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ecember marks the last month of the year; a time to review, forgive, let go and of course to share love from within that deep space of gratitude. Helping to sponsor local events are also part of what I do for the community. This year, for the first time, I was one of the media sponsors for the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and took advantage of viewing some of the films, attending parties, and the Savor fundraiser “Toga Party”. I felt a common theme, among the filmmakers, actors and members, was bringing quality, thought provoking messages to the public. It was a way for me to step outside of the United States of America, reaching into conversations and perspectives that are locally suppressed. Some of the topics covered: life from inside the Amish community; a young man’s journey to being pulled into a Taliban suicide mission and his personal resolution of that conflict; and, history of the Armenian Genocide from the perspective of a reporter experiencing it first hand. Other films delved into personal relationships and beautiful expressions of mutual respect and love. For me, the most touching scene, played by Kasha Fauscett in “The


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as “Toothbrush Flashmob.” Link to YouTube video: During closing night they aired “After I’m Gone”, a film about the life of a professional ballet dancer and the legacy he was compelled to create at the end of his life. I feel the FLiFF experience helped me to build more grooves on my brain, adding to its surface space and thus gaining reflective wisdom. As in some of the FLiFF movie examples, the filmmaker builds bridges to lessen the divide between peoples. So too, the article called “Peace on Earth” in this month’s issue, talks about a similar goal for community development, through finding common ground and incorporating a non-judgmental listening style for productive communication in creating inclusive and diverse communities. Enjoy this season’s holidays. Shape your world one frame or word at a time; plan on it.

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he esthetic team at Thermae Retreat Delray has gone through extensive training to now offer a revolutionary approach that literally redefines skin care. Along with the purest ingredients, the Nourishe Kinetic Oxy Holistic Facial involves unique structural massage artistry, acupressure techniques, sound frequency, bio-magnetism and crystals. These techniques work synergistically to relax muscle tension and release fascial adhesions (tightness) that cause lines, wrinkles and premature aging while repairing DNA, regenerating damaged tissue and reprogramming the body to operate at its optimal frequency at the cellular level. Nourishe products contain only essential ingredients, including organic and/or wild harvested cold pressed plants, essential oils, natural barks and plant botanicals. These herbal, nutritional formulae make up an exclusive collection that not only nourishes the skin, but brings wellness to the entire body through treating the face naturally. From 1 to 4pm, December 2, Thermae Retreat Delray will host an open house to launch Nourishe Organics, with raffles, light bites, organic juices, facial demonstrations and Q&A with founder Kristin Bauer and the Thermae Facial Goddesses. Location: 205 NE 5th Ter., Delray Beach. For more information and to RSVP, call 561.332.5883 and/or visit See ad page 12.

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Oral Health Prevents Thyroid Problems by Ali Villalobos


re you fatigued, irritable, experiencing unexplained weight gain or perhaps have thyroid issues? Have you considered this might be linked to your oral health? We often do not connect the health of our teeth as a strategy to prevent other systemic diseases. Poor oral health can result in many disorders, ranging from heart diseases, respiratory infection and pancreatic cancer to obesity and thyroid imbalances. In a holistic approach to medicine, doctors such as endocrinologists, acupuncturists, etc., are considering the oral health of their patients and referring them to us at In my own health journey, I have developed an interest in understanding how everything connects. I have become fascinated with meridian channels and how they work within us— essentially meridian lines are energetic pathways that connect everything in the body. We are made out of molecules and cells that are affected by their surrounding energy; in order to be balanced we have to make sure these energetic pathways in our body are not interrupted or blocked. You may have unresolved dental problems that could be blocking a pathway and negatively affecting your health, including tooth abscesses, cracked or decayed teeth, root canals with sub-acute infections, gingivitis, gum infections, improperly extracted teeth with residual infections in the socket, amalgam fillings with mercury leaking into the body, dental materials that provoke sensitivities, defective dental restorations that irritate the teeth, gums or oral cavity. Dental problems are common but often unrecognized sources of imbalances in our thyroid health. The

thyroid—a butterfly-shaped endocrine gland that sits low on the front of the neck—stores and produces hormones that regulate vital body functions, including breathing, heart rate, central and peripheral nervous systems, body weight, muscle strength, menstrual cycles, body temperature, cholesterol levels and more.

Thyroid problems and hormonal imbalances will negatively affect every aspect of your life. Maybe you have a healthy lifestyle yet still have trouble maintaining a healthy weight. Perhaps you often feel irritable, fatigued, constipated or have irregular bowels, your hair is thinning, you’re missing periods.

In a holistic approach to medicine, doctors such as endocrinologists, acupuncturists, etc., are considering the oral health of their patients and referring them to us at These symptoms are all connected to your thyroid health. It is important to identify and treat the underlying causes and one of those factors is your oral health. The toxicity in your body should be considered and addressed appropriately. A biological dentist will use dental materials compatible with your immune system by doing a simple blood test. This test will show what materials your immune system rejects because your blood will coagulate when exposed to the materials. Only the materials that are best for each patient will be used. Mercury amalgam fillings are never a good biological solution and the proper protocols and precautions need to be followed to protect your health. If you have any thyroid issues consider which teeth these are and if they are connected to your thyroid glands. See the chart to identify the teeth and those organs to which they connect. You deserve a healthy, balanced body and we are here to help you achieve that! Next month we will talk about the pineal gland. For more information on the meridian chart and holistic dentistry please visit If you are interested in finding out more about how teeth affect health for yourself or your loved ones, call us at 954-938-4599. See ad page 23.

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ccording to The Youth Environmental Alliance (YEA) team, “Our dunes did it!” Did what? Saved a large portion of the $56 million dollars’ worth of sand that was the Broward County, Segment II (Pompano, Lauderdale By-The-Sea, Fort Lauderdale) beach renourishment project completed last year. The areas where well-developed, properly constructed dunes existed were spared from major sand inundation, sand-blasted buildings, buried pools and impassable streets. The dunes acted as sand “banks”, capturing wind-blown sand and redistributing it onto the beach with the help of waves. Reports came into YEA from along

the coast of how the dunes did their job. Scott Cravens made a run down to Lauderdale By-The-Sea in Irma’s wake, and what he found astounded him. “Usually after a storm, the street is flooded. This

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A Year of Inspired Living: Essays and Exercises for Self-Reflection


gnore those who say life doesn’t come with a manual. Kelly McGrath Martinsen has exactly the guide you need to make life richer and more insightful with her new book, A Year of Inspired Living: Essays and Exercises for Self-Reflection. This is the handbook for anyone who wants to embrace a better life. Through entertaining anecdotes and guided journal pages, A Year of Inspired Living helps the reader create their very own personalized self-help book.

Martinsen, who is the publisher of Natural Awakenings Long Island magazine, has designed exercises for each month that include room for reflections, lists to seize the most from life, and culminate in writing your very own “publisher’s letter”, just as she does in her magazine. The letter provides space to reflect on that month’s personal inspiration. By digging deep and really talking about issues from the heart, Martinsen guides readers to contemplate their own feelings, hopes and dreams. The interactive book also includes a hashtag (#AYOIL) so that readers can share their insights and experiences, giving solitary readers the group support they need to make lasting change for their best year ever. Health Communications, Inc.; December 5, 2017. $12.95; 202 pages; ISBN: 978-0-7573-2009-5.

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esearchers from Northwestern University have found that acoustic stimulation using pink noise (random sound with more low frequencies than white noise) increases slow-wave brain activity, thus improving sleep-dependent memory retention. Thirteen mature adults completed two nights of sleep; one with the pink noise and one without, in random order. Specific brainwave activity increased during the periods when the pink noise was being delivered, suggesting that it could help older adults preserve some memory functions.


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Alcohol Affects Our Heartbeat


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

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esearchers from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute examined nutrition and cancer recurrence data from 826 patients with Stage III colon cancer and found those that consumed two or more ounces of tree nuts a week experienced a 42 percent reduction in cancer recurrence and a 57 percent lower risk of death on average compared to those that ate no nuts.

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

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esearchers from the University of Oxford, in the UK, have found that infants that take more daytime naps tend to develop a larger vocabulary at an earlier age than their peers by examining sleeping patterns of 246 babies between the ages of 7 months and 3 years for 10 days. Parents also completed a language analysis at the start of the study and three and six months later to determine how many words each child understood from a list 416 words typically learned in infancy. Infants that napped more frequently during the day performed better on both understanding and expressing vocabulary than the others.

Long-Term Cell Phone use a Health Risk


esearchers at Orebro University, in Sweden, conducted a review of research reported since 1965 on the incidence of glioma brain cancer with continued use of cell phones. They found that the highest cumulative exposures to cell phone radiation correlated with a 90 percent increase in the risk of glioma cancer. The risk increased with time; after 10 years of cell phone use, it increased by 62 percent and doubled after 20 years.


report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that 35 percent of U.S. adults don’t get adequate sleep. Dr. W. Chris Winter, of the Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine clinic, recommends we pick a wake-up time that works for every day and stick with it, regardless of bedtime; it pays off by eventually training the brain to fall asleep at the same time every night. Swedish scientists found that sleep loss reduces the presence of hormones that promote feelings of fullness in the stomach and increases the amounts of those that promote hunger, leading to obesity.

