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ive years ago in December 2012 I took over as the new publisher of the Natural Awakenings New Mexico edition. The New Mexico edition has been around for 13 years now! My first magazine, the December 2012 issue, was published long distance from Florida. I remember being caught up in the stress of packing up our belongings during the holidays season, getting ready for the three-day drive across country and feeling somewhat queasy about stepping into the unknown. After having lived over two decades in Florida, taking the leap of faith to move to the “Land of Enchantment” seemed daunting. They say be careful about what you ask for. In 2012 I was looking for a business that would enable me to segue into the wellness industry while utilizing my long-term corporate retail experience. The Universe answered. Once we have our prayers answered, the reality of what we create seems awe-inspiring and somewhat surreal. In the January issue in my office surrounded by unpacked boxes and wondering, “What have I done?” The change of environment could not have been more drastic—I went from sea level to 5,000 feet. I was out of breaths the first several months walking up the stairs. It took a while to adjust from the extreme humidity of Florida to the dryness of the high desert—and, of course, tackling my first winter. I worked very hard those first few months to regain previous clients just to have the magazine break even. I remember people telling me they had to wait for “downloads” to get the go-ahead from their masters to advertise. Strange coming from the corporate world! Part of the screening process with Natural Awakenings Corporate Headquarters was to write down ideas I wanted to bring to the market. I remember writing that I hoped to support a yoga festival and events that were geared to baby boomers. Well, I’m proud to say that we’ve supported the Santa Fe Yoga Festival for the past three years and were sponsors of the Qigong and Conscious Aging conference this August. Writing things down really works! Sharing local interviews and articles with renowned health and wellness visionaries and icons such as Barbara Marx Hubbard, Byron Katie, Dr. Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra, Dr. Judith Orloff, and Master MingTong Gu has been an absolute joy. Getting the opportunity to share their insights with all of you is just one of many reasons publishing this magazine is so rewarding. In this month’s Holiday Issue, we’re happy to share the wisdom of Father Richard Rohr and ponder some of the profound theories about humanity that Gregg Braden has to offer. Looking back, I know that 2018 has been a challenging year for many of us. Throughout all of the year’s adventurous ups and downs, I’ve often found myself thinking I’m just grateful to be alive. We deeply appreciate you, our loyal readers and advertisers. Without YOU the magazine would not be possible. Please, support our advertisers and take advantage of the abundant offerings in this holiday gift giving issue. We love to make health and wellness services affordable for you. If you have been on the fence about marketing your business in the up and coming year, please, check our irresistible offer for new clients on page 29. We hope that our magazine brings you inspiration and empowerment for your own health, wellness and happiness. Many blessings during this holiday season, Andrea

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ntuitive and Equine Assisted Guide, Chantal Fidanza, announces she has just one space available in her six-month Intuitive Guide Certification Training The training, which begins January 6, features equine support from horses and donkeys along with deep, transformational shifts for all students. “This is the most inspiring thing I’ve done,” she says. “I get to witness people attune to their highest vibration and discover how they wish to bring that forth— whether they choose to work with clients or simply anchor their higher self for greater joy, abundance and empowerment.” Fidanza intentionally keeps the enrollment limited to offer maximum support to each participant. “It’s not about numbers; this is for those who are deeply called from within. I want to support those people,” she affirms. “This is a deep journey,” says Fidanza, who admits that it’s difficult to put this training into words. “What we are doing is learning to source from higher dimensions while fully anchored to the earth, which is a process I find the equines catalyze exponentially for us.” Located in Santa Fe (San Marcos Area). For more information or to reserve your space, visit or or call 505-438-1074. See ad, page 19 and 23.

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ransitions Radio Magazine (TRM) reorganized and rehabilitated, returns to life with a new format, both live streamed and on FM radio. Founding host, Alan Hutner, reconstitutes a new team for an aural journey of Whole Brain Radio. He shares, “It was time for me to rest up, heal up and share the mike with a new Operational Director, Jon Whitsell, and, launch a podcasting network.” Elizabeth Rose, longtime co-host, has been aching to distribute TRM’s gem interviews of 34 years. As she says, “In a world of dubious media value, we blend evolutionary guests and content, with uplifting music, all to inspire and empower listeners to make wholesome choices. Our content is loving and caring. It’s the heart of what we do. TRM welcomes co-host Jon Whitsell, who after 25 years in the corporate audio visual world, brings his passion for music and sounds as a “Sononaut” to this crisply moving one hour, while Folk Music Director, Ken Yavit, features a weekly Singer Songwriter Album Pick. Location: TRM airs every Sunday, at 9 a.m. on 98.1 FM, Radio Free Santa Fe, and live streams as well as archiving all shows at To connect, find them at, email or call 505-670-1167.

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ooking to make a life change in 2018?” asks Maria Dernocoeur, owner of True Rest Float Spa in Albuquerque. “No matter your resolution, flotation therapy can give you the physical, mental and creative boost you need to reach your goal with ease.” According to Dernocoeur, a one-hour float therapy session lowers blood pressure and reduces cortisol, allowing the mind to fall into a state of deep relaxation. “The result? A rested mind, a buoyant mood, and a readiness to tackle day-today stressors with ease.” Early results from the Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR) Float Clinic and Research Center in Tulsa have seen positive outcomes for those experiencing anxiety, depression, PTSD and disordered eating. “Participants in these exploratory studies not only report feeling better after three floats, but results from fMRI and EEG scans taken both before and after floating support claims that flotation has a real impact on our brains,” affirms Dernocoeur, who invites all to give themselves and their loved ones the gift of relaxation and peace during the holidays.

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o you sometimes find yourself saying you don’t have enough time for exercise?” asks Hongik Cheong, regional director of Body & Brain Yoga & Tai Chi in New Mexico. If so, then One Minute Change is for you. This new app lets you exercise easily for one minute every hour.” According to a 2014 survey of older adults, 87 percent of U.S. adults 65 and older have at least one chronic disease. Additionally, the obesity rate in America is over one third of all U.S. adults. Body & Brain Yoga centers in New Mexico are tackling this problem head on with a public health project for the local community. “By spreading the benefits of one minute exercise to 1 percent of the population in New Mexico, we’re initiating a health movement that aims to break this statistic at home,” says Cheong. “If you’re wondering what one minute can do—a study conducted at McMaster University in Canada saw that 60 seconds of strenuous exertion had the same benefits on the body as 45 minutes of moderate exercise.” One local woman says: “While 60 seconds doesn’t sound like much, it enabled me to stop my stressful routine and concentrate on myself. It helped quiet my mind, strengthen my body, and provide a much needed break.” –Naomi B.

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and available it becomes. With sound healing practices, our conscious mind is continuously acknowledging and embracing all sensations and all feelings of the energy inside us, without any resistance, without any labels, and without any limiting stories.

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PEACE ON EARTH Conflict Resolutions that Work to Bridge Divides Healing happens when we handle conflict in a healthy and transformative way.

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“What if we considered conflict as a secret ally or a guidepost, showing us what really matters to us and how much we care? What if our intense emotions are sources of invincible energy, with the power to build the world we want, together? What does having conflict in a healthy and transformative way look like?” queries Ma’ikwe Ludwig, executive director of Commonomics USA, an organization which educates and advocates for a world where a commonsbased economy creates economic and ecological security for all. “Conflict has the power to bring to the surface what’s really at stake and to unite people toward a common goal,” advises Ludwig. Her thought-provoking questions can help shift perceptions toward the idea that we need to use conflict; maybe even welcome it. Ludwig, author of Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption, recently helped present new perspectives on conflict resolution during a webinar for Transition US members interested in creating inclusive and diverse communities through collaboration. The nonprofit inspires, encourages, supports and provides networking and training for grassroots initiatives seeking to build community resilience in the face of such challenges as oil spills, climate change and economic crises. Courtney Breese, managing director for the nonprofit National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) and her colleagues, together with thousands of innovative thinkers, are helping by introducing people to simple dialogue and deliberation structures, processes and resources that invite meaningful and productive conversations leading to constructive civic engagement. Breese remarks, “We’re open to working with anyone interested in learning processes that can help bridge divides. We also like sharing stories about what is working.”


