A Year of Inspired Living: Essays and Guided Journaling for Self-Reflection

Ignore those that say life doesn’t come with a manual. Kelly McGrath Martinsen has exactly the guide you need to make life richer and more insightful with her new book, A Year of Inspired Living: Essays and Guided Journaling for Self-Reflection.

This is the handbook for anyone that wants to embrace a better life. Through entertaining anecdotes and guided journal pages, A Year of Inspired Living helps the reader create their very own personalized self-help book.

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Star Advanced Medicine Offers New Skin-Tightening Treatments

Star Advanced Medicine, an integrative medical practice in Warminster, is now adding Exilis Ultra 360 treatments to its list of services, which already includes regenerative orthopedic procedures and bio-identical hormone optimization. The Exilis Ultra 360 is a pain-free way for patients to quickly and easily smooth wrinkles and experience shaping, tightening, cellulite reduction and facial rejuvenation.

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Opportunities to Learn Healing Touch this Winter

Local healers will have the opportunity to take Healing Touch Level 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., January 13 and 14, with snow dates planned for January 27 and 28, at Holy Redeemer HomeCare, in Philadelphia. It is also presented at Main Line Health, in Radnor, February 24 and 25.

The two-day course is taught by Jean M. White, founder of Healing Touch Pennsylvania, in Langhorne. The class includes 16 to 18 continuing education contact hours of instruction for nurses and massage therapists, but is open to anyone interested in learning the energy-based healing modality from a professional trainer.

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Author Dana Micucci Leads Ascended Master Retreat in Grand Tetons

Susan Duval Seminars hosts its Ascended Master Retreat, “Accelerate Your Self-Mastery”, with award-winning author and healing practitioner Dana Micucci, July 27 to 29, at majestic Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. Travelers will enjoy guided tours, meals and a stay at Jackson Lake Lodge, with breathtaking views of the mountains.

During the retreat, Micucci will lead in the esoteric teachings and practices of the Ascended Masters. Participants will connect with the Ascended Masters through meditations and guided visualizations, receiving instruction and information pertinent to each soul’s journey.

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Legislation May Affect Choices in Naturopathic Care

Practitioners of the Pennsylvania Traditional Naturopaths Association (PaTNA) are urging citizens to contact their state representatives to vote “no” on proposed senate bill 834, introduced this past July. The bill would repeal Act 128, which Governor Tom Wolf signed into law November 2016.

The law requires registration of practitioners in the naturopathic field. Act 128 is an amendment to HB 516, which would regulate naturopathic doctors, set education and training requirements and allows only those that meet those qualifications to present themselves as “naturopathic doctors” or a “doctor of naturopathic medicine”. Bill 834 includes much of the licensing requirements and penalties originally presented in HB 516.

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Letter from the Publisher, December 2017

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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A Mind at Home with The Work of Byron Katie – EXCLUSIVE BUXMONT INTERVIEW

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.

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Coping Through the Holidays

– 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.

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Local Wellness and Recovery Center Provides Options for Treatment-Resistant Depression

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.

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Organic Conference in Harrisburg

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.

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How Can Therapy Help When the World is the Problem?

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.

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