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My editor, Kathy, suggested she might quit if I write one more gratitude letter. However, this issue marks our fifth anniversary of publishing Natural Awakenings of Central New Jersey. Publishing the best, most rewarding magazine on the planet. This I did not do alone, I never could have, so you know my thoughts must be about gratitude. We are sure we have made a difference somewhere along this journey with a story, a quote, or possibly we have introduced you to a change for the good in whatever manner it came to you. Our gratitude lies in that service. Making a difference takes a village as they say. In our case, this same village makes our North edition work too. So, I must say thank you for the help, guidance, and wisdom of the people around me, without whom I doubt I’d be sitting here today writing my thoughts. I need to thank my wife, Asta, who supports everything I do. My managing editor and Central edition graphic artist, Kathy, is the bedrock of the product. Her years of publishing experience helped guide me, as a brand new publisher, into being okay. Kim, graphic artist and layout professional for our North edition, joined our team last year. Together, they have been with Natural Awakenings a combined 26 years. The loyalty, dedication, and pure joy of working with them makes them the best. Our distributors are our distributors because I trust them; they are trustworthy and have our best interests at heart. How grateful I am to be surrounded by these people. We know making a difference is also rewarding. All the good times, all the joy, all the laughs, and the few “pull your hair out” moments have been worth it. Personally, I love what I do. I visit people, I make friends, I build good positive relationships with my advertisers. These are people who care, people who are making the world a better place. Publishing Natural Awakenings is a blessing, not a job. Thanks to my tribe for being who you are. At the head of that tribe is you—the reader. There are not enough words to equal the amount of gratitude I have for the loyalty and love you have expressed for what we have put together for you every month. Yes, this is our fifth anniversary, and it has flown by (as you know, time flies when you’re having fun). The dedication and promises I made from the beginning still apply. We are dedicated to improving in all we do. Remember, we love to hear from you. Your input helps, and is the key to our success. Take a moment to let us know how we’re doing, how to grow, what you want more of from us. We can’t always make a change overnight, but we keep at it. Sometimes growing feels like a crawl, but “in the moment” is where I want to be. Twenty-five years from now I want to be writing about our 30th anniversary. Of course, my goal of living to the century mark will be the sweetest thing about that writing. With peace, love and laughter, PS: A note from Kathy: Joe without gratitude is a day without sunshine. And Joe knows I’m the same way. :)

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child’s school lunch is integral to their academic performance and overall health. Childhood nutrition has been shown to impact IQ, social skills and energy levels. According to a review in the British (lt-rt) Minal Vazirani, MD Journal of Nutrition, micronutri& Jane Harrington-Noonan ent deficiency may even account for some learning difficulties. Join Integrative Pediatrician and Internist Minal Vazirani, MD and Integrative Nutritionist Jane Harrington-Noonan, RD on Saturday, September 9, from 11am to 12:30pm for a discussion on why and how to pack a healthy lunch your kids won’t be able to resist. The kick-off event will occur at the new location for Integrative Health and Wellness Associates in Warren. Learn how to spice up the brown bag lunch with colorful and creative nutrient-dense foods that will help with energy, focus and brain power to get your kids through a whole day of school. Dr. Vazirani, Triple Board Certified Physician and MD explains, “Breakfast is not the only important meal of the day for kids.” Advanced registration is required and space is limited. Cost to reserve a spot is $20. Location: Integrative Health and Wellness Associates, 112 Town Center Drive, Warren. For more information, visit To register or ask questions, email See ad on page 37.

Treatment and Prevention of Cancer with Dr. Rodger


r. Derek Rodger, ND, believes that disease prevention is much easier than a cure. On September 13 at 7pm, he will be giving a seminar at Valley Integrative Pharmacy to educate people about alterative, non-toxic cancer treatments and supplying resources to pursue that route if they choose. He wants to ensure that people have information on holistic methods to turn to when faced with cancer, explaining, “Non-toxic cancer treatments have a 90% success rate, unlike the traditional orthodox route, which has a success rate of about 3%. I educate people in these treatments and how much more effective they are if supported by a quality, nutritional diet.” This event is free. Location: Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Road, Bedminster. For more information, email or call 908-658-4900. See ad on page 3.

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Love and Light Tiffany Seiler Cover artist Tiffany Seiler works in mixed media, including watercolors, acrylics, papers and objects like buttons to create whimsical, stylized portraits of girls that express delight and innocence. The cover work Love and Light was inspired by Seiler’s daily yoga practice. “I was raised in a family of all girls,” says Seiler. “My art is deeply rooted in positive female images surrounded by the things I love, like flowers, trees, the ocean and yoga.” Seiler is a self-taught artist, having returned to her childhood love of drawing and painting after working as a hairdresser and makeup artist for 20 years. Seiler’s works, many of which bear inspirational messages, have been reproduced for greeting cards found in national stores such as Trader Joe’s. Her art has also graced the pages of magazines such as Somerset Studio. Seiler currently lives, works and paints in Independence, Kentucky, joined by her husband and six rescued animals—three dogs and three cats. View the artist’s portfolio at 12

esearchers from several international universities have found that seniors that provide caregiving services live longer than those that do not. The scientists analyzed survival data and information collected from the Berlin Aging Study on 500 adults over the age of 69 from 1990 to 2009. They compared survival rates from the subjects that provided caregiving for children, grandchildren and friends to those that did not. Of the subjects analyzed, the half that took care of their grandchildren or children were still alive 10 years after their first interview in 1990. Caring for nonfamily members also produced positive results, with half of the subjects living for seven years after the initial interview. Conversely, 50 percent of those that did not participate in any caregiving had died just four years after their first interview. The researchers warn that caregiving must be done in moderation. Ralph Hertwig, director of the Center for Adaptive Rationality and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, in Berlin, explains, “A moderate level of caregiving involvement seems to have positive effects on health, but previous studies have shown that more intense involvement causes stress, which has a negative effect on physical and mental health.”



study from Nagasaki University, in Japan, has found that reducing salt in the diet can cut down on the number of trips to the bathroom during the night. Researchers followed 321 men and women with high-salt diets and sleep problems for 12 weeks. Of the subjects, 223 reduced their salt intake from 10.7 grams per day to 8 grams and the remaining 98 increased their salt intake from 9.6 grams per day to 11 grams. The nighttime urination frequency rate for the salt reduction group dropped from 2.3 times per night to 1.4 times, while the increased salt group’s rose from 2.3 to 2.7 times per night.



esearchers from Helsinki, Finland, analyzed data from 2,000 people to find out how sleeping patterns affected their food choices. They discovered individuals that wake up early make healthier food choices throughout the day and are more physically active. “Linking what and when people eat to their biological clock type provides a fresh perspective on why certain people are more likely to make unhealthy food decisions,” explains lead author Mirkka Maukonen, from the National Institute for Health and Welfare, in Helsinki.

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eets contain high levels of dietary nitrate, which can increase blood flow and improve exercise performance. Researchers from Wake Forest University, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, tested the impact of consuming beetroot juice prior to exercise on the somatomotor cortex, the part of the brain that processes information from the muscles. Twenty-six older adults with hypertension that generally don’t exercise were split into two groups. Half were given a beetroot juice supplement with 560 milligrams of nitrate prior to a thrice-weekly, 50-minute treadmill walk for six weeks. The other half were given a placebo with very little nitrate. The beetroot juice group showed substantially higher levels of nitrate after exercising than the placebo group. “We knew going in that a number of studies had shown that exercise has positive effects on the brain,” explains W. Jack Rejeski, director of the Behavioral Medicine Laboratory in the Health and Exercise Science Department at Wake Forest and study co-author. “We showed that compared to exercise alone, adding a beetroot juice supplement for hypertensive older adults to exercise resulted in brain connectivity that closely resembles what is seen in younger adults.”

