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In other news Deonna Thomas, owner and yoga instructor of Good Vibes Yoga Studio, is now offering classes and workshops at a new location at Divinely Rooted, located at 33 N. Main St. Suite B, Wallingford, CT. Call 203-824-1929 or visit GoodVibesYogaStudio.MassagePlanet.com for more information. For more information or to book an appointment, call 203-821-7584 or visit SmallTalkSalon.com. Location: Small Talk Salon, 2983 Whitney Ave., Ste. 7, Hamden, CT.
The Risks for Seniors While Sheltering in Place
s we approach the upcoming winter season, Covid-19 is on the rise. Here in Connecticut, we have many seniors who are advised to stay at home to avoid exposure. For the older population, staying at home has its own risks, including decreased strength, endurance and balance; depression; loneliness; increased risk for cognitive changes; and decreased ability to drive
elcome to a new form of self-care: energy healing for the hair. This soul-transforming beauty service at Small Talk Salon immerses the physical and energetic bodies in the healing properties of Reiki while cleansing and balancing the scalp, strands and crown chakra. Begin with a consultation with Deonna Thomas, hair artist and Reiki master. Learn how to get out of the head and into the body with the cleansing sensation of R+Co Crown Scalp Scrub and Acid Wash, enhancing the natural beauty of the physical body and adding lusciousness to the hair. The hair will then be drenched with a hydrating mask, combed through with a crystal healing comb while you experience the healing vibrations of Reiki and crystals. Finish this experience with a haircut and/or blow dry.
news briefs safely. These physical changes can put the elderly at a greater risk for falls and hip fractures. Physical Therapy Services of Guilford suggests seniors try to leave their homes every day if you are physically able. Take a drive or a walk. You do not have to go into a store or be in contact with people, just get out of the house and be more active, which will help to maintain strength, balance and endurance. If you are experiencing pain that prevents you from being active or doing daily activities, call Physical Therapy Services of Guilford, located in Branford, at 203-315-7727 to make an appointment. PhysicalTherapyGuilford.com. See ad on page 21.
Revive Salt Therapy and Wellness Brings in Halotherapy and Craniosacral Work
n December 5 from 1 to 4 p.m., Revive Salt Therapy and Wellness is offering a halotherapy and craniosacral clinic with Cheryl Yeager in Milford, Connecticut. Craniosacral work is a gentle form of hands-on bodywork that works with the deepest tissues in the body. The focus is on the 22 cranial bones, spine and sacrum as well as the brain, cere-
brospinal fluid and surrounding membranes. The touch is very light, engaging the body’s own rhythms for healing. Craniosacral work is beneficial for a number of conditions, both physical and stress-related, including back pain (chronic and acute), central nervous system disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, concussions, facial trauma, fibromyalgia, headaches/ migraines, pain relief, PTSD and much more. At the end of the session, clients usually feel deeply relaxed. Sometimes it is possible to feel a bit sore or experience heightened emotional perception within the first 24 hours. As the session is processed and tissues re-align, these sensations dissipate. Clients usually report better sleep and energy levels, and often a sense of profound well-being and a decrease in symptoms. It usually takes a day or two to fully integrate the session. The clinic is a private 25-minute session ($49) in the Moroccan Salt Room while experiencing the benefits of halotherapy. Appointments are encouraged. Call Revive Salt Therapy 203-283-5968 to schedule your appointment. For more information, visit ReviveSaltTherapy.com. Location: Revive Salt Therapy and Wellness, 374 New Haven Ave., Milford, CT. See ad on page 31.
Holistic Moms Network Presents How to Have Difficult Conversations
n December 15 at 7:30 p.m., join the New Haven County chapter of Holistic Moms Network as they virtually host a powerful and productive discussion that could be helpful during these unprecedented times. Author, speaker and fear strategist Nancy Burger will speak about five steps that can help facilitate uncomfortable or contention conversations: unpack the rear; fear fact versus fear fiction; do your job; don’t be sorry; and say it, then wait.
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n the Virtual Tong Ren Energy Healing Class on Mondays from 7-8 p.m., send distance healing energy to each participant and their loved ones using a tong ren doll, crystal grid, sound healing and chanting. The class will be complemented by sound healing instruments and chanting. The class is held on Zoom; register for the $10 class at Eventbrite.com/e/ Tong-Ren-HealingClass-Long-DistanceEnergy-Healingfor-the-World-Tickets-106395947142. The virtual Wednesday qigong class (9:30-10:30 a.m.) will be focusing on boosting immunity, and alleviating stress and anxiety. There will be brief meditation integrating breathwork with a combination of chanting, singing bowls and aromatherapy, and an inspirational reading. The $10 class will be held on Zoom; register at Eventbrite.com/e/ Qi-Gong-Class-To-Boost-Immunity-Ease-Stress-andAnxiety-Tickets-123477423297. On December 5 (1-3 p.m.), there will be a winter wellness workshop about supporting your immune system with Chinese medicine. You will learn about using holistic healing and herbal medicine for pathogen prevention as well as self-care tips to protect your immune system for the colder months. You will find out about the healing properties of herbs, Chinese herbal formulas, dietary recommendations, crystals, aromatherapy and other tools to enhance immunity. The cost for the Zoom call is $25 per class; register at Eventbrite.com/e/Winter-Wellness-Workshop-Support-Your-Immune-System-with-ChineseMedicine-Tickets-128551265295. The Winter Solstice Qigong Essence Meditation with Erik Harris (Chi for Healing) and John Odlum (Tru Elements) will be held on December 20 at 11 a.m. on Zoom (Eventbrite.com/e/ Winter-Solstice-Qi-Gong-Essence-Meditation-Wsound-HealingAromatherapy-Tickets-129028308143). Connect with the winter solstice’s energy with this virtual meditation incorporating qigong, essential oils, guided imagery and sound healing to help us stay grounded and calm during these challenging times. Yoga mats, blankets and pillows are suggested. The suggested donation is $25 or whatever you can contribute. Events are sponsored by The Red Barn in Durham, 352 Main St., Durham, CT.
Speaking up can be scary. The simple act of saying “no” can trigger a list of fears that run the gamut from judgement and retribution to hostility, ugly social media rants and everything in between. What fear prevents you from speaking your truth? What would it feel like if you could unpack the fear and learn from it so you can lean into your courageous self, decline invitations, and have conversations with kindness and honesty? Nancy Burger (NancyRBurger.com) is an author, speaker, and facilitator who helps people embrace and better understand their fears as they build a path toward courageous living. Drawing on personal life experience and years of research in the areas of cognitive behavior, behavioral finance and neuroscience, Nancy offers provocative and engaging talks and workshops that elevate the conversation around how fear affects our lives and how we can change our relationship with this complex emotion. The mission of Holistic Moms Network, a nonprofit support and discussion network, is to connect parents who are interested in holistic health and green living. It welcomes people wherever they are on their own holistic path in an environment that does not judge. The monthly meetings, open to the public, are the third Tuesday of each month. Children are welcome (quiet area set up in back of the meeting room with a babysitter); the YMCA also has a free child watch room for those attending our meeting.
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“Bulking up” evokes images of bodybuilders and possible steroid use, but new research shows that older people that simply eat lots of vitamin C-rich fruits and vegetables have greater skeletal muscle mass than those that don’t eat these foods. Researchers from the UK’s University of East Anglia collected data from more than 13,000 people between 42 and 82 years old and reported in The Journal of Nutrition that the highest amounts of vitamin C correlated with the greatest estimated skeletal muscle mass—an important finding, as people older than 50 typically lose half a percent of muscle fat each year, leading to frailty and a lower quality of life. Sixty percent of men in the study and 50 percent of women were not getting enough vitamin C from food or supplements. “We’re not talking about people needing megadoses. Eating a citrus fruit such as an orange each day and having a vegetable side to a meal will be sufficient for most people,” says study co-author Richard Hayhoe.
