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Happy Father’s Day to all good men everywhere with great gratitude for consciously co-parenting our children and fathering the world! Reading Wayne Dyer’s introduction to his daughter’s book, Don’t Die with Your Music Still in You: My Experience Growing Up with Spiritual Parents (page 21), reminded me of similarities with the advice in the new book by Shefali Tsabary, Ph.D., The Conscious Parent, recently featured on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday. I like the idea of how, when parents connect with their own essence and Source they are enabled to raise their children up as beings that do not need fixing. How freeing it is to nurture a child’s understanding and expression of their own unique essence rather than try to force them to live in ways that may be a futile attempt to make up for our own shortcomings. As crucial role models, why not instead focus on becoming our best selves along with them? When his dad passed, my son Justin, barely 20 years old, lost his best friend and reacted by rebelling. When he finally enrolled in college I persuaded him to sign up for a practical path. Unfortunately, he struggled with school to the point of skipping this past semester. Although highly anxious over the situation, I came to realize that the better course was to let go. I’m so happy that this coming semester, Justin chose to enroll in music classes to pursue his musical gift. I will support him with all my heart, as I know his dad would have. June will be an exciting month! June 1 to 8 kicks off the conscious-raising Albuquerque Film and Media Experience (AFME), featuring uplifting movies, live concerts, Bollywood, speaker panels and much for the soul. June 6 to 8, Robyn Benson’s Santa Fe Soul Health and Healing Center hosts the Unlock Your Self-Care & Thrive revolution, with renowned speakers such as Dr. Norm Shealy, Michael Gelb and Dr. Melva Green, from the TV show Hoarders. Claim your hug by Amma, the hugging saint, on June 15 at the Buffalo Thunder Resort. If you love kirtan’s devotional chanting, check out the “Wah! Healing Concert” at Body of Santa Fe on June 27, then reserve your seat for Krishna Das’ Santa Fe concert on July 10 and 11. What an amazing feast for body, mind and spirit. Details for all of them in this issue. Namaste, Andrea Williams, Publisher

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16 ecobrief 17 globalbriefs 17 18 healingways 22 astrology 23 fitbody 24 wisewords 28 classifieds 28 resourceguide 29 calendar

Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

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A Strife Saver by Alan Hutner


Introduction by Wayne Dyer



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r. Lee Moberly is producing and hosting an educational, inspirational weekly TV show about overcoming life’s challenges to create a healthier, happier and more successful lifestyle. The Dr. Lee Show–Insights from the Inner Edge is based on Moberly’s amazing story and those of her guests. Viewers will receive insights and the

most effective, current trends, practical tools and resources to help viewers handle similar issues and achieve their own desired results. The Dr. Lee Show focuses on health, empowerment and finances. Guest experts will include Western medical and alternative healthcare practitioners, business and financial experts. Inspirational teachers and advisors will also discuss how our

thoughts and belief systems affect our health and financial decisions. Moberly’s multi-faceted expertise includes director of a health and wellness clinic, lifestyle and business development coach, retired investment banker, and being honored as one of New Mexico’s top women entrepreneurs. She also received The Life Phoenix Award for an “overcome and inspire” philosophy that helped her succeed in the face of overwhelming personal obstacles. For more information, visit To be a guest or sponsor for the show, call 505-934-4418.

Discover the Body, Mind, Spirit Expo


he Body, Mind, Spirit Expo returns to the New Mexico Fairgrounds in Albuquerque on June 28 and 29. The event features more than 60 exhibitors offering the latest findings in natural health, personal growth and metaphysics. Attendees can browse the exhibits, receive a healing or soothing massage, try the latest new products, and learn fascinating new avenues to better health, personal well-being and spiritual growth. In addition, there will be talks given by more than 28 presenters and authors. Featured speakers include Dr. Paul Ling Tai who will help attendees re-discover their energy and health with his practical, step-by-step antiaging protocol. Author Gary Champion will give a demonstration on spirit communication and Zach Polsfuss will offer insight on a revolutionary technique that releases stress-based energy. Attendees will be inspired and ready to accelerate toward a glorious and graceful awakening in 2014. Admission is good for both days. Save $1 off the already low admission price by downloading a coupon from

Cost: $10 weekend admission. Location: NM Fairgrounds, School Arts Bldg., Albuquerque. Times: Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 541-482-3722 ext. 2. See ad on page 4.


