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heila Z Stirling, an awardwinning author and hands-on healer in Las Vegas, has published a new book, Anatomy of Healing and Wellness: Unleashing the Healer Within to Stay 30 Until You’re 90. Among Stirling’s many achievements and certifications, she holds a Ph.D. in natural health and is a certified lymphologist, sound and vibration facilitator and a conscious channel. Her Vibrant Life Protocol has assisted many from healing to complete wellness. “If you have had a setback, an illness, a surgery or simply are ready for the truth, the whole truth about your wellness, this is your book,” says Stirling. “I can tell you with certainty I never thought I would or could ever be in the life threatening position I was in not so long ago. I am blessed to have had the training and the knowledge to bring myself to a full and successful recovery. If I can do it, so can others.” Stirling writes about topics from physical forms of wellness to the science of wellness and from the conscious/unconscious mindset to using food as medicine. She expounds on which herbs are best for any situation in an elegant and understandable format. For more information, call 702-227-9415 or visit TrueLife-Solutions.com and AnatomyOfHealingAndWellness.com.
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newsbriefs The Healing Tree of Nevada Opens in Henderson
he Healing Tree of Nevada has opened at 170 South Green Valley Parkway, Suite 313, in Henderson, and is now accepting new clients. A new group coaching session begins on January 12, 2015 (limited to 10 people). Cancer and other chronic diseases can rob us of our quantity and quality of life. Surgery and drugs provide an effective shortterm response, but research suggests that nature provides the best solution for positive long-term effects. The Healing Tree of Nevada assists people in activating their inner healer—naturally—in order to help prevent or treat chronic disease. Clients may choose from a variety of healing programs that best fits their needs: individualized health coaching; interactive healing group sessions; informative workshops; and intense retreats. These programs act as a supplemental, rather than alternative, approach to healing. "We'll provide you with an individualized health program that can decrease the symptoms and severity of your disease and the side effects of your current medical treatment by supplementing Integrative Nutrition and Eastern practices, such as fitness plans, Reiki and meditation," says founder and Certified Health Coach, Dr. Greg Rubino. Working alongside a healthcare provider, The Healing Tree of Nevada helps to activate your doctor within.
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en Me Holistic Wellness Spa offers classes and modalities to transform the mind, body and spirit from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. each Monday and from 10 to 11 a.m. each Friday. These two weekly vinyasabased classes are designed to strengthen and stretch muscles while calming and relaxing the mind. All levels are welcome, because the owners and instructors believe yoga is for every body and everybody. “While most of the class is a flow, moving from one pose to the next with the breath, our instructor, Jessica, likes to take into consideration how the students are feeling that particular day,” says owner Taleen Dahling. “She is trained in restorative yoga, yoga for emotional healing and yin yoga, and as such can offer more healing postures on request.” Zen Me Holistic Wellness Spa also offers a range of holistic healing and wellness classes and services. Cost is $15 drop-in/$60 unlimited. Location: 10885 S. Eastern Ave., Ste. 100, Henderson. For more information, call 702-476-4224 or visit ZenMeNV.com. See ads, inside cover and pages 19 and 33.
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Local rescue group The Churchill Foundation has received official nonprofit status, which makes all donations taxdeductible and allows them to apply for grants, pull special needs animals from county shelters and participate in special events and activities. In February 2013, a stray dog left behind in a municipal shelter in Las Vegas touched the heart of a few animal rescuers. Soon after it was discovered that this dog had a terminal heart condition. A bucket list was created and his story shared on social media. Churchill the polar bear was born and soon afterward, the Churchill Foundation. For more information, call 702-845-2071, email Info@TheChurchillFoundation.org or visit TheChurchillFoundation.org. Neal’s Yard Remedies (NealsYardRemedies.com) has been awarded Ethical Accreditation with a high ethical rating of 100 percent. Neal’s Yard Remedies produces health and beauty products made from natural, organic ingredients. The company believes in the importance of respect f o r people, animals and the environment and supports fair trade, organic farming and an end to unnecessary and cruel animal testing. Neal’s Yard offers a wide range of products, from skincare products for men, women and baby through to essential oils. The products are available online and they also have a large number of stores and stockists throughout the US. Only companies with Cruelty Free International Leaping Bunny certification receive a top rating. Their rigorous standards stipulate that no animal testing is conducted or commissioned for finished products or ingredients in any phase of product development by the company, its laboratories or its suppliers. For more product information, call 210551-6249 or visit US.NYROrganic.com/ Shop/PattyLaBarbara. See ad, page 15.
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Mistletoe Extract Benefits Pancreatic Cancer Patients
study published in the European Journal of Cancer revealed that a mistletoe extract may lengthen life for patients with severe pancreatic cancer. German researchers tested 220 patients with advanced stage pancreatic cancer, an aggressive, often fatal disease. The patients were divided into two groups; one was given up to 10 milligrams of Viscum album (European mistletoe) three times a week for up to 12 months. Both groups received supportive care throughout the study period. The average length of survival for those taking the mistletoe extract, 4.8 months, was nearly twice that of the other group, 2.7 months; a survival period typically dates from the original diagnosis. Within a group considered to have a good prognosis, the survival period for those that consumed the extract, averaging 6.6 months, was more than double that of the no-extract group, which averaged 3.2 months.
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vidence of the effects of wireless technologies on human health continues to be controversial, with agreement on results remaining elusive. Now a new study published in the Journal of Plant Physiology found that human-generated microwave pollution can potentially be stressful to plants. Researchers from Romania’s Estonian University of Life Sciences tested three common garden plants—parsley, celery and dill weed. They exposed each to the types of microwave radiation equivalent to those produced by cell phones and wireless routers. Then these radiation-exposed plants were compared with identical plants not exposed to the radiation. The scientists noted that the irradiated plants had thinner cell walls; smaller chloroplasts (cellular sites of photosynthesis); smaller cell mitochondria (centers of energy production); and greater emission of volatile compounds, particularly monoterpenes and green leaf volatiles, which are protective, life-promoting components of the plants’ essential oils. The effects were stronger for the type of radiation produced by wireless routers. While essential oil production overall was increased by the frequency of the microwaves produced by cell phones, it was decreased by the frequency emitted by the routers.
Knotweed and Hawthorn Outperform Lovastatin in Trial
hinese researchers recently discovered that two herbal extracts may treat atherosclerosis, the hardening of the arteries, as well as or more effectively than the pharmaceutical drug Lovastatin. Sixty-four patients with atherosclerosis of the carotid artery were studied. For six months, half the patients received 20 milligrams of Lovastatin per day, while the other half took an herbal extract combination of Japanese knotweed and hawthorn. After six months, tests showed artery plaque thickness and inflammation were significantly lessened among both groups. However, the herbal extract-treated group showed a greater reduction of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) levels, a marker of risk for cardiovascular disease. Relatively high levels of hs-CRP in otherwise healthy individuals are predictive of heart health crises even when cholesterol levels are within an acceptable range. People with lower values have less of a risk.
Hip Fractures Decrease on Weekends and Holy Days A
new study published in the Israel Medical Association Journal found that older adults are more likely to have hip fractures in the wintertime, except during weekends and on religious holidays. The studyâ€™s authors checked the records of 2,050 patients that were at least 65 years old and had suffered a hip fracture. Analyzing the dates of each fracture revealed that significantly more of them occurred during the wintertime; the injuries corresponded directly with lower temperatures and greater rainfall. Fewer fractures took place on the Sabbath and during weekends in general, as well as on Yom Kippur and other holy days, with the exception of Passover.
Hospice Care Adds Months for Cancer Patients
esearchers from Houstonâ€™s MD Anderson Cancer Center determined that hospice care significantly increases survival rates among patients with metastatic (stage IV) melanoma, a difficult-to-treat form of cancer that occurs when melanoma cells have spread through the lymph nodes to other parts of the body. The studyâ€™s authors followed 862 metastatic melanoma cancer patients. Of these, 523 patients received one to three days of hospice care, 114 patients received four or more days and 225 people received no hospice care through their survival period. Those that received four or more days had an average survival period, which typically dates from the original diagnosis, of 10.2 months, while those that received none averaged 6.1 months. In addition, the end-of-life hospital costs for those receiving the most hospice visits were nearly half of what was incurred by patients not receiving hospice attention.
