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e associate February with Valentine’s Day, kids shyly presenting special cards and candies to classmates and older “kids at heart” enjoying Valentine’s Day with a loved one. Our focus this month looks beyond commercial manifestations of our celebrations, going right to go to the heart of the matter. Like the brain, the heart is an amazing organ. According to Sara Paddison, author of The Hidden Power of the Heart: Discovering an Unlimited Source of Intelligence, “The heart (is made to work) without interruption for 70 to 80 years, without repair or replacement, day and night. It beats 100,000 times a day, approximately 40 million times a year and pumps blood through a vascular system about 60,000 miles in length— two-and-a-half times the circumference of Earth.” Pioneering doctors and patients are “Rethinking Heart Health,” the title of Linda Sechrist’s feature article, with a fresh approach. One of them, Dr. James Forleo, who intensively studied the subject, notes that “When our emotions get bottled up, something in our heart or circulation has to give. There are exceptions… but heart problems don’t usually show up unless emotions are involved.” With heart disease still the number one cause of death in this country, a holistic paradigm for cardiac care can only do our heart good. Unsurprisingly, a lack of love for oneself manifests in lack of love for others. Even if we’re without immediate family at hand, we can turn a loving circle of friends into a close and caring family. Volunteering is good for the heart, giving and receiving gifts of kind gestures and mutually nourishing experiences. Pets too make lovely companions; they are experts in teaching us how unconditional love looks and feels. We are happy to share the insights of Dr. Roy Heilbron, one of only five U.S. board-certified holistic cardiologists, who operates the Holistic Medical Doctors Clinic just north Santa Fe with his wife, Dr. Angelique Hart. The clinic offers many of the modalities mentioned in this month’s feature article and is just a heartbeat away. Wishing you a heart filled with treats, laughter and love, Photo by Kim Jew

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6 newsbriefs 9 healthbriefs 12 YOUR SOUL’S PASSAGE THROUGH TIME 10 globalbriefs 10 with Barbara Lane 13 by Bill Tinsley 13 inspiration 13 HEALING HURT 15 fitbody A Hawaiian Mantra Lets Love Back In 9 16 wisewords 14 TECHNOLOGY MEETS 23 consciouseating SPIRITUALITY by Nina Brown 26 naturalpet 15 CYCLES OF SPIN 27 calendar Returning to its Heart-Healthy Origins by Janet Osen 29 astrology 16 LOVE MAGNET 30 classifieds Katherine Woodward Thomas on Drawing True Love Our Way 30 resourceguide by Debra Melani

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Pioneering Doctors and Patients Reinvent Cardio Care by Linda Sechrist

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21 HEALING AND THE BODY OF LIGHT

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newsbriefs Write Your Best Seller in a Weekend

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hrough the proven methods employed by best-selling author Tom Bird, you can actually write a bestselling book in a weekend.

Tom Bird will be bringing his “Write Your Best Seller in a Weekend Retreat” to BODY of Santa Fe on March 21-23. In 2013, 100 percent of those who attended his retreats at Body completed their books. “And you will too,” assures Bird. To view videos of Bird’s lectures,

check out the Freebie page on his website WriteYourPublishableBookInAWeekend.com. The completion of your book is only a weekend away, and, then as has been the case with many of Bird’s authors, the next stop is the best-seller list. Location: 333 Cordova Rd. Santa Fe. To register call BODY of Santa Fe at 505986-0362 ext. 2, call Tom Bird directly at 928-203-0265, or visit WriteYourPublishableBookInAWeekend.com.

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he New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics (NMSNT), one of the oldest massage schools in the nation since 1974, will host two upcoming programs for those interested in pursuing careers as Natural Therapeutic Specialists and massage therapists. NMSNT offers 800 hours of instruction in massage therapy, polarity, homeopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, herbal medicine, living foods, craniosacral therapy and so much more. The school offers full-time (six months) programs and part-time (one year) programs. The starting dates for upcoming programs are March 4 and May 6, 2014. Students who pay tuition in full on or before the first day of class will receive $500 off. Graduates are guaranteed job placement in the school’s remedy store and student clinic after graduation.  NMSNT will empower students to be a compassionate, educated and experienced therapist. Location: 202 Morningside Dr. SE, Albuquerque, NM. For more information call 505-268-6870 to schedule a tour.

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eady for the next great enlightened experience? This one has been waiting for you,” says Lainie S. Quirk, co-founder of the Albuquerque Film & Media Experience. “In alignment with creating oneness through the power of film, media and the arts, The AFME Foundation is proud to present ‘Breathe,’ another conscious event that speaks to your soul.” The event, being held from 2 to 5 p.m. on February 9, is being held at KiMo Theatre in Albuquerque. “Join us for an extraordinary afternoon with world-renowned kundalini yoga and meditation leader, S.S. Gurubachan Singh Khalsa, as he guides you through three simple meditation and breathing exercises that are designed to bring you back into joy, help manage your stress and most importantly, bring you peace of mind,” says Quirk. Attendees will get the chance to tune into themselves and learn the true relationship of breath and mind. “How can we love others if we don’t love ourselves?” asks Quick. “We can get there. It’s all in the breath. Let’s breathe now, so we can move in this modern world with grace and ease. ” “This is a complete seva event with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting local hunger and women’s needs charities,” adds Quirk. Cost: $15 per person. Location: KiMo Theatre, Albuquerque, NM. For more information, visit Breathe2014.com.

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practitioner profile ReConnective Therapy

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he healing journey starts from within our own selves,” says Cantor-Groenfeldt who makes discovering this path a creative process. Her clients quickly develop awareness of the way they move, finding confidence in preventing injuries while exercising or managing degenerative symptoms. Through ReConnective Therapy, Cantor-Groenfeldt helps her clients connect with their energy body to create physical health and profound relaxation. Her Self Healing Group at Santa Fe Soul is a safe circle to relax deeply into your source of healing. “Receiving an RCT treatment and sharing and reflection are all part of learning about your own healing process,” she says. In-office, phone and long distance sessions are available. Upcoming RCT Self Healing Group at Santa Fe Soul is being held Tuesday, February 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. Valentines special: bring a friend for free. To register, call 505-670-0474. See ad page 8.

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re you looking for a fun way to get fit, tone your body, gain flexibility, and tame your mind?” asks Balanced Life Yoga studio owner, Donna Damazyn. “Balanced Life Yoga can help with all of these things.” Damazyn also notes that people don’t need to eat special yogurt to help process everyday foods, because yoga helps with digestion, too. “It’s hard to believe this ancient practice is so effective, but it is,” she says. At Balanced Life Yoga, students enter an environment which is comfortable, relaxed and welcoming. Classes are offered at every level, including gentle, beginning and advanced, so everybody can find a class that suits them. The studio also offers Pilates and resistance training with weights, bands and balls. Look for the purple sign and hurry on in to take advantage of Balanced Life’s new student special for one month of unlimited classes for $35, or try a private hour session for just $35. “Balanced Life Yoga is ready to welcome you and help you on your path toward improved health and fitness,” says Damazyn. Balanced Life Yoga offers hatha yoga classes, Pilates, fitness and meditation. Group and private classes are available. Location: 1449 Eubank NE (just north of Constitution on Eubank). For more details, call 505-220-1084 or visit YogaAbqNM.com.

Gathering of Healers in Albuquerque

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he 2014 Gathering of Healers is being held March 7-9 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Spa in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The event is designed for those involved in or interested in becoming involved in whole body health and wellness. Those simply wanting to benefit from being with others who want to heal and be healed are also welcome. A three-day pass to the event is $50 per person. The event features keynote speakers, workshops and healing sessions. Workshops are $10 each and will be held three times a day on a variety of subjects. Appointments with healers will be held in a private room. Healing prices will vary, depending on the service. Event hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Evening events are included in entry fee. This event is made possible by The Southwest Barter Club of New Mexico. Entrance fee will be available to members for $25 Barter Bucks plus $25. Workshops and featured healers will be available for 100 percent barter. Location: 1000 Woodward Pl NE, Albuquerque. To view featured speakers and events, and for more details, visit GatheringOfHealers.com. See ads pages 13 & 27.

