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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.

20 PEACE ON EARTH Conflict Resolutions that Work to Bridge Divides


by Linda Sechrist



The New Face of Sports Medicine by Marlaina Donato

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


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very year when I bring out my spindly little birch tree and two little tabletop trees for the holiday season, I think back to how it all started. When I was very young, my parents used to take me to get a fresh-cut tree every year for the holidays. Now, one would think that a young child would be thrilled with this activity, but not me. I would get so upset that we were contributing to the death of a tree that I would fuss and cry every year. One year came when my parents finally said no more, and that was the end of the fresh-cut trees. It was an artificial tree from then on. Fast-forward 30 years—my husband’s parents came to visit us on our horse ranch, and we decided we would go out into the forest on our property and chop down a tree, supposedly a fun event that we could share as an afternoon outing. Well, I had forgotten the heartache I felt way back when I was young, but it came back with a vengeance! Picking out a tree and ending its life wasn’t sitting well with me at all, even as an adult. So, instead of picking a beautiful, healthy tree growing in a space where I knew it could flourish for years to come, I insisted that we choose a tree in a crowded space with other trees, where removing it would allow more room for the others to grow. It was a “Charlie Brown” tree of sorts, but it was the best I could do, and it did look beautiful once we decorated it (at least I thought so!). Needless to say, that was the last fresh-cut tree to enter our home, and I adore my little fake birch and its two tabletop friends every holiday season. For those of you who still love the smell and feel of a fresh-cut tree, don’t despair. What I didn’t know growing up was that some trees are grown specifically for the holidays, and that is their purpose. It’s just a matter of preference on our part. A very Happy Holiday season to all of you. Please, always feel free to contact me with comments, suggestions or questions. This is your magazine—enjoy!

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NAHATA Yoga, Sound and Energy Healing is offering a new client special of $40 for 40 days and bring a friend for free. They also have one of the best boutiques in the valley for conscious gifts, gift certificates and yogic apparel. There are great classes to bring out kindness toward family and unwind from the stress of the holidays. Owner Amarjot Kaur (Ronee Kipnes) says, “The best way to overcome holiday stress is to breathe. When you feel that you are going to react, or feel the pressure inside you about to release, just pause and take a long, deep breath. Let the belly relax and take a slow, deep inhale through the nose, and then release it slowly through the nose. Pull the navel back and squeeze it all out. Repeat! Breathe in peace. Breathe out stress. Check in with yourself and see if you feel the shift. Smile. Consciously connecting to your breath and slowing it down will help you slow down inside, so you can keep going on the outside.” Location: 14148 N. 100th St., Ste. C-130, Scottsdale. For more information, call 480-699-9600, email Info@Anahata YogaAZ. com or visit See ad on page 35.

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r. Jorge Eagar will facilitate a halfday retreat, The Gnosis of Guadalupe: a Mystical Path of the Mother, from 1 to 5 p.m., December 9, at The Shrine of Holy Wisdom, in Tempe. Participants will learn the esoteric/mystical womb wisdom symbolism of the divine and sacred feminine woven in the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. A celebration to honor the Divine Mother of Guadalupe will be held at 7 p.m., December 12, at The Shrine. It includes the traditional mañanitas (serenade) to the holy mother, a narration of the ancient story, an outdoor candle light procession, sacred dances and the ceremony of Standing under the Veil of the Holy Mother. Participants are asked to bring bouquets of roses to place on the altar. Cost for the retreat is $30/love offering for the celebration. Location: 5025 S. Ash Ave., Ste. B-15, Tempe. To reserve a space, call 480-219-9633 or email Fr. Jorge at ShrineOf See ad on page 54.



Violet Flame for Personal Change

Burning Bowl Ceremony Starts the Cycle Anew

he Summit Lighthouse of Phoenix Teaching Center will present practical workshops on spiritual transformation, with a meditation on the Violet Flame. Use an interactive format in person or online with an access code, from 10:30 a.m. to noon Sundays, beginning January 14. These workshops will explore practical actions for peace, harmony and healing that we can take using a high-frequency spiritual light called the violet flame. Participants will learn about Saint Germain, a master of alchemy, or transformation using the light that is within us. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “Prayer, properly understood and applied, is the most potent instrument of action.” The discussions include practical guidelines on The Science of the Spoken Word, by Elizabeth Clare Prophet. People of all religious backgrounds can come together to learn about these tools to improve life now and share them with others.

t Interfaith CommUNITY Spiritual Center, December provides a mix of winter holiday traditions, including Christmas, Hanukkah, the winter solstice, Advent, Kwanza and others. December, the final Sunday of the year, will feature a traditional Burning Bowl service at 10:30 a.m. Uplifting music and inspiring words, plus the positive energy of kirtan call-and-response chanting, led by Prem Vidu and The Band of Now, help people become aligned to their inner wisdom and take an honest look at the year that is passing. After a time of meditation, a blank form is provided that says, “I say goodbye to the following with gratitude for life experience and lessons learned. I accept that these things no longer serve me. I release and I let go!” People complete their list, and then toss it into the flames of the burning bowl, watching their painful, sad or challenging experiences literally go up in smoke before their eyes. This simple, yet powerful clearing process can lead to a sense of joyful liberation and an eager anticipation of the next 365-day journey around the sun.


Download a free copy of Violet Flame at Workshops are free, but a tax-deductible donation of $10 is suggested for three workshops. Location: 4105 N. 20th St., Ste. 115, Phoenix. For more information or to sign up, call 480-442-5020 or visit See ad on page 18.


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Holiday Events at Unity of Mesa


nity of Mesa offers holiday events that calm the nerves and soothe the soul to make Christmas a time for beauty and reflection. A Travelers Candlelight Service of reflection, music, prayer and the lighting of candles (glow sticks for children) at 7 p.m., December 13, is for those traveling or away for the holiday. Christmas Eve Candlelight Services at 4:30 and 7 p.m., December 24, celebrate the spirit of Christmas with music, story and joy. A Burning Bowl Service at 9 and 10:45 a.m., December 31, comprises releasing what we wish to let go of before we move into the new year. Write it down and let it go into the fire for a fresh 2018. The White Stone Ceremony at 9 and 10:45 a.m., January 7, 2018, represents opening to the new year with a clean slate. Through meditation, participants receive a key word to give direction for the new year. Location: 2700 E. Southern Ave., Mesa. For more information, call 480-892-2700 or visit See ad on page 28. natural awakenings

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

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esearchers from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute examined nutrition and cancer recurrence data from 826 patients with Stage III colon cancer and found those that consumed two or more ounces of tree nuts a week experienced a 42 percent reduction in cancer recurrence and a 57 percent lower risk of death on average compared to those that ate no nuts.

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esearchers from Northwestern University have found that acoustic stimulation using pink noise (random sound with more low frequencies than white noise) increases slow-wave brain activity, thus improving sleep-dependent memory retention. Thirteen mature adults completed two nights of sleep; one with the pink noise and one without, in random order. Specific brainwave activity increased during the periods when the pink noise was being delivered, suggesting that it could help older adults preserve some memory functions.

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


esearchers from the University of Oxford, in the UK, have found that infants that take more daytime naps tend to develop a larger vocabulary at an earlier age than their peers by examining sleeping patterns of 246 babies between the ages of 7 months and 3 years for 10 days. Parents also completed a language analysis at the start of the study and three and six months later to determine how many words each child understood from a list 416 words typically learned in infancy. Infants that napped more frequently during the day performed better on both understanding and expressing vocabulary than the others.


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report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that 35 percent of U.S. adults don’t get adequate sleep. Dr. W. Chris Winter, of the Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine clinic, recommends we pick a wake-up time that works for every day and stick with it, regardless of bedtime; it pays off by eventually training the brain to fall asleep at the same time every night. Swedish scientists found that sleep loss reduces the presence of hormones that promote feelings of fullness in the stomach and increases the amounts of those that promote hunger, leading to obesity.

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Boston researchers found a reduction in depressive symptoms among people that practice tai chi via 50 Chinese-Americans diagnosed with depression. They were divided into three groups. One group participated in tai chi sessions twice a week and were encouraged to practice the movements at home three times a week. Another group attended twice weekly depression education sessions and a third served as the control group. After 12 weeks, the tai chi group reported significant improvements in depression symptoms, which continued after the study was completed, measured at 24 weeks.

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

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



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A UK study of 19 elderly volunteers participating in a 12-week training program for providing companionship to dying patients showed that considering their own views about death and dying is an important component of serving in this role. Evaluation of the trainees’ diary entries focused on key themes such as reflections about dying alone, the importance of being present, self-awareness, personal loss, the meaning of life, self-preservation and coping strategies.


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Animal Smarts

Chimps, orangutans and bonobo apes are now known to be capable of understanding what others are thinking and recognize human thoughts, an ability once thought to be impossible. A team led by Christopher Krupenye, of Duke University, had apes take part in a visual experiment where they watched videos on a monitor while their gaze was being tracked. They discovered an anticipation of events that went beyond the visual cues presented. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has determined that zebrafish are social animals, similar to humans and other mammals—they form friendships, experience positive emotions and have individual personalities. The group advises people that eat fish or keep them as pets to consider the moral implications. Honey hunters in sub-Saharan Africa have a unique form of communication with honeyguide birds that fly ahead to point out beehives which the hunters raid, leaving wax for the birds to eat. A study in the journal Science reports that they listen for a specific call made by their human collaborators. Dr. Claire Spottiswoode, of the University of Cambridge, in England, and University of Cape Town, in South Africa, observes, “It seems to be a two-way conversation between our own species and a wild animal.”



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


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For 20 years, Maria Brenton, an outspoken proponent of older people living independently, has been campaigning and planning for the opening of a different kind of retirement home run by its residents, supporting each other through old age. She says, “Attitudes to older people in this country are out of date. Most members of the older population don’t wish to have everything done for them.” She attests that institutions and agencies dealing with older people encourage dependency and are patronizing and paternalistic. “Older people internalize it, and they learn to wait for people to do things for them,” advises Brenton. New Ground, in Barnet, North London, is the first UK cohousing development set up just for older women, with 26 women from age 50 to 87. Also in London, The Collective has created something similar with enhanced amenities such as a cinema room and a launderette with a disco ball. WeWork is an American company that has set up communal offices, and recently established WeLive, in New York City.

