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“By helping us keep the world in perspective, sleep gives us a chance to refocus on the essence of who we are. And in that place of connection, it is easier for the fears and concerns of the world to drop away.” ~Ariana Huffington

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us who like instant gratification. A sound sleep is like a nocturnal cleansing, which is an opportunity to let go of thoughts and emotions that have not served us so we can begin the next day with a detoxed mind, rested body and a more optimistic outlook. Yet, sleep eludes so many people. Over a third of adults in the U.S. don’t get enough sleep, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). So, why has sleep deprivation become such an epidemic in this country and how can insomniacs get relief without resorting to pharmaceuticals? We have some answers for you in this month’s issue, themed Natural Sleep Solutions. Read on and learn about natural treatments available here in Connecticut, such as Multireflexology Dien Chan Therapy, and simple actions you can take to get better zzzzz such as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and a number of natural remedies you can make in your own home. Recently, I decided to keep a daily gratitude journal to help shift my energy and focus in a direction that is more pleasurable. One thing I am truly grateful for is that I no longer have hot flashes. For 8 months (post menopause) I developed intense and frequent hot flashes, which disrupted my sleep. The built up sleep deprivation made it challenging for me to think clearly and function effectively, but I did not want rely on hormone therapy to relieve the flashes. Finally, I made some dietary modifications (reduced sugar intake to 25 grams per day) and amped up my exercise routine. Within less than two weeks (no kidding!) the hot flashes were gone and I haven’t experienced them since—That was almost two years ago. I have also found that eating a lighter dinner and not eating after 8 p.m. has been helpful. To further enhance my sleep quality, I have been taking steps to quiet my beta, problem-solving mind at bedtime through meditation and regular walks out in nature. Speaking of menopause, Dr. Shannon Homkovics, a naturopathic doctor, who practices in North Haven, has written an informative piece on the causes of menopause symptoms and why “Westernized” women are more afflicted by unpleasant symptoms than women in many other cultures and countries. We have an abundance of great reads for you this month, all intended to guide you on your journey to optimal wellness and balance. Wishing you all a beautiful Thanksgiving holiday filled with good cheer and meaningful connections! Enjoy our Sleep issue. I’m off to take a nap now. Sweet dreams!

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The Elusive Dream


Natural Healing for Restful Sleep

22 GETTING GOOD SLEEP Tips for Putting an End to Insomnia



You Are Not Crazy


The Beauty Industry Steps Up


Natural Gas Effects on Human Health


Living Litter-free

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New Tai Chi Location, New Qigong Seminar


he Orange-based Aiping Tai Chi Center is opening a satellite location inside DWKing Talent / Shi Studios in Westport, Connecticut. In the Westport location, Shifu Shirley Chock will teach group tai chi classes on Fridays from 11 a.m. to noon and group health qigong classes on Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. Chock is a former U.S. women’s national tai chi champion and disciple to Grandmaster Aiping Cheng.

Yi jin jing is a renowned and popular classical Chinese qigong exercise. Its practice can assist in pain relief in the muscles, ligaments and tendons in the neck, shoulders and back. In this seminar, participants will learn all 12 movements of the routine and will have the option of purchasing an instruction book and DVD. The seminar cost is $120, which includes lunch and refreshments. For more information, call 203-795-0203, email or visit AipingTaiChi. New location: DWKing Talent / Shi Studios, 49 Richmondville Ave., Westport, CT. Qigong seminar location: Hilton Garden Inn, 311 Old Gate Ln., Milford, CT. See ad on facing page.

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Join Aiping Tai Chi Center for its grand opening event on November 6 from 10 a.m. to noon. The grand opening will include tai chi and health qigong demonstrations, free mini classes, special discount offers, raffle prizes and refreshments. At its Milford location, Aiping Tai Chi Center is organizing a rare qigong seminar opportunity on November 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with one of China’s top qigong masters. Professor Juan Jiang from the Chinese Health Qigong Association and professor of qigong at Shenyang Sports University will give a workshop on yi jin jing (tendon changing exercises). Professor Jiang is the 2012 international champion of the Yi Jin Jing individual routine at the 2012 International Health Qigong Competition.

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r. Suzanne Woomer, Walnut Beach Wellness’ acupuncturist and ND, is offering a special day of acupuncture dedicated to veterans. Acupuncture for veterans has been found to be beneficial for reducing the severity of the following conditions: PTSD, migraines, musculoskeletal pain, headaches and insomnia.

The clinic will be held on November 11 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The sessions are 30 minutes and will be on a sliding scale of $15$25. Woomer is also offering $25 off acupuncture sessions for veterans all November. (A valid veteran ID is required.) For more information and to book a session, call 203-693-3893, email or visit Location: Walnut Beach Wellness & Boutique, 41 Naugatuck Ave., Milford, CT. See ad on page 45.

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Increasing Your Energy through Meditation


abits for Successfully Increasing Your Energy is a new workshop to learn the specific breathing patterns of Heart Rhythm Meditation in a safe, supportive community environment. These patterns have been found to be a safe, predictable, substance-free way to increase your energy. Robin Goldberg, DMD, a Heart Rhythm Meditation teacher and coach, will share breathing habits that are accessible to everyone in a gentle and loving way. When do you find yourself dragging? Is it 3 p.m. at the office, after dinner, Saturday mornings or Sunday evenings? Is it when you are anticipating a conflict or faced with a daunting challenge? The way you respond in these situations is critical. Having a higher energy level enables you to make a healthier choice. If you tend to turn toward smoking, vaping, overeating, not eatRobin Goldberg ing well enough, using too much technology or picking fights with loved ones, you may be ready to explore breath practices that create the vital energy we all need to live bigger, more positive lives. Goldberg has been teaching meditation since 2010 and has extensive training in Heart Rhythm Meditation. The Heart Rhythm Meditation practice was developed by Puran and Susanna Bair, leaders of the iamHeart meditation school, as a modern, egalitarian and scientific expression of the lineage of Hazrat Inayat Khan, a musician and Sufi mystic born in India in 1882. Habits for Success will be held on Friday, November 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at One World Wellness Studio in East Haven,

Connecticut. Bring your journal for a workshop that will give you fresh insights and new things to try. Cushions or chairs will be provided. Tea and snacks will be served after class. One World Wellness Studio is located at 967 N. High Street in East Haven, CT. For more information, visit>events. See Profile on page 13.

Holistic Moms Network Chapter Celebrates Anniversary with Open House


n November 19 at 6:30 p.m., join the Holistic Moms Network’s New Haven County chapter as we celebrate our seventh anniversary in Milford with an open house event. Come enjoy healthy treats, giveaways and a recap of the chapter’s meeting topics from the past year, which includes coping with stress, good and “bad” fat, supporting highly sensitive children, EMFs, making celebrations more eco-friendly, GMOs and more. Come learn about Holistic Moms Network, connect with like-minded individuals, celebrate natural and holistic lifestyle choices, and discuss holistic approaches to the holiday season and school year. 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 New Haven County chapter follows the Holistic Moms Network’s drive to encourage parents to use their innate sense of what is best for their children and the Earth while learning more about healthcare and parenting options. Living healthy and living green is not an endpoint, but an ongoing journey. Holistic Moms Network membership benefits including member DIY and Moms’ Night Out activities, access to closed Facebook chapter members-only group and HMN national members’ online Facebook community, access to Frontier Co-op wholesale buying prices and ordering, free access to homeopathic healing

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solutions e-course, FMTV Education online streaming subscription, HMN sponsor discounts, Organic Spa digital magazine subscription, customized Mabel’s Labels, and more. The monthly meetings, open to the public, are the third Tuesday of each month. Children are welcome. For more information, visit or HMNNewHaven. To RSVP for the event, email TDavisca@aol. com or visit Location: Woodruff Family YMCA, 631 Orange Ave., Milford, CT.

Shaman and Priestess Comes to Wallingford


waken your feminine power with ancient secrets from the Siberian shaman and priestess Shakuntali. From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on November 14 at Hidden Gem in Wallingford, the author, Siberian White Shaman, doctor of psychology, and founder of GYUD Academy will present the workshop “Three Hours in the Cosmos.” This unique workshop will explore the mysteries of the soul with trance dance, a Shakuntali GYUD session, orphic art, elemental massage and more. For those interested in a deeper exploration, Shakuntali will present a three-day retreat, “Secrets of Women of Power,” from November 15 to 17 (location to be announced). Shakuntali has dedicated her life to helping women in 32 countries expand their potential by awakening the power of their own beauty. Her intuitive wisdom illuminates one’s life purpose in order to release the past and access the healer within. To reserve your spot and for more information, contact Agnia at 203-768-3954. Location of November 14 workshop: Hidden Gem, 33 N Main Street, Suite D, Wallingford.

Finding the Source of Your Pain


ym routines and workouts are an excellent way to build strength and stay healthy. As we mature, there can be a loss of flexibility of the smaller tendons and ligaments; this may eventually lead to a sudden onset of pain, seemingly out of nowhere. If you are experiencing pain of unknown cause in spite of exercising and being fit, take advantage of a biomechanical evaluation to identify the source of your pain. Physical Therapy Services of Guilford 8

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in Branford, Connecticut, is offering complimentary 10-minute screenings on November 14 and 19 from 4-5 p.m. to assess if physical therapy may offer you relief from your pain. To reserve a spot or to make an appointment at a more convenient time, call 203-315-7727. Location: Physical Therapy Services of Guilford, 500 East Main St., Ste. 310, Branford, CT. See ad on page 31.

New Poetry Chapbook Explores Death, Grief and Gratitude


hree Chairs Publishing announced the publication of its newest book, Waiting out the Storm, a collection of poems about death, grief and gratitude by writer Jen Payne. Reflecting on the sudden loss of a close friend, Payne returns, as Jen Payne she does in her past books LOOK UP! and Evidence of Flossing, to the solace of nature. On the opening pages, she allows the poet Rilke to remind the reader of the following: “Through the empty branches the sky remains. It is what you have. Be earth now, and evensong. Be the ground lying under that sky.” Written from the shoreline of Connecticut and the wide, windswept beaches of Cape Cod, this book is an intimate look at life transitions and how we cope with the unexpected. Payne is the owner of Words by Jen, a graphic design and marketing company in Branford, Connecticut. She has published four books: LOOK UP! Musings on the Nature of Mindfulness (2014), Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind (2017), Flossing (2019) and Waiting out the Storm (2019). Installations of her poetry were featured in exhibitions at the Arts Council of Greater New Haven and the Kehler Liddell Gallery in New Haven. Her work has been published by The Aurorean, Six Sentences, the Story Circle Network and WOW! Women on Writing; in the international anthology Coffee Poems: Reflections on Life with Coffee; and in The Perch, a publication by the Yale Program for Recovery & Community Health. She is a member of the Guilford Poets Guild, the Connecticut Poetry Society, Guilford Art Center and the New Haven Arts Council. Copies of Waiting Out the Storm may be purchased for $15 at the Martha Link Walsh Gallery in Branford, CT, and online from Three Chairs Publishing at

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s the 375-year-old Rose Farm in North Branford, Connecticut, makes its way toward its 400th anniversary, the 12th generation of the Rose family had more than 400 people attend the grand opening of their new Rose Vineyard and Winery on October 5. Jon and Ellen Rose are the husband-wife vintner team behind the new venture. It has been underway for the past three years as they designed and built the vineyard and the winery house, which includes a wine cave, event space and more. Outdoor seating and main winery floor spaces can hold close to 300 guests. Other spaces include a large patio, a lounge with a stone fireplace and high ceilings, and a tasting room with a long bar and pub-style tables. The winery offers guided tableside wine tastings. Tasting tours, only available by reservation, enable guests to learn about the grape varieties while touring the vineyard, understand more about the wine production and travel down to the wine cave for a wine tastings. They can also choose to add on food-wine pairings and barrel sampling. For 2019 production, the grapes were selectively imported to produce the eight different types of whites, rosés and reds that are currently available. The Rose vineyard was planted in 2017, and harvested and bottled for the first time this year. The Roses chose the Marquette grape as their red variety and the Vidal grape as their white choice to begin their vineyard journey. Another Rose family enterprise, North Branford-based Al Rose Construction, constructed the buildings, which are located on Rose land that has been in the family since the mid-1600s. The main buildings are for those 21 and older. Families are welcome in a space near the orchard. Rose Vineyards and Winery is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Friday and Saturday they close at 9 p.m. The facility is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. For tour reservations and information, connect at 475-221-8637, or Rose Vineyard and Winery is located at 2 Valley Rd., North Branford, CT.

