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ith the hurry and noise of the holidays, more people are choosing winter as the optimal time for a personal retreat, says Yingxing Wang, founder of Eastover Estate and EcoVillage, a retreat center in Lenox, Massachusetts. “People are realizing that devoting even a few days to self-care can keep them balanced through the holidays, or help them re-center when the holiday rush is over,” she says. One of Eastover’s most popular winter retreats is the Relax & Rejuvenate Personal Retreat Package—a personalized three-day, all-inclusive stay that includes one qigong healing treatment, acupressure massage and Tuina treatment, or a deep-tissue massage. Also included are complimentary wellness classes, from yoga and qigong to Chinese brush calligraphy and macrobiotic food classes. Wang says Eastover is unique in that its retreats incorporate three components that can be key to a healthy and fulfilled life. “We promote nutritional healing through food and its innate energy, teach the healing powers of tai chi and qigong to create an energetic lifestyle, and facilitate healing through acupressure massage and Tuina treatment,” she says. Eastover’s personal retreats can be scheduled for any three or more days of the week on the website’s registration page. Eastover Estate and Eco-Village is located in the heart of the Berkshires at 430 East St., Lenox, MA. For more information, visit Eastover.com.

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eflections Center for Conscious Living and Yoga will hold its annual holiday fair, with free classes for adults and kids, and spa services, on December 16 at its new location in Gramercy/Murray Hill, 227 East 24th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. Many vendors will also be onsite for holiday shopping. The day will feature a full schedule of events and services that are free and open to the community. To see the schedule and reserve a space for any event, visit ReflectionsYoga.com/ Yoga/Class-Schedule/. Clients new to the website scheduling system will need to create a log-in identity to reserve a space. Spa services are first-come, first-served, with signups taken in the studio on the day of service. Paula Tursi founded Reflections Center for Conscious Living and Yoga in 2009 in New York City as “a studio dedicated to exploring all of the ways we can consciously grow as individuals and a community.” It facilitates inquiry and growth via a diverse program of yoga and movement classes, including Yin and Restorative yoga, Franklin Method, Body-Mind Centering and alignment-oriented vinyasa; intimacy education; bodywork; and other modalities. For more information or to schedule a tour, contact the studio at Info@ReflectionsYoga.com or 212.974.2288.

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reate Your Own Destiny, a series of spontaneous talks by Sufi guide Musa Muhaiyaddeen. Join in at any time. Meetings are held at New York New Church, 114 East 35th Street at 4:30-5:30pm followed by Zikr, a prayer recitation for those who would like to join in. “This world is a difficult place where we Musa have so many trials, so many problems, yet Muhaiyaddeen it is here we are looking for the liberation of our soul.” Musa has the ability to take complex esoteric concepts and put them into easily understood language. Join Musa as he guides us deeper into ourselves through understanding our motives, consciousness, dignity, qualities, love and destiny. Musa’s talks inspire us to remove the layers covering up who we really are. Hundreds of Musa’s talks are available to listen to for free on his website, TheWitnessWithin.com. His books are available on Amazon. Please register with Sufi Study Center on Meetup.com for the next meeting on Saturday, December 16th at 4:30pm.

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n alkaline diet—one composed of citrus fruits like pineapple, lemon and grapefruit—can help with weight loss and boost overall health, but it can also cause severe tooth sensitivity, says Dr. Lewis Gross, a holistic dentist in Tribeca. “The acids expose the root tubules if they’re allowed to remain after swallowing,” he says. “Usually this is a temporary discomfort for people who have receded gums, but continual exposure to bleaching agents and whiteners weakens the teeth.” The same goes for apple cider vinegar, which some people use to remove stains naturally, he says. To neutralize the damaging effects of these foods, Gross suggests immediately cleaning the teeth with a buffering agent like Alka-White mouthwash. He formulated Alka-White using natural ingredients, including baking soda, coconut oil, turmeric and other essential oils, that protect the teeth from acidity, and he recommends its daily to maintain alkaline saliva (above pH 7) and to enable teeth to re-mineralize. Alka-White is now also available as individually wrapped tablets, for “buffering on the go.” A month’s supply of Alka-White, which includes a free pH monitor, is available on Amazon for $16.99. Alka-White tablets are available through Holistic-Dentists.com.

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igh-cacao dark chocolate contains high levels of flavanol, a compound known for its heart health benefits, but less is known about diluted foods such as milk chocolate candy. Harvard researchers followed 55,502 subjects for 13 years, comparing levels of high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease to lifestyle traits. They found those eating one to three servings of chocolate a month (including milk chocolate) displayed a 10 percent lower risk of irregular heartbeat than those eating an ounce or less a month. Eating one serving per week of chocolate yielded a 17 percent lower risk and two to six servings a week 20 percent, and then leveled off after eating one or more servings per day. “Eating excessive amounts of chocolate is not recommended, because many chocolate products are high in calories from sugar and fat, and could lead to weight gain and other metabolic problems,” advises Elizabeth Mostofsky, author of the study.

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esearchers at Orebro University, in Sweden, conducted a review of research reported since 1965 on the incidence of glioma brain cancer with continued use of cell phones. They found that the highest cumulative exposures to cell phone radiation correlated with a 90 percent increase in the risk of glioma cancer. The risk increased with time; after 10 years of cell phone use, it increased by 62 percent and doubled after 20 years.

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When replacing holiday purchases of smartphones and other electronic devices, don’t just trash the old ones. Manufacturing electronics consumes many resources and discarded waste can leak harmful chemicals into ecosystems. There are far better ways to redirect and repurpose them. Besides trading in phones for a rebate, another good option is transferring them to an official recycling program that makes sure all components are dealt with properly. Some states offer special provisions. Check the E-Cycling Central website at eiae.org. Major phone makers and carriers offer recycling programs, and some retailers accept select electronic devices. Best of all, give a device a new life by gifting it. RecyclingForCharities.com accepts obsolete personal electronic devices by mail; the donor selects a charity to receive the proceeds. ShelterAlliance.net, CellPhonesForSoldiers.com and Phones4Charity.org are kindred organizations. AmericanCellPhoneDrive.org lets users find nearby charity recycling initiatives via zip code. It provides scholarships for U.S. children that have lost a parent through warfare or terrorism, feeds malnourished children in Asia, builds low-income housing and donates prepaid calling cards to military personnel. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, other unwanted electronic devices can be recycled so that incorporated copper, steel and glass can be recovered and reused. Other materials like lead (in circuit board solder, glass cathode ray tubes of many TVs and computer screens, and batteries) and mercury (in fluorescent backlights of many flat-panel screen displays) can be captured and recycled, instead of polluting the environment. Small appliances like toasters, coffee makers and clothing irons aren’t considered e-waste and generally aren’t recyclable because they are made of a mix of plastic and metal. Using them for many years helps.

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erman researchers studied the correlation between cardiac arrhythmia and alcohol consumption by monitoring 3,000 middle-aged volunteers for 16 days during Oktoberfest. Portable electrocardiographs and breathalyzer machines tested for heart activity and breath alcohol concentration. Arrhythmia showed up in 30 percent of the participants, significantly higher than an estimated 4 percent or less among the general population according to an earlier study. An irregular heartbeat often causes discomfort in the short term and possible heart failure and stroke later.

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ifty healthy patients and 50 with chronic fatigue syndrome were tested for bacteria and immune molecules by researchers from Columbia University. They discovered that imbalances in the levels of certain gut bacteria are prevalent in individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome, a disorder often accompanied by extreme fatigue, muscle and joint pain, cognitive issues and insomnia.

