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feel good • live simply • laugh more


Eckhart Tolle

On the Kingdom of Heaven Within

Peace on Our Plates

Mindful Eating for a More Peaceful World

Near-Death Experiences

Proof of Afterlife

GREEN Merry-Making

Special Edition

Awakening Humanity

Retro-Fresh Family Traditions

December 2013 | Tucson Edition |




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Welcome to our special Awakening Humanity issue, where you will receive some great advice from Eckhart Tolle and others about improving your life and making the world a better place to live. But why does humanity so desperately need awakening? That would imply that we are all asleep somehow. That’s right, we are. Why else would we put toxic food into our bodies that will make us sick and trash the only environment we have, which will make us sicker still? Why else would we not see that we are all the same and interconnected instead exploiting and warring with each other over what are in the long run trivial differences? Why else would we not all cooperate to find solutions to our common problems and live in peace and harmony together? We need to wake up all right, and quickly. Stand in the right section of a large bookstore while there are a few left and you will be surrounded by hundreds of books containing solutions to mankind’s existential dilemma. They are all saying the same thing in different voices for different ears to hear—the answer is not difficult to find, it is easy; it is not just sitting there in front of us to grasp, we possess it already and always have. Even the Bible says, “The kingdom of heaven lies within.” Let’s wake up and smell the roses. The holidays are upon us and we can begin exercising some awareness when it comes to decorating, entertaining and gift-giving. Claire O’Neil will get you on track with some practical tips in her article, “Green Merry-Making.” Our annual Gift-Giving Guide highlights some of the cooler presents, including gift certificates for soothing services, that are available from the merchants and practitioners you see every month right here in our pages. I’m sure you will find a few things that are just what the Santa in you has been looking for, but can you do me a favor? When you are out and about, please say that you learned about them in Natural Awakenings! To all you animal lovers out there (that’s everybody, right?), please read our Natural Pet department feature, “Pet First-Aid Kits,” by Sandra Murphy. At this time of year, when people are visiting family from across town or out of town, dogs and cats (Leave your bird at home!) can get lost in the shuffle and accidents happen. Veterinary facilities may be closed more days than usual, so having a kit like this could be a lifesaver. If you do happen to get tensed up by all that’s going on, there’s a simple way to deal with it. Just read “Bust Stress with Breathing,” by Steve Ross, MA, and start relaxing. And then… Let’s eat!


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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.




Eckhart Tolle on the Kingdom of Heaven Within by Eric Nelson


All-Natural Home Health Care by Sandra Murphy

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ody and Sol Productions hails Babs and Hollycakes as the new SpokesPuppets for the show. Co-founders Barbara Peters and Holly Baker were humbled and surprised to discover that they did not quite have the Hollywood glam look they imagined on camera during their first video taping attempt to introduce the faces behind the Body and Sol Women’s Expo coming next March 8 and 9 at the Tucson Convention Center. To the rescue came Rose Mayor, of The Puppet Lady, who saved the ill-fated “film” when she suggested substituting puppets for the camera-shy Barbara and Holly, and Babs and Hollycakes were Hollycakes and Babs born. Watch for these two as the Expo nears and view the video at The Puppet Lady offers memorable puppet-making birthday parties for all kids and make-and-take puppet parties for all ages. Rose and her puppets will be amusing the Expo crowd with delightful performances and demonstrations. HEALTHY LIVING HEALTHY PLANET

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he Arizona Wellness Coalition (AIWA) will hold a festive holiday evening of friendly networking with industry professionals and entertainment from 6 to 8:30 p.m., December 10, at the Radisson Suites Tucson. The Member Holiday Raffle is one of the highlights of the evening, along with a zany performance by the Improv Comedy Troupe in Not Burnt Out, Just Unscrewed. Just like the TV show, Who’s Line is it Anyway?, this band of funny people takes suggestions from the audience to instantly create hilarious improvised scenes right on the spot—no scripts allowed. Location: 6555 East Speedway Blvd. If you are a current AIWC member and would like to donate goods or services for this year’s raffle, as well have your name/business in the holiday newsletter, contact See ad on page 31.

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Your Parenting New Year’s ReSOLUTION Introducing Parenting Skills Support Group at Genesis Natural Medicine Center Genesis is now offering FREE parent-training learning sessions for improving parenting skills and child behavior led by Drs. Nancy Aton and Britt Marie Deegan, NMD.

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Coming Next Month

Bruno Groening Circle Events


documentary film on Bruno Groening, a German faith healer who became internationally known through miraculous healings during the 1940s, will be shown from noon to 5 p.m., December 8 at the University of Arizona Medical Center. The Bruno Groening Circle of Friends will hold a Community Hour at 3 p.m., December 28, at the same location. The Circle of Friends, with more than 3,000 communities, is one of the world’s largest nonprofit organizations dedicated to spiritual healing based on the work of Groening.

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Location: 1501 N. Campbell Ave., cafeteria room E. For more information, call Evey Weissman at 520-904-4801 or visit

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inda Johns will offer three new series that begin in January to assist participants in hearing, understanding and creating their heart’s desire. Johns states, “Just below the surface of the physical consciousness is a sacred space within each person. This sacred space houses a spark of energy that is just waiting for permission to be an expression for the greater good. This is the heart’s desire, and it may be sensed as a longing or even viewed as the soul’s purpose.” For those interested in learning the healing arts, Awakening Your Intuitive Self provides an excellent foundation that builds upon itself, teaching awareness of our guides, chakras, auras and energy healing, for self or others. If the desire is personal growth, Raising Your Vibration to 5-D taps into the unlimited wisdom and love of the heart of oneness, and gives skills and steps towards the mastery of being light. The newest series, Opening to your Soul, promotes healing and understanding of karmic issues, patterns and relationships, as well as our mission and purpose and much more. For more information, call 520-825-4645 or visit

Reboot Your Food Thinking for the Holidays


ocused Wellness Solutions, in Green Valley, Arizona, knows that it is really difficult to say no to longtime favorite foods during the holidays. Each time we indulge, signals go to the pleasure center of our brain, making it more and more difficult to refrain. It’s all about choices, and that includes not gaining an extra 10 pounds. Instead, make the effort to reboot thoughts about food with relaxing hypnosis. Weight-loss CDs are now available, too. Focused Wellness Solutions is based on the belief that clients’ needs are of the utmost importance. They offer health coaching to develop realistic goals using individual strengths, exploring obstacles and outlining a plan to achieve those goals. Health coaching is best done over the phone, where it is convenient, flexible and private. Hypnotherapy services are available for women in the privacy of their own home.

Study Subjects Needed for Cancer Experiment


hat is the connection between pH and cancer? There’s been a great deal of buzz about this recently, and the Clinical and Translational Science Research Center is looking for people interested in participating in a clinical trial that is relevant to integrative treatment approaches in cancer. Here is what we do know: Tumors produce acid. Acidic tumors are more aggressive. Tumor acid can be reduced using a buffer. This has been successfully shown in animal studies using baking soda. Several studies published since 2009 have shown that baking soda treatment inhibits tumor aggressiveness and that tumor-bearing animals benefit from the treatment. It is unknown if baking soda treatment could benefit cancer patients, and the researchers would like to first determine the level of willingness for people to consume baking soda on a regular basis and to be sure that it is safe. This trial, open to adults 18 and older, involves the feasibility of consuming baking soda in water daily for a three-month period. There is no cost to participants and compensation is included for study participation. For more information, call 520-626-8000 or email Ian Robey at See ad, page 31.

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Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha Brings Soul Healing Miracles to Phoenix


r. and Master Zhi Gang Sha, world-renowned Master Healer, Soul Leader, Divine, Tao and The Source Channel brings the message of Soul Healing Miracles to Phoenix, December 5-8. The author of ten New York Times bestsellers, Master Sha travels the world creating a global Soul Healing Miracles movement by empowering people to self-heal, to help others to transform their life and to advance on their spiritual journey through unconditional service. In his Soul Healing Miracles Evening, Friday, December 6, Master Sha teaches Soul Healing techniques and offers powerful soul healing blessings to attendees. Saturday and Sunday, December 7-8, Master Zhi Gang, one of the most powerful healers of our time, holds a Soul Healing Miracles Workshop. Experience your own soul healing miracles for any aspect of your life in the sacred field created by The Source Calligraphies created by Master Sha. Master Sha offers personal consultations December 5 and 6 by appointment. Call Debra Manning RN, L.Ac at 480-338-1012 to schedule an appointment or for more information about Master Sha’s events. Visit for a complete list of events and to register for Master Sha’s events in Phoenix. See ad, inside front cover.

Experience Powerful Golden Pyramid Meditation


he Golden Pyramid Meditation, facilitated by Rev. Yazdi Contractor, of the Temple of UniRev. Betty versality, and Howard Tatalajski Milwich, will be available in Tucson from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning in January, 2014. The Golden Pyramid Meditation was given to Rev. Betty Tatalajski, of The Temple of Universality, by the Ascended Master St. Germain. Within the Golden Pyramid there are seven planes. Each plane is governed by an Ascended Master, an Archangel, a chakra, a color and a divine principle. The meditation visits all seven planes, and this builds the antakarana, also known as the Rainbow Bridge, or the Bridge to Freedom. Location: 3870 W. River Rd., Ste. 120. For more information, call 520-744-4402, email or visit

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Find Your Way Through the Maze


inda Cerveny, LCSW, MSWAC, LLC, a clinical social worker certified by the National Board of Addictions for eating disorders and chemical dependency, is holding a soft opening for The Man in the Maze room, from 4 to 7 p.m., December 14, with an art gallery show. The room is intended to provide opportunities to the public for learning and discovery, and to those providing service as a comfortable new venue to lease in which to practice their craft. It can be rented by practitioners, healers, artists, energy workers, teachers, groups and classes. Location: Casas Adobes Professional Plaza, 6965 N. Oracle Rd. For more information, call 520-797-1234, email or visit

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Empower Your Neti Pot


sed for centuries in Asian cultures to support nasal health and eliminate toxins from the nasal mucosa, neti pots have recently become popular in the Western world and are recognized for their value in preventing and relieving sinus infections. Typically, a mild solution of unrefined sea salt and purified or distilled water is poured from one nostril through the other to flush out unwanted mucus, bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms. Herbalist Steven Frank, of Nature’s Rite, points to a powerful new paradigm that helps neti pot users deal even more effectively with infection: a regimen of aqueous, colloidal silver and soothing herbal and plant extracts. Frank recommends using the neti pot with a colloidal silver wash that is retained in the nostrils for several minutes. “Bacteria and fungus stick rather well to the nasal mucosa and few are flushed out with simple saline flushes,” he explains. “Most of these nasty pathogens adhere to the mucosa with what is called a biofilm. Within this slime layer, they are well protected and thrive in the warm moist sinuses, so a small saline bath once a day doesn’t bother them much. However, colloidal silver disables certain enzymes needed by anaerobic bacteria, viruses, yeasts and fungus, resulting in their destruction. And, unlike antibiotics, silver does not allow resistant ‘super bugs’ to develop.” He also suggests soothing the sinuses with restorative herbal decoctions. Calendula, plantain and aloe contain vital nutrients that soothe and heal, while Echinacea root and grapefruit seed extract offer antimicrobial benefits. Frank emphasizes the importance of using a neti pot safely and responsibly and warns against table salt, which can irritate nasal membranes, and tap water, which may contain contaminants. Steven Frank is an innovative herbalist and owner of For more information, call 888-465-4404. See ad, page 17.

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Cocoa Calms Inflammation


ew can say no to a cup of hot cocoa on a cold winter’s night. “Enjoy!” say Penn State researchers. They have found that a little bit of cocoa may be a powerful diet aid in helping to control inflammation and ameliorate related diseases, including diabetes. Numerous current studies link obesity to inflammation in the body. Cocoa, although a common ingredient of chocolate, by itself has low-calorie, low-fat and high-fiber content. The researchers fed laboratory mice the human equivalent of 10 tablespoons of cocoa powder—about four or five cups of hot cocoa—along with a high-fat diet for 10 weeks. The control group ate the same diet without the cocoa. Lead researcher Joshua Lambert, Penn State associate professor of food science, says the study results surprised the team, which did not expect the “dramatic reduction of inflammation and fatty liver disease” associated with obesity. Although the animals lost no weight, the cocoa powder supplement reduced liver triglycerides by 32 percent and plasma insulin levels by 27 percent, indicating it might be a powerful obesity-fighting tool. But there is a catch: Adding sugar, an inflammatory substance in itself, to healthy cocoa will likely neutralize the benefits. Try stevia as a sweetener instead; it’s been used for decades to lower blood sugar.

Toxic Obesogens Stalk Our Endocrine System


hen people talk about getting healthy, the conversation usually turns to food; calories, carbs and fat; or to exercise, the right kind, the wrong kind, and the quick and easy kind. These are all pieces of the puzzle, but there’s something important being left out: chemical toxins that hitchhike on the products that we buy and use every day. These products include the food we eat, the packaging that food comes in, our tap or even bottled water, shampoo, body lotion, makeup, laundry detergent, dish soap, air fresheners and so on. Right now in the United States, there are more than 80,000 chemicals in use, and the vast majority have never been tested for safety. Many people know someone that’s been on a medication that has a side effect of weight gain, depression or mood swings. These pharmaceuticals and chemical medications are part of a class of chemicals called obesogens, or endocrine-disrupting chemicals. They interfere with our body’s regulatory system, which ultimately determines our metabolism, our weight, how our fat cells develop, appetite and satiety cues. There are different ways for the obesogens to do this. Our endocrine system is a collection of glands that secrete hormones. These hormones act as chemical messengers and regulate everything from metabolism and growth and development to sex drive, sleep, appetite and even our mood. The endocrine system is very sensitive, and very subtle changes in hormone levels can affect any of the systems regulated by those hormones. Many of the chemicals we encounter, including the obesogenic kind, very closely resemble our own natural hormones and can actually act as synthetic hormones to mimic or block estrogen and testosterone in hormone receptors. This means that they’ll be moving throughout our body, landing in those hormone receptor “locks” acting as “keys”, turning on or off the signals in our bodies at random. Chemicals can also make us fat is by creating insulin resistance and altering the way our fat cells develop, telling the fat cells to increase in number and increase in size. When we consider things from a holistic viewpoint, we can see quite clearly that there is never just one thing that causes illness or health struggles to take place.

Yoga Provides Ultimate Flexibility


alking around with a 20-year-old spine is the ultimate fashion statement. Do you own a 20-year-old spine? Is there a plan in the future to explore this? Where can you get this youthful spine? First, let’s see what happens to your spine as you age. The spine shows off disharmonies based on our sedentary Western lifestyle. Your spine will calcify and lose flexibility and become rigid. You will lose the elasticity of the cartilage between the discs of the vertebrae. It is an inevitable fact that you also will begin, if you haven’t already, to feel more stiffness and pain as you age. As the vertebrae collapse on each other, nerves traveling through the spinal cord can become compromised from energy flow to nearby body systems, keeping you from vibrant health. Without a youthful spine, your walking can even become more difficult; your circulation is affected and when this nerve flow is impinged, all the systems of the body can be negatively affected. So what do you do? Let your body experience a yoga class and don’t let your mind talk you out of this wonderful experience. Yoga practice elongates the spine and gives more space to the nerves. Did you know you can even learn to move nerves back in their proper positions? Also, yoga will move the spine in six other directions, restoring its youthfulness. This process of creating more space in the spine and removing blockages will give you that ultimate fashion statement of a 20-year-old spine. Patience is required for vibrant health to persist in the body, but one must not let the intellectual part of the brain get in the way of an important, life-changing experience that the body deserves. When you can begin to wear this type of fashion you can then begin to suggest yoga to others. Shouldn’t we all be wearing the same fashion, or at least patiently working toward this end? Tim Howell, E-RYT-200, RYT-500, is the owner of Joyful Hearts Yoga. Contact him at 520-808-9383 or See ad, page 7.

