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ell, another holiday season is upon us—and while it can be a joyous, festive occasion to count our blessings and reconnect with those we love, it can also be a time of loss. As we reflect on those who are no longer here to celebrate with us or the changes we’ve experienced to make the holidays feel much different now than they felt in the past, waves of grief or bittersweet emotions can rise to the surface. It’s been an undeniably tough couple of years for all of us, so in this month’s issue of Natural Awakenings, we want to hold space for both the heaviness and lightness that accompanies this season. The events of both 2020 and 2021 have reinforced just how precious and fleeting human life truly is, but the topic of death continues to be a source of anxiety and even stigma in our culture. This fear of death often means that we defer important end-of-life plans and conversations with our loved ones, which makes the dying process itself more stressful for everyone affected. So in this month’s feature article, “Dying Well,” we want to help de-stigmatize the subject and relieve some of that anxiety. No one wants to dwell on mortality, but as this pandemic has taught us, it’s essential to cherish the moments we do have with those we care about, while planning ahead for those crucial discussions when the time comes. Of course, while we’re still here on this planet, there are many wellness interventions we can practice to maintain longevity as much as possible. Caring for our brain health is one effective method to protect against decline, and that’s exactly what our “Healing Ways” article dives into this month. Functional medicine practitioners have found that strong neuroplasticity keeps the brain agile and sharp which, in turn, helps the body as a whole to function optimally. Strategies to increase neuroplasticity and overall brain health include eating nutritious foods, exercising consistently, reducing inflammation and stress levels, balancing hormones, cultivating healthy relationships, flushing out toxins and prioritizing restorative sleep. Finally, let’s lighten the mood by shifting our focus over to Thanksgiving—because what’s a November issue without any mention of this quintessential holiday, right? Across the U.S., Thanksgiving is known as one of the most delicious, food-centric days on the calendar, but with some assistance from our “Conscious Eating” article, this year’s celebration can be delicious and nutritious. This doesn’t mean you have to eliminate traditional favorites from the Thanksgiving table, but alongside those classic dishes, serve an abundance of fresh, seasonal vegetables for a boost in vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients. We even reduced some of the meal planning for you with a sidebar of healthy recipes to choose from. No matter what emotions this holiday season might evoke in you—excitement, heartache or somewhere in between—please remember to be gentle with your own mental and physical wellness. This time of year can be stressful and hectic, after all. I hope the content within these pages fills you with a silver lining of inspiration, and in the spirit of gratitude, our whole team here at Natural Awakenings is so thankful that you continue to allow us to be a source of enlightenment in your personal wellness journey.

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oin us at Integrated Healing Arts on November 12, 4–7 p.m., for an open house event for the public, as well as a kids and family-focused event on November 13, 3–5 p.m. This is a chance to see our new facilities and meet our expert practitioners. Combining ancient practices with modern technology, we focus on a holistic approach to optimum health. Find healing relief from chronic and acute pain, post-concussion issues, traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, digestive issues and more. Restore balance with Oriental and Functional Medicine, Medical Qi Gong and Functional Neurology. Blood and oxygen are the core of life. Our blood analysis will determine if your brain or body receive an optimal flow of oxygen, which is key for wellness. In addition, our various protocols will eliminate toxins and enable the body to heal. Release blocks or misalignments in the muscles and soft tissues to relieve discomfort. Eliminate acute and chronic pain, headaches, and concussion with cranial structural alignment, lymphatic massage and laser therapy, and visceral massage. Are you frustrated with weight or digestive issues? Nutrition is critical, and healthy food is medicine. Learn about herbal therapies, clinical nutrition and wholesome meal planning. Discover how natural and holistic treatments will free your body, mind and spirit of risk factors that cause dis-ease. We also offer IV Infusion Therapy and PEMF devices that will increase your wellness and quality of life. Our family event on November 13 will include fun activities for the kids, along with health interactive displays, singing bowls, yoga, free demonstrations, food samples, raffle contests and brain screenings. Join us in entering a world of Function Holistic Medicine.



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r. Jen Maecker is a board-certified Acupuncture Physician and Chinese Medicine Herbalist. After four years of living in Asheville, North Carolina, Dr. Maecker and her family felt a calling to move back to their tight-knit community of family and friends in Sarasota. She is now accepting patients at her new clinic, Jen Maecker Acupuncture & Wellness. A fundamental approach to Dr. Maecker’s patient care is offering a nurturing and safe space for healing to take place. She listens deeply to her patient’s needs to balance the body and promote health, wellness and recovery. In addition, she empowers her patients to take health and wellness into their own hands by providing education in self-care, dietary therapy and mindful movement practices for stress relief. As a holistic health practitioner, Dr. Maecker’s treatments include various modalities to meet each patient’s comfort level. The use of acupuncture needles, non-needle treatment techniques, herbal medicine, moxibustion, guasha, cupping, tuina massage and acupoint injection therapy provides her patients with a range of opportunities to promote harmony and balance in the body. Dr. Maecker specializes in (but not limited to) acute and chronic pain management, depression, anxiety, stress management, pediatrics, adolescents, autoimmune conditions, insomnia, stroke rehabilitation and gastrointestinal disorders. She looks forward to providing a space for healing and wellness for the Sarasota Community. Location: 2033 Wood St., Ste. 115, Sarasota. To schedule an appointment, call 941-499-7775 or visit

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November Events at Sarasota Center of Light


e are currently renting out our detached event buildings and single Education Center classrooms to the public. Our spaces are bright and airy with a central location off Tuttle Avenue and ample free parking. We are adjacent to a beautiful healing garden, and the interior décor will create a perfect environment for yoga, Tai Chi, movement, meditations, and other classes or meetings. The rental cost is just $25 an hour. In addition, this month, the Sarasota Center of Light will continue to present those who are an important part of our metaphysical community You are welcome to register for any of the following classes on our website under the Calendar tab. We are excited to present a Zoom workshop titled “Direct Guidance from Oracle Card Readings,” taught by Michael Schlotterbeck, on November 6, noon to 5 p.m. The cost to attend is $50. In this class, you will explore different techniques for working with oracle cards intuitively, as well as how to interpret symbols, numbers and colors in the cards. We will also present a “Remote Viewing Seminar” via Zoom, taught by Rev. Bill Patridge on November 20, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This interactive seminar will cover the origins of Remote Viewing and the history of how it was developed for espionage. Class participation will include a series of experiments to demonstrate the Coordinate Remote Viewing technique as developed at the Stanford Research Institute. The cost to attend is $20. We will offer a “Thanksgiving Afternoon with Family and Friends in Spirit with Vincent Genna” via Zoom on November 28, 3–4:30 p.m. This is a fundraiser with a $20 fee charged to all attendees, following our Sunday Celebration with Vincent Genna. In addition, the Center’s Ministry Team will conduct the services in November via Zoom, offering heartfelt spiritual guidance. Our special guests in November include Founder’s Day with Rev. Reed Brown on November 7, Rev. Kevin Lee on November 14, Rev. Bill Patridge on November 28 and Vincent Genna on November 28. We have started a new donation opportunity that will make it easier for you to offer financial support on your mobile device. All you have to do is text the word “Sunday” to 202-858-1233 and follow the prompts to complete your secure donation of whatever amount you can afford. Your heartfelt offering with this GiveButter secure system can be either a one-time donation or a recurring payment. Donations can also be submitted on the Donate page of our website, by calling the office, or mailing a check. Mailing Address: 2710 Browning St., Sarasota, 34237. Location: 852 S Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. To register for the November 6 event, visit To register for the November 20 event, visit To register for the November 28 event, visit

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The right kind of exercise can help kids learn vocabulary better, suggests research from the University of Delaware. An article published in the Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research reports that when 48 children between 6 and 12 years of age were taught new words before swimming, they scored 13 percent higher on a test of the words than children that did CrossFit-like exercises or colored pictures. Lead researcher Maddy Pruitt says that exercise is known to increase levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor, a protein she describes as the “Miracle-Gro of the brain.” Swimming made a difference, she says, because it is an automatic movement, while the CrossFit exercises were new to them and required mental energy.

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A Swedish method of building using cross-laminated timber (CLT) is emerging as a climate-friendly alternative to traditional, concrete-based construction. The foundation is cement, but multistory wooden structures of 13 floors and higher are possible. Using timber has environmental benefits in the form of lowered carbon emissions. Mathias Fridholm, director of Svenskt Tra (Swedish Wood), an industry organization, says, “Wood is in many ways an excellent material for building in dense cities, because we can prefabricate all the elements in factories instead of onsite.” Prefabrication speeds construction and reduces truck traffic. CLT is not only strong and light, it is breathable; it holds heat, but doesn’t need plastic layers to manage moisture like concrete, which also requires sand, a non-renewable resource that requires drudging seabeds. Managed forests are renewable and serve as a carbon storage facility. Anna Ervast Oberg, a project manager at Swedish real estate developer Folkhem, advises that just changing the structure of a building to wood from concrete would result in an immediate 50 percent reduction in emissions. “What we have to do now is to stop the emissions, very fast. This gives us a hint of where we should be focusing; where we can make the biggest difference.”

Americans use a single recycling stream in which everything goes into one bin to be sorted and cleaned at the designated collection point; a system that requires too much labor with less-than-stellar results. A study conducted by the South Korean SK Group asked 1,500 U.S. adults about sustainable packaging and found that 72 percent prefer products with easily recycled or reused packaging, but don’t understand what can actually be recycled. Forty-two percent were not aware that containers such as plastic bottles cannot be recycled without removing the label. When dirty and labeled recyclables are deposited with clean recyclables, they contaminate the whole batch, creating massive amounts of unnecessary waste. SKC Inc. has introduced Ecolabel, the first shrink sleeve label that doesn’t need to be removed from plastic bottles to be recycled. This removes the burden from the consumer and recyclers while making the process easier. Recyclops uses independent drivers to service recycling routes, creating income for locals and sustainable living options for residents. They’re innovating the recycling pickup process by using an Uber Eats-type phone app to enable the pickup of recyclables from areas that aren’t being serviced. courtesy of

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has labeled cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica), a native plant of Southeast Asia, as one of the world’s worst invasive weeds. It’s banned as an invasive species by the Federal Noxious Weed Act of 1974, but a study published in the peer-reviewed journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment by the University of Massachusetts Amherst discovered that this and about 1,300 other invasive plants are sold at garden centers, nurseries and other retailers. Lead author Evelyn M. Beaury, a graduate student in organismic and evolutionary biology at University of Massachusetts, says that she and her fellows found cogongrass was being sold by 33 outlets in 17 states. She notes, “This is a tricky case, because plant breeders are marketing a sterile cultivar, but research shows these plants are not completely sterile and can still become invasive.” According to the USDA, there are no known effective biological control methods. Beaury states, “While patchy state regulations definitely contribute to the widespread availability of invasive plants in the U.S., it’s clear we as a public also lack awareness about which plants are invasive and how they spread to new areas. If we want to continue to protect native ecosystems, regulators and managers need more resources to do so.” 16

