Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Upcoming Health and Wellness Activities and Workshops

~Going Local Week
September 6th - 11th - Eat one Indiana local food at each meal. Support Local Food Bloomington, make a tax-deductible donation to support the Local Food Directory. Send your donation to Local Food Bloomington, P.O. Box 8172, Bloomington, IN.

Events list from Local First and Local Growers Guild found at http://www.localgrowers.org/goinglocalweek.html

~September 1st from 7-9:30ish p.m., Buffalo Sisters Gift Circle!, please join us for an evening filled with sisterhood, inspiration, enchantment, and nourishment for your heart and spirit! Women are warmly welcome to come together in our home sweethome to share our hearts, be uplifted, experience compassionate support, cultivate a beautiful sense of community, multiply our own “gifts” as we share them, and receive the blessings of others. christine@heartspirals.com - 812-345-2169.

~September 4th, 2010: Janmasthami (Lord Krishna’s Birthday), 4pm – 7pm; With Rupa Sanatana Das, 1956 Bonnie Ct, Columbus IN 47203, Columbus, IN, (812)272-3024

September 8, 2010, Brazilian Renewable Energy Policy Conference

September 8th, Wednesday, Natural Arthritis Relief - 6:30pm-7:30pm - MHC Conference Room at 1010 S. Walnut St., Do you or does someone you love suffer from one or more of the over 100 rheumatic conditions? Join Bloomington Naturopath Scarlett Winters and learn how people use natural methods to manage pain and overcome the root causes of arthritis. This class is open to the public, with priority given to MHC patrons and volunteers. If there are additional spots 2 weeks before the class community members may sign up on a first come first serve basis. Donations suggested if possible. To register for this class contact Stephanie at stephanie@mhcfoodpantry.org or 355-6843.

~September 18th Reiki Level I Classes in the Usui System of Natural Healing Workshops, Rev. Patricia C. Coleman – http://www.hartrock.net/reiki.htm, contact healingart@gmail.com to register.


Reiki Peace and Wellness Arts for more information and fees, contact or visit website at http://www.hartrock.net/reiki (new class schedule update this week)
~October 30th - Reiki Level I
~November 13 - Free Veterans Class -
Contact for more information
~ Reiki Level II Classes in the Usui System of
Natural Healing Workshop
~October 24th
~Reiki Level I and Level II in the Usui System
of Natural Healing Workshop
October 16th & October 17th, 2010
~Reiki Level III ART in the Usui System of
Natural Healing Workshop
~Reiki Master Level III Teacher IN THE Usui System of Natural Healing Workshop - TBA
~ Reiki Drum Workshop, December 4th


~ Exploring Reiki Through a Chakra Rainbow
- from Root to Transpersonal next session
is February - September 2011

~October 2, 2010 - Council of All Beings - "When we tug at a single thing in nature, we find it attached to the rest of the world." - John Muir

COAB): Gather with others to explore your life within the natural world through the voices of plants, animals and other natural elements. We will explore and deepen our natural connection through meditation, song and movement with the intention to reconnect with nature through this living ceremony. Join us in this circle on October 2nd from 10am to 4pm, 2010 at May Creek Farm in Bloomington, Indiana. Limited spaces. Some work scholarships. Email Patricia at healingart@gmail.com . Questions call Dave at 812-824-6875

Sponsored by Real Compost, Reiki Peace and Wellness Arts, Indiana Holistic Health Network, May Creek Farm, Quilter’s Comfort, Green Dove Network, Inc, Local Food Bloomington and Love Works

~October 29, 2010 - 5 Women Poets Annual Reading, 7:00pm Rachael’s CafĂ©, Bloomington

FOOD EVENTS and PROGRAMS – Local Food Bloomington Blog – http://localfoodbloomington.blogspot.com

Blessings of health and peace in your heart and through your actions,


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Thursday, August 26, 2010

"Council of All Beings" Event

"Council of All Beings” (COAB): Gather with others to explore your life within the natural world through the voices of plants, animals and other natural elements.
Choose a part of nature and give it voice within our Council as we listen and learn about our natural community and the impact of human activity. We will acknowledge the crisis and pain as well as the wisdom and life force within all beings. Explore and deepen your natural connection through meditation, song, movement and a focusing intention with clear ideas and wisdom for ways to reconnect with nature through this living ceremony.

Join Real Compost and Reiki Peace and Wellness Arts on October 2nd from 10am to 4pm at May Creek Farm in Bloomington, Indiana. Limited spaces. Registration required. To reserve your place, email healingart@gmail.com and mail your payment to – COAB Workshop, P.O. Box Bloomington, IN. Limited number of work scholarships available.

