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letterfrompublisher Truth: It Is In Giving That We Receive
ach month I draw inspiration from my experiences, some enlightening and some challenging, and share my thoughts to empower and support the readers of Natural Awakenings, especially those with parallel experiences. Too many of us are close to someone experiencing toxic chemotherapy and it's emotional, spiritual and physical effects. Watching, we feel helpless. While looking for something special to send to someone who recently experienced chemo hair loss, I read, “A Chemo Diva cuts her hair before chemo takes it. She gets it made into a “Diva Halo Wig” to wear under ANY hat, cap or scarf.” I had plenty of hair to share and was excited to do so. “Oh, this is going to be so much fun,” I thought every time I envisioned the halo wig being worn. So, I had my hair cut, sent it to Chemo Diva (ChemoDiva.com) and within a few days, the halo wig was in the mail… I was so excited that I tracked the package several times a day! I expected the halo wig to be a fun, useful item. I never expected the reaction I received when I excitedly answered the phone, knowing the package had arrived. I expected laughter, yet the words were inaudible through the weeping. I didn't understand the depth of this emotion. I now know that I was being protected from the mental and emotional challenges the hair loss had caused. I was protected from the obvious pain that comes from the direct confrontation with the lethal nature of cancer and the apparent concealment of an unwarranted mark of disgrace. It was later that afternoon that I realized the item I sent was a “gift”. A gift of normalcy, love, hope and inspiration. Up until now, I’ve never truly experienced the true meaning of gifting and am grateful for the gift I’ve received; the deep knowing that I have helped heal and, in turn, eased my own sense of helplessness. It’s an amazing feeling that I am unable to describe and express with words... Later that night I received a text, “Thank you with all my heart and being. I love you and oh how loved I feel.” With all the joys and experiences of this season of giving and love, I ask you to consider the possibility of gifting yourself a new hairstyle for the holidays and, at the same time, become a Diva Hair Angel! Donate your hair to provide a Diva Halo Wig to women and girls in need. Chemo Diva provides Diva Halos, free of charge, to a woman or child who cannot afford one on her own. I promise, the gift will be in the giving. When you give unselfishly and expect nothing in return, you will find peace, make peace and keep peace in your heart. From your actions, you will feel love in your morning intentions and know true love as you drift to sleep. This holiday season, make peace and love the central themes of how you interact with your family, your children and even the pushy person at the store. Do this because we need each and every one of us together to build collective peace, love and unity—this is a daily grassroots action in which we can all become active. During the holiday hustle and bustle, remember to pray for peace in Paris. Today and always, no phrase rings truer than the traditional message of the season: “On Earth peace, and goodwill to all.” To you and those you hold dear, I wish you every joy. May you find the opportunities to celebrate and find inspiration in the little pleasures of the season; may you find moments of blissful inner stillness; may you find comfort from suffering; and may you be surrounded in love and kindness. Many blessings for love, health and laughter, Gabrielle Wyant-Perillo, Publisher
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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.
18 AWAKENING TO SPIRIT spotlight Prayer and Meditation 22 wisewords Heal and Free Us 12 23 shoutouts by Richard Davenport 24 healingways 22 SHARON SALZBERG 26 consciouseating ON MINDFULNESS Simple Ways to Be in 30 healthykids the Present Moment 3 1 inspiration by April Thompson 16 32 naturalpet 24 HEAVENLY SCENTS 35 calendar How to Make Your Own Natural Oil Fragrances 35 classifieds by Kathleen Barnes 39 resourceguide 26 SWEETLY VEGAN
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tress and anxiety are part of our fast-paced, competitive society. Occasional stress is normal, but constant worry that affects our daily functioning is not. Whether we are dealing with the occasional variety or an actual anxiety disorder, these tips can rebalance the nervous system and offer relief. The first three work well for general stress, and all five together help to interrupt an anxiety/panic attack and bring about ease.
1. Begin to focus on your breath, drawing it deep down into the belly. Imagine your belly filling like a balloon with each inhale. Three to five minutes is a good amount of time. 2. Lengthen your exhale longer than your inhale. A longer exhale initiates the relaxation response. A good rule of thumb is inhaling for the count of two and exhaling for the count of four, working up to an exhale count of six or eight (or three times the length of the inhale). 3. Use an empowering affirmation such as, “I am strong, happy and peaceful,” and repeat it either to yourself or out loud with enthusiasm.
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5. Bring your attention into your body, such as shifting your balance onto one leg or buttocks and truly notice and feel all the sensations involved. Shifting attention into the body takes the focus away from the fear center in the brain. Practicing these tips often will help make them a habitual way to manage stress and anxiety.
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4. Find a quiet place, removed from stimulation or whatever is causing your stress response. Sit down and fold forward if possible. Use steps one, two and three while folded forward or leaning against something if you can’t sit and fold.
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Meditation Linked to Telomere Integrity in Cancer Patients
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aintaining telomere length has been directly linked to longer lifespan in a number of studies. A telomere is the structure at the end of a chromosome that protects it from deteriorating or fusing with other chromosomes. Its length is being used to measure the potential success of integrative therapy for recovering cancer patients; now University of Calgary research has found that mindfulness meditation helps. The researchers tested 88 breast cancer survivors with a previous diagnosis of stage-one to stage-three breast cancer. The patients’ telomere lengths were tested after either group-support therapy or mindfulness meditation training that included gentle hatha yoga exercises. Results showed that while the control group’s telomere lengths decreased over time, both the mindfulness group and the support therapy group were on average able to maintain their telomere length throughout the testing period.
Benefits of Live Gong Meditation
he most sublime instrument of the yogi is the gong. Ancient texts describe this instrument as providing the sound of the vibrant energy core of the universe that is responsible for the creation of all things living. The gong is a symbol of the spirit, a sacred threshold, a portal that links the finite and the infinite experience of the self. It represents the initial stillness and potential of creation. One of the significant features of the gong is the interactive nature of the sounds it creates. The gong produces a note projected against a background spectrum of notes. Each note interacts with the background. They alter each other. This creates a complex, non-linear pattern that interweaves the sense of the whole with the sense of the part. We can feel this in our body when we listen to the gong. The entire body vibrates and changes as specific areas of the body are pressed and stimulated by the waves of the gong. The sound of the gong allows us to move beyond the boundaries of the mind. It is like playing a million strings. The gong is a healing tool for body, mind and soul on all levels. These are additional benefits of gong meditation: helps repair the nervous system (including ravages of alcohol and drugs); regenerates the neurons and their interconnections; creates deep relaxation and induces a spontaneous meditative state; clears the mind and releases you from the torrent of thoughts; reduces stress-related issues: depression, fatigue, anger, hostility, fear and loneliness; stimulates the glandular system to a higher level of functioning; strengthens the immune system; opens the meridians and releases blocks, reduces tension and stimulates circulation; balances all the chakras; enlivens and integrates the 10 bodies of the aura; accelerates the development of intuitive sensitivity and visualization; opens the psychic functions of the sixth chakra/third eye; clears the sub-conscious mind; and gives a sense of expanded awareness and higher consciousness. Submitted by Sahejpal Singh and Cosmin Mahadev Singh. Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Center of Las Vegas is located at 8450 W. Sahara Ave., in Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-478-9600 or visit RYKYoga.com. See ad, page 19.
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Asbestos Found in Crayons and Children’s Toys
esearch from the Environmental Working Group’s Action Fund has determined that some popular children’s toys contain a chemical that previous research has linked to lung disease and lung cancers. The researchers tested 28 boxes of crayons and 21 crime-themed toys at the Scientific Analytical Institute in Greensboro, North Carolina. They found that four of the crayon brands and two of the crime-scene toys contained asbestos. All of the asbestos-containing toys were manufactured in China. The products included the Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle brands of crayons, the EduScience Deluxe Forensics Lab Kit and the Inside Intelligence Secret Spy Kit. The latter two brands contained asbestos within the fingerprint powders. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, asbestos from all sources is responsible for up to 15,000 U.S. deaths each year.
Digital ‘Blue Light’ Reading Disrupts Sleep Rhythms
ecent findings from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, has determined that reading from a light-emitting tablet or computer before bedtime will disturb sleep and may change the circadian rhythms that govern the body’s clock. The research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, tested 12 people for two weeks. On five nights during one week, the subjects read ebooks on an iPad for four hours before bedtime. Another week, they read from printed books for the same duration. During the five days of iPad reading, the participants fell asleep later and spent less time in rapid eye movement (REM)-stage sleep. The light-emitting tablet altered the circadian rhythm, changing the body’s natural sleeping pattern. The researchers also tested other blue-light emitting devices, including laptops, tablets, other eReaders, cell phones and LED monitors. “We found the body’s natural circadian rhythms were interrupted by the shortwavelength enriched light, otherwise known as blue light, from these electronic devices,” says neuroscientist Anne-Marie Chang, Ph.D., one of the study authors. Dr. Charles Czeisler, Ph.D., a leading sleep researcher, remarks, “In the past 50 years, there has been a decline in average sleep duration and quality. Since more people are choosing electronic devices for reading, communication and entertainment, particularly children and adolescents who already experience significant sleep loss, epidemiological research evaluating the long-term consequences of these devices on health and safety is urgently needed.”
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ccording to a new review of research published in the journal Cancer, a strong religious or spiritual belief system may improve a cancer patient’s prognosis physically, emotionally and mentally. Researchers from Florida’s H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute and North Carolina’s Wake Forest School of Medicine reviewed clinical studies that included more than 44,000 cancer patients. The first review focused on physical symptoms and found that patients with stronger religious and spiritual beliefs reported fewer cancer symptoms and better physical health. They also showed enhanced capabilities in managing their daily lives. “These relationships were particularly strong in patients that experienced greater emotional aspects of religion and spirituality, including a sense of meaning and purpose in life, as well as a connection to a source larger than oneself,” states Heather Jim, lead author of the first review. The second review focused on mental health and found reductions in anxiety, depression and distress among those with greater spirituality. Lead author Dr. John Salsman comments, “Also, greater levels of spiritual distress and a sense of disconnectedness from God or a religious community were associated with greater psychological distress or poorer emotional well-being.” In the third review, the researchers found that patients with a stronger spiritual well-being reported better social health, as well.
