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LOVING LARGE Scientists Say We’re All Connected


GREEN Holiday Décor

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HEALTHY LIBATIONS Restorative Drinks Revive Good Cheer

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contents Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.



by Julie Lemerond

26 LOVING LARGE Scientists Say We’re All Connected by Linda Sechrist




Fresh Thinking About Décor by Avery Mack


Restorative Drinks Revive Good Cheer by Judith Fertig


The Hidden Hormonal Disruptors by Dr. Katka Novakova




Practical Ways to Regain Vitality by Linda Sechrist


by Debi McDermott




contents 12 newsbriefs


16 ecotip

Career Training in Hypnotherapy 500-Hour State-Licensed Certification Course Begins January 30th

17 globalbriefs 18 eventspotlight


30 greenliving 34 consciouseating 40 healingways 44 wisewords


46 calendar 50 classifieds 5 1 farmersmarkets 53 resourceguide

Turn Your Interest in Healing and the Mind-Body Connection Into a New Career Helping People

Hypnotherapy Co-Directors Academy of America Angela & Tim Simmerman Sierra


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ear Santa, This time of year always reminds me of my childhood when my sister and I would eagerly sit down together to write you letters with a compilation of all the things that we truly felt we could not live without. Year after year, you came through— not with everything, we see now that would have been gluttonous—but with the important things. This year, the gift that I am putting on my list is a mighty powerful one. This gift will bring a person peace when suffering, courage when attempting, love when questioning and hope when doubting. We are talking about faith. This year, all I want for Christmas is faith. For those people that already have faith, make it stronger; for those that are struggling to relocate lost faith, make it visible; and here’s the tough one: For those folks that have absolutely no faith at all, let them discover it. That’s it. That’s all I want for Christmas. I know this whole letter thing is a quid pro quo arrangement, so in return for granting humanity with the gift of faith—renewed, stronger or new—at my home, you will get a nice glass of organic milk; three homemade sugar-free, gluten-free cookies; and some kale for your reindeer. What do you think? Is it a deal? In faith, PS: I’ll also leave you a copy of this month’s Natural Awakenings for you to share with Mrs. Claus. She’ll probably enjoy the recipes in “Healthy Holiday Libations”—I’m sure you’ll be ready for a Meyer Lemon Hot Toddy when you return home.

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newsbriefs Yoga Nidra Training with Kamini Desai


amini Desai, Ph.D., will be leading yoga nidra training sessions on four weekends in February and March 2017 at the Desert Song Healing Arts Center. Desai states, “Discover the art of sleeping meditation that awakens your inner peace. Yoga nidra is an ancient, sleep-based guided meditation that has the power to take you to the innermost, deepest levels of relaxation, where your whole being is restored to its natural state of peace, health and vitality.” This training is an excellent addition for psychologists, mindfulness practitioners, bodyworkers, yoga teachers, hypnotherapists and energy healers looking for complementary methods to serve their clients’ needs. “You will learn how to restore your health, release the effects of chronic excess tension, and regain restorative sleep. After 11 sessions, you will feel what science has shown. Measurable changes will have taken place in key areas of the brain that allow you to regain and retain inner calm and steadiness,” says Desai. Cost is $1,525; $200 non-refundable deposit, balance due by Jan. 13. Includes sessions, manual and yoga nidra cards. Yoga Alliance 65 CE hours, NCBTMB 25 CE hours. Location: 3232 N. 20th St., Phoenix. For more information, call 602-265-8222 or visit

Embracing Your Journey Expo


urple Lotus Productions will hold an Embracing Your Journey Expo from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., January 8, 2017, at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, showcasing vendors of everything from insight into wellness to nutrition and the purpose of life. There is much new information to share, so two new bonus lectures have been added for a total of 10 free lectures at the event. Purple Lotus is introducing a VIP Pass to the Embracing Your Journey Expo for $50 that includes admission, a continental breakfast from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m., VIP seating in lectures, a special VIP gift, a $20 gift certificate for lunch at the on-site restaurant, Rico’s, and exclusive VIP-only discounts with select vendors. VIP tickets are only available by pre-purchase while supplies last and make perfect gifts. Admission is $5. Location: 7677 N. 16th St., Phoenix. For tickets and more information, visit See ad on page 17.



Greet the New Year in Top Condition


o get in shape for the holidays, Pamela Young Fitness is offering two incredible, one-hour personal training sessions free for new clients to sample her fitness and weight-loss services. “Our mission is to provide our clientele with the most comprehensive, tailored fitness program in the Phoenix area. Your personal input, coupled with our detailed fitness evaluation, gives us the insight we need to design and implement your customized program,” says Young. “Your goals, abilities and limitations are all analyzed before an appropriate plan of action is taken, and your program is regularly examined and updated,” she says. “You can have a personal trainer for a long-term program or use the boot camps, which are intense workouts held once a week.” Young has been training full-time for more than 10 years, attended the National Personal Training Institute and is nationally certified with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She specializes in extreme weight loss, body composition change and hormone balance for all ages. Weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Offer expires Dec. 31. Location: 4700 N. 12th St., Phoenix. For more information, visit or call 602400-8390. See ad on page 19.

Transformational Weight Loss


ennifer McKee, an integrative nutrition health coach and owner of McKee Health Transformations, is a guide and mentor who empowers individuals and provides ongoing support and guidance as they set goals and make sustainable changes to improve health and happiness. She says, “I’ve lost over 50 percent of my body weight (182 pounds) naturally by making small, gradual changes. Making small changes is the key to creating habit change. In order to create a maintainable healthy lifestyle, besides improvements to nutrition and exercise, you need to improve your self-love. Choosing to love yourself unconditionally helps you take back your power. With empowerment comes determination and commitment. You are capable of much more than you realize, and you have the ability to transform your life!” McKee offers a free 50-minute Transformation Discovery consultation which can be scheduled online and a one-on-one guided 21-Day Jumpstart program. An Energizing 7-Day Winter Jumpstart group guided program starts on January 16, 2017. Appointments also available in person or by telephone and Skype. Location: 15331 W. Bell Rd., Ste. 212, Surprise. For more information, call 866-6328651, email, or visit See ad on page 25.

H.A.B.I.T.S. Workshop for the New Year


oy Carter, a social worker, life coach and certified hypnotherapist, will present a Mindful H.A.B.I.T.S. Realistic Resolutions Workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., January 14, 2017, in Tempe, where participants will discover breakthrough techniques to finally make a change and keep their resolution. After the workshop, they will possess the tools to identify the needs behind behaviors, acknowledge why they have held on to their old habits and create a plan for success. In addition, they will gain self-care and mindfulness techniques to support their habit change goals and release grief and expectations related to behavior. Carter has extensive experience supporting people with overcoming barriers to achieve their goals and improve their lives. She founded Joyous Life Coaching and Consulting to apply what she has learned as a social worker to support people in creating a habit change plan to turn wishful thinking into powerful action. Carter also has experience as a corporate trainer, presenting on topics including habit change, self-care, stress management and adapting to life changes. Cost is $97 and includes a light lunch. Natural Awakenings readers use code NAMAG20 to receive a $20 discount. RSVP to For more information, call 602-730-6213 or email JoyousLifeCoach@gmail. com. See ad on page 53.

World Water Day Ceremony


una Van Atta will lead a crystal bowl water ceremony to honor World Water Day at the Self Empowered Wisdom 2017 retreat being held March 16-20, 2017, in Sedona. Eight crystal bowls tuned to the frequency of our major energy centers entrain frequencies and align with Mother Earth’s healthy, balanced energies, creating vibrant, physical health. These frequencies will be projected to the planet offering peace, harmony, acceptance and compassion. Thirtyfour countries are playing the bowls simultaneously with this intent. Celebrated Peruvian shaman Jorge Luis Delgado will also lead a despacho, or a prayer bundle, with symbolic elements and the participants’ prayers. As the elements are added to the despacho, the vibration of the participants rises and transforms into a living prayer creating healing and higher vibrations. Before the ceremony, natural ingredients are gathered as offerings. These may include corn, leaves, flowers, feathers, beans and colorful yarn. Offerings are prayed over individually while the shaman gently blows the prayer into them. Participants that attend with humility, gratitude and an open heart may experience more grace in their lives. For more information and registration, visit or call 928-284-0791. See ad on page 11.



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During the holiday gift buying season, it’s good to recall the days of old-fashioned toys. Simple, wooden toys made with non-toxic paints are far safer than those sprayed with varnishes and paints containing lead and volatile organic compounds. Plastics can emit unhealthy chemicals used during manufacturing, which also produces environmental pollution. Pieces can break off, possibly injuring soft skin, or be consumed by toddlers with dangerous results. A recent report by Environment California, a research and policy center, found that products designed for babies and young children, such as soft plastic teethers, bath accessories and others, contain phthalates. Many toys require batteries containing heavy metals like mercury and cadmium.


Safe, Fun Gifts for Kids recommends eco-conscious makers of toys available at, including organic cotton stuffed animals;, featuring sustainably harvested cherry wood rattles and organic Egyptian cotton animals; and, with play meal cookware and serving pieces made from bioplastic, consisting of a corn and starch resin. Here are other factors to consider.

Educational toys can “enhance language, conceptual understanding and numerical and spatial cognition,” according to a study in the journal Mind, Brain and Education. Six-to8-year-olds can gain an appreciation for archaeology playing with Smithsonian toys available at Barnes & Noble and BarnesAndNoble. com. sells wood puzzles, solar-powered robots and board games from the Golden Gate National Park Conservancy. The Discovery Channel Store has safe toys and books for kids. Follow age guidelines in choosing gifts, advises Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of the Toy Industry Association. “Age-grading has nothing to do with how smart a child is—it’s based on the developmental skills and abilities at a given age and the specific features of a toy.” Practice conservation while saving money by canvassing thrift and consignment shops for classic card and board games.

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Bye-Bye Birdies

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

The 2016 annual Audubon Great Backyard Bird Count in February ( and a report compiled by the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (StateOfTheBirds. org/2016) show that more than a third of all North American bird species are at risk of becoming extinct unless significant action is taken, especially ocean and tropical birds. The governments of Canada, the United States and Mexico created the North American Bird Conservation Initiative in 1999. More than half the species that rely on oceans and tropical forests are on a special watch list because of small and declining populations, limited ranges and severe threats to their habitats. The report pinpoints invasive predators such as rats and cats on nesting islands, as well as overfishing, pollution and climate change. Ways to address the problem include removing predators, expanding protected marine areas and reducing the amount of plastic products that end up in the ocean and can trap or choke birds. Many species such as long-distance migratory shore birds in coastal, grassland and arid habitats are declining steeply. The main causes are rising sea levels, coastal development, encroaching human activity and oil spills.