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


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Robot Roomies New Tech May Relieve Elder Isolation

Approximately a third of those older than 65 and half of elders at least 85 live alone, as do many people with illnesses and mental disorders. All can suffer from feelings of profound loneliness. Emerging virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies provide avenues to alleviate such isolation, instilling contentment, peace of mind, enrichment, fun, a sense of companionship and contributing to physical and mental health. Instead of passively watching TV, seniors can travel virtually to World Heritage sites, revisit old haunts or even attend family events they would otherwise miss. In terms of benefits attained, VR is predicted to measurably improve seniors’ quality of life. Healthcare applications of AI and telemedicine include reminders to eat, be active or take medications, perhaps assisted by a robotic companion that can share information with practitioners, children, caregivers and emergency personnel. Social applications include helping to form and maintain social connections. It may also serve as a personal concierge by reminding seniors of appointments, playing games with them and initiating dialogue to spark outward engagement.

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



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PEACE ON EARTH Conflict Resolutions that Work to Bridge Divides by Linda Sechrist

Healing happens when we handle conflict in a healthy and transformative way.

Call to Action

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

Activating Answers

While mainstream media often largely focuses on the negative aspects of conflict—discord, divisiveness, intolerance, violence, incivility, injustice, chaos and complex problems—a counter-movement is convening constructive conversations. Participants are initiating dialogue and deliberations intended to resolve conflicts and create cohesiveness, collaboration, cooperation and compromise among local factions that disagree on how to deal with everything from health care and social justice to environmental protection and climate science. Educational training materials and books are giving outdated models of conflict resolution a facelift. 20


In The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000 Mile Journey Through a New America, Sarah Van Gelder devotes a chapter to a Greensboro, North Carolina, battle over a story about a deadly, racially charged incident from the city’s recent past. She quotes James Lamar Gibson, a 20-something African-American activist and core organizer for the Counter Stories Project: “We’ve been stuck in an old conversation for a couple of decades. We want to have an army of people with restorative conversation skills, so we can get past the divisiveness and imagine together a different sort of Greensboro,” he says. The project began with facilitator training, and then developed story circles in which residents were able to have the difficult discussions that don’t ordinarily take place among the police, city council, churches and social agencies. Today’s conflict resolution experts are discovering that conflict is an essential and powerful call for applying spiritual principles and exercising spiritual practices.

Provocative Questions

“What if we considered conflict as a secret ally or a guidepost, showing us what really matters to us and how

much we care? What if our intense emotions are sources of invincible energy, with the power to build the world we want, together? What does having conflict in a healthy and transformative way look like?” queries Ma’ikwe Ludwig, executive director of Commonomics USA, an organization which educates and advocates for a world where a commons-based economy creates economic and ecological security for all. “Conflict has the power to bring to the surface what’s really at stake and to unite people toward a common goal,” advises Ludwig. Her thoughtprovoking questions can help shift perceptions toward the idea that we need to use conflict; maybe even welcome it. Ludwig, author of Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption, recently helped present new perspectives on conflict resolution during a webinar for Transition US members interested in creating inclusive and diverse communities through collaboration. The nonprofit inspires, encourages, supports and provides networking and training for grassroots initiatives seeking to build community resilience in the face of


The group’s downloadable free tools help newcomers: A beginner’s guide for exploring dialogue ( beginners-guide); a how-to-guide for Conversation Café (CC) hosts (Tinyurl. com/ManualForConversationCafe); and the American Library Association Libraries Transforming Communities:

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such challenges as oil spills, climate change and economic crises. Courtney Breese, managing director for the nonprofit National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) and her colleagues, together with thousands of innovative thinkers, are helping by introducing people to simple dialogue and deliberation structures, processes and resources that invite meaningful and productive conversations leading to constructive civic engagement. Breese remarks, “We’re open to working with anyone interested in learning processes that can help bridge divides. We also like sharing stories about what is working.”

A community is a group that can fight gracefully… Chaos is not just a state; it is an essential process of community development. ~Dr. M. Scott Peck, The Different Drum: Community Making and Peace

Models for Change Project ( ltc-models). “To date, we’ve had at least 800 librarians participate in free NCDD webinars,” Breese notes. CC is a simple tool useful in exploring difficult topics and provides a safe space to process different perspectives. “Initial agreement on basic rules includes suspending judgment while listening and seeking to understand others, refraining from persuading or converting and talking only from personal experience,” explains Breese. One new network member, J. Scott Wagner, author of The Liberal’s Guide to Conservatives, speaks about the importance of using neutral language in dialogue. “I learned from him how words can be emotional triggers and signal one-sided perspectives, leaving some group members feeling angry or excluded because they feel the speaker won’t be open to hearing their perspective,” says Breese. After three tours of the U.S. and hundreds of interviews with conservative individuals, Wagner, founder of the nonprofit Reach the Right, was

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inspired to use his knowledge of five arenas—neurology/cognitive psychology, personality, bias, social conformity and morality—to help progressives understand conservatives that are not only their political leaders, but also their relatives, partners, friends and managers. He offers a simple explanation for anyone drenched in inaccurate biases. “We inherit unconscious genetic personality characteristics that lead us to develop our ideology, with which we construct our world and align with others that are in agreement. Differences in our personality characteristics are the culprits that create conflict.”

Community Needs Erase Enmity

Drawing on 25 years of experience of enabling sworn enemies to create peace in places such as South Africa, Northern Ireland and Colombia, Adam Kahane, author of Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People You Don’t Agree with or Like or Trust, shares insights into the “enemyfying syndrome” that instigates conflict. This habit of thinking and acting as if people we are dealing with are our enemies and the cause of our problems is all around us and dominates the media. “The enemies


are always the others, ‘those people’. Enemyfying, which feels exciting and satisfying—even righteous and heroic—usually obscures, rather than clarifies, the reality of the challenges we face. It amplifies conflicts, narrows the space for problem solving and creativity, and distracts us with unrealizable dreams of decisive victory from the real work we need to do,” observes Kahane. Kahane sees the challenge of conflict becoming more acute. “People today are generally more free, individualistic and diverse, with stronger voices and less deference. Volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity are growing.” Yet, contrary to the common view, it is possible for people that hold contradictory positions to find ways to collaborate.

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orld Café-style conversations used in Conversation Cafés to discuss issues that matter offer a powerful social technology to engage people in meaningful and constructive dialog in corporate, government and community settings. Understanding that conversation is the core process that drives personal, business and organizational life, it’s a way of thinking and being together sourced in a philosophy of conversational leadership. Embracing a combination of these guiding principles can foster collaborative exchanges, active engagement and helpful possibilities for action. ■ Clarify the Purpose ■ Create a Hospitable Space ■ Explore Questions that Matter ■ Encourage Everyone’s Contribution ■ Connect Diverse Perspectives ■ Listen for Insights and Share Discoveries Source: Principles

That’s what he and 40 others representing military officers, guerrillas and paramilitaries; activists and politicians; businesspeople and trade unionists; landowners and farmers; and academics, journalists and young people, accomplished in the Destino Colombia project. They organized to contribute to ending their country’s 52-year civil war.

Motivated to Act

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

Intense emotions can become sources of invincible energy with the collective power to build the world we want. learn to be mindful and speak from our entire body, rather than just from our head, we notice that the voice resonates and originates from a much bigger place. This teaches us to cultivate greater awareness of our emotions and how we express them. “Begin by acknowledging an emotion, and then reduce its intensity through slow, deep breaths, paying attention to the correlating physical sensation. Shifting our focus back to the heart allows us to recognize parts of ourselves in the stories of others and come to understand that our personal history is the filter through which we ‘enemyfy’,” says Bender, who speaks and presents publicly, educating audiences and clients about the universally challenging

performances of everyday life. According to Robert Atkinson, Ph.D., author of The Story of Our Time: From Duality to Interconnectedness to Oneness, today’s rugged individualism amid conflicts comprises a crisis of consciousness. “No longer can we settle only on seeing things in opposition to one another; we need to shift our consciousness to be able to see the parts coming together in a new whole. Accepting the oneness of humanity as a biological fact, a social necessity and a spiritual reality will lead us further along our journey toward lasting world peace.” His observation fits with what Joanna Macy, author and scholar of Buddhism and deep ecology, believes is the call of our time: “As planetary citizens, we are being called to wake up together.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings who blogs at

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The New Face of Sports Medicine by Marlaina Donato

From college athletics to Olympic training, sports medicine has a new, holistic face.


oaches and athletes nationwide are attributing quicker recovery time, less inflammation and better focus to a whole body approach to health care. A nutrientdense diet tailored to individual needs is at the heart of overall fitness. Like Venus Williams and Tom Brady, tennis and football superstars who prefer raw vegan and organic whole foods, respectively, many of today’s outstanding athletes choose to eat clean and incorporate mind-body practices.

Telling Triumphs

Paralympic snowboard cross racer gold medalist, world champion and International Ski Federation para Nordic World Cup gold medalist Evan Strong, of Nevada City, California, was raised 24


on an organic farm in Hawaii and continues to adopt many holistic practices. “I have a superfood smoothie every day. Liquid food helps me feel lighter and I have more usable energy for training,” says Strong. His regimen also includes organic produce, sprouted grains, occasional raw goat milk products, homeopathic formulas and wildcrafted medicinal herbs. Strong credits achieving his personal best to a healthy lifestyle and recovery from an automobile accident that led to amputation of his lower left leg as a teen. “After the accident, my family and I opened a raw vegetarian restaurant. We produced as many cultured foods as possible—sauerkraut, kombucha and kefir. Improving my gut health gave me the biggest strides in healing. Yoga and meditation also

contributed. It all saved me.” Six-time Ironman triathlete, U.S. Senior Olympic gold medalist and marathoner Ruth Heidrich, Ph.D., of Honolulu, attributes surviving stage IV breast cancer primarily to her low-fat vegan diet. Already an avid runner and nutritionally conscious, Heidrich was shocked to hear the diagnosis. “I was 47 years old when I was told the results of the biopsy. I thought I was going to die because of the symptoms I was experiencing,” recalls the 82-year-old, who not only beat multiple malignancies without chemotherapy or radiation, but was the first cancer patient to complete an Ironman Triathlon. This “Ironlady’s” holistic approach includes a whole food, 100 percent plant-based diet, featuring oats, quinoa and brown rice. “When we give our body its proper fuel, it will function at its optimal level,” remarks Heidrich, who has dedicated her life to re-educating others about diet and investing in her ongoing athletic achievements.