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Eat Organic to Shed Insecticides Switching to organics has quick payoffs, reducing agrochemicals in the body by 94 percent within a month, Japanese researchers report. They tested the urine of study participants looking for six neonicotinoid insecticides and another substance generated as a result of their decomposition in the human body. “I think the research results are almost without precedent and are highly valuable in that they present actual measurement values showing that you can dramatically reduce the content levels of agrochemicals in your body simply by changing the way you select vegetable products,” commented Nobuhiko Hoshi, a professor of animal molecular morphology with the Kobe University. Another study from researchers at the University of California at Berkeley studied 16 children and showed that one week after switching to an organic diet, malathion pesticide urine levels were reduced by 95 percent; clothianidin pesticide levels by 83 percent; and chlorpyrifos pesticide levels by 60 percent.


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Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is much more than a brilliant scarlet tropical flower: New laboratory research from Canada’s University of Windsor found that a hibiscus flower extract selectively kills off triple-negative breast cancer cells. This is one of the most difficult to treat types that affects 15 to 20 percent of breast cancer patients. Hibiscus is particularly effective when combined with chemotherapy, researchers say, and works as well with very low doses of the chemicals as with higher doses. The flower’s low toxicity and precise targeting of cancer cells also offers hope for long-term treatment. Previous studies have shown hibiscus to be effective on prostate cancer, leukemia, gastric cancer and human squamous cell carcinoma.

Caffeine has been the subject of controversy among the one in six adults worldwide that suffer from periodic migraines: Some say it triggers symptoms, while others report it wards them off. A new study from Harvard and two other teaching hospitals of 98 migraine sufferers used six weeks of daily journals to investigate the link and found that drinking up to two servings of caffeinated beverages a day had little effect, but three or more raised the odds of a headache that day or the next. Among people that rarely drank such beverages, even one or two servings increased the odds of having a headache that day. A serving was defined as eight ounces or one cup of caffeinated coffee, six ounces of tea, a 12-ounce can of soda or a twoounce can of an energy drink.


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Dance to Improve Quality of Life With Dementia Older people with dementia, often viewed as being passive and immobile, responded to simple dance movement lessons with visible humor and imagination and reported a higher quality of life after six sessions, say researchers from New Zealand’s University of Otago. The 22 participants between the ages of early 60s and mid-90s had dementia ranging from mild to advanced. They took 10 weekly classes in which the music was “reminiscent” and the movement routines were intuitively easy. “Positive responses such as memory recalling, spontaneous dancing and joking with each other were observed in every session,” reports lead author Ting Choo.


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Try Acupuncture for Pain-Free Sleep Chronic pain, affecting 10 to 25 percent of adults, disturbs sleep for two-thirds of them, increasing the risk of depression and aggravating pain symptoms. Chinese researchers analyzed nine studies of 944 chronic-pain patients and found that acupuncture treatments were significantly better than drugs at helping patients sleep. It also improved their quality of sleep as self-measured by the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index and lowered their scores of perceived pain.

Help Avoid Skin Cancer With Vitamin A Using the three-decade longitudinal health records of about 123,000 men and women from the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, researchers from Brown University found that people with diets rich in vitamin A had a significantly reduced risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) skin cancer, which occurs in 7 to 11 percent of the population. “We found that higher intake of total vitamin A, retinol and several individual carotenoids, including beta cryptoxanthin, lycopene, lutein and zeaxanthin, was associated with lower risk of SCC,” wrote the authors.


Pass Up Sugary Drinks for a Strong Liver Sugar-sweetened drinks, already linked to weight gain, diabetes and heart disease, carry another risk: nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). In a meta-review published in the European Journal of Nutrition, Iranian researchers analyzed six high-quality studies that included 6,326 men and women and 1,361 cases of NAFLD. They found those that drank the most sugary drinks had a 40 percent higher risk of developing the disease compared to those that consumed the least. Sugary drinks include soda, cola, tonic, fruit punch, lemonade, sweetened, powdered drinks, and sports and energy drinks.

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Primary services offered: Taoist yoga and meditation, holistic health workshops, community events and introductory class series. What is unique about SunDo? SunDo is one style of Taoist yoga. It is a practice system that has existed for millennia but mostly as a mountain practice handed down from teacher to student. Only recently in the last 50 years, has it been taught within modern society. With scaffolded levels of postures and breath meditation, a student can progress toward greater and geater wholeness of body, mind and spirit. SunDo has roots in Taoist philosophy and Traditional Asian Medicine. In our classes, we emphasize the importance of consistency in one’s practice over time, to provide the most efficient and optimal way for improving physical, emotional and mental health. What benefits students should expect from SunDo? SunDo strengthens qi (vital life energy) through different levels of practice, altering one’s breathing so that the breath becomes incredibly soft and subtle. Refining breath over time leads to changes in the flow of Qi within the tancheons (Korean word for chakras) and energy meridians. Practice benefits include improved overall wellness, stronger immune system, better healing from illness or injury, more resiliency to stress and an improved focus, concentration and productivity. How is One World Wellness evolving in 2020? We invite people to experience the calm and peace that comes with regular practice of breathing meditation and to see for themselves how it can bring more vibrant health. Several programs for beginners will provide education around the background and benefits of SunDo as a Korean Taoist yoga and meditation practice, and in addition, as a martial arts practice. What do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers to know about One World Wellness? One World Wellness provides a community practice space with regular weekly classes. Readers may find more information about our beginner classes as well as workshops and events on the website: Currently, we are enrolling new students in the Saturday 9:30 a.m. class times.

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California Bans Fur Trapping

California has enacted a ban on fur trapping for animal pelts, making it the first state to outlaw a centuries-old livelihood that was intertwined with the rise of the Western frontier. The Wildlife Protection Act of 2019 prohibits commercial and recreational trapping on both public and private lands. Legislators are considering proposals to ban the sale of all fur products, including fur coats, and to outlaw the use of animals in any circus in the state, with the exception of domesticated horses, dogs and cats. 14

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As methane concentrations increase in the atmosphere, evidence points to shale oil and gas as the probable source, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has taken steps to stop regulating it. New Cornell University research published in Biogeosciences, a journal of the European Geosciences Union, suggests that the methane released by high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has different characteristics than the methane from conventional natural gas and other fossil fuels such as coal. About two-thirds of all new gas production over the last decade has been shale gas produced in the U.S. and Canada, says the paper’s author, Robert Howarth, a professor of ecology and environmental biology: “If we can stop pouring methane into the atmosphere, it will dissipate. It goes away pretty quickly compared to carbon dioxide. It’s the low-hanging fruit to slow global warming.”

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In a northern India district, regulators require that applicants for gun licenses, in addition to normal background checks, must plant 10 trees and submit selfies as photographic evidence of having done so. To mark World Environment Day in June, Chander Gaind, the deputy commissioner of the district of Ferozepur in Punjab State, had an idea. “I thought about how much Punjabi people love guns,” he says. “We receive hundreds of applications for gun licenses from this district every year. Maybe I could get them to love caring for the environment, too.” India has more than 3.3 million active gun licenses. Tajinder Singh, 47, a farmer in the district, says he wants to protect himself from wild animals and bands of armed robbers.


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The U.S. Department of the Interior is effecting significant changes that weaken how the Endangered Species Act is implemented, a move critics fear will allow for more oil and gas drilling on land that is currently habitat-protected, and will limit how much regulators consider the impacts of the climate crisis. The changes affect how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration consider whether species qualify for protections, as well as how the agencies determine what habitats deserve special protections. It could make it more difficult to factor in the impact of climate change on species.

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A new study by the international nonprofit Health Care Without Harm (HCWH), in collaboration with Arup, a British multinational professional services firm, claims that if the global health care sector were a country, it would be the fifth-largest greenhouse gas emitter on the planet. It provides, for the first time, an estimate of health care’s global climate footprint. Josh Karliner, HCWH international director of program and strategy and report co-author, says, “The health sector needs to transition to clean, renewable energy and deploy other primary prevention strategies to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.”


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The Elusive Dream by Susan Ahlstrom “A good laugh and a good night’s sleep are the two best cures for anything.” ~ Irish proverb


leep is a sought-after commodity in this day and age, with many of us working overtime to get some. Although this superior natural remedy for the body and mind is free and readily accessible, it can be difficult to come by. The elusive “good night’s sleep” fuels the scientific field and feeds the commercial market. Business is booming in the sleep industry, from mattress stores to pharmaceutical remedies to holistic health solutions. There’s no lack of promises for solving this one simple challenge.

The Key to Good Health

Sleep studies have long been a focus of health research. A recent report from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) indicated that over a third of adults in the 18

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U.S. don’t get enough sleep. Most experts suggest that the average adult requires anywhere from seven to nine hours of sleep per night to maintain good health, but just try and find someone who meets that criteria on a regular basis. Sufficient sleep is critical for healthy brain functioning. The quality of sleep, not just the quantity, is an important factor. Long-term sleep deprivation can impact both mental and physical health, including chronic illnesses such as obesity, heart disease, and weakened immunity. It may also result in memory loss and other forms of cognitive decline. Mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, are often a result of, or exacerbated by, insufficient sleep. For instance, the stress that comes as a result of a string of sleepless nights can often trigger anxiety, which in turn causes an inability to sleep, creating a neverending cycle as one problem compounds another.

Lifestyle and Environmental Factors

Most people have experienced sleep disruption, the inability to fall asleep and stay asleep. Factors such as exercise, medications and diet, can all affect our quality of sleep. Most of us can relate to the struggle with sleep after an oversized late-night meal and a few glasses of wine, or onetoo-many lattes in the late afternoon. “Why did I do that!?” is the common refrain as they toss and turn into the wee hours. Coffee and alcohol are guaranteed adversaries in the battle for sleep, but give up these daily comforts in order to ensure we get the rest we need? Not so fast. The morning cup of joe is a ritual that starts the day for many of us. And that glass of wine (or two) at night, well, we all know how important that is to make sure we end the day in a “relaxing” way. Teenagers notoriously avoid the pillow at night and often pay the price during the

Long-term sleep deprivation can impact both mental and physical health, including chronic illnesses such as obesity, heart disease, and weakened immunity. It may also result in memory loss and other forms of cognitive decline. day. Cell phones and social media have wreaked havoc on attempts to help our young ones manage their sleep schedule. Sleeplessness has reached epic proportions, likely contributing to a significant rise in depression and stress-related anxiety in all age groups. Studies have suggested that environmental factors such as extended periods exposed to unnatural light (fluorescent lights, blue light from electronic screens, etc.) and lack of silence (too much noise) can affect the circadian rhythms that naturally dictate cycles of sleep for adults as well. Needless to say, a lack of sleep or longterm sleep deprivation can take a serious toll on our health. Taking control of the lifestyle factors that dictate whether we sleep well or not is key to ensuring longterm health. Quality of sleep is a good indicator of how our lifestyle influences our health. In subtle and not-so-subtle ways, over time, our personal habits can wreak havoc on our body’s natural ability to care for and heal itself.

Steps to Take for Better Zzzzs

The good news is there are simple actions that we can take to help us improve our sleep experience. First off, both the quantity and type of food and beverage we consume during the day should be evaluated when making changes to improve

sleep. For example, eating late at night, drinking too much caffeine during the day or drinking alcohol can significantly alter the body’s natural digestion and rest cycles, ultimately affecting sleep. Increasing daily exercise is another very easy way to help Mr. Sandman stick around. Herbal remedies, such as chamomile and lavender, taken in the form of tea or used as aromatherapy an hour or so before bed, can aid sleep. Meditation or breathing exercises to relax the mind and body can also help one prepare for rest.

