Handmade Natural Spa Product Holiday Gift Ideas

by Mary Kearns, Ph.D. If you enjoy giving one-of-a-kind gifts to friends and family, handmade spa products are a fun and practical choice. With just a couple of hours of your time, you can make a set of luscious handcrafted items using ingredients readily available at your local natural food store. Following are some simple spa recipes. Each includes the ... Read More »

Rumours of Glory: An Interview with Musician Bruce Cockburn

by Grace Ogden “Zen songwriter, singer, activist, psalmist…” says Bono about Bruce Cockburn in the 2013 documentary Pacing the Cage. Now the celebrated Canadian folk-rock artist has published Rumours of Glory, a memoir tracing the spiritual current that drives his art, activism and personal evolution. In it, he reveals how the alchemical power of creativity, spirituality and openness transformed a shy, musical ... Read More »

Energy Healing for Pets

by Sherry Dmytrewycz Pets, like people, have an energy body as well as a physical body and therefore, respond well to energy healing approaches. Energy healing has proven effective for animals, whether they are emotionally upset, ill, injured, having behavioral issues, are structurally out of alignment or need clearing of negative past experiences that may be affecting their overall well-being. ... Read More »

A Green Practice Produces Pearly Whites

by Robin Fillmore There is nothing halfway about Dr. Terry Victor, known throughout the community as The DC Dentist. In addition to seeing patients full-time and maintaining a monthly commitment to additional training in his field of holistic and biological dentistry, Victor is committed to generating practices that are good for business as well as the planet. When Victor and ... Read More »

Our Brain is Designed to Be Mindful and Compassionate

By Dr. Chas Gant, M.D., Ph.D. As more and more people practice various forms of meditation (contemplation and self-reflection), there seems to be an increasing appreciation that mindfulness is a completely separate faculty of consciousness, independent of the other four faculties: cognition (thought and visualizations), emotion and intuition, behavior and kinesthetic-related activity and sensation (the five senses). Mindfulness-based psychotherapies are ... Read More »

More on Dietary Fat: Beyond the Jargon

By Julie Wendt, M.S. Looking again at our comparison between a doughnut and an avocado that we began last month, a low-fat enthusiast might assume that the doughnut with 16 grams of fat is better than the avocado that has 22 grams of fat. However, the devil is in the details in understanding what kinds of fat promote health. To ... Read More »

Ice Cream: The Perfect Garnish

by Samantha Hudgins Winter doesn’t typically evoke thoughts of sundaes and milkshakes, but Susan Soorenko, owner of Moorenko’s Ice Cream and Moorenko’s Ice Cream Café, proves that artisanal ice cream is the perfect cold weather garnish. Moorenko’s is a locally owned artisanal ice cream that can be purchased as close as their Silver Spring café, or as far out as ... Read More »

First Person

Storytelling as a Vehicle of Awakening By Susan K. Coti Storytelling is the oldest art form in the history of mankind. It originated as a way to make sense of the world and to guide human behavior. The ancient myths illustrate this point along with the earliest cave paintings that documented important events in people’s lives. It grew to include ... Read More »

Letter From the Publisher

The Joy of the Season to You All – Thank you, to all the loyal readers of Natural Awakenings, for being such a wonderful, thoughtful and encouraging band of supporters. As this year comes to a close, I wanted to take a moment to convey my deep gratitude for you all. The year 2014 has flown by but yet, in ... Read More »