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MAY 2017 Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.



Creating the Best Start for New Life by Deborah Shouse

25 WHEN WE SET OUT Let Spirit Steer Us by Mark Nepo



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hen I was a young boy I remember riding my bike on Kings Highway in Brooklyn, and hearing a couple of “old ladies” greeting each other. “Hello, Sadie! So how you feeling?” Of course, she replied, “When you got your health, you got everything.” As I peddled off, I thought to myself, “What a stupid statement! A new hot rod car makes more sense.” Today it doesn’t sound so stupid, and I hear my self-repeating it often. Now in my 70s, I’ll take my health over that hot rod any day. Many things I thought mattered so much then, matter so little now. Sadie was spot on, as they say. Life is kind of like that—what I think I know turns out to be what I didn’t know, or what I haven’t learned yet. What was so important once is so insignificant now. Over time, I’ve learned that paying attention, being comfortable with not having all the answers, opening my mind to possibilities, and being humble are key to feeling connected in my own mind and heart. Learning to slow down and listen, refusing to judge, and not put up road blocks in life are tools I wish I had earlier. Life is showing me how important it is for me to stay in the moment. The only part of life and living I really have is this moment, and no other. The past has passed, no one has visited the future that I know of, so right here, right now is where I need to be. And that suits me just fine. Sadie would be proud. In peace, love and laughter,

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a Bella Vita, which means “the good life,” is a premier wellness center soon to open on Route 22 in Somerset County. It will offer the community ways to relax, rejuvenate and learn new holistic practices. The center’s services will include Floatation Pods, Cryo Therapy, an LED Oxy Pod, slimming wraps and an oxygen bar. They are currently looking forward to expanding into other therapeutic modalities as well. La Bella Vita is searching for like-minded people and/or businesses to join the center. Specifically, they are looking for those with specialties in acupuncture/acupressure, Ayurveda therapy, breathing classes, meditation/chant/bowl sessions, life coaching, total body imaging, Vitamin IV Therapy, Reiki, Endermologie, skin care and holistic lifestyle practices. There are multiple rooms available to lease as well as rooms for seminars and special events. The space is equipped a large sunny waiting room with four receptionist windows, a staff lounge with lockers, a file room, four restrooms and more. It is located in a busy shopping center with high traffic counts. Location: Route 22 East, Green Brook, NJ. If interested in leasing or for further information, contact Natasha at 908-2562882 or Emily at 908-963-4140. You may also email them at See ad on page 29.

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Hypnosis is a safe, medically approved method of behavior modification therapy, and it really works. Whether you’ve got 20 pounds you want to lose or your self-esteem needs a boost, hypnosis counseling can make a difference for you. The Hypnosis Counseling Center has been helping people change their lives for the better for over 30 years. Group classes are offered at over 35 adult schools and recreation centers throughout New Jersey to help people quit smoking and lose weight. Individual counseling is available for those who want to manage stress or oversome anxiety, poor confidence, insomnia, low self esteem, migraine headaches, or poor work and study habits. To find out more, go to or contact Barry Wolfson at 908-303-7767. Offices are located at 28 Mine St., Flemington; 43 Tamarack Circle, Princeton; 2 E. Northfield Ave., Livingston; and 3000 Valley Forge Circle, King of Prussia, PA.

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lainly stated, T’ai Chi is for everyone and every body. It can be practiced by people of any age, physical condition, gender, culture or religion. T’ai Chi is truly an exercise in “human being.” Originally developed for self-defense, T’ai Chi Ch’uan (Taijiquan) has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that, with regular practice, can be used as a major tool to improve memory, reduce stress and regain and maintain external and internal balance. The results of regular T’ai Chi practice have been shown effective in improving circulation, lowering the center of gravity, deepening breathing and safely limbering joints and muscles. Often described as meditation in motion, T’ai Chi promotes serenity and good health through gentle, flowing movements. The movements are Zen in focus as they keep you in the moment. Any journey is in itself the goal. Take the time to recognize and enjoy the beauty of your life’s path. Location: Healing Path Massage Therapy, 484 Schooly’s Mountain Road, Hackettstown. Schedule: Saturdays, 10-11:15am. Tuesdays, 7:15, 8:30pm. For questions and information, contact Lynn at 908-625-0199 or email See ad on page 13.

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uthentic. Genuine. Inspiring. Those are the words that students of Dana Maria, spiritual mentor, registered yoga instructor and certified celebrant, use when describing her. Dana, who has been teaching yoga, meditation and metaphysical concepts for nearly 16 years, is passionate about showing her students how they can incorporate these practices into their daily lives. “I don’t just teach about these philosophies. I teach them in an understandable and usable way,” states Dana. “It’s important to me that my students leave feeling that personal growth is possible.” This way of teaching helped Dana craft her business name, Accessible Spirituality. “I came up with it because I view life through a spiritual lens. We are in the world but we are also Divine. I give my students tools to help them connect with themselves and their purpose.” One tool is her Annual Yoga & Spiritual retreat held in Tuscany, Italy every September. “I don’t believe spirituality has to be sterile or spartan. We stay in lush settings, eat nourishing foods and immerse ourselves in healing.” Dana also leads workshops on the first Sunday evening each month at Mondo in Summit. “I’ve taught everything from Forgiveness to Creating Strong Boundaries. I have found that in today’s society, there is often a disconnect with our mind, body and spirit. It is my intention to offer opportunities for us to get back in touch with our Soul.” Reconnect to Your Spirit in Tuscany on September 11-16, 2017. To learn more visit or contact Dana at Dana@ See ads on pages 10, 37.

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he Touch Mother Earth Weekend, part festival and part learning center, addresses the need to create an environment of sustainability, ensuring us a habitable home where we can all thrive. On June 2nd through the 4th, on the peaceful grounds of the Mount Eden Retreat, the gathering aims to bring the community together to raise awareness through live music, thought provoking and transformative workshops, lectures, learning activities for kids, sustainable and spiritual-minded vendors and delicious healthy food. The event begins on Friday at 5:00 p.m. and runs until Sunday at 8:00 p.m. Past participants believe Touch Mother Earth events plant the “seeds for transformation, healing and sharing” while creating a “strong personal connection with Mother Earth away from the hustle and bustle of life.” Ignite your spirit at this high-vibe gathering with music from 13 Hands aka Dalien, Sharon Silverstein and the Peace Project, Gypsy Funk Squad, the Mystical Kirtan of Mirabai Moon and many more. Life-enhancing workshops include: Herbalism, Tinctures and Foraging with Dan de Lion of Return to Nature, Off-the-Grid Living from Antinanco Earth Arts School, yoga with Stacy La Mell, Tai Chi with Shaka Georges, Journey Dance with Esta Kaftan among others.







Dana Maria guides people to seek and realize their highest potential. Using her unique and accessible interpretation of practices like yoga and meditation, and through workshops and retreats, she helps create a “spiritual toolbox” for people to craft a happier, more integrated life.

Don’t miss her Annual Yoga & Spiritual Retreat in Tuscany, Italy! September 11-16, 2017. See website for details and registration.

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Help plant a butterfly garden while learning about the soil, earthworms, and compost. Have fun with hooping, belly dancing classes and drumming with Dave Miller and others. Benefit from reiki, massage, and other healing modalities. Shop the handpicked vendors. Kids under 16 are free. The Early Bird Pass, which expires on May 15th, is $75 (a savings of $30) and grants access to all workshops and music for the entire weekend. There are also day or evening passes available for $25 and an All Day Pass for $40, which includes all workshops and night concerts. Cabins, shared rooms, motels and camping are available. Shared occupancy starts at $100 per person. Whether you stay for one day or the entire weekend, leave feeling refreshed, informed and empowered during this “amazing 3-day adventure of beautiful, communal energy.”

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esearchers from the Copenhagen University Hospital, in Denmark, discovered expectant mothers that take omega-3 supplements while pregnant reduce the risk that their babies will develop asthma. Analyzing blood samples from 695 Danish women at 24 weeks of gestation and again one week after birth, the study tested the levels of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)—long-chain omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, fish oil and DHA-algae supplements—in the women’s blood. The health of the babies was monitored for five years and compared with the blood analysis. The children of the mothers given 2.4 grams of long-chain omega-3 supplements during their third trimester displayed an overall 31 percent reduced risk of developing asthma. “Asthma and wheezing disorders have more than doubled in Western countries in recent decades,” explains Professor Hans Bisgaard, of the Copenhagen Prospective Studies on Asthma in Childhood at the hospital. “We now have a preventative measure to help bring those numbers down.”

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study from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island, has linked alcohol consumption with an increased risk of melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer. Using data from three studies, researchers followed 210,252 adults for an average of 18 years each using food-frequency questionnaires to measure alcohol consumption. Comparing the results to instances of melanoma among the participants, they found that each alcoholic beverage consumed on average per day was associated with a 14 percent increased risk of melanoma. An associated conclusion was that individuals that regularly drank alcohol were 73 percent more likely to be diagnosed with melanoma on the trunk of the body than non-drinkers. “The clinical and biological significance of these findings remains to be determined, but for motivated individuals, counseling regarding alcohol use may be an appropriate strategy to reduce risks of melanoma, as well as other cancers,” explains Eunyoung Cho, Sc.D., the study’s lead author and an associate professor of dermatology and epidemiology at the university.

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esearchers from Germany’s Goethe University, in Frankfurt, sought to determine the impact that the belief held by some that females are poor soccer players would have on their performance. The study had 36 teenage female soccer players engage in a ball-dribbling drill before and after reading a pertinent article. Half of the subjects read about the perceived incompetence of female soccer players and the other half read a piece about the growing popularity of the sport. The players that read the negative article needed significantly more time to complete the drill than those that read the positive article, possibly highlighting the impact that negative stereotyping has on women.

study from the University of Prague, in the Czech Republic, has found that extracts from the bark of the Hintonia latiflora, a tree grown in Mexico and South America, can help regulate blood glucose levels in people with Type 2 diabetes. Researchers administered a capsule containing a dry concentrated extract from the plant to 32 subjects with the condition and monitored their blood glucose levels for six months. The subjects experienced an 11 percent decrease in glycated hemoglobin, an indicator that the body can better regulate blood glucose levels during the period, as well as a slight reduction in cholesterol and triglycerides. The researchers also found the natural treatment resulted in a 25 percent reduction in fasting blood glucose levels and a 22 percent reduction in post-meal glucose levels. Liver enzymes showed improved levels in the subjects, as well. No adverse side effects were observed.

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Corporate Interests Oppose Private Rentals Local governments and hotels are struggling to come to terms with the growing phenomenon of Airbnb room rentals, which help residents find short-term paying guests that often provide an economic lifeline to help them pay their bills, rent or mortgage. It’s an affordable, convenient and comfortable alternative for travelers. Critics claim the service removes affordable housing units and official hotel rooms from the market by turning suitable apartments into unofficial hotels. Consequently, proposed ordinances are in the works in several U.S. metropolitan areas where Airbnb entrepreneurs and industry groups are also active in trying to shape future laws. Other on-demand grassroots industries such as ridehailing companies Uber and Lyft, which have flourished in unregulated “gray areas”, have learned they need to employ teams of lawyers and lobbyists to fight a stream of restrictive laws and lawsuits.


