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LIVING

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Onward & UPWARD

Rising Above Adversity

Meditation that Works

Tips for Finding the Right Practice

Discoveries of Self-Love

Looking Good

How Teens Can Learn to Love Themselves

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THAT WORKS

Tips for Finding the Right Practice

22 BE ON THE BALL Putting Extra Fun into Fitness

25 DO-GOOD DOGS

DO ALMOST ANYTHING Service Animals Train to Help People in Need

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How to Strengthen Your Resilience Muscle

38 MARK ROSENFELD’S

Secrets for Successful Love Matches

42 CITY HOMESTEADING Creating Sustainable Urban Living

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Reflections on Life Changing Moments

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his month I will have a birthday. I never gave much thought to birthdays, but for the past few weeks I’ve been thinking about my life’s turning points. I have come to the conclusion that my life is and has been so very interesting. I just love living. So, here is a collection of my random reflective moments. Growing up in Brooklyn in the 50s, I hung out in candy stores, listened to juke boxes, ate 25 cent slices of pizza, and gathered in packs of 25 or 30 friends on street corners. Violence just happened, with or without warning. Everything was territorial. Streets marked territories and nationalities. I never really fit, but I have to say, I wouldn’t trade my street education for a masters from Harvard. We moved to an isolated bungalow community in Breezy Point, Queens, NY. Barely 100 families lived there. I had no transportation, so I hitchhiked to high school every day, many miles away. Today my parents would be arrested for allowing that; back then it was normal and we thought nothing of it. A turning point came when I walked away from college and joined the service. I was 17. I had never been out of Brooklyn, and then found myself in Texas. What a culture shock! People didn’t understand what the hell I was saying—I was talking Brooklyn. And I didn’t understand Texans talking Texas. When I was shipped out to Taipei, Taiwan, I arrived as a kid in a man’s world. What I learned in those two years shaped my life. I started to see the world, understand differences, and know there is more than just Brooklyn. After my discharge, with nothing more that a speck of knowledge about marriage, I married. Back then it was almost expected, and everyone encouraged you to find a secure job, get married, and have some children. By 23, I was the father of two, and looking back, completely clueless. Naturally life changed with divorce, which was inevitable. Chaos followed, and I spent much time confused. I couldn’t figure out life, so I just wandered without purpose. When I lost my parents, the world seemed empty. I was particularly affected by my dad’s passing. I felt alone. The loss of the safety blanket of love and security of having him in my life left a giant void. This was another turning point, which is still shaping my life today. Who we become and where we are going is unknown, but the experiences and memories are ours to keep. There were other stepping stones of change, people who entered and passed through my life that made for interesting moments. Some good, some bad, and some really ugly (not the people, but the situations I encountered). Every life changing experience has been an adventure—being broke, having children, moving, re-marrying, and now my present wife, Asta, who in so many ways has shown me what a person with a pure spirit of love is really like. Speaking of turning points, buying Natural Awakenings has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. So far. I’m not planning on going anywhere, but you know what they say, man plans, God laughs. That’s why I believe today that every moment is a precious moment. A heart attack taught me that many years ago. And I still wear my “life is good” shirt to celebrate. Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone. I thank you for reading Natural Awakenings.

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Creating Peace with Meditation Workshop

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he benefits of meditation are profound and numerous. Whether one is seeking to reduce stress and anxiety, lower blood pressure and heart rate, or improve concentration and well-being, a regular meditation practice is powerfully transformative. With all the different styles of meditation available, settling into a routine can be challenging. Sometimes, students are deterred from meditating because they fear they’re not “doing it right.” In an effort to make meditation more accessible, Highland Yoga is offering a free Introduction to Meditation Workshop on Saturday, February 24 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Join Highland Yoga Co-owners Stephen and Carolyn for this special event which will explore some different styles of meditation and easy ways to make meditation a natural part of your daily life. With the proper guidance and encouragement, it is possible to create a life of peace through the practice of meditation. Highland Yoga is a community-oriented yoga studio whose mission is to cultivate an environment that is earnest, uplifting, knowledgeable and compassionate. We honor each individual’s path and support their needs as we learn and practice together in a space dedicated to transformation and personal growth.

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Mobile Massage Therapy: The Next Big Thing

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assage therapy is the ultimate luxurious treat. With the addition of in-home massage services, massage therapy has become even more convenient and relaxing. Dara Winters of NJ Spa 2 U Mobile Spa Service knows this well. “By eliminating travel, traffic and tension, people can enjoy relaxation in their own environment,” says Winters. “It allows my clients to experience the best amenities with respectful, professional, qualified therapists who come to the home and then leave, allowing the client to keep those blissful vibes.” Massage therapy enhances the function of joints and muscles, improves circulation and body tone, relieves physical and mental fatigue, reduces stress and increases flexibility and range of motion. Massage therapy heals both the mind and body with one simple therapy. NJ Spa 2 U provides customized convenient service to your front door. Specialties include: prenatal, postnatal, deep tissue, shiatsu, reflexology, couples massage, yoga, reiki and more. You’ll never drive to get a massage again. For more information, contact Dara Winters at 256-744-6000 or FineTuningU@Gmail.com. NJSpa2U.com. See ad on page 9. February 2018

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Raise Your Vibe at Hawley Spring Event

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ersonal and community transformation is being offered through Raise the Vibe, an all-inclusive spiritual intensive weekend taking place March 9 through 11 at Woodloch Resort, in Hawley, Pennsylvania. The all-inclusive event will be facilitated by Ataana, author, energy and crystal healer, singer/songwriter and intuitive. Workshops will include Prosperity Healing Mantras, Transformation Through Sacred Inner Dialogue, Living in the Oneness, Onement Guided Meditation and Awakening to Your Higher Vibration. Raise The Vibe events are sponsored by the Empowered Light Holistic Expo and feature engaging workshops that focus on deeper understanding. Expo founder Sue Greenwald adds, “Raise the Vibe will be a profound spiritual transformation for the attendees. Energetic changes will start immediately and be lasting. Energetic blockages will be cleared from each guest, allowing for deeper expansion. One of the most powerful ways we have to create transformation is when we are together, in community.” A two-night stay at the Woodloch Resort includes six healthy meals and access to the resort’s activities; spa treatments and golf are additional. The resort fee is $420. A full ticket for all spiritual workshops is $700. For more information, call Deanna Hobson at 484-498-5726, email EmpoweredLightHolistics@ gmail.com or visit EmpoweredLight.com. The next Empowered Light Holistic Expo will be held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, in Oaks, on April 27 through 29.

Healing in a Toxic Planet Seminar

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his month, the Chambers Center for Well Being proudly presents a seminar focused on healing the body holistically. On Wednesday, February 28 from 6 to 7 p.m., listen to Mary Jo Peav, RN, MSN, APN, discuss a practical approach to detoxifying environmental toxins. Mary Jo will identify different sources of toxic compounds that we encounter on a daily basis and discuss the need to eliminate them from our bodies to aide in healing. She will provide ways to reduce exposure to the toxins that we encounter and review the liver’s role as a primary detoxification site. A Q&A session will follow. Location: Chambers Center for Well Being, 435 South Street, Suite 160, Morristown. For more information, call 973-971-4890. To register, visit ChamberCenterForWellBeing. org/Learn/Professional-Calendar. See ad on page 59.

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MorningStar Comprehensive Optimal Health Program

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o you find yourself running out of steam during the day or generally not feeling well? Do you want to make better health choices but don’t know where to begin? At MorningStar Family Health Center, Dr. Jean GoldenTevald and Dr. Eddie Fleming are committed to helping you achieve optimal health. They help their patients address their current concerns as well as prevent future health problems. The doctors at MorningStar realize that lifestyle creates 95% of health outcomes. They know that clients need a systematic, comprehensive, multidisciplinary program to help them implement a healthy lifestyle. Thus, they created the “Foundations for Optimal Health” program. This 6-12 month program addresses the pillars of health: detoxification, nutrition, fitness, hormones and nervous system. It includes specialized, functional testing, visits with the physician, group classes, books, online learning and visits with and integrative nutritionist as well as health coaching. Developed with a personalized approach, the results have been outstanding. MorningStar Family Health Center also offers a live seminar for those interested in this comprehensive approach to healthcare. A video review of the seminar is available on their website. Location: MorningStar Family Health Center, 54 Old Highway 22, Clinton. 908-735-9344. MorningStarFHC.com. For more information about the seminar, call 908-528-8121. See ad on page 13.

Finding Meaning in Life Retreat

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epending on your current stage in life, you are either the caregiver or care receiver, the worker or retired, the child or the parent, the single person or someone in a relationship. During each stage, one may struggle to find balance and meaning in life. Trouble can brew if a person feels that they are not living the life they had envisioned or are not having the impact they had planned. On Saturday, March 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Waterloo Village, join us in re-examining the beautiful canvas we have been given and assessing the colors and contours of the art that is your life. Through lecture, discussion, yoga, meditation and self-discovering activities, participants can find meaning in the mundane and fall in love with the real image of life. All are welcomed. A vegetarian breakfast and lunch are included. The retreat costs $40. Proceeds go to a local mission and ministry. Location: Waterloo Village, 525 Waterloo Road, Byram (or Stanhope). For details, go to Sites.Google.com/View/ WaterlooVillageRetreat/Home.

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A study of more than 50,000 people in the Czech Republic by the Seventh-Day Adventist Loma Linda University, in California, found that those that made breakfast their largest meal of the day had lower body mass index (BMI) levels. Lunch as the largest daily meal showed the next best results. The researchers concluded that timing and frequency of meals play a role in predicting weight loss or gain. The two factors associated with higher BMI were eating more than three meals a day (snacks were counted as extra meals) and making dinner the day’s largest meal.

Moderate Exercise Guards Against Depression In Exercise and the Prevention of Depression, a study of 33,908 adults in Norway by the University of New South Wales, researchers found that one hour of exercise a week reduced depression in 12 percent of the subjects. The purpose of the study was to address whether exercise protects against new-onset depression and anxiety and if so, the intensity and amount of exercise required. They concluded that regular leisure-time exercise of any intensity provides protection against future depression, but not anxiety. Thus, increasing the population of people exercising may provide public mental health benefits and prevent a substantial number of new cases of depression. 10

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Chocolate and Olive Oil Help Heart Health Cardiologist Rossella Di Stefano, with the University of Pisa, in Italy, led a study of 26 people and determined that eating a combination of dark chocolate and olive oil improved cholesterol levels and blood pressure after 28 days. She says, “Fruits and vegetables exert their protective effects through plant polyphenols found in cocoa, olive oil and apples. We found that eating small, daily portions of dark chocolate with added natural polyphenols from extra-virgin olive oil was associated with an improved cardiovascular risk profile. Our study suggests that extra virgin olive oil might be a good food additive to help preserve our ‘repairing cells’.”

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Research from the University of Texas at Arlington reported in The FASEB Journal, published by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, has found that zinc supplements can inhibit or slow the growth of esophageal cancer cells. The research also found that zinc deficiency is common among throat cancer patients. Zinc-rich foods include spinach, flax seeds, beef, pumpkin seeds and seafood such as shrimp and oysters.

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As reported in Scientific Reports, two studies of 37 and 52 people at Michigan State University have discovered that talking to ourselves in the third person using statements like, “Why is John upset?” instead of, “Why am I upset?” can help improve our ability to control our emotions. Everyone occasionally engages in internal monologue, an inner voice that guides our moment-to-moment reflections. Now, scientists believe that the language used in the process influences actions differently. The premise is that third-person selftalk leads us to think about ourselves similarly to how we think about others, which provides the psychological distance needed to facilitate self-control.

A study by the University of Bristol, England, of 254,610 young people from Stockholm showed that children born to mothers taking antidepressants during pregnancy had more than a 4 percent risk of autism, compared to less than a 3 percent risk in children born to mothers with psychiatric conditions not on antidepressants. Depression is common in women of childbearing age, with 3 to 8 percent of pregnant European women prescribed antidepressants. But with 95 percent of them bearing children without autism, the risks and benefits must be carefully weighed, say researchers.