Tai Chi Eases the Blues Boston researchers found a reduction in depressive symptoms among people that practice tai chi via 50 Chinese-Americans diagnosed with depression. They were divided into three groups. One group participated in tai chi sessions twice a week and were encouraged to practice the movements at home three times a week. Another group attended twice weekly depression education sessions and a third served as the control group. After 12 weeks, the tai chi group reported significant improvements in depression symptoms, which continued after the study was completed, measured at 24 weeks. 14

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

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

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


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

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Regift or Recycle Smart Phones When replacing holiday purchases of smartphones and other electronic devices, don’t just trash the old ones. Manufacturing electronics consumes many resources and discarded waste can leak harmful chemicals into ecosystems. There are far better ways to redirect and repurpose them. Besides trading in phones for a rebate, another good option is transferring them to an official recycling program that makes sure all components are dealt with properly. Some states offer special provisions. Check the E-Cycling Central website at Major phone makers and carriers offer recycling programs, and some retailers accept select electronic devices. Best of all, give a device a new life by gifting it. accepts obsolete personal electronic

devices by mail; the donor selects a charity to receive the proceeds., CellPhonesForSoldiers. com and are kindred organizations. lets users find nearby charity recycling initiatives via zip code. It provides scholarships for U.S. children that have lost a parent through warfare or terrorism, feeds malnourished children in Asia, builds low-income housing and donates prepaid calling cards to military personnel. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, other unwanted electronic devices can be recycled so that incorporated copper, steel and glass can be recovered and reused. Other materials like lead (in circuit board solder, glass cathode ray tubes of many TVs and computer screens, and batteries) and mercury (in fluorescent backlights of many flat-panel screen

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CHAMPIONING HOLISTIC ATHLETES The New Face of Sports Medicine by Marlaina Donato


oaches and athletes nationwide are attributing quicker recovery time, less inflammation and better focus to a whole body approach to health care. A nutrient-dense diet tailored to individual needs is at the heart of overall fitness. Like Venus Williams and Tom Brady, tennis and football superstars who prefer raw vegan and organic whole foods, respectively, many of today’s outstanding athletes choose to eat clean and incorporate mind-body practices.

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

Strong credits achieving his personal best to a healthy lifestyle and recovery from an automobile accident that led to amputation of his lower left leg as a teen. “After the accident, my family and I opened a raw vegetarian restaurant. We produced as many cultured foods as possible—sauerkraut, kombucha and kefir. Improving my gut health gave me the biggest strides in healing. Yoga and meditation also contributed. It all saved me.” Six-time Ironman triathlete, U.S. Senior Olympic gold medalist and marathoner Ruth Heidrich, Ph.D., of Honolulu, attributes surviving stage IV breast cancer primarily to her low-fat vegan diet. Already an avid runner and nutritionally conscious, Heidrich was shocked to hear the diagnosis. “I was 47 years old when I was told the results of the biopsy. I thought I was going to die because of the symptoms I was experiencing,” recalls the 82-year-old, who not only beat multiple malignancies without chemotherapy or radiation, but was the first cancer patient to complete an Ironman Triathlon. This “Ironlady’s” holistic approach includes a


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Ruth Heidrich whole food, 100 percent plant-based diet, featuring oats, quinoa and brown rice. “When we give our body its proper fuel, it will function at its optimal level,” remarks Heidrich, who has dedicated her life to re-educating others about diet and investing in her ongoing athletic achievements.

Maintaining good habits while traveling can be challenging. Strong adds healthy salts to structure his drinking water and brings along superfoods such as green vegetable powders to use when he can’t access organic produce. To optimize his air quality while away from home, Strong uses a personalized air purifier that creates ozone. San Francisco-based, three-time Olympic swimming gold medalist and world champion Natalie Coughlin remains dedicated to better diet choices without deprivation. “When I travel, I always bring my own snacks. I like dark chocolate-covered almonds, a natural sweet that also supplies protein and fiber. To stay hydrated, I drink herbal teas, especially mint,” says Coughlin, who also incorporates a tart green smoothie every morning with kale, parsley, collards, celery, citrus and frozen pineapple. At home, “I like to be informed about where my meat comes from and how the conditions are for the animal. If I roast a chicken, I will use every part, including the bones, to make a stock,” she says. Her holistic approach includes

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eelings of comfort and joy can seem elusive when the holiday to-do list looms or runs amok. The season can seem more like an endless burden than a parade of cheerful events and glad tidings. Amidst celebratory chaos, these simple rules will help restore inner peace and create greater happiness.


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Eschew Perfection Guests are much more interested in filling their stomachs with great food than judging the scuff marks and wall dings. The perfection of the season is found in the special moments when families and friends sit down together.

Do Nothing for 15 Minutes It’s amazing how refreshed we feel when we take a few minutes to sit in a comfortable chair and simply experience a moment of stillness. Inner quiet allows the mind to relax and reinvest energy in the body, so we can return to holiday activities with renewed zest.


Give Each Person a Special Gift Think of something thoughtful that both the giver and receiver enjoy doing together and write a promissory note for the shared experience, such as a free backrub, a day spent downtown, a personal manicure or a movie the other person wants to see.


Take Advantage of Extended Shopping Hours To avoid crowds and lines, schedule

a late-night power-shopping trip. This is the easiest way to manage a department store visit with sanity, have easy access to the shelves and get immediate service.


Take a Holiday Binge Day Designate a day with no limits and no self-judgment. For anyone that mentally monitors their calories or sweets, claim a binge day out loud with permission for total holiday munching freedom. The next day, we can reinstate discipline.


Sing While We Work Nothing makes meal preparation tasks go faster than crooning along to our favorite carols. Turn up Susan Boyle’s O Holy Night and soon your lungs will be full of air, your heart filled with sentiment, and the turkey stuffed with seasonal goodness will be ready to go into the oven.





Express Feelings in a Healthy Way Family gatherings can sometimes test our boundaries and patience. Avoid repressing feelings by finding a way to speak a personal truth in the moment, in a calm and healthy fashion. It’s better than returning home stewing about what we wish we could or should have said.

Assign Roles to Household Helpers The holiday load is lighter when everyone pitches in. Assign specific roles to household members with clear responsibilities, from taking out the garbage to setting the table and washing up.


Leave Some Tasks for Later It’s unrealistic to think the house has to be in perfect order after festive gatherings. After guests leave, put the leftovers in the fridge and watch a movie. Cleanup will feel easier and faster after a good night’s rest.

Express Gratitude at the Table Loving feelings can never be expressed enough, so use the holiday as an opportunity to tell others how important they are to you. Create a heartfelt moment at the table by sharing at least one thing that you’re truly grateful for, and ask everyone else to do the same. Go Outside for Fun in Nature Hiking in a nearby forest preserve, skating, sledding or building a snow fort with the kids not only burns energy, but is emotionally exhilarating for the whole family. Pick an outdoor activity, don appropriate togs, and share in the laughter and serenity of a sparkling winter day. Dianne Bischoff James is a life transformation coach, actor, business consultant and author of The Real Brass Ring: Change Your Life Course Now. She specializes in facilitating the midlife reboot and lives in Boston, MA.

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How do parents know if they’re on the right track? To be awakened or conscious means to realize that we carry emotional baggage and conditioning from childhood that affects our relationship with our children. Our old ways of thinking and

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

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

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way. Conflicts decrease and conscious, connected communication increases.

What can parents do when they fall back into old patterns, shaming children or doing other things that create distance? When this happens, parents need to sit with themselves and look deeply within, asking: “What is it about me that feels the need to deride, scorn

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

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he holidays offer us time and reason to gather with family and friends to celebrate all the goodness in our lives. We take pretty pictures of decorations, smiling faces, hugs and laughter—all while gathered around a bountiful spread of holiday food and toasting each other’s good health with holiday spirits. And that’s where the danger begins. Our bodies endure an approximate two-hour jolt from high glucose and insulin after a normal meal—but that rapid increase is even greater with holiday portions and menus. Glucose-spiking

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PEACE ON EARTH Conflict Resolutions that Work to Bridge Divides Healing happens when we handle conflict in a healthy and transformative way.

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Roughly 30 years ago, notable voices began urging Americans to embrace a sustainable worldview of unity in diversity, recognizing our core oneness as a solution to an increasingly out-of-balance society. Success in this endeavor depends primarily on the “habits of the heart” of our citizens, developed in local milieus of families, neighborhoods, classrooms, congregations, voluntary associations, workplaces and public places where strangers gather.