Pile on the broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage. In a study of 684 older Australian women published in the British Journal of Nutrition, researchers found those that ate more than 45 grams of cruciferous vegetables a day—about one-quarter cup of steamed broccoli or one-half cup of raw cabbage—were 46 percent less likely to have calcium buildup in the aorta, the main vessel carrying blood from the heart into the body. Fatty calcium deposits in the aorta are a key marker of vascular disease linked to heart attacks and strokes. “One particular constituent found abundantly in cruciferous vegetables is vitamin K, which may be involved in inhibiting the calcification process that occurs in our blood vessels,” says lead author Lauren Blekkenhorst, of Edith Cowan University, in Perth.
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The simple step of taking a daily multivitamin during pregnancy can reduce the risk of autism in newborns by 38 percent, report Chinese researchers that analyzed nine studies of 231,163 children, of which 4,459 were diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Another study from Kings College, London, of 1,555 obese, pregnant women, concluded that when they improved their diet and exercised, their children three years later had an average resting pulse rate of five beats per minute lower than the other children, a better glycemic response and slightly less obesity. Israeli research, published in the online journal Sleep, involving 116 men ages 21 to 59, found those that used smartphones and tablets in the evening and after bedtime had lower sperm quality with reduced counts and motility. Watching TV, another light-emitting source, during the evening also correlated with lower sperm concentration.
For normal nighttime sleepers, taking a midday snooze for more than one hour may hurt cardiovascular health, reports a surprising new study from Guangzhou Medical University, in China. After analyzing 20 studies of 313,651 people, researchers found those people that napped longer than 60 minutes after sleeping more than six hours at night had a 30 percent greater risk of death from any cause and a 34 percent higher risk of heart disease. However, for people sleeping less than six hours at night, naps of 30 to 45 minutes “might improve heart health,” says study author Zhe Pan. Napping, long thought to be healthy, is under increasing scrutiny, with some research linking it to high blood pressure, diabetes and poor overall physical health. A 2019 Swiss study, published in Heart, of 3,500 people concluded that napping once or twice a week reduces heart disease risk by 48 percent, but benefits decline with more frequent naps, perhaps because ongoing sleepiness can point to underlying health disorders.
Practice Yoga to Improve Atrial Fibrillation Yoga postures and breathing may significantly reduce episodes of atrial fibrillation, suggests a new study—good news for the one in 11 Americans that suffer from its anxiety-producing palpitations, racing pulses, dizziness and shortness of breath. In the study, which was presented to the European Society of Cardiology, 538 patients underwent 12 weeks without yoga and then 16 weeks of attending 30-minute yoga classes every other day. During the yoga period, their fibrillation episodes were halved, dropping on average to eight as compared to 15 in the non-yoga period. Average blood pressure was 11/6 millimeters of mercury lower after yoga training. The patients also reported improved moods and energy. “Our study suggests that yoga has wide-ranging physical and mental health benefits for patients with atrial fibrillation, and could be added on top of usual therapies,” says study author Naresh Sen, M.D., of Sunil Memorial Superspecialty Hospital, in Jaipur, India. elly fairytale/Pexels.com
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Conscientious Director Amazon Climate Label Facilitates Greener Choices
Amazon is labeling approximately 25,000 products with a Climate Pledge Friendly (CPF) designation to meet a commitment to become carbon neutral by 2040. The selection includes grocery, household, fashion, beauty and personal electronics products, as well as from brands such as Seventh Generation and Burt’s Bees Baby. CPF products are clearly labeled in shopping results, have additional sustainability information on their product page and are featured in a dedicated section of the online store. The Seattle company, which currently delivers 10 billion items a year, has an enormous carbon footprint due to its commitment to speedy deliveries, transportation-related emissions and data centers. A paper in Environmental Science & Technology, published by the American Chemical Society, found that going to a physical store actually has a lower carbon footprint than shopping on Amazon because customers tend to buy fewer items at a time online. When they go to a store, they’re more likely to stock up and reduce the need for more trips.
California governor Gavin Newsom has signed the Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act into law, which bans 24 ingredients from cosmetics and personal care products sold within the state. The list includes mercury, formaldehyde, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, endocrine-disrupting phthalates and long-chain parabens used as preservatives, among other chemicals. Many have been linked to breast cancer, reproductive and neurological damage, birth defects, organ system toxicity and developmental delays. National standards lag behind the rest of the world and have not been updated since being created in 1938. Despite the industry’s immense size, only two pages of the 829-page Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act govern cosmetics. The new California law will make products safer for everyone, but Black women stand to benefit more because they represent the biggest U.S. market for cosmetics. Environmental watchdog Treehugger notes that Black women account for an estimated 22 percent of the country’s $42-billion per year personal care products market, despite comprising less than 7 percent of the national population. 12
MilkRun Gives Farmers Direct Sales
MilkRun, a Portland, Oregon, company founded by farmer and entrepreneur Julia Niiro, is supporting local farmers on small farms by enabling them to sell produce safely and directly to consumers. The online platform allows farmers to set their own prices, eliminating wholesalers, shippers and truckers. After consumers place orders, farmers deliver the produce to an aggregation hub where MilkRun boxes and ships it. Niiro explains that while wholesale orders from restaurants have decreased dramatically due to COVID-19, direct purchasing from consumers is offsetting the losses. By re-scaling, creating new safety practices and adapting to direct consumer demand, farmers are able to turn a profit during the pandemic. According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, farmers receive roughly 8 percent of the purchase price from grocery stores, while MilkRun estimates a return of up to 70 percent of the purchase price through its platform.
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’TIS THE SEASON TO SAVE THE PLANET When the holiday classic Jingle Bells starts playing in department stores, Americans deck the landfills with extra trash. According to the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), garbage increases by 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day— or about 1 million extra tons each week—including 38,000 miles of ribbon, $11 billion worth of packing material and 15 million discarded Christmas trees. As this waste decomposes, dangerous greenhouse gases such as methane and carbon dioxide are emitted, adding to the climate crisis. This season, include Earth on the gift list by reducing holidayrelated waste. To stop the uptick of mailed catalogs, call stores and request to be removed from mailing lists. Reusable shopping bags are not just for groceries. Bring them to malls and boutiques to cut down on single-use store bags. Wrapping paper, ribbons and bows are beautiful, but create waste. Consider eco-friendly alternatives like towels, tablecloths, scarves and even socks. According to NEEF, an estimated 2.6 billion holiday cards are sold in the U.S. every year. That’s enough to fill a football field 10 stories high. Be kind to the planet by switching to e-cards or making personal phone calls. At the holiday table, use cloth napkins and tablecloths instead of paper. They’re festive, elegant and best of all, washable and reusable. Forgo plastic cutlery, paper plates and single-use plastic cups, too. An extra dishwasher load is better than bags full of trash, plastic being the
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worst non-biodegradable culprit. Social-distancing Americans are expected to flock to the internet for gifts. Consider saving the shipping boxes and packing materials for later use or donating them to a mailing center that would be happy to reuse them. The most environmentally friendly gifts eliminate wrapping and shipping altogether. Here are some favorite low-waste ideas: n Charitable donations n Cooking, music, craft or other lessons n Passes to museums or amusement parks n Gift cards for restaurants or bookstores n Music downloads or spa treatments Most towns recycle Christmas trees and process them into mulch for use in parks. Contact a local waste management agency for details.
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A New Story for the World
Re-Visioning the Script for a Healthier Society and Planet by Linda Sechrist
he most familiar form of human activity and the most natural way to describe what happens in our lives is through telling stories. Toddlers listen to stories that have contained the same archetypal characters acting out similar plots for millennia. In literature, folktales and myths all over the world, stories serve the purpose of providing life instructions and answering humanity’s fundamental questions about the nature of existence, such as who we are, where we came from, the definition of our purpose and the nature of our reality.
