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hen I became a yoga teacher we used B.K.S. Iyengar’s book Light on Yoga published in 1995 as part of our training curriculum. Iyengar practiced and taught yoga well into his nineties and passed away at the age of 95 honoring his own quote “Live happily and die majestically.” “Yoga may help prevent diseases across the board because the root cause of 70 to 90 percent of all disorders is stress,” says yoga teacher and economist Rajan Narayanan, Ph.D. on page 26. According to Narayanan, yoga increases the body’s ability to successfully respond to stress by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, which slows the heart, lowers blood pressure, and reduces the amount of stress hormones in the body. Our life expectancy is rapidly increasing from 31 years in the 1900’s to now 78.8 years of age in 2013 as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Wouldn’t we all like to remain active and healthy well into our older years? The key is to start early—and by the way, it’s never too late. Researchers tracked 9,500 women for 12 years, starting when they were at least age 66. In that time, they found that those who went from doing little or nothing to walking just a mile a day slashed their risk of death from all causes by nearly half. Their risk of heart disease also fell by more than a third. Our feature article Ageless Being (page 20) shares how we can stay vibrant in mind, body and spirit. In that article, Dr. Christiane Northrup asserts that we don’t have to buy into modern medicine’s idea of aging; we can all change our future by adopting an ageless attitude. Stem cell biologist Bruce Lipton, Ph.D. is best known for promoting the concept that DNA can be changed by belief, for good or ill. This very same belief system is reinforced on page 31 by Reverend AliceAnn Saunders founder of the Oakrose Academy in Santa Fe. In the article, Saunders discusses self-perception and that from a psychospiritual viewpoint, we are only as old as we think we are. Touch, pleasure and sex can be part of it, too. According to researchers conducting the University of California, Riverside’s Longevity Project, individuals that have the most fulfilling sex lives live the longest. Read the supporting article by local intimacy coach and certified sex therapist Kelly Chisholm on page 15. Another way to help keep you feeling youthful is the gentle art of Wisdom Healing Qigong. We share an interview with Master Mingtong Gu on page 19 who teaches us in an up and coming workshop how to stay ageless by accessing the subtle energies of our body. I leave you with the thought that prevention is one of the best ways to stay healthy for many years to come.

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TRUE TALES from the Edgar Cayce Archives Lives Touched and Lessons Learned from the Sleeping Prophet with Sidney D. Kirkpatrick

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ong before psychic mediums John Edward or Sylvia Browne, there was a poor Kentucky farm boy named Edgar Cayce whose lifetransforming concepts and amazing psychic readings made him the father of holistic medicine and the engine behind what became the New Age movement. It has not been until now, however—when Sidney D. Kirkpatrick, internationally acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of Edgar Cayce: An American Prophet, was given full and unrestricted access to Edgar Cayce’s papers—that the real story of the “sleeping prophet” can be told. Edgar Cayce could not do what he did alone. He needed someone to put questions to him, and someone to record and transcribe the discourse. He needed someone who genuinely wanted his help. He needed a team, a group of family, friends, and supporters—just as his readings tell us that we need a group with whom, and by design, we are to share life’s experience—our soul group. The wisdom within the Edgar Cayce readings is as relevant today— often even more so—as it was when it was first delivered. Sidney shares the wisdom of the Cayce readings with warmth, humor, and insight, including: • • •

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Fascinating stories, humorous anecdotes, and soul growth guidance Exploring Cayce’s soul group—and what you can learn from their experiences, challenges, and triumphs Tales from the vault, such as what Cayce told Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla about the nature of electricity and anti-gravity, and what he said about the role of women in the founding of the Christian church—long before the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered One-of-a-kind circumstances under which Cayce’s psychic gift is found to be astonishingly accurate and helpful to the lives he touched How we can each identify and work within our own soul groups to bring love, joy, and miracles into our own lives.

This special day-long event with Sidney Kirkpatrick will be filled with stories, seldom seen slides, movie clips, and lots of answers to your questions about Edgar Cayce and the creation of the A.R.E., and how the message of his work is relevant to you today. You will also have an opportunity to sign up to view Cayce’s amazing “Aurascope” device.

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Past attendees say: “Fascinating—the real stories. New info. So appreciate his dedication to the work and staying in line with ideals.” “Sidney’s information is especially valuable because it is so up-todate and specific. One of my AU students heard him at the Congress and said I MUST hear him and read his book.” “Today re-excited me once again about my spiritual journey.”

SIDNEY D. KIRKPATRICK III Award-winning documentary filmmaker and best-selling author, Sidney D. Kirkpatrick is a graduate of Kent School, in Kent, Connecticut; Hampshire College, in Amherst, Massachusetts; and NYU Film School. His critically acclaimed books include Edgar Cayce: An American Prophet, and his newest title, True Tales from the Edgar Cayce Archives: Lives Touched and Lessons Learned from the Sleeping Prophet. Mr. Kirkpatrick is also the producer and director of My Father the President, a much-loved documentary film on President Theodore Roosevelt as seen through the eyes of his daughter, Ethel Roosevelt Derby.

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9800 Candelaria Road, NE Albuquerque, NM 87112 See website for directions: EdgarCayce.org/fieldconferences TIME: Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. At-door registration/book tables open at 9:00 a.m. Meal break: 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Restaurants are within driving distance.) FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL: A.R.E. Headquarters 800-333-4499 Bob Hicks 505-830-2274 Or go online to EdgarCayce.org/fieldconferences

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he Veterans Wellness and Healing Center will again be offering healing retreats for veterans in Angel Fire in October and November. The program includes holistic therapies such as horseback riding, Native American ceremonies, group therapy and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), including a “Tapping into Freedom” seminar being held on September 18. These events are free for veterans and their spouses. “In 2008 the Rand Institute published a report entitled The Invisible Wounds of War. It described how, in addition to physical wounds, approximately 18.5 percent of returning veterans will experience PTSD; another 19.5 percent will suffer the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Rates of alcoholism, drug abuse and suicide are much higher among veterans than among civilians. The same is true for divorce, domestic and child abuse, and intimate partner violence,” explains author, trainer and facilitator of the upcoming tapping seminar, John Freedom. While these statistics are disturbing, there are effective treatments for PTSD, such as EFT. “EFT is a new method for rapidly resolving emotional distress and trauma by tapping acupoints. A research study published in 2013 in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease followed 59 vets diagnosed with clinical PTSD. There was an 88 percent success rate after only six EFT sessions; these results held at a six month follow up,” says Freedom. For information on upcoming retreats, visit VeteransWellnessAndHealing.org. To register for upcoming tapping seminar visit TappingFreedomSept2015.eventbrite. com. For information, partial scholarships and future EFT events, contact research_committee@energypsych.org. See Save The Date calendar listing page 36.

Unity Santa Fe’s Adventures in Faith

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ow often do we allow ourselves to live in the question? Without pushing for the answer, without even assuming that there is one right answer? But asking, with the intent of listening for the many shades of response we find, through the Inner Voice of the Divine, guiding us to true understanding?” asks Unity Santa Fe minister Brendalyn Batchelor. “Who Am I? What do I love? How can I live, knowing I will die? What are my gifts? You are invited to explore these questions and others during our Adventures in Faith program series running each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. from October 4 through November 15,” says Batchelor. The series addresses seven questions in seven weeks. The central question, “How, Then, Shall We Live?” will frame this sacred search for meaning and beauty in our lives. To go deeper, all are welcome to join in small, home-study circles to share insights, explore these questions and to discuss Wayne Muller’s book, How, Then, Shall We Live. Mueller will be the Sunday guest speaker on September 13. “He’ll be helping us all get into the questions that will bring us our much needed answers from within,” adds Batchelor. Location: 1212 Unity Way, Santa Fe. For more information, call 505989-4433 or visit UnitySantaFe.org.

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he Create Your Life As If By Magic” workshop is being held October 3 and 4 at the Inn on the Alameda in Santa Fe. Facilitated by internationally-acclaimed author and speaker Glenyce Hughes, this two-day workshop designed to open the doorway to create a life beyond your wildest dreams. “Are you creating the life you always knew was possible? If not, what’s stopping you?” asks Hughes. “What if you were given a veritable ‘tool belt' to create your life as if by magic; would you be willing to choose a life of incredible possibilities, ease and joy?” According to Hughes, the aim of the class is to assist attendees in creating the life they truly desire. “Creation begins with you making a choice. Magic happens when you are willing to go beyond the constructs of your mind and allow the Universe to have your back,” explains Hughes. “How much freedom could you have when you demolish roadblocks like fear, doubt and judgment?” Cost: $500. Location: 303 E. Alameda, Santa Fe. For more information, visit Glenyce.net/create-your-life-as-if-by-magic. The Date calendar listing page 37.

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The Art of Dying

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he Academy for the Love of Learning will host “Coming Full Circle,” a contemplative training in the art of dying September 24 to 27 and November 5 to 8. This training, led by Sanchi Reta Lawler, is for anyone who feels a personal and/or professional inspiration to journey into the simple truth and extraordinary transformative power of the dying process. “It is an opportunity to re-vision and remember our place in the web of life and to celebrate each other in our shared potential and joyful expressions,” explains Lawler. Lawler is fully ordained in the Zen Buddhist lineage and has been a teacher and practitioner of transpersonal psychology for over 35 years. She is the founder and director of the Boulder Morningstar Zen Center and San Antonio Morningstar Zen Sangha. She offers retreats around the world in the integration of earth-centered and contemplative practices prompting the creative platform for our unique expressions. This year she celebrates 20 years of facilitating Coming Full Circle trainings. Cost: $850; includes tuition for Modules I & II, in-class study materials, snacks and beverages. Individuals are required to commit to both intensives. For more information, contact The Academy for the Love of Learning at 505-995-1860, or visit ALoveOfLearning.org. See ad page 14.

Multidimensional Mind Boot Camp

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very four years, Animal Protection of New Mexico (APNM), a 36-year-old non-profit animal advocacy organization, hosts the Milagro Awards. This unique event publicly recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of those who have gone out of their way to improve the lives of animals in our state. APNM believes that those who work to help animals and promote compassion should be held up as models and heroes in our communities. The 2015 Milagro Awards being held October 3 at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa in Bernalillo will recognize 10 new winners from around the state who have excelled in promoting animal welfare, directly assisting animal needs, and forging and passing positive animal laws and policies. There will even be an award given to an animal who has exhibited unique character and bravery. Guests will enjoy fun and compelling video presentations about the winners, a gourmet vegan dinner and desert, cocktails, music by the UNM Jazz Quartet, and a silent animal art auction. The winners will receive handcrafted silver medallions. Location: 1300 Tuyuna Trail, Bernalillo. To reserve tickets, visit MilagroAwards.com or call Daniel at 505-265-2322, ext. 32. See ad on this page. NaturalAwakeningsNNM.com


Lama Kunga Rinpoche Bestows Empowerments in Santa Fe

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he venerable Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche will bestow Medicine Buddha, White Mahakala, Avalokiteshvara, and Red Tara empowerments September 12 and 13 at the Tibetan Association of Santa Fe. On Saturday, the Medicine Buddha, which alleviates suffering, sickness and injury, will be held at 10 a.m. followed at 2 p.m. by White Mahakala, which assists with material and spiritual prosperity. On Sunday, Avalokiteshvara, which liberates suffering through compassion, will be held at 10 a.m. followed at 2 p.m. by Red Tara which helps remove obstacles and magnetize power. Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche was born in Tibet in 1935. At seven, He was recognized as the reincarnation of Sevan Repa, the heart disciple of the great Tibetan sage Milarepa. After escaping from Tibet in 1959, he served as the Vice-Abbot of Ngor Monastery in the Sakya tradition. He has been teaching in America since 1962. Tsechen Namdrol Ling, the Buddhist Center of the Sakya Lineage at Santa Fe, feels fortunate to host this rare and auspicious visit. $20 suggested donation per empowerment; $60 for four empowerments. Location: 915 Hickox St., Santa Fe. To register and for more information, email santa.fe_sakya@yahoo.com or visit TsechenNamdrolLing.wordpress.com/coming-up. See Save The Date calendar listing page 35.

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nternational author, speaker and activist, Dr. Chung Hyun Kyung, along with Dr. BEING HUMAN TOGETHER Robert Thurman, will lead “Wisdom Sharing: Being Human Together,” October 11 to 15 at Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center in Abiquiu. The pair, along with Sister Lucy Kurien, will explore Being Human Together by focusing on bridging the differences of humankind and supporting the growth and reformation of gender, intergenerational and interracial relations. Joining them are Rev. Cynthia Brix and Dr. William Keepin, founders of Gender Reconciliation International. Through their work, Rev. Brix and Dr. Keepin offer opportunities for transformational healing and reconciliation between men, women and all genders. Cost: All-inclusive with tuition, lodging and meals rolled into one packaged rate ranging from $680 to $900 per person, double occupancy. Camping available. Day passes including lunch and dinner are $125 per person per day.

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astu Master Dr. Dinesh Sharma will be in Albuquerque area for Vastu consultations for 10 weeks beginning September 14. In last 35 years thousands around world have flourished using Vastu, the science of success and opulence, through Sharma’s consultations. “Usher the most amazing Vastu energy of success and abundant prosperity in your home, office and business,” invites Sharma. “Get rid of negative or bad Vastu energy which may be causing many complications such as bad health, restlessness and agitations of mind, disturbed sleep, depression, difficult relationships and confrontation between family members. Absence of desired success and growth in career despite working hard may also happen because of blocks caused by bad Vastu energy. Unexplained chaos and lack of control on things is another complication caused by negative flow of adverse Vastu energy.” Sharma, an expert on removing energy blocks, comes from the third generation of a traditional family in North India in Rishikesh. He learned ancient secrets of Vastu from his grandfathers and many experienced teachers and other eminent Vastu experts of the country. With more than 35 years of work experience behind, today Dr. Sharma is the most traveled and experienced Vastu Master in the world with thousands of well-accomplished and successful projects. To schedule a consultation, call 713-517-1487 or email Dr.dineshsharma@gmail. com. See ad page 10.