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Ferritin: An Overlooked Marker of Inflammation and Aging by Dr. Laura Korman, DC Q: Why is it that my blood tests are normal when I don’t feel so normal? A: I have many patients who complain of fatigue, joint pain, brain fog or unexplained weight gain. But when their annual blood tests come back, they feel discouraged that the results appear normal. They might even ask me, “Why do I feel so horrible if everything is fine?” However, the fact is that annual blood panels don’t tell the whole story. There are at least six overlooked blood tests that can reveal hidden sources of inflammation and explain why a person could experience a lack of energy, excess body aches, cognitive issues or resistant weight loss. One of those tests is ferritin. Ferritin is a test of your stored iron. In most cases, iron levels are measured with only a hemoglobin test. While this test is important and represents the number of red blood cells that transport oxygen in the body, it is not an iron test. Iron is required to make hemoglobin, so when iron is deficient, this causes hemoglobin levels to fall, resulting in iron deficiency anemia. However, it’s important to understand that excess iron levels cause the body to store this iron as ferritin. This stored iron can elevate slowly, while hemoglobin levels remain within normal ranges, making it difficult to identify unless a ferritin test is ordered— which it rarely is. A ferritin test is commonly requested when chronic anemia is present, or in the case of severe iron overload, but it’s not performed

regularly with annual testing. The problem is that excess iron produces free radicals which damage the organs and tissues. Ferritin’s job is to sequester this excess iron, but as ferritin levels rise even slightly over optimal levels, it poses a significant source of oxidative damage that contributes to premature aging and chronic illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and dementia. Another reason this test is overlooked as a contributing factor of inflammation is that “normal” lab values can be ambiguous and differ largely from “optimal” values. As a functional medicine doctor, my goal is to help patients prevent disease by looking at blood tests through a lens of optimization, verses a traditional medical lens which diagnoses a pathology and a state of disease. While a lab test might fall in “normal” levels, this does not mean it’s ideal or optimal for maintaining health and preventing disease. Normal ferritin levels from LabCorp are between 15–150ng/mL, but optimal levels fall in a much narrower range of 20–50 for women and 50–80 for men. These ranges of ferritin will significantly lower the risk for Type-2 diabetes, heart disease and many cancers. Research has shown that keeping ferritin levels as low as possible, while avoiding iron deficiency and maintaining an optimal hemoglobin range of 13.5–14.5ng/mL for women and 14.5–15.5 ng/mL is the best way to promote health and longevity. With nutritional and lifestyle intervention obtaining these optimal levels is doable. The first intervention I recommend is that

all males and non-menstruating females over the age of 20 test for a baseline ferritin level and compare it to the optimal levels I noted above. If these levels are elevated, a plan to lower them would be advantageous. The simplest place to start is avoiding excess iron intake. Many people mistakenly consume an iron supplement, assuming they are deficient, which could result in more harm than benefits. So if your ferritin is elevated, avoid taking all iron supplements including a multivitamin that contains iron. In addition, eliminate or minimize iron fortified cereals or bakery foods, red meat, and cooking in cast iron pots. The quickest way to lower ferritin levels is to donate blood. One blood donation can lower ferritin levels by 30–50ng/mL. A person with a ferritin level of 100–200 can lower their levels into optimal ranges by donating blood just one or two times a year. Another way to lower ferritin is to take supplements that chelate or bind to excess iron in the body to aid in its elimination. Some of these supplements include quercetin, curcumin, inositol hexaphosphate (IP6), EGCG (from green tea) or theaflavin (from black tea). Polyphenols in cocoa, red wine and some herbal teas are also effective in reducing the absorption of iron, when consumed with meals. Sweating is another natural process through which the body eliminates iron, so using an infrared sauna has been shown to lower ferritin, as well as other heavy metals such as mercury and lead. Obtaining optimal health and longevity means looking beyond the minimum standard annual blood tests to include additional markers of inflammation and oxidation including a ferritin test. It also requires a closer look to distinguish “normal” verses “ideal” ranges under the guidance of a functional medicine practitioner, trained in disease prevention strategies. Ask your doctor if he or she is familiar with this information, and if you need assistance in testing your own ferritin levels, reach out to me by calling my office. Dr. Laura Korman, DC, is the owner and lead practitioner of Korman Relief & Wellness Center, located at 16954 Toledo Blade Blvd., Port Charlotte. To schedule an appointment, call 941-629-6700. For more information, visit November 2021


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of COVID-19 have been shown to impair cognitive abilities for weeks—or even months—after being infected. NA: Can head injuries that took place earlier in life (such as a concussion from playing contact sports in high school) affect cognitive function in later years?

Interventions for Cognitive Impairment: Q&A with the Brain Wave Center by Mary-Elizabeth Meagher


t’s no secret that we rely on our brains for a number of important daily functions that help us navigate our world. This complex organ enables us to make reasonable decisions, focus and concentrate in our jobs, listen and communicate with others, or even remember where we placed the house keys. It’s easy to take all this for granted when the brain operates as it should, but what if these cognitive functions are impaired? What challenges would this present, what risks should we be aware of—and what can we do about it? Many of us don’t realize we’ve already begun to experience cognitive impairment due to factors in our daily lives that we might not think about until years later once the damage starts to take effect. For this month’s Community Spotlight, I wanted to turn the lens on these lesser known causes of cognitive impairment which can manifest or escalate without our knowledge. So I reached out to Gregg Sledziewski, Executive Director of the Brain Wave Center, who was kind enough to offer his expertise in the Q&A discussion below.


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Natural Awakenings: What are some root causes of cognitive impairment which the average person might not be readily aware of? Gregg Sledziewski: Research indicates that cognitive decline is not a single condition, but a response to numerous catalysts such as trauma, inflammation, suboptimal nutrients levels, toxic exposure, hormone imbalances, sleep disturbances or similar issues. Prescription drugs (such as antidepressants, sleep aids, muscle relaxants, antihistamines, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory painkillers, or blood pressure medications) might also contribute to cognitive decline. Sleep apnea can also lead to cognitive impairment by depriving the brain of oxygen, and low thyroid function is one of the most common hormone issues associated with cognitive decline. Living or working in an environment with mold contamination can negatively impact your cognitive function as well. Undetected low-grade urinary tract infections could exacerbate cognitive decline in the elderly, and the residual symptoms

Sledziewski: There does appear to be an association between concussive episodes from sports injuries or motor vehicle accidents and the possibility of neurodegenerative illness, memory problems or other forms of cognitive impairment later in life. NA: Would you elaborate on the tests and examinations available to assess a person’s cognitive ability and overall brain health? Sledziewski: Cognitive assessments fall into two main categories. The first is a Psychometric Test which, in most cases, is administered by a psychologist that measure skills, abilities, traits or mental state. The second type of assessment is called Brain Imaging which measures cognitive decline, cognitive impairment and cognitive function. Some imaging techniques are used to visualize brain structures (CT, MRI) while others evaluate brain function (fMRI, SPECT, PET). The brain wave imaging technologies used at the Brain Wave Center measure and map the brain’s electrical activity (EEG, Brian Mapping and QEEG) to determine whether the brain operates in a state of healthy regulation, or whether it exhibits dysfunctional brain wave activity.

NA: Which treatment protocols do you offer at the Brain Wave Center to help treat cognitive decline, traumatic brain injuries, memory loss and similar issues? Sledziewski: At the Brain Wave Center, our primary focus is with the brain’s electrical activity because we want to both test and optimize the brain’s performance. Our imaging technology (QEEG Brain Mapping) is used in conjunction with our neuropsychological assessment to evaluate a person’s current functional capacity. This combination of technologies also allows us to look for any function deficits that might exist. The results are then used to create an action plan to assist our clients in their recovery from cognitive impairments or emotional dysregulations such as depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder, to name a few. When we combine psychological support services with direct brain training or magnetic stimulation (neurofeedback and TMS), we can enhance the results and assist our clients more effectively. These treatments help restore brain electrical activity back into a state of healthy regulation without the use of medications.

tion, and if this persists, it can also increase the likelihood of cognitive decline. It’s crucial to remain both physically and mentally active for as long as possible in order to preserve brain health, so challenge yourself to mind-body exercises on a regular basis. And of course, maintain positive social connections and learn how to manage your stress—we know that chronic stress is a major cause of cognitive decline in all age brackets. As the Executive Director of the Brain Wave Center, Gregg Sledziewski has been researching and developing techniques for the advancement of brain health since 2012. His main focus is on Brain Map neurofeedback technologies, but the center has recently added PrTMS and a new assessment and therapy clinic as well. At the Brain Wave Center, he has joined forces with a team of physicians, psychotherapists and other specialists in the neuroscience field to make high-quality health care services accessible throughout the Southwest Florida commu-

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studies show that one-third of the population dies from direct viral overwhelm of the system, while one-third dies from secondary bacterial infection and the immune response, and one-third dies from failure of one or more organs like myocarditis or inflammation of the heart muscle. This third scenario is similar to the mechanism of COVID-19. Colds are rarely fatal, but they are quite disruptive to our lives because they tend to be transmissible. Because of this contagion, we need to take precautions. We have learned from the pandemic that masks, distancing and quarantine work. So if you are sick, be sure to stay home. If you must head out in public for medicine or

food, then please wear a mask and distance yourself from others. Wash hands often and keep them away from your face if possible. Take the same remedies for prevention that I have been recommending since the start of COVID-19: vitamins C and D, zinc, quercetin, and NAC (N-acetyl cysteine) and elderberry. Stay well hydrated, practice adequate sleep hygiene, reduce stress, exercise daily outside to increase vitamin D and open the lungs, spend time with the people you love, and eat a clean diet without refined sugar or artificial ingredients. These sustainable habits yield a positive impact. If you do contract a cold, which you might recognize as scratchiness in the throat or intense nasal itching, then drink hot tea to denature the virus particles so they cannot implant. Use a Neti pot with warm water to flush out the particles. Licorice (not deglycerized) can neutralize some of the virus, as can Andrographis (Viragraphis has both of these powerful herbal extracts). NAC and chicken soup also help decrease lung inflammation and mucus. Clinical research shows that chicken soup with vegetables (such as sweet potato, celery, onion, garlic, carrot and parsley) can help alleviate common cold symptoms. If you experience the flu with fever, aches, fatigue or cough symptoms, take an Oscillococcinum homeopathic remedy, in addition to the treatments listed above. Remember, there are also prescription antiviral medications like Tamiflu. You can accelerate recovery if you act within the first 36 hours. Have a safe and healthy Thanksgiving! The Harvey Center’s Nutripharmacy stocks these physician-grade products. Contact our Supplement Specialist Haylee at 941-9299355, where telehealth and second opinion consultations are available upon request. Email your wellness questions into DJ@, my Ask the Doc format radio show “Health & Nutrition,” each Monday, 10–11 a.m., on public radio WMNF 88.5FM. The Harvey Center is located at 3982 Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota. For more information, email

