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Opening Up to Miracles Gabrielle Bernstein on Creating More Happiness by April Thompson

Posted on 04 December 2014 by Jason

Motivational speaker and bestselling author Gabrielle Bernstein knows the gravitational pull of addiction firsthand. Although introduced to spiritual practices from an early age, she turned away from that upbringing in her 20s, pulled instead into a vortex of drugs, alcohol and unhealthy relationships while running a public relations firm promoting Manhattan nightclubs. After hitting rock bottom at age 25, Bernstein made the unwavering decision to seek spiritual help and change her life.

The entrepreneurial young woman found her groove as a spiritual teacher, introducing millions to new ways of thinking and living through her books, lectures, blogs and videos. Her no-nonsense approach to spirituality and knack for making practices like meditation and prayer accessible to beginners and cynics have attracted a new generation of seekers. Bernstein’s latest book, Miracles Now:108 Life-Changing Tools for Less Stress, More Flow, and Finding Your True Purpose, offers simple, yet powerful tips to short-circuit unhealthy thought patterns and take a shortcut to transformational change.

Why do you reframe a miracle as simply a shift in perception?

Shifting your perception and choosing again is a core principle from A Course in Miracles, a metaphysical text that I study and teach from. When you choose to reorganize your belief system and align it with a loving, forgiving perspective rather than a fear-based reality, that’s when miracles can happen.

Some people shift away from a harmful relationship with addictive drugs and alcohol like you did, while others take such unhealthy behaviors to the grave; what makes the difference?

Often when we get caught in unhealthy behavior, we aren’t willing to ask for help. I think the reason I was able to leave those behaviors behind and create a new path was my willingness to live a different way. I was able to witness my life and see that it wasn’t working. It’s an ongoing process; I’ve been on my current path of turning to spiritual principles for many years, but I’m still constantly working to apply them throughout my moment-to-moment experiences.

How does meditation help create radical change?

I think meditation is a key tool for health, happiness and well-being. It can help reorganize the nervous system, lower stress levels, calm the mind and recalibrate energy. It can help us experience more synchronicity in our lives and a greater sense of interconnectedness, as well.

What do you struggle with the most and what personal miracle are you still trying to realize?

I’m in constant conversation with myself over my thoughts and beliefs about judgment and separation. People are programmed by society to believe we are separate and to judge ourselves and others. My practice suggests a reinterpretation of that general belief system in order to perceive things differently. I also try to choose to forgive limiting thoughts I was holding onto; for example, judging myself for not performing well at a lecture.

Talking too much in conversations is a big challenge for me. A practice in my Miracles Now book called WAIT, for “Why am I talking?” reminds me to notice when I’m over-talking, saying too much, commenting unnecessarily or not supporting the greater good.

How do you think about money and has that proved helpful in broader terms?

I believe that we have the power to attract healthier relationships in our financial circumstances in the same way that we have the power to attract healthier relationships with people in our lives. Some people think that you can’t both be spiritual and secure financial abundance; I think that’s nonsense. When you start to reorganize your beliefs around your self-worth and capacity to earn, and open up to your intuitive voice and the creative possibilities for earning, then your financial situation can change dramatically. I have lived that principle fully. I was brought up in a poverty mindset, but with a shift in perception, I was able to release my fears of financial insecurity.

Do you have a go-to practice that you reach for first when faced with a difficult situation?

When I’m faced with a complicated situation or feeling powerless, I say a prayer in stillness. Such a practice asks through prayer and listens through meditation. It’s in that stillness that I can hear the voice of intuition and the voice of forgiveness, and love can come forward.

Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at AprilWrites.com.

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Pet Bed Buddies Is Sleeping Together Healthy? by Erik J. Martin

Posted on 04 December 2014 by Jason

There was a time when Eliska, a three-pound Prague ratter, would curl up and sleep next to owner Krista DeAngelis, and most of the time she and the dog enjoyed a peaceful night’s slumber.

