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Why Courage Needs Heart

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by Jennifer Norris-Nielsen

When people think of the courageous hero, they often think of winning battles, aggressively overcoming danger and valiantly standing up against unspeakable odds—usually packaged in a very active, fearless daredevil. Who of us can live up to that definition of courage in our daily lives? Are we doomed to see courage only in books, movies or on the news?

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Sip a Local Secret

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by Ingrid Cannes

Rachael Young, a biologist, longtime forager and herbal alchemist, has created her own wild-crafted beverage company, Texana—teas brewed from the native yaupon plant and infused with medicinal herbs and local honey. As the base of her synergistic blends, she’s chosen yaupon not just for the delicious flavor, but also for the health benefits.

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Dr. Deepak Chopra: Elevating Our Health to New Levels

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by Sheila Julson

As a forerunner in integrative medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D., has helped thousands of people worldwide positively transform their lives by understanding the connection between physical health, spirituality and science. He began his medical career in internal medicine and endocrinology and served as chief of staff of the New England Memorial Hospital (now Boston Regional Medical Center) before transitioning into the holistic arena. Through 86 books, as well as videos and television appearances on shows such as The Oprah Winfrey Show and Tavis Smiley, Chopra has reformed how we understand the body, mind and spirit.

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Vibrating At the Frequency Of Fun Comedy Concert

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Get a healthy dose of conscious comic relief with an afternoon of hilarious, heartfelt musical musings and mindful mischief. Join Unity of Austin at 1 p.m., February 4 for a comedy concert by Greg Tamblyn.

His songs and stories impart empowering life messages, celebrating the best in ourselves while laughing at the rest of ourselves, as well as spiritual insights through the right-brain doorway of music and laughter. It’s “ha-ha” with an “a-ha.”

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Greater Intimacy and Trust with Compassionate, Nonviolent Communication

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Learn how to deepen ways to understand and attain greater openness, intimacy and trust with others and more during a three-day weekend retreat from an expert who shares her advice on a worldwide basis. Dian Killian, a certified trainer with the International Center for Nonviolent Communication, life coach and co-author of the popular book, Connecting Across Differences, will lead the Authenticity, Intimacy and Trust: Creating the Relationships You Want with Nonviolent Communication workshop from February 23 through 25 at LifeWorks, in Austin.

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Healthy Weight Kids: Food Choices that Prevent Obesity

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by Amber Lanier Nagle

Small changes in daily eating routines translate into healthier weight for America’s kids.

In 2010, President Obama and Michelle Obama launched Let’s Move! as their signature initiative to tackle epidemic levels of U.S. childhood obesity. While modest progress has been made, it remains a public health crisis. A brief by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the obesity rate remained fairly stable at nearly 17 percent between 2011 and 2014 for children 2 to 19 years old.

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Using Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine to Treat Migraines

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by Allison Yu

According to the Migraine Research Foundation, “Migraine is an extraordinarily prevalent neurological disease, affecting 39 million men, women and children in the U.S. and one billion worldwide.” The organization also reports that 18 percent of American women, 6 percent of men, and 10 percent of children experience migraines. Migraine tends to run in families. About 90 percent of migraine sufferers have a family history of migraine. More than 90 percent of sufferers are unable to work or function normally during their migraine, which means it is a chronic disease that significantly diminishes quality of life.

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The Spirit of Yoga Shines Through at Texas Yoga Retreat

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For 17 years, Ellen Smith and Charles MacInerney have worked hard to provide the best attributes of a high-end yoga conference, combined with the finest qualities of a relaxed, locally grown yoga retreat that is open to the public. Those efforts, known as the Texas Yoga Retreat, features a wide variety of workshops for all experience levels taught by high-caliber teachers, along with nourishing food and a genuinely welcoming community, October 20 through 22 at the Ancient Yoga Center, inside Radha Madhav Dham.

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