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While mainstream media often largely focuses on the negative aspects of conflict—discord, divisiveness, intolerance, violence, incivility, injustice, chaos and complex problems—a countermovement is convening constructive conversations. Participants are initiating dialogue and deliberations intended to resolve conflicts and create cohesiveness, collaboration, cooperation and compromise among local factions that disagree on how to deal with everything from health care and social justice to environmental protection and climate science. Educational training materials and books are giving outdated models of conflict resolution a facelift. In The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000 Mile Journey Through a New America, Sarah Van 28

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Gelder devotes a chapter to a Greensboro, North Carolina, battle over a story about a deadly, racially charged incident from the city’s recent past. She quotes James Lamar Gibson, a 20-something AfricanAmerican activist and core organizer for the Counter Stories Project: “We’ve been stuck in an old conversation for a couple of decades. We want to have an army of people with restorative conversation skills, so we can get past the divisiveness and imagine together a different sort of Greensboro,” he says. The project began with facilitator training, and then developed story circles in which residents were able to have the difficult discussions that don’t ordinarily take place among the police, city council, churches and social agencies. Today’s conflict resolution experts are discovering that conflict is an essential and powerful call for applying spiritual principles and exercising spiritual practices.

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“What if we considered conflict as a secret ally or a guidepost, showing us what really matters to us and how much we care? What if our intense emotions are sources of invincible energy, with the power to build the world we want, together? What does having conflict in a healthy and transformative way

look like?” queries Ma’ikwe Ludwig, executive director of Commonomics USA, an organization which educates and advocates for a world where a commons-based economy creates economic and ecological security for all. “Conflict has the power to bring to the surface what’s really at stake and to unite people toward a common goal,” advises Ludwig. Her thought-provoking questions can help shift perceptions toward the idea that we need to use conflict; maybe even welcome it. Ludwig, author of Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption, recently helped present new perspectives on conflict resolution during a webinar for Transition US members interested in creating inclusive and diverse communities through collaboration. The nonprofit inspires, encourages, supports and provides networking and training for grassroots initiatives seeking to build community resilience in the face of such challenges as oil spills, climate change and economic crises. Courtney Breese, managing director for the nonprofit National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) and her colleagues, together with thousands of innovative thinkers, are helping by introducing people to simple dialogue and deliberation structures,

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processes and resources that invite meaningful and productive conversations leading to constructive civic engagement. Breese remarks, “We’re open to working with anyone interested in learning processes that can help bridge divides. We also like sharing stories about what is working.”


The group’s downloadable free tools help newcomers: A beginner’s guide for exploring dialogue ( beginners-guide); a how-to-guide for Conversation Café (CC) hosts (Tinyurl. com/ManualForConversationCafe); and the American Library Association Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change Project ( ltc-models). “To date, we’ve had at least 800 librarians participate in free NCDD webinars,” Breese notes. CC is a simple tool useful in exploring difficult topics and provides a safe space to process different perspectives. “Initial agreement on basic rules includes suspending judgment while

listening and seeking to understand others, refraining from persuading or converting and talking only from personal experience,” explains Breese. One new network member, J. Scott Wagner, author of The Liberal’s Guide to Conservatives, speaks about the importance of using neutral language in dialogue. “I learned from him how words can be emotional triggers and signal one-sided perspectives, leaving some group members feeling angry or excluded because they feel the speaker won’t be open to hearing their perspective,” says Breese. After three tours of the U.S. and hundreds of interviews with conservative individuals, Wagner, founder of the nonprofit Reach the Right, was inspired to use his knowledge of five arenas—neurology/cognitive psychology, personality, bias, social conformity and morality—to help progressives understand conservatives that are not only their political leaders, but also their relatives, partners, friends and managers. He offers a simple explanation for anyone drenched in inaccurate biases. “We inherit unconscious genetic personality characteristics that lead us to develop our ideology, with which we construct our world and align with others that are in agreement. Differences in our personality characteristics are the culprits that create conflict.”

Community Needs Erase Enmity

Drawing on 25 years of experience of enabling sworn enemies to create peace in places such as South Africa, Northern Ireland and Colombia, Adam Kahane, author of Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People You Don’t Agree with or Like or Trust, shares insights into the “enemyfying syndrome” that instigates conflict. This habit of thinking and acting as if people we are dealing with are our enemies and the cause of our problems is all around us and dominates the media. “The enemies are always the others, ‘those people’. Enemyfying, which feels exciting and satisfying—even righteous and heroic—usually obscures, rather than clarifies, the reality of the challenges we face. It amplifies conflicts, narrows the space

for problem solving and creativity, and distracts us with unrealizable dreams of decisive victory from the real work we need to do,” observes Kahane. Kahane sees the challenge of conflict becoming more acute. “People today are generally more free, individualistic and diverse, with stronger voices and less deference. Volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity are growing.” Yet, contrary to the common view, it is possible for people that hold contradictory positions to find ways to collaborate. That’s what he and 40 others representing military officers, guerrillas and paramilitaries; activists and politicians; businesspeople and trade unionists; landowners and farmers; and academics, journalists and young


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people, accomplished in the Destino Colombia project. They organized to contribute to ending their country’s 52-year civil war.

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Jonathan Bender, founder of The Performance of Your Life, a public speaking and personal development business, has been on a lifelong quest of fostering personal growth and societal transformation. His therapeutic classes and workshops demonstrate how to connect, honor and deeply resonate with others, even if they have different worldviews, and how to listen and hear in the same way we want to be heard. Acknowledging the adrenalin rush that’s a common response to fear of conflict, Bender says, “When we learn to be mindful and speak from our entire body, rather than just from our head, we notice that the voice resonates and originates from a much bigger place. This teaches us to cultivate greater awareness of our emotions and how we express them. “Begin by acknowledging an emotion, and then reduce its intensity through slow, deep breaths, paying attention to the correlating physical sensation. Shifting our focus back to the heart

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allows us to recognize parts of ourselves in the stories of others and come to understand that our personal history is the filter through which we ‘enemyfy’,” says Bender, who speaks and presents publicly, educating audiences and clients about the universally challenging performances of everyday life. According to Robert Atkinson, Ph.D., author of The Story of Our Time: From Duality to Interconnectedness to Oneness, today’s rugged individualism amid conflicts comprises a crisis of consciousness. “No longer can we settle only on seeing things in opposition to one another; we need to shift our consciousness to be able to see the parts coming together in a new whole. Accepting the oneness of humanity as a biological fact, a social necessity and a spiritual reality will lead us further along our journey toward lasting world peace.” His observation fits with what Joanna Macy, author and scholar of Buddhism and deep ecology, believes is the call of our time: “As planetary citizens, we are being called to wake up together.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for who blogs at

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Can you summarize the results of your experiments of healing through collective intentions? We’ve done hundreds of experiments using small and large groups; 30 were tightly controlled scientific studies conducted in conjunction with researchers at institutions such as the University of Arizona, University of California and Penn State University. The experiments have involved all kinds of intentions, ranging from the relatively simple to the impossibly complex. The large-scale intention experiments involved upwards of 25,000 participants remotely logging onto a website to view photos of the targets, sometimes 8,000 miles away, and sending them a well-defined intention, like changing the pH balance of water or healing a war veteran of post-traumatic stress disorder. To date, 26 of those 30 experiments resulted in positive, measurable, mainly scientifically significant effects. We’ve seen the pH of water change by a full pH number and seen seeds grow twice as much as control seeds. We also conducted three peace intention experiments with interesting results: After our eight-day intention for Sri Lanka during its civil war, violence levels fell; the government had won several decisive battles that week; and within a few months that 25-year war was over. We can’t say with certainty that we had a hand in this, but our other peace experiments showed similar results. If it happens a few more times, that becomes compelling.

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

To me, this partly explained the sense of oneness, compassion and love they experienced. Andrew Newberg, director of research at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health, in Philadelphia, recorded similar effects in Sufi masters, and nuns and monks engaged in prayer and meditation, but only after years of learning certain techniques. My participants, all novices, were primed only by watching a 13-minute YouTube video of me explaining how to send intention in a group. Group intention appears to be a fast-track to the miraculous—no experience necessary.

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

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

I was most surprised by the rebound effects reported by participants, whom I starting surveying after the Sri Lankan peace experiment. Thousands of extraordinary comments related not only how participants felt during the activity, but also afterwards; they were experiencing major shifts in their relationships, health, careers and well-being. All they had done was sit individually in front of their computer holding an intention, yet they experienced the altered and mystical states of consciousness described by psychologist Abraham Maslow as “peak experiences”. Life University, a large chiropractic university in Atlanta, worked with us to study the brainwaves of participants in six “power of eight” groups and found that senders had decreased activity in their frontal and parietal lobes, which govern the sense of self. It was like the boundaries between participants were dissolving into a state of oneness.

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

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THE GIFTS OF CITRUS Colorful Good Health in Holiday Dishes


by Judith Fertig

inter citrus fruits that arrive in a gift basket or show up on sale at the grocer present a welcome bright spot on winter’s darker days. Valencia and blood oranges, limes and Meyer lemons are delicious in their own right, and deserve their place on the breakfast table. Yet there are many other intriguing ways to enjoy them in vinaigrettes, salads, main dishes, baked goods and desserts. Winter citrus is full of health benefits, just when we need them most:

during the busy holiday season. To start, they help bolster our immune system, guarding against colds or helping us recover faster. Their high vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, content is water soluble. According to a comprehensive study by the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, a daily intake of 400 milligrams of vitamin C can halve the incidence of colds in adults and cut their duration by 14 percent. The flavonoid hesperidin in citrus helps boost “good” HDL cholesterol and

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


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Zesty Citrus Holiday Recipes Moroccan Spiced Orange Slices with Orange Blossom Water

dust with cinnamon and a generous drizzle of honey.

