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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.

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17 ecotip

conscious giving

18 healingways


24 consciouseating

12 Steps to Spiritual Awakening

by Michael A. Singer

26 pureliferecipes 28 wisewords


16 Local Guide to

30 healthykids 32 calendar 37 naturaldirectory

38 classifieds

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19 Growth,

Maturation and Self-Appreciation

by Ellen Seigel


Transform Your Life with Mentors, Books, Workshops and Online Courses

by Bess J.M. Hochstein


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Being Exactly Who We Need to Be

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29 The Lotus as a Life Model

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his year, driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, I finally took the leap of faith required to launch my own business. Being a bit of a control freak, I conceived that having my own business would give me more control over my destiny. Although buying a local magazine franchise was a bit scary at first, Natural Awakenings feels like the absolute right fit for me. The more I considered the possibilities, the more excited I became. Finally, I awoke to the confidence-inspiring realization that all of my past experiences through jobs, education, relationships and health issues were well aligned to prepare me with the skills needed to publish a health and wellness magazine. I’ve now seen firsthand how when our heart is open and the timing is right, helpful opportunities, mentors and connections show up in life. It’s up to us to welcome them with open arms. I hope this has been a good year for you as well, and that you’re looking forward to accelerated progress in 2014. Our November issue is here to help guide you on your journey. Bess Hochstein’s feature article, “Fast Track to Personal Growth,” identifies the kinds of mentors, books, workshops and online courses available to help you realize your full potential and become the person you yearn to be. In recent years I think I have read just about every book written in the personal growth genre. I believe that if you stay consistently focused through reading, workshops and making connections, your dreams are more likely to become your reality. Ann Bobonick, a local certified health and wellness coach and behavioral trained nurse, provides an illuminating approach to achieving personal goals in her article, “The Lotus as a Life Model.” It guides us towards a fuller life through learning the art of balancing “energy in” and “energy out”. Eating well, exercising and maintaining strong social and spiritual relationships are all key in enabling us to achieve the balance in life necessary to achieving successful, sustained personal growth. Thanksgiving is a ripe season for gratefully recognizing and celebrating where we are personally, and pausing to contemplate where we wish to go from here. Advancing footsteps are often slow and steady or a profound crisis or deeply meaningful experience may catapult us to the next level. Such challenges are catalysts for growth. Let us stay open to all the good today, as well as that coming our way. Grateful expectancy is a potent engine forward. In health and happiness,

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newsbriefs Library Turns to Solar Energy


he Athens County Public Library system is one of the first in the nation to install a solar electric system on the rooftop of their Athens Branch. The 62.7-kilowatt system, built by Third Sun Solar, will produce about 75,240 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of clean electricity in the first year. This represents about one-third of the library building’s electrical consumption, and is enough to power most of the lights and computers in the building. For comparison, and average Ohio home consumes about 11,000 kWh of electricity per year. Thus, the library will produce enough clean energy to power six to seven homes. The system cost the library nothing but an agreement to buy the power it generates, at a rate below what they currently pay for electricity. Terms of the power purchase agreement were eased by generous contributions from two library donors. Lauren Miller, director of Athens County Public Libraries noted, “This project helps protect library resources, sets a progressive example for the county and preserves the future of Mother Earth.” The solar panels are located on the southfacing rooftop of a 2005 building extension. For more information about Third Sun Solar, visit See ad page 5.

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io-Age Monitoring is a new, cutting-edge service that can assess cardiovascular health and compare chronological age with biological age. Advanced Wellness of West Chester has obtained exclusive rights to this device and is the only practitioner in Cincinnati. The system provides a personal action plan that can be used to help to shave years off the body’s internal life. Advanced Wellness is offering a Bio-Age Monitor session for $27 for the month of November, a discount of $10.

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Massage of West Chester Offers AromaTouch Technique


n addition to massage and ashiatsu services, Massage of West Chester has introduced the AromaTouch technique. Developed by Dr. David K. Hill, a leading expert on the use of essential oils for medicinal benefit, AromaTouch is applied to the back, neck, earlobes and the soles of the feet. This unique therapy combats systemic constants such as stress, toxic insult, inflammation and autonomic imbalance, and helps the body return to a state of balance. Many internal and external environment pressures incurred in daily life have negative effects on overall health and well-being. The use of oils can help return the mind and body to its natural state of balance in just a single one-hour session. Location: 8988 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd., West Chester. For more information, call 513-478-4836 or visit natural awakenings November 2013


newsbriefs New Ownership for Redtree Art Gallery


akley resident Justin Dunn and his wife, Cristin, along with business partners Patrick and Audra Doyle, are the new owners of Redtree Art Gallery and Coffee Shop. Located in the heart of Oakley, the gallery’s main focus remains to support and promote the local art community while providing high-quality, locally sourced coffee. An opening night party is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m., November 8. Dunn, a former Redtree barista, says “We are excited to continue the partnership with the local art community by providing a place for local artists to display and sell their work. We love Oakley and look forward to supporting its local residents and business community.” Continuing its support of local artisans, Redtree is offering coffee and espresso beverages from La Terza, a small business located on Short Vine, that provides fair trade and organic wholesale coffee beans with the mission of providing coffee at the highest level. Gallery exhibits will change monthly and feature both emerging and established local artists. The first show under the new management includes artwork centered on the theme of Community.

Kim Dawes and Geoff Gaspar Join Drishtiq as New Instructors


rishtiq’s lineup of great instructors just got a little better with the addition of Kim Dawes and Geoff Gaspar. Dawes focuses on pranayama, with her steady-paced Vinyasa flow weaving through all sorts of postures to engage, work, strengthen and stretch the entire body. Gaspar is a teacher and student of Mysore-style ashtanga yoga, as well as pranayama and vipassana. He skillfully integrates all of these practices into his instruction. Together, they have more than 25 years of yoga experience and bring solid enthusiasm to their practice. “I teach yoga from my heart with love and acceptance,” says Dawes. “I truly think there’s a place for yoga in everyone’s life,” Gaspar agrees. Location: 6209 Snider Rd., Ste. D, Mason. For more information, call 513-204-0270, or visit See ad page 21.

Ten Thousand Villages Supports Caracole Fundraiser


he O’Bryonville Wine Walk is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m., November 21, to support Caracole, an organization that provides safe, affordable housing and supportive services for those living with AIDS. Ten Thousand Villages, one Location: 3210 Madison Rd., Oakley. For more information, of a network of nonprofit fair trade retailers in the U.S. and call 513-321-8733 or visit Canada, is one of the participants, and will be donating 10 percent of all sales to Caracole. The Ten Thousand Villages store features handcrafted gift items, personal accessories and home décor from artisans in more than 35 atural Awakenings magcountries in deazine is now available veloping regions at several Remke Markets in in Asia, Africa, northern Kentucky, includLatin America ing 570 Clock Tower Way, and the Middle Ft. Mitchell; 3960 Turkeyfoot East. As one of Road, Independence; 6920 Burlington Pike, Florence; and the world’s oldest Ten Thousand VilUse this logo for reductions only, do fair not printtrade magenta.organizations, Do not reduce this logo more than 35%. Magenta indicates the clear area, nothing should print in this space. 5062 Old Taylor Mill Road, Latonia. lages has been cultivating trading relationships for 60 years. You may reduce the logo to 30% without the tag and strap lines. Artisans receive fairto Pantone price1805. for their beautiful and unique Color of Wood Block Motif criticala match Letters print Pantone Process Black. handmade crafts. The event is also a “make your own ornament” night where upcycled materials can be used to create unique tree ornaments. To add to the festivities, each purchase over $25 will earn a free ornament. Send your submissions to:

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new office in Loveland’s historic district. father seeks help for his teenage Together, they built the business into son from the neighborhood chia significant local healing force. Their ropractor after an injury sidelines expansive office in a 114-year-old home the boy. The teen returns to the playing had been a wellness center of various field within three days and although he doesn’t know it at the time, his future kinds for more than 50 years. “Because career path is paved. Today, that football of its history as a healing place, we knew playing teen has morphed into Dr. Daren immediately that it was a perfect location Mazzone, owner of Healing Touch Wellfor our new practice,” recalls Tracy. Mazzone’s vision for Lovelanders is ness & Chiropractic Centre, in Loveland, open access to community wellness. He a place where he helps patients get well, and Tracy strive to be a dedirecover from injuries and cated resource for learning stay well. about healthy lifestyles. He When Mazzone and says, “I want to help people his wife, Tracy, moved to to wellness—to show them Loveland in 2006, they how they can avoid surger“knew they were home.” A ies and minimize prescripfew years later, he left his tion drug use. Patients can two-decade-long Milford achieve a natural wellness chiropractic partnership with state by addressing and elima new vision for his practice. inating the causes of their Tracy joined him as direcDr. Daren Mazzone health problems instead of tor of operations in their


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masking symptoms with medication.” As the only doctor in Ohio who specializes in Neurologic Relief Technique, a three-year-old groundbreaking treatment for chronic pain, Mazzone helps patients suffering from several types of neurological disorders, including fibromyalgia and migraine headaches. Starting with a Neurologic Relief Center relief test, he manipulates the meninges, a sheath of membranes that protect the central nervous system. “The test is both diagnostic and prognostic. In 80 percent of patients, the test itself brings relief that can last minutes, hours or days until a personal treatment plan is in place,” he explains. “The technique can provide immediate and prolonged alleviation of chronic pain.” In addition to this specialized care, Mazzone offers traditional chiropractic care, therapeutic massage, health risk assessments, detoxification and heavy metal testing, nutritional support and prescribed whole food standard process supplements. Mazzone is a regular volunteer speaker on topics of wellness and disease prevention, encouraging people to focus on eating well and taking care of themselves. In addition to his doctor of chiropractic degree, Mazzone is nearing completion of certification courses as a Chiropractic Wellness Lifestyle practitioner. “Wellness is a lifelong passion that I want to share,” he states. There are many things that make a visit to his practice special: the welcoming nature and healing care, the children’s play space in the reception area and Bubbles, the Mazzone’s tan puggle, that welcomes patients to the office in a special therapeutic role that only a dog can fill. Mazzone can often be overheard telling his patients, “Pain does not have to be a lifestyle.” With the Mazzones at Healing Touch Wellness & Chiropractic, it certainly doesn’t have to be. Location: 443 W. Loveland Ave., Loveland. For more information, call 513683-2225, email TLMHealingTouch@ or visit TheHealingTouch See ad page 9. Gayle Wilson Rose is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings. For more information, visit


All About You Health Coaching A Guided Roadmap to Wellness by Gayle Wilson Rose


he angst and struggles of the teen years often result in stronger character in adulthood. For Mindy Homan, teen angst did that and more; it determined her future career path. Today, as the owner of All About You Health Coaching, in Loveland, she happily shares how she turned her teenage lemons into sweet lemonade. Like many 16-year-old girls, Homan fought low self-esteem that caused years of shameful hiding from her health-ravaging bulimia. The balance and wellness she sought was long elusive. But as an adult, her work as a clinical supervisor in a wellness center sparked a desire to learn about nutrition. After completing a yearlong certification program from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition—studying more than 100 dietary strategies— Homan found her calling in health and wellness coaching. She explains, “I guide my clients so that together, we discover the food and lifestyle choices that lead them towards a positive wellness path.” During the two years she’s spent building her regular coaching practice, a niche focus has also grown from her personal struggles and self-healing with food and body image issues. “Helping others with similar struggles, especially young girls, is my way of giving back,” she continues. “I know firsthand the challenges they face.”