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Mindfulness Reduces Alcohol Cravings In a randomized, double-blind experiment published in the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, University College London researchers found that among 68 heavy drinkers, just 11 minutes of recorded mindfulness training reduced drinking. Subjects were closely matched with an active control group that was taught relaxation techniques. Seven days later, the mindfulness group on average drank 9.3 fewer units of alcohol, roughly equal to three pints of beer, while the relaxation group showed no drop in alcohol consumption.

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Renewable Payoff Germany Undergoes an Energy Renaissance

Last May, Germany’s renewable energy mix of solar, wind, hydropower and biomass generated so much power for a few hours that customers actually got paid for using electricity. The country’s renewable power sources generate 88 percent of total electricity demand, and growing wind power assets alone are expected to make the phenomenon a regular occurrence. When this happens, commercial producers either close power stations to reduce the electricity supply or pay consumers to take it off the grid.

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As we went to press, the fate of 90,000 wild horses and burros depended on Congressional action, as the U.S. Senate and House were hammering out differences in the delayed 2018 spending bill. The Senate version vowed to fund “humane and viable options” to the animal euthanasia allowed in the House bill. Last October, the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board recommended that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) achieve its on-range population goal of 26,715 wild horses and burros while also phasing out the use of long-term holding facilities within three years. Killing tens of thousands of healthy animals would “be a betrayal of millions of taxpayers that want wild horses protected as intended in the 1971 Wild FreeRoaming Horses and Burros Act,” says Neda DeMayo, president of Return to Freedom Wild Horse Conservation. BLM has been tasked by Congress with the responsibility of protecting wild horses and other wildlife. The agency has balked at using affordable fertility control, despite ample evidence that it’s a more than 90 percent safe and effective means of population control, critics charge. Instead, it spends 65 percent of its annual budget in capturing, removing and warehousing animals.

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Industry Revs Up for Electric Car Future

China, the world’s largest car market, is planning to stop production and sales of traditional energy vehicles in favor of electric vehicles (EV), and the decision has sped up competitive development by U.S. automakers. General Motors is promising to launch at least 20 new electric vehicles in the next six years. “General Motors believes the future is all-electric,” says Mark Reuss, the company’s head of product development. The falling cost of lithium-ion batteries also brings a tipping point into view, observers say. By 2025 it’s possible that electric drivetrains will have no cost disadvantage compared with internal combustion engines. Technology is fast resetting the outlook for what cars can do, how consumers use them and how much an EV will cost. Tesla, Ford and Japanese and European companies are also responding to what’s being called both “the age of electricity”, and “the age of personalized transportation”.

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Bottle Buyback

Bureaucratic Bungle

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Monsanto Still Gaming the System

Monsanto, the company that makes the controversial weed killer Roundup, is setting farmer against farmer and state against state with its newest product, dicamba. Amid claims and counterclaims over effectiveness and safety of crops and humans, the debate is shedding new light on how new agricultural products are introduced, tested and regulated. One major difference with dicamba is the gaseous vaporization it uses to treat crops, causing the poison to spread onto neighboring plants via wind. Brad Williams, a Missouri farmer, says that leaves on trees were “so deformed you couldn’t even really identify the differences between them.” The manufacturer claims that proper usage protocols are not being followed. Some farmers agree, while others report crop damage and human health issues. One pivotal point of debate is which federal and state agencies have jurisdiction and the power to set enforceable guidelines. At stake are millions of acres that have already been sprayed, along with the future of non-GMO farms inadvertently contaminated by the dicamba sprayed on genetically modified crops that need the poison to survive.

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Britain May Charge Deposit to Reduce Bottle Litter Britain only recycled 57 percent of the plastic bottles that were sold there in 2016, and is considering charging a deposit fee to reduce litter. Scotland is also introducing a deposit return policy for cans and bottles. Denmark recycles 90 percent and South Australia 80 percent by using deposits as an incentive. UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove says that almost 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into the world’s oceans each year, with up to 80 percent washing out to sea from land. Gove is consulting with the industry to determine the advantages and disadvantages of different types of reward and return systems for plastic, metal and glass drinks containers. Britain’s decision to charge a deposit for each plastic bag in 2015 has slashed usage.


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Whether for function, decoration or personal gifting, the skillful hobbies of yarn arts such as knitting, quilting, weaving, stitching, sewing, crocheting and macramé are going strong. The difference these days is that doing it eco-responsibly is enhancing the process. “More people are making and hand-dyeing their own yarn,” says blogger Ann Budd (AnnBuddKnits.com), of Boulder, Colorado, former editor of Interweave Knits magazine and author of Knitting Green. “The results are beautiful with different color combinations, and even striping.” Also, more yarn is American-sourced. “Shearing and dyeing are done here to cut down on the overall carbon footprint,” explains Budd, who conducts workshops for shops and clubs, plus two annual learning retreats. This year’s are in Savannah, Georgia, from April 26 to 29, and in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, from September 20 to 23. GreenAmerica.org suggests Green Mountain Spinnery (Spinnery.com) as a U.S. source of certified organic, natural fiber yarns processed without toxic oils, chemicals or dyes; Ecobutterfly Organics (Ecobutterfly.com), for vegan-friendly, fair trade and botanically dyed

organic cotton yarns and fiber, recycled glass beads, buttons and kits; and Organic Cotton Plus (OrganicCottonPlus.com), offering certified organic woven and knit fabrics, hemp and hemp-blended fabrics, threads, ribbons and vegetable-based dyes. Interweave (Interweave.com), a craft magazine publisher, provides video and online education. Learn how to avoid potential hand and arm pain from repetitive motions with the new book Knitting Comfortably: The Ergonomics of Handknitting (ErgoIKnit.com) by San Francisco physical therapist and needlework teacher Carson Demers. For many needlework fans, charitable volunteering keeps their fingers flying. Members of the nonprofit Mittens for Detroit (MittensForDetroit.org) make mittens, gloves, hats and lapghans for children and adults in need. Donna Davis, of Roswell, New Mexico, has knitted hats for African newborns, wool items for Eastern European orphans and scarves for American artists. Learn more at KnittingForCharity.org.

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Sleep Peacefully by Eliminating Allergens in the Bedroom

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important to keep the inside of the home shoe-less. Leaving shoes at the door can help keep dirt, pesticides, animal droppings and chemicals out of the home and bedroom. When it comes to decorating the bedroom, choose non-volatile organic compound (VOC) paint. VOC can cause breathing issues and headaches and contributes to air pollution. Wallto-wall carpeting or area rugs can be a health hazard, too. Dust and dirt can settle deep in the rug fibers and harbor allergens. Natural wood floors or tile are a better option with less risk of causing irritation and affecting allergies. Another area of the bedroom where dust and other allergens can be found is curtains and lampshades that collect dust and dirt and can be a hidden source responsible for breathing issues and skin irritation. While wooden blinds need to be dusted frequently, they do not hold the same amount of allergens as those made of fabric. Furniture made of particle board should be removed from the home. It contains formaldehyde, a known carcinogen that has been directly linked to several types of cancer and is known to cause nausea, headaches and allergies. Perhaps the largest change to create a healthier environment in the bedroom Cindy Nolte ...Find your inner peace.

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ore Americans than ever before are seeking the benefits of meditation, which notably improves mental, physical and spiritual health. Choosing from its many styles and traditions can be daunting for a new meditator, as is figuring out how to incorporate such a practice into a busy life.

Universal Appeal “Meditation is for people of all spiritual backgrounds. As a tool to develop awareness, it can enhance what you already believe and practice,” assures Diana Lang, the Los Angeles author of Opening to Meditation: A Gentle, Guided Approach and a spiritual counselor who has taught meditation for 37 years. For Jackie Trottmann, a Christian author from St. Louis, Missouri, there is no contradiction between a meditation practice and her faith; rather, they complement one another. For her, “Prayer is like talking to God, whereas meditation is listening to God. Before I came to meditation, I had been doing all the talking.” 18

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She came to meditation during a trying period working in sales and marketing. “When a friend gave me a meditation CD, I popped it in after a stressful conference call and felt instantly calmed. Ten years later, meditation has gone beyond quieting the mind; it’s sunk into my heart and spirit,” says Trottmann, who went on to publish her own CDs at GuidedChristianMeditation.com. “I came to meditation tired of habitual suffering and stress, and wanting to be happier,” says Bill Scheinman, a coach in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), which he refers to as “mindfulness practice without the Buddhist jargon.” The Oakland, California, instructor has taught mindfulness in settings ranging from corporations to prisons, drawing from a range of meditative disciplines and 23 years of intensive practice.

Begin Modestly “Millions are seeking more mindfulness through meditation, but don’t know how to go about it,” says Sean Fargo, a Berkeley, California, meditation instructor and for-


mer Buddhist monk. “The key is to take baby steps, like going to the gym for the first time. Start by practicing a few minutes a day; just pay attention to something such as the sensations of breathing, without judgment.” “Having taught meditation to tens of thousands of people, I would say the most common issue is that beginning meditators don’t think they’re doing it right. It’s important not to judge yourself or have loaded expectations about the experience,” notes Lang. She suggests starting wherever we are right now, adding, “Whatever book, class or teacher you first stumble upon is a clue.” But that doesn’t call for rigidly adhering to a particular type of meditation forever.

Assess Benefits “Shop around and try different things, but at some point, you will begin to discover what works for you,” advises Scheinman. In trying to decide which meditation practice is right for us, “Go with what feels juicy,” says Fargo, who founded MindfulnessExercises.com, offering 1,500 free mindfulness meditations, worksheets and talks. “You’re more likely to do what feels alive and enlivening.” The act of meditating can be uncomfortable, but the challenges are part of its power. Scheinman remarks. “If you establish a daily practice, eventually, you will become more clear-headed, kinder and happier. That’s how you know your practice is working—not how you feel during meditation itself.” Consistency is key. It’s not effective to only meditate when you feel good, he says.

Overview of Options Mindfulness practices go by many names, from vipassana to MBSR, and can be done sitting or walking, but all are focused on cultivating moment-to-moment awareness. “Mindfulness is about being aware: deliberately paying attention to body sensations, thoughts and emotions. Focused attention is on the body, heart and mind,” explains Scheinman. Guided visualization differs from most forms of meditation in that the meditator is intentionally creating a mental image, typically one of a peaceful, beautiful place. Typically, the goal of a guided visualization is deep relaxation and stress reduction. Mantra meditations involve continuous repetition of a word, phrase or sound, drawing spiritual power from the sound’s vibration, as well as its meaning. Many mantras are uttered in a tradition’s native language, such as shanti, meaning peace in Sanskrit. Teachers like Lang prefer to use mantras in English that meditators can more easily grasp, such as, “Love is the way.” Breathing meditation. Meditation experts say our everpresent breath is a sound foundation for a meditation practice, as well as an easy place to start. “Tapping into the power of our breath is vital; it cleanses our system,” says Trottmann. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.

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Step into Living Courageously By Vladimir Gashinsky

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Fear is not always a bad thing—it keeps us alive, warning us of dangers. But fear can also become a virus that eats away at our self-determinism, our goals and dreams—even our will to live. That type of fear is toxic for it eventually can defeat you. Unfortunately, trying to “control your fears” doesn’t work and only fuels anxiety. So, what do we do?


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Be On the Ball Putting Extra Fun into Fitness by Marlaina Donato

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heir playful appearance as a beach ball look-alike makes exercise balls welcome props in home workouts, gyms and yoga studios. “They’re a fun training tool for every age, from children to maturing Baby Boomers,” says Dennis Fuchs, CEO of TheraGear, in Sumas, Washington. “Exercise balls are affordable and offer many benefits, from enhanced mobility to reduced risk of injury and increased athletic performance.” Originally developed by Italian plastic manufacturer Aquilino Cosani in 1963 as a toy called the Gymnastik and then used by British and Swiss physical therapists to help orthopedic patients, the ball has since come a long way to serve fitness needs. Also known as Swiss, stability, balance, physio- and Pilates balls, this colorful piece of equipment can range in size from 14 to 34 inches to be appropriate for a user’s height (Tinyurl.com/RightSizeExerciseBall).

