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publisher’sletter Inspired Memories of Summer


une is an exciting and busy month in Miami, and the beginning of summer. Kids are out of school and set to work off their pent up energy from the long school year. The sun is shining bright and begging us to unleash our inner child and play outdoors, family vacations are being planned and anticipated, and let’s not forget Father’s Day, which not coincidentally, is why the theme of our June issue is Inspired Living and Men’s Wellness. I often think of my childhood when summer comes around, because it was ALL PLAY! Unlike today’s generation, you couldn’t KEEP us inside. Climbing trees, riding bikes, playing tennis, swimming, you name it, we were doing it. And, the memories of that innocent revelry bring me comfort when I’m hit by the stress of life. The older I get, the more my ‘Wish List’ changes, and it morphs away from ‘material’ things, to more spiritual things. That’s not to say of course, that I don’t appreciate the ‘toys’ and ‘things’ of life, but I find that serenity and seeking take precedence over the clamor of consumption. So when I read our feature article ‘The Healing Power of Sharing our Story’, I’m reminded that the value of my hardships, even when I question their worth, as I sometimes do, is that I can use them to lighten the burden of another. The things that have caused me pain, shared, help make someone else who’s going through the same thing not feel alone, and thus ‘redeems’ to some extent, my own suffering, and as the theme Inspired Living suggests, the real value of a life is how it’s used to help and inspire others. As I mentioned before, we have Father’s Day in June, and we remember those men in our lives that’ve impacted us so much. It is with a level of sorrow that I welcome this holiday, having lost my father over 20 years ago, and although there are almost as many without one as with one, I try to reflect of what he gave me rather than the fact that he’s no longer here. While he was a difficult person, and we had some extreme battles, he did impart many valuable qualities in me, as Panache Desai’s Wise Words on Tapping Potential enabled: a love of knowledge and reading and a keen, intelligent mind; an understanding of right and wrong; the value of please and thank you, and one of the best – Not smacking your gum or chewing with your mouth open! LOL. Seriously though, the foundation I received from him and the sense of safety I felt knowing he was there, enabled my incredible hunger for knowledge and learning, and I’m grateful for that. My hope is that you’ll enjoy the great editorial we are offering on the value and importance of Father’s in this issue, and that you’ll be inspired to make your own lasting memories of the season.

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tart your summer with an informative and fun way to learn how to obtain the necessary skills and high-quality academic qualifications to enter or re-enter today’s workforce. A Keiser Carnival Open House event at the University campus in Miami between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on June 7 is ready to provide valuable information that will put participants on a successful new career path suited to their interests and skills. The community event features activities that include meeting faculty, staff and students. The entire family will enjoy refreshments, music, games and prizes Keiser University, with 14 campuses throughout Florida plus online enrollment, offers associate through doctoral degrees programs in the health care, business, technology and legal fields. Its student-centered system fosters a healthy balance between life, study, work and parenting, comprising a tailored opportunity for individuals from many walks of life looking to further their education. Location: 2101 NW 117th Avenue, Miami, Florida, 33172. For more information or to RSVP, visit or call 1-888-844-8404. Also visit See ad, page 5.

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Mandalas Art and Unification


iami Shores Fine Arts Commission presents an exhibit of new work by photographer Federico Bianchi “Body Mandalas.” Born in Buenos Aires, trained in various audiovisual techniques, Federico ended up specializing in video, which offered a unique convergence between the rhythms and textures of sound and the fascinating principles of image composition: the endless combinations of different balances, equilibriums and symmetries. For over a decade he had an Emmyaward winning career producing, directing, and in multimedia consulting. However, it was his participation in a documentary on Argentine photographer Aldo Sessa that triggered the start of his own journey as a visual artist. “I became interested in contemplating and recreating abstract shapes which lie latent in life itself but remain invisible to the naked eye, trapped as it is by the vertigo of day-to-day life,” Bianchi explains. “In my “body mandalas” project, I use the matrix of the female body to build intriguing and complex images, capturing the dance of light and movement in those archetypal geometries which summarize the image of the universe and a mystical sense of oneness.” This vision and artistic representation of Federico’s inner state, is complemented by the viewer’s own interpretation of each “body mandala”, and concludes that the game of creation is limitless. The exhibit runs through Friday, June 20, at Brockway Memorial Library, 10021 N.E. 2nd Avenue, in Miami Shores. For information e-mail, or visit www.

LEGO® Creatures of Habitat at Zoo Miami


oo Miami welcomes “Creatures of Habitat - a gazillion-piece animal adventure” all made of LEGO® bricks. An exciting, educational, and fun exhibit on display until June 22, 2014, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily, at Dr. Wilde’s World (DWW). The purpose of this exhibit is multifaceted: to educate visitors on the potential extinction of various animal species and habitats; to inspire them to protect our planet; to teach them how our behaviors and actions contribute to the destruction of these animals and their habitats; and how we can change our lives to ensure and promote our planet, animal species, and habitat conservation. “We expect this exhibit to attract LEGO® enthusiasts, artists and animallovers alike,” said Cindy Castelblanco, Zoological Society of Florida/Zoo Miami Director of Marketing. Creatures of Habitat, conceived and designed by the Philadelphia Zoo with the engagement of LEGO® Certified Professional Sean Kenney, is the first hands-on, interactive exhibit about vanishing habitats told through sculptures made of LEGO® bricks. It took Sean and his team over six months, and hundreds of thousands of toy bricks, to create the thirty-two individual sculptures that make up the Creatures of Habitat exhibit. This exhibit was not made in conjunction with the LEGO Group. Zoo Miami is located at 12400 S.W. 152 Street, in Miami. For more information call 305-251-0400.

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aste Management and Keep America Beautiful Award Environmental Coalition of Miami & The Beaches (ECOMB) with a Waste Management Think Green® Grant for Recycling  Education. This award is part of the environmental services company’s nationwide effort to improve community environments through education, recycling, cleanups and beautification programs. ECOMB’s winning proposal focuses on the development and distribution of educational materials, including a brochure and posters, to encourage greater recycling participation in the City of Miami Beach among its residents and businesses. “Keep America Beautiful is committed to building and sustaining vibrant communities throughout the country,” said Jennifer Jehn, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “Waste Management is working closely with ECOMB in Miami Beach to bring people together to increase recycling and preserve our valuable natural resources. We know that when people come together for a   common cause, positive  and lasting change happens.” ECOMB is an environmental education nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable living practices, fostering environmental stewardship and preserving our community’s ecology. ECOMB , 210 Second Street, Miami Beach.

Four Days of Festivities Mark World Peace and Prayer Day


he 19th annual World Peace and Prayer Day, also known as Honoring Sacred Sites Day, will be held from June 19 to 22, at Bowdoin Park, in Wappinger Falls, New York. Envisioned and guided by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, recognized spiritual leader of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota (Sioux) nations and 19th-generation keeper of the sacred white buffalo calf pipe, this gathering is intended to join communities and people worldwide that share a concern for the welfare of the Earth and humanity, regardless race, age, gender or faith. In collaboration with indigenous representatives from near and far, invocation, prayer and honoring ceremonies will be practiced and observed. Special guest speakers, wisdom keepers and educators of all denominations will share spiritual insight and discuss important environmental concerns and cures on both local and global levels. At the heart of World Peace and Prayer Day is the sacred fire that will be lit on June 19 and honored over four days, culminat≈ Honoring Sacred Sites ≈ All Nations ≈ All Faiths ≈ One Prayer ing with a central ceremony on the summer June 19, 20, 21 & 22, 2014 solstice, June 21. Festivities include music, dance, storytelling, a shared feast and activities involving Earth awareness, sustainability and animal awareness. painting by Chris Hill

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indfulness meditation training may help people overcome addiction by activating the brain centers involved in self-control and addictive tendencies, suggests research from the psychology departments of Texas Tech University and the University of Oregon. Scientists led by Yi-Yuan Tang, Ph.D., studied 61 volunteers, including 27 smokers, randomly divided into groups that either received mindfulness meditation training or relaxation training. Two weeks later, after five hours of training, smoking among those in the meditative group decreased by 60 percent, while no significant reduction occurred in the relaxation group. Brain imaging scans determined that the mindfulness meditation training produced increased activity in the anterior cingulate and the prefrontal cortex; regions associated with self-control. Past research led by Tang showed that smokers and those with other addictions exhibited less activity in these areas than those free of addictions. The current study previously determined that myelin and brain cell matter in these two brain regions increases through mindfulness meditation.

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wo small studies have linked beets with lower blood pressure. A study from the University of Reading, in England, served beet-fortified bread or bread without beets to 23 healthy men. Those that ate the fortified bread experienced reduced diastolic blood pressure and less artery stiffness during the six hours afterwards. Australia’s Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute studied 15 women and 15 men, divided randomly into groups that consumed either 500 grams of a placebo juice or beets with apple juice. During the 24 hours after consumption, the researchers noted a statistically significant reduction in systolic blood pressure of four to five points among the men drinking the beet juice.

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Harvard Medical School study found that how well women age in their 70s is linked to the way they ate earlier in life. Researchers started with 10,670 healthy women in their late 50s and followed them for 15 years. Published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the results saw fewer chronic diseases among women that followed diets heavy in plant-based foods during midlife; these women were also 34 percent more likely to live past 70. Those that ate most similarly to the Mediterranean diet had even better outcomes—a 46 percent greater likelihood of living past 70 without chronic diseases. Eleven percent of the subjects qualified as healthy agers, which researchers defined as having no major chronic diseases, physical impairments, mental health problems or trouble with thinking and memory. According to lead author Cecilia Samieri, Ph.D., midlife exposures are thought to be a particularly relevant period because most health conditions develop slowly over many years.

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esearchers from the University of Miami found that compassionate love and faith in a compassionate Higher Power increases healing and reduces disease progression among HIV patients. They studied 177 HIV patients over a 10-year period, tracking biological measures and health behaviors and collecting in-depth data interviews. The scientists coded five criteria of compassionate love derived from the Working Model of Compassionate Love, developed by Lynn Underwood, Ph.D. The progression of HIV disease was reduced among patients that gave and received the most compassionate love. These patients exhibited both a greater level of the immune-boosting white blood cells known as CD4+ T helper cells and a reduced HIV viral load, the measure of HIV in the blood.

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Tips to Clean Air Inside a Vehicle We look out for the quality of the air we breathe indoors and out and we aim to drive in the most fuel-conscious manner to keep emissions down. What about the air quality inside our vehicles during necessary hours on the road? The Ecology Center, an Ann Arbor, Michigan, nonprofit, attests that extreme air temperatures inside cars on especially hot days can potentially increase the concentration of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and release chemicals and other ingredients from new-car dashboards, steering wheel columns and seats into the interior air. Some manufacturers are responding by greening their interiors: Toyota is using sugarcane to replace plastic; Ford has turned to soy foam instead of polyurethane foam; and Land Rover is tanning its leather with vegetables, not chromium sulfate. Carbon monoxide seeping in from engine combustion can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea and fatigue and even trigger asthma. The potential exists “if there’s a leak in the system between the engine and the rear of the vehicle and there’s even a small hole in the body structure,” advises Tony Molla, a vice president with the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. “Have the exhaust system inspected by a certified technician to make sure everything is secure and not rusted or leaking.” Also have the cabin air filter checked. Part of the ventilation system, it helps trap pollen, bacteria, dust and exhaust gases in air conditioning, heating and ventilation systems and prevents leaves, bugs and other debris from entering the interior, according to the Car Care Council. Most vehicle manufacturers recommend changing it every 12,000 to 15,000 miles. (Find a range of educational information at It’s always beneficial to have fresh air entering the vehicle when driving. Open a window slightly or blow the air conditioning on low in the vent position when not in heavy traffic. “Don’t run it on the recycle or max A/C mode for long periods to make sure you’re getting fresh outside air in and flushing out any contaminants in the cabin air,” adds Molla. Using sun reflectors and visors helps keep interior temperatures down. Check local motor vehicle departments for state policies regarding tinted windows, which can reduce heat, glare and UV exposure. It always helps to park in the shade. 

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MR. I wanted to create quick, easy, and delicious recipes that busy people could prepare in 30 minutes or less, a time frame most people can wrap their mind around.  

NA. What is your ultimate goal when it comes to 30 minute meals? MR. My ultimate goal is to demonstrate how simple it is to create innovative, world-class plant-based cuisine. Many people are aware of the benefits of eating vegan foods but are just not sure how or where to begin. In the classes I teach internationally, as well as in my cookbooks, I aim to empower people to become more confident and creative in the kitchen so that they can take their health back into their own hands. This also has benefits for the environment and in creating a more peaceful world.  

NA. You’ve traveled and experienced the world’s flavors. Which do you favor?

