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Find Inner Peace Meditation & Discourse with Baba Shiva Rudra Balayogi

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aba, one of the great Self Realized Yogis of our era, will be visiting the Albuquerque/Santa Fe area, May 11th and 15th on a world tour, conducting free meditation classes, answering questions on self-realization, meditation and finding inner peace. An essential message of Baba’s teaching is: People are suffering because they have not discovered the liberating Truth of who they are. Among the thousands of thoughts that appear in our mind each day,

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eva Premal & Miten have been on the leading edge of a global chant phenomenon for over 20 years, propelling the ancient healing power of mantra chanting into the 21st century as they travel the globe with Nepalese bansuri maestro Manose and their international band. These chant masters will be at the Lensic in Santa Fe on Friday, May 3 and will feature mantras from their best selling recent release, DEVA, and Miten’s songs of spiritual

awakening from TEMPLE AT MIDNIGHT. Their transformational events have become legendary among millions of meditators and yoga practitioners around the world, with sell out concerts and a string of acclaimed CDs topping World and New Age charts at iTunes, Amazon and Billboard. Their blend of sensual, groove based, east-meets-west style of music has attracted the attention of superstars, celebrities, and world teachers - even the Dalai Lama is known to include their chants in his private time. And they have also taken their mantras to prisons (such as San Quentin), homeless shelters and facilities for autistic children, where chanting offers an effortless path to ease the heart and quiet the mind. For more info: www.TicketsSantaFe.org

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there is a one thing which is not a thought - our consciousness of existing. The silent witness to the mind is the true Self. Direct experience of this fundamental reality brings peace and contentment to our life. By silencing the mind with meditation, we come face to face with the truth of existence, a state of consciousness in which supreme peace is the reality. Baba is a masterful teacher who draws from his own experience of Self Realization to impart Self Knowledge and to clarify questions on meditation and spirituality. Learn and practice meditation with a true Master. Programs are free; donations appreciated. Programs ; May 11, Albuquerque; May 15, Santa Fe

he Hypnotherapy Academy of America in Albuquerque is excited to announce a special free, two-hour class being held at 7 pm on April 10. The class will be facilitated by Tim Simmerman Sierra, lead instructor at the Academy, who will be sharing three secrets to create positive life changes by showing attendees how their subconscious mind works. “Feeling stuck, blocked or stagnant originates with limiting thoughts held at the subconscious level. Learn how the techniques taught at the Academy are specially designed to liberate you from those thoughts and help you lead a more fulfilling life – enjoy more peace of mind and a joy-filled heart,” says Sierra, who will also present recent scientific research on Hypnotherapy Academy methods being used by the National Institutes of Health and will also discuss hypnotherapy as a career. “Integrate your interest in healing, the mind science and practical spirituality into a career helping people as a hypnotherapist.” Sierra has been Director and award-winning lead instructor at the Academy for 23 years. He is a former two-term President of the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners. He is also on the Board of Director for the International Board of Hypnotherapy, and the author of the definitive textbook, Medical Hypnotherapy, Principles and Methods of Practice.

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he Peirsman Cranio Sacral School is holding a weekend course May 11-12 to explore somatic awareness through horses and cranio.   The mornings are spent working with horses to review energetic and physical parts of our bodies, the afternoons are spent addressing the issues found using craniosacral work.   “Horses are masters of non-verbal communication and use their fine-tuned awareness to read people and help find where trauma is stuck,” says Lynne Whitbeck, one of the course instructors. The class requires at least an intro level class in cranio but horse experience is not necessary.   For more information, visit Peirsmancraniosacral.com or call 505-503-5137

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Vocal Sound Healing Workshop

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he Church of Light will hold its bi-annual Conference titled, A Hermetic Sampler from June 21-23 at The Best Western in Old Town, Albuquerque. Friday kicks off in the morning with a pre-conference talk entitled, “In Search of Zanoni: a mystery”. Speakers will cover Medical Astrology, the Egyptian Tarot Deck, and Alchemy: How to get what you want on Saturday. The evening’s entertainment will be a Native dance troupe from the Zuni Pueblo. Speakers on Sunday will cover Planetary Cycles, King Solomon’s Lodge and The Seven Principles of Hermeticism. The full conference price includes lunch and dinner on Saturday and lunch on Sunday. During the conference, you will also have an opportunity to purchase the unique Church of Light Astrology program, various metaphysical books or receive a tarot reading or astrology chart interpretation from a member.

nes Maricle, a Vocal Sound Healing Practitioner, is holding a workshop on May 5th in Santa Fe.  In this workshop, Maricle will share how to use intuitive vocal expression and vibration to disrupt negative programming and transform mind/emotion/energy patterns into resonant states for optimal wellbeing.   Sound journeys and group exercises will allow participants to find their true voice and release wounds.   Originally from France, Maricle recently moved to Santa Fe from Seattle where she lived for twenty years, working as a dancer, choreographer and sound healer. She also performed with the sound healing trio, Luminosas. Watch for her around town as she gets to know the community and offers her workshops, readings and concerts. Welcome Ines!  

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Divine Alignment Bodywork with Brian Terry

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rian Terry of Divine Alignment Bodywork first began seeking out bodywork because of neck and shoulder pain that bothered him in his early 20’s. Relaxation massage felt good, but never permanently resolved the issue. It was when he first experienced Structural Integration bodywork that he realized the ongoing pain was a result of poor posture. Through several sessions of Structural Integration, the pain he had come to think of as “normal” disappeared forever. Brian could now effortlessly sit up straight and found himself 1inch taller. Brian says, “I didn’t realize how much strain and tension was stored in my body and how much that was actually wearing me down each day.” Over the next decade, Brian studied and practiced extensively in yoga, meditation, bodywork, nutrition, and various other forms of healing. He trained with renowned teachers Tom Meyers and Hugh Milne, and even taught bodywork for a couple of years alongside his mentor Lee Joseph in Hawaii. Brian created his practice, Divine Alignment Bodywork, with the intention to support people to take charge of their own health. Anatomy Trains Structural Integration and Craniosacral Therapy are the focus of his practice. One session can create significant reduction in pain, though this work is often done as a series to create long lasting results. Each session builds upon the last. Three sessions can make considerable change in the body, and more dramatic and life changing results come from a longer series of around twelve sessions. The more a person participates and is committed to the process, the more they get out of it. The importance of proper alignment cannot be over emphasized. The body is filled with energy constantly moving and flowing. When the body is out of alignment, this health sustaining energy cannot properly flow, and the result can be pain, tension, fatigue, reduced mobility, and poor sleep. This becomes a downward spiral as numerous symptoms continue to increase over time. “Restoring proper alignment leads directly to increased energy, decreased pain, more mobility and freedom of movement, and a greater zest for and enjoyment of life,” says Brian. “Most of my clients report feeling more upright, more excited for life, and more motivated to continue on a healthy and positive trajectory after our treatments together. This enthusiasm builds on itself, and greater health and enjoyment of life are the natural outcome.” To learn more about Divine Alignment Bodywork visit DivineAlignmentBodywork.com

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an Walker of Awakening Spirit is a Healing Practitioner, a Reiki Master Teacher, and an Ordained Metaphysical Minister. As a Healing Practitioner Jan offers Reiki which is a spiritually based form of energy healing that works on all four levels (spiritual, mental, emotional, physical) to restore wholeness and balance within each person. As a Reiki Master Teacher, Jan has been teaching all 3 levels of Reiki since 1993. After the first Reiki class, her students are empowered to channel this healing energy through their hearts and hands to assist in the healing process of others. In the second Reiki class they learn how to give mental/emotional treatments, and they also learn how to send remote healing energy to those who are not present. And the third level is the Master level where they learn the foundations of how to teach if they are so guided. As a Minister, Jan creates ceremonies for Weddings, Memorials, and House Blessings. She also offers Spiritual Enrichment classes, as well as a Spiritual Ministerial Program that ends with Ordination. For more information, check out her website AwakeningSpiritMinistries.org

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The heavy use of household cleaning disinfectants may contribute to changes in infant gut bacteria and weight gain, reports a new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. University of Alberta researchers collected fecal samples and studied the gut health of 757 babies between the ages of 3 and 4 months; then restudied the children at 1 and 3 years old. They found that children in households that used disinfectants at least once a week had higher body mass index (BMI) scores and elevated levels of Lachnospiraceae, gut microbes linked in other studies to insulin resistance and metabolic disorders. Babies in households that used vinegar or other eco-friendly cleaners had lower BMI scores and much lower levels of a family of bacteria that includes E. coli.