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World Powers Vow Cuts in Emissions This year’s G7 Summit of the U.S., UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan, plus the European Union, has agreed in principle that the global economy must be completely fossil fuel-free by the end of this century to curb destructive climate change. To that end, the nations agreed to work toward cutting emissions between 40 and 70 percent by 2050. German Chancellor Angela Merkel also announced that the G7 countries would raise $100 billion from public and private sources by 2020 to help poorer nations adapt. Environmental groups such as Greenpeace praised the action. In a statement, the Sierra Club called it “the first time that the leaders of the world have made clear with one voice that we must get off fossil fuels completely.” Two hundred countries are expected to commit in writing to specific plans for greening their economies at the United Nations Climate Change Conference this month in Paris. Source: TheHill.com
3M Requires Paper Sources to Meet Sustainable Standards A new sustainability policy by the 3M Corporation, maker of Post-it notes, has drawn support for its goal of making a minimal impact on forests, wildlife and human rights. 3M paper-based products and packaging require pulp and paper from sources around the world. Working in collaboration with ForestEthics and Greenpeace, the company launched a comprehensive review of all of its pulp and paper procurement expectations to ensure the materials are produced from sustainably logged timber. 3M will now hold paper and pulp suppliers accountable to one of the highest standards in the industry for environmental protection and respect of human rights, including tracing origins and obtaining consent of indigenous peoples and local communities before logging operations occur. The company intends to publish semiannual updates of its progress online. Source: ForestEthics.org
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Uncommon Devotion Religion in America Shows Resilience On any given Sabbath, four of 10 Americans travel to a place of worship, a number that hasn’t fluctuated dramatically in the past half-century. Gallup polls report that more than 81 percent say they identify with a specific religion or denomination; 78 percent say it’s an important part of their lives; and 57 percent believe that religion is able to solve today’s problems. While recent attendance may be off, Americans are no less likely to attend services today than they were in the 1940s and early ’50s, just prior to the ultra-religious following decade. The reason, says Gallup’s Frank Newport, is that U.S. religious worship is cyclical. Today’s practicing religious communities “tend to consist of the seriously committed, not just those swept along by obligation,” reports Christian Smith, director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame and coprincipal investigator of the National Study of Youth and Religion. Those that worship regularly are more likely to be older, female and Southern; they also are better educated and stronger financially than those that don’t, according to Newport. At the same time, Mitchell Marcus, a University of Pennsylvania professor, characterizes his Ph.D. students as religiously curious, often devout and eager to talk about their beliefs. Source: The Christian Science Monitor
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Dutch Court Upholds Climate Action as a Human Right Perhaps establishing a new global precedent for a state’s obligation to its citizens in the face of a growing climate crisis, a Dutch court has ruled that the government has a legal duty to reduce carbon emissions by 25 percent by 2020. The decision came in response to a 2013 lawsuit launched by the Amsterdam-based environmental nonprofit Urgenda Foundation and 600 Dutch citizens that argued the government was violating international human rights law by failing to take sufficient measures to combat rising greenhouse gas emissions. A statement from the court reads, “The state must do more to avert the imminent danger caused by climate change, also in view of its duty to provide care to protect and improve the living environment.” I n t h e U n i t e d S t a t e s , t h e yo u t h - l e d m ove m e n t O u r C h i l d r e n ’s T r u s t ( O u r C h i l d r e n s Trust.org) is suing state governments and what they dub “the ruling generation” as accountable for climate inaction. As 350.org co-founder and Communications Director Jamie Henn noted after the ruling, “If the Netherlands sets a precedent, it’s a whole new ball game.” Other countries are weighing the situation, as well.
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eraphim Blueprint is a healing/spiritual angelic system that was dormant for thousands of years and has presently been restored by Ruth Rendely. It is an angelic energy modality consisting of 11 major energies designed specifically to enhance our life force energy and raise our vibration and consciousness for self-evolution. To become initiated into all these energies, we must take six levels. Each major energy has its own purpose and distinct quality that together provides a unique revolutionary pathway for self-realization. These energies are safe and intelligent and pre-programmed to ideally adapt to our unique life situation and physical condition. This training connects us with specific angelic energies and initiates us into the higher vibration of the seraphim. This activates life force and divine harmony energies allowing a sense of greater internal union and expanding healing opportunities, bridging to Earth energy through laying grids and empowering crystal. Once we choose to activate these energy initiations, we awaken dormant DNA that taps into our ability to integrate the seraphim energy to be used for healing and spiritual development. The initiations of these energies support and enhance our energy fields in this monumental phase of change in the universe. One of the wonderful aspects of these energies is that once we receive the initiations or attunements directly from the seraphim angel, we can activate them to run in the background for their specific purposes without having to go into a Zen or om state. If we use the Seraphim Energies during our meditation times and immerse our consciousness into the activations, we will feel the serene, calm sense that our energy system craves as a respite from the day-to-day chaos of today’s environment.
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This level is about breaking down karmic boundaries that limit our accomplishments in this lifetime. The key energies enhance rapid evolution. One is the supreme organizing power of the universe, and the other is the power to progressively remove karmic limitations.
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This helps us to more quickly achieve our personal desires, as well as cosmic purpose. Receiving fulfillment on a personal level allows us to aspire to higher goals. The two key powers promote intent, willpower and wish fulfillment.
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This level helps us to adjust to the real cosmic forces that our bodies experience as our planet hurls through space at thousands of miles per second. This level maximizes the use of the physical vehicle to the expanding universe. Our individual bodies are holographic pieces of the entire universe. One energy repairs the damaged parts in our holographic etheric bodies, and the other helps us to adjust to an expanding universe.
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This level gives us tools to communicate with non-physical beings that can partner with us to help this planet in its many transitions. This energy brings humanity into balance with the natural order. Specific initiations include harmonizing with elementals and vibratory beings.
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he cause of breast cancer is not completely understood yet, but we have identified some major risk factors. However, the link between breast cancer and the hormone estrogen is very clear. Research suggests that the greater a woman's exposure to estrogen in the environment and the estrogen produced by her own body, the more susceptible she is to breast cancer. Cancer-causing estrogen is present in more places than just our body, and we are literally bombarded by it every day in the foods that we eat, to the chemicals we clean the house with, and even the plastic bottles that hold our drinking water. It's everywhere. Scientists have known for a long time that estrogen, especially estradiol and her sister estrogens cause cancer cells to multiply and be healthy, thus preventing their destruction and promoting breast cancer. That is why conventional doctors prescribe estrogen-reducing drugs such as Tamoxifen, Femara and Arimidex to cancer patients. On the other hand, holistic or alternative physicians have strongly suspected this 16
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estrogen-breast cancer connection for years and have done what they do best; practice prevention. In addition to advising their patients to avoid environmental estrogens and practice healthy estrogen-eliminating dietary and lifestyle modifications such as a fat-lowering diet and stress reduction, they have set their goals on developing natural treatments to safely balance hormones without chemicals, thus preventing or reducing the risk of breast cancer and the side effects of prescription drugs. One such treatment is natural progesterone cream; it has been around in health food stores, available online and recommended by holistic healthcare providers for years, but has been mostly overlooked. A team of scientists at Cancer Research UK and the University of Adelaide, in Australia, recently published a research study concluding that unlike synthetic progestin, which increases breast cancer risks, natural progesterone has the advantage of slowing the growth of many breast cancer tumors and even shrinking them. They found that in the presence of
progesterone, estrogen receptors basically reversed their roles, and instead of promoting cancer cell growth, they promoted cancer cell death (apoptosis) and promoted the growth of healthy cells. The initial experiments were performed on cells in tests tubes. To further test their theory, the scientists next performed the tests on live mice. After implanting ER-positive/PR-positive breast tumors in the mice, they gave some mice estrogen only, some mice estrogen and progesterone and some mice no hormones at all. Twenty-five days later, the scientists found that the tumors in mice that only had estrogen grew and the tumors in mice exposed to both hormones decreased. Further, they also administered Tamoxifen to some mice that had been given progesterone only, and the greatest tumor growth reduction occurred in the mice that had been given both progesterone and Tamoxifen. They came upon this discovery while trying to understand why women with breast cancers that contain both estrogen and progesterone receptors have better treatment outcomes than women with tumors that do not have these receptors. The study was published in the July 16, 2015, issue of the scientific journal Nature. Now that these findings have been confirmed by other scientists, the medical community can no longer cite natural progesterone for promoting breast cancer like prescription/synthetic progestin. Instead, natural progesterone was found to oppose estrogen and keep it under control, thereby preventing estrogen dominance and decreasing breast cancer risks. These findings are not only good news for women diagnosed with ERpositive/PR-positive breast cancer, but great news for all women. Prevention is the best medicine. Dr. Patricia Beckstead, BS, DC, is an author, speaker and founder, clinical director and nutraceutical developer at Balancing Hormones Naturally. For more information, call 702-263-0844 or visit BalancingHormonesNaturally.com. See ad, page 13.
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AWAKENING TO SPIRIT Prayer and Meditation Heal and Free Us by Richard Davenport
By its intimate connection with divine love, Spirit infuses human experience with qualities of amazing grace—unexpected clarity, vision, wisdom, peace, compassion, emotional release, inspirational epiphanies, deep understanding and comprehensive healing of mind, body and soul.
hile society abounds with scientific research, products and practices that promise to enhance our mind or body and the mind-body connection, without Spirit in the mix, neither rises to its full potential. A heart open to a higher power exponentially multiplies the effects of this crucial connection. “Just as a candle spreads light in a darkened room, people who are living in-Spirit give off a higher energy that can bring light to our hearts and minds. In other words, we can be inspired just by being in their presence,” according to renowned bestselling author Wayne Dyer, Ph.D. Experiential, non-verbal and lifechanging encounters with the unbounded power and presence of Spirit in prayer 18
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and meditation are difficult to analyze in the same way as mind-body science. However, Dyer points to the works and outcomes of Spirit as visible evidence of how it lifts us up. We see individuals with rapturous hearts sending out signals that they love the world and everyone in it. Those that live in Spirit tend to see the world as a friendly place, are at peace with themselves, appear to be open and accepting rather than judgmental and harsh, and often report being healed of all sorts of diseases, relationship challenges, career fluctuations and questions of purpose and direction. They attest to how Spirit shines a triumphant light in the midst of dark nights of the soul, redefining the essence of life itself and declaring us worthy in our innermost reaches.
When a 19-year-old woman entered basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, in San Antonio, Texas, and was undergoing initial medical and psychological screening, she was identified as having body and mind issues that would require her to be separated from the service. These problems included organ failures and spinal misalignment, as well as severe consequences of an emotionally abusive upbringing. It was determined that she could not handle the physical and mental demands of military life. Because the policy was to not treat such problems if identified upon entering the service, authorities allowed her to remain in training until her separation from the Air Force could be processed. The woman was impressed and also distressed by the finality of the verdict and assessment tools used by mind and body experts among the medical staff. In talking with a chaplain on the base, she came to understand that she could choose to appeal her case to another jurisdiction, a “higher” court of Spirit. Focusing on the voice of divine love, she grew to see Spirit as more than a higher power. She saw Spirit as a higher authority. She surrendered to divine love’s authority as ultimate law, supremely qualified to reorder her whole being. She trusted that aligning with spiritual power could change her view of her identity and the seemingly inescapable consequences of genetics, environment and human history denying her desire to serve her country in this way. Listening to a higher witness testifying on her behalf and identifying her authentic being as the magnificent expression of the magnificent Creator, she felt encouraged to the point that her mind and body stopped arresting her progress and became more effective servants, responding with greater freedom and joy. One limitation after another fell away, and the military and medical authorities seemed pleased with her progress as she neared completion of training. Finally, performing a mile-and-a-half run within a required time remained the only obstacle to graduation, and she was still 45 seconds too slow. This helpful passage from the
Hebrew prophet Isaiah became central to her prayer and meditation as she approached her last running attempt: Young people will get tired; strapping young men will stumble and fall. But those who trust in the Eternal One will regain their strength. They will soar on wings as eagles. Th e y w i l l r u n — n e v e r w i n d e d , never weary. They will walk—never tired, never faint. ~Isaiah 40: 30-31 (The Voice) She passed her final attempt with 18 seconds to spare, running on eagles’ wings. So, how can we all discern such a divine witness to our original authentic being amidst loud testimony of all the voices and labels shouting in our head and body, including those imposed by others?
