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une is the first month for many students that represents their summer “vacation” as the school year has ended and another chapter in their lives, their stories comes to a close. I recently had the privilege of working with several classes of students at Dillard High School (a magnet school for the arts) on a special project in which the students created cover art to be considered for our local magazine. Next month I’ll share more about the results of that challenge. Let’s just say for now that from what I’ve seen so far, I’m thrilled at the innovation and style of the work being submitted. I’d love for these students to continue to build upon these fresh cover design ideas and become the professional artists they are meant to be. It thrills me to support the younger ones reaching for their dreams. One of the art students may be working with me this summer, learning about the magazine business. I’d like that. There’s an article on writing our stories in this issue. We can engage in that process of sharing our personal history, healing our past to create a better story forward. The writings could be fictional or they could be autobiographical. The page or pages we write as we go through a single day may seem insignificant at the time, however, it includes the essence of who we are. The day’s notes reveal what we’ve learned to in turn improve upon for the following day. Would it stand to reason that by the time we have done this several decades we’d be quite evolved? That was not my experience. In my younger years I wasn’t thinking much beyond arm’s length. That’s changed. I have a much broader perspective, and delight in finding ways to give back that are in alignment with my core values. In my personal life and my professional life, the process is the same in waking up a little more each month. How can you make a difference today? What can you do to give back, to help another. Perhaps we need look no further than our home, helping others that share our space or our pets. Yes, it’s important to help others, I get it. And what if we don’t feel up to it. What

if our body / mind is not on that page? Recent conversations with some friends have brought to mind the idea that what we eat affects our thoughts, our mood and our actions. What a concept. Change your diet; change your life. Diet is not a new conversation for me. It seriously began only several years ago with an awareness that I needed to make some dietetic changes. The long term goal is peace, harmony and joy. The idea that food was affecting how I was feeling was a shift. Thank goodness I got some professional help (using the services of several of our advertisers) and shared what was going on with me. After a series of tests and a more mindful approach to my dietary habits, I modified the foods I was eating and over time, I felt better, thus making it easier to make a positive difference. Questions to ask about the food we eat... is it grown with love, is it organic or is it local. Other questions arise: is the protein in my diet good quality? What does that even mean? There’s protein from animals and plants. I was surprised to learn about the very high content of protein in flax seeds. Now that’s something I grind up and add to my diet. It seems I have way more questions than I have answers. There is much to learn. I’ve given more thought to taking that series of cooking classes.... not the kind that will show us how to put together the recipes, but more like the type of classes that will address a diet that is appropriate for my body type, my constitution. I’m looking for understanding beyond the organic choices, it’s about putting together balanced meals that leave me satisfied. Again, what supports my long term goals? How do you feel after a meal and does that support a positive view of the world and reflect in a page you’d write about your life? Have a peaceful day; plan on it.

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eserve your seat now, to meet Dr. Richard Dubois, the #1 Doctor in America for Prevention of Diseases. He is coming to Boca Raton, Thursday, June 12, 7 p.m., at the Boca Raton Marriott, 5150 Dr. Richard Dubois Town Center Circle, (Directions: Palmetto Park Road to Military Trail, north to Town Center). Dr. Dubois is going to share the five top Heart Healthy Superfoods. Additionally, researchers found men who ate after


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9 p.m. were 55 percent more likely to die of heart disease. Dr. Dubois will share how you can avoid this #1 killer. He will explain how you can get healthier, easy and fast, avoiding major changes in what you eat. Seventy five percent of all diseases are preventable. Hear the #1 cause of all illnesses, and how to avoid diseases naturally. To reserve your seat, call Barry Small for free tickets, 954-236-9204, or text or email See ad page 45.

Florida Massage Trade Show Keynote is Howard Partridge


he Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) will celebrate its 75th anniversary at this year’s convention from June 26 to 29 at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld hotel. This year’s keynote speaker is Howard Par-

tridge, author of the top-selling books, 7 Secrets of a Phenomenal Life and The 5 Secrets of a Phenomenal Business. Partridge is considered a legacy speaker for renowned motivational teacher and trainer Zig Ziglar. The FSMTA, established in 1939, has been a leader in promoting, protecting, uniting and advancing the field of massage therapy and massage therapy professionals. Conference participants can attend the Success Summit presentation, select courses taught by top educators in the massage industry, shop new products and services at the trade show and enter to win prizes to support the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Massage therapy students and newly licensed massage therapists will also want to attend the free Successful Start program to kick-start their career. A free Medical Hot Topic lecture, open to all participants on the latest in medical marijuana and massage, will be presented by Dr. Adam S. Levine, of Clearwater, Florida, an attorney and founder of the Florida Legal Advocacy Group. To learn more about the Florida

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Become a Certified Life Coach in 2 Days


s life grows more complex and challenging, people are turning to coaches for inspiration, encouragement and direction. To meet this growing demand, the Coaching Excellence Institute will offer a “Life Coach Certification” course in Fort Lauderdale on June 21-22nd. These trainings will be led by Jennifer A. Gage PhD, giving participants the benefit of her seventeen years of teaching and coaching experience. If you’ve got a passion to help others, this content-rich training will equip you with the insights, skills and strategies needed to build a profitable coaching practice. Our proven system is easy to learn, fun to implement and it will allow you to coach anyone with both clarity

and confidence. Additional classes are scheduled for Tampa, FL (June 7-8th) and Asheville, NC (July 12-13th). For additional information please call 954-448-7648 or visit See ad on page 35.

Natural Ways to Control Summer Allergies Control


arly summer brings waves of pollen to much of the United States. Ragweed, purple loosestrife and other plants bloom and fill the air with allergens, as they have for centuries. More recently, though, the severity and pervasiveness of strong allergic reactions in this country has increased according to a study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. When experiencing allergens, the body releases histamines that can trigger sneezing excess mucus flow, congestion and swelling of membranes and tissues. Rather than using nasal sprays— many containing steroids or other synthetic chemicals—to attempt to prevent

this response, a more natural spray can work instead. A decoction of herbs like yarrow leaf, horseradish root, elder flower and/or eye bright, when absorbed by the membranes of the nasal passageways, can enter the cells and cause them to produce their own antihistamines. This breaks the cycle of overt symptoms without the user becoming dependant on an unhealthy spray. The Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine states that all these herbs along with calendula and aloe applied topically for soothing, can bring natural congestion relief. Another approach is to use a spray consisting of an enhanced aqueous silver colloid solution, which can constrict micro-capillaries and reduce bleeding. Shrinking nasal tissues reduce swelling and congestion while killing bacteria and fungus. This can support a beleaguered immune system and help prevent a sinus infection—a natural gift of health for the allergy season. Steven Frank, the founder of Nature’s Rite, is also an innovative herbalist. For more information, email or visit See ad, page 15.

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newsbriefs Health Testing Centers


ealth Testing Centers has helped Broward County residents stay on top of their health for the last 30 years. Whether it’s an annual health status, measuring vitamin or hormone levels, or any lab test, their nursing staff makes sure the process is hassle free and convenient. Prices have been the same for a long time as they feel it’s important to make direct health care affordable.

or other health practitioner. Many of the patients that go to Health Testing Centers do so in order to keep their testing and results out of their medical file. Privacy is highly important to Health Testing Centers; no ID is required to test, and they are happy to have patients provide an alias. This can be helpful if testing for sensitive things like sexual infections. For no-waiting appointments and fast results (1 to 2 days), visit Health Testing Centers, 2760 West Oakland Park Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale (same spot for 30+ years), 954-485-3322, See ad back cover. 

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tart your summer with an informative and fun way to learn how to obtain the necessary skills and high-quality academic qualifications to enter or reenter today’s workforce. A Keiser Carnival Open House event at the University campus in Fort Lauderdale or Pembroke Pines between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on

June 7 is ready to provide valuable information that will put participants on a successful new career path suited to their interests and skills. The community event features activities that include meeting faculty, staff and students. The entire family will enjoy refreshments, music, games and prizes . Keiser University, with 14 campuses throughout Florida plus online enrollment, offers associate through doctoral degrees programs in the health care, business, technology and legal fields. Its student-centered system fosters a healthy balance between life, study, work and parenting, comprising a tailored opportunity for individuals from many walks of life looking to further their education. Location: Fort Lauderdale Campus: 1500 NW 49th Street and the Pembroke Pines Campus: 1640 SW 145th Street. For more information or to RSVP, visit or call 1-888-8448404. Also visit

Student for a Day at Barbara Brennan School of Healing


ave you ever wondered what it would be like to be a student at the Barbara Brennan School of Healing (BBSH)? BBSH announces its annual Student for a Day program, presented by Laurie Keene, BBSH School Dean, on Saturday, June 14, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Miami. The Student for a Day program is designed to provide a brief look into a day in the life of a BBSH student. You will have the opportunity to sit in on real classes, learn actual healing skills, and ask all the questions you may have about the school, the curriculum, or even student life. The sessions you will be participating in have been selected especially for the purpose of exposing you to as much of the school as possible. Registration fee for Student for a Day is $50, which includes lunch with the students. The program runs 8:30 a.m. to


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5 p.m. You also have the option of joining in at 7:30 p.m. for the Year 4 Student Ceremony. For more information and to register, contact the BBSH office at 561-6208767 or email You may also register online at See ad page 22.

Butterfly Public Art Project Taking Flight


hat benefits the neighborhood, benefits the city,” says Susan ‘SusieQ’ Wood, local artist and publisher of Natural Awakenings magazine for Broward County. She will be presenting the “Butterfly Public Art Community Project” to attendees at the Delevoe Park Association public meeting on Monday, June 2, to discuss the possibilities for an exciting public art project. Location: Rev Samuel Delevoe Mem. Park, 2520 NW 6th St, Ft Lauderdale. Come, join the fun, and share your stories and input for what you’d like to see developed as a public art project for the community. The project will culminate in September with a presentation to the Broward County Cultural Division. Funding for this project is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. The project is a collaborative effort with the Northwest-Progresso-Flagler Heights Community Redevelopment Agency, Fort Lauderdale. Meeting is from 6 to 8pm. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit To be placed on the Butterfly email list and receive notifications about upcoming meetings, visit about-2/butterfly or call 954-630-1610. natural awakenings

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Yummy Berries Cut Heart Attack Risk by a Third


ating three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries a week may help women reduce their risk of a heart attack, according to research from the University of East Anglia, in collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health. The berries contain high levels of powerful flavonoids called anthocyanins, which may help dilate arteries, counter buildup of plaque and provide other cardiovascular benefits. Published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, the study involved 93,600 women ages 25 to 42 that completed questionnaires about their diet every four years for over 16 years. Those that ate the most berries had a 32 percent reduction in heart attack risk compared with those that ate them once a month or less, even if they ate a diet rich in other fruits and vegetables. “This is the first study to look at the impact of diet in younger and middleaged women,” remarks the study’s lead author, Aedín Cassidy, Ph.D., head of the university’s nutrition department. “Even at an early age, eating more of these fruits may reduce risk of a heart attack later in life.”

Tapping Acupressure Points Heals Trauma in Vets


motional Freedom Techniques (EFT) may be an effective treatment for veterans that have been diagnosed with clinical posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a study published in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. EFT involves tapping on acupressure points while focusing on traumatic memories or painful emotions in order to release them. As part of the Veterans’ Stress Project, an anonymous clinical study comprising more than 2,000 participants, 59 veterans with PTSD were randomly assigned to either receive strictly standard care or also experience six, hour-long, EFT sessions. The psychological distress and PTSD symptoms showed significant reductions among veterans receiving the EFT sessions, with 90 percent matriculating out of the criteria for clinical PTSD. At a six-month follow-up, 80 percent of those participants still had symptoms below the clinical level for PTSD. According to Deb Tribbey, national coordinator for the Veterans’ Stress Project, PTSD symptoms that can be resolved with the combined therapy include insomnia, anger, grief, hyper-vigilance and pain. For more information, visit or


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A Good Midlife Diet Prolongs Health in Later Years


Harvard Medical School study found that how well women age in their 70s is linked to the way they ate earlier in life. Researchers started with 10,670 healthy women in their late 50s and followed them for 15 years. Published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the results saw fewer chronic diseases among women that followed diets heavy in plant-based foods during midlife; these women were also 34 percent more likely to live past 70. Those that ate most similarly to the Mediterranean diet had even better outcomes—a 46 percent greater likelihood of living past 70 without chronic diseases. Eleven percent of the subjects qualified as healthy agers, which researchers defined as having no major chronic diseases, physical impairments, mental health problems or trouble with thinking and memory. According to lead author Cecilia Samieri, Ph.D., midlife exposures are thought to be a particularly relevant period because most health conditions develop slowly over many years.

Mindfulness Meditation Reduces the Urge to Light Up


indfulness meditation training may help people overcome addiction by activating the brain centers involved in self-control and addictive tendencies, suggests research from the psychology departments of Texas Tech University and the University of Oregon. Scientists led by Yi-Yuan Tang, Ph.D., studied 61 volunteers, including 27 smokers, randomly divided into groups that either received mindfulness meditation training or relaxation training. Two weeks later, after five hours of training, smoking among those in the meditative group decreased by 60 percent, while no significant reduction occurred in the relaxation group. Brain imaging scans determined that the mindfulness meditation training produced increased activity in the anterior cingulate and the prefrontal cortex; regions associated with self-control. Past research led by Tang showed that smokers and those with other addictions exhibited less activity in these areas than those free of addictions. The current study previously determined that myelin and brain cell matter in these two brain regions increases through mindfulness meditation.

Beets Beat Down Blood Pressure


wo small studies have linked beets with lower blood pressure. A study from the University of Reading, in England, served beet-fortified bread or bread without beets to 23 healthy men. Those that ate the fortified bread experienced reduced diastolic blood pressure and less artery stiffness during the six hours afterwards. Australia’s Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute studied 15 women and 15 men, divided randomly into groups that consumed either 500 grams of a placebo juice or beets with apple juice. During the 24 hours after consumption, the researchers noted a statistically significant reduction in systolic blood pressure of four to five points among the men drinking the beet juice.