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The Aurora Organic Dairy pastures and feedlots north of Greeley, Colorado, are home to more than 15,000 cows—more than 100 times the size of a typical organic herd. It is the main facility of the company that supplies milk to Walmart, Costco and other major retailers. They adhere to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic regulations, but critical weaknesses exist in the inspection system the government uses to ensure that food is organic; farmers are allowed to hire their own inspectors to certify them, and thus can fall short of reaching standards without detection. Organic dairies are required to allow the cows to graze daily throughout the growing season rather than be confined to barns and feedlots. Although the USDA National Organic Program allows for an extremely wide range of grazing practices that comply with the rule, Aurora was observed onsite and via satellite imagery by the Washington Post as having only a small percentage of the herd outdoors on any given day. The company disputes the data. U.S. organic dairy sales amounted to $6 billion last year; although it is more expensive to produce, the milk may command a premium price of 100 percent more than regular.

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Finland, internationally renowned for innovative educational practices, is poised to become the first country to eliminate school subjects. Officials are making changes to be implemented by 2020 that will revolutionize how the school system works by allowing pupils to absorb a body of knowledge about language, economics and communication skills. “We need something to fit for the 21st century,” says Department of Education head Marjo Kyllonen. The system will be introduced for seniors beginning at age 16. They will choose which topic or phenomenon they want to study, bearing in mind their ambitions and capabilities. “Instead of staying passively in their benches listening to the teachers, students will now often work in smaller groups collaborating on projects, rather than just assigned classwork and homework.” Another new model of learning sparked by XQ: The Super School Project ( is underway at New Harmony High School, housed on a floating barge at the mouth of the Mississippi River southeast of New Orleans. They’ve received a $10 million grant to work on environmental issues when it opens in 2018. “High schools today are not preparing students for the demands of today’s world,” says XQ Senior School Strategist Monica Martinez; she notes that about a third of college students must take remedial courses and are not prepared to thrive as employees. 14

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Plutonium Problem Glass or Cement May Encase Nuclear Waste

Congress might consider authorizing the U.S. Department of Energy to encase much of the nuclear waste at the Washington state Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation’s largest waste repository, in a cement-like mixture, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office. It states that when burying the waste, cement would be less expensive and faster than vitrification, an alternative process currently used to turn the waste into glass logs. A $17 billion vitrification plant, one of the federal government’s most expensive construction projects, is intended to separate much of the waste into high- and low-level radioactive material, but construction has stalled over design and safety concerns. After the highly radioactive waste is immobilized in the glass logs, it would theoretically be shipped to an as-yet-nonexistent national repository proposed for Yucca Mountain, in Nevada. The 56 million gallons of waste in question is left over from plutonium production for nuclear weapons since World War II, and the site itself has a history of leaks. The Department of Energy likes the cement burial, but state officials believe the best way to safely deal with the waste and protect the environment is by turning it into glass. Source:


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The Egyptian fruit bat is a highly social mammal that roosts in crowded colonies. A machine learning algorithm helped decode their squeaks, revealing that they speak to one another as individuals. The research appears in the journal Scientific Reports. Researchers at Tel Aviv University, in Israel, discovered that the bats exchange information about specific problems in four categories. Ramin Skibba, at Nature, notes that besides humans, only dolphins and a handful of other species are known to address individuals, rather than making broad, general communication sounds. Studies allow that it may eventually be possible to understand nuanced communications in other species.

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Winnebago Assists Computer Literacy Librarian Shannon Morrison drives the Digibus, a new, 40-foot-long Winnebago computer classroom that hit the road in January bound for Fresno County, California, communities with the goal of bringing free computer literacy and job searching skills to the public. It employs 12 computer tablets with keyboards and staff that include bilingual interpreters. The library bus was scheduled to spend one week at each of two different communities each month.

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In 2016, the average residential solar system produced seven kilowatts, at an average installed cost of $3.06 per watt, according to Hobson. A system costing just over $21,000 before taking the income tax credit yields a final net cost of $15,000. “It’s a perfect marriage for residential customers,” says Bill Ellard, an energy economist with the American Solar Energy Society (ASES). “The systems will produce electricity for about five cents per kilowatt-hour year-round compared to the average electric price of 10.34 cents per kilowatt hour tracked in March 2017.” New solar panel designs coming online mean even greater savings. Panels with built-in micro-inverters are cutting home installation costs for large central units (although their longterm, all-weather durability isn’t clear yet). A breakthrough at Japan’s Kobe University means single solar cells could achieve 50 percent efficiency, up from the 30 percent formerly accepted as the upper limit. Ugly panel frames may also be a thing of the past. More aesthetically pleasing frameless panels are expected this year from big players like SolarWorld, Canadian Solar and Trina Solar, with adapted mounting hardware. Producers like Prism Solar and DSM Advanced Surfaces are also working on frameless clear panels, with cells bound between panes of glass. These attractive clear panels are highly resistant to fire and corrosion. Tesla, which recently acquired SolarCity, is marketing tempered glass photovoltaic shingles that integrate with tile roofing materials to make the installation nearly undetectable. Tesla claims they’re three times as strong as standard roof shingles and guarantees them for the life of the house.

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example, a daily dose of five hours of direct sunlight and four-kilowatt system will likely meet demand. For households with higher usage, especially in the South and West, bigger installations are the norm. “Solar system sizes have been growing fairly steadily as the price has come down,” Hobson notes. Thanks to Google Earth, solar installers usually know if a property has the right conditions; avoiding the fee for an onsite inspection. Houses with a southern orientation within 40 degrees of direct southern exposure are golden. Those with flat roofs work well because the panels can be tilted for maximum effect. Adjustable panels can also be adapted to the best angle per season. Panels can’t be in shade for a significant part of the day. Rooftop installers can work around vent pipes, skylights and chimneys. If major obstructions are a problem, ASES suggests a ground-mounted array or solar pergola, a freestanding wooden frame to mount panels. Solar systems heat swimming pools, too, offering huge operational savings over conventional heaters. They start at around $3,500 and average $5,500, compared to an average $2,664 for a fossil-fuel heater, reports Determine if a state has net metering laws, which make it easy to sell excess power from a whole-home system back to the grid. Check for local tax subsidies on top of the federal 30 percent. The beauty of solar is that once the system is in place, operating costs are negligible. The lifespan of today’s panels is two decades and the payback is just two to three years.

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Retirees are volunteering at hundreds of nationally protected lands. They staff visitor centers, do maintenance, clean up debris and remind visitors to keep food items secure from wildlife. Last year, volunteers outnumbered National Park Service staff about 20 to one, expanding the financially strapped agency’s ability to serve hundreds of millions of visitors. Nearly a third of them are 54 and up, contributing to the 7.9 million service hours worked in 2015 by all 400,000 volunteers. Volunteer opportunities also exist at National Wildlife Refuge sites, fish hatcheries and endangered species field offices of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Sallie Gentry, volunteer coordinator for the Southeast Region, based in Atlanta, notes that Georgia’s Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge has a dozen designated spots for motor homes in its Volunteer Village. She says most volunteers are local retired residents whose working hours vary while RV volunteers commit to 20 hours a week for at least three months. In return, they get free hookups for electricity, sewage, propane and water. “They have skills they want to contribute, but are also looking for a social outlet,” notes Gentry. Cookouts and potlucks are common. She also cites the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge, an important migratory stop especially for songbirds, as a place with great appeal. “We supply uniforms, training, tools and orientations,” says Gentry. “It’s a mutually beneficial investment.” She suggests that individuals apply for specific sites at least a year in advance. Megan Wandag, volunteer coordinator for the USFWS Midwest Region, based in Minneapolis, cites the popular Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, in Bloomington, and the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, near Des Moines, as “oases near urban areas.” USFWS Southwest Region volunteer coordinator Juli Niemann highlights the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, in central New Mexico, that has 18 recreation vehicle spots and an average occupancy duration of five months. “It’s a prime wintering place for sandhill cranes.” updates site details and contact information at federal facilities nationwide.

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study from Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, in SĂŁo Paulo, Brazil, suggests a link between regular yoga practice and an increase in brain cortical thickness, associated with memory and attention. The researchers used brain imaging scans (CT) to measure the cortical thickness of 42 Brazilian women older than 59. Twenty-one of the subjects had practiced hatha yoga regularly for at least eight years. These women were compared to 21 other women matched for age and education that engaged in other physical activity comparable to hatha yoga. The researchers found that the cortical thickness in the yoga practitioners was significantly greater in the left prefrontal lobe of the brain. This portion of brain gray matter is linked to awareness, attention, executive function and memory, suggesting that hatha yoga practice may be associated with cognitive preservation. The scientists added, “The present results parallel those previously reported in which younger yoga and meditation practitioners had greater gray matter volumes than non-practitioners compared to non-practitioners in the following brain regions: larger gray matter volume in the right anterior insula and right inferior temporal gyrus.â€?