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Celebrating 10 Years

The CenTer for Inner TruTh

he Center for Inner Truth (CFIT) will host a 10-year anniversary celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. on June 14. The celebration will feature live music, salsa dancing, food and drink, and a raffle. Raffle packages include an astrology reading; massage; a soak at Ten Thousand Waves; meals at Izanami, Bumblebee’s and Counter Culture; integrative therapy; and Angel Bucks, which are good for any services or workshops offered at CFIT. The non-profit organization was founded by Juli Somers and offers clairvoyant readings, free healing clinics, mindfulness workshops and classes, as well as spiritual trainings with certifications in teaching and ministry. “A meaning of ‘clairvoyance’ is to see from a soul perspective,” explains Somers. “The teachings at CFIT help students connect with their own wisdom and spiritual abilities through the use of practical energy tools to better their lives.” “Heal yourself and you heal the world” is the motto at CFIT. “As we each individually do our work to wake up and become more conscious, it benefits all,” says Somers. “There is room for everyone at the Center and any amount of healing they might need.” Raffle tickets are on sale now at Cost for raffle tickets: $5 each or five for $20. All proceeds to benefit CFIT, a 501c3 non-profit organization. Location: 826 Cam. de Monte Rey, #A1, Santa Fe. Call 505-920-4418. See ad on this page for details.



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he Hypnotherapy Academy of America in Albuquerque is pleased to announce a 500-hour Accelerated Hypnotherapy Certification Course beginning June 9. “Have you ever wondered why you keep ending up in the same old rut in life? Same relationship—different face? Never enough money?” asks Academy Director Tim Simmerman Sierra. “Everyone holds beliefs at the subconscious level that influence the way we show up in the world. You may notice there’s an old tape looping around in your mind like a critical parent: ‘You can’t win’ or ‘You’ll never amount to anything.’” According to Sierra, the reason affirmations have little to no effect on some people is that the origin of the belief had such a high emotional impact that something more than just an affirmation is needed to neutralize it. A hypnotherapist with comprehensive training can facilitate true healing through uncovering the root cause, bringing it into awareness in a way that allows for a new positive belief to replace it. “After hypnotherapy, clients report that they feel a huge weight has been lifted, and they’re finally free to be who they were meant to be,” says Sierra. “Hypnotherapy can improve the quality of every aspect of a person’s life— from sports performance to astounding results when coupled with conventional medical treatment. The good news: World-class training is available right here in Albuquerque,” adds Sierra. Fall classes will start September 15. Location: 2132 Osuna Rd NE, Ste. B, Albuquerque. For more details, call 505-7678030 or visit See ad on page 5.

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Higher Brain Living


live presentation and demonstration of the revolutionary Higher Brain Living technique is being held June 30 at the Hilton Garden Inn Albuquerque Airport in Albuquerque. The Higher Brain Living technique creates a clear channel and powerful energy surge to the higher brain that opens a gateway to true, lasting and expansive higher living. Attendees will learn how to awaken and ignite the brain’s highest potential. “Discover a new career transforming lives or simply add this revolutionary Higher Brain Living technique to your existing practice,” says presenter Zach Polsfuss. According to Polsfuss, “Research shows that 90 percent of all doctor visits today are the result of stress. Our primitive lower brains fear change. They were designed to protect us and to keep us safe and alive. Today, they encourage an unnecessary state of stress, anxiety and fear.” Passionate, educated leaders in psychology, life coaching, chiropractic, acupuncture, homeopathy, yoga and other holistic fields choose Higher Brain Living because it offers them an unprecedented way to help clients grow, evolve and “live into” lasting peace and confidence. Cost: Free if pre-registered. Location: Hilton Garden Inn Albuquerque Airport, 2601 Yale Blvd. SE, Albuquerque. To register, visit See ad on page 5.

Intuition Playshop in Albuquerque


ntuitive Life Coach Emilah Dawn DeToro is pleased to announce she will be hosting an Intuition Playshop from 1 to 4 p.m. on June 14 and August 9 at The Source in Albuquerque. In her book The Gifts of Imperfection, bestselling author Brené Brown writes, “Intuition is not a single way of knowing—it’s our ability to hold space for uncertainty and our willingness to trust the many ways we’ve developed knowledge and insight, including instinct, experience, faith and reason.” DeToro suggests intuition is a mix of our willingness to trust and our immersion into life’s current. At her Intuition Playshop, participants will learn proven, playful ways to increase their capacity to hear, see, feel and experience intuitive guidance. “We’ll explore body-based intuition and divination tools—including tarot and decks, runes and pendulums—which can offer easier access to intuitive guidance,” says DeToro. She will also teach participants how to safely enter into the universal current of life to receive intuitive guidance they can use in their daily lives. The Intuition Playshop is a great opportunity for the curious-but-skeptical to explore intuition and divination tools


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in a safe and playful environment. It is also ideal for those wanting to deepen their skills. All participants will receive a coupon for half off a one-hour intuitive reading or energy body alignment session ($50 value). Cost: $50. Location: 3536 Carlisle Blvd. SE, Albuquerque. For more information and to register, visit or contact Emilah at SimplyEmilah@emilah. com or 505-217-1720.

