Natural Awakenings of the Coastal Carolinas - August 2020


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You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have

to get old.

~ George Burns

Time has a way of marching on and leaving no one

behind—taking positive steps now to improve

your own health will help ensure sure that you

will enjoy your future. Expand your knowledge and grow

gracefully with “Happiness Helpers: Five Ways to Be

More Positive,” by Brad Aronson.

To cultivate optimum wellness, learn to listen to

your body and its wisdom, be kind and loving to yourself, shower yourself with

self-compassion and mindful-awareness.

Love yourself enough to consciously nurture your own well-being during

these emotional extremes. For some self-care strategies, check out our main feature,

“Emotional Well-Being in the Pandemic Age: Self-Care Strategies for Tough

Times,” by Sandra Yeyati.

Good health comes from feeling good. Stress can cause tension and tightness

in the body, sap our energy and make us feel drained. When we carry it around

for too long it can become a big problem. Before you reach for that next bottle of

aspirin to relieve your pain symptoms, try yoga instead.

Mounting evidence suggests yoga may help prevent diseases across the

board, increase the body’s ability to successfully respond to depression and anxiety.

Learn more in “Yoga for Everybody: Adaptive Ways Ease Pain and Immobility”,

by Marlaina Donato and find out why a prescription for yoga is healing on

many different levels.

September being National Yoga month, we are excited to share our Yoga

Guide on page 20; we thank all of the yoga studios that participated and made

this happen. We are looking forward to growing as we work together to support

our local yoga studios during these trying times.

In health and happiness,

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Natural Awakenings Expands its Territorial Reach

Natural Awakenings of the Coastal Carolinas has officially expanded the edition’s territory

to include the Grand Strand. “This issue now covers territory throughout the

NC and SC coast spanning from the Crystal Coast to the Grand Strand,” comments Lori

Beveridge, publisher/owner.

With this official territorial amendment, the edition will now provide editorial and

advertising opportunities in both print and digital versions in the following four regions:

Crystal Coast in Carteret and Onslow counties; Cape Fear Region in Pender, New Hanover

and Brunswick counties, the Sandhills in Columbus, Bladen and Robeson counties,

NC; and now with the Grand Strand, in Horry and Georgetown counties, SC.

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New Reiki and IET Practitioner in Jacksonville

Stacey Ford, a Reiki Master Teacher as well as an

Advanced Integrated Energy Therapy Practitioner, recently

relocated to the Crystal Coast area from Connecticut

to bring wellness to the military area and the greater

community. She previously worked in a corporate setting

for 24 years and, beginning five years ago, found herself

drawn to learn more about energy work.

Since moving, she found a desire to let go of the corporate

world and focus on the energy work full time as

the well-being for herself and the community is truly her

passion. “Being able to assist in natural healing for the mind, body and spirit is important

in today’s society. Listening to individual’s feedback on sessions is truly inspiring and

gives me the drive to reach out more to the community on the natural benefits of energy

healing as well as teach those who want to learn so that they have the ability to assist in

their own inner healing,” comments Ford.

She is currently practicing out of Jacksonville at Coastal Massage and Wellness and

looking to expand into more of the surrounding area in the near future.

Location: 411 Western Blvd., Jacksonville. For more information or to schedule an appointment

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Unity of Wilmington Celebrates World

Day of Prayer

Unity of Wilmington will celebrate its 27th World Day of Prayer beginning at 7 p.m.

on September 9 with a special 24-hour period of focused affirmative prayer. This

year’s theme is From Fear to Faith, and the event will be held online via Facebook Live

and YouTube.

“In the face of a

world pandemic, political

polarization and

pressing social justice

issues, our ability to

meet the needs of our times with faith, rather than exacerbate conditions by reacting in

fear, provides spiritually focused people a significant role in constructive change,” says

Unity’s Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett. “Please join us for

special heart-opening, uplifting music by Eddie Watkins

Jr., for keynote presentations by a variety of powerful

speakers focusing on questions such as how do you look

beyond troubling circumstances that provoke fear, looking

instead through the spiritual lens of faith?”

This event is a chance to unite virtually, our hearts

and minds in the power of prayer. We are grateful for the

opportunity to embrace the affirmation “Standing in Truth,

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Healing Fire Circle in Wilmington

In almost all cultures worldwide, the offering of

fire ceremony or ritual is one of, if not, the oldest

of traditional group events. To experience one, consider

attending a Healing Fire Circle from 6 to 7:30

p.m. on September 27 at the Blue Lagoon Wellness

Center, in Wilmington.

The element of fire was most important for ancient

peoples, literally for survival. Fire helped keep

them warm from the harsh elements, cooked their

food and protected them from predators. Also, the

fire, the hearth, was a central hub for the community

or the family meetings and councils were

held including being a time to gather in traditional

ceremony, rites of passage and respite.

This event begins outside with the forming of a circle around a fire while reciting

prayers aloud for self-, community and global healing. The prayers are part of a transformational

program put together by Howard Wills. Their impact is believed to be magnified

when a group assembles together and recites them with love and intention for the

greatest good for all.

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Mask Eco-Disposal

How to Dispose of Antiviral Wear

Discarded face masks and gloves littering streets,

beaches, parks and parking lots are a sad sight of the

times, creating eyesores and more importantly, major

contamination risks to pick up and discard. With 88 percent

of the world’s population living in countries that have

required or advised use of face coverings, disposable

face masks number in the billions, especially the commonplace,

single-use polypropylene variety. Along with

disposable gloves and sanitary wipes, they are clogging

sewers and waterways worldwide and showing up in fish

bellies and on ocean floors.


What Not to Recycle

Recycling, the go-to strategy for environmentally conscious

citizens, is unfortunately not a good option. Even

in ordinary times, local recyclers won’t accept surgical

masks and latex gloves because they jam machinery.

Some dedicated providers box up used face masks and

gloves and send them to, where they are

sorted manually and sustainably recycled. The cost for a

small box is a hefty $148; suggests

asking grocery stores or retailers to stock some for the

community to use.

Instead of recycling, the World Health Organization

recommends throwing single-use masks, gloves and

wipes into a covered trash can or bin immediately after

use so they are handled as regular trash. Ideally, they

should be put in a resealable plastic bag first in consideration

of frontline sanitation workers that can become ill

from handling virus-infected materials. No mask, glove

or wipe should be flushed down a toilet.