Then DeAngelis married, and her husband banned the dog from the bed for fear of unintentionally squashing Eliska in his sleep. After enduring a few sleepless nights of canine whining and barking, the Salt Lake City couple successfully curbed their pet’s protests by simply spraying Eliska with a misting bottle every time she acted up. After two nights of this routine, the pocket-sized pooch was fully trained to sleep by herself in another room.

“I originally thought letting my dog sleep in my bed was a good idea,” says DeAngelis, a communications director at Westminster College. “But I realized that they can keep you up when they rustle around, wake you up if they have to go out and sometimes go to the bathroom in the bed if you don’t wake up.”

Make a Good Choice

“Having your pet sleep in the bed with you is a personal choice,” says holistic Veterinarian Patrick Mahaney, of California Pet Acupuncture & Wellness, in West Hollywood. By discouraging this behavior, “Your pet will be less likely to confuse your bed with theirs, and therefore prevent potential territory-related problems.” By failing to discourage it, “You not only face the possibility of behavioral problems, you could also face adverse effects to your own sleep and health,” he notes.

According to results published in a survey of 300 sleep disorder patients conducted by Dr. John Shepard, then medical director of the Mayo Clinic Sleep Disorders Center, in Rochester, Minnesota, nearly 60 percent of the pet owners in the study slept with their pets inside the bedroom. Twenty-two percent of the patients were likely to have pets sleeping on the bed with them. Plus, 53 percent said their sleep was disrupted to some extent every night. Twenty-one and 7 percent of their dogs and cats, respectively, snored.

Yet, a British study of 420 UK cat owners conducted by the nonprofit Cats Protection revealed that 44 percent of respondents (including 51 percent of women polled) said they enjoyed a better night’s sleep with a cat in bed with them than with a human companion. Benefits listed included an absence of snoring, more space on the bed and soothing purrs.

“The advantages of letting your pet share your bed include companionship, warmth and a sense of security,” advises Mahaney. Among the drawbacks, he notes lack of space for people to sleep, interruption of normal sleep patterns and the pet’s confusion about its expected place to sleep.

Nip Problems in the Bud

To break a pet of a bed-sleeping habit, Mahaney recommends applying persistence, consistency and the following tips:

*Establish a separate area or bed for the pet to sleep. A cat or dog bed can be as simple as a clean, soft blanket placed nearby.

*Use positive reinforcement techniques. Offer a tiny training treat, “good-dog” clicker noise or praise when the animal is comfortable resting in its own bed, to reinforce this desirable behavior.

*Immediately address any territorial aggression when co-sleeping with a pet, such as growling or nipping. First, authoritatively say, “No!” Then put the pet on the floor or into its own bed and give the command to sit and stay.

*If problematic behavior persists, seek consultation with a veterinary behavior specialist.

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

If a family member does decide to share a bed with a pet, Mahaney offers the following recommendations:

*Let it sleep on top of the covers, instead of under them.

*Be aware of the need to remove environmental debris, including fecal material, on its coat before bedtime.

*Give the dog an opportunity to void itself within a reasonable timeframe before going to sleep. A typical healthy dog should not have to get up in the middle of the night to urinate or defecate.

*Allow a cat the opportunity to exit the bedroom throughout the night to play, eat, drink and use the litter box. Cats are nocturnal animals and are more likely to be active during lights out.

Erik J. Martin regularly contributes to WebVet.com from which this was adapted.

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Toxin-Free Beauty Salons Pure Pampering Feels Natural and Safe by Sarah Tarver-Wahlquist

Posted on 04 December 2014 by Jason

When clients walk into New York City’s Swing Salon, they may be surprised by what they don’t smell—the range of chemicals usually wafting around in hair salons. That’s because the owners have decided to use only natural and organic products.

While many people assume that all salon hair and body treatments are regulated and safe, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has no authority to require companies to test cosmetic products for safety due to loopholes in the Toxic Substances Control Act. So, people are being exposed to dangerous toxins through salon products like nail polish, hair color processors and hair straighteners.

Be aware that while labels of over-the-counter body care products are required by law to list ingredients, with the exception of the chemical soup often hidden under the term “fragrance”, the loophole for salon products is large. Jamie Silberberger, with the Women’s Voices for the Earth’s National Healthy Nail & Beauty Salon Alliance, reports, “Products sold for professional use in spas and salons are not required to be labeled with ingredients.”

