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Finding Fulfillment, Creativity and Meaning by Deborah Shouse

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What Makes Us Glow by Glennon Doyle Melton

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igong and kung fu master Terry Dunn will be the resident instructor at Eastover Estate and Retreat this fall, teaching weekly classes as well as immersive three-day workshops in three Chinese holistic health arts. An expert in Tai Chi for Health, Dunn will be offering ongoing weekend classes in Tai Chi Chuan and two ancient monastic qigong arts, Flying Phoenix Qigong and Taoist Elixir Method Qigong. Dunn will teach weekly classes in Yang-style Tai Chi Chuan, in the manner of Profesoor Cheng Man-Ching and as taught by Dunn’s teacher, Grandmaster William C. C. Chen of New York City. “This is a style that I have been studying since 1980,” he says. Flying Phoenix and Taoist Elixir Method are esoteric systems of qigong that have been preserved intact to this day, he says, and he teaches them in a format that’s safe, fun and easy while providing context, skills and meaning. “Both Flying Phoenix Qigong and Tao Tan Pai Qigong systems are easier to learn and practice than tai chi, as they require less memorization of complex choreography—yet they provide more immediate and rejuvenating effects,” he says. Dunn has 42 years of training in Chinese martial, yogic and healing arts. He is best known for his best-selling 1989 instructional videos, Tai Chi for Health Short Form/Long Form and his six-volume Chi Kung For Health DVD series. In 2000, he wrote the first protocol in American medical history applying therapeutic tai chi and qigong exercises to accelerate the recovery of post-operative cardiothoracic patients at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. In 2000 and 2001, he became the first tai chi trainer in the NBA, working with the Los Angeles Lakers. Eastover Estate and Retreat is located in Lenox, MA. For information about classes and workshops, contact Eastover at Eastover.com.

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ntrepreneur C. E. Smith has introduced a new homeopathic pain relief cream, Aunt Alberta’s Remedy, to the market. “My aunt Alberta mixed natural herbs to develop remedies that would cure everything that ailed you,” Smith recalls. “This cream penetrates deep into the skin and muscle tissues. I used a combination of several time-tested ingredients—oil of wintergreen, iodine and castor oil—to bring effective pain relief results.” Extracted from the leaves of a small evergreen herb, oil of wintergreen has long been used for rheumatoid arthritis and respiratory conditions such as chronic mucus discharge, and it is often added to liniments and ointments to ease joint and muscular pain. Smith says it can provide relief from conditions such as lumbago, sciatica, neuralgia, gout and fibroblast.” Wintergreen should not be used by people who are allergic to aspirin, she adds, and it should always be used topically—never ingested. Aunt Alberta’s Remedy combines oil of wintergreen with Atomidine iodine, a natural product that influences physical and mental growth and nerve and muscle tissue function, she says. “It’s easy to absorb through the skin and is an essential nutrient. The active ingredients in my remedy are combined with castor oil to penetrate deep into tissues, to soften and enrich the skin cells for renewed, pliable skin.” For more information, visit AlbertasPainRelief.com.

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oshua Bloom, a quantum healer and host of “Emotionally Free TV,” will lead a workshop in his new healing modality, LifeForce AwakJoshua Bloom ening, October 7 and 8 in New York City. Bloom, who previously created the modality known as Quantum Energy Transformation, says this live workshop, Ignite Your Healing Powers, will offer tools for helping people who feel overwhelmed or emotionally raw. “This workshop is profoundly transformational,” he says. “You’ll leave in a calmer, more thoughtful and peaceful state that will have you feeling fully alive, elated and limitless.” Participants will discover how to heal themselves and others with life-force energy through the quantum and morphic fields as they heal the entire body all at once, he says. Those who complete the workshop will receive first-level certification in LifeForce Awakening. “The workshop is a great opportunity to network with like-minded people who want to be the first to experience this new model for healing,” Bloom says. “It’s a lifeshifting, life-lifting experience.” Former workshop participant Kelly Walker, of Oregon, says it transformed her relationship with herself. “It brought me more confidence, courange and opportunities,” she says. For Uland kay-Coleman of Canada, the benefits were more tangible. “My pain is gone,” she reports. “I went from bedridden to freedom.” Seating is limited, so early registration is recommended. For tickets, visit IgniteYourHealing.com.

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usa Muhaiyaddeen (Emanuel L. Levin), who has been teaching Sufism around the world for many years, will offer a free monthly lecture series, Create Your Own Destiny, at New York New Church, 114 East Emanuel L. Levin 35th Street. The first lecture will be held September 23, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., and will be followed by Zikr, a prayer recitation. Create Your Own Destiny is a six-part series of talks, Musa says. “I guide participants deep within their consciousness, peeling away the layers that keep them from achieving their goals.” Musa is an attorney living in Philadelphia with his wife of 44 years. He has three children and six grandchildren. A direct disciple of Sufi master M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, he devotes his time to serving others, inspiring them to clear out what blocks them from connecting to their inner spirituality and to understand their relationship with God. Many of his talks are available online at TheWitnessWithin.com. His two-volume book, The Elixir of Truth, is available on Amazon. To register for the free lecture series, register with the Sufi Study Center on Meetup.com.

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study from Nagasaki University, in Japan, has found that reducing salt in the diet can cut down on the number of trips to the bathroom during the night. Researchers followed 321 men and women with high-salt diets and sleep problems for 12 weeks. Of the subjects, 223 reduced their salt intake from 10.7 grams per day to 8 grams and the remaining 98 increased their salt intake from 9.6 grams per day to 11 grams. The nighttime urination frequency rate for the salt reduction group dropped from 2.3 times per night to 1.4 times, while the increased salt group’s rose from 2.3 to 2.7 times per night.

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esearchers from Helsinki, Finland, analyzed data from 2,000 people to find out how sleeping patterns affected their food choices. They discovered individuals that wake up early make healthier food choices throughout the day and are more physically active. “Linking what and when people eat to their biological clock type provides a fresh perspective on why certain people are more likely to make unhealthy food decisions,” explains lead author Mirkka Maukonen, from the National Institute for Health and Welfare, in Helsinki.

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esearchers from Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island, have found that regular yoga practice can help reduce anxiety and depression in young women with eating disorders. The scientists followed 20 girls between the ages of 14 and 18 that were enrolled in an outpatient eating disorder clinic that comprised the larger control group. Those selected agreed to participate in a weekly yoga class and complete questionnaires after six and 12 weeks, assessing their anxiety, depression and mood. Of those that started the study, five attended all 12 yoga classes and six completed between seven and 11 classes. Researchers found decreases in anxiety, depression and negative thoughts among those that participated in the yoga classes, with no negative side effects. Another study from the University of Delaware, in Newark, supports these results. Half of the 38 residential eating disorder treatment program participants did one hour of yoga prior to dinner for five days and the other half did not. The yoga group showed significant reductions in pre-meal anxiety compared to the control group.