Soup’s On! An Interview With Our Very Own Miami-Based Author and Award-Winning Vegan Chef Mark Reinfeld


ark Reinfeld is the author of The 30 Minute Vegan series, which gives home cooks the skills and recipes they need to create interesting vegan dishes in 30 minutes or less. A couple of months ago Natural Awakenings reviewed Reinfeld’s 30 Minute cooking books. Since then, this editor has cooked up and tried some of the delicious recipes found in The 30 Minute Vegan’s Taste of the East, The 30 Minute Vegan: Soup’s On!, and The 30 Minute Vegan’s Taste of Europe. Inspired by the newfound flavors and the numerous compliments from my family and friends, I ask Reinfeld a few questions to further illustrate the impact of his books and recipes on our taste buds. Don’t forget to try the mouth-watering recipes included here and in his books.

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MR. Vegan Fusion, the style of my cuisine, highlights the culinary traditions from around the world, so I have a lot of favorites, especially from the regions I have recently visited. However, I appreciate the freshness of the Mediterranean flavors - fresh herbs, lemon, tomato, olives, and artichokes. I am also drawn to the cuisine of India, with its spiciness, and flavors of curry, cumin, and cilantro. It conjures images for me of my travels to the Himalayas and my love of the Indian culture.

NA. As our June issue is dedicated to Men’s’ Health, would you share a couple of quick, easy recipes they can make and enjoy?

MR. Here are a couple of recipes from my recent book, The 30 Minute Vegan: Soup’s On!: Mayan Tomato and Corn, and Corn Chowder. I would also encourage guys to make a morning green smoothie. Include fruits like pineapple, banana, berries, mango, and papaya. Then add some leafy greens, like kale or spinach. Add water, juice, or coconut water to reach desired consistency. Include a couple of teaspoons each of super foods such as maca, raw cacao, chia seeds, and hemp seeds. You can increase the amount of cacao, and hemp up to a few tablespoons. Maca in particular is good for men’s health and vitality. 

NA. What’s next?

MR. I’ve recently relocated to Miami Beach to go into business with a college friend and longtime Miami Beach resident. I have been offering trainings and workshops internationally for several years. My next 10-day training in Miami begins October 6th. I am following it with a 3-day teacher training that shows people how to conduct courses in their community.  The information on the trainings as well as a schedule of future events is available on our website I also offer an online culinary course available on the site. There, people can sign up for our newsletter which provides free recipes, and information on living the vegan lifestyle.

You can contact Mark Reinfeld through his email at info@


Corn Chowder

Another bell ringer, this soup delivers a rich, creamy flavor without the cream. Perfect in the height of summer when corn is in abundance. SERVES 6 TO 8 4½ cups vegetable stock or water 4 cups fresh or frozen corn 1¼ cups diced yellow onion

¾ cup thinly sliced celery ¼ cup diced shiitake mushrooms 5 garlic cloves 2 teaspoons sea salt, or to taste ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper 1 teaspoon ground turmeric (optional) ½ teaspoon chipotle chile powder, or 1 teaspoon chili powder (optional) Pinch of cayenne pepper ¾ cup cashews (optionally toasted) 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice 1½ tablespoons minced fresh dill 1 cup sliced cherry tomatoes or seeded and diced red bell pepper Black sesame seeds, for garnish 1. Place the vegetable stock in a 3-quart pot over medium heat. Add 3 cups of the corn and all the remaining ingredients, except the cashews, lime juice, dill, cherry tomatoes, and sesame seeds, and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. 2. Place the cashews in a large blender with 2 cups of the liquid from the pot and blend until very creamy. Carefully place the remaining contents of the pot in the blender and blend until very creamy. Return the mixture to the pot over medium heat. 3. Add the remaining ingredients (except the sesame seeds) including the remaining cup of corn, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Garnish with sesame seeds before serving.

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• Replace the cashews with macadamia nuts, Brazil nuts, toasted hazelnuts, or slivered almonds. • Replace the cashews with 1 ½ cups of soy, coconut, or rice milk and omit ½ cup of the vegetable stock. • Replace the dill with fresh cilantro, basil, or flat-leaf parsley. • You can sauté the onion, celery, and garlic in 1 tablespoon of oil for 3 minutes over high heat, stirring frequently, before adding the vegetable stock. From The 30 Minute Vegan: Soup’s On! by Mark Reinfeld. Reprinted with permission from Da Capo Lifelong, © 2013.

Mayan Tomato and Corn

This soup is inspired by a dish we had at the Mayan Center in Belize during a Vegan Fusion Culinary Immersion, where I was introduced to jipijapa palm, similar to the heart of palm used in this recipe. Fortunately, doomsayers’ 2012 ending of the Mayan calendar was incorrect and I get to share this recipe with you. Make sure to purchase sustainably harvested heart of palm. Serve with a dollop of Crème Fraîche and a side of Cosmic Corn Bread. SERVES 6 TO 8


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Variations • Add 1½ tablespoons of olive oil before serving. • Add 1 cup of cubed and roasted tofu or tempeh cubes. • Replace the hearts of palm with EED: artichoke hearts. x 11.25 • You can sauté the onion, garlic, and x 10.75jalapeño in 1 tablespoon of oil for 10.25 3 minutes, stirring frequently, before adding the vegetable stock. • For a fuller-bodied soup, remove 75 1 ½ cups of the liquid and tomatoes from the pot, transfer to a blender, and 5 carefully blend well. Return the mixture to the pot. You can also blend ½ x 9.75 cup of chopped cashews with 2 cups of the soup and return the mixture to the pot. 5 3.25 From The 30 Minute Vegan: Soup’s On! by Mark Reinfeld. Reprinted with x 4.5 permission from Da Capo Lifelong © 2013. 75


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How Telling Our Truths Can Set Us Free by Judith Fertig


fter his deployment in Iraq, U.S. Marine Captain Tyler Boudreau returned home in 2004 with post-traumatic stress syndrome and an emotional war wound that experts now call a “moral injury”. He could only sleep for an hour or two at night. He refused to take showers or leave the


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house for long periods of time. He and his wife divorced. “My body was home, but my head was still there [in Iraq],” he recounts. At first, Boudreau tried to make sense of his conflicted feelings by writing fiction. Then he wrote a detailed, nonfiction analysis of his deployment,

but that didn’t help, either. In 2009 he wrote a memoir, Packing Inferno: The Unmaking of a Marine, that came closer to conveying his personal truth. “I needed to get back into the story,” he says, so he could pull his life back together in Northampton, Massachusetts. Like Boudreau, we all have stories—ongoing and ever-changing— that we tell ourselves to make sense of our lives. They can help us heal and powerfully guide us through life, or just as powerfully, hold us back. In 1949, Sarah Lawrence College Professor Joseph Campbell published The Hero with a Thousand Faces, in which he outlined a master monomyth. It involves leaving everyday life and answering a call to adventure, getting help from others along the way, facing adversity and returning with a gift, or boon, for ourselves and others. It’s a basic pattern of human existence, with endless variations.

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How does telling our truth help heal our body? Professor James Pennebaker, Ph.D., chair of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, is a pioneer in the mind-body benefits of story, which he explores in Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions. In the late 1980s, while consulting for the Texas prison system, Pennebaker discovered that when suspects lied while taking polygraph tests, their heart rate rose, but when they confessed the truth, they relaxed. “Our cells know the truth,” writes microbiologist Sondra Barrett, Ph.D., who also blogs at, in Secrets of Your Cells, “Our physiology responds to what we’re thinking, including what we don’t want people to know.” When we are afraid to tell a story and keep it in, “Our cells broadcast a signal of danger,” she explains. “Molecules of adrenalin, along with stress hormones, connect with receptors on heart, muscle and lung cells— and in the case of long-term sustained stress, immune cells.” We experience increased heart rate, tense muscles, shortness of breath and lower immunity when we’re stressed. She notes, “When we release the stories and feelings that torment us, our cells respond with great relief and

once again become havens of safety.” We need to tell our stories even in facing life-threatening illness, and maybe because of it. Dr. Shayna Watson, an oncologist at the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario, in Canada, encourages physicians to listen to patients. “In the name of efficiency,” she reports in an article in Canadian Family Physician, “it’s easy to block out patients’ stories and deal only with the ‘facts’, to see the chat, the time and the stories as luxuries for when there is a cancellation. The study of narrative tells us, however, that in these easily neglected moments we might find more than we expect; there can be understanding, relationship building and healing—the elements of our common humanity.” A current problem is but a dot on the entire timeline of a person’s existence. By keeping their larger story in mind, patients can find a wider perspective, with the strength and resolve to heal, while the physician can see the patient as a person, rather than a diagnosis.  

Power to Heal Emotions

“Telling your story may be the most powerful medicine on Earth,” says Dr. Lissa Rankin, the author of Mind Over Medicine, who practices integrative medicine in Mill Valley, California. She’s tested the concept firsthand. “So many of us are tormented by the insane idea

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the groundwork for world peace and much more.” ~Rev. Patrick McCollum that we’re separate, disconnected beings, suffering all by our little lonesome selves,” she observes. “That’s exactly how I felt when I started blogging, as if I was the only one in the whole wide world who had lost her mojo and longed to get it back. Then I started telling my story—and voilà! Millions of people responded to tell me how they had once lost theirs and since gotten it back.” They did it by telling their stories, witnessed with loving attention by others that care. “Each of us is a constantly unfolding narrative, a hero in a novel no one else can write. Yet, so many of us leave our stories untold, our songs unsung,” remarks Rankin. “When this happens, we wind up feeling lonely, listless and out of touch with our life purpose. We are plagued with a chronic sense that something is out of alignment. We may even wind up feeling unworthy, unloved or sick,” says Rankin, who blogs on related topics at

Power to Heal a Family

Sometimes, writing a new story can help keep families connected. Kansas City, Missouri, author and columnist Deborah Shouse took an unplanned and unwanted, yet ultimately rewarding journey with her mother through Alzheimer’s disease. Shouse discovered that as her mother was losing her memory and identity through dementia, crafting a new narrative helped her family hold it together, a process she details in Love in the Land of Dementia. “You have to celebrate the person who is still with you,” Shouse says, noting we may discover a different, but still interesting, person that communicates in ways other than talking. She recommends employing a technique she calls The Hero Project, which she developed with her partner, Ron Zoglin. It uses words, photos and craft supplies in what Shouse terms “word-scrapping” to generate and tell a new story that helps keep the personal connection we have with our loved one and make visits more positive. She shares more supportive insights at Sharing an old story may also provide a rare link to the past for a person with dementia. “Savor and write down the stories you’re told, even if you hear certain ones many times,” Shouse counsels. “By writing down the most often-repeated stories, you create a legacy to share with family, friends and other caregivers.”

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Power of the Wrong Story

Our thoughts are a shorthand version of a longer life story, says author Byron Katie, a self-help specialist from Ojai, California, who addresses reader stories via blog posts at Sometimes we tell ourselves the wrong story, one that keeps us from realizing our full potential, while making us miserable at the same time. Examples might include “I will always be overweight,” “My partner doesn’t love me” or “I’m stuck here.” Katie’s book, Who Would You Be Without Your Story? explores how we often take what happens in our lives, create a story with negative overtones, believe that version of the story and make ourselves unhappy. “The cause of suffering is the thought that we’re believing it,” she says. By questioning our stories, turning them around and crafting new and more truthful ones, we can change our lives.  

Power to Heal the Community

Humorist, speaker, and professional storyteller Kim Weitkamp, of Christiansburg, Virginia, knows that the power of story creates wider ripples. She sees it happen every time she performs at festivals and events around the country. “It is naturally in our DNA to communicate in story form,” she advises. “The power of story causes great revelation and change in those that listen.” She cites supporting studies conducted by psychologists Marshall Duke, Ph.D., and Robyn Fivush, Ph.D., at the Emory Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life, in Atlanta, Georgia. “They found that children—at ages 4, 14, 44 or 104, because we’re all children at heart—are more resilient and happy and rebound faster from stress when they know their family stories. They know they’re part of something that’s bigger than themselves that people in their family have kept going,” says Weitkamp. “When people leave a storytelling event, they leave telling stories,” she says with a smile, “and that results in happier and healthier families and communities.” Judith Fertig tells stories about food at from Overland Park, KS. 26

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Honing Your True Story Write the Truth

James Pennebaker and fellow researchers at the University of Texas at Austin found that a simple writing exercise can help free people from emotional burdens, as first reported in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Here’s how to apply it: Every morning for four consecutive days, write down feelings about what is bothersome: Something you are thinking or worrying about too much. Something you feel is affecting your life in an unhealthy way. Something you have been avoiding for days, weeks or years. The idea is to write about the emotions that surround this thing you’re reluctant to admit or speak about. Pennebaker says it’s not necessary to reread what’s written or tell anyone about it. The simple act of writing down emotions surrounding a story begins the process of releasing it and relaxing.

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The Moth organization features true stories told live by people of all ages on The Moth Radio Hour, the Internet and at group story “slams” around the world. At, would-be storytellers find tips on how to craft their tales for a listening audience at live story slams around the world, as well as via web-

casts. They can then record a two-minute story pitch in order to be accepted as a live storyteller during a future slam.