Fortunately, healthy alternatives are available either by patronizing a green salon or using natural beauty treatments at home.

Hair Straighteners

One salon treatment—Brazilian Blowout hair straightening—can continue to expose customers and salon workers to toxic fumes even months after application. It’s among the conventional straightening products that contain formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen.

“Exposure to formaldehyde doesn’t end with the treatment—the fumes are reactivated every time heat is applied to the hair,” says Jennifer Arce, a San Diego, California, salon worker who became sick after applying a single Brazilian Blowout treatment. “So, when a client who’s had a Brazilian Blowout done elsewhere comes into the salon to get a haircut or color and has her hair blow-dried, flat-ironed, curled or processed under the hood dryer, the fumes that come out of her hair make me and several of my coworkers sick all over again.”

Solution: Avoid chemical hair-straightening treatments. Sign on to the Women’s Voice for the Earth letter campaign petitioning the FDA to remove Brazilian Blowout from U.S. shelves by visiting Tinyurl.com/BanBrazilianBlowout.

Hair Dyes and Extensions

About two-thirds of conventional hair dyes in the U.S. contain para-phenylenediamine (PPD), a chemical banned for use in such products in Germany, France and Sweden. Exposure to PPD can cause allergic reactions ranging from skin irritation to death by anaphylactic shock, as happened to a teen in 2010.

When Spain’s University of Santiago de Compostela researchers conducted a metastudy examining the risk of cancer among hairdressers and related workers, all reported that employees had a higher risk of cancer than the general population.

Hair extensions also warrant attention. Many adhesives used on extensions may contain 1,4 dioxane, listed as a probable carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and styrene, a neurotoxin and suspected endocrine disruptor.

Solution: Look for a clean, green salon that uses natural hair color treatments free from synthetic chemicals, ammonia or PPD. Individuals can also order nontoxic organic color kits direct from EcoColors.net.

Nail Polish

When getting a manicure or pedicure, beware of the toxic trio of dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde and toluene. Used to help nail products hold color, they’re linked to reproductive and development problems, plus dizziness and eye and lung irritation, according to the Environmental Working Group.

Facing pressure from consumer groups and salon workers, some polish companies are now producing so-called “nontoxic” nail polish, although their labels aren’t verifiable. California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control recently tested 25 nail polishes sold to salons, 12 of which claimed to be free of the toxic trio of ingredients. The researchers found toluene in 10 and one or more of the three ingredients in five out of seven.

Solution: Bring your own safe nail polish and only patronize well-ventilated salons.

Find a Green Salon

Many conventional body products like shampoos and massage oils, can contain a litany of ingredients that add to one’s chemical exposure. Ask questions to ensure all of a salon’s products are nontoxic or as low in toxicity as possible.

For example, a large network of independently owned “concept salons” across America are connected with the Aveda Corporation (Aveda.com), a national leader in developing hair and body products free from the most dangerous ingredients. More than 90 percent of Aveda’s essential oils and 89 percent of its raw herbal ingredients are certified organic.

Also look for members of the Green Spa Network, a nationwide coalition of like-minded spas that pledge to be energy efficient and sustainable in all their practices (GreenSpaNetwork.org).

If a green salon hasn’t yet arrived locally, bring nontoxic products for appointments and ask the stylist to use them. Visit the Skin Deep Database at ewg.org/skindeep to find least-toxic products for at-home use.

Sarah Tarver-Wahlquist is a freelance writer in Tucson, Arizona.

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Sacred Activism Love in Action Can Change the World by Judith Fertig

Posted on 04 December 2014 by Jason

The butterfly, a universal symbol of transformation, reminds us that becoming our best selves is an ongoing process. Yet these delicate, fluttering creatures are suffering a decline, especially the vivid orange and black monarch butterflies that depend on milkweed flowers for sustenance during their migration from Mexico to Canada and back.

“When I heard about the monarch butterfly crisis, I also noticed that I had milkweed vines all along my back fence,” says Karen Adler, a Kansas City, Missouri, gardener. “In years past, I would have pulled them out because they can strangle other plants. But I talked it over with my neighbor and we agreed to let it grow. This year, we had more monarchs than ever.”

