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ecember is upon us. I trust that this year was better than last, and that next year will be even better. That’s my wish for all of you. You are valued. I heard a story from one of the readers recently. She told me she had been reading our publication for years and was so happy to pick up the new issue every month, always looking for helpful and educational articles, reading the magazine from cover to cover. She said she felt healthier as a result... implementing different choices in her routine. I love that; it’s great to get the feedback. Later on this month, I’ll be visiting with family up north. We have new members, and I am excited to meet the grandnephew plus the newest puppy. It will be a fun time. I may even get to do the snow thing, dressing all up in down and walking in the cold, crisp air with my sister. I do very much enjoy that time in nature. She lives with her husband off a dirt road in the foothills of New Hampshire. Their place is surrounded with trees and they’ve set up a winter feeding station for the wildlife. We’ll be watching out for deer. That’s something to look forward to. This month, the magazine has a focus on prayer and meditation. I read with interest the breakout of ways to open the heart and truly connect with spirit in discovering what it is that I am to truly align with in being of service, rather than figuring out how spirit can serve me. I loved Davenport’s comment that we are not here for shopping. Focusing on how to be in alignment with spirit is a slightly different approach for me. I get it, and am embracing the concept to go deeper inside and connect in a way that brings me to service, using the gifts and talents I have. I am open to trying new things and embracing new ways to have an open heart, walking down paths I had not dreamed even existed. The article by Hoss is of interest to me. It’s about plastic. One point is about being a more conscious consumer and to


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reduce the use of one-time plastic in my life. I try to remember when in restaurants to request the wait staff not bring the plastic straw with any cold beverage. I have a reusable “take home” container for leftovers or things I may order to go. It’s a little more work for me, but I’m happy to do it. Mostly it’s remembering to take it with me when I go out and about. More about the plastic litter projects I’m involved with to be revealed in the next few months. I very much appreciate those neighborhoods I visit that have little to no litter. My neighborhood has room for improvement, especially noticeable are bags that fly around and end up in trees. Then there’s the beachside, with an unending stream of plastic and other debris coming, in part, from the waterways throughout Broward. The Mayor of Fort Lauderdale, Jack Seiler, has invited me to have a onewoman show of my artwork at city hall that highlights the litter that has been retrieved from the streets and beaches of the Fort Lauderdale area. The show is scheduled for April 2016. I’m honored. Do you know an area near where you live or work that has a lot of litter I might use for a new art project? If so, feel free to call me with the address (Broward County only please). I’d be happy to check it out. I’d be happier to discover that the litter was all picked up before I got there. Maybe there could be some great before/ after shots taken of the changes in the neighborhoods with respect to de-littering those spaces. I’d be happy to consider publishing them if you’re motivated to take the photographs. Have an awesome close to the year, one and all. Peace, love and gratitude in all that you do; plan on it.

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newsbriefs American Holistic Nurses Association Annual Conference Coming to Bonita Springs


he American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) has announced their 36th Annual Conference, Interconnectedness: The Soul of Holistic Nursing, to be held May 31 to June 5, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs. Attendees will learn about holistic nursing practice, education and research from various types of healthcare and nursing experts. The conference will offer attendees an enticing and informative schedule of nursing educational workshops, speakers, networking opportunities and exhibitors. Founded in 1981, AHNA currently serves more than 4,500 members with over 140 chapters across the U.S. and abroad. Holistic nursing is recognized by the American Nurses Association as an official nursing specialty with both a defined scope and standards of practice. Featured speakers include a Keynote Address by Cassandra Vieten, PhD, President and CEO of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and a scientist at the Mind-Body Medicine Research Group at California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute, and Endnote Session with Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Tussi and John Kluge Professor in Contemplative End-of-Life Care and director of the Compassionate Care Initiative at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. Registration opens January 2016 with discounted early bird rates before February 15, 2016. For more information and registration, visit See ad page 23.


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Tobacco Free Partnership of Broward County Announces 1st Tobacco Free Art Exhibit


he Tobacco Free Partnership of Broward County is organizing its first Tobacco Free Art Exhibit, with the purpose of promoting tobacco free beaches and parks in Broward County. Artwork was produced by the youth of Broward County, ages 5 to 18, who had until November 15 to submit their entries. “The Broward County Main Library is proud to be joining with the Tobacco Free Partnership of Broward County to present the Tobacco Free Art Exhibit in our Gallery Six for the months of January and February 2016,” states Lisa Manners, Manager, Broward County Main Library. “We look forward to seeing what our Broward County students create in their original photos and paintings that endorse a healthy, smoke-free community.” The QuitDoc Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, is acting as the fiscal agent for the event. Donations will go towards prizes to recognize the students who participate in the art exhibit. For complete details and voting rules, visit


Spirituality is Beneficial for Cancer Patients


ccording to a new review of research published in the journal Cancer, a strong religious or spiritual belief system may improve a cancer patient’s prognosis physically, emotionally and mentally. Researchers from Florida’s H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute and North Carolina’s Wake Forest School of Medicine reviewed clinical studies that included more than 44,000 cancer patients. The first review focused on physical symptoms and found that patients with stronger religious and spiritual beliefs reported fewer cancer symptoms and better physical health. They also showed enhanced capabilities in managing their daily lives. “These relationships were particularly strong in patients that experienced greater emotional aspects of religion and spirituality, including a sense of meaning and purpose in life, as well as a connection to a source larger than oneself,” states Heather Jim, lead author of the first review. The second review focused on mental health and found reductions in anxiety, depression and distress among those with greater spirituality. Lead author Dr. John Salsman comments, “Also, greater levels of spiritual distress and a sense of disconnectedness from God or a religious community were associated with greater psychological distress or poorer emotional well-being.” In the third review, the researchers found that patients with a stronger spiritual well-being reported better social health, as well.

Asbestos Found in Crayons and Children’s Toys


esearch from the Environmental Working Group’s Action Fund has determined that some popular children’s toys contain a chemical that previous research has linked to lung disease and lung cancers. The researchers tested 28 boxes of crayons and 21 crime-themed toys at the Scientific Analytical Institute in Greensboro, North Carolina. They found that four of the crayon brands and two of the crime-scene toys contained asbestos. All of the asbestos-containing toys were manufactured in China. The products included the Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle brands of crayons, the EduScience Deluxe Forensics Lab Kit and the Inside Intelligence Secret Spy Kit. The latter two brands contained asbestos within the fingerprint powders. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, asbestos from all sources is responsible for up to 15,000 U.S. deaths each year.

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People Double Up on Calories After the Holidays


espite the popularity of New Year’s resolutions, scientists have found that post-holiday food shopping decisions don’t necessarily reflect intentions to eat healthier or lose weight. Scientists from Cornell University tracked resolutions and after-holiday food shopping habits of 207 families. They classified about 20,000 food products as either “healthy” or “less-healthy”. Calories and dollars spent were also tracked. Analysis of 37 weeks of activity that included the extended winter holiday

period and into the new year found that additional food expenditures and calories began about a week prior to Thanksgiving and peaked during Christmas celebrations. Compared to the rest of the year, this increased shopping averaged just over $16 more a week, about $4 of which was spent on healthy foods.

Food expenditures then continued to increase after the holidays to about $25 more a week compared to the average— showing a 24 percent increase. However, $13 of this was spent on healthier foods. Calorie levels also increased. “Total weekly per-serving calories increased by 440 during the holiday period relative to the baseline period, and nearly 91 percent of this increase was due to additional purchases of the more calorie-dense foods,” the researchers reported. “Even more intriguing is that contrary to well-intentioned New Year’s resolutions, additional weekly per-serving calories purchased increased to 890 in the postholiday period relative to the baseline, more than doubling the 440 calorie increase evident in the holiday season,” the researchers observed. Of this, 63 percent of the additional calories were from highcalorie foods.

Potatoes Don’t Pack on Pounds


esearch from scientists at the University of California, Davis has mashed the notion that potatoes cause weight gain. The researchers tested 90 overweight people divided into three groups, with all of them eating five to seven servings of potatoes each week over a three-month period. Two groups reduced their calorie intake by 500 calories per day, with one group eating low-glycemic index (GI) foods and the other group eating high-GI foods. The third group had no calorie restrictions. Despite the increased potato consumption during the study period, all three groups showed slight weight loss and reduced body mass index. The researchers concluded, “Potato intake did not cause weight gain.”

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Superfruit Antioxidants Found in Chilean Maqui Berry


esearch from the University of Arizona’s Health Sciences Center has confirmed that the South American superfruit maqui berry (Aristotelia chilensis) can aid the cardiovascular system and reduce blood sugar. Clinical trials found a group of antioxidants, called delphinidins, significantly reduced levels of oxidized low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol, which is linked to atherosclerosis and other heart diseases. The clinical research found that the delphinidins contained in the maqui berry, known as the richest natural source of the antioxidant, aid the health of blood vessels by increasing nitric oxide and decreasing platelets linked with thrombosis, the clogging of arteries that can cause strokes. The researchers also found that the superfruit may help counteract skin aging from ultraviolet radiation-B (UVB) exposure.

