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A Conversation With

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by Linda Sechrist

Fall in Love With Your Life

Small Changes Bring Big Rewards

by Kim Childs

A Conversation With

Life Coach Cindy Nixon-Witt

Better Bling

Jewelry With a Conscience

by Jim Motavalli

Youthful Anxieties

When Teens Worry Too Much

by Dr. Lawrence Shapiro

Healing Myofascial Injury

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In this economic climate, we hear of businesses and consumers

re-evaluating how and where to spend their “hard earned

cash.” One might expect to hear that the cheapest price always

wins out. While price may be an important determining factor

in where to spend your money, it is not the only one. I recently

received an email exemplifying this point.

Consumers and businesses alike are beginning to concern

themselves with concepts like community and sustainability.

The old energy idea of maximizing profits at the expense of people and the planet

is being recognized as short-sighted and self-destructive. Who would have thought

in the late ‘80s when manufacturing was exploding in China and leaving the US

that the demands for cheaper and cheaper production costs would lead to inadvertent

poisoning? Are our lives, those of our children and pets really worth “roll

backs,” price cuts and price guarantees?

The email I received was a copy of a letter sent to the Atlanta Natural Awakenings.

In this letter, Dr. Ric, an Atlanta advertiser, shares his serendipitous moment

of finding Natural Awakenings and recognizing that he and it have a common

mission. The letter also describes a new community and business model called the

Joyful Being Community.

The standard business model has always been based on the one-win scenario

where the business is the winner. Businesses exist for one reason: to make the

most profit possible, and often, there are no other concerns. Over the last decade,

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consumer in the winnings. The Joyful Being business model goes even further; it

looks beyond the seller and the purchaser to include the local community, the

global community and the planet as winners. Ric calls this the “win-win-win-winwin


Imagine shopping with confidence, knowing that the food, clothes and sundries

you purchase contribute not only to your health and well-being, but also to that of

your community and the planet. Phrases like “fair trade,” “eco-friendly” and “sustainability”

would be more than just popular buzz words; they would be the new

standard. Of course, changes like adopting a new business model do not happen

overnight. It is a gradual process involving both consumers and businesses.

The first step is education. Informed shoppers will read labels and make purchases

based on where a product comes from; how sustainable it is; and whether it is toxin-free

and safe for home, children and pets. Also, where does the money from this

purchase go? Am I supporting my neighbor or a faceless corporation thousands of

miles away? And finally, is it a good value? Informed business owners will see the

wisdom and longevity of stocking fair trade, green and organic items. Sellers will

realize that there is more to business than profit, that bottom-line sustainability is

directly linked to community and Earth sustainability.

This month’s focus for Natural Awakenings in on personal growth. There are

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is also an article on the true cost of jewelry, an eye-opening piece about “a girl’s

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money—watch where is goes and what it supports. Is it doing what you want? If

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Introduces Laura Rooney, Instructor

Laura Rooney, MS, E-RYT, ACE, AFAA and YogaFit

Master Trainer, joins AMSA Yoga, teaching the

level 1 Vinyasa class on Wednesdays at 7:15 am.

Laura’s impressive “alphabet soup” of professional

and academic certifications make her a five-stargeneral

of the fitness world, where she stands side

by side with the who’s who of fitness professionals

at national conferences. With a bachelor’s degree

in business administration, masters in accountancy,

and in exercise and wellness completed, she is now

working on her PhD at USC in health promotion,

education and behavior. Laura studied yoga for eight

years and has been teaching yoga for almost six years. She now brings her broad wellness

experience, confidence and knowledge to AMSA Yoga and her yoga class.

For more info, call Kimberly Puryear at (803) 695-0031 or visit

AMSA Yoga is located at 140 Pelham Drive.

Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and

the Arts In Nearby Kingstree


ecognizing the sacredness of Earth

and the fragility of its eco-systems, we

commit ourselves to the healing of our planet

and we encourage others to have a deeper

understanding of the inter-connectedness

and vulnerability of Earth and all life forms,”

states the mission of Springbank, the 80-acre

plantation retreat in Kingstree. Springbank

Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts offers

a full spring schedule of opportunities for

personal growth and renewal, including the

“Music and Spirit in Action” workshop where

powerful music and the healing arts are pivotal

in the healing of mind, body, emotions

and spirit; the contemplative and prayerful

art of basket-making with “Basketry: Weaving

Balance and Beauty;” and a “12-Step Retreat

for Men and Women” that will explore Na-

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tive American spirituality and tradition as a way to connect to

the Higher Power through smudging, prayer pipe, prayer lodge

and a gift-giving ceremony. Dream specialist Justina Lasley will

present “Dreamwork: Developing Your Full Potential,” designed

to help you recall and find meaning in your dreams and use

them as a valuable resource. Ed McGaa, an Oglala Sioux,

known as Eagle Man—lawyer, lecturer, strong environmental

advocate and author of seven books—will lead a workshop on

“Native Wisdom: Planetary Survival and Beyond.”

In March, “Pottery and Native Spirituality” will teach making

handbuilt pottery for ritual, firing it outdoors with leaves,

pine straw and sawdust. “Vision Quest” a Native Spirituality

workshop, can be experienced as a weekend retreat. “Watercolor

Painting as Prayer” will explore the transparent and fluid

qualities of the watercolor medium. Body, mind and spirit

will be brought together with Tai Chi Chih in the “Living Earth

Retreat.” Basic movements will be taught while showing how

humankind can use all the powers of the universe to create a

positive future for all life on Earth.

For dates, see the Natural Awakenings calendar listings,

and for more info, visit or call (800)

671-0361. Fees from $185 to $300 for the workshops include

lodging, meals, instruction and supplies. Two- or three-month

sabbaticals are available. See ad page 11.

Green for Green

Eco-Furniture Trade-in Program

How would you

feel if your furniture

store advertised

to buy back

your furniture when

you were ready to

buy something new?

You buy a sofa and

loveseat, use it for

five years and then

decide you would

like something new.

Most home owners put their used furniture in the newspaper,

drop it off at Goodwill or give it to a friend in need. Eventually,

this furniture finds its way to the landfill, decomposing

for centuries.

Púr Creation is starting a program called “Green for Green.”

Customers can buy sustainable or eco-friendly furniture from

the company locally or on its online store. Once you decide to

redecorate and buy something new, Púr Creations will offer a

credit toward your new purchase. This will apply to upholstered

furniture and case goods. Púr Creations will take your furniture,

fix it up and resell it to another client, using eco-friendly

materials and paints to refurbish.

For more information, call Cherié Mercer at Púr Creations,

(843) 424-0679, or visit See ad page 13.

2009 North American

International Auto Show

Turning Point in Technology and the Market

2010 is still the

launch date for

mainstream electric

and extended-range

electric/hybrid vehicles.

Economic upheaval


some car makers’

prospects while

stimulating others to

get the right product

for the market and to survive as an industry. Honda and Toyota

are battling to get their best selling hybrids to the lowest and

most appealing price, currently projected at $20,000.

Gasoline and diesel prices have been fluctuating wildly and

fuel sales are still down more than 30 percent. Confused car buyers

leapt from overpaying for hybrids to snapping up underpriced

gas-guzzling SUVs and American car makers didn’t quite know

what the market wanted. Driving electrically for a penny per mile,

pollution-free is appealing, and with the electric sports cars being

designed, even racing enthusiasts would be pleased.

As was witnessed at the 2009 North American International

Auto Show, Honda and Toyota have refined their eco-vehicles,

and GM and Ford have come up with some major breakthroughs.

While word has been out on the electric Chevy Volt

for 2010, the newly presented concept car, Cadillac Converj

has a Voltec drive electric system that runs 40 miles on battery

alone before the generator kicks in. The car also has a photovoltaic

roof that powers accessories and interior cooling fans

to extend the life of the main batteries. GM also announced

the arrangement with LG Chem to manufacture the Chevy Volt

batteries in Detroit. Chrysler displayed its extended-range ENVI

vehicle line, but financial concerns with Chrysler may interfere

with a substantial electric or extended-range hybrid roll out.

Bill Moore of EV World Update says that Ford will be delivering

an electric commercial truck in 2010, an electric sedan

in 2011 and its plug-in hybrid in 2012.

For more info, visit

FDA Crackdown in SC

Federal Marshalls at Cocoon Nutrition

Stephen Heuer, Nutripath and owner of Cocoon Nutrition

in Greer, SC, was detained on Jan. 16 by federal authorities

with regard to his work promoting and selling nutritional

products. Mike Adams of Natural News believes that the FDA

is “turning up the heat on nutrition-oriented companies and

websites.” While Cocoon’s website carries a footer declaring

that their products are not intended to “diagnose, treat, cure,

or prevent any disease”, the website content suggests that non-

FDA approved herbal and nutritional elements promote natural

healing without the oversight and administration of a licensed

medical doctor.

Erica of Cocoon Nutrition confirmed that Stephen Heuer

had been detained, but there had been no formal arrest or files

taken, and that they are waiting to hear more from the Federal

Marshalls about what will follow.

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Action Alert:

Energy Star Label

Not So Bright a Star

Environmental Working Group (EWG) has brought it to our

attention that the Energy Star rating update for Compact

Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) is so far behind current standards

as to not be the ideal we strive for. While CFLs last 10 times

longer, use 75 percent less energy, don’t add heat to your air

conditioned home and greatly reduce your carbon footprint,

there is no question that they are a benefit to the environment.

However, CFLs contain a tiny amount of mercury, and the new

EPA 2008 Energy Star rating label, to take effect in July of 2009,

identifies that so that we know to properly and safely dispose

of them. Where Energy Star fails us is defining an Energy Star

rating for containing 5 milligrams or less mercury. Mercury

levels for CFLs over 4 milligrams are illegal in Europe, and the

National Electrical Manufacturers Association Standard was at

5 milligrams years ago. Industry averages are now between 3

and 4 milligrams, according to the EWG, and the best bulbs

contain 1 to 2.7 milligrams of mercury. The Energy Star Rating

should be for the best, not worst, appliances and energy-using

fixtures. We should be able to choose the best available.

Mercury in the environment is well known in the popular

media, and sometimes misinterpreted. All electronics contain

metals, many toxic, including lead, mercury and other materials,

and should be properly disposed . While containing mercury,

CFLs contain much less mercury than many other common

electrical and mechanical devices made before 2001, including

medical equipment, batteries, thermometers, thermostats,

relays, tilt and heat-sensing switches that sometimes containing

glass ampoules of mercury or reservoirs measured in full

grams or pounds. An older thermometer typically contained

500 milligrams of mercury. New hazardous disposal regulations

by the federal and state governments are regularly updated.

