointment, $90/1 hour, $45/30 mins. 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. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.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 required. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 2044 Bispham Rd. Sarasota, 941-266-8435. CMFsarasota.org.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11 Michael Ellegion – “Who’s Who in the Cosmic Directory” - A Workshop and Power Point presentation. In this fascinating and informative presentation learn “Who’s Who” in the Spiritual Hierarchy and Galactic Federation of Light. Examples of their Intervention in Earth’s past history and their roles in our future affairs, as they prepare for more mass planetary Divine Intervention! Learn more about the Masters connections with fellow Light-Workers; Volunteers in Earth embodiment from more advanced worlds, also known as “Star People”, “Walk-ins”, “Indigo Children” and “Crystal Children.” Each Workshop is $65/Special Discount for both days, $110. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com. Discover Moringa “The Miracle Tree” - 10:30am. FREE class about the most nutritious tree on earth and its unlimited uses for the leaves and nutrientdense seed oil. It is used for arthritis & pain from inflammation, digestive issues, skin irritations, anti-aging, energy and much more. The Plant Place, 6611 14th Street West (Hwy 41), Bradenton, 941753-6611. BetterThanGreat.com.

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Psychic Fair and Open House – 11am-4pm. Learn more about The Spirit University! Our Psychic Readers will use their intuitive abilities to assist you in making choices and in answers for personal growth. READINGS are 15 minutes, so you have time to sample different reader styles. If you’ve never had a reading, now is the time to give it a try! We will also offer HEALINGS with our certified Reiki healers. Readings only $25/Healings 15 min for $25.Admission $5. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874,Light@ VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Micheal Ellegion – Dynamics of Cosmic Telepathy - A Channeling Workshop, to help one to become a clear Channel and Empowered Light Worker. In this powerful experiential event you will learn the “4” Key Principle”, techniques and tools, such as Color Chakra Aligning and Balancing, Dietary information, and many insights that will enable you to attune to the Spiritual Hierarchy and channel for yourself! These techniques will help you to be in touch with your own Higher God Self / I Am Presence. Michael will channel one or more Galactic Masters for the group. Each Workshop is $65/Special Discount for both days, $110. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com. Unity of Sarasota Gratitude Concert-5pm. Join Rob Satori and many others for a lively concert and reception afterward. Tickets in advance $20/at the door $25. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Road, Sarasota 941-955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org. Thyroid Wellness Workshop - 3-6pm. Join Stacy Tarter Fradkin for Empower Your Thyroid! Practice Thyroid Yoga™, learn about stress relief with EFT/Tapping, essential oils and more. Thyroid friendly snacks will be served. There are many paths to feeling better! $45 Lisa L Gallery 1975 Morrill Street, Sarasota, 650-465-3708, Stacy. Fradkin@gmail.com. The Double Pyramid Activation Workshop -35pm. Lead by Robert Austin, all will have the opportunity to sit or lie within a 7’& 9’ open frame Pyramid, creating sacred Geometry and infused with large stones of Selenite, Sodalite, Rose Quartz and Crystals and to share their observations of the one in the Pyramid. Some have experienced healing and cosmic travel, etc. Limited to 8 persons. Reservation required with a non-refundable $20 donation (cash or check). $20 if paid by Nov. 5th/$25 if paid later.  Call or sign the sheet in church and make arrangement for payment. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 2044 Bispham Rd. Sarasota, 941-266-8435. CMFsarasota.org.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13 Group Guided Self-Hypnosis - 11:30am-12:30 pm. 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 twice a month at Four Pillars and is enhanced with Aromatherapy. $20. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Ste 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. Dr. 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, NOVEMBER 14 Spirit Connections – Business Networking Group

