Art and Music Festival Resonates in Newtown

AWAKEN Center for Human Evolution (CHE) will present a mindfully positive and entertaining fundraising event, its annual HighVibe Art & Music Holistic Festival, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 8, in the Linkz Pavilion at Bucks County Community College, in Newtown.

Attendees can enjoy positive and spiritual art and music, holistic and natural products, alternative healing practitioners, workshops, meditations, healthy food, free parking and more. This is an indoor festival. Attendance is free, but donations are welcome. Continue reading

June Campout Offers Community and Positivity

GreenRoots Gathering, a community gathering and campout, will be held June 15 through 16 at Deer Park Camp and Retreat Center, in New Hope.

Beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday and running through 5 p.m. Sunday, the weekend is designed as a family-fun event for all ages. Participants can enjoy positive intentions, making new friends, reconnecting with Mother Earth and sharing in uplifting vibes.  Continue reading

Building Budget-Friendly Meals

by Samantha Schmell

Healthy eating doesn’t have to break the bank; in fact, making nutritious choices for family meals can actually save money. Below are some strategies for creating tasty and budget-friendly meals for all to enjoy.

Have a game plan before you shop.

First, check the supermarket’s weekly ad and plan meals for the week, keeping in mind what items will be on sale. Then take inventory of what is already on hand in the fridge and pantry so there are no unnecessary purchases. Now create a detailed list of what is needed from the supermarket. Shopping with a list is key to staying on budget. Continue reading

Teen Voices: Being Present as the Future Unfolds

by Hannah Adamson

Spring has finally arrived and so has Decision Day and AP exam season. Needless to say, May is a big month for many teens, especially seniors.

For those of you who aren’t familiar, Advanced Placement (AP) courses are high school classes that are taught at a college level. In May, these courses have standardized exams that determine if students can get college credit. Many students spend countless hours studying for these exams and can find them overwhelming. Continue reading

Local Yoga: Mindfulness in Minutes

by Rosie Lazroe

What a joy it is to be completely in the moment! Children naturally exist in a state of present moment awareness. They live their lives through play, and, as we all know, it is easy to be in the moment when we are having fun.

I have been teaching yoga to kids for over a decade and have found that when kids are introduced to yoga and meditation in a joyful environment, they will grow to love the practice. In fact, I have witnessed children lean into these practices all on their own when faced with boredom or stress. Continue reading

The Weight of Water

by Michael Cheikin

Water is a vast topic. Consider that our bodies are 65 percent water, and water covers 70 percent of our planet’s surface, while comprising only 0.05 percent (1/2000th) of its mass. This unique substance enables the processes of life on Earth, and measuring and understanding the waters within our body is an important tool in our quest for optimal health.

Compartments and Types of Water

We keep cash in our wallets, in savings accounts and in retirement funds. Even though it’s all money, it has different roles. Some we can access readily, some require a few steps and some funds are stashed away for the gravest of emergencies. Likewise, the water in our bodies is not all the same. In fact, the MRI works because the water in each type of cell is slightly different. Continue reading

Clearing the Air(way): Homeopathic Treatment of Feline Asthma

by Laura Weis

Feline asthma, like many chronic diseases that plague both humans and our companion animals, is a disease of inflammation. In the initial stages, inflammatory and allergic responses in the respiratory system cause the production of mucus in the airways and swelling of the walls of the bronchi. As this reaction progresses over time, the walls of the airway spasm and constrict, leading to difficulty in breathing, and eventually to chronic structural and infiltrative changes in the airways. Continue reading

Thermography Available at Center for Natural Healing

Jeffrey L. Griffin, DC, owner of Center for Natural Healing, is expanding the services available at his facility and now offers thermography.

Medical thermography is a unique technology that takes a picture and creates a map of the infrared patterns of the body. It is different from other screening tools in that it allows practitioners to visualize metabolic processes and body functions. The results can help in the prevention of many disease processes. “We consider early detection key in understanding your health for tomorrow,” Griffin explains. Continue reading

Step into Joy Healing Arts Adds New Trauma Certification

Gestalt Life Coach and reiki master Joan Summers has completed training with the Lakeside Global Institute to become a Certified Trauma-Competent Professional.

A trauma-competent professional knows that trauma is any experience or situation that is emotionally painful and overwhelming. They have been uniquely trained and understand that anyone can be impacted by trauma and will need compassion and patience. Unprocessed trauma can leave a person feeling very alone and powerless, with symptoms that can become confusing and misunderstood. A trauma-competent professional has the training to be sensitive and provide a safe space for these individuals to process their trauma. Continue reading

Natural Treatments for Allergies

by Katie Samsel

Sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose—Many people suffer with seasonal allergies, and some suffer all year-round. An allergy is a hypersensitivity reaction, with the body overreacting to a substance that would otherwise be considered harmless. Symptoms vary, but may include sinus irritation, skin rash and breathing difficulty.  Continue reading

Tips for Creating One-Pot Meals on a Budget

by Lauren Panoff

One-pot meals are chock full of benefits. They’re budget-friendly, versatile, easy to make and can be whipped up with just a few basic ingredients. In many cases, simply toss everything into one skillet, pan or slow cooker, and dinner (breakfast or lunch) practically takes care of itself. Read on for a few tips for creating delicious one-pot meals.

Make it plant-based

Looking to go meatless? There are tons of great options within fingertip reach. Tofu and tempeh are both affordable, refrigerated choices that are great mix-ins for dishes such as chili, soups or tacos. For other options, canned beans and bagged lentils are nutritious, plant-based proteins that can be found at low prices year-round. Continue reading

TacklingTicks: A Multi-Layered Approach to Protecting Pooches

by Laura Weis

Thawing temperatures and longer days are early harbingers of spring, but unfortunately so is the appearance of ticks and the diseases they carry. Ticks can be active anytime the temperature climbs above 45 degrees, which means that the month of March signals the beginning of consistent tick problems in Pennsylvania.

Understanding the Problem

All ticks feed on the blood of their host animals, and most go through four life stages and often prefer different host species for each stage. Ticks can sense their hosts’ body heat, breath and odor, as well as moisture, vibrations and even shadows. Ticks cannot jump or fly. They find potential host animals by attaching to grass or leaves with their hind legs, holding their front legs outstretched in a behavior called “questing”. When a promising host brushes past, they quickly climb aboard, attach and begin feeding. Continue reading