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Winter 2014
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Dilbert's Health Tips

Many of us make New Year's Resolutions to improve our health which often involve diet and exercise. And by now, early February, we find ourselves slipping back to our old habits. Changing our patterns and depending on willpower are not easy.

I found some good ideas from a most unexpected source - from Dilbert's creator Scott Adams. As many of you know I'm a big fan of comics - no day is complete without reading the 'funnies'. They are mood shifters distracting you with a chuckle from whatever went wrong during the day. And I find Adams ideas and observations fascinating.

Did you know that before Adams was famous he spent six months writing an affirmation 15 times a day that Dilbert would be the most successful comic on the planet? He used affirmations many times and they all worked for him, although he still claims its all nonsense. (The Dilbert Future, 1997)

Anyway Adams wrote a New Year's column on how to be happy in 2014 for the Washington Post in which the emphasis was on how to become healthier. He said that knowledge was far more effective than willpower for eating better and offers many tips for learning to love healthy food and exercise regularly. He also points out that short term goals don't work, but life-long systems do. Oh, yes - he also says that you shouldn't get your health information from a cartoonist. Adams looks at life a bit differently than most of us, which makes him a good cartoonist and can help us overcome our own foibles. Read his Washington Post column.

Which brings us to this newsletter. Sometimes we need professional support to get us on track and we call your attention here to holistic health professionals working in our area who can help you. The practitioners in our directory cover a wide range of modalities and professions, including coaches.

And to help with gaining knowledge to avoid depending on willpower many of these practitioners also offer workshops and classes to help you get that knowledge. Visit our Calendar to find what you need. We update regularly so check in when planning your week.

And it wouldn't hurt to try affirmations too.

Jon Roe   

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2014 Spring Fairs

This year there is no Greater Vernon Holistic Healthfest. Healthfest is a biennial event and 2014 is our off year. We have begun talking about a 2015 fair, which will likely be the last weekend of March 2015.

In the meantime here is the schedule for upcoming fairs East of the River through June:

The Center For Progressive Therapies in Manchester will hold fairs on Sundays, February 9 and April 27.

The Astrological Society of Connecticut will hold fairs in Wethersfield on Sundays, February 23 and May 18.

A Healing Spirit Expo will be held in Enfield on Saturday, April 19. This is Wendy Birchall's second fair at this location.

» Go to our Calendar for details

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2014 Practitioner Directory

We updated our Holistic Health Practitioner Directory to include all those listed in The Door Opener's annual 2014 statewide directory practicing in our region of the state. There are 36 listings with a wide range of modalities including Holistic Physicians, Naturopathic Physicians, Acupuncturists, Bodyworkers, Energy Practitioners, Psychotherapists, Shamanic Practitioners, Hypnotherapists and Coaches.

Included with the listings are photos, links to practitioner websites and in some cases Business Profiles so that you can more quickly access information about a practitioner and learn what each offers. A few practitioners also include videos for a more personal introduction to their practice.

» Go to Holistic Health Practitioner Directory

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Our Practitioners

Following are the practitioners in our directory listed by modality. In each case the link will take you to more information on the practitioner.







Energy Healing


Medical Doctors

Mind/Body, Licensed - Psychotherapy

Mind/Body, Other

Naturopathic Medicine


Shamanic Healing

Vibrational Healing

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Social Networking

Important or interesting events are posted on our Facebook Page and we post one or two events a week on the Conscious CT MeetUp page. We encourage you to check them out and consider joining.

As an example here are some recent Facebook postings:

  • Sound Healing Workshop
  • Sacred Rivers Celebrates Their 10th Anniversary
  • Introduction To Sacred Contracts & Archetypes
  • Hartford Regional Market Upgrade

And a few recent Conscious CT MeetUp events:

  • Winter Solstice Celebration
  • Past Life Workshop
  • Finding Your Sacred Rhythm
  • A Channeled Evening With Clarissa

» Go To Conscious CT Facebook Page
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News Headlines

Each quarter there is activity in the community that you'll find covered on the News Page of the Communication section as well as on our Facebook Page.

  • Passings: Sharon Gale
  • CT Planning Large Regional Market
  • Sacred Rivers Moves To Larger Space
  • Largest Solar Farm In CT Opens In Somers

» Go to News Stories

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