These two women might not realize it, but they had engaged in spiritual activism. They became aware of a problem, approached it with compassion, learned about the issue, realized life’s interdependence and committed themselves to positive action for a result that is good for all.

It’s a process that Andrew Harvey first described in a 2005 talk he gave at the Santuario de Guadalupe in Santa Fe, New Mexico, that’s also reflected in his book, The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism. Born in India, educated at England’s Oxford University and in religious traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity, he now resides in Melbourne, Arkansas, where he’s founder director of the Institute for Sacred Activism. The goal of his international travels is to bring concerned people together to proactively face global crises.

Says Harvey, “Sacred activism is a fusion of two of the most powerful fires of the human psyche—the mystic’s passion for God and the activist’s passion for justice.”

Hallmarks of Spiritual Intent

The Awakening – Progressing from concerned citizen to spiritual activist is a gradual process. It may begin with an issue to which one feels called. “Our life in the world is a continual call and response,” observes Kabir Helminski, of Santa Cruz, California. He authors and translates books on the Muslim Sufi tradition, which tends to have an open relationship with other religions, and is a core faculty member of the Spiritual Paths Institute, which encourages seekers to find the sacred traditions that speak to them.

“Sometimes events are a waking dream calling for interpretation, and sometimes the heart is directly addressed from within,” says Helminski.

Compassion – Once something moves us, prayer can be a pathway that opens our hearts to compassion, says Jagadish Dass, of Granada Hills, California. The healer and teacher wrote The Prayer Project: The 3-Minute, 3 Times a Day Solution for World Change that encourages involvement with something bigger than ourselves. Dass maintains that praying for three minutes, three times a day, will help us transmute into expressing a quiet power. “As we take responsibility for our lives, a transformation occurs within,” he says. We begin to inspire others to also take up the cause of wanting change and bringing more peace, joy and love to the world.

Likewise, Harvey urges each of us to make a real commitment to daily spiritual practice on the road to spiritual activism. He suggests, “Start with a short prayer that aligns you with the pure deep love that is longing to use you as its instrument in the world.” Infinite options include prayers from many of the world’s spiritual traditions shared in Dass’ book; a free download is provided at StewardShipOfTheSoul.com.

Interconnectedness – Just as everything in the universe is connected by the simple act of being, like-minded people can connect to do good in the world. Sacred activists pursuing their own spiritual paths need to work with others, according to Harvey. “They form empowering and encouraging networks of grace—beings of like heart brought together by passion, skill and serendipity to pool energies, triumphs, griefs, hopes and resources of all kinds. When people of like mind and heart gather together, sometimes miraculously powerful synergy can result.”

Harvey has found that groups of six to 12 people become the most efficient and productive, whether joined together through a profession (such as physicians on medical missions), a passion for animal rights or the environment, or a strong sense of social justice.

Knowledge – Knowledge, both inward- and outward-seeking, is another key to doing good for all. Carla Goldstein, JD, chief external affairs officer at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, in Rhinebeck, New York, and cofounder of its Women’s Leadership Center, used her interest in women’s empowerment issues as a springboard to spiritual activism.

“For the first 20 years of my professional life, I focused on public policy and politics,” she says. “But something was missing in the rhetoric of taking care of each other.” Practicing yoga and meditation, and receiving support during a personal health crisis prompted what she terms “an awakening understanding of a gap between personal change and systems change.” Goldstein came to question her own “rugged individualism” versus the interconnectedness she felt when people took care of her. “Can we actually move towards integrating these two ideals?” she asked herself. Knowledge about issues is readily available from experts and organizations that experts recommend; she observes, “The big question is: What is needed for us to be of help?”

Sometimes listening and understanding can be powerful. Under the auspices of the Omega Women’s Leadership Center, Goldstein invited women on both sides of the reproductive rights issue to meet in 2005. They had been part of the Public Conversations Project in the Boston suburb of Watertown, Massachusetts, begun after medical staff members were killed and wounded at an area women’s health clinic providing abortions in 1994.

