Root out the violence in your life, and learn to live compassionately and mindfully. Seek peace. When you have peace within, real peace with others is possible.
~Excerpted from Being Peace, by Zen Master, Tibetan Peace activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh
The holidays are a time for reflecting on spirit and peace. Doing so requires that we consider the obstacles to peace—in ourselves, our communities and around the world.
With each news story that breaks, revealing the degree to which violence and aggression occurs in places near and far, it is natural to want to find someone or something to blame. Like something out of a Marvel comic book, it would be so comforting if there were a singular, sinister villain at whom we could shake our finger, and who could hold the culpability for all that ails our society.
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Author, speaker and spiritual innovator Byron Katie is the developer of a method of self-inquiry known as The Work of Byron Katie, or simply The Work. This method was born from an epiphany she experienced in 1986, two weeks after checking herself into a women’s counseling center to treat the depression and addiction she suffered from.
The Work is described in her newest book, A Mind at Home with Itself: How Asking Four Questions Can Free Your Mind, Open Your Heart, and Turn Your World Around. Recently, Natural Awakenings of Bucks and Montgomery counties had the opportunity to present Katie with questions from a local practice group of The Work in suburban Philadelphia.
River Valley Waldorf School (RVWS) invites families to attend its Winter Fair, a public welcome event, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., December 9, on the school grounds, located in the small river town of Upper Black Eddy.
– by Marianne Welch-Salkind
Turkey. Baked Ham. Mashed Potatoes. Pie. Gifts. Family. Those images evoke memories filled with merriment or solace. Television programs and commercials display images of happy families celebrating the holidays seated around their large dining table, perfectly set with fine china and holiday décor. If you are lucky enough to have happy childhood memories, those memories are yours to keep. They are now part of the fabric that makes up your very being.
But for others, those memories are for story books only and can often evoke feelings of sadness, triggering depression with feelings of emptiness and loneliness. Or perhaps you do have happy childhood memories filled with loving family and yummy food, but now you are estranged from your loved ones.
New Vitae Wellness and Recovery is providing readers the opportunity to learn more about their array of holistic behavioral health services, including deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS) to treat symptoms of depression, during an information session to be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on January 18.
Growing Pennsylvania’s Organic Farms 2017 annual conference will take place from 7 a.m., December 12, to 4 p.m., December 13, at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel to support Northeast and Mid-Atlantic organic farms by presenting information and discussions on the best available organic farming practices. Presenters will focus on advanced organic production practices for beginning and transitional organic farmers, and address current organic farming issues.
by Karen L. Smith
Many people across the country have experienced current politics as directly impacting their moods and dispositions. More so than perhaps at any time since the ’60s there are sides, and lines in the sand, and overt contention. On TV, radio and social media, the news is bombastic, divisive, frightening and disheartening about the state of our Union.
While it is hard to track our general feelings about life over a one year period, I think many of us would agree that if we had taken a survey about our outlook on life in October of 2016, and then again in October of 2017, we would see a sharp decrease in feelings of hopefulness and general well-being, and a sharp increase in feelings of anxiousness, hopelessness, agitation and even rage.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a nonprofit support, education and advocacy organization made up of more than 200,000 members seeking services for people living with severe mental illnesses. NAMI of PA, Bucks County Chapter, in Warminster, and NAMI of PA, Montgomery County Chapter, in Lansdale, are focused on the local level, with the mission of improving the lives of area residents affected by mental illness.
The Peace Center, in Langhorne, is a nonprofit organization staffed by educators and volunteers dedicated to furthering peace in the local community, the nation and around the world. It is the only organization in Bucks County whose sole focus is peace education to address, interrupt and transform conflict and violence.
Founded in 1982, The Peace Center’s roots began as B.A.N.D. (Bucks Alliance for Nuclear Disarmament). After the Berlin Wall fell, the international movement toward disarmament inspired The Peace Center to work on the prevention of violence on the local level.
Hope Hill Lavender Farm, LLC, will host their sixth annual Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., December 9, featuring a new farm store selling lavender products, jewelry, pottery, books, and craft and culinary items for the holidays.
There will be wine and beer sampling and complimentary lavender refreshments, along with coffee, tea, soup and cookies available for purchase—even a violinist for entertainment. Enter to win a $25 gift card with purchase.
Owner Wendy Jochems says, “Hope Hill will have our lavender products available, along with other locally sourced and made in USA items for the perfect Christmas gift purchases.”
Admission and parking are free. Location: 2375 Panther Valley Rd., Pottsville. For more information, call 570-617-0851 or visit HopeHillLavenderFarm.com. December 2017
Star Advanced Medicine, specializing in cutting-edge orthopaedic therapies, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections and a wide range of natural aesthetics treatments, is relocating to a new office space in Warminster at 755 Old York Road, Suite 101, beginning December 1.
In addition to regular Tuesday, Thursday and Friday hours, clients can now receive services from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays, and can reserve appointments by request on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Drinkable Arts Philadelphia is a mobile art event company providing instructor-led paint on wood or glassware events at area homes and restaurants. Local owner and operator Ava Adames recently created a separate charitable initiative she calls “Painting with a Purpose.”