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elcome to the December issue of Seattle Natural Awakenings magazine! This month marks my one year anniversary of moving into a big house shared with my roommate and her two kids, with frequent appearances by her boyfriend, their mothers who live nearby, and a steady stream of friends and family. What I’d be able to afford for rent as a single mom would have left me in a small apartment with my ten year old, without the shared dinners, help with childcare, kids whom my daughter has learned to respect and enjoy their company, a huge backyard available for gardening, and so much more. It’s a full house, and a full life, and one that I was privileged enough to choose. If you are in a place in life that allows you to make such choices this month as the holidays approach, I urge you to choose in favor of community and connection this month, rather than the empty glitz of material gifts that are quickly forgotten. Use your time, energy and money to do something that will build up your network of family and friends. Host a game night, plan a New Year’s intention setting workshop, have some friends over to screen a documentary together. In this dark and cold time of the year, create your own warmth through strengthening the connections in your community. There are lots of ways to make those gatherings festive and special this month. I am excited to bring you “The Gift of Citrus” (page 16), with some tasty recipes for serving up a fruit in season right now. When you do holiday shopping, prioritize local small businesses–such as those found on Bothell’s historic Main Street, noted in “Holidays on Main Street” (page 10). Mary Hogan brings you ideas for navigating the rest of your holiday season in “Keeping Spirits High” (page 20). There’s lots more in this issue–enjoy!

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Historic Bothell Offers Local Shopping, Dining & Fun by Ann Dorn

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The New Face of Sports Medicine by Marlaina Donato

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

18 AWAKE PARENTING Raising Connected, Confident Kids by Judith Fertig

20 KEEPING SPIRITS HIGH How to Really Enjoy the Season

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22 GO ECO LIKE GRANDMA Honor Her Wisdom in New Ways by Avery Mack

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A Soul on Fire: Moving Forward Lighter and Brighter

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ounder of the Soul on Fire Retreats and coach Heather Fantin will present a workshop entitled “A Soul On Fire” on Saturday, Dec. 16 designed to help participants achieve success and ignite a positive shift in their relationships, business and life. “This Soul on Fire Workshop is a catalyst to move you forward into the new year feeling lighter, brighter, freer and more deeply aligned with your heart and soul,” Fantin explains. “Things don’t always turn out the way you think they’re going to, in fact, they often don’t. In order to not keep repeating the same unhealthy patterns you have to be willing to pause, dig deep and learn the lesson,” she continues. “With over twenty years of being on a conscious path of personal and spiritual growth, I have learned deep down that everything is always happening for you, there is tremendous power in the pause and in every experience, there is a beautiful gift if you are willing to do the (inner) work to receive it.” The workshop will feature a transformational inner work process, guided meditations, A Soul on Fire workbook, a healthy, light lunch, herbal teas and infused water, a fire ceremony and a dance party. “A Soul on Fire” workshop takes place Saturday, Dec. 16 from 10am-6pm at Burr Manor, 525 143rd St SW, Lynnwood. $97, add a friend for $47. For more information: www. HeatherFantin.com.

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othell’s Main Street will host an event entitled Holiday Wine, Beer & Spirits Walk on Dec. 9 from 5-9 p.m. Participants will enjoy sampling from over 40 delicious wines, beers and spirits; fun activities, and special deals while socializing and shopping at many different shops and businesses on Bothell’s historic Main Street. Participating businesses include Michael Florentino Cellars, Naches Heights Vineyard, Pear Up Cider, Salish Sea Organic Liqueurs, Swede Hill Distilling and many others. Business that will be open for shopping include Se•lyn Boutique & Crystal Shoppe, Alexa’s Cafe, Hillcrest Bakery, Nancy Pipinich - State Farm Insurance Agent, Rain City Wines, The Neverending Bookshop, Tsuga Fine Art and Framing, Woodlawn Optical, Zulu’s Board Game Cafe, and many additional businesses.Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the event. For tickets or more information: BothellChamberWA.chambermaster.com.