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exercises focus both on abdominal and back strength and pelvic and hip stability,” explains Linnea Pond, an exercise instructor at the Pocono Family YMCA, in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Using an exercise ball also promotes full body conditioning. “Swiss ball training connects the brain with stabilizer muscles, improving gross motor skills and upper body strength, as well,” Fuchs elaborates. “These versatile training balls help equip an individual to handle the functional demands of sports and everyday life.”

Recovery from Injury and Illness Exercise balls are used in occupational therapy for stroke patients and others recovering from injury. “A stroke deadens part of the brain, and to regain movement in an affected arm or leg, an unaffected part of the brain must take over the lost function. The goal of the therapist is to establish new neural pathways through repetition and visual reinforcement. We have patients do simple exercises with the ball hundreds of times so these pathways start to form,” explains Bob Schrupp, a physical therapist and founder of Therapy Network, in Winona, Minnesota. One goal for physical and occupational therapists is to help clients perform rehabilitation exercises that also motivate them to continue exercising. While the ball is an excellent tool in clinical settings, Schrupp cautions, “After a stroke, or if you’re older or in poor health, it’s always best to check

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Pregnant Women and Senior Fitness Balance balls, when used properly, can offer a safe way for pregnant women, children and seniors to stay fit. Exercising with a ball can help older individuals increase flexibility, especially in the hips, with cardiac strengthening as a bonus. Pregnant women can safely increase and maintain abdominal strength as the baby grows, and in doing so, care for muscles that will help them through labor. “Pregnancy can throw a woman off balance, and a growing baby puts pressure on internal organs. Pressing the back on a stability ball against a wall offers support for squats. Sitting on a ball helps maintain good posture and pelvic mobility, and reduces low back pain,” explains Pond. Incorporating the ball into yoga or Pilates routines prompts different muscles into action because it calls on the body’s learned ability to sense and respond to movement, termed proprioception. Pond says, “Proprioception is challenged just from sitting on the ball; there are immediate physical adjustments made to maintain posture and stability. In yoga, the ball is another tool to increase flexibility and balance.”

School and Workplace Exercise balls are increasingly replacing traditional chairs in classrooms and offices, and teachers are reporting better grades and attention span as a result, while workers appreciate better-toned muscles and enhanced balance. Maintaining good posture by sitting on the ball also increases blood circulation throughout the body, including the brain. Regarding the equipment’s eyecatching appearance, Schrupp sees a helpful bonus: “The ball is a big, colorful reminder to perform your exercises.”

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Autoimmune Symposium By Lana Dykes

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decided to become a Holistic Health Counselor and now helps many people heal their autoimmune disorders. Empowered with a strong vision of her own, Denise asked Deb Peterson, Founder and CEO of the Wellness Gala, to collaborate with her. Together, they have created the rare opportunity to learn about and experience holistic healing remedies first-hand. On Sunday, March 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., join Denise and many other speakers for a day of holistic healing remedies that can benefit the immune system. Participants will learn about general health and wellness through mini-sessions with experts in the fields of massage, aromatherapy, nutrition and more. The keynote speakers are Dr. Burt. Berkson, MD, PhD, who will be speaking about Alpha Lipoic, and Mas Sajady, who is gifted with the amazing ability to open any area of your life. Additionally, there will be two guest speakers, Dr. Lorraine Maita and Christopher Stepien, DC. Enjoy the speakers, shop with unique vendors, listen to live music and enjoy refreshments. A cash bar is also available. The cost for this event is $60 in advance or $70 at the door. Location: Knoll Country Club East, 990 Greenbank Road, Parsippany. For tickets and information, call 973-713-6811 or visit WellnessGala.com/Events. WellnessGala.com. See ad on this page and page 26.


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A motorcycle accident left Matthew Smith dependent on using a wheelchair or crutches. An administrator at Comcast Cable, in Baltimore, Maryland, Smith relies on his pit bull, Jericho, to fetch dropped items, open doors and help him maintain balance. “Gravity is my specialty,” he jokes. “If I fall, he braces me so I can get up. Moving about stresses my shoulders, so Jericho pulls the wheelchair on days when I’m in pain.” Although working service dogs should not be petted or approached, Smith tells Jericho, “Go say ‘Hi,’” if someone asks to approach him. “Pit bulls have an undeserved bad reputation, so I’ll take a minute to let people meet him to change that perception. When Jericho is the subject of conversation, it also takes the spotlight off of me,” he says. Jericho was trained by Apryl Lea, a certified assistance dog trainer for the Animal Farm Foundation’s Assistance Dog Program, in Kingston, New York. She explains, “The pit bulls I train are from shelters, and must be good with people and other animals and be comfortable in social settings that match the person’s lifestyle.”

“When a counter is too high, a service dog can pass money to the cashier. Dogs will pull a rope to open a heavy door. In the event of seizures or fainting, our dogs react based on location; at home, they find another family member, but in public, will stay with their person,” Lea says. The muscles of a patient with Parkinson’s disease may freeze while walking. Dogs brace against a resulting fall or touch the person to help unfreeze the muscles. Tethered to an autistic child, the dog provides distraction from repetitive behaviors like flapping hands or crying, while keeping the child in a safe area. Some dogs are trained to track the child, as well, in case of escape. Likewise, dogs can give Alzheimer’s disease patients a bit of freedom without getting lost.

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Sounding Alerts Hearing dogs alert their hearing-impaired person to the sound of a doorbell or ringing phone. In the car, they’ll nudge the driver with a paw if they hear a siren.

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Riley the Chihuahua’s job is caring for Jennifer Wise, an aromatherapist and owner of Enchanted Essence, in Toledo, Ohio. Wise has a neurological disease that affects her legs and makes her prone to falls. “Riley’s trained to bark for help if I am unable to get up,” she explains. “If barking fails, he’ll grab someone’s pant leg or shoelaces and pull in my direction. He’s small, but determined.” Michelle Renard, a stay-at-home mom in Woodstock, Georgia, relies on Mossy, a goldendoodle trained by Canine Assistants, in nearby Alpharetta, to detect high- and low-blood sugar levels. “She’s never wrong,” says Renard.

Comfort and Joy Linda Blick, president and co-founder of Tails of Hope Foundation, in Orange County, New York, observes, “A veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder may not show outward symptoms, but have anxiety. Dogs are trained to turn on the lights, lick their person’s face or apply reassuring pressure by lying across their person’s chest to bring them out of night tremors.


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ourage, as defined by MerriamWebster, is the mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. Anxiety, on the other hand, is the antithesis of courage. It is synonymous with fear, worry, apprehension, and angst, and its prevalence in our youth can now be described as an epidemic. Anxiety disorders have become the most common psychiatric disorders diagnosed in childhood and adolescence, and are the number one reason college students seek counseling.

Why is this happening? Several recent studies are pointing to what is referred to as “helicopter parenting”, an overprotective, over-involved style of parenting that, while well-intentioned, is undermining the very magic of child-

hood. If children are not allowed to take risks and explore the boundaries of danger and uncertainty, they may very well be robbed of the self-confidence, creativity, and courage that were once a normal part of growing up. “The strongest predictor of anxiety at age nine was the child’s anxiety levels at age four,” states Professor Jennifer Hudson of Macquarie University’s Centre for Emotional Health. “Our study found that children who show signs of anxiety and who are inhibited (such as being unwilling to talk or reluctant to explore new situations) as preschoolers are more likely to have mothers who help too much.” Try to remember a moment in your own childhood when you took a risk: reached for a branch that you might not have been able to grab, walked to a friend’s

house just beyond your usual geographic comfort zone or finally mustered up the courage to tackle the rope swing from the tippy top. Those are the kind of moments that shape consciousness and resilience. If you found yourself nodding at the above description there is a good chance that you grew up in the 70’s or earlier. A time before a playground injury transformed our definition of a “safe playground” and before the devastating abduction of Etan Patz, both of which dramatically shifted the conscience of parenthood. As it turns out, playgrounds are not any safer than they were in 1971, and abduction is still virtually nonexistent, regardless of what the milk cartons told us back then. The truth is that life is risky business, and we can either embrace it, or be afraid. And what we teach and model for our children influences their perception in far more subtle ways than we imagine. Ellen Sandseter, a professor of earlychildhood education at Queen Maud University College in Trondheim, began observing and interviewing children on playgrounds in Norway. In 2011, she published her results in a paper called “Children’s Risky Play from an Evolutionary Perspective: The Anti-Phobic Effects of Thrilling Experiences.” Children, she concluded, have a sensory need to taste danger and excitement; this doesn’t mean that what they do has to actually be dangerous, only that they feel they are taking a great risk. That scares them, but then they overcome the fear. “When they are left alone and can take full responsibility for their actions, and the consequences of their decisions,

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RISING ABOVE

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At one time or another, an estimated 70 percent of people experience a life-altering traumatic event, and most grow stronger from surviving it, according to decades of research by leading institutions like Harvard and Yale universities and the University of Pennsylvania. We can prepare now for life’s inevitable hurdles and setbacks by developing the skills and tools of resilience.

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t’s an incredibly hopeful message: We can go through the most terrible things imaginable and still get through to a better place,” says David B. Feldman, associate professor of counseling psychology at California’s Santa Clara University and co-author with Lee Daniel Kravetz of Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success. Such researchers have found that, like elastic stretched beyond its normal limits, people often don’t just bounce back to their old form, but stretch and expand in new ways. The pair conducted in-depth case studies of survivors of extreme traumatic experiences that went on to do bold things. Just one case in point: After losing a leg in a car accident, college basketball player Casey Pieretti reinvented himself as a successful Hollywood stuntman. According to many studies, 60 to 80 percent of people grow in some way from personal trauma, known as “post-traumatic growth”, according to Feldman. “It can be as simple as appreciating each day more. It can mean deepening relationships. It may result in a renewed sense of spirituality. Or, it might take one’s life in a dramatically different direction,” he says. Ila Eckhoff, a financial executive in New York City, has experienced more than her share of challenges: developing cerebral palsy as a toddler, endur32

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ing 12 childhood surgeries, losing her mother at age 11 and four years ago, her husband. “All of the struggles and losses brought me here, now,” says Eckhoff. “Nobody ever said life was easy. We have greater appreciation for the things that we had to struggle to achieve.” Choosing self-directedness instead of self-pity in the face of challenges differentiates those that thrive from those that merely survive, observes Catherine Morisset, a life coach from Ottawa, Canada, who specializes in resilience. “It’s taking responsibility for life and managing the way you want to live it. We all have choices, even in the face of difficulty,” she says.