- 12-1pm. Increase your exposure to like-minded professionals, gain referrals from a spiritual network and sharpen your networking skills with exclusive member resources. Develop lasting relationships that allow you to grow personally and professionally. Will be held at Gecko’s off Fruitville Rd. Hosted by Lena Mamone. $5. 351 N Cattlemen Rd, Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. Have You Had a Spiritual Experience? – 6-7 pm. Come share and/or learn 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, Gulf Gate Library, Conf. Rm, 7112 Curtiss Ave, Sarasota, 941-358-0325, Meetup.com/EckankarInSarasota. How You Can Say No Without Feeling Guilty 6:30-8pm. Don’t you wish you could do this? Learn how in this workshop Karin Ireland! Discover why you say yes when you want to say no. Bring a list of people and requests to whom you are having trouble saying no. 941-955-3301, UnityOfSaraota.org. How to Connect With Your Higher Self – 7-9pm. Your Higher Self is your best heavenly friend and can help you gain greater clarity and connection to Source, assisting you in all areas of your life. Indira will lead a beautiful, deep meditation straight into the highest Plane of Existence, connecting you to your Higher Self and receive a timely and personal message. Group messages & specific guidance for attendees may also be received. With Indira. $25. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Ave. Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@ VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. Rising Feminine: The Aquarian Awakening 7-8:30pm, Nov 14, 21, 28. “The Age of Aquarius” is HERE, as predicted by ancient cultures for thousands of years. Discover what changes are coming and how Feminine Energy will rise to its rightful place! Clear toxic emotions, activate your Divine Drive; Coach Stephanie international teacher of ancient prophecies. $30 each/$75 for 3. RSVP by 11/7. Point Lumineux Wellness Center, 2206 Jo-An Dr., Sarasota, 941-216-9618, Slavin911@gmail.com. Spirituali-TEA - 7-9 pm. Led by Cheri Christiansen, Founder of Four Pillars. Social connections are the key to longevity and happiness! In this modern world of tech and social media, it’s important to connect and share on a personal level. Join us for a cup of tea, or a glass of wine, and enjoy a casual discussion about our topic of the month. This month we will discuss the mind/body connection. Come share how you feel thoughts affect our bodies and our health. $15. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 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. 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 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, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com. REIKI III MASTER SHARE – 7-9pm. A monthly gathering for practice, expansion and healing by Reiki III Masters of all lineages. Wear comfortable clothes. $5 Donation. Rev. Zan Benham. The Enlightenment Center at Unity Church, 3023 Proctor Rd. Sarasota, 941-922-7839, Zan@woman-spirit. com, Woman-Spirit.com.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16 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. Caring for your Skin, Intermediate Class – 11am-12:30pm. After completing the monthly free class, Christa Andrews will continue the discussion of skin care and how to slow down the skin’s aging process in this intermediate class. She will share 20 years of experience in the skin care industry with you. Bring your questions and receive great skin care advice! $25. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.com. Prayer Circle (New) with Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon - 7-8pm. 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, NOVEMBER 17 Guest Reader, Joanne Leo -10:30am–5:30pm. Join us in welcoming back our popular guest reader, Joanne Leo, who has more than 30 years’ experience as a psychic reader and life coach. Combining psychic-channeled numerology and astrology with her tarot card readings, Joanne is able to provide detailed insights about your life based on your birth date and birth name. Her candid “Readings with a Heart” provide a unique and profound guide to all aspects of your life. 15mins/$30, 30mins/$50, 45mins/$70, 60mins/$90. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-3613006, ElysianFieldsOnline.com. Shamanic Healing with Eric - 11-7. Fridays only by appointment, $90/1 hour, $45/30 mins. 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. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com. “Walking the Path of the Heart” – 7-8:30pm. All welcome. Newcomers Orientation 6:30pm, Program 7pm. Free program. The Siddha Yoga Meditation Center in Sarasota. 941-926-5435, SymcSarasotaSteeringCommittee@gmail.com, SiddhaYoga. org.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18 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. In-depth section on animal healing included. Time will be allotted for hands on practice. The class will begin with a short review of Reiki 1 fundamentals. Prerequisite is Reiki 1 Certification. Pre-registration is required. With Barbara Harrison. $136 ($156 At Door). The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@ VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. 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, Christine, Deborah, and Laura. 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. Biblical Origins of Essential Oils -11am-1pm. Join Angel Bhutani at Unity’s One World Bookstore for this scripture-based event. Love offering $10. Unity Of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Road, Sarasota 941-955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org. REIKI III Master Tune-Up – 11am-5pm. Revisit the teachings, breaths, meditations, symbols and Reiki practices you learned in your journey to becoming a Reiki III Master Healer. Review the attunement procedure and become re-attuned. Brush up on your sacred gifts. RSVP. $122. Rev. Zan Benham aka Butterfly Deerwoman, Location of Swift Rd, 941-9227839, Zan@woman-spirit.com, Woman-Spirit.com. Reincarnation with Rev Mary Linn Clark – 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.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19 Community HU Chant – 10-11am. Come experience for yourself, with others, how your days can be enhanced by chanting the word ‘HU’ from your heart to God for 20 minutes. You can also do this on your own at any time. It is for everyone of any background or religious beliefs. You are welcome to stay for light refreshments that follow and meet others who love to sing HU. Free, La Quinta Inn, Rm A, 5931 Commercial Way (W of I-75), Sarasota, 941358-0325, Meetup.com/EckankarInSarasota. Art + Asana -5-6 pm. Join Lisa, Laine, + Lisa for this art-infused, all-levels flow yoga class, meditation, and artist talk. $18. Lisa L Gallery, Towles Court. Special thanks to sponsor - SRQDC!  More info at 941-504-6145, ArtandAsana.EventBrite.com. Music and Messages - 7pm. Enjoy an evening of music performed by a wonderful, local musician, Mike Markaverich and Spirit Messages offered by Mediums between musical selections. Sarasota Center of Light Sanctuary 852 S. Tuttle Ave. 941953-6620, SarasotaCenterofLight.com.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20 Group Meditation -11:30am–12:30pm. Peace Through Meditation with Rosario Mazer. Feeling overwhelmed by today’s constant barrage of stress and fears? If your answer is YES. Are you ready to experience greater health, deep inner peace and real