Wah! Book Signing in Santa Fe


n June 26, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., BODY of Santa Fe will host a book signing with Wah!, accomplished musician and spiritual seeker who travels the world singing and expanding sacred intention. Wah’s book, Healing: a Vibrational Exchange, focuses on seven ways we can interact with our world to create more space and more healing in our lives. Healing: a Vibrational Exchange was born from Wah!’s work using sound as a healing vehicle in workshops and “The Healing Concert,” a feature length song cycle for deep relaxation and rejuvenation.   Wah! is a legend in the yoga world with her sultry grooves and unique mantra music. She is an innovator in her field, a lifelong yogi and record label owner. Her first book, Dedicating Your Life to Spirit, compiled her teachings on yoga, chanting and meditation.   Healing: a Vibrational Exchange includes a CD of healing music by Wah!. In addition, Wah! will perform “The Healing Concert” at BODY of Santa at 8 p.m. on June 27. Location: BODY of Santa Fe, 333 W. Cordova Rd., Santa Fe. Visit WahMusic. com for more details. See ad on page 8.

Thrive Event at Santa Fe Soul


anta Fe Soul Health and Healing Center will host “Thrive”, a three-day conference being held June 6 to 8. “Join the cutting edge of Americans who are taking responsibility for their health, prosperity and livelihood,” says Santa Fe Soul Founder Robyn Benson, DOM. During this transformational conference, attendees will learn to generate optimum health, integrate play into their daily lives, meet new friends, and learn from expert speakers and self-care coaches through hands-on workshops. “The goals of the “Thrive” event are for every participant with an interest in a holistic lifestyle and preventative health care to participate in the workshops, gain the confidence to live a fully authentic life, find solutions to their most pressing health issues, learn to relax, unwind and play, and to be inspired and empowered,” says Benson. Speakers include Dr. Norm Shealy, a pioneer physician from the medical/pain management field and author of 90 Days to Self-health. Attendees will also hear from Michael J. Gelb, author of Brain Power, How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci and Discover Your Genius. Dr. Melva Green, TV personality on the popular A&E network series Hoarders and board-certified psychiatrist and spiritual healer specializing in real-life living. Other speakers include Dr. Mikell Suzanne Parsons, creator of Detox Done Right; Tim Frank, NMD, creator of Spirit Flight; Alan Hutner, founding host and producer of Transitions Radio Magazine; Marcella Vonn Harting, PhD, internationally recognized author, speaker and entrepreneur; Dr. Joan Rosenberg, featured expert in the critically acclaimed documentary films I Am and The Hidden Epidemic and the founder and creator of Emotional Mastery; and many more. Additional sessions will include kirtan with Sita Jamieson, yoga with Pritpal Khalsa, and Zumba with Santa Fe Danceworks.

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Focus and Intuition: The Sixth Chakra by Kirn and Guruchander


his sixth month is about focus and intuition. One of the first yoga sutras by Patanjali, known as “The Father of Yoga,” states that: “Yoga is the control of the thought waves of the mind.” Your capacity to control the thought waves of your mind comes from the sixth chakra.  This energetic center allows you to see beyond the play of the polarities, and instead observe reality from your intuition, your all-seeing third eye. The beauty is that once your focus is not caught in the polarities, you can observe possibilities. You can check the capacity of your sixth chakra/body to direct your thoughts by asking: “Do I understand my life’s purpose?” “Am I manifesting my intention?” “Can I keep my mind focused?” “Can I see beyond duality?” The following yoga practices will improve your focus and intuitive knowing: + Wear the color purple, and/or any purple gem stone + Affirm: I flow with my intuitive knowing now + Eat yellow foods, which have the color of the sun: squash, corn, pineapple, etc. + Chant the mantra “Ong” touching the  tips of ring fingers and the thumbs + Meditate 11 minutes daily holding a strong focus at the brow point + Practice any kundalini yoga kriya to open the third eye The following yoga asana will help balance the sixth chakra/body: YOGA MUDRA + Sit on heels and interlace the hands on the back + Bend forward and place the forehead on the ground + Lift arms up behind the back + Remain in posture for 1 to 3 minutes, with long deep breathing  Kirn and Guruchander teach kundalini yoga classes at Yoga Santa Fe, located at 1505 Llano St. in Santa Fe. For more information, visit

Emotional Trauma and Autoimmune Disorder by Dr. Anne Merkel


ften a diagnosis of an autoimmune disorder can seem like a life sentence of suffering. But know that it’s okay to be optimistic because there are many natural ways to get relief. Many times, just clearing emotional trauma and inner conflict can be enough to facilitate dramatic healing. In my practice, I’ve witnessed this time and again. For instance, one client’s hives disappeared in one month when she cleared emotional pain originating in the womb. Another client’s chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia disappeared in two months when she realized the inner conflict causing her suffering and changed her diet. Another client’s sensitivity to everything dissipated when she let go of inner unworthiness issues from early parental abuse, reclaiming her life after 13 years of extreme suffering. Clearing out emotional pain that we may be holding onto can give our bodies the chance to heal. We can get well again. Dr. Anne Merkel can be reached at Join her free monthly Autoimmune Coaching and Energy Therapy Support calls at See ad on page 27.