In the 1980s, author and cultural historian Thomas Berry declared that humanity needed a new story that is less destructive and dysfunctional. Berry filled lecture halls, telling attendees, “We are in trouble now because we don’t have a good story. The old story, the account of how the world came to be and how we fit into it, isn’t functioning properly. What once sustained us, shaped our emotional attitude, provided us with life purpose, energized action, consecrated suffering, integrated knowledge and guided education is no longer serving humanity.” As we are discovering globally through hard experience, the old stories of rugged individualism and conquering and dominating the natural world have run their course with grim results. In the last four decades, fragments of a new story have been slowly emerging. Because it isn’t deemed worthy of mainstream media, the public is left in the dark about new, life-instructing stories capable of altering human civilization in positive ways. Were these story fragments woven together in an anthology, chapters on climate, economy, religion, environment, science, politics, medicine, education, conscious evolution and community would constitute a useful account of ideas and concepts capable of bringing about a brighter future for humanity and the planet. These possibilities would surely capture readers’ imaginations.
New Climate Story In Climate: A New Story, writer and activist Charles Eisenstein suggests that we need a new story that makes possible the
New Science Story Evolution biologist Elisabet Sahtouris’ stories about science shine a light on the broader perspective of life and science gained from studying multiple worldviews. A scholar of ancient sciences, Sahtouris reminds us that the original purpose of science was to find guidance for human affairs by studying nature. During a recent conversation with Ubiquity University founder Jim Garrison in the online Humanity Rising’s Global Solutions Summit, she says, “We have acted in opposition and made ecology subservient to our economy, using ecology as a set of resources for human economics. When we make our economy fit into nature’s economy, which we call ecology, we’ll have ecosophy, the ‘wisdom of the Earth itself ’ that occurs when a man knows how to listen with love.” Sahtouris teaches corporations about ecosophy’s new view of a conscious universe and a living Earth in which we are co-creators. This, she believes, takes humans out of fatalistic victimhood so that we can become consciously active agents of our destiny. Lifting the fog of our
more beautiful world our hearts know is achievable. The story, which he believes is attainable, calls for people, governments and organizations to embrace a partnership paradigm to protect, restore, regenerate and repair damages to our planet’s natural world, which we call the environment. Using indigenous wisdom, organizations such as the Pachamama Alliance and Bioneers are helping individuals worldwide to recognize that humanity is here to be in service to life. Creating the right conditions for revitalizing life is the opposite of our collective story that views the natural world only as a resource. Eisenstein’s ideas for regenerative agriculture match those described in environmentalist Paul Hawken’s Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. In October, Drawdown Georgia became the first state-centered effort to crowd-solve for climate change, with solutions tailored to Georgia’s unique natural, economic and social resources.
self-image as consumers of stuff gives humans the rights and responsibilities to live out our full co-creative humanity.
A Global Commons Sharing Solutions Through the daily sharing of stories with keynote speakers and panel discussions, Garrison increases the momentum of the Humanity Rising movement, which includes Ubiquity University students, program participants and more than 400 organizations that come together as a “global commons” to take counsel and share what they are developing for their own networks. Humanity Rising was launched to try to leverage the crisis of the coronavirus pandemic into an opportunity for human renewal and increase our resilience to future challenges. This new form of real-life competency education delivered in TED Talk-style presentations, moderated dialogues, working groups, blogs, ongoing conversations, group discussions and other interactions provides participants a wide scope of possibilities and activities for working together for global solutions.
Economics Story If British economist Kate Raworth writes a follow-up to her bestselling book Donut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist, she’ll certainly add a case study of her consulting work in Amsterdam, where her donut model is now embraced as the starting point for public policy decisions. Amsterdam is the world’s first city to make a commitment to Raworth’s concepts: “Out with the global attachment to economic growth and laws of supply and demand, and in with … what it means for countries, cities and people to thrive in balance with the planet,” as reported in The Guardian. The simple central premise of Raworth’s alternative to growth economics is that the goal of economic activity should be to meet the core needs of all within the means of the planet.
Interconnectedness Author Robert Atkinson’s contribution to the new story is his understanding of the underlying unity in all religions and all humanity, expressed throughout his book The December 2020
Story of Our Time: From Duality to Interconnectedness to Oneness. “Nature is an embodiment of the divine, and the whole Earth is sacred. Its vast resources are our common heritage entrusted to us,” he says. “Humanity is one family. Having passed through the stage of childhood, humanity is now struggling to leave behind its adolescent ways while taking on new patterns of thought and action in approaching its maturity. Accepting the oneness of humanity as a biological fact, a social necessity and a spiritual reality will lead us further along our journey toward lasting peace.” Atkinson believes global harmony is inevitable when we exercise our obligation to independently investigate reality and stop blindly and uncritically following various traditions, movements and opinions. He says, “I consider this as one of the main sources of world conflict.”
Undivided Wholeness In a world engulfed by fragmentation, the film Infinite Potential: The Life & Ideas of David Bohm is a healing balm with the potential to overturn our ideas about the world and ourselves. “The core work of David Bohm, considered one of the most significant theoretical physicists of the 20th century, is our essential interconnectedness and undivided wholeness from which we get a sense of our own interconnectivity,” says producer and director Paul Howard. “This realization makes it logical to start taking better care of ourselves, each other and planet Earth.”
Howard notes, “David was interested in the nature of thought and consciousness. Realizing that he wanted to develop full expression of his interests, he explored wider domains and investigated different worldviews with sages, philosophers and spiritual leaders such as the Dalai Lama, who called David his ‘science guru’. A lifelong concern with social and political change led him to develop the Bohm Dialogue, a form of communication aiming to break through our collective modes of habitual thought. He also spent time with indigenous people, searching for a new form of language in which to express his ideas in a more process-oriented way.”
Indigenous Wisdom While the early church developed and grew in numbers by assimilating the wisdom of the world about it, including paganism, it neglected to assimilate the intuitive ways in that indigenous people knew the natural world, how it functioned and how intimately they were integrated with it. Tribes around the globe have ancient extinction stories that foretold the crises we are collectively experiencing, as well as potential outcomes and possible solutions. In Sacred Instructions: Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change, Sherri Mitchell (Weh’na Ha’mu Kwasset) tells the story of the Mohawk Seventh Generation Prophecy. “The Onkwehonwe, or real people, rise up and demand their wisdom and way of life be respected and that the natural way of the Earth and way of life be fully restored. Teachings on the indigenous way of life are being sought after, and all that remains is that we work together to restore the Earth to a state of balance and good health,” she says.
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Thousands of people are gathering in online intentional communities associated with personal growth, healing and spiritual awakening. Jennifer Phelps, M.D., owner and director of Phelps MD Integrative Medicine, in Redding, Connecticut, practices mind-body medicine and is a faculty member of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, in Washington, D.C. A trained facilitator of small groups, she has been teaching trauma and stress healing via Zoom calls during the pandemic. Initially, Phelps was concerned about how the levels of intimacy, trust and vulnerability necessary for individuals to develop a sense of cohesiveness and bonding could be formed via computer screens. By using the center’s model of self-care, selfawareness and mutual support that has its roots in indigenous culture, she felt her concern dissipate as group members began to bond quickly. “Our guidelines call for no cross-talking and no interrupting. Confidentiality is sacred. I’m a facilitator and a participant, which most models don’t allow,” says Phelps. She speculates that the success of online bonding might be due to participants feeling safer in their homes with a little extra anonymity, noting, “Not being face-to-face seems to allow people to share more freely. These weird times are creating a commonality and a sense of community connection.”