“Women from the divided community initially came together to tell their stories,” Goldstein relates. “Over time, they developed a deep love for each other. Nobody changed their positions, but they did change how they interacted with one another.” They experienced a shift from emotional and verbal turbulence to, if not agreement, physically felt peace and understanding. Since then, the project has grown to facilitate such conversations in 38 states and 15 countries (PublicConversations.org).

Positive Action – While many thorny issues can take long-term, dedicated efforts to be resolved, others await only smaller individual or collaborative actions to achieve success. For Mark Nepo, a New York City poet, philosopher and author of the New York Times bestseller, The Book of Awakening, kindness is the force behind positive action, no matter how modest at first.

“Kindness reveals kinship. It gives us connection to everything greater than us and everything else that is kind in the universe,” he says. “I think it’s powerfully effective, yet it’s such a small thing.”

Nepo is active in Bread for the Journey, an international nonprofit that encourages community grassroots philanthropic projects that generate micro-grants. One involved a small town in northern New Mexico that sought to improve the lives of local teenagers where the town’s elders wanted to open a youth center as a positive alternative to the drug scene. Just before the center was scheduled to open, the project ran out of money for required floodlights, so Bread for the Journey funded them and the center opened. “Within a few years, the whole culture shifted,” reports Nepo. Giving this one small thing made a big difference to the whole community.

Once awakened and nurtured, spiritual activism can become an omnipresent part of our lives. Says Goldstein, “When you put spirit and activism together, you realize that all actions are connected to spirit. It makes you think about your duty in every instance—from how you treat people throughout your day to how you treat the environment. It becomes a satisfying way of living.”

Judith Fertig is a freelance writer from Overland Park, KS.

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Happy Feasting to All Tasty Rituals that Deepen the Holiday Spirit by Lane Vail

Posted on 04 December 2014 by Jason

The holiday season is ripe with an array of spiritual, cultural and familial rituals. We celebrate, reflect, give gifts and of course, feast. Unfortunately, the media also teems with tips on how to avoid high-calorie holiday goodies, says Dr. Michelle May, author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat. For our diet-driven culture to resolve its struggle with food, she says we must learn to honor its intrinsic value. Ritualized eating can help; a recent study published in the journal Psychological Science found that engaging in food rituals evokes mindfulness that enhances the enjoyment of eating.

Pause
Hunger, the body’s fuel gauge, manifests in physical symptoms like a growling stomach or low blood sugar, says May, citing a useful analogy. “You wouldn’t drive around and pull into every gas station you see; you’d check your fuel gauge first. Before filling up with food, pause and check your fuel gauge. Am I actually hungry or is this desire coming from something else?”

May suggests practicing FEAST-ing: First, focus on physical sensations, thoughts and emotions; perhaps we’re thirsty rather than hungry, rationalizing that holiday foods are special, or feeling stressed or lonely. Next, explore why the feelings or thoughts are present, and then accept them without judgment. Strategize ways of satisfying the need and take a small step toward change.

Savor
Complex preparations for a major holiday can provoke anxiety and impatience, likewise feelings of longing or disappointment when it’s over. Sarah Ban Breathnach, bestselling author of Simple Abundance and Peace and Plenty, recommends allowing Christmastide to unfold at its own pace and celebrating all of December with a homemade Advent calendar.

Craft a tree-shaped tower of tiny matchboxes or a garland of burlap mini-bags clipped with clothespins. Place an almond covered in organic dark chocolate in each container and use the treat as a daily mini-meditation. “Drop into the present moment, fully savor the luxurious, small bite and experience the pleasure of eating,” suggests May. Consider it symbolic of the season’s sweetness.

Connect
“Food connects us with one another, our heritage and our culture,” says May. Heather Evans, Ph.D., a Queen’s University professor and a holiday culinary history expert in Ontario, Canada, suggests creating a food diary of traditions to reinforce a connection with the past and support a holiday food legacy for the future. Ask grandparents about their childhood culinary memories, peruse family recipe books or discover new dishes that honor everyone’s ethnic heritage. Then create an heirloom holiday cookbook with handwritten recipes arranged alongside favorite photos and stories.