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Meditation Linked to Telomere Integrity in Cancer Patients


aintaining telomere length has been directly linked to longer lifespan in a number of studies. A telomere is the structure at the end of a chromosome that protects it from deteriorating or fusing with other chromosomes. Its length is being used to measure the potential success of integrative therapy for recovering cancer patients; now University of Calgary research has found that mindfulness meditation helps. The researchers tested 88 breast cancer survivors with a previous diagnosis of stage-one to stage-three breast cancer. The patients’ telomere lengths were tested after either groupsupport therapy or mindfulness meditation training that included gentle hatha yoga exercises. Results showed that while the control group’s telomere lengths decreased over time, both the mindfulness group and the support therapy group were on average able to maintain their telomere length throughout the testing period.

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Dutch Court Upholds Climate Action as a Human Right Perhaps establishing a new global precedent for a state’s obligation to its citizens in the face of a growing climate crisis, a Dutch court has ruled that the government has a legal duty to reduce carbon emissions by 25 percent by 2020. The decision came in response to a 2013 lawsuit launched by the Amsterdam-based environmental nonprofit Urgenda Foundation and 600 Dutch citizens that argued the government was violating international human rights law by failing to take sufficient measures to combat rising greenhouse gas emissions. A statement from the court reads, “The state must do more to avert the imminent danger caused by climate change, also in view of its duty to provide care to protect and improve the living environment.” In the United States, the youth-led movement Our Children’s Trust (OurChildrens is suing state governments and what they dub “the ruling generation” as accountable for climate inaction. As co-founder and Communications Director Jamie Henn noted after the ruling, “If the Netherlands sets a precedent, it’s a whole new ball game.” Other countries are weighing the situation, as well. Source: BBC

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World Powers Vow Cuts in Emissions This year’s G7 Summit of the U.S., UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan, plus the European Union, has agreed in principle that the global economy must be completely fossil fuel-free by the end of this century to curb destructive climate change. To that end, the nations agreed to work toward cutting emissions between 40 and 70 percent by 2050. German Chancellor Angela Merkel also announced that the G7 countries would raise $100 billion from public and private sources by 2020 to help poorer nations adapt. Environmental groups such as Greenpeace praised the action. In a statement, the Sierra Club called it “the first time that the leaders of the world have made clear with one voice that we must get off fossil fuels completely.” Two hundred countries are expected to commit in writing to specific plans for greening their economies at the United Nations Climate Change Conference this month in Paris. Source:


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Uncommon Devotion Religion in America Shows Resilience On any given Sabbath, four of 10 Americans travel to a place of worship, a number that hasn’t fluctuated dramatically in the past half-century. Gallup polls report that more than 81 percent say they identify with a specific religion or denomination; 78 percent say it’s an important part of their lives; and 57 percent believe that religion is able to solve today’s problems. While recent attendance may be off, Americans are no less likely to attend services today than they were in the 1940s and early ’50s, just prior to the ultra-religious following decade. The reason, says Gallup’s Frank Newport, is that U.S. religious worship is cyclical. Today’s practicing religious communities “tend to consist of the seriously committed, not just those swept along by obligation,” reports Christian Smith, director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame and co-principal investigator of the National Study of Youth and Religion. Those that worship regularly are more likely to be older, female and Southern; they also are better educated and stronger financially than those that don’t, according to Newport. At the same time, Mitchell Marcus, a University of Pennsylvania professor, characterizes his Ph.D. students as religiously curious, often devout and eager to talk about their beliefs. Source: The Christian Science Monitor

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Fungus Among Us

Mushrooms Offer PesticideFree Insect Control Paul Stamets, one of the world’s leading mycologists, invented a fungus (mushroom)-based pesticide in 2006. An industry executive states, “This patent represents the most disruptive technology we have ever witnessed.” This “smart” pesticide provides a safe and nearly permanent solution for controlling more than 200,000 species of insects. Entomopathogenic (insect-destroying) fungi are altered so they don’t produce spores. This actually attracts the insects, which then eat them and turn into fungi from the inside-out. The invention has the potential to revolutionize the way humans grow crops. Source: Earth. We Are One. View the patent at Tinyurl. com/FungusPesticidePatent.

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New Zealand Enacts Bill Recognizing Animal Intelligence The New Zealand Animal Welfare Amendment Bill that passed into law this year states that animals, like humans, are sentient beings. Dr. Virginia Williams, chair of the National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee, says this acknowledges, “Animals can experience both positive and negative emotions, including pain and distress.” The bill thus bans the use of animals for testing cosmetics. Williams says the legal recognition of animal sentience provides a stronger underpinning of the requirements of the existing Animal Welfare Act. The bill also provides for penalties to enable low-to-medium-level offenders to be punished more effectively and gives animal welfare inspectors the power to issue compliance notices, among other measures. Find a link to the legislation at


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Early Bird Gift Shipping Saves Stress, Money and Resources Last-minute online shopping can be costly in both dollars and pollution. Choosing next-day delivery puts purchased products on a plane that burns far more carbon-producing fossil fuel than ground transportation. But there’s a better way, and how we package gifts for shipping counts. Order and ship early. Building in more lead time affords less costly shipping options. Eco-wise, if the shipper has some freedom in scheduling deliveries, it can choose to hold up a delivery truck until it’s full, rather than sending one out half-empty. Also, if a package doesn’t have to reach its destination by a particular day or time, the company can choose the most efficient local delivery routing. A recent University of Washington study found that a community using grocery delivery services slashed carbon emissions when compared to individuals driving to the supermarket. Plus, they achieved their biggest gains—80 to 90 percent lower emissions—when they could plan deliveries around customer locations, rather than precise delivery windows, thus minimizing driving distance and time on the road. Seek out available boxes. Many grocery and beverage

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SWEETLY VEGAN No-Bake Holiday Treats Worth Celebrating by Judith Fertig


isions of sugar plums” have been part of holiday mindsets since the advent of Clement Moore’s classic 19th-century poem commonly known as ’Twas the Night Before Christmas. We love to give and receive special treats and our tastes are evolving. Instead of yesteryear’s sugary bonbons loaded with calories that we’ve come to regret, today’s preferred confections focus more on naturally sweet dried fruits, best-quality chocolate, healthful coconut and crunchy nuts. Vegan, gluten-free delicacies from chefs and culinary experts the world over help us celebrate the season in a deliciously healthy way, including those we highlight this month.


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“Christmas isn’t Christmas without a traditional pudding,” says Chef Teresa Cutter, author of Purely Delicious. Cutter is founder and director of The Healthy Chef company, in Sydney, Australia, which creates functional foods for taste and optimal health. Her no-bake desserts such as miniature Christmas puddings and carrot cake take only minutes to make. Emily Holmes, a Queensland, Australia, wellness coach who blogs at, says her favorite is Holmes’ Chocolate Cherry MiniCupcakes. She serves them with a pot of peppermint tea. Houston-based Joshua Weissman is the author of The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook and blogs at SlimPalate. com. He shares his philosophy on holiday treats: “My first thought is that I don’t want to feel guilty after eating it. My second is that I still want it to taste and look good.” His Almond Butter Pumpkin Pie Truffles fit the festive bill. In New York City, noted vegan cookbook author and Pastry Chef Fran Costigan is an expert in all things chocolate, including her Chocolate Orange Sesame Truffles. “When you make something really delicious with real ingredients, your mouth knows it, your brain knows it, your body knows it. You feel satisfied,” she says. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood from Overland Park, KS.

No-Bake Festive Vegan Desserts Combine dates, orange zest, apricots, vanilla, ground almonds, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger in a food processor. Process until mixture is combined and looks like fine crumbs. Spoon the mixture into a large bowl. Add the orange juice, and then mix again. Pudding mix should come together when lightly hand-squeezed.

Teresa Cutter’s Healthy Christmas Puddings

Mango Coconut Custard 1 mango, chopped ½ cup coconut milk Juice from ½ orange Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Serve chilled with the puddings.

Divide into 6 small puddings. Line the base of 6 small decorative molds with plastic wrap and firmly press the puddings into them.

Yields: 6 to 8 small puddings 8 oz fresh pitted dates—approximately 10 to 15 dates, depending on their size Zest from 1 orange 9 oz dried apricots, chopped 1½ cups almond meal/ground almonds 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract 1 tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp ground nutmeg ¼ tsp ground ginger 1 to 2 Tbsp orange juice 3 oz white chocolate, melted, for decoration (optional)

Once firmly packed in the mold, invert the pudding and remove the plastic wrap. Melt white chocolate in a small bowl set over a simmering pot of water. Spoon a little white chocolate over the tops of the puddings if desired and garnish with goji berries, fresh cherries or another fanciful topper. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Serve puddings with chilled mango coconut custard.

Teresa Cutter’s No-Bake Carrot Cake Yields: 16 servings 2½ cups (9½ oz) shelled walnuts 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed or whole chia seeds ½ cup (2 oz) rolled oats (or gluten-free almond meal)

Natural Awakenings recommends using organic and non-GMO (genetically modified) ingredients whenever possible.