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ee Alams, founder of City Sweats, will give a talk on the power of infrared sauna and sweating on Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 10-11 a.m. “A whole-foods diet is essential but a sick body cannot absorb these vital nutrients properly when the system is loaded with toxins,” Alams explains. According to Alams, one of the first people to bring infrared sweat therapy to Seattle, the modality has been an essential healing method for centuries throughout North America, Asia and Eastern Europe-and now through modern, infrared technology, it has become the most effective solution for safe, deep detoxification. Alams founded City Sweats after experiencing the power of detoxification firsthand. After graduating, Alams soon realized the traditional corporate environment was not for her and decided to get back to her love for dance by opening her own fitness studio. Earning her wellness coaching and fitness certifications, she was drawn back to early introductions to sweat lodges, steam rooms and saunas. Alams witnessed multiple client transformations, including her own in 2013 when she was severely injured and infrared sweat therapy expedited her recovery. In 2014, she opened City Sweats. With services including infrared sauna therapy, detox facials and activated charcol scrubs, and rehabilitative massages, the company is committed to cellular level health that works from the inside out. “It’s my dream to see infrared therapy become accessible and convenient,” Alams says. “The increase in clientele and wellness partnerships that City Sweats is experiencing with its two locations in the Madison Park and Wallingford neighborhoods are getting me one step closer to that goal.” All attendees for Alams’ talk receive a voucher for a complimentary detox sweat to use at a later date. “The Power of Sweat” takes place Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 10-11 am at The Riveter - Fremont, 1300 N. Northlake Way, Suite 200, Seattle. $5. For more information: CitySweats. com. natural awakenings

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Milk Chocolate Also Benefits Heart Health

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

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

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

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

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


New Tech May Relieve Elder Isolation Approximately a third

of those older than 65 and half of elders at least 85 live alone, as do many people with illnesses and mental disorders. All can suffer from feelings of profound loneliness. Emerging virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies provide avenues to alleviate such isolation, instilling contentment, peace of mind, enrichment, fun, a sense of companionship and

contributing to physical and mental health. Instead of passively watching TV, seniors can travel virtually to World Heritage sites, revisit old haunts or even attend family events they would otherwise miss. In terms of benefits attained, VR is predicted to measurably improve seniors’ quality of life. Healthcare applications of AI and telemedicine include reminders to eat, be active or take medications, perhaps assisted by a robotic companion that can share information with practitioners, children, caregivers and emergency personnel. Social applications include helping to form and maintain social connections. It may also serve as a personal concierge by reminding seniors of appointments, playing games with them and initiating dialogue to spark outward engagement.

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

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

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destination for an afternoon adventure. Se•lyn Boutique 10124 Main Street (425) 482-2701 www.selynboutique.com A light and uplifting retail experience offering designer jewelry and clothing and specialty crystals. Unique, earth-friendly offerings from local jewelry artists and clothing designers.

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The Den Coffee Shop 10415 Beardslee Blvd (425) 483-0764 www.thedencoffeeshop.com

This community coffee hangout features meeting rooms for groups, live music on weekends, open mic nights, and a variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner options. The owners were brought together by a shared love of triathalons and have made it their mission to serve the community ever since. Photo credit/ Jenna Hickinbotham. Zulu’s Board Games Cafe 10234 Main St (425) 818-8122 www.zulusgames.com A family friendly environment offering a broad selection of games for sale and hundreds of games that visitors can play while in store from our demo game library. Zulu’s

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Paralympic snowboard cross racer gold medalist, world champion and International Ski Federation para Nordic World Cup gold medalist Evan Strong, of Nevada City, California, was raised on an organic farm in Hawaii and continues to adopt many holistic practices. “I have a superfood smoothie every day. Liquid food helps me feel lighter and I have more usable energy for training,” says Strong. His regimen also includes organic produce, sprouted grains, occasional raw

