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“The last time always seems sad, but not really. The end of one thing is only the beginning of another.”

~Laura Ingalls Wilder – These Happy Golden Years

December has always been a reflective time for me, as I review the 12 months that have past. This year, December has particular significance, because it marks the end of an era in my life—my 14 years as publisher of this magazine. After months of consideration, I have decided to retire the New Haven and Middlesex edition of Natural Awakenings.

This was a tough decision and I have been feeling a potpourri of emotions with regard to letting the magazine go. However, there has been ongoing hardship since the early months of the pandemic in 2020 that began with the lockdown, huge loss of advertising support for the magazine and soaring production costs. Out of necessity and my love for this publication, I became chief cook and bottle washer (except for the help from my wonderful editor, Ariana Rawls Fine, proofreader, Dawne Clark and my printer, TN Printing) in order to keep the magazine going. During the evening, I have been working full-time in nursing. Needless to say, this has thrown my life out of balance, which ironically, is what Natural Awakenings is all about—balance.


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While I was hoping to pass the batone to another publisher, unfortunately, this did not come to fruition. However, there may be a strong publisher candidate on the horizon in early months of 2023, who will be able to resurrect the magazine. Until then, the December New Haven and Middlesex edition will be our last issue.

The editorial theme for December is Uplifting Humanity—so apropos, given how many of our readers have been helped and uplifted by this little treasure trove of ar ticles, events, classes and services offered throughout the years. I am truly grateful for all the good Natural Awakenings has been for me and the people, who have been served by it. It has been a beacon of light during many dark times in our recent history. I have made hundreds of connections and have grown in so many ways that I would never have otherwise, had I not taken the great leap from my established critical care nursing career into the the world of publishing a wellness magazine back in 2008. What a journey this has been! Feels so bittersweet, but sometimes it’s time to move on.

I owe a depth of gratitude to all of my readers, advertisers and distributors of this fabulous publication, which was born in 2006. Pioneers, Marilee Burell and Mary Karnis, who were the first owners of the New Haven and Middlesex edition (and the Fairfield edition), published the first Natural Awakenings magazine here in the northeast—and the rest is history.

And finally, I would like to give a heart-felt thank you to the founder of Natural Awakenings, Sharon Bruckman, who created this gem back in 1994 and has been our fearless leader since the magazine became franchised in 1999. Sharon, what you have accomplished has been extraordinary and heroic! Not only has your magazine made a difference in the world, it has shifted our planet. I believe its ripple effects will continue to have an impact in ways we cannot imagine during this time, when so many people are focused on everything that is wrong.

So long my dear readers. I wish you peace and joy during this holiday season. May 2023 be a year of good health, balance, progress and prosperity!

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Bradford Tilden of Crystal Music Healing has opened registration for a special gemstone healing retreat taking place January 20-23 in Lake Lure, N.C. Recharge from the holidays and gift yourself with this exclusive destination train ing of Universal White Time Gemstone Healing Level 1 at a private retreat center located at a luxury lakeside mansion. This four day get-away includes an opening sound ceremony, learning an anti-aging movement practice and the certification course.

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An Evening of Messages, Healing and Connections

Looking for a truly unique evening adventure? Perhaps wondering what might be coming up? Perhaps some good vibes are in order? Messages come in from master tarot reader Joanne Cortes and psychic medium Jennifer Gaylord on December 16, all while receiving a blast of healing energy from Lisa Radzunas, a multi dimensional love light energy healer.

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The Center for Higher Living Announces New Ownership

Sessions will be offered between December 1-December 15, and participants can choose the coach whose approach best fits them. Coaching specialties include life, transition, relationship, career, executive, leadership and more. To see a full list of par ticipating coaches and schedule a complimentary session, visit Sessions run 45-60 minutes depending on the coach. Just one coaching session can make a real difference in navigating the holidays.

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The mission of the center is through partnership, its practi tioners will help you realize your health and wellness goals and awaken the healer within you. Ser vices include massage therapy, Reiki energy healing, craniosacral therapy, reflexology, hot stone massage, aromatherapy, Universal White Time Healing, mindfulness meditation, yoga, qigong, workshops, classes and so much more.

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Lauri Ingram Presents Entrepreneur, Poetry and Solstice Classes

Lauri Ingram is holding Found Poetry Workshop on December 8 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Found poetry is the experien tial art of altering a printed page by circling and crossing out words until you have a poem of your very own. No artistic or writing experience needed. All supplies are provided. The event is $15 per person.

A GoalGetters Masterclass for women entrepreneurs with Tina Kadish will take place on December 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For women starting their own business, join Kadish for a masterclass on setting goals and getting ready to fly in 2023. Leave with an actionable plan to launch in 2023. The class is $47 per person.

Winter Solstice Shopping and Yoga Nidra will be held on December 18. Spend a Sunday afternoon shopping for lastminute gifts from 1-4 p.m. Join Ingram for a Winter Solstice Yoga Nidra meditation from 4-5:30 p.m. The yoga nidra class is by donation.

On January 7, there will be a crystal activated vision boards event to celebrate a new year and new vision. Create a vision board using the principles of the Feng Shui bagua board and crystal grids. Leave with a laminated, crystal activated vision for 2023. Early-bird pricing is $39 until December 31; it is $49 after the new year.

As an ordained interfaith/interspiritual minister, Ingram be lieves there is much to learn as we journey through life. It begins with openness, curiosity and deep self-compassion. She uses her life skills, experience and training to create safe and sacred space for self-discovery through various modalities, including medita tion, crystals, color and art journaling.

For more information and to register, call 203-435-5650 or visit Location: 696 Amity Rd., Bethany, CT. See ad on page 30.

Holistic Moms Network: Celebrating a Decade in Connecticut

December 20 at 6:30 p.m., join the Holistic Moms Network’s New Haven County chapter to celebrate our chapter’s 10th anniversary. It is a great time to come out and meet other like-minded community members while also recalling some of the amazing presentations from the last decade. Open to the public, the meeting will be held in person at Nate’s Plates in Milford, Conn.


Nate’s Plates ( is a local eatery, located at 2 Schooner Lane in Milford, which focuses on locally sourced fresh products and ingredients as much as possible, gluten- and dairy-free choices, ready-to-go meal options, and much more. Food is available for purchase at the meeting.

The mission of Holistic Moms Network, a nonprofit support and discussion network, is to connect parents who are interested in holistic health and green living. It welcomes people wherever they are on their own holistic path in an environment that does not judge. The monthly meetings, open to the public, are held the third Tuesday of each month.

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Many alpine ski resorts are going more and more green, enabling enthusiasts to reduce their impact on the planet while enjoying the winter sport. Here’s some eco-information, as well as money-saving tips:

As detailed on, the latest Vermont Ski Areas Energy Savings Impact Report from Efficiency Vermont revealed that 13 state ski areas have completed 668 projects since 2000, including “low-energy snowguns, compressed air right-sizing, lift terminal heater controls, thermal shells and many other systems and improvements.”

Last year, Taos Ski Valley, in New Mexico, treated 245 acres of high mortality spruce and fir trees to help restore the for est ecosystem and diverted 10,287 pounds of waste from landfill to compost, equal ing a CO2 reduction of approximately 3.2 megatons. Park City and Deer Valley, in Utah, have partnered with nearby districts to source power from an 80-megawatt solar farm. Vail Resorts, encompass ing more than 40 ski areas, continues its EpicPromise program with the goal of zero net emissions, zero waste to landfills and zero operating impact on land and ecosys tems by 2030 (

Skiers at Big Sky Resort (BigSkyResort. com), in Wyoming, can minimize their car bon footprint by offsetting their trip with partner Tradewater, a Chicago company

that facilitates lowering greenhouse gas emissions. All of the resort’s lift opera tions have been running carbon-free since March 2020, and ongoing efficiency proj ects include upgrading hotel thermostats and increasing the use of solar power.

