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Awakening Humanity Touching HEAVEN


DIET How What We

Eat Creates a More Peaceful World

Proof of Life After Death

Greening Up the Holidays


Ways to Embrace Life Fully

Fresh Ideas for Planet-Friendly Celebrations December 2013 | Grand Strand Edition |

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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue, readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.


Retro-Fresh Family Traditions by Claire O’Neil


The Top Five Regrets of the Dying by Bronnie Ware




Eckhart Tolle on the Kingdom of Heaven Within by Eric Nelson




Proof of Life After Death by Linda Sechrist


TOGETHERNESS? Exercise Helps Keep Family Holidays Merry by Sarah Todd



All-Natural Home Health Care by Sandra Murphy


A Prime Time to Rejuvenate and Birth Creativity by Lane Vail

28 PEACE ON OUR PLATES Mindful Eating for a More Peaceful World by Judith Fertig

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24 December 2013


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Supports SC-C.A.R.E.S.


uring the hectic holidays, we all cherish quiet moments to relax and decompress from the stresses of the day. And we can offer that respite to friends in the form of a gift of a CD of guided meditation featuring local meditation expert Paula Kenion, MS, the calming sounds of Resonant Beats and nature photography by Catherine "Blue Stone Eagle" Talbot. Relax into easy yoga meditation techniques to reduce stress and improve health, but also warm your heart, knowing that for every CD purchased, one dollar is donated to the SC-C.A.R.E.S. Coastal Animal Rescue & Educational Sanctuary, in Georgetown. To purchase online by credit card, enter the following into your browser or go to Paula Kenion’s website at For more information on SC-C.A.R.E.S, visit

Soy Candles and Natural Gift Ideas


f you’re looking for a totally natural, healthy and nontoxic green gift, consider soy candles. You can be green, and clean, with candles that burn soy wax made from soy oil. They give off no fumes like petroleum paraffin candles do, and give off the same soft glow—great for setting a meditative and calming mood, for massage, for romance or celebration. They are also efficient, lasting much longer than toxic paraffin candles; and the soy wax, as it melts, returns to soy oil, which can be used as a warmed massage lotion, gentle enough and safe for skin. The candles burn at a much lower heat and begin melting at a lower heat; therefore, they will always be contained in a glass or bowl. The therapeutic soy candles are infused with natural fragrances from essential oils that have their own healing properties, unlike commercial candles with imitation chemical perfumes. The candles are a perfect vehicle for diffusing the essential oil fragrances to perform their healing aromatherapy properties known and practiced for millennia. “From the Beginning” brand aromatherapy candles are created by and available at Advanced Alternative Health as a part of its new line of natural skin-care and body-care products made from food-grade bases of oils and butters and infused with all-natural healing essential oils. Gift certificates are also available for purchase. For more information, call Liz Sellers at 843-650-8889 or 843-333-0279 at Advanced Alternative Health, 4620 Dick Pond Rd. (544), or visit See ads, pages 16 and 20.


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Resolving to Begin a Healthy Yoga Practice


y popular demand, Secret Lotus Yoga & Healing Arts is pleased to announce a Beginners' Workshop Series, beginning Saturday, January 4. Led by studio owner and ashtanga yoga instructor Lyndsay Bahn Trimble, sessions are geared toward beginners to yoga or current students that are new to ashtanga. The emphasis will be on deepening the students' understanding of the breath, basic ashtanga poses, fundamental alignment, and the "flowing," inherently meditative aspects of the movements. This two-part workshop series is designed to bring a sense of confidence to the mat, allowing students to integrate into all-level Vinyasa classes. This course will include working hard and seeking the focus and meditation within the physical and mental challenge. It will be held January 4 and 11 from noon until 2 p.m., and it is suggested that students attend both sessions. Cost is $50 for the series, and pre-registration including pre-payment is required. Deadline for registration is January 1. Register online at or call 843-333-2656. Secret Lotus Yoga & Healing Arts is located at 417 79th Ave., N., in Myrtle Beach.

Mercy Care Helps the Homeless with the Annual Christmas Drive


ercy Care has partnered with Brightwater Assisted Living, Jonas Marc Studio, Melinda’s Day Spa, Catholic Charities, and the Little River Medical Clinic for Mercy Care’s annual Christmas Drive for the Homeless in an effort to collect warm clothing, blankets and items for the homeless in Myrtle Beach. The collected items will be distributed Christmas week. Blankets, coats, warm socks, warm hats (toboggans), mittens and gloves, long underwear, sweaters, sweatshirts and any items for the upcoming winter season to provide warmth are needed. There are several locations to drop off your donations, including the Mercy Care office at 8216 Devon Court (off of 82nd Parkway); Brightwater Assisted Living, located at 101 Brightwater Drive, Myrtle Beach; Jonas Marc Studio, located at 2010 Oakheart Road, Myrtle Beach, off of Carolina Forest Boulevard; and Melinda’s Day Spa, located at 505 Highway 17, North Myrtle Beach. Donated items are needed by Friday, December 13. Tom Badurski, Director of Children’s Programs and Special Projects for Mercy Care, says: “The spirit and resolve of the homeless have taught me a lot about the human spirit and what we are capable of. The heat and cold I complain about; the homeless live without any heating or cooling. I never hear them complain about any small things as the rest of us do so often. The smallest things are a big deal to them, while the biggest things are small to us.” For more information on Mercy Care’s special projects, contact Tom Badurski at 843-848-6496 or visit

Grand Opening The Healers Hands


he Healers Hands, a therapeutic massage spa in Murrells Inlet, celebrated its grand opening at the end of November. Owner/certified massage therapist Jennifer Uhler, a full-time therapist since 2005, has cultivated a dedicated following. Nearby Inlet Yoga also offers Uhler as its in-house therapist. Uhler’s passion has been pre- and perinatal massage since the inception of her practice. She recently added fertility massage to her certifications. She is also working within the holistic community to bring awareness to the many benefits of massage during these important life- and family-changing events. “My goal is to ensure that every client leaves here feeling like someone has truly taken the time to be ‘present’ with them; to listen and to care about their well-being,” shares Uhler. In celebration of the holiday season, during the month of December, gift certificates can be purchased at a special price: Buy one, get a second at half price, for any massage service (must be of equal or lesser value). The Healers Hands is located at 5341 Hwy. 17 Byp., Suite E, in Murrells Inlet in the South Inlet Plaza. For more information, call 843-877-4708 or visit

Healing Crystals from Gifu Art Xchange


haron Willick helps people connect with the crystals that facilitate and focus their healing and spiritual journey. Artists Willick and her husband, Bill Strydesky, shared their crystals, gems and minerals for 12 years in Washington, D.C., before making the S.C. coast their new home. Now, at the Life in Balance Spiritual Center, in Little River, Willick continues her sale of fine select crystals, gemstones, minerals, exotic hand-rolled incense, and original artwork. Examples of the stones she sells are auralite, containing 23 different minerals; moldavite, created by meteors hitting the Earth; lemurian seed crystals; and double-terminated Tibetan quartz. She offers bracelets with shungite, a stone used in Russia since the 18th century for healing properties. Both anchi and shungite have been shown to enhance the quality of water. Most of her crystals and minerals can be purchased for as little as $5 and up to $50, and Willick can put together a custom-tailored “medicine bag of stones.” Strydesky is a prolific artist with more than 500 paintings that tend to be bold, bright, abstract and energetic. In contrast, he also has a softer tree series and an intricate mandala. Willick’s art shows her love of the human face. She also has created a series of orbs in healing colors for color therapy. They previously owned Gifu Art Xchange in Conway, and were instrumental in initiating the Art Walk events in the historic downtown. Now, most of their art can be found at the new home for Gifu Art Xchange, Life in Balance; on their Facebook site; and at art shows. They are also sometimes featured at the Waccamaw Art Guild, Art & Soul, and Collectors Café and Gallery. By the way, Gifu is the name of

their distinctive cat. Willick offers workshops on smudging, and creates her own Gifu smudging blend of sage, cedar, sweet grass, juniper and lavender. She likes to burn frankincense and lavender with a small amount of charcoal to follow the ceremonial smudging. Participants are always gifted with some free stones at her workshops. On Saturday, December 14, Willick offers a Q&A workshop from 10 a.m. to noon to advise attendees on their own mineral and crystal collections. Willick says: “Janet Hosmer, of Life in Balance, provides a wonderful spiritual center that’s welcoming to all spiritual practices and healing modalities.” A psychic fair is held monthly on the third Saturday, where Willick is also in attendance; however, the crystals, incense and art are sold in the Metaphysical Bookstore onsite whenever the Center is open. Willick is also at the Center Thursdays, and “is only a phone call away” when people hope to meet with her. For more information, contact Sharon Willick at 843-4579503 or visit Facebook: Gifu Art Xchange. Also, visit Gifu Art Xchange inside Life in Balance Spiritual Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr., Little River. Phone: 843-421-6717. Website: See ad, page 19.

Quit Smoking Clinic of Myrtle Beach for Smoking Cessation


old laser therapy for quitting smoking is now available on the Strand at Louis Murden’s Quit Smoking Clinic of Myrtle Beach, which officially opened this summer. The therapy has been successfully used in Europe for 20 years, but only more recently in this country. Murden, a licensed psychotherapist in local practice for more than 15 years, has been a certified smoking-cessation counselor since 1996. He is also certified as a master addictions counselor and formerly was treatment director for a major substance addictions rehabilitation center. The application of cold laser light to light-sensitive areas on the skin stimulates the release of the same endorphins— or “feel good” internal chemicals—that smoking cigarettes releases, but the laser light is completely harmless, unlike the 6,000 or so substances that have been found in cigarette smoke. These longer-lasting endorphins help to ease the discomfort of withdrawal symptoms, such as cravings, irritability and nervousness. Being free of the effects of withdrawal allows clients to focus on the second part of the program: replacing the old, harmful and expensive habit of smoking with new, healthy habits that can meet the critical need for relief breaks, relaxation, stress relief, and so on. The laser effect also helps to control appetite and, therefore, lessens weight gain. The total treatment takes approximately one hour and is a one-time treatment for most clients. Most of Murden’s clients come referred from the medical community, but the program is now being opened to the general public. The cost is less than the typical cost of purchasing cigarettes for one month. Bringing in this copy of natural awakenings

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Natural Awakenings magazine earns a $20 discount off the total fee for the month of December. The Quit Smoking Clinic of Myrtle Beach is located at 1304 Azalea Ct, Suite C. For more information, contact Louis Murden at 843-997-4022 or See ad, page 29.