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goat milk products, homeopathic formulas and wildcrafted medicinal herbs. Strong credits achieving his personal best to a healthy lifestyle and recovery from an automobile accident that led to amputation of his lower left leg as a teen. “After the accident, my family and I opened a raw vegetarian restaurant. We produced as many cultured foods as possible—sauerkraut, kombucha and kefir. Improving my gut health gave me the biggest strides in healing. Yoga and meditation also contributed. It all saved me.” Six-time Ironman triathlete, U.S. Senior Olympic gold medalist and marathoner Ruth Heidrich, Ph.D., of Honolulu, attributes surviving stage IV breast cancer primarily to her low-fat vegan diet. Already an avid runner and nutritionally conscious, Heidrich was shocked to hear the diagnosis. “I was 47 years old when I was told the results of the biopsy. I thought I was going to die because of the symptoms I was experiencing,” recalls the 82-year-old, who not only beat multiple


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teas, especially mint,” says Coughlin, who also incorporates a tart green smoothie every morning with kale, parsley, collards, celery, citrus and frozen pineapple. At home, “I like to be informed about where my meat comes from and how the conditions are for the animal. If I roast a chicken, I will use every part, including the bones, to make a stock,” she says. Her holistic approach includes a consistent yoga regimen, meditation and application of essential oils.

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malignancies without chemotherapy or radiation, but was the first cancer patient to complete an Ironman Triathlon. This “Ironlady’s” holistic approach includes a whole food, 100 percent plantbased diet, featuring oats, quinoa and brown rice. “When we give our body its proper fuel, it will function at its optimal level,” remarks Heidrich, who has dedicated her life to re-educating others about diet and investing in her ongoing athletic achievements.

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Maintaining good habits while traveling can be challenging. Strong adds healthy

salts to structure his drinking water and brings along superfoods such as green vegetable powders to use when he can’t access organic produce. To optimize his air quality while away from home, Strong uses a personalized air purifier that creates ozone. San Francisco-based, three-time Olympic swimming gold medalist and world champion Natalie Coughlin remains dedicated to better diet choices without deprivation. “When I travel, I always bring my own snacks. I like dark chocolate-covered almonds, a natural sweet that also supplies protein and fiber. To stay hydrated, I drink herbal

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

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

Can you summarize the results of your experiments of healing through collective intentions? We’ve done hundreds of experiments using small and large groups; 30 were tightly controlled scientific studies conducted in conjunction with researchers at institutions such as the University of Arizona, University of California and Penn State University. The experiments have involved all kinds of intentions, ranging from the relatively simple to the impossibly complex. The large-scale intention experiments involved upwards 14

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of 25,000 participants remotely logging onto a website to view photos of the targets, sometimes 8,000 miles away, and sending them a well-defined intention, like changing the pH balance of water or healing a war veteran of posttraumatic stress disorder.

To date, 26 of those 30 experiments resulted in positive, measurable, mainly scientifically significant effects. We’ve seen the pH of water change by a full pH number and seen seeds grow twice as much as control seeds. We also conducted three peace intention experiments with interesting results: After our eight-day intention for Sri Lanka during its civil war, violence levels fell; the government had won several decisive battles that week; and within a few months that 25-year war was over. We can’t say with certainty that we had a hand in this, but our other peace experiments showed similar results. If it happens a few more times, that becomes compelling.

What conditions were the most conducive to manifesting positive results?

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

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

I was most surprised by the rebound effects reported by participants, whom I starting surveying after the Sri Lankan peace experiment. Thousands of extraordinary comments related not only how participants felt during the activity, but also afterwards; they were experiencing


major shifts in their relationships, health, careers and well-being. All they had done was sit individually in front of their computer holding an intention, yet they experienced the altered and mystical states of consciousness described by psychologist Abraham Maslow as “peak experiences”. Life University, a large chiropractic university in Atlanta, worked with us to study the brainwaves of participants in six “power of eight” groups and found that senders had decreased activity in their frontal and parietal lobes, which govern the sense of self. It was like the boundaries between participants were dissolving into a state of oneness. To me, this partly explained the sense of oneness, compassion and love they experienced. Andrew Newberg, director of research at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health, in Philadelphia, recorded similar effects in Sufi masters, and nuns and monks engaged in prayer and meditation, but only after years of learning certain techniques. My participants, all novices, were primed only by watching a 13-minute YouTube video of me explaining how to send intention in a group. Group intention appears to be a fast-track to the miraculous—no experience necessary.