Wear sustainable brands. Patagonia, The North Face and Cotopaxi are some of the brands that make ski jackets from recycled materials. Also, instead of buying new, con sider patching up an old jacket if it has a tear.

Take a pass. Many individual ski resorts and associations offer lift ticket passes. Tips on making the best choice for in dividual or family needs can be found at It’s a popular trend: The National Ski Areas Association ( reports season passes now make up more than half of all lift ticket sales.

Group together. Gather family and friends in one car. Also, local ski clubs, sporting goods retailers and parks and rec reation departments often organize group trips by chartering buses and arranging for discounted lift tickets. Warm-weather ski clubs arrange for flights to ski resorts. Making new friends along the way is a nice bonus.

Leave a clean path. Don’t leave any plastic water or sports drink containers or power bar wrappers on the snow.

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Expected Drops in Wind Speeds Promise Climate Disruption

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts that average global wind speeds could drop by up to 10 percent by 2100.

Paul Williams, a professor of atmospheric science at the University of Reading, in England, says, “Why do we have wind at all on the planet? It’s because of uneven temperatures; very cold at the poles and warm at the tropics. That temperature difference drives the winds, and that tempera ture difference is weakening. The Arctic is warming faster than the tropics.” A slowing in surface winds could disrupt the Gulf Stream, translating to widespread drought and more intense winter storms.

A study published in Nature shows the Arctic has been warming four times faster than the rest of the world since 1979, much faster than scientists estimated. An increase in the number and size of urban buildings that act as a drag on winds is another contributing factor. While temperature data goes back thousands of years, climate wind change stud ies only have 70 years of data to work with. Substantial annual fluctuations make longterm trends difficult to detect, and conclusions leave room for doubt. Yet Gisela Winckler, at the Columbia University Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, writes, “The winds [will be] weaker and stiller.”

Charging Electric Vehicles at Night Poses New Challenge

As electric vehicle (EV) owners learn how to install home chargers, find public charging stations and avoid range anxiety, the demand for power could burden the electric grid in western states at peak times by up to 25 per cent if most charging is done at night, according to one Stanford University study. Unlike filling a car with gasoline, charging an electric car takes time. The fastest chargers on the market today can reach 80 percent in 20 to 30 minutes, but many are slower, taking between two and 22 hours to completion. Thus, around 80 percent of EV charging occurs overnight at home when the driver doesn’t need the car.

That charging pattern challenges the way electricity is generated and distributed. The largest need overall is in the evening from approximately 5 to 9 p.m. Photovoltaic panels produce energy during the middle of the day, so the highest electricity demand comes when solar is dormant.

“Once 30 or 40 percent of cars are EVs, it’s going to start significantly impacting what we do with the grid,” says Ram Rajagopal, a professor of civil and environmental engi neering at Stanford University and one of the study’s authors. One solution is for more EV owners to shift to daytime charging at work or public charging stations.

Tree Roots Adapt to Sequester More Carbon

At the Univer sity of Birmingham in the UK and Bergen, Norway, scientists have shown that atmospheric carbon dioxide pumped into a mature forest at levels predicted to be the norm by 2050 will cause trees to produce more and longer roots, thus absorbing and storing more carbon. Re searcher Angeliki Kourmouli says, “We usually take soil for granted, but it forms a crucial part of many ecosys tems and plays a significant role in carbon storage.”

The study team gathered thousands of images of tiny tree roots assembled over two years at the Birming ham Institute of Forest Research Free-Air CO2 En richment. The images were used to build a mathemati cal picture of the birth, growth and death of roots in an oak forest. Some im ages were taken of roots in situ using a high-resolution camera sent under the for est floor in a set of trans parent tubes, and others came from soil cores.

Professor Iain Johnston, who led the study, says, “It’s obviously hard to view these processes going on beneath the ground. But a combination of innovative engineering and careful field and lab work from our team have helped us shed new light on this behavior and on how confident we can be in our findings.”

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Tree Attempts to Achieve Legal Personhood

A legally autonomous black gum tree named Terra0 at the 58th Carnegie International art exhibition on the campus of the Community College of Allegheny County, in Pitts burgh, owns itself and perhaps even the few square feet of land it grows on. As the tree grows, care will be provided by the Carnegie Museum of Art in an attempt to rewrite the rules of conservation on behalf of the entire nonhuman natural world.

Paul Seidler, one of the three artists behind Terra0, says, “We’re interested in how personhood is constructed in legal terms, but also in economic terms. Corpo rations can gain the status of personhood. We asked why is there nothing like this for ecosystems or natural systems.”

They began working with Sohrab Mohebbi, curator of the exhibition, in 2018 to figure out how to realize the project, who says, “The tree has its own legal counsel, the museum has its legal counsel, our partner who’s giving us the land has legal counsel.

It’s kind of amazing.”

The tree was planted in July and Terra0 hopes that as the tree lives on, its legal autonomy will become a touchstone for other nonhuman species to gain their own form of personhood and legal protection.

Human Composting Offers Sustainable Burial

With the passage of a recent law, Cali fornians will have a new option for the final resting place of those that die beginning in 2027. This makes California the fifth state, along with Washington, Oregon, Colorado and Vermont, to allow human compost ing, and the most populous.

The most common process for human composting, known as natural organic re duction, involves leaving the body in a con tainer with wood chips and other organic matter for about a month to let bacteria do its work, then curing for a few more weeks before being turned over to the family. This process will save about a metric ton of CO2 per body.

Conventional burials expend approximately three gal lons of embalming liquid containing toxic levels of form aldehyde, methanol and ethanol. Cremation creates more than 500 pounds of carbon dioxide from the burning of just one body, and burning uses up the energy equivalent of two tanks of gasoline.

Assembly member Cristina Garcia, who sponsored the bill, says, “AB-351 will provide an additional option for California residents that is more environmentally friendly and gives them another choice for burial. With climate change and sea level rise as very real threats to our envi ronment, this is an alternative method of final disposition that won’t contribute emissions into our atmosphere.”

World’s Most Dangerous Greenhouse Gas Goes Unregulated

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has de termined that one pound of sulfur hexafluoride, an electrical insulator, heats the planet as much as 25,200 pounds of carbon dioxide and remains in the atmosphere for 3,200 years. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has labeled it as one of several long-lived, synthetic, fluorine-containing chemicals released by heavy industry, chemical manufacturers, semiconduc tor manufacturers and electric utilities, noting that once released, they are “essentially, permanent additions to the atmosphere.”

Duke Energy reported leaking nearly 11 metric tons of it into the atmosphere from its electric substations in North and South Carolina in 2020, according to mandatory EPA reporting. Their greenhouse gas equivalency calculator states those emissions amount to the annual greenhouse gas emissions of more than 59,000 automobiles.

The 88 utilities that participate in the EPA emissions reduction program, nearly half of the U.S. electric grid, are looking for ways to completely eliminate sulfur hexafluo ride emissions. Unless they succeed, emissions will likely increase along with growth of the electric grid, which must increase to two to five times its current level by midcentury if the country is to meet its net-zero emissions targets.

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inspirationA Feast of Light

Despite the whirl wind of our to-do and places-to-go lists, the wheel of the year turns once more, al lowing us to close another chapter of our lives with grace. If we take a breath, we might notice December’s invitation to kick off our shoes, curl up in our favorite chair and drop down into our heart space.