Yields: 2 servings for breakfast, or as a snack or dessert ¼ heaping cup chia seeds 1½ cups dairy or non-dairy milk 2 Tbsp maple syrup, or to taste 1 Tbsp Meyer lemon juice (or other citrus juice) Pinch of sea salt ½ tsp lemon zest Fresh tangerine segments for garnish

Chill the oranges for at least 1 hour or longer in the refrigerator before serving.

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When ready to serve, sprinkle the pomegranate seeds, pistachios and mint leaves evenly over the top.

Meyer Lemon Chia Seed Bowl with Tangerines

In a bowl, stir together the chia seeds, milk, maple syrup, Meyer lemon juice, salt and lemon zest. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour. To serve, spoon the chia seed mixture into bowls and garnish with tangerine segments.

Shiitake Mushroom and Pea Risotto with Orange

Orange blossom or orange flower water is available at better grocery stores, kitchen shops, Middle Eastern markets or online. photo by Stephen Blancett

Yields: 4 to 5 servings 5 medium to large navel or large blood oranges 3 Tbsp orange blossom water 1 tsp ground cinnamon 2 Tbsp honey or date sugar ½ pomegranate, seeded 1½ to 2 Tbsp coarsely chopped unsalted pistachios 8 to 10 mint leaves, chopped or torn, for garnish

Yields: 6 servings as side dish or starter or 4 as main dish 2 Tbsp butter or margarine, divided 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided, plus more as needed 8.8 oz shiitake mushrooms, stems

Peel the oranges and cut away all of the white pith and outer membrane. Slice each orange across the core into ¼-inch slices, six per orange, reserving any juice that runs off. Push out and discard any spongy white core. Fan the slices in concentric circles, slightly overlapping the fruit, on a large round serving platter. Drizzle the orange blossom water and any reserved runoff juice over the fruit. Using a fine sieve, lightly and evenly


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removed, caps sliced into ¼- to ½-inch strips Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste Zest of 1 orange 2 large oranges, juiced, about 1 cup, divided 1 small yellow onion, peeled and chopped 9 oz Arborio rice 4 cups warm chicken or vegetable stock or broth 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil or 2 tsp dried; or 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh sage leaves or 1 tsp dried 1½ cups young, tiny sweet peas, fresh or frozen Heat 1 tablespoon each of the butter and oil in a large skillet over mediumlow heat until sizzling starts. Add the mushrooms and salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until tender, 4 to 5 minutes, adding more oil if needed. Add ¼ cup orange juice and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes until the juice evaporates and the mushrooms are very tender and glazed. Transfer the mushrooms to a bowl and set aside. Add the remaining butter and oil to the skillet and return to the heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes over medium heat until softened, transparent and just starting to turn golden. Add the rice and zest and toss with the onions until all the grains are coated in oil. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes more, stirring, until the rice becomes translucent. Add 2 ladles (about 2/3 cup) of stock and cook, stirring constantly and gently, until the liquid is almost absorbed. 36

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When the rice has cooked for 10 minutes in this manner, add all the remaining juice and cook until it’s absorbed. Continue cooking the rice, stirring, adding 2 ladles (about 2/3 cup) of broth at a time until the liquid is absorbed, about another 10 minutes. When the rice has cooked for a total of 20 minutes, if using frozen peas, stir in the peas, as well as the mushrooms. Add any remaining stock and cook, stirring, until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender and creamy. Total cooking time should be 20 to 25 minutes from the moment the rice is added to the skillet. Taste and add more salt or pepper if needed.

Baby Vegetables and Microgreens with Charry Lime Vinaigrette Yields: 4 servings Charry Lime Vinaigrette: Zest of 2 limes Juice from the grilled limes 1 Tbsp seasoned rice wine vinegar 1 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1 tsp sorghum or maple syrup ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper Vegetables: 4 oz baby radishes 4 oz baby carrots, with some of the green top 4 oz baby leeks, trimmed 4 oz baby yellow pattypan squash 2 oz microgreens Prepare a medium-hot fire in the grill. Brush the radishes, carrots and leeks with olive oil and place in a grilling

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If using fresh peas, add them with the first addition of stock. Stir in the fresh or dried herbs at the same time. Continue cooking the risotto over medium heat, adding 2 more ladles (about 2/3 cup) of stock at a time, stirring constantly, allowing each addition of liquid to be almost absorbed before adding more broth.

basket or on a perforated grill rack. Grill for 4 to 5 minutes, turning often, until the vegetables have just started to brown at the edges. Zest the limes and set the zest aside. Halve the limes and grill, cut sides down, for 1 to 2 minutes or until they have good grill marks; adds a smoky, caramelized flavor. For the Charry Lime Vinaigrette, squeeze the juice of the grilled lime halves into a bowl. Whisk in the reserved lime zest, rice wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, sorghum and olive oil together until well blended. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Arrange the vegetables on salad plates and garnish with microgreens. Spoon the vinaigrette over all and serve. Adapted lemon and lime recipes are from Red, White, and ’Que: Farm Fresh Foods for the American Grill by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig, permission of Running Press. Adapted orange recipes are from Orange Appeal, by Jamie Schler, permission of Gibbs Smith.

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INSPIRED LIVING Coming Next Month Five Ways to Make the New Year Sparkle Natural Stress Relief

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nspiration may strike anywhere, at any time. The trick is nurturing the process to appear on demand when we need it most. Often, an inspiration is sparked when we perceive someone being selfless, courageous, physically extraordinary or deliciously creative. However, we don’t need to wait for outside stimulus when we can discover internal stirrings by invoking any of these self-inspiring tips. Just Do It – The Nike slogan has never been more appropriate. We all have something we’ve thought about doing or trying. Whether traveling to a new location, trying a different sport, joining a new-to-us group or club, or making more friends, don’t put it off— just do it.

Economics examined the relationship between volunteering and happiness in a large group of American adults, they found that the more people volunteered, the happier they were.

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Journal – People often journal as a way to reflect upon their lives. This can be helpfully revealing, but rather than looking back, look forward, using a journal as a blueprint to manifest the most inspired year yet. Write out plans and dreams with the steps needed to achieve them.

Volunteer – A common excuse for not volunteering is, “I don’t have the time.” Next year, make the time. When researchers at the London School of

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Defeat allodoxaphobia – It’s the fear of others’ negative opinions. Everyone suffers from this to some extent, and it can hinder us from living our best life. Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt remarked, “You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.”

Gratitude – This is the big one. One way to be and stay inspired is by starting off each day in a state of gratitude. Every morning before getting out of bed, think of at least three things to be grateful for. By doing this, we recognize the blessings we have and greet the day in a positive frame of mind. It’s a perfect way to end each day, too. When someone routinely inquires, “How are you?” answer, “I am grateful.” Our time on Earth is not infinite. With only so many days promised, let’s vow to live them inspired.

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Preserve Food “There are tradeoffs between convenience and environmental impact,” says Kathleen Hanover, executive creative director at Imagine That Creative Marketing Services, in Dayton, Ohio. “I’d love to freeze all of our family’s produce, but after two power outages, I can veggies, too. Steam canners for jams, jellies, tomatoes and high-acid foods use three inches of water and 10 minutes of energy.” Shel Horowitz, a consultant for Green and Profitable and co-author of Guerrilla Marketing to Heal the World, joined a food co-op in the 1970s. Today, it has 9,000 members. “I dehydrate veggies for soup, pasta, stir-fry dishes or as tomato or zucchini chips,” he says. “Onions, shallots, garlic, leeks, celery, kale, hot peppers, tomatillos and fruit were successful; eggplant, cucumbers and rhubarb were not.”

Use It All The Traditional Line menu devised by executive chef Mark Russell, of Great Performances, a sustainability-oriented

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

Multipurpose a Cook Pot “My mother believed pressure cookers would explode, so I bought an Instant Pot and changed the way I cook,” says Sue Ann Jaffarian, a Los Angeles paralegal and mystery writer. “I have a demanding day job and writing deadlines. I toss in healthy ingredients and have a simple homemade meal, often vegan, in a minute. Soup, stew, risotto, pasta, chili, pudding, brown rice and oatmeal work well. It doesn’t heat up the kitchen, either.” The Instant Pot works like a crock pot, pressure cooker, steamer, sauté pan, warming pot, rice cooker and yogurt maker, replacing seven appliances.