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Genuinely Greenwashed Six Ploys to Avoid in Eco-Purchases

A report by TerraChoice Environmental Marketing exposes these six “greenwashing” marketing ploys to watch out for when shopping: 1. Hidden Trade Off: A refurbished plasma TV might reduce the need of buying new at first, but new or not, such TVs are energy hogs. 2. No Proof: Can a third party verify claims such as “organic” or “all-natural”? 3. Vagueness: Beware of products claiming to be “chemical-free” or “no hormones added”. 4. Irrelevance: Claims that have no relationship to the product or might be made with any other product in the same category, such as [chlorofluorocarbon] CFC-free shaving gel. 5. Fibbing: A falsehood that can’t be backed up, such as “certified organic” for products for which no such certification exists. 6. Lesser of Two Evils: An attempt to put a green twist on a product that’s inherently harmful to humans and the environment, such as organic cigarettes.

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New Sustainable Currency Geared to Stabilize World Economy The Terra, an Internet-based trade reference currency (TRC), has been launched as a global complementary form of money to provide an inflation-resistant international value standard, stabilize the worldwide business cycle and realign stockholders’ interests with longterm sustainability. From a legal viewpoint, the Terra is standardized “countertrade” (international barter), which is routinely used for more than $1 trillion worth of transactions each year. Countertrade legislation already exists in about 200 countries, including all the major trading nations, so introducing the Terra does not require new intergovernmental agreements. Financial and currency expert Bernard Lietaer, one of the key architects of the European Currency Unit, the convergence mechanism that led to the Euro, posits the Terra as the first time since gold standard days that such a robust, inflation-resistant international base value has been available. He says, “This supranational complementary currency is uniquely designed, unlike national currencies, to provide a stable international mechanism for contractual and payment purposes worldwide. This mechanism would automatically work to reverse the boom and busts of the business cycle and stabilize the economy by providing more cash during downturns and cooling off inflationary pressures in the peak of an upturn.” Perhaps most importantly, it is positioned to resolve the current conflict between short-term financial interest and long-term sustainability. The Terra works in parallel with national currencies. Source:



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Online Database Identifies Safe Products offers a new clearinghouse of information gathered by advocates investigating toxic chemicals in food, baby products, toys, furniture, construction materials and other consumer goods. Families, municipalities, builders and businesses can use it to identify potentially harmful products and find safer alternatives. Hosted by the Workgroup for Safe Markets (WSM), it’s a one-stop shop to provide information for consumers, retailers and manufacturers that are demanding safer products, says Beverley Thorpe, a WSM co-leader and consulting co-director for Clean Production Action. Mia Davis, vice president of health and safety at Beautycounter, who is expecting her first child, sees it as a resource for parents to find a full complement of safe products for their families. “More than ever,” she says, “people understand how important it is to shop with companies they trust and to support businesses working to create truly safe products.”

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What makes people put “we” ahead of “me”? To find out, a group of Harvard University researchers enrolled thousands of people to play a “public good” game in which subjects were divided into small groups, given some money and the choice to keep it or contribute it to a common pool that would grow and benefit the entire group. Researchers discovered that those that made their decisions quickly were more likely to contribute to the common good. Taking it a step further, the researchers applied time pressure to the decisionmaking process. They then found that those faced with making a quick decision most often chose the “we” option, while those that spent more time deliberating ended up giving less money to the group kitty. The Massachusetts research team, which tested thousands of online worldwide participants, concluded that spontaneity and intuition guide people into rapid acts of kindness.

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Shoe Insert Generates Electricity Two Carnegie Mellon graduates, Matt Stanton and Hahna Alexander, are the founders of SolePower, a company making a shoe insert that stores the power generated by walking and running into a battery that can be instantly accessed via a USB port. Beta testing on the prototype has begun, with release expected next summer. The insert can be paired with any shoe type and feels like a regular, cushy insole, according to Stanton. The battery attaches to the ankle or the top of the shoe, and is charged after 2.5 miles of footsteps with enough power to run an iPhone. Runners needing to power heatproducing mittens in the winter could also benefit. Another application is emergency charging of cell phones and radios during power outages. People in developing nations likewise will have a reliable power source for mobile phones and other essential small electronics. Source:



ecotip Family Games Generate Goodwill All Year Fun family games based on cards, trivia and charades are quintessential holiday activities. Now a new generation of games adds fresh dimensions of interest and goodwill. Online games—some are free—extend good tidings to people around the world, as well as our environment. Santa is thrilled. Eco games galore: From determining our family’s carbon footprint to making ethical decisions as a business leader or learning how to help child populations vulnerable to pneumonia, is a gateway to enriching experiences. More than 20 entertaining websites employ informative, eco-related calculations, games and quizzes.

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Del Jones is a Tucson Treasure by Sylvia Haskvitz


hen Del Jones looks back at all the things that engage her deeply, 90 percent have come from a book that said, “Get going!” Most people read a book, learn a few principles or ideas and move on. Jones reads books, gets inspired and begins organizations, programs and councils. She has brought much to the Tucson community for the last 33 years. In her earlier years, she suffered discrimination as a woman. She wanted to contribute to changing that system. When systems aren’t working, she is the change. She takes action and creates something that does work. Jones wants to live in a culture of kindness, compassion, understanding and love and embrace our interconnectedness. Jones read the Chalice and the Blade, by Riane Eisler, and started the Partnership Way organization, which is committed to new ways of thinking, feeling and acting based on the principles of power with instead of power over; using technology for creativity and peace rather than war and violence; equalitarianism; and respect for the planet. Reading Cultures of Peace: The Hidden Side of History (Peace and Conflict Resolution), by Elise Boulding, resulted in her creating Peace Circles in Tucson to discuss peace practices. Roots of Empathy: Changing the World Child by Child, by Mary Gordon led Jones to the process of bringing that program to Tucson. It’s acclaimed for fostering empathy and emotional literacy in children with the goal of creating a more civil society, one child at a time. 20


Del Jones Jones was a wellness consultant for hospitals and served on the Governor’s Council of Health and Wellness, where she met Mel Zuckerman, of Canyon Ranch fame. He hired her to be the director of the Fitness Foundation. Zuckerman said they ought to do something for businesses and wellness. After attending a national conference and meeting someone that had begun a wellness council in his city, Jones was inspired, and after hearing about it, Zuckerman said, “Go for it!” that’s when Jones started the Wellness Council of Arizona with his blessing. She read From Age-ing to Sageing: A Revolutionary Approach to Growing Older, by Zalman SchachterShalomi, and liked the idea of the saging circles it described. Jones created Elder Circles, which are now sponsored by Our Family Center for Community Dialogue. Her thought is that there should be an elder circle for

anyone that wants to talk about the meaning of life. As Jones puts it, “I’m not a trivia talker.” She was not new to the idea of circles, because she had already discovered peacemaking circles and knew the power of the circle. She also liked the idea of a venue to face up to our own mortality. Then Jones read a newsletter about the Conversation Project, a public engagement campaign to get everyone’s end-of-life wishes expressed and respected. She got excited about their message of getting rid of the death denial culture we live in. Jones urges us to say the words “he died” rather than more euphemistic speak of passing away or transitioning. She leads a forum on death because she wants people to talk about the difficult conversations like death and is also an avid member of Death Cafe. She also has a gift of connecting people. In fact, she can imagine her tombstone reading “The Great Connector.” When asked what has made her marriage of 68 years work, Jones says, “He lets me be who I am and do what I want.” And the Tucson community is grateful for that.

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Near Death Experiences Proof of Life after Death by Linda Sechrist

as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, are major factors that allow modern medicine to bring people back from a state that 100 years ago would have been labeled death,” observes Moody. Through his research, he has identified numerous common elements that occur in NDEs—an out-of-body experience, the sensation of traveling through a tunnel, encountering a bright light (usually interpreted as God, Jesus or an angel), communicating with deceased relatives, feeling emotions such as profound peace, well-being and love, plus a flood of knowledge about life and the nature of the universe. Perhaps the most significant element he reports is the supremely conscious and superbly blissful state that exists beyond both limitations of the senses and intellect and the confines of space and time— the pure conscious form of each one’s truly real Self.

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he advice that the White Queen gave to young Alice in Lewis Carroll’s Through the LookingGlass might be some of the best to offer non-believers and skeptics that question the credibility of near-death experiences (NDE). When Alice protests, “One can’t believe impossible things,” the White Queen famously retorts, “I daresay you haven’t had much practice. When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

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The majority of physicians and clinical researchers in the medical community continue to consider NDEs as impossible and merely pure fantasies generated by a surge of electrical activity as a dying brain runs out of oxygen. However, according to a Gallup poll, the 8 million Americans whose transcendental NDEs freed their consciousness to leave the body and enter into a wondrous reality that exists completely free of physicality, believe them to be real, meaningful and life-changing experiences. Recently, the renowned NDE nar22


I was overwhelmed by the realization that God isn’t a being, but a state of being… and I am that state of being… pure consciousness. ~ Anita Moorjani ratives of Anita Moorjani, author of Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer to Near Death, to True Healing, and Dr. Eben Alexander, author of Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife, have sparked fresh public interest in NDEs, a word coined by Raymond Moody, Ph.D., in his 1975 classic, Life After Life. Moody, a psychiatrist and professor of philosophy who has spent nearly 50 years investigating what happens when people die, has interviewed thousands of individuals that have personally experienced an NDE. “Over the past 20 years there have been enormous strides in resuscitation technology. Defibrillators and public access defibrillation programs, as well

Rushed to the hospital in a coma, Moorjani, whose body had been devoured for four years by cancer of the lymphatic system, describes the real self that she discovered during her NDE. “There I was, without my body or any physical traits, yet my pure essence continued to exist. It was not a reduced element of my whole self; in fact, it felt far greater and more intense and expansive than my physical being. “I felt eternal, as if I’d always existed and always would, without a beginning or end. I was filled with the knowledge that I was simply magnificent,” explains Moorjani, whose cancer completely disappeared within five weeks after her release from the hospital. “Not only did I come back with a clean slate, I brought back one of my biggest lessons—to love myself and be an instrument of love. I also returned to life here with a sense of purpose—to fearlessly be as authentically me as I can be. This means,” she clarifies, “that in whatever I do, I am acting from my sense of passion and the sheer joy of doing it.” During Alexander’s seven-day coma in a hospital, brought about by antibiotic-resistant E. coli meningitis

that attacked his brain, he left his mortal identity behind. “My brain wasn’t working at all,” he relates. “My entire neo-cortex, the part that makes us human, was entirely shut down. I had no language, emotions, logic or memories of who I was. Such an empty slate granted me full access to the true cosmic being that I am, that we all are,” says Alexander. He further recalls that as his NDE unfolded, it occurred to him that he was being granted a grand overview of the invisible side of existence. He also had a lovely ethereal companion that floated along on a butterfly wing, telepathically teaching him to accept the universal truth that, “You are eternally loved and cherished, you have nothing to fear, and there is nothing you can do wrong.” “If I had to boil the whole message down to just one word, it would be Love—the incomprehensibly glorious truth of truths that lives and breathes at the core of everything that exists or will ever exist. No remotely accurate understanding of who we are and what we are can be achieved by anyone who does not know it and embody it in all their actions,” Alexander now understands. Prior to his life-threatening illness, this neurosurgeon’s sophisticated medical training had led him to dismiss the possibility of NDEs. Today, he works at returning to his NDE state of oneness and unconditional love by using meditation and sacred acoustics, as well as quantum mechanics, to explore the nature of consciousness and higher brain function. Like Moody, Alexander studies the ancient Greek philosophers Parmenides, Pythagoras and Plato, who took the notion of an afterlife seriously and questioned “what” survives bodily death. Alexander’s consequent nonprofit organization, Eternea, fosters cooperation between science and spirituality by sponsoring research and education about spiritually transformative experiences and holistic consciousness beyond conventional definitions. “I had to learn a whole lot more about consciousness than I had to know about neuroscience,” quips

“We need to accept—at least hypothetically—that the brain itself doesn’t produce consciousness.” ~ Dr. Eben Alexander Alexander, who now believes that the brain blocks access to knowledge of higher worlds. “We need to accept— at least hypothetically—that the brain itself doesn’t produce consciousness. That it is, instead, a kind of reducing valve or filter that dumbs down consciousness for the duration of our human experience. “Neuroscience can’t give you the first sentence about how the physical brain creates consciousness,” he states, while many are finding how science and spirituality strengthen each other. At age 37, a blood vessel exploded in the left hemisphere of Jill Bolte Taylor’s brain. A Ph.D. Harvard-trained scientist specializing in anatomy of the brain, she was fascinated to observe the breakdown of her brainrelated functions. As described in her book, My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey, she became the witness to her stroke, which initially left her unable to talk, walk, read, write or remember anything prior to that occurrence.

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“In touch with our wholeness, illness can’t remain—in ourselves, others or the planet.” ~Anita Moorjani

losing my life, my right mind realizes the essence of my being as eternal life.” She now understands that she is part of the cosmic flow of energy, which she characterizes as a tranquil sea of euphoria.

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As her left brain shut down, Taylor lost her ability to process all language; with her mind suspended in newfound silence, she experienced an unprecedented sense of deep peace. She also experienced an inability to visually distinguish edges and boundaries between herself and the outer world. Absent conventional orientation, “I could actually see that my skin was not my physical boundary. “As a result of such a glorious state of blissful realization that I am—as we all are—connected to everything and everyone around us, I no longer see myself as a single, solid entity, separate from other human beings,” advises Taylor. “Although my left mind still thinks of me as a fragile individual, capable of

In The Hidden Face of God: Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth, author Gerald L. Schroeder, Ph.D., suggests that each of us is a part of the universe seeking and finding itself. Could it be that without the mental filter and self-limiting beliefs, we are free to consciously know our higher state of wholeness and the truth of our magnificence? Upwards of 8 million people that have experienced their own NDE are trending the world toward a tipping point into the comforting awareness that anything is possible. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit for the recorded interviews.