By mixing food additives with human gut microbes in petri dishes, scientists at the Czech Republic’s Institute of Microbiology found that gut microbes with antiinflammatory properties were highly susceptible to being harmed by additives, while microbes with pro-inflammatory properties were mostly resistant. “We speculate that permanent exposure of human gut microbiota to even low levels of additives may modify the composition and function of gut microbiota, and thus influence the host’s immune system,” wrote the authors.

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Smoking Bans Lower Blood Pressure Non-smokers that live in areas that have banned smoking in public spaces such as restaurants, bars and workplaces have lower systolic blood pressure. In a Northwestern University study reported by the American Heart Association, blood pressure readings of 5,115 adults ages 18 to 30 in Birmingham, Chicago, Minneapolis and Oakland were taken over a 30-year period and correlated with changes in local laws that banned public smoking. A meaningful decrease in systolic blood pressure readings was found in non-smokers when no-smoking laws were enacted, indicating a reduction in heart disease risk.

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Sperm counts have plunged by half in the last 40 years among American and European men, according to a recent review of scientific studies. In a new doubleblind study of 56 infertile men, researchers at Iran’s Qazvin University of Medical Sciences found that curcumin, an active ingredient in turmeric, can boost sperm counts. Each day for 10 weeks, half of the men took 80 milligrams of curcumin nanomicelle, in which curcumin is better absorbed; the other 28 were given a placebo. The researchers found that the curcumin significantly boosted sperm count and motility. 12

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Drinking lots of sugar-sweetened sodas and juices significantly increases the risk of chronic kidney disease, reports a new study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Using health questionnaires for 3,003 African-American adults in Jackson, Mississippi, covering a 13-year period, the researchers found that the top third of subjects, those consuming the most sugar-sweetened drinks, were 61 percent more likely to develop kidney disease than those in the bottom third.

Probiotics Ease Bipolar Disorder Research on 66 patients with bipolar disorder found that patients receiving probiotic supplements were three times less likely to be rehospitalized than those given a placebo. The study from the Sheppard Pratt Health System, in Baltimore, gave half of discharged patients a placebo and the other half a capsule containing two probiotics, Bifidobacterium lactis (BB-12) and Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG). Within 26 weeks, 24 of the 33 people that received the placebo returned to the hospital, but only eight of the 33 on probiotics were readmitted. The probiotic treatment was especially effective for those experiencing considerable inflammation, say researchers.

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Stress May Be Worse in the Evening Acute, late-day stress may be harder on our bodies, say researchers at Japan’s Hokkaido University. They measured the levels of the stress hormone cortisol in 27 young, healthy volunteers, and then put them through 15 minutes of stressful events that included making a speech and doing mental math. Half of the volunteers were tested two hours after awakening, the other group 10 hours after awakening. The subjects’ levels of cortisol, which helps provide the body with energy in the face of a perceived need for fight or flight, rose strongly in the morning, but not in the evening, suggesting that the human body is more equipped to deal with stress early in the day and becomes more vulnerable later. April 2019

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global briefs

Under final rules released by the current administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s national labeling standard for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) completely exempts foods made with highly processed ingredients grown with GMOs, including sugar made from sugar beets, high-fructose corn syrup and refined soybean and canola oils. The change will allow 78 percent of products containing GMOs to avoid disclosure, according to the Grocery Manufacturers Association. Companies don’t have to comply until January 1, 2022, and the new labels will use the term “bioengineered” instead of more common identifiers like “genetically engineered” or “GMO”. Small businesses, to-go food prepared at grocery stores, and meat, eggs or dairy from animals that are fed GMOs, which involves virtually all livestock not certified organic, are exempt from the labeling requirements.

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Citrus Crops to Receive Human Antibiotics

Scientists at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expressed concern over a recent ruling by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that opens the door to widespread use of the antibiotics streptomycin and oxytetracycline to spray commercial citrus crops. The antibiotics, which are often used on people, can kill insects that transmit a bacterium that causes citrus greening, which renders fruit small and bitter. But the EPA ultimately ruled that the economic benefits outweigh concerns about antibiotic resistance and potential harm to the environment, people and wildlife. The USDA says the amount of antibiotic exposure to people who eat fruit or juices still will be far less than what people are exposed to when prescribed antibiotics by their doctor. The antibiotics will have to be sprayed repeatedly over years just to keep the trees alive and producing fruit until they succumb to citrus greening. Public interest groups are protesting the action.

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Environmental risks are the top three concerns among the 1,000 global decision-makers surveyed in the latest Global Risks Perception Survey of the World Economic Forum (WEF). For the third straight year, “extreme weather” ranked first, followed by “failed climate change mitigation” and “natural disasters”. The survey was part of a WEF annual report produced in advance of the recent confab of global leaders in Davos, Switzerland. The World Bank has calculated that the real cost of natural disasters to the global economy is $520 billion per year.

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Allergies have been categorized as hay fever, eczema, hives and asthma all due to a person’s reaction to something. Here are some top questions to ask yourself: Was I exposed to something in the air? ...pollen, pet dander Did I get stung, bitten by an insect? …venom of bees and wasps or bed bugs from the hotel Was I near any chemicals? …synthetic perfumes Did I drink enough water? …not soda or alcohol What have I eaten differently? Did I recently change my medication? Was my trip traumatic or stressful? The answers to these questions can help guide you to determine if you need to go to your doctor. In my 25-PLUS years of practice, I have offered natural solutions that are proven and work naturally for people with allergies. Here are my favorites: • Acupuncture – Decreases inflammation and supports the endocrine system (adrenals, thyroid) and fortifies the detox organs (liver, kidney, lung and spleen). • Chinese herbs and Homeopathy - Histoplex, Xanthium Relieve Surface, Jade Screen or Allergena 6, Juniper 200x homeopathic (that you can begin a month before the season begins for quick results). • Nasal sprays – RestoreTM Sinus Spray and Ozone Nasal Insufflation can help to clean out the sinus cavity. • Eye drops – Lubrisine Eye Drops helps to soothe itchy, burning eyes. • Diet therapy – A simple blood test can reveal a complete list of foods to avoid. Are you ready to take charge of your health naturally? We are here for you by calling 505-986-1089 M-F  8 am – 5pm MST or emailing us at manager@ santafesoul.com .

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It’s turned out to be one of the best investments we’ve ever made—financially and environmentally.

Power Switch Taking a Home Off the Grid by Jim Motavalli

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esse Stafford and Alyssa Craft quit their jobs in 2015, bought five acres of remote land far away from utilities and began building their 36-foot-by-36-foot timber frame home from scratch. Next up was a septic system, then a clean water source and, of course, alternative energy. Their rooftop solar panels are backed up by a reliable Honda generator. They had some setbacks, which is to be expected. Now they’re blogging about it. “We didn’t want corporate jobs, we didn’t want to live in the city, commute to work or have a mortgage payment,” they write in their online homestead journey at PureLivingForLife.com. Off-the-grid living has become downright fashionable, especially for the eco-conscious. But leaving the rat race isn’t easy, and it’s not for everyone. Yet, anyone that wants to become more energy-independent can succeed without moving to an isolated cabin; and there’s never been a better time, because prices keep coming down and technology keeps improving. Choosing the best option depends on several factors, including the specific residence, climatic zone, town and neighborhood. 18

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Preliminary Considerations Power source: Choose from among

solar ($12,000 to $50,000, depending on the system’s size), wind ($6,000 to $22,000, including installation) or geothermal ($20,000 to $25,000).

Ample resources: Find out if there’s steady wind, plentiful sun, a place to install geothermal pipes and whether the home is properly oriented for solar without obstruction by trees or tall buildings. Electricity needed: Get a quick average

by adding up the wattage of all appliances, and then add 50 percent. The American average is 10,000 kilowatt-hours annually, although frugal folks can make do with less. The local utility company can also estimate energy needs based on past usage. Realize that alternative energy doesn’t need to be an all-or-nothing proposition. For instance, a solar system doesn’t have to power the whole house. A smaller and cheaper array with battery backup can be connected to essential services like the water heater, refrigerator and electric stove, with the grid handling heavier loads. Ad-

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vantages are lower upfront cost and access to the grid when needed. Connecting to the grid makes sense for all alternative power sources, because wind and solar are intermittent, and don’t always provide power. Also, most states offer net metering, which requires the local utility to pay for the electricity a homeowner puts back into the grid.