Springbank Retreat Sabbatical Programs


t Springbank Retreat, the word “sabbatical” takes on a deeper meaning of retreat from the outside world. Located near Kingstree in a quiet, rural setting, Springbank has been an ecumenical center for retreats, hospitality, healing, Earth education, and the arts for more than 50 years. A recent visitor to Springbank, Sister Barbara Fiand says, “I don’t know of any place other than Springbank that offers sabbaticals/retreats that focus on spirituality, deep ecology, and the arts in such a profound way and at the same time provides such exquisite natural beauty.” Springbank offers one-, two- and three-month sabbatical programs designed to provide a healing and supportive environment for those in transition, those in need of spiritual and physical renewal, and those seeking new ways of being in relationship and ritual with Earth, self and all beings. Participants encounter new sources of hope and a deepening of their spiritual journey where the love of Earth contributes to the transformation of human consciousness. With a theme of “rest the body, renew the spirit, and refresh the mind,” visitors find themselves in surroundings conducive to quiet prayer and contemplative solitude, balanced with opportunity for intentional community. The sabbatical program affords ample time for personal rest, recreation and creative pursuits. Included in the cost is the invitation to share in the spiritual richness of all of the retreat programs during the sabbatical time. The full three-month sabbatical program invites guests to make a deeper commitment to more sustainable living, welcoming the new emerging consciousness. Participants will be exposed to the works of Thomas Berry, Miriam MacGillis, Brian Swimme, Richard Rohr, Rev. Jim Conlon, and Mary Evelyn Tucker, with field trips and quiet time in the natural world. Spiritual direction, massage and healing touch are available for participants upon request. Springbank programs focus on the healing, nourishment and empowerment of women. Most sabbatical programs are presented in morning and afternoon sessions. The schedule allows for time to walk, rest, work with clay, basketry or watercolors, receive healing body work, or to meet with a mentor or spiritual director. Free time is scheduled so participants can visit the beautiful beaches, sculpture and flower gardens, and explore historic Charleston. Program fees include lodging and meals. For more information, call Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd., Kingstree, at 843-382-9777, or email See ad, page 27.


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Expanded Psychic Fair, in Little River Saturday, December 21


he monthly Psychic Fair at Life in Balance Spiritual Center is about entertainment and educating the public about the different styles of psychic specialties. There are many kinds of psychics, and the Center continues to attract more locals with this amazing and beneficial gift. Some read palms, some are medical intuitives, some are card readers, some are mediums, and some use psychometry (holding an object to receive insight). This month, on Saturday, December 21, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Life in Balance will be holding a special “morning-till-evening” event in order to afford 17 local psychics and healers the ability to provide insights and advice on the most pressing life challenges, from relationships and health issues to contacting loved ones that have passed on. There will also be demonstrations of a bio-energetic screening device called Asyra; sessions with a handwriting analyst that works with the prison system to analyze inmates; and a number of energy workers to align your energy, so you’re ready for the stress of the holidays. In addition, the Center’s crystalist—Sharon Willick, of Gifu Art Xchange—has collected dozens of new, unique and powerful gemstones from around the world to make them available for you during this special event. Admission to the event is free, and charges for readings are minimal. For more information, call Life in Balance Spiritual Center at 843-421-6717 or email Info@LifeInBalanceCenter. org. See ad, page 19.

Angels Among Us, Eager to Serve


t’s Christmas! Angels are bending near, becoming more visible to us, because we are including them in songs, decorations and stories. What better time for an Angel Workshop (or “Lightshop”). Your guardian angel is an ever-present friend that loves you unconditionally, sees the Divine light, love, life and laughter that you are, and is ready and able to help you fulfill your highest desires. Your guardian angel is a gateway to the angelic kingdom that is here to play a powerful role in alleviating the suffering of humankind; yes, even yours. Unity Myrtle Beach hosts Angels Among Us, Eager to Serve presented by Susan Boles on Monday, December 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a second but unique event on Tuesday, December 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Lightshop’s goals are that each person feel and befriend angelic presence, discover better ways to communicate and partner with angels, and learn how to help angels fulfill their service to humankind. Lightshop facilitator Susan Boles is a licensed Unity teacher, Oneness Blessing giver and spiritual counselor. For the last 30 years, she has enjoyed a close friendship with the angelic kingdom. Boles delights in introducing others to

these special forever friends that are so eager to help make our sojourn on Earth more fun and fulfilling. The workshop is offered on a love-offering basis. Unity Myrtle Beach is located at 1270 Surfside Industrial Park Dr., Surfside Beach. For more information, call 843238-8516 or visit See ad, page 11.

Karyl Tych of Live Oak Yoga Studies in India with the Iyengars


aryl Tych, owner of Live Oak Yoga Studio, studied at the institute of B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Worldwide in Pune, India, this November. It’s her second visit to advance the development of her yoga skills with training by the source of her yoga lineage. Tych will be back on the Grand Strand in December to resume her teaching at her studio in Myrtle Beach and will be teaching a special spotlight class at Yoga in Common, located in the Market Common, in January. Each month, one hundred students from around the world come to study at the Institute. The program includes a two-hour class daily taught by Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar, his granddaughter Abhijata, his daughter Geeta, or his son Prashant. There is a two-and-a-half hour open practice session in the main hall daily. Also, there are classes taught by the Institute faculty to locals that the international students can observe. At 95, Iyengar continues his remarkable daily yoga practice in the main hall, consisting primarily of supported backbends, such as kapotasana, viparita dandasana, and urdhva dhanurasana held for 20 to 30 minutes. He also individually teaches faculty members and senior teachers. Of her experience, Tych shares: “This wonderfully intense total yoga immersion is truly transformative. It deepens my practice and enriches my teaching. I’m most grateful and look forward to sharing this with my students.” Tych has been practicing since 1990 and is the only certified Iyengar teacher in the area. Live Oak Yoga Studio is located at 9904A North Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach. For more information, call 843-340-9642 or visit For more information on Iyengar yoga, visit

Skin Wellness

with “Outer Nutrition”


our skin is in a constant state of change. It can change with the seasons, under stress, or when your body experiences hormonal or weight changes. During winter, you may need more moisture to combat dryness in the air, and less moisture may be needed when months are humid and warm. Your skin is a reflection of your health. Inlet Nutrition now offers a free Skin Wellness Evaluation with its new Outer Nutrition Wellness Coach to help you make adjustments in your skin-care routine to make sure your skin is getting what it needs. HL Skin, the new retail line from Inlet Nutrition, has products for all skin types: normal to dry, normal to oily, and aging. All skin is subject

to problems, regardless of skin color or ethnic background. Everyone can and will benefit from a healthy diet and a good skin-care regimen. A Skin Wellness Evaluation is where you design your own personalized program under the guidance of the Outer Nutrition Wellness Coach. Many factors can influence a person’s skin type, including diet; smoking; certain medications; climate or weather; over moisturizing or over exfoliating; using irritating or drying products; and not using any products at all. Your coach will evaluate and introduce solutions for your skin-care regimen. You will be able to pamper yourself with lush textures, silky soft lathers, radiant essential oils, and rejuvenating fragrances. For more information, contact Inlet Nutrition owner Linda Sacchetti at 843-424-9586. Inlet Nutrition is located at 3556B Old Kings Hwy., Murrells Inlet. See ad, page 31.

Simran Singh Speaks at Unity


imran Singh, creative visionary, transformational catalyst and rebel humanitarian in the realms of metaphysics, spirituality and motivation, is the award-winning publisher of the online 11:11 Magazine, dedicated to the purpose of enhancing conscious evolution and empowered living. In 2013, after leaving an 18-year arranged marriage, Singh let go of everything, for the ultimate experience of love, courage, commitment and trust, by diving into the unknown without a plan, control or structure. Embarking on a 66-city road trip with her two children, 12-year-old Sage and 3-year-old Krish, she created a one-woman show titled The Rebel Road, live streamed from her RV. The show carries the vision of freeing people from their self-imposed limitations into living life fearlessly. Globally reaching hundreds of thousands with her passionate wisdom, Singh is known for providing understanding of how the world speaks to us through an ongoing conversation with the Universe. Her philosophy consists of, in her words, “being the example of authentic and compassionate bold experience and creative capacity.” Catalyzing change, Singh is a unique source of powerful expression, wisdom, vulnerability and courage, which speaks the language of the heart and soul. Singh speaks at the Unity Myrtle Beach 11 a.m. Celebration Service, and from 2 to 4:30 p.m. following a community potluck lunch. The afternoon workshop is offered at a cost of $25. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online. Singh is the author of Your Journey to Enlightenment and Conversations with the Universe. The free 11:11 resources, along with access to all of her work, is at Unity Myrtle Beach is located at 1270 Surfside Industrial Park Dr., Surfside Beach. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 843-238-8516 or visit UnityMyrtleBeach. org. See ad, page 11. natural awakenings

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Sprinkle Cinnamon to Avert Alzheimer’s


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innamon is known as an excellent antioxidant that improves fasting blood sugar levels and prevents heart disease. Now new research offers yet another benefit and reason to add this potent spice to our daily diet. Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, have confirmed that cinnamon helps protect against Alzheimer’s disease. They found that the cinnamon compounds cinnamaldehyde and epicatechin help stop the formation of “tangles” of tau protein in the brain, hallmarks of the memory-robbing neurodegenerative disease. The study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, says these powerful antioxidants that give cinnamon its potent flavor and scent defend mental function in a unique way. “Take, for example, sunburn, a form of oxidative damage,” explains Roshni Graves, of the university’s Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. “If you wore a hat, you could protect your face and head from oxidation. In a sense, this cinnamaldehyde is like a cap,” protecting against tau proteins. The findings suggest that sufficient cinnamon consumption might stop the progression of Alzheimer’s or even prevent it.

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 obesityfighting 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.

Meditation Helps Heal Traumatized Veterans


ranscendental Meditation (TM) has a dramatic healing effect on people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and can also result in lower blood pressure, according to two new studies. TM—a technique to avoid distracting thoughts, decrease stress and promote a state of relaxed awareness— reduced PTSD symptoms in combat veterans by as much as 50 percent in just eight weeks, according to a study from Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C., published in the journal Military Medicine. The veterans also reported decreased depression and improved quality of life, with a greater ability to come back to their civilian lives after returning from duty. Vietnam War vets randomly assigned to TM sessions at a Denver Veterans Center also experienced greater reductions in alcohol usage, insomnia and depression than those in conventional counseling. At the conclusion of a landmark three-month study, 70 percent of the meditating veterans felt they no longer required the services of the center. A separate American Heart Association report on the general U.S. population showed that the practice of TM generally reduced systolic blood pressure in subjects by five points and 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 individually selected word or series of words.

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.

Button Batteries Imperil Bambinos


utton-type lithium batteries are all around us, powering remote controls, keyless entry devices for cars, flameless candles, watches, greeting cards and other devices. Parents should be aware that these batteries are attractive to small children and if swallowed, can dissolve and cause serious damage to the esophagus in as little as two hours. The National Safety Council reports that the number of children swallowing these batteries quadrupled between 2005 and 2010, to 3,400 cases, yet 62 percent of parents are unaware of the danger.

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.

