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Sitting here in the abundant glow of a very invigorating fall season. We kicked off October with a national Natural Awakenings Publishers Conference at Omega Institute for a collective conference to raise our vibration across the nation. From this collaboration of healing forces in the world of media, we walked away with the ability to help the community and the planet with our future plans of an imminent Natural Awakenings App, coupon site and webstore! We held hands together in the end of our conference with only the highest of intentions to help the world with our power. You can see pictures from our conference and other events on our Facebook page and on page 12 of this issue. We then hosted our 1st Natural Awakenings Wellness Fair at Whole Foods Market Upper West Side. The mission of this event was to gather the wellness community together to help educate New Yorkers and spread the word on health living, healthy planet. The ambiance was warm and close knit as we saw something new emerge as far as New York events go. This was not your typical over-crowded, over-stimulated event where there is no personal connect. We found community residents engaging in genuine conversations with our team and we watched calm smiles and hand shakes emerge from this gathering. It was another affirmation that we at Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation hold true to our word and our highest purpose of helping and healing others and serving as a genuine vehicle of “Wellness”. To affirm this mission of “Wellness” I spent the next day after our Wellness Fair recollecting on events that took place. At the end of the day, I stopped in Scent Elate at 48th St & 8th Ave. I was hesitating if I should go or end my late day but was drawn to the calm peace and visual beauty of the store. After spending intimate time in the store speaking to the owner, Mo and exploring the shops exquisite goods with a good friend, we were ready to purchase our findings and leave. Mo gifted us with wonderful handmade incense and said to us…I have one more gift for you. He made us close our eyes and place our hand over a box of round glistening stones. He told us to pick up the one that our energy draws us to and to show him, but for us to continue to keep our eyes closed. Then he gave it back to us and told us to put it in our pocket and not to look at them until the next morning. I waited in patience until the next day. The next morning my friend asked me….did you read your stone? I said “No!” and ran over to my coat. I paused in stillness, reached into the pocket and slowly pulled it out as I opened my palm. There is my hand was the stone sparking with the word “Wellness”. Synchronicity at it’s best as I recall the basic reason I shifted away from a chronic healthcare setting to publish this magazine - to spread the preventative word of “Wellness”. Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy harvest season. Blessings,
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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.
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Ouch! These underarm pimples are so painful. About a week ago, I noticed a big red painful pimple on my armpit. I have been bathing morning and night, but it hasn’t gone away. Then this morning I noticed another one. What’s going on here? I suspect those red bumps are actually boils, which crop up when staphylococcus bacteria infects hair follicles and skin tissue. The underarm area is susceptible to infection due to friction, shaving (which can break skin to allow bacteria entry) and sweat (which encourages bacteria to breed). While boils are more common in people with suppressed immune systems, these painful bumps can also occur in perfectly healthy people. I see many presenting in my office with boils on their backs as well as on the buttock area. The good news is that most boils disappear with home treatment. Just soak a washcloth in warm salt water (add 1 teaspoon of salt to 1 quart of warm water) and apply to the affected area for 10 minutes three-four times daily. The boils should rupture and drain within several days, after which you can apply a thin film of antibiotic ointment two-three times daily. To prevent future boils from forming try turmeric powder. We just love that turmeric, don’t we? Drinking a daily glass of warm water mixed with 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder is proven to ward off bacterial skin infections. The credit goes to the spice’s curcumin, which has anti-bacterial as well as anti-inflammatory properties. I also use autohemotherapy, hundreds years old folk therapy, to strengthen the immune system to help handle the boils. It involves autologous transfer of one’s own blood to a different site on one’s body. This creates a profound activation of macrophages, which are immune system’s scavengers of inflammatory particles and debris. A typical course consists of 10 autohemotherapy treatments, one day apart. To inquire about this or any other western or holistic therapy, feel free to call us at 212-580-0900 to schedule a consultation for your particular needs. For more information, please contact Dr. Kogan at 212-580-0900 or visit www.DTPdoctors.com See ad on page 2.
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Explore Modern Shamanism in New York City
workshop led by Master Shaman Hamilton Souther will introduce multiple facets of the discipline of Modern Shamanism on November 4 and 5, at the HiltonTimes Square. Souther, who serves as co-founder of Modern Shamanism and author of the Modern Shamanism course, is a traditionally trained master Amazonian shaman who carries the titles of ayahuasquero, a medicine man trained in traditional Shamanism and a master in medicines involving trees, sanango, perfumes and exorcisms. In 2001, Souther entered the Peruvian Amazon, where he trained with locally renowned master shamans Julio Llerena Pinedo and Alberto Torres Davila in a traditional apprenticeship. Coupling cultural anthropology and traditional shamanic practices, he sought to help solve the spiritual, mental and personal dilemmas of Westerners seeking shamanism as a solution to the lack of enchantment found in their daily lives. The result of that quest is Modern Shamanism. The local event takes participants on a mystical journey, applying insights from personal experience to course theory. The aim is to offer a life-changing experience and the tools necessary to continue the individual evolutionary process launched at the event. The discipline trains students to become modern shamans, so that they can seamlessly integrate practices learned through modern life themes into their daily lives. Join them at the Hilton Times Square: Friday and Saturday, November 4-5. Tickets are available at www.modernshamanism.org. See ad page 27.
Awaken Wellness Fair Returns
n Saturday, November 19, the Awaken Wellness Fair returns to the Double Tree Hotel in Tarrytown, NY with more than 100 exhibitors, practitioners, speakers and intuitive readers. Awaken is the biggest, longest-running, body-mind-spiritgreen expo north of New York City, offering the latest information on getting and staying healthy on all levels. From chiropractic screenings and energy healings, to visual art and singing bowls, this wellness fair features cutting edge developments in living green, being lean, and connecting to oneâ€™s own spiritual essence. The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes a full dayâ€™s lineup of speakers, with CD recordings of each presentation available on the spot. Talented holistic practitioners and intuitive readers have their own floor at the event. The first 500 guests to arrive receive a goody bag with treats and special deals, and a reduced rate of $10 is available to all who purchase tickets online through November 17 at AwakenFair.com. Admission is $15 at the door. Any vendors who wish to reserve the few remaining vendor spots should visit ThePractitioners.com for more information. The Awaken Wellness Fair takes place at the Double Tree Hotel, 455 South Broadway, in Tarrytown, NY. For more info visit AwakenFair.com. See ad pg 19.
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Blue Rock School Hosts Introductory Campus Tour
arents interested in enrolling their children in grades K-8 are invited to visit Blue Rock School for a campus tour at 10 a.m., November 12. Blue Rock School is roughly 30 miles from the Upper West Side over the George Washington Bridge in the scenic Hudson Valley area. They can meet faculty members and learn how the school’s creative learning environment awakens children’s natural curiosity and fosters a lifelong love of learning. Located on four scenic, wooded acres in West Nyack, New York, Blue Rock is a progressive, independent day school. It was founded in 1987 with a mission to provide a rich educational experience, based on a child-centered, hands-on approach that nurtures children’s innate desire to learn and enables them to develop as independent thinkers and grow in a dynamic learning community. Class sizes are small and students engage in a challenging academic curriculum that is balanced and fully integrated with the arts, nature and play. The school also offers a five-week Summer Play program that is open to the community. Location: 110 Demarest Mill Rd. (off Germonds Rd.). Tour space is limited; RSVP to Admissions Director Beverly Stycos, at 845-627-0234. For more information, visit BlueRockSchool.org. See ad, page 8.