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he miracle of modern joint surgeries cannot be understated. The ability to restore a knee, stabilize the spine or replace a worn-out hip just keeps improving with each year. These surgeries can help individuals become more mobile and productive, enjoying their lives to the fullest. However, there are still some cases when pain still persists or increases after surgery, even if the procedure itself went perfectly. There are many possible reasons for this, and one of the most common is also quite treatable. It involves restrictions in the fibrous connective found throughout our bodies. This tissue, called fascia, contains nerve endings for position sense which af-


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fects muscular balance, joint alignment and perception of injury. Treating restrictions in fascia can often reduce or even eliminate unexpected pain after joint surgery. There are usually two reasons that fascia becomes restricted in a surgery area and causes pain. The first is a pre-existing injury, where the fascia has become stiffened by trauma that occurred before the surgical procedure. For example, someone might experience stiffening in the fascia of their knee and thigh as a result of slipping and falling on ice. Years later, this might lead to persistent pain after a knee surgery. The second reason for pain-causing restriction can be the operation itself, through no fault of the surgeon. The scar tissue that forms from the surgical incisions can some-

times cause distortion or stiffening of the fascia in the surgery area. This is more likely to occur if there is problem with healing such as intense swelling, infection or putting stress on the joint too soon. In addition, procedures where sawing, drilling or chiseling the bone are required can sometimes stiffen the dense fascia that covers the bones. The case of a patient, whom I will refer to as Debbie, illustrates the possibility of relief from post-surgical pain by treating fascia restriction. Her spinal fusion surgery cured intense pain and numbness that ran from her left hip down to her toes, and she was grateful to be able to walk again. However, low back pain that she had also experienced before the surgery intensified after the operation. She was unable to ride in a car for more than 15 minutes, couldn’t do yardwork, and struggled to perform typical housework and cooking. Debbie tried various courses of physical therapy—pain management with injections and opioid medications and even acupuncture—all with minimal improvement. When she came to our office, an examination showed intense restriction of fascia around her entire pelvis, likely the result of falling

from a horse 12 years prior. There was also intense stiffening of the fascia in the lumbar spine, particularly in the surgery area. She felt cautiously optimistic to hear there might be a reason for her mysterious and debilitating pain and agreed to receive the series of treatments I advised, in which gentle fascia release therapy would restore pliability and health to her fascia. Since the amount of Debbie’s restrictions was greater than we normally see, it took five treatments before she had a consistent decrease in pain. After two months of treatment her pain had decreased by 90 percent. She still has some mild pain and stiffness when she first wakes in the morning, but it is easily worked out with a little stretching and exercise. She now can easily do her daily tasks, has resumed work in her garden and recently drove to visit a relative in Georgia without experiencing any pain flares. It can be a relief to know that unexpected pain after surgery often has a treatable cause. For those who find themselves with unexplained pain after a surgical procedure, I recommend consulting with a practitioner skilled in assessing and treating restriction of the fascia. This could be the difference between continuous suffering versus a restored quality of life. Dr. Eric Winder, DC, has 24 years in practice with a focus on pain relief and restoration of alignment and motion. He uses fascia release therapies, without forceful manipulation. For more information, visit

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more and get meaner to out-groups in attempts to lower their anxiety. But when we look death squarely in the face, that anxiety recedes, the research concludes. Gratitude, self-honesty and the humility of recognizing our place in the larger whole are also proven antidotes. With less fear, we are better able to take the proactive, concrete steps that ease our passage—getting clear on our values and desires, having important conversations, attending to final decisions and opening to our spiritual process. Although death has its own ways and means, these four processes can make it more likely we will die as we would like to.

Four Steps to a Good Death by Ronica O’Hara


n his deathbed, Apple founder Steve Jobs looked for a long time at his children, his sister and his wife, then moved his gaze to the space behind them. “Oh wow! Oh wow! Oh wow!” he gasped. No one can know for certain what he was experiencing, but his words point to the deep, mysterious potential of our final hours—the awareness of which can transform our life long before its end. “An awareness of dying, of death, can wake us up to life. It helps us live a life that’s rich and full and meaningful. When we deny the truth of dying, we live less wholeheartedly, less completely,” says Frank Ostaseski, founder of the pioneering San Francisco Zen Hospice Project and author of The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully. The pandemic has 51 percent of us thinking more about our own mortality, a survey shows. The subject of death has been slowly opening up in America: TV programs like Six Feet Under and Alternative Endings: Six New Ways to Die in America present dying and grief more realistically; thousands of small conversational gatherings called “death cafes” are being held each year; people are designing their own funerals and choosing green burial sites; and the field of “death doulas” is emerging to help families navigate the legal and emotional shoals. Half a century after the release of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’ seminal book On Death and Dying, palliative care to ease pain is offered by two-thirds of American hospitals, and Medicare funding for end-of-life hospice care has grown tenfold over the last two decades. Yet for many, death remains the last taboo—85 percent of us have not discussed our last wishes yet with loved ones. Thousands of studies in the emerging field of experimental existential psychology have found that when reminded subconsciously of death, people tend to drive faster, drink harder, smoke

Defining What We Value “Deeply consider what your priorities in life are,” says Tarron Estes, founder and CEO of The Conscious Dying Institute, in Boulder, which has trained more than 6,500 doulas since 2013. “Ask yourself, if I had only three months to live, what’s important to me spiritually, emotionally, physically? What do I still need to do or say?” She recommends Stephen Levine’s book, A Year to Live, for exercises and meditations for that process. “Don’t wait until the time of your dying to discover what it has to teach you,” advises Ostaseski, who has sat beside more than 2,000 hospice patients in their last hours. “When I’m with dying people, the things that are important to them are not their spiritual beliefs, but are more about relationships—‘Am I loved? Did I love well?’ Those two questions are useful inquiries now. They help us to discover where value and meaning can be found.” By applying our values to the dying process, we can start sorting through options. Do we want to die at home or in a hospital? What medical procedures will we accept or decline? What measures do we want to be taken to sustain our life? Who do we want to be at our side? And what do we need to say before that time? Having Important Conversations As daunting as the prospect of an end-of-life talk with family and friends may seem, it can start with simple words like “I want to talk with you about something important to me.” Without spelling out our desires, death can become inadvertently medicalized: Nine in 10 of us say we want to die in our homes, but only two in 10 do. “The default systems are all to treat, treat, treat, until someone finally says, ‘No,’ so many people end up on a high-tech conveyor belt to the ICU,” says award-winning journalist Katy Butler, author of The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life. Among people that undertake such talks, 73 percent describe the experience as positive, reassuring and productive. A downloadable Conversation Starter Guide ( provides practical guidance for these critical conversations. Attending to Medical and Burial Decisions Taking care

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designates a trusted person to make medical decisions if a patient is not capable. A Do Not Resuscitate order approved by a doctor means emergency medical workers are less likely to give CPR, which frequently causes trauma and broken ribs in elderly or frail patients. Either cremation or a burial can be decided upon; environmental options such as a forest burial in a wooden casket can be explored. Local hospice options can be surveyed in advance; nonprofits generally are rated better than profit-making groups.

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religious beliefs to carry us through waves of loss and sorrow, death can spur spiritual insight. “In dying, we withdraw from our outer circles and come into the inner circles of our lives—the relationships that matter most to us,” says Ostaseski, who has worked four decades with hospice patients. “There’s a growing silence that has us becoming more contemplative and reflective. Our sense of time and space changes and we enter into a kind of free flow. The boundaries we have lived by begin to dissolve, and we start to feel ourselves as part of something larger—not as a belief, but as a natural occurrence. Often people realize themselves to be more than the small, separate self they had thought themselves to be.”

Joan Tollifson, a Zen-trained spiritual teacher and author of Death: The End of Self-Improvement, concurs: “When the future disappears, we are brought home to the immediacy that we may have avoided all our lives. With no future left to fantasize about, the focus of attention may finally be fully on right Now, the only place where our life ever actually is. Really getting that ‘This is it,’

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there may be a sudden recognition of the absolute preciousness and wonder of every simple ordinary thing and of the people around us, just as they are, with all their flaws and foibles. Old grudges and resentments often melt away, and love shines through. “All the things which may have been part of our self-image—independence, physical strength, cognitive sharpness, good appearance and so on—have either disappeared or are rapidly collapsing, which invites the discovery that none of that really mattered, that what we truly or more fundamentally are is not dependent on any of that. “The greatest gift we can give to a loved one who is dying,” says Tollifson, is to “simply be present, listen, follow your heart, trust the process. Everything else will follow from that. There’s no right or wrong way.” It can be difficult to know what to say to a loved one near the end, but hospice workers recommend five phrases that have deep healing potential, even if a person seems unconscious: “I love you,” “Thank you,” “Please forgive me,” “I forgive you,” and “Goodbye” or “Until we meet again.” As Butler points out, the first four phrases can be said any time in our lives. Increasingly in hospice care, loved ones are encouraged to sit with the body after the death, touching it, sharing stories, perhaps gently bathing it and dressing it in favorite clothes. “Touching the body, feeling the coolness, makes the death real to the family,” Ostaseski says. “Research shows that people that went through that process still grieved, but they were able to be with the emotion and not be overwhelmed by it.” Facing the reality of death—as hard and heartbreaking as that can be—can free us to truly live life, said Jobs. After his terminal cancer diagnosis, he told Stanford students in a commencement address, “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything—all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure—these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” Health writer Ronica O’Hara can be contacted at


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rench novelist Anatole France’s sentiment, “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened,” rings true for anyone that shares a love story with a beloved pet. Whether we lose a cat, dog, horse, bird or lizard, the final parting can be quite emotional. Society supports us with empathy and rituals of closure when we suffer the loss of a human love, but grieving an animal companion can be a uniquely silent passage. Surrendering fully to the mourning process, creating a joyful ceremony and celebrating the life of a loved one invites healing and solace.

Sacred Grief The animal-human alliance is hallmarked by the absence of emotional baggage, and is therefore capable of provoking grief that equals or exceeds losing a close relative. “This is a deep bond that is never judgmental on how we look, spend money or what we do for a living, as long as we love and nurture. And, in return, we receive undying, unconditional love,” says Pam Baren Kaplan, a pet loss grief counselor and life coach in Chicago. Diane Stout, a pet parent and retired dog groomer in Paupack, Pennsylvania, knows the impact of this unconditional love, especially through life’s changes. “Long after a spouse has died and family have moved away to other lives and preoccupations, the family pet remains the faithful dinner or TV time companion,” she says. “A cherished pet is often the last true companion.” Cancelling appointments or taking time off from work after a pet’s passing does not connote emotional weakness. “Treat yourself with the same kindness you would show


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another person going through this difficult time,” advises Cheryl Wyatt, a certified grief companion at Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, a national network of veterinarians that provides compassionate end-of-life care. “Allow yourself the time to do your mourning work. Tears are cleansing. If they happen to come 10 hours or 10 years from now, you have permission to shed them.”