Solar: Plunging Costs Solar panels for electricity, usually made of silicon, consist of photovoltaic cells that convert sunlight into direct current (DC). Their cost has come down dramatically in recent years. In January, the average solar panel cost $3.14 a watt, a bottom line of roughly $18,000 with a six-kilowatt system big enough for most homes. The price fell 6.5 percent from January 2018, reports EnergySage.com, a solar vendor pricing source. A federal tax credit covers 30 percent of the cost, so the out-of-pocket cost for a system would be approximately $13,000 if installed before year’s end, when the full residential tax credit is available. Partial tax credits will be available until they are phased out in 2022. Ron Blumenfeld, a retired doctor in Fairfield, Connecticut, serves on his town’s sustainability task force and “went live” with his rooftop installation six years ago. “It’s turned out to be one of the best investments we’ve ever made—financially and environmentally,” he says. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is working toward residential solar to generate power at just five cents per kilowatt-hour by 2030, which means it will be far cheaper than grid electricity. Consumers can either buy a system outright or—as a popular alternative—lease the system with no upfront costs. Leasing companies like SolarCity (now part of Tesla) pioneered this approach, in which consumers agree to buy electricity from the system installed on their roof.

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Whether to add the extra expense of battery backup is important. A pair of Tesla Powerwalls will cost about $14,000 installed and store enough electricity to power a home for seven days. It’s suitable for people looking to go off the grid because the sun doesn’t always shine, and power generated on sunny days can be stored and used when it’s overcast. Off-the-grid solar is not just for those living in sun-rich states. Installers can look at a property—often remotely, through applications like Google Earth—and determine if solar is appropriate. Sometimes a few trees will have to be sacrificed, but the benefits are manifold, and not just because there will be power during grid blackouts.

Wind: If the Resource is Right Wind power accounted for the largest share of renewable energy growth in 2017, reports the International Energy Agency, but it’s in its infancy for homeowners, partly due to an average cost of $48,000 to $65,000 per installed project. Residential turbines have been installed in all 50 states, but many parts of the U.S. have marginal resources. Check the Department of Energy wind resource guide for local data at WindExchange.Energy.Gov. The best-case scenario is strong winds plus few neighbors close to a large property (and lenient zoning laws). Wind may work for the 19.3 percent of the population that lives in rural areas and the 21 million American homes built on properties of an acre or more. However, it isn’t for everyone. James Weston, of Greene, Maine, installed his turbine 10 years ago, and considers his rooftop solar panels a better investment. “By the time you put up your 100-foot tower to get the tower above the tree line and optimize the wind resource, the return isn’t there,” he says, noting that his savings from the turbine amount to a few hundred dollars a year. Bergey WindPower, maker of the 10-kilowatt BWC Excel 10 turbine ($31,770), recommends that a property have at least a 10 mph average wind speed, coupled with high electricity prices of 10 cents per kilowatt-hour or more. Also consider the neighbors: The system’s turbine is typically installed on an 80-to-100-foot tower, and so-called “viewshed” objections

Residential wind power is in its infancy in the U.S. have taken down many projects (including Cape Wind, in Massachusetts). With annual maintenance, the DOE reports that small wind turbines should last about 20 years, the same basic lifespan as solar panels. The federal production tax credit for wind is available this year, but won’t be available afterwards. Some states offer incentives. A useful small wind guidebook can be found at WindExchange. Energy.gov/small-wind-guidebook.

Geothermal: Available Anywhere

Some common misconceptions about home geothermal are that consumers need to live in one of the planet’s “hot spots” (think Iceland, California or Utah). But the truth is the Earth’s temperature just below the surface almost anywhere is a constant 45 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit, and the Northeast and Midwest have the highest geothermal adoption rates. Geothermal doesn’t necessarily require a large piece of property. Local geology will be a factor in siting and sizing the system. Geothermal systems use underground pipes filled with refrigerant that absorbs warmth from the ground through a heat exchanger. In summer, that same underground temperature can be tapped to cool

a home, combining heating and air conditioning in one system. While it necessitates a relatively high upfront cost, low operating costs mean the systems can pay for themselves in less than 10 years. Most include a ground-source heat pump with a 50-year warranty. For a 2,500-square-foot home, an average offthe-electrical-grid system will cost $20,000 to $25,000 to install. Bill Martin, in Quincy, California, runs an efficient three-ton geothermal system installed in 2014. “It’s been a very good experience,” he says. “I’m ecstatically happy.” The same 30 percent federal tax credit that applies to solar also applies to geothermal for systems installed by 2020. States also provide incentives. A detailed guide on availability is available at Tinyurl.com/ GeothermalHeatPumpListing.

Special Considerations

Buildings, especially older structures, are usually sieves in terms of energy loss, so before investing in a system, check to see if the local utility provides free energy audits. Even if it’s not free, it’s worth finding out if the home needs new windows or strategically applied insulation. There are scammers in every field, and alternative energy is no exception. Ask providers for references to previous customers and check for online cautions from the Better Business Bureau, Yelp and others. Alternative energy in any form can save money and precious resources. Explore the options thoroughly and choose wisely before pulling the plug. Jim Motavalli, of Fairfield, CT, is an author, freelance journalist and speaker, specializing in alternative energy, clean automotive and other environmental topics. Connect at JimMotavalli.com.

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In what ways have you seen members of the Food Revolution Network transform their communities?

We hear incredible stories from members all over the world who are seeing radical changes in their health—reversing heart disease, losing weight, gaining energy and mental clarity. And we also hear inspiring stories of people turning food deserts into wonderful oases of healthy living; for example, Ron Finley, in South Central Los Angeles, who is known for saying that drive-throughs kill more people than driveby shootings in his neighborhood. He planted vegetables for the community in the curbside dirt strip in front of his home—and got cited by the city for it. He ended up getting the laws changed, and has since started The Ron Finley Project to create an urban community food hub where the community can come together to plant, learn and nourish themselves.

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Start by finding out if you have loved ones who do share your food values, and nurture those relationships. Lean into those healthy relationships; you might be surprised how many people around you are also quietly trying to achieve similar goals. You can also ask friends and family to be a food ally; even if they are not a full participant in your health regimen, they might be a fan or friend. That can mean preparing particular foods if you come for dinner or simply checking in on how you are doing with your goals and commitments. You can widen your circle of healthy eating through meal swaps or other shared meal programs. It’s always easier to cook in larger quantities, and there is the added benefit of greater social connection with shared meals. If you are looking for new friends and allies, it helps to connect to organizations that are already promoting healthy food hubs. There are many listed in the back of 31-Day Food Revolution. So many people struggle with loneliness, and some are afraid they will feel even more isolated if they step out into a healthy eating regimen. On the contrary, you can become a magnet for people who care about their world and aren’t content with the status quo. These friendships can often become deeper and more valued than ever.

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Impatience. I grew up eating all-natural food; my parents almost named me Kale, and I ate a lot of it growing up. At a certain point, I saw that I had become judgmental and dogmatic when encountering people whose choices did not align with my own, though as Martin Luther King Jr. said, we have no moral authority with those who can feel our underlying contempt. I have since developed a profound respect for each individual’s unique values, needs, experiences and priorities. I advocate for people’s right to make their own choices about what they need. My goal is to help facilitate people’s choices, and to do so with compassion.

acred space is most often associated with places of worship, but it can be any place that connects us to meaning or joy. In the blur of daily living, nooks of inspiration and beauty provide spiritual sustenance, remind us of our dreams or celebrate lovely memories. Having “bliss corners” in the home or workplace is a wonderful way to stay connected to the positive. Most parents or grandparents can confess to having a bliss corner on the refrigerator door where drawings and accomplishments of young family members are proudly displayed. Having a place of inspiration in any room doesn’t have to take up much space and can easily add to the décor. It can be as simple as a wedding veil hanging on a bedroom wall or a bowl of shells, sea glass or sand from a beach vacation in the bathroom. It can be sentimental with dried flowers from a momentous occasion or a small table dedicated to loved ones with framed photos or letters and a piece of cloth that holds special memories. Corners of bliss fulfill their purpose best in places where they can remind us to follow our heart’s “true north” or help us to foster inner peace during busy days. Such places are office desks and bedroom nightstands near an alarm clock. The kitchen is an ideal room in the house for sacred space; designating a corner to light a candle during meal prep; filling an old teapot with fresh flowers every week; and displaying the photo of someone who once nourished us are all beautiful ways to bring more meaning into our relationship with food. Cultivating bliss can be a form of active meditation, simple rituals that can include prayer or other forms of mindfulness. On more practical levels, it can be an opportunity to bond with loved ones. Creating a bliss corner can be a creative and fun activity for teens to express a passion, whether it be a hobby, sport or favorite singer. Many of us have boxes of mementos or nostalgic things from childhood taking up space in a closet. Making a bliss corner is the perfect way to remind us why we kept them in the first place.