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Sacred Activism Love in Action Can Change the World by Judith Fertig
first described in a 2005 talk he gave at the Santuario de Guadalupe, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, that’s also reflected in his book, The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism. Born in India, educated at England’s Oxford University and in the religious traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity, he now resides in Melbourne, Arkansas, where he’s founder and director of the Institute for Sacred Activism. The goal of his international travel is to bring concerned people together to proactively face global crises. Says Harvey, “Sacred activism is a fusion of two of the most powerful fires of the human psyche—the mystic’s passion for God and the activist’s passion for justice.”
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“Sacred activism is the fusion of the mystic’s passion for God with the activist’s passion for justice, creating the burning sacred heart that longs to help, preserve and nurture every living thing.” ~ Andrew Harvey
he butterfly, a universal symbol of transformation, reminds us that becoming our best selves is an ongoing process. Yet these delicate, fluttering creatures are suffering a decline, especially the vivid orange and black monarch butterflies that depend on milkweed flowers for sustenance during their migration to and from Mexico and Canada. “When I heard about the monarch butterfly crisis, I also noticed that I had milkweed vines all along my back fence,” says Karen Adler, a Kansas City, Missouri, gardener. “In years past, I would
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have pulled them out because they can strangle other plants. But I talked it over with my neighbor and we agreed to let them grow. This year, we had more monarchs than ever.” These two women might not realize it, but they had engaged in spiritual activism. They became aware of a problem, approached it with compassion, learned about the issue, realized life’s interdependence and committed themselves to positive action for a result that is good for all. It’s a process that Andrew Harvey
The Awakening – Progressing from concerned citizen to spiritual activist is a gradual process. It may begin with an issue to which one feels called. “Our life in the world is a continual call and response,” observes Kabir Helminski, of Santa Cruz, California. He authors and translates books on the Muslim Sufi tradition, which tends to have an open relationship with other religions, and is a core faculty member of the Spiritual Paths Institute, which encourages seekers to find the sacred traditions that speak to them. “Sometimes events are a waking dream calling for interpretation, and sometimes the heart is directly addressed from within,” says Helminski. Compassion – Once an event moves us, prayer can be a pathway that opens our hearts to compassion, according to Jagadish Dass, of Granada Hills, California. The healer and teacher wrote The Prayer Project: The 3-Minute, 3 Times a Day Solution for World Change, which encourages involvement with something bigger than ourselves. Dass maintains that praying for three minutes, three times a day, will help us transmute into expressing a quiet power. “As we take responsibility for our lives, a transformation occurs within,” he says. We begin to inspire others to also take up the cause of working for change and bringing more peace, joy and love to the world.
Likewise, Harvey urges each of us to make a real commitment to daily spiritual practice on the road to spiritual activism. He suggests, “Start with a short prayer that aligns you with the pure deep love that is longing to use you as its instrument in the world.” Options include prayers from many of the world’s spiritual traditions shared in Dass’ book; a free download is provided at StewardshipOfTheSoul.com. Interconnectedness – Just as everything in the universe is connected by the simple act of being, like-minded people can connect to do good in the world. Sacred activists pursuing their own spiritual paths need to work with others, according to Harvey. “They form empowering and encouraging networks of grace—beings of like heart, brought together by passion, skill and serendipity to pool energies, triumphs, griefs, hopes and resources of all kinds. When people of like mind and heart gather together, sometimes miraculously powerful synergy can result.” Harvey has found that groups of six to 12 people become the most efficient and productive, whether joined together through a profession (such as physicians on medical missions), a passion for animal rights or the environment, or a strong sense of social justice. Knowledge – Knowledge, both inward- and outward-seeking, is another key to doing good for all. Carla Goldstein, JD, chief external affairs officer at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, in Rhinebeck, New York, and cofounder of
“When you put spirit and activism together, you realize that all actions are connected to spirit. It makes you think about your duty in every instance—from how you treat people throughout your day to how you treat the environment. It becomes a satisfying way of living.” ~ Carla Goldstein its Women’s Leadership Center, used her interest in women’s empowerment issues as a springboard to spiritual activism. “For the first 20 years of my professional life, I focused on public policy and politics,” she says. “But something was missing in the rhetoric of taking care of each other.” Practicing yoga and meditation and receiving support during a personal health crisis prompted what she terms “an awakening understanding of a gap between personal change and systems change.” Goldstein came to question her own “rugged individualism” versus the interconnectedness she felt when people took care of her. “Can we actually move towards integrating these two ideals?” she asked herself. Knowledge about
issues is readily available from experts and organizations that experts recommend; she observes, “The big question is: What is needed for us to be of help?” Sometimes listening and understanding can be powerful. Under the auspices of the Omega Women’s Leadership Center, Goldstein invited women on both sides of the reproductive rights issue to meet in 2005. They had been part of the Public Conversations Project in the Boston suburb of Watertown, Massachusetts, begun after medical staff members were killed and wounded at an area women’s health clinic providing abortions in 1994. “Women from the divided community initially came together to tell their continued on page 14
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continued from page 13 stories,” Goldstein relates. “Over time, they developed a deep love for each other. Nobody changed their positions, but they did change how they interacted with one another.” They experienced a shift from emotional and verbal turbulence to, if not agreement, feelings of peace and understanding. Since then, the project has grown to facilitate such conversations in 38 states and 15 countries (PublicConversations.org). Positive Action – While many thorny issues take long-term, dedicated efforts to be resolved, others only need smaller individual or collaborative actions for positive outcomes. For Mark Nepo, a New York City poet, philosopher and author of the New York Times bestseller, The Book of Awakening, kindness is the force behind positive action, no matter how modest at first. “Kindness reveals kinship. It gives us connection to everything greater than us and everything else that is kind in the universe,” he says. “I think it’s powerfully effective, yet it’s such a small thing.” Nepo is active in Bread for the Journey, an international nonprofit that encourages community grassroots philanthropic projects that generate microgrants. One involved a small town in northern New Mexico that sought to improve the lives of local teenagers when the town’s elders wanted to open a youth center as a positive alternative to the drug scene. Just before the center was scheduled to open, the project ran out of money for required floodlights, so Bread for the Journey funded them and the center opened. “Within a few years, the whole culture shifted,” reports Nepo. This small contribution made a big difference to the whole community. Once awakened and nurtured, spiritual activism can become an omnipresent part of our lives. Says Goldstein, “When you put spirit and activism together, you realize that all actions are connected to spirit. It makes you think about your duty in every instance—from how you treat people throughout your day to how you treat the environment. It becomes a satisfying way of living.” Judith Fertig is a freelance writer from Overland Park, KS.
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olunteering provides rewarding satisfaction and progress for adults and children alike. Seniors stay involved and parents work alongside kids to experience the value of helping others. Local places of worship often maintain a list of opportunities to serve a community through helping and healing ministries and special projects. The Red Cross is best known for supplying aid in emergency situations, but many needs are year-round (RedCross.org). A call to city hall can steer willing participants to the right local organization. Here are other examples from around the country to spark love-inspired ideas.
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Meals on Wheels does much more than deliver lunches to those in need (mowaa.org). In Austin, Texas, the Healthy Options Program for the Elderly program brings a bag of groceries monthly to clients most nutritionally at risk, plus Groceries to Go volunteers shop for or with clients every two weeks. Minor safety-related home repairs are provided through the Handy Wheels project. In Seattle, community helpers paint classrooms, install new playground equipment and donate books and supplies at the city’s public schools. Berkley, California, YMCA volunteers teach classes like mindful meditation or restorative yoga, work the
Homeless dogs in shelters learn leash manners while participating in the Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound program at South Carolina’s Aiken County Animal Shelter. Leashes and treats are supplied to encourage volunteers to walk dogs at least once a week. It’s healthy exercise for both dogs and humans. To calculate the calorie burn, visit Tinyurl. com/WalkOffCalories. Shelter cats need socialization, too. Visits that include playtime and gentle petting make them more adoptable.
New York Cares has family projects available with no minimum age requirement (NYCares.org). Either on an ongoing or a one-day basis, volunteers improve parks, plant community gardens and refresh public spaces. Trails require refurbishing after bad weather. Streams and waterways need a good cleanup after floods. Check with the park ranger for more information. With a little research, volunteers can find the right activity, whatever their location, interest, age or abilities. Another good place to start is VolunteerMatch.org, which is easy to search by zip code and personal interests. A perfect opportunity to help others awaits.