Exploring Life After Life by Jon D’Auria


he Tucson affiliate of the International Association for Near Death Studies (IANDS) offers insight into near-death and spiritually transformative experiences (NDE/STE), while offering comfort and education on the mysteries of life and death. Charles Swedrock first became interested in near-death experiences in the early 1980s, when his dentist told him a story about a client that had gone to the “other side”. More than 20 years later, Swedrock himself experienced an incident where he lost a lot of blood from a bleeding esophagus and found himself with zero pulse in the back of an ambulance, where he experienced a serenely peaceful moment that surrounded him with light. “I see my path in this field as a 25year journey from the first time I heard about an NDE to a mystical experience following my brother’s suicide to the growth pains going through divorce plus other exceptional experiences, all of which led me to where I am now,” explains Swedrock. “In 2004, I started an IANDS group in upstate New York, then went to a conference in Chicago, where I met some people on the IANDS board of directors. At the end of that year, they invited me to join the board on which I served for over six years.” It was at that meeting in Chicago where Swedrock met Susan Amsden, a Michigan resident at the time, who had an interest in NDEs ever since she lost her mother at a very young age. Two years later, after each had experienced disruption to their previous lives, they met again, which eventually led to a move to the Southwest, where they cofounded the Tucson branch of IANDS. The Tucson IANDS (TIES) meets once a month at Unity of Tucson, where they host a guest speaker that is typically an expert in the field or an author that

has experienced an NDE. The group also meets once a month to offer a support group where people can come to connect and share their experiences and feed their curiosity about the afterlife in a like-minded, intimate setting. Over the last three years, monthly meetings have grown to an average of nearly 150 people, while some speakers attract more than 600 attendees. “Our goals as a group are to provide awareness of published research, to educate on the topic and to provide a support group,” says Amsden. “The sharing itself is a big part of it. Just the validation of having someone listen to what you said is very healing. I grew up afraid of dying, because I experienced my mother’s death when I was young, but hearing near-death experiences in person significantly helped me over that fear.” “One motto that emphasizes our goals is, ‘Being human ties us all together as one,’” says Swedrock. “We’re all in this together as humans, no matter what culture, background or belief; you’re a part of it. We’re each unique, but when we look to bigger things, that’s what brings us together. People feel isolated and get put in boxes by their families or religions or educational backgrounds, and we offer a place to come together and take down those walls.” The national organization of IANDS began 36 years ago, when Dr. Raymond Moody wrote the book, Life After Life, in which he coined the term “near-death experience”. From that point on, clinicians and academics got together and conducted studies, but found no outlet that would publish their work. They

Charles Swedrock and Susan Amsden decided that they needed their own organization, and so IANDS was formed. While the group is focused primarily on NDE, anyone is welcome to participate and discuss larger concepts such as mortality, spirituality, synchronicity, life after death and all of the other great “imponderable” questions of life. “About 35 percent of our members have experienced near-death situations, and many more have been spiritually transformed and some of them are seekers. Maybe they had a drug experience that they can’t quite understand. We also have people who have been grieving, because this provides amazing comfort for them,” explains Amsden. “Going to these meetings is another experience in itself to everyone, you can just feel the energy,” Swedrock agrees. “You feel camaraderie and unconditional love like nothing else in the world. They’re trying to bring the heaven that they felt right here to Earth. We say that everyone is an experiencer, and sometimes it’s from just linking together the synchronicities in life that become too obviously coincidental. When you start to see more of them, they start to open you up, and your life becomes so much more meaningful and fearless.” Meetings are offered for a $5 donation. For more information, call 520-395-2365 or visit Jon D’Auria is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings. December




BE HAPPY RIGHT NOW The Top Five Regrets of the Dying by Bronnie Ware


eople grow a lot when faced with their own mortality. As a palliative caregiver for many years, I learned never to underestimate someone’s capacity for personal growth. After wrestling with a variety of intense emotions, every patient I saw found their peace before they departed. When questioned about regrets or what they would have done differently, five themes emerged. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. This was the most common regret of all. When people realize that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honored even half of their dreams and died knowing that it was due to choices they had made or not made. Health brings a freedom very few realize until they no longer have it. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard. Every male patient that I nursed felt they had missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. They deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence. Women also spoke of this regret, but because most were from an older generation, many had not been breadwinners. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings. Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace



with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. As a result, many developed illnesses apparently related to the bitterness and resentment they carried. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends. Many were disappointed they had not truly realized the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks, and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip away. Many deeply regretted not giving important friendships the time and effort that they deserved. I wish that I had let myself be happier. Many did not understand until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called comfort of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others and to themselves that they were content, when deep within, they longed to laugh with gusto and cultivate some silliness in their life. Bronnie Ware is the author of The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing, a memoir of how people she cared for changed the way she lives. She blogs at

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hroughout the year, Santa’s good girls and boys of all ages make every effort to buy only what’s needed, plus recycle, reuse and repurpose. Then the holidays hit and discipline often gives way to indulgences. The season seems consumed by up-tempo decorating, feasting, shopping, gift-giving and merrymaking at any cost. Yet, creative green living experts show us how easy it is to tweak time-honored family traditions to align with the green way we wish to live and feel even more satisfied with festivities.

Decking the Halls

For Danny Seo, author of Upcycling Celebrations: A Use-What-You-Have Guide to Decorating, Gift-Giving & Entertaining, “Upcycling is basically a form of recycling that elevates something to a better level than before.” Based in New York City and Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Seo always has an eye out for green possibilities. “Opt for vintage pieces and re-imagine them in new and interesting ways,” he advises. For example, he likes to upcycle a vintage glass cake stand with a collection of bright ornaments for a unique holiday focal point. Michele Johansen, a lifestyle writer in Bellevue, Washington, suggests bringing in the outdoors. Instead of 30


decorating the tree with tinsel and the home with plastic faux greenery, she suggests stringing popcorn and cranberries on the tree and decking the halls with fresh wreaths and garlands accented with boughs of holly. “Local nurseries are good sources for holiday décor that you can later mulch or put in yard waste bins,” she says. “The smells are much more authentic and festive.” Save energy by using LED lights whenever possible, suggests Sheryl Eisenberg, a writer for the National Resources Defense Council. Plug lights and electronics into a power strip, and then unplug it when not in use to save “ghost” energy pulled by electronics that are plugged in, but not activated. Buy a live tree to later plant or recycle, Seo suggests. This supports regional Christmas tree farmers while retaining the integrity of local forests. Many communities offer recycling of holiday trees to provide mulch or habitat for aquatic life in local lakes.

Keeping the Feast

Organize a cookie exchange to get together and save time and energy on holiday baking, suggests Sara Novak, a food policy and health writer at, from Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina. Generally, a hostess asks guests to bring several

dozen of their favorite cookies. Once gathered, attendees share the treats and recipes, taking home several of each variety. To “green it up”, Novak recommends emailing the recipes rather than printing them, encouraging invitees to use fresh and local ingredients and bring favorite reusable containers from home, like a colorful, time-honored cookie tin. For the holiday table, mix and match settings of plates, glasses, linens and cutlery. “Use the real thing,” Eisenberg recommends, “and recruit guests to help wash up afterwards.” She recalls that while growing up, her mother supplemented her silverware with grandmother’s for large holiday dinners. Save your own energy (and sanity) by asking family and friends to bring an appetizer, side dish or dessert. The hostess can assign a dish and corresponding recipe or use a potluck approach, says Eisenberg. Leftovers go home in non-plastic, reusable containers.

Gift Giving

Many families enjoy giving traditional gifts to children at certain ages, like dollhouses or train sets. Re-imagine these and, when possible, buy local to save energy and support area businesses, suggests Eisenberg. Cintia Gonzalez, an Australian mom, crafted a dollhouse from an

old suitcase, inventively using black chalkboard paint for the exterior, wooden shelves as floors and fast food ketchup cups as lampshades ( Another mom transformed a discarded coffee table into a painted train table for her boys. Upcycle paint chip cards into colorful gift tags, suggests Seo. Plus, use gift wraps that become part of the gift itself, such as placemats swaddling a bottle of wine, fabric to encase quilting supplies or sheet music enveloping concert tickets. As a general rule, “Give experiences, not gifts,” counsels Eisenberg. “Giving loved ones experiences reduces wrapping paper, ribbon and packaging and is an easy way to be a bit more personal over the holidays. Your teenage niece may love a spa day, complete with hair styling, while your favorite aunt and uncle may be thrilled to attend a local wine tasting. If you think a young child can tolerate a few less presents in exchange for a pass to an ice show or dance class, go for it.” “It’s the holiday experience that counts,” counsels Seo. “It’s what makes memories.” Claire O’Neil is a freelance writer from Kansas City, MO.

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he holidays take a lot of energy and for many people, their blood pressure is rising. Despite our good intentions of making these the best holidays ever as host or celebrant, it can be a stressful time. Our reactions, created and sustained by our thoughts, usually keep us under stress long after the original problem has been resolved, yet of all internal and external stressors, thoughts are the most amenable to change. Easing stress is largely an “inside” job, because we can change our thinking, while our control over external events and other people’s behavior is notoriously weak. Among the many ways to manage stress and stressful thoughts, one method so immediate and effective, so accessible, natural and absolutely impossible not to do, stands head and shoulders above the rest: breathing. Breathing is the secret control switch of the autonomic nervous system, our usually automatic, supersensitive red-alert system. Usually, the

instant we perceive danger, adrenaline and cortisol pour into the bloodstream, we hyperventilate, heart rate and blood pressure soar, we sweat (making us slippery and harder to grab), our thoughts suddenly sharpen and all available energy is redirected for self-defense or escape. This is fightor-flight. As soon as the “all clear” sounds, the relaxation response calms us down and brings us back to normal. Unfortunately, most of our crises don’t have clear-cut endings and we seldom reach “all clear.” Our “normal” may always mean “stressed out”, subjecting us to a continual low-level fight-or-flight response. Breathing is the manual override, giving us external control over the system. While rapid, shallow breathing activates the stress response, slow or fast abdominal (diaphragmatic) breathing in the lower lobes of the lung, stops fight-or-flight in its tracks. It is impossible to hyperventilate when breathing abdominally. When you feel anxious or stressed, if you consciously relax your tummy and bring

your breath down so the belly moves out when you inhale and in when you exhale, you instantly and automatically switch off fight-or-flight and turn on the relaxation response. And when we consciously shift our attention from negative, even catastrophic thinking, to how we breathe, we exit the stress zone. For most people, breath awareness is stress-free. Dr. Andrew Weil says that breathing is the safest place to park your mind. And in “park”, we don’t go anywhere. We just breathe, and we find that there is no stress when intentionally dwelling in the present moment, focused on our breathing. Abdominal breathing is our natural breath at birth, but we’re soon socialized out of it, learning to tighten the stomach, sucking it in, shutting down feelings by holding our breath. We want tight abs to keep looking good, creating a vicious circle: tight abs freeze the diaphragm, the lower lung can’t fill, forcing the air upwards, we hyperventilate, activating fight-or-flight, and there goes the very attractiveness we were tighten-

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ing up for in the first place. Try this: Lie down on your back, with one hand on your tummy and the other just below your throat. Breathe normally. You’ll probably feel the belly moving out when you inhale and in when you exhale. Notice other movement too, in the sides and back. You are now breathing abdominally. Everyone “belly breathes” when lying down, because no one needs to tighten their stomach muscles in a relaxed position. This is important. It means you have a choice of how to breathe. Belly breathing feels good. It’s calming, relaxing and easy to do; you could even fall asleep. In fact, the combination of deep relaxation and diaphragmatic breathing promotes sound sleep. Belly breathing not only triggers the relaxation response, immediately shutting down fight-orflight, it also improves circulation, metabolism and immune function, facilitates weight control (stops cortisol production), helps detoxify the lymph and even stimulates the production of endorphins, the body’s own morphine-

like pain killer, to relieve chronic pain. The goal is to breathe abdominally as much of the time as possible. It’s really just a question of assessment and a little training, then continued awareness; consciously exercising the choice of how to breathe. Relax the tummy every time you think of it. Notice your breathing whenever it occurs to you. This will keep you at your best, feeling stress-free and moving toward becoming stress-resistant during the holidays and beyond.

Steve Ross, MA, MFT, is a stress reduction and relaxation specialist and breathing coach. He is part of WellnessFirst!, a collaborative, holistic community of practitioners in Tucson. For more information, visit

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or California acupuncturist Daniela Freda, counseling patients that grapple with low energy during winter is routine. “They’re often concerned something is wrong, since our society expects us to feel the same way year-round,” says Freda, who maintains a private practice in San Francisco. “But in fact,” she adds, “everything is right.” According to a study published in Psychiatry Research, only 4 to 6 percent of Americans suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), characterized by a predictable seasonal pattern of major depressive or bipolar disorder. For the vast majority of the population, a slight seasonal variance in mood and behavior is normal, confirms Kathryn Roecklein, Ph.D., a clinical psycholo-

gist and prominent SAD researcher at Pennsylvania’s University of Pittsburg. Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), like Freda, view decreased energy in nature’s wintertime as a reflection of the season’s energy. In this philosophy, rising (yang) and falling (yin) energies cycle as the seasons turn. Winter is governed by quiet, slow, introspective and creative yin energy. As winter yields to spring, the bright, fast, expansive and extroverted yang energy gains momentum to peak in summer. “Nature expresses universal energies in a big way,” says research psychologist and mind-body medicine expert Joseph Cardillo, Ph.D., author of The Five Seasons. Who can ignore a blossoming spring or an abundant autumn? “Those same energetic cycles,”

Spring is a time for new beginnings, summer a time for growth, autumn for gathering abundance and winter for introspection. ~Joseph Cardillo says Cardillo, “are mirrored in the microcosmic human body and human experience.”

Chill Out

Although the December 21 winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year, temperatures in most of the U.S. continue to fall through February. Cardillo advises embracing winter’s chill because it diverts our attention from daily activities so that we pause to consider what’s important. “The effect is similar to splashing cold water on our face,” he remarks. As the cold draws animals into hibernation and plants into dormancy, it also beckons us to enjoy extra sleep, notes Freda, as we follow the sun’s path: Earlier to bed; later to rise. She encourages her clients to incorporate restorative activities into daily routines. “Intentionally set aside time to connect with the breath and quiet the mind,” she counsels. Try gentle yoga or t’ai chi, listen to relaxing music, curl up with a cozy book or take nature walks, flush with fresh sensory experiences.


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Cardillo explains that slowing down naturally creates space for the contemplative and creative qualities of yin energy to rise. Meditating, visualizing and journaling promote access to one’s inner wisdom. “Winter is a perfect time to examine the myriad ideas you’ve dreamt up and assemble them into a new you,” says Cardillo. “Now you are prepared to use the robust energy of spring to scatter those ideas abroad.”

Reflect on Water

In TCM, the element of water, symbolizing focus and purity, is closely associated with winter. Highly adaptable, water can be solid, liquid or formless vapor; it can flow over, under, around or through obstacles with ease; and it can be still and contained. Contemplating the power of water in any of its forms can help synchronize one’s consciousness with the season’s gifts. “When your mind is unstuck and flowing like water, your dreams start becoming real to you, simply because you’re in the flow, the present moment,” observes Cardillo, who also authored Be Like Water. He suggests looking to water for guidance in creating solutions, sharpening focus or moving effortlessly on to the next step.

Find Balance

Freda points out that within the strong

yin energy of winter, “There are yang moments, celebratory moments, to keep us going.” An imbalance can occur when the slowness of winter is completely counteracted by too much high-energy socializing, working or rushing through the day. “An excess of yang during the winter,” counsels Freda, “rather than a glimpse of it, can deplete us,” contributing to stress, fatigue and depression. Conversely, for those with an already predominantly yin personality (quiet, introverted, low energy) that overindulge in the yin energy of winter, an attempt at restoration and quietude can lead to lethargy and isolation. “I see this clinically,” says Freda. “Instead of embracing a little extra rest and relaxation, some people become exhausted and lose their motivation altogether. They become stuck in the yin.” Cardillo recommends that such individuals engage in mood-brightening outdoor activities to help restore balance. Roecklein agrees, noting that SAD sufferers undergoing cognitive behavioral therapy (which emphasizes positive thinking and beneficial behaviors) likewise are encouraged to participate in physical and social activities that bring joy and meaning. Lane Vail is a freelance writer in South Carolina. Connect at

Rituals Reverse Winter’s Blues Unpleasant winter memories can affect one’s emotional experience of the season every year like clockwork, says Dr. John Sharp, a physician, psychiatrist and author of The Emotional Calendar. Fortunately, it is possible to take a personal inventory, be aware of such behaviors, innovate on traditions and create a new experience. Holistic Psychologist Joseph Cardillo goes further, suggesting that we create a “personal prescription” to mindfully manage difficult emotions during wintertime. He encourages activating the senses and combining two or more sensory experiences to amplify the effectiveness. Appealing options include: n Light scented candles or diffuse essential oils (citrus brightens; lavender soothes) n Invite bright colors into living spaces (reds excite; greens, blues and whites calm) n Nourish the palate with winter vegetable stews n Create a playlist of soothing nature sounds or uplifting music n Warm up near a cheery fire after spending time in the frosty outdoors





mends “substantial worldwide diet change away from animal products.” Making the case for a holistic view, Will Tuttle, Ph.D., suggests in World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony that we start to see the connections between our food choices and the health and well-being of ourselves, our families, communities and the world.

