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newsbriefs Eastover Symposium Features 16 Eastern Medicine Masters

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any internationally renowned masters—including Mantak Chia, Junfeng Li and Aiping Cheng—will unite for the 2017 Eastover Medical Qigong and Eastern Medicine Symposium, which will be held June 23-30 at Eastover Estate and Retreat in the Berkshires. “Having 16 masters gather at one location in one week for people to connect with is really a treat,” says Eastover’s owner, Yingxing Wang. Chia’s mastery of ancient Chinese practices in several disciplines resulted in the creation of his Universal Healing Tao System, and he has published 57 books on Tao as a secret to longevity. Among his many teachings, he will be sharing Emotional Wisdom, an internal energy practice designed to transform imbalance (the presence of painful emotions) into balance, promoting harmony, clarity and joy. Li, founder of Sheng Zhen (Unconditional Love) Qigong and former head coach of China’s national wushu team, will teach practices like Heaven Nature Gong—10 movements designed to increase the spine’s flexibility while purifying the meridians and stimulating the sense of compassion. Cheng is a world authority in Chinese martial arts, with experience spanning more than 40 years. She was named one of the Top 100 Chinese Martial Artists in World by the World Culture Science Academy in Hong Kong. Other featured experts will be Lonny Jarrett, a leading scholar in the field of Chinese medicine, discussing the inner nature of many acupuncture points and their use in treating the mind and revealing the spirit; Roger Janhke, director of training and research at the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi, imparting the wisdom of his 40 years of experience in integrative and Chinese medicine and mind-body wellness; and Sifu Terence Dunn, PhD, who will teach two medical qigong systems with very different methodologies and histories. For more about the symposium and its presenters, visit Eastover.com. Eastover Estate and Retreat, located in Lenox, MA, minutes from Tanglewood Music Center and Kriplau Yoga Center.

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enny Mannion, who credits techniques she developed as an “energy catalyst” with helping her win a sevenyear battle with chronic illness in three weeks, will introduce those techniques at an online workshop from 1 to 3 p.m., May 18. The event is hosted by AtoZ Healing Space, which offers it free to AtoZ members. Mannion says “a simple realization” galvanized her approach to healing, which begins within. “Get quiet and get into the body,” she says. “It’s all inside: the information we seek, the guidance we desire, the healing we need. I used these techniques to heal myself, and then took what I learned to heal others as well.” In her workshop, she will explain how to create positive shifts in all areas of life—“all in record time.” Lessons include locating and eliminating limiting beliefs, fears and worries; feeling the energy body to discover self-healing power; mastering a self-love exercise; taking a guided journey through the chakras to understand which ones need balancing; and creating an anchor to reach a place of joy and peace. “I’m living proof that healing can happen—even in the most dire of circumstances—and it can happen fast,” she says. For more information, visit AtoZHealingspace.com/the-circle-space/.


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r. Lewis Gross, director of the Tribeca Center for Integrative and Holistic Dentistry, is a pioneer in fluoride-free dentistry. He has long argued that the present concentration of fluoride in tap water is higher than necessary, and that it may cause fluorosis—white spots on the teeth—and may be harmful to the health. “There is no reliable estimate of the net benefit of fluoridated water,” he says. Fluoride, a topical agent used to replace the calcium leeched out by bacterial acids, is useful for children but does little for adults, he says. “There is no benefit in swallowing fluoridated water, other than it passes the teeth. The only natural way to prevent tooth decay is through good hygiene, healthier dietary habits and the creation of an alkaline salivary environment. Healthy saliva has a pH of 7.2, but in a more alkaline environment, teeth and bone re-mineralize.” Gross’s practice offers free saliva pH tests, and he has developed a natural mouthwash that increases the saliva’s pH. Alka-White, made from essential oils and spices including coconut oil and turmeric, cures early decay and whitens teeth without fluoride, he says. Alka-White is available online and in stores. For more information, visit Holistic-Dentists.com. natural awakenings

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Green Festival Returns to New York in June

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reen Festival, America’s largest and longest-running sustainability and green living event, will return to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center June 10 and 11 for its sixth year in New York City. The festival has become an annual celebration of green living for New Yorkers and the local green community, serving as the city’s most prominent yearly showcase for green brands and sustainable lifestyles. New to the expo is Farm Sanctuary’s Plant-Powered Run, an opportunity to go the distance for farm animals. Since 1986, Farm Sanctuary’s Walk for Farm Animals events have brought thousands of people together to spread the word that “every farm animal is someone, not something,” and that individuals can take positive steps to help stop cruel farm practices by aligning their actions and choices with their values. Festival hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free for children aged 16 and younger, and seniors, students and members of the military receive $5 off at the door. Visitors who purchase a weekend pass and spend at least $50 total at the show with its exhibitors will receive $10 cash back.

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study from the University of Prague, in the Czech Republic, has found that extracts from the bark of the Hintonia latiflora, a tree grown in Mexico and South America, can help regulate blood glucose levels in people with Type 2 diabetes. Researchers administered a capsule containing a dry concentrated extract from the plant to 32 subjects with the condition and monitored their blood glucose levels for six months. The subjects experienced an 11 percent decrease in glycated hemoglobin, an indicator that the body can better regulate blood glucose levels during the period, as well as a slight reduction in cholesterol and triglycerides. The researchers also found the natural treatment resulted in a 25 percent reduction in fasting blood glucose levels and a 22 percent reduction in post-meal glucose levels. Liver enzymes showed improved levels in the subjects, as well. No adverse side effects were observed.

esearchers from Germany’s Goethe University, in Frankfurt, sought to determine the impact that the belief held by some that females are poor soccer players would have on their performance. The study had 36 teenage female soccer players engage in a balldribbling drill before and after reading a pertinent article. Half of the subjects read about the perceived incompetence of female soccer players and the other half read a piece about the growing popularity of the sport. The players that read the negative article needed significantly more time to complete the drill than those that read the positive article, possibly highlighting the impact that negative stereotyping has on women.

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esearchers from the Copenhagen University Hospital, in Denmark, discovered expectant mothers that take omega-3 supplements while pregnant reduce the risk that their babies will develop asthma. Analyzing blood samples from 695 Danish women at 24 weeks of gestation and again one week after birth, the study tested the levels of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)—longchain omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, fish oil and DHA-algae supplements—in the women’s blood. The health of the babies was monitored for five years and compared with the blood analysis. The children of the mothers given 2.4 grams of long-chain omega-3 supplements during their third trimester displayed an overall 31 percent reduced risk of developing asthma. “Asthma and wheezing disorders have more than doubled in Western countries in recent decades,” explains Professor Hans Bisgaard, of the Copenhagen Prospective Studies on Asthma in Childhood at the hospital. “We now have a preventative measure to help bring those numbers down.”

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study from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island, has linked alcohol consumption with an increased risk of melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer. Using data from three studies, researchers followed 210,252 adults for an average of 18 years each using food-frequency questionnaires to measure alcohol consumption. Comparing the results to instances of melanoma among the participants, they found that each alcoholic beverage consumed on average per day was associated with a 14 percent increased risk of melanoma. An associated conclusion was that individuals that regularly drank alcohol were 73 percent more likely to be diagnosed with melanoma on the trunk of the body than non-drinkers. “The clinical and biological significance of these findings remains to be determined, but for motivated individuals, counseling regarding alcohol use may be an appropriate strategy to reduce risks of melanoma, as well as other cancers,” explains Eunyoung Cho, Sc.D., the study’s lead author and an associate professor of dermatology and epidemiology at the university.