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

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Scientists from the University of Hull and the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) have published research in the journal Science of the Total Environment showing levels of microplastics are five times higher in the Antarctic than previous estimates. Co-author Dr. Claire Waluda, a BAS biologist, says, “We have monitored the presence of large plastic items in Antarctica for more than 30 years. While we know that bigger pieces can be ingested by seabirds or cause entanglements in seals, the effects of microplastics on marine animals in the Southern Ocean are as yet unknown.” The tiny beads of plastic come from cosmetics or are shreddings from larger plastic items like clothing or bottles. According to United Nations sources, they may number as many as 51 trillion particles across the seafloor, throughout the oceans and on beaches worldwide. They are considered a serious threat to marine life in general. More international monitoring of the situation is needed, including a requirement for all polar research stations to provide waste treatment options. For more information, see Tinyurl.com/PlasticInAntarctica.

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Microplastic Mess Threatens World Oceans

Digitalizing Data Helps Rainforest Census The Amazon rainforest is thought to harbor a greater diversity of trees than anywhere else on Earth, but the exact number has long been a mystery. In 2013, scientists estimated that the number of species was around 16,000, but no actual count had been done. In a new paper in Scientific Reports, researchers delved into museum collections from around the world to confirm the current number of tree species recorded in the Amazon and assess possibilities of those yet to be discovered. “Since 1900, between 50 and 200 new trees have been discovered in the Amazon every year,” notes Nigel Pitman, a Mellon senior conservation ecologist with the Field Museum. “Our analysis suggests that we won’t finish discovering new tree species there for three more centuries.” The study relied upon the digitization of museum collections data—photographs and digital records—of the specimens housed there and shared worldwide through aggregator sites like IDigBio.org. “It gives scientists a better sense of what’s actually growing in the Amazon Basin, aiding conservation efforts,” says Pitman. 12

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Often during this wonderful time of year, wellness is less of a priority and heightened consumption upstages efforts to go green. To practice conscious consumerism, consider the eco-friendliness of a potential gift item— what it’s made of, where it came from and how it’s packaged—but remember that gifts that acknowledge the recipient’s needs and interests are the most meaningful and fun to give. For this year’s gift-giving season, Natural Awakenings has gathered thoughtful and practical gift ideas from local businesses to ease the stress of holiday shopping.

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Give back with the Clarity Collection, designed by yogainfluencers Cristen Barker and Kimmy Hise, AKA @ChinTwins for the Senhoa Foundation. Senhoa provides assistance, education and training to at-risk women and survivors of human trafficking and exploitation in Cambodia. 100% of the profits go towards funding their intervention initiatives. Various styles to choose from, featuring elegant Swarovski crystals, wood pieces and malas that speak to the body mind and spirit at Senhoa.org/chintwins.

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Live Vessel, already known for their tourmaline collection, now bring travel mugs with a cause in their new collaboration with the Honey Bee Conservancy. These tourmaline ceramic travel mugs are handmade and environmentally friendly, using unique minerals that neutralize chlorine and other impurities while helping make water easier for your body to absorb. Far infrared rays and negative ions in the mug activate water giving a natural spring water taste to hot or cold beverages. Water will become Ionized and alkalized within 2-3 minutes. A portion of every sale will go towards the Honey Bee Conservancy. So, please help save and preserve the honey bees at LiveVessel.com.

SNOW CRYSTAL MATCHA TRAVEL SET

The Live Vessel Matcha gift set features ceremonial grade organic matcha green tea, a tourmaline travel mug, bowl and whisk! This is some of the finest green tea in the world and a very healthy way to consume matcha. Primarily associated with the Japanese Tea Ceremony, ceremonial matcha has been consumed for hundreds of years because of it’s great taste and numerous health benefits. When it comes to quality and taste, Matcha Harmony is one of the best choices around for organic matcha in the United States. It is recognized for a vivid green color and creamy, savory taste, which blend together in perfect harmony. Visit LiveVessel.com.

HILDA DEMIRJIAN LASER AND SKIN CARE CENTER OF MANHATTAN

Love Your Skin at Hilda Demirjian Laser and Skin Care Center! Treat yourself, your family, loved ones, and friends to one of our aesthetic laser and skin care treatments and packages! Enhance your skin’s glow and reflection with one or more clinically-oriented and cruelty-free skin care products specially formulated by Hilda Demirjian. Look your best for the holiday season! Offices located at 161 Madison Ave, Suite 3B, NYC and Westchester. 20% discount for Natural Awakenings readers for center services and on the online store with code NAHOLIDAY20. Discounts cannot be combined. Offer valid through December 31, 2017. Visit HildaDemirjianLaser.com or call 212-991-8566.

CUSTOMIZED WELLNESS GIFT BASKET

Local wellness leader, Metro Integrative Pharmacy, located at 931 Lexington Avenue, now offers customized wellness baskets for your loved ones during the holidays! Preorder and their concierge will select a special combination of items from the store’s natural, organic, sustainably-made beauty, skin care and food products. Mix and match or choose a theme! Aromatherapy, facial, massage, men’s shaving, baby care, more! Place an order by calling 212-794-7200 ext. 318 or email concierge@metrointegrative. com. In-store pick-up or ship. Starting at $35. 16

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Top Winter Reads

A Year of Inspired Living Author: Kelly Martinsen

A Year of Inspired Living will help you discover the life you want to lead, the person you want to be, and the impact you want to have on the world. Written by the publisher of Natural Awakenings of Long Island, this delightful book is a compilation of essays, they range from the profound and poignant—love, faith, loss—to the heartwarming and hilarious—middle-age angst, motherhood mishaps, dog-poop scofflaws—and more. A Year of Inspired Living offers personal reflection questions and space for the reader to journal and help the reader create their most inspired year. Available at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and wherever books are sold.

A Course in Mysticism and Miracles Author: Jon Mundy, PhD

Reading the teachings of the world’s great mystics and knowing A Course in Miracles, a conversation emerges regarding the similarities between these teachings. Jon Mundy, Ph.D. has spent much of the past 40 years teaching classes on mysticism and on A Course in Miracles. In his new book A Course in Mysticism and Miracles, being released by Red Wheel Wiser in February 2018, Jon brings these disciplines together for our examination and enjoyment. Visit miraclesmagazine.org for more information. Available at Amazon.

Creating a Lifetime of Wellness Author: Aura E. Martinez

In Creating a Lifetime of Wellness, Aura E. Martinez, provides a comprehensive guide as to the areas of your life that you need to look at in order to create more well-being on a daily basis. This book covers areas of your life that you may overlook that may be hindering you from having happiness and balance. Martinez explains how your wellbeing consists of so much more than you think. If you’re looking to change your life in a much greater way, this book is a must read to get you thinking about your life on a different level. Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and everywhere books are sold.

The Twelve Powers We Hold Within

Author: Orly Amor Do you want to live a happier, more successful life? In her new book, The Twelve Powers We Hold Within, Certified Behavioral Analyst, Orly Amor, introduces us to the dual forces inside all of us that impact our lives and show us how to control them. The Twelve Powers We Hold Within, from GMC Publishing, is scheduled for release on December 12th, 2017. Pre-order your copy today (or gift to a friend) and set yourself up for success in 2018 and beyond! Launching Dec 12th on Amazon and at the HoM Store, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn 11209, from 6-9pm.  natural awakenings

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Yoga for Diabetes

Author: Rachel Zinman Diabetes is epidemic, but medical studies show yoga helps diabetics balance glucose levels, reduce stress, lose weight, increase insulin sensitivity, and enhance wellbeing. International yoga teacher Rachel Zinman, author of Yoga for Diabetes: How to Manage Your Health with Yoga and Ayurveda (Monkfish Book Publishing Company), has Type 1 diabetes. This illustrated book shares her story and provides a guide to incorporating yoga into daily diabetes management—regardless of age or experience. Available at Indiebound, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.