All fluorescent lights have always contained mercury, and the

hazard in CFLs is miniscule in comparison to other hazards

we’ve recently become aware of. CFLs in fact, keep more mercury

out of the environment by reducing the amount of coal

burned for power generation (coal burning is the largest single

contributor of mercury in the environment) than they might add

if improperly dumped or broken.

The EWG asks the public to speak out to the EPA, to require

that all lighting manufacturers disclose hazardous materials,

including mercury and show the relevant quantity so that we

can make a wise choice for lower toxin products when shopping.

An online automatic letter at the EWG website makes it

easy to respond in seconds.

For more info, see and

February 2009



Energy Drinks Not

Created Equal

Fans of workouts and athletics need to exercise caution when it comes to imbibing

so-called energy drinks, according to Johns Hopkins University scientists,

who have spent decades researching the effects of the caffeine they contain. They

report that caffeinated energy drinks, often marketed as “performance enhancing,”

should carry prominent labels that note their caffeine content and warn of potential

health risks. Caffeine is a drug, and caffeine intoxication can lead to nervousness,

anxiety, insomnia, gastrointestinal upset, rapid heartbeat and, in rare cases,

even death, according to the literature.

Research reveals that the caffeine content of energy drinks varies

over a 10-fold range. Some brands contain the equivalent of 14 cans of

Coca-Cola, according to the September 2008 issue of the international

journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

The market for energy drinks, now estimated at $5.4

billion in the United States, is expanding at an

annual rate of 55 percent. Yet consumers,

especially teens and young

adults, remain largely unaware

of the health risks associated with

excessive caffeine consumption.

St. John’s Wort Update

New Cochrane Systematic Review

research supports the use of St.

John’s Wort extract in treating

major depression. Previous studies

had advocated the use of this herb

only for the treatment of mild to

moderate depression.

Source: Wiley-Blackwell, 2008.

Celebrate the 7 Days

of Valentine’s

Start a week before Valentine’s Day:

Day 1 – Light a candle at dinner

Day 2 – Give a pair of tickets to a movie, show or game

Day 3 – Write three short love poems to say how you feel

Day 4 – Fly four balloons, proclaiming “I love you”

Day 5 – Give five favorite flowers or recorded songs

Day 6 – Sweeten Valentine’s with six chocolate hearts

Day 7 – Enjoy a celebration you both will remember

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Did you know?

In 19th-century France,

bridegrooms were served

three courses of asparagus

at their prenuptial dinner

for good reason: Asparagus

is an excellent source of

potassium, fiber, vitamins

A, C, B 6

and folic acid.

The latter is said to boost

histamine production

necessary for

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Sex Appeal

Displays of altruism make a

potential mate more

appealing to the

opposite sex, say

British researchers.

They noted that

the altruism, typically

defined as

unselfish concern

for the welfare

of others, doesn’t have to be a grand

act. Simple acts of selflessness, such as

regularly donating blood or volunteering

at a local healthcare facility, scored

high, especially among women.

“Evolutionary theory predicts

competition between individuals, and

yet we see many examples in nature of

individuals disadvantaging themselves

to help others,” comments Tim Phillips,

PhD, on behalf of the University of Nottingham’s

2008 research team. “In humans,

particularly, we see individuals

prepared to put themselves at considerable

risk to help individuals they do not

know for no obvious reward.”

For Love and Heart

Dark chocolate comprises a true gift of the heart, both pleasing the palate and

keeping the risk of heart disease at bay, according to a recent article published

in The Journal of Nutrition. A moderate amount of the sweet treat works best.

The study focused on the complex mechanism of inflammation, a risk factor

for the development of cardiovascular disease. Researchers noted that the high

amounts of antioxidants in the cocoa seed, in particular flavonoids and other

polyphenols, appear to have a beneficial effect on the inflammatory state. But the

amount of chocolate consumed also plays a crucial role. An average of 6.7 grams

per day, corresponding to one small square of chocolate, two to three times a week

is sufficient to reap chocolate’s protective effect. Beyond these amounts, the benefits

tend to disappear.

Incidentally, milk chocolate does not have the same

heart-healthy effects, because its milk content

interferes with the absorption of cocoa’s


Source: Catholic

University, 2008.


the Scent

Seduction by scent is at least

as old as Cleopatra, who was

said to have scented the sails of

her barge with rose water to attract

Mark Anthony. Today, Indian

women traditionally wear garlands

of jasmine flowers in their hair

and Mediterranean brides adorn

themselves with orange blossoms

on their wedding day. Scent has

historically contributed to romantic


The reason is found in the

olfactory lobe of the brain, which

is part of the limbic system, the

same area that produces sexual desires. It’s why essential oils may be found in

health food stores and specialty shops in personalized blends used to scent a room

and as ingredients in massage oils and seductive perfumes.

Sweet orange, neroli, rose, jasmine, coriander, ylang-ylang, patchouli, ginger

or sandalwood may be selected to enhance the mood of a romantic encounter. If

used directly on the skin, essential oils should be diluted in a base, such as jojoba

or almond oil. A few drops of these potent oils go a long way.

Adapted from Essential Oils for Body and Soul by Anne Simons.




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Cherries for

the Heart

The tangy taste of tart

cherries might deliver

more than a treat for the

taste buds. Preliminary

work with laboratory

rats at the University

of Michigan


Center suggests

that mixing whole

tart cherry powder

into the animals’

diet led to less

weight gain and a

reduction of inflammation.

Researchers explain that inflammation

is a common indicator of heart

disease and diabetes. More, those on

the cherry supplement also had significantly

lower blood levels of cholesterol

and triglycerides than the control


“These new findings are encouraging,

especially in the light of what is becoming

known about the interplay between

inflammation, blood lipids, obesity and

body composition in cardiovascular disease

and diabetes,” says Steven Bolling,

a cardiac surgeon at the university and

the laboratory’s director. A pilot study to

determine the effects of tart cherries in

human diet is underway.

February 2009



The Five


by Gary Chapman


am convinced that no single

area affects a relationship as

much as meeting the individual

emotional need for love. We

must learn to speak our partner’s

love language if we want them to

feel loved. Here’s how to tune in.

Words of Affirmation

Mark Twain once said, “I can live for

two months on a good compliment.”

Verbal appreciation speaks powerfully

to persons whose primary love language

is words of affirmation. Simple

statements of approval and encouragement

are sometimes all a person needs

to hear to feel loved.

Quality Time

Quality time is more than proximity. It’s

focusing all our energy on our partner.

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Quality conversation—

sharing experiences,

thoughts, feelings and desires

in a friendly, uninterrupted

context—is crucial

to a healthy relationship. A

good partner listens, offers

advice and responds. Most

people don’t expect us to

solve their problems; they simply

need a sympathetic listener.

Quality activities are equally

essential. Spending time together

enjoying shared interests brings a

couple closer and fills a memory

bank for future mutual reminiscences.

Receiving Gifts

Some people respond well to visual

symbols of love, treasuring any gift as

an expression of affection. Fortunately,

this love language is one of the easiest

to learn.

Natural spenders have no trouble

buying gifts for their partner. However,

a partner accustomed to investing and

saving may have a tough time spending

money as an expression of love.

It helps to understand that the true

investment is not in the gifts, but in

deepening the relationship. Gifts need

not come every day or week or cost a

lot. If a partner relates to the language

of gifts, any visible sign of love will

leave them feeling happy and secure.

Sometimes all a partner desires is

a loved one’s presence, navigating the

same trials and experiencing the same

things. The gift of self can become a

powerful physical symbol of love.

Acts of Service

Performing simple chores around the

house is another undeniable expression

of love. Even simple tasks require planning,

time and effort.

Often, both partners render acts

of service. The key is to understand

which acts a partner most appreciates;

otherwise, it’s like communicating in

two different dialects. Effective service

sometimes means humbly stepping out

of gender stereotypes.

It is important to act out of love

and not obligation. A partner whose

help is motivated by guilt or fear will

inevitably speak a language of resentment,

not love. Heartfelt acts come

from a place of kindness and help

ensure happiness.

Physical Touch

Many mates feel most loved when they

receive physical contact from their

partner. For a mate who speaks this love

language loudly, physical touch can

make or break the relationship.

Sexual intercourse can engender

feelings of security and love in a

marriage, but it is only one dialect of

physical touch. Many parts of the body

are extremely sensitive to stimulation.

Discovering how our partner responds

to these touches, physically and psychologically,

can help us become fluent

in this love language, which is different

for everyone.

We need to learn the touches our

mate likes. They may be big acts—such

as back massages or lovemaking—or

smaller gestures—like a hand on the

cheek or shoulder. By learning each

other’s dialects, we can communicate

most lovingly through our hugging,

kissing and other physical contacts.

Dr. Gary Chapman is the author of numerous

books, including The Five Love

Languages series, written for couples,

singles and children. A relationship

counselor, he speaks to thousands of

couples nationwide through his weekend

marriage conferences and syndicated

radio program, A Growing Marriage.


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News and resources to inspire concerned citizens

to work together in building a healthier,

stronger society that works for all.


Citizens Have a Say at

Although Barack Obama’s isn’t

the first online presidency, it

promises to provide the most

lively partnership

with citizens

seeking real


During the Obama

campaign, “[w]hen people

commented on something, they saw things happen,” says

Gary Bass, executive director of OMB Watch, a nonprofit

promoting government accountability and transparency.

“That’s what the people are expecting the president to do


For engaged citizens who want to render an opinion

about what’s right or wrong with government, share an idea

or join in the discussion, simply click on “Submit a Story” or

“Join the Discussion” at The website exemplifies

how President Obama intends to harness technology to

create a cutting-edge, participatory democracy, similar to the

way he used Internet connectivity to transform campaigning.

The idea is premised on the digital world’s potential to

make the country one large cyber-town-hall meeting. Ideally,

every citizen will have a window into the workings of government

and an opportunity to tell elected leaders what they

think of it. The move inherently requires federal employees

across agencies to alter the way they operate.

“It’s a radical change,” says Art Schwartz, vice president

of the Center for Democracy and Technology. “But it’s in line

with the way our government is supposed to work.”

Source: The Christian Science Monitor.

Springbank Retreat

for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts

Healing Self/Healing Earth

Spring & Fall Sabbaticals (1-, 2-, & 3-months)

Feb. 5-April 29 & Sept. 17-Dec. 9, 2009

Enjoy 80 acres of quiet beauty

in a creative, nourishing atmosphere.


Feb. 10-11

Music & Spirit in Action

Pat Kinnamon &

Pepper Sarnoff

Feb. 23-24


Developing Potential

Justina Lasley

Sabbatical participants can enjoy

programs/retreats at no extra charge.