Sea Mammals Update


2016 was a mixed year for whales and dolphins and by extension, humans. Marine Biologist Sylvia Earle states the importance of ocean health this way: “With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you’re connected to the sea. The ocean is the blue heart of the planet. There’s still time, but not a lot, to turn things around.” Scientists have discovered a new, black-colored species of whale that’s one-third the size of a Baird’s beaked whale. Yet to be named, it’s rarely seen, feeding in deep canyons in the Bering Sea. The oldest-known orca whale, Granny, at 105, swims Washington’s coastline. Wild orcas usually live 60 to 80 years; captives, 40 years at most. Iceberg, the only known adult white orca, age 22, was spotted in Russian coastal waters earlier this year. In 2013, a Korean marine park retrained five dolphins to feed naturally and released them into the sea, where they rejoined their original pod. Recent sightings found them thriving, affording hope for the 2,900 dolphins in marine parks, aquariums and zoos worldwide. Pink dolphins in Hong Kong’s bustling harbor remain endangered. In 2003, there were 158; by 2014, only 61. The Baiji River dolphin, only found in China, has been declared extinct. Vaquitas, small porpoises in the Gulf of California, declined from 97 in 2014 to 60 this year, most drowned in commercial fishing nets; it may be extinct by 2018.

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Have Fun with Subtle Energy Sources by Martin Miron


fun, experiential and interactive seminar, Mastering Subtle Energy, will be presented from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 17, 2017, at the Self-Empowered Wisdom 2017 retreat, in Sedona. Author David Router and Dr. Theresa Ramsey, NMD (DrRamsey. com), an Arizona magazine top doc, will invite a reconnection to the world of subtle energy, described as electromagnetic waves, rates of vibration and patterns of pulsation which greatly influence the dynamic infrastructure of the body. Participants will discover how subtle energy impacts our health, experience and harness life-enhancing subtle energy and explore the energy



field that restricts us from tapping into our natural energy sources that are our personal power supply and more. Router states, “Each person has unique patterns of energy directly related to their emotions and wellbeing. You’ll discover how subtle energy impacts your health—the basics of energy medicine—and how to enhance and influence your physical, emotional and spiritual health.” Router has shared his extrasensory gifts with participants from around the world for more than 30 years. He is a HeartMath certified trainer and is endorsed by Helping Parents Heal, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting bereaved

parents and author of Conversations Through My Soul of Presence. Ramsey explains, “Our energy body is influenced by many things conscious and unconscious. Lifestyle enrichment exercises can inspire us to tap into our energy and magnify the positive opportunities available to us.” She will lead participants into Router’s work, which reveals the unconscious energies that we can become aware of and have created patterns of grief and pain. Highlights include experiencing and harnessing life-enhancing subtle energy; exploring the energy field that restricts us from tapping into our natural energy sources, which are our personal power supply; activating, grounding and managing energy to create sustainable resilience in our daily life; experiencing self-empowering joy and gratitude; increasing the energy available for healing; enhancing our connections to pure, natural energy sources; and creating energy flow and balance in the energy fields that surround and envelop us. Ramsey is a practicing physician, speaker, lifestyle expert and author of the best-selling book Healing 101: A Guide to Creating the Foundation for Complete Wellness who is bridging the gap between allopathic and naturopathic medicine. Cost is $150 and includes lunch. For more information or to register, call 480-607-2662, email Support@ or visit DavidRouter. com. See ad on page 13.

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Developing a Relationship with

ANGELS by Natalie Eve Marquis


ometimes people ask the angels for support for the big stuff, such as, “Please help my mom’s surgery go smoothly.” But those same “angels” can also bring more spiritual connection and magic into our lives. The angels want to help us with everything; nothing is too big or too small. One of the most frequent suggestions they make is, “Reach out to us for everything. We love you and we want to help.” The depth and purity of their love is beyond words. We can experience this for ourselves by developing a personal relationship with the angels. Here are a few suggestions for developing a relationship with the angels. Pick one angel. This might be an angel that we’ve always been curious about, or perhaps we need the special talent of a particular angel. For example, if we want to break free of fear, work with archangel Michael, or if we’re

having difficulty forgiving someone, we might want to work with angel Daniel. Get to know the angel. There is a wealth of information about the different angels online and in books. However, before reading any material about angels, first have an inner dialogue with the angel. Find a quiet place to sit. Have a pen and journal ready. Close the eyes and imagine the angel before us. Move awareness to our heart. Think of someone or something that we love deeply; this might be a child, a pet or a partner. Allow that feeling of love to expand in Outstanding our heart. Allow Self-Talk this feeling ofGone! love to Fears & Negative Are expand beyond our heart to our “Receiving a Hypnotherapy session with whole Natalie was outstanding. She has intuitive body. Then, invite theanangel to gift move that she incorporates into the session that into our heart center. Write is quite effective. The input from down her deep connection with Spirit is nurturing and replaces those impressions. any conditioning and negative programming. fears Determine howself thetalk angel The and negative I feltfeels; were impossible resistlike; are now gone.”have a what theytolook if they ~ S. DeSutter, Sedona, AZ message for us; and then write down

whatever impressions we receive. Try to suspend any judgment about whether we’re making things up or if the message is real. Just write down whatever impressions we get, no matter how far-fetched it seems. Invite the angel to work and play with us during the coming week. Say, “Dear Angel (name), I give you openended permission to guide, direct and support me during the coming week. Please send me signs so I know you’re with me.” Then, thank the angel for merging with us today and for its love and support. Now we are free to read up and learn about the angel from external sources such as books, DVDs and websites. Growing a relationship takes time and attention, so be sure to spend a little time with the angel each day. Be open and aware to all the ways the angel might reach out to us, including words or phrases in billboards, street names or shop signs. Once we develop a relationship with a particular angel, we can move onto another. With Kimberly Marooney’s The Angel Blessing Kit, gamers can pull an angel card and work with that angel for the week. As we get to know the different angels, we develop a powerful clan of light beings that we can call for love, guidance and support.

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Gifts for the Sustainably Conscious


ecember is that special time of year for gift giving and receiving. It’s good to remember that not only is this the busiest month for many retailers, but one that sets the tone for the coming year in terms of recycling and other environmental impacts. Let quality take precedent over quantity and think about whether the recipient will actually use the item instead of gathering dust in a corner. Sustainability has many parameters; it’s important that it fill a need of the giftee rather than serve as some kind of wish fulfillment for ourselves. Do the homework and make it count.

TOXIN-FREE HOUSEHOLD GOODS Organic Living 8342 North 7th Street, Phoenix, 602-224-5313 Home products and furniture that are safe, healthy and improve quality of life. Top 5 Organic Essential Oil Starter Kit includes an instruction card for how to use each oil with carrying case. Oils in the kit are Lavender, Peppermint, Lemon, Mental Clarity and Stress Recovery.

METAPHYSICAL GIFTS Wellspring Books 1170 North Gilbert Road, Suite 115, Gilbert 480-834-4187 With a holistic approach, they offer a large selection of books, from selfhelp, spirituality and metaphysical topics such as crystals, auras, color, dreams, astrology, numerology, past lives and much more. They carry tarot decks to other divination tools such as runes and pendulums, stones and crystals, plus jewelry.

GLUTEN-FREE BAKED GOODS Gluten Free Creations Bakery 10880 North 32nd Street, Phoenix, 602-680-7258; 7607 East McDowell Road, Scottsdale, 480-990-2253 Holiday-related cakes, desserts, breads, mixes and more; many are shippable. GFC strives to introduce delicious new items locally made in small batches using the most natural ingredients possible.



INDOOR PLANTS The Bosque Phoenix 214 East Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, 480-695-9329 Holiday-themed modern goods that are great all year; clean, white pottery and gifts that remain timeless. A large selection of indoor and patio plants of all sizes and collection pottery and more. Natural Awakenings readers receive a 5 percent discount and a free air plant.

NATURAL PETS Noble Beast 1005 East Camelback Road, Phoenix, 602-265-4223 A health-oriented pet shop offering natural food, treats, supplements and other items for dogs, cats and chickens. Jax & Bones Holiday Woolie toys are made with non-toxic vegetable dyes. Chilli Dog Hand Knit Dog Breed ornaments are made by free trade artisans.

HERBAL GIFTS SW Herb Shop and Gathering Place, 148 North Center Street, Mesa, 480-694-9931 Buy one tea blend or herbal extract and get one at 30 percent off in December. All bulks herbs are 10 percent off. Also, there is a new herbal baby line, hydrating face cream, dental products, CBD oils and more. Customized gift baskets available. See ad on page 34.

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Conquering HOLIDAY STRESS Naturally by Julie Lemerond


t’s that time of year when the days get shorter and the to-do lists grow longer. As joy-filled as the holiday season is, it’s also a time when we can easily get caught up in a flurry of seemingly never-ending activity and feel pulled in every direction. But there are ways to stay centered and focused, despite the busyness surrounding us. Here are a few tips that will help. Visualize being the eye of the storm. When there are a million and one things trying to get our attention, we can consciously stop and picture ourselves being the calm amidst the storm around us, rather than uncon-

sciously allowing outside forces to pull us every which way. Try doing this right now. Notice how the effect is instantaneous; our breath immediately slows and deepens and our mind instantly clears and focuses itself. Keep coming back to this feeling whenever we start feeling pulled. Say no. We don’t have to do every single thing asked of us, and we don’t have to go to every single event we are invited to. Plan ahead and only say yes to the things that will increase our joy. Make sleep a priority. It’s easy to spend an hour or two at the end of the day zoning out with the TV, relaxing with a glass of wine or scrolling away

on social media. We can do ourselves a favor and even if it’s just once per week, demand of ourselves that we go to bed early (and maybe even throw in a bath beforehand). Turning off any outside stimulus and getting a few extra hours of shut-eye is amazingly beneficial to the body, mind and spirit, and will help us stay grounded as the month goes on. Eat well. Yet another activity to get the boot this time of year can be healthy eating habits. There are platters of treats on the counters at work, specialty holiday drinks at social events and even if our willpower is rock-solid, we will be tempted. It’s okay to indulge (we are here to live life, after all), but make sure that we start each day with a healthy breakfast and take care of ourselves throughout the day by eating well and drinking plenty of water. We can set ourselves up for success this holiday season so that we will be able to handle all of the pressures coming our way with ease, grace and joy.

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Julie Lemerond is the general manager at A Mindfulness Life Center, in Scottsdale. For more information, call 480-207-6016 or visit AMindfulnessLifeCenter. com. See ad on page 12.

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attachments, and the vagus nerve deep within the brain stem that connects with numerous organs, including the lead “character” in this relationship, the heart. The neural synchrony of positivity resonance between the brains of two individuals is a connected oneness that Fredrickson notes is far more ubiquitous than previously thought possible. Her research shows that it requires only connection, not the intimacy or shared history that comes with any special bonds. Micro-moments of the connected oneness we feel as life-giving reverberations occur via shared smiles or

LOVING LARGE Scientists Say We’re All Connected by Linda Sechrist


rue love is not something reserved exclusively for soulmates, couples, children, friends or family. Observations by sages for millennia and by enlightened scientists more recently are increasingly aligned with the point of view articulated by renowned meditation teacher Jack Kornfield that true love and awareness—a sense of universal connectivity and the idea that divinity, or the sacred, is found in all things—are indistinguishable.