Homan believes that one isn’t cured of an eating disorder; it’s a matter of learning and practicing techniques to keep it in remission. She coaches clients on coping techniques such as stress reduction, a balanced (but not restrictive) diet and following a regular exercise program. “I’m a mother of three, so I know how crazy life can get. I try to provide my clients with tools to help them find and stay in balance,” says Homan. Regardless of their current size and weight, Homan emphasizes to her clients that health and wellness are not about being on or off a diet. Many people seek instant health fixes, but she says, “What’s required for change and progress is time and commitment. For most people, a lifestyle adjustment is needed. With wellness coaching, one can be more successful at making gradual changes that are sustainable. That is what enables reaching future health goals.” Homan helps clients create a personalized roadmap to health, tailored to their unique body, lifestyle, preferences and goals. Clients typically meet with Homan

in her office in Loveland, but depending on their preference and life demands, the coaching can be a mix of in-person contact and telephone calls. She always starts with a free, 50-minute, no-obligation consultation. When both parties agree that there is a mutual connection, she offers a structured, ongoing consultation in multifaceted three- and six-month programs. With the compassionate approach Homan brings to her wellness coaching practice, the roadmap she provides clients is for a journey that’s challenging, but scenic, and aimed at a balanced and healthy destination. Location: 215 Loveland Madeira Rd., Loveland. For more information, call 513-348-0980 email MindyHoman@ or visit See ad page 24. Gayle Wilson Rose is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings. For more information visit

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Today it’s commonplace for people to seek organic food options. A less common, yet emerging trend is interest in organic beauty products. Apart from the favorable results of organic product use, the fear of potentially carcinogenic ingredients often found in non-organic hair colors, shampoos, conditioners, nail products and makeup seem to be driving the change. A major area of concern are the chemicals used in hair coloring. Ammonia, a toxic gas or liquid found in most hair color, is considered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be a lung-damaging agent. When concentrated, it is corrosive to tissues upon contact. Exposure to ammonia in sufficient quantities can even be fatal. There are more effective, safer and natural alternatives that can replace synthetic ammonia-based products. Ashley Lauren, co-owner of Alba Organic Beauty Studio, in Hyde Park, is committed to offering their clients safer, healthier, highperforming organic products and services. She states, “Alba doesn’t compromise the safety or health of their clients or staff through use of ammonia-based product. We continuously seek and test organic and non-toxic products. It is an evolving process we maintain to ensure quality.” For more information, call 513-631-2522 or visit See ad page 15.

Using Herbs to Heal Topical Skin Conditions

Skin conditions and their causes—be it chemical exposure or viral, fungal or bacterial infections—can be very difficult to diagnose and challenging to resolve. Without extensive testing, the exact cause can be very elusive, and a simple rash can become a big problem. However, according to traditional herbology, an herbal salve made from specific plant parts will tackle just about any skin infection or rash; this excludes psoriasis, which actually is an immune system disorder, rather than a topical skin problem. Certain herbs used externally are known to kill bacteria, fungi and viruses and help the body to repair damaged skin by increasing the cell proliferation rate and relieving the itch and pain. Poke root, chaparral, blood root, neem, burdock and humic acid kill pathogens with very low risk of harm or irritation in most people. Calendula, aloe vera and comfrey are used to heal damaged skin by providing nutrients to keep skin cells healthy and increase the rate at which skin cells are replaced. White willow bark and arnica Montana provide pain relief, while calendula, St. John’s wort and chickweed suppress inflammation and reduce itching. Herbal extracts can be blended into topical salves that enable a holistic, natural approach to eliminating skin conditions and enable the skin to heal. Steven Frank is an innovative herbalist and owner of For references and information call 800-991-7088. See ad page 2.


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Rosemary Revs Up Memory


osemary’s folkloric reputation for improving memory has been validated by science. UK researchers at London’s Northumbria University found that when the essential oil of rosemary was diffused into a room—a method practiced in aromatherapy—it enhanced participants’ ability to remember past events and remind themselves to do tasks planned for the future, like sending an anniversary card. Mark Moss, Ph.D., head of psychology at Northumbria, says, “We wanted to build on our previous research that indicated rosemary aroma improved long-term memory and mental arithmetic. In this study, we focused on prospective memory, which is critical for everyday functioning.” In the study, 66 people randomly assigned to either a rosemary-scented or unscented room were asked to complete a variety of tests to assess their memory functions. Those in the rosemary-scented room outperformed the control group. Blood analysis of those exposed to the rosemary aroma confirmed higher concentrations of 1,8-cineole, the oil’s compound specifically linked to memory improvement. The researchers concluded that the aroma of rosemary essential oil can enhance cognitive functioning in healthy individuals and may have implications for treating people with memory impairment. The findings were presented at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference, in Harrogate.

The Killer Called Sugar


Reiki Provides Anxiety Relief

Reiki is an excellent holistic choice for anxiety relief. Practitioners treat the mind, body and soul of clients, rather than symptoms, which can include insomnia, irritability, fear, lack of interest or motivation, fatigue, panic attacks, heart palpitations and chest pain. Those suffering from anxiety typically have an unreasonable fear such as driving on the freeway or public speaking. Reiki is used to bring a client into a deep sense of relaxation and works to restore a sense of well-being. It can often bring about immediate and dramatic improvements. By releasing blocked and suppressed emotions, enhancing personal awareness and promoting courage when making positive life changes, Reiki can relieve stress, calm the mind and improve overall health. The impact of Reiki is best understood through personal experience. Finding a trusted practitioner is the first step. Kelly Basinger, a Reiki Master and teacher at Karma Wellness says, “After experiencing Reiki sessions, people with anxiety might consider additional Reiki classes to learn selfhealing.” She continues, “Anyone suffering severe anxiety should consult a mental health professional, but Reiki is a wonderful accompanying treatment to therapy and/or medication.” For more information, call Karma Wellness, 2067 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, at 513-233-9355 or visit Karma See ad page 19.

new animal study from the University of Utah, in Salt Lake City, reports daunting results. Female mice that consumed the equivalent of a human drinking three cans of soft drinks a day doubled their death rate from all causes. The study further showed that fertility rates dropped dramatically in male mice and their innate ability to defend their territory diminished. All of the sugar-saturated mice performed poorly on cognitive tests. The lab mice received a diet in which 25 percent of their total calories came from sugar (not high fructose corn syrup, which carries substantial additional health risks). That’s an amount commonly consumed in the Standard American Diet, easy to do in one sitting via a super-sized soft drink.

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Holy Eco-Crisis!

Deadly Fungus Destroying Bat Colonies White-nose syndrome, a disease spread by a soil fungus, G. destructans, and thought to have been carried to North America from Europe, is devastating bat colonies in the U.S. and Canada. First identified in 2006 in a population of common little brown bats in a cave 150 miles north of New York City, the malady has claimed 98 percent of the bat population there by causing them to awaken prematurely from their normal hibernation and then die from lack of food and exhaustion. A single reproductive female little brown bat can eat her weight in insects each night. A recent Canadian study valued crops potentially lost to insects that would otherwise be devoured by bats at $53 billion a year. Without the bats to keep insect numbers down, farmers may turn to greater use of pesticides. Source:

Table Label

Chipotle’s Identifies GMO Ingredients Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not require the labeling of genetically modified organisms (GM or GMO) used as ingredients in any food, the Chipotle Mexican Grill national fast food restaurant chain has chosen to do so, on the way to eliminating them from its menu altogether. They have already switched fryers from using soybean oil, almost always made from genetically modified sources, to sunflower oil, which is not. With 1,400 locations, Chipotle reports that its labeling system reflects that it does use GMO soybean oil in some of its products and that most of the grain used to feed its animals for meat and dairy is GMO corn. The chain’s success in this effort may also prompt other fast food outlets to follow suit.

Pass Go

Cooperation Rules in New Board Game Monopoly is a traditional, popular board game that provides fun for the whole family as players ruthlessly strive to outwit each other, form a monopoly and take ownership of all the real estate, houses, hotels and money. If that doesn’t seem like a pastime that teaches values of fairness and social justice, there’s a new game in town—Co-opoly. In the 21st-century game, invented by the Toolbox for Education and Social Action (, players develop cooperative businesses using a team effort. Sharing knowledge and creating cooperative strategies determine whether everyone wins or loses. Instead of encouraging players to grab up all the wealth and bankrupt others, it showcases the economic success that can result when people work together.