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esearchers from Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island, have found that regular yoga practice can help reduce anxiety and depression in young women with eating disorders. The scientists followed 20 girls between the ages of 14 and 18 that were enrolled in an outpatient eating disorder clinic that comprised the larger control group. Those selected agreed to participate in a weekly yoga class and complete questionnaires after six and 12 weeks, assessing their anxiety, depression and mood. Of those that started the study, five attended all 12 yoga classes and six completed between seven and 11 classes. Researchers found decreases in anxiety, depression and negative thoughts among those that participated in the yoga classes, with no negative side effects. Another study from the University of Delaware, in Newark, supports these results. Half of the 38 residential eating disorder treatment program participants did one hour of yoga prior to dinner for five days and the other half did not. The yoga group showed significant reductions in pre-meal anxiety compared to the control group.

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ith the U.S. opioid epidemic reaching a boiling point, insight into the effectiveness of alternative methods of pain relief has become increasingly relevant. Scientists from the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System have found yoga to be an effective technique to reduce back pain. The researchers divided 150 California veterans with chronic low back pain into two equal groups. One attended two yoga classes per week— comprising postures, movement and breathing techniques—for 12 weeks in addition to their more conventional treatment. The other continued such treatment without yoga. Scientists measured pain levels before and after the core study period and again six months later. After only 12 weeks, those that participated in the yoga practice experienced a 2.05 point reduction in Roland−Morris Disability Questionnaire scores, compared to a 1.29 reduction for those that received only usual care. After six months, this difference increased, with the yoga group’s scores decreasing 3.37 points compared to only an 0.89 reduction in the usual care group. In addition, pain intensity scores were reduced by 0.61 in the yoga group and 0.04 in the group receiving usual care after 12 weeks. Opioid medication use declined among all participants, from 20 percent to 8 percent after six months.

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enowned yogi and international teacher Rodney Yee, of New York City, has maintained an inspired yoga practice for 37 years while juggling career obligations, fame and family life. While the benefits of yoga are increasingly well known—from stress reduction and pain management to a more limber body and inner peace—Lee is also aware of the challenges to maintaining a consistent practice. Here he shares insights on the pitfalls encountered by both beginning and advanced students.   “My advice is to first get rid of self-berating behavior, including judgmental inner dialogue. In many aspects of life, we are constantly measuring ourselves against a standard, which is a waste of time and energy,” says Yee. With a professional background in classical dance and gymnastics, Yee decided to give yoga a try at a nearby studio when he craved more physical flexibility. “As many people do, I came to yoga for a reason. I was a dancer with tight joints. After the first class, I couldn’t believe how I felt. It was not at all like an athletic high; I had a sense of well-being and knew what it means to feel peaceful and clear.” For people with jam-packed lives, finding time for exercise can be daunting. Yee suggests a relaxed approach to scheduling yoga into a busy day. “As the rishis [Hindu sages] say, we shouldn’t ‘try’ to meditate, not try to force a natural state. To say, ‘I have to do yoga,’ just puts another thing on our to-do list. Sometimes discipline is needed, but another part of discipline is not about force.” 22

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Different approaches to yoga abound, and part of staying motivated may include exploration of a variety of traditions as individual needs change due to lifestyle, health, interests or simple curiosity. Yee reminds us to go with the flow and follow how we feel in the moment. “Different schools of yoga exist because each offers something different. There is a form for all of our moods and a practice for how you feel at any given time.” Reflecting on how his own practice has evolved through the years, Yee recollects, “In my 20s and 30s, my yoga practice was arduous, including three to four hours of strong, physical work and a half hour of pranayama [breath work]. Then for 20 years, it involved a lot of teaching. Over the past 17 years, my practice has become more subtle, with a focus on sequencing and meditation; it’s about how to do this all day long in the context of my body and my life; about being both centered and in the world. In some way, we’re always doing yoga, as we already take 20,000 breaths a day. From a philosophical and ethical point of view, yogis have no choice but to practice.” Because many American women have found their way to a yogic path, men often assume it’s primarily a women’s niche. But yoga has been a male practice for nearly 2,500 years in other countries. Yee encourages men to not feel intimidated. “Why not try something that can help you improve your business, family life and even your golf game?” he queries. While Yee believes in a no-pressure approach, he also suggests inviting ways to foster consistency. “If you are just beginning, set aside a half-hour before going to bed or get up a half-hour earlier. Also note that pain is less to be avoided than learned from.” Wisdom can come from dedication to a yoga practice. Yee’s philosophy is, “You can blink and half your life is gone. You can’t always be busy, busy, busy; you have to decide how to fill your life. As spiritual teacher Ram Dass counsels, ‘Be here now.’ Train yourself to bring body, mind and heart together and fully drink from that.” Learn more at Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

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Keeping Love Alive By Sue Waldman, MA, LPC, BCC


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etting control over the backto-school process is essential for keeping everybody’s stress levels low and enjoying the excitement of the new school year. Whether your kids are going into grade school, high school or off to college, planning can typically smooth the transition from summer to fall. Before the school year begins, sit down as a family and set goals for the school year. Some of the areas to focus on are family social activities, meal planning and meal expectations, grocery shopping and laundry. Try to clearly understand what everyone’s expectations are. Begin the process with a family brainstorming session, personal calendars in tow. Talk about what familywide social events and commitments are coming up in the first half of the year and have everyone write in their calendar, or in their phone, what events they are expected to attend. Next, discuss meals. Decide how many meals per week are going to be spent eating together as a family and discuss meal planning and grocery shopping for a typical week. It is often helpful to have a general theme per night, like “Taco Tuesdays” or “Crockpot Wednesdays,” and

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t first glance, Mas Sajady is an unassuming and seemingly “normal” avid outdoor enthusiast, a computer programmer and father of six children. However, his story is quite remarkable. He has also had two extraordinary Near Death Experiences (NDEs) and today, he travels the world sharing his unique knowledge, insights and Medihealing® abilities with others. According to Mas, he has always been intuitively gifted. Like many others, he tried to hide or ignore his highly intuitive nature so he could “fit in.” It is for this reason Mas strongly advises parents to support children who have similar affinities. It literally took Mas two near death experiences to awaken and embrace his abilities. Mas’ first NDE occurred in his early twenties when he was crushed in an industrial accident while at work in a warehouse. Suddenly he realized he

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Aging with Passion and Purpose Finding Fulfillment, Creativity and Meaning by Deborah Shouse


ant to age well? The answer isn’t in your 401k. Self-acceptance, a positive attitude, creative expression, purposeful living and spiritual connections all anchor successful and meaningful aging. In fact, these kinds of preparations are just as important as saving money for retirement, according to Ron Pevny, director of the Center for Conscious Eldering, in Durango, Colorado, and author of Conscious Living, Conscious Aging.

Savor Self-Acceptance

While most people believe adulthood is the final stage of life, Dr. Bill Thomas is among the creative aging experts that identify another life chapter: elderhood. “Elders possess novel ways of approaching time, money, faith and relationships,” says Thomas, an Ithaca, New York geriatrician and fierce advocate for the value of aging. “The best chapters may be near the end of the book,” Thomas continues. “Once you appreciate yourself and your years, you can relinquish outdated expectations and seek to discover your true self. Then the world can open up to you,” says Thomas. “Living a rewarding life means we are willing to say, ‘These chapters now are the most interesting.’” During this time, rather than feeling consumed by what we have to do, we can focus on what we want to do. 28

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Fill the Funnel of Friends

For older people, relationships offer foundational connections; but as we age, friends may drift away, relocate or die. “Successful aging requires refilling our funnel of friends,” says Thomas, who considers socially engaged elders with friends wealthier than a socially isolated millionaire. “Notice opportunities for interacting and connecting,” advises Shae Hadden, co-founder of The Eldering Institute in Vancouver, Canada. Talk with the checkout person at the grocery store or smile at a stranger walking her dog.