Yoga is the fountain of youth. You’re only as young as your spine is flexible. ~Bob Harper

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va Lipton-Ormand, certified homeopath and Core Synchronism practitioner, perceives Core Synchronism as a form of mindfulness practice where she and her clients can explore areas of friction. “Together we discover what areas are tight or show resistance to free and flowing movement: this can be physical, emotional or mental. We embrace each phenomenon as a sign of dis-ease, something that is being asked to be addressed. We do not use force. We activate change by following the path of cerebral spinal fluid and synchronizing structures that are not moving or have established ineffective patterns,” she explains. Although Core Synchronism is a practical and physical application, it is gentle and aims to avoid aggravations. “Moving through a treatment, clients can go on a variety of journeys. Some will feel physical shifts, structures may feel as if they are opening, things will pop, our gastrointestinal system may start gurgling. Other clients experience dream and vision states in which vivid images or colors may leave them wondering and seeking deeper meaning in what has been revealed,” shares Lipton-Ormand, who also notes that some people may not feel anything at first, but often discover days later that their energy has increased or an injury is no longer flaring up. According to Lipton-Ormand, engaging the parasympathetic nervous system is key to any form of bodywork. “This is where deep relaxation occurs. This is where your internal wisdom can draw from its healing reserves. In Core Synchronism, the main goal is to communicate with the client’s vital force. By offering stimuli that engage and activate the vital force, it is able to talk to mind, emotions and the body and boost immunity and resilience on all levels,” she says. Eva Lipton-Ormand teaches homeopathy at the New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics. She lives in Albuquerque with her two teenage children. For more information, call 505-266-6558 or visit CorrelationsBodywork.com. See Community Resource Guide page 39.

A Continuing Education in Yoga by Megan Fleming

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ou never know where a continuing education course will take you. In the early 1970’s, Herb McDonald took his first yoga class through the “Free University,” a university-affiliated program that offered non-academic, free courses to members of his northern Florida community. It wasn’t long before he was teaching that yoga class. Today, more than four decades later, McDonald has built a career around his passion for yoga and a reputation for being at the leading edge of Albuquerque’s evergrowing yoga community. He practices Iyengar yoga, a system of classic yoga poses and breaths focused on detail, precision and alignment. Iyengar is a good way to begin yoga practice for people of all ages because the approach is in line with modern physical therapy and Iyengar teachers are trained to modify poses for students. McDonald is a true Iyengar student, earning certification in the 1980s and studying with well-known yogis Geeta and B.K.S. Iyengar in India and America. He remains the only certified Iyengar teacher in Albuquerque. McDonald opened Wellspring Yoga in Albuquerque in 1985. It was one of the city’s first yoga studios. Today there are almost 30 in Albuquerque alone. While he’s stepped down from owning Wellspring, McDonald continues to teach classes there and through the University of New Mexico’s Continuing Education Program. During his classes, he emphasizes enhancing health and well-being and blends humor and insight to create a relaxed and challenging atmosphere for his students. As he’s watched Albuquerque’s yoga scene change through the decades, McDonald says the reasons for practicing yoga remain the same. “People who try yoga to help handle stress, find out it’s good for their physical health. And, people who try yoga to improve their physical health find that it leads to a very deep self-exploration. Yoga works in both directions,” he says. Herb McDonald teaches at: Wellspring Center for Yoga, 5500 San Mateo NE #103, in Albuquerque. Registration: 505-277-0077 or ce.unm.edu/yoga. See ad page 27.

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Daily Exercise Adds Five Years to Life

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esearch published this year in the British Journal of Sports Medicine has determined that just 30 minutes of exercise, six days a week, can result in a reduced risk of early death by 40 percent, regardless of the intensity of the exercise. The researchers followed nearly 15,000 men born between 1923 and 1932. The men’s exercise and sedentary levels were measured along with the number of deaths that occurred during two 12-year study periods. In the second 12-year period, the researchers followed almost 6,000 of the surviving men. The researchers compared those men that were sedentary with those that exercised either moderately or intensely and found that moderate to intense exercise increased their average lifespan by five years. This improvement was comparable to the difference between smoking and non-smoking, according to the researchers. The data comes from the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, in Oslo. The scientists’ finding confirms that public health practices for elderly men should include efforts to increase physical activity, along with efforts to reduce smoking.

Muscle-Building Supplements Linked to Testicular Cancer

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ew research published in the British Journal of Cancer has found that taking muscle-building supplements can increase the risk of testicular cancer by up to 65 percent. The study monitored 356 cancer patients and 513 control subjects, all from Connecticut and Massachusetts. The case-control study was conducted by researchers from the Yale School of Public Health and the Harvard School of Public Health, and tested for testicular germ cell cancer. About 90 percent of testicular cancers originate from germ cells. The researchers found the subjects that used multiple musclebuilding supplements and those that began using the supplements when they were younger had the greatest risk of developing cancer.

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Chamomile Tea Helps Us Live Longer

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n a study of 1,677 Mexican-American men and women over the age of 65 from the Southwestern U.S., researchers have found that drinking chamomile tea decreases the risk of earlier mortality by an average of 29 percent. Researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch followed the study population for seven years. Among those tested, 14 percent drank chamomile tea regularly. These were primarily women, and those women that drank chamomile tea experienced a 33 percent reduced mortality during the study period. The small group of men that drank the chamomile tea regularly did not register a significant difference in mortality. Chamomile also has a long history of use in folk medicine and is primarily used to settle digestion and calm the mind. It is a leading natural herbal tea in many countries and contains no caffeine. While various species may be used, chamomile tea is traditionally made by infusing the flowers of either German chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) or Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) into hot water. In Spanish-speaking regions, chamomile tea is often referred to as manzanilla tea—consumed in Mexico and other Spanish cultures for centuries.


Protect Your Skin from Sun Damage

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n New Mexico, we are all used to a little heat. Especially during the summer months when things start to really warm up. Many of us try to use sunscreen, but quickly discover it can be a pain to use consistently and in the correct way. While most people are aware of the serious cancer risk from too much sun exposure, excessive time in the sun can also have a damaging effect on your appearance. How Does the Sun Damage Skin? We are exposed to two types of ultraviolet rays. UVB rays are chiefly responsible for causing sunburns and leading to skin cancer. UVA rays, which penetrate the skin more deeply, are associated with wrinkling, leathering, sagging and other light-induced effects of aging. They also exacerbate the carcinogenic effects of UVB rays and are increasingly seen as a cause of skin cancer on their own. How Can You Prevent Sun-Induced Aging of the Face? Sunscreens vary in their ability to protect against UVA and UVB. Most sunscreens in the United States do a pretty good job of protecting against UVB rays, but few have the ingredients required to protect against the skin-aging effects of UVA. With regard to sun damage and skin cancer prevention, it is best to limit sun exposure. Here are some helpful tips: • tint your car windows • stay indoors during the most intense parts of the day • wear a hat when outdoors to protect the delicate skin on the face and neck • wear sun-resistant clothing and sunglasses with UV protection What Can You Do About Existing Damage? While it is best to focus on prevention, there are many options for reducing the aging and damaging effects of the sun. The first thing is to determine the extent of sun damage to your skin. Many dermatologists and plastic surgeons offer facial imaging that will show your level of UV damage and sun-induced aging. Once you understand the amount of damage, you can choose a treatment path. Fractional Co2 laser treatments are highly effective in removing damaged skin and stimulating your body to produce more collagen. This increased collagen builds new skin while naturally reducing wrinkles, tightening skin, and removing UV-damage. The Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is another non-surgical way to remove damaged skin and reverse the sun’s aging effects. For more information on how to reduce the effects of sun damage, call 505-8883223 or visit nmface.com.

Yoga Boosts Brain Gray Matter

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esearch from the Brain Imaging and Analysis Center at Duke University Medical Center has found that a regular hatha yoga practice increases gray matter within the brain, reversing the loss found among those with chronic pain. The researchers tested seven hatha yoga meditation practitioners and seven non-practitioners. Each of the subjects underwent tests for depression, anxiety, moods and cognition levels, along with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain scans. The scientists found that the brains of the yoga meditation practitioners contained significantly greater gray matter by volume in key brain regions, including the frontal, temporal and occipital cortices, plus the cerebellum and the hippocampus, compared to the non-yoga subjects. The yoga meditation practitioners also had more gray area in the prefrontal cortex regions that are involved in decision-making, reward/consequence, control and coordination.

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A Third of U.S. Power May Be Wind by 2050 According to a new study by the U.S. Energy Department (Tinyurl.com/EnergyDepartmentWindReport), wind power could provide more than a third of the nation’s electricity in a few decades, while posting a net savings in energy costs. Undersecretary for Technology and Energy Lynn Orr, Ph.D., states, “With continued commitment, wind can be the cheapest, cleanest option in all 50 states by 2050.” Wind power has tripled since 2000, and now supplies nearly 5 percent of the country’s electric power. The report says that it could dramatically reduce air pollution and go a long way toward meeting the country’s goals of slowing climate change. Meanwhile, Spanish engineers have invented the Vortex Bladeless wind turbine, a hollow straw that sticks up 40 feet from the ground and vibrates when the wind passes through it. Instead of using a propeller, the Vortex takes advantage of an aerodynamic effect called vorticity. The result is a turbine that’s 50 percent less expensive than a bladed model and is nearly silent. It’s not as efficient as conventional turbines, but more of them can be placed in the same amount of space, for a net gain of 40 percent in efficiency. Plus, with no gears or moving parts, maintenance is much easier and they are safer for bats and birds. Source: Wired

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De-Salting Water Could Help Drought-Stricken Areas A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Jain Irrigation Systems has devised a method of turning brackish water into drinking water using renewable energy. This solar-powered machine is able to pull salt out of water and disinfect it with ultraviolet rays, making it suitable for both irrigation and drinking. Electrodialysis works by passing a stream of water between two electrodes with opposite charges. Because the salt dissolved in water consists of positive and negative ions, the electrodes pull the ions out of the water, leaving fresher water at the center of the flow. A series of membranes separate the freshwater stream from increasingly salty ones. The photovoltaic-powered electrodialysis reversal system recently won the top $140,000 Desal Prize from the U.S. Department of Interior. “This technology has the potential to bring agriculture to vast barren lands using brackish water,” says Richard Restuccia, Jain’s vice president of landscape solutions. The prize was developed to supply catalytic funding to capture and support innovative ideas and new technologies that could have a significant impact on resolving global water demand. Among 13 desalination projects under consideration along the California coast, the Carlsbad Desalination Project will be the largest in the Western Hemisphere once it is completed in the fall. Source: EcoWatch.com

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Sacred Sexuality at any Age by Kelly Chisholm

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ur need for sex and intimacy is ageless. Most studies in the last 10 years confirm that no matter what your age, you can enjoy sex for as long as you want. Now, while sex at 60 or 70 may not be like it is in your youth, it can, many times, be even better. As an older adult, you are wiser than you were in your earlier years, and know what you like and dislike when it comes to your sex life. As we age, we have a great deal more self-confidence and self-awareness, and feel released from the unrealistic ideals of youth. And with children grown and work less demanding, couples are better able to relax and enjoy one another without the old distractions. As an older adult, two things that you have spent most of your time on—children and career—are no longer the focus that they used to be. Your personal relationships take on a new, more important role—and physical intimacy can be a great way of connecting. Nearly every study that links sexuality and health finds sexual behavior to be highly correlated to overall happiness and health. And with my own clients, I am seeing many couples over 50 who are having the most rewarding and pleasurable sex of their lives Did you know that having sex: • Improves mental and physical health by burning fat, causing the brain to release endorphins, which drastically reduce anxiety and stress. • Increases your lifespan and add years to your life.

attractive to your spouse or potential partners. No matter how you look, you probably feel better about your body than you did when you were younger. It’s likely that you now know more about yourself and what makes you excited and happy. Your experience and self-awareness can make your sex life exciting for you and your partner. Look ahead. As you age, try to let go of earlier expectations for your sex life. Don’t dwell on how things are different, focus on the positives. If you enjoyed an active sex life in your younger years, there’s no reason to slow down with age, unless you want to. A positive attitude and open mind go a long way toward improving your sex life. Modern man.  If you want to try something new, discuss it with your partner, and be open to their ideas, too. You have more time and fewer distractions—and it can be a time of creativity and passion. Also, you may belong to a generation in which sex was a taboo subject. But talking openly about your needs, desires, and concerns with your partner can make you closer—and help you both enjoy sex and intimacy. Part of being ageless is having a happy, healthy sex life. If you find that yours is not what you’d like it to be, consider getting professional help. As an intimacy coach I work with couples who want more sexuality and passion in their relationships, and have a desire to change their sexual story. Sacred sexuality can be enjoyed at any age! Kelly Chisholm is a double board certified sex therapist, intimacy coach, author and owner of Albuquerque Family Counseling. She can be reached at 505-974-0104 or kelly@albuquerquefamilycounseling.com 

• Enhances and improves your deepest relationships. Healthy sexuality is a positive, life affirming force that supports our entire physical and mental being. As we age, we are able to write new sexual scripts that can invigorate our lives and journeys. As you find yourself embracing and accepting your new sexual story, here are some tips to boost it. Reap the benefits of your experience. The independence and self-confidence that comes with age can be very

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Ease School Anxiety with Neurofeedback by Berjé Barrow-Kaiser

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hile the start of the school year can be an exciting time for many, for others it is a time of added stress, anxiety and confusion. Younger students may find themselves worrying about whether or not they will like their teacher and other kids in the class while older students may be overly concerned about passing tests, graduating or getting into college. These and many more questions are in the air this time of year for students of all ages. What can help students facing these and other questions? EEG Biofeedback, also known as neurofeedback, is a mind-body technique that can help students gain awareness and control over their body

and mind. When a person gains a sense of control they often feel more capable and competent in their lives. EEG biofeedback creates the opportunity to choose the skills necessary to make a person’s life better. Most of us use biofeedback on a regular basis without even realizing it. Whenever we weigh ourselves on a scale, take our pulse after a run or measure our blood sugar, we are using biofeedback. Athletes and musicians also use it to achieve optimal performance. Some common application for using EEG biofeedback include insomnia, anxiety, addiction, stress, fears, traumatic brain injury (TBI), PTSD and test

anxiety, to name a few. EEG biofeedback sessions can be anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour long, depending on each individual’s goals. Berjé A. Barrow-Kaiser, MA, Ph.D., BCN, HTC, is the owner of OBISIDIAN HEALth & WELLness an alternative integrative health care provider offering a variety of options to help achieve health and wellness. For more information, call 505-715-3452 or visit ObsidianHealWell.com.

