South Central WI Archive
February 2015

February 2015

Are you settling into 2015?

It’s hard to believe just one short month ago marked the start of a new year. The holidays and their aftermath can be a chaotic whirlwind, paired with festive parties and busy schedules. It’s always an anticipated part of the year, but it’s easy to get wrapped up in the frenzied nature of it all. January is a great time to reflect on all that was, and all there is to come in the new year.

And then there’s February: the calm after the storm. It’s an interesting month, and can be hard to characterize — especially here in Wisconsin. It doesn’t have the same fresh, new quality as January, but we haven’t quite made it to early spring and all that a new season brings. The bright snow has turned to slush, and frigid temperatures are just beginning to warm up (sometimes!).

Settling into this month can feel comfortable in a positive way, but also, unfortunately, brings a sense of relaxation that has the potential to slow momentum and drive toward recently formed New Year’s resolutions and goals.

The content in the following pages of Nature’s Pathways is fresh and new each month, but like February, holds easy, comforting favorites that you can always count on. Monthly staples like Healthy Kids, Healthy Pets, Herb Blurb and Healthy Eating are among several articles that will provide new motivation and the tools to continue the momentum that started 2015.

If one of your missions this year is to learn to self-love and self-care, pay special attention to “Self-love and the healthy ripple effect,” by Emily Niesen (she also provides a delicious recipe for Portobello Open-Faced Sandwiches in this issue!). Are you working on becoming more organized? “The emotional baggage of clutter,” by Jeanine Hanson Lewis is the perfect read to get you started.

Maybe being conscious of your health is a new goal. We’ve got you covered! Did you know snails have over 25,000 teeth? Amy Sergeant, D.D.S., offers fun crafts for kids and more cool facts in, “Children’s Dental Health Month.” In “Heart work,” Deb Freeman takes a more spiritual approach to health and focuses on how to stop fear from defining you.

We’re looking forward to really delving into 2015, and experiencing all February has to offer.

The Nature’s Pathways Team

Mirroring occurs all the time in our lives. The expectation of others changing while we do not is not going to work. Therefore, the aspects of ourselves are reflected in others. It is often the things we don’t like in others that will show us the things that we don’t…
Madison Manual Medicine was established in 2011. My wife and I moved to the area to be close to family. Concomitantly, I decided to break from traditional medical practice and pursue osteopathic manipulative medicine full time. In my practice as an occupational medicine physician, I had ethical dilemmas of varying…
With the winter in full force, shorter days, less fresh air and cold temperatures forcing us to take shelter inside our homes, diminished emotional stability and altered mood issues are common. For individuals who experience a chronically lower mood, this may edge them further toward depression. For others, the slight…
In the January issue, I spoke of pranayama or “energy of the atom.” You were introduced to a simple yet powerful technique of breathing used in Vipassana or mindfulness meditation. Utilizing this sacred breath as an important tool for calming and healing is also known as pranayama in yoga. Pranayama…
Bromelain, or pineapple extract, is a mixture of enzymes found in the pineapple plant. Pineapple is native to the Americas but is now grown throughout the world in tropical and subtropical regions. Historically, natives of Central and South America used pineapple for a variety of ailments, such as digestive disorders.…
The development of your intention may have several avenues. It may be for you, a loved one, or for a client. Frequently, a client will come into the sanctuary for a treatment needing clarity in formulating their intention for the session. In fact, many have repeatedly said that it is…
This is a perfect recipe for the month of love! Whether you avoid meat, your significant other is a vegetarian, or you have a husband like mine who needs meat at every meal, mushrooms are a meaty vegetable that are sure to satisfy everyone at the table! Ingredients: 8 ounces…
“Dying is more than a set of problems to be solved. The nature of dying is not medical, it is experiential. Dying is fundamentally a personal experience, not a set of medical problems to be solved.” —Dr Ira Byock I was surrounded by death this holiday season — four deaths…
You may have heard various quotes or sayings throughout your life that refer to the act of listening and living from the heart. These statements challenge the way we react in our daily lives, and shift the focus from the mind and gut reactions that we may have become accustomed…
Here’s my version of Martin Luther King’s dream: To create wellness destinations in Madison and other hub cities, including Appleton and Milwaukee, for millions of people. Humanity’s social problem-solving abilities lag appallingly behind our technical prowess. Isn’t it paradoxical that we confront such disarray at our most affluent moment in…
Do you ever feel like a “stranger in a strange land”? Given all the craziness on planet Earth, it might be comforting to know you don’t belong here, like maybe you come from a more functional alien planet. That would explain everything, right? Yet, even if that were true, you’d…
Many things can affect our ability to connect well in a relationship — romantic or otherwise. February brings us Valentine’s Day. Whether you love this day and see it as a reminder to share your feelings of love and affection, or see it as an annoying a Hallmark holiday, the…
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