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“Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? In the lane, snow is glistening” Wait a minute, it’s December already? If you’re like me, you are wondering where the time has gone. The clock seems more and more to be no friend of mine. Where did the year go? It seems like we just shouted, “Happy New Year!” With the holidays fast approaching, things can become a blur. We’re making tons of choices, ranging from the gifts we need to buy to the food items that we plan to prepare for our family and guests. Remember to slow down. It’s okay to relax and listen to your heart. Giving perfect gifts and throwing great parties can stem from an unhealthy sense of needing to please others. This holiday season, try making memories that last with family and friends by spending more time…NOT more money. Cherish these moments as gifts, because they are truly keepsakes! Frame your memories on the walls of your heart. ‘Tis the time to express genuine kindness, love, peace and joy to those that we love and hold dear. As for the New Year approaching, embrace it with open arms. See this new chapter unfolding as one filled with wonderful possibilities. As for the bumps and bruises of 2013, let them become the source of determination to achieve the goals and dreams that fill your heart. Friends, I believe that you will find this holiday issue to be a very helpful toolkit for life and living. December’s theme is Awakening Humanity. To awaken is to “come alive,” and this is precisely what we need to do as the page of life turns. As the opening line of the song “Winter Wonderland” states, “Are you listening?” In closing, I want to thank all of my wonderful Natural Awakening advertisers, readers and distributors for your continued support, kind words, thoughts and encouragement. I look forward to a brighter and better 2014 together… Naturally! Peace, Love & Joy and a Healthy New Year!
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communitynews 2013 Grinding of the Greens
t’s that time of the year again! Keep the Midlands Beautiful will kick off its annual Grinding of the Greens Christmas Tree mulching project in December. Drop-off sites will be conveniently located all around the Midlands area. Trees may be dropped off from Thursday, December 26, through Thursday, January 10, 2014. Mulch will be available for pick up on Saturday, January 12.
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Remove all lights, tinsel and ornaments from the tree. Remove tree from stand. Drop off trees only—no wreaths, garlands or other greenery. Remove tree from bag and remove any string, wire or ties on the tree.
For more information, visit KeeptheMidlandsBeautiful.org.
Sustainable Holiday Celebration
ustainable Midlands invites residents of the Columbia area to its Sustainable Holiday Celebration hosted at 701 Whaley St. on Monday, December 2, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Local residents are encouraged to buy, eat and experience local product selections and services this holiday season in support of the work of Sustainable Midlands in finding solutions that balance the needs of the community, the environment and the economy. Enjoy creating your own S.C.-grown specialty food gift baskets. Also, free food tasting will be offered by Whole Foods, Rosewood Market, Spotted Salamander, and W.P. Rawl & Sons Farm. There will also be a cash bar sponsored by Cellar on the Greene. A donation at the door supports programs that educate, advocate and celebrate balanced solutions for the local community. Cost: $5 donation. Location: Vista Marketplace, 701 Whaley St., Columbia. For more information, call 803-381-8747 or email Ryan@SustainableMidlands.org.
Crafty Feast—Indie Craft Fair
ark your calendars and make sure to not miss the Craft Feast—Indie Craft Fair, hosted at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on Sunday, December 15, from 12 to 6 p.m. Crafty Feast is a 100 percent handmade, juried, independent craft fair in Columbia. The vision and goal is to bring unique and funky crafts from around the region in a one-day festival format. Vendors range from unusual jewelry to odd stuffed animals and vintage fabric purses. The event is hosted both indoors and outdoors. Every festival is a little different. Cost: $2 per person. Location: Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St., Columbia. For more information, call 803-348-8861 or email Info@ FlockandRally.com.
Holiday Savings Is a Gift from Garner’s Natural Life
andace Garner, founder and owner of Garner’s Natural Life, in Greenville, is offering her annual Gift Card Special just in time for holiday shopping. Give the gift of health by purchasing a $50 gift card for $40 or a $100 gift card for $75 the week before Christmas, December 18 to 24. “It’s our way of saying ‘thank you’ for your business all year,” says Garner. A Garner’s Gift Card gives your loved one a chance to take his or her health somewhere it’s never been. Garner’s Natural Life is a locally-owned small business serving the Upstate for more than 42 years. Garner’s Natural Life is located in the Trenholm Rd. Plaza, 4840 Forest Dr., Suite 15-A, Columbia. For more information, call 803-454-7700 or visit GarnersNaturalLife.com.
10th Annual Harborside Lights & YMCA 5k Fun Run/ Walk
he Jeep Rogers Family YMCA of Lake Carolina will host the 10th annual Harborside Lights & YMCA 5K Fun Run/ Walk on Friday, December 13, at 4 p.m. From serious runners to casual walkers, young and seasoned, all are welcomed to join for a great afternoon of smiles, laughter and, of course, a great cardio workout. The YMCA will provide all runners and walkers with glow necklaces/ bracelets prior to the race. Event proceeds benefit the YMCA’s Partners with Youth Campaign, helping to make the YMCA available for everyone. Location: The Jeep Rogers Family YMCA, 900 Lake Carolina Dr., Columbia. For event fees, registration and more information, call 803-451-8439 or visit ColumbiaYMCA.org.
communitynews The 2nd Annual Gala for a Greener Midlands
eep the Midlands Beautiful will host the second annual Gala for a Greener Midlands on Thursday, December 5. The evening will start with light hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m. and a silent auction at 7:30 p.m. Dinner will follow including the presentation of the Midlands Green Awards. The night’s activities will end with live music from the Project Band kicking off at 8:30 p.m. All proceeds from the gala go toward the beautification of the Midlands. As a special thank you to our Green Drinks partners and mission supporters of Keep the Midlands Beautiful, we will give you $10 off the purchase of a second ticket. Location: Holiday Inn & Suites, West Columbia. To sponsor a table or for ticket purchasing, call 803-733-1139 or visit EventBrite.com. Mention the Green Drinks offer for your $10 savings!
Tiny Taste Buds
t’s never too early to learn about nutrition! Come to EdVenture and explore the wonderful world of food. Practice making (and eating) healthy snacks in Taste Buds, EdVenture’s cooking lab. This preschool series will occur on the first and third Friday of December from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. The series focuses on experiencing new flavors, fun assembly snacks, and food-based sensory play. Parents and caregivers are not required to stay in the lab, but must stay in the building during class time. Cost: $8/member per session $10/non-member per session. Location: Edventure, 211 Gervais St., Columbia. Pre-registration is required 48 hours prior to the program date. Ages 3 to 4. If your child has allergies, call 803-400-1131 prior to registering your child. For more information, call Dr. Kathie Williams at 803-400-1133 or email KWilliams@Edventure.org.
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resh and organic fruits, vegetables and meats anyone? The Vista Marketplace at Whaley is a small community farmers’ market open to the public on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The marketplace features all local products from vendors that offer seasonal produce, organic and conventionally grown; homemade/ handmade food items and gifts; the freshest eggs around; and pastureraised pork, chicken, goat, beef, and even rabbit. You can also pick up some of the highest-quality crafts in the area. Come out and join us for a beautiful morning shared with great people and interesting conversation. Location: Vista Marketplace, 701 Whaley St., Columbia. For more information, call 803-917-4702 or email VistaMarketPlace1@gmail.com.
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ake a smile a little brighter this year! Santa photos will be taken at the Irmo Holiday Market on December 7, at Irmo Town Park. Twenty percent of every Santa photo package purchased will be used to buy Christmas presents for the children on the adoption side of foster care. These children have been terminated from their biological families and are awaiting the loving care of a new family. A collection station for gifts and a donation box will be located at the Irmo Holiday Market. Age-and gender-appropriate holiday gift bags will be made from the donations collected. To donate a complete gift bag, label it with a gift tag that states the appropriate gender and age group. Items on the holiday wish list include warm blankets, gloves, hats, scarves, toys and stuffed animals. Gift cards are welcome. (Note: Please indicate the amount on the card and seal it in an envelope).