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The Power of Mindfulness by Hollie Laudal

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hen I was 22, I moved out to Colorado from the East Coast to attend Naropa University and become a Buddhist Chaplain. Before that bold move (with just one suitcase and a cat to my name), I had been on the trajectory of becoming a physicist—I had always been told I was good at math and science, so I just sort of did what I was told I was supposed to do. But I was depressed and empty inside, and increasingly lost in my head. Various causes and conditions led me into my longing for a spiritual life in Colorado. When I got to Naropa, my entire life exploded. I had no idea that sitting in meditation for hours on end would bring so much clarity and magic into my daily life and into my work with people. I had a beautiful honeymoon period with meditation, relishing the way it helped me to enjoy the vividness of colors, the feel of the grass under my bare feet, the smell of the Colorado summer flowers. Of course, becoming more aware means becoming aware of the places we hide— so there was also pain. But it always led to more contentment. At that time, mindfulness was just becoming a buzz word. Now, mindfulness has hit the Western popular consciousness like a tsunami; everyone is talking about it and writing about it—in science and medical journals as well as the major press, including Time magazine. Statistics are showing up about higher test scores, lower blood pressure, and a general sense of well-being for anyone who adopts a mindfulness practice. It is helpful to look past the buzz word of the day to see the simple essence of the whole hype. What is this mindfulness thing? John Kabat-Zinn, the medical doctor who started the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction movement, defines mindfulness as "knowing what you are doing while you're doing it." Often times various Buddhist traditions will use rituals and chants to evoke that state of mind. Essentially, it is as simple as getting back in touch with what we are doing, while we are doing it. How often do we know we are breathing? How often do we feel our bodies from the inside, instead of living in a tiny little cubicle in our heads? Our minds are like puppies that need to learn how to sit. We begin our meditation practice and our mind wanders off; we gently but firmly bring it back to the breath. Each time we do this, we are literally rewiring our brains to become more aware of the present moment—the only moment that is actually ever happening. Over time, our ability to stay present becomes more natural, requiring less effort. It’s a

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beautiful path, and our culture desperately needs more people working to slow down in this way. And there are no belief systems, dogmas or rules that are required to go along with it—what a relief! I can say with deep confidence now, after 13 years of practice, that meditation has truly changed me from the inside out. Without my meditation journey, I wonder how I could have survived in this fast-paced world, especially with the intense work that I have chosen to do with others. Mindfulness deepens our ability to be with ourselves, and in turn to be with others, regardless of their state of mind. For more information, contact Hollie Laudal at sagetaos@ gmail.com or visit SageTaos.com.

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Alexandra Paul on Vegan Activism Her Kind Lifestyle Honors All Living Things by Gerry Strauss

What is your philosophy of life? Be kind. Being kind is different from being nice. I spent my teens and 20s anxious to be nice, and all it gave me was a boatload of acquaintances and an inauthentic self. Nice aims to be popular. Kindness is about doing the right thing: justice, fairness, patience, respect. Kindness is at the heart of why I’m a vegan, and why I’ve been arrested 16 times for civil disobedience supporting peace, equal rights and the environment. Being kind to myself inspires me to exercise and live healthfully.

How has activism forged your identity and inspired others?

I’ve been an activist since I was 7, when I wrote to President Nixon asking him to stop pollution. As a dedicated citizen, my mom boycotted companies that acted against her ethics. Growing up with such a role model, trying to

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t may seem odd that one of the most intensely dedicated public activists is also known for starring in one of TV’s most superficial shows of the 1990s, but Alexandra Paul overturns stereotypes. Behind that signature Baywatch onepiece that kept David Hasselhoff on his toes beats the heart of a true soldier for animal rights and population stabilization. At 52 years young, she is extremely fit and knowledgeable about the vegan lifestyle that got her there.

make the world better came naturally. Walking my talk is a challenge I face daily as I choose what to buy, what to eat and how to be, and I also think it is the most effective way to encourage change in others.

What drives your commitment to a vegan diet?

I became a vegetarian when I was 14, after reading Frances Moore Lappé’s Diet for a Small Planet, which taught me how eating meat was destructive to the planet. A couple of years later, I did a book report on Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation and learned the ethical reasons against eating animals. I stopped using cosmetics tested on animals when I was a teen and stopped wearing leather, wool and silk in my 20s. I finally gave up eating dairy in my late 40s, and I wish I’d done it earlier. Although I did it to benefit animals, being vegan has enriched my life and changed the way I look at the world. The only way there will be enough food and water for Earth’s expected 10 billion people in 35 years is if humankind stops raising animals for food, so my veganism is helping the planet, as well as my own health.

Which other aspects of your diet and lifestyle do you credit for looking and feeling vital? My husband Ian and I go to bed early and generally get up with the sun. NaturalAwakeningsNNM.com

I’ve never consumed coffee, soda or alcohol, only water and protein shakes. I believe being a vegetarian, and now a vegan, has given me tons of energy. I also prioritize making time for my workout routine, and that helps me feel good every day. I didn’t always have this serenity with my lifestyle and health. For a dozen years, until my late 20s, I struggled with bulimia. Becoming vegan improved my relationship with food, aligning my diet with my values, and I have never been more at peace with myself.

Why do you enjoy working out? For me, being active is fun—not only because I feel good moving my body, but because I am also outside with friends, reading on a stationary bike or listening to favorite podcasts while stretching. Six days a week, I do an hour of cardio; either swimming or the stationary bike. Every other day I practice yoga for at least 45 minutes to ensure that my back stays pain-free. Once a week, I go hiking for two hours with friends, chatting the whole time, which all makes it worth getting up at 4:30 a.m. I walk whenever I’m on a conference call, either outside or at my tread desk, a simple treadmill under a standing desk; I’m walking on it when I’m reading or answering emails, too. It’s the best present I ever gave myself. Like everyone, sometimes I don’t particularly feel like working out, but all these factors make it easier to start, and once I start, I’m always glad to be exercising. Gerry Strauss is a freelance writer in Hamilton, NJ. Connect at GerryStrauss@aol.com.


Finding Ageless Health through Wisdom Healing Qigong: An Interview with Master Mingtong by Debra Rosenman                                                     

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oes the fountain of youth really exist? Millions of people are searching for a magic bullet to make them look and feel younger. According to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 12 billion dollars was spent on cosmetic procedures last year in the United States. This figure does not include the megabucks consumers doled out on anti-aging creams, lotions and potions. All of these 21st Century accoutrements focus exclusively on the external, advocating that a younger looking body is the ticket to eternal happiness. However, the real elixir lies inside the body. I recently spoke with Wisdom Healing Qigong Master Mingtong Gu about the search for the agelessness elixir, the illusion of finding happiness in external circumstances, and how the practice of qigong unlocks the mystery of agelessness. Renowned teacher, healer and founder of The Chi Center in Petaluma, California, Master Gu talked candidly about the ancient healing art and new science of Wisdom Healing Qigong. He trained with many Chinese Grandmasters including Grandmaster Ming Pang at the world’s largest medicine-less Qigong hospital in China and is wholeheartedly committed to teaching people how to heal themselves, and, subsequently, the world, through the practice of Wisdom Healing Qigong (WHQ). Debra Rosenman: What is the meaning of agelessness? Mingtong Gu: Agelessness from a qigong point of view is a living experience of wholeness that transcends the perception of impermanence. It’s a state of energetic oneness in which we feel connected to ourselves beyond concepts, beyond story, beyond personality and beyond the limitations of the physical body. DR: How do we grow younger to support optimum aging?

a child-like joy and love which are the keys to health, longevity and unconditional happiness.

MT: All spiritual practices, particularly qigong, invite us into the internal dimensions of ourselves, especially the heart, to find lasting happiness. When we access the ageless aliveness of our heart energy through the practice of WHQ, we transform fear and anxiety—the root causes of many illnesses and death—into joy, love and compassion. Living in the energy of the heart, we then grow younger and live longer because we feel fully alive, present and connected to our own life and life all around us.

Number three—access the abundant energy of the ageless universe. When we practice qigong we are connecting with source energy, bringing it into the physical to heal all conditions of the body, mind and heart. WHQ teaches us how to experience a deeper connection with the universe so we can move beyond the impermanency of the physical body. It’s important to reconcile this particular paradox of life where we are impermanent as well as ageless and eternal. The truth is that when we embrace the spiritual dimensions of source energy our physical bodies are nurtured and rejuvenated. Tasting immortality by fully embracing mortality is a profound way to live. DR: Do you have any concluding thoughts about growing younger and longevity?

MT: Number one—keep your energy moving to access the energetic feeling of youthfulness. No matter our age or health condition, the gentle movements of WHQ keep our life energy moving and alive. I will be teaching Lift Chi Up Pour Chi Down at the Santa Fe workshop so people can access their life energy and experience the fullness and abundance of life in the present moment. This energy activates the feeling of youthfulness which then animates the mind, body and heart.

MT: When we experience the subtle energy of the body, heart and mind, we not only connect with the wholeness of our own lives, but to the wholeness of the next generation, to life of planet earth, and the life of the universe. The ageless elixir is only found in the present moment of life which contains all experiences of the past and potential of the future. It’s all an inside job! More Energy, More Life with Master Mingtong Gu is being held September 25-26 at the Institute of American Indian Arts. To register, call 800-9592892 or visit ChiChenter.com. 12 CEs available. See Calendar for details/Taos event.

Number two—be happy! Taoists believe the secret to immortality is returning to an open-hearted, child-like state. WHQ directly activates the vibration and energy movement of the heart. Only when our hearts are open can we experience the timeless wisdom of life,

Debra Rosenman is a writer, media consultant, Certified Rubenfeld Synergist and Somatic Archaeologist. Her first book, The Chimpanzee Chronicles, will be published in 2016. Debra is currently studying with Master Gu. Email debra@chimpanzeechronicles.com.

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AGELESS BEING Staying Vibrant in Mind, Body and Spirit by Kathleen Barnes

Agelessness: Engaging in and experiencing life without fear of falling, failing or falling apart.

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n a nutshell, that’s the philosophy of visionary women’s health expert Dr. Christiane Northrup, of Yarmouth, Maine, as explored in her latest book, Goddesses Never Age. “We’re long overdue for a paradigm shift about how we feel about growing older,” says Northrup. “You can change your future by adopting a new, ageless attitude that will help you flourish physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. We don’t have to buy into modern medicine’s promotion of the idea of the pathology of aging.” One of Northrup’s primary admonitions: “Don’t tell anyone how old you are. Another birthday means nothing.”

Our Western society fosters a belief system that we will become decrepit, frail

and mentally feeble at a certain age. “When my mother turned 50, her mailbox suddenly filled with ads for adult diapers, walkers and long-term care insurance,” Northrup quips. The point is well taken. Think vibrant, healthy, gorgeous and yes, sexy Sandra Bullock, Johnny Depp, Chris Rock and Brooke Shields—all 50 or older—as the targets of ads for Depend. We’re living and working longer, and many of us are feeling, looking and staying young longer. So is 60 the new 40? Yes, say State University of New York at Stony Brook researchers, and further note that we’re generally leading longer and healthier lives. Centenarians are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population. In the 2010 census, 53,364 people had surpassed their 100th year, an increase

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of 40 percent over the 1980 census, and more than 80 percent of them are women. The National Institute on Aging projects that this number could increase tenfold or more by 2050. What we think of as “old” has changed. Many baby boomers refuse to buy into the mythology of aging, bristle at being called senior citizens and especially dislike being called elderly. Their position is backed by science. Stem cell biologist Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., author of Biology of Belief and currently a visiting professor at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic, in Auckland, is best known for promoting the concept that DNA can be changed by belief, for good or ill. Lipton explains that we all have billions of stem cells designed to repair or replace damaged—and aging—tissues and organs. “[These cells] are profoundly influenced by our thoughts and perceptions about the environment,” Lipton explains. “Hence our beliefs about aging can either interfere with or enhance stem cell function, causing our physiological regeneration or decline.” “Yes, we are destined to grow older, but decrepitude and what we call aging is an optional state,” Northrup adds. “Our genes, nutrition and environment are under our control far more than we may have thought.” More, she says, “Words are powerful. Don’t talk yourself into believing your brain is turning to mush just because you are over 40.”

Take Control of the Body

“Manage the four horsemen of the aging apocalypse,” encourages nutrition and longevity expert Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., a Los Angeles board-certified nutritionist and author of The Most Effective Ways to Live Longer. He says the aging process, including disease, loss of physical or mental function and the general breakdown of systems, is caused by one or more of four factors: oxidative damage (literally rusty cells); inflammation; glycation (excess sugar, metabolic syndrome); and stress. “Collectively, they damage cells and DNA, wear down organs and systems, deeply damage the vascular pathways that deliver blood and oxygen to the entire body, and even shrink brain size,” explains Bowden.