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There are two approaches to listening to the voice within, whether we name it God, higher power, Spirit, grace, Eternal One, or divine love or Love. Complementary, rather than mutually exclusive, both approaches require a capacity, gained through patient practice, of quieting the inner and outer chatter and learning to hear that which calls us to be more than what human experience suggests is possible. It’s who we are in the eyes of grace. Sanford C. Wilder, of Grafton, Illinois, author of Listening to Grace, offers personal growth and development programs through EducareUnlearning.com that encourage prayer and meditation that emphasize listening. He practices both approaches and makes distinctions between them. “When I pray, I am directing my thoughts toward God, listening and often affirming what I know to be divinely true. I am yearning to surrender my will and affections in conscious connection with the divine such that I or another receives a blessing,” shares Wilder. In such prayerful listening, he hopes to gain something, often a new insight and corresponding manifestation.
To feel Spirit’s presence, we must surrender our own sense of how it will work, its timeline and the impact on our ego or status quo. As with anything worthwhile, conscientious practice is essential. “When I meditate, my intention is to sacrifice every thought, concept, image and feeling to God, the only consciousness. I trust that listening and observing with nonattachment helps me release conscious and unconscious conditioned thought patterns permeated by a human sense of self.” Through meditative listening, he hopes to release everything rather than receive anything, accepting that everyone is equipped and able to be open to, witness and experience nonstop blessings. Helen Mathis has been an educator in the Philippines and Swaziland as well as the U.S., including an instructor of religion at Principia College, near St. Louis; she is now part of a Centering Prayer Circle in Stockton, California. She explains that centering prayer may be seen as a hybrid that embraces both
prayer and meditation, nourishing what’s beneath the preoccupied self to awaken a deeper and vastly more authentic self. Mathis appreciates what Cynthia Bourgeault explores in her book Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening, that, “This confusion between small self and the larger Self… [the] ‘True Self,’ ‘Essential Self’ or ‘Real I’—is the core illusion of the human condition, and penetrating this illusion is what awakening is all about.” Like Bourgeault, Mathis believes that it’s not about the absence of thoughts so much as detaching from our thoughts, trusting that we can let go and be safe, consent to surrender human will and forgo personal agendas. Only then can spiritual sense come into play. “The goal is to awaken to, open to and get in touch with our innermost being and Spirit,” Mathis affirms. “Clearly, centering prayer assumes we each have a spiritual awareness of the divine within us that acts, as Bourgeault puts it, as ‘a kind of interior compass whose magnetic north is always fixed on God.’”
We often approach a Spirit dimension with the attitude of “what it can do for me.” The higher practice that mystics and other deep thinkers of various faith traditions ultimately arrive at instead centers on transforming our whole self to align with Spirit’s purpose for us, which changes everything. Reverend Dr. Michael Beckwith, founder of the New Thought Agape Spiritual Center, in Los Angeles, and a spiritual mentor to Oprah Winfrey, believes, “The relationship we have with
Through conscious listening we discover that our true nature—as witnessed by Spirit—though sometimes obscured from view, is never altered from its original beauty and wholeness. ~Helen Mathis
the infinite is more about how we are to serve it than it is to serve us.” Beckwith describes three primary stages of realizing the power and purpose of divine Spirit expressed as our spirit. The first is that of a victim (feeling powerless, unable to effect change). The second is when an individual learns the existence of universal law that responds to our thinking, emotions and attitude; we learn how to use it to stabilize life structures and demonstrate health and well-being. “Ultimately, in stage three, we be-
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Grace and Spirit work in us, through us and between us, yet we can’t simply summon them up or outline their outcomes. To feel Spirit’s presence, we must surrender our own sense of how it will work, its timeline and the impact on our ego or status quo. As with anything worthwhile, conscientious practice is essential. Life, defined by Spirit, gives fresh strength and impetus to mind and body. All three are vital elements of the dance of life. Richard Davenport is a spiritual life educator (HigherGroundForLife.com) and the founding executive director of an inclusive nationwide Bible and spiritual life community (BibleAndSpiritualLife.org). Now based in St. Louis, MO, he is a retired Air Force chaplain, having served at Lackland and other U.S. Air Force bases on three continents.
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FIVE WAYS TO PRAY FROM THE HEART by Richard Davenport
rayer from a heart willing to surrender, change, learn, grow and bless others works to keep us centered on pure motives like wellness, wholeheartedness and compassion. Such prayer can help us progress spiritually. These five forms of prayer, found in
the Bible, have a universal application to any spiritual practice. Although differing in their approach, all share the purpose of creating a fuller mindfulness of our true identity and relationship to the divine, while enhancing our capacity to bless all creation. If we are
not feeling the desired breakthroughs using one form, perhaps the one most familiar or comfortable to us, we might do well to explore others. Praise – a posture of adoration, honoring and surrender to a power, vision, and authority greater than our own. Thanksgiving – or better yet, for its consistency and permeating of our whole self, thanks-living. The garden of our spirit is enriched by embracing a gratitude attitude in all we do. Petition – a relational posture that opens our heart as we learn to ask for help, to seek perspective beyond a limited self, beyond a smaller, ego-driven orientation. Intercession – praying for others; blessing, honoring and cherishing them as God sees them. When we feel burdened and blocked by our own trials, expressing empathy and compassion for others can unlock our heart and mind. We can lovingly witness the true nature of those that are seemingly tangled in forces blocking or opposing their higher good. Affirmation – release and rest in divine authority, acknowledging the uni-verse as literally one song reflecting the singular harmony that Spirit knows and is unfolding in every moment to meet our need in forms we can see and feel right now.
Sharon Salzberg on Mindfulness Simple Ways to Be in the Present Moment by April Thompson
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reality and pushing away what’s happening.
Is it possible to be mindful without having an established meditation practice? Yes, theoretically, but I suspect it’s hard. I honor my own meditation practice for making mindfulness highly accessible for me. It doesn’t take many hours of prep work and is open to everyone. It’s really a practice, like strength training—you have to exercise the mindfulness muscle to reap the benefits. photo by Fabio Fiippi
ew York City-born Sharon Salzberg experienced a childhood full of loss and upheaval, losing her parents and living in five different household configurations. In college, she discovered the power of meditation to transform suffering and cope with life’s never-ending changes. Born into a Jewish family, Salzberg first encountered Buddhism in 1969 in an Asian philosophy class, inspiring her to undertake an independent study program in India, where she was initiated into the practice via an intense 10-day retreat. “It was very difficult and painful. I sometimes doubted that I’d succeed, yet I never doubted that there was truth there,” she says. Upon her return home, Salzburg dedicated herself to the path of vipassana- (insight) meditation, becoming a renowned teacher and co-founding the Insight Meditation Society, in Barre, Massachusetts. Today she teaches and speaks to diverse audiences worldwide about the power of mindfulness. Salzberg has authored nine books, including the New York Times bestseller Real Happiness, Real Happiness at Work and Lovingkindness.
What’s the best way to arrange time for meditation, and what can motivate us to practice regularly? Having a sense of structure has helped me the most. I believe strongly in the value of a daily practice, however simple or short. We can ritualize certain practices to help remember to pause and be mindful. For example, every time the phone rings, let it ring three times and use that as a trigger to breathe. When you’ve finished writing an email, take a few conscious moments before sending it. There are lots of ways to cut through the momentum of the busyness and craziness of our lives to return to mindfulness. Make a commitment to practice for a certain period of daily time for a
month or two, and then reassess. Look for changes during the active course of daily life and query: How am I speaking to myself or to others? Am I more present? Am I more at ease in letting go? It’s important to look for these subtle changes rather than to set unrealistic expectations for ourselves such as being mindful all day.
Do you have other enabling practices for people new to the state of living mindfully? Movement meditation is a good place to start; if you’re walking somewhere, try to be more present and feel your feet against the ground. Also, just focus on one thing at a time; instead of multitasking, just drink the cup of tea. We can also use breath to focus concentration. The breath is a tremendous tool, it’s always with us. If you’re in a contentious meeting and tempers flare, you don’t have to pull out a meditation cushion and sit in a funny position; you can work with your breath right where you are.
How can meditation help to ease suffering? Sometimes, we think we can ease suffering by only having pleasant feelings and beautiful thoughts. Rather, we can ease suffering by changing the way we relate to our thoughts and feelings. If something unpleasant is happening, most of us flip into an internal monologue about how, “Bad things always happen to me,” or “This is my fault,” or “I shouldn’t feel this.” We compound our suffering by adding judgment and by pushing away discomfort. Instead, we can learn to observe our reactions and release them. We also tend not to feel pleasure fully or think that something else or more should be happening instead of simply enjoying the moment. We wait for some sense of intensity in order to feel alive, rather than experiencing the ordinary to the utmost. Meditation trains us to be present with pleasant, unpleasant and neutral experiences and stay connected, no matter what’s going on. Reach freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.
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“When you see ‘fragrance’ on a personal care product label, read it as ‘hidden chemicals,’” warns the Washington, D.C.based nonprofit watchdog Environmental Working Group (EWG). “A major loophole in the [U.S.] Food and Drug Administration’s federal law lets manufacturers of products like shampoo, lotion and body wash include nearly any ingredient under the term fragrance without actually listing the chemical.” Companies that manufacture personal care products are required by law to list the ingredients they use, but fragrances and trade-secret formulas are exempt. What’s known as a dirty little secret in the fragrance industry is the unlabeled presence of toxic chemicals not only in perfumes, but in any personal care product that includes a scent. Lab tests commissioned by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and analyzed by the EWG confirm the presence of parabens 24 Greater Las Vegas
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“Opting for natural scents from organic essential oils not only offers a toxin-free alternative, the oils’ aromatherapy benefits have time-proven therapeutic value,” suggests Dorene Petersen, president and founder of the American College of Healthcare Sciences, in Portland, Oregon.
Recent research from the Pontificia Universidade Catolica, in Brazil, confirms that lavender oil has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and pain-relieving properties similar to those of a mild-dose narcotic. Plus, it smells heavenly, says botanical perfumer Roxana Villa, of Woodland Hills, a California-based spokesperson for the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. “Considering the part of the plant used will give you an idea of its therapeutic value,” says Villa. “A root base will be good for grounding. Since bark is like skin, oils such as birch will benefit skin and muscles. Oils from flowers are excellent for anything related to the head and mind.” Oregano and cinnamon oils have powerful antifungal properties, even against Candida-type fungi resistant to prescription drugs, according to Brazilian research from Universidade Federal. A groundbreaking study from the Slovak University of Technology, in Slovakia, even suggests that rosemary oil can kill cancer cells. These are all scents that can be the foundations of do-it-yourself perfumes.