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Choo Choo Breakthrough Nederlandse Spoorwegen reports that all of its electric trains are now running on energy harvested from wind. Working with Eneco, a sustainable energy supplier in the Netherlands, the goal was to operate the trains via wind turbines by January 2018, but they beat their own deadline. Electric locomotives don’t use conventional engines; instead, they act like a component in an electric circuit transmitted via high-voltage power lines. Three options for usage include onboard energy storage systems such as batteries; an overhead wire; or an extra live rail, which has current flowing through it at all times. It’s used to power lights and air-conditioning, as well as for propulsion. According to the Global Wind Energy Council, turbines capable of generating 586 megawatts of electricity are the workhorses. In 2016, a 700 megawatt offshore wind farm near the town of Borssele became the most cost-effective of such installations in the world. 16

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Record Hatchlings Give Hope Worldwide, six of the seven sea turtle species are threatened or endangered because of human activity. A ray of hope now shining from conservation efforts is that nesting sea turtles have posted record numbers of successful hatchlings in South Carolina the last three years, with Georgia and Florida reporting similar results. Decades of helpful efforts are paying off due to increased public awareness of turtlefriendly practices at seaside locations. Heed these rules: 4 Keep lights off on beachfront property during nesting season. 4 Refrain from using flash photography on the beach at night. 4 Keep beaches and oceans clean. Litter such as plastic bags and balloons can cause injury or death when sea turtles mistake them for jellyfish, a favorite food. 4 Respect sea turtles by observing them from a distance. 4 Report dead or injured sea turtles and nest disturbances to 1-800-9225431.

The French government has expanded the Réserve Naturelle Nationale des Terres Australes Françaises, a highly protected marine reserve in French-controlled, sub-Antarctic waters of the southern Indian Ocean, from about 8,000 to more than 46,000 square miles; it now includes seven areas surrounding the islands of Crozet and Kerguelen. France intends to designate 10 percent of its oceanic territory by 2020, and this action brings the total as of the end of 2016 to 1.3 percent. These large-scale, fully protected marine reserves may serve as climate refuges for many species. The rich biodiversity of the new addition includes marine mammals, fish, seabirds, orcas, penguins, Antarctic fur seals and the critically endangered Amsterdam albatross.


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Chicago has created 100 miles of new bike lanes in the last five years and plans to add another 50 miles of upgraded lanes with curbs to protect riders from cars by 2019. Beyond that, a series of floating, solar-powered bike paths along the edge of the Chicago River is on the drawing board; each mile of pathway may cost between $5 million and $10 million. The architecture firm SecondShore first proposed the idea. “You look at the river, and while it used to be the main commercial artery in the city, it’s not much of one anymore,” says firm cofounder James Chuck. “This fits with the mayor’s general economic strategy for the city— how to make use of latent infrastructure.” The floating bike paths, named RiverRide, would give pedalers a truly auto-free place to ride for part of their commute and connect with existing bike lanes. The system would fill gaps in the network, creating around a 17-mile stretch of continuous bike paths connecting 28 neighborhoods. Floating on concrete pontoons, the paths would use solar power for lighting. Solar panels could also heat the surface so the path doesn’t ice up in winter. Plans call for the path to intersect with river bridges so bikers can cross to the other side.

Cars produce .97 pounds of pollution per mile annually; bikes produce none. Bikes are also up to 50% faster than cars during rush hour.

Designing Cabinets and Chairs Made from Recyclables Swedish design firm and retailer IKEA is introducing a new line of “no waste” products that includes seating, vases and kitchen cabinets made of recycled materials. IKEA hopes that the design will help people see waste not as garbage, but as just another material that can be used in creating new and beautiful things. The Kungsbacka kitchen employs affordable, sustainable supplies that look stylish, including cabinet doors incorporating recycled plastic bottles and recycled wood; the entire cabinet is said to be 99.9 percent recycled. The Odger chair is 70 percent recycled plastic and 30 percent renewable wood. The design, available in a range of colors and wood finishes, is the result of collaboration between Swedish designers at Form Us With Love and eschews the environment-harming plastics of other chairs. IKEA also melts recycled glass to turn it into beautiful vases. Each mouth-blown vase is unique, thanks to the materials.

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Helium-filled balloons look pretty when released at special events, but they eventually become earthbound trash littering land and water, often traveling great distances before reaching their final resting places; spans of up to 1,300 miles have been recorded. The Ocean Conservancy recently picked up nearly 94,000 balloon remnants in the course of a year’s worth of cleanup operations. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, fish, dolphins, whales, seabirds and sea turtles have all been found with latex balloons in their stomachs, blocking their digestive tracts. One study of two stranded sperm whales in California attributed their deaths to huge amounts of consumed ocean debris. Another found that more than half of one species of sea turtle surveyed had trash in their gut; mostly balloons. The problem is so serious that several states and cities have already outlawed mass balloon releases. Latex balloons are technically biodegradable, but that process can take six months or more, according to the UK National Association of Balloon Artists and Suppliers. Celebratory alternatives include laser shows, music performances, bubbles, banners and reusable inflatable characters. Source:


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Cloth Better than Disposable for People and the Planet Disposable diapers are the third most common consumer item in landfills. When even those labeled “eco-friendly” are covered by other debris after being discarded and hidden from sunlight and air, they don’t readily biodegrade. Producing disposables also makes major demands on water, energy, nonrenewable resources like oil and renewables like wood. Many brands contain harmful ingredients such as polyacrylate, dioxin, phthalates and heavy metals that can be absorbed by a baby’s soft, developing skin and promote rashes. According to, 90 to 95 percent of American babies annually generate 27.4 billion single-use plastic diapers, or 7.6 billion pounds of garbage. While comparable statistics on adult diapers aren’t available, Euromonitor International forecasts a 48 percent increase in U.S. sales to $2.7 billion in 2020, up from $1.8 billion in 2015. In a decade, sales of diapers for adults could surpass those for babies at Kimberly-Clark and Procter & Gamble, attributed to bladder control issues related to health and age, according to the Urology Care Foundation and Mayo Clinic. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Public Health Association advise that in all cases, fecal matter and urine should be rinsed and flushed down the toilet instead of put in the trash, so that contaminants don’t enter

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research its benefits and healing qualities. The yearning for comfort foods like pizza, macaroni or ice cream may signal the need for more nurturing. Eyeing popcorn or chips could be a sign she’s stuffing down an emotion. She can ask herself, “What am I suppressing?” “Eat a lot of protein, including vitamin B-rich foods, during both pregnancy and breastfeeding,” advises O’Mara. “Nursing moms need to eat nutrient-dense foods frequently, along with getting adequate fluids,” says Wilson. She recommends foods that assist lactation called galatactagogues, like

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Wilson recommends yoga, swimming, walking or light jogging three to five times a week, for 20 minutes a day. “Squatting like a child on your haunches is a great exercise for childbirth,” she says, noting that 20 squats daily will strengthen core muscles. Sitting on an exercise ball instead of a desk chair or couch also engages core muscles, while improving posture. “Regular exercise brings more energy, better sleep, reduced stress, higher spirits, better odds of an easy labor, faster post-delivery recovery and reduced risk of gestational diabetes and high blood pressure during pregnancy,” Bregman finds. She recommends a prenatal yoga practice that includes breathing and visualizations. This restorative form of yoga offers gentle stretching, promotes good circulation and naturally supports relief or healing of many possible pregnancy ailments. “To alleviate physical distress, try chiropractic prenatal care,” says Phillips.

Light finger contact from an experienced practitioner helps realign bony segments and restores the body’s normal tone. “A prenatal expert can adjust so the mom’s body maintains its balance and the baby is free to move.” Craniosacral therapy reestablishes balance to the membranes that encapsulate the brain and spinal cord.

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“Just say, ‘No thanks,’ to friends who want to burden you with stories of their long, excruciating labors,” O’Mara advises. “Protect yourself from toxic people and their horror stories. Focus on maintaining your own good health and surround yourself with people that have experienced a normal birth. Plan to have uplifting support during the birthing process and in the postpartum period.” The connections established A woman easily influenced by othbetween mother and ers might ask her doula, midwife or spouse to be her advocate. A woman child are much stronger that needs to exercise control might when she progresses through seek such assistance for peace of mind, pregnancy and birth from knowing that her wishes will be followed. a natural perspective. “‘Pain’ is a fear-based word,” to be avoided in conversations about ~Kristy Wilson labor, Wilson explains. “Don’t fear the strength of contractions. They are doing exactly what your body needs to do to give birth.” As a midwife, she helps moms relax and embrace these intensely important sensations by focusing on what is going on in their body. Research published in the journal Cell Adhesion & Migration shows that the hormones released during labor enter into the baby’s Get Your Life Back with Dr. Mike! immune system to also strengthen the child. Dr. Mike Amendolara specializes in Chronic Physical Pain Relief (NOT Pain Management). Spark the Spirit

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Affirmations can positively state the mother-to-be’s intentions for pregnancy and birth. Examples include: “Birth is a safe and wonderful experience. I am choosing the right path for my birth. I trust my body and my instincts. I have all the support I need.” Wilson recommends choosing two to four that resonate, repeating them every morning while gazing into the mirror, placing them on the refrigerator door and even having them pop up on a smartphone. “Meditation prepares you for childbirth and can also be soothing during labor by offering tools that push away fear,” says O‘Mara. She likes this mantra from Thich Nhat Hahn’s book, Being Peace: “Breathing in, I calm myself, breathing out, I smile.” To begin, sit comfortably in a quiet room with eyes closed. For women new to meditation, Wilson suggests lighting a scented or colored candle and noticing the colors and movement of the flame for something physical to focus on. “This calming practice is important because labor becomes like a meditation,” she says. The mother copes through the

contraction, then uses her meditation skills to reset, refocus and ground herself before the next contraction. Wilson and Bregman both encourage expectant mothers to keep a journal during pregnancy. “Record thoughts and experiences. Sometimes dreams tell things about the child, who has a story too,” advises Wilson.

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Those that prefer a home birth can find a compatible midwife through a natural birthing community such as the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives, International Childbirth Education Association and La Leche League. For a hospital experience, look for lowCaesarean rates, a personally compatible doctor and a distinct birthing center. Either way, a doula or midwife can help craft the desired birth plan. Upon selecting a venue, the expectant mother may imagine the ideal birth environment and write positive statements, such as, “I want to move around freely. I want my husband and sister with me at all times.” “If a home birth is a mother’s first choice, design two plans; one for home and one for the hospital,” suggests Phillips. “If the mother needs hospital care during labor, the attendants will know her wishes.” Wilson encourages the spouse to be involved from the beginning. “The partner’s energy plays a role in how the birth progresses during labor. Plus, being part of the planning keeps him engaged and attuned to her wishes.”