Ramona Riley has always been intrigued by the miracle of birth through her own personal experience with HypnoBirthing®. Riley has recently acquired her certification as a HypnoBirthing® practitioner in Florida, under The Mongan Method. Riley states that the calmness and relaxation felt during the birthing process through HypnoBirthing® is a well-hidden secret that needs to be shouted from the rooftops. Her vision is to help all women achieve a relaxed, stress-free method of birthing. Kudos to you Ramona Riley!
Contact Ramona Riley at 803-238-4323. See ad, page 10. Ameris Bank holds its annual Helping Fight Hunger food drive campaign every October. Sixty-five locations are asked to partner with charities in their communities to collect non-perishable food items. The bank’s goal of 350,000 items bank-wide was exceeded, as they collected 504,009 items. The Ameris Irmo location had yet another successful year collecting 227,268 items. The local charities that worked with the Irmo location were The SnackPack Program and Sharing God’s Love. SnackPack provides food to local students every Friday that are identified as not receiving enough to eat at home. Sharing God’s Love is a local cooperative ministry that works with community families facing emergencies related to their basic living needs. Ameris Irmo’s Branch Manager Scott Nulman attributes his location’s success to the amazing support of the Irmo community. Kudos to you Ameris Bank!
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Cocoa Calms Inflammation
ew can say no to a cup of hot cocoa on a cold winter’s night. “Enjoy!” say Penn State researchers. They have found that a little bit of cocoa may be a powerful diet aid in helping to control inflammation and ameliorate related diseases, including diabetes. Numerous current studies link obesity to inflammation in the body. Cocoa, although a common ingredient of chocolate, by itself has low-calorie, low-fat and high-fiber content. The researchers fed laboratory mice the human equivalent of 10 tablespoons of cocoa powder— about four or five cups of hot cocoa—along with a high-fat diet for 10 weeks. The control group ate the same diet without the cocoa. Lead researcher Joshua Lambert, Penn State associate professor of food science, says the study results surprised the team, which did not expect the “dramatic reduction of inflammation and fatty liver disease” associated with obesity. Although the animals lost no weight, the cocoa powder supplement reduced liver triglycerides by 32 percent and plasma insulin levels by 27 percent, indicating it might be a powerful obesity-fighting tool. But there is a catch: Adding sugar, an inflammatory substance in itself, to healthy cocoa will likely neutralize the benefits. Try stevia as a sweetener instead; it’s been used for decades to lower blood sugar.
To Get More, Give More
iving away money or spending it on others increases the giver’s sense of personal wealth, according to research by Michael Norton, of Harvard Business School, and co-author Elizabeth Dunn, of the University of British Columbia. The latest in a series of studies showed that people that support others, from helping with homework to shoveling a neighbor’s driveway, feel that they had more time in general and that giving time away relieved the sense of “not having enough time,” even more than gaining unexpected free time.
Cranberries Support Healthy Circulation
egularly drinking cranberry juice may help control blood pressure, according to new findings presented at the American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure Research 2012 Scientific Sessions. Cranberry juice, the researchers note, is rich in antioxidants—naturally occurring molecules that have been associated with the blood pressure-lowering benefit. U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers discovered a moderate systolic pressure reduction—about three points—for people that drank two eight-ounce glasses of cranberry juice every day for eight weeks. Because of the sugar calories in juice, consider the alternative of a whole-food cranberry supplement.
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ranscendental Meditation (TM) has a dramatic healing effect on people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and can also result in lower blood presThis year WILL be different with a few simple tips: sure, according to two new studies. • Be picky. Although, we all have our favorite holiday foods, choose a couple TM—a technique to avoid disitems at the meal that you really enjoy and make the rest of your choices tracting thoughts, decrease stress and healthy. For example, if your family is serving turkey, enjoy turkey (lean propromote a state of relaxed awareness— tein), free veggies (the more the merrier) and a couple holiday favorites like reduced PTSD symptoms in combat vetsweet potatoes, a roll or maybe a small cookie for dessert. Keep in mind that erans by as much as 50 percent in just you don’t have to try everything; it’s okay to be picky! eight weeks, according to a study from • Make healthy options available. When you are invited to a party, bring a Georgetown University, in Washington, healthy dish with you. This will ensure there is at least one healthy option D.C., published in the journal Military available that you will enjoy. Medicine. The veterans also reported • Savor your food. Because you are splurging a little more over the holidays decreased depression and improved than you might normally, make sure you enjoy it. Take time to experience the quality of life, with a greater ability to flavors, textures and aromas by being mindful of the foods you are eating. come back to their civilian lives after Avoid eating mindlessly while visiting with others in the kitchen or near the returning from duty. buffet table. Vietnam War vets randomly • Cherish time with family. Instead of focusing on the food, cherish this time assigned to TM sessions at a Denver with your family. Reconnect with loved ones by going for a walk, playing a Veterans Center also experienced greater game, watching a classic holiday movie, telling stories by the fire, building reductions in alcohol usage, insomnia a snowman, and reliving memories together. You’ll treasure these moments and depression than those in convenmuch more than food after the holidays are over. Date: Insertion tional counseling. At the conclusion of a SEI-Columbia • Don’t forget your healthy habits. You have been working at the gym Client: out landmark three-month study, 70 percent 540-1156-CJF-Reach-Mass regularly, walking daily, eating breakfast and healthy snacks. Don’t let go of Job Number: of the meditating veterans felt they no Charlotte Job Finder these habits over the holidays. These simple, healthy habits will keep you Product/Pub: longer required the services of the center. Revision 1 Revision 2groundedRevision 3 healthy lifestyle Revision 4 during the holidays. 4.75" x 3.25" Size: in your A separate American Heart PKexercise can • Stay active! While eating differently over theProduction: holidays, extra Association report Creative on theProofer general 1: U.S. AS Proofer 1: 7/19 pedometer… Work Date: help to give balance. Go to the gym an extra day and use your population showed that the practice of Creative Proofer 2: AS Proofer 2: and maybe add a few extra steps, too! TM generally reduced systolic blood pressure in subjects by five points and Source: The Curves Complete Program, My Motivations. diastolic by three points, enough to put many of them into normal range. Previous clinical trials have shown that lower blood pressure through TM practice is associated with significantly lower rates of death, heart attack and stroke. TM is usually practiced for 15 to 20 minutes twice a day by sitting comfortably and focusing on an indirEaCh For vidually selected word or series of words.
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Competition Launched to Measure Ocean Acidification As part of their mission of “making the impossible possible,” organizers of the XPrize, a global leader in incentivized competitions, have launched the $2 million Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPrize contest. Schmidt is president of the Schmidt Family Foundation, which strives to advance the development of clean energy and support wiser use of natural resources. The program aims to spur innovators to transform our understanding of ocean acidification—a grave problem associated with the rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide—via breakthroughs in ocean pH-sensing technologies designed to monitor and sustain ocean health.
Shoe Insert Generates Electricity Two Carnegie Mellon graduates, Matt Stanton and Hahna Alexander, are the founders of SolePower, a company making a shoe insert that stores the power generated by walking and running into a battery that can be instantly accessed via a USB port. Beta testing on the prototype has begun, with release expected next summer. The insert can be paired with any shoe type and feels like a regular, cushy insole, according to Stanton. The battery attaches to the ankle or the top of the shoe, and is charged after 2.5 miles of footsteps with enough power to run an iPhone. Runners needing to power heat-producing mittens in the winter could also benefit. Another application is emergency charging of cell phones and radios during power outages. People in developing nations likewise will have a reliable power source for mobile phones and other essential small electronics.
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What makes people put “we” ahead of “me”? To find out, a group of Harvard University researchers enrolled thousands of people to play a “public good” game in which subjects were divided into small groups, given some money and the choice to keep it or contribute it to a common pool that would grow and benefit the entire group. Researchers discovered that those that made their decisions quickly were more likely to contribute to the common good. Taking it a step further, the researchers applied time pressure to the decisionmaking process. They then found that those faced with making a quick decision most often chose the “we” option, while those that spent more time deliberating ended up giving less money to the group kitty. The Massachusetts research team, which tested thousands of online worldwide participants, concluded that spontaneity and intuition guide people into rapid acts of kindness.