While it may seem like a tall order to make lifestyle changes that vanquish these four horsemen, Bowden says they can be broken into manageable elements by employing an arsenal of healthful weapons: whole foods, nutrients, stress-reduction techniques, exercise, detoxification and relationship improvement. “All of these actually do double duty, battling more than one of the four processes that can effectively shorten your life,” he reports, based on his 25 years of study.

Oxidative Damage

Consider what rust does to metal. That’s what free radical oxygen molecules do to cells. Over time, they damage them and cause aging from within. “Oxidative damage plays a major role in virtually every degenerative disease of aging, from Alzheimer’s to cancer to heart disease and diabetes, even immune dysfunction,” says Bowden. His recommended key to destroying free radicals is a diet rich in antioxidants, including lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy fats, nuts, grass-fed meats and organic dairy products. Avoid environmental free radicals that show up in toxic chemicals by eating as much organic food as possible and avidly avoiding residues of the poisonous pesticides and herbicides sprayed on crops eaten by people and livestock.

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Inflammation

Long-term inflammation is a silent killer because it operates beneath the radar, often unnoticed, damaging blood vessel walls. Like oxidative damage, inflammation is a factor in all the degenerative diseases associated with aging, says Bowden. His suggestion: First, get a C-reactive protein (CRP) test to determine the levels of inflammation in our body. A CRP level over 3 milligrams/liter indicates a high risk of a heart attack. Anti-inflammatory foods like onions, garlic, leafy greens, tomatoes, beans, nuts and seeds have all been widely scientifically proven to reduce chronic inflammation.

Glycation

This is the result of excessive sugar that glues itself to protein or fat molecules, leaving a sticky mess that creates advanced glycation end (AGE) products that damage all body systems and are acknowledged culprits in the dreaded diseases associated with aging. Bowden’s basic answer is to minimize intake of sugar and simple carbs; anything made with white flour or white rice. Also avoid fried dishes and any foods cooked at high temperatures that actually skip the glycation production in the body and deliver harmful AGEs directly from the food. He advises taking 1,000 mg of carnosine (available in health food stores) daily to prevent glycation.

Stress

The long-term effects of physical, mental or emotional stress are tremendously damaging to the human physiology. Sustained exposure to the stress hormone cortisol can shrink parts of the brain, damage blood vessels, increase blood sugar levels, heart rate and blood pressure and contribute to chronic inflammation, according to well-

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established science recorded in the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Bowden warns, “Stress management is not a luxury.” In its many forms, including prayer, meditation and breathing exercises, it should be part of any agelessness program. Deep, restful sleep is as vital a component as ending toxic relationships, having a nurturing circle of friends and doing familiar, gentle exercise such as yoga or tai chi. Overall, Bowden adds, “Rather than thinking of such endeavors as antiaging, I strive to embody the concept of age independence. I admire former Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, who resigned from the court when he reached age 90 because he wanted to play more tennis.” Bowden recommends embracing the concept of “squaring the curve”, meaning that instead of anticipating and experiencing a long downhill slope of poor health leading to death, “I look at a long plateau of health, with a steep drop-off at the end.” Wellness guru Dr. Michael Roizen, chair of the Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute, contends that although our chronological age can’t be changed, “Your ‘real age’ [calculated from data he collected from 60 million people] is the result of a wide variety of factors that are within your control. Dietary choices alone can make you 13 years younger or older than your actual age.” Roizen adds uncontrolled portion sizes, tobacco use and physical inactivity to the list of life-shortening lifestyle options.

mean the exquisite taste of a pear or the sound of an angelic symphony, the kiss of sun on skin, the laughter of a child, spending time with friends or creating a pastel landscape. When you experience pleasure, God comes through and you become aware of your divine nature. You’ll find that joy comes in ways that are unique to you.” Connection with the natural world is an essential element of agelessness, says Northrup. “The human body evolved to walk on the Earth, drinking its water, breathing its air and basking in its sunlight.” The bottom line is, “Agelessness is all about vitality. Taking all the right supplements and pills, or getting the right procedure isn’t the prescription for anti-aging,” says this

Lifestyle choices can make our bodies older, or younger, than our number of orbits around the sun, according to Michael Roizen, a doctor of internal medicine and author of This is Your Do-Over: The 7 Secrets of Losing Weight, Living Longer, and Getting a Second Chance at the Life You Want. “Seventy percent of aging is in the simple things you do or don’t do,” he maintains. Here are a few sobering examples: n An unresolved major life stressor, such as a divorce, being sued, the death of a close relative or other traumatic events, can add up to 32 years to chronological age. Managing the stress adds a relatively insignificant two years. n Swap out saturated fats (cheese and meat) for monounsaturated fats (olive oil, nuts and avocados). Subtract 2.5 years from chronological age. n Get up out of the chair every 15 minutes and also take a 10-minute walk every two hours. Subtract 2.1 years from chronological age. n Have close friends. Subtract 2.1 years from chronological age. Take the Real Age test at ShareCare.com/RealAge.

“If you don’t have some kind of spiritual foundation, literally, God help you,” says Northrup. “God isn’t confined to a book or a church, mosque or synagogue. Divinity is the creative loving, vital flow of life force that we’re all part of and connected to. Our bodies are exquisite expressions meant to embody, not deny our spirits.” Touch, pleasure and sex can be part of it, too. Individuals that have the most fulfilling sex lives live the longest, according to researchers conducting the University of California, Riverside’s Longevity Project. “Pleasure comes in infinite forms,” says Northrup. “It can Northern & Central New Mexico

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renowned physician. “It’s ageless living that brings back a sense of vibrancy and youthfulness.” We could live to be well over 100 years old and, as Northrup likes to paraphrase Abraham Hicks, of The Law of Attraction fame, “Wouldn’t you rather have your life end something like this: ‘Happy-healthy, happy-healthy, happy-healthy, dead.’ Isn’t that a lot better than suffering sickness, decrepitude and frailty for years?”

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SURF TO TURF U.S. Farmed Seafood That’s Safe and Sustainable by Judith Fertig

Wild-caught fish from pure waters is the gold standard of seafood, but sustainable populations from healthy waters are shrinking. That’s one reason why fish farms are appearing in unusual places—barramundi flourish on a Nebraska cattle ranch, shrimp in chilly Massachusetts and inland tilapia in Southern California.

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ith the demand for seafood outpacing what can safely be harvested in the wild, half the seafood we eat comes from aquaculture, says Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D., administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Yet, farmed seafood has a reputation for uneven quality and questionable farming practices. A primary reason is that much of what Americans buy comes from Asia, where aquaculture is less stringently managed. Meanwhile, domestic aquaculture provides only about 5 percent of the seafood consumed here, according to NOAA.

Safe Seafood Solutions

If we want to eat safer, sustainable, farmed seafood, there are two solutions. One is to purchase farmed fish raised in the U.S., says Sullivan. The agency’s FishWatch consumer informa-

tion service assures: “If it’s harvested in the United States, it’s inherently sustainable as a result of the rigorous U.S. management process that ensures fisheries are continuously monitored, improved and sustainable.” Whole Foods Markets have found that farming seafood (aquaculture) can provide a consistent, high-quality, year-round supply of healthy and delicious protein. Accordingly, “When it’s done right, aquaculture can be environmentally friendly and offer a crucial way to supplement wild-caught fish supplies. On the other hand, poor farming practices such as the overuse of chemicals and antibiotics and those that cause water pollution and other negative impacts on the environment are bad news.” A second solution is to consult with a trusted fishmonger that has high standards for flavor, health, safety, sustainability and environmental concerns.

Chefs like Rick Moonen, who owns RM Seafood, in Las Vegas, are getting behind U.S. aquaculture farms that do it right, raising healthy, sustainable and delicious fish. Moonen recently became a brand ambassador for True North Salmon, a farm system that integrates the way nature keeps fish healthy and fresh. “They have a salmon farm near a mussel farm near a kelp farm, mimicking the way these three species interact in the wild,” says Moonen. The best seafood farms take what geography and climate offer—ocean inlets, a natural spring and a natural depression in the land or indoor controlled freshwater tanks—and use clean feed. With no antibiotics, non-GMO food (free of genetic modification) in the right ratio, good water quality and creative ways to use the effluent, they employ green farming practices to raise fish and shellfish that, in turn, are healthy to eat. The Atlantic coasts of Maine and Canada are where families have been making their living from the sea for centuries, says Alan Craig, of Canada’s True North Salmon Company. “The fish are fed pellets made from all-natural, nonGMO sources with no dyes, chemicals or growth hormones added. Underwater cameras monitor the health of the fish to prevent overfeeding.” True North Salmon follows a threebay system, similar to crop rotation on land. Each bay is designated for a particular age of fish: young salmon, market-ready fish and a fallow, or empty, bay, breaking the cycle of any naturally occurring diseases and parasites. Robin Hills Farm, near Ann Arbor, Michigan, offers vegetable, meat, egg and fruit community supported agriculture, U-pick fruit and a pair of stocked farm ponds. Farm Manager Mitzi Koors explains that the ponds are a way to leverage natural resources, add another income stream and attract visitors. “We first discovered a low-lying area that would become a beautiful pond with a little work,” Koors relates. “We then expanded to two close ponds that don’t connect, to keep the older fish raised on at least six months of nonGMO organic feed separate from the newer fish. The ponds are spring fed, providing a great environment for trout.”

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In northeastern Nebraska, five generations of the Garwood family have traditionally raised cattle and produced corn and tomatoes. To keep the farm thriving and sustainable, they have had to think outside the row crop. Today, they’re growing something new—barramundi, or Australian yellow perch. They built a warehouse that now holds 18, 10,000-gallon fish tanks full of growing fish. A Maryland company provides old-fashioned cow manure and leftover grain sorghum from area ethanol plants to create algae, naturally non-GMO, to use as biofuel and fish food. “People prefer to eat locally raised food, even if it’s fish in Nebraska,” says Scott Garwood. The sophistication of closed containment systems like the Garwoods use means that chefs, too, can raise their own fish, besides growing their own herbs and vegetables. California Chef Adam Navidi, owner of the Oceans & Earth restaurant, in Yorba Linda, also runs nearby Future Foods Farms, encompassing 25 acres of herbs, lettuces, assorted vegetables and tank-raised tilapia. Baby greens, not GMO products, help feed the fish, while nitrates from the ammonia-rich fish waste fertilize the crops. The fish wastewater filters through the crops and returns to the fish tanks in an efficient, conservationdriven system that produces healthy, organic food. “Someday, chefs will be known both by their recipes and the methods used to produce their food,” Navidi predicts. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd Lifestyle.blogspot.com from Overland Park, KS.

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ccording to the nationally recognized Monterey Bay Aquarium’s SeafoodWatch.org, these farmed fish and shellfish are current Best Choices. Under each fish or shellfish variety, check the Seafood Recommendations list for specific geographic areas, certified organic options, non-GMO feed, or other designations. Arctic Char: The farmed variety, raised in closed-tank systems, produce little impact on local habitats in the Pacific Northwest. Barramundi (Australian yellow perch): Look for it sourced from recirculating aquaculture systems in farms throughout the U.S. Catfish: Pond-farmed American catfish, found mainly near the Mississippi River, are some of the most sustainable fish available. Crawfish: Domestic production centers mainly in Louisiana, grown in ponds on existing agricultural lands. No feeds are added, but minimal fertilizer is used to support an aquatic food web that crawfish thrive on. As a native species, the potential impacts of escape are minimal. Mussels: Most farmed mussels for sale in the U.S. hail from New England and the Pacific Northwest, or are imported from nations with stringent environmental regulations. The nonprofit Marine Stewardship Council independently certifies some of these mussel fisheries as sustainable.

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Oysters: Nearly 95 percent of the oysters Americans eat are farmed in New England, the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Northwest. Oyster farms in the U.S. and throughout the world are well managed and produce a sustainable product. Salmon: Before ordering, Seafood Watch recommends finding out where salmon originated by asking the local grocer or restaurant manager if it’s wild caught or farmed and its source. Shrimp: Most caught or farmed in U.S. and Canada also qualify as a Seafood Watch Good Alternative. However, avoid shrimp caught in Louisiana with otter trawls and in the Gulf of Mexico (except Florida) with skimmer trawls. All shrimp from recirculating aquaculture systems constitute a Best Choice. Tilapia: Tank-farmed tilapia in the U.S. and Canada has become a popular standard. Trout: Farmed rainbow trout from the U.S. gets a nod because it’s raised in environmentally friendly ways in spring-fed ponds.


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The Adventure of Couchsurfing Stay with Locals and Make New Friends by Lisa Rosinky

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aniel Sperry, a “couchsurfer” in his late 50s, decided a few years ago to quit his day job and make a living by performing cello music and reciting poetry in living rooms across the country. “I didn’t know it would become a catalyst for bringing communities of local people together,” he says, but his first gig, a “little shotgun shack” in Elko, Nevada, became more than a once in a lifetime experience. Years later, his Elko host remains a close friend and hosts a regular (and lucrative) stop on his cross-country tours. Not only does creating connections with strangers make us happier—as University of Chicago social scientists have proven—it leads to fun travel stories. If we choose to see the world via the decade-old organization at Couchsurfing.com, we might find ourselves sleeping on a sailboat in the Irish Sea; meeting backpackers by solar-powered light in a cave in Petra, Jordan; sharing a room with a pet bird that falls asleep listening to sappy love songs on the radio; or jamming to old-time banjo and fiddle tunes in a North Carolina kitchen. The global community of couchsurfers, now 10 million strong, considers strangers “friends you haven’t met yet.” They currently are hosting and organizing more than half-amillion events in more than

200,000 cities worldwide this year. The aim is to make travel easier and more affordable, build people’s faith and trust in one another and create meaningful connections across cultures. It’s easy to become a member by creating a profile as a host and/ or a traveler, which includes verified identification. Guests don’t need to reciprocate by hosting or leav- ing gifts, although lasting friendships are a common result. Hosts and guests are encouraged to leave honest reviews for each other, which helps ensure ongoing safety and good behavior all around. Meanwhile, non-members also are welcome to explore couchsurfing events in their city. Fun opportunities to make new connections include weekly language exchanges, skill swaps, outdoor activities and potlucks. “For me, it’s undeniably about the community, the kind of person it tends to attract,” says Joseph Abrahamson, a couchsurfer in his mid-20s. “A room full of couchsurfers is full of stories and listening and sharing and trust. It changes a person in a positive way… people that travel like this for long enough can no longer survive with closed minds.” Lisa Rosinky is a freelance writer in Boston.