On the Road

Maintaining good habits while traveling can be challenging. Strong adds healthy salts to structure his drinking water and brings along superfoods such as green vegetable powders to use when he can’t access organic produce. To optimize his air quality while away from home, Strong uses a personalized air purifier that creates ozone. San Francisco-based, three-time Olympic swimming gold medalist and world champion Natalie Coughlin remains dedicated to better diet choices without deprivation. “When I travel, I always bring my own snacks. I like dark chocolate-covered almonds, a natural sweet that also supplies protein and fiber. To stay hydrated, I drink herbal teas, especially mint,” says Coughlin, who also incorporates a tart green smoothie every morning with kale, parsley, collards, celery, citrus and frozen pineapple. At home, “I like to be informed about where my meat comes from and how the conditions are for the animal. If I roast a chicken, I will use every



Five Ways to Make the New Year Sparkle by Kelly Martinsen


part, including the bones, to make a stock,” she says. Her holistic approach includes a consistent yoga regimen, meditation and application of essential oils.

High Expectations

Even under the best of circumstances, professional athletes encounter difficulties, but when faced with enormous obstacles, the best can get even better. “I’ve faced injuries and illness during pivotal times in my life and career, but I always approached it with the intention to be proactive, rather than being reactive,” advises Coughlin. For Strong, confronting tragedy with the right attitude offers possibility. “Thirteen years ago, I was hit by a car and lost my leg, but now I see that moment as a blessing instead of a curse. It was a hardship that tested my limits, but in the end, it propelled me to achieving dreams I didn’t even know I had.” Nearly four decades after her grim diagnosis, Heidrich embodies hope for all of us when she says, “It is never too late to adopt a better way.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at natural awakenings

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A Non-Surgical Option for Joint Pain by Paul Stallone


ccording to some figures, close to 1 million people have a joint replaced each year. That number could be much higher, because many patients refuse or put off such a major surgery. But just because someone elects not to replace a joint doesn’t mean their pain suddenly goes away. There are many options to help alleviate joint pain in lieu of surgery. Some work, some don’t and none are a permanent solution, except one. Regenerative joint therapy (RJT) has the ability to permanently eliminate chronic joint pain and the need



for surgery, and can help rebuild joint tissue. A powerful combination of RJT and Prolozone, combined with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is considered by many to be the best solution for chronic joint pain. Prolozone on its own involves injecting the compromised joint with a nutrient solution and medicalgrade ozone gas. Introducing these substances in and around the joint increases blood flow. Limited circulation to joints is probably the biggest reason why they can’t repair fully after injury or sustained damage. Without enough blood and oxygen, there just aren’t the building blocks required for healing. This damage results in weakened ligaments and tendons, and scar tissue can also develop from chronic inflammation. Arthritis may eat away at cartilage. Many of these problems may be repaired or reversed using Prolozone and RJT. PRP therapy concentrates the elements the body needs for healing.

Blood is special for many reasons, and one is the growth factors and secretory proteins it carries throughout the body, especially to damaged areas. These particular cells initiate repair on a cellular level. PRP begins with a simple collection of blood placed in a centrifuge to separate the different parts. The growth factors, among other healing proteins, are located within the plasma, hence the name platelet-rich plasma. The collected plasma is then injected back into the same patient, stimulating the body’s repair process. Many patients receive three to five times the normal amount of growth factors. On their own, Prolozone and PRP are powerful therapies. Combined, they have helped many people avoid joint replacement surgery. The nutrient solution of Prolozone goes to work almost immediately, and most patients report a reduction in their joint pain the very next day, while the growth factors from PRP begin to rebuild joint tissue. Prolozone has about a 75 percent success rate, and some experts say PRP’s success rate is in the 90th percentile. Most people will need multiple treatments, depending on the severity of their medical condition. With each treatment, the patient should experience more and more pain relief and restored mobility. All results are permanent unless the area is reinjured. Anyone with a recommendation for joint replacement surgery should consult with an experienced RJT physician. Those suffering from chronic joint pain should also have a consultation; most people will be able to address the cause of their pain well before they wind up in an orthopedic surgeon’s office. Paul Stallone, NMD, founded the Arizona Integrative Medical Center, located at 8144 E. Cactus Rd., Ste. 820, in Scottsdale. He combines natural/alternative/ conventional treatments for each patient’s needs. For more information, call 480-214-3922 or visit DrStallone. com. See ad on inside front cover and page 39.

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12 Happy Holiday Tips

How to Really Enjoy the Season by Dianne Bischoff James


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


Eschew Perfection Guests are much more interested in filling their stomachs with great food than judging the scuff marks and wall dings. The perfection of the season is found in the special moments when families and friends sit down together.

Pay Attention to the Smiles The approaching holidays encourage more shared smiles, kind words and thoughtful gestures. While out and about, look for the grins and well wishes. Hold the door open for others and offer a friendly greeting to store clerks. We’ll find ourselves smiling even more, because thoughtfulness is contagious.


Do Nothing for 15 Minutes It’s amazing how refreshed we feel when we take a few minutes to sit in a comfortable chair and simply experience a moment of stillness. Inner quiet allows the mind to relax and reinvest energy in the body, so we can return to holiday activities with renewed zest.


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


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


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


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




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


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


Leave Some Tasks for Later It’s unrealistic to think the house has to be in perfect order after festive gatherings. After guests leave, put the leftovers in the fridge and watch a movie. Cleanup will feel easier and faster after a good night’s rest.


Express Gratitude at the Table Loving feelings can never be expressed enough, so use the holiday as an opportunity to tell others how important they are to you. Create a heartfelt moment at the table by sharing at least one thing that you’re truly grateful for, and ask everyone else to do the same.

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Go Outside for Fun in Nature Hiking in a nearby forest preserve, skating, sledding or building a snow fort with the kids not only burns energy, but is emotionally exhilarating for the whole family. Pick an outdoor activity, don appropriate togs, and share in the laughter and serenity of a sparkling winter day. Dianne Bischoff James is a life transformation coach, actor, business consultant and author of The Real Brass Ring: Change Your Life Course Now. She specializes in facilitating the midlife reboot and lives in Boston, MA. natural awakenings

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hirty years ago, speaker, author and journalist Lynne McTaggart recovered from an illness using alternative approaches to health. Since then, she’s been exploring the frontiers of healing through consciousness and alternative medicine. In the 1990s, McTaggart, who lives in London, started a newsletter called What Doctors Don’t Tell You, now an international magazine and popular platform at that cites thousands of resources showing what works and doesn’t work in conventional and alternative medicine and how to beat chronic conditions naturally. McTaggart’s seven books include The Intention Experiment, The Field, The Bond and most recently, The Power of Eight. Her latest work examines the transformative power of small groups of people sending thoughts together for a common goal.

Can you summarize the results of your experiments of healing through collective intentions? We’ve done hundreds of experiments using small and large groups; 30 were tightly controlled scientific studies conducted in conjunction with researchers at institutions such as the University of Arizona, University of California and Penn State University. The experiments have involved all kinds of intentions, ranging from the relatively simple to the impossibly complex. The large-scale intention experiments involved upwards of 25,000 participants remotely logging 30


onto a website to view photos of the targets, sometimes 8,000 miles away, and sending them a well-defined intention, like changing the pH balance of water or healing a war veteran of post-traumatic stress disorder. To date, 26 of those 30 experiments resulted in positive, measurable, mainly scientifically significant effects. We’ve seen the pH of water change by a full pH number and seen seeds grow twice as much as control seeds. We also conducted three peace intention experiments with interesting results: After our eight-day intention for Sri Lanka during its civil war, violence levels fell; the government had won several decisive battles that week;

and within a few months that 25-year war was over. We can’t say with certainty that we had a hand in this, but our other peace experiments showed similar results. If it happens a few more times, that becomes compelling.

What conditions were the most conducive to manifesting positive results? Was it intention, the power of the group or altruism? I think it’s a little of all of these. We’ve found that larger groups do not have a larger effect, which brought about the “power of eight” concept. I’ve discovered all that’s needed is a group, whether it’s eight or 8,000. In a group, we seem to lose our sense of individuality and separation from the world. We experience an overwhelming sense of oneness with the other intenders, which may be why our influence then becomes more powerful.

How did the act of sending positive intentions affect the senders?

I was most surprised by the rebound effects reported by participants, whom I started surveying after the Sri Lankan peace experiment. Thousands of extraordinary comments related not only how participants felt during the activity, but also afterwards; they were experiencing major shifts in their relationships, health, careers and well-being. All they had done was sit individually in front of their computer holding an intention, yet they experienced the altered and mystical states of consciousness described by psychologist Abraham Maslow as “peak experiences”. Life University, a large chiropractic university in Atlanta, worked with us to study the brainwaves of participants in six “power of eight” groups and found that senders had decreased activity in their frontal and parietal lobes, which govern the sense of self. It was like the boundaries between participants were dissolving into a state of oneness. To me, this partly explained the sense of oneness, compassion and love they experienced. Andrew Newberg, director of research

at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health, in Philadelphia, recorded similar effects in Sufi masters, and nuns and monks engaged in prayer and meditation, but only after years of learning certain techniques. My participants, all novices, were primed only by watching a 13-minute YouTube video of me explaining how to send intention in a group. Group intention appears to be a fast-track to the miraculous—no experience necessary.

Why does “groupthink” have such a powerful, multiplicative effect? I think a huge part of it has to do with the power of getting off of yourself and setting an intention for someone else. Another is the connection created in a group. When we engage together in an activity like praying or setting altruistic intentions, we create a powerful virtual circle that proves healing to both the receivers and senders. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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Each Species Grooves to Its Own Beat by Sandra Murphy


ust as dogs’ and cats’ noses are more efficient than ours, they also have better hearing, reacting to a broader and higher range of frequencies and vibrations. “We sense our world from where our ears are. Our plane is generally five to six feet high; animals closer to the ground hear things differently,” says Janet Marlow, founder and CEO of Pet Acoustics, in Washington Depot, Connecticut. The internationally renowned musician, composer and sound behaviorist has invented species-specific music based on her 30 years of research. Humans hear up to 23,000 Hertz (Hz), which differs substantially from that of many other creatures (lsu. edu/deafness/HearingRange.html). A Hertz is a standard unit of frequency set at one cycle per second.

Horses Hear Up to 33,500 Hz Marlow found that horses prefer rhythmic pieces matching their natural movements. “When a Tennessee walking horse breeder played music during a birth, the foal and mother recovered faster than usual.” After that, “The horses ran to the barn upon hearing the same music.” Sally Morgan, a physical therapist and advanced certified Tellington TTouch practitioner in Northampton, Massachusetts, who has enjoyed freestyle performance riding, says, “I liked to play our songs in the barn. Five CD players can keep horses 32


He could tell by the way animals walked that they Cats Hear Up to 64,000 Hz credits her cat, Osborn, with were keeping time to some Marlow inspiring her interest in music for kind of music. Maybe it animals. When Osborn was injured, was the song in their own she visited the veterinary hospital and sang to him to keep him calm. Her hearts that they walked to. home state’s Litchfield Veterinary Hos~Laura Adams Armer relaxed most of the day. They don’t like country-western music; it’s often sad and in the wrong cadence. Classical music like Bach is calming. When I played Pachelbel’s Canon in D on my flute, my Morgan gelding, Ten Penny Moonshine, listened for hours.”