Whether we light scented can dles for ambience, drink cocoa while sitting around a bonfire or continue time-honored spiritual customs, welcoming the light can ignite hope when we need it most. By cultivating the inner sun, that place deep within us that blazes with resilience and plenty, we not only fortify our selves, but everyone around us. Throughout the year, many of us invest in making healthy choices, but neglect soul sustenance. Swap ping trivial distractions for more face-to-face conversations, answering someone’s forgotten email or bringing a homemade pot of soup to a neighbor that is busy packing for a move creates a feast of light during all seasons.

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,” wrote Gautama Buddha, and perhaps we would be astounded to see how far the smallest gesture can travel. Inviting a friend that has no family to a

holiday dinner or out for coffee, spending more quality time with a child or buying a gift card for the receptionist at the dental office begets a chain reaction of small joys. When we fill our bellies with everyday magic, slow down to finish a cup of tea, turn off the news and notice the crescent moon nestled in the twi light, we become more inclined to feel blessed.

A few worthy inspirations to pass along:

n Make it a spiritual offering to choose joy today

n Close the year by letting go of a grievance or an outdated belief

n Tell someone how they bring light into your life

n Share a favorite book that is inspiring

n Acquire a new source of light—a lantern or salt lamp—for your favorite room

n Leave an uplifting quote on a loved one’s voicemail

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With all the chaos occurring in the world today, it is challenging to remain centered and not feel over whelmed. Every shocking headline seems to pull the proverbial rug out from under us. Thought leader Laureen Golden explains the dilemma this way: “Psychologically, we were raised, educated and socialized in a world that no longer really exists. We have a new world that we must navigate, and we need a new psychology, a whole new way of being for that world. Reducing, compartmentalizing, separating things in order to understand them no longer works for us. It’s going to take work to get out of this paradigm.”

Drawing from her background in education and social work, Golden ponders, “How does that new psychology develop when all our institutions charged with cultivating consciousness— schools, families, religious institutions and organizations—are set in the 19th and 20th centuries? Since learning is how we go from one paradigm to another, where do we go to learn the skills and the structures we need to be successful in such a complex world? We can’t do it individually. We must learn in collectives.”

The paradigm shift envisioned by Golden offers an opportunity for us to access innovative methods of learning, discovery and connection, such as sociocracy (a self-governance system based

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on the equality of its mem bers); systems thinking (an approach to complexity that looks at the whole and ana lyzes relationships, rather than splitting it into smaller pieces); permaculture (exploring natu ral ecosystems as a whole); circle methods (thinking things through as a group); and Indigenous wisdom (fo cusing on the interconnected ness of all things).

All of these methods focus on an ethos of collaboration and teach us how to discern wisdom, which is different than knowledge. By engaging in these conversations and explorations, we learn that if we tug on any one part of the web of life, we tug the whole web—an important analogy for our times.

A Beloved Community Co-Creating an Island of Sanity Through Collaboration

Instead of shouting, “The sky is falling, and the seas are rising,” in response to a world that is unraveling and expe riencing the growing realities of global warming, residents of St. Petersburg, Florida, are embracing resilience. To prove that the future is born in webs of human conversation, the city is counting on collective intelligence to emerge.

Among the tools city participants are employing is The World Café, developed by Juanita Brown and David Isaac, which allows people to host group conversations around thoughtful questions. The concept is designed to evoke deeper listening and give rise to solutions for today’s challenges in a more conscious, intentional and strategic way. Forty citizens have taken The World Café facilita tion course. Employing a simple and flexible format for hosting large group dialogue, this methodology enables participants to clarify the context, create hospitable space, explore questions that matter, encourage everyone’s contribution, connect diverse perspectives, listen together for patterns and insights, and share collective discoveries.

Other important work being applied is that of bestselling author and longtime community organizer Margaret Wheatley. Her training, which is designed to cultivate what she calls “Warriors of the Human Spirit,” arouses people’s inherent generosity, creativity, compassion and need for community. Known as a big-systems thinker throughout her 45-year career, Wheatley has concluded

that the only opportunity for change is at the local level. Ques tions that encourage collective learning became integral to creat ing cohesiveness in St. Petersburg this year.

Dr. Donella Meadows’ “systems thinking” has helped St. Peters burg participants understand that living systems begin as net works, shift to intentional communities of practice and evolve into powerful systems capable of influence. Also instructive has been “complexity theory”, which helped participants recognize human systems as organizations, families and communities.

“The city leaders felt conversations were important enough to invest $20,000 to cultivate a culture of conversational leadership in the neighborhoods. Another $25,000 was granted by the Com munity Foundation of Tampa Bay to research the outcomes. Now, the Florida Council of Churches, University of South Florida, Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and The Connection Partners have received a Community Vibrancy grant of $14,500 to pilot conversations in three neighborhoods, spreading the skills in creating participatory democracy. Participants will host conversations in their own neighborhoods,” says St. Petersburg resident Sharon Joy Kleitsch, founder of The Connection Partners and a longtime catalyst for applying strategic actions based on the new sciences of complexity theory, strategic thinking and quantum science.

“Those who have used World Café as a tool know that a culture of conversational leadership offers citizens the opportunity to experience a sense of oneness and connectedness. We’ve explored what happens when we share feelings of care, compassion and appreciation toward a beloved community,” says Kleitsch. “We found that group resonance, profound personal involvement and deeply engrossing, interactive conversation sup ports a City of Compassion and an International City of Peace, which St. Petersburg was chosen to be. I want to be sure that people understand that we do not have answers. Together, we are exploring pathways and listening for the answers to emerge.”

Since 2020, a thoughtfully selected group of Florida activists—including partici pants from St. Petersburg— have been holding weekly on line Zoom conversations that matter. In 2021, they were joined by participants from Ohio to study the Capra

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Course, which is based on The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision by bestselling author Fritjof Capra

“What we discovered after only two weeks was that we were ourselves a living system connecting to itself and be coming self-organized,” says Kleitsch. “We became aware that we were learning together. We were sharing what we were learning around subjects such as honoring Indigenous peoples, local food systems, the human right to clean water, reimaging capitalism and many more subjects. We’ve also bifurcated into a Sarasota [Florida] cohort. The key is, we were not random. We were a self-selected study group learning collaboratively, which is the best way I recommend activists study the Capra Course.”

Argerie Vasilakes, who is re searching outcomes, explains that her work is dedicated to helping teams, communities and organizations become more coherent. “I start with traditional ways of thinking about our relationships with nature that native peoples have never forgotten—humans are part of nature, not apart from nature,” she explains. “To me, human organizations, com munities, families and govern ments are also part of nature and examples of natural ecosystems. So, I naturally look at things from a living systems perspective.”

Vasilakes advises, “In a group that is learning together, such as those in the St. Petersburg neighborhoods, group conversations organized around questions specifically crafted for the context and desired purpose of the World Café evoke a deeper kind of listening, the most important factor determining the success of a Café. They spark learning conversations that can produce insights and innovation for meeting the challenges they face. Through practicing shared listening and paying attention to themes, patterns and insights, partici pants begin to sense a connec tion to the larger whole.”

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According to Wheatley, the important work is to foster critical connections. She believes it is not necessary to convince large numbers of people to change; instead, she suggests we connect with kin dred spirits. Through these re lationships and tools like The World Café, we can develop the new knowledge, practices and commitment that lead to broad-based change.