Mastering an Optimal Outlook

“Challenges don’t define you. How you respond does,” remarks Doug Hensch, an executive coach and author of Positively Resilient: 5½ Secrets to Beat Stress, Overcome


Obstacles, and Defeat Anxiety. He attests School of Medicine who focuses on postthat having a growth mindset is vital, fotraumatic stress disorder and resilience. cusing on strengths without disregarding areas needing improvement. Make Caring Connections Maintaining a balanced outlook that’s Social networks are critical in the face of realistic, yet positive, enables individuals challenges, resilience experts agree. “When to move on from trauma. For supersurwe are wronged or feel unsafe, it’s natural to vivors, being pragmatic serves them far withdraw when we should do the opposite,” better than a false sense of optimism says Feldman. “It’s also not the number of about bad situations, friends you have, or even how Feldman found, saying, much time you spend with Parents do a “They grieved losses, disservice to their them, that matters. All you but thought realistically need is at least one person kids when they about what to do next.” you can count on.” try to remove “Optimism in the “We are built to be conadversity from their nected with others. It has a best sense is focusing on the positive without significant impact in regulatlives. When little denying the negative, ing stress,” says Southwick, a things go wrong, while focusing on what’s co-author of Resilience: The rather than rush to Science of Mastering Life’s in your control,” notes fix it, let the kids Hensch. Greatest Challenges, from Martin Seligman, figure out a solution. West Haven, Connecticut. known as the “father of They’ll realize it’s not Over the past two decades, positive psychology”, Southwick and his colleagues the end of the world. have studied three groups found that when people take setbacks personally, that have come through ~Doug Hensch viewing them as perharrowing events: being Vietmanent, pervasive and nam War prisoners, Special personal, they develop a sense of learned Forces instructors and civilians. They found helplessness that inhibits growth and happeople that rebounded strongly often shared piness. “It’s important not to ‘catastrophize’ common attributes, including embracing a or generalize a failure and extend it to other spiritual outlook and social network. areas of life,” says Dr. Steven M. Southwick, In 2013, Damon Redd, of Boulder, a professor of psychiatry at Yale University Colorado, awoke to a severe flooding

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Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story documents the journey of chef and outdoorsman Eduardo Garcia, whose life changed irrevocably when he was jolted with 2,400 volts of electricity while hiking in Montana. Garcia lost his hand, ribs and muscle mass, but survived the injury with the help of his former partner, and became an athlete and speaker for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Unbroken depicts the life of Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini, who survived 47 days on a raft after a near-fatal plane crash in World War II, only to be captured by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. The film is based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Laura Hillenbrand, herself the survivor of a disabling chronic illness. The 33 tells the true tale of 33 miners trapped inside a mine in San Jose, Chile, for more than two months, the longest such entrapment in history. All were rescued alive. Wild is based on Cheryl Strayed’s memoir of her solo hike of 1,000-plus miles on the Pacific Crest Trail without any training, following the loss of her mother and marriage. February 2018

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event, with his home and business buried under five feet of mud and water that nearly wiped out his clothing business, Kind Design, overnight. “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through, to lose everything I had built. It also gave me a new perspective on what’s important. It made me aware that you can replace physical things, but you can’t replace memories. My mind was blown away by the support I received.” Redd ended up paying forward the kindness. “We cleaned and repaired 1,500 pairs of gloves in our inventory that were damaged that day, and are donating them to search-and-rescue teams and ski patrols. The more good you do, the more good other people will do,” Redd professes. Altruism and owning a moral code is another common characteristic of resilient individuals, according to Southwick. Having a purpose is a huge indicator of whether a person will rise to the occasion. “You can endure almost anything if you have a mission, or believe what you are doing has meaning. It gives you great strength,” he says.

In 2016, Bobbi Huffman lost her high school sweetheart and husband to suicide a few days before Valentine’s Day. As she began to process the tragedy, she saw two choices ahead: “Drop into a deep depression and give up or focus on our deep love for one another, get into therapy, and make a difference by inspiring, encouraging and helping others,” says Huffman. She chose the latter, asking for professional help and signing up for the 16-mile Overnight Walk for Suicide Prevention, in New York City. “Getting into the best shape of my life at age 50 became my passion. As I walked through the night, I reflected on our beautiful memories as a couple. It was an amazing, healing experience,” reflects Huffman. Forgiveness—whether for others or ourself—is another key to help us move forward, reports Feldman. “Often, people can get stuck in blame, but resentment keeps people shackled to the past. If and when a person is ready to forgive, widespread research indicates that it can lead to better health outcomes.”

Strengthening Our Resilience Muscle Experts point out that there isn’t any one perfect formula or single must-have trait for building resilience, and none we can’t develop. Learning a skill like mindfulness is an easy place to start. “Resilient people don’t try to avoid stress, but learn how to manage and master it,” says Southwick. “Mindfulness meditation requires practice, but through it, you can learn to regulate emotions and relax the nervous system.” Eckhoff practices mindfulness several times a day with a one-minute gratitude meditation. “I have five things I am most grateful for. I close my eyes, take a deep breath and say them. It brings me focus, reduces stress and reminds me of how lucky I am,” she says. Morisset suggests making incremental changes to strengthen our resilience muscles. “Success builds success and failure builds failure, so do something you know you can accomplish and build on that,” she counsels.

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nection with to physically or emotionally wander away, or risk the object of their affection thinking they aren’t interested. Make sure they are reciprocating the effort you put in. Prioritizing is another sign; a person will find a way to see someone they care about. A key third sign is integration. They will want to respectfully integrate you into their world more and more, introducing you to friends, family and work colleagues. Look for this overall pattern to continue over time. It’s vital to let people prove themselves with their actions. Alison James is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C.

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Blume was recently engaged to invite speakers and coordinate presentation content for the three-day online Gardening and Homesteading Skills Summit hosted by The Shift Network. Last October, 20 leading farmers, master gardeners, homesteaders and other experts shared innovative, environmentally friendly advice for providing food and adopting eco-friendly practices. Blume, who grows fruit and vegetables and raises chickens, sheep and bees on 22 acres, plans to launch her Fantastic Farm Store this month, and will offer spring classes at her institute, as well as at the Rogue River Community Center, in southern Oregon. “Everyone should grow their favorite vegetable from seed; think about the animal if eating meat; and take a nature field study class. These all connect us to nature and our world,” advises Blume.

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omesteading is a broad field. “Along with planting produce, we encourage people to compost, change how they use water, learn about biochar—a long-term soil amendment that returns carbon to the earth—and employ creative economics, includ-

ing bartering and food-sharing systems,” says K. Ruby Blume, of Grants Pass, Oregon, who founded the Institute of Urban Homesteading, in Oakland, California, a decade ago (iuhOakland.com). She’s also co-author of Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living.

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of gardens of all types—backyards, schools, neighborhoods and public spaces. “They can strengthen communities, beautify life and reduce crime,” he says. In his home state, he helped launch The Learning Garden, at Venice High School, in 2001. “It’s an eyeopener for youngsters, and they take pride in ownership.” People without a garden plot can place a pot inside or on a balcony or find a community garden. “Medicinal plants don’t have to be a luxury of the wealthy. You can spend a fraction of the $30 for a drug prescription in growing most of them, and then trade for others with neighbors,” says Crow. He particularly values oregano, thyme, rosemary, lavender and basil. To increase yields, home gardeners may consider daily drip irrigation—a system of tubes positioned just above the soil, with tiny holes spaced at regular intervals. It can conveniently work on a timer with an automatic shutoff during rain. Other benefits include water conservation and better soil structure by avoiding puddles from manual watering. “Drip irrigation can be especially helpful during dry spells, which can run two to four weeks in many climates,” says Robert

Kourik (RobertKourik.com), landscape consultant, horticultural researcher and author of Drip Irrigation for Every Landscape and Climate, and last year’s Understanding Roots. “It can be effective for virtually any fruit or vegetable, except water crops like rice and cranberries.”

Green Living Carol Venolia, author, speaker and architect in Santa Rosa, California, (ComeHome ToNature.com) has designed homes of straw, earth and sustainably sourced and reclaimed wood throughout the West. She consults on greening schools, healing centers, camps and eco-villages, and stresses the benefits of sunlight as in her new e-book, Get Back to Nature Without Leaving Home. She says, “Sunlight’s many wavelengths, shifting directions and intensities render biological effects that keep us functioning well. Watch how it enters your home; changes occur daily and seasonally.” It’s easy to move furniture to align with sunshine. In warmer climates, attach plant trellises or fabric awnings outside windows to filter or direct reflected light. “Add a potted plant to a window and a picture of a natural

scene on a wall. Take the time to get out into woodlands,” advises Venolia. She commends Marc Rosenbaum, of South Mountain Company, in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, as a green building leader who “brings a soulful approach, as well as engineering, data and technology efficiencies, to a project.” Along with green building goals like zero net energy, Rosenbaum strives to create homes that are healthy, comfortable, resource-efficient, durable and adaptable by the people that inhabit them. Along with being part of the slow food movement and do-it-yourself trends, Blume believes, “Homesteading gives people the feeling they are making a positive difference by making sustainable changes in their lifestyle and home.” For summit recordings or transcripts and notices of upcoming events like the online annual Plant Medicine Telesummit in March, visit TheShiftNetwork.com. Randy Kambic, an Estero, FL, freelance editor and writer, regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings.

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any young women don’t feel comfortable in their own skin. A 21st-century global study sponsored by Unilever’s Dove brand found that 90 percent of girls from 15 to 17 years old wanted to change at least one aspect of their physical appearance, especially their body weight. University of Minnesota research following adolescents for 10 years showed that about half of the female participants had dieted in the previous year, twice the number of males. Tracy Anderson, a mother of two and fitness expert, has spent the last 18 years working with women seeking balance in their bodies. In her recent book, Total Teen: Tracy Anderson’s Guide to Health, Happiness, and Ruling Your World, she observes, “Teens are depleted from comparing themselves to the shapes of others and from scolding themselves: ‘I should be thinner, I should be able to fit in those pants, I should be in better shape.’ But looking good on the outside must start with feeling good on the inside.”

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Anderson believes we feel most happy and fulfilled and accomplish the most when our minds are calm, clear and alert. “If young women learn to connect with their mind, identify when their thoughts are anxious or stressed, and practice conscious breathing and meditating to regain a calm, centered state, they’ll be able to rebalance themselves for the rest of their lives,” she says. “By keeping a thought journal for a while and noticing when their thoughts have negative undertones, they can retrain their attitude.” Live a complaint-free day once each week. Every time a negative thought pops up, expel it and focus on a positive aspect of the idea or experience. Also invest a few

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moments each day feeling thankful for successful aspects of life. “After a while, these exercises become habitual,” says Anderson. “Happy, high-achieving people fill their minds with positive, uplifting thoughts, affirmations and sincere gratitude. It’s widely proven to work.”

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“Most teens can eat junk food all day long and still wake up the next morning ready to take on the world,” Anderson says. But such an unhealthy routine “shapes eating patterns for the rest of their lives, eventually catching up with them.” She strongly believes every young woman should routinely ask herself, “Is this real food?” “A potato is a real food, or whole food, but instant mashed potatoes are processed. A fresh ear of corn is a whole food; corn chips are processed. If you want to feel strong and healthy and look great, eat whole foods,” says Anderson. Also, note how the body responds to eating specific foods. Here again, a journal can help. “Jot down how a food made you feel after 15 minutes, an hour and two hours. Are you alert or sluggish? What signals are your stomach and brain sending? It’s useful information to make better ongoing food choices,” Anderson advises. She also advocates drinking plenty of water and eating organic foods when possible, and warns teens against skipping meals or snacks when their developing bodies feel the need for fuel.

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“I’ve found that if a young woman practices exercises for a while privately, she’ll become more comfortable and confident over time,” says Anderson. “It’s like learning a foreign language, musical instrument or any skill. You master the basics first and build on them. With practice, you start feeling more at ease.” In her book, Anderson offers many step-by-step, illustrated workout moves designed to daily tone arms, legs and abs, and increase strength and flexibility. Many incorporate fun dance components that work well with music. “Regular exercise releases endorphins—the hormones that make us feel happier and better about ourselves,” she says. “For young women navigating the emotional ups and downs associated with menstrual cycles and puberty, exercise can be a lifesaver.” Whether it’s yoga, walking, martial arts, dancing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, climbing, skiing, gymnastics or tennis, teens need to find “some kind of movement and activity to become part of their everyday life.” A University of Wisconsin metaanalysis of 77 studies examining women’s body images suggests body dissatisfaction is a risk factor for eating disorders and a significant predictor of low self-esteem, depression and obesity. Helping young women build, strengthen or regain their positive body image and self-esteem works to empower a new generation and enables them to enjoy happier, healthier lives. Amber Lanier Nagle is a freelance writer in Northwest Georgia (AmberNagle.com).


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SELF-LOVE A by Charlie Chaplin

s I began to love myself, I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth.

Today, I know, this is AUTHENTICITY.

As I began to love myself, I understood how much it can offend somebody as I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me. Today I call it RESPECT. As I began to love myself, I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow. Today I call it MATURITY.

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As I began to love myself, I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm. Today I call it SELF-CONFIDENCE. As I began to love myself, I quit stealing my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future. Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm.

Today I call it SIMPLICITY. As I began to love myself, I freed myself of anything that is no good for my healthâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;food, people, things, situations and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today I know it is LOVE OF ONESELF. As I began to love myself, I quit trying to always be right, and ever since, I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is MODESTY. As I began to love myself, I refused to go on living in the past and worrying about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where everything is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it FULFILLMENT. As I began to love myself, I recognized that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. But as I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this connection WISDOM OF THE HEART. We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born. Today I know that is LIFE. Chaplinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s World museum, in Switzerland, opened in 2016 (ChaplinsWorld.com/en).