Finland Calls for North Pole Sanctuary The Finnish government has adopted a new Arctic Strategy that calls for a global sanctuary around the North Pole as one of the key demands of the growing Save the Arctic movement, reversing its long-held position of backing corporate interests over the environment. The populace responded strongly to a series of actions taken by Greenpeace against government icebreaker ships aiding corporate oil exploration in order to heighten awareness of the issue. The new Finnish policy reflects a mounting world citizenry’s view that the Arctic deserves protection. Greenpeace points out that companies can wreck the Arctic with little penalty and the current Arctic Council oil spill agreement does nothing to protect the Arctic or impose liability in this the most vulnerable place on Earth. The hope is that the other seven Arctic Council countries will see the light, as well. Sign the petition and pitch in at SaveTheArctic.org.
Online Database Identifies Safe Products SafeMarkets.org offers a new clearinghouse of information gathered by advocates investigating toxic chemicals in food, baby products, toys, furniture, construction materials and other consumer goods. Families, municipalities, builders and businesses can use it to identify potentially harmful products and find safer alternatives. Hosted by the Workgroup for Safe Markets (WSM), it’s a one-stop shop to provide information for consumers, retailers and manufacturers that are demanding safer products, says Beverley Thorpe, a WSM co-leader and consulting co-director for Clean Production Action. Mia Davis, vice president of health and safety at Beautycounter, who is expecting her first child, sees it as a resource for parents to find a full complement of safe products for their families. “More than ever,” she says, “people understand how important it is to shop with companies they trust and to support businesses working to create truly safe products.”
and then unplug it when not in use to save “ghost” energy pulled by electronics that are plugged in, but not activated. Buy a live tree to later plant or recycle, Seo suggests. This supports regional Christmas tree farmers while retaining the integrity of local forests. Many communities offer recycling of holiday trees to provide mulch or habitat for aquatic life in local lakes.
Keeping the Feast
GREEN Merry Making
Retro-Fresh Family Traditions
by Claire O’Neil
hroughout the year, Santa’s good girls and boys of all ages make every effort to buy only what’s needed, plus recycle, reuse and repurpose. Then the holidays hit and discipline often gives way to indulgences. The season seems consumed by up-tempo decorating, feasting, shopping, gift-giving and merrymaking at any cost. Yet, creative green living experts show us how easy it is to tweak timehonored family traditions to align with the green way we wish to live and feel even more satisfied with festivities.
Decking the Halls
For Danny Seo, author of Upcycling Celebrations: A UseWhat-You-Have Guide to Decorating, Gift-Giving & Entertaining, “Upcycling is basically a form of recycling that elevates something to a better level than before.” Based in New York City and Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Seo always has an eye out for green possibilities. “Opt for vintage pieces and re-imagine them in new and interesting ways,” he advises. For example, he likes to upcycle a vintage glass cake stand with a collection of bright ornaments for a unique holiday focal point. Michele Johansen, a lifestyle writer in Bellevue, Washington, suggests bringing in the outdoors. Instead of decorating the tree with tinsel and the home with plastic faux greenery, she suggests stringing popcorn and cranberries on the tree and decking the halls with fresh wreaths and garlands accented with boughs of holly. “Local nurseries are good sources for holiday décor that you can later mulch or put in yard waste bins,” she says. “The smells are much more authentic and festive.” Save energy by using LED lights whenever possible, suggests Sheryl Eisenberg, a writer for the National Resources Defense Council. Plug lights and electronics into a power strip,
Organize a cookie exchange to get together and save time and energy on holiday baking, suggests Sara Novak, a food policy and health writer at SereneKitchen.com, from Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina. Generally, a hostess asks guests to bring several dozen of their favorite cookies. Once gathered, attendees share the treats and recipes, taking home several of each variety. To “green it up,” Novak recommends emailing the recipes rather than printing them, encouraging invitees to use fresh and local ingredients and bring favorite reusable containers from home, like a colorful, time-honored cookie tin. For the holiday table, mix and match settings of plates, glasses, linens and cutlery. “Use the real thing,” Eisenberg recommends, “and recruit guests to help wash up afterwards.” She recalls that while growing up, her mother supplemented her silverware with grandmother’s for large holiday dinners. Save your own energy—and sanity—by asking family and friends to bring an appetizer, side dish or dessert. The hostess can assign a dish and corresponding recipe or use a potluck approach, says Eisenberg. Leftovers go home in non-plastic, reusable containers.
Many families enjoy giving traditional gifts to children at certain ages, like dollhouses or train sets. Re-imagine these and, when possible, buy local to save energy and support area businesses, suggests Eisenberg. Cintia Gonzalez, an Australian mom, crafted a dollhouse from an old suitcase, inventively using black chalkboard paint for the exterior, wooden shelves as floors and fast food ketchup cups as lampshades (Tinyurl.com/UpcycleDollhouse). Another mom transformed a discarded coffee table into a painted train table for her boys. Upcycle paint chip cards into colorful gift tags, suggests Seo. Plus, use gift wraps that become part of the gift itself, such as placemats swaddling a bottle of wine, fabric to encase quilting supplies or sheet music enveloping concert tickets. As a general rule, “Give experiences, not gifts,” counsels Eisenberg. “Giving loved ones experiences reduces wrapping paper, ribbon and packaging and is an easy way to be a bit more personal over the holidays. Your teenage niece may love a spa day, complete with hair styling, while your favorite aunt and uncle may be thrilled to attend a local wine tasting. If you think a young child can tolerate a few less presents in exchange for a pass to an ice show or dance class, go for it.” “It’s the holiday experience that counts,” counsels Seo. “It’s what makes memories.” Claire O’Neil is a freelance writer from Kansas City, MO. natural awakenings
Near-Death Experiences Proof of Life After Death by Linda Sechrist
that 100 years ago would have been labeled death,” observes Moody. Through his research, he has identified numerous common elements that occur in NDEs—an outof-body experience, the sensation of traveling through a tunnel, encountering a bright light (usually interpreted as God, Jesus or an angel), communicating with deceased relatives, feeling emotions such as profound peace, well-being and love, plus a flood of knowledge about life and the nature of the universe. Perhaps the most significant element he reports is the supremely conscious and superbly blissful state that exists beyond both limitations of the senses and intellect and the confines of space and time— the pure conscious form of each one’s truly real Self.