Scientific View

This state of being, generally denoted by strong feelings of love or acceptance toward others, brings us into contact with universal energy which connects all of humanity with the natural world. Clues to our united commonality are explored in two 21st-century books, Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become, by Barbara L. Fredrickson, Ph.D., and A General Theory of Love, 26


by medical doctors Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini and Richard Lannon. These authors explore the brain science that’s related to love and awareness. Although trying to grasp love intellectually may be like eating soup with a fork, the authors of A General Theory of Love cite feelings as a good starting point. Fredrickson describes love as “the momentary upwelling of three tightly interwoven events: a sharing of one or more positive emotions between you and another; a biochemical synchrony between your and the other person’s biochemistry and behaviors; and a reflected motive to invest in each other’s well-being that brings mutual care.” Fredrickson, director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, believes love is a complex physiological response; a “positivity resonance.” She describes key factors in love’s ability to biologically transform us as oxytocin, a hormone active in social bonding and

laughter, a common compassion or an engaging story. Humans all hunger for such moments. The prerequisites are perceived safety and authentic sensory connection with another, even if it’s fleeting. In Fredrickson’s perspective, such neural coupling is a biological manifestation of oneness in which a habitual focus on “me” expands to a life-expanding “we”.

Cosmic View

During their 30-year friendship, Bob Staretz collaborated with astronaut Edgar Mitchell, Sc.D., the lunar module pilot on Apollo 14 and founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, to research and write “The Quantum Hologram and the Nature of Consciousness,” published in the Journal of Cosmology. Their scientific theory explains how all of creation learns, self-corrects and evolves as a selforganizing, interconnected holistic system through love. “Without exception, everything in nature exists and works together in total balance, resonance and harmony, interacting as one. From this

If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. ~William Blake perspective, Edgar and I reached the obvious conclusion—the organizing principle of the cosmos is agape love, an ultimate form of unconditional love that accepts all things existing in nature without regard to conditions, expectations, shortcomings, flaws or faults,” explains Staretz. The former executive director of Eternea, an organization focused on spiritually transformative experiences and the study of consciousness, Staretz says individuals that undergo such an experience attest that loving one another and all of nature, of which we are a part, is the central reason for our existence. Anita Moorjani’s latest book, What If This Is Heaven? reiterates the life lesson she learned from her dramatic near-death experience in which she identified herself as a state of pure consciousness connected with everything in the cosmos. She clearly heard: “Your only work is to love yourself, value yourself and embody this truth of self-worth and self-love so that you can be love in action. That is true service, to yourself and to those who surround you.” This message continues with her, and she explains that by not loving ourselves, we are denying the part of God that expresses itself through us. An overarching insight from her lifechanging journey is, “Unconditional love is a state of being, not an emotion. It’s not just one side of the coin— it’s the whole coin.”

How-to Resources Interest in this deeper perspective led The Shift Network, which offers online transformative education, to host a recent Advanced Teachings for Truly Loving Yourself with Margaret Paul, natural awakenings

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P.h.D., co-author of Do I Have to Give Up Me to Be Loved By You? Many others are working to spread the word about a larger sense of life-giving love, including Cleveland, Ohio, intuitive psychologist Debra L. Reble, Ph.D., author of Being Love: How Loving Yourself Creates Ripples of Transformation in Your Relationships and the World. She says, “Our soul’s purpose is to be and express love. We dream of love, yearn for love and make love, but rarely do we realize that we are love, a source of divine energy.” Reba Linker, a New York City life coach and author, hosts a Leaders in Self-Love Facebook page and the Paint Yourself into The Picture online coaching show. Linker’s philosophy on love resembles that of New Thought leader Michael Beckwith, minister, author and founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center, in Culver City, California—to discern that our true nature is love is to know that we are created in the very image and likeness of love, the essence of life itself. Gary Sinclair, author of Healing Memories in Seconds, views his life from an altitude of oceanic oneness. His 35 years of study in a field that uses energy to heal spirit, mind and body led him to develop Soul Link, a



memory energy therapy. His work is changing the face of therapy for those with post-traumatic stress disorder and led to the revelation, “Love pulls whatever it touches to its highest potential.” Teaching what he knows “beyond a shadow of a doubt” helps to shift his students’ worldview. “All of creation is made up of electromagnetic energy vibrating at different frequencies. We are energy beings who can learn to manage our energy to heal ourselves. We are all connected by omnipresence, the energy of love, a heart connection of life. Consciously choosing this awareness allows us to be ‘love living life.’” Kamini Desai, director of education for the Amrit Yoga Institute, in Salt Springs, Florida, lends her yogic perspective to love. “We are each a wave on the ocean of existence. Even though we are separate waves, we carry the essence of the same ocean. When that essence manifests in us as spirit, its quality is a healing force of love surrounding our cells, causing our heart to beat and regenerating our organs. This intelligence guides and directs the universe in the same manner that it heals and maintains our body. In yoga, we learn to listen to its subtle voice so that we can

follow its urges and energetic impulses to the source from which it springs.” The perceptions of California’s HeartMath Institute founder Doc Childre, dedicated to helping people access their intuitive insight and heart intelligence, are generally aligned with those of Fredrickson. Both approaches recognize how order and balance in the nervous system and smooth, harmonious and coherent heart rhythms enhance our ability to clearly perceive a far larger universe of experience. The ensuing connections widen the windows of perception to view ourselves as no longer separate, but part of a unified whole. Accumulated micro-moments of love communicated through synchronized gazes, touches and vocalizations forge a shared subjective appreciation of connection and oneness. We feel ourselves embodying positive resonance and experience easier and more immediate rapport in familial, familiar and even new relationships. We discover abundant opportunities to feel love, loved and loving as we make ourselves available to them. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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A Gorgeously Greener Holiday Fresh Thinking About Décor by Avery Mack


ature’s holiday decorations can transcend cliché pine wreaths or farmed trees to make highly personalized indoor décor that supersedes traditional greenery. Yet mistletoe, holly leaves and berries, eucalyptus, poinsettias, tree needles, acorns and a cut tree’s water reservoir can be harmful to both pets and children. Here are some better choices.

The Tree

For smaller spaces or to make a statement, try grouping topiary trees

of varying heights draped with solar twinkle lights and small ornaments or fresh flowers to create a focal point in a bay window. “A lemon-lime cypress lends another burst of unexpected color on an entry hall table,” says freelance floral designer Janet Corrao, in Nutley, New Jersey. “It smells good, too.” Plants six inches tall work well. Corrao suggests setting the pots in colorful, inexpensive metal buckets from craft stores for added glamour. Unless deemed a hazard to active


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kids or pets, set up a mid-sized stepstool on a table or open a six-foot ladder in a corner and hang ornaments down the center space; add garlands and lights and set potted flowers and small gift boxes on the steps. Search “alternative Christmas trees” at for more ideas. Another option uses hedge-like plants in lieu of a tree. Consider an English or Japanese boxwood plant or evergreen lilly pilly, and then trim to the desired size and shape. Plant it outdoors as weather and climate permit.

The Table

“While we were working on a photo shoot, the photographer decided to include a Christmas scene. I was able to add fresh greenery from the property to the red ornaments and white orchids that I’d brought along. It made a striking centerpiece running the entire length of the table,” says florist Angie Zimmerman, of Angie Zimmerman Designs, in El Dorado Hills, California. “For the fireplace mantel I used branches with red berries to add height on either side of the central mirror and then duplicated the centerpiece design between them.” A festive table can be dressed with appealing edibles. Use a bread wreath as a base and stud it with skewered basil leaves, cherry tomatoes and small balls of fresh mozzarella cheese for an easy, self-serve, Caprese appetizer. A colorful dish of balsamic dressing or another dip in the center, along with small plates and holiday napkins, completes the offering.

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For a sit-down dinner variant, place a few Caprese skewers in small, clear, glass vases along the table with individual finger bowls of dip. Flat-leafed green parsley sprigs add another special touch. Zimmerman further suggests using deep-red Roma apples, cored, as candle holders. Make living place cards with small pots of herbs. Chalkboard paint identifies the plant and guest seating. Also consider colorful painted pots

sporting a small cactus. Transform oranges into aromatic pomanders by scoring the rinds with a citrus stripper in a spiral, circle or other pattern. Use a small nail to make holes and stud the fruits with whole cloves. Adding seasonal greenery and sterilized pine cones makes a beautiful and fragrant centerpiece.

The Front Door

“I love to use pine cones for centerpieces,” Corrao says. “Our weather is cold enough that I don’t have to worry about bugs when collecting cones in the neighborhood.” For warmer climates, bake the pine cones for 30 minutes in a 200-degree oven to melt excess sap, kill insects and fully open them. Sold online or in kitchenware stores, a bay leaf wreath offers cheer at the door. After the holidays, hang it in the kitchen for easy access. “Kumquats, lemons, tangerines, small oranges and crabapples add color to green wreaths,” notes Corrao.


For many, Christmas demands the smell of fresh pine boughs. Spice up the traditional greenery with carnations or other light-hued flowers colored with the juices of fresh, canned or frozen fruits and veggies—red from cranberries, beets and cherries; yellow and orange from yellow onions and carrots; purple from blackberries; green from spinach; pink from strawberries; and blue from red cabbage or blueberries. Freshly cut the flower stems and put them in the liquid from crushed produce or the can to absorb color. Hang garlands out of reach of young children and pets. Navjot Kaur, of Navjot Designs, in Chicago, says, “We all have greenery in our yard or patio gardens that can be used for the holidays. It’s fun to alter the design based upon what is available.” Imagination and inspiration can spark new, greener traditions. Connect with the freelance writer via

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DIY Melt and Pour Soap


oap making, although daunting, is actually quite simple with the right ingredients and instructions. Here are step-by-step instructions for making your own melt and pour soap. This is a perfect handcrafted gift, just in time for the holidays. This makes three different two-ounce soap bars: green tea peppermint sugar soap, peppermint oatmeal soap and lavender peppermint soap.


6 oz goat milk soap base 
 ¼ tsp organic, Japanese matcha 
 green tea powder 
 2 Tbs lavender flowers, ultra blue grade 
 2 Tbs rolled oats 1 packet granulated sugar
 ⅝ dram peppermint essential oil ¼ dram sunflower oil
 Mini-loaf pans
 Wooden craft sticks Household items: Pyrex bowl or Mason jar
 Spoon, rolling pin, or mortar and pestle Hot pad

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First, coat bottom of each miniloaf pan with dried goods; one with lavender flowers, one with whole rolled oats and one with sugar. 32



Crush or grind up remaining lavender flowers and set aside for later. Repeat step with rolled oats and set crushed oats aside separately.


Pour sunflower oil into a small dish or bowl and add a tiny bit of green tea powder to oil; stir green tea powder in until oil is tinted olive green. √ TIP: Use the green tea powder sparingly, otherwise the mixture will be tough to pour; set aside.