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Another extremely effective natural sleep aid is EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), often referred to as tapping. This easy-to-learn technique helps calm the nervous system, quieting the thoughts that often keep the mind engaged when trying to get to sleep. Tapping is extremely helpful for dealing with stress and anxiety and has been shown to help with sleep disruption and induce a sleep state. Tapping uses the meridian or acupressure points that run through the body. By stimulating these points, we move the mind and body out of the sympathetic nervous system (fight/flight) into the parasympathetic nervous system (rest/digest), making it easier to sleep. Taking small steps to help improve sleep can have significant return on investment. Making healthy choices when it comes to diet, exercise, lifestyle and environment can completely change the nighttime experience. Ensuring a solid period of rest for your body to refuel and regenerate every night will have a positive effect on overall health. You deserve a good night’s sleep every night. It’s that simple. Susan Ahlstrom is an Accredited Certified EFT Professional, MS in counseling and Reiki Master. She offers coaching and mentoring to youth and adults for increased self-awareness and self-mastery. Clients are supported in a safe and compassionate way while learning self-care skills to bring more ease into everyday life. For more information, visit


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Similar to acupressure, the body and organs associated with this type of treatment are guided with the help of a multireflexologist, who, over time, assists the client in maintaining the correct path to cellular health. In today’s world, focus and sleep health have become the topic of many conversations. Along with all the high demands that life in general may bring on, we now have multiple facets of technology pulling at our sides, which can interrupt our sleep patterns indefinitely. As a result, there lies in the present worry of getting to bed and staying asleep. Too many people too often are giving up on the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep. Sleep deprivation has now become normal, which is then compensated for with too much coffee and frequent medical appointments made for artificial sleep aid help. Both mental focus and continued success are concepts that have been widely explored in relation to adequate sleep hygiene. If inconsistent and sporadic sleep patterns continue, so will mental focus, debilitating body function resulting in sickness and, often times, anxiety with declining health. Whole-body, head-to-toe immune health requires us to have more mind-heart-body control. Multireflexology also works with the fascia, nerves and skin, resulting in a balance between any deficiency and/or excess. It is of vital importance to

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ultireflexology Dien Chan is an advanced clinical therapy that was founded back in 1980 in Vietnam by professor Chan. He treated many patients using a blend of endonasal and auriculotherapy (ear acupuncture). Chan developed the Dien Chan method after he identified different areas and zones on the face that worked with rebalancing the body’s chi, or energy. Known as an alternative, holistic healing treatment, this treatment works on different reflex zones in the face, which are then stimulated to help return the body to homeostasis. Similar to foot reflexology and auricular (ear) therapy, certain parts of the body and imbalanced energies have been found to be reflected on the feet, ears and face. This treatment works with the yin/yang principles to help bring on total body and vital energy balance. It also takes into consideration the circulatory, endocrine, nervous, gastrointestinal and respiratory systems. Along with observation and examination, specific tools are used on different points of the face during an evaluation and therapy session. Using gentle pressure, identified zones and meridian type points are worked on, which allows the practitioner to comprehensively ask more questions and gain insight into overall health. As a result, when the areas of energetic imbalances are identified, stimulation to certain points can be given to allow balancing of chi energy.

always remember that our bodies do want to stay healthy. With adequate time dedicated on learning a new awareness of our bodies, we can correctively identify cause, balance and support key components in our lives. Mind-heart-body energy can be lifelong with practice and commitment. Multireflexology treatments have been proven to be most beneficial when combined with a variety of other holistic therapies, such as acupressure, Reiki, ear seeding, whole-body infrared detoxification treatments and Vibroacoustic Sound therapy. Multireflexology treatments are recommended one to four times a month depending on the results of an evaluation and determination of need by a practitioner. Amy Platt is a physical therapist, neurofeedback practitioner and a registered nurse with 25 years of experience and certifications in cupping, acupressure and hypnotherapy. Connect at 203-533-5005, or See ad on page 15. Gabriella Connolly is a neurofeedback practitioner and a registered nurse with over 25 years of experience. She is also a Reiki, yoga and tai chi practitioner. Connect at 203-533-5005, or See ad on page 15. November 2019



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GETTING GOOD SLEEP Tips for Putting an End to Insomnia by Himanshu Bharadwaj


t is said that our quality of sleep defines our health. Sleep is not needed just to relax our body, but also our emotions and mind find balance through sleep. Making some simple lifestyle changes and sleep hygiene can go a long way in improving our overall health.

Why is it important?

During sleep, our mind, body and life energies rest, reset, detoxify and rejuvenate to keep us healthy. We go through a subconscious state during sleep that is important for physiological and cognitive functioning. Our dream sequences help us heal stress and anxiety by processing stored emotions and memories. Sleep deprivation can cause a degradation of our immune system, increased cancer growth and cognitive impairment. Oversleeping can be as harmful as sleep deprivation. It is seen as a sign of serious health issues and causes muscle degenera22

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tion. Alcohol addiction, depression, emotional disturbances, diabetes, headaches, obesity, heart disease and more can cause excessive sleep. In yoga, the experience of sleep is similar to a meditation experience except that sleep is an experience of the subconscious mind; meditation goes beyond into a conscious awareness state. There is a natural rhythm in nature that influences our emotions, actions and sleep patterns. In general, there is high energy during the mornings compared to evenings.

Tips to improve our sleep

Waking up and sleeping around the same time each day helps maintain a pattern for the body and settle the mind. Being startled awake to the loud sound of an alarm bell is not a good way to start a day. The waking ritual should be a gradual and natural process. Rubbing the hands and putting them over eyes before opening

them in the morning helps improve eye health. Try waking up before dawn and go to sleep early. Exercise in the morning and meditate before sunrise. This sleep and exercise pattern will improve life energies and sleep. Have dinner a couple of hours before sleeping. Give some time for digestion before going to sleep. As per Ayurveda practices, lunch should be the biggest meal of the day while dinner should be light for easy digestion. Avoid stimulants like alcohol, nicotine and coffee before going to bed. Alcohol initially seems to help but then, over a period of time, it over stimulates liver, causing restlessness of the mind. Avoid television, smartphones, computers and other devices that could distract or unsettle the mind. Relax the body and mind for some time before sleeping with activities such as meditation or gentle, deep breathing exercises.

During sleep, our mind, body and life energies rest, reset, detoxify and rejuvenate to keep us healthy. We go through a subconscious state during sleep that is important for physiological and cognitive functioning. The bedroom should be treated as a sacred place only for sleep. It should not be used to study, watch television or a work. Its temperature, noise levels, humidity, lighting and smell are all important for a good sleep. Keep the bedroom clean and well organized. Pleasant and cool temperatures help us get good sleep. The bedroom should be dim or dark during the night. Wear loose cotton clothes at night. Do not face feet towards the south while sleeping if one is in the northern hemisphere. Facing legs south has an adverse effect on the body due to the earth’s magnetic pull towards the north. Avoid activities in the evening that overheat the body or expose us to the sun. Try swimming instead as that cools the body. A light walk after dinner is good for digestion and will lead to better sleep. Light a small lamp with a cotton wick and natural oil before going to sleep to light the room while meditating. The visual of the lamp and the smell of the burning oil will soothe the mind during meditation. Boil a teaspoon of turmeric in a cup of milk and drink this milk before going to bed. Adding a quarter spoon of cardamom, nutmeg powder and ghee in this milk will make it more soothing. If none of these are possible, a warm cup of milk

before sleep will also help with sleep. Indian Ghee or clarified butter made from A2 milk of an Indian cow has many curative properties for sleep problems. A couple of drops of ghee in the nostrils before sleep helps bring deep sleep and helps with any brain-related illnesses. Boil a banana peel in water and drink that water before going to sleep. This will alleviate symptoms of insomnia and improve sleep. Taking a warm bath before going to bed at night is helpful in relaxing the nervous system, reducing stress and calming the mind. Applying natural rose water as a perfume on the body helps reduce stress, enhances happiness within and reduces negative emotions. Massaging feet with natural mustard, coconut or sesame oil helps relieve stress before going to bed. Practice breathing techniques called pranayama, such as ujjayi, nadi shodhana and Bramari for 15 minutes every day to help calm the mind and improve the nervous system health. Practice savasana, or corpse pose, as a posture for sleep meditation. Sleep meditation technique helps relax every part of the body gradually for better quality sleep. Meditation helps calm and remove negative stressful thoughts from the mind. There are various meditation techniques that we can do while lying on the bed to gradually slide into a sleep state. One such meditation is to develop a sense of surrender to the higher power of your chosen religion or simply surrender to the unknown and begin a joyful journey into a different state of consciousness. If there are problems in life that are putting stress on the sleep patterns, avoid trying to solve them or thinking about them during bedtime. Postpone tasks for the next day instead of worrying about finishing them at the cost of our health.


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by Dr. Shannon Homkovics

enopause can be a really rough transition for many women. It is the time in a woman’s life when she has not gotten a period in 12 months. The time leading up to menopause is called perimenopause. During this time, a woman may begin experiencing irregular periods, changes in mood, hot flashes, lowered libido and more. Once a woman has not gotten a period after one year, she is considered post-menopausal. Many symptoms can begin to manifest as a woman enters this stage in her life, which begins on average around 45 years old. Symptoms may include dry skin, insomnia, weight gain, changes in mood, brain fog, vaginal dryness, loss of sex drive, insomnia, night sweats and fatigue. How can all of these symptoms happen from just a period stopping? Perimenopause marks the time when the connec24

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tion between the ovaries and brain begins to break down. Once a woman enters menopause, the ovaries stop producing estradiol, the dominant estrogen prior to menopause. The adrenal glands and fat cells take over as the dominant producers of estrogen in the body, although not nearly as much estrogen is made as the ovaries once did. This drop in estrogen is one of the main reasons why many American or Westernized women are experiencing a less than ideal transition into menopause. Why “Westernized� women? Women in many other cultures and countries do not experience these symptoms as they transition into life without a menstrual cycle. Studies have been done to decipher why that is. For example, Asian women have a much easier transition into menopause. The studies concluded the reason for this

was due to their largely plant-based, lowfat diet. However, this is not the case for Asian women who have adopted American eating habits. This is because this diet has a much higher consumption of fat, especially from dairy and meat. They actually have higher estrogen in general due to this reason. The studies concluded that Asian women actually have a much less dramatic drop in estrogen after menopause because they had less to begin with. This makes the change much easier for them. Westernized women experience a more drastic drop in estrogen, making symptoms much worse. Another reason women have a harder time transitioning into menopause has to do with our adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are two small organs, with one sitting above each kidney. These small but powerful glands are responsible for

Women in many other cultures and countries do not experience these symptoms as they transition into life without a menstrual cycle. Studies have been done to decipher why that is. For example, Asian women have a much easier transition into menopause. secreting our stress hormone, also known as cortisol. Due to the high demands of life women now experience in Westernized lifestyles, by the time they enter menopause, many of their adrenals are overloaded. Women these days are working, taking care of children, running a household and more. By the time menopause comes around, many women are burnt out. Adrenals also secrete small amounts of sex hormones. However, due to this adrenal burnout or adrenal fatigue, women are secreting even less estrogen than they are supposed to, making transitioning worse. There are also many biochemical reasons for estrogen. There are three different forms of estrogen, some higher than others at different stages in a woman’s life. This hormone in general though plays a large physiological role in the body. For instance, many women experience dry skin and vaginal dryness after menopause. This is due to the fact that estrogen is very lubricating in the body and actually increases collagen production. Another factor for women is how they feel mentally after this transition. Often reported symptoms include brain fog, anxiety, depression and irritability. Estrogen binds to receptors in the brain and is an important factor when it comes to serotonin and dopamine

production, our “feel good” hormones. With the loss of estrogen, a woman may feel completely different. With the drop in estrogen also comes the redistribution of fat cells from the hips and thighs to a woman’s mid-section. Many women report a significant increase in weight gain around the abdomen after menopause. This is due to the change in hormones systemically. Having more weight around the abdomen actually puts women at higher risk for cardiovascular disease. The other big hormone drop for women is the hormone progesterone. Besides playing a part in a woman’s menstrual cycle and maintaining a healthy pregnancy, progesterone is vital for many central nervous system functions. Cognitive processes and sleep are two of the biggest areas where progesterone is essential. New issues with memory and insomnia begin to arise for many women once they begin going through this life transition. In addition, the loss of estrogen and progesterone together results in a loss of bone mass for many women. Now that we know much more about menopause and why we may feel the way we do, it is important to know that there are many natural treatments available so we can once again feel “normal.” These include natural hormonal replacement therapies, nutritional supplements, lifestyle and dietary changes, stress management tools, and more. The best treatment in general is prevention. It is important to take steps now before menopause to maximize health before the drop in hormones eventually occurs. This may include a high-fiber, low-fat diet for starters. By consulting with an integrative or naturopathic doctor before the transition, we can take better steps now to diminish symptoms during menopause. Dr. Shannon Homkovics is a naturopathic physician, specializing in endocrinology with a focus on women’s health care. She is the co-owner of Restoration Health PLLC, located at 12 Village St., Ste. 3, North Haven, CT. For more information and to make an appointment, connect at 203-2393400 and


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Rewards for Recycling The Beauty Industry Steps Up by Nanaz Khosrowshahi


growing number of beauty companies have recognized that residential and commercial curbside recycling programs often reject empty or near-empty containers of skin, hair and cosmetic products. Now, Kiehl’s, L’Occitane and other beauty brands have created quick and easy recycling programs to help alleviate the problem.