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happiness? Join us to learn the art of meditation, and create a space of relaxation and expansion. Meditation moves us into a deep state of inner peace, stress reduction and mental clarity. You will be exposed to a variety of meditations styles and acquire new insights into how to improve your bond with life, nature and the eternal knowledge of the universe. $15. 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. Dr. 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.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 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.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23 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 (New) with Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon - 7-8pm. 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, NOVEMBER 24 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. 15mins/$40, 30mins/$75, 60mins/$125. *Deep Trance Channel Sessions, 50mins/$175. *Deep Trance Channel sessions, in which Sherry allows Namara, a group of non-physical beings of pure love & light, to speak through her, are 50 minutes and charged at a higher rate. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-361-3006, ElysianFieldsOnline.com. Shamanic Healing with Eric - 11-7. Fridays only by appointment, $90/1 hour, $45/30 mins. 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. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-3719333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25 Run for Your Health Off-Road 5K – 10am. Run to take back your health at this unique adventure at

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the beautiful Oscar Scherer State Park in Sarasota. Oscar Scherer State Park 1843 S. Tamiami Trail, Osprey, 727-489-4497, SolutionaryFestival.org. 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. Pre-registration is required, $25. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-361-3006, ElysianFieldsOnline.com. Our Famous Monthly Saturday Intuitive and Healing Arts Faire with Readings, Healings and More  – 11am-4pm. A monthly event with Intuitive and Mediumistic Readings, Spirit Artist, Human Design readings, Astrology and Numerology Reports, Tarot, various Card Readings, Reiki energy healings, Emotional Polarity Healing and others. Something for everyone. Call to schedule your favorite Reader or Healer. Walk-Ins Welcome. $20/15 min reading, $40/30 min healing session. Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Meadows, Bldg. G-2, Meadows Village Center, Sarasota, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com. Sarasota’s Solutionary Health Festival - 11am-5pm. Featuring knowledgeable speakers, health food, live music from a variety of talented musicians, healthoriented vendors, a kids’ health zone, a scavenger hunt, yoga, a 5K race, and more, Sarasota’s Health Festival is fun for all age groups and welcomes diversity! Free. Parking, $5. Learn more about the event at SolutionaryFestival.org or SolutionaryEvents.com.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26