Feb. 15-18


Weaving Balance & Beauty

Linda Szocik

Feb. 27-March 1

Native Wisdom:

Planetary Survival & Beyond

Eagle Man (Ed McGaa)

Feb. 20-22

12-Step Retreat

Kathy McGrogan

& Springbank Staff

Mar. 29-Apr. 4

Living Earth Retreat

& T’ai Chi Chih

Claire Whalen

Register by calling 800-671-0361 or e-mail

1345 Springbank Rd., Kingstree, SC 29556 l

You have a very powerful

mind that can make anything

happen as long as you keep

yourself centered.

- Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

February 2009



Survey Says

US Leads World in Substance Abuse

The US leads the world in marijuana and cocaine

experimentation, as well as in

lifetime tobacco use, according to

a recent survey by the World Health

Organization. Some 42 percent of US

respondents said they used marijuana,

16 percent have used cocaine at least

once, and 74 percent admitted to lifetime

tobacco use. US respondents came in

third for alcohol use, at 92 percent,

after the Ukraine and Germany. More

than 54,000 people in 17 countries participated

in the survey, funded in part by the

National Institutes of Health.

“The United States, which has been driving much

of the world’s drug research and drug policy agenda,

stands out, with higher levels of use of alcohol, cocaine and cannabis, despite

punitive illegal drug policies, as well as [in many US states], a higher minimum

legal alcohol drinking age than many comparable developed countries,” reported

the authors of an article on the findings in the journal PLoS Medicine.

Lifetime marijuana use was virtually nonexistent in Asian countries. Cocaine

use in Colombia, Mexico, Spain and New Zealand, next highest after the United

States, was significantly lower, around 4 percent. Lowest lifetime tobacco use was

found in South Africa, with 32 percent, and Nigeria, with 17 percent. Just 40 percent

of South African respondents used alcohol.

Opt Out

Greening the Yellow Pages

Every year, some 540 million unsolicited phone books arrive on America’s doorsteps.

Phone books simultaneously account for about 660,000 tons of trash

annually. Meanwhile, many people find it easier and more convenient to use the

Internet to look up telephone numbers. Going paperless not only cuts down on

directory clutter, it decreases pollution and saves trees.

For those who still look up phone numbers the old-fashioned way, it’s easy to

recycle old books in city curbside recycling bins. Find out which cities do that at

To put an end to receipt of unwanted phone books,


Life Lines

Rio Grande Still on World’s Top

10 Rivers at Risk

The World Wildlife Fund’s Top 10 Rivers

at Risk continue to face widespread

degradation, while millions of people

depend on them for survival. The Rio

Grande, along the US-Mexico border,

is on the watch list because the river is

severely threatened by water diversions,

widespread alteration of the floodplain,

dams and pollution.

“The world’s freshwater ecosystems

are under siege, and the rivers on

this list are the front lines,” says Carter

Roberts, president and CEO of World

Wildlife Fund (WWF). “We don’t have

to look far to find examples of the freshwater


Five of the 10 rivers are in Asia:

Yangtze, Mekong, Salween, Ganges and

Indus. The others are Europe’s Danube,

South America’s La Plata, Africa’s Nile-

Lake Victoria and Australia’s Murray-


WWF notes that the Rio Grande is

home to a spectacular array of freshwater

species and is the lifeblood of the

region’s economy, supplying water to

fast-growing urban areas and thousands

of farms and ranches. Irrigation accounts

for 80 percent of all water diversions

from the river. In response, WWF

has been working to improve irrigation

in the Rio Grande Valley and establish

more parks and protected areas for

wildlife along key stretches of the river.

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in unconditional giving from your four-legged and winged

friends. Giving an unexpected gift to a stranger, helping a

neighbor or feeding a feral cat puts our focus on the wellbeing

of others, making life more meaningful. Self-absorption

leads to emotional problems and illness, which may reflect in

the behavior and health of a companion animal.

Make the workplace, too, as peaceful and stress-free as

possible. Because stress affects animals, exercise or perform

an act of kindness for another before arriving home. A

framed Kodak moment with our animal at work will help us

stay connected and bring peace and comfort.

Pet Love

Nurturing Joy & Well-Being

in Your Animals

by Sharon Callahan

It only makes sense that many of the things we do to

improve our health and the quality of our personal lives

also enhance the physical and emotional well-being of

animal companions. A life and home that are a sanctuary

of peace and stillness naturally promote health and happiness

in our animal friends, too. The following mindful

tips will help bring balance to beloved animals’ lives as

well as our own.

EAT WELL and take vitamins, and feed animals the wholesome

foods that keep them as clean inside as they are clean

and well groomed on the outside. A well-tended body feels

better and can more easily handle the stresses of everyday

life. Consider the body a temple of the soul.

EXERCISE DAILY and spend time outdoors to enjoy nature’s

beauty; this is a human antidote to stress, anxiety and depression

and it works for animals as well. Playing and frolicking

in the yard with animal companions can enliven their spirits

and bodies and bring everyone joy. Sing and dance to release

energy and to create peace and joy. Animals love good music

and many of them love to dance.

KEEP COMPANY. Be conscious of how much time pets

spend alone. Too many solitary hours can be stressful, resulting

in inappropriate behavior, depression, anxiety and illness.

If family members must be away from home all day, consider

an animal sitter or dog walker, or ask a neighbor to check on

the animals.

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PRAY AND MEDITATE. To pray is to ask; to meditate is to

listen. Pray for assistance with life challenges. Listen for the

still small voice within, as well as the voice of any beloved

animal companion.

Several times a day, we should check in on our emotional

state, which affects the well-being of an animal companion.

If we are overstressed, worried, preoccupied, depressed

or anxious, pause to implement one of the suggestions noted



peacefully, facing “Fluffy” or “Fido,” whether resting or

standing. Get centered and take a deep breath, exhale, and

then resume normal breathing. Place one hand a few inches

above the animal’s body and slowly move it from the tip of

the animal’s nose, over the head, down each front leg, up

to the shoulders again and then over one side all the way to

the tip of the tail and down the back leg. Check the pads of

the feet by pressing gently to spread the toes, noticing any

tender areas. Look in the eyes and ears. Repeat the identical

procedure on the opposite side. Feel for any “cold” or “hot”

spots in the animal’s energy field or for any other sensation

that feels off.

Next, follow the same process while touching the animal.

Feel for any lumps, bumps or sore places. Pay particular

attention to the joints in older animals. Check the abdomen

with gentle pressure. Note tender areas. Look in your animal’s

mouth the same way, paying attention to gum color,

teeth tartar and any areas that might look inflamed.

Don’t worry over the detection of something abnormal.

Continue with twice weekly body scans over a period of

weeks, and if a particular area of the animal’s body remains

sore or if a lump is detected, it’s time to make an appointment

with a veterinarian.

Our animal companions sense the love and caring we

offer through these ministrations and respond by becoming

more relaxed and at ease. We, in turn, are nurtured through

their trust.

Sharon Callahan, animal communicator and resident of

Mount Shasta, CA, is the creator, formulator and manufacturer

of AnaFlora Flower Essences for Animals.


How do you describe a soulmate?

I believe that a soulmate is someone to

whom you feel a deep and profound

connection; a person with whom you

feel completely comfortable being

yourself; an individual whom you love

unconditionally and who loves you

unconditionally. Without sounding too

sentimental, it is someone who you feel

completes you.

The film, Shall We Dance?, starring

Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon, features

a grand scene where Sarandon’s

character explains why we all want

a soulmate relationship. “We need a

witness to our lives,” she says. “There

are billions of people on the planet…

I mean, what does any one life really

mean? Your life will not go unnoticed,

because I will notice it. Your life will

not go unwitnessed, because I will be

your witness.”

A soulmate is your witness.

Do you believe in the possibility

of more than one soulmate?

Although most individuals think of a

soulmate in romantic terms, I believe

that there are other kinds. A good

example is the friendship and strong

connection that television personality

A Conversation With

Arielle Ford

Sharing Soulmate

Manifestation Secrets

by Linda Sechrist

Perhaps best known for her Hot Chocolate for the Mystical

Soul series, in her latest book, The Soulmate Secret:

Manifest the Love of Your Life with the Law of Attraction,

seven-time author Arielle Ford explains how you can take control

of your romantic destiny.

Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King share. I

see theirs as a soulmate relationship. I

also believe pets can connect on such

a deep level that they deserve to be

called soulmates.

Why do so many people struggle

with finding their true love?

A typical reason is that after a few bad

relationships, some people unconsciously

shut down and give up. They

no longer believe the right person is out

there for them. One part of them says,

“Yes, I want a relationship.” Another

laments, “No! I’m afraid to get hurt


An important part of manifesting

love is preparing yourself for it by

overcoming emotional wounds. The

Soulmate Secret provides processes,

projects and emotional release techniques

that can assist in healing your

heart and opening you up to love.

What universal law can be used in

this search?

The Law of Attraction demonstrates that

you attract to you the people, events

and experiences that match your state

of being. If you focus on being filled

with gratitude for the love, companionship

and joy you presently have in your

life, you will attract more of that. When

you focus on what you don’t have, you

send out a message of lack. In return,

you attract more lack.

In the movie, Conversations With

God, the main character says to God,

“I just want my life back.” To which

God replies, “You can’t have anything

that you want.” God then explains in a

dialogue that in “wanting” something

(or someone), one only gets the experience

and the feeling of “wanting,” and

nothing else.

In preparation for manifesting

your soulmate, begin “living as if.” This

means that your daily actions are congruent

with your beliefs. For example,

I once heard about a famous actress

who, while waiting for her soulmate,

set a place at the table for him at each

meal. Eventually, he arrived in her life.

The actress sent a clear message to the

Universe and the Universe delivered.

What are the key steps to

manifesting a soulmate?

In addition to healing your heart from

past relationships, you need to create a

clear intention. My favorite analogy is

the one about placing an order.

When you walk into your favorite

coffee shop, you confidently place

your order with the barista, who smiles,

writes the order on the side of a cup

and takes your money. Within minutes,

you are walking out the door with the

exact, delicious cup of brew that you


Ordering up a soulmate from the

Universe works in a similar way. Although

it’s not always as instantaneous,

it can be just as precise.

For the Universe to deliver your

perfect soulmate, you must clearly

place your order. First, search your

heart for what you truly desire, and

then make a detailed list of your soulmate’s

desirable qualities. I recommend

that you create a ritual for releasing

your list to the Universe and then let

go, trusting that the person you are

looking for is also looking for you.


For more on Arielle Ford, visit

February 2009


Fall in Love With

Your Life

Small changes bring

big rewards.

by Kim Childs

Each January, the lure of a fresh new

year inspires many of us to plan healthy

lifestyle changes. By February, even

modest goals may fall victim to a loss of

motivation or the triumph of old habits.

If our latest resolutions are unrealistic (adding two hours of

daily meditation to an overloaded life), too drastic (going

from junk food to raw food in the middle of winter)

or unsupported (vowing to think positively in a climate of

naysayers), they may be doomed before they are uttered. According

to the life coaches consulted by Natural Awakenings,

the most effective life makeovers involve starting where we

are, taking small steps, setting boundaries and reaching out

for support on the journey. Here’s what these experts advise

when setting out to make lasting changes.