Cultivate a Positive Attitude

Our beliefs about aging shape our experiences. A Yale University study found that older individuals with more positive self-perceptions of aging lived 7.5 years longer than those less so inclined. Connecting with positive role models helps us release limiting beliefs and embrace an attitude of gratitude instead. Other life lessons can be gleaned from observing how negativity affects people physically, emotionally, and socially. Holding onto regrets traps us in the past zapping energy and self-worth; it also keeps the best in us from shining out says Pevny. He suggests a simple letting-go ceremony, with friends as witnesses. If possible, hold it in a natural outdoor setting.


At one of his conscious aging retreats, Pevny created a fire circle. Mike, 70, had been a dedicated long-distance runner for most of his life. Now plagued with mobility issues, Mike decided to let go of regrets. He brought a pair of running shorts into the circle and talked about what the sport had meant to him— its joys, challenges and camaraderie. Then he tossed the shorts into the fire, telling his friends, “I am letting go so I can find a new purpose and passion.”

Understand Our Life Stories

Creating our own life review helps us acknowledge and understand our most significant experiences and reminds us of all we’re bringing to our elder journey. Pevny offers these approaches: n Develop a timeline, dividing life into seven-year sections. For each, write about the strongest memories and most influential people. n Consider what matters most, from people and values to challenges and dreams. n Write to children and grandchildren, sharing tales of our life’s most significant events and lessons. n Record key stories on audio or video.

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The changes that aging brings can mire elders in depression and isolation. “Older people need to be brave and resilient,” says Susan Perlstein, of Brooklyn, New York, founder emeritus of the National Center for Creative Aging, in Washington, D.C., and founder of Elders Share the Arts, in New York City. “To age creatively, we need a flow of varied experiences, exploring new activities or reframing longtime interests from a fresh perspective.” Expressive arts can engage people’s minds, bodies and spirits. A George Washington University study shows that people engaged in the arts are happier and healthier. Perlstein understands this firsthand, having begun taking guitar lessons in her 70s. Motivated to play simple songs for her new granddaughter, she subsequently learned to play jazz and blues tunes and joined a band. “I’m doing something I love,” says Perlstein. “I’m meeting diverse people, learning new things and enjoying a rich life.” Musician John Blegen, of Kansas

settings, including local community centers and places of worship. Many universities have extension classes for lifelong learners. State arts councils support programs, and museums and libraries host helpful activities. Shepherd Centers encourage community learning and Road Scholar caters to elders that prefer to travel and study.

Discover a Purpose Older people are our greatest resource. We need to nurture them and give them a chance to share what they know. ~Susan Perlstein, founder, National Center for Creative Aging and Elders Share the Arts City, Missouri, was 73 when he realized his lifelong secret desire to tap dance. When Blegen met the then 87-year-old Billie Mahoney, Kansas City’s “Queen of Tap,” he blurted out his wish and fear of being “too old.” She just laughed and urged him to sign up for her adult beginner class. He asked for tap shoes for Christmas and happily shuffle-stepped his way through three class sessions. “Tap class inspired me, encouraged me and gave me hope,” he says. “Now I can shim sham and soft shoe. It’s a dream come true.” To unearth the inner artist, ask: n Which senses do I most like to engage? n Do I enjoy looking at art or listening to music? Do I like sharing feelings and experiences? If so, a thrill may come from writing stories or plays, acting or storytelling. n As a child, what did I yearn to do; maybe play the piano, paint or engineer a train set? Now is the time to turn those dreams into reality. n How can I reframe my life in a positive way when I can no longer do activities I love? If dancing was my focus before, how do I rechannel that energy and passion? If puttering in the garden is too strenuous, what other outdoor interests can I pursue?

Upon retirement some people feel purposeless and lost. They yearn for something that offers up excitement, energy and joy. Hadden invites people to be curious and explore options. “We’re designing our future around who we are and what we care about now,” she says. Try keeping a journal for several weeks. Jot down issues and ideas that intrigue, aggravate and haunt. After several weeks, reflect on the links between concerns that compel and those that irritate. Perhaps we’re intrigued by a certain group of people or a compelling issue. “A concern points to problems and people you want to help,” Hadden observes. This can range from lending a hand to struggling family members, maintaining our own health, volunteering for a literacy project or working to reduce world hunger. “Choose what inspires you to get out of bed each day, eager to move into action.”

Develop Inner Frontiers

People in their elder years may still be measured by midlife standards, which include physical power, productivity and achievement. “They come up short in the eyes of younger people,” dharma practitioner Kathleen Dowling Singh remarks. “But those standards do not define a human life.” Rather, aging allows us to disengage from the pressures of appearances and accomplishments. As we release judgments and unwanted habits, we can increase our feelings of spirituality and peace. “When doors in the outer world seem to be closing, it’s time to cultivate inner resources that offer us joy and meaning. We have the beautiful privilege of slowing down and hearing what our heart is saying,” says Singh, of Sarasota, Florida.

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Meditation is one way to deepen spiritually as we age. “Sit in solitude, gather your scattered thoughts and set an intention,” Singh suggests. “A daily practice shows what peace, silence and contentment feel like. As you become more comfortable, add time until you’re sitting for 20 to 40 minutes.”

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“We cannot speak about aging and awakening without speaking about death and dying,” Singh believes. “We need to confront our mortality.” Meditating on the coming transition opens us up to the blessings of life. We can ask ourselves deep questions such as, “What am I doing? What do I want? What does this all mean? What is spirit?” Singh believes such searching questions are vital. None of us knows how much Earth time we have to awaken to a deeper, fuller experience of the sacred.

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Earth, community and world,” Pevny says. Creative aging is about improving the future for subsequent generations. In 2008, longtime educator Nora Ellen Richard, 70, of Overland Park, Kansas, wanted to be of greater service. She asked herself, “What if I housed a foreign student?” and found the International Student Homestay Program. She embarked upon an exploration of cultures from around the world without leaving home. Today, Richard has hosted more than a dozen female students and each relationship has expanded and enriched her life. “We talk about politics, food, religion and cultures; we even pray together,” Richard says. She points to memorable moments of bonding and respect, appreciation and celebration, and says, “As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned how vital it is to nurture the world I am in.” Deborah Shouse is a writer, speaker, editor and dementia advocate. Her newest book is Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together. Connect at

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person cannot get enough nutrition from today’s foods alone. Antioxidants also play an important part, as they combat the free radicals in our system. Dr. Rodger (ND) is inspired by Dr. Edward Bach’s flower remedies and regularly utilizes them in his practice. Dr. Bach believed that many people suffering from illness have underlying emotional issues like stress and depression that are keeping them sick. He identified 38 flower remedies that have the ability to help patients cope with life situations naturally while remaining holistic, safe and, most importantly, effective. Dr. Rodger (ND) has treated eating disorders, diabetes, ADHD and more. Essentially, he wants his clients to learn to how to create a healthy lifestyle for both themselves and their family. He emphasizes, “They need to have an open mind and realize that there are many ways to treat themselves. Success can be obtained if people are prepared to change their lifestyle; they’ll see a definite change in a relatively short period of time. Nutrition works fast!” During a 90-minute consultation, he starts by taking your pH balance both oral and urine. He conducts Nutritional Reaction Tests (NRT) so he is able to identify the nutritional requirements the body needs. He then creates a program, including supplementation, highlighting the importance of good water, organic food, exercise and a good sleeping pattern in order to obtain optimal health. Ambitious, driven and motivated, this Naturopathic Doctor will stop at nothing to spread the word about proper nutrition. Whether visiting him at his office or taking the plunge to complete a nutritional consultant course, he states, “The food you eat can either be the fastest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison. The more people know, the more people will be educated and live healthy!”


