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Volume 11 Issue 6
March/April 2006

Want to Create Healthy and Sustainable Communities?
Welcome to the Regina EcoLiving Project

Baking Gluten Free and Why!

Living Your Great Story
A Journey of Discovery

Yoga: A Practice and a Way of Life

Spirit Messages - What If? We Owe it to Ourselves to Question

Editorial

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Volume 11 Issue 6—March/April 2006

The current issue Want to Create Healthy and Sustainable Communities?
Welcome to the Regina EcoLiving Project

by Marieka Sax

Are you concerned about the health of your family and community? Do you want to protect the environment, conserve resources, and save money? Are you interested in living in a more sustainable way but aren't sure how? Well, a group in Regina is working on helping you find out how! Regina EcoLiving Project is a non-profit organization whose objective is to increase environmental sustainability, protect the environment, and promote healthy and viable communities. The brainchild of Denise MacDonald and Malin Hansen, Regina EcoLiving emerged from the tremendous support and interest for public screenings of the films, “Affluenza” and “Escape from Affluenza”, which they helped organize for celebrating "Buy Nothing Day" (November 25) in 2003.

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Baking Gluten Free and Why!
by Paulette Millis

Why would anyone want to make the extra effort to learn to make baked goods without gluten? Several reasons, the most common being a gluten allergy where the individual must avoid any grains and foods that contain gluten. For those who are blessed with the ability to handle gluten it is wise to vary the grains in your diet. Different grains have different nutrients, so there is the benefit of a more balanced intake of nutrients. Some grains are much higher in amino acids, for example, than others. These amino acids contribute to a higher quality of protein when combined with other essential amino acids, such as legumes. Varying the diet with gluten-free grains and/or flours protects our bowels, in particular, from many diseases that are possibly worsened by the flattening of the cilia caused by gluten. We also protect ourselves from future allergies by giving our bodies a break from continually ingesting the same food such as wheat, for example. Grandma was right when she said, “All foods in moderation".

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Living Your Great Story
A Journey of Discovery

by Rita Priestley

Several years ago, I heard Buffy Sainte-Marie describe how she became a member of the Sesame Street cast. Producers from the show initially approached her with an idea. Rejecting the stereotypes imbedded in the producers' proposal, she turned down their offer. “People only wanted to see me as an 'Indian' singer',” she said. “I am really a teacher. I put my lesson plans in songs like Universal Soldier.” The producers returned with other offers—more time, more money. She declined. Finally, in frustration, they asked, “What DO you want?” Buffy laid out conditions for her involvement. Explaining the meaning of her story, Buffy stated that each of us is born with a unique gift. It is our task to define that gift and share it.

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Yoga: A Practice and a Way of Life
by Cecile Thomson

Yoga, a universal system of well-being and unification of body, mind, and spirit is based on nature and rooted in over 5,000 years of refinement. It is a practice and way of life for all ages, conditions, and needs. Yoga energizes, renews, and deepens our connection to our vital energy (prana). Some of the benefits of yoga are: increased muscle tone and stamina, core strength, flexibility, stress reduction, better sleep, improved concentration, lower body fat, better circulation, stronger immune system.

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Spirit Messages - What If?
We Owe it to Ourselves to Question

by Doug Martin

What if we have it all wrong? We, being the “typical” baby boomer, or anyone else for that matter, who is brought up in a society where we are told what to think, what to do, what to say, and what not to question (depending on our ancestral influences, often religious). What if there is more to this "five sensory" world that most of us become stuck in? The information is out there, if we just take the time to do a little reading. In fact it is overwhelming – spirit guides, angels, channelling, crop circles (let's not go there, but someone other than 'Bob and Doug and a case of beer' is trying to tell us something), distant healing, the power of prayer, etc. Channelling is a personal favourite. The more one reads the basic underlying message is all the same. We are all part of the one.

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Editorial
by Melva Armstrong

It is profound how our world and its inhabitants are so rapidly evolving and changing. Like Bob Dylan's famous song says, "The times they are a changin'". When he wrote that back in the sixties I believe that was the start of a new world paradigm shift and forty-some years later it has sped up so fast that it often feels to me like I'm in a whirlwind. What I find fascinating about this present time is how inter-connected everyone on the planet seems to be becoming. It is as though the entire human race is being forced to get to know each other. With all the modern electronic devices we are able to see, hear, and read about things that are happening to people on the other side of the planet within minutes, and we are often deeply touched by their lives. And the beautiful thing is that we connect with them through our hearts and when we allow ourselves to do that we are laying the foundation for having a world based on love. When we have a world where everyone is thinking, saying, and doing everything from their heart-centre, then I believe there will be peace on Earth. So perhaps this evolutionary speedup and all these modern technological devices are gifts from the universe to help us learn to know and appreciate each other more rapidly so we can obtain that eternal peace we all seek. I believe that is what's happening today and that we are living in one of the most exciting times in history.

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Plus:

Handfastings and Crossings: Ceremonies of Shamanism
Natural Reflections - Salmon Farming: Boon or Boondoggle?
Global Inspiration Conference, Nelson, BC, Canada
Book Review: The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Women's Health
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