Why does “groupthink” have such a powerful, multiplicative effect?

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

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inter citrus fruits that arrive in a gift basket or show up on sale at the grocer present a welcome bright spot on winter’s darker days. Valencia and blood oranges, limes and Meyer lemons are delicious in their own right, and deserve their place on the breakfast table. Yet there are many other intriguing ways to enjoy them in vinaigrettes, salads, main dishes, baked goods and desserts. Winter citrus is full of health benefits, just when we need them most: during the busy holiday season. To start, they help bolster our immune system, guarding against colds or helping us recover faster. Their high vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, content is water soluble. According to a comprehensive study by the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, a daily intake of 400 milligrams of vitamin C can halve the incidence of colds in adults and cut their duration by 14 percent. The flavonoid hesperidin in citrus helps boost “good” HDL cholesterol and lowers “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglycer-


Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).

Zesty Citrus Holiday Recipes Moroccan Spiced Orange Slices with Orange Blossom Water Orange blossom or orange flower water is available at better grocery stores, kitchen shops, Middle Eastern markets or online. Yields: 4 to 5 servings 5 medium to large navel or large blood oranges 3 Tbsp orange blossom water 1 tsp ground cinnamon 2 Tbsp honey or date sugar ½ pomegranate, seeded 1 to 2 Tbsp coarsely chopped unsalted pistachios 8 to 10 mint leaves, chopped or torn, for garnish

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

Peel the oranges and cut away all of the white pith and outer membrane. Slice each orange across the core into ¼-inch slices, six per orange, reserving any juice that runs off. Push out and discard any spongy white core.

Chill the oranges for at least 1 hour or longer in the refrigerator before serving. When ready to serve, sprinkle the pomegranate seeds, pistachios and mint leaves evenly over the top.

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

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

1/4 heaping cup chia seeds 1½ cups dairy or non-dairy milk 2 Tbsp maple syrup, or to taste 1 Tbsp Meyer lemon juice (or other citrus juice) Pinch of sea salt ½ tsp lemon zest Fresh tangerine segments for garnish In a bowl, stir together the chia seeds, milk, maple syrup, Meyer lemon juice, salt and lemon zest.

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Cover and chill for at least 1 hour.

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

being from our own childhood shape the manner in which we react and interact today. Awakened parents are constantly evolving into their truest and most authentic selves. When parents undertake a daily practice of mindfulness and awareness, they begin to extricate themselves from blind reactivity to see how every problem with their children is a call to their own awakening. Parents will know they are on the right track because they will connect more with their children, empowering them to think and live autonomously—separate from a parent’s fantasies and expectations.

How can each family member connect with their true self? Parents need to understand that the path to creating a connected relationship with their children is to first create one with themselves. Realizing this, they consider their own inner growth a high priority. Children need to learn who they are and what they really enjoy. Parents


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can help by allowing children to just sit by themselves. If inundated with activities and subjected to numerous lessons, how can young people hope to recognize their authentic voice amid the din of all this “doing”?

and shame my children?” In such introspection, they might discover triggers from old wounds that have nothing to do with a child’s behavior. When they can see the internal link, they can begin to make the transformations they need. As a parent, I have learned that my role is to step aside, stay in infinite possibility, heal my own wounds, fill my own bucket and let my child fly.  

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

How can closer, awakened families co-create a better world via the ripple effect?

way. Conflicts decrease and conscious, connected communication increases.  