ECK Light and Sound Service – 10-11am. Love, the Doorway to Spiritual Freedom. The Light and Sound of God transforms your life and opens the doorway of love you must go through to realize the gift of spiritual freedom. La Quinta Inn, 5931 Commercial Way (W of I-75), Rm A, Sarasota, 941-3580325, Meetup.com/EckankarInSarasota.

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Group Guided Self-Hypnosis - 11:30am-12:30 pm. 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 twice 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. Dr. 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, NOVEMBER 28 “How to Connect with the Ascended Beings of Light and Forge a Personal Connection” Class with Indira - 7–9pm. In this interactive and lively class, we’ll learn how to connect with the Ascended Beings of Light, our elder Brothers and Sisters who’ve grappled with many of the same issues we are facing. Jesus, Gautama Buddha, Mother Mary, Kuan Yin and Saint Germain are but a few of the Ascended Hosts who desire to help us along our spiritual paths. Learn how these Light Beings can assist you to move through challenges quickly and


discover which Being is offering to personally mentor you. Indira will lead a beautiful, deep meditation to the 5th Plane of Existence and each attendee will receive a personal and timely message. Please bring a notepad, pen, water bottle and a crystal of your choice. Pre-registration required, $25. Elysian Fields, Midtown Plaza, 1273 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. 941-361-3006, ElysianFieldsOnline.com.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29 Power Hour Class – Natural Solutions for Everyday - 1-2 pm. Boost Immune System, Emotional & Sleep Support, Increase Energy. Learn about a safer, more affordable and effective natural solution for your health! Come discover tangible, therapeutic benefits of essential oils for your mental, physical and emotional well-being. We will introduce you to how to incorporate essential oils into you and your family’s daily life. Your top two health concerns/ goals will be addressed in class! Free. Led by Cheri Christiansen, owner of Four Pillars and Laurel James, a National Interior Designer and author of Interiorology. Four Pillars, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch, 941373-3955, FourPillarsFlorida.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.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30 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. Prayer Circle (New) with Rev. Bonnie Witherspoon - 7-8pm. 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, 941-371-9333, CosmicCenterOSL@gmail.com, CCOSL.com.

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DECEMBER 1, 2017 Experience Inner Peace through Music and Meditation with De Luna –  7-8:30pm. De Luna will guide us through an evening of peaceful, celestial music of harp, flutes and other otherworldly instruments while gently helping us discover our inner peace and radiating it out to the community, our nation, and our world. If you wish please bring a journal or notepad and pen or pencils to capture your intention for peace. You are welcome to bring a mat and blanket if you wish to lie down. Venice Gardens Community Center, 406 Shamrock Blvd., Venice, VenicePeaceProject.org, DelunaHarps.com.