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globalbriefs News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

Escalating Thirst Endangered Western Tree Habitats

Genuinely Greenwashed Six Ploys to Avoid in Eco-Purchases

A report by TerraChoice Environmental Marketing exposes these six “greenwashing” marketing ploys to watch out for when shopping: 1. Hidden Trade Off: A refurbished plasma TV might reduce the need of buying new at first, but new or not, such TVs are energy hogs. 2. No Proof: Can a third party verify claims such as “organic” or “all-natural”? 3. Vagueness: Beware of products claiming to be “chemical-free” or “no hormones added”. 4. Irrelevance: Claims that have no relationship to the product or might be made with any other product in the same category, such as [chlorofluorocarbon] CFCfree shaving gel. 5. Fibbing: A falsehood that can’t be backed up, such as “certified organic” for products for which no such certification exists. 6. Lesser of Two Evils: An attempt to put a green twist on a product that’s inherently harmful to humans and the environment, such as organic cigarettes.

A team of scientists at the University of Grenoble, in France, have isolated ultrasonic pops 100 times faster than what a human can hear in slivers of dead pine wood bathed in a hydrogel to simulate the conditions of a living tree. They exposed the gel to an artificially dry environment and listened for the noises that occurred as air bubbles built up, blocking water uptake, similar to what occurs to trees during drought. As leaves on a tree collect carbon dioxide, they open their pores, a process that leaves them particularly vulnerable to water loss. Douglas firs and pine trees can repair this damage as frequently as every hour, says Katherine McCulloh, a plant ecophysiologist at Oregon State University. However, the bubbles are deadly for other species. Today, the typical forest in the often thirsty American West contains an unnaturally high density of 112 to 172 trees per acre. Besides intercepting rain and snow that would otherwise enter the groundwater supply, such an overabundance threatens native species. “Deprived of [the effect of] low-intensity, naturally occurring fires, aspen, lupine, sequoia and fireweed can’t reproduce,” notes Jamie Workman, of the Environmental Defense Fund. “Deer lose edge habitat. Threatened owls and raptors can’t navigate through increasingly dense thickets.” Workman argues that thinning out small trees is the answer. Contributing source:


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Arctic Rescue

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

Tagging Toxins

Online Database Identifies Safe Products 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.”

Sustainable Solutions

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. For information and to register, visit or

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The Terra, an Internet-based trade reference currency (TRC), has been launched as a global complementary form of money to provide an inflation-resistant international value standard, stabilize the worldwide business cycle and realign stockholders’ interests with long-term sustainability. From a legal viewpoint, the Terra is standardized “countertrade” (international barter), which is routinely used for more than $1 trillion worth of transactions each year. Countertrade legislation already exists in about 200 countries, including all the major trading nations, so introducing the Terra does not require new intergovernmental agreements. Financial and currency expert Bernard Lietaer, one of the key architects of the European Currency Unit, the convergence mechanism that led to the Euro, posits the Terra as the first time since gold standard days that such a robust, inflationresistant international base value has been available. He says: “This supranational complementary currency is uniquely designed, unlike national currencies, to provide a stable international mechanism for contractual and payment purposes worldwide. This mechanism would automatically work to reverse the boom and busts of the business cycle and stabilize the economy by providing more cash during downturns and cooling off inflationary pressures in the peak of an upturn.” Perhaps most importantly, it is positioned to resolve the current conflict between short-term financial interest and long-term sustainability. The Terra works in parallel with national currencies.

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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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.

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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.

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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, 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.

Gift Giving

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 ( 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

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I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings. Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. As a result, many developed illnesses apparently related to the bitterness and resentment they carried.

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eople grow a lot when faced with their own mortality. As a palliative caregiver for many years, I learned never to underestimate someone’s capacity for personal growth. After wrestling with a variety of intense emotions, every patient I saw found their peace before they departed. When questioned about regrets or what they would have done differently, five themes emerged. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. This was the most common regret of all. When people realize that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how


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many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honored even half of their dreams and died knowing that it was due to choices they had made or not made. Health brings a freedom very few realize until they no longer have it. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard. Every male patient that I nursed felt they had missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. They deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence. Women also spoke of this regret, but because most were from an older generation, many had not been breadwinners.

I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends. Many were disappointed they had not truly realized the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks, and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip away. Many deeply regretted not giving important friendships the time and effort that they deserved. I wish that I had let myself be happier. Many did not understand until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called comfort of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others and to themselves that they were content, when deep within, they longed to laugh with gusto and cultivate some silliness in their life. Bronnie Ware is the author of The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing, a memoir of how people she cared for changed the way she lives. She blogs at


Humanity’s Eternal Quest Eckhart Tolle on the Kingdom of Heaven Within by Eric Nelson

tual teaching,” he says. “They may awaken simply because they can’t stand the suffering anymore.” He went on to cite examples of those that have either been told they have a short time to live or have been given an exceptionally long prison sentence. In both cases, any thought of a future has been effectively dashed, forcing these individuals into what Tolle describes as an intense awareness that there is only the present moment, with no more future to escape into mentally. The result is a lot less suffering. “That is the real spiritual awakening, when something emerges from within you that is deeper than who you thought you were,” says Tolle. “So, the person is still there, but one could almost say that something more powerful shines through the person.” The good news, according to Tolle, is that in order to experience this awakening, “You don’t have to wait for photo by David Ellingsen


o listen to Eckhart Tolle is to be reminded that anything is possible— for anyone. We’re not talking about living a life of leisure, filled with expensive cars, beach homes and extravagant vacations, but an experience brimming with the kind of spiritual insights that make this life not only worth living, but decidedly more fulfilling. The problem is that when people hear the words “spiritual insight,” there’s often an assumption that it’s about something too ethereal to be practical or too elusive to be achieved in this lifetime. This is exactly the point that Tolle, one of the world’s most well-known spiritual teachers and authors, rebuffed during a talk earlier this year at California’s Stanford University. “Some people awaken spiritually without ever coming into contact with any meditation technique or any spiri-

Spiritual insights aren’t the least bit ethereal or elusive, but decidedly practical. the diagnosis by the doctor or to be put in prison… nor do you have to do 30,000 hours of meditation or live in an ashram for 20 years. Once you get a glimpse of it, you can invite it into your daily life.” For a growing number of people, it’s this understanding of the always present “spiritual you” shining through that has led to significant improvements in their lives, not the least of which is better health. This would seem to indicate that these kinds of spiritual insights aren’t the least bit ethereal or elusive, but decidedly practical. “Spirituality and religion belong in the healing paradigm,” writes Airdre Grant, Ph.D., of Australia’s Southern Cross University, in a study published in the Journal of the Australian TraditionalMedicine Society. “They are determinants of health and they are factors in recovery, well-being and longevity.” So where do these insights come from? Is it simply a matter of wishful thinking? Or is it perhaps something more reliable, more effective than that? “Jesus said, ‘The kingdom of heaven is within you,’” observes Tolle, implying that this health-inducing understanding may be a lot closer than we thought. “I think if he lived nowadays, instead of ‘kingdom,’ he would have said, ‘dimension.’ And ‘heaven’ refers to a sense of vastness or spaciousness. So if we retranslate the words of Jesus into modern

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terms, [it would be] ‘the dimension of spaciousness is within you.’” “And then Jesus said—when they asked him, ‘Where is the kingdom of heaven and when is it going to come?’— he said, ‘The kingdom of heaven does not come with signs to be perceived. You cannot say, ah, it’s over there or look, it’s over there, for I tell you the kingdom of heaven is within you.’” How comforting it is to be reminded that the proverbial “kingdom of heaven” we’ve been hearing about for at least two millennia—this “dimension of spaciousness,” or what might be characterized as the understanding of our true spiritual identity—is “within you.” It’s within us all, here and now. All that remains is the willingness— and the humility—to put this insight into practice. Eric Nelson is a Christian Science healing practitioner from Los Altos, CA, whose articles on the link between spiritual consciousness and health appear regularly in national online publications. Connect at


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Near-Death Experiences Proof of Life After Death

by Linda Sechrist


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.”

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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 munity 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 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 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

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 18

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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

“We need to accept—at least hypothetically—that the brain itself doesn’t produce consciousness.” ~ Dr. Eben Alexander 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 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

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You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.

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 Par-

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menides, 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. Harvard-trained scientist specializing in anatomy of the brain, she was fascinated to observe the breakdown of her brain-related functions. As described in her book, My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey, she became the witness to

“In touch with our wholeness, illness can’t remain—in ourselves, others or the planet.” ~Anita Moorjani 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.

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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 for the recorded interviews.



sked why she “I’ve become focused just my own enthought she manifesting on seeing the perfection ergy had cancer, as cancer, because Anita Moorjani, of life in this moment.” my fears weren’t author of Dying to allowing me to express myself as the Be Me, sums up magnificent force I was meant to be,” her answer in one word: Fear. “I was advises Moorjani. killing myself, and cancer saved me,” She hopes that her presentasays Moorjani, whose book documents tions to medical professionals and her near-death experience (NDE) and public speaking will influence how the higher realm she encountered the health profession views cancer when her body shut down. Allowed to identify with her true magnificence, and other diseases and illnesses. “Treatment needs to be about more undistorted by the fear generated than medicine, because so much of by her own lifelong self-judgment, disease has to do with our emotions,” self-criticism, worry and lack of selfshe imparts, “especially the ones we forgiveness, she returned with a vital, direct toward ourselves.” heartfelt message. Through this life-enhancing expe “Everyone is an amazing, magnificent being, with great capacity for rience, Moorjani came to understand health, happiness and joy. Although why she owes it to herself, everyone we’ve been conditioned to believe that she meets and life itself to always express her own unique essence. “Trying we need to pursue success and learn to improve ourselves to be happy, such to be anything or anyone else doesn’t make me better—it just deprives me steps are unnecessary, because we of my true self and keeps me from already are all we are trying to attain,” interacting authentically with others,” she says. she explains. “I’d spent a lifetime feeling Moorjani now knows that all life inadequate, beating myself up for in the universe is one and our core not meeting my own expectations,” is love. “I was overwhelmed by the she continues. Through the clarity realization that God isn’t a being, but of dwelling in the NDE realm, she a state of being… and I am that state understood that the cancer wasn’t of being… pure consciousness.” a punishment for anything. “It was natural awakenings

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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 ’tisthe-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. Resistancetraining 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 mood-lifting 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