Wheatley sometimes opens her interviews with an ancient Hopi prophecy that reads as if it were applicable to our current times: “Here now is a river flowing very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid, who will try to hold on to the shore. They are being torn apart and will suffer greatly. The elders say, ‘Let go of the shore, push off and go into the middle of the river. Keep your heads above the water. Know the river has its destination.’ The elders say, ‘See who is in there with you and celebrate.’ At this time in history, we are to take nothing seriously; least of all, ourselves. Gather yourselves. Everything we do now must be done in a spirit of celebration, for we are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”

Seeing who is in the river of chaos with us, we can choose to re spond with, “How can I serve with what I have, where I am?” This is what any Warrior of the Human Spirit would say because in the same river of chaos, there are also the seeds of transformation. In these turbulent times when all the old boundaries are unravelling and all the old certainties are dissolving, there is a possibility for creative transformation if we work together.

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The Best Gift of All


Teaching children the value of generosity and kindness is not just good for the world, it is good for our kids, too. Studies have shown that acts of altruism can boost the immune system, lower blood pressure, increase self-esteem, reduce de pression and lower stress levels. Selfless contributions also can foster a sense of belonging, whether they are donating material things, sharing their time or freely conveying love and kindness. A magnanimous child is repaid with benefits that nourish the body and soul.

Empathy and Mirror Neurons

To transform children into givers, they need to learn how to share and comprehend other people’s feelings. Known as cognitive empathy, it involves understanding another person’s emotions on an intellectual level, taking into consideration their situation and anticipating

how they might react.

Since the 1990s, scientists have been researching mirror neurons which respond to actions that we observe in the same way as when we actually perform those actions ourselves. These neurons play a consider able role in the development of speech, language, learning, emotional intelligence, empathy and understanding, so children need to see and receive acts of giving and love to become givers themselves.

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Giving Heals

With mental health conditions in children on the rise, charitable behavior can improve their mental well-being and help them secrete “feel-good” chemicals in the brain like oxytocin, dopamine and serotonin. “I think helping our kids experience the happiness that comes from giving to others is probably one of the most valuable ways we can nurture generosity in them,” says Lara Aknin, an assistant professor of psychology at Simon Fraser University, in Canada. “It sets off this positive cycle. Giving makes people happy and hap piness promotes giving.”

Functional MRIs of people that donate to charities have shown that the act of giving stimulates reward centers of the brain where endorphins are released. These hormones lower cortisol, improve blood circulation, lower blood pressure and heart rate, improve


Volunteering makes an immeasurable dif ference in the lives of others and creates a sense of purpose in the person doing it. Sci ence has shown that engaging in volunteer work can decrease depression, reduce stress, increase longevity and help the person stay mentally and physically active. Volunteers get to meet others, develop new relationships and strengthen existing relationships with those that have similar goals and interests. There are many opportunities for children and parents to volunteer through school, religious and nonprofit organizations.

Random Acts of Kindness and Generosity

Random acts of kindness and generosity include smiling, holding the door open for someone and reaching out to loved ones. Include a child in these activities and encourage them to do the same. “When you see your children being generous, point it out and praise them,” recommends The Center for Parenting Education. “Help them put into words the positive feelings they may have as they help others.”

digestion, clear out toxins, help the immune system fight infections and renew energy to repair cells and fight cancer. Other benefits include lower inflammation overall, im proved sleep, decreased feelings of restlessness and reduc tions in chronic pain.

Giving and Social Support

In a 2020 study reported in JAMA Network, researchers found that young adults ages 19 to 20 that perceived higher levels of social support—the feeling that there is someone they can depend on for help should they need it—were less likely to report depressive and anxiety symptoms or suicidal ideation one year later. The study also found that even in cases where people previously experienced mental health problems, social support was beneficial for mental health later on.

Love and secure attachments, such as those experienced through acts of giving, strengthen the body; help regulate emotions, attention and behavior; mitigate the effects of stress; and promote lifelong, healthy development.

The most important ingredient to develop a child with a healthy brain and body is love. Children need positive experiences for pathways in their brain and body to work. Developing empathy for themselves and others increases emo tional strength and self-regulation. Improve the life of a child—physi cally, emotionally and spiritually—by teaching them the simple of act of giving.

Madiha Saeed, M.D., ABIHM, is the bestselling author of The Holistic RX, an international speaker, founder of and director of educa tion for

To transform children into givers, they need to learn how to share and comprehend other people’s feelings.

Creating with the Universe

The Universe is calling us. Have we heard the message? We are here for a purpose and a reason. Part of the game of incarnating on earth is to find our purpose, passion or gifts, and to create it. Since the earth plane is dense, it takes a lot of spiritual muscles to create that outcome. Many religions have information on how to live our lives purposely, but unfortu nately the tarnish of many of the major religions over the past several years have left people looking for different ways to understand the universal dialogue and to live life more spiritually. Spirituality seems to be that new way to evolve our souls. What exactly though is spirituality?

Our spirit is the energy inside of us that is our guiding force. It is our life force, our soul that is connected to the universe. This soul energy is what people call our spirit and fuels are emotions. These feelings are energy in motion, or e-motions. Our thoughts, feelings and words push the emotions into happiness, love, truth and joy. It is our thoughts and words that cre ate much of our outcome and help guide our spirit. When we listen to our spirit, we listen to our own spiritual nature and thus

create spirituality. Our spirit is that quiet voice, and those intuitions and nudges that lead us down to a more fulfilling life. We then make choices based on our feelings of right and wrong, and good and bad. Most spiritual paths are a self-creation between the universe and the soul, or through nature to create our personal practice. Spirituality is a self-creation with our own intuitive nature. Listening to our intuition, which is the language of the spirit and soul, becomes a regular practice to create our spiritual path.

There is a shift in consciousness with humanity. During the pandemic, many people had a long time to think and to figure out what is true for themselves, their families or their life. That awareness has pushed people to start creating new jobs, homes and outcomes. Through thoughts words and deeds, we are being taught that we are creating with the Universe.

First, what is the universe? The universe is a cosmic energy matrix in which we live. It is a living field of awareness, manifesta tion, creativity and life. Many people feel that the universe is the Divine. The Uni verse appears to be a living energy that,

through the contrast of dark and light, helps us learn to make decisions from a higher perspective. As we make higher decisions for ourselves on a continual basis, we gain more and more light. Light is knowledge. We begin to understand the universe is teaching us all the time; we are growing and shifting through our choices.

The more light we give out, the more light we attract and evolve our souls. Enlightenment is being en-the light field. That light field is knowledge. When we gain spiritual knowledge, we make better karmic choices. When our light is brighter, we go to a higher part of heaven; that is a higher state of mind. So we get to a place where we have a lot of light; knowledge and the light will shine onto the darkness so we reside more in a state of truth. That light or knowledge than pushes away the darkness. When the darkness is gone, we have no interest in manifesting on a dark planet such as earth. We evolve our souls out of the cycle of incarnation back to earth, and we ascend.

This is why day by day, moment by mo ment, we are challenged to make higher choices. We are building a bridge to our

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ascension out of earth and to raise hu manities consciousness. When one person has a field of higher consciousness and light, it emanates that out to the world and then others will follow by example. That beacon of light will be a guiding force to lead others out of darkness. The planet is being challenged to move to a higher state of being because the Universe is filled with light, not darkness.