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Giving Group

Millennials Devote Time, Talent, Treasure Much is rightly written about how and why “millennials”, or “Generation Y”—the young people heading into the 21st century—spend their time and money. This generation is redefining the way we think about business, and conscious consumerism is now its own form of philanthropy. This age group is leading the charge by extending the premise of a moral compass to for-profit enterprises and looking for ever-more meaningful opportunities to have an impact. The trend carries fresh implications for the nonprofit sector, too, because millennials lead the way in forwarding worthy causes. When The Case Foundation partnered with Achieve, a thought leader in nonprofit millennial engagement, to produce the Millennial Impact Report, researchers surveyed more than 2,500 millennials ages 20 to 35. They found that last year, 83 percent gave a financial gift to an organization supporting a cause that resonates with their interests. Seventy-three percent volunteered for a cause that they were passionate about or felt created impact, and 70 percent are raising money for their causes both online and offline.

Capital Idea

Social Networking Funds Local Business Community Sourced Capital (CSC) is a newly formed lender headquartered in Seattle, Washington, that aims to apply the crowdsourcing model to encourage the growth of locally owned businesses. “The hardest part is often not attracting shoppers once the project is off the ground,” explains co-founder Casey Dilloway, “but securing capital to get it started.” CSC’s objective is to harness the power of the connections that tie local people together—both via social media and in the physical world—to find people willing to loan money to small local businesses. They may initially connect through Community Lenders make funds available in $50 blocks up to a maximum of $250 per project, and are acknowledged by the receipt of a pale-blue square card bearing the CSC logo, which identifies them as “Squareholders”. The funds are then made available to borrowers at zero interest, and loans are paid back at a designated rate based on the company’s revenue. CSC makes loans of up to $50,000.

Frack Attack

Controversial Drilling Threatens Pacific Ocean Federal regulators have approved at least two hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, operations on oil rigs in the Santa Barbara Channel off the coast of California since 2009 without an updated environmental review that critics say may be required by federal law. Environmental advocates are concerned that regulators and the industry have not properly reviewed the potential impacts of fracking in the Pacific outer continental shelf. Fracking, a subject of heated debate, is a method of drilling that forces water, chemicals and sand deep beneath the Earth’s surface at high pressure to break up underground rock and release oil and gas. Offshore fracking is currently used to stimulate oil production in old wells and provide well-bore stability. In California, the oil company Venoco has been using fracking technology to stimulate oil production in an old well off the coast of Santa Barbara— where the public memory of the nation’s third-largest oil spill in 1969 lingers—since early 2010. Another firm recently received permission for fracking in the Santa Barbara Channel, home to the Channel Islands Marine Reserve. So far, offshore fracking is rare, but officials expect that other firms may seek to utilize the environmentally damaging technology on offshore rigs in the future. Source:

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personal thought and emotions, you’ll begin to feel Spirit flowing in from behind. It lifts you and brings great love and joy.

The Path to Inner Peace 12 Steps to Spiritual Awakening by Michael A. Singer


pirituality is meant to bring about peace. Yet our concepts of spirituality often lead to confusion or even conflict. What we need are clear steps that can be taken by people of any religion or intellectual standing. The following universal road map can be a helpful aid to self-realization. Realize that you’re in there. First realize, from deep inside, that you are consciously experiencing the outside world, as well as your inner thoughts and emotions. Understand that you’re not okay in there. If you want to understand why you’ve done everything you’ve ever done, observe your mind and emotions. If you’re objective, you’ll see that you’re really never completely at peace. Notice that you’re always trying to be okay. As you observe your inner state, you’ll notice that inner disturbances create the urge to either get something or avoid something. This is all done in an attempt to feel okay inside. Watch as your mind strives to figure out how everything needs to be for you to be okay. Your mind is always telling you how people, places and things need to be. That’s its attempt to create a conceptual model of what would make you okay and then try to get the outside world to match it.


Realize that defining how the outside needs to be is not working. You’ve been busy trying to be okay your entire life. Although some times are better than others, you’ve never come close to experiencing permanent peace. This is because the world will never match your conceptual model. Eventually, you’ll come to see that this approach doesn’t work, and you need to find a different way. Learn to not participate in the mind’s struggle. You must learn to relax inside and not get drawn into acting on your disturbances. Instead, be willing to allow them to pass through you and simply witness their passing. If you do, the drama will cease of its own accord. Experience going about your life like everyone else, except more peacefully, because nothing you do is for the purpose of trying to be okay. When you aren’t preoccupied with trying to be okay, you can learn to sit inside and quietly love, serve and honor whatever naturally unfolds. At this point, you’re no longer living for yourself—you’re serving life. As you let go of the personal energies, you attune to a much deeper energy flow. Up to this point, everything you were watching inside was front and center in your consciousness. Now that you’re no longer being drawn into

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Your inner experience becomes so beautiful that you fall in love with the energy flow. You’ll see that there is a trade-off between getting involved in personal energies and the amount of Spirit you feel. Once you’ve established a direct relationship with spiritual energy, you’ll long to constantly experience its freedom. You begin to feel the energy pulling you up into it, and your entire path becomes letting go of yourself in order to merge. Will is no longer needed. All that’s left is learning to surrender into the higher energy. You must be willing to die personally in order to be reborn spiritually. Once you dwell deep in the upward flow, you realize that your personal existence can go on without you, leaving you free to live completely immersed in Spirit. This is the greatest miracle: You’ve surrendered your entire being to Spirit, yet people, places and things continue interacting with you. But now these interactions require none of your energy; they happen by themselves, leaving you at peace and absorbed in Spirit. Now you are truly okay. Nothing inside or outside of you can cause disturbances—you have come to be at peace with everything. Because you are now completely okay, you don’t need anything. Things just are what they are, and nothing can disturb you. You’ve transcended the world and everything in it. Instead of feeling drawn into Spirit, you now actually experience yourself as Infinite Spirit. Michael A. Singer is the author of The New York Times bestselling book, The Untethered Soul – The Journey Beyond Yourself ( His “Twelve-Step Guide to Spiritual Awakening” is the basis for this article. He is the founder of the Temple of the Universe, a yoga and meditation center established in 1975 in Alachua, FL.

Growth, Maturation and Self-Appreciation by Ellen Seigel


person’s desperation to feel better often propels them toward accelerated growth, but a frequent roadblock is clinging to habitual negative thoughts. This often fosters feelings of relief and can be enticing, because letting go of old, obsolete and counterproductive thoughts can be challenging. Working to break free into a new growth pattern can ultimately feel like happily walking into the cool ocean of gentle waves on a hot day—soothing, cooling and relieving. Even after making significant progress, a feeling that one is regressing can occur and be distracting. Like flowers, humans do not grow backwards. Growth progresses from immaturity to maturity. Even when our bodies reach physical maturity, we continue to grow. This growth is reflected in better understanding of ourselves, new experiences, new challenges and a cycle of perpetual learning. Like flowers, we are ever budding, sprouting and maturing. This results in an ability to become more and more discerning and see more nuances, subtleties and aspects of every issue without focusing on superficialities or extremes. Growth expands both viewpoint and long-range vision—what is seen and how it looks—opening the door to more choices of behavior to undertake. Consciously choosing and expanding focus enables taking an active role in creating experiences and encourages the realization that life’s’ choices are fully controllable, conscious decisions. The failure to choose, stems from their belief that they are pawns or victims of random happenings or the activities of others. Many people do not realize that they are still choosing an experience even when not choosing consciously.

Self-appreciation and confidence are also areas that expand with growth. Both induce more freedom to accomplish goals. To appreciate oneself as a masterpiece work of art—with all its variations and subtleties—creates a profound internal confidence and freedom. To improve feelings of self-appreciation, one must let go of demeaning self-judgment and harsh self-criticism by refuting internal negative attitudes. When the inner mental space is cleared, it is easier to view the positive aspects of life. As we grow into adults, some of the innocence of childhood remains. When negative self-judgment is re-

leased, a person can awaken to feelings of self-appreciation and confidence. Even negative experiences contribute value to growth. The sum of all experiences—including negative ones—contributes to a clear connection with one’s true and authentic internal self. A full appreciation of self and associated life experiences as a work of art is a self-valuing perspective that allows an individual to live in the moment and to live each moment to the fullest. Undertaking a conscious effort to cultivate growth can streamline, accelerate, enrich and simplify the process and position a person as author of the magnficent epic story of their life. Ellen Seigel, founder of the I AM Happy No Matter What button movement, transformational speaker and author of Be Happy No Matter: 5 Steps to Inner Freedom, has been mentoring people to achieve the goal of “being happy no matter what” for more than 30 years. Connect at 614-8424374 or visit BeHappy Ellen Seigel

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Our capacity for self-examination distinguishes us from other animals. We feel compelled to ask: “Who am I? What am I here for? How can I attain my full potential?” The quest for answers has engaged humans for millennia.


opular books that have helped people on this journey span centuries, from Wallace Wattles’ The Science of Getting Rich (1910), Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich (1937), Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People (1937), Abraham Maslow’s Motivation and Personality (1954) and Dr. Thomas Anthony Harris’ I’m OK, You’re OK (1967) to Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret (2006). The personal growth genre is a cornerstone of the publishing industry. Companies like Hay House, founded by motivational author Louise Hay, have flourished. Hay teaches, “No matter where we live or how difficult


our situation seems to be, we have the ability to overcome and transcend our circumstances.” The success of her 1984 book, You Can Heal Your Life, a New York Times bestseller well into the 21st century, led to her publishing empire, which includes authors such as Dr. Wayne Dyer, Caroline Myss and Joan Borysenko, Ph.D. One of its recent top sellers is Pam Grout’s E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality. Hay House has expanded its messages of hope and healing through online courses, films, conferences, special events and other opportunities to meet leading thinkers and peers. Such expan-