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

Dogs Hear Up to 45,000 Hz “People hear in stereo, animals in mono,” says Marlow. It’s why dogs tilt their heads left to right—to allow more sound waves into their ears— collecting information from various angles. Sound frequency and intensity keeps an animal alive in nature; they learn to flee in another direction, not

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analyze. Separation anxiety is often due to a sound the dog doesn’t recognize, Marlow explains. Sound triggers behavior, whether good or bad, as dogs relax or are stressed. Music releases tension from their being evervigilant as seen in their posture. To understand what a dog hears, sit or crawl on the floor. Electronic speakers are usually positioned at heights conducive for our ears, not theirs. “For the holidays, my dogs and horses like We Three Kings, The Holly and the Ivy and especially Greensleeves for their baroque roots and repeating patterns,” notes Morgan.

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for species-specific music. “We use Pet Acoustics music boxes in the cat ward, recovery rooms and exam rooms,” says Heather Florkowski, a certified technician at the facility. “In our experience, stress inhibits the healing process. Like people, animals are anxious when ill and visiting the doctor’s office. Music helps ease their stress. At home, when I move the music box to another room, my dog follows it.” “During a TTouch session, cats are completely relaxed when I play New Age music for them,” says Morgan. “Pick music that fits the cat’s personality. You can tell what they like from their body language; it’s not always what you’d expect.”

Aquarium Fish Hear Up to 3,000 Hz “Fish are frantic animals that must always anticipate their next meal,” says Sam Williamson, a former marine biologist in Edinburgh, Scotland. “When I started playing classical music at

feeding time, I noticed my three betas became calmer. A piece by Benjamin Britten, started two minutes before feeding, led to them expect food only when the music played.”


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track because they will connect more with their children, empowering them to think and live autonomously— separate from a parent’s fantasies and expectations.

How can each family member connect with their true self? Parents need to understand that the path to creating a connected relationship with their children is to first create one with themselves. Realizing this, they consider their own inner growth a high priority. Children need to learn who they are and what they really enjoy. Parents can help by allowing children to just sit by themselves. If inundated with activities and subjected to numerous lessons, how can young people hope to recognize their authentic voice amid the din of all this “doing”?

How do children benefit from conscious or awakened parenting?

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ne of the greatest challenges parents face is connecting with their children in deep and meaningful ways. The aim of awakened families is to raise strong and emotionally resilient children. Parenting expert and clinical psychologist Shefali Tsabary, Ph.D., author of The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children and The Awakened Family: A Revolution in Parenting, offers mindful approaches to benefit the family—and the community. Via her practice in New York City, appearances on Oprah and online courses, Tsabary provides awareness, skills and strategies to revolutionize families. She posts videos and blogs at



How do parents know if they’re on the right track? To be awakened or conscious means to realize that we carry emotional baggage and conditioning from childhood that affects our relationship with our children. Our old ways of thinking and being from our own childhood shape the manner in which we react and interact today. Awakened parents are constantly evolving into their truest and most authentic selves. When parents undertake a daily practice of mindfulness and awareness, they begin to extricate themselves from blind reactivity to see how every problem with their children is a call to their own awakening. Parents will know they are on the right

Conscious parenting mandates that we place the task of connecting with our children front and center, especially before correcting them. Admonishing and punishing them becomes secondary to the main imperative of conscious connection. It’s crucial we realize we aren’t raising a “mini-me”, but a spirit throbbing with its own signature. Thus, it’s vital to separate in our mind who we are from who each child is. Children aren’t ours to possess or own in any way. When we know this in the depths of our soul, we tailor their raising to their needs, rather than molding them to fit our needs. Children raised in this way grow up to be fearless and infinitely resilient, knowing that their purpose in life is to live in their most authentic and true way. Conflicts decrease and conscious, connected communication increases.

What can parents do when they fall back into old patterns, shaming children or doing other things that create distance?

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When this happens, parents need to sit with themselves and look deeply within, asking: “What is it about me that feels the need to deride, scorn and shame my children?” In such introspection, they might discover triggers from old wounds that have nothing to do with a child’s behavior. When they can see the internal link, they can begin to make the transformations they need. As a parent, I have learned that my role is to step aside, stay in infinite possibility, heal my own wounds, fill my own bucket and let my child fly.

How can closer, awakened families co-create a better world via the ripple effect? When children grow up feeling connected with their parents and deeply seen by them, they march into the outer world feeling self-confident and aware of who they truly are, secure in their own inherent inner-connectivity. Children raised in this manner naturally help advocate for peace and harmony in all of their relationships; incidents of bullying, anxiety and discrediting one’s self and others decrease exponentially. Judith Fertig is a freelance writer from Overland Park, KS ( natural awakenings

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Go Eco Like Grandma

Honor Her Wisdom in New Ways by Avery Mack


se it up, wear it out, make do or do without,” was the motto of past generations. Today, it’s recycle, repurpose and reinvent. Nostalgia is making a comeback. It’s tempting to revert to successful oldfashioned ways; it’s even better to update the how-to of natural eco-living.

Preserve Food “There are tradeoffs between convenience and environmental impact,” says Kathleen Hanover, executive creative director at Imagine That Creative Marketing Services, in Dayton, Ohio. “I’d love to freeze all of our family’s 36


produce, but after two power outages, I can veggies, too. Steam canners for jams, jellies, tomatoes and high-acid foods use three inches of water and 10 minutes of energy.” Shel Horowitz, a consultant for Green and Profitable and co-author of Guerrilla Marketing to Heal the World, joined a food co-op in the 1970s. Today, it has 9,000 members. “I dehydrate veggies for soup, pasta, stir-fry dishes or as tomato or zucchini chips,” he says. “Onions, shallots, garlic, leeks, celery, kale, hot peppers, tomatillos and fruit were successful; eggplant, cucumbers and rhubarb were not.”

The Traditional Line menu devised by executive chef Mark Russell, of Great Performances, a sustainability-oriented high-end catering and food service company in New York City, remarks, “Food trends have changed,” noting preserving, freezing, pickling and canning remain sound. He salutes thrifty Depression-era practices. “My grandparents picked dandelion greens to fry in bacon fat,” he says. “A salad with olive oil and fresh tomato is healthier.” Fermented grape leaves can be rolled up into dolmas filled with local grains and feta cheese instead of meat. He also blanches and freezes cauliflower leaves, warmed in butter to serve; he’s then used the whole vegetable. Nasturtium leaves are fermented, seeds and stems pickled and flowers puréed. “I make nasturtium flower coulis, bright orange and spicy, to dollop on freshwater fish,” Russell says. “Stems are minced into grain salads and seeds sprinkled on slabs of beefsteak tomatoes. Leaves, soft from fermentation, wrap around fresh goat cheese, shred into coleslaw or pair with steamed basmati rice.”

Apply Gardening Tips Containers ease gardening, especially for tomatoes. Hanover repurposes plastic cat litter buckets. “They’re sturdy and hold up in cold weather,” she says. “Alpaca poop fertilizer supplied by a neighbor doesn’t smell and plants thrive.” Ocala, Florida, reiki master and teacher Debi Goldben employs nature’s bounty at home. “Downspouts collect rainwater for the garden, and it’s much better than chemically treated city water,” she says. Some municipalities, including in Colorado, regulate rainwater collection, mandating the size and number of barrels per property “for outdoor use only”.

Sew Up Repairs Anca Gooje, owner of Chid Kala, a natural ingredient lotion maker in Scarborough, Maine, uses colorful patches to repair tears and update the

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look of her two children’s clothing. She also recompressed their sofa’s inner springs to their original shape by encasing them in fabric. “It was time-consuming, but only cost a few dollars for fabric,” she relates. “Updating avoided creating more landfill. For a fresh look, I made a new cover.”

Multipurpose a Cook Pot “My mother believed pressure cookers would explode, so I bought an Instant Pot and changed the way I cook,” says Sue Ann Jaffarian, a Los Angeles paralegal and mystery writer. “I have a demanding day job and writing deadlines. I toss in healthy ingredients and have a simple homemade meal, often vegan, in a minute. Soup, stew, risotto, pasta, chili, pudding, brown rice and oatmeal work well. It doesn’t heat up the kitchen, either.” The Instant Pot works like a crock pot, pressure cooker, steamer, sauté pan, warming pot, rice cooker and yogurt maker, replacing seven appliances.

Employ Onsite Power “My Hadley, Massachusetts, farmhouse, built in 1743, might be the oldest solar home in the country,” muses Horowitz. “Our farmer neighbors have a methane digester to turn cow poop and restaurant waste into electricity and heat. We’ll hook up to it to replace heating oil.”

Make Holiday Décor “Retro-style repurposing is smart, fun and easy,” says upstate New York lifestyle writer and cookbook author Cynthia O’Connor O’Hara. “I glued together assorted cups, saucers and plates with glass-specific glue to create tiered servers that double as a centerpiece. Check your house to find dishware that will look nice together.” It’s satisfying to combine experiences with updated technology, save time and support a healthier planet, both during the holidays and year-round. Connect with the freelance writer via

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here is a simple process that, if used regularly, can create ease and grace in our life and help ensure we are manifesting the things that are for our highest and best good. There is such a process – it’s called prayer. Consider the acronym PRAYER: Pause – Each time you take a moment to center and ground yourself you are actually in prayer. Yes, to pause is to pray. Reflect – Move the mind back to reflect upon and embrace all that has crossed our path with gratitude, calling some of what has shown up in your life a “blesson”; a combination of blessings and lessons. We can reflect forward in our mind to what we want to call into our life. Call in the good. Yes, ask for what we want to manifest in our life. Ask – When we pause and ask, we will get answers. It’s as simple as that. Ask and we will receive answers, especially when we realize that the answers come when there is space, that pause we have created, for us to receive intuitive or kinesthetic answers. We may hear a soft knowing voice or we may get “confirmation bumps” on our skin alerting us to a divine presence. Or, it is possible we will begin to see encoded messages once we understand that answers show up visually if you are looking for them, in the form of license plates, billboards or even words in a book.