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Saw Palmetto Combos Combat Enlarged Prostate


hree studies published in 2013 support the effectiveness of saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) extract for the treatment of prostate inflammation and other symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), commonly called enlarged prostate. In addition, both lycopene, a dietary carotenoid with strong antioxidant value, and selenium, an essential trace element that promotes an optimal antioxidant/oxidant balance, have been shown to exert beneficial effects in BPH. Researchers from Italy’s University of Catania studied 168 patients with prostate enlargement among nine urological medical clinics. Those taking a combination of saw palmetto, selenium and lycopene experienced greater reductions of inflammation markers and reduced risk of prostate cancer after three and six months of treatment. In an Australian study from the University of Queensland’s School of Medicine of patients with BPH, 32 men took an encapsulated formula containing saw palmetto, lycopene and other plant extracts, while 25 men were given a placebo. After three months of treatment, men receiving the herbal formulation experienced a 36 percent reduction in related symptoms, while the placebo group showed an 8 percent reduction. The herbal supplement group also showed a 15 percent reduction in daytime urination frequency and an almost 40 percent reduction in nighttime urination frequency. The long-term effectiveness of saw palmetto supplementation was reinforced in a Russian study of 38 patients with early prostate enlargement. After 10 years of receiving 320 milligrams of saw palmetto extract per day, researchers found no progression of the condition among the patients.


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Unconditional Love Hastens Healing Researchers from the University of Miami found that compassionate love and faith in a compassionate Higher Power increases healing and reduces disease progression among HIV patients. They studied 177 HIV patients over a 10-year period, tracking biological measures and health behaviors and collecting in-depth data interviews. The scientists coded five criteria of compassionate love derived from the Working Model of Compassionate Love, developed by Lynn Underwood, Ph.D. The progression of HIV disease was reduced among patients that gave and received the most compassionate love. These patients exhibited both a greater level of the immune-boosting white blood cells known as CD4+ T helper cells and a reduced HIV viral load, the measure of HIV in the blood.

Father Factor

Involved Dads Make for Smarter, Happier Kids It’s well known that involving fathers from the start in children’s lives has a significant positive impact on their development, including the greater economic security of having more than one parent. Yet, there’s more to the “father effect”. Numerous studies have found that children growing up in a household with a father present show superior outcomes in intelligence tests, particularly in nonverbal, or spatial, reasoning that’s integral in mathematics, science and engineering. The IQ advantage is attributed to the way that fathers interact with their children, with an emphasis on the manipulation of objects like blocks, roughhousing and outdoor activities, rather than language-based activities. A study of Chinese parents found that it was a father’s warmth toward his child that was the ultimate factor in predicting the child’s future academic success. A recent Canadian study from Concordia University provides new insights into a father’s impact on a daughter’s emotional development, as well. Lead researcher Erin Peugnot concluded, “Girls whose fathers lived with them when they were in middle childhood (ages 6 to 10) demonstrated less sadness, worry and shyness as preteens (ages 9 to 13) compared with girls whose fathers did not live with them,” he says. Source:

globalbriefs Imperiled Parks

Laws Permit Oil and Gas Drilling in Iconic Public Lands News that the U.S. Department of the Interior will allow drilling for oil and gas in a proposed wilderness area in southern Utah’s Desolation Canyon puts a spotlight on the practice. A report by the Center for American Progress reveals that 42 national parks are at risk, including 12 where oil and gas drilling is currently underway and 30 where it could be in the near future. Among the threatened wild places are iconic American national parklands, including Grand Teton, in Wyoming, Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes and Dinosaur National Monument, in Colorado, Santa Monica Mountains, in California, Glen Canyon, in Arizona, Carlsbad Caverns and Chaco Canyon, in New Mexico, Everglades and Gulf Islands, in Florida, Arches and Canyonlands, in Utah, and Glacier, in Montana. The reality is that all public lands, including national parks and wildlife refuges, are potentially open to oil and gas leasing unless they are designated as “wilderness”, the highest form of land protection designated by the government. Source: The Wilderness Society (

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Grass Releases Surprising Amounts of CO2 Which emits more of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide: a cornfield or a residential lawn? According to researchers at Elizabethtown College, in Pennsylvania, it’s the grass. David Bowne, an assistant professor of biology, published the study results in the Soil Science Society of America Journal. After measuring carbon dioxide released from each setting, the scientists found that urban areas deemed heat islands may have a smaller overall impact than previously thought, compared with suburban developments. Previously, the heat island effect has been perceived as a phenomenon that occurs only in cities, where the mass of paved roads, dark roofs and buildings absorb and concentrate heat, making cities much warmer during hot days than other areas. Both carbon dioxide releases and soil temperature were measurably higher in residential lawns than in croplands and higher temperatures are directly associated with carbon dioxide efflux. Bowne says, “As you increase temperature, you increase biological activity—be it microbial, plant, fungal or animal.” Increased activity leads to more respiration and increased carbon dioxide emissions. Source:

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Connectedness Ranks Above Power and Fame It seems that fame and fortune are less important to us than our connections with fellow human beings, after all. A study conducted by Queendom. com and in 2012 and 2013 applying their proprietary Values Profile Test with 2,163 people showed they only moderately valued money and power, at best, which took a backseat to social values on a personal level. This revelation comes on the heels of another study on career motivation that similarly showed a drop in participants’ consuming desire for money and power in the workplace. The researchers at Queendom. com assessed 34 separate facets within six categories of values—social, aesthetic, theoretical, traditional, realistic and political. The five topscoring facets were empathy, family and friends, appreciation of beauty, hard work/diligence, altruism and the importance of helping others. Financial security came in 24th place and power was near last at 29th in importance. Ethics/morals placed 10th. For more information, visit

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Nonprofit Works to Lower Student Debt A small nonprofit named, recipient of the nationally recognized Dewey Winburne Community Service Award for “do-gooders”, is pioneering a way to help college graduates battle student loan debt by applying their skills on behalf of nonprofit community organizations. Researchers at say seven of 10 college students that graduated in 2013 owed money on a student loan, each averaging nearly $30,000 in debt. With SponsorChange, graduates with student loan debt sign up to help participating organizations, earning credits while adding work experience and leadership roles to their résumés. Organization donors sign up to reimburse the workers for their time by helping to pay down their student loans through tax-deductible funding. All see specific results for their contributions to worthy causes.

Colony collapse disorder, the mysterious mass die-off of honeybees that pollinate $30 billion worth of crops in the U.S., has been well documented, with toxic insecticides identified as the primary culprits. Now, scientists at the University of Maryland and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have expanded the identification of components of the toxic brew of pesticides and fungicides contaminating pollen and decimating the bee colonies that collect it to feed their hives. A study of eight agricultural chemicals associated with increased risk of infection by parasites found that bees that ate pollen contaminated with fungicides were three times as likely to be infected. Widely used fungicides had previously been accepted as harmless for bees because they are designed to kill fungus, not insects. Dennis vanEngelsdorp, the study’s lead author, states, “There’s growing evidence that fungicides may be affecting the bees on their own, highlighting a need to reassess how we label these agricultural chemicals.” Labels on pesticides warn farmers not to spray when pollinating bees are in the vicinity, but such precautions have not applied to fungicides. Source:

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inger-songwriter Jack Johnson’s touring concerts have almost always doubled as fundraisers for local environmental nonprofits. “Early on, we recognized that we could not only fill a room, but also raise funds and awareness for nonprofit groups we believe in,” says Johnson. Then, as he started playing larger venues, “I realized the power of touring to connect our fans with local nonprofits in every town we played.” Johnson and his wife, Kim, also founded two environmentally focused charitable foundations, and during the past five years, all of his tour proceeds have been donated to them, in turn going to hundreds of environmental education nonprofits worldwide. The enabling commercial success began in 2001 when his debut album successfully established this Oahu, Hawaiian’s trademark mellow surf-rocker style. Since then, he’s released five more studio albums, including the most recent, From Here to Now to You. “While I have so much gratitude for the support our music receives, for me, music has always been a hobby, a side thing. It grew into a way to work in the nonprofit world. Being engaged in environmental education almost feels like my real job, and the music’s something we’re lucky enough to provide to fund related causes,” says Johnson. As the size of his audiences grows, so does the size of his potential environmental footprint. On the road, Johnson’s team works with the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance to fuel all tour

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o switch from running to the market to stepping into a home garden for fresh produce, it’s best to start small. Smart gardeners know it’s easy to be overwhelmed by a big plot so they plan ahead with like-minded friends to swap beans for tomatoes or zucchini for okra to add variety. If one household is more suited to freezing excess harvests while another cans or dehydrates, more trades are in the offing. Start kids by having them plant radishes, a crop that will give even the most impatient child quick results. “You can’t do everything yourself,” counsels Kathie Lapcevic, a farmer, freelance writer and teacher in Columbia Falls, Montana. “I have a huge garden, expanded now into about 7,000 square feet, that provides 65 percent of what our family eats,” she says. “On the other hand, I can’t imagine life without nut butter and found I can’t grow Brussels sprouts. A few trips to the store are inevitable.” Lapcevic plants non-GMO, heirloom varieties of seeds in her chemical-free garden. She adds a new variety or two each year and reminds peers that it takes a while to build good soil. Three years ago, she also added pollinator beehives on the

property. Their honey reduces the amount of processed sugar the family uses. From Libby, Montana, Chaya Foedus blogs on her store website PantryParatus. com about kitchen self-sufficiency. “Foraging is a good way to give children a full sensory experience,” she remarks. “We turn a hike into a mission to find and learn about specific foods, where they come from and what to do with them.” To start, select one easily identifiable item for the kids to pick. “In Libby, that’s huckleberries,” says Foedus. “Similar to blueberries, they grow on a bush, so they’re easy to see and pick. Huckleberries don’t grow in captivity—it’s a completely foraged economy.” Michelle Boatright, a graphic designer and hunter of wild plants in Bristol, Tennessee, learned eco-friendly ways to forage from a game warden friend. Five years later, her bookcase holds 30 books on edible plants—she brings two with her on excursions. “When in doubt, leave a plant alone. It’s too easy to make a mistake,” she advises. “Know how to harvest, too—take only about 10 percent of what’s there and leave the roots, so it can grow back.

“For example, ramps, a wild leek, take seven years to cultivate,” says Boatright. “Overharvesting can wipe out years’ worth of growth. In Tennessee, it’s illegal to harvest ramps in state parks. Mushrooms are more apt to regrow, but leave the small ones.” As for meat, “I was raised to never shoot a gun, but to make my own bows and arrows,” recalls Bennett Rea, a writer and survivalist in Los Angeles, California. “Dad used Native American skills, tools and viewpoints when he hunted. Bow hunting kept our family from going hungry for a few lean years and was always done with reverence. It’s wise to take only what you need, use what you take and remember an animal gave its life to sustain yours.” Rea uses several methods for obtaining local foods. “Living here makes it easier due to the year-round growing season. For produce, I volunteer for a local CSA [community supported agriculture] collective. One hour of volunteering earns

11 pounds of free, sustainably farmed, organic produce—everything from kale to tangerines to cilantro. “Bartering is also an increasingly popular trend,” he notes. “I make my own hot sauce and trade it for high-end foods and coffee from friends and neighbors. Several of us have now rented a plot in a community garden to grow more of our own vegetables. I only buy from stores the items I can’t trade for or make myself— usually oats, milk, cheese and olive oil.” Truly good food is thoughtfully, sustainably grown or harvested. It travels fewer miles; hasn’t been sprayed with toxins or been chemically fertilized; is fresh; ripens on the plant, not in a truck or the store; and doesn’t come from a factory farm. The old saying applies here: “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via

Foraging 101 by Chaya Foedus 4 Start small. 4 Get permission before picking on private property. 4 Make sure no chemical fertilizers or pesticides were used. 4 It’s easy to mistake a poisonous lookalike for an edible plant. Learn to identify both before picking. 4 Skip the mushrooms at first—learn from an experienced mushroomer before going solo. 4 Always taste-test at home; the woods are not the place to cope with a surprise allergic reaction.

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hristopher Nyerges, of Pasadena, California, author of Guide to Wild Food and Useful Plants and Foraging California, has spent 40 years teaching others to find free food safely as part of an ongoing curriculum ( He knows, “Wherever you live, common weeds and native plants can supplement food on the table.” He particularly likes to use acorns as a food extender, grinding them into a powder and mixing it 50/50 with flour to make bread and pancakes. For greens, he likes lamb’s quarters (Chenopodium album), a weed that crowds out native plants, but is easily found, nutritious and versatile. He uses the leaves like spinach and adds the seeds to soup or bread batter. He likens it to quinoa. Nyerges characterizes himself as a lazy gardener. “Forget having a traditional lawn. Grow food, not grass,” he says. “I like plants that take care of themselves and then of me.” Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) and New Zealand spinach (Tetragonia tetragonioides) are good edible ground covers. Purslane leaves add a lemon-pepper crunch. “If the neighbors complain, plant some nasturtiums—they’re pretty and good to eat, too,” he notes. Varieties of cactus, like the prickly pear, are also edible; remove the thorns and cook the pads with tofu or eggs. “I’m all for using technology, but know how to get by without it, too,” Nyerges advises. “There’s no such thing as total self-sufficiency. What we can be is self-reliant and knowledgeable users. Begin by learning and applying one thing.” He’s found, “There aren’t directions to follow; the path to self-reliance is different for each person.”