Spiritual Healing in 5 Simple Steps By Jason Nelson Spiritual healing literally means healing by spirit, by a higher power. Spirit has so many names and forms, so please imagine what it is for you and think of it as you use the five simple steps for spiritual healing. Spiritual healing is the most accessible and powerful type of healing for two reasons: One: We are always surrounded by our spiritual guidance, therefore spirit’s love and healing is here for us in every moment. Two: Spirit’s power to transform our life can be immediate and infinite. Healing can occur in many ways physically, emotionally and mentally. To have a more direct and profound healing experience, personal transformation is essential. We want to dissolve the resistance between us and other people, which includes being honest and transparent with everyone. By doing this, we become closer with spirit. Feeling safe with spirit is the doorway to receiving abundant love, support and healing from our spiritual guidance. Our spiritual guidance knows everything about our past, present and most beneficial future path so that they may guide and heal us for our highest benefit. Open up to spiritual healing in 5 simple steps: 1. Intend. Comfortably sit up or lie down and close your eyes. Breathe in and feel yourself connect to your body and soul, and become aware of your intention for healing. 2. Release. Breathe out and release any thoughts and emotions, and relax your body. Let go of control so that spirit may come in to heal you and serve your highest benefit.
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3. Expand. Imagine yourself expanding beyond the walls of the room, the building, the city, the Earth. Feel yourself expand to make room for the spiritual healing to take place. 4. Surrender. Imagine surrendering to your higher power coming in to your body to heal you. Feel the physical sensation of energies moving within you. 5. Allow. Allow the energy to move wherever it needs to move within and around you. If thoughts come up and you begin to cry, allow them to flow and be released. Stay in the healing energies of spirit for as long as the energy wishes to assist you. Give yourself the space and time to rest and listen to your body’s intuition. You are healing with spirit! You may feel the spiritual healing as subtle or profound, and sometimes when the healing takes place it is not apparent at first…so trust it’s happening. It’s important to trust that each time we surrender to our spiritual guidance to heal our life, our life is healed in some way. The more trust we have, the more apparent the healing will be. Jason Nelson is a defining voice of soul-based living. For over a decade as a Spiritual Teacher, Life Coach and Bestselling Author, he has helped thousands of people through his international coaching and workshop programs connect more deeply with their soul to heal, channel, intuit and manifest their life purpose. Join him for spiritual healing in his Miracle of Voice Channeling Spirit Program. Learn how to become a medium and a Practitioner of Voice Channeling at MiracleofVoiceChanneling.com or 310-929-5993.
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hen clients walk into New York City’s Swing Salon, they may be surprised by what they don’t smell—the range of chemicals usually wafting around hair salons. That’s because the owners have decided to use only natural and organic products. While many people may assume that all salon hair and body treatments are regulated and safe, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has no authority to require companies to test cosmetic products for safety, due to loopholes in the Toxic Substances Control Act. So, people are being exposed to dangerous toxins through salon products like nail polish, hair color processors and hair straighteners. Be aware that while labels of overthe-counter body care products are required by law to list ingredients, with the exception of the chemical soup often hidden under the term “fragrance”, the loophole for salon products is large. Jamie Silberberger, with the Women’s Voices for the Earth’s National Healthy Nail & Beauty Salon Alliance, reports, “Products sold for professional use in spas and salons are not required to be labeled with ingredients.” Fortunately, healthy alternatives are available, either by patronizing a green
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Hair Straighteners One salon treatment—Brazilian Blowout hair straightening—can continue to expose customers and salon workers to toxic fumes even months after application. It’s among the conventional straightening products that contain formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen. “Exposure to formaldehyde doesn’t end with the treatment—the fumes are reactivated every time heat is applied to the hair,” says Jennifer Arce, a San Diego, California, salon worker who became sick after applying a single Brazilian Blowout treatment. “So, when a client who’s had a Brazilian Blowout done elsewhere comes into the salon to get a haircut or color and has her hair blowdried, flat-ironed, curled or processed under the hood dryer, the fumes that come out of her hair make me and several of my coworkers sick all over again.” Solution: Avoid chemical hairstraightening treatments. Sign on to the Women’s Voice for the Earth letter campaign petitioning the FDA to remove Brazilian Blowout from U.S. shelves by visiting Tinyurl.com/ BanBrazilianBlowout.
About two-thirds of conventional hair dyes in the U.S. contain para-phenylenediamine (PPD), a chemical banned for use in such products in Germany, France and Sweden. Exposure to PPD can cause allergic reactions ranging from skin irritation to death by anaphylactic shock, which happened to a teenager in 2010. When Spain’s University of Santiago de Compostela researchers conducted a metastudy examining the risk of cancer among hairdressers and related workers, all reported that employees had a higher risk of cancer than the general population. Hair extensions also warrant attention. Many adhesives used on extensions may contain 1,4 dioxane, listed as a probable carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and styrene, a neurotoxin and suspected endocrine disruptor. Solution: Look for a clean, green salon that uses natural hair color treatments free from synthetic chemicals, ammonia or PPD. Individuals can also order nontoxic organic color kits direct from EcoColors.net.
Nail Polish When getting a manicure or pedicure, beware of the toxic trio of dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde and toluene. Used to help nail products hold color, they’re linked to reproductive and development problems, plus dizziness and eye and lung irritation, according to the Environmental Working Group. Facing pressure from consumer groups and salon workers, some polish companies are now producing so-called “nontoxic” nail polish, although their labels aren’t verifiable. California’s Department of Toxic Substances
Control recently tested 25 nail polishes sold to salons, 12 of which claimed to be toluene-free, including seven said to be free of the toxic trio. The researchers found toluene in 10 of those, and one or more of the three ingredients in five out of the seven. Solution: Customers should bring their own safe nail polish and only patronize well-ventilated salons.
Find a Green Salon Many conventional body products like shampoos and massage oils contain a litany of ingredients that add to our chemical exposure. Ask questions to ensure all of a salon’s products are nontoxic or as low in toxicity as possible. For example, a large network of independently owned “concept salons” across America are connected with the Aveda Corporation (Aveda.com), a national leader in developing hair and body products that are free from the most dangerous ingredients. More than 90 percent of Aveda’s essential oils and 89 percent of its raw herbal ingredients are certified organic. Also look for members of the Green Spa Network, a nationwide coalition of spas that pledge to be energy efficient and sustainable in all of their practices (GreenSpaNetwork.org). If a green salon hasn’t yet arrived locally, bring nontoxic products for appointments and ask the stylist to use them. Visit the Skin Deep Database at ewg.org/skindeep to find the least-toxic products for at-home use. Sarah Tarver-Wahlquist is a freelance writer in Tucson, Arizona.
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“Food connects us with one another, our heritage and our culture,” says May. Heather Evans, Ph.D., a Queen’s University professor and a holiday culinary history expert in Ontario, Canada, suggests creating a food diary of traditions to reinforce a connection with the past and support a holiday food legacy for the future. Ask grandparents about their childhood culinary memories, peruse family recipe books or discover new dishes that honor everyone’s ethnic heritage. Then create an heirloom holiday cookbook with handwritten recipes arranged alongside favorite photos and stories.
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he holiday season is ripe with an array of spiritual, cultural and family rituals. We celebrate, reflect, give gifts and, of course, feast. Fortunately, the media also teems with tips on how to avoid high-calorie holiday goodies, says Dr. Michelle May, author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat. For our diet-driven culture to resolve its struggle with food, she says we must learn to honor its intrinsic value. Ritualized eating can help; a recent study published in the journal Psychological Science found that engaging in food rituals evokes mindfulness that enhances the enjoyment of eating.
Hunger, the body’s fuel gauge, manifests in physical symptoms like a growling stomach or low blood sugar, says May, citing a useful analogy. “You wouldn’t drive around and pull into every gas station you see; you’d check your fuel gauge first. Before filling up with food, pause and check your fuel gauge. Am I actually hungry, or is this desire coming from something else?” 20
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According to pagan philosophy, sharing seasonal food with loved ones during the winter solstice on December 21 symbolizes the shared trust that warmth and sunlight will return. Eating warm foods provides physical comfort and eating seasonally and locally connects us to the Earth, observes May. Sync body and spirit with the season by stewing root vegetables, baking breads, sipping hot cider and tea, and nibbling on nuts and dried fruits. “The repetition of predictable foods is reassuring,” remarks Evans, and it celebrates nature’s transitions.