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arly summer brings waves of pollen to much of the United States. Ragweed, purple loosestrife and other plants bloom and fill the air with allergens, as they have for centuries. More recently, though, the severity and pervasiveness of strong allergic reactions in this country has increased according to a study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. When experiencing allergens, the body releases histamines that can trigger sneezing excess mucus flow, congestion and swelling of membranes and tissues. Rather than using nasal sprays—many containing steroids or other synthetic chemicals—to attempt to prevent this response, a more natural spray can work instead. A decoction of herbs like yarrow leaf, horseradish root, elder flower and/or eye bright, when absorbed by the membranes of the nasal passageways, can enter the cells and cause them to produce their own antihistamines. This breaks the cycle of overt symptoms without the user becoming dependant on an unhealthy spray. The Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine states that all these herbs along with calendula and aloe applied topically for soothing, can bring natural congestion relief. Another approach is to use a spray consisting of an enhanced aqueous silver colloid solution, which can constrict micro-capillaries and reduce bleeding. Shrinking nasal tissues reduce swelling and congestion while killing bacteria and fungus. This can support a beleaguered immune system and help prevent a sinus infection—a natural gift of health for the allergy season. Steven Frank, the founder of Nature’s Rite, is also an innovative herbalist. For more information, email or visit See ad on page 4.

Mindfulness Meditation Reduces the Urge to Light Up


indfulness meditation training may help people overcome addiction by activating the brain centers involved in self-control and addictive tendencies, suggests research from the psychology departments of Texas Tech University and the University of Oregon. Scientists led by Yi-Yuan Tang, Ph.D., studied 61 volunteers, including 27 smokers, randomly divided into groups that either received mindfulness meditation training or relaxation training. Two weeks later, after five hours of training, smoking among those in the meditative group decreased by 60 percent, while no significant reduction occurred in the relaxation group. Brain imaging scans determined that the mindfulness meditation training produced increased activity in the anterior cingulate and the prefrontal cortex; regions associated with self-control. Past research led by Tang showed that smokers and those with other addictions exhibited less activity in these areas than those free of addictions. The current study previously determined that myelin and brain cell matter in these two brain regions increases through mindfulness meditation.

Tapping Acupressure Points Heals Trauma in Vets


motional Freedom Techniques (EFT) may be an effective treatment for veterans that have been diagnosed with clinical posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a study published in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. EFT involves tapping on acupressure points while focusing on traumatic memories or painful emotions in order to release them. As part of the Veterans’ Stress Project, an anonymous clinical study comprising more than 2,000 participants, 59 veterans with PTSD were randomly assigned to either receive strictly standard care or also experience six, hour-long, EFT sessions. The psychological distress and PTSD symptoms showed significant reductions among veterans receiving the EFT sessions, with 90 percent matriculating out of the criteria for clinical PTSD. At a six-month follow-up, 80 percent of those participants still had symptoms below the clinical level for PTSD. According to Deb Tribbey, national coordinator for the Veterans’ Stress Project, PTSD symptoms that can be resolved with the combined therapy include insomnia, anger, grief, hyper-vigilance and pain. For more information, visit or

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ids and their “free time.” Where did it go? Longer school days and more homework, structured activities, “playdates” and screen time. So, why did everyone play outside decades ago and no one does it now? Neighborhoods are dead. Kids need other kids to play with. They can’t play "kick the can" by themselves. But with all the distractions, noise and activities, it’s harder to find the actual kids. Right?  Decades ago, there were fewer distractions; kids were told to go out and play, and if no one was outside they’d just knock on doors and make it happen. The play would be so much fun that the next day the kids were likely to go outside and do it again. So, when parents today tell their kids to “go outside and play,” they are remembering their fun summer days. But it’s not that easy today. Parents have to actually aid the kids a little bit more these days to get the play going. Below are a few tips to get kids outside playing. Meet the neighbors, meet their kids, share responsibilities, and bring play into your front yard. Play begets play. The benefits of getting kids outside are unmatched. Kids learn skills like socialization, problem solving, decision making, leadership and reasoning. Learn more about places to play, building community, living outdoors and sustainable design on the blog See ad on this page.


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e’ve all seen the black tarnish that forms on silver pieces. It’s called silver sulfide, and a thin coating of it will darken any silver surface. While most traditional cleaning methods will remove the silver sulfide coating, they can also remove some of the silver during the cleaning process. Using a solution of baking soda and water, along with aluminum foil, can clean silver in a way that not only removes the tarnish, but keeps the silver intact. To begin with, you’ll need a container lined with aluminum foil. The container should be large enough to totally immerse the silver you want to clean. Next, heat the water and mix in baking soda at the rate of a cup of baking soda to a gallon of water. Adjust the amount of water and baking soda according to the size of your container. Place the jewelry directly on top of the aluminum foil and add the water and baking soda solution. Some bubbling may occur during the chemical reaction that occurs when the silver sulfide and the aluminum come in contact with one another. The tarnish will begin to disappear within minutes. Note: Caution is needed when cleaning jewelry set with stones. Some stones are porous and should not be immersed in water or any cleaner.