Compassionate Transitions Loving an animal until the last goodbye includes relieving their suffering to the best of our ability. In-home euthanasia can make a heartbreaking time more bearable for both pet and owner. “Providing beloved pets euthanasia at home differs from a clinical setting because it allows them to remain in their safe, happy place. At home, the veterinarian can greet the pet family and provide the loved one’s

peaceful passing wherever they are most comfortable—a favorite bed or spot on the couch—surrounded by all those who love them most,” explains Wyatt. Pet funerals are becoming more common, and ceremonies are as unique as the animal remembered. Stories, poetry and memories can be shared by family and they can include a living memorial such as a tree planted in the animal’s name. Stout, also an accomplished artist, finds joy in painting her pets that have gone and suggests “a scrapbook of pictures and memories, because a look back at puppy or kitten pictures can bring an instant smile.” Kaplan agrees, “Creating what I refer to as ‘a legacy of love’ can be done by the entire family or by one person. This is a book that you put together with favorite photos of your pet and journal the story around the photo. This is a great way to include family member’s memories from their perspective.” Choosing a unique, handmade vessel for ashes can honor an animal. Mary Jane Panebianco, owner of SpiritpetShop on, was inspired by the passing of a co-worker’s dog. “At the time, I worked in a mixed media art gallery, and she had one of our ceramic artists create her dog Sandy’s memorial urn. It was beautiful and so well done. I did some research on the pet industry, and everything I found was so commercial and mass-produced. I knew pets and their owners deserved another option.” Panebianco works with a small number of award-winning American artisans and accepts custom orders for handcrafted urns. “Many of my pet parents have told me how having a beautiful memorial for their beloved pet helps them make peace with their pet’s passing. It’s the last thing you will do for them.” In the beginning and in the end, it’s all about the love. For Stout, it’s what animals teach us. “To play and dance often, to give unconditional love, loyalty and friendship, to find joy in the little things, and that life is too often short.” Marlaina Donato is an author and recording artist. Connect at

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eart-healthy dancing of all types is known to promote overall physical and mental health. When they are spirit-infused, forms like African, Middle Eastern, ecstatic and yoga-inspired kundalini dance offer us the opportunity to stay in shape while also fortifying the body’s intrinsic life force. Classes in these styles of dance, which are most often conducted barefoot, draw upon a deep cultural well and include the infectious heartbeat of live accompaniment. Just about anyone can find their own blissful groove when going with the flow is the focus. “In class, I choose to emphasize the feeling more than the step itself. The goal is always to get a spiritual release,” says Darian Parker, a Brooklyn-based West African dance teacher, professor and choreographer. “I always encourage my students to privilege ‘having a good time’ over succumbing to self-criticism from not perfecting a step.”

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There are more than 3,000 ethnic groups on the continent of Africa, and each dance style has a purpose that is defined by its unique history. In the West African tradition, dances are designed to heal the individual and from the broader perspective, restore community. Parker, a faculty member of Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance, in Brooklyn, celebrates the culture and art of the Mande people. “In short, Mande dance trains your spirit just as much as it trains your body,” says Parker. “In many Mande cultures, the ground is thought to be the habitation of our ancestors, who are thought to animate our bodies when we dance. In this way, you can think of dance as a ritual technology that


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renews our connections with those who came before us.” While an African dance class encourages high energy and joyous expression, ecstatic dance can be a portal to self-discovery and connectedness. Springboarding from ancient societies worldwide, modern ecstatic dance is freeform and hallmarked by trance or tribal beats. “Ecstatic dance has offered me a portal to my subconscious, my spirit, my deep knowing. It’s a way to, as Gabrielle Roth, the creator of 5Rhythms, put it, ‘Get out of my head and into my body,’ and in my body there is wonderful wisdom,” explains Heidi Sheldon, a seasoned ecstatic dancer and licensed counselor in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. “Your spirit knows what to do when it hears and feels the rhythms. You just need to allow your body to follow.”

Belly of Bliss, Heart of Light Middle Eastern dance is comprised of many dance styles—folk and tribal, classical and most widely known, belly dancing. In ancient times, the latter was practiced in rituals for fertile harvests and women’s fertility, including physical preparation for childbirth. In 2017, a pilot study published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies showed that belly dance improves depressive symptoms, fatigue and quality of life in women with breast cancer. “Belly dancing is a tantric form of dance that empowers women to release shame and accept and love themselves and their bodies just as they are. The movements open us to pleasure and sensual bliss in our very own skin. In this way, it is very healing and therapeutic,” says Banafsheh Sayyad, a Persian dance artist and founder of the Dance of Oneness Academy, in Los Angeles. Sayyad’s movement, a fusion of Persian and Middle Eastern dance, flamenco, contemporary dance and meditative whirling, is deeply connected to an ancient feminine ethos. As a teacher, she brings the Sama—the dervish (pronounced “darvish” in Persian) dance of the Sufis historically reserved for men—into the hands of women.“In the traditional Sama, the right arm is extended up toward the sky with the palm facing up,” she says. “The left arm is extended out with the palm facing down toward the Earth. In so doing, you transmit and emanate the light you’ve received into the world through your heart. So, this dance is about becoming a channel for light and love in the world.” In essence, stepping into any dance class can be good for the soul. Sayyad reminds us, “Every movement and dance style, if done with the intention of surrendering one’s sense of separateness into an experience of the greater or dissolving one’s identity as a drop of water into the greater ocean of oneness, can be sacred.” Marlaina Donato is an author and recording artist. Connect at

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David Crow on the Healing Power of Medicinal Plants

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avid Crow, author of In Search of the Medicine Buddha, among other books, is a foremost expert in botanical medicine and other natural health applications. As a teacher, telemedicine consultant, researcher, certified master herbalist, aromatherapist and acupuncturist, he has studied Chinese, Tibetan, Ayurvedic and Western herbal medicine for more than 30 years. He is a strong advocate of the safe use of herbs and essential oils, and installing gardens in public and private spaces. As one of the first medical pioneers to use essential oils and aromatherapy in clinical practice, integrating them into comprehensive treatments, he is also the founder of Floracopeia Aromatic Treasures.

Why do you feel humanity needs to reconnect a sacred relationship with plants? For our survival as a species. Plants created the biosphere over hundreds of


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millions of years, including the ozone layer, the oxygen in the atmosphere, the fertility of the soil, the regulation of the seasons and the foundation of the food chain. From those conditions, higher life was able to emerge and evolve: Humans emerged from conditions created by plants. Since we cannot live directly on soil and sunlight as plants do, the structure and function of the human body are designed so that we can extract those energies in forms that plants provide; our physiology, respiration and metabolism is a mirror image of photosynthesis. We have complete biological dependency on plants in every moment; understanding this is the basis of reverence for nature, which is ecological spirituality, the only long-term solution to the environmental crisis we have created through lack of sensitivity and appreciation of our place in the biosphere.

How is self-care changing to empower people? The doctor/patient paradigm is changing in many ways as a result of the internet, availability of natural medicines and awareness of the limitations and dangers of pharmaceutical drugs. The availability of nutraceuticals and herbal products from around the world has created a golden age of natural medicine, but has also brought widespread confusion from the overwhelming amount of information combined with marketing of products. People are asking more about drugs and prescribed procedures; they are seeking natural alternatives, and in many cases, either reducing or eliminating their

need for pharmaceutical drugs. This change is an important step toward greater health consciousness, which is linked directly to other aspects of creating a healthier society, like the increased demand for organic food that’s driving more organic agriculture.

Why are cultural medical systems inseparable from spiritual and meditative practices? Classical medical systems such as Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, along with indigenous and shamanic uses of plants for healing, have evolved and are inseparable from the spiritual practices of their cultures. For example, Chinese medicine evolved from and with the same philosophical roots and practices as qigong and Taoist alchemy, and Ayurveda emerged from and in turn influenced yoga, tantra and Vedic philosophy. The significance of this is that medical practices were used both for healing the body and to support yogic and spiritual practices, and vice versa. Now we have modern scientific research confirming the health benefits of spiritual practices such as meditation and prayer, but more importantly, traditional medical systems remind us that there is an ultimate spiritual goal that is higher than mere physical health.

What is your view on the resurgence of psychedelic plant medicines for healing? All plants have healing properties and also have potential dangers and toxicity, depending on how they are used. The psychoactive plants, specifically the entheogens (those that awaken the perception of divinity) have been used in ceremonies and mystery cults throughout history for healing conditions of body, mind and spirit, but those traditions have always been under the care of highly trained and experienced priests, priestesses and shamans. The experiences

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hen we were children, a hug helped to take the sting out of a skinned knee or quell first-day-of-school jitters. In adulthood, hugs are not as plentiful or practical; many people lack partners or loved ones, and the gesture—both giving and receiving—is too often labeled as sentimentality. As we continue to move through life with pandemic restrictions, hugs can feel risky at a time when we need them the most. A hug elicits a powerful shot of neurotransmitters like oxytocin, serotonin and dopamine, and we don’t necessarily need another human to reap the benefits. Wrapping our arms around a breeze-swept tree in the backyard or on a hiking trail can lower heart rate and set our brains abuzz with feel-good endorphins. Earlier this year, the forestry service in Iceland invited people to cuddle up to trees to offset COVID-19 isolation and get in a good dose of forest bathing. Scientific research, including a study from Carnegie Mellon University, backs what unapologetic huggers have always known: Even the most casual embrace can help to lower stress, boost immunity and promote a better night’s sleep. Cuddling up with a stuffed animal is a part of everyday life for 43 percent of American adults, with men taking the lead. Befriending a plush toy is part of some trauma recovery programs and has a soothing effect on those navigating the dark waters of grief, loss and chronic anxiety. Snuggling up under a warm, weighted blanket is also akin to a hug, and has benefits much like the real thing. Holding and being held strengthens the body’s defense systems, as well as romantic partnerships, friendships and our relationship with ourselves. Opening our arms can foster the spiritual discipline of not only giving, but receiving—a vital requirement in self-care. In a time of chaotic uncertainty, isolation and change, hugs can be medicine; they can also be a powerful metaphor and reminder to remain open, willing and beautifully human. Marlaina Donato is a mind-body-spirit author and recording artist. Connect at

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while under the influence of these plants are highly dependent on the container of the environment, the cultural mythologies, the ritual, its leaders and the other people present in the ceremony, and it can be highly unpredictable with both good and bad outcomes. The use of these medicines at higher doses is an excellent opportunity for deep inner transformation, exploration of consciousness and appreciation of the visionary realms that are available to us, but like all intensive spiritual endeavors, requires preparation, orientation and guidance. Using these plants at lower doses, like microdosing daily with psilocybin mushrooms for treating depression and anxiety, offers great benefits for some people without the risks of the psychological, mental or emotional disruptions that can occur at higher doses.

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Eco-Decor for the Home How to Buy Sustainable Furnishings


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hile comfort and beauty are clear priorities when shopping for furnishings, sustainability and health should be, too. By asking the right questions and doing a little up-front research, consumers have the power to appoint their sanctuaries with non-toxic, ecologically responsible items that are built to last and won’t pollute the environment. According to the Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) (, 80 percent of the environmental impact of any product comes from the materials used to make it, so it’s vital to ask about all of the material components in a piece of furniture.