“It’s fun to experiment with organic essential oils and create that unique blend that becomes a personal signature,” says Charlynn Avery, an aromatherapist with Aura Cacia, in Norway, Iowa. She explains that essential oils have three basic “notes” and blending them correctly will result in a fragrance suited to last throughout the day.
The 1-2-3s of Blending Oils Base Notes Middle Notes Top Notes sandalwood lavender orange jasmine bergamot lemon myrrh geranium grapefruit vetiver rosemary eucalyptus patchouli tea tree lime cedarwood clary sage peppermint A general ratio of 50 percent base note oils to 30 percent middle notes and 20 percent top notes is recommended. Source: courtesy of AuraCacia.com
“The base note is heavier and lasts the longest. Patchouli, vetiver, sandalwood, cedarwood and jasmine hang around longer in the atmosphere and on the wearer,” she explains. Blending the base with a slightly lighter middle note like lavender, rosemary or clary sage and a light and short-lasting top note like orange, lime or peppermint will create a complex and pleasing blend. “That’s the beauty of the art of it,” says Avery. “You can create synergistic blends that harmonize and complement the attributes of each to such an extent that you may not be able to detect the scents of the individual oils.” There are no hard and fast rules, but our experts offer a few guidelines for creating our own unique blends that will be well-received as holiday gifts. Use a base of oil like jojoba or sweet almond to create a perfumed oil. Note that oils undiluted by a carrier can burn the skin. For oil-based blends, use a ratio of 50 drops of bottom note oil, 30 drops of a middle note and 20 drops of a top note in two ounces of carrier oil. Another option is to use an alcohol base of either isopropyl rubbing alcohol or 85-proof vodka to make a spray perfume; the alcohol will evaporate quickly. Alcohol-based blends generally last longer, especially with fragile citrus oils. A usual ratio is 10 to 20 drops of essential oil per ounce of alcohol-based carrier. Oil-based blends are ready to use almost immediately. Alcohol-based blends should age a week or two at least and will become more strongly scented in time. Store fragrances in bottles in a dark, cool place. Bottles with tiny roll-on caps are commercially available. “It’s very much trial and error to arrive at a preferred scent, so be creative and keep careful notes of experiments and improve on them as you gain experience,” counsels Avery. “If you crinkle your nose at patchouli, you probably won’t like an oil blend with it, either. Choose scents you like.” Kathleen Barnes is author of numerous natural health books including Food Is Medicine. Connect at Kathleen Barnes.com.
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isions of sugar plums” have been part of holiday mindsets since the advent of Clement Moore’s classic 19th-century poem commonly known as ’Twas the Night Before Christmas. We love to give and receive special treats and our tastes are evolving. Instead of yesteryear’s sugary bonbons loaded with calories that we’ve come to regret, today’s preferred confections focus more on naturally sweet dried fruits, bestquality chocolate, healthful coconut and crunchy nuts. Vegan, gluten-free delicacies from chefs and culinary experts the world over help us celebrate the season in a deliciously healthy way, including those we highlight this month. “Christmas isn’t Christmas without a traditional pudding,” says Chef Teresa Cutter, author of Purely Delicious. Cutter is founder and director of The Healthy Chef company, in Sydney, Australia, which creates functional foods for taste and optimal health. Her no-bake desserts such as miniature Christmas puddings and carrot cake take only minutes to make.
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Emily Holmes, a Queensland, Australia, wellness coach who blogs at Conscious-Foodie.com, says her favorite is Holmes’ Chocolate Cherry Mini-Cupcakes. She serves them with a pot of peppermint tea. Houston-based Joshua Weissman is the author of The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook and blogs at SlimPalate. com. He shares his philosophy on holiday treats: “My first thought is that I don’t want to feel guilty after eating it. My second is that I still want it to taste and look good.” His Almond Butter Pumpkin Pie Truffles fit the festive bill. In New York City, noted vegan cookbook author and Pastry Chef Fran Costigan is an expert in all things chocolate, including her Chocolate Orange Sesame Truffles. “When you make something really delicious with real ingredients, your mouth knows it, your brain knows it, your body knows it. You feel satisfied,” she says. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood AndLifestyle.blogspot.com from Overland Park, KS.
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No-Bake Festive Vegan Desserts the pudding and remove the plastic wrap. Melt white chocolate in a small bowl set over a simmering pot of water. Spoon a little white chocolate over the tops of the puddings if desired and garnish with goji berries, fresh cherries or another fanciful topper.
Teresa Cutter’s Healthy Christmas Puddings Yields: 6 to 8 small puddings 8 oz fresh pitted dates—approximately 10 to 15 dates, depending on their size Zest from 1 orange 9 oz dried apricots, chopped 1½ cups almond meal/ground almonds 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract 1 tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp ground nutmeg ¼ tsp ground ginger 1 to 2 Tbsp orange juice 3 oz white chocolate, melted, for decoration (optional) Combine dates, orange zest, apricots, vanilla, ground almonds, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger in a food processor. Process until mixture is combined and looks like fine crumbs. Spoon the mixture into a large bowl. Add the orange juice, and then mix again. Pudding mix should come together when lightly hand-squeezed. Divide into 6 small puddings. Line the base of 6 small decorative molds with plastic wrap and firmly press the puddings into them. Once firmly packed in the mold, invert
Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Serve puddings with chilled mango coconut custard. Mango Coconut Custard 1 mango, chopped ½ cup coconut milk Juice from ½ orange Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Serve chilled with the puddings.
1 cup (6½ oz) of 12 large fresh dates, pitted ½ cup (3 oz) dried chopped apricots or pineapple (sulfur-free) 2 large raw carrots, grated Zest from 1 orange 2 tsp vanilla bean paste Combine walnuts, flaxseed, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, orange zest and sea salt into a food processor and run it until mixed and finely chopped. Add dates and apricots. Process again until thoroughly mixed. Add grated raw carrot and vanilla and then process again until combined. The mix should now form a nice dough. Spoon into a bowl. Add and knead oats through the raw carrot cake mixture. Press cake firmly into a 6-inch round baking dish lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate until ready to serve, allowing at least 2 hours for the cake to rest. It will keep in the refrigerator for about a week. Enjoy as is or garnish with macadamia nut cream, a drizzle of honey and walnuts. Note: Other raw nuts can substitute for walnuts—try pecans, almonds or macadamia nuts.
Teresa Cutter’s No-Bake Carrot Cake Yields: 16 servings
Macadamia Nut Cream Combine 1 cup of raw cashew nuts or macadamia nuts with ½ cup of orange juice or coconut water and a little vanilla. Blend in a high-speed blender like a Vitamix until smooth and creamy.
2½ cups (9½ oz) shelled walnuts 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed or whole chia seeds ½ cup (2 oz) rolled oats (or gluten-free almond meal) 1 tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp ground ginger ¼ tsp ground nutmeg ¼ tsp sea salt natural awakenings
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Roll chilled filling mixture into mediumto-small-sized balls a little less than an inch in diameter and place them on a small baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place balls back into the refrigerator for 10 minutes or the freezer for 5 minutes so the balls harden enough to allow dipping.
Emily Holmes’ Chocolate Cherry Mini-Cupcakes Yields: 2 dozen mini-cupcakes Cake 1 cup raw, shelled, skinned nuts (such as almonds) 1 /3 cup cacao powder 4 fresh dates, pitted Filling 2 cup shredded coconut 1 cup dried cherries 6 fresh dates, pitted ¼ cup coconut cream ¼ tsp vanilla powder Pinch of sea salt Topping 3½ oz melted dark chocolate Process nuts and cacao powder in a food processor until the nuts are finely ground and the mixture is fully combined. Slowly add the dates until the mixture sticks together. Press the mixture into the bottom parts of a 24-cup mini muffin pan. Refrigerate while preparing the filling. Process filling ingredients in a food processor until well combined. Spoon the filling onto the cupcake base in the muffin cups and then top with melted dark chocolate. Place into the refrigerator to set, where it also stores well until served.
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Heat a double boiler or small pot that fits into a medium pot of gently boiling water over medium-to-low heat. Yields: About 12 to 16 (1½-inch) truffles
Scrape out the vanilla bean pod, conserving vanilla beans for adding once the cacao butter is melted.
Warm winter spices mix with fragrant pumpkin and almond butter to make seasonal truffles hand dipped in fresh vanilla bean-infused white chocolate.
Place cacao butter in the top of a double boiler and melt and add stevia. Then add vanilla beans and mix well.
Filling ¼ cup canned pumpkin purée (not pie filling) ¼ cup almond butter ¼ cup vegan cream cheese ¼ tsp cinnamon ¼-½ tsp nutmeg ½ tsp fresh grated ginger 1 Tbsp coconut flour 2 packets stevia (like Sweetleaf packets) Coating (vanilla bean white chocolate) 2 oz food grade (not for skin care) cacao butter broken up into small pieces for melting ¼-½ vanilla bean pod, cut in half lengthwise to scrape out the interior, or 1 tsp vanilla bean paste 20 drops stevia (like Sweetleaf Steviaclear drops) In a medium-sized bowl, combine everything for the filling, including pumpkin purée, almond butter, cream cheese, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, coconut flour and stevia. Mix thoroughly until smoothly incorporated and no cream cheese chunks are left. Chill by refrigerating the mixture for 10 to 20 minutes or freezing it for 2 to 5 minutes.
Turn the heat to low to keep warm and melted. Pull out the hardened filling shaped into balls and one at a time drop them into the white chocolate mixture and roll them around until they’re fully covered with mixture using fingers or a small spoon. Carefully spoon out each truffle using a spoon, gently tapping the spoon on the inside of the saucepan to slough off excess cacao butter that may pool on it. Take special care not to drop the truffle. Gently place each treat back onto the tray. Repeat the whole process until all the coated balls are on the tray. Let them cool at room temperature and serve immediately or place them in the refrigerator to harden and serve later. Chilled, truffles will keep for 3 to 5 days.
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ture will thicken immediately. Don’t be concerned if it looks broken or curdled; it’ll smooth out with whisking. Simmer the mixture for 30 seconds until it’s shiny and smooth. Remove from heat and wait about 30 seconds until it’s no longer steaming and then pour it over the chocolate.
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Cover the bowl with a plate. Wait 1 minute and then stir until the chocolate is completely melted. Note: The ganache will not be perfectly smooth.