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high-end catering and food service company in New York City, remarks, “Food trends have changed,” noting preserving, freezing, pickling and canning remain sound. He salutes thrifty Depression-era practices. “My grandparents picked dandelion greens to fry in bacon fat,” he says. “A salad with olive oil and fresh tomato is healthier.” Fermented grape leaves can be rolled up into dolmas filled with local grains and feta cheese instead of meat. He also blanches and freezes cauliflower leaves, warmed in butter to serve; he’s then used the whole vegetable. Nasturtium leaves are fermented, seeds and stems pickled and flowers puréed. “I make nasturtium flower coulis, bright orange and spicy, to dollop on freshwater fish,” Russell says. “Stems are minced into grain salads and seeds sprinkled on slabs of beefsteak tomatoes. Leaves, soft from fermentation, wrap around fresh goat cheese, shred into coleslaw or pair with steamed basmati rice.”

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

Make Holiday Décor “Retro-style repurposing is smart, fun and easy,” says upstate New York lifestyle writer and cookbook author Cynthia O’Connor O’Hara. “I glued together assorted cups, saucers and plates with glass-specific glue to create tiered servers

that double as a centerpiece. Check your house to find dishware that will look nice together.” It’s satisfying to combine experiences with updated technology, save time and support a healthier planet, both during the holidays and year-round. Connect with the freelance writer via

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

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Embracing Humanity with Hope by Reverend Dr. Lori Cardona


here is a story from the Buddhist tradition about a spiritual awakening that starts with a madman on the warpath. The madman was known for his vicious anger towards sages and siddhas. He would go from village to village chopping off the heads of the wisest and most revered wise men and women. One day, while walking through a crowd that feared him, he came upon a monk nun peacefully sleeping by a Bodhi tree. The man hovered over her with a menacing look and waited for her to look up at him. When she finally did, he pulled out his sword and held it over her head. “What do you want from me?” she gently asked him. “Help me find peace,” he said, while secretly knowing that she would be like all the rest, all those who tried but who could not help him find the peace he inwardly longed for. The nun closed her eyes, took a long deep breath. “But you are unwilling,” she said. “You do not forgive, you love to tell stories of all the wrongs that have been done to you; you build walls with your anger. You see that sword you hold over my head? It is the sword you hold over your own. That is why you do not find peace. Peace is found when we remove all the blocks we’ve built against it. For that, you must be willing to lay down the sword.” The madman considered this idea and for a moment; he put down his sword. With compassion in her eyes, the nun said, “Now you will know peace.” So often we go through our own lives like that madman, with our swords of defensiveness and fear held out in readiness for a fight. As we watch news of terrorist activity, mass shootings, domestic and sexual violence, hurricanes and political unrest,


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it’s easy to wonder if the entire world has gone mad. We become fearful and angry while yearning for peace. We try to find balance between our soul’s sacred journey which emphasizes peaceful living, and our ego’s pride which holds the high watch defensively and fearfully for signs of danger. In A Course in Miracles, we are taught there are only two true emotions: Love and fear. The ego functions from a place of fear and mistakenly believes in the power of others to hurt us. It retaliates by taking on a defensive stand to protect itself from the possibility of harm. On the other hand, Love sees everything from a perspective of compassion, non-judgment, non-violence and true forgiveness. Errors previously considered as sins in need of punishment are understood to be mistakes in need of correction. At a recent class for our seminarians at Sacred Journey Interfaith Seminary, we reviewed peace prayers from a number of faith practices. Not surprisingly, they each in their own way teach us that it is up to every individual to make a contribution and a commitment to peace. Step by step, thought by thought, we redirect our minds and hearts back to peace until we have a global consciousness of peace. We embrace humanity with the hope that we will see peace in our lifetime, even as we have evidence of so much unrest. We look in the mirror and then look at the images of terrorists and murders. As we know that we are one, we pray for and work toward the image to be unified in the peace-maker. In his famous book, The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran wrote: “Beauty is life when life unveils her holy face. You are life and you are the veil, gazing at itself in the mirror.” May we all live as spiritual survivors, instruments of peace, visible love, forgiveness and compassion, and not as the madman with our swords held out in readiness for battle. As long as there is willingness, there is hope. As long as there is hope, there is motivation to move forward, with peace and love. And, with peace and love, we can change the world. Reverend Dr. Lori Cardona is the founder, director and spiritual leader of LMC Interfaith Ministries. She is the co-founder and associate dean of Sacred Journey Interfaith Seminary, the only interfaith seminary in the southeast United States. For more information, call 954-632-0605, email and/or visit See ad page 7.

Meditation: A Journey To Your Inner World by Victoria Danelczyk Meditation is like giving a hug to ourselves, getting in touch with that awesome reality in us. While meditating we feel a deep sense of intimacy with God, a love that is inexplicable. ~ Paramahansa Yogananda


e have all heard about the benefits of meditation. Some people practice it and others pass it by doubting the benefits of such simple practice. It is so simple that perhaps for this reason the favor of doubt is attributed to it— sometimes without experiencing it. Meditation is not only the action of sitting in an empty place and disconnecting with the outside (which is ideal), but more so the goal is to achieve a state of peace and harmony with ourselves and our environment, recover control and continue our daily lives in the healthiest way possible—regardless of external events. Many people have heard of the benefits of meditation and very much want to experience them. Submerging for a few minutes in a state of interior silence, disconnecting from the outer world, not only improves our mental state and reduces anxiety and stress but also helps reduce the risk of psychosomatic diseases, prevent insomnia, relax the muscles and relieve us of accumulated tensions, giving us emotional tranquility. Above all, meditation affords us self-consciousness about our own body and allows us to develop concentration. By meditating, we become relaxed and our body is so closely intertwined with what we are doing, that we can connect with our feelings, with our instincts—a state often lost in becoming so-called “adults”. Meditation assists us in restoring this natural state. When you want to find your essence, when you want to know the answers, when you want to escape, look for a quiet, cool, clean place where you can relax for a couple of minutes—five, maybe twenty or the whole afternoon. If you have the opportunity to sit down for a moment by the river, on the beach, in a forest or anywhere that allows you to be in contact with nature, you may be able to connect with yourself. In other words, look for the NOW. By being present you can perceive with your five senses the sensations around you: the sound of the wind, the sea or the water of a river; the aroma of flowers, moss or salt; the texture of grass, leaves or sand under your feet. All these sensations are there every time you visit these places. It only takes a moment to notice them, to realize that they are there to make them PRESENT. Relax your body, breathe gently until you feel comfortable (important), open your eyes to look at the clouds or close them to create the space where you would like to be in that moment. Do not think, do not remember, do not interrupt, just let your being flow. Nature reminds us every day that we are not alone in this world. There are a multitude of beings that share with us this

beautiful planet. It is enough to sit for a moment in nature and to observe, to feel, to listen and to perceive with all the senses the life that surrounds us. The simple fact of noticing how your body feels—without judging it, without engaging in a story and only feeling—this is already a meditation. Listen to it and let it guide you, connect with the Universe so that it will work in your favor. It is you who have all your answers— when you reach that peace where the outside does not exist in you—it is at that moment where your “I Am” is powerful, genuine. If you are a beginner, a suggestion is to meditate with sound such as Tibetan singing bowls. Sound meditation helps to reduce stress, creating a deep sensation of inner peace, balance and harmony while the cells of your body receive a gentle inner massage. Gong meditation clears you on the inside emotionally; a gong bath is a unique and highly personal experience. The gong speaks to each one of us individually, meeting us wherever we are on our life journey. To cleanse, the subconscious—the listener—only has to let go and let the sound of the gong do the work as it bathes the body, mind and soul. The experience is effortless and the results profound. Simply meditate on the sound or vibration. Meditating and calming the mind are the secret for health and longevity. Upcoming events at Healing Harmony Wellness Center include Gong Meditation, 4pm, December 2 and 6:30pm, December 29; Tibetan Singing Bowls Meditation, 6:30pm, December 20; and Learn to Meditate, 6:30pm, second and fourth Wednesdays every month. Victoria Danelczyk is a licensed massage therapist, reiki master, kundalini yoga teacher and co-owner of Healing Harmony Wellness Center, located at 9690 W. Sample Rd., Ste. 204, Coral Springs. For more information call 954-605-3800 or visit See ad page 32.

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

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Horses Hear Up to 33,500 Hz Marlow found that horses prefer rhythmic pieces matching their natural movements. “When a Tennessee walking horse breeder played music during a birth, the foal and mother recovered faster than usual.” After that, “The horses ran to the barn upon hearing the same music.” Sally Morgan, a physical therapist and advanced certified Tellington TTouch practitioner in Northampton, Massachusetts, who has enjoyed freestyle performance riding, says, “I liked to play our songs in the barn. Five CD players can keep horses relaxed most of the day. They don’t like country-western music; it’s often sad and in the wrong

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

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

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cadence. Classical music like Bach is calming. When I played Pachelbel’s Canon in D on my flute, my Morgan gelding, Ten Penny Moonshine, listened for hours.”

Rabbits Hear Up to 42,000 Hz “Rescued rabbits like long tones, common in music accompanying yoga or reiki,” Morgan relates. “Long tones hold a chord with layers of notes on top.”