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study from Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, in São Paulo, Brazil, suggests a link between regular yoga practice and an increase in brain cortical thickness, associated with memory and attention. The researchers used brain imaging scans (CT) to measure the cortical thickness of 42 Brazilian women older than 59. Twenty-one of the subjects had practiced hatha yoga regularly for at least eight years. These women were compared to 21 other women matched for age and education that engaged in other physical activity comparable to hatha yoga. The researchers found that the cortical thickness in the yoga practitioners was significantly greater in the left prefrontal lobe of the brain. This portion of brain gray matter is linked to awareness, attention, executive function and memory, suggesting that hatha yoga practice may be associated with cognitive preservation. The scientists added, “The present results parallel those previously reported in which younger yoga and meditation practitioners had greater gray matter volumes than non-practitioners in the following brain regions: larger gray matter volume in the right anterior insula and right inferior temporal gyrus.”

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eets contain high levels of dietary nitrate, which can increase blood flow and improve exercise performance. Researchers from Wake Forest University, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, tested the impact of consuming beetroot juice prior to exercise on the somatomotor cortex, the part of the brain that processes information from the muscles. Twenty-six older adults with hypertension that generally don’t exercise were split into two groups. Half were given a beetroot juice supplement with 560 milligrams of nitrate prior to a thrice-weekly, 50-minute treadmill walk for six weeks. The other half were given a placebo with very little nitrate. The beetroot juice group showed substantially higher levels of nitrate after exercising than the placebo group. “We knew going in that a number of studies had shown that exercise has positive effects on the brain,” explains W. Jack Rejeski, director of the Behavioral Medicine Laboratory in the Health and Exercise Science Department at Wake Forest and study co-author. “We showed that compared to exercise alone, adding a beetroot juice supplement for hypertensive older adults to exercise resulted in brain connectivity that closely resembles what is seen in younger adults.” natural awakenings

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The Aurora Organic Dairy pastures and feedlots north of Greeley, Colorado, are home to more than 15,000 cows—more than 100 times the size of a typical organic herd. It is the main facility of the company that supplies milk to Walmart, Costco and other major retailers. They adhere to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic regulations, but critical weaknesses exist in the inspection system the government uses to ensure that food is organic; farmers are allowed to hire their own inspectors to certify them, and thus can fall short of reaching standards without detection. Organic dairies are required to allow the cows to graze daily throughout the growing season rather than be confined to barns and feedlots. Although the USDA National Organic Program allows for an extremely wide range of grazing practices that comply with the rule, Aurora was observed onsite and via satellite imagery by the Washington Post as having only a small percentage of the herd outdoors on any given day. The company disputes the data. U.S. organic dairy sales amounted to $6 billion last year; although it is more expensive to produce, the milk may command a premium price of 100 percent more than regular.

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Finland, internationally renowned for innovative educational practices, is poised to become the first country to eliminate school subjects. Officials are making changes to be implemented by 2020 that will revolutionize how the school system works by allowing pupils to absorb a body of knowledge about language, economics and communication skills. “We need something to fit for the 21st century,” says Department of Education head Marjo Kyllonen. The system will be introduced for seniors beginning at age 16. They will choose which topic or phenomenon they want to study, bearing in mind their ambitions and capabilities. “Instead of staying passively in their benches listening to the teachers, students will now often work in smaller groups collaborating on projects, rather than just assigned classwork and homework.” Another new model of learning sparked by XQ: The Super School Project (xqsuperschool.org) is underway at New Harmony High School, housed on a floating barge at the mouth of the Mississippi River southeast of New Orleans. They’ve received a $10 million grant to work on environmental issues when it opens in 2018. “High schools today are not preparing students for the demands of today’s world,” says XQ Senior School Strategist Monica Martinez; she notes that about a third of college students must take remedial courses and are not prepared to thrive as employees. 12

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Congress might consider authorizing the U.S. Department of Energy to encase much of the nuclear waste at the Washington state Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation’s largest waste repository, in a cement-like mixture, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office. It states that when burying the waste, cement would be less expensive and faster than vitrification, an alternative process currently used to turn the waste into glass logs. A $17 billion vitrification plant, one of the federal government’s most expensive construction projects, is intended to separate much of the waste into high- and low-level radioactive material, but construction has stalled over design and safety concerns. After the highly radioactive waste is immobilized in the glass logs, it would theoretically be shipped to an as-yet-nonexistent national repository proposed for Yucca Mountain, in Nevada. The 56 million gallons of waste in question is left over from plutonium production for nuclear weapons since World War II, and the site itself has a history of leaks. The Department of Energy likes the cement burial, but state officials believe the best way to safely deal with the waste and protect the environment is by turning it into glass. Source: enews.earthlink.net


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Retirees are volunteering at hundreds of nationally protected lands. They staff visitor centers, do maintenance, clean up debris and remind visitors to keep food items secure from wildlife. Last year, volunteers outnumbered National Park Service staff about 20 to one, expanding the financially strapped agency’s ability to serve hundreds of millions of visitors. Nearly a third of them are 54 and up, contributing to the 7.9 million service hours worked in 2015 by all 400,000 volunteers. Volunteer opportunities also exist at National Wildlife Refuge sites, fish hatcheries and endangered species field offices of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Sallie Gentry, volunteer coordinator for the Southeast Region, based in Atlanta, notes that Georgia’s Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge has a dozen designated spots for motor homes in its Volunteer Village. She says most volunteers are local retired residents whose working hours vary while RV volunteers commit to 20 hours a week for at least three months. In return, they get free hookups for electricity, sewage, propane and water. “They have skills they want to contribute, but are also looking for a social outlet,” notes Gentry. Cookouts and potlucks are common. She also cites the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge, an important migratory stop especially for songbirds, as a place with great appeal. “We supply uniforms, training, tools and orientations,” says Gentry. “It’s a mutually beneficial investment.” She suggests that individuals apply for specific sites at least a year in advance. Megan Wandag, volunteer coordinator for the USFWS Midwest Region, based in Minneapolis, cites the popular Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, in Bloomington, and the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, near Des Moines, as “oases near urban areas.” USFWS Southwest Region volunteer coordinator Juli Niemann highlights the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, in central New Mexico, that has 18 recreation vehicle spots and an average occupancy duration of five months. “It’s a prime wintering place for sandhill cranes.” Volunteer.gov updates site details and contact information at federal facilities nationwide.

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The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference is comprised of member organizations and individuals dedicated to providing recreational hiking opportunities in the region, and representing the interests and concerns of the hiking community. The Trail Conference is a volunteer-directed not-for-profit service organization committed to: • Developing, building, and maintaining over 2,000 miles of trails • Protecting hiking trail lands through support and advocacy • Educating the public in the responsible use of trails and the natural environment Whether you’re looking to retreat from the city for a day or a week, the Trail Conference has plenty of opportunities for you to give back to the trails while breathing in the fresh air.