Practical Enlightenment

Authors: Ariel and Shya Kane Since 1987, Ariel and Shya Kane have touched the lives of millions through their transformational seminars and top-rated Internet radio show Being Here. In Practical Enlightenment, they share a refreshing approach to living life without worry, stress or anxiety - a way of living where your past no longer dictates your present or future and you experience your own perfection. Through humorous and touching stories of real people in real life situations, the Kanes show you the easy way to live an enlightened life - no effort required! Learn more at TransformationMadeEasy.com. Available at Amazon and everywhere books are sold.

Children Who Know How to Know

Author: Elly Molina Developing superpower skills is not only possible but it is something all humans once knew how to do. Training your child to do this will enhance his or her life in unimaginable ways. This book shows you how to look at the mind as an untapped resource, our greatest asset and invites you to take a different view of our innate mental powers. What you discover may alter the course of your life and the way you perceive and interact with yourself and your children. Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Black Opal, Kobe and other fine retailers where books are sold.

Change the Story of Your Health

Author: Carl Greer, PhD, PsyD In his book Change the Story of Your Health: Using Shamanic and Jungian Techniques for Healing award-winning author, clinical psychologist, shamanic practitioner, and Jungian analyst Carl Greer, PhD, PsyD shows how we can identify our health story and use journaling and expanded-awareness practices to begin changing it, leading to better health and wellness. Greer teaches readers how to use shamanic and Jungian techniques to gain insights and energies for changing a dissatisfying health story and bringing to life a new one. More at CarlGreer.com. Available on Amazon and in bookstores. 18

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PEACE ON EARTH Conflict Resolutions that Work to Bridge Divides Healing happens when we handle conflict in a healthy and transformative way.

Call to Action

Roughly 30 years ago, notable voices began urging Americans to embrace a sustainable worldview of unity in diversity, recognizing our core oneness as a solution to an increasingly out-of-balance society. Success in this endeavor depends primarily on the “habits of the heart” of our citizens, developed in local milieus of families, neighborhoods, classrooms, congregations, voluntary associations, workplaces and public places where strangers gather.

Activating Answers

While mainstream media often largely focuses on the negative aspects of conflict—discord, divisiveness, intolerance, violence, incivility, injustice, chaos and complex problems—a countermovement is convening constructive conversations. Participants are initiating dialogue and deliberations intended to resolve conflicts and create cohesiveness, collaboration, cooperation and compromise among local factions that disagree on how to deal with everything from health care and social justice to environmental protection and climate science. Educational training materials and books are giving outdated models of conflict resolution a facelift. In The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000 Mile Journey Through a New America, Sarah Van

Gelder devotes a chapter to a Greensboro, North Carolina, battle over a story about a deadly, racially charged incident from the city’s recent past. She quotes James Lamar Gibson, a 20-something AfricanAmerican activist and core organizer for the Counter Stories Project: “We’ve been stuck in an old conversation for a couple of decades. We want to have an army of people with restorative conversation skills, so we can get past the divisiveness and imagine together a different sort of Greensboro,” he says. The project began with facilitator training, and then developed story circles in which residents were able to have the difficult discussions that don’t ordinarily take place among the police, city council, churches and social agencies. Today’s conflict resolution experts are discovering that conflict is an essential and powerful call for applying spiritual principles and exercising spiritual practices.

Provocative Questions

“What if we considered conflict as a secret ally or a guidepost, showing us what really matters to us and how much we care? What if our intense emotions are sources of invincible energy, with the power to build the world we want, together? What does having conflict in a healthy and transformative way look like?” queries Ma’ikwe Ludwig,

executive director of Commonomics USA, an organization which educates and advocates for a world where a commonsbased economy creates economic and ecological security for all. “Conflict has the power to bring to the surface what’s really at stake and to unite people toward a common goal,” advises Ludwig. Her thought-provoking questions can help shift perceptions toward the idea that we need to use conflict; maybe even welcome it. Ludwig, author of Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption, recently helped present new perspectives on conflict resolution during a webinar for Transition US members interested in creating inclusive and diverse communities through collaboration. The nonprofit inspires, encourages, supports and provides networking and training for grassroots initiatives seeking to build community resilience in the face of such challenges as oil spills, climate change and economic crises. Courtney Breese, managing director for the nonprofit National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) and her colleagues, together with thousands of innovative thinkers, are helping by introducing people to simple dialogue and deliberation structures, processes and resources that invite meaningful and productive conver-

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A community is a group that can fight gracefully… Chaos is not just a state; it is an essential process of community development. ~Dr. M. Scott Peck, The Different Drum: Community Making and Peace sations leading to constructive civic engagement. Breese remarks, “We’re open to working with anyone interested in learning processes that can help bridge divides. We also like sharing stories about what is working.”

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The group’s downloadable free tools help newcomers: A beginner’s guide for exploring dialogue (ncdd.org/rc/ beginners-guide); a how-to-guide for Conversation Café (CC) hosts (Tinyurl. com/ManualForConversationCafe); and the American Library Association Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change Project (ala.org/ ltc-models). “To date, we’ve had at least 800 librarians participate in free NCDD webinars,” Breese notes. CC is a simple tool useful in exploring difficult topics and provides a safe space to process different perspectives. “Initial agreement on basic rules includes suspending judgment while listening and seeking to understand others, refraining from persuading or converting and talking only from personal experience,” explains Breese. 20

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One new network member, J. Scott Wagner, author of The Liberal’s Guide to Conservatives, speaks about the importance of using neutral language in dialogue. “I learned from him how words can be emotional triggers and signal one-sided perspectives, leaving some group members feeling angry or excluded because they feel the speaker won’t be open to hearing their perspective,” says Breese. After three tours of the U.S. and hundreds of interviews with conservative individuals, Wagner, founder of the nonprofit Reach the Right, was inspired to use his knowledge of five arenas—neurology/cognitive psychology, personality, bias, social conformity and morality—to help progressives understand conservatives that are not only their political leaders, but also their relatives, partners, friends and managers. He offers a simple explanation for anyone drenched in inaccurate biases. “We inherit unconscious genetic personality characteristics that lead us to develop our ideology, with which we construct our world and align with others that are in agreement. Differences in our personality characteristics are the culprits that create conflict.”

Community Needs Erase Enmity

Drawing on 25 years of experience of enabling sworn enemies to create peace in places such as South Africa, Northern Ireland and Colombia, Adam Kahane, author of Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People You Don’t Agree with or Like or Trust, shares insights into the “enemyfying syndrome” that instigates conflict. This habit of thinking and acting as if people we are dealing with are our enemies and the cause of our problems is all around us and dominates the media. “The enemies are always the others, ‘those people’. Enemyfying, which feels exciting and satisfying— even righteous and heroic—usually obscures, rather than clarifies, the reality of the challenges we face. It amplifies conflicts, narrows the space for problem solving and creativity, and distracts us with unrealizable dreams of decisive victory from the real work we need to do,” observes Kahane. Kahane sees the challenge na-newyorkcity.com

of conflict becoming more acute. “People today are generally more free, individualistic and diverse, with stronger voices and less deference. Volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity are growing.” Yet, contrary to the common view, it is possible for people that hold contradictory positions to find ways to collaborate. That’s what he and 40 others representing military officers, guerrillas and paramilitaries; activists and politicians; businesspeople and trade unionists; landowners and farmers; and academics, journalists and young people, accomplished in the Destino Colombia project. They organized to contribute to ending their country’s 52-year civil war.

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Intense emotions can become sources of invincible energy with the collective power to build the world we want.

Motivated to Act

Jonathan Bender, founder of The Performance of Your Life, a public speaking and personal development business, has been on a lifelong quest of fostering personal growth and societal transformation. His therapeutic classes and workshops demonstrate how to connect, honor and deeply resonate with others, even if they have different worldviews, and how to listen and hear in the same way we want to be heard.