ReConnective Therapy Annette Cantor-Groenfeldt Senior Alexander Technique teacher RCT practitioner 505-670-0474 HealingThroughAlignment.com Correction: The movie For Next Seven Generations was shown last June at The Albuquerque Film & Media Experience (AFME), www.abqfilmx.com. natural awakenings

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Center of Light Seminar Weekend with Mother Clare Watts Bringing in the New Age February 7th at 7:30pm

The Matrix: Conscious Connection February 8th at 7:30pm

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newsbriefs Transform Your Inner Healer with Nia

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his February, BODY of Santa Fe will launch Nia School, an ongoing module-based training program that encompasses the Nia Technique White Belt Trainings, special workshops, mentoring and practice teaching opportunities, all designed to build the Nia community at BODY and within Santa Fe. Led by the 2013 Nia Technique International Teacher of the Year, Kelle Rae Oien, the first Nia School offering will be the White Belt Training, February 20-23 and March 1-3. This training is designed to offer both long-time Nia lovers and those brand new to the practice an opportunity to deepen their body awareness, harness self-love and, if so desired, begin a career as a Nia teacher. Oien, a Nia Black Belt and world-renowned Nia Technique Faculty Trainer and Educator, currently teaches daily Nia classes at BODY. “I love sharing my integrative perspective of the body and teaching new ways of creating systemic health and wellness by synthesizing anatomy, movement, somatics and therapeutics,” she says. Nia blends dance arts, martial arts and healing arts with a whole-body approach that emphasizes feeling good over simply looking good. The practice pumps up the heart, sparks the spirit, lubricates the joints, motivates the mind, releases tension, improves balance and tones muscles through expressive movement and mindful awareness. Nia is accessible to all and moves are designed to be adaptable by students according to their own intuition. Oien also describes the practice of Nia as a way to “transform the healer within.” Location: 333 Cordova Rd. Santa Fe, NM. For more information, call 505-986-0362 or visit BodyOfSantaFe.com.

Thai Vegan Restaurant Opens in Santa Fe

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hai Vegan has come to Santa Fe after establishing itself at two locations in Albuquerque. This crown jewel is the gift of chef and owner Phairat “Pat” Phomnoi. A former Thai Buddhist monk, Pat started learning the art of Thai Vegan cooking at age 10 when his mother sent him to a local Buddhist temple. “The master I studied with was the monk in charge of vegan meals,” recalls Pat. “It was not unusual for us to cook meals for 300 to 350 people.” Pat left the monastery four years ago on a mission to share his knowledge and artistry by providing healthy food after his own brother died prematurely from what he considers an unhealthy animal-based diet. His motto for Thai Vegan is Healthy First. Vegans and non-vegans alike will delight in the restaurant’s mastery of spices and flavor. Thai Vegan is gluten-free, MSG-free, non-GMO and 80 percent organic. Check the calendar section in upcoming months for Pat’s free cooking classes. Location: 1710 Cerrillos Rd., Santa Fe. Open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 5 to 9 p.m. Call 505-954-1780 or visit ThaiVeganNM.com. See ad page 14.

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Early Warnings of Heart Troubles Differ for Women

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omen may worry more about breast cancer, but in reality, heart disease is the top killer of American women, claiming 300,000 lives a year, 7.5 times the number that die of breast cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although heart disease is more often perceived as a men’s issue, since 1984 more women have died of heart disease

than men. Part of the reason may be that women’s heart attacks can differ from men’s and the American Heart Association (AHA) warns that women often fail to recognize the symptoms, ranging from torso aches and pains and nausea to anxiety, shortness of breath, dizziness and extreme fatigue. They may experience subtle symptoms for months and write them off as byproducts of menopause, heartburn or effects of aging. The National Institutes of Health states that 43 percent of women that have heart attacks experience no chest pain. The difference between the more subtle signs of a heart attack in women and the more dramatic signs in men may help explain why 75 percent of men, prompted to act quickly, survive a first heart attack, while only 62 percent of women do, according to the AHA. “Research shows that women may not be diagnosed or treated as aggressively as men,” notes the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

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ccording to the American Journal of Health (2003), Hawthorne berries prove helpful in supporting aging vascular systems, which can lose elasticity and become increasingly rigid due to lack of copper in the diet. Hawthorne berries work to tone the heart muscle and relax vasculature tissues, according to most sources of herbal information. This two-phased effect is generally noticeable within the first week of taking Hawthorne berries. Whole berries are preferred to tinctures or extracts that fracture or leave out essential nutrition components that work best in combination. Hawthorne berries have even been associated with the correction of some arrhythmias, easing of congestive heart-failure symptoms and improvement in the condition of the interior walls of blood vessels. Primary source: Steve Frank, founder and managing partner, Nature’s Rite LLC. For more information, email SteveF@NaturesRiteRemedies.com or visit MyNaturesRite. com/blog. See ad, page 19. Resources: American Journal of Medicine (2003); American Journal of Health (2003); HerbalWisdom.com. natural awakenings

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healthbriefs February Yoga, Health and Meditation Tips Clearing the Gallbladder By Kirn and Dr. Guruchander

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ust as there are 12 astrological signs of the zodiac, our bodies have 12 main energy circuits, or meridians, each of which is influenced by one of those astrological signs. Each month one of the meridians is triggered to clear and heal the related organs and systems. This month the sign of Aquarius triggers the healing and cleansing of the gallbladder meridian. Imbalances of the gallbladder meridian flow are:

from the hip to the little toe To clear the gallbladder meridian: • Drink a glass of fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice or warm lemon water before breakfast every day • Avoid heavy, fatty or oily meals • Eat beets and lots of greens • Eat homemade yogurt (strengthens gallbladder) • Avoid eating sweets • Lose excess weight Here is this month’s recommended practice to clear the gallbladder meridian and activate, heal and balance the third chakra. Stretch Pose

• Headache on one side of the head • Nausea/indigestion
 • Pain in either shoulder blade/front of shoulder in anterior deltoid • Pain down the outside of either leg

One posture unique to Kundalini Yoga and used frequently is Stretch Pose. Although it can be challenging, when done correctly it has a tremendous effect on the entire body. Stretch Pose activates the third chakra. By working on the navel point, stretch pose resets the entire nervous system and strengthens the abdominal area.

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In conjunction with Breath of Fire, it is calming, rejuvenating and purifies the blood. By working on the third chakra, it boosts resolve and self-esteem. • Lie on your back. • Raise your head and heels six inches off the ground. • Focus the eyes on the toes and stretch the toes so they point away from you. • Place your arms either above your thighs with the palms facing down but not touching the legs, or alongside your legs with the palms facing your body but not touching. • Begin Breath of Fire by pumping the navel point in and out while breathing rapidly through the nose. On the inhalation, the navel point is extended. On the exhalation, the navel is pulled in toward the spine. • Continue for 1 to 3 minutes and work up to 11 minutes. Kirn and Dr. Guruchander are the founders of Purest Potential which operates Yoga Santa Fe and the GRD Health Clinic. For more information, call 505-982-6369 or visit MyPurePotential.net. See ad page 4.

Small Retailers Gaining Force While online mega-shopping malls have decimated many types of small businesses around the country, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies notes that independent bookstores are doing surprisingly well. For the last four years, their number and total sales have grown, despite the recent recession. In 2009, citizens patronized 1,651 independent bookstores in the United States; today their number exceeds 1,900. In addition, local coffee shops have grown faster than the largest chain’s storefronts. Bakers and specialty food purveyors, independent pharmacies and pet, fabric and stationery stores are growing, too. One reason for the good news is the “buy local” ethic promoted by groups such as the American Independent Business Alliance. Last year, sales at independent businesses in cities benefitting from these campaigns grew 8.6 percent; those without them still increased 3.4 percent. Independents are winning customer loyalty in part by hosting and sponsoring events that enrich the community. The public is realizing that buying local supports area families, keeps more dollars circulating locally and strengthens a healthy sense of community that benefits everyone. Source: YesMagazine.org NaturalAwakeningsNNM.com


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Belinda Mori, FNP-BC

elinda Mori is a board-certified family nurse practitioner and the owner of Aesthetic Boutique Medspa. She graduated from Western University of Health Sciences in 2004 and has trained with world-renowned plastic surgeons and dermatologists all over the world to keep up with the “leading edge” aesthetic techniques and procedures. Mori is also an active member of the Nursing Dermatology Association, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, the Aesthetic Association and The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She specializes in injectable fillers and laser resurfacing. Mori’s aesthetic expertise includes Botox, Radiesse, Juvederm, Artefill, Restylane, and Pearlane. She is highly trained in facial resurfacing and has treated hundreds of people with the Fraxel, CO2 and other urbium lasers. Her in-depth knowledge in aesthetic medicine enables her to achieve excellent results with realistic expectations. Mori upholds the highest standards for safety and has an amazing aesthetic eye. She is also bilingual and a Native New Mexican who specializes in people of color. See ad pg 21.

Aesthetic Boutique Medspa, LLC 505- 401-5395 4263 Montgomery NE, Albuquerque AestheticBoutiqueMedspa.com

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Talking with Barbara Lane about your Soul’s Passage through Time

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By Bill Tinsley painful relationship ends. For one person the pain turns to anger leads to another painful relationship. For the other person, there is focus on learning and an ideal to work toward. Being thankful for lessons learned can lead to a partner, a relationship and a home that are a little bit of heaven. We grow to heaven and happiness through the ideals we set and the lessons we learn. Barbara Lane, PhD, is a clinical hypnotherapist in private practice trained by some of the foremost regression therapists. Dr. Lane has been interviewed on numerous TV and radio shows nationwide. Her work has been featured on Sightings and in newspapers such as the Washington Post. She has authored three books, numerous self-help workbooks and CDs.