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Pet First-Aid Kits All-Natural Home Health Care by Sandra Murphy


irst-aid is the first thing you can do to help an injured animal if you are prepared,” says Dr. Jason Nicholas, owner of The Preventive Vet, in Portland, Oregon. Attention in cases of injury or sudden illness can help a dog or cat stay more comfortable, stop bleeding and provide temporary relief. A pet first-aid kit can resemble a pantry more than a medicine cabinet. Natural components include: Cool water. Purified water kept in a spray bottle can cool overheated pets. For the fastest results, spray near the pulse points, the “armpits” and where fur is the thinnest. Further, a vet will assess if clinical hydration is needed beyond the water bowl. Saline solution. Versatile saline is available at the vet’s office or any pharmacy, and also easy and inexpensive to make at home. Use it to flush debris from eyes, clean wounds and promote healing from incisions. Two teaspoons of non-iodized salt in four cups of boiled water mimics body fluids. The Ohio State University Medical Center website provides a recipe for normal saline solution at Vinegar. It acts as a drying agent, especially for floppyeared dogs taking a dip in a pool or natural waterway, which can leave the inner ear moist. “Don’t use vinegar if the skin is red or broken because it will be painful,” says Dr. Jules Benson, vice president of veterinary services at Petplan Pet Insurance, in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. Never use it more than twice a week. Honey. Apply this sweet unguent to gums to help


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counteract low blood sugar and shock, particularly when a diabetic pet’s insulin levels are off. Maple syrup is a good substitute. Sugar. Although not recommended in a regular pet diet, sugar can be a topical antibacterial for the short term. Sugar draws water from the wound and dehydrates bacteria, supporting growth of new tissue. Plain yogurt. Adding this healthy refrigerated topping to dry food will activate a sluggish appetite and supply needed cultures to help balance the digestive system. Cornstarch. This non-toxic remedy helps stop minor bleeding from cuts, scrapes and pedicure accidents. Calendula. Also known as pot marigold, calendula cream may be used as an anti-inflammatory. Bug bites, scrapes, sunburn and itching from allergies also benefit from its application. Aloe. Easily grown in a garden or pot and available in gel form, aloe sooths burns, prevents blisters and speeds healing. It also serves as canine Chapstick. “Older dogs often have cracked skin on their noses,” notes Benson. “Aloe helps to heal the skin and keeps the dog comfortable.” Rescue Remedy. Illness or injury brings stress, and one common solution is Rescue Remedy. To relieve fear or anxi-

ety, rub it onto a paw, nose or ears or add the recommended number of drops to water, a treat or food. It helps dogs, cats, horses, birds, fish and even iguanas. Dosage relies on the extent of stress rather than weight or species. Clean cloths. For bee stings or insect bites on the body, cool compresses can reduce swelling and itching. Wet a washcloth with cold water or for larger welts, wrap an ice pack in a towel and apply for a few minutes at a time. For stings on the face or mouth, it’s best to go to the vet’s office immediately, so that airways don’t swell up and hinder breathing. Miscellaneous supplies. Keep on hand gauze, tape, small scissors, tweezers (for removing objects from the roof of the mouth or splinters), a small flashlight, clean socks to cover a bandage and disposable gloves to keep human germs out of open wounds. A dog in pain may bite without realizing it. Nicholas recommends a basket muzzle, so the dog can easily breathe and pant. When a pet eats or drinks non-food items or foods they shouldn’t, such as chocolate, grapes or onions, head to the local vet. Veterinarian Jeff Levy, in New York City, who is also a certified veterinary acupuncturist, counsels, “Always keep

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contact information for your vet, an emergency hospital and animal poison control center handy.” Also, find out where emergency services are located when traveling. Pets can go into shock just like humans. To prevent or reduce the impact, keep the animal warm and provide a deep massage of the ears, at the base, where ears meet the head. A couple of drops of lavender oil on a collar or bandana will help everyone relax. Do not put essential oils directly on the pet, especially cats, as it can be toxic. Just like children, pets may have accidents or get sick after office hours. Stay calm, head for the natural pet pantry and then call the family’s holistic veterinarian.

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Spring is a time for new beginnings, summer a time for growth, autumn for gathering abundance and winter for introspection.

‘Tis the Season to Be Wise

~Joseph Cardillo

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 yearround,” 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




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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.”

Chill Out

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 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 looking to water for guidance in creat-

ing solutions, sharpening focus or moving effortlessly on to the next step.

Find Balance

Freda points out that within the strong yin energy of winter, “There are yang 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

Rituals Reverse Winter’s Blues Unpleasant winter memories can affect one’s emotional experience of the season every year like clockwork, says Dr. John Sharp, a physician, psychiatrist and author of The Emotional Calendar. Fortunately, it is possible to take a personal inventory, be aware of such behaviors, innovate on traditions and create a new experience. Holistic psychologist Joseph Cardillo goes further, suggesting that we create a “personal prescription” to mindfully manage difficult emotions during wintertime. He encourages activating the senses and combining two or more sensory experiences to amplify the effectiveness. Appealing options include: n Light-scented candles or diffuse

essential oils (citrus brightens; lavender soothes) n Invite bright colors into living

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Peace on Our Plates Mindful Eating for a More Peaceful World by Judith Fertig


s Earth’s population grows to a projected 9 billion people by 2050, can our global community keep eating flesh like we’ve been doing for centuries? No, according to a 2010 report by the United Nations Environment Programme, an international panel of sustainable resource management experts. Examining the food demands of a growing population and associated environmental and sustainability issues, Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Consumption and Production recommends “substantial worldwide diet change away from animal products.” Making the case for a holistic view, Will Tuttle, Ph.D., suggests in World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony that we start to see the connections between our food choices and the health and well-being of ourselves, our families, communities and the world.

Web of Understanding

At the center of the web of life is the food we all share to sustain our bodies. Tuttle insists that we celebrate this and regard each meal as a feast. “Food preparation is the only art that allows us to literally incorporate what we 28

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create. It is also the only art that fully involves all five senses,” he says. We honor this wonderful activity most by sharing our cooking efforts with others, blessing the food and eating mindfully. The problem at the center of life, maintains Tuttle, is that we involve animals in our food chain, an act that “introduces suffering, whether physical, mental or emotional.” This is a truth we try to hide from, what he calls the ”cultural shadow”. “The worst examples include factory farming, but even the best methods ultimately involve killing other animals for food,” he says. One of Tuttle’s more controversial claims is that the herding culture—raising, dominating, selling, killing and owning animals—sets up a harmful physical, emotional and cultural dynamic, extolling domineering and aggressive behavior. “The herding culture requires male dominance and a mentality that might makes right,” observes Tuttle. “It also sees females as primarily breeders, not beings.” Based on contemporary research in anthropology, sociology and psychopathology, he maintains that the actions required to both dominate animals and eat their meat can lead to more aggressive and violent behavior.

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Tip: Cook whole-grain or spinach pasta, potatoes, rice or another recommended grain in a large quantity to store in the refrigerator for use in stir-fries, salads and other meals later in the week. One recent study seems to support his claim. Dr. Neil Barnard, in his book, Foods That Fight Pain, remarks that, “Plant-based diets also help tame testosterone’s activity.” Barnard cites a Massachusetts male aging study of 1,552 men ages 40 to 70, which indicated that men eating more fruits and vegetables than meat were less domineering and aggressive, because the increased sex hormone-binding globulin produced by plants helps keep testosterone in check. “If we continue the meat-centric way of eating, we’re going to continue to have the problems that come with it,” says Tuttle. “The way forward is plant-based agriculture.”

Practicing a World Peace Diet The Tuttles shop for fresh, organic and non-GMO (genetically modified organism) foods and favor what they call “blueprint recipes”, that vary from day to day. Each outlines the makings of a dish and encourages cooks to be intuitive in how they fill in the details. For a typical breakfast, for example, Tuttle and his wife, Madeleine, will make a green smoothie that includes kale, banana, apple, grapes, ground flax, chia seeds, cinnamon

and fresh ginger. “It’s a flexible drink,” says Tuttle. “We will swap out whatever organic fruits and vegetables we have so that we vary the flavor from time to time.” For example, they might use parsley, spinach or chard leaves in place of kale, or citrus in place of grapes. Lunch is usually a wrap-type sandwich, sometimes using fresh leaf lettuce or a whole-wheat tortilla. One recent example of such a wrap combined tomatoes, peppers, sprouts, walnuts, tempeh and avocado. A dinnertime blueprint recipe involves a base of cooked rice, quinoa, pasta, mashed potatoes or polenta, topped with a vegetable ragout, cooked or raw. “You could live the rest of your life mixing and matching these ingredients and never have the same meal twice,” notes Tuttle. “We have been doing it for 30 years. If we all choose to eat like this, the world could feed everybody on a fraction of the land now consumed by agriculture.” Learn more at Judith Fertig blogs at from Overland Park, KS.

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health & wellness

plus: health coaches FEBRUARY

rethinking heart health plus: stress relief MARCH

food & garden

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green living

plus: healthy home

Peace Blueprint Recipes When sitting down to eat, look at what’s been created to nourish all those gathered. Enjoy the colors, smells, tastes and love that blesses the food. May the principle of Oneness govern all beings.

Green Smoothie

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


women’s wellness plus: bodywork JUNE

inspired living

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transformative education plus: children’s health SEPTEMBER

conscious caretaking plus: yoga


sustainable communities plus: chiropractic and acupuncture NOVEMBER

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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


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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 (

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Celebration Service” An Adventure of Light” w/Rev. Margaret Hiller−11am. (No Potluck 12/1) Advent Begins. Love Offering. Unity Christ Church of MB, 1270 Surfside Industrial Park Dr, Surfside, 843 238-8516,

How to Get Through the Holidays without Gaining Weight - Lunch & Learn w/Inlet Nutrition−Noon-1pm. Lunch will be served, free. While out shopping, treat yourself to a free lunch and tips to staying slim over the holidays. Inlet Nutrition, 3556B Old Kings Hwy, Murrells Inlet. Seating limited: RSVP to Linda at 843-424-9586.