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he blessingway ceremony helps a woman prepare mentally, emotionally and spiritually for the work of birthing, opening her to instinctive abilities that will guide her in mothering,” says Donna Miller Watelet, interfaith minister and co-author of Mother Rising: The Blessingway Journey into Motherhood. Miller Watelet, a facilitator of dozens of blessingway rituals, shares an example of a nourishing gathering: In a comfortable and safe room, a group of friends circles the motherto-be, signifying their support. They discuss the intention for the blessingway and invite the mom to symbolically let go of any fears blocking a harmonious experience. Once her fears are emptied out, they fill her up with affirmations, appreciations and adornments. Women can gift an object that has meaning to them, such as a bead, flower or scrap of cloth, as a sign of their commitment to her. These gifts will then be fashioned into something lasting, such as a necklace for the mother. The circle may then bind themselves together, each woman wrapping red yarn around her wrist before passing along the skein until everyone is connected. As they discuss this intertwining, they cut the binding yarn and keep the bracelets, a reminder of their caring for the new family. “Finally, we enjoy a feast together,” Miller Watelet says. “Sharing a meal reminds us to bring the intentions of the blessingway back into everyday life.”


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We birth best where we feel safe. Evidence shows that birth can be safe in just about any setting. ~Peggy O’Mara Honor the Postpartum Mother

“Giving birth is the first big unknown of parenting,” says Wilson. “You plan for it and then you have to trust and accept the outcome.” She encourages postpartum appointments for discussing the birth. “A breastfeeding mother’s nutrient requirements are actually higher postpartum,” Wilson says. To prevent deficiencies, she suggests moms nourish themselves during this period, delaying any focus on weight loss and regaining muscle tone. The birth team and other friends can deliver meals, do light housecleaning, run a load of laundry and bring groceries. The new parents will welcome this generous and loving help. Deborah Shouse is a mother, writer, speaker, editor and health advocate in Kansas City, MO. Her latest book, Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together, focuses on life’s meaningful moments (


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eaching me how to steer the 30-foot-long sailboat he built, my father would say, “It’s the sail that follows the wind, and the rudder that follows the sail.” The sail, by its nature, will catch the wind and lean into it. The rudder is for steering once we’ve set sail. Our soul is like a sail. Once hoisted, it’s filled by the wind of Spirit, which establishes our course and direction. Our will is our rudder; its job is to follow where the soul filled with Spirit leads, helping to steer our way. When we lean on will to make things happen, we can grow stubborn, confused or lost. Clear sailing comes when we’re being carried toward a vision greater than our self, feeling wholly alive along the way. Scudding along the sea, my father was living once for all time, feeling the sensation of all life in that moment. We all yearn to live in these moments forever, yet even a taste of aliveness can fill, sustain and refresh us in the midst of daily tasks. We all face times beyond our control when life doesn’t follow our designs and we’re asked to work with life and not fight, curse or hide from it. When insisting on our way, we can get so tangled in our will that we can’t find or feel the wind of Spirit. During these times—when we fear there is no meaning and it seems there’s nothing holding us up—our will can puff, snap and flap about in a desperate attempt to fill what looms as an empty life. But even setting out on the sea, it’s never easy. My father remarked, “It’s always harder to sail toward a fixed point, because you will inevitably have to cross the wind several times to get there.” By contrast, a boat moves its fastest and cleanest when it simply follows the wind. It’s the same when we listen for where life is taking us, instead of busily thinking about where we’re going. Devoting ourselves to experiencing the journey, rather than determining a destination, we discover our way. Like a sail, our life must be out in the open before the wind will show its face. Likewise, Spirit fills us when we can inhabit our true nature. We miss what awaits us if we hover too close to the shore of our past, our family, someone else’s dream for us, or an old identity. To feel the wind in our face, we must leave the shallows and harbors for the deep. Only then will the larger, timeless destination show itself and our soul be filled enough with Spirit that our smaller self will have no choice but to engage in steering us toward all that matters. Adapted excerpt from The One Life We’re Given: Finding the Wisdom that Waits in Your Heart, by Mark Nepo (Atria). Connect at and

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icks are not particular about where they find their next meal as long as it is in their preferred habitat. Sadly, the habitats of ticks and children overlap all too often. The heaviest concentrations of ticks are found where the lawn meets the brush line and in taller wood/fence-line vegetation. This type of habitat can be found not only in your backyard but transcends to school playgrounds, parks and summer camps.

It is important to keep the following tips in mind when children are outside the classroom: • Pay particular attention to where picnic benches, sports benches and bleachers are located. These should all be at least 6 feet away from brush lines. The same applies for parents and where you place your camping chairs to watch their children at a sporting event. A simple action like retrieving a toy or sports ball from a brush line could put a child in close proximity to a tick. Change the direction of where the children are throwing/retrieving the ball and they are less likely to come in contact with a tick. • While at recess, children love to make forts out of low lying branches and gravitate towards brush and trees. Ticks hang out in shady areas where the humidity level is higher. This includes pine trees. Pine cone and acorn retrieval is a favorite pastime for young ones. Ticks lay up to 2000 eggs in pine and leaf litter. • Ticks thrive in higher humidity. The moister the environment the more likely it is to have tick activity. Keep children away from overwatered grass and soggy fields.

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MASTERING SELF-DEFENSE Staying Aware Avoids Problems by Aimee Hughes


began my personal training in the Non-Violent System (NVS) of self-defense with Grandmaster Verkerke in 1996,” says Eddie Rose, senior instructor of NVS Peace in the Midst of Non-Violence at Shangri-La Springs, in Bonita Springs, Florida. This aspect of the martial art form seicho jutsu was created by Canadian Daniel Verkerke, Ph.D., as a simple self-defense system to teach and perpetuate nonviolence; he continues to share it with the public, law enforcement, corporations and private security firms in the U.S. and internationally. Nonviolent self-defense is akin to the dynamics of bullfighting. “The matador never matches his strength with the enormous animal; rather, he redirects the energy of the bull with simple and precise movements—counterbalancing—and letting the bull’s energy move past him,” explains Rose. He’s trained everyday people of all ages and walks of life in this approach, in the U.S., UK, Puerto Rico and Jamaica. “As they train, students begin to feel more secure wherever they go, because they are learning how to be safe even in the midst of physical confrontation,” says Rose. “They wind up feeling more empowered as they learn how to neutralize aggression simply and effectively.” Practicing NVS increases balance, coordination, overall flexibility and joint mobility. Its soft, circular, martial arts movements, combined with slow-to-fast linear movements, also enhance cardiovascular health. “Mental and spiritual training includes the awareness and development of a state of being conscious of energy and mind. Everyone’s actions and reactions directly reflect the development of their mind,” says Rose. Another nonviolent form of self-defense is Shaolin five animal kung fu, a martial arts style that mimics the characteristics of five animals—the tiger, leopard, snake, crane and dragon. Instructor Lloyd Fridenburg owns Fitness with a Purpose, in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, where he emphasizes the awareness and avoidance concept as the psychological heart of nonviolent self-defense. Fridenburg, founder and senior instructor of the Waterloo Kung Fu Academy, explains, “The concept emphasizes being constantly aware of your surroundings while avoiding obvious areas of potential danger.” He also stresses the importance of proper body language—being able to read that of others, as well as how to diffuse confrontation upfront in how we present ourself. “Martial arts are a two-sided coin,” he says. “There’s the martial aspect, which involves techniques that allow a person to defend him- or herself in a wide range of situations. Then there’s the art aspect, which encompasses a deeper study, encompassing forms of movement and mental, philosophical and meditative techniques.”

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“Overall health benefits are no different than one might expect of any disciplined fitness regimen,” notes Fridenburg. “However, the nature of a quality martial arts program forces practitioners to focus their entire attention on what they are doing. The mere act of staying grounded in the present moment dramatically reduces stress and sets martial arts practices apart from many other forms of movement.” Tai chi, an ancient, softer style of Chinese martial art, leverages relaxation, posture and energy work, rather than muscular tension. As a Taoist art, it embodies the way nature works, using minimal effort to accomplish a lot. “Demonstrating tai chi as a form of nonviolent self-defense is much easier than describing it,” says Aaron D. Nitzkin, Ph.D., of New Orleans, a Tulane University professor, tai chi master and certified medical qigong instructor. “If someone attacks, you don’t resist; you can use tai chi principles to yield to their movements with a natural, circular, continuous motion, turning their own force against them. When you move aggressively against a master, it feels like you’ve just bounced off them and fallen down. In order to win at tai chi fighting, you need to remain completely calm and centered and most of all, listen to your opponent’s energy with your hands, so that you can yield to it and then redirect it.” It’s a profound lesson in interpersonal communication. “My students report stronger immune systems, greater clarity of mind, better sleep, less anxiety and depression, and greater emotional stability,” says Nitzkin. “Practitioners become much more sensitive to and conscious of the internal condition of their bodies, and even develop the ability to feel bioelectric fields.” Whichever form of nonviolent self-defense suits us, experts advise that students study with a certified and experienced instructor for optimum results and safe practice. Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy and senior staff writer for Longevity Times online. Connect at Aimee@

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A First Step to Discover Your Life as a Spiritual Adventure Featuring Mary Carroll Moore, keynote speaker and workshop presenter What is the purpose of dreams? Why are they important?

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A routine work meeting had gone sour—there were unexpected conflicts among the members, and especially towards me, the trainer for that session. I came away feeling perplexed and upset at the outcome; although many people said they’d benefited, I was aware that a small group had not. I went over my notes and my training approach, but I couldn’t find what I had done to cause such conflict. I called and apologized for anything I might have done, but it didn’t help. Weeks went by and discord was evident in the team. It made me not want to engage in my job or with these people, with whom I used to be very friendly. I even thought of quitting my position. But I decided first to ask my dreams for help and guidance, especially because another meeting of the team was scheduled and I knew I had to attend. The night before the meeting, I wrote a message to my inner guide, asking to be shown how to approach the meeting. If there was something I could do or say that would help resolve the conflict, I’d be very grateful. That night in my dreams I was driving a fun car. I could soar above the landscape. I laughed a lot and felt very free. At the end of the ride, I tried to find the brake and clutch with my feet, but when I looked down, I realized I was driving a picnic table! I woke up and shared the dream with my spouse. “A picnic table,” I said, “What a weird dream!” “It means, this meeting will be a picnic,” my spouse said.

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ome of the best plants to keep as summer companions are herbs that enrich life with their flavors, fragrances and beauty. It’s not too late to pot up a few herbs or plant them in the garden if we choose varieties that thrive in hot, summer weather.


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“I place basil as the number one herb in popularity, as well as heat tolerance,” says Cristina Spindler, owner of the Peconic River Herb Farm, in Calverton, New York. “Basil actually prefers heat.”