Fran Costigan’s Chocolate Orange Sesame Truffles Yields: 20 to 24 (1-inch) truffles This creamy chocolate truffle has a slightly chewy texture with a coating for color and crunch. Raw tahini is sweeter than when its roasted and either kind is good. Truffle Ganache 4 oz dark fair trade chocolate (70 to 72 percent), finely chopped Finely minced zest of half a medium orange 3 Tbsp orange juice ¼ cup agave syrup 1 Tbsp raw or roasted tahini, stirred 1½ Tbsp white sesame seeds, lightly toasted 1½ Tbsp black sesame seeds, lightly toasted Place the chocolate in a small heatproof bowl. Mix the orange zest and juice and agave in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat just to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and add the tahini, whisking vigorously. The mix-
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Cool to room temperature, stirring a few times using a silicone spatula. Spoon into a small shallow container and refrigerate uncovered about 2 hours until the ganache is firm. The ganache can be covered and refrigerated at this point for up to 1 week. Shape Truffle Centers Remove the ganache from the refrigerator. Use one spoon to scoop out 1-inch pieces of ganache and another to push it off the spoon into the container. When half the ganache has been used, roll into logs about 1-inch long, washing and drying hands as needed. (If at any time the ganache becomes too soft to shape, refrigerate until cold before proceeding.) Cover and refrigerate the truffle centers 15 to 25 minutes to set, before final shaping and finishing with the sesame seed coating. Truffle Coating Mix the sesame seeds in a small bowl. Sprinkle about 2 tablespoons on the bottom of a shallow container. Put a few logs at a time into the bowl of sesame seeds and roll until lightly coated. Pinch the ends to form the oval quenelle (football) shape. Place the finished truffles in the refrigerator to set for 35 to 45 minutes. Adapted from Vegan Chocolate, by Fran Costigan, used with permission.
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Generous Pint-Sized Givers Teaching Kids How to Care and Share by Jennifer Jacobson
mong a parent’s greatest rewards is seeing their children grow up to be productive, contributing members of society, including knowing how to give back and enrich the communities in which they live. Children can start participating in the giving process as toddlers. Having them observe regular charitable acts can make a strong impression and catalyze later independent initiatives. Learning how to give and developing the associated skill set is a lifelong journey. Giving becomes a way of life—of looking at the world and determining how to help the causes they feel passionate about. Here’s how to take those crucial first steps. Ask kids how they’d like to help. If giving to a cause is new to the household, explain that the family has many opportunities. Then engage children in a conversation about the general areas they may feel strongly about supporting—perhaps individuals or families in need, animals or wildlife habitat—and start a list of those that the family is interested in. Next, start researching related local organizations, facilities and institutions, and matching them to the topics on the list. Ideas may include food kitchens, pet shelters and animal rescues, nature parks, senior citi-
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zens’ residences, camps for low-income or physically or mentally challenged children, zoos, museums, aquariums and local libraries. Make a game plan. Get creative about how to actually help the selected causes. Talk it through together, map out activities—like visiting, donating funds or materials or participating in fundraising efforts—and post the results somewhere at home that is highly visible. “Gamify” it to some degree with tasks that turn into goals that turn into accomplishments that result in chits. Quick tasks can make a big difference. Clear the clutter. Every six to 12 months, launch an all-family household closet cleaning day that includes the toy chest and maybe the garage. Add nonperishable healthy food items they’ve picked out while grocery shopping. Make a “donate box” positioned where kids can add to it and deliver the donations often, even if it’s small. Find ways to raise money for donations. Organize a family or neighborhood yard sale or organic bake sale that involves kids at all stages of the project, and give all or a portion of the proceeds to a selected charity. Associate getting with giving. For birthdays and holidays,
include a handwritten “certificate of giving” that specifies the amount of money available for them to gift to their favorite charity. Take the child to the charity site to make the monetary donation in person, if possible. For non-local organizations, write a check and have the child include a letter with their thoughts and mail it. Volunteer to do community service. Public gardens need weeding, historic buildings need painting and food banks need hands. Find goodwill tasks that are age-appropriate and engaging. Grow the mindset. Tell real-life stories about kids or groups of kids that have found creative ways to give back. Encourage empathy by sharing appropriate stories of struggle. Ask kids, “How would you want people to help you in this situation?” Explain the action the family is taking and the resulting benefit to the recipient. The conversation might be, “We don’t need to store all this stuff when someone else could really use it.” Or, “I bet there is a kid out there who would really like playing with this toy. I know you used to love it, but how about if you pass it along to someone else so they can enjoy it as much as you have?” Keep the focus on the people in need and your child’s ability to share an experience through an item. Establishing an impermanent connection to material things can help kids understand the importance of nurturing relationships over acquiring goods. Develop a language of giving in the household by creating opportunities to incorporate it into regular conversation. Appropriate comments could share concepts such as seeing ourselves as stewards of the planet and the things we think we own; it’s our duty to help those in need when we have abundance; and if there is ever a time when we are without, we hope that others will think of us and help us. Teaching children how their thoughts, words and actions impact those around them is a lesson that bears repeating. Jennifer Jacobson lives in Seattle and has served on the boards of several influential nonprofits and other organizations focused on conservation, education and community.
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Blend with one part prayer, one part meditation and one good deed. Season the whole with a dash of good spirits, a sprinkle of fun, a pinch of play and a cupful of good humor. Pour all of this into a vessel of love. Cook thoroughly over radiant joy, garnish with a smile and serve with quietness, unselfishness and cheerfulness. You’re bound to have a happy new year. ~ Author Unknown
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Treats for Our Pets by Sandra Murphy
The New Zealand Animal Welfare Amendment Bill that passed into law this year states that animals, like humans, are sentient beings. Dr. Virginia Williams, chair of the National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee, says this acknowledges, “Animals can experience both positive and negative emotions, including pain and distress.” The bill thus bans the use of animals for testing cosmetics. Williams says the legal recognition of animal sentience provides a stronger underpinning of the requirements of the existing Animal Welfare Act. The bill also provides for penalties to enable low-to-medium-level offenders to be punished more effectively and gives animal welfare inspectors the power to issue compliance notices, among other measures. Find a link to the legislation at Tinyurl. com/NewZealandSentienceBill.
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s with families everywhere, special taste treats are on the menu for many dogs, cats and wild birds during the holiday season. Owners are cautioned not to share rich, unfamiliar foods from the table that can be detrimental to an animal’s health. Better fare are homemade treats of organic, safe and tasty ingredients—true gifts from the heart. Homemade assures the quality of ingredients, avoids unhealthy additives and allows the giver to adjust for individual taste or food sensitivities. Most healthy recipes can be made from readily available ingredients.
Offer them a variety of seeds and fresh water. Always use unsalted, unseasoned seeds. Mix harder-to-crack striped sunflower seeds with the smaller black oil version to attract the largest number of birds. Organically grown peanuts in the shell, dried fruit, oranges, pomegranates or rehydrated raisins offer a burst of energy. Impale round fruits, halved, on a small dowel rod attached to the feeding table to hold them in place. Note that oats go to waste, shelled sunflower seeds spoil and cracked corn attracts raccoons. Pass on any kind of popcorn.
Mix one part organic peanut butter with five parts organic, non-GMO (genetically modified) corn meal. Smear into a pinecone to hang from a branch or di-
rectly on tree bark for woodpeckers and wrens to enjoy. Don’t use low-fat peanut butter because birds need to pack in the calories in order to stay warm.
Organic catnip, fresh or dried and baked into a crunchy treat, will bring kitty running. In recipes, avoid canned tuna because of bisphenol A (BPA) concerns; also minimize the frequency and portion of tuna and salmon treats due to mercury accumulation in the fish. Unseasoned tuna or salmon packed in water in a pouch is a better choice. Many recipes labeled for dogs can be converted for cats by making them into smaller bites.
“When possible, I put organic and local foods, non-GMO, hormone-and antibiotic-free, grass-fed and humanely raised properties at the top of my list. A healthier dog means fewer vet visits
and more years together,” says Tonya Wilhelm, a dog trainer in Toledo, Ohio. “Buy in bulk from a co-op or farmer and maybe share with friends to get the best price.”
Special Holiday Pet Recipes Coconut Bites Yields: Approximately 20 cookies
Dehydrating removes moisture from food while retaining nutrients, and comprises a distinct cooking method. Stephanie Raya, resident chef at Excalibur Dehydrator, in Sacramento, California, recommends, “For safe chicken and pork, pre-cook before dehydrating. Beef can be dehydrated from a raw state. My Boston terriers also love dehydrated, sweet potato chips.” A number of commercial dehydrated meat and fish jerkies have been recalled (search DogFoodAdvisor. com/?s=treats). Homemade treats offer superior control of ingredients. “When I make my pets’ treats, I know what’s in their food, including the herbs used for flavor,” says Raya. After she’s ensured that the food is thoroughly dried, she packs it in vacuum bags and stores them away from light. She notes that dehydrating takes longer than baking, but is cost-effective at 25 to 50 cents an hour. Veggie options include dehydrated zucchini chips, butternut squash chips, cherry tomato bites, matchstick carrots or peach or other fruit slices.
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A cat’s sense of smell is 10 to 15 times better than ours, but is still modest compared to dogs that out-sniff us by a factor of 30 to 60 times; that’s why putting wrapped treats under a holiday tree or in a stocking is a bad idea. Store them securely and then bring them out when it’s time to open gifts. Use blue tissue paper for easy-to-open Hanukkah gifts, red or green for Christmas (bows, yes; ribbons, no). For dogs that love puzzles, placing treats inside a wrapped box adds to the fun. Remember that rich or unfamiliar foods can make pets sick. Instead, gift them with their own healthy, safe treats from known ingredients so that everyone has a happy holiday. Connect with Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@mindspring.com.
1 orange, peeled, seeded, chopped into bite-size pieces 1 banana, peeled, chopped into bite-size pieces ½ cup coconut flour Lemon zest
Peanut Butter Sweet Potato Dog Biscuits Yields: 36 biscuits 1 sweet potato, boiled or baked ¼ cup peanut butter, low in fat, sugar and salt 1 egg 2 cups whole wheat flour 1 Tbsp coconut oil 1 tsp cinnamon, ground 1½ cups organic old-fashioned oats (aka rolled oats) Boil or bake sweet potato. Allow to cool before removing the peel if baked. Heat oven to 350° F and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Preheat oven to 275° F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Put the orange and banana into a food processor or blender. Purée until smooth. Combine blended fruit and coconut flour. Mix well. Form into 3-inch flat discs and place on a lined cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Lightly sprinkle lemon zest on the uncooked treats. Bake 25 to 35 minutes or until golden on the bottom. Remove cookies and place them on a rack to cool. Tip: Keep a few treats in an air-tight container and freeze the remainder for later. Recipe courtesy of Tonya Wilhelm.
Use a mixer to blend all ingredients together except the oatmeal. Once combined, fold in oats with a spoon. If dough is too wet, add more flour. Roll out cookie dough to ¼-inch-thick sheet and cut with any shaped cookie cutter. Fill cookie sheets. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, until biscuits are hard to the touch. Cool and place in an airtight container. Recipe courtesy of Livia J. Washburn, Trick or Deadly Treat.
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Volunteer with Chef Demo at Walter Bracken Elementary – 9-11am. Assist guest Restaurant/ Chef: Darnell. Create a Change Now has volunteer opportunities during chef demonstrations, Farmers’ Markets and Pop-Up Produce events. (For pop-up produce, volunteers are needed to help hand out pre-packaged produce to children after school). Walter Bracken Elementary, 1200 N 27th St, LV. Please RSVP. Darya Ricotta: Darya@ CreateAChangeNoW org.
