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wanted to write a happy, positive letter to close out the year—one that inspired peace and joy; one that felt loving and cozy, like sipping a cup of cocoa in front of a roaring fire—but the truth isn’t always quaint or comforting. The truth is I had to pull out every tool in my kit just to keep it together this week. I share this not to complain—these are temporary first-world challenges I encountered—but because writing that resonates with me is writing that tells the truth— that life can be messy and difficult. So instead of pretending, I am going to share some of the lessons I learned this week that I think can apply to the holiday season. I put them here as reminders to myself, and I hope they may help you too. Set boundaries—and keep them. I didn’t hold people to our deadlines for this issue. This meant longer hours and added stress for everyone involved. That goes against the philosophy of this magazine. What boundaries do you want to be mindful of this holiday season? Budget, food, alcohol, relationships? Don’t overschedule. Leave empty blocks on your calendar and in your day. Leave time for happy surprises. Do you run your schedule or does your schedule run you? Don’t take things personally. The holidays can bring out the best—and the worst in people. We don’t know what others might be going through, but that doesn’t mean you should be anyone’s punching bag. If someone becomes hostile, walk away. Disengage. Which brings me to my next lesson. Don’t jump to conclusions or assume the worst. I had someone falsely accuse me and his account representative of trying to double charge him this week. I noticed he had not registered or paid for a $6 Meetup event fee online, as is customary. I asked his representative to check in with him since he said he planned to attend. She sent him a lovely note. He responded with a scathing, accusatory reply. We were shocked. He had sent in money orders, a form of payment I am not accustomed to, and I simply had been too pressed for time to process them or even determine what they were for as I worked to bring this issue to you. This practitioner and prospective advertiser berated us and assumed the worst despite my apology for the misunderstanding. Always look for the silver lining. I am grateful this happened. I don’t know what he may be going through, and while I wish him well, I don’t want to promote someone who behaves like this. His money orders were returned. I am happy to say the practitioners you see in this magazine have been reasonable and professional. I am honored to promote them. I will spare you my other mini-crises. Instead, I will share some of the practices that help me cope when life feels overwhelming—as it can during the holidays. These are the types of practices we feature in Natural Awakenings each month. Meditation, prayer, time in nature. My daily walks on the beach never fail to give me perspective and lift my energy. Connect with friends and laugh. I took time for a couple of coffee breaks and dinner with a friend this week. A few minutes can make a world of difference and boost your mood. The greatest gift you can give someone is to be truly present with them. It’s better than anything that comes in a box. Presence trumps presents—any day (but presents can be fun too!). It always, always comes back to gratitude. Gratitude even for the tough days— the lessons they teach that hopefully help us grow and become better people. And now on to some of that peace and joy. Happy holidays! Toni Owen Conover, Publisher
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newsbriefs Reindeer Run Scheduled for December 2
he Reindeer Run, presented by Half-Moon Outfitters, is a family-oriented, pet-friendly 5K run/walk through the lower peninsula of downtown Charleston. The event has grown significantly over the years—from only a few hundred participants to more than 3,500 runners. The funds generated from the Reindeer Run are helping build the new MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital that is set to open its doors in 2019. This hospital will provide more spacious, family-centered amenities and expanded services, including an expanded neonatal intensive care unit, an entire floor dedicated to the care of children with cancer, and the most comprehensive pediatric heart center in South Carolina. Proceeds from the Reindeer Run are split between the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and the Charitable Society of Charleston. Eighty percent of the funds go to MUSC and 20 percent go to the Charitable Society of Charleston’s endowment. This endowment provides grants and donations to local nonprofit organizations that benefit both children and elderly residents of the lowcountry. Run packets may be picked up at Half-Moon Outfitters at South Windermere Center, located at 94 Folly Road Boulevard, in Charleston. The race route starts and finishes on East Bay Street, near the corner of East Bay and Queen. For more information or to register, visit ReindeerRun.org.
Charleston’s Claibourn’s Offers Massage for Veterans with PTSD
ocal massage therapist and veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Yolanda Claibourn, LMT, LE, feels it is important to give back to her fellow vets who also suffer from the disorder. Claibourn is the owner of Claibourn’s Wellness & Massage, in Charleston, and is certified as a healing hands provider through the Veteran Administration’s (VA) Hands for Heroes program. Now, local vets with PTSD can receive a free Swedish massage session from her. Claibourn says they are asking Congress to pass HR 102, the Expanding Health Care for Veterans Act, to include massage. Claibourn has done extensive research on PTSD and concluded that “massage is a natural way to provide relief and comfort to someone through the art of touch and bodywork without drugs or invasive procedures.” Swedish massage in a quiet, safe and calm setting can be very therapeutic, helps the patient relax, and can reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. It encourages one to achieve a trusting relationship with the massage therapist and others. “While massage cannot cure PTSD, it can alleviate some of its symptoms,” says Claibourn, adding that, with holistic treatment, veterans can enter the workforce and live a more fulfilling life. One client, Gregory C., who was in the Navy for 33 years, said massage has helped all of his PTSD ailments. “It helped me with my chronic pain, lower back, stroke, three hip replacements, my range of motion, mobility and overall well-being.” “Our veterans have fought for our freedom, and it’s my duty to fight for them!” Claibourn exclaims, adding her experience in working with vets at the many VA facilities helped her develop a passion for giving back, which has also been therapeutic for her. The Hands for Heroes program has a goal of providing 1 million massages across the nation. Learn more at HandsForHeroes.net. Claibourn’s Wellness & Massage is located at 903 St. Andrews Blvd., Ste. C, in Charleston. For more information, call 843-779-0277 or visit ClaibournSkinCareMassage.com.
Homegrown Holiday Bazaar Encourages You to Shop Local This Holiday Season
he fourth annual Homegrown Holiday Bazaar will be held Saturday, December 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Johns Island County Park, located at 2662 Mullet Hall Road, Johns Island (site of Charleston County Parks Mullet Hall Equestrian Center). The event is sponsored by the Johns Island Farmers Market and Sea Islands Chamber of Commerce and will serve as the farmers market for that day. There will be more than 100 vendors and farmers, just in time to get holiday shopping done from local businesses in support of the local economy. The Holiday Carriage and Hayrides, Antique Tractor Show, Native Horse Meet and Greets, Pony Rides, and Santa and Mrs. Claus visits in Santa Land are sure to bring holiday cheer to all who visit! Many local food trucks will be on-site, along with warm drinks, local craft beer from Low Tide and Holy City Breweries, and wine. The V-Tones of Charleston will entertain with festive tunes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and members of Sol Driven Train will liven up the bazaar from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be tons of fun activities for all ages, including several seasonalthemed games, crafts, cookie decorating, ornament making, hula-hooping and bounce houses. Be sure to bid on the many silent auction items to support the operations of both hosting organizations. The Homegrown Holiday Bazaar is your one-stop shop for all things local and festive! Admission is free, and there is plenty of free parking on-site. For more information, visit SeaIslandsChamber.org/holiday-bazaar.