Cut goat milk soap base into cubes and put into Mason jar or Pyrex dish. Microwave in 20-second bursts until completely melted. The soap base melts quickly, so be careful not to overheat it. √ TIP: Keep in mind that you are using natural materials for coloring so over time, the green tea and lavender will oxidize a little.

5 Carefully remove Pyrex bowl or

mason jar from microwave; quickly stir in peppermint essential oil.


Pour melted soap base and peppermint essential oil mixture evenly into each mini-loaf pan.

7 Green Tea Peppermint Sugar

Scrub: Quickly stir tinted green tea tinted sunflower oil into the mini-loaf pan with sugar; mix color throughout. Peppermint Oatmeal Soap: Add a couple pinches of crushed oats to mini-loaf pan with rolled oat coating; quickly mix crushed oats throughout. Lavender Peppermint Soap: Add a few pinches of crushed lavender into mini-loaf pan with lavender flowers; quickly mix crushed lavender in. Put mini-loaf pans into the fridge to set for at least 30 minutes until solid. Once your soap sets up completely, they are ready to be enjoyed.

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Healthy Holiday Restorative Drinks Revive Good Cheer by Judith Fertig


uring jam-packed special occasions like holidays, our drinks should multitask, too. We need festive tipples to refresh us without overdoing it, restore equilibrium if we overeat or drink or revive us when we’re feeling low from a seasonal cold or flu. In addition to traditional offerings that family and friends might expect, why not add a new and improved signature drink to everyone’s repertoire? These feel-good beverages, featuring winter fruits high in vitamin C, anthocyanins, therapeutic herbs and fresh ginger, deliver delicious boosts to help us feel our best.


The season of hospitality is happily also the season of pomegranates, blood oranges and Meyer lemons (a sweeter, thin-skinned, aromatic variety). These vibrant fruits give a taste of good cheer to anything we can pour, shake, muddle or simmer.


LIBATIONS Whether we offer fresh-squeezed blood orange juice in the morning, a non-alcoholic cocktail of pomegranate juice and sparkling water, or a squeeze of Meyer lemon juice in a hot toddy or tea, the tart flavor is a sure pick-me-up. The red color in antioxidant-rich blood oranges and pomegranates indicates the presence of anthocyanins, compounds that might help prevent cancer and heart disease, as well as treat eye disorders, according to an article published in the Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology. Meyer lemons are a good source of vitamin C, essential for producing collagen needed to support the formation of new bone, blood vessels, ligaments and tendons, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.


After an evening of over-imbibing, our systems need to reboot. The stomach

needs help in processing alcohol, plus we may be dehydrated and feeling a little queasy. Filtered water, coconut water or a sweet, caffeine-free coffee or carbonated beverage of the lemonlime variety rehydrate, as well as help our digestive system break down and flush out the alcohol. According to Registered Dietitian Aicacia Young, in Austin, Texas, founder of, the simple act of drinking water before we go to bed can assist in the recovery process. Research published in the Food & Function journal found that lemonlime soda helps the body metabolize alcohol better by speeding up its ability to process the compound aldehyde dehydrogenase, the main cause of hangover symptoms. For nausea and motion sickness, ginger or peppermint tea can help, according to studies in the American Journal of Physiology and the French Prescrire International.


Sometimes the stress of holiday todos, often combined with travel, can lower the resilience of our immune system. When we feel symptoms of a cold or flu coming on, the classic hot toddy can help us feel human again. The alcohol in whiskey is a natural decongestant; plus, it helps get us to sleep. Honey soothes and perky lemon juice gives us hope that we’ll feel better the next day. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS. Connect at

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Blood Orange French 75 Yields: 1 serving In a champagne flute, pour a jigger of gin, the juice of half a blood orange and a squeeze of Meyer lemon juice. Top up with champagne. Courtesy of Kathryne Taylor, a whole foods and vegetarian blogger; Search

Holiday Sangria Yields: 8 servings Combine 1 liter of cabernet sauvignon, a quart of pomegranate juice, ¼ cup agave nectar, 1 thinly sliced Meyer lemon and 1 thinly sliced pear in a pitcher. Add ice and stir. Pour into glasses to serve.

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The best holiday drinks are festive and taste great. They should also be easy to fix. Here are five to get us started.

Meyer Lemon Hot Toddy Yields: 1 serving Bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Remove from the heat. Stir in the juice of half a Meyer lemon, a tablespoon or two of honey and a jigger of whiskey. Serve hot in a mug. Courtesy of Judith Fertig, Alfresco

Fresh Hot Peppermint Tea Yields: 1 serving Bring 1 cup of water to a boil. While it’s boiling, place 7 to 10 fresh organic mint leaves in a tea cup. Pour the hot water over the mint leaves and let them steep in the cup for 5 minutes. Strain out leaves as desired, and enjoy. Courtesy of Heather Crosby, author of YumUniverse: Infinite Possibilities for a Gluten-Free, Plant-Powerful, WholeFood Lifestyle; fresh-peppermint-tea.

Yields: 2 servings Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, and then add 1 small knob of fresh ginger, precut into thin slices. Reduce the heat


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Testosterone Therapy Can Balance Hormone Levels by Dr. Paul Stallone


en have been undergoing testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) for decades. Many have had great success, while others have struggled with the treatment. This depends on many factors which vary from lifestyle to the quality of testosterone. One reason the treatment may not have worked well could be the lack of another important hormone. Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is a naturally occurring hormone found in low levels in males and nonpregnant females. We might be more familiar with hCG in pregnant women, as this is the hormone that is detected via urine and blood testing. While men produce almost undetectable amounts of hCG, they do produce luteinizing hormone (LH), which mimics hCG. LH stimulates the production of testosterone in the Leydig cells of the testicles. Without this important hormone messenger, the testicles would not know to make more testosterone.



Receiving TRT is more than restoring our libido, it can also help prevent loss of muscle mass and strength, increase bone density, increase red blood cell production, increase energy and support fat distribution. As LH is almost identical to hCG, incorporating hCG into TRT can have significant benefits to the patient. Because every patient is different, so will be their TRT. We might require less testosterone than another patient, and that other patient may benefit from adding hCG when we do not. This, among other reasons, is why comprehensive blood work is essential before initiating any hormone replacement therapy program. If we have been on an unsuccessful replacement program and did not have extensive blood work, we probably did not have all the information needed. Some male patients, usually those under 40 years of age, might have success using just hCG to increase their levels of testosterone. This is again where blood work and an experienced physician is invaluable. Another benefit of hCG includes returning the testicles to normal size after TRT. Testicular atrophy can occur with some men that receive testosterone from an outside source like a pellet, cream or injection. Our brain does not send the LH hormone to the testicles when our body has high enough levels of testosterone. Our brain will not signal for more testosterone until the levels drop below normal, which would then stimulate production. This becomes a problem because supplementation may pause the production of testosterone, which may cause testicles to shrink. The problem can happen at different times and the mass lost will vary for each man. Fortunately, hCG can rapidly reverse this. Receiving TRT is more than restoring our libido, it can also help prevent loss of muscle mass and strength, increase bone density, increase red blood cell production, increase energy and support fat distribution. Low levels of testosterone can also affect men emotionally. Depression, sadness, low motivation, low self-confidence and trouble with memory can be signs that our levels of testosterone are decreasing. If we are experiencing any of the above symptoms or are currently on a TRT program that we’re not completely satisfied with, consult with a naturopathic physician skilled with hormone replacement therapy. Paul Stallone, NMD, founded the Arizona Integrative Medical Center, located at 8144 E. Cactus Rd., Ste. 820, in Scottsdale. Dr. Stallone combines natural/alternative/ conventional treatments to best fit and benefit each individual patient’s needs. For more information visit or phone at 480-214-3922. See ad on the inside front cover. natural awakenings

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Xenoestrogens The Hidden Hormonal Disruptors by Dr. Katka Novakova


any medical problems that women are dealing with come from high levels of estrogen in the body, which can be caused by internal hormonal imbalances, as well as external factors.



External estrogens, or xenoestrogens (foreign), are chemicals found in food, plastic, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, drugs, personal care products, household cleaners, detergents, solvents and paints.

They exhibit estrogen-like activity in the body, but they do not follow the same rules as the body’s own natural estrogens. They do not attach to sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), like most natural estrogen does, which allows them to circulate freely, binding to estrogen receptors, passing through the placenta and getting stored in fatty tissue; all of which contributes to estrogen-induced conditions such as endometriosis, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, fibrocystic breasts, immune disorders, PMS, menstrual cramps and infertility, as well as breast and uterine cancer. Although we cannot completely eliminate xenoestrogens from our lives, we can significantly reduce our exposure to them with a few simple steps. Do not microwave in plastic or put plastic wrap over food to be microwaved. All plastic contains estrogenic chemicals that get released into our food and water, especially when heated. Try to store food and water in glass or ceramic containers, or use hard polycarbonate plastic water bottles. Buy organic and non-genetically modified (GMO) food whenever possible. Conventionally raised animals are injected with growth hormones and fed GMO grains that have been sprayed with pesticides, and conventional produce is exposed to high amounts of

herbicides and pesticides as well; all of which are xenoestrogenic. Buy organic, natural and biodegradable personal care products and household cleaners. Cosmetics, lotions, sun screens, shampoos, soaps, dish and laundry detergent, fabric softener, all-purpose cleaners, etc., are full of chemicals with estrogenic and carcinogenic properties. There are many effective and much less toxic choices for us, our children and the planet. Use natural and environmentally friendly pesticides and pest control companies in the house and yard and consider having a shoeless household. Studies have shown that many environmental toxins and heavy metals are brought into the house on the soles of our shoes – it’s especially important to remove our shoes after being at a golf course, because the grass there is often aggressively sprayed with pesticides. Use more natural building and construction materials and minimize our exposure when new carpets are being installed or walls painted. Formaldehyde from carpets and solvents from paints and glues are highly toxic and estrogenic. If we can’t avoid them, try to air out the area thoroughly afterwards. While we may not be able to make all of these changes right away, remember that every little bit helps. Dr. Katka Novakova, M.D. (Europe), ND, helps educate, empower and inspire people on their personal healing journey. For more information, call 480-524-4304 or visit DrKatka. com. See ad on page 47.

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Heal Adrenal Fatigue

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atigue due to physical or mental exertion is common in those beleaguered by stress, poor eating habits and insomnia, struggling to balance the needs of family and career and too often using caffeine and other stimulants to artificially rebound energy. James L. Wilson, Ph.D., a doctor of chiropractic and naturopathy, educates medical professionals about an even more serious health issue he identifies as “adrenal fatigue”; it’s characterized by below-optimal adrenal function induced by an overload of such stressors. Our two walnut-sized adrenal glands, one atop each kidney, produce vital hormones that help control heart rate, blood pressure, digestion and many other functions, including how the body deals with stress.