Ask and Answer

Moving through the process Byron Katie calls “the work” uncovers the truth about the stories we are telling ourselves in order to create newer, healthier ones. First, think of a negative thought that’s worrying you, such as “I’m stuck.” Next, ask four questions about it.

Is it true? Can I absolutely know it’s true? How do I react—what happens—when I believe that thought? Who would I be without the thought? Now write down honest answers, which might be something like: “I’m not really stuck, I just think I am. Deep down, I know I have the power to move forward, but am unsure about the direction or way to go about it, so I feel anxious. Without the thought of ‘I’m stuck,’ I would feel freer to find a solution.” Then, turn those thoughts around, for example, to, “Really, when I think about it, I feel much freer than when I deny or gloss over my erroneous thought.” When we turn around a specific limiting thought, we can experience the power of letting go of not only a misguided, but ultimately untrue internal story.


Unleashing Unlimited Potential with Panache Desai by April Thompson


orn into an East Indian family in London, England, Panache Desai grew up steeped in spiritual practices like meditation. Though recognized by spiritual teachers as possessing a special gift, Desai rejected his spiritual foundation as a teenager, trading it for the excitement of London’s rave music scene of the 1990s before moving to America. It wasn’t until he was 22 and living in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Venice Beach that the pain of the way he had rejected his true inner nature reached a crescendo. In opening himself up to the possibility of the divine, Desai underwent a spiritual awakening that has led him to dedicate his life to helping others make their own journey from self-rejection to contentment. Unaffiliated with any one religious or spiritual tradition, Desai works with simple, yet powerful principles of energy to help free people from selfimposed limitations and unlock their potential. His first book, Discovering Your Soul Signature: A 33-Day Path to Purpose, Passion & Joy, just released, is a departure from his earlier focus on creating meditation CDs and other audio recordings.

What was the key turning point in embracing your life’s calling? Every time I would visit a spiritual teacher as a kid, they would say, “We’ve been waiting for you.” But I just wanted to be normal and was also skeptical; not every well-intentioned person is necessarily leading you home. I reached a turning point when I knew something had to change. I told myself that if this thing called God really exists and if I’m here to be a messenger, I have to experience it personally. In that moment, I began to undergo a transformation that culminated in a direct experience of the divine; an infinite ocean of energy vibrating with unconditional love. I felt part of what every spiritual teacher has been telling the world for thousands of years: that the true nature of reality is love, a love that expresses itself through all life forms. That experience allowed me to accept my role of helping others see and achieve their potential.

How does the universal energy you speak of affect us and how can we shift our dance with it?

We are vibrational beings inhabiting a vibrational universe. Yogis and mystics from traditions throughout time have known this. The subtlest form of vibration is the soul, which is overlaid by the emotional, with the physical as the outermost layer of energy. Because the emotional layer can accumulate a density that enshrouds our soul’s light and potential, it’s important to address it. Energy is like water—it wants to flow and can shift states at any moment. Judging or rejecting any aspect of our genuine identity disrupts that flow of energy. For example, if instead of being available to feel your anger when it arises you repress or deny it, that accumulating emotion acquires density and over time, becomes rage. But if you can learn to slow down and lean into the emotion, the anger can wash through and out of you and energy again flows freely. By allowing ourselves to acknowledge, experience and release these emotions without judgment, we are clearing the obstacles to our authentic self, what I term one’s “soul signature”.

How is discovering our soul signature related to finding our calling?

The soul signature is our purest potential expressed. You can have a calling to be a writer, but unless you are connected to who you are at the deepest level, your writing won’t have the same impact. Accessing our soul signature is a process. We didn’t end up where we are overnight, and it can take time to get back to that place where we can express our truest selves by working with the techniques of energy transformation described in my book.

What are good first steps for someone newly initiating a spiritual practice? The most powerful tool is our breath. Witnessing and honoring our breath in every moment allows us to transform every day into living meditation. Find author blogs on how individuals live their soul signature at Panache Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at

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Paddle-Happy Stand Up Paddleboards Spell Family Fun by Lauressa Nelson


ost kids growing up in Chattanooga have crossed the Tennessee River via the Walnut Street pedestrian bridge; far fewer have been on the river beneath it,” remarks Mark Baldwin, owner of area paddle sports outfitter L2 Boards. Using stand up paddleboards (SUP), he loves guiding adults and children on their own up-close discoveries of the river’s cliffs, caves, fish, turtles and birds. Waterways are enchanting at any age, and SUP recreation naturally tends to inspire creative quests. Its physical and developmental benefits are


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a bonus. “The stand up paddleboard is the bicycle of the water. Because paddleboarding can be done at any age and fitness level, the whole family can enjoy it together,” says Kristin Thomas, a mother of three in Laguna Beach, California, SUP race champion and executive director of the Stand Up Paddle Industry Association. “Children are fascinated by the play of the water and the motion of the board. Parents can acclimate an infant to flat-water paddling by simply creating a well of towels onboard, with the baby snuggled between the

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feet, looking up at them,” advises Lili Colby, owner of MTI Adventurewear, near Boston, Massachusetts, which makes life jackets for paddle sports. She notes that U.S. Coast Guard law requires that children 30 pounds and under wear infant life jackets to provide special head and neck support that turns a baby’s face up with an open airway within three seconds of entering the water. It’s a good idea to first practice paddling short distances in shallow waters near the shore. Toddlers are more likely to lean overboard to play in the water, Colby cautions, so engaging in nature-inspired games along the way will help occupy them onboard. “Young children introduced to water sports in the context of positive family interaction typically become eager to paddle on their own,” observes Tina Fetten, owner of Southern Tier Stand Up Paddle Corp., who leads a variety of SUP experiences throughout New York and northern Pennsylvania. “If they are strong swimmers, I bring them on a large board with me and teach them the skills for independent paddling.” Although SUP boards look like surfboards, stand up paddling is commonly taught on flat water, making it easier and more stable than surfing. Still, swimming competence and adult supervision are prerequisites to independent paddling according to paramedic Bob Pratt, co-founder of the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, which leads water safety classes in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.

“The stand up paddleboard is the bicycle of the water. Because paddleboarding can be done at any age and fitness level, the whole family can enjoy it together “Parents should outfit all children with a life jacket, Coast Guard-approved for their age and weight, as well as a leash, which attaches to their ankle and the board with Velcro straps,” Pratt says. “If children fall into the water, a tug of the leash enables them to quickly retrieve their largest floatation device, the board.” Experts agree that success is relatively easy, so children build confidence quickly. The sport can be adapted to suit individual needs and positions, including moving from standing to sitting or kneeling, says Fetten, who teaches adaptive SUP lessons in a community pool. As she sees firsthand, “All children, especially those with disabilities, benefit from the empowering feeling of attaining independent success.” “A water-based sport is the healthiest outlet children can have,” attests Wesley Stewart, founder of Urban Surf 4 Kids, a San Diego nonprofit that offers free SUP and surf clinics for foster children. “Being on the water requires kids to focus on what they’re doing and has the ability to clear their minds and give them freedom. It’s like meditation. Plus, SUP is a low-impact, cross-training cardio activity; it works every part of the body.” Beyond the basic benefits, SUP keeps children engaged by offering endless opportunities to explore the geographic and ecological diversity of different types of waterways. SUP activities and levels can grow along with children; teens can try yoga on water, competitive racing and the advanced challenges of surfing. Fitness is a bonus to the rewarding ability to propel one’s self through the water.

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COACH High-Tech Boosts Healthy Routines by Linda Sechrist


hen President John F. Kennedy said in 1961 that the U.S. should commit to sending a man to the moon and return him safely by the end of the decade, few suspected the bounty of technological spinoffs that such National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) space missions would yield. Today, many of NASA’s research advancements, as well as technologies developed outside the space program, are put to good use in everyday life. Of particular interest are products used in fitness workouts. ABI Research, a technology market intelligence company, revealed the growing popularity of consumer health and wellness technologies in its latest market projections for wearable, healthrelated devices. Estimates are that 80 million wearable monitoring devices, including heart monitors and biosensors that read body temperature and motion, will be sold by 2016. When Clint, a global market research firm, conducted its most recent Fitness and Technology Survey, its findings showed technology at work. Based on 745 online interviews with people in seven countries, 72 percent of exercisers embraced some type of technology, including smartphone apps, to support their fitness routines two or more times a week. In recent years, amateur and professional athletes have increasingly 30

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benefited from technological advances that help them chart, improve upon and customize their fitness routines. Tracking fitness progress and weight loss is now just clicks away with personal devices such as a Wi-Fi scale, which accurately measures weight, body fat percentage and body mass index. Online graphs chart the individual’s progress. While the typical setting for measuring blood pressure and heart rate used to be in a physician’s office, hospital or pharmacy, new digital wrist blood pressure and heart monitors now allow exercise enthusiasts to do it themselves, wherever they are, helping ensure they are not exceeding the safety parameters of their fitness programs. User-friendly digital pocket pedometers and wireless activityduring-sleep wristbands both work in conjunction with a downloaded app to allow self-monitoring. Exercisers can track steps; distances walked cycled or swum; calories burned; total active minutes; and how long and how well they sleep. In some U.S. fitness centers, members have an option of working with an automated, virtual, personal trainer. This almost-do-it-yourself approach to professionally guided fitness begins with a survey of an individual’s lifestyle and goals to create a personalized fitness regimen. Each time exercisers go to the

center, they insert a key into a “smart trainer”, generating the day’s 30-minute customized workout. The technology focuses primarily on helping clients manage weight and maintain muscle. Other technologies, such as medical-grade, pneumatic [air] compression boot systems, are facilitating athome recovery for hip and knee surgery patients and quicker muscle recovery for serious athletes. Air-filled chambers remain inflated as pressure cycles sequentially move from the foot up the leg. The cycles flush out waste and replenish blood supplies to the muscles. More complex bio-analyzing systems retrieve feedback from the body’s electromagnetic fields, the multiple energy meridians and the frequencies of the body’s cells and organs. “Such systems are largely used by chiropractors, naturopaths, physical therapists and acupuncturists,” says Loran Swensen, CEO of Innergy Development, which owns AO Scan, maker of the Magnetic Resonance Bio-Analyzer. For people that struggle with traditional workouts or physical limitations, whole-body vibration technology may be a solution. “When you stand on the oscillating platform, the body reacts to the vertical vibratory stimulus with an involuntary muscle contraction; depending on the speed, muscles can react up to 23 times per second,” advises Linda Craig, co-owner of Circulation Nation, in Greer, South Carolina. Similar platforms are becoming commonplace in chiropractic practices. Consumer applications of medical devices have led to the home use of additional sophisticated technologies like laser therapy. Successfully used for more than 30 years in Europe to treat trauma, inflammation, overuse injuries and cosmetic issues, as well as to provide pain relief and healing, some forms have recently been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. With 129,397,925 gym members worldwide according to a recent International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association report, it’s safe to predict that consumer demand ensures even more significant technological advances are in our near future. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings.

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Then, as he started playing larger venues, “I realized the power of touring to connect our fans with local nonprofits in every town we played.” Johnson and his wife, Kim, also founded two environmentally focused charitable foundations, and during the past five years, all of his tour proceeds have been donated to them, in turn going to hundreds of environmental education nonprofits worldwide. The enabling commercial success began in 2001 when his debut album successfully established this Oahu, Hawaiian’s trademark mellow surf-rocker style. Since then, he’s released five more studio albums, including the most recent, From Here to Now to You. “While I have so much gratitude for the support our music receives, for me, music has always been a hobby, a side thing. It grew into a way to work in the nonprofit world. Being engaged in environmental education almost feels like my real job, and the music’s something we’re lucky enough to provide to fund related causes,” says Johnson. As the size of his audiences grows, so does the size of his potential environmental footprint. On the road, Johnson’s team works with the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance to fuel all tour trucks, buses and generators. Comprehensive conservation efforts including refillable water bottle stations, plus organic cotton T-shirts and reusable or biodegradable food service ware are standard at his shows. “We try to be environmentally conscious every step of the way,” says Johnson. “Our record cases and posters use recycled paper and ecofriendly inks. We record albums in my solar-powered studio. It’s an ongoing learning process and conversation as we find even better ways to do things.” Johnson’s team often requests increased recycling efforts and use of energy-efficient light bulbs at venues, advancing long-term eco-changes everywhere they perform. He explains, “Our thinking is that once they change the light bulbs for us, they’re not going to go back to the old light bulbs after we leave. Many venue managers tell us they have stuck with the improvements because they realize that they’re easy to do.”

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Musician with a Cause Jack Johnson Plans Shows with the Planet in Mind by Meredith Montgomery


inger-songwriter Jack Johnson’s touring concerts have almost always doubled as fundraisers for local environmental nonprofits. “Early on, we recognized that we could not only fill a room, but also raise funds and awareness for nonprofit groups we believe in,” says Johnson.