Acknowledging the adrenalin rush that’s a common response to fear of conflict, Bender says, “When we learn to be mindful and speak from our entire body, rather than just from our head, we notice that the voice resonates and originates from a much bigger place. This teaches us to cultivate greater awareness of our emotions and how we express them. “Begin by acknowledging an emotion, and then reduce its intensity through slow, deep breaths, paying attention to the correlating physical sensation. Shifting our focus back to the heart allows us to recognize parts of ourselves in the stories of others and come to understand that our personal history is the filter through which we ‘enemyfy’,” says Bender, who speaks and presents publicly, educating audiences and clients about the universally challenging performances of everyday life. According to Robert Atkinson, Ph.D., author of The Story of Our Time: From Duality to Interconnectedness to Oneness, today’s rugged individualism amid conflicts comprises a crisis of consciousness. “No longer can we settle only on seeing things in opposition to one another; we need to shift our consciousness to be able to see the parts coming together in a new whole. Accepting the oneness of humanity as a biological fact, a social necessity and a spiritual reality will lead us further along our journey toward lasting world peace.” His observation fits with what Joanna Macy, author and scholar of Buddhism and deep ecology, believes is the call of our time: “As planetary citizens, we are being called to wake up together.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings who blogs at LindaSechrist.com.

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An Interview with Dr. Robert Morrison,

Chiropractor for the Actors in the Broadway Show Hamilton

In addition to being the official chiropractor for the Broadway actors in the hit musical Hamilton, Dr. Robert Morrison has his own practice in midtown New York City. A native New Yorker, Morrison has also lived and worked in Italy for 12 years. Morrison has taught applied kinesiology internationally since 2008, and in 2012, he authored a textbook titled Applied Kinesiology Manual Muscle Testing, a Practical Guide (PracticalGuidesToHealing.com). Natural Awakenings Long Island sat down with Morrison to find out what it takes to keep Broadway actors in optimal health. First, let’s understand a little about applied kinesiology, which is the technique that you utilize. I combine standard chiropractic with applied kinesiology, a technique which addresses all three sides of the triangle of health: structural, chemical, emotional. As such, my scope of practice includes pain anywhere in the body, as well as digestive issues, skin problems, sleep issues, poor memory, chronic fatigue, and more. Regardless of age, gender or race, my clients are people who realize that waiting for the body to break down, then expecting a doctor or a pill to fix them is not a viable option. Most of my clients are prepared to take responsibility for their own health while seeking my assistance to shed light on their blind spots. As D.C for the cast of Hamilton, what do you find Broadway actors need most? The performers I work with take their health very seriously and are in excellent physical shape. It’s my job to help them stay that way. I do so by ensuring that their spine, extremities and muscles are in alignment. This is how we prevent injury and optimize flexibility, symmetry of movement, and balance. What do you think is the hardest part about being on Broadway? Keeping a balance between work, rest and “life happens” is a challenge for everybody. For Broadway performers, keeping a balance is imperative because, like professional athletes, they rely on their bodies to deliver night after night. 22

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It must be exciting to work with the cast of such a hit show. How many times have you seen Hamilton? Indeed, it is inspiring to help people who bring beauty and joy into the world. Before I began my collaboration with Hamilton, I was required to see the show in order to comprehend the physical movements of the performers. To date, I have only seen the entire show once, but I observe rehearsals on a regular basis. I am planning on seeing the show again soon for pleasure rather than with a clinical eye. Is there one exercise or self-help move you would recommend for Broadway stars or Broadway theatergoers, or just people in general? Everybody has unique requirements, so I typically tailor my advice for each individual. Generally speaking, staying healthy requires persistent effort for anybody. It’s important to stay clear of negative thoughts and situations, spend enough time in nature, and avoid the temptation of harmful food and drink. Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers? Preventive medicine is more than just having an annual physical exam and checking blood pressure, it’s about living healthy and seeking true functional medicine doctors who intervene before pathology sets in. Life opens up to us when we feel vital and healthy. Dr. Robert Morrison’s office is located at 850 7th Ave., Ste. 406, in New York City. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 718-530-3696 or visit RobertMorrison.nyc.

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The Health Benefits of

CHOCOLATE By Franklin St. John

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ho in their right mind doesn’t like chocolate? I know when I was a child, chocolate candy was my favorite goodie. As I got to adulthood, however, weight control became a concern and general health became important to me. The main problem with chocolate products is that their high level of refined sugar wreaks havoc on our bodies. This same problem exists in sugared sodas, children’s cereals and a host of other products. Chocolate products do have one beneficial ingredient: cocoa. In fact, studies have shown that pure cocoa has many health benefits. But because it is so bitter, the development of chocolate products relied heavily on sugar to make the cocoa palatable. Not just a little sugar, mind you, but huge quantities. As a result, more diet-related health problems such as diabetes and obesity began to be evident—and remember that refined sugar actually feeds cancer cells. There is a way around this problem. If we could eliminate the sugar from chocolate products, the cocoa could give many benefits to the body. With this in mind, about 15 years ago, HerbaSway developed a chocolate liquid concentrate without sugar. If not sugar, then what? We developed a proprietary blend of a special stevia extract with a high concentrate of Lo han quo extract. This combination gives the

chocolate liquid concentrate a sweetness that tastes every bit as good as a sugary product, but with no calories. What could be better? It’s very difficult to convince people in general that the health benefits of a bitter-tasting product are worth the pain of swallowing it. This liquid solves that problem— plus our use of cocoa extract eliminates the fats from cocoa, which makes it possible to have a product with zero calories. Now that we know there’s a goodtasting, zero-calorie cocoa product available, let’s look at some of the health benefits that cocoa has to offer. Medical literature abounds with various studies that show how compounds in cocoa help the body stay healthy. In fact, many of the studies show health improvements that are possible even if a person is not healthy. I recommend that you look up cocoa in the literature and read about the studies that show how it can help keep you healthy. Flavonoids are what give cocoa its health benefits. Included in this class are two primary antioxidants, procyandins and epicatechins. As you well know, antioxidants are very important to your health and well-being. So while these two antioxidants are important, when we developed our chocolate product, we wanted to make sure that it would

have even more and varied antioxidants than straight cocoa has. That is why we added an extract of white tea. This addition gives our chocolate a whole range of polyphenols as protection from free radical damage, but what’s just as important is that it tastes really good. We’ve all heard the expression that beauty is only skin-deep, but that’s not true. Beauty starts from the inside and comes directly from antioxidants inside us. People who are serious about their skin’s health and beauty should consider taking two full droppers of HerbaSway’s Chocolate in a few ounces of regular or seltzer water two or three times a day. They’ll see noticeable improvement in their skin in a relatively short time. Consider giving a bottle of HerbaSway’s Chocolate with the regular box of chocolates you give for the holidays.

Franklin St. John, doctor of Chinese medicine and founder of HerbaSway Laboratories, was taught traditional Chinese herbal medicine and qigong by a Taoist master from the mountains of China. For more information, visit HerbaSway.com or call 1.800.672.7322.

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players can keep horses relaxed most of the day. They don’t like country-western music; it’s often sad and in the wrong cadence. Classical music like Bach is calming. When I played Pachelbel’s Canon in D on my flute, my Morgan gelding, Ten Penny Moonshine, listened for hours.”

PETS ¤ MUSIC Each Species Grooves to Its Own Beat

Rabbits Hear Up to 42,000 Hz “Rescued rabbits like long tones, common in music accompanying yoga or reiki,” Morgan relates. “Long tones hold a chord with layers of notes on top.”