The group’s downloadable free tools help newcomers: A beginner’s guide for exploring dialogue ( beginners-guide); a how-to-guide for Conversation Café (CC) hosts (Tinyurl.

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of enabling sworn enemies to create peace in places such as South Africa, Northern Ireland and Colombia, Adam Kahane, author of Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People You Don’t Agree with or Like or Trust, shares insights into the “enemyfying syndrome” that instigates conflict. This habit of thinking and acting as if people we are dealing with are our

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enemies and the cause of our problems is all around us and dominates the media. “The enemies are always the others, ‘those people’. Enemyfying, which feels exciting and satisfying— even righteous and heroic—usually obscures, rather than clarifies, the reality of the challenges we face. It amplifies conflicts, narrows the space for problem solving and creativity, and distracts us with unrealizable dreams of decisive victory from the real work we need to do,” observes Kahane. Kahane sees the challenge of conflict becoming more acute. “People today are generally more free, individualistic and diverse, with stronger voices and less deference. Volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity are growing.” Yet, contrary to the common view, it is possible for people that hold contradictory positions to find ways to collaborate. That’s what he and 40 others representing military officers, guerrillas and paramilitaries; activists and politicians; businesspeople and trade unionists; landowners and farmers; and academics, journalists and young people, accomplished in the Destino

Colombia project. They organized to contribute to ending their country’s 52-year civil war.

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Jonathan Bender, founder of The Performance of Your Life, a public speaking and personal development business, has been on a lifelong quest of fostering personal growth and societal transformation. His therapeutic classes and workshops demonstrate how to connect, honor and deeply resonate with others, even if they have different worldviews, and how to listen and hear in the same way we want to be heard. Acknowledging the adrenalin rush that’s a common response to fear of conflict, Bender says, “When we learn to be mindful and speak from our entire body, rather than just from our head, we notice that the voice resonates and originates from a much bigger place. This teaches us to cultivate greater awareness of our emotions and how we express them. “Begin by acknowledging an emotion, and then reduce its intensity through slow, deep breaths, paying attention to the correlating physical sensation. Shifting our focus back to the heart allows us to recognize parts of ourselves

in the stories of others and come to understand that our personal history is the filter through which we ‘enemyfy’,” says Bender, who speaks and presents publicly, educating audiences and clients about the universally challenging performances of everyday life. According to Robert Atkinson, Ph.D., author of The Story of Our Time: From Duality to Interconnectedness to Oneness, today’s rugged individualism amid conflicts comprises a crisis of consciousness. “No longer can we settle only on seeing things in opposition to one another; we need to shift our consciousness to be able to see the parts coming together in a new whole. Accepting the oneness of humanity as a biological fact, a social necessity and a spiritual reality will lead us further along our journey toward lasting world peace.” His observation fits with what Joanna Macy, author and scholar of Buddhism and deep ecology, believes is the call of our time: “As planetary citizens, we are being called to wake up together.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings who blogs at

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he presence of God is infinite, everywhere, always and forever. You cannot not be in the presence of God. It is we who are not present to Presence. All spiritual teaching is about how to be present to the moment. When you’re present, you will experience the Presence. But the problem is we’re almost always somewhere else either reliving the past or worrying about the future. Daily contemplative or meditative practice is crucial to helping us live in the now. It takes constant intention and practice to remain open, receptive and awake. We carry obstacles to presence in our pockets nowadays, vibrating and notifying and emoji-ing us about everything and nothing. And let’s be honest: most of our digital and personal conversation is about nothing. Nothing that matters, nothing that lasts, nothing that’s real. We think and talk about the same things again and again, like a broken record. Pretty soon we realize we’ve frittered away years of our life, and it is the only life we have. We have to find a way to more deeply experience our experiences. Otherwise we’re just on cruise control, and we go through our whole life not knowing what’s happening. Whether we realize it or not, Divine Energy is flowing through each one of us. When we draw upon this Source consciously, our life starts filling with what some call coincidences or synchronicities which we can never explain. This has nothing to do with being perfect, highly moral, or formally religious. Both Jesus and Buddha say the same thing: “Stay awake!” Contemplative practice gradually transforms our minds so that we can live in the naked now, the sacrament of the present moment. Without some form of meditation, we read life through a preferred and habitual style of attention. Unless we come to recognize the lens through which we filter all our experiences, we will not see things as they are but as we are. Zen Buddhist masters tell us we need to “wipe the mirror” of our minds and hearts in order to see what’s there without distortions or even explanations—not what we’re afraid is there, nor what we wish were there, but what is actually there. Contemplation is a lifelong task of mirror-wiping. “I” am always my first problem, and if I deal with “me,” then I can deal with other problems much more effectively. Mirror-wiping is the inner discipline of calmly observing our own patterns—what we see and what we don’t—in order to get our demanding and over-defended egos away from the full control they always want. It requires us to stand at a distance from ourselves and listen and look with

calm, nonjudgmental objectivity. Otherwise, we do not have thoughts and feelings: they have us. A clear mirror allows us to simply see the reality of what is. The real gift is to be happy and content, even when we are doing the “nothingness” of a chore, a repetitive task, or silent prayer. When we can see and accept that every single act of creation is “just this” and thus allow it to work its wonder on us, we have found true freedom and peace. Adapted from Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditations, Practicing Presence, November 24, 2017, and A Clear Mirror, November 25, 2017.

Center for Action and Contemplation The Center for Action and Contemplation seeks to awaken a more loving world through teachings and practices grounded in the Christian tradition. The Center’s conferences, online courses, publications, and the Living School empower people to live out their sacred soul task. Franciscan Richard Rohr founded the Center in Albuquerque in 1987. James Finley and Cynthia Bourgeault join Rohr as core faculty. Together they are at the forefront of shaping spiritual thought. As role models and teachers, they help us reconnect with our Source of love and engage in acts of justice and compassion. Join hundreds of thousands around the world in contemplative community. Sign up to receive Richard Rohr’s free Daily Meditations at

Are you a Child of the Light? If you are a seeker, looking for answers, seeking greater insights, deeper understandings as to the why and wherefores of your own life. You are a Child of the Light. You may have turned away from one of man’s many religions, yet you instinctively realize that you are a spiritual being, knowing that God dwells within. “The kingdom is within” is a Universal Teaching. You may question your role in life. “Why am I here? What is the purpose of life? How do I gain control over those negative emotional forces that dwell within me and seek to derail me.” As a Child of the Light, “how do I bring unity into everything that I see and do?” These questions and more can be answered through the understanding and application of the Universal Teachings.

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5,000 years of recorded history and technological achievements that stagger the imagination, we have yet to answer this most basic question with certainty.