Sponsored by Real Compost, Reiki Peace and Wellness Arts, Indiana Holistic Health Network, May Creek Farm, Quilter’s Comfort, Green Dove Network, Inc, Local Food Bloomington and Love Works

Questions call – Patricia at 812- 331-0886 or Dave at 812-824-6875

Blessings of health,

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Rain and Pea Hen with Chicks!

May this note find you well on this wonderful wet three turkey morning! (thank you to the people who let me know that a female turkey is a hen, not a pea hen)

There are many wild turkeys living in southern Indiana; for years they have been scratching up my neighbors plantings, yet I had not seen any in my woods. This morning, a hen with two chicks meandered down my driveway! Perfect, tiny turkeys!

It was wonderful to awaken in the night to hear sounds of rain falling. It was as though I could feel the earth sigh in relief, and in that not awake place, I found myself saying, "Thank you, thank you, thank you, mahalo." I, along with many others have been observing tree leaves drooping, dogwood berries ripening, grasses yellowing from thirst, and signs of autumn arriving to early; now, we have a brief reprieve!

Off to a small group ministry workshop this morning, will return later with information about the Council of All Beings set for October 2nd!



Monday, August 9, 2010

More Cancer Centers and Doctors Encouraging the Use of Reiki

More Cancer Centers and Doctors Encouraging the Use of Reiki

By Jack Bleeker
April 2010

With groups like the Society of Integrative Oncology, a multi-disciplinary organization of professionals, touting the advantages of complementary cancer treatment and recovery, new methodologies, including Reiki are gaining in popularity. More and more cancer centers and oncologists are beginning to recognize the benefits that these treatments – once dismissed with a snicker by those “in-the-know” – are providing for those who just don’t know where to turn to address issues like the pain and stress associated with cancer and its conventional treatments.

Complementary therapies - not to be confused with “alternative” therapies, which are unproven treatments – have gradually made their way to the forefront of cancer care as well-known oncologists who are lauded experts in their field begin to promote these supportive treatments as a natural part of cancer care. Even the National Institutes of Health operates a National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, researching complementary therapies and then recommending proven ones for integration into cancer programs nationwide, including those associated with mesothelioma cancer.

Lately, the ancient form of spiritual healing known as Reiki (pronounced Ray-kee) has earned plenty of attention as a potential complementary therapy for all kinds of cancer, including malignant mesothelioma. Rooted in Tibetan Buddhism, Reiki was “rediscovered” in the early 20th century and became particularly popular in the late 1990s as Reiki Masters began to teach non-Buddhists that life energy flows through all persons, this technique strives to increase the life force energy of a sick individual, therefore helping him achieve better health and happiness.

Like many complementary therapies, Reiki takes a holistic approach – treating mind, body, and spirit – and is safe and natural. Many cancer patients who have tried it note an overall feeling of peace, relaxation, and well-being when the treatment is complete. Totally non-invasive, Reiki therapy involves the laying of hands on the fully-clothed patient by the Reiki practitioner. His/her hands travel through 12 different positions, staying in each place for about 5 minutes for a total of about an hour per treatment. The feeling of invigoration or tranquility results from the fact that Reiki causes the body's molecules to vibrate at a higher intensity, hence, dissolving energy blockages that lead to disharmony and disease, Reiki masters note. This assists in controlling pain, easing stress, or lessening side effects of traditional treatments like chemotherapy, including nausea and other debilitating problems for those battling their mesothelioma prognosis. It is also believed to improve immune function.

With continuous positive reactions from many cancer patients, cancer clinics such as Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center offer Reiki classes for cancer patients, including Sloan Kettering mesothelioma patients on a regular basis as well as in-service classes for their hospital staff. Other well-known hospitals to jump on the Reiki bandwagon include Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Columbia Presbyterian, the Yale Center, and Cancer Treatment Centers of America. The list continues to grow as patients use tools like the internet to advertise their positive reactions to this ancient healing art, enticing others to give it a try.

Visit Reiki Links for links to mesothelioma cancer, also known as asbestos cancer, patients are using Reiki as palliative relief during cancer treatment, and other links of interest.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicines (http://nccam.nih.gov/)
Society for Integrative Oncology (www.integrativeonc.org
Chemocare.com, http://www.chemocare.com/complementary_medicine.asp)
The International Center for Reiki Training ( www.reiki.org)
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (www.mskcc.org)