What’s love got to do with it? Everything.
hen you trust, love heals and renews,” says Tina Turner in the Spiritual Message that opens The Beyond Project – Exploring Spiritual Unity Through Music, a new recording of Buddhist and Christian prayers featuring Turner with Shak-Dagsay and Regula Curti. “Love inspires and empowers us to do great things and makes us a better person to love. Love makes us feel safe and brings us closer to God. When you go beyond, that’s where you find true love.” Now available through iTunes, Amazon and other select retailers, the collaboration features music of Buddhist prayers, composed by Shak-Dagsay, a Tibetan Buddhist; traditional music and original compositions of Christian prayers by Curti, a Christian; as well as chanting and readings by Turner, a practicing Buddhist. The Beyond Project is Turner’s first spiritual recording. In 1993, her autobiography, I, Tina was made into a feature film called What’s Love Got To Do With It. The movie’s closing scene captures Turner chanting “Nam Myoho Renge Kyo,” the Lotus Sutra, a mantra that she has practiced for thirty years and credits with transforming her life.
Shop for Gifts in Pleasant Surroundings
ecent research underscores what common sense tells us, that moods, emotions and feelings influence the quality of people’s decisions. A study published in the Journal of Consumer Research confirms that when shoppers are in a positive mood, they make quicker and more consistent judgments than unhappy consumers. The study’s authors manipulated participants’ moods by showing them pictures of likable objects (puppies) or unpleasant images (diseased feet) or asking them to recall pleasant or unpleasant events from the past. Next, the participants viewed individual pictures of a common object they might consider buying. Finally, they chose from a random list of evaluative adjectives, both positive and negative. Individuals in a positive state of mind not only responded more quickly to the adjectives, they also responded more consistently. For example, if they reported liking an object, they were less likely to respond later that they disliked it. “These results have implications for how we navigate our world,” the researchers reported. “The decisions we make about liking or disliking objects around us are fundamental to which things we approach and which things we avoid.” The bottom line for retailers: Being aware of and avoiding factors that can induce negative moods—such as abrasive salespeople and unwelcoming shopping environments—can help ring up more sales.
Dish Up Some Pecan Pie
ho doesn’t relish a slice of pecan pie for Thanksgiving dessert? New research from Loma Linda University (LLU) demonstrates that naturally occurring antioxidants in pecans may help contribute to heart health and disease prevention. Earlier LLU research showed that a pecan-enriched diet lowered levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) by 16.5 percent. Both studies were published in the Journal of Nutrition.
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Home Is Where the Healthy Meal Is
ne of the joys of heading home for the holidays is the anticipation of gathering around the table with loved ones and enjoying delicious foods. But we do well to indulge in the home-cooked meal experience on non-holidays, as well. Foods prepared away from home, including fast food eaten at home and store-prepared food eaten away from home, tend to fuel an increase in total calorie intake. Conversely, eating at home is linked with healthier choices. According to research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recently published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, both the eating location and food source significantly impact the daily calorie intake of school-age children and may be linked to rising rates of childhood obesity. The study found that the percentage of calories eaten away from home increased from 23.4 to 33.9 percent from 1977 to 2006. A new study from McGill University, based on data from 160 women, further suggests that a homecooked meal can prompt people to make healthier and more nutritional food choices. The women in the study tended to reach more for the greens, rather than high-calorie desserts. Reporting in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the researchers suggest that when we eat at home, emotionally rewarding factors like contentedness may help override our wired-in preference for high-fat, sugary foods. The findings point to factors that may encourage healthy eating such as interpersonal communication, home design and atmospheric cues, including pleasing music, dining landscape and kitchen equipment; all have all been found to induce positive emotions.
globalbriefs News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all. November is Native American Heritage Month NativeAmericanHeritageMonth.gov lists celebrations.
sOccket to Me
A Powerful Plaything Two Harvard undergraduate students, Julia Silverman and Jessica Matthews, have come up with a way to harness the kinetic energy of a moving soccer ball and store it as electric current in a battery inside the ball. The invention, called sOccket, collects enough energy in 15 minutes of play to power a typical LED lamp for three hours. The device sports its own power outlet to retrieve the juice inside. Today’s sOccket is designed to last for a year or longer; researchers are studying its larger potential.
Loan Alternatives Emerging Worldwide
During the industrial boom of the last half of the 20th century, thousands of manmade chemicals were created. Used in consumer products, pest control and crop production, they have also proved deadly, causing and contributing to cancers, birth defects and other health crises. Once the connection was scientifically proven, the international community restricted or banned the use of 12 pollutants, including DDT and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), at the 2001 Stockholm Convention on POPs, or persistent organic pollutants (Tinyurl.com/3sa2v47). This group of the world’s most toxic compounds takes decades to degrade, gradually accumulating in the fatty tissues of humans and wildlife. Initially, climatic forces helped to limit the reach and impact of the chemicals in places like the Arctic, where POPs trapped in snow, soil and oceans were capped by sea ice, and atmospheric levels of the toxic substances monitored by Canada and Norway have steadily declined during the past decade. Scientists at the Canadian environmental agency, Environment Canada, think that global warming is reversing the downward trend. They found that as the planet warms, sea ice and snow continue to melt and the pollutants, called legacy POPs, are being released back into the atmosphere with potential worldwide effects. Once airborne, POPs can ride wind and ocean currents to as far as Latin America and Africa. It also undermines international treaties regarding human exposure to highrisk toxins.
Borrowing from a bank has traditionally been a slow, bureaucratic process, often off-limits to people outside the wage-and-salary mainstream, whether they’re starting a business or getting back on their feet. Over the centuries, groups of people have organized various styles of societal credit arrangements to address these shortcomings. Today’s credit union, a co-operative, community-based banking model, still thrives. In the past 30 years, the rise of microcredit has been providing small loans to people around the world that have no access to traditional banks or could not meet banking industry requirements. More recently, the combination of microfinance and online social networking has resulted in a new phenomenon: peer-to-peer lending, or social lending. Today, more than a dozen websites connect borrowers and lenders without using banks as middlemen. The economic advantage of such peer-to-peer lending extends to attractive interest rates for borrowers; often half that of Visa or MasterCard. LendingClub.com has surpassed $1 billion in such loans. “Interest rates turn a charitable relationship into a business relationship,” notes Matt Flannery, who founded the online micro-lender Kiva.org in 2005. “That empowers the poor by making them business partners.” Kiva lenders don’t earn interest on their loans, but the underlying micro-lenders that administer the loans in their countries do.
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The Natural Awakenings Wellness Fair at Whole Foods Market Upper West Side united todays leaders in the wellness industry with the New York community to raise awareness and build an enriched community.