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sion is essential as more of those pursuing the examined life seek personal interaction in community and find that inward exploration frequently translates into outward action to improve the world. Perched on the cliffs of Big Sur, in California, the Esalen Institute, established in 1962, helped birth the modern human potential movement. It exists to help individuals grow through education, experience and research, with the conviction that positive personal and social transformation go hand-in-hand. Today, Esalen offers about 600 workshops a year, serving around 12,000 participants. Popular programs range from dance and yoga to couples workshops and psychology courses. Cheryl Fraenzl, director of programs, explains the appeal: “For most of us, life can be challenging and messy. Gaining the insight, skills and tools to move through the challenging times with more ease and grace while creating more love for yourself and those around you seems like a good investment of time and energy. Being consciously kind and relationally wise ripples out and changes the world. The effort has to start with the individual, like paying it forward; imagine if we all were doing it?”  The largest holistic retreat center in North America, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, attracts 35,000 participants to 800 programs annually. According to Denise Barack, the nonprofit’s director of program development, current workshops in high demand include qigong, Buddhist meditation, mindfulness and yoga nidra. She also notes a growing interest in diverse dimensions of yoga, dance and “authentic movement” for

healing, addiction recovery, releasing trauma and energy medicine. Psychotherapist and yoga teacher Stephen Cope, founder and director of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living, the Center’s yoga research department, notes that many guests first come to Kripalu “… as a result of some form of suffering. Then they engage in a period of self-exploration—perhaps learning some form of contemplative practice to help them manage themselves more effectively. Almost always there is a turn outward, back toward the world, and a longing to bring the healing power of contemplative practice into their own domain.” Once someone has experienced the benefits of contemplative practices such as yoga, meditation, breathing and other healthy lifestyle routines,

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Pema Chödrön are perennial favorites. “As humans, we continue to be fascinated by the big questions in life,” observes Donahoe, “like, ‘Where do we go when we die? Who are we if we are not our thoughts?’ People seem particularly drawn to hearing about it from those that have always lived their lives in a left-brain, logical way, and then come to believe the unexplainable through an extraordinary life experience, and now view the world through a completely different lens.” As examples, she cites neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander, who recounts his near-death experience in his bestselling book, Proof of Heaven, and neuroanatomist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, author of the bestselling memoir My Stroke of Insight. Taylor’s 2008 TED talk was ranked the nonprofit’s second most-watched for the past two years. Both of these cutting-edge thinkers have given presentations at Omega, which, like at Esalen and Kripalu, helps bring ideas and practices that once seemed on the


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notes Cope, a powerful aspiration typically arises to share these practices and perspectives. “These practices all lead to a sense of union, relatedness and sameness with others,” he says, “and this burgeoning consciousness of sameness compels us to share what we’ve learned.” In Rhinebeck, New York, the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies offers similar self-empowering and reflective opportunities. Dr. Stephan Rechtschaffen and Elizabeth Lesser founded Omega in 1977 as a “university of life.” Through working with prominent Zen masters, rabbis, Christian monks, psychologists, scientists and others, Lesser has found, “By combining a variety of religious, psychological and healing traditions, each of us has the unique ability to satisfy our spiritual hunger.” Based since 1981 in a former camp on a lake with more than 100 buildings on 200-plus acres, Omega hosts more than 23,000 guests in up to 500 programs between mid-April and October, plus special programs in Costa Rica and New York City. Director of Rhinebeck Programs Carol Donahoe notes the rising interest in workshops on dietary cleansing, detox and juicing, such as “Reboot with Joe Cross: A Jump Start to Health and Weight Loss,” led by the filmmaker of Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. Personal transformation and mindfulness programs led by teachers like Jon Kabat-Zinn, Saki Santorelli, Florence Meleo-Meyer, Byron Katie and

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fringe—from yoga and meditation to complementary medicine and sustainability—into mainstream consciousness. Particularly innovative initiatives include helping military veterans heal from post-traumatic stress disorder; the women’s leadership center; the center for sustainable living; and pioneering programs on mindfulness in the workplace, education system and at-risk urban youth communities. “We recognize that because we live in an interconnected world; the behavior of one can contribute to creating changes that benefit the whole,” says Donahoe. “Doing both the inner and outer work can awaken the best in the human spirit, and so provide hope and healing to individuals and society.” For those unable to travel great distances for a holistic immersion experience in community with like-minded seekers, Wanderlust Festivals may offer an answer. Four-day regional summits, primarily held at ski resorts during the off-season, feature teachers like Shiva Rea, Elena Brower and Gurmukh; stimulating discussions; yoga; music and adventure, amidst stunning vistas. Wanderlust co-founders Sean Hoess and Jeff Krasno strive to create an expansive space for personal growth and mindful living. One common element at every gathering—now including urban and exotic locales—is Seane Corn and Suzanne Sterling’s Off the Mat program, mobilizing yoga students toward activating social change.

The Shift Network is dedicated to creating an online community that shares the tools of self-actualization, empowering a global movement of people creating an evolutionary shift of consciousness that leads to a more enlightened society, built on principles of sustainability, peace, health and prosperity. This new model for the human potential movement has roots in the grandfather of retreat centers; The Shift Network’s founder, Stephen Dinan, both worked at Esalen and contributed to Esalen’s Center for Theory & Research. Dinan explains that at a meditation retreat, he received a detailed vision of “a large global transformation network that would be helping to usher in a shift to the new era.” The Shift Network now offers free teleseminars and online summits on subjects ranging from meditation and parenting with presence to enlightened business practices and cultivating peace. “We started with The Sacred Awakening Series—40 days with 40 spiritual leaders—and 30,000 people signed up in 21 days,” says Dinan. The Inspir-

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lzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia and a general term for memory loss and other intellectual disabilities serious enough to interfere with daily life, affects 5.6 million Americans. According to The Lancet Neurology, a well-respected medical journal on brain research, Alzheimer’s, which presently has no cure, is preventable. “Lifestyle choices, like aerobic exercise and eating plenty of healthy fats and reducing carbohydrates, affect overall brain health, as well as the risk of Alzheimer’s,” says Dr. David Perlmutter, a board-certified neurologist and author of the new bestselling book, Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar—Your Brain’s Silent Killers. Food is a powerful epigenetic modulator—it can enable or hamper our DNA, thus regulating the expression of many genes. Experts have only begun to understand the damaging consequences of wheat consumption. “Grain Brain is a timely wake-up call about how we are increasingly challenging human physiology by consuming what we are not genetically prepared to process, like the 133 pounds of wheat the average American eats annually,” says Perlmutter. He believes that one of the main culprits for the

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decline in brain health in modern times has been the introduction of wheat into the human diet. Today’s modernized and hybridized wheat crops share little genetic, structural or chemical similarity to the wild einkorn variety of grain our ancestors consumed in small amounts. In the West, 20 percent of calories come from wheat-based food. Perlmutter is among those that regard this as a dangerous statistic, especially since Dr. Alessio Fasano, a pediatric gastroenterologist and research scientist who leads the Center for Celiac Research & Treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston, found that the gluten in wheat leads to the production of zonulin in the gut. Zonulin increases the permeability of the intestinal wall, allowing proteins to leak from the gut into the bloodstream, explains Perlmutter. These proteins, which would normally remain within the digestive system, then challenge parts of the immune system, the macro fascia and certain other types of white blood cells that increase production of inflammation-related chemicals. “Zonulin is the cornerstone of diseases characterized by inflammation in the brain—Alzheimer’s, autism, Parkinson’s and attention deficit disorders—as well as autoimmune diseases,” advises Perlmutter.

Fasano’s research shows that such a reaction to zonulin is present in 100 percent of humans—not just in the 1.8 percent of the population that have celiac disease or 30 percent that are gluten sensitive. “A hallmark of what I term grain brain is that brain dysfunction is predicated on the inflammation from consumption of gluten, as well as the long chains of sugar molecules known as carbohydrates,” says Perlmutter. “This includes fruit, which also was consumed in limited quantities by our ancestors.” He cites a published analysis by Loren Cordain, Ph.D., author of The Paleo Diet. A diet high in carbohydrates has been directly related to atrophy, or brain shrinkage, according to a recent German study by University of Bonn researchers, published in Neurology. A blood test for hemoglobin A1C, the standard laboratory measurement to assess average blood sugar, is frequently used in studies that correlate blood sugar control to disease processes like Alzheimer’s, mild cognitive impairment and coronary artery disease. The researchers concluded that elevated hemoglobin A1C is directly associated

“A hallmark of what I term grain brain is that brain dysfunction is predicated on the inflammation from consumption of gluten, as well as the long chains of sugar molecules known as carbohydrates.” ~ Dr. David Perlmutter with brain shrinkage, says Perlmutter. He further notes, “The function of the brain, which is 60 to 70 percent fat and maintained by the fats you consume, depends on its environment.” Grain Brain recommends a diet that’s aggressively low in carbohydrates (60 grams per day) and bountiful in supportive brain fats. These include extra-virgin olive oil, sesame oil, coconut oil, ghee, almond milk, avocados, olives, nuts, nut butters, cheese and seeds such as flaxseed, sunflower, pumpkin, sesame and chia. It is also rich in above-ground vegetables such as kale, broccoli,

spinach, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and salad greens, while relatively low in below-ground vegetables like beets, carrots and potatoes, which are higher in carbohydrates. It also calls for reduced fruit consumption. “Having two to four servings of fruit every day, based on America’s present food pyramid, is not helpful. More in line with avoiding brain drain is an apple or a handful of berries, or about 100 calories worth of any fruit. In my opinion, the pyramid needs to be stood on its head,” advises Perlmutter. “We should eat a diet similar to what our ancestors survived on for 2.6 million years and reprogram support of our genetic destiny for the better.” Dr. David Perlmutter is a board-certified neurologist, Fellow of the American College of Nutrition and author of Grain Brain. For more information on his 2013 PBS Grain Brain series, visit Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAbout for the recorded interview.


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russels sprouts are small, leafy green buds resembling miniature cabbages in appearance. The buds are exceptionally rich in protein, dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients.

SautĂŠ over medium high heat in a heavy skillet until onions are caramelized and the Brussels sprouts are al dente.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Healthy Tip: Brussels sprouts are an incredibly nutritious vegetable offering protection from vitamin A deficiency, bone loss and iron deficiency anemia, and believed to protect from cardiovascular diseases and colon and prostate cancers, as well.


(portion size according to taste) Red onions Extra virgin olive oil or ghee Himalayan sea salt Brussels sprouts Crushed pistachio nuts

Directions SautĂŠ the red onions in a frying pan with ghee (clarified butter) or olive oil and a little Himalayan sea salt. Remove the bottoms of the Brussels sprout stalks and the outer leaves. Halve or quarter the Brussels sprouts and add to the onions.