Homemade Solutions

For masks, the eco-solution that harbors the lowest

carbon dioxide footprint is one made of cloth that

is machine-washed and dried after each use at a high

temperature or washed by hand in a bleach solution (five

tablespoons per gallon of water). University of Chicago

researchers found certain fabrics filter out viral aerosol

particles almost as effectively as the medical N-95 mask:

a layer of a tightly woven cotton sheet combined with two

layers of polyester-spandex chiffon, natural silk or flannel,

or simply a cotton quilt with cotton-polyester batting

. See for instructions for using sew and no-sew

masks, and many DIY videos can be found on YouTube

using T-shirts, socks and napkins.

Another good eco-strategy is to buy sustainable

face masks made from recycled or organic materials

( In lieu of recycling to help the planet, a

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health briefs

Try Foot Reflexology

After Heart Surgery

A brief, hands-on

reflexology treatment

after a major heart

operation can have a

significant impact, scientists

at Iran’s Tabriz

University of Medical

Sciences report. Immediately

following coronary

bypass surgery, 60

of 120 male patients received

a 15-minute foot

reflexology treatment

from nurses. The researchers found that foot reflexology

decreased patient agitation and reduced the average

amount of time spent on a ventilator.

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Hysterectomy surgery

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In a study reported

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recovering from a hysterectomy either a placebo or 300

milligrams of oak wood extract. Eight weeks later, those

given the oak wood extract had lower oxidative stress,

better energy and mood, and a greater ability to perform

physical tasks and participate in social activities compared

to the placebo group, which mostly saw declines in

those areas.

Mindfulness training may help the estimated 1 million Americans with multiple sclerosis (MS)

manage their emotions and process information quicker, according to a new study from Ohio State

University. Researchers split 62 people with MS into three groups. The mindfulness group learned

such practices as focusing on the breath and doing mental “body scans”. A second group underwent

adaptive cognitive therapy training with computerized games that focused on skills like paying

attention, switching focus and planning. The third group was a control. After four weeks, those

in the mindfulness group were more likely to report being better able to handle their emotions

than those in the other groups. The mindfulness group also had higher levels of cognitive processing

speed, a reduction in the time it takes to complete mental tasks, along with increased

understanding and response times.


Reduce PFAS Exposure

to Help Delay Menopause

Exposure to perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS)—“forever chemicals”

often found in non-stick cookware, food packaging and contaminated

water—may cause menopause to occur two years earlier in women, according

to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology

& Metabolism. University of Michigan scientists tracked more than 1,100

women for an average of 17 years and found that those with higher levels

of the chemical in their blood experienced menopause an average

of two years earlier than those with lower levels. “Even

menopause a few years earlier than usual could have a significant

impact on cardiovascular and bone health, quality of life

and overall health in general among women,” says co-author Sung

Kyun Park.

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Consider Therapy

to Reduce Inflammation

In exploring the mind-body link that is particularly relevant during the current pandemic,

an analysis of 56 randomized clinical studies found that cognitive behavior

therapy (CBT) and similar approaches reduced inflammation and enhanced immunity

in subjects, reports JAMA Psychiatry. University of California, Davis, researchers

reviewed studies that included 4,060 participants undergoing behavior therapy

(which seeks to help patients understand and change problematic behaviors),

cognitive therapy (which teaches patients how to change negative thoughts or

mindset), CBT (that combines elements of both), bereavement or supportive

therapy, psychoeducation and other therapies such as stress management.

Those that received these psychosocial interventions experienced

a 14.7 percent increase in positive immune

outcomes such as lower viral load and an 18 percent

decrease in negative outcomes, including proinflammatory

cytokines, compared with those not

receiving therapy. The immunity improvements

were strongest among patients that

received CBT or multiple interventions.

Boost Fun Nutrition

with Microgreens

Halfway in size between sprouts and full-grown plants,

microgreens are bursting with nutrients, but have been

mostly relegated to garnishes at upscale restaurants.

Researchers at Colorado State University, exploring

their acceptability, fed 99 people six separate types of

microgreens: arugula, broccoli, bull’s blood beet, red cabbage,

red garnet amaranth and tendril pea. The red-colored

varieties—beet, cabbage and amaranth—received top marks

for appearance, but broccoli, red cabbage and tendril pea

scored the highest overall grades. The subjects found the

greens were fun (“funfetti”), colorful and attractive. Microgreens, which

can be grown quickly indoors year-round with minimal water, offer a possible

solution to sustainably feeding the planet, the researchers pointed out.


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global briefs

Planetary Planning

Keeping Half

the Earth Natural

A study led by the

National Geographic

Society and the

University of

California (UC),

Davis, published in

the journal Global

Change Biology

compared four

recent global maps

of the conversion

of natural lands

to anthropogenic (human activity) land uses. It

concluded that if we act quickly and decisively, there

is an opportunity to conserve about half of the planet’s

ice-free land. The developed half includes cities,

croplands, ranches and mines.

The authors note that areas having low human

influence do not necessarily exclude people, livestock

or sustainable management of resources. A balanced

conservation response that addresses land sovereignty

and weighs agriculture, settlement or other resource

needs with the protection of ecosystem services and

biodiversity is essential. Approximately 15 percent of the

Earth’s land surface and 10 percent of the oceans are

currently protected in some form.

Lead author Jason Riggio, a postdoctoral scholar

at the UC Davis Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology,

says, “The encouraging takeaway from this study is that

if we act quickly and decisively, there is a slim window in

which we can still conserve roughly half of Earth’s land

in a relatively intact state.”

Drawdown Direction

Nurses Stand Up Against Climate Change

Nurses, the most numerous and trusted health profession in

the world, have organized the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy

Environments and partnered with Project Drawdown to significantly

impact climate change. Together, they are working

to help decrease greenhouse gas emissions and create

a healthier future for humans and the planet. Nurses from

all specialties and in all practice settings are encouraged to

take action in four key areas.

Energy: Supporting a clean energy future by promoting

energy efficiency and advocating for a transition to able energy.


Food: Committing to a plant-based diet, use of clean cook

stoves and reduced food waste.

Mobility: Supporting bike infrastructure,

walkable cities and mass


Gender equity: Educating girls and

family planning.

Nature-based solutions: Planting

trees, protecting tropical forests and

forest protection.

Founded in 2014, nonprofit

Project Drawdown

seeks to help the

world reach “drawdown”,

the point

in time when

levels of greenhouse

gases in

the atmosphere stop

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Sea Turtles Attracted to Deadly Ocean Plastic

Loggerhead turtles may think they’re biting into a favorite food when they encounter some synthetics, a study of 15 turtles

in the journal Current Biology posits. Ocean plastic is often covered with algae and other marine

organisms (biofouled), making it smell delicious to them. At least 1,000 die every year because

they swallow plastic or get tangled up in it. Exposed to different odors in the lab, the loggerheads

responded to the smell of turtle food, distilled water, clean plastic and biofouled plastic. The team

found that the turtles had similar responses to biofouled plastic as to their normal food.