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calendar of events FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Thetahealing Basic Class – 10am-5pm. Feb. 2-4. Thetahealing is in Westfield, NJ. 908-264-4344. For details, visit ReshmaShah.com.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3 Crystal Reiki Spring Classes – 9:30am-5pm., Feb. 3-4, Crystal Reiki Level I & II - Mar. 10-11. Advance your Reiki with powerful crystals. $175 for Level 1, $360 for both. RAYKISchool.com and click event & class to register or Contact@ RAYKIschool.com. Class location: Cranbury NJ. RAYKIschool.com. Sol Path Mini-Retreat- Ahimsa – 2:30-4:15pm. Each month we explore one principle to cultivate greater awareness, balance and peace. Every miniretreat includes a centering, stretches, yoga poses, breathwork, meditation and deep relaxation. $35. Purple Om Yoga, 3118 Route 10 West, Denville. 973-343-2848. jennifer@purpleomyoga.com. PurpleOmYoga.com. Guided Meditation and Sound Healing with Brendan Clark – 7-8:30pm. Guided meditation leads one to a deeply relaxed theta brainwave with the combination of Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls tuned to the various vibrational frequencies of your chakras. Theta brain waves and sound waves combined will promote a meditative state of healing, with access to subconscious patterns that are ready to be released. Divine Source Energy creates for a harmonious state of being for the mind, for the body and for the spirit equally. Join us for this unique experience! $25. Purple Om Yoga, 3118 Route 10 West, Denville. 973-343-2848. jennifer@ purpleomyoga.com. PurpleOmYoga.com.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4 JourneyDance Session – 2-3:30pm. JourneyDance is a moving and dance meditation that allows participants to clear emotional energy through their own natural movement. It combines freestyle and structured movement to encourage a deep connection to self and to the tribe of dancers. It is facilitated, not taught. The facilitator works to maintain a positive, judgement-free zone where all participants feel comfortable. $30 for session or only $20 w/donation of items for food pantry. We strive to increase the vibration of abundance and nourishment for the world. Mind Your Body Studio,4 Park Avenue, 2nd fl, Madison. For info call/text 917-405-0596 or jeanfedora@hotmail.com.

as you are guided to relax and find balance. Bring yoga mat. Registration required. $20. Chambers Center for Well Being, 435 South St., Suite 160, Morristown. 973-971-6301. chamberscenterprograms@ atlantichealth.org. ChambersCenterForWellBeing. org.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Ancient Wisdom for a Healthier You – 6-7:30pm. In this workshop you will learn about the guiding principles of Ayurveda, an ancient holistic system of self-care and healing. $30. Chambers Center for Well Being, 435 South St., Suite 160, Morristown. 973-971-6301. chamberscenterprograms@atlantichealth.org. ChambersCenterForWellBeing.org.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Thetahealing Valentine’s Workshop – 2-7pm. Class held in Westfield, NJ. 908-264-4344. For details, visit ReshmaShah.com. Valentine’s Day Partner Flow & Thai Massage – 3-4:30pm. Celebrate the joy of being present with the one you love as you dive into the flow of a partner yoga practice that is as playful as it is sweet. Concludes with a deeply relaxing and restorative Thai Yoga Massage, where each participant offers and receives. Suitable for those with some yoga experience or an active lifestyle & open heart. (Call if you have had a recent injury/surgery, so we can determine if this workshop is right for you.) $30 per couple, preregistration required. Highland Yoga, 1572 Rt. 23, Butler. 973-838-9642. HighlandYoga.com. Mindful Melodies with Live Acoustic Guitar with Chelsea McCluskey – 7:30-9pm. Easing through a thoughtful yoga sequence can be like hearing your favorite song.It has the power to refresh the mind and uplift the soul. Like yoga, music helps us to feel more grounded, more connected to the present moment. Spend a Saturday evening enjoying a sweet combination of gentle/restorative yoga, meditation, and live music. Chelsea McCluskey will guide the yoga class, which will be accompanied by original acoustic guitar melodies courtesy of Chris Gennone. $30 workshop, $5 Early Bird Discount. Purple Om Yoga, 3118 Route 10 West, Denville. 973-343-2848. jennifer@purpleomyoga.com. PurpleOmYoga.com.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11

Association for Higher Awareness – 7:30pm. Sound Therapy with Himalayan Singing Bowls, Presenter: Sandee Moreta. $10 donation at door. Madison Masonic Lodge, 170 Main St., Madison. ahanj.org.

Yoga Fundraiser Benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society – 12:00-1:30pm. Join yoga instructor Tara Temple on a healing experience of Yoga Nidra with live musical accompaniment by Wolf Van Bistram. No experience necessary. All proceeds donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. On online donation of $20 can be made at http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/RoeCollopy or a $25 cash donation can be made at the door. Highland Yoga, 1572 Rt. 23, Butler. 973-838-9642. HighlandYoga.com.

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techniques to help bring their bodies back into balance. These therapies have been shown to be useful in reducing anxiety and pain; accelerating healing; and promoting a greater sense of wellness. $20. Chamber Center for Well Being, 435 South Street, Suite 160, Morristown. 973-971-4890 or Chamberscenterprograms@atlantichealth.org. ChambersCenterForWellBeing.org.

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SOUND THERAPY WITH HIMALAYAN SINGING BOWLS Presenter: Sandee Moreta Tuesday, February 6 7:30 PM - Doors open at 7 All are welcome to join us for speakers and workshops designed to inspire you on your journey toward higher awareness. We meet the first Tuesday of every month except July & August. $10.00 donation at the door Madison Masonic Lodge 170 Main Street, Madison Ahanj.org and facebook.com/ahanj.net

savethedate EMPOWERED LIGHT HOLISTIC EXPO April 27-29 Fri 5-9pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 10am-6pm Enjoy inspiring lectures, meditations, yoga, alternative healing treatments like reiki, massage and reflexology, as well as angelic and intuitive readings. Try healthy food samples, and purchase natural products for personal and home care. Empowered Light Holistic Expo will focus on healthier lifestyles, including food, physical activities, stress reduction and self-care. Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Halls D & E Oaks, Pennsylvania Sue Greenwald, 484-459-3082 EmpoweredLightExpo@gmail.com EmpoweredLight.com

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Guiding Light Meditation with Karen Amato – 7pm. Join us inside the Salt Cave for an inspired journey and enter a world of peace. $25. Caldwell Salt Cave, 246 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell. Parking available. RSVP to 973-641-2557. CaldwellSaltCave.com.

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JourneyDance Session – 1-2:30pm. JourneyDance is a moving and dance meditation that allows participants to clear emotional energy through their own natural movement. It combines freestyle and structured movement to encourage a deep connection to self and to the tribe of dancers. It is facilitated, not taught. The facilitator works to maintain a positive, judgement-free zone where all participants feel comfortable. $30 for session or only $20 w/donation of items for food pantry. We strive to increase the vibration of abundance and nourishment for the world. Diamond Studio, 450 Hamburg Turnpike, 2nd Floor, Wayne. For info call/text 917-405-0596 or jeanfedora@hotmail.com.

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you are guided to relax and find balance. Bring yoga mat. Registration required. $20. Chambers Center for Well Being, 435 South St., Suite 160, Morristown. 973-971-4890. Chamberscenterprograms@atlantichealth.org. ChambersCenterForWellbeing.org.

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Quartz Crystal Bowl Meditation – 7-8:30pm, 4 Friday each month. Group Meditation with Crystal Quartz Singing Bowls facilitated by Brendan Clark.Quartz crystal sound vibration emit radiant light which enhances the meditation experience as well as clears, balances, harmonizes, and heals the chakas and subtle bodies. Donation Only. Portal of Healing, 50 Main Street, Top Floor, Chester. Debbie Carcuffe 201-841-0358 or debbie@portalofhealing. com. PortalOfHealing.com.

Raise Your Vibe Event – Times vary. Mar. 9-11. Raise the Vibe is an immersion into self and spiritual development, with engaging workshops, and focus on deeper understanding. Featured is Ataana, author, energy and crystal healer and intuitive. All-inclusive weekend at Woodloch Resort in the Pocono Mtn. area. Sponsored by Empowered Light Holistic Expo. For information, visit EmpoweredLight.com or contact Deanna at 484-498-5726 or empoweredlightholistics@gmail.com.

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Introduction to Meditation – 12:00-1:30pm. The benefits of meditation are profound and numerous, yet sometimes students are deterred from meditating because they fear they’re not “doing it right.” To make meditation more accessible, Highland Yoga Co-owners Stephen and Carolyn are offering a free Introduction to Meditation Workshop to explore different styles of meditation and easy ways to make meditation a natural part of your daily life. Free, but pre-registration is required. Highland Yoga, 1572 Rt. 23, Butler. 973-838-9642. HighlandYoga.com.

Find Meaning in Life Retreat – 9am-3pm. Sometimes the life we have lived is not what we envisioned, so let’s re-examine that beautiful canvas we have been given and assess the colors and contours of the art that is your life. Through lecture, discussion, yoga, meditation, and self-discovering activities we can find meaning in our daily activities and fall in love with the real image that is our life.  All religions/backgrounds welcome. $40, inc. vegetarian breakfast/lunch. Waterloo Village, Waterloo Road, Stanhope. To register, visit sites.google. com/view/waterloovillageretreat/home

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JourneyDance & Nia Special Event – 7-8:30pm. Special event, “Conscious Dance Through Form and Freedom.” This 90-minute session will help participants empower themselves as they move through the form and freedom of Nia Technique and the freedom of JourneyDance, two powerful movement practices that may seem like opposites, yet they actually complement each other using a fluid structure that brings awareness to one’s body while allowing expression and moment to unfold. $40 for session or only $35 w/donation of items for food pantry. We strive to increase the vibration of abundance and nourishment for the world. YogaCentric, 238 Colfax Ave, Clifton. For info call/text 917-405-0596 or jeanfedora@hotmail.com.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 11 Autoimmune Symposium, Holistic Healing Remedies – 11am-5pm. A day of learning holistic healing remedies and how they benefit the immune system. Keynote Speakers: Dr. Burt Berkson, MD, PhD, Transformation Catalyst Mas Sajady, and other speakers and experts. Tickets include speakers, mini-sessions with health experts, hor d’oeuvres, live music. $60/advance; $70 at door. Knoll Country Club East, 990 Greenbank Rd., Parsippany. Tickets & Info: 973-713-6811; WellnessGala.com/Events. WellnessGala.com.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28 Healing in a Toxic Planet – 6-7pm. Q&A follows. Mary Jo Peay, RN, MSN, APN, will identify different sources of toxic compounds that we encounter daily, provide ways to reduce exposure, and review the liver’s role as a primary detoxification site. Plus share practical approaches and nutrients for detoxification. Location: Chambers Center for Well Being, 435 South Street, Suite 160, Morristown. For more information, call 973-971-4890. To register visit ChamberCenterForWellBeing.org/learn/ professional-calendar

PLAN AHEAD THURSDAY, MARCH 1 Dreams Explained! – 7-8pm EST. Monthly. Decode dreams and expand your reality! Online and on-site. Learn how to read your dreams and start receiving messages. $15/meet. RAYKISchool.com and click event to register or ask Contact@RAYKIschool. com. Onsite option, come to Cranbury NJ.

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Sunday Celebration Service – 10:30am. Rev. Frankie, practitioners, and musicians create an inspiring, uplifting time to be reminded of our spiritual connectedness. Center for Spiritual Living of Morristown, 331 Mt Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3114. truespirit@earthlink.com. cslmorristown.org.

Because I Love You (B.I.L.Y.) Parent Support Group – 7-8:30pm. Confidential self-help group for parents experiencing substance abuse issues with their children. Free. Jefferson Twp. BOE Community Room, 31 Rte. 181, Lake Hopatcong. BilyofJefferson@yahoo.com. BILY.org.

