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Simple Strategies for Serenity by Marsha Mandel

When we reflect on the times in our lives when we have felt a comfortable sense of calmness, we can see that our thoughts and bodies were aligned with this peaceful feeling. This is our natural state – for our thoughts, feelings and actions to correspond with each other. If we think of times when we’ve felt angry in the past, we can notice our thoughts and actions were angry as well. If we think of times when we felt anxious or worried, we recall that our muscles were tense, our breathing was shallow, our hearts were beating quickly, and our thoughts were likely focused on worst-case scenarios.

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Reduce Stress by Learning to Live in the Present Moment by Kelly Harris

When individuals suffer with anxiety and feelings of depression they wonder why they can’t just go with the flow and instead worry about everything from school, work, family and relationships. Cognitive behavior therapy can help people recognize these negative thought patterns that can impact their mood and relationships with others.

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Author Profile: A Year of Inspired Living Essays and Exercises for Self-Reflection

Ignore those who 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 Exercises for Self-Reflection.

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Uplifting All… for the Good of All by Peter “Coach Pete” Heymann

The theme of this month’s issue of Natural Awakenings Magazine, “Uplifting Humanity”, is ideal, as we look to the end of 2017 and forward to a new year of possibility in 2018.

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Bringing Deathcare Back Home by Kerry Potter

How should we care for our dead? Some think it’s easier to keep death at a distance. The funeral director picks up the deceased, the body gets embalmed and packed into a steel casket. We arrange for a 2-4, 7-9 visitation and move on to the cemetery. That’s just the way most people handle it in the United States. Yes, we do hold religious services and pay our respect. However, many now are questioning the process and looking for something more personal and eco-friendly.

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Community Spotlight: Tatyana Kochergina on the Benefits of Senior Yoga

As a lifetime yogi Tatyana Kochergina understands that as we get older, our muscles tend to stiffen, our joints lose their range of motion and we become more susceptible to chronic problems such as osteoporosis, arthritis and heart disease. That’s why she designed a series of chair yoga classes making yoga accessible to everyone despite the any physical challenges they may face. “My mission is to help people find a balance that will work for them, at any age and any stage in their life,” she says.

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Showing Up Fully In Your Own Life by Dr. Sally Nazari

There are many people who struggle with depression and low self-esteem, wanting to get perfect work evaluations and be liked by everyone. They have the idea that keeping up the image of perfection on the outside will give them the validation and praise they need to feel good on the inside. But what happens is that this positive acknowledgement is being poured into a leaky cup.

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Brrrr! It’s Getting Cold Outside What That Means for Your Muscles by Jen Servidio

The fall days are turning cooler and with our clocks falling backward, the days are getting shorter. If you're a homeowner, you probably already have started making preparations for winter. But what about for our bodies? How are they affected by the changing of the seasons? How do we prepare ourselves for winter?

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Building Gratitude and Self-Trust Through Yoga by Paula Heitzner

The sacred practice of yoga can add to one’s life and fulfill the promise of better health, a calmer and less fearful worldview and a more peaceful outlook initiated from within. It can help us to establish ourselves in a basic state of trust. The asanas, or poses, help us explore the physical weaknesses we encounter and when we stop denying that we are less than perfect, we can then become purposeful in our practice. This creates a conscious awareness within us that engenders the trust of self and the process grounds us in a more selfempowering state of being. This is not only healthier, but is necessary for living our lives in a satisfying way which leads to feelings of gratitude and grace which help us define our humanity. It is an antidote to envy, greed, hate and mistrust.

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Community Spotlight: Learning to Manage My Diabetes: Avital Spivak

I was diagnosed with T2 diabetes 12 years ago. My A1c, a test for average blood sugar levels, was ranging between 7.2 and 10.1. Two tests of 6.5 or higher indicate diabetes. I went to a nutritionist, diabetes educator and even to a course at the local hospital. I read books, tested my blood sugars, took medications, saw my doctor regularly, exercised and tried various strategies. For 7 years things got progressively worse and after 5 years I went on insulin. In those first 7 years I was afraid. Diabetes was impacting everything and managing me.

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