Why our Origin Matters

INSPIRATION Human by Design Our Origin: Why It Matters


regg Braden is a five-time New York Times bestselling author, and is internationally renowned as a pioneer in bridging science, spirituality and human potential. He wrote his latest book Human by Design with one purpose in mind: to empower us in the choices that lead to thriving lives in a transformed world. Below are excerpts from his book. Since our earliest ancestors looked with awe into the distant stars of a moonless night sky, a single question has been asked countless times by countless numbers of people sharing the same experience through the ages. The question they’ve asked speaks directly to the core of every challenge that will ever test us in life, no matter how big or how small. It’s at the heart of every choice we’ll ever face, and it forms the foundation for every decision we’ll ever make. The question that’s at the root of all questions asked during the estimated 200,000 years or so that we’ve been on earth is simply this: Who are we? In what may be the greatest irony of our lives, following 16

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The way we answer the question of how we came to be as we are penetrates the essence of each moment of our lives. It forms the perceptual eyes—the filters—through which we see other people, the world around us, and most importantly, ourselves. For example, when we think of ourselves as separate from our bodies, we approach the healing process feeling like powerless victims of an experience that we have no control over. Conversely, recent discoveries confirm that when we approach life knowing that our bodies are designed to constantly repair, rejuvenate and heal, this shift in perspective creates the chemistry in our cells that mirrors our belief. Our self-esteem, our self-worth, our sense of confidence, our well-being, and our safety stem directly from the way we think of ourselves in the world. From the person we say yes to when it comes to choosing a life partner and how long our relationship lasts once we create it, to what jobs we feel worthy of performing, the most important decisions we’ll ever make in life are based in the way we answer the simple, timeless question: Who are we? On a more spiritual level, our answer creates the foundation for the way we view our relationship with God. It even justifies our thinking when it comes to trying to save a human life, and when we choose to end one. The way we think of ourselves is reflected in what we teach our children as well. When their delicate sense of selfworth is threatened by relentless bullying from rivals and classmates, for example, it’s their answer to Who am I? that gives them the strength to heal their hurt. Their answer can even make the difference between when they feel worthy of living and when they don’t. On a larger scale, the way we think of ourselves determines the policies of corporations and nations that either justify dumping 12-million-plus tons of used plastic and thousands of gallons of radioactive waste into the world’s oceans each year or show we cherish the living oceans enough to invest in preserving them. Even how countries choose to create the borders that separate them and how our governments justify sending armies across those borders onto the land and into the homes of the people of another nation begins with the way we view ourselves as people. When we think about it, our answer to the most basic question— Who are we? —is at the core of everything we do and defines all that we cherish. It’s precisely because the way we think of ourselves plays such a vital role in our lives that we owe it to ourselves to explain who we are and where we came from as truthfully and honestly as possible. This includes taking into consideration every source of information available to us, from the leading-edge science of today to the wisdom of 5,000 years of human experience. This

also includes changing the existing story when new discoveries give us the reasons to do so.

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If we’re honest with ourselves and acknowledge that the world is changing, then it makes sense that our story in the world must change as well. Likely, the new human story will be a hybrid of theories that already exist. These will be woven together into the new tapestry of a grand chronicle that describes an extraordinary and epic past. And with this new story, at last we’ll embrace the history that cannot be accounted for in any of the existing theories by themselves. A growing body of evidence suggests that we are the product of something more than random mutations and lucky biology. But the evidence can only go so far. Fossils, DNA, ancient cave art, and human burial sites can only show us the remnants of what happened in the past. They cannot tell us why those things happened. Unless we find a way to travel backward in time, the truth is that we may never know the complete why of what has made our existence possible. But maybe we don’t need to know. Maybe it’s not necessary to have that level of detail for us to shift the way we think about ourselves and change our lives. The discovery that we are the product of something more than evolution—very likely a conscious and intelligent act of creation—may be all we need to point us in a new, honest and healthy direction when it comes to the human story. The undeniable fact is that something happened 200,000 years ago to make our existence possible. And whatever that something was, it left us with the extraordinary abilities of intuition, compassion, empathy, love, self-healing and more. We owe it to ourselves to embrace the body of evidence, the story it tells, and the healing it can bring to our lives. The power of the emerging human story may help us bring true and lasting healing to the racial hate, the sexual violence, the religious intolerance, and the other devastating challenges we face, ranging from the abuse of technology to the plague of terrorism that’s sweeping the earth. To do anything less is simply to place a Band-Aid on the emotional wound that creates these expressions of fear. For the first time in the 300-year-long history of science, we’re writing a new human story that gives us a new answer to the time- less question of who we are. For more information, visit

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Sing While We Work Nothing makes meal preparation tasks go faster than crooning along to our favorite carols. Turn up Susan Boyle’s O Holy Night and soon your lungs will be full of air, your heart filled with sentiment, and the turkey stuffed with seasonal goodness will be ready to go into the oven.


Express Feelings in a Healthy Way Family gatherings can sometimes test our boundaries and patience. Avoid repressing feelings by finding a way to speak a personal truth in the moment, in a calm and healthy fashion. It’s better than returning home stewing about what we wish we could or should have said.

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How to Really Enjoy the Season by Dianne Bischoff James


eelings of comfort and joy can seem elusive when the holiday to-do list looms or runs amok. The season can seem more like an endless burden than a parade of cheerful events and glad tidings. Amidst celebratory chaos, these simple rules will help restore inner peace and create greater happiness.


Eschew Perfection Guests are much more interested in filling their stomachs with great food than judging the scuff marks and wall dings. The perfection of the season is found in the special moments when families and friends sit down together.


Pay Attention to the Smiles The approaching holidays encourage more shared smiles, kind words and thoughtful gestures. While out and about, look for the grins and well wishes. Hold the door open for others and offer a friendly greeting to store clerks. We’ll find ourselves smiling even more, because thoughtfulness is contagious.

rience a moment of stillness. Inner quiet allows the mind to relax and reinvest energy in the body, so we can return to holiday activities with renewed zest.




Take Advantage of Extended Shopping Hours To avoid crowds and lines, schedule a late-night power-shopping trip. This is the easiest way to manage a department store visit with sanity, have easy access to the shelves and get immediate service.


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Leave Some Tasks for Later It’s unrealistic to think the house has to be in perfect order after festive gatherings. After guests leave, put the leftovers in the fridge and watch a movie. Cleanup will feel easier and faster after a good night’s rest.


Give Each Person a Special Gift Think of something thoughtful that both the giver and receiver enjoy doing together and write a promissory note for the shared experience, such as a free backrub, a day spent downtown, a personal manicure or a movie the other person wants to see.

Take a Holiday Binge Day Designate a day with no limits and no self-judgment. For anyone that mentally monitors their calories or sweets, claim a binge day out loud with permission for total holiday munching freedom. The next day, we can reinstate discipline.


Assign Roles to Household Helpers The holiday load is lighter when everyone pitches in. Assign specific roles to household members with clear responsibilities, from taking out the garbage to setting the table and washing up.

Express Gratitude at the Table Loving feelings can never be expressed enough, so use the holiday as an opportunity to tell others how important they are to you. Create a heartfelt moment at the table by sharing at least one thing that you’re truly grateful for, and ask everyone else to do the same. Go Outside for Fun in Nature Hiking in a nearby forest preserve, skating, sledding or building a snow fort with the kids not only burns energy, but is emotionally exhilarating for the whole family. Pick an outdoor activity, don appropriate togs, and share in the laughter and serenity of a sparkling winter day. Dianne Bischoff James is a life transformation coach, actor, business consultant and author of The Real Brass Ring: Change Your Life Course Now. She specializes in facilitating the midlife reboot and lives in Boston, MA.



THE GIFTS OF CITRUS Colorful Good Health in Holiday Dishes by Judith Fertig


inter citrus fruits that arrive in a gift basket or show up on sale at the grocer present a welcome bright spot on winter’s darker days. Valencia and blood oranges, limes and Meyer lemons are delicious in their

own right, and deserve their place on the breakfast table. Yet there are many other intriguing ways to enjoy them in vinaigrettes, salads, main dishes, baked goods and desserts. Winter citrus is full of health

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citrus groves between the Atlantic Coast and Indian River. “Winters meant Dad’s workbench in the garage groaning under the weight of brown paper grocery bags filled to bursting with navels, tangerines, grapefruits, Valencias and tangelos,” writes Schler. “I fondly recall trips in the old green station wagon to the groves on chilly weekend mornings where we could pick them ourselves.” Today, Schler and her husband own and operate the boutique Hotel Diderot, in Chinon, France, where life’s a feast—especially during citrus season. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

Zesty Citrus Holiday Recipes Moroccan Spiced Orange Slices with Orange Blossom Water

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any reserved runoff juice over the fruit. Using a fine sieve, lightly and evenly dust with cinnamon and a generous drizzle of honey. Chill the oranges for at least 1 hour or longer in the refrigerator before serving.