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Marine pollution and single-use plastics are issues high on the musician’s environmental list, but the topic he’s most passionate about is food. In his home state of Hawaii, 90 percent of food is imported. “The idea of supporting your local food system is a big deal in our family and we take that point of view on the road because it’s a vital issue anywhere you go,” he says. At each tour stop, all of the band’s food is sourced within a specific radius. Johnson also works with radio stations to promote regional farming, helping to build community and fan awareness of the benefits of supporting local farms. At home, Johnson has solar panels on the roof and drives an electric car. The entire family, including three children, participates in recycling, worm composting and gardening. “It’s fun to take what we learn at home on the road and bring good things we learn on the road home,” he says. The Swiss Family Robinson is one of the family’s favorite books. “We love figuring out ways to apply ideas,” he remarks. “For our first water catchment system, we got 50-gallon drums previously used for oil and vinegar from a bread bakery and attached spigots. The kids were so excited to watch them fill the first time it rained.” Johnson finds that all of the facets of his life work together. For example, “Music is a social thing for me. I get to share it with people. Surfing is where I find a lot of balance; it’s a more private time. But I also come up with lyrics and May 2014- 1/2 page musical ideas while I’m surfing.” Johnson’s approach to inspiring all generations to be conscious of the environment is to focus on the fun, because it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the big picture. Under-

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Living Off the Land Low- and No-Cost Ways to Feed a Family by Avery Mack

Whether it’s membership in a food co-op, tending a backyard garden or balcony tomato plant or foraging in the woods for edibles, living off the land means cleaner, fresher and more nutritious food on the table.


o switch from running to the market to stepping into a home garden for fresh produce, it’s best to start small. Smart gardeners know it’s easy to be overwhelmed by a big plot so they plan ahead with like-minded friends to swap beans for tomatoes or zucchini for okra to add variety. If one household is more suited to freezing

excess harvests while another cans or dehydrates, more trades are in the offing. Start kids by having them plant radishes, a crop that will give even the most impatient child quick results. “You can’t do everything yourself,” counsels Kathie Lapcevic, a farmer, freelance writer and teacher in Columbia Falls, Montana. “I have a

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huge garden, expanded now into about 7,000 square feet, that provides 65 percent of what our family eats,” she says. “On the other hand, I can’t imagine life without nut butter and found I can’t grow Brussels sprouts. A few trips to the store are inevitable.” Lapcevic plants non-GMO, heirloom varieties of seeds in her chemicalfree garden. She adds a new variety or two each year and reminds peers that it takes a while to build good soil. Three years ago, she also added pollinator beehives on the property. Their honey reduces the amount of processed sugar the family uses. From Libby, Montana, Chaya Foedus blogs on her store website about kitchen selfsufficiency. “Foraging is a good way to give children a full sensory experience,” she remarks. “We turn a hike into a mission to find and learn about specific foods, where they come from and what to do with them.” To start, select one easily identifiable item for the kids to pick. “In Libby, that’s huckleberries,” says Foedus. “Similar to blueberries, they grow on a bush, so they’re easy to see and pick. Huckleberries don’t grow in captivity—it’s a completely foraged economy.” Michelle Boatright, a graphic designer and hunter of wild plants in Bristol, Tennessee, learned eco-friendly ways to forage from a game warden friend. Five years later, her bookcase holds 30 books on edible plants—she

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brings two with her on excursions. “When in doubt, leave a plant alone. It’s too easy to make a mistake,” she advises. “Know how to harvest, too—take only about 10 percent of what’s there and leave the roots, so it can grow back. “For example, ramps, a wild leek, take seven years to cultivate,” says Boatright. “Overharvesting can wipe out years’ worth of growth. In Tennessee, it’s illegal to harvest ramps in state parks. Mushrooms are more apt to regrow, but leave the small ones.” As for meat, “I was raised to never shoot a gun, but to make my own bows and arrows,” recalls Bennett Rea, a writer and survivalist in Los Angeles, California. “Dad used Native American skills, tools and viewpoints when he hunted. Bow hunting kept our family from going hungry for a few lean years and was always done with reverence. It’s wise to take only what you need, use what you take and remember an animal gave its life to sustain yours.” Rea uses several methods for obtaining local foods. “Living here makes it easier due to the year-round growing season. For produce, I volunteer for a local CSA [community

supported agriculture] collective. One hour of volunteering earns 11 pounds of free, sustainably farmed, organic produce—everything from kale to tangerines to cilantro. “Bartering is also an increasingly popular trend,” he notes. “I make my own hot sauce and trade it for highend foods and coffee from friends and neighbors. Several of us have now rented a plot in a community garden to grow more of our own vegetables. I only buy from stores the items I can’t trade for or make myself—usually oats, milk, cheese and olive oil.” Truly good food is thoughtfully, sustainably grown or harvested. It travels fewer miles; hasn’t been sprayed with toxins or been chemically fertilized; is fresh; ripens on the plant, not in a truck or the store; and doesn’t come from a factory farm. The old saying applies here: “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via

Foraging 101 by Chaya Foedus  Start small.  Get permission before picking on private property.  Make sure no chemical fertilizers or pesticides were used.  It’s easy to mistake a poisonous lookalike for an edible plant. Learn to identify both before picking.  Skip the mushrooms at first—learn from an experienced mushroomer before going solo.  Always taste-test at home; the woods are not the place to cope with a surprise allergic reaction.  Make a day of it. Enjoy the outdoors, learn more about native plants and invite kindred spirits along on the hunt. Source: Adapted from

Cooking with Wild Foods by Avery Mack


hristopher Nyerges, of Pasadena, California, author of Guide to Wild Food and Useful Plants and Foraging California, has spent 40 years teaching others to find free food safely as part of an ongoing curriculum ( He knows, “Wherever you live, common weeds and native plants can supplement food on the table.” He particularly likes to use acorns as a food extender, grinding them into a powder and mixing it 50/50 with flour to make bread and pancakes. For greens, he likes lamb’s quarters (Chenopodium album), a weed that crowds out native plants, but is easily found, nutritious and versatile. He uses the leaves like spinach and adds the seeds to soup or bread batter. He likens it to quinoa. Nyerges characterizes himself as a lazy gardener. “Forget having a tra-

ditional lawn. Grow food, not grass,” he says. “I like plants that take care of themselves and then of me.” Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) and New Zealand spinach (Tetragonia tetragonioides) are good edible ground covers. Purslane leaves add a lemonpepper crunch. “If the neighbors complain, plant some nasturtiums—they’re pretty and good to eat, too,” he notes. Varieties of cactus, like the prickly pear, are also edible; remove the thorns and cook the pads with tofu or eggs. “I’m all for using technology, but know how to get by without it, too,” Nyerges advises. “There’s no such thing as total self-sufficiency. What we can be is self-reliant and knowledgeable users. Begin by learning and applying one thing.” He’s found, “There aren’t directions to follow; the path to selfreliance is different for each person.” natural awakenings

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an amazing way to participate in this tradition, without getting your hands dirty. Here are the top few reasons to try out your local CSA: 1. the high quality produce from the best farmers – Most farmers who participate in CSA programs use biodynamic or organic farming practices. Farmers are able to plan their crops and pick them at peak ripeness. Since the produce doesn’t sit on shelves for a long time, it will stay fresher longer as long as it is stored properly. 2. Save time and Money– CSAs allow for group buying power, and the elimination of wasted produce, which lowers cost. Also, most CSAs provide the majority of fruits and vegetables needed for the week, so less time is spent grocery shopping.

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ince the formal launch of the Greater Miami Holistic Chamber of Commerce in January 2014, holistic practitioners have a formal platform to exchange business referrals, share resources and collaborate with other like-minded professionals in Miami. We interviewed the chapter’s founder and President MarBeth Dunn about the benefits of the Chamber, the need for such a network in South Florida, and how the Chamber is serving the community.

How were you inspired to form the Greater Miami Holistic Chamber of Commerce (HCC)? I was introduced to the HCC in the fall of 2013 after speaking to the HCC’s founder Camille Leon and it quickly became clear that there was a need to bring this organization to Miami. The community of holistic practitioners has been growing rapidly in South Florida and there is a great necessity to address the business needs of this unique group of professionals and businesses. This type of specialized organization and programming has not previously been available in this area until now, and am

delighted that the Chamber is filling that void.

NA: Who can join the HCC? The Chamber welcomes everyone who wishes to do business in a holistic way, from health and wellness professionals, heart-centered and mission-driven entrepreneurs and sustainable and eco-friendly businesses. We even have members who are like-minded individuals who simply resonate with the holistic lifestyle.

What type of programming are you offering? We host monthly meetings and promote events and seminars that include a strong educational component, featuring heart-centered experts in various professional development skills. By attending our events, not only will you have the opportunity to meet and network with other holistic professionals in the area, you’ll also get to learn from some leading speakers and business experts in their fields that are helping to elevate our members’ practices through such relevant topics as holistic marketing, productivity and other business success skills.

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HCC members receive additional perks such as discounts at meetings and events, and opportunities to sponsor and speak at Chamber events. Another important feature of the Holistic Chamber is all professional members submit references that are verified by the national Chamber’s headquarters, to ensure a higher level of professionalism. The advisory board of the Greater Miami chapter is currently working with our members to create a more robust benefits package unique only for members, further enticing practitioners to join the community.

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Breathe. Belly breathing calms the parasympathetic nervous system, expands lung capacity and improves circulation. Inhale through the nose, fill the belly and expel through the mouth, advises Asheville, North Carolina, resident Katherine Dreyer, co-founder and CEO of ChiWalking. try new techniques and terrain. “The body is smart and efficient. It must be constantly challenged in safe ways and tricked into burning more calories,” says Malin Svensson, founder and President of Nordic Walking USA. She suggests taking the stairs or strolling on sand to strengthen the legs and heart. Dreyer recommends ascending hills sideways (crossing one foot over the other) to engage new muscles and protect the calves and Achilles tendons. She

also suggests walking backwards for 30 steps every five minutes during a 30-minute walk to reestablish proper posture. push with poles. Compelling the body forward with Nordic walking poles can burn 20 to 46 percent more calories than regular walking, reports Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. Svensson explains, “Applying pressure to the poles activates abdominal, chest, back and triceps muscles, which necessitates more oxygen and thereby raises the heart rate.” The basic technique is: plant, push and walk away.

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feel the earth move under your (bare) feet. Improve mood, reduce pain and deepen sleep by going outside barefoot, says Dr. Laura Koniver, of Charleston, South Carolina, a featured expert in the documentary, The Grounded. “The Earth’s surface contains an infinite reservoir of free electrons, which, upon contact with the body, can neutralize damage from free radicals,” she says. notice nature. Alexandra Horowitz, author of On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes, finds walking outdoors infinitely more engaging than exercising in the gym. Seek out woodsy hikes, scenic waterways or historic downtowns, and “open up to experiencing the world,” she says.

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e all know hard-charging young men that have their foot planted firmly on the accelerator. They claim that easing off would damage their career and be an admission of failure. They are wrong. Those enjoying early successes can grow up overstressed by trying to stay on the fast track at any cost. These alpha boys are doing what they think others want them to do. In many cases, they are influenced by subtle and overt pressures from parents, peers and celebrity lifestyles, as well as advertising and video games. As a consequence, these men, obsessed with superficial goals, are emotionally stunted, controlling and unable to form long-term relationships. The good news is that if they can recognize these symptoms and want to change, they may be ready to mature into an alpha wolf, a whole different kind of man. An essential catalyst for this change usually comes from experiencing personal wounding: being overlooked for a promotion, feeling redundant, losing a friend or status or perhaps sacrificing a former identity to parenthood. Ultimately, the true test is how he faces such failure and deals with his emotions without labeling himself as weak. The hallmark of mature manhood is how a guy acknowledges his diminishment, not how he manages success. When he stops hiding from himself, signs of his emerging as a mature hero, an alpha wolf, will appear.

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or many, handwritten letters bundled with ribbon, pressed flowers and fading photographs have been replaced by emails, computerized cards and digital images, with the notable exception of scrapbooks. A scrapbook, done right, is a memorabilia treasure chest. Pages are embellished, decorated and personalized to bring memories alive. Pets get to strut their stuff, too. Mary Anne Benedetto, author of Write Your Pet’s Life Story in 7 Easy Steps, in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, says that no matter the species, each pet has special qualities or quirks and a tale to tell. Liisa Kyle, Ph.D., founder of, in Seattle, Washington, also trains candidates for Guide Dogs for the Blind. “The pup comes to me at 8 weeks old and moves on a year or more later,” says Kyle. “It’s traditional, and a big deal, to give the dog’s new person a gift when the transfer is made. For the first pup, I made a memory book starting from his first days with us. Bright white paper behind each photo highlighted the contrast so the man, who had minimal vision, could see the pictures. People are curious about service animals, so he carries the book to show it around. It’s a fun way to educate people about the guide dogs program.”