Remember it is the stars that we are attracted to in the night sky. The stars represent the light in the darkness that will lead us to a higher state of being. When we look at the stars, that is a metaphor for us looking at ourselves, and being a light in the dark. That can be a teacher, healer or soul coach shining the light of truth to clients and seekers. Stars and planets also teach us through their various cycles of existence, such as in astrology. They teach us to learn and grow. The stars and planets symbolize our time here on earth through metaphors and symbols. When we realize the universe is set up to have us grow and learn by listening and dialoguing with its existence, consciously we will begin creat ing better outcomes.

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Merry Brunching


When hosting a holiday brunch, it may be tempting to serve breakfast and lunch classics like quiche, eggs Benedict and huevos ran cheros, but many of these dishes can be full of hidden calories, unhealthy fats and too much sodium. With a few easy modifica tions, healthier versions are possible.

According to Jessica Levinson, a New York registered dietitian and author of 52Week Meal Planner, it’s important to read nutrition labels, remove empty calories and introduce nutritious alternatives. As an example, yogurt and granola parfaits may seem innocent, but are often loaded with added sugar. “A serving size of most grano las is only one-quarter of a cup, which isn’t much, so use granola sparingly,” she says, adding that parfaits made with low-fat Greek yogurt and fresh fruit instead of jam are healthier choices.

Traditional quiches are usually made with heavy cream and a buttery pie crust. Levinson recommends a crustless vegetable frittata instead, as it is naturally gluten-free.

If you don’t want to skip the crust alto gether, look for a pre-made, whole wheat crust or make your own,” she says. To eliminate dairy, consider using non-dairy milk and omitting cheese in the recipe.

For eggs Benedict, Levinson suggests skipping the hollandaise sauce, topping the poached eggs with mashed avocado and using a whole grain bread or English muffin for the base. “Instead of ham, try smoked salmon, which has beneficial omega-3 fatty acids,” she says.

Whole grain oats are a heart-healthy option, but oatmeal served brûlée-style is topped with additional sugar, notes Frances Largeman-Roth, a New York registered dietitian and author of Smoothies & Juices.

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“It’s better to opt for oatmeal and fruit, with a drizzle of real maple syrup,” she says. Largeman-Roth likes mixing savory and sweet, to add variety and protein to the brunch plate. “Instead of just having a stack of pancakes, split it with your friends or fam ily, and then have a small, veggie-filled omelet. You’ll feel much more satisfied.”

Planning the Holiday Brunch Spread

When putting together a menu, Levinson advocates incorporating all of the components of a balanced meal: lean protein, carbohy drates from whole grains, fruit and veggies, and low-fat dairy or plant-based substitutes. She says, “If you’re making pancakes or waffles, use whole grain flour when possible, and serve with a side of yogurt, fresh fruit and real maple syrup.”

According to Largeman-Roth, egg lovers will enjoy a veggiepacked omelet or frittata with either potatoes or bread on the side, but not both. Watch out for fried foods and use sauces and cream sparingly or find substitutes. If the family is dining out, she cautions that brunch dishes are often served with extra sauces and syrups, adding sodium and sugar. “Try to ask for them on the side,” she advises. “It’s not about completely avoiding them, but it’s nice to be able to control the amount that you’re adding to your pancakes or waffles.”

Sheila Julson is a freelance writer and regular contributor to  Natural Awakenings.

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This healthy dish is a crowd-pleaser any time of year. It’s also glutenfree and can be modified based on whatever veggies are on hand. Omit the feta cheese for a diary-free option.



2 Tbsp olive oil

1 cup diced yellow onion

1 Serrano or jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced

1 cup diced yellow bell pepper

1 cup diced green zucchini

1 cup diced yellow summer squash

2 large garlic cloves, minced (1 heaping Tbsp)

1 tsp ground cumin

½ tsp turmeric

1 tsp sweet paprika

26-28 oz diced tomatoes

2 Tbsp tomato paste

2 tsp honey

1 tsp cider vinegar

1 cup corn, frozen, fresh or canned ½ tsp kosher salt

Freshly ground pepper ¾ cup crumbled feta cheese 4 large eggs

Chopped parsley, for garnish (optional) Za’atar, for garnish (optional)

Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet (straightsided skillet is preferable). Add onions; sauté 2 minutes. Add Ser rano pepper and bell peppers; sauté 4 minutes. Add zucchini and summer squash; sauté 5 minutes. Add garlic, cumin, turmeric and paprika; stir until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Reduce heat to medium and add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, honey, cider vinegar and corn; stir in salt and pepper. Simmer for about 10-12 minutes until the sauce has thickened and reduced.

Turn off the heat and press the crumbled feta into the tomato sauce. With the back of a spoon, make 4 indentations in the sauce. Crack eggs one at a time into a small bowl and pour into each of the 4 indentations. Carefully drag a spatula gently through the egg whites, being sure not to disturb the yolks. Simmer over low heat for about 5 minutes, gently stirring the sauce and basting the eggs with the sauce. Cover and cook another 3 to 5 minutes for runny eggs. Cook longer for well-done eggs.

Serve with a sprinkling of parsley and za’atar, if desired.

Recipe courtesy of Jessica Levinson.


Cooked on a sheet pan, these pancakes make cleanup a breeze and can be prepared the night before. Buttermilk and protein powder add satis fying nutrients.


Cooking spray

2 cups buttermilk

2 eggs, beaten

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

4 Tbsp melted ghee or unsalted butter

⅓ cup maple syrup

1¼ cups whole wheat flour

1 cup all-purpose flour

¼ cup vanilla protein powder

1 tsp baking soda

2 tsp baking powder

½ tsp sea salt


½ cup strawberries

½ cup blueberries

½ cup raspberries

1 tsp brown sugar

Powdered sugar, for topping

Preheat oven to 425° F. Line an 11-by-17-inch, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray parchment and sides of pan with cooking spray.

Whisk the buttermilk, eggs, vanilla, ghee and maple syrup to gether in a medium bowl. Set aside. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients—whole wheat flour and salt. Add the wet ingredients to the dry in three additions until just mixed. Pour into the prepared pan and smooth the top.

Blend the berry swirl ingredients in a blender until smooth. Add ½ teaspoon of water if mixture is too stiff. Add small dollops of the berry mixture to the top of the pancake batter. Drag a wooden toothpick or skewer through the berry mixture to create a swirled pattern.

Place the pan in the oven and bake for 11 minutes, until lightly golden. Let cool for about 5 minutes, then sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cut into 12 squares with a knife. Enjoy warm with maple syrup. Can be stored in the fridge for up to two days.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Frances Largeman-Roth.

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Cranberries put a holiday twist on a classic mimosa. Drier cham pagnes or sparkling wines are lower in sugar. Making cranberry juice from scratch with sweeteners like maple syrup or honey is a natural alternative to commercial cranberry juice. Prepare the cranberry juice the night before serving.


4 cups homemade (recipe below) or storebought cranberry juice

1 cup orange juice

1 bottle drier champagne, such as Ultra Brut Rosemary sprigs for garnish

Fill four champagne flutes or glassware of choice approximately halfway with cranberry juice. Add 2 Tbsp orange juice to each glass.

Top each glass with champagne. Garnish with sprig of rosemary. Refill as desired.

Recipe courtesy of Sheila Julson.


3 cups fresh cranberries

3 cups water

½ cup pure maple syrup or honey

Put fresh cranberries and water in a pot and bring to a boil. Turn heat to low and simmer for approximately 15 minutes until the berries soften and pop.

Using a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth, strain the berries and return the juice to the pan. (Use leftover cranberries in smoothies, yogurt or relish.)

Gradually add maple syrup or honey until desired sweetness is achieved. Heat on low until sweetener dissolves.

Pour juice into an airtight bottle and refrigerate.