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fter practicing internal medicine for 10 years in Boston, Dr. Timothy McCall became a full-time writer, exploring the health benefits of yoga. As the medical editor of Yoga Journal and the author of Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing, he says, “In the late 90s, the conveyor belt of patient care continued to speed up and I got frustrated. There was less time to form relationships with patients, which is essential to providing quality care

without excessive tests and drugs.” Initially, McCall found that most of the documented research on yoga was from India, and notes it was low in quality from a Western perspective (though it is now excellent). In the West, the first notable scientific yoga article was published in 1973 in The Lancet on combining yoga and biofeedback to manage hypertension. According to the International Journal of Yoga, the surge in yoga’s popularity here finally gained academic interest in 2007,

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and there are now more than 2,000 yoga titles in the National Institutes of Health PubMed.gov database, with 200 added annually. Initially, yoga teacher and economist Rajan Narayanan, Ph.D., founded the nonprofit Life in Yoga Foundation and Institute to offer free teacher training. Within a couple of years, the foundation’s focus shifted to integrating yoga into the mainstream healthcare system. “We realized that to make a real difference, we needed to teach doctors about yoga and its scientifically proven effects,” he says. Medical providers can earn credits to keep their licenses current by attending courses by Life in Yoga, the only yoga institution independently certified by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Currently, even if physicians don’t practice yoga, it’s likely that many of their patients do. “You now see it everywhere from major medical centers to mainstream advertising,” says McCall, who notes an increase in doctors, nurses and therapists attending the Yoga as Medicine seminars he and his wife Eliana teach internationally and from their Simply Yoga Institute studio, in Summit, New Jersey.

Mounting Evidence

“Yoga may help prevent diseases across the board because the root cause of 70 to 90 percent of all disorders is stress,” says Narayanan. Yoga increases the body’s ability to successfully respond to stress by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, which slows the heart and lowers blood pressure. That in turn suppresses sympathetic activity, reducing the amount of stress hormones in the body. Studies collected on PubMed.gov demonstrate that yoga has been found to help manage hypertension, osteoporosis, body weight, physical fitness, anxiety, depression, diabetes, reproductive functions and pregnancy, among other issues. Studies at California’s Preventive Medicine Research Institute have tracked amelioration of heart disease. A growing body of research is validating yoga’s benefits for cancer patients, including at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. A small study at Norway’s University of Oslo suggests


that yoga even alters gene expression, indicating it may induce health benefits on a molecular level.

Cultural Challenges

“For yoga to be effective, a regular practice must be implemented, which is challenging in a culture where people can’t sit for long without an electronic device. It’s more than just popping pills,” says Narayanan. McCall says, “Even if people can commit to just a few minutes of yoga practice a day, if they keep it up the benefits can be enormous.” “There are no sales reps telling doctors to use yoga therapy like there are for pharmaceuticals,” remarks Narayanan, and until yoga is funded by health insurance, it will be challenging to gain full acceptance in mainstream medicine.

Another barrier is certification standards. The International Association of Yoga Therapists (iayt.org) and the Council for Yoga Accreditation International (cyai.org) are both beginning to offer certifications for therapy training programs and therapists. Narayanan is hopeful that certification could lead to yoga being covered by insurance. Medical school curricula have started shifting to embrace complementary approaches to wellness, with many textbooks now including information on mind/body therapies. The Principles and Practices of Yoga in Healthcare, co-edited by Sat Bir Khalsa, Lorenzo Cohen, McCall and Shirley Telles and due out in 2016, is the first professional-level, medical textbook on yoga therapy. “Yoga has been proven to treat many conditions, yet yoga teachers don’t treat conditions, we treat individuals,” says McCall. “Yoga therapy is not a one-size-

fits-all prescription because different bodies and minds, with different abilities and weaknesses, require individualized approaches.” While medical research is working to grant yoga more legitimacy among doctors, policymakers and the public, McCall says, “I believe these studies are systematically underestimating how powerful yoga can be. Science may tell us that it decreases systolic blood pressure and cortisol secretion and increases lung capacity and serotonin levels, but that doesn’t begin to capture the totality of what yoga is.” Meredith Montgomery, a registered yoga teacher, publishes Natural Awakenings of Mobile/Baldwin, AL (Healthy LivingHealthy Planet.com).

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Choose Happiness Four Tips to Flip the Joy Switch

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recent Harris Interactive poll indicates that only one in three Americans are happy. Success, education and increases in annual household income create only marginally more happiness. So what will it take to go the distance? Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Choosing Happiness endeavors to discover just that. Its collection of intimate stories from more than two dozen women reveals telling insights— most profoundly, that happiness is a choice that anyone can make, regardless of their history or circumstances. Four tips from contributors to the book show how we all can rise up out of our troubles to the other side, shining.

Let Go of ‘Supposed To’

Family, friends and society exert pressure on us to achieve certain goals or impose their definition of success. When our soul doesn’t fit the mold, exciting things can happen. Happiness strategist Kristi Ling seemed to have it all: a high-powered job in Hollywood, significant income and the envy of all her friends—but her success felt empty. She writes from her home in Los Angeles, “Each morning I’d get up thinking about who I needed to please, and then prepare myself to exist for another day. I looked and felt exhausted just about all the time. The worst part was that I thought I was doing everything right!” After a middle-of-the-night epiphany, Ling left her job and set out to discover what her heart wanted. She began following a completely different life path as a coach and healer, in which success means manifesting joy.

Be Grateful Now

While we’re striving to change our life or wishing things could have been different, we often forget to pay attention to what we have right now.

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Boni Lonnsburry, a conscious creation expert and founder/CEO of Inner Art, Inc., in Boulder, Colorado, writes about the morning she decided to choose happiness, despite the enormous challenges she was facing, including divorce, foreclosure, bankruptcy and possible homelessness. “I thought to myself, ‘Yes, my life could be better, but it also could be a hell of a lot worse. I’m healthy and smart—why, I even have some wisdom. Why am I focusing on how terrible everything is?’” Using the power of her choice to be happy right now, Lonnsburry not only found joy amidst the adversity, but created love and success beyond her wildest dreams. We all want to feel loved, but when we’re afraid of getting hurt, we put up barriers to protect ourselves, even against the love we want. Certified Relationship Coach Stacey Martino, of Yardley, Pennsylvania, writes, “From the first day we met, I’d been waiting for [my boyfriend] Paul to end our relationship. I begged him for another chance—not for our relationship, but to be my authentic self—to figure out who I am and show up in our relationship as the real me.” Fourteen years later, Martino and her boyfriend, now husband, are still exploring the depths of their love for one another. For them, the choice to be vulnerable was the gateway to happiness.

Look Inward Instead of to Others

If we can’t own our pain, how can we create our joy? Choosing happiness means taking full responsibility for our state of mind, with no excuses. Lisa Marie Rosati, of Kings Park, New York, who today helps other women catalyze their own transformation, writes: “I didn’t want to accept what was going on inside [me], so I looked outside for a way to make things better. I depended on intimate relationships to complete me, and on friends and acquaintances for entertainment. My self-esteem floated on incoming compliments and I absolutely never wanted to spend a minute alone with my own thoughts, lest they erode whatever happiness I possessed at the moment. I was exhausted, frustrated and quite frankly, pissed off.” It took a flash of insight to set Rosati free of her patterns of blame—and then realizing she could create her own fulfillment was all it took to catapult her into a place of empowerment. Look out, world! As Los Angeles happiness expert and Positive Psychology Coach Lisa Cypers Kamen says, “Happiness is an inside job.” Joy, love and inspired living are ours for the taking—all we must do is choose. Linda Joy is the heart of Inspired Living Publishing and Aspire magazine. Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Choosing Happiness is her third in a series of bestselling anthologies. Next up is Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Cultivating Joy. Learn more at InspiredLivingPublishing.com.

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Radiation

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Aging as a Spiritual Concept of Life:

A Reflection on the Aging Process and Its Reversal By Rev. AliceAnn Saunders

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he concept of aging in our society has been a well-established mindset for far too long in our lives. In our so-called modern age stereotyping of the older adult has been endemic. Women over 50 were considered to be of less value than their younger counterparts. Men who lose their hairline and take on the characteristics of an older, mature man were considered passé. But within the last 15 years or so that paradigm has begun to shift. As the baby boomers are coming into their fourth stage of life, the socialization of aging has taken a major shift toward a more mature, experienced perception. Women are dropping the desire to compete with men in the workplace, and more women-based businesses are viewed as successful. Men too are digging in and continuing their second, third or even fourth careers and enjoying more of life as they create business paradigms that are not only successful and lucrative, but also deeply satisfying. Still, what does this concept of aging really mean? How do we experience it from the inside out? How do we reverse the aging process? From a psychospiritual viewpoint, you are as old as you think you are. If your body is well past 50, 60 or even 70, you may feel that chronological age or you may not. A good deal of this self-perception has to do with mindset or the attitude you hold about yourself. So, lots of vectors (lines of force) come into play. Some of these directional lines of force or challenges can be answered by some very basic transpersonal questions: How happy are you with your life? How often do you stop to appreciate all that you are, all that you have? How often do you play and find a deep relaxed peace in your day, week, vacation? How many times do you choose loving thoughts over competitive or reactive thoughts? How much do you let joy, love and compassion into your heart? These basic questions about one’s attitude and choices in one’s life make a huge difference in the physical, emotional and mental bodies. We have all heard about the importance of the mind-bodyspirit paradigm. But have you really stopped to think what that might mean in your own life? It’s not just a concept or philosophy; it’s a living reality within each soul. As we learn to live from our deepest self, our soul as it were, we are taking a huge leap in consciousness; we are learning to age young. So how can this be? To live from the inside out is a relatively new concept in psychology. It’s not a fix-it kind of therapy. It’s more a proactive approach to living life to the fullest degree possible. And this means having your psychological stuff in order, relating to the Universe or God or the Ultimate Unknown as a living reality; and, it means creating a physiEach of us cal structure that is healthy, sound, and happy. has energies within us far greater than we typically understand. When we are free of negativity, depression and the like, we automatically augment an elemental force within ourselves that moves towards health, happiness and liberation. When we feel the converse, we open ourselves to disease, dysfunction and often heartbreak. It comes down to a simple choice: to live a life of suffering and discomfort or to choose a life of fullness of being, joy, and personal unconditional regard. Once we learn to set aside that which no longer serves our spiritual well-being, we become infused with life-force energy; that same life-force energy that ignited all creation. As humanity moves ever upward to its next evolutionary step on the ladder of human development, we are all coming to realize that

the choices we make actually do manifest; that who we believe ourselves to be, what age and condition of being we choose at any given moment, actually becomes our present and maybe even our future reality. As we take this next step in evolution, we all need to consider well how the mind-body-spirit connection operates within us. We need to all look at our interior life and measure it against the scales of love and appreciation, gratitude and forgiveness. For these simple Cosmic Laws are the foundation stone for all of creation, and since we are not separate from creation, we too must pay close attention to them. Here are a few tips on manifesting this kind of energetic in your own life. 1. Be mindful of everything you say or do, even what you think has a powerful impact on your well-being, health and aging process. 2. Take time to ruminate, meditate or walk extensively in nature. 3. Be selective in what you eat/drink, watch on TV/computer or what activities do or do not suit your life-force energies. 4. Create sleep, work and play patterns that benefit you, not detract from your life force. In other words, work hard, but also play just as much; sleep and meditate in a good balance for your life schedule. 5. Find time to reflect upon the Universe, your part in it and what your purpose on Earth might be. Be aware too that this is a time of great change upon the Earth and as you are more able to align yourself with that upward connection with the Source of All That Is, you will find a greater peace, a happier life style, and an ageless body-mind. To read the full version of this article, visit NaturalAwakeningsnnm.com. Reverend AliceAnn Saunders is a transpersonal psychologist, ordained priest of God and clear voice channel. She lives and teaches in Santa Fe and is available for consultations, readings and group presentations. For more information, call 505-490-8855 or email Rev.AliceAnn@OakRose.net. Find her on Facebook at AliceAnn Melchizedek.