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1 tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp ground ginger ¼ tsp ground nutmeg ¼ tsp sea salt 1 cup (6½ oz) of 12 large fresh dates, pitted ½ cup (3 oz) dried chopped apricots or pineapple (sulfur-free) 2 large raw carrots, grated Zest from 1 orange 2 tsp vanilla bean paste Combine walnuts, flaxseed, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, orange zest and sea salt into a food processor and run it until mixed and finely chopped. Add dates and apricots. Process again until thoroughly mixed.

Refrigerate until ready to serve, allowing at least 2 hours for the cake to rest. It will keep in the refrigerator for about a week. Enjoy as is or garnish with macadamia nut cream, a drizzle of honey and walnuts. Note: Other raw nuts can substitute for walnuts—try pecans, almonds or macadamia nuts. Macadamia Nut Cream Combine 1 cup of raw cashew nuts or macadamia nuts with ½ cup of orange juice or coconut water and a little vanilla. Blend in a high-speed blender like a Vitamix until smooth and creamy.

bined. Slowly add the dates until the mixture sticks together. Press the mixture into the bottom parts of a 24-cup mini muffin pan. Refrigerate while preparing the filling. Process filling ingredients in a food processor until well combined. Spoon the filling onto the cupcake base in the muffin cups and then top with melted dark chocolate. Place into the refrigerator to set, where it also stores well until served.

Add grated raw carrot and vanilla and then process again until combined. The mix should now form a nice dough. Spoon into a bowl. Add and knead oats through the raw carrot cake mixture. Press cake firmly into a 6-inch round baking dish lined with parchment paper.

Joshua Weissman’s Almond Butter Pumpkin Pie Truffles


Yields: About 12 to 16 (1½-inch) truffles

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Emily Holmes’ Chocolate Cherry Mini-Cupcakes

Warm winter spices mix with fragrant pumpkin and almond butter to make seasonal truffles hand dipped in fresh vanilla bean-infused white chocolate.

Yields: 2 dozen mini-cupcakes Cake 1 cup raw, shelled, skinned nuts (such as almonds) 1 /3 cup cacao powder 4 fresh dates, pitted Filling 2 cup shredded coconut 1 cup dried cherries 6 fresh dates, pitted ¼ cup coconut cream ¼ tsp vanilla powder Pinch of sea salt Topping 3½ oz melted dark chocolate Process nuts and cacao powder in a food processor until the nuts are finely ground and the mixture is fully com-

Filling ¼ cup canned pumpkin purée (not pie filling) ¼ cup almond butter ¼ cup vegan cream cheese ¼ tsp cinnamon ¼-½ tsp nutmeg ½ tsp fresh grated ginger 1 Tbsp coconut flour 2 packets stevia (like Sweetleaf packets) Coating (vanilla bean white chocolate) 2 oz food grade (not for skin care) cacao butter broken up into small pieces for melting ¼-½ vanilla bean pod, cut in half lengthwise to scrape out the interior, or 1 tsp vanilla bean paste 20 drops stevia (like Sweetleaf

Steviaclear drops) In a medium-sized bowl, combine everything for the filling, including pumpkin purée, almond butter, cream cheese, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, coconut flour and stevia. Mix thoroughly until smoothly incorporated and no cream cheese chunks are left. Chill by refrigerating the mixture for 10 to 20 minutes or freezing it for 2 to 5 minutes. Roll chilled filling mixture into mediumto-small-sized balls a little less than an inch in diameter and place them on a small baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place balls back into the refrigerator for 10 minutes or the freezer for 5 minutes so the balls harden enough to allow dipping. Heat a double boiler or small pot that fits into a medium pot of gently boiling water over medium-to-low heat. Scrape out the vanilla bean pod, conserving vanilla beans for adding once the cacao butter is melted. Place cacao butter in the top of a double boiler and melt and add stevia. Then add vanilla beans and mix well. Turn the heat to low to keep warm and melted. Pull out the hardened filling shaped into balls and one at a time drop them into the white chocolate mixture and roll them around until they’re fully covered with mixture using fingers or a small spoon. Carefully spoon out each truffle using a spoon, gently tapping the spoon on the inside of the saucepan to slough off excess cacao butter that may pool on it. Take special care not to drop the truffle. Gently place each treat back onto the tray. Repeat the whole process until all the coated balls are on the tray. Let them cool at room temperature and serve immediately or place them in the refrigerator to harden and serve later. Chilled, truffles will keep for 3 to 5 days.

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total of 683,149 certified signatures are required to put the Florida constitutional amendment, Limits or Prevents Barriers to Local Solar Electricity Supply, on the November 2016 ballot. Petitions must be signed and submitted by the end of December to insure that this happens. Floridians for Solar Choice, a grassroots citizens’ effort to allow more homes and businesses to generate electricity by harnessing the power of the sun, is promoting this constitutional amendment that would give Florida’s families and businesses the right to choose solar power. Volunteers from organizations including the League of Women Voters of Florida, Florida Retail Federation, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, Christian Coalition of America and Florida Tea Party are supporting the signing of petitions and collecting signatures at family and faith gatherings, concerts and farmers’ markets. Although sunshine is abundant, currently, Florida is one of only five states in the nation that prohibit citizens from buying electricity from companies that will put solar panels on personal residences or business. This prohibition limits customer choice and blocks the growth of this abundant, clean, homegrown energy source.

Past legislative efforts to overcome barriers to solar choice have been blocked by large, monopolistic utility companies such as Florida Power and Light (FPL) and Duke Energy. These power companies do not want to lose their exclusive hold on Florida’s electric customers or their income. Floridians for Solar Choice supporters believe that Florida citizens should have the right and freedom to choose solar power generated electricity if and from whom they want. “Don’t be fooled by the confusing language of Consumers for Smart Solar, an organization that put forth its own solar power constitutional amendment. On the surface it appears pro-solar, but instead will only maintain the status quo. The group, mostly backed by the state’s utility companies, is using the oldest political ploy in the book by trying to confuse people,” says Susan Glickman, Florida director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization behind Floridians for Solar Choice. To sign the petition, get more information, or print copies to circulate, visit

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Faith Groups Join in Preserving All Creation by Avery Mack


Along with an emotional bottom he simple act of switching on a line, many people pose a greater quesbulb can light a room; preachtion: What is the cost to our spiritual ing that humans are caretakers of life if we act selfishly? “We need to the Earth can enlighten a community. know what is sacred and “How are we faithful to God’s creation?” The film Renewal what matters for genasks Diana Butler erations to come,” says documents this grass- Bass. “This is an exciting Bass, Ph.D., author of Grounded: Finding God roots movement at time for communities of faith to work together.” in the World—A Churches, synagogues, tual Revolution, in Almosques and other faith exandria, Virginia. “The groups are sending a message to their connection between the natural world congregations and communities: We and the world we live in helps us understand the remarkable responsibility need to care for what the Creator has we have to the planet.” given us.


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“We wanted to reduce reliance on foreign oil, support local businesses, buy American-made and be cost-effective,” says Rabbi David Freelund, of the Cape Cod Synagogue, in Hyannis, Massachusetts. “Going solar made sense. We leased panels, joined a renewable energy credit program and now generate 90 percent of our energy.” The synagogue also upgrades equipment to more efficient levels when it’s time for replacement, composts waste, maintains a garden to supply a local food pantry, switched to LED lights, zoned their facility’s heating and cooling and follows a single-stream recycling program. “We seek to lead by example. Members ask, ‘What else can we do?’ As Jews, our mission is not fulfilled unless we lift up others toward the divine,” says Freelund. Windows often make up a large portion of a building of worship, but can be the least energy-efficient components. Members of Colorado’s Steamboat Christian Center, in Steamboat Springs, used to wear sunglasses or change seats during services to escape the sun’s glare and heat. After installing smart glass windows, everyone can now fully concentrate on the sermon. “The glass tints like transition sunglasses, based on available light or preprogrammed preferences,” explains Brandon Tinianov, a senior director with View Dynamic Glass, the company that supplied the new windows. “It also reduces heating and cooling costs.”

Laying Down Burdens “Clutter represents postponed deci-

sions,” says Barbara Hemphill, author of Less Clutter, More Life, in Raleigh, North Carolina. “Lack of time, interest and energy keep us from passing along what we no longer want or need. For most of us, 80 percent of what we keep, we never use.” That includes paperwork, another specialty of her Productive Environment Institute. When the United Methodist North Carolina Conference Center’s new building was ready, there was plenty to sort through before moving. “We estimate seven tons of items were recycled. It became an example for individual churches,” says Hemphill. Her own church, Mount Zion Methodist, in nearby Garner, has cleared out two storage rooms. Items were reclaimed, auctioned or donated to a shelter. “We gained Sunday school rooms in return,” she says.