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Unleashing Unlimited Potential with Panache Desai by April Thompson


orn into an East Indian family in London, England, Panache Desai grew up steeped in spiritual practices like meditation. Though recognized by spiritual teachers as possessing a special gift, Desai rejected his spiritual foundation as a teenager, trading it for the excitement of London’s rave music scene of the 1990s before moving to America. It wasn’t until he was 22 and living in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Venice Beach that the pain of the way he had rejected his true inner nature reached a crescendo. In opening himself up to the possibility of the divine, Desai underwent a spiritual awakening that has led him to dedicate his life to helping others make their own journey from self-rejection to contentment. Unaffiliated with any one religious or spiritual tradition, Desai works with simple, yet powerful principles of energy to help free people from selfimposed limitations and unlock their potential. His first book, Discovering Your Soul Signature: A 33-Day Path to Purpose, Passion & Joy, just released, is a departure from his earlier focus on creating meditation CDs and other


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What was the key turning point in embracing your life’s calling? Every time I would visit a spiritual teacher as a kid, they would say, “We’ve been waiting for you.” But I just wanted to be normal and was also skeptical; not every well-intentioned person is necessarily leading you home. I reached a turning point when I knew something had to change. I told myself that if this thing called God really exists and if I’m here to be a messenger, I have to experience it personally. In that moment, I began to undergo a transformation that culminated in a direct experience of the divine; an infinite ocean of energy vibrating with unconditional love. I felt part of what every spiritual teacher has been telling the world for thousands of years: that the true nature of reality is love, a love that expresses itself through all life forms. That experience allowed me to accept my role of helping others see and achieve their potential.

How does the universal energy you speak of affect us and how can we shift our dance with it?

We are vibrational beings inhabiting a vibrational universe. Yogis and mystics from traditions throughout time have known this. The subtlest form of vibration is the soul, which is overlaid by the emotional, with the physical as the outermost layer of energy. Because the emotional layer can accumulate a density that enshrouds our soul’s light and potential, it’s important to address it. Energy is like water—it wants to flow and can shift states at any moment. Judging or rejecting any aspect of our genuine identity disrupts that flow of energy. For example, if instead of being available to feel your anger when it arises you repress or deny it, that accumulating emotion acquires density and over time, becomes rage. But if you can learn to slow down and lean into the emotion, the anger can wash through and out of you and energy again flows freely. By allowing ourselves to acknowledge, experience and release these emotions without judgment, we are clearing the obstacles to our authentic self, what I term one’s “soul signature”.

How is discovering our soul signature related to finding our calling?

The soul signature is our purest potential expressed. You can have a calling to be a writer, but unless you are connected to who you are at the deepest level, your writing won’t have the same impact. Accessing our soul signature is a process. We didn’t end up where we are overnight, and it can take time to get back to that place where we can express our truest selves by working with the techniques of energy transformation described in my book.

What are good first steps for someone newly initiating a spiritual practice? The most powerful tool is our breath. Witnessing and honoring our breath in every moment allows us to transform every day into living meditation. Find author blogs on how individuals live their soul signature at Panache Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at AprilWrites. com. natural awakenings

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constantly challenged in safe ways and tricked into burning more calories,” says Malin Svensson, founder and President of Nordic Walking USA. She suggests taking the stairs or strolling on sand to strengthen the legs and heart. Dreyer recommends ascending hills sideways (crossing one foot over the other) to engage new muscles and protect the calves and Achilles tendons. She also suggests walking backwards for 30 steps every five minutes during a 30-minute walk to reestablish proper posture.


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ippocrates called walking “man’s best medicine,” and Americans agree: According to the U.S. Surgeon General, walking is America’s most popular form of fitness. It’s free, convenient and simple. The Foundation for Chronic Disease Prevention reveals that 10,000 daily steps help lower blood pressure, shed pounds, decrease stress, and reduce the risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Here’s how to rev up the routine and stay motivated.

Practical Tips Breathe. Belly breathing calms the parasympathetic nervous system, expands lung capacity and improves circulation. Inhale through the nose, fill the belly and expel through the mouth, advises Asheville, North Carolina, resident Katherine Dreyer, co-founder and CEO of ChiWalking. Try new techniques and terrain. “The body is smart and efficient. It must be

Push with poles. Compelling the body forward with Nordic walking poles can burn 20 to 46 percent more calories than regular walking, reports Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. Svensson explains, “Applying pressure to the poles activates abdominal, chest, back and triceps muscles, which necessitates more oxygen and thereby raises the heart rate.” The basic technique is: plant, push and walk away.

Mindful Tips Feel the Earth move under your (bare) feet. Improve mood, reduce pain and deepen sleep by going outside barefoot, says Dr. Laura Koniver, of Charleston, South Carolina, a featured expert in the documentary, The Grounded. “The Earth’s surface contains an infinite reservoir of free electrons, which, upon contact with the body, can neutralize

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Hippocrates called walking “man’s best medicine,” and Americans agree: According to the U.S. Surgeon General, walking is America’s most popular form of fitness. It’s free, convenient and simple. The Foundation for Chronic Disease Prevention reveals that 10,000 daily steps help lower blood pressure, shed pounds, decrease stress, and reduce the risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. damage from free radicals,” she says. Notice nature. Alexandra Horowitz, author of On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes, finds walking outdoors infinitely more engaging than exercising in the gym. Seek out woodsy hikes, scenic waterways or historic downtowns, and “open up to experiencing the world,” she says. Practice moving meditation. To lighten a heavy mood, “Imagine your chest as a window through which energy, fresh air, sunshine, even rain, can pour into and through you as you walk,” says Dreyer. To ground a scattered mind, she suggests focusing on connecting one’s feet with the Earth.

Creative Tips Make fresh air a social affair. A group walk can boost performance levels of participants, says Dennis Michele, president of the American Volkssport Association, which promotes fun, fitness and friendship through noncompetitive,

year-round walking events. Horowitz suggests strolling with friends and sharing sensory discoveries. “A fresh perspective can help tune you into the great richness of ordinary environments often overlooked,” she says. Ditch the distraction of electronic devices. Horowitz views walking texters as “hazards and obstacles, non-participants in the environment.” Australian researcher Siobhan Schabrun, Ph.D., reveals the science behind the sentiment in her recent University of Queensland study. The brain, she found, prioritizes texting over walking, resulting in “slowing down, deviating from a straight line and walking like robots, with the arms, trunk and head in one rigid line, which makes falling more likely.” Walking a dog brings mutual benefits. Dr. John Marshall, chief oncologist at Georgetown University Hospital, in Washington, D.C., prescribes dog walking to his cancer patients, asserting it yields better outcomes than chemother-

apy. For maximum enjoyment, strive to hit a stride, advises Carla Ferris, owner of Washington, D.C. dog-walking company Wagamuffin. Be a fanny pack fan. Fanny packs, unlike backpacks, which can disturb natural torso rotation, comfortably store identification, phone, keys and water, says Svensson. Ferris agrees: “Walks are so much more enjoyable hands-free.” Walk while you work. Much of the independent and collaborative work at Minneapolis finance company SALO emerges as employees walk slowly on ergonomic treadmill desks. “Being up, active and forward-moving on the treadmill benefits productivity,” says co-founder Amy Langer. Alternatively, consider investing in a cordless headset or standing desk. “Most anything you can do sitting, you can do standing, and supporting your own body weight is almost as beneficial as walking,” she says. A study reported in the journal Diabetologia suggests that sedentary time combined with periods of moderate-tovigorous exercise poses a greater health risk than being gently active throughout the day. Dreyer’s mantra? “The body is wise. Listen when it says, ‘Get up and walk a bit.’” Lane Vail is a freelance writer in South Carolina. Connect at WriterLane. com.

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hen President John F. Kennedy said in 1961 that the U.S. should commit to sending a man to the moon and return him safely by the end of the decade, few suspected the bounty of technological spinoffs that such National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) space missions would yield. Today, many of NASA’s research advancements, as well as technologies developed outside the space program, are put to good use in everyday life. Of particular interest are products used in fitness workouts. ABI Research, a technology market intelligence company, revealed the growing popularity of consumer health and wellness technologies in its latest market projections for wearable, health-related devices. Estimates are that 80 million wearable monitoring


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devices, including heart monitors and biosensors that read body temperature and motion, will be sold by 2016. When Clint, a global market research firm, conducted its most recent Fitness and Technology Survey, its findings showed technology at work. Based on 745 online interviews with people in seven countries, 72 percent of exercisers embraced some type of technology, including smartphone apps, to support their fitness routines two or more times a week. In recent years, amateur and professional athletes have increasingly benefited from technological advances that help them chart, improve upon and customize their fitness routines. Tracking fitness progress and weight loss is now just clicks away with personal devices such as a Wi-Fi scale, which accurately measures weight, body fat percentage and body mass index. Online graphs chart the individual’s progress. While the typical setting for measuring blood pressure and heart rate used to be in a physician’s office, hospital or pharmacy, new digital wrist blood pressure and heart monitors now allow exercise enthusiasts to do it themselves, wherever they are, helping ensure they are not exceeding the safety parameters of their fitness 26

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programs. User-friendly digital pocket pedometers and wireless activityduring-sleep wristbands both work in conjunction with a downloaded app to allow self-monitoring. Exercisers can track steps; distances walked cycled or swum; calories burned; total active minutes; and how long and how well they sleep. In some U.S. fitness centers, members have an option of working with an automated, virtual, personal trainer. This almost-do-it-yourself approach to professionally guided fitness begins with a survey of an individual’s lifestyle and goals to create a personalized fitness regimen. Each time exercisers go to the center, they insert a key into a “smart trainer”, generating the day’s 30-minute customized workout. The technology focuses primarily on helping clients manage weight and maintain muscle. Other technologies, such as medical-grade, pneumatic [air] compression boot systems, are facilitating at-home recovery for hip and knee surgery patients and quicker muscle recovery for serious athletes. Air-filled chambers remain inflated as pressure cycles sequentially move from the foot up the leg. The cycles flush out waste and replenish blood supplies to the muscles.

More complex bio-analyzing systems retrieve feedback from the body’s electromagnetic fields, the multiple energy meridians and the frequencies of the body’s cells and organs. “Such systems are largely used by chiropractors, naturopaths, physical therapists and acupuncturists,” says Loran Swensen, CEO of Innergy Development, which owns AO Scan, maker of the Magnetic Resonance Bio-Analyzer. For people that struggle with traditional workouts or physical limitations, whole-body vibration technology may be a solution. “When you stand on the oscillating platform, the body reacts to the vertical vibratory stimulus with an involuntary muscle contraction; depending on the speed, muscles can react up to 23 times per second,” advises Linda Craig, co-owner of Circulation Nation, in Greer, South Carolina. Similar platforms are becoming commonplace in chiropractic practices. Consumer applications of medical devices have led to the home use of additional sophisticated technologies like laser therapy. Successfully used for more than 30 years in Europe to treat trauma, inflammation, overuse injuries and cosmetic issues, as well as to provide pain relief and healing, some forms have recently been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. With 129,397,925 gym members worldwide according to a recent International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association report, it’s safe to predict that consumer demand ensures even more significant technological advances are in our near future.

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How Telling Our Truths Can Set Us Free by Judith Fertig


fter his deployment in Iraq, U.S. Marine Captain Tyler Boudreau returned home in 2004 with post-traumatic stress syndrome and an emotional war wound that experts now call a “moral injury”. He could only sleep for an hour or two at night. He refused to take showers or leave the house for long periods of time. He and his wife divorced. “My body was home, but my head was still there [in Iraq],” he recounts. At first, Boudreau tried to make


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sense of his conflicted feelings by writing fiction. Then he wrote a detailed, nonfiction analysis of his deployment, but that didn’t help, either. In 2009 he wrote a memoir, Packing Inferno: The Unmaking of a Marine, that came closer to conveying his personal truth. “I needed to get back into the story,” he says, so he could pull his life back together in Northampton, Massachusetts. Like Boudreau, we all have stories—ongoing and ever-changing—that we tell ourselves to make sense of our lives. They can help us heal and powerfully guide us through life, or just as powerfully, hold us back. In 1949, Sarah Lawrence College Professor Joseph Campbell published The Hero with a Thousand Faces, in which he outlined a master monomyth. It involves leaving everyday life and answering a call to adventure, getting help from others along the way, facing adversity and returning with a gift, or boon, for ourselves and others. It’s a basic pattern of human existence, with endless variations.

How does telling our truth help heal our body? Professor James Pennebaker, Ph.D., chair of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, is a pioneer in the mind-body benefits of story, which he explores in Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions. In the late 1980s, while consulting for the Texas prison system, Pennebaker discovered that when suspects lied while taking polygraph tests, their heart rate rose, but when they confessed the truth, they relaxed. “Our cells know the truth,” writes microbiologist Sondra Barrett, Ph.D., who also blogs at, in Secrets of Your Cells, “Our physiology responds to what we’re thinking, including what we don’t want people to know.” When we are afraid to tell a story and keep it in, “Our cells broadcast a signal of danger,” she explains. “Molecules of adrenalin, along with stress hormones, connect with receptors on heart, muscle and lung cells— and in the case of long-term sustained stress, immune cells.” We experience increased heart rate, tense muscles, shortness of breath and lower immunity when we’re stressed. She notes, “When we release the stories and feelings that torment us, our cells respond with great relief and once again become havens of safety.” We need to tell our stories even in facing life-threatening illness, and maybe because of it. Dr. Shayna Watson, an oncologist at the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario, in Canada, encourages physicians to listen to patients. “In the name of efficiency,” she reports in an article in Canadian Family Physician, “it’s easy to block out patients’ stories and deal only with the ‘facts’, to see the chat, the time and the stories as luxuries for when there is a cancellation. The study of narrative tells us, however, that in these easily neglected moments we might find more than we expect; there can be understanding, relationship building and healing—the elements of our common humanity.” A current problem is but a dot on the entire timeline of a person’s existence. By keeping their larger story

“By sharing our stories together and finding common ground, we lay the groundwork for world peace and much more.” ~Rev. Patrick McCollum in mind, patients can find a wider perspective, with the strength and resolve to heal, while the physician can see the patient as a person, rather than a diagnosis.  