At the L’Occitane stores in Westfarms Mall in West Hartford and The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk in South Windsor, consumers who bring in empty, full-sized beauty product containers—regardless of the brand—receive 10% off their highest-priced purchase of a new L’Occitane product. Simply dropping off the empties is fine, however; no subsequent purchase is required.


Customers who recycle 10 empty, fullsized containers of Kiehl’s products at the stores in Westfarms Mall or Mohegan Sun in Uncasville receive a new 2.5-ounce product. Each container is valued at one 26

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point, and 10 points must be accumulated to receive the freebie offer. (Sample-sized containers will be recycled but do not count towards points.)


When you return six primary packaging containers online at the MAC website, you can claim a free MAC lipstick, lip gloss or eye shadow. For a free MAC lipstick, drop off your empties at the MAC counter at Macy’s in Buckland Hills Mall in Manchester or Westfield Mall at Meriden and at Nordstrom’s at Westfarms Mall.

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The Aveda store at Westfarms Mall recycles Aveda empties only. No purchase is necessary to do so.

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Email and postal mail are options for folks who want to recycle but prefer staying closer to home and avoiding crowds, parking or salespeople.


At the Lush stores at Westfarms Mall, Westfield Mall in Trumbull or Mohegan Sun, customers receive a complimentary Fresh Face mask for recycling five black, plastic, empty Lush brand pots. The empty pots are broken down and molded into new pots.

Earn loyalty points toward free gifts, discounts or free shipping on future purchases when you recycle with Pacifica, a vegan and cruelty-free beauty line. Create an online account, email Pacifica for a pre-paid shipping label, then pack up and ship them your empty products in a mailing envelope. The empties give life to new shaving razors or toothbrushes.


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At the Origins store in Westfarms Mall, toss empties, regardless of brand, in a recycling drop-off bin in the store. No

Mail in eight large, empty jars for base, face, or cheek products to Everyday Minerals, Attention: Recycle My Empties, P.O.

Box 42349, Austin, TX 78704. For your efforts you’ll receive a free Everyday Minerals blush of your choice. Everyday Minerals create new products using recycled jars.

TerraCycle and Garnier

TerraCycle and Garnier provide a free recycling program where you earn points toward fundraising for charities, schools or purchase of new products. TerraCycle accepts skincare packaging such as lip balm tubes, hair gel tubes or conditioner caps and cosmetic packaging such as eye shadow cases, eyeliner pencils and concealer sticks. Herbal Essences, Josie Maran, Limelife, Paula’s Choice, Tom’s of Maine, Weleda, Burt’s Bees, and Eos are a handful of the cosmetic and skincare companies that work directly with TerraCycle.

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At Lilah B, request a prepaid shipping label by emailing Declutter@lilahbeauty. com, then send in unwanted beauty products, whether they are Lilah B brand or an alternative brand. Additionally, Project Beauty Share is an organization that accepts gently used beauty products for distribution to homeless women and domestic abuse victims who are unable to afford these products. The drop-off locations are mainly in Washington and Idaho but are expanding, so keep an eye out for local spots to pop up. If any of the places listed are a bit of a drive, and you are questioning the effort you’ll output to recycle one dried-up tube of mascara, make a day of it. Take in a show, try a new restaurant, or go shopping. Or for even bigger impact, collect empty toiletries from family or friends or set up a collection bin and run a collection drive at work to maximize your drop-off journey. Remember, softening your hair and skin with conditioner or moisturizer does not mean you have to go soft on helping the environment. Nanaz Khosrowshahi is an eco-friendly pharmacist and mom of three children who resides in Avon. She tries to make the world a greener place by sharing information and engaging in community service.

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One of the chemicals found in natural gas is benzene, a carcinogen harmful to humans. and has been known to kill workers in the natural gas industry.

Something in the Air Natural Gas Effects On Human Health by Angel Serrano


uch research has been done on the effects of “natural gas” on climate change. Natural gas causes 80 to 100 times more heating of the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. Recently, even more studies are researching the health effects associated with the emissions from fracking, leakage, and combustion of natural gas. Martha Klein, the former Chair of Sierra Club Connecticut explains that natural gas is 97% methane, and when a person is exposed to a raw methane leak, they can develop nosebleeds and headaches as well as more chronic problems like asthma and respiratory problems, cancer and birth defects. This is due to methane’s influence on cell production. Humans who rapidly turn over their cells, such as fetuses and children, are affected most drastically by exposure to methane. In a study done in rural Colorado, mothers who lived within a 10-mile radius of a fracking methane well had a 30% greater chance of having babies with a congenital heart defect than mothers who lived more than 10 miles away from a well. One of the chemicals found in natural gas is benzene, a carcinogen harmful to humans. Benzene is common to all fossil fuels and has been known to kill workers in the natural gas industry. One of the most problematic substances associated with natural gas combustion is particulate matter (PM). One study concluded that exposure of pregnant women to PM, which can come from power plants, was associated with greater odds of a 28

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child having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), especially when the woman was exposed during the third trimester. Further, in the Nurses’ Health Study (NHS), it was concluded that significantly worse cognitive decline was experienced in older women when exposed to PM and PM at levels typically experienced by many individuals in the United States. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) acknowledges that PM causes non-fatal heart attacks, irregular heartbeat, aggravated asthma, decreased lung function, increased respiratory symptoms such as irritation of the airways, coughing, or difficulty breathing and premature death in people with heart or lung disease. The EPA does not mention the source of the PM, but it is well known that natural gas power plants emit PM. Today’s government is in denial about the negative health effects associated with the burning, drilling for, and leakage of natural gas. Fracking, a currently popular practice for extracting natural gas from the ground, pollutes groundwater and puts people who depend on wells at risk. Many times, it is obvious when water from a tap is polluted because its turbidity will be high, but what if it had low turbidity with traces of fracking slurry in the water? A person could be drinking that water without knowing it was contaminated. Klein says methane leaks are grossly underestimated by the industry and state regulators. Natural gas power plants produce PM, carbon dioxide, and other air pollutants in addition to methane. The fact that methane produces less particulate matter when it is burned relative to coal and oil does not compensate for the devastating effect it has on the atmosphere and, consequently, on climate change. The public-health impact of climate change and the future health care costs have not been calculated in the long-term environmental and economic effects of fracked gas use. Considering the long-term health consequences, gas is the wrong choice as a “bridge” fuel. Natural gas is bad any way you slice it, and better governmental policies—including increased energy efficiencies and renewable power—are required to shift the tide and protect our communities. Angel Serrano is a recent graduate of Goodwin College, where he majored in environmental studies. He volunteers for the Sierra Club of Connecticut as Legislative Chair and as an Executive Committee member.


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Carry-out what you carry-in: Leave every space you visit cleaner than when you arrived. Pick up trash even if you didn’t leave it there. This doesn’t mean we have to clean public lands until they are spotless, but if every person that visited picked up one piece of trash and didn’t leave any of their own behind, litter would be reduced over time. Plant flowers: It is proven that wherever flowers are planted, it is less likely that litter will be present. Set a good example: Whether it is your first or hundredth time visiting a park, set an example. Picking up a piece of trash when visiting with friends or family and encouraging them to do the same can only help. If we set a good example for children and stress the importance of keeping public lands clean, they will continue to follow that example and pass on the good behavior they learned to their friends and future generations.

This Land is Your Land Living Litter-Free by Peter Wilson


iving litter-free might seem like an easy thing to do. We all keep our homes and property clean, but often we forget that public lands—such as state parks and forests—are our responsibilities as well. As taxpayers, we own these public spaces, but we rarely consider our duty to keep them clean. There are many consequences when a mess is left in our state parks. Keep America Beautiful affiliate reports show that annual litter cleanup costs top $11.5 billion each year. An immeasurable amount of time is spent by park staff cleaning up after visitors who leave behind their trash; that is time that could be better spent improving our parks. Additionally, wildlife and humans alike are put at risk by the litter left behind, and the trash can have harmful long-term effects on the environment. California State University social psychologist Wesley Schultz says, “The presence of litter is a strong predictor of littering behavior.” What does this mean? If an area has litter scattered about, it is much more likely that people will continue to litter in that area. But, if we hold ourselves responsible for the mess that we find on public lands, we will have a sense of pride when we visit a place that is clean and beautiful. Connecticut has a “carry-out what you carry-in” policy, but the sad truth is that people don’t always follow this guideline. In a perfect world, if everyone would leave with what they brought in, our parks would be litter-free.

Volunteer: Participating in community cleanup events is a great way to reduce litter. Not only does it have the immediate effect of removing the litter, but it brings the community together and helps promote awareness of the issue. Don’t be part of the problem: The one thing we control completely is how we act. By not being the cause of litter, we are helping in the reduction of litter. Other things we can do to help prevent litter include: n Carry a litter bag in your car n Create a litter cleanup group n Reach out to neighbors and schools n Educate your community and children n Make signs n Adopt a highway n Do something rather than nothing n Hold yourself and others accountable for their actions We can only reap benefits by living a litter-free life. Not only will it help keep our parks beautiful, it will reduce the economic impact of cleanup costs. Beautiful parks are more inviting and friendly, creating a more enjoyable experience for everyone. Forest and wildlife health will improve, and risk of human health dangers will be reduced. We all need to do our part in keeping what belongs to us clean. Peter Wilson is a veteran and a student in the Environmental Studies program at Goodwin College. He has a passion for the outdoors and a desire to help improve the world through civic engagement and motivating people to act in support of environmental issues. November 2019


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ZENFUL EATING Mindful Meals in Quiet Gratitude by April Thompson


n Zen monasteries, the head cook (known as the tenzo) is one of the most important positions a monk can hold; Eihei Dogen, founder of Soto Zen, one of the longest-established sects of Buddhism, said this is “because the position requires wholehearted practice.” In the 13th-century volume Instructions for the Zen Cook, Dogen wrote, “In preparing food, it is essential to be sincere and to respect each ingredient, regardless of how coarse or fine.” Rituals around food are an important element of Buddhism, as with many spiritual traditions. But we don’t have to be a Buddhist or a practiced meditator to learn how to cook more mindfully, enjoy meals more fully and eat in better balance. “Cooking can be a meditation. We cook with all our senses: We taste, touch and listen to determine if the pan is hot enough. You just have to be mindful,” says Jean-Philippe Cyr, author of The Buddhist Chef: 100 Simple, Feel-Good Vegan Recipes. “Cooking is an act of love and generosity, so cooking should be done with care—taking the time to consider the ingredients and overall flavors of the meal, storing the vegetables properly, paying

attention while you chop. These things are the foundation of a great meal,” says Gesshin Claire Greenwood, an ordained Zen priest in San Francisco. Greenwood trained in Buddhist monasteries in Japan for more than five years, experiences she draws from in her recent memoir and cookbook Just Enough: Vegan Recipes and Stories from Japan’s Buddhist Temples. While vegetarianism is encouraged in all schools of Buddhism and most monasteries abstain from meat, it is not a strict requirement. Cyr, a vegan and practicing Buddhist of 20 years, takes seriously the concept of ahimsa, or “do no harm”, as a chef. “Veganism and Buddhism share the common value of compassion—compassion towards animals, as well as the Earth. Climate change caused by meat consumption causes a lot of harm, too,” says Cyr, of rural Quebec, Canada. The “middle way” is an important Buddhist principle in the kitchen—striking the balance between indulgence and deprivation—the “just enough” in Greenwood’s cookbook title. “It’s important to use enough salt so that the food tastes good, but not so much that it’s overpower-

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ing. When we shop for food or eat a meal, we can also pay attention to when we’ve had enough,” she says.