Peace on Our Plates Mindful Eating for a More Peaceful World by Judith Fertig


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At the center of the web of life is the food we all share to sustain our bodies. Tuttle insists that we celebrate this and regard each meal as a feast. “Food preparation is the only art that allows us to literally incorporate what we create. It is also the only art that fully involves all five senses,” he says. We honor this wonderful activity most by sharing our cooking efforts with others, blessing the food and eating mindfully. The problem at the center of life, maintains Tuttle, is that we involve animals in our food chain, an act that “introduces suffering, whether physical, mental or emotional.” This is a truth we try to hide from, what

Tip: Cook whole-grain or spinach pasta, potatoes, rice or another recommended grain in a large quantity to store in the refrigerator for use in stir-fries, salads and other meals later in the week. he calls the ”cultural shadow”. “The worst examples include factory farming, but even the best methods ultimately involve killing other animals for food,” he says. One of Tuttle’s more controversial claims is that the herding culture— raising, dominating, selling, killing and owning animals—sets up a harmful physical, emotional and cultural dynamic, extolling domineering and aggressive behavior. “The herding culture requires male dominance and a mentality that might makes right,” observes Tuttle. “It also sees females as primarily breeders, not beings.” Based on contemporary research in anthropology, sociology and psychopathology, he maintains that the actions required to both dominate animals and eat their meat can lead to more aggressive and violent behavior. One recent study seems to support his claim. Dr. Neil Barnard, in his book, Foods That Fight Pain, remarks that, “Plant-based diets also help tame testosterone’s activity.” Barnard cites a Massachusetts male aging study of 1,552 men ages 40 to 70, which indicated that men eating more fruits and vegetables than meat were less domineering and aggressive, because the increased sex hormone-binding globulin produced by plants helps keep testosterone in check. “If we continue the meat-centric way of eating, we’re going to continue to have the problems that come with it,” says Tuttle. “The way forward is plant-based agriculture.”

Practicing a World Peace Diet The Tuttles shop for fresh, organic and non-GMO (genetically modified organism) foods and favor what they

call “blueprint recipes”, that vary from day to day. Each outlines the makings of a dish and encourages cooks to be intuitive in how they fill in the details. For a typical breakfast, for example, Tuttle and his wife, Madeleine, will make a green smoothie that includes kale, banana, apple, grapes, ground flax, chia seeds, cinnamon and fresh ginger. “It’s a flexible drink,” says Tuttle. “We will swap out whatever organic fruits and vegetables we have so that we vary the flavor from time to time.” For example, they might use parsley, spinach, or chard leaves in place of kale, or citrus in place of grapes. Lunch is usually a wrap-type sandwich, sometimes using fresh leaf lettuce or a whole-wheat tortilla. One recent example of such a wrap combined tomatoes, peppers, sprouts,

walnuts, tempeh and avocado. A dinnertime blueprint recipe involves a base of cooked rice, quinoa, pasta, mashed potatoes or polenta, topped with a vegetable ragout, cooked or raw. “You could live the rest of your life mixing and matching these ingredients and never have the same meal twice,” notes Tuttle. “We have been doing it for 30 years. If we all choose to eat like this, the world could feed everybody on a fraction of the land now consumed by agriculture.”

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Exercise Helps Keep Family Holidays Merry by Sarah Todd


iven family hopes and often unrealistic expectations that everything will go perfectly, holiday gatherings can sometimes be a recipe for untoward stress. One of the best ways to keep potential ’tis-the-season tensions under control is to carve out some time for exercise, a move supported by research findings at Princeton University. Other experts suggest that from practicing a favorite Eastern modality to taking a natural spin around the neighborhood, we all have instant access to foolproof tactics for staying relaxed, healthy and more even-keeled among kin this winter.



To mend nerves frayed by debates at the dinner table, slip into a nearby bedroom for a calming yoga workout. Yoga’s emphasis on controlled breathing makes it ideal for treating family dynamics straight out of Silver Linings Playbook. The Mayo Clinic reports that deep breathing increases the flow of oxygen into the bloodstream, easing headaches, muscular tension and chest tightness. Yogic breathing patterns also are shown to lower resting heart rates, which helps practitioners stay composed in the face of any intrafamily disagreements

or other stressors. For a quick, relaxing yoga routine, begin with a few breathing exercises before moving into a sun salutation—a sequence of full-body poses, or asanas, performed in a smooth, continuous flow. Begin standing, palms pressed together in the tadasana, or mountain, pose. Then move through a series of motions that sweep the arms over the head, expanding the chest, before dipping into downward dog and plank poses, which help increase flexibility and strength. End lying down in the shavasana, or resting, pose with eyes closed and let the quiet settle in. Resistance-training exercises are another option. Release pent up tension by pushing against a wall. Stand about three feet away, lean in and push. Position feet at an angle so that a straight body line forms the hypotenuse of a triangle with the wall and floor. This activity drains the limbs of tightness and stretches out hamstrings and calf muscles, enabling us to walk away feeling light and limber. While some people can happily greet and maintain cheerfulness throughout holiday family times, others may feel a bit anxious. For a sure-fire endorphin boost, try a cardiovascular

workout like running, which German researchers published in Cerebral Cortex confirm produces a flood of euphoria on cue. A quick jog or spirited walk outside helps elevate mood while strengthening the immune system, helping to keep feelings of melancholy at bay. Before heading for the door, those stretching their legs outside in colder climates need to dress as if it’s 20 degrees warmer than the thermometer reads. This helps prevent the body from overheating, especially after being sedentary for an extended period. To get the blood flowing beforehand, do some simple stretching or take a few trips up and down the stairs. Exercisers that prefer to stay sheltered from wintry weather entirely have a solid alternative; an indoor cardiovascular workout can mimic jogging’s mood-lifting effects. Try alternating 12 reps of jumping jacks, lunges, squats and crunches to get the heart pumping. Consider a second series for a higher intensity workout. All of it will give muscles that often go slack during holiday loafing a chance to flex. Because these moves don’t require any equipment, such electives are as portable as a travel hair dryer during holiday visits anywhere. After one or more of these solo workouts, many revelers may be ready to up the ante on family togetherness. For a healthy dose of quality time, round up the gang and enlist them in a high-energy outdoor activity like hiking, sledding or even Ultimate Frisbee. Participating in friendly family competition is healthy fun and gives everyone something else to talk about later.

newintention Lakota Advice for Life Friend do it this way—that is, whatever you do in life, do the very best you can with both your heart and mind. And if you do it that way, the Power Of The Universe will come to your assistance, if your heart and mind are in Unity. When one sits in the Hoop Of The People, one must be responsible because All of Creation is related. And the hurt of one is the hurt of all. And the honor of one is the honor of all. And whatever we do affects everything in the universe. If you do it that way—that is, if you truly join your heart and mind as One—whatever you ask for, that’s the Way It’s Going To Be. Source: Passed down from White Buffalo Calf Woman and

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Humanity’s Eternal Quest Eckhart Tolle on the Kingdom of Heaven Within by Eric Nelson in this lifetime. This is exactly the point that Tolle, one of the world’s most well-known spiritual teachers and authors, rebuffed during a talk earlier this year at California’s Stanford University. “Some people awaken spiritually without ever coming into contact with any meditation technique or any spiritual teaching,” he said. “They may awaken simply because they can’t stand the suffering anymore.” He went on to cite examples of those that have either been told they photo by David Ellingsen


o listen to Eckhart Tolle is to be reminded that anything is possible—for anyone. We’re not talking about living a life of leisure, filled with expensive cars, beach homes and extravagant vacations, but an experience brimming with the kind of spiritual insights that make this life not only worth living, but decidedly more fulfilling. The problem is that when people hear the words “spiritual insight”, there’s often an assumption that it’s about something too ethereal to be practical or too elusive to be achieved

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have a short time to live or have been given an exceptionally long prison sentence. In both cases, any thought of a future has been effectively dashed, forcing these individuals into what Tolle describes as an intense awareness that there is only the present moment, with no more future to escape into mentally. The result is a lot less suffering. “That is the real spiritual awakening, when something emerges from within you that is deeper than who you thought you were,” says Tolle. “So, the person is still there, but one could almost say that something more powerful shines through the person.” The good news, according to Tolle, is that in order to experience this awakening, “You don’t have to wait for the diagnosis by the doctor or to be put in prison… nor do you have to do 30,000 hours of meditation or live in an ashram for 20 years. Once you get a glimpse of it, you can invite it into your daily life.” For a growing number of people, it’s this understanding of the always present “spiritual you” shining through

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that has led to significant improvements in their lives, not the least of which is better health. This would seem to indicate that these kinds of spiritual insights aren’t the least bit ethereal or elusive, but decidedly practical. “Spirituality and religion belong in the healing paradigm,” writes Airdre Grant, Ph.D., of Australia’s Southern Cross University, in a study published in the Journal of the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society. “They are determinants of health and they are factors in recovery, well-being and longevity.” So where do these insights come from? Is it simply a matter of wishful thinking? Or is it perhaps something more reliable, more effective than that? “Jesus said, ‘The kingdom of heaven is within you,’” observes Tolle, implying that this health-inducing understanding may be a lot closer than we thought. “I think if he lived nowadays, instead of ‘kingdom’, he would have said, ‘dimension’. And ‘heaven’ refers to a sense of vastness or spaciousness. So if we retranslate the words of Jesus into modern terms, [it would be] ‘the dimension of


spaciousness is within you.’” “And then Jesus said—when they asked him, ‘Where is the kingdom of heaven and when is it going to come?’— he said, ‘The kingdom of heaven does not come with signs to be perceived. You cannot say, ah, it’s over there or look, it’s over there, for I tell you the kingdom of heaven is within you.’” How comforting it is to be reminded that the proverbial “kingdom of heaven” we’ve been hearing about for at least two millennia—this “dimen-

sion of spaciousness”, or what might be characterized as the understanding of our true spiritual identity—is “within you.” It’s within us all, here and now. All that remains is the willingness— and the humility—to put this insight into practice. Eric Nelson is a Christian Science healing practitioner from Los Altos, CA, whose articles on the link between spiritual consciousness and health appear regularly in national online publications. Connect at

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Pet First-Aid Kits All-Natural Home Health Care by Sandra Murphy


irst-aid is the first thing you can do to help an injured animal if you are prepared,” says Dr. Jason Nicholas, owner of The Preventive Vet, in Portland, Oregon. Attention in cases of injury or sudden illness can help a dog or cat stay more comfortable, stop bleeding and provide temporary relief. A pet first-aid kit can resemble a pantry more than a medicine cabinet. Natural components include: Cool water. Purified water kept in a spray bottle can cool overheated pets. For the fastest results, spray near the pulse points, the “armpits” and where fur is the thinnest. Further, a vet will assess if clinical hydration is needed beyond the water bowl. Saline solution. Versatile saline is available at the vet’s office or any pharmacy, and also easy and inexpensive to make at home. Use it to flush debris from eyes, clean wounds and promote healing from incisions. Two teaspoons of non-iodized salt in four cups of boiled water mimics body fluids. The Ohio State University Medical Center website provides a recipe for normal saline solution at Vinegar. It acts as a drying agent, especially for floppy-eared dogs taking a dip in a pool or natural waterway, which can leave the inner ear moist. “Don’t use vinegar if the skin is red or broken because it will be painful,” says Dr. Jules Benson, vice president of veterinary services at Petplan Pet Insurance, in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. Never use it more than twice a week.



Honey. Apply this sweet unguent to gums to help counteract low blood sugar and shock, particularly when a diabetic pet’s insulin levels are off. Maple syrup is a good substitute. Sugar. Although not recommended in a regular pet diet, sugar can be a topical antibacterial for the short term. Sugar draws water from the wound and dehydrates bacteria, supporting growth of new tissue. Plain yogurt. Adding this healthy refrigerated topping to dry food will activate a sluggish appetite and supply needed cultures to help balance the digestive system. Cornstarch. This non-toxic remedy helps stop minor bleeding from cuts, scrapes and pedicure accidents. Calendula. Also known as pot marigold, calendula cream may be used as an anti-inflammatory. Bug bites, scrapes, sunburn and itching from allergies also benefit from its application. Aloe. Easily grown in a garden or pot and available in gel form, aloe sooths burns, prevents blisters and speeds healing. It also serves as canine Chapstick. “Older dogs often have cracked skin on their noses,” notes Benson. “Aloe helps to heal the skin and keeps the dog comfortable.” Rescue Remedy. Illness or injury brings stress, and one common solution is Rescue Remedy. To relieve fear or anxiety, rub it onto a paw, nose or ears or add the recommended number of drops to water, a treat or food. It helps dogs, cats, horses, birds, fish and even iguanas. Dosage re-

lies on the extent of stress rather than weight or species. Clean cloths. For bee stings or insect bites on the body, cool compresses can reduce swelling and itching. Wet a washcloth with cold water or for larger welts, wrap an ice pack in a towel and apply for a few minutes at a time. For stings on the face or mouth, it’s best to go to the vet’s office immediately, so that airways don’t swell up and hinder breathing. Miscellaneous supplies. Keep on hand gauze, tape, small scissors, tweezers (for removing objects from the roof of the mouth or splinters), a small flashlight, clean socks to cover a bandage and disposable gloves to keep human germs out of open wounds. A dog in pain may bite without realizing it. Nicholas recommends a basket muzzle, so the dog can easily breathe and pant. When a pet eats or drinks non-food items or foods they shouldn’t, such as chocolate, grapes or onions, head to the local vet. Veterinarian Jeff Levy, in New York City, who is also a certified veterinary acupuncturist, counsels, “Always keep contact information for your vet, an emergency hospital and animal poison control center handy.” Also, find out where emergency services are located when traveling. Pets can go into shock just like humans. To prevent or reduce the impact, keep the animal warm and provide a deep massage of the ears, at the base, where ears meet the head. A couple of drops of lavender oil on a collar or bandana will help everyone relax. Do not put essential oils directly on the pet, especially cats, as it can be toxic. Just like children, pets may have accidents or get sick after office hours. Stay calm, head for the natural pet pantry and then call the family’s holistic veterinarian. Sandra Murphy is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect at StLSandyM@

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r. Randy Aronson, creator of the Partners in Animal Wellness (PAWS) Veterinary Center, built his healing center around a vision to provide the most comprehensive and innovative treatments for our companions. His facility offers preventative treatments, in-house diagnostic procedures, a complementary combination of Eastern and Western medicine and rehabilitation practices, rather than symptom treatment alone. He aims to care for the whole animal and unify medicinal practices to yield the most benefit for his patients. In an effort to enhance preventative and diagnostic capabilities as well as treatment outcomes, Aronson complements conventional biomedicine with alternative medicinal practices to support the most effective healing for each pet. Alternative therapies include Chinese herbal therapy, acupuncture, Chinese pulse and tongue diagnosis and stem cell therapy. Animal rehabilitation physiotherapies restore normal movement and muscle mass and accelerate healing while reducing pain and inflammation.