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He could tell by the way animals walked that they were keeping time to some kind of music. Maybe it was the song in their own hearts that they walked to. ~Laura Adams Armer

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“People hear in stereo, animals in mono,” says Marlow. It’s why dogs tilt their heads left to right—to allow more sound waves into their ears—collecting information from various angles. Sound frequency and intensity keeps an animal alive in nature; they learn to flee in another direction, not analyze. Separation anxiety is often due to a sound the dog doesn’t recognize, Marlow explains. Sound triggers behavior, whether good or bad, as dogs relax or are stressed. Music releases tension from their being ever-vigilant as seen in their posture. To understand what a dog hears, sit or crawl on the floor. Electronic speakers are usually positioned at heights conducive for our ears, not theirs. “For the holidays, my dogs and horses like We Three Kings, The Holly and the Ivy and especially Greensleeves for their baroque roots and repeating patterns,” notes Morgan.

Cats Hear Up to 64,000 Hz Marlow credits her cat, Osborn, with inspiring her interest in music for animals. When Osborn was injured, she visited the veterinary hospital and sang to him to keep him calm. Her home state’s Litchfield Veterinary Hospital became her initial testing ground for species-specific music. “We use Pet Acoustics music boxes in the cat ward, recovery rooms and exam rooms,” says Heather Florkowski, a certified technician at the facility. “In our experience, stress inhibits the healing process. Like people, animals are anxious when ill and visiting the doctor’s office.

Marlow found that horses prefer rhythmic pieces matching their natural movements. “When a Tennessee walking horse breeder played music during a birth, the foal and mother recovered faster than usual.” After that, “The horses ran to the barn upon hearing the same music.” Sally Morgan, a physical therapist and advanced certified Tellington TTouch practitioner in Northampton, Massachusetts, who has enjoyed freestyle performance riding, says, “I liked to play our songs in the barn. Five CD 24

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INSPIRED LIVING Five Ways to Make the New Year Sparkle by Kelly Martinsen

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Aquarium Fish Hear Up to 3,000 Hz “Fish are frantic animals that must always anticipate their next meal,” says Sam Williamson, a former marine biologist in Edinburgh, Scotland. “When I started playing classical music at feeding time, I noticed my three betas became calmer. A piece by Benjamin Britten, started two minutes before feeding, led to them expect food only when the music played.”

Domesticated Birds Hear Up to 8,500 Hz In the wild, birds are part of a flock. At home, they’re often solitary. “Birds are the most musical and communicative of all animals,” remarks Marlow. “Without companionship, birds can get neurotic and pull their feathers out. Provide a sense of the outdoors by including nature sounds in played music.” “Animals need us to be aware of their hearing,” Marlow advises. “Holistic pet people have addressed improved diet and medical procedures. Understanding how music supports their well-being also enables us to better care for them.”

Just Do It – The Nike slogan has never been more appropriate. We all have something we’ve thought about doing or trying. Whether traveling to a new location, trying a different sport, joining a new-to-us group or club, or making more friends, don’t put it off— just do it.

Economics examined the relationship between volunteering and happiness in a large group of American adults, they found that the more people volunteered, the happier they were. Journal – People often journal as a way to reflect upon their lives. This can be helpfully revealing, but rather than looking back, look forward, using a journal as a blueprint to manifest the most inspired year yet. Write out plans and dreams with the steps needed to achieve them.

Defeat allodoxaphobia – It’s the fear of others’ negative opinions. Everyone suffers from this to some extent, and it can hinder us from living our best life. Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt remarked, “You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.”

Gratitude – This is the big one. One way to be and stay inspired is by starting off each day in a state of gratitude. Every morning before getting out of bed, think of at least three things to be grateful for. By doing this, we recognize the blessings we have and greet the day in a positive frame of mind. It’s a perfect way to end each day, too. When someone routinely inquires, “How are you?” answer, “I am grateful.” Our time on Earth is not infinite. With only so many days promised, let’s vow to live them inspired.

Volunteer – A common excuse for not volunteering is, “I don’t have the time.” Next year, make the time. When researchers at the London School of

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Music helps ease their stress. At home, when I move the music box to another room, my dog follows it.” “During a TTouch session, cats are completely relaxed when I play New Age music for them,” says Morgan. “Pick music that fits the cat’s personality. You can tell what they like from their body language; it’s not always what you’d expect.”

nspiration may strike anywhere, at any time. The trick is nurturing the process to appear on demand when we need it most. Often, an inspiration is sparked when we perceive someone being selfless, courageous, physically extraordinary or deliciously creative. However, we don’t need to wait for outside stimulus when we can discover internal stirrings by invoking any of these self-inspiring tips.

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A Weekend in the Wild with “Survivorman” by Norman Balassiano

“I have made it my mission to help people understand the importance of the environment and how it affects their lives. It’s about reconnecting with the earth.” –Les Stroud, aka ‘Survivorman’

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ature is a very effective healer. By opening you up to new experiences, it grounds you for daily life, restoring balance and deepening your spiritual connection with all living things. I’ve found that nature doesn’t just help me heal; it also teaches me how to solve problems and streamline priorities, simplifying my life. In the wild, you should only carry things you’ll use; simplicity is key. I believe the same is true for life. Recently I ventured into the wilderness with Les Stroud—the famous Discovery Channel nature expert—and 32 people from very different backgrounds. We all had something weighing us down, something we were worried or excited or scared about. No one was there to learn how to survive in the wild. So why did we sign up for a weekend excursion with “Survivorman”? For the opportunity to heal, escape, learn, connect. The chance to just be.  One man had just suffered a family tragedy. He was there to heal. One woman was struggling to grow her business. She was there to learn. I was there to observe—to connect with nature and discover ways to help others heal through it. To make a genuine connection with the earth, I needed to embrace simplicity. By only carrying what I needed, I could immerse myself in nature, unhindered by unnecessary weight. I was forced to ask myself, What do I really need to survive?   My moral compass didn’t take up any space, so that was good. I filled

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Norman Balassiano and Les Stroud my bag with a rain jacket, map, water bottle, spare cash, healthy snacks, and a pen and paper if inspiration struck. I realized I didn’t need anything else. Leaving your comfort zone teaches you amazing things about yourself and brings balance to your life. The wilderness can be scary, a reality check, especially if you spend most of your time in the city or suburbs or at the beach, like I do.   Feeling a different type of anxiety puts your everyday fears into perspective. When your survival is at stake, instinct takes over and there’s no room for trivial stressors. Suddenly all those worries from the office or home don’t seem to carry as much weight.  When you spend enough time in nature, you develop a connection. You learn techniques for calming your body, na-newyorkcity.com

skills you can use every day. After just one weekend, I felt connected enough to understand an important lesson: If you respect and appreciate the earth, it will be good to you. As I traveled through the woods, I felt the energy of the creatures whose homes I was intruding. They accepted me because I meant them no harm. Being humble and observant goes far in the wild. I didn’t use bug spray all weekend and walked away without even a mosquito bite.   With simple and honest intentions, I was able to connect with people on a deeper level. By addressing his shoulder discomfort, I freed Les from physical pain. By listening to his family troubles, I helped him gain clarity. That is, after all, why he retreats to the wilderness: to cleanse himself of everything toxic in “the real world.” Toward the end of our excursion, I could tell that everyone had undergone a major transformation. By connecting with nature, each other and ourselves, we’d shed the weight of any personal struggles holding us down.   Before I left, Les handed me his survival knife, with the inscription “Natural healer.” Everything you put in your bag carries weight, but this was the good kind of heavy—the heavy attached to a story, a lesson and purpose. Norman Balassiano owns Angels of Health in Brooklyn. For more information, call 718-208-5061 or visit AngelsOfHealth.com.


