Magazine publisher Shelly Searle introduces the Austin Texas Edition of Natural Awakenings, with testimonials from Austin business owners: Sherry Gingras, of Drumz; Gabriella Espinosa, of Pure Soul Alchemy; and Mardy Chen, of Pure Yoga Texas. Video by ARISE.

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The Wonderful, Healing Power of Gardening

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by Jodi Phillips

Plants and trees have been worshipped, adored, admired and looked upon with devotion. Avid plant gardeners even go so far as to name them and treat them like a member of the family. These beautiful beings are the sustainers of the earth, and this earth includes us; therefore being mindful to our connection will not only improve our health, but also give back to the life that creates ours.

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Journey to Heaven and Back Through Spiritually Transformative Experiences

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It may be difficult to grasp that we are connected to a lofty, heavenly paradise or a spiritual dimension, but for some that had their reality ripped open through a near-death experience (NDE), they find that a spiritual transformation occurs. Austinites can learn about NDEs, as well as ways to have a spiritually transformative experience without the threat of dying, at the NDE Symposium, April 7 through 9—with free admission April 7—at the Wimberley Community Center.

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Healing from Loss and Grief

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by Stacey Lemire Martin

Most of us today were not taught how to deal with death or grief over loss and were instead told to “bootstrap it”, “buck up” or to “get over it and move on” with little thought to any trauma one might have experienced, or feelings about loved ones being gone.

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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Can Lead the Way Out of Depression

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by Vinay Parameswara

Those suffering from depression may benefit from transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)-approved, non-invasive medical technology that applies magnetic pulses to soothe and stimulate nerve cells in the region of the brain involved in mood control and depression. The procedure has proven benefits, does not have any problematic side effects, needs no anesthesia and can be done in comfort at a doctor’s office.

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It Pays to Play

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by Sandra Vela

We have lots of useful tools at our disposal to help soothe the stress response and keep our bodies, minds and spirits as healthy as possible. When we leave childhood, many of us seem to forget an incredibly important tool in stress management: play.

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