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Organically Grown Gatherings Lilia Fuquen, who directs the Food and Community project in Virginia, participates in several gatherings intended to nurture community through food. Fuquen’s project aims to bring people across the state together to document, celebrate and share traditional, contemporary and emerging foodways, initiating a deeper conversation about and the connections between food, place, culture and community. Last fall, the project convened more than 200 people around a feast celebrating indigenous foods, people and foodways in Virginia. The meal was prepared from locally farmed and foraged ingredients representative of the diverse native culinary traditions of the region, including greens,

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Psychotherapist Cathy Malchiodi, Ph.D., has authored several books, including The Art Therapy Sourcebook, and uses expressive arts therapy in her Louisville practice. “I’ve worked with soldiers for the past 10 years, and find that much of their healing comes about through telling their stories on stage or participating as an actor within a play or improvisation.” Malchiodi also incorporates mindfulness practices, visual arts, music and some simple forms of yoga in her sessions.

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Expressive arts therapy is also making a positive impact on those suffering from panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder, addictions, eating and attention disorders, dementia and chronic physical illness. “Creative arts therapy can be used across life challenges; for example, dance or movement therapy has supported women with breast cancer and eating disorders,” says Marshall, who has also witnessed the power of drama therapy to help reduce feelings of fear in clients diagnosed with anxiety and PTSD. A 2015 study at Butler University, in Indianapolis published in the Journal of Speech Pathology & Therapy shows the significant effects of theater arts on individuals with autism spectrum disorder. “Creative


arts therapy can be successful in supporting children with autism, especially ways to practice social skills,” says Marshall. “The drama therapist uses role play, improv and games in order to facilitate interpersonal communication.”

Dopamine and Creating Art

The multitasking neurotransmitter dopamine is one of the brain’s natural antidepressants and plays a key role in feeling pleasure and reinforcing habits. It reaches its highest levels during the initial stages of love, observing something of beauty or creating art. A recent Drexel University study published in The Arts in Psychotherapy shows the neurological effects of drawing, coloring and simple doodling. Increased circulation in the area of the brain correlating to pleasure and reward was evident, and this dopamine-dominant response is responsible for decreasing symptoms of anxiety and increasing feelings of joy and accomplishment. Psychotherapist Doreen Meister, in Oakland, California, encourages her clients to focus on the process of creating, rather than the result. “Expressive therapies are an extension of the selfdiscovery continuum. I often hear, ‘I draw like a 2-year-old.’ To this I say, ‘Great! Draw like a 2-year-old!’ I believe that somewhere, many of us are told that creative expression must be a certain way. Creativity is a natural state, a human quality that we are born with, and the product of creation is not as important as the process.” Creativity from a clinical perspective allows for new emotional vantage points, distance from situations and viewing experiences through a different lens. “Bringing in creativity offers a wider palette of tools or access points, and gives us another way to understand ourselves,” says Meister. “Creativity as a life force is accessible to all of us.” Marlaina Donato is an author and composer. Connect at AutumnEmbersMusic.com.

HELPFUL RESOURCES Organizations

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any of us Walking and hiking Individuals in the study equate fitness that walked six hours a balance the body with going week lowered their risk through natural move- of dying from cancer to the gym, but a good ment, oxygenation hike in a natural environand cardiovascular and ment can foster unique respiratory disease. It of the cells and the benefits for both body also shows that just two use of our muscles and psyche. as they were designed hours of walking per Hiking or walking week could significantly to be used. outdoors not only proimprove health. motes heart health, help“Walking and hik~Dami Roelse ing to balance both blood ing balance the body sugar and blood pressure, it increases hip through natural movement, oxygenation bone density to help reduce fractures, of the cells and the use of our muscles according to research on postmenopausal as they were designed to be used,” says women from the ongoing Nurses’ Health Dami Roelse, of Ashland, Oregon, author Study. Navigating uneven terrain also of Walking Gone Wild: How to Lose Your necessitates lateral movement, which can Age on the Trail. “Walking is in our genes; strengthen core muscles and improve balDNA molecules need to be stimulated ance more significantly than working out regularly to express themselves, and walkon a treadmill or cycling. ing does just that. It also improves mood and cognition.” Walk and Live Longer The beauty of hiking is that it offers Any kind of walking can be a great boon a tailored experience according to ability to health. Recent research by the Ameriand personal interests. Day hikes, whether can Cancer Society involving 140,000 in the countryside or in urban botanical older adults correlates a lower mortality gardens or parks, are uplifting and ideal for rate with even short intervals of walking. any fitness level.

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Exercise stimulates feel-good neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, but getting a workout in a natural setting fortifies the whole nervous system. A 2015 study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science led by Stanford University researchers shows that walking in nature for 90 minutes decreases activity in the subgenual prefrontal cortex, the region of the brain most affected by depression. In contrast, individuals that walked in an urban environment did not reap the same results. Another 2015 study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology shows that nature walks improve memory and decrease anxiety in teens. The Japanese philosophy of shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing”, woven into Japanese Shinto and Buddhist traditions, has become an important part of science-based health care in Japan. A significant 2009 study by Japanese researchers published in Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine shows that just 20 minutes of walking in the woods decreases stress hormones. Forest bathing has also been shown to speed postoperative healing, improve concentration in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and fortify immunity with an increased number of NK, or natural killer cells. Naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley, in Washington, D.C., knows about Mother Nature’s therapeutic gifts firsthand. “I participated in some of the health research both in the field and the lab during a forest bathing trip to Japan,” says the author of The Joy of Forest Bathing: Reconnect with Wild Places & Rejuvenate Your Life. “My vital signs were checked before and after shinrin-yoku walks, and in the lab my brainwaves were

Helpful Links and Inspiration National trail guide resource: AllTrails.com 13 best hiking apps: AtlasAndBoots.com/best-hiking-apps Hiking with the kids: Tinyurl.com/HealthyHikingWithKids Beginning with day hiking: SectionHiker.com/10-tips-forbeginner-day-hikers Backpacking tips for beginners: REI.com/learn/expert-advice/ backpacking-beginners Practical advice, inspiration and tips for women hikers: GirlsWhoHike.net Walking to stay fit: VeryWellFit.com/walking-4157093 Library of forest bathing articles: TheForestLibrary.com/forestbathing-online-articles measured while viewing urban and forest scenes. My blood pressure was lower after every walk, and my brainwaves calmed while viewing forest scenes.” Choukas-Bradley emphasizes that forest bathing doesn’t require a forest setting, noting, “You can forest bathe in the desert, at the beach or even an urban park during a lunch break.” Hitting the trails can also help us see life from another perspective. “Forests are living, breathing organisms. Mountains transcend my humanness,” muses Roelse. “It’s both a humbling and uplifting experience.” Marlaina Donato is the author of several books on spirituality and clinical aromatherapy. She is also a composer. Connect at AutumnEmbersMusic.com.