Complex preparations for a major holiday can provoke anxiety and impatience, and likewise, feelings of longing or disappointment when it’s over. Sarah Ban Breathnach, bestselling author of Simple Abundance and Peace and Plenty, recommends allowing Christmastide to unfold at its own pace and celebrating all of December with a homemade Advent calendar. Craft a tree-shaped tower of tiny boxes or a garland of burlap mini-bags clipped with clothespins. Place an almond covered in organic dark chocolate in each container and use the treat as a daily mini-meditation. “Drop into the present moment, fully
Stir-Up Sunday is a Victorian amusement filled with fun, mystery and mindfulness, says Ban Breathnach. Some December Sunday, have each family member help stir the batter of a special Christmas cake while stating a personal new year’s intention. Drop a clean coin, bean or trinket into the mix and bake. Serve it with a sprig of holly on Christmas Day, and the person with the piece containing the lucky charm will be rewarded with a prosperous, wholesome and positive new year, according to tradition. Evans remarks, “This is a wonderful ritual for nurturing the health and spirit of the family.”
Boxing Day offers something far more meaningful to celebrate than post-holiday sales. Originating as a tradition that thrived during the 19th century, “December 26 was a chance for landowners and homeowners to give back to household staff and local tradespeople,” says Evans. “It’s a tradition worth reviving to pause, reflect on our own good fortune and contribute to others’ comfort.” Consider serving a meal at a local soup kitchen, collecting items for a food drive or offering a box of healthy culinary treats to community stewards at a fire station, post office or library. On Christmas Day, says Ban Breathnach, “Our kids have the world lying at their feet.” Boxing Day, she says, provides a natural transition to reach out in charity. Lane Vail is a freelance writer and blogger at DiscoveringHomemaking.com.
A Revitalizing Ritual for the New Year Start the new year with a tabula rasa (clean slate) by hosting a New Year’s Eve Good Riddance Tea Party. Gather family and friends over warm ginger tea, spiced apple cider, hot chocolate and festive finger foods. Guests write down on slips of paper any mistakes, disappointments, regrets, hurts or failings they wish to be forgiven or forgotten. One by one, put them into a crackling fireplace or bonfire to symbolize surrendering of the past. “This ties the heart strings in a comforting bow,” comments author Sarah Ban Breathnach. Then, inscribe fresh intentions for the year to come and tuck them away in a special place. “This is the most mystical part, because so many prayers get answered,” Ban Breathnach says. Lastly, toast the new year with optimism and joy.
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hile some people find repetitious workouts boring, others like doing predictable routines at regular locations. Ensuring that our fitness regimen jives with our “fitness personality” is integral to making exercise a consistent part of our lifestyle, a concept that has traction among exercise experts. Jonathan Niednagel, founder and director of The Brain Type Institute, in Mountain Home, Arkansas, and an athletic consultant for professional teams, explains in his book, Your Key to Sports Success, that understanding our inborn brain type can help us to determine which sport is best suited to motivate us. In Suzanne Brue’s book, The 8 Colors of Fitness, she applies principles from the Myers-Briggs personality inventory to help readers develop a personalized exercise program. Susan Davis-Ali, Ph.D., in St. Paul, Minnesota, a professional coach for working women, created a Fitness Interest Profile survey for the Life Time Fitness health club chain. She points to research that suggests people that engage in activities appropriate for their personalities
enjoy their workouts more and are likely to stay with them longer. Identifying our fitness personality can help us find a program that suits our rhythms and interests. Based on composites from growing research, here are six categories that assess and capture the way we may feel about exercise; more than one can apply to any individual. Disciplined and driven. This is an image to which many of us may aspire, even though not everyone fits the mold. These exercisers are self-motivated and goal-oriented. Commitment and consistency go hand-in-hand. They like to use devices to track progress, maintain a training log and/or work with a personal trainer in systematic workouts geared to measure improvement. Disciplined types are often early risers; starting the day with regular exercise is second nature. Compatible fitness regimens include cardio workouts, i n t e r va l a n d weight training, running, swimming and martial arts. Relishes routine. While these folks are disciplined and driven in some ways, they tend to be more relaxed about regimens. The key to success here is consistency. They like order and familiarity
in exercise settings and practice and may enjoy reading or watching a screen during workouts. Whatever the preferred approach, whether it’s a favorite training video, Wii Fit video game, favorite teacher or memorized Pilates moves, these exercisers like to stick with it, even working out at the same time every day—often first thing in the morning or after work— finding that regularity can be habit-forming. Conscious contemplative. Reflective individuals enjoy quiet, solo activities like long-distance running, biking, hiking and swimming, that allow opportunities to look inward, often without thinking too much about the physical details. Exercise offers a chance to clear the mind and renew the spirit while strengthening the body. These types naturally gravitate to outdoor pursuits, but some indoor practices may also suit them, like yoga, Pilates, tai chi or even karate, which incorporate a strong mind-body component. Workouts are often soothing, rather than intense. Plays well with others. For many people, exercise is best enjoyed with others, combining the social and fitness benefits of both. Connections and camaraderie get them off the couch, revved up and ready to go. Whether it’s a committed group of friends chatting during water aerobics or a high-powered cardio class that compares notes, motivation comes primarily from the presence—and accountability factor—of others. A lunch-hour class at a nearby studio or gym may be a fun break in the workday. On weekends, consider golf, tennis, dance or a local recreation team. Compulsive competitor. While the communal aspect is appealing, the greater gratification for this type comes through the thrill and challenge of competition. Trying to win is the great motivator, unlike driven and disciplined types that are happy to push through to their personal best. Team sports are a natural outlet, including soccer, rugby, lacrosse, basketball or swimming, plus disc golf, tennis or racquetball matches and running events. Avid for adventure. It’s tough for any formal exercise program to keep the attention of adventurers. They crave freshness and spontaneity in fitness venues, activities that engage their interest and animate enthusiasm. It’s crucial for adventurous types to mix things up and not rely on any one exercise practice. Outdoor endeavors such as snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, inline skating or mountain biking have appeal. They may gravitate to the variables of Nia, Zumba’s high-energy Latin dance groove, kickboxing, exercise balls or hot yoga. A midday exercise escape can break the work routine. Their key to keeping active is to keep things stimulating.
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Opening Up to Miracles Gabrielle Bernstein on Creating More Happiness by April Thompson
otivational speaker and bestselling author Gabrielle Bernstein knows the gravitational pull of addiction firsthand. Although introduced to spiritual practices from an early age, she turned away from that upbringing in her 20s, pulled instead into a vortex of drugs, alcohol and unhealthy relationships while running a public relations firm promoting Manhattan nightclubs. After hitting rock bottom at age 25, Bernstein made the unwavering decision to seek spiritual help and change her life. The entrepreneurial young woman found her groove as a spiritual teacher, introducing millions to new ways of thinking and living through her books, lectures, blogs and videos. Her nononsense approach to spirituality and knack for making practices like meditation and prayer accessible to beginners and cynics have attracted a new generation of seekers. Bernsteinâ€™s latest book,
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Why do you reframe a miracle as simply a shift in perception? Shifting your perception and choosing again is a core principle from A Course in Miracles, a metaphysical text that I study and teach from. When you choose to reorganize your belief system and align it with a loving, forgiving perspective, rather than a fear-based reality, thatâ€™s when miracles can happen.
Some people shift away from a harmful relationship with addictive drugs and alcohol like you did, while others take such unhealthy be-
haviors to the grave; what makes the difference? Often when we get caught in unhealthy behavior, we aren’t willing to ask for help. I think the reason I was able to leave those behaviors behind and create a new path was my willingness to live a different way. I was able to witness my life and see that it wasn’t working. It’s an ongoing process; I’ve been on my current path of turning to spiritual principles for many years, but I’m still constantly working to apply them throughout my moment-tomoment experiences.