A Small Sampling of Lowcountry Holiday Events
North Charleston Christmas Parade and Festival Saturday, December 2, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Felix C. Davis Community Center, with ® the Christmas Parade beginning at 5 p.m. The Christmas Festival includes children’s activities, food vendors, live music, and visits with Santa. The Christmas anica Todd, certiParade begins at the corner of East Montague and Mixson fied doula and Avenues, proceeds down East Montague Avenue, around licensed massage Park Circle, and back down East Montague to conclude. therapist, recently 2017 City of Charleston Holiday Parade on completed her certiSunday, December 3, at 2 p.m. The parade will fied Arvigo® praccommence on Broad Street at Barre Street, travel titioner training for clinical application in Greenfield, North on King Street, and conclude on Calhoun New Hampshire, at the Arvigo® Institute. She completed Street at Meeting Street. Massage hands-on Packages 25 case studies and passed Holiday a comprehensive Holiday Parade of Boats at the Maritime Center. exam with a 99 percent score. This required limited timedemonstratonly Enjoy savory foods, holiday tunes, the best vaning the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® tage point for viewing boats decorated in lights, at as presented in her practitioner care training, and showtrees, music and more. Saturday, December 9, ing proficiency for whenCharlestonMassageTherapies.com and why she would apply them from 5 to 8 p.m. during a session. Following her exam, she spent four days Family Yuletide at Middleton Place, Delearning the remaining techniques for non-pregnant care. cember 9, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. $15 adults, $5 Package of Seven Todd utilizes this comprehensive set of techniques to crechildren ages 4 to 13, and ages 3 and under are $450 value) ate a customized treatment 60 planmin based on($630 the individual’s free. Fresh greenery, berries and other natural unique needs. Todd has now90 completed levels of min $625four ($875 value) items gathered from the plantation will be provided to training with the Arvigo® Institute and plans to return to make wreaths and other holiday décor. Stable yard artisan New Hampshire next fall to complete the teacher training shops will be lit by candlelight as craftspeople ply their Package of 14 as a Level 1 Self-Care workshop instructor. trades and interact with visitors. Seasonal refreshments The clinical applications Arvigo Therapyvalue) may 60for min $900® ($1260 provided. provide wellness benefits for the following areas: 90 min $1250 ($1750 value) Mt. Pleasant Annual Christmas Light Parade • Digestive disorders (Crohn’s, irritable bowel syntakes place December 10 at 5:30 p.m., starting drome, gastroesophageal reflux disease, gastritis, constiwith fireworks (now moved to the Town Hall pation, indigestion, etc.) football field to be visible from the new viewing • Muscular tension area on West Coleman Boulevard) then immediately fol• Urinary system (incontinence, frequent urinary lowed by the start of the parade at Mill Street traveling tract infections, etc.) south and ending at the intersection of Coleman Boule• Varicose veins vard and Patriots Point Road. • Fertility enhancement Santee Cooper Celebrates the Season – • Postsurgical (scar tissue, recovery, etc.) The Holiday Lights Driving Tour, with dozens • Menstrual disorders (painful/irregular periods) of spectacular light displays, takes place from • Cesarean/hysterectomy surgery recovery November 24 to December 30 (closed December • Menopause 24, 25 and 26) and begins at Santee Cooper headquarters • Pelvic organ congestion (endometriosis, cysts, (One Riverwood Dr.) in Moncks Corner. The lights are fibroids) powered with 100 percent green power from Santee Coo• Polycystic ovarian syndrome per and exclusively use energy-efficient LED lights. • Chronic bladder/yeast infections Moncks Corner Holiday Fairs take place at the • Pelvic organ prolapse Moncks Corner Regional Recreation Complex (418 E. Main St.) on December 2 and 3, DecemFor more information, call 843-826-0660, email Danica@ ber 8 through 10, December 15 through 17, and DanicaTodd.com or visit DanicaTodd.com. Her office is December 22 and 23. Enjoy visits with Santa, children’s located at 720 Magnolia Rd., Ste. 15, in Charleston. See rides, a craft fair, marshmallow roasting, food and drinks, ad, page 10. and more. By Appointment Only
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The Holiday Festival of Lights Returns to James Island County Park
The Holiday Festival of Lights is returning for its 28th year. Featuring an estimated 2 million shimmering lights, Charleston’s most popular holiday event is open nightly at James Island County Park through January 1. More than 4 million people have toured the Holiday Festival of Lights, which is hosted by the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission. The event has received many awards and mentions in publications throughout the country. Park the car and experience family attractions, shopping, dining and more. There are many celebrated attractions to see and activities to do, including marshmallow roasting, festival train rides, interactive and dancing light displays, an
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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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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.
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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 eiae.org. 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. RecyclingForCharities.com accepts obsolete personal electronic devices by mail; the donor selects a charity to receive the proceeds. ShelterAlliance.net, CellPhonesForSoldiers.com and Phones4Charity.org are kindred organizations. AmericanCellPhoneDrive.org 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 lowincome 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 displays) can be captured and recycled, instead of polluting the environment. Small appliances like toasters, coffee makers and clothing irons aren’t considered e-waste and generally aren’t recyclable because they are made of a mix of plastic and metal. Using them for many years helps.
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communityspotlight The Giving Spirit in Charleston: An Interview with Sgt. Brandon Ogden, 2017 Charleston Toys for Tots Coordinator by Jennifer Iamele Savage toys collected were donated by companies from the local area. However, less than 3 percent of businesses in Charleston were involved with Toys for Tots. With a little help from more local businesses, this year’s campaign could leave a long-lasting, positive impact on so many local families in need.
How did the organization come to be? What is your mission for this season’s Toys for Tots?
hristmas is right around the corner and the Marines in Charleston are gearing up for the 2017 Toys for Tots campaign. Every year since 1947, the U.S. Marine Corps has collected new, unwrapped toys and distributed them as Christmas gifts to millions of less fortunate children all throughout the U.S. Assistance from Toys for Tots (T4T) continues to be in high demand as the lowcountry’s population and poverty rates increase. We greatly appreciate every single company that has ever participated in our annual toy drives and fundraisers! Involvement and contributions from local companies are absolutely crucial in our efforts to successfully bring the joy of Christmas to thousands of underprivileged children within the lowcountry. Last year, more than 80 percent of the
T4T began in 1947 when Maj. Bill Hendricks, of the U.S. Marine Corps, founded it in Los Angeles, California. They collected 5,000 toys that year! The program went international in 1959. Since then the program has expanded, and there have been countless children and families positively impacted. (For more information about T4T’s rich and in-depth history, visit the website at end of article.)
How do you serve the lowcountry? We provide toys for less-fortunate children and adults with disabilities, which make their mind that of a child. We promote the true Christmas spirit and give a chance for Christmas to truly be experienced, especially for the ones who might not otherwise have a Christmas.