Anne Moss, owner of, based in Pardes Hana, Israel, says scrapbooking is a recurrent theme in the site’s forums. “Our members tend to be computer savvy and create online pages for their cats. Yet many don’t want to give up the hands-on experience of scrapbooking; it gives them a special way to preserve memories of or create a long-lasting tribute for their beloved cats.” One member posted about a shadow box she’d made to display favorite toys and photos; another used camping-themed stickers around a photo of the cat napping in a kitty tent.

“I started taking pictures of my Bernese mountain dog, Chance, when he first came to me,” says Yvette Schmitter, an entrepreneurial software programmer in New York City. “We dress in matching costumes like Fiona and Shrek, Princess Leia and Yoda, Mr. and Mrs. Claus. It’s a creative outlet after writing computer code all day and a good excuse to play together.” Schmitter places the photos in pre-made greeting cards and has a current mailing list that exceeds 250, including the doorman, neighbors, the vet and groomer, friends and family. “The deli guy told me he looks forward to each holiday just to see what we’ve come up with. That’s what motivates me; our fun photos can make somebody’s day better.” Heather Post, owner of The Etiquette Seed, in Daytona Beach, Florida, specializes in coaching and speaking engagements. When her in-laws traveled to their summer home, she made a scrapbooklet for them. “It showed Sophie, our rescue terrier, at the door, window or in the car, with rhyming captions that said she missed them.” Post sends similar photo “stories” to her daughter, Meghan,

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 Take photos from the pet’s eye level instead of from above.  For a dark-haired pet, use a contrasting background; a colorful blanket or pale wall makes it stand out.  Add texture by layering papers and adding trinkets and creative captions.  Notes from a groomer can make a cute addition.  Catalog the words a pet knows on a designated page. Go beyond the obvious command words.

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needed to change. Eating after an argument, or when dealing with personal or professional challenges or while watching TV, negatively impacted my efforts. By creating a new relationship with food and my emotions, I began to see and feel the change. I also increased my meditation time and I began to read and practice the exercises in The Tapping Solution for weight loss and body confidence book written by Jessica Ortner (Look for the review next month. It’s amazing). Taking on this new “will do” attitude, will crack your emotional barriers, which is ultimately the key to weight loss success. CONNECTING THE DOTS– In this undertaking we can’t forget the importance of connecting the body, mind and spirit. It might sound like a cliché, but one can’t truly evolve without them in harmony. Chak, my trainer shares enlightening and encouraging phrases throughout the workout to remind me of my connection. And my soul-friend Kathryn Johnson’s, LMHC motto still reminds me that love is the key. As I can still hear her say, “You must truly accept and love yourself for change to take place.” As I move forward on this journey of regaining my natural health, I’ve realized the important role love plays in achieving my goals. Through love we also attain patience. And patience is an important ingredient in achieving success. Without this awareness, who are we, truly?

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Losing Weight, It’s Not Just About “Dieting” By Linda Palmer


osing weight is never an easy proposition to consider. Regardless of the reasons for accomplishing a healthier weight, it’s more often than not looked upon as an overwhelming, seemingly impossible task. Take it a week at a time, is my motto. From Zumba to yoga to ditching junk food and adopting more conscious eating and exercise habits, we just have to take small manageable steps. Just remember it’s not truly about dieting or losing weight, but more about being healthy. If you start looking at it that way, you’ll be less intimidated or challenged. START BY PEELING THE LAYERS – Most of us know that emotions and losing weight go hand in hand. In their book Overcoming Overeating (Random House, 1998), Jane Hirschmann and Carol Munter distinguish between “stomach hunger” (when you eat to fill your body because your stomach is empty) and “mouth hunger” (when you’re reaching for something to put in your mouth because you’re experiencing a difficult emotion). Examining our emotions, attitudes, and behaviors around food, I’ve found, is the first major hurtle to take on. Through self examination, I began noticing certain patterns and habits that 46

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STAYING ACCOUNTABLE: For some of us weight loss comes naturally. For others, constant accountability is essential for long-term success. But the responsibility will always be yours. For example, I recently went on a short get-a-way which meant being away from my trainer. Instead of using that as an excuse, I used the gym at the hotel and picked sensible meals following my 3-a-day meals with 2 snacks rule. It was fun and easier than I thought. And as a matter of fact, it inspired others to follow along. Taking in fewer calories while burning more is the commonly known formula for weight loss success. Therefore being true to myself, in this case, was more than important, it was imperative. Use all the tools and reminders available to you. From sticky notes to family and friends, ask them for their support. I, for example, programmed my phone to play a motivational song at 7 A.M daily. It reminds me that is time to work out and be healthy. But ultimately it’s entirely up to you to prevent any sabotage directed at your weight-loss efforts. REINFORCING THE GOALS AND CELEBRATING THE ACCOMPLISHED ONES – you may have a love-hate relationship with the path you are on, but giving yourself a few pats on the back or an extra snack after reaching one of your goals is essential for your confidence. After all, it’s not all about “dieting.” It has to be fun. When I reached my first goal, I went shopping! I bought two new pairs of Reeboks. You know the funky bright colored ones kids are using today. LOVE THEM! It doesn’t matter if it’s 1, 3, 5 or 10 pounds. The

point is that they are gone and you’re closer to your overall goal. Commemorate the occasion and give yourself a boost. I actually look forward to each new goal just for the fun I’ll have when I reach it. But beware; plan ahead so you don’t inadvertently reward yourself with food. Try to create unrelated to food rewards. You’ll be safer that way. THE TRUTH – Know your limitations, but don’t surrender to them. As a Kidney Transplant patient for the past 21 years, I’ve faced my share of challenges, none more pervasive that in trying to maintain a strong exercise routine. Working out 3 times a week while doing some type of aerobic in between has proven challenging to say the least, especially after several years of “riding the couch”, so to speak. From my blood pressure fluctuating too high or low, and my heart fluttering like a butterfly, to simply being exhausted due to the lifetime

medications which are taxing on my entire body, I can’t say this journey has been easy. But releasing my limiting believes is an important part of the equation and has yield incredible results. Everyone, at one point or another, has heard how the mind is very powerful. And how we are what we think. Now I’m living it. Since the beginning, when I sat Chak down and explained my condition, I promised him my full commitment of body, mind and spirit if he promised his. I don’t think either one of us fully understood what was ahead, but meeting him was divine order. He is relentless yet extremely supportive and understanding of my body’s limitations. And because of his commitment, I’m really motivated and positive that I will reach my goal. For more information about any of Chak’s programs, contact him at 305-799-4349, or email Part 3 next month: Weightloss Sabotage – and more details about this editor’s results with Chak’s program.

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olfers can typically spend up to $4,000 on a set of clubs and equipment in hopes of increasing their yardage and decreasing their scores. Although there has been an average decrease in the average handicap by 2 strokes in the past 25 years (according to the Golf Handicap & Information Network), what any good golfer will tell you is that the clubs don’t play the game, the golfer does! The best way to lower a golfer’s handicap is to improve the function of the golfer. No matter what club you may have in your hand, your swing is the primary determinant of how well you will strike the ball; whether smashing a drive, strategizing an approach shot or putting on the green. As with any sport, golf imposes specific demands on the human body. Did you know that proper posture not only reduces your risk of injury, but also has the ability to maximize your driving distance and reduce slicing or hooking the ball? When addressing the ball, the hips and shoulders should be in alignment and pointing towards the target. Unfortunately many of us think we are aligned, but our brain is getting the wrong signals from our body’s joints and muscle resulting in a misaligned golf stance and ultimately a shot that is off-target. 48

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Most people think of good posture as standing tall, and having the shoulders pulled back. In reality posture affects many physiological conditions in the body including respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, musculoskeletal and even hormones. As you can imagine, it has a lot to say about your swing pattern also. Golfer’s tend to mimic a sitting posture on the course. This results in lack of mobility in the upper back and a loss of prime joint positioning which results in reducing power output. The red outline illustrates the typical golfer slouch with rounded shoulders and forward head posture. For every inch that our head sits forward on our center line, it adds about 12lbs of pressure on the joints ligaments, tendons and muscles. Over the course of a typical round of golf, this really has a significant impact on energy levels and coordination. Poor posture tends to have a stiffening effect on the thoracic spine, or your “middle back”. It affects the body’s center of gravity often leaving us feeling unbalanced or twisted. When these postural imbalances are put into motion as in athletic activities, the effects on performance can mean the difference between a good round and a great round of golf. Chiropractic care is focused on

keeping the spine and nervous system balanced and working optimally. Misalignments in the spinal column lead to muscle imbalances, postural changes, unequal weight distribution and slower reaction times. In order to hit a golf ball well and consistently, your body must be balanced. In addition, many injuries associated with golfing such as back, hip, knee, ankle and neck injuries can frequently be prevented if you are regularly keeping your spine in proper alignment. “Lifting weights and seeing a chiropractor on regular basis has made me a better golfer. I’ve been going to chiropractors for as long as I can remember. It’s as important to my training as practicing my swing.” – Tiger Woods, www., aticle: Jerry Rice Speak out for Chiropractic. “One thing I know through experience is that I need to keep seeing my chiropractor, even when I have a few weeks off from golf, getting ongoing chiropractic care helps me to stay injury-free. It also helps me to deal with symptoms when they begin, so that they don’t turn into bigger injuries down the road.” – Padraig Harrington, Florida Golf Magazine, winter 2010, So if the best golfers in the world are keeping their spine in alignment, why aren’t you? Dr. Ryan Brady D.C., MDes, BSc, Chiropractic Physician of the Miami Spine & Posture Clinic, located at 3850 Bird Road, Suite 402B, is one of only 250 doctors in the world trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine. This vital area has whole body effects on posture and has been effective in addressing various health conditions such as migraine headaches, balance disorders, fibromyalgia and neck pain. Experience the structural difference with Miami’s only NUCCA chiropractic clinic that realigns the posture with a correction as gentle as having our pulse taken. For more information call 305-448-2600 or visit www. See ad, page 23.

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to also write grants and raise funds to research and reflect on the diverse spiritualties and religious communities of the Miami area. It would be great to “map” the meaning-making practices of south Florida, and have a better historical understanding of how various spiritual practices and religions have shaped the landscape and politics of South Florida.

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New Era begins at FIU’s Study of Spirituality Department


IU’s Appoints a New Director - Study of Spirituality Last month Florida International University (FIU) honored departing founding director Dr. Nathan Katz, of the Program in the Study of Spirituality and welcomed incoming director Dr. Whitney Bauman. Natural Awakenings, in this exclusive interview, asked the new Director a few questions about his plans and the future of the program.

FIU’s Religious Studies Department provides top rated courses, seminars and workshops. What is your vision to continue the enormous community contribution this program has offered? One of the strengths of the Program in the Study of Spirituality is its outreach to the larger Miami community. We have held 100s of events over the past 10 years, and many of them are not held at FIU for this reason. I want to continue this engagement with the community. One of my goals is


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I am quite interested in how our spiritualities or “meaningmaking practices” as I call it, are becoming more and more hybrid through the process of globalization. In other words, Christians and Jews in the US do Yoga and Meditate, many people profess more than one religion, and many people modify their religious beliefs in conversation with insights from the sciences. In other words, we cobble together a meaningful life out of multiple ways of looking at the world. And, I would argue, this is the way religion and spirituality has always worked: all religions are hybrids of many different belief-systems. As a result of this, our approach to studying religion and spirituality must move beyond the mere comparative approach to religion. It is my hope that the Program in the Study of Spirituality can provide some reflection on how we might understand religion/spirituality in a way that makes more sense in a globalized world. Dr. Whitney Bauman is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, now the new Director of the Program in the Study of Spirituality, and an Honors College Fellow at Florida International University. He teaches in the areas of religion, nature, and globalization; religion and science; and religion and gender/sexuality. Most recently he was a Fulbright Scholar in Indonesia. Bauman’s publications include: Religion and Ecology: Developing a Planetary Ethic (Columbia University Press 2014), Theology, Creation and Environmental Ethics (Routledge 2009), and with Richard Bohannon and Kevin O’Brien, Grounding Religion: A Field Guide to the Study of Religion and Ecology (Routledge 2010).