How does meditation help create radical change? I think meditation is a key tool for health, happiness and well-being. It can help reorganize the nervous system, lower stress levels, calm the mind and recalibrate energy. It can help us experience more synchronicity in our lives and a greater sense of interconnectedness, as well.
What do you struggle with the most and what personal miracle are you still trying to realize? I’m in constant conversation with myself over my thoughts and beliefs about judgment and separation. People are programmed by society to believe we are separate and to judge ourselves and others. My practice suggests a reinterpretation of that general belief system in order to perceive things differently. I also try to forgive
limiting thoughts I was holding onto; for example, judging myself for not performing well at a lecture. Talking too much in conversations is a big challenge for me. A practice in my Miracles Now book called WAIT, for “Why am I talking?” reminds me to notice when I’m saying too much, commenting unnecessarily or not supporting the greater good.
How do you think about money, and has that proven helpful in broader terms? I believe that we have the power to attract healthier relationships in our financial circumstances in the same way that we have the power to attract healthier relationships with people in our lives. Some people think that you can’t both be spiritual and secure financial abundance; I think that’s nonsense. When you start to reorganize your beliefs around your self-worth and capacity to earn, and open up to your intuitive voice and the creative possibilities for earning, then your financial situation can change dramatically. I have lived that principle fully. I was brought up in a poverty mindset, but with a shift in perception, I was able to release my fears of financial insecurity.
Do you have a go-to practice that you reach for first when faced with a difficult situation? When I’m faced with a complicated situation or feeling powerless, I say a prayer
in stillness. Such a practice asks through prayer and listens through meditation. It’s in that stillness that I can hear the voice of intuition and the voice of forgiveness, and love can come forward. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at AprilWrites.com.
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Hymn to Living in Silence by Robert Rabbin
here’s one truth, and it is silence. All truths come fro m, exist as and return to silence. Silence ibehind every holy thought, word and act. All holiness is silent. This is what all sages know and say: Enter silence and we leave behind the rubble of self and no-self, time and
death. Enter silence and we see the world that God created; that we are the created. God, the world and being are one. Life is suddenly real—beautiful and perfect in each curve and angle. This awakening into truth happens as we surrender everything to silence. We must give away our inventory of
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unreleased thoughts and cherished beliefs, undigested experiences and dogma, disappointments, fears, worries, resentments and sorrows; even personal desires and joys. If it’s difficult to do: throw it away, fling it off, kick it out. Just don’t let it stay. We must empty our storehouses of past, present and future, and then burn them down so that nothing can ever accumulate again. Now give more. Let go of ego, will and humility, ignorance and knowledge, the body and its faculties. Surrender what is and is not yourself. Give away meaning, purpose and happiness, even precious life itself. Nothing can remain. Th e n , by l e t t i n g e ve r y thing go the second it occurs, we return to clarity, freedom and eternal openness. We live in silence. For it is in silence that God is working, playing and loving. In silence, we become perfectly one with that divine working, playing and loving. When absolutely all has been given up and only emptiness remains, even then, take one more step towards silence. Give away the emptiness. Hold back nothing. Even the giver is given away. In silence, we transform and are reborn. We become real with more joy, pleasure, peace and contentment than we ever hoped for. Our highest purpose is fulfilled, our greatest longing is realized in ways we know not. In becoming nothing, we become everything. We need nothing, and thus have everything. With nothing to protect, only peace remains. It cannot be controlled or fathomed, only lived. We love this about the holy ones, the sages. No one knows how it happens, only that it does. In silence, we are moved by what moves all else without knowing how, why or when. This is freedom, love and truth. Robert Rabbin is a self-awareness teacher and author. Connect at RobertRabbin.com.
Can-Do Kids Changing Our World at Any Age by Ellen Sabin
n Giving to other people is important, but the planet needs us, too. You can practice giving by picking up litter, recycling and even turning off lights when you leave a room. When we pay attention to the environment around us, we can learn how to respond in a giving way. Ellen Sabin is the founder and president of Watering Can Press (WateringCanPress. com), a publishing company committed to growing kids with character. Her series of award-winning books include The Giving Book: Open the Door to a Lifetime of Giving; The Greening Book: Being a Friend to Planet Earth; and The Healthy Body Book: Caring for the Coolest Machine You’ll Ever Own.
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This article is written especially for young readers eager to embrace the true spirit of the holiday season. Sharing it with them can help cultivate a lifelong practice of giving.
ave you ever seen someone do something that changed a situation from bad to good? Maybe your parents helped someone whose car broke down, or a teacher spent extra time after class helping you with schoolwork. No matter your age, where you live or what you own, you have the power to do good, too. What you do can make other people happy and make the world a better place. Here are some ideas to help you figure out how. n A good place to start is to think about what’s important to you. This will help you find a way of giving back that you’ll enjoy and want to do again and again. For example, if you love taking care of animals, offer to walk an elderly person’s dog for them. If you get sad when you think about someone being lonely, visit a neighbor
that lives alone or send a special card to a relative as a way to show your love. n It’s nice to help strangers, but you can also do little things close to home that’ll make life easier and better for your family. You can call your grandma to say hello, help your mom or dad with the dishes or play a favorite game with your little sister or brother. n You can also use your own special talents to help others. If you are a good cook, bake a healthy holiday treat to bring to someone that is feeling sick. You can read out loud a story to a younger child. If you’re strong and have lots of energy, you can help your neighbor take out the trash or do other household chores. n You can have fun and make an even bigger difference by doing good things with others. One way to get your friends excited about joining you is to plan a “Giving Party”. Ask your parents to help you download a free guide (WateringCanPress.com/html/parents. html) that has fun ideas and activities for creating a holiday-time or birthday party or rainy day get-together.
Whether it’s time, love or things, the people around us give to us all the time. Sometimes we don’t stop to think about what people do for us, so we forget to say, “Thank you.” Appreciating what people give us is just as important as giving to others. Here are some questions to ask yourself. After you have answered each question, think about what you can do to thank people for their kindness. Who shared with you? What did they share? Who taught you something? What did they teach you? Who showed you love? How did they show you love? Who made you happy? How did they make you happy? Source: Adapted excerpt from The Giving Book: Open the Door to a Lifetime of Giving by Ellen Sabin.
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Noah’s Animal House
Providing for Pets of Domestic Violence Victims by Paloma Louise
very 15 seconds, a woman is battered by her partner in the United States. People that have never been involved in an abusive relationship often ask the simple question—why don’t they just leave? The answer is complex. Many battered women lack the financial resources and emotional support to flee their abuser. They convince themselves that this is the life they deserve, this is their only choice. Their confidence is so beaten down from the verbal abuse that they no longer believe they are worthy of freedom and a happy life. Often, the inability to leave is expanded to include family members; especially those sometimes forgotten, the family pets. In an attempt to exercise power and control, the abuser threatens to harm or kill the animal when the victim attempts to flee. In a national survey, 85 percent of women seeking safety in a domestic violence shelter reported pet abuse in their home. Las Vegas was one of the first cities in the U.S. to address this important barrier facing victims of domestic violence. Noah’s Animal House, in Las Vegas, is a veterinary and boarding sanctuary on the grounds the Shade Tree, the largest women and children’s shelter in Nevada, in 2007 to provide safety, shelter and support for the pets of its clients. “When we began designing Noah’s Animal House in 2006, there was no other full-service kennel on the grounds of a domestic violence shelter,” says founder Staci Columbo Alonso. “Even with a limited footprint of 1,400 square feet, we assumed we had more than enough
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kennels to accommodate demand. Little did we know that we would be at 100 percent occupancy most of the time.” Alonso states, “The domestic violence victims that arrive on the doorstep of Shade Tree with their children and their pets are some of the strongest women I have ever met. With their confidence shattered because of the cruel mental and physical abuse by someone they loved and trusted, they still had the courage to move forward by taking this first step to freedom. It has been our pleasure to provide them with our service of care, protection and shelter for their four-legged family members while they focus on themselves.” Kendall’s Kupboard, a food bank program developed by Hearts Alive Vil-
lage (HAVLV.com/Kendalls-Kupboard), is also helping to ease the financial burdens of the Shade Tree clients. “We partnered with Noah’s Animal House to help the women who graduated their program,” says Hearts Alive Village cofounder Christy Stevens. “The manager at Noah’s qualifies the women who receive a sixmonth pet food scholarship from Kendall’s Kupboard. The women then fill out an application directly with us.” Noah’s Animal House gives the client their first bag of dog food, and Kendall’s Kupboard then makes arrangements with them personally to fulfill their pet food needs for the remaining time. This month, Nutrisource Pet Foods (NutrisourceDogFood. com) and At Your Service Pet Supplies & Grooming (AtYourServicePetSupplies. com) are partnering with Kendall’s Kupboard. For every bag of Nutrisource purchased from At Your Service, Nutrisource will donate a bag to Kendall’s Kupboard. “As a pet owner myself, I couldn’t imagine leaving them behind to be killed, tortured or harmed as a payback to me,” saya Alonso. “Nor could I imagine taking the scary first step to freedom without them by my side for comfort, reassurance and love. After reading some of the amazing survivor stories through the eyes of our pets, I hope [the Las Vegas community] will support our mission.” Location: 1 W. Owens, Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-385-0072 or visit NoahsAnimalHouse.org.