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Top with crushed pistachio nuts and serve. (optional)

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Cholesterol and Statin Medications

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visit to a doctor today often results in routine blood testing that includes cholesterol levels. The values typically measured include total cholesterol and components known as LDL, HDL and triglycerides. According to the Mayo clinic, these numbers should be in the order of below 200, below 100, above 50 and below 150 mg/dL, respectively. When a patient’s numbers fall outside recommended limits, many doctors write a prescription for a “statin” drug to manage them. Statins consist of a family of drugs that include (by brand name): Crestor, Lipitor, Mevacor, Pravachol, Vitorin, Zetia, Zocor and others. There has been much publicity about the positive benefits of this drug family for prevention of strokes and heart attacks, most of it coming directly from studies funded by pharmaceutical companies that make the drugs. Unfortunately, information about the side effects of these drugs is limited, and little of it reaches either doctor or patient. Some of these side effects can be devastating. Statin drugs do not correct problems. What they do is inhibit certain enzymes, thus partially blocking the path for synthesizing cholesterol in the liver. One of these enzymes, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a natural substance that is critical for proper heart function. Serious depletion of CoQ10 can cause severe cardiac rhythm problems, as well as deterioration of the heart muscle itself. The statin drug family contains the most widely prescribed drugs in the United States. However, according to many experts, there is mounting concern that they may not be as safe as previously believed. This is especially true for people at low risk of heart attacks or strokes, where statin induced side effects can outweigh their minimal benefits. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued a warning that the risk of severe muscle

and kidney damage from certain statins is higher than originally thought. New research shows that certain types of muscle injury increase significantly as the statin dose increases, and suggests statin users have higher risks of liver dysfunction, kidney failure, muscle weakness (myopathy), cardiac muscle deterioration (rhabdomyolysis) and cataracts. There are alternatives to statin drugs. For example; adding oatmeal, beans and nuts to the diet and supplementing with one to two grams of fish oil daily may be all that is needed to bring wayward cholesterol levels back into range. If that does not suffice, there are herbal supplements that mimic many of the actions of statin drugs with much lower side effects. Knowing what not to eat is just as important or even more important than knowing what to eat. Eliminating saturated animal fat, especially from red meat; trans fats (hydrogenated oils); and most dairy products, and substituting good fats from fish like salmon and plant sources like nuts, coconut or olive oils can all go a long way to restoring blood fats to normal ranges. When cholesterol levels are out of range, some doctors recommend lifestyle and dietary changes, natural foods and/or supplements, while others immediately reach for their prescription pad. Medical doctors typically have little knowledge of diet, nutrition or herbal supplements and tend to dismiss them. A wise doctor might direct patients to a nutritionist, herbalist or a natural health practitioner, and a wise patient should investigate all options. James Occhiogrosso is a natural health practitioner, master herbalist and author of several books. He conducts telephone consultations, and provides a free Natural Health email newsletter. Connect at 239-652-0421, DrJim@ or Health

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The Miracle of Midlife Being Exactly Who We Need to Be by Marianne Williamson


ow would we live, were we not afraid of death? How would we live if we gave ourselves permission to give to life everything we’ve got? In The Longevity Factor, Lydia Brontë, Ph.D., observes that we’ve added 15 years to our lives… but in the middle, not at the end. No longer identifying ourselves as “over the hill” at whatever age, we are simply removing the hill. We are forging a different conversation and a new vision to take us beyond the limited thought forms that have defined the parameters of age for generations. For the first time in history, we can realistically view the first half of life as a kind of gestation period, preparing us for an even more productive second half. Midlife is like a second puberty, a point at which one persona falls away and another comes to take its place.

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look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living? ~Bob Marley


What happens then is up to us. Some begin a long, slow cruise toward death at that point, allowing memories to become more meaningful than the present. Others, remembering that the spirit within us never ages, see the moment of midlife as a rebirth—the time to put our engines into high gear. Whomever it is we were born to be, whatever our soul was coded to accomplish, whatever lessons we are here to learn; now is the time to seriously get going. We may regret that we’re no longer young, but we’re ecstatic that we’re no longer clueless. We must be disciplined, though. We want to become precision instruments now, focused on exactly what we want to do and being exactly who we need to be. This requires separating from the person we were before to whatever extent that person was not who we know in our hearts we were created to be. There’s no more time for five-year detours. No more time for relationships that don’t serve us or for staying in situations that aren’t true to who we are. No more time for pettiness, false pride or whatever other dysfunctional roadblocks obstruct our higher destiny and the joy that’s meant to be ours. Our life might not be as fabulous as it used to be in some ways, but in other ways it’s even more fabulous. The Universe is constantly and infinitely elastic, responding not to our past, but to our present state of mind. As we learn to reprogram thoughts—atoning for our mistakes of the past and embracing the endless miraculous pos-

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sibilities of the present—we step into a time when we have every reason to look forward with genuine excitement to what happens next. Individually and collectively, we are now fitted to fearlessly forge new ground, wielding the power of what life has taught us so far and laying claim to the possibility of redemption, not only for ourselves, but also for the entire world. The planet needs a new story, aligned with a larger consciousness, and so do we. What we need now are imagination and courage. Many of us feel we’ve forever carried around a secret dream, rarely validating it even to ourselves and often denying its reality. Yet it has refused to go away and is ready to be born at last. Individuals that have spent decades achieving one thing or moving in one direction often take up something else entirely that gives them far more psychic satisfaction. They see achievements that were the height of their material success as preparation for an even greater one; the means by which they learned the skills ultimately needed to make their biggest contribution to the world. Divine law guarantees that the power of “now” presents an endless fount of miraculous opportunities. In God, there are no limits to how high we can go, ever. In God, there is no time… only the call of the soul. It is not too late; we are right on time and we are better than we know. Now, having visited so many other places in our journey of life, we seek our place within the collective heartbeat of holiness. When enough of us stand in the light of our higher purpose, seeking to be ever-greater servants of love, each consciously dedicated to creating a more loving world, then a new field of collective possibility will emerge among us. All that is not love will begin to fall away of its own dead weight. A profound moment of planetary renewal will occur then, after our having allowed it first to occur within us.

Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed inspirational author and lecturer. Six of her 10 books have been New York Times bestsellers, including The Age of Miracles: Embracing the New Midlife, the basis for this article.

The Lotus as a Life Model by Ann Bobonick


he lotus plant has long been regarded in many cultures as a symbol of enlightenment and self-regeneration. Under favorable circumstances, the seeds of this aquatic plant can remain viable for many years, with the oldest recorded lotus germination being from 1,300-year-old seeds. The seeds make their journey of growth through muddy depths of ponds or rivers, but its bloom is beautiful, pure and clean. The lotus is a worthy symbol as we examine our own lives. When we feel overwhelmed by muddy challenges and stresses of daily life, how can we bloom and experience a full life? One useful tool for guiding us toward a fuller life is a “lotus wellness model” and is represented by the flower. At its core is that which gives our lives meaning. For many, the wellness model represents faith, values and spiritual connection. By tapping into the core of the model, we are more likely to live in a life-promoting way for ourselves and for those with whom we share our life. To be our best lotus-like selves, we can seek balance on the horizontal axis of “self” and “others” —balanced in attention, awareness and action—to meet our own needs while also loving and giving to others. We cannot be fully present for others if we have little connection with and attention for our own body, mind and spirit. As with the instruction of flight attendants to put on our own oxygen mask before helping others do the same, in order to take care of others, we must first take care of ourselves. Doing this enables us to be present for those we love.

The vertical axis, represented by “energy in” and “energy out,” provides an opportunity to consider what we need to be the beautiful blooms we were intended to be. Too often, we live our lives rushing from one task and place to another without stopping to re-energize. To fulfill the energy needs of our body, mind and spirit, we need to employ sustainable strategies for eating well, being physically active, engaging in spiritual practice, having fun, working on self- development and enjoying our relationships and work. This enables us to put our energy into the world as we go about our daily lives. We can then offer ourselves optimally to our loved ones and those we encounter daily. How we manage our daily energy stores is critical. If our “energy in” lotus petal is sagging due to insufficient attention, we cannot be our best selves. If we neglect ourselves while giving all of our attention and energy to others without replenishing, we are again not our best selves. By paying attention to what gets in the way of our flower being in full bloom, we can achieve a full life. We must remember to pause daily and ask ourselves, “How does our flower look today?” Ann Bobonick is a certified health and wellness coach, nurse educator and founder of Wellness Journey Coaching, in Mason, OH. For more information, visit WellnessJourneyCoach See ad page 7. Ann Bobonick


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any experts admit there is no definitive reason that people sniffle more during colder months. Some speculate it’s because we’re spending more time indoors and missing out on resupplying vitamin D, which makes us more susceptible to disease. Others say that when the temperature drops, the body uses more energy to stay warm instead of to fend off infection. What health practitioners do know is it’s possible to maintain immunity naturally with diet, lifestyle and a proper whole foods supplement routine. Consider these tips from three experts to stave off illness and shorten its duration.

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NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR Christopher Johnson, Doctor of Naturopathy Thrive Naturopathic, Arlington, Virginia Incorporate immunity-boosting foods. Ginger and garlic contain antioxidants such as vitamin C and selenium, and have antimicrobial qualities. Add

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minced ginger to teas or marinades; roast garlic with carrots and squash. Aim to eat one to two cloves of garlic and 250 milligrams of ginger daily. Try elderberry extract. Elderberry has strong antiviral properties. Consuming the plant’s extract may prevent virusbased illnesses and alleviate both the symptoms and duration of a cold. Adults can take one to two teaspoons twice daily for prevention; increase dosage to four times a day if feeling sick. Use less for youths, based on size. Make exercise and rest priorities. Daily physical activity rids the body of toxins, increases blood circulation and lowers stress levels. A simple 30-minute cardio routine three to four times a week strengthens immunity. Adequate rest helps the body recover and regenerate cells. Adults need a minimum of seven hours of sleep per night; children may need up to 13.