What are some of the greatest success stories? We are blessed to have countless success stories from the families we help and serve. Perhaps a good story to include that sums up our experience here comes from last year’s toy coordinator, Staff Sgt. Justin Golden: “Right before Charleston County schools dismissed for Christmas break, I collected a huge box of toys and personally delivered it to a class of
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special needs children at James Island Elementary School. You should have seen the looks on the kids’ faces when I showed up wearing my Marine Corps uniform and started handing out all sorts of toys! They were so genuinely excited; it literally brought tears of joy to my eyes. I had clearly interrupted their lesson that day, but trust me, they didn’t mind at all. I had an awesome time with those little guys and it was tough saying goodbye, but I left knowing that I had made a difference, and I don’t recall ever being so proud of myself. After Christmas break, their teacher called to express her gratitude, and she requested I return next year. She mentioned a student whose family couldn’t afford to buy him anything for Christmas and how he was so glad I gave him a soccer ball and some Legos because those were the only presents he received. When I heard that, it broke my heart into a hundred pieces. It made me want to do more because these little kids deserve a better life. If I can help a classroom full of kids by myself, imagine what an entire city can do to help. We have to do more.”
How can the community get involved? We rely on community support and donations. If you or your business would like to get involved, please visit and register on our official website: Charleston-SC.ToysForTots.org. Jennifer Iamele Savage is a transformational life coach and a secondary Montessori educator. Passionate about raising consciousness, Savage uses these containers to help people find their voice and empower them to utilize their resources. Connect with her at Jen@InspirationAndBliss.com or InspirationAndBliss.com.
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I grew up on Edisto Beach with my parents and two younger brothers and spent part of the year in Mt. Pleasant so I could go to school in Charleston at the First Baptist School downtown. When I was a kid, I loved to go to Barnes & Noble and just read books in the hobby and craft section. I also spent many hours drawing with Pixel colored pencils. After graduating from high school, I went to the College of Charleston and majored in business. I graduated and drifted into being a Realtor, but when the market went south in 2008 I got out. I continued my schooling with massage therapy training because I was really into fitness and the human body. I am a life-long learner and continue to explore new avenues of information that cross my path.
After I graduated, I worked in different spas, but my biggest accomplishment was when I began to work in a fivestar spa on Kiawah. It helped me up my game and my confidence. I went on to get my esthetics license to make myself more valuable to the spa. I have been studying reflexology in my spare time to understand how the feet affect a person’s overall well-being.
I love horror movies! Something about the rush of being scared. When I want to relax and enjoy the outside, it is great to walk on the beach with
my Great Dane/pit bull dog. I have found quite a collection of shark teeth by searching for them on the northfacing beaches. The shark teeth got me interested in making jewelry. I enjoy the solitude as I work on my jewelry. I enjoy the unique characteristics of each stone. Not so much the energy of them, but the appearance of the stone itself. My favorite pieces of jewelry to make are earrings, and I have a strong affinity for turquoise and antique copper. I love to walk on the trails in the Francis Marion Forest for quiet reflection in nature, which is a great stress
I enjoy the recipes that help me use the vegetables that I grow in my garden. I get a kick out of creating an entire meal of food that I’ve grown. The calendar of events keeps me up to date with what is going on in Charleston, and the health briefs let me know some of the latest information on keeping healthy.
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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.
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 Gelder devotes a chapter to a Greens18
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boro, 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.
“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, processes and resources that invite meaningful and productive conversations leading to constructive civic
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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.”
A community is a group that can fight gracefully… Chaos is not just a state; it is an essential process of community development. ~Dr. M. Scott Peck, The Different Drum: Community Making and Peace
The group’s downloadable free tools help newcomers: A beginner’s guide for exploring dialogue (ncdd.org/rc/ 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 (ala.org/ 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.”
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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
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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 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 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’,”
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Intense emotions can become sources of invincible energy with the collective power to build the world we want. 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 Natural Awakenings who blogs at LindaSechrist.com.
CHAMPIONING HOLISTIC ATHLETES The New Face of Sports Medicine by Marlaina Donato
From college athletics to Olympic training, sports medicine has a new, holistic face.
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.
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, sprout-
ed 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 whole food, 100 percent plantbased diet, featuring oats, quinoa and brown rice. “When we give our body its proper fuel, it will function at its optimal level,” remarks Heidrich, who has dedicated her life to re-educating others about diet and investing in her ongoing athletic achievements.
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Even under the best of circumstances, professional athletes encounter difficulties, but when faced with enormous obstacles, the best can get even better. “I’ve faced injuries and illness during pivotal times in my life and career, but I always approached it with the intention to be proactive, rather than being reactive,” advises Coughlin. For Strong, confronting tragedy with the right attitude offers possibility. “Thirteen years ago, I was hit by a car and lost my leg, but now I see that moment as a blessing instead of a curse. It was a hardship that tested my limits, but in the end, it propelled me to achieving dreams I didn’t even know I had.” Nearly four decades after her grim diagnosis, Heidrich embodies hope for all of us when she says, “It is never too late to adopt a better way.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at MarlainaDonato.com.
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.
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How to Really Enjoy the Season by Dianne Bischoff James
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.
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.
Pay Attention to the Smiles The approaching holidays encourage more shared smiles, kind words and thoughtful gestures. While out and about, look for the grins and well wishes. Hold the door open for others and offer a friendly greeting to store clerks. We’ll find ourselves smiling even more, because thoughtfulness is contagious.
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 expe-
rience 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.
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.
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.
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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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
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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 (JudithFertig.com).
Zesty Citrus Holiday Recipes photo by Stephen Blancett
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. photo by Ilva Beretta
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 dust with cinnamon and a generous drizzle of honey. Chill the oranges for at least 1 hour or longer in the refrigerator before serving.
Moroccan Spiced Orange Slices with Orange Blossom Water Orange blossom or orange flower water is available at better grocery stores, kitchen shops, Middle Eastern markets or online. Yields: 4 to 5 servings 5 medium to large navel or large blood oranges 3 Tbsp orange blossom water 1 tsp ground cinnamon 2 Tbsp honey or date sugar ½ pomegranate, seeded 1½ to 2 Tbsp coarsely chopped unsalted pistachios 8 to 10 mint leaves, chopped or torn, for garnish
When ready to serve, sprinkle the pomegranate seeds, pistachios and mint leaves evenly over the top.
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.
Meyer Lemon Chia Seed Bowl with Tangerines 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 In a bowl, stir together the chia seeds, milk, maple syrup, Meyer lemon juice, natural awakenings
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.
Shiitake Mushroom and Pea Risotto with Orange
2 Tbsp butter or margarine, divided 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided, plus more as needed 8.8 oz shiitake mushrooms, stems 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
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Yields: 6 servings as side dish or starter or 4 as main dish
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, stir ring, 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. 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.
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.
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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.
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. Adapted lemon recipe is 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.