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“Telling your story may be the most powerful medicine on Earth,” says Dr. Lissa Rankin, the author of Mind Over Medicine, who practices integrative medicine in Mill Valley, California. She’s tested the concept firsthand. “So many of us are tormented by the insane idea that we’re separate, disconnected beings, suffering all by our little lonesome selves,” she observes. “That’s exactly how I felt when I started blogging, as if I was the only one in the whole wide world who had lost her mojo and longed to get it back. Then I started telling my story—and voilà! Millions of people responded to tell me how they had once lost theirs and since gotten it back.” They did it by telling their stories, witnessed with loving attention by others that care. “Each of us is a constantly unfolding narrative, a hero in a novel no one else can write. Yet, so many of us leave our stories untold, our songs unsung,” remarks Rankin. “When this happens, we wind up feeling lonely, listless and out of touch with our life purpose. We are plagued with a chronic sense that something is out of alignment. We may even wind up feeling unworthy, unloved or sick,” says Rankin, who blogs on related topics at

Power to Heal a Family Sometimes, writing a new story can help keep families connected. Kansas City, Missouri, author and columnist Deborah Shouse took an unplanned and unwanted, yet ultimately reward-

ing journey with her mother through Alzheimer’s disease. Shouse discovered that as her mother was losing her memory and identity through dementia, crafting a new narrative helped her family hold it together, a process she details in Love in the Land of Dementia. “You have to celebrate the person who is still with you,” Shouse says, noting we may discover a different, but still interesting, person that communicates in ways other than talking. She recommends employing a technique she calls The Hero Project, which she developed with her partner, Ron Zoglin. It uses words, photos and craft supplies in what Shouse terms “word-scrapping” to generate and tell a new story that helps keep the personal connection we have with our loved one and make visits more positive. She shares more supportive insights at Sharing an old story may also provide a rare link to the past for a person with dementia. “Savor and write down the stories you’re told, even if you hear certain ones many times,” Shouse counsels. “By writing down the most often-repeated stories, you create a legacy to share with family, friends and other caregivers.”

Power of the Wrong Story Our thoughts are a shorthand version of a longer life story, says author Byron Katie, a self-help specialist from Ojai, California, who addresses reader stories via blog posts at ByronKatie. com. Sometimes we tell ourselves the wrong story, one that keeps us from realizing our full potential, while making us miserable at the same time. Examples might include “I will always be overweight,” “My partner doesn’t love me” or “I’m stuck here.” Katie’s book, Who Would You Be Without Your Story? explores how we often take what happens in our lives, create a story with negative overtones, believe that version of the story and make ourselves unhappy. “The cause of suffering is the thought that we’re believing it,” she says. By questioning our stories, turning them around and crafting new and more truthful ones, we can change our lives.

Power to Heal the Community Humorist, speaker, and professional storyteller Kim Weitkamp, of Christiansburg, Virginia, knows that the power of story creates wider ripples. She sees it happen every time she performs at festivals and events around the country. “It is naturally in our DNA to communicate in story form,” she advises. “The power of story causes great revelation and change in those that listen.” She cites supporting studies conducted by psychologists Marshall Duke, Ph.D., and Robyn Fivush, Ph.D., at the Emory Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life, in Atlanta, Georgia. “They found that children—at ages 4, 14, 44 or 104, because we’re all children at heart—are more resilient and happy and rebound faster from stress when they know their family stories. They know they’re part of something that’s bigger than themselves that people in their family have kept going,” says Weitkamp. “When people leave a storytelling event, they leave telling stories,” she says with a smile, “and that results in happier and healthier families and communities.” Judith Fertig tells stories about food at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle. from Overland Park, KS.

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Honing Your True Story Write the Truth James Pennebaker and fellow researchers at the University of Texas at Austin found that a simple writing exercise can help free people from emotional burdens, as first reported in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Here’s how to apply it: Every morning for four consecutive days, write down feelings about what is bothersome: Something you are thinking or worrying about too much. Something you feel is affecting your life in an unhealthy way. Something you have been avoiding for days, weeks or years. The idea is to write about the emotions that surround this thing you’re reluctant to admit or speak about. Pennebaker says it’s not necessary to reread what’s written or tell anyone about it. The simple act of writing down emotions surrounding a story begins the process of releasing it and relaxing.

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Ask and Answer Moving through the process Byron Katie calls “the work” uncovers the truth about the stories we are telling ourselves in order to create newer, healthier ones. First, think of a negative thought that’s worrying you, such as “I’m stuck.” Next, ask four questions about it. Is it true? Can I absolutely know it’s true? How do I react—what happens—when I believe that thought? Who would I be without the thought? Now write down honest answers, which might be something like: “I’m not really stuck, I just think I am. Deep down, I know I have the power to move forward, but am unsure about the direction or way to go about it, so I feel anxious. Without the thought of ‘I’m stuck,’ I would feel freer to find a solution.” Then, turn those thoughts around, for example, to, “Really, when I think about it, I feel much freer than when I deny or gloss over my erroneous thought.” When we turn around a specific limiting thought, we can experience the power of letting go of not only a misguided, but ultimately untrue internal story.

A Simple Truth about Hormones Tests Don’t Show Everything by Carolyn Cohen


id you know hormones start changing about ten years before menses stop? I want to say I am no expert on hormones. I am just a woman that has lived through the change, and have a husband that was strong enough to hang in there for the ride. I remember how difficult it was for me as my hormone levels dipped. Oh, my gosh, those hormone changes produced all kinds of symptoms that changed my life. The flashes were unbearable. I learned there are no quick fixes.  Educating Yourself One of the first books that fell into my lap as I began the change was What Doctors Don’t Tell You about Menopause by John Lee, M.D. His book provided informative facts and natural alternatives to balancing hormones. Where was this book when I was age 13 or 25 or 45? It had a wealth of information on how hormones work. So, what if your doctor tests your hormones and says “you are fine.” Remember, you’re the one with the mood swings or sleep issues or bloating or “is the room getting hot?” and other symptoms. Many doctors rely on the test numbers. If you are having symptoms—you are having symptoms. Regardless of the tests, educate yourself and find someone who can work with you. You don’t have to live with symptoms just because your “professional” says you have not entered that stage of your life. Everyone’s body is unique and starts its stage on its own time. Christiane Northrup, M.D., did a beautiful job in her books, Women’s

Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, and The Wisdom of Menopause. If these and John Lee’s are not on your book shelf yet, I highly recommend them. They are filled with information that “just isn’t talked about”…our bodies.  Some questions to ask yourself: Do you have mood swings around your period? Do people have to tiptoe around because you have become “too” sensitive? Are you on medication? Have your sleeping habits changed? Have you adjusted your diet? I found in my “menses” years if I ate too much salt right after my period was complete, I was a raving lunatic by the next time my period cycled. I couldn’t be reasoned with; I was so stuck in my stinkin’ thinkin’ and would not budge from my “woes”. All I wanted to do was sleep and get rid of the terrible, huge bloated feeling. And I craved chocolate! Have you been there? Are you going through that now? Diet is Important I have learned along the way how important diet is. We are what we eat! If we are eating too much of a food that our bodies do not like, then we will be out of balance. If we crave a food, we usually are allergic to it. The simplest way to find out if a food is an offender is to take it out of your diet. There are allergy tests that can assist, but food elimination is the most reliable test. A great food test guide is The Virgin Diet by JJ Virgin. Or, on your own, take each food out of your diet for three weeks, then re-enter it into your diet in its purest form. For instance, if you suspect milk, avoid it

in all forms. Then in 21 days drink some organic milk. You may not react the first hour, the first day, but on the second or third day you start to feel a stuffy nose, achy joints, swollen. Then it is your answer for saying, hey, this food does not work for me. You may be able to tolerate it in small doses like butter on a potato. Also, as my hormones changed, foods that I was able to tolerate had a whole new meaning as hot flashes engulfed my entire being. You have to be the judge of how well you want to feel. Changing hormones can greatly affect sleep. A body cannot function if it doesn’t get good sleep. Memory may get more difficult. Irritability sets in. You are constantly feeling overwhelmed. Neurofeedback can adjust and help you self-regulate your sleep patterns. The Center for Brain Training helps women with a new non-drug approach using brain technology to help overcome emotional sensitivity and improve sleep. It helps you change your brain so your mind works better—lifting the “fog” and the inability to focus that may come with hormonal changes. Brain training teaches you how to calm yourself, which can be a God-send and ricochet to the entire family as you enter this phase of your life. Carolyn Cohen has a Masters in Counseling and Masters in Medical Science. Along with her husband, Mike, she is co-owner of The Center for Brain Training with offices in Jupiter and Boca Raton. She is co-author of Whose Illness Is It Anyway? and author of Precious Reflections. She hosts monthly Healing Circle at Unity in Jupiter. For more information, call 561-744-7616 or go to See ad page 11.

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Self-Care: How Do You Get Your Own Needs Met? by Howard Cohen, LMHC


hat exactly is selfcare? Self-care refers to the activities and general mindset of an individual which will add to their preservation of well-being and personal health. In terms of maintaining good health, self-care is any action of an individual with the objective of improving or returning to good health, or treating or avoiding illness. A holistic health approach is a part of selfcare—in other words, to take care of yourself! As Cheryl Richardson writes in her book The Art of Extreme Self-Care: Transform Your Life One Month at a Time, “From years of personal experience, as well as from the work I’ve done coaching many caring and hardworking men and women, I’ve learned that when we care for ourselves deeply and deliberately, we naturally begin to care for others—our families, our friends, and the world—in a healthier and more effective way.” I believe self-care begins with attending to our basic needs, as described by Abraham Maslow in his hierarchy of needs, from the need for water, air, food, and sleep and then up the chain to selfactualization. “The lowest levels of the pyramid are made up of the most basic needs, while the more complex needs are located at the top of the pyramid. Needs at the bottom of the pyramid are basic physical requirements, including the need for food, water, sleep, and warmth. Once these lower-level needs have been met, people can move on to the next level of needs, which are for safety and security. As people progress up the pyramid, needs become increasingly psychological and social. Soon, the need for love, friendship, and intimacy becomes important. Further up the pyramid, the need for personal esteem and feelings of accomplishment take priority.” Providing your own good self-care also entails hearing your


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inner voice (not outside voices) and listening to what you need and what is best for you. Your inner voice may be saying, “I need to eat” or “I need to rest” or “I am not comfortable with this person.” Who else would know you better than your own self! Many of us work in a service industry where we take care of others or we are a caregiver to someone that needs extra attention. Our inner voice may have become lowered due to hearing someone else’s voice. Make sure your own emotional and physical needs are being met by learning to self-care! This idea of self-care may be a new concept for many as we all have stacks of responsibilities to handle and satisfy. The way to begin a good self-care program is to be proactive (being in favor of taking action) and create a blueprint for this new journey into wellness. How do you develop a plan for self-care, you ask? Well, first of all, you need to decide what is missing in your life and then start getting those needs met. Are you jealous of those individuals that get to the gym weekly, or have been shopping for more healthy foods and look like they are younger and happier? If this is true, then ask them how they manage to fit in all those great techniques for well-being. Once you find out their secret (more than likely it’s just never giving up!) then try to build one of those self-nurturing activities into your schedule at least once a week and see how you’ll want to keep going. Many times our current obligations weigh us down and we find we have no time for ourselves. Try to sit down and prioritize your activities and see what you can relinquish to replace with a self-care activity. It may give you the needed boost to keep yourself on track with accomplishing your daily tasks. Sometimes a lack of motivation gets in the way of taking care of you. At times, it’s easier

to help someone else, or work is overwhelming or procrastination is to blame for a lack of “you” time. Whatever is in your way usually is your own self. Unconsciously, you allow such thoughts to take hold such as, “I don’t have time” or “I don’t need to baby myself” or “I’ll do it this weekend.” Once you realize that you are the culprit in stopping self-care, you can change your mind about allowing yourself to self-nourish and heal. So, how do you find the motivation to take care of yourself? Sometimes you just have to start anew and begin the process. Take the initiative to set some personal goals. Put yourself first when you have to accomplish many tasks in one day. If you pamper yourself a little at first, you’ll have more energy and be in a better mood to take on the day. Reach out to friends to spend some time so you can laugh off tension and vent about your stressful schedule. Talk with them to help strategize your new outlook and include them by asking them to check on your progress. If your friends are busy and your family is pulling you in different directions, then try listening to your “inner voice” on what to do next. If you find that you are being negative about this new way of living, then you are not alone. Low self-esteem and confidence can wreak havoc on our ability to get more involved with extracurricular activities and being more social. Isolating yourself at home or trying too hard to make new connections can both sabotage your success in breaking free of old habits. Being alone doesn’t allow you to take positive new steps, and an overzealous nature can lead to rejection. Attend some self-help workshops and keep trying to care for yourself. Practice really makes perfect with self-care. Here’s a nice neat list to help you get your personal needs met: • Prioritize your needs from basic to personal • Learn to be more assertive by negotiating and being proactive • Get in touch with your inner voice • Journal what you desire and put on paper your emotional feelings • Express yourself in a language that shares your passion for life • Remove negativity and increase positive self “Self-care is not selfish or self-indulgent. We cannot nurture others from a dry well. We need to take care of our own needs first, then we can give from our surplus, our abundance.” — Jennifer Louden

