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Volume 12 Issue 1
May/June 2006

How a Doula Supports the Transformational Experience of Childbirth

Fibre and Transit Time !

Focus on the Basics Brings Success to Good Spirit Farm

Seeing is Knowing

What's Happening to Our Boreal Forest and Its Birds?

Editorial

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Volume 12 Issue 1—May/June 2006

The current issue How a Doula Supports the Transformational Experience of Childbirth
by Jacquie Moore

Some of the most important events in our lives cannot be controlled by us. Our births, and too often, our deaths, are out of our hands. But there are some significant milestones which we have the ability to orchestrate and the experience can alter our lives. Childbirth is one of them. More and more parents-to-be are actively planning the event of childbirth; that is, creating an ideal birth plan for themselves, and making all the preparations necessary to be able to fulfill that vision when the time arrives. Many are accessing the services of a doula to do so. "Doula" is a Greek word, referring to a woman experienced in childbirth who supports and assists other women during their pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum experience.

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Fibre and Transit Time!
by Paulette Millis

It is the amount of time that the body takes to eliminate a food from the time of ingestion. You may check this by eating beets. If you don't see beets in the stool until 24 or more hours after you have eaten them, your "transit time" is too long. Ideally, foods should be moved through the system in 18 to 24 hours. Food sitting in the colon for extended periods cause a host of problems. Toxins and excreted estrogen are reabsorbed back into the body, contributing to all manner of illness, such as headaches, allergies, auto-immune disease, obesity, etc. Carcinogenic substances have more time to act on the intestinal lining and therefore carcinogens sitting in the bowel contribute to colon cancer.

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Focus on the Basics Brings Success to Good Spirit Farm
A Home of Organic Artisan Breads

by Kathy Ponath

Bread is a food that means so much to us, both symbolically and physically, yet is often relegated to a lowly side-dish or afterthought at most North American meal times. Perhaps this is because many of us have chosen a pale substitute for the health-giving, nutrition-laden bread of old that really could lay claim to the title "Staff of Life". A growing number of people are gaining appreciation for bread hand-fashioned with thought and care from quality ingredients - artisan bread. It has been said that when considering artisan bread, one must consider the person making that bread. Peyton Leavitt and Jonathon Lee of Good Spirit Farm near Lac Vert, are artisans, in every sense of the word. Their breads have not only been a major draw at the Saskatoon Farmers' Market but have become a business success beyond their initial expectations. Peyton and Jonathon have found that the success of their artisan bread industry has brought financial stability to their small farm, as well as allowed them to take creative satisfaction in producing health-giving food.

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Seeing is Knowing
Developing Inner Vision

by Rosa Droescher

Intuition, inner vision, Third Eye knowingness: what really are they? What happens if you cultivate these? At my first Clairvision School training in 1992 I was no stranger to meditation and silent retreats, coming from a Quaker upbringing and nine years of Tibetan Buddhist practise. But over the years, and following longer periods of meditation, I was increasingly burdened by pains and health problems which no amount of exploratory surgery could identify. The meditation practice I had done was trying to flush out "things" of all kinds but I had no way of figuring these out or when they would be finally shed. As well I was having huge emotional swings for which I had received plenty of spiritual teachings and advice from various masters, but whose source I could not really see for myself.

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What's Happening to Our Boreal Forest and Its Birds?
by Donald Sutherland, PAg

Most of us get very excited when we notice songbirds of many sizes, colours, and sounds in our yards, on windowsills, on roadsides, and in fields. There is something innocent, mysterious, and spiritual about them. They remind me of angels. We see most of them in spring and fall as seasonal visitors on their annual migration route. Those that spend the winter here enjoy our bird feeders and we enjoy them as loyal friends. Most of them spend their winters in Mexico, Central and South America, and the West Indies.

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Editorial
by Melva Armstrong

What a gorgeous Spring we are having! Not only do I feel like I am coming alive again after our latest winter, but I feel like I'm coming alive after the last seven years of my life. I feel like I have been in the hibernating and dormant stage of winter for a long time. That's why this Spring seems exceptionally glorious, vibrant, and rejuvenating for me. It also helped that this winter was one of the mildest on record and I was able to get that important balance component in my life each day by walking in Mother Nature. She is a powerful healer for my soul.

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Plus:

The Benefits of Belly Dance
How a Creation Box Can Work For You©, Understanding the Law of Attraction
Every Breath is a Prayer
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