Kids Metaphysical Happy Hour – 11:30am. Allow a child the freedom to believe in what they feel in their heart and sense in their soul–and magic happens. Each child will receive a crystal to keep and do energy work. $3. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 208, LV. 702-9484999. EnchantedForestReiki.com.
Farmers’ Market McCaw Elementary – 10:30am-1pm and 3pm-4:30pm. Help students harvest their garden. Create a Change Now has volunteer opportunities during chef demonstrations, Farmers’ Markets and Pop-Up Produce events. (For pop-up produce, volunteers are needed to help hand out pre-packaged produce to children after school). McCaw Elementary School, 330 Tin St, HD. Please RSVP. Darya Ricotta: Darya@ CreateAChangeNow.org. Usui Reiki II Plus Holy Fire Certification/2night class – 6:30-9:30pm. In this Level II Reiki class receive a Reiki II attunement, learn three of the ancient Reiki symbols, distant Reiki healing, chakra balancing with stones and much more. $200. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 208, LV. 702-948-4999. EnchantedForestReiki.com
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3 Volunteer with Chef Demo at Ruby Thomas Elementary – 8-10am. Assist guest Whole Foods Market. Create a Change Now has volunteer opportunities during chef demonstrations, Farmers’ Markets and Pop-Up Produce events. (For pop-up produce, volunteers are needed to help hand out pre-packaged produce to children after school). Ruby Thomas Elementary, 1560 East Cherokee Ln, LV. Please RSVP. Darya Ricotta: Darya@ CreateAChangeNow.org. Oola Massage for EveryONE – 6:30-9:30pm. The EveryONE version of "Oola Massage" with Young Living Essential Oils. You will learn about Oola's INFUSED7 Essential Oils and how to help yourself, family and friends with the power of aromatherapy and Oola's mini-massage. $47. Must register prior to event: Oola.com. Oasis to Zen Wellness Center and Spa, 5715 W Alexander Road, 140, LV. Cheri Petroni: 702-491-6035. Email Cheri@OasisToZen.com with questions or to purchase oils for the event. Empaths and Family Energy Dynamics with Kara Keating – 7pm. Talk with other empaths and discuss how to keep the energy field clear, what it is like being an empath, the different types of guidance we get and what to do with the guidance. $10. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 208, LV. 702-948-4999. EnchantedForestReiki.com
Earth Angel Crystal Party – 12pm. Amazing Holiday Crystal/Mineral Sale! Pick the perfect crystal or mineral for yourself or as a gift. Learn to work with crystal energy and get a personal crystal reading. RSVP Meetup.com/divine-light-healingmeditation. Free. Angels Light Coaching 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. Rose Catmul: 702-350-1711. Reiki 1 Degree Certif. Training – 2-8pm, Dec 5. 10am-4pm, Dec 6. No prior experience necessary. Unleash your natural healing ability. Learn to administer powerful treatments to yourself, others, pets, plants and much more. Instructor has over 25 years of professional experience. Must preregister by 12-4-15. $195/discounts available. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. Victoria cell: 702-659-2390. Info@ TransformationsLasVegas.com. Spiritual Movies & Dinner – 6pm. Join the community and enjoy spiritual movies and documentaries from around the world. Get cozy and enjoy the movie. A night of nourishment for the mind and spirit with films intended to uplift and inspire. $10. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-478-9600. RYKYoga.com.
Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy For Men & Women-Free Lecture – 6-7:30pm. Free educational seminar. Learn about Natural Hormone Replacement thru herbs an essential oils with Dr. Beckstead and Jeri Ostrander, EO Specialist. Free. Please RSVP in advance. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. Victoria cell: 702-659-2390. Info@TransformationsLasVegas.com.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9 Prevent Heart Disease and Reverse High Cholesterol Community Talk – 6pm. Learn how to safely lower cholesterol without medication. Medications often have side effects and don’t always prolong life. If you have tried to eat a healthy diet, without seeing results, this talk is for you. Free. Dr. Allen Wellness & Medical Center, 1701 Green Valley Pkwy, Suite 5B, HD. Alarice: 702-754-4900. DoctorAllenWellness.com.
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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6
Seraphim Blueprint Level 1 – 9am-5pm. ReceiveActivate Angelic energy in your life. Bring the angels closer, learn to empower crystals, energy grids and more. Become a Seraphim Blueprint Practitioner and use this loving energy for healing of others; distant or self-healing. $180. Angels Light Coaching, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. Rose Catmul: 702-350-1711. Usui Reiki I Level Certification Class – 10am1pm. Reiki I class: Includes a Reiki I manual, history and core principles of Reiki, hand placement for self treatment, Chakra balancing, meditation and Reiki I attunement. Will include discussion and practice. $150. Oasis to Zen Wellness Center and Spa, 5715 W Alexander Road, 140, LV. Cheri Petroni: 702-491-6035. Register at OasisToZen.com.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 7 Manifest Your Dreams - Clients in the Business of Healing – 6-7:30pm. Do you have any subconscious beliefs about accepting money and accepting payment for your services in healing? Find out if you have any blocks keeping you from having a successful healing business/practice. $20. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 208, LV. 702-686-2727. JuliannaChar.com.
Great Basin Permaculture Monthly – Last Tues. 6-7:30pm. This group educates the 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.
TEACHERS WANTED Naturally Organic Healing Center Invites instructors experienced in wellness industry to host classes in yoga, meditation and dance. Two free days at studio. Call 702-433-3874. Visit, NaturallyOrganicCenter.com for open time slots.
SERVICES Join the ECO-CLUB – Members get discounts, resources, free gifts and more. For free info-- send a large SASE: Edu-Consultants, PO Box 31043, Las Vegas, NV 89173. SuccessSecrets.WS.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10 Free Informational Seminar – 6:30pm. Does someone you love struggle with LD, anxiety, ADHD, dyslexia, ASD, Tourette's, TBI or MS symptoms? Programs based in neuroscience. Offering the Tomatis Method and Cellfield Reading. Lasting results. No medications. Brain Solutions offers hope. Free. 1005 Cimarron, LV. 702-3402248. BrainSolutionsInc.com. New Moon Meditation – 7pm. The New Moon is an extremely powerful time for new beginnings: planting new seeds and putting new cycles into motion. It is a perfect day to start a new project, a new relationship, a new business. $20. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara, 109, LV. 702-478-9600. RYKYoga.com.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11 Usui Reiki III/& Master Teacher Plus Holy Fire 3-DAY Certification Class – 9am-5pm, Dec 11-13. Reiki attunement and Master Ignitions. The Usui Master Symbol, how to work with the energy matrix of a crystal grid, how to do aura clearing and much more. $875. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 208, LV. 702-948-4999. EnchantedForestReiki.com. Copper Pyramid & Crystal Bowl Meditation and Reiki Share – 7-9pm. Singing Bowl Meditation and Reiki Share under an 8 foot Copper Pyramid. Open awareness and find peace within. All are welcome and practitioners are encouraged to share their gifts. Suggested donation $15. Oasis to Zen
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Wellness Center and Spa, 5715 W Alexander Road, 140, LV. Cheri Petroni: 702-491-6035. OasisToZen.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12 Drugless Pain Management – 11am-12:30pm. Free Interactive NLP Seminar with Victoria, Master of NLP, EFT Practitioner, Rapid Behavior Modification Expert. Reduce or eliminate physical and emotional pain through the power of your subconscious powerful mind. Free. Please RSVP. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. Victoria cell: 702-659-2390. Info@TransformationsLasVegas.com. ThetaHealing Practice Class – 12-4pm. Take ThetaHealing technique further. Every month there is a new topic to work on and discuss. This is a perfect opportunity to work on the areas in which you feel less confident. Practice with others. $20. The Sacred Art of Healing, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-324-2595. TheSacredArtOfHealing.com. Crystals & Gemstones Q & A With Adriana Camella: Let Your Curiosities Guide Your Learning – 6-7:30pm. Got questions about crystals and stones? We’ve got answers. Ask anything about healing crystals, meditation, energy work, lucid dreaming and more. If it’s metaphysical we can likely help you wrap your head around it. $15. Register at OasistoZen.com by 12/10/15. Oasis to Zen Wellness Center and Spa, 5715 W Alexander Road, 140, LV. Cheri Petroni: 702-491-6035.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13 I AM A WOMAN "Authentic Relationships" Workshop with Cosmin – 12pm. This workshop
is for all women of every culture, levels of life, age and spiritual beliefs. Our entire life existence unfolds within the matrix of our relationships and is the key to our success. $25. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara, 109, LV. 702478-9600. RYKYoga.com. Under the Crystals – 9:30am-5pm. No prerequisites. Don’t miss this exciting class. Learn how to use a crystal grid to take your clients or friends on amazing journeys. Discover how to facilitate past life regressions, future readings and more. $200. The Sacred Art of Healing, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-324-2595. TheSacredArtOfHealing.com. The Healing Power of Forgiveness – 3-4:30pm. Join us for this Interactive NLP Seminar with Victoria, Master of NLP, EFT Practitioner, Rapid Behavior Modification Expert. Free the mind from the burden of unresolved issues and let your Spirit fly. Free. Please RSVP. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. Victoria cell: 702-659-2390. Info@ TransformationsLasVegas.com.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18 Reiki Share with Jodi Friedman – 6-8pm. Intentional Healing - Reiki Share. Let's unite in love and healing energy as we give and receive. Learn to naturally heal yourself and others. Instruction and practice. Recharge your mind, body and soul. Love donation. Angels Light Coaching, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. Rose Catmul: 702-350-1711. The Enchanted Energy Exchange – 6:30pm. Enjoy the enchanting vibrations of energy work being done on you or feel free to share your energy
with others at this circle of love. We want to show alternative-holistic healing. $5. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 208, LV. 702948-4999. EnchantedForestReiki.com. Meditation through Music Energy Exchange – 7-9pm. Drums and other instruments are played to ground and center as we give and receive an energetic exchange through musical meditation. Assists in stress and tension relief while restoring harmony. Kids are welcome with adult. Suggested donation $15. Oasis to Zen Wellness Center and Spa, 5715 W Alexander Road, 140, LV. Cheri Petroni: 702-491-6035. OasisToZen.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19 ThetaHealing Rhythm for Finding your Perfect Weight – 10am-5pm. Prerequisites: Basic DNA & Advance DNA. ThetaHealing, Rhythm to a Perfect Weight is designed to help you find and remove the beliefs that stop us from releasing or gaining the weight for our ideal sizes. $125. The Sacred Art of Healing, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-324-2595. TheSacredArtOfHealing.com.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20 Raw Food Class: Holiday Cookie & Candy Making – 1-3pm. Learn to make delicious nutritious "Living" desserts. Surprise everyone with these unique healthy creations that will melt in your mouth. No sugar. No saturated fat. No cholesterol. No preservatives. Includes recipes and all-youcan-eat desserts. $25. Please RSVP. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. Victoria cell: 702-659-2390. Info@ TransformationsLasVegas.com.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24 Full Moon Meditation – 12pm. The time of the full moon is a period when spiritual energies are uniquely available and facilitate a closer rapport between humanity and Divinity. Your energy will be at it’s highest; feel the Divinity within. $20. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara, 109, LV. 702-478-9600. RYKYoga.com.