There are many types, and greenleafed culinary varieties are easy to grow through the summer, provided they’re not allowed to dry out. Two particularly heathardy types are purple-leafed varieties such as red rubin and African blue, which debuted in 1983. “Purple basil is shockingly fragrant and beautiful on the plate. Plus, it’s easy to grow in a small space and produces quickly,” says Lisa Kessler, who for several years has co-owned with her husband, Ben, the White Hills Lavender and Herb Farm, in Dearing, Georgia. “The flowering tops are usable as herbs and as beautiful cut flowers, so don’t toss them away.” “African blue basil flourishes in summer heat and is an especially beneficial nectar plant for bees and other pollinators,” says Traci Anderson, who has been running Seminole Springs Herb Farm, in Eustis, Florida, in their family for more than 20 years. Vigorous and heavy-flowering, it can grow to over three feet tall, and usually persists as a perennial in Florida, Texas and other mild winter climates.

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Rosemary is the most adaptable and heat tolerant of Mediterranean herbs; it can be grown as a perennial where soil doesn’t freeze hard in winter. “My top herb garden choice for the hot, humid conditions in the South is Tuscan blue rosemary, because it is beautiful, easy to grow and is wonderful in all kinds of foods and products,” Kessler says. “It blooms in several seasons and provides bees with off-season food.” Thyme is a top cooking herb, although too much summer rain can lead to mildew and leaf blight. This rarely happens with Summer savory, which has a punchy flavor that Spindler describes as “a peppery cross between oregano and thyme that’s perfect on all of the classic summer veggies—squash, green beans, tomatoes and corn.” Kessler recommends oregano as part of our summer planting list. “Let your kids or grandkids have the experience of putting it in the pasta sauce. It’s easy to grow in a small herb garden and will last through the winter in most parts of the South.”

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amily dogs frequently accompany us on errands and outings away from their familiar home environment and we want them to enjoy these expeditions, so understanding their view of the world is important. To a dog, every experience is either familiar or unfamiliar. The first time they encounter a new sound, place or person, they may feel anxious. We can help with the adjustment by introducing them slowly to each new experience and step aside to provide them distance or space to observe it first at their own pace. Knowing the “tells” that signal when a dog is comfortable or uncomfortable goes a long way to a harmonious experience. Allison Culver, assistant director of The Lightfoot Way holistic animal learning center, in Houston, remarks, “Knowing how to communicate with your animal can save a lot of heartache.” With a bit of applied attention, we can readily learn to understand the changes in canine body posture and behavior that communicate their emotional state. Start by observing the dog’s posture when they are relaxed at home. It’s likely that their weight is balanced on all four legs and their mouth is slightly open; movement is relaxed, loose and agile. When a dog feels happy or playful, notice how their ears may perk up or tilt slightly forward. Their tail might rise and wag, and they may emit a cheerful bark. Using their visual and audio demeanor as a baseline prepares us to be alert for three secret tells that signal a change in their emotion. Closing their mouth routinely occurs when a dog is unsure or anxious. When their mouth remains closed for a

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pring is here and with it brings the desire for spring cleaning; a time to go through our homes, organize, declutter, and clean out what we no longer need. Have you considered spring cleaning for your body? There are many detoxes and cleanses on the market where you nutritionally work to clean your body, which is very helpful in eliminating toxins and waste and to assist with starting a new healthier lifestyle. However, the spring cleaning for the mind, body, and soul is much more than that. It is about looking within and clearing out unwanted and unneeded burdens to allow for a healthier you on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level. CranioSacral Therapy is a treatment technique that many find to be highly effective in this type of cleanout. It works on the nervous system and on the deeper layers of tissue, which can be the storage place of emotional trauma, distress, anger, sadness, resentment, regret, fear, etc. Through CranioSacral Therapy, you can work on releasing somatoemotional experiences that are causing an imbalance in your body. SomatoEmotional Release work recognizes that each person has an Inner Physician—often identified as the voice within, God, your gut instinct, or your subconscious. When we can disconnect from our cognitive thoughts and listen, we can tune into our Inner Physician. During the SomatoEmotional work, it is important to feel safe and comfortable to be able to find a place where you can be calm and still to let go and allow your Inner Physician to help guide you in your healing. When looking deep within, you may notice that you compartmentalize, store, or bury your emotional experiences away until you are able to deal with them, when you have more time, when you are not as stressed….when you can….and then, that time does not come or it comes, but not before it has created an imbalance within your body. As a CranioSacral Therapist, when placing my hands onto an individual’s body, I am able to feel the muscular, fascial, and neural tension and compression patterns, the flow of cerebral spinal fluid, and the movement of energy in the body. By assessing the body’s state through touch, areas where the energy has shifted into a state of discord, usually due to emotional trauma or the holding onto of an emotional experience, can be palpated. Through manual therapy techniques and dialoguing with the patient’s Inner Physician, we work together to clean up these areas of disorganization to help achieve balance within the body. Releasing these energetic areas may bring up emotional experiences from the past, trauma that has not been addressed, and old injuries

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Simple Diagnosis or Symptom? By Hilary Bilkis, LMT


hat is a tongue-tie? Tongue-tie happens when the string of tissue under your baby’s tongue (frenulum), which attaches the tongue to the floor of the mouth, is too short. The medical term for tongue-tie is ankyloglossia. The frenulum does not stretch and it is not a part of the tongue. It is a band of connective tissue. The tongue may be tied at the tip or further back in the mouth. Tongue-tie has implications for nursing infants. Challenges that may occur include: • Baby fusses at the breast because she is finding breastfeeding uncomfortable. • Clicking during feedings when baby can’t maintain suction. • Baby does not open his mouth wide. • Baby does not maintain a good latch and milk leaks from her mouth. • Baby gags easily because he cannot move his tongue effectively.

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The mother also struggles with her own challenges: sore nipples, abrasions, sore areola and even mastitis as a result of her baby struggling to suckle. Additionally, if not addressed tongue-tie has can also cause swallowing and speech issues in older children. The remedy for tongue-tie is called a frenotomy or a revision. This involves clipping the tissue with surgical scissors or a laser. Post revision you must massage under the baby’s tongue to prevent scar tissue adhesions. Frenotomies are not a cure all. Often, tongue-tie is a symptom of other soft tissue restrictions that are present in the infant’s body.

Torticollis (wry neck)

This condition may result from being confined in the womb during the last eight weeks of gestation or develop through a difficult birth process. In response to these stresses, the infant’s body directs the soft tissues of the body to contract and tighten to protect themselves. Relaxing, however, may require assistance. A baby with torticollis may always tilt the head in one direction or have difficulty breastfeeding on one side. She may get frustrated when she can’t turn her head completely. The stiffness in the shoulders and the neck can translate into tension in the throat, mouth and face. Additionally, she may also have tension going down her back creating misalignment of the pelvis and hips. These babies often seem uncomfortable in their bodies and may be hard to soothe.

Soft Tissue Tongue Restrictions

Nursing involves a complex suckswallow-breathe sequence. Thirty one muscles in the lips, cheeks, tongue, jaw, chin, soft palate and throat coordinate the feeding process. Critical to the tongue’s function is the hyoid—a horseshoe-shaped bone—which is the foundation of tongue and it is found floating at the throat, suspended in position by the muscles above and below it. Strain on any of the muscles or in the throat and neck which attach to the hyoid may also affect the tongue.

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After tongue-tie has been corrected, mom and baby often still struggle with their breastfeeding relationship. CranioSacral Therapy (CST), has been shown to help relax mother and child, and allow them to get in sync. CST is performed with a very gentle touch and focused intention, that allows stressed tissues to unwind, soften and release. Work is done at diaphragm, chest, throat, under the chin, cheeks, mouth and the entire spine to release the accumulated tensions. The infant can be treated while nursing, and often calms a fussy baby.

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CST is most effective when received during the first few days or weeks of life—the earlier, the better. The benefits of early CranioSacral Therapy include: helps baby open mouth wider, have a better seal on the breast, suckle more efficiently so the mother has less pain while nursing, regain full range of motion in the neck, breathing patterns improve, baby is calmer and easier to soothe. When the nursing relationship becomes easy and enjoyable, mom and baby can bond better. Both are less stressed and everyone is happier! Hilary D. Bilkis, LMT, MS, CST, is owner of Awakening Wellness in Morristown. A gifted healer and intuitive, Hilary combines light touch therapies with energy healing customized to individual needs, and received her training in CranioSacral Therapy through The Upledger Institute. Location: Awakening Wellness, 14 Pine St., Suite 8, Morristown. 973-479-2229. See ad on this page.

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How do hybrid seeds differ from open-pollinated seeds?

Seeks to Seed an Agricultural Revolution by April Thompson


or more than 30 years, Taggart Siegel has produced award-winning films on little-known aspects of the natural and cultural world. His diverse documentaries range from the story of a Hmong shaman immigrant adjusting to American life to a Midwestern organic farmer that salvaged his family’s farm. Siegel’s latest film, Seed: The Untold Story, follows global seed keepers from Minnesota to India battling multinational agribusinesses in a quest to protect our agricultural heritage and food sources—ancient seeds passed down through untold generations. Interviews with farmers, ethnobotanists and activists explore the importance of the genetic material that these tiny time capsules carry. Siegel is the founder and executive director of Collective Eye Films, a nonprofit media company in Portland, Oregon. He co-directed and produced this latest offering with documentary filmmaker Jon Betz, with backing from Academy Award-winning actress Marisa Tomei.

Why does the colossal loss of food crop diversity during the past century matter? Up to 96 percent of seed varieties have been lost since 1903. During this period, we have destroyed the infrastructure of traditional agriculture: 10,000 years of seeds saved from families and farmers. It threatens our survival. We can’t rely on genetically modified seeds to see us through climate changes. We need non-genetically engineered seed varieties like the thousands of different types of rice grown in India to be able

to adapt to extreme events like floods and droughts. Universal responsibility to save seeds began to dwindle in the 1920s, when hybrid corn crops came onto the market, promising higher yields; instead of growing crops from seeds saved, borrowed or shared with neighbors, farmers bought seeds from stores. In the 1990s, huge corporations bought

You cannot save a hybrid seed; if you try to use it, the results are unreliable. Hybrids are engineered to be planted for one year only. With open-pollinated and heirloom seeds, you’re planting reliable seeds saved from year to year, generation to generation, bred for the consistency of their qualities. Indigenous people in Mexico’s Oaxaca Valley, for example, have successfully cultivated local seeds for at least 8,700 years, right up to today. Hybrids require high levels of chemical inputs to produce. Illustrating the contrast, Hopi corn, grown for thousands of years, requires little water and contains much more protein than today’s commercial crops, without

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poisoning the land with heavy industrial inputs. The Hopi think of seeds as their children, intimately connected with their heritage and culture, so they protect them. Beyond big, strong crops, farming is a spiritual act.

Why do so many farmers voluntarily choose hybrid seeds, given the troubling issues involved? Most farmers just want streamlined labor and the biggest yield. Often, commodity crops using commercial seeds and chemical fertilizers have the biggest yield and make them the most money, even though severe downsides like the loss of flavor and nutrients mean it’s ultimately not the best result. In India, more than 250,000 farmers have committed suicide during the past 20 years to escape onerous debts accrued to purchase industrialized agricultural inputs. An Indian seed salesman interviewed for the film despairs, “The seeds we sell don’t taste good and require so many chemicals that many farmers kill themselves.”