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An Attitude of Gratitude

“The first thing is to look at what’s already working,” recommends

Victoria Moran, a writer, speaker and spiritual life

coach. “So often, we just say ‘Ack—I want everything to be

different,’ but we all have lots of things that are working well


Moran, author of several books, including the forthcoming

Living a Charmed Life: Your Guide to Finding Magic in Every

Moment and Meaning in Every Day, counsels her clients

to list 10 things for which they are grateful before they leave

bed each morning.

“These don’t have to be giant things,” notes Moran, “but

‘I’m grateful for this cat sleeping on my chest; grateful that

the sun is shining; grateful that I made this terrific pot of chili

and there’s some left over.’ Your day is now going to be built

on the positive framework of all that you have going for you.”

Moran also recommends taking quiet time in the morning

for prayer, meditation or journaling before the day’s

agenda begins to tug and pull. A student of comparative

religions, she observes that most spiritual traditions embrace

a practice of going within to access

higher wisdom. Tapping this inner guidance

is essential to crafting an authentic

life and staying centered in the midst of


“I recommend lighting a candle

on your bedside table,” Moran says,

“so that when you come back from the

bathroom and your brain is already

saying ‘You don’t have time for this, you

have all these things to do,’ that little

candle is just there, saying, ‘Oh, come

on, sit.’”

Honor the Body,

One Day at a Time

Moran also stresses the importance

of “taking care of the vehicle,” when

designing a life makeover. This means

having a daily exercise and nutrition


“Regardless of what you want in

life, you have to get it in this physical

body,” she says. “And because the brain

is part of the body, you’re not going to

have a very good shot at changing your

attitude and thinking positive thoughts

if those thoughts have to be filtered

through a brain that is living on junk

food and doesn’t get enough oxygen

because you don’t exercise.”

At the same time, Moran predicts

failure for those who plan overambitious

diet and exercise plans that don’t

allow for occasional off days. The

prospect of cutting out sugar forever,

for instance, may scare someone away

from even cutting down. Moran, who

successfully overcame her own food

and weight issues decades ago, quotes

the 12-Step slogan of “one day at a

time” when counseling people who set

out to change their lives.

“Even I cannot say that every day

for the rest of my life I

will meditate

and exercise,” she says. “I know that’s

not true. But for today, I can do that,

and this is the only day I have.”

Just Say No

Once we have begun to make positive

changes, we may need to clean

up the environment in which our

old, self-destructive habits flourished.

People pleasers, for example, may have

to start saying no and set boundaries

where none existed. Cheryl Richardson,

a bestselling author, radio host

and authority on life coaching, says

that as people begin to practice better

care for themselves, their relationships

may change. In her new book, The Art

of Extreme Self-Care, Richardson has

a chapter entitled “Let Me Disappoint


“That chapter speaks to the reality

that in order to live a high-quality

life—a life that truly honors your

self-care—you have to master the art

of disappointing people, making them

angry and hurting their feelings,” she

counsels. “That’s just the truth.”

Richardson says that women, in

particular, try to avoid the discomfort

that comes from displeasing others or

letting them down. As a result, they can

end up living for others, becoming resentful

or even sick, and struggling with

intimate relationships when resentments

build. Richardson advises women to

check in with themselves before responding

to requests and to tell the truth,

even if it’s unpopular.

“Craft a response that is respectful,

but direct,” she says. “Become

able to say to someone, ‘I’m sorry, I’m

not going to be able to baby-sit your

children this weekend.’ Not, ‘I really

wish I could, but I can’t,’ when the truth

is, you really don’t wish you could, and

you don’t want to.”

Start Here and Now

Life makeovers also involve

setting boundaries with

ourselves, says Richardson,

and taking an honest

look at the areas of our lives

that are messy, neglected or

out of balance. She notes that

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Online Resources

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– to find a coach or become one and

– social networking sites for sharing

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– information on personal growth

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– the origin of the Law of

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Begin or end each day with a list of 10 things you appreciate and are

grateful for. Write or speak them aloud, perhaps with a gratitude buddy.

up one place in our home, car or office that’s cluttered and

enjoy the feeling of spaciousness that follows. More comprehensive

changes may benefit from professional help, says

Richardson, who hired a personal coach at the beginning of

her own coaching career, with life-altering results.

“My home and my work environments became beautiful

places to live and work in,” she recalls. “My finances

improved dramatically. I eliminated my debt, I created an

investment plan and I stopped giving away so much of my

precious time and energy to people who didn’t appreciate it.”

Today, Richardson coaches people on how to create

lifestyles and environments that honor their deepest need for

things like joy, beauty, rest, creative expression and peace.

She says the pursuit of bigger dreams and desires may take a

back seat to meeting basic needs at first.

“If you’re struggling financially, you should be investing

in your financial health,” says Richardson. “If your house

looks like a bomb went off in it, you really should be focused

on making your home environment more soul-nourishing. If

your relationships are one-way streets and they’re not headed

in your direction, you should focus on either telling the truth

in your relationships or letting some toxic people go.”

Create a Circle of Support

When we start to practice these forms of self-care, our real

dreams and desires become more apparent, Richardson

says. The challenge is to stay on track, especially when family

members or friends don’t understand or appreciate our

new ways, and old habits slip back in. Without support and

accountability, she observes, most people will fall short of

Caring for Your

Best Friend

long-lasting success.

To help her readers get and stay on course, Richardson

encourages them to create free Life Makeover groups,

based on the concepts and practices outlined in her books.

Her website allows people to connect with others on the

same path and to create support groups in their own communities,

using guidelines found on the site. Richardson currently

counts about 4,000 such Life Makeover groups around

the world.

In Upton, MA, Jennifer Copley Downing created her

own group eight years ago when she felt a need for community

and connection. Today, she has seven “sisters” in her life,

who have shared challenges and triumphs around careers,

relationships, health, parenting and elder care.

“Working in groups keeps you accountable and supported;

you don’t feel like you are doing all this alone,” Copley

Downing says. “Most important, you can know that you’re

not losing your mind—that others have gone through similar

things and think the same way.”

Little Assists From Lots of Friends

Bob Doyle took the group support idea to a new level when

he created the free Boundless Living Challenge (BLC) on the

Internet last summer. Doyle, who teaches an online program

called “Wealth Beyond Reason,” was featured in the movie,

The Secret. The film describes a universal Law of Attraction,

wherein a person’s thoughts, emotions and expectations

shape their life experiences. The film encourages viewers to

envision the lives of their dreams. In Doyle’s ongoing BLC,

thousands of people are doing this in a public forum.

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“The idea was to give them an environment to basically

state an intention in a very visible way,” says Doyle. “And, in

addition to having the tools and resources [on the website],

they’ve got this community of people who are also up to

some pretty powerful things in their lives—all different kinds

of things—but all have a common goal, which is that they

want to get unstuck and they want to accomplish something.”

People use blogs, photos and videos on the site to

describe their desires and track their progress and challenges

along the way. Fellow BLC members offer support, advice

and encouragement as they share their own struggles and

report victories in the areas of health, creativity, career, relationships

and business pursuits. The process creates online

friendships and communities of support for when the going

gets rough. Similar social networking sites for posting desires

and connecting with like-minded seekers include


Doyle participated in his own challenge program by

stating a goal of performing live music. “What I discovered

during the course of this challenge is that I had real stuff

about looking stupid or making a mistake or not being perfect,”

Doyle recalls, “and so it was about breaking through

all of that and just going out there and expressing myself

through musical performance, whether or not it was perfect,

and being okay with that.”

Change One Thing, Change Everything

Doyle says that the breakthroughs that he made spilled into

other areas of his life related to self-expression, a carryover

effect common among participants who take risks and push

beyond their comfort zones in a supportive, non-judgmental

environment. Not everyone realizes their stated goal in the

suggested 45-day time frame, says Doyle, but most people

see progress.

“I was talking to someone the other day whose challenge

is to write a book,” Doyle reports, “and I asked her if it

had gotten done in the first 45 days. She said no, but it was

nearly competed, and that it would have gotten nowhere if

she had not taken the challenge.”

After completing their initial challenge, it’s not unusual

for people to continue to post information and updates in order

to stay connected to a community of kindred, encouraging

spirits. Doyle himself has taken on another challenge and

enlisted the help of coaches and friends to keep progressing

in the work that he’s been living and teaching for years.

“Because it doesn’t matter how much you know intellectually

about a particular thing,” says Doyle. “There’s always

going to be somebody who sees you differently than you are

able to see yourself.”

For more about Bob Doyle’s programs, visit or

Information about Cheryl Richardson’s books, DVDs and radio

program is posted at Find Victoria

Moran’s books, blog and newsletter at

Success Stories

Breakthroughs among the

6,000 participants in Bob

Doyle’s first Boundless

Living Challenge

exemplify the triumphs

possible for us all in the

areas of health, creativity,

career and more.

Paula Strauss – Walking Without Crutches

Paula’s focus was to walk without crutches after using them

for seven years, following 12 different surgeries. She credits

the encouragement and support of participants in the challenge

for her ability to reclaim the use of her legs. After 45

days, she could consistently walk 40 steps without the use of


Wendi – From Couch Potato to Walking a Half Marathon

Wendi says that she wanted to get serious about her health

and eating habits. She hired a trainer, made healthy changes

to her diet, cut down her cigarette smoking by half, received

acupuncture treatments and engaged in more self-care. In

less than two months, she not only completed a walking half

marathon, but also lost 22 pounds.

Gill Manly – On the Road to Becoming Debt Free

Gill was on the verge of bankruptcy and in danger of defaulting

on her mortgage and losing her home. She was determined

to change her circumstances and turn her life around.

Aside from improving her financial situation, Gill’s long-time

dream was to land a record deal. Gill has sung jazz tunes

for years and believed she has what it takes to become a

professional recording artist. Within weeks, she manifested a

record deal with Linn Records, a UK company that’s home to

Britain’s major jazz performers.

Jonathon Ruckman – Career Caught Wings

This New York-based actor had been auditioning for eight

months without booking a single commercial, television or

film role. He reports that because of the support of the online

community he booked three movie roles in six weeks.

Jonathan also attracted a dinner meeting with a top New

York agent who expressed interest in casting him in a multimillion

dollar film project. Although Jonathon considered

himself successful with the Law of Attraction, his career goals

kept eluding him, until now.

Source: Stellar Communications.

February 2009


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In the not so distant past, I assumed that when I couldn’t

deal with life completely on my own it was a sign of

weakness or failure. Ten years ago while managing a fulltime

career, three children and life after divorce, I hired my

Life Coach. She helped me stay focused on goals, supported

me as I dealt with some major health issues, and provided

tools and resources as I rediscovered my passion and joy.