Identifying the Core Issue

In his book, Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome, Wilson sheds light on the scope of the problem. “The fact that adrenal fatigue is unrecognized by conventional medicine has left millions of people suffering from an untreated problem that interferes with their ability to function normally and capacity to enjoy life. For those whose adrenal glands are ‘running on empty’, even something as basic as happiness seems almost out of reach,” comments Wilson, who resides in Tucson, Arizona. Individuals suffering from adrenal fatigue are most concerned about their low moods, energy, mental acuity and libido, for which conventional medicine typically prescribes antidepressant and anti-anxiety drugs. These medications do nothing to revive adrenal functioning. This faulty condition also affects weight gain and a propensity toward the development of some diseases, including fibromyalgia. “Your resiliency, energy, endurance and very life depend on the proper functioning of the adrenals,” Wilson says. We’ve inherited our sympathetic nervous system and its stress response of fight-or-flight from our prehistoric 40


ancestors. It hasn’t evolved to differentiate between an acute threat to survival and the chronic threats from looming deadlines, financial pressures and other modern-day worries. “The adrenal stress response to physical danger or any perceived psychological threat is identical—the release of norepinephrine and epinephrine responsible for cascading physiological reactions,” explains Dr. Vijay Jain, who treats fatigue from an integrative perspective at his Mind Body Wellness Center, in Palm Coast, Florida.

Suggested Treatments

Adrenal fatigue is mainly a self-induced health problem that doesn’t just appear. It results from an accumulation of ongoing choices that we can change. Jain applies ayurvedic principles to reestablish balance in the body’s three prominent mind-body types that influence personal well-being. These are known as vata, pitta and kapha. For people primarily characterized by vata and pitta typology, fatigue is the result of being overactive and burning the candle at both ends. For those with kapha constitutions, fatigue is the outcome of a sedentary lifestyle with insufficient movement and eating the wrong foods for them. He further recommends getting more sleep with regular bedtimes, practices such as yoga nidra meditation, pranayama (yogic breathing) and a slower-paced yoga practice with longer-held meditative poses, as well as massage and a diet designed to restore our biological energies, or doshas, to a balanced state. “Depending on a patient’s constitution I advise some to slow down and burn 50 percent less of their candle, while I tell others to increase their physical activity and improve their diet.” Jain also recommends a type of ayurvedic purification and detoxification treatment that involves a series of five therapies including massage and herbal treatments. Performed in sequence, these allow the body and mind to drop into a state of peacefulness. Acupuncture treatments are also helpful, along with a regimen of adaptogenic herbs such as ginseng, schisandra and ashwagandha, according to Jain. In Happy Healthy Thyroid: The Essential Steps to Healing Naturally, author Andrea Beaman writes about how she recovered naturally from adrenal fatigue. To restore energy and vitality to the body, she further recommends the healing practices of hatha yoga, qigong and tai chi. “These modalities build energy, whereas power yoga, and cardiovascular exercises drain energy in fatigued individuals,” advises Beaman. She notes that it can take six months to two years to restore desired energy levels. Beaman counsels individuals with behavioral characteristics that make it more challenging to burn less of their candle. She grabs their attention with the critical nature of their situation. “‘You are in and out of life in a blink. If you’re exhausted at age 48, how are you going to live a vibrant, happy and exuberant life right up to the finish line?’ That generally works,” she says. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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We Have Lived Before by Debi McDermott


ast-life regression is a technique to access the subconscious mind and wise self to extract what are termed “prior life” memories from a time before our birth, widen our perspective and increase compassion. Connecting with these experiences allows a person to gain insight and deeper understanding of thoughts, emotions and behaviors in the present life. The regressionist uses guided imagery and breathing techniques to lead the client to a deep state of relaxation. Gently guided, a person explores



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Krista Tippett on Our Evolving Spirituality Why it Evokes Hope by Randy Kambic


rista Tippett helps us ponder the meaning of life as host and executive producer of On Being, the award-winning weekly radio program and podcast produced in Minneapolis for more than 400 public radio stations. The bestselling author of Einstein’s God: Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit has been acclaimed for thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence. Her latest book, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living, reflects upon how spirituality intersects with science, technology, health, art and politics. This daughter of a Southern Baptist minister first launched her show, originally titled Speaking of Faith (also the title of her first book), on Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media in 2003. Today, Tippett continues



to discuss faith, spirit, inner growth and what it is to be human with leading authors, thought leaders and pioneering change makers. She also hosts online classes and a blog.

How has On Being evolved to reflect existing dimensions of spirituality that have proven surprising? I am fascinated with how spiritual life and religious identity have evolved in the last decade. This part of life is more fluid than it’s ever been in human history. We are the first generation that didn’t inherit religious identity like we do a hometown. We craft our spiritual lives and choose our faith, even if it’s the faith of our families.

In many that don’t claim a religious affiliation, especially Millennials, I encounter a spiritual curiosity and ethical passion akin to religion at its best. Because seekers dwell both inside and outside of traditions, my life of conversation stretches beyond boundaries in ways I did not expect when I began. I also never imagined that I’d interview physicists, evolutionary biologists and neuroscientists exploring territory previously reserved for theologians and philosophers. Together, they are illuminating the ancient questions related to our place in the cosmos; the nature of human freedom and consciousness; even beauty and the reality of mystery.

Which guests do you feel have resonated the most with listeners and why? A show that seems to have touched more people most deeply is my interview with the Irish poet, philosopher and author John O’Donohue just before he died in his early 50s. He radiated such an unusual combination of qualities: wisdom, tenderness and playfulness; mysticism, theology and a raw Celtic earthiness. He’s someone who could speak of God with great wildness, strangeness—and authority. He inspired with his vision of beauty as a human calling and somehow embodied it for the listener. I meet all kinds of people that keep that show on their playlist and listen again and again. In general, my favorite guest is the most recent person interviewed.

At the moment, it’s Jimmy Wales, the Wikipedia co-founder, who stunned me with his insistence on kindness as the virtue that’s made this nonprofit’s ethos and accomplishments possible. Another is civil rights veteran Ruby Sales, who wisely works to uplift the human drama of our political/social moment, like the way we must come to be as articulate about what we love as about what outrages us.

How do you see people’s awakening sensibilities influencing local and global issues? I am drawn to the notion that we are in the adolescence of our species. The globe right now is like a map of the teenage brain, prone to recklessness and destruction in places and simultaneously possessing vast potentials for creativity and advances. So many are relentless in telling the story of destruction that it seriously colors how we tell the story of our time. I stand among those shining a light on the abundant beauty, goodness and courage in our world so these become more visible and evident at a global level.

Are you optimistic about the future? I am hopeful about the future. My life of meaningful conversation has led me to re-imagine the meaning of hope. It has nothing to do with wishful thinking, but rests on the lives of beauty and goodness I see everywhere I turn. It’s a choice—a more exacting and courageous choice than cynicism or resignation. The pain and fear alive in the world surface as anger and violence, and some of us are called to be calmers of fear. We must create the world we want our children to inhabit and do so together. Hope isn’t an option on this path; it is one of our primary resources for getting there. Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor in Estero, FL, and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings. natural awakenings

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3 Facial and Body Diagnosis with Healing Foods – Dec 3-4. Nutrition expert Steven Acuff. $100. The Summit Lighthouse Tudor Plaza, 4105 N 20 St, Phoenix. 602-999-5593. Get Your Gut Back With Ayurveda – 9am-Noon, Dec 3-4. Learn remedies for bloating, indigestion, constipation and more. $99. 7140 E First Ave, Scottsdale. 480-425-9662. Holistic Spiritual Fair – 11am-4pm. Opportunities to purchase beautiful spiritual gifts for the holidays or give yourself a gift of a healing session, reading or spiritual message. Free admission. Exaltation of the Holy Cross Orthodox Church, 10030 N 32 St, Phoenix. Lisa McKenzie: 602-579-9461 or Introduction to Soul and Alternative Healing for Chronic Conditions – 5-7pm. Are you suffering from pain or have a chronic or serious condition? This is a revolutionary way to heal on many levels. Rejuvenate Center, 14640 N Tatum Blvd, Ste 8, Phoenix. Master Debra Manning: 480-338-1012. Past Life Regression – 3-5pm. Ever been to a new location and everything felt very familiar? Ever felt like you already know someone you just met? These experiences could be the memories from a past life. Explore a past life, connect with your spirit guides and receive messages to enrich your



current life. $30. Purple Lotus Pathway, 4111 E Valley Auto Dr, Ste 208, Mesa. RSVP: or 602-790-8970.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4 Portal to Energy Healing – Noon-4pm. Witness amazing changes with energy medicine. With Marsha Craven. $50 for one, $80 for two. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988. The Perfect Health Aryuvedic Lifestyle Program – 2-4pm. Teaches students a powerful regimen of Ayurvedic practices and techniques designed to balance the mind-body, enhance nutrition, reduce emotional turbulence, restore vitality and re-awaken the senses. With Akal Simran Kaur. Anahata Yoga, Sound and Energy Healing, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. 480-699-9600.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 5 Pediatric/Infant Early Bonding – 8am-5pm, Dec 5-7. Comprehensive hands-on continuing education designed for licensed massage therapists, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, doulas, counselors, family support staff, parents, grandparents and those involved in child care. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7 Gong Meditation – 7pm. Experience deep relaxation and meditation through the power of the gong. With Gretchen Bickert. $10-20. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700. Guided Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. Raffle proceeds and love donations shared with LaFrontera Arizona EMPACT Suicide Prevention Center & Animal Rescue. With Marsha Craven. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988. Master Sha’s Soul Healing Group of NE Phoenix – 6:45-8:30pm. Experience healing, wisdom and practices for optimum health and well-being. Rejuvenate Center, 14640 N Tatum Blvd, Ste 8, Phoenix. Mary Anne Melvin: 406-250-8369.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8 Chi Nei Tsang Introduction – 9am-6pm, Dec 8-9. Abdominal unwinding with Michelle Giles. Gentle, non-invasive release of physical and emotional blockages. Your digestive tract will love this. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9 Crystal Singing Bowls 101 – 6-8pm. A great hands-on introduction to the world of crystal singing bowls and sound healing. With Amarjot and Daljeet. $65. Anahata Yoga, Sound and Energy Healing, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. 480-699-9600. mindbody/classes/40. Divine Healing Hands Workshop – 10am-6pm, Dec 9-11. The divine’s soul light hands released to help humanity, animals, nature and more. Divine Healing Hands carry the divine’s healing power to heal and transform every aspect of life. To apply is a great honor. To be approved is to be chosen. New