Peel the oranges and cut away all of the white pith and outer membrane.

When ready to serve, sprinkle the pomegranate seeds, pistachios and mint leaves evenly over the top.

Slice each orange across the core into ¼-inch slices, six per orange, reserving any juice that runs off. Push out and discard any spongy white core.

Meyer Lemon Chia Seed Bowl with Tangerines

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In a bowl, stir together the chia seeds, milk, maple syrup, Meyer lemon juice, salt and lemon zest. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour. To serve, spoon the chia seed mixture into bowls and garnish with tangerine segments.

Yields: 6 servings as side dish or starter or 4 as main dish

Yields: 4 to 5 servings

Fan the slices in concentric circles, slightly overlapping the fruit, on a large round serving platter.

1 Tbsp Meyer lemon juice (or other citrus juice) Pinch of sea salt ½ tsp lemon zest Fresh tangerine segments for garnish

Shiitake Mushroom and Pea Risotto with Orange

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5 medium to large navel or large blood oranges 3 Tbsp orange blossom water 1 tsp ground cinnamon 2 Tbsp honey or date sugar ½ pomegranate, seeded 1½ to 2 Tbsp coarsely chopped unsalted pistachios 8 to 10 mint leaves, chopped or torn, for garnish

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in most citrus, may help guard against stomach, lung, breast and skin cancer, according to the U.S. Agricultural Research Service. Animal and human cell studies found that limonoids—especially those in fresh oranges—harbor potential as anticancer compounds. Another study in Nutritional Neuroscience showed that the volatile compound limonene, found in the rind of a lemon, can enhance memory. As nights grow colder and longer, winter citrus “adds a little sunshine to every meal,” says Jamie Schler, author of the recently released cookbook Orange Appeal: Savory & Sweet. Schler grew up in Florida, surrounded by

Yields: 2 servings for breakfast, or as a snack or dessert ¼ heaping cup chia seeds 1½ cups dairy or non-dairy milk 2 Tbsp maple syrup, or to taste

2 Tbsp butter or margarine, divided 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided, plus more as needed 8.8 oz shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, caps sliced into ¼- to ½-inch strips Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste Zest of 1 orange 2 large oranges, juiced, about 1 cup, divided 1 small yellow onion, peeled and chopped 9 oz Arborio rice 4 cups warm chicken or vegetable stock or broth 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil or 2 tsp dried; or 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh sage leaves or 1 tsp dried 1½ cups young, tiny sweet peas, fresh or frozen Heat 1 tablespoon each of the butter and oil in a large skillet over mediumlow heat until sizzling starts. Add the mushrooms and salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until tender, 4 to 5 minutes, adding more oil if needed.

Add ¼ cup orange juice and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes until the juice evaporates and the mushrooms are very tender and glazed. Transfer the mushrooms to a bowl and set aside. Add the remaining butter and oil to the skillet and return to the heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes over medium heat until softened, transparent and just starting to turn golden. Add the rice and zest and toss with the onions until all the grains are coated in oil. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes more, stirring, until the rice becomes translucent. Add 2 ladles (about 2/3 cup) of stock and cook, stirring constantly and gently, until the liquid is almost absorbed. If using fresh peas, add them with the first addition of stock. Stir in the fresh or dried herbs at the same time. Continue cooking the risotto over medium heat, adding 2 more ladles (about 2/3 cup) of stock at a time, stirring constantly, allowing each addition of liquid to be almost absorbed before adding more broth. When the rice has cooked for 10 minutes in this manner, add all the remaining juice and cook until it’s absorbed. Continue cooking the rice, stirring, adding 2 ladles (about 2/3 cup) of broth at a time until the liquid is absorbed, about another 10 minutes. When the rice has cooked for a total of 20 minutes, if using frozen peas, stir in the peas, as well as the mushrooms. Add any remaining stock and cook, stirring, until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender and creamy. Total cooking time should be 20 to 25 minutes from the moment the rice is added to the skillet. Taste and add more salt or pepper if needed.

Zest of 2 limes Juice from the grilled limes 1 Tbsp seasoned rice wine vinegar 1 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1 tsp sorghum or maple syrup ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper Vegetables: 4 oz baby radishes 4 oz baby carrots, with some of the green top 4 oz baby leeks, trimmed 4 oz baby yellow pattypan squash 2 oz microgreens Prepare a medium-hot fire in the grill. Brush the radishes, carrots and leeks with olive oil and place in a grilling basket or on a perforated grill rack. Grill for 4 to 5 minutes, turning often, until the vegetables have just started to brown at the edges. Zest the limes and set the zest aside.

Halve the limes and grill, cut sides down, for 1 to 2 minutes or until they have good grill marks; adds a smoky, caramelized flavor. For the Charry Lime Vinaigrette, squeeze the juice of the grilled lime halves into a bowl. Whisk in the reserved lime zest, rice wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, sorghum and olive oil together until well blended. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Arrange the vegetables on salad plates and garnish with microgreens. Spoon the vinaigrette over all and serve. Adapted lemon and lime recipes are from Red, White, and ’Que: Farm Fresh Foods for the American Grill by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig, permission of Running Press. Adapted orange recipes are from Orange Appeal, by Jamie Schler, permission of Gibbs Smith.


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hirty years ago, speaker, author and journalist Lynne McTaggart recovered from an illness using alternative approaches to health. Since then, she’s been exploring the frontiers of healing through consciousness and alternative medicine. In the 1990s, McTaggart, who lives in London, started a newsletter called What Doctors Don’t Tell You, now an international magazine and popular platform at that cites thousands of resources showing what works and doesn’t work in conventional and alternative medicine and how to beat chronic conditions naturally. McTaggart’s seven books include The Intention Experiment, The Field, The Bond and most recently, The Power of Eight. Her latest work examines the transformative power of small groups of people sending thoughts together for a common goal.

changing the pH balance of water or healing a war veteran of post-traumatic stress disorder. To date, 26 of those 30 experiments resulted in positive, measurable, mainly scientifically significant effects. We’ve seen the pH of water change by a full pH number and seen seeds grow twice as much as control seeds. We also conducted three peace intention experiments with interesting results: After our eight-day intention for Sri Lanka during its civil war, violence levels fell; the government had won several decisive battles that week; and within a few months that 25-year war was over. We can’t say with certainty that we had a hand in this, but our other peace experiments showed similar results. If it happens a few more times, that becomes compelling.

Can you summarize the results of your experiments of healing through collective intentions?

What conditions were the most conducive to manifesting positive results?

We’ve done hundreds of experiments using small and large groups; 30 were tightly controlled scientific studies conducted in conjunction with researchers at institutions such as the University of Arizona, University of California and Penn State University. The experiments have involved all kinds of intentions, ranging from the relatively simple to the impossibly complex. The large-scale intention experiments involved upwards of 25,000 participants remotely logging onto a website to view photos of the targets, sometimes 8,000 miles away, and sending them a well-defined intention, like 24

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Was it intention, the power of the group or altruism? I think it’s a little of all of these. We’ve found that larger groups do not have a larger effect, which brought about the “power of eight” concept. I’ve discovered all that’s needed is a group, whether it’s eight or 8,000. In a group, we seem to lose our sense of individuality and separation from the world. We experience an overwhelming sense of oneness with the other intenders, which may be why our influence then becomes more powerful.

