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Fall News and Events from Maureen

Hello Everyone! Happy Autumn! I hope you are all enjoying the slower pace and ample opportunities that the cooler fall temperatures bring to come inside and go inward. But just in case you are still feeling the urge to venture out and about, here are two enlightening experiences you may want to check out…

 


Two event announcements…   Join Maureen for a Unique Halloween Celebration in Boston and A Soul-Full Living Retreat get-away in the Bahamas

 


Maureen Speaks at Unity in the City Boston October 31, 2010

We hope you’ll join us Sunday, October 31st in our new home to share fellowship, meditation, music and a prayerful message with Maureen Whitehouse.

“All Hallows Eve” Come as you are celebration

This Halloween, it’s time to unmask!

Do you have an ego trait that seems to emerge at the most inopportune times? Perhaps a part of you that prefers trials and tribulations over joy and peace? A false personality trait that continues to hold you back, or hold you down, no matter how much work you do on yourself?

Have you ever felt as though you’re a “fraud?” As though you are great at pretending to be someone you’re not, or that you are able to put on a “good face” for yourself and others a great deal of the time, and then…  just when you feel it matters most, you fail miserably at being the REAL YOU – the one who you want most to be?
Then now is the perfect time for you to come celebrate and play with Maureen Whitehouse and the Unity in the City community as this Halloween we allow our egos full reign.

During this service you will be asked to let go entirely – to allow your ego to come out of the closet – take front and center stage – to engage and exchange with the other “egos” of the Unity in the City community.

If you like, you can even wear a costume that best illustrates your “dark side” – the illusory part of you that you’d most like to expose to the Light of day and to forgive and release once and for all.
It’s time to have fun with these egos!
All Dr. Jekylls and Mr. and Mrs. Hyde’s Welcome.

Maureen Presents a Soul-Full Living Get-Away Retreat at The Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat in Nassau, Bahamas

Soul-Full Living: Integrate Awareness and Positive Action Into Our Everyday Routines

 


 

Maureen Whitehouse November 4 – 7, 2010

Event Details

Maureen Whitehouse’s brand of Soul-Full Living offers methods of integrating awareness and positive action into our everyday routines such as shopping, cooking, eating and cleaning in order to unearth and discover the miraculous in the mundane. Learn how, by becoming mindful, paying attention and relaxing, you can feel more empowered to make changes for the better, and live deliberate, purposeful lives. At the core of the program is the message that consciousness, mindfulness, and awareness are not vague, cosmic concepts, but grounded principles that can be readily experienced in our everyday lives.

Presenter

Maureen Whitehouse Maureen Whitehouse has advised and counseled clients in personal transformation and balanced life style, for over 20 years. She is the author of the award-winning, best-selling book Soul-Full Eating: A (Delicious!) Path to Higher Consciousness, and Done with Dieting: 30 Days of Soul-Full Eating. http://www.maureenwhitehouse.com

Cost

This is a Yoga Vacation program. For Yoga Vacation rates and accommodation rates please see rates.

Arrival & Departure

You are welcome to stay with us for the duration of the program, or for a longer or shorter stay according to your own schedule. For arrival details please see how to get here. For recommended equipment and other useful information see Planning Your Visit. For the Ashram’s daily schedule see Yoga Vacation.

What to Bring

Please see What to Bring section.

Reservations

To reserve your accommodation, please go to register on line or print the application form and fax the form to the Yoga Retreat at fax number: 1-242-363-3783. Then please call us to give a credit card deposit and to confirm your reservation at 1-866-446-5934, 1-800-441-2096 or 1-242-363-2902. A US$100 deposit is required for your registration. Please see cancellations for information on our cancellation policy.

 


Maureen Whitehouse

Abundant Blessings,
Maureen
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Jan 7 Free Teleseminar, Be Done with Dieting for Good

Stop Counting Calories, Carbs and Pounds
Count Your Blessings Instead

Discover How to
be Done With Dieting for Good!

http://eatwithsoul.com/

  • Eat the foods you love without ever gaining an ounce of weight
  • Completely transcend cravings (of all kinds!)
  • Be self-disciplined – without even trying
  • And leave behind all drama to find fulfilling, fun and more loving relationships

So You’ll Not Only Look, But Feel Your Very Best!