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The Journey to Home John Butler Inspires Hope and Awareness by Meredith Montgomery

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hen singer-songwriter John Butler sees a performance that gives him chills, he leaves the show feeling like he could do anything. “If I can give that feeling to one person at every gig I play—because of what that experience gives to them, what it gives to me and in turn, what it gives to the world—if I can be a vehicle of that energy, then I’m doing my job.” But Butler, who is now Australia’s highest selling independent artist of all time, never thought this would be his job. “I thought I’d be in Special Forces, a professional skateboarder, an artist or a teacher, never a musician,” he says. Butler was 11 when his family moved from Los Angeles to Pinjarra, Australia. He lived a Huckleberry Finn-like life in this beautiful but isolated riverside town, but he also experienced xenophobia and racism firsthand. “It seemed my skin was the right color, but I had the wrong accent. Things could change really quickly when I’d begin to speak—like suddenly I was getting chased,” he recalls. 28

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These experiences have kept him humble and down-to-earth through his musical success, but they’ve also helped fuel his outspoken and impassioned advocacy efforts for peace, environmental protection and global harmony. “We live in an opulent society where everything is done for us. Our trash gets taken away—we put it in a bin, put the top on it and it’s like putting the top on your mind. We don’t know what hole it’s going in and there’s no sense of responsibility once it leaves our hands. And the opportunity to pollute and use plastic is getting easier and easier. It’s a convoluted situation,” he reflects. His activism efforts are currently focused on the anti-fracking movement in Western Australia and speaking out against plans for the world’s largest coal mine to be built in North Queensland (which poses a threat to the Great Barrier Reef). A portion of his ticket and album sales often benefit charitable organizations, meet-and-greet experiences include a reusable water bottle and the band has utilized Globelet’s system to eliminate single-use plastic at some of his concerts. Butler carries his own straw, utensils and water bottle and has a garden and rain catchment system at home, but he wishes it was easier to do more, noting, “If we’re sending people to Mars, we should be able to have greater access to green energy.” As a parent, Butler is careful not to discourage the future stewards of our earth, so he keeps his fatherly advice simple—treat others as you wish to be treated, and recognize that everything has a cost. “When our kids say ‘I want this’ or ‘I want that’, I remind them to think about the cost of having those things. What resources were used to make it? How does that affect the environment? Is it worth it?”


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He also encourages his son and daughter to find a form of self-expression that they love as they navigate their teen years. “I want them to have a friend in something they can do on their own,” he says. “Whether it’s making something with their hands, playing music, sewing—there’s something really beautiful about escaping with yourself and your tools, something you can’t get with anybody else.” For Butler, his guitar is that unwavering companion. While making his latest album, Home, a flood of emotions and anxieties surfaced once he stopped touring. “Bringing a song into the world is an enlightening process, and each one demands different things from me,” he says. He worked through intense introspection, which was challenging yet therapeutic and productive. “Throughout the years that it took to make this album there were tears and frustration, confusion and chaos. But, there was family and friends, honesty and vulnerability, gardens and harvest, service and surrender. And amongst it all, ultimately, there was joy,” Butler reflects. To balance the demands of his career,

Centered around John Butler’s virtuoso guitar stylings and powerful, progressive lyricism, the John Butler Trio draws upon a remarkable variety of musical genres, spanning folk, blues, funk, classic rock ‘n’ roll and beyond.

Butler leans on family and friends for love and laughter, plus skateboarding, running and meditation to clear his mind. He regularly seeks solace in nature and is also very spiritual. Traveling with a portable altar while on tour, he carries a collection of tokens from his ancestors, candles, photos, feathers and sage—bits and pieces that represent the tapestry of his faith. “I am struck by spirituality’s ability to bind cultures in story, song, ethics and morals for generations to come, so we can somehow make life a little bit more doable,” he says. Butler’s music and actions have a similar effect on the audiences it touches. The band’s deep layers of chant-like vocals and heart-pounding drums can bring a sea of strangers together in song and dance, while the words he speaks and the life he leads inspire reflection and action by multiple populations. He’s doing more than his job—he’s cultivating hope and awareness on a global level. Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/ Mississippi (HealthyLivingHealthyPlanet.com).

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calendar of events FRIDAY, APRIL 5

Donna Carol Channels Archangel Uriel 6:007:30 PM. Archangel Uriel is known as the angel of wisdom. He shines the light of God’s truth into the darkness of confusion. Uriel means “God is my light” or “fire of God.” In art, Uriel is often depicted carrying either a book or a scroll, both of which represent wisdom. $20 Manataka Crystal Healing LOCATION: Resonant Essentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd, NE, Albuquerque, 505-515-5088 crystalhealer555@gmail. com CrystalHealer555.wixsite.com/donna-carol Sorceress of Sound and Song Marie Black Acoustic Performance 5:00-7:00 PM. EVERY FRIDAY IN THE BACK ROOM! Come hear Marie sing a mix of her own moody roots rock based, soulful original songs and a selection of choice cover songs. Large menu including Vegan options, nice drink selection, comfortable seating and sweet place to unwind with friends. LOCATION: Red Velvet Underground Back Room, 9635 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, 505-255-1441 marie@marieblackstudio.com

SUNDAY, APRIL 7 Circle Singing & Vocal Improv FUN for ALL Levels 2:00-3:30 PM. FREE your VOICE! Come sing your soul on at this community tapestry of sound. Likened to singing meditation both rockin’ and soothing FUN! Master facilitator, Marie Black is known for creating safe spaces to explore for all levels of singer. All voices necessary: COURAGEOUS SOULS SINGING for WORLD GOOD. $12 - $20 Sliding Scale LOCATION: Candyman Strings & Things, 851 St. Michael’s Drive, Santa Fe, 503-688-0008 Sing@HolisticVoiceLab.com MarieBlackStudio.com Astrology Discussion Group 11:00-12:30 PM. Did you know that people recognize you based on the sign at your Midheaven? Find out what your rising sign says about your personality and how you meet new people. Learn from each other in a casual discussion group. All levels welcome. Donations LOCATION: Church of Light, 2119 Gold Ave, Albquerque, 505247-1338 ChurchofLight@Light.org Light.org

THURSDAY, APRIL 11-13 Natural Awakenings NM Wellness Tour \Various Times and Various Locations, find Practitioners on our website NaturalAwakeningsNM.com/wellnesstour. Free. Contact Practitioners for more details.

ber ourselves as vibrational beings and bathe in the healing sound of Tibetan Bowls and mantras. “Beautiful music, Sacred space” ~ Deva Premal & Miten. “A Masterpiece!” ~ $20 advance // $25 door Mountain Music Enterprises LOCATION: Paradiso Santa Fe, 903 Early Street, Santa Fe, NA RadianceMatrix@gmail. com Tickets.BrightStarEvents.com/event/st-stafe19

at Philip Bareiss Gallery and a poetry benefit for SOMOS on the evening of April 22 (Earth Day). FREE but $5 donation suggested via non-profit fiscal sponsor, Taos Environmental Film Festival LOCATION: Taos Community Auditorium, 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos, (575)-758-2052 TaosEnvironmentalFilmFestival.com

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Clarifying Meditative Work - A Fresh Look 2:00-5:00 PM. Explore how meditative work sheds light on our life concerns, not theoretically, but from a simple, direct listening. Tradition-neutral, a la Eckhart Tolle, Krishnamurti, Toni Packer. Sitting and group inquiry. Albuquerque. $2 donation. Also 5/11, 6/8. Full 7-day retreat offered in June. $2 LOCATION: Wat Center, 145 Madison NE, Albuquerque, 505-281-0684 orders@cuttsreviews. com MeditationNM.wordpress.com/

Divination and Holistic Fair 12:004:00 PM. $25 per session or any three (3) sessions for $60.00. Amazing value and tons of fun! Meet local, professional readers and healers. Offering 20-minute sessions. Numerology Readings, Tarot Readings, Aura and Chakra Readings, Astrology Readings, BioMat Healing, Reiki Healing $25 - $60 LOCATION: Prana Blessings, 1925 Rosina St Unit C, Santa Fe, 505-772-0171 pranablessings@ gmail.com PranaBlessings.com/events

Deep Peace Concert with Paul Temple’s RadianceMatrix 7:30-9:30 PM. Peaceful. Penetrating. Pure. These words describe the music of Paul Temple’s RadianceMatrix. The gathering is a cross between a concert, a meditation and a journey into the mystic. “”I was transported to mystic realms.” ~ John Meade, Santa Fe. “Beautiful Music, Sacred Space” ~Deva Premal & Miten $20 advance // $25 door LOCATION: Cell Theater - Albuquerque, 700 First Street, NW, Albuquerque, 505-766-9412 Dennis@fusionabq. org Tickets.BrightStarEvents.com/event/dpc-ABQ19

SUNDAY, APRIL 14 Multi-Sensory Experience of the Chakras 11:0012:30 PM. Come and learn about your chakras and their associations. You will get to color while hearing the different tones associated with your chakra centers. Some mediations will be introduced along with some body movement. This will be a fun and casual class. $2-5 donation suggested. Donations Church of Light LOCATION: Church of Light, 2119 Gold Ave, Albuquerque, 505-247-1338 ChurchofLight@Light.org Light.Org

TUESDAY APRIL 16 Foundations of Western Herbalism. A 250 -hour intensive training program including hands-on, in the field, and detailed therapeutic information using New Mexican plant medicine. Now in our 7 year of training herbalists for community level health care. Cost: $2,995.00 for 6 months of school. Call 505820-6321 or milagroschoolofherbalmedicine.com

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10 Free Class at Hypnotherapy Academy– 7pm. The class will be facilitated by Tim Simmerman Sierra, lead instructor at the Academy, who will be sharing three secrets to creative positive life changes by showing attendees how their subconscious mind works. Call 505-767-8030 to register and reserve your seat for this special free class. 2132 Osuna Road, NE, Suite B, Albuquerque.