Annual Holiday Open House at Life in Balance−6pm-9pm. Celebrate the spirit of the holidays with us. Stop by anytime between 6 and 9pm to enjoy treats, prizes, shopping, specials and more, free and open to the public. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717,

Releasing 6th Chakra Energies for Prosperity - Healing Way to Abundance Workshop w/Annie Kaufman−6-8pm. Multi-discipline approach to healing and releasing block to your abundance. Looking at vows, wounding and conflicts within our chakras. $35. Holistic Health and Healing Center of MB, 1601 Oak St, #303. Myrtle Offices Complex, 636-524-9188,,


Balance Your Life and Clear Your Energy w/ Galina Ross, Sacred Heart Healer/Teacher of the IHAI−1-3pm. Energy of the Sacred Heart Healing, Sound healing and meditation will help you to balance your chakras, release the pain, feel harmony and peace, feel better fast and live happier, abundant and productive lives. Receive Sacred Heart Healing blessing/energy & a recorded CD with balancing meditations. Pre-registration req. $25. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717, Om for the Holidays-Holiday Boutique−1-5pm. Shop for the yogis in your life. Yoga arts and crafts, Om Sweet Om Jewelry, yoga clothing, props and accessories, music, videos, SoyVeda candles and teas, gift baskets, gift certificates and much more. Chair massage offered, a holiday raffle to win a free month of yoga plus more surprises. Inlet Yoga, 637 D Bellamy Ave, Murrells Inlet. 843-655-6272, Unity Annual Art & Craft Day–1-3pm. Unity members, artists and crafters showcase their creative talents. Includes food, hand crafted original jewelry and art pieces, eco soaps, natural skin products and more. Buy lunch, do holiday shopping. 1270 Surfside Industrial Park Dr., Surfside Beach 843-238-8516, Angel Light Initiation w/Rev Cathy Cartisano Andrews−4-6pm. Angel Light Healing will balance, purify, and integrate your energy centers, open and align all your physical and etheric bodies with the Angelic Realms. Eat before attending; Wear all white or bring white sheet; bring 2 pillows, a blanket, and bottled water. Registration req. Love donations. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, LR. 843-421-6717,

Open Door Reiki Share w/Eileen Foose, RN & other area Reiki masters−7-9pm. (1st Tues) A gathering of like minds for mini Reiki treatments and a sharing circle. Come and enjoy the energy work at Unity. Free will love offering to assist the Care Team of Unity Christ Church. Unity Christ Church of MB, 1270 Surfside Industrial Park Dr, Surfside, 843 238-8516,

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4 Hay Time w/Kristi Thompson, Certified Heal Your Life® Facilitator−10am-Noon. (1st Wed) A discussion group based on a variety of metaphysical topics by Hay House Publishing authors. Love donations gratefully appreciated. Info: HayHouse. com or Kristi, 843-424-8317, Kthompson@ Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717, Unity Healing & Prayer Service w/Olivia Rose−6:30-7:30pm. Meditation, prayer, hands-onhealing. Love offering. Unity Peace Chapel, Unity Christ Church of MB, 1270 Surfside Industrial Park Dr, Surfside, 843 238-8516,

Feldenkrais & Interrupting Patterns of Stress Workshop w/Heidi McGovern PT, GCFP, BFLT−1-4:30pm. Explore through gentle easy movement, using the science based Feldenkrais Method® subtle cues of stress. Learn to discover and interrupt habitual patterns of stress. Live a freer and empowered life. $35. Discount to $30 for class students/workshop repeaters. Bring a mat. Possum Trot Rec Center NMB. Register at the Center: 843-280-5584. Info: Heidi 843-361-8436, Introduction to Breathwork w/Annie Kaufman−79pm. Psychic Medium, Empath, Channel & Life Coach teaches how breathing consciously can bring not only relaxation and peace to your life but can also be used to heal on the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual levels. $35. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Big Barn Center, Little River. 843-421-6717,

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 Reiki III Certification w/ Kristi Thompson−10am5pm. Reiki III allows students to deepen their practice and attune, teach and train others. Learn additional symbols including the Usui and Tibetan Master Symbols, to perform attunements. Combo of lecture, discussion, meditation, experience and attunements. Includes 7 hours of training, a reference manual, certificate of completion, and after-class support. Kristi is a Usui Reiki Master/ Teacher, Certified Heal Your Life® Facilitator, Certified Angel Card Reader™, Life Coach and Director of Operations for the Life in Balance Center. Pre-requisite: Reiki I & Reiki II. Registra-

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8 Conversations With the Universe w/Simran Singh–11am. Unity Celebration Service guest speaker. Singh is a humanitarian, life coach, motivational speaker, Reconnective Healing™ practitioner, online magazine publisher, book author, and online radio talk show host. Love Offering. Community Potluck following service, vegan and vegetarian dishes appreciated. Singh’s afternoon workshop follows at 2pm. Unity of Myrtle Beach, 1270 Surfside Industrial Park Dr, Surfside, 843 238-8516, Chakra Healing w/Psychic Lisa Ann−1-3pm. The Chakras are part of an energy network, connected to major organs and glands that govern the body. Understanding the Chakra system helps maintain health and balance. Will focus on the 7 main Chakras, the function of each Chakra and how to know when they are out of balance. Will talk about oils, crystals and meditations you can use to keep your Chakras in balance. Internationally known psychic medium, intuitive healer, ordained minister, author, TV host and speaker leads. Registration req. $25. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Big Barn Center, Little River. 843-421-6717, The Rebel Road – A One Woman Show w/Simran Singh–2-4:30pm. Singh is a humanitarian, life coach, motivational speaker, Reconnective Healing™ practitioner, online magazine publisher, book author, and online radio talk show host. $25 donation requested. Unity of Myrtle Beach, 1270 Surfside Industrial Park Dr, Surfside, 843 2388516, How to Use a Dowsing Pendulum w/Rev Cathy Cartisano Andrews−4-6pm. One of the most popular and easiest forms of divination. Will receive your personal number from Archangel Michael to work with dowsing charts & more; learn how to balance your own chakras daily with a pendulum; learn about Human Life Force & Universal Life Force Energy; and learn about your Dimension. If you do not have a pendulum, please purchase one prior to class. Registration req. $25. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717,

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9 Grand Opening Spa "Wrap Night"w/Jodie Gravely−7pm. Body slimming Crazy Wraps at Adam and Eve Day Spa, $10 off the $30 retail price ($20). Snacks and beverages served and door prizes for people who wrap. Dr Stan Gravely will be signing copies of his book, This is IT! The Ultimate Handbook for Successful Living. 1029 U.S. 17, North Myrtle. Jodie Gravely, 276-618-8485,

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10 Holiday Gift Show w/Inlet Nutrition−Noon-2pm. Give the gift of health, skincare. Gifts starting at $10. Design your own gift package and choose the products. Free gift-wrap. Refreshments served. Seating limited. Inlet Nutrition, 3556B


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Old Kings Hwy, Murrells Inlet. RSVP to Linda, 843-424-9586. Releasing 7th Chakra Energies for Prosperity - Healing Way to Abundance Workshop w/Annie Kaufman−6-8pm. Multi-discipline approach to healing and releasing block to your abundance. Looking at vows, wounding and conflicts within our chakras. $35. Holistic Health and Healing Center of MB, 1601 Oak St, #303, Myrtle Offices Complex, 636-524-9188,,

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11 Law of Attraction Monthly Meetup w/Dr Janet Hosmer−7-9pm. Join Certified Law of Attraction Practitioner, Exec Dir of Life in Balance, in a monthly study group focusing on the Law of Attraction and other modalities used to enhance life experiences. This month: learning with Abraham and Esther Hicks from their 2013 Art of Allowing cruise. Just drop in. Love donations appreciated. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717,

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12 Meet-n-Greet Monthly Meetup w/Rev Jeanne Porter Ashley−10am-Noon. Join in on a groupdriven discussion about any and all things metaphysical. Then browse the library and explore the many supportive & inspirational items available at the Center. Led by healer, minister & mentor at Silver Bridges Consultants. Love donations gratefully accepted. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-4216717, Metaphysics 101 - How does it all Work? w/ Annie Kaufman−6-8pm. Understand how living consciously one can see life unfold through both conscious and subconscious thoughts. Learn tools that help to release energies that suppress promote wellness. $35/person or bring a friend for $30 ea. Holistic Health and Healing Center of MB, 1601 Oak St, #303, Myrtle Offices Complex. 636-524-9188,,

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 Message Circle w/Lisa Ann, Psychic−7-9 pm. Connect with loved ones and guides from the other side. Each person will receive a message and can ask a question. Registration req, space is limited. Private readings also avail by appt. Lisa Ann also offers other classes and services at the Yoga Room; check our website for details. Yoga Room and Healing Art Co-Op. 196C Stonebridge Dr, MB. 843-450-9402, Metaphysics 101–How Does it all Work? w/ Annie Kaufman, Psychic Medium, Empath, Channel & Life Coach−7-9pm. Gain understandings of how living consciously one can see life unfold through our conscious and subconscious thoughts. Learn tools that help to release energies that do not promote wellness. Registration req. $35. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. Info: 843-421-6717,

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 Lather It Up! w/Wes Matthews & Suzanne Marsac−9:30am–2pm. Creating cold processed soap, at Moore Farms. Hand crafted soaps make

great gifts. Master soap makers will teach you with step-by-step directions, presenting a variety of soap formulas, including locally produced raw materials and organic wild-crafted fair trade products. Make 2 bars of soap to take home. A tour of the garden and lunch are included in this program. Registration: $35.00 per person. limited to 15 persons, must pre-register. Lunch provided- call with any restrictions or special needs. 100 New Zion Rd, Lake City. Rebecca Turk, rturk@moorefarmsbg. org, Rock Quest w/Sharon Willick, Artist & Life in Balance Crystalist−10am-Noon. Crystals have always been beautiful and invaluable tools for the awakening and transformation of mankind. Find out about their various properties and how working with them can enhance your everyday life. Questions welcome. Open and casual setting to handle and examine stones. Free admission, love donations gratefully accepted. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717, Experimenting with Psychometry w/Psychic Lisa Ann−1-3pm. Psychometry is the ability to read or sense the history of an object simply by touching it. Receive impressions such as images, sounds, smells, tastes and even emotions. Participants bring a piece of jewelry or something metal (that you know the history of) that we will do readings of. Will be demonstrating by doing some readings for those in the group. Lisa Ann is internationally known psychic medium, intuitive healer, ordained minister, author, TV host and speaker. Registration req. $25. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Big Barn Center, Little River. Info: 843-421-6717, Introduction to Sound Therapy w/Anna Barnett, Certified Sound Therapist−4-6pm. Sound is a force of energy, all around us. Sound energy can pass through our skin, organs, and even bones, stimulating responses within our body’s systems. Sound Therapy can relieve body tension and enhance breathing, can be calming, grounding, and energizing. It can also balance and/or activate one’s chakras. Learn more about sound therapy, how it works and what it can do for you. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717, Black Light Yoga Class−7-8:30pm. Fundraiser for “Yogis for Change,” which sponsors an international micro-loan outreach project. Fun playlists. All levels welcome. $10 donation. Yoga in Common, 3062 Deville St, Market Common, MB. Register at 843-839-9636,

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15 Celebration Service “Can You Believe This!” w/ Rev. Margaret Hiller−11am. Love Offering. Unity Christ Church of MB, 1270 Surfside Industrial Park Dr, Surfside, 843 238-8516, Lucid Dreaming & Astral Travel w/Anaswara Erica−Noon-3:30pm. Astral Projection is where you take your consciousness and put it in a different place, anywhere you choose. Imagine going on a journey that won’t cost you anything and you won’t even leave your seat. Smell the smells and taste the tastes and experience the weather. Astral travel denotes the astral body leaving the physical body to travel in the astral plane. A lucid dream is a dream in which one is aware that one is dream-

ing. In this workshop you will be taken on several journeys to prepare you for your own trip. Certified ThetaHealing® practitioner, meditation teacher, medium, and the owner of Prasad Healing leads. Registration req. $25 Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717, Healing from Within – Automatic Writing w/ Galina Ross & Kim DuCharme−4-6pm. Share time, spirit and messages from our guides. Learn about spirit writing or automatic writing; and study techniques and meditations, helping you communicate on your own. Also experience the automated writing with Kim. Registration req. $30. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. Info: 843-421-6717,

MONDAY, DECEMBER 16 Reiki/Energy Share at Holistic Health Center of MB-7-9pm. Mini healing session with a Reiki/ energy experienced practitioner. As a practitioner yourself or would like to experience it for the first time, join on this night for a session in a safe, loving and caring environment. $5, open to the public. Holistic Health and Healing Center of MB, 1601 Oak St, # 303, Myrtle Offices Complex, 843-467-9979.