ACUPUNCTURIST AND CHINESE HERBALIST Marco Chung-Shu Lam, Licensed Acupuncturist Mandala Integrative Medicine Clinic, Boulder, Colorado Practice deep-breathing exercises. Practicing yoga or t’ai chi several times each week can deepen the breath, allowing organs to function more efficiently and boost immunity. Concentrate on pranayama, a focused and controlled type of yogic breathing: Slowly inhale and exhale through the nostrils, expanding the belly, rather than the chest. Add herbs. Incorporate the root herb astragalus in a daily whole foods supplement routine, especially important for older adults. Used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine, astragalus supports the immune system by stimulating immune cell activity with its high polysaccharide (complex carbohydrate) content. Simmer the short, flat herb in soups or add to long-cooking grains like brown rice. Eat seasonally. Our body naturally drives us to eat heartier foods like sweet potatoes, beets and winter squashes in colder months—foods that support immunity by providing both fiber and vitamins A and C. Eat warming foods like stews, beans and miso; avoid raw foods, which cool the body and stress the immune system.  

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DIETITIAN Barbara Bapst, Registered Dietitian Carolina Nutrition & Wellness, Charlotte, North Carolina Balance bodily pH. The typical American diet of fast food, sugary treats and refined snacks produces acid in the body, creating an environment in which bacteria thrive. Eat at least 10 servings of alkalizing foods each day to optimize the body’s immune response and overall functioning. Spinach, broccoli and cauliflower are excellent choices, along with almonds, olive oil and grapes. Drink plenty of water and green tea to keep acid in check. Up the antioxidants. Antioxidants help the body resist illness because they protect cells against harmful free radicals and oxidative stress. Berries are particularly beneficial and maintain their nutrients even when frozen; blend half a cup into a morning smoothie. As a diet supplement, consider adding 400 to 600 milligrams of curcumin—the active ingredient in turmeric, an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory spice—to meals. Focus on kids’ immunity. Although it’s tricky to get children to eat enough immune-supporting fruits and vegetables every day, encouraging them to sit down at the table for meals can help. Get kids excited about eating healthy foods by involving them in vegetable gardening, planting herbs in windowsill pots and preparing dinner. Incorporate pumpkin and carrot purées into sauces or stews to increase their nutritional power. Jenna Blumenfeld is a managing editor with New Hope Natural Media, in Boulder, CO. natural awakenings November 2013


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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2 CAIN Shopping Day (In Store Only) – 10am-5pm. 15% of all purchases will benefit CAIN (Churches Active in Northside). CAIN is a neighborhood ministry that transforms lives and inspires hope by providing nutritious food, crisis assistance, resources and compassion in a way that respects human dignity and builds a more vibrant community. This will also be a day to make purchases for the Secret Angel Shop where they are specifically looking for gifts for teens. Ten Thousand Villages, 2011 Madison Rd, O’Bryonville. 513-871-5840. Medical Intuition and Yoga: A Chakra Cleansing Workshop – 2-5pm. With Dana PelcSkrodzki. This workshop will help you recognize your body’s signs and patterns. Learn how to identify and get information on how to stop recurring cycles that no longer serve you. $40. Gracetree Yoga and Growth Studio, 8933 Cin-Day Rd, West Chester. Register:

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Envisioning the Life You Want: An Inner Eye Life Coaching™ – 12-6pm. With Renee Groenemann. This program inspires clients to live a life of intention using life coaching, creativity and yoga practices. $72. Gracetree Yoga and Growth Studio, 8933 Cin-Day Rd, West Chester. Register: Zen Meditation Workshop – 1-3pm. Learn firsthand from a seasoned practitioner the basics of Zen meditation (zazen) with emphasis on postures of the body, breath and mind. $25. It’s Yoga, 346 Ludlow Ave, Clifton. 513-961-9642. Amateur’s Workshop: The Heart of Yoga – 1:303:30pm. New to yoga? If you’ve thought about taking a yoga class but have been skeptical, have questions about the spiritual side of the practice, or just want to take your experience and understanding a little deeper, this workshop is for you. $15/ members, $20/nonmembers. Drishtiq Yoga, 6209 Snider Rd, Unit D, Mason. Register: 513-204-0270. Getting to Know your GoPro Basics – 6:30-8pm. Looking to get a GoPro, or have one and would like some insight into best practices for capturing your life’s most exciting moments? Join our GoPro experts for this class and get to know your GoPro. We will focus on the camera’s user interface, video capture, image settings and accessories. REI Cincinnati, 2643 Edmonson Rd. Register: 513-924-1938.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Jaw, Neck and Shoulder Freedom – Nov 4, 11 & 18. 6-7pm. Using the gentle yet effective approach of Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement, Cynthia Allen, GCFP, will help you explore ways to bring relief to this often over-used and tight area. $45. Future Life Now, 4138 Hamilton Ave, Northside. Register: 513-541-5720.


The theme of the night is “Community.” Redtree Art Gallery and Coffee Shop, 3210 Madison Rd, Oakley. 513-321-8733. The Holidays Made Easy – 7-8pm. Tired of spending every holiday in the kitchen? Join our Healthy Eating Specialist, Beth, for a special cooking class that focuses on the best ways to get the cooking done so you can spend time with the loved ones. Whole Foods Rookwood, 2693 Edmonson Rd. Registration required: 513-531-8015 or CinRegistration@ International Wine Festival – Nov 8 & 9. 7-10pm. A celebration of wines from around the world. Enjoy from over 90 wineries and perfectly paired snacks. $25/Non-drinker, $65/Grand Tasting, $100/Connoisseur. Jungle Jim’s, 5440 Dixie Hwy, Fairfield. To register:

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Bones for Life – Mondays, Nov 4-Dec 16. 7-8:45pm. Develop your movement intelligence with this unique exercise program. Stand tall, walk with power and just generally feel great about yourself as you move throughout the day. $105. Future Life Now, 4138 Hamilton Ave, Northside. Register: 513-541-5720.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Homemade for the Holidays Cooking Class – 6-8:30pm. Brighten the holidays with homemade gifts guaranteed to delight even the most hard to please person on your list. Leigh hopes to inspire your gift-giving with unique and delectable treats along with packaging and presentation ideas. $55/ person. Jungle Jim’s, 5440 Dixie Hwy, Fairfield. To register: Rest Assured – Nov 5, 12 & 19. 7-8pm. Don’t let insomnia keep you awake at night. Rediscover the blissful experience of a good night’s sleep naturally with The Sounder Sleep System. This effective program has been used by people around the world to reduce stress, induce relaxation and ensure sound sleep. Bring a soft mat and pillow. $45. Future Life Now, 4138 Hamilton Ave, Northside. Register: 513-541-5720.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Refining Balance and Standing Tall – Mondays, Nov 6-Dec 18. 10:15-11:45am. If you are 65 or older and would like to improve your balance, stand straighter and move with less pain, this class may be for you. $105. Future Life Now, 4138 Hamilton Ave, Northside. Register: 513-541-5720.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7 Green Tea Galore – 6:30-8pm. Take your green tea knowledge to the next level. This tasting will explore several of Essencha’s Japanese and Chinese green teas including a few new selections. Known health benefits, culture, history, production and preparation will be explored during this interactive and tasty journey. $15. Essencha Tea House, 3212 Madison Rd, Oakley. RSVP required: 513-533-4832.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8 Redtree Gallery Art Show Opening Night – 6-9pm. Come join the opening night art show featuring local emerging and established artists.

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Holiday Bag Sale – 10am-5pm. Everything that fits into a large shopping bag is 20% off. Ten Thousand Villages, 2011 Madison Rd. 513-871-5840. Sample Our Savings – 1-3pm. Every two months we get new issues of the Whole Deal, our in-store coupon book and store-guide. Every other Saturday teams store-wide will sample great items that are featured in the Whole Deal. Try something new and save a buck too. Whole Foods Rookwood, 2693 Edmonson Rd. 513-531-8015.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Practical Subtle Anatomy: The Chakra System as a Model for Navigating Life – 12-4pm. With Pam Painter. In this yoga lifeshop, we’ll un-learn what we think we know about ourselves with a look at our subtle anatomy, all the stuff about ourselves we can’t access with our 5 senses. $54. Gracetree Yoga and Growth Studio, 8933 Cin-Day Rd, West Chester. Register: Shopping Benefit Day for Wyoming Schools Music Association – 12-5pm. 15% off purchases will be donated to this association. Ten Thousand Villages, 2011 Madison Rd. 513-871-5840. Partner Workshop – 1:30-3pm. Grab a buddy and join Susanna for a fun practice that is all about teamwork. Stretch yourself and your partner when you see what is possible when you work together. $15/ members $20/nonmembers. Drishtiq Yoga, 6209 Snider Rd, Unit D, Mason. Register: 513-204-0270. Body of Eden’s Openhouse – 2-6pm. Help us celebrate our 1st anniversary. Enjoy free food, drink, prizes and great company. Friends and family welcome. Body of Eden, 2134 Alpine Place, Lower level, enter from parking lot, Eden Park. 513-658-1952. Discover Who you Were: A Past-Life Regression Workshop – 7-9pm. Unlock the secrets of past lives and the lessons to be learned in this fascinating look at your “other” lives. The Farm at Lightworks Hill, 2621 St Rte 63, Lebanon. Caron: 513-581-6200.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11 Manifest Your Happiest Life – 6:30-8pm. Learn tools to create the life you desire, just “ask” and “allow.” $10. Whatever Works Wellness Center, 7433 Montgomery Rd. Register: 513-791-9428.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Plant-Based Diet vs. Plant-Strong Diet – 7:30pm.