What is the seed-saver movement achieving, and how can everyday gardeners and citizens take action? Seed libraries and banks are critically important because the seeds are adapted to the local environment. Seed libraries have multiplied from only a handful a few years ago to as many as 300 located in towns across America today. Public libraries check out seeds to plant in your garden, asking only that you return harvested seeds for others to enjoy. Farmers can now “back up” their seeds in local seed banks, which are also becoming important educational resources to teach students about these issues. To locate a screening or purchase a DVD of the film, visit Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at


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TUESDAY, MAY 2 Thermography Scans—9am–6:30pm. With Lisa Mack, CCT, HHC. On first Tuesdays. Call for appointment. 17 Hanover Road, Building 300 Florham Park. 855-667-9338. Association for Higher Awareness—7:30pm. Presenting Robert Wood’s “The No Loss Relationship.” $10 donation at door. Madison Masonic Lodge, 170 Main St., Madison.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 3 Reiki Level I/ Heal Yourself—10am–12pm. Wednesdays in May. Reiki is an ancient Oriental system of natural, holistic healing. Universal lifegiving energy is passed from the practitioner to the client through the laying on of hands. $179.95 includes: class manual, 4-week instruction, guided

savethedate ASSOCIATION FOR HIGHER AWARENESS May 2 7:30pm. Presenting Robert Wood’s “The No Loss Relationship.” $10 donation at door. Madison Masonic Lodge, 170 Main St., Madison.

savethedate DISCOVER YOUR LIFE AS A SPIRITUAL ADVENTURE ECKANKAR in New Jersey presents a FREE DAY OF SPIRITUAL EXPLORATION Saturday, May 20, 2017 12:30—8:30 pm Featuring Living from the Heart in a Challenging World, an afternoon workshop plus creative performances, a spiritual art gallery, and inspiring talks. Raritan Valley Community College Conference Center 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, New Jersey For more information: 800-870-9139


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practice on self-Reiki, and Reiki I Attunement. Certification for completion of program at satisfactory level. Fresh Look on Life, 31 US Highway 206, Suite 3, Augusta. Pre-registration a MUST to 973-383-6847 or Awaken the Master Within—6:30–8:30pm. You hold within you the wonderment of your true worth and this series will catapult you into the masterful power you have within you to break through the barriers that stand in the way of you realizing all the potential you possess. $25. Portal of Healing, 50 Main Street, Top Floor, Chester. 201-841-0358.

THURSDAY, MAY 4 Thermography Scans—9am–5pm. With Lisa Mack, CCT, HHC. Call for appointment. 51 JFK Parkway, Short Hills. 855-667-9338. Stop Smoking with Hypnosis—6:30–7:30pm. Through hypnosis, smoking cessation is easily achieved in a one-hour session. $55. Roxbury High School, 1 Bryant Dr., Succasunna. 908-303-7767. Lose Weight with Hypnosis—7:30–8:30pm. Through hypnosis, weight loss is easily and painlessly attained. Shed unwanted pounds and keep them off. $55. Roxbury High School, 1 Bryant Dr., Succasunna. 908-303-7767. Barry@HypnosisNJ. com. Relaxation through Hypnosis—8:30–9:30pm. Learn several easy to use techniques you can use daily to reduce stress in your life. $55. Roxbury High School, 1 Bryant Dr., Succasunna. 908-3037767.

FRIDAY, MAY 5 First Friday Healing Circle—7–8pm. First Friday Healing Circle led by Gail Belluardo, Licensed Practitioner. Different themes for each group. Center for Spiritual Living Morristown, 331 Mt Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-879-6476. Truespirit@earthlink. com. Healing Circle—7–8pm. First Friday Healing Circle. Love offering. Center for Spiritual Living Morristown, 3, Morristown. 973-539-3114.

SATURDAY, MAY 6 MEN WHO CARE—8:30–10:30am. Monthly. All men welcomed! Celebrating their 15th year of monthly meetings on the first Saturday of each month. Love offering. Center for Spiritual Living Morristown, Friendship Hall, 331 Mt Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3114. Truespirit@earthlink. com. Women’s Health Day—Speakers and Specials throughout the day. Psychic Karen will be here for an early AM session, and evening session. For

SUNDAY, MAY 7 Tibetan Singing Bowl Meditation—4–5pm. Tibetan Singing Bowl Meditation with Denise Mihalik & Kati Walker. Tibetan singing bowls create waves of vibrations designed to align the energy centers and create a deep state of meditation. Denise & Kati have studied traditional Tibetan Singing Bowl method with Suren Shrestha. $25/adv; $30/door. Studio Yoga Madison, 2 Green Village Road, Suite 215, Madison. 973-966-5311. Staff@studioyoganj. com.

MONDAY, MAY 8 Thermography Scans—9am–6:30pm. With Lisa Mack, CCT, HHC. On 2nd Mondays. Call for appointment. 63 Beaverbrook Rd, Suite 105 Lincoln Park. 855-667-9338.

TUESDAY, MAY 9 Thermography Scans—Times vary. With Lisa Mack, CCT, HHC. Hudson Valley Whole Life Center, 254 State Route 17 K, Newburgh, NY. 855667-9338.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 10 Thermography Scans—Times vary. With Lisa Mack, CCT, HHC. Awakenings Holstic and Wellness Center, 44 West St., Monmouth Beach. 855667-9338. Natural Solutions for Better Health—7–8:30 pm. Learn how essential oils can bring wellness and vitality without the burden of toxic chemicals! Learn proper use of essential oils and how oils can be used as a preventative and/or supportive measure for various health issues. Free. Awakening Wellness, 14 Pine Street, Suite 8, Morristown. RSVP: 973-479-2229. hilary@

THURSDAY, MAY 11 Thermography Scans—9am–5pm. With Lisa Mack, CCT, HHC. Call for appointment. 55 Madison Ave, Ste 400, Morristown. 855-667-9338.

SATURDAY, MAY 13 Spiritual Cinema—7–9pm. “Band of Sisters” a film by Mary Fishman from Daughters of the Church to Citizens of the World. Suggested loved offering $10. Center for Spiritual Living Morristown, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave, Morristown. 973-539-3114. Spring Rummage Sale—8am–2pm. Annual Spring Rummage Sale Gently used clothing and home goods and a fabulous buck-a-book sale. None. Center for Spiritual Living Morristown, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave, Morristown. 973-539-3114. truespirit@

savethedate TUESDAY, MAY 16 Thermography Scans—9am–6:30pm. With Lisa Mack, CCT, HHC. On 3rd Tuesdays. Call for appointment. Corner of South Ridgedale Ave. @ 1 Heather Dr., East Hanover. 855-667-9338.

THURSDAY, MAY 18 T h e r m o g r a p h y S c a n s — 9 a m – 5 p m . Wi t h Lisa Mack, CCT, HHC. Call for appointment. 51 JFK Parkway, Short Hills. 855-667-9338.

SATURDAY, MAY 20 Discover Your Life as a Spiritual Adventure—12:30–8:30pm. ECKANKAR in New Jersey presents Discover Your Life as a Spiritual Adventure, a day of spiritual exploration. Featuring a special workshop, Living from the Heart in a Challenging World. Free. Raritan Valley Community College Conference Center, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg. For more info: 800-870-9139 or 5th Annual Eco Fun Fest—1–4 pm. Eco Fun for Kiddos: Reptile Show with Rizzo’s; Planet Friendly Games; Giant Slide; Dunk Tank; Face Painting; Live Music; Arts and Crafts; Henna; Morris Township PD; Sparkee, the Somerset Patriots Mascot; Kari “Yurt Grrl” Cooper presents “Yurt Grrls Top Ten Tips for Tiny Living” with special Q and A at Gert the Yurt! Kari loves to meet folks and talk tiny! Green market: 25+ of NJ’s best artists, makers and more. Local Produce—Raw Honey—Vegetable and Herb Plant Sale—Upcycled Gifts—Handcrafted Wearables/ Beauty Products –Sustainable Home Décor—Healthy Lifestyle Products and Services. Plus Silent Auction and Raffle. Admission: $10 advance; $15 at the door (Ages 5 and younger; 65 and older attend free). Tickets available for purchase here: Unity Charter School, 1 Evergreen Pl, Morristown.

SUNDAY, MAY 21 Happy One Year Anniversary—1–4pm. Stop by for your free t-shirt. 30-minute sessions from 1-4pm for only $10. Light refreshments will be served throughout the day. Caldwell Salt Cave, 246 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell. 973-226-2069. #Getyourhealthyon.

at 12:45pm. $30/door; $20 with 5 cans food donation; $10/Journey Dance Faculty, age 62+ and students with ID. Diamond Studio, 450 Hamburg Turnpike, 2nd floor, Wayne. 917-405-0596. journeydance-with-jean.

TUESDAY, MAY 23 Healthy Weight for Life: A Functional Medicine Approach—6:30–8 pm. Educational, interactive and effective hands-on workshop Assess the root causes of weight gain; develop strategies to get weight off and keep it off, learn how to decrease inflammation, detoxify and improve cardiovascular health; get shopping lists and menu plans that will help you lose weight and feel great. $100. Dr. Lorraine Maita, 64 River Road, First floor, Summit. 973-218-1199. weight.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 24 Thermography Scans—9am–5pm. With Lisa Mack, CCT, HHC. Call for appointment. 55 Madison Ave, Ste 400, Morristown. 855-667-9338.

FRIDAY, MAY 26 Monthly Chair Yoga Class—7:15–8:30pm. 4th Friday each month. Using a chair will bring a deeper level of stretch and ease. All levels are welcome. The class will offer comfort if you might have a harder time getting up and down off of the floor. Use your class card or $19.00. Garden of Life Massage & Yoga Center, 9 Boulder Hills Blvd., Wantage. 973-875-5433.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 31 Thermography Scans—9am–5pm. With Lisa Mack, CCT, HHC. Call for appointment. 55 Madison Ave, Ste 400, Morristown. 855-667-9338. Chakra Clearing and Cleansing—7–8:30 pm. Join Sharon Siverstein for Chakra Clearing and Cleansing. $20. Center for Spiritual Living Morristown, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave, Morristown. 973-539-3114.

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PLAN AHEAD THURSDAY, JUNE 1 Radiate! And Attract Real Love—7–9pm. CoFacilitators: Barbara Steingas and Lisa Caroselli. $45. Enrollment: Questions about program: or call Barbara at 908-391-4463.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21 Reiki Level II (5 weeks)—10am–12pm. Prerequisite: Reiki I. Deepen Reiki knowledge and practice offering Reiki to others. Reiki Level II Attunement will be given. Class includes lecture and hands-on practice. $200. Fresh Look on Life, 31 US Highway 206, Suite 3, Augusta. 973-383-6847. cindy@

markyourcalendar EACH FRIDAY frankly speaking spirituality for the street John Frank: Semi-retired Pastor and Professor; Seeker and Searcher. Progressive Traditionalist. Fairly peaceful, quite grateful, most hopeful. Sinner/Saint. Goal: personal, social, cosmic (and whatever is beyond that) wholeness.