Sierra Bender, women’s advocate and founder of the Sierra Bender Empowerment Method® unites healing forces with Dr. Svetlana Kogan, CEO and founder of The Doctors at Trump Place.
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Thitch Nhat Hahn visited Omega Institute NYC in October to speak to the New York community about global ethics for our future.
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By cutting the volume of pickle and pepper brine used, Subway annually saves 739,000 gallons of water and 130,000 pounds of plastic, plus reduces shipping miles by delivering the same amount of product in fewer trucks. Just eliminating the paper interleaf between cheese slices saves 450,000 pounds of waste paper a year; the restaurant’s overall goal is zero landfill waste.
Eating Out? EAT GREEN Eco-Friendly Restaurants Serve Up Sustainability by Sandra Murphy
ating green isn’t limited to salads. It means that sustainable thinking goes into a meal at every stage, from the use of local ingredients and energy savings to recycling and composting waste. Delicious food, served thoughtfully, is the goal of today’s environmentally conscious restaurant. Look first to local mom-and-pop eateries that are doing it right, but there are some chains worth considering, as well. With more than 25 million cups of wake-up java sold each day, coffee shops have a perfect opportunity to start a good day by example. California-based Green Café Network consults with owners and baristas to reduce the environmental impact
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of member shops. Efficient equipment, biodegradable cups and renewable products for flooring and tables make the coffee house experience more sustainable, especially when buyers select shade-grown, organic, free-trade beans. Starbucks Corporation has taken it all a step further by designing a pre-certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) prototype store. It features recycled floor tiles, reduced lighting and lower water usage and air conditioning set three degrees higher than usual. Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes offers fresh-tossed salads, made-from-scratch soups and hot or cold desserts in their 120 NaturalAwakeningsNYC.com
restaurants, where vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free items are offered daily. Reclaimed recyclables come back as takeout containers, towels and napkins. Materials sent out for recycling include glass, paper, aluminum and cardboard. Even garbage is given a new role as part of a chain-wide composting program. Tankless water heaters are in while traditional systems are out and cleaning products are all Green Seal certified. At Chipotle Mexican Grill, “It’s not just a burrito, it’s a foil-wrapped, handcrafted, local farm-supporting, food culture-changing cylinder of deliciousness,” states the company’s website. In 2010, Chipotle served about 5 million pounds of local farm produce through its 1,000 mostly North American stores. The company-wide 2011 goal is 10 million pounds. Inside those burritos, 40 percent of the beans are certified organic, resulting in 140,000 fewer pounds of pesticide added to the soil. The romaine lettuce, bell peppers, jalapeño, red onions, oregano and tomatoes come from family-owned farms. California patrons also enjoy locally grown lemons and avocados. Chipotle produce typically travels no more than 300 miles to its distribution centers. Short travel time means less fuel burned and fewer greenhouse gases plus fresher,
more nutritious food on the plate than what less eco-conscious restaurants provide. “The environment is the basis of our business; we try to be green in everything,” explains Mike Vroman, a store manager in the St. Louis area. So, for example, “Most of the beef we serve in this area is either from Missouri or Kansas. Even our uniforms are 100 percent organic cotton.” Because restaurants draw their highest levels of electricity when community demand peaks, Chipotle installed solar panels on 75 of its Texas restaurants, while a wind turbine provides electricity at the Gurnee, Illinois site, reducing midday drain on the grid. The Gurnee site is the first restaurant ever to receive the superior Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating. Is it possible to operate a restaurant without a dishwasher, range, hood or oven? Yes, if bowls, straws, cutlery, chopsticks and cups are made from corn or potato starch. Freshii meals are created in biodegradable, all natural, food-safe bags. Custom made, the bags leave a carbon footprint five to seven times smaller than the most energy-efficient dishwasher. Everything taken from the store will readily biodegrade or is easy to recycle. Even store size is a factor. Freshii founder Matthew Corrin notes, “As we grow, our stores are built smaller, to use less materials, to use greener materials, to consume less energy, to take less from this Earth.” Some Freshii stores are super-efficient, encompassing just 150 square feet. If a burger, fries and shake dinner evokes guilty pleasure, EVOS removes both the guilt and grease, leaving only pleasurable flavor. The restaurant’s trademark Airfries are
EVOS generates one-third of its restaurant energy needs via wind turbines. For each store, it’s the annual equivalent of taking eight cars off the road or planting 32 acres of trees. better for more than just folks’ arteries. “Our potatoes are air-fried at a high temperature,” explains Jackie Macaluso, community ambassador for EVOS, “so we have no used and reused vats of grease to discard.” Less noticeable eco-bonuses include zero-VOC paint and flooring, made from sustainable, eco-friendly, raw materials like wood flour, linseed oil, rosin, jute fiber and limestone. The company’s Southeast U.S. locations work to raise awareness that even comfort foods can be greener, healthier and still taste good, and to teach children about healthier eating habits. Of course, there’s usually a Subway Restaurant around the corner. Long committed to serving fresh food fast, the company recently announced its new LEED-certified eco-edition. With 35,000 franchises in 98 countries, small changes add up to big blessings for the Earth. The most important thing we can do to go green is to eat green every day. It serves up the most bang for the buck in healthy sustainability. Sandra Murphy is a freelance writer at StLouisFreelanceWriter@mindspring.com.
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GOOD D G! Positive Training Yields Fast Results by Sandra Murphy
Dogs love to learn and live to please at every age. Teaching a pet good manners, social skills and YouTube-worthy tricks are great ways to build a bond and have fun, too.
hen a fearful or shy dog associates a new situation with good things, the dog blooms. I love to see it,” says Victoria Stilwell, of Animal Planet’s It’s Me or the Dog. “It’s the basis for positive reinforcement training.” Stilwell explains that her method, known as Positive Dog Training, is all about spotting and rewarding the behavior you like as it happens. “Thus, the good behavior is likely to repeat, encouraging the dog to learn to live in a human world successfully.” Each dog has his own idea of the best reward—some favor toys, some work for food, others simply want approval. Training doesn’t have to be time-consuming, repetitive homework. Once you and your dog learn the basics, you can do short sessions. 16
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“Four commands—sit, down, wait and come—will get you started. You can do mini-training sessions throughout the day, such as ‘sit’ for breakfast or dinner, ‘come’ when called, ‘wait’ before going out the door, and ‘down’ during television programs. Continue practicing during commercials.” “How my service dog, Hunter, figured out what I needed and how to help me, I don’t know, but I have great respect for the intellectual abilities of dogs. Training is a way of opening communication; just like with a human, you can never be sure where the conversation will take you,” remarks M. Shirley Chong, a professional clicker trainer in Grinnell, Iowa. “Positive training lets a dog be your friend, not a boot camp soldier obeying orders,” advises Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., a certified applied animal behaviorist in Black Earth, Wisconsin, and author of multiple titles, including The Other End of the Leash. “When he exhibits new behaviors, capture them, add a cue and give them a cute name. Always, the basis of the best tricks happens when the dog offers his own ideas.” Pat Miller, of Peaceable Paws, in Fairplay, Maryland, also respects an animal as a thinking partner, “You get to see them figure out how things work,” she says. Miller, who serves as the train-
The Clicker Method
A click of a small noisemaker used in training lets the dog know when he’s just done the right thing. As soon as we see the behavior, we’ll click faster than our brains can tell our mouths to say, “Good dog!” For example, to train “Watch me,” sit down with your dog, the clicker and some tiny treats. If he focuses on the treats or looks away, do nothing. If he glances at you, click and toss him a treat. A few click/treats later, your dog will figure out he did something to make the reward happen. Be prepared, because that thought will be followed by a very deliberate look at your face. After that, training will move at high speed. “Work on the basics first,” counsels psychologist Linda Michaels, owner of Wholistic Dog Training, in San Diego. NaturalAwakeningsNYC.com
“Dogs like to obey. It gives them security.” ~ James Herriot, author, All Creatures Great and Small
ing editor for Whole Dog Journal, has trained dogs, cats, horses and a potbellied pig. She’s particularly pleased to have transformed a terrier, previously deemed unadoptable by a shelter because of his biting, into a happy, stable patron of New York’s Central Park. Positive dog training literally saved his life.