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If you’ve only got a day to spare, it’s a tough sell to make the hours-long trip into the deep woods. Why not keep it close to home and volunteer with a trail crew accessible by train? Join us for Trail Love Days at Breakneck Ridge and you’ll be rewarded with snacks, a volunteer T-shirt, and the knowledge that you’ve helped preserve a trail for future generations. Take Metro North to the Breakneck Ridge Station and you’ll land right at the trailhead, no car necessary. It’s that simple!

Saturday, September 16th Saturday, September 17th Can’t make it for Trail Love Day? This AmeriCorps Conservation Corps Crew will be hard at work every Thursday-Monday through October 30th, so there are plenty of opportunities for you to get out there and have some fun on the trail with us!

Cleaning Up the Catskills

If you’re looking to get a little further from the city, trek up to the Catskills and help us clean the beloved Blue Hole. Designated as a 2017 Hot Spot by Leave No Trace, the Trail Conference has partnered with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to bring in volunteers to help us clean and restore this special spot from overuse and disrespect. Join us on Friday, September 15th and Saturday, September 30th. Want to stay a little longer? Consider becoming a Trail Maintainer with us! If you’re planning on vacationing in the Catskills anyway, why not use some of that time in nature taking care of the trails? To see if it’s right for you, you can attend a Trail Maintenance work trip a little closer to home on September 30th in the Neversink Gorge. For more information visit www.nynjtc.org/volunteer or email the Volunteer Coordinator, Lindsay Yoder at NYNJTCVolunteer@nynjtc.org. natural awakenings

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Aging with Passion and Purpose Finding Fulfillment, Creativity and Meaning by Deborah Shouse

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ant to age well? The answer isn’t in your 401k. Self-acceptance, a positive attitude, creative expression, purposeful living and spiritual connections all anchor successful and meaningful aging. In fact, these kinds of preparations are just as important as saving money for retirement, according to Ron Pevny, director of the Center for Conscious Eldering, in Durango, Colorado, and author of Conscious Living, Conscious Aging.

Savor Self-Acceptance

While most people believe adulthood is the final stage of life, Dr. Bill Thomas is among the creative aging experts that identify another life chapter: elderhood. “Elders possess novel ways of approaching time, money, faith and relationships,” says Thomas, an Ithaca, New York geriatrician and fierce advocate for the value of aging. “The best chapters may be near the end of the book,” Thomas continues. “Once you appreciate yourself and your years, you can relinquish outdated expectations and seek to discover your true self. Then the world can open up to you,” says Thomas. “Living a rewarding life means we are willing to say, ‘These chapters now are the most interesting.’” During this time, rather than feeling consumed by what we have to do, we can focus on what we want to do. 14

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Fill the Funnel of Friends

For older people, relationships offer foundational connections; but as we age, friends may drift away, relocate or die. “Successful aging requires refilling our funnel of friends,” says Thomas, who considers socially engaged elders with friends wealthier than a socially isolated millionaire. “Notice opportunities for interacting and connecting,” advises Shae Hadden, co-founder of The Eldering Institute in Vancouver, Canada. Talk with the checkout person at the grocery store or smile at a stranger walking her dog.

Cultivate a Positive Attitude

Our beliefs about aging shape our experiences. A Yale University study found that older individuals with more positive self-perceptions of aging lived 7.5 years longer than those less so inclined. Connecting with positive role models helps us release limiting beliefs and embrace an attitude of gratitude instead. Other life lessons can be gleaned from observing how negativity affects people physically, emotionally, and socially. Holding onto regrets traps us in the past zapping energy and self-worth; it also keeps the best in us from shining out says Pevny. He suggests a simple letting-go ceremony, with friends as witnesses. If possible, hold it in a natural outdoor setting.

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At one of his conscious aging retreats, Pevny created a fire circle. Mike, 70, had been a dedicated long-distance runner for most of his life. Now plagued with mobility issues, Mike decided to let go of regrets. He brought a pair of running shorts into the circle and talked about what the sport had meant to him—its joys, challenges and camaraderie. Then he tossed the shorts into the fire, telling his friends, “I am letting go so I can find a new purpose and passion.”

Understand Our Life Stories

Creating our own life review helps us acknowledge and understand our most significant experiences and reminds us of all we’re bringing to our elder journey. Pevny offers these approaches: n Develop a timeline, dividing life into seven-year sections. For each, write about the strongest memories and most influential people. n Consider what matters most, from people and values to challenges and dreams. n Write to children and grandchildren, sharing tales of our life’s most significant events and lessons. n Record key stories on audio or video.

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The changes that aging brings can mire elders in depression and isolation. “Older people need to be brave and resilient,” says Susan Perlstein, of Brooklyn, New York, founder emeritus of the National Center for Creative Aging, in Washington, D.C., and founder of Elders Share the Arts, in New York City. “To age creatively, we need a flow of varied experiences, exploring new activities or reframing longtime interests from a fresh perspective.” Expressive arts can engage people’s minds, bodies and spirits. A George Washington University study shows that people engaged in the arts are happier and healthier. Perlstein understands this firsthand, having begun taking guitar lessons in her 70s. Motivated to play simple songs for her new granddaughter, she subsequently learned to play jazz and blues tunes and joined a band. “I’m doing something I love,” says Perlstein. “I’m meeting diverse people, learning new things and enjoying a rich life.” Musician John Blegen, of Kansas

Older people are our greatest resource. We need to nurture them and give them a chance to share what they know. ~Susan Perlstein, founder, National Center for Creative Aging and Elders Share the Arts City, Missouri, was 73 when he realized his lifelong secret desire to tap dance. When Blegen met the then 87-year-old Billie Mahoney, Kansas City’s “Queen of Tap,” he blurted out his wish and fear of being “too old.” She just laughed and urged him to sign up for her adult beginner class. He asked for tap shoes for Christmas and happily shuffle-stepped his way through three class sessions. “Tap class inspired me, encouraged me and gave me hope,” he says. “Now I can shim sham and soft shoe. It’s a dream come true.” To unearth the inner artist, ask: n Which senses do I most like to engage? n Do I enjoy looking at art or listening to music? Do I like sharing feelings and experiences? If so, a thrill may

come from writing stories or plays, acting or storytelling. n As a child, what did I yearn to do; maybe play the piano, paint or engineer a train set? Now is the time to turn those dreams into reality. n How can I reframe my life in a positive way when I can no longer do activities I love? If dancing was my focus before, how do I rechannel that energy and passion? If puttering in the garden is too strenuous, what other outdoor interests can I pursue? The answers can lead to fresh settings, including local community centers and places of worship. Many universities have extension classes for lifelong learners. State arts councils support programs, and museums and libraries host helpful activities. Shepherd Centers encourage community learning and Road Scholar caters to elders that prefer to travel and study.