Got Resolutions? Talk at Unity Church, Cambridge

Got Resolutions?

New Year’s is the only holiday that celebrates the passage of time. Perhaps that’s why, as the final seconds of the year tick away, we become introspective. Inevitably, that introspection turns to thoughts of self-improvement and the annual ritual of making resolutions, which offer the first of many important tools for remaking ourselves!”

– Gary Ryan Blair

Are you considering “re-making” yourself in 2010?  Who do you want to become this year? What kind of a life do you envision for yourself?

Will you join the millions upon millions of people world-wide who declare their intentions to “change” but then as the days, weeks and months pass and their resolve wanes, see their top-of-the-mountain intentions flatten? For many, as the bright light at the end of the “some day I’ll attain that” tunnel dims, it’s easy to feel self-loathing and defeat.

This January, you could join this universal trend and, as many experts advise, make firm resolutions, set challenging goals, and develop detailed action plans that promise to enable and empower you to have the best year of you life.

Or… you could experience something entirely new.

Come join Maureen Whitehouse and the Unity of Cambridge congregation as we herald in the New Year celebrating the beginning of a Miraculous (and entirely resolution free) year… Manifesting Your Best Year Ever!

Service will be held on Sunday, December 27th in the auditorium of the Morse School, 40 Granite Street, Cambridge, MA 02139   map.

Services start at 11:00 AM, with a meditation period from 10:30 to 10:50 AM.

Followed by an Afternoon Workshop led by Maureen from 12:30 to 2:30 PM

Maureen Whitehouse is the award-winning, best-selling author of Soul-Full Eating: A (Delicious!) Path to Higher Consciousness and the highly acclaimed, new release Done with Dieting: 30 Days of Soul-Full Eating. She is a much loved, inspiring and knowledgeable teacher and expert in Personal Development and Self-Realization. She has inspired and helped thousands of people to make meaningful and lasting changes in their lives.

SOOOOO Good: Santa Monica Farmer’s Markets (Calfornia)

santa monica farmer's market via Bliss Priss on flickr

Our Rating: SOOOOO Good
Address:
All Santa Monica Farmers Markets are open rain or shine – year round!
Wednesdays – At 2nd and Arizona 8:30am – 1:30pm
Saturdays – At 3rd and Arizona 8:30am – 1 pm
Saturdays – At Virginia Ave. Park 8am – 1pm
Sundays – At 2640 Main Street 9:30am – 1 pm
Contact:
310-458-8712 ext. 2 (ask for Darra Adler), smgov.net/farmers_market/

Review via Maureen Whitehouse

Simply put, it doesn’t get any better than this. Imagine stand after stand of farmers with big smiles, wide-open hearts and the dirt from last night’s pick (which they’re selling today) still under their fingernails. Row after row of eye-poping, organic, pesticide-free, sustainably grown produce.

On Wednesday and Saturday mornings, throngs of tuned-in food enthusiasts, including not only LA town folk but (often celebrity) chefs, browse the goodies available from the small scale, quality-obsessed farmers at the famed downtown Santa Monica’s farmers’ market. Friendly and knowledgeable vendors (many of them are the farmers’ family members) are happy to explain the difference between a pluot and a plum (a puot is ½ plum, ½ apricot) and why their Cabbage is better than any found at a supermarket.