Happy Healthy Baby - Make & Take Essential Oils—10–11:30am. Learn about oils and how to use them safely with your babies and yourself. Includes 2 roller ball blends for take home. $10. RSVP: Awakening Wellness, 14 Pine Street, Suite 8, Morristown. 973-479-2229. hilary@ Awakening4Wellness. com. JourneyDance Nurturing the Mother Event— 1–2:30pm. Ready to tell your story to the dance floor? JourneyDance is moving meditation with no structured choreography. Experience movement explorations, powerful core connections, fascia engagement, and breath awareness. Registration

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Sunday Free Zen Meditation Group Sit—7–8:30am. Led by Kurt Spellmeyer of at Kula Yoga Wellness, 25 Main St., Stanhope. For info, email Natural Meditation & Awareness Practice— 9–10am. Weekly free guided meditation in the advaita/non-duality tradition. Aikido Schools of NJ, 324 West Westfield Ave., Roselle Park. 908875-9844. Prenatal Yoga—9–10:15am. For the Mother Goddess and her growing baby! $18 drop-in or class package. The Karuna Shala, 855 Bloomfield Ave., Suite 208, 2nd Floor, Glen Ridge. Morristown Unitarian Fellowship—Worship services at 9 and 11am. 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-540-1177, ext. 203. Summit Unitarian Worship Service—9:30 and 11:15am throughout the regular church year. The Unitarian Church, 4 Waldron Ave., Summit. 908273-3245. Institute for Spiritual Development—10am. First and third Sundays. Psychic and spiritual development and healing. Masonic Lodge #93, 170 Main St., 973-437-4370. Spine & Myofascial Exercise (ELDOA)— 10–11am. Every Sunday in Mar. Great for sport performance & injury support. ELDOA classes use exercises that create space in the joints, normalize tissue, segmental muscle work, precise proprioception, breath & brain exercises to enhance your body & lessen stress. Supportive for disc bulges, herniations, chronic pain. $20 hour class. Living Fit 406 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove. 973-433-0445.

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. Meditation Course—10:45–11:45am. $60 per 3 week session. The School of Royal Yoga, 57 Main St., Chester. 908-879-9648. Center for Spiritual Living-Morristown—11am. Sunday Celebration and Youth Program, followed by refreshments at noon in Friendship Hall. 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3114. Unity Spiritual Center of Morris County—11am. 221 Main St., 2nd floor, VFW Bldg., Boonton. 973-331-1776. Unity of Sussex County—11am–12:30pm. Youth and family meeting, followed by fellowship in Wakeman Hall. 25 Mudcut Rd., Lafayette. 973-3836277. Meditation—1–3pm. Join us in the crystal room, by the fireside for meditation with essential oils. Facilitated by Rev. William and Judith Hancox, meditation teachers since 1980. $15, $25/couple. Succasunna. RSVP 973-585-4661. Drum Jam—3–5pm. Third Sundays. Open to all; beginners to experienced musicians. Some gather for spiritual reasons, others for an opportunity to socialize or try something different. $10 donation. Rest Stop Rejuvenate, 21 Maple Ave., Rockaway. 973-985-7548. 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. Spiritual Discussion Group—5:50–8:30pm. A variety of topics. $5. RSVP 908-879-3937.

Monday Speed Strategy Session—8am–8pm. Identify and obtain the tools/strategies/techniques to advance, develop, or heal whatever is blocking your ability to participate fully within any relationship (work, family, romantic, personal, school, etc.). Find breakthroughs, resolution and take action. $40/20 min by phone. Book session with Tracey Leacock Coaching at or 973-5777307. Feldenkrais Method—9–10am. Semi Private Class. Please bring yoga mat. $25 drop in rate. Call 973-538-1600 for reservation. b.jones Organic Spa, 62b South St, Morristown. Yoga Therapy—9:30am. Heal your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies through expert


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Free Blood Pressure and Glucose Testing—10am– 3pm. Overlook Downtown. 357 Springfield Ave., Summit. 908-598-7997. Energy Enhancing Blasts of Qigong with Sal Canzoneri—10am–11am. Energy healing. RSVP by 7pm day prior. Register at 908-8793937. The Art of the Heart, 44 Main St., Chester. Meditation Course—10:45–11:45am. $60 per 3-week session. The School of Royal Yoga, 57 Main St., Chester. 908-879-9648. QiGong—11am–12pm. Learn how to take control and responsibility for your body, mind and spirit as certified QiGong therapist, Renee Dorn, helps you understand and alleviate energetic blockages that, if not addressed, can manifest disease in the body, discomfort in the spirit and distress to the mind. $5 for seniors 55 & up. Senior Resource Center, located inside the Church of the Messiah (Parish Hall) 50 Route 513, Chester. 908-879-2202. Gentle Yoga—11am–noon. Extra gentle yoga for those who enjoy moving slowly and gently, those who have not exercised in a while and those in recovery or receiving physical therapy. The School of Royal Yoga, 57 Main St., Chester. 908-879-9648. Peaceful knitting and Crochet—1–2:30pm. Nurture Your Creative Side! All are welcome including beginners. Receive detailed pattern instructions and support all along the way. $195 for 13 weeks. The School of Royal Yoga, 57 Main Street, Chester. 908-879-9648. Open Level Yoga—5:30–6:30pm. A gentle form of breathing and stretching that enhances relaxation, lowers blood pressure, improves muscle tone and reduces stress. Good for all levels. Bring a yoga mat. $15. Chambers Center for Well Being, 435 South St., Suite 160, Morristown. 973-971-6301. Life Path Lessons Experience—6–7pm. learn key lessons that will bring more clarity to your life. What do you believe about yourself? Dress comfortably, bring a notebook and an open mind. Arrive 15 minutes early. Facilitated by Stephanie. $20 ($10 for college students). 127 Valley Rd., Montclair. Info@ 973-826-0367. Qigong—6–7pm. Gentle exercises designed to generate energy flow. Move in Grace, 294 Main St., Chester. Contact Renee Dorn: 551-574-9500. Relaxing Vinyasa Flow Yoga—6:30pm. A great way to end the day. $10. Unity Church, 25 Mudcut Road, Lafayette. For information, contact Tina Romano at or 201-2083368. Tai Chi & Qigong—7pm. All levels, featuring Qigong for energy, Sun Style Tai Chi, and meditations for health. Institute for Spiritual Development,15 Sparta Ave., Sparta. More info at 973-786-6466 or

Awareness Through Movement—7–8pm. Gentle movement lessons suitable for everyone, even those limited by pain, injuries or neurological conditions. Move in Grace, 294 Main St., Chester. Contact Beatrice Basso: 973-294-4059.

Awareness Through Movement Classes with Diane Bates—12:30, 2 and 4:30pm. Ease pain, improve posture, prevent injury, increase energy and reduce stress. $15. Held at 24 Elm St., Room 1, Morristown. 973-534-8122.

Divorce Support Group in Chester—7–8pm. First Mondays. Open to anyone currently struggling with divorce-related issues. Free. 154 Route 206, 2nd Floor, Suite A, Chester. 908-832-2305.

Chair Pilates—2–3pm. Learn Pilates based moves led by Instructor Lisa Franey to build core, abdominal and spinal muscle strength, improve posture, muscle control and coordination. $2 for seniors 55 & up. Senior Resource Center, located inside the Church of the Messiah (Parish Hall) 50 Route 513, Chester. 908-879-2202.

Monday Night Meditation Circle—7–8pm. Relax and recharge with Reiki Master Victoria at Monday Night Meditation @ Evolve Restorative Therapy. Feel the healing energy flow! Evolve Restorative Therapy, 523 Westfield Ave., 3rd Floor, Westfield. 908-361-6376. 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. A Course in Miracles—7:30pm. Unity of Montclair, 84 Orange Rd., Montclair. $10 suggested donation. Contact Connie at 973-239-8402 for details. Yoga for Ultimate Beginners—8–9pm. For students brand new to yoga, this series covers the fundamentals of yoga from alignment basics to class etiquette. $90/six weeks. Purple Om Yoga, 3118 Rte. 10 West, Denville. 973-343-2848.

Tuesday Gentle Yoga—9–10am. $25 drop in rate. SemiPrivate Class. All levels welcome. Please bring yoga mat. Call 973-538-1600 for reservation. b.jones Organic Spa, 62b South St, Morristown. Yoga Foundations—9:15–10:15am. Learn the foundations of yoga in a safe, encouraging environment, while releasing stress and tension. $10/class. Breathing Room Center, 735 Rte. 94, Newton. 973896-0030. Christpaths—9:30am–noon. Second Tuesdays. Monthly spiritual sharing and practice group. Christ Church, 66 Highland Ave., Short Hills. Yearly tuition: $175. 908-277-2120. Information@ Prenatal Yoga—10:15–11:15am. A beautiful class designed especially for expectant mothers to learn how to breathe, relax, stretch, and connect with the precious life within. $65 for 5 Jan. classes. The School of Royal Yoga, 57 Main St., Chester. 908-879-9648. Meditation Course—10:45–11:45am. $60 per 3-week session. The School of Royal Yoga, 57 Main St., Chester. 908-879-9648. Mat Pilates—Noon–1pm. Try your first class for free. Pilates at Pro Physical Therapy, 2 Emery Ave., Randolph. 973-895-9925. PilateswithAmy@

Zumba—2–3pm. Take the «work» out of workout and join Renee Dorn for a senior friendly, calorieburning dance fitness party, combining all elements of fitness - cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility, boosted energy, and a serious dose of awesome each time you leave class. $2 for seniors 55 & up. Senior Resource Center, located inside the Church of the Messiah (Parish Hall) 50 Route 513, Chester. 908-879-2202. Yoga for Teens & Tweens—3:45–5:45pm. Aquarian Yoga Center, 641 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair. 908-884-4984. Yoga for Kids (Ages 2 to 4)—5–5:45pm. Drop in $25. More info at 973-944-0555. Pediatric Therapy & Yoga of Morris, LLC, 16-18 Elm St., Morristown. Spine & Myofascial Exercise (ELDOA)—6–7pm. Every Tuesday in Mar. Great for sport performance & injury support. ELDOA classes use exercises that create space in the joints, normalize tissue, segmental muscle work, precise proprioception, breath & brain exercises to enhance your body & lessen stress. Supportive for disc bulges, herniations, chronic pain. $20 hour class. Living Fit 406 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove. 973-433-0445. Yoga Level 1—6–7pm.Learn basic postures, breathing styles and meditation. Move in Grace, 294 Main St., Chester. Contact Jean Marie: 908-850-6475. Meditation—6:30–7:30pm. At Center for Spiritual Living of Morristown, 331 Mt Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3114.