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.”
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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
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The Traditional Line menu devised by executive chef Mark Russell, of Great Performances, a sustainability-oriented high-end catering and food service company in New York City, remarks, “Food trends have changed,” noting preserving, freezing, pickling and canning remain sound. He salutes thrifty Depression-era practices. “My grandparents picked dandelion greens to fry in bacon fat,” he says. “A salad with olive oil and fresh tomato is healthier.” Fermented grape leaves can be rolled up into dolmas filled with local grains and feta cheese instead of meat. He also blanches and freezes cauliflower leaves, warmed in butter to serve; he’s then used the whole vegetable. Nasturtium leaves are fermented, seeds and stems pickled and flowers puréed. “I make nasturtium flower coulis, bright orange and spicy, to dollop on freshwater fish,” Russell says. “Stems are minced into grain salads and seeds sprinkled on slabs of beefsteak tomatoes. Leaves, soft from fermentation, wrap around fresh goat cheese, shred into coleslaw or pair with steamed basmati rice.”
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POWER OF GROUP J INTENTION by April Thompson
hirty years ago, speaker, author and journalist Lynne McTaggart recovered from an illness using alternative approaches to health. Since then, she’s been exploring the frontiers of healing through consciousness and alternative medicine. In the 1990s, McTaggart, who lives in London, started a newsletter called What Doctors Don’t Tell You, now an international magazine and popular platform at wddty.com that cites thousands of resources showing what works and doesn’t work in conventional and alternative medicine and how to beat chronic conditions naturally. McTaggart’s seven books include The Intention Experiment, The Field, The Bond and most recently, The Power of Eight. Her latest work examines the transformative power of small groups of people sending thoughts together for a common goal.
Can you summarize the results of your experiments of healing through collective intentions? We’ve done hundreds of experiments using small and large groups; 30 were tightly controlled scientific studies conducted in conjunction with researchers at institutions such as the University of Arizona, University of California and Penn State University. The experiments have involved all kinds of intentions, ranging from the relatively simple to the impossibly complex. The large-scale intention experiments involved upwards 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.
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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.
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How did the act of sending positive intentions affect the senders? I was most surprised by the rebound effects reported by participants, whom I started surveying after the Sri Lankan peace experiment. Thousands of extraordinary comments related not only how participants felt during the activity, but also afterwards; they were experiencing major shifts in their relationships, health, careers and well-being. All they had done was sit individually in front of their computer holding an intention, yet they experienced the altered and mystical states of consciousness described by psychologist Abraham Maslow as “peak experiences”. Life University, a large chiropractic university in Atlanta, worked with us to study the brainwaves of participants in six “power of eight” groups and found that senders had decreased activity in their frontal and parietal lobes, which govern the sense of self. It was like the boundaries between participants were dissolving into a state of oneness. To me, this partly explained the sense of oneness, compassion and love they
experienced. Andrew Newberg, director of research at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health, in Philadelphia, recorded similar effects in Sufi masters, and nuns and monks engaged in prayer and meditation, but only after years of learning certain techniques. My participants, all novices, were primed only by watching a 13-minute YouTube video of me explaining how to send intention in a group. Group intention appears to be a fast-track to the miraculous—no experience necessary.
Why does “groupthink” have such a powerful, multiplicative effect? I think a huge part of it has to do with the power of getting off of yourself and setting an intention for someone else. Another is the connection created in a group. When we engage together in an activity like praying or setting altruistic intentions, we create a powerful virtual circle that proves healing to both the receivers and senders. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.
PETS ¤ MUSIC Each Species Grooves to Its Own Beat
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
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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.
Rabbits Hear Up to 42,000 Hz
by Sandra Murphy ust as dogs’ and cats’ noses are more efficient than ours, they also have better hearing, reacting to a broader and higher range of frequencies and vibrations. “We sense our world from where our ears are. Our plane is generally five to six feet high; animals closer to the ground hear things differently,” says Janet Marlow, founder and CEO of Pet Acoustics, in Washington Depot, Connecticut. The internationally renowned musician, composer and sound behaviorist has invented species-specific music based on her 30 years of research. Humans hear up to 23,000 Hertz (Hz), which differs substantially from that of many other creatures (lsu.edu/deafness/ HearingRange.html). A Hertz is a standard unit of frequency set at one cycle per second.
of the day. They don’t like countrywestern music; it’s often sad and in the wrong cadence. Classical music like Bach is calming. When I played Pachelbel’s Canon in D on my flute, my Morgan gelding, Ten Penny Moonshine, listened for hours.”
“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 natural awakenings
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.”
INSPIRED LIVING Five Ways to Make the New Year Sparkle by Kelly Martinsen
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.
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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.
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.
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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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.
to him to keep him calm. Her home state’s Litchfield Veterinary Hospital became her initial testing ground for species-specific music. “We use Pet Acoustics music boxes in the cat ward, recovery rooms and exam rooms,” says Heather Florkowski, a certified technician at the facility. “In our experience, stress inhibits the healing process. Like people, animals are anxious when ill and visiting the doctor’s office. Music helps ease their stress. At home, when I move the music box to another room, my dog follows it.” “During a TTouch session, cats are completely relaxed when I play New Age music for them,” says Morgan. “Pick music that fits the cat’s personality. You can tell what they like from their body language; it’s not always what you’d expect.”
Philip Stein is a Leader in Wearable Sleep Technology by Linda Sechrist
rom computers, cell phones, smart TVs, DVR players and programmable appliances to a seemingly endless list of other electronic gadgets, we are in constant contact with unnatural electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) generated by technology. In today’s 24/7 society, invisible EMFs are inescapable; they permeate our working and living spaces. What we may not know is how they negatively impact our body’s natural sleep-wake cycle: suppressing melatonin, the hormone that controls the natural circadian rhythm, disturbing slumber and even affecting weight gain, according to University of Tel Aviv research. On the brighter side, some new technological products promise to restore balance to the body, including deeper and more restful sleep. From the Philip Stein sleep bracelet, sleep number beds and portable sleep trackers to sleep-related
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Holiday Open Studio – 5-8pm. Artist, Author and Energy Healer Jennifer Michaels invites you to shop local for the holidays: original artwork, paintings, prints, signed books, holy oil, crystals, gift certificates and more (10% off). Walk-ins welcome. Light hors d’oeuvres. Free. The Boulevard Apartments, 725 Coleman Blvd, #408, Mt Pleasant. 4th floor, door right of leasing office. 843-514-2848. Jennifer@jemichaels.com. jemichaels.com.
Angel Guidance Workshop – 7-8:30pm. Facilitator: Rachelle Grant. Use angel oracle cards and your intuition to gain clarity and understanding. You will learn how to identify, remove and heal blocks as well as use metaphysical laws to improve the quality of your life. Free. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. Rachelle1581@yahoo.com. blissSpiritualCo-op.org.