Recipe courtesy of Sheila Julson.

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Holiday Treats for Cats and Dogs

The holidays are a great time to con nect with loved ones, including family pets. Although treats bring such joy to their lives, keep in mind that not all foods around the holiday table are safe for dogs and cats. There are, however, plenty of pet-safe in gredients, some of which are actually beneficial.

Cranberries, for example, have been classified as a “super food”, which means they provide many beneficial nutrients and antioxi dants, such as vitamins C, E and K, plus manga nese. They are also high in fiber, which supports gut health. When feeding them to a pet, it is important to choose 100 percent cranberries that do not contain any sugars or preservatives.

When cooking up a batch of pet treats, coconut flour is healthier than the traditional, all-purpose flour, because it contains more fiber, protein and healthy fats. It is also glutenfree, making it a better alternative for pets with allergies.

Beef gelatin is chock-full of health benefits for pets, as it contains amino acids that help break down food, repair body tissue, support the immune system and provide energy. Among its numerous advantages, gelatin strengthens bones, muscles and cartilage, while also improving gut health, skin and fur. Always check the ingredient list. Use 100 percent gelatin and make sure there is nothing else included, especially Xylitol or birch sugar.

Sweet potatoes provide a wealth of nutrients from which both dogs and cats can benefit. They are a good source of fiber and high in antioxidants, including beta carotene, which is rich in vitamin A and supports good cognition and lung strength.

Turkey breast supplies a wide range of B vitamins, including B6 and B12. It also provides iron, potassium, zinc and selenium, which help support a healthy immune system.

All of these treats make great pres ents. Place them in a decorative container and gift them to pet-loving friends and family.

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This recipe is cat-friendly, but a kitty may not dive into the delight.


3 cups water

½ cup sweet potato

3 Tbsp beef gelatin

Silicone molds and cookie sheet

Measuring cup with a spout for pouring

Boil 2 cups of water. Remove the skin from a sweet potato. Dice the sweet potato and place ½ cup into the boiling water. Boil until the sweet potato is soft and then drain it.

Mash the sweet potato into a smooth con sistency and set it next to the stove.

In a small saucepan, boil one cup of water. Once the water reaches a boil, quickly whisk in the gelatin. When the gelatin is dissolved, lower the heat and add the mashed sweet potato and stir over the heat. Pour the mixture into the measuring cup. Then quickly pour the hot liquid into the silicone molds. Don’t fill to the top. Because many silicone molds are floppy, place them on a cookie sheet prior to filling them.

The molds will need to be refrigerated to cool, so find a spot before pouring. Be ready: The gelatin will start to set up very quickly. Carefully place the molds into the refrigerator to set up for approximately three hours.

Remove the treats from the molds and break them into bite-sized pieces before feeding to pets. Store the gummies in a glass container in the refrigerator for up to three days or freeze until ready to serve. Thaw completely before serving.



These muffins are full of flavor and nutrition, and are healthy for both dogs and cats, although a finicky cat may turn her nose up to them.


1 cup coconut flour

5 eggs

⅓ apple or ⅓ cup diced apple

⅓ cup liquid (water, or bone broth)

2 cups water

¼ cup cranberries

2 Tbsp melted coconut oil

1 tsp baking soda

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Rinse the fresh cranberries under cold water. Place 2 cups of water into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Place the clean cranberries into the water and boil until they pop, approximately 5 minutes. Remove from heat and strain the cranberries. Set the cranberries aside to cool.

Remove the seeds and core from the apple. Dice ⅓ of the apple into small bits.

Mix the flour, eggs, apple, ⅓ cup liq uid, melted coconut oil, cooked cranber ries and baking soda in a large mixing bowl until well-blended.

Grease a muffin tin with coconut oil. Fill the muffin tins ⅔ full and place them into the oven. Bake for approximately 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Carefully remove and place on a cooling rack. Serve as a special treat. Place treats in a glass contain er and refrigerate for up to three days or freeze until ready to serve. Thaw completely before serving.


This easy turkey recipe will have felines purring with delight. It’s a healthy snack for a cat and a great dog-training treat for the clever pooch.


Fresh, boneless and skinless turkey breast

Thinly slice the turkey breast into strips—the thinner, the better. Place strips on a dehydra tor tray. Do not overlap the strips. Dehy drate at 145° F until the turkey is crispy, which can take between eight to 12 hours. Allow the turkey to cool completely before removing it from the trays. Break into little bite-sized treats for cats and dogs. Store the jerky in a glass container in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze until ready to serve. Thaw com pletely before serving.

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A Look Ahead to 2023 – A reading for where you are now and a 12-card pull representing each month of 2023. Readings can be done inperson, virtually or sent to your email. Approximately 90 minutes. $130. A Moment in Time Mas sage, 3490 Whitney Ave, Suite 205, Hamden. Contact Jill: 203-909-1108.

Young Living Essential Oils – 6:30pm-8pm. Help align your mind, body, spirit. Learn to take control of your and your pet’s health with therapeutic grade oils. Free class. 36 Cheshire Rd, Walling ford. 203-631-7803 or


A Day of Healing: Virtual Free Event – 9am12:30pm. On Zoom. Sponsored by Connecticut’s Statewide Behavioral Health Integrative Medicine Collaborative. Four healing practice sessions throughout the day (meditation, compassion, well ness coaching, etc.). The schedule of events/healing practice sessions will be announced in November. No CECs. Free of Charge. For more information and to register go to

Creative Craft Night – 6pm-9pm. Bring a craft or try one of our mindful projects. $10. RSVP: 203314-1059. Earthly Location: 352 Main St, Durham.


Oracle Cards for Beginners – 10am-11:30am. Are you interested in learning how to read oracle cars? This workshop will help you begin your journey reading oracle cards. Oracle cards will be avail able to purchase. Limited seating available. $30. A Moment in Time Massage, 3490 Whitney Ave, Suite 205, Hamden. Jillamomentintimemassage@ Contact Jill: 203-909-1108.

Writing with Spirit Workshop – 10am-11:30am. In this workshop you will learn the process and practice of writing to connect with spirit and receive spiritual guidance: preparing space, simple guide lines, different approaches, examples and practice time. $33. Elevate Healing Arts Center, Cromwell.

Selenite & Crystal Wand Workshop – 2pm4pm. Join Christina (The Coveted Stone) and Jill (A Moment in Time Massage) and make your own adorned selenite wand infused with your en ergy and intention. Go to TheCovetedStoneLLC. com to reserve your space. $65 per guest. Limited seating available. A Moment in Time Massage, 3490 Whitney Ave, Suite 205, Hamden.


Found Poetry Workshop with Lauri Ingram – 11am-12:30pm. Found poetry is the experi ential art of altering a printed page by circling and crossing out words until you have a poem of your very own. No artistic or writing experi ence needed! All supplies provided! $15. 696 Amity Rd, Route 63, Bethany. 203-435-5650.

Full Moon Meditation w/Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30pm-8pm. Align w/new energies of this Full Moon. Opportunities for letting go of the old and allowing spiritual energies to reach human hearts and minds. $25. In person or on Zoom 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford, CT. For questions, please call 203-631-7803, or visit


Stain glass Ornament for the absolute beginner – 6pm-9pm. Instructor: Cheryl Tuttle. Make an ornament using the copper foil method of stain glass. All materials and soldering tools will be provided during the class. You’ll go home with your ornament. $30. All Materials included. RSVP: 203-314-1059. Location: 352 Main St, Durham.