Retraining/Renaming Bad Behaviors
With patience and know-how, jumping up on people can turn into dancing the conga. Grumbly growling noises can turn into “Whisper,” or “Tell me a secret.” Excessive barking can be interpreted as bored whining: “There’s nothing to do!” Or, your pet could be answering another dog that you can’t hear. Changes in weather also can make a dog anxious and vocal. Of course, he may just want attention. If you find the reason, it’s easier to find the cure. Is a dog shy or fearful? “Don’t put him in a situation beyond his comfort zone,” counsels Cara Shannon, an expert in curbing aggressive dog behavior in Austin, Texas. “Let him observe from a safe distance, but not interact, perhaps watching his surroundings with you from inside the car.” She also relates the story of a fearful foster dog that learned nose work (scent discrimination) and can find a small vial of essential oil hidden in a room. “The praise she receives gives her confidence to try other new things,” observes Shannon. Stilwell remarks, “Learning to cope with newness is a huge benefit for any animal.” Sandra Murphy is a freelance writer at StLouisFreelanceWriter@ mindspring.com. Connect with positive trainers: Victoria Stilwell, Positively.com; Linda Michaels, WholisticDogTraining.com; Pat Miller, PeaceablePaws.com; M. Shirley Chong, ShirleyChong.com; Patricia McConnell, PatriciaMcConnell.com; Cara Shannon, BuddysChance. com/Caravacchiano.html.
“For me, a house or an apartment becomes a home when you add one set of four legs, a happy tail, and that indescribable measure of love that we call a dog.” ~ Roger Caras, president emeritus, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
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The Medium is the Message with Holiday Cards Even with the advent of email, texting, smart phones and animated web greetings, the traditional paper holiday greeting card, wishing recipients a “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Hanukkah” or simply “Happy Holidays,” still holds a place in our hearts as a way to send, receive, display and even file forever a treasured memento. RawPeople.com reports that 300,000 trees are consumed each year in the making of some 2 billion holiday cards, but appealing alternatives are coming to the rescue. Purchasing cards made of recycled paper is the easiest way to save some lumber. Look for a local card retailer that is big on labels signifying use of 100 percent recycled content, post-consumer waste and vegetable inks. More unusual options include tree-free paper made from sugar cane and plantable cards with embedded seeds. Nonprofit and conservation-oriented organizations can fill in the gaps. CardsThatGive.com (Tinyurl. com/3arz7ms) works with scores of them and offers online visitors a legend of icons that explains the environmental and charitable benefits of each one. The Sierra Club (Tinyurl.com/3wven48), America’s oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization, offers holiday designs printed in the United States with soy-based inks on recycled paper. The Greenpeace Natural Collection (Tinyurl.com/4xwabus) also offers eco-friendly cards. To reduce a card’s carbon footprint to the bare minimum, with the only transport required that expended by the post office to deliver it, make it yourself. One option is to take old received cards, creatively paint over the original addressee’s name and reuse it. No envelope? Just write on the back of the clean front panel and cut it off to create a holiday postcard. Sites such as CraftStylish.com (Tinyurl.com/ dng4z5) offer attractive suggestions for making original greeting cards from recycled materials. All that’s needed are a few household items like paper bags, pencil, pen, ruler, tape, glue and crayons; professional art supplies are not required. Fun stamping dies can be fashioned from a potato. Even sewing skills can come into play to craft one-of-a-kind cards that will be warmly received and cherished for years to come. Source: Adapted from GreenPromise.com. natural awakenings
Economics of Happiness:
The New Economy
Changing the Rules to Benefit America’s People
by John de Graaf and Linda Sechrist
ment was, “to secure the greatest degree of happiness possible for the general mass of those associated under it.” Likewise, the Constitution of the United States declares that government is to promote, among other things, the general welfare of the people. Americans are able to achieve a better life, as we’ve proved many times in the past, benefiting mightily as a result of forward steps ranging from democracy, women’s suffrage and civil rights to inventive technological leadership. Although history shows that this has been accomplished primarily by changing national policies, any new economy delivering improved well-being is first brought about largely by active citizens that choose to invest more time in building a nation that reflects increasingly enlightened values. Everyone’s quality of life—from today’s parents to future generations of great-grandchildren—depends upon individuals collectively working to build a new economy based on the concept of genuine wealth. In his award-winning book, Economics of Happiness: Building Genuine Wealth, ecological economist Mark Anielski explains this new and practical approach grounded in what people value most, which he states is: “Love, meaningful relationships, happiness, joy, freedom, sufficiency, justice and peace”—qualities of life far more vital than blind economic growth and material possessions.
Most Americans are facing their most significant economic challenges in generations. From the hardships of unemployment to the perils of mounting debt, worry about the health of a national economy that depends on consumerism and market success dominates our conversation. But have we asked what the economy is really for? Preferred Measure of Progress
ince the Second World War, we have been assured that more economic growth is good for us. But is it? By any measure, the U.S. economy, in its pursuit of constant growth, is in dire need of critical life support. Too many people have lost jobs, homes, scholarships and retirement savings, along with peace of mind, in the face of complex uncertainties. Those individuals that have jobs are earning less in real income than in 2001, even though they spend more hours working and commuting than previous generations. We’ve had enough of the official mantra: Work more, enjoy less, pollute more, eat toxic foods and suffer illnesses, all for the sake of increasing the gross domestic product. Why not learn ways to work less
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and enjoy it more; spend more time with our friends and families; consume, pollute, destroy and owe less; and live better, longer and more meaningfully? To do all this, we need fresh solutions that engage America’s people in redefining goals for the economy (what we want from it) as opposed to the economy’s goals (what it demands from us).