Planning rehabilitation takes many factors into account, specializing treatment based on length of time since the injury, age and temperament and recovery goals. Trigger-point therapy, balance retraining, underwater treadmill and hydrotherapy, and low-level laser therapy are a few of the many treatments PAWS offers. The veterinary center also offers Aronson’s product line of pet vitamins and dietary supplements to aid overall pet health between appointments. PAWS emphasizes the importance of low-stress visits. Aronson has focused on creating ease in appointments for both his clients and their pets. Two waiting areas are designated for “shy” and “social” animals. Separate exam rooms are used for cats and dogs, with options for special lighting and pheromone therapy available to reduce animal stress. PAWS is certified as a “cat-friendly practice” that offers feline boarding, with all team members trained in felinefriendly handling and two designated feline advocates on staff. Aronson continues to educate not only his staff, but also the community through his PAWS Radio show, where

he discusses alternative therapies for pet care, offers nutritional counseling and draws on more than 30 years of traditional veterinary experience to provide medical insight for solving health problems. PAWS has received recognition from the American Animal Hospital Association as an International Hospital of the Year. PAWS is a facility equipped with specialty treatment areas, a knowledgeable staff and innovative therapy methods to support veterinary excellence in all areas. PAWS is located at 300 E. River Rd., in Tucson. For more information, call 520-888-7297, visit or tune into PAWS Radio on at 8 a.m. Sat. on FM104.1.

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29 Transpersonal Somatic Therapy, Phase 1 – Nov 29-Dec 1. These workshops are designed for all types of therapists and health care providers who share the common interest in deepening presence, compassion and skills in their work with themselves and with others. $295 CE’s 16. ASIS Massage Education, 639 N 6th Ave. 928-639-3455.

markyourcalendar Tea and Empathy December 3 8:30 - 10:00 AM

West side location $20 - $30 requested Healthful breakfast and empathic listening. Treats to nourish your body and soul. Drop in group. Meets twice each month. to RSVP and for exact location.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3 Progressive Muscle Relaxation Classes – 1pm. 3 Sessions. Also Dec 10 & 17. Learn and practice Dr. Edmund Jacobson’s tension reducing technique. $60 for all three sessions. Man in the Maze Room, Casas Adobes Professional Plaza, 6965 N. Oracle Rd. 520-797-1234.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5 Personal Consultations, Soul Readings, Crown Chakra Blessings – Dec 5-6. More fully understand your karma, soul’s journey and life blockages with a Soul Reading. Transform through a Divine Healing Blessings to remove sickness, life blockages with a Karma Cleansing. With Dr. and Master Sha. By appt, Debra 480-338-1012. Soul Healing Miracles: Special Event & Book Signing– 6:30 pm. Experience Soul Healing Miracles with Dr. and Master Sha during this joyful and uplifting evening. Free. Barnes & Noble, Scottsdale Fiesta Shopping Center, 10500 N. 90th Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85258, 480 -391-0048.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6 Transpersonal Somatic Therapy, Phase II – Dec 6-8. Awareness in therapy, meditation and inquiry. Specific methods and practices will be taught for awakening empathic attunement and compassion, while discovering how the emotional body is layered and a key to aliveness. $295 CE’s 16. ASIS Massage Education Sedona/Clarkdale Campus, 701 S Broadway, Clarkdale. 928-639-3455.



TaliasVan’s Bright & Morning Star Choir & Orchestra–5-6pm. Dec 6 & 7. Come early to the beautiful Tubac Luminaria nights to experience this magnificent, 40-voice choir performing at the Tubac Plaza Main Stage. Donations appreciated. Tubac Plaza Main Stage, 29 Tubac Plaza, Tubac. 520-398-2542. IONS Tucson Monthly Presentation – 6:308pm. Join Tucson Astrologer, Jeff Harman, for his presentation “The Universe: An Interactive Consciousness”. He will discuss how quantum physics is drawing science closer to accepting the workings of the ancient systems of wisdom. $5 suggested donation. Unity of Tucson, 3617 N Camino Blanco. 520-399-8285. Refuge from Life’s Difficulties – 6:30-8pm. Gen Lingpur will explain how we develop the inner resources that protect us from suffering and problems. Developing this refuge is the gateway through which we enter Buddhism. Followed by Refuge Retreat Dec 7-12. $10. Kadampa Meditation Center, AZ, 1701 E Miles St. 520-441-1617. Soul Healing Miracles Evening with Dr. and Master Sha – 7-10pm. Understand the Law of Karma and blockages it creates in health, finances, intelligence, relationships. Receive Soul Healing blessings from one of the most powerful healers to transform life. Love offering. Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix. 480-338-1012.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 Bio-Touch Practitioner Training – 10am-4pm. Dec 7 & 8. Fun, interactive hands-on training teaches how to help friends, family relieve pain & stress. $48 both days. Massage therapists receive 10 hours CE ($60). Bio-Touch Center, 5634 E Pima St. 520-751-7751. Reiki One Class – 10am-6pm. Deepen your ability to heal yourself and others, through being attuned to channel gentle, powerful, universal healing energies through your hands. $150, deposit required to hold place. Luminous Adventures Transformational Healing, E Hampton St. 520-204-6280. Soul Healing Miracles Workshop – 10am-8pm, Dec 7-8. You have the power to create your own soul healing miracle. Join Dr. and Master Sha and learn how to self-clear karma and receive Divine Karma Cleansing. $150, plus 2 guest passes. Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix. 480-338-1012. R’s Raw Kitchen Beginning Series – 1:303:30pm. Dec 7, 14, 21, 28. Series of 4 classes teaches basic raw food skills. Enjoy a hands-on learning experience in the kitchen. Share the magic around the table eating the food you’ve made. $135/$50 deposit required. R’s Kitchen, Pima/Country Club Area. 520-256-1663.

SoulCollage Gathering – 3-5:45pm. Create personal SoulCollage cards and then share a scrumptious vegetarian meal together at 6pm. Facilitated by Pamela Dakota Gold. No experience needed/supplies included. $20. The Tasteful Kitchen, 722 N Stone. 520-906-7542.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8 Reiki Two Class – 10am-6pm. For anyone that has received the Reiki Level One attunement. This is an opportunity to dive more deeply into the divine healing energies of Tibetan and Usui Reiki. $200, deposit required to hold place. Luminous Adventures Transformational Healing, E Hampton St. 520-204-6280. Bruno Groening Film Screening – 12-5pm. Learn about the German faith healer who became internationally known in the 1940s. Free. University of Arizona Medical Center, 1501 N Campbell Ave, Cafeteria Room E. 520-904-4801.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9 Insights into Dissolving Anger and Conflict – 6:308pm. Anger specialist Bill White, M.A. will give deep insights into problems – and surprising solutions – to everyday emotional upsets. RSVP 520-319-9132. Free. Discover Chiropractic Clinic, 7290 E Broadway. 520-869-6782.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12 The Sacred Heart of Meditation and Prayer – 6-8pm. Learn how to explore the sacred dimension of your being by going deeply into your heart. Free. Tucson Osteopathic Medica Foundation, 3182 N Swan. 520-299-2170. Heart@IAmHeart. org. TIES Guest Speaker: Amy Call – 6:30pm. Amy Call had an allergic reaction to prescribed medication and ‘died’of anaphylactic shock in 2003. Escorted by a Being of Light, she was enveloped in Love and later received an outline of the Natural Laws of the universe. $5. Unity of Tucson, 3617 N Camino Blanco Pl. 520-395-2365.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 Healthy Happy Hour – 5-7pm. Join us for chill music and good conversation with other healthy minded people. Chinese tea from Seven Cups and healthy snacks. RSVP: . Friday Happy-ness Hour – 6-8:30pm. End your busy week with a short meditation on finding lasting happiness followed by a light vegetarian meal and good Sangha company. Pe-register. Dinner $5. Kadampa Meditation Center, AZ, 1701 E Miles St. 520-441-1617.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 Reiki Level II – 12pm. The symbol provided in Level II allows you to heal at a distance and to access information across all time and space. $100. New Moon Haven, 16256 N Oracle Rd. 520-245-4214.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15 Intro to Massage Workshop – 3-6pm. Discover, learn, and/or practice some foundational massage therapy techniques. $25. ASIS Massage School, 639 N 6th Ave, (SW corner at 4th St). 520-343-0338. Transpersonal Somatic Therapy – 5pm. This bodymind therapist training helps participants develop an experiential understanding of the context of therapy as a psychological, relational, spiritual continuum. Instructor: Paul Linn, MA, LMHC, LMT. $295. ASIS Massage School, 639 N 6th Ave, (SW corner at 4th St). 866-334-3348.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 16 ASIS Open House – 4:30-6pm. Check out the school, meet other prospective students, staff and faculty, enjoy refreshments, ask any and all questions you may have. Free. ASIS Massage School, 639 N 6th Ave, (SW corner at 4th St). 520-343-0338.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18 Health Webinar – 3-4pm. What Your Doctor Isn’t Telling You: How ingredients In Everyday Products Are Sabotaging You Health, Weight & Success. Gain a clear picture of how unsuspecting items in our homes may be interfering with or undermining all of the hard work you put in to getting or keeping yourself fit and healthy. Free webinar online or phone. 520-762-1314. Bio-Touch Open House – 6pm. Informal presentation of Bio-Touch, a bio-energetic technique, by co-founder Paul Bucky. Includes question & answer segment. Free. Bio-Touch Center, 5634 E Pima St. 520-751-7751.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20 Angel Gong Salt-Water Pool Meditation – 6:308pm. Bathe your spirit and release your stress in the Angel Gong waves with Marcia Breitenbach, while floating in the heavenly warm salt-water indoor pool. $15. Santa Rita Springs, near Grand and Mountain. 520-975-5376.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21 Christmas Meditation – 8:30am-12:30pm. Special 4-hour meditation to bring the real meaning of Christmas and this special season into our lives. A Yogananda tradition. Free. Ananda Center of Tucson, 1002 E Prince Rd. 520-299-9309.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – 6-7:30pm. Harpist, violin, chorus, soloists, Pageant of the Disciples and a candlelighting procession make Christmas Eve spiritually beautiful and wondrous. Come renew the deeper meaning of Christmas. Unity of Tucson, 3617 N Camino Blanco. 520-488-8284.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28 Angel Gong Concert – 3pm. Bathe in the Angel Gong Waves with Marcia Breitenbach, MA, while floating in a warm, salt-water indoor

pool. $15. Santa Rita Springs, 1195 E Edison. RSVP or 520-975 5376. Bruno Groening Circle of Friends – 3-4:30pm. Bruno Groening Circle to Hold a Community Hour. Free. University of Arizona Medical Center, 1501 N Campbell Ave, Cafeteria Room E. 520-904-4801.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31 Soul Healing New Year’s Eve – Noon-1am. Join us for a special Yuan Bao Gratitude Ceremony, blessings, teachings and a special silent meditation to create Soul Healing Miracles for your life in 2014. Everyone welcome for any activity. Rejuvenate Center, Phoenix. 480-338-1012.

upcoming FRIDAY, JANUARY 3 Soul Communication: Receive Soul Messages to Guide Your New Year – 10am-8pm, Jan 3-5. Join Master Ximena, Divine Channel, for a powerful workshop to open your Soul Language Channel and develop your translation abilities to receive guidance from saints and Divine for your life. $125 pre-registration. 480-338-1012. IONS Tucson Monthly Presentation – 6:30-8pm. Sanjay Manchanda, PhD presentation “How Do You Experience Yourself: As a Wave, a Particle or a Field of Pure Potential?”, explores how our subjective experience of ourselves is a filter through which we perceive the world. $5 suggested donation. Unity of Tucson, 3617 N Camino Blanco. 520-399-8285.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 5 2nd Annual Building the Foundations of Health Series – 10am-6pm. Begin your new year by joining our life-changing Series. Individualized consults with Dr. Saber, ND and Arlene Siegel, Raw Food Educator included to help each participant define their own new life goals. Ongoing classes are January 12, 19, 26 from 1-3 pm. $249. WellnessFirst!, 3861 N First Ave. 520-668-0039. Meditation for Everyone – 1-2pm. Learn to calm the mind, nervous system, enhance your connection to the divine. Enjoy the inner and outer peace meditation brings. Free. Wellness First, 3861 N 1st Ave. 520-625-8312.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 9 Earth Harmony Sustainability Seminar – 8am-7pm. Jan 9-12. Building an ecovillage. Organic gardening. Learn from one of largest EcoVillages in US for 24 years. Early reg. by Dec. 9: $500; Late reg.: $700 (incl. housing & meals). Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage, 2074 Pendleton Dr, Tumacacori. 520-603-9932. TIES Guest Speaker: Steve Roach – 6:30pm. Internationally-renowned as a prolific artist, Steve Roach has dedicated nearly three decades to exploring a myriad sound worlds for that connection with the timeless source of inspiration from his near-death experience. $5. Unity Church of Tucson, 3617 N Camino Blanco Pl. 520-3952365.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11 Bio-Touch Practitioner Training – 10am-4pm. Jan 11-12. Fun, interactive hands-on training teaches how to help friends, family relieve pain & stress. $48 both days. Massage therapists receive 10 CEUs ($60). Bio-Touch Center, 5634 E Pima St. 520-751-7751. Reiki Level I: Enhance Your WellBeing On All Levels – 12-5pm. Reiki enables you to raise your frequency and well being and that of loved ones and pets on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. $100. Highlands at Dove Mountain, 4949 W Heritage Club Blvd, Marana. 520-245-4214.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 18 Belief Systems – 1-3pm. Judy Ferrig, M.S. Unconscious belief systems stored in DNA block progress despite our hardest efforts. Learn to reprogram yourself for growth. $30 adv/$35 at event. Spirits Child Metaphysical Bookstore, SE Corner of River and Orange Grove, by Sprouts. 520-245-4214.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 19 Rediscover Natural Power & Grace –Starts on 1/9/14. Learn the essentials of mind-body training. Learn our method using meditation, bodywork and partner practice. Focus for two weeks on the breath, two weeks on meditation and two weeks on partner training. Register Homeopathic Medicine – 3-5pm. Also Jan 26 & Feb 2. Learn homeopathic first aid, treatment for acute illnesses, flu, fever, colds & indigestion, low libido, vibrant energy, stamina, resiliency, & rejuvenation. Soup, salad, homemade bread included free. $35. Renee’s Organic Oven, 7065 E Tanque Verde Rd. .

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22 Reiki Advanced Symbols – 12-5pm. If you have taken Reiki Level I training, you are at the right point to begin to do this work to add additional power to your work. $75. New Moon Haven Metaphysical Bookstore, 16256 N Oracle Rd. 520-245-4214.

SATURDAY, MARCH 8 2014 PCOA Ages ‘n Stages Active Adult Lifestyle Expo – 9am-4pm. Celebration of an active adult lifestyle in Pima County. 100 exhibitors, informative seminars and musical entertainment and fun activities for all ages. Free event/parking. Casino del Sol Grand Ballroom, 5655 West Valencia Rd. 520-835-2047.

SATURDAY, MARCH 29 HARD CHARGE Tucson – 8:30am-3pm. A 4-mile obstacle course race and national TV show are coming to Tucson. Registration is open now at Free for spectators. MC Motorsports, 11700 S Harrison Rd. 701-261-4440.