With the introduction of the coaching profession over

the last 15 years, individuals, businesses and organizations

have also realized the importance of having a skilled professional’s

support to address work and life challenges. Ultimately,

the benefits achieved can be higher levels of success,

confidence and balance—both personally and professionally.

The coaching profession is growing exponentially. Statistics

from the International Coach Federation (ICF) indicate there

are presently 15,000 members in 90 countries. In 2006,

PricewaterhouserCoopers found professional coaching to be

a $1.5 billion industry globally.

What is coaching?

A professional Life Coach supports clients moving from

where they are now to where they want to be, in all life areas

including: career, business, money, relationships, personal

organization, health and well-being. Through directed,

purpose-driven conversations, clients discover answers,

make important decisions, more fully use their natural

strengths and strategize to make the shifts needed to create

their desired results. Examples of successful results for some

of my clients include: changing careers, learning to manage

family finances; publishing a book, starting a business; communicating

more effectively at work, discovering their life

purpose, learning teamwork, managing a recently diagnosed

disease, delegating more effectively to employees, and finding

renewed passion and joy.

Am I ready for coaching?

Yes, if you are willing to invest the time, money and work

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Family St

Future St

A Conversation

With Life Coach

Cindy Nixon-Witt

it will take to move from where you are now to where you

want to be. Coaching is not a quick fix. The clearer you are

about why you want to be coached, the more successful the


What can I expect?

Expect a customized plan to fit your individual needs, schedule

and finances. With coaching support and accountability

you will enjoy increased confidence and success in carrying

out work and life roles. Based on the philosophy that you are

naturally creative and resourceful, coaching enhances your

capacity to experience your abilities and talents.

How much time and money will I invest?

Client meetings are conducted individually or in small

groups, in person or by phone and may include follow-up

in-between appointments. Coaches vary in their time requirements

and costs and may meet with a client to achieve

one particular goal or project, or design a longer coaching

relationship with a pre-determined schedule. Coaching

is planned to provide clients with resources and a greater

capacity to confidently produce results. Typical charges vary

from $50 to $350 per hour or more.

Where do I find a qualified coach?

The best way is through a personal or professional recommendation.

Also research the ICF, and local ICF chapters.

If you hire a coach, ask if he or she has been specifically

trained in coaching skills and currently hold or are in the

process of acquiring an ICF Credential. Don’t be misled to

think a coach is a competent coach because he or she has

other professional credentials or set high fees. It is really

important that you select a coach you really like and can relate

to. Be sure to ask about his or her coaching experience,

specific success stories, including the years, people and

situations. Check to see what specialized skills or experience

he or she brings to coaching or what his or her coaching

specialty is. Find out how the sessions are conducted, their

frequency and scheduling.

Are you, or someone you know, stuck in unproductive

patterns? Is it time to identify obstacles and take action to

support your personal commitment to experience life with

a sense of knowing who you are and how you want to live

your life? Coaching is an ongoing tool – and it lasts a lifetime.

Cindy Nixon-Witt presently works as a personal and professional

coach/consultant credentialed with Success Unlimited

Network® and affiliated with the ICF. She serves clients

through her individual practice, the Leadership Institute at

Columbia College, HealthCoach and is aligned with Dr.

Joel Sussman to coach adults with ADD & ADHD. For more

information, visit, CoachFederation.

org/ICF, and Email

Nixon-Witt at See resource guide

page 30.


Fun Moves

Jump Roping

for Every Age

by Beth Davis

Jumping rope has come a long way

from playground days. While many

still jump for fun, young and older

fans alike have made it an international

sport, boasting its own world championship.

The childhood pastime has

remained a popular form of exercise for

athletes and fitness buffs.

The American Heart Association

attests that jumping rope proves an

excellent exercise for cardiovascular

fitness and muscular endurance. It

helps develop agility, balance, posture,

reflexes and coordination, as well as

building or maintaining healthy bones.

“Rope jumping is attractive to such a wide range of

individuals because of its numerous benefits. It is

convenient, inexpensive, easy to learn and works the

entire body; plus, it’s fun.”

Now, researchers are learning that

jumping rope may also help prepare the

brain for learning by raising the heart

rate, which pumps more blood to the

brain, feeding it needed nutrients and

oxygen for heightened alertness and

mental focus.

In the United States, the sport’s

main coordinating organization is

USA Jump Rope (USAJR), a nonprofit

group comprising hundreds of jump

roping teams and jumpers across the

country. Teams attend workshops and

training camps; perform for the public;

and compete in tournaments at state,

regional and national levels.

John Fletcher, USAJR’s operations

manager, says that jumping rope is

far more than recreation; it supports a

healthy lifestyle for people of all ages.

USAJR has enthusiastic jumpers ranging

in age from 6 to 50. All age groups

regularly compete in single-rope and

Double Dutch competitions, including

speed and freestyle categories. In

the United States, the female record in

the single-rope speed competition is

367 jumps in one minute. The comparable

male single-rope record is 359.

The Double Dutch pairs speed record

clocked in at 879 jumps a minute.

“Rope jumping is attractive to such

a wide range of individuals because

of its numerous benefits,” remarks

Fletcher. “It is convenient, inexpensive,

easy to learn and works the entire body;

plus, it’s fun.”

The American College of Sports

Medicine (ACSM) names rope jumping

as one of the best forms of aerobic exercise.

It explains that aerobic exercise

enables our bodies to take in more

oxygen so that we can breathe faster

and more deeply, maximizing oxygen

entering the bloodstream. That’s good

for the heart, blood vessels, immune

system, lungs and joints. More, it cuts

through stress and lifts our mood.

In order to improve heart and lung

health, jumping must be performed

three to five times per week for 12

to 20 minutes at a stretch. The ACSM

recommends trying 130 revolutions per

minute, which is equal to running at 6

miles per hour or cycling at 12 miles

per hour. Just 10 minutes of rope skipping

is equivalent to a one-mile run.

René Bibaud is a five-time world

rope jumping champion, artist and

coach for Cirque de Soleil, the voice

of ESPN for national jump rope championships

and creator of Ropeworks, a

company devoted to teaching jumping

for fun and fitness. For those just getting

started, Bibaud advises that finding a

rope that fits is key. She recommends a

dense, plastic rope, which should cost

less than $10.

To make sure a rope fits, she counsels,

stand on it with both feet and pull

the sides up tightly next to the body in a

U-shape. The top of the handles should

come to the underarms.

Also invest in a good pair of athletic

shoes, preferably a cross-training

model, with extra support for the ball

of the foot. This helps prevent excessive

strain on the joints from rope jumping’s

repetitive movements. Avoid jumping

on hard surfaces, such as concrete or

tile. Safe surfaces include a wood floor,

rubber mat or sprung floor, such as

those found in dance studios, which is

designed to absorb shock.

Bibaud encourages newcomers to

learn a few basic moves, followed by

a few jump rope tricks. She grins: “The

goal of learning new moves will entice

you back for more.”

For more information, visit,


February 2009





Jewelry with

a Conscience

by Jim Motavalli

In the world of jewelry, all that glitters may indeed be gold—or platinum, diamonds

and other precious gems. Beneath their come-hither sparkle, though,

may be a dark side, whose hidden facets reflect a disturbing legacy of greed and

violence. This Valentine season, learn to shop wisely for the kinds of “bling” and

“ice” that help humanity and the planet shine.

The Troubling Problem

The 2006 film, Blood Diamond, brought worldwide attention to one of these hidden

facets—diamonds mined under dangerous conditions to fund international

conflicts. Some examples:

• In Sierra Leone, a long civil war that cost the lives of as many as

200,000 people was partially financed by profits from the diamond


• In Angola, a guerrilla group responsible for considerable violence

earned $430 million in just one year by selling diamonds illegally

mined and shipped though Zaire to Europe, and then to the rest of

the world.

• Al Qaeda has been linked to the illegal diamond trade.

• The world’s largest diamond mining company, DeBeers, has admitted to

price fixing in its efforts to control global trade.

Semiprecious gemstones also may hide troubling histories. Much of the mining

for lapis lazuli, a gorgeous blue mineral, is controlled by Afghanistan’s Taliban,

and rubies often come from the military dictatorship in Myanmar (Burma).

Violence against the environment is another dark fact that can dim jewelry’s

luster: Gold mining is one of the world’s dirtiest industries. According to World-

Watch Institute, the gold in a single 18-karat ring generates as much as 18 tons of

arsenic, cyanide and mercury-laced mining waste. This highly toxic material can

persist for decades and enter the food chain.

When jewelry is ablaze in a showcase, its shadowy background is usually

invisible. But consumers need not

be clueless about the origins of their

adornments. In 2002, the United Nations

adopted the Kimberley Process

Certification Scheme (KPCS) to ensure

that diamonds are humanely mined and

shipped. Conflict-free diamonds carry a

Kimberley Process certificate.

According to the Green Guide,

the UN process has reduced conflictrelated

gems to no more than 1 percent

of the rough diamond trade, but many

abuses still occur. To avoid a confusing

shopping experience, the safest route is

to turn to retailers and jewelry manufacturers

known to offer guilt-free bling.

Satisfying Solutions

Walmart has teamed up with Conservation

International to introduce the Love,

Earth fine jewelry line (LoveEarthInfo.

com), said to be completely traceable

from mine to store. The company

certifies that all jewelry sold under that

name meets its corporate sustainability

standards. According to Pam Mortensen,

a Walmart vice president, Love,

Earth customers “are getting an affordable

and beautiful piece of jewelry

that also helps sustain resources and

strengthen communities.”

The line is sold in Walmart and

Sam’s Club stores nationwide. Some

critics charge that not all the mines in

the program are fully sustainable, but

most observers are supportive of the

concept. According to Dan Randolph,

of the nonprofit environmental justice

organization Great Basin Resource

Watch, “The traceability aspect is

a good step forward.” By 2010, the

company hopes to have 10 percent of

the jewelry it sells meeting Love, Earth


Leber Jewelers (

offers an Earthwise Jewelry Collection,

which includes conflict-free diamonds,

fairly traded colored gemstones and

environmentally friendly precious metals.

Leber’s diamonds, sourced from

Canada, are accompanied by a numbered

certificate of origin, with detailed

technical information and an identifying

serial number. Mining operations

meet and sometimes exceed Canada’s

environmental laws. (Other conflict-free

diamond producers include Russia and

Australia.) Leber’s gemstones, which

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include aquamarines and sapphires

procured from around the globe, are

guaranteed to have been mined by

workers earning a fair living wage. offers a clickable

list of retailers who have taken

the first step toward more responsible

sourcing of gold. And Brilliant Earth

( makes its earrings,

necklaces and rings from recycled gold

and Canadian diamonds.