DECEMBER 7, 2017 The Ultimate Resale Experience-Mystery Shop-

ping Bus Tour Venice- We don’t disclose the shops until you are on the bus! Enjoy boarding a huge A/C motor coach bus while you are treated like a Resale Queen or King, with a yummy catered lunch, snacks, games, laughs, special guests, door prizes, goodie bags and so much more! 60 tickets per bus tour- selling out fast. Pick up at three different locations- 1st-Bahia Vista Mennonite Church, 4041 Bahia Vista, Sarasota, 2nd- Camelot East Manufactured Home Park, 1-75 and Clark, Sarasota, and 3rd-Church of the Nazarene 1535 East Venice Ave, Venice. Only $55.00 for an all day, “shop till you resale drop” event. To purchase e-tickets, EventBrite.com/e/thehappy-thrifter-mystery-shopping-bus-tour-venicetickets-35652225767. IANDS– 7-8:30 pm. 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. Meets first Thursday of every month. With Sue Lanier, Carol Vengroff. $15. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@ VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9 Spirit of The Holidays Message Party – 7-9pm. Come celebrate the Spirit of the holidays with a warm welcome to all. At our holiday gala all guests will receive heartwarming and validating information from a top psychic medium. Enjoy food and wine, and learn about upcoming news and events. Holiday Gala includes: Spirit Messages from 5 Top Psychics, Mediums, Everyone receives a personal message, Dinner Buffet, Wine, Desserts, Gift Baskets Raffle, Live Music, Gaiety, and Fun. $59.95. At Primo’s Ristorante, 8076 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.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. Handson 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. 941-3719333. 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 is an egalitarian worship service that 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. These services are led by a Reverend/Cherag. All are welcome. For info, Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839. At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, 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.

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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. SharonElizabeth 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. Recorder Players Quartet – 4-5pm. looking for especially a tenor recorder player but all welcome to join. Contact CL, 941-960-3041. Sarasota Mindfulness Institute - 4-6pm. 2nd and 4th Sunday. SaraSangha Insight Meditation Group. Donation, Sarasangha.Weebly.com. 3-5pm. 3rd Sunday. Good Cause EcoSangha mindfulness approach to climate change. Donation, GoodCauseSangha. weebly.com. Sarasota Mindfulness Institute, Unitarian Universalist Church Library, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. 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 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.

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. Psychic Development Class – 7-8:30 pm. Psychic and intuitive abilities, like the ability to give spiritual healing, should not be regarded as the gift of the few. These abilities are latent within us all. Intuition and psychic development can occur through spiritual practices, such as yoga breathing and mantra, and by various forms of service to others. Develop and strengthen your understanding of the different elements of spirituality and psychic development through discussion, exercises, and interaction with others. With Divya Melissa Schnirring. $15. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com. Spiritual Arts Decoded – 7:15-8:45 pm. Except 11/20. The Spiritual Arts are time-honored methods to connect to Spirit, higher consciousness, and the energy of the universe. They allow us to create pathways to greater possibilities. However, sorting out the Spiritual Arts, what they are and what they are for, can sometimes be confusing. The Spiritual Arts Decoded series identifies “what’s what” by providing an overview of the foundational information you need to move forward in your areas of interest with more confidence. With Shanna Spalding St. Clair. $15. The Spirit University, 373 Braden Avenue Sarasota, 941-544-5874, Light@VictoriaAckerman.com, TheSpiritUniversity.com.

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.

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.

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.

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Classical Pilates - 10:15am. With Maggie. Fundamentals of Pilates with alignment, breath, core strengthening, and stretch.  First class is only $5! Wild Ginger Apothecary in Gulf Gate, 6553 Superior Avenue. 941-312-5630, WildGingerApothecary.com. Group Guided Self-Hypnosis - 11:30am-12:30pm. Oct 9, Oct 23. 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, 941-3733955, FourPillarsFlorida.com. Introductory Reflexology Session – Noon-5:30pm. One-hour session. $49. Heart and Sole Organics, 1435 S Osprey Ave, Ste 200, Sarasota. 941-228-9724. HeartAndSoleOrganics.com.

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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 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 heatbuilding sequence.  $14 or 5 for $50. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-9525280, RosemaryCourt.com. Drop-In Psychic Intuitive, Tarot, and Astrology - 12-3pm. Psychic Tu/W/F (12-3), Tarot/ Astrology Tu (3-5) and Th (12-3).  Also by appointment and special scheduled events! $20/15 minutes. Wild Ginger Apothecary in Gulf Gate, 6553 Superior Avenue. 941-312-5630, WildGingerApothecary.com. Buti Yoga -7pm. 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. Law of Attraction Class Returns - 7-9pm. Class resumes Tuesdays starting Oct. 3.  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 – 7-8:30 pm. Come together with like-minded individuals to practice your psychic and mediumship skills. Develop and expand 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.