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ey colorful foods, packed with nutrients, protect against eye problems ranging from progressive retinal atrophy and uveitis to cataracts and glaucoma. Here are 10 foods that are highly regarded in helping prevent and defend against vision problems. Their eyeworthy nutrients include anthocyanins, beta-carotene, carotenoids, glutathione, lycopene, omega-3 essential fatty acids, phytonutrients—and the special partnership of lutein and zeaxanthin, sometimes referred to as “sunscreen for the eyes”. An easy way to serve these powerpacked foods is as a mash. Simply combine a few cups of fruits and vegetables in a food processor with a half-cup of filtered water and blend as a raw pet meal topper. For a cooked topper, chop the fruits and vegetables and place in a medium sized sauce pan with the filtered water and a couple tablespoons of first-pressed olive oil. Simmer gently, cool and serve. Maybe top it all off with a fish or egg. Blueberries contain two eyehealthy carotenoids: lutein and zeaxanthin. They also deliver anthocyanins, eye-nourishing phytonutrients known to support night vision, according to a study published in the Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology. University of Oklahoma research suggests that flavonoids like the rutin, resveratrol and quercetin in blueberries may help prevent retinal atrophy. Their selenium and zinc components also support vision, according to a study from the National

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Eye Institute. Eating blueberries has even been associated with the reduction of eye fatigue, according to The Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry. Broccoli’s anti-cancer benefits are well known, but it’s also recognized as one of the best vegetables for eye health. A good source of lutein and zeaxanthin, it’s also packed with beta-carotene. Don’t leave the leaves behind, because they contain even more beta-carotene than the stems and florets. Researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine have found that broccoli and broccoli sprouts protect the retina from free radical damage, which may be due to a compound called sulphoraphane that boosts the body’s defense against free radicals. Carrots come in 100 varieties, from deep purple and white to brilliant orange. Each is a storehouse of nutrient power, providing vitamin A, betacarotene, vitamins C, D, E and K, and riboflavin, niacin, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, sodium, iron, magnesium, manganese, sulphur, copper and iodine. The adage that carrots are good


for the eyes is true. They even contain lycopene and lutein, phytonutrients that protect from UVB radiation and free radical damage. Cold-water fish such as salmon, tuna, cod, haddock and sardines are rich in omega-3s, especially EPA and DHA, which are widely known to be important to cellular health. DHA makes up 30 percent of the fatty acids that comprise the retina. The particularly high levels of omega3s in sardines add further protection to retinal health, according to researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.   Eggs are rich in cysteine and sulphur, two components of glutathione. Cataract Health News reports that sulphurcontaining compounds have been found to protect eyes from cataract formation. Egg yolks contain lutein, and a University of Massachusetts study has found that eating an egg a day raised levels of lutein and zeaxanthin in the blood; at the same time, blood serum lipids and lipoprotein cholesterol concentrations remained stable. Garlic. Researchers at the University of Oregon suggest that sulphur-rich garlic is important for the production of glutathione, a protein that acts as an antioxidant for the eye’s lens, and can be instrumental in the prevention of some visual problems. Kale is an excellent source of lutein and zeaxanthin. The American Optometric Association says these special antioxidants act like “internal sunglasses.” Add betacarotene to the mix and kale serves as a preferred foil to oxidative stress. Pumpkin’s orange color is a sure sign that it’s packed with carotenoids like beta-carotene, which help neutralize free radicals. Its lutein and zeaxanthin generally promote eye health and further protect against retinal degeneration. Even pumpkin seeds carry several benefits, including omega-3s, zinc and phytosterols to enhance a dog’s immune response. Sweet potatoes are loaded with both beta-carotene and anthocyanins, the latter high in antioxidant and antiinflammatory properties. Tomatoes are famous for their lycopene, a carotenoid and phytonutrient found in red produce. This powerful antioxidant helps protect against sun damage and retinal degeneration and has been well documented as effective in cancer prevention. Processed tomato products contain higher Make vision levels of and diet part of lycopene than the annual exams by raw fruit.

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GREENING AMERICA’S GAMES Major Leagues Sport More Sustainable Stadiums by Avery Mack

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raditional sports stadiums and arenas generate a huge carbon footprint. Multiple sources concur that during a single football game, a 78,000seat stadium can consume 65,000 kilowatt hours of electricity, and discarded cardboard, plastic and paper; in-stadium food and beverage containers; and tailgating debris that includes cans and bottles leave behind a mountain of waste. A dozen years ago, the pioneering Philadelphia Eagles enlisted the help of the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to begin a persistent push to their goal of going green. Today, the NRDC publishes the Greening Advisor guidebooks on green operating practices for all professional teams in Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League and Major League Soccer, plus the U.S. Tennis Association, and has expanded to include college sports.

Food

Stadium food has always been part of the fan experience, but it’s possible to eat sensibly and well with options like the roasted turkey sandwich at AT&T Park, in San Francisco, where concessionaires source locally and compost leftovers. Veggie burgers, vegan cheesesteaks and sushi have also found their way onto game-day menus to add a change of pace for fans, says Julianne Soviero, author of Unleash Your True Athletic Potential. The growing interest shown by the sports industry in composting offers enormous potential benefits, and not a moment too soon, says Allen Hershkowitz, Ph.D., co-founder of the Green Sports Alliance and director of the NRDC Sports Project. Using recyclable contain-

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ers counts—New York City’s venerable Yankee Stadium reduced its trash load by 40 percent by switching to biodegradable cups and service ware. PepsiCo supported the upgrade by exchanging its conventional plastic bottle for a bio-based version made from agricultural waste.

Lights

At New York’s Oncenter War Memorial Arena, the American Hockey League’s Syracuse Crunch pro team skates under LED lights. “They make the arena brighter. It’s easier to see the puck,” says defenseman Joey Mormina. “The fun light show that follows goals adds energy for the crowd and players.” LED lighting provides improved clarity in TV transmissions and sports action photos and doesn’t create soft spots on the ice, like traditional lights. “Utica and Binghamton teams switched to LED after playing in our arena,” comments Jim Sarosy, chief operating officer for the Crunch.

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“The Crunch is the first pro hockey team to skate on recycled rainwater,” Sarosy adds. “It’s collected from the roof, stored in three central reservoirs in the basement and pumped into the Zamboni machine for resurfacing the ice.” The NaturalAwakeningsNNM.com

practice also diverts rainwater from overworked sewer systems. The first pro football stadium to earn a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification, the San Francisco 49ers Levi’s Stadium features a 27,000-square-foot rooftop garden to help control water runoff. Home to the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers and Kings, the Staples Center has swapped out 178 flush urinals for waterless models, reducing annual water usage by 7 million gallons. Like the Eagles, the Florida Marlins pro baseball team, in Miami, now uses 50 percent less water via low-flow plumbing fixtures. Also, the stadium’s upgraded landscape design lessens outdoor irrigation needs by 60 percent. The University of Georgia likes keeping its grass green, but hates wasteful water dispensers. Its football field is now watered via an underground irrigation system that saves a million gallons a year. Soil moisture sensors indicate when watering is needed.

More Creative Practices

Lincoln Financial Field, home to the Philadelphia Eagles, now boasts more than 11,000 solar panels and 14 wind turbines that combined, generate more than four times the energy used for all home games in a season. The staff uses green cleaning products and has increased recycling more than 200 percent since 2010. Most creatively, the carbon costs of team travel are offset via mitigation by financing tree plantings in their home state and purchasing seedlings for a wildlife refuge in Louisiana. The Seattle Mariners Safeco Field’s new scoreboard uses 90 percent less power than its predecessor and the Arizona Cardinals pro football team provides bags for tailgating fans to use for recycling. Five NBA arenas have achieved LEED certification—Phillips Arena (Atlanta Hawks), Toyota Center (Houston Rockets), American Airlines Arena (Miami Heat), Amway Center (Orlando Magic) and Rose Garden (Portland Trail Blazers). The goal of a cleaner, healthier planet is achievable with systemic shifts like these as more pro and collegiate sports teams score green points. Connect with our freelance writer via AveryMack@mindspring.com.


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Wellness Tai Chi & Chi Gung – 5:30-6:30pm. Tai Chi promotes harmony between mind and body, builds flexibility and enhances balance and coordination. Tai Chi/Chi Gung combines the breathing discipline of Chi Gung and the movements of Tai Chi. $15, $80/6-week series. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson St NE, Ste 100, Albuquerque. 505925-4551 RSVP: MMHale@unmmg.org.

Naylin Channel with Maria Yraceburu on Google Hangout LIVE – 6pm. Apache medicine woman, Naylin Lage speaks for the first time via LIVE Google Hangout. For those of us who have been lucky enough to be in audience with the power of Naylin’s medicine wisdom know how life changing just being embraced by her energy field can be. Naylin is the niece of Noch-ay-del-klinne and the great-grandmother of Maria Yraceburu. Free online event. lightstoneacademy@gmail.com to register.

Green Tara Meditation to Remove Obstacles –September 1 & 22, 7-8:15pm led by Charmaine Hughes. By practicing Tara meditation you can eliminate inner and outer obstacles in your life and your being. Through this simple practice of visualization and chanting mantras you receive the blessing of compassion and wisdom in your heart. Sugg.donation $10-$15. Thubten Norbu Ling 1807 2nd Street #35. info@tnlsf.org.

Rhythm/Drum Circle – 7-8:30 pm. Drumming and rhythmic play invite unity, joy and inner peace. Bring your favorite hand drums/percussion. Some available to borrow. RSVP for drum loan and childcare. $10 love offering. Unity Spiritual Center, 9800 Candelaria Rd NE, Albuquerque. 505-2921998. USCAbq.org.

Pilates: Reformer – 5:30-7pm. Learn the Pilates classical method of body conditioning as a system. $325. Shedden Pilates, 4200 Lomas, Ste A, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505-277-0077. CE.UNM.edu.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 Introductory Process Painting Workshop – 10am4pm. Process painting follows intuition, accesses creative flow and supports authentic expression. Skill or talent not necessary. $45. Creative Wings Studio, just east of Nob Hill, Albuquerque. 630-5305697. CreativeWingsStudio.com.

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Chacoan World Excursion Road Trip with Dr. Martha Yates – September 3-7, 2015 Immerse yourself in the Chaco Canyon phenomenon, the mysteries of Chaco, its ancient astronomical observatories, the Great Kivas of Aztec and Casa Rinconada and the Great Houses of Pueblo Bonito and Kin Kletso and much more. $895 per person. Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu. 505-685-1000. www. GhostRanch.org.

Introduction to Hypnosis and Self Hypnosis – 7-9pm. Sept 10, 17, 24. Think and act with a positive mental attitude. Engage the positive auto-pilot switch now using self-hypnosis. $129/3 classes. $129 enrollment fee includes recordings of hypnosis protocols and an outline for positive suggestion writing. High Desert Center for Spiritual Living, 5624 Paradise Blvd NW, Albuquerque. 505-918-6555.

Medicine Buddha - 10am/White Mahakala - 2pm, Sunday Sep 13: Avalokiteshvara - 10am/Red Tara -2pm. Tibetan Association of Santa Fe. All Are Welcome. $20 Suggested Donation per Empowerment; Full Program $60 / Four Empowerments. Online Registration: tsechennamdrolling.wordpress.com/coming-up/. Contact: santa.fe_sakya@ yahoo.com. Facebook: facebook.com/TsechenNamdrolLing. 915 Hickox Street, Santa Fe.

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What’s on Your Fork? – 11am-12pm. Val Alarcón, holistic health coach, provides an educational/ interactive workshop on eating for energy based on your bio-individual nutritional profile; how primary and secondary foods are essential to your continued health and wellness. $50. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson St NE, Ste 100, Albuquerque. 505925-4551 RSVP: MMHale@unmmg.org. Past-Life Regression – 1-3pm. Group session; regress to a past life to discover, access and activate a positive inner resource to benefit you and people in your life today. $40. Crystal Dove Metaphysical Book Store, 525 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque. 505918-6555. Southern Indian Vegetarian Cooking – 1:304:30pm. Prepare a complete meal including fresh salad (kosambari), vegetables (palya), beans (usli), yoghurt-rice (mosaranna), a mildly sweet dessert soup (paayasa) and more. $59. Los Altos Christian Church, 11900 Haines NE, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505-277-0077. CE.UNM.edu.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 Six week series of evening classes by Creative Wings Studio – 6-9pm. Classes are an easy way to bring creativity into your everyday life. Learn to listen and discern intuition, explore and express from your authentic self and fine the aliveness within. $195. Creative Wings Studio just east of Nob Hill, Albuquerque. 630-530-5697. CreativeWingsStudio.com.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 Osteoporosis Screenings – 8-11am. Stop and receive a guest pass for two free visits to an OsteoStrong wellness center. Free. North Valley Senior Center, 3825 4th Street NW, Albuquerque. 505761-4025. ABQ@osteostrong.me. OsteoStrong.me.

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Six week series of afternoon classes by Creative Wings Studio – 1-4pm. Six week series of classes which encourage creative freedom, opens intuition, and deepens awareness. $195. Creative Wings Studio just east of Nob Hill, Albuquerque. 630-5305697. CreativeWingsStudio.com.

Gentle Ways to Detox – 2-3pm. Spring and summer is perfect to detox for improved health and wellness. This workshop shows the various detox protocols, from simple and gentle, yet effective ways to detox daily. $50. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson St NE, Ste 100, Albuquerque. 505-925-4551 RSVP: MMHale@unmmg.org.

How To Write Your Bestseller in a Weekend – 6:30-9pm. Taught by Number One Best Selling Author, Tom Bird, this course is designed for wouldbe authors as well as seasoned writers – anyone who feels drawn to write for any reason and who seeks the deeper meaning and purpose behind that. Body of Santa Fe, 333 W Cordova Rd, Santa Fe.

savethedate New Moon Toning Circle September 13 • 6-8pm. Get your whole body vibrating with an immersive crystal bowl sound bath. Tone ancient keys of harmonic resonance with the group to awaken higher consciousness and put your mind in total serenity. Set your intentions for new things to manifest and call them directly into your life with the help of the entire group. Free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required as room is limited. Call Brennan at 505-692-5411 to reserve your spot for this incredible event that always produces amazing results. Interlight Mystery School, 65 Blueberry Hill Rd., Taos. interlightmysteryschool.com .

Universal Compassion Tour – 5pm. Geshe La Phelgye is a Tibetan monk and global scholar in residence at Eastern Washington University. Join him for an evening dedicated to exploring the necessity of compassion for each other and other species. Free talk. 1710 Cerrillos Rd in Thai Vegan’s banquet room - dining optional. More information at: Meetup.Com/Santa-Fe-Veg or 505-780-5909.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 Yoga Iyengar Style – 5:30-7pm. Iyengar Yoga is known for its emphasis on alignment, attention to detail and the modification of poses for different levels of ability. $95. Wellspring Center for Yoga, 5500 San Mateo NE, Ste103, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505-277-0077. CE.UNM.edu.