Kayla Goforth, a Ph.D. student in biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

who worked on the study, says, “So they have to come up to breathe. And we know that they can

detect airborne odors. So when they find that there’s an odor of interest in the air, they’ll spend an

increased amount of time at the surface with their nostrils out of the water. And we found that the

turtles spent more time with their nostrils out of the water when there was this biofouled plastic

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Plastic Rain

Airborne Particulates Blanket Wilderness

Researchers estimate more than 1,000 tons of microplastics,

equal to more than 123 million plastic water bottles, are

deposited from the air into national parks and wilderness

areas each year. Utah State University assistant professor

Janice Brahney and her team used high-resolution atmospheric

deposition data to identify microplastics and other

particulates collected over 14 months in 11 national parks

and wilderness areas. In a report in Science, they identified

the plastic and polymers composition to track its sources

and movement, and found that most of the plastics deposited

in both wet and dry samples were microfibers sourced

from both clothing and industrial materials. Approximately

30 percent of the particles were brightly colored microbeads

likely derived from industrial paints and coatings.

Brahney says, “We confirmed through 32 different

particle scans that roughly 4 percent of the atmospheric

particles analyzed from these remote locations were synthetic

polymers.” The same high resilience and longevity

that makes plastics useful lead to progressive fragmentation

instead of degradation in the environment. Clear

and white particles were not included because they did

not meet the criteria for visual counting, so estimates of

plastic deposition were conservative.

Shocking Discovery

Not All Hydroelectric Generators

are Created Equal

A new study by the Environmental Defense

Fund (EDF) analyzed the climate

impacts of 1,500 facilities across the

globe that account for about half of hydropower

generation worldwide. Many

release almost no greenhouse gases,

but some can be worse than burning fossil fuels. The team

looked at whether the facilities behave as a greenhouse

gas sink or as a source by investigating the components

that determine emissions such as the reservoir itself, when

vegetation and soils are submerged underwater in the dam

used to generate power.

Ilissa Ocko, a senior climate scientist at EDF and coauthor

of the study in Environmental Science & Technology,

notes that as the submerged vegetation decays, it releases

methane or carbon dioxide. “The larger the surface area

of the reservoir, the more greenhouse gases are going to

be emitted from that reservoir. Also, the temperature plays

a role, as well; how warm the reservoir is will affect how

much greenhouse gases are produced and emitted from

the reservoir.” Some facilities perform just as well as do

wind and solar, but shockingly, more than 100 facilities

turned out to be worse for the climate than fossil fuels.

Starchy Solution

A Plant-Based Alternative to Plastic

Japanese manufacturer Kuraray has introduced a renewable and sustainable

starch-based barrier film called Plantic. The plant-based packaging material

can be recycled or composted to achieve a circular product cycle. Conventional

packaging made from multiple layers of plastic can cause recovery issues,

and perishable food imposes unique demands on wrapping. Plantic packaging

washes away or decomposes after use. It includes compostable coffee pouches,

as well as a barrier layer to package meat, seafood and poultry products with

continuous protection against oxygen and other gases that spoil food. The Food

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wasted in the supply chain.

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Emotional Well-Being

in the Pandemic Age

Self-Care Strategies for Tough Times

As the pandemic ravages our country,

we are engulfed by a sea of

challenging emotions, including

fear, loss, anger, disappointment and grief.

Compounding the suffering, past emotional

traumas and pent-up desires are surfacing

and crying for attention. One way to

navigate these treacherous waters is by first

enveloping ourselves in self-compassion.

Next, we can gather the courage to face our

fears and experience unpleasant feelings

in order to heal them and let them go.

Then, we search for and internalize positive

emotional states to rewire our brains for

positivity. This noble voyage promises

immense rewards along the way.

by Sandra Yeyati

The Cocoon of


Some of us chase self-esteem like the Holy

Grail, yet it eludes us when we need it most.

Faced with a failing grade or cruel insult,

our self-worth withers. We can’t understand

why we lost it or how to get it back. When

we attach our self-worth to achievements or

comparisons with other people, self-esteem

becomes unstable and unreliable.

Enter self-compassion, the lifechanging

perspective of showing kindness

to ourselves in any and all situations—a

supportive best friend that lives within us

and can be accessed any time, every day.

A pioneer and expert in this topic, Kristin

Neff believes that self-compassion has

three components: a decision to be kind to

ourselves, a mindful awareness when we are

in pain so that we can seek some relief and

a sense of common humanity or connectedness.

We already know how to be compassionate,

says Neff, an associate professor of

educational psychology at the University of

Texas at Austin and co-author of The Mindful

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Encouraging our friends when they’re

feeling down or hugging our moms in the

morning is hardwired into us. When we

decide to be kind to ourselves, it’s easy to

think of what we would say: “I’m sorry you

failed that test. You’ll do better next time.

How can I help you?” To lend perspective,

add a statement about our common

humanity, counsels Neff. “This is hard for

everybody. You’re not alone.”

We must be aware of our pain before

we can comfort it, and many of us try to

suppress or resist pain, choosing to numb it

with distractions like alcohol addiction or

compulsive shopping. Others may get lost

in the storyline of what’s happening and

succumb to suffering with no apparent way

to obtain relief. Self-pity or self-criticism

may creep in.

Mindful awareness is the antidote to

these emotional extremes, because it helps

us become aware that we are experiencing

pain and to stay with that pain long

enough to make a conscious decision to

take care of ourselves. “One easy thing is

physical touch,” says Neff. “The first few

years of life you have no words, so the body

is programmed to respond to touch as a

signal of care. Put your hand on your heart

or your stomach, or hold your hand. This

changes your physiology, activates your

parasympathetic nervous system, helps you

calm down and helps you feel physically

supported. Sometimes, that’s an entryway

for people.”

Finding Confidence Through

Unpleasant Feelings

Nobody likes to feel sad or embarrassed.

We’d rather have an ice cream cone or turn

on the TV. But for Dr. Joan Rosenberg,

a prominent psychologist and speaker,

uncomfortable feelings present an invaluable

opportunity for people to transform

into confident individuals that relate to the

world around them with authenticity and


In her book 90 Seconds to a Life You

Love, Rosenberg offers a formula—one

choice, eight feelings, 90 seconds—to

experience and move through eight of the

most common unpleasant feelings: sadness,

shame, helplessness, anger, embarrassment,

disappointment, frustration and


“The choice is to stay aware of and in

touch with as much of your moment-tomoment

experience as possible and not get

lost in avoidance,” she explains, adding that

there are more than 30 behaviors, thoughts

and emotions that we employ as distractions,

including substance abuse, social

media, pornography, exercise, obsessive

thoughts about body image, humor and


“Be aware of what you’re aware of,”

she advises. “If we know that we don’t like

feelings, and we know we’ve been engaged

in using ways to distract ourselves, then our

challenge is to be more awake and aware of

those times we do it, and as soon as we start

to do the thing and become aware, that’s

when we make the decision to stop and ask,

‘What’s really going on?’”