Sustainably Harvested Wood Because it is long-lasting and sturdy, wood can be an excellent, eco-friendly material. The most important consideration is that it hasn’t contributed to deforestation. SFC Executive Director Susan Inglis recommends third-party certification to confirm that wood was sustainably harvested in ways that preserve the forest’s ecosystem and benefit nearby communities. The Forest Stewardship Council ( issues one of the industry’s most coveted independent certifications. Reclaimed wood is another Earth-friendly option. “Perhaps the tree was cut down decades or centuries ago and made into a building, and now it’s being used to make a piece of furniture,” explains Inglis. A third sustainable choice is wood from a plantation that was established more than 25 years ago. “While it is not sustainable to convert natural forests


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to plantations today because you’re losing biodiversity, wood from long-established plantations is considered sustainable,” she says, adding that in those settings, new trees are planted to replace those harvested.

Non-Toxic Textiles According to Inglis, the most environmentally sound textiles are made of natural fibers like organic cotton, linen, hemp and wool, which are long-lasting and can be recycled into new textiles. Synthetic fibers are petroleum-based and much less desirable. Textile manufacturing practices can also be environmentally problematic. “Look for certification that they’re not polluting waters or using toxic dyes,” says Aimee Robinson, owner of EcoBalanza, an organic furniture boutique in Seattle. She points to the Global Organic Textile Standard

( as a reliable organization which identifies producers of natural fibers that are organically grown without pesticides, while also considering the social and environmental impacts of their production systems.

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junk,” says Robinson, who also recommends looking for well-made vintage pieces that can be restored and brought back to life. “I recommend that you spend the most budget you have on a quality product, because that sofa, if it’s made well, can be reupholstered over and over again,” says Robin Wilson, a New York City designer and founder of Robin Wilson Home. “By keeping that sofa, you’re being eco-friendly to the world because it is not going into a landfill.” Sandra Yeyati, J.D., is a professional writer and editor. Reach her at

Price and Durability “Well-made furniture can get expensive, but you’ll have to replace cheap furniture because it’s not built to last. What’s cheap in the beginning is expensive in the end, because it’s not taking into account the cost of having to replace it or the cost of cleaning up an environment that gets more and more filled with


The SFC has identified five classes of chemicals commonly found in furniture that have been linked to cancer, endocrine disruption and immune impairment: volatile organic compounds like formaldehyde found in paints and finishes; flame retardants; fluoridated chemicals used in performance fabrics; antimicrobials; and polyvinyl chloride, known as PVC or vinyl. Inglis recommends that consumers ask about the potential presence of these chemicals when shopping for furniture and avoid them if possible.

Inglis. “The best thing would be to avoid making anything out of plastic,” she says. “Plastic is a huge environmental problem, and our use of it continues to go up, especially in the COVID era. Only a small percentage of it is being recycled, leaving a lot of it to break down into microparticles, unfortunately. So, making things out of our plastic waste is good.” Robinson, on the other hand, refuses to use any plastic in her handmade, all-natural furniture. “Plastics are a non-biodegradable, petrochemical product,” she says. “They’re polluting everything. The plastics industry is so insidious. Anything we can do on any front to pull away from petrochemicals in every aspect is good.”

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Mindfulness for Stressed Teens School Programs Teach Healthy Coping Skills by Erin Lehn


een stress levels often rival those of adults, concludes data collected by the American Psychological Association in 2017. This is especially true these days with the influx of social media expectations, political unrest and a global pandemic to contend with. Other daily pressures—such as relationship turmoil, bullying, academic challenges, unstable home lives and mood disorders—can add to the stressors. With all of these pressures, it’s no wonder many teens often tune out and turn toward their devices, getting fixated on other people’s lives or compulsively recording their own experiences, but not fully living them. A wealth of research has demonstrated


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that one of the most beneficial ways to help teens navigate the ups and downs of these tumultuous years is through mindfulness education. A randomized clinical trial published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology in 2009 was one of the first studies that provided evidence of the effectiveness of mindfulness-based stress reduction treatment of adolescents. Since then, there has been no shortage of research findings proving its benefits. “In a nutshell, mindfulness is about being keenly aware of your life, in the present, versus the automatic tendency to ruminate about the past or worry about the future,” says Gina Biegel, CEO and founder of

Stressed Teens, a Campbell, California, business that has been disseminating mindfulness-based programs tailored to adolescents since 2004. “It’s noticing your thoughts, feelings and physical sensations in the present moment without harmful judgment.” “Mindfulness is a practice in the art of aligning your energy, mindset and emotions,” says Tris Thorp, the San Diego-based author of Healing Your Heart and a Chopra Center-trained leadership coach. “When teens acquire the skills to better navigate what’s happening in the moment, they’ll have more opportunity available to them because they’re calm, centered and grounded.” “The best moments come when a teen

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experience of what works in the classroom. They are also long-term mindfulness practitioners, giving them a unique perspective of how mindfulness can be used and taught effectively in school,” says Shackleford.

realizes their own wisdom, sees it emerge and is able to grow stronger as a result,” says Jem Shackleford, head of curricula for Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP), a leading nonprofit provider of mindfulness training for schools in the U.K. and internationally. According to Biegel, a regular mindfulness-based practice helps rewire the brain when people focus on pleasant, beneficial and positive experiences. “For survival purposes, our brains are naturally wired to the negative, aka ‘negative selection bias’,” she says. “Thankfully, we can train our brains to be more tilted to the positive. In fact, just thinking of a positive memory for 12 seconds can create a benefit for your well-being.” While there are multiple approaches to weaving mindfulness practices into a school setting, here are two highly effective practices. n Certify teachers in mindfulness training so they can deliver the materials directly to their students. “MiSP curricula are produced by educators that have many years of

n Implement a school-wide approach. Stressed Teens offers online mindfulness-based groups and one-on-one therapy and coaching sessions for teens, as well as professional instructor certifications and the Whole-School Mindfulness-Centered Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) program. This approach, in which an entire school participates for a calendar year, is especially beneficial because everyone is going through the program at the same time. “Typically, schools complete two lessons per week to fit the curriculum into one semester or one lesson per week to spread learning over two semesters,” Biegel says. While teens can learn and practice these techniques alone, a whole systems approach that involves the family, school and community has been shown to have the biggest impact. “A teenager with a mindfulness practice can have a beneficial effect on other members of the household. However, there needs to be support from every angle in a teen’s environment for it to be sustainable,” says Thorp. “There’s so much evidence-based research and measurables that demonstrate how impactful these programs are in schools and communities. There’s a clear reduction in acting out, reduced conflict, and more participation and engagement.” “Think of the ripple effect of possible benefits if the whole community and systems a teen are in are also learning and practicing mindfulness,” says Biegel. “Mindfulness-based methods also include and affect positive human values like gratitude, kindness, generosity, self-care, compassion and acceptance. Youth, parents and educators can all benefit from that.” For more information, including free mindfulness-based resources, visit Stressed, and Erin Lehn is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine.

10 Mindfulness Tips for Teens

1. Stop what you’re doing and count your breaths to 10.

2. Devote your awareness to more of

the pleasant and beneficial moments in your day.

3. Accomplish only one task at a time.

You will be more productive than if you split your attention to multiple tasks.

4. Start a daily gratitude journal. Each day, consider the big things you’re grateful for, like your family, friends, health or home. Also, don’t forget the little things you’re thankful for, such as a cup of coffee or a hug. 5. Get some form of exercise every day. Even a 15-minute walk can do wonders for the mind.

6. Spend time outdoors enjoying nature. Notice the power of grounding by paying attention to your feet on the ground. 7. Begin a daily mindfulness practice. Start with 10 minutes and work your way up.

8. Commit to a nourishing self-care routine with a caveat to set incremental goals you can accomplish. You do not have to overdo it.

9. Acknowledge the positive qualities of your family, friends and others in your inner circle. Let them know how much they mean to you. Let them know you see them and hear them. 10. Carve out daily enrichment time

such as learning an instrument or creating artwork. Bring mindful attention, paying notice to your five senses, to anything you do in your daily life. Tips courtesy of Gina Biegel, CEO and founder of Stressed Teens; Jem Shackleford, head of curricula for Mindfulness in Schools Project; and Tris Thorp, author and coach. For more helpful mindfulness tips, click on the Stressed Teens Toolbox link at, visit and November 2021


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Healthy Brain Strategies How to Prevent Cognitive Decline by Linda Sechrist

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healthy brain performs mental processes known as cognition, which is the acquiring of knowledge and understanding by means of thought, experience and the senses. This includes functions and systems such as memory, learning, language, problem solving, decision making, reasoning and intelligence. The aging process, a stroke or a brain injury can cause a mild to severe reduction in healthy brain functioning resulting in impaired memory and concentration, and difficulty in learning new things or making decisions that impact daily living. Functional medicine experts focused on preventive health care agree on the ABC’s for optimizing the brain and protecting against decline: eating a healthy diet, exercising, reducing inflammation and stress levels, balancing hormone levels, cultivating healthy relationships and


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getting enough restorative sleep. With their expertise, they are helping to shift the old paradigm of inevitable aging and cognitive decline into a new one based on the brain’s neuroplasticity. Harvard-trained neuroscientist Jill Bolte Taylor, author of the bestseller My Stroke of Insight and the recent Whole Brain Living, is a true poster child for demonstrating the brain’s neuroplasticity and ability to recover from a massive stroke. She writes about the congenital neurological brain disorder that became a problem when an arteriovenous malformation exploded in her brain’s left hemisphere. For four hours, she observed her brain functions systemically shutting down one by one. On the afternoon of her stroke, she could not walk, talk, read, write or recall any of her life. Eight years later, she was not only slalom waterskiing again, but also explaining to the world, “We are the life-force power of the universe, with manual dexterity and two cognitive minds. We have the power to choose, moment to moment, who and how we want to be in the world.” Devaki Lindsey Berkson, author of Sexy Brain, a hormone formulator and former researcher at Tulane University’s estrogen think tank, advises, “Most people think hormones are sexy, reproductive things and when they get older, they’re relieved that they don’t have to think about them. Not true. The body has a virtual physiological internet system. Hormones are the email signals to most cells. While the robustness of hormones and their signals affects lungs, gut, kidney and vocal cord health, it especially affects the brain. Balancing hormones with bioidentical

hormones is one solution.” David Perlmutter, neurologist and co-author of Brain Wash, cites food as the biggest player in both brain and overall health in his books and PBS workshops. “Eating inappropriately causes intestinal permeability, resulting in inflammation, which in the brain, threatens good decision making—from deciding on the foods we eat to turning off our televisions at night, getting a good night’s rest, making sure that we exercise regularly and connecting with other people. Not good for the gut are dairy products, alcohol, highly processed foods that are low in fiber, high in sugar and refined carbohydrates, as well as antibiotics,” he says, adding that meditation and exposure to nature are powerful ways of reducing inflammation in the body and brain. As explained by neurologist Dale E. Bredesen, author of The End of Alzheimer’s, stress leads to an increase in cortisol levels that can be toxic to our brains—in particular the memory—consolidating the hippocampus, one of the first structures affected by Alzheimer’s. Studies show that high stress levels can also contribute to brain fog, involving difficulty concentrating, forgetfulness and mental fatigue. The Bredesen Protocol, available from health practitioners and online, includes exercising, eating a plant-based diet, supplementing to reduce insulin sensitivity and optimize cognitive function, reducing both gut inflammation

and exposure to toxins, treating pathogens and optimizing sleep., Cleveland Clinic’s Healthy Brains Initiative, is an online resource center with information on how to manage brain health and create a brain span that matches a life span. It offers six pillars of brain health as explained by brain health experts, including exercise, sleep, relaxation, mental fitness and social interaction. Supplementing for brain health should be done wisely, says Mark Hyman, author of Food: What the Heck Should I Eat? and director of functional medicine at Cleve-

land Clinic. He recommends at the very least taking a multivitamin and mineral supplement, omega-3, extra vitamins B3, B6 and B12, folate and a good probiotic that enhances the brain-gut relationship. Mastery of the ABC’s in kindergarten is required as the foundation of language and a lifetime of learning. Living the fundamentals for a healthy brain can result in a brain span that equals our life span. Linda Sechrist is a Natural Awakenings senior staff writer. Connect at Linda