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ost kids growing up in Chattanooga have crossed the Tennessee River via the Walnut Street pedestrian bridge; far fewer have been on the river beneath it,” remarks Mark Baldwin, owner of area paddle sports outfitter L2 Boards. Using stand up paddleboards (SUP), he loves guiding adults and children on their own up-close discoveries of the river’s cliffs, caves, fish, turtles and birds. Waterways are enchanting at any age, and SUP recreation naturally tends to inspire creative quests. Its physical and developmental benefits are a bonus. “The stand up paddleboard is the bicycle of the water. Because paddleboarding can be done at any age and fitness level, the whole family can enjoy it together,” says Kristin Thomas, a mother of three in Laguna Beach, California, SUP race champion and executive director of the Stand Up Paddle Industry Association. “Children are fascinated by the play of the water and the motion of the board. Parents can acclimate an infant to flat-water paddling by simply creating a well of towels onboard, with the baby snuggled between the feet, looking up at them,” advises Lili Colby, owner of MTI Adventurewear, near Boston, Massachusetts, which makes life jackets for paddle sports. She notes that U.S. Coast Guard law requires that children 30 pounds and under wear infant life jackets to


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provide special head and neck support that turns a baby’s face up with an open airway within three seconds of entering the water. It’s a good idea to first practice paddling short distances in shallow waters near the shore. Toddlers are more likely to lean overboard to play in the water,

Colby cautions, so engaging in natureinspired games along the way will help occupy them onboard. “Young children introduced to water sports in the context of positive family interaction typically become eager to paddle on their own,” observes Tina Fetten, owner of Southern Tier Stand Up Paddle Corp., who leads a variety of SUP experiences throughout New York and northern Pennsylvania. “If they are strong swimmers, I bring them on a large board with me and teach them the skills for independent paddling.” Although SUP boards look like surfboards, stand up paddling is commonly taught on flat water, making it easier and more stable than surfing. Still, swimming competence and adult supervision are prerequisites to independent paddling according to paramedic Bob Pratt, co-founder of the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, which leads water safety classes in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. “Parents should outfit all children with a life jacket, Coast Guard-approved for their age and weight, as well as a leash, which attaches to their ankle and the board with Velcro straps,” Pratt

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“A water-based sport is the healthiest outlet children can have,” attests Wesley Stewart, founder of Urban Surf 4 Kids, a San Diego nonprofit that offers free SUP and surf clinics for foster children. “Being on the water requires kids to focus on what they’re doing and has the ability to clear their minds and give them freedom. says. “If children fall into the water, a tug of the leash enables them to quickly retrieve their largest flotation device, the board.” Experts agree that success is relatively easy, so children build confidence quickly. The sport can be adapted to suit individual needs and positions, including moving from standing to sitting or kneeling, says Fetten, who teaches adaptive SUP lessons in a community pool. As she sees firsthand, “All children, especially those with disabilities, benefit from the empowering feeling of attaining independent success.” “A water-based sport is the healthiest outlet children can have,” attests Wesley Stewart, founder of Urban Surf 4 Kids, a San Diego nonprofit that offers free SUP and surf clinics for foster children. “Being on the water requires kids to focus on what they’re doing and has the ability to clear their minds and give them freedom. It’s like meditation. Plus, SUP is a low-impact, cross-training cardio activity; it works every part of the body.” Beyond the basic benefits, SUP keeps children engaged by offering endless opportunities to explore the geographic and ecological diversity of different types of waterways. SUP activities and levels can grow along with children; teens can try yoga on water, competitive racing and the advanced challenges of surfing. Fitness is a bonus to the rewarding ability to propel one’s self through the water. SUP enthusiast Lauressa Nelson is a freelance writer in Orlando, FL, and a contributing editor for Natural Awakenings.

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Road to Enlightenment through Awareness of the Shadow by Reverend Dr. Grace Telesco


o you have days where you go between feeling very Dalai Lama-ish and then other times Jeffrey Dhama-ish? I certainly do! Of course, I am being somewhat dramatic, but I have this spiritual struggle where I strive to be loving, compassionate, in the “now moment”, and yet in my day to day existence there is a “shadow” or ego self that seems to take over. If you are anything like me, you may find yourself struggling between these two aspects of yourself… the self who is seeking to be a better person and a “shadow” self who is less than perfect. I often experience guilt over my “bad” behavior and sometimes feel like a big fraud. I know that I could do better, be better, have a higher consciousness, be love and light—after all, that is my true real nature—love and light. Am I not, after all, a spiritual seeker and spiritual leader? How can I be acting so humanly irritable? In Jungian psychology, the

be right all the time, my selfcenteredness, my ego, my ignorance, basically my “defects” of character—my humanness. The shadow is the contrast of darkness and light, like the negative of a photograph. Now, this “dark side” of us, Jung suggests, our shadow self, shouldn’t necessarily be judged as right or wrong. It’s just our shadow. It is a place where we can spiritually evolve. It’s a place where we can polish and grow, as Rumi describes when he says, “Everyone sees the unseen in proportion to the clarity of the heart, and that depends upon how much the person has polished it. Whoever has polished the heart more sees more.”  So, in this notion of polishing and spiritual evolution and the awareness that the shadow self—which comes from the ego, needs our love and compassion rather than scolding, what if we considered the possibility that our Higher Self actually embraces our irritability, our tantrums, our pouting—our shadow, and actually experiences joy in response to our humanness? What if the Higher Self, the Divine Presence, is somehow nurtured by these lovely and dramatic pouts because it facilitates a “knowing” of the Divine Self in response to ego-self? Divine Self only experiences ITSELF in

In Jungian psychology, the shadow or shadow aspect is a part of the unconscious mind consisting of repressed weaknesses, shortcomings, and instincts. shadow or shadow aspect is a part of the unconscious mind consisting of repressed weaknesses, shortcomings, and instincts. So what this may look like in me is my arrogance, my pride, my impatience, my needing to

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Emotional Availability by Laura Castanza and Julia George


he relationships we develop in this lifetime with our fellow Earth beings begin with our immediate caregivers. From this foundation, we connect with others as acquaintances, friendships, and intimate partnerships. The primary link to the health of these relationships is based on the feelings experienced with others at the time of each encounter. But how often are we present to what we are truly feeling during our interactions and not distracted by unseen forces? The answer (in the question) is elusive because we feel like we are present with others due to a vast array of unidentifiable feelings/emotions that arise.  What we fail to realize is the emotions felt during the course of an interaction are common, frequent, and fluid.  Like blood running through our veins to the heart, our emotions flow outward from the heart to the head, triggering many associated thoughts from our past.  We experience pleasure or pain, subtly or intensely.  Either way, we may not be emotionally available or present as this occurs due to our conscious mind being elsewhere and our


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subconscious mind controlling our responses. Emotional availability is being conscious of our feelings (the practice of emotional awareness) in the moment, and relating to others compassionately from the inside out.  Compassion is a culmination of love, empathy, and detachment. First and foremost, we take care of our self. Then, we can relate to how others feel because we have felt the same way and acknowledge the feelings and expression of the other. As a result, we maintain healthy boundaries/self care practices.  When practicing emotional awareness, we respond to what is happening in an aware manner instead of reacting unconsciously.  This maintains a level of balance in any situation.  It matters not whether others are equally emotionally available unless we choose to cultivate a deeper and more intimate relationship with them (a friendship or partnership).   The awareness of our feelings diminishes during the course of our upbringing as most of us experienced dysfunction within our families resulting in emotional wounds. The casualty

is always the heart with our mind as the interpreter. Physical bumps, bruises, and breaks heal much more quickly than our heart and our mind. We may consciously confess our experiences and believe we are “over” them; but truthfully we build up defense mechanisms within our subconscious to keep us safe. In turn, we may be outwardly expressive and described as “emotional”, but yet still remain shadowy, dark, and out of touch with our deepest feelings. Emotional unavailability and unawareness plagues our planet. As a species disengaged from our emotion body, we wreak havoc on our self and the rest of the world. We act out our emotions as auto-responses/reactions, mostly based in fear, without any regard to the impact.  It is not our conscious intention to behave so blindly, and requires immediate attention if we are to survive and live fully.  We are prematurely dying in our ignorance and dying of disease (dis-ease). When defense mechanisms from childhood remain in place as adults, energy does not flow freely and our physical body is riddled with tension, stress and disease.  The parts of

the body most affected are the heart and lungs. Since our emotional body responses to “matters of the heart”, it is natural that the heart is the center of strength and weakness.  The lungs are the organ of our life force, the breath.  Without breathing, we die.  Heart disease, the number one killer of humans, begins with emotional illness.  Although this is a dramatic realization of the human condition, we have the opportunity to heal through the “softer” side of our self. Vulnerability is commonly seen as a weakness, but it is strength, reinforcing the heart = love. In our most vulnerable time period, childhood, we may have experienced control, manipulation, abuse, neglect, exploitation, etc… from our caregiver(s).  Consciously or subconsciously we then disconnected from our vulnerability, and began to harden our self.  These experiences were real and remain in our psyche because “nothing can be eliminated from the mind through willful intent” Carl Jung. Meaning, we cannot be rid of our experiences or memory from our past; we can only transform the feelings regarding what happened.  As we learn to identify and observe our feelings, we must learn the fine art of constantly removing judgments.  Allowing our self to experience vulnerability happens when we reestablish a level of trust. This trust is all about ourselves and realizing that we can never truly trust another until we trust ourselves. We must then understand that absolute trust is unattainable due to the absolute unreliability of human emotions. Only through this realization can we become real and free! Trust and faith are synonymous, and equate to what we believe something or someone to be.  The investment of trust has an illusory aspect to being external; we look outside of our self for trust or faith to prove itself to us.  Mistakenly, we do not manifest trust in many situations because we do not know our self well enough; also, we do not trust our self or have faith in our process or Universal Law.  If we do not identify our own ability to waver, falter, or change our mind, we instill trust into people or things that will show us those traits in our own being.  As this occurs,

our trust diminishes further, along with our faith. It is a vicious cycle that can make us vicious.  Emotional awareness is the only way out. Awareness is our first step to healing, acquiring skills is the second, and finally, putting it into practice for a lifetime!  Once we know how we are operating, we must implement skills to change.  This involves breaking our pattern through interrupting our reactions/ patterns.  Consciousness is vital, and so is objectivity in observing our thoughts.  If we become complacent, lazy, or attached, we will remain stuck. Changing routine or considering a new approach to repeated situations helps us evolve. Seeing the world with the eyes of a child, allows us to embrace every opportunity as adventure.  The newness of life will reawaken us to be in the moment and learn more about our self with others.  This is not about throwing caution to the wind; it is about being open to what we are experiencing and making conscious choices towards betterment.  Having healthy boundaries and understanding how we will participate, will be our saving grace when we are in situations or circumstances that challenge the very core our being. It is essential to have a sense of humor in our healing. We will not necessarily resonate or like what we experience, as there will be many reminders of our past in the mix. This is the impetus to healing, and remembering to take things impersonally will ease the lessons at hand. Most importantly, connect with others who are also working towards healing and raising their human potential. Teachers are everywhere; jesters and charlatans, along with the wise and true.  Take it all in, know we are all the same, and persevere to be emotionally available in this lifetime through feeling, dealing, and healing. This is the answer to the evolution of our soul and all of mankind. For more information or to discuss this topic one-on-one, contact Julia George / AquarianAge at 561.750.9292 or For this and other articles, check out our website at See ad page 54.

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Telling Your Pet’s Story Scrapbooks Strut their Stuff by Sandra Murphy


or many, handwritten letters bundled with ribbon, pressed flowers and fading photographs have been replaced by emails, computerized cards and digital images, with the notable exception of scrapbooks. A scrapbook, done right, is a memorabilia treasure chest. Pages are embellished, decorated and personalized to bring memories alive. Pets get to strut their stuff, too. Mary Anne


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Benedetto, author of Write Your Pet’s Life Story in 7 Easy Steps, in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, says that no matter the species, each pet has special qualities or quirks and a tale to tell. Liisa Kyle, Ph.D., founder of, in Seattle, Washington, also

trains candidates for Guide Dogs for the Blind. “The pup comes to me at 8 weeks old and moves on a year or more later,” says Kyle. “It’s traditional, and a big deal, to give the dog’s new person a gift when the transfer is made. For the first pup, I made a memory book starting from his first days with us. Bright white paper behind each photo highlighted the contrast so the man, who had minimal vision, could see the pictures. People are curious about service animals, so he carries the book to show it around. It’s a fun way to educate people about the guide dogs program.” Anne Moss, owner of, based in Pardes Hana, Israel, says scrapbooking is a recurrent theme in the site’s forums. “Our members tend to be computer savvy and create online pages for their cats. Yet many don’t want to give up the hands-on experience of scrapbooking; it gives them a special way to preserve memories of or create a long-lasting tribute for their beloved cats.” One member posted about a shadow box she’d made to display favorite toys and photos; another used camping-themed stickers around a photo of the cat napping in a kitty tent. “I started taking pictures of my Bernese mountain dog, Chance, when he first came to me,” says Yvette Schmitter, an entrepreneurial software programmer in New York City. “We dress in matching costumes like Fiona and Shrek, Princess Leia and Yoda, Mr. and Mrs. Claus. It’s a creative outlet after writing computer code all day and a good excuse to play together.” Schmitter places the photos in pre-made greeting cards and has a current mailing list that exceeds 250, including the doorman, neighbors, the vet and groomer, friends

and family. “The deli guy told me he looks forward to each holiday just to see what we’ve come up with. That’s what motivates me; our fun photos can make somebody’s day better.” Heather Post, owner of The Etiquette Seed, in Daytona Beach, Florida, specializes in coaching and speaking engagements. When her in-laws traveled to their summer home, she made a scrapbooklet for them. “It showed Sophie, our rescue terrier, at the door, window or in the car, with rhyming captions that said she missed them.” Post sends similar photo “stories” to her daughter, Meghan, now in college; a cousin’s daughter even took Sophie’s Halloween photo to preschool for show and tell. Whichever forum we choose, stages and phases of a pet’s life can be celebrated with a lock of hair, paw print, obedience school certificate and lots of photos. After all, a pet is part of the family. Sandra Murphy is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect at

Savvy Scrapbooking by Sandy Murphy Yvette Schmitter keeps her dog’s photo sessions short because, “Chance pouts after 20 minutes.” If a large dog looks intimidating, soften its appearance by adding a bright bandana, hat or goofy sunglasses. Liisa Kyle took weekly photos of a pup to show its growth. Joanna Campbell Slan, author of the Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-n-Craft mystery book series, offers several additional tips. n Take photos from the pet’s eye level instead of from above. n For a dark-haired pet, use a contrasting background; a colorful blanket or pale wall makes it stand out. n Add texture by layering papers and adding trinkets and creative captions. n Notes from a groomer can make a cute addition. n Catalog the words a pet knows on a designated page. Go beyond the obvious command words.