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elomeres, located at the end of human chromosomes, protect DNA from deterioration. Multiple studies over the past decade have associated longer telomeres with increased longevity and a slowing of the aging process. A study from Kookmin University, in Seoul, Korea, collected nutrition data from 1,958 men and women between the ages of 40 and 69. The information included a baseline food frequency questionnaire assessing the consumption of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B9 (folate), C and E, as well as calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron and zinc, during an 18-month period. Researchers measured the length of the subjects’ telomeres after 10 years in a followup examination and compared these results with the nutrition information. The study found an association between longer telomere length and vitamin C, folate and potassium intake in all participants. These nutrients are available in many fruits and vegetables.

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Local governments and hotels are struggling to come to terms with the growing phenomenon of Airbnb room rentals, which help residents find short-term paying guests that often provide an economic lifeline to help them pay their bills, rent or mortgage. It’s an affordable, convenient and comfortable alternative for travelers. Critics claim the service removes affordable housing units and official hotel rooms from the market by turning suitable apartments into unofficial hotels. Consequently, proposed ordinances are in the works in several U.S. metropolitan areas where Airbnb entrepreneurs and industry groups are also active in trying to shape future laws. Other on-demand grassroots industries such as ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft, which have flourished in unregulated “gray areas”, have learned they need to employ teams of lawyers and lobbyists to fight a stream of restrictive laws and lawsuits.

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New Seed-Sharing Law in California California is the fourth state to pass a law making it legal to swap seeds and collect them in non-commercial libraries. That’s good, because the U.S. Department of Agriculture Federal Seed Act, in place for 80 years, mandates that any activity involving non-commercial distribution of seeds must be labeled, permitted and tested according to industrial regulations that would be both costly and burdensome to the hundreds of local seed libraries operating in 46 states. Nebraska, Illinois and Minnesota also recently passed laws protecting noncommercial seed activity from regulatory requirements. Free seed libraries, swaps and exchanges increase access to local food and can play a large role in expanding and preserving biodiversity. Neil Thapar, the food and farm attorney at the Sustainable Economies Law Center, says, “We wanted to create the legal framework for an alternative system that is not reliant on large companies to provide open-pollinated seed varieties. Seed sharing has a direct connection to building local economic resilience.” The center is taking action to try to get laws changed in all 50 states.

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Swedish design firm and retailer IKEA is introducing a new line of “no waste” products that includes seating, vases and kitchen cabinets made of recycled materials. IKEA hopes that the design will help people see waste not as garbage, but as just another material that can be used in creating new and beautiful things. The Kungsbacka kitchen employs affordable, sustainable supplies that look stylish, including cabinet doors incorporating recycled plastic bottles and recycled wood; the entire cabinet is said to be 99.9 percent recycled. The Odger chair is 70 percent recycled plastic and 30 percent renewable wood. The design, available in a range of colors and wood finishes, is the result of collaboration between Swedish designers at Form Us With Love and eschews the environmentharming plastics of other chairs. IKEA also melts recycled glass to turn it into beautiful vases. Each mouth-blown vase is unique, thanks to the materials.

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magine that you have a dentist appointment tomorrow and are scheduled to have work done. Instead of being worried or anxious, you take a little pill and get a great night's sleep. When you get up, a companion escorts you to the dental office, where you lay back, get a cozy blanket and are given some more relaxing meds. Soon you are dozing off and getting some much needed rest. While you are in dreamland, your dentist is gently and painlessly restoring your mouth to a state of perfect health and beauty. After what seems like just a short while, he is calling your name to wake you up. Your companion appears and gets you home, where you recline on a couch, watch tv and eat ice cream. You might even catch up on some more sleep, if you wish. Relaxation Dentistry is the use of anti-anxiety and relaxation medications to help a person completely relax through their dental visit while restoring your smile. Due to the nature of the sedation pill, you are not aware of the length of your visit and it seems like a very short time has elapsed. This type of dental visit is designed for people who are anxious and/or have had a traumatic experience at a dental office and have no desire to ever go back. It also works well for extremely busy people who want to have as few visits as possible. Other people who benefit from this experience are those who have trouble holding their mouth open as well as people who find it hard to sit still. For patients who have a strong gag reflex, having relaxation dentistry is the perfect answer. The cost of Relaxation Dentistry is very reasonable

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and some insurance companies actually will cover this. We offer outside financing to help you fit this into your budget. Depending on what procedures you had done, your response to Relaxation Dentistry may be anything from nothing to moderate soreness that can easily be treated with something like ibuprofen. This is an extremely safe procedure when performed by someone who is certified and well trained. I have over 18 years of experience in this field. Your vital signs are monitored constantly and the dosing of the medications are done very carefully and safely. While you are having a Relaxation session at my office, there is no doubt that Ozone will be involved. In my office, we use Ozone to kill bacteria before placing restorations, to fight gum disease and even to help whiten teeth! This versatile gas can be bubbled into water or oil and placed under the gums and used as a rinse. So if you or someone you know might consider having this very positive experience, please call our office at 212-924-6890.

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NATURAL MOTHERHOOD Creating the Best Start for New Life by Deborah Shouse

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woman’s body is exquisitely designed to conceive, nurture and give birth,” says Dr. Carol J. Phillips, an Annapolis, Maryland, prenatal chiropractor, doula and author of Hands of Love: Seven Steps to the Miracle of Birth. Judith Lothian, Ph.D., associate editor of the Journal of Perinatal Education, professor of nursing at Seton Hall University, in South Orange, New Jersey, and a natural childbirth educator, knows the significance of women’s deep intuitive instinct. “Women who feel supported and encouraged can tap into their own wisdom and find deep satisfaction in giving birth naturally. The process itself perfectly prepares mother and baby to continue on their journey together.” Several gentle strategies help mothers-to-be prepare for the joys of natural pregnancy and childbirth.

of The Mindful Mom-to-Be. If craving a certain dish, she can research its benefits and healing qualities. The yearning for comfort foods like pizza, macaroni or ice cream may signal the need for more nurturing. Eyeing popcorn or chips could be a sign she’s stuffing down an emotion. She can ask herself, “What am I suppressing?” “Eat a lot of protein, including vitamin B-rich foods, during both pregnancy and breastfeeding,” advises O’Mara. “Nursing moms need to eat nutrient-dense foods frequently, along with getting adequate fluids,” says Wilson. She

Build a Baby-Friendly Body “Follow your urges,” counsels Peggy O’Mara, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, former editor of Mothering Magazine and author of Having a Baby, Naturally. “Eat when you’re hungry. Sleep when you’re weary. Go to the bathroom the moment nature calls. Practice this in pregnancy so you’ll be in the habit of listening to your instincts when you give birth.” This simple advice counters women’s common habit of attending to other people’s needs instead of their own. Along with eating organic whole foods, Kristy Wilson, of Las Vegas, a certified professional midwife, labor doula and placenta preparation specialist, recommends both a plant-based food supplement with iron and whole food prenatal supplement. Vitamin C is important for a strong amniotic sac; she suggests at least 500 milligrams daily. A high-strung mom can take magnesium chloride baths or sip a soothing cup of red raspberry leaf tea. “Women that are concerned about their diet can tune into the baby and ask what they need,” says Lori Bregman, of Santa Monica, California, a doula, birth coach and author

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ing on what is going on in their body. Research published in the journal Cell Adhesion & Migration shows that the hormones released during labor enter into the baby’s immune system to also strengthen the child.

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Wilson recommends yoga, swimming, Affirmations can positively state the walking or light jogging three to five mother-to-be’s intentions for pregnancy times a week, for 20 minutes a day. and birth. Examples include: “Birth “Squatting like a child on your haunchis a safe and wonderful experience. es is a great exercise for childbirth,” she I am choosing the right path for my says, noting that 20 squats daily will birth. I trust my body and my instincts. strengthen core muscles. Sitting on an I have all the support I need.” Wilson exercise ball instead of a desk chair recommends choosing two to four that or couch also engages core muscles, resonate, repeating them every morning while improving posture. while gazing into the mirror, placing “Regular exercise brings more them on the refrigerator door and even energy, better sleep, reduced stress, having them pop up on a smartphone. higher spirits, better odds of an easy “Meditation prepares you for childlabor, faster post-delivery recovery and birth and can also be soothing during reduced risk of gestational diabetes and labor by offering tools that push away The connections established fear,” says O‘Mara. She likes this manhigh blood pressure during pregnancy,” Bregman finds. She recommends a tra from Thich Nhat Hahn’s book, Being between mother and prenatal yoga practice that includes Peace: “Breathing in, I calm myself, child are much stronger breathing and visualizations. This breathing out, I smile.” restorative form of yoga offers gentle To begin, sit comfortably in a quiet when she progresses through stretching, promotes good circulation room with eyes closed. For women pregnancy and birth from and naturally supports relief or healing new to meditation, Wilson suggests of many possible pregnancy ailments. lighting a scented or colored candle a natural perspective. “To alleviate physical distress, try and noticing the colors and movement chiropractic prenatal care,” says Philof the flame for something physical ~Kristy Wilson lips. to focus on. “This calming practice is Light finger contact from an experiimportant because labor becomes like enced practitioner helps realign bony segments and restores a meditation,” she says. The mother copes through the conthe body’s normal tone. “A prenatal expert can adjust so the traction, then uses her meditation skills to reset, refocus and mom’s body maintains its balance and the baby is free to ground herself before the next contraction. move.” Wilson and Bregman both encourage expectant mothers Craniosacral therapy reestablishes balance to the memto keep a journal during pregnancy. “Record thoughts and branes that encapsulate the brain and spinal cord. experiences. Sometimes dreams tell things about the child, who has a story too,” advises Wilson.

Prepare the Mind

“Just say, ‘No thanks,’ to friends who want to burden you with stories of their long, excruciating labors,” O’Mara advises. “Protect yourself from toxic people and their horror stories. Focus on maintaining your own good health and surround yourself with people that have experienced a normal birth. Plan to have uplifting support during the birthing process and in the postpartum period.” A woman easily influenced by others might ask her doula, midwife or spouse to be her advocate. A woman that needs to exercise control might seek such assistance for peace of mind, knowing that her wishes will be followed. “‘Pain’ is a fear-based word,” to be avoided in conversations about labor, Wilson explains. “Don’t fear the strength of contractions. They are doing exactly what your body needs to do to give birth.” As a midwife, she helps moms relax and embrace these intensely important sensations by focus-

Design a Special Experience Create a Birth Plan

Those that prefer a home birth can find a compatible midwife through a natural birthing community such as the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives, International Childbirth Education Association and La Leche League. For a hospital experience, look for low-Caesarean rates, a personally compatible doctor and a distinct birthing center. Either way, a doula or midwife can help craft the desired birth plan. Upon selecting a venue, the expectant mother may imagine the ideal birth environment and write positive statements, such as, “I want to move around freely. I want my husband and sister with me at all times.” “If a home birth is a mother’s first choice, design two plans; one for home and one for the hospital,” suggests natural awakenings

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Phillips. “If the mother needs hospital care during labor, the attendants will know her wishes.” Wilson encourages the spouse to be involved from the beginning. “The partner’s energy plays a role in how the birth progresses during labor. Plus, being part of the planning keeps him engaged and attuned to her wishes.”

Orchestrate a Childbirth Team

“The birthing mother needs continuous support from someone that can focus on her and her needs,” says Phillips. “The partner also needs to have access to experienced support. Both need to surround themselves with people that know how to enfold them in love.”’ A birthing team includes the medically trained attendant appointed to help deliver the baby; either a midwife or a doctor. Many women choose to have a trained doula collaborate, as well. She provides continuity of care and advocacy, lessens the need for medical intervention, stays with the mother, honors and includes the partner and supports the parents in making informed decisions. With home births, family members tend to invite themselves over. The mom needs to have control of her birthing

atmosphere. “I encourage moms to be firm regarding who they want in the room when the baby is born,” Wilson says.

Honor the Postpartum Mother

“Giving birth is the first big unknown of parenting,” says Wilson. “You plan for it and then you have to trust and accept the outcome.” She encourages postpartum appointments for discussing the birth. “A breastfeeding mother’s nutrient requirements are actually higher postpartum,” Wilson says. To prevent deficiencies, she suggests moms nourish themselves during this period, delaying any focus on weight loss and regaining muscle tone. The birth team and other friends can deliver meals, do light housecleaning, run a load of laundry and bring groceries. The new parents will welcome this generous and loving help. Deborah Shouse is a mother, writer, speaker, editor and health advocate in Kansas City, MO. Her latest book, Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together, focuses on life’s meaningful moments (DementiaJourney.org).

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Blessing the Birth by Deborah Shouse he blessingway ceremony helps a woman prepare mentally, emotionally and spiritually for the work of birthing, opening her to instinctive abilities that will guide her in mothering,” says Donna Miller Watelet, interfaith minister and co-author of Mother Rising: The Blessingway Journey into Motherhood. Miller Watelet, a facilitator of dozens of blessingway rituals, shares an example of a nourishing gathering: In a comfortable and safe room, a group of friends circles the mother-to-be, signifying their support. They discuss the intention for the blessingway and invite the mom to symbolically let go of any fears blocking a harmonious experience. Once her fears are emptied out, they fill her up

with affirmations, appreciations and adornments. Women can gift an object that has meaning to them, such as a bead, flower or scrap of cloth, as a sign of their commitment to her. These gifts will then be fashioned into something lasting, such as a necklace for the mother. The circle may then bind themselves together, each woman wrapping red yarn around her wrist before passing along the skein until everyone is connected. As they discuss this intertwining, they cut the binding yarn and keep the bracelets, a reminder of their caring for the new family. “Finally, we enjoy a feast together,” Miller Watelet says. “Sharing a meal reminds us to bring the intentions of the blessingway back into everyday life.”

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Taggart Siegel Seeks to Seed an Agricultural Revolution by April Thompson

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or more than 30 years, Taggart Siegel has produced award-winning films on little-known aspects of the natural and cultural world. His diverse documentaries range from the story of a Hmong shaman immigrant adjusting to American life to a Midwestern organic farmer that salvaged his family’s farm. Siegel’s latest film, Seed: The Untold Story, follows global seed keepers from Minnesota to India battling multinational agribusinesses in a quest to protect our agricultural heritage and food sources—ancient seeds passed down through untold generations. Interviews with farmers, ethnobotanists and activists explore the importance of the genetic material that these tiny time capsules carry. Siegel is the founder and executive director of Collective Eye Films, a nonprofit media company in Portland, Oregon. He co-directed and produced this latest offering with documentary filmmaker Jon Betz, with backing from Academy Award-winning actress Marisa Tomei.

Why does the colossal loss of food crop diversity during the past century matter? Up to 96 percent of seed varieties have been lost since 1903. During this period, we have destroyed the infrastructure of traditional agriculture: 10,000 years of seeds saved from families and farmers. It threatens our survival. We 18

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can’t rely on genetically modified seeds to see us through climate changes. We need nongenetically engineered seed varieties like the thousands of different types of rice grown in India to be able to adapt to extreme events like floods and droughts. Universal responsibility to save seeds began to dwindle in the 1920s, when hybrid corn crops came onto the market, promising higher yields; instead of growing crops from seeds saved, borrowed or shared with neighbors, farmers bought seeds from stores. In the 1990s, huge corporations bought up some 20,000 seed companies, and the number of cultivated seed varieties dropped precipitously. Ten agrichemical companies now control more than two-thirds of the global seed market.

How do hybrid seeds differ from open-pollinated seeds?  You cannot save a hybrid seed; if you try to use it, the results are unreliable. Hybrids are engineered to be planted for one year only. With open-pollinated and heirloom seeds, you’re planting reliable seeds saved from year to year, generation to generation, bred for the consistency of their qualities. Indigenous people in Mexico’s Oaxaca Valley, for example, have successfully cultivated local seeds for at least 8,700 years, right up to today. Hybrids require high levels of chemical inputs to produce. Illustratna-newyorkcity.com

ing the contrast, Hopi corn, grown for thousands of years, requires little water and contains much more protein than today’s commercial crops, without poisoning the land with heavy industrial inputs. The Hopi think of seeds as their children, intimately connected with their heritage and culture, so they protect them. Beyond big, strong crops, farming is a spiritual act.

Why do so many farmers voluntarily choose hybrid seeds, given the troubling issues involved? Most farmers just want streamlined labor and the biggest yield. Often, commodity crops using commercial seeds and chemical fertilizers have the biggest yield and make them the most money, even though severe downsides like the loss of flavor and nutrients mean it’s ultimately not the best result. In India, more than 250,000 farmers have committed suicide during the past 20 years to escape onerous debts accrued to purchase industrialized agricultural inputs. An Indian seed salesman interviewed for the film despairs, “The seeds we sell don’t taste good and require so many chemicals that many farmers kill themselves.”

What is the seed-saver movement achieving, and how can everyday gardeners and citizens take action? Seed libraries and banks are critically important because the seeds are adapted to the local environment. Seed libraries have multiplied from only a handful a few years ago to as many as 300 located in towns across America today. Public libraries check out seeds to plant in your garden, asking only that you return harvested seeds for others to enjoy. Farmers can now “back up” their seeds in local seed banks, which are also becoming important educational resources to teach students about these issues. To locate a screening or purchase a DVD of the film, visit SeedTheMovie.com. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.


community spotlight Paulvin Takes Natural Approach to Chronic Conditions

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ith offices in Manhattan, Midtown and the Upper East Side, Dr. Neil Paulvin practices functional, sports and anti-aging medicine, offering a variety of integrative techniques, including dry needling, osteopathic manipulation, cupping, craniosacral therapy, bio-identical hormone therapy and prolotherapy, to treat headaches, joint pain, Lyme disease, obesity, chronic fatigue and other persistent conditions.

Dr. Neil Paulvin

Tell us about your practice.

I’ve been in practice for 14 years—I was voted a “Top Doc” in 2016—and having treated many patients, I believe that functional and holistic medicine are the best way to treat chronic conditions. Functional medicine allows us to find the cause of illness, and treat it naturally. Combined with holistic injections and hands-on techniques, it can treat many conditions without having to use many medications.

What’s your healing philosophy?

Nutrition and diet are key to helping the body heal. Adopting a high-fat, low-carb diet helps with pain and weight loss, and avoiding gluten and dairy can relieve inflammation. Supplements can be used to relieve many conditions too. We always begin with lab tests: TSH, CRP, Lyme and tick panel, CBC iron levels, estrogen, testosterone, rheumatoid factor, ANA and leptin. Other tests can be ordered as follow-ups. How do you treat pain? Pain, muscle spasms and joint pain can be a component of various illnesses. Holistic and hands-on techniques can decrease or eliminate the need for pain medicines or antiinflammatories. Osteopathic manipulation can ease pain from headaches, plantar fasciitis, muscle spasms, poor alignment and joint problems. Biopuncture, a homeopathic injection with minimal side effects, can be injected into muscles, joints and acupuncture points for pain relief. Dr. Neil Paulvin will present “How to Maximize Your Health Using Diet, Biohacking, Supplements and More” at the NAVEL Expo (NavelExpo.com), being held May 6 and 7 in Manhattan. For information or appointments, visit DoctorPaulvin.com or call 646-828-7844. natural awakenings

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Women Mobilize to Heal the World by Linda Sechrist

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he Heart to Lead: Women as Allies for the Greater Good, a documentary film directed and produced by Cheryl Gould, of Naples, Florida, explores the emerging paradigm of heart-based feminine leadership and how it is attuning women to their inner strengths, beliefs, each other and our Earth. “Women’s deeper unity of being is empowering them to take action and lead. Women who once longed for a culture that would reflect their highest priorities are now creating one in which they support each other and make a difference,” says Gould. She notes that for centuries, a vast number of women have led and served as change agents. “Unfortunately, the majority of them never made it into the headlines or history books. A prime example—few individuals knew that 12 women ran for president before Hillary Clinton.” In a recent Yes! magazine article, Rucha Chitnis reports that women are rising up to push back against growing corporate power, land grabs, economic injustice, climate change and more. Women’s groups and networks offer a paradigm shift, she concludes, expos20

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ing links between unbridled capitalism, violence, the erosion of human rights and destruction of the Earth. A woman’s style of leadership in America’s corporate boardrooms, activist-led movements or state and federal government may not be plainly evident. Feminine wisdom’s emerging solutions are compassionate, collaborative and consensus-building, and pursue universal outcomes and group cooperation. They contrast with conventional competitive strategies and solutions, according to The Legislative Effectiveness of Women in Congress study at Vanderbilt University’s Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, in Nashville. Jean Shinoda Bolen, a medical doctor, Jungian analyst in Mill Valley, California, and author of Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman, has been advocating since 2002 for a United Nations Fifth World Conference on Women (5WCW). “Empowered and equal women are the key to peace and sustainability. We need to rise up together and fulfill the Dalai Lama’s words at the Vancouver Peace Summit: ‘It will be up to Western women to bring about peace.’” Bolen’s 5WCW vision joins milna-newyorkcity.com

lennial women worldwide now entering their era of activism with the feminist movement spearheaded by a boomer generation of women that’s forwarded the equality and empowerment of women this far. To this end, she marched in Washington, D.C., on January 21 in the Million Women’s March that globally attracted 5 million participants. “To make human rights women’s rights, we need a united global women’s movement,” she states. Sande Hart, from Orange County, California, director of the Charter for Compassion International-Women and Girls sector and president of the women’s global interfaith organization Spiritual and Religious Alliance for Hope (SARAH), participated in the Los Angeles Women’s March with 750,000 others. “There’s a sense that we’ve had enough. We’re not angry. We are morally outraged and seeking peaceful solutions wrapped in compassion and based in justice for all. In nearly 15 years of women’s community building, I’m convinced that healing our communities with resilience and a regenerative spirit is our biological and innate imperative. I see women emerging in unprecedented ways to make this happen,” says Hart. The Rising Women Rising World organization provides tools and training to help women and men develop feminine wisdom and the qualities of potent compassion, deep listening, intuition and inclusivity. Hazel Henderson, an evolutionary economist in St. Augustine, Florida, host of the Ethical Markets online TV show and researcher of The Love Economy shared in her book The Politics of the Solar Age: Alternatives to Economics, has mentored staff members of Rising Women Rising World. Henderson contends that to shape a future for the good of all, we must bring into balance the masculine and feminine energies and learn to value the long-marginalized qualities of feminine wisdom. Henderson’s Love Economy paradigm reflects the sharing and caring sector not presently reflected in the nation’s gross domestic product. “Women’s unpaid work—raising children, taking care of households, serving on school boards, volunteering, caring for


Women Rising Resources Tinyurl.com/ WomensHeartToLeadFilm Vimeo.com/ondemand/ AsSheIs aging parents, etc.—constitutes 50 percent of all production in the U.S. and 70 percent of that in developing countries. This unvalued economic sector underlies and supports the public and private parts of the entire economy,” advises Henderson, who observes that competition cannot be the sole basis for an economy with any expectation of high quality of life on a small planet. In her film, As She Is, producer and director Megan McFeely, of Marin County, California, captures her own journey to understand the collective potential of the feminine and how to live true to its innate knowing. She queries: “Can you imagine what might happen if women here and around the world rose up together and used our power of longing to heal the Earth?” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at ItsAllAboutWe.com.

A will finds a way. ~Orison Swett Marden

Feminine Leadership Needed in Religious Institutions by Rev. Chelsea MacMillan and Ilene Sameth

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hile the number of women in leadership roles is expanding in many industries, women often have to prove themselves just as capable as their male counterparts, if not more so, to achieve equal recognition—and even then, equal pay does not always follow. In many religious institutions, however, the topic of women in leadership is hardly granted a discussion. For millennia, these institutions have barred women from traditional leadership positions, depriving communities of the wonderful gifts a woman can offer. Of course, we know that people of all gender expressions possess both feminine and masculine qualities. In the corporate and civic worlds, qualities traditionally regarded as feminine, such as empathy, vulnerability, humility, inclusiveness, generosity, balance and patience, are increasingly recognized as essential for bringing people together in cooperation and mutual empowerment—not only for improved productivity, but also for happier, more fulfilled employees or community members. Yet there seems to be nowhere that these qualities are more urgently needed than in religious organizations, as tensions rise within and between various groups. The feminine tendency is to consider the well-being of the whole, to nurture the unity that lies beneath

our differences. We can see this tendency in many earth-based traditions: everything arises from the Mother, and all her creatures live in reciprocity with her and one another, every one of us an expression of that source of life. This philosophy is mirrored by the heart of embodied mysticism that underlies all traditions. Ravaged by the effects of competition, greed and violence, our world is crying out for the loving embrace of the feminine. At One Spirit Learning Alliance, we have long welcomed all genders, all ethnicities, the LGBTQ community and anyone who does not resonate with traditional patriarchal structures. We train people in spirituality and spiritual leadership on the forefront of a sacred consciousness that expands and includes rather than constricts and excludes. Where other doors are closed, ours is open wide.

One Spirit Learning Alliance supports women in leadership and would like to support you on that journey. We offer all readers of Natural Awakenings, no matter your gender identity, a discount of $75 on any application to either our Seminary program or our Interspiritual Counseling program if you apply by May 31st, 2017. Contact Admissions@onespiritinterfaith.org for more information about our leadership programs or visit onespiritinterfaith.org/NA. natural awakenings

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Overcoming the Pain of Shingles and Genital & Oral Herpes From the Desk of Dr. Howard Robins at The Healing Center in New York City

Did You Have Chickenpox or a “Cold Sore”?

Recurrent outbreaks may occur from time to time, especially in times of stress, using alcohol, or when eating foods high in a protein called L-arginine, found commonly in nuts and chocolate, among other foods.

Most everyone answers “yes” to this question. If you answered yes, then you have a herpes infection. Both types of viral infections are easily transferred by contact with It Can Be Eliminated! someone that has a current outbreak. You Dr. Howard Robins likely may have both! Treatments with antivirals can reduce outbreaks Herpes zoster (HZ), commonly known and may alleviate the severity of symptomatic as shingles, is a viral disease characterized by a painepisodes but will not get rid of the infection. Medical ful skin rash with blisters in a limited area on one side of ozone is the only medicine known to destroy and rid the the body, often in a stripe. The initial infection causes the body of this horrible infection. illness chickenpox, which usually occurs in children and Please don’t believe the commercials on television saying young adults. Once the chickenpox is gone, the virus is not you can never get rid of it. Though with no promises or eliminated from the body and can go on to cause shingles. guarantees, medical ozone has been used all over the HZ is not the same disease as herpes simplex type 1 and world to treat infections that normally cannot be fixed, 2, despite the similar name, though both HZ and herpes i.e., herpes in all its forms. Medical ozone is a gas that simplex belong to the same viral family. when it enters the body intravenously acts like “glue” to HZ becomes dormant in some of our nerve cells withall viruses, bacteria, fungus, yeast and mold. It destroys or out causing any symptoms. Many years after a chickenpox inactivates them so the body can remove them completely. infection, the virus may break out of nerve cells and cause Most importantly, medical ozone does it without a viral infection of the skin in the area around the nerve. harmful adverse reactions or side effects so typical with The virus may spread from one nerve to another causing a pharmaceuticals. In more than 50 countries, over 45,000 painful rash. Although the rash usually heals within two to physicians have been using it worldwide for over 70 years four weeks, most people experience nerve pain for months to successfully and safely treat diseases such as herpes. or years, a condition called “postherpetic neuralgia.” In the So, don’t give up hope and don’t wait! It is absolutely past, outbreaks usually occurred in the elderly, but now it is possible to eliminate herpes from your body. To learn common for anyone at any age that is under great stress or more about medical ozone therapy, visit OzoneUniversity. has a compromised immune system. com or buy a copy of Ozone Therapy: The Miracle MediHerpes simplex 1 and 2 cause the oral or genital forms of cine, available at GaryNull.com, which has testimonials what we commonly simply call “herpes.” It also spreads on its benefits and effectiveness. in a way similar to the HZ virus. Herpes simplex is a viral disease caused by both herpes simplex virus type 1 and 2. For more information, call Dr. Howard Robins at Oral herpes, the visible symptoms of which are often called 212-581-0101. Robins is considered the foremost clinical cold sores or fever blisters, is an infection of the face or expert on the use of medical ozone in North America, mouth. Oral herpes is the most common form and genital with more than 22 years of clinical practice and 185,000 herpes is the second most common form of infection. Howtreatments performed. Bring in this article or the ad from ever, both types can be found both orally and genitally! page 3 for a $50 discount off your initial consultation.

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Evaluating Alternatives to Dairy by Judith Fertig

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hen dietary concerns, food sensitivities or curiosity prompt us to try alternative milks, it helps to know the basic facts about the leading types, to choose the best ones for us.

Almond Milk

Pro: Almond milk is low in fat and can be easily made at home, so ingredients are known. One cup of homemade almond milk has about 40 calories, one gram of protein, 6 percent of the daily value (DV) for calcium, three grams of fat and eight grams of carbohydrates. As for storebought options, one cup of Silk Organic Almond Original contains 60 calories, with one gram of protein, 10 percent DV for calcium, two-and-a-half grams of fat and eight grams of carbohydrates. Con: Almond milk is neither high in protein nor calcium; it’s not as nutritionally packed as other alternatives. Some might not care for the faint nutty flavor.

Coconut Milk

Pro: Dr. Josh Axe, a functional medicine physician who owns the popular natural health website, DrAxe.com, and the Exodus Health Center, near Nashville, Tennessee, points out, “High in mediumchain triglycerides, coconut milk is a very filling, fat-burning food.” One cup of homemade coconut milk has about na-newyorkcity.com

450 calories, six grams of protein and 64 grams of fat, plus trace minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and copper. Canned coconut milk is similar: one cup of Native Forest Unsweetened Coconut Milk Classic contains 420 calories, three grams of protein and 45 grams of fat, plus trace minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and copper in each cup. Con: High in fat and calories, coconut milk may not be the best choice for drinking every day, but is delicious in Asian-style soups and curries.

Hemp Milk

Pro: Hemp milk, made from hulled hemp seeds, contains 10 essential amino acids, including key fats. “Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are vital for healthy functioning of the brain,” says Axe. Hemp milk works well for people with tree nut allergies. One cup of Pacific Hemp Original has 140 calories, three grams of protein, 50 percent DV for calcium, five grams of fat and 20 grams of carbohydrates. Living Harvest Tempt Hemp Milk has 80 calories per cup, two grams of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, eight grams of fat and one gram of carbohydrates. Con: Grassy-tasting hemp milk tends to separate in hot coffee.


Rice Milk

Soy Milk

Pro: Soy milk provides more protein than other alternative milks. Look for a calcium-fortified, organic brand that doesn’t contain the thickening agent carrageenan, suggests Dr. Andrew Weil, founding director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, in Tucson. Different brands have different nutritional components. For example, one cup of Organic Valley Soy Original has 100 calories per cup, with seven grams of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, three grams of fat and 11 grams of carbohydrates. One cup of Organic EdenSoy Extra Original Soymilk contains 130 calories, with 11 grams of protein, 20 percent DV for calcium, four grams of fat and 13 grams of carbohydrates. Con: Some people might not like the thick texture and soy aftertaste. Dr. Frank Lipman, founder and director of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, in New York City, says that limiting soy is a good idea due to soy’s prevalent pesticide saturation and its researched links to thyroid, endocrine system and sex hormone dysfunction (Tinyurl.com/SoyDarksideStudies). If soy is eaten, “Choose certified organic, soy products—preferably fermented versions like miso, natto and tempeh—with the Non-GMO Project seal; and do so sparingly, no more than twice a week,” advises Lipman. Judith Fertig writes food health articles and cookbooks from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).

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With fresh ingredients, a high-speed blender and a reusable nut milk bag or strainer, we can make our own alternative milk in minutes at home.

Yields: About 4 cups

Strain the coconut milk through a nut milk bag into a container.

Soak the almonds in salted water for at least 12 hours before blending.

Optional: Add a preferred flavoring.

Yields: About 3 cups

Place hot water, and then shredded coconut, in a high-speed blender, starting on low speed and increasing to high for a total of three minutes.

1 cup raw, unsalted organic whole almonds ½ tsp sea salt 4 cups pure filtered water Sea salt, stevia, agave nectar, honey, a date, vanilla bean or lemon juice

Strain through a nut milk bag to remove any almond skin or pieces.

Coconut Milk 2 cups hot water 1 cup fresh organic, unsweetened, shredded coconut

Almond Milk

Using a high-powered blender, start blending on low and increase to high to reach a smooth milk consistency.

Pour into a container and store covered in the refrigerator for up to three days.

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Pro: High in vitamins and calcium when fortified, rice milk made from brown rice is also high in vitamins. According to Ted Kallmyer, author of Flexible Dieting, in Bend, Oregon, rice milk is the least likely alternative milk to trigger an allergy. One cup of Pacific Rice Milk has 130 calories, one gram of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, two grams of fat and 37 grams of carbohydrates. One cup of Rice Dream Organic Rice Drink has 120 calories, one gram of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, 2.5 grams of fat and 23 grams of carbohydrates. Con: Low in fat and protein, it’s also relatively high in carbohydrates. It has a less creamy texture than hemp, coconut or soy milks.

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DECODING DOG BODY TALK Three Signals of Anxiety by Susan Briggs

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amily dogs frequently accompany us on errands and outings away from their familiar home environment and we want them to enjoy these expeditions, so understanding their view of the world is important. To a dog, every experience is either familiar or unfamiliar. The first time they encounter a new sound,

place or person, they may feel anxious. We can help with the adjustment by introducing them slowly to each new experience and step aside to provide them distance or space to observe it first at their own pace. Knowing the “tells” that signal when a dog is comfortable or uncomfortable goes a long way to a har-

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monious experience. Allison Culver, assistant director of The Lightfoot Way holistic animal learning center, in Houston, remarks, “Knowing how to communicate with your animal can save a lot of heartache.” With a bit of applied attention, we can readily learn to understand the changes in canine body posture and behavior that communicate their emotional state. Start by observing the dog’s posture when they are relaxed at home. It’s likely that their weight is balanced on all four legs and their mouth is slightly open; movement is relaxed, loose and agile. When a dog feels happy or playful, notice how their ears may perk up or tilt slightly forward. Their tail might rise and wag, and they may emit a cheerful bark. Using their visual and audio demeanor as a baseline prepares us to be alert for three secret tells that signal a change in their emotion. Closing their mouth routinely occurs when a dog is unsure or anxious. When their mouth remains closed for a minute or more, it’s a sure clue that they need more time to process information. Lip licking such as quick flicks of the tongue is meant to appease and may prevent an uncomfortable situation from escalating into anything resembling a confrontation. Dogs do it with each other and with us, too. A look away that avoids direct eye contact likewise signals that a dog is urgently processing their current environment. Norwegian dog trainer Turid Rugaas, author of On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals, identifies

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the lip licking and averting of the eyes as self-calming behaviors. She affirms, “When dogs are stressed by the environment, they start using calming signals to ease the stress.” When this happens, first try creating more space or distance between the dog and any perceived threat; this may return them to their body language norm. If not, consider using holistic calming aids like a properly mixed lavender essential oil spray or Bach Rescue Remedy Pet flower essences, keeping these well away from their face. Also try mentally engaging the dog with learned cues. A quick game of sit, down, sit plus high-five allows them to engage in a familiar activity while they adjust to a new environment. If the pet does not respond to normal cues and continues to display multiple stress signals for an extended period, leave the scene altogether. Their anxiety hasn’t been relieved. If it’s still important that the dog learns to enjoy the troubling environment, work with a professional trainer that uses positive reinforcement tools to aid the transition (see PetProfessionalGuild. com or apdt.com). The trainer will assist in creating a plan that allows the pet to adjust at a pace that allows them to remain comfortable. By observing a dog’s posture, we can be confident of choosing mutually good outings.

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eaching me how to steer the 30-foot-long sailboat he built, my father would say, “It’s the sail that follows the wind, and the rudder that follows the sail.” The sail, by its nature, will catch the wind and lean into it. The rudder is for steering once we’ve set sail. Our soul is like a sail. Once hoisted, it’s filled by the wind of Spirit, which establishes our course and direction. Our will is our rudder; its job is to follow where the soul filled with Spirit leads, helping to steer our way. When we lean on will to make things happen, we can grow stubborn, confused or lost. Clear sailing comes when we’re being carried toward a vision greater than our self, feeling wholly alive along the way. Scudding along the sea, my father was living once for all time, feeling the sensation of all life in that moment. We all yearn to live in these moments forever, yet even a taste of aliveness can fill, sustain and refresh us in the midst of daily tasks. We all face times beyond our control when life doesn’t follow our designs and we’re asked to work with life and not fight, curse or hide from it. When insisting on our way, we can get so tangled in our will that we can’t find or feel the wind of Spirit. During these times—when we fear there is no meaning and it seems there’s nothing holding us up—our will can puff, snap and flap

about in a desperate attempt to fill what looms as an empty life. But even setting out on the sea, it’s never easy. My father remarked, “It’s always harder to sail toward a fixed point, because you will inevitably have to cross the wind several times to get there.” By contrast, a boat moves its fastest and cleanest when it simply follows the wind. It’s the same when we listen for where life is taking us, instead of busily thinking about where we’re going. Devoting ourselves to experiencing the journey, rather than determining a destination, we discover our way. Like a sail, our life must be out in the open before the wind will show its face. Likewise, Spirit fills us when we can inhabit our true nature. We miss what awaits us if we hover too close to the shore of our past, our family, someone else’s dream for us, or an old identity. To feel the wind in our face, we must leave the shallows and harbors for the deep. Only then will the larger, timeless destination show itself and our soul be filled enough with Spirit that our smaller self will have no choice but to engage in steering us toward all that matters. Adapted excerpt from The One Life We’re Given: Finding the Wisdom that Waits in Your Heart, by Mark Nepo (Atria). Connect at MarkNepo.com and ThreeIntentions.com. natural awakenings

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MONDAY, MAY 1 Deepening Emotional Insights with Chakra Tarot Spreads – 7-9pm. In a Q&A session with Kooch and Victor Daniels, the focus will be on card spreads that demonstrate step-by-step how the tarot is a medium for exploring chakras, emotions and relationships. Using the 7-card chakra spread and a simple 3-card spread, we will discuss the chakras to help you or a client move toward greater clarity. AumShanti Bookshop, 226 E 14th St (btwn 2nd & 3rd ), NYC. 212-260-2866 or aumshantibookshop.com. Open Shamanic Circle – 7-9pm. Rev Jonathan Hammond, One Spirit Interfaith Minister and Spiritual Counselor, is an energy healer and certified Shamanic Reiki practitioner. He leads this highly-experiential monthly circle, where you will work with ancient shamanic practices for healing, empowerment and the betterment of your lives. This rich work will involve journeys into yourself, your past and your future. Learning Preference: Attending Only. Price, $20 suggested donation. One Spirit Learning Alliance, 247 W 36th St, 6th Floor, New York, NY. tinyurl.com/shamaniccircle or onespiritinterfaith.org/2017/02/one-spirit-shamanic-circle-may/.

FRIDAY, MAY 5 An Evening with Fantuzzi Concert – 7-9pm. Fantuzzi’s music is “Mystic Latin, Reggae, Afro-Funk” and is infused with the energies and rhythms of AfroCaribbean Nyabinghi, Latin Salsa, Merengue, African drums, Devotional Kirtan, giving voice to unique chants, soul-rich songs and electrifying sensual dance. AumShanti Bookshop, 226 E 14th St (btwn 2nd & 3rd ), NYC. 212-260-2866 or aumshantibookshop.com.

SAT, MAY 6-SUN, MAY 7 NAVEL Expo – two-day health and wellness event at Sheraton New York Times Square (NavelExpo.com). At event on Sunday Dr. Paulvin speaks on “How to Maximize your Health using Diet, Biohacking, Supplements and more.” DoctorPaulvin.com

THURSDAY, MAY 18 Interspiritual Counseling Program Information Session – 7-9pm. One Spirit’s Interspiritual Counseling program (ISC) is the only program that trains spiritual counselors in an Interspiritual model. ISC focuses on personal and spiritual transformation – including the refinement of one’s presence, inner depth, and confidence – as the groundwork for the cultivation of counseling skills. Come join us at an Information Session to find out more. Learning preference: Attendance and live via Zoom Videoconference. Revs Theresa Bimka and Sally Schwager. One Spirit Learning Alliance, 247 W 36th St, 6th Floor, New York, NY. onespiritinterfaith.org/2017/04/interspiritualcounseling-information-session-may-2017/.

THURSDAY, MAY 18 Cremation: History and Modern Process –5-7pm. What is cremation? How long have we been doing it, and how does it work? Amy leads this tour of cremation’s history (from its origins 32 thousand

years ago in Australia) and its impact on the present and future of funerals. This journey will also explore how to choose an end-of-life mode of disposition that expresses your own beliefs and values. Green-Wood Cemetery Crematory Chapel, 500 25th St, Brooklyn, NY. 718-768-7300 or FittingTributeFunerals.com.

MONDAY, MAY 22 Enchanted Soul Journey Concert Event with David Young: A Portal Between Heaven and Earth – 8-10pm. Experience the healing music and deep meditations of Grammy-nominated David Young! Everyone will have an experience, either with an Ascended Master, an Archangel, a past life experience, an out-of-body experience in the inner light or with one of their loved ones already in Heaven. David is a channel, healer, artist, writer of 3 books, and it is said that more people have had out-of-body experiences while listening to his music than any other living musician. $30. Reflections Yoga, 227 E 24th St, (between 2nd and 3rd Aves), New York, NY. 212-974-2288, reflectionsyoga.com, 212-260-2866 or aumshantibookshop.com.

TUESDAY, MAY 23 One Spirit Seminary Information Session – 7-9pm. By enrolling in One Spirit’s Interfaith/Interspiritual Seminary program, you will learn how to use, and to support others to use, every experience in life as an opportunity for spiritual evolution. Our heartcentered program contains a deeper curriculum of evolving consciousness and spiritual maturity that will help you to expand your spiritual growth. Meet staff, students and alumni. Rev Kandace Simmons, Director of Admissions. Learning preference: attendance and live via Zoom Videoconference. One Spirit Learning Alliance, 247 W 36th St, 6th Floor, New York, NY. onespiritinterfaith.org/workshops-events/.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 24 Soul of Intimacy Workshop with don Miguel Ruiz Jr – 7-9pm. don Miguel Ruiz is the author of “The Four Agreements” and numerous other best-selling books and is one of the most influential spiritual teachers on the planet. No one has been more affected by his teachings than his own son, don Miguel Ruiz Jr, who has compiled his father’s wisdom into one small but extremely powerful book, “Little Book of Wisdom.” It offers in-depth teachings to bring more insight, inspiration, and joy into your daily life. By combining the wisdom of his family’s traditions with the knowledge gained from his own personal journey, he now helps others realize their own path to personal freedom. $50, includes his book. AumShanti Bookshop, 226 E 14th St (btwn 2nd & 3rd ), NYC. 212-260-2866 or aumshantibookshop.com.

FRIDAY, MAY 26 “Let There Be Light” Booksigning and Talk with Andrew Vidich – 7-9pm. Celebrate the splendor of radiant Light that has been embodied and taught by mystics, saints and sages over the millennia! Every level reader will enjoy this book for its insights and message hope that Light is available to all who seek it with humility and grace. Andrew Vidich PhD, award-winning author, educator and transformational speaker of spirituality, mysticism and death and dying. AumShanti Bookshop, 226 E 14th St (btwn 2nd & 3rd ), NYC. 212-260-2866 or aumshantibookshop.com.

FRI, MAY26-MON, MAY 29 Flying Phoenix Qigong Part 1 (Part 2, July 27-30; Part 3, August 29-September 3). This intensive Qigong workshop teaches participants the essential core practice of Flying Phoenix Heavenly Healing Chi Meditations (Fei Feng San Gung), a rare and extraordinarily powerful medical Qigong system created more than 400 years ago. Terence Dunn, PhD. Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox, MA. 866-264-5139 or Eastover.com.

savethedate SATURDAY, JUNE 10 One Spirit Learning Alliance Class of 2017 Graduation – 2-4pm. One Spirit is thrilled to invite you to the commencement ceremony of our 2017 graduates. Please join us as we honor the hard work and growth of our graduates. For two years, these students have been on a powerful journey of transformation, and this ceremony marks a new chapter in service to our quickly changing world. We will also honor the Rev Dr Joyce Liechenstein, One Spirit Associate Director Emerita. Free admission, please consider a donation of $20 or more to the scholarship fund in honor of a graduate. The Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Dr, New York, NY. onespiritinterfaith.org/workshops-events/.

SAT, JUNE 10-SUN, JUNE 11 Green Festival – America’s largest and longest-running sustainability and green living event, Green Festival® is a vibrant, dynamic marketplace where companies and organizations come to showcase their green products and services, and where people learn to live healthier! Javits Convention Center. See back cover.

FRI, JUNE 23-SUN, JUNE 25 Reiki I, II, Masters and/or Teacher’s Classes – Here is a rare opportunity to learn Reiki with Lisa Guyman, Reiki Master and Chopra Meditation Instructor in New York City! Lisa has been leading Reiki workshops nationwide for 19 years and meditation for 12 years. Manhattan Reiki Classes location: 51 W 14th St, New York, NY. Class sells out! Register soon at LisaGuyman.com or call 720-683-0444.

FRI, JUNE 23-FRI, JUNE 30 2017 Eastover Medical Qigong and Easter nMedicine Symposium – This event features 16 eastern internationally renowned masters, including Mantak Chia, Junfeng Li and Aiping Cheng. Chia’s mastery of ancient Chinese practices in several disciplines resulted in the creation of his Universal Healing Tao System and has published 57 books on Tao as a secret to longevity. Li is the founder of Sheng Zhen (Unconditional Love) Qigong and former head coach of China’s national wushu team. Cheng is a world authority in Chinese martial arts, with experience spanning more than 40 years. Other featured experts include Lonny Jarrett, Roger Janhke and Sifu Terence Dunn, PhD. Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox, MA. 866-264- 5139 or Eastover.com.

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communitydirectory 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 “High-Vibration”, “ReikiCharged” 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.

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.

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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.

COUNSELING & MENTAL WELLNESS DR. MICHAEL MONGNO

Present Centered Therapies Upper West Side 212-799-0101 • PresentCenteredTherapies.com Dr. Mongno’s practice originates from his own work over the course of his life journey. The synthesis of this life work along with his extensive training in multiple therapeutic modalities allows him to create insightful and emotionally corrective experiences with his clients. This results in greater cognitive understanding and emotional self awareness. It profoundly develops an enhanced ability to live more freely out of a larger and more vital frame of existence—thus a greater quality of life.

GETAWAYS & RETREATS 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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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.

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FITTING TRIBUTE FUNERAL SERVICES, LLC 1283 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 718-338-8080 • FittingTributeFunerals.com

Full Moon Manifesting & Healing with Jenny Mannion. Full Moon is a powerful time to release anything that does not serve you. In this monthly distance healing, we use the full moon energy to send energy to the intentions you have set - a perfect opportunity to catalyze the changes you would love to manifest in your life. Free to AtoZ Healing Space members: www.AtoZHealingSpace.com/the-circle-space/

FITTING TRIBUTE FUNERAL SERVICES, LLC, is a progressive, family-owned, eco-friendly funeral home helping New York City residents of all creeds and faiths plan green burials, cremation services at Green-Wood, home funerals, and other memorial events. Respectful, non-invasive care of the body is paramount. In-home arrangements, creativity and compassion are part of the formula too. Founder Amy Cunningham was profiled by The New York Times for generating greater interest in the back-to-basics New York funeral, and listed among the “Nine Most Innovative Funeral Professionals” in the country by FuneralOne, a leading voice for change in the funeral industry.

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NYS • HI Licensed Healthcare Practitioner 808-264-5309 • HappyAndHealthyLife.ABMP.com Your Highest Radiant Light-Filled Self is warmly invited to learn High Vibrational Healing Artsʼ Solutions and tools for your “highest path and healing.” I help clear obstacles for all aspects of life by opening stronger groundings to your Light. Letʼs transform life's stressors and trauma through wholistic subconscious healing with compassion. Simple self-empowerment techniques are taught, supporting your BEST BRIGHTEST WELLNESS. Mentoring opportunity to master communing with your innate light guidance for realization, purpose, and clarity. Wishing You A Happy & Healthy Life!


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 DR. NEIL PAULVIN

All-In-One-Wellness 1317 Third Ave (btwn 74th & 75th) 370 Lexington Avenue (btwn 40th & 41st) 646-828-7844 • DoctorPaulvin.com Dr. Neil Paulvin has two offices in Manhattan. He practices Functional Medicine, Sports Medicine and Anti-Aging Medicine. Dr. Paulvin performs Dry Needling, Osteopathic Manipulation, Cupping, Craniosacral therapy, Bioidentical Hormones and Prolotherapy. Dr. Paulvin treats Fibromyalgia. Headaches, Joint Pain, Lyme Disease, Obesity, Chronic Fatigue and more. Sign up on his website or join his Facebook group page to receive his newsletter and get access to special webinars. Watch Dr. Paulvin speak about how he can help you directly on his website.

NATURAL BEAUTY CATHERINE MANNING

Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic 908-400-8961 cathynyrorganics@gmail.com us.nyrorganic.com/shop/catherinemanning Catherine is an independent consultant for Neal’s Yard remedies. She believes that choosing organic is best for both people and our planet. When it comes to the ingredients in their products Neal’s Yard prides itself in honesty, integrity and transparency. They are committed to making products with the maximum organic, natural and wild ingredients. Neal’s Yard has over 30 years of being considered one of the top family owned, ethical, organic companies in the United Kingdom. Neal’s Yard organic essential oils are the fundamental ingredient in our products because of their therapeutic, calming, and revitalizing benefits. Catherine is on a mission to share these products to transform peoples lives by encouraging a more natural and holistic way of life.

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 ecofriendly 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.

NATURAL DENTISTRY DR. PETER SILVER

919 2nd Ave, 2nd Flr 212-924-6890 • TheOzoneDentist.com Dr.PeterSilver@gmail.com Located in an easily accessible area by Union Square, Dr. Peter Silver practices Minimally Invasive Ozone Dentistry. Ozone is used to kill bacteria in cavities and gum disease, while speeding up the healing of your tissue. Dr. Silver also practices Guilt-Free dentistry, where you are never made to feel uncomfortable about the condition of your mouth. If you are anxious about visiting the dentist, Dr. Silver uses laughing gas and does sedation dentistry as well.

TRIBECA CENTER FOR INTEGRATIVE HOLISTIC DENTISTS

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.

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.

PRODUCTS HERBASWAY

800-672-7322 • Herbasway.com 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.

NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR DR. SUSAN CUCCHIARA

120 E. 56 street Suite 740, NY, NY 10022 212-652-2240 • www.NaturallySue.com office@naturallysue.com Dr. Susan Cucchiara is a Naturopathic Doctor whom is trained as a primary care physician and is an expert in natural and holistic health. Dr. Cucchiara sees everyone from pediatrics to geriatrics and treats everything from the common cold up and through chronic diseases. She develops a personalized treatment plan to address your health concerns utilizing single homeopathic remedies, biotherapeutic drainage remedies, herbs, supplementation, nutrition and athome remedies.

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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