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message we hear throughout the year, but especially during the holidays, is, “Buy local.” The idea is to purchase from locally owned and operated businesses. Facing competition from big chains like Walmart or internet companies like Amazon, they need our support. But it’s not just a nice thing to do; consumers that buy local help build robust hometown economies with a long list of impressive benefits. “About three dozen studies have found that two to four times more money stays in the economy for every dollar spent in a locally owned business rather than a nonlocal one,” says economist Michael Shuman, author of The Small-Mart Revolution, Put Your Money Where Your Life Is and The Local Economy Solution. “What’s more, the community enjoys a multiplier effect, generating two to four times more job opportunities, two to four times more income and two to four times greater tax collections. If your interest is in reducing poverty and raising social equality, locally owned businesses are your ticket to doing so.” According to Shuman, cities that rely on just one or two large companies to drive their economies are far less self-reliant and less resilient than towns that support a diversified base of smaller, locally owned businesses. “The more you have control over your economy, the less likely you’re going to be hurt if one big company splits for Mexico,” he explains. Cities that have many thriving local businesses enjoy other benefits, too. “We know from political science studies that they have higher rates of voting participation and vol-
unteering,” Shuman says. “Sociology studies show lower crime and greater degrees of social organization and civil society. Health studies reveal that local business communities replace a lot of unhealthy, imported food with healthier, fresher, lesspackaged food that lowers rates of diabetes and obesity. Unique local businesses attract tourists. And because they shorten the lines of distribution and supply, we know they bring down carbon footprint.” Phoenix business leader Kimber Lanning, who opened a record store in 1987 and an art gallery in 1999, has witnessed firsthand the transformative power of local commerce. “Doing business with people we know heightens our connection to place, and when we care about place, we’re more likely to vote, volunteer and give charitably.” In 2003, Lanning founded the nonprofit Local First Arizona (LFA) to help local businesses thrive and eventually eliminate city, state and federal subsidies that
multinational companies were receiving. “Big chains move in, claiming they’re going to drive so much sales tax revenue that the city should pay them to be there,” she explains. “Cabela’s [the outfitter chain] got a $68 million subsidy from Glendale to open one retail location. These sweetheart deals extract money out of the community that could have been spent on parks, libraries and fire departments, but instead goes to shareholders living elsewhere.” Responding to political pressure by LFA and others, Arizona passed a law banning these subsidies five years ago—a major victory—leveling the playing field for smaller businesses, according to Lanning. As the author of 13 destination guidebooks, Florida-based travel journalist Karen T. Bartlett helps people discover the often-hidden flavors and experiences unique to their own region, meeting neighbors and supporting the local economy along the way. “From kayak adventures and foodie tours to community theater productions and galleries featuring local artists, fun and meaningful ways to enjoy the distinctive offerings of home abound,” she says. “Think local first,” Lanning says. “Spend your money with people you know in your community—from haircuts to oil changes. Use a local pharmacy. Go to the farmers’ market and move your money to community banks and credit unions.” “For people to get excited about the purchase of a five-dollar hammer and not pay attention to where they have their mortgage is utterly irrational. Rank [in] order your business expenditures, which starts with your home, then probably goes to your car and then health care, and think about ways of localizing those things, rather than every grocery item,” Shuman advises. “Usually, you find cheaper, better-quality goods and services, or at the very least, comparable options,” he says, adding that even if a purchase is slightly more expensive or a bit less convenient, favoring the neighborhood vendor is always going to benefit the local economy.
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Using the Voice to Uplift Mind and Body by Marlaina Donato
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ccording to growing research, singing along to a favorite musical or joining a local choir can be good for our health. From college students to patients with Parkinson’s disease, everyone can benefit, regardless of talent. Singing naturally fosters endorphins, amps up immunity levels and lowers the stress hormone cortisol. A study by the UK University of East Anglia published in 2017 in The BMJ’s Medical Humanities shows that group singing—along with the positivity of social interaction— supports and improves mental health in people with depression and anxiety. Singing for the Brain, a program created by The Alzheimer’s Society, has been shown to improve memory, mood and the ability to socialize for people with dementia. “I feel singing can be significant to mental well-being and healing from an injury or cancer, while in recovery from substance abuse, or to help cope with trauma. Additional benefits may include pain management,” says Tamera Anderson-Hanna, a licensed mental health counselor and the owner of Wellness, Therapy & Yoga, in Miami.
Breathing into Self-Expression “When we sing, we dive straight into a conscious bodily experience that brings us into immediate connection with our bodies. Singing, especially repetitive singing where we can start to regulate a breath cycle and elongate it, gets us deeply oxygenated,” says Daisy Press, a professional singer and vocal teacher in New York City. There’s no right or wrong way to reap the benefits of music. A few years into her professional career, Press took a group lesson with a North Indian raga teacher and experienced a deep inner shift. “I was allowed to enjoy the feeling of singing that one note and my mind turned off. I felt the intonation itself in my body—in waves, shapes and colors. Intonation itself became a real living energy that felt essentially good, restorative and healing.” Lea Longo, a Montreal-based meditation mindfulness coach and musician, concurs. “Singing has been my way to relax, not only my mind, but my body, as well. It uses the breath, a vital tool for health. It’s my go-to place to feel better. I just sing when I need a boost, and it works for me.”
Resonance, Mantra and Humming “The voice can be considered a healing tool for the fact that it is directly related to resonance in the body,” explains Longo. “We can think of our voice as a tuning fork to ‘tune’ ourselves and use it as a way to heal internally through the vibrations and sounds we produce.” Using sound is a subtle energy therapy that can help heal emotional or physical distress, he says. Mantra, the recitation of specific words or traditionally sacred chants, is not a religion, but simply a method to quell mental chatter. “Mantras are vibrational tools that can be practiced by any faith or spiritual practice.” In her work, Anderson-Hanna makes the mantra personal. “I often teach individuals how to create their own mantra and how to challenge their thinking using positive affirmations. The mantra I teach
is most often a personal reflection of ‘I am’ statements they can aspire to, versus negative or defeating thoughts.” Humming, another way to open the voice for healing, is the least intimidating for many people, but packs a powerful punch. “Out of all the many healing sounds I’ve worked with, I find that humming is the most effective because it is so inclusive—everyone can hum. Physiologically, humming reduces heart rate, respiration and blood pressure. Many different beneficial hormones and chemicals are released, including endorphins, oxytocin, melatonin and nitric oxide,” says Jonathan Goldman, co-author of The Humming
Effect and director of the Sound Healers Association, in Boulder, Colorado. “The importance of nitric oxide is coming more into light since it is a vasodilator and has anti-viral qualities.” In addition, humming stimulates the vagus nerve, which reduces inflammation and enhances immunity. Whether we sing children to sleep at night or learn to sing jazz, using our voices can be good medicine. Goldman reminds us, “There are so many different ways that sound can positively shift and change us.”
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The Gift of Yum Homemade Treats Spark Holiday Cheer by April Thompson
ift-givers seeking memorable presents while avoiding holiday shopping stress need look no further than the kitchen. Edible homemade gifts make special, welcome treats, help slow down the shopping frenzy of the season and increase creativity in the kitchen. While 79 percent of recipients return some holiday gifts every year, food and handmade items rank in the top 10 treasured gifts, according to Survey Monkey research. Mackenzie Burgess, a Fort Collins, Colorado, dietitian and recipe developer at Cheerful Choices, encourages holiday gift-givers to think beyond the Christmas cookie. One of her go-to holiday gifts, a lentil and brown rice dry soup mix, features colorful dry ingredients layered in a Mason jar and the recipe attached with a pretty ribbon. “This shelf-stable dry soup mix is the perfect, plant-based meal to make on a chilly night, and makes for a unique, affordable and thoughtful gift,” says Burgess, adding that the Mason jars can be repurposed. For a sweet but healthy treat, Burgess offers freezer-friendly energy bites, which can be made in large quantities in advance and frozen or refrigerated, then popped into jars at gift time. These gluten-free, vegan treats can be made with common pantry items, including a base of oats, nut butter and a sweetener like honey or agave, as well as “fixings” such as shredded coconut, dried cranberries or goji berries, chopped nuts, or chia or flax seeds to boost the flavor and nutrition. Natural food coloring can also be added to foster a more festive look. 22
To give a gift a “wow” factor, blogger Shelley Fulton, in Hudson, Ohio, recommends making a themed basket that may include a mix of homemade and purchased items. “You can take your signature spice rub or that homemade soup mix everyone raves about and expand into a gift basket with other products that support the theme, like barbecue tools for the spice rub or a kettle with cute soup bowls and a new ladle for the soup mix,” says Fulton, the creator of Two Healthy Kitchens. For the dog lovers on a holiday list, Fulton suggests making homemade sweet potato dog biscuits, which can be bundled in a dog bed with other canine comforts. Stephanie Hafferty, author of The Creative Kitchen: Seasonal Plant Based Recipes for Meals, Drinks, Garden and Self Care, suggests handcrafted items like infused vinegars, herb salts, herbal tea blends or spice mixes for foodies on the holiday gift list. Infused concoctions can be easily made by steeping a light vinegar like champagne or cider with rosemary, thyme or other perennial herbs, along with a spiraled citrus peel, for two weeks before gifting. “Infused vinegars look so lovely and go with so many winter dishes. They also have the advantage of being antiviral and having the shelf life of a few years,” says Hafferty. Herb-infused olive oils make another gorgeous foodie gift, but Hafferty warns of botulism risk if the herbs are not completely dried beforehand and fully submerged in the oil. “Make this one closer to the time you plan to give it and include instructions to use within a few weeks,” recommends the Somerset, England, author. Unusual spice mixes are another favorite gift of Hafferty’s, which can encourage home cooks to get creative. “Ras el Hanout is a versatile Moroccan spice blend that elevates dishes to another dimension. You can upcycle an old tin and decorate it with images of Moroccan tiles and add a homemade booklet with recipe ideas,” she says.