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Honeybee Hit

Scientists Nab Fungicide as Bee Killer

Father Factor

Involved Dads Make for Smarter, Happier Kids It’s well known that involving fathers from the start in children’s lives has a significant positive impact on their development, including the greater economic security of having more than one parent. Yet, there’s more to the “father effect”. Numerous studies have found that children growing up in a household with a father present show superior outcomes in intelligence tests, particularly in nonverbal, or spatial, reasoning that’s integral in mathematics, science and engineering. The IQ advantage is attributed to the way that fathers interact with their children, with an emphasis on the manipulation of objects like blocks, roughhousing and outdoor activities, rather than language-based activities. A study of Chinese parents found that it was a father’s warmth toward his child that was the ultimate factor in predicting the child’s future academic success. A recent Canadian study from Concordia University provides new insights into a father’s impact on a daughter’s emotional development, as well. Lead researcher Erin Peugnot concluded, “Girls whose fathers lived with them when they were in middle childhood (ages 6 to 10) demonstrated less sadness, worry and shyness as preteens (ages 9 to 13) compared with girls whose fathers did not live with them,” he says. Source:

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Nonprofit Works to Lower Student Debt A small nonprofit named, recipient of the nationally recognized Dewey Winburne Community Service Award for “do-gooders”, is pioneering a way to help college graduates battle student loan debt by applying their skills on behalf of nonprofit community organizations. Researchers at say seven of 10 college students that graduated in 2013 owed money on a student loan, each averaging nearly $30,000 in debt. With SponsorChange, graduates with student loan debt sign up to help participating organizations, earning credits while adding work experience and leadership roles to their résumés. Organization donors sign up to reimburse the workers for their time by helping to pay down their student loans through tax-deductible funding. All see specific results for their contributions to worthy causes.

Colony collapse disorder, the mysterious mass die-off of honeybees that pollinate $30 billion worth of crops in the U.S., has been well documented, with toxic insecticides identified as the primary culprits. Now, scientists at the University of Maryland and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have expanded the identification of components of the toxic brew of pesticides and fungicides contaminating pollen and decimating the bee colonies that collect it to feed their hives. A study of eight agricultural chemicals associated with increased risk of infection by parasites found that bees that ate pollen contaminated with fungicides were three times as likely to be infected. Widely used fungicides had previously been accepted as harmless for bees because they are designed to kill fungus, not insects. Dennis vanEngelsdorp, the study’s lead author, states, “There’s growing evidence that fungicides may be affecting the bees on their own, highlighting a need to reassess how we label these agricultural chemicals.” Labels on pesticides warn farmers not to spray when pollinating bees are in the vicinity, but such precautions have not applied to fungicides. Source:

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The Bionic

COACH High-Tech Boosts Healthy Routines by Linda Sechrist


hen President John F. Kennedy said in 1961 that the U.S. should commit to sending a man to the moon and return him safely by the end of the decade, few suspected the bounty of technological spinoffs that such National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) space missions would yield. Today, many of NASA’s research advancements, as well as technologies developed outside the space program, are put to good use in everyday life. Of particular interest are products used in fitness workouts. ABI Research, a technology market intelligence company, revealed the growing popularity of consumer health and wellness technologies in its latest market projections for wearable, healthrelated devices. Estimates are that 80 million wearable monitoring devices, including heart monitors and biosensors that read body temperature and motion, will be sold by 2016. When Clint, a global market research firm, conducted its most recent Fitness and Technology Survey, its findings showed technology at work. Based on 745 online interviews with people in seven countries, 72 percent of exercisers embraced some type of technology, including smartphone apps, to support their fitness routines two or more times a week. In recent years, amateur and professional athletes have increasingly

benefited from technological advances that help them chart, improve upon and customize their fitness routines. Tracking fitness progress and weight loss is now just clicks away with personal devices such as a Wi-Fi scale, which accurately measures weight, body fat percentage and body mass index. Online graphs chart the individual’s progress. While the typical setting for measuring blood pressure and heart rate used to be in a physician’s office, hospital or pharmacy, new digital wrist blood pressure and heart monitors now allow exercise enthusiasts to do it themselves, wherever they are, helping ensure they are not exceeding the safety parameters of their fitness programs. User-friendly digital pocket pedometers and wireless activityduring-sleep wristbands both work in conjunction with a downloaded app to allow self-monitoring. Exercisers can track steps; distances walked cycled or swum; calories burned; total active minutes; and how long and how well they sleep. In some U.S. fitness centers, members have an option of working with an automated, virtual, personal trainer. This almost-do-it-yourself approach to professionally guided fitness begins with a survey of an individual’s lifestyle and goals to create a personalized fitness regimen. Each time exercisers go to the