An Economy Based on Quality of Life
Although an economy based on a high quality of life that makes people happy may sound revolutionary, Thomas Jefferson, the third U.S. president, enshrined the pursuit of happiness as a human right when he drafted our Declaration of Independence. Jefferson emphasized that America’s governNaturalAwakeningsNYC.com
To determine whether our economy promotes the greatest good or the happiness of the American people, we need to understand what makes us happy and how economic policies enhance or thwart our pursuit of happiness; we also need a better instrument of economic measurement than the gross domestic product (GDP). The GDP counts remedial and defensive expenditures for pollution, accidents, war, crime and sickness as positives, rather than deducting these costs. GDP also discounts the value of contributions such as natural resources and ecosystem services, improvement in quality of life, unpaid domestic work, volunteer work, good health and social connection. Anielski, in concert with economic ex-
perts such as Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economy, Hazel Henderson, author of Ethical Markets, and Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, recommends that economic policies aim to boost societal welfare, rather than GDP. All agree that a new indicator of well-being, such as the U.S. Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI), could be used to more accurately measure economic progress.
The Science of Happiness
A respected “science of happiness,” pioneered by University of Illinois positive psychologist Edward Diener, Ph.D., dubbed Dr. Happiness, and other researchers, has existed for more than a decade. The study of what makes people happy and life fulfilling repeatedly demonstrates that the economic route to happiness does not consist of endlessly widening the superhighway of accumulation. Rather, it resides in a host of personal values that are closer to our hearts, as illustrated by the Himalayan nation of Bhutan (population: about 700,000). For many years, Bhutan has measured its general well-being—as the people themselves subjectively report it—using a Gross National Happiness (GNH) index. Its government bases policy decisions on how they might effect the kind of happiness associated with contentment, family, community, spirituality, education, compatibility with nature and good physical health. After years of primary research, the Bhutanese have identified nine domains for assessing happiness: psychological well-being, physical health, time use (work-life balance), community vitality and social connection, education, cultural preservation and diversity, environmental sustainability, good governance and material well-being. In 2004, the first annual International Conference on Gross National Happiness was held in Bhutan. Hundreds of government representatives, scholars and other thought leaders from more than 40 nations gathered to explore the possibility of making GNH the true indicator of a country’s health and quality of life. As of 2011, a non-binding resolution by the United Nations General Assembly urges that countries now measure their health and happiness, as well as wealth. Sixty-six countries backed it.
We’ve had enough of the official mantra: Work more, enjoy less, pollute more, eat toxic foods and suffer illnesses, all for the sake of increasing the gross domestic product. Why not learn ways to work less and enjoy it more; spend more time with our friends and families; consume, pollute, destroy and owe less; and live better, longer and more meaningfully? natural awakenings
Tools to Navigate the New Economy New Economics Foundation: The Great Transition NewEconomics.org Browse NewEconomics.org/sites/ neweconomics.org/files/Great_ Transition_0.pdf. This independent think-and-do-tank inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being. The Economics of Happiness: Building Genuine Wealth GenuineWealth.net Author Mark Anielski maps how to measure genuine wealth and create flourishing economies grounded in people’s well-being. Transition United States: Transition Towns TransitionUS.org Participants in this vibrant, grassroots movement seek to build community resilience in the face of challenges such as high oil prices, climate change and economic crises. Sustainable Seattle: The Happiness Initiative SustainableSeattle.org Founders provide tools to comprehensively assess well-being, involve citizens and inspire people, organizations and policymakers to take action. World Café: Real Conversations for a Better World TheWorldCafe.org This application of powerful social technology helps engage people in conversations that matter, offering an effective antidote to society’s fast-paced fragmentation and lack of connection. Living Economies Forum: Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth LivingEconomiesForum.org “The old economy of greed and domination is dying. A new economy of life and partnership is struggling to be born. The outcome is ours to choose.” ~ Author David Korten 20
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Measuring Americans’ Life Satisfaction
Seattle, Washington, the first U.S. city to implement a measurement of life satisfaction, is parlaying Bhutan’s indicators—psychological well-being, physical health, work/time balance, education and capacity building, cultural vitality and access to arts and culture, environmental quality and access to nature, apt governance and material well-being—as part of its own Sustainable Seattle Happiness Initiative. Spearheaded by Sustainable Seattle Executive Director Laura Musikanski and her team with encouragement by City Council President Richard Conlin, it may become America’s first GNH city. Initial survey results, intended to spark conversations that matter, will be discussed at future town meetings in Seattle neighborhoods and used to recommend policies for consideration by the city council. Repeating the survey every couple of years will reveal progress. Interest in a similar Happiness Initiative is growing in cities and towns from coast to coast, such as Napa, California; Bowling Green, Kentucky; Duluth, Minnesota; Santa Fe and Roswell, New Mexico; Bellevue, Nebraska; Portland, Oregon; and Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Some 100 colleges and universities also are beginning to apply the Happiness Initiative survey.
How to Become Happier
To improve our own well-being within any economy, we need to attend to our security, social connections and the way we balance our time. Choosing to live with less stuff and lighter debt supports a better life with less income but more time, lower stress and better health. As individuals, we can: n Focus more on matters of family and community and on building trust. n Devote less attention to maximizing incomes and more attention to acts of generosity. n Ask our employers for more time off instead of higher pay.
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find ways to design more relationshipfriendly places such as farmers’ markets, where shoppers tend to engage in many more conversations than in supermarket aisles (Worldwatch Institute). In cities, we can call for public and private spaces that facilitate social connection, instead of discouraging it via urban sprawl. Ecological economist Dave Batker, co-author of What’s the Economy for Anyway? (film clip at Tinyurl.com/3tc9dlk), believes that moving forward requires greater citizen involvement in the shaping of democracy, laws and our collective future. By ditching pundits and talking with neighbors, city by city and town by town, citizens throughout the United States are moving to do this using newly learned techniques such as those offered by Open Space Technology, World Café, Transition Towns, Sustainable Cities, The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education, and the Institute of Noetic Sciences’ Worldview Literacy Project. In St. Petersburg, Florida, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and other places, citizens are cultivating a stronger sense of community with real discussions about local issues and economic goals. They aim to arrive at a clear-eyed view of what citizens really want from the economy. In St. Petersburg, the culmination of Sharon Joy Kleitsch’s 10-year effort to build a flourishing community through helpful workshops on timely subjects, meaningful conversations and aligning constructive partnerships is reaching a crescendo this
month at Beyond Sustainability: Ecosystems, Economics, and Education, the Institute of Florida Studies’ 36th annual conference, at Hillsborough Community College (Tinyurl.com/3avntte). Kleitsch remarks, “I show up, pay attention and listen for opportunities where my connections with policy makers, educators, nonprofits and community activists can help convene people in meaningful conversations that can make a difference in building a resilient community.” In Oklahoma City, Sustainable OKC, a volunteer organization working towards community sustainability at the crossroads of business, environment and social justice, frequently partners with the city’s Office of Sustainability, the CommonWealth Urban Farms project and the Oklahoma Food Cooperative (Sustainableokc.org). The grassroots organization advocates shopping locally and sustainably. Jennifer Alig, Sustainable OKC president, is consistently delighted by the growing number of residents that don’t just attend events such as movie screenings
of The Economics of Happiness, but also show up to plant food to feed the hungry and join Commonwealth Urban Farms work parties to feed neighborhoods using the products of thriving urban farms on vacant city lots. Alig notes, “After events, we sometimes use Open Space Technology to talk about topics that people are passionate about and willing to invest their time in.” The kind of society that makes for health, happiness, true prosperity and sustainability is one with strong local economies and flourishing communities that includes many activities provided by local nonprofits. It’s one characterized by: n Local small businesses and banking n Farmers’ markets and urban gardens n Urban designs that favor shared walks instead of isolated commutes n Public spaces for social interaction n Circumstances in which buyers know sellers n Businesspeople that sponsor and volunteer for local activities
n Salary differences that are not vast n Citizens building a better world together We intuitively know what is required to create such a society, starting in our own community. What we need is the determination to make sure the economy serves us; rules that benefit all of the people; a commitment to widespread quality of life, social justice and sustainability; and the political will to make good change happen. John de Graaf, media and outreach director for the Happiness Initiative, speaks nationally on overwork and overconsumption in America. He recently co-authored What’s the Economy for, Anyway? – Why It’s Time to Stop Chasing Growth and Start Pursuing Happiness, with David Batker. He is also co-author of Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic. Fifteen of his documentaries have aired on PBS. Linda Sechrist writes and edits for Natural Awakenings.