Discoveries in neuroscience suggest

that most of us come to know what we’re

feeling emotionally through bodily sensations.

We might feel heat in the neck

and face when embarrassed or a sinking

feeling in the chest when disappointed. As

feelings get triggered in the body, a rush of

biochemicals in the bloodstream activate

these sensations and are flushed out of the

bloodstream in roughly 90 seconds.

“Most people have the impression that

feelings linger a whole lot longer and that

they’re going to be overwhelmed by it and

never come out of it if they start. But when

they understand that what they’re trying to

avoid are uncomfortable bodily sensations

that help you know what you’re feeling


emotionally, and that these are short-lived,

most people will start to lean into them,

and once they do, their life changes,”

Rosenberg says.

To move through bodily sensations,

which may come in multiple waves, take

deep, slow breaths. Try not to tighten up

or clench the jaw and swallow. Notice the

location and nature of the bodily sensations

to help identify which of the eight unpleasant

feelings it might be, and be curious as

to what might have triggered it. All of this

will take a few moments. With practice,

identification will become faster, easier and

more accurate.

“If I have more time, then I can think

about whether this is connected to anything

else. Is it just one thing that triggered it,

Making Courage a Habit

In her book The Courage Habit, life coach

Kate Swoboda presents a four-part method

for people to face their fears, release the

past and live their most courageous life.

Access the body. Practice any body-centric

activity like mindful meditation, exercise

or dancing every single day to release

stress and anxiety, become centered and

more present, and clear the mind.

Listen without attachment. When your

self-critic offers a warning or criticism,

hear the words, understanding that this

is fear trying to protect you and deciding

that it’s misguided and not true.

Reframe limiting stories or beliefs.

Amend your internalized self-critic’s messages

to be more respectful and supportive.

If it says, “You’re stupid to try that,”

revise it to, “I’m smart because I’m willing

to try.”

Create community. Reach out to likeminded

individuals that are supportive

of the changes you are trying to make.

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or is it like something else that’s happened

before?” Rosenberg says. This level of

awareness leads to a calming effect, clearer

thinking, improved decision making and,

perhaps most importantly, an ability to

speak authentically.

“If we don’t handle the eight feelings,

we don’t feel capable in the world,” she says.

The ability to speak adds to that empowerment.

“From asking someone to stop a behavior

so that you feel safer to telling someone

you love them, asking your boss for a

raise or letting people know about yourself

and your work to garner opportunities and

desired experiences—it cuts across every

aspect of our lives and is absolutely crucial

to our sense of well-being.”

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Hanson, a clinical psychologist and author

of several books, including Hardwiring

Happiness and Resilient, contends that

we can develop greater happiness, just

like we can develop greater depression.

“There’s a lot of research that shows

that through deliberate little practices

spread out through the day or sometimes

more formal practices like psychotherapy

or meditation, we can actually produce

physical changes in the brain that are

now measurable with things like MRIs,”

he remarks.

Hardwiring happiness is easy, pleasurable

and doesn’t take a lot of time.

“If you take care of the minutes, the

years will take care of themselves,” says

Hanson. “Little steps gradually move us

forward a breath at a time, a minute at a

time, a synapse at a time. Bit by bit, we

grow the good inside while gradually

releasing the bad.”

“Our power to positively influence

who we are in small, genuine ways every

day is really important to compensate for

the brain’s negativity bias, which makes it

like Velcro for bad experiences, but Teflon

for good ones,” he says. “We evolved a

negativity bias over the 600-million-year

evolution of the nervous system. Learning

from negative experiences and mistakes

was a critical survival skill, so we

have a brain that is designed to scan for

bad news, overreact to it and fast-track

it into memory. It’s not our fault, but it is

our responsibility to deal with it by first,

feeling the negative without reinforcing

it and second, focusing on the positive

and taking it in. Gradually, you can give

yourself a brain that’s like Velcro for the

good and Teflon for the bad.”

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Five Ways to Be More Positive

Studies show that when we see the

positive more often, we’re happier

and kinder to ourselves and to those

around us. Luckily, we’re not locked into one

way of viewing the world. We can choose

to see things in a more positive fashion.

Here are some steps we can take to teach

ourselves to look for the positive more often.

Eventually, the brain can get into the habit

of doing this without any prodding.

Compliment at least one person

every day. Maybe we can begin the day

by sending a short email or text telling

someone why we appreciate them. Besides

reshaping how we see the world, we might

make someone’s day.

Keep a gratitude journal. Every

night, write down three things to be grateful

for. Researchers have found that people

that regularly keep track of what they’re

grateful for are happier. We can also have a

nightly family discussion about what happened

that day that we’re thankful for.

Perform a daily act of kindness.

When we perform a kind act every day,

we start noticing other opportunities to be

kind, creating a cycle of positivity in our

minds. Think small—a thank-you note or

letting someone cut in front of us in traffic.

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Be mindful of who and what we

expose ourselves to. The people we

spend time with and what we watch, listen

to and read all send messages to our brain

that influence how we see the world.

Train the brain for positivity. Here is a

simple 10-minute exercise that can train

the mind to think differently:

• Get a pen and paper. Take only

three seconds to look around the room

and remember everything that’s red. Then

take only a few seconds to write a list of

everything you remember that’s red. Finish

this step before continuing.

• Now write down everything

that is blue. Chances are that like most

people, we won’t remember the blue things

nearly as well because we weren’t looking

for them. We see what we look for, and

that’s as much an asset as a shortcoming.

Training the brain to be more

positive takes time, but it’s a priceless opportunity

to change our perspective and

become happier.

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hard way 17 years ago when I first became

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unable to do a pose and embrace the modification.

I go deeper in my poses now than

when I was younger.”

Yoga for Every Body

Adaptive Ways Ease

Pain and Immobility

Taming chronic pain, restoring

energy reserves, improving heart

health and relieving symptoms of

depression and anxiety are only a few of

the science-backed perks of spending time

on a yoga mat. However, misconceptions

about this ancient practice can make yoga

seem intimidating for individuals that

could benefit the most from it.