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daily Angel Card Readings – One of the most common ways angels speak to people is by showing repetitive number sequences. They also communicate through Angel cards. Through angel guidance, questions, concerns will be answered by Nanci. $45 (50 min) session. 2400 N Tenaya Way, 101, LV. 702-460-1680 NBS@LifeCoachingbyNanci.com. LifeCoachingbyNanci.com. Balancing Hormones Naturally – Learn to balance hormones with natural, safe and gentle nonprescription hormones for men and women of all ages. Relieve hot flashes, weight gain around the middle, mood swings, low energy, low libido, anxiety, erectile dysfunction, depression, insomnia and many more symptoms. Most importantly, help avoid hormone related cancers such as breast, prostate and ovarian, resulting from the estrogen in our environment. Watch video classes by Dr. Patricia Beckstead B.S., D.C. BalancingHormonesNaturally.com. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) – A revolutionary process for healing emotional and physical pain. In many cases, EFT can be applied directly to physical symptoms for relief without any emotional contributors. EFT can be learned and self applied. $99 per session (packages available). 2400 N Tenaya Way, 101, LV. 702-460-1680 NBS@LifeCoachingbyNanci.com. LifeCoachingByNanci.com. Kundalini Yoga and Meditation – Tues-Fri. These Kundalini Yoga and Meditation classes are a dynamic blend of postures,breathing exercises, relaxation and meditation, teaching the art of self healing and elevation. No previous experience required, achieve results with the very first class. $18 packages available. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-478-9600. RYKYoga.com. Luminosity Wellness Center – Learn the art of hypnotherapy, NLP, Reiki, Theta Healing, the MELT Method, aromatherapy/herbology, chakra balancing and more. Certification classes. Through experience learn self-healing. Prices vary per service. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-721-WELL. LuminosityWellnessCenter.com. Medical Qigong – 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. Spice Up Workshops & Classes – Supplements for workshops with workbooks, games and DVDs. Each set includes books and DVD. Show short segments of DVDs that best fit the class topic. $39.95/ set. Receive free info on packets. Send a SASE: Edu-Consultants, PO Box 31043, Las Vegas, NV
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 Zumba Gold – 8am. Wake and shake with a fun Zumba Gold class. Start the weekends dancing into health. Free. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. $10. Jeanette Araujo. 702-3244704. LuminosityWellnessCenter.com. Kids' Art & Yoga Workshop – 11am. Combining yoga and art, this workshop fosters each individuals unique talents through active engagement. Class starts with yoga and leads into an art lesson allowing creative expression. $25. 1958 Village Center Cir, 7, LV. 702-228-7258. SaltRoomLV.com Kids Mindful Meditation – 11am. No experience required. Mindful practices include movement, stretching, standing and sitting, while bells and Tibetan bowls may be used in practicing concentration. Simply, come, breath and have fun. $12. Packages available. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-4789600. RYKYoga.com.
monday Let's Talk - Let's Laugh – 1-3pm. This wonderful group of women share in self discovery, inspirational and unique experiences, and empower each other. Every person’s uniqueness is celebrated. Each week, enjoy demonstrations with different modalities and speakers. Love donation. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. Nanci 702-460-1680. NBS@LifeCoachingByNanci.com. Kids Mindful Meditation – 4pm. No experience required. Mindful practices include movement, stretching, standing and sitting, while bells and Tibetan bowls may be used in practicing concentration. Simply, come, breath and have fun. $12. Packages available. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-4789600. RYKYoga.com Healing Mondays Reiki Circle – 6pm. Immerse in the wonderful healing energy by giving and re-
ceiving Reiki. Reiki is a natural, safe and effective healing system that uses spiritually guided universal energy to treat physical, mental, emotional and spiritual issues. $18 packages available. 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-478-9600. RYKYoga.com. Guided Meditation – 7-8pm. For anyone and everyone seeking to increase personal meditation experience, learn additional breathing techniques and create a mind at rest from thought. Guided by Susan. $10. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-4333874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com.
tuesday Beginner Tai Chi 24 Form with Fan – 2-3pm. This is a fun class designed to introduce the student to the amazing Tai Chi Fan. The Fan was once carried in replacement of the sword and is a practical tool for self defense. $7. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Mindfulness Meditation – 5pm. An adaptation of an ancient Buddhist Vipassana meditation, practicing along with accepting and nonjudgmental focus; remaining focused on the present moment as we understand the process of observing and releasing thoughts. $18 packages available. 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-478-9600. RYKYoga.com. Kundalini Yoga and Meditation – 6pm. Kundalini Yoga and Meditation classes are a dynamic blend of postures, breathing exercises, relaxation and meditation, which teach the art of self-healing. The fastest way to establish an aligned relationship between the body, mind, soul. $18/class. Packages available. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-478-9600. RYKYoga.com. Health Talk with Dr. Bob Heron – 6:30 pm. Luminosity welcomes Dr. Bob and all his patients. Every Tuesday he opens the doors to everyone interested in learning more about self-healing and self-care. Just ask the questions, he has the answers. Free. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. Kelly Heron. 702-804-0044. Drums of the Wolf Meditation/Journey Circle – 7pm. Deep drumming will bring participants into a dream-like guided journey meditation. Perhaps find oneself on a Viking ship, traveling with a wolf, or floating in a sea of colors--only one’s spirit knows. $15. 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 100, LV. 702-948-4999. EnchantedForestReiki.com. L.E.A.N Essential Oils – 7-8pm. LEAN Essentials is a concentrated class on nutrition and wellness created by Dr. Sears, MD. We Focus on L.E.A.N: Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude and Nutrition. Free. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com.
wednesday Theta Meditation – 1-2pm. This meditation is specially designed to take one into a deep Theta state to achieve amazing healings. Every meditation is created for a specific healing and to help awaken the sleeping master within. Love donation. 2400 N Te n a y a Wa y, LV. J e ff : 7 0 2 - 3 2 4 - 2 5 9 5 . TheSacredArtOfHealilng.com. Yin Yoga – 5pm. Yin yoga is a wonderful way to help prepare for meditation. Go deeper within: using deep relaxing stretching and releasing blockages through breath exercises. $18. Packages available. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-478-9600. RYKYoga.com. Qi Gong – 6-7pm. Each week the world of Qi Gong will be explored and expanded. Learn self-healing moves to apply for a healthier self. $10. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. $10. Craig Soucy. 702-343-9722. LuminosityWellnessCenter. com. Reiki Healing Circle – 7-9pm. Learn new information regarding 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. Victoria: 702-659-2390. TransformationsLasVegas.com.
thursday Campus Tour & Info Session – 2pm. This is a one-hour group tour and brief information session on Wongu’s Master's Degree program in Oriental Medicine. Individual sessions can be scheduled by calling: 702-463-2122, ext 302. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine, 8620 S Eastern Ave, LV. Wongu.org. Chakra Healing Yoga and Meditation – 5pm. This is a beautiful class in which you will practice breathing exercises, poses and meditation with a smile, to help you bring balance to each of the Chakra locations in your body. $18/class. Packages available. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-478-9600. RYKYoga.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. 800 N Rainbow, 100, LV. 702-948-4999. EnchantedForestReiki.com.
LIVE Gong Meditation – 7:30pm. The sound of the Gong creates deep relaxation, releasing us from the torrent of our thoughts, balances the chakras, stimulates the glandular and nervous system and gives a sense of expanded awareness and higher consciousness. $18/class. Packages available. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-478-9600. RYKYoga.com.
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LIVE Gong Meditation – 7:30pm. The sound of the Gong creates deep relaxation, releasing us from the torrent of thoughts, balances the chakras, stimulates the glandular and nervous system and gives a sense of expanded awareness and higher consciousness!$18/class. Packages available. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-478-9600. RYKYoga.com.
friday Farmers Market at Downtown 3rd – 9am-2pm. A community gathering place featuring the largetst selection of organic produce from California family farmspicked by local Nevada farmers at peak of season. Spices grown in the desert, gourmet artisan and gluten free products. Award winning event. 300 North Casino Center Blvd. Easy parking. 702-7081891. Downtown3rdFarmersMarket.com. Qigong and Tai Chi with Sifu JC – 10am-12pm. Qigong is a self-healing system that incorporates body, breath, visualizations and sounds. Tai Chi is a martial art that helps with posture, handeye coordination, self-defense and well-being. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Energy & Healing Circle – 6:30pm. All are welcome. This relaxed, 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. 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. Adam Stuart Littman: 725222-0323. LuminosityWellnessCenter.com. Reiki Spiritual Mastermind – 7-9pm. An open forum discussion with Reiki master/inspirational speaker, followed by guided meditation and deep personalized Reiki healing. Free. $5 suggested love offering. Appreciation donations welcome. Center for Spiritual Living, 1420 E Harmon Av e , 3 , LV. Vi c t o r i a : 7 0 2 - 6 5 9 - 2 3 9 0 . TransformationsLasVegas.com. Yoga Nidra "Conscious Deep Sleep" – 7:30pm. Guided by the soothing and comforting voice of the teacher, one enters into a deep sleep but still remains conscious and aware. Yoga-Nidra expands the consciousness allowing for a greater sense of self-awareness. $18 packages available. 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-478-9600. RYKYoga.com.
saturday Zumba Gold – 8am. Wake and shake with a fun Zumba Gold class. Start the weekends by dancing into health. Free. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. $10. Jeanette Araujo. 702-3244704. LuminosityWellnessCenter.com. Downtown Summerlin Farmers 'Market – 9am2pm. Curated by Kerry Clasby, also known as the Intuitive Forager. This Farmers' Market is the only one in Las Vegas where 90% of its produce is organic and free of pesticides. Free. Downtown Summerlin, 1980 Festival Plaza Drive, LV. 702-832-1000.
The FitLife Open House – 9am. Helping people live the FitLife. Each month, become more mobile, flexible and gain strength; then, enjoy a healthy meal from a local neighborhood restaurant. Inspire, educate and motivate. $15. FitLife Fusion, 8645 W Flamingo Rd, 104, LV. 702-220-8222. Info@ fitlifefusion.com. FitLifeFusion.com. Qigong and Tai Chi with Sifu JC – 9am-12pm. Qigong is a self-healing system that incorporates body, breath, visualizations and sounds. Tai Chi is a martial art that helps with posture, hand-eye coordination, self-defense and well being. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Mindfulness Meditation & EFT Tapping – 10:30am. Mindfulness Meditation is an adaptation of an ancient Buddhist Vipassana practice. EFT Tapping is based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments for over five thousand year. $18/ class. Packages available. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-478-9600. RYKYoga.com.