Dogs Hear Up to 45,000 Hz “People hear in stereo, animals in mono,” says Marlow. It’s why dogs tilt their heads left to right—to allow more sound waves into their ears—collecting information from various angles. Sound frequency and intensity keeps an animal alive in nature; they learn to flee in another direction, not analyze. Separation anxiety is often due to a sound the dog doesn’t recognize, Marlow explains. Sound triggers behavior, whether good or bad, as dogs relax or are stressed. Music releases tension from their being ever-vigilant as seen in their posture. To understand what a dog hears, sit or crawl on the floor. Electronic speakers are usually positioned at heights conducive for our ears, not theirs. “For the holidays, my dogs and

horses like We Three Kings, The Holly and the Ivy and especially Greensleeves for their baroque roots and repeating patterns,” notes Morgan.

Cats Hear Up to 64,000 Hz Marlow credits her cat, Osborn, with inspiring her interest in music for animals. When Osborn was injured, she visited the veterinary hospital and sang to him to keep him calm. Her home state’s Litchfield Veterinary Hospital became her initial testing ground for speciesspecific music. “We use Pet Acoustics music boxes in the cat ward, recovery rooms and exam rooms,” says Heather Florkowski, a certified technician at the facility. “In our experience, stress inhibits the healing process. Like people, animals are anxious when ill and visiting the doctor’s office. Music helps ease their stress. At home, when I move the music box to another room, my dog follows it.” “During a TTouch session, cats are completely relaxed when I play New Age music for them,” says Morgan. “Pick music that fits the cat’s

personality. You can tell what they like from their body language; it’s not always what you’d expect.”

Aquarium Fish Hear Up to 3,000 Hz “Fish are frantic animals that must always anticipate their next meal,” says Sam Williamson, a former marine biologist in Edinburgh, Scotland. “When I started playing classical music at feeding time, I noticed my three betas became calmer. A piece by Benjamin Britten, started two minutes before feeding, led to them expect food only when the music played.”

Domesticated Birds Hear Up to 8,500 Hz In the wild, birds are part of a flock. At home, they’re often solitary. “Birds are the most musical and communicative of all animals,” remarks Marlow. “Without companionship, birds can get neurotic and pull their feathers out. Provide a sense of the outdoors by including nature sounds in played music.” “Animals need us to be aware of their hearing,” Marlow advises. “Holistic pet people have addressed improved diet and medical procedures. Understanding how music supports their well-being also enables us to better care for them.” Connect with Sandra Murphy at

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askthetherapist Karen L. Kaye, MS, LMHC

Parenting Our Children: The Challenge


Dear Karen Kaye, All of a sudden, my children are not following the rules or listening to me. What should I do? Thank you so much, Luci


Dear Luci, No one teaches us how to parent our children. Our little sweethearts who used to look at us as if we were their “heroes” now question every word we say and have decided not only do we not know anything, but they know everything! What we as parents need to know is our children are doing their job— flexing the muscle of independence. The biggest challenge is keeping up with their mood swings which can be moment to moment. To understand your child better, you must realize that a child is literally a baby who believes he or she is a young adult, all wrapped into one bundle of confusion. They do not even understand themselves! As soon as you respond to the baby in them, the young adult lacking experience shows up to push us away, leaving your child often


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feeling terrible for “having” to push away and yet too stubborn to apologize. The stack of bad feelings inside them grows so that the very sight of us can make them angry (before we’ve even opened our mouth). Some adults get stuck in this pattern too. To add insult to injury, any unfinished business or trauma from childhood comes out now. For example, the forgotten feelings of their parents’ divorce; a loved one’s death; the birth of a sibling; angry feelings that were too frightening to show as a child will all surface once the hormones begin to “kick in.” Often, children don’t possess adequate tools to deal with their conflicting feelings. Children today have more pressure than past generations with tougher schoolwork, higher expectations, more standardized exams and ridiculous amounts of homework. The competition is fierce.

In most families, parents are too busy for their children (thinking only little ones need the attention) and therefore most children are on their own, except of course if they do something wrong. It’s easy to dump “family problems” onto children since they already are so volatile in their emotional world. So in conclusion, have compassion for your children; be available; find ways of respecting them and their thoughts. Know that they need you more now than ever. Sincerely, Karen L. Kaye, MS, LMHC Karen L. Kaye has been in private practice for 35 years in Broward County. She receives clients in person and over the phone. You can reach her at 954-384-1217. See ad page 51.

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Allini Water Filters at Fort Lauderdale VegFest – Noon-6pm. See firsthand your options for pure, delicious, healthful drinking water and whole home systems for bath and shower. War Memorial Auditorium, 800 NE 8th St., Ft Lauderdale. 888.451.7333. Nourishe Organics Launch Party & Open House – 1-4pm. Meet the Thermae tribe, holistic skincare launch & tour of Thermae Retreat Delray. Enterto-win giveaways, treatment specials & raffles. Thermae Retreat Delray, 205 NE 5th Terrace, Delray Beach, FL 33444, 561.332.5883.

Sunday, December 3

Morning Meditation Retreat – 10:30am-12pm $60, Fresh fruit, Green juice & Full Sauna Retreat | Gyanpriya. Thermae Retreat Delray, 205 NE 5th Terrace, Delray Beach, FL 33444, 561.332.5883. David Young “A Portal Between Heaven and Earth” meditation workshop – 7pm. Tickets for this event are $30 in advance and $35 at the door, contact: Unity On The Bay, 411 NE 21st Street, Miami, FL 33137, 305.573.9191

WEDNESDAY, December 6

Free healing session with Cristovao Brilho – 7pm - Holiday Inn Airport, 1301 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach, 33405. Free parking. Call 786.295.8665, must arrive by 7pm.

Saturday, December 9

Ayurvedic Detox Rituals– 1-4pm $50. Daily, weekly & seasonal practices | Anisha Durve, Ayurvedic Practitioner. Thermae Retreat Delray, 205 NE 5th Terrace, Delray Beach, FL 33444, 561.332.5883. Free healing session with Cristovao Brilho - 5pm, free parking. Hotel Courtyard by Marriott, 2051 S LeJeune Road, Coral Gables, Miami 33134. Call 786.295.8665, must arrive by 5pm.

SUNDAY December 17

If you have any kind of geriatric disease – Come for a free acupuncture treatment (herbs not included) at ATOM’s Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program’s clinic. Treatments observed by the class. Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine (ATOM), 100 E. Broward Blvd., Suite 100, Ft. Lauderdale. Appointments: 954.763.9840 ext. 201.

markyourcalendar Opening Art Reception Broward Art Guild (BAG) Small Works Exhibit (all 14” or less) Saturday, Dec. 2, 6:30–9:00pm Exhibition Run Dates: November 22nd to December 15th 3280 NE 32nd Street Fort Lauderdale FL 33308

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New Moon Ceremony - Winter Solstice 7:30-9pm $20. Planetary Gong Ceremony, Debra Kelly, Shamanic Practitioner. Thermae Retreat Delray, 205 NE 5th Terrace, Delray Beach, FL 33444, 561332-5883.

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. Unity of Pompano — Join us at 9:30am: Power Hour discussion on spiritual topics/books led by Cynthia Roberts, L.U.T. 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. 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.

ECK Light and Sound Service — 11am–12pm, Free. First Sunday/month (JULY: 2nd Sunday). Experience Light and Sound of God. Learn about Eckankar HU Song, Rodeway Inn and Suites, 2400 West State Road 84 (Marina Mile Blvd), Fort Lauderdale, 33312, Johanna Carter, 954.693.5681. The Kabbalah Centre of Boca Raton Invites You to Spiritual Sunday — 11am. Donation Based. Get inspired every Sunday for an uplifting consciousness–elevating seminar and meditation using ancient Kabbalistic tools. Everyone’s welcome. 8411 West Palmetto Park Rd, Boca Raton, 33433. 561.488.8826. Elevate your Life! — 11am with Rev. Dr. Charles Geddes. Fuel your week, Enriching Hearts through Timeless Spiritual Principles! Bridges of Wellness, Wilton Plaza - 1881 NE 26th St, Suite 244, Wilton Manors, FL 33305, Call 954.530.6006.

Tai Chi — 11:30am–1pm. Fitness, stress management, low impact, exercise routines. Oneness Tai Chi Intl., 92 E McNab Rd, Pompano Beach FL 954.394.4342. Coral Springs Metaphysical Group — 1–3pm (1st Sun ea. mo.) Free. Deep trance channeling. Ask questions. Get answers. Talk to psychics. At the home of Charles and Sondra Zecher, 12140 NW 10th St, Coral Springs, 954.340.7087. Spiritual Oasis, a Psychic and Healing Event and Metaphysical Marketplace — 1:30–6:00pm, third Sunday of each month $20, come and share the excitement. Center for Inner Wisdom, 4849 N Dixie Hwy. Oakland Park, 33334, Robert, 954.696.6389.