Helping Yourself Through the Holidays With Energy Medicine Techniques – 7-8:30pm. Energy Medicine techniques can be easy, empowering, effective and free! Join Erin Sirona to find out what Energy Medicine is all about, how it can help you, and to learn some simple and impactful techniques. $22. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@ BridgeToAvalon.com. BridgeToAvalon.com.
Saturday, December 2 Unity of Charleston – Seven Tips - How to Quit Taking Things Personally – 11am-1pm. Jackie McCullough Life Options Coach/Counselor’s workshop on our choices, discerning reality versus opinion, new stories about ourselves. Her book is Kathy Said, You’re Not Lost to Me. Joy is a Choice—Choose Joy! Love Offering. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-5660600. UnityCharleston@msn.com. Unitychs.org.
SUNDAY, December 3 Guest Massage Therapist – 2-3pm. Tamara Stender Anitia-Obong will be joining us on this day to offer amazing therapeutic massage. By appointment only. Charleston Holistic Center, 2366 Ashley River Rd, #8, Charleston. 843-259-8349. Charleston.Holistic. Center@gmail.com. CharlestonHolisticCenter.com. Folly Beach Full Moon Drum Circle – 7pm. Meets every full moon at Folly Beach County Park to celebrate life with traditional drumming, ceremony and peace gathering. Fire-twirlers, hula-hoopers, musicians of all kinds welcome! All are welcome at this family-friendly community event. Bring your drums! FREE. Folly Beach County Park, 1100 W Ashley Ave, Folly Beach. 781353-1553. Moira@HealingTreeCharleston.com. HealingTreeCharleston.com/workshops-events.
TUESDAY, December 5 Flames of Change: Psyche Development, Physical and Nonphysical Senses – 6-7:30pm. What are you Seeing in your Symptoms and how deep are you willing to See for the Cause? What do Depressive, Anxious, Self-Judging, or Negative Thoughts Really Mean? $30 online, $35 at the door. Seed of Life Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843343-6726. SeedOfLifeWellnessCollective@gmail. com. SeedOfLifeCollective.com.
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CBD/Hemp Educational Happy Hour – 5-7pm. Come join us at Eucalyptus Wellness and learn about the benefits of CBD with Janel Ralph, CEO of Palmetto Harmony, and Molly Laiter, from Charlotte’s Web. Discounts on CBD products and raffles. Drop in anytime from 5-7. Eucalyptus Wellness, 280 W Coleman Blvd, Ste E, Mt Pleasant. 843-388-4956. Info@EucalyptusWellness.com. EucalyptusWellness.com.
FRIDAY, December 8 Thermography – 10am-5pm. ONE DAY ONLY! Before you can feel it, Thermal Imaging can see it. Safe. Painless. Affordable. Private. Thermal Imaging is the ultimate safest test to detect early signs of vascular pain, cancerous cells, digestive disorders and more. Schedule your spot today! Charleston Holistic Center, 2366 Ashley River Rd, #8, Charleston. 843-259-8349. Charleston.Holistic.Center@gmail. com. DiscoverThermal.com. Exploring the Wisdom of Your Body: Your Giving Feet – 7-8:30pm. Join Patti Daniel-Iwer to explore the fascinating gifts your feet give you every day and the many ways to give back to keep them healthy and happy throughout the holiday season! $22. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@bridgeToAvalon.com. BridgeToAvalon.com. Divine Feminine Christmas Concert at Unity of Charleston – 7-8:30pm. Delia Chariker, Lorna Roberts, Ulyana Machneva, Sadie deWall and Vikki Matsis perform. Between sets, there will be short teachings about the Divine Feminine. Uplifting, inspirational and enriching. $ 1 5 . U n i t y o f Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-5660600. UnityCharleston@msn.com. Unitychs.org.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9 Bridge to Avalon Holiday Open House – 4-8pm. Come join us and celebrate expansion of light and love in Charleston! This year our holiday party will be catered by Dellz. We will have music, a great crowd and great fun. Gaia’s gifts will be open for holiday shopping. FREE. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@BridgeToAvalon.com. BridgeToAvalon. com. Unity of Charleston Dances of Universal Peace – 7-8:30pm. Mantra meditation in movement. Easy circle dances with spiritual music from many of the
world religions. Fun and energizing. Potluck 6pm. Donation. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843- 566-0600. UnityCharleston@msn. com. Unitychs.org. Healthy Holiday Bazaar – 12-5pm. Join us for this Free Community Event featuring Conscious Gifts for your Self-Care and Others, Free Health Talks and Screenings, Performances including Fire Dance, Music, Food Trucks, Games and Prizes!!! Free! RSVP online to be entered into the Package Drawing. Seed of Life Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-343-6726. SeedOfLifeWellnessCollective@gmail.com. SeedOfLifeCollective.com.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10 Ayurveda 101: The 5 Elemental Energies in the Mind: Balancing Mental Disturbances – 2-3:30pm. How the 5 Elemental Energies of Fire, Water, Air, Space and Earth Manifest in the Body and the Physical World. How can we Balance Ourselves with Nature? How can we Create the World We Want? $20 online, $25 at the Door. Seed of Life Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-3436726. SeedOfLifeWellnessCollective@gmail.com. SeedOfLifeCollective.com.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 11 360 Fit Challenge: A Great Way to Get Ready for the Holidays! Or as a Gift! – 6-7pm. This 40-minute timed workout includes all of the 8 Fundamental Movements of Exercise in Progressing reps that add up to 360 reps per workout! M/W/F Dec 11-22. Seed of Life Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-343-6726. SeedOfLifeWellnessCollective@ gmail.com. SeedOfLifeCollective.com.
THURSDAY, December 14 Ladies Night Out! Wine, Beauty and Self-Care! – 6:30-8pm. Join Naturopath and Yoga Instructor Stefanie DeWysockie for this night of Mingling, Sipping, Shopping and Learning some Holistic Beauty Care! Drop-in Style with a Mini Lessons all night! SeedOfLifeCollective.com for Schedule. $5 in advance, $8 at door. Seed of Life Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-343-6726. SeedOfLifeWellnessCollective@gmail.com. SeedOfLifeCollective.com.