Yoke – Align and yoke with what will bring us a clear yes. When it feels light, it is right. Everyday – Practice pausing, reflecting, asking and yoking with the greatest knowing. Even Albert Einstein said we cannot solve problems from the same level by which they were created. Yoke to a higher intelligence or the greater knowing we personally possess and can access when we pause. Repeat – The process of prayer is a practice. Once we embrace the PRAYER Process and regularly “call in the good,” good, if not great, things show up. KC Miller is the founder of Southwest Institute of Healing Arts and has used the PRAYER Process for more than 25 years. For more information, visit swiha. edu. See ad on outside back cover.

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THE GIFTS OF CITRUS Colorful Good Health in Holiday Dishes by Judith Fertig


inter citrus fruits that arrive in a gift basket or show up on sale at the grocer present a welcome bright spot on winter’s darker days. Valencia and blood oranges, limes and Meyer lemons are delicious in their own right, and deserve their place on the breakfast table. Yet there are many other intriguing ways to enjoy them in vinaigrettes, salads, main dishes, baked goods and desserts. Winter citrus is full of health benefits, just when we need them most: during the busy holiday season. To start, they help bolster our immune system, guarding against colds or

helping us recover faster. Their high vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, content is water soluble. According to a comprehensive study by the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, a daily intake of 400 milligrams of vitamin C can halve the incidence of colds in adults and cut their duration by 14 percent. The flavonoid hesperidin in citrus helps boost “good” HDL cholesterol and lowers “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, report researchers in the Journal of Nutrition. In a new study in Nutritional Neuroscience, hesperidin in citrus also was found to ameliorate brain

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deterioration found in Alzheimer’s patients. Other studies further show that the grapefruit diet wasn’t wrong; eating half a fresh grapefruit before each meal can help us lose weight. In a study conducted at the Scripps Clinic, in La Jolla, California, and published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, researchers put overweight volunteers on an exercise plan for 12 weeks and asked them to eat either half a fresh grapefruit or drink apple juice and pop a placebo pill before each meal. The grapefruit group dropped an average of three-and-a-half pounds, compared to only one-half pound for the apple group. Limonoids, an antioxidant found in most citrus, may help guard against stomach, lung, breast and skin cancer, according to the U.S. Agricultural Research Service. Animal and human cell studies found that limonoids—especially those in fresh oranges—harbor potential as anticancer compounds. Another study in Nutritional Neuroscience showed that the volatile compound limonene, found in the rind of a lemon, can enhance memory. As nights grow colder and longer, winter citrus “adds a little sunshine to every meal,” says Jamie Schler, author of the recently released cookbook Orange Appeal: Savory & Sweet. Schler grew up in Florida, surrounded by citrus groves between the Atlantic Coast and Indian River. “Winters meant Dad’s workbench in the garage groaning under the weight of brown paper grocery bags filled to bursting with navels, tangerines, grapefruits, Valencias and tangelos,” writes Schler. “I fondly recall trips in the old green station wagon to the groves on chilly weekend mornings where we could pick them ourselves.” Today, Schler and her husband own and operate the boutique Hotel Diderot, in Chinon, France, where life’s a feast—especially during citrus season. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

Zesty Citrus Holiday Recipes

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Moroccan Spiced Orange Slices with Orange Blossom Water Orange blossom or orange flower water is available at better grocery stores, kitchen shops, Middle Eastern markets or online.

Meyer Lemon Chia Seed Bowl with Tangerines

Yields: 4 to 5 servings 5 medium to large navel or large blood oranges 3 Tbsp orange blossom water 1 tsp ground cinnamon 2 Tbsp honey or date sugar ½ pomegranate, seeded 1½ to 2 Tbsp coarsely chopped unsalted pistachios 8 to 10 mint leaves, chopped or torn, for garnish Peel the oranges and cut away all of the white pith and outer membrane.

Yields: 2 servings for breakfast, or as a snack or dessert

Drizzle the orange blossom water and any reserved runoff juice over the fruit. Using a fine sieve, lightly and evenly dust with cinnamon and a generous drizzle of honey.

Slice each orange across the core into ¼-inch slices, six per orange, reserving any juice that runs off. Push out and discard any spongy white core.

Chill the oranges for at least 1 hour or longer in the refrigerator before serving.

Fan the slices in concentric circles, slightly overlapping the fruit, on a large round serving platter.

When ready to serve, sprinkle the pomegranate seeds, pistachios and mint leaves evenly over the top.

¼ heaping cup chia seeds 1½ cups dairy or non-dairy milk 2 Tbsp maple syrup, or to taste 1 Tbsp Meyer lemon juice (or other citrus juice) Pinch of sea salt ½ tsp lemon zest Fresh tangerine segments for garnish In a bowl, stir together the chia seeds, milk, maple syrup, Meyer lemon juice, salt and lemon zest. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour. To serve, spoon the chia seed mixture into bowls and garnish with tangerine segments.

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Shiitake Mushroom and Pea Risotto with Orange

Baby Vegetables and Microgreens with Charry Lime Vinaigrette

Yields: 6 servings as side dish or starter or 4 as main dish

Yields: 4 servings

2 Tbsp butter or margarine, divided 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided, plus more as needed 8.8 oz shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, caps sliced into ¼- to ½-inch strips Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste Zest of 1 orange 2 large oranges, juiced, about 1 cup, divided 1 small yellow onion, peeled and chopped 9 oz Arborio rice 4 cups warm chicken or vegetable stock or broth 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil or 2 tsp dried; or 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh sage leaves or 1 tsp dried 1½ cups young, tiny sweet peas, fresh or frozen

Charry Lime Vinaigrette: Zest of 2 limes Juice from the grilled limes 1 Tbsp seasoned rice wine vinegar 1 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1 tsp sorghum or maple syrup ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper Vegetables: 4 oz baby radishes 4 oz baby carrots, with some of the green top 4 oz baby leeks, trimmed 4 oz baby yellow pattypan squash 2 oz microgreens Prepare a medium-hot fire in the grill. Brush the radishes, carrots and leeks with olive oil and place in a grilling basket or on a perforated grill rack.

Heat 1 tablespoon each of the butter and oil in a large skillet over mediumlow heat until sizzling starts.

Grill for 4 to 5 minutes, turning often, until the vegetables have just started to brown at the edges.

Add the mushrooms and salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until tender, 4 to 5 minutes, adding more oil if needed.

Zest the limes and set the zest aside. Halve the limes and grill, cut sides down, for 1 to 2 minutes or until they have good grill marks; adds a smoky, caramelized flavor.

Add ¼ cup orange juice and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes until the juice evaporates and the mushrooms are very tender and glazed. Transfer the mushrooms to a bowl and set aside.

Arrange the vegetables on salad plates and garnish with microgreens. Spoon the vinaigrette over all and serve.



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For the Charry Lime Vinaigrette, squeeze the juice of the grilled lime halves into a bowl. Whisk in the reserved lime zest, rice wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, sorghum and olive oil together until well blended. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Add the remaining butter and oil to the skillet and return to the heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes over medium heat until softened, transparent and just starting to turn golden. Add the rice and zest and toss with the onions until all the grains are coated in oil. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes more, stirring, until the rice becomes translucent. Add 2 ladles (about 2/3 cup) of stock and cook, stirring constantly and gently, until the liquid is almost absorbed. If using fresh peas, add them with the first addition of stock. Stir in the fresh or dried herbs at the same time. Continue cooking the risotto over medium heat, adding 2 more ladles (about 2/3 cup) of stock at a time, stirring constantly, allowing each addition of liquid to be almost absorbed before adding more broth. When the rice has cooked for 10 minutes in this manner, add all the remaining juice and cook until it’s absorbed. Continue cooking the rice, stirring, adding 2 ladles (about 2/3 cup) of broth at a time until the liquid is absorbed, about another 10 minutes. When the rice has cooked for a total of 20 minutes, if using frozen peas, stir in the peas, as well as the mushrooms. Add any remaining stock and cook, stirring, until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender and creamy. Total cooking time should be 20 to 25 minutes from the moment the rice is added to the skillet. Taste and add more salt or pepper if needed. Adapted lemon and lime recipes are from Red, White, and ’Que: Farm Fresh Foods for the American Grill by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig, permission of Running Press. Adapted orange recipes are from Orange Appeal, by Jamie Schler, permission of Gibbs Smith.

Sweet Potatoes Offer Significant Health Benefits by Joy Stephenson-Laws


weet potatoes, not to be confused with yams, have been cultivated for thousands of years. These root vegetables are believed to have originated in Central and South America. North Carolina, which is now the largest producer of sweet potatoes in the U.S., claims it as their state vegetable. Of the more than 400 varieties of sweet potatoes around the world, the most familiar variety is the delicious, orange-fleshed sweet potato, but there is also a beautiful purple sweet potato worth trying. Don’t limit eating sweet potatoes to the holiday season. They are available all year and pack a lot of health benefits. According to the National Institutes for Health (NIH), “Bioactive compounds contained in this vegetable play a role in health promotion by improving immune function, reducing oxidative stress and free radical damage, reducing cardiovascular disease risk and suppressing cancer cell growth.” Inflammation: Orange-fleshed sweet potatoes are a great source of betacarotene, which the body converts to vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant that

helps fight inflammation by diminishing free radical damage. If we can reduce the amount of free radical damage, we may also be able to lower our risk of life-threatening diseases like cancer. Orange-fleshed sweet potatoes contain more than 400 percent of our daily vitamin A needs. They should be eaten with a little bit of good fat, like olive oil, which helps the body better absorb the vitamin A. Heavy Metals: Purple sweet potatoes may be able to lower the potential health risks posed by heavy metals and oxygen radicals. They are rich in anthocyanins, compounds which provide a lot of antioxidant activity and may bind to heavy metals like mercury and help remove them from the body. Liver Damage: The anthocyanins in purple sweet potatoes are also associated with improving liver damage from alcohol abuse, according to a study with mice conducted by the NIH. Blood Sugar: Sweet potatoes contain adiponectin, a protein made by fat cells that circulates in the blood-

stream. Low levels of this protein have been found in people that have trouble metabolizing insulin. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association examined 14,598 people and found, “Higher adiponectin levels were monotonically associated with a lower risk of Type 2 diabetes.” Furthermore, “This inverse association was consistently observed in whites, East Asians, Asian Indians, African-Americans and Native Americans, and did not differ by adiponectin assay, method of diabetes ascertainment, duration of follow-up or proportion of women.” Sweet potatoes are also rich in fiber, which helps pace digestion and is good for regulating blood sugar levels. Joy Stephenson-Laws, J.D., is the founder of Proactive Health Labs, a national nonprofit health information company that provides education and tools needed to achieve optimal health. For more information, visit