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FLOATING AWAY STRESS Isolation Tanks Induce Deep Rest and Healing by Gina McGalliard


ensory isolation in a floatation tank is known for inducing deep relaxation with subsequent improved health. A 2014 study published in the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry investigating the effects of a series of flotation tank treatments for 65 participants, showed it to be an effective measure in decreasing stress, depression, anxiety and pain, while enhancing a sense of optimism and quality of sleep. The Book of Floating: Exploring the Private Sea, by Michael Hutchison,

reports on 20th-century research suggesting the therapy can help allay ailments like chronic pain, migraines and sore muscles. There’s also evidence for enhanced meditation, creativity and spiritual experiences. Float therapy was invented by Dr. John C. Lilly, a neurophysiology specialist. The individual enters an enclosed tank containing 11 inches of water heated to 93.5 degrees—a normal temperature for human skin— and some 1,000 pounds of dissolved Epsom salt. The effect is like buoyantly

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Ultimate Meditation Venue Scientific research has shown that floating can release the feel-good neurotransmitters endorphins and dopamine, and lower the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol. Studies performed by the Laureate Institute of Brain Research, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which maintains a float clinic, have found the therapy is an effective treatment for patients with anxiety disorders. “It frees your mind of distraction and puts it in a zone,” explains Gray. “It removes the need for fight or flight, so those hormones are reduced. That part of the brain mellows out.”

Marvelous Magnesium Lying for an hour in water infused with Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate, the body receives a huge infusion of magnesium, a mineral essential to optimal health. While calcium and vitamin D deficiencies get more attention, it’s even more likely most of us are low on this element due to magnesiumdepleting drugs and inadequate farm soils. Many ailments shown by research to be helped by floating have also been linked to magnesium deficiency.The mineral is also essential for heart health, strong bones and central nervous system function, as reported in The Magnesium Miracle, by Dr. Carolyn Dean, a physician and naturopath in Kihei, Hawaii.

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Chronic pain sufferers often find relief through floating because the lessened gravity allows the body to fully relax. The accompanying serenity releases the brain’s natural endorphins, which act as natural painkillers, into the bloodstream, reports Hutchison. The sheer tranquility of floating can alleviate some mental health issues. “We’ve treated several people with post-traumatic stress disorder. One man has returned six times and says he’s advanced more in the last three months while floating than he did in the prior five to 10 years,” says Andy Larson, owner of Float Milwaukee. Athletes also appreciate floating because it shortens injury recovery periods through enhancing blood flow, helping to heal sore muscles. The way it facilitates a calm state ideal for implanting ideas into the subconscious mind enables them to better visualize improved performance.

Discoveries Within Floaters can fall into what sleep specialists call the hypnagogic state, meaning they are apt to have lucid dreams while awake. Also known as Stage 1 sleep, it is the drowsiest condition we experience while still consciously aware. This is the scientific explanation for reports of visions or “Eureka!” problem-solving moments in the tank, says Hutchison. This phenomenon can be especially beneficial for creative artists. “We have a girl that always emerges from the tank with an idea for a new painting,” says Gray. He also regularly hosts a composer that has worked with famous singers, who has experienced innovative musical breakthroughs while floating. Floating is among the rare healing modalities that can benefit body, mind and spirit in just one hour, with repeat benefits. Gina McGalliard is a freelance writer in San Diego, CA. Connect at


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Moving From Intention To Action

Small Steps Can Change Your Life by Beth Youmans, PhD, E-RYT500


he physical and mental health benefits of yoga, meditation, T’ai Chi and Qigong are well known. With regular practice, we can be more focused, flexible and calmer, as well as more balanced, both physically and mentally. We can worry less and generally feel happier. Unfortunately, our lives are inundated with responsibilities and sometimes adding just one more thing, like a regular yoga or meditation practice, feels too overwhelming. Instead, we’d rather watch Netflix or drink an extra glass of wine. Take a moment to close your eyes and imagine what your life would be like if you were 10 percent more relaxed. Would you be more patient with yourself and others? Would you have fewer aches and pains? Do you think you’d make wiser decisions? It doesn’t take a lot to make a lot of difference. With no external deadlines and no immediate ramifications, most of us are prone to procrastination and the temporary indulgence of immediate gratification. Moving towards adopting new and healthier habits is fraught with obstacles. One of the biggest problems is that little voice that convinces you to “start next week” or that you’ll never have the discipline to do it. We all have those saboteurs—and they are just the ones in our heads! If you are ready to feel better, get healthier and take control of your life, here are some simple steps to help you move forward. »»

Do your research. Find which practice appeals to you, where you can practice it and how much it costs. Look

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lenty of people are pretty, but haven’t yet learned how to be beautiful. They have the right look for the times, but they don’t glow. Beautiful women glow. That’s because beautiful is not about how we look on the outside; it is about what we’re made of and being “full of beauty” on the inside. Beautiful people spend time discovering what their idea of beauty is on this Earth. They know themselves well enough to know what they love, and they love themselves enough to fill up with a little of their particular kind of beauty each day. When we are with a beautiful woman, we might not notice her hair, skin, body or clothes, because we’ll be distracted by the way she makes us feel. She is so full of beauty that some of it overflows onto us. We feel warm and safe and curious around her. Her eyes typically twinkle a little and she’ll look at us closely—because a beautiful, wise woman knows that the quickest way to fill up with beauty is to soak in another’s beauty. The most beautiful women take their time with other people; they are filling up. Women concerned with being pretty think about what they look like, but women concerned with being beautiful think about what they are looking at, taking in the loveliness around them. They are absorbing the whole beautiful world and making all that beauty theirs to give to others. Source: Adapted excerpt from Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton (Flatiron Books). She’s the founder and president of the nonprofit Together Rising. Read more at

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n 2008, the Sebastopol, California, filmmaking team of Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo created Science and Nonduality (SAND), which later became a nonprofit organization aimed at fostering a new relationship with spirituality that is free from religious dogma, based on timeless wisdom traditions, informed by cuttingedge science and grounded in direct experience. The next year, they organized the first SAND conference, exploring nonduality and the nature of consciousness. Since then, the duo has been producing short films that contribute to the expansion of human awareness, and hosting annual conferences in the U.S. and Europe involving leading scientists, academics and other pioneering thinkers. Thousands of participants from around the world interact in forums and respectful dialogues with luminaries such as Menas Kafatos, Ph.D., a professor of computational physics at Chapman University, in Orange, California; Peter Russell, a theoretical physicist and author of From Science to God: A Physicist’s Journey into the Mystery of Consciousness; Robert Thurman, Ph.D., professor of Tibetan Buddhist studies at Columbia University, in New York City; evolutionary biologist Elisabet Sahtouris, author of EarthDance: Living Systems in Evolution; and Robert Lanza, physician, scientist and co-author of Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe.

ZB: Nonduality is the philosophical, spiritual and scientific understanding of fundamental oneness in which there is no separation. Through quantum mechanics, Western science has reached an understanding of what Eastern mystics have long understood. Duality, generally determined in terms of opposites such as self and other, conscious and unconscious, illusion and reality, as well as separation between the observer and the observed, is an illusion. Nonduality is the understanding that our identifying with common dualisms avoids recognition of a deeper reality. Until recently, human sciences have ignored the problem of consciousness by calling it the “hard problem”. This has led to our present fragmented worldview rife with chaos, conflict and crises. It may be time for scientists to accept the discoveries of the mystics and consider consciousness intrinsic to every observed scientific phenomenon. Understanding that consciousness is the key to the universe, reality and ourselves may be the missing link in bridging science and spiritualty.

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What difference can exploring the nature of consciousness make?

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questions, such as what it means to be conscious and to seek meaning and purpose; the possible place of intuition as the edge where knowledge meets the unknown and unknowable; and how crucial individual awakening is to social transformation.

What is meant by nonduality?

ZB: Understanding the new science that points to consciousness as all-

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pervasive and the fundamental building block of reality—that we are all made of the same essence, like drops in the ocean—can change how we approach and harmonize day-today living. We can be far more open, peaceful and accepting of others. Absurd violence, as well as economic, social and political crises, could all be things of the past, based on a new quantum understanding of our interconnectedness and oneness.

How has the nonduality movement evolved?