Adaptive yoga, designed for people

challenged by injury, chronic pain, autoimmune

disease or debilitating conditions

like multiple sclerosis, can foster perhaps

unexpected gains through the use of props,

chairs, wall space and even countertops.

From wheelchair-bound veterans to seniors

with compromised balance, adaptive

yoga offers new horizons for achieving


Yoga’s gentle influence goes beyond

physical benefits. A 2017 British study

published in the Journal of Pain Research

found people with spinal cord injuries that

took sitting yoga classes twice a week for

six weeks were less depressed, more selfcompassionate

and more mindfully in the

by Marlaina Donato

moment than those in a control group.


Not Perfection

“Yoga is for any body, no matter the size,

shape or color. It’s not about designer clothing,

athletic ability, talents or perfection in

the pose. Adaptive yoga is a movement to

change this misconception and mitigate the

anxiety to try yoga,” says Mindy Eisenberg,

a Detroit-area certified yoga therapist and

author of Adaptive Yoga Moves Any Body:

Created for Individuals with MS and Neuromuscular

Condition and the accompanying

Adaptive Yoga Cards. For Eisenberg, the

focus is about the internal experience, healing

and most of all, “the sense of joy that

comes from a regular practice.”

Ora Ramat, owner of the Wagging Tail

Yoga Studio, in Bethel, New York, witnesses

remarkable, everyday mastery in her students

through adapted poses. “Many of my students

are 40 to 95 years young, and the range

of modification I do with them is endless,”

says Ramat, who underscores the importance

of listening to the body. “I learned the

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dysplasia, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, chronic

back pain and more,” says Miranda

McCarthy, CEO of Wavelength VR

(, a healthcare company

that produces a library of sciencesupported

content for pain management

without medication. The London-based

creator of Adaptive Yoga LIVE, which offers

seated online classes, knows firsthand how

yoga can change lives.

“Until I found adaptive yoga, I felt like

I was constantly at war with my body,” she

says. Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis

at the age of 2 and the youngest recipient

of bilateral hip replacement surgery in the

U.S., McCarthy thought she knew her body

inside and out. After 40 surgeries and decades

of rehabilitation and medication, she

went through a radical shift in perspective.

“When I discovered adaptive yoga, I soon

realized my relationship with my body had

only just begun.”

Eisenberg highlights the internal process

that adaptive yoga can catalyze: “The energy

and sensation that yoga students feel on

the inside is much more important than what

the pose looks like on the outside.” Items such

as chairs, blocks, straps, blankets and bolsters

are used to make traditional postures more

accessible to those with physical challenges

and to ensure safety. “Using props is not a

sign of weakness or inferiority. We even use

ambulatory devices such as a cane as a prop.

Those who require assistive devices cease to

see them as a hindrance. In fact, they become

an accessory,” says Eisenberg.

For McCarthy, the biggest takeaway is

simple, yet profound self-acceptance. “I no

longer judge myself or compare myself to

able-bodied people. I gained a newfound

love for my body and a love for myself.”

Eisenberg affirms, “It’s exciting to


realize that our bodies are so much more capable

than we thought, and we learn that we

are not defined by our individual disease or

limitations. As my teacher Jon Kabat-Zinn

says, ‘As long as you are breathing, there is

more right with you than wrong.’”

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BeUnlimited Yoga in Wilmington

“ he current studio location


has been operating since

2012,” begins Maggie Bellamy,

owner/operator and yoga instructor

of BeUnlimited Yoga, in

Wilmington. “Matteo and Holly

Zacchino transformed it into a Hot

Yoga studio space, and since 2017,

new ownership has maintained

and expanded our signature BeU Flow to include a well-rounded


Bellamy has been a coach and health and physical education

instructor for nearly 40 years. Her 200-hour RYT training

was completed under Christina Joy and Battle Witherington and

she notes being also greatly influenced by the teaching style of

500-hour EYT Gail Picillo. As a college athlete in several sports,

her coaching and progressive teaching style has been a wonderful

journey and blended easily into the yoga world.

“Our signature sequence has always been the heart of

our studio, the BeU Flow, and as we grow with challenges and

changes, our schedule has continued to expand with a nice blend

of classes,” notes Bellamy. The studio's class offerings include the

Be Salty series on Crystal Pier, a currently live, go-to class available

seasonally providing the perfect background for the mind,

body, spirit connection; Be Inspired, featuring flows focused on

a peak pose or theme; and Prana Pump, an energetic combo of

high-intensity interval training, weights and balance challenges

targeted in providing more of a cardio approach strengthening the

base of their practice.

“We also offer several gentle and Yin/Yang fusion classes,” she

adds. Special events on the BeU schedule include music, sound

bowls, SPAAH Yoga and Ayurvedic workshops.

“The most enjoyable piece of transitioning into this yoga

community has been providing an opportunity for people to connect

to others, to reconnect with themselves, and to begin to build

a practice that strengthens their inner resolve. I love being able

to welcome new practitioners into our studio and see them grow.

It’s never too late to begin this journey. I was there once with selfdoubt

and never imagined how powerful this practice can be and

how special connections to others are,” comments Bellamy.

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Community Grows in North Myrtle

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“ hough the practice of yoga leads


us on an inner journey through

the Self and to the Self, we needn’t take

this journey alone. Supporting each

other in practice and meeting one

another in the space of sacred curiosity

is part of the ‘union’ of yoga,” comments

local yoga teacher and IIN healthy coach

Hillary Carlisle. She seeks to nurture

this union by offering classes that allow

students to explore yoga through body

movement, meditation and self-reflection

practices and through community.

Hillary Carlisle

After relocating from Wilmington to North Myrtle Beach

(NMB), Carlisle saw that her yoga-hearted, millennial peers

shared her curiosity

and love of yoga, but

lacked a local community

to connect

and practice with in

that area. With the

blessing and shared

vision of local businesswoman


Malekos, she began

teaching classes in

the garden of boutique and event space, Vintage Violette, and in

this garden a community has grown.

Carlisle invites people to share their yoga journey and

connect with the NMB community and online with her Yoga

Lifestyle e-Course. “Come with curiosity, leave with peace and

be well,” says Carlisle. Learn more about her health coaching

services as well by visiting her website or meet her at the Waccamaw

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levels below 30 nanograms per milliliter

(ng/mL) were 45 percent more likely to

test positive for the coronavirus and 95

percent more likely to be hospitalized,

Israeli researchers found. Getting three

30-minute sessions of sun exposure a

week and eating D-fortified foods raise

levels, and supplementing with up to

2,000 international units daily is generally

considered safe.

