Letter from the Publisher, December 2017

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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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NAMI Fights Stigma of Mental Illness, Hosts Support Groups

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a nonprofit support, education and advocacy organization made up of more than 200,000 members seeking services for people living with severe mental illnesses. NAMI of PA, Bucks County Chapter, in Warminster, and NAMI of PA, Montgomery County Chapter, in Lansdale, are focused on the local level, with the mission of improving the lives of area residents affected by mental illness.

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Local Organization Interrupts Conflict, Promotes Peace

The Peace Center, in Langhorne, is a nonprofit organization staffed by educators and volunteers dedicated to furthering peace in the local community, the nation and around the world. It is the only organization in Bucks County whose sole focus is peace education to address, interrupt and transform conflict and violence.

Founded in 1982, The Peace Center’s roots began as B.A.N.D. (Bucks Alliance for Nuclear Disarmament). After the Berlin Wall fell, the international movement toward disarmament inspired The Peace Center to work on the prevention of violence on the local level.

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KUDOS: Christina Rosenbruch

Christina Rosenbruch, founder of Spark Joy Space organizational consulting services in Bucks County, was a featured presenter at the Torresdale Women’s Committee November meeting in Philadelphia. Rosenbruch is one of the area’s only professional organizers certified in the KonMari Method of decluttering and home organizing created by Marie Kondo, author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

The Torresdale Women’s Committee was formed in 1945 as a social group with a philanthropic focus. The committee is a diverse group of 45 women ranging from young moms with children to retired career women.

Rosenbruch says she’s had the opportunity to perfect her organizational skills as an international flight attendant for the past 30 years. “Working in the confines of an airplane with limited resources taught me how to appreciate the beauty of a simplified but efficiently operating system.” 

For more information, call 267-544-7171, email Christina@SparkJoy.Space or visit SparkJoy.Space. December 2017

Bucks County Health and Wellness Expo Returns to the Oxford Valley Mall

The fall Bucks County Health and Wellness Expo is being held at the Oxford Valley Mall from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on October 20 and 21, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 22.

Mall-goers and expo attendees will have the opportunity to meet and talk with local physicians and dentists, fitness and wellness professionals and holistic health practitioners to learn about their unique offerings.

Event sponsors include Natural Awakenings of Bucks and Montgomery County, PURE and Kaaya Medical Spa.

The event is the brainchild of chiropractor Brian Matson and Kru Roger, who owns Mercer Bucks Muay Thai training center. The intention of the events is to provide an opportunity for local health and wellness practitioners to create personal relationships with people in the community and forge new business relationships based on those one-on-one connections.

“The first day in the Health and Wellness Expo, we not only had business leads but appointments scheduled and newcomers in our group classes; the return was immediate,” shares Marty McLoughlin, owner of Extreme Fitness Personal Training, in Fallsington, and a past expo presenter.

Location: Oxford Valley Mall, 2300 E. Lincoln Hwy., Langhorne. Table rates start at $150 a day, $300 for the weekend. For more information about vendor opportunities, call event coordinator Kru Roger at 267-847-8661, email HealthAndWellnessExpos2017@gmail.com or visit HealthAndWellnessExposUSA.com. October 2017

Second Annual Bucks County Healthy Living Festival

Healthy Living FestivalThe Bucks County Healthy Living Festival will be held at Tamanend Park in Southampton, from noon to 5 p.m., September 14. This second annual event aims to bring the ever expanding healthy living community together for a celebration of health for all.

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United Way of Bucks County Aims to Knock Out Hunger

BKO Hunger logo from webUnited Way of Bucks County will hold its Bucks Knocks Out Hunger event from 8 a.m. to noon, June 20, at Delaware Valley College. BKO Hunger is both a one-day food packing event run by hundreds of volunteers and a fundraiser for Bucks County’s food pantries. Fundraising is going on now at UWBucks.org/BKOHunger until the day of the event.

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