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Mindful eating can open up a beautiful new relationship to food, says Jan Chozen Bays, a Zen Buddhist priest and co-abbot of Great Vow Zen Monastery, in Clatskanie, Oregon. “This country is in an epidemic of out-of-balance eating. People are stressed out and fearful about eating, but cooking and eating should be inherently pleasurable human activities,” says Bays, the author of Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food. “In Zen practice, mindful rituals help us learn to be present and peaceful during meals.” Mindful eating is not about restrictions, but rather about curiosity and investigation—an adventure for the senses, says Bays. “Research shows that diets don’t work, as they rely on external sources rather than helping you to go inward and tap into the innate wisdom of your body.”

Tuning In at Mealtime Rushing through meals mindlessly, we’ve become deaf to our body’s own signals of satiety, says Bays. “Go to the supermarket when you’re hungry, and head to the perimeter where the real food is and stop and ask your body, ‘Would you like oranges? Would broccoli be good for us?’ Tune into your cellular hunger,” she says. At the Great Vow Zen Monastery, the first morning meal is conducted in silence, along “with a prayer to bring gratitude for the food and to all living beings whose life flows to us in our food,”

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says Bays, adding that research shows ceremonies and moments of reflection lead to more mindful, healthy eating. “Instead of talking on the phone, try cooking in silence. Drawing your awareness to details like the smell of basil, the color of tomato and the touch of the spoon brings so much richness to the act of cooking,” says Bays. Such a focus leads to a sense of appreciation for the ingredients of meals and life, says Myoju Erin Merk, a priest at the San Francisco Zen Center. “Making a meal is an active extension of our ‘sitting’ (meditation) practice.”

Cooking Like a Zen Master For the dressing: 1 (¾-inch) piece fresh ginger, minced 1 clove garlic, minced Pinch of sea salt 2 Tbsp tahini 1 Tbsp soy sauce 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1 Tbsp maple syrup 1 Tbsp olive oil Garnish: Pumpkin seeds Microgreens

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ere are a few simple tips from Buddhist priests and cooks on making mealtime more mindful. Have a mid-meal gut check, suggests Jan Chozen Bays. “When your stomach feels three-quarters full, have a conversation with a friend or have something to drink before continuing to eat. Often you will find after 20 minutes you are actually full,” says the author and priest. Myoju Erin Merk, a priest at the San Francisco Zen Center, suggests setting a phone timer in the kitchen to mark it as a practice time to tune into the senses. “Try to slow down and notice what’s happening as you cook. Try to stay with the sensory experience and not judge everything, like whether the carrot is cut right. It can be a very relaxing and peaceful way to work in the kitchen.” Make the first few sips or bites of a meal mindful, spending the first few moments in silence if possible, says Bays. “Working quietly with that pile of carrots or onions, you have space to focus on just one task,” adds Merk. Incorporating all of the five tastes of Buddhism—salty, sweet, sour, bitter and umami (savory)—is another way to bring meals in balance, according to author and priest Gesshin Claire Greenwood. “Having all of these flavors represented makes a meal feel balanced and satisfying.”

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Place the sweet potato and figs in a baking dish.

Buddha Bowl Cookbook author Jean-Phillippe Cyr says, “I love bowl recipes: they’re generous and colorful, and they let us get creative. Layer grains or cereals, vegetables, legumes and dressing, and voilà! That’s all there is to it.” Pumpkin seeds are an incredible source of protein, and tahini contains more protein than milk. Healthy cooks will be sure to keep this tahini dressing recipe close, because they can use it in everything.

Drizzle with oil, then season with salt and bake for 30 minutes.

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Place the sweet potatoes and figs in a large serving bowl. Add the quinoa and edamame. Drizzle with the dressing and garnish. Serve immediately.

1 sweet potato, peeled and diced 2 dried figs, sliced 2 Tbsp olive oil Salt, to taste 1½ cups cooked quinoa ¼ cup frozen shelled edamame, cooked

Place the ginger, garlic and salt in a mortar (preferred) or blender, then mash the ingredients together. Transfer to a bowl and add the tahini, soy sauce, lemon juice, maple syrup and oil. Stir to combine.

Tip: For those that can’t digest raw garlic, don’t use it, or cook it before adding it to the dressing.


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Hearty Moroccan Soup

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“This is hands-down my favorite soup,” says Cyr. “It reminds me of a Moroccan tajine, a savory stew made with vegetables and spices. The name tajine comes from the particular type of roasting dish in which Moroccan stews are cooked. There’s no need to buy any special equipment to make this recipe, but you will want to hunt down harissa, a North African chili paste you can find in most grocery stores nowadays. Be careful, though—it’s hot!” Yields 8 to 10 servings 3 Tbsp olive oil 1 onion, diced 1 tsp mustard seeds 1 tsp celery seeds 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp ground coriander 1 tsp dried oregano ½ tsp turmeric 1 clove garlic, minced 8 cups vegetable broth 1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes 1 (19 oz) can green lentils, rinsed and drained 2 yellow-fleshed potatoes, peeled and diced 2 carrots, diced 1 Tbsp harissa paste 3 bay leaves Salt and black pepper, to taste

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In a large pot over medium heat, heat the oil, then add the onions and sweat for 4 minutes. Add the mustard seeds, celery seeds, cumin, coriander, oregano, turmeric and garlic. Continue cooking for 2 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Remove the bay leaves. Serve hot. Excerpted with permission from The Buddhist Chef, by Jean-Phillippe Cyr.

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FORGIVENESS As a Spiritual Practice


by Joan Carra

o forgive does not mean to condone, and that is worth repeating: To forgive does not mean to condone. So why is it an important precept in the Bible and other religious practices? In Matthew 18:21 we are told: “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” And in Matthew 18:21, when Peter asked Jesus how many times he should forgive someone, Jesus answered, “I tell you, not just seven times, but 77 times!” Forgiveness is a circle because in order to forgive someone, we also need to ask for forgiveness. Why? When we harbor anger, pain and resentment towards another person, even if we have suffered a grave injustice, our state of consciousness is in the field of negative energy. As we throw out darts of loathsome thoughts, we ourselves experience a boomerang effect as the energy comes back to us in full force. The personality and disposition are afflicted with traits of victim mentality, which include depression, helplessness, self-blame, guilt and an expectation that everyone is out to get us. This state suspends self-control and personal responsibility for one’s

own life as well as one’s own thoughts. This chronic state even affects relationships with other people. Who can cope with a woe-isme personality that never sees the good in anything? Jack Kornfield, an author, Buddhist monk and teacher, writes in The Ancient Heart of Forgiveness about two former prisoners of war; one asks the other if he has forgiven their captors yet. The second says, “No, never.” The first one responds, “Well, they still have you in prison, don’t they?” The word “forgive” is derived from an old English term forgiefan, which is two words: for, meaning “completely,” and giefan, meaning “give, grant, allow, pardon.” The original phrase means “giving completely.” We may ask ourselves, what are we giving completely? Perhaps it is the surrender of the persistent focus on anger, bitterness and resentment and giving ourselves thoughts of gratitude, self-love and, most important of all, inner peace. The practice of forgiveness provides us with a new identity; we are reborn as the healer rather than remaining the victim, which is not only a victory for our mind but for our spirit and body as well. Trauma and injustice can usurp your

life, challenging mental, emotional and even physical health. Healing can be a life journey, with anger and frustration diminishing only in brief moments. Constant preoccupation with the mind’s repetitive thoughts of anger, blame and revenge becomes every moment’s theme, even disturbing sleep with anxiety and nightmares. They say thoughts are energy. Einstein says E=mc2, “E” being energy, “m” for mass and “c” representing the speed of light. It’s the creation of the plane of existence; therefore, thoughts can create a physical reality. The process of forgiveness can help us live in greater harmony with our mind and even our health, which is substantiated by the Mayo Clinic and John Hopkins Medical Center, among others. Repressed anger affects our immune system and our blood pressure and can cause serious illnesses such as cancer and heart disease. Mentally ill people often cannot deliver the normal responses others expect of them. But hating someone who is too sick to behave in a proper manner is not going to resolve the situation. Maybe understanding and compassion will. Brain imaging is in the infant stages, and it may be possible that what we perceive as bad or improper behavior stems from physiological disorders. In this eventuality, we would need to adjust our judgment of who is “good” and who is “bad.” The families of the victims at the Mother Emmanuel Church shooting in Charleston, S.C., collectively forgave the shooter and even prayed for his soul: “We are the family that love built. We have no room for hating, so we have to forgive. I pray God on your soul.” They say prayers can be effective and maybe this group of church worshippers living their faith will transform a young man’s fanatic hatred into a heart that can finally feel remorse and compassion. Joan Carra has been a psychic and medium for 25 years. She is working on a book called Asked to Forgive. Visit her at She will be hosting a discussion on the topic of forgiveness from 1 to 3 p.m. on December 8 at Albertson Memorial Spiritual Church, 293 Sound Beach Avenue in Old Greenwich. November 2019


Have You Heard? Mediums Help Yale Study Voice-Hearing by Philip Corlett


here are many different ways that human beings experience the world. A team at Yale University has been working with people from the mediumship community in an effort to understand their voice-hearing experiences. Their goal is not trying to prove or disprove any individual’s abilities; rather the team would like to learn more about how and why people have the experiences that they do. They want to learn what it is like to have those experiences, how those receiving them feel about them, when they started, and how they stop them. The team hopes to apply what they learn to help people who hear distressing voices, including those who might suffer from serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. There are drug treatments for those experiences, but the drugs have some very unpleasant side 34

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effects and do not work completely in 30 to 50% of people. Patients need new and creative approaches to this unmet need. The Yale team, including Albert Powers of Spirit Alliance, has been working for the past five years to learn as much as they can about voice-hearing and clairaudience in an effort to inspire new treatment approaches for those hearing distressing voices. They began by collaborating with the Connecticut Psychics organization, the local branch of the American Association of Psychics. However, they are now interested in broadening their reach and working with more people who are clairaudient and receive daily auditory message experiences. Voice-hearing is much more common than previously acknowledged. At some point in their lives, up to 20% of people might hear a voice when they are alone;

between 3 and 10% experience this more frequently, perhaps following a bereavement, for example. Hearing voices is not necessarily a sign of mental illness and, by working with people who identify as clairaudient, the team believes they can help the 1% of the population who suffer from schizophrenia, for whom voicehearing can be very distressing. In this phase of the work, the team is trying to understand and learn as much as they can about what it is like to be clairaudient, how clairaudience arises, what it involves, and, as part of the research study, the patterns of brain responses and behavior that characterize clairaudience as compared to voice-hearing in the context of serious mental illness—what are the similarities and differences? In their work so far, the team has