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ANIMAL COMMUNICATION HEAR THEM SPEAK TELEPATHIC ANIMAL COMMUNICATION, COUNSELING & HEALING Babette de Jongh 251-424-4944 (call or text) HearThemSpeak
Understand your animal companion and heal behavioral issues through telepathic communication and counseling. Session may include healing with Body Talk, Reiki and Matrix Energetics, plus transcript and follow-up call.
Integrative Yoga – 12-1pm. Allow evolution by sound to increase vibration and boost the bodies immunities with this class that combines: Meditation, Hatha Vinyasa flow and Ancient Yoga to create an electric mind animation for relief and flexibility. $14. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Spiritual Experience Discussions – 6-7pm. Discuss spiritual experience of all faiths in a respectful and open environment. Free. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com.
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Carla: 702-683-1004 CarlaDiAngelo.com
Looking for answers? Let your Angels be your guide .... A Good Reading is a Good Healing! Lifelong Angel and Master Tarot Card Reader. Appointments available. Call Now! Summerlin area. Available for parties and events.
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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.
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SPIRIT OF THE OWL
Roxanne Perillo, Reiki Master/Teacher Shamanic Energy Medicine 920-336-6468 • SpiritOfTheOwl.com Try a remote healing session with various energy-based therapies. Remote healing involves one person directing Universal Life Energy to a person in a different location. Heal by releasing that which does not serve you. See ad, page 15.
702-750-3160 Info@InspiringCB.com InspiringConsciousBusiness.com
Ready to infuse your business and/or career with more soul? ASA is designed to help you advance your business and/or career to the next level. Our workshops focus on the 5 pillars for building a successful and sustainable business with the soul of your team. See ad, page 21. See ShoutOut, page 23.
COUNSELING GOOD MEDICINE RANCH
Holly Davis, CPCI/Counselor Info@GoodMedicineRanch.com 702-626-9400 • GoodMedicineRanch.com Psychology means "healing the soul." Holly works with adults and children to bring balance and wholeness. There are deep waters in a human, but one of understanding brings them out.
EMPOWERMENT TRACEY OWENS
Empowerment Catalyst Tracey@TraceyOwens.com 251-680-4413 • TraceyOwens.com Embark on a Spiritual Journey of going within to create more of what you want in your l i f e ! Tr a c e y ’s E n e r g i z e d Empowerment techniques combine guided mentoring with Intuitive Chakra Illumination. Immediately begin to improve your life in positive ways. Sessions available by phone, via Skype or in-person.
ENERGY PRODUCTS ALPHABIO CENTRIX, R & D
2520 Saint Rose Pkwy, #117 Henderson, NV 89074
ANGEL'S LIGHT COACHING
At AlphaBio Centrix, R&D we use space age technology to m a n u f a c t u r e e n e rg e t i c a l l y infused products for your safety from radiation and to enhance your healthy lifestyle. AlphaBio Centrix was selected for the 2014 Best of Henderson Award in the "Physical Engineering & Life Sciences R e s e a r c h & D e v e l o p m e n t " c a t e g o r y. See ad, page 7.
Rose Catmull Rose@AngelsLightCoaching.com 702-350-1711 • AngelsLightCoaching.com Awaken and Discover Your Inner Peace. Scheduling a session with Rose will can assist to free yourself from "struggles" in your life. Additionally: Awaken your intuition, Release attachments and beliefs, connect to your angels, integrate back into the flow of joy and love. Private sessions, seminars, classes and meditations offered. See ad, page 11.
ENERGY HEALING/BALANCING INNERLIGHT ENERGY THERAPY Christina Faye 702-493-4823 firstname.lastname@example.org
Intuitive and empathic children and adults often face challenges in a classroom and workplace. Innerlight Energy Balancing Therapy helps improve focus and c o n c e ntration and remove frustrations in large settings. Innerlight helps understand and develop intuitive gifts while relieving symptoms of anxiety and overstimulation in kids, teens, and adults.
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HEALING CENTERS 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, page 15.
LUMINOSITY WELLNESS CENTER 2400 N. Tenaya Way, Las Vegas 89128 702-721-9355 (WELL) LuminosityWellnessCenter.com
We are a complimentary holistic center that gives individuals valuable insight and up-to-date information on health and wellness topics and trends. Visit our website for upcoming free Community Workshops. See ad, page 42.
HEALTH & WELLNESS PRODUCTS PURIUM HEALTH PRODUCTS
Starla Slaughter 702-419-4780 123StarlaS@gmail.com • MyPuriumGift.com $50 Gift Card Code: STARLA Ready to look, feel and perform like a young person? Purium is pure and premium superfoods that help combat low energy, poor digestion, weight gain and more. Awaken Your Body!
HOLISTIC CENTER SALT ROOM LV
Halotherapy in the Himalayan Salt Cave Massages, Facials, Health classes & more SaltRoomLV.com • 7022287258 Welcome to the world of halotherapy & discover a revolutionary solution to respiratory difficulties. Naturally treat allergies, asthma, copd, bronchitis, etc. We also offer halomassages, facials, halo-yoga & halo-meditation classes. 100% natural Allergy relief for all ages. See ad, page 13.
OASIS TO ZEN WELLNESS CENTER & TRANSFORMATION SPA Cheri Petroni Cheri@oasistozen.com OasisToZen.com
The only all natural wellness spa in Las Vegas. We provide healing and relaxation for holistic restoration of mind, body and spirit through advanced skin, body treatments, massage, OrthoBionomy®, Reiki and energy work, holistic workshops, guided meditations, yoga and more. See ad, page 36.
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. State of the art early detect cavity mapping, cosmetic, general, specialty dentistry and low sensitivity teeth whitening. Offer holistic, no-prep veneers, Lumineers, Invisalign Braces, dental implants and All on 4 Implant Bridges, sleep and full sedation dentistry. See ads, pages 3, 8.
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 9.
MASSAGE HEALTHFULLY LIVING
Jamie Schab LMT RMT, BCTMB HealthfullyLivingLV.com 1-702-379-3628
Jamie provides massage, energy work, Reiki and private yoga sessions. Celebrating over ten years of services. She integrates a variety of techniques customizable to you. Specializing in women’s care. Mobile, distance or in-office sessions.
MEDICAL CENTER DOCTOR ALLEN WELLNESS & MEDICAL CENTER
Evan C. Allen, MD, BC Family Physician 1701 Green Valley Pkwy, #5B, HD 702-754-4900 • AllenWellness.com Dr. Allen specializes in reversing diseases: Heart Disease, Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Asthma, Migraines, Fatty Liver and many others; easily and naturally, without the cost of expensive medications and supplements Scientifically proven techniques. See ad, page 3. See Spotlight, page 17.
VIOLETTE'S VEGAN ORGANIC EATERY & JUICE BAR
8560 W Desert Inn Rd, LV 89117 ViolettesVegan.com • 702-685-0466 We are a full-scale vegan organic restaurant. Open 7 days/week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Take out, delivery and online ordering available. We are casual and family friendly. See. See ad, page 11.
PHYSICAL THERAPY/ MYOFASCIAL RELEASE
8620 S Eastern Ave, LV 89123 702-463-2122 • Wongu.org 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 20.
WELLNESS CENTER NATURALLY ORGANIC HEALING CENTER
Central Summerlin! Charleston & Buffalo 1171 S. Buffalo Dr, Suite 110, LV 702-433-3874 NaturallyOrganicCenter.com
WHOLE BODY HEALING
5463 S. Durango Drive, Ste 120/E Las Vegas, NV 89113 702-776-8881 •BodyMFR.com Specializing in the John F. Barnes Myofascial Release. The ultimate whole body approach, mind-body treatment and missing link to healthcare which is highly effective in treating acute and chronic pain.
RESCUES/ADVOCATES NEVADA VOTERS FOR ANIMALS
N a t u r a l l y O rg a n i c i s Summerlin's BEST resource for all things health related. From classes, meditations, supplements, lectures and health programs, JUST WALK IN, we'll take it from there! Check out our website! See Golden Dragon ad, page 9.
Rev. Victoria Stitzer, Master of NLP, Reiki Master, CHT, EFT Expert in Rapid Behavior Modification 702-659-2390 • TransformationsLasVegas.com
2375 E. Tropicana Ave, #295, LV 89119 702-660-8970 AVoice4Pets.org Leading the fight in Nevada for animal protection. Author of Cooney's Law (felony cruelty law). We promote and improve the welfare for domestic and wildlife animals, bringing attention to make a difference in issues surrounding companion animals; animal cruelty, pet overpopulation and responsible pet ownership through education, information, legislation and enforcement.
THERAPEUTIC/SPORTS MASSAGE BEST HANDS IN THE BUSINESS Glen Alex, LCSW, NCBTMB, LMT, KTP 702-807-7349 email@example.com MassageAdvantageLV.com
Glen's massages respect each client's condition, muscular needs and personality. She provides individualized, caring and focused massage treatments to optimize muscle function and relaxation with a variety of techniques.
Re-script your emotional trama; heal physical/emotional pain; eat right for your type; EZ weight loss; non-invasive detox; past life regressions; become certified Reiki practitioner in 12 hrs. Results guaranteed. 20% off this ad. See ad, page 13.
YOGA/MEDITATION RYK YOGA AND MEDITATION CENTER 8450 W. Sahara Ave, Suite 109 Las Vegas, NV 89117
The first Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Center of Las Vegas offering daily yoga and meditation classes, LIVE gong meditation, yoga nidra, Reiki healing, workshops, retreats, yoga teacher training, corporate programs, personal consultations, hypnotherapy, past life regression, massage services. See ad, page 19. See Shout-Out, page 23.
A Community of Holistic Business and Wellness Practitioners
Meet the TEAM and Companies inside the Luminosity Wellness Center Prices from $20-300, you pick, you give, we provide. See LuminosityWellnessCenter.com for details and pricing. Gift of FORGIVENESS
Give the gift of forgiveness either to yourself or a loved one. Let us help you find the space inside of you that is holding onto pain and help you release it with this Special Holiday Gift. • spiritual and emotional forgiveness • finding the root cause • connect to people present and beyond
health gifts you can give • mental, emotional, and energetic a loved one. • chronic physical • yoga physical and pain, such as back, emotional practices neck pain, and long • reading and term illness understanding body • medical marijuana energetics evaluations • chiropractic and kinesiology
Gift of PAIN RELEASE
Systemic pain occurs for many reasons. Therefore we have many ways of helping the individual become pain free. Our group of practitioners will share their special Gift of HEALTH Prevention and recovery talents with you this are the best physical season.
Gift of PEACE OF MIND
Give the gift of mental change. Reduce stress, create resolutions that balance your life, and ask questions of your future. • balanced resolutions and future preparation • stress reduction and
release • Grief work
Gift of EDUCATION
Give the gift of knowledge! Enroll a loved one in Membership to attend all the calendared classes at no extra charge and discounts on any workshops and events. • stop smoking, weight loss, and nutritional awareness • certification courses in your favorite specialty • creation of essential oils and their uses • the STUDY
• Practitioners • Expos • Community Outreach • Workshops • Free Weekly Wellness Talks 702-721-WELL (9355) 2400NaturalAwakeningsLV.com N Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV 89128
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Published on Nov 24, 2015
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