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

When this happens, parents need to sit with themselves and look deeply within, asking: “What is it about me that feels the need to deride, scorn

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

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8. Find a creative outlet for expression that feeds our soul. We receive as much as we give through creativity. We charge our own batteries while channeling our artistic juices. 9. Luxuriate, take the occasional salt-water bath or sea salt scrub in a (filtered/restructured) shower. Essential oils such as lavender or lemongrass can help us relax. Whatever makes us feel pampered! 10. Recognize that everything is a blessing, including the challenges. They offer us insights into parts of ourselves that are ready for upgrading. 11. Reach out for whatever support we need–physical, emotional or spiritual. As a recent president once said, “Never waste a crisis.” It may be the only time we take action.

Keeping Spirits High Through the Holidays and Beyond by Mary Hogan

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s the days get shorter, the news gets darker, and life gets busier in the holiday season, it’s important to find ways of maintaining a sense of well-being and joy. Here are a few suggestions for keeping our vibrations high while navigating a weary world. 1. Put down/turn off our devices and wifi. Electronics drain our energy and distract us from being present to ourselves and each other. Orgonite pyramids can help dissipate unhealthy energetic effects of technology. 2. Tune into our own center through daily meditation, yoga, stretching, Tai Chi, exercise, nature, etc. 20 minutes of meditation have been scientifically proven to reduce stress, replicate sleep and increase “happy hormones” like serotonin in the brain. Walking in the forest or on the beach, hugging a tree, gardening or watching a beautiful sunrise or sunset can have similar effects. Exercise produces both muscle and mood enhancing endorphins. 20

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3. Connect with like-minded souls– people and animals. Connection is key in our increasingly socially disjointed world. It’s important to “find our tribe” to support and appreciate us. 4. Maintain healthy relationships. When we love and respect ourselves, we expect the same from the people around us. As with the rest of our life, only the finest will do! 5. Eat a clean diet, preferably organic. Our bodies are temples, and they need clean food and water to function optimally. Be aware of possible food sensitivities. 6. Get enough sleep–ideally 7+ hours per night. The brain restores itself and the body eliminates toxins during sleep, so we need to prioritize a good night’s rest. Sufficient sleep results in greater physical and emotional vitality. 7. Create a positive, self-embracing environment in our home. Making our home our sanctuary allows us to escape from the world, let down our defenses and truly relax.

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Most of recognize these as good ideas, but how often do they make it to our To Do List, and actually get done? It can be helpful to create a calendar, set alarms or visual reminders to encourage/keep us accountable for our self-care routines. Leaving sticky notes in strategic places around our home, car or office works well. Building in rewards for completing routine items can also be a great motivator. Fair trade chocolate, anyone?! It’s really about remembering to love ourselves. Using these practices to nurture our bodies, minds and spirits allows us to maintain a sense of inner peace, joy and balance. With this internal reservoir we’re better able to surf the (tidal) wave of external realities, and move from merely surviving to thriving. It’s truly revolutionary to realize that we create our realities from within. When we tend our inner garden, it blossoms throughout our lives! Mary Hogan offers transformation coaching and ascension energy services. She is a Trinity Energy Progression Facilitator, Reiki Master, Melchizedek Priest, and author of a special diet cookbook entitled Good and Good For You. Email her at Mary@oneinthelight. com. Mention this article for a 10 percent discount on your first session.


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Nasturtium leaves are fermented, seeds and stems pickled and flowers puréed. “I make nasturtium flower coulis, bright orange and spicy, to dollop on freshwater fish,” Russell says. “Stems are minced into grain salads and seeds sprinkled on slabs of beefsteak tomatoes. Leaves, soft from fermentation, wrap around fresh goat cheese, shred into coleslaw or pair with steamed basmati rice.”