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Universality of Spiritual Laws - 7pm. With Jim Toole Thurs. Explore how Spiritual Laws, Divine principles of Spirit and Life are universal by nature. That their meaning and truth are a part of all philosophes, disciplines, and beliefs, both inspirational and practical. Discover how recognizing, embodying and making them part of your expression transforms your spiritual and personal journey of life. The fee is $15, presented online on Zoom. Please contact Jim at or 941-330-5031 to attend.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Gallery by Advanced Student Mediums 7-8:30pm. On this night, and on the 1st Friday each month, a number of our advanced student mediums will present a SPIRIT MESSAGES GALLERY, supported by two Certified Mediums. Each attendee will have the opportunity to receive information from their spirit loved ones or guides, by the different styles of each student. Come and enjoy this fun and informative evening. $10 donation is requested. We offer separated seating with masks optional. No reservations needed. More info at CMFSarasota. org. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, 941-266-8435, Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Direct Guidance from Oracle Card Readings - 12-5pm. Taught by Michael Schlotterbeck,on ZOOM for $50. Sarasota Center of Light, 941-953-6620, or after hours 727-492-2977, for more information. Younger Next Year - 10am-2pm. Hosted by Cynthia Clark. Come by our open house at Longevity Wellness Clinic. You’ll get to meet all of our providers, learn about anti-aging techniques ranging from bio-identical fillers to meditations for beauty, hear tips on how to stay younger and sexier and not older and tired, enjoy fresh and healthy food & drinks, enter your name for a chance to win fun prizes, AND we are showcasing our latest skincare products. Bring a friend! Longevity Wellness Clinic, 528 48th Street Court East, Bradenton, 941-9239355,

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7 Psychic Sundays - Get in touch with Sarasota’s psychic influence on this interesting trolley or van tour! Learn why Sarasota is called “Sedona by the Sea,” explore the tools psychics and mediums use, hear about the history of the tarot, and learn why Sarasota is a psychic and spiritual energy center. Visit Pixie Dust on Sarasota’s Main Street, walk the sands of Siesta Key Beach, explore a labyrinth, and then enjoy a Spirit Gallery Reading and a mini tarot reading on the trolley! You can also book a 15-minute personal tarot reading with tour guide Michael Newton-Brown at the cottage after the tour - call 941-260-9818 to book. Ages 12+; young people ages 12-20 may attend if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Tour ticket includes FREE Parking! Discover Sarasota Tours, 1826 4th Street, Sarasota, 941-260- 9818, DiscoverSarasotaTours. com, Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Liana Salima Rael, “We Are Light” Celebrating Diwali and


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the Light in All Beings. Please bring a self-standing candle if you have one. Any color. We will shine, shine, shine. In person at Rising Tide and on Zoom: Password: RTI2021. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota. For info Rev. Zan, 941922-7839,

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Calling All Starseeds - 7-9pm. What is a Starseed? Since we are all spiritual beings, having this human experience, we all are Starseeds. Some are more highly evolved and come from elsewhere in the universe. Now is the time to remember who we are and why we are here. Ask yourself, is it time to re-claim your soul? Come find out from Spiritual Life Coach and International Medium AnnMarie Touchette. $20 donation requested. Reservations please 817-528-8841. We offer separated seating with masks optional. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota. OM Singing Bowl Sound Bath - 7-8pm (doors open @ 6:45). Join us for this beautiful form of deepened relaxation! The OM Shoppe professional Sound Therapy Practitioners, bring you these beautiful multi-instrumental sound baths to guide you into a deepened place of stillness and peace. Discover the magical way that sound can help ease you into a meditative state, and heightened mind-body awareness! Tickets: or 941-706-3257. The OM Shoppe, 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5, Sarasota.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Open House - Integrated Healing Arts Wellness Center - 4-7pm. Combining ancient practices with modern technology, holistic approach to optimum health where treatment is focused on body, mind and spirit, to promote coherence for optimal health. Fall into wellbeing – join us in entering a world of functional Holistic Medicine - FREE Demos, Health Screenings, Food, samples, prizes, raffles. Integrated Healing Arts Wellness Center, 3260 Fruitville Rd, Suite C, Sarasota, 941-677-3418, RSVP for your free raffle ticket. Spirit Fest: Metaphysical and Holistic Fair - 5pm8:30pm Fri; 10am-6pm Sat & Sun. Enjoy 40+ booths with vendors, practitioners, intuitive readers, artists, and demonstrations. Special festival Friday evening. Something for everyone. Speakers throughout both days on a variety of topics. Entrance fee: $10. Children 12 & under free. Vendor opportunities still available. Visit, Sarasota Event Center, 600 North Beneva Road, Sarasota. Practical Astrology - 7-9pm. Curious about how the stars influence your life? Join Alexandria Mazzarino as she helps you discover practical astrology for the everyday person. This playful workshop will introduce you to the language of astrology and connect you with how planetary movements affect your life. For example, just like checking the weather forecast, you will learn to navigate a moon cycle to improve decision making and make better choices. Learn how to let the stars guide you. $20 donation requested. To confirm space, call or text 917-733-8878. Please be prepared to supply your birth date, place and time (if available). We offer separated seating with masks optional. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, CMFSarasota. org. Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13 Mandala Dots Painting Workshop - 1-3pm. Sim-

one Santangelo will assist you in creating your own Mandala Christmas ornament using a poured plaster cast, with paints and tools that she provides. Mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the universe. Take home your creation from this fun, creative and meaningful class. Donation of $30. Please call 941-993-6235 to secure a spot, as this class will be limited to 6 people. We offer separated seating with masks optional. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota. Spirit Fest: Metaphysical and Holistic Fair 10am-6pm Sat & Sun. Enjoy 40+ booths with vendors, practitioners, intuitive readers, artists, and demonstrations. Special festival Friday evening. Something for everyone. Speakers throughout both days on a variety of topics. Entrance fee: $10. Children 12 & under free. Vendor opportunities still available. Visit, Sarasota Event Center, 600 North Beneva Road, Sarasota. Family Day - Integrated Healing Arts Wellness Center - 3-5pm. Fall into wellbeing with family fun. Bring the kids for a day of education and fun. Health Screenings, yoga, singing bowls– healthy food, healthy movement, healthy brain, body. Integrated Healing Arts Wellness Center, 3260 Fruitville Rd, Suite C, Sarasota, 941-677-3418 RSVP for your free raffle ticket.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14 Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Kismet Weeber, “Shells And God” Words are but shells of thought and feelings in spiritual Life, yet God is the answer. In person at Rising Tide, and on Zoom: Password: RTI2021. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota. For info Rev. Zan, 941922-7839,

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Ho’Oponopono: A Group Workshop and Meditation with Don Reed Simmons - 2-5pm. This is a special event with The OM Shoppe & Spa based on the Hawaiian tradition of forgiveness and reconciliation. An ancient practice, Ho’Oponopono, meaning “to make Right,” was made popular by the book Zero Limits by author Joe Vitale and his work with Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len, a Hawaiian therapist who reportedly worked in the mental wards of Hawaii using this method to restore peace and balance to institutions known for extreme violence. Now you can use this powerful method of healing through forgiveness of Ho’Oponopono. Amazing results have taken place from the over 12 years Don has been teaching and working with this powerful modality. Don says. “I have seen people, depressed, angry and revengeful become beautiful Lights of joy”.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17 Animal Intuitive (Among the Living) - 7-9pm. Conducted by Stacey Ericson. Do you ever wonder what your pet or the squirrels outside are trying to communicate to you? Each of us has our own way of understanding the information and wisdom that animals are trying to help us receive. Come to learn how you can receive this information. Bring a picture of your favorite living pet or outdoor animal with the eyes showing. We will exchange pics of the animals and give readings by the end of the class. Everyone can do it! It’s so much fun to learn what these beings have to say! A $20 donation is requested. We offer separated seating with masks

optional. Reservations, please call or text 941-2325323. More info at Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota. Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18 Sherry Lord International Channel, Deep Trance Channel, Energy Healer and Emissary for Aeroth - 10am-4pm, Nov 18-20. An International Channel, Deep Trance Channel, Energy Healer and Emissary for Aeroth. Sherry connects with angels and guides, sees auras, and channels loved ones who have crossed over. Do you ever feel stuck, miss a loved one who has passed on, or are trying to make an important life decision? Sherry can help clarify your life’s path and direction; with the ultimate goal to empower and help you find your own inner wisdom including business and helping you on your spiritual path. Visit or call Spirit Speaks 411 W. Dearborn Street Englewood, 734-564-6828 or 313-779-2921 for appt. Toning and Mindfulness - 6-7pm. Learn to retune your vital body and awaken your psychic powers with the use of voice and breath. Awaken your psychic powers and re-calibrate your chakras while you bathe in sacred healing frequencies and light. Experience augmented awareness with Seed Mantras, Crystal Sound Bowls, Chants, Drone Boxes and an Interactive Mandala Projection that will take you on an extraordinary journey to a higher plane. $15/ session. Rosemary Court Yoga, 810 Central Ave, Sarasota. MusicandWellness.Biz Zen Event - ZenJen Yoga 50Plus - REST, RELAX & RESTORE EVENT! - 6:30-8pm. Via Zoom. No yoga or meditation experience needed for this class, just be ready to completely relax. This 90-minute Special Event offers a welcome respite among all the turbulence of life & helps us balance the nervous system. There will be a few Restorative Poses to relax and restore the body, then we’ll move into a deep “Yogic Sleep”, Yoga Nidra. In Yoga Nidra, you are lying down, and the goal is to move into a deep state of consciousness sleep, which is a deeper state relaxation with awareness. This practice helps calm the sympathetic nervous system; mainly our fight-or-flight response and helps active the parasympathetic. There is such a benefit when those are balanced overall for stress management. To assure a truly restorative evening gather your yoga mat with blankets, pillows, cushions & more - Or - do it from your bed! Dress comfortably. $10. To sign up or more info, please email Zen Jen Brown at or call/text 941-830-3040. Giving to Create Gratitude - 7pm. With Jim Toole. Just in time for Thanksgiving. Discover how letting go of what is, into the flow of the river of life cleanses, clears, awakens, reenergizes, and transforms the expression and experience of you as Spirit. Explore how being a reflection of your true nature allows you to effortlessly become the gift given and received in profound gratitude. The fee is $15, presented online on Zoom. Please contact Jim at RevJimToole@ or 941-330-5031 to attend.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20 Beyond Visions Psychic Fair - 11am-4pm. Come join us for a personal reading using Tarot and Oracle cards or a Crystal Bowl Healing with messages from beyond, be it Guides or loved ones. Kathy Skeens will offer Numerology readings and Robert Austin is offering his several Modalities of Spiritual connection. Colleen Panebianco is offering many Sauv’e natural, handmade essential oil products. $20/15 min. readings or healings. We offer separated seating with masks optional. No Reservations needed. More

info 941-266-8435. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota. Remote Viewing Seminar -11am-1pm. Taught by Rev. Bill Patridge on ZOOM for $20. Sarasota Center of Light, 941-953-6620, or after hours 727492-2977,