DECEMBER 16-17 Angel Lightshop w/Susan Boles, LUT−Mon, 11am-1pm, Tues, 5:30-7:30pm. Attend one or both. Oneness Blessing Giver, Spiritual Counselor and Licensed Unity Teacher leads. Love Offering. Unity Christ Church of MB, 1270 Surfside Industrial Park Dr, Surfside, 843 238-8516,

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17 Breathwork w/Annie Kaufman−6-8pm. Learn how breathing consciously can bring not only relaxation and peace to your life but can also be used to heal, on mental, physical, emotional and spiritual levels. $35/person or bring a friend for $30 ea. Holistic Health and Healing Center of Myrtle Beach, 1601 Oak St, #303, Myrtle Offices Complex, 636-524-9188,,

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18 Free Skin Wellness Evaluation & Facial w/Inlet Nutrition−11:30-1pm. Brand new skincare line including: B3, C, E, & Aloe. Bring a friend and receive a gift. Inlet Nutrition, 3556B Old Kings Hwy, Murrells Inlet. Seating limited: RSVP to Linda at 843-424-9586.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21 Free Ashtanga Class w/Lyndsay Bahn Trimble−1011:30am. Ashtanga Primary Series class thanking the community for another wonderful year and winter solstice celebration. Join us for a powerful First Series practice followed by snacks and fellowship. Secret Lotus Yoga, 417 79th Ave N, Ste E, MB. 843-333-2656,; Natural Health Talk w/Dr. Melody Iles–10am. Nutrition & Natural Health class. Check website for December topic. Free. 315 Main St. Conway. Info: 843-488-3440,

Special Psychic Fair & Holiday Bazaar−10am9pm. Extended hours for the Holiday. Books and last minute gifts. Mediums, Psychics, Medical Intuitives, Energy healing, Tarot Cards, Angel Cards, Past Life Readings, Palm Reading, Essential Oil Candles, Reiki & more. Free admission. Exotic & rare gemstones, incense, smudging supplies, crystals & artwork. 15% off everything. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Big Barn Center, Little River. 843-421-6717,

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Contemplative Service “Behold the Christ” w/Rev. Margaret Hiller−5:30pm. Love Offering. Unity Christ Church of MB, 1270 Surfside Industrial Park Dr, Surfside, 843 238-8516,

Unity Candlelight Service “You are the Light of the World” w/Rev. Margaret Hiller−11am. Love Offering. Unity Christ Church of MB, 1270 Surfside Industrial Park Dr, Surfside, 843 238-8516, BE G.R.E.A.T. or Enlightened Way to Success w/Galina Ross, Energy Healer/Teacher−1-4pm. Will activate your creativity, imagination and purposeful intentions with a real coaching session about speed networking and mindset training. Reconnect with your purpose and people in your life. Receive messages about how to change your life from our motivational experts. 4 hr class will bring your success platform into form. Registration req. $60. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717, Yoga Therapeutics: Yoga for Depression w/ Mimi Rose−3:30-4:45pm. Depression can be severely debilitating and requires treatment. Yoga offers liberation from our suffering, and the hope and promise of experiencing a connection with something more profoundly rich and beautiful than ourselves. Whether a blue mood, symptoms of depression, or in need of inspiration, the mind-bodyspirit connection that we find on our mats allows us to experience the richness of life and the miracle of breath, movement, meditation and sound. All levels welcome. Walk ins $15, class cards accepted. Inlet Yoga, 637 D Bellamy Ave, Murrells Inlet, 843-655-6272, The Power of Mantras & Chanting! w/Galina Ross, Sacred Heart Healer/Teacher, IHAI−4-6pm. Mantra chanting is called the Sound Yoga. The sound of mantra can lift the believer towards the higher self. Chanting was called energy acupuncture. Experience the power and bliss of chanting mantras, & learn how you can use chanting to improve your physical and emotional balance.

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25 Christmas Presence Yoga w/Sue Ward−1011:30am. A special holiday all levels yoga class. $15 drop-in. Passes accepted Yoga in Common, 3062 Deville St, Market Common, MB. Info and register: 843-839-9636 or

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26 Public Reiki Share–7-9pm. Open to all. For new and experienced practitioners to participate in giving and receiving Reiki in an atmosphere of friendship and love to each other and to attendees. Participating in a share is a beneficial way of honoring one another as healers. Just drop in. Love donations accepted. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, LR. 843-421-6717,

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28 And So It Is…Heal Your Life® Vision Board Workshop w/ Kristi Thompson−10am-Noon. Heal Your Life® instructor, leads a fun-filled evening of visualization and creation, providing a guided visualization exploring what you would like to attract in various areas of your life. Will also coach you on using your vision board, affirmations and visualizations to unfold the life you have been dreaming of. All supplies provided. Pre-registration req. $15. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717, Keeping the Happy in the Holidays: Kundalini Yoga w/Nicki “Anahata” Muscik−1:30-3:30pm. Visiting instructor from Columbia with more than four decades of experience leads workshop. Attendees need no prior Kundalini experience to participate. $25 per person, but bring a friend for free. Yoga in Common, 3062 Deville St, Market Common, MB. Info and register: 843-839-9636 or

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classifieds BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY FURNISHED SPACES for rent by hour, week or month for LMT’s, Health Professionals, or those that need space to work with clients, treat clients, meet. Larger yoga studio is also available for lease for events, workshops, classes and trainings and meetings. Reasonable rates. Join the Yoga Room Healing Arts Co-op, 196C Stonebridge Dr, MB. Photos and info at Call 843-450-9402. RECRUITING NOW. Wellness Coaches. Work from Home or Office, PT or FT, No prior experience necessary, full and ongoing training. Join our team. Call Linda for the next Health & Wealth business orientation. 843-424-9586

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Unity Burning Bowl Service “Surrendering to the Divine” w/Rev. Margaret Hiller−11am. Love Offering. Unity Christ Church of MB, 1270 Surfside Industrial Park Dr, Surfside, 843 238-8516,

Book Study Group: World Peace Diet w/ Bonnie Scrudato−4pm-5:30pm. (Series: 1/7-2/25). The World Peace Diet, Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony, by Dr. Will Tuttle was Amazon’s # 1 best seller 3/2010, one of the most important books of the 21st century. Based on the interconnectedness of all life and how our daily choices impact the world in which we live. By opening our awareness and making compassionate daily choices, we truly can be the change we wish to see in the world. Bonnie is a World Peace Diet Facilitator, Reiki master, artist and universe whisperer. Love Offering. Unity Christ Church of MB, 1270 Surfside Industrial Park Dr, Surfside, 843 238-8516,

Aura Clearing w/Galina Ross, Sacred Heart Healer, Teacher of the IHAI & Aura Cleansing Master Healer−1-3pm. A healthy aura contributes to overall health and well-being, strengthens the immune system. Stress and bad habits weaken. Clearing/Cleansing will strengthen your aura as well as your emotional, spiritual and physical health. Explore and practice techniques; experience the power of special codes. Registration req. $25. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717, B a c k B e n d i n g Wo r k s h o p w / M a r i b e t h MacKenzie−3:30-5:30pm. Backbends combat depression, energize systems, and open our hearts, facilitating the movement from the illusion of separateness to the realization of Oneness. You will be guided safely into backward bends, a movement with as much upward ascension as backward direction. Uses the power of the legs to liberate the spine, keep the groin and the belly soft and transition through a wide variety of backbends. All levels. $25 non-members, $20 members. Inlet Yoga, 637 D Bellamy Ave, Murrells Inlet, 843-655-6272,

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Inlet Yoga Second Anniversary New Year’s Day Celebration−11am-4pm. Free classes all day. Celebrate yoga and the continued building of our amazing yoga community here in the Strand. Henna tattoo artist, chair massage by Jennifer Uhler, drawings, giveaways and more. Enjoy light refreshments and meet other yogis to celebrate the New Year yogi style. Membership and class special pricing all month. Inlet Yoga, 637 D Bellamy Ave, Murrells Inlet, 843-655-6272,

Bookstore for the Miracle Minded–10am-1pm. Books on healing, spirituality, personal growth, wellness; metaphysics as well as beautiful, unique holiday gift items. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr, Surfside, 843-238-8616,

Free Health Analysis at Conway Laser-Like Lipo−9:30am-Noon. Free printed results of your health status: tests and analysis of your body fat ratio, Body Mass Index, hydration level, metabolic age, caloric intake and more. By appt: 843-347-7546, Conway Laser-Like-Lipo. 235 Singleton Ridge Rd Ste A, Conway,

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Open Door Reiki Share w/Eileen Foose, RN & other area Reiki masters−7-9pm. (1st Tues) A gathering of like minds for mini Reiki treatments and a sharing circle. Come and enjoy the energy work at Unity. Free will love offering to assist the Care Team of Unity Christ Church. Unity Christ Church of MB, 1270 Surfside Industrial Park Dr, Surfside, 843 238-8516,

THURSDAY, JANUARY 30 Living Art Plant Wall w/ Katie Dickson−9:30amNoon. Moore Farms Botanical Garden Horticulturist teaches how to make wall panels out of air plants and moss. Create 12x15 inch living panels each attendee will take home. Hear the history and care of air plants. Class registration limited to the first 18 participants. All materials are included, including lunch- call for any special diet-needs. $32 per person. 100 New Zion Rd, Lake City. Info: Rebecca Turk at,

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Iyengar Yoga Spotlight w/Karyl Tych−6:157:30pm. A special series of Tuesday night classes taught by Iyengar Instructor, Karyl Tych of Live Oak Yoga in Myrtle Beach. Karyl is returning from India where she studied more Iyengar techniques this fall. $15 drop in or passes accepted. Yoga in Common, 3062 Deville St, Market Common, MB. Register at 843-839-9636,

Nia-Lite w/Mary Tyler–11am. Nia is a non-impact fun and aerobic workout connecting body, mind and spirit. Nia combines 9 fitness forms to empower people of all ages, fitness levels, sizes and shapes to move their bodies. Yoga in Common, 3062 Deville St, the Market Common, MB, Info: MaryTyler@,, Tae Bo® w/It Works Fitness–6-7pm. Certified Tae Bo class. $8. Call ahead to reserve spot. Advanced Alternative Health, 4620 Dick Pond Rd (544), 843333-0279, Psychic Development & Meditation w/Psychic Lisa Ann−7-9pm. (not 12/23) Psychic medium, intuitive healer, minister, author, TV host & speaker, covers topics and uses guided meditations custom designed for the group. Sacred Space, Grounding & Protection, Prayer of Protection, Clearing negativity, Quieting the Mind, Chakras, Journaling, Automatic Writing, Connecting with your Angels and