For a hostess gift that will be eaten immediately, Fulton loves making fruit kabob bouquets, made festive by using red and green fruits like strawberries and kiwi cut into holiday-themed shapes like stars and bells. “This is a fun one to make with kiddos,” adds the blogger. If concerned about preparing food items for someone due to COVID-19, Fulton suggests assembling a countertop herb garden or a handmade book of favorite recipes, with a promise to cook together soon. The spirit that goes into holiday gift-making matters as much as the end product. Making thoughtful presents for loved ones is a great time to reflect upon our blessings, especially those that have blessed our lives this year. Connect with Washington, D.C., freelance writer April Thompson at AprilWrites.com.
Holiday Gift-Giving Recipes Lentil Brown Rice Soup
bread and parmesan cheese, if desired.
yield: 6 servings
Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 4 months.
If presenting the soup mix as a gift, layer dry ingredients in a Mason jar and print recipe to attach to the jar. 1 cup green or brown lentils ½ cup uncooked brown rice ½ cup green split peas 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning 1 Tbsp dried parsley 1 Tbsp garlic powder ½ tsp ground black pepper 2 large vegetable bouillon cubes (1 cube should be equivalent to 1 Tbsp of granulated bouillon) 8 cups water
Recipe from Mackenzie Burgess, Cheerful Choices.
photo by Mackenzie Burgess, RDN
Optional: 1 medium yellow onion, diced 1 Tbsp canola oil 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, no salt added Optional: Sauté onion in oil in a large stock pot over high heat for 3 minutes. Add can of diced tomatoes. Add dry soup ingredients and 8 cups of water to the same large stock pot (unless starting with this step). Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat and simmer for 40 minutes, covered with a lid. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. Serve with crusty December 2020
Christmas Cocoa Crunch Bark
Freeze for 1 hour. Break into pieces and enjoy. Store leftovers in freezer for up to 3 months.
yield: 30 pieces
½ cup 100% cocoa powder, unsweetened ½ cup coconut oil, melted 2 Tbsp raw quinoa 2 Tbsp maple syrup ¼ tsp stevia ¼ cup dried cranberries ¼ cup pistachios, roughly chopped 2 Tbsp candied orange, diced in small pieces ½ tsp pink Himalayan salt 2 Tbsp white chocolate, melted (optional)
photo by Mackenzie Burgess, RDN
Recipe from Mackenzie Burgess, Cheerful Choices.
Toast raw quinoa over medium-high heat until slightly browned and nutty aroma. In a small bowl, mix together cocoa powder and melted coconut oil. Stir in toasted quinoa, maple syrup and stevia. Pour mixture onto a plate or sheet pan lined with parchment paper or wax paper. Sprinkle pistachios, dried cranberries, candied oranges and salt over the melted chocolate mixture. Drizzle white chocolate over the top and use a toothpick to create swirl effect if desired.
Ras el Hanout Spice Mix
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This is lovely sprinkled onto roasting vegetables or added to falafel mixes, soups, stews and tagines. 1 tsp cumin seeds 1 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp coriander seeds 1 tsp ground nutmeg 1 tsp turmeric 1 tsp fennel seeds 2 tsp cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick, ground 1 tsp smoked paprika or red pepper flakes 1 tsp black peppercorns
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1 tsp cayenne (optional for spicier version) 5 star anise ½ tsp ground cloves Seeds from 10 cardamom pods 1 tsp dried rose petals
Energy Bites yield: 12 large bites or 24 small bites
These energy bites are the perfect snack to grab and go. They’re completely customizable and take 5 minutes or less to make. It’s easy to create festive, colored bites for the holidays. Simply add one-quarter cup of oats into a bowl with 15-30 drops of food coloring and give it a stir. Then, simply roll your finished balls in the food-colored oats.
Store in the fridge until ready to eat or pack into a jar for a gift. Store any leftovers in fridge for up to 1 week or the freezer for up to 3 months.
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Rosemary-Infused Vinegar This fragrant, versatile vinegar makes a delightful holiday gift that can be enjoyed for months. Rosemary vinegar is delicious in salad dressings, sprinkled on vegetables (it is especially good on Brussels sprouts, cabbage and other brassicas) or added to sauces and homemade mayonnaise. It is also an excellent natural cleaner. Fresh sprigs rosemary Light vinegar (organic apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar) Clean bottles Labels Wash the bottles and lids until they sparkle and then dry them thoroughly. Shake the rosemary sprigs to dislodge any dirt or insects if taken from the garden, then rinse and air dry.
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Cut the rosemary so that it is two inches shorter than the bottle. This is so that all of the herb will be submerged in the vinegar. Place two sprigs of rosemary into each bottle. Cover with vinegar until the bottle is almost full and replace the lid. Label creatively; a small sprig of dried rosemary tied to the outside of the bottle is a nice touch. The vinegar will store for a long time in the refrigerator. When using in the kitchen, the level of vinegar will fall below the sprigs. When this happens, remove the rosemary—the vinegar will still taste of the herb. Use up any vinegar past its best as a bathroom cleaner. Recipes courtesy of Stephanie Hafferty.
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Matt Kahn on Transforming the Planet With Love by Sandra Yeyati
uthor of bestsellers Whatever Arises, Love That and The Universe Always Has a Plan, as well as The Healing Mantra Card Deck, Matt Kahn is a spiritual teacher and empathic healer with a global audience, guiding seekers through in-person events and popular YouTube videos.
What are mantras and how do we use them? They’re a declaration of our deepest wisdom, highest ideals and most authentic aspirations that we sound into existence as a way of asking the universe for help to embody our next highest level of consciousness. It’s an intention of the person I’m going to become and a request of healing energy from the universe, saying, “Please help me become more of what I declare through my words.” A mantra uses the sound of our voice as vibrational medicine to bring what’s within us out into the open for the purpose of not only transforming our personal circumstances, but improving the quality of the world. When you say a mantra, it’s embedded in your subconscious mind, which is like a new piece of clothing in your closet. A bunch of other clothes may push it to the background, but the moment you need to wear that article of clothing, it’s going to stick out of the closet and get your attention.
What mantra is resonating for 2021? No matter what, love always makes it right in the end. If you know that everything is made right by an infinitely wise, loving source, it relaxes you into being open to the journey and allowing yourself to be as
aligned as possible to whatever life brings.