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21 Psychic Sundays - Get in touch with Sarasota’s psychic influence on this interesting trolley or van tour! Learn why Sarasota is called “Sedona by the Sea,” explore the tools psychics and mediums use, hear about the history of the tarot, and learn why Sarasota is a psychic and spiritual energy center. Visit Pixie Dust on Sarasota’s Main Street, walk the sands of Siesta Key Beach, explore a labyrinth, and then enjoy a Spirit Gallery Reading and a mini tarot reading on the trolley! You can also book a 15-minute personal tarot reading with tour guide Michael Newton-Brown at the cottage after the tour - call 941-260-9818 to book. Ages 12+; young people ages 12-20 may attend if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Tour ticket includes FREE Parking! Discover Sarasota Tours, 1826 4th Street, Sarasota, 941-260- 9818, DiscoverSarasotaTours. com, Myrna Lou Master Palmist, Soul Mate Specialist, Award Winning Author, Speaker and Teacher 10-11am. FREE Lecture (limited seating) on Palmistry and Soulmates – what a concept! (Call to reserve lecture seat) Private Sessions available following lecture 15 minutes/ $30. Visit or Call Spirit Speaks 411 W. Dearborn Street Englewood, 734-564-6828, 313-779- 2921 to schedule your appointment today. Universal Service - 10:30am, with Rev. Zan Benham, “Season of Thanksgiving and Gratitude.” Gratitude is good for the soul and a way that we may express our thanksgiving for the good things in our lives. It also offers us an opportunity to forgive that which have caused us grief. One cannot be angry and grateful at the same time. In person at Rising Tide and on Zoom: Password: RTI2021. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota. For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839, Want More Gratitude in Your Life? - 11am-3pm. CSL Manatee is celebrating a day of gratitude & Thanksgiving. Join us at the Bradenton Area Convention Center for a special gratitude service, concert and workshop. Everyone is Invited! CDC guidelines followed. Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd, Palmetto. For more info,

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 26 Tarot Cards Workshop - 7-9pm. Nationally known medium and teacher, Diana Mier will present TAROT the Talking Cards, one of the oldest and most popular forms of divination dates back to 14th century Europe. The cards tell a story both for the reader and client. A brief excursion or a life study, the tarot is full of mystery, twists and turns. The class will get you on your way or add to your growing experience. The story is always beginning. Limited to 8. $20 donation. Please call to reserve your place 941-416-1622. Please bring your tarot cards. We offer separated seating with masks optional. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota, Facebook is: CMF of Sarasota.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28 Universal Service - 10:30am. With Rev. Parvati,

Karen Mikki, “Launching The Season of Light.” Inspired by the beginning of Hanukkah, we open to the significance of light in each of the religious traditions on our altar. In person at Rising Tide and on Zoom: Password: RTI2021. This weekly egalitarian service celebrates all of humanity’s religions on a single altar. Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota. For info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839, “A Thanksgiving Afternoon with Family and Friends in Spirit with Vincent Genna” - 3-4:30pm. On ZOOM. Special Fundraiser with all proceeds to the Sarasota Center of Light, for $20. Sarasota Center of Light, 941-953-6620, or after hours 727492-2977, OM Shamanic Sound Journey - 3-4pm (doors open @ 2:45). You will experience a blend of, shamanic drumming, rhythm, crystal singing bowls, rattles, tuning forks, vocal toning, electric violin and more in a coordinated and orchestrated fashion to help improve participants well-being. Clinical Hypnotherapist Beth A Snyder begins your journey by gently inducing a hypnotic state. Then your journey into sound begins. Consider your intention now. Tickets: or 941-706-3257. The OM Shoppe ,4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5, Sarasota.

plan ahead SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12 Psychic Sundays - Get in touch with Sarasota’s psychic influence on this interesting trolley or van tour! Learn why Sarasota is called “Sedona by the Sea,” explore the tools psychics and mediums use, hear about the history of the tarot, and learn why Sarasota is a psychic and spiritual energy center. Visit Pixie Dust on Sarasota’s Main Street, walk the sands of Siesta Key Beach, explore a labyrinth, and then enjoy a Spirit Gallery Reading and a mini tarot reading on the trolley! You can also book a 15-minute personal tarot reading with tour guide Michael Newton-Brown at the cottage after the tour - call 941-260-9818 to book. Ages 12+; young people ages 12-20 may attend if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Tour ticket includes FREE Parking! Discover Sarasota Tours, 1826 4th Street, Sarasota, 941-260- 9818, DiscoverSarasotaTours. com,

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16SATURDAY DECEMBER 18 Sherry Lord International Channel, Deep Trance Channel, Energy Healer and Emissary for Aeroth - 10am-4pm, Dec 16-18. An International Channel, Deep Trance Channel, Energy Healer and Emissary for Aeroth. Sherry connects with angels and guides, sees auras, and channels loved ones who have crossed over. Do you ever feel stuck, miss a loved one who has passed on, or are trying to make an important life decision? Sherry can help clarify your life’s path and direction; with the ultimate goal to empower and help you find your own inner wisdom including business and helping you on your spiritual path. Visit or call Spirit Speaks, 411 W. Dearborn Street, Englewood, 734-564-6828, 313-779-2921 to schedule your appointment today.

JANUARY 2022 Reiki Master Class Series, of Reiki I, II and III - Starting January 22, 2022. For info go to or, or Rev. Zan Benham at 941-922-7839.

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sunday OM Shamanic Sound Journeys with Resonance - 4th Sunday of every month. Sold out for over 2 years! You will experience a blend of, shamanic drumming, rhythm, crystal singing bowls, rattles, tuning forks, vocal toning, electric violin and more in a coordinated and orchestrated fashion to help improve participants well-being. Clinical Hypnotherapist Beth A Snyder begins your journey by gently inducing a hypnotic state. Then your journey into sound begins. Consider your intention now. Tickets: or call 941-706-3257. The OM Shoppe 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5 Sarasota. Christian Spiritualist Sunday Morning Services - 10am. Old time camp meet style service, guided meditation, healing, presentation of truth and mini spirit message for each person. Private or group readings available daily by appointment. Contact Rev Shari. Church of Light, 2408 43rd Ave. West, Bradenton, 941-751-5683. Sunday Service at CMF - 10:30am. At each Sunday morning service we are offering spiritual healing, an inspirational talk, messages from spirit, and an ever important environment of fellowship. Leave refreshed and inspired to start the new week. We feature a variety of speakers and spirit message bearers throughout the year. We offer separated seating with masks optional. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Dr., Suite 204, Sarasota, 941-266-8435,, Facebook: CMF of Sarasota. Unity of Sarasota - 10:30am. We are meeting in person. Services available on the Web too – live streamed. The Sunday Celebration service includes a message and lively music. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941955-3301, Universal Service - 10:30am. Each Sunday with a rotation of Reverends. This is a weekly egalitarian service which celebrates all of humanity’s religions together on a single altar. It is a place where East meets West, offering opportunities for spiritual growth and sharing. At Rising Tide, 5102 Swift Rd. Sarasota, and on Zoom: 8049 Password: RTI2020.. RisingTideInternational. org, for info Rev. Zan, 941-922-7839. Sunday Morning Celebration Service, Zoom Live - 11am. Join us as we come together as a spiritual family and community, sharing our love and light for ourselves, for each other, and the world. Be a part of sharing the energy and illumination of our hearts and souls together through conversation, music, meditation, a talk and an affirmation. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, or after hours 727-492-2977, Center for Spiritual Living Cultural Coast 11am. Virtual Gathering Via FaceBook & YouTube Live. Join us the first Sunday each month for a contemplative/meditative experience. The rest of the month is a bit more lively - always an inspiring message based on the Science of Mind (New Thought) philosophy, featuring local & internationally known musicians. Contact Rev. Theresa Fieberts 941-3760177,


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monday Z e n J e n Yo g a 5 0 P l u s - W o m e n Only - Strength Class via Zoom - 9:30 am Eastern. Movement of the body is used in this class to help keep us strong. Bring light hand weights if you have them, or cans of beans if you don’t. This is a 75-minute class & it’s just $5 or a multiple class discount. Modified Yoga for the more mature woman, various classes offered throughout the week, not for the advanced student, beginners welcome. This is a noncompetitive environment, a nurturing space to learn & grow. Via Zoom, women only. To sign up or more info, please contact Zen Jen Brown at or 941-830-3040. Feldenkrais with Bonnie K - 5:45pm. Online! Awareness Through Movement classes: 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. Ongoing classes $65/4 movement lessons w/ replays. 941-360-2248. Register with Bonnie at: Sarasota-Classes-Feldenkrais/ Candlelight Sound Bath Meditation with Becky Moriarty - 6pm. During these crazy, stressful, weird, unbalancing times of life self-care is super important. There is no better way to relax, de-stress, take time for ourselves & boost our immune systems then with Sound Healing. The use of crystal bowls, Himalayan bowls, other deep-vibrational instruments plus intention can balance dissonant frequencies and bring them back into harmony. $20. Book at Wild Ginger Apothecary 6557 Superior Avenue Sarasota, 941312-5630. Pub Theology - 6:30-8pm, the 2nd Mon. of the month. With Rev. Amy Zehe. Bring your Spiritual questions. We are meeting at the Olive Garden in the Landings. 941-955-3301, Learning to Connect Classes at CMF - 7-9pm. Join Susan Houliston and guest instructors every Monday & Tuesday to learn techniques for connecting with Spirit. Students are given the opportunity to practice lessons to develop their skills and each class will end with a “grounding” before closing. Discussions will follow. $15 donation is requested. Please refer to the CMF website CMFSarasota. org for description of the programs offered for each weekly class. We offer separated seating with masks optional. RESERVATIONS NEEDED, so call or text Susan at 941-266-1696. Center for Metaphysical Fellowship, 3231 Gulf Gate Drive, Suite 204, Sarasota.

wednesday ZenJen Yoga 50Plus - Women Only - Gentle Yoga Class via Zoom - 9:30am. This is a gentle Yoga class for women only. Come release tension from the body, relax the mind - and enjoy a beautiful stretch. This is a 75-minute class & it’s just $5 or multiple class discount. Modified Yoga for the more mature woman, various classes offered throughout the week, not for the advanced student, beginners welcome. This is a noncompetitive environment, a nurturing space to learn & grow. Via Zoom, Women Only. To sign up or more info, please contact Zen Jen Brown at or 941830-3040.