Discover a Purpose

Upon retirement some people feel purposeless and lost. They yearn for something that offers up excitement, energy and joy. Hadden invites people to be curious and explore options. “We’re designing our future around who we are and what we care about now,” she says. Try keeping a journal for several weeks. Jot down issues and ideas that

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Nearly three-quarters of America’s adults believe they are lifelong learners. It helps them make new friends and community connections and prompts volunteerism. ~Pew Research Center intrigue, aggravate and haunt. After several weeks, reflect on the links between concerns that compel and those that irritate. Perhaps we’re intrigued by a certain group of people or a compelling issue. “A concern points to problems and people you want to help,” Hadden observes. This can range from lending a hand to struggling family members, maintaining our own health, volunteering for a literacy project or working to reduce world hunger. “Choose what inspires you to get out of bed each day, eager to move into action.”

Develop Inner Frontiers

People in their elder years may still be measured by midlife standards, which include physical power, productivity and achievement. “They come up short in the eyes of younger people,” dharma practitioner Kathleen Dowling Singh remarks. “But those standards do not define a human life.” Rather, aging allows us to disengage from the pressures of appearances and accomplishments. As we release judgments and unwanted habits, we can increase our feelings of spirituality and peace. “When doors in the outer world seem to be closing, it’s time to cultivate inner resources that offer us joy and meaning. We have the beautiful privilege of slowing down and hearing what our heart is saying,” says Singh, of Sarasota, Florida. 16

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Meditation is one way to deepen spiritually as we age. “Sit in solitude, gather your scattered thoughts and set an intention,” Singh suggests. “A daily practice shows what peace, silence and contentment feel like. As you become more comfortable, add time until you’re sitting for 20 to 40 minutes.”

Acknowledge Our Shelf Life

“We cannot speak about aging and awakening without speaking about death and dying,” Singh believes. “We need to confront our mortality.” Meditating on the coming transition opens us up to the blessings of life. We can ask ourselves deep questions such as, “What am I doing? What do I want? What does this all mean? What is spirit?” Singh believes such searching questions are vital. None of us knows how much Earth time we have to awaken to a deeper, fuller experience of the sacred.

Help the World In today’s world of chaos and crisis, the wisdom of elders is more important than ever. “Older people need to be engaged, using their insights to help the Earth, community and world,” Pevny says. Creative aging is about improving the future for subsequent generations. In 2008, longtime educator Nora Ellen Richard, 70, of Overland Park, na-newyorkcity.com

Kansas, wanted to be of greater service. She asked herself, “What if I housed a foreign student?” and found the International Student Homestay Program. She embarked upon an exploration of cultures from around the world without leaving home. Today, Richard has hosted more than a dozen female students and each relationship has expanded and enriched her life. “We talk about politics, food, religion and cultures; we even pray together,” Richard says. She points to memorable moments of bonding and respect, appreciation and celebration, and says, “As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned how vital it is to nurture the world I am in.” Deborah Shouse is a writer, speaker, editor and dementia advocate. Her newest book is Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together. Connect at DementiaJourney.org.

Take care of all your memories for you cannot relive them. ~Bob Dylan

Creative Aging Resources Center for Conscious Eldering CenterForConsciousEldering.com Changing Aging ChangingAging.org Dr. Bill Thomas DrBillThomas.org The Eldering Institute Eldering.org Elders Share the Arts Estanyc.org From Aging to Sageing Sage-ing.org Kathleen Dowling Singh KathleenDowlingSingh.com National Center for Creative Aging CreativeAging.org Shepherd’s Centers of America ShepherdCenters.org


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Rodney Yee on Yoga as a Way of Life

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enowned yogi and international teacher Rodney Yee, of New York City, has maintained an inspired yoga practice for 37 years while juggling career obligations, fame and family life. While the benefits of yoga are increasingly well known—from stress reduction and pain management to a more limber body and inner peace—Lee is also aware of the challenges to maintaining a consistent practice. Here he shares insights on the pitfalls encountered by both beginning and advanced students.   “My advice is to first get rid of self-berating behavior, including judgmental inner dialogue. In many aspects of life, we are constantly measuring ourselves against a standard, which is a waste of time and energy,” says Yee. With a professional background in classical dance and gymnastics, Yee decided to give yoga a try at a nearby studio when he craved more physical flexibility. “As many people do, I came to yoga for a reason. I was a dancer with tight joints. After the first class, I couldn’t believe how I felt. It was not at all like an athletic high; I had a sense of well-being and knew what it means to feel peaceful and clear.” For people with jam-packed lives, finding time for exercise can be daunting. Yee suggests a relaxed approach to scheduling yoga into a busy day. “As the rishis [Hindu sages] say, we shouldn’t ‘try’ to meditate, not try to force a natural state. To say, ‘I have to do yoga,’ just puts another thing on our to-do list. Sometimes discipline is needed, but another part of discipline is not about force.”

Different approaches to yoga abound, and part of staying motivated may include exploration of a variety of traditions as individual needs change due to lifestyle, health, interests or simple curiosity. Yee reminds us to go with the flow and follow how we feel in the moment. “Different schools of yoga exist because each offers something different. There is a form for all of our moods and a practice for how you feel at any given time.” Reflecting on how his own practice has evolved through the years, Yee recollects, “In my 20s and 30s, my yoga practice was arduous, including three to four hours of strong, physical work and a half hour of pranayama [breath work]. Then for 20 years, it involved a lot of teaching. Over the past 17 years, my practice has become more subtle, with a focus on sequencing and meditation; it’s about how to do this all day long in the context of my body and my life; about being both centered and in the world. In some way, we’re always doing yoga, as we already take 20,000 breaths a day. From a philosophical and ethical point of view, yogis have no choice but to practice.” Because many American women have found their way to a yogic path, men often assume it’s primarily a women’s niche. But yoga has been a male practice for nearly 2,500 years in other countries. Yee encourages men to not feel intimidated. “Why not try something that can help you improve your business, family life and even your golf game?” he queries. While Yee believes in a no-pressure approach, he also suggests inviting ways to foster consistency. “If you are just beginning, set aside a half-hour before going to bed or get up a half-hour earlier. Also note that pain is less to be avoided than learned from.” Wisdom can come from dedication to a yoga practice. Yee’s philosophy is, “You can blink and half your life is gone. You can’t always be busy, busy, busy; you have to decide how to fill your life. As spiritual teacher Ram Dass counsels, ‘Be here now.’ Train yourself to bring body, mind and heart together and fully drink from that.” Learn more at YeeYoga.com. Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at MarlainaDonato.com. natural awakenings