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Bill: How is the subconscious mind related to reincarnation and how can it change your life? Barbara: Your subconscious mind holds the memories of your soul’s history through time. This includes the talents and wisdom you’ve learned as well as “soul bruises� that can manifest in your current life as repeat patterns. One of the most effective ways of resolving these ingrained patterns or “imprints� is to address it at its root cause—which could be a past life. Once you have resolved it there, the positive change is often manifested in your current life.

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Like planting a seed in soil that grows into nothing of our making, the divine does the work as we allow it to work through us. As we come to consistently use the Ho’oponopono mantra, we may elect to select a special word as a substitute for the whole mantra to use as a touchstone, so that when we say or think this word, we are immediately clear and clean of all the pain associated with any erroneous memory data presented. Our heart is healed and family or friends will return to relationships with a lighter heart. We do not need to understand how it works, only that it does.

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o’oponopono is an ancient Hawaiian huna, a secret to facilitating forgiveness within; or simply, the art of forgiveness. Four healing phrases are employed in a harmonic mantra to help “make things right” or “correct the errors”. It works to cleanse hurt feelings and relieve suffering from being in an unforgiving or unforgiven state. According to the Babylon online dictionary, Ho’oponopono is used to release problems and blocks that cause imbalance, unease and stress in the self; bring peace and balance through physical, mental and spiritual cleansing that involves repentance and transmutation; and create balance, freedom, love, peace and wisdom within individuals, social entities, the world and the universe. Ho’oponopono Forgiveness Mantra I am sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you.

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I am sorry for participating in this erroneous memory data. Please forgive me for not seeing the perfection in this moment, and playing back a universal memory I have received within me that is riddled with wrongs and errors. Thank you for cleansing me, others, the world and the universe. I love you. Loving the sweet divine is the greatest power or energy there is in all space. I am now loving everyone involved and affected. I know that my perceptions of them are within me, The 2nd Annual

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CYCLES OF SPIN Returning to its Heart-Healthy Origins by Janet Osen

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ike many newly minted sports, “Spin” has at its center a nearmythical figure: its creator, Jonathan Goldstein—better known as Johnny G—by most accounts a unique eccentric with an unheralded passion for cycling. In 1987, while training for the renowned The Race Across America bike event, a mega-marathon 3,100-mile race from Los Angeles to New York, Goldstein was struck by a car and nearly killed. It produced an epiphany: Building an indoor bike simulating the outdoor experience would create a novel workout that would incorporate cardio training and emphasize a mind-body connection. With the formation of Mad Dogg Athletics in 1994, the Spinning craze began rolling. Rolling Stone magazine named it the newest hot exercise and by 1996 there were 1,000-plus Spinning centers in 30 countries.

True to Form

Conceived as a form of cardio biofeedback, the activity keyed on training the heart muscle aerobically using a heart monitor. The original goal was to provide an “aerobic base” by working at 65 to 80 percent of one’s maximum heart rate, making the heart a more effective pump and increasing oxygen levels throughout the body. The Spin program follows the principle that participants will train aerobically for six to 12 weeks prior to a “Race Day”—a special ride performed

at a steady anaerobic threshold generally at 85 to 95 percent of maximum heart rate. Anaerobic threshold, or AT, is the point at which the body accumulates lactic acid in the muscles faster that it can be removed. “Aerobic base building creates a strong foundation for increasing one’s lactate threshold,” explains Lorey Pro, a master Spin instructor and assistant director of fitness and wellness at Louisiana State University. “Riders can increase their tolerance for anaerobic exercise.” “The metabolism’s foundation is strengthened by aerobic base building. Without it, the body will fall apart if the athlete moves right into anaerobic threshold training,” explains Shannon Derby, a master Spin instructor and certified group fitness and personal trainer at Mountain’s Edge Fitness Center, in Boulder, Colorado. In contrast to indoor cycling, Spin requires that exertion rates be correlated to levels based on maximum heart rates, and revolutions per minute (RPMs) or pedal strokes be kept at pre-specified levels. According to Pro, Spin should combine mind and body training by using a variety of heart rate zones to improve health, fitness and performance. Instructors take participants through a series of rides known as Energy Zones, each serving a specific purpose like endurance, strength or recovery. Terri Arends, a master Spin instructor and group fitness director at the Jewish Community Center of Dallas, Texas, attests that with-

out such rides, the aerobic foundation crumbles. She likes to put riders through “kicking Spin rides and moments of Zen that allow riders to let go and find their inner athlete.”

Lost in Translation

In today’s typical Spin class, no one wears a heart monitor. While some gyms and boutique facilities offer endurance or strength rides, most conduct only interval rides featuring top 40 music selections and a loose interpretation of the prescribed movements, positions and cadence rates. “Interval rides tend to get picked most,” observes Derby. “There are many different kinds and they are fairly easy to teach and well liked, even though that isn’t what the official Spinning program recommends.” Del Lugo, a Spin instructor and fitness professional in Suffern, New York, who works at the nearby Torne Valley Sports Complex and Lifeplex Health Club, says he rarely sees classic Spin done anymore. In Lugo’s world, Spin should be simply a “fun, safe experience with the instructor endeavoring to instill enthusiasm and encouragement.”

Moving Forward

One key indicator of whether a fitness activity is a trend and not a fad is the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) annual Fitness Trends survey. In 2012, Spin made ACSM’s top 20 list of fitness trends, citing it as “one of the most popular group exercise programs in the commercial sector.” Yet it fell off of ACSM’s list last year. Reviving the original training program may prove helpful in preventing potential Spin burnout. Workouts were originally designed to culminate each week in a meditative, low-impact recovery ride to allow for rest and recovery, which is pivotal to any successful fitness program. The key to Spin’s continuity may be in moving cycling back to its origins—re-educating participants about how best to use Spinning to maximize desired results for body, mind and spirit. Janet Osen is a freelance writer in Rockland County, NY. She is a certified Spin instructor currently working toward her 200-hour yoga teacher certification.

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Katherine Woodward Thomas on Drawing True Love Our Way by Debra Melani

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fter years of experiencing love going sour, Katherine Woodward Thomas set a goal: She would marry her soul mate within a year. Her quest inspired a surprising awakening that spurred her to look deep inside for the key that would unblock love. Thomas realized the transformation that enabled her success involved clear steps that could help anyone. Today, the licensed psychotherapist and relationship expert has guided thousands toward successful relationships via her national bestseller, Calling in “The One”: 7 Weeks to Attract the Love of Your Life, and subsequent books and seminars.

What catalyzed your Calling in “The One” professional journey? I was 41, a card-carrying member of one of America’s largest-growing groups—the never-marrieds. I had bought into the cultural belief that a woman my age had little chance of finding a great husband. I felt anxious and resigned, trying to come to terms with it, but sad inside. Fortunately, at the time, I was part of a small group supportive of each other’s intentions. So I set the outrageous intention that I would be engaged by my next birthday. I also recognized my longstanding pattern of attracting unavailable men who were engaged, married or alcoholics. A woman in the group said, “Katherine, I will hold that intention with you if you permit me to

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hold you accountable to be the woman you would need to be in order to fulfill it.” Her wake-up call turned my focus from running out to find love to going within to discover the barriers I had against it. Thus I began what became the Calling in “The One” process.

How does it differ from other approaches to finding love? Many approaches focus on the external reasons love is elusive, such as all the good men are taken, men don’t like powerful women or just not having met the right person. This approach focuses more on the internal reasons—going within to discover and release one’s own conscious and unconscious barriers. For most of us, a gap exists between how much we think we want love and how much we are actually open and ready to receive it. Until we bridge that gap, we will covertly keep love at bay, and won’t even realize we are doing it.

What are the most common hidden barriers to love? One hidden barrier is resentment. We only resent people to the extent that we’ve given our power away to them. Uncover your role in what happened. Even if it was 97 percent their fault and 3 percent yours, zero in on that 3 percent, because you’ll only be able to trust yourself to love again once you’ve taken that responsibility. If you still feel resentful, you have not yet evolved beyond the person you were before. NaturalAwakeningsNNM.com

Another centers on old agreements—the spoken and unspoken, agreements we make, usually in an emotional time—such as “I’m never going to let myself get hurt again” or “I’ll never love anyone the way I love you.” Such agreements live in our lives as intentions. They may no longer be conscious, yet still set our course. Another has to do with toxic relational dynamics. To find the best partnership, you need to be your best self. Maintaining a toxic dynamic drains personal power, making it hard to move forward in life. It’s vital to evolve out of this debilitating dynamic so you are in the center of your power everywhere in life. The fourth area, and probably the most important, revolves around the core beliefs you hold about both yourself and others. You might have a reasonably clear sense of yourself around money, career and friendship, but your core love identity might cause you to believe yourself unworthy of a quality partner. Identifying and challenging these beliefs is critical in learning how to break free from them, helping to raise your value in your own eyes and thus in others.