“By using recycled metals, we

decrease the global demand for newly

mined gold and diminish the environmentally

and socially destructive effects

of dirty gold and other metal mining

practices,” says company co-founder

Eric Grossberg. “Because precious

metals can be recycled repeatedly with

no degradation in quality, they are a

naturally renewable resource.” Five

percent of Brilliant Earth’s profits go to

African communities victimized by the

diamond trade.

The wedding and engagement

rings, earrings and necklaces offered by

GreenKarat ( are made

from recycled gold, silver and titanium,

as well as synthetic gemstones. “Buying

recycled gold is one of the most

ecologically and socially responsible

choices a consumer can make,” advises

GreenKarat President Matthew White.’s online catalog

brims with eco-friendly jewelry at

a variety of price points, qualified as

conflict-free, fair traded or reclaimed

and recycled.

Antique jewelry always serves as a

thoughtful, conscientious and welcome

gift. Delightful heirloom pieces often

turn up at local shops. The Antique

Jewelry Mall (

also stocks a wide selection, including

birthstone jewelry, necklaces, earrings

and wedding and engagement rings.

The irresistible glow of precious

metals and gems has always led us to

buy jewelry with our heart. Now, our

good intentions can be doubly congruent

with our conscience.

For more information, visit the Council

for Responsible Jewelry Practices at or TheGreen- A group working for mining

reform is Washington, DC-based Earthworks





by Jay Workman

Join us for Green



Tues., Feb. 18,



Jillian’s in

The Vista,

800 Gervais St.,


Mineral jewelry can do more

than adorn the body; some

people use crystals and other

gems to promote wellness. Two factors are at work: the crystalline structure of

a stone and its color.

Many believe that quartz and other types of crystals can be used to

bring the body’s energy meridians and seven energy centers, or chakras, into

alignment. Colors work on a subconscious, complementary, level to address

psychological issues. Certain stones have become associated with specific

chakras, as follows:

First chakra – The Root: red. Garnet, ruby, red jasper.

Second chakra – The Navel: orange. Carnelian, orange zincite.

Third chakra – The Solar Plexus: yellow. Citrine, yellow sapphire, yellow topaz.

Fourth chakra – The Heart: green. Emerald or green tourmaline.

Fifth chakra –The Throat: light blue. Aquamarine or turquoise.

Sixth chakra – The Third Eye: dark blue. Blue sapphire or lapis lazuli.

Seventh chakra – The Crown: purple. Amethyst or quartz.

Remember to verify the source of any gemstones acquired to ensure that they

come from humanitarian, fair trade sources.

Source: Mike and Diane McKnight, in Sun City, AZ.

Connect at (480) 614-5365 or

February 2009





When Teens

Worry Too Much

by Dr. Lawrence Shapiro


veryone worries, frets or feels

uneasy much of the time. Worry

itself is not bad when it serves as

nature’s way of keeping us safe and


If we’re concerned about our

weight, for example, we tend to eat

a better diet. If we’re discontented

about money, we work harder or save

more. If we worry about our kids, we

do all of the things needed to keep

them healthy and happy.

Teens experience their own set of

normal worries: getting good grades,

other teens’ opinions of them, the

state of their complexion and their

clothes. We also hope they show

concern for family rules and responsibilities.

But, worry becomes a problem

for teens and their parents if young

people stress too often or about things

that don’t really matter. Psychologists

refer to worry and its accompanying

physical changes as anxiety, and

too much anxiety can take a serious

mental and physical toll on a teen.

Common Conditions

Several types of anxiety disorders may affect teenagers. Simple fears—of talking in

public or doing poorly on tests—can cause distress. When teens harbor lots of fears,

they can become overwhelming and lead to a panic disorder, making them afraid

even to leave the house.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a severe problem that affects about 1

in 100 teens. They often hide their worry about things that are inconsequential to others,

such as germs on a doorknob or cracks in a sidewalk, and may develop elaborate

rituals to deal with their irrational ideas.

Another diagnosis, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), causes teens to worry

throughout the day and may precipitate physical problems like fatigue, headaches

and insomnia.

Everyday Aid

Anxiety affects more teens than most parents realize, because they are adept at hiding

their problems. But that doesn’t mean they don’t need help. If we suspect that a family

teen worries too much, here are some simple suggestions to try:

• Encourage practice of daily relaxation techniques, like yoga, deep breathing or just

listening to calming music.

• Help them think positively, identifying the positive outcomes of a problem, rather

than the negatives.

• Encourage a healthy lifestyle, including good nutrition, daily exercise and a regimen

of eight to nine hours of sleep. These habits stimulate the brain to produce stressfighting


• Facilitate connections with others. Anxiety can lead to social isolation, which worsens

the problem.

• Teach problem-solving skills, such as making a list of solutions to a challenge, comparing

possible outcomes, and then trying the best one.

• Encourage discussions about worries; if not with parents, then with a school counselor,

good friend or understanding relative.

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These practices can be useful to everyone.

They are cornerstones of good

mental health, and experience proves

that teens do better when their parents

provide positive role models.

Act Today

If we think that a teen is troubled by

anxieties, we shouldn’t hesitate to seek

professional advice. A physician or psychologist

can help determine whether

a teen’s worries are typical of his or her

age or are symptoms of a disorder that

needs treatment. It is worth noting that

anxiety disorders are commonly seen in

combination with other problems, ranging

from depression, eating disorders

and attention deficit disorders to drug


The good news is that therapists

have made great strides in treating

anxiety disorders, usually using a type

of psychotherapy called cognitive

behavior modification combined with

relaxation training. If a teen’s anxiety

problems are affecting her school work

or school attendance, then the school

psychologist should also be involved. If

anxiety problems are affecting a teen’s

social life, then social skills training

may be advisable.

Talk with a loved teen about any

suspected problems today. Even though

he may shrug his shoulders, stare us

down or even slam the door in our

face, smart parents understand that

adolescence is a time to step closer to a

child, not away from them.

Although teens may resist our efforts

and remind us that they are “not

kids anymore,” our role as a parent

does not change. Teens continue to

need structure and support as much as

they do in childhood; when they are

worried and anxious, they need it—and

us—even more.

Lawrence Shapiro, PhD, is a nationally

recognized parenting expert, author

and editor of the Instant Help series of

workbooks, published by New Harbinger

Publications. The Anxiety Workbook

for Teens, by Lisa Schab, one of

the most popular, provides a practical,

step-by-step program for teens.

New Youth Mindfulness Retreats

by Joe Klein

Our relationship with yourself, possibly the most important relationship of all, is

often neglected in our stressful world. With today’s teens feeling pressured by the

demands of school, parents, jobs and peers, it can be difficult to find the time and

space to go inside and listen to their inner voice.

In 2009, a new series of mindful retreats will offer a community of acceptance,

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Use Your Mind

• Remind yourself that you are not

in danger. You are just having an

exaggerated experience of a normal

reaction to stress.

• Remind yourself that you can manage

the uncomfortable feelings.

• Instead of thinking thoughts like,

“Oh gosh, this is awful. What’s going

to happen to me?” think, “Okay,

I recognize these feelings. I know

exactly what to do to release them

and I’ll do it now.”

Use Your Body

• Find a place where you can sit

down. If you are outside, lean

against something solid.

• Begin to slow your breathing by

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g g Steps to Manage Panic Attacks g g

taking long, deep breaths. Remember

that breathing deeply will bring needed

oxygen back into your body, stop

your heart from racing and eliminate

any tingling or dizzy feelings.

• Look around and notice all the

normal things going on around you.

Focus on that normalcy as you allow

the fearful symptoms to pass.

• Do other things that feel comforting

to you and help relieve anxiety.

Some people sip cool water, some

lie down and close their eyes and

some put a cool cloth on the base of

their neck.

Adapted excerpt from The Anxiety

Workbook for Teens by Lisa M.

Schab. Used with permission.

February 2009




Myofascial Injury

With Therapy

By Hima Dalal

Have you ever been in a car accident and experienced

whiplash? In the aftermath of such a tragic event,

you may have experienced what is called myofascial

pain syndrome. Simply described, myofascial pain syndrome

is our body’s way of reacting when fascia is injured

or traumatized. Myofascial injuries seem to occur more

routinely than ever, which is why it is important to know how

fascial injuries are caused and what to do in the event of a

fascial injury.

Fascia is very densely woven connective tissue wrapping

and protecting muscle, bone, nerves, arteries and organs.

Fascia is continuous: one structure that exists from the head

to the toe without interruption. As with most connective tissue,

injury, trauma, surgery and poor posture cause scarring

in fascia very easily. Since there is little elasticity and pliability

in connective tissue, scaring or cross links in fibers causes

loss of flexibility, range of motion and tension in underlying

muscles. According to myofascial expert and physical therapist

John Barnes one square foot of facial tissue can exert

2,000 pounds of pressure against underlying tissue, illustrating

just how powerful and important fascia is.

Myofascial pain syndrome may involve either a single

muscle or a muscle group and develops from an injury or

strain to a particular muscle or muscle group, ligament or

tendon. In some cases when a person experiences pain, the

location of the pain may not be the location of the cause.

Myofascial pain caused by injury can center around sensitive

points in muscles called “trigger points” and is usually

diagnosed by testing trigger points, postural observation and

checking soft tissue pliability. It persists or worsens differently

than normal muscle pain and can be linked to seemingly

unrelated headache, jaw pain, pelvic pain, and arm and leg


Causes can include car accidents/whiplash, injury to

the intervertebral column, repetitive motion, immobilization

while hospitalized, strokes, fractures, strains, dental work

issues, poor posture, flat feet, clenching of the teeth, Plantar

Fasciitis and sudden weight gain or weight loss. Age, sex,

stress and anxiety are factors that can affect the severity of

myofascial pain.

Symptoms may include deep aching pain in a muscle,

pain that persists or worsens, muscle stiffness that increases

after stretching, joint stiffness near the affected muscle, area

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of tension in your muscle that may feel like a knot or tight

spot and could be very sensitive to touch, and difficulty

sleeping due to pain. Symptoms can include vague or general

pain and may be difficult to specify.

One of my patients related the following when referencing

her myofascial pain syndrome: “I lived in constant pain.

My neck stayed forward, shoulders were rounded, my back

hurt constantly and pain increased so much in my trigger

points that even the slightest breeze caused tremendous pain.

I could not lift my arm up, turn my head to drive, transfer

from sit to stand without excruciating pain and even breathing

hurts. I was so depressed.”