Life as Love
he advice that the White Queen gave to young Alice in Lewis Carroll’s Through the LookingGlass might be some of the best to offer non-believers and skeptics that question the credibility of near-death experiences (NDE). When Alice protests, “One can’t believe impossible things,” the White Queen famously retorts, “I daresay you haven’t had much practice. When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
Glimpses of Grace
The majority of physicians and clinical researchers in the medical community continue to consider NDEs as impossible and merely pure fantasies generated by a surge of electrical activity as a dying brain runs out of oxygen. However, according to a Gallup poll, the 8 million Americans whose transcendental NDEs freed their consciousness to leave the body and enter into a wondrous reality that exists completely free of physicality, believe them to be real, meaningful and life-changing experiences. Recently, the renowned NDE narratives of Anita Moorjani, author
I was overwhelmed by the realization that God isn’t a being, but a state of being… and I am that state of being… pure consciousness. ~ Anita Moorjani of Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer to Near Death, to True Healing, and Dr. Eben Alexander, author of Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife, have sparked fresh public interest in NDEs, a word coined by Raymond Moody, Ph.D., in his 1975 classic, Life After Life. Moody, a psychiatrist and professor of philosophy who has spent nearly 50 years investigating what happens when people die, has interviewed thousands of individuals that have personally experienced an NDE. “Over the past 20 years there have been enormous strides in resuscitation technology. Defibrillators and public access defibrillation programs, as well as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, are major factors that allow modern medicine to bring people back from a state
Rushed to the hospital in a coma, Moorjani, whose body had been devoured for four years by cancer of the lymphatic system, describes the real self that she discovered during her NDE. “There I was, without my body or any physical traits, yet my pure essence continued to exist. It was not a reduced element of my whole self; in fact, it felt far greater and more intense and expansive than my physical being. “I felt eternal, as if I’d always existed and always would, without a beginning or end. I was filled with the knowledge that I was simply magnificent,” explains Moorjani, whose cancer completely disappeared within five weeks after her release from the hospital. “Not only did I come back with a clean slate, I brought back one of my biggest lessons—to love myself and be an instrument of love. I also returned to life here with a sense of purpose—to fearlessly be as authentically me as I can be. This means,” she clarifies, “that in whatever I do, I am acting from my sense of passion and the sheer joy of doing it.” During Alexander’s seven-day coma in a hospital, brought about by antibiotic-resistant E. coli meningitis that attacked his brain, he left his mortal identity behind. “My brain wasn’t working at all,” he relates. “My entire neo-cortex, the part that makes
“We need to accept—at least hypothetically—that the brain itself doesn’t produce consciousness.” ~ Dr. Eben Alexander us human, was entirely shut down. I had no language, emotions, logic or memories of who I was. Such an empty slate granted me full access to the true cosmic being that I am, that we all are,” says Alexander. He further recalls that as his NDE unfolded, it occurred to him that he was being granted a grand overview of the invisible side of existence. He also had a lovely ethereal companion that floated along on a butterfly wing, telepathically teaching him to accept the universal truth that, “You are eternally loved and cherished, you have nothing to fear, and there is nothing you can do wrong.” “If I had to boil the whole message down to just one word, it would be Love—the incomprehensibly glorious truth of truths that lives and breathes at the core of everything that exists or will ever exist. No remotely accurate understanding of who we are and what we are can be achieved by anyone who does not know it and embody it in all their actions,” Alexander now understands. Prior to his life-threatening illness, this neurosurgeon’s sophisticated medical training had led him to dismiss the possibility of NDEs. Today, he works at returning to his NDE state of oneness and unconditional love by using meditation and sacred acoustics, as well as quantum mechanics, to explore the nature of consciousness and higher brain function. Like Moody, Alexander studies the ancient Greek philosophers Parmenides, Pythagoras and Plato, who took the notion of an afterlife seriously and questioned “what” survives bodily death. Alexander’s consequent nonprofit organization, Eternea, fosters cooperation between science and spirituality by sponsoring research and education about spiritually transformative experiences and holistic
consciousness beyond conventional definitions. “I had to learn a whole lot more about consciousness than I had to know about neuroscience,” quips Alexander, who now believes that the brain blocks access to knowledge of higher worlds. “We need to accept— at least hypothetically—that the brain itself doesn’t produce consciousness. That it is, instead, a kind of reducing valve or filter that dumbs down consciousness for the duration of our human experience. “Neuroscience can’t give you the
first sentence about how the physical brain creates consciousness,” he states, while many are finding how science and spirituality strengthen each other. At age 37, a blood vessel exploded in the left hemisphere of Jill Bolte Taylor’s brain. A Ph.D. Harvardtrained scientist specializing in anatomy of the brain, she was fascinated to observe the breakdown of her brainrelated functions. As described in her book, My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey, she became the witness
“In touch with our wholeness, illness can’t remain—in ourselves, others or the planet.” ~Anita Moorjani
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to her stroke, which initially left her unable to talk, walk, read, write or remember anything prior to that occurrence. As her left brain shut down, Taylor lost her ability to process all language; with her mind suspended in newfound silence, she experienced an unprecedented sense of deep peace. She also experienced an inability to visually distinguish edges and boundaries between herself and the outer world. Absent conventional orientation, “I could actually see that my skin was not my physical boundary. “As a result of such a glorious state of blissful realization that I am—as we all are—connected to everything and everyone around us, I no longer see myself as a single, solid entity, separate from other human beings,” advises Taylor. “Although my left mind still thinks of me as a fragile individual, capable of losing my life, my right mind realizes the essence of my being as eternal life.” She now understands that she is part of the cosmic flow of energy, which she characterizes as a tranquil sea of euphoria.
In The Hidden Face of God: Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth, author Gerald L. Schroeder, Ph.D., suggests that each of us is a part of the universe seeking and finding itself. Could it be that without the mental filter and self-limiting beliefs, we are free to consciously know our higher state of wholeness and the truth of our magnificence? Upwards of 8 million people that have experienced their own NDE are trending the world toward a tipping point into the comforting awareness that anything is possible. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAboutWe.com for the recorded interviews.
‘Tis the Season to Be Wise A Prime Time to Rejuvenate and Birth Creativity by Lane Vail
or California acupuncturist Daniela Freda, counseling patients that grapple with low energy during winter is routine. “They’re often concerned something is wrong, since our society expects us to feel the same way year-round,” says Freda, who maintains a private practice in San Francisco. “But in fact,” she adds, “everything is right.” According to a study published in Psychiatry Research, only 4 to 6 percent of Americans suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), characterized by a predictable seasonal pattern of major depressive or bipolar disorder. For the vast majority of the population, a slight seasonal variance in mood and behavior is normal, confirms Kathryn Roecklein, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and prominent SAD researcher at Pennsylvania’s University of Pittsburg. Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), like Freda, view decreased energy in nature’s wintertime as a reflection of the season’s energy. In this philosophy, rising (yang) and falling (yin) energies cycle as the seasons turn. Winter is governed by quiet, slow, introspective and creative yin energy. As winter yields to spring, the bright, fast, expansive and extroverted yang energy
gains momentum to peak in summer. “Nature expresses universal energies in a big way,” says research psychologist and mind-body medicine expert Joseph Cardillo, Ph.D., author of The Five Seasons. Who can ignore a blossoming spring or an abundant autumn? “Those same energetic cycles,” says Cardillo, “are mirrored in the microcosmic human body and human experience.”
Although the December 21 winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year, temperatures in most of the U.S. continue to fall through February. Cardillo advises embracing winter’s chill because it diverts our attention from daily activities so that we pause to consider what’s important. “The effect is similar to splashing cold water on our face,” he remarks. As the cold draws animals into hibernation and plants into dormancy, it also beckons us to enjoy extra sleep, notes Freda, as we follow the sun’s path: Earlier to bed; later to rise. She encourages her clients to incorporate restorative activities into daily routines. “Intentionally set aside time to connect with the breath and quiet the mind,” she counsels. Try gentle yoga or t’ai chi, listen to relaxing music, curl up natural awakenings
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Spring is a time for new looking to water for guidance in creatsolutions, sharpening focus or beginnings, summer a time ing moving effortlessly on to the next step. for growth, autumn for gathering abundance and Find Balance Freda points out that within the strong winter for introspection. yin energy of winter, “There are yang ~Joseph Cardillo with a cozy book or take nature walks, flush with fresh sensory experiences. Cardillo explains that slowing down naturally creates space for the contemplative and creative qualities of yin energy to rise. Meditating, visualizing and journaling promote access to one’s inner wisdom. “Winter is a perfect time to examine the myriad ideas you’ve dreamt up and assemble them into a new you,” says Cardillo. “Now you are prepared to use the robust energy of spring to scatter those ideas abroad.”
Reflect on Water
In TCM, the element of water, symbolizing focus and purity, is closely associated with winter. Highly adaptable, water can be solid, liquid or formless vapor; it can flow over, under, around or through obstacles with ease; and it can be still and contained. Contemplating the power of water in any of its forms can help synchronize one’s consciousness with the season’s gifts. “When your mind is unstuck and flowing like water, your dreams start becoming real to you, simply because you’re in the flow, the present moment,” observes Cardillo, who also authored Be Like Water. He suggests
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moments, celebratory moments, to keep us going.” An imbalance can occur when the slowness of winter is completely counteracted by too much high-energy socializing, working or rushing through the day. “An excess of yang during the winter,” counsels Freda, “rather than a glimpse of it, can deplete us,” contributing to stress, fatigue and depression. Conversely, for those with an already predominantly yin personality (quiet, introverted, low energy) that overindulge in the yin energy of winter, an attempt at restoration and quietude can lead to lethargy and isolation. “I see this clinically,” says Freda. “Instead of embracing a little extra rest and relaxation, some people become exhausted and lose their motivation altogether. They become stuck in the yin.” Cardillo recommends that such individuals engage in mood-brightening outdoor activities to help restore balance. Roecklein agrees, noting that SAD sufferers undergoing cognitive behavioral therapy (which emphasizes positive thinking and beneficial behaviors) likewise are encouraged to participate in physical and social activities that bring joy and meaning. Lane Vail is a freelance writer in South Carolina. Connect at WriterLane.com.
Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.
Satisfy your Sweet Tooth during the holidays the Gluten-Free way!
or those suffering from celiac disease, gluten intolerance, or gluten sensitivity, the holiday season, complete with cookies, pies, cakes and candy, can prove to be a difficult time. Indulging in traditional baked goods can result in a variety of problems, ranging from abdominal cramping and bloating to nausea and vomiting. Learning how to bake using gluten-free ingredients can be a viable alternative for those that desire to indulge in sweets during the holiday season. As Tina Colarossi, owner of TLC Confections and Gifts, in Columbia, explains: “Gluten is just wheat. So in order to make gluten-free cookies and brownies, I use a combination of flours that do not come from wheat.” Examples of gluten-free flours include rice, teff, tapioca, sorghum, garbanzo, buckwheat and almond. Geri Peacock, owner of the gluten-free Cherbourg Bakery, in Columbus, Ohio, recommends a basic gluten-free flour substitute of one pound of white rice flour and a half-cup tapioca flour, whisked together. She says that this rice flour mix can be substituted one-for-one with all-purpose wheat flour in most baked goods recipes requiring two
cups of flour or less. Other helpful information on living a gluten-free lifestyle can be found by visiting the Celiac Sprue Association website, CSACeliacs.Info.com. Katy Abrams, founder of the company B is for Butter, in Columbia, advises: “The best advice I was given when I started baking gluten-free was twofold: First, always measure by weight. Measuring by weight (grams/ ounces) ensures that you will always have accurate recipes. Secondly, don’t be afraid to experiment. Once you have found a recipe that you like, try it with different flours and see what happens. The key is substituting flours of the same density. Almond flour, for example, is much denser and heavier that super-fine brown rice flour, so they would not be good things to ‘trade out’ in a recipe.” For a great homemade gluten-free and dairy-free paleo diet Fig Newton recipe, email Katy Abrams at email@example.com. See the Farmers’ Market listing on page 24 for more information on TLC Confections and Gifts and B is for Butter.
Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies Ingredients:
1 cup peanut butter 1 cup sugar 1 egg
Mix all ingredients. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Scoop dough using a teaspoon, roll into ball, and place on cookie sheet.
Optional: Roll the cookie ball in sugar before next step. Using a fork, make a crisscross pattern on the cookie. Bake for six to eight minutes. They will appear to be under baked, but take them out and let them rest for at least five minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack. Watch closely, and don’t over bake. Cookies will burn easily!
Too Much Togetherness?
Exercise Helps Keep Family Holidays Merry by Sarah Todd
iven family hopes and often unrealistic expectations that everything will go perfectly, holiday gatherings can sometimes be a recipe for untoward stress. One of the best ways to keep potential ’tis-the-season tensions under control is to carve out some time for exercise, a move supported by research findings at Princeton University. Other experts suggest that from practicing a favorite Eastern modality to taking a natural spin around the neighborhood, we all have instant access to foolproof tactics for staying relaxed, healthy and more even-keeled among kin this winter. To mend nerves frayed by debates at the dinner table, slip into a nearby bedroom for a calming yoga workout. Yoga’s emphasis on controlled breathing makes it ideal for treating family dynamics straight out of Silver Linings Playbook. The Mayo Clinic reports that deep breathing increases the flow of oxygen into the bloodstream, easing headaches, muscular tension and chest tightness. Yogic breathing patterns also are shown to lower resting heart rates, which helps practitioners stay composed in the face of any intra-family disagreements or other stressors. For a quick, relaxing yoga routine, begin with a few breathing exercises before moving into a sun salutation— a sequence of full-body poses, or asanas, performed in a smooth, continuous flow. Begin standing, palms pressed together in the tadasana, or mountain, pose. Then move
through a series of motions that sweep the arms over the head, expanding the chest, before dipping into downward dog and plank poses, which help increase flexibility and strength. End lying down in the shavasana, or resting, pose with eyes closed and let the quiet settle in. Resistance-training exercises are another option. Release pent up tension by pushing against a wall. Stand about three feet away, lean in and push. Position feet at an angle so that a straight body line forms the hypotenuse of a triangle with the wall and floor. This activity drains the limbs of tightness and stretches out hamstrings and calf muscles, enabling us to walk away feeling light and limber. While some people can happily greet and maintain cheerfulness throughout holiday family times, others may feel a bit anxious. For a sure-fire endorphin boost, try a cardiovascular workout like running, which German researchers published in Cerebral Cortex confirm produces a flood of euphoria on cue. A quick jog or spirited walk outside helps elevate mood while strengthening the immune system, helping to keep feelings of melancholy at bay. Before heading for the door, those stretching their legs outside in colder climates need to dress as if it’s 20 degrees warmer than the thermometer
reads. This helps prevent the body from overheating, especially after being sedentary for an extended period. To get the blood flowing beforehand, do some simple stretching or take a few trips up and down the stairs. Exercisers that prefer to stay sheltered from wintry weather entirely have a solid alternative; an indoor cardiovascular workout can mimic jogging’s moodlifting effects. Try alternating 12 reps of jumping jacks, lunges, squats and crunches to get the heart pumping. Consider a second series for a higher intensity workout. All of it will give muscles that often go slack during holiday loafing a chance to flex. Because these moves don’t require any equipment, such electives are as portable as a travel hair dryer during holiday visits anywhere. After one or more of these solo workouts, many revelers may be ready to up the ante on family togetherness. For a healthy dose of quality time, round up the gang and enlist them in a high-energy outdoor activity like hiking, sledding or even Ultimate Frisbee. Participating in friendly family competition is healthy fun and gives everyone something else to talk about later. Sarah Todd is a freelance writer in Brooklyn, NY. Connect at SarahToddInk.com.
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To start the day, use a high-powered Vitamix-type blender to reduce whole fruits and vegetables to a smooth juice. If using a regular blender, cut the fruits and vegetables into small pieces and strain the purée after blending. Yields two servings 1 banana, sliced 1 large apple, peeled, cored and chopped ½ cup seedless green grapes 1 cup chopped kale leaves 1 cup baby spinach leaves 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger 1 Tbsp ground flax seeds ¼ cup ground chia seeds ¼ tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp ground cloves 1 cup purified water Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Strain, if necessary, to remove larger pieces; pour into two glasses and serve.
Whole Wheat and Vegetable Wrap
For lunch, a simple wrap can provide a daily change-up mixing in different fresh ingredients plus a plant-based flavoring like dried herbs, spices or garlic stirred into the Vegenaise or homemade eggless mayonnaise. Yields two servings 2 10-inch whole-wheat tortillas 2 Tbsp Vegenaise 1 tsp prepared horseradish, or to taste 1 cup fresh lettuce, torn into pieces ½ cup sprouts ½ cup chopped fresh tomatoes ½ cup shredded fresh carrots ½ cup diced fresh cucumber 1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced ¼ cup toasted walnuts
Toast walnuts by placing them on a baking sheet in a 350-degree oven for 15 minutes. Cool, and then chop. Place the tortillas on a flat surface. In a small bowl, mix the Vegenaise and horseradish together. Spread the mixture on the tortillas. Top each tortilla with half the lettuce, sprouts, tomatoes, carrots, cucumber, avocado and walnuts. Roll each tortilla into a wrap and serve.