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Honor Her Wisdom in New Ways by Avery Mack

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

Preserve Food

“There are tradeoffs between convenience and environmental impact,” says Kathleen Hanover, executive creative director at Imagine That Creative Marketing Services, in Dayton, Ohio. “I’d love to freeze all of our family’s produce, but after two power outages, I can veggies, too. Steam canners for jams, jellies, tomatoes and high-acid foods use three inches of water and 10 minutes of energy.” Shel Horowitz, a consultant for Green and Profitable and co-author of Guerrilla Marketing to Heal the World, joined a food co-op in the 1970s. Today, it has 9,000 members. “I dehydrate 22

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veggies for soup, pasta, stir-fry dishes or as tomato or zucchini chips,” he says. “Onions, shallots, garlic, leeks, celery, kale, hot peppers, tomatillos and fruit were successful; eggplant, cucumbers and rhubarb were not.”

Use It All

The Traditional Line menu devised by executive chef Mark Russell, of Great Performances, a sustainability-oriented high-end catering and food service company in New York City, remarks, “Food trends have changed,” noting preserving, freezing, pickling and canning remain sound. He salutes thrifty Depression-era practices. “My grandparents picked dandelion greens to fry in bacon fat,” he says. “A salad with olive oil and fresh tomato is healthier.” Fermented grape leaves can be rolled up into dolmas filled with local grains and feta cheese instead of meat. He also blanches and freezes cauliflower leaves, warmed in butter to serve; he’s then used the whole vegetable.

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

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Anca Gooje, owner of Chid Kala, a natural ingredient lotion maker in Scarborough, Maine, uses colorful patches to repair tears and update the look of her two children’s clothing. She also recompressed their sofa’s inner springs to their original shape by encasing them in fabric. “It was timeconsuming, but only cost a few dollars for fabric,” she relates. “Updating avoided creating more landfill. For a fresh look, I made a new cover.”

Multipurpose a Cook Pot

“My mother believed pressure cookers would explode, so I bought an Instant Pot and changed the way I cook,” says Sue Ann Jaffarian, a Los Angeles paralegal and mystery writer. “I have a demanding day job and writing deadlines. I toss in healthy ingredients and have a simple homemade meal, often vegan, in a minute. Soup, stew, risotto, pasta, chili, pudding, brown rice and oatmeal work well. It doesn’t heat up the kitchen, either.”


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

Make Holiday Décor

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

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PETS ¤MUSIC Each Species Grooves to Its Own Beat by Sandra Murphy

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

He could tell by the way animals walked that they were keeping time to some kind of music. Maybe it was the song in their own hearts that they walked to. ~Laura Adams Armer

Marlow found that horses prefer rhythmic pieces matching their natural movements. “When a Tennessee walking horse breeder played music during a birth, the foal and mother recovered faster than usual.” After that, “The horses ran to the barn upon hearing the same music.” Sally Morgan, a physical therapist and advanced certified Tellington TTouch practitioner in Northampton, Massachusetts, who has enjoyed freestyle performance riding, says, “I liked to play our songs in the barn. Five CD players can keep horses relaxed most of the day. They don’t like country-western music; it’s often sad and in the wrong cadence. Classical music like Bach is calming. When I played Pachelbel’s Canon in D on my flute, my Morgan gelding, Ten Penny Moonshine, listened for hours.”

Rabbits Hear Up to 42,000 Hz

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

Dogs Hear Up to 45,000 Hz

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Aquarium Fish Hear Up to 3,000 Hz

“Fish are frantic animals that must always anticipate their next meal,” says Sam Williamson, a former marine biologist in Edinburgh, Scotland. “When I started playing classical music at feeding time, I noticed my three betas became calmer. A piece by Benjamin Britten, started two minutes before feeding, led to them expect food only when the music played.”

Domesticated Birds Hear Up to 8,500 Hz

why dogs tilt their heads left to right—to allow more sound waves into their ears—collecting information from various angles. Sound frequency and intensity keeps an animal alive in nature; they learn to flee in another direction, not analyze. Separation anxiety is often due to a sound the dog doesn’t recognize, Marlow explains. Sound triggers behavior, whether good or bad, as dogs relax or are stressed. Music releases tension from their being ever-vigilant as seen in their posture. To understand what a dog hears, sit or crawl on the floor. Electronic speakers are usually positioned at heights conducive for our ears, not theirs. “For the holidays, my dogs and horses like We Three Kings, The Holly and the Ivy and especially Greensleeves for their baroque roots and repeating patterns,” notes Morgan.