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e all know hard-charging young men that have their foot planted firmly on the accelerator. They claim that easing off would damage their career and be an admission of failure. They are wrong. Those enjoying early successes can grow up overstressed by trying to stay on the fast track at any cost. These alpha boys are doing what they think others want them to do. In many cases, they are influenced by subtle and overt pressures from parents, peers and celebrity lifestyles, as well as advertising and video games. As a consequence, these men, obsessed with superficial goals, are emotionally stunted, controlling and unable to form long-term relationships. The good news is that if they can recognize these symptoms and want to change, they may be ready to mature into an alpha wolf, a whole different kind of man. An essential catalyst for this change usually comes from experiencing personal wounding: being overlooked for a promotion, feeling redundant, losing a friend or status or perhaps sacrificing a former identity to parenthood. Ultimately, the true test is how he faces such failure and deals with his emotions without labeling himself as weak. The hallmark of mature manhood is how a guy acknowledges his diminishment, not how he manages success. When he stops hiding from himself, signs of his emerging as a mature hero, an alpha

wolf, will appear. He’ll recognize that he makes mistakes, absorb and acknowledge his vulnerability, admit he doesn’t know all the answers and become comfortable with this loss of control. These are the lessons a man must learn to become a more realistic, whole and three-dimensional individual. How he reacts to setbacks and takes responsibility for his actions molds character and helps him take his rightful place in society, rather than a false position. Instead of being obsessed by competing for things and one-upmanship in the material world like an alpha boy, the alpha wolf grows up by adding strong spirituality and compassion to his life skills. He sees the bigger picture, and by viewing people as friends rather than rivals, is better able to forge mature, loving relationships and be a better father. Our sons need to be exposed to emotionally intelligent role models and discussions of attendant values and traits. It’s not a simple or easy path, but it’s an essential process for boys and men that benefits them and everyone in their lives. Nick Clements is an inspirational speaker, workshop leader and author of a trilogy of books on male spirituality and rites of passage, including his recent novel, The Alpha Wolf, A Tale About the Modern Male. He also blogs on masculinity at Learn more at


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person acts or treats the other person determines the health or disease in that relationship. 7.    Every relationship goes through different stages or growing pains. This leads to some people growing closer, and others may grow apart. 8.    Our parents’ relationship has a great impact on our beliefs about relationships and who we will be in that relationship, as well as who we will choose, most of which we are not even aware. 9.    The purpose of a relationship is to show us our “unfinished business” so that we can correct ourselves. 10.  True soul mates have learned these truths.   Sincerely, Karen Kaye, LMHC   Karen Kaye has been in private practice for 28 years, working with couples and individuals. If you would like to speak with her, call 954-384-1217. See ad page 51.

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Butterfly Public Art Community Project - 6-8pm, free.  SusieQ will be leading a discussion to discover what you’d like to see be developed as public art. The project is a collaborative effort with the Northwest-Progresso-Flagler Heights Community Redevelopment Agency, Fort Lauderdale. Delevoe Park Association meeting, Rev. S. Delevoe Community Building, 2540 Sistrunk Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale.  Light refreshments.  954.630.1610. 


Barry Gross Gallery - 7-11pm, free.  Artist Barry Gross welcomes visitors to his studio gallery every first Saturday of the month during the NoBe Arts District artwalk. Drop by and visit the area and see Barry’s incredible paintings, and visit other fine galleries, shops and restaurants. 3335 NE 32nd Street, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308. 305-609-2463 

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Spiritual Healing Fair - 12pm-5pm. Free. Spiritual Readings, Therapy sessions, Animal Communication, Aura Readings, Crystals for sale, Reflexology, Free Chair Massages; Crystal Bowl Concert. Lisa’s Healing Center, 4301 N. Federal Highway, Suite 4, Pompano Beach, FL 33064, Lisa Smith, 954782-6564. If you have any gynecological problems (menopause, PMS, etc.), ATOM’s Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) program invites you for “Free Consultation and Acupuncture Treatment”. Patients seen by Licensed Acupuncturists & supervised by expert in field. Class observes all treatments. Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine (ATOM), 100 E. Broward Blvd., Suite 100, Ft. Lauderdale, 33301. Appointments: 954-763-9840 ext. 214. 

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ongoingevents sunday Yoga on the Beach - Classes held daily (7 days/week) 9:30-10:30 am, weather permitting. $10 Donation. Experience gentle yoga flow outside, in a tropical paradise setting. Copperbeech Yoga & Fitness Inc., Ocean Manor Resort, private patio behind tiki bar, 4040 Galt Ocean Drive, Ft. Lauderdale FL 33308, 516.840.1455. Unity Church of Ft Lauderdale Services: 9:30am & 11am. Youth Education/Sunday School at 9:30am serv. Toddler & nursery care at both services. Rev. Tita Calzada, Minister. Unity Church, Wilton Manors. 954.463.4359. Unity of Pompano, Realize Your Higher Self 9:30am Power Hour-Discussion on The New Earth; 11am Celebration Service—Inspirational Message & Live Music; 11am Youth K-8-Fellowship, Unity of Pompano, 261 SE 13th Ave, Pompano Beach, 954.946.0857. Interfaith Worship Services – 10am (3rd Sun ea mo) Rev. Dr. Lori Cardona. See the image of God in yourself & in everyone around you. 1164 E Oakland Pk Blvd, Ft Lauderdale, 954.632.0605. Buddhist Meditation Class - 10–11:30am. $10 Learn to meditate and gain practical advice for living a peaceful life. Drolma Kadampa Buddhist Center, 140 West Prospect Rd. 954.537.9191 Ft Lauderdale Center for Spiritual Living Services 10:30am Full Celebration Service with Dr. Arleen Bump on relevant topics. Includes musical presentations. 1550 NE 26th St, Wilton Manors, 954.566.2868. Metaphysical Chapel of South Florida – Healing Service 10:30am, Worship Service 11am. Shared space with the Sunshine Cathedral MCC (in the Graham/Fasana Chapel), 1480 SW 9th Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, 754.300.1428. Catholic Mass: The Parish of Sts. Francis & Clare, Staffed by Franciscan friars. 10:30am, (+ Sat 5pm, Wed 7pm) 101 NE 3rd St, Ft Lauderdale, 954.731.8173. Mindfulness (Insight) Meditation – 10:30am– 12pm, Free. Silent group meditation followed by a talk & conversation. 16 NE 4th St, Ft Lauderdale. Call for details. 954.232.8422.


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Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) – 11am– 12pm, ­Free, Inclusive, unprogrammed worship in the manner of Friends. 2nd Presbyterian Church, MultiPurpose Rm, 1400 N Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale. 954.682.1433.

Pre Natal Yoga – 6pm Postures, Breath, Meditation to prepare for birth & motherhood. Modifications given for individual trimester & ability. Doctor’s note req. Red Pearl Yoga, 918 NE 20th Ave, 2nd fl, waterside, Ft Lauderdale. 954.828.1651.

ECK Worship Service – 11am–12pm. Free. 2nd Sunday/ Jan 12, (normally First Sunday/month). Experience the Light and Sound of God. Learn about the HU Song Eckankar, Rodeway Inn and Suites, 2400 West State Road 84 (Marina Mile Blvd), Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312, Johanna Carter, 954.693.5681.

Hathaflow Yoga – 6:30pm. Poses are modified to suit students at every level, (Tue Yin Yang; Wed Gentle; Thu Flexible Strength; Fri Donation 7:15pm), Yoga Dynamics, 4996 N Pine Island Rd, Lauderhill, 954.803.3313.

Coral Springs Metaphysical Group - 1–3pm (1st & 2nd Sun ea. mo. & 3rd Tues ea. mo) Deep trance channeling. Ask questions. Get answers. 12140 NW 10th St, Coral Springs, 954.340.7087 Reiki Healing Circle & Potluck Full Dinner Social – 5pm, (second Sun ea mo). $4Love. Reiki hosted by Usui Reiki Master Fred Levick in private home in W Broward. RSVP 954.742.2113. Free Guided Meditation & Kirtan (Satsang) – 7–8:30pm Meditation followed by uplifting calland-response chanting & music. Yoga Warehouse, 508 SW Flagler Ave, Downtown Ft Lauderdale, 954.525.7726.

monday Tai Chi Classes - 9–10:30am (Wed 6:30–8pm, Sat 10:30am–12pm). First class free. Several classes in the Taoist Tai Chi internal arts of health available. Taoist Tai Chi Society, Sage Plaza, 800 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd., Hallandale, 954.455.2474. Meditation Practice – 9am–10am. Free Start your week with a calm mind. Join us for a free meditation practice. Exceptional Wellness, 9070 Kimberly Blvd, Suite 50, Boca Raton, FL 33434, Jill, 561.852.0910. Gentle Yoga & Meditation – 10–11:15am. $10 first class. Gentle Hatha will include some standing poses that will warm the body up and some restorative poses that will collectively balance the mind and body, includes meditation. Weston Yoga, 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400, Weston. 954.349.6868. Community Acupuncture with Guided Meditation – 2–3pm. $25.00 Treatment options for weight loss, smoking cessation, detox, boost energy, improve sleep, wellness, stress Lisa’s Healing Center, 4301 N. Federal Hwy, Suite #4, Pompano Beach, FL 33064, Lisa, 954.782.6564.

Taiji-Qigong Health On Beach – Evenings 6:30– 7:45pm. 1st 3 lessons, $5 (after $7) N. Hollywood at Franklin St & Surf Rd. Inside if rain, phone. Certif. Instr. Raven Cohan 954.927.2836. Call for Website. 32 years teaching. See Thurs. listing. GNOSIS – 7–8pm. Free. Awakening our Consciousness, overcome the Mind (Doubts & Fears). Classes: Meditation, Tarot, Astral travel, Kabbalah. Gnostic Association (call for directions), Fort Lauderdale, Jean & Dan, 941.228.9208. Ho’oponopono Meditation – 7–8:30pm. $Love. Exploring meditation using a Hawaiian practice of clearing resistance. SoulTranSync, 1881 N E 26th St. Suite 244 Wilton Manors, Edward Miller, 954.990.8948. Come on Get Happy – 7–8:30pm. No-Charge, Self-help Educational / Discussion Group: Maintain & achieve self love & happiness with emotional balance & stability. Led by Dr. Lewis Jordan Ph.D., @ SunServe, 2312 Wilton Dr, 2nd Fl, Wilton Manors, 954.306.1493. Reiki Circle/Meditation – 7:30–8:45pm. $10 Reiki healing circle, guided meditation & discussion. Center for Spiritual Living, 1550 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors, Rev Elise, R. M., 954.317.3907. Women’s Support Group: Wonderful Women of Awareness – 7:30–9:30pm. $20/ session, ongoing group–be more aware & committed to your own vision through re-education & support. Karen Kaye, LMHC 954.384.1217.

tuesday Tai Chi/Taoist Chi Kung Meditation – 10am (Tues, Thurs, Sat) and 7–8:30pm (Mon & Wed). For health & longevity in the tradition of masters. A journey of knowledge and refinement. Sifu Andrew Chung. 2831 E Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. 954.224.9940.

Free Bible Study and Soup – Come Break Bread and Enjoy a Personal Relationship with Jesus Christ. 10am–noon, and 6–8pm, Boca Raton, RSVP 561.929.4316.

Free Usui Reiki Circle – 7:30–9 pm (2nd & 4th Tues). CEU provider classes monthly FL LMT. Center For Optimal Health, 1915 NE 45th St #103, Ft Lauderdale 954.491.6158 RSVP.

Raja Yoga Meditation – 10:15–11:30am (& 6:30–7:30pm) Free. enjoy the peace & love within. Hollywood Library, 2600 Hollywood Blvd, Roz, 954.962.7447.

Transformational Wellness Workshops – 8–10pm, last Tues ea. month, $5 Donation. Connect though meditation and somatic responses. Explore your journey in holistic wellness soul/mind/body Registration required, limited spots. Pvt. residence, Cooper City FL. Matthew 954.205.9470. Refreshments provided.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Group – 1:30pm, Love Offering, Our Lady Queen of Heaven church, 1400 S State Road 7 (East side of State Road 7, North of Commercial.) Dan, 954.970.7088. Channel with Spirit World – 6:30-8:30pm. $10.00 Last Tuesday of the month. Medium connects with loved-ones that have passed. Spirit Guide advice. Dying To Live Again Foundation, Pompano Beach Civic Center, Steve, 954.788.3430. American Holistic Nurse’s Assn – 7pm, (2nd Tue) Speakers on Holistic topics, Open to the public, Holy Cross Hospital, 4700 N Federal Hwy, Radiation Oncology Conference Rm / Cancer Center, Ft Lauderdale. 954.494.2849. Coral Springs Metaphysical Group – 7pm, (3rd Tue ea mo, also Sun 1–3pm) Free, topics: Numerology, Handwriting, Auras, Near Death, Past Life, Kabbalah, Sondra & Charles Zecher’s Estate, 12140 NW 10 St, Coral Springs, 954.340.7087. Reiki Circle & Meditation – 7pm, Center For Human Development, 5809 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, 954.989.6400. Shamanic Healing Circle – 7pm–8:30pm (1st & 3rd Tuesdays). Donation $10. A Native Caribbean American-Indian Circle honoring the healing energies and elements of mother earth. Bridges of Wellness, 1881 N E 26th St., Suite 244, Wilton Manors, Rev. Tehsonte, 954.530.6006. Release, Relax and Replenish – 7pm–10pm. $10.00 Start the summer with an amazing detox boast. Discover how to keep yourself energized and empowered to nourish your soul. Hollywood Jaycee Hall, 2930 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, FL 33021, Mary, 305.389.0554. Constellation Therapy – 7–10pm, (2nd & 4th Tuesdays). $45 1st time; $30 repeating. Revealing & repairing hidden dynamics for personal healing. Bridges of Wellness, 1881 N E 26th St., Suite 244, Wilton Manors, John Moore, 954.540.9799.