Philip Stein is a Leader in Wearable Sleep Technology by Linda Sechrist

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rom computers, cell phones, smart TVs, DVR players and programmable appliances to a seemingly endless list of other electronic gadgets, we are in constant contact with unnatural electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) generated by technology. In today’s 24/7 society, invisible EMFs are inescapable; they permeate our working and living spaces. What we may not know is how they negatively impact our body’s natural sleep-wake cycle: suppressing melatonin, the hormone that controls the natural circadian rhythm, disturbing slumber and even affecting weight gain, according to University of Tel Aviv research. On the brighter side, some new technological products promise to restore balance to the body, including deeper and more restful sleep. From the Philip Stein sleep bracelet, sleep number beds and portable sleep trackers to sleep-related apps, devices and applications, user-friendly innovations are

addressing America’s sleep deprivation problem. “Philip Stein lifestyle accessories such as the sleep bracelet are designed to contribute to a better quality of life. The unique technology inside each one channels beneficial natural frequencies in the environment into your body,” says Will Stein, co-founder and president of the Philip Stein Group. “The result is to help the individual feel centered, balanced, grounded and more easily able to maintain a sense of well-being.” The company defines optimal well-being as a state of harmony achieved through physical, emotional, mental and spiritual alignment. Although natural-frequency technology was developed earlier by a group of engineers and scientists exploring various frequencies’ influence on water, the initial discovery has been attributed to ancient sages in India that intuited them. For example, 7.83 Hz, the frequency of “om”, happens to be Mother Earth’s natural heartbeat rhythm, now known as the Schumann Resonance. Aligned with the brain’s alpha and theta states, this technology of resonating frequencies has been carefully tuned and tested by Philip Stein researchers, technicians and sleep experts. Today, it is at the core of all Philip Stein products. Philip Stein’s tuning technology picks up and channels the beneficial natural frequencies that have always surrounded human beings. “We believe that all organisms have evolved or grown accustomed to these natural frequencies, and our systems are tuned to operate best with them, rather than with the increasing number of manmade frequencies we experience in the modern world,” explains Stein. For more information, visit PhilipStein.com.

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Sing While We Work Nothing makes meal preparation tasks go faster than crooning along to our favorite carols. Turn up Susan Boyle’s O Holy Night and soon your lungs will be full of air, your heart filled with sentiment, and the turkey stuffed with seasonal goodness will be ready to go into the oven.

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Express Feelings in a Healthy Way Family gatherings can sometimes test our boundaries and patience. Avoid repressing feelings by finding a way to speak a personal truth in the moment, in a calm and healthy fashion. It’s better than returning home stewing about what we wish we could or should have said.

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eelings of comfort and joy can seem elusive when the holiday to-do list looms or runs amok. The season can seem more like an endless burden than a parade of cheerful events and glad tidings. Amidst celebratory chaos, these simple rules will help restore inner peace and create greater happiness.

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Assign Roles to Household Helpers The holiday load is lighter when everyone pitches in. Assign specific roles to household members with clear responsibilities, from taking out the garbage to setting the table and washing up.

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Give Each Person a Special Gift Think of something thoughtful that both the giver and receiver enjoy doing together and write a promissory note for the shared experience, such as a free backrub, a day spent downtown, a personal manicure or a movie the other person wants to see.

Take Advantage of Extended Shopping Hours To avoid crowds and lines, schedule a late-night power-shopping trip. This is the easiest way to manage a department store visit with sanity, have easy access to the shelves and get immediate service.

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Take a Holiday Binge Day Designate a day with no limits and no self-judgment. For anyone that mentally monitors their calories or sweets, claim a binge day out loud with permission for total holiday munching freedom. The next day, we can reinstate discipline. na-newyorkcity.com

Express Gratitude at the Table Loving feelings can never be expressed enough, so use the holiday as an opportunity to tell others how important they are to you. Create a heartfelt moment at the table by sharing at least one thing that you’re truly grateful for, and ask everyone else to do the same. Go Outside for Fun in Nature Hiking in a nearby forest preserve, skating, sledding or building a snow fort with the kids not only burns energy, but is emotionally exhilarating for the whole family. Pick an outdoor activity, don appropriate togs, and share in the laughter and serenity of a sparkling winter day. Dianne Bischoff James is a life transformation coach, actor, business consultant and author of The Real Brass Ring: Change Your Life Course Now. She specializes in facilitating the midlife reboot and lives in Boston, MA.


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Monday Night Alive! – 7-9:30pm. Monday Night Alive is a great jump starter for the beginning of the week and for anyone who has a case of the “Monday Blues.” Ariel and Shya Kane, catalysts for instantaneous transformation, facilitate workshops that help people to live their lives unshackled from things that previously held them down. They teach tools for living in the moment and undoing the knee-jerk behaviors that get in the way of living life with ease. The workshops are fun, lively and interactive and will show you how to have a stress-free, utterly successful, satisfying and easy life. Skyline Hotel Penthouse Ballroom, 725 10th Ave (at 49th St), New York, NY. transformationmadeeasy.com/monday-evenings-in-nyc/.

The Annual Riverside Church Candlelight Carol Festival – 2:30pm doors open; 3:30pm concert begins. This longstanding tradition has become an essential part of Christmas in New York City. The service of music and light combines carillon, organ, harp and all of the Riverside Church choirs, culminating in a ritual sharing of candlelight illuminating the Nave. 490 Riverside Dr, New York, NY. trcnyc.org/handelsmessiah or eventbrite.com/e/candlelight-carol-festival-tickets-392344667348.

THUR-SUN, DEC 7-10 Macrobiotic Wellness Retreat – Offered monthly at Eastover Estate & Retreat in the Berkshires, this retreat will introduce you to macrobiotic principles, cooking, and energy healing in a beautiful natural setting in the Berkshires. From dinner and the welcome lecture on Thursday evening to the final cooking class and brunch on Sunday morning, you will learn the basics of the macrobiotic diet and lifestyle from among the world’s top macrobiotic teachers, counselors, and chefs to optimize your health and well being and realize your dreams in life. 430 East St, Lenox, MA. Eastover.com.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10 Miracles in Manhattan – 1:30-4pm. Jon Mundy PhD facilitates this ongoing monthly class based on the wisdom of “A Course in Miracles” as introduced to its scribe Dr Helen Schucman in 1975. Jon has been an active student/teacher and Course author since then. Classes are usually the second Sunday of every month. Center for Remembering and Sharing, 123 4th Ave, New York, NY. 845-496-9089 or miraclesmagazine.org.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16 Annual Holiday Fair – Reflections Center for Conscious Living and Yoga is presenting its annual holiday fair with wonderful free classes and great holiday gift ideas. We have now been at our location in Gramercy/Murray Hill at 227 E 24th St (between 2nd and 3rd Aves) for 3 full years and want to thank you for all the love and support! The day will feature a full schedule of classes, workshops, health-conscious food and spa services, open to all and totally free. To reserve space in any of our events, please register via our website schedule page at reflectionsyoga.com/ yoga/class-schedule/. In addition to the free offerings, also present will be vendors who can help you choose just the right gifts for yourself or your loved ones. For more info or to schedule a tour of the center, contact us at 212-974-2288 or info@reflectionsyoga.com. Create Your Own Destiny – 4:30pm. This free lecture series is open to all. Open your heart and connect to the vibration of the Creator. Destiny creation will be followed by Zikr, a prayer recitation for those who would like to join in. Your guide is Musa Muhaiyaddeen who is on the Sufi path. Begin your own personal journey of self-discovery. New York New Church, 114 E 35thSt, New York, NY. Register with Sufi Study Center on Meetup.com.