Cats Hear Up to 64,000 Hz

Marlow credits her cat, Osborn, with inspiring her interest in music for animals. When Osborn was injured, she visited the veterinary hospital and sang to him to keep him calm. Her home state’s Litchfield Veterinary Hospital became her initial testing ground for species-specific music. “We use Pet Acoustics music boxes in the cat ward, recovery rooms and exam rooms,” says Heather Florkowski, a certified technician at the facility. “In our experience, stress inhibits the healing process. Like people, animals are anxious when ill and visiting the doctor’s office. Music helps ease their stress. At home, when I move the music box to another room, my dog follows it.” “During a TTouch session, cats are completely relaxed when I play New Age music for them,” says Morgan. “Pick music that fits the cat’s personality. You can tell what they like from their body language; it’s not

In the wild, birds are part of a flock. At home, they’re often solitary. “Birds are the most musical and communicative of all animals,” remarks Marlow. “Without companionship, birds can get neurotic and pull their feathers out. Provide a sense of the outdoors by including nature sounds in played music.” “Animals need us to be aware of their hearing,” Marlow advises. “Holistic pet people have addressed improved diet and medical procedures. Understanding how music supports their well-being also enables us to better care for them.” Connect with Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@ mindspring.com.

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Tai Chi and Stress Relief Seminar—11:30am1pm. Join us at the Kirkland School of Oom Yung Doe to experience the benefits of our Tai Chi Chung and stress relief seminars in order to enjoy lower levels of stress and anxiety just in time for the holiday season. Free. Oom Yung Doe – Kirkland, 11506 124th Ave NE, Kirkland.www.martialartskirkland. org/calendar.

Cider + Yoga at Woodinville Ciderworks— 10:30am-12:30pm. The morning begins with an hour long, all levels yoga practice. Immediately following our practice we will move to the bar for a pint of your favorite Ciderworks draft cider. Leave your worries at the door, get your body in motion, taste some delicious cider and get to know your community. 21 and older. Yoga only: $25. Yoga and cider: $25. Woodinville Ciderworks, 19495 144th Ave NE, A140

Sunday, Dec. 3 Holiday Gift Making—1-3pm. Make your own DIY gifts and healthy treats for friends and family including herbal wellness broth mix, a lovely toxic-free room spray with natural essential oils and an herbal cocoa mix. $35. Registration required. Rainbow Natural Remedies, 409 15th Ave. E. Seattle www.moonlightmedicineclinic.com/events

Tuesday, December 5 Make Breath Your Strength—7-8pm. Get a firsthand experience of meditation & unique breathing techniques in this free workshop. Learn to effortlessly connect with the most powerful and inexhaustible source of energy and wellness that resides within you. The session will include a breathing technique, guided meditation, and an introduction to The Art of Living’s acclaimed Happiness Program. Free. Seattle Unity, 200 Eighth Ave. N, Seattle. 425-445-5857.

Wednesday, December 6 Introduction to Qigong: Qi Activation— 6-6:50pm. This free introductory class introduces Yi Ren Qigong theory and practice and teaches foundational exercises for internal Qi-energy activation. Consider staying for the Level I class following Qi-Activation for a more complete introduction to Yi Ren Qigong. Suitable for ages 14 and up and for most fitness levels. Free. Institute of Qigong & Integrative Medicine, 10127 Main Place, Suite B, Bothell. The Power Of Sweat—10-11am. Learn about infrared sauna therapy for optimal health in the modern world and why it’s more important than ever. Sweat therapy has been an essential healing method for centuries throughout North America, Asia and Eastern Europe-and now through modern, infrared technology, it has become the most effective solution for safe, deep detoxification. All participants receive a voucher for a complimentary detox sweat to use at a later date. $5. The Riveter – Fremont, 1300 N. Northlake Way, Suite 200, Seattle.