Universal White Time Healing Level 1 – Fri, Dec 9: 6pm-9pm; Sat, Dec 10-Sun, Dec 11: 9am6:30pm. Become certified in this new advanced ET-based energy healing modality. Accelerate your spiritual growth and learn tools to heal yourself and others on a deep soul level. UWT is a manifestation of Light and Love that encourages one’s personal awakening and truth while working with all frequen cies of color and time - past, present and future in one unit. $400. Registration deadline: Friday, Dec 2nd The Center for Higher Living, 130 Webster Square Rd, Berlin. Contact Bradford: 860-8305841.

Let’s Chat with Spirit – 6:30pm-8pm. Jill is a psychic and channels messages from spirit, guides or loved ones who have crossed over to deliver messages for you that are meant for your high est good. Everyone in attendance will receive a reading. $35 per guest. Limited seating available. A Moment in Time Massage, 3490 Whitney Ave, Suite 205, Hamden. Jillamomentintimemassage@ Contact Jill: 203-909-1108.


GoalGetters Masterclass for women entre preneurs with Tina Kadish – 10am-1pm. For Women starting their own business join Tina for a Masterclass on setting your goals and getting ready to fly in 2023! Leave with an actionable plan to launch in 2023. $47 per person. 696 Amity Rd, Bethany. Contact Lauri at 203-435-5650.


Holistic EXPO Benefit – 11am-12pm. Early Bird Ca$h deals. 12pm-4pm 35 vendors and readers. Outdoor and indoor vendors. Natural Weight Loss, Herbal tinctures, Dog accessories, Rings, CBD’s, Candles, Self Help, Natural minerals, Pain Salves, Healing Modalities, Jewelry, Balms, Crafts, Books, Essential Oils, Honey, Crystals, Auricular Therapy, and more. VFW Hall 7 Northwest Drive, Plainville. Free admission. Donations accepted and free raffles to benefit Plainville Food Pantry. or yourholisticevents@ Shirley Bloethe: 860-989-0033.


Monthly White Time Healing Circle – 6pm8:30pm. All are welcome to participate in this exclusive round-robin style healing circle featur ing White Time Energy and Gemstone healing. Everyone gets a turn on the table to receive White Time energy and the featured gemstone treatment of the month. Facilitated by Bradford Tilden. $30 The Center for Higher Living 130 Webster Square Rd, Berlin. RSVP Bradford 860-830-5841.


Dream Sound Healing – 7:45pm-9pm. experience the power of your dreams and sound healing. Go on a guided sound journey to connect with your dream wisdom. You do not need to remember your dreams in order to participate! Dream share follows. Facilitated by Anne Vivian and Bradford Tilden. $25 pre-registration by December 14. $30 the day of and out the door. Purchase tickets at


Creative Craft Night – 6pm-9pm. Bring a craft or try one of our mindful projects. $10. RSVP: 203-314-1059. Location: 352 Main St, Durham


Winter Solstice Shopping and Yoga Nidra –1pm-5:30pm. Spend a Sunday afternoon shopping for last minute gifts, and join Lauri for a Winter Solstice Yoga Nidra meditation. Yoga Nidra by donation. Shop 1pm to 4pm, Yoga Nidra meditation and Winter Solstice gathering 4pm to 5:30pm. 696 Amity Rd, Bethany. Contact Lauri at 203-435-5650.

Crystal Barrette Workshop Hosted by Christina: The Coveted Stone, LLC – 11:30am-1pm. Do you want to dress up your holiday outfit with a fancy hand crafted crystal barrette or possibly craft one for a friend? All supplies will be included. Help will be available if needed. Go to TheCovetedStoneLLC. com for payment. A Moment in Time Massage, 3490 Whitney Ave, Suite 205, Hamden. AMomen


Young Living Essential Oils – 6:30pm-8pm. Help align your mind, body, spirit. Learn to take control of your and your pet’s health with therapeutic grade oils. Free class. 36 Cheshire Rd, Walling ford. 203-631-7803 or

Angel Messages with sound and crystal readings – 6:30pm-8pm. Bradford Tilden and Karen Raymond offer this special gallery reading. Brad ford with call in the angels with his voice and signs from his advanced training in Universal White Time. Karen, Owner of Voice of Angels and experienced Psychic/Medium will connect with the Angelic Realm and loved ones in spirit to deliver personal messages to each attendee using her intuition and Angel Cards for confirmation. Bradford will intuit crystals to support the messages received. Crystals will be available for purchase. $35 The Center for Higher Living, 130 Webster Square Rd, Berlin. The

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Winter Solstice – 6:30pm-8pm. Join us for this powerful meditation into the sacred Galactic Cen ter. A time to Cleanse the Heart and the astral so that the profound feminine mysteries can unfold within our lives and heal together for the change from dark to the light. $25 In person or on Zoom 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. For questions, please call 203-631-7803, or visit


Starseed Support Group – 6:30pm-8pm. Are you a starseed? Do you think you are a starseed? Are you curious what it means to be a starseed? This is a safe space to come out of the cosmic closet to unite in community, share stories and experiences that might seem too “out there” for regular din ner conversation, and find common ground with your grounded galactic buddies. Open format. $20 The Center for Higher Living 130 Webster Square Rd, Berlin. Register for in-person and re mote ZOOM access at events-trainings. Contact Bradford 860-830-5841.


Crystal Activated Vision Boards – New year, new vision! Create a vision board using the principles of the Feng Shui Bagua board and Crystal Grids. Leave with a laminated, crystal activated vision for 2023. Early bird pricing $39 until Dec 31; $49 after. 696 Amity Road, Bethany. Contact Lauri at 203-4355650.



Sunday Guided Hikes – 1pm. Join a Nature Center guide on Sunday afternoons for fun, exercise, and learning about our trails! Free. Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center, 10 Deerfield Ln, Ansonia. Preregister:

Kundalini yoga has come to The Center for Higher Living every Sunday morning – 9am10am.Nicola teaches an all-inclusive Kundalini Yoga class. She uses mantra, sound, movement, breath, and meditation. Kundalini Yoga is an ancient yoga system of exercises to prepare the body and mind for meditation to promote health, happiness, and spiritual awareness. In a Kundalini Yoga class, students will be guided through kriyas or yoga sets that can be anywhere from vigorous and intense to calming and relaxing. When the yoga set is done, it is followed with a gong relaxation and a meditation. All levels are welcomed, no previous experience needed. Please bring your mat and a small throw blanket. Class fee is $20. To register:


Post Bariatric Support Group – 1pm. (Group held on Mondays). This therapeutic group is for those who have had bariatric surgery (at any time) and are looking for support in continuing the lifestyle. Location: Wolf Spirit Wellness and Counseling Center, LLC 670 Main Street South Suite B2 Woodbury, CT 06798. Please contact 203-263-3175 for more information or to reserve your space now.

Go Within: Mindfulness Meditation – 6:30pm7:15pm. (Every Monday). During this meditation series, we will discover the foundations of mind fulness and put these concepts into practice with a short but dedicated meditation session. The journey will deepen each week as we build on the experi ence of the week before, adding a calmness and sense of belonging to a higher knowing. You will leave each session with a renewed sense of self and well-being.Mindfulness has been shown to increase mental clarity and quality of sleep, decrease stress and anxiety, reduce chronic pain and lower blood pressure. $20 per person. Preregistration is required. To sign up:


Every 1st Tuesday: Free Healing Clinic – 6pm -8pm. (Dec 6). Come to receive free mini heal ing sessions from the participating practitioners of The Center for Higher Living. Modalities in clude, Reiki, White Time, Sound Healing, Crystal Healing, massage, readings, etc. Donations are appreciated to pay for the space. The Center for Higher Living, 130 Webster Square Rd, Berlin. Please RSVP to Bradford at 880-830-5841 or


Qi Gong with Toby Henst – 6pm. Qi Gong involves using breathing exercises to optimize energy within the body, mind, and spirit, with the goal of improv ing and maintaining health and well-being.Qi Gong has both psychological and physical components and involves the regulation of the mind, breath, and body’s movement and posture. $20. The Center for Higher Living, 130 Webster Square Rd, Berlin.