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according to Hobson. A system costing just over $21,000 before taking the income tax credit yields a final net cost of $15,000. “It’s a perfect marriage for residential customers,” says Bill Ellard, an energy economist with the American Solar Energy Society (ASES). “The systems will produce electricity for about five cents per kilowatt-hour year-round compared to the average electric price of 10.34 cents per kilowatt hour tracked in March 2017.” New solar panel designs coming online mean even greater savings. Panels with built-in micro-inverters are cutting home installation costs for large central units (although their longterm, all-weather durability isn’t clear yet). A breakthrough at Japan’s Kobe University means single solar cells could achieve 50 percent efficiency, up from the 30 percent formerly accepted as the upper limit. Ugly panel frames may also be a thing of the past. More aesthetically pleasing frameless panels are expected this year from big players like SolarWorld, Canadian Solar and Trina Solar, with adapted mounting hardware. Producers like Prism Solar and DSM Advanced Surfaces are also working on frameless clear panels, with cells bound between panes of glass. These attractive clear panels are highly resistant to fire and corrosion. Tesla, which recently acquired SolarCity, is marketing tempered glass

For an average household electric load of 600 kilowatt-hours per month, for example, a daily dose of five hours of direct sunlight and four-kilowatt system will likely meet demand. For households with higher usage, especially in the South and West, bigger installations are the norm. “Solar system sizes have been growing fairly steadily as the price has come down,” Hobson notes. Thanks to Google Earth, solar installers usually know if a property has the right conditions; avoiding the fee for an onsite inspection. Houses with a southern orientation within 40 degrees of direct southern exposure are golden. Those with flat roofs work well because the panels can be tilted for maximum effect. Adjustable panels can also be adapted to the best angle per season. Panels can’t be in shade for a significant part of the day. Rooftop installers can work around vent pipes, skylights and chimneys. If major obstructions are a problem, ASES suggests a ground-mounted array or solar pergola, a freestanding wooden frame to mount panels. Solar systems heat swimming pools, too, offering huge operational savings over conventional heaters. They start at around $3,500 and average $5,500, compared to an average $2,664 for a fossil-fuel heater, reports HomeAdvisor.com. Determine if a state has net metering laws, which make it easy to sell excess power from a whole-home system back to the grid. Check for local tax subsidies on top of the federal 30 percent. The beauty of solar is that once the system is in place, operating costs are negligible. The lifespan of today’s panels is two decades and the payback is just two to three years. Jim Motavalli is an author, freelance journalist and speaker specializing in clean automotive and other environmental topics. He lives in Fairfield, CT. Connect at JimMotavalli.com.

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ness is the key to the universe, reality and ourselves may be the missing link in bridging science and spirituality.

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JOINING SCIENCE TO SPIRITUALITY by Linda Sechrist

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n 2008, the Sebastopol, California, filmmaking team of Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo created Science and Nonduality (SAND), which later became a nonprofit organization aimed at fostering a new relationship with spirituality that is free from religious dogma, based on timeless wisdom traditions, informed by cutting-edge science and grounded in direct experience. The next year, they organized the first SAND conference, exploring nonduality and the nature of consciousness. Since then, the duo has been producing short films that contribute to the expansion of human awareness, and hosting annual conferences in the U.S. and Europe involving leading scientists, academics and other pioneering thinkers. Thousands of participants from around the world interact in forums and respectful dialogues with luminaries such as Menas Kafatos, Ph.D., a professor of computational physics at Chapman University, in Orange, California; Peter Russell, a theoretical physicist and author of From Science to God: A Physicist’s Journey into the Mystery of Consciousness; Robert Thurman, Ph.D., professor of Tibetan Buddhist studies at Columbia University, in New York City; evolutionary biologist Elisabet Sahtouris, author of EarthDance: Living Systems in Evolution; and Robert Lanza, physician, scientist and co-author of Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe. 24

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Where do revelations about a deeper reality begin? MB: Individual and communal explorations often occur around life’s big questions, such as what it means to be conscious and to seek meaning and purpose; the possible place of intuition as the edge where knowledge meets the unknown and unknowable; and how crucial individual awakening is to social transformation.

What is meant by nonduality? ZB: Nonduality is the philosophical, spiritual and scientific understanding of fundamental oneness in which there is no separation. Through quantum mechanics, Western science has reached an understanding of what Eastern mystics have long understood. Duality, generally determined in terms of opposites such as self and other, conscious and unconscious, illusion and reality, as well as separation between the observer and the observed, is an illusion. Nonduality is the understanding that our identifying with common dualisms avoids recognition of a deeper reality. Until recently, human sciences have ignored the problem of consciousness by calling it the “hard problem”. This has led to our present fragmented worldview rife with chaos, conflict and crises. It may be time for scientists to accept the discoveries of the mystics and consider consciousness intrinsic to every observed scientific phenomenon. Understanding that consciousna-newyorkcity.com

What difference can exploring the nature of consciousness make? ZB: Understanding the new science that points to consciousness as allpervasive and the fundamental building block of reality—that we are all made of the same essence, like drops in the ocean—can change how we approach and harmonize day-to-day living. We can be far more open, peaceful and accepting of others. Absurd violence, as well as economic, social and political crises, could all be things of the past, based on a new quantum understanding of our interconnectedness and oneness.

How has the nonduality movement evolved? MB: SAND has evolved into something we never imagined when we began discussing the ideas that the true spirit of science and spiritually is best supported by an open mind and a non-dogmatic inquiry; while science seeks to understand our external reality and spiritual thinkers seek to understand our inner, personal experience of consciousness, these seemingly different disciplines rarely come together in open dialogue. It became more evident that we weren’t looking for scientific answers or proof of what spiritual wisdom traditions teach, but rather to expand the questions asked of both science and spirituality. Open-ended questions arise such as: What if space and time are just useful maps and quantum mechanics is pointing us to a deeper reality more mysterious than we can ever imagine? What if science and spirituality, while responding to our collective aspiration to grow and progress, would no longer need to carry the burden of having all the answers? What if we considered our search open-ended, rather then having to arrive at a grand theory of life or final state of enlightenment? What if, while we probe deeper into reality and who we are, we realize that knowledge gathered will always be just a stepping-stone? For information about the 2017 conference in San Jose from Oct. 18 to 22, visit ScienceAndNonduality.com. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at ItsAllAboutWe.com.


Yes, I Finally Got Rid of Herpes! From the Desk of Dr. Howard Robins at The Healing Center in New York City Imagine… You’ve got that first date with him/her. You ‘ve got that interview for the new job you so very much need. You’re getting married today. You’re meeting that new client, the CEO of the biggest account you’ve ever had. You wake up in the morning with a huge, red, ugly blister on your lip. It’s a Herpes outbreak! It couldn’t have picked a worse time to appear. There is no way to cover it up. You can’t be more embarrassed. Do you cancel? What do you do?