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Helping Parents Heal Support Group — 2–4pm, 4th Sunday monthly, $Love, only for immediate family members who have lost a child. Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 SW 9th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315, Room 2, 954.865.1329. Speakers Forum — 3–4:30pm. $Love. Presenting uplifting topics, honoring all spiritual traditions. The Theosophical Society in Deerfield, 831 SE 9th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441 Palm Plaza, US 1 & SE 10th St., 954.242.8527. Community HU Chant — 6–6:30pm. 4th Sunday of each month (not in Dec.’17), 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. Interfaith Sacred Celebrations of Spirit — Weekly on Sunday evenings 6:30–7:30pm at Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution at a Healing Space,1410 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors, 33305. Rev. Dr. Grace Telesco 917.579.3750.

monday Free Vital Life Force Energy Treatment - every Monday at 10:00am, total 4 days in a row. Treatment for all ailments, pain or emotional disorders. Center for Inner Wisdom, 4849 N Dixie Hwy., Bay 2, Oakland Park 33334. Information: 754.214.1066. Self-Mastery Tai-Chi — 7–8:30pm (and Thursdays) $15. Healing in motion, improved focus, flow states and self defense! Integral Life Center, 880 N Federal Hwy, Beachway Plaza, Pompano Beach, Carlos Londoño, 954.445.7125. Reiki Circle/Meditation — 7:30– 8:45pm. $10 Reiki healing circle, guided meditation & discussion. Center for Spiritual Living, 4849 North Dixie Hwy, Oakland Park FL 33334, Rev Elise, R. M., 954.317.3907. Men and Women’s Support Group: Conscious Awareness — 8–10pm. $25 per session. Designed for men and women to learn from each other regarding relationships, self-worth and the rewrite of negative patterns. Contact: Karen Kaye, LMHC, 954.384.1217 (landline)


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Gathering In Presence — 8:30pm– 9:30pm. Free. Holding space for a indepth and powerful discussion of spiritual topics. Integral Life Center, 880 N Federal Hwy, Beachway Plaza, Pompano Beach, Barbara Ventura, 954.684.6335.

tuesday 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 — 10:45am–12noon. $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. Natural Dental Consultations — 2pm– 4pm. Free. Wondering how your oral health is connected to your body? Dr. Lipovetskiy specializes in Natural and Biological Dentistry. Advanced Dental Wellness Center, 104 SE 1st St, Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33301, 954.525.5662. Have You Had a Spiritual Experience? — 3rd Tue., 6–7pm. Free. Sense you’ve lived before? Out-of-body or near-death experience? Spiritual Discussion for people of any faith. West Regional Library, Room 210, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, 33324 Johanna 954.693.5681. Yoga 101 — 6:15pm. New to yoga or simply want a more in-depth breakdown of the poses? This is a great introduction. Relaxed and informal with Q&A opportunities. Non-heated. Yogi Plus Yoga, 6329 W. Commercial Blvd. Tamarac FL 33319, 754.235.3353. Holistic Chamber of Commerce Ft. Lauderdale East, representing Broward County — 6:30pm. Networking, Authentic Connections, Learning and Fun; Strong emphasis on Emotional Intelligence and how it affects your life. For details contact Esther 786.210.6057. Remember, what’s the best that can happen?

Reiki Circles for emotional, physical and spiritual well-being — 7pm– 8:15pm (and on Saturdays 11am) $10. Bridges of Wellness, 1881 NE 26th Street, Suite 244, Wilton Manors, FL 33305. Rev. Scott Friedman 954.854.7937 for info. Gentle Yoga — 7–8:30pm. $15. Suki Eleuterio takes you into a spiritual presence, through Chakra Spiritual, Bhakti Devotional, Ahimsa Kindness, Pranayama Breathing and Dhyana meditation! Integral Life Center, 880 N Federal Hwy., Beachway Plaza, Pompano Beach. Suki Eleutrerio, 302.563.6282. Relax and Unwind Your Tension with Guided Meditation and Music — 7–8:30pm, Donations appreciated. After meditation receive a body healing. Go home feeling revitalized. Ellen’s Condo, Deerfield Beach, 954.415.7173. Unity of Pompano — 7–9pm. Join us for our ongoing Metaphysics/Bible studies class taught by Rev. Lawrence Palmer, LUT’s Bev Spivey and Cynthia Roberts. Unity S.E.E. credit available. 261 SE 13th Ave., Pompano Beach 954.946.0857. Heal Your Emotions, Shift Your Reality - four simple statements can change your life. 7–9pm, $15.00. 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month. 2 hour channeled teaching. Center for Inner Wisdom, 4849 N Dixie Hwy. Oakland Park, 33334, Robert Ray, 954.696.6389.

wednesday Meditation & Reiki Healing Circle — 7pm, $5Love, Nature’s Emporium, 8041 W Sample Rd, Coral Springs 954.755.2223. Awakened Living Group — 7pm– 8pm Free. Practical spirituality for your journey of spiritual transformation/self discovery Center For Spiritual Living Ft. Lauderdale, 4849 N. Dixie Hwy Oakland Park, FL 33334, David, 305.746.0881. Oneness In Presence — 7–9pm. Free. Music meditation. We we are opening a space for a Creative Flow: musicians, painters, singers, dance and movement. Integral Life Center, 880 N Federal Hwy., Beachway Plaza, Pompano Beach. Michael Gotta, 561.212.4330.

Carole’s Circle — Guided Meditation, Reiki Healing & Channeled Message – 7:30pm. $15. Every Wednesday. Center for Inner Wisdom, 4849 N. Dixie Hwy., Oakland Park, FL 33334. Reservations and directions: Call the Center or Carole Ramsay 954.655.5490.

Find Your Voice — 8:30–9:30pm. $20. Instruction and practice in the communication of spiritual life! Integral Life Center, 880 N Federal Hwy., Beachway Plaza, Pompano Beach. Carlos Londoño, 954.445.7125.

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.

Tai Chi — 7:30–9pm Fitness, stress management, low impact, exercise routines. Oneness Tai Chi Intl., 92 E McNab Rd, Pompano Beach FL 954.394.4342.


Chant HU, the Sound of Soul — 3rd Friday. 7:30–8pm. Free. Chanting HU can help you feel more relaxed and at peace. HU chant 20 minutes; contemplation for 5 minutes. Dunkin’ Donuts, Espresso Room, 9170 W St Rd 84, Davie, FL 33324. 954.693.5681.

Want More Energy, Better Sleep, and Passive Income? – 7:30–9pm. $6, Richway’s amethyst crystal/far-infrared Biomat medical device and business opportunity overview. Helpful for arthritis and more. The Biomat Company, Serenity Room: 6011 Rodman St, Ste 300, Hollywood, 786.441.2727, text: 305.297.9360.

thursday Art Stroll 3rd Thursdays — 5–8pm, free. Come Stroll the Promenade of Green Turtle Plaza and enjoy an evening of Art and Entertainment. 2 blocks west of A1A, North side of Commercial, Lauderdale by the Sea. info: 954.909.2200.

Women’s Kung Fu, Tai Chi, & Yoga Fusion — 4:30pm–6:00pm, $10 Improve alignment and protection. Learn Chen Tai Chi, WaLu Kung Fu & Dao Yin Yoga, Qi Alchemy Loft, 6191 NW 34th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale 33309. Ever Pineda, 954.789.2440. Fat Village / MASS Art Walk — 5–11pm, (2nd Fri./mo). Valet/paid Parking lot & free trolley service. 954.785.7475. Crystal Bowl Meditation — 6–7:15pm. $15. Learn how to meditate with Singing Bowls. Relax and experience a deep and profound inner peace with these sacred instruments’ vibrations. Namaste Yoga, 421 S Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, 33062. 954.785.6333.

Reiki Circle/Meditation — 7:30– 8:45pm. $10 Reiki healing circle, guided meditation & discussion Center for Spiritual Living, 4849 North Dixie Hwy, Oakland Park FL 33334, Rev Elise, R. M., 954.317.3907. Tai Chi — 7:30–9pm. Fitness, stress management, low impact, exercise routines. Oneness Tai Chi Intl., 92 E McNab Rd, Pompano Beach FL 954.394.4342.

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. A Course in Miracles Discussion Group — 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Free. CoFacilitated by Rev. Margarita and Rev. Nancy, graduate of Dr. Jon Mundy’s All Faiths Seminary International. Sunshine Cathedral, 2nd floor classroom, 1480 SW 9th Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, 734.395.5857. Spiritual Evolution Study Group — 7:30–9pm $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. A Course in Miracles (ACIM) – Unity Hollywood, 7:30–9pm, $10Love. Join us for our ongoing Christian Metaphysics Study on the book ACIM, Unity Hollywood Church (back room), 2750 Van Buren St, Hollywood FL 33020. Victoria 954.609.0091.

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saturday Volunteer ~ Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep — 7–11am (2nd Saturday of month), 8am “Trash Talk” SusieQ & Joan Starr. Help save lives and keep beaches litter-free. 300 S. Ft Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Limited volunteer free parking, Las Olas Intracoastal Lot (south of east ramp) Earn community hours. Seaside Meditation — 7:30–8:15am. 1st and 3rd Saturday monthly. $Love. Release the week’s tensions, fears and cares in peaceful tranquility. Unity Golden Life Ministries, El Prado Park – Lauderdale by the Sea. Look for green blanket. When raining, under gazebo. 754.252.5939. 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. Raja Yoga Meditations at 4 Libraries — 10:30–11:30am weekly, free, at Carver Ranches (note exception: 12noon at Dania Beach). Hallandale Beach and SW Regional Library: only 1st and 3rd Sat. of month. Enjoy the peace within. Info, Roz 954.962.7447. Reiki Circles for emotional, physical and spiritual well-being — 11am– 12:15pm. (& Thurs 7pm) $10. Bridges of Wellness, 1881 NE 26th Street, Suite 244, Wilton Manors, FL 33305. Rev. Scott Friedman 954.854.7937 for info. 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.