Create a Personal Plan that Works How do we keep our personal economy strong and contribute to the kind of world we want to live in? How do we walk the vital path of local sustainability in every part of our life—including work, investing and buying necessities? Mark Anielski, author of The Economics of Happiness: Building Genuine Wealth, explains five ways to take action that are worth exploring. Investments Move the majority of money reserves out of the stock market and into community banks that loan money in their neighborhoods. Eliminate debts in order to have more discretionary income and ultimately, more time to pursue the things that make life worthwhile. Work Join up with and pursue clients that are contributing to all of their stakeholders and the environment in positive ways.
Create a personal business plan with a goal of income sufficiency—having just enough income to meet the basic needs for a good life. Live with one vehicle, rather than two, and ride a bike to places where friends gather. Volunteering Get involved in community activities, such as participating in the local town council, neighborhood association and service groups. Purchases Buy local whenever possible. Choose the local pharmacy instead of the big chain, the farmers’ market rather than a multi-state supermarket. Examine each purchase and consider its ramifications. Avoid buying clothes that need to be dry-cleaned and patronize green cleaners that do not use toxic chemicals. Buy goods in the local economy, so that dollars remain in the community. Purchase from locally owned
businesses that employ neighbors and other locals. While material possessions and luxuries are nice, having too many means too much routine maintenance, fixing things and dusting. Once we’ve reached a “maintenance stage” of life, a time when most material needs have been realized, direct energy and funds to maintaining the integrity of the home (built capital). The payoff includes more time for passions outside of work and more time with friends, family and neighbors. Philanthropy Offset part of the family’s ecological footprint by donating to organizations that supply clean power or plant trees. Assist the community’s poor and homeless by applying available time, talent and treasure. Source: Adapted from The Economics of Happiness, by Mark Anielski.
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The Occupy Wall Street movement has succeeded in spotlighting the growing economic gap between sectors of the American populace, yet the grassroots protest is also being criticized for its lack of clear demands and goals. A more focused approach, grounded in more positive intention, is being led by the New York Meditation Mob. From June to August this year, the group held daily meditations in front of the New York Stock Exchange, creating a patch of calmness and peace along an otherwise busy sidewalk. Organizer Anthony Finno says, “Our intention was for [embracing] conscious prosperity, and to practice acceptance and tolerance on Wall Street.” A week into the Occupy Wall Street movement, New York Med Mob organizers remobilized for a meditation flash mob at the park where the occupation was taking place. Meditations continue to take place there twice a week. The Med Mob movement facilitates meditation flash mobs in public places around the world. Their mission is to foster an environment in which people from all religions, worldviews and experience levels unite in meditation. A global meditation flash mob is scheduled for November 11 (Tinyurl.com/44jrp8x). Communities around the world are encouraged to participate; events already are planned in Austin, Texas; Los Angeles; New York City; Orlando; and Paris.
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healthykids listen and empathize, without trying to problem-solve right away. If you allow the child to express his or her discomfort, and if you step back and try to gain some perspective, you may start to discern the triggers for his or her anxiety.” Trying to solve the problem immediately can backfire, she advises. Create a consistent time, such as a snack break after school, to allow a child to download her day. You’ll learn more about what causes her stress and she’ll gain confidence in your care and her own ability to face fears.
For many school-age kids, performance anxiety becomes an overriding constant. Unfortunately, parents often play a role by projecting their own ambitions onto their kids, notes Geary. Carl Honoré, author of Under Pressure, cites parents’ good intentions, but blames modern forces—including a perfectionist culture, a volatile and hypercompetitive economy and older, first-time parents that bring a workplace ethos to child rearing—for conspiring to pressure kids. “What we’re
Calming Anxious Kids Six Ways to Ease Upsets by Elisa Bosley
ids today are no strangers to stress. In a media-saturated world, children face scary stuff every day, from wars and natural disasters to divorce and peer pressure. In addition to the mental toll, anxiety affects kids’ bodies, too: A study published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity found that family stress directly compromises immune function and increases the likelihood of illness in children. As a parent, how can we help? First, take a deep breath. “Childhood anxiety is not a new problem in our society,” says Dr. Anandhi Narasimhan, a Los Angeles physician specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry. She notes that all children go through stages of normal fears and worries, and anxieties can show up as stomach aches, headaches, potty accidents, aggression and sleep problems. Here, experts offer tips to discern normal versus unhealthy stress levels and to help a child develop coping skills for life’s inevitable hardships.
Start by simply listening to your child. “When my children are upset, my immediate instinct is to ask ‘How can I fix this?’” says Dr. Natalie Geary, an integrative pediatrician and mother of three in New York City. “But you need to step back, 24
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squeezing out is the simple, soaring human pleasure and joy of being a child,” says Honoré. So find ways to lighten up on expectations.
“Children are expected to visit a pediatrician for preventive health, and we should adopt the same principle for mental health,” counsels Narasimhan. “If anxiety is impacting a child’s functioning—such as causing him to want to avoid school or public places,
showing extreme difficulty separating from caretakers, or complaining of frequent pains for which the pediatrician doesn’t see a medical explanation— take the child to a therapist or psychiatrist [to screen for anxiety].” When appropriate, Narasimhan recommends cognitive behavioral therapy, in which a therapist teaches the child strategies to combat fears and address certain feelings and behaviors. “This may include deep-breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation and alternative coping thoughts,” she says. A meta-analysis of clinical trials first published in School Psychology Review concludes that such therapy can play a key role in alleviating childhood anxiety.