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Mindfulness and Life Skills – 6:45-8:30pm. Sep 16, 23, 30, Oct 7. Cultivate greater awareness and peace through mindfulness exercises. Practice non-judgment, radical acceptance, creating coping strategies for painful emotions, relaxation and breathing. Explore your connection to something greater. $100, $75/early registration. Center For Inner Truth, 1807 2nd Street, #84, Santa Fe, 505920-4418. Centerforinnertruth.org.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 How to Become a Best Seller In this New Age of Publishing – 6:30-9pm. Tom Bird has led thousands of aspiring authors to write/publish their books, incl. 22 over the last year who have become #1 Amazon Best Sellers. This preview to the “Write Your Bestseller in a Weekend Retreat” leads authors to tap into the Spirit of their books and to complete the writing of them in three days or less. Body of Santa Fe, 333 W Cordova Rd, Santa Fe.

savethedate Tapping Into Freedom September 18 • 9am-5pm. EFT Tapping is the next big trend in self-help and personal growth as seen on Oprah, Dr. Oz and Larry King. Learn to rapidly resolve fears, upsets, anger, guilt, cravings, self-sabotage, blocks to success, etc. Improve academic and athletic performance, psychic and intuitive abilities, self-confidence and self-esteem. This event is FUN, & good results guaranteed. CEU’s for LMTs & LCSWs; partial scholarships available. Empowering Energy Medicine, 1420 Carlisle NE. $95 advance, $125 at the door. Register: http://tappingfreedom-sept2015.eventbrite.com: 505-241-5124.

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Healing Service – 6:30pm. Guided meditation, crystal bowl playing and your choice of gentle healing touch, Reiki or vibrational healing. Bring a friend and share a healing experience together. Unity Santa Fe, 1212 Unity Way, Santa Fe. UnitySantaFe.org.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 How To Write Your Bestseller in a Weekend – 6:30-9pm. Designed for anyone who feels drawn to write and who seeks the deeper meaning and purpose behind that draw. With renowned book whisperer and author Tom Bird. $10 love offering. Unity Spiritual Center, 9800 Candelaria Rd NE, Albuquerque. 505-292-1998. USCAbq.org.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 EFT Tapping for Stress Relief & Other Issues – 9am-12:30pm. Emotional Freedom Technique Tapping releases and resolves mental, emotional and physical distresses quickly and easily. It is similar to acupuncture, but your fingertips are used rather than needles. $75. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson St NE, Ste 100, Albuquerque. 505-925-4551 RSVP: MMHale@unmmg.org.

savethedate Mastering the Art of EFT Sept 19 & 20 • 9am-5pm. In this powerful training you will learn to go beyond simply tapping away symptoms to resolving deeper core issues. Topics will include: learning the Art of Delivery, treating resistance, advanced techniques for treating trauma, releasing the breath and diaphragm, reframing and creative languaging, ‘positive EFT,’ etc. Learn “the difference that makes the difference” to getting results you want. There will be time to address individual issues as well. CEU’s for LMTs & LCSWs; partial scholarships available. Office of Angela Melton, 1420 Carlisle NE. $300 advance, $350 at the door. Register: http://masteringeft-sept2015.eventbrite.com; 520-241-5124.

Introduction to Meditation & Mindfulness Weekend – 9am-5pm. Hollie Laudal teaches how to deepen awareness and strengthen inner knowing. Practical meditation tools to promote wellness, overcome stress. Feel renewed, recharged in a supportive environment. $200 ($170 early registration); Credit toward 200 Hour Program. Heart of Sacred Building, 522 Paseo del Norte, Taos. sagetaos@ gmail.com. 720-273-0570. sagetaos.com. Intro to Meditation & Mindfulness Weekend – Sep 19-20. 9am-5pm. Deepen awareness, strengthen inner knowing. Learn practical meditation tools to promote wellness, overcome stress. Feel renewed, recharged in a supportive environment; with Hollie Laudal. $200, $170/early registration; credit toward 200 hour program. Heart of Sacred Building, 522 Paseo del Norte, Taos. 720-273-0570. SageTaos. com. Parenting the Second Time around – 9:30am12pm. Stop and receive an osteoporosis screening and a guest pass for two free visits to an OsteoStrong


wellness center. Free. Barelas Community Center, 801 Barelas Rd SW, Albuquerque. 505-848-1343. ABQ@osteostrong.me. OsteoStrong.me. Intuitive Healing Workshops – 12-2pm. Sept.19, Oct.17, Nov.14. Learn simple techniques to clear negativity, access your inner guidance, and heal your life from the inside out. $40/week or $100for all three. Call Chantal Fidanza, Intuitive Healer/ Certified Light Journey Guide for details / to pre-register: 505-438-1074. Santa Fe. yourdivinelight.biz.  Create Your Own Mandala – 1-4pm. Drawing and coloring this unique artwork is like seeing an echo of your soul, as you look within to find shapes, colors and patterns that mirror what you wish to manifest or heal. $35. Center For Inner Truth, 1807 2nd Street, #84, Santa Fe, 505-920-4418. Centerforinnertruth.org Dharma Hike - 1:30-4:30pm. Led by Cinny Green. Participants will have the opportunity to walk quietly, letting go of the thoughts that make us feel separate and being reminded with each step that we are the Earth. Suggested Donation $10-$15. Thubten Norbu Ling, 1807 Second Street #35, Santa Fe. 505660-7056. info@tnlsf.org.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 TurtleWomyn Hat’ii Hoya Camp & Horse Dance – Sept 21-25. Traditional rites of passage camp for women and girls 13+. Exciting teachings highlight the connection between earth and women; impressive ceremony including the spectacular Horse Dance; networking opportunities. Taa-naash-kaa-da Sanctuary, Las Vegas. TurtleWomyn.org/camp.html.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Coming Full Circle: Module I - Sep 24-27. Thur, 6:45-9pm; Fri, Sat, 8:45am-5pm; Sun, 8:45am-4pm. For anyone who is inspired to journey into the extraordinary transformative power of the dying process. $850/mods I & II and study materials. $200/ deposit, $650/due on 1st day; snacks and beverages provided. Academy for the Love of Learning, 133 Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. .) Limited partial scholarships available. Kim Carr: 505-995-1860. ALoveOfLearning.org.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 Healing Touch Level I Program – Sept 26-27. 8am-6pm. An energy-based, therapeutic approach to healing. The Level I program is a nursing-based continuing education program for RNs, physicians, counselors, psycho-therapists and individuals desiring an understanding of energy-based concepts. Attend both days to receive completion certificate. $365, $325/by Sep 12. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson St NE, Ste 100, Albuquerque. 505-9254551 RSVP: MMHale@unmmg.org. Just for the Health of It – 10-3pm. Stop and receive an osteoporosis screening and a guest pass for two free visits to an OsteoStrong wellness center. Free. Ambercare, 2121 Osuna NE, Albuquerque. 505244-0046. ABQ@osteostrong.me. OsteoStrong.me. Pranic Healing Saturday–2-4pm. 30 minute sessions by qualified Pranic Healers. Pranic Healing® is a highly evolved and tested system of energy medicine (non-touch healing technique) developed by GrandMaster Choa Kok Sui that utilizes prana to balance, harmonize, and transform the body’s energy processes. Suggested donation $10-$15. Thubten Norbu Ling 1807 2nd Street #35, info@tnlsf.org. Salsaerobics – 5:30-6:30pm. Lose weight and get in shape as you exercise to the Latin beat. Learn basic Latin dance steps such as salsa, cumbia, cha cha, mambo, merengue, and more. $95. Baila! Baila! Dance Studio, 2801 Girard Blvd NE, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505-277-0077. CE.UNM.edu. Autumnal Equinox Ceremony of Life – 6pm. The equinox service will be followed by a potluck dinner. Equinox morning & evening meditations will also be held during Sep 24-28. The OakRose Academy of Light, 109 Michelle drive, Santa Fe. Rev Hilary: 505-795-1943. OakRoseAcedemyOfLight.org.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Aging Gracefully with Yoga – 9:30-11am. Reversing the blood flow in gentle but effective ways thru yoga, can reverse the chronic downward gravity pull, inviting vibrant health to the entire system. $95. High Desert Yoga–Nob Hill, 4600 Copper NE, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505-277-0077. CE.UNM.edu.

Wisdom Healing Qigong and Group Healing – 7pm to 8:30pm. Wisdom Healing Qigong reverses aging, reduces stress, prevents illness, and enhances the quality of life. Master Mingtong Gu speaks about ancient teachings and the role of cultivating abundance. $15. TaoSatva, #2 Upper Los Colonias Rd, El Prado. Contact Cathy Black: 575-770-0472. ChiCenter.com.

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Healing on the Spiritual Path –7pm. Free lecture: Healings documented and verified by independent physicians prove the truth of Bruno Groening’s words, “God is the greatest Physician.” Medical Doctor presents medically verified cases of spiritual healing. Unity Santa Fe, 1212 Unity Way, Santa Fe

Wisdom Healing Qigong Workshop – Sep 25-27. Learn the main practice prescribed by the largest medicine less qigong hospital in China at the workshop for abundance of health and prosperity with Master Mingtong Gu. All abilities. $150/thru Aug 15, $197/after, $15/Friday night only. 12 CE’s available. Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe. 707-347-6489. ChiCenter.com. Chanting in Unity – 7-9:30pm. Join a Kirtan Team for an evening of musical bliss. Allow Kirtan, chanting the names for God, to open your heart and raise you up. $10 love offering. Unity Spiritual Center, 9800 Candelaria Rd NE, Albuquerque. 505-2921998. USCAbq.org.

Is Your Cell Phone Making You Sick – 6-7:30 pm. Wi-Fi technology is here to stay. Learn about patented products that help neutralize the effects, and simple ways to decrease exposure. Free. La Montanita Co-op, Community Rm, 913 W Alameda, Santa Fe. Jennifer: 505-780-8283.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 Healing on the Spiritual Path – 6:30pm. Free lecture: Healings documented and verified by independent physicians prove the truth of Bruno Groening’s words, “God is the greatest Physician.” Medical Doctor presents medically verified cases of spiritual healing. Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center, 7521 Carmel Ave NE, Albuquerque.

planahead FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2 Divine Feminine Spiritual Perspectives 6-9 pm. OakRose Academy of Light’s Divine Feminine program (led by Rev. AliceAnn Saunders) will run on Friday evenings from Oct 02 – mid-Dec. Tuition is $20 per class. For Divine Feminine program details, contact Rev. Hilary at Rev.Hilary@OakRose.net or 505 795 1943.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3 Animal Protection of New Mexico: 2015 Milagro Awards – Come to honor our state’s heroes for animals. Amazing video presentations and awards ceremony, gourmet vegan dinner, music by UNM Jazz Quartet and a silent animal art auction. Tamaya Resort, Bernalillo. Tickets: MilagroAwards.com.

savethedate Multidimensional Mind: Boot Camp Course October 3 • 9am–1pm. Life and relationship skills need overhaul? These boot camps use practical life strategies and tools for successfully re-programming self-defeating habits and behaviors. $39/each, $105/for all. 5151 Journal Constitution Blvd, Albuquerque. Denise Irish: 505-273-2260.

savethedate Create Your Life As If By Magic October 3 & 4 Join internationally acclaimed Glenyce Hughes for a workshop designed to empower you to open doorways to infinite possibilities and create a life beyond your wildest dreams. Santa Fe, New Mexico. www.glenyce.net/create-your-life-asif-by-magic/

MONDAY, OCTOBER 5 Day Hikes on the Continental Divide– October 5-11, 2015. Hike different sections of the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) in Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado. Daily hikes will be between 8-12 miles at elevations between 6,500’-11,000’. $425-$1.075 all-inclusive. Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu. 505-685-1000, www.GhostRanch.org The Habit of Being Awake: Writing Rituals o Sustain Creativity Year Round– October 5-11, 2015. For new and experienced writers. Not about insomnia, it’s about ways to stay awake to language and meaning. If you would like to make creative writing a sustainable part of your life perhaps you need a ritual or project to see you through the fallow seasons. $425-$1,015 all-inclusive. Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu. 505-685-1000, www.GhostRanch.org

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Nova Earth Master Class - Divine Law 6-9pm. OakRose Academy of Light’s 8-week Divine Law program (led by Ascended Master Serapis Bey) will run on Monday evenings from Oct 05 - Nov 23. Tuition is $520 or $65 per class. (10% discount is offered with full tuition at registration). For Divine Law Master Class details, contact Rev. Hilary at Rev.Hilary@OakRose.net or 505 795 1943.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11 Wisdom Sharing: Being Human Together – Oct 11-15. Dr Hyun Kyung Chung and colleagues explore the theme Being Human Together. The founders of Gender Reconciliation International will present their work, offering opportunities for transformational healing and reconciliation between all genders. Ghost Ranch, 280 Private Dr 1708, Abiquiu. 505-685-1001/505-685-1017. Register at bit.ly/1Jx1RoU.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17 TRUE TALES from the Edgar Cayce Archives – 9:30am-4:30pm. Special event with Sidney Kirkpatrick filled with stories, seldom seen slides, movie clips, and lots of answers to your questions about Edgar Cayce and the creation of the A.R.E. and how the message of his work is relevant to you today. At-door registration/book tables open at 9am. A.R.E. Headquarters 800-333-4499; Bob Hicks 505-830-2274 or go online to EdgarCayce.org/ fieldconferences. Unity Spiritual Center of Albuquerque, 9800 Candelaria Road, NE, Albuquerque.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2 King, Warrior, Magician, Lover – Exploring Mature Masculine Spirituality– November 2-8, 2015. For men to explore their own masculine spirituality as expressed in traditional male archetypes. Through presentations, conversations, time in nature and ritual processes, foster a growing, mature masculinity and spirituality. $675-$1,095 all-inclusive. Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu. 505-685-1000, www.GhostRanch.org

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Living Beautifully & Powerfully: A Life Enhancing Retreat for Women 60+–November 9-15, 2015. Learn the leading-edge techniques and information that modern science has given us, as well as precious age-old wisdom from other cultures in the stunning beauty of the high desert where Georgia O’Keeffe and other artists have been creatively inspired. $717-$1,195 all-inclusive. Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu. 505-685-1000, www.GhostRanch.org Intuitive Practitioner Certification — Starts Jan 9, 36 weeks. For those ready to answer the call to be a sacred space holder on behalf of their own and others’ healing. Call Chantal Fidanza, Intuitive Healer/ Certified Light Journey Guide for details: 505-4381074. Santa Fe. yourdivinelight.biz.