Personalized Retreats Popular Winter Option – “With the hurry and noise of the holidays, more people are choosing winter as the optimal time for a personal retreat,” says Yingxing Wang, founder of Eastover Estate and Eco-Village. Even a few days of self-care can keep you balanced through the holidays and help you re-center when the holiday rush is over. One of the most popular winter retreats is the Relax and Rejuvenate Personal Retreat Package—a personalized 3-day, all-inclusive stay featuring a qigong healing treatment, acupressure massage, and a Tuina (deep-tissue) massage treatment. Complimentary wellness classes include yoga, qigong, Chinese brush calligraphy and macrobiotic food classes. 430 East St, Lenox, MA. Eastover.com.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20 Holiday Makeovers – 4-7pm. Get your holiday look ready with a mini-makeover from a Jane Iredale mineral makeup specialist! Iredale mineral cosmetics, a skincare and mineral makeup company, offers the feed, fortify, finish™ holistic approach to healthy beauty. Its supplements, skincare and makeup work synergistically to help women achieve a beautiful complexion that is nourished, nurtured and naturally radiant—skin beauty inside and out. Receive a special gift with a $50 purchase. Metro Integrative Pharmacy, 931 Lexington Ave (between 68th and 69th Sts), New York, NY. 212-794-7200, concierge@metrointegrative.com, @metrointegrative (Facebook, Instagram) or metrointegrative.com.

THURSDAYS & SUNDAYS Food Sensitivity Testing using Kinesiology – Sundays and Thursdays in December. Join Karen Wright, CNS, for a fast, reliable and non-invasive test to learn which foods you should and should not be eating, as well as those supplements which will support and detoxify your body. Karen is specially trained in applied kinesiology, identifying those neurological reflexes that help to pinpoint weaknesses caused by food or immune-related changes, the presence of toxins, and to determine what your body actually craves. Metro Integrative Pharmacy, 931 Lexington Ave (between 68th and 69th Sts), New York, NY. 212-794-7200, concierge@metrointegrative.com, @metrointegrative (Facebook, Instagram) or metrointegrative.com.

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savethedate THURSDAY, JANUARY 25 Workshop: Travel, Wellness, Essential Oils and More – 6:30pm. Phyllis Stoller, President of The Women’s Travel Group, joins our holistic health practitioners for a fun, informal event. Phyllis will present 2018 travel trends and destinations for women, and Metro experts will offer wellness tips to help you look and feel your best at home and on the road. The focus is on essential oils, natural beauty, skin care, and nutrition. Follow Metro for more details. Metro Integrative Pharmacy, 931 Lexington Ave (between 68th and 69th Sts), New York, NY. 212-794-7200, concierge@metrointegrative.com, @metrointegrative (Facebook, Instagram) or metrointegrative.com. For more info on The Women’s Travel Group, visit thewomenstravelgroup.com.

MIDTOWN WEST Scent Elate 413 W. 48th Street

UNION SQUARE EAST Aum Shanti Bookshop 226 East 14th Street

UNION SQUARE WEST Namaste Bookshop 2 West 14th Street

WEST VILLAGE Stick, Stone & Bone 113 Christoper Street

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communitydirectory AKASHIC RECORDS KIA ABILAY

via Hawaii to Uptown Kingston kia@rainbowheart.net www.rainbowheart.net Learn how to read the Akashic Records, or Become a Certified Akashic Records Practitioner through the Pathway Prayer Process© - a responsible, reliable method for working in this remarkable, infinite, spiritual resource. Kia is also an Energy Intuitive and Wedding Officiant.

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Mega Trend in the CBD/Cannabis Business. Get in on the “Green Rush” NOW! Forbes says 700% growth in next 3 years! Massive Rewards ~ Small Investment. Everyday people are adding $1,000s of dollars to their monthly income and you can too. LEGAL in all 50 states. No Prescription Needed - Pharmaceutical Grade - NonGMO and Organic - Parent Company is publicly traded - Paid 10 Ways - Minimum Income Guarantee. Contact me for $50.00 off coupon. Ground floor opportunity!

CONSCIOUS CENTERS & SHOPS AUM SHANTI BOOKSHOP

226 E 14th St., New York, NY 10003 212-260-2866 • AumShantiBookshop.com Aum Shanti Bookshop is a community oriented spiritual gallery providing offerings that inspire clarity, guidance, and inspiration on one’s journey. They offers “HighVibration”, “Reiki-Charged” and “Spiritually Energized” items such as a semi-precious gems and tumbled stones, one of a kind rare crystal specimens and clusters, beautifully hand crafted jewelry made with Love and empowering energy. Join us for tarot, psychic and astrology readings.

EDGAR CAYCE CENTER

153 West 27th St., NYC 10001 212-691-7690 • EdgarCayceNYC.org Holistic health and personal growth resource in midtown Manhattan since 1997. This non-profit Center offers: NYC’s largest selection of Cayce remedies & books, with affordable instruction on using them to bring body, mind and spirit back to a natural state of health.

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NAMASTE BOOKSHOP & HEALING CENTER

2 W 14th St., New York, NY 10011 212-645-0141 • NamasteBookshop.com Namaste Bookshop and Healing Center offers a unique and large selection of Eastern & Western philosophy books, tarot cards, crystals, pendulums, calendars, wind chimes, incense, greeting cards, yoga accessories, meditation cushions, instructional & music CD’S & DVD’s, salt lamps, and 20 sections of books- including Spanish.. The event space,  in the same building above the bookshop, holds classes, workshops, and book signings as well as provides rooms for regular readers and practitioners.

NEW YORK OPEN CENTER

22 E. 30th St., New York, NY 10016 212-219-2527 • OpenCenter.org The Open Center presents programs of exceptional depth and integrity, concentrating in five major areas: Contemplative and Spiritual Traditions; Health and Wellness; Psychology; Society and Ecology; and Creativity and the Arts. Programs and teachers focused on understanding health and mind-body healing, depth psychology, mystical and esoteric traditions, compassionate dying, socially responsible investing, humanity's impact on the earth and renewable energy, untapped sources for creativity in the arts and what we can learn from world cultures.

ONE SPIRIT LEARNING ALLIANCE

247 West 36th Street, 6th Floor New York, NY 10018 212-931-6840 • onespiritinterfaith.org/NA One Spirit Learning Alliance, a leader in Interfaith and Interspiritual education for over 15 years, upholds that all authentic spiritual paths, at their mystical core, are committed to the common values of peace, compassionate service, and love for creation. We offer experiential interfaith and Interspiritual programs and public classes which support personal transformation to prepare spiritual leaders.

REFLECTIONS CENTER FOR CONSCIOUS LIVING

227 E 24th Street, NYC 10010 212-974-2288 • ReflectionsYoga.com Reflections Center for Conscious Living and Yoga is an East Side urban oasis in Murray Hill/Gramercy, near Gramercy Park’s well-walked paths. We invite you to transcend the tensions of city life and join us for a “just right” yoga class with some of the best and most skilled teachers in NYC, an illuminating talk, or a super cool dance party. Come to Reflections and celebrate all of who you are! We are located steps from the 6 or N/R trains to 23rd St., at 227 E. 24th St. between 2nd & 3rd aves.

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COUNSELING & MENTAL WELLNESS MICHAEL MONGNO MFT, PH.D

Present Centered Therapies Upper West Side drmongno@presentcenteredtherapies.com 212-799-0101 • PresentCenteredTherapies.com Awarded the “2015 Best Business of New York for Counseling and Mental Health”, Dr. Mongno is located on the Upper West Side of our great city. He has helped both couples and individuals communicate better, heal faster and achieve a better quality of life for over 20 years. Dr. Mongno’s practice originates from his own personal work over the course of his own life journey, along with the integration of the most effective therapeutic modalities. His clients report he is both compassionate and professional with an ability to create insightful and emotionally corrective experiences leading to lasting change. Dr. Mongno is available for appointments in person, on the phone and via Skype. Email him today at drmongno@presentcenteredtherapies.com.

GETAWAYS & RETREATS EASTOVER ESTATE AND RETREAT 430 East St, Box 2282, Lenox, MA 01240 866-264-5139 • Eastover.com

Eastover is a 600-Acre sanctuary and residential holistic retreat center in Berkshire Lenox, MA, A dedicated facilitator of Holistic events and retreats. Minutes to Stockbridge and Great Barrington, next to October Mountain with views of Mt. Greylock.