Practice Makes Perfect Awareness of the environment and eco-friendly living is a concept religions agree on. At the All Dulles Area Muslim

We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all. ~Pope Francis Society, in Sterling, Virginia, an education program encourages community members to recycle, plant trees and lower water and energy usage. Including their Sunday School, they reduced their overall carbon footprint by 13 percent and energy consumption by 21 percent. Interfaith Power & Light is active in most states and can help implement such user- and eco-friendly changes. Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, the director of outreach for the Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center, in Falls Church, Virginia, suggests thinking larger

and encourages members to ask for changes in public policies by lobbying their representatives. In 2016, the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago will promote a Green Ramadan. During Ramadan, members re-evaluate their lives in light of Islamic guidance. Greener than most, The Garden Church, in San Pedro, California, has no building. “People tell me, ‘The outdoors is my church;’ I take them at their word,” says founding Pastor Anna Woofenden. “We have a central table surrounded by gardens. About 90 percent of what we grow is vegetables, the rest is flowers. This church is a living sanctuary, a place to belong, a place of community. God’s love is made visible as people are fed in body, mind and spirit.” “Eco-friendly teaching represents a new spiritual imagination of how to live well in the world,” observes Bass. “Faith makes a difference.” Connect with the freelance writer via

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Airplane Yoga Six Easy Stretches Ease the Journey by Cynthia Bowman

he majority of the symptoms we can experience during flying—stiffness, poor circulation and swollen feet—are due to lack of movement rather than the altitude or pressurized cabin air. Knowing this can make healthy flying easier. Drinking lots of water and moving about and stretching every two to three hours on long flights is key; trips to the bathroom naturally help fulfill this. We also can keep blood from collecting in our lower extremities by finding a way to elevate our legs and feet periodically. Wiggle all 10 toes, shift positions and go for these six discreet airplane yoga stretches. Etiquette tip: Do the first two stretches at the back of the plane with adequate space and a wall to lean on. Don’t do these in the aisle; hanging on to someone’s seat back rocks it and can be annoying. A quad stretch involves the shoulders, upper legs, calves and ankles, while elevating each foot and getting the blood moving. Hang on to a wall, grab an ankle and bring the heel as close to the butt as possible. Then rotate the ankle in a circular motion. Do this as long as it feels worth doing, and then switch arms and legs. A calf stretch is a simple way to target calf and hamstring muscles, as well as ankles. Stand facing a wall, placing both hands at shoulder height on the wall for balance, Quad Stretch

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AWAKENING TO SPIRIT Prayer and Meditation Heal and Free Us by Richard Davenport

By its intimate connection with divine love, Spirit infuses human experience with qualities of amazing grace—unexpected clarity, vision, wisdom, peace, compassion, emotional release, inspirational epiphanies, deep understanding and comprehensive healing of mind, body and soul.


hile society abounds with scientific research, products and practices that promise to enhance our mind or body and the mind-body connection, without Spirit in the mix, neither rises to its full potential. A heart open to a higher power exponentially multiplies the effects of this crucial connection. “Just as a candle spreads light in a darkened room, people who are living in-Spirit give off a higher energy that can bring light to our hearts and minds. In other words, we can be inspired just by being in their presence,” according to renowned bestselling author Wayne Dyer, Ph.D. Experiential, non-verbal and lifechanging encounters with the unbounded power and presence of Spirit in prayer and meditation are difficult to analyze in the same way as mind-body science. 28

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However, Dyer points to the works and outcomes of Spirit as visible evidence of how it lifts us up. We see individuals with rapturous hearts sending out signals that they love the world and everyone in it. Those that live in Spirit tend to see the world as a friendly place, are at peace with themselves, appear to be open and accepting rather than judgmental and harsh, and often report being healed of all sorts of diseases, relationship challenges, career fluctuations and questions of purpose and direction. They attest to how Spirit shines a triumphant light in the midst of dark nights of the soul, redefining the essence of life itself and declaring us worthy in our innermost reaches.

Personal Healing When a 19-year-old woman entered basic

military training at Lackland Air Force Base, in San Antonio, Texas, and was undergoing initial medical and psychological screening, she was identified as having body and mind issues that would require her to be separated from the service. These problems included organ failures and spinal misalignment, as well as severe consequences of an emotionally abusive upbringing. It was determined that she could not handle the physical and mental demands of military life. Because the policy was to not treat such problems if identified upon entering the service, authorities allowed her to remain in training until her separation from the Air Force could be processed. The woman was impressed and also distressed by the finality of the verdict and assessment tools used by mind and body experts among the medical staff. In talking with a chaplain on the base, she came to understand that she could choose to appeal her case to another jurisdiction, a “higher” court of Spirit. Focusing on the voice of divine love, she grew to see Spirit as more than a higher power. She saw Spirit as a higher authority. She surrendered to divine love’s authority as ultimate law, supremely qualified to reorder her whole being. She trusted that aligning with spiritual power could change her view of her identity and the seemingly inescapable consequences of genetics, environment and human history denying her desire to serve her country in this way. Listening to a higher witness testifying on her behalf and identifying her authentic being as the magnificent expression of the magnificent Creator, she felt encouraged to the point that her mind and body stopped arresting her progress and became more effective servants, responding with greater freedom and joy. One limitation after another fell away, and the military and medical authorities seemed pleased with her progress as she neared completion of training. Finally, performing a mile-and-a-half run within a required time remained the only obstacle to graduation, and she was still 45 seconds too slow. This helpful passage from the Hebrew prophet Isaiah became central to her prayer and meditation as she approached her last running attempt: Young people will get tired; strapping

young men will stumble and fall. But those who trust in the Eternal One will regain their strength. They will soar on wings as eagles. They will run—never winded, never weary. They will walk—never tired, never faint. ~Isaiah 40: 30-31 (The Voice) She passed her final attempt with 18 seconds to spare, running on eagles’ wings. So, how can we all discern such a divine witness to our original authentic being amidst loud testimony of all the voices and labels shouting in our head and body, including those imposed by others?

Prayer and Meditation There are two approaches to listening to the voice within, whether we name it God, higher power, Spirit, grace, Eternal One, or divine love or Love. Complementary, rather than mutually exclusive, both approaches require a capacity, gained through patient practice, of quieting the inner and outer chatter and learning to hear that which calls us to be more than what human experience suggests is possible. It’s who we are in the eyes of grace. Sanford C. Wilder, of Grafton, Illinois, author of Listening to Grace, offers personal growth and development programs through EducareUnlearning. com that encourage prayer and meditation that emphasize listening. He practices

To feel Spirit’s presence, we must surrender our own sense of how it will work, its timeline and the impact on our ego or status quo. As with anything worthwhile, conscientious practice is essential. both approaches and makes distinctions between them. “When I pray, I am directing my thoughts toward God, listening and often affirming what I know to be divinely true. I am yearning to surrender my will and affections in conscious connection with the divine such that I or another receives a

blessing,” shares Wilder. In such prayerful listening, he hopes to gain something, often a new insight and corresponding manifestation. “When I meditate, my intention is to sacrifice every thought, concept, image and feeling to God, the only consciousness. I trust that listening and observing with nonattachment helps me release conscious and unconscious conditioned thought patterns permeated by a human sense of self.” Through meditative listening, he hopes to release everything rather than receive anything, accepting that everyone is equipped and able to be open to, witness and experience nonstop blessings. Helen Mathis has been an educator in the Philippines and Swaziland as well as the U.S., including an instructor of religion at Principia College, near St. Louis; she is now part of a Centering Prayer Circle in Stockton, California. She explains that centering prayer may be seen as a hybrid that embraces both prayer and meditation, nourishing what’s beneath the preoccupied self to awaken a deeper and vastly more authentic self. Mathis appreciates what Cynthia Bourgeault explores in her book Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening, that, “This confusion between small self and the larger Self… [the] ‘True Self,’ ‘Essential Self’ or ‘Real I’—is the core illusion of the human condition, and penetrating this illusion is what awakening is all about.” Like Bourgeault, Mathis believes that

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Through conscious listening we discover that our true nature—as witnessed by Spirit—though sometimes obscured from view, is never altered from its original beauty and wholeness.

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~Helen Mathis it’s not about the absence of thoughts so much as detaching from our thoughts, trusting that we can let go and be safe, consent to surrender human will and forgo personal agendas. Only then can spiritual sense come into play. “The goal is to awaken to, open to and get in touch with our innermost being and Spirit,” Mathis affirms. “Clearly, centering prayer assumes we each have a spiritual awareness of the divine within us that acts, as Bourgeault puts it, as ‘a kind of interior compass whose magnetic north is always fixed on God.’”

