Volume 19 Issue 6 March/April 2014
Speaking of Compassion...
by Loretta Iris
I want to catch your attention and support the health and wellbeing intentions of the magazine you are reading. But on the other hand, I am in conflict. I want to tell you through this article about my experience with a communication process called Nonviolent Communication (NVC). At the same time, I feel torn about moving forward with this when I imagine this article being published. Flashback experiences of having been misunderstood, of hearing judgments about my professional writing, and of memories of grade four spelling test anxiety come up in my mind! I sure could use some security, reassurance, and connection!
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Powerful Nutrient-Dense Plant Foods
by Sandra Brandt
Edible plant foods include roots, shoots, fruits, fungi, and seeds. Anything that can be sprouted and planted is a seed, which includes grains, legumes, nuts (edible seeds from tree fruits), and those we more directly identify as edible seeds, which come from flowering plants and have a high oil content. This article focuses on the last category, which for abbreviation purposes will be simply called “seeds,” including sunflower, sesame, pumpkin, flax, hemp, and chia.
Cupping Massage? What Is That?
by Winona Mondor
Cupping is an ancient therapy that has been around for thousands of years. Evidence of the use of cups has been found on Canada's west coast in the form of shells. In other cultures, hollowed out horn and bamboo, or glass was used. The ancients used cups that create a negative vacuum pressure for many reasons. Most commonly to treat pain, inflammation, and swelling. Lung infections were common and deadly and cups were used to open the chest and move secretions. Cupping was widely used throughout the world, including Canada, until the advent of antibiotic use during World War I.
Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis
by Alex MacKenzie, D.C.
Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain in people who spend time on their feet. The plantar fascia is a thickened band of tissue (aponeurosis) that starts at the heel (medial tubercle of the calcaneus) and runs forward to form the longitudinal arch of the foot. It provides an arch of support when standing and shock absorption when doing movements. The pain that is experienced in the bottom of your foot is often due to a breakdown of the connective tissue causing inflammation.
Compassion in the 306
by Lori Petruskevich
Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.—Albert Einstein
Saskatchewan, area code 306, will be home to a series of events cultivating compassion in Saskatoon, the City of Bridges. From May 3 to 18 the Venerable Lama Losang Samten, a Mandala Master, returns to Saskatchewan to provide artistic and spiritual nourishment at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market, alongside the lovely heartfelt offerings already available there. Losang is a world-renowned Mandala Master and part of the legacy he will leave in the USA and Canada is the creation of these sacred mandalas, an ancient and sacred practice intended to uplift and benefit not only every person who sees it, but also to bless the environment. We are incredibly fortunate that Losang, also known as the Mandala Man, will create the Mandala of Compassion for two weeks in Saskatoon.
Claiming Our Natural Intelligence
The Ah-ha Moment…
by Patti Lindgren Gera
Five years ago, I had one of those ah-ha moments that change your life so deeply it will never be the same. A date with truth and inspiration that grabs you deep, sweeps you up and plops you down, on a path of no return. It made me stop, check out, and check into a journey of discovery and rebirth.
Connecting Mind, Body, and Cosmos
by Minke de Vos
What happens if you have a gut intuition and just listen to your head? What happens when you follow your inner voice coming from deep within your heart? How do we become wiser human beings? Modern science is discovering that the gut has 100 million neurons. The ancient Taoist science of energy knew that we have a powerful “Abdominal Brain” in our bellies. Actually, mind is everywhere in our body and every organ has emotional intelligence, soul, and spirit as well as physical functions.
by Melva Armstrong
I have managed to survive the extremely cold temperatures of the last two months. I trust you did, too. It has been colder for a longer period of time this year than I can ever remember. We have burned lots of fire wood to keep the house and ourselves warm. Being newbies at having a wood stove for heat, it has been an interesting series of learning experiences. The first part was finding out who had wood for sale, then arranging to borrow a friend’s truck, and making numerous trips to the location – a twenty-minute drive away. Once there, I jump into the back of the truck and as pieces are handed to me, I stack them in neat rows so the truck is full just slightly above the top edge of the box. Back at home, we unload it and stack it in neat rows at the side of the driveway against a wooden fence, just underneath a big maple tree. The whole process gives one quite a strenuous workout each time we do it, however, I feel it is all worth it when I experience the comforting warmth of the wood stove heat.
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News of Note
Intentional Community Opportunities – Colour It Green
Angels In Action – Quinn Straza Answers the Call to Heal
Thorium – Hope or Hype / Dream or Dystopia
What is My Purpose? Ancestors—Help!
Making Love the Feng Shui Way
In Nature, Everything Has a Reason, There are No Unexplained “Accidents”
Laughter – Joyful Movement, Self-Esteem Booster, and A Way of Finding My Inner Laugh