Free Meditation Class – 4-5pm. Learn how to manage stress and emotions through breathing techniques and meditation. A perfect introduction to meditation. Free. Art of Living Center for Peace and Meditation, 2nd Floor, 104 Broadway, Denville. 973-400-9191. MorrisCounty@Us.ArtofLiving.org. Yoga Impact Community Class – 4:30-5:30pm. Beginner level yoga practice. Free/Donation to Yoga Impact. Purple Om Yoga, 3118 Route 10 West, Denville. 973-343-2848. RSVP and info: PurpleOmYoga.com. Spiritual Discussion Group – 5:50-8:30pm. A variety of topics. $5. RSVP 908-879-3937. TheArtoftheHeart-Chester.com. Quantum Healing Meditation – 6-7pm, EST Weekly. Online and On-site. Enjoy the {{{ quantum }}} fields, and start manifesting a healthier you! $15/ meet. RAYKISchool.com and click event to register or ask Contact@RAYKIschool.com. Onsite option, come to Cranbury NJ.

Sunday Night Meditation – 7:30-9pm. Sacred Circle - in a meditative mood, with guided imagery and sound healing. Good learning and expanding of one’s vision. Spiritual blessings for the week ahead. $10 donation. NEOLYTH, 39 Glenridge Ave, Montclair. Info: Karuna Ma at 917-216-8184. HearthElement.com.

Psychic & Spiritual Development Circle – 7-9pm. Also, Wed 9:30-11:30am; Sat 8:30-10:30am. Learn to develop your intuitive abilities. Meets once a week from Jan-May 2018. Topics may include auras, chakras, psychic senses, energy/vibration and more. Energy is built as a group as you learn, explore and expand your gifts. Non-refundable deposit and a weekly class fee. Blossoming into Light, 401 Route 24, Chester.  Pre-registration is required.  Contact Sue via text 862-222-4268 or email sue@ theartoftheheart-chester.com for registration form or the link to register online for the class you are interested in.

Tuesday Kripalu Yoga with Angela – 9-10:30am. Kripalu yoga uses classic poses, pranayama, development of a quiet mind, and the practice of relaxation. It emphasizes following the flow of prana, practicing compassionate self-acceptance, developing witness consciousness, and taking what is learned “off the mat” and into daily life. Angela often plays the harmonium to begin and end the practice with mantra. A mixed level class is suitable for students of various experience levels. Highland Yoga, 1572 Rt. 23, Butler. 973-838-9642. HighlandYoga.com.

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Health & Wellness Issue

JAN FEB

Feature: Natural Stress Relief Plus: Understanding Nutraceuticals Feature: Living Courageously Plus: Meditation Styles

Healthy Food Issue

MAR APR

Feature: Ethnic Cuisine Plus: Super Spices Feature: Climate Health Update Plus: Healthy Home

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Feature: Natural Care First Plus: Personalized Medicine Feature: Livable Communities Plus: Natural Beauty

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Feature: Farmers Rooted in Health Plus: Anti-Inflammatory Diet Feature: Simplified Parenting Plus: Multilevel Healing

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Feature: Joint Health Plus: Yoga for Flexibility Feature: Game Changers Plus: Chiropractic

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In the USA, February is National Pet Dental Health month classifieds Have a business opportunity, job opening, space for rent, or other need? Place your classified ads here 30 words for $30, extra words $1 each. Email to Joe@NaturalAwakeningsNJ. com by the 10th of the month prior to publication date.

SPACE/OFFICE FOR RENT 1,310 SQUARE FEET OF STORE FRONT OFFICE OR RETAIL SPACE ON THE MEYERSVILLE CIRCLE. Ground level entry. Country style building & setting. Heavily traveled Morris County route borders Chatham, Harding, Union County’s Berkeley Heights, Somerset Countys Warren Twp and Basking Ridge. Near train, Rt 78 and Rt 287. Meyersville (Long Hill Township,) has restaurants, recreation and gateway to Great Swamp National Refuge. LLC member is a licensed Real Estate Agent. Email Htielmann939@aol.com or call PVTS 908-647-6307 and leave message.

Heart Journal Club – 6-7pm, EST Weekly. Online and On-site. Online and On-site. You Are the Author of “LOVE” Start journaling your divine creation and rediscovering higher love. $15/meet. RAYKISchool.com and click event to register or ask Contact@RAYKIschool.com. Onsite option, come to Cranbury NJ. Stress, Hormones & Health (The true cause of belly fat) – 6pm, select Tuesdays. Presented by bestselling author & speaker Jean Golden-Tevald, DO of Morning Star Family Health Center. Learn about Hormone Imbalances and what really works.  Yes, this is for men too. Free dinner seminar. Seating is limited. Registration is required. For dates and restaurant location contact Carol May, Program Coordinator at 908-528-8121. MorningStarFHC.com.

Source and truly learn the art of loving yourself. Free. The Peace Within Spa & Holistic Wellness Center. 63 Beaverbrook Rd., Suite 105, Lincoln Park. Nancy@ThePeaceWithinSpa.com. Meditation – 5:30-6:30pm. Gentle movement and stretches prepare for a quiet centering and meditation, guided by a certified yoga teacher. Donation. Purple Om Yoga, 3118 Route 10 West, Denville. 973-343-2848. jennifer@purpleomyoga.com. PurpleOmYoga.com.

Awaken the Master Within – 6:30-8:30pm, 3rd Wed. each month. Workshop/Class on Transformation through the Art of Self-Mastery. $25. Portal of Healing, 50 Main Street, Chester. debbie@portalofhealing.com. 201-841-0358. PortalOfHealing.com.

Shamanic Journeys at Neolyth – 7-9pm. Gathering for those who like to explore their Soul connection with Nature and Wisdom, while exploring the symbolic imagery of shamanic dreaming. $10 donation. NEOLYTH, 39 Glenridge Ave, Montclair. brian@neolyth.com. HearthElement.com.

Meditation Wednesdays – 6:30-7:15pm. With Sue & Leslie. Guided meditation with sound, essential oils & other tools to assist in the meditation experience. $10. The Art of the Heart, 44 Main St. Chester. RSVP: via text 862-222-4268, email sue@ theartoftheheart-Chester.com or call 908-879-3937. TheArtoftheHeart-Chester.com.

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Free Meditation Class – 7-8pm. Learn how to manage stress and emotions through breathing techniques and meditation. A perfect introduction to meditation. Free. Art of Living Center for Peace and Meditation, 2nd fl., 104 Broadway, Denville. 973-400-9191. MorrisCounty@Us.ArtofLiving.org.

White Oak Center Organic Co-Op – Every other Wednesday. Delivered by Albert’s Organics. Membership $20, then $35 bimonthly. White Oak Center, 33 Woodport Rd., Sparta. For more info, contact Brian Trautz at 973-729-1900 or BTrautz@ WhiteOakCenter.com. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program – 10:30am-8:30pm. Program includes orientation, eight weekly two and a half hour classes and a oneday retreat. Daytime and Evening programs available. $400. Chambers Center for Well Being, 435 South Street, Suite 160, Morristown. Jenna Patterson 973-971-4890 or chamberscenterprograms@atlantichealth.org. ChambersCenterForWellBeing.org. Meditation & Self-Reliance Classes – 6pm. Learn how to quiet the mind by getting in touch with your

Northern NJ Tarot Meet Up – 7:30-9:30pm. Bi-weekly. $10 fee to participate. Blossoming into Light, 401 Route 24, Chester.  To RSVP, you can text Sue on 862-222-4268 or go to the meetup page and join. Also find them on Facebook. The Morris County (West) Chapter of Holistic Moms Network – 7:30pm. First Wednesdays. Held at Chester Field House, 107 Seminary Ave., Chester. InfoHMNWestMorris@yahoo.com. AA Meeting (O-B-ST) – 8pm. Open to those struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction. Free. Cranford United Methodist Church, 201 Lincoln Ave., Cranford.

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singing bowls and chimes along with an attunement. Blossoming into Light, 401 Route 24, Chester. For more information, contact sue@theartoftheheartchester.com or via text at 862-222-4268.  

Healthy Food Prep Classes with Phyllis Deering – Noon, Third Thursdays. Learn about delicious and healthy food preparation.$25; 4 for $75. Contact Marnie at Mountain Lakes Organic Co-op, LLC, 10 Vale Dr., Mountain Lakes. 973-335-4469. FruitLady@MountainLakesOrganic.com.

Saturday Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Meeting – 9-10:30am. Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? 12-step program for recovery from food addiction. No dues, fees or weigh-ins. Free. St. Clare’s Hospital, 400 W. Blackwell St., Conf. Rm D, Dover. Questions? Ellen Mutz 973-945-2704 or emutz514@gmail.com. FoodAddicts.org.

Friday Debtors Anonymous Meeting – 5:30-6:30pm. Twelve-step meeting for those dealing with debt, overspending and under-earning. Downstairs Main Bldg. at Redeemer Church, 37 Newton Sparta Rd., Newton. 877-717-3328. NJPada.org.

Kripalu Yoga with Angela – 9:45-11am. Kripalu yoga uses classic poses, pranayama, development of a quiet mind, and the practice of relaxation. It emphasizes following the flow of prana, practicing compassionate self-acceptance, developing witness consciousness, and taking what is learned “off the mat” and into daily life. Angela often plays the harmonium to begin and end the practice with mantra. A mixed level class is suitable for students of various experience levels. Highland Yoga, 1572 Rt. 23, Butler. 973-838-9642. HighlandYoga.com.

AA Meeting – 7:30pm.St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 70 Maple Ave., Morristown. 973-538-0555. Evening of Prayer and Healing – 7:30-9:30pm. Third Fridays. Join the Universal Healing family to heal all life on this planet and in this solar system, galaxy and universe. Bring finger foods to share. Growing Consciousness, 54 Canfield Rd., Morristown. Free. 973-292-5090.

Overeaters Anonymous Meeting – 10:15am12:15pm. Weekly gathering of the free support group that helps people lose weight and keep it off. Downstairs meeting room, Parsippany Library. 973-335-1717. Wjioa.com.

Al-Anon Meeting – 8-9:30pm. Center for Practical Spirituality - Religious Science, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3114. RSCI.org. Sound Healing Meditation Attunement with Celia Tiberio – 7-9pm. Twice monthly. Tuning forks,

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t. Valentine's Day falls on February 14th of each year. Although the name is Saint Valentine's Day, most people refer to the day as Valentine's Day, or even the Feast of Saint Valentine. It was originally a day to celebrate Saint Valentinus, who performed weddings for soldiers who were not allowed to marry. He was imprisoned for this, as well as for ministering to Christians. Saint Valentinus wrote a letter to the daughter of his jailer before he was executed. His letter was signed "From your Valentine." He was buried on February 14th. Valentine's Day was not associated with romantic love until the Middle Ages. By the 1700s in England it began to resemble the Valentine's Day we know today. At this time lovers began to express their love with gifts of flowers, candy and cards, which were called "valentines." Source: softschools.com/facts/holidays/ valentines_day_facts/148/

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BEAUTIFICATION SERVICES

DR. ANDY ROSENFARB, ND, LAC, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine; Board Certified in Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine 332 South Ave. East, Westfield 908-928-0060 • RosenfarbClinic.com

Dr. Rosenfarb is world renowned in the field of holistic eye health. He is passionate about helping people with degenerative eye diseases. Learn of his astounding work in this area— call now to qualify for your free copy of his ground breaking book, “Recover Your Vision.” Additional specialties include glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa and diabetic retinopathy. See ad on page 42.

NJ ADVANCED ACUPUNCTURE Morgan Reade, LAc, MS 616 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell 6 Green Village Rd., Madison 201-400-2261 NJAdvancedAcupuncture.com

ASTROLOGY ASTROLOGY BOUTIQUE

Readings & Spiritual Life Coaching by Lisa 17 Main Street, Sparta 973-570-7725 Specialists in all matters of life—love, career, luck, happiness, health and more. Past-Present-Future. Let me help guide you through those unanswered questions. Call today—no appointment necessary. For details on first reading special see ad on page 21.

BAKERY / SPECIALTY STARSEED BAKERY

Linda Beg 100 Hibernia Avenue, Rockaway, NJ 07866 973-957-0500 starseedbakery@gmail.com StarseedBakery.com 100% gluten, dairy, soy and GMO free retail and wholesale bakery. Available products, artisan breads, custom cakes, pies, cookies, desserts, seasonal, vegan, paleo, natural sugars, nut-free. See ad on page 11.