Speed breeds stress. “Don’t be in such a rush,” advises Geary. “Whatever you can take out of the day, take out.” Work out a looser schedule, whether that means limiting kids to one musical instrument or sport or instituting a weekly day of rest, when playtime replaces all homework and chores. Says Geary, “I see a lot of kids coming in with stomach pains or school issues, or they’re hitting others. Nine times out of 10, I feel like saying to the parents, ‘Just take your kids to the playground, sit in the park with them and get really dirty digging in the mud.’ If they did that for a month, they’d be fine.”
Pay attention to food
“If blood sugar drops, it’s a very anxiety- and irritability-producing sensation,” observes Geary. “Try to feed children snacks that provide slow-release nutrition, meaning they’re not getting a jolt of hardto-digest fat, protein or sugar.” Her favored choices include low-fat cheese and hummus, or whole-grain bread, spread with nut butter, an easy-to-digest protein.
Children often reflect their parents’ moods, so create calm. “Massage, maybe with calendula oil or something that smells nice for the child, is wonderful,” says Geary. The key is the interaction of the touch and the stillness. Just before bedtime, enjoy a cup of herbal tea together. “It’s more the ritual of sharing a warm drink at the end of the day than actually what you’re drinking,” she says. “They will absorb the fact that you’re spending time with them.” Elisa Bosley is a senior editor at Delicious Living magazine. natural awakenings
Steps to Abundance
by Carolyn Blakeslee for your life and His deep Make a list of what you Take mental desire for His creation— desire. List your desires— you—is for you to flourish. not wants or needs, which snapshots of imply lack of, rather than Look forward. List your abundance of, something. good times and most cherished dreams By saying/thinking/writing, and immediate intentions. “I desire [this] or sometell yourself, Better yet, pull pictures thing even better now manifesting for the good of “Remember this.” from a past happy time and cut out magazine picall concerned,” you create tures that represent the good things you room for even greater possibilities. desire in your future, and then paste them in a journal or on a poster board Remember a situation of abundance. to refer to during moments of reflection. If you catch yourself wallowing in a bad memory or engaging in “stinkin’ Streamline your life continually. Let go thinkin’,” call up a contrasting memory of situations and clutter that don’t supin which you felt rich, beautiful, accomplished, capable—whatever state of port your aspirations. being you desire. Spend time with positive people. Don’t Align with your passions. By taking even believe naysayers. You are working to overcome your own limiting beliefs, so a small step toward a passion or goal why listen to anyone else’s self-limiting that nurtures you, you will feel cleaner, negativity? Step away with kindness. clearer and more energetic, thus opening the way for progress. God has a plan
Select news sources carefully and set a time limit. Read only thoughtful, responsible journalism, which doesn’t include most TV news. You’ll avoid wasting time on nasty stories that engender negative feelings and harmful physiological responses. You’ll feel better for it. Have the proverbial “attitude of gratitude.” Count your blessings. Think often of all the good in your life. Say “Thank you,” more than once a day. Contemplate the areas of your life that are working well; take those skills and apply them to what you would like to improve. Express gratitude. Thank others frequently, with thank-you cards, expressive emails, gestures of encouragement and smiles. People always appreciate kindness and good manners, especially when civility seems in short supply. Smile! When you answer the phone, put a smile on your face and in your voice. Welcome people into your life, even if it’s just for that moment. Allow them to feel your warmth. When you catch yourself frowning with concentration during a task, pause to lift your brows, pull back your face and smile! Carolyn Blakeslee publishes the North Central Florida edition of Natural Awakenings (NaturalAwakeningsncfl.com).
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Wake Up Your Qi: A Morning Qigong Class to Get Your Life force Moving –9:30-10:30am. Practice a variety of easy-to-learn but powerfully effective sitting, standing and moving exercise and meditation practices. Increase your vitality and awareness, lubricate your joints, stimulate qi flow of your organ systems. Sharon Smith. New York Open Center, 22 E 30th St. 212-219-2527.
The Alchemy of Abundance: The Sacred Art of Manifestation – 10am-5:30pm. In this richly experiential workshop, E. H. Rick Jarow PhD shares laws of abundance, attention and manifestation that allow you to engage your lives in renewed and creative ways. Not a “think and you shall receive program,” Jarow shows how you can meet your very real challenges with dignity and effective power by focusing on the quality of your attention and awareness. New York Open Center, 22 E 30th St. 212-219-2527.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Team Member Delights: Foods in Season – 5-7pm. Team members will provide delicious samples of foods that are in season. This is a great time to visit our store, learn how to shop our store, and find value items that are plentiful during the season. Whole Foods Upper West Side, 808 Columbus Ave. 212-222-6160.
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Marathon Concert – 11am-2pm. Cheer on the runners with live music as they complete their 23rd mile! Provided at no cost and open to all ages unless otherwise noted. Duke Ellington Circle, Central Park. 212-860-1370, Contact@Central ParkNYC.org or CentralParkNYC.org/calendar.
Exploring Hallett & The Pond – 12:30-1:30pm. Take a break to enjoy the park on this one-hour walk through the smallest woodland area. Learn its history, enjoy its peacefulness and discover the mystery behind the waterfall. Limited space. 6th Ave and Central Park South. 212-794-4064.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7 Hostess with the Most’ess” – 12-8pm. Vendors will be visiting our store to share with you their ideas and creations of putting together the perfect holiday spread! Whole Foods Upper West Side, 808 Columbus Ave. 212-222-6160.
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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8
Metta and Tonglen Retreat – Nov. 4-6, 7pm to 1:30pm. There is nothing like the power of immersing yourself in the practice of meditation and teachings for an entire weekend to deepen the experience of the two main transformative compassion techniques of lovingkindness (Metta) and exchanging self and other (Tonglen). Shastri Ethan Nichtern. The Interdependence Project NYC, 302 Bowery 3rd Floor (ring middle buzzer). Patrick@TheIDProject.org.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Thanksgiving Hostess – 12-3pm. Welcome to Upper West Side Whole Foods Market Pre-Thanksgiving Holiday sampling! As a guest to our store you will be able to sample items that are perfect for entertaining your guests during this holiday season. Our team members will be passing hors d’oeuvres, welcoming you to our Thanksgiving tasting. Whole Foods Upper West Side, 808 Columbus Ave. 212-222-6160.
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Big Apple Circus: Dream Big! – 12:30-2:30pm. Let your imagination soar at the all-new show that dares you to dream big! The greatest circus artists from ‘round the globe perform under an intimate big top, delighting audiences with gasps and giggles. Damrosch Park, Manhattan. 800-922-3772
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Healthy Holiday – 5-7pm. Team members will provide multiple options that will be perfect to serve individuals with a specific diet. This is a great time to gather healthy recipes and learn how to entertain not only with a traditional menu, but also to find new recipes to impress your guests. Whole Foods Upper West Side, 808 Columbus Ave. 212-222-6160.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Mantra and Meditation – 6-7:30pm. Many of us long to make deep and lasting change in our lives, but often try to do so from a viewpoint that is itself the problem. Meditation can help make a lasting shift into a new consciousness altogether, and mantras are powerful and ancient sound-vibration formulas that de-clutter the mind and transform the body, mind and spirit in profound ways. Thomas Amelio. New York Open Center, 22 E 30th St. 212-219-2527.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11 Veterans’ Day Special: Memorial Walk – 11am-1pm. Combine a walk through Central Park with a look at how different generations of New Yorkers viewed the park as a proper place to remember their veterans. Tour lasts about 2 hours and covers about 2 miles. Call for accessibility levels. Maine Monument, Columbus Circle in Central Park. 212-794-4064 or Tours@CentralParkNYC.org.