The Problem It’s not complicated. You caught a virus, the Herpes virus, that comes in two varieties, Herpes Type I; Herpes Type II. The CDC says over 50 million Americans have it out of 350 million. It appears that the numbers are really reversed. In truth maybe 50 million don’t, as most people are not blood tested for it. Stress, any kind of stress may bring on an attack, an outbreak, as your immune system weakens for the moment. While there are many other types of herpes viruses these are the most severe psycho-socially embarrassing ones, ugly, painful and at times dangerous. Years ago the cold sore, the “canker sore” was for the most part ignored. That’s not the case today. Relationships have ended or never even started when it’s revealed or found out that one you has Herpes. While Type I is generally considered oral and Type II genital, it has been proven by testing that you can have either in both locations!

The Truth about how you got it Would you believe that grandma might have given it you? How about your best friend? How is that possible? Isn’t it only sexually transmitted? What you don’t know could get you infected. In truth, while it often is sexually transmitted it can also be passed on by contact with silverware while dining or even sharing a water bottle at the gym. Unfortunately, it’s simply that easy. Grandma may have had a little brown or pink “dot” on her tongue one morning when she fed you your oatmeal. Not the fullblown blister that we all know is obviously an outbreak. Tasting it, she found it too hot so she blew on it and tested it again. Finding it was now the right temperature she fed it to you. Unfortunately she just transferred the virus onto the spoon and now to you. Have you ever shared food in a restaurant with a friend, a family member or on a date with that special someone? The same thing that could have happened with grandma could have happened then. Ever shared a soft drink with a friend or

allowed your date to taste your cocktail? Most will blame the last person they were intimate with, but unless you had a blood test shortly before being with them proving you were clean, you may have already been infected.

How can it be dangerous? As scary as this may sound an outbreak on you lips or inside your nose can travel up your face to your eyes and literally blind you. Believe it or not this is not that uncommon. Besides being painful as it attacks the sensory nerves and putting aside the small scar it can leave (though most lesions fade away), if a woman has it internally it may breakout during birth causing the baby to be born blind.

What can you do to get rid of permanently? Please don’t believe the drug commercials on television that say it can only be suppressed. Their only interest is to keep you on expensive medication for the rest of your life. They either don’t know about the treatment I am going to share with you or they choose to ignore and suppress its existence. Intravenous Ozone Therapy uses ozone gas as a medicine effectively destroying, getting rid of these dreaded viruses completely. Over 45,000 physicians have used it safely in over 50 countries for over 70 years, while being suppressed in this country obviously for the financial gain of Big Pharma. In truth it is a very, very hard virus to kill. The good news is that Ozone used as a medicine intravenously will penetrate its defenses and completely destroy it without the possibility of developing a mutated or resistant strain. It does this safely with virtually NO adverse reactions! Believe it or not, it is even possible to rid your body of it so completely with Ozone therapy that you will stop manufacturing antibodies for it (the bodies normal defense mechanism), so that you will test negative for it, as if you never had it! For more information, call Dr. Howard Robins at 212-581-0101. Robins is considered the foremost clinical expert on the use of ozone in North America, with more than 24 years of clinical practice and 185,000 treatments performed. Mention Natural Awakenings and get $50 off initial consult.

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Fluoride Alert

Excess in Food and Tap Water Harms Pets by Karen Becker

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n 2009, an Environmental Working Group (EWG) study found that bone meal and animal byproducts in eight of 10 major national dog food brands contain fluoride in amounts between 1.6 and 2.5 times higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended maximum dose in drinking water. Some fluoride from tap water used in the manufacturing of pet food contributes to this. Olga Naidenko, Ph.D., lead researcher of the study, remarks, “A failed regulatory system and suspect practices by some in the pet food industry puts countless dogs at risk of ingesting excessive fluoride.” Fluoride occurs naturally in rocks, soil and thus some food plants and water supplies. More enters food via use of fluoridebased pesticides and commercial processing facilities. The EWG advises that two-thirds of all Americans, along with pets and farm animals, are exposed to artificially fluoridated tap water.

Fluoride Dangers to Humans While fluoride exposure hasn’t been studied in dogs or cats, according to Dr. Joseph Mercola, ample research points to the dangers of fluoride to human health, including: n Arthritis n Bone cancer (osteosarcoma) n Bone fractures n Brain damage and lowered IQ n Damaged sperm and increased infertility 26

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n Deactivation of 62 enzymes n Dementia n Disrupted immune system n Disrupted synthesis of collagen n Genetic damage and cell death n Hyperactivity and/or lethargy n Impaired sleep (inhibits melatonin produced by the pineal gland) n Increased lead absorption n Increased tumor and cancer rate n Inhibited formation of antibodies n Lowered thyroid function n Muscle disorders

Fluoride Dangers to Canines Dogs are at substantial long-term risk for exposure to unacceptably high levels of fluoride. They are, for example, at significantly higher probability for bone cancer than humans, with more than 8,000 cases diagnosed each year in the U.S., compared with about 900 human cases. According to the EWG, a dog drinking normal amounts of tap water would be exposed to 0.05 to 0.1 milligram (mg) of fluoride per kilogram (kg) of body weight daily. A 10-pound puppy that daily eats about a cup of dog food would ingest approximately 0.25 mg fluoride per kg body weight a day, based on average fluoride content in the eight contaminated brands it tested. Altogether, the puppy could be exposed to 3.5 times more fluoride than the EPA allows in drinking water. Large breed puppies may be exposed to even more fluoride due to higher na-newyorkcity.com

water intake. Whatever the size and the appetite of a dog, combined fluoride exposure from food and water can easily become unsafe. Eating the same food every day, they may be constantly consuming more fluoride than is healthy for normal growth, leading to health problems and higher veterinary bills later in life.

Prevent High Ingestion of Fluoride

The EWG recommends owners purchase pet foods free of bone meal and other meals made from animal byproducts. It also suggests that government set fluoride limits in pet food that protect both puppies and large breeds most at risk for bone cancer. Dr. Michael W. Fox, an internationally recognized veterinarian and former vice president of the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, recommends providing pets with fluoride-free water; spring water or reverse osmosis filtered water also works well. In preparing homemade food for a pet, make sure any added bone meal is free of fluoride and lead. Ethical bone meal producers will test for these contaminants; verify with the source. Fox suggests a good bone meal substitute might be fossilized oyster shell, dolomite or a synthesized or refined calcium supplement like calcium citrate, ascorbate, stearate or gluconate. Or, consider a pure tricalcium and dicalcium phosphate, blended with magnesium. Fox attests that bones from longer-lived food animals such as dairy cows, laying hens and breeding stock likely contain higher levels of fluoride than shorter-lived animals like chickens, calves and lambs. In his article “Fluoride in Pet Food: A Serious Health Risk for Both Dogs and Cats?” he writes: “Fluorides accumulate in farmed animals over time from phosphate fertilizers, phosphate supplements, bone meal and fish meal supplements and pesticide and industrial-pollution-contaminated pastures and animal feed. The bones, fins, gills and scales of fish are often high in fluoride.” He recommends raw food diets that avoid ground bone from older animals like beef cattle and adult sheep. Dr. Karen Becker is a proactive and integrative veterinarian in the Chicago area, consults internationally and writes Mercola Healthy Pets (HealthyPets.Mercola.com).