Raw Vegetable Ragout with Brown Rice
Start dinner with a base of cooked rice, potatoes, quinoa or polenta and top it with a vegetable medley. Yields two servings Rice: 1 cup brown rice 2¼ cups water Raw Vegetable Ragout: 1 cup red bell pepper, cut into strips ½ cup finely chopped celery ½ cup pitted Kalamata olives, chopped ¼ cup finely chopped Italian parsley ¼ cup toasted, chopped walnuts 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 garlic clove, minced 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp coarse kosher or sea salt Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Stir in the rice, reduce the heat and simmer covered until tender, about 40 minutes. While the rice is cooking, combine the red bell pepper, celery, Kalamata olives, Italian parsley and walnuts in a medium-sized bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and salt. Pour the dressing over the vegetables, stir until well blended, and then let rest until the rice is done. To serve, spoon the cooked rice onto each plate and top with the raw vegetable ragout. Source: Adapted from Intuitive Cooking, by Madeleine Tuttle (WorldPeaceDiet.org). natural awakenings
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MONDAY, DECEMBER 2 Sustainable Holiday Celebration -4:30-8.30pm. A community holiday party like no other! Good friends...Great Food & Wine. Unique Artisan Gifts in all price ranges! So come out and support our LOCAL artisans, Local Food, Local Businesses. $5 Donation. 701 Whaley Street, Columbia. Call 803381-8747. Email Ryan Nevius at Ryan@SustainableMidlands.org , or visit SustainableMidlands.org.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3 Reiki Clinic – 10:30am-12:30pm. With Margaret Self. Open to all; no training necessary. Great intro to Reiki energy. $10, must pre-register. Carolina Reiki Institute, 612 St, Andrews Rd, Ste1, Columbia. Info: 803-551-1191. CarolinaReikiInstitute.com.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4 Basil Days Discount at Rosewood – 8am-8pm. 20% off purchase price at Rosewood Market; Deli and other sale items not included. 2803 Rosewood Dr, Columbia. 803-530-3270. RosewoodMarket.com. Biergarten at Gardener’s Outpost-5:30-7:30 pm. Beer, Wine and Unique Garden Gifts! 10% off purchases. 709 Woodrow Street, Columbia. Call 803-252-0041. GardenersOutpost.com.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5 Reiki Clinic – 5:30-7:30pm. With Margaret Self. Open to all; no training necessary. Great intro to Reiki energy. $10, must pre-register. Carolina Reiki Institute, 612 St, Andrews Rd, Ste 1, Columbia. Info: 803-551-1191. CarolinaReikiInstitute.com. Essential Oils Class-5:30pm. Dr. Rachel Hall. Learn about dōTERRA essential oils and how they can enhance your wellness. Topic: Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. Expecting Well, 514A Gervais St. To preregister: Info@ExpectingWell.com. Call 803-661-8452. Sidewalk Farmers’ Market at Rosewood – 4-7pm. Meet your growers. 2803 Rosewood Dr, Columbia. 803-530-3270. RosewoodMarket.com.
Eckankar Worship Service – 10am. All are welcome. Hear panel discussions about the subtle ways that God touches lives. Meet others who are serious about a non-dogmatic study of spirituality. Free. 7 Oaks Recreation Center, 200 Leisure Ln, Columbia. Steve, 803-318-1887. Eck-SC.org, Meetup.com/Columbia-Spiritual-Seekers.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 9 Christmas Concert-7:15pm. The Columbia Community Orchestra will present the annual Christmas Concert. In addition to familiar Christmas favorites and the traditional carol sing, the orchestra will perform Beethoven’s 1st Symphony under the direction of their new conductor, Cullan Lucas. Unity of Columbia, 1801 LeGrand Rd, 803-7365766, UnityColumbia.org.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12 Basil Days Discount at Rosewood – 8am-8pm. 20% off purchase price at Rosewood Market; Deli and other sale items not included. 2803 Rosewood Dr, Columbia. 803-530-3270. RosewoodMarket.com.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15 Love as Creative Force/Celebration and Meditation -11am. LaVoice Kallestad, Interim Spiritual Leader. Unity of Columbia, 803-736-5766, UnityColumbia.org.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17 Reiki Clinic – 10:30am-12:30pm. With Margaret Self. Open to all; no training necessary. Great intro to Reiki energy. $10, must preregister. Carolina Reiki Institute, 612 St, Andrews Rd, Ste 1, Columbia. Info: 803-551-1191. CarolinaReikiInstitute.com.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19 Reiki Clinic – 5:30-7:30pm. With Margaret Self. Open to all; no training necessary. Great intro to Reiki energy. $10, must preregister. Carolina Reiki Institute, 612 St, Andrews Rd, Ste 1, Columbia. Info: 803-551-1191. CarolinaReikiInstitute.com. Sidewalk Farmers’ Market at Rosewood – 4-7pm. Meet your growers. 2803 Rosewood Dr, Columbia. 803-530-3270. RosewoodMarket.com.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20
Basil Days Discount at Rosewood – 8am-8pm. 20% off purchase price at Rosewood Market; Deli and other sale items not included. 2803 Rosewood Dr, Columbia. 803-530-3270. RosewoodMarket.com.
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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22 The Forever Candle/Celebration and Meditation-11am. LaVoice Kallestad, Interim Spiritual Leader. Friendship Feast follows our 11am Celebration Service. Bring a friend, a side dish to share and join us for food, fellowship and fun. The meat will be provided. Unity of Columbia, 1801 LeGrand Rd., 803-736-5766, UnityColumbia.org.
Hair Salon Beauty Salon – Hair Cuts-$5 (reg. $15) color, hi-lites, perms starting at $35. wax $8. Mens’ cut & color $39. Open 7 days. 803-359-1379.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 23
Basil Days Discount at Rosewood – 8am-8pm. 20% off purchase price at Rosewood Market; Deli and other sale items not included. 2803 Rosewood Dr, Columbia. 803-530-3270. RosewoodMarket.com.
Expect Wellness is looking for an RN with lots of IV experience. Must be good with difficult sticks. Contact Expect Wellness at 803-796-1702.
FRIDAY/SATURDAY DECEMBER 27-28 Reiki Level I, Traditional Usui Reiki System – 1-5pm. With Margaret Self, Reiki Master, NHD. Entry-level class combines 4 attunements, instruction, discussion and practice time. Manual included. Pre-registration required. $250 before Dec 17, $300 after. Carolina Reiki Institute. 803-551-1191. CarolinaReikiInstitute.com.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29 The Great Discovery/ Celebration and Meditation -11am. LaVoice Kallestad, Interim Spiritual Leader. Unity of Columbia, 1801 LeGrand Rd.,803736-5766, UnityColumbia.org.
plan ahead THURSDAY, JANUARY 2 Reiki Clinic – 5:30-7:30pm. With Margaret Self. Open to all; no training necessary. Great intro to Reiki energy. $10, must pre-register. Carolina Reiki Institute, 612 St, Andrews Rd, Ste 1, Columbia. Info: 803-551-1191. CarolinaReikiInstitute.com.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 3 Basil Days Discount at Rosewood – 8am-8pm. 20% off purchase price at Rosewood Market; Deli and other sale items not included. 2803 Rosewood Dr, Columbia. 803-530-3270. RosewoodMarket.com.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 7 Reiki Clinic – 10:30am-12:30pm. With Margaret Self. Open to all; no training necessary. Great intro to Reiki energy. $10, must preregister. Carolina Reiki Institute, 612 St, Andrews Rd, Ste 1, Columbia. Info: 803-551-1191CarolinaReikiInstitute.com.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 11 A Year of Good Medicine-2-4pm. Carolina Reiki Institute, Inc. “Presented by Margaret Self, NHD, Reiki Master and Master Herbalist, this year will include 12 monthly herbal workshops. Covered subjects will be healing properties, internal and external preparations, herbal dosages, formulations and administration, herbal therapies, and
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more. Hands-on experience in making herbal preparations. Fee for each class, $35.00. Belladonnas Gift Shoppe classroom at 612 St. Andrews Rd. Ashland Park Shopping Center. Pre-registration is required. For further information, contact Margaret at (803) 551-1191.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 16 Reiki Clinic – 5:30-7:30pm. With Margaret Self. Open to all; no training necessary. Great intro to Reiki energy. $10, must pre-register. Carolina Reiki Institute, 612 St, Andrews Rd, Ste 1, Columbia. Info: 803-551-1191. CarolinaReikiInstitute.com.