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SMART Recovery—6:30–8pm. Secular, sciencebased recovery group for support and assistance with all forms of addictive behavior. Free. Roxbury Twp. Library. 201-774-8323. Come Experience Enlightenment—7pm. Experience how to change every aspect of your life. We teach how to create using Thought Energy. Thought in Motion, 127 Valley Rd., Montclair. Meditation—7–7:30pm. Unity of Sussex County, 25 Mudcut Rd., Lafayette. 973-383-6277. Meditation—7–8pm. Beginners and advanced are welcome to join a weekly guided meditation. Aquarian Sun Healing and Learning Center, 212A Main St., Lincoln Park. Donation: $10. Call or email before 5pm Tuesday to reserve a spot. 973-686-9100. Creating with Thought Energy Experience— 7–8:30am. Class begins with slowing down the mind, and then teaches you lessons on how your thoughts create your reality. Energy work is included. Dress comfortably, bring an open mind and a notebook. Arrive 15 minutes early as class starts promptly at 7. Facilitated by Karina. $35. 127 Valley Rd., Montclair. Reservations: 973-826-0367. Tai-Chi with Lynn—7:15–8:30pm. Healing Path Massage Therapy, 484 Schooleys Mountain Rd., Long Valley. 908-878-1070. Healing-Path.MassageTherapy. com. A Course in Miracles—7:30pm. Study group for the course in spiritual psychotherapy. Miracles-Course. org. Garwood. Call Betsy Zipkin: 732-469-0234. The Morris Music Men Quartet—7:30pm. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 300 Shunpike Rd., Chatham. Sing and socialize. Newcomers always welcome. 877-808-8697. Restorative Yoga—7:30pm. Shed stress and unleash your body’s innate healing capacities through comfortably supported guided relaxations. Sadhana Yoga, 150 River Rd., Unit M4, Montville. 973-2650665.

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Book Study Group—7:30–9pm. Held at Unity of Sussex County, 25 Mudcut Rd., Lafayette. 973-383-6277. Connecting with Loved Ones in Spirit—7:30– 9pm. You and up to five family members will sit with three to five mediums who will contact the energy of your loved ones who have passed away. Netcong. Contact Garry: 908-852-4635. Garry@ The Gathering—7:30–9:30pm. First and third Tuesdays. Worship service with Christina Lynn Whited. Offering of $10-$20 requested. Call 908638-9066 to register. Circle of Intention, 76 Main St., High Bridge.

Wednesday 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@ Pilates Mat/Tower—9–9:50am. Adding spring resistance to your Pilates workout can take your mat skills to the next level, building strength, coordination and balance. Limited to four participants. The Wellness Center of Northwest Jersey, Randolph Medical Arts Building 765 Rte. 10 East, Randolph. 973-895-2003. Yoga for Women’s Health—9:30–10:45am. Poses to help you better address menstruation, menopause, pelvic floor issues, and basic back care. The Karuna Shala, 855 Bloomfield Ave., Suite 208, 2nd Floor, Glen Ridge. Reiki Level I/ Heal Yourself—10am–12pm. Wednesdays in May. Reiki is an ancient Oriental system of natural, holistic healing. Universal life-giving energy is passed from the practitioner to the client through the laying on of hands. $179.95 includes: class manual, 4-week instruction, guided practice on self-Reiki, and Reiki I Attunement. Certification for completion of program at satisfactory level. Fresh Look on Life, 31 US Highway 206, Suite 3, Augusta. Pre-registration a MUST to 973-383-6847 or

Meditation & Self-Reliance Classes—6pm. Learn how to quiet the mind by getting in touch with your Source and truly learn the art of loving yourself. Free. The Peace Within Spa & Holistic Wellness Center. 63 Beaverbrook Rd., Suite 105, Lincoln Park.

Introduction to Soto Zen Practice—7:15pm. Hands-on instruction and explanation for seated and walking meditation. Dharma talk and discussion. By donation. Rev. Shofu Keegan, Empty Hand Zen Group, 22 Lackawanna Plaza, Montclair. 908-6728782.

Yoga as Medicine—6:15–7:30pm. Explore the interface of Hatha Yoga and Ayurvedic medicine. All levels welcome. The Karuna Shala, 855 Bloomfield Ave., Ste. 208, 2nd Floor, Glen Ridge.

Intuitive Tantric Meditation—7:30pm. Still your mind, experience your inner energies, and enjoy love and peace. Sadhana Yoga, 150 River Rd., Unit M4, Montville. 973-265-0665.

Morristown Unitarian Fellowship—6:30pm. First Wednesdays. Mid-week renewal services. 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-540-1177, ext. 203.

The Morris County (West) Chapter of Holistic Moms Network—7:30pm. First Wednesdays. Held at Chester Field House, 107 Seminary Ave., Chester.

Chanting Circle—6:30–7:30pm. With Leslie Treloar. Meets 1st, 2nd & 4th Wednesdays. Class size limited to five people. $20. The Art of the Heart, 44 Main St. Chester. RSVP: 908-879-3937.

AA Meeting (O-B-ST)—8pm. Open to those struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction. Free. Cranford United Methodist Church, 201 Lincoln Ave., Cranford.

Teen Yoga—6:30–7:30pm. Age 13+. Teens learn to listen to their bodies as they move at their own pace promoting peacefulness, mental clarity and improved self-esteem. Carol’s Yoga Youngsters, 145 Washington St., Morristown. 973-898-0544. CarolsYogaYoungsters. com.


Ascension: Guidance, Processes, Activations, & Integration—6:30–8:30pm. Be the Master of your subconscious mind, achieve self-love, guide your child consciousness, and transcend the negative ego. $25. Portal of Healing, 50 Main St., Chester. 201-841-0358. Awaken the Master Within—6:30–8:30pm. With Debbie Carcuffe. Identify and transform fear-based false beliefs. Realize how feelings unconsciously drive inappropriate behaviors and emotional reactions. Guided group healing and clearing meditation during each class. $25. Portal of Healing, Conscious Alignment with the Soul (top floor), 50 Main St., Chester. 201-841-0358. 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.

Healing Meditations with Rev. Frankie—Noon. Center for Spiritual Living, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. Free. 973-539-3333.

Yoga with Jess—7–8:15pm. Healing Path Massage Therapy, 484 Schooleys Mountain Rd., Long Valley. 908-878-1070. HPMTBalanceYourself@gmail. com.

Stress Reduction Group—Noon–1pm. Techniques to reduce stress, including positive thinking, guided imagery, gratitude affirmations and kindness meditation. $15. Chambers Center for Well Being. 435 South St., Morristown. 973-971-6301.

A Course in Miracles—7–8:30pm. 1st and 3rd Wed. Jeanne Uhl, RN, MA, Psychology facilitates this spiritual study group. The Unitarian Church in Summit, 4 Waldron Ave., Summit. Call or text Jeanne at 513-476-8186.

Children’s Yoga 7–12 years—4:45–5:30pm. In addition to yoga poses, gradual stretching and correct breathing, emphasis is placed on children seeing the beauty in themselves and in others through effective, fun yoga activities. $48 for 4 Jan. classes. The School of Royal Yoga, 57 Main St., Chester. 908-879-9648.

Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Support Group of Morristown—7–9pm. First Wednesdays, except July and August. Support for patients and their families. Speakers. 95 Madison Ave., Suite 109A, Morristown. 973-219-8092.

Pilates for Everyone—5–6pm. Lengthen, strengthen, stretch and tone. Move in Grace, 294 Main St., Chester. For more information, contact Carrie Oesmann at 201-919-7811.


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Women’s Healing Circle—7–9pm. First Wednesdays. Support, share, bond and attain deep peace through guided meditation. Led by Lindsey Sass. $30.The Healing Center, 142 Main St., Bloomingdale. Preregister at 973-714-0765.

Free BodySculpt Class—8:30–9:15am. Weekly. Free. Carefully and gently strengthen and tone your core and body using light weights and props. Benessere, The Center for Wellness, 510 Morris Ave., Summit. 908-277-4080. Yoga Instructor Certification—9:30am–12:30pm. Running for nine months starting January 19. Begin a new career. Improve your life and help others. Deepen your practice or, if you wish to teach yoga, this course is a gift for your personal and professional unfoldment. Contact for pricing, time and date options. The Annex at The School of Royal Yoga, 57 Main St., Chester. 908-879-9648. RoyalYoga@ 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. Teen—Young Adult Yoga—4:15–5pm. Program tailored to special needs teens and young adults. Yoga assists the ability to focus and concentrate and helps improve both fine and gross motor skills. It contributes to improved communication and an increased desire to build responsive and interactive relationships. $48 for 4 Jan. classes. The Center for Special Needs, Inc., 57 Main St., Chester. 908-879-9648. White Oak Yoga—4:15–5:15pm. Gentle Yoga. Taught by Elizabeth Bell. Sparta Ambulance Bldg., 14 Sparta Ave., Sparta. 973-729-1900. Adolescent & Teen Boys Yoga (Elementary and Middle School)—6–6:45pm. More info at 973944-0555. The Yoga Way Center, 16-18 Elm St., Morristown. Pilates Sculpt—6–7pm. Pilates at Pro Physical Therapy, 2 Emery Ave., Randolph. 973-895-9925. Evening Yoga Series—6:15pm–7:30pm. For adults. All levels yoga series. Advance registration and monthly payment is required; Essex County

Environmental Center, 621-B Eagle Rock Ave., Roseland. 973-228-8776. Reiki Share—6:30–9pm. Fourth Thursdays. Experience Reiki’s healing touch by giving or receiving. All welcome. Free. Aquarian Sun, 212A Main St., Lincoln Park. 973-686-9100.

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iwc Women’s Group—7–8:30pm. Thursdays. Therapeutic discussion group led by licensed professional counselors processing all life issues, including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, divorce, life transition, stress, aging, care giving. iwc for medical, mind and body. 401 Rte. 24, Chester. 908-879-8700. YogaFlow—7–8:30pm. $15/Class or $50/4classes. Family Chiropractic Center, 28 Bowling Green Pkwy., Suite 1A, Lake Hopatcong. 973-663-5633. Hypnosis & NLP Certification—7–9pm. Become a certified hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner. Eleven separate classes and the convenience of paying per class, or do certification separate. First 5 for NLP and last 6 for hypnotherapist. Huna Healing Center, 23 Diamond Spring Rd., Suite 5, Denville. HunaHealingCenter@ 973-224-6773. Potluck and Spiritual Chat—7–9pm. Free. Bring a potluck dish to share, share in a safe, loving environment. Tree of Health Center, 55 Newton-Sparta Rd., Unit 107, Newton. 973-500-8813. A Course in Miracles—7:30pm. Study group for the course in spiritual psychotherapy. Summit. Betsy Zipkin. 732-469-0234. Adult Survivors of Child Abuse Support Group Meeting—7:30–9pm. We follow the ASCA meeting format and our goal is mutual support in a gentle and nonjudgmental environment. The Morristown Chapter of ASCA, Church of the Redeemer, 36 South St., Morristown. or A Course in Miracles—7:30–9pm. Second Thursdays. Study group for the course in spiritual psychotherapy. Unity of Sussex County, 25 Mudcut Rd., Lafayette.973-383-6277. Unity of Sussex County.