MB: SAND has evolved into something we never imagined when we began discussing the ideas that the true spirit of science and spiritually is best supported by an open mind and a nondogmatic inquiry; while science seeks to understand our external reality and spiritual thinkers seek to understand our inner, personal experience of consciousness, these seemingly different disciplines rarely come together in open dialogue. It became more evident that we weren’t looking for scientific answers or proof of what spiritual wisdom traditions teach, but rather to expand the questions asked of both science and spirituality. Open-ended questions arise such as: What if space and time are just useful maps and quantum mechanics is pointing us to a deeper reality more mysterious than we can ever imagine? What if science and spirituality, while responding to our collective aspiration to grow and progress, would no longer need to carry the burden of having all the answers? What if we considered our search open-ended, rather then having to arrive at a grand theory of life or final state of enlightenment? What if, while we probe deeper into reality and who we are, we realize that knowledge gathered will always be just a stepping-stone? For information about the 2017 conference in San Jose from Oct. 18 to 22, visit Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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he “daily grind,” the day-to-day wearing down of our life force, can take a toll on all of us. Luckily, we possess a built-in and easily accessed way to overcome it: humor and laughter. The loss of humor in modern society as a whole is due in part to losing our connection to our “core,” the natural elements of who we are. Our ancestors did not have distractions like cell phones, but they had each other, and laughter was a part of daily life. Most of the oldest people alive today agree that a sense of humor is critical to a long life. Many of us are suffering from “humoropathy,” an apathy and indifference towards our sense of humor, which is especially common in adults. Research shows that children laugh 400 times a day, while adults laugh less than five. We replace laughter with worry, thus losing our connection with our human humor core. Our children are wonderful guides in this area. They live in the wonder of the moment, are curious and don’t take life too seriously. They explore freely and aren’t locked into negative past events. They just laugh! Psychoneuroimmuninology studies (PNI) have shown that laughter produces a cascade of neuropeptides, the precursors to neurotransmitters, in the brain. These lifeenhancing chemicals balance the stress we suffer every day. Research indicates that it doesn’t matter what triggers the laughter to get the health benefits, simply laughing is enough to stimulate your brain. Cultural anthropologists have examined remarkable cave paintings of handprints to glimpse into the ancient mind. One can imagine the great source of merriment and laughter as paints were freely shared with others-even the most serious had to smile at their accomplishments. There is a clear spiritual sense of this connection with the core of the person: I am here connected with the others, we are living through the daily grind. We are connected to the core of ourselves through laughter. It seems that laughter and our sense of humor are truly an ancient adaptation to get us through the day. It balances our difficulties with fun and releases a flood of neurotransmitters that protects us from the stress and strain of our hectic lives. The children know it, the elders have lived it and science points to it: laughter is crucial to our human connection and experience. Ray is a psychotherapist, consultant and professor of psychology. He has published 11 articles and taught courses in positive psychology.

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Reiki Share Celebration – 2-5pm. Speaker: Beth Wishbow, Reiki Master Teacher. Enjoy Reiki healing, meditation, high vibration crystal singing bowls, drum, gong and chants. $10. eZential Wellness Center, 1300 Prince Rogers Ave., Bridgewater. 908-526-0002.

your kids won’t be able to resist, led by Integrative Pediatrician and Internist Minal Vazirani, MD and Integrative Nutritionist Jane Harrington-Noonan, RD. $20. Space limited; pre-registration required. Kick-off event occurs at new location for Integrative Health and Wellness Associates, 112 Town Center Drive, Warren. For information, visit Facebook. com/DrVazirani. To register or ask questions, email




Free Intro to Tai Chi Chih – 7:30-8:30pm. Instructor: Dr. Janet Oussaty. Gentle moving meditation of 19 movements and 1 pose. Yoga Central, 953 Rt. 202 N, Branchburg. 908-707-0759.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Manifesting your Hearts Desire with the Magic of Feng Shui – 7:30-9pm. Learn the secrets of Feng Shui to create an abundant life by changing our space and connecting with our individual soul with psychotherapist Sue Waldman and Lois Kramer-Perez. Part of the “Living, Loving & Learning” series. $55 before 9/1; $62 thereafter. Pre-registration required. All fees non-refundable. 973-857-4357.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 Celiac, Leaky Gut, Food Sensitivity Testing – 9:30-11:30am. Testing by Vibrant America Labs. 99% sensitive and specific. Appt required. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. 908-658-4900.

Meditation/Healing Circle with Rafael Benedicto – 3-5pm. Powerful meditation circle that incorporates sacred chants, singing bowls, group meditation and prayers. Suggested donation: $20. eZential Wellness, 1300 Prince Rodgers Ave., Bridgewater. 908-5260002.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 Connecting with Your Angels – 2 Mon, 4 Thurs. 7pm. Instructor: Reiki Master, Diana Davis. Connect with your angels, open your intuition and natural spiritual abilities. $15. Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St., Ste 202, Flemington. 908-642-0989. Karen@ nd


Free Welcome Week at Qi Gong for Healing – Sept. 11-15. Meet teachers, observe class, try Tai Chi or Qi Gong and more. Qi Gong for Healing, 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-647-1563. More information at

to the gardens: Hunterdon County Arboretum, 1020 NJ-31, Lebanon. 908-868-4311.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 “Prevention is Easier Than a Cure” – 7pm. Presenter: Dr. Derek Rodger, Doctor of Naturopathy. Discuss disease prevention, top 4 causes of death, and why disease states are on the rise. Free. RSVP required: 908-658-4900 or Janet@ Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. Micronutrient, Hormone, Thyroid, Omega, MTHFR Testing – 3-6:15pm. Testing by Spectracell Labs. Most insurance accepted. Appt required. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. 908-658-4900. Free Yoga and Meditation Class – 7-8pm. Instructor: Beth Youmans, PhD. 30 min stretch and breath, 30 min guided and mindful meditation. No experience necessary. Yoga Central, 953 Rt. 202 N, Branchburg. 908-707-0759. Love Attraction Club – 8-9pm. Teleconference twice/monthly. Release heartbreak, enjoy dating, attract love. $45/month. Questions: LCaroselli08@ or 908-605-6266. Enroll:


Packing Healthy Lunches Kids Love – 11am12:30pm. Learn why and hot to pack a healthy lunch

Soul Organizing & Nature Amble – 9-10am. Take a walk with Certified Professional Organizer and Time Shaman Amara Willey and get motivated to organize your stuff. Rain or shine. Meeting at gate

SpaPop Health & Beauty Event – 6:30-9:30pm. Pop in for a restorative and free spa night. Massage, wine tasting, tasty nibbles, spa treatments and spa travel, goody bags, samples and more. Free. Prereservation a must. Beaver Brook Country Club, 25 Country Club Dr., Annandale. 908-342-6979.




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QI HEALER INTENSIVE 6-DAY SEMINAR 2 Weekends in the Fall September 15-17 and September 22-24 Fridays 5:30-9pm. Sat/Sun 9am-5pm. Light buffet Friday evenings, 4:15-5:30pm.

Meet the teachers. Observe a class. Try a class in Tai Chi or Qi Gong. Consult the Qi Healers and therapists. Sample a chair massage (9/12, 1-5pm; 9/14 , 3-7pm). Talk to the acupuncturists (9/11-9/14, 9:30am to 7pm; 9/15, 9:30am-4pm).

Become a Qi Healer. Stop new problems while they are still small. Address established disorders with tried and true methods. No equipment or inventory. Learn how to take care of your health and the health of others with body, mind, and breath. Authentic, historic methods of Dr. Tsu Kuo Shih. Acquire skills that last a Tuition: $850, 30 CEU’s.