Sync
According to pagan philosophy, sharing seasonal food with loved ones during the winter solstice on December 21 symbolizes the shared trust that warmth and sunlight will return. Eating warm foods provides physical comfort and eating seasonally and locally connects us to the Earth, observes May.

Sync body and spirit with the season by stewing root vegetables, baking breads, sipping hot cider and tea, and nibbling on nuts and dried fruits. “The repetition of predictable foods is reassuring,” remarks Evans, and it celebrates nature’s transitions.

Play
Stir-Up Sunday is a Victorian amusement filled with fun, mystery and mindfulness, says Ban Breathnach. Some December Sunday, have each family member help stir the batter of a special Christmas cake while stating a personal new year’s intention. Drop a clean coin, bean or trinket into the mix and bake. Serve it with a sprig of holly on Christmas Day, and the person whose piece contains the lucky charm will be rewarded with a prosperous, wholesome and positive new year, according to tradition. Evans remarks, “This is a wonderful ritual for nurturing the health and spirit of the family.”

Give
Boxing Day offers something far more meaningful to celebrate than post-holiday sales. Originating as an English Renaissance tradition that thrived during the 19th century, “December 26 was a chance for landowners and householders to give back to household staff and local tradespeople,” says Evans. “It’s a tradition worth reviving to pause, reflect on our own good fortune and contribute to others’ comfort.”

Consider serving a meal at a local soup kitchen, collecting items for a food drive or offering a box of healthy culinary treats to community stewards at a fire station, post office or library. On Christmas Day, says Ban Breathnach, “Our kids have the world lying at their feet.” Boxing Day, she says, provides a natural transition to reach out in charity.

Lane Vail is a freelance writer and blogger at DiscoveringHomemaking.com.

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So Simple; So Effective

Posted on 04 December 2014 by Jason

What if with the wave of a hand you could relieve backache or arthritis pain or reduce, or even eliminate, pain for your child while they have a cavity filled or vaccination shots? What if you could reduce the pain, discomfort and negative side effects of chemotherapy for your partner? All of this is possible if we know how to use the energy that naturally flows from the palm of every human being’s hand.
Pranic Healing is a no touch system of energy healing that uses the energy that naturally flows from the palms of the hands to clear the energies that cause pain, discomfort and stress in the body. Based on two simple principles, Recovery and Lifeforce, Pranic Healing uses natural laws to teach us how to maintain and improve the health of our bodies. Recovery means that the body knows how to heal itself. It is naturally set up that way. Unfortunately, many things that occur in our lives and the environments in which we live, block the flow of life force energy in the body, which is how disease can take hold.
By knowing how to identify these blockages, remove them, and energize the body with additional lifeforce, we can assist the body in doing what it naturally knows how to do, which is heal itself. Helping reduce and even eliminate physical suffering is a blessing for the giver and the receiver, and is a gift available to everyone.
Linda Negrin, Certified Pranic Healing Instructor, will be teaching Level 1 January 17-18, 2015. For more information visit LindaNegrin.com.

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Angelic Auric Clearing

Posted on 04 December 2014 by Jason

As the Angels and Ascended Masters assist us with Angelic Auric Clearing, powerful changes and shifts occur within and around the human, animal, plant or planet. As we set our intention and call in for energetic activations, amazing shifts occur. This is like a universal catapult launching and shifting our consciousness into higher states of awareness and therefore heightened states of being.
We assist with many soul activations that must happen over a course of time as the living being adapts to the higher frequencies of energy channeling in. We can think of this like Soul Training, much like purchasing sessions with a personal trainer to get the body into shape. We wouldn’t expect to change our body in one session; we understand that it takes a little time for the body to adapt and allow for powerful shifts to occur as we shift our behaviors, patterns and expectations. Those of us who hold our focus experience quantum shifts—miracles.
The issue with humanity, though, is that most of us do not hold our focus long enough to experience the shift and so we doubt the power of our own intentions and tell ourselves we are lost again, and again. This is causing unnecessary suffering, yet it is the process we have called forth to learn from the contrast. Therefore, even this sense of “lostness” is ultimately assisting us on our higher mission for understanding.
Channeling from Arch Angel Ariel through Intuitive healer Tawnya Love. To schedule an Angelic Auric Clearing session, contact Tawnya Love at 360-567-7576 or TawnyaAngel555.com.