HEALING & WELLNESS ANGELS OF HEALTH

Norman Balassiano, CMA 1994 Coney Island Ave, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11223 718-208-5061 • angelsofhealth.com When it comes to your health, change comes from within. The first crucial step is noticing the need for change, and the second is holding yourself to that goal. With the right mindset and passion, Angels of Health can help you live a long, healthy life—and with vigor. Specializing in numerous yoga disciplines, energy healing, nutrition, and even debt counseling. Visit our website and call to book a free consultation.

MEGAN HAGAR, MS, RD, CDN, CHHP Registered Dietitian/Holistic and Preventative Nutrition Midtown area, NYC, Virtual Appointments 845-325-6560 • NoDietNutrition.net

Are you stressed and suffer from symptoms like diarrhea, constipation and bloating? Or maybe you have acne, skin rashes or eczema? What if you could be completely free of these embarrassing and frustrating symptoms by the right nutrition and stress management? Megan Hagar can help you transform into the most confident, happiest, most vibrant version of yourself (and your skin and tummy too)!


THINK AT

646-632-5181 • Think-AT.com Think AT is a new small Think AT business located in Battery Park city, dedicated to teaching Alexander Technique, mainly through individual lessons. The name is inspired by the focus of Alexander Technique on "thinking," which affects the way we live, including how we move whether with patterns of tension or ease. Teachers at Think AT have expertise with more than 12 years of training. Alexander Technique

INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE METRO INTEGRATIVE PHARMACY 931 Lexington Ave (btwn 68th &69th) New York, NY 10065 212-794-7200, info@metrointegrative.com MetroIntegrative.com Facebook: Metro Integrative Pharmacy

Metro Integrative Pharmacy is the first practitionerled wellness pharmacy in NYC. Metro Drugs has expanded its premier pharmacy, fertility and specialty compounding offerings to serve as a complete holistic health resource. The store offers carefully-curated natural and organic health and beauty product lines with a staff of credentialed practitioners including naturopathic doctors, nutritionists, herbalists and estheticians who offer complimentary consultations on the floor or by appointment. Hours: M-F 8am-8pm, Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 9am-6pm

INTUITIVE GUIDANCE JOAN CARRA

203-531-6387 psychicjoan@yahoo.com PsychicJoanCarra.net Joan’s spiritual counseling is recognized in six books; including the first edition of The 100 Top Psychics in America and Psychic New York. In 2005, both AM New York and The Daily News published her prediction of terrible floods in NYC, which later resulted from Hurricane Sandy. She also predicted in 2000 on WPIX news that Hillary Clinton would not be the first woman president.  Joan reads cards, palms, numerology and is also an acclaimed medium and can connect you with passed loved ones. She is available for readings on the telephone or in person in NYC. If you are having a party then please consider hiring a talented psychic for your entertainment.

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MAURICIO HAIR STUDIO

210 Fifth Ave. Suite 1102, New York, NY 10010 212-532-3030 • MauricioHair.com Mauricio is a hair artist who provides a holistic approach to the beauty industry—one that focuses not only on the physical but also on the overall well-being of his clients, through unique services, truly organic products, a tailored experience and Zen-like environment that all work together to support the mind, body and soul. Mauricio’s private hair studio mission is to be the first of its kind: an innovative eco-friendly hair studio and ‘inner beauty salon’ that seeks to unlock every guest’s beauty. Natural color services are available for both pregnant and everyday clients.

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AUNT ALBERTA’S REMEDY

Homeopathic Pain Relief Cream 973-715-9097 • info@AlbertasPainRelief.com AlbertasPainRelief.com Need Relief from Arthritis? Try Aunt Alberta’s Remedy to ease muscular aches and joint pain. Her Remedy is a homeopathic pain relief cream that penetrates deep into the skin and muscle tissues. Get beneficial relief from sciatica, fibromyalgia, arthritis, neuralgia, gout, and more. All-natural ingredients! Do you want to feel a real difference from the nagging aches of arthritis? Feel less pain & have more range of motion? Use Aunt Alberta’s Pain Relief Cream! Get relief today! Great buy, get a 4oz jar for $15! See website for other options. See what people say about Aunt Alberta’s Remedy and Purchase Now on our website. www.albertaspainrelief.com.

HERBASWAY

800-672-7322 • Herbasway.com

17 Park Place, NYC 10007 212 732 2200 • Holistic-dentists.com Dr. Lewis Gross has over 31 years’ experience providing holistic dentistry to adults and children with his staff of dental specialists and integrative practitioners. Offering less invasive and more natural solutions for patients with difficult dental issues and those who seek just a good family dentist. Our recently renovated, state-ofthe-art facility, offers among other things, Laser Dentistry, metal free implants, non-invasive oral cancer screening, ozone, and alternatives to surgery and root canal.

Founded in 1996, HerbaSway Laboratories is located in Wallingford, CT.  Our formulas are based on traditional herbal combinations that have been used for thousands of years.  Using only the purest ingredients and wild-crafted herbs, in combination with the latest Western scientific research, HerbaSway’s formulas are synergistically blended to produce optimal balance in your body.

SPIRITUALITY MUSA MUHAIYADDEEN

TheWitnessWithin.com Sufi Study Center on Meetup.com

OZONE THERAPY DR. HOWARD ROBINS The Healing Center 200 W. 57th St., Suite 807, New York, NY 10019 212-581-0101 • DrHowardRobins@gmail.com If you have a disease or condition that you haven’t been able to get rid of, Ozone Therapy will most likely be the answer, even for people that have suffered for years and have lost all hope. If you are questioning if your condition can be treated, call or email Dr Robins contact information above.

PARENT & RESILIENCY COACH REBUILD LIFE NOW

Harriet Cabelly, LCSW Upper West Side, NY Manhasset, Long Island 516-214-4778 • harriet@rebuildlifenow.com RebuildLifeNow.com Harriet Cabelly is a social worker and positive psychology coach. She specializes in working with people in critical life situations and counsels them through their grief and growth. Having worked in the New York City school system for many years, she continues with her love of working with parents to educate and improve the lives of parents and children.

Musa Muhaiyaddeen (Emanuel L. Levin) has been teaching Sufism around the world for many years and is a direct disciple of Sufi Master, M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen. Musa devotes his time serving others, inspiring everyone to clear out what blocks them from connecting to their inner spirituality and to understand their relationship with God. See his ad on page 9 and calendar listing to lean more about him, his practice, and the FREE program he is offering in NYC.

WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT SIERRA BENDER® 888-794-3330 • SierraBender.com Sierra Bender, a modern day Renaissance woman and leading pioneer in the Women’s Empowerment, leadership movement for over 25 years. She is the founder of the SBEM Core Institute, Sierra Bender Empowerment Method®(SBEM), Boot Camp for Goddesses® internationally renowned retreat, and author of Goddess to the Core. She’s been featured on Oprah Radio, CBS, Univision TV, USA Today, Yoga Journal, Fit Yoga and other media outlets in Australia, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, U.K., Germany and the U.S.

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10 DAY VEGAN C RUI S E FEB. 15-25, 2018 Our 15th Anniversary 10 Day* Cruise will be the best yet! Join 1800+ like-minded vegans during a vacation that will nourish your body, stimulate your mind and rejuvenate your spirit. Shop at the duty-free capital of the world in St. Thomas, USVI; watch batik-making on St. Kitts and Nevis; sip on coconut water in Fort de France, Martinique; dance in Bridgetown, Barbados; and see the waterfalls of Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe. In addition to our stellar lineup of vegan health luminaries, the 2018 cruise will add a focus on the ethical treatment of animals featuring PETA president Ingrid Newkirk. The latest in diet and nutrition science, cooking classes, yoga, exotic ports... there’s something for everyone! Learn more about the classes, cuisine and itinerary at holisticholidayatsea.com.

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