Globetrotters “You Write the Rules” World Tour Includes LA

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Known as innovators of the game of basketball for decades, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters are again introducing something unparalleled in the history of sports and family entertainment, taking kid participation and fun to a whole new level with their 2013 “You Write the Rules” World Tour.

Transition into the New Year at Agape’s Meditation Retreat

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Agape International Spiritual Center and Reverend Michael Bernard Beckwith will be holding its 21st annual New Year’s Silent Meditation Retreat. This year’s retreat will be held from Saturday afternoon, December 29 until Tuesday afternoon, January 1 at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. 

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How Unconditional Love Harmonizes Our World: Marci Shimoff Explores its Transformative Power

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A self-described “seeker from the get-go,” Marci Shimoff is an expert at helping others effect greater personal fulfillment and professional success. The noted transformational leader, speaker and author has written two bestselling books on happiness and unconditional love—Happy for No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out and Love for No Reason: 7 Steps for Creating a Life of Unconditional Love, and co-authored six bestselling titles in the Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul series.

What is the old way of looking at love, versus the new paradigm shift you propose?

We’ve been trained to think of love solely as energy between two people, usually experienced as conditional love—we feel love if the other person agrees with us, treats us a particular way or loves us back. But love is actually the essence of who we are, and when we live in a state of unconditional love, what I call “love for no reason,” we experience our essence that is love, which doesn’t depend on another person, situation or romantic partner. It is the core of every spiritual tradition.

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Usher in the New Era With “Four Agreements” Author Don Miguel Ruiz

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Bestselling author don Miguel Ruiz, best known for The Four Agreements, and his highly regarded family of Toltec teachers are offering are offering adventurous souls the opportunity to close out the Mayan calendar and usher in the new era in Teotihuacan, "the place where humans awake and become God."

Within the sacred site of Teotihuacan, on the outskirts of Mexico City, The Ruiz Family will host "Awakening The Giant" on Dec. 17-21, a sacred, powerful and intimate transformational experience that is equal parts spiritual learning experience, musical celebration, and mystical gateway.

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Loving It: Fast Food that’s Good Food

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Mike Roberts, once the president and CEO of McDonald’s, has co-founded Lyfe Kitchen, a restaurant chain that aims to serve healthy food on a fast-food scale. The acronym Lyfe stands for Love Your Food Everyday, and the food is made without butter, cream, white sugar, white flour, high-fructose corn syrup, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), trans fats or additives.

He foresees hundreds of the alternative bistros opening across the country, all serving locally sourced, sustainable gourmet meals with the efficiency and economy usually found in a fast-food chain. With free-range chicken; burgers from grass-fed, humanely raised cattle; roasted kabocha squash; beet and rice salad and Napa cabbage salad, costs are expected to be pricey at first, but decrease as more locations are added.
 

Eco-Gyms: Workouts Feed the Grid

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A new crop of environmentally conscious gyms and fitness centers are adopting practices to save energy by adding electricity-generating workout equipment and using other strategies to reduce environmental impact. It’s known as the green gym movement, which continues to grow and innovate.

The Los Angeles Times reports that members of AC4 Fitness, in Goleta, California, generate power and feed it back to the grid every time they step on a treadmill or elliptical. They also bring their own refillable bottles and have access to a hydration station that provides free water, filtered by reverse osmosis. Patrons can store their belongings in lockers made from recycled plastic. The Greenasium Fitness Studio, in Encinitas, California, sports floors covered with mats made from recycled tires and their dumbbells are used and refurbished. Stay tuned.
 

The Other Problem with Trans Fats

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To keep the holidays merry, rather than moody, check labels when stocking the pantry and avoid products containing trans fatty acids, which not only contribute to insulin resistance, inflammation and heart disease, but also exacerbate mood swings. After studying nearly 1,000 men and women of all ages and ethnic backgrounds, researchers at the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine found that consumption of dietary trans fatty acids (dTFAs) was significantly associated with greater aggression and irritability.

Good Foods to Keep the Brain Sharp

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New research reveals that diet may make a difference in reducing the risk of developing the most common form of dementia, known as Alzheimer’s disease. A study published by the American Academy of Neurology suggests that eating foods containing omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish, chicken, salad dressing and nuts, may be related to the lower blood levels of a protein called beta-amyloid associated with Alzheimer’s and memory problems.

EFT Relieves Veterans’ Post-Traumatic Stress

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Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) uses tapping along acupuncture meridians to relieve stress so the body can resume the natural function of self-healing. Through the Veterans Stress Project (StressProject.org), the therapy is now being used and tested with veterans exhibiting post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms such as insomnia, anger, grief and hypervigilance.

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Antibiotics Overused for Sinus Infections

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A study by investigators at the Washington University School of Medicine, in St. Louis, concludes that antibiotics typically prescribed for sinus infections aren’t any more effective than inactive placebos. “Patients don’t get better faster or have fewer symptoms when they get antibiotics,” says Dr. Jay F. Piccirillo, a professor of otolaryngology and the study’s senior author. He adds, “Our results show that antibiotics aren’t necessary for a basic [acute] sinus infection—most people get better on their own.” The researchers do suggest treating symptoms such as pain, cough and congestion and carefully watching to see if further treatment is necessary.