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Chapel of Awareness Sunday Services – 10-11am Meditation and Healing, 11 am-12pm Lecture, Absent Healing and Spirit Messages. Rev. Jim McCaw. All parts of the service are free. 2850 E Grant Rd . Inspirational Services – 10am-2pm. Word of inspiration, healing, meditation, psychic messages. United Fellowship Chapel, 4718 E Hawthorne St. 520-327-0142. Artisan Marketplace – 10am-8pm. Also Sat. Local artisans, psychic readings, and more. New vendors always welcome. Free. Monterey Court, 505 W Miracle Mile. 520-207-2429 X 2. Science of Spirituality – 10am-2pm. New hours. WellnessFirst!, 3861 N 1st Ave. 520-209-1755.

daily Morning and Evening Meditation – 7am & 7pm, Daily. Begin and end your day with Sanskrit chanting, worship and meditation in the contemplative environment of Jyoti Mandir – Temple of Light. Free. Desert Ashram, 3403 W. Sweetwater Dr, 520-743-0384.


Celebration and Potluck – 10:30am. Last Sun. Love-based, practical spiritual teachings empower you to live your most abundant and meaningful life. Celebrate your magnificence. Child care available. Unity Spiritual Center of Peace, 1551 S Eastside Loop #121. 520-546-3696. Sunday Worship – 10:30-11:30am. Founded on the power of prayer, and honoring Jesus as our Master Teacher, Unity provides practical teachings to help people live healthy and meaningful lives.Child care available. Unity Spiritual Center of Peace, 1551 S Eastside Loop, Ste 121. 520-546-3696.

I Ching Lunar Journaling – 1st Sun. New moon seminars engaging spiritual alchemy in a Zen Taoist way. Shojo 6, 18 days or 72 days over 2 1/2 lunar cycles. For seminar times and locations go to 520-331-1956.

Community Interfaith Church – 10:45 am Visioning Meditation; 11 am Youth Church and Sunday Celebration. Solutions for living in today’s world. Rev. George Wrigley, Senior Minister. 6265 N La Canada, south of Orange Grove Rd, on west side of road.  520-861-8734.

The Deeper Meaning of Jesus’ Words – 9am & 11 am. Explore the underlying ideas of our Christian heritage for your deeper understanding. Child care provided. Unity of Tucson, 3617 N. Camino Blanco. Unity of Tucson, 3617 N Camino Blanco. 520-577-3300.

Sunday Service – 11am. Coffee & conversation, 10:30am. Celebrating the Unity of God and Man, Worship, Healing, Prophesy. The Temple of Universality. Masonic Temple, 3590 N. Country Club Rd., Country Club & Prince. Founder Rev. Betty Tatalajski: 520-884-5340.

House of Love & Light - 10am. Meditation, music & more. Quality Inn & Suites, 7411 N. Oracle Rd. 520-270-0409. Ai Chi – 10am. With Connie Seddon. Combining Tai Chi with Shiatsu and Qi Gong, a flowing, powerful program of movement in a warm saltwater pool to increase oxygen and nutritional absorbtion. $15. Santa Rita Springs. 520-777-4940/520-245-6616. Center for Spiritual Living Tucson’s Sunday Celebration Services – 10am, meditation; 10-11:30am, service. Nickerson Auditorium, 3231 N Craycroft Rd, 85712. 520-319-1042,, Center of Hope – 10am-12pm. Prayer at 10am followed by worship at 10:30am. Children’s Service at 11am; Close with social time and coffee. 505 W Miracle Mile. 520-882-8132. Advice for Life and Prayers for World Peace – 10-11:15am. Learn how to put Buddha’s teaching to use in our normal busy lives. Concurrent children’s class. By donation. Kadampa Meditation Center, 1701 E Miles Street. 520-441-1617. weekly-classes/kmc-sundays/.



Yogananda Gathering – 11am. 3rd Sun. Attune to Yogananda’s teachings through chanting, meditation affirmations, readings and the beautiful Festival of Light ceremony.” Snack and fellowship follows. 1002 E Prince Rd. Elizabeth: 520-299-9309. Aqua Yoga – 12 & 1:30pm. 3rd Sun. Yoga poses in the comfort and support of heated water open up possibilities for improved balance, stretching, breathing and relaxation. $15. Santa Rita Springs, 1195 E Edison. 520-370-3499. Church of Mankind Services – 2pm. Come to the healing chair and receive laying-on of hands or messages from your Angels and Guides during services. Church of Mankind, 1231 S Van Buren Ave. 520-461-2910, 520-790-7374. Gentle Body Love Yoga – 3:30-4:30pm. Cultivate a healthy body image in a safe and therapeutic environment. Learn to love yourself unconditionally. $10 drop-in/ $8 student/ $40 5-class pass. The Movement Shala, 435 E 9th St. 484-802-5985.

Desert Ashram -– 7pm. Also Thurs, 7pm. Immerse yourself in a beautiful and peaceful monastic center. Spiritual teachings of Swami Amar Jyoti, chanting, meditation, library, bookshop, walking paths. Free. Personal retreats available. Desert Ashram, 3403 W Sweetwater Dr. 520-743-0384.

monday Joyful Hearts Yoga Classes - 9-10am, Sunrise Chapel; 12-1pm, Harrison Hills/Pantano Park; 3-4pm, Tucson Meadows; 6-7pm, VFW Post 549. $5 per class. Visit for full address/ schedule information. Tim Howell, 520-808-9383. Bio-Touch Sessions – 9am-5pm. For soothing arthritis and other pain, stress relief and supporting good health, as an application of the universal principle “Love Thy Neighbor”. By donation. Bio-Touch Center, 5634 E Pima St. 520-751-7751. Connected Warriors Yoga for Vets – 1011am. Free yoga classes for vets, current service members and their families. Free. Arizona Power Yoga, 8567 N Silverbell Rd. 520-572-7697. Aquatic Therapy Rehabilitation – 11:30am. Slow, gentle movements with guided breathing in a warm indoor pool. Relieve pain, tension, depression, improve circulation, breathing, flexibility, tone, endurance, laughter. 8 classes: $160. First class free. Santa Rita Springs. 520-742-4292. A.C.T. for Creating – 1-2pm. Use the positive energy of a supportive creative community for inspiration and momentum. Tele-conference with Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach, Pamela Dakota Gold, M.A. Free. 520-906-7542. Back Pain Boot Camp – 4:30pm. This boot camp focuses on correcting common abnormalities, as well as strengthening your posterior chain (gluteal musculature) and your core as a whole. First class free. WellnessFirst!, 3861 N First Ave. 520-591-1634. Ganoderma Coffee – 7pm. English Conference: Learn more about Ganoderma. Announce you’re Luis & Alma Celaya’s guest and recieve a free sample. Free. Los Portales Restaurant “Ocotillo Lounge”, 2615 S 6th Ave. 520-955-4398. Understanding Karma – 7-8:30pm. Begin to understand actions and effects (karma), and comprehend the causes of our experiences. This understanding gives us incredible power to change our life and to live the life we have always wanted. First classfFree, $10/ or 5-class card/$40. Animus Center, 5575 E River Rd, Ste121. 520-441-1617.

Taoist and Sufi Meditation – 7:15pm. With Oliver Wilson. Integrate two spiritual traditions to bring deep inner peace to your being. Utilizes Taoist Water Method and chanting of divine qualities. Contact Oliver at 520-881-0723. Donation. Caritas Center for Healing, 330 E 16th St.

tuesday Joyful Hearts Yoga Classes - 10:30-11:30am, VFW Post 549; 1:30-2:30pm Roncon Country East (by invite); 4:30-5:30pm & 6-7pm, Vail School District Office. $5 per class. Visit for full address/schedule information. Tim Howell, 520-808-9383. Manual Lymph Drainage - UMC North Cancer Center twice a week. Justine Robbins, M.Ed., NCTMB, Certified Lymphedema Therapist, specializes in Breast Cancer Treatment Related Lymphedema. Appointments , 520-908-8907. 8am Workout – 8-9am. Combination of yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi ending with meditation. Bring yoga mat and water bottle. $10. WellnessFirst!, 3861 N First Ave. 520-209-1755. Restorative Movement – 10-11am. Develop your body’s ability to serve you & regain youthful agility as you age by increasing body awareness. Work in 96 degree solar heated Santa Rita Springs waters, using somatic principles, breath work and relaxation techniques. $15. Santa Rita Springs. 520-977-6847. Ventana Plaza, Farmers’ Market – 3-7pm. Organic produce, organic meats and eggs, prepared food, baked items, body care products, coffee, teas, jams, jellies, soaps, artisans and live music. Free. Sunrise and Kolb. 520-603-8116. Qigong Practice – 5:30-6:30pm. Increase your vitality with the ancient Chinese health practice. Reduce stress, prevent falls, enhance balance, inspire the immune system. $9. Mindful Yoga Studio, 1001 N Wilmot Rd. 520-370-8066. Tucson Tuesday Laughter Yoga – 6-7pm. Gently through breathing and yogic exercises, we touch your heart with playful laughter designed to promote peace and healing. Free. St Francis in the Foothills Church, Rm 30. 520-275-9802. Unity Public Observatory – 6-9pm. Also Thurs. The solar program will start 1 hour before sundown: the night program starts after that. Unity of Tucson, 3617 N Camino Blanco, 520-303-6042. Distance Healing Conference Calls – 6:30-7pm. 3rd Tues. Distance energy healing offers a powerful way to receive the benefits of Reiki and Deeksha, with a guided meditation first to help you relax and open call 805-399-1000 and enter access code: 611994. Free.

Understanding Karma – 6:30-8pm. Begin to understand actions and effects (karma), and comprehend the causes of our experiences. This understanding gives us incredible power to change our life and to live the life we have always wanted. First classfFree, $10/ or 5-class card/$40. A Rich Experience Massage Studio & Spa, 7435 N Oracle Rd, Ste #101. 520-441-1617.

wednesday Joyful Hearts Yoga Classes - 8-9am, Tanque Verde Luthern Church; 12-1pm, Yoga Connection; 3-4pm, Fountain of Life Church; 6-7pm VFW Post 549. $5 per class. Visit for full address/ schedule information. Tim Howell, 520-808-9383. Green Chamber Breakfast Networking – 7:309:30am. 2nd Wed. Join SAGCC (Southern Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce) Every 2nd Wednsday of every month at our Breakfast Buffet at the Viscount Suites on Broadway and Rosemont. Network and learn what is happening in the Green Industry of our community. Starts at 7:30am to 9:30am Please RSVP at or call 520-777-7138 and leave a message.. $15 Members $20 non members. Viscount Suites Hotel, 4855 E Broadway, 520-870-2136. Rainbow Sun Qigong – 9-10am. This ancient Chinese mind-body-spirit healing practice lowers stress, boosts immune system, calms the mind, creates balance and harmony within. $7. Lotus Massage & Wellness Center, 2850 E Grant Rd, Tucson. 520-760-0054. Silent Prayer and Meditation – 9:45-10:15am. Experience the healing peace of shared Silence. Unity Spiritual Center of Peace welcomes all who wish to explore and discover their Oneness with Spirit. 1551 S Eastside Loop, Ste 121. 520-546-3696. Belly Dancing for All Belly Types – 10-11am. Beginners to advanced all women only. Belly dancing, the sensual, fluidity that celebrates a womans ability to communicate through movement. Come learn, come explore, come dance. $5. WellnessFirst!, 3861 N First Ave. DeeAnn: 520-668-0039. Aquatic Therapy Rehabilitation – 11:30am. Slow, gentle movements with guided breathing in a warm indoor pool. Relieve pain, tension, depression, improve circulation, breathing, flexibility, tone, endurance, laughter. 8 classes: $160. First class free. Santa Rita Springs, 520-742-4292. Sunset Ai Chi – 6pm. with Julia Barwell. Movement and relaxation program combining Tai-Chi concepts with Shiatsu and QiGong techniques, performed standing in warm water. $15/class. Santa Rita Springs. 520-360-1798. Tai Chi and Chi Kung – 6-7:30pm. Instruction in Wu Style Tai Chi Long Form and related Chi Kung; emphasis on whole-body movement. Nonviolent self-defense. Free. Rm 30-31, Saint Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church, 4625 E River Rd. 520-795-8612.

Oneness Blessing Circle - 6:30-8:30pm. Awaken to Divine love, inner peace, quieting of your mind and grace, through Deeksha, a blessing and transfer of Divine energy. $10 donation. Luminous Adventures Transformational Healing E Hampton St. 520-204-6280.

thursday Joyful Hearts Yoga Classes - 9-10am, Sunrise Chapel; 12-1pm, Harrison Hills/Panano Park; 2-3pm, Tucson Meadows; 4:30-5:30pm & 6-7pm. Vail School District Office. $5 per class. Visit for full address/schedule information. Tim Howell, 520-808-9383. Meditative Angel Gong Wave in Salt-Water Pool – 10:30-11:30am. 1st & 3rd Thurs. Experience the magic of the Angel Gong Wave frequencies while floating in a therapeutic salt-water indoor pool. $15. Santa Rita Springs Pool, near Grant and Mountain. 520-975-5376. Tai Chi and Chi Kung – 11am-12:30pm. Gentle flowing movements that relax the body, calm the mind, improve health, enhance your energy and make you feel good. Free. Church of Christ, 2848 N Mountain Ave. 520-795-8612. How To Meditate – 11:30am-12:30pm. In this 4-week class, practice sensory awareness, breath awareness, using a mantra, listen to music. $35 for 4 classes pre-paid or $10/class. 520 825-2009. Therapeutic Yin Yoga – 4:30-5:45pm. A quiet practice that compliments your regular dynamic yoga practice. Call for pricing & to reserve a space. Medicine Wheel Wellness, 4650 W Jojoba Dr. 520-743-3366. Yoga and Meditation – 5:15-6:45pm. As taught by Paramahansa Yogananda. Includes energization and chanting. All levels of yoga and meditation welcome. Free. 1002 E Prince Rd. Elizabeth: 520-299-9309. Green Chamber Monthly Networking Mixer – 5:30-7:30pm. 4th Thurs. RSVPat our website or 520-777-7138 and leave message. $10/members:$15/non-members. Location different every month. 520-870-2136. Peace Circle – 6pm. 1st Thur. Focus on peace education -the causes and conditions of peace. Free will donation. Our Family Services, 3830 E Bellevue. 520-323-1708. Chakra Workshops – 6-8pm. Explore, understand, and open the individual chakras through interactive workshops in our beautiful yoga studio. $15. Natural Way Wellness Spa & Yoga, 526 N 4th Ave. 520-882-8828. Unity Public Observatory – 6-9pm. Also Tues. The solar program will start 1 hour before sundown: the night program starts after that. Unity of Tucson, 3617 N Camino Blanco, 520-303-6042. TIES (Tucson IANDS Experience Sharing) – 6:30pm. 3rd Thurs (2nd Thurs Oct-May); Guest Speaker Series/Small Group Sharing Meetings. Share NDE’s and other spiritual transformations. Unity of Tucson, 3617 N Camino Blanco. Susan or Chuck: 520-395-2365.