Core Shift We often approach a Spirit dimension with the attitude of “what it can do for me.” The higher practice that mystics and other deep thinkers of various faith traditions ultimately arrive at instead centers on transforming our whole self to align with Spirit’s purpose for us, which changes everything. Reverend Dr. Michael Beckwith, founder of the New Thought Agape Spiritual Center, in Los Angeles, and a spiritual mentor to Oprah Winfrey, believes, “The relationship we have with the infinite is more about how we are to serve it than it is to serve us.” Beckwith describes three primary stages of realizing the power and purpose of divine Spirit expressed as our spirit. The first is that of a victim (feeling powerless, unable to effect change). The second is when an individual learns the existence of universal law that responds to our thinking, emotions and attitude; we learn how to use it to stabilize life structures and demonstrate health and well-being. “Ultimately, in stage three, we become a vehicle of life in service to life. 30

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Instead of using the law, the law uses us. Life fulfills its own nature through us,” he says. “All of life is conspiring for our freedom, liberation, wholeness and health.” He urges us not to stop and stagnate at stage two, using divine laws only to manifest personal conveniences, stuff and even people for our use; this can hijack views of abundance into materialism and consumerism. He quips, “We are not here to go shopping.” Grace and Spirit work in us, through us and between us, yet we can’t simply summon them up or outline their outcomes. To feel Spirit’s presence, we must surren-

der our own sense of how it will work, its timeline and the impact on our ego or status quo. As with anything worthwhile, conscientious practice is essential. Life, defined by Spirit, gives fresh strength and impetus to mind and body. All three are vital elements of the dance of life. Richard Davenport is a spiritual life educator ( and the founding executive director of an inclusive nationwide Bible and spiritual life community (BibleAndSpiritualLife. org). Now based in St. Louis, MO, he is a retired Air Force chaplain, having served at Lackland and other U.S. Air Force bases on three continents.



rayer from a heart willing to surrender, change, learn, grow and bless others works to keep us centered on pure motives like wellness, whole-heartedness and compassion. Such prayer can help us progress spiritually. These five forms of prayer, found in the Bible, have a universal application to any spiritual practice. Although differing in their approach, all share the purpose of creating a fuller mindfulness of our true identity and relationship to the divine, while enhancing our capacity to bless all creation. If we are not feeling the desired breakthroughs using one form, perhaps the one most familiar or comfortable to us, we might do well to explore others. Praise – a posture of adoration, honoring and surrender to a power, vision, and authority greater than our own. Thanksgiving – or better yet, for its consistency and permeating of our whole self, thanks-living. The garden of our spirit is enriched by embracing a gratitude attitude in all we do. Petition – a relational posture that opens our heart as we learn to ask for help, to seek perspective beyond a limited self, beyond a smaller, egodriven orientation.

Intercession – praying for others; blessing, honoring and cherishing them as God sees them. When we feel burdened and blocked by our own trials, expressing empathy and compassion for others can unlock our heart and mind. We can lovingly witness the true nature of those that are seemingly tangled in forces blocking or opposing their higher good. Affirmation – release and rest in divine authority, acknowledging the uni-verse as literally one song reflecting the singular harmony that Spirit knows and is unfolding in every moment to meet our need in forms we can see and feel right now.


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hroughout history, people have classified time according to the remarkable organism or material used during that period. We had the dinosaur, stone and iron ages, and now, the plastic age! Since 1907, plastics have increased in popularity. The general population moved from biodegradable materials such as clay, paper and glass which have virtually no negative health impacts when used to contain food, and as far as most animals are concerned do not resemble food, to synthetic, non-biodegradable oil derivatives with known adverse health effects that do resemble food for many animals, from organisms as small as a coral polyp to as large as a whale. Plastics can be made at home using corn starch or sugars, but more commonly are made in factories utilizing 2.7 percent of the U.S. annual petroleum—the same petroleum that the U.S. is dependent upon for use in vehicles, energy and production. Sounds like a healthy choice so far, packaging our food in petroleum and allowing it to escape into the environment through littering, landfills or burning. Disposal leads to plastic being unleashed onto the surface of the earth in one form or another, forever. Because it is derived from a petropolymer, it does not biodegrade back into its natural components, but rather photodegrades into smaller often toxic particles, invading water, land, air and food webs. Plastics range from bottles to boat fenders and are found in fashion, foam, furnishings, fixtures and even foods. Some of the ingredients that people cannot pronounce in many foods or products are a type of plastic or plasticizer. Sometimes the number in the chasing arrows on the container will reveal the plastic in the packaging, other times research is needed to reveal what’s lurking within. Plastics cost! They cost with adverse health, waste management fees, clean-up efforts, increasing wildlife deaths, and many more cryptic. Regarding health effects, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) did many studies to determine the 32

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presence of plastic-related chemicals in over 2500 participants per study. The results demonstrated measurable amounts of these chemicals, some carcinogenic or resulting in birth defects or neurological disorders, in all of the participants. This does not imply that the levels found were dangerous, but “dangerous” levels have yet to be determined ( biomonitoring). Is it worth the risk? One waste management cost is approximated utilizing the data on one’s tax bill. In North Lauderdale, for example, the annual tax for solid waste management (trash put on the curbside) is about $214. If everyone living in Broward in 2013 paid this tax bill, then the total amount spent would be approximately $385,498,440 just to manage solid waste. If our waste was biodegradable, we could manage most of it ourselves through composting or vermiposting (composting with worms), a practice that I utilize in my gardens and teach students through Youth Environmental Alliance (YEA) programs. The cost for the environment can be extrapolated from studies and coastal clean-up data. In 2010, a scientific study calculated the generation of plastic waste in 192 coastal countries was 275 million metric tons, 4.8 to 12.7 million metric tons of that entered the ocean ( short). In 2014, approximately 650,000 volunteers in 92 countries collected over 12.3 million pounds of oceanic garbage, mostly plastics ( In Florida, our land-based trash

enters the ocean through storm drains and canals. Interviews of Broward County residents participating in the coastal and waterway clean-ups revealed finding plastics of every shape and size, including those found in boat fenders. Watch during a rainstorm—it is apparent how plastic enters the ocean. That is only the solid plastic; these statistics do not take into account the airborne chemicals released when the plastic is burned at waste-toenergy plants or when it off-gasses volatile compounds in the heat and sun. The cost to wildlife is disheartening. Plastics kill! Approximately one million seabirds and hundreds of thousands more animals die annually from ingestion of and entanglement in plastics (epa. gov/owow/oceans/debris/toolkit/files/ trash_that_kills508.pdf). I personally have rescued wildlife from entanglement in plastic, including egrets, sea turtles, fish, crabs, sea sponges, corals and a huge southern stingray. Around the state and country, many species of fish cannot be eaten due to the bio-accumulation of toxic substances, including plastic chemicals, in their bodies. Plastic is moving up the food chain, and we‘re the top. The solution? Waste minimization! Recycling is good but not good enough. Often it costs more to recycle plastics than make new. Depending on the plastic, only 1 to 12 percent is actually recycled, the

rest returns to the waste stream. When recycled, plastics down-cycle—deteriorating into inferior quality, so can only be recycled twice. Choose to decrease trash. Avoid plastic bags and packaging. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans use about 380 billion plastic bags and wraps each year, utilizing 12 million barrels of oil. To combat this, bring reusable bags to the store and buy in bulk or from farmers markets. Many places will allow shoppers to use their own containers for packaging their foods at the deli, butcher counter, produce aisle or from bulk bins. This saves money. For example, a reusable grocery bag costs $1. Shopping at Whole Foods or similar grocery that offer a $0.10 bag credit, pays that $1 back after 10 visits. The bag credit adds up over time. The choice is clear as cellophane. Utilize metal reusable bottles and cups. In the U.S. alone, 30 billion plastic bottles are consumed annually. For bottled water alone, that is a cost of $11.8 billion dollars, an average cost of $1.88 per gallon. In contrast, tap water costs Broward County residents about $3.50 for 1000 gallons. Utilizing a reusable bottle and tap water can save $1876.50 for every 1000 gallons of water consumed for hydration. Maybe the kids prefer Gatorade—purchasing the powdered product at $8 for six gallons saves $92 and keeps 40 plastic bottles out of production. Many restaurants and convenience stores allow people to refill reusable cups. At Starbucks, this practice earns the customer a $0.10 refund. On average, Americans consume 200 to 300 individually purchased cups of coffee/day per coffee shop ( Multiply that by $0.10 and the 24,000 independent coffee shops in the U.S. for a savings of $480,000 per day. Say “no” to straws, a momentary convenience producing a huge amount of waste. During the International Coastal Clean-up, 555,000 were recovered. Saying no is a simple solution for a complex issue. Choose alternatives. Purchase or make boat fenders from 100 percent natural and biodegradable yet durable cotton and hemp rope ( Choose the item that is packaged in or made of wood, metal, clay or glass. Bring reusable to-go containers

to restaurants. Grow your own food. Make new items from used materials. Purchase products made from or packaged in recycled materials and bring your own reusable utensils to luncheons and parties. Teach others lessons learned. Contract YEA to provide a plastics program. Join one of YEA’s coastal clean-ups and restorations ( Lead by example to go green and save green! Kristen Hoss, Executive Director of Youth Environmental Alliance, is an educator and ecological consultant who leads the Florida Master Naturalist program in Broward County, produces

in-school environmental and science education programs, and provides expertise for ecological surveys and monitoring. She has a BS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, a Masters in Conservation Ecology and Wildlife Sciences, and more than 25 years in the field of ecology (marine, aquatic and terrestrial) and the management of natural areas and wildlife. Her work has been featured on the National Geographic Channel, Wildlife Views TV, the Pompano Forum, The Pelican, Miami Herald and By the Sea Times. Email her at Kristen@YEAfrog. org.