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Monday, December 11 Finding Reliable Medical Information on the Internet—1-2:30pm. The internet is full of information – some of it reliable, and some of it not. Taught by retired physician Jim Distelhorst, this class will highlight safe and trustworthy medical information available online. Some websites are better than others, and Dr. Distelhorst has researched the bestof-the-best and will share specific websites that provide great information and are easy to navigate. Free. Registration required. Verdant Community Wellness Center, 4710 196th St SW Lynnwood. 425- 582-8600.

Saturday, December 16 Chasing Perfectionism—11am-1pm. How many of you feel so much pressure to do everything perfectly that you end up actually doing nothing at all? In this WEM Workshop, we will unpack perfectionism and the potential impacts it’s having on our everyday lives. You will identify thought processes that are keeping you from living a full life. You will gain confidence in yourself and set a course of action that will get you out of your own way and closer to your dreams. $20. Registration required. Seattle Public Library-Central Library, 1000 4th Ave, The Mixing Chamber, Seattle. 404-593-4216 or www. sheherwe.com. A Weekend of Radical Dharma with Rev. Angel Kyodo—9:30am-5pm Saturday and 9:30am12:30pm Sunday. Radical Dharma is an urgent call to dharma communities to wake from the habitual ways they and their members reproduce and sustain exclusion. The workshop will serve to create a space where participants can practice radical honesty, create a space where historically marginalized voices in American sanghas are centered, investigate how “politics of dis-belonging” plays a role in silencing ourselves and others, and equip participants with tools that can be taken back to their practices communities to continue the work creating radically inclusive and honest communities. $70-250, sliding scale. Friday Night, 6-9pm: People of color caucus at The Summit, 420 E. Pike St. This evening event

Winter Solstice: Ayurveda for the Changing Season—12-2:30pm. With the weather changing and fall coming to an end, it’s important to take the time to become aware of how you feel and better understand the energies behind these shifts within you. Come meditate, flow and discuss how to recognize imbalances and prepare for winter.$35. Registration required. Eka Yoga, 621 5th Ave. N, Seattle. www. ekayogaseattle.com/events.

Wednesday, December 20 Vegetarian Dining Event – 7-8:30pm. Come join us at The Upper Crust in Seattle to enjoy a delicious, vegetarian, multi-course meal, hear an insightful speech by our president Amanda on a key vegetarian topic, enjoy live guitar music, and meet lots of interesting people. Registration required. $12.95 + tax for members, $16.95 + tax for guests. Children 6-12 are half price, and children 5 and under are free. The Upper Crust Catering Co., 8420 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle. 206-706-2635.

Thursday December 21 Winter Solstice Circle—6-7:30pm. Join us in gathering to celebrate the Winter Solstice for candlelit meditation in sacred discussion around going within for the winter months. Light snack and tea provided. Please bring an item of warmth to donate in contribution to our brothers and sister of Mary’s Place.$10. Registration required. 1216 10th Ave, Seattle. http://www.tribelifeevents.com.

saturday, December 30 EnVision 2018 Vision Board Workshop–11am3pm. Vision Boards are a powerful way of gaining clarity and alignment with your future plans. We will spend half the day together learning tools and skills to open up, gain clarity, and powerfully channel our path to the future into a tangible, visual piece of art that you can hang in your office, kitchen, or bedroom to remind you of your purpose and intention for growth in 2018. $70. Registration required. Works Progress, 115 North 85th St, Suite 202, Seattle. 206-227-1231. Crystal Healing Sound Bath & Burning Bowl Cermony–7-9pm. Release old patterns, beliefs or experiences, or anything that impedes you from realizing your true self. Then reflect on what you would like to bring forward in your life for 2018 with a transformative healing experience in which participants are immersed in sound vibrations produced by ethereal quartz crystal and Tibetan singing bowls Please bring a pillow and blanket or anything else for your comfort while lying on the floor. Yoga mats provided. $55. Registration required. Inner Alchemy 7345 35th Ave SW, Seattle. www.singingbowlsoundsations.com.

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