Wiccan/Pagan Discussion Group – 8–10pm, 2nd Tues ea. month, $5 Donation. Like-minded people welcomed. We honor the seasons, the moon/sun and cyclical nature of all things, internal as well as external Pvt. Residence, Cooper City. Matthew 754.229.9216. Refreshments provided.

wednesday Laughter Circle – 8:45am. Free. Playful, breathing, stretching & laughing for health & happiness. By Pavilion 4, TY Park, 3100 N Park Rd, Hollywood 954.989.3774. Yoga Basics – 10–11am Fundamentals of posture & breathing for strength, flexibility & stamina. First Class $10. (also Fri 9:45–10:45am), Weston Yoga, 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400, Weston, 954.349.6868. Law of Attraction Meetup Group – 10am-Noon (1st Wed. only). $Love. Sharing techniques to manifest your dreams. Bridges of Wellness, 1881 N E 26th St. Suite 244 Wilton Manors, Cynthia Manner, 954.205.4343. Yoga/Reiki Healing Circle – 5–6:30pm Yoga followed by Reiki Healing Circle 6:45–8pm. Donation. Attend Yoga, Reiki, or both. Sabeena Yoga, 7101 W. Commercial Blvd, Suite 4B, Tamarac, Fl, 33319, Shelli August, 954.553.0933. Meditation/Relaxation Class – 5:45–6:30pm, free. Guided meditation & relaxation led by Ina Lee. All levels. George English Park Rec Center, 1101 Bayview Dr. Ft Lauderdale. Call first, 954.463.4733. Sivananada Based Hatha Yoga – 6–7:30pm, Free, Fort Lauderdale Fire Museum, 1022 W Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312, Contact Pranava 954.663.2081.

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Gentle Yoga with Mary – 6pm–7:15pm. Donation. Beginner to intermediate yogis, please join us! Namaste. Thrive Wellness Center, 1244 S. Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale, FL 33316, 954.713.6118. Meditation & Reiki Healing Circle – 7pm, $5Love, Nature’s Emporium, 8041 W Sample Rd, Coral Springs 954.755.2223. Channel with Spirit World – 7–9pm. $10. First Wednesday of month. Medium connects with loved-ones that have passed. Spirit Guide advice. Dying To Live Again Foundation, Center for Human Development in Hollywood, Steve, 954.788.3430. Intelligent Conversations Group – 7–9pm. Free. Respectful and deep, sometimes funny conversations. No questions avoided! Get your life answers here, finally! Monthly, Third Wednesday. Meet Up, Fort Lauderdale, Panera Bread, 1762 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, Nora , 954.607.2183. Reiki Circle – 7:30–8:30pm, $Love, Delmar Arts Academy, 1400 N Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale, 954.537.9278.

thursday Tai Chi-Chi Kung/Tao Yin Classes – 7:30–8:30am (+Fri­, Sat, Sun. am and Mon. night), Near shady lifeguard stand, Franklin St, N Hollywood Beach, Raven Cohan. 954.927.2836. Call for Web, directions. 32 years teaching. See Mon. night listing. A Course in Miracles Study Group – Artserve, 1350 E Sunrise Blvd, 10am–Noon (& Tues). Love Donation, Adam: 954.684.7007. Course in Miracles Evening – 7–8:30pm. Ongoing and innovative study with rotating facilitators. Bridges of Wellness, 1881 NE 26th St. Suite 244, Wilton Manors, 954.530.6006.

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Buddhist Meditation Class – 7:30–9pm. $10 Learn to meditate and gain practical advice for living a peaceful life. Drolma Kadampa Buddhist Center, 140 West Prospect Rd, Ft. Lauderdale, 954.537.9191.



Morning Chant for World Peace & Harmony – 7:30am. Free. Chant Om Namo Narayanaya for inner peace & planetary healing. Peace Garden, Yoga Warehouse, 508 SW Flagler Ave, Downtown Ft Lauderdale, 954.525.7726.

Hatha Yoga for Children & Parents – 3:30– 4:30pm, $120 for 12 weeks. Fun & relaxation! Parent free (& Sat 8–9am), 704 E Atlantic Blvd, Pompano Beach. 954.480.6789. Monthly Gallery Night, Meet the Artists, Show & Sale – 6–11pm, (second Friday ea. mo) A great gathering of varied talents. Host/Artist: Michael D. Colanero. Uncommon Gallery, 2713 E Commercial Blvd, Ft Lauderdale, 954.336.4305. Healing Circle, Guided Meditation, & Personal Channeled Message – 7–8pm. $10. 4th Friday of the month. Tired of being sick and tired? Looking for answers? Goddess TOUCH, Inc., c/o Lisa’s Healing Center, 4301 N. Federal Hwy. #4, Pompano Beach, FL 33064, Carole A. Ramsay, 954.655.5490. Healing Circle, with Guided Meditation & Personal Channeled Message – 7–8pm, $10 (4th Friday ea. mo). Guided meditation, followed with Reiki and other high frequency modalities allowing you to relax and heal with the help of our “Friends” from the “Other Side”. A channeled message may also be given. 4301 N. Federal Hwy, Pompano 33064. Carole Ramsay 954.655.5490. Spiritual Evolution Study Group – 7–8:30pm $10. Ongoing series based on spiritually inspired texts. Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution, 1410 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors. Call Rev. G 917.579.3750. Law of Attraction Meetup Group – 7–9pm (2nd Fri. of the month). $Love. Sharing techniques to manifest your dreams. Bridges of Wellness, 1881 N E 26th St. Suite 244 Wilton Manors, Cynthia Manner, 954.205.4343. Healing & Meditation Service – 7:30pm Center For Human Development, 5809 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 954.989.6400. Reiki Circle/Meditation – Hosted by Reiki Masters Mayra & Rose, 7:30pm, $Love, Essentials Complementary Wellness Center, 2104 N Federal Hwy, Ste A, Hollywood. 954.921.7808.

Morning Puja – 8:30–9am. Free Swami Sharadananda leads a ritual of reverence to the Divine. Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution, 1410 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors 33305, Rev. Dr. Grace Telesco, 917.579.3750. Tai Chi/Qigong Basics – 9–10am $10, Qigong practices & guidance on body alignment & proper energy foundation. White Crane Healing Arts Center, 7071 W Commercial Blvd. 2C, Tamarac. 954.721.7252. Group Quantum Entrainment Session – Includes mental training & group healing at conclusion. (4th Sat. ea. mo) 10–11:30am. Must pre-register & prepay. Limited spots available. RSVP, call Vondette 954.226.3612. Tai Chi & Chi Kung/Qigong Meetup – 10am-2pm: 10am practice Qigong; 11:15am practice Tai Chi; 12:30pm lunch. Classes taught by Master Jennifer Yu. Classes $15. Lunch about $15-$17. Yu School, S. Palm Beach and N. Broward area. 561.866.0852 reserve or details. Free Reiki Circle – 10am, New Age Books and Things, 4401 N Federal Hwy, Oakland Park, FL 33308. 954.771.0026. Free Reiki Circle – 10–11am. Divine Love Institute & Gift Shop, 2832 Stirling Rd, #H, Hollywood, FL 33020. Conveniently located just west of I-95 on Stirling Rd, 954.920.0050. Raja Yoga Meditations at 3 Broward Libraries – 10:30–11:30am weekly at Dania Beach and Carver Ranches. Hallandale Beach 10:30-11:30am only 1st and 3rd Sat. of the month. Enjoy the peace within. Call Roz for info 954.962.7447.

Conscious Aging Forum – 10am–12:30pm (4th Saturday). Donation $20. A monthly Forum 55+ for Re-Inspiring & celebrating our future. Open discussions. Bridges of Wellness, 1881 N E 26th St. Suite 244 Wilton Manors, Susan Silverman, 954.530.6006. The Sistrunk Farmers Market – locally, organically grown fruits & vegetables, old fashioned family fun, Artisan Market Vendors. Market hours 10am–2pm. EBT & SNAP accepted at the Market. Corner of Sistrunk Blvd & NW 10th Ave, Ft Lauderdale; Community Acupuncture – 11am–1pm $30-$40 (also Mon & Wed 4–6pm). Relaxing & effective! Acupuncture treatments in a small group setting. Thrive Wellness Center, 1244 S Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale 954.713.6118. Psychic Fair – (last Sat. ea mo) 12pm–4pm, $15/15 min reading. Tarot, Astrology, Mediumship/Psychic Readings. Metaphysical Chapel of South Florida, Shared space with the Sunshine Cathedral MCC (in the Graham/Fasana Chapel), 1480 SW 9th Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, 754.300.1428. Mission of Maitreya – 4–5pm, These sessions are to further explain & clarify the teachings. http://www. 954.629.4873. Reiki/Meditation/Discussions – 6pm (+ other topics M-F), Pine Island & I-595 in Broward, directions/ info 954.654.3010. Kirtan Sacred Devotional Singing/Chanting – 7–8:30pm, Every Saturday night $10. Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution, 1410 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors. Call Rev. G 917.579.3750. Abraham-Hicks Living In The Vortex – 7–9pm. $3.00. Dynamic discussions of various Abraham Hicks quotes/processes. Center For Spiritual Living, 1550 NE 26th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305, Patti Blankenship, 305.546.2526. Spiritual Cinema – 7pm–9:30pm (4th Saturday). Donation $10. Inspired Cinema selections, enlivening spiritual discussion, popcorn & drinks. Bridges of Wellness, 1881 N E 26th St. Suite 244 Wilton Manors, Rev. Kandi Haggerty, 954.530.6006.

Change your thoughts and you change your world. ~Norman Vincent Peale


Broward County, Florida

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business opportunities

Professional Office to share Pompano Beach busy street great exposure. Newly redecorated, great parking, incl: wifi, copier, fax. Call 954.968.4144 Laura to discuss rental fee.


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Environmental protection from excessive electromagnetic fields. Call Joseph 954.295.8999,

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Home Health Aide, experienced. Quality elderly care. Health minded vegetarian. 786.400.7645

Beautiful Therapeutic Offices & Yoga/Meditation Studio spaces available for rent, day, week, month. Coral Springs, Call 754.484.4492.

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Tibetan Palm Healing for People and Pets. Appointments Martha 954.609.4570.

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Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine, Clinic II

Unique Holistic Boutique

1623 South Andrews Ave. Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 954-440-0179

The clinic offers Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine consultation and treatment provided by our team of highly experienced licensed acupuncturists, many of whom are acupuncture faculty of the Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine. As a Clinic II patient, you can expect to be provided high quality, individualized care that is specifically tailored to your unique needs. See ad page 7.

Vesna Stankovic 561-705-8989 200 Lindell Blvd. # 917 Delray Beach FL 33483 Lisa Ruff 954-415-1871

Hand Poured Organic/ Wildcrafted Therapeutic Essential Oils. Custom Blends and sprays. Tesla Metamorphosis Energy Healing. Iridology Consults with Zyto Analysis and Herbal Suggestions for ailments.

COLON therapy Physical Health Complex

Sandra Herrington, OMD, RN, LMT, CT 2544 No. Federal Hwy, Ft. Lauderdale 954-566-0444 Cleansing for health/energy. Constipation, impaction, bowel rehabilitation, digestive disorders, candida detox, nutrition, living foods/ wheatgrass. Individualized plans or Rx followed. Physician/ Instructor administered. Established 1964. Clean, private, caring environment. mm966, ma6884.

counseling/therapy Cohen Counseling


Elizabeth Nelson LAc, LMT 2323 NE 26 Ave, #109, Pompano Beach, FL 33062 954-803-4943

Back In Harmony Chiropractic and Wellness Center, LLC

Acupuncture to reduce pain, allergies (N.A.E.T.) and group acupuncture for addictions (N.A.D.A.). Relaxing Swedish Massage. Some insurances. Call today for an appointment. AP1962, MA28559

Dr. Wei Sheen Chong 6115 Stirling Rd, Suite 205, Davie, FL 33314 954-604-5384 Passionate about helping others improve their health naturally. Dr. Chong uses gentle spinal adjustments to remove nerve interference so your body can do the healing.

Howard M. Cohen MS PA, Licensed Mental Health Counselor Wilton Executive Suites, 2312 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 954-980-9628 Our approach is collaborative; the counselor and client work together as a team to uncover new ways to effect change. This positive and reinforcing experience creates a healthy life balance. Individual, couple and family counseling is available. See ad page 47.

Healing Hearts Center Dr. Bernard Burton, d.c. 2045 N University Dr, Sunrise, FL 33322 954-742-0332

Dr. Bernard Burton is a Holistic Doctor who uses chiropractic, nutrition, applied kinesiology, acupuncture, and craniopathy to find and fix the cause of your symptoms.


Broward County, Florida

Sarah DiPerna, Psy.D., C.Ht., IKYTA 1937 E. Atlantic Blvd., Suite 106 Pompano Beach, FL, 33060 954-560-7629 My approach to healing engages the strengths we each already possess in Mind, Body and Spirit to create lasting happiness, freedom and fulfillment. See ad page 29.