The Importance of Fathers By Rich Batten


ne evening, author Neil Gaimon’s son was angry. Neil had said one of those things that parents say, like “isn’t it time you were in bed.” His son looked up at him, furious, and said, “I wish I didn’t have a dad! I wish I had . . .” and then he stopped and thought, trying to think of what he would have instead of a father. Finally he said, “I wish I had a goldfish!” That conversation gave birth to Gaimon’s book, “The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish.” Superbly illustrated by Dave McKean, the book is a hilarious adventure of a son searching for the dad he swapped. The story line takes the son from friend to a friend of a friend to a friend . . . as they each swap his dad for something more interesting! This particular father reads his newspaper throughout the entire escapade. Whether they realize it or not, fathers play an important role in their children’s development. Roland Warren, Director of the National Fatherhood Initiative, says that, “Kids have a hole in their soul the shape of their dads. They have this tremendous desire to connect-it’s in there, it’s part of who they are.” Kyle Pruett, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale Child Study Center, believes “Men are the single greatest untapped resource in the lives of American Children.” I agree. We currently live in the best of times and the worst of times for fatherhood. We live in the best of times because fathers who are engaged in their child’s life spend more time than fathers of any previous generation. We live in the worst of times because millions of children continue to miss the regular presence of Dad. What difference does a dad make? Are they really that important? For the most part, studies have consistently demonstrated that fathers-whether they live with their children or not, matter in the lives of their children. When fathers are present, they provide economic support for their children and assume emotional and caregiving responsibilities. Well-fathered children are shown to be more emotionally intelligent and socially successful as adults. When fathers are absent,

their absence may negatively impact children’s academic achievement, gender-specific development, general behavioral adjustment and anger management, especially in males. Yet just being physically present isn’t enough to be a great father. It is critical that a dad be warm and emotionally available to his child. Author and researcher, John Gottman, describes this kind of father as an “emotion coaching father.” Emotion Coaches are parents who listen to their children’s feelings, see the sharing of feelings as an opportunity for intimacy, and validate their children’s emotions. The Gottman group found that some dads are terrific for their kids and some dads are awful for them. It is not just the mere presence and availability of fathers that matters, but exactly how they are present. The following tips, developed by the Gottman group, will help fathers and mothers become better emotion coaches.

Helpful Dads

1. Notice lower intensity emotions in children. 2. See these emotions as an opportunity for intimacy or teaching. 3. Validate and empathize with emotions, even if there is misbehavior. 4. Help your child verbally label all the emotions he or she is feeling. 5. Set limits on misbehavior or problem solve if there is no misbehavior.

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1. Unaware of kids’ emotions until they escalate. 2. 2. See these negative emotions as toxic and a failure of parenting. 3. 3. Try to change the emotion to a positive one, or dismiss the emotion. 4. 4. See introspection as a waste of time or dangerous. 5. 5. Disapproval of your child having negative emotions.

Gottman’s work suggests two important connections for both dads and moms. First, a parent’s attitude toward emotions can have a big impact on the way children learn to cope with feelings. Second, children whose parents respond to their emotions with patience and empathy do better in lots of ways, including academic achievement, better overall health, and stronger friendships, among other things. While children may not always recognize the importance dad plays in their lives, most children long for and need a loving, involved and responsible father or fatherfigure. It is far more important to be emotionally engaged in the life of your child than, say the newspaper, your hobby or even your job . . . if for no other reason than to avoid the risk of being put on the trading block! Source: September, 2006. Colorado State University Extension, Family and Consumer Science agent, Douglas County www. For more information on becoming an Emotion Coaching parent visit: spotlight_emocoaching_steps.htm. natural awakenings

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The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World

By Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu and daughter Mpho Tutu


n his lifetime, Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu has witnessed some of the worst crimes people can inflict on one another. In 1995 he was appointed as chair of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate apartheid-era crimes. The world watched, stunned, as a nation ripped apart by racism and brutal violence was steered towards peace, as scores of people spurred by hate under an oppressive regime owned up to their human rights abuses and sought forgiveness from those they brutalized. Since he became a global icon of forgiveness, countless people have asked him the same question: how do we forgive? How does the mother whose husband and daughter were gunned down by terrorists forgive the men who murdered them? How do the parents whose teenager daughters were killed by a drunk driver embrace the person who robbed them of their children? And how do we forgive the multitude of lesser wrongs and inevitable slights that we will face throughout our lives? Written with his daughter, Reverend Mpho Tutu, The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World (HarperOne; Hardcover; March 18, 2014) offers a unique and practical guide that we can all apply to our own lives, no matter what the scale of the hurt. They explain the universal four-step process of forgiveness: telling the story, naming the hurt, granting forgiveness, and choosing to either renew or release the relationship. They also challenge the notion that the act of forgiveness is a sign of weakness or a lofty goal only the saintly can achieve. Instead they offer scientific proof that by pardoning others we help to heal ourselves physically, emotionally and mentally. Through guided meditation, prayer and journal exercises the Tutus give us the space and time – be it days, weeks, months or even years – to arrive at the place where we can forgive others, seek forgiveness or forgive ourselves. The Tutus have written The Book of Forgiving both for the one who needs to forgive and the one who needs to be forgiven, reminding us that all of us inevitably are both perpetrator and victim. They include a chapter for those who need forgiveness and a chapter on forgiving ourselves, and conclude


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with a chapter on the importance of our individual acts of forgiveness in the slow and faltering process of healing our world. The Book of Forgiving gives us the keys to set ourselves free. Excerpted from The Book of Forgiving: “In our own ways, we are all broken. Out of that brokenness, we hurt others. Forgiveness is the journey we take toward healing the broken parts. It is how we become whole again. Forgiveness is … the way we stop our human community from unraveling.” “With each act of forgiveness, whether small or great, we move towards wholeness,” they write. “Forgiveness is how we bring peace to ourselves and our world.” “Without forgiveness, we remain tethered to the person who harmed us. We are bound with chains of bitterness, tied together, trapped . . . Until we can forgive the person who harmed us they will hold the keys to our happiness, they will be our jailor.”   About the Authors: Anglican Archbishop DESMOND M. TUTU won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 and the Templeton Prize in 2013, and was the founding chair of The Elders from 2007 to 2013. In 1986 he was elected Archbishop of Cape Town, the highest position in the Anglican Church in South Africa, and in 2009 he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States’ highest civilian honor. In 1994, Tutu was appointed as Chair of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, where he pioneered a new way for countries to move forward after experiencing civil strife and countless atrocities. The Reverend MPHO A. TUTU, an Episcopal Priest, is currently the executive director of The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation and has run ministries for children in Worcester, Massachusetts; for rape survivors in Grahamstown, South Africa; and for refugees from South Africa and Namibia at the Phelps Stokes Fund in New York City. She is pursuing a doctorate on the subject of forgiveness from Vrije University, Amsterdam. With her father, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, she has authored Made for Goodness and, now, The Book of Forgiving. The Tutu Global Forgiveness Challenge: Desmond and Mpho Tutu challenge the world to forgive in the Tutu Global Forgiveness Challenge. The Tutu Global Forgiveness Challenge is a free, 30-day online event to help everyone learn how to forgive in their own lives. Each day participants will receive an email from the Archbishop and his daughter, Reverend Mpho Tutu, with inspirational stories, practical exercises and links to join an online forgiveness community for discussions and opportunities to share their own stories. The Challenge will also include interviews with forgiveness experts, heroes, celebrities, and leaders, including musician Alanis Morissette and media maven Arianna Huffington. To learn more and register go to Source and reprinted with permission: Jill V. Mangino, President, Circle 3 Media, 

shown to alter the structure and function of the brain. This is what allows us to learn, acquire new abilities, and improve memory. Advances in neuroimaging techniques have taught us how these mindfulness-based techniques affect neuroplasticity. Multitasking, on the other hand, depresses the brain’s regions that control memory and analytical functions. It also reduces blood flow to the part of the right temporal lobe, which contributes to our creative thinking. In today’s marketplace, creativity is key for innovation, sustainability and leadership. I offer these tips for practicing mindfulness in a multitasking business: 1. Focus on a single task for an allotted amount of time. An example is allotting 15 minutes for reading, sorting, and responding to emails and then one hour to return phone calls. If your job comes with constant interruptions that demand your attention, take several deep breaths and then prioritize them.

Using Mindfulness to Cure the Multitasking Workplace


n today’s digitally connected world, it’s not uncommon to be sitting in one meeting while texting about the next one. When we arrive at that next meeting, we start sending emails about what happened in the prior meeting. Instead of being fully present, we are distracted. To be mindful is as easy as two simple words, “pay attention”. When we pay attention we are fully present in the current moment. Multitasking should not be a celebrated quality in ourselves or at our jobs. Psychological studies show that distractions, whether in the form of emails, phone calls or people, will reduce productivity. When a person is interrupted by a distraction from the task at hand, it can take an average of 23 minutes for the mind to refocus on the original task. It’s no wonder we can leave work feeling like nothing was accomplished that day. As a neurologist specializing in mind-body medicine, I work with individual clients and corporations about the systemic effects of stress on an individual and a company. I show clients how to use mindful living techniques to achieve optimal health, increase productivity, and foster creative innovation. By discussing the science and medical evidence behind mindfulness, we see that mindfulness is not just a marketing trend, but a way to optimize the health of individuals and the companies they work for. How can people practice it in a workplace where multitasking is the norm, and concerns for future profits can add to workplace stress? Even if a company doesn’t make it part of the culture, employees and managers can substitute their multitasking habits with mindfulness in order to reduce stress and increase productivity. Practicing mindfulness, whether it’s simply taking deep breaths, or actually meditating or doing yoga, has been

1. Set boundaries and resist the urge to answer the phone every time it rings — unless it’s your boss. If someone asks you to drop what you’re doing to help with a problem, it’s OK to tell them, “I’ll be finished with what I’m doing in 10 minutes, and then I’m all yours.” 1. When you get “stuck” in a task, change your physical environment to stimulate your senses. This is the time to get up, take a walk outside and look at the flowers and the birds – change what you’re seeing. Turn on some relaxing music that makes you feel happy. Offering your senses pleasant and different stimulation rewires your brain for relaxation, and reduces the effects of stress hormones, which helps to unfreeze your creativity center. While it is possible to practice mindfulness in a hectic workplace, I encourage business leaders to make it part of the company culture. Stress-related illnesses are the number one cause of missed employee workdays. Offering mindfulness training and yoga classes or giving people time and a place to meditate is an excellent investment. The company’s performance will improve, you’ll see a reduction in stress-related illnesses, and you’ll be a more successful businessperson. Romila “Dr. Romie” Mushtaq, MD is a traditionally trained neurologist with expertise in the field of mind-body medicine -- a branch of medicine that promotes the science behind mindfulness based techniques. Dr. Romie helps clients connect to inner peace despite life’s external chaos as a physician, professional speaker and certified life coach with her Mindful Living Program at the Center for Natural and Integrative Medicine in Orlando, FL. Dr. Romie writes at, where you can sign up to join her mindful living community and learn how to conquer stress and boost brainpower. You can follow Dr. Romie on Twitter @DrROMILA or join her Facebook: “Dr. Romie”. Her guided meditation CD, “Connect To Joy: Guided Meditation to Quiet the Mind” is now available on iTunes. natural awakenings

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we cannot solve a problem with the same mind that created it. When we encounter a problem or issue in our life, we cannot resolve that issue by using the same thinking or behavior that got us there in the first place. It’s like the idea of doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Actually, I believe that is the definition of insanity! I realized that in order to solve any of the issues or annoyances that existed in my life, I first needed to change the way I was thinking. As Lao Tzu wrote, “If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.”

We all have a moment in life where our direction takes a sudden turn. What was the most significant and pivotal advise you

Don’t Die With Your Music Still in You

An Exclusive Interview With Serena Dyer


erena Dyer is the sixth of Wayne and Marcelene Dyer’s eight children. An alumnus of the University of Miami and a South Florida resident, she’s authored a brand new book depicting her experiences growing up with spiritual parents. In Don’t Die With Your Music Still in you, set to be released this month, Serena imparts her experiences with all 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace her dad wrote about. Wayne, in turn, contributes his own perspective, making her debut book a perfect father’s day gift and must read for everyone. Natural Awakenings asked Serena a few questions in this exclusive interview.

You wrote the book based on one of the original principal in your father’s book “10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace.” You explained that, Don’t Die With The Music Still In You, deeply inspired you. What was the second? The second most inspiring secret or principal, if you will, was the notion that 54

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got from your parents? Honestly, the greatest advice I have ever received from my parents was “don’t die with your music still in you.” I titled my book this because it truly has been the single greatest piece of advice I have ever received. We all came here with music to play, with something that excites our soul and calls to us. I didn’t want to get to the end of my life and look back on it all and know that I lived a lie, or that I followed someone else’s dreams. I was at a point in my life where I felt that I was not honoring the music I came here to play, and I made the decision right then and there that I couldn’t allow myself ignore what I felt I came here to do.  

friends who taught my brothers and sisters to chant, and my parents talked about things like past lives, time travel, spirit guides and yoga before anyone else I knew talked about these things. But that being said, my friends always thought my parents were cool! I didn’t grow up around people who judged others or criticized different ways of being. My parents raised my brothers and sisters and myself to be open to new ideas and new people, to be willing to try new things, and to leave the judging to someone else. I believe I always had an easy time making friends because my peers knew I wouldn’t judge them for who they were.