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center, they insert a key into a “smart trainer”, generating the day’s 30-minute customized workout. The technology focuses primarily on helping clients manage weight and maintain muscle. Other technologies, such as medical-grade, pneumatic [air] compression boot systems, are facilitating athome recovery for hip and knee surgery patients and quicker muscle recovery for serious athletes. Air-filled chambers remain inflated as pressure cycles sequentially move from the foot up the leg. The cycles flush out waste and replenish blood supplies to the muscles. More complex bio-analyzing systems retrieve feedback from the body’s electromagnetic fields, the multiple energy meridians and the frequencies of the body’s cells and organs. “Such systems are largely used by chiropractors, naturopaths, physical therapists and acupuncturists,” says Loran Swensen, CEO of Innergy Development, which owns AO Scan, maker of the Magnetic Resonance Bio-Analyzer. For people that struggle with traditional workouts or physical limitations, whole-body vibration technology may be a solution. “When you stand on the oscillating platform, the body reacts to the vertical vibratory stimulus with an involuntary muscle contraction; depending on the speed, muscles can react up to 23 times per second,” advises Linda Craig, co-owner of Circulation Nation, in Greer, South Carolina. Similar platforms are becoming commonplace in chiropractic practices. Consumer applications of medical devices have led to the home use of additional sophisticated technologies like laser therapy. Successfully used for more than 30 years in Europe to treat trauma, inflammation, overuse injuries and cosmetic issues, as well as to provide pain relief and healing, some forms have recently been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. With 129,397,925 gym members worldwide according to a recent International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association report, it’s safe to predict that consumer demand ensures even more significant technological advances are in our near future. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings.

Kirtan with Krishna Das: A Strife Saver by Alan Hutner


n the early to mid70s, my life was rife with strife. A “corporate executive,” stressed to the max, living in uppermiddle class suburbia— think Pleasantville. I explored many de-stressing tools. The first profound technique, Transcendental Meditation, changed my life. It also tempered my anger and helped stop my hair from falling out. Transcendental Meditation led me to other forms of meditation, eventually leading me to Ram Dass’ book, Be Here Now. I was inspired to search out and find Ram Dass. I was guided to New York City and Long Island where a spiritual community was forming (now Kashi Ashram in Florida), centered on meditation and devotional chanting, or kirtan. I ended up in Montauk, on a 10day retreat, where Krishna Das taught a class that blew my fourth chakra—my heart center—wide open. I experienced the energetic essence or frequency of love for the first time, in my mid-30s, just from chanting. Krishna Das, a devotee of Neem Karoli Baba, had traveled with Ram Dass and other Westerners to India where he learned kirtan and mantra. As Ram Dass and Rameshwar Das describe it in their book, Polishing the Mirror, “kirtan is chanting the names of God, a devotional practice that both opens the heart and quiets the mind.” It is mantra to song, dance, a celebra-

tion of divine joy; even to the extent of producing ecstatic states. In Ram Dass’ book Polishing the Mirror, Krishna Das says of kirtan, “It deepens the channel of grace, and it’s a way of being present in the moment... Repeating these names ripens our karma; the things that are not helpful for us are removed, and the things that are helpful for us are brought into the

flow of our life—just through this practice, not through any action of our own. It’s a ripening process.” For more information on Krishna Das and his Kirtan Wallah Band Tour, read the rest of this article at, visit, and attend his Santa Fe Kirtan Concert. See ad on this page for details.

You being you is the blessing. You being you is the miracle. You being you is enough. You being you is your soul signature. ~Panache Desai

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Don’t Die with Your Music Still in You Introduction by Wayne Dyer

While growing up, Serena J. Dyer, daughter of Wayne Dyer, found that the advice that was given to her friends from their parents was drastically different from the advice she was getting from her parents. While other kids were being told to follow the crowd, Serena and her seven siblings were being taught “to follow our own destiny, and to go within and trust our innermost voice. They were teaching us that we are all pieces of God, created with our own purpose in this world.” In her new book, Don’t Die with Your Music Still in You: My Experience Growing Up with Spiritual Parents, Serena J. Dyer shares the wisdom of the principles that she grew up with. Wayne Dyer wrote a touching introduction in that book. In honor of Father’s Day, Natural Awakenings wanted to share an edited version of that introduction with our readers.


n the late 1990s, I was being interviewed on a late-night talk show in Sydney, Australia, and I was asked a question that I pondered quite a bit before responding to the host of the show. Upon returning home, I decided to write a book that would more thoroughly and conscientiously answer what I’d been asked. The host’s question had been something like, “After you have departed this earthly domain, what legacy would you like to leave for your 8 children to remember you by?” The 10 chapters in the book I titled 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace represent the fundamental truths that I attempted to live by in my role as a teacher and parent. There is a fundamental axiom that both my wife and I practiced in the raising of our children, and it is this: Parents are not for leaning upon, but rather exist to make leaning unnecessary. Each of the 10 chapter titles in my book reflects the idea that we wanted to raise self-reliant children to become successful and peaceful adults. Success was not to be measured by external indices, such as how much money they made, or how far they advanced in an occupation, or how many awards they accumulated, or how they stacked up in comparison to their contemporaries. Rather, we wanted our children to value themselves, to become risk takers, to