You believe the best way to find a needle in a haystack is to become magnetic and allow that needle to find you. How does one become magnetic to love? Being centered in the truth of your own value and the real possibilities you hold for true love is wildly attractive. Love yearns to embrace us, but can’t come to us if it can’t come through us. When we shift into this place of possibility, we can become profoundly magnetic to love. Learn more at CallingInTheOne.net, ConsciousUncoupling.com or KatherineWoodwardThomas.com. Explore the qualities possible in an enlightened mate at NaturalAwakenings Singles.com. Freelance journalist Debra Melani is from Lyons, CO. Connect at DebraMelani.com.


RETHINKING HEART HEALTH Pioneering Doctors and Patients Reinvent Cardio Care by Linda Sechrist

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n 1977, Dr. Dean Ornish began to think beyond an allopathic medicine paradigm that defined the reversal of cardiovascular disease, including coronary heart disease (CHD) and the hypertensive diseases such as heart failure and stroke, as physiologically implausible. Undaunted by the challenge of funding his research, he pushed forward. Results of his foundational 1986 to 1992 Lifestyle Heart Trial, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, proved that individuals with preexisting coronary atherosclerosis that make intensive, integrated lifestyle changes can begin to experience improvements in their condition after as little as one year without using lipid-lowering drugs. Based on his 30-plus years of clinical research, Ornish and his colleagues further showed that five years of following proper nutrition, fitness and stress

management—which must include love and support—can reduce symptoms of CHD and other chronic conditions. He remarks in Love & Survival: 8 Pathways to Intimacy and Health that despite numerous studies showing a medical basis for its occurrence, the reason why CHD is reversible is still the subject of debate. Ornish’s work has paved the way for a growing corps of pioneering integrative physicians successfully collaborating with patients to reduce the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.

Plaque the Culprit

The cause of cardiovascular disease is arterial plaque, a fine layer of fatty material that forms within the arteries and blocks blood flow. It is largely the result of food and activity choices, plus the degree of inflammation in the arteries. Dr. Steven Masley’s three keys

to improving heart health highlighted in his book, The 30-Day Heart Tune-Up, and an upcoming PBS special, concern lifestyle factors capable of shrinking plaque, improving circulation and strengthening the heartbeat. “Abnormal plaque growth is preventable 90 percent of the time,” states the president of Masley Optimal Health Center, in St. Petersburg, Florida. While conducting research on the heart health of nearly 1,000 patients over a period of 20 years, Masley suspected that the traditional assessment approach of measuring cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure didn’t effectively address the biochemistry within arteries. Testing intima-media thickness (IMT) using a simple 10-minute external ultrasound confirmed it. The test bounces high-frequency sound waves to measure the thickness of the carotid arteries’ innermost two layers on either side of the neck. “This valuable tool allows for an estimate of arterial age. A healthy, young cardiovascular system has less plaque and an unhealthy, old one has more,” advises Masley. IMT, a useful tool for preventing future heart attacks and strokes, differs from standard carotid Doppler ultrasound, which looks for artery obstructions suggesting surgery. A practitioner of functional medicine, Masley explains heart-related diagnoses differently than his allopathic counterparts. “Rather than diagnosing high blood pressure as hypertension, I categorize it as not enough exercise, not enough fruits and vegetables, high emotional stress and excessive body fat.” To optimize heart health, Masley employs a broad, holistic matrix of options that enhance the cardiovascular system—the interactions among diet, activity level, weight, environmental toxins, hormones, stress and biochemical factors such as blood sugar control and inflammation levels. He prescribes heart-healing foods that simultaneously help to manage the aging process, following a customized, heart-friendly supplement plan; engaging in exercise that strengthens the heart and arteries; and learning how to better manage stress. He contends that cardiovascular

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Love and intimacy are at the root of what makes us sick and what makes us well, what causes sadness and what brings happiness, what makes us suffer and what leads to healing. ~ Dr. Dean Ornish, Love & Survival events remain the top cause of death because individuals are largely unaware of treatment options before they get into trouble. More, “Most people falsely assume that their condition has been fixed with a medical procedure and/or drugs, and that a lifestyle change isn’t necessary.”

Cholesterol’s Bad Rap

Dr. Stephen Sinatra, an integrative cardiologist, anti-aging specialist and bioenergetics psychotherapist in Manchester, Connecticut, has also shifted his heart health paradigm. He now prescribes a combination of conventional medicine, food, supplements, mind/body strategies and natural healing methods. His book, Heartbreak and Heart Disease: A Mind/Body Prescription for Healing the Heart, relates many inspiring case histories that address the psycho-emotional component of heart health and illustrate how to repair and reopen a broken heart by releasing long-repressed emotions. Following two years of Gestalt psychotherapy training and seven years of bioenergetics training, Sinatra likewise realized that heartbreak was one of the major causes of heart disease. An expert in the field of natural cardiology, he had once believed that cholesterol and fat were the primary causes before 40 years of treatment research taught him otherwise. “Cholesterol is not the reason for heart disease,” advises Sinatra, founder of HeartMDInstitute.com and author of The Great Cholesterol Myth. “The body produces and needs cholesterol to convert sunlight to vitamin D, to make sex hormones, vital semipermeable membranes for the body’s trillions of cells, plus bile salts for digestion. Even your brain makes and uses cholesterol to build connections between the neurons that facilitate learning and memory.”

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Real Perpetrators

Sinatra names the real perpetrators of heart disease—stress, inflammation and overeating sugar and processed foods containing saturated fat. He counsels that the heart benefits less from a lowfat, high-carbohydrate diet than one low in carbohydrates and higher in healthy fats, overturning widespread medical mantras. Also, a high-fructose, high-grain carbohydrate diet raises triglycerides, increases the risk of metabolic syndrome and contributes to insulin resistance, causing the liver to produce more cholesterol, as well as more inflammatory, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL) particles, all of which increase the risk for CHD, diabetes and stroke. The American Heart Association (AHA) estimates that metabolic syndrome, which affects nearly 35 percent of American adults, may overtake smoking as the leading risk factor for CHD. The AHA currently is focused on increasing awareness that heart disease is the number one killer of women. Its Go Red for Women campaign emphasizes the vital need to take preventive basic actions, including adopting an exercise routine, healthier diet and doctor visits for appropriate non-invasive tests.

Essential Spirit

Dr. James Forleo, a chiropractor in Durango, Colorado, with 30-plus years of clinical experience, maintains that health is simple, disease is complicated (also the title of his book). He counsels patients, “If mental stress is present in your life, you owe it to your cardiovascular system to change to a healthier lifestyle. Your life may depend on it.” Forleo has recognized that an individual’s state of mind can be a big help or hindrance in maintaining a healthy heart. “The heart represents a different realm of experience entirely, one NaturalAwakeningsNNM.com

that cannot be explained by logic and reason,” comments Forleo. He champions the link between maintaining normal spinal function and healthy heart function, along with supporting the inner presence of Spirit, which he calls the healthy heart’s ultimate elixir. “Its essence relaxes the heart, opens the mind to possibilities greater than itself and provides the perspective that the heart and the mind are complementary,” he observes. He explains that when our emotions get bottled up, something in our heart or circulation has to give. “If you or someone you know experiences heart problems, chances are that unresolved emotions lie directly below the surface,” he says. “There are exceptions, and genetic problems can explain many heart defects, but heart problems don’t usually show up unless emotions are involved.” Forleo’s concept is supported by the work of Rollin McCraty, Ph.D., executive vice president and director of research at California’s Institute of HeartMath. His research papers include The Energetic Heart: Bioelectromagnetic Interactions Within and Between People. “Today, evidence suggests that the heart may play a particularly important role in emotional experience. Research in the relatively new discipline of neurocardiology has confirmed that the heart is a sensory organ and acts as a sophisticated information encoding and processing center that learns, remembers and makes independent functional decisions that don’t involve the cerebral cortex,” advises McCraty.

To Happy Hearts

Pioneering integrative medical doctors Masley, Sinatra, Forleo and Mona Lisa Schultz, who also holds a Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience, agree that in matters of heart disease, emotions take center stage. Schultz, who recently co-authored All is Well: Heal Your Body with Medicine, Affirmations and Intuition, with Louise L. Hay, a leading founder of the self-help movement, applies her 25 years of experience as a medical intuitive with the best of Western clinical science, brain research and energy medicine. Shultz observes, “Every illness has


an emotional component, which tells us intuitively that something or someone in our life or environment is out of balance and needs to be addressed. Our use of language—such as frustration makes our heart race, anger boils our blood—and our common sense are telling us what we don’t need more studies to confirm. If we can’t deal with our anger in a timely fashion, name our feelings, respond effectively and release them, we increase our chance of illness, ranging from hypertension to cardiovascular events.” According to the American Journal of Cardiology, the U.S. spends 10 percent of all healthcare dollars for cardiovascular disease prevention and medical management versus 90 percent on medical treatment procedures and hospital care. For individuals interested in taking charge of their heart health, working with a physician that embraces the emerging paradigm of integrative lifestyle changes and prevention can be a drug-free, lifesaving decision. Linda Sechrist is the senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAboutWe.com for full interviews.