wednesday Hands-On Self-Healing Meditation – 1011:15am. 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. 941-3602248. FeldenkraisInSarasota.com. Vinyasa Yoga with Stephanie Cole – 11:30am-1pm. 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. 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 Appreciated. Angel Ministries, 2269 S Tamiami Trl, Venice. Rev Patricia Charnley, 941-492-4995, revpat@angelministriesfl.org, angelministriesfl.org. Walking Wednesdays - Starts October 18th at 5:30pm.  Walking, body weight exercises, stretching, & meditation. We will meet at Kissing Sailor

Statue at the marina. Please bring a Yoga mat. $15.00.   Space is limited. To register for this walk, call Vicky at You First - Mind Body Fitness Coach/Trainer, 732- 610-6486. Yoga w/Erinn Earth-6-7:30pm. Exercises, breath infusion, meditation. $10 class/5 for $40. Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Road, Sarasota. 941-955-3301, UnityOfSarasota.org.

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SERVICES

Sarasota Mindfulness Institute--6-7pm. Dropin Sitting Meditation group, with instruction & discussion of reading, Donation. Sarasota Mindfulness Institute, at Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Rd. Sarasota, SarasotaMindfulness.org/calendar.html.

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.

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.

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Tarot Practice Circle – 7-8:30 pm. Tarot cards are a collection of symbols or archetypes that are meant to represent human experience. Some say they view them as a map of spirit, heart and soul. You lay them out so you can get a bird’s-eye view. This is a class for those who are interested in acquiring a deeper connection with spirit and their soul. Please bring your own Tarot Cards if you have them. With Barbara Harrison. $5. 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. 941-3719333, ccosl.com. Learning to Connect Classes at CMF - 7:309pm. 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. 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 941266-1696, 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. Yoga Every Thursday – 9am. Join Pauline Dimitry for classical Hatha Yoga Classes. For a Life in Balance-a gentle, transforming practice.  All ages  and experience levels. $10. The Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, 5041 Ringwood Mdw, Bldg G-2, Sarasota. 941-371-9333, ccosl.com. Sarasota Mindfulness Institute--10-11am, Drop-in Qigong, $12 per single class or $10 per class when purchase a one-month pass. Sarasota Mindfulness Institute at Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, SarasotaMindfulness.org/calendar.html.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 6

Richard’s Foodporium Presents 5th Annual Health Expo - 10am. Richard’s Foodporium will present their 5th Annual Health Expo. A talk starting at 9am with featured special guest Dr. Michael Murray will discuss the role enzymes play in the digestion process. Doors open at 8am. The Health Expo will begin at 10am and features Supplement, Natural Food, and Health items. Also, included are local businesses and non-profit organizations. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit each booth to test and take-home samples, and watch live cooking demonstrations. This event is family friendly and free to the public. Robarts Arena in Sarasota. RichardsFoodporium.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 for $50. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. 941-952-5280, RosemaryCourt.com. Rudolf Steiner, Agriculture Book Study - 7-8:30pm. Biodynamic agriculture and it’s cosmology. 941-960-3041.

friday 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. 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. 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. Sarasota Mindfulness Institute -12–1pm. Drop-in Sitting Meditation group, with instruction & discussion of reading, Donation. Sarasota Mindfulness Institute, at Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, SarasotaMindfulness.org/calendar.html. “Lunch Break” Yoga, all Levels, With Kelly – 1212:45 pm. First class is only $5! Wild Ginger Apothecary in Gulf Gate, 6553 Superior Avenue, 941-3125630, wildgingerapothecary.com.

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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. 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.

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. 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, 941952-5280, RosemaryCourt.com. 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 – 9am-2pm. 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. 941-744-7484. 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. Free Sleep Consultation at Sleep Organics – 10am5pm or by appt. Find out how to remedy aches and pains and get better quality sleep. 650 Central Ave, Sarasota, 941-312-5906, Sleep-Organics.com. Sleep Consultation – Find out how you could be sleeping better at night with a free, no obligation consultation. Top Drawer Furniture, 1955 Northgate Blvd, Sarasota. 941-877-1381. TopDrawerFurnitureStore.com.