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


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

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

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1 Learn to Meditate Workshop: The Art of Being Human – Dec 1-3. Meditation instruction and practice, teachings, one-on-one and group discussions. Shambhala Meditation Center, 7042 E Osborn Rd, Scottsdale. Register: Kundalini Yoga Module Level II - KRI Teacher Training: Mind and Meditation – Dec 1-10. $1,179. Anahata Yoga, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. Info/register: Gifts and Graces: Oh Holy Night – Experience the Energy of the Season – 6-7:30pm. Join for a special night of music, blessings and healing. Includes: reiki blessings, a singing bowl concert and candle light ceremony, and the introduction of the Holy Reiki program, facilitated by Mary Ritter. Free. Complimentary sessions offered at 7:30pm. SWIHA, 1100 E Apache Blvd, Tempe. RSVP:

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2 Gong Divas – 7-8pm. Gong Divas, Xanna Marchetti and Monita Baker, will perform shamanic beats, unusual sounds, and classic sounds of the gongs. Allow spirit to come forth and expand from the sound and energy envelope the gongs create. $20/love offering. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, Ste 102, Mesa. Info: ImaginePeace0928@


Reiki III (ART) Certification Class – 9am5pm. Learn to use crystals, stones and healing grids. Master reiki symbols, reiki moving meditation and meet your guides. $300. Laveen. Address released with RSVP and deposit seven days prior: 909-268-1445 or The Summit Lighthouse: Unveiled Mysteries – 10:30am-noon. In person or online. Modern day experiences with Saint Germain. $25 for 10 month access. The Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020. Winter Harvest Farm-to-Table Cooking Class – 11am-1:30pm. With Melanie Albert. Create veggies dishes with local, seasonal, organic produce with recipes from Albert’s book, A New View of Healthy Eating. Menu: Bamboo Steamer Carrots, Roots and Greens Stir-fry, and Winter Root Soup. Tour the garden and enjoy your culinary creations with community. $45/person. The Farm at South Mountain, 6106 S 32nd St, Phoenix. 602-6152486. Shambhala Sadhana Full Moon Chants – 11:30am-1pm. These chants are a way to celebrate and strengthen our understanding of basic goodness and enlightened society. Public welcome. Shambhala Meditation Center, 7042 E Osborn Rd, Scottsdale. Healing/Purification with Sound Healing of Crystal and Tibetan Bowls – 6-8pm. $20/love offering. The Shrine of the Holy Wisdom, 5025 S Ash Ave, Tempe. Info: Prana: 773-316-3005. Monthly Full Moon Meditation – 7-8:30pm. With Sevak Singh. $25/online, $30/door. Anahata Yoga, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. Info/register: classes/36.

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Geri-Fit Instructor Training and Certification – For instructors who want to expand their knowledge of strength training for seniors. Learn more than 50 evidence-based strength training exercises that use dumbbell weights. Receive training in balance and fall prevention and one-on-one corrective exercise techniques. $315. Setay Dance & Fitness Studio, 7430 S 48 St, Ste 100, Phoenix. 888-437-4348 ext 3.

Animal Reiki Practice Day – 11am-3pm. With BLISS Reiki. Join with fellow animal reiki students and practitioners for an animal reiki practice and service day at Wildhorse Ranch Rescue. Open to all who have completed Animal Reiki I with BLISS Reiki, Animal Reiki Source, SARA, or a teacher in this lineage. $10 minimum donation; space may be limited. Gilbert. Registration required: Info:

Holiday Bazaar – 9am-1pm. Enjoy shopping for unique gifts after Sunday services at this annual holiday bazaar. Arts and crafts, pottery, books and more. Unity of Mesa Sanctuary, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700.

Manifesting Made Simple Workshop Part II and Yoga Nidra – 7-8:30pm. Learn how to cultivate an abundant mindset with self-reflective strategies to help rewire your brain to reduce worry, doubt, pessimism, negative self-talk, and

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fear-based decision making. Builds on workshop 1. Concludes with Yoga Nidra. Bring a yoga mat, journal/pen plus your positive intentions. $20/ cash. The Shrine of Holy Wisdom, 5025 S Ash Ave, Ste B-15, Tempe. RSVP:

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6 Autoimmune Solutions Workshop – 5:30pm. Discover the root causes of autoimmune disease (there’s always a trigger or multiple triggers); why eating healthy is not enough to recover from autoimmune disease. Seating is limited. Free. Hope Integrative Wellness, 3336 E Chandler Heights Rd, Ste 123, Gilbert. RSVP: 480-988-6269 or Beginner’s Tour and Open House – 6:30-7pm tour; 7-8pm free public talk: Buddhism 101. The evening will include a guided relaxation breathing meditation and a short talk on meditation and Buddhism and an introduction to the Center’s programs and tour. Free. Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix, 614 E Townley Ave. Meditation Simply Meditate – 6:30-7:30pm. Also 12/13 & 12/20. Learn simple, practical methods to improve the quality of your life and develop inner peace through guided meditation and a short Buddhist teaching to help you solve your daily problems and find the lasting happiness you seek. $5. Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix, 614 E Townley Ave. Gong Meditation – 7-8:30pm. With Gretchen Bickert. Experience deep relaxation and meditation through the power of the gong. $10-$20/donation. Unity of Mesa Sanctuary, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7 Yogic Science of Sex: A Women’s Workshop – 6:30-9:30pm. With Svitlana Sabourin. $29. Anahata Yoga, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. Info/register: apps/mindbody/classes/195.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 Prediction Night for 2018 – 6:30pm. Each attendee receives three predictions for the New Year. Get ready for 2018; find guidance and answers for yourself, family and friends. Their team has more than 40 years of knowledge and combined experience. $35. Universal Touch, 534 E University Dr, Mesa. 480-835-5380 or 480835-5347.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9 The Mystical Truth and You – Dec 9-10. With Taerie Gillan. Experience fun and active workshops that have the ability to change lives. Gillan will introduce participants to their angels and spirit guides to discover their true intention in life and goals and desires in mind when working with them. $35-$75/session or $145/package. Scottsdale. Peace of Mind for the Holidays – 10am-1pm. Explore traditional Buddhist meditations to cultivate attitudes of generosity, patience and kindness. Armed with the right attitudes and intentions we



can genuinely enjoy the whole holiday experience. $20, $15/students. International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon, 6701 E Mountain Ranch Rd, Williams. Register: 928-637-3262. The Gnosis of Guadalupe: A Mystical Path of the Mother – 1-5pm. Half-day retreat with Fr Jorge Eager. Participants will learn the esoteric/ mystical womb wisdom symbolism of the divine and sacred feminine woven in the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. $30/love offering. The Shrine of Holy Wisdom, 5025 S Ash Ave, Ste B-15, Tempe. RSVP: 480-219-9633 or SoulMonic Sound Healing Journey with Three Trees – 7-9pm. $38/online, $40/door. Anahata Yoga, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. Info/register:

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10 The Summit Lighthouse: Unveiled Mysteries – 10:30am-noon. In person or online. Modern day experiences with Saint Germain. $25 for 9 month access. The Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020. Empath Support Group – 4-5pm. With Darlene Moore. Solution-oriented meetings designed to educate empaths about their gifts and challenges of their sensitivities based on Dr Judith Orloff’s book, The Empath Survival Guide. Donation. Unity of Mesa, Annex Rm 1, 2740 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12 Thyroid Solutions Workshop – 5:30pm. Learn the number one cause of thyroid problems; why most people still experience thyroid symptoms even when lab test is normal; natural solutions to heal the thyroid. Seating is limited. Free. Hope Integrative Wellness, 3336 E Chandler Heights Rd, Ste 123, Gilbert. RSVP: 480-988-6269 or Good Mood Food – 6:30-8pm. Fun, interactive class with Le Cordon Bleu Chef. Step-by-step demonstration, recipes and treats. Based on Ayurvedic knowledge that chakras (emotions/ physical states) are balanced through food. Free. Laveen. Address released with RSVP three days prior. 909-268-1445 or

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13 Travelers Candlelight Service – 7-8pm. A special pre-Christmas Eve service for those who will be traveling or away for the holiday. Unity of Mesa Sanctuary, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700. Kirtan with Prem Vidu and the Band of Now – 7-8:45pm. This evening of call and response style community chanting is based in the Bhakti yoga tradition. Stilling the mind, softening the heart, evoking joy, and dissolving separateness are just some of the magical benefits of this ancient practice. $20/love offering. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, Ste 102, Mesa. thebandofnow.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14 Drumming Circle – 6:45-7:45pm. With Tony LaMantia. Join for a one-hour drumming experience and express yourself through the sounds and vibrations of rhythm. Bring your own drum or percussion instrument. No previous experience necessary – all are welcome. $10/donation. Unity of Mesa Sanctuary, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 Arizona International Association for Near Death Studies (AZ IANDS) – 7pm. Presenter: Marjorie Woollacott, PhD, author of Infinite Awareness: The Awakening of a Scientific Mind This book is both memoir and a research survey on human consciousness. Suggested donation: $10 or $5/seniors/students. Unity of Mesa Sanctuary, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16 Arizona International Association for Near Death Studies (AZ IANDS) Workshop: 10amnoon. The Nature of Consciousness: How to Reconcile Scientific and Experiential Perspectives with Dr Marjorie Woollacott. $50/early bird, $60/ door (discounts for AZIANDS members). Unity of Mesa Annex Room 1, 2740 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700. Bars Exchange – 2pm. For those who need change in their life or a tender loving care energy session. $5 to give and receive for those who’ve had Bars classes; $45 ($75 value) for those new to the modality. Universal Touch, 534 E University Dr, Mesa. 480-835-5380 or 480-835-5347. Chakra Harmony – 7-9pm. A unique group healing experience with James Titschler. $29. Anahata Yoga, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. Info/register:

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17 Hanukkah Celebration Service – 10:3011:45am. Song writer, jazz pianist, and screenwriter Jay Steinberg will join as we honor the eight days of Hanukkah. Jewish readings, songs, and words of wisdom will be part of this festive service. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, Ste 102, Mesa. Info: 480-593-8798. The Summit Lighthouse: Unveiled Mysteries – 10:30am-noon. In person or online. Modern day experiences with Saint Germain. $25 for 9 month access. The Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020. Kid’s Yoga and Meditation – 11am-12:30pm. With Jeanene Farley. $25/before 12/10, $30/ thereafter. Anahata Yoga, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. Info/register: AnahataYogaaz. com/apps/mindbody/classes/203.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 18 Manifesting Made Simple Workshop Part III and Yoga Nidra – 7-8:30pm. This workshop ties the first two workshops together. A discussion of Pillar 7, recap of Pillars 1-6 and the three main reasons your manifestations are not working will

be discussed. Group discussion, Q&A, receive manifesting tools and yoga nidra. $20/cash. The Shrine of Holy Wisdom, 5025 S Ash Ave, Ste B-15, Tempe. RSVP:


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19 Autoimmune Solutions Workshop – 5:30pm. Discover the root causes of autoimmune disease (there’s always a trigger or multiple triggers); why eating healthy is not enough to recover from autoimmune disease. Seating is limited. Free. Hope Integrative Wellness, 3336 E Chandler Heights Rd, Ste 123, Gilbert. RSVP: 480-988-6269 or

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20 Walk for Wellness – 6:30pm. Have fun, meet people and get fit. Walk at the well lit beautiful park. It goes a lot easier and faster when talking to new people. Free. Cesar Chavez Park, 7858 S 35th Ave, Phoenix. RSVP two days prior: 909-2681445 or Traveler’s Service – 7pm. Those who will be out of town for Christmas Eve will still have the opportunity to experience sacred candle lighting services through this special early service. Unity of Phoenix Spiritual Center, 1500 E Greenway Pkwy, Phoenix. Info: 602-978-3200 or UnityPhx. org/holiday-schedule.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22 Winter Solstice Ceremony – 7pm. The Winter Solstice is the time of people’s rebirth from darkness. The longest night passes and with time the sun returns. Join for this seasonal celebration of renewal. The Shrine of Holy Wisdom, 5025 S Ash, Ste B-15, Tempe.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24 Christmas Family Service – 10am. (Note only one morning service). Celebrate the morning with holiday music and Christmas joy. Unity of Mesa Sanctuary, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700. Christmas Joy Service – 10:30-11:45am. Our light-hearted service will include traditional Christmas music, entertaining poems and readings, and a visit from Santa himself at the end of the service. Stay afterward for pictures with Santa and Christmas goodies. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, Ste 102, Mesa. Info: 480-593-8798. Christmas Eve Family Service – 4pm. This special candle lighting service is geared toward families, and will include special elements for kids. Bring the whole family. Unity of Phoenix Spiritual Center, 1500 E Greenway Pkwy. Info: 602-978-3200 or Christmas Candlelight Services – 4:30pm & 7pm. Join for this beautiful holiday tradition to bless you spiritually and celebrate the season of lights. Donation. Unity of Mesa Sanctuary, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700. Christmas Eve Traditional Services – 6pm & 8pm. Join with our Unity family as we celebrate the joy and wonder of Christmas and the birth of the Christ child within each of us. Unity of Phoenix Spiritual Center, 1500 E Greenway Pkwy. Info: 602-978-3200 or



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Ecuador Beach and Andes Mountain Holistic Retreat – Dec 27-Jan 4. With Alive and Revive. Stay in an ocean-view home and a quaint residence near the Incan ruins of Ingapirca, in the Andes. Retreat guests will receive a variety of naturopathic treatments from Dr Melanie Icard. Experience shamanic ceremonies, hot mud baths, swimming, horseback riding and more. RSVP: 480-599-8370 or

Mountain Retreat – With Gen Losang Kelsang. Deepen your spiritual practice through a profound meditation retreat on the states of the path to enlightenment. Accommodation available; registration essential. International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon, 6701 E Mountain Ranch Rd, Williams. Preregister: 928-637-3262.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31 Burning Bowl – 9am & 10:45am. Join for this beautiful holiday tradition to release what no longer serves you in preparation to receive the blessings of the New Year. Donation. Unity of Mesa Sanctuary, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-8922700. New Year’s Burning Bowl Service with Kirtan – 10:30-11:45am. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, Ste 102, Mesa. Info: 480-593-8798.

planahead MONDAY, JANUARY 1 Integrative Healing Arts Practitioner Programs – Online programs begin Jan 1; On-campus programs begin Jan 12. Elective tracks available: holistic nutrition, yoga, and yoga nidra focus; hypnotherapy, life coaching and mindfulness focus; yoga and life coaching focus; spiritual transformation focus; energetic focus. Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, 1100 E Apache Blvd, Tempe. 480-994-9244.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3 Learn to Meditate Open House – 6:30-8pm. They welcome everyone interested in learning mindfulness meditation and practice. Introduction to the concept of basic goodness and to the Shambhala lineage. Followed by Q&A. Shambhala Meditation Center, 7042 E Osborn Rd, Scottsdale.

classifieds Place a Classified ad: $25 for up to 25 words, per issue. $1.00 per each additional word, per issue. Must be pre-paid. ADVERTISING SALES – Natural Awakenings magazine is looking for experienced advertising salespeople in the Phoenix area to help others grow their business. Commission-based. Full- or part-time. Unlimited potential. Tracy@ 480-589-8800. HEART-SONG EXPRESSION – Create your own serenity with a native flute. Personalized sales and instruction. Featuring High Spirits Flutes. LIFE COACH – Life Awakened, Life Loved, Life Accepted, Life Peace, Life Present, Life Awareness, Life Actualized. $20/$40 Sessions. JOHN KAI 520-339-2315. Phoenix.



SUNDAY, JANUARY 7 The Summit Lighthouse: Unveiled Mysteries – 10:30am-noon. In person or online. Modern day experiences with Saint Germain. $25 for 9 month access. The Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 13 Insight Meditation (Vipassana) Retreat – 9:30am-5pm. With Genevieve Tregor, MS. This daylong retreat, held in the Western Vipassana Buddhist tradition, will offer alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, instructions and guidance in Vipassana practice, an afternoon session of gentle, mindful qigong and dharma talk. $20/advance, $25/door. Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 E Lincoln Dr, Paradise Valley. Info/register: 602-910-4240.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 14 The Summit Lighthouse: Violet Flame Action with Saint Germain – 10:30am-noon. In person or online. The Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020. Register to get access code:

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17 On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life with John O’Leary – 7-9pm. Burned over 100% of his body at 9 years old, and given a 1% chance to live, author John O’Leary fought extraordinary odds to endure, persist and survive. In this workshop he’ll share the life-giving lessons he’s learned along the way. Unity of Phoenix Spiritual Center, 1500 E Greenway Pkwy. Tickets/info: 602-978-3337.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 18 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program – Jan 18-Mar 22 (no class 3/1). 6:309pm. Free orientation 1/18; full-day retreat 3/11. The original, evidence-based program created by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD; taught by Genevieve Tregor, MS, offering a depth of training and experience in mindfulness practice. $395 includes all materials. CE hours. Temple Chai, 4645 E Marilyn Rd, Phoenix. Info/register: 602-910-4240.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 20 Synergistic Kinesiology Course Level I – Jan 20-21. 9am-5pm. Muscle test accurately; test allergies, blockages, imbalanced meridians/organs; digestive and intestinal corrections; release emotional traumas. Includes certificate of completion and training manuals ($247 value). $350/by 1/12; $399/thereafter. Universal Touch Kinesiology Group, 534 E University Dr, Mesa. 480-835-5380.

Arizona Vegetarian Food Festival – Jan 2021. 10am-5pm. Two days of chef demos, speakers and vendors, live entertainment, wellness activities and more. Presented by U.S. Veg Corp. Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater, 3939 N Drinkwater Blvd. Tickets/info:

SUNDAY, JANUARY 21 One-Day Introduction to Mindfulness Workshop – 9:30-4:30pm. With Genevieve Tregor, MS. Learn to bring yourself into present-moment awareness and enjoy a deeper connection with the experience of your own body and mind resulting in more calm, ease and resilience – even in the face of stressful situations. $84 includes catered lunch. CE hours. Psychological Counseling Services, 3302 N Miller Rd, Scottsdale. Info/register: 602-9104240. The Summit Lighthouse: Violet Flame Action with Saint Germain – 10:30am-noon. In person or online. The Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020. Register to get access code:

MONDAY, JANUARY 22 500-Hour Hypnotherapy Course – Accelerated certification course in hypnotherapy taught in two-week modules. After completing the first 300 hours (modules 1-3), students are eligible for certification as hypnotherapists with the International Board of Hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy Academy, 2132 Osuna Rd NE, Ste B, Albuquerque. Register: 877-983-1515.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 23 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program – Jan 23-Mar 20. 6:30-9pm. Free orientation 1/23; full-day retreat 3/11. The original, evidence-based program created by Jon KabatZinn, PhD; taught by Genevieve Tregor, MS, offering a depth of training and experience in mindfulness practice. $395 includes all materials. CE hours. Psychological Counseling Services, 3302 N Miller Rd, Scottsdale. Info/register: 602910-4240.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26 A New You for the New Year – Jan 26-28. Mind, Body, Spirit. Taerie Gillan leads this group of integrity based talent with a full weekend of workshops and activities. Refresh, reinvigorate and renew! Introduction to your angels, glutenfree/vegan/raw food author, chef, and holistic coach, relationship and communication coach, and more. Sedona. 928-707-2335. event/a-new-you-for-the-new-year. Herbal Certification Class – Jan 26-28. Three-day intensive. SW Herb Shop & Gathering Place, 148 N Center St, Mesa. 480-694-9931.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 28 Embracing Your Journey Expo – Bring your curiosity and discover all kinds of new things about wellness, healthy habits, healing alternatives, intuition, readings, energy work and more while supporting local vendors at this familyfriendly event. $5/advance, $8/door, free/kids 10 and under. Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, Anasazi Ballroom, 7677 N 16th St, Phoenix. Info:

The Summit Lighthouse: Violet Flame Action with Saint Germain – 10:30am-noon. In person or online. The Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020. Register to get access code:

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2 The Healing Self – 7-8pm. Join New York Times bestselling author Deepak Chopra as he shares insights from his book, The Healing Self, and explores your capacity for self healing and well being. Unity of Phoenix Spiritual Center, 1500 E Greenway Pkwy. Info/tickets: 602-9783337 or



SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17 Synergistic Kinesiology Course Level II – Feb 17-18. 9am-5pm. Muscle test accurately; test allergies, blockages, imbalanced meridians/organs; digestive and intestinal corrections; release emotional traumas. Includes certificate of completion and training manuals ($247 value). $350/by 1/12; $399/thereafter. Universal Touch Kinesiology Group, 534 E University Dr, Mesa. 480-835-5380.

FRIDAY, MARCH 16 Love America Tour: Changes on the Inside/ Changes on the Outside with Marianne Williamson – 7:30-9:30pm. The times in which we’re living are dramatic and unstable, yet pregnant with new possibilities. Join for a lively discussion about how a revolution in consciousness paves the way to both personal and national renewal. Unity of Phoenix Spiritual Center, 1500 E Greenway Pkwy. Info/tickets: 602-978-3337 or UnityPhx. org/events.