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ThetaHealing Manifesting & Abundance – 9:30am-4:30pm. In this amazing class, work on removing the restricting beliefs that block one from manifesting and creating desired abundance. Prerequisites: Basic DNA, Advance DNA. $350. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-324-2595. TheSacredArtOfHealing.com.
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Working with Crystals and the Faces of Self with Brad Travis – 1-3pm. Brad Travis shares his amazing wisdom on crystals in this experiential crystal class. This is an incredible supernatural experience at Intentional Healings. $25. Intentional Healings, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. 702-2744545. Meetup.com/Intentional-Healings-Center.
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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4
Empowering your Wellness & Secrets to a Healthy Holiday – 7-9pm. Optimize the immune system. Improve oxygen levels. Build an arsenal of herbs and teas. Turn challenges into opportunities. Uncover secrets to a healthier holiday. Sliding scale: $10-$20. Sophia Center of Goddess Study, 6043 Smoke Ranch Rd, LV. RSVP: 702-489-7999.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5
Manifesting Made Simple. Finding Success with Reiki/Meditation – 6:30-8:30pm. Take dreams to the next level of manifestation through the Power of Intention. Experience a deep healing meditation and move into complete relaxation in order to connect deeper into the soul than ever before. $25. Intentional Healings, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. 702-274-4545. Meetup.com/IntentionalHealings-Center.
Meet the Records with Anika Ray – 2-3pm. This is an introductory class into the Akashic Records and Linda Howe's Pathway Prayer Process method TM. Find out what the Akashic records are and why they were created. $25. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 100, LV. Debbie: 702-9484999. EnchantedForestReiki.com.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9
Kick Sugar Addiction-Naturally – 12-1:30pm. EZ Weight Loss Series. Learn how sugar affects blood sugar levels, energy, appetite and cravings. Learn what can be done to reverse many undesirable health conditions. Includes guided imagery for easy memorization. $13. Must pre-register/prepay before Dec 4. Senior/student discount. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-659-2390. TransformationsLasVegas. com. Tasty Health with Your Cook and Your Coach – 6-8pm. Experience a plant-based “Happy Holiday” cooking class and see how easy it is to make four tasty and healthy holiday dishes, while learning the many benefits of plant-based nutrition. $40. Private home, Desert Shores. Tastyhealth@hotmail.com.
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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7
Reiki 1st Degree Certification Course – 8am9pm. One day intensive. Unleash personal natural healing ability. Learn to administer powerful treatments to oneself, others, pets, plants, & more. No prior experience necessary. $189. Must pre-register/prepay before Dec 4. Senior/student discount. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-659-2390. TransformationsLasVegas.com. Reiki Level 2 Certification with Jodi Friedman, Reiki Master Teacher – 10am-5pm. Discover the essential steps for moving from a life of stress to balance. Learn the Reiki symbols and long distance healing while deepening a relationship with Reiki and personal healing abilities. Must be Reiki 1. $225. Intentional Healings, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. 702-274-4545. Meetup.com/IntentionalHealings-Center.
Rhythm to the Perfect Weight with ThetaHealing and Jennifer Keller – 4:30-8:30pm. It's a desperate feeling to believe one's weight cannot be controlled, no matter what one does. Dig into the emotional layers through ThetaHealing to change DNA and perspective on food and limiting beliefs. Price TBA on Intentional Healings Center meetup. Intentional Healings, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. 702-2744545. Meetup.com/Intentional-Healings-Center. The Dynamics of Astro-Soul – 7-8:30pm. Astro-Soul helps an individual find answers for themselves. One can sense that all things on planet earth have meaning which promotes inner joy. $15. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 100, LV. Debbie: 702-948-4999. EnchantedForestReiki.com.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11
Anxiety? Focus? Learning Issues? Brain Solutions Inc Open House – 6:30pm. Personal experience or know anyone suffering from anxiety, ADHD/ focus, learning issues, ASD, Tourette's, MS symptoms and more? Scientifically designed programs with lasting results and no medications. Brian Solutions offers help and hope. Free. Brain Solutions Inc, 8515 Edna Ave, 110, LV. 702-3402248. BrainSolutionsInc.com. Charity Mix and Mingle Holiday Celebration – 6:30-9pm. Mingle and cheer to support Mariah's House this holiday. Mariah's House supports Event Canceled women and children survivors of the human trafficking industry. Raffles, charity drive, cash bar. $55/person includes, appetizers, refreshments. 702-335-6944. TheRootCauses.com.
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Tree of Life Craft Class – 12:30-4:30pm. Former Disney artist Margene Crossan shows a quick and easy way to create one's very own Tree of Life Pendant. All materials will be provided in class. $25. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 100, LV. Debbie: 702-948-4999. EnchantedForestReiki.com.
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Raw Food Class: Holiday Candy Making – 3-5pm. Learn to make healthy raw candy & protein bars. Low calorie. No dairy, sugar or chemicals. Dazzle family and friends for the holidays and all year around. Includes recipes and unlimited candy. $24. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-659-2390. TransformationsLasVegas.com.
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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16 Science Behind Food Combining – 12-1:30pm. Ever experience gas, bloating, indigestion, constipation, difficulties losing weight? Most likely, it's because of improper food combining. Lose excess fat, rejuvenate and heal digestive disorders through scientific food combining. No dieting or deprivation. $13. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-6592390. TransformationsLasVegas.com.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17 Reiki Master Practice-Healing the Healer Within – 6-8pm. 3rd Wed. For Reiki Masters only. Always giving, it's time for Reiki Masters to receive healing from other Reiki Masters. Enjoy the high vibrations at Intentional Healings. $10. Intentional Healings, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. 702-274-4545. Meetup.com/Intentional-Healings-Center. DIY Holiday Gifts with Essential Oils – Presented by Sprouts Farmers' Market– 5-6pm. Learn how to create unique holiday gifts using essential oils. Space is limited. Reserve a live webinar seat now by registering at the link provided. FREE with advance registration. Sprouts Live Webinar – online. www3.gotomeeting.com/register/693300934 email@example.com 480-814-8016.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19 The Enchanted Energy Exchanged – 6:30pm. Enjoy the enchanting vibrations of energy work being done to one personally, or feel free to share one's energy with others at this circle of love. $5. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 100, LV. Debbie: 702-948-4999. EnchantedForestReiki.com.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20 Metaphysical Singles Christmas Party – 4-7pm. Food, beverages, music, dancing, live entertainment, door prizes, speed dating, astrologically pre-qualified singles (ages 30-70), free gifts, and much more. Suggested donation $10. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-659-2390. TransformationsLasVegas.com.
A Look Ahead: MARCH 14-15 Miracle of Voice Channeling Spirit – TBA. Become an accurate medium practitioner by training with Jason Nelson. Get the answers to your questions from you spiritual guidance. Jason Nelson has 100% success teaching every person how to voice channel. Register: 310-929-5993 or MiracleOfVoiceChanneling.com.