learned that people who identify as clairaudient have voice experiences that are very similar to those reported by people are distressed by voices. They happen as frequently, and the voices say things of similar length and loudness. However, the content may be more positive and the experiences are understood as spiritual gifts that clairaudient people can control and, therefore, they find the incidents less distressing. Furthermore, when the clairaudient people first shared their experiences with another person, their response was significantly more positive than the people hearing distressing voices. The Yale team wants to learn more about why that might be. One interesting possibility revealed in the data is that clairaudient people have their first experiences earlier in life and perhaps learn to interact with them more effectively than people who start hearing voices later in life and perceive them as distressing. Using brain scans and computer games, the team has shown – in Science Magazine—that people who hear voices (both the clairaudient people and the patients with distressing voices) develop strong expectations about what might happen next. These predictions (or “priors”) fill in their experiences of the world. The patients find it hard to update those predictions when the game changes, whereas people with clairaudient abilities can change their minds more easily. These similarities and differences were also apparent in brain scans. The study uses a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain scanner; it measures changes in blood flow to parts of the brain by tracking the iron in people’s blood. When parts of the brain are active, more blood flows to them. The team can measure those changes while people do different tasks. Different parts of the brain were active in people who were clairaudient than those in people who heard distressing voices during the computer task. The areas that were similar included regions involved in hearing, attending, and reflecting on what one has perceived. Activity in these areas related to strong expectations. The areas that differed included old structures deep in the brain that are associated with memory and learning (the hippocampus), as well as parts that are involved in the control of movements and thoughts at the back of the brain (the cerebellum). These areas were more active in people who were clairaudient and less so in patients with distressing voices. Activity in these areas changed when people changed their minds; the more flexible people engaged those brain regions more often. The team is already developing approaches to change activity in these regions to better assist people who experience distressing voices. The team feels extremely fortunate to have the privilege to work with people from the mediumship community. They have been helpful, referring their friends and colleagues to the study, and they have approached their participation with open-mindedness, patience and sincerity. The mediumship community shares the Yale team’s goal of working together to learn about the varieties of human experience, in the service of the many people worldwide who suffer with distressing voices. The work with the community has been featured on the BBC, in The Atlantic, and on various podcasts and websites. There is

a real excitement from the public, the mediumship community, patients and their advocates, the academic community and the National Institute of Mental Health, which is supporting the work. The next step is for the team to replicate and extend their discoveries. That will entail recruiting and working with more people who experience clairaudience, as well as more people who hear distressing voices and those who suffer from serious mental illnesses. If the team observes the same sort of patterns of similarities and differences again, they will be more certain that what they learned could be useful to people hearing distressing voices. In a new study across two sites (Yale University and University of Maryland), scientists are trying to learn even more about clairaudience and voice-hearing. The study involves visiting the Connecticut Mental Health Center in New Haven (or the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center in Catonsville, Md.) on four occasions and completing interviews about your experiences, as well as participating in computer games and brain scans. Participants will be compensated for time and inconvenience. If you are interested in helping them help people with voices that are distressing, please contact Dr. Philip Corlett is an associate professor at Yale University Department of Psychiatry. He leads the Yale team conducting the study, and he is very interested in hearing from those who would like to take part. Please contact for more information.

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In Pursuit of Grateful Living




ENOUGH FOR ALL by Brother David Steindl-Rast

rateful living is the awareness that we stand on holy ground— always—in touch with mystery. Jewish sages interpret the words of Genesis 3:5 in a way that is of great relevance to grateful living. “Take off your shoes; the ground on which you stand is holy ground.” The soles of your shoes are leather—dead animal skin. Take off the deadness of being-used-to-it and your live souls will feel that you are standing on holy ground, wherever you are. It is pretty evident that greed, oppression and violence have led us to a point of self-destruction. Our survival depends on a radical change; if the gratitude movement grows strong and deep enough, it may bring about this necessary change. Grateful living brings in place of greed, sharing; in place of oppression, respect; and in place of violence, peace. Who does not long for a world of sharing, mutual respect and peace? Exploitation springs from greed and a sense of scarcity. Grateful living makes us aware that there is enough for all. Thus, it leads to a sense of sufficiency and a joyful willingness to share with others. Oppression is necessary if we want to exploit others. The more power you have, the more efficiently you can exploit those

below you and protect yourself against those above you. But grateful people live with a sense of sufficiency—they need not exploit others—thus, oppression is replaced by mutual support and by equal respect for all. Violence springs from the root of fear—fear that there may not be enough for all, fear of others as potential competitors, fear of foreigners and strangers. But the grateful person is fearless. Thereby, she cuts off the very root of violence. Out of a sense-of-enough, she is willing to share, and thereby tends to eliminate the unjust distribution of wealth that creates the climate for violence. Fearlessly, she welcomes the new and strange, is enriched by differences and celebrates variety. Grateful eyes look at whatever is as if they had never seen it before and caress it as if they would never see it again. This is a most realistic attitude, for every moment is indeed unique. Adapted from an interview, with Brother David Steindl-Rast that originally appeared in Greater Good, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center. For more information, visit ABetterWorldThroughGratitude.

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ANTIQUES RISING Discovering the Green in ‘Brown’ Furniture


by Yvette C. Hammett

ast food and fast fashion are common in this amped-up world. There’s also fast furniture—the kind that often comes in a box, assembly required. It’s made of particle board held together by toxic chemicals; it is often flimsy and it’s consuming forests at an alarming rate. But millennials love it. That’s why they’re sometimes called the IKEA generation. “Your grandmother’s big sideboard and armoire are hard to sell,” says Todd Merrill, owner of the Todd Merrill Studio, a furniture and design gallery in New York City. “We have changed the way we live. Our houses are laid out differently— no more formal dining rooms. I think people are less inventive about how to repurpose, reuse and restore.” Grandma’s treasures, once passed down for generations, are largely passé. The new word for antiques is “brown furniture”; prices have plummeted 60 to 80 percent in two decades, say industry experts. The youngsters want no part of them, even though they are hand crafted out of solid wood extracted from old-growth forests that took centuries to mature. Large retail chains cater to strong consumer demand for disposable furniture, and it is driving a great deal of deforesta-

tion, according to the Alliance of Leading Environmental Researchers & Thinkers (ALERT). IKEA’s own figures show that it uses 1 percent of the world’s commercial wood supply a year to manufacture these throwaway pieces. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that 9,690 tons of furniture—both fast and slow—ended up in the nation’s landfills in 2015, the latest year for which statistics have been published. The trend is at odds with millennials’ notable environmental sensibilities—and they do put a premium on authentic, handmade items and companies with social impact—so experts say the tide may be turning. Like the growing Slow Food movement, “slow” furniture enjoys a sense of character and provenance that doesn’t come in a box. When Merrill opened his furniture studio in 2000, it consisted of half pristine antiques and half mid-century modern furniture. He quickly saw a trend of people snapping up the mid-century and leaving the handcrafted antiques behind. “I pulled things out of trash heaps in the Upper East Side. People came in and started snatching up all the vintage modern.” Merrill’s vintage offerings now focus on mid-century modern and

upcycled, repurposed furnishings, something the millennials have taken to. The kids will continue to come around, he says. “If you go around Brooklyn, people are reusing and recycling antique furniture. With the antique market hitting bottom, it is hard to ignore it. As it bottoms out, kids are going to come back to these things.” There can be a cool factor in reusing something that is old, unique and odd, he added. “Oddity and ugliness is kind of in fashion right now.” Alex Geriner, of Doorman Designs, in New Orleans, began upcycling out of necessity. He had little money to furnish his 19th-century apartment. His need quickly became a business when the furnishings he created out of old wood pieces began flying out the door. “I think for millennials—I am a millennial—they want something with a story tied to it, some sort of bigger meaning. My generation is all about experiences. If they can say, ‘I found this in a dumpster’ or ‘in a roadside flea market,’ any story is an investment for millennials.” Terry Gorsuch, whose side business in Dolores, Colorado, Rustique ReInvintage, involves salvaging old theater chairs, church pews and other novel items, upcycling them and selling them for a tidy profit, says, “There is nothing special about a coffee table from IKEA. All our pieces have a story. They’re from a 1936 theater or an 1895 Grange Hall where farmers and ranchers met.” Gorsuch says he already has some “hipster” millennials buying items like old lockers or other odd pieces that they mix and match. “When you take something and put it back to use, you get a feeling of satisfaction,” he says. “The informality of today allows for the mix-and-match thing,” Merrill says. “Take an old door and repurpose it … Put it up in your house or upcycle it into a table. “What we are missing in our homes is character,” he says. “Repurposing is a very good thing to do.” Yvette C. Hammett is an environmental writer based in Valrico, Florida. Connect at November 2019


calendar of events FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1 Celtic Prayer Circle: Samhain – 6pm-7pm. Celebrate the Celtic season of Samhain through awareness of and alignment with the natural world. Free Will Offering appreciated. Snacks to follow. Mercy by the Sea, 167 Neck Rd, Madison. Call 203-245-0401 or visit

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Full Body Presence Overview – 9am-4:30pm. Lead by Rev. Patrice Ficken. Listen to the sacred text of your body’s wisdom. $70. Includes Program and Lunch. Mercy by the Sea, 167 Neck Rd, Madison. More information and to register, call 203-245-0401 or visit A Passion for Birds with Henry Lappen – 2pm. This unique interpretive program for families helps people understand and connect with birds and other wildlife. Using masks, comedy, and loads of audience participation, artist Henry Lappen explores how and why birds have adapted to their environment. He explains the science while demonstrating how the birds move and act.. Fee: $6 per person. For all ages. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Fall Foliage Hike – 1pm. Join the Nature Center naturalist for a stroll through our woodlands, old fields, and wetlands. Enjoy the beauty and the crisp fall air while learning about New England’s flora and fauna. Wear appropriate shoes for this moderate hike. Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053. An Evening with Spirit with Gayle Franceschetti – 5pm-7pm. In this gallery reading, Gayle will bring unique group and individual communications from the spirit world that will positively guide us in the future. Held at New Age Expo. Wyndham Southbury. 1284 Strongtown Rd, Southbury. $20. Visit or at to register!

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4 FREE Fire Cider Workshop – 6:30pm. Join Dr. Kathryn Ronzo as she talks about the benefits of Fire Cider & teaches you how to make your own so you can stay healthy through this cold & flu season. Bring a Glass container to take home your cider. Elm City Wellness, 774 Orange St, New Haven. 203-691-7653.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Meditation Circle – 6:30pm-7:30pm. (This circle is offered every other Tuesday). For the beginner or advanced meditator. Jackie Piazza will guide you to explore your inner landscape for greater peace and reducing stress and anxiety. 10 Carina Rd, North Haven. $10 Donation. To register, call 203-214-9486.


New Haven/Middlesex



Young Living Essential Oils – 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 203-631-7803 or

Reiki I – 9:30am-1pm. Reiki is the science and art of activating, directing and applying natural, universal life energy, to promote energy balancing, healing and wholeness. Includes certificate and materials $125. 36 Cheshire Road, Wallingford 203-631-7803, or

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Western CT Orienteering Club Event – 10am2pm. Come try the fun and adventurous sport of orienteering at this event hosted by the Western CT Orienteering Club. Using a map and compass, navigate to locations marked on a detailed map of the Nature Center. Courses suitable for beginners through advanced participants with free training provided. Fee: $10 for individuals, $15 for families. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. For more information, see or email

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Poetry and Meditation with Reiki energy with Jody and Steph Kaplan – 11am-12pm. Seating is limited to 10. You must RSVP and PrePay with PayPal sending the payment to rosallykaplan@ Cost $45. Please remember to wear white socks. Location: Soulshine Salt Cavern, 352 Main St, Durham. Restorative Yoga Workshop w/ Saskia Bergmans Smith – 2pm-4pm. Relax and retreat from everyday life, using guided passive stretching to release tension and nurture the body from the inside out. $27adv./$33 – Pre-Registration Recommended. Your Community Yoga Center, 39 Putnam Ave, Hamden. 203-287-2277.

The Transforming Tree: Yoga, Reiki, and Intuitive Card Readings – 6pm. Take some time to ground down before the madness of the holidays with an evening of holistic healing. Private mini readings and Reiki sessions available after class (not included in cost) $25. Good Vibes Yoga Studio, 4 Cooke Rd, Wallingford. 203-824-1929.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17 Thanksgiving Grateful Family Yoga w/ Sherri Sosensky – 11am-12pm. Faces light up, bodies are moving and grooving, children are singing, jumping, and striking poses, playing musical yoga games, with incredible music created especially for this fun program. $20/per family up to 3 students. $55/3 sessions per family. Your Community Yoga Center, 39 Putnam Ave, Hamden. 203-287-2277.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18 CBD & The Inflammation Diet – 6:30pm. Free. Join Naturopathic Doctor Kathryn Ronzo, ND, as she discusses the benefits of pairing CBD and functional nutrition to reduce inflammation in your body. Elm City Wellness 774 Orange St New Haven. 203-691-7653.