be self-reliant, to be free from stress and anxiety, to be able to celebrate their present moments, to experience a lifetime of wellness, to fulfill their own spiritual callings, to be creative—and, most significantly, to live with a sense of inner peace, regardless of any and all external circumstances. I wrote 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace so that my children would be able to have a compilation of the paramount ideas that formed the essential nucleus of my life’s teaching in one place. When I gave each of them a copy, I said, “If you ever wanted to know what was most essential to me, these are the ideas that I have attempted to live by, and these are the ideas that I employed in all of my parental interactions with you throughout your life.” My daughter Serena has now responded to the book I wrote with one of her own. The title she chose is taken from one of the most profound teachings that I have applied in my own life. As I’ve told her very frequently, there would be no greater tragedy than if she came to the end of her life and had the realization that she didn’t fulfill her own destiny. “You came here with music to play,” I told all of my children. “You don’t want to ultimately realize that you didn’t fulfill your own dharma because you tried to please someone else’s mental picture of what you should be doing—and that includes me as your father as well.” Throughout her life, Serena has always been perplexed by the frequently asked question, “What was it like to have Wayne Dyer as your father?” With this book, she has done a masterful job of not only answering that question, but of also providing guidelines to readers for living the principles outlined in its pages. At the end of each of Serena’s chapters, I offer my own personal reaction to all that she has written. I couldn’t be more proud of Serena for taking on this mighty task of writing a book, and doing it with honesty and fearlessness. I know you will find it as informative and inspiring as I have. For more information about Serena J. Dyer and her book, Don’t Die with Your Music Still in You: My Experience Growing Up with Spiritual Parents visit

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Did you know?

The ancients discovered that the stars and planets in the sky presented a vast pattern and when connecting these points they delineated sections of sky into constellations. The grid was further divided into “houses” in which the astrologers positioned the planets into a diagram called the horoscope. The sign occupied by a certain planet will indicate the way you direct your life as the planets form the fabric of our earthly existence and are significators not only for ourselves but for the people we interact with on a daily basis.

June Forecast by Mickey McKay


he month of June promises to carry us beyond the influence of the recent eclipses and harsh planetary configurations. Saturn, the planet of hard work and, often delays, is still exalted in Libra where it will give the rewards of accomplishment for a job well done. Venus modifies Saturn as he transits through the constellations of Aries and into Taurus mid-month. In his own constellation of Taurus, Venus favors artistic ventures, brings stability to relationships as well as prosperity. Jupiter will transit into the constellation of Cancer in mid-June

and for a one year stay in his place of exaltation. Experiencing Venus and Jupiter in their places of power for almost a month is truly a treasured period of time. The year ahead for Jupiter in Cancer, the natural fourth house of the Zodiac, is favorable for prosperity, education, happiness and positive family interactions. Be aware, however, of the tendency to become overindulgent or take a too leisurely approach to what you want. Mercury is in his own constellation of Gemini, with the waxing Moon as June opens. It is a great month for planting and also harvesting early fruits. Gemini is also fun loving and communicative so no better time to plan for summer outings. When Jupiter, Venus and Mercury are all placed in their own constellations, this creates one of the most uplifting combinations in Vedic astrology, running the second half of June to the first half of July. Mars remains in the constellation of Virgo during June. Use this energy to fine-tune and improve your wellbeing practices. In summary, June is an auspicious planetary time to start new endeavors and dance in the light of the Summer Solstice. Visit Mickey McKay’s website,, to access a chart calculator. This tool charts your planets in signs and houses using Sidereal calculations. See ad page 24.

Inspiration comes from within and without by AliceAnn Melchizedek


e all are cocreators with Source. So, what does that mean? It means that once we get in touch with our own inner Divinity, we get in touch with God. So many of us have sealed off that inner gateway; and yet, that is our inspiration, our truth and our ability to co-create all things in our life. To be inspired is to be “in touch with spirit.” To be inspirational is to live in that place of creativity and flow that links us with our highest potential. We inspire people every day– with our appearance, our smile, our words and actions. But mostly, we give inspiration to others as a sacred trust, for in giving, we receive and in accepting, we, in turn, are blessed. Kabbalistic numerology holds the key: inspiration 15381214175 38=11 inspirational 1538121417513 42=6 inspired 15381254 29=11

11 is a master number connecting us with Divinity; 6 = Love, the motivating force in the Universe; and, again 11 = Divinity. To put it in perspective: When you inspire someone or have an inspiration, the word itself contains Divinity to the second power, and Love, which is itself a grace and a blessing. Contact Reverend AliceAnn Melchizedek at Rev.AliceAnn@ for a free 15-minute consultation or to make an appointment with the Ascended Teachers. Visit for more information. See ad on this page.


