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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

The Fall Shift

October represents change to me. The colors of fall are infectious as I watch the dramatic changing of leaves. Pumpkin patches glow in the fields, and apple trees sparkle as they wait to be picked. Sunsets become works of art. A new and invigorating energy seems to grip the air. Everything about fall and the change of seasons brings a new fresh energy to my life.

It is fascinating to watch how nature deals with change so effortlessly. If only it were the same for us. Nature moves without a push back—it simply adjusts and makes the necessary next move. I am amazed at the order of the universe—how complexity and simplicity work together to deliver exactly what is needed for the planet.  Continue reading

Cortisol: The Stress, Aging and Obesity Hormone

by Michael Cheikin

Stress. We all know what it feels like. We also know that it affects our health, but how?

Understanding Stress

Stress is defined in terms of a system pushed to its limits. For example, bridges are designed to handle the stress of a fixed weight, and no more. However, living systems, when subjected to normal amounts of stress, grow stronger. In fact, stress is necessary for optimal development, growth and fun. Homework and sports are examples of how controlled stress, or challenge, makes us better. All systems of our body are designed to handle stress and grow stronger (even into old age) so that we can survive and procreate.  Continue reading

Health in Spirit – Coping with the Emotional Toll of Childhood Chronic Illness

by Elizabeth Joyce

The child that is diagnosed with a serious and chronic medical illness has a high risk for developing emotional problems. The way children react to their diagnosis can depend on several factors, including the child’s personality and the specific illness. Some experts claim that big factors are the child’s developmental stage, as well as their order of birth. However, there is another factor that needs to be recognized, and that is their interaction with their parents, caretakers and family members.  Continue reading

Psychological and Behavioral Health in Langhorn Focuses on Body-Mind-Spirit Connection

Operating from the philosophy that a healthy, happy and satisfying life is one in which there is a balance of one’s mind and emotions, Mind & Emotion (M.E.) Matters has opened its office in Langhorne.

M.E. Matters offers psychological and behavioral health services for individuals, couples, teens and families. Founder David Piltz explains that the three main focuses of M.E. Matters—neurofeedback, therapy and a spirituality awareness group—reflect the importance of connection between body, mind and spirit.  Continue reading

Celebrate and Resonate at Third Annual Vibrant Living Festival

Classes, workshops and experiences in the healing and expressive arts are just some of the activities offered at this year’s Vibrant Living Festival, which takes place September 22, on the grounds of The Room at Meadowbrook, in Ottsville. The festival will run from noon until 4:30 p.m., ending in a Sound Healing Experience that begins at 5 p.m.  Continue reading

New Program for Tension and Trauma at Airmid Wellness

Airmid Wellness and Counseling Center is now offering Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) group sessions at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at their center in Warminster. Certified providers Mike Thomas and Danielle Ivins-Fishman co-teach this self-healing modality, designed to help release deep tension created in the body through chronic stress or trauma.  Continue reading

The Wonders of Life

A billion years—how about 5.43 billion years? That, according to Google, is how long the Earth has been around. In my mind, that borders on incomprehensible. I look up to the sky and am mesmerized by the countless stars, each a sun with who knows how many planets circling. The questions fly through my mind, but it all comes down to this: how does this miracle of life work? What drives the migration of millions of species around the globe to a pre-determined spot on or under our Earth. Each species is guided accurately to a specific spot on the globe—by air, on land and under the seas—thousands of miles away. Unlike us, they never miss. They don’t show up in Europe when they set out for Australia. Who times these migrations? Who invented their GPS?  Continue reading

200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in North Wales

Whole Body Yoga Studio presents yoga instructor Vladamir Tcharov, from Pranakriya School of Healing Arts, who will lead a 200-hour yoga teacher training. The training will be offered through nine intensive weekend sessions, taking place September 7 to 9, October 12 to 14, November 2 to 4, December 7 to 9, January 11 to 13, February 8 to 10, March 1 to 3, April 5 to 7 and May 3 to 5. Continue reading