In these sobering times, we must

use every weapon in our arsenal

against invasive viruses, including

often-overlooked natural remedies with

antiviral properties. As is also the case

with pharmaceutical agents, natural approaches

have not been shown to stop

an aggressive virus in its tracks, but they

may ameliorate symptoms. “Nutrition

and supplementation are unlikely to

prevent an infection, but they may help

prevent the infection from becoming

symptomatic or severe,” explains Leo Galland,

M.D., a global leader in functional

medicine and author of Power Healing:

Use the New Integrated Medicine to Heal


Eating healthy foods, sleeping seven

to nine hours a night and exercising at

least 150 minutes a week are also key in

fortifying our natural defenses against viruses.

Steps still necessary for COVID-19

protection include hand-washing, maskwearing,

social distancing and sterilizing

objects and surfaces.

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Scientists report that some vitamin and

mineral deficiencies appear to be linked

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comprehensive research overviews and

information on nutritional products, lists

these natural supplements as potential aids

against COVID-19, although at this early

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Vitamin D: According

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vitamin D

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immune system

to produce

factors called


and cathelicidins

that kill

viruses.” People with


Zinc: “Zinc throws a wrench in the viral

replication machine and helps fight infections

by boosting the production of antibodies,”

says Nicole DeMasi, an integrative

dietitian nutritionist in Los Angeles. Zinc

lozenges may ward off the coronavirus in

the upper respiratory tract. The recommended

dosage is 15 to 30 milligrams

(mg) a day for up to two weeks.

Vitamin C: A cup of orange juice, tomato

juice or a kiwi supplies most of the minimum

recommended intake of vitamin C, a

vital supplement for white blood cells that

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1,000 mg daily is also safe. Intravenous

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Potassium: A critical antiviral mineral

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good choices.

Melatonin: Known best as the hormone

that regulates sleep, melatonin also supports

antiviral immunity and helps control

inflammation in viral infections. A study

of 11,672 people tested for COVID-19

found that those taking supplemental

melatonin were less likely to test positive,

and a clinical study is underway to see if 2

mg a day helps protect healthcare workers.

Typical dosages range from 0.3 to 3 mg.

Licorice Root Extract: This herb contains

a substance called glycyrrhizin that

makes it hard for a virus to attach to and

invade a cell and hinders its ability to

replicate, slowing the spread from one

cell to another. Chinese doctors used it

with other traditional herbs to combat

COVID-19, and studies have shown it

effective against an earlier coronavirus, as

well as against HIV, herpes, viral hepatitis

and respiratory infections. For dosage,

follow package directions.

People with high blood

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heart failure, kidney

disease or low potassium

levels are advised

against its use.

Astragalus: Known as

huang qi, astragalus “is one of

the most powerful herbs used in

Chinese medicine for people with weakened

immune systems,” says Tsao-Lin

Moy, a New York City acupuncturist and

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tea using tea bags or the root itself.

Andrographis: This herb has long been

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China and India, and may prevent flu

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and two to three servings of fruit a day.

Quercetin-rich foods, such as apples,

onions, broccoli, raspberries, parsley and

celery are especially important, she says,

because the bioflavonoid enhances zinc’s

antiviral actions: “It functions as a zinc

ionophore, chelating zinc and transporting

it into the cell cytoplasm.” Quercetin

can also be taken as a supplement in doses

ranging between 500 and 1,000 mg daily.

Garlic has potent antiviral and antibacterial

properties, and can be cooked

into food, eaten raw in salads and dressings

or obtained from capsules of allicin,

the active component.

Green tea has epigallocatechin gallate,

a compound with “a wide range of antiviral

activity, especially in the early stages of

infection, by preventing viral attachment

and entry into the cell,” says Bhanote. Aim

for three to five cups a day.

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Music Calms the Animal Soul

Sometimes it takes a little dog to

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learned. “I was playing the piano at

a party and the owners had a hyper little

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The nicest notes for animals have been

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State University researchers found that

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upon working domestic animals. “What

is important is not whether the music is

‘classical’ or ‘heavy metal’, but whether

it includes a set of acoustic features that

appear to be universally associated with

soothing or stimulating internal states,”

states McConnell in her blog, TheOther

McConnell explains that, “Pure tones

and regular rhythms are associated with

positive states.” On the other hand, harsh,

noisy tones and irregular rhythms are

linked with negative ones. She adds, “A

tempo matching an animal’s resting heart

rate (or respiration) tends to be calming.”

Composers and musicians are currently

writing music specifically for animals

with the aim of reducing stress from noise

or separation, assisting with healing, controlling

overeating and soothing irritability

Compositions for Cats

Christine was volunteering at a local

animal shelter that played country music

for the cats. “I wondered what their reaction

would be if I wrote some meditative

music with different tones—beta/alpha

waves—to present to them alternative

sounds,” she says. She composed some

music and experimented with it in the cat

room, noticing that the animals reacted

positively to certain tones. That eventually

led to a CD for cats, and then one

for dogs, with the proceeds donated to

the ASPCA and the Fisher Center for

Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, in New

York City.

Harmonies for Hounds

The Rescue Animal MP3 Project, an

organization that has donated free MP3

players filled with music to more than

1,420 animal shelters and sanctuaries,

was founded by Pamela Fisher, a holistic

veterinarian in North Canton, Ohio.

Calmer animals are more likely to be

adopted, and the music is designed to

provide a relaxed environment for

animals so they can better cope

with stressful housing

conditions. The

MP3s contain

a variety of


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music and artists, including selections

like Canine Lullabies, by Terry Woodford,

therapeutic music expert; Pet Calm, Pet

Healing, by hypnotherapist Rick Collingwood;

and Harp Music to Soothe the Savage

Beast, by Alianna Boone, who states,

“The structure of the harp is considered

to be the most healing instrument next to

the human voice.”

Pet owners may need to listen more

closely. “We so often focus on other

aspects of their environment—Is their

dog bed comfy? Does it look pretty to

us?—and fail to attend to the impact of

sound on our dog’s environment (not to

mention our own),” writes McConnell

about new animal-music studies.

There are many melodic medleys for

pet parents, but buyer beware. “If you’re

to spend your money on this, make sure

you are looking at music backed by research,”

advises Christine.

For more information, visit

Julie Peterson writes about wellness for

people, animals and the environment.

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And we need them. Certainly, stressors are high and budgets are tight,

but when making needed purchases, COMMIT to shopping in person or

online at local, small businesses whenever you can.

Choose local markets, buy direct from local farmers and opt for

takeout from your favorite restaurant.

We need each other to stay balanced and healthy, supporting our

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September 2020


calendar of events

NOTE: Visit for guidelines and to submit

entries online. Email Editor@ with questions.