Vision Center, 18010 N Tatum Blvd, Rm 2, Phoenix. Master Debra: 480-338-1012, Master Nadia: 503-860-4595 or Master Mary Anne: 406-250-8369. IANDS – 7pm. The International Association for Near Death Studies presents Jane Katra, PhD, who had a near-death experience where she was instructed to guide others in the direct experience of activating their subtle energy systems and to become natural energy healers for self and others. $10. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10 Winter Faire – 10am-3pm. Enjoy a magical winter festival where medieval knights joust, minstrels stroll, and a gingerbread house is the gateway to craft making, feasting and holiday shopping. Live music, great food, games, puppet shows, candle dipping, archery, pony rides and more. Free admission. Desert Marigold School, 6210 S 28th St, Phoenix. 480-217-0840. Facial Rejuvenation – 9am-6pm. Practice facial lymphatic drainage sequence and acupressure techniques and experience rejuvenating results the wellness way. $110. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988. Finding True Self Workshop – Dec 10-11. Get in touch with your true nature and become the master of your life. This powerful experience has helped many individuals reach their goals and open direct paths to greater physical, emotional, and mental/ spiritual healing. $250. RSVP at nearest Body & Brain Center: Glendale 602-439-9642, Mesa 480545-1013, Scottsdale 480-391-8916, Sun City 623476-5176, Tempe/Chandler 480-345-9642. IANDS Experiential Workshop – 10am-3pm. Developing High Vibrational Healing Power with Jane Katra, PhD. Participants will be assisted in transcending the ordinary mind, activating their natural capacities for subtle perception, developing the inflow of spiritual force, and becoming conscious transmitters of life-giving energy. $50 early bird; $60 door. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E South-

ern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700. Meditation & More – 6:30-8pm. Judy Richter, licensed massage therapist and reiki master teacher, offers free monthly meditations in East Mesa covering a variety of topics, such as meditation, mudras, mantras, healthy lifestyle, chanting and energy modalities. Together we can raise our energies to be the best we can be. Pure Light Therapies. RSVP: 480-695-2002 or Self-Hypnosis Workshop – 2-5pm. Become your own coach. Learn tools for changing patterns in your brain and self-hypnosis skills for reducing anxiety, changing negative self-talk, managing chronic pain, and improving sleep. With Teja Shankara. $25 advance; $30 door. The Floating Lotus Yoga Studio and Natural Healing Center, 202 W Main St, Mesa. 480-553-3122. Soulmonic Sound Healing Journey – 7-9pm. Sound healing, blended with a shamanic journey, that takes the participants on a musical “Souljourn” into the heart and soul. Incorporates ancient, new, and “now-age” sound healing techniques to facilitate healing on all levels. With Three Trees. $38. Anahata Yoga, Sound and Energy Healing, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. 480-699-9600. apps/mindbody/classes/151. Yoga + Yin + Nidra – 2-4pm. Enjoy a two-hour class incorporating a slow flow, yin and yoga nidra meditation. With Julie Lemerond. $20. A Mindfulness Life Center, 10309 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale. 480-207-6016.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11 Awakening A Whole New World – 3-5pm. Relationships in the New Paradigm. Discover energies of the current times, the potential and opportunity for all to awaken to a new self. Sounds, melodies and a cosmic heart meditation. With Cheryl and Jon Pederson. $10. New Vision Center, 18010 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix. RSVP: 602-670-6106 or

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 12 Celebration Honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe – 7:30pm. Join in the energies of this auspicious day by celebrating the womb wisdom of the creative and awakening powers of the sacred feminine. Includes sacred dances, candle-light procession, chants and the ceremony of the protective veil. The Shrine of Holy Wisdom, 5025 S Ash Ave, Ste B-15, Tempe. 480-219-9633.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13 Past Life Regression – 10am-Noon. Ever been to a new location and everything felt very familiar? Ever felt like you already know someone you just met? These experiences could be the memories from a past life. Explore a past life, connect with your spirit guides and receive messages to enrich your current life. $30. Purple Lotus Pathway, 4111 E Valley Auto Dr, Ste 208, Mesa. RSVP: or 602-790-8970. Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Snoring and TMJ – 5pm. Informational seminar that discusses treatment options using oral appliance therapy and how it works. Free. Koala Center for Sleep Disorders - Biltmore, 4235 N 32nd St, Ste A, Phoenix. 602-883-1931.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14 The Sound of Light Kirtan – 7-8:30pm. Join Prem Vidu and Friends for an evening of call and response style community chanting. This practice of devotion connects us deeply with our innate gratitude and presence of being. $10-$20. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, #102, Mesa. Rev. Julianne: 480-593-8798 or

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15 Full Moon Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Incorporates light kundalini yoga, meditation, plus deep relaxation and healing to the sound of the gong. With Sevak Singh. $25 advance, $30 door. Anahata Yoga, Sound and Energy Healing, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. 480-699-9600.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16 Aromatherapy for Wellness – Noon-5pm. Receive information on the benefits, cautions, properties, selection and safe application of essential oils selected to promote wellness. Includes an essential oil kit and support kit with oils appropriate for use in business and home environments. With Marsha Craven. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988. Community Healing Circle – 7-8pm. Chanting the Siri Gaitri Mantra for sacred healing and a unique meditation captures the radiant healing energy of the cosmos and connects it to you, the practitioner. Free. Anahata Yoga, Sound and Energy Healing, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. 480-699-9600.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17 Fire of the Feminine Intensive – 10am-2pm. Rishi Devra’s monthly intensives for women initiates for soul empowerment and sacred knowledge transmissions from the Akashic records, on the critical role that women will play in the process of enlightenment and ascension into Christ consciousness. $60. 7390 E Stagecoach Pass Rd, Carefree. RSVP: 480-575-1276. Level 1 Gong Certification – 2-5pm. With Lisa Lippincott. $108. Anahata Yoga, Sound and Energy Healing, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. 480-699-9600. apps/mindbody/classes/149. Reflexology Feet – 9am-6pm, Dec 17-18. Learn relaxing and rejuvenating techniques for use with self and others. Lots of practice time. With Barbara Jenkins. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W North-

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18 Healing Circle/Share – 6-8pm. Judy Richter, reiki master/teacher, offers an opportunity for those trained in healing modalities to practice and share with others on the energy healing journey. Pure Light Therapies, 3740 E Southern Ave, Ste 214, Mesa. RSVP at 480-695-2002 or The Archangelic Temple Service – 11:30am. Rev. Cat Serpone creates a space to be in the presence of the holy archangels. Through chanting of the ineffable divine name, an angelic ritual of profound beauty, meditation and sacred music, experience the strength and healing presence of these spiritual entities of light, goodness, and beauty. The Shrine of Holy Wisdom, 5025 S Ash Ave, Ste B-15, Tempe. 480-219-9633.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 19 Reflexology Hands – 9am-6pm. Learn therapeutic reflexology to care for your hands, yourself and those you touch. Great wellness service for stress relief and relaxation. With Barbara Jenkins. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20 Boutique Shopping Holiday Discounts – 1-4pm. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988. Herbal Intensive Certification Class – Jan 20-22. Journey into the healing world of medicinal plants where you will see, taste, feel and smell a variety of herbs in this comprehensive course. SW Herb, 148 N Center St, Mesa. 480-694-9931. Trigger Points – Hand & Wrist – 9am-1pm. Address soft tissue challenges related to hands and wrists by working with trigger points and referral areas to facilitate pain relief and improved functioning. With Barbara Jenkins. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21 Plant Spirit Medicine – 6-9pm. The healing world of herbs and medicinal plants. SW Herb, 148 N Center St, Mesa. 480-694-9931. Winter Solstice Kirtan and Gong Bath – 7-9pm. Celebrate the coming of winter season with heartwarming song and an invigorating gong bath. With Amy Ouzoonian. $20 by Dec 14th, $35 after. A Mindfulness Life Center, 10309 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale. 480-207-6016.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22 Winter Solstice – 7:30pm. A magical evening to welcome the arrival of winter. Drumming, prayers and chanting. Blessings to the four directions and sacred fire release ceremony. The Shrine of Holy Wisdom, 5025 S Ash Ave, Ste B-15, Tempe. 480-219-9633.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24 Christmas Candlelight Services – 4:30 and 7pm. A beautiful holiday tradition to bless you spiritually and celebrate the season of lights. Donation. Unity of Mesa, 2740 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480892-2700. Christmas Eve Service – 4pm. Celebrate the joyful coming of the light of love and then visit with Santa as he prepares for his long journey around the world. Exuberant Christmas music will fill the air at this positive, uplifting holiday celebration. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, #102, Mesa. Rev. Julianne: 480-593-8798 or

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 New Year’s Eve Day Pot Luck Blessing – 10am1pm. Ancient wisdom is to hold a sacred ceremony at the end of the year to show gratitude and appreciation to the Divine and Tao for the blessings offered in the past year and to request blessings for the coming year. Master Sha emphasizes the importance of beginning a new year in this way. Rejuvenate Center, 14640 N Tatum Blvd, Ste 8, Phoenix. Register:

savethedate JANUARY 1 Burning Bowl and White Stone Service – 9 and 10:45am. A beautiful holiday tradition to release what no longer serves you in preparation to receive the blessings of the New Year. Donation. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700. Mindfulness for Change – 2-3:30pm, start of four week series. Learn the art of self-observation and use mindfulness to create change in your life. With Steve Price. $99. A Mindfulness Life Center, 10309 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale. 480-2076016. New Year’s Day Burning Bowl Service – 10:30am. This annual ceremony will help us gain clarity about what we truly need to let go of in the New Year and what we need to hold on to and cherish. As we release negativity and unhealthy habits – we can fully and gratefully participate in the true art of living. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952

E Baseline, #102, Mesa. Rev. Julianne: 480-5938798 or New Year, New You – 10am. Launch the new year with Buddha’s method to cultivate lasting peace and happiness. Make heartfelt resolutions for the new year extra powerful. $5. Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix, 614 E Townley Ave, Phoenix. Vision Board/Treasure Mapping – 10am-3pm. Start your new year off right by putting together your vision. Always a fun way to begin your new year. Pure Light Therapies. RSVP: 480-695-2002 or

JANUARY 6 Discover Your Gifts and Graces – 6-7:30pm. Presentation on self-discovery and healing. Free. Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, 1100 E Apache Blvd, Tempe.

JANUARY 7 Reiki I and II – 10am-6pm, Jan 7-8. With Marsha Craven, 5th generation usui reiki master teacher and 2015 Natural Choice Award winner for reiki. Bring reiki as a healing practice into your life and your enhanced healing powers will always be with you. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

JANUARY 8 Embracing Your Journey Expo – 9am-5pm. A holistic, wellness and metaphysical event. Vendors, raffles, speakers and more. Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, 7677 N 16th St, Phoenix. 480-296-1928. Pure Light and Reiki Therapy Level 1 – 9am5pm. Blending traditional Usui with other energy modalities to bring to you balance for self-healing and the potential for working with others. Pure Light Therapies. RSVP: 480-695-2002 or Sacred Sundays – 10am-Noon. The profound experience of transmission meditation with spiritual master Rishi Devra. Receive the radiance of enlightened teachings and sacred knowledge, at the Rishi’s private abode, a sacred learning environment that enhances deep realization and transformation. Donation. 7390 E Stagecoach Pass Rd, Carefree. RSVP: 480-575-1276.