What lessons can we learn from turbulent times? A big lesson is that desire is not a requirement for happiness. The things that most people desire for comfort or stability have been displaced, whether we’re talking about COVID-19 or the wildfires, for example. But happiness is how content and whole we are with ourselves; the constant needing of things pulls us out of happiness. Perhaps we can discover that just being who we were born to be is what we’ve always desired. No matter how dark the world seems or how insurmountable the odds appear, this is part of a grand transformation of the planet. We love ourselves to remain safe throughout each step along the way, and we offer kindness, compassion and forgiveness to anyone around us, knowing that anyone acting out of character is just acting from a level of unprocessed pain. We love ourselves as a way of uplifting the planet, and we bless others as a way of help-
ing to further the evolution of humanity. As we learn to be inner light workers and healers, we learn to find complete alignment with spirit no matter how the world ebbs and flows.
What’s the difference between our personal spiritual journeys and what you call ascension? Ascension is when a certain percentage of the world starts to awaken in consciousness. It’s not just a few awake beings scattered across the globe in a fast-driven, goal-oriented society. It’s a world waking up to its true nature on a collective level. On an individual journey, we’re healing our wounds, seeing through limiting beliefs, forgiving those who mistreated us and daring to treat ourselves better so that we can become active participants in the community of evolving beings we are creating. Giving brings us together. Each of us has something unique to contribute through the gift of diversity; together, we accomplish more than we ever could individually. The individual spiritual path helps clear distractions and awaken your most infinite power, and then you bring that together in community for this potluck of generosity we each get to experience and share.
What is your advice for political protestors in today’s America? Gandhi would say, “Be about what you’re for, not what you’re against.” When we protest, we’re saying that something isn’t fair and relying on publicly elected officials to do something about it. I think the gathering together of beings can transform from what isn’t fair to what all of our talents and efforts can do together to create solutions. How can we solve this on a communal level? What can we do to peacefully and consciously use all the power within us to create positive, tangible change so we can start living in the world that we envision? It’s an invitation to quantum-leap out of the identification of problems and into the cultivation of solutions. Sandra Yeyati, J.D., is a professional writer. Reach her at SandraYeyati@gmail.com. December 2020
calendar of events WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2 Salty Yoga Flow with Traci – 6:15pm-7:15pm. Come experience the magic of Halotherapy + Yoga. in our gorgeous Moroccan inspired Salt Room. Halotherapy detoxes the respiratory system, skin, and it relaxes the body. Come detox, move, breathe, and relax with us. See Ongoing Calendar (Mon-Fri) for New Client Special offer. Revive Salt Therapy, 374 New Haven Ave, Milford. 203-283-5968. firstname.lastname@example.org.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3 Salty Sound Bath with Kelly – 6:30pm-7:45pm. Join us for an evening of pure rest and rejuvenation. There is nothing you have to do. This is about simply BEing. Leave your worries at the door and float to a state of grace on the vibrations of sound. A Salty Sound Bath is a group Sound Healing Session done in the beautiful sanctuary of the Moroccan Salt Room with the added benefit of halotherapy. Relax in one of our zero gravity chairs as you soak in the layers of sound. See Ongoing Calendar (Mon-Fri) for New Client Special offer. Revive Salt Therapy, 374 New Haven Ave, Milford. 203-283-5968. email@example.com.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5 Free Essential Oil Class – 10am-11:30am. Help align your mind, body, spirit. Learn to take control of your health with therapeutic grade oils. Free class. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford or on Zoom. 203-631-7803 or Return2love3@gmail.com. Return2Love.com. Winter Wellness Workshop: Support Your Immune System with Chinese Medicine – 1pm-3pm. Using holistic healing and herbal medicine for pathogen prevention. Learn self-care tips to protect your immune system for the colder months. Cost $25 class is held on Zoom. Register though https:// chiforhealing.com/pages/classes-events. Sponsored by the Red Barn in Durham, 352 Main St, Durham. Halotherapy + Craniosacral Clinic with Cheryl Yeager – 1pm-4pm. Craniosacral therapy is a gentle form of hands-on bodywork that works with the deepest tissues in the body. The focus is on the 22 cranial bones, spine and sacrum as well as the brain, cerebrospinal fluid and surrounding membranes. The touch is very light, engaging the body’s own rhythms for healing. Craniosacral work is beneficial for a number of conditions, both physical and stress related. Revive Salt Therapy, 374 New Haven Ave, Milford. Information/appointments: 203-283-5968. firstname.lastname@example.org. ReviveSaltTherapy.com.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12 CELC Middle School Virtual Open House – 10am-11am. Looking for a middle school where your child can thrive? Find out if CELC Middle School is right for your child. Safe, small classes, experientially-based personalized learning, transformative program, 5th-8th grade. Limited openings are available still for this 2020-2021 academic year. RSVP: 203-433-4658 or mandm@CTExperiential.org.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20
Free Community Meals Presented by Master’s Community Meals: Dinner: Christmas Dinner – 1pm-3pm. Drive up meal pickup only. No eating in hall allowed. If you walk up, must wear facemask and stay 6 feet apart in line. Please enter parking between church and school. Do not exit vehicle. No RSVP. Donations graciously accepted. Assumption Church Hall, 61 N. Cliff St, Ansonia. For more information, contact Masters Table Community Meals: 203-732-7792, MastersTableCT@gmail.com. MastersTableMeals.org.
Winter Solstice Qi Gong Essence Meditation with Erik Harris and John Odlum – 11 am12pm. Connect with the energy of the winter solstice with this virtual meditation incorporating qi gong, essential oils, guided imagery, and sound healing. Cost $25. Class is held on Zoom. Register: https://chiforhealing.com/pages/classes-events. Sponsored by the Red Barn in Durham, 352 Main St, Durham.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 14 Free Essential Oil Class – 6:30pm-8pm. Help align your mind, body, spirit. Learn to take control of your health with therapeutic grade oils. Free class. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford or on Zoom. 203-631-7803 or Return2love3@gmail.com. Return2Love.com.
Winter Solstice – 6:30pm-8pm. Join us for this powerful meditation into the sacred Galactic Center. A time to Cleanse the Heart and the astral so that the profound feminine mysteries can unfold within our lives and heal together for the change from dark to the light. $20. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford 203-631-7803, Return2love3@gmail.com. Return2Love.com.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29
Salty Yoga Flow with Traci – 6pm-7pm. Come experience the magic of Halotherapy + Yoga. in our gorgeous Moroccan inspired Salt Room. Halotherapy detoxes the respiratory system, skin, and it relaxes the body. Come detox, move, breathe, and relax with us. See Ongoing Calendar (Mon-Fri) for New Client Special offer. Revive Salt Therapy, 374 New Haven Ave, Milford. 203-283-5968. email@example.com.
Salty Yoga Nidra with Traci – 6pm-7pm. Come experience the dual benefits of yoga Nidra + Halotherapy in our zero gravity chairs as you relax and unwind in the gorgeous Moroccan Salt Room. Yoga Nidra also known as “yoga of the mind” will deeply relax you and give you the best sleep of your life while halotherapy also promotes relaxation and enhances the immune system. See Ongoing Calendar (Mon-Fri) for New Client Special offer. Revive Salt Therapy, 374 New Haven Ave, Milford. 203-283-5968. firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16 Salty Sound Bath with Kelly – 5pm-6:15pm & 6:45pm-8pm. Join us for an evening of pure rest and rejuvenation. There is nothing you have to do. This is about simply BEing. Leave your worries at the door and float to a state of grace on the vibrations of sound. A Salty Sound Bath is a group Sound Healing Session done in the beautiful sanctuary of the Moroccan Salt Room with the added benefit of halotherapy. Relax in one of our zero gravity chairs as you soak in the layers of sound. See Ongoing Calendar (Mon-Fri) for New Client Special offer. Revive Salt Therapy, 374 New Haven Ave, Milford. 203-283-5968. email@example.com. Circle of Women – 7pm-9pm. Join in sacred space (temporarily on Zoom) to clear the decks for going inward into the Winter Season. Practice self-care and global compassion. Stay connected to self, spirit, others and earth rhythms as we navigate challenging times. $25. Call Susan to reserve space/ get coordinates. 203-645-1230.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17 Salty Yoga Nidra with Joann – 6:30pm-7:30pm. Come experience the dual benefits of yoga Nidra + Halotherapy in our zero gravity chairs as you relax and unwind in the gorgeous Moroccan Salt Room. Yoga Nidra also known as “yoga of the mind” will deeply relax you and give you the best sleep of your life while halotherapy also promotes relaxation and enhances the immune system. See Ongoing Calendar (Mon-Fri) for New Client Special offer. Revive Salt Therapy, 374 New Haven Ave, Milford. 203-283-5968. firstname.lastname@example.org.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 21
Full Moon Meditation w/Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30pm-8pm. Align w/new energies of this Super Full Moon. Opportunities for letting go of the old and allowing spiritual energies to reach human hearts and minds. $25. Zoom or in person. For questions please call 203-631-7803 or Return2love3@gmail.com. Return2Love.com.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31 New Year’s Eve Meditation & Gathering – 3pm -4:30pm Join us for this discussion and meditation with the powerful universal energies at this time of the New Year to facilitate illumination and new initiation and to set the pace for a harmonious and productive year. If you wish, please bring an item from your altar or an object from nature to be empowered in our Circle for you to bring home with renewed energy of this new calendar year. $25. Zoom or in person. For questions please call 203-631-7803 Return2love3@gmail.com. Return2Love.com.