You spend time working to combat child trafficking through several organization. What kind of involvement or support would you recommend to your blog followers and readers in the fight against it? The greatest weapon in the fight against child trafficking is awareness. The more people that are aware of what is going on, not just in America, but globally, the more likely we are to see effective change implemented. One of my favorite quotes is “there is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” Putting an end to child trafficking’s time has come. Every person that tweets about it, blogs about it, supports local and global initiatives is helping put an end to it. I am involved in Kristi House, a Miami organization that provides services to sexually abused and trafficked children, and I suggest taking a minute to go on their website and see how you can help too.

What’s Next?   

Spirituality: Living and practicing it. Did you find it difficult to relate to friends or others your age as you were growing up?

I am getting married in July so that is the next big step for me! After that, I plan to continue blogging, speaking, and remaining open to whatever comes next!

I have never found it difficult to relate to my friends or other people my age as I was growing up. I grew up in a very spiritual household with very progressive parents. I learned transcendental meditation at the age of 5, I had monks who were

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MELT Series with Melinda Atkins - Mondays 6 – 7:15pm. Rebalance your body and nervous system with MELT’s easy self-treatment techniques.  $25 drop-ins/$100 for a 5-class series. Aum Home Shala, 3104 Florida Ave., Coconut Grove, FL 33133. 1-305-441-9441.

Greater Miami Holistic Chamber of Commerce Member Spotlight Celebration & Panel Discussion - an evening of networking, connecting and education with an interactive panel of four holistic practitioners sharing their best holistic business practices. 7:00PM. $5.00 for members in advance, $10.00 for non-members in advance. For more information, contact Chapter President Marbeth Dunn, 305-968-8348.

TUESDAY, June 3 Guided Meditation Class With Crystal Singing Bowls - 10:30am - 11:30 am - Each workshop will provide guided meditations using a selection of techniques including crystal singing bowls, mindfulness, awareness, chakras and introspection. Perfect for beginners through experienced meditators. ZenChange Root Cause Stress Management - Doubletree Grand/ Marriott Plaza -1717 N Bayshore Drive, Ste 210 Miami, FL 33132. $10, 305-379-2722

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June 10 & 24 Tibetan Institute and Library - His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s “Cultivating a Daily Meditation” - 7:00 - 8:45 p.m. at South Miami Library, 6000 Sunset Drive, South Miami, FL, Ph. # 305667-6121.  Free. All welcome. Free parking at City Hall parking lot.

WEDNESDAY, June 11 Over 40 Females Launch Social Groove - 6:00pm -9:00pm - Come join a community of like-minded inspiring women for the launch of Over 40 Females Miami Chapter with Author, Lifestyle Design & Community Arts Consultant Cheri Shanti of Wild & Wise and other guests TBA. Cheri Shanti will be your MC and speaking to you with tips on Authentic Lifestyle Design: Living your Passion and Purpose Every Day. Each woman will get an opportunity to speak for a few minutes and share their work with the rest of the group. $25. Moonchine Asian Bistro Lounge, 7100 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, Florida 33138, 720-234-0921

JUNE 11-15 Advanced Pranayama with Yoganand Michael Carroll, Dean of the Kripalu School of Yoga. 8 – 6 daily - Learn how to safely integrate the power of advanced breathing techniques into your teaching, yoga therapy, and personal practice.  $495. Aum Home Shala, 3104 Florida Ave., Coconut Grove, FL 33133. 1-305-441-9441.

SATURDAY, June 14 The Happiness Course ~ It is quite simple to start re-training our mind in the methods for creating happiness, and if we do this we will experience a continual increase in our happiness month by month, year by year, throughout our lives. 10:00am3pm w/ modern Buddhist monk Gen Kelsang Norbu,includes guided meditations, teachings, and lunch. Drolma Kadampa Buddhist Center Miami, 1273 Coral Way, Miami 33145; 786-529-7137 Call 1-800-432-JOIN (5646) Photo © David Schrichte


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Trumpet Levitation and Direct Voice via Spirit Trumpet.

Apportation (teleportation) of objects through space/time, Gifting of Apports* Ascended Master Messages Via Spirit Trumpet

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Metaphysical Chapel of South Florida 1480 SW 9th Ave. Ft. Lauderdale

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welcome. 7pm. CitiZEN Yoga, 1040 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 4002, Miami, FL 33132. Please rsvp via txt 305.588.3521

JUNE 18 – 21 American Black Film Festival - The American Black Film Festival returns to Miami Beach with an Opening Night Gala, the latest and best Black films from around the world (shorts, features, documentary and unreleased), panels and symposiums and other special events. For details, call (646) 375-2144, ext. 1

THURSDAY, June 19 Greater Miami Holistic Chamber of Commerce Ultimate Networking Event & Dinner - Join members and guests for an evening of networking and connecting with other holistic professionals in a laid-back atmosphere. 7:00PM. Free for members, $10.00 for non-members. Fore more information, contact Chapter President Marbeth Dunn, 305968-8348.

SUNDAY, June 22

Second Saturdays at ArtSouth - 3-7pm. Free. Enjoy artwork by resident artists, refreshments and live music while you browse 4 galleries and open artist studios. Relax in the artistic and tropical atmosphere of ArtSouth, 240 N. Krome Ave in Homestead. Children are welcome. 305-247-9406.

Creatures of Habitat a Gazillion-piece Lego Animal Adventure at Zoo Miami - 10:00am 05:00pm - a gazillion-piece animal adventure” all made of LEGO® bricks. ZoMiami is proud to present this most exciting, educational, and fun exhibit from January 29 – June 22, 2014, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, at Dr. Wilde’s World (DWW). The exhibit will be displayed both in DWW’s air-conditioned museum space as well as on its outdoor plaza. Zoo Miami 12400 SW 152 Street Miami, FL 33177, 305-251-0400.

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Meet GOU - the God in You ~ join us to share the empowering truths about yourself ~ everyone

Redland Summer Fruit Festival - 10am-5pm. A showcase of local agriculture and tropical fruits.

markyourcalendar MediTaTion in MiaMi PresenTs “Free Yourself By Being Your Self.” With insight, humor and wisdom Mike George, best seliing author and spiritual coach will explore how to live from the inside out and be your authentic self. June 22 5:30-7:30pm Unity on the Bay, 411 NE 21 St Miami For more information: Call 305-442-2252 Free of charge


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Vendor booths will feature local wines, yummy foods, and rare fruit samplings. $10 admission, kids under 11 are free. Fruit and Spice Park, 24801 SW 187th Ave. 305-247-5727.

MONdAY, JUNE 23 Technology and cancer Treatment - 6-8 pm -A new radiation therapy system delivers powerful cancer treatment with pinpoint accuracy and precision. Dr. Garcia-Serra, will explain this advancement and how it opens the door to new possibilities for the treatment of various cancers. Open to the public but reservations are,required. Cancer Support Community, 8609 South Dixie Highway, Miami. Register at 305-668-5900. reiki circle/Meditation - 07:30pm- 8:45pm - Relax and release tensions as you sit in a chair, listen to a short guided meditation, and experience the subtle yet powerful energy of Reiki. $10. Center for Spiritual Living, 1550 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors, Florida 33305 954-317-3907

ThURSdAY, JUNE 26 GOU Create - the God in You is creative energy ~ you create through thought, word and deed ~ learn to create in terms of what you want. 7pm. CitiZEN Yoga, 1040 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 4002, Miami, FL 33132. Please rsvp via txt 305.588.3521

SUNdAY, JUNE 29 school of wisdom - 11:30am - 1:00pm - Join Divine Life Temple for our School of Wisdom. School of Wisdom is an open lecture on metaphysics, meditation and fellowship. Join us this and every Sunday. 1350 Peri Street, Opa Locka, FL. Free.305-7359940.

floridakeys JUNE 1 – 30 key west art & historical society Presents: key west or bust, a history of Tourism - daily 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - The Florida Keys have historically been an alluring travel destination for travelers around the world. This exhibit explores the history of tourism in the Florida Keys from the 1920s until the 1980s while focusing specifically on transportation, accommodation, travel brochures and postcards. Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street. 305-295-6616.

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JUNE 1 - 31 Key West Art Garden - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The cost of admission to the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden brings visitors an added value and wealth of beauty with 19 sculptures, each made of recycled materials, and some interactive, placed throughout the garden from local contemporary artists.

JUNE 1 - SEPTEMBER 5 History of Diving Museum: Free Admission to All Active Duty Military Personnel -Located at MM 82.9 bayside, the museum is offering free admission to all active duty military personnel - and up to five immediate family members including spouses or children - as part of the nationwide Blue Star Museums program. Spouses of deployed military also are eligible. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 305-664-9737.

JUNE 11 – 15 PRIDE Fest Key West - will include a mix of dance and cocktail parties, contests, shows, forums, activities on the water, tours, street fair and the Pride Parade along Duval Street. Annual Pride Kick-Off on Wed., 5:30-7:30pm at Island House, 1129 Fleming St, $20 admission. For a complete list of events visit 305-294-4603.

JUNE 13 - 15 Key West Bacchanalia - A food and wine event with a twist - join Keys celebrity chefs along with Bravo TV’s Top Chefs as they face off in culinary competition with a great cause in mind. Benefits support breast cancer research. Ticket prices vary. Contact 305-294-4603.


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sunday Buddhist Meditation Class w/ Prayers for World Peace ~ 10:30am-noon, $10. Drolma Kadampa Buddhist Center Miami, 1273 Coral Way, Miami 33145; 786.529.7137 Power Vinyasa All Levels – 10:30-12:00pm with Luca Richards, Certified Baptiste Teacher, RYT. $20 drop-in or packages available. Bala Vinyasa Yoga. 1430 S Dixie Hwy, Ste 116, Coral Gables. 786-953-7709. Dharma Meetings – 2pm. Tibetan Buddhist Dharma Center 3239 West Trade Ave. Unit 10, Coconut Grove. FREE. 305-775-7541. Family Fundays at Fairchild- 9:30am-5pm. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden 1st Sunday of the month 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables. 305-667-1651. Jazzercise® - $5. 10am. South Miami Community Center 5800 SW 66 St. Call Cathie 305666-5457. Miami Center for Spiritual Living- 10:30amFree. Non-denominational spiritual message. 2490 Coral Way, Miami, 786-206-6355.

The Original FKCC Swim Around Key West and Sunday Services at SOUL Church – 11am at Swim Meet - The Only Sanctioned, Insured and the SOUL Service at the Elks Lodge, 6304 SW US Coast Guard Permitted Race around Key West, 78th St in South Miami. Free pot-luck lunch. 305this event is a 12.5 mile swim clockwise around 221-6516. the island of Key West. Age groups 18 through 65 WITH ACUPRESSURE, and older can register. Call for details. Lori Bosco Emei Qigong’s Moving Meditation - Free - 9 [Acupuncture without a.m. needles] - 10 a.m. at A.D. Barnes Park, 3401 SW 72 305-809-3562 Boost your immune system during this FL. 305-335-7618 Avenue, Miami


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yourDistrict complimentary acupressure treatment. Morada Way Arts & Cultural presents: Third Thursday Art Walk - Showcasing the fine Learn youIsles, can participate in arts, music and culinary nuances of how the Purple own self-healing. the Morada Way Arts & Culturalyour District features Garden Hatha Yoga - Miami Beach Botanical Call now for yourinfirst - FREE national and local artisans who are showcased gal- treatment Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami leries at Morada Way between mile marker 81 and Beach. 6:30-7:45 p.m. $15 donation p.m. 305Gil Melendez, LMT, CAMT, Specializing In Acupressure 82, from 6-10 p.m. In addition to individual artists. 673-7256. Free admission. Art Walk isNorth held Miami the third Thursday Beach, (305) 302-1852 of each month. Daniela Woody 305-664-9100.