How did the act of sending positive intentions affect

I was most surprised by the rebound effects reported by participants, whom I started surveying after the Sri Lankan peace experiment. Thousands of extraordinary comments related not only how participants felt during the activity, but also afterwards; they were experiencing major shifts in their relationships, health, careers and well-being. All they had done was sit individually in front of their computer holding an intention, yet they experienced the altered and mystical states of consciousness described by psychologist Abraham Maslow as “peak experiences”. Life University, a large chiropractic university in Atlanta, worked with us to study the brainwaves of participants in six “power of eight” groups and found that senders had decreased activity in their frontal and parietal lobes, which govern the sense of self. It was like the boundaries between participants were

dissolving into a state of oneness. To me, this partly explained the sense of oneness, compassion and love they experienced. Andrew Newberg, director of research at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health, in Philadelphia, recorded similar effects in Sufi masters, and nuns and monks engaged in prayer and meditation, but only after years of learning certain techniques. My participants, all novices, were primed only by

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In the Spirit of the Season – May We Walk as One


Jody Bergsma Jody Bergsma began creating art at age 3, when her mother suggested that she draw her nightmares to vanquish her fears. Monsters illustrated with pink and green crayons were not so scary, and the budding young artist became hooked. By her mid-teens, Bergsma was selling her fanciful works and she went on to become an award-winning illustrator. In her whimsical, elfin watercolors and detailed, dramatic images of wildlife, the artist often uses aboriginal, native and geometric designs and symbols derived from the beautiful patterns of ancient cultures. By respectfully working with these images, she reintegrates them into our modern ethos. “I propose that all humankind shares a common reality just beyond the range of normal sight,” remarks Bergsma, whose watercolor technique is self-taught. “Each person’s physical adventure is unique, but the abstract language of feelings and realization of existence is our shared experience. “Art is a tradition that helps define who we are and brings us a vision of who we can become,” Bergsma continues. “My painting is my expression and request for a more beautiful, peaceful and harmonious world.” View the artist’s portfolio at 26

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From college athletics to Olympic training, sports medicine has a new, holistic face.


oaches and athletes nationwide are attributing quicker recovery time, less inflammation and better focus to a whole body approach to health care. A nutrient-dense diet tailored to individual needs is at the heart of overall fitness. Like Venus Williams and Tom Brady, tennis and football superstars who prefer raw vegan and organic whole foods, respectively, many of today’s outstanding athletes choose to eat clean and incorporate mind-body practices.

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Paralympic snowboard cross racer gold medalist, world champion and International Ski Federation para Nordic World Cup gold medalist Evan Strong, of Nevada City, California, was raised on an organic farm in Hawaii and continues to adopt many holistic practices. “I have a superfood smoothie every day. Liquid food helps me feel lighter and I have more usable energy for training,” says Strong. His regimen also includes organic produce, sprouted grains, occasional raw goat milk products, homeopathic formulas and wildcrafted medicinal herbs.

Strong credits achieving his personal best to a healthy lifestyle and recovery from an automobile accident that led to amputation of his lower left leg as a teen. “After the accident, my family and I opened a raw vegetarian restaurant. We produced as many cultured foods as possible—sauerkraut, kombucha and kefir. Improving my gut health gave me the biggest strides in healing. Yoga and meditation also contributed. It all saved me.” Six-time Ironman triathlete, U.S. Senior Olympic gold medalist and marathoner Ruth Heidrich, Ph.D., of Honolulu, attributes surviving stage IV breast cancer primarily to her low-fat vegan diet. Already an avid runner and nutritionally conscious, Heidrich was shocked to hear the diagnosis. “I was 47 years old when I was told the results of the biopsy. I thought I was going to die because of the symptoms I was experiencing,” recalls the 82-year-old, who not only beat multiple malignancies without chemotherapy or radiation, but was the first cancer patient to complete an Ironman Triathlon. This “Ironlady’s” holistic approach


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includes a whole food, 100 percent plant-based diet, featuring oats, quinoa and brown rice. “When we give our body its proper fuel, it will function at its optimal level,” remarks Heidrich, who has dedicated her life to re-educating others about diet and investing in her ongoing athletic achievements.

On the Road

Maintaining good habits while traveling can be challenging. Ruth Heidrich Strong adds healthy salts to structure his drinking water and brings along superfoods such as green vegetable powders to use when he can’t access organic produce. To optimize his air quality while away from home, Strong uses a personalized air purifier that creates ozone. San Francisco-based, three-time Olympic swimming gold medalist and world champion Natalie Coughlin remains dedicated to better diet choices without deprivation. “When I travel, I always bring my own snacks. I like dark chocolate-covered almonds, a natural sweet that also supplies protein and fiber. To stay hydrated, I drink herbal teas, especially mint,” says Coughlin, who also incorporates a tart green smoothie every morning with kale, parsley, collards, celery, citrus and frozen pineapple. At home, “I like to be informed about where my meat comes from and how the conditions are for the animal. If I roast a chicken, I will use every part, including the bones, to make a stock,” she says. Her holistic approach includes a consistent yoga regimen, meditation and application of essential oils.

High Expectations

Even under the best of circumstances, professional athletes encounter difficulties, but when faced with enormous obstacles, the best can get even better. “I’ve faced injuries and illness during pivotal times in my life and career, but I always approached it with the intention to be proactive, rather than being reactive,” advises Coughlin. For Strong, confronting tragedy with the right attitude offers possibility. “Thirteen years ago, I was hit by a car and lost my leg, but now I see that moment as a blessing instead of a curse. It was a hardship that tested my limits, but in the end, it propelled me to achieving dreams I didn’t even know I had.” Nearly four decades after her grim diagnosis, Heidrich embodies hope for all of us when she says, “It is never too late to adopt a better way.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

Philip Stein is a Leader in Wearable Sleep Technology by Linda Sechrist


rom computers, cell phones, smart TVs, DVR players and programmable appliances to a seemingly endless list of other electronic gadgets, we are in constant contact with unnatural electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) generated by technology. In today’s 24/7 society, invisible EMFs are inescapable; they permeate our working and living spaces. What we may not know is how they negatively impact our body’s natural sleep-wake cycle: suppressing melatonin, the hormone that controls the natural circadian rhythm, disturbing slumber and even affecting weight gain, according to University of Tel Aviv research. On the brighter side, some new technological products promise to restore balance to the body, including deeper and more restful sleep. From the Philip Stein sleep bracelet, sleep number beds and portable sleep trackers to sleep-related apps, devices and applications, user-friendly innovations are addressing America’s sleep deprivation problem. “Philip Stein lifestyle accessories such as the sleep bracelet are designed to contribute to a better quality of life. The unique technology inside each one channels beneficial natural frequencies in the environment into your body,” says Will Stein, co-founder and president of the Philip Stein Group. “The result is to help the individual feel centered, balanced, grounded and more easily able to maintain a sense of well-being.” The company defines optimal well-being as a state of harmony achieved through physical, emotional, mental and spiritual alignment. Although natural-frequency technology was developed earlier by a group of engineers and scientists exploring various frequencies’ influence on water, the initial discovery has been attributed to ancient sages in India that intuited them. For example, 7.83 Hz, the frequency of “om”, happens to be Mother Earth’s natural heartbeat rhythm, now known as the Schumann Resonance. Aligned with the brain’s alpha and theta states, this technology of resonating frequencies has been carefully tuned and tested by Philip Stein researchers, technicians and sleep experts. Today, it is at the core of all Philip Stein products. Philip Stein’s tuning technology picks up and channels the beneficial natural frequencies that have always surrounded human beings. “We believe that all organisms have evolved or grown accustomed to these natural frequencies, and our systems are tuned to operate best with them, rather than with the increasing number of manmade frequencies we experience in the modern world,” explains Stein. For more information, visit See ad, page xx. natural awakenings

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se it up, wear it out, make do or do without,” was the motto of past generations. Today, it’s recycle, repurpose and reinvent. Nostalgia is making a comeback. It’s tempting to revert to successful old-fashioned ways; it’s even better to update the how-to of natural eco-living.