FRIDAY, December 15 The Mystical Symbology of Christmas – 7-8:30pm. Come join us for a discussion of the Nativity and how it applies to everyone on the Path of Enlightenment. $22. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@BridgeToAvalon.com. BridgeToAvalon. com.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16 Angel Workshop – 1:30-4:30pm. Energy Healer and Spiritual Life Coach Jennifer Michaels invites you to a Winter Solstice Co-Creating with the Archangels Workshop. Sage, guided meditation, journaling, group discussion, snacks and gift bag to start your holidays and new year off right! $129 by Dec 9/$149 after. Shepard Dermatology, 912 Old Georgetown Rd, Mt Pleasant. 843-514-2848. Jennifer@jemichaels.com. jemichaels.com. Astrology of Spiritual and Family Karma – 11:30am-1pm. Facilitator: Alexander Mallon. Explore how and why we are “astro-genetically”
bonded to our parents and how our birth is a powerful soul-awakening-time for them and how we co-create our own “Living Storylines” for our own soul-family evolution. Free. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. AstrologySpirit@gmail.com. blissSpiritualCo-op. org. Holiday Giftmaking with Heather Howell – 1-4pm. Join our Master Aromatherapist Heather A. Howell as she brings her intuition and knowledge together to assist you in creating some wonderful gifts for the holidays! This will include 2: Natural perfumes, aromatic room sprays, sugar scrubs and bar soaps! $90. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@BridgeToAvalon.com. BridgeToAvalon. com. The 8 Fundamental Movements of Exercise – 2pm. What are the 8 Fundamental Movements of Exercise? How do they improve your Quality of Life? How do you practice them effectively? All this and more with Health Coach & Trainer Andrew Dean. This class is included in the 360 Fit Challenge Full Round Series. Seed of Life Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-343-6726. SeedOfLifeWellnessCollective@gmail.com. SeedOfLifeCollective.com.
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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22 The Energy of Giving and Receiving – 7-8:30pm. Do you experience a harmonious flow of both giving and receiving in your life? These are two powerful and beautiful energies that open our hearts and enrich our life experience ... when we allow them. $22. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@BridgeToAvalon.com. BridgeToAvalon.com.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23 The Elemental Kingdoms of Nutrition – 2pm. Where does nutrition start? What are the basics? How does food work in the body? – With Health Coach Andrew Dean. This class is included in the 360 Fit Challenge Full Round Series. $15. Seed of Life Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843343-6726. SeedOfLifeWellnessCollective@gmail. com. SeedOfLifeCollective.
FRIDAY, December 29 Flowing with the Wonderment of Animal Reiki – 7-8:30pm. Join Margaret Ravenel in a discussion of the power and gift of Animal Reiki and how it helps pets and their people. Bridge to Avalon, $22. 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@BridgeToAvalon.com. BridgeToAvalon. com.
Race and Culture Film Series – 1-2:30pm. Every third Sunday at Unity of Charleston. View a film and group discussion with Dr. Myrtle Glascoe to better understand the history of America and how it has shaped the way we live in our society. Enriching and broadening. Donation. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-566-0600. UnityCharleston@msn.com. Unitychs. org. New Moon Ceremony – 5-7:30pm. Gather to support each other in community and take part in ancient tradition that reconnects us to Mother Earth, our Higher Self and Spiritual Nonphysical Assistance. We “hold space” and learn to honor all thru grandfather fire. Potluck meal, followed by ceremony. Preregistration required HealingTreeCharleston.com/workshops-events. Free. James Island. 781-353-1553. Moira@HealingTreeCharleston.com. HealingTreeCharleston.com/workshopsevents. Shamanic Journey and Potluck with Erin Sirona – 5-7:30pm. Immersed in powerful collective energy, we will journey deeply through Shamanic meditation. There will be an opportunity for feedback from others. Please bring a snack to share for the potluck break in between. $20. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@BridgeToAvalon.com. BridgeToAvalon. com.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21 Journaling Workshop – 7-8:30pm. Facilitator: Mary Hutchins Harris. Participate in a safe place to talk through what is in our hearts and minds as we practice playing with words and wonder. Bring an open heart and mind, a dedicated notebook, and favorite writing utensil. Free. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. blissSpiritualCo-op.org.
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monday Complimentary Natural Female Hormone Balancing Consultations – 10am-4pm. With Dr. Stephanie Zgraggen. Lime and Lotus, 925-F Wappoo Rd, West Ashley. Call to schedule: 843-2142997. LimeAndLotus.com.
sunday Zen Meditation Group – 8:15am. Three half-hour rounds of sitting along with walking meditation. Email to find out the best time for you to arrive. Free. Holy Cow Yoga, 10 Windermere Blvd, West Ashley. Info@CharlestonZen.org. CharlestonZen.org. Unity of Charleston Services – 9:30 & 11:15am. Are you more spiritual than religious? So are we! Do you believe in many paths to God? Then join us. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-566-0600. Unitychs.org. Unity of Mt Pleasant – 10-11am. Unity is a Positive Path for Spiritual Living. We lovingly welcome people of all faiths and inspire them to live with Passion. Free. Unity of Mt Pleasant, 3100 Tradition Cir, 2nd Floor, Somerby at Park West, Mt Pleasant. 843-814-1322. email@example.com. New Spirit Books & Gifts – 10:30am-1pm. Spiritual, metaphysical and inspirational books, crystals, incense, tarot/oracle cards. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-566-0600. NewSpiritbg@gmail.com.
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THRIVE Domestic Violence Support Group – 12:30-1:30pm. Connect in a safe, confidential forum with others who are experiencing or have experienced violence in their relationships. In an atmosphere of respect, safety and empathy, draw comfort and empowerment from those who understand. Facilitator: Leigh Wildt. Free. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-345-7061. Leigh@thrivesc.life. blissSpiritualCo-op.org. New to Yoga? – 5:30-6:30pm. This class explores the foundations of yoga, breaking down the poses, working on safe alignment, modifications, and lots of hands-on assistance. Come with an open mind and leave your limitations at the door. All are welcome. $12. Healing Tree Holistic Health & Yoga, James Island. 781-353-1553. Moira@HealingTreeCharleston.com. Preregistration required at HealingTreeCharleston.com/book-online. Meditation – 7-8pm. Meditation allows you to regain control of your wandering overactive brain, and reconnect to your source of peace and centeredness. Guided visual meditations, inward reflection, peace in the present moment. We will experiment with different techniques and styles of meditation. Donation. Healing Tree Holistic Health & Yoga, James Island. 781-353-1553. Moira@HealingTreeCharleston. com. HealingTreeCharleston.com.
tuesday Healing Touch Clinic – 2-3pm. Facilitator: Rhonda Lincoln, RN, BSN, CHTP. Participate in a form of therapy that works with your energy field to support healing. Gentle touch with a heart-centered, positive intention is used to help balance one’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Free. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. GiftedHandsHT@gmail.com. blissSpiritualCo-op.org. Free Monthly Essential Oils Class – 6-7pm. 1st Tues of the month. Learn Healthy Habits, use Essential oils, Make ‘N’ Take items to use or give away to loved ones, Refreshments served, Recipes and RAFFLES! Free. 1164 Northbridge Rd (West Ashley), Charleston. 843-270-9913. ChiroAnn@ yahoo.com. DrAnnJenkins.com. The Reiki Connection – 7pm. With Chrys Franks, Reiki Master/Teacher. Guided meditation followed by mini reiki sessions by certified practitioners. Love offering. (1st Tues for practitioners only.) Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-3645725. Unitychs.org.
wednesday Complimentary Natural Female Hormone Balancing Consultations – 10am-4pm. With Dr. Stephanie Zgraggen. Lime and Lotus, 925-F Wappoo Rd, West Ashley. Call to schedule: 843-2142997. LimeAndLotus.com.