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Tai Chi - Learn authentic, traditional tai chi from Taoist Monk, Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. 7:30-9:00 p.m. $25. 305-673-7256. MELT Roller Series: 5:30-6:45 pm - Reduce joint pain and muscle tension. 5 classes for $90 or $22/class for drop-ins. Aum Home Shala, 3104 Florida Ave., Coconut Grove, FL 33133. 1-305441-9441.  Buddhist Meditation Class ~ 7:30-9pm, $10. / With monk Gen Kelsang Norbu. Drolma Kadampa Buddhist Center Miami, 1273 Coral Way, Miami 33145; 786.529.7137 Expressions Performing Arts offering Ballet 4Pointe - for Teens, $15 per class and class time 6-7:15pm, at the Miami Beach JCC 4221 Pine Tree Drive-786-512-8783 Massage Relief for Combat Veterans - 50% off therapeutic massages for our combat service personnel.  Call 305-351-0819.  Shala Spa 1119 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. Military Mondays at Hirooka’s - 50% off Kitesurfing or Paddleboarding for all Military and Public Service Personnel - Hirooka Surf & Sport, 2377 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL. 954-444-3942 Ballroom Dance w/Lessons- $2 donation. 7-9:30pm. (lessons from 7:30-8) St. Mathew’s Episcopal Church, 7410 SW 72 St. For more info: 305-667-7715.  Course in Miracles - 8pm. Free. 7855 SW Coral Way. Contact Mercedes 786-200-8410 or Nimia 305-261-3190. Bereavement & Grief Support- 7pm, during school year. Children’s Bereavement Center, 7600 S. Red Rd, Suite 307. To register: 305-668-4902. Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)- Bilingual Support group. 305-6661778. Self-Defense for Women classes- Free. Also Wed. 7:15 – 8:30 pm at Bayfront park in downtown Miami. 305-358-7550. 

tuesday Power vinyasa all levels – 6:00-7:00am with Nikki McGowan, RYT. $20 drop-in or packages available. Bala Vinyasa Yoga. 1430 S Dixie Hwy, Ste 116, Coral Gables. 786-953-7709. Power vinyasa all levels – 5:15-5:15pm with Cristina Ramirez, RYT. $20 drop-in or packages available. Bala Vinyasa Yoga. 1430 S Dixie Hwy, Ste 116, Coral Gables. 786-953-7709. kids Yoga (4-8 Years) – 5:15-6:15pm with Morgan Soumah, RYT. $10 drop-in or packages available. Bala Vinyasa Yoga. 1430 S Dixie Hwy, Ste 116, Coral Gables. 786-953-7709.

healing Meditation – 6pm – American Apothecary, $5, 12232 SW 132 CT. Miami, FL 33186, 305-598-2822

Free children’s art camp - Ages 6 and up, in the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. 10 am-1 pm. Call 305-673-7256 to register. garden hatha Yoga – with Terra-Nova, RYT in the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. 12:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation. 305-673-7256 connected warriors - Free Yoga Classes for Veterans and Families of Veterans - 3pm at Brickell Hot Yoga 301 SW 17th Road, 33129 305-856-1387. Free orientations for PTsd and pain relief with discount services for military or vets. The Banyan Holistic Please call 305-663-5696 to schedule

babywearing Yoga at dante Fascell Park, 9:30am - 88th St and Red Rd., $10 intro special, 305-299-7826

Free veterans sailing – with Team Paradise, the Paralympic Sport Club of Miami. 12 – 12pm Team Paradise Sailing, Inc. 2620 S. Bayshore Drive, Miami 33133. 305-776-8778.

are you a veT living with PTsd? If so, call Banyan Holistic Healthcare Center for help, Miami Lakes or Pinecrest location. Call now to schedule, (305) 663-5696.

suP discount for combat veterans – All Combat Vets get 20% off Stand Up Paddling with Lubo, on Key Biscayne, 786-301-3557. Call to schedule an outing

Yoga at earth ‘n us Farm - : 6:15 p.m. $10. 7630 NE 1 Ave. Miami. Contact Leslie: 786-282-3000.

drub-dhe Meditation- 7:25-9:30pm. Freedonations are welcome. Regency House 353 West 47th St., Flat 7A, Miami Beach. Contact: Robert Phuntsog Ngo-drub 305-213-2577.

laughter Yoga sessions - $5.00 each - 9:30-10:15 AM, North Shore Youth Center 501 72nd Street, Miami Beach 33141, 305-861-3616. Yoga for beginners – 7-9pm. $15. Acupuncture & Massage College, 10506 N. Kendall Dr. 305595-9500. iyengar Yoga class with liora haymann. 7:158:30 a.m. - $18 drop-ins/$75 for a 5-class series. Aum Home Shala, 3104 Florida Ave., Coconut Grove, FL 33133. 1-305-441-9441 Yoga and Qigong for seniors - 11am -12:30pm. Acupuncture & Massage College, 10506 N. Kendall Dr. 305-595-9500. $15.

wednesday slow Flow restorative – 10:00-11:15am with Megan Eastman, RYT. $20 drop-in or packages available. Bala Vinyasa Yoga. 1430 S Dixie Hwy, Ste 116, Coral Gables. 786-953-7709.

hatha Yoga – 6-7:30pm – Free - King David Foundation, 17971 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura, FL Suite #117. Bennett - 305-949-0950. Free acupuncture for combat veterans – 1-2pm, Acupuncture Center for Wellness, Inc., 16663 NE 19 Avenue, Suite 111, North Miami Beach, Fl. 33162, (305) 940-7763. healing with dance - South Miami Hospital for physical limitations from illness/surgery. No dance experience necessary. 9:30-10:30am. $5. 786-662-8106. Jazzercise® - $5. M&W 6:30pm. South Miami Community Center 5800 SW 66 St. Ongoing classes available all week. Call Cathie 305-666-5457. Meditation for overall well-being- 7:30- 9pm. 8150 SW 92 St, Miami. 786-556-7318. Donation. Yoga and Meditation class-7-8:30pm. Free. West Dade Regional Library, 9445 Coral Way. RSVP Lawrence 305-926-3578.

aromatherapy workshop – 6PM – Free. For reservations, 305 598-2822. American Apothecary of Kendall 12232 SW 132 Court, Miami FL 33186.

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thursday Power vinyasa all levels – 6:00-7:00am with Wendy Mastin, RYT. $20 drop-in or packages available. Bala Vinyasa Yoga. 1430 S Dixie Hwy, Ste 116, Coral Gables. 786-953-7709. Therapeutic Yoga – 11:00am-12:00pm with Luca Richards, Certified Baptiste Teacher, RYT. $20 drop-in or packages available. Bala Vinyasa Yoga. 1430 S Dixie Hwy, Ste 116, Coral Gables. 786-953-7709. Postpartum Yoga at key biscayne, 10:15 - $20, 305-299-7826 Yoga For Mature bodies – $18/class or package. 10:30 AM. Better Health Care Center, 7520 Red Rd. South Miami. 305-788-0777 Yoga with drishti- 6:30pm at Biscayne Park Recreation Center, 11400 NE 9th Court. 305335-7618. laughter Yoga sessions - $5.00 each - 9:30-10:15 AM, North Shore Youth Center 501 72nd Street, Miami Beach 33141, 305-861-3616 overeaters anonymous - Beginner Meeting - 7:30 pm Riviera Presbyterian Church 5275 Sunset Dr., Coral Gables, FL 33143 hatha Yoga class - 5:30 - 7:00pm at Sai Ayurvedic College, $15 -9000 SW 137 Ave, Suite 220, Miami 33186, 305-380-0652

friday Power vinyasa all levels – 9:00-10:15am with Virginia Ansaldi, RYT. $20 drop-in or packages available. Bala Vinyasa Yoga. 1430 S Dixie Hwy, Ste 116, Coral Gables. 786-953-7709. Power vinyasa vibes – 8:00-9:00pm with Julianne Arhee, RYT. $20 drop-in or packages available. Bala Vinyasa Yoga. 1430 S Dixie Hwy, Ste 116, Coral Gables. 786-953-7709. Meditation classes in spanish sanacion shakti - 5:00-6:00pm. Call today to reserve your spot. Call 786.275.4783 for more information and reservations.

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chair massage – 5-9pm - Enjoy 5 minute complementary chair massage every Friday Pecan’s Day Spa, 305-284-8636, 7800 SW 57th Ave Suite 120, Miami, FL 33143,

kids Yoga (4-8 Years) – 9:30-10:30am with Sophie Phillip, RYT. $10 drop-in or packages available. Bala Vinyasa Yoga. 1430 S Dixie Hwy, Ste 116, Coral Gables. 786-953-7709.

Free acupuncture for combat veterans – 1-2pm, Acupuncture for Wellness Center, Inc., 7550 SW 57th Avenue, Suite 116, South Miami, FL 33143, 305-669-6699.

lincoln road art walk- 1st Sat. of the month. 7-10pm. 40+ local artists, museums and galleries in South Beach. ArtCenter/South Florida 800, 810 & 924 Lincoln Road. 305-674-8278.

dharma Meetings – 8pm. Tibetan Buddhist Dharma Center 3239 West Trade Ave., Unit 10, Coconut Grove. FREE. 305-775-7541.

open house/exhibitions – 2nd Sat. Meet ArtSouth studio artists & staff. Free. Refreshments. 240 North Krome Ave. 305-247-9406.

Family night- 3rd Friday of the month. 3-9pm. Free admission & parking. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 Macarthur Cswy. 305-373-5437.

Miami art Museum - 1pm. Free. 2nd Sat. 101 West Flagler St. 305-375-3000.

Museum of contemporary art (Moca) - Free jazz concerts on the last Fri. Joan Lehman Building, 770 NE 125 St. 305-893-6211. coral gables art walk – An art walk centered around downtown Coral Gables, with all the galleries between Miracle Mile and Ponce de Leon Rd. Free trolly transportation.

saturday Metaphysical bible study & Meditation – 8–9am am Gables Optimal Health, 195 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables 305-567-1973 By donation

Yoga-style* exercise, Prenatal - South Miami Hospital. 10:45 am-12:15 p.m. and 5:30-7pm. $10. 786-662-8106.

floridakeys sunday big Pine key Flea Market- 8am. South of the only traffic light in town on U.S. 1. Family swim YMca. 2-4pm. $3 Adults, $2 Kids. FKCC swimming pool. 1-305-295-9622. Movies at The spiritual garden - Spiritual up lifting movies. 1st and 3rd Sun. 7pm. Good will offering is $5. Unitarian Universalist fellowship 801 Georgia St. 1-305-394-2005.

nightly sunset celebration - Free. Enjoy a spectacular sunset entertained by the various carnival performers and vendors. Mallory Square, Key West. 1-305-292-7700.

monday cardio-sculpting class 8:30-9:20am. Pirate Wellness Center, MM21.4 Cudjoe Key. 1-305744-3348 aerobic dance - 1-1:55pm. CoffeMill Dance. 916 Pohalski St. 1-305-296-9982. Yoga/Meditation – 8am. $7 Key Largo Community Park, MM 100 ocean side. 1-305-853-1003.

tuesday Free guided relaxation class - 7 -8 PM at Islamorada Fitness MM 85.9 bayside. Bring a towel or exercise mat and a pillow. (Sponsored by Keys To Peace. 305-619-0534. Mothers and babies group - for new moms, their babies and expecting mothers. Free. 1-3 p.m. Healthy Start, Gato Bldg, 1100 Simonton St., Key West. 1-305-293-7516 or 1-305-293-7511. stories for children - 10:30am. Key Largo Library, 101485 US1. 1-305-451-2396. Also Thur,

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10:30am, Stories for children ages 2 ½ -6. Meditation- Free. 7pm. Unity Church, 9591 Overseas Highway, Marathon.  Tai Chi – 7pm. $15. Coffee Mill Dance and Yoga Studio, 916 Pohalski St, Key West, 1-305-296-9982; 1-305-735-3519. Water Wellness Program- 8am. $5. Yoga, Pilates and Meditation. MM 92 Oceanside. 1-305-3931162.

wednesday Ancient Indian Meditation - 6:30-8:30pm. 1-305292-6958. Belly Dancing Class - $10. 7:30pm. All levels welcome. Tai Chi for Inner Harmony - 9:30-11am on Sugarloaf Key. Call Lydia at 1-305-745-2811. Toddler Playtime Stories- Ages 10 months to 2 years and their caregivers. Free.  10:30am-12:30pm. Key West Library, 700 Fleming Street, Key West. 1-305-292-3595. 

thursday Water Wellness Program - 8am. $5. Yoga, Pilates and Meditation. MM 92 Oceanside. 1-305-3931162.

friday Salsa Dance Lessons- 7:30-9pm. Paradise Health & Fitness. 1796 N.Roosevelt Blvd. 1-305-2966348.

saturday Family Hour- Special programs for children of all ages. Free. 1pm. Key West Library, 700 Fleming St, Key West. 1-305-292-3595. Story Hour - ages 5 years & up. 10:30-11:30am. Games & stories. Marathon Library, 3251 Overseas Hwy. 1-305-743-5156.   Key West WPA Walking Tour – Old Town Key West. 10am. $20. 1-305-296-3573. Yoga/Meditation – 8:30am. $7 Key Largo Community Park, MM100 Oceanside. 1-305-853-1003.

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Dr. Munhall brings her extensive experience of psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and couple therapy to you also as a Certified Sex Therapist. Sex therapy may restore the connectedness in your relationship, with an emphasis on love and understanding as couples explore issues such as a lack of desire, trust issues, effects from aging, past sexual abuse, among other problems.


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Developed by Louise Hay from her best selling books, these powerful workshops guide you to insightful inner healing experiences. Linda Greenfield, Workshop Leader, is a certified & licensed Heal Your Life Teacher.. See ad, page 5.


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A 5,500 sq ft Baptiste Yoga Affiliate studio and 200Hr / 500Hr RYS (Registered Yoga School) offering daily classes for all levels, workshops, private sessions and massage therapy. BV Boutique offers yoga clothing and props. See ad, page 2.

Dr. Mesch provides psychotherapy services including hypnosis and regression therapy for individuals, couples, families, and groups. Call to participate in our regression group. We provide services in Spanish, English and Hebrew. See ad, page 16.

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