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Caring for Cancer: A Holistic Approach

Posted on 04 December 2014 by Jason

How does one offer meaningful support to someone dealing with cancer?
As a healthcare professional or someone caring for a friend or relative, complementary and alternative medicine can provide some amazingly accessible and empowering answers to that question.

On January 24-25, 2015, Rylen Feeney and Michael Guida will share tools and insights gained over a combined 40 plus years in practice working with cancer patients and caregivers. “We wanted to create a class that empowers anyone serving as a caregiver to learn how to deal with cancer holistically, and to feel confident in their ability to provide support,” says Feeney.
With that intention in mind, the class will cover nutritional recommendations, herbs, supplements, meditation, movement, a simple massage protocol using acupressure points and breathing exercises. Together, these tools can help lessen side effects from conventional cancer treatments, sustain a stronger immune system, and provide patients with options for taking on a proactive role in their individual healing process.
Feeney and Guida will also address the importance of advocacy, for example through helping someone navigate the overwhelming amount of information and logistics that often come with a cancer diagnosis.
Rylen Feeney is a Senior Practitioner & Instructor of Amma Therapy, a Diplomate of Asian Bodywork & Chinese Herbs (NCCAOM), a Whole Food Nutrition Consultant and Licensed Massage Therapist (#14733). Michael Guida is a Certified Amma Therapist, Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Licensed Massage Therapist (#19016), Diplomate of Asian Bodywork (NCCAOM), and T’ai Chi Instructor.

For more information and to register, visit TheWellspring.org.

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Flower Essences

Posted on 04 December 2014 by Jason

Flower essences are a type of herbal medicine consisting of dilute tincture made from flowers. Because they are so dilute and nontoxic, there is no potential for toxicity of interaction with other treatments. Flower essences work primarily on the mental and emotional levels, helping to balance and soothe the animal, allowing them to return to a homeostatic state.
Modern life is full of things that can make a carnivore nervous. From the constant assault of the ears to the overwhelming sights and sounds of a city street, the calmest dog may become stressed from time to time; with a highly sensitive dog even life at home can be a challenge. Fortunately, there are many ways to help anxious canines to cope. Flower essences are a viable complement to any stress reducing program.
Cats are very easily stressed. Visits to the vet, changes in their owner’s schedule, and even a new family member can create stress or even illness within our feline. Flower essences allow them to cope with emotional upheaval and many stresses.
Flower essences can be given in a variety of ways: drops in their water bowl; placing a few drops on your hands and stroking the overcoat, especially the ears and crown of head; spraying on their bedding, over food or in the litter box.
Flower remedies serve several other key areas of animal therapy including: fears/phobias/anxieties, recuperation from surgery/illness, plus maltreated and rescued animals.
For more detailed information on how to administer and select the specific flower essence, contact Lezia Munn, Certified Animal Naturopath, CCH, at MoonlightHomeopathy@comcast.net.

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Karma Yoga Extends Teacher Training Program

Posted on 04 December 2014 by Jason

Karma Yoga & Fitness has extended its 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training and opened up a second Yoga Teacher Training Program in Portland, near Lloyd Center, beginning in January 2015. Karma Yoga & Fitness started its first program (fifth program for lead teacher trainer Krista Basis) in April of this year and before the first session ended, the 2015 training in Clackamas was nearly full. The owner and the training director made the decision to expand the training to a second convenient location near Lloyd Center to be able to reach a larger population.
This six-month training program is certified by Yoga Alliance. It covers a broad range of yoga theory, philosophy and practice, with particular emphasis on the traditional eight limbed (Ashtanga) yoga system as described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. The initial training structure has been extremely popular among people with full-time jobs, kids and busy lives and who aren’t able to commit to a short time-intensive training program.
For more information, visit KarmaYogaAndFitness.com.

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