Preserve Food “There are tradeoffs between convenience and environmental impact,” says Kathleen Hanover, executive creative director at Imagine That Creative Marketing Services, in Dayton, Ohio. “I’d love to freeze all of our family’s produce, but after two power outages, I can veggies, too. Steam canners for jams, jellies, tomatoes and high-acid foods use three inches of water and 10 minutes of energy.” Shel Horowitz, a consultant for Green and Profitable and co-author of Guerrilla Marketing to Heal the World, joined a food co-op in the 1970s. Today, it has 9,000 members. “I dehydrate 28

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veggies for soup, pasta, stir-fry dishes or as tomato or zucchini chips,” he says. “Onions, shallots, garlic, leeks, celery, kale, hot peppers, tomatillos and fruit were successful; eggplant, cucumbers and rhubarb were not.”

Use It All The Traditional Line menu devised by executive chef Mark Russell, of Great Performances, a sustainability-oriented high-end catering and food service company in New York City, remarks, “Food trends have changed,” noting preserving, freezing, pickling and canning remain sound. He salutes thrifty Depression-era practices. “My grandparents picked dandelion greens to fry in bacon fat,” he says. “A salad with olive oil and fresh tomato is healthier.” Fermented grape leaves can be rolled up into dolmas filled with local grains and feta cheese instead of meat. He also blanches and freezes cauliflower leaves, warmed in butter to serve; he’s then used the whole vegetable.

Containers ease gardening, especially for tomatoes. Hanover repurposes plastic cat litter buckets. “They’re sturdy and hold up in cold weather,” she says. “Alpaca poop fertilizer supplied by a neighbor doesn’t smell and plants thrive.” Ocala, Florida, reiki master and teacher Debi Goldben employs nature’s bounty at home. “Downspouts collect rainwater for the garden, and it’s much better than chemically treated city water,” she says. Some municipalities, including in Colorado, regulate rainwater collection, mandating the size and number of barrels per property “for outdoor use only”.

Sew Up Repairs Anca Gooje, owner of Chid Kala, a natural ingredient lotion maker in Scarborough, Maine, uses colorful patches to repair tears and update the look of her two children’s clothing. She also recompressed their sofa’s inner springs to their original shape by encasing them in fabric. “It was timeconsuming, but only cost a few dollars for fabric,” she relates. “Updating avoided creating more landfill. For a fresh look, I made a new cover.”

Multipurpose a Cook Pot “My mother believed pressure cookers would explode, so I bought an Instant Pot and changed the way I cook,” says Sue Ann Jaffarian, a Los Angeles paralegal and mystery writer. “I have a demanding day job and writing deadlines. I toss in healthy ingredients and have a simple homemade meal, often vegan, in a minute. Soup, stew, risotto, pasta, chili, pudding, brown rice and oatmeal work well. It doesn’t heat up the kitchen, either.”

“My Hadley, Massachusetts, farmhouse, built in 1743, might be the oldest solar home in the country,” muses Horowitz. “Our farmer neighbors have a methane digester to turn cow poop and restaurant waste into electricity and heat. We’ll hook up to it to replace heating oil.”

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Archangel Channeling – 6:15-7:30pm. Clairvoyant medium and energy healer Donna Carol will channel a loving message and powerful healing energy from the Archangels. Coffee and tea service at 6pm. $20. Resonant Essentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque. 505-515-5088.

Well Woman Life Holiday Party – 5-8pm, Join the Well Woman Life Community annual holiday party; wine, food, games, kids activities, raffles and holiday pictures. $25, free/members and kids; bring body care products for a donation drive to Crossroads for Women. Well Woman Life, WESST, 609 Broadway Blvd NE, Albuquerque.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2 Advaita Vedanta Online Satsang– Dec 2 & 16. 2-3:30pm MST, 4-5:30pm EST. Attend an online Satsang on the topic of Self-Inquiry presented by Nondual Living. Register at: $25 donation.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3 The One Life We Are Given – 9-10am. Author, philosopher, and poet Mark Nepo brings no nonsense insights to Transitions Radio Magazine. His clear writings offer hope and presence. Free. KBAC 98.1, streamed at 505-670-1167. Children’s Christmas Choir – 6:45-8pm. Christmas concert by the Homeschool Children’s Christmas Choir. Free snacks and music. Eagle Ranch Church, Sabana Grande Rec Center, 4110 Sabana Grande Ave SE, Rio Rancho. 505-313-9513.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6 Loving Messages from The Other Side – 6:308pm. Intuitive medium Danelle Becklund delivers messages of love from loved ones on the other side. $10; seating limited. The Blue Room at The Source, 1111 Carlisle SE, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505-3214121. Pachakuti Mesa Tradition Link Up – 7-8:30pm. An opportunity to be part of a community of mesa carriers to learn from each other and share their mutual and unique experiences. Free. Albuquerque, New Mexico (near Uptown). Directions and details: Dr. Phyllis Clay 505-918-4388. 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10 Transitions Radio Magazine – 9-10am. Exclusive; features an intimate interview with Deval Premal and Miten that soothes our souls exploring their luscious heart centered music. Free. Transitions Radio Magazine, KBAC 98.1, and on the web at 505-670-1167. Psychic Fair – 12-5pm. Intuitive readings $20 ($1/ min); astrology $1/min; soma pi healing $15; Turkish cup reading $20; spirit portraits - call for appointment. Energy medicine session $30. Check website for details. Free. Resonant Essentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque. 505-453-7646. Michelle@

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16 Past-Life Regression – 1-3pm. Powerful two-hour group session. Regress to a past life and discover, access and activate a positive inner resource to benefit oneself and other people in one’s life today. $50. Crystal Dove Metaphysical Book Store, 525 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque. 505-918-6555. Advaita Vedanta Online Satsang – 2-3:30pm MST, 4-5:30pm EST. Attend an online Satsang on the topic of Self-Inquiry presented by Nondual Living. Register at: $25 donation.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20 Loving Messages from The Other Side – 6:308pm. Intuitive medium Danelle Becklund delivers messages of love from loved ones on the other side. $10; seating limited. The Blue Room at The Source, 1111 Carlisle SE, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505-3214121.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23 Healing/Message Circle – 10am-2pm. Intuitive readings $20 ($1/min) by Barbara Fox, Donna Lindbloom, Michelle Vidal. Limpia healing by Margarita Martinez, $45. Jewelry & Crystals for gifts. Gift certificates - buy 3 readings get 1 free. Can be given individually or all together. Free. Resonant Essentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque. 505-453-7646. ResonantEssentials.Net.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24 Christmas Eve Services – 10:30-11:45am and 5-6pm. The 10:30am service includes the Christmas story told through scripture readings and the metaphysical interpretation, music by the Joyful Sound Singers and congregational hymns. The 5pm Candle Lighting Service includes prayer, meditation, music and more. Love offering. Unity Santa Fe, 1212 Unity Way, Santa Fe. 505-989-4433.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 25 Holiday Vegan Potluck – Noon. Join other peaceful, compassionate people for the Center’s annual holiday potluck. Please bring an 8-serving dish to share that has no animal products. Additional info at Center for Peace and Justice, 1420 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe.

One Minute Change Class – 10am & 5:30pm Dec 8; 10am Dec 16. In these open and free classes, you will be actively guided through the One Minute Change app and how to make use of it. The idea is to take a break from your routine for one minute every hour to reconnect with yourself through exercise. Building a new habit of commitment with yourself. Free. Please RSVP to reserve a spot. Body & Brain Yoga & TaiChi. 505-797-2211. BodyNBrain. com/Albuquerque.

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Soul Alchemy – Mystical & Spiritual Holiday White Party – 7pm-Midnight. Join a conscious community for an evening of unconditional love, friendship and gratitude. Meet and mingle with like-minded healers, visionaries, holistic heart-centered experts, green socialites and local vendors coming together to celebrate life and honor each other. Enjoy a healthy dinner, organic cocktails, love and healing altar offerings, a sacred labyrinth walk and white candle blessing ceremony, and a powerful soul alchemy dance party. $22; online RSVP only (no door admission without paid ticket), SantaFe METHA & Dream Catcher Retreat Center.