Heart Centered Family Medicine

Rachel Greenberg, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, ACHT 8320 W. Sunrise Blvd. Plantation, FL 33322 954-797-3887 Individual and Family Counseling, Healing for Substance Abuse, Addictions, Sexual Abuse, Depression. Trim-Life Trainer, We i g h t R e l e a s e , S m o k i n g Cessation, Stress Management, Clinical Hypnosis.

KAREN KAYE, LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR 2625 Weston Road, Weston, FL 33331 954-384-1217 Holistic Psychotherapist I work with the whole person (not their defects). I help my clients to become one with their thoughts and actions, teaching clients how to be their own therapist. Adults-Couples-Teens

dental health Atlantic Dental- Rafaella Correa-Pinto DMD 100 NW 17th Ave, Suite 102 Pompano Beach, FL 33069 954-917-0715

General & Cosmetic Dentistry with a Holistic Touch We make you feel at home. Come meet us and become part of our family. Most insurances accepted. See ad page 32.

Brent J. Bracco, DDS – Comprehensive Dentistry 2467 E. Commercial Boulevard Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-771-5300

Do you wait till it hurts to see the dentist? Enhance your smile at our new tranquil, state-of-the-art office. We have been providing wholistic family dental care since 1985. Most insurance accepted. Mon – Thurs, 7:30am – 5pm.

Dental Spa


Dr. Gregory Gertsen, D.D.S. 3640-7 N Federal Highway, Lighthouse Point, FL 33064 954-941-7778

Mortgages The Zen Way

Let your smile be a sign of happiness and great health. An attractive, younger smile can be yours today. State-of-the-art dental office. Many treatment options. Make informed, good choices about your oral health.

The International Center For Dental Excellence Yolanda Cintron 2021 East Commercial Blvd., Suite 208 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-938-4599

Jay Robins 954-612-8192

A Holistic approach to financial wellness ~ the mortgage lending and home buying process can be stressful. Watch our video explaining, why and how mortgages work, the Zen way, bringing you clarity, less stress and a peaceful transaction.

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Allphasesofdentistryforoptimumhealth. • Sedation Dentistry • Removing of toxic metals • Replacing them with Biocompatible materials • Biocompatible Testing • Laser Dentistry for painless surgeries & extractions • Zirconia/ Ceramic Implants • Natural bone augmentation with Plasma Rich Growth Factor • Oral DNA Testing • Add gums to receding gums. See ad page 2.

Energy Therapy Ralph Flores, Certified Reconnective Healing Practitioner™

2715 N. Ocean Blvd # 17D, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-873-4038

Experience healing beyond anything you’ve read, thought, or dreamt about! Reconnective Healing® is non-touch, comprehensive, and different from other healing methods. Helps eliminate physical, emotional, and mental dis-orders or dis-eases. Call for more information and appointment.

Discover the world of SusieQ Art, colorful, uplifting, thoughtprovoking designs and images. Oils, acrylics, and mixed media. Call for an appointment. See ad pages 6 and 55.

FOOD EVENT Las Olas Food Tours, Inc. 800-979-3370

The Explore Las Olas Food Tour great fun for families, friends, birthday celebrations, bridal showers, office parties and more, while tasting a variety of delicious foods along Las Olas Boulevard. Learn some history about Fort Lauderdale and visit one of the many fine Art Galleries.

gardening The Garden Gate

Sears (N. side), Pompano Citi Centre corner/Copans Road and US1 954-783-GATE (4283) A unique garden center specializing in Florida native plants, butterfly and bird habitats, herbs, orchids, water gardening, organic gardening products, beneficial insects, garden decor and more!

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Gluten-Free Bakery


Joey’s Home Bakery – Gluten Free

1532 SW 8th Street, Boynton Beach, FL 561-202-4004

A Dedicated Fresh Baked, Gluten Free bakery. We Bake Fresh Artisan Breads and Bake Goods Daily. + Vegan, Dairy Free and Paleo. Hours: 8am till 6pm Tues-Friday; 5pm Saturdays and 4pm Sundays. We and ovens rest on Monday.


Lisa’s Healing Center Lisa Smith 4301 N Federal Hwy Suite #4 Pompano Beach, FL 33064 954-782-6564

Wellness Center supporting Mind, Body and Spirit. Various Massage modalities, Reiki, LaHoChi, Edgar Cayce methods, CranioSacral Therapy, Aura Readings, Animal Aura Readings, Animal Communication, Sound T h e r a p y, C r y s t a l H e a l i n g , Spiritual classes, Educational classes, CEU classes, Exercise classes. MM#27808. See ad page 34.


1637 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 954-763-3344

White Crane Healing Arts

South Florida’s first 100% gluten-free organic eatery and juicery, offering the best of vegan, vegetarian, grass-fed meats and wild caught fish, that offer healthy foods with healing properties and amazing flavors. Hours of operation: Tuesday through Saturday, 8 am – 5 pm.

7071 W. Commercial Blvd. Ste. 2C, Tamarac, FL 33319 954-721-7252

Over 20 yrs. experience in acupuncture, herbs, nutrition. Over 40 yrs. experience in Qigong. Authentic Taoist Lineage classes/ private lessons in Tai Chi, Tao Yoga, Longevity Breathing & more. Healing & transformation through experience and education.

Gynecology Carolyn Zaumeyer, Nurse Practitioner 4540 N. Federal Hwy., Ft. Lauderdale 954-791-4475 Gynecology Exams Bio-Identical Hormone Therapies Menopause Evaluation & Treatment Family Planning & Birth Control Weight Loss Programs Most insurance plans accepted

Center for Holistic Options, Inc. Pamela Shenk, C.Ht. 4800 Northeast 20th Terrace, Suite 401, Ft Lauderdale 954-771-6226

Hypnosis can help with stress, fears, weight, smoking, confidence, sports, test anxiety, substance abuse, sexual problems, pain management and much more. See ad page 21.

ReIntegrative Hypnosis & Coaching

Harriet Sharaf 301 NW 84th Ave., Plantation, FL 33324 954-562-3910 Supporting you through Life’s Transitions. Let go of what no longer serves and create the life that’s calling to be lived. Free Phone Consultation

intuitive healer

Women’s Awareness

STD Testing & Treatment


homeopathy Francine Kanter, RsHOM (NA), CCH

9895 NW 48th Ct., Coral Springs FL 33076 754-484-7988 Board Certified Homeopath Practitioner. Homeopathy relieves PMS, menopause, ADD, ADHD, depression, anxiety, acne, asthma, seizures disorders, herpes, addictions, eczema, psoriasis, insomnia, stress, digestive problems, recurring cold & flu. Homeopathy will give you a healthy, balanced life.

Stefanie Miller

954-562-8813, Davie, FL 33328 Angel Readings In Person, Telephone, or Virtual. Energy Healing to Clear, Heal, Balance & Release with the Archangels. Indigo Child Consultations. Non-Profit Animal Rescue.

LYMPHATIC Therapy Kristen Tyler, CLT

Bayview and Commercial area 305-613-6974 Electrosound lymphatic decongestive therapy is a gentle way to assist your body to reduce swelling, detoxify, increase your energy and revitalize your entire lymphatic system. See ad page 19.


Broward County, Florida

meditation T’ai Chi Chih

Stu Goldman 954-296-2495 A moving meditation improving health, serenity, creativity and productivity. Adapted to American lifestyles. 20 easy-to-learn movements can be done by anyone regardless of age or physical ability. Daily practice takes 45 minutes. Learn in 10 sessions.


relationship coaching

Soul In Vibration

Getting What You Want

Katherine McDermott 954-200-4588 Your birthdate is a “contract,” holding information on genetic traits, life purpose, strengths, improvements, etc., and will serve as a road map for your life.

Susan Sheppard 1230 Crescent Dr., Glendale, CA 91205 818-414-6032, 818-548-0849 If you want a significant increase in self esteem and a committed loving intimate relationship within the year, call for a free strategy session! See ad page 38.

NOT a martial art.

optometric Physicians MENTAL HEALTH WELLNESS Dr. Susan Mendelsohn, Clinical Psychologist

954-294-7036, Delray Beach, 33483 Specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, disordered eating, relationship counseling, substance abuse, adjustment disorders, mood & anxiety disorders. Providing individual and group therapies.


Natural Eyes of Weston

Hair Holistic Eco-Friendly StudIo

2863 Executive Park Dr. #103 Weston, FL 33331 954-217-2992

We are a modern optometry practice with a nutritional focus, offering great customer service, very thorough eye exams and a unique eyewear collection in a spa-like atmosphere. See ad page 23.

Photon Light energy sauna Life Counseling Center of Broward

Natalie Nesbitt, LMHC 954-592-9023 Amanda Patterson, LMHC, CAP 954-258-8845 2400 North University Dr., Suite 201 Pembroke Pines FL 33024 We are a practice focused on meeting our clients’ needs. Natalie specializes in couples/relationship counseling. Amanda concentrates on helping clients address anxiety and depression.

Ibana Villasenor 881 E Palmetto Park Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33432 561-372-5354

We offer scalp–hair analysis & detox, henna, organic colors, formaldehyde-free keratin. Hair services & products with a truly holistic approach.

Photon Light Spa, LLC

at Harmony Hair and Spa 262 Commercial Blvd, Suite B Lauderdale by the Sea FL 33308 954-303-9585

Stephen Anthony, abch

World’s only heat and light “Energy Sauna” to regenerate cells/nerves, pain, weight loss (700 calories), detox, devitalize pathogens and balances emotions. Nutrition therapy offered.

2331 Wilton Dr. Wilton Manors 954-564-2323

Feng Shui hairstyle consultations, American Board Certified Haircolorist, No ammonia / thio haircolor and perming, Hawaiian Keratin Treatment: FormaldehydeFree, environmentally safe. 20% off first visit.

Psychotherapy A Healing Space

natural acupuncture Shudong Wang, M.D. (China) A.P. 4522 N Federal Hwy Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-772-9696

28 years of experience in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and herbs. Professor and clinic Director at Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine. See ad page 7.

Kris Drumm, LCSW, ACHT 954-549-0263 Uncover and transform limiting and damaging belief systems with individual and group therapies, including heart-centered hypnotherapy and inner child healing. Free one half-hour consultation offered.

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schools Summit—Questa Montessori School

Judy Dempsey 5451 SW 64th Ave, Davie FL 33314 954-584-3466 A non-denominational Montessori school on a lush 10-acre campus with PE fields, organic vegetable garden, live pond, new gymnasium and pools. Montessori education for prek-3 to 8th grade. Accredited by AISF, AdvancEd/ SACS, MSA, Ai, NCPSA and an AMS full member. Recipient of the Gold Seal Award of Excellence.

smoking cessation quit smoking with laser therapy Eva Bueno-Johnston 2544 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, Fl. The Physical Health Complex 954-566-1119

structural integration Core Energy Institute

706 NE 3rd Ave Downtown Ft. Lauderdale 33304 954.298.3369

The Rolf Method of Structural Integration. Your body’s language tells everyone who listens a story of who you are. If you’re trying to change old habits, old pains, old injuries, old age, old beliefs and want to look and feel good mentally and physically, Structural Integration can give your body a brand new language. Change the way you hold your body and y o u r m i n d w i l l f o l l o w. # ma 3 8 0 9 2 . See ad page 13.

tai chi / QiGong Chung’s Tai Chi Kung Fu

Sifu Andrew Chung 2831 East Commercial Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-224-9940

Master Andrew Chung 40 years experience and 30 years teaching Authentic Tai Chi, Kung Fu, Chi Kung Meditation, Tao Yin Yoga, Tui Na & Herbal Nutrition. For Health, Longevity and Rejuvenation.

Stop smoking for good the gentle way. Painless and highly effective. Certified Laser Technician 10 years experience. Let me help you quit without withdrawals or unpleasant side effects.

Yu school Spiritual Counselor Angel Workshop, Inc.

Veronica Bedford 954-586-0425

Psychic Readings with Spiritual Love Get answers to all your personal issues. Find out how to live happy as you walk your spiritual path. Parties for all occasions.

spiritual healing Julia George

Luminary ~ Teacher ~ Seer 561-750-9292 Emotional Healing at a Soul Level Conflict Resolution Shadow Work Commit, Transform, and Heal, through the journey within.


Broward County, Florida

5500 NW 2nd Ave., #618 Boca Raton, FL 33487 561.866.0852 Tai Chi - Qigong - Chinese HappyHeart - HappyCouple with Master Jennifer Yu, 6th generation disciple of China’s Yang Family Tai Chi. Group and individual sessions available.

wholistic physician Dr. Amadi’s Wholistic Health Center Hepsharat Amadi, M.D., L.Ac. 10189 W Sample Rd Coral Springs, FL 33065 954-757-0064 954-757-2612, fax

Primary Health Care with a Natural Approach including Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, Quantum Biofeedback, Weight Loss, Detoxification, Natural Allergy Treatment, Herbal and Homeopathic Remedies, Supplements, Nutrition and Lifestyle Counseling. See ad page 5.


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Community Resource Guide (CRG)

Shelli August 954-553-0933 Elaine Prestigiacomo 561-676-3189 7101 W. Commercial Blvd., Suite 4B Tamarac, FL 33319

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Develop strength, flexibility, focus. Bring body, mind, heart and s o u l i n t o h a r m o n y. Y o g a : Sivananda (beginner to advanced), Children, Mommy and Me, Prenatal, Meditation, Kirtan. Reiki. Private sessions available.

Premium Business listing 12 months @ $105/mo. or 6 months @ $119/mo. includes photo or logo, 4 of 8 item plus 25 words to describe your service, products or business. Extra words are $1 each; additional items are $4 each. Order Your CRG ad online today.

Weston Yoga

2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400 Weston, FL 33327 954-349-6868 Weston Yoga offers a variety of healing modalities, classes, and workshops. 21 regular scheduled classes a week. Beginners to advanced. First class $10.00.

Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value. ~Albert Einstein

Sea Plastic Stacked in your Favor 954.630.1610

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