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r. Roy Heilbron, MD, star of the hit documentary film on chelation, Unleaded, original researcher of The South Beach Diet and author of three books Healing Heart Disease with Chelation Therapy, The 30 Day High Blood Pressure Cure, The New, Revised 30 Day Diabetes Cure, has discovered a program so amazing that the father of Holistic Medicine, Dr. Norm Shealy, MD, has called it “the most advanced program in the world.” The program, called the Jump Start Program, can help those with high blood pressure, poor circulation, high cholesterol, chest pains, arrhythmias

and leaky valves. “This new, FDA-approved treatment reverses heart disease, prevents strokes, prevents heart attacks and prevents surgeries,” says Dr. Heilbron. “A thirty-one million dollar study just completed by the National Institutes of Health and published by the American Medical Association shows without a doubt the amazing power of chelation therapy.” The Jump Start Program combines chelation therapy, EWOT (Exercise with Oxygen Therapy) Extreme 02, Heartmath, EECP (Enhanced Extracorporeal Counterpulsation), FIR (Far InfraRed) Sauna, crystal healing bed, massage,

I.V. Chelation: A mix of EDTA (a powerful antitoxin), high dose vitamin C (7,000 mg), thiamine, B-12, heparin, magnesium and bicarbonate (to reverse acidity). EWOT: Exercise with oxygen therapy for 15 minutes. Tissue oxygenation is the key to healing. It enables a person to exercise without feeling tired. HeartMath: A computer-based biofeedback system to reduce adrenaline release and rebalance the autonomic nervous system. EECP: Enhanced Extracorporeal Counter Pulsation. This FDA-approved machine gently squeezes the legs creating healing of the arteries and oxygenation of the body, flushing of the liver, and oxygenating the brain in a unique way. BioCharger: The BioCharger device stimulates the body on a cellular level in order to increase health and well-being. FIR Sauna: Far infrared sauna for 15 minutes. Far infrared heat helps a person to secrete toxins much faster than a regular sauna.

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“For years I suffered from high blood pressure, high cholesterol and chest pains. Now I feel great.” – Bill Yes, amazing and true, chelation therapy “helps clear blocked arteries like Drano clears a clogged pipe.” – Anchorman Dwight Lauderdale, ABC News describing Dr. Heilbron’s work. and “Get To the Root” counseling to activate and increase your own body’s stem cells 800 percent, increase oxygenation 20 times, and increase circulation many times over. “Your blood pressure will return to normal. Your cholesterol will return to normal. Your heart failure will go away. Your circulation will return to normal. You will be able to get off your prescription medications. If you are serious about getting well, now is the time,” says Dr. Heilbron. Angelique Hart, MD, and Roy Heilbron, MD, have a clinic located at 1530 Bishops Lodge Rd., Santa Fe. For more information on the program, call 505-983-1293 or email Heilbron@ mac.com. Visit Youtube.com/user/ drroyheilbronmd?feature=watch.


Healing and the Body of Light A Mind-Heart Connection for the New Earth by Rev. AliceAnn Melchizedek

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emembering who you are before you were born is a key part of health and well-being, but it isn’t as hard as it seems. how does this promote good health and well-being? It augments the True nature of who you actually are and who you have always been before you ever came into physicality on this earth plane. The physical heart is influenced by the endocrine system which is directly under the governance of the Heart Chakra. The Heart Chakra is located etherically at the center of your chest at the very tip of your breast bone, where the thymus gland is located. This is the Seat of the Higher Self once it descends from your Monadic Star, which has been waiting for your request for its descension since the Great Fall. But now is the time when asking is the manifestation of the Higher Self, that Higher Mind, that Divine connection with Prime Source, what is often called the Universal Mind. The opening of the Heart Chakra is the gateway to full conscious awareness, full enlightenment if you choose. We live in a time where Cosmic Energies are affecting everything and everyone upon the planet. We are Divine Beings without a doubt. No longer human beings having a spiritual experience, nor are we Spiritual Beings having a human experience. We are now realizing that we are and always have been Spiritual Beings having a Spiritual experience. Once you understand that you are actually ‘Divine’ that you can never or have never been separated from your Divinity, everything in life becomes so much clearer, so much more sensible.

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CHOCOLATE AS HEALTH FOOD Boosting Diets and Heart Health by Judith Fertig

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esearch tells us that 14 out of any 10 individuals like chocolate,” quips cartoonist Sandra Boynton. American chocolate lovers buy 58 million-plus pounds around Valentine’s Day, according to Nielsen Research. Ideally, the dark treat would be as healthy as a salad or an apple. Fortunately, accumulating research is on the way to giving plant-based chocolate superfood status. All chocolate starts with cacao beans, seeds from the pods of the tropical cacao tree that thrives only in hot, rainy climates in Africa, Indonesia and South America. Local soil and climate conditions determine flavor characteristics, much as with grapes. Harvested beans are fermented to create the chocolate taste and then dried. Afterwards, chocolate makers add brand-specific ingredients to the cacao solids. “The percentage number on a bar’s wrapper represents the weight that actually comes from the cacao bean content,” says Robert L. Wolke, professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh and author of

What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained. “The higher the number, the lower the percentage of sugar and the less sweet, more bitter and complex the flavor.” This is significant because dark chocolate contains higher levels of antioxidants which can help reduce cell damage, according to the Integrative Medicine Department at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. Alex Whitmore, founder of Taza Chocolate, in Somerville, Massachusetts, recently had one of its bars lab tested for antioxidant levels, called ORAC, or oxygen radical absorption capacity; the higher the value, the more antioxidants. Taza Chocolate’s 80% Dark Bar had a 65 percent higher ORAC than Himalayan goji berries, famed for being a superfood. “This is very high for a chocolate bar,” notes Whitmore. Cocoa also serves as a superfood for cardiovascular and metabolic health, report two recent studies from separate teams of Harvard School of Public Health researchers. A 2012 meta-analysis of clinical trials published in the American Journal of Clini-

cal Nutrition concluded that consuming dark, unsweetened cocoa powder and dark chocolate can improve blood pressure, vascular dilation and cholesterol levels, plus reduce metabolic precursors like diabetes that can lead to heart disease. In 2011, Eric Ding, Ph.D., a Harvard School of Public Health epidemiologist and nutrition scientist, reviewed short-term trials of subjects ingesting 400 to 500 mg per day of flavonoid-rich cocoa, which he equates to 33 bars of milk chocolate or eight bars of dark chocolate. While Ding feels this is an unreasonable amount to eat because of the extra calories from sugar and fat, he states, “Supplements with concentrated cocoa flavonoids may perhaps be helpful for garnering the benefits discovered. The key is getting the benefits for heart disease while avoiding the calories, and for that, chocolate bars are not likely the best solution.” Another observational study published in Nutrition shows that eating dark chocolate might help keep the pounds off for teenagers. Researchers with the Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence program at the University of Zaragoza, in Spain, knew that chocolate consumption in adults already had been linked to lower body mass index. They found that chocolate consumption was also associated with lower total and midsection fat in European adolescents, reports Sayer Ji, founder of GreenMedInfo.com, a natural health research database. “The quality and cocoa content they used in their research is probably much higher than in America,” says Ji. “From my perspective, it appears that even when researchers don’t control for type, the results across the board are rather startling. Even American subjects, presumably eating common milk chocolate bars, see benefits.” So, this Valentine’s Day—and every day—we can happily relish that one-ounce piece of artisan dark chocolate melting slowly in our mouth and know we’re doing it for pleasure and for health. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd Lifestyle.blogspot.com from Overland Park, KS.

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ocal jewelry designer Diana Kirkpatrick recalls when she was first attracted to the art of jewelry making. “As I was growing up in the Washington, DC, area my family vacationed in the mountains nearby,” she says. “I was entranced by the crafts and jewelry I saw and I resolved to learn to create beautiful jewelry myself.” After completing a PhD in physical chemistry, Kirkpatrick learned everything she could about making jewelry: studying lapidary arts, silversmithing, and lost wax casting. “I also began working with twisted and wrapped wire in my jewelry designs,” she says. Her inspiration comes from textures and patterns in nature. “Although I sketch out most of my designs, fortuitous coincidences can often inspire a new approach that wasn’t considered at the start.” For custom pieces, Kirkpatrick works with each client to create a combination of design and materials that reflects their aura and personality. “Ultimately each piece becomes a comfortable art object they love to wear,” she says. Recently, Kirkpatrick has been studying repousse’ and chasing. “These timeless techniques are a terrific way to add depth to my designs,” she adds. For more details about her jewelry parties, and to view her work, visit DianaKirkpatrick.com.

