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We received a lot of positive feedback on the Publishers Letter in November, so I thought I would just do a little continuation with a few personal comments.

Honesty is so important. It is the link to integrity, friendship, relationships and self. It is not always easy and is sometimes a challenge, but like all of life, if we pay attention, understand we are human, stay open and be willing to admit our shortcomings, the rewards are priceless.

Interpersonal relationships. Building this skill pays back in life, in business, in parenting, in everything human. We should be teaching it in our schools, from day one to college graduation. Perfecting it is priceless.  Continue reading

Local M.D. Celebrates 20 Years of Teaching Yoga

Michael Cheikin, M.D., medical director at Center for Optimal Health, in Plymouth Meeting, is celebrating 20 years of serving the community via the unusual combination of medical doctor and yoga instructor.

Cheikin first began teaching yoga as a means to help his chronic pain and fibromyalgia patients. While his patients benefited, his uncommon approach was not embraced by everyone. Cheikin explains, “When I started teaching yoga at a local hospital in 1998, the public relations department sent me a concerned memo stating, ‘What do you think you’re doing? You’ll ruin our reputation!’”  Continue reading

Creating a More Successful Self: George Bien Discusses Hypnotic Influence

by Melanie Rankin

Award-winning hypnotherapist George Bien, Ph.D., has been helping people through hypnosis for more than 30 years. He is presently the principal trainer for the International Association of Counselors and Therapists (IACT). He recently relocated from New York and is providing individual and group hypnosis, as well as training and certification services, in and around Perkasie.  Continue reading

Holiday Pet Zen: What to Do When All Is Not So Calm and Much Too Bright

by Laura Weis

Creating an oasis of calm for pets during the holidays doesn’t have to be difficult, but does require some planning to provide support and mitigate stress. First remember the basics: exercise, sleep and good nutrition. When holiday scheduling leaves pets at home for long hours, they become bored and can experience anxiety. Exercise (for pets and people) is an antidote to physical and mental stress and improves sleep. If pets are getting more treats during the holidays, cut back their regular amount of food and try to keep high fat treats to a minimum.  Continue reading

Teen Voices: Help Build a Kinder World, One Person at a Time

by Hannah Adamson

Uplifting humanity can start with lifting up just one person. Recently it seems that negativity has been inundating the news through violence, hate and tragedy. While we may not be able to immediately correct these major issues, as individuals we do have the power to spread positivity to those we meet. Simple acts of kindness contribute to the ripple effect that builds a better world. Here are some quick and easy ideas of how to spread positivity:  Continue reading

Local Yoga: The Yoga of Sound

by Rosie Lazroe

Picture this—Lying on a yoga mat, cocooned in a cozy blanket of soothing sounds that clear the mind of thoughts. At times you can even feel the sound vibration move through you, easing the body of pain. Yes, sound yoga is a thing!

Sound bath and sound healing sessions use many different instruments; however, the most popular ones used in yoga classes are crystal singing bowls, Tibetan singing bowls and gongs. These instruments have different individual functions, yet all follow the concept of brainwave entrainment. During a sound bath, human brainwaves will begin to match the sound frequencies made by each instrument. As a result, brainwaves will resonate at an alpha or theta state, which induces deep relaxation in the body and draws the listener into a deep state of calm.  Continue reading

Oceanfront Water-Fasting Retreats

The Balance for Life Retreat in Deerfield Beach, Florida, is offering medically supervised fasting retreats in an ideal, oceanfront location.

Historically, animals and humans naturally adapted to challenging conditions when food availability vacillated between periods of abundance and extreme deprivation. With advances in food production, fasting ceased to be a consideration for many, yet research confirms that controlled periods of water-only fasting, also known as a water cleanse, may provide major health benefits.  Continue reading

Local Availability Expands for Tina’s Natural Products

Tina’s Natural Products, available online through its website and through Amazon.com, are now available locally at Kimberton Whole Foods and Holly Hill Health Food Store.

The product line includes nine easy to use, on-the-go products for common, everyday issues, such as anxiety, seasonal depression, lack of energy, poor focus, bad habits, poor sleep, lack of empowerment and women’s issues.  Continue reading

InLife Holistic and Spiritual Expo Launches in Doylestown

Readers are invited to experience the positive, healthy energy at InLife Holistic and Spiritual Expo, being held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., December 1, at Fireside Hall at the Plumpsteadville Fire Company, in Doylestown. Admission is free, and parking is both easy and ample.  Continue reading

Opportunity Lost: David Low Discusses Dreams as a Neglected Spiritual Resource

David Low is a dreamwork practitioner with 36 years of experience recording, analyzing and trying to feel dream messages. With a master’s degree in community counseling from Georgia State University and a doctorate in religion from Temple University, he has a counseling practice in Mt. Airy and facilitates both physical and online dream circles in the area.  Continue reading

When the Soul Is Ready, Solution Arises: Healing with Reshma Shah

by Melanie Rankin

Reshma Shah is a certified Master ThetaHealing practitioner and instructor, offering life coaching, counseling, meditation and energy healing, along with certification classes and workshops, at her practice in Westfield, New Jersey.

How would you summarize what you do?

In this world, we are conditioned to dim ourselves and to live in lack. My passion is to help people realize that there is abun-dance, and that it is not outside—it is within ourselves.  Continue reading