SATURDAY/SUNDAY JANUARY 18-19 Reiki Level I, Traditional Usui Reiki System – 10am-2pm. With Margaret Self, Reiki Master, NHD. Entry-level class combines 4 attunements, instruction, discussion and practice time. Manual included. Pre-registration required. $250 before Jan. 8, $300 after. Carolina Reiki Institute. 803551-1191. CarolinaReikiInstitute.com.
PT-CURVES – World’s largest fitness organization, looking for circuit coach. If you are energetic, self-motivated, have an outgoing personality and love to work with people, send resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Perfect opportunity for someone returning to the workforce. QUALIFIED HAIRDRESSERS – Irmo’s finest Salon and Day Spa is seeking a few more quality Hairdressers. Become a part of our team. Enjoy the ability to have your clients relax in a high-end salon and spa. They will be spoiled with our unique Massaging Shampoo Chairs and you will be spoiled with your very own Electric Styling Chair. Located at the Gold’s Gym Complex, Call The Retreat Salon and Day Spa today: 803-732-0360.
Pet Groomer: Robin’s Full Service Pet Grooming now open in Irmo! I love your baby like you do!! Tue-Fri 8 to 5 and Sat 9 to 2. 803-407-4045
SERVICES INTEGRATIVE HEALTH CLINIC – Experience multiple modalities at your church or community organization. Call Pamila, 803-749-1576.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 21 Reiki Clinic – 10:30am-12:30pm. With Margaret Self. Open to all; no training necessary. Great intro to Reiki energy. $10, must pre-register. Carolina Reiki Institute, 612 St, Andrews Rd, Ste1, Columbia. Info: 803-551-1191. CarolinaReikiInstitute.com.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 25 Reiki Level II, Traditional Usui Reiki System – 10am-2pm. With Margaret Self, Reiki Master, NHD. Attunement connects student to a higher, more focused vibration of the Reiki energy. Techniques for distance healing. Healing of spiritual/emotional issues taught. Discussion, practice time and manual included. Pre-registration required. $300 before Jan. 15, $350 if paid after. Carolina Reiki Institute, Info: 551-1191, CarolinaReikiInstitute.com.
ongoingevents sunday Have You Had a Spiritual Experience? – Dates & times vary. Meet in a comfortable and informal setting where all spiritual points of view are appreciated. Sponsored by Eckankar, a nondogmatic approach. Discussion topics: dreams, coincidences, God realization, past lives, more. Free. Info, Steve: 803-318-1887, Eck-SC.org, Meetup.com/Columbia-Spiritual-Seekers. Meditation Hour at Unity – 9:30-10:30am. Unity of Columbia, 1801 LeGrand Rd, Columbia. 803736-5766. UnityColumbia.Addr.com. Unity of Columbia Sunday Celebration Service − 11am. Prayer, meditation, great music and a series of uplifting messages from a variety of interesting speakers. Unitots and Unikids, spiritual bookstore open 9-11am. Unity of Columbia, 1801 LeGrand Rd, Columbia. 803-736-5766. UnityColumbia.Addr.com. “Your Body Believes Every Word You Say” 9:15-10:30a.m. Barbara Levine’s fifteen year struggle with a then- inoperable brain tumor led her to discover “seed thoughts” and “core beliefs” that link one’s mind and body. She traced common phrases like “that breaks my heart” and “it’s a pain in the butt” to the underlying beliefs on which they are based and the symptoms they cause. Unity of Columbia, 1801 LeGrand Rd.803-736-5766,Unity Columbia.org.
monday Green Quad Yoga − 4:30pm. Join Kevin Landers by kicking off the week with some much needed stretching. It’s guaranteed to cure those Monday blues. Classes are donation-based and open to the public. Free for USC students. Learning Center for Sustainable Futures, 1216 Wheat St, Green Quad Bldg D.
tuesday Women’s Empowerment Group – Learn to say “no” when you want to learn to have positive boundaries. Learn to work with your resistances so you can achieve your true goals and learn to
accept all of yourself that is perfectly divine. $25. Dates and times vary. For details, Sherri Jefferson, Integrative Counseling Services: 803-414-5652. Yin Yoga – 9-10am. You don’t need to be flexible to benefit from the quiet stillness of yin yoga. A series of slow and relaxing floor poses, yin yoga focuses on gently stretching connective tissue around the hips, pelvis and lower spine. The results are less tension in the body, enhanced range of motion and a quieter mind. Beginner-friendly. First class is free. Adult Activity Center, 7494 Parklane Rd, Columbia. Helen Summer, RYT. 803-386-1441. InnerPeaceYogaMethod.com. Prenatal Yoga – 5:30-6:45pm. With Emily, MD, RYT200. Open to all students. Prepare mind and body for labor and more. 1st class free. $10-14/ class packages. Expecting Well, 514-A Gervais, Columbia. 803-661-8452. ExpectingWell.com. T`ai Chi - You can start feeling younger again right now – Ready to feel stronger and more vital than you may have in a long time? Discover a natural technique to help rejuvenate your body and get rid of joint pain and muscle stiffness. Dates and times vary T`ai Chi, 2910 Rosewood Dr, Info/register, Wes Adams: 803-873-2100. ColumbiaTaiChiCenter.com.
wednesday Relax & Restore Yoga – 12-1pm. This is a Restorative Yoga practice of undoing, of letting go and of surrender. In this practice, the nervous system is gently reminded to relax. Other benefits include slower heart rate, improved circulation, lower blood pressure and reduced muscle tension. Amsa Yoga and Mindfulness Practice Center, 140 Pelham Dr, Columbia. Helen Summer, RYT. 803-386-1441. InnerPeaceYogaMethod.com. Multi-Level Yoga – 5:30-6:45pm. Robin Pawlina, RN, CYI, has taught yoga for more than 20 years and creates an environment that allows the student to manage stress with a relaxed and supportive style. All welcome. $15/class; $66/6-wk session. About Your Health, 120 Kaminer Way Pkwy, Ste J, Columbia. Info & register, Robin: 803-926-0895.
thursday Living In Process Group – Learn tools to be more present and authentic in your life. Learn to respond instead of react to stressful situations and allow yourself to feel emotions in a positive way instead of stuffing them down. $30. Dates and times vary. For details, Sherri Jefferson, Integrative Counseling Services: 803-414-5652. Green Quad Yoga – 4:30pm. Join Ashley Meador for this powerful weekly yoga session. Open to all levels. Classes are donation-based and open to the public. Free for USC students. Learning Center for Sustainable Futures, 1216 Wheat St, Green Quad Bldg D. Prenatal Yoga – 5:30-6:45pm. With Rachel Hall, MD, RYT-200. Open to all students. Prepare mind and body for labor and more. 1st class free. $10$14/class packages. Expecting Well, 514-A Gervais St, Columbia. 803-661-8452. ExpectingWell.com.
friday Mommy/Baby Yoga – 9:30-10:30am, For moms and pre-mobile infants. With Ashley RYT-200. 1st class free. $10-$14/class packages. Expecting Well, 514-A Gervais St, Columbia. 803-661-8452. ExpectingWell.com.
saturday 701 Whaley The Vista Marketplace – 9am-1pm. Local farmers and small SC businesses sell their goods, such as gourmet foods, meats, cheeses, baked goods, soap and other body care products, candles, handmade jewelry, clothing items and milled products. 701 Whaley St, Columbia. Vista.LocallyGrown.net. Prenatal Yoga – Time varies each week. With Rachel Hall, MD, RYT200. Prepare mind and body for labor, delivery and welcoming new life. Open to all students. 1st class free. $10-$14/class packages. Expecting Well, 514-A Gervais St, Columbia. 803661-8452. For times: ExpectingWell.com. Soda City Farmers’ Market – 8am-12pm. Producer-only farmers’ market offering fresh, local food straight from South Carolina farmers. 1500 block Main St, Columbia. Info: 803-250-5801, StatePlate.org.