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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Improvisation as a Tool for Healing – Nov. 12, 9:30am-5:30pm. Nov. 13, 9:30am-5pm. Join Grammy-winning cellist and composer David Darling for a weekend of music creation and improvisation to support the healing process. In this workshop, David teaches how to create a healing environment for patients or clients to come face to face with their own wondrous capacity to heal using their own unique sounds and rhythms. New York Open Center, 22 E 30th St. 212-219-2527.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13 Thanksgiving Brunch – 10am-12pm. Upper West Side Whole Foods Market team members will have the store filled with the delicious smells of the day after Thanksgiving brunch. Bring all family members and taste the mouth-watering spread of brunch ideas. Whole Foods Upper West Side, 808 Columbus Ave. 212-222-6160.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14 Holiday Sweets – 12-8pm. Make sure you bring your sweet tooth! Come on in to the Upper West side to meet vendors and taste their scrumptious after-dinner options. Whole Foods Upper West Side, 808 Columbus Ave. 212-222-6160.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Weekday Fitness Walking – 7:30-8:30am. Join us for one hour of walking, stretching, strengthening and body toning using only the park, your own body and gravity. All levels welcome. Pre-registration required. Inclement weather or wind chill below 20 degrees cancels. Jaret Corbin Circle. 212-795-1388 x304, HealthWriter2@aol.com or NYCGovParks. org/events/2011/11/15/weekday-fitness-walkingprogram1.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16 Vegan Holiday – 5-7pm. Stop by to taste our animalfree options of entertaining during this holiday season. Team members will share with you the best way to serve a Turkey free Thanksgiving! Whole Foods Upper West Side, 808 Columbus Ave. 212-222-6160.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24
Classic Thanksgiving – 5-7pm. Upper West Side Whole Foods Market invites you to come to our Thanksgiving dinner. Come down the escalator to our Thanksgiving Table and taste the warmth of the Holidays. Whole Foods Upper West Side, 808 Columbus Ave. 212-222-6160.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – This fabulous parade features the Radio City Rockettes, numerous giant balloons, bands, floats, special celebrity guests and so much more! Central Park viewing, west side of street from 70th St to Columbus Circle and east side of street from 70th to 65th, Central Park. 212-794-6564.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25
Radio City Christmas Spectacular – This annual show has been a welcome tradition since 1933. The show entertains audiences of over 1 million in its 8-week run and features the world-famous Radio City Rockettes. Schedule varies. Radio City Music Hall, 6th Ave, between 50th and 51st Sts. 212-465-6080.
Twisted Turkey – 12-2pm. Day after Thanksgiving Workshop. Just in case you overindulged a bit, just in case your brother-in-law left your quiet mind in tatters, just in case you need to jump start your “I WILL NOT LET THIS HOLIDAY SEASON DRIVE ME CRAZY” resolution, join Susan “Lip” Orem to detox your body, wash your mind, and ground your spirit. Reflections, 250 W 49th St, 2nd Floor (between 8th Ave and Broadway). 212-974-2288.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19 Silencing Your Inner Critic: Let the Inspiration Flow – 10am-4pm. Successful writers are plagued by as many doubts as the rest of us, but what makes them successful is their ability to persist and to write, despite it all. Today essayist and author Jessica Bram, whose mission is to empower people to fulfill their deepest desires to write, will show you how to silence your inner critics and unlock the floodgates of creativity. New York Open Center, 22 E 30th St. 212-219-2527.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26 West Side Stories – 10:30-11:30am. Walk through a scenic area on the western edge of the park, much of which is off the beaten track for most visitors. See rolling meadows, lake views, bridges of different styles and a garden with flowers and plants mentioned by Shakespeare. W 81st St and Central Park West. 212772-0210 or Tours@CentralParkNYC.org.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27
The Night Sky – 9pm. The wonders of the universe are ready to be discovered and Inwood Hill Nature Center is the perfect place to stargaze and explore the night sky. Urban park rangers will be your guides to the solar system, discussing the science, history and folklore of the universe. Fall and winter are the best times to observe meteor showers, moon phases and many planets of the Milky Way. Inwood Hill Park at 218th St and Indian Rd. 212-304-3401.
New York City Ballet: The Nutcracker – The New York City Ballet presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, a holiday season favorite. Times vary, be sure to call ahead. David H. Koch Theater. 212870-5570.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21 Ancient Chinese Qigong Practices for Better Sleep – 7:30-9pm. In this two-part class, one of the nation’s most experienced t’ai chi and qigong teachers, Yang Yang PhD, will share a variety of techniques specifically tailored to improving the quality of our sleep, one of the main pillars of a healthy life. New York Open Center, 22 E 30th St. 212-219-2527.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 Express Your Authentic Self with Espiritismo – 8-10pm. Many cultures acknowledge the presence of spiritual guides and ancestral beings who guide, protect, and support the living. Developing a relationship with such invisible teachers can help us understand our soul’s purpose and make better decisions. Gloria Rodriquez, MA. New York Open Center, 22 E 30th St. 212-219-2527.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23 The Haunted Manhattan Tour – 1-4pm. Licensed tour guide Andy Sydor leads you on a 2-hour ride to an Edgar Allen Poe location where he penned some his most chilling tales. Also visit haunted firehouses, the Dakota Building (Lennon, Karloff and Rosemary’s Baby fame) and others. Ghost hunting equipment provided. Chess Area, Bryant Park. 718-847-7121 or Ike4837@aol.com.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28 Photo Safari at Bethesda Fountain – 9am-11:30pm. Take advantage of beautiful Central Park as you learn how to take pictures of the environment (trees, flowers and landscape). Especially enjoy the seasonal changes in foliage. For beginners to advanced hobbyists. Bethesda Fountain, Central Park. 718-268-9634 or Info@NewYorkCityPhotoSafari.com.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29 Emotional Healing Through Mental Imagery – 6-7:30pm. While we can never eliminate the shocks of life, we can take charge of our responses to them. In this class, learn how to transform distressing feelings-anxiety, depression, fear, worry, guilt, and their derivatives-immediately. Learn to harness innate abilities to tackle any issue that may arise. Gerald Epstein, MD. New York Open Center, 22 E 30th St. 212-219-2527.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30 An Introduction to the Tarot: Guidance and Wisdom for Our Spiritual Journey – 8-10pm. The Tarot, ostensibly a deck of decorated cards, is in fact a symbolic system whose images express Pythagorean, Platonic and Hermetic mystical ideas. Once one grasps the Tarot’s philosophy and structure, the cards can be used as an intuitive device to connect with one’s inner wisdom. Bring a tarot deck and unlined paper. Robert M. Place. New York Open Center, 22 E 30th St. 212-219-2527.
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