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Natalia Schweitzer, Licensed Esthetician & Board Certified Permanent Makeup Artist 1236 US Highway 46 West, Suite B-1 Parsippany, NJ 07054 862-432-9074 unlockyhb@gmail.com UnlockYHB.com We provide natural permanent makeup application: microblading (hairstroke brows), powdered brows, eyeliner, lip blush, 3D realistic areola and nipple reconstruction, and natural skin rejuvenation treatments. Our permanent makeup and skin rejuvenation services can help enhance your natural beauty and make you feel more relaxed, confident and beautiful. See ad on page 46.

BIOFEEDBACK

M o rg a n R e a d e h a s s t u d i e d Acupuncture , herbal and dietary therapy. He is board certified and licensed in Florida and NJ. He specializes in female health including autoimmune and fertility. Other areas of expertise include digestive disorders, food allergies and Lyme disease. Born and raised in West Caldwell is where he currently resides and opened his first office there. His second location is in downtown Madison, NJ. See ad on page 35.

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FEEDBACK LOOPS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY AND BIOFEEDBACK SERVICES Jill Broderick MS, OTR, BCB (NJ license # 46TR00167000/ Board Certified in Biofeedback, BCIA Certification #B5131) 37 Kings Rd., Ste. 101, Madison 973-586-6554 • Jscb058@aol.com JillBroderick.com

Biofeedback uses sensors attached to the body to magnify your body’s reactions in the form of a signal (lights, sounds, numbers, and colors) increasing awareness about your response at the present moment. Using this information or feedback along with therapeutic techniques you can learn how to regulate central nervous system functions, calming mind and body. Also called applied psychophysiology, biofeedback is a well researched and effective complimentary medical treatment for conditions such as chronic pain, stress related problems, anxiety with somatic components (muscle tension, gastrointestinal discomfort, headaches, tics, and pain) and attention disorders. It is also beneficial for improving performance in academics (reducing test anxiety, improving focused concentration). Please visit the above website for more details.

CHIROPRACTIC CARE HEALTHY LIVING CHIROPRACTIC Christine Markar, D.C. 410 NJ-10 #201, Ledgewood, NJ 973-584-4848 HealthyLivingChiropracticNJ.com

Many people dismiss chiropractic as being something only for back pain, but chiropractic treatment can be used to treat a wide variety of physical issues, such as migraines and headaches, chronic pain, carpal tunnel, pain due to injury or muscle strain, and much more. See ad on page 43.

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COACHING DAVID SCOTT BARTKY

Certified Law of Attraction Life Coach Certified Consulting Hypnotist 973-444-7301 Info@LifeCoachDavid.com LifeCoachDavid.com David is an experienced Law of Attraction life coach who will teach you powerful processes and techniques so you can attract what you want, instead of what you don’t want in all areas of your life (materialistically and emotionally). First session is free. As a certified Consulting Hypnotist David helps his clients with stress management, fear of public speaking/ performing, weight loss, smoking cessation, and other typical issues. He is also certified in Thinner Band Hypnosis for extreme weight loss.

COLON HYDROTHERAPY LIVING WATERS WELLNESS CENTER

Ann Ochs • Colon Hydrotherapist I-ACT Certified, Advanced Level Certified National Board for Colon Therapy Body Ecology Diet Certified 26 Elm St., Morristown 973-998-6550 • ColonHealthNJ.com AnnLivingWaters@aol.com Ann Ochs has more than eight years experience as a colon hydrotherapist. She holds an advanced certification from the International Association of Colon Therapists (I-ACT), is certified by the National Board for Colon Hydrotherapy, and is a certified body ecologist. Living Waters offers the Angel of Water®, an advanced colon hydrotherapy system, designed to offer the ultimate in privacy and dignity. The Center is under the medical direction of Kristine Profeta-Gedroic, MD, FAAFP. Call today for an appointment. See ad on page 33.

NEXT LEVEL HEALING OF NJ, INC.

Susan Richter, RN, CCH, Nutritionist, LDHS 166 Franklin Road Denville, NJ 07834 973-586-0626 Scared to try a colonic? Susan has 31 years experience with colon hydrotherapy. Her system is gentle and thorough, and you have her expert assistance throughout the session. Colon cleansing has long been used to help the body absorb nutrients and eliminate waste effectively - a great way to enhance your chosen method of maintaining health and wellness. Call her for a free 15 minute consultation to determine if a colonic would be beneficial for you, as there are certain conditions that would warrant enzyme therapy first! Visit NextLevelHealing.com/colonics to get the scoop!


DREAM INTERPRETATIONS DREAM INTERPRETATION

Doris Snyder 973-768-8110 • Dreamwhiz24@gmail.com Our dreams are compelling, terrifying, and bizarre. But did you know that they have a purpose? Let me help you discover their message. Sessions via phone, zoom, or office visit.

ENZYME NUTRITION NEXT LEVEL HEALING OF NJ, INC.

Susan Richter, RN, Nutritionist, CCH, LDHS Denville, NJ. 973-586-0626 NextLevelHealing.com Call Susan to fix the digestive issues that accompany cancer, diabetes, dementia and heart disease. With thirty years of clinical experience in alternative health care, Susan often finds that the lack of nutrients from foods begin the cascade to disease. Learn to read the signals in your body-mind that indicate poor nutrition, excess toxins, or structural stress. Then learn the solutions!

FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE MORNING STAR FAMILY HEALTH CENTER 54 Old Highway 22, Clinton 908-735-9344 MorningStarFHC.com

MorningStar’s team of health professionals cares for you like family. Our membership based practice cares for men, women and children age 8 and up with a functional approach to primary care. See ad on page 13.

HEALTHY BEAUTY SERVICES AND PRODUCTS SALON FIG

Salon Spa & Shoppe 274 Spring Street, Newton 973-300-4247 SalonFig.com The first eco-friendly luxury salon, spa, and Natural Essentials Shoppe offering a fume-free holistic beauty experience. Our family of educated professionals devote their time to creating a welcoming stress-free environment. See ads on pages 12 and 27.

Sleep is the best meditation. ~Dalai Lama

HOLISTIC BUSINESS THE NATURAL LIFE BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP Camille Miller, Founder TheNaturalLife.org

Join a community of likeminded entrepreneurs and grow your business with us. Membership provides valuable business support, local networking opportunities and a collaborative professional community specifically for holistic, spiritual, and earth-centered business owners. We include food, medicine, the healing arts, agriculture, and many others. If you’re serious about building your business become a member today! See ad on page 38.

HOLISTIC DENTAL CENTER VLADIMIR GASHINSKY, D.D.S.

91 Millburn Avenue, Millburn, NJ 07041 973-457-4688 holisticdentalcenternj.com We focus on performing holistic dental care that is good for the body as well as teeth and gums. We put an emphasis on a more natural or holistic approach to dentistry. As a holistic dentist, Dr. Gashinsky treats the cause of the problem and not just the symptoms. He seeks to improve his patients’ quality of life through holistic dental care that respects and honors the body. See ad on page 3.

HOLISTIC MEDICAL NEXT GENERATION MEDICAL & WELLNESS

Philip J. Cohen, MD Denise M. Cohen, ND 75 Bloomfield Ave., Ste 106, Denville 908-455-2639 • pcohen@cohenwellness.com CohenWellness.com An integrative medicine practice with a holistic approach to patient care. We combine the insights of Functional, Orthomolecular, Anti-aging, and Bioregulatory medicine to create highly individualized treatment plans just for you. We recognize and support the body's innate power to heal, and encourage conscious living and lifestyle. See ad on page 29.

HOLISTIC HEALING SERVICES AWAKENING WELLNESS, LLC

Hilary D. Bilkis, MS, CST CranioSacral Therapy • SomatoEmotional Release Work • Visceral Mobility Energy Healing • MELT Method Instruction 14 Pine St., Ste. 8, Morristown 973-479-2229 • Awakening4Wellness.com Hilary uniquely blends CranioSacral Therapy with other healing modalities to alleviate chronic pain, headaches, stress and accumulated tension. Treatment benefits physical, emotional and energetic levels. Hilary facilitates the body’s self-healing process; gently releasing restrictions in the connective tissue and removing energy blockages. Using her intuitive abilities, she also helps release stored injury, trauma, memories and emotions. Clearing the body of stuck stress improves health, feelings of wellness, ability to feel calm, centered and empowered.

HUNA HEALING CENTER

Lory Sison-Coppola Reiki Master, Past Life Regressionist, Huna, Crystal Children Advocate, Readings 5 East Main St., Ste., 28B, Denville 973-796-4661 HunaHealingCenter@yahoo.com HunaHealingCenter.com The Center offers different modalities that will raise your Spiritual Awareness, heighten your vibrations. We are dedicated to understanding and providing for those with specific needs. Classes, Certifications, Healing sessions, readings and counseling are offered. See ad on page 28.

RESHMA SHAH MEDITATION AND HEALING

Reshma Shah Westfield • 908-264-4344 Info@ReshmaShah.com • ReshmaShah.com Reshma is a certified ThetaHealing Teacher and Practitioner with a passion in helping individuals recognize their limiting belief patterns and tap into their true potential. Her students learn the practice of Thetahealing and her clients benefit from one on one sessions healing them from illness, trauma, chronic pail, spiritual and emotional restriction giving them miraculous transformations. Reshma specializes in working with children and their parents teaching them mediation, the use of alteration in life style with Thetahealing® and the power of developing intuitive abilities to transform their lives to their desires. As per debut month, the first time clients get 25% off their first session. See ad on page 22.

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HOMEOPATHIC CARE AUNT ALBERTA’S REMEDY Homeopathic Pain Relief Cream 973-715-9097 Info@AlbertasPainRelief.com AlbertasPainRelief.com

Need Relief from Arthritis? Try Aunt Alberta's Remedy to ease muscular aches and joint pain. Her Remedy is a homeopathic pain relief cream that penetrates deep into the skin and muscle tissues. Get beneficial relief from sciatica, fibromyalgia, arthritis, neuralgia, gout, and more. All-natural ingredients! Do you want to feel a real difference from the nagging aches of arthritis? Feel less pain & have more range of motion? Use Aunt Alberta's Pain Relief Cream! Get relief today! Great buy, get a 4oz jar for $15! See website for other options. See what people say about Aunt Alberta’s Remedy and Purchase Now on our website. AlbertasPainRelief.com.

HYPNOSIS HYPNOSIS COUNSELING CENTER

2 E. Northfield Rd. #5, Livingston 28 Mine St., Flemington 43 Tamarack Cir., Princeton 3400 Valley Forge Cir., King of Prussia, PA 908-996-3311 • HypnosisNJ.com With 30 years of experience Hypnosis Counseling Center of New Jersey is a full-service counseling center, using both traditional counseling methods and the art of hypnotherapy in private and group settings. We regularly hold adult education seminars, work with hospitals, fitness centers, and individuals who want to better their lives. We specialize in weight loss, stress, smoking, confidence building, phobias, insomnia, test taking, sports improvement and public speaking. The State of New Jersey and Fortune 500 Corporation alike employ our programs.

MAJOR MINDSET HYPNOSISCOUNSELING

Robert A. Bruckner, Board Certified Hypnotist 124 Little Falls Rd., Suite 206, Fairfield 973-370-2100 ofc • 973-370-2120 fax MajorMindset.com Hypnosis for medical pain issues, academic proficiency, sports success, smoking cessation and weight loss. It’s not just hypnosis, it’s Major Mindset Hypnosis. Get beyond whatever is holding you back. End pain, stop smoking, lose weight, eliminate fearful thoughts, nervous or anxious feelings and be your best! Call for free telephone consultation. See ad on page 16.

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MORRIS HYPNOSIS CENTER

Linda West, BA, ACH 55 Madison Ave., Morristown 973-506-9654 • MorrisHypnosisCenter.com Advanced Clinical Hypnosis using an interactive, personalized technique; based on a lengthy interview at our first session and dialogues at following sessions. I don’t talk “at” you; we both speak before and during your hypnosis. I also teach you self-hypnosis. Specializing in weight, stress, smoking, chronic pain, releasing the past, performance, obsessive thoughts, substance use, sleep, fears, confidence, and attention issues. Hypnosis can get you unstuck in virtually any area of your life. If you have constraints that you can’t seem to break through, hypnosis can free you and put you back in charge. Come for a free consultation to learn how you can reframe your past and design your future.

