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From the Practitioners: Summer Solstice & Our Powerful Sun

Yesterday was officially the longest day of the year, when the Northern Hemisphere got to revel in the sun's warmth. People celebrated in various ways all over the world: thousands flocked to Stonehenge, evening picnickers enjoyed the extended day, dances and performances paid tribute to the fiery ball that sustains all life, and yogis led classes in Times Square.

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Summer Skin Care

Now that summer is here, a big priority for most of us is protecting our skin from the harmful sun! Sunscreen is very important, but all those chemicals that come with most sunscreens may be giving you second thoughts about using it.

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FROM THE PRACTITIONERS

Whoopee for Fresh Fruits & Veggies Month! June is a lovely month in every way--warm, caressing temperatures, golden sunshine, longer days, the early promise of summer. Among the wonders of June are the abundance of fresh fruit & vegetables at their peak, so it is no surprise that it is National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month!

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Favorite Acupuncture Points: The 4 Gates

The beauty of acupuncture is the infinite combination of points to achieve harmony, balance, and health. Here is a favorite of mine: The 4 gates are comprise of two acupuncture points needled bilaterally: one on the hand and one on the foot. This is a very common combination of points, believed to redistribute energy and help recirculate stagnant flow.

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Beginner’s Mind

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” Suzuki Roshi As we head towards summer holidays I thought it might be a good time to discuss a wonderful and profound concept from Zen Buddhism called Shoshin – meaning Beginner’s Mind. The Beginner’s mindset is based on using the approach of a beginner to an activity or situation. It is a very open state of mind.

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A Season for Change

“You have brains in your head you have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” ― Dr. Seuss Putting your thoughts into action and finding motivation to move forward isn't always easy. It's up to us to make our own change because change brings growth and opportunity. This time of year brings graduation time for many.

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Memorial Day Safety Tips

The first weekend of summer is here, at last, which means long leisurely days in the sun, weekend trips, outdoor cooking, and all the other hallmarks of summertime. This poster from the American Safety Council gives us the facts, and nothing but the facts. For more information, check out: http://blog.americansafetycouncil.com/memorial-day-safety-2/

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