FRIDAY, APRIL 12 Sound Temple with Paul Temple’s RadianceMatrix 7:30-9:30 PM. SOUND TEMPLE ~Diamond Light Transmission: Tibetan Bowls, Flutes & Mantras. Sound Temple is a sonic sanctuary where we remem-

DreamVision - Journey of Discoveries. 10:3012:00pm In a safe and nurturing circle we’ll journey into the dream real aided by the sound of the drum and didgeridoo. You’ll learn what the soul wants, where it has gone and can go.  This can reveal wishes of the soul, sacred contracts, knowledge & help of guides and spirits.  Questing for self-healing and transform soul wounds from grief, pain, anger, and shame into sources of power and wisdom. Wellness Within, LOCATION Prana Blessings 1925 Rosina St., Unit C, Santa Fe RSVP Laurie Wheeler 505772-0970 Donation $45 - bring a journal & blanket.

SATURDAY, APRIL 18-22 Taos Environmental Film Festival 10:009:30 PM. The Taos Environmental Film Festival begins on Thursday, April 18 to April 22. Many beautiful, thought provoking and award winning films by professional filmmakers, a cinematic trip around the world! Satellite events

Mele Luna (Moon Music) Sound Healing Concert & Meditation 4:00-5:30 PM. Revered as a sound shaman and high priestess of voice by people who have witnessed her in action, Marie Black leads you on your own deeply restorative healing meditation using Sacred Tibetan Bowls, gong, soft percussion and non-linguistic vocal tones focusing intention, leading you to bliss. Pre-registration required. $25 LOCATION: Yoga Art Space, 8338 Comanche NE, Albuquerque, 503-688-0008 marie@ marieblackstudio.com YogaArtSpace.com/calendar

SUNDAY, APRIL 21 Taurus Astrology Service 11:00-12:30 PM. The physical is absolutely necessary for developing the spiritual. Taurus, ruled by Venus, represents the most physical sign. Spiritual attainment comes when material things are converted into a way of creating spiritual values. Join us for a fun and lively Taurus service. Potluck follows. Donations LOCATION: Church of Light, 2119 Gold Ave, Albuquerque, 505247-1338 ChurchofLight@Light.org Light.org

SATURDAY, APRIL 27 DreamVision - Journey of Discoveries. 6:00-8:00 pm In a safe and nurturing circle we’ll journey into the dream real aided by the sound of the drum and didgeridoo. You’ll learn what the soul wants, where it has gone and can go. This can reveal wishes of the soul, sacred contracts, knowledge & help of guides and spirits.  Questing for self-healing and transform soul wounds from grief, pain, anger, and shame into sources of power and wisdom. Wellness Within, LOCATION Prana Blessings 1925 Rosina St., Unit C, Santa Fe RSVP Laurie Wheeler 505-772-0970 Donation $45 - bring a journal & blanket.

markyourcalendar SUNDAY, APRIL 28 HEALING OUR PARTS!

10:00-5:00 PM. Healing Our Parts! We all have parts and subpersonalities like the Inner Child and Inner Critic. Learn to identify and transform these inner parts with Voice Dialogue, NLP, EFT and ETC. Facilitated by John Freedom and Charey K Fox. April 28, 10 – 5pm, 3509 Anderson Ave SE. $99 Advance, $120 at the door, $170 for two in advance. LOCATION: private home - 3509 Anderson Ave SE, Albuquerque, 505-9910839 freejjii@gmail.com HealingOurParts-april2019.eventbrite.com

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Reiki Class 9:00-4:30 PM. Become a certified healing practitioner in this powerful, life-changing class. Reiki Master Jan Walker has been teaching all 3 levels of the Usui method since 1993. Pre-Registration required. $175 Awakening Spirit LOCATION: St.Thomas Episcopal Church, 425 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque, (505) 835-5440 AwakeningSpiritMinistries.org

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FRIDAY, MAY 3

Horses Can Lead The Way – By appointment. Horses can lead the way through your self-doubt and lack of clarity. Experience equine guided healing, a powerful alternative coaching/counseling approach, with Lynn Clifford, LMHC. No experience needed; all unmounted. 505-231-5353. LynnClifford.com.

Deva Premal & Miten with Manose 7:30 - 10:30 PM. Mantra has gone mainstream and these celebrated chant masters have been the leading edge of this global phenomenon for over 20 years. Their transformational events are legendary with sell out concerts around the world and a string of chart-topping albums. Join them for a communal experience of ecstatic sacred music. $35 - $108 LOCATION: Lensic 211 W. San Francisco St. Santa Fe, (505) 988-1234 ,john@enchantedcafe.net, DevaPremalMiten.com and TicketsSantaFe.org

Intuitive Healing for Empaths - 1:00 PM 2:00 PM, Intuitive Journeys for Empaths – By appointment. Overwhelmed? Mysterious physical symptoms? I will teach you to manage your gift of sensitivity so that it will support you in every area of your life for ultimate health, energy and empowerment. $100.00/ hr Special during student clinicals $100 (Reg. $200). Your Divine Light at Unicorn Mesa, Teleconference Via Phone, (505) 438-1074. info@ YourDivineLight.biz www.YourDivineLight.biz

SUNDAY, MAY 5

Personal Retreats for You or You & a Friend– by appointment - Need to re-charge? Self-care is a necessity, not a luxury. Sometimes an hour is just not enough. Design your retreat yourself, with any combination of equine support, Intuitive Journey time & Reiki. Includes 20-minute pre-retreat phone consultation to review your specific Intentions for your sacred getaway. $50 per session. Chantal Fidanza. Your Divine Light at Unicorn Mesa, LLC Santa Fe, NM 505-438-1074 info@YourDivineLight.biz. www.YourDivineLight.biz

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5D Manifesting (& Beyond) Tele-class 2:00 - 4:00 PM. We live in times where the higher dimensions are available to us and we have the opportunity to embrace abundance, joy, self-healing, transformation, as never before. Deeply transformation class offers tools to manifest your vision by aligning with your highest wisdom for greater well-being, self-trust, peace, joy, abundance and empowerment. $188 with sign up by 03/31 (Reg. $215) LOCATION: Tele-class Via Phone, 505-438-1074 ,info@ YourDivineLight.biz, YourDivineLight.biz

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Baba, one of the great Self Realized Yogis of our era, will be visiting Albuquerque on May 11th and Santa Fe on May 15th on a world tour, conducting free meditation classes, answering questions on self-realization, meditation and finding inner peace. see ad on page 10 for more details.

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Intuitive Healer Training for Certification or Personal Growth 12:00 - 5:00 PM. This unique and deeply transformational 10-month training is perfect for empaths, whether you already work with clients, wish to start your own intuitive healing practice, or simply desire to master your own energy. One-one mentorship plus 3 spirit-renewing, equineassisted retreats in Santa Fe. For professional certification or personal growth alone. Call for Tuition Options LOCATION:Weekly Telecourse / 3 Retreats in Santa Fe Lone Butte, 505-438-1074 ,info@YourDivineLight.biz, YourDivineLight.biz

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sunday Transitions Radio Magazine – 9-10am. Celebrating the Voices of Love and Presence for 34 years. Whole Brain Radio with insightful, empowering interviews and stimulating and relaxing music tracks. Shows archived at TransRadio.com. Free. KBAC 98.1 FM. 505-670-1167. TransitionsMedia.com.

tuesday Readings, Energy Flow, & Spiritual Coaching 10:00 AM 1ST and 3rd Thursdays for March and April. By appointment - Intuitive & card readings, chakra balancing, energy flow, personalized guided meditation for grounding & heart-centered awareness, help with choosing a regular spiritual practice that works for you, mentoring &/or tune-up for intuitive arts practitioners (psychics, healers, mediums, intuitives). $20 & Up. Celebrating Life LLC, 5901J Wyoming Blvd. NE, #211, Albuquerque, 505-318-2128 connect@ maryaomalley.com MaryaOMalley.com