The Caring Network – 6pm-8pm. Free virtual support group for adults who have lost a loved one via Microsoft Teams. Thursday, December1st and Service of Remembrance, Thursday, December 15th, Bridges. 949 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford. Info about grief with focus on Holiday planning; facilitated open discussion. Adults do not need to register. The group is facilitated by a Bridges coun selor and is sponsored by Bridges Healthcare and Cody-White Funeral Home. For more information, please email the group facilitator, Brooke Torres M.Ed., at

Sound Healing Meditation – 6pm-7pm, (Dec 8 & 22). Join Bradford Tilden every other Thursday for a deeply restorative and activating Sound Healing Meditation. He creates powerful sonic transmissions with his voice and crystal bowls for you to relax, recharge and release stress and unwanted energies from your body, mind, and field. Please Bring your own blanket, chair or yoga mat to sit on. Register via eventbrite: Walkins welcome. $10-$35. The Bridge Healing Arts Center, 304 Main St, Farmington. 860-404-2578,


Creative Craft Night – 6pm-9pm. (1st and 3rd Friday Nights each month: Nov 4 & 18; Dec 2 & 16). Bring a craft or try one of our mindful projects. $10. RSVP: 203-314-1059. EarthlyGoddess02@ Location: 352 Main St, Durham.


Conscious Creations, Meditation and Healing Center – Metaphysical Classes, Crystals and Spiritual Books. Learn about the Universe and Healing from Belief systems on soul, past life and genetic levels, thru Theta healing. Find out about classes, healing sessions & clairvoyant readings. 34 Jerome Ave, Bloomfield. Carolyn 323-782-9085.

Align with Source – 10:30am-12:15pm. (Every Saturday). A Spiritual Empowerment meeting via zoom. Comprises a talk, inter-action and a guided meditation. Request zoom invite by emailing

Creature Features – 12pm. Come to meet our furry, scaly, and feathery animal ambassadors. You’ll have the chance to touch and hold them in this Free family program for all ages. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: ansnaturectr@



THE ALS ASSOCIATION CONNECTICUT CHAPTER – Leading the fight to treat and cure ALS through research & advocacy while empowering people w/Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families to live fuller lives w/com passionate care & support. 4 Oxford Road, Unit D4. Milford. 203-874-5050.

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Kevin Healy, DC

17 Woodland Road, Madison, CT 203-245-9317

Applied Kinesiol ogy is a neuro logical evaluation to find and treat dysfunction. Dif ferent because it addresses causes instead of chasing pains, Dr. Healy tests if a therapy alle viates 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.



Angela Amendola, LMT #004570


North Haven, CT 203-435-5925

The Blue Buddha – Integra tive Massage, exclusively for women. Offering individual ized no-rush massage that balances your physical, emotional, and psychologi cal wellbeing through the mindful application of Western and Eastern techniques. Inspired by years of meditative discipline, providing a deep level of sensitivity and awareness to assist individuals in achieving greater relaxation and healing. Pre and postnatal massage, grief and stress relief, injury and recovery, wellness and relaxation massage.



Jill Andrzejewski

LMT #9900, RMT & Psychic 3490 Whitney Avenue, Suite 205 Hamden, CT 203-909-1108

I use a holistic approach to treat my clients—We work as a team, setting goals to move forward to get you where you wish to be physically, mentally and spiritually. My intention is to empower people to empower themselves. I am an advocate for gentle stretching, crystals and breath work to maintain a feeling of being grounded and calm. Services available: massage, 30-minute sessions for chronic pain management, Reiki, chakra balancing, angel tarot, oracle card readings, couples Reiki, foot baths with hand made all natu ral herbal ingredients, group events and classes. A Moment In Time Treasures items available for purchase. Sessions available by appointment only.



April Beaman

Main Office: 11 Melrose Dr. Farmington, CT Satellite Offices: Glastonbury, CT, Hamden, CT, Westport, CT, Hadley, MA 860-415-1150

CT Thermography specializes in medical thermal imaging, also known as thermography. Thermography is the use and study of thermograms for de tecting and measuring varia tions of heat emitted from the surface of the body. A thermogram is produced by a highly sensitive, infrared camera that accurately maps temperature variations which are then analyzed by Board Certi fied physicians known as thermologists. Thermog raphy screenings are effective to assess and moni tor whole body health and can aid in the detection of inflammation, disease processes and cancer. Furthermore, this health screening tool is noninva sive, radiation-free and does not involve any contact with the body. 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. See ad on page 23.


EAGLE FLIGHT HEALING, LLC Hamden, CT 203-535-8849

My service provides transforma tive energy work helping clients resolve the traumas, pain, shame, and struggles of the past. They experience new self-value and mattering, feel more vitality, happiness and joy with which to enjoy life and dream the future.



696 Amity Road, Unit B-1 Bethany, CT 203-435-5650

As an ordained interfaith/ interspiritual minister, I believe there is much to learn as we journey through life. It begins with openness, curiosity, and deep self-compassion. My commitment is to using my life skills, experience, and training to create safe and sacred space for self-discovery through various modalities, including meditation, crystals, color and art journaling.

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Lynda Mettler, ACC

Transformation Coach & Reiki Master Milford, CT 203-623-6066

I shift clients from self-doubt to confidence, and from inner-crit icism to self-compassion with a unique blend of “parts work,” meditation and life coaching to uncover the person they truly are beneath the mistruths they’ve been taught.This work brings lasting change.




Rev. Bradford Tilden, MM, CMT, UWT 860-830-5841

My goal is to empower you to develop spiritually and profes sionally. I offer sessions and teach certification classes in Universal White Time (UWT), Lemurian Intuitive, Crystal, and Sound Healing, transfor mational voice coaching, and guided visualization. I use these techniques, and more to help you to obtain authentic expression, empowerment, and transformation. You can purchase personally attuned crystals, through me. My clients and students gain a renewed clarity and a sense of purpose in working with me.



Shirley Prendergast, CTT, INHC 380 Boston Post Rd, Orange, CT 705 Boston Post Rd, Guilford, CT 203-915-9712

Choosing B Well Thermography is a step in the right direction for Early Detection and Prevention. Thermography testing is a radiation-free, state-of-the-art screening procedure that captures heat images of the breast to aid in the early detec tion of cancer and fibrocystic breast disease. As a Health Coach, I use the holistic approach when working with patients to achieve optimal health. See ad on page 13.



774 Orange Street New Haven, CT 203-691-7653

Elm City Wellness is an independent, womanowned wellness center with a focus on community healing. Services include a variety of skilled massage, CBD massage, community and private acupuncture, Reiki, craniosacral therapy and organic skin care, including signature, micro derm and high frequency facials. Skilled therapists specifically tailor each and every session. Our well ness store features local products, candles, wellness supplies and books, smudge kits and a large range of third-party tested, pharmaceutical grade CBD products. See page 17.

The New Haven/Middlesex edition of Natural Awakenings is for sale. This is a meaningful home-based business opportunity. No previous publishing experience is required. Extensive training & ongoing support is provided.

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