Ignore those who say life doesn’t come with a manual. Kelly McGrath Martinsen has exactly the guide you need to make life richer and more insightful with her new book, A Year of Inspired Living: Essays and Exercises for Self-Reflection.
Articles from: December 2017
The theme of this month’s issue of Natural Awakenings Magazine, “Uplifting Humanity”, is ideal, as we look to the end of 2017 and forward to a new year of possibility in 2018.
“We are all born with an innate ability and desire to love and be loved. We know our love is genuine when we are connected to our truer selves. It manifests as sincere caring, giving, forgiveness, grief etc…”
The Orange County Land Trust 2018 Calendar features the award winning photography of Sugar Loaf artist Nick Zungoli with twelve new images portraying the changing seasons in and around Orange County. The 2018 calendar also marks Orange County Land Trust’s 25th anniversary of land conservation and farmland protection. Orange County Land Trust is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting Orange County's diverse habitats, watershed lands, wildlife corridors and working farmland through conservation agreements with willing landowners. At $15, all proceeds support the mission of the Orange County Land Trust. Calendars are available for purchase online at OCLT.org and at the following locations: Exposures Gallery-Sugar Loaf, 19 Main Street-Chester, Outdoor Store-Chester, Mainframe Gallery-Middletown, Soons Orchard & Farm Market- New Hampton, Ye Olde Warwick Book Shoppe-Warwick, Newhards-Warwick, Nature’s Pantry-New Windsor, Linda’s Office Supply-Goshen and Dottie Audrey’s Bakery Kitchen-Tuxedo. The sponsors of this year’s calendar include Pell Wealth Partners-Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., Satin Fine Foods, Valuation Consultants, Seely & Durland Insurance, Boyce Excavating, Rider, Weiner & Frankel P.C., Hill-N-Dale Abstracters, Jack F. Berkowitz & Co., and Royal Fireworks Press. To order a calendar or for more information on protecting your land, volunteer opportunities or to make a donation, visit OCLT.org or call 534-3690. Catherine Goshen
How should we care for our dead? Some think it’s easier to keep death at a distance. The funeral director picks up the deceased, the body gets embalmed and packed into a steel casket. We arrange for a 2-4, 7-9 visitation and move on to the cemetery. That’s just the way most people handle it in the United States. Yes, we do hold religious services and pay our respect. However, many now are questioning the process and looking for something more personal and eco-friendly.
As a lifetime yogi Tatyana Kochergina understands that as we get older, our muscles tend to stiffen, our joints lose their range of motion and we become more susceptible to chronic problems such as osteoporosis, arthritis and heart disease. That’s why she designed a series of chair yoga classes making yoga accessible to everyone despite the any physical challenges they may face. “My mission is to help people find a balance that will work for them, at any age and any stage in their life,” she says.
Ulster County resident and philanthropist Connie Sportiello, RN, has spent her life educating herself and researching ways to promote health and healing naturally in mind and body.
“NP Rock started back in 2012 by a dear friend and sister of mine, Julie Ewald. I took over ownership in July of 2017,” shares Mara Lileas. “It felt like a perfect fit because I want to spend more time upstate and be in the Shawangunk Mountains and improve my climbing. I want to be surrounded by nature as much as possible. This community is filled with an amazing range of people from students to teachers, doctors to artists, and outdoor enthusiasts alike.”
There are many people who struggle with depression and low self-esteem, wanting to get perfect work evaluations and be liked by everyone. They have the idea that keeping up the image of perfection on the outside will give them the validation and praise they need to feel good on the inside. But what happens is that this positive acknowledgement is being poured into a leaky cup.
Nyack-based astrologer Catherine Goshen has created an extraordinary range of essential oil blends inspired by the zodiac. The range draws on her knowledge of astrology, archetypes, plants and how scents positively enhance our mood. Each of the 12 oils comes in a travel-size bottle perfect for on-the-go and boasts a locally designed label.