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Manifestation of Health, Wealth and Happiness – 7-8:30pm. Two small changes can transform your life. Make a plan for llasting change in your life. $20. Register: The Room at Meadbrook, 4089 Durham Rd., Rt 412, Ottsville, PA. Reiki Share – 2nd Sun, 4th Mon. 7pm. Instructor: Diana Davis, Reiki Master. All welcomed. $15. Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St., Ste 202, Flemington. 908-642-0989. Writing Your Personal Memoir– 7:30-9pm. Learn to overcome “writer’s block” through connecting with the higher intelligence of life. Part of Living, Loving & Learning series. Instructors: Sue Waldman and Steve Sears. Verona location. Pre-registration required. $55/registered a week in advance. $62/ after. Fees are non-refundable. Sue Waldman: 973857-4357 or

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 Qi Healer Intensive 6-Day Seminar – Sept. 15-17, 22-24. Fri: 5:30-9pm. Sat/Sun: 9am-5pm. Learn how to take care of your health and the health of others with body, mind and breath. Methods of Dr. Tsu Kuo Shih. Tuition: $850. 30 CEU’s. Qi Gong for Healing, 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-647-1563. More information at

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 Yoga for Stress Relief: Hips, Back, Shoulders – 1-2:45pm. Instructor: Jen James. Specialized postures to bring relief to the typical tight areas of the body. $30. eZentialWellness, 1300 Prince Rodgers Ave., Bridgewater. 908-526-0002. Register:

Learn about Ananda Hemp – 2pm. Learn about health and wellness benefits of Ananda Hemp, full-spectrum cannabinoid oil. Free. Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St., Ste 202, Flemington. 908642-0989. CPR Training – 9am-1pm. Get certified and save a life. Heartsaver CPR and First Aid. Space is limited. $50. Register: Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Tour of Love: 111 Tibetan Healing Bowls Experience – 1-3:30pm. Dr. DREAM and his Angels create a guided visualization combined with different sounds and vibrations to harmonize the energy body and relax the mind. $25/in advance. $33/at the door. Unity Spiritual Center, 453 Bellwood Ave., Asbury. 908-730-8792.

Practical Breathwork: Self-Healing, SelfMastery, Self-Discovery – 1-4pm. Instructors: Shannon Plummer, creation coach and shamanic practitioner, and Bob Sima, “Eckhart Tolle with a guitar,” for workshop on the how to use breathwork for transformation. $35. RSVP: Center for Spiritual Living Morristown, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 Celiac, Leaky Gut, Food Sensitivity Testing – 4:30-6:30pm. Testing by Vibrant America Labs. 99% sensitive and specific. Appt required. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. 908-658-4900. Essential Oils 101: Back to School – 7pm. Includes essential oil take-away. Free. Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St., Ste 202, Flemington. 908-642-0989.

Do y you experience p chronic p pain, allergies, depression or anxiety? Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET) is a safe, gentle, and effective body-mind stress reduction technique utilizing acupressure points and a gentle Chiropractic adjustment.

Community Drum Circle – 7-9pm. Instructor: Dana McCurdy. Evening of healing vibrations promoting feelings of community, unity and wellbeing. $15. eZentialWellness, 1300 Prince Rodgers Ave., Bridgewater. 908-526-0002. Register: Free Intro to Yoga Teacher Training – 1pm. Find your voice, take your seat, start the journey. Free intro to RYT-200 teacher training. Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St., Ste 202, Flemington. 908-642-0989.

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 Family Constellations Workshop – 7-9pm. Facilitator: Kerry Kay. Issues you struggle with may have roots in hidden dynamics within your family. $10. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Registration required: 609-273-1378.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 Reiki Experience – 6:30-7:45pm. Instructors: Donna and Terry Pollin, Reiki masters. Combines guided meditation, gentle, restorative yoga and Reiki to relax and renew. Please preregister. $20. Yoga Central, 953 Rt. 202 N, Branchburg. 908707-0759. Dream Interpretation – 1-3pm. Awaken your dreams by understanding personal messages given to you in sleep state. $40. Clinton Township.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 JourneyDance Session – 7-8:30pm. JourneyDance is a moving and dance meditation that allows participants to clear emotional energy through their own natural movement. It combines freestyle and structured movement to encourage a deep connection to self and to the tribe of dancers. It is facilitated, not taught. The facilitator works to maintain a positive, judgement-free zone where all participants feel comfortable. $30 for session or only $20 w/donation of items for food pantry. We strive to increase the vibration of abundance and nourishment for the world. American Legion, 20 Yates Ave, 2nd fl, Newton. For info call/text 917405-0596 or Past Life Group Regression – 7:30-9pm. With Master Hypnotist Frank Difilia. Learn about past life regression and begin the journey of changing your life into what you always dreamed it could be. Part of Living, Loving & Learning series. Instructors: Sue Waldman and Lois Kramer-Perez. Verona location. Pre-registration required. $55/registered a week in advance. $62/after. Fees are non-refundable. Sue Waldman: 973-857-4357 or

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 Suppers Program at Sand Hills Community Wellness Center – 6:30-8:30pm. Theme: Discussion on healthy foods for kids. Learn to cook, taste, and feel your way to vibrant health. Shared cost of meal plus small donation. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Maryann: 732-419-3551.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 One Spirit Festival – 10am-5pm, Sept. 23-24. Join us for this unique festival that draws inspiration from “one heart, one mind, one spirit.” Lectures, vendors, practitioners, readers and more. $5 admission. Clinton Community Center, 63 Halstead St., Clinton. Reiki II Training & Certification – 2-day class: Sept 23, 24. 1:30–7pm. Instructor: Beth Wishbow, Reiki Master Teacher. Expand your Reiki abilities in comprehensive and in-depth training & certification. $250. eZential Wellness Center, 1300 Prince Rogers Ave., Bridgewater. Register: Reiki. Meetup. com/New-Jersey-Reiki-Circle.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 JourneyDance Session – 1-2:30pm. JourneyDance is a moving and dance meditation that allows participants to clear emotional energy through their own natural movement. It combines freestyle and structured movement to encourage a deep connection to self and to the tribe of dancers. It is facilitated, not taught. The facilitator works to maintain a positive, judgement-free zone where all participants feel comfortable. $30 for session or only $20 w/donation of items for food pantry. We strive to increase the vibration of abundance and nourishment for the world. Mind Your Body Studio, 4 Park Ave., 2nd fl, Madison. For info call/text 917-405-0596 or Restorative Yoga to Live Cello – 4:30pm. Restorative yoga with Karen as you listen to love songs from Broadway musicals played on the cello with Richard Hotchkiss. $35/advance. $40/

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 The Perils of Being Your Own Boss – 9:30am3:30pm. Join professional organizer Amara Willey & business coach Lorette Pruden for an inspiring and practical workshop on strategies to stay focused and be productive. $249. Register: Events. Office Evolution, 50 Division St., Ste 501, Somerville. Micronutrient, Hormone, Thyroid, MTHFR Testing – 9:30am-12:30pm. Testing by Spectracell Labs. Most insurance accepted. Appt required. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. 908-658-4900. ValleyPharmacyRX. com. Stop Smoking with Hypnosis – 6:30-7:30pm. Through hypnosis, smoking cessation is easily achieved in a one-hour session. $55. Middlesex County College, 2600 Woodbridge Ave., Edison. 908-303-7767. Lose Weight with Hypnosis – 7:30-8:30pm. Through hypnosis, weight loss is easily and painlessly attained. Shed unwanted pounds and keep them off. $55. Middlesex County College, 2600 Woodbridge Ave., Edison. 908-303-7767. Barry@ Better Sleep with Hypnosis – 8:30-9:15pm. Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep? Leave life’s cares and worries behind at the end of each day. $55. Middlesex County College, 2600 Woodbridge Ave., Edison. 908-303-7767. Barry@HypnosisNJ. com.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Thermography Medical Imaging – Testing by Lisa Mack. Appt required. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. Lisa: 609618-6545. Shamanic Journey Study Group – 7pm. Come journey with us to the lower world to meet our spirit guides using the vehicle of the drumbeat. $15. To

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register: @AmaraHeals on Facebook. Wellness Rocks!, 28 Center St., Clinton. WellnessRocksNJ. com. Meditation in the Garden with Sue Waldman – 7:30-9pm. Powerful, relaxing, guided meditation outside in a beautiful garden setting. Reduce stress, relieve anxiety, obsessive thinking and improve your mood. No experience necessary. Verona location. Pre-registration required. $55/registered a week in advance. $62/after. All fees non-refundable. Sue Waldman: 973-857-4357 or

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– 10am-12pm. Presenter: Phyllis Pohle, CHTP. Come learn about the human energy system and how Healing Touch; a gentle, light-touch energy modality; can help restore balance to your personal energy system and help promote wellness. $10. Samsara Chiropractic Wellness Center, 1 Eastern Ave., Somerville. Seating is limited, so please register in advance to phyllispohle@yahoo. com. 908-227-2205.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28 3rd Annual SpiritFest Expo & Holistic Fair – 10/28: 10am-6pm; 10/29: 10am-5pm. Tune up your body, mind and spirit at this Fall Season festival. Guest Speakers, psychics, energy healers, mind/body therapists, arts, jewelry, food and more. Sponsored by Society for Metaphysical Enlightment. $7 admission. Location: New Hope Eagle Fire House, 46 N. Sugan Rd., New Hope. For information: 267-261-2768.