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Yin Yoga — 2–3:15pm, $15. (+Wed, 6pm) Restorative Postures with Deep Breathing are held passively to expand motion in joints, supporting our immune system and emotional well being. Concludes with meditation. Namaste Yoga, 421 S. Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, 954.785.6333. Monthly Art Reception – 6:30–9pm, 1st Sat./month. Free, meet and support local artists during the Juried Art Exhibit. Participate in the Peoples’ Choice Awards. Enjoy munchies from Bokampers. Broward Art Guild Gallery, 3280 N.E. 32nd St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308, 954.537.3370. Rock Kirtan: Sacred Devotional Singing — monthly (call) 7–8:30pm, $10. Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution, 1410 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors. Call Rev. G. 917.579.3750. Authentic Connection — 7–10pm. Fourth Saturday each month, $30. Explore deeper connection in your relationships through fun and games! Interpersonal meditation in a safe space! Integral Life Center, 880 N Federal Hwy., Beachway Plaza, Pompano Beach. Claudia Alarcon, 954.600.0271.

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

Release “stuck” areas in your body that cause chronic pain: migraines, neck, low back, PTSD, anxiety, and more. It feels good to feel good! MA24266, MM30072

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.

Physical Health Complex

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

Day Retreats THERMAE Stillness RETREAT

604 S. Federal Highway Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33301 954-604-7930

Dr Yani Holistic and Healing Dentistry 212 SE 12th St (Davie Blvd), Ft Lauderdale, FL 33316 954-525-6010

Thermae Retreat An organic serene daily retreat to prevent or heal. Infrared saunas, massage, skincare, body scrubs and masques, holistic healing, energy therapy. Yoga, meditation, hydrotherapy. See ad page 12.

We follow strict amalgam removal protocols incorporating nutritional supplements for safe mercury detoxification ~ IAOMT member. To promote better healing, our hygiene care incorporates ozone and essential oils for gum treatments. Only mercury-free biocompatible crowns and dental materials used. Free holistic toothpaste recipe.

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

phases of dentistry for

optimum health , holistic , bio compatible dentistry.

• Sedation dentistry • Removing of toxic metals • Replacing them with bio-compatible materials • Laser dentistry for painless surgeries & extractions • Zirconia/ ceramic implants • Natural bone augmentation / Plasma Rich Growth Factor • Oral DNA Testing • Add gums to receding gums. See ad pages 3 and 23.


Fine art

Holistic Podiatrist

SusieQ Wood

Start With Your Feet

954-630-1610 Art with feeling and purpose. SusieQ is available to talk to groups interested in using the arts to create and maintain litter-free zones. Available for collaborative painting/mixed media projects: weddings, corporate events, etc. Colorful, uplifting, thoughtprovoking designs and images. Oils, acrylics, and mixed media. Visit our website for more information on taking the Global trashformation pledge. Beautiful trashformation jewelry also available using found objects. Call for an appointment or home visit. See ad page 6 and 55.


Future now Detox

786-942-0502 866-419-3899

Sears (N. side), Pompano Citi Centre corner/Copans Road and US1 954-783-1189

6710 Parkside Drive Parkland, FL 33067 954-906-5985

Salt therapy, an all-natural treatment, improves respiratory health, decreases stress and fatigue, improves skin conditions, and strengthens the immune system. First session is complimentary!

Contact us for special ad rates.


Broward County, Florida

homeopathy Dr. Iqbal Nazir, M.S, D.Pharm, D.H.S. Licensed Lab Medicine Practitioner 954-226-3652

Natural cure in homeopathy of

the most diseases and symptoms.

No side effects.

Call Dr. Iqbal Nazir, Homeopathic Specialist, for an appointment.

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Offering long distance “customized orthotics” on website online store. #StartWithYourFeet.

A unique garden center specializing in Florida native plants, butterfly and bird habitats, herbs, orchids, water gardening, organic gardening products, beneficial insects, garden decor and more!


GROW Your Business

One of the only holistic podiatrists in the country who merges traditional and holistic podiatric medicine, along with a patientspecific biomechanical foundation.

Homeopathy cure

The Garden Gate

Pioneering South Florida with revolutionary NAD treatment therapy. Detox on the molecular level. Remove cravings and stress; let your body heal itself without narcotics. Luxury, inpatient accommodations and outpatient services offered 24/7.

Dr. Richard J. Rimler, DPM The Wellness Center at Post Haste 4401 Sheridan St. Hollywood, FL 33021 954-526-5800

Laura H. Betts, ANDI IT, HCO, CHT 4654 North University Drive Lauderhill FL 33351 954-749-9998

Life is the art of drawing without an eraser. ~John W. Gardner

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT): We exclusively provide HBOT utilizing hospital grade hyperbaric chambers in a compassionate, professional environment.

massage therapy Perfecting Touch

Kathy Bates Physical Health Complex 2544 N Federal Highway Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33305 954-647-9010 Cranial sacral therapy - CST- a light touch approach releasing tension and restrictions, reducing pain and dysfunction. Therapeutic massage also available. Feel good within yourself. MA70919

Organizer Life Organized by Bonnie, LLC


Got Clutter! Get Bonnie! Clear your clutter, simplify your life. Specializing in residential organizing and downsizing. Home care coordination. Assistance with life transitions. Complete confidentiality. Licensed/Insured.

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.

Reconnective Healing MARY DISANO

at the Center for Inner Wisdom 4849 N. Dixie Hwy., Oakland Park, FL 401-263-8828 After being certified in Reflexology and Reiki, Mary was led to Reconnective Healing that uses h i g h e r e n e rg y f r e q u e n c i e s promoting healing of body, mind and spirit. Her patients report miraculous healings in O n e session!

With the new day

comes new strength and new thoughts. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

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communityresourceguide relationship coaching getting what you want


Susan Sheppard 818-414-6032, 818-548-0849


Only psychic who guarantees her work! Plus pet psychic. Reiki, DNA Activation, communicates with deceased. Group, parties and private sessions. By appointment only.

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 43

tai chi salon

Oneness Tai CHI International 92 E. McNab Rd., Pompano Beach, FL 33060 954-394-4342

Hair Holistic Eco-Friendly StudIo Ibana Villasenor 881 E Palmetto Park Road Boca Raton, FL 33432 561-372-5354

Hair services & products with a truly holistic approach. Digital hair - scalp analysis, detox & rejuvenation. Variety of ecofriendly, vegan hair colors like henna. Formaldehyde free keratin & botox.

Trained/certified in China. Tai chi technologies. Fitness, stress management, low impact, mental rejuvenation. Forms, meditation, exercise routines. Healing to self defense. All ages. Private or group instruction. See ongoing calendar.

Wellness Center Margie’s Wellness Center 5400 S University Drive, #110 Davie, FL 33328 954-665-0424

spiritual centers Bridges of Wellness

1881 NE 26th St #244 Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33305 954-530-6006

Fuel your week – Heart Gatherings - Sundays @11am. Workshops, Reiki, classes for personal and community enrichment, Accredited Emerson Theological Institute classes, providing practitioner and ministerial training.

“Your Wellness Starts Here.” All natural services to reduce inflammation, reduce pain and swelling, speed recovery from surgical procedures, and improve overall well-being with electro lymphatic drainage massage. Reduce stress with innovative bodywork. Medical thermography for breast and/or whole body screening without radiation or breast compression.

Natural Health Power Works Dr. Rebecca Sherry Eshraghi, DNM, Ph.D 2645 Executive Park Drive 305-720-9099

A l l e rg i e s , a u t i s m , A D H D , detoxification, gastrointestinal health, immune system support, customized nutrition, mood disorders, insomnia. DISCLAIMER: Natural Medicine is complementary healthcare and unintended for diagnosis, prescription or treatment of disease and is not licensed in Florida nor a substitute for medical care.

Yoga Namasté Yoga Salon 407 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. See ad page 26.

Yogi Plus Yoga

6329 W. Commercial Blvd. Tamarac, FL 33319 754-235-3353 We call our studio Yogi Plus Yoga, “The Plus” stands for Plus Size Yoga. You don’t have to be plus size or curvy to practice here, though if you are, you are very welcome! Our mission is to bring yoga as a tool to connect with your body.

Take a leap of faith and begin a wondrous new year by believing.

Believe in yourself. And believe that there is a loving Source—a Sower of Dreams— just waiting to be asked to help you make your dreams come true. ~Sarah Ban Breathnach 54

Broward County, Florida

“Conscious Evolution”

SusieQ’s Global TRASHformation Art Beautifying One Community at a Time

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