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FEET How to Make Walking Part of Everyday Life by Lane Vail


ippocrates called walking “man’s best medicine,” and Americans agree: According to the U.S. Surgeon General, walking is America’s most popular form of fitness. It’s free, convenient and simple. The Foundation for Chronic Disease Prevention reveals that 10,000 daily steps help lower blood pressure, shed pounds, decrease stress, and reduce the risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Here’s how to rev up the routine and stay motivated.

Practical Tips Breathe. Belly breathing calms the parasympathetic nervous system, expands lung capacity and improves circulation. Inhale through the nose, fill the belly and expel through the mouth, advises Asheville, North Carolina, resident Katherine Dreyer, co-founder and CEO of ChiWalking. Try new techniques and terrain. “The body is smart and efficient. It must be constantly challenged in safe ways and tricked into burning more calories,” says Malin Svensson, founder and President of Nordic Walking USA. She suggests taking the stairs or strolling on sand to strengthen the legs and heart. Dreyer recommends ascending hills sideways (crossing one foot over the other) to engage new muscles and protect the calves and Achilles tendons. She also suggests walking backwards for 30 steps every five minutes during a 30-minute walk to reestablish proper posture.

Push with poles. Compelling the body forward with Nordic walking poles can burn 20 to 46 percent more calories than regular walking, reports Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. Svensson explains, “Applying pressure to the poles activates abdominal, chest, back and triceps muscles, which necessitates more oxygen and thereby raises the heart rate.” The basic technique is: plant, push and walk away.

Mindful Tips Feel the Earth move under your (bare) feet. Improve mood, reduce pain and deepen sleep by going outside barefoot, says Dr. Laura Koniver, of Charleston, South Carolina, a featured expert in the documentary, The Grounded. “The Earth’s surface contains an infinite reservoir of free electrons, which, upon contact with the body, can neutralize damage from free radicals,” she says. Notice nature. Alexandra Horowitz, author of On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes, finds walking outdoors infinitely more engaging than exercising in the gym. Seek out woodsy hikes, scenic waterways or historic downtowns, and “open up to experiencing the world,” she says. Practice moving meditation. To lighten a heavy mood, “Imagine your chest as a window through which energy, fresh air, sunshine, even rain, can pour into and through you as you walk,” says Dreyer. To ground a scattered mind, she suggests focusing on connecting one’s feet with the Earth.

Creative Tips Make fresh air a social affair. A group walk can boost performance levels of participants, says Dennis Michele, president of the American Volkssport Association, which promotes fun, fitness and friendship through noncompetitive, year-round walking events. Horowitz suggests strolling with friends and sharing sensory discoveries. “A fresh perspective can help tune you into the great richness of ordinary environments often overlooked,” she says.

Ditch the distraction of electronic devices. Horowitz views walking texters as “hazards and obstacles, non-participants in the environment.” Australian researcher Siobhan Schabrun, Ph.D., reveals the science behind the sentiment in her recent University of Queensland study. The brain, she found, prioritizes texting over walking, resulting in “slowing down, deviating from a straight line and walking like robots, with the arms, trunk and head in one rigid line, which makes falling more likely.” Walking a dog brings mutual benefits. Dr. John Marshall, chief oncologist at Georgetown University Hospital, in Washington, D.C., prescribes dog walking to his cancer patients, asserting it yields better outcomes than chemotherapy. For maximum enjoyment, strive to hit a stride, advises Carla Ferris, owner of Washington, D.C. dog-walking company Wagamuffin. Be a fanny pack fan. Fanny packs, unlike backpacks, which can disturb natural torso rotation, comfortably store identification, phone, keys and water, says Svensson. Ferris agrees: “Walks are so much more enjoyable hands-free.” Walk while you work. Much of the independent and collaborative work at Minneapolis finance company SALO emerges as employees walk slowly on ergonomic treadmill desks. “Being up, active and forward-moving on the treadmill benefits productivity,” says cofounder Amy Langer. Alternatively, consider investing in a cordless headset or standing desk. “Most anything you can do sitting, you can do standing, and supporting your own body weight is almost as beneficial as walking,” she says. A study reported in the journal Diabetologia suggests that sedentary time combined with periods of moderate-to-vigorous exercise poses a greater health risk than being gently active throughout the day. Dreyer’s mantra? “The body is wise. Listen when it says, ‘Get up and walk a bit.’” Lane Vail is a freelance writer in South Carolina. Connect at

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orn into an East Indian family in London, England, Panache Desai grew up steeped in spiritual practices like meditation. Though recognized by spiritual teachers as possessing a special gift, Desai rejected his spiritual foundation as a teenager, trading it for the excitement of London’s rave music scene of the 1990s before moving to America. It wasn’t until he was 22 and living in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Venice Beach that the pain of the way he had rejected his true inner nature reached a crescendo. In opening himself up to the possibility of the divine, Desai underwent a spiritual awakening that has led him to dedicate his life to helping others make their own journey from self-rejection to contentment. Unaffiliated with any one religious or spiritual tradition, Desai works with simple, yet powerful principles of energy to help free people from selfimposed limitations and unlock