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daily Give the Gift of Organic Products! – Give the gift of organic this holiday season. Gorgeous boxed sets for women, men, baby and moms-to-be. Face, body, sleep and more. Over 400 products. $22-$72. Will come to home or office. Patty: 210-551-6249. US.NYROrganic.com/shop/pattylabarbara. Intentional Healings Center Broadcast with Jodi Friedman – Reiki sessions, Chakra Clearing & Soul Healing sessions, Reiki certification classes, Reiki shares, Intentional Abundance classes, Vision Boards, Meditation for Success and Inner Healing Work. Various pricing-see meetup for prices. Intentional Healings, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. Jodi: 702-274-4545. MeetUp.com/IntentionalHealing/ center/events/calendar/?scroll=true. Luminosity Wellness Center – Learn the art of hypnotherapy, NLP, Reiki, Theta Healing, the Melt Method, aromatherapy/herbology, chakra balancing and much more. Ask about certification classes. Through experience learn self-healing. Prices vary per service. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-721-WELL (9355). Medical Chi Kung – Tues-Fri. 10-11am. Use body movements, rhythmic breathing, visualizations and healing sounds to develop internal energy for health, vitality, mind expansion and spiritual cultivation. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine - Graduate Program – 9:30am-5:30pm. The non-profit school offers a Master of Science Degree in Oriental Medicine. Coursework includes acupuncture, herbology, Taiji, moxibustion, Western medicine, practice management and more. Currently accepting applications. $180/didactic unit. $18/clinical hour. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine, 8620 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-463-2122. Start@Wongu. org. Wongu.org.
sunday fresh52 Sunday Farmers’ & Artisan Market – 8:30am-1pm. fresh52 Farmers' & Artisan Market is a lively, friendly, open-air market where neighbors and friends come together to celebrate the community. Free. Sansone Park Place, 9480 S Eastern, LV. 702-900-2552. fresh52.com. Krishna Fest – 6-9pm. A unique night out. Experience mantra chants, vibrant world music, stimulating spiritual knowledge of ancient India. Relax over a super-tasty vegetarian dinner with a diverse range of thoughtful people. Free. Govinda's
Center of Vedic India, 7181 Dean Martin Dr, LV. 702-434-8332. GovindasCenter.com.
monday Yoga at Zen Me – 5:30-6:30pm. All levels for every body and everybody. A vinyasa based class designed to strengthen and stretch muscles while calming and relaxing the mind. Zen Me Holistic Wellness Spa, 10885 S Eastern Ave, 100, HD. Space is limited, please call to reserve space: 702476-4224. ZenMeNV.com. Stop Chronic Disease with Integrative Nutrition and Healing – 7pm. Learn ways to feel good while on one's current medical treatment plan for Chronic Disease. Join a new Support Group. Led by Certified Integrative Nutrition and Healing Health Coach, Greg Rubino. Pre-Registration required. Limit 10. $95 per month. The District at Green Valley Ranch, 170 S Green Valley Pkwy, 300, HD. 702-469-3628. TheHealingTreeOfNevada.com.
tuesday Tai Chi Fan – 3-4pm. Doris Fong guides this Tai Chi Fan class. $5. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Tao Yoga Advanced – 4-5pm. Practice breathing, meridian stretching, meditation and brain wave vibration techniques to open up blockages. $10. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Reiki Share – 5:30-7pm. Experience the healing power of shared energy within a Reiki circle. Enjoy a safe, friendly and loving environment. Donation. Zen Me Holistic Wellness Spa, 10885 S Eastern Ave, 100, HD. Space is limited, please call to reserve space: 702-476-4224. ZenMeNV.com. Great Basin Permaculture Monthly – Last Tue. 6-7:30pm. This group educates our community about permaculture in order to promote sustainable food production, water, conservation, energy and more. All are welcome. Green Valley Library, 2797 N Green Valley Pkwy, HD. Facebook.com/ GreatBasinPermaculture. Drums of the Wolf Meditation – 6:30pm. Sessions will start with a guided meditation or breath work followed by deep drumming that will bring participants into a dream-like guided journey meditation. $15. 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 100, LV. EnchantedForestReiki.com/shop/classes/DrumsWolf-Meditation.
Wellness Class with Louise Trent – 7-8pm. All levels. A unique blend of gentle yoga, Pilates, meditation and breathing techniques to bring the mind and body into harmony to improve health and vitality. Bring a yoga mat. $20 or $150/10 class pass. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com.
wednesday Reiki Healing Circle – 6-8pm. Learn new information re: Natural Healing. Participate in a group discussion or simply observe. Experience guided meditation and receive deep personalized healing. Relax and recharge the mind and body. Donation. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-659-2390. TransformationsLasVegas.com. Vinyasa Yoga and Sonic Therapy – 7-8:30pm. An all levels vinyasa flow class with pranayama and mantra meditation. Learn the secrets of relaxation and explore the practical techniques for a healthy mind, body and soul. Donation based. Govinda's Center, 7181 Dean Martin Dr, LV. 702-434-8332. GovindasCenter.com.
thursday $30 Thursdays - Organic Spa Treatments – Choose either an Organic Express Facial ($55 value), Organic Express Back Facial ($50 value) or Organic Airbrush Tan ($65 value) or all three. Aminah's Organic Skin Spa, 6600 W Charleston Blvd, 126, LV. 702-816-5996. AminahsOrganicSkinSpa.com. Green Drinks – Second Thurs. Network with other eco-friendly business professionals. Times/locations vary. Facebook.com/GreenDrinksLV. Emei Qigong Simple Movements – 3-4pm. No experience necessary. Join Felix to improve body conditions and enhance the flow of qi with simple movements that are easy to learn and remember. $10. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Akashic Book Study Workshop with Anika Ray – 6:30pm. Explore spirituality and connect with the aspect of being divine in nature, the soul. Workshop is based on the book How to Read the Akashic Records by Linda Howe. $10. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow, 100, LV. 702-948-4999. EnchantedForestReiki.com.
friday Yoga at Zen Me – 10-11am. All levels for every body and everybody. A vinyasa based class designed to strengthen and stretch muscles while calming and relaxing the mind. Zen Me Holistic Wellness Spa, 10885 S Eastern Ave, 100, HD. Space is limited, please call to reserve space: 702476-4224. ZenMeNV.com. Tai Chi Yang Style – 11am-12pm. Tai Chi is whole body exercise. Movement is initiated in the legs, directed by the waist and manifested in the hands. Guided by Sifu JC. $10. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Hula Hoop For Beginners – 5-6pm. Get a full workout with this awesome circle to tone the entire body with regular practice. Hoops provided or bring your own. $15. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Homemade Vegan/Vegetarian Dinners – 6-9pm. Friday is vegan/vegetarian dinner night at Govinda’s. Preparations will consist of vegetable stew, rice or pasta, soup, bread, a dessert and beverage for a donation of $8/plate. Senior/student discounts available. $8. Govinda's Center, 7181 Dean Martin Dr, LV. 702-434-8332. GovindasCenter.com. Community HU – 6:15-6:45pm. Fourth Fri. Community HU: Open the heart to divine love and experience uplifting, joy, relaxation and spiritual connection with the HU chant every fourth Friday of the month. Free. Pure Health Foods, 7575 W Washington, LV. 702-224-4325. Energy & Healing Circle – 6:30pm. All are welcome. This relaxed and open circle is a wonderful opportunity to experience and share the gifts of Reiki and other energy healing practices in an informal, supportive environment. Love donations accepted. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. Adam Stuart Littman: 725-2220 3 2 3 . L u m i n o s i t y We l l n e s s C e n t e r. c o m .
Beauty Fit: Intimate Fitness for Women – 2-3pm. A unique class designed especially to make you beautiful, fit and confident. $12. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Raise Your Vibration – 3-4pm. These informal gatherings introduce you to essential oils, their energetic healing properties and their vibrational energy. And… you get to keep all supplies provided at class. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Spiritual Experience Discussions – 6-7pm. Weekly event to discuss spiritual experience of all faiths in a respectful and open environment. Free. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com.
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fresh52 Saturday Farmers' & Artisan Market – 9am-2pm. fresh52 Farmers' & Artisan Market is a lively, friendly, open-air market where neighbors and friends come together to celebrate the community. Free. Tivoli Village, 302 S Rampart, LV. 702-900-2552. fresh52.com.
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Tantric Yoga - Level 1 with Ileana – 12-2pm. A progressive and advanced spiritual training for those who are ready to live in alignment with their authentic self. $20. Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. Ileana: 702-823-6512. Esoteric-Tantra.com.