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Wellness Gala with Keynote Speaker Mas Sajady – 1-6pm. Gala general admission includes unlimited sessions, demonstrations & workshops with experts in health, beauty and wellness. Unique vendors, live music, coffee bar, specialty pastries & assorted chesses. Cash bar available. Sheraton Hotel, 199 Smith Rd., Parsippany. General Gala Admission: $20/adv; $30 at door. Keynote Admission: $50, and includes general admission. Tickets & info:; 973-7136811.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training (2-Day) – Oct. 14-15. Fun & engaging 2-day program for creating stress-relief, joy, health & wellness. $270 before 9/23/17, $295 after. Held at Family Support Organization of Mercer County, 3333 Quakerbridge Road, Suite 400, Hamilton. Contact Karen Siugzda 609-230-2551 or Beverly Burns 732-991-0654.

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ongoingevents sunday Unity Spiritual Center Sunday Service – 10am. Rev. Carmela Vuoso-Murphy. Join us for prayer, meditation, song, uplifting spiritual message and fellowship afterwards. Exceptional youth programs during the service for children, pre-teens and teens. Outdoor labyrinth open dawn to dusk. Unity Spiritual Center, 453 Bellwood Ave., Asbury. For info: 908-730-8792.

monday Toddler/Little Yoginis Workshop – 1:30-2:15pm. Ages 3-6. Kids sing, draw and play yoga in energy releasing class. Learn self-respect and others with fun and challenging poses, partner and group yoga games. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. Registration required: 908-7545901. Mommy and Me Yoga – 10-10:45am. 6 weeks to crawlers. 5-week workshop allows both you and baby to experience benefits of yoga. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. Registration required: 908-754-5901. Tai Chi Chih with Dr. Janet Oussaty – 6-7pm. Gentle moving meditation of 19 movements and 1 pose. $75. $15/drop-in. Questions: 908-635-1822 or Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-647-1563. Wuji Tai Chi, Beginner 1 – 7-8pm. Starts Sept. 11. For the student who is new to Tai Chi or Wuji form. Instructor: Fran Maher. $120/10 classes. $15/ drop-in. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-647-1563. More information at Judo Program for Kids – Mon. 4:30-5:30pm, 5:406:40pm. Sat. 10:30-11:30am. Instructor: Edwin Calvache, Sandan Black Belt. 10 sessions/$125. 20 sessions/$200. Mat fee: $15. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. RSVP: for details.

Prenatal Yoga Workshop – 6:30pm. Class focuses on helping the moms-to-be relax and to prepare their bodies and minds to welcome new life into this world. Registration required. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-754-5901. Beginner Sun Style Tai Chi – 11am-12pm. Instructor: Patty Pagano. Call to reserve your place: 908-392-1313. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren. More information at Swimming Dragon Qi Gong with Patty Pagano – 12-1pm. Easy to learn, gentle movements will leave you feeling refreshed and calm. $50/4-class series. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren. Must preregister: 908-392-1313. More information about Qi Healing: 908-647-1563 or Yoga for Cancer Care – 7pm. (First 3 Mondays each month) Open to anyone affected by cancer: survivors, those in treatment, caregivers and supporters. No experience required. Suggested donation: $5. Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St., Suite 202, Flemington. RSVP: 908-642-0989, or karen@ BeHereNowYoga108. com.

tuesday Wuji Tai Chi Beginner 1 – 10:30-11:30am. Starts Sept. 11. Beginning moves of this beautiful flowing “water” form. Intro to form, alignment and principles of movement. Instructor: Fran Maher. $120/10 classes. $15/drop-in. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-647-1563. Gentle Relaxation Yoga – 7pm. This class will focus on reducing chronic tension, improving normal range of motion in the joints, and strengthening the musculature of the body so that all bodily systems can function optimally. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-754-5901. 

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Wuji Qi Gong All Levels – 5:30-6:30pm. Sept. 11. Explore the 16 peaceful, relaxing Qi Gong movement methods as developed by Master William Ting. No experience. Instructor: Fran Maher. $120/10 classes. $15/drop-in. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-647-1563. More information at Beginner T’ai Chi Chih with Janet Oussaty, PhD – Sept. 27-Oct. 18. 11:15am-12:14pm, 7:30-8:30pm. Gentle moving meditation of 19 movements and 1 pose. $50/4 sessions. Register: 908-635-1822.Yoga Central, 953 Rt. 202 N, Branchburg. 908-707-0759. T’ai Chi Chih: Beyond Beginners – Sept. 27-Nov. 1. 6-7:15pm. Instructor: Dr. Janet Oussaty. Gentle practice of 19 movements and 1 pose that can be performed by most any ability or age, standing or sitting. $88/6 sessions. Register: 908-635-1822. Yoga Central, 953 Rt. 202 N, Branchburg. 908-7070759. Reiki Share and Healing Circle – 5:30-6:45pm. Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Administered by “laying on hands” and based on unseen “life force energy” that flows through us. Suggested donation: $5. Pilates Mat with Props – 10am. Amazing and challenging class will tone your entire body! Incorporates weights, Thera-Bands, Magic Circles and classical Pilates Mat exercises. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-7545901.  Swimming Dragon Qi Gong with Patty Pagano – 7:30-8:30pm. Easy to learn, gentle movements will leave you feeling refreshed and calm. $50/4-class series. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren. Must preregister: 908-392-1313. More information about Qi Healing: 908-647-1563 or A Course in Miracles Study Group – 7-8:30pm. This is an ongoing group whose purpose is to support students of the Course and answer any questions they have whenever the need arises. This group meets offsite. 908-730-8792.

thursday Gentle Beginner Yoga – Sept. 7-28. 10-11am. Instructor: Donna McMullin, RYT. Slow-paced, well-supported and relaxing class is perfect for people brand new to yoga. $39/series. Preregister by Sept. 6. Yoga Central, 953 Rt. 202 N, Branchburg. 908-707-0759. Financial Peace University – Sept. 7-Nov. 2. 7-8:30pm. Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU) shows you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely and more! $93. Register: FPU/Classes/1043806. Unity Spiritual Center, 453 Bellwood Ave, Asbury (physically located in Pattenburg). 908-730-8792. UnitySpiritualCenter. org. Community Acupuncture with Michael Gonzales – 4:30-7pm. Not a class- instead a time to lie down and experience a relaxing, affordable, healing acupuncture session.  Sliding scale, minimum $25. Michael Gonzales: 908-392-3468. Qi Gong for

Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren. More information at Joel S. Goldsmith/Infinite Way Study Group – 10-11:45am. For mystics at heart seeking a conscious union with God. Weekly discussion based on teachings of mystic Joel S. Goldsmith. Followed by optional meditation.  Love offering.  Unity Spiritual Center, 453 Bellwood Ave., Asbury (physically located in Pattenburg). 908-730-8792.

saturday Judo Program for Kids – Mon. 4:30-5:30pm, 5:40-6:40pm. Sat. 10:30-11:30am. Instructor: Edwin Calvache, Sandan Black Belt. 10 sessions/$125. 20 sessions/$200. Mat fee: $15. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. RSVP: for details. Meditation: We’re all Beginners – Sept. 16, 23, 30. 11:30am-12:30pm. Instructor: Beth Youmans, PhD, E-RYT500. Being able to focus our minds takes practice but the rewards are worth it. All levels welcomed. $16/drop-in. Yoga Central, 953 Rt. 202 N, Branchburg. 908-707-0759. Gentle Relaxation Yoga – 10am. This class will focus on reducing chronic tension, improving normal range of motion in the joints, and strengthening the musculature of the body so that all bodily systems can function optimally. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-754-5901.

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