JANUARY 10 Lovin’ Life After 50 Expo – 9am-1pm. Vendors providing information on health care, retirement living, financial, leisure and more. Free. Sundial Recreation Center, 14801 N103rd Ave, Sun City. 480-898-6500.

JANUARY 13 Cranial Neural Support for Longevity – 10am6pm, Jan 13-16. Techniques for working and communicating with the brain, cranial and neuro systems to promote wellness and more. Massage therapists, energy healers and caregivers will want to attend. With Marsha Craven, winner of 2014 and 2015 Natural Choice Award for craniosacral practitioner. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-2157988.

JANUARY 14 Mindful H.A.B.I.T.S. Realistic Resolutions Workshop – 10am-3pm. Learn the Mindful H.A.B.I.T.S. method and discover breakthrough techniques to finally make a change and keep your resolution. $97 use code NAMAG20 for $20 discount. Includes light lunch. With Joy Carter Life Carter. Tempe location. 602-730-6213. RSVP:



Self-Hypnosis Workshop – 2-5pm. Become your own coach. Learn tools for changing patterns in your brain and self-hypnosis skills for reducing anxiety, changing negative self-talk, managing chronic pain, and improving sleep. With Teja Shankara. $25 advance; $30 door. The Floating Lotus Yoga Studio and Natural Healing Center, 202 W Main St, Mesa. 480-553-3122.

JANUARY 16 Transformational Weight Loss – Start of an energizing 7-day winter jumpstart weight loss program. With Jennifer McKee. McKee Health Transformations, 15331 W Bell Rd, Ste 212, Surprise. 866-632-8651.

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Ahwatukee Farmers’ Market: 4700 East Warner Road, Phoenix Sundays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

CranialSacral Balancing Therapy I – 10am6pm, Jan 17-19. Powerful complementary healing modality supports healing from the inside. Take the therapeutic benefits experienced in class home to family, friends and your practice. With Barbara Jenkins. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988. Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Snoring and TMJ – 5pm. Informational seminar that discusses treatment options using oral appliance therapy and how it works. Free. Koala Center for Sleep Disorders - Biltmore, 4235 N 32nd St, Ste A, Phoenix. 602-883-1931.

JANUARY 20 CranialSacral Balancing Therapy II – 10am6pm, Jan 20-22. Advanced techniques supporting and encouraging the recipient’s response to cranial therapy. With Barbara Jenkins. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

JANUARY 21 Fire of the Feminine Intensive – 10am-2pm. Rishi Devra’s monthly intensives for women initiates for soul empowerment and sacred knowledge transmissions from the Akashic records, on the critical role that women will play in the process of enlightenment and ascension into Christ consciousness. $60. 7390 E Stagecoach Pass Rd, Carefree. RSVP: 480-575-1276.

JANUARY 23 Oncology Massage Workshop – Jan 23-25. Nationally accredited, cancer center based workshop introduces massage therapists, medical staff and healthcare professionals to the bodywork considerations presented by an oncology clientele. With Jacki Sellers, Institute of Integrative Oncology. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

Peoria Farmers’ Market: Park West, 9744 West Northern Avenue, Peoria Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phoenix Public Market: 721 North Central Avenue, Phoenix Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Roadrunner Park Farmers’ Market: 3502 East Cactus Rd., Phoenix Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Carefree Farmers’ Market 1 Sundial Circle, Carefree Fridays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sun City Farmers’ Market 16820 North 99th Avenue, Sun City Thursdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Complimentary Oncology Massage – For volunteer clients in or who have a history of cancer treatment. The massage will be provided in a classroom setting. Advanced registration required. Free. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

Omni Meditation Training - Illumination II – Jan 27-29. A truly empowering meditation path of proven effectiveness, for expansive shifts in higher consciousness for thousands of students worldwide. 7390 E Stagecoach Pass Rd, Carefree. RSVP: 480-575-1276.

Lovin’ Life After 50 Expo – 9am-1pm. Vendors providing information on health care, retirement living, financial, leisure and more. Free. Mesa Convention Center, 201 N Center St, Mesa. 480898-6500.

JANUARY 30 Hypnotherapy Certification – Start of a 500-hour state-licensed certification course. Hypnotherapy Academy of America. 505-767-8030.

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ongoingcalendar mondays wednesdays Tai Chi and Qi Gong – 10-11am. Activate and experience the natural healing capabilities in the body. With Leslie Cook. $10-15 donation. Unity of Mesa, 2740 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700.

tuesdays Acupressure Self Help – 10:30-11:30am. Imagine your body free of stress and opening to self-love. All sessions open to newcomers. With Victoria Mogilner. $10. Unity of Mesa Annex Bldg, 2740 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700. Chronic Pain Prevention Class – 6-7pm. Learn about an integrative three-step approach for pain relief using stretch therapy, corrective exercise and nutrition metabolism identification. Free. Studio Health, 1425 S Higley, Ste 101, Gilbert. RSVP: 480-466-6398. Rewind Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. Designed for people 50 and up, the class focuses on balancing, increasing flexibility and building functional strength. With Kim Carter. $10 (first class is free, maximum six). Multiplicity Enterprises, 2045 S Vineyard, Ste 139, Mesa. MultiplicityEnterprises. com. Pre-registration required. Kim: 253-5495342 or Shakti Naam Yoga – 6:45-8:15pm. Experience a new type of yoga using music, mantra, mudra (hand positions), meditation and movement to align with the vibration of the universe, bringing more health and happiness into your life. With Moriah Salzman and Jeannie MacLaughlin. $10 donation. Unity of Mesa, 2740 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700. Watercolor Art Classes – 9:45am-12:30pm. All levels, beginner to advanced. Learn fluid color technique, drawing and composition. Small class of 8 students. No talent required, just a desire to create. With Allura Westly. Paradise Valley area. 602-469-0524.

“A Course in Miracles” (ACIM) Weekly Study Group – 1-2:15pm. Rev. Julianne Lewis leads this interactive time of discussion and sharing. For beginners and experienced ACIM students. $10. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, #102, Mesa. Rev. Julianne: 480-593-8798 or Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement – 12:301:30pm. Receive greater self-connection, self-awareness, self-healing and tr3ansformation. This method bypasses all conditioning and habitual stress patterns to achieve instant relief and to break unconscious patterns. $20 per class/6 for $100. And Breathe, 3201 N 3rd St, Phoenix. Jacqueline Bayne: 602-8217149 or Simply Meditate – 6:30-7:30pm. Escape the stress and busyness of life and discover inner peace by exploring meditation techniques and positive minds. Learn simple, practical methods to improve the quality of our life and develop inner peace through guided meditation and a short Buddhist teaching to help us solve our daily problems and find the lasting happiness we seek. $5. Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix, 614 E Townley Ave, Phoenix. Watercolor Art Classes – 9:45am-12:30pm. All levels, beginner to advanced. Learn fluid color technique, drawing and composition. Small class of 8 students. No talent required, just a desire to create. With Allura Westly. Paradise Valley area. 602-469-0524.

thursdays Buddhist Meditation – 6:30-8pm. “How to Solve Our Humans Problems”, taught by representatives from Kadampa Meditation Center. $10; $5/students and unemployed. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700, Rewind Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. Designed for people 50 and up, the class focuses on balancing, increasing flexibility and building functional strength. With Kim Carter. $10 (first class is free, maximum six). Multiplicity Enterprises, 2045 S Vineyard, Ste 139, Mesa. MultiplicityEnterprises. com. Pre-registration required. Kim: 253-5495342 or

fridays A Course in Miracles – 7-9pm. Group book study open to newcomers. Donation. Unity of Mesa Annex Bldg, 2740 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700.

saturdays Boot Camp – 8-9am. Cardio, core and strength training. $5 first session. Granada Park, Phoenix. 602-639-4054.

sundays Celebration Service – 10:30-11:45am. Uplifting music and a positive service that lifts, enlightens and sometimes makes you laugh with friendly people who welcome cultural, religious and lifestyle diversity. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, #102, Mesa. Rev. Julianne: 480-5938798 or Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement – 11am-Noon. Receive greater self-connection, self-awareness, self-healing and transformation. This method bypasses all conditioning and habitual stress patterns to achieve instant relief and to break unconscious patterns. $20 per class/6 for $100. 40th St and Cactus, Phoenix. Jacqueline Bayne: 602821-7149 or Prayers for World Peace – 10-11:15am. Enjoy practical advice and meditations that lift the heart and bring energy and hope; from this inner peace, world peace grows. In these troubled times, this is an opportunity to make prayers together for our families and friends, and for the cessation of all the pain and problems in the world. $5 donation. Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix, 614 E Townley Ave, Phoenix. Sunday Services – 9am and 10:45am. A Positive Path for Spiritual Living. Nursery available for infants through kindergarten. Youth ministry classes are open in the Education Annex at 10:15am. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E SouthernAve, Mesa. 480-892-2700. Sunday Services – 10:30am. Additional Sunday Services include 5:30pm on 2nd & 4th Sunday and 5:30pm Healing Service 1st & 3rd Sunday. Rising Phoenix Spiritualist Church and Metaphysical Community, 1522 W Encanto Blvd, Phoenix. 602-428-0857.


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Affordable pain and stress relief for working people. Acupuncture for as little as $25 per session for established patients getting a series of 5-10 treatments. Custom Chinese herbal formulas for common ailments. Skin health specialist. Top-tier skills without the frills.


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Dr. Harlan Sparer is a Wholistic C h i r o p r a c t o r, e x c l u s i v e l y practicing the Directional Non Force Technique®, for the last 30 years. He adjusts ligaments, muscles, bones, and discs.

Kathleen Gould, RH 148 N. Center Street Mesa, AZ 85201 480-694-9931

Hundreds of bulk medicinal herbs and specialty blends, multitude of classes of all kinds, rental space. Medicinemaking supplies, herbal bath shoppe. Varied therapists available. See ad on page 34.

ART CLASSES WATERCOLOR ART CLASSES Allura Westly 3611 E. Sunnyside Dr. Phoenix, AZ 85028 602-469-0524

Allura Westly, master teacher, opens her sanctuary studio to all levels, beginner to advanced. Learn fluid color technique, drawing and composition. Small class of 8 students. No talent required, just a desire to create.


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844-PUR-MAID An eco-friendly home and office cleaning company & offers natural cleaning products. 844-PUR-MAID. See ad on page 33.


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Joy Carter, MSW, CHt, LC Certified Hypnotherapist & Life Coach 602-730-6213 Mindful Habit Change, Weight Loss, Life Coaching and Hypnotherapy. Improve your life using the easy and effective Mindful H.A.B.I.T.S.™ method for lasting habit change.

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Mary Peterson PT, MS Ed 480-998-1646 Personalized care for lingering pain and stress. Integrating handson therapies like visceral manipulation, cranial therapy and myofascial release with self-care strategies. Over 25 years experience finding solutions .