CBD 101 – 6:30pm. Free. Join Naturopathic Doctor Kathryn Ronzo, ND, as she explains the health benefits of CBD while answering questions you have on the topic. Elm City Wellness, 774 Orange St, New Haven. 203-691-7653.

Meditation with Reiki and Frequencies Crystals Lays – 6pm-7pm. Come listen to the magical healing words of Jody Scott Kaplan. His words will help brighten your soul. Stephanie will give you Reiki and place crystals on you for healing. $25.The Red Barn in Durham, 352 Main Street, Durham. Please bring your mat if you have one. 914-330-1474.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Full Moon Meditation w/Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30pm-8:30pm. Accessing this moon’s vibrations of optimism and open mindedness makes it easy to gain conscious aware ness of our emotions and be able to share them with our loved ones. By using these energies from the meditation, new and influential friendships are possible and lucky breaks can lead to opportunities to increase your material wealth and level of happiness. $25. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford 203-631-7803,

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Group Past Life Regression – 6pm-8pm. Discover reasons for current fears, recurring dreams or personality tendencies. Attendees explore past lives, learn reasons for repeat patterns or why you were born to a certain family. $30. 36 Cheshire Road, Wallingford, CT. Gayle 203-631-7803,

Circle of Women – 7pm-9pm. Join in sacred space to discover and strengthen your authentic self, learn to listen and speak from the heart. Celebrate Seasonal Self Care and the gratitude and abundance that comes with this Season of the Giveaway. $25. Central Wallingford. Call Susan to explore/reserve space. 203-645-1230.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21 Digital Detox: Unplugging for Your Health – 9am-12:15pm. 3 CECs. Learn what digital toxicity is and its impact on your health. Learn to minimize effects of electronic devices and establish healthy boundaries. $60. 2321 Whitney Ave, Suite 401, Hamden. Register at: Young Living Essential Oils – 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 203-631-7803 or

Universal White Time Gemstone Clinic – 7:30pm-8:30pm. UWT Gemstone/Crystal using the healing frequencies of crystals and gem stones to help to balance, healing, conscious expansion, and energetic evolution within the person. This is a group session. It’s $10 a crystal lay. The Red Barn in Durham, 352 Main St, Durham. Call: 914-330-1474.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22 Salt Cavern Meditation – 7pm–8pm. Clear your mind and let go of tension and the stress of the week while relaxing in a zero gravity chair during the releasing meditation in a Himalayan Salt Cavern. Salt therapy is great for overall wellness, respiratory and skin. $45. The Red Barn, Durham. Contact Gayle: 203-631-7803 or

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23 SunDo Taoist Yoga Class + Gratitude Meditation + Tea Tasting – 9:30am-11:30am. Begin your journey into Taoist practice. Learn warm-up sequences to get your energy flowing, then relax with a guided meditation for appreciating oneself and honoring gratitude. After class, enjoy a tea tasting with snacks while learning about the history of SunDo, a practice only recently introduced to modern society for its powerful healing ability through breathwork. $15 / Advance Registration. Visit: OneWorld-Wellness. com to register. One World Wellness Studio, 967 N High St, East Haven. Reiki I Classes – 11am-4pm. For Individuals interested in a simple yet beneficial healing therapy to treat and balance the mind, body and spirit. Taught by Reiki Master/Teacher Stephanie Rosally-Kaplan. $150. 352 Red Barn in Durham, 352 Main St, Durham. 914-330-1474.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24 Free Community Meals Presented by Master’s Community Meals: Dinner: Thanksgiving Dinner– 1pm-3pm. Free. Everyone is welcome to join us for a fabulous traditional spread. No RSVP. Donations graciously accepted. Assumption Church Hall, 61 N. Cliff St, Ansonia. For more information, contact Masters Table Community Meals: 203-732-7792,

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6 4th Annual Holistic Healing & Recovery through Integrative Medicine Conference – 9am-4pm. 5 CECs. An active day of wellness & recovery for the mind and body using evidence-based integrative practices. Keynote speaker Leslie Booker, workshops, panels and self-care activities throughout the day. Location: Red Lion Hotel, Cromwell. For more information, visit

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 Winter Wreath Workshop – 10am. Celebrate winter and the festive season as you create a wreath from fresh locally grown greens, then decorate your masterpiece with natural trimmings. Enjoy some warm mulled cider and a cookie too! Wreath frames and wire will be provided. Please bring your own hand clippers. Materials Fee: $15. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053.



New Age & Crafts Expo

SunDo Taoist Yoga

Come Experience a Day of Spiritual & Creative Enlightenment!

Saturday November 16 9:30am-10:45am

Our 6th Year!

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 3, 2019 10am - 5pm

Wyndham Southbury 1284 Strongtown Road Southbury, CT

Intuitive Readers Aura Photos & Crystals Tibetan Singing Bowls Healings Handcrafted Jewelry, Soaps, Oils Guided Meditations Spiritual Art 2 Rooms of Dynamic Speakers and much more!

$6 Admission



Needle Felting For Beginners – 2pm. Join in this fun class and learn the art of needle felting. With just one barbed needle you can create some wonderful 3D animals. All supplies will be provided. Materials Fee: $15. Class size is limited to 12. Ages 12 and up. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053.

Introductory Class

Begin your journey into aoist practice. Learn warm-up sequences to get your energy flowing, then relax with gentle postures and breathing meditation.

$15 / Advance Registration After class, enjoy a tea tasting with snacks while learning about the history of SunDo as a mountain practice, only recently introduced to modern society for its powerful healing ability through breathwork.

Register Online One World Wellness Studio 967 N. High Street, East Haven CT

Tired minds don’t plan well. Sleep first, plan later. ~Walter Reisch

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9 Self-Massage w/CBD – 6:30pm. Free. Join ECW massage therapist Annie Crocker as she shares her experience with CBD in this hour-long class. She’ll discuss the benefits of CBD and teach you a selfmassage routine to help lengthen muscles stuck in patterns of chronic tightness due to repetitive strain and/or stress. Demo and samples. Elm City Wellness 774 Orange St New Haven. 203-691-7653.

November 2019



Yoga with Marlene – 10:30am & 7:15pm. Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk. Guilford. Info: 203-453-5360.

sunday Health Qigong – 10am-11am. Developed through scientific research by China’s top sports universities and Qigong masters to create the most effective sequence of movements to gently strengthen the body, improve flexibility, and cultivate qi flow. Free trial class. Aiping Tai Chi Center, 518 Boston Post Rd, Orange. 203-795-0203. Community Vinyasa Yoga – 10:45am -11:45am. Strengthen your yoga practice with Renee every Sunday! Sliding scale of $10-$17. Walnut Beach Wellness & Boutique, 41 Naugatuck Ave, Milford. Mystical Market and Craft Fair – 11am4pm. (The 3rd Sunday of every month). Psychics, vendors, artisans, holistic practitioners & more. Free admission, vendor’s fees vary. The Ruby Tree, Sherman Village Shopping Center, 670 Main St South, Woodbury. 203-586-1655,, Sunday Guided Hikes – 1pm. Join a Nature Center guide on Sunday afternoons for fun, exercise, and learning about our trails! Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Information/registration: 203-736-1053. Meditation to reduce stress + learn to cure one ailment each week – 5pm-6pm. Your Community Yoga Center, 39 Putnam Ave, Hamden. https://www. Queer Dharma – 7:30pm-9pm. A forum for practice and discussion relating all dharma traditions and the experience and concerns of LGBTQI individuals and their friends. All are warmly welcome regardless of experience, spiritual tradition, age, sex, gender identity, or sexual/affectional orientation. Each meeting will include meditation instruction, practice, readings and discussion. Free. The Shambhala Center of New Haven, 85 Willow Street, New Haven, Building B.

monday Community Acupuncture at Elm City Wellness – (Mon-Tues & Thurs-Sat). Community Acupuncture is done in a traditional Chinese-style group setting, which amplifies the healing power of the work. Initial sessions $50. Returns $30. Elm City Wellness, 774 Orange St, New Haven. 203-691-7653. Pilates/Barre Community Class – 8am. This class is a mix between pilates moves to strengthen core muscles and the Barre technique to sculpt and lean our arms and legs. Discount price of $10.00 cash/ check or $12.00 credit card. Kneading Hands Yoga & Massage, 760 Main St S, Unit F, Southbury. 203-267-4417.

Meditation – 1:30pm. Silent, sitting meditation for anyone to attend. For all levels. Beginners welcome! Meditation begins and ends promptly on time. Donation-based event; no set fees. New England Meditation Center, 455 Boston Rd, Old Saybrook. For more information, visit: https://www.meetup. com/New-England-Meditation-Center/events. Mondays at the Red Barn in Durham – Walk in healing sessions with Stephanie Rosally-Kaplan 2pm to 5pm. Prices starts at $50 for 30 minutes. Reiki Share with Stephanie $10 per person 6pm to 7:30pm. The Red Barn in Durham, 352 Main St, Durham. Call for more info: 914-330-1474. Kundalini Yoga Class at Guest House Retreat – 6pm-7:15pm. Through physical movement, breath work and meditative practice, Kundalini Yoga builds strength, stability, and balance. This practice gives us the tools to drastically change our physical, psychological, and spiritual condition. Consider it a full mind/body upgrade. By Donation, no set fees. 318 West Main St, Chester. Qigong for Health – 7pm-8pm. Learn a practice that invigorates the internal energy, relieves stress, tones and stretches the muscles and connects the mind and body. $15/class. Tranquil Mountain Internal Arts. Location: Shoreline Center for Wholistic Health, 35 Boston St, Guilford. Info: 860-301-6433.

tuesday Yang Style Tai Chi – 9am-10am and 6pm-7pm. Learn the principles of Tai Chi as moving meditation to increase strength and flexibility and decrease stress. Classes focus on teaching you how to move through yielding and releasing tension in your body. Free trial class. Aiping Tai Chi Center, 518 Boston Post Rd, Orange. 203-795-0203. Yoga with Marlene – 9:30am & 6:30pm. Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk. Guilford. Info: 203-453-5360. Healthy-Steps, The Lebed Method w/Susan Sandel – 3:45pm-4:45pm. (no class on Nov 26). Gentle therapeutic exercise/mvmnt prog. Helpful for breast cancer survivors/chronic health conditions. Free. Sponsored by Middlesex Hospital Cancer Center of Integrative Medicine. Location: Madison House, 34 Wildwood Ave, Madison. Details: 203-215-8896. Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement 5 Week Class Series – 6pm-7pm. Learn to move easily with simple movements that help to relieve pain and restore your body to its natural ease. $50 for 5 weeks or $15 drop in. Carol Meade Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. 203-415-8666 or

Yogic Healing: all levels flow for your Soul – 7pm (Every Tues & Wed). Yogic movement that incorporates the healing modalities of Reiki, sound healing, and crystal healing allowing us to create a connection with the mind, body, and Soul. $15. Good Vibes Yoga Studio, 4 Cooke Rd, Wallingford. 203-824-1929. Free Reiki Sessions: The Universal Reiki Plan – 7:30pm-8:30pm. (& 8:30pm-9:30pm Thurs). Reiki teachers Jeannette and Jim of ReikiOvertones and students offer free Reiki sessions. Appt. only. Love offering appreciated. 95 Harris St, Fairfield. Details: Jim and Jeannette 203-254-3958.

wednesday Find out about CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School of Branford: Wednesday Admissions Tours – Come see us in action! CELC combines engaging academics with real-world learning for 5th - 8th graders. Because middle school matters! RSVP: Emei Wujigong Qigong Group Practice – 12pm1pm. Experience a qigong form for rebalancing and strengthening body, mind and spirit. For all abilities and levels of health. Schedule Available online. 1st class free (reg. $5). Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. Info: Meditation – 1:30pm. Silent, sitting meditation for anyone to attend. For all levels. Beginners welcome! Meditation begins and ends promptly on time. Donation-based event; no set fees. New England Meditation Center, 455 Boston Rd, Old Saybrook. For more information, visit: https://www.meetup. com/New-England-Meditation-Center/events/ Iyengar Yoga – 6pm-7:30pm. Refine your practice with optimal alignment practices that make you stronger, more flexible, and more emotionally stable. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown. The Caring Network: Free Support Group for adults who have lost a loved one – 6pm-8pm. (11/6 & 11/20). Information about loss and grief with facilitated open discussion. Bridges Healthcare, 949 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford. Sponsored by CodyWhite Funeral Home, 203-874-0268 or Brooke Torres M.Ed., 203-878-6365 Ext. 480. Yoga with Marlene – 6:30pm. Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk. Guilford. Info: 203-453-5360. Meditation In the World at Guest House Retreat – 7pm-8pm. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced meditator, join us every week as we are led in the practice of focusing our awareness. Helping you find calm within everyday demands and stress. Free. 318 West Main St, Chester. 860-322-5770.