Deadline for calendar/events: 12th of the month. Please call ahead to

confirm event times.

Due to COVID-19, events, classes and groups may take

place on modified schedules or in virtual formats. We

suggest confirming details with the host before attending.

Please also regularly visit our online calendar or

the social media pages and websites of your favorite

businesses for their updated schedules.

Thursday, September 3

Mystic Karen Vedic Palm Reader – 11am-3:30pm.

Traditionally trained Vedic Palmist, Tarot Reader

and Psychic Medium. Cost $55/$100, 30/60 minutes.

Blue Lagoon Wellness Center, 1202 Floral

Pkwy, Wilmington. 910-685-2795. BlueLagoon

Saturday, September 5

Saturday Psychics – Michelle Wells – 10am-

3:30pm. Blue Lagoon is pleased to introduce Michelle

Wells of Soul Star Intuitive Arts. A mama of

4 by day and an intuitive psychic, healer and light

worker. I sensed and saw things other people didn’t.

I just kind of “know” things and sense spirit energy.

It’s hard to put into’s just a knowing that

I feel. I’ve used my “knowing” and energy to heal

family and friends before I ever knew that was

a thing. Cost: $55/$75/$110, 15/30/60 minutes.

Blue Lagoon Wellness Center, 1202 Floral Pkwy,

Wilmington. 910-685-2795. BlueLagoonWellness-

Sunday, September 6

Inspirational Service: From Fear to Faith – 11am.

Inspirational service with Annie Marsh vocalist

hosted virtually on Unity of Wilmington’s FaceBook

page. For more information

call 910-763-5155 or visit

Monday, September 7

Labor Day

Indigo Mom’s – 6:30-8pm. With Michelle Wells

of Soul Star Intuitive Arts. Support group for

magical mamas of magical children of all ages to

come together in a safe space to learn, talk, share,

and ask questions for parent empathic or Indigo

children. Cost: $20. Blue Lagoon Wellness Center,

1202 Floral Pkwy, Wilmington. 910-685-2795.

Wednesday, September 9

Annual World Day of Prayer – 7pm. Unity Myrtle

Beach will participate with others from around

globe for Unity’s worldwide 27th Annual World Day

of Prayer, with 24-hour prayer vigil. Hear inspiring

speakers, music, light a virtual candle and more.

Visit for full schedule and Zoom

links. Unity Myrtle Beach. Email UnityMyrtle, call 843-238-8516.

Thursday, September 10

Virtual Prayer Chapel Zoom – 10am-5pm. Enter

the Zoom room, feel the peace and silence, and join

your prayer consciousness with others for peace

and healing in our world. Add you own request

for self and others; or send request via email to or call 843-238-

8516. Unity Myrtle Beach.

Mystic Karen Vedic Palm Reader – 11am-3:30pm.

See September 3 listing. Wilmington.

Women’s Fellowship Circle – 6:30pm. You are

invited to join us for a chance to connect, encourage

and support each other in a safe, sacred space.

Whatever is challenging you right now: feelings

of anxiety, grief and loss or loneliness, it always

feels good to come together with others experiencing

similar life challenges. Bring beverage/snack.

Cost: $15 cash. Limit: 25 people in order to honor

social distancing. Facilitated by Amy Nelson. Call to

reserve spot. Cost: $15 cash. Blue Lagoon Wellness

Center, 1202 Floral Pkwy, Wilmington. 910-685-


Saturday, September 12

Saturday Psychics – Brooke Rowe – 10am-

3:30pm. Hi, my name is Brooke and I am thrilled

to be on this journey with you! It is my goal to

help others find their purpose by connecting them

with their authentic self. As an adult, I realized my

spiritual gifts have been present with me all along.

I have studied metaphysical topics ranging from

Astrology and Alchemy to Quantum Physics and

Entanglement. After experiencing 2 significant

traumatic losses in my life, I also began to practice

various holistic healing modalities and research

multiple cultural belief systems. At one point I

realized all the self-taught knowledge and my own

personal healing journey was meant to assist others

on their spiritual journey of awakening. Cost:

$45/$80, 30/60 minutes. Blue Lagoon Wellness

Center, 1202 Floral Pkwy, Wilmington. 910-685-


Sunday, September 13

Inspirational Service: The Attitude of Boldness –

11am. Inspirational service with Samantha Mifsud

vocalist hosted virtually on Unity of Wilmington’s

FB page. For more information

call 910-763-5155 or visit

Thursday, September 17

Mystic Karen Vedic Palm Reader – 11am-3:30pm.

See September 3 listing. Wilmington.

Saturday, September 19

save the date

5th Annual Native Plant Festival – 10am-

4pm. This year’s festival will have an online

component and an outdoor component. Includes

a day of recorded presentations by local

horticultural experts, which you can enjoy

from home, as well as a physical component:

a self-guided tour of area nurseries that sell

native plants, starting with a tour of the Native

Plant Garden at New Hanover County

Arboretum, 6206 Oleander Dr, Wilmington.


Saturday Psychics – Eileen & Great Oak – 10am-

3:30pm. Eileen was born Psychic; meaning she does

not need cards or tools to provide information from

the other side. She has the wonderful ability to be a

medium, loved ones that have passed over are able

come through and speak with you via Eileen. One of

the greatest pleasures a Psychic has is to help others,

to assist them in seeing what is real. The readings

can be fun as well, especially when the client has

a loved one on the other side with a great sense

of humor. Laughter often roars from the reading

room! So whether you are looking for relief or a

great laugh, call or drop in Cost: $75/$100, 30/60

minutes. Blue Lagoon Wellness Center, 1202 Floral

Pkwy, Wilmington. 910-685-2795. BlueLagoon

Sunday, September 20

5 th Annual Native Plant Festival – 10am-4pm. See

September 19 listing. Wilmington

Inspirational Service: The Attitude of Creativity

– 11am. Inspirational service with Heather Setzler

vocalist hosted virtually on Unity of Wilmington’s

FB page. For more information

call 910-763-5155 or visit

Tuesday, September 22

Autumnal Equinox

Saturday, September 26

Saturday Psychic – Beth Urban – 10am-3:30pm.

My name is Elizabeth Urban of Oceanside Oracle.