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Intuitive Guide Certification Training –  12 Saturdays, Jan 6-June 24, 12-3pm. Do you feel called to use your intuitive gifts in service (with or without equines)? We will employ earth energy and equine support to refine intuitive strengths, and release anything that stands in the way of your highest vision. No healing or equine background required. Support for all aspects of setting up your intuitive healing practice provided. Space limited to provide maximum support to all trainees. Call Chantal for more info or to reserve your space. Payment plan and pay-infull discount available. Unicorn Mesa, LLC dba Your Divine Light. 505-438-1074. Support@

plan ahead SATURDAY, JANUARY 6-9 Cranio Sacral Basics – Jan 6-9. 9am-6pm. Listen to and feel the inner movements of the body by connecting to the basic cranial rhythms. Learn to give a full basic session. 32CEUs. $575. Blue Desert Hale, 38 Pine Haven Rd, Tijeras. 505-503-5137. BlueDesert. org.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 11-14 Cranio Sacral Unwinding Meridians Rhythms – Jan 11-14. 9am-6pm. CS Follow-Up. Explore deeper cranial rhythms and the neutral touch. Unwind the head, neck and extremities. Use the meridians to open the heart. 32CEUs. $575. Blue Desert Hale, 38 Pine Haven Rd, Tijeras. 505-428-9203. 505-503-5137.

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A Day for Claiming the New Year – 1-5pm. Create a storyboard that will help you let go of the past and claim the possibilities of a new year. Artists and nonartists alike find this process informative, fun, and life-changing. $25; includes all supplies and snacks. Near Uptown and Coronado Mall. RSVP by January 3 to reserve, Dr. Phyllis Clay: 505-918-4388.


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Energy Management Telecourse – 1-2:30pm. Support for discerning and trusting guidance, managing overwhelm for those sensitive to energy, navigating relationships, and anchoring the higher vibes in everyday life. Practice accessing your highest wisdom and your own unique answers. $200, $160/sign up by Dec 31. Unicorn Mesa, LLC, dba Your Divine Light. Telecourse, 505-438-1074.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 20-23 Cranio Sacral Sphenoid Studies and Intelligence – Jan 20-23. 9am-6pm. Increase the flexibility of the cranial base and allow the brain to function optimally. Release a new avenue of intelligence. $575. Blue Desert Hale, 38 Pine Haven Rd, Tijeras. 505-428-9203. 505-503-5137.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 25-28 Talking to the Heart and the Birth of Love – Jan 25-28. 9am-6pm. CS Heart. Engage the intelligence of cells and organs and speak to them directly. Release blockages from the heart and heart protector. $575. Blue Desert Hale, 38 Pine Haven Rd, Tijeras. 505-503-5137.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10-13 Cranio Sacral Basics w/Etienne Peirsman – Feb 10-13. 9am-6pm. Listen to and feel the inner movements of the body by connecting to the basic cranial rhythms. Learn to give a full basic session. $575. Blue Desert Hale, 38 Pine Haven Rd, Tijeras. 505-503-5137.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24 NM Wellness Symposium – 8am-4pm. Experienced practitioners will be talking about the natural and integrative medicine therapies used in their practice and how they can benefit you. Cross-disciplinary panels focus on sharing diagnostic and treatment protocols. Early bird $35 plus tax. DoubleTree by Hilton, 201 Marquette Ave NW, Albuquerque.

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savethedate SATURDAY, JANUARY 6 Intuitive Guide Certification Training – Jan 6-June 24, 2018. 12-3pm. Do you feel called to use your intuitive gifts in service? We will employ earth energy and equine support to refine our intuitive strengths, and release anything that stands in the way of your highest vision. No healing or equine background required. Support for all aspects of setting up your intuitive healing practice provided. Space limited to provide maximum support to all trainees. Call Chantal for more info or to reserve your space. 20% early bird discount with $500 deposit by Nov 30. Unicorn Mesa, LLC dba Your Divine Light. 505-438-1074.

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Each Listing • Category Heading Includes: • Color Photo/Logo • Description (25 words) • 4 Contact Lines max. Contact Publisher Andrea Schensky Williams 505-999-1319


ongoingcalenders daily Horses & Donkeys Helping You – by appointment. Release pain, trauma, heal relationships, deepen self-trust, increase well-being, creativity and abundance. $180/90 minute session, $395/3 sessions; discounts for seniors, veterans, session packages. Unicorn Mesa, LLC. 505-438-1074. Transitions Radio Magazine – Through Dec. 9-10am. Celebrating the Voices of Love and Presence for 34 years. Whole Brain Radio with insightful, empowering interviews and music. Shows archived at Join the Love Tribe at Free. KBAC 98.1 FM. 505-670-1167.

monday Spiritual Naturopathy – 2pm CT. Online radio show helps listeners understand why they do what they do, eliminate stress or handle it from a position of strength. Listen to: Unity.FM/program/SpiritualNaturopathy.


Five Seasons Medical Qigong Class – 5:307pm. Medical Qigong for health in body, mind and spirit. Graceful Qigong movements are so easy anyone can do them. Free consultation to scan health priorities and track progress for students who buy a 10-class card. $15/drop-in or $90/10-class card. Five Seasons Medicine, Santa Fe. 505216-1750,

tuesday Free Consultations – 10am-5pm. Free 30-minute consultations for first time clients of medical intuitive Ananda Mayi. She has a desire to be of service to those in need. The session is all inclusive and focuses on hidden causes of distress. Private session by appointment. Santa Fe Wellness Center, 1418 Luisa St, Ste 4, Santa Fe. 505-501-0501.

wednesday Intuitive Readings, Coaching and Animal Communication – 9am-5pm. Galaya, intuitive and animal communicator, offers practical solutions for health, relationships, career, business and pets. Appointments: 505-466-3764.

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Qigong & Healing From Within – 10:30am12pm. Taoist, yogic & shamanic practices cultivate vitality, inner strength and awareness with energy healing, movement, sound, breathwork and meditation. $15, free/first class. Blue Moon Yoga, 826 Camino De Monte Rey, A5, Santa Fe. Allison Lasky: 505-984-8733. Five Seasons Medical Qigong Class – 5:30-7pm. Medical Qigong for health in body, mind and spirit. Graceful Qigong movements are so easy anyone can do them. Free consultation to scan health priorities and track progress for students who buy a 10-class card. $15/drop-in or $90/10-class card. Five Seasons Medicine, Santa Fe. 505- 216-1750,

Qigong in the Park – 9-10am. Qigong supports optimal health and well-being, and is easy and fun to do; w/certified Qigong instructor Loretta Shiver. Free. Altura Park, Morningside & Hannett NE, Albuquerque. 505-681-1924. Five Seasons Medical Qigong Class – 9:30 10:45am. Medical Qigong for health in body, mind and spirit. Graceful Qigong movements are so easy anyone can do them. Free consultation to scan health priorities and track progress for students who buy a 10-class card. $15/drop-in or $90/10-class card. Five Seasons Medicine, Santa Fe. 505- 216-1750, Jane@


Dr. Marilyn Chernoff, PhD, ND, M.Ed Albuquerque 505-292-2222 •

Dr. Marilyn is a world-renowned healer; a medical intuitive who uses her knowledge and abilities to diagnose and treat children, adults, animals locally and globally (through long-distance healing). Specializing in allergies, pain, injuries, headaches, chemical sensitivities, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, autoimmune, PTSD and others. By utilizing advanced biofeedback, the body’s pharmacy will heal itself. “BE THE HEALER YOU ARE”.



1413 2nd Street #4, Santa Fe, NM 87505 505-252-2215

Welcome Transformation & Change into your life with Grace & Ease. Art Therapy & Counseling Services, EMDR, Sand Tray, Noetic Balancing and Women’s Groups.