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Guides, Crystals, Pendulums, Psychometry, Readings and Connecting with Loved Ones. Exercises will include Aura Cleansing, Guided Meditation, Chakra Balancing, Automatic Writing, and Practice Readings. $20 Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-4216717, Buddhist Study Group−7:30pm. Myrtle Beach Karma Kagyu Tibetan Buddhist study group offers a 7 wk course, “Intro to Buddhism”. Group meditation & meditation instruction. Free, donations accepted, not req. Forestbrook Area, MB. Info: 843-655-8056,,

tuesday Weight Loss Challenge w/Inlet Nutrition. AM and PM classes avail. Weekly prizes, coaching support, nutritional topics, free metabolism test and more. $35 fee to join. Cash prizes awarded at the end of the challenge. Rules in place for accountability. Now registering for the Fall challenge. 2 locations: Murrells Inlet & Georgetown. New Class in January, registering now, but can join any week. Linda: 843-424-9586. Awareness Through Movement, Feldenkrais® Method w/Heidi McGovern PT GCFP−10-11am. To feel better, move easier, look younger & release stress. Scientifically based non-habitual movements capitalize on the brain’s capacity to change. $10 per class or pay by month for $10 discount. Bring a mat. Possum Trot Rec Center in NMB. 843-361-8436,,

Yoga Hour Class w/Allison Collins–10:4511:45am. Whether you are a new or seasoned yogi this class will bring a creative Vinyasa flow, safe alignment, and warm you from the inner core out. $12 walk-in, 10 class pass $96, 4 week unlimited $60. Yoga DiVita, 4340 Big Barn Dr. #108, Little River. 843-283-2827,, Holistic Happy Hour at Holistic Health Center of MB−3-8pm. (Dec 3, 10, 17) Enjoy happy hour in a healthy way. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and snacks. For $20, try intuitive/healing half hr, or Body-talk ½ hr, or express facial half hr session. Chair massage: $10 for 15min, one hour signature massage for $40 (call for appt.). Microdermabrasion special $55. Holistic Health and Healing Center of Myrtle Beach, 1601 Oak St, # 303, Myrtle Offices Complex, 843-467-9979. Meditation Pract ices w /Rev. M argar et Hiller−5:30-7pm. New class series, 8 Tuesdays, thru December 10. Meditation does not have to be hard or tedious. It can be healing and transformative. Class based on the book, Meditation for Dummies by Stephan Bodian, who has practiced and taught meditation for over 35 years, including the Omega Institute. Love Offering. Unity Christ Church of MB, 1270 Surfside Industrial Park Dr, Surfside, 843 238-8516, Meditation Circle w/Galina Ross, Sacred Heart Healer/Teacher of the IHAI−6-8pm. (1st and 3rd Tues only) To share love & support each other & to feel that we are together in the ascension, led by an energy attunement, Reiki, Sacred Heart & Sound Healing teacher, healer, certified hypnotherapist, co-founder of the IHAI. Bring a blanket & pillow. Love donation. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-4216717, Restorative Yoga w/Christine–6pm. Learn to let go and deeply relax. Candlelight, soft music, aromatherapy, inspirational readings and guided relaxation using props, bolsters, eye pillows, and blankets. Good for those who have anxiety, depression, insomnia, illness, recovering from surgery or are otherwise in a weakened condition. The perfect antidote to stress. No experience necessary. $10 drop in or discounted pass classes avail The Yoga Room and Healing Art Co-Op. 196C Stonebridge Dr, MB. 843-450-9402, Awareness through Movement, Feldenkrais® Method w/Heidi McGovern PT GCFP−6:307:30pm. New class starts 6/4. To feel better, move easier, look younger & release stress. Scientifically based non-habitual movements capitalize on the brain’s capacity to change. $10 per class or pay by month for $10 discount. Bring a mat. Possum Trot Rec Center in NMB. Preregister at 843-280-5584,,

wednesday Free Metabolism Test w/Linda Sacchetti. Find out your body fat %, pounds of body fat, lean body weight & what your targets should be, by individual appt in MB. Info: Linda, 843-424-9586. Revitalize Your Beauty Free Spa Beauty Facial w/Linda Sacchetti. Defy aging for younger looking skin with antioxidants, aloe vera, and glucosamine. Includes a light weight clay mask to improve


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texture, tone, and firming. By individual appt in Murrells Inlet and MB. Info: Linda, 843-424-9586. Free Health Analysis at Conway Laser-Like Lipo−9:30am-Noon. Free printed results of your health status: tests and analysis of your body fat ratio, Body Mass Index, hydration level, metabolic age, caloric intake and more. By appt: 843-347-7546, Conway Laser-Like-Lipo. 235 Singleton Ridge Rd Ste A, Conway, Bookstore for the Miracle Minded–11am-4pm. Books on healing, spirituality, personal growth, wellness; metaphysics as well as beautiful, unique gift items. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr., Surfside, 843-238-8616, Bender Barre Method® at Brickhouse Cardio Club–11am-Noon. A quality strength conditioning program that infuses ballet, yoga, and Pilates for a fun yet effective workout without the need of a ballet bar therefore keeping the class safe and affordable. No prior dance or fitness experience required. $5. Brickhouse Cardio Club, 510-C Hwy 17, Surfside. Linda Calvanico, 843-655-0839, Tae Bo® w/It Works Fitness–6-7pm. $8. Call ahead to reserve spot. Advanced Alternative Health 4620 Dick Pond Rd (544) 843-333-0279. First Responders Yoga w/Detective and yogi Mike Quinn−7-8pm. Class for anyone who serves the community as a “First Responder.” No prior yoga experience necessary. By donation. Yoga in Common, 3062 Deville St, the Market Common, MB, 843-839-9636, Guided Meditation Group w/Annie Kaufman– 7:30-8:30pm. (not 12/18, 25). Guided Imagery Meditation for relaxation, pain management, therapeutic effects and healing. No experience necessary, if new to meditation, instructions given. $10. Holistic Health and Healing Center of Myrtle Beach, 1601 Oak St, # 303, Myrtle Offices Complex. Annie Kaufman, 636-524-9188,,,

thursday Fit Club w/ Linda Sacchetti−8:30-9:30am. Have fun, get moving to a healthier active lifestyle, and bring a friend. All fitness levels. Meet every Thursday to exercise followed by a recovery drink & stretching. Must preregister. 843-424-9586. Gentle Bones For Life® w/Heidi McGovern PT, BFLT−10-11am. Support your bones with easy to learn exercises developed by Ruthy Alon. Learn what your bones respond to & have fun doing it. $10 per class or pay by the month for a $10 discount. Possum Trot Rec Center in NMB. 843-361-8436,, Doterra Oil Class at Modern Cleansing−11am. Learn how to use essential oils to ward off colds, earaches, and bring down a fever in 5 minutes. RSVP by 4pm Monday or call for info: 843-8284665. Modern Cleansing Wellness, 6371 Dick Pond Rd, MB. Yoga Meditation for Stress Relief w/Paula Kenion, MS–6:30-7:30pm. Learn easy Yoga meditation and breathing to de-stress for healthy mind, body, and soul. All are welcome. (We meditate in chairs for comfort, or blankets provided for floor.)

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Doterra Oil Class at Modern Cleansing−6:30pm8pm. Learn how to use essential oils to ward off colds, earaches, and bring down a fever in 5 minutes. RSVP by 4pm Monday or call for info: 843-828-4665. Modern Cleansing Wellness, 6371 Dick Pond Rd, MB.

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friday Yoga Hour Class w/Jo Ducey–6-7am. Forrest Yoga with Jo is a deep yoga method built upon the four pillars of breath, strength, integrity and spirit. $12 walk-in, 10 class pass $96, 4 week unlimited $60. Yoga DiVita, 4340 Big Barn Dr. #108, Little River. 843.283.2827,, Ashtanga Primary Series w/Lyndsay Bahn Trimble−9-10:45am. Breath work and a powered up, traditional flow of postures linking mind and body together for a mindful moving meditation. All levels with knowledge of sun salutations. Be prepared to sweat and detoxify. $15 or class passes accepted. 417 79th Ave N, Ste E, MB. lyndsay@secretlotusyoga. com; 843-333-2656; Free Health Analysis at Conway Laser-Like Lipo−9:30am-Noon. Free printed results of your health status: tests and analysis of your body fat ratio, Body Mass Index, hydration level, metabolic age, caloric intake and more. By appt: 843-347-7546, Conway Laser-Like-Lipo. 235 Singleton Ridge Rd Ste A, Conway,

saturday Stop Smoking Clinic w/Louis Murden–All Day. Additional $10 off stop smoking clinic Dec 1-31 on Saturdays. Special intro to beat those resolutions. Costs less than a month of smoking. Free self hypnosis CD to take home after treatment. Quit Smoking of Myrtle Beach, 1304 Azalea Ct, Suite C, Myrtle Beach. Louis Murden. 843-997-4022. Zumba w/Marissa–9-10am. Everyone is welcome. Call ahead to reserve spot. Bring water and towel plan to sweat. Caution-you may have a great time burning many calories. $5 per class. 843-602-7581 Advanced Alternative Health 4620 Dick Pond Rd (544). Zumba Fitness® at Brickhouse Cardio Club– 9:30am. Ditch the workout for Latin-based, dancefitness program. Party yourself into shape. No prior dance or fitness experience req. $5. Brickhouse Cardio Club, 510-C Hwy 17, Surfside. Linda Calvanico, 843-655-0839, Saturday Specials for Readings & Healings−10am-4pm. Call for individual appts. Sandra Walter: 843-267-9332, Intuitive Healer, Psychic & Certified Hypnotherapist; Kristi Thompson: 843-424-8317, Certified Heal Your Life® Instructor & Angel Card Reader ; & Mary Roberts: 843-399-5124, Reiki Master, Angel Light Practitioner & Angel Messenger. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River, 843-421-6717,



ALTERNATIVE HEALTH CLINIC Suzanne Swearengen, DOM, AP 4810 N Kings Hwy, MB 843-692-9243

Suzanne Swearengen, AP, Dipl.OM (NCCAOM), is a licensed acupuncture physician and is board certified in both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. In her work, she strives to provide compassionate care for individuals seeking wholistic solutions for ailments, illnesses and maintenance of good health. Additional modalities include, but are not limited to, craniosacral therapy, homeopathic medicine and cold laser. Over the course of 15 years, she has developed her professional skills through credited courses and seminars in order to best serve her patients. See ad, page 23.


Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner Bones for Life® Teacher/Trainer 843-361-8436

One can always improve posture and mobility. Bones for Life® and Awareness Through Movement® classes, workshops and private Functional Integration® sessions are offered on the Strand and Florence. CE units available for “Bones” workshops. Heidi brings to her practice 30 years experience and a strong focus on the human drive to live a life of harmony with one’s self and others. See ad, page 11.



1601 Oak St, Suite #303, Myrtle Beach Tom Palya, PT, CSCS, CBP 724-366-9813

Body Talk is based on the premise that the body can heal itself as long as the internal lines of communication within us are intact. Stress can cause these internal lines of communication circuits to become disrupted and compromised. Over time, this will lead to a decline in physical, emotional and mental well-being as well as DIS-EASE (disease) within the body. A Body Talk practitioner will use a subtle form of neuromuscular biofeedback to quickly locate, balance and repair these areas of stress to allow for the fastest possible healing to occur. Body Talk is a comprehensive healthcare system based on energy medicine that looks to re-synchronize the body’s energy systems to restore optimal health, harmony and vitality. Body Talk will stimulate the body’s innate ability to heal itself on all levels of the body, mind and spirit.


Dr. Jeannine Rummel 4810 N Kings Hwy, MB 843-692-9243

Since graduating Life University in 2011, Dr. Jeannine Rummel has been practicing in the Myrtle Beach area. Her patients include newborns to the elderly and all ages in between. It is her goal as a chiropractor to serve and educate her community on what it truly means to be healthy. Rummel's approach is to use comprehensive judgment to make the best choices to create an abundant life See ad, page 23.

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DR. STAN GRAVELY, PhD Life Science Minister North Myrtle Beach 276-618-8486


Dr. Stan is an author and Life Science Minister who assists people reach their full potential spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically, financially and in every way. Dr. Stan offers individual and family counseling, lifestyle consultants, and is available for workshops, seminars, and all public speaking venues. If you desire to evolve expand and awaken to your true self apart from all the codes, rules and regulations of religion, then call today for an appointment. Dr. Stan and his wife, Jodie, also offer nutritional supplements to help people look younger and live longer! Dr. Stan also conducts a free workshop every Tuesday night. See ongoing events.

The Healers Hands is not just a massage studio. As a fulltime therapist since 2005, I am dedicated to helping you achieve your very best with massage. Whether you choose to eliminate stress, manage chronic conditions or provide a soothing, nurturing journey for you and your baby. Certified in various modalities, including Pre and Perinatal massage. Appointments available to accommodate any schedule: Mon-Sat 9 to 7, Sun by appt. Give a gift of wellness…gift certificates are available.


FITNESS BRICKHOUSE CARDIO CLUB 510-C Hwy 17 N Surfside Beach 843-655-0839

Brickhouse Cardio Club of Surfside Beach is the place to get fit and have fun! We offer a range of group exercise classes, including Zumba®, Zumba Sentao®, Bender Barre®, Bokwa®, yoga and strength conditioning programs, taught by nationally certified fitness instructors. Visit our websites above or "like" us on Facebook at Brickhouse Cardio Club Surfside Beach for calendar, prices and other information.


LIFE IN BALANCE SPIRITUAL CENTER 4347 Big Barn Center Little River 843-421-6717

Life in Balance is a non-profit educational center where you can find spiritual and metaphysical books and DVDs, meditation or mantra CDs, Josephine Wall greeting cards, Essential Oils, exotic incense, smudging products, candles and beautiful gemstone and chakra jewelry! We now also carry crystals and gemstones, along with spiritual artwork by Bill Strydesky and Sharon Willick of Gifu Art Xchange! The Center also provides a 500-title Metaphysical Library, offers over 20 educational and practical workshops each month, has a monthly Psychic Fair, and is honored to work with a family of psychics and healers ready to help you move forward on your path and enhance your life experience and facilitate your growth.



Mike Oglesbee, CAH, MPNLP 843-957-6926

5341 Hwy. 17 Bypass, Suite E Murrells Inlet 843-877-4708, Facebook: Jennifer Uhler, Nctmb

Mike Oglesbee has developed the most powerful and effective system to boost you to success. Mike utilizes hypnosis, NLP, life coaching, and other traditional psychology methods to provide immediate, positive change within the 90% of the mind known as the subconscious where the root of problems actually exist. Success begins within. Call Mike for a free consultation, or visit for more information. See ad, page 19.


Pat Burrell, RN, CD, (DONA), WCBE, CLC, CHT 843-213-1393

Beach Baby’s provides services to assist families throughout pregnancy, as well as assistance with caring for baby after birth. It provides doula services and baby nurses in Horry, Georgetown and Marion counties. Its services also include rebirthing, wholistic childbirth education and massage. See ad, page 33.


Digestive Health Specialist Cleansing Power at the Beach 807 2nd Ave N, North Myrtle Beach, 843-427-7263

The human body’s starting point is a state of natural health, or homeostasis, and the body will always attempt to maintain this natural balance. Symptoms arise when the body cannot maintain homeostasis and yet a disease process is not yet present. As a certified nutritionist and natural health professional, Dale Hicks works with a proven system of identifying the source of her client’s problems (stress)—not just the effects (symptoms)—and provides suggestions on how to reduce or eliminate the stress, nourish the involved tissues, and improve waste elimination, which allows the body to restore its normal functions. Her practice includes the use of specialty food enzymes (essential nutrients approved by the FDA as food supplements for more then 50 years) to aid and complement food digestion, absorption and elimination, which also includes supplemental natural herbs, vitamins and minerals for healing the stressed organs and tissues of the body. Hicks also incorporates live and dried blood cell analysis, natural detoxification processes, hatha yoga, and practical dietary changes in her practice.


Alternative Health Clinic 4810 N Kings Hwy, MB 843-712-2330

I work with individuals and couples. My approach focuses on trauma resolution. And by trauma I do not mean only major blows and abuses, but also lesser personal shocks, such as humiliations and embarrassments, especially if these have occurred in one’s earlier years. From a spiritual perspective I also try to bring the idea of karma into the picture, and call this karma sensitive psychotherapy. I use a natural conversational approach that is not based on what is referred to as the medical model with its categories of diseases or illnesses, and I have little or no need for psych drugs. Call me for a free phone consultation.

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4340 Big Barn Dr., #108 Little River, SC 29566 843-283-2827

REV. LINDSLEY H. FIELD Weddings of the Heart Murrells Inlet 843-651-1086

Lindsley is a licensed, all-faith minister since 2004, who helps partners create personalized wedding ceremonies. She will work closely with the couple to help them design the ceremony that beautifully expresses and reflects their beliefs, faith, heritage and wishes. Whether traditional, non-traditional or a unique blend creating a contemporary ritual her gift and love of ceremony offers the service of their dreams. A wedding that touches your heart, changes your life and is unforgettable. One couple's recent comment, "We never imagined our wedding would be so perfect and moving."


Personal Wellness Coach Murrells Inlet 843-424-9586 or 843-651-9350

As a personal wellness coach, Linda Sacchetti has served the Grand Strand for seven years. My mission is teaching nutrition to promote health and well-being. I provide many services: weightloss challenge facilitating, wellness evaluations, free metabolism tests, healthy breakfast in-services for businesses, and free personal 1-1 coaching for weight loss or weight gain. Join my team! Training provided. See ad, page 31.

YOGA INLET YOGA STUDIO 637 D Bellamy Rd Murrells Inlet 843-655-6272

Inlet Yoga is dedicated to serving yoga students at every level of their personal practice, offering classes seven days a week from beginner to advanced. Classes include Ashtanga, Hatha, Gentle, Boomer, Hot, Prenatal and Restorative. Our $5 community class on Saturdays, from 11am12 pm, is followed by a free meditation class 1212:30 pm that benefits the Coastal Carolina Animal Rescue of Murrells Inlet. Come breathe, empower and transform yourself at Inlet Yoga.

Yo g a D i Vi t a i s a w a r m , welcoming environment for all to come together. A place to be with ease, breathe with clarity, and move with grace. The multidisciplinary studio is the home of certified teachers in many forms of yoga; Hatha, Anusara, Warm Vinyasa, Restorative, Yin, and more. Classes held Monday through Saturday, mornings and evenings, ages 13 and wiser.


Karyl Tych, Certified Iyengar Teacher 9904A N Kings Hwy Myrtle Beach 843-340-YOGA (9642)

Come to Live Oak Yoga Studio to study Iyengar yoga, known for its emphasis on clear methodical instruction, correct alignment, and the use of props. You’ll receive individual attention in each class. The studio is fully equipped including a rope wall. Karyl Tych, a certified Iyengar yoga teacher, has studied with B.K.S. Iyengar in India.


417 79th Avenue N, Ste E (upstairs) Myrtle Beach 843-333-2656

Secret Lotus offers Ashtanga Vinyasa for all levels and body types ranging from beginner to advanced, challenging the breath, mind and body to connect in a powerful union. Brand new or experienced practitioners welcome! In addition to Ashtanga classes, we offer Ashtanga-influenced prenatal, gentle and Mommy & Me yoga. Also offering massage and Reiki. Mention this ad, and your first class is free.


3901 N Kings Hwy, Ste 20-A 843-467-5444


3062 Deville St The Market Common, MB 843-839-9636, 843-385-6176

YOGA in COMMON offers classes during a wide variety of hours, seven days per week. We welcome all students—new or those returning to yoga. Our schedule is also great for those who want to practice daily. Visit our website or follow us on Facebook to keep up with our wellness gatherings and special events.

YOGA TEACHER TRAINING ALLISON DENNIS COLLINS, E-RYT 500 & NC LMBT #6786 Heart of Yoga School 919-929-8961

Heart of Yoga School Teacher Training, near Sunset Beach, NC. Yoga Alliance Registered 200-hour and 300-hour trainings offered in seasonal five-day modules. Advanced 300-hour course begins in May 2014. You can take more than one year to complete, and you can register for just one module. Call for location and fees.


Shanti Yoga offers Ashtanga (led and mysore), Vinyasa and Hot yoga classes. Free community class every Sunday; all donations benefit h.e.a.r.t. of Myrtle Beach. Each class explores breath, movement and perception. Emphasis on both theory and practice provides students with the necessary foundation to expand in a personal and profound way. See ad, page 23.

BELL LIFESTYLE PRODUCTS 1-800-333-7995 ext. #2294

Formulated natural health supplements intended for pain control, urinary health, preventive illness, virility, stress relief, weight control, and other common conditions. See ad, back page.

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Grand Strand Locations Rivertown Pharmacy 2219 Main St. Conway Bay Naturals 7611 North Kings Hwy Myrtle Beach New Life Natural Foods 556 Hwy 17 N North Myrtle Beach Ocean Lakes Pharmacy 1415 Hwy 17 N Surfside Beach Nature's Alternatives 1301 West Evans St. Florence Reynolds Drug Store 7 S Morgan Ave. Andrews B.J.'S Health Food Store 103 West Liberty St. Sumter

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