Test and Diagnosis

If you feel the symptoms of myofascial pain syndrome, it is

important to seek the advice of and possibly be examined by

a therapist with myofascial therapeutic experience. During

an examination, your therapist will ask you questions about

your symptoms and test the areas where pain is felt by applying

gentle finger pressure to the painful area(s), checking

for your body’s response and sensitivity to the pressure. Your

therapist will note where jolting or twitching occurs as trigger

points are stimulated. These are important clues as to the

nature and severity of myofascial pain syndrome you may be



The therapist will work with you to identify and correct your

daily living factors that may be contributing to your pain. For

instance, if poor posture is causing muscle stress in your low

back, an occupational therapist may guide you through exercises

to correct your posture. A therapist may also change

your exercise routines and diet. Yoga, walking, swimming

and bike riding are some of the better exercises to help you

cope better with pain, especially when accompanied by a

healthy diet and adequate restful sleep. The same patient

noted previously states that her treatments, “including Myofascial

Release Therapy, muscle energy work, and stretches

using yoga posture, special stretches in sitting, standing and

laying positions and stretching in the Hydroworx pool against

jet pressure, really helped.” Her lifestyle adjustments were

coordinated with her husband and children for support at

home. She further states, “I have learned to keep myself pain

free without much of the anxiety or depression with plenty of

rest, stretching, regular exercise and relaxation.”

Although this is just one success story, there are people

all over who live with less myofascial pain because of personalized

physical therapy treatment. Don’t be afraid to ask

for advice from qualified professionals, because your body is

worth it.

Hima Dalal is the owner and head therapist of Vital Energy

Wellness and Rehab Center in Lexington and is a board

certified, licensed occupational therapist with 28 years of experience.

Hima has written for national and international publications

on subjects of health, fitness and healing, making media

appearances and leading lectures on health. She is co-chair

for the Wellness Special Interest Section of the South Carolina

Occupational Therapy Association (SCOTA). Vital Energy and

Wellness Rehab Center is at 163 Charter Oak Rd. For more

info, call (803) 359-1551 or visit


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Reiki, Level II Class w/Joy Connor–10am-3pm. Practitioner level (Reiki I

is prerequisite). $250, preregister. Celebration Ctr, 3830 Rosewood Dr, Cola.

Info: 782-5539.

Private and small

group Yoga, Pilates,

Functional Fitness

Training, Nutrition &

Lifestyle Coaching

(803) 788-8887 •

Located on the Village Green at Lake Carolina


Reiki Clinic w/Margaret Self–10:30am-Noon. Join us as we share Reiki treatments

in a group. Open to all, no training necessary. A great intro to the experience

of Reiki energy. $10 fee at door, but must preregister. Carolina Reiki Institute,

112 Wexwood Ct, Cola. Info: 551-1191 or


Making Energy Work: Building a Sustainable Energy Economy. Major

energy forum brings together 800+ participants to discuss the Southeast’s

new energy economy & developing sustainable energy resources. Hosted by

The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) & its sponsors/

partners. Will feature the latest info & predictions from the nation’s top energy

& economic experts: DOE, EPA, Ctr for Am Progress, Am Council for an

Energy-Efficient Economy, The Inst for Adv Learning & Res, New Energy

Finance, Green For All, Ntl Council for Adv Manufacturing, Luminant Energy,

SF State Univ, Advantage West NC, UNC-Greensboro, SE Energy Efficiency

Alliance, NAACP, & Natural Capital Investment Fund. At Raleigh Convention

Ctr. Non-member: $150, NCSEA member: $120. Info: Paul Quinlan, (919)


Reiki Clinic w/Margaret Self–10:30am-Noon. Join us as we share Reiki treatments

in a group. Open to all, no training necessary. A great intro to the experience

of Reiki energy. $10 fee at door, but must preregister. Carolina Reiki Institute,

112 Wexwood Ct, Cola. Info: 551-1191 or

Holistic Moms’ Network–6:30pm. Meet w/natural health moms & caregivers

to network & share ideas. Earth Fare community area, 3312-B Devine Street,

Cola. Info: Laura at or


Reiki Clinic w/Margaret Self–10:30am-Noon. Join us as we share Reiki treatments

in a group. Open to all, no training necessary. A great intro to the experience

of Reiki energy. $10 fee at door, but must preregister. Carolina Reiki Institute,

112 Wexwood Ct, Cola. Info: 551-1191 or

A Course in Miracles w/Joy Connor–6:15-7:45pm. Enter the Experience

of Miracles. Newcomers welcome. Offering accepted. Celebration Ctr, 3830

Rosewood Dr, Cola. Info: 782-5539,


Living Light: Raw Vegan Cuisine w/Brenda Lattanzio–10am-2pm. Learn to

prepare healthy vegan meals with natural enzymes unchanged by heat. $75 &

everything is included. Celebration Ctr, 3830 Rosewood Dr, Cola. Info: 782-



Healthy Carolina USC Farmers’ Market–10am-2pm. Market open to all, in

front of the Russell Hse between the gates on Greene St. Co-sponsored by the SC

Dept of Agriculture & USC Student Govt. Info: Holly Harring, 777-0597.


Music & Spirit in Action w/Pat Kinnamon. Led by Well-Springs National Dir

& w/therapist Pepper Sarnoff. Powerful music & the healing arts are pivotal

in the healing of mind, body, emotions & spirit. Springbank Retreat for Eco-

Spirituality & the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd, Kingstree. $150 fee includes

lodging & meals. (800) 671-0361 or


Demolish Worry & Anxiety with EFT w/Katz Delauney-Leija, MSW–6:30-

8pm. Clear your unwanted thoughts with Emotional Freedom Technique.

Love offering. Celebration Ctr, 3830 Rosewood Dr, Cola. Info: 530-6199,


A Contemplative Retreat w/ Springbank staff. Participants retreat into the

quiet of nature & their own souls while spending time in the 80 acres of the

wooded trails & natural beauty of Springbank. Guided morning & evening

meditation, spiritual direction & healing massage avail. Springbank Retreat for

Eco-Spirituality & the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd, Kingstree. $200 fee includes

lodging & meals. (800) 671-0361 or


Local Farmers’ Market–8am-Noon. All-natural or organic produce, beef,

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eggs, chicken, lamb, pork, grains, honey, flowers &

milk from local SC farmers, crafts & more. Country

breakfast served ‘til 10am. 620-A Gervais St in the

Vista. Info: or Amanda McClain at


Green Drinks Social Gathering–5:30pm. Green

builders & those in green sales, conservation, recycling,

nature & green politics all gather for fun &

shared enlightenment. Free, meets monthly. This

month, meeting at Jillian’s in the Vista. Info: Abbey

Ehman, 233-6602, GreenDrinksColumbia@yahoo.

com or


A Course in Miracles w/Joy Connor 6:15-

7:45pm. Enter the experience of miracles. Newcomers

welcome, offering accepted. Celebration

Ctr, 3830 Rosewood Dr, Cola. Info: 782-5539,


12-Step Retreat for Men & Women w/Kathy

McGrogan & Gerald Hayes. Exploration of Native

Spirituality & Tradition to connect with Higher

Power. Experiences include sage blessings, prayer

lodge & a giveaway ceremony. Springbank Retreat

for Eco-Spirituality & the Arts, 1345 Springbank

Rd, Kingstree. $195 fee includes lodging & meals.

(800) 671-0361 or

Spiritual Dowsing & the Simple Blessing Process

Retreat w/Joey Korn. Renowned dowser, energy

worker & author leads practical system of dowsing

& energy work to apply to your life, energy environments

to live & work in, beginners to advanced. No

experience req. $375 by 2/15, $395 after. Includes

meals & lodging. Limited space. Sugarcreek Retreat,

Augusta, GA. Info:, (877) 369-

7464 or


Spirit Connections w/Val Ryan 7-9:30pm. Contact

passed loved ones, spirit guides & past lives with

psychic medium. Bring a photo of someone you’d

like to contact & will discuss the process for helping

you to connect on your own. $20. St. Andrews

Rd area. Info: registration & dir, 750-7117, Val@ or

Pay off Your Mortgage or Debt W/Doug Caviness

& Kenneth Canzater―2-4pm. Get rid of debt stress/

anxiety. Learn how Money Merge Account can

pay off your debts in 1/3-1/2 the time w/o refinancing,

adjusting your budget or changing your mortgage

payment. Free seminar, New World Wellness

Center, 220 Eascott Place, Columbia, on the Village

Green at Lake Carolina. RSVPís appreciated. Info:

622-6241, 699-8338, or

Intro to Primordial Sound Meditation & Basic

Ayurveda w/Joy Connor, Certified Chopra Ctr

Instructor―10am-Noon. Explore the principles &

benefits of meditation. Learn mindfulness meditation

& breathe awareness techniques to reduce

stress, center the body & calm the mind. $40, fee can

be applied toward tuition for the full Primordial

Sound Meditation Course. Celebration

Ctr, 3830 Rosewood Dr, Cola. Info: 782-5539 &

28 Columbia


Reiki Level I, Traditional Usui Reiki System w/

Margaret Self, Reiki Master, NHD–5-9pm both

days. Entry-level class combines four attunements,

instruction, discussion & practice time. Reiki energy

can be used in any situation to promote healing &

wellness–can be used on self & others. Manual

included. Preregistration required. $300 before

2/5, $350 after 2/5. Carolina Reiki Institute, 112

Wexwood Ct, Cola. Info: 551-1191 or Carolina-


Macrobiotic Potluck & Lecture w/Mary Jeanne

O’Farrell, CNHP–7-8:30pm. Free lecture if you

bring macrobiotic dish–email for info. Green Quad

Learning Center, USC, 1216 Wheat St. Info & dir.

or parking, Sean DiMaria, 251-3067, dimarias@


Healthy Carolina USC Farmers’ Market–10am-

2pm. Market will be open in front of Russell House

btwn gates on Greene St. Co-sponsored by the SC

Dept of Agriculture & USC Student Govt. Info:

Holly Harring, 777-0597.


The Healing Sanctuary. Energy Healing sessions

(20-30 min) offered at Center for Health Integration,

by appointment throughout day, must pre-register

by the Thurs. prior to the date. 7210-L Broad River

Rd, Irmo. May include: Christ Yogin Reiki, Healing

Touch, Quantum Touch, Life Force Healing,

etc. Donation is appreciated, no sincere applicant

turned away. To register, Pamila, 749-1576.


Native Wisdom: Planetary Survival & Beyond w/

Ed McGaa (Eagle Man). Learn how beliefs, values

& teachings of ancient Native Americans offer solutions

to the environmental crises we face today.