Guided Meditations – 6:30-7:15pm. Through visually guided meditations, together, we will raise our vibrational frequencies. Weekly sessions are 45 minutes, beginning with a Spirit-channeled visualization/meditation. Upon completion, everyone will have an opportunity to share visions, insights, breakthroughs and more. $10 donation. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, West Ashley. 843-974-5676. Jeannine@BridgeToAvalon.com. BridgeToAvalon.com. Meditation Class – 6:30-7:30pm. With Jennifer Michaels, Energy Healer and Spiritual Life Coach. Guided and silent meditation. Beginners and advanced. $15 per class. Shepard Integrative Dermatology, 912 Old Georgetown Rd, Mt Pleasant. 843-514-2848. JEMichaels.com.
thursday Reiki for Vets –1-2pm. Free drop-in Reiki clinic for veterans and their spouse or caregiver. VAapproved volunteers will provide free 15-minute Reiki sessions to any disabled vet receiving services through the VA. No appointment necessary! Call or visit website for more information. Free. Naval Nuclear Power Training Command, 101 Naval Nuclear Power Training Command Cir, Goose Creek. 843-425-4906. Reiki4Vets@gmail.com. ReikiForVets.org. THRIVE Domestic Violence Support Group – 6-7pm. Connect in a safe, confidential forum with others who are experiencing or have experienced violence in their relationships. In an atmosphere of respect, safety and empathy, draw comfort and empowerment from those who understand. Facilitator: Leigh Wildt. Free. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-345-7061. Leigh@ thrivesc.life. blissSpiritualCo-op.org.
saturday Compost Daze – 10am-2pm. Compost Rangers Compost Daze volunteer monthly workday every 2nd Sat of the month. Location will vary, so follow Compost Rangers on Facebook or visit CompostRangers.org and sign up for email reminders. Simply Meditate – 10:30am-12pm. 2nd and 4th Saturdays. Drop-in classes with guided meditations, suitable for beginners and experienced alike. Circular Church, 150 Meeting St, Charleston (classroom below Lance Hall). $10 or $5/students/seniors. MeditationInSouthCarolina.org.
classifieds Psychic/Clairvoyant Dr. Rachel S. Kohler Psychic/ Clairvoyant. 40 years experience. My angels and guides will help you achieve the happiness you deserve. Readings available for individuals/groups via phone, Skype, email. 843 285-5160 drrachelkohler@spiritualconsultations. com SpiritualConsultations.com
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ACUPUNCTURE CHARLESTON COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE
1307 Savannah Hwy, West Ashley 843-763-7200 FeelGreatCharleston.com Voted best acupuncturist three years running. We treat most ailments, including stress, pain management, autoimmune issues, infertility, migraines, fatigue, allergies, diabetes and much more. Sliding scale payment option $20-$40 (return visits).
FIVE GRACES ACUPUNCTURE
Andrea Geiger 635 E Bay St, Ste A, Charleston 843-737-3767 • FiveGracesAcupuncture.com Andrea@FiveGracesAcupuncture.com We help you experience exceptional health. Our treatments work to heal your physical, mental and emotional body so you feel terrific and can enjoy life.
ALTERNATIVE HOLISTIC MEDICINE DR. PATRICK S. LOVEGROVE Merge Medical Center Mt Pleasant • 843-469-1001 MergeMedicalCenter.com
AMA board-certified MD specializing in family medicine, holistic internal medicine, Antiaging, Chinese medicine, naturopathy. Merge Medical Center … where modern thinking meets natural healing. Services include Primary Care, Weight Loss, Fatigue management, Bioidentical hormones, Colonics, Acupuncture, Massage, Reiki, Chiropractic, IV vitamins, and Bemer therapy.
aLLERGIES GREEN HOME SOLUTIONS
Joe Lange 1000 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, #103-164 Mt Pleasant 843-608-1425 • GHSCharleston.com Joe.Lange@GreenHomeSolutions.com Nontoxic mold solutions that transform your living and work areas into healthy environments. We safely render mold non-allergenic. Even dead mold spores can be allergenic! See ad, page 9.
bIOMAGNETIC THERAPY Paula McGuire
Mt. Pleasant/Charleston 843-732-0293 • Paula@ireinst.com ireinst.com
astrology ALEXANDER MALLON
Charleston 845-802-6111 • AstrologySpirit@gmail.com AstrologySpirit.com Consultations, Spiritual Coaching and Counseling with a primary focus on a client’s gifts and talents, illuminating natural cycles and phases of growth for individuals and couples. Alexander’s training in Body Centered Gestalt Counseling and Art Therapy, coupled with his Astrological/ Intuitive training powerfully help clients achieve clarity of goal and purpose.
Ayurveda EARTHEN APOTHECARY
Jennifer Byrne, MPH, NAMA-Certified Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor 232A Ashley Ave, Charleston • 843-743-8373 Jennifer@EarthenApothecary.com EarthenApothecary.com Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old system of health and longevity. An Ayurvedic consultation can help you understand your unique constitution and identify how your system manifests imbalances. Individualized dietary, lifestyle and herbal recommendations are tailored to address any current imbalances. Call/email for scheduling. See ad, page 21.
SEED OF LIFE COLLECTIVE
Melody Rogers, Ayurvedic Lifestyle Coach and Educator 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston • 843-343-6726 SeedOfLifeWellnessCollective@gmail.com SeedOfLifeCollective.com Ayurveda is the Science of Balance and Longevity in Life. Call today for your Free Consultation and learn how Ayurveda can help you! See ad, page 34.
beauty consultant YOUR GROOMING GURU
BioMagnetic Therapy can help create balance, restore vitality within the body and facilitate clearing of viral, bacterial, fungal, parasitic infections; allergies; ADD; autism; autoimmune issues; heavy metal and other toxicity; chronic pain; infertility; herpes; MS; among other conditions.
bodywork Knight Wellness and Therapy Bethany Knight, LMT 225 S Cedar St, Summerville 843-518-0692 KnightWellnessAndTherapy.com
Busy lives require working bodies. Bethany will assess your aches and pains and help get you back in working order. Certified in Cupping, ART (lower extremity), Neuromuscular massage and more.
LOTUS HOLISTIC MASSAGE Abigail McClam, BA, LMBT 232A Ashley Ave, Charleston 843-724-9807 Abigail@LotusCharleston.com LotusCharleston.com
Licensed holistic massage and integrative bodywork practitioner offering massage, aromatherapy, energy healing and breathing techniques to help individuals nurture health, restore balance, manage pain, trauma and injury as they learn to embrace their own body/mind wisdom. See ad, page 19.
DANICA TODD, CERTIFIED DOULA, MASSAGE THERAPIST 720 Magnolia Rd, Ste 15, Charleston 843-826-0660 CharlestonMassageTherapies.com
Avondale’s premier massage therapy and advanced Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® practice. Learn more about my journey at DanicaTodd.com. See ad, page 10.