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The Capitol Farmers’ Market 1700 Adams Street, Phoenix Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Anthem Farmers’ Market 41703 North Gavilan Peak Parkway, Anthem Sundays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Uptown Farmers’ Market 5757 North Central Avenue, Phoenix Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

Verrado Community Farmers’ Market 4239 North Village Street, Buckeye Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Chandler Farmers’ Market 3 South Arizona Avenue, Chandler Thursdays 3 to 7 p.m. Farmers’ Market at the Mercado 8300 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gilbert Farmers’ Market 222 North Ash Street, Gilbert Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon Goodyear Farmers’ Market 3151 North Litchfield Road, Goodyear Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon

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ongoingcalendar sundays Sunday Services – 9am & 10:45am. A Positive Path for Spiritual Living. Childcare: infants thru 5th grade at 9am. Nursery: infants thru kindergarten at 10:45am. Youth ministry classes in the Education Annex at 10:45am. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700. Mindfulness Meditation and Chants – 9:3010am; Sitting and Walking Meditation – 10-11am. Attend one or both sessions. Shambhala sparks your heart and mind through the practice of mindfulness meditation and community. Meditation instruction available. Shambhala Meditation Center, 7042 E Osborn Rd, Scottsdale. Phoenix. Prayers for World Peace – 10-11:15am. Practical advice and meditations that lift the heart and bring energy and hope; from this inner peace, world peace grows. Make prayers together for our families and friends, and for the cessation of all the pain and problems in the world. Donation. Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix, 614 E Townley Ave. Interfaith Celebration Service – 10:30-11:45am. December is themed Season of Love, and special services include Hanukkah and Christmas Eve (see event listings), and New Year’s Eve Burning Bowl service with Kirtan chanting (12/31). Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, Ste 102, Mesa. 480-593-8798. Saint Germain’s Unveiled Mysteries – 10:30amnoon. In person or online. Modern day experiences with Saint Germain. $25 for 9 month access. The Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020. Register:

Morning Meditation – 11am. Learn the essential foundations of meditation practice. $10. International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon, 6701 E Mountain Ranch Rd, Williams. 928-637-3262.

mondays Tai Chi and Qiqong – 10-11am. With Shirley Kemper. Activate and experience the natural healing capabilities in the body. $10-$15/donation. Unity of Mesa Sanctuary, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700. Live AskDrKan Show – 12:30pm. Featured on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube with Dr Peter Kan of Hope Integrative Wellness Center. Facebook: HopeIntegrativeWellness.

tuesdays Watercolor Art Classes – 9:45am-12:30pm. With Allura Westly. All levels, beginner-to-advanced. Learn fluid color technique, drawing and composition. Small class of eight students. No talent required, just a desire to create. Paradise Valley. 602-469-0524. Rewind Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. With Kim Carter. Designed for people 50 and up, this class focuses on balancing, increasing flexibility and building functional strength. $10 (first class is free, maximum six students). Restoring Balance Mind & Body, 2045 S Vineyard, Ste 139, Mesa. Preregistration required: 253-549-5342. Kim@ 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. Shakti Naam Yoga – 6:45-8:15pm. With Moriah Salzman and Jeannie MacLaughlin. Experience a new type of yoga using music, mantra, mudra (hand positions), meditation and movement to align with the vibration of the universe. $10/donation. Unity of Mesa Sanctuary, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700.

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. ~Oprah Winfrey

Crystal and Tibetan Bowls – 6:45-8:30pm. Healing, purification and transformation with the singing bowls. $20/love offering. Center for Divine Awakening, 15801 N 40th St, Phoenix. Info: Prana: 773-316-3005.

wednesdays Watercolor Art Classes – 9:45am-12:30pm. With Allura Westly. All levels, beginner-to-advanced. Learn fluid color technique, drawing and composition. Small class of eight students. No talent required, just a desire to create. Paradise Valley. 602-469-0524.

A Course in Miracles Study Group – 1-2:15pm. Interfaith CommUNITY Spiritual Center, 952 E Baseline, Ste 102, Mesa. 480-593-8798. Mindfulness Meditation – 7-7:30pm. Shambhala sparks your heart and mind through the practice of mindfulness meditation and community. They welcome all people interested in this path oriented towards modern life. Meditation instruction available. Shambhala Meditation Center, 7042 E Osborn Rd, Scottsdale.

thursdays Rewind Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. With Kim Carter. Designed for people 50 and up, the class focuses on balancing, increasing flexibility and building functional strength. $10 (first class is free, maximum six students). Restoring Balance Mind & Body, 2045 S Vineyard, Ste 139, Mesa. Preregistration required: 253-549-5342. Kim@ Modern Kadampa Buddhism – 6:30pm. Learn the fundamentals of Buddhist view with stepby-step instructions on how to experience more peace, wisdom and love in your heart and your life to benefit self and others. Open to newcomers. $10. Sedona Community Center, 2615 Melody Ln, Sedona. 928-637-3262. Buddhist Meditation – 6:30-8pm. How to Transform your Life: A Blissful Journey. Learn the fundamentals of Buddhist view with stepby-step instructions on how to experience more love in your heart and life. $10 or $5/students and unemployed. Unity of Mesa, Annex Rm 3, 2740 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700.

fridays A Course in Miracles – 7-9pm. Group book study open to newcomers. Donation. Unity of Mesa, Annex Rm 1, 2740 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700.

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ART CLASSES WATERCOLOR ART CLASSES Allura Westly 3611 E. Sunnyside Drive 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.



Colon hydrotherapy, biofeedback, pets, homeopathy, energetic facelift, anti aging and iridology Scottsdale 602-317-7677 Gentle, relaxing session with unique gas release technique to eliminate toxins and get rid of pain. Biofeedback scan and healing to detect hidden risk factors, on pets and horses as well.


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Providing biologic dentistry personalized to fit your needs in a caring and supportive environment. 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 4 and 27.


Dr. Michael Margolis and Dr. Stephen Kovar 2045 S. Vineyard Rd. #153 Mesa, AZ 85210 480-833-2232 A holistic and biological approach to your dental needs and overall health. Bio-compatible dentistry, esthetic dentistry lumineers/veneers, family dentistry and much more. See ad on page 3.

HEALING CLASSES NATURAL DENTAL PARTNERS Dr. Ingo Mahn 3134 W. Carefree Hwy., #9 Phoenix, AZ 85086 602-775-5120

Dr. Mahn takes the time to listen to your concerns and uses his extensive experience to help you achieve better health. Author of A Healthy Mouth—The Missing Link to Optimal Health, he utilizes the latest advances in dentistry (such as low dose digital x-rays and single visit biocompatible restorations) to deliver the highest level of holistic dental care. Want to learn more? Check the calendar of events page or his website for upcoming seminars. See ad on page 11.

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Solution Mindfulness 602-910-4240 Mindfulness Education: Traditional MBSR, retreats, classes & special events. Offering unequaled depth of experience in the Phoenix area. Continui n g Education (CE hours) for Psychologists and health professionals.


Ardea Health PLLC 12725 W. Indian School Road Bldg. E-101, Suite #106 Avondale, AZ 85392 602-421-6237 Meeting with patients from every walk of life and finding answers to good health is Dr. Highfield's everlasting passion.Whether it be an acute common illness, chronic health issues or just turning over a new leaf to better health, request a free introductory 10 minute phone consult to find your best fit in healthcare.


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 22.



Anti-aging Clinic 5350 N. 16th Street, Suite 107 Phoenix, AZ 85016 480-599-8370 Dr. Icard specializes in anti-aging medicine, natural pain management and reversal, natural and traditional aesthetics, ozone therapy, and mind body medicine. She has extensive training in biological medicine, Prolotherapy and PRP, aesthetics and ozone therapy. See ad on page 15 and page 33.

PHOENIX SHAMBHALA MEDITATION CENTER 7042 E. Osborn Road Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Shambhala sparks your heart and mind through the practice of mindfulness mediation and community. We welcome people from all walks of life interested in this path oriented towards modern life.

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 14.


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 and page 39.


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.






Pain Therapies & Performance Solutions 1425 S. Higley Road, Suite #101 Gilbert, AZ 85296 480-466-6398 Sports therapy and C.H.E.K specialty care. • Golfers • Runners • Cyclists • Triathletes 30 min Free consultations.



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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 10.

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.


Meditation Retreats & Classes in Modern Buddhism 6701 E Mountain Ranch Road Williams, AZ 86046 928-637-6232 Dedicated to providing the local and worldwide community an opportunity to learn and engage in Buddhist practice and meditation retreats. Everyone is welcome.

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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 29.

Intuitive Cooking Experience: Workshops, cooking classes, events, and retreats for organizations. Learn simple culinary techniques; create healthy meals with whole foods; enjoy eating with community.

Organic Pest Control 602-923-1457


“Celebrating a Positive Path to Spiritual Living” 952 E. Baseline Road #102 • Mesa, AZ 85204 Rev. Julianne Lewis 480-593-8798

compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. ~Dalai Lama

SCHOOLS SOUTHWEST INSTITUTE OF HEALING ARTS 1100 E. Apache Boulevard Tempe, AZ 85281 480-994-9244

Nationally accredited college o ff e r s H o l i s t i c H e a l t h & Wellness degrees, diplomas, certificates of excellence, continuing education and personal development, Oncampus and Online. Financial Aid available. See ad on outside back cover.

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New Kadampa Tradition 614 E. Townley Ave. • Phoenix, AZ 85020 602-243-5220 A Temple dedicated to bringing peace and happiness to the world, and to removing suffering, through meditation and classes on Modern Buddhism. Be inspired and empowered to reach your full spiritual potential to be of greatest benefit to others.

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.




4105 N. 20th St. Suite 115 Phoenix, AZ 85016 480-442-5020 Dedicated to sharing Saint Germain’s Violet Flame. All faiths welcome. Learn how you can become a modern day mystic. We are dedicated to sharing the Teachings of the Ascended Masters® to help you bring in joy and peace to the world. Learn what the requirements are to make your ascension. See ad on page 18.


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 Summer Discussion and Meditation Groups: 9:00am; Summer Service and Youth program: 10:15am. All are welcome. See ad on page 28.


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.

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Natural Awakenings Phoenix & Northern Arizona December 2017 Issue  

Making Peace - Handling Conflicts in a Healthy and Transformative Way, Inspired Living - 5 Ways to Make the New Year Sparkle, Zesty Citrus H...