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Dissolving Delusion and Re-Visioning Your Life Meditation Retreat with Paul Jaffe June 7-13, 2013 in Woodstock, NY

Dissolving Delusion and Re-Visioning Your Life Meditation Retreat with Paul Jaffe

June 7-13, 2013 (or just come for June 7-9 weekend)

Woodstock, NY

Take a dive into your inner being and begin living your life from a deeper place. In this retreat we will use an innovative form of an ancient meditation to quickly go into deep states and to learn to really use meditation as a path to freedom. With that foundation, the second part of the retreat will work with sensory meditations and then lead you in a profound process of Re-Visioning your Life. Come prepared for powerful states of peace, insight and new directions in your life. 

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All My Relations by Grandfather Duncan Sings-Alone

Grandmother Earth is alive. She is a conscious being. The stones over which we step have songs to sing and teachings to share. Trees are aware and open to contact with human beings. All are part of what the Lakota people and Native American (Red Path) Zen call Mitakuye Oyas’in, which means “All My Relations”. The universe and all within it are one, even in our separate appearances and functions. Grandmother Earth is a sacred being. By extension, all Mitakuye Oyas’in is sacred.

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Hungry Hollow Co-op Celebrates 40 Years

Hungry Hollow Co-op is celebrating 40 years of bringing local, organic and biodynamic food to the community. The Co-op began as a buying club in late 1973. By 1974, 40 families had joined and were ordering food for a monthly pick-up at a member’s home. Soon the operation was moved to a nearby garage due to increased volume. This was followed by another leap in membership and another move to another garage.

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Shop, Wear, Support

Natural Awakenings is sponsoring the One T @ a Time fundraising campaign for the Parkinson’s Unity Walk in Central Park on April 27. The One T @ a Time campaign raises funds for Parkinson’s research through the selling of 100% organically hip and trendy T-shirts with a universal message of healing- “As One, We Heal.”

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Living Your Respect by Rachel Astarte Piccione

We Indians…know that everything has power. Stones have power. A blade of grass has power. Trees and clouds and all our relatives in the insect and animal world have power. We believe we must respect that power by acknowledging its presence. By honoring the power of the spirits in that way, it becomes our power as well. It protects us. —Russell Means

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Free Teleseminars on Emotional Eating

This spring, Healthy Mindset Coaching will host two free teleseminars on emotional eating: “21 Days to Rebalance and Rejuvenate Your System: End Cravings, Increase Energy and Feel Better Than You Have in Years” and “Create Healthy Wealth: Learning to Release the Emotional Connections that Keep You from Having the Money and Body that You Want.”

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The Amazing Benefits of Eating Fish by Lori Douglass

If you’re looking for ways to eat healthier, eating fish is a great place to start. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish at least two times per week. Fish is packed with protein, vitamins and nutrients. Fish also contains omega-3 fatty acids, which our body doesn’t produce so we must get it through food.

What are the benefits of omega-3’s?

Omega-3’s can help reduce inflammation in the body, lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart attack, diabetes and stroke. It also can help decrease depression and ADHD and help prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Which fish are high in omega-3’s?

The best fish to eat with the most omega-3 fatty acids are salmon, trout (freshwater), sardines, canned light tuna and anchovies. These fish also have low levels of mercury. Mackerel, marlin, shark, swordfish, tile fish and tuna steak have high levels of mercury and should be avoided for pregnant women and children. Tilapia and catfish don’t appear to be as healthy because they contain higher levels of unhealthy fatty acids and low levels of omega-3.

Should I buy farm-raised or wild caught?

Whenever buying fish, try to always get U.S. wild caught. The fish that are farm-raised are kept in pens with very close quarters, which cause polluted conditions due to fish excrements. The polluted conditions are a breeding ground for disease and parasites, which then requires the use of antibiotics and pesticides.

Antibiotics are also given to offset the diseases that occur from their fishmeal diet. Because of their feed, farm-raised salmon aren’t as healthy and are given artificial colorings to make them that pretty pink color we all love to see.

Farm-raised fish have a higher amount of unhealthy fat because they are unable to swim freely. The fishing waters in the U.S. are far less polluted than other countries; therefore, look for the U.S. wild caught label at the supermarket or fish store.

What if I don’t like fish?

You can still get the benefits of fish without eating it by taking fish oil supplements. Just like the fish you buy, you need to look for high quality fish oil. Make sure it lists the species of fish used to make the oil; tuna, sardines and salmon would be the best choices. The fish oil should have EPA and DHA listed and a ration of approximately 50/50 between the two. Lastly, your fish oil should be third party tested for toxins, heavy metals and pesticides.

So find your favorite recipe and enjoy the great taste of fish and the many health benefits it provides.

Lori Douglass is a certified health counselor and received her training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She offers individual health and nutrition coaching to people who have weight control issues and health concerns, including a free initial consultation. She can be reached at 820-2311. To learn more, visit or her blog at

What is Plant Spirit Healing? by Karine Gordineer

All things in this world are composed of energy and radiate out energy. Some of this energy is good for our bodies and our spirits and other energies, not so much. For instance, things can have positive energy and be a great plus to our energy systems and therefore our physical bodies; positive people, time spent in nature, and healing plants are some examples. If you’ve ever met someone and felt they had a “good vibe” then you’ve experienced this energy firsthand.

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Awaken Fair Offers Holistic Nourishment

Healers, speakers, readers, vendors and anyone in need of holistic nourishment are invited to feed their body, mind and spirit at the Awaken Wellness Fair, taking place Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel in Tarrytown, NY. The biggest such expo north of NYC, the Awaken Fair educates the public about advancements in complementary and holistic health, with a focus on personal growth and metaphysics.

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Some Additional Insights from a Local Naturopath by Dr. Isadora Guggenheim

Safe Alternatives to Bleach

Hydrogen peroxide is a safer and more environmentally friendly alternative to bleach. For multipurpose cleaners you can combine essential oils of oregano, thyme and lavender in an ionized water bottle to form a surface disinfectant. For a lot of cleaning, a damp cloth is sufficient. If you need an abrasive to clean more deeply then use something such as Bon Ami that does not contain mercury.

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