WORLD OF WELLNESS
1319 Savannah Hwy, Ste C Charleston (in Artisans Inc Salon) 843-813-1838 YourGroomingGuru.com
Pam Olivier 3226 2B Maybank Hwy, Johns Island 843-708-8923 • PamOlivier.com
Your Grooming Guru, Barbara Brant-Williams, is an experienced hair-stylist, makeup artist and certified Organic Color Specialist practicing out of the Artisans Salon. Charleston’s go-to source for hair, makeup and beauty product knowledge. See ad, page 26.
A unique massage formulated specifically to meet your needs. Several different massage modalities are used, including sports, neuromuscular, trigger point, lomi lomi, Thai yoga massage and manual lymph drainage. Conditions addressed include migraines, sciatica, whiplash, stress, anxiety and good old tight shoulders.
BRAIN TRAINING BRAINCORE NEUROFEEDBACK
Unity Church of Charleston
Specializing in brain training, an effective, drug-free treatment for ADHD, autism, anxiety, depression, insomnia, migraines, memory, improving performance and more. No side effects. Permanent changes.
Sunday Services: 9:30 and 11:15am. Are you more spiritual than religious? Do you believe in many paths to God? Then please join us.
990 Lake Hunter Cir, Ste 212, Mt Pleasant 844-BRAIN-ON (272-4666) BrainCore.Dianne@gmail.com
Rev. Ed Kosak, Minister 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston 843-566-0600 • Unitychs.org
COLON HEALTH A CENTER FOR WELL-BEING
CBD OIL, PRODUCTS EUCALYPTUS WELLNESS & ELIXIR BAR 280 W Coleman Blvd, Ste E Mt Pleasant • 843-388-4956 Info@EucalyptusWellness.com EucalyptusWellness.com
We offer the largest selection of CBD Oil products in the Lowcountry. Our staff is trained to answer any of your CBD questions. Store hours Monday thru Saturday 9-7pm, Sunday 12-5pm. See ad, page 25.
Grass Roots Health Care Since 1991 843-769-6848 • ACenterForWellbeing.com Therapeutic Massage, Colon Hydrotherapy, Detox Foot Baths. Healthy Food Choice Coaching, NBCTH-certified and I-ACT members. Offering people a vehicle to help improve their quality of life. Specializing in probiotic education.
Neda Smith 250 Mathis Ferry Rd, Ste 101, Mt Pleasant 843-469-1001
CHIROPRACTORS ACCURATE CHIROPRACTIC
3373 S Morgans Point Rd, Ste 307 Mt Pleasant 843-971-8814 CoursonChiropractic@gmail.com MtPleasantChiro.com
Holistic Family Care practice, offering a variety of techniques and therapies to help improve overall health and wellness. Proudly serving the Charleston area for 17 years.
Serving the Summerville area for 29 years. Specializing in holistic care; weight loss and nutritional cleansing; pain management; bioidentical hormones; sugar detox; stress testing; chiropractic; peripheral neuropathy; detox footbaths; emotional (TBM/NET) and wellness care.
Dr. Ann Jenkins, Not Your Ordinary Chiropractor 1164 Northbridge Dr, Charleston (West Ashley) 843-270-9913 DrAnnJenkins.com
Exclusive to the area: Whole Body Magnetic Therapy. Mention Natural Awakenings for a free one-hour session. Holistic family care. Relief of neck, back and emotional pain. Homeopathy and essential oils. See ad, page 11.
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Dr. Hayan Lee & Dr. Young Kim 320 Midland Pkwy, Ste A, Summerville 843-486-2022 • DeliteDental.net Stop being a cavity victim. Dental health is more than just brushing and flossing two times a day. See the dental revolution of a compassionate, holistic office. Call and ask for current promotion.
I SMILE MATHIS FERRY DENTISTRY Wendy S. Haefner, DDS 1571 Mathis Ferry Rd, Mt Pleasant 843-884-1215 • MathisFerryDentistry.com
Biological dentistry using IAOMT protocol. Natural products free of BPA and mercury. Mercury-safe filling removal. Now offering ozone therapy! See ad, page 4.
JULIE OBENCHAIN, DDS
924 Tall Pine Rd, Mt Pleasant 843-884-0701 • PleasantSmilesCFD.com
JAMES SEXTON, DMD, MAGD
Ellie Alasantra Summerville 843-696-4016 • VibraSoulArt@gmail.com VibraSoulArt.com Using the energy of colors and shapes found in Chakraenhancement tools, I help facilitate healing of your past emotional wounds to raise your vibration/ spirits.
Dr. Gina Colucci 1806 Trolley Rd, Summerville 843-875-5700 • ColucciChiropractic.com
Increase energy and concentration, improve digestion, eliminate constipation, jumpstart weight loss, detox and hydrate the body! If we take good care of the bowel, we can have better health. Call for more information and to schedule an
COLUCCI CHIROPRACTIC AND WELLNESS CENTER
BPA and bis-GMA free dental fillings and BPA-free night guards. Mercury free, mercury safe. Accepting new patients and emergency appointments. Please call for consultation. See ad, page 21.
Please call for appointment: Mt Pleasant • 843-881-1418 Myrtle Beach • 843-293-6700
Holistic, preventive dentistry. Safe removal of mercury fillings since 1975, following IAOMT protocol. Offering anti-aging dentistry and biocompatible materials. See ad, page 33.
eat well COUNSELING HOLISTIC YOU COUNSELING
Angel Muehlenkamp, MA Professional Counseling Summerville 843-327-1440 • LivingAngel777@gmail.com UniquelyuNow.com We are here to live in the fullness of who and what we truly are. Angel uses her unique ability to Connect to Source to assist you in moving beyond daily limitations. Open to a brand new way of living. Talk, Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy; Quantum-Touch; Reiki; Intuitive Counseling; Art of God; Life Coaching; and Spiritual Counseling.
JANA DAVIS, MS, RD, CDE
Mt Pleasant/Charleston 843-801-4686 CarolinaGreenLiving@gmail.com Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator with over 25 years of experience. Private consultations, grocery store tours, public speaking. Owner of Carolina Green Living LLC, which focuses on teaching clients about avoiding toxins and other environmental factors that can impact health.
eco-cleaning ABOVE & BEYOND CLEANING LLC Kimberly Henderson • 843-901-4779 AboveAndBeyondCleaningllc.com
Healthy living starts with an ecoclean home or office. Health and wholeness are our top priorities by providing our clients with a “green” clean by using natural and botanical cleaning products.
HEALING TREE HOLISTIC HEALTH
Herbs and Health Foods 119 N Goose Creek Blvd, Ste K Goose Creek • 843-797-3200 Best selection of herbs in South Carolina. Organic teas, spices, supplements, essential oils, wheat-free and gluten-free products. 10am-7pm Mon-Sat; closed Sunday.
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