The sights and smells—fresh cut flowers, aromatic herbs and spices gigantic, fresh from the ground, tree or vine produce alert shoppers to the high-quality standards of these dedicated growers. For first-timers I’d suggest strolling this market, perusing each stand if possible before buying anything. Many vendors set out samples, but if you don’t see any, request a taste of whatever you’re most interested in. Chances are good you’ll find yourself stumbling across some varieties of fruits and vegetables you’ve never even heard of, let alone seen before. Once you get the lay of the land, and have filled your senses to the brim, then go back and make your purchases from the vendors you resonate with most. Don’t be surprised if they offer you a recipe, storage or preparation tip along with your acquisition. That’s when it dawns on you that this is far from the end of the fulfillment found in this experience – it’s just the beginning, heading straight to your own kitchen. This one Soul-Full experience you do not want to miss!

*Fun Fact: The first LA County Farmer’s Market opened in 1979 in Gardena. It was a Saturday morning market, consisting of four stands. Interfaith Hunger Coalition sponsored it in the parking lot of a church. Today there are over 300 certified farmer’s markets in California.

With thanks to Bliss_Priss for the image.

Improve Your Mental Capacity with the Seven Most Intelligent Foods



I vividly remember standing at the front of my 4th grade classroom, being faced down by my teacher, Mrs. Chamberlin’s beady eyes as I first stammered, and then completely faltered, while attempting to recite the Gettysburg address. I just couldn’t remember what came after the pivotal line, “Now we are faced with a great civil war…

Had I only known then, what I know today: that a powerful way to enhance our ability to learn is to pay attention to what goes into our mouths as well as what goes into our minds. Then, I might have told my mom to put a hold on the pop tart she’d given me for breakfast that morning, and asked her for a nice hot bowl of steaming oatmeal instead.

One of the most Soul-satisfying experiences for any human being is to discover new information, as we are all perpetual students of life! But what many people aren’t aware of is the great impact that eating certain foods can have on our capacity to focus, learn and retain knowledge. When we feel hungry or under nourished, it’s very difficult for us to tap our full capacity for learning and live an inquisitive, interesting life. This experience leads to frustration, low self-esteem and feelings of failure. You may have been, or know of, or even have a child who’s experienced learning problems – which is no surprise in today’s world. According to recent studies, the frequency of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) among school children in the US has been estimated to be as high as 20 percent. This is a prime example of the learning/behavioral problems that affect millions of children and adults all over the world.

So what causes some people to thrive in academic situations while others struggle? The fact is that many learning problems are caused by eating food that is lacking in “intelligence” – food laced with chemicals, junk food, and food that just isn’t fresh. Such fare, lacking in intelligence, disturbs the mind. Although this has been surmised by many for quite a while, modern researchers are just now discovering the extent to which learning disorders are linked to harmful food additives such as chemical food preservatives, colorings, flavorings and emulsifiers. All of which are unfortunately found in most packaged foods.

One rather shocking study showed that the average person consumes 8 -10 pounds of additives a year. And the troubling truth is that the harmful effects of these artificial flavors, colors and preservatives are magnified many times for children who are in the critical developmental years. Children exhibit even more allergic reactions to foods than adults do because they are more sensitive due to their lower body weight.
Regardless of our size, or age, when we eat “unintelligent” food, we are not nourishing our minds with the vital minerals, vitamins, and other aspects inherent in nature’s bounty. But fortunately in our abundant and progressive society that situation is easy for us to remedy. We are blessed with an abundance of healthy intelligent food choices. We just have to choose our food wisely – a sort of “catch 22”, isn’t it!

So to make it a lot easier for you, I’ve put together this list of what I feel are The 7 Most Intelligent Foods. Keep them in mind while filing your grocery cart, preparing your next meal or filling your child’s lunchbox. And remember, the best way for our children to learn and grow effortlessly is to be led by our loving example!