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Think Outside the Big Box for Holiday Gifts by Donna Torrey


his is the time of year when everyone starts to lament about gift giving. It seems that everybody has everything, nobody wants anymore stuff, is on a diet, or doesn’t have time for anything. So, what’s a gift-giver to do? Well, send your garden to the rescue! This is a great time to go out into your yard and pot up some volunteers that you could give as holiday gifts. If you are a butterfly gardener, then you have lots of milkweed seedlings, native passion vine seedlings, and seeds from cassias. You could make a lovely butterfly gardening theme basket; add a few seed packets, some information, and voila! If you have bananas, then you could pot up a pup and give it to some poor soul who doesn’t have one yet, and if yours is about to bumper crop like mine is right now, then make up some banana bread while you have the time and freeze it for

gift-giving. If you have native trees such as Jamaican Caper, Wild Coffee, Red Bay, Simpson’s Stoppers, among others, then pot up some seedlings now. It is important to do it now while the weather is still quite warm; it will give the seedlings time to grow and establish—about two weeks. No one wants to receive a wilted specimen, no matter how rare. Be sure to water transplants daily, and keep in partial sun until they don’t wilt anymore. Fertilize with organic fertilizer. If you are an orchid collector, now is a good time to separate some lovelies, put them in special pots, or not, and share the wealth! Orchids are also great mounted on old pieces of hardwood, wrapped

with Spanish moss, and you could even decorate them with ornaments if you want to be really jazzy. The point is, if you look around your home and yard, you can find lots of things to recycle into fabulous gifts from the garden. Look around your kitchen for novel pots and planting vessels: old bowls, pots and pans, trays, mugs, teacups, you name it—a plant can call it a home. Drill holes for drainage unless it’s an aquatic or bog plant. These gifts are truly the kind that keep on giving, and will be constant reminders of your love and thoughtfulness. Spread the joy! Plants and seeds are always available at The Garden Gate, located at Sears, 2251 N. Federal Hwy., Pompano Citi Centre (corner of Copans Rd. and Federal Hwy.), 954-783-4283, See ad page 49.

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Generous Pint-Sized Givers Teaching Kids How to Care and Share by Jennifer Jacobson


mong a parent’s greatest rewards is seeing their children grow up to be productive, contributing members of society, including knowing how to give back and enrich the communities in which they live. Children can start participating in the giving process as toddlers. Having them observe regular charitable acts can make a strong impression and catalyze later independent initiatives. Learning how to give and developing the associated skill set is a lifelong journey. Giving becomes a way of life— of looking at the world and determining how to help the causes they feel passionate about. Here’s how to take those crucial first steps. Ask kids how they’d like to help. If giving to a cause is new to the household, explain that the family has many opportunities. Then engage children in a conversation about the general areas they may feel strongly about supporting—perhaps individuals or families in need, animals or wildlife habitat—and start a list of those that the family is interested in. Next, start researching related local organizations, facilities and institutions, and matching them to the topics on the list. Ideas may include food kitchens, pet shelters and animal rescues, nature parks,


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senior citizens’ residences, camps for low-income or physically or mentally challenged children, zoos, museums, aquariums and local libraries. Make a game plan. Get creative about how to actually help the selected causes. Talk it through together, map out activities—like visiting, donating funds or materials or participating in fundraising efforts—and post the results somewhere at home that is highly visible. “Gamify” it to some degree with tasks that turn into goals that turn into accomplishments that result in chits. Quick tasks can make a big difference. Clear the clutter. Every six to 12 months, launch an all-family household closet cleaning day that includes the toy chest and maybe the garage. Add nonperishable healthy food items they’ve picked out while grocery shopping. Make a “donate box” positioned where kids can add to it and deliver the donations often, even if it’s small. Find ways to raise money for donations. Organize a family or neighborhood yard sale or organic bake sale that involves kids at all stages of the project, and give all or a portion of the proceeds to a selected charity. Associate getting with giving. For birthdays and holidays, include a handwritten “certificate of giving” that specifies the

amount of money available for them to gift to their favorite charity. Take the child to the charity site to make the monetary donation in person, if possible. For non-local organizations, write a check and have the child include a letter with their thoughts and mail it. Volunteer to do community service. Public gardens need weeding, historic buildings need painting and food banks need hands. Find goodwill tasks that are age-appropriate and engaging. Grow the mindset. Tell real-life stories about kids or groups of kids that have found creative ways to give back. Encourage empathy by sharing appropriate stories of struggle. Ask kids, “How would you want people to help you in this situation?” Explain the action the family is taking and the resulting benefit to the recipient. The conversation might be, “We don’t need to store all this stuff when someone else could really use it.” Or, “I bet there is a kid out there who would really like playing with this toy. I know you used to love it, but how about if you pass it along to someone else so they can enjoy it as much as you have?” Keep the focus on the people in need and your child’s ability to share an experience through an item. Establishing an impermanent connection to material things can help kids understand the importance of nurturing relationships over acquiring goods. Develop a language of giving in the household by creating opportunities to incorporate it into regular conversation. Appropriate comments could share concepts such as seeing ourselves as stewards of the planet and the things we think we own; it’s our duty to help those in need when we have abundance; and if there is ever a time when we are without, we hope that others will think of us and help us. Teaching children how their thoughts, words and actions impact those around them is a lesson that bears repeating.

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Sharon Salzberg on Mindfulness Simple Ways to Be in the Present Moment by April Thompson


How do you define mindfulness? Mindfulness is the quality of awareness. When we are mindful, our perception of the present moment isn’t so distorted 38

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by bias, adding our own storyline to reality and pushing away what’s happening.

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ew York Cityborn Sharon Salzberg experienced a childhood full of loss and upheaval, losing her parents and living in five different household configurations. In college, she discovered the power of meditation to transform suffering and cope with life’s never-ending changes. Born into a Jewish family, Salzberg first encountered Buddhism in 1969 in an Asian philosophy class, inspiring her to undertake an independent study program in India, where she was initiated into the practice via an intense 10-day retreat. “It was very difficult and painful. I sometimes doubted that I’d succeed, yet I never doubted that there was truth there,” she says. Upon her return home, Salzberg dedicated herself to the path of vipassana- (insight) meditation, becoming a renowned teacher and co-founding the Insight Meditation Society, in Barre, Massachusetts. Today she teaches and speaks to diverse audiences worldwide about the power of mindfulness. Salzberg has authored nine books, including the New York Times bestseller Real Happiness, Real Happiness at Work and Lovingkindness.

Is it possible to be mindful without having an established meditation practice?

Yes, theoretically, but I suspect it’s hard. I honor my own meditation practice for making mindfulness highly accessible for me. It doesn’t take many hours of prep work and is open to everyone. It’s really a practice, like strength training—you have to exercise the mindfulness muscle to reap the benefits.

What’s the best way to arrange time for meditation, and what can motivate us to practice regularly? Having a sense of structure has helped me the most. I believe strongly in the value of a daily practice, however simple or short. We can ritualize certain practices to help remember to pause and be mindful. For example, every time the phone rings, let it ring three times and use that as a trigger to breathe. When you’ve finished writing an email, take a few conscious moments before sending it. There are lots of ways to cut through the momentum of the busyness and craziness of our lives to return to mindfulness. Make a commitment to practice for a certain period of daily time for a month or two, and then reassess.

Look for changes during the active course of daily life and query: How am I speaking to myself or to others? Am I more present? Am I more at ease in letting go? It’s important to look for these subtle changes rather than to set unrealistic expectations for ourselves such as being mindful all day.

Do you have other enabling practices for people new to the state of living mindfully? Movement meditation is a good place to start; if you’re walking somewhere, try to be more present and feel your feet against the ground. Also, just focus on one thing at a time; instead of multitasking, just drink the cup of tea. We can also use breath to focus concentration. The breath is a tremendous tool, it’s always with us. If you’re in a contentious meeting and tempers flare, you don’t have to pull out a meditation cushion and sit in a funny position; you can work with your breath right where you are.

How can meditation help to ease suffering? Sometimes, we think we can ease suffering by only having pleasant feelings and beautiful thoughts. Rather, we can ease suffering by changing the way we relate to our thoughts and feelings. If something unpleasant is happening, most of us flip into an internal monologue about how, “Bad things always happen to me,” or “This is my fault,” or “I shouldn’t feel this.” We compound our suffering by adding judgment and by pushing away discomfort. Instead, we can learn to observe our reactions and release them. We also tend not to feel pleasure fully or think that something else or more should be happening instead of simply enjoying the moment. We wait for some sense of intensity in order to feel alive, rather than experiencing the ordinary to the utmost. Meditation trains us to be present with pleasant, unpleasant and neutral experiences and stay connected, no matter what’s going on. Reach freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at

Benefits of Sound Therapy


f every sound is vibration and if the vibration touches each and every cell of our body, we can understand that we don’t perceive sound only with the ears, but with the cells in our body. Sound Healing is founded on the premise that all matter is vibrating at specific frequencies. Science has proven that sound, or vibration, has a strong impact upon substance. For example, the study of cymatics has shown how sound creates geometric patterns in matter. Dr. Masaru Emoto has proven that sound changes the molecular structure of water. However, more importantly, sound changes consciousness. Many ancient civilizations and modern indigenous cultures have used sound to heal and access higher levels of consciousness. Stress reduction is one of the most important results of receiving sound therapy. Stress is the underlying cause of many physical conditions and it melts away with ease when you are bathed in a sea of sound healing vibrations. There are a wide range of techniques that utilize sound as a tool for change. The most common and basic use is for meditation and relaxation. Chanting, toning and overtone singing are some of the most powerful methods for resonating sound throughout the body. The use of nature sounds and natural instruments, such as crystal bowls and tuning forks, offer specific healing frequencies and harmonics. Drumming and rhythm are now used by corporations to release stress and build team consciousness. Shamanic drumming takes people into altered states of consciousness. Sound is now being using by clinical psychologists to help children with certain learning disabilities. Binaural beat frequencies are used to entrain people into very specific states of consciousness. Sound is used to alter brainwave states to help with sleep disorders and facilitate creative expression. Listening to one’s own root frequency enables an individual to create a more centered and grounded awareness within their life. The technique called Bio-Tuning uses root frequencies and binaural beats played back through a sound table to entrain people into specific brainwave states. Sound and music are also used to help with difficult life transitions, including birth and death. The medical community also uses sound and music in a variety of applications such as during surgery to relieve pain; to break up gall stones; and to relax muscles using ultrasound. Doctors are now finding the resonant frequency of organs in order to help vibrate them back into a healthy state. Perhaps most exciting is the cutting-edge research that shows how sound might be used to disintegrate diseases such as cancer. Sound Therapy is so effective because it influences our emotional bodies as well as our physical bodies. Emotional imbalances are at the root of many physical diseases, and when we heal our emotional bodies, the physical symptoms disappear.