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Creating an inspired and healthy home environment soothes the soul and recharges our proverbial batteries. Making healthful choices in the products we use and consume helps ensure we retain a healthy body and vibrant living in an era when we are inundated with disease-producing toxins in our homes, food, air and water. Applying simple solutions to slow down helps us maintain a calm mind amidst the frenetic pace of daily life. Periodically unplugging from the instant demands of technology is a good first step. Tuning into our life purpose and sharing it with others allows us to shine. We naturally radiate our inner light in ever-expanding ways.

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A study published by the International Academy for Design and Health shows that because our home influences us on many levels, the setting is continually either supporting or depleting its occupants. Consciously creating and sustaining a nurturing environment fortifies the roots from which family members evolve and grow. Experience shows us how improving our immediate surroundings, ranging from our wardrobe to household furnishings, helps to manifest positive internal transformations. The activity likewise reflects our inner landscape, allowing us to take a step back and observe how we are changing and hope to change. That’s why we periodically feel impelled to clear unsettling clutter from our private spaces. It’s an irritant that disrupts order and our sense of beauty; even when it’s stashed in drawers and closets, we still know it’s there. It competes for attention and distracts our focus. A recently relocated design client felt that her new house was beautiful, but didn’t feel like a home. The woman explained that when she was there, she was short-tempered with her kids, a sharp contrast to her usual demeanor. She yearned NaturalAwakeningsNNM.com


to love her home, enjoy her kids and live vibrantly. A key part of the solution was tackling the home’s mudroom entrance that was cluttered with the kids’ detritus, a condition that irritated her the minute she walked through the door. Many of the home products we buy contain disquieting, hidden elements. Understanding which ingredients are hazardous is imperative to maintaining a safe home environment. Key decisions range from the choice of carpets, couches and bedding to cleaning products, laundry solutions and air fresheners. Knowing the products we use are healthful enhances peace of mind. As one homeowner said, “I am so relieved to have a better understanding of what products I shouldn’t bring home. I was so scared before that I just ignored the idea that chemicals could be harmful.” Being informed and alert to the composition of the items we bring into our home—including food—is vital. More than 80,000 chemicals make up the ingredients in commonly available products that end up in the typical American home, and a large portion of them are toxic. Nearly 20 percent of the chemicals are not divulged, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA also reports that the average person holds more than 700 toxic chemicals in their body. We inhale myriad chemical byproducts that fill

the air both indoors and out, plus ingest numerous toxins in the foods and beverages we consume. Once absorbed, they remain in the body unless flushed out, throwing it out of balance and, as widespread research shows, causing a broad range of diseases. WebMD.com reports that the psychological impacts of feeling stressed, helpless and overwhelmed by the fear of lurking poisons can directly influence our physical health. Making informed choices can alleviate such feelings. It only requires taking a series of small and manageable, progressive steps to create our own style of a healthy and harmonious home life. On a spiritual level, we can rest assured that such caring for our inner temple and larger environment supports a greater good and fosters a deeper connection to life’s Source. We feel more physically, psychologically and spiritually vibrant. Our home becomes a vital wellspring that, cleaned and furnished with holistic awareness, continually refreshes us. Christa O’Leary is founder and CEO of Home in Harmony, Inc., combining expertise in marriage and family therapy, interior design and green living. Her book, Home in Harmony Lifestyle: Designing an Inspired Life, will be released in November. Connect at ChristaOLeary.com/FreeKit.

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ymptoms that suggest a dog or cat’s heart is not pumping effectively include coughing and fatigue from light exercise. Before the signs are evident, it is far better to check for heart disease during regular twice-yearly visits to the veterinarian. Using a stethoscope, a skilled doctor can pick up telltale heart murmurs during the examination. A fairly common problem with cats, heart disease tends to occur as cardiomyopathy, an issue with the heart muscle. In most dogs, where cardiomyopathy is rare, it usually involves damaged heart valves, resulting in “leaks” that allow blood to flow in both directions. Upon an initial diagnosis of heart disease, one of two mistakes in treatment routinely occur: Either a doctor prescribes strong cardiac medications to “prevent” heart failure from happening (even though no medication has been shown to prevent heart failure), or he takes a wait-and-see approach, only intervening when the disease progresses to irreversible heart failure. The better approach is to do further testing and evaluation at the first sign of a murmur, including chest Xrays, an electrocardiogram (EKG) and a cardiac ultrasound to classify the stage of the disease and determine if conventional medications can help. Follow-up visits every six months allow the doctor to identify the point at which heart disease has progressed toward impending heart failure. In general, pets with either a diseased or failing heart can benefit from supplements. Individual regimens vary, based on the nature of the patient’s case.

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), also known as ubiquinol or ubiquinone, is a naturally occurring antioxidant synthesized in most tissues in the body. The highest concentrations are in the heart, kidneys, liver and pancreas. In the diet, CoQ10 is found in foods such as organ meats, poultry, fish, meat, nuts, soybean oil, fruits, vegetables, eggs and dairy products.

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The Professional’s Handbook of Complementary & Alternative Medicines explains that CoQ10 is used in electron transport in mitochondria— small organelles inside cells that convert carbohydrates and fats into energy. It reports that studies in people with hypertension showed a reduction in systolic blood pressure through CoQ10 supplementation. Benefits of such therapy studied in people with a heart that has failed in its pumping ability showed increased improved heart function and proper dilation of the blood vessels for improved circulation. It is proving to be one of the best nutrients to help an ailing heart.

Fish oil contains beneficial docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) unsaturated omega-3 fatty acids. The principle metabolites derived from the metabolism of EPA and DHA tend to be anti-inflammatory. Contrariwise, omega-6 fatty acids, which are found in warm-weather vegetable oils, produce pro-inflammatory mediators. Because omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids compete with each other to be converted to active metabolites (pro-inflammatory and antiinflammatory) in the body, decreasing the intake of omega-6 fatty acids and/ or increasing dietary omega-3 fatty acid levels, available through fish oil, is generally considered beneficial. The differing numbers identifying omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids simply refer to where the carbon-carbon double bonds are positioned in the molecules. Supplementing with fish oil may also reduce the occurrence of atherosclerosis, thrombosis, coronary heart disease, arrhythmias, heart failure and sudden cardiac death by decreasing inflammation throughout the body, including in the heart.

The herb hawthorn is highly regarded for its suitability in the treatment of heart disease due to its flavonoid and other antioxidant content. It provides several beneficial effects for the heart—helping to maintain a normal heart rhythm with decreased risk of arrhythmias; bolstering the force of heart muscle contraction; increasing coronary blood flow; and decreasing the organ’s energy demands. It acts like angiotensin-1-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors such as the medicine Enalapril, used to help regulate blood pressure and reduce the workload of a failing heart. While other therapies can be used to help pet heart patients, these three are a sound starting point. In some cases, they may be suitable instead of medications that can cause side effects to the kidney and liver, or at least allow for smaller doses. Natural remedies provide a gentler alternative.


calendarofevents FRI, JAN 31 - SUN, FEB 2 Clean Economy Conference – 9am-5pm. Fri, Jan 31st - a full day workshop on Local Food Production with “Lunatic Farmer”, and keynote speaker Joel Salatin. Two days follow with plenary sessions on Wise Water use, Regenerative Agriculture, ZERO Waste, Organic Food, Soil Food Web, community gardens and urban farming. $99 per day. $275 for 3 days. Embassy Suites Hotel, 1000 Woodward Place NE, Albuquerque. 505-819-3828. www.carboneconomyseries.com.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31 Free Community Movie Night − 7-9pm. Bring friends and family and enjoy an inspiring and uplifting movie from the Spiritual Cinema Network. Popcorn provided. Free. Yoga Santa Fe, 1505 Llano St, at Pinon, Santa Fe. 505-982-6369. www. yogasantafe.com.

Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418. Gong Bath with Sui Ki Li − 4:30-6pm. Experience the sound of the Planetary Gongs and Tibetan Bowls to relieve stress and restore your body, mind and spirit to their natural harmony. $15. Santa Fe Soul Sun Room, 2905 Rodeo Park Drive E, Santa Fe. 505-474-8555. www.santafesoul.com. The Matrix: Conscious Connection − 7:309:30pm. Mother Clare will speak of the amazing reality of the universal field of being which includes everyone and everything created by God. Let your heart and mind open to the wonder of this spiritual truth and be changed. For cost & location call 505467-8336 or email Dolores@centersoflight

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S.T.A.R. Circles Global Book discussion groups – 10am EST at ninabrown33.com/community-star.