MASSAGE THERAPY FROM THE HEART MASSAGE

Jonnie Lester 3118 Route 10 West, Denville, NJ (in Purple Om Yoga) 973-270-7549 jonnie@fromtheheartmassage.com From The Heart Massage is owned and operated by Jonnie Lester, a LMT with the state of NJ. She has certifications in PreNatal, Facial Training, Barefoot Shiatsu, Rain Drop, Hot Stone, Deep Tissue, Medical/ Trigger Point and Cancer Certification Massage. She also specializes in different modalities of energy therapy such as Reiki and intuitive energy work. See ad on page 29.

MOBILE MASSAGE SERVICES NJ SPA 2 U

Dara Winters 256-744-6000 • NJSpa2U.com With 20 years experience, Dara has eliminated the travel, traffic and tension for her clients. Offering everything needed, extra time and reasonable rates—all at Home. Everyone Receives $10 off Their 1st Massage Treatment! Please contact Dara for any questions and to book your massage today. See ad on page 9.

NATURAL CLEANER EXTREME ENERGY SOLUTIONS, INC. info@ExtremeKleaner.com ExtremeKleaner.com

Visit ExtremeKleaner.com to get your free sample of Extreme Kleaner, a non-toxic biodegradable multi-purpose cleaner-degreaser aimed to improve air and water quality and reduce negative influences on the environment. See ad on page 5.

NATURAL DENTISTRY DR. PETER SILVER

Holistic Dentistry of New Jersey 204 Claremont Ave Montclair NJ 07042 973-200-6493 DrSilver@holisticdentistryofnj.com HolisticDentistryOfNJ.com Nestled in the lovely town of Montclair, Dr. Peter Silver practices Minimally Invasive Ozone Dentistry. Ozone is used to kill bacteria in cavities and gum disease, while speeding up the healing of your tissue. Dr. Silver also practices Guilt-Free dentistry, where you are never made to feel uncomfortable about the condition of your mouth. If you are anxious about visiting the dentist, Dr. Silver uses laughing gas and does sedation dentistry as well. See ads on pages 30 and 31.

NATURAL MEDICINE NEW JERSEY NATURAL MEDICINE Dr. Jason Frigerio, ND, LAC, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, Licensed Acupuncturist 4 Village Road, New Vernon, NJ 973 267 2650 NJNaturalMedicine.com

New office in Bedminster NJ opening soon! Since opening in 2004, NJNM has seen and treated countless patients with Naturopathic, Chinese and Biological Medicine. Some come to NJNM to improve and maintain their health, while others come seeking treatments outside of the traditional medical sphere. Regardless of the reason the guiding principal remains constant: to observe and treat the whole person, not just his or her symptoms. Using this approach, NJNM is better able to identify and treat the root cause of illness, help restore balance and promote optimal health. See ad on page 15.

NUTRITION/EDUCATION BACK TO BASIC WELLNESS

Back to Basic Wellness 866-222-6490 Digestivedivas@backtobasicwellness.com BackToBasicWellness.com The Digestive Divas have years of personal and professional experience using food to heal the body. They regularly study with doctors to create programs on the cutting edge of nutrition research that inspire and empower their clients. Specializing in food intolerances, acid reflux, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, persistent weight gain, and autoimmune disease, they create personalized and innovative ways for you to feel well, heal well, and be well. See ad on page 36.

ORGANIZING SOLUTIONS EVERYDAY ORGANIZING

SOLUTIONS BY SHERRY Sherry Onweller-Professional Organizer Serving NJ 908-619-4561 / email: SOnweller@aol.com EverydayOrganizingSolutions.com Everyday Organizing Solutions by Sherry provides sympathetic and nonjudgmental organizing and decluttering services to residential and business clients, as well as helping female adults with ADD get their physical space/time management in order and helping children and teens to get organized.

PERSONAL CHEF BRIANNA’S NUTRITION KITCHEN LLC Brianna Sebasto 973-975-8341 Info@BriannasNutritionKitchen.com BriannasNutritionKitchen.com

“Brianna’s Nutrition Kitchen, LLC” is a personal chef service that is dedicated to helping you and your family live healthier and less stressful lifestyles.

PSYCHOTHERAPY JUDITH A. HANCOX, MSW, LCSW, BCETS Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress Founder-Shiome Therapy™ Yoga & Meditation Teacher, Gestalt, EMDR, Energy Psychologist, Children’s Therapist, Grief Specialist—Guided Afterlife Connections Succasunna 973-585-4660 • JudithHancox@gmail.com Shiome.com • JudithHancox.com

I’ve been guided to ancient and modern science methodologies that safely accelerate the emotional healing process. With 25+ years in private practice, blending Yoga, Gestalt, EMDR, Energy Psychology, & Essential Oils, Shiome Therapy, is my signature psychotherapy. I have certifications in Repair and Reattachment Grief Therapy, and Dr. Brian Weiss’ Past Life Regression Therapy. My manual & CDs have meditations with bi-lateral music helping accelerate relaxation, intensify concentration, and support transformation. For a deeply profound, spiritually synergistic process, experience Shiome’s psychotherapeutic ways and means. See ad on page 19.

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LESLIE KAREN LOBELL, MA, LPC

Pompton Plains (Rte. 23) and Montclair 908-577-0053 • Leslie@LeslieLobell.com LeslieLobell.com Do you suffer from anxiety or stress? Do you want to lose weight, stop smoking, gain self-confidence or change a habit? Do you need support and guidance through a life or career transition? Are you ready to achieve your goals, pursue your dreams, and actualize your potential? You CAN create the Life You Desire... I can help you MAKE IT HAPPEN! Using proven techniques such as Holistic Psychotherapy, Hypnosis, Stress Reduction, Reiki and Dream Interpretation, I help teens & adults create happier, healthier, more peaceful and fulfilling lives. Allow me to assist you! See ad on page 21.

SALT THERAPY NATURE’S SALT CAVE & FLOAT POD Yvonne Liu 49 Alden Street, Cranford 908-272-7158 • saltcave@rainbowsalt.com RainbowSalt.com

Benefits a salt cave or saltwater float include: ease pain in muscles, joints and lower back, increased circulation and lower blood pressure, stress reduction, pain relief, promotes relaxation, reduces headaches, increases circulation, more restful sleep & more. See ad on page 25.

Americans have trouble with spelling the word February – last year, a press release from the White House consistently spelled it as Feburary.

SKIN CARE CHANGES SPA & AESTHETICS

Cora Ciaramello L.E. C.P.E. LMT Aesthetician 420 Boulevard, Suite 107., Mountain Lakes 973-588-3668 Cora@ChangesSkin.com ChangesSkin.com Cora Ciaramello is a licensed and Board certified electrologist, aesthetician and massage therapist with 20+ years of experience. Natural approach and the latest esthetics, technology and equipment to improve skin and nourish body and soul to look your absolute best. New Client Special: Mention this publication and get 20% off your first appointment. See ad on page 27.

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THERMOGRAPHY LISA’S THERMOGRAPHY AND WELLNESS

Lisa Mack, CCT, HHC Thermographer and Holistic Counselor See website for locations in NJ and NY 855-667-9338 lisa@lisasthermographyandwellness.com LisasThermographyAndWellness.com Thermography gives a very early look at the most important indicator of a potential health problem— inflammation. Early stage disease screening is an area in which thermography excels. Whether your pain is acute or chronic, or you are merely curious about the state of your health, thermography can help provide answers. Radiation-free breast and full body screenings for men and women. See ad on page 23.

VISION/EYE HEALTH

Karuna Ma Honerkamp, LMT Sound Shaman and Massage Therapist 39 Glenridge Ave, Montclair 917-216-8184 Hearthelement@gmail.com HearthElement.com

DR. ANDY ROSENFARB, ND, LAC,

Healing with Sound, Touch, and Breath. Profound and lasting results: Deep regeneration and repair of the brain; better sensory performance; stronger sense of self; and emotional safety. “My greatest joy comes from sharing the experience and the love of being fully present in my body and my life.” Karuna Ma. See ad on page 13.

Dr. Rosenfarb is world renowned in the field of holistic eye health. He is passionate about helping people with degenerative eye diseases. Learn of his astounding work in this area— call now to qualify for your free copy of his ground breaking book, “Recover Your Vision.” Additional specialties include glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa and diabetic retinopathy. See ad on page 42.

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine; Board Certified in Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine 332 South Ave. East, Westfield 908-928-0060 • RosenfarbClinic.com

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At the Chambers Center for Well Being, discover the benefits of integrative medicine – an approach to health dedicated to treating the mind, body and spirit. We offer a wide range of services including: ››Integrative physician

practice ››Health and wellness

programs ››Mindfulness-Based Stress

Reduction

››Acupuncture

››Skin care services

››Yoga and meditation

››Nutrition counseling

››Massage

››Cooking classes

››Energy therapies

››Parent coaching

››Hypnosis

For more information, call 973-971-6301 or visit us at ChambersCenterForWellBeing.org/Services

435 South Street, Suite 160, Morristown, NJ 07960


PROGRESSIVE HOLISTIC DENTAL THERAPIES TRANSFORM QUALITY OF LIFE Patients travel from around the world to experience world class quality, service and expertise Denville is famous for its medical community. So, it’s no surprise that a perfect smile is a must have item in this friendly town. Hand crafting those smiles is the life work of Dr. Steiner and Dr. Fine. Their office’s reputation has spread so far that they now treat patients from around the world; often doing more smile makeovers in a single month that some dentists do in a lifetime. They also offer an amazing alternative for those living with missing teeth. This dramatic advancement in the field of dental implantology now makes it possible for many patients to switch from dentures to permanent implant supported teeth in only a few hours. This new approach can be used to replace a single missing tooth or an entire mouth. Patients leave the office after just one appointment with a beautiful and strong smile. Discomfort is so minimal that most patients eat a light meal that evening. Upon entering the front door you will immediately know that this is no ordinary dental office, because that’s what most people say upon seeing it for the first time. Among the practice’s notable patients are actresses, actors, astronauts, models and TV personalities. However most of the doctor’s patients are everyday people who just want to look their best. Drs. Steiner, Fine and Kwiatkowski have focused their practice on those areas about which they are highly passionate. (After all you wouldn’t ask your family doctor to do heart surgery.) Those areas are Cosmetic Dentistry. Trained at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for advanced dental studies, they have devoted over sixty combined years to perfecting their skills and have placed over 100,000 cosmetic restorations. Their main focus is on CoSMeT­ IC and FULL MoUTH reCoNSTrUCTIoN cases. This includes Implant Dentistry and Neuromuscular orthodontics, which can avoid unecessary removal of teeth. Many people do not realize that dental problems may be the cause of headaches, migraines, shoulder, back and neck pain, noisy jaw joints and pains in the TMJ. Drs. Steiner, Fine and Kwiatkowski pride themselves in having Morris County’s premier head, neck and jaw pain relief center. Their office also offers a “limited warranty” that provides free repair or replacement of restorative dental work, when a patient’s regular hygiene visits are maintained. This kind of security could only be offered by truly World Class Dentists. This is why their motto is: “Experienced professionals make the difference.” Aesthetic Family Dentistry is pleased to offer Gentle Laser Periodontal Therapy (GLPT) to treat moderate to advanced gum disease, a condition linked to other serious health issues including heart disease and diabetes. This gentle and less invasive superior state-of-the-art procedure eliminates the need for traditional surgery. oral DNA and HPV testing is also available to determine a patient’s periodontal health, as well as detect any possible genetic proclivity toward gum issues.

Aesthetic Family Dentistry, PA 35 West Main Street, Suite 208, Denville, NJ 07834

973-627-3617

Alan B. Steiner, DMD • Derek Fine, DMD • Jenni Kwiatkowski, DDS

www.AestheticFamilyDentistry.com

Natural Awakenings North Central NJ - February 2018  

Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health,...

Natural Awakenings North Central NJ - February 2018  

Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health,...

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