Free Radicals and Your Health By Dr. Franklin M. St. John, Herbasway Laboratories

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lmost any activity that you perform results in free radical formation. In addition, there are many things outside of our bodies, that when they enter our bodies, can cause free radicals to form in our bodies. Let’s start out by defining what a free radical is. If you have taken a chemistry class, you may already understand what a free radical is. The definition of a free radical is an atom or compound that is missing an electron in its outer shell that is normally there. There are normal ways that an atom can fulfill its need to complete its outer shell. For instance, Sodium(Na) has one electron in its outer shell, but it wants two. Chlorine(Cl) has seven electrons in its outer shell, but it wants eight. So, when Cl comes in contact with Na, they sort of mate to form NaCl, which is ordinary table salt. Now let’s go inside of your body. There probably never was a time when free radicals were not forming in your body. Any process within your body can produce free radicals. However, by eating lots of fruits and vegetables, free radicals can be neutralized. That’s all fine and good, but enter pollutants from the air we breathe, the chemicals we ingest when we eat processed food,

over-exposure to the sun, and other activities such as hard physical labor or hard contact sports, and we have the potential for severe health problems. (I often wonder about the constant pounding and abuse withstood by a football player’s body having something to do with health problems sometimes encountered later in life.) There is no doubt that eating properly is the key to good health, but everyone knows that eating properly is easier said than done. What should we do if we sometimes fail in our quest to eat properly? I truly believe that adding supplements to our daily lives can be part of the answer. I firmly believe that adding green tea to your diet can help. It’s easy because we have beverages all the time. Several times a day, add green tea concentrate to water and you get two benefits. One – you’re drinking water, and two – you add the everimportant polyphenols from green tea. A lot has been written about the health benefits of polyphenols. Polyphenols have been shown to help prevent dangerous health outcomes like cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. I recommend that you look up green tea polyphenols and see all health benefits that are documented in

the various literature available. I feel that if you look it up yourself, it will have more meaning to you than to just have me tell you what the benefits are. Polyphenols are some of the most potent antioxidants that you can take to fight free radical damage in your body. There are other antioxidants that are also effective. Everyone knows that many fruits are important in your fight to maintain your good health. The problem with eating fruit to fight free radicals is that you would have to eat so much of each fruit that you would not be able to keep up with your body’s need. That’s why taking supplements is so important. In some future articles let’s discuss how you can add certain concentrates to help with this problem. I want you to remember that you are in charge of your health and I recommend that you read and learn as much as you can on how to protect your good health.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 Free Digital Skin Analysis, Mini-Facials, Product Giveaways– 5-7pm. Join us at Metro Integrative Pharmacy as we host a representative from MyChelle Skin Care for a “reveal event” to conduct free digital skin image analyses that show damage underneath the skin’s surface before it appears. We are committed to being a complete holistic health resource and offer regular free events to help customers become better informed about conventional and complementary approaches to healing and whole-body wellness. 931 Lexington Ave (between 68th and 69th Sts), New York, NY. 212-794-7200, info@metrointegrative.com or metrointegrative.com.

SAT, SEPT 9-SUN, SEPT 10 Vegetarian Vision Health Expo – 10am-7pm. An international vegetarian convention, health and food festival, Vegetarian Vision is a “full weekend of food, fun and awareness” featuring vegetarian, vegan and yoga celebrities as well as health and wellness experts and exhibitors. Listen to Gary Null, Dr Joel Fuhrman, Dr Brian Clement, Dr Will Tuttle and many other experts. Penn Plaza Pavilion, 401 7th Ave at 33rd St, New York, NY. 516-897-0900, VegetarianVision.org.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 Free Digital Skin Analysis, Mini-Facials, Product Giveaways – 3-7pm. Metro Integrative Pharmacy hosts Sanitas Skin Care, and customers will enjoy free mini-facials and hand treatments, deluxe sample giveaways and a gift basket raffle. We are committed to serving as a complete holistic health resource and offer regular free events to help customers become better informed about conventional and complementary approaches to healing and whole-body wellness. 931 Lexington Ave (between 68th and 69th Sts), New York, NY. 212-794-7200, info@metrointegrative.com or metrointegrative.com.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 Metagenics, Quality of Life Supplements Presentation, Samples – 2:30pm. Metro Integrative Pharmacy will host representatives from two top nutritional supplement makers, whose products are featured in the store. Experts from Quality of Life Supplements will present some of their product line, hold a Q&A and offer samples. 931 Lexington Ave (between 68th and 69th Sts), New York, NY. 212-794-7200, info@metrointegrative.com or metrointegrative.com.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 Create Your Own Destiny – 4:30-5:30pm. Ever wonder why your life isn’t what you imagined it to be? Change your destiny! Join Sufi guide Musa Muhaiyaddeen (Emanuel L. Levin) on the inner journey of Sufism. Find out how to peel away the layers blocking you from achieving freedom, joy, success and fulfillment. In this six-part series you will explore your motives, qualities, compassion, dignity, consciousness and state of love to uncover who you really are. A prayer recitation by Zikr follows. Free. New York New Church, 114 E 35th St, New York, NY. 212-685-8967, info@ newyorknewchurch.org or newyorknewchurch.org.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Metagenics, Quality of Life Supplements Presentation, Samples – 4-7pm. Metro Integrative Pharmacy will host representatives from two top nutritional supplement makers—Metagenics—whose products are featured in the store. They will present the product line, hold a Q&A and offer samples. 931 Lexington Ave (between 68th and 69th Sts), New York, NY. 212-794-7200, info@metrointegrative.com or metrointegrative.com.

savethedate SAT, OCT 7-SUN, OCT 8 LifeForceAwakening™ -- The Transformation Event of the Year – Feeling overwhelmed? Emotionally raw? You’ll find this live workshop profoundly transformational! You’ll leave in a calmer, more thoughtful and peaceful state that will have you feeling fully alive, elated and limitless. Discover healing secrets never offered before and learn how to heal yourself and others with life force energy through the Quantum and Morphic fields. Limited seating, tickets sell out quickly. Joshua Bloom, the trusted authority in Quantum Healing. 201-360-2059 or Igniteyourhealing.com.