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William D. Skelton, D.Ac. 620 Sims Ave., Columbia 803-256-1000 • SCAcupuncture.com
Bill Skelton is dedicated to helping people live happier, healthier, active lives with safe, gentle and effective techniques. He has 38 years experience and trained in the Republic of China. Call to schedule an appointment. See ad, page 8.
CHIROPRACTIC SHELLY JONES, DC
Chiropractic Wellness Center Inc. 5209 Forest Dr., Ste C, Columbia 803-771-9990 • Doc@DrShellyJones.com DrShellyJones.com
Dr. Jones provides family chiropractic care, health information and wellness resources to support the body’s natural ability to heal, feel better and enjoy living an active lifestyle! Call to schedule your appointment or discuss bringing our onsite chiropractic care and health-education services to your business, school or athletic team.
COUNSELING INTEGRATIVE COUNSELING SERVICES
Sherri Jefferson, MA, LMT, NCC, LPC/I 803-414-5652 • email@example.com
Sherri has 18 years of experience working within integrative health care. Sherri utilizes a variety of tools, Heart Math, Emotional Freedom Technique, NLP, BodyTalk, and advanced kinesiology. Call for a 50% discount on your first counseling appointment.
DENTIST FOREST DRIVE DENTAL CARE
Dr. Joanna Silver Dover, DMD 5101 Forest Dr., Suite A 803-782-8786 • ForestDriveDental.com
Dr. Dover provides comprehensive, conscientious, compassionate dental care. BPA and Bis-GMA-free composites, BPA-free occlusal guards, natural periodontal therapy, fluoride-alternatives for tooth remineralization, and mercury-filling removal following IAOMT standards using supplemental oxygen, special filters, and amalgam separators to keep toxic metals out of our waterways.
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ESSENTIAL OILS doTERRA-CPTG® Essential Oils William Richardson 109 Coots Way, Irmo • 803-665-2943 WRichardson.firstname.lastname@example.org
Dedicated to sharing, teaching and educating others in the uses and common applications of doTERRA’s Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils.William offers Aromatouch Therapy, extensive knowledge of Reflexology, biological surveys and is available for personal consultations and classes for groups, businesses and churches. Call for consultation. See ad, page 24.
FITNESS COLUMBIA TAI CHI CENTER
Wesley Adams, Owner/Instructor 2910 Rosewood Dr., Columbia 803-873-2100 • ColumbiaTaiChiCenter.com
Wes Adams is dedicated to helping you live a happier, more healthy, balanced life by teaching traditional lineage T’ai chi. In this day of “cardio T’ai chi” workouts and one-day T’ai chi instructor certifications, Wes is a certified instructor under the American Center for Chinese Studies, NY. See ad, page 22.
HEALTH/PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COACHING Kathy O’Keeffe, MS, RD/LD, CDE KOK Consulting & Coaching 803-261-2998 • KOK-candc.com
Kathy O’Keeffe offers a unique perspective to enable individuals to achieve their goals, personal or business. She’s a Registered & Licensed Dietitian with 15+ years of business sales experience. Kathy has developed her effective style to empower those who are really ready to change! Call KOK C & C for a free consultation. See ad, page 19.
Linda Salyer 120 Kaminer Way Pkwy, Ste. H, Columbia 803-361-2620 • LSalyer@ymail.com
All disease begins in the colon. Constipation, slow sluggish bowel, gas and bloating? A colonic will help to rid you of these problems. Colonics promote good digestion, help speed metabolism, help lower cholesterol and help relieve joint pain. Linda Salyer is IACN certified and a retired nurse. Special pricing every third week of the month.
INTEGRATED HEALING CENTER FOR HEALTH INTEGRATION
Pamila Lorentz – MSW, BSN, RN, LMBT NCBTMB 6136 Old Bush River Rd., Columbia 803-749-1576 • CHIMassage@bellsouth.net
Pamila Lorentz engages a wholistic body/mind/spirit approach to healing that provides relief for chronic pain, stress, insomnia, anxiety, depression and more through her innovative bodywork therapies. Her services include integrative massage, craniosacral therapy and energy healing modalities. See ad, page 23.
Katz Delauney-Leija, MSW, EFT-CC, Psych-K Advanced, Energy Medicine 803-530-6199 • KDelauney@sc.rr.com
Katz Delauney-Leija incorporates her therapy skills, insight, intuition and spiritual guidance to hone in on the issues that block self-healing and success. An alternative to conventional therapy that produces lasting results, quickly. Specialties include health issues, stress, trauma, self-worth, sexual issues, servicerelated PTSD, and relationships. Call for a free assessment.
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Kathy Cooper is passionate about helping women live a healthy, balanced life. Each health coaching program is personalized to help improve your mind, body and spirit. Kathy offers individual and group health coaching programs as well as health and nutrition workshops and cooking classes.
2222 Airport Blvd, W. Columbia 803-796-1702 DrRachelHall.com ExpectWellness@sc.rr.com Find us on Facebook for great health tips.
Dr. Rachel Hall is board certified in both family medicine and integrative holistic medicine. Together we will focus on finding the root of the problem, not just treating symptoms. Call today for a consult if you are looking to achieve balance. In-house diagnostic labs and therapies. See ad, page 22.
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About Your Health Inc.’s main focus is health education and health-enhancing services. Including one-on-one nutritional counseling, Reams pH testing, parasite programs, aqua-chi footbaths, far infrared sauna, weight-loss programs, and thermography. Hardto-find natural, organic, whole food nutritional supplements, raw foods and natural household items. See ad, page 9.
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Julie Bradshaw specializes in helping people to receive guidance from their Higher Self as well as their guides and angels. She offers spiritual counseling and can assist you with relationship, financial, career, and health-related matters.
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Cran Aloe concentrate by Ardyss is a healthy juice that rejuvenates your body with its dynamic fusion of Cranberry, Aloe Vera juice and natural antioxidants. Cran Aloe was designed to be an excellent urinary tract system support. Call Dr. Riley for more information.
LIFE COACH/BUSINESS COACH SUZANNE RILEY WHYTE 803-760-6403 info@MatrxCoaching.com MatrxCoaching.com
Suzanne understands the thought systems and beliefs we have that sustain patterns of production. To create change or embrace the change that is happening in your business and life. Call Suzanne to set an appointment and learn more.
RESTORE/CENTRAL SC HABITAT FOR HUMANITY 483 Sunset Blvd., W. Columbia Capital Square Shopping Center across from Columbia Farms 803-936-0088
The ReStore is a retail store that accepts donations of new and gently used furniture, building materials, appliances, and other household items then sold at a reduced cost. Proceeds go toward building Habitat homes for low-income families. The ReStore is a Green business that keeps materials out of landfills and reduces the amount of non-renewable resources being consumed.
SPIRITUAL SPIRITUAL DISCUSSION GROUP
Contact Steve • 803-318-1887 ECK-SC.org Meetup.com/Columbia-Spiritual-Seekers
Eckankar hosts open discussions (meetups), worship services and more at no charge. All are welcome. Topics include understanding past lives, dreams, coincidences, God’s creative life force and more. Call ahead: time and date may vary.
120 Kaminer Way Pkwy, Ste. J, Columbia 803-798-8687 AboutYourHealthSC.com
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Formulated natural health supplements intended for pain control, urinary health, preventive illness, virility, stress relief, weight control and other common conditions. See ad, next page.
GARNER’S NATURAL LIFE
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At Garner ’s Natural Life, we offer the purest, most innovative high-quality natural products. With more than 130 collective years of wellness experience! We are proud to say that our knowledge allows us to encourage choices that will positively impact the heath and future of our community and environment. See ad, back page.