Service and Satsang - 9:30am. Followed by an exclusive satsang and brunch with Mother Clare at 10am. Ask all the questions you want and receive guidance on how to maximize your spiritual growth. Cost: By Donation. Santa Fe center of Light, 13 Via Plaza Nueva Santa Fe. 505.467.8336

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S.T.A.R. Circles Global Book discussion groups − 12pm EST at ninabrown33.com/community-star.

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An hour with the Ascended Masters: Guided Meditation – 7pm, Feb. 2, 9& 23. OakRose Academy of Light meditation in a teleconference format. Helpful for stabilizing spiritual energy during this high transitional time. Open to all. Free. For regular announcements of “An Hour with the Ascended Masters” please contact Rev. AliceAnn at Rev. AliceAnn@OakRose.net. Please be on call before 7pm. Call in number: 619-326-2772 AC: 7325118#.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5 Energy Therapy Training with Mastermind Live Call − 2-3:15p.m. Dr. Anne Merkel leads Physicians, Wellness Practitioners, Therapists & Coaches by phone. Monthly series with two live calls, notes, & recordings - $76. Register at: http://is.gd/PractitionerMastermind or call 1-877-262-2276.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7 Trauma and The Body with Bhanu Harrison − Learn how the “physiology of trauma” disrupts nervous system functioning and how bodywork and mind-body tools can restore regulation. 4 CE’s. $90. New Mexico School of Therapeutics, 202 Morningside Dr, SE, Albuquerque. 505-837-2100. nmsnt.org. Bringing in the New Age with Mother Clare − 7:30-9:30pm. Did you know “Apocalypse” means “the end of darkness and the birth of light”? What will be your contribution? Join Mother Clare Watts, Christian Master Teacher & Visionary, for an event that will inspire and teach how to prepare and become a dynamic contributor to this amazing time on earth. For cost & location call 505-467-8336 or email Dolores@centersoflight.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Spiritual Contracts, Agreements, and Energy Cords – 10am-12pm. Ever wonder why it is hard to leave behind a relationship that isn’t serving you or behaviors that don’t reflect your highest good? Explore different ways of staying unconsciously connected to the past. Energize the agreements that serve your highest purpose. $25. Center for Inner

TurtleWomyn Moon Lodge with Maria Yraceburu − 1-4 pm. TurtleWomyn’s Moon Lodge offers a sacred container to slow down and listen to the Sacred Mother earth. Through ritual and talking circle, we share the expressive ways of womyn, and nourish our souls. $25-35 sliding scale. Buena Vida Physical Therapy, Grand Ave, Las Vegas, NM. 505-414-1583. An hour with the ascended masters: Sunday Night Guided Meditation – 7pm MST. See listing Feb. 2.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11 S.T.A.R. Circles Global Book discussion groups – 4pm EST with Nina Brown, Ja-lene Clark and Kristy Sweetland. “S.T.A.R. Circle: I Am Worthy... Be the Love” broadcast, public, recorded. Register at: ninabrown33.com/community-star ReConnective Therapy Healing Group with Annette Cantor-Groenfeldt – 6-8pm. A self-healing group offering transformational healing, RCT and Alexander Technique. ReConnective Therapy Energy treatments nourishes you in a profound and gentle way.$35. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr, E, Santa Fe. 505-670 0474. www.annettesings. com. www.santafesoul.com. Breaking the Cycle: Releasing the Hold Carbs, Caffeine & Sugar have on Your Body and Psyche − 7-9 pm. Emilah Dawn DeToro, M.ED. CPC, and Kristin Rabai, DC. Increase vitality and creativity by breaking the cycle, move through the cravings with different food choices, and understanding what the body is trying to communicate through cravings. $30 prior/$40 door. The Source, 1111 Carlisle Blvd, SE, Albuquerque. 505-217-1720. www.emilah.com.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Autoimmune Coaching & Energy Therapy Support Call − 2-3:15 pm. Dr. Anne Merkel leads this monthly phone workshop using energy therapy & natural healing approaches to support the clearing of symptoms and causes of autoimmune condi-

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tions. Free. Notes & past recordings provided if you register at http://is.gd/autoimmunegroup or call 1-877-262-2276.

Center for Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe. Pre-register 505-920-4418. www. Centerforinnertruth.org.

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Emotional Freedom Techniques Tapping Training Level 1 − with Alina & Craig Weiner, EFT Universe Certified Trainer. “Tapping” has shown to be effective for anxiety, allergies, chronic pain, etc. Learn why health experts Deepak Chopra call EFT the greatest health discovery in the last 100 years. Level 2 training is Feb. 15-16th. Cost: Call 360- 661 6877. Santa Fe Soul Sun Room, 2905 Rodeo Park Drive E, Santa Fe. www.santafesoul.com. Telecourse: Cultivating Relationships with Your Higher Self, Guides & Angels – 6-7:15 pm. Meets 6 consecutive Thursdays. Join Intuitive Life Coach Emilah Dawn DeToro to explore how to dialog with and use the wisdom of your higher self, guides and angels to create a more satisfying, fulfilling life. Must pre-register to receive call-in number and PIN. Feb. 13th class free. $125 for 5 more classes. 505-217-1720. www.emilah.com.

Energy Therapy for Health & Wellness Practitioners: Live Training & Discussion Call − 2-3:15pm. Dr. Anne Merkel leads Physicians, Coaches, Therapists, and other Practitioners by phone. Monthly series with two live calls, notes, & recordings - $76. Register at http://arielagroup. com/tapshops or call 1-877-262-2276.

Earth Renewal Ceremony with Maria Yraceburu − 1-4pm. A ceremony facilitated by Native author and Tlish Diyan da’igoti. A day focused on creating positive relationship to the Earth and Ancestors by immersing people in a simple day spent in a sacred way. Donation. Potluck lunch following ceremony. Taa-naash-kaa-da Sanctuary, 119 Mira Sol Dr, Las Vegas, NM. 505-414-1583.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14 Dan Matthews Group Holy Divine Healing − Dan Mathews comes to New Mexico twice a year to facilitate Group Healings and individual transformational sessions. Participants experience profound physical and emotional healing as well as a more expanded awakening to their own unique special gifts. Santa Fe Soul Sun Room, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr, E, Santa Fe. 505-474-8555. www.santafesoul.com. Emotional Freedom Techniques Tapping Training Level 1 – See listing Feb. 13. Full Moon “The Courage to Love” Workshop – 6-8:15pm. Harness the illuminating power of the full moon to clear the physical heart meridian and activate a deep courage to heal the sacred heart. Includes Kundalini Yoga, meditation, experiential processes on relationship with self and others. $20 for couples, partners, loved ones, or a friend. Yoga Santa Fe, 1505 Llano St, at Pinon, Santa Fe. 505982-6369. www.mypurepotential.net.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16 An Evening with the Ascended Masters – 7-9pm. The Ascended Masters of Shamballa. Through their clear voice channel, the Ascended Masters will come to speak to you, give a brief discourse on current Ascension progress, lead a guided meditation, and respond to your questions. All Light workers welcome. Ltd. street parking. Donation: $22/door or via PayPal. Santa Fe. OakRose Academy, Rev. AliceAnn 505-660-5278 for directions. Teleconference call-in number: 619-326-2772, AC: 7325118. Awakenings with Selenite & Sound with Nikki LeMarbre − 7-9pm. This unique vibration raising event incorporates several avenues for your releasing of blockages and sets a wonderful stage for your access of deeper levels of awakening to peace, love, wisdom, and abundance. $44. Santa Fe Soul Sun Room, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr, E, Santa Fe. 505-4748555. www.santafesoul.com.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17 Relationship Healing Clinic − 6:30-7:30pm. Receive a special healing on your relationship space. Increase your ability for love and conscious relating. These healings are given from a unique and high vibration from a line of healers. $10/ 15 minute healing/reading. Clinics are by appointment.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Joe Robinos’ 2 Courses in One Weekend − 9am5pm. Interactive Self- Esteem and Conversations for Success Course #1. Discover the negative consequences of low self-esteem and how breaking free from its downward spiral can catapult you to your next big expansion in life. Santa Fe Soul Sun Room, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr, E, Santa505-474-8555. www.santafesoul.com. Conscious Movie Night: Gas Land 11 − 7:30pm. Gas Land 11 is about the effects of fracking on our environment. Free. Center of Light Santa Fe, 13 Via Plaza Nueva, Santa Fe. 505-467-8336. 