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Sound and emotions are deeply connected. Human emotions have their immediate expression through sound, and it is often the repression of the sound of the emotions that creates emotional blockages. Conversely, sound can be used to unlock the blocked emotions and release them with ease and grace.

Benefits of Sound Therapy: • Affects all cells in the body • Balances both hemispheres of the brain • Cleanses negative energy and emotions • Connects us with our higher self • Offers deep relaxation • Changes old patterns, behaviors, habits and ways of thinking that no longer serve and are harmful to our health • Stimulates circulation • Removes blockages and toxins Increases vital energy flow, creativity, intuition and motivation • Soothes, purifies and harmonizes emotions and feelings • Stimulates endocrine glands and regulates hormonal functioning • Helps recovery after illness, traumas and invasive medical treatments Makes positive changes to our whole being Self-regeneration Learn more about the fascinating benefits of Sound Therapy by attending an informative Workshop & Sound Therapy Experience, 6:30-8pm, January 6, in Boca Raton. To register, call Kathleen at 817-938-7552. Aqua Motion Movement is body work in the water with sound therapy playing under the water. Good Vibrations Music Company is a frequency-infused music company creating sound CDs for energy alignment and balance. They have just produced a 7-Chakra 7-CD set infused with frequencies customized to each chakra, available at Kathleen Haden, MBA, BS, MPT, RMT is co-founder of Aqua Motion Movement & Good Vibrations Music Co. Email

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ongoingevents sunday Sacred Journey Interfaith Seminary — 9am– 5pm. Classes for Interfaith Ministry Ordination. A Healing Space, 1410 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors 33305. Rev. Dr. Grace Telesco 917.579.3750. Yoga on the Beach — 9:30–10:30am, $10 Donation. Classes held daily weather permitting. Experience gentle yoga flow outside. Copperbeech Yoga & Fitness Inc., Ocean Manor Resort, private patio behind tiki bar, 4040 Galt Ocean Drive, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308, 516.840.1455. Unity of Pompano – 9:30am: Power Hour book discussion Living Originally: Learn 10 Spiritual Practices To Rediscover Your True Self; 11am: Celebration Service-Inspirational Message-Live Music; 11am Youth Classes K-12; Fellowship Hour following service. 261 SE 13th Ave, Pompano Beach, 954.946.0857. 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 — 10:30am, (+ Sat 5pm) The Parish of Sts. Francis & Clare, Staffed by Franciscan friars. 101 NE 3rd St, Ft Lauderdale, 954.731.8173. Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) — 11am–12pm, ­F ree, Inclusive, unprogrammed worship in the manner of Friends. 2nd Presbyterian Church, Multi-Purpose Rm, 1400 N Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale. 954.682.1433.

ECK Worship Service — 11am–12pm, Free, JULY: 3rd Sunday, normally First Sunday/month. Experience the Light and Sound of God. Learn about the HU Song Eckankar, ECK Worship Service, Rodeway Inn and Suites, 2440 W State Rd 84 (Marina Mile Blvd), Ft Lauderdale, FL 33312, Johanna Carter, 954.693.5681. Halotherapy Breathing Class - 12:30–1:30pm, $20. Open to everyone - current and former smokers and people with respiratory or allergy issues. Dry saline aerosol inhalation cleanses deep. Salt This Way Wellness Center, 2286 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors, FL 33305. 754.223.2302. 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. Community Vinyasa Yoga — 4–5:15pm, $5 minimum. Vinyasa flow class in a warm/heated room. Fusion Fitness and 02 Yoga, 4670 Coral Ridge Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33076. 954.345.9642. Monthly Community Event — 6–8pm. Free. First Sunday: Learn about holistic psychology, meditation and mindful yoga MindHolistic, 2699 Stirling Ave., Suite C403A, Dr. Belaga, 800.232.5037. Community HU Chant — 7–7:30 pm. 4th Sunday of each month, Release your inner tensions and gain peace and calm Dunkin Donuts/Meeting Room, 1405 S. Powerline Rd., Pompano Beach, FL 33442. For more information, 954.693.5681. 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 Vinyasa Yoga — 9–10:15am. Plus Wed. & Fri. $18. Yello!, 2495 East Commercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308, 954.491.1591. Hatha Yoga - employs a combination of physical postures, breathing exercises, cleansing processes, uniting mind, body, & spirit. Ha meaning sun and tha meaning moon. 9-10:15am and 10:30-11:45am, (plus Friday) $15. All Levels. Namaste Yoga, 421 S. Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, Florida 33062 954.785.6333.

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. Non-Impact Creative Movement Body-MindSpirit Fitness Aerobics — 6:30–7:30pm, $12, 2nd class free, fusion of Jazz, Modern, Duncan Dance, Aikido, Tai Kwon Do, Tai Chi, Free Style, Nia/Kai systems, Herb Skolnick Center, 800 SW 36th Ave, Pompano, David Merritt, 954.933.7391. “Your Awakening -Past Lives Revealed!” 7-8pm. Last Monday/month, $11. Carole Ramsay and past-life artist, Sally Barnard ~ through guided visualizations, high frequency vortex clearings and artwork, dimensions of YOU will unlock for healing. Duncan Center, 15820 Military, Delray Beach. Carole 954.655.5490. Tai Chi-Qigong Health – Newcomers & experienced. 7–8pm Mon. & Thurs; Plus - Thurs thru Sun 7:30–8:30am. Locations depend on weather. Call /Google web for details: Raven Cohan, Hollywood Beach 32 years certified Inst. Phone hours: 10am–10pm 954.927.2836. 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. Men and Women’s Support Group: Conscious Awareness – designed for men and women to learn about and from each other regarding relationships, self-worth and the rewrite of negative patterns. 8–10pm. $20 per session. Contact: Karen Kaye, LMHC, 954.384.1217 (Landline)

tuesday Tibetan/Indian yoga — 7–8am. $10. Women’s class. Excellent health only. Flowing, focus on naval chakra. Amrita Saraswati, The Train Station, west door, 3058 N Andrews Ave., Wilton Manors, 786.390.2919.

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Beginners Vinyasa Yoga — 10–11:15am. Also Wed. 6–7pm. $18. Yello!, 2495 East Commercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale Florida 33308, 954.491.1591. 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. Chakra Yoga - 10:30am $15 (All Levels). Chakra means wheels of light. Learn characteristics of the chakras and the properties associated with a particular part of the body recharging your energy. Namaste Yoga, 421 S. Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, 954.785.6333. Non-Impact Creative Movement Body-MindSpirit Fitness Aerobics — 11:30am–12:30pm, $12, 2nd class free, fusion: Jazz, Modern, Duncan Dance, Aikido, Tai Kwon Do, Tai Chi, Free Style, Nia/Kai systems, Emma Lou Olson Center, 1801 NE 6th St, Pompano, David Merritt, 954.933.7391. 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. Have You Had a Spiritual Experience? 3rd Tue. 6–7pm. Free. Sense you’ve lived before? Out-ofbody or near-death experience? Spiritual Discussion for people of any faith. West Regional Library, Room 230, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, 33324 Johanna 954.693.5681. Reiki Circle & Meditation — 7pm, Center For Human Development, 5809 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, 954.989.6400. Unity of Pompano —7-9pm. Ongoing Metaphysics/Bible studies class taught by Rev. Lawrence Palmer, LUT’s Bev Spivey and Cynthia Roberts: 12 Powers in You, Oct/Nov; Metaphysics of Christmas, Dec. Unity S.E.E. credit available. 261 SE 13th Ave., Pompano Beach 954.946.0857. Vinyasa Yoga — 7–8pm. Plus Thurs. 6–7pm & 7–8pm. $18. Yello!, 2495 East Commercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale Florida 33308, 954.491.1591. Free Usui Reiki Circle — 7–8:30pm (2nd & 4th Tues). CEU provider classes monthly FL LMT. Center For Optimal Health, 1915 NE 45th St #103, Ft Lauderdale 954.491.6158 RSVP.