With his vast knowledge & tireless pursuit to live

& promote the vision of the Sioux holy man Black

Elk, Eagle Man will discuss the five major environmental

problems faced today & the human solutions

needed to heal the planet. Includes prayer lodge

ceremony. Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality

& the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd, Kingstree. $310

fee includes lodging & meals. (800) 671-0361 or


Local Farmers’ Market–8am-Noon. All-natural or

organic produce, beef, eggs, chicken, lamb, pork,

grains, honey, flowers & milk from local SC farmers,

crafts & more. Country breakfast served ‘til

10am. Rosewood Market Pkg, 2803 Rosewood Dr,

Cola. Info:, or

Amanda McClain at

Eat Well, Be Well Nutrition Wkshp w/Joey Mock,

RD, LD–2-4pm Food as fuel, balance, and keys to

eating well. Free. New World Wellness Ctr, Village

Green, Lake Carolina. Cathy Fisher, 788-8887,

Joey Mock, 629-8850,, New-



Reiki Clinic w/Margaret Self–10:30am-Noon. Join

us as we share Reiki treatments in a group. Open

to all, no training necessary. A great intro to the experience

of Reiki energy. $10 fee at door, but must

preregister. Carolina Reiki Institute, 112 Wexwood

Ct, Cola. Info: 551-1191 or

Holistic Moms’ Network–6:30pm. Meet w/natural

health moms & caregivers to network & share ideas.

Earth Fare community area, 3312-B Devine Street,

Cola. Info: Laura at or


Reiki Clinic w/Margaret Self–10:30am-Noon. Join

us as we share Reiki treatments in a group. Open

to all, no training necessary. A great intro to the experience

of Reiki energy. $10 fee at door, but must

preregister. Carolina Reiki Institute, 112 Wexwood

Ct, Cola. Info: 551-1191 or CarolinaReikiInstitute.


MARCH 8-20

Pottery & Native Spirituality: A Mini Sabbatical

w/Springbank staff. Share ancient wisdom of Native

sisters & brothers; experience the deep prayer of

prayer lodge, sacred pipe, & vision quest. Create

unique pottery for ritual using a hand-building technique

& a primitive firing process with leaves, pine

straw & sawdust. No art exp necessary. Springbank

Retreat for Eco-Spirituality & the Arts, 1345 Springbank

Rd, Kingstree. $775 fee includes lodging &

meals. (800) 671-0361 or


Basics of Ayurveda w/Vaidya Bharti Trivedi―7-

8:30pm. Highly accomplished pulse reader & expert

in Marma since 1974, Vaidya is an enthusiastic

teacher of pulse reading, Panchakarma bodywork &

ayurvedic cooking which includes herbal formulations,

home remedies & daily recipes for peace of

mind & body. Free. Individual consultation avail

separately. Celebration Ctr, 3830 Rosewood Dr,

Cola. Info: 782-5539,



Living Light: Raw Vegan Cuisine w/Brenda

Lattanzi–10am-2pm. Learn to prepare healthy

vegan meals with natural enzymes unchanged by

heat. $75 & everything is included. Celebration

Ctr, 3830 Rosewood Dr, Cola. Info: 782-5539,

Local Farmers’ Market–8am-Noon. All-natural or

organic produce, beef, eggs, chicken, lamb, pork,

grains, honey, flowers & milk from local SC farmers,

crafts & more. Country breakfast served ‘til 10am.

620-A Gervais St in the Vista. Info: or

Amanda McClain at

St Pat’s Get to the Green 5K Run, 1m Walk–

8:30am. Columbia/Five Points, begins at Blossom

St. T-shirts, awards, discounts, food & fun. $30

for 5k, $25 for walk, $5 higher after 3/3. Info:

754-4158 or


Yin Yoga w/Kimberley–4pm. From the tightest to

the most flexible, every student reaches new depths

in this slower, deeper class. All levels. 1st visit free,

AMSA Yoga, 140 Pelham Dr, Woodhill Plaza off

Garner’s Ferry, Cola 695-0031,

Hatha Yoga w/Cathy Fisher–10am & 6:30pm.

Experience the mind/body benefits of yoga in this

moderate practice based on traditional yoga poses.

$15 per class. All levels welcome. New World Wellness

Center, Village Green at Lake Carolina. Info:

Cathy 788-8887 or

Prenatal Yoga w/Anahata–4:30-5:45pm. Get in

touch with your body through yoga-specific stretches

& breathing for pregnancy. Enjoy the community

of other moms-to-be & gain more strength of mind

& body for childbirth & mothering. $15 drop in or

$88 for 8-class pass. Yoga & Wellness Center of

Columbia 2740 Devine St. Info: 765 2159. Register

online at

Women’s Circle w/Rebecca Jacobson, MPH–6-

7:30pm. Enrich your life by being part of a nourishing

& supportive group of women. Limited to 5

participants & offers a mixture of meditation, guided

imagery, short writing exercises & stimulating dialogue.

A Woman’s Soul, 1417 Gregg St, Cola. For

info, Rebecca, 254-9183,

Women’s Circle w/Rebecca Jacobson, MPH–9:15-

10:45am. Enrich your life by being part of a nourishing

& supportive group of women. Limited to 5

participants & offers a mixture of meditation, guided

imagery, short writing exercises & stimulating dialogue.

A Woman’s Soul, 1417 Gregg St, Cola. For

info, Rebecca, 254-9183,

Yoga w/Joy Connor, LMT–3:30-4:45pm. Learn to

breathe & relax, enjoy movement & focus. Ends

with a mini-massage. $12/class, package discounts

avail, $9 teachers, students, seniors & military. Celebration

Ctr, 3830 Rosewood Dr. For info 782-5539,

Ashtanga Flow Yoga w/Kimberley–5:45-7:15pm.

Vigorous sequence of yoga postures geared toward

warming the body to increase flexibility, strength

& endurance. Emphasis on synchronizing breath

with movement. Fundamental knowledge of yoga

recommended. 1st visit free. AMSA Yoga, 140

Pelham Drive, Woodhill Plaza off Garner’s Ferry.


Prenatal Yoga w/Anahata–6:15pm-7:45pm. Yogaspecific

stretches & breathing for pregnancy. Enjoy

the community of other moms-to-be & gain more

strength of mind & body for childbirth & mothering.

$15 drop in & $88 for 8-class pass. Yoga & Wellness

Center of Columbia, 2740 Devine St. 765 2159 or

register online,

Tai Chi/Qi Qong w/Mark Brophy–6:30pm. Center

for Health Integration (CHI) 7210-L Broad River

Rd, Irmo, Info, 749-1576 or

Level 1 Flow Yoga w/Laura–7:15pm All levels

welcome. 1st visit free, AMSA Yoga, 140 Pelham

Dr, Woodhill Plaza off Garner’s Ferry, 695-0031,

Into the Dark–6:45-8pm. A Contemplative Series

exploring the soul’s journey through dark times.

Will explore works of mystics, St. Teresa of Avila,

St. John of the Cross, Hildegard of Bingen. Journey

into silence & sharing that honors the biorhythm of

winter. $10/class, $40 for series (starts 2/4). Bring

notebook. Must preregister, Center for Health Integration

(CHI) 7210-L Broad River Rd, Irmo, Info:

749-1576 or

Pilates Mat for Men–6pm. Strengthen your core

while building flexibility & coordination in this

challenging weekly workout designed specifically

for men. $15 per class, all levels of condition/experience

welcome. New World Wellness Center on the

Village Green at Lake Carolina. Info: Cathy Fisher,

788-8887 or

Hot Yoga w/Kimberley–5:45-7:15pm. Hot Yoga

explores the asanas within a heated space (80-90°).

Discover your limitations at a slower pace. Invigorate

& detoxify, sharpen mental focus & rejuvenate

spirit. All levels welcome, some knowledge of basic

yoga recommended. You will sweat–bring your own

mat & towel (we provide if needed). 1st visit free,

AMSA Yoga, 140 Pelham Dr, Woodhill Plaza off

Garner’s Ferry, 695-0031,

Women’s Circle w/Rebecca Jacobson, MPH–12-

1:30pm. Enrich your life by being part of a nourishing

& supportive group of women. Limited to 5

participants & offers a mixture of meditation, guided

imagery, short writing exercises & stimulating dialogue.

A Woman’s Soul, 1417 Gregg St, Cola. Info:

Rebecca 254-9183 or

Yoga w/Joy Connor, LMT–9-10:15am. Chopra’s

7 Spiritual Laws of Yoga: Gentle Yoga, advance

at your own pace. Sun salutations, meditation &

mantras. Enjoy mini-massage at the end of class.

$12/class, packages & discounts avail. Celebration

Ctr, 3830 Rosewood Dr, 782-5539, Celebration-

Intermediate Pilates Mat–10am & 6pm. Increase

core strength, challenge core stability. Take your

Pilates practice to next level. Variations on traditional

Pilates mat exercises, $15 per class. Prior

Essential Pilates Mat Series recommended. New

World Wellness Center on the Village Green at

Lake Carolina. Info: Cathy Fisher, 788-8887 or

Yin & Flow w/Kimberley–5:45pm. Seated Yin

yoga postures designed to open deeper tissues,

improve flexibility, range of motion. Standing yoga

postures for strength, balance & fluidity. All levels

welcome, 1st visit free, AMSA Yoga, 140 Pelham

Dr, Woodhill Plaza off Garner’s Ferry, 695-0031,

Carolina Cyclers Bicycle Ride–9am. 35-45 miles,

easy pace, open to any rider, incl non-members.

Must be able to ride the distance & terrain, & handle

minor problems such as a flat tire. Carry spare

tube & pump. Release & liability waiver req. Leave

from Congaree Swamp Nat. Park (meet at parking

lot next to park headquarters). Call Dorothy Disterheft

to sign up, 783-5109 or

Yin Yoga–9-9:30am. This 30-minute restorative

practice focuses on releasing tension in joints

through supported postures held for several minutes.

Beneficial for those with arthritis, fibromyalgia, etc.

$10 per class. All levels of experience welcome.

New World Wellness Center on the Village Green

at Lake Carolina. Info: Cathy Fisher, 788-8887 or

Hatha Yoga–10am. Experience the mind/body

benefits of yoga in this moderate practice based on

traditional yoga poses. $15 per class. All levels of

experience welcome. New World Wellness Center

on the Village Green at Lake Carolina. Info: Cathy

Fisher, 788-8887 or

Essential Pilates Mat Series–11:30am. Join us for

this 6-session series (starts 1/31) to learn 5 Basic

Principles of Pilates mat work; develop control &

awareness of core muscles through stabilization &

strengthening exercises; enhance mobility & learn

how to move. $75 for 6-week series. Great foundational

exercise series. New World Wellness Center

on the Village Green at Lake Carolina. Info: Cathy

Fisher, 788-8887 or

Adopt-a-Pet Saturdays at PetSmart & Animal

Supply–11am-3pm. Animal Protection League of

SC will be at PetSmart with a variety of cats & dogs

eager to find loving homes 2/7, 2/21. Volunteers to

help needed. Lexington Pavilion, Hwy 378, Target

complex. Will be at Animal Supply Hse, 1674 Lake

Murray Blvd, Irmo. 2/14, 2/28. Info: 783-2119 or

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Rebecca is a holistic health

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