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. ADVANCED CLINICAL HYPNOTHERAPY. Advanced Clinical Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy is available in Sarasota. Specializing in healing trauma and coping with life transitions. ORGANIZING AND DECLUTTERING. Personal Assisting, Errands, Appointments, and more. Let Me Help lower your stress and simplify your life. Call Amy 941-216-7467. RECOGNIZE AND HEAL YOURSELF THROUGH THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT. The human being is an energy field of the Spirit - the spiritual forces are also healing forces awaiting our request. Toll-Free: 844-576-0937. MEETING/EVENT BUILDING AND CLASSROOMS FOR RENT. Detached building, bright interior, light and airy, central location off Tuttle Avenue, with plenty of FREE parking. Adjacent to beautiful Healing Garden. The wood floor, decor and candles create an environment perfect for yoga or tai chi, movement, meditation, oneon-one meeting or a class. $25 an hour. Also, single classrooms in the nearby Education Center on Tuttle Avenue are available for rent, with whiteboard, kitchen facilities, and chairs. For more information, call 941-953-6620 (9 am12noon), Mon-Fri, or after hours 727-492-2977.

Feldenkrais with Bonnie K - 9:45 or 11am. Online! Awareness Through Movement classes: 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. Ongoing classes $65/4 movement lessons w/replays. More info, 941-360-2248. Register with Bonnie at: Course in Miracles - 10-11:30am. With presenter Ellen Fiorillo. Come join this class based on the book. Unity of Sarasota, Room A, 3023 Proctor Rd. 941-955-3301, OM Crystalline Vibrational Immersion - 7pm, every 2nd Wednesday of the month. Join us for this beautiful form of deepened relaxation! The OM Shoppe professional Sound Therapy Practitioners bring you these beautiful multi-instrumental sound baths to guide you into a deepened place of stillness and peace. Discover the magical way that sound can help ease you into a meditative state, and heightened mind-body awareness! Tickets: or call 941-706-3257. The OM Shoppe 4801 S. Tamiami Tr #5 Sarasota. Unity of Sarasota - 7pm. Weekday service with music and inspiration. Meeting in person. Recorded on website as well. 3023 Proctor Rd., 941-955-3301, Healing, Intention and Meditation Zoom Live 7:30pm (new time). Join us for a time of healing, connection and meditation. Let us all come together and experience the energy and inspiration that can make such a powerful difference in our individual lives. Sarasota Center of Light, 852 S Tuttle Ave. 941-953-6620, or after hours 727-492-2977,


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Bentleys House - 7pm, 3rd Thurs of the month. A safe place to express your grief from loss of a pet. We are meeting in person at Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota, Law of Attraction - 7-9pm. An on-going class with Rev. Zan Benham, “Back To Basics” for Unity of Sarasota, presented on Zoom. Requirements are the book, “Ask and It Is Given” by Jerry and Esther Hicks, a notebook and pen and a rock or stone. Class will include a weekly YouTube from Esther Hicks/ Abraham. Fee, $10 may be sent via PayPal, Venmo or Zelle, to Zoom link will be sent to you after first payment and contact with Rev. Zan Benham, 941-922-7839. For more info,


Board Certified Acupuncture Physician The Integrated Path, P.A. 2801 Fruitville Rd.Suite 135, Sarasota 941-924-8833 •

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!

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. 1 N Lemon Ave., Sarasota, 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 local artists, craftspeople and musicians. 400 12th St., W. Bradenton, 941-301-8445. ZenJen Yoga 50Plus - Chair Yoga for Everyone - via Zoom - 9:30am. Men & women of all ages, shapes, sizes & abilities welcome in this class! Absolutely NO floor work - it’s either sitting in the chair or standing using the chair for support. This class helps release tension, tightness and stress from the body. Full 60-minute class is just $5 or multiple class discount. Not for the advanced student, beginners welcome. This is a noncompetitive environment via Zoom. To sign up or more info, please contact Zen Jen Brown at ZenJenYoga@ or 941-830-3040. Sound Healing Meditation with Ed Russell - 5pm, 1st Saturday of every month. Sound bowls have a centuries-old tradition throughout Asia to awaken and refresh those in sacred spaces. You will feel the vibrations move throughout your body, allowing conscious and unconscious information to come to you. $20. Book at Wild Ginger Apothecary 6557 Superior Avenue Sarasota, 941-312-5630.


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 •

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


Mobile Chiropractic Or in Sarasota/Bradenton Offices 941-447-2041 •

Dr. Amy provides exceptional and compassionate chiropractic care for pregnancy, infants, children, and adults! She has over 40 years of experience providing both long-term wellness and acute injury care. She loves working with babies and kids, and also specializes in athletic care. Dr. Amy is now offering mobile chiropractic! She’s excited to either come to you at your home or office (using COVID safety protocols), or to see you at one of her Sarasota or Bradenton office spaces. Dr. Amy has a cash practice and is not currently accepting insurance.Contact Dr. Amy TODAY to discuss scheduling and pricing. She is offering complimentary phone consultations to talk about whether chiropractic is for you!


Residual Strain Therapy Eric Winder DC Offices in Sarasota and Venice, FL 941-957-8390 •

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



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

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.

Fusion Therapy 7069 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 941-921-7900 •

Terry Schibler has 30 years experience in advanced bodywork. He has a singular ability to trace, recognize and treat complex pain patterns through numerous modalities such as CranioSacral Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage, Visceral and Fascial manipulation. Terry’s hands-on work is effective for a wide range of problems associated with pain and dysfunction such as Migraines, Chronic neck/back pain, Concussions, TMJ, Post-surgical dysfunction...and more.



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

Community for health + wellness. Offering hemp CBD, health remedies, metaphysical gifts and tools, crystals, cards, essential oils, jewelry and more! Classes and drop-in tarot and psychic readers daily. Open Tues -Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Closed Sun + Mon

November 2021




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 •

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! 941-5869539,

FELDENKRAIS METHOD® Lessons for Children (ABM), Adults, Classes, Prof Seminars Bonnie Kissam, M.A., Feldenkrais® Practitioner, LMT, CE Provider 941-360-2248

The Feldenkrais® Approach , ‘Movement with Attention’, helps one ‘sense easier, improved posture and ways of moving. Clients optimize their musical, athletic or everyday activities through heightened ‘awareness’. They find unique ways to recover from injury, surgeries or illness. Call for appointments, classes or for weekend TOUCH TO INFORM seminars 941-360-2248 ,

FUNCTIONAL & LIFESTYLE WELLNESS KORMAN RELIEF & WELLNESS CENTER Laura Korman, DC, DACBN Chiropractor, Diplomate in Nutrition 16954 Toledo Blade Blvd, Port Charlotte 941-629-6700 •

Dr. Korman specializes in helping peri-menopausal women eliminate pain, fatigue and unwanted belly fat through functional medicine, lifestyle strategies and regenerative therapies so they can reclaim their vitality and stay engaged in the life they love. We offer PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy), Class IV Deep Tissue Laser, Near & Far Infrared Sauna, Decompression Therapies, Whole Body Vibration and carry a professional line of supplementation.

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Caroline Crawford Messages from the spirit world with clarity and compassion. 941-402-9595 •

Highly gifted British Medium and Master Healer, Caroline channels messages of healing to comfort, inspire and empower you from your loved ones and her team of Angelic beings. Receive guidance & insight into your life now and your future career, relationships, health and spiritual path with renewed confidence and optimism. Touching hearts for over four decades, Caroline is currently based in Sarasota. By appointment only, in person, by phone or zoom.






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

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


5411 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, 941-378-4367 5770 Ranch Lake Blvd, East Bradenton, 753-7297 •

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


640 S. Washington Blvd., Suite 150 941-552-4500 •

We offer Brain Mapping, Neurofeedback Training, Psychological & Behavioral Testing and Therapy Services. Non-invasive relief for anxiety, depression, ADHD Trauma and more. Free consultations.


Dr. David Cifra, DC Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Specialist Office: 941-358-2224 • Cell: 315-345-7390

Medical Breakthrough Technology! Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Specialist, Dr.David Cifra,DC. Advanced procedure for patients who have back and neck pain and want to avoid narcotics, epidural injections, and unnecessary surgeries. Over 90% effective. No pain, No drugs, No surgery, NO Injections. Call today 941-358-2224. FREE CONSULTATION.


at Wild Ginger Apothecary 6557 Superior Avenue (Gulf Gate Shopping Village), Sarasota 941-312-5630

Fourth-generation Psychic Intuitive Tarot Reader, Skye Samuel, is now available full time for readings Tuesday-Saturday at metaphysical and health boutique, Wild Ginger Apothecary. Skye has over 35 years’ experience and specializes in direct question answering for all matters of love, health, money, and life. In-person, virtual video or phone available. Book online or drop-in. Tues - Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am4pm.


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

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


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



5700 Midnight Pass Road Suite 4B 941- 350-7495

Newly relocated and remodeled day spa Formerly Massage Experience Siesta Key proudly offers an array of healing and pampering services. A sampling of our offerings include specialty anti-aging facials, facial sculpting, anti-aging facials, pampering, therapeutic massage medical massage, acupuncture, cupping and now featuring two couples rooms catering to small groups and wedding parties.Owner Connie Lewis has over 25 years of experience in the Spa industry and welcomes you to her new Spa conveniently located next to the public beach on Siesta Key.



June Drennon, CCT 2008

Rev. Theresa Fieberts 941-376-0177


Sometimes meditative, sometimes rockin’ ~ always inspirational. Our Sunday services on-line via FB or YouTube, meditation group, prayer support, on-going enrichment and Science of Mind classes, networking and community building! Sign up for our e-newsletter at


852 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota 941-953-6620 •

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

Voted “Best Salads” Voted “Best Organic Restaurant” For more information contact the restaurant at 941.412.4334 Café Evergreen - Healthy Food, Healthy Life 801 Tamiani Trail S. • Nokomis, Fl 34275 • 941.412.4334


Certified Clinical Thermographer 2008. Prevention is better than early detection. Knowledge is power: Know your risk factors to make corrections and avoid developing pathology. Call for location convenient for you.


WILD GINGER APOTHECARY 6557 Superior Avenue (Gulf Gate Shopping Village), Sarasota 941-312-5630

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