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Volume 17 Issue 2
July/August 2011

Gracie’s Reiki Story
The Joy of Helping an Animal Companion

Are You Thirsty?
The Question of How Much Water to Drink and When

Citizens Concerned About Drinking Water Supply Due to Proposed Intense Livestock Operation

Yoga for Seniors

The Art of Zentangle Drawing

Getting Stoned
Stone Therapy… what is to be expected?

Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls — New Age Medicine

Spirit Orbs – Their Messages of Well-Intention

Editorial

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Volume 17 Issue 2 —July/August 2011

The current issueGracie’s Reiki Story
The Joy of Helping an Animal Companion

by Sara Woodhouse

When I first learned Reiki I, I immediately knew I wanted to find a healthy way to share it with my three girls, Gracious, Lucy, and Molly – three wonderful dogs, not hairy children. Because they are dogs, they deal with things a little differently than people. Thank God for that! Through some research I came across Kathleen Prasad of Animal Reiki Source. With her method of building trust through the use of Reiki without confining or forcing the animal, I knew that I would be able to share this amazing healing energy with my girls, which would benefit all, especially Gracious (Gracie).

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Are You Thirsty?
The Question of How Much Water to Drink and When

by Sandra Brandt

While spending a few days on the local university campus recently, I happened to notice the numerous beverage vending machines on the premises. In the area I walked around, it seemed that one never had to travel more than a hundred feet or so between one vending machine and the next. I also noted that most machines boasted a bold slogan, such as “Pure Refreshment,” “Real taste,” or simply “Thirsty?” It seems slogans still sell products, even in the halls of academic discourse, but how do these beverages, and the claims made for them, really relate to our actual needs to satisfy our thirst? There is a long-standing concern, especially within the past half century, regarding how much fluid we should drink, and when, not to mention the quality.

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Citizens Concerned About Drinking Water Supply Due to Proposed Intense Livestock Operation
by Sue Peterson

The Rural Municipality (RM) of Rudy has approximately 420 taxpayers, representing around 200 farms. Early in 2010, it became public knowledge that an Intense Livestock Operation (ILO) from Alberta had brought up land within the RM and had submitted an incomplete proposal to RM council for approval of a 36,000 head operation, which would be the largest ILO in Saskatchewan. Concerned citizens soon became aware that there is virtually no environmental assessment required for such a venture. The ILO is proposed to be situated approximately 3.5 miles from the South Saskatchewan River, and 500 meters from the M1 canal supplying many rural communities with their only source of drinking water.

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Yoga for Seniors
by Jean Short

When I ask seniors what the benefits of aging are, I get answers like “There are none”, “I’m here”, “I get a cheque from the government”, “I get free cheques at the bank”, “I get to enjoy my grandkids.” The one thing they all agree on is that staying active makes aging much more enjoyable, and keeps them healthier. I can’t think of any better way to stay healthy then to do yoga. Where else do you learn to stretch gently, breathe deeply, quiet the mind, and relax all at the same time?

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The Art of Zentangle Drawing
by Margaret Bremner

One day, not so very long ago, Maria – a professional calligrapher –told Rick – who had lived many years in a monastic community – what she experienced as she carefully drew the background patterns on a manuscript she was creating: feelings of timelessness, freedom, well-being, and complete focus on her drawing with no thoughts or concerns about anything else. "You're describing meditation", Rick told her. They wondered if they could create a simple system so others might enjoy a similar experience. Thus began the journey toward designing the simple and elegant practice called Zentangle®.

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Getting Stoned
Stone Therapy… what is to be expected?

by Nina Gart

Lighting is soft …music tranquil and soothing. Your body ...comfortably nude, securely draped in a warm cotton sheet. You begin your journey by reclining on a series of flat hot and cool stones, covered by a thick towel, that trace your spine. Your skin welcomes their therapeutic energy like ripples in a pool of water. Within minutes, your body and mind begin to trust and respond to the sensations. Your breathing slows, as oils are applied to your skin, the therapist, with hot stones in hands, rhythmically glides across your meridian lines. The waves of heat surprise your senses, quickly converting to bliss.

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Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls — New Age Medicine
by Lorrie Elian

Vibrational Healing, Sound Therapy, Crystal Energy, Chakra Balancing… there are a lot of buzz words out there when it comes to alternative therapies these days. They can be referring to one specific one, or in fact it can mean many. Whatever the case may be, it certainly is of growing interest and it is amazing how many we have not heard of before. A large number of you may have heard of Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls but even more may not have. They are part of a new age in alternative therapies, but they come from ancient healing practices.

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Spirit Orbs – Their Messages of Well-Intention
by Klaus Heinemann, PhD, and Gundi Heinemann

The Field of Unlimited Potential signals that it exists and that it wants to help and heal us, as we tune in.

A physicist/materials scientist with work experience at NASA and Stanford University, and an educator/healing arts practitioner, a husband and wife join in an effort to explain the nature and purpose of spirit orbs in digital photos.

Ever since the dawn of Newtonian science, it has been exceedingly difficult for a person with traditional Western education to accept, or even entertain, the existence of a conscious, physically impacting realm outside our physical reality. This “intellectual denial” is incredibly deep rooted. It is immensely powerful. It essentially rules our lives.

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Editorial
by Melva Armstrong

As I write this editorial, it is pouring rain and has been for many days and even weeks. It seems Mother Nature wants us to have more moisture in our lives. In fact, our province is being saturated with water, especially in the southern areas. The rivers are swelling to record levels, the dams’ waters are being releasing, and we are being transformed into a wet province from a dry one of many years. I heard from a friend in Australia recently who said they are having floods and rains there too, while England is having a drought. We are always at the mercy of the natural environment no matter where we live, and we must learn to adapt and adjust to its many changes, which is always a challenge as most of us like the status quo and get frustrated with change. But how else can we grow and evolve without change? We can’t. In fact, we can be grateful for everything that comes into our lives, including the weather patterns, for they are all gifts to help us change and become more resilient and adaptable human beings. Life would be very boring without change.

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