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 22 Joe Robinos’ 2 Courses in One Weekend − 9am5pm. Course #2: Feb. 22-23; Conversations for Success. An important course for those who are sabotaging their success and can’t seem to move forward in their life or business. This course helps you to reinvent your life and create a blue print for your success. Santa Fe Soul Sun Room, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr, E, Santa505-474-8555. www.santafesoul.com. The Ultimate Truth: Body Wisdom Two Day Workshop with Gypsy Healer, Lynda Yraceburu − 10am-5pm. Sat. & Sun, Feb22 & 23.This 2-day workshop is highly interactive. Participants will experience the Stress Release Kata of Vas Pesh (Gypsy Hand Walking). Participants will also be given opportunity to practice components of Tlish Diyan Kyong (chakra) clearing under the supervision and guidance of the teacher. $125 includes lunch. Taa-naash-kaa-da Sanctuary, 119 Mira Sol Dr, Las Vegas, NM. 505-414-1583. Intro to Self-Healing: Psychic Tools and Spiritual Awareness – 10am-12pm. Practice a grounded meditation technique utilizing spiritual tools and visualization. Read and heal energy as you quiet and focus the mind, shift your emotional states and thoughts by releasing blocked energy, experience inner peace. $140. Register in advance for $20 savings. Starts February 22, four Saturdays. Center for Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe. Pre-register 505-920-4418. www.Centerforinnertruth.org. S.T.A.R. Circles Global Book discussion groups – 12pm EST at ninabrown33.com/community-star.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23 Joe Robinos’ 2 Courses in One Weekend − 9am5pm. See listing Feb. 22. An hour with the ascended masters: Sunday Night Guided Meditation – 7pm MST. See listing Feb. 2.

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SAT, MAR 1 & SUN, MAR 2 Carlos Castaneda’s Tensegrity Workshop − Beginners Intro., Sat, 9:30-10:15am. Workshop, Sat., 10:30am-10pm & Sun., 10am-5pm. Open to newcomers and seasoned practitioners and will be guided by Renata Murez, student of Carlos Castaneda, Florinda Donner-Grau, Taisha Abelar & Carol Tiggs. A special preparatory assignment will be given upon registration. Please sign up early giving you plenty of time to complete. $325. Contact Llewellyn, 505- 820-1528, sftg@bmi.net or cleargreen@cleargreen.com.

MON, MAR 3 & TUES, MAR 4 Carlos Castaneda Tour to Chaco Canyon − Mon., Full Day- 10pm, Tues., Full Day- 5:30 pm. Workshop & 1-Day Tour (Monday to Chaco) $410. Workshop & 2-Day Tour (Monday to Chaco and Tuesday to Bandelier) $485. Contact Llewellyn, 505- 820-1528. sftg@bmi.net or cleargreen@ cleargreen.com.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 12, 19, 26 The Super Supported Spring Cleanse − 7-9pm. Emilah Dawn DeToro, M.E.D. CPC, and Kristin Rabai, DC. Feeling unmotivated, tired or stuck? Spring is a perfect time to lighten the toxic load of the body and increase your energy. This month-long journey starts with reducing toxins in your food and environment, culminates with in a 3-5 day liquid fast, and finishes with a new, lighter you. $300. The Source, 1111 Carlisle Blvd, SE, Albuquerque. 505-217-1720.

SUN, MAR 7 - TUES, MAR 9 Wave Energy Evolution Workshop: Change Your Reality with The Infinity Wave − Santa Fe Soul will host internationally known Hope Fitzgerald. Join her to learn the Infinity Wave, a channeled, higher dimension energetic that will help you to create the reality you desire. Santa Fe Soul Sun Room, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr, E, Santa Fe. 505-474-8555. www.santafesoul.com.

SAT, MAR 8 - SAT, APR 19 Wise Women’s Group − 6 sessions of 3 Gestalt Coaching Groups and All Day Equine Retreat. Small Gestalt coaching group to assist in creating effective ways to let go of stress, anxiety, past trauma, and lead a life of meaning and purpose. All Day Equine Retreat will follow your group coaching experience. $297. Healing through Horses, 21074A Hwy #84, Abiquiu, NM. 505-685-0596. Judy@healingthroughhorses.com.

SUNDAY, MARCH 9 Women’s Empowerment Circle − 2-4:30pm. In celebration of International Women’s Day, come together in a powerful gathering of wise women.


Sisters sharing an afternoon to experience the depth, vision, and limitlessness of the divine feminine within. Afternoon will consist of kundalini yoga, meditation, deep breath work, group sharing and processing and sound healing. $20. Yoga Santa Fe, 1505 Llano St, at Pinon, Santa Fe. 505-982-6369. www.yogasantafe.com. TURTLEWOMYN Moon Lodge with Maria Yraceburu – 1-4pm. TurtleWomyn’s Moon Lodge offers a sacred container to slow down and listen to the Sacred Mother earth. Through ritual and talking circle, we share the expressive ways of womyn, and nourish our souls. $25-$35 sliding scale. Buena Vida Physical Therapy, Grand Ave, Las Vegas, NM. 505-414-1583.

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sunday Sadhana Yoga, Meditation and Chanting – 5-7:30am. The Morning Aquarian Sadhana is practiced by Kundalini Yoga communities across the world. Includes reciting Japji, kundalini yoga set and chanting. Free. Yoga Santa Fe, 1505 Llano St, at Pinon, Santa Fe. 505-982-6369. www.yogasantafe.com. Spiritual Happy Hour − 10-11am. Reestablish your spiritual sanctuary within, release any unwanted energies, gain spiritual understanding and wisdom from your life’s experiences. Guided meditation, song, healing, and potluck. Free. 2nd & 4th Sunday of the month. Center For Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418.

wednesday Sadhana Yoga, Meditation and Chanting – 5-7:30am. The Morning Aquarian Sadhana is practiced by Kundalini Yoga communities across the world. Sadhana in a group amplifies the impact of the meditation. Includes reciting Japji, kundalini yoga set and chanting. Free. Yoga Santa Fe, 1505 Llano St, at Pinon, Santa Fe. 505-982-6369. www. yogasantafe.com. Free Energy Healing Clinic − 5:30-6:30pm. 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. 15 minute non-touch energy clearing on whatever you’re working on. Release tension, energetic blocks, relax in a meditative environment, get a next step on your journey. Free. Center For Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418.

thursday Intuitive Healing Sessions – By appointment with Chantal Fidanza. Access your intuition, remove energetic blocks, and create greater wellbeing in every area of your life. Santa Fe. 505-438-1074.

friday Intuition Training Sessions – By appointment with Chantal Fidanza. Become more intuitive, identify your own unique intuitive style, learn to discern and trust the voice of your higher self. Santa Fe. 505-438-1074.

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ebruary begins as Venus, the Goddess of Love stations direct on January 31st. While Venus was retrograde in January it presented us with the time to reflect, re-evaluate, and reconsider the nature and status of all that we make relationship with. Certainly significant people in our lives, but also ways in which we make our living and the ways we nurture our inner essence and higher calling. As Venus is in the sign of Capricorn and currently in a conjunction with Pluto, the planet of transformation in Capricorn, unconscious, unsatisfying patterns of behavior that don’t serve us come up for healing and release. There is also the need to stand in our integrity and inner authority determining who and what we can commit to. Now, as Venus has begun to move forward it signals us to make decisions based on realizations found in the retrograde phase. Taking time, with thoughtfulness and our newly gained insights, allows fresh and meaningful patterns to unfold naturally for the highest outcome for all. Adding planetary influence is Jupiter retrograde in the sign of Cancer opposite the Venus Pluto conjunction. This opposition creates tension and awareness for needed balance that supports both big dreams, and commitment to our higher purpose. Jupiter asks us to stretch further into life, and now retrograde, to engage with intuition, and reflect upon new avenues of growth and happiness that can begin to unfold when Jupiter goes direct. During this process, allow feelings to surface while opening to the endless possibilities that life has to offer. As Jupiter continues to retrograde, it moves away from Pluto, and their opposition eases up after February 8th. However on February 15th, Jupiter

will move into a square with Uranus, the planet of individuality in the sign of Aries that peaks on February 26th. This square can present changes, and or sudden opportunities for growth that might be unexpected or startling. The challenge lies in determining what opportunities are truly authentic and supporting. Difficult decisions are possible. On February 6th Mercury, the planet of communication stations retrograde creating confusion and frustration with information flow, intentions, plans and communication. In the water sign of Pisces, it may feel difficult to see all facts clearly. Take time to review and understand all details of any important document or situation. Mercury retrograde calls for reflection and re-evaluation. If possible, wait until February 28th when Mercury stations direct before making any solid commitments or signing binding contracts. During February, we have just the Full Moon in the sign of Leo and it is special as it lands on February 14th, Valentine’s Day. The Full Moon is a time of high emotion and a good time to complete anything that has been in the building phase. Leo is loyal and self-expressive creating the potential for a day rich with love, romance, and creativity. Emotions are large and the need to be heard and understood is important. Listen and share feelings with passion and a commitment to the flow of appreciation with another. Be aware of the potential of overly dramatic emotional expression that drowns out everyone else. Evolutionary Astrologer Deborah Sipple offers in-depth forecasts at talkingskyastrology.com. For questions, or consultation inquiries, contact dksleo13@talkingskyastrology.com or call 505-217-6664. See ad pg 24.

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