Desert Ashram – 7pm. Also Sun. Immerse yourself in a beautiful and peaceful monastic center. Spiritual teachings of Swami Amar Jyoti, chanting, meditation, library, bookshop, walking paths. Free. Personal retreats available. Desert Ashram, 3403 W Sweetwater Dr. 520-743-0384. Ganoderma Coffee – 7pm. Spanish Conference: Learn more about Ganoderma. Announce you’re Luis & Alma Celaya’s guest and recieve a free sample. Free. Los Portales Restaurant “Ocotillo Lounge”, 2615 S 6th Ave. 520-955-4398.

friday Joyful Hearts Yoga Classes - 8-9am, Tanque Verde Lutheran Church; 10:30-11:30, VFW Post 549; 1:302:30pm, Rincon County East (by invite); 4-5pm, Fountain of Life Lutheran Church. $5 per class. Visit for full address/schedule information. Tim Howell, 520-808-9383. Personal Retreats – Desert Ashram, a contemplative meditation center, welcomes you for a personal retreat of peace, quiet and inspiration. Free. Desert Ashram, 3403 W Sweetwater Dr. 520-743-0384. 8am Workout – 8-9am. Combination of yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi ending with meditation. Bring yoga mat and water bottle. $10. WellnessFirst!, 3861 N First Ave. 520-209-1755. Yum Yum Stretch – 9-10:15am. With Jaime Chandler, LMT. A unique blend of yoga, meditation, breath work and fun. Mats, other props and light refreshment are provided. $10. Caritas Center for Healing, 330 E 16th St. Bio-Touch Sessions – 9am-5pm. Bio-Touch is an application of the universal principle “Love thy Neighbor,” as a means to alleviate pain, stress, and support good health. By donation. Bio-Touch Center, 5634 E Pima St, Tucson. 520-751-7751. Tucson Farmers’ Market East – 9am-1pm. Organic produce, fresh baked goods, custom blended teas, fresh roasted coffees, range-fed meats, gourmet soups and sauces, tamales and more. Jesse Owens Park, south of Broadway on Sarnoff. 520-882-2157. Women’s Group – 9:30-11:30am. A weekly group that explores personal issues through the ancient technique of intuitive drumming and guided meditation. $20. 520-405-0963. Elder Circle, The Wisdom Journey – 10am. 2nd Fri. Elder Circles, The Wisdom Journey, a space, respectful place for harvesting your life. Free will donation. St. Francis in the Foothills, 4625 E River (at Swan). 520-323-1708. Catalina Farmers’ Market – 10am-2pm. Fresh produce, baked goods, salmon, range-fed beef, artisans, unique gifts, food court, more. 77 N Marketplace (Farmer’s), 16733 N Oracle Rd (opposite Eagle Crest entrance), Catalina. 520-825-4427. Friday Farmers’ Market at Broadway Village – 10am-2pm. Southern Arizona’s only indoor (A/C)/outdoor venue. Organic produce, meats, prepared foods, baked goods, coffee/teas, cheese, eggs, plants, artisans, body care, massage, music. Broadway/Country Club. 520-603-8116.



Aquatic Therapy Rehabilitation – 11:30am. Slow, gentle movements with guided breathing in a warm indoor pool. Relieve pain, tension, depression, improve circulation, breathing, flexibility, tone, endurance, laughter. 8 classes: $160. First class free. Santa Rita Springs,

Reiki Share & Discussion – 3-5pm. 3rd Sat. Sharing the Universal Healing Energy of Reiki. Give and receive Reiki, discuss your Reiki successes and challenges, receive support in your practice and your personal healing. Please RSVP. $10 donation. Luminous Adventures Transformational Healing, 1631 E Hampton St. 520-204-6280.


Plant-Based Food Potluck Dinner – 4-6pm. 1st Sat. Enjoy the support of other like-minded healthy eaters and learn some new recipes. Potluck guidelines found at Free; must bring a dish to share. Healthy You Network Resource Center, 3913 E Pima St (at Alvernon). 520-207-7503.

Loft Cinema Farmers’ Market – 8-12pm. Weekly farmers’ market on our patio featuring fresh organic food from local vendors and farmers. Free. The Loft Cinema, 3233 E Speedway Blvd. 520-795-0844. Miracle Marketplace: Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market – 8am-12pm. Fresh organic produce, artisans, psychic readings, and more. New vendors always welcome. Ample parking. Monterey Court, 505 W Miracle Mile at 14th Ave. 520-207-2429 x2. Joyful Hearts Yoga Class - 9-10am. Vail School District Office, 13801 E. Benson Hwy. $5 per class. Visit for full address/ schedule information. Tim Howell, 520-808-9383. Oro Valley Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. Organic fruits and vegetables, breads, pastries, aromatherapy, tamales, salsa, flowers. Corner of Naranja & La Canada in the Town Hall complex. 520-882-2157. Rincon Valley Farmers’ Market – 9am-2pm. Organic produce, fresh flowers, baked goods, ironworks, arts and crafts by local artisans. 12500 E Old Spanish Trail. St. Philips Saturday Farmers’ Market – 9am-2pm. Organic produce and meats, prepared foods, baked goods, coffee/teas, cheese, eggs, honey, plants, body care, massage, green/ecological products, health conscious items, health practitioners, music. River & Campbell. 520-603-8116. Ai Chi – 10am. Ai Chi is meditative movement while standing in warm water, combining Tai-Chi & Shiatsu. Relax, increase stability, expand breathing, and connect with Self. $15. Santa Rita Springs, 1195 E Edison. 520-777-4940. Qigong Practice – 10-11am. Increase your vitality with the ancient Chinese health practice. Reduce stress, prevent falls, enhance balance, inspire the immune system. $7. New Moon Haven Conference Room, 16256 N Oracle Rd. Plaza Palomino Saturday Market – 10am-2pm. Fresh produce, breads, coffee, tea, plants, tamales, salsa and emu oil products. Live music. 2970 N Swan Rd. 520-523-1005. Artisan Marketplace – 10am-8pm. Also Sun. Local artisans, psychic readings, and more. New vendors always welcome. Free. Monterey Court, 505 W Miracle Mile. 520-207-2429 X 2. Breathe Well - Feel Better – 11am-1pm. With Steve Ross. This fun and highly interactive class addresses the simple solution to so many health and stress-related problems – proper breathing. Fragrance free. $20/class, Holiday/New Year Special: $25/hour for all services. 520-825-2009.

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. ~Mahatma Gandhi

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Michele Smith, M.Ac.O.M, L.Ac., Dipl, Ac. 1927 E. Grant Rd., 85719 520-777-7444 Licensed acupuncturist, Michele Smith, is confident and skilled in treating a wide range of health concerns, having administered thousands of acupuncture treatments. The clinic’s tranquil community setting and low cost allow patients to receive the quality healthcare needed. See ad page 14.

THRIVE FAMILY ACUPUNCTURE Jamie Szybala, Lac Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine WellnessFirst! 3861 N First Ave., 85719  520-955-4243 520-209-1755

Jamie is a second-generation healer and practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She uses acupuncture, manual therapy, dietary counseling and herbal formulas to correct imbalances and to help people honor their bodies to achieve optimum health at any age. See ad page 35.



Randy Usem, LMT Radix Practitioner Campbell & Grant 520-312-9563 Randy has 25 years bodywork experience, providing treatments that are stress busting or for specific issues. Sometimes sessions are energetic and primal, using sound, breath and movement which access deep tension and feelings. Also, Male-Female Team facilitating a uniquely blended, nurturing massage experience. See ad page 27.

BIO-TOUCH CENTER 5634 E Pima St, 85712 520-323-7951

Voted one of Tucson’s top Alternative Healing Centers. Sessions offered on a donation basis. Classes held monthly - Massage Therapists & Nurses receive CE Credits. See ad on page 27.

LOTUS MASSAGE & WELLNESS CENTER 2850 E. Grant Rd., 85716 520-326-7700

For massage that relieves long-held tension, alleviates pain, and brings lasting therapeutic benefits – while feeling great to receive – call Lotus Center. Enjoy deep tissue massage, specialty techniques, or combination treatments at no extra cost. You’ll appreciate our soothing setting and exceptional therapists. See ad page 27.


Dorothy Richmond, LMT Aquatic Massage, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Cranial Sacral, Watsu 520-622-4201 • 520-990-1857 Aquatic Massage, or Watsu®, immerses the body in 96 degree warm water, using flowing wavelike movement and the water’s resistance to stretch and free joints, muscles, connective tissue, and nerves while your therapist keeps your nose above water. Wave patterns of energy release tension into the flow and regenerate tissue. Deep relaxation frees the mind. See ad page 27.


Marie Miyashiro, APR Author, Speaker, Business Consultant 520-777-7271 P.O. Box 64338; 85728 For business owners and team leaders who want to increase productivity and profits, this book offers both real-world insights and practical tools for winning workplace collaborations. See ad on page 16.

EAT BY CHOICE, NOT BY HABIT Sylvia Haskvitz 520-572-9295

Using the Nonviolent Communication process, explore your inner critic’s messages that underlie your eating patterns and translate your judgments into compassion to connect with your underlying needs. Create the quality of relationship with food that you would like. Eat by Choice Adult and youth e-guidebooks available at See ad page 30.


Elucity Network, Inc. Business Consultant, Author, Speaker 520-777-7271 P.O. Box 64338; 85728 For business owners and team leaders who want to increase productivity and profits, Marie consults, writes, and speaks on the topic of winning workplace collaborations. See ad on page 16.


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Light-force chiropractic adjustments, Soft Tissue Release, nutritional counseling, weight-loss strategies, exercise programs. Call today for a free consultation. Mention seeing us in Natural Awakenings and receive $20 off an initial physical exam! See ad on page 8.





Fred Weiner, DC 3920 N. Campbell Ave., 85719 520-495-4400 Dr Weiner provides comprehensive chiropractic care utilizing muscle testing, structural adjustment, nutrition, meridian therapies, organ system targeted reflexology, and related techniques and therapies based on individual needs. See ad on page 9.

WINTERHAVEN HEALTH CENTER Dr Nathan Conlee 3020 North Country Club Rd., 87516 520-322-6161

Dr. Conlee, Chiropractor Neurologist, diagnoses and treats such conditions as Dystonia, ADHD, Peripheral Neuropathy, vertigo, migraine headaches, balance disorders, numbness, tingling, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and other conditions related to neurologic function. Also available: acupuncture, physiotherapy, kinesiotape, nutrition and allergy testing. See ad on page 19.


Randy Usem, LMT, Radix Practitioner Campbell & Grant 520-312-9563 Affordable alternative or addition to traditional therapy. Radix is a Neo-Reichian, Deep Feeling, Regressive Process similar to Bio-energetics and Primal Therapy. Exploring with breath, body awareness, centering and grounding to access anger, fear, grief, longing and restore love, trust, pleasure, fulfillment and aliveness. See ad page 27.


Bill White, M.A., Love Coach 520-319-9132 Quick and dramatic results are common. Bill is a master at navigating relationship challenges to restore love and play. Resolve anger, arguments, emotional distancing, broken trust, childhood influences. Free consultation. Satisfaction guaranteed.




LIFE COACHING FOR WOMEN Terri Levine, Coach-on-Fire 520-982-7091 Take the passion test today! Become clear about what’s important to you and what you really want in your life. Identify your top 5 passions and learn to align your life with those passions. Use awesome fire starters to stay focused and overcome obstacles.

STEVE ROSS, MA, MFT 520-320-5559

Steve Ross, M.A., M.F.T., specializes in anxiety reduction and stress management using diaphragmatic breathing, deep relaxation, mindfulness, and ways to neutralizing negative thoughts. Steve is an experienced meditation teacher and grief counselor. He offers classes, groups, and private coaching sessions.

SURPRISINGLY HEALTHY Kristen Codianni, CHHC AADP 520-762-1314

Experience increased energy, improved mental focus, better sleep, body fat loss, the ability to better cope with stress and more! Providing Guidance Support & Accountability. Working together to create a Sustainable Nutrition plan & lifestyle custom designed to fit you! See ad page 41.


Get clear about what you want and how to achieve it, with support and guidance on your journey. Through deep listening, powerful questions, and my practical and spiritual approach you will unveil your heart’s desire and live your dreams. See ad page 27.

COLON HYDROTHERAPY GENESIS NATURAL MEDICINE CENTER Dr. Nancy Aton, Family Practice 3920 N. Campbell Ave., 85719 520-495-4400

Dr Aton emphasizes the importance of healthy diet, is committed to helping patients achieve optimal health using natural methods and has been offering colon hydroptherapy to patients for six years. See ad page 9.


Sandra Joy Van Hall 2230 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, 85719 520-299-5158 Detoxify and improve your health with Colon Hydrotherapy. Let me be your “waste management” expert. Call today for a free phone consultation and have all your questions and concerns answered. Making this a comfortable and “ease-ful” experience is my specialty! See ad page 32.

VERY SPECIAL ALTERNATIVES Vonnie Schultz Albrecht, RN Central Tucson location 520-403-1686

Confidentiality, privacy, and respect for your individual needs. Closed gravity system with dual-filtered, UV-purified water and disposable speculums. Probiotic reflorastation. Also offering consultation, referral services, ear coning, phlebotomy skills, The One Command. Affordable rates & packages. By appointment including weekends.


Dr. Steven A. Swidler DDS & Dr. Kenneth C. Glass DDS 4650 W. Jojoba Dr., 85745 520-743-7101 • Medicine Wheel Dental is Tucson’s Premier holistic integrative dental practice. Utilizing a balanced mix of traditional dentistry with exclusive naturopathic, holistic and alternative modalities, Medicine Wheel Dental provides the highest level of personalized dental care. “With awareness we can make a choice.”


Sun Sprout Cloth Diaper Delivery Service brings clean cotton diapers to your door every week and cleans the dirty ones for you. Choose the ecological alternative to disposable diapers. To set up your service call us at: 520-351-2370 or visit See ad on page 34.


Graduate: Barbara Brennan School of Healing (4 yr. school) EFT Practitioner, Psyche-K 520-909-3455 Experience positive results in one appointment! Phyllis is highly Intuitive and gets directly to the root of your Health, Relationship and Career issues. Pain, depression/ anxiety, financial problems and sexual trauma resolution. Call now and get your Confident Self back!


Keep Your Energy System Flowing Candace Studebaker 520-818-3848 Testing and treating all 9 dynamic parts of the body’s energy system to rebalance for health. Bars-Access Consciousness, Reiki, Healing Touch, Therapeutic Touch and emotional and spiritual issues addressed. Individual instruction to maintain balance in the energy system. Emotional instruction to maintain balance in the energy system.


Lucia Maya 520-579-8844 Reiki - Craniosacral - Raindrop Technique. Lucia offers a unique blend of energy work and aromatherapy which brings you to a state of profound and deep relaxation. From this place of stillness, your body can heal, coming into balance and resolving physical and emotional pain. See ad page 27.


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SENIOR SERVICES, LLC 900 N Citadel Ave 85748 P: 520.296.5695 C: 520.404.4819 Your financial future is too important to be left to chance and hoping things will work out. Gail Benton offers a FREE Financial Assessment so you can get a quick look at your financial future and find out what it will take to create a safety net. See ad on page 34.

GARDENING PHIRE HEART COMMUNITY FARMS Don McKinnon, Co-Founder Sabino Canyon Rd. & E. Cloud Rd. 520-477-7040 •

Committed to growing the highest vibration and most nutritionally dense food possible. Members experience the joy of working as a team, in harmony with each other and nature. Feel the energy vortex and taste the Phire Heart difference.

GREEN LIVING SOUTHERN ARIZONA GREEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 2840 N. Country Club Rd., Ste. 101 85716 520-834-7362 •

SAGCC was formed to foster the success of green business and enterprise in Southern Arizona by uniting our members under the premise of sustainable business. We envision Southern Arizona as a leader in sustainable enterprise with a vibrant green economy committed to environmental and social responsibility.


Judy Ferrig, M.S., IARP Energy, Healing, and Communications 520-245-4214


Modern Organic Hairdressing Placita de la Luna 204 W. Grant Rd. 520-331-9006 • In the courtyard of placita de la luna, enter projekK hair studio and notice the scents of pine, rosemary and sage. Stylist Kathie features U.K. inspired cuts that need minimal styling. Haircolour is ammonia free and organic, providing beautiful professional results.