  1. Eat Colorful Fresh Fruits and Veggies – Here’s an easy to follow rule of thumb – at least 30% of your food should be non-cooked, non-processed fresh and raw. That includes a huge array of possibilities when you consider the many fruits and vegetables, and nut and seed varieties available to us today. Get creative! Include every color of the rainbow in your next meal. Adding a crispy red apple, some green celery or grapes, a colorful, chopped salad and a handful of raw nuts to your lunch or dinner insures that your food choices are brain nourishing and chock full of the vitamins, minerals and nutrients your body needs. (More on this in Soul-Full Eating – Chapter 13: Dead and Live Foods, Chapter 27: The Raw Food Diet and Chapter 40: Food As Healer.)
  2. Eat Organic and Locally Grown Foods – Whenever possible, choose organic and locally grown foods. They are not only healthier, but tastier. Take a typical snack; on the surface, there is little difference in appearance between a peanut butter and jelly sandwich made with organic ingredients and one that’s not. But the difference in nutritional value is significant. Non-organic grapes, peanuts and wheat are known to contain some of the highest levels of chemicals and pesticides of all foods. So choosing to go organic here is a wise choice. And what about the milk you use in your morning cereal? Non-organic milk contains not only the residual pesticides from the non-organic feed that the cows consume, it also contains the antibiotics and hormones given to the cows to keep them healthy and producing milk while eating a contrived diet rather that the fresh, sweet grass (grown with fresh air, water and sunshine) that Mother Nature intended them to eat. (More on this in Soul-Full Eating – Chapter 4: Buy Locally/Grow Your Own and Chapter 5: Choose Organic Foods and Chapter 18: Got Organic Milk?)
  3. Eat Foods with Good Fats – Something amazing I’ve discovered, that most people aren’t aware of, is that the human brain is made up of about 60% fat. So doesn’t it stand to reason then that fat is a very important part of your diet? The fats you eat profoundly affect your brain function. Yet there is no other dietary topic that seems more confusing or conflicting than fats – so here’s what you need to know in a nutshell – avoid trans fats (also referred to as trans-fatty acids). These fats form when vegetable oil hardens in a process called hydrogenation. Hydrogenated fats are considered to be very dangerous and are linked with many diseases, including heart disease. It’s fortunate that the FDA has mandated that all processed food labels identify them whenever they are used as an ingredient. So what are the good fats to include in your diet? Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fats are a dietary must. They are found in fish oils, such as cod liver oil, and in vegetable oils such as flax seed, walnut oil, or canola oils. Be certain to use cold-processed and organic oils whenever possible. (More on this in Soul-Full Eating – Chapter 20: Here’s the Skinny on Fats and Oils.)
  4. Eat Low Salt Foods – Most people love it. But too much of a “good” thing can wreak havoc within our body’s many systems. Sodium is not just a tasty seasoning, it’s a vital component of the fluid that bathes each and every cell of your body. To avoid the perils of eating too much salt, here are some tips: Again, eat fresh, whole foods. Substitute unrefined sea salt or Himalayan rock salt for common table salt. Check labels – words that signal a high sodium content are: barbecued, broth, pickled, cheddar, parmesan, smoked, marinated and tomato-based. In essence all chips, other than reduced or no sodium chips, contain high levels of sodium. The good news is that craving salt is one of the easiest tendencies to overcome. (More on this in Soul-Full Eating – Chapter 22: Salt – Easy Does It.)
  5. Eat Foods Low in Sugar – If you’re eating a typical American diet then it is quite likely that you are eating a whopping 42 teaspoons of sugar a day! The major percentage of this intake comes from eating prepared foods. For example, did you know that one chocolate bar has 7 teaspoons of sugar, a stick of gum has ½ tsp.; a half cup of ice cream, 5 to 6 tsp.; a slice of apple pie, 12 tsp.; and a half-inch piece of chocolate cake, 15 tsp.? Even though that’s a lot of sugar, you do expect to find sweetener in those items. However, it may surprise you to discover sugar in foods you’d never suspect – such as frozen lunches and dinners, cereals, breads, many caned fruits and vegetables and even French fries and ketchup! Be a conscious consumer and read the labels of your favorite prepared foods. There are always healthier versions to find, or even to create! (More on this in Soul-Full Eating – Chapter 21: Sugar – The Not-So-Sweet Truth.)
  6. Consume Plenty of Fresh Water (and Fresh Air) Be sure you have the opportunity throughout the day to drink plenty of water and to breathe clean, fresh air. Many people find themselves lagging during their day at times when it’s not appropriate to eat. Realize that this is a good time to get a drink of fresh water and to take a few deliberate nice deep breaths. This will refuel and replenish your cells with oxygen and help you avoid brain fatigue. Avoid having sugar laden energy drinks, soda and other carbonated beverages. They contain not only excessive amounts of sugar but caffeine – both of which are addicting. (More on this in Soul-Full Eating – Chapter 24: Do Drink the Water and Chapter 26: Breathe Deep, Chapter 21: Sugar –The Not-So-Sweet Truth, Chapter 23: Kicking Caffeine – Grounds For Change.)
  7. Love! Above all else, love is the vital ingredient of Soul-Full Eating. When you pay attention to the source, ingredients and preparation of your food, you feel the attentiveness you put into your meal on a much deeper level – this is what I call the Soul-Full quality of food. It’s the most fulfilling ingredient – your presence! When you eat with love, what’s grown with love, prepared with love and served with love, you automatically feel, nourished, revitalized, satisfied, fully balanced and loved!