monday Revive Salt Therapy & Wellness: New Client Special – Three Salt Room Sessions for ONLY $59+tax (ongoing). Value membership Moroccan Salt Room ONLY $59+tax. Save $81 (ongoing). Revive Salt Therapy, 374 New Haven Ave, Milford. Information/appointments: 203-283-5968. email@example.com. ReviveSaltTherapy.com. Revive Salt Therapy & Wellness: Special December Offers – Private Moroccan Salt Room Session (up to 8 people) $149+tax. Additional Add ons available. Private Salty Sound Journey $149 + tax. Save $50. Holiday Special: 2 Salt Room Sessions + 2 Infrared Sauna Sessions ONLY $99 (includes tax). Revive Salt Therapy, 374 New Haven Ave, Milford. Information/appointments: 203-283-5968. firstname.lastname@example.org. ReviveSaltTherapy.com. Come see CELC Middle School in action – Tours by appointment only! Middle School Middle school specialists, 5th – 8th grade. Small class sizes, personalized instruction, robust academics. Limited openings still available for 2020-21. Contact mandm@CTExperiential.org or call 203-433-4658. For more information, visit CTExperiential.org. Virtual Tong Ren Energy Healing Class – 7pm8pm. Sending distance healing energy to each participant and their loved ones using a tong ren doll and sound healing. During the Tong ren class people will sit and receive energy. Cost per $10 class is held on Zoom. Register at https://chiforhealing. com/pages/classes-events. Sponsored by the Red Barn in Durham, 352 Main St, Durham.
tuesday Revive Salt Therapy & Wellness: New Client Special – Three Salt Room Sessions for ONLY $59+tax (ongoing). Value membership Moroccan Salt Room ONLY $59+tax. Save $81 (ongoing). Revive Salt Therapy, 374 New Haven Ave, Milford. Information/appointments: 203-283-5968. email@example.com. ReviveSaltTherapy.com. Revive Salt Therapy & Wellness: Special December Offers – Private Moroccan Salt Room Session (up to 8 people) $149+tax. Additional Add ons available. Private Salty Sound Journey $149 + tax. Save $50. Holiday Special: 2 Salt Room Sessions + 2 Infrared Sauna Sessions ONLY $99 (includes tax). Revive Salt Therapy, 374 New Haven Ave, Milford. Information/appointments: 203-283-5968. firstname.lastname@example.org. ReviveSaltTherapy.com. Come see CELC Middle School in action – Tours by appointment only! Middle School Middle school specialists, 5th – 8th grade. Small class sizes, personalized instruction, robust academics. Limited openings still available for 2020-21. Contact mandm@CTExperiential.org or call 203-433-4658. For more information, visit CTExperiential.org.
wednesday Revive Salt Therapy & Wellness: New Client Special – Three Salt Room Sessions for ONLY $59+tax (ongoing). Value membership Moroccan Salt Room ONLY $59+tax. Save $81 (ongoing). Revive Salt Therapy, 374 New Haven Ave, Milford. Information/appointments: 203-283-5968. hello@ revivesalttherapy.com. ReviveSaltTherapy.com. Revive Salt Therapy & Wellness: Special December Offers – Private Moroccan Salt Room Session (up to 8 people) $149+tax. Additional Add ons available. Private Salty Sound Journey $149 + tax. Save $50. Holiday Special: 2 Salt Room Sessions + 2 Infrared Sauna Sessions ONLY $99 (includes tax). Revive Salt Therapy, 374 New Haven Ave, Milford. Information/appointments: 203-283-5968. hello@ revivesalttherapy.com. ReviveSaltTherapy.com. Come see CELC Middle School in action – Tours by appointment only! Middle School Middle school specialists, 5th – 8th grade. Small class sizes, personalized instruction, robust academics. Limited openings still available for 2020-21. Contact mandm@CTExperiential.org or call 203-433-4658. For more information. Visit CTExperiential.org. Virtual Qi Gong class – 9:30am-10:30am. This weekly Qi gong class will be focusing on boosting immunity, alleviating stress, and anxiety. There will be brief meditation integrating breathe-work with a combination of chanting, singing bowls, and aromatherapy, and an inspirational reading at the end of each class. Cost $10 class is held on Zoom. Register https://chiforhealing.com/pages/classesevents. Sponsored by the Red Barn in Durham, 352 Main St, Durham.
The Caring Network: Free virtual support group for adults who have lost a loved one – 6pm. (Thurs Dec. 3rd, 6pm / Service of Remembrance: Thurs Dec. 17th, 6pm). Information about grief with focus on Holiday planning; facilitated open discussion. Adults do not need to register. The group is facilitated by a Bridges counselor and is sponsored by Bridges Healthcare and Cody-White Funeral Home. For more information, please call Cody-White Funeral Home at 203 874-0268, or the group facilitator, Brooke Torres M.Ed., at 203 878-6365 ext. 480.
friday Revive Salt Therapy & Wellness: New Client Special – Three Salt Room Sessions for ONLY $59+tax (ongoing). Value membership Moroccan Salt Room ONLY $59+tax. Save $81 (ongoing). Revive Salt Therapy, 374 New Haven Ave, Milford. Information/appointments: 203-283-5968. hello@ revivesalttherapy.com. ReviveSaltTherapy.com. Revive Salt Therapy & Wellness: Special December Offers – Private Moroccan Salt Room Session (up to 8 people) $149+tax. Additional Add ons available. Private Salty Sound Journey $149 + tax. Save $50. Holiday Special: 2 Salt Room Sessions + 2 Infrared Sauna Sessions ONLY $99 (includes tax). Revive Salt Therapy, 374 New Haven Ave, Milford. Information/appointments: 203-283-5968. email@example.com. Come see CELC Middle School in action – Tours by appointment only! Middle School Middle school specialists, 5th – 8th grade. Small class sizes, personalized instruction, robust academics. Limited openings still available for 2020-21. Contact mandm@CTExperiential.org or call 203-433-4658. For more information, visit CTExperiential.org.
Revive Salt Therapy & Wellness: New Client Special – Three Salt Room Sessions for ONLY $59+tax (ongoing). Value membership Moroccan Salt Room ONLY $59+tax. Save $81 (ongoing). Revive Salt Therapy, 374 New Haven Ave, Milford. Information/appointments: 203-283-5968. firstname.lastname@example.org. ReviveSaltTherapy.com. Revive Salt Therapy & Wellness: Special December Offers – Private Moroccan Salt Room Session (up to 8 people) $149+tax. Additional Add ons available. Private Salty Sound Journey $149 + tax. Save $50. Holiday Special: 2 Salt Room Sessions + 2 Infrared Sauna Sessions ONLY $99 (includes tax). Revive Salt Therapy, 374 New Haven Ave, Milford. Information/appointments: 203-283-5968. email@example.com. ReviveSaltTherapy.com. Come see CELC Middle School in action – Tours by appointment only! Middle School Middle school specialists, 5th – 8th grade. Small class sizes, personalized instruction, robust academics. Limited openings still available for 2020-21. Contact mandm@CTExperiential.org or call 203-433-4658. For more information, visit CTExperiential.org.