Fiber Arts Group – 6pm. (Starts Sept. 3). Get together with others to work on your fiber arts projects! Bring any kind of fiber work—knitting, felting, crocheting, etc. A great way to dedicate time to your handiwork and socialize too. Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053.

New Haven/Middlesex

Sunset Savasana: Flowing with Mother Nature – 7pm. An all levels flow yoga class with the beautiful backdrop of the sun setting behind farms and vineyards. Class transitions indoors in inclement weather. Please RSVP 2 hours prior to class time. $15. Good Vibes Yoga Studio, 4 Cooke Rd, Wallingford. 203-824-1929.

thursday Health Qigong – 9am-10am. Developed through scientific research by China’s top sports universities and Qigong masters to create the most effective sequence of movements to gently strengthen the body, improve flexibility, and cultivate qi flow. Free trial class. Aiping Tai Chi Center, 518 Boston Post Rd, Orange. 203-795-0203. The Milford Chamber’s ‘Health & Wellness Council’ – 8:30am-9:30am. (2nd Thurs. monthly). Group is comprised of businesses in the health and wellness industry. 5 Broad St, Milford. Yoga with Marlene – 10am & 6:30pm. Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk. Guilford. Info: 203-453-5360. Emei Wujigong Qigong Group Practice – 6:30pm-7:30pm. (Every Thurs. except the 1st Thurs. of month). Experience a qigong form for rebalancing and strengthening body, mind and spirit. For all abilities and levels of health. Schedule Available online. 1st class free (reg. $5). Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. Info: Qigong Group Healing & Silent Meditation – 6:30pm-8pm. (1st Thurs. of the month). All levels of health addressed. No experience necessary. Fee: donation. Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. Contact Pat for more information if this is 1st attendance: 203-500-6492. Are you looking for a place to gather with other spiritually minded people? – 6pm-7pm. Are you an Empath, Psychic or having paranormal experiences? This group is for you. Join us at the Red Barn in Durham, 352 St, Main Street Durham to connect with new friends! Hosted by Hosted by Spiritist Stephanie Rosally-Kaplan and Psychic Jennifer Gaylord. $5. The Heart of Recovery – 7:30pm-9pm, a weekly meditation and recovery group for those recovering from addictions of all kinds. We will honor the traditions of anonymity, confidentiality and no cross-talk. Meetings will include meditation instruction, practice, readings and discussion. Free. The Shambhala Center of New Haven, 85 Willow St, Building B,

friday Yoga with Marlene – 9:30am. Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk. Guilford. Info: 203-453-5360.

Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Class – 10:30am-11:30am. It only takes an hour to feel good again. Aren’t you worth it? $15 drop in or class cards. Carol Meade Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. 203-4158666 or Yang Style Tai Chi – 6pm-7pm. Learn the principles of Tai Chi as moving meditation to increase strength and flexibility and decrease stress. Classes focus on teaching you how to move through yielding and releasing tension in your body. Free trial class. Aiping Tai Chi Center, 518 Boston Post Rd, Orange. 203-795-0203. DrumSpeak For Awakening – 7pm-9:30pm. (Every 2nd Friday of the month). For personal growth and awakening to de-stress, relax, release, and have fun. Suggested $5-$20 donation. Lead by Chantal Guillou-Brennan, IEMT, CHT, QHHT. Walnut Beach Wellness & Boutique, 41 Naugatuck Ave, Milford.

saturday Yang Style Tai Chi – 9am-10am. Learn the principles of Tai Chi as moving meditation to increase strength and flexibility and decrease stress. Classes focus on teaching you how to move through yielding and releasing tension in your body. Free trial class. Aiping Tai Chi Center, 518 Boston Post Rd, Orange. 203-795-0203. Iyengar Yoga – 10am-11:30am. Refine your practice with optimal alignment practices that make you stronger, more flexible, and more emotionally stable. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown.

ANSONIA NATURE CENTER 104 acres of wooded hills and grassy fields, miles of nature trails, streams, a two-acre pond, wet meadows, upland swamp, butterfly & hummingbird garden, woodland wildflower and fern garden, community gardening, childrens’ playscape, visitor center, animals & nature exhibits, classes and more!

(203) 736-1053

Free weekly Meditation classes – 10:30am-12pm. Open to all and fully accessible. Instruction provided for beginners. No reservations necessary. Walk-ins welcome. Program offered in cooperation with New Haven Insight. New Haven Free Public Library. 133 Elm St, New Haven. 203-946-8138. ReikiShare: The Universal Reiki Plan – 11am1:30pm. Pre-register to share Reiki and join in a FREE workshop to make it a Reiki day! The 3rd Sat. of every month. Free (“love offering”). Bloodroot Rest. 85 Ferris St, Bridgeport. Reservation only. Jim or Jeannette: 203-254-3958. info@ Community Acupuncture – 12pm-2pm. (Every Other Saturday). Treatments are given in a group setting, where multiple clients are treated simultaneously in reclining chair or cushioned yoga mats. Initial visit is $40, follow-ups are on a sliding of $25-$40. Dr. Suzanne Woomer, ND, L.A.c. Walnut Beach Wellness & Boutique, 41 Naugatuck Ave, Milford. Meditation – 1:30pm. Silent, sitting meditation for anyone to attend. For all levels. Beginners welcome! Meditation begins and ends promptly on time. Lecture every other Saturday. Donation-based event; no set fees. New England Meditation Center, 455 Boston Rd, Old Saybrook. For more information, visit:

November 2019


2020 EDITORIAL CALENDAR March January February



• Fresh Start • Refresh the Immune System

• Shifting into Positive • Regenerative Medicine



• Plant-Based Nutrition • CBD



• Inspired Lifestyle • Brain Health

• Grassroots Climate Strategies • Creatures Great and Small

• Autoimmune Breakthroughs • Lyme Disease




• Education Out of the Box • Prospering through Transition

• Expressive Arts and Movement • Emotion Quotient



• Food Connection • Gut Health


• Exploring Other Realms • Transcending Physical Health

• The Sugar Challenge • Stress Management

• Community & Connection • Get Your Glow On


New Haven/Middlesex

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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.

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Coming Next Month DECEMBER

Uplifting Humanity plus: Earth-Friendly Holidays

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community resource guide APPLIED KINESIOLOGY KC CHIROPRACTIC & WELLNESS Kevin Healy, DC 17 Woodland Road, Madison, CT 203-245-9317

Applied Kinesiology is a neurological 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 16.



Accredited, Non-profit Graduate School offering holistic programs in contemporary & emerging fields 171 Amity Road, Bethany, CT 203-874-4252 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. See ad on page 27.

New Haven/Middlesex

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Rocky Corner’s sharing and caring neighborhood: Meet friendly, creative people. Feel welcomed, included. Eat from our organic farm and gardens. Own a green home. Co-own amazing common buildings and 33 acres. Bethany, 5 miles north of New Haven. Nurture kids, retire, have fun, work together. Last remaining homes for sale. Contact us now!


501 Kings Highway East, Suite 108 Fairfield, CT 203-371-0300 Dr. Mark A. Breiner is a pioneer and recognized authority in the field of holistic dentistry. With over 30 years of experience, he is a sought after speaker and lecturer. His popular consumer book, Whole-Body Dentistry, has been sold worldwide. See ad on page 27.


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 15.



MIND-BODY TRANSFORMATION Diane Bahr-Groth, CHy, TFTdx 1177 High Ridge Road Stamford, CT 203-595-0110

Fast, effective methods for weight, stress, fear, pain, smoking, etc. Certified Hypnotherapist, Thought Field Therapy, Time Line Therapy, NLP and Complementary Medical Hypnosis, since 1989.


Patricia Babey, BS Certified Hypnotist Certified Pain Management Specialist Certified Reiki II Practitioner Madison, CT 203-980-0022 A client centered practice created to assist you in improving every aspect of your life by tapping into the natural power of your brain. Release weight, stop smoking, reduce stress, and manage pain. You can change just about anything with hypnosis. Each session is personal, customized and tailored for you. Don’t let your brain hold you back any longer from achieving the lifelong dreams you deserve. Free consultations. See ad on page 15.


This is a unique light language energy healing gift that has been channeled to me over the course of 5 years, which deeply heals blockages, providing clients with a loving DNA boost from Heaven and the Masters. Combining the use of channeled encodements from the stars with hands on healing, this powerful modality helps to unleash your inner power. Fair energy exchange of love based donations welcome.

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Adam Breiner, ND, Director Elena Sokolova, MD, ND David Brady, ND, CCN, DACBN 501 Kings Highway East, Suite 108 Fairfield, CT 203-371-8258 Using state-of-the-art science combined with centuries-old healing modalities, our caring naturopathic doctors correct underlying imbalances and address issues which may interfere with the body’s abilityto heal itself. Treatment protocols or therapies include: Abdominal Manual Therapy, Acupuncture, Allergy Desensitization, Chinese Medicine, Colonics and other Detoxification Protocols, Electro-Dermal Screening, Energy Medicine, FDA-cleared Phototherapy, Functional Medicine, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, Hormonal Balancing, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Metabolic Typing, Nutritional Assessment, Real-Time EEG Neurofeedback, and other therapies. See ad on page 27.


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 9.

PHYSICAL THERAPY PHYSICAL THERAPY SERVICES OF GUILFORD 500 East Main Street, Suite 310, Branford, CT 203-315-7727 (Phone) 203-315-7757 (Fax)

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 31.

REIKI SUSANE GRASSO, RMT 2489 Boston Post Road Guilford, CT 203-500-6950

Stress is the plague of the 21st century and the cause of physical and emotional woes. Because of this, my sessions combine my ability to see auras with Reiki, Theta Healing, acupressure and Sound Vibrational Healing to provide deep relaxation and balance. “Tension out! Wellness in” is more than a phrase. For my clients it is a statement of fact. See ad on page 32.

TAI CHI AIPING TAI CHI CENTER 518 Boston Post Road Orange, CT 203-795-0203

Aiping Tai Chi Center (est. 1996), teaches authentic Tai Chi and Health Qigong. Alleviate stress, increase strength, improve balance, and harness internal power. Regain your health from the inside out. Free trial class. See ad on page 7.


787 Main St, S Woodbury, CT 203-586-1172 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.


Patricia Babey, BS Certified Hypnotist Certified Pain Management Specialist Certified Reiki II Practitioner Madison, CT 203-980-0022 A client centered practice created to assist you in improving every aspect of your life by tapping into the natural power of your brain. Release weight, stop smoking, reduce stress, and manage pain. You can change just about anything with hypnosis. Each session is personal, customized and tailored for you. Don’t let your brain hold you back any longer from achieving the lifelong dreams you deserve. Free consultations. See ad on page 15.


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An organic, holistic wellness center for supportive, preventive care. Experience the highest quality care though massage, Ashiatsu, manual lymphatic drainage, cranial sacral therapy, Reiki, Thai bodywork, Chinese medicine including acupuncture, Tui na, cupping, Naturopathic medicine, yoga therapy and classes, and holistic skincare. Find your support network through our community circles. Gain knowledge and empowerment through our workshops and classes to gain control of your life, health and happiness. Our store is stocked with organic bulk herbs, supplements, essential oils, raw ingredients and more to support your journey to optimal health.

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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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Seven years without a cold?

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