One final point – vital to living a vibrant, healthy and joyous life – remember that anything you eat with judgment, guilt or fear is less than optimum. Love is the key. When we love ourselves unconditionally, no matter what we eat, while taking advantage of the many good, wholesome choices available to us today, then we feel effortlessly aligned with peace, and have the capacity to tap our highest intelligence and our deepest, most creative, divine nature.

PS – I ate a nice, fresh, juicy organic apple with love before writing this article to ignite my cleverness. . . how’d I do?

This article was written by Maureen Whitehouse, the founder of Axiom, Inc., expert in Personal Development and Enlightenment and author of the newly released, award-winning book, Soul-Full Eating: A (Delicious!) Path to Higher Consciousness – available now in bookstores everywhere. To find out more about Maureen’s 30 Day Non-diet Program, books, CDs, newsletter, Soul-support groups and other products and programs visit her website at: www.soul-fulleating.com

Download: The 7 Most “Intelligent” Foods (pdf)

Book Review – Elephant Journal, Summer 2008

Soul-Full Eating by Maureen Whitehouse
VIA KATYA SLIVINSKAYA

For me, food has always been more about joy than health, so I was happy as I turned the pages of this hefty read to find much talk about the enrichment of the soul. Although the gentle, far-from-preachy voice of the author takes us through the many food paradigms of the diet world (finally!), acknowledging its myriad confusing contradictions, the term “nutrition book” would be a misnomer for this one. Its scope is much broader, linking the way we eat to as many avenues of life as you can think of. Everything about Soul-Full Eating is comforting, which makes it a good one to keep around rather than reading once and tossing.

Source:
http://www.elephantjournal.com/2008/10/summer-2008-book-reviews/

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http://www.experienceaxiom.com/presskit/BookReview-EJ-Sum08.pdf

Midwest Book Review

In “Soul-Full Eating: A (Delicious!) Path To Higher Consciousness”, author and nutrition expert Maureen Whitehouse explains just how a deep sense of personal fulfillment and well-being is to be found in eating foods that resonate with the human soul. Featuring engaging and illustrative personal accounts that enhanced the presentation of cutting-edge nutritional and spiritual information (backed up by comprehensive and documented research), “Soul-Full Eating” is informed, informative, and thoroughly ‘reader friendly’. Readers will lean how to select, prepare and eat food that increases their vibrancy and personal energy; explore the best approaches to dieting; use foods to stimulate the body’s ability to rejuvenate and heal, and deepen a daily spiritual connection and commitment to a compassionate, sustainable world. “Soul-Full Eating” is an impressive addition to personal and community library collections, and particular recommended to the attention of non-specialist general readers with an interest in diet, nutrition, spirituality, health, ecology, and alternative medicine.

COPYRIGHT 2007 Midwest Book Review
COPYRIGHT 2008 Gale, Cengage Learning
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