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wednesday Qigong & Healing From Within - 10:30am-12pm. Taoist, Yogic & Shamanic practices cultivate vitality, inner strength & awareness with energy healing, movement, sound, breathwork & meditation. $15, free/first class. Allison Lasky. We’re moving. Call for location, Santa Fe. 505-984-8733, AllisonLasky.com.

thursday Divine Connections Circle 6:00 PM 1ST and 3rd Thursdays for March and April. Divine Connections Circle For Intuitives, Psychics, Healers, & Mediums: Fun & feedback! Form connections with others in “The Field” Discuss metaphysics while giving your confidence a boost. Practice, explore, support one another. Only ethical heart-centered people who sort for the + please! Pre-register: $11. Celebrating Life LLC, 9301 Indian School Road NE, Albuquerque, 505-318-2128 connect@ maryaomalley.com MaryaOMalley.com

friday Your Authentic Self is Calling – By appointment. Authentic life coaching and counseling sessions with Lynn Clifford, MA, LMHC. Topics may include self- care and sustainability, relaxation, mindfulness, prioritization, and relationship issues. Sliding scale fee available. Santa Fe office just off Route 25 near the hospital. 505-231-5353. LynnClifford.com

saturday Qigong in the Park – 9-10am. Enjoy a vitalizing Qigong practice with certified Qigong instructor Loretta Shiver. Free. Altura Park, Morningside & Hannett NE, Albuquerque. 505-681-1924. QigongInThePark.com.

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Jeanie McDuffee Certified Aromatherapist AllsWellAromatherapy.com 505-228-2950 Albuquerque Check out our website for custom essential oil blends to enhance your physical, mental and spiritual health. These are proprietary blends formulated by Jeanie using only natural ingredients and highly therapeutic essential oils. Give it a try, see website for specials.

ASTROLOGY CLASSES CHURCH OF LIGHT

2119 Gold Ave SE, Albuquerque 505-247-1338 • Light.org Learning your personal astrology is fun in the casual environment of our discussion group. We blend Hermetic Astrology with Egyptian Tarot. Beginners thru advanced are all welcome. Donations accepted. Come join us on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month at 11am for a lively discussion of what makes you unique! See our ad for more detail.

CBD AND WELLNESS PRODUCTS SACRED WELLNESS

1300 Luisa St, Ste 4, Santa Fe 505-257-3733 3600 Cutler Ave (Green Jeans), ABQ 505-336-0900 642 S Alameda, Las Cruces 505-300-0154 • SacredWellnessNM.com

We’re proud to offer the highest quality earth-based medicine and high frequency wellness products for human and animal health, healing, growth and evolution. We provide certified organic full-spectrum regionally-sourced CBD (cannabidiol) products, essential oils, flower and gem essences, stones and semi-precious gems, high frequency tools, sound healing supplies, artwork, clothing, jewelry, books and other wellness products. See our ad for more detail.

CBD MASSAGE RIVER STONE

Cate Clark, LMT Albuquerque – 505-401-4015 RiverStoneCate.com

Relaxing bodywork massage using complementary topical CBD to ease pain and further extend the benefit of the session for lasting comfort.

COACHING BEE WELL WELLNESS

Health & Wellness Coaching Jessica Bell, CHWC - Rio Rancho BeeWellWellness.com 845-392-0343

Sometimes we do not have the tools to be healthier and happier. Let me coach you through your health & wellness journey. As a health and wellness coach, I will help you through the process of creating a vision for your health and overall wellbeing. By developing the vision you can start to manifest a healthy mindset and together we can sort through habits and strengthen those that match your goals.

CRANIOSACRAL TOM HAMMER

Deep Craniosacral Healing Work 505-918-1524 - Albuquerque www.craniowaves.com  tom@craniowaves.com Heartful touch helping you move through difficult spaces: stress, anxiety, sleep issues, back/neck/shoulder/hip pain, headaches, recovery from lingering illness/injury, all things emotional, and much more!!!

HERBAL MEDICINE SONIA MASOCCO PHYTOTHERAPY 11930 Menaul Blvd NE, Ste 219 Albuquerque 505- 296-5737• SoniaMasocco.com

Sonia Masocco Phytotherapy is a herbal practice & apothecary specializing in Ayurveda and Clinical Herbalism. We carry a wide variety of herbs, tinctures, distillates & preparations and we fill custom orders.

HOLISTIC MEDICINE MOUNTAIN ACUPUNCTURE

Matthew G Kreitzer PhD DOM Santa Fe & Albuquerque MountainAcupuncture.org • (505) 428-0114

BODYWORK & AYURVEDA BLUE DESERT HALE

Leila G. von Stein Jesse R. Thomas Escobosa, NM BlueDesertHale@gmail.com • BlueDesert.org Offering classes and sessions in Massage and Bodywork, CranioSacral Therapy, Ayurveda and Marma Therapy and Reiki. Space also available for groups.

CLEAN-CRAFTED WINE SCOUT & CELLAR

Kerry Dawson, Wine Consultant 347-344-1197 www.TheCleanGrape.com

Offering clean-crafted wines from small family vineyards around the world. No added chemicals, sugar or sulfites. Wine as nature intended, delivered to your door.

Holistic Medicine at its Finest. Treating complex medical conditions with Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, Homeopathy, Thermography and Jyotish. Massage and Energy Work by Leahn Cox, LMT. See our ad for more detail.

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HOLISTIC NUTRITION LORI WITTHAUS, MA, MSHN, PHD 505-738-5566 www.loriwitthaus.com

Improve your diet, lifestyle and attitude. Using evidence-based holistic principles learn how to develop a personal plan for health and wellbeing. Initial 30-minute consultation FREE.

INTUITIVE CONSULTATIONS GALAYA-INTUITIVE RESOURCES 505-466-3764 • Santa Fe ConsultGalaya.com RGalaxy@juno.com

Find clarity, insight and inspiration! Intuitive readings, coaching and animal communication. Clarify life choices and decisions. Activate practical solutions for your health, relationships, career and business.In-person and by phone consultations available by appointment.

HOMEOPATHY LAURIE WHEELER, DIHOM, CCH, DIPGEM

WellnessWithin (505) 772-0970 Santa Fe www.WellnessWithin.net www.Journeywithdrumming.com

Homeopathy, Gemmotherapy, Rife therapy, shamanic healing/coaching, medical intuition, soul retrieval and flower essences. You may be facing some type of emotional or physical pain - with minimal understanding or relief. I’ve worked for over 24 yrs. with success in these modalities. Working with people of all ages - young and older, from colds to cancer - and specializing (but no limited to) the endocrine system.  See ad and monthly calendar event. See our ad for more detail.

HOT STONE MASSAGE RIVER STONE

Cate Clark, LMT Albuquerque - 505-401-4015 RiverStoneCate.com Lusciously Integrated Hot Stone Massage to melt away the over-stimulations of a frantic world! Fragrance-free and non-judgmental, your Sea of Tranquility is located east of Old Town in quiet, historic neighborhood. Empathic Bodywork and Highly Sensitive Massage since 1991. 

HYPNOTHERAPY JASON SHANLEY HYPNOTHERAPY

2325 San Pedro NE Albuquerque JasonShanley.com EXPLORE A PAST LIFE! Natural solutions for all your challenges! Past life regression therapy is fun and healing. Certified Medical Support Clinical Hypnotherapist IBH # F10317-476. Free consultations 505-252-7433.

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INTUITIVE GUIDE CERTIFICATION & EQUINE THERAPY YOUR DIVINE LIGHT@UNICORN MESA

Chantal Fidanza 505-438-1074 - Santa Fe YourDivineLight.biz Offering Intuitive Guide Certification, Tele-courses, Intuitive Healing Sessions, and Empath Support (both with and without equines) at my peaceful, mountain-view setting, or via phone. Everything I teach I continue to walk on my own path and offer with the intention of empowering others to anchor their divine light and trust their own inner wisdom. Special support for empaths, those particularly sensitive to energy. Discounted Session Packages for ongoing support available. See our ad for more detail.

LIFE COACHING & COUNSELING LYNN CLIFFORD, MA, LMHC

Your Authentic Life Coaching & Counseling 505-231-5353 - Santa Fe LynnClifford.com In this beautiful yet busy world, experience unique transformation, where authenticity and self-care serve as your compass; compassion and curiosity guide your way. Sessions connect people with their optimal selves via inner guidance, creative process, the natural world, and/or other sentient beings, including horses. (Unmounted. No experience needed.) Phone, Skype and in person. See our ad for more detail.