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Yoga Flow—9:15–10:30am. $10/class. Breathing Room Center, 735 Rte. 94, Newton. 973-896-0030.

Qigong with Sal Canzoneri—10am–11am. Energy healing. RSVP by 7pm day prior. Register at 908879-3937. The Art of the Heart, 44 Main St., Chester.

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Kripalu Yoga with Stacy Ackerman—11am– 12:15pm. Healing/calming mixed level class, specialty 45+. Beginners always welcome. First class $10. 1225 Sussex Turnpike, Randolph (Bright Heart Yoga - back building, 3rd floor). StacyAYoga@ 973-216-5829. 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. Drum Circle—6pm. Weekly drum circle to get your spirit flowing with the ancient healing art of drumming. Learn new skills; connect with others in this warm and welcoming space. $20/class. Breathing Room Center, 735 Rte. 94, Newton. 973-997-0116. BreathingRoomCenter. com. Monthly Kirtan w/ Raghavendra & Tara— 7–9pm. Second Fridays. Bring your open heart to join us in chanting names of the Divine. Chants sheet and Chai provided. $5 donation at the door. Karuna Shala Yoga & Ayurveda, 10 Herman St., Glen Ridge. 973-743-1211. Reiki Share—7–9pm. Join with other Reiki practitioners and experience working on others. Suggested donation: $10-15. Divine Inspirations Bookstore, 217 Franklin Ave., Nutley. 973-562-5844. 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. Al-Anon Meeting—8–9:30pm. Center for Practical Spirituality - Religious Science, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3114.


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White Oak Yoga—8–9am. Mixed level. Taught by Elizabeth Bell. Sparta Ambulance Bldg., 14 Sparta Ave., Sparta. 973-729-1900.

Ascension: Guidance, Processes, Activations, & Integration—10am–noon. Be the Master of your subconscious mind, achieve self-love, guide your child consciousness, and transcend the negative ego. $25. Portal of Healing, 50 Main St., Chester. 201-841-0358.

“Men Who Care” Men’s Meeting—8:30–10am. First Saturdays.331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown.973-539-3114. Prenatal Yoga—9–10:15am. The Karuna Shala, 855 Bloomfield Ave., Suite 208, 2nd Floor, Glen Ridge. Spin & Stretch—9:30–10:15am. The Wellness Center of Northwest Jersey, Randolph Medical Arts Building 765 Rte. 10 East, Randolph. 973-895-2003.

Overeaters Anonymous Meeting—10:15am– 12:15pm. Weekly gathering of the free support group that helps people lose weight and keep it off. Downstairs meeting room, Parsippany Library. 973-335-1717. Reiki Class—10:30am. Taught by Roxana Salas of the Roxamor Center. County College of Morris, 30 Schuyler Pl., Suite 220 B, Morristown.

T’ai Chi—9:30–11am. A series of meditative movements that improve balance, lower blood pressure, and decrease anxiety. $20. Chambers Center for Well Being. 435 South St., Morristown. 973-971-6301.

Prenatal Yoga—10:30–11:45am. Helps relieve back pain, increase flexibility & teaches relaxation techniques.; 25 Main St., Stanhope.

Tasting Life Twice: A Monthly Writing Circle—9:30–11:30am. Come to one session, or come to all. $20 drop-in. Interweave, 31 Woodland Ave. (2nd Floor of Calvary Episcopal Church’s Parish Office), Summit. 908-277-2120.

Meditation Course—10:45–11:45am. $60 per 3-week session. The School of Royal Yoga, 57 Main St., Chester. 908-879-9648.

Children’s Yoga 3–6 years—10–10:45am. First and second Saturday. Fun, light and positive. The children stretch, strengthen, relax and learn how to quiet themselves. Children enter the yoga garden where they participate in yoga poses, breathing and enjoy yoga activities. $24 for Jan. 7 and 14 classes. The School of Royal Yoga, 57 Main St., Chester. 908-879-9648. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Meeting—10–11:30am. Twelve-step recovery for food obsession, overeating, under-eating and bulimia. St. Clare’s Hospital Dover Campus, 400 West Blackwell St., Conference Room C, Dover. 973 945 2704. Tai-Chi with Lynn—10–11:15am. Healing Path Massage Therapy, 484 Schooleys Mountain Rd.,

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Special Needs Children’s Yoga Ages 9 & up— 11am–noon. First and second Saturday. Peace and calm for your special needs child with yoga! Improve child’s ability to focus and concentrate. Develop fine and gross motor skills. Increase successful communication and the desire to build responsive and interactive relationships. $24 for Jan. 7 and 14. The Center for Special Needs, Inc., 57 Main St., Chester. 908-879-9648. RoyalYoga@embarqmail. com. Energizing Flow Vinyasa Yoga—12:30–1:15pm. A great way to end the day. $10. Unity Church, 25 Mudcut Road, Lafayette. For information, contact Tina Romano at or 201-208-3368. Integrated Yoga for Boys—1:15–2pm. Pediatric Therapy & Yoga of Morris, LLC, 14 Elm St., Morristown. 201-213-1294. Spiritual Cinema—7pm. 2nd Saturdays. Free. Center for Spiritual Living, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3333.

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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 31.


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Brian’s extensive training includes approaches designed Guy Voyer D.O., Ray Peat Ph.D, Paul Chek, plus holds a BS in Exercise Science from M.S.U as well as a Division 1 athlete in Baseball at Rider University. His vast knowledge and experience make him one of the most sought after coaches in exercise, lifestyle management, and wellbeing enrichment. He uses a holistic approach to coaching clients of all ages. See ad on page 3.


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 • 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. See ad on page 39.

Dr. Jacquelyn Hines 25 Lindsley Drive, Suite 207, Morristown 211 Broad Street, Suite 102, Red Bank 732-224-1280 732-224-1281 fax Dr. Jacquelyn Hines provides hands-on, compassionate care that focuses on evaluating and treating individuals holistically to create healing and wellness in the body, mind, and spirit. She combines her knowledge as a doctor of physical therapy and certified craniosacral therapist to treat patients throughout the lifespan. See ad on page 20.


David Frome PT, L.Ac, Adv. Rolfer Rebekah Frome PTA, LMT, Adv. Practitioner of Structural Integration Cedar Grove, Matawan and Midtown, NYC. • 973-509-8464 Strong grounding in Western medicine and deep commitment to holistic health. We offer Five Element Acupuncture and The Rolfing Technique of Structural Integration. Specialties include: reproductive health and fertility (men and women), environmental health, sports injuries, low back and neck pain, cancer and post-surgical recovery, pediatric developmental disabilities and Rolfing for babies and children. We also offer Austin Air cleaners, a highly effective air quality solution. Call us for a free consultation.



Spiritual Transformational Consultant 908-638-9066 • Are you feeling stuck or blocked? Unseen energy from past lives may be having a profound impact upon your present circumstances. Change your life for the better in ONE HOUR! Experience Soul Path Clearance, Unconscious Scripts Release, Energy Healing, Past Life Therapy, and Crystal Bowl Sound Healing for pain, chronic conditions, and overall wellness.

Lory Sison-Coppola Reiki Master, Past Life Regressionist, Huna, Crystal Children Advocate, Readings 5 East Main St., Ste., 28B, Denville 973-796-4661 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 41.

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Reshma Shah Westfield • 908-264-4344 • 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 17.


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 • 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. See ad on page 7.


Improving Your Life Through Hypnotherapy Garry Gewant, MA Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist 908-852-4635 • Incorporating traditional hypnotherapy techniques with other holistic modalities is Garry’s forte. Using traditional hypnosis for Smoking Cessation, Weight Control, Stress Management, Elimination of Fears, Improving Sports, Artistic, and Academic Performance, Anger Management, etc. He has expanded his practice to include Reiki Healing, Transpersonal Hypnotherapy, Metaphysical Counseling, Psychic/Mediumship and Past Life Regression Therapy as taught to him by Dr. Brian Weiss author of “Many Lives, Many Masters.”



Robert A. Bruckner, Board Certified Hypnotist 124 Little Falls Rd., Suite 206, Fairfield 973-370-2100 ofc • 973-370-2120 fax


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 9.


Linda West, BA, ACH 55 Madison Ave., Morristown 973-506-9654 • 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 THERAPIST/ MOBILE HEAVENLY HANDS MOBILE SPA Shanda Barker 908-349- 0504 License Number: 18KT00525900

Tranquil massage treatment in the convenience of your home. Professional, licensed massage therapist trained to provide exceptional care in customized massage treatment and for therapeutic massage treatments on a regular basis. Use of various modalities that improve flexibility, range of motion, and stress relief. We are honored to be part of the process of uplifting our clients to sustain a balanced well-being. See ad on page 23.

Jessica Morris Based in Montclair,NJ & NYC metro 973-932-4355 Learn meditation in a real, accessible and non-judgemental way. Full-time international meditation teacher, leading group and individual sessions for over ten years. Deeply relaxing sound therapy sessions with singing bowls (like a massage)!


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Next Level Healing of NJ, Inc. Denville 973-586-0626 • In addition to being a nurse, Susan is a nutritionist, colon therapist, and digestive health specialist with 31 years experience. Each specialty helps find the source of stress underlying your symptoms. Her counseling includes making the right food choices based on scientific testing, and using enzyme rich whole food supplements. To rid any lingering toxins, she offers closed-system colonics and infrared saunas, which can also help shed weight and ease aches. All holistic methods target restoring normal function and preventing chronic disease. Visit the website for upcoming lectures and time sensitive specials! See ad on page 33.

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ORGANIC SPA B.JONES ORGANIC SPA 62b South St, Morristown 973-538-1600

We believe you should shine from the inside out. Morristown’s only truly organic spa offering Facial, Massage, Reiki, Wellness Classes, and Spa Parties. See ad on page 36.


“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 • •

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 20.


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Pompton Plains (Rte. 23) and Montclair 908-577-0053 •


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 35.


Lisa Mack, CCT, HHC Thermographer and Holistic Counselor See website for locations in NJ and NY 855-667-9338 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 27.


Tracey Leacock, BRT, ELI-MP, CPC, LPT 973-577-7307


Partnering with individuals, couples and groups and navigating them to release blocks, raise energy levels, increase intimacy, heal, develop communication, and overall participation within the relationship you desire. See ad on page 11.


Cora Ciaramello L.E. C.P.E. LMT Aesthetician 420 Boulevard, Suite 107., Mountain Lakes 973-588-3668

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

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 26.


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 16.


Dana Cilento-Murphy E-RYT 500, YACEP, Certified Celebrant Yoga and meditation instruction, ceremonies, spiritual workshops, retreats. My approach to spirituality integrates not only mind/body but also supports the connection between self/spirit. See ads on pages 10, 37.

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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.

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

Natural Awakenings North Central NJ - May 2017  

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 - May 2017  

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