Learn the difference between eating plant strong and plant based. Learn how plant based can benefit your health. $15. Trinity Presbyterian Church, 6081 Ross Rd, Fairfield. RSVP: 513-254-0819.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13 Food Fight – 5-7pm. It’s a competition of culinary wit and wisdom as we invite 3 team members into the ring and let them duke it out for the best dish. What’s the catch? They don’t find out their secret ingredients until it’s time to cook. Come watch the fun. Whole Foods Rookwood, 2693 Edmonson Rd. 513-531-8015. Q&A Session at Allure Salon – 6-8pm. Our team of stylists are on hand to answer all of your concerns regarding your hair type and styling issues. As an added incentive, all products will be 10% off that evening. Allure Salon, 5250 Courseview Dr, Mason. 513-459-0606. Turkey with a Twist Cooking Class – 6-8pm. Keep the spirit of Thanksgiving alive with savory turkey leftover dishes. Enjoy turkey in creative dishes. $50/ person. Jungle Jim’s, 5440 Dixie Hwy, Fairfield. To register: International and Adventure Travel Basics – 6:30-8pm. Thinking about an exciting adventure abroad? Curious about what planning the trip might entail? Join our International and Adventure Travel experts to learn about planning, preparation and execution of an international trip. REI Cincinnati, 2643 Edmonson Rd. Registration: 513-924-1938.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14 Intro To Essential Oils Class – 7pm. Live Well Chiropractic Center, 6860 Tylersville Rd, Ste 7, Mason. RSVP: 513-254-0819.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 Community Shopping Benefit Day for The School for Creative and Performing Arts – 10am5pm. Ten Thousand Villages, 2011 Madison Rd, O’Bryonville. 513-871-5840. Olde West Chester Christmas Walk – 2-9pm. Join us for light snacks, learn about history of yoga and enjoy mini-yoga classes. Along the parade route enjoy caroling, petting zoo, pony rides, crafts and elves’ playland. Luminaries will also light the way at 7pm. Gracetree Yoga and Growth Studio, 8933 Cin-Day Rd, West Chester. Peace is Possible – 4-5pm. Video presentation addressing the fundamental human need for peace and fulfillment. Oakley Branch Library, 4033 Gilmore Ave, Oakley. 513-981-0111.



Empowering Avatar Figure: Artshop for Children and Teens – 12-2pm. With Radha Lakshmi. Kids age 9-12. Learn how to create your own empowering Avatar Figure using recycled materials. Parents/grandparents participation is encouraged. $40. Gracetree Yoga and Growth Studio, 8933 Cin-Day Rd, West Chester. To register: Gracetree

Community Benefit Shopping Day for Heartfelt Tidbits Refugee Project – 10am-5pm. 15% of all sales will benefit this project. Ten Thousand Villages, 2011 Madison Rd, O’Bryonville. 513-871-5840.

Be Your Own Santa – 1-3:30pm. Learn techniques to create a stress-free, joyful holiday you deserve. $25. Whatever Works Wellness Center, 7433 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati. Register: 513-791-9428.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19 Tai Chi Class – 7pm. Level 1 class. Don’t let “level 1” fool you. This is a “master class” of body mechanics, movement and healing that is designed for out of shape beginners yet still challenges the fitness enthusiast. Change your body, expand your perception and eliminate your stress in 8 wks. White Willow School of Tai Chi/Qigong, 7433 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati. Register: 513-791-9428.

Wednesday, NOVEMBER 20 Wellness Prevention Lecture Series – 7 pm. Why are we so sick and the 3 solutions to getting and staying well. Drawing for 1 hour complimentary massage for all attendees. RSVP or drop in. Healing Touch Wellness and Chiropractic, 443 W. Loveland Ave, Loveland. 513-683-2225.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21 Holiday Walk, Wine Walk – 5-8pm. “Trim Your Own Tree.” Make an ornament with upcycled materials, receive a free ornament with a $25 purchase. 10% of purchases benefit Caracole. Ten Thousand Villages, 2011 Madison Rd, O’Bryonville. 513871-5840. Movie Screening of Doctored – 6:30pm. A shocking new documentary on the monopolization of our medical system. Refreshments will be provided. Live Well Chiropractic, 6860 Tylersville, Rd, Ste 7, Mason RSVP: 513-285-7482.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22 Samuel Adams Beer Tasting Event – 7-9pm. We will be featuring the Barrel Room Collection. These sophisticated Belgian-style beers are a blend of freshly brewed Belgian ale and our Kosmic Mother Funk. KMF is a unique ale aged for a year in large Hungarian oak tubs. $25. Oscar Event Center at Jungle Jim’s, 5440 Dixie Hwy, Fairfield.

Sample Our Savings – 1-3pm. Every two months we get new issues of the Whole Deal, our in-store coupon book and store-guide. Every other Saturday teams store-wide will sample great items that are featured in the Whole Deal. Try something new and save a buck too. Whole Foods Rookwood, 2693 Edmonson Rd. 513-531-8015. Bordeaux 2009 vs. 2010 Wine Tasting – 3-5pm. Two big years, both fantastic, but altogether different in style. Battle it out with your vote. Who will win? St. Emillons, Pauillacs; 2009 or 2010? Semiblind. $30/person. Jungle Jim’s, 5440 Dixie Hwy, Fairfield.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25 Manifest Your Happiest Life – 6:30-8pm. Learn tools to create the life you desire, just “ask” and “allow.” $10. Whatever Works Wellness Center, 7433 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati. Register: 513791-9428. Gluten-Free Store Tour – 7-8pm. Whole Foods Rookwood, 2693 Edmonson Rd. Registration required: 513-981-0794.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26 Diabetes Support Group: Getting Through the Holidays Without the Sugar – 7:30pm. $15. Trinity Presbyterian Church, 6081 Ross Rd, Fairfield. RSVP: 513-254-0819.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27 Tai Chi Class – 10am. Level 1. Don’t let the “level 1” fool you. This is a “master class” of body mechanics, movement and healing that is designed for out of shape beginners, yet still challenges the fitness enthusiast. Change your body, expand your perception, eliminate and control your stress in 8 wks. White Willow School of Tai Chi/Qigong, 7433 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati. Register: 513791-9428.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29 Black Friday/Saturday – 10am-6pm. Savings that sparkle sale: buy one jewelry item get second of equal or lesser value at 50% off. Ten Thousand Villages, 2011 Madison Rd, O’Bryonville. 513871-5840.

Maybe a person’s time would be as well spent raising food as raising money to buy food. ~ Frank A. Clark

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ongoingevents Whole Fitness Thursdays – 10am. Join us in the café for a free yoga class. Please bring your own mat. Whole Foods Mason, 5805 Deerfield Blvd. 513-398-9358.

sunday Morning Bike Ride – 9:15am. Join Montgomery Cyclery on a bike trip from Beechmont to New Richmond and back. Please bring a bike, helmet, water and spare inner-tube. Must be 18 or accompanied by an adult. Weather permitting. Montgomery Cyclery, 8483 Beechmont Ave, Anderson Township. For more info, Charles or Jim: 513-474-5888. Ashtanga Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. All-levels Ashtanga. $13. Yoga Ah!, 4038 Hamilton Ave, Northside.

monday Gentle Yoga and Meditation – 10-11:30am. With Antonia von Hirschberg. $12. Gracetree Yoga and Growth Studio, 8933 Cin-Day Rd, West Chester. To register: Beginner Rocket Ashtanga Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. Learn Rocket Ashtanga Yoga. $13. Yoga Ah!, 4038 Hamilton Ave, Northside. Baker Weekly Health Talks – 6:30pm. Baker Chiropractic Madiera Clinic, 7907 Euclid Ave. For info & to RSVP: 513-272-9200. Ladies Night Bike Ride at Highland Heights – 6:30pm. Ladies 18 years or older interested in learning how to ride country and city streets safely. Bring bike, helmet, water and spare inner-tube. Blinking tail light recommended. Weather permitting. Montgomery Cyclery, 124 Marshall Ln, Highland Heights, KY. For more info, Joe Pintueles: 859-781-4480. Baker Weekly Health Talks – 7pm. Baker Chiropractic Fairfield Clinic, 675 Deis Dr. To RSVP: 513-858-6700. Gentle Yoga: Vinyasa Flow – 7-8:30pm. With Courtney King. $12. Gracetree Yoga & Growth Studio, 8933 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd, West Chester. To register:

tuesday Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. $10/drop-in. Serenity Now Holistic Healing Center, 8761 U.S. Hwy 42, Union, KY. 859-647-7780. Yoga for 50+ – 10:45-11:45am. It’s Yoga, 346 Ludlow Ave, Clifton. 513-961-9642. Seasonal Sizzle Lunch Special – 11am-1pm. Featured is a one-time food venue at a fantastic price of $5. From Baked Potato Bar to grilled cheese, stir-fry to Pasta Bar, a unique lunchtime treat awaits you. Whole Foods Market, 2693 Edmonson Rd, Cincinnati. 513-531-8015. Mixed-Level Yoga: Express – 12-12:50pm. With Courtney King. $12. Gracetree Yoga and Growth Studio, 8933 Cin-Day Rd, West Chester. To register: Loveland Farmers’ Market – Thru Nov. 4-6 pm. Caranvansory Building at Grailville, 932 O’Bannonville Rd.


Madiera’s Winter Farmers’ Market – 4-6pm. Madiera Silverwood Presbyterian Church, 8000 Miami Ave. Girl Time Yoga – 5:30-6:15pm. Empowers girls, ages 8-13, and teaches them how to live a healthy life with balance, patience and humor. Yoga with Pooja, 6011 Tylersville Rd, Ste 2, Mason. Must preregister: 513-445-4964. Workshops. Beginner Ashtanga – 5:30-6:25pm. Learn the foundations of Ashtanga. $13. Yoga Ah!, 4038 Hamilton Ave, Northside.

Yoga – 6:15-7:30pm. $10/drop-in. Serenity Now Holistic Healing Center, 8761 U.S. Hwy 42, Union, KY. 859-647-7780.

Mixed-Level Yoga: On Your Way Home – 5:306:45pm. With Betsy Brothers. $12. Gracetree Yoga and Growth Studio, 8933 Cin-Day Rd, West Chester. To register:

Yoga and Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. $11.99. Yoga with Pooja, 6011 Tylersville Rd, Ste 2, Mason. 513-445-4964.