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MEDICAL CANNABIS SACRED GARDEN

505-216-9686 1300 Luisa St, Ste 1, Santa Fe 505-257-3733 3600 Cutler Ave (Green Jeans), ABQ 505-336-0900 616 San Mateo Blvd. NE, ABQ 505- 257-3747 642 S Alameda, Las Cruces 505-300-0154 SacredGardenNM.com Sacred Garden takes pride in growing cannabis as a safe alternative to pharmaceutical drug therapies. Applicable for a wide spectrum of medical conditions, cannabis has assisted the health of countless people. We offer many different delivery methods, such as flowering buds, edibles, concentrates, oils, tinctures and salves. Our heart-based staff will help you find what works best for you and your needs.

METAPHYSICAL SHOP AND HEALING HUB PRANA BLESSINGS

LaGina Glass 505-772-0171 Santa Fe PranaBlessings.com Metaphysical Shop and Healing Hub. Offering products and services for healing support. Spaces available to rent for events, classes, workshops, meetings and or private healing.

PSYCHIC/MEDIUM READINGS CORYELLE KRAMER

505-699-5797 mail@coryellekramer.com www.coryellekramer.com

Coryelle Kramer is known throughout the country as a prolific Professional Intuitive. She utilizes her psychic abilities, her guides and the ancient tarot in order to see and relay answers on such subjects as: career, love life, relationships, life purpose, current situations and future outcomes.Her readings are always giving with compassion and can be uplifting, empowering, honest, fun and extremely accurate. See our ad for more detail.


REGENERATIVE MEDICINE DR. ROBYN BENSON, DOM

Santa Fe Soul Center For Optimal Health 2905 Rodeo Park Dr, East Bldg #3 Santa Fe •RobynBenson.com/gift Regenerative medicine is the reverse of aging and degenerative disease. It’s the science of boosting healing naturally in damaged tissues and in under-functioning endocrine and immune systems. This is being achieved with nutrition therapy, stem cells and oxidative medicine (ozone and high dose vitamin C IVs). It also includes restoring healthy joints, hair growth, skin rejuvenation and sexual function with your own platelet rich plasma (PRP). See our ad for more detail.

REIKI AWAKENING SPIRIT

Jan Walker, Reiki Master Teacher and Healing Practitioner 505-835-5440 - Albuquerque AwakeningSpiritMinistries.org If you are dealing with the daily stresses of life or a major health challenge, Reiki can help. Reiki’s restorative qualities bring warmth, calmness, balance and a sense of well-being. Reiki classes offered every month.

SHAMANIC HEALING SHEILA RASMUSSEN

720-633-4740 - Santa Fe BA, Contemplative Psych. HeartOfTheSoulHealing.com Sheras10@gmail.com

Shamanic healing, Intuitive counseling, Craniosacral  therapy. Safe, effective support when healing from physical or psychological trauma or when struggling  with transition. Relief from feelings of emotional stress,fear, and sadness. Guidance  when searching for clarity or deeper meaning in life.

ANNA LOUISE LIPKIN

808-639-7534 - Santa Fe MotherToTheMother.com DivineMotherMassage.com

In greek, Doula means mother to the mother. As a Doula, I offer prenatal consultations, labor and delivery assistance, and postpartum services. Happy Birthing to You!

EARTH WALK MEDICINE

Reverend Shaman Sandra Chestnutt 575-779-4253 SandyChestnutt@gmail.com Facilitating Shamanic Healing ceremonies for over 20 years. Spiritual Guidance, House Clearing, and Apprenticeship program also offered. Open 7 days/eves.See our ad for more detail.

Janice Moranz, MD 505-417-3787 – Albuquerque MyDailyChoice.com/moranzhempworx

Cannabidiol (CBD) helps with arthritis, digestion, seizures. Dropper bottles and creams. Order from the website or call me. For your Family and Pets.

INÈS MARICLE

206-407-5878 www.InesMaricle.com Maricle.Ines@gmail.com

Through the gift of the voice and clairvoyance, Inès performs intuitive readings and uses toning to open the heart, remove ancient blockages and clear chakras.

BRIAN TERRY

970-222-2710 - Santa Fe DivineAlignmentBodyWork.com HealingSulfur.com Life-changing bodywork which restores the natural alignment of the body to feel grounded, empowered, and at ease. Be free of chronic pain with results that last! Also offering Craniosacral Therapy and therapeutic massage. See our ad for more detail.

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HOLISTIC VOICE LAB/ MARIE BLACK STUDIO

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Marie Black 503-688-0008 Sing@HolisticVoiceLab.com

Singing feels good and is good for us! Allowing oneself the joy of singing brings life altering benefits. Do you allow past wounds to affect your relationship with your voice? Come explore, play, gain confidence and expand your joy quotient. Group Lessons, Vocal Improvisation Classes and Community Circle Singing in the Bobby McFerrin tradition. Email us for updates and events.Check calendar listings.

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Copper in new device prevents cold and flu last holidays,” she said. “The kids had colds going around, but not me.” Some users say it also helps with sinuses. Attorney Donna Blight had a 2-day sinus headache. When her CopperZap arrived, she tried it. “I am shocked!” she said. “My head cleared, no more headache, no more congestion.” Some say copper stops nighttime stuffiness if used just before bed. One man said, “Best sleep I’ve had in years.” Copper may even stop flu if used earNew research: Copper stops colds if used early. ly and for several days. Lab technicians ew research shows you can went away completely.” It worked again placed 25 million live flu viruses on a stop a cold in its tracks if you CopperZap. No viruses were found alive every time he felt a cold coming on and take one simple step with a soon after. he hasn’t had a cold since. new device when you feel a cold about People have used it on cold sores He asked relatives and friends to try to start. and say it can completely prevent ugly it. They said it worked for them, too, so Colds start when cold viruses get in outbreaks. You can also rub it gently he patented CopperZap™ and put it on your nose. Viruses multiply fast. If you on wounds, cuts, or lesions to combat the market. don’t stop them early, they spread in infections. Soon hundreds of people had tried it your airways and cause misery. The handle is curved and finely texand given feedback. Nearly 100% said But scientists have found a quick tured to improve the copper stops way to kill a virus. Touch it with copper. colds if used withcontact. It kills in 3 hours after the Researchers at labs and universities germs picked up first sign. Even up agree, copper is “antimicrobial.” It kills on fingers and microbes, such as viruses and bacteria, to 2 days, if they hands to protect still get the cold it just by touch. you and your That’s why ancient Greeks and Egyp- is milder and they family. tians used copper to purify water and feel better. Copper even heal wounds. They didn’t know about Users wrote kills deadly germs Sinus trouble, stuffiness, cold sores. that have become viruses and bacteria, but now we do. things like, “It Scientists say the high conductance stopped my cold right away,” and “Is it resistant to antibiotics. If you are near of copper disrupts the electrical balsupposed to work that fast?” sick people, a moment of handling it ance in a microbe cell, destroying it in Pat McAllister, age 70, received one may keep serious infection away. It may seconds. as a gift and called it “one of the best even save a life. Tests by the Environmental Protecpresents ever. This little jewel really The EPA says copper still works tion Agency (EPA) show germs die fast works.” Now thousands of users have even when tarnished. It kills hundreds of on copper. Some hospitals tried copper stopped getting colds. different disease germs so it can prevent for surfaces like faucets and doorknobs. People often use CopperZap preserious or even fatal illness. ventively. Frequent flier Karen Gauci This cut the spread of MRSA and other CopperZap is made in the U.S. of used to get colds after crowded flights. illnesses by over half, and saved lives. pure copper. It has a 90-day full money Though skeptical, she tried it several The strong scientific evidence gave back guarantee when used as directed times a day on travel days for 2 months. inventor Doug Cornell an idea. When to stop a cold. It is $69.95. Get $10 off he felt a cold coming on he fashioned “Sixteen flights and not a sniffle!” each CopperZap with code NATA10. a smooth copper probe and rubbed it Businesswoman Rosaleen says when Go to www.CopperZap.com or call people are sick around her she uses Cop- toll-free 1-888-411-6114. gently in his nose for 60 seconds. “It worked!” he exclaimed. “The cold perZap morning and night. “It saved me Buy once, use forever.

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