Broward County, Florida

Yoga for the Higher Power (12-Step) — 7:30– 8:45pm. First class free then $12. Based on 12Step language and recovery. The Yoga Center of Deerfield Beach, 827 SE 9th St, Deerfield Beach. Kattie Maffeo 954.427.2353.

wednesday Vinyasa Yoga — 9–10:15am. Plus Mon. & Fri. $18. Yello!, 2495 East Commercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale Florida 33308, 954.491.1591. Yoga Basics — 10–11am Fundamentals of posture & breathing for strength, flexibility & stamina. First Class $10. (also Fri 10–11am), Weston Yoga, 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400, Weston, 954.349.6868. Kids Yoga (Ages 3-5) — 3:30–4pm. $12. Yello!, 2495 East Commercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale Florida 33308, 954.491.1591. Kids & Teens Yoga — 4–5pm. $15. Yello!, 2495 East Commercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale Florida 33308, 954.491.1591. Beginners Vinyasa Yoga — 6–7pm. $18. Also on Tue. 10–11:15am. Yello!, 2495 East Commercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale Florida 33308, 954.491.1591. Meditation & Reiki Healing Circle — 7pm, $5Love, Nature’s Emporium, 8041 W Sample Rd, Coral Springs 954.755.2223. Reiki Circle — 7:30–9pm. Donation $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 & 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. Gentle Yoga — 10–11:15am. $18. Yello!, 2495 East Commercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale Florida 33308, 954.491.1591. A Course in Miracles Study Group — 10am– Noon (& Tues). Love Donation, Artserve, 1350 E Sunrise Blvd, Adam: 954.684.7007.

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. Vinyasa Yoga — 6–7pm & 7–8pm. Plus Tues. 7-8pm. $18. Yello!, 2495 East Commercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale Florida 33308, 954.491.1591. 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.

friday Vinyasa Yoga — 9–10:15am. Plus Mon.& Wed. $18. Yello!, 2495 East Commercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale Florida 33308, 954.491.1591. Fat Village Art Walk — 5–11pm, (2nd Fri./ mo) Free. Free parking lot & trolley service. 954.785.7475. Crystal Bowl Meditation — 6-7:15pm. $15. Learn Krya Yoga (teachings of Pramahansa Yogananda), relaxation, & guided imagery, based upon self-realization fellowship teachings. Everybody is welcome. Namaste Yoga, 421 S. Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, Florida 33062 954.785.6333. 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. Community Night — every first Friday, 6pm. Check website for this month’s theme. Greenmonkey,1445 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 954.533.6782. Abraham-Hicks Living In The Vortex — 7– 9pm. $5.00. 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 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.

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. 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. Community HU Chant — 3rd Friday. 7:30–8pm. Expand your awareness, Experience divine love, Heal a broken heart. Release your inner tensions, gain insight, peace, and comfort. Dunkin Donuts, Cappuccino Room, 9170 W. State Rd 84, Davie, 33324 Johanna 954.693.5681.

saturday 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. Women’s Tai Chi and Meditation — 1010:55am, $10. The Train Station west door, 3058 N Andrews Ave., Wilton Manors. Amrita, text please 786.390.2919. 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. The Sistrunk Farmers Market — 10am–2pm. Locally, organically grown fruits & vegetables, old fashioned family fun, Artisan Market Vendors. Market hours EBT & SNAP accepted at the Market. Corner of Sistrunk Blvd & NW 10th Ave, Ft Lauderdale.

Mommy & Me Yoga — 11am–12pm. $20. Start your weekend with amazing class of Mommy & Me Yoga. Yogi Plus Yoga, 6239 W. Commercial Blvd, Tamarac Florida 33319, Shauna, 754.235.3353. Community Acupuncture — 11am–6pm $30-$40 (Mon-Sat). 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. Non-Impact Creative Movement Body-MindSpirit Fitness Aerobics — 12:30–1:30pm, $12, 2nd Class Free. blends Jazz, Modern, Duncan Dance, Aikido, Tai Kwon Do, Tai Chi, Free Style, Nia/Kai systems, Emma Lou Olson Center, 1801 NE 6th St, Pompano, David Merritt, 954.933.7391. Yin Yoga — 2-3:15pm, $15. Restorative Postures with Deep Breathing. Postures are held passively to expand the motion in the joints, supporting our immune system and emotional well being. Finalizing with meditation. Namaste Yoga, 421 S. Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach 954.785.6333. Yoga and TRX — 6:30pm–7:45pm. $10-$13. plus: Monday Hatha; Tuesday Yin. Wednesday Gentle & Vinyasa flow. Donation: Friday 6pm, Monday 8pm. Yoga Dynamics, 4996 N. Pine Island Rd, Lauderhill, FL 33025, Anju, 954.376.5782. Rock Kirtan: Sacred Devotional Singing — bi-weekly 7–8:30pm, $10. Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution, 1410 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors. Call Rev. G. 917.579.3750.

Raja Yoga Meditations at 3 Broward Libraries — 10:30–11:30am, weekly, Free, 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.

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We follow strict amalgam removal protocols incorporating nutritional supplements for safe mercury detoxification ~ IAOMT member.

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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.

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Functional Medicine Advanced Medical Testing Centers 7200 W Commercial Blvd, Suite 209 Lauderhill, FL 33319 754-216-2332

Traditional and advanced clinical evidence-based medical tests for early detection of chronic diseases that support a functional medicine approach to health. Testing for specialty labs, including Access, Cleveland HeartLab, HDL, Innovative, Singulex, SpectraCell, LabCorp, Quest and others.

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HEALING ARTS Lisa’s Healing Center

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Massage therapy infused with energy healing. Salt infused oils, scrubs and chakra balancing techniques for deep relaxation. Mention ad ~ receive free foot Salt Scrub. See ad page 7.

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Meditation, Chi Gung, Tai Chi, and Yoga classes for women. All ages, life stages, and experience honored. Find your energy, wellbeing, breath, peace, awareness.

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218 Commercial Blvd, Ste 108 Lauderdale by the Sea, FL 33308 954-303-9585 Photon Genius/Genie, BioMat, Wellness, Body Cleanse/Detox (toxins/heavy metals/radiation), Infrared, Ionization, Photon Genius/Genie, BioMat, Foot Detox, Medical Thermographer, M e d i c a l I n t u i t i v e / H e a l e r, Raindrop Therapy, Organic Facials, Waxing & Comprehensive Lab/Nutrition Report.

Psychotherapy A Healing Space

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.

relationship coaching getting what you want

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 20.

salon Hair Holistic Eco-Friendly StudIo 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.

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Lisa K Perdue 561-603-6910

Kyani features 3 Products: Sunrise, Nitro/Extreme, & Sunset. Each high nutrient dietary supplement works synergistically to provide an unmatched nutritional Health Triangle.

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schools Conservatory Prep Schools

Dr. Wendy H. Weiner, Principal 5850 South Pine Island Rd, Plantation FL 954-680-5808 Celebrating our 10th Year ~ A progressive, middle and high school where you can be yourself. We feature Edluministic learning, the integration of the performing and visual arts with problem-based learning. Our school is designed to meet the needs of bright, creative students who are not meeting their potential in a traditional school setting. SACS Accredited

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.

SPIRITUAL CENTER RASA SADHANA, a Place for Spiritual Growth

Rina Lichtinger Carmelina Pena 954-952-4831

Monthly Classes, Homeopathy, Ta i - C h i , A r o m a t h e r a p y , Shamanism. Spiritual Development, Meditation, Pranayama, Reiki and more. We are here to create Global Consciousness, Peace & Harmony.

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1445 SE 17th Street Fort Lauderdale FL 33316 954-533-6782


Carole A. Ramsay, Ba. Div., RMT 954-655-5490

We deliver a powerful practice that elevates the quality life, not only for our students but for the communities beyond our studio walls. See ad page 5.

Only psychic who guarantees her work! Reiki, Cellular Memory Activation, oils, plus. She communicates with the deceased. Group and private sessions. Reiki Cruise to Bimini.

Weston Yoga Lorena Rosario - Spiritual/ Life Coach 1421 SE 4th Ave Suite B Fort Lauderdale FL 33316 954-278-9474

I can coach you through blockages to spiritual freedom (1st session FREE). I also do Reiki, Akashic Records, Angel Card Readings, Workshops and Circles.

2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400 Weston, FL 33327 954-349-6868 Offering the wisdom of classical yoga teachings infused with contemporary insights and knowledge. Classes for all levels. with private and group sessions available on and off site.

Yello! wholistic physician Dr. Amadi’s Wholistic Health Center

2495 E Commercial Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-491-1591 Yello! is a community space in East Fort Lauderdale where all ages can enjoy dance and yoga at all levels in our eco-friendly, stateof-the-art studios.

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 37.


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Namasté Yoga Salon

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421 South Federal Highway Pompano Beach FL 33062 954-785-6333 We offer yoga for beginners to advanced. Warm, hatha, vinyasa & yin yoga plus crystal bowl and guided meditation. Chakra yoga. Essentials oils for shavasana.

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