Tuesday on Tap – 6-8pm. Six Draughts and Six Bites. $6. Whole Foods Market Mason, 5805 Deerfield Blvd. 513-398-9358. Baker Weekly Health Talks – 7pm. Baker Chiropractic West Chester Clinic, 7556 VOA Centre Dr. To RSVP: 513-759-4666.

wednesday Half-Pints Kids Club – 10-10:30am. Whole Foods Market Mason, 5805 Deerfield Blvd. Registration required: 513-398-9358. Teen/Tween TRX Classes – 5:45pm. TRX class for ages 11-16. It’s Working Out, 3546 Columbia Pkwy, Cincinnati. Registration required: 513-207-6933 or Beginners Ashtanga – 6:15-7:15pm. Learn the foundations of Ashtanga. $13. Yoga Ah!, 4038 Hamilton Ave, Northside. YogAmazing – 6:30-7:15pm. Yoga for kids ages 5-11. Yoga with Pooja, 6011 Tylersville Rd, Mason. Must pre-register: 513-445-4964. YogaWithPooja. com/Workshops. Live Well Yoga Night – 6:30-7:30pm. $10. Live Well Chiropractic Center, 6860 Tylersville Rd, Ste 7, Mason. RSVP: 513-285-7482. Laughter Yoga – 7pm. 2nd Wed. Learn to laugh for no reason. Laughter is nature’s most powerful stress buster and can have a profound effect on our health and well being. Sharonville Library, 10980 Thornview Dr, Sharonville. 513-899-3115. Joyful Meditation Class – 7-8pm. 3rd Wed. Colleen’s Consultations, 587 Observatory Dr, Sprindale. 513-503-6593.

thursday Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. $10/drop-in. Serenity Now Holistic Healing Center, 8761 U.S. Hwy 42, Union, KY. 859-647-7780.

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Meditation Class – 7-8:30pm. 2nd Thurs. With Gary Matthews. $20. The Stillpoint Center, 11223 Cornell Park Dr, Blue Ash. 513-489-5302.

friday Lettuce Eat Well Farmers’ Market – Year-round market featuring many food and craft items. All fresh fruits and vegetables are locally and sustainably grown without synthetic chemicals. EBT food stamps accepted. Cheviot United Methodist Church, 3820 Westwood Northern Blvd, Cheviot. For hours & dates: Yoga for 50+ – 10:45-11:45 am. $14. 346 Ludlow Ave, Clifton. 513-961-9642. Eat Fresh with Beth – Oct 4 & 11. 12-1pm. Join Beth, our Healthy Eating Specialist, as she prepares a healthy dish to sample, along with recipes, information and tips on eating right. Whole Foods Rookwood, 2693 Edmonson Rd, Cincinnati. 513531-8015. Wine Tasting – 4-7pm. Country Fresh Market and Wine Depot, 8315 Beechmont Ave, Anderson Township. 513-474-9167. Flying Yoga – 4:30-6pm. Use aerial skills to enhance your yoga or Pilates practice. $14. It’s Yoga, 346 Ludlow Ave, Clifton. 513-961-9642. Five after Five – 5pm. Admission limited to 250. Enjoy 5 delicious dishes plus dessert, paired with 5 fabulous wines. Schedule: 11/1: One Dish Comfort Foods; 11/8: Holiday Top 10 Wines; 11/15: Holiday Top Ten Wines Part 2; 11/22: So Thankful! $5 tickets from 5-6:30pm or until they sell out. Cost includes wine, food tasting and a Whole Foods wine glass. Bring your glass back to the next tasting for $1 off punch card. Whole Foods Rookwood, 2693 Edmonson Rd, Cincinnati. 513-531-8015. Uncorked Wine Tour – 6-8pm. $5. Whole Foods Market Mason, 5805 Deerfield Blvd. 398-9358. Shamanic Journey – 6:30-8:30pm. 2nd Fri. With Gary Matthews. $20. Stillpoint Center for Healing Arts, 11223 Cornell Park Dr, Blue Ash. 513-4895302.

saturday Rise and Shine Yoga – 8-9:45am. With Anya Spinazolla. $12 Gracetree Yoga & Growth Studio. 8933 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd, West Chester. Register: Saturday Morning Bike Ride in Western Hills – 8:30am. Interested in learning how to ride country and city streets safely? Montgomery Cyclery is sponsoring a group bike ride. Bring bike, helmet, water and spare inner-tube. Must be 18 years old or accompanied by an adult. Weather permitting. Locations vary. For more info, Rich Bitting: 513574-1305. Runner’s Stretch Open Session – 8:30-10am. With Kim Dawes. $5. Gracetree Yoga and Growth Studio, 8933 Cin-Day Rd, West Chester. To register: Beginner’s Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. $11.99. Yoga with Pooja, 6011 Tylersville Rd, Ste 2, Mason. 513-445-4964. Half-Pints Kids Club – 10-10:30am. We invite kids to join us on a fun adventure as we explore great food and good nutrition. Schedule: 11/2: Squashy Sketti; 11/9: French Bread Pizza; 11/16: Holy Guacamole; 11/23: Mini-Pumpkin Cream Cakes; 11/30: Stovetop Potpourri Kits. Whole Foods Rookwood, 2693 Edmonson Rd, Cincinnati. Register: 513-5318015 or Vitamin B-12 Shots – 10:30-11:30am. Susan’s Natural World, 8315 Beechmont Ave, Anderson Township. For more info: 513-474-4990.

Mixed Level Yoga: Vinyasa Flow – 10:3011:45am. With Lonna McCarty and friends. $12. Gracetree Yoga and Growth Studio, 8933 Cin-Day Rd, West Chester. To register: Restorative Yoga – 10:45-11:45am. $11.99. Yoga with Pooja, 6011 Tylersville Rd, Ste 2, Mason. 513-445-4964. Shamanic Yoga – 12:15-1:45pm. $14. It’s Yoga, 346 Ludlow Ave, Clifton. 513-961-9642. Yoga Wine Tasting – 2-5pm. Country Fresh Market and Wine Depot, 8315 Beechmont Ave, Anderson Township. 513-474-9167. Lightworks Café Conscious Singles Coffeehouse – 7-11pm. Wonderful edibles, delicious coffee and tea. Explore your personal evolution and connection with like-minded singles. Hosted by Lightworks Hypnosis and Life Coaching. The Farm at Lightworks Hill, 2621 St Rte 63, Lebanon. For more info, Caron: 513-581-6200.

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Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Natural Directory, call 513-943-7323 to request our media kit.





11223 Cornell Park Dr, Blue Ash, OH 45242 513-489-9777 By guiding the flow of qi, or life force, acupuncture restores harmony on many levels. This ancient method enjoys a re-awakening in today’s world. See ad, page 29.

Carole Paine, MS, L.Ac. Dipl Ac (NCCAOM)

5400 Kennedy Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45213 513-317-3660 • 513-924-5499 Acupuncture is a whole-body approach to health care. By creating a more balanced state in our bodies, we can work on conditions such as pain and injury, hormone balance, fertility, anxiety, depression, insomnia, digestive disorders, sinus issues and even allergies. Changes can begin to happen quickly. Come explore something ancient and feel new.

Klimick Acupuncture

10979 Reed Hartman Hwy, Ste 129, Cincinnati, OH 45242 513-834-8173 Acupuncture may help back pain, knee pain, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, headaches, migraines, fertility, and more. Call us or visit our website for more information. We offer FREE consultations in person or by phone. Some insurance now covers acupuncture! Evening and weekend hours available. See ad, page 27.


Mitch Graham, owner 6810 Miami Ave, Madeira, OH 45243 513-861-2453 Cycling is an activity growing exponentially every year. A professional fitting is one of the best investments a cyclist can make. Mitch offers two types of professional bike fittings for both beginner-level and above cyclists. For more info about bike fittings, call or visit website.

4675 Cooper Rd 513-518-2719

Customized sessions using a variety of techniques for your unique experience. We listen and work to relieve pain and tension. Therapeutic massage, acupuncture, Reiki and reflexology. Call or book online. See ad, page 7.


Linda Edwards, LMT 8988 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd, West Chester 513-478-4836 Now offering AromaTouch Technique, which uses essential oils for stress management, immune support, inflammation and autonomic balance.

Where Medical Bodywork competes the Science of Wellness. Medical Bodywork, treating the cause of your problems. Visit online for details of our therapies and to schedule an appointment. See ad, page 13.


Dr. Daren Mazzone, DC 443 W Loveland Ave (Historic Loveland) Loveland, OH 45140 513-683-BACK Pain is not a lifestyle. Dr. Mazzone specializes in chronic pain relief and lifestyle intervention. Fibromyalgia, RSD, migraines, spinal health, massage, nutrition and evidence-based lifestyle education. Let’s find out why your breaking down and help get your life back. See ad, page 9.

LIVE WELL CHIROPRACTIC CENTER Dr. Kim Muhlenkamp-Wermert 6860 Tylersville Rd, Ste 7 Mason, OH 45040 Ph: 513-285-7482 Fax: 513-285-7483

We look at the whole body to find the cause of the problem, helping you get well, stay well and Live Well. Specializing in pregnancy and children. See ad, page 23.

When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself. ~Tecumseh

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Ann Bobonick, RN, MSN, CNE, CWC 8587 Mason Montgomery Rd, Ste 9, Mason, OH 45040 513-614-9932 Recognize your personal power to affect change in your life with the support of a coach. Envision and achieve a higher quality of health, wellness and overall wellbeing. Complimentary first consultation. See ad, page 7.


7715 Beechmont Ave, Anderson Township 513-624-7333 At Tri-State Compounding Pharmacy we provide our patients with medical solutions tailored to their needs. 50 years experience.

SIGNIFICANT HEALING WELL CARE PRACTICE Pounds & Inches Weight Loss Center 157 Lloyd Ave, Florence, KY 41042 859-282-0022

Certified personal trainers, nutrition and supplement consults, holistic well care. Customized exercise program to strengthen the body, improve balance and flexibility, increase endurance, support weight loss. See ad, back cover.


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Nutrition and supplement education. Emphasis on natural supplements and remedies. Learn to read food labels, limit chemical additives, balance intake of nutrients, manage weight. See ad, back cover.

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ONCOLOGY MASSAGE ROBERT REPASKY, MS, LMT Stillpoint Center for Healing Arts And Florence, KY 513-505-5737

3 Free massages for people living with cancer from Cancer Family Care call 513-7313346 to schedule an appointment. While funding lasts.


Stillpoint Center for Healing Arts 11223 Cornell Park Dr, Blue Ash, OH 45242 513-772-1917 Counseling, shamanic journey, soul retrieval, empowerment, bodywork. See ad, page 29.

SPECIAL NEEDS RESOURCE CENTER Brain Balance Achievement Center of Cincinnati 12084 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45249 513-257-0705

Groundbreaking program combining sensory motor, cognitive, and nutrition coaching into one solution for children with ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism and other learning/processing disorders. See ad, page 31.


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