ALS SUPPORT THE ALS ASSOCIATION CONNECTICUT CHAPTER – Leading the fight to treat and cure ALS through research & advocacy while empowering people w/Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families to live fuller lives w/compassionate care & support. 4 Oxford Road, Unit D4. Milford. 203-874-5050. WebCT.alsa.org.
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CONNECTICUT WOMEN’S CONSORTIUM – Aim: ensure the behavioral health system responds to the needs of women & the people & organizations that affect them. Eliminate discrimination/promote excellence in care for women through educ., training, advocacy & policy dev. 203-909-6888, WomensConsortium.org.
BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES START A CAREER YOU CAN BE PASSIONATE ABOUT – Publish your own Natural Awakenings magazine. Home based business complete with comprehensive training and support system. New franchises are available or purchase a magazine that is currently publishing. Call 239-530-1377 or apply now at: NaturalAwakeningsMag.com/Franchise.
DISTRIBUTORS WANTED – For monthly deliveries of Natural Awakenings and other local publications. Perfect for a retired person or stay at home mom looking to earn some extra income and connect with their local community. Honesty and dependability are the most important characteristics of our distributors. Thomas@ManInMotionLLC.com.
NATURAL AWAKENINGS NEW HAVEN FOR SALE TURN YOUR PASSION INTO A BUSINESS – Are you ready for a meaningful and creative career that connects you to the community while you work from the comfort of home? If you are passionate about healthy living and enjoy inspiring others to make choices that benefit themselves and the world around them, consider becoming a Natural Awakenings publisher. The New Haven and Middlesex counties edition of Natural Awakenings is for sale! This is a meaningful home-based business opportunity. No previous publishing experience is required. Extensive training and ongoing support is provided. Learn more today! Call: 203-988-1808 or email: Gail@naturalnewhaven.com.
GREEN HOUSES FOR SALE NOW HOUSES FOR SALE NOW! – Unique, friendly, cohousing community. New energy-efficient, green homes in a neighborhood with an organic farm. RockyCorner.org: Where conservation and community come together!
LYME DISEASE CT LYME RIDERS, INC. – Founded in 2007 by motorcyclists Sandy Brule & Tony Gargano. A 501(c)(3) non profit public charity aiming to bring awareness to the public about Lyme Disease. Events & info. 860-537-0255, ctlymeriders.com.
MEDICAL/INTUITIVE HYPNOTIST HYPNOSIS THERAPY CENTER – There is a meaning behind every ailment and condition people have. It's your body speaking to you. If you are tired of being sick and are ready to help yourself heal, then consider having a Discovery Session so you can learn the cause and 'cure.' Madison. 203-245-6927.
PARKINSON’S SUPPORT PARKINSON DISEASE ASSOCIATION – Mission: “To Ease the Burden, To Find A Cure” for those w/Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers in CT. Education, support and socialization. 860-248-9200, ctapda.org.
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community resource guide APPLIED KINESIOLOGY KC CHIROPRACTIC & WELLNESS Kevin Healy, DC 17 Woodland Road, Madison, CT 203-245-9317 KevinHealy@sbcglobal.net DrHealMe.com
Applied Kinesiology i s a n e u r o logical evaluation to find and treat dysfunction. Different because it addresses causes instead of chasing pains, Dr. Healy tests if a therapy alleviates dysfunction, finding immediate answers as to which provides the most improvement. Chiropractic, craniosacral, myofascial and acupressure are among the therapies Dr. Healy uses. Generally, no single cure exists as disease and dysfunction typically involve multiple areas of the body. The goal of any therapy—physical, chemical, or emotional—is to improve function; a combination of therapies typically yields the best results. See ad on page 17.
EDUCATION CONNECTICUT EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING CENTER (CELC) MIDDLE SCHOOL 28 School Street, Branford, CT 203-433-4658 mandm@CTExperiential.org http://CTEXperiential.org
CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School provides experientially-based education with a personalized approach to learning, designed to empower young people to thrive. Our students come from a variety of towns throughout Connecticut, from families looking for a program that engages and deepens learning, where their children can flourish during these important and impactful 5th - 8th grade years. See ad on page 17.
THE GRADUATE INSTITUTE (TGI)
Accredited, Non-profit Graduate School offering holistic programs in contemporary & emerging fields 171 Amity Road, Bethany, CT 203-874-4252 Learn.edu The Graduate Institute offers holistic master’s degrees and certificate programs for adult learners. Programs include Integrative Health and Healing, Ecotherapy and Cultural Sustainability, Writing and Oral Tradition, Organizational Leadership, and more. Programs are just one weekend a month.
PET EUTHANASIA SERVICE FINAL JOURNEY, LLC Kristen Klie, D.V.M. 203-645-5570 FinalJourneyLLC.com
Final Journey, LLC is an in-home euthanasia service for your animal companion that brings comfort and peace during a sensitive and challenging time. See ad on page 17.
PHYSICAL THERAPY PHYSICAL THERAPY SERVICES OF GUILFORD 500 East Main Street, Suite 310, Branford, CT 203-315-7727 (Phone) 203-315-7757 (Fax) PhysicalTherapyGuilford.com
At Physical Therapy Services of Guilford, we specialize in manual therapy using hands-on techniques to help the body’s natural healing process. We also incorporate traditional programs and modalities to maximize health. 40-minute sessions are conducted one-on-one in private treatment rooms. See ad on page 21.
SALT HEALING THERAPY WELLNESS CENTER REVIVE SALT THERAPY
374 New Haven Avenue Milford, CT 203-283-5968 Hello@ReviveSaltTherapy.com ReviveSaltTherapy.com
Gail Perrella, M.S. is a Holistic Nutritionist, creator and founder of Revive Salt Therapy & Wellness. Our mission is to educate, inspire, and empower our clients to create the health they deserve. Services offered include halotherapy, nutrition, detox, massage, reiki, salty (halotherapy) yoga, guided meditation, mindset coaching and wellness workshops. We also have a wellness retail shop where we offer professional supplements and high quality salt products. For more information visit ReviveSaltTherapy.com.
SALT HEALING THERAPY WELLNESS CENTER SALT OF THE EARTH THERAPEUTIC SPA
787 Main St, S Woodbury, CT 203-586-1172 NaturalSaltHealing.com Combining an array of natural therapies that have been used since ancient times with today’s technology, Salt of the Earth Spa provides a sanctuary for deep transformations, healing and grounding for Mind, Body and Spirit.
WHOLE BODY WELLNESS CBD MASSAGE ELM CITY WELLNESS 774 Orange Street New Haven, CT 203-691-7653 ElmCityWellness.com
Elm City Wellness is an independent, woman-owned wellness center with a focus on community healing. Services include a variety of skilled massage, CBD massage, community and private acupuncture, Reiki, craniosacral therapy and organic skin care, including signature, microderm and high frequency facials. Skilled therapists specifically tailor each and every session. Our wellness store features local products, candles, wellness supplies and books, smudge kits and a large range of third-party tested, pharmaceutical grade CBD products. See back cover ad.
YOGA & AYURVEDA BALANCE BY MELISSA
Melissa Pytlak Yoga Instructor Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor 203-305-5531 SeekLifeBalance@gmail.com BalanceByMelissa.com Melissa invites you to come home to yourself and awaken the healer within. Offering private and group instruction in yoga and Ayurveda, Melissa guides you to connect with your True Self and to trust that you already possess all the wisdom you need to heal yourself in order to return to your innate state of harmony and health. Melissa enjoys teaching group classes but particularly loves the magic that unfolds in helping people one on one. If you need a little guidance on your path of wellness, please reach out for a free 10-minute consultation.
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