New Life Health Centers is locally owned and operated. We have been serving Tucson since 1970 with the best products to help you live a long and healthy life. Our motto is “New Life KNOWS Nutrition” We make it our goal to do just that… KNOW nutrition…in order to serve you better. See ad on page 28 and 29.


Lynda Witt ACCT Certified Thermographer 520-235-7036 Screening thermography has the opportunity to detect changes at any stage in the development of breast cancer from the first year through to when a tumor is dense enough to be seen with mammography. This early detection of change can lead to earlier diagnosis and better treatment options as well as the opportunity for patients and their healthcare practitioners to intervene at an early stage with preventive treatment. See ad page 33.


Energetic healing for people and animals is key to wellbeing and health. I use a variety of modalities such as Reiki, chakra and aura clearing, visualization, and balancing with stones, crystals, sound, color, and essences to work on the most effective vibrational level. Medical studies support the work I do as instrumental in healing.CE’s available for all Reiki levels.


Sylvia Haskvitz 520-572-9295 • Using the Nonviolent Communication process, explore your inner critic’s messages that underlie your eating patterns and translate your judgments into compassion to connect with your underlying needs. Create the quality of relationship with food that you would like. See ad page 30.




GOURMET GIRLS GLUTEN FREE BAKERY/BISTRO 5845 N. Oracle Rd., 85704 520-408-9000 Tues-Sun 7am-3pm

Do you have celiac disease or suffer from gluten intolerance? Visit Tucson’s only completely gluten free bakery/bistro where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or freshly baked treats in a relaxed and friendly environment without worrying about cross contamination. See ad on pages 24.


Enjoy resort-like atmosphere of waterfalls, peacocks, fountains and gardens while relishing international vegetarian cuisine emphasizing healthy organic produce. Dinner under $10. Join us for weekly Sunday Festival at 5:30 pm with musical meditation, spiritual discourse and dinner at 7 pm for $3.

R’S RAW KITCHEN Arlene H. Siegel 520-256-1663

Magic happens making and eating healthy, delicious foods together. Learn through a hands-on experience how to prepare raw vegan foods. All eating preferences welcome!


Rose Mayer 520-400-0758 Have a memorable puppet making birthday party. We come to you with supplies and do cleanup. One hour of crafty puppet making entertainment. Great for girls and boys ages 5-14. Kids love puppets! See ad page 30.

HOLISTIC HEALING CARITAS CENTER FOR HEALING 330 E. 16th St., 85701 520-624-2743 •

For a full-service wellness experience, come to Caritas, where you can receive Imago relationship counseling, acupuncture, massage therapy, Craniosacral therapy, and wellness classes. Select from our panel of experienced practitioners. Rental space for classes/ workshops is also available in this beautiful center located in a calm, historic neighborhood.



COYOTE HEALING CENTER David C Rupley, Jr, MD(H) 700 N Country Club Rd. Suite 110, 85716

Coyote Healing Center is using a new instrument that generates pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF). Tremendous results are reported including relief from sciatic pain, improved energy, enhanced healing, increased range of motion and relief from depression. Sessions can be scheduled with or without consultation with David Rupley, Jr., M.D.(H). See ad page 43.

LINDA CERVENY, LCSW, MSWAC, LLC 6965 N. Oracle Rd. Tucson, 85704 520-797-1234

Psychotherapist with 33 years experience. Specialities chemical dependency, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, dual diagnosis, GLBT issues, depression, women’s issues. Weekly Eating Disorders recovery therapy group available. Man in the maze room currently open to include numerous experiential offerings by a variety of practitioners, energy workers, artists, and teachers.

MARY BETH ACKERLEY MD, MD(H) Board Certified Psychiatrist Homeopathic Physician 520-299-5694

Dr. Mary Beth Ackerley, MD, MDH, is a classically-trained board-certified psychiatrist and homeopathic physician who specializes in the holistic treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, and menopause through the use of amino acid therapy, hormone replacement, nutritional support and homeopathy. She was appointed by the Governor to sit on the Arizona Board of Homeopathic and Integrated Medicine. See ad page 38.


Nova Home Loans 6245 E. Broadway Blvd., Ste. 400 Tucson, 85711 520-202-4108 520-977-0214

Karen Fisher is a mortgage originator for Nova Home Loans. She specializes in purchase and refinance transactions with conventional, FHA, and VA financing. See ad page 3..


An eco-friendly home and office cleaning company & offers natural cleaning products. 877-624-3326. See ad on page 18.

HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY NORTHSTAR HYPERBARICS Dr. Carol Hendrinks, MD 7598 N La Cholla Blvd., 85741 520-229-1238

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) saturates the body with oxygen reducing inflammation and enhancing recovery from central nervous system injury including: Traumatic Brain Injury, Post Concussion Syndrome, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Birth Injury, Autism, Spinal Cord Injury, Near Drowning, Anoxic Brain Injury and other conditions. See ad on page 11.

HYPNOTHERAPY FOCUSED WELLNESS SOLUTIONS Rosemary King Aprn, Bc Hn, Bc Cht 520-400-3456 Rrking52@Aol.Com

Could past patterns be holding you back in succeeding with your wellness goals? Rosie works with individuals in the privacy of their homes with personalized hypnosis sessions. Individuals hypnosis CDs also available as well as Health Coaching.


MindSource Centre 7345 E Tanque Verde Rd. Tucson, 85715 520-296-7766  520-296-2301 Break free from the chains of de-pression. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy can help. FDA approved. TMS is not medication and sessions are done right in the office.Check out the to learn more about TMS or call to set up a TMS consultation. See ad on page 10.

E. JEAN DUBOSE, LCSW 520-625-9128 Online scheduling Insurance accepted

Jean combines the best of Traditional and Non Traditional therapies -energy, crystals, essential oils , sound, shamanic journey in her counseling practice to assist her clients to achieve their goals for relief of depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and for spiritual transformation.


NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE DR. DEEANN SABER, NMD WellnessFIRST! 3861 N. First Ave., 85719 520-209-1755

Dr. Saber is a Primary Care Naturopathic Physician who specializes in Endocrinology and Functional Medicine. Using science-based information as well as your personal symptoms we will together find the best way to your optimal health. See ad page 39.


Dale Bruder 1505 N Alamo Pl., 85712 520-331-1956 New moon seminars engaging spiritual alchemy in a Zen Taoist way. Shojo 72 days over 2 ½ lunar cycles in an I Ching mandala of 12 hexagrams. Be in a time of blossoming, realize something and manifest it. Register at




Tryshe Dhevney, Bowl Master Day’s Inn (just off the lobby) 222 S. Freeway/I-10, I-10 & Congress Exit 258, Tucson 520-440-7820 •

Dr. Micheal Uzick Dr. Nancy Aton 3920 N. Campbell Ave., 85719 520-495-4400

The Crystal Singing Bowl Temple offers a life-changing and transformational experience. Crystal bowls resonate with the crystalline realm of the planet as well as the crystalline structure within our very bones, bringing about deep calm, centeredness and joy. Call for an appointment today. See ad page 35.

Genesis offers superior care in: Naturopathic Oncology, Gynecology, Pediatrics, Family Practice, Primary Care, Chiropractic, Nutritional Counseling, Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Colon Hydrotherapy, Intravenous nutrient therapy, Lymphatic Drainage, Massage, Far Infrared Sauna. See ad page 9.

Dr. Noah Abrahams believes that you can live without debilitating, nagging, or simply frustrating pain.  His expertise in manual therapy, coupled with his intuitive Home Therapeutic exercise plans will allow the client to return to function quickly. See ad on page 19.



6546 E. 22nd Street, 85710 520-721-1011 Hand-Crafted Candles * Incense * Sage * Oils * Books * CDs * Tarot Cards * Jewelry * Gemstones. Now offering Life coaching, Reiki & Intuitive/Medicine Card Readings by Susan Hannah.


A Unique Gift Shop Marana Market Pl., Ste. 120 S.E. Corner Thornydale & Orange Grove 520-744-4402 •

Your resource for one-of-akind gifts including crystals, jewelry, candles, music, books and spiritual tools for practitioners and students alike. See the calendar section for personal and spiritual development classes, workshops and book signings. Truly a spiritual oasis awaiting your exploration. New location.

WHOLISTIC FAMILY MEDICINE Dr. Lance Morris 1601 N. Tucson Blvd., Ste 37 Tucson, 85716 520-322-8122

Dr. Morris treats all conditions, pediatric through geriatric, emphasizing ‘nature cure’ to heal mind, body, spirit. Developer of RST; Resonant Sound Therapy. See website for more information.


Saturdays 4:30-5:30 pm. Learn how to speak in public with a friendly, supportive group in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Meets at Risky Business, 6866 E Sunrise Dr. Come see what Toastmasters is all about. Everyone welcome!

NOAH ABRAHAMS, PT, DPT WellnessFirst! 3861 N. 1st Ave., 85719 520-591-1634


Lanae McDade 5019 E. Timrod St., 85711 520-979-2539 Boarding with love not cages! Specialized boarding and daycare of small breed dogs. Free meet and greet by appointment. Clean home, secure yard. 24 hour indoor/ outdoor access and supervision.Affordable, loving care your dog deserves.


Workshops are for those beginning a more conscious journey or for those wishing to deepen their connection to self and the divine through nature and spiritual practice; principles in shamanism, energetic healing, drumming, dreamwork & ecotherapy. Tucson-Sedona-Big Sur. See ad page 15.





Natural Skincare Placita de la Luna 204 West Grant Rd. 520-329-2478 • Offering personalized and caring skincare using natural products. Choose from our wide variety of services including facials, peels, waxing and body treatments. Focused Hatha Yoga classes are held in our charming studio. See schedule on-line. See ad page 8.


Learn to practice a full medicine—traditional Chinese thinking and diagnosis along with skills in acupuncture, herbs, and Asian bodywork therapy—the three departments in a traditional Chinese hospital. Respond competently and with confidence to whatever concerns people bring in your clinic door. .


Offering the path of the Natural Way through Shamanism. If you are being called into the Shamanic realm or Natural Way of being or are in need of a Shaman – call or email for a consultation. All services are free.


Marcia Breitenbach, MA 520-975-5376 • Experience the magic of the Angel Gong Wave frequencies. Offerings include gong meditations in home, office, conference and salt-water pool. Participants say, “heaven on earth, “ delicious!” “best sound healing ever,” “energy boost for me and my home, “ and “transcendent deep relaxation.”




Dr. Lance Morris 1601 N. Tucson Blvd., Ste 37 85716 520-322-8122 • Dr. Morris treats all conditions, pediatric through geriatric, emphasizing ‘nature cure’ to heal mind, body, spirit. Developer of RST; Resonant Sound Therapy. See website for more information.

SPIRITUAL TEACHINGS CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING - TUCSON Rev. Donald Graves Sunday Service: 3231 N. Craycroft Rd., 85712 520-319-1042 •

Through partnering with possibility, expanding in consciousness, compassion and connection, and by offering spiritual tools that change lives, the Center for Spiritual Living Tucson provides an environment for spiritual deepening through classes in spiritual practice, community building activities, and meaningful sharing. “It’s like coming home, in a good way.” Sunday Celebration Service 10:30am, 10am Meditation. See ad on page 23.


Rev. Jim McCaw, Pastor 931 N. Fifth Ave Sunday Service, 4-5pm. Healing, Meditation followed by a Talk and Angel Messages. Develop your own clairaudience, clairvoyance, power of thought, healing and other psychic skills. You will learn to communicate with and know your own benevolent spiritual guides, guardian angels and spirit healers. Stillness meditation, concentration and healing will be taught and practiced in all classes. Parking in back.

KADAMPA MEDITATION CENTER ARIZONA 1701 E. Miles St., 85719 520-441-1617

Learn time-tested methods for finding peace of mind - the key to happiness. Weekly classes in Buddhist meditation and philosophy, prayer services, retreats and spiritual advice with Resident teacher Gen Kelsang Lingpur and senior practitioners. Everyone welcome.

THE TEMPLE OF THE PRESENCE 11902 East Irvington Rd.

(SW corner of Old Spanish Trail) 520-751-2039, ext. 100 Saint Germain and the Ascended Masters stand ready to assist you. In their Radiance, you will learn how to release the Light from your Individualized I AM Presence. Find Divine solutions to every challenge. Spiral upward to your Ascension. Thursday classes, 7pm.

THE TEMPLE OF UNIVERSALITY Founder: Rev. Betty Tatalajski New Masonic Temple, 3590 N. Country Club Rd., 85716 520-884-5340

Worship, Healing, Prophesy. Celebrating the Unity of God and Man. 11:00 am Sunday service, Free Metaphysical development classes in areas of: White Eagle World Healing Meditation, Alice Bailey books, Spiritual/ Metaphysical Law, and Kaballah.

TUCSON IANDS EXPERIENCE SHARING (TIES) Facilitators: Chuck & Susan 520-395-2365

Information on and sharing of NDEs and other transformative experiences. Open to public. Everyone has experiences worth sharing. Guest speaker series on 2nd Thursday (Oct – May); small groups on 3rd Thursday each month, 6:30 pm at Unity Church of Tucson.


David Miller 4718 E. Hawthorne St., 85711 520-327-0142 Self-Realization/Psychic-Development to know thyself, to heal, and to change is available on an individual basis. The Metaphysical Principles Course is an in-depth study of metaphysics. In the Universal Metaphysics course one learns the definitions. In the Seminary, one may become an ordained minister. See ad page 33.

UNITY SPIRITUAL CENTER OF PEACE 1551 S. Eastside Loop, Ste. 121, 85710 520-546-3696

Explore your spirituality in a warm and loving community of caring friends. Learn practical tools that really work to improve your life, and the world around you. Sunday service 10:30. Prayer services Sunday at 8:50am and Wednesdays at 9:45am. www. See ad page 38.

WEIGHT LOSS EAT BY CHOICE, NOT BY HABIT Sylvia Haskvitz 520-572-9295



Integrative Health for Women Arianna Sholes-Douglas, MD, FACOG 2200 East River Road Suite 109, 85718 520-577-1129

NATURAL HEALING CARE CENTER 2272 E Speedway Blvd.,85719

(Between Campbell & Tucson Blvd) 520-323-0069

Tula Wellness is an integrative health center devoted to women’s wellness. Tula means “balance” in sanskrit. Dr. Arianna believes that the body has the innate ability to heal itself and the desire for perfect balance. She combines the principles of a traditional women’s health model with an evidenced based integrative wellness philosophy. See ad page 36.

Tucson’s local wellness clinic. Our team of Naturopathic Doctors and Therapists are dedicated to natural healing and individualized healthcare. We specialize in: Naturopathic Medicine (including pediatrics), Acupuncture, Massage Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Herbs & Nutrition, Kinesio Tape Application, Constitutional Hydrotherapy, AZ Medical Marijuana card program.



Using the Nonviolent Communication process, explore your inner critic’s messages that underlie your eating patterns and translate your judgments into compassion to connect with your underlying needs. Create the quality of relationship with food that you would like. See ad page 30.



Tim Howell, e-RYT-200, RYT-500 520-808-9383

5659 E. Grant Rd. 520-751-4321

Tim offers classes that facilitate a smile in a safe environment for students at all fitness levels. Offering 20 weekly yoga classes at 9 Eastside locations near you. Just $5 per session. Visit website for locations and times See ad page 7.

Primary Health Care for Women and Women’s Health. Annual exams, birth control, IUD’s, prescription services, sexual health, menopause, hormone replacement, general health care,allergy, blood draw in office. Most insurances accepted, cash pay, same day appointments in most cases, Se Habla Espanol. See ad on page 24.

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