Teresa Betcher, M.S.W. • Albuquerque 505-303-0976

How would you live your life differently if you really understood your unique soul path? Together, ancient astrology and modern psychology can reveal the most profound of insights about your personal growth, relationships, career, spiritual development, and more. Begin now to direct your life more powerfully!


505 508 5805 • Albuquerque

Your dreams answer questions, concerns, worries—sometimes worries you don’t know you have. Your mind is working at night to resolve issues. Contact me for a free 30-minute session to demonstrate how your dream answers your concerns. Learn the steps to discover the messages in your dreams.


2132 Osuna Road NE, Suite B Albuquerque, New Mexico 87113 505-767-8030



A unique blend of advanced CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release, find relief and balance in mind, body, and spirit. Specializing in Treatment, Conception and Pregnancy, Trauma Work, and Chronic Depletion.

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Accelerated Hypnotherapy 500 hour complete Training for Certification in Hypnotherapy. Experiential Education Format. Scope of Practice Protocols. Free Introductory Classes. Support after Graduation. Medical Hypnosis Training. See ad, page 17.

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Chantal Fidanza 505-438-1074

Offering Equine Assisted Coaching, Intuitive Guidance, & Intuitive Guide Certification Training with Equines at my peaceful Santa Fe location. Gentle intuitive guidance with powerful equine support helps you to overcome fears, release trauma, heal your relationship with yourself and others and embrace the joy and ease that are your birthright. Monthly Specials, Discounts for Veterans, and Discounted Session Packages available. See ad, pages 19 and 23.


Eriene Iris Santa Fe, NM 505-500-7667•

Enter a magical space where the flowers and oils await you! Hundreds of flower essences and a great supply of various essential oils, including oils directly from Egypt. You have the option to create your own flower essence blends & oils. I can assist you in different selection methods and I specialize in creating personalized flower essence and essential oil combinations to meet your individual needs.


Institute for Ascension Medical intuitive Art • Santa Fe 505-501-0501 •

The Foundation is dedicated to Awakening Consciousness and bringing balance and harmony to the mind – body - spirit. The Institute for Ascension and Medical intuitive Arts are both within its preview. New Spiritual Blog See ad, page 19.

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5113 Comanche Rd. Albuquerque NM 87110 505-881-0464

Casa Verde is an Aveda lifestyle Hair Salon & Spa. We offer hairstyling, cuts, natural hair color and facials. We can make your hair and skin look stunning in a welcoming professional environment. See ad, page 8.


Santa Fe, NM 87501 808- 639-7534

Aloha! Integrative Massage consists of a combination of Connective Tissue Therapy, Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi, and Craniosacral Therapy. Helps to relieve pain and induces deep relaxation.


Find Clarity, Insight and Inspiration! Intuitive Readings,Coaching and Animal Communication. Clarify life choices and decisions. Activate practical solutions for your health, relationships, career and business.


4700 Jefferson Street NE, Ste 100 Albuquerque NM 87109 505-925-7464

An Integrative and Inter-Cultural Center for Prevention and Wellness, treating people with a wide range of health issues, using a vast array of ancient and modern techniques. A state of the art Integrative and Intercultural center, emphasizing prevention and wellness along with disease management. NOT-FOR-PROFIT. See ad, page 14.

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Offering Intuitive Guide Certification Training & Intuitive Healing Sessions (both with and without equines) at my peaceful, mountain-view setting, or via phone. Everything I teach I continue to walk on my own path and offer with the intention of empowering others to merge with their divine light and to trust their own guidance and inner wisdom. Special support for empaths, those particularly sensitive to energy. Discounted Session Packages for ongoing support available. See ad, pages19 and 23.


600 Central Ave. SW Suite 107 505-582-9296 • Albuquerque

Your eyes reveal important information as it relates to genetic predispositions and your overall wellbeing. Understanding what your eyes reveal will guide you toward making the appropriate choices for optimal health. Call for an appointment.


The Source, 3532 Anderson Ave SE, ABQ, NM 87106 505-636-0019

I love to use my Psychic/Spirit Gifts to help people manifest the love and life of their dreams. I often do this by helping my clients open up their knowing and awareness, raise their energetic frequency and learn to use their own Gifts so they can continue helping themselves.

MASSAGE BODY AND MIND WELLNESS CENTER 2305 San Pedro NE, Suite D2 Albuquerque, NM 87110 505-382-3406

HOLIDAY SPECIAL $42/hour Monthly Membership Includes:One customized 60 minute massage session every month. Additional massage sessions throughout the month at the Member rate (unlimited). Unused membership massage sessions carry over from month to month! See ad, page 23.


Barbara Munoz, LMT #4955 • 505- 883-1212 9204 Menaul Blvd NE, Suite 4 - Albuquerque

Massage is an investment in your health. Ocean Blue Medical Massage offers Medical massage, Deep tissue and Swedish Relaxation massage. We will bill your insurance. Discounted massage packages available. Treat yourself to better sleep, more energy and inner calmness.


505-216-9686 1300 Luisa St. Ste.1, Santa Fe 3600 Cutler Ave. NE, Abq

Sacred Garden takes pride in growing cannabis as a safe alternative to pharmaceutical drug therapies. Applicable for a wide spectrum of medical conditions, cannabis has assisted the health of countless people. We offer many different delivery methods, such as flowering buds, edibles, concentrates, oils, tinctures, and salves. Our heart-based staff will help you find what works best for you and your needs. See ad, page 2.


ABQ/Santa Fe/Gallup

New Mexico’s largest community owned natural & organic grocer, with locations in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Gallup. All our stores are open to the public. You don’t have to be a member to shop, but if you are, you’ll save even more. La Montañita believes in the shared benefits of healthy food, sound environmental practices and a strong local economy. Stop by and shop with us today! See ad, page 21.



Spirit mediumship, psychic readings, animal communication, medical intuition, akashic records and energy healing. Sessions help optimize physical and emotional wellness, with clarity and peace.




Julie Glassmoyer, CR 505-414-8140

THE HIDDEN GIFT. Painful feet are often an indication that reflexology can help… with foot pain and overall health concerns.


Jan Walker, Healing Practitioner 505-835-5440

Anyone can benefit from a Reiki Healing Treatment, whether one is dealing with the daily stresses of life or a major health challenge. Reiki’s restorative qualities bring warmth, calmness, balance and a sense of well-being. Reiki Classes offered every month. Foot Reflexology relieves stress and tension, improves nerve and blood supply, and helps the body to normalize. See ad, page 8.



Santa Fe, NM 970- 222-2710 •

Life changing bodywork which restores the natural alignment of the body to feel grounded, empowered, and at ease. Be free of chronic pain with RESULTS THAT LAST. See ad, page 11.


4500 Silver Ave. SE, ABQ 505-639-3401 •

Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian. Healthy foods, main dishes, soups, vegan specialties, quiche, salads, gluten free-delicious breads & amazing Feel your Vibrance with beautiful Art, Food and Music! See ad, page 19.


Giovanna Rossi/ Lindsay McCoy

Well Woman Life Community supports a global community of women to connect to their superpowers to achieve their highest level of fulfillment and well-being! See ad, page 22.


Michelle Vidal 7413 Menaul NE, Albuquerque 505-453-7646

Resonant Essentials has 3 beautiful event/classrooms at below competitive rates. We fit up to 40 people with tables and chairs in our large space or reduce your cost with a smaller space. Rates start as low as $30.00 for 2 hours. Our referral program is set up to earn free rental space and/or classes. Refer 3 get yours of equal value free! Call or email Michelle today to get started. See ad page 13.


Elizabeth Brownrigg

Connect with your heart in the enchanted forest of Carson! This beautiful retreat is near Taos, designed for you to deepen your connection with nature. See ad, page 23.


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