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Transitions Radio Magazine, FM 98.1 – 8-11am. With Alan Hutner, Elizabeth Rose and co-hosts, celebrating 30 years in broadcasting. Online, live streaming & archiving. 505-466-2616. TransitionsRadio.com. Spiritual Happy Hour – 10-11am. 2nd and 4th Sun. Explore a topic through meditation, inspirational readings, hands on healing, and sharing of experience. Small community, welcoming of all paths. Potluck following the service. Donations. Center For Inner Truth, 1807 2nd St, #84, Santa Fe. 505920-4418. CenterForInnerTruth.org. Sunday Service – 10:30am. Welcoming interspiritual community, with fun youth program, inspirational music and heart-centered meditation. Unity Santa Fe, 1212 Unity Way, Santa Fe. UnitySantaFe.org. Qigong in the Park –11am-12pm. With certified instructor Loretta Shiver; Qigong supports optimal health and well-being, is easy and fun to do. Free. Robinson Park, 8th & Central, downtown Albuquerque. 505-681-1924. QigongInThePark.com.

monday Nova Earth Master Class: Divine Law – Oct through Nov 23. 6-9pm. Program is led by Ascended Master Serapis Bey. $65, $520/full series; discount with full tuition at registration. The OakRose Academy of Light, 109 Michelle drive, Santa Fe. Rev Hilary: 505-795-1943. OakRoseAcedemyOfLight.org/.

tuesday Taos Cancer Support Group – 5-6pm. For cancer survivors with all types of cancer diagnoses, and their caregivers. Free. Diamond Plaza, 118 Este Es Rd, Ste G, Taos. 505-242-3263. Santa Fe Cancer Support Group – 5:30-7pm. 2nd & 4th Tue. For cancer survivors with all types of cancer diagnoses, and their caregivers. Free. 2098 Calle Ensenada, Santa Fe. 505-242-3263. Process Painting Classes – Sep 15 through Oct 27. 6-9pm. Classes are a way to bring creativity into your life. Learn to listen and discern intuition, explore and express from your authentic self. $195. Creative Wings Studio, just east of Nob Hill, Albuquerque. 630-530-5697. CreativeWingsStudio.com.

wednesday Intuitive Readings, Coaching and Animal Communication – 9am-5pm. Galaya, an intuitive, life coach, medium and animal communicator offers practical solutions for health, relationships, career, business and one’s pets. By phone or in person. Appt/info: 505-466-3764. ConsultGalaya.com.

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Qigong & Healing From Within - 10:30am-12pm. Taoist, yogic & shamanic practices cultivate vitality, inner strength and awareness with energy healing, movement, sound, breathwork and meditation. $12, free/first class. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr East, Bldg 3, Santa Fe. Allison Lasky: 505-9848733. AllisonLasky.com. Process Painting Classes – Sep 16 through Oct 28. 1-4pm. A six-week series of evening classes which encourages creative freedom, opens intuition, and deepens awareness. $195. Creative Wings Studio, just east of Nob Hill, Albuquerque. 630-530-5697. CreativeWingsStudio.com.

thursday Pilates: Reformer – Thru Oct 8. 2-3:30pm. Learn the Pilates classical method of body conditioning as a system. $300/8 sessions. Shedden Pilates, 4200 Lomas, Ste A, Albuquerque. Registration: 505-2770077. CE.UNM.edu. Meditation and Healing – Thru Sep 24. 6:30-8pm. Learn to meditate with visualization techniques. Release unwanted energy and choose how you want to feel. Change limiting beliefs that keep you stuck. Give and receive energy healings. $150, early registration discount. Center For Inner Truth, 1807 2nd St, #84, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418. CenterForInnerTruth.org.

friday Moreno Valley Cancer Support Group – 5:307pm. 2nd & 4th Tue. For cancer survivors with all types of cancer diagnoses, and their caregivers. Free. 40 West Ridge Rd, Angel Fire. 505-242-3263.

saturday Qigong in the Park – 9-10am. With certified instructor Loretta Shiver; Qigong supports optimal health and well-being, is easy and fun to do. Free. Altura Park, Morningside and Hannett NE, Albuquerque. 505-681-1924. QigongInThePark.com. Cancer Survivor & Caregiver Support Group – 10am-12pm. 2nd Sat. Join facilitators from People Living Through Cancer and The Gynecological Cancer Awareness Project for support groups; for survivors and caregivers of all cancer types. Free. 3411 Candelaria Rd NE, Albuquerque. 505-242-3263.

classifieds ANIMAL PROTECTION FOSTER HOMES NEEDED Join Animal Protection of New Mexico’s Companion Animal Rescue Effort (apnm.org/care) to provide temporary housing for animals of domestic violence victims so all can get to a safe place. 1-844-323-CARE.


communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide email Publisher@NaturalAwakeningsNNM. com to request our media kit. ART & CREATIVITY Creative wings Studio

Debbie Purdy Parkland Hills/ Nob Hill area 630-530-5697 debbie@creativewingsstudio.com www.creativewingsstudio.com When we paint without concern for technique or content, the intuitive self is revealed, and creative blocks are released. Connect with your creative freedom.

ASTROLOGY Dr. Ivonne Lassalle

Board Certified Hypnologist 787-405-7745 Connect with your subconcious mind through the use of Tarot cards combined with oriental astrology methods. Learn about your personal trends regarding m o n e y, t r a v e l s , p e r s o n a l development. love, etc. Call now! See ad on page 10.

BODYWORK bluebuddhabodywork

Sante Fe bluebuddhabw@gmail.com 505-252-1691 www.bluebuddhabodywork.com A unique blend of CranioSacral t h e r a p y, S o m a t o E m o t i o n a l Release and therapeutic bodywork, find relief and balance within your mind, body and spirit. Specializing in Headache Treatment. See ad on page 33.

Correlations Bodywork

Eva Lipton-Ormand, CHom, CCSP, NTS, LMT#5866 505-266-6558 www.correlationsbodywork.com correlations.bodywork@gmail.com Core Synchronism Treatments: Personalized holistic medicine for everyone. A complete realignment system for physical and/or emotional issues from sports injury to depression. See practitioner profile page 11.

BUSINESS COACHING Attracting Perfect Customers

Alan Hickman 505-474-5348 or 505-795-5100 alan@perfectcustomers.com www.perfectcustomers.com GET CERTIFIED in Strategic Attraction™ Planning. A step-bystep sales and marketing process that people from all over the world have used to build Heart-Centered $MILLION businesses, write books, create on-line produces that sell, and global business and communities that are making a huge difference in the world.

EDUCATION

EDUCATION & RETREAT CENTER GHOST RANCH EDUCATION & RETREAT CENTER

1708A Highway 84, Abiquiu, NM 87510 505-685-1000 www.GhostRanch.org Magnificent red rock landscape on 21,000 acres hosts workshops & retreats in themes of spirituality, art, sustainability, Southwest & more. Georgia O’Keeffe Landscape Tours, Hiking, Massage, Anthropology Museum & Tours, Paleontology Museum & Tours, Movie Site Tour, Horseback Riding, Challenge Course & Climbing Wall, Labyrinth & Karesansui Garden, Gift Shop, Lodging, Camping. 65 miles northwest of Santa Fe. See ad on page 9.

HEALING AND GUIDANCE BRENNAN MURPHEY

Founder of the Interlight Mystery School Taos, NM - 505-692-5411 - 10am to 7pm brennan@interlightmysteryschool.com www.interlightmysteryschool.com

MBrennan will help you find your way to a better life. He specializes in advanced energetic healing and higher guidance counsel, assisting you with your personal integration by helping you let go of what does not serve you. Sessions at $111 per hour. See ad on page 25.

Hypnotherapy Academy of America™ 2132 Osuna Road NE, Suite B Albuquerque, New Mexico 87113 505-767-8030 www.hypnotherapyacademy.com

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 on page 21.

Academy for the Love of Learning

133 Seton Village Road, Santa Fe, NM learn@aloveoflearning.org aloveoflearning.org 505-995-1860

Non-profit educational organization developing a transformative curriculum through an integrated set of programs, conferences, organizational practices and research to support the rebirth and renewal of learning and education in America. See ad on page 14.

Sunny’s Book of Healing Sunny Morrow, MEd, B.S., D.S. cell 864-905-1864, ABQ, NM www.SunnysBookofHealing.com tosunnymorrow@hotmail.com

Specializing in detoxification of the body through gentle, non-invasive means. Group and one-on-one consults plus continued support available. Detailed Iridology reports that are specific to you upon request. Utilizing local resources in Albuquerque, affordable, and life-changing! In-person, overseas, skype, and phone clients welcomed.

Health & Human Services People Living Through Cancer 3411 Candelaria Rd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107 505-242-3263 info@pltc.org • www.pltc.org

Find the support you need! PLTC offers FREE group sessions, One-on-one support and workshops all geared towards providing you with the tools you need as a survivor or caregiver. We also have an Amazing lending library. We are here for you, so stop in and say hello!

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INTEGRATIVE HEALTH Obsidian Health and Wellness 505-715-3452 obsidianhealwell.com 2420 Juan Tabo Blvd NE

Alternative Integrative Health. Create the change and restore health at it’s source with NES Total Wellness system. Re-assess, rejuvenate, re-imprint and rebuild. See ad on page 16.

UNM Center for Life

4700 Jefferson Street NE, Ste 100 Albuquerque NM 87109 CenterforLife@unmmg.org *unmmg.org/clinics/cfl/ 505-925-7464

An Integrative and InterCultural 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. NOTFOR-PROFIT. See ad on page 14.

INTUITIVE CONSULTATIONS GALAYA-INTUITIVE RESOURCES Santa Fe • 505-466-3764 Toll-Free: 1-888-326-0403 www.consultgalaya.com

F i n d C l a r i t y, I n s i g h t a n d Inspiration! Intuitive Readings, Coaching and Animal Communication. Clarify life choices and decisions. Activate practical solutions for your health, relationships, career and business.

INTUITIVE Readings PSYCHIC READINGS & SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE Lisa Pelletier 505-927-5407 Energy Readings & Healings in Santa Fe PsychicLisaP.com

Lisa reads your current growth cycle, the layers of your aura, and any information that your higher self would like you to hear. Past lives inform your present. Receive an aura reading & clearing, learn what validates and supports your growth, ask questions, choose next steps. Recording emailed. Lisa holds sessions at The Center for Inner Truth’s new location at 1807 2nd Street, #84, in Santa Fe.

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MYSTERY SCHOOL REVEREND ALICEANN SAUNDERS, PHD

SPIRITUAL CENTER UNITY SPIRITUAL CENTER ALBUQUERQUE

High Priestess to the Order of Melchidezek 9800 Candelaria Rd. NE, ABQ NM 87112 Santa Fe, NM 505-292-1998 505-490-8855 weekdays 11 AM – 2 PM. www.uscabq.org Rev.AliceAnn@OakRose.net A Positive Path for OakRoseAcademyOfLight.org The OakRose Academy of Light is a Mystery School founded by the Ascended Masters. The Academy holds to and teaches the Divine Law for the New Age. It is non-sectarian and non-denominational, open to all who seek the Higher Truth. See ad on page 31.

Natural/Organic Food Market La Montañita Co-op Natural & Organic Food Market ABQ/Santa Fe/Gallup www.lamontanita.coop

New Mexico’s largest communityowned 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 on page 22.

PLASTIC SURGERY Dr. Farhan Taghizadeh New Mexico Facial Plastics 505-888-3223 nmface.com

New Mexico Facial Plastics offer a broad range of aesthetic and ENT procedures & treatments. Using the latest advanced surgical techniques that minimize recovery time Dr. Taghizadeh specializes in facelifts, scar revision, revision facelifts, and revision rhinoplasty. See ad on page 13.

Spiritual Living. 10:00 am Sunday worship service and children’s program. Spiritual but not religious weddings, memorials, christenings and classes. LGBTQ welcome.

TRAUMA THERAPY THE SHELTERED HEART FOUNDATION INC.

Stephanie Jaeger PO Box 3257, Corrales, NM 87048 505-898-6540 Chooselove@shelteredheart.org www.shelteredheart.org Wo r l d r e n o w n e d e d u c a t o r Stephanie Jaeger works with survivors of abuse/trauma to move Beyond Surviving into a life of thriving through her workshops and retreats.

WELLNESS CENTER OsteoStrong

9577 Osuna Rd NE Suite J 505-294-8227 osteostrong.me Wellness Center focuses on Age Management. We offer a Non-drug option for reversing and preventing Osteoporosis, improved strength, balance and pain reduction. Call for consultation. See ad on page 2.

Psychic/MEDIUM Readings Keri Ports

Animal & Human Psychic/Medium 213-999-9098 Sessions available in person, phone or Skype • www.keriports.com Specializes in a combination psychic/mediumship reading for people and pets.  Messages and information are pulled directly from your own soul (or pet’s soul) and also directly from Spirit, including loved ones that have crossed over, spirit guides and angels on the other side. All messages are guidance for your soul, so you can fulfill your Divine purpose! Additional sessions include: private guided chakra meditation and group readings. NaturalAwakeningsNNM.com

The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in. ~B.K.S. Iyengar

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