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Providing biologic dentistry personalized to fit your needs in a caring and supportive en-vironment. We offer many holistic procedures using the latest in modern technology. Dr. Butler is a member of the Holistic Dental Association and the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology. See ad on page 15 and 29.



BUBBLING WELL HEALTH OFFERINGS Linda P. Essex, R.N. Prescott 928-710-2178

Linda has over 30 yrs of experience to assist you to meet your needs. Pamper your body and spirit with food-based healing and products, healing touch, channeling for spiritual guidance and Qigong lessons. Private and group sessions or demonstrations by appt.

KIM CARTER, M.A., HTCP, RYT 2045 S. Vineyard Ave., Suite 139 Mesa, AZ 85210 480-773-6599

Kim is a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner specializing in grief and loss, serious/chronic illness a n d s p i r i t u a l g r ow t h . H e r emphasis is on empowering clients to recognize, trust and act on their own intuition.



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Jennifer McKee, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach 15331 W. Bell Road, Suite 212 Surprise, AZ 85374 866-632-8651 Create sustainable healthy lifestyle at your own pace, control cravings, and improve self-care. Private and group coaching by appointment. Jennifer has lost over 50% of her body weight naturally and would love to guide you! Free 50-minute initial consultation. See ad on page 25.

HOLISTIC HEALTH A MINDFULNESS LIFE CENTER 10339 N. Scottsdale Road Scottsdale, AZ 85253 480-207-6016

A Mindfulness Life Center offers: meditation classes, mindfulness classes, yoga (i.e. gentle, restorative, kundalini, flow, yin), sound healing (crystal bowls/gong), yoga nidra, tai chi, qigong, breathing classes, stress reduction programming (mindfulness based stress reduction), workshops, special events and energy healing services. No experience needed. See ad on page 12.


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Judy Richter, LMT, RMT 3740 E. Southern Avenue, Suite 214 Mesa, AZ 85206 480-695-2002 With 20+ years of experience Judy can Help you heal your Body, Mind and Soul with Therapeutic Massage, Essential Oils, and Healing energy modalities. The techniques used to stretch and release tension and tightness in necks and shoulders is unique and very beneficial. Incorporating energy work to each session is powerful in balancing your energy to allow your body to heal naturally.


Martha Reed, PhD 18589 N. 59th Avenue, Suite 108 Glendale, AZ 85308 623-249-5888 “Easily Lose ½-1 pound a day” with my whole person approach. Combining Homeopathics, Hypnotherapy, Far Infrared Heat Therapy, Life Coaching and Vibefit Therapy. No Needles and Homeopathic Safe. See ad on page 18.



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Offering unique services to help you heal on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Soul Healing, Akashic Record Readings, Acupuncture, Detox, Facial Rejuvenation, more. See ad on page 36.

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Foot and Ankle Care 10555 N. Tatum Blvd., Suite A101 Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 602-954-0777 Practicing in the Phoenix area, Dr. Klebe offers complete foot and ankle care. Holistically oriented, Dr. Klebe integrates homeopathic medicine with conventional medical care. See ad on page 42.

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2915 E. Baseline Road, Suite 101 Gilbert, AZ 85234 Toll Free 1-866-696-3847 Guided by the principal of integrating care of the mind, body and spirit, board-certified primary care physician, Dr. Sandra Levitt, will be offering personalized care, including prevention, wellness and education through her concierge-like practice beginning December 29.


Shen Wellness Center 10210 W. Happy Valley Parkway, Suite 140 Peoria, AZ 85383 623-282-4642 Shen Wellness Center was created for patients who prefer a more holistic and integrative approach for their healthcare. Dr. Smette is board certified in family medicine, with additional training in geriatric medicine and medical acupuncture. She believes in long appointments (1-2 hours), truly getting to know her patients and empowering them to optimize their health.


40th Street & Cactus or at And Breathe 3201 N. 3rd St., Phoenix AZ 85012 602-821-7149 (for both) Jacqueline Bayne has had over 20 years experience as a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, guiding people in slow gentle movements, either verbally or with touch. This method can assist with higher function such as relaxation, better posture, reduction of pain, for most anybody, and particularly dancers, artists, people in pain or those who simply want to move with greater ease through life.

NATUROPATHIC DOCTORS KATKA NOVAKOVA, MD (EUROPE), ND 29850 N. Tatum Boulevard, Suite 114 Cave Creek, AZ 85331 480-524-4304

My desire is to educate, empower and inspire people on their personal healing journey. I believe that healing is possible—on all levels. See ad on page 47.




Arizona Integrative Medical Center, P.C. 8144 E. Cactus Road #820 Scottsdale, AZ 85260 480-214-3922 Dr. Stallone’s main focus is to listen and understand the underlying cause of an individual’s illness. Often it is a combination of nutritional, emotional, chemical, structural, and lifestyle factors. He uses a vast array of modalities to effectively treat the acute and chronic diseases that are commonly seen today. See ad on inside front cover.


Zest Natural Medicine 1405 N. Dobson Road #20 Chandler, AZ 85224 480-361-5108 Dr. Barrie Zeller specializes in gastrointestinal concerns, obesity, food allergies, adrenal fatigue, hormone imbalances, and women’s health. She uses bioidentical hormone therapy and other natural therapies to guide the body and mind to wellness. Her approach to treatment is to devise a plan that fits your life. See ad on page 28.


ASAM, Sh. Reiki, HTAP, Animal Communicator and Counselor 602-317-1543 With a gentle healing touch, Andrea provides earth medicine and energy healing, animal communication, and intuitive counsel for pets and their people.


Pain Therapies & Performance Solutions 1425 S. Higley Road, Suite #101 Gilbert, AZ 85296 480-466-6398 An integrative 3 step approach for pain relief using stretch therapy, corrective exercise, and nutrient metabolism identification. Free 1 hour introduction class Tuesday evenings at 6:00pm please RSVP.

PAIN MANAGEMENT INNOVATIVE PRIMARY CARE 2915 E. Baseline Road, Suite 101 Gilbert, AZ 85234 480-776-0626

Are you in pain? Dr. Xan Simonson specializes in acupuncture and prolotherapy to help stimulate the body’s natural healing process to strengthen joints weakened by trauma or arthritis. She also specializes in breast implant detox.


SALONS A LOR A ORGANIC STUDIO 7329 E. Stetson Drive #11 Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-318-7555

We are an organic eco friendly hair salon where beautiful cuts and color coexist with the best natural hair care. No harsh chemicals or synthetic fragrances. Just beautiful healthy hair. New Client special $10 off your first service. Energy healing sessions are also available. See ad on page 30.



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Avoid being exposed to dangerous chemicals when all-natural and safer alternatives work just as well and last longer. See ad on page 39.

Voted best natural salon in the Valley 2010-2014 by Natural Awakenings readers. Organic | vegan | gluten free. Clean air eco-friendly salon environment only using the finest non-toxic hair color. Also providing organic facials, oxygen treatments and microneedling. See ad on page 42.




Koala Center for Sleep Disorders--Biltmore 4235 N. 32nd Street, Suite A Phoenix, AZ 85018 • 602-883-1931 Dr. Hamann is passionate about helping people with sleep disorders. She is the owner of the Koala Center for Sleep Disorders – Biltmore, providing oral appliance therapy for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Her goal is to help you sleep better so that you will experience a greater quality of life. See ad on page 52.


AZ ROC #301018 Google Rating 5 Stars, BBB A rating, Facebook Rated 5 Stars 480-257-3283 Dedicated to helping you invest in your future, global health and clean free electric energy while reducing your carbon footprint, through experience, integrity and quality. Offering homeowners better choices to produce their own clean and inexpensive energy.


“Celebrating a Positive Path to Spiritual Living” 952 E. Baseline Road #102 • Mesa, AZ 85204 Rev. Julianne Lewis 480-593-8798 At Interfaith CommUNITY, we share open-minded joyful spirituality with respect for cultural, religious and lifestyle diversity. Join us for the journey toward our unique and perfect Divine Potential! See ad on page 25.

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New Kadampa Tradition 614 E. Townley Ave. • Phoenix, AZ 85020 602-243-5220 Open to all, whatever level of interest. We offer introductory and in-depth courses on meditation & Buddhism, chanted prayers, retreats and meditation for children. Classes take place at our Phoenix Center as well as other locations in the valley.


Divine Science & Meditative Mastery With Spiritual Master Rishi Devra 8100 E. Grapevine Road • Carefree, AZ 480-575-1276 Welcome to the Valley’s premier meditation and divine science group, with spiritual master and author Rishi Devra. You are warmly invited to join us for enlightened teachings and the palpable experience of the divine. Newcomers welcome! See ad on page 37.


Sunday Services 10:30 am and 5:30 pm. ClassesEvents-Workshops. We believe in the continuity of life & communication with spirit, supporting the mind, body spirit connection through intuitive studies and healing.

THE SHRINE OF HOLY WISDOM 5025 S. Ash Avenue, Suite B-15 Tempe, AZ 85282 480-219-9633

Experience the Divine. We are an inclusive community that offers a diversity of spiritual practices. Our offerings include courses in the Western Mystical Tradition, Angelic Theurgy, Meditation and Prayer.




2700 E. Southern Avenue Mesa, AZ 85204 480-892-2700 Unity of Mesa offers practical spiritual teachings for abundant and meaningful living. We are a progressive spiritual community that explores universal principles and practices. Weddings, memorials, christenings, classes and activities for the “spiritual, not religious”. Sunday Services: 9am and 10:45am; Youth program available. All are welcome. See ad on page 45.


Spiritual Relationship Healer 480-499-3131 Jennifer is a Spiritual Relationship Healer who specializes in channeling your Romance Angels in a fun, uplifting way. Jennifer offers i n d i v i d u a l readings and classes.


Martha Reed, PhD 18589 N. 59th Avenue, Suite 108 Glendale, AZ 85308 623-249-5888 “Easily Lose ½-1 pound a day” with my whole person approach. Combining Homeopathics, Hypnotherapy, Far Infrared Heat Therapy, Life Coaching and Vibefit Therapy. No Needles and Homeopathic Safe. See ad on page 18.


35 Bell Wash Court Sedona, AZ 86351 941-730-3965 Go to HypnosisForEasyWeight to get your free copy of “5 Reasons Why Your Body Is Holding Onto Fat And The One Thing You Must Do To Let It Go, For Good!”

WELLNESS CENTERS TAI CHI TOTAL REJUVENATION CENTER Victoria Mogilner 2928 N. 70th Street, Suite E Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-560-1454

First class $5. Promotes stress relief, enhanced immune system, peace of mind, balanced energy and more. First class Nov. 7 at 5 p.m.

ABSOLUTE HEALTH Dr. Sara Penton, D.C. 8360 E. Raintree Drive, Suite 135 Scottsdale, AZ 85260 480-991-9945 Our focus is treating the whole person based on each individual’s needs, using acupuncture, allergy relief, chiropractic, massage, naturopathic, biofeedback and neurofeedback. See ad on page 31.


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