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3651 Lindell Rd, #D-794, LV 702-239-6636 Mindy@VegasHealthFitnessChamber.com A Chamber of Commerce for the health & fitness professionals within the community. Our mission is to help members grow their businesses among a group of their peers through a variety of sales, marketing, advertising and public relations initiatives, health and fitness awareness, news articles and education on living a wellbalanced and healthy lifestyle. See ad, page 23.
CHIROPRACTIC WELLNESS Red Rock Chiropractic & Wellness Center
energy products AlphaBio Centrix, R & D 2520 Saint Rose Pkwy, #117 Henderson, NV 89074 877-562-1815
AlphaBio Centrix LLC is a Research and Development company in Henderson, NV, educating the public about “Bioenergy” and the human experience. We manufacture wellness and protection products developed specifically for enhancing a healthy lifestyle. See ad, page 7.
Quantum Balance Crystals
TLC-Heart of QBC Energy Consultant for Personal, Home and Business Your Solution for EMF Pollution 702-499-7067 • QBCrystals.com Quantum Balance Crystals are powerful pendants that awaken, balance and optimize your energy. QBCS come in 12 colors with specific intentions and qualities to keep you feeling joyful and radiant. See ad, inside cover.
Dr. Margaret R. Colucci 2085 Village Center Cir, #110, LV 89134 702-880-5335 • RedRockChiropractic.com Dr. Colucci, specializes in treating the whole body in family wellness care, pediatric and pregnancy chiropractic care, auto, work and sports injuries. Colucci, a 1989 Palmer graduate, serving the Las Vegas valley for over two decades. Serving Summerlin.
CHINESE MEDICINE KAT REYES-CAMPBELL, MEDICAL QIGONG THERAPIST 702-743-3786 HealingChi_Kat@hotmail.com ThreeTreasuresMQ.com
This ancient energy healing modality is proven to offer healing of chronic illness and dis-eases through holistic integration of the body, mind and spirit. Experience life long selfhealing.
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Functional Medicine THE ULTIMATE HEALING CENTER Jeffrey Brown, DO 10120 S Eastern Ave, #100, HD 89052 702-871-7004 • OptimalHealthPC.com
The Ultimate Healing Center is a functional medicine practice that incorporates a variety of methods to help heal the body. We identify imbalances and help restore balance so the body can work optimally to heal itself. Dr. Brown believes that the body has its own natural healing mechanisms. See ad, page 7.
ENCHANTED FOREST REIKI CENTER, SPIRITUAL ITEMS 'N MORE
800 N Rainbow Blvd, #100, LV 89107 702-948-4999 EnchantedForestReiki.com
Reiki-ShamanicCranial SacralChakra BalancingSound TherapyBars AccessCrystal healers. Plus lots of classes and events such as Reiki Certification, meditations, intuitive studies and much more. Visit our beautiful metaphysical gift shop. See ad, inside cover.
holistic dentistRY AAA DENTAL & FOUR SEASONS DENTAL SPA
Dr. Jim Wright, DDS, AIAOMT, AIABDM 8855 W Flamingo, LV 89147 702-281-9900 HolisticDentistLasVegas.com Practicing holistic, biological dentistry with safe removal of mercury according to the standards of IAOMT and IABDM. State of the art early detect cavity mapping, cosmetic, general, specialty dentistry and low sensitivity teeth whitening. Dr. Wright offers holistic, no-prep veneers, Lumineers, Invisalign Braces, dental implants and All on 4 Implant Bridges, sleep and full sedation dentistry. See ad, page 21.
BELL CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL AND HOLISTIC DENTISTRY Dr. Michael Bell, DDS 8068 W Sahara Ave, #A, LV 89117 702-256-7666 • LVTMJDentist.com
Holistic dentistry with a whole body approach to create a healthy smile and body. Live microscopic viewing of mouth bacteria. Laser gum disease treatment. Computerized TMJ and bite analysis. Mercury testing and removal. Nutritional testing. Autonomic nervous system analysis. Invisalign. See ad, page 22.
integrative medicine The Healing Tree of Nevada Integrative Healing for Chronic Disease 170 S. Green Valley Pkwy, Suite 313 Henderson, NV 89012 702-469-3628 TheHealingTreeOfNevada.com
Activate your inner healer – naturally – to treat or prevent chronic disease, depression or eating disorders. Maintain or start a healthy pregnancy. Reclaim your life! See ad, page 13.
MEDICAL Doctor Allen Wellness & Medical Center
Evan C. Allen, MD, Board Certified Family Physician 1701 Green Valley Pkwy, #5B, HD 702-754-4900 • AllenWellness.com Dr. Allen specializes in reversing diseases. Reverse Heart Disease, Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Asthma, Migraines, Fatty Liver and many other diseases easily and naturally, without the cost of expensive medications and supplements using scientifically proven techniques. See ad, page 8.
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AT YOUR SERVICE PET SUPPLIES & GROOMING
8620 S Eastern Ave, LV 89123 702-463-2122 • Wongu.org
55 S Valle Verde, #300, HD 89012 702-982-4324 AtYourServicePetSupplies.com Q u a l i t y, f u l l - s e r v i c e , pet supply store with the best value in the valley. P e t - f r i e n d l y. O n - s i t e “Barkery”. Nutritional experts. Professiona l g r o o m i n g available seven days for cats, dogs and little critters. Pet adoptions too!
PRIMARY/SPECIALTY CARE Superior Health Solutions Dr. Robert DeMartino, D.C. 1661 W Horizon Ridge Pkwy, #280 HD702-643-9900 • SHSLasVegas.com
Nevada State Board approved to offer a MS Degree in Oriental Medicine. Didactics with clinical training in acupuncture and herbology ensure competent practitioners. Step into a new career or expand your practice. See ad, page 26.
Wellness Center & Intl. School of Reiki Victoria Stitzer, Expert in Rapid Behavior Modification • 702-405-9375 Transformations-LasVegas.org
Naturally heal degenerative diseases; Parkinson’s, MS, A u t i s m , N e u r o p a t h y, Thyroid Disfunction and more. Relax and heal in a state of the art outpatient treatment facility designed to care for patients on a primary and chronic level. See ad, inside back cover.
Transform your “Fears into Power”; “Pain into Joy” through powerful proven Mind-Body t e c h n o l o g i e s : N L P - E F TRegressions-Detox-Reiki-Pranic and Thetahealing. Free Reiki circles Wednesdays at 7pm. Call 702-659-2390. TransformationsLasVegas.com.
Zen Me Holistic Wellness Spa 10885 S Eastern Ave, #100 Henderson, NV 89052 702-476-4224 • ZenMeNV.com
Lary Michaels Therapy
Lary Michaels, LMT, in NV, CA and TX Posture Alignment Specialist 702-825-2509 • Lary4U@gmail.com
RESTORATION NEUROLOGY 7106 Smoke Ranch Rd, #110 Las Vegas, NV 89128 702-796-3847
All natural, very effective treatment for difficult medical conditions that result from low neurotransmitter levels: chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, insomnia, migraines, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer ’s, Parkinson’s, Crohn’s, addiction, ADD, IBS, mood disorder, obesity, restless leg and more. See ad, page 10.
Therapeutic massage treatments for postural realignment, sports massage, deep tissue massage and injury massage. Also, skin rejuvenation with cellulite reduction and accelerated anatomical healing. Mention this listing and receive 10% off
Zen Me Holistic Wellness Spa will transform your mind, body and spirit while providing you with a relaxing retreat to enjoy the benefits of health, wellness and spirituality. See ad, inside front cover and page 19.
Yoga and Tantra Ileana Stefanescu
Yoga and Tantra Teacher Iana2505@yahoo.com • 702-823-6512 meetup.com/Esoteric-Yoga.com
THETA HEALING The Sacred Art of Healing Jeff Renel, Theta Healing Practitioner & Instructor 702-324-2595 TheSacredArtOfHealing.com
Looking for a change in your life? Sick of the same negative patterns? If the answer is “yes”, then it’s time to contact Jeff Renel. Create the change in your life you dream about and deserve. See ad, inside front cover.
Transform your "fears" into improving your health, mental focus and emotional balance. Practice yoga and tantra as paths of personal and spiritual development. Discover your unlimited potential and true identity. Highly experienced instructor.
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