I’ve been intuitive since I was child but ended up

repressing my gifts in late childhood and all the

way thru my 20s to “fit in.” After the birth of my

second child and moving to Wilmington, I could

not ignore them any longer as they were screaming

at me. I chose to embrace and develop them at that

point and I’m so glad I did! I offer psychic readings

along with oracle cards and Tarot. The best way to

describe my services would be like someone took

a psychic, a medium, Tarot, and talking with your

BFF and then combined them into a mixer and hit

the BLEND button. Cost: $30/$60/$80, 15/30/60

minutes. Blue Lagoon Wellness Center, 1202 Floral

Pkwy, Wilmington. 910-685-2795. BlueLagoon

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sunday, sepTember 27

Inspirational Service: The Attitude of Spirituality

– 11am. Inspirational service w/ Terrill Williams

vocalist hosted virtually on Unity of Wilmington’s For more information

call 910-763-5155 or visit

Healing Fire Circle – 6-7:30pm. Please join us

for this outdoor event held at BMWC sacred green

space (cancelled only if extreme weather conditions)

We will form a circle around a fire while we recite

prayers aloud for our Self-healing, our Community

healing and for Global Healing. These prayers are

part of a Transformational Program put together

by Howard Wills which he freely shares with the

world. Limit: 25 people in order to honor social

distancing. Please bring water to hydrate, bug spray,

and a chair if you prefer to sit, and umbrella if it is

raining. Facilitated by Amy Nelson. Call to reserve

spot. Cost: $15 cash. Blue Lagoon Wellness Center,

1202 Floral Pkwy, Wilmington. 910-685-2795.

Tuesday, sepTember 29

National Coffee Day – National Coffee Day celebrates

one of the world’s most popular beverages:

coffee! Coffee beans are native to tropical parts of

Africa and were discovered in the 11th century.

According to Guinness World Records, the largest

cup of coffee was 6,007 gallons. It was brewed by

Alcaldia Municipal of Chinchina in Caldas Colombia

on June 15th, 2019. It took 50 people more than

a month just to build the cup.

plan ahead

sunday, oCTober 4

Learn the Yoga of Wellness – 11am-noon. 4-weekseries.

Online course teaches yoga fundamentals

of diet, movement, and mindfulness. Practical

strategies to empower your health, boost immunity,

balance digestion, improve sleep, manage weight,

and feel right in your body, mind and spirit. Cost:

$150, save $50 prior to 9/15. Visit to

learn more and register.

Aim for the moon.

If you miss,

you may hit a star.

~W. Clement Stone

ongoing events


Sunday Morning Circle – 9:30-10:30am. Via

Zoom. Unity Minister, Rev. Marilynn Mattox,

facilitates book dialog, Happier Than God: Turn

Ordinary Life into an Extraordinary Experience,

authored by Neal Donald Walsch. Zoom meeting

link, meeting

ID 883 3679 9360, password 066467. For

more information call 843-238-8516 or visit Unity

Sunday Service – 11am. Live Stream only. Music,

meditation, message by Rev. Margaret Hiller,

Ordained Charismatic Healing Ministry, M.A.

Counseling, Licensed Unity Teacher, Spiritual

Leader, Unity Myrtle Beach; or other inspiring

guest speakers. Live stream on Unity Myrtle Beach

Facebook or recorded via YouTube afterwards.

For more information call 843-238-8516 or visit


Kure Beach Market – 8am-1pm. Through August.

Kure Beach Market features local fruits and

vegetables and handmade crafts. Well behaved pets

welcome. Free admission. Ocean Front Park and Pavilion,

105 Atlantic Ave, Kure Beach. 910-707-2015.

Tuesday Psychic Michelle Wells – 10:30am-3:30-

pm. My name is Michelle Wells I’m a mama of 4

by day and an intuitive psychic, healer and light

worker well always! I am from New Jersey but

grew up in Florida. I realized at a very early age

that I was different. I sensed and saw things other

people didn’t. I just kind of “know” things and

sense spirit energy. It’s hard to put into words...

it’s just a knowing that I feel. I’ve used my “knowing”

and energy to heal family and friends before

I ever knew that was a thing. Cost: $50/$75/$110,

15/30/60 minutes. Blue Lagoon Wellness Center,

1202 Floral Pkwy, Wilmington. 910-685-2795.

Garden Yoga Classes – 7-8pm. Through September

22. Mindfulness and Strengthening: Hatha yoga to

fuel the mind and body. Taught by Ayurvedic yoga

teacher and IIN Health Coach, Hillary Carlisle.

Cost: $12/$10. Vintage Violette, 807 2 nd Ave N,

NMB. Visit @GreatLoveHealth on Facebook for

more details.


Poplar Grove Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm.

Through December 2. Under the shaded Magnolia

trees on the front lawn of the plantation. The market

includes local fruits and veggies, dairy products,

meats and seafood, baked goods, and sweets, plus

arts & crafts, cut flowers, wine, and more. 10200

US-17 HWY 17, Wilmington. 910-686-9518.

Wednesday Psychic Debbie Turner – 10am-

3:30pm. A life-long intuitive, Debbie focuses on

bringing you the unique divination-style of Crystal

Mapping Intuitive Readings. Genuine crystals are

dropped over a special reading cloth to display

your messages from your guides. Choose fullhour

10 crystal, 5-stone or 3-stone readings. Cost:

$50/$90, 30/60 minutes. Blue Lagoon Wellness

Center, 1202 Floral Pkwy, Wilmington. 910-685-


Book Group via Zoom – 12:30-1:30pm. Rising

Strong by Brene Brown. Read, Dialog, Insights,

Community, Support. Love Offering. Zoom link:

09YRU1LYjFSV2t5aDZHYzNwQT09, Meeting

ID 827 2717 1650, password 118188. For more

information call 843-238-8516 or visit Unity


Garden Yoga Classes – 7-8pm. Through September

22. Mindfulness and Strengthening: Hatha yoga to

fuel the mind and body. Taught by Ayurvedic yoga

teacher and IIN Health Coach, Hillary Carlisle.

Cost: $12/$10. Vintage Violette, 807 2nd Ave N,

NMB. Visit @GreatLoveHealth on Facebook for

more details.


Friday Psychic Eileen & Great Oak – 11am-

4:30pm. Eileen was born Psychic; meaning she does

not need cards or tools to provide information from

the other side. She has the wonderful ability to be a

medium, loved ones that have passed over are able

come through and speak with you via Eileen. Cost:

$75/$110/$160, 30/60/90 minutes. Blue Lagoon

Wellness Center, 1202 Floral Pkwy, Wilmington.



Saturday Psychic Eileen & Great Oak – 10am-

3:30pm. Eileen was born Psychic; meaning she does

not need cards or tools to provide information from

the other side. She has the wonderful ability to be

a medium, loved ones that have passed over are able

come through and speak with you via Eileen. Cost:

$75/$110/$160, 30/60/90 minutes. Blue Lagoon

Wellness Center, 1202 Floral Pkwy, Wilmington.





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