Volume 29 Issue 4— November/December 2023
Celebrating the Winter Solstice
by Tara Semple with Dr. Julie Zepp
Shunyata Sound Studio has been following the sun for two full cycles now, gathering community and providing space in the sound field for deep inner journeys. The sun cycle consists of the winter solstice, spring equinox, summer solstice, and autumnal equinox. These offerings consist of three areas of focus: concert music of the heart, inspired word, and an alchemized sound bath using gongs, crystal bowls, flutes, drums, and more.
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Seasons Through the Lens of Traditional Chinese Medicine
by Lindsay Walker
Seven years ago, I literally fell into Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). I had fallen down some stairs and sprained my ankle. Acupuncture and TCM were recommended. I had a vague understanding that acupuncture entailed placing fine sterile needles into specific points on the body and the pain would somehow shift. This proved true for me when I received my first treatment. Not only did my ankle feel relief, but I felt calm for the first time in ten years. The more treatments I had, the more TCM positively affected my overall sense of well-being. I felt a call to embark and explore the deep waters of Chinese medicine and then fell for a second time, this time head over heels in love.
You Are More Than Your Body
by Node Smith, ND
When we become sick, we commonly curse the physical body, and search for a solution in the form of a substance, or therapy that is going to “fix” the problem; like a mechanic fixing a broken axle in a car.
The Materialism of Medicine
This is the “materialism” of medicine – the human body distilled down to its physical components. In other words, human experience can always be explained through physiological processes, chemical messengers, hormones, neurotransmitters, cellular scaffolding, organelles, ions, vitamins and amino acids, absorption, decay, autophagy, etc. This is typically the perspective we have regarding how our body works, and health and medicine fit into this way of thinking very easily.
The Versatile and Nutritious Potato
by Stacey Wiebe
It is officially moving from autumn to winter. All the crops and produce have been gathered in and people are enjoying the fruits of their labours over the summer and fall. During this time of slow down and turning inward, our body turns to comfort foods. One of my personal favourite winter foods is the potato. It’s a staple in our house and one of my favourite things to harvest out of the garden. I marvel that one single seed potato can produce multiple potatoes under the ground to feed my family.
Time is Right for Happiness Literacy for All
by Kira Judge
Everyone wants to be happy and successful. However not many of us know that success has to be defined by ourselves, and true lasting happiness comes from internal peace. I was over 40 years old by the time I figured that out. I have a masters in Economics, an Engineering degree, and received professional training as a Business analyst in IT. Nowhere did I learn about happiness or emotional literacy. I strongly believe our education system is lacking happiness literacy. I believe it has to be taught starting in kindergarten and be required training for leadership in organizations small and large.
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Breaking Free from the “Excuse Trap”
Embracing the Values of Honesty and Accountability
Courtesy of The Visionary Hub
Excuses might seem like good reasons for avoiding things, but if we're not careful, they can stop us from achieving our goals and living our best lives. Often, we use excuses to explain why we can't do something, and instead of trying to find other ways, we give up. But if we're honest with ourselves and take responsibility for our CHOICES, we'll see that we won't need excuses anymore. When we focus on our goals, excuses won't matter as much, and challenges can turn into opportunities that help us become stronger and more resilient.
The Energy Enhancement System
Understanding the Technology That’s Revolutionizing Energy Healing
Courtesy of the Harmonic Healing Centre
The Energy Enhancement System (EESystem) is a ground-breaking technology that is revolutionizing the field of energy healing. What exactly is the science behind this remarkable technology? At its core, the system is based on the understanding that everything in the universe, including our bodies, is made of energy. Energy healing is a holistic approach to wellness that recognizes the interconnectedness of the mind, body, and spirit. It is based on the principle that illness and disease are caused by imbalances, or blockages, in the body’s energy field.
by Melva Armstrong
I have absolutely loved the summer and autumn weather this year. It seemed like the best in a long while, and for that I am grateful. Watching the leaves changing colours was another glorious sight that lasted quite a while. Mother Nature puts on a spectacular show for us every autumn. And now the white stuff has arrived and taken us by surprise. It was inevitable, yet the first glimpse is always a shock. We have the wood stove burning now which takes the chill off the air and gives us a toasty-warm comfy feeling.
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Healing the Hurt of Intimate Partner Violence
The Cost of Not Caring for Yourself.
Unlocking Wellness: The Therapeutic Power of Reflexology Lymph Drainage
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