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communityresourceguide 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. 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!

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.

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

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

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!”

DONNA THORSEN, AP, DOM, BA.

Constitution Square 2100 Constitution Blvd. Suite 114, Sarasota, Across from Phillipi Estate Park ( just 1/2 mile north of Stickney Point Rd. ) 941-350-8554  DonnaThorsen@comcast.net.

Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine, Massage, B-12 Shots (Energy and Metabolism), Ionic detox foot-bath, Homeopathic Pain Management, Nutritional Consultation.Discount Packages and Gift Certificates Available!! Practicing in Sarasota over 23 years! Contact Donna Thorsen, AP, DOM @ Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine. See me on Facebook!

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APOTHECARY

STARFLOWER ORGANIC SPATHECARY

415 Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, Fl 34236 941-554-4292 • Starflower.com

Starflower, makers of organic skincare has expanded its store to include a fully decked Apothecary including biodynamic/organic bulk medicinal herbs, oriental longevity herbs and roots, new medicinal tinctures, organic clothing, terry robes, silk eye pillows and an array of holistic lifestyle accessories, gifts and cards. Visit our boutique and Spathecary Wednesday - Friday 10 am - 5 pm.


WILD GINGER APOTHECARY

6557 Superior Avenue (Gulf Gate Shopping Village), Sarasota 941-312-5630 WildGingerApothecary.com

Eco-friendly shop health +beauty. Strictly nontoxic natural, organic products.  Now offering hemp CBD!  Visitlearn Studio + Lounge for classes + events.  Open Tu-Fri 10-5 and Satmove 10-3.

WHITE SANDS DENTISTRY

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

Improving health in Sarasota, one person at a time.

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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.

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BEDDING SLEEP ORGANICS


941.312.5630 • WILDGINGERAPOTHECARY.COM

650 Central Ave, Suite 5, Sarasota (941) 312-5906
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Sarasota’s sleep specialists, featuring the west coast’s largest selection of natural and organic mattresses and bedding, all constructed with non-toxic materials such as organic cotton, wool, and latex.

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.

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.


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

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

FACIALS/MASSAGE

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, Massage and 100% Organic Facials. Introductory Reflexology session $59. Monthly Specials, visit heartandsoleorganics. com.

FELDENKRAIS METHOD®

RAY BEHM DDS

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

ENERGY HEALING HEALING ROOMBLUE LIGHT ENERGY HEALING

FELDENKRAIS METHOD®

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.

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.

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FURNITURE TOP DRAWER FURNITURE

1955 Northgate Blvd, Sarasota (941) 877-1381
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Local, family owned and operated furniture store specializing in solid wood, reclaimed wood, and FSC certified furniture. Also featuring natural and organic mattresses and bedding. For Your Home + For Your Health.

LYMPHATIC THERAPY SUNCOAST LYMPHEDEMA THERAPY CENTER

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



BETH A. SNYDER HYPNOSIS & MINDFUL COACHING

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!

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

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CROP JUICE BAR & CAFE

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.

SUNCOAST SINGLES

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

HYPNOTHERAPY

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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!



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A multidimensional training space built and designed for classes, workshops and seminars in Aikido, Kickboxing, Yoga, Qigong and Zen Meditation. We welcome individuals looking to improve their health, longevity, flexibility, vitality, energy, stamina, posture, inner-strength, coordination, power, agility, balance, focus, mental clarity, emotional balance, tranquility and spiritual awareness through a life transforming discipline of holistic fitness and inner development.

MASSAGE THERAPY

SERENITY STATIONS

A Mindful Place 2020 Rose St Ste B, Sarasota SerenityStations.com

Our mission is to promote holistic practices that support self-care, self-awareness and personal growth in a conscious environment. We are creating a Hub of integrative coaches & consultants.

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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.

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