Expecting Perfection

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I’m always amazed at the amount of time we devote to criticizing ourselves. It seems to me we give this cranial activity way too much power. Our areas for self-criticisms are usually quite predictable—the ways we have somehow failed to be perfect in social interaction, parenting, work and public image.

Why is it so important to us that we present this perfect person? Certainly, some things are worth striving for, and the journey toward achieving a great outcome can bring out the best we can be. There is much merit in doing things right and holding ourselves accountable. But “perfect” is a hard and often impossible expectation. It always leads to dissatisfaction in self. And expectations don’t end with ourselves… they expand to include others. We are often harsh to those we should be nurturing the most, expecting them to be perfect. But the perfection we demand is not “their” perfect, it’s “our” perfect. Continue reading

Inclusion Festival Returns in August

Inclusion Festival, billed as the nation’s first and only sensory-friendly music and wellness festival, is an event designed to include and accommodate people of all ages and abilities. Attendees are invited to participate in a variety of educational and wellness workshops, enjoy sensory-friendly live music, engage in mindfulness practices and build supportive connections. The festival will be held August 9 through 11, at Mountain Sky Festival Grounds, in Jermyn, Pennsylvania.  Continue reading

From Soil to Gut: Growing a Dirty, Healthy Life

by Craig Shelton and Donald Joergens

Our environment, health and future are in a tailspin. Our loss of balance with Mother Nature has resulted in a rapidly warming world where soils and foods are contaminated with poisons and depleted in life-bestowing nutrients and gut-strengthening, good dirt. Our bodies, weakened by poorly grown, nutritionally drained foods, are subject to more debilitating illnesses as we outpace our current “disease care” system. Continue reading

Teen Voices: Summer Struggles of Social Media PLUS Introducing Isabella

Introducing Isabella

Isabella Dussias is a composer of classical and contemporary music. She writes, produces and sings her own original songs, which often reflect on issues that are important to today’s youth. She performed her first original piano solo at Kids Helping Kids with Cancer at age 11, and she has performed original classical piano works at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and in Vienna, Austria. Her original orchestral works have been performed locally, as well as by the Orlando Symphony Orchestra in the Walt Disney Theatre. Dussias also enjoys scoring music for film. She has been a finalist in the Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Competition for the last three years, as well as been involved in local contemporary music competitions. She is most passionate about writing music with messages that reflect the issues of today’s society. Look for her music on Apple Music, Spotify and at IsabellaDussias.com. Continue reading

FUR-mented Foods

by Laura Weis

What if there were a single way to help pets with such diverse chronic diseases as inflammatory bowel disease, allergic dermatitis, hypothyroidism, food sensitivities, leaky gut, periodontal disease and anxiety disorders, and even aid in cancer prevention and treatment? Pharmaceutical companies would be delighted to sell a pill that addressed such a wide range of problems. Instead of buying another medication, pet parents can reach for the same foods that are foundational in the human ancestral diet: fermented vegetables, dairy products, grains, fish and meat. Continue reading

Local Yoga: Water Yoga

by Rosie Lazroe, Coordinator, Local Yoga Directory

The buoyant feeling of floating in a body of water can bring welcome relief to those that suffer from chronic arthritis, fibromyalgia or general aches and pains. Yoga is wonderful for achy bodies, but when we ache it can be very challenging to get up and down off the floor. While chair yoga classes are available for those with limited mobility, we can also think out of the box and try a few yoga postures while cooling down in our favorite body of water. Continue reading

Free Webinar Explores Holistic Coaching Career Options

The Natural Wellness Academy (NWA) is hosting a free online webinar, Creating a Lucrative Holistic Coaching Career You’ll Love, at 8:30 p.m. on July 11.

Working in tandem with the explosive growth of natural wellness specialties, this meet-and-greet webinar focuses on Certified CBD/Cannabis Coach, Holistic Health & Life Coach, Clinical Hypno-therapist and Mind-Gut Guru careers. Continue reading

New Book on Meditation and Spirituality

Is God in That Bottle Cap? A Search for Truth, by John D. Sambalino, is the true story of a personal quest for spiritual enlightenment and the many benefits of meditation. The new book, published by Vanishing Circle Press, is based on the author’s 44 years of daily meditation, yoga, tai chi and qigong.

“We live in very stressful times,” says the South New Jersey author. “While this book can help teach how to release stress naturally through meditation, it’s not a how-to book and does not teach meditation. [It addresses] how meditation can relieve stress and help to make a happier, healthier, more productive person.” Continue reading

Near-Death Experience Conference Offers Rare Opportunity

The International Association for Near-Death Studies will hold its annual conference from August 29 through September 1 at Crowne Plaza Hotel, in King of Prussia—a rare opportunity, as the event is traditionally held in the western part of the U.S.  Continue reading

Celebrate the Summer Solstice at Solstice Expo & Holistic Fair

Each year on June 21, the Earth tilts 23.4 degrees toward the sun. During this time, the people living in the northern hemisphere will get most of the sun’s light, heat and energy. On June 22, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and June 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Society for Metaphysical Enlightenment (SME) invites readers to attend its 11th annual Solstice Expo & Holistic Fair, in New Hope. Attendees can tune up their mind, body and spirit while celebrating the summer solstice with guest speakers, psychics, crystals, tarot readers, energy healers and more.  Continue reading

Commemorating Reverend Rosemarie Moyer

On March 4, Rev. Rose Moyer, co-founder of the Society for Metaphysical Enlightenment, returned to the spirit world.

Rose was born with what is called a veil, or caul—a sign or spiritual gift of mediumship. She grew up in Philadelphia and is survived by her husband, Robert, and three children. As a teenager, she was a regular on the popular TV program American Bandstand, hosted by Dick Clark. Continue reading

Michael Cheikin, M.D., Gets to the Root of Wellness

by Sheila Julson

Michael Cheikin, M.D., founder of the Center for Optimal Health, in Plymouth Meeting, had always had a profound curiosity about how things work. While growing up in New York, he attended a hypnosis demonstration, where he realized that the mind has potentials that are typically not accessible. That experience set him on a path of brain research that led him to question conventional models of function and health. He did his first experiments with pyramids, trying to capture “life energy” on the roof of his college dorm. Continue reading