THURS, OCTOBER 12 Wo r k s h o p w i t h d o n M i g u e l R u i z a n d Sons – 6-9pm. Don Miguel Ruiz was born into a family of healers and raised in rural Mexico by a curandera (healer) mother and a nagual (shaman) grandfather. It was expected he would embrace their legacy of healing and teaching to carry forward the esoteric Toltec knowledge. Instead, Miguel chose to attend medical school, become a surgeon and after a near-death experience, then devoted himself to the mastery of the ancient ancestral wisdom. He has dedicated his life to sharing his knowledge of the ancient Toltecs teachings. $99 or $165 VIP ticket (includes meet/greet/book signing with VIP seating). AumShanti Bookshop, 123 4th Ave (between 12th and 13th Sts), New York, NY. 212-260-2866 or aumshantibookshop.com/events.

THURS, OCT 12-SUN, OCT 15 Yang Style Taijiquan Teacher Training with Master Yang Fukui, Rick Barrett and Abdi Assadi – Taijiquan is usually taught from the outside in – you learn the choreography, practice for years, and gradually come to understand what’s going on inside. In this seminar, the three teachers/healers teach it from the inside out, showing not just how to feel the qi, but what to do with it. Their extensive knowledge and experience is shared in a loving and understandable way so you get the most out of your taijiquan practice, and how to teach it to others. Taijiquan is a martial art, a practice for health and healing, a moving meditation and a spiritual practice. Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox, MA. 866-264-5139 or eastover.com/yang-style-thai-chi.html.

SAT, OCT 14-SUN, OCT 15 Your Secret Life: Making Your Unknown Known – 10am-4pm. Our purpose is bound up in the truth of who we are, and who we are runs like an underground stream through all our days. This writing weekend encourages you to drop your line down into that stream. It is a time to explore what you may never have fully given voice to. Roger Housden, author of twenty-three books on the use of poetry, art, and

travel as doorways to the soul, facilitates this workshop. One Spirit Learning Alliance, 247 W 36th St, 6th Floor, New York, NY. 212-931-6840 or onespiritinterfaith.org/ workshops-events/.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21 Book Signing and Panel Discussion: Yoga for Diabetes – How to Manage Your Health with Yoga and Ayurveda – 2-4pm. Join author and renowned yoga teacher Rachel Zinman for the launch of her book “Yoga for Diabetes, How to Manage Your Health with Yoga and Ayurveda” and a discussion on how to flourish with diabetes through yoga, nutrition, mindfulness, creativity and peer support. She will be joined by esteemed authors Riva Greenberg, Daniele Hargenrader and Susan Weiner and the panel will be moderated by Diabetes Daily editor Allison Hirsch Caggia. They will be sharing how to go from surviving to thriving while living with a chronic condition. AumShanti Bookshop, 123 4th Ave (between 12th and 13th Sts), New York, NY. 212-260-2866 or aumshantibookshop.com/events.

FRI, OCT 27-SUN, OCT 29 New Life Expo – 4:30-10pm Friday; 10am-9pm Saturday, 10am-7pm Sunday. Welcome to the New Life Expo, our 28th year, where we are back home at the Hotel New Yorker, 34th and 8th Aves, New York, NY. This may be our best expo ever! We have an awesome speaker lineup that includes Marianne Williamson, Dannion Brinkley, Sean Morton, Richard Doyle, Gail Thackray and many others. Learn about the latest in alternative healthcare and proper nutrition. newlifeexpo.com.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29 Awake at the Bedside: Cultivating Intimacy and Care – 9:30am-5pm. Mindfulness practice allows our hearts to open so that we can enter caring relationships with more ease, joy, and dignity, whether that relationship takes place in a hospital, hospice, or the home. Through meditation, experiential learning, and dharma talks, we will dive in for a day of joyful learning, discovering how to integrate personal contemplative skills with contemplative leadership skills so we may express our caregiving roles with greater authenticity. Koshin Ellison and Chodo Campbell. Open to partners, children, neighbors, and clinicians. One Spirit Learning Alliance, 247 W 36th St, 6th Floor, New York, NY. 212931-6840 or onespiritinterfaith.org/workshops-events/.

TUES, OCT 31, NOV 7, 14 AND 21 MLK Beloved Community: The Writing and Sermons of Martin Luther King, Jr – 7-9pm. How are we to thrive and serve in a world threatened by injustice and hostility? The vision of The Beloved Community—a society based on justice, equal opportunity, and love of one’s fellow human beings—was popularized by Dr King during his short but historical ministry. This was not his idealized utopia, but an achievable world attained when a critical mass of people join together to eliminate the forms of violence created by interrelated realities of poverty, racism, and militarism. Join Rev David Wallace as we read together selections gathered from Dr King’s prophetic works, listening closely to his urgent bequest to us as citizens of the world and creators of the world to come. One Spirit Learning Alliance, 247 W 36th St, 6th Floor, New York, NY. 212-931-6840 or onespiritinterfaith.org/ workshops-events/.

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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.

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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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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 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 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 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

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.

MASSAGE LEE NOONAN

Licensed Massage Therapist West 27th Street Chelsea Office 917-656-5523 • leenoonan5@yahoo.com BestNewYorkLicensedMassage.com New York Magazine called Ms. Noonan’s work “among the best the city has to offer.” 35+ years of private practice in Manhattan. SUMMER DISCOUNTS TO NEW CLIENTS!! Licensed therapist offering deep tissue, Swedish, energy balancing and craniosacral work. Visit website for more info. Stay young and get younger!

NICOLE LUCAS

Licensed Massage Therapist Infertility Massage • Bodhi Work 106 Apple Street Tinton Falls, NJ 07724 732-645-6726 • BodhiWorkStudio.com Bodhi Work is about intention, awareness and enlightenment. How your body is cared for, maintained and improved is vital to your everyday function and reproductive abilities. As a Certified Fertility Massage Therapist, Nicole focuses upon helping couples create an optimal reproductive environment. Also offering Relaxation, Rehabilitation and Non Invasive Beauty Solutions, Bodhi Work’s services are unique and the care you will receive is designed to nourish and maintain the miraculous system that is your “active self.”

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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.

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.

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PRODUCTS AUNT ALBERTA’S REMEDY

Homeopathic Pain Relief Cream 973-715-9097 • info@AlbertasPainRelief.com AlbertasPainRelief.com Try Aunt Alberta’s Remedy to ease jioint and muscular aches and pains from sciatica, gout arthritis, neuralgia, fibromyalgia and more. Great buy, a 4oz. jar for $15. All natural ingredients! Refer a friend and get 10% off your purchase. Read what people are saying about Aunt Alberta’s Remedy on our website and order some today.

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TRIBECA CENTER FOR INTEGRATIVE HOLISTIC DENTISTS

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-of-the-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.

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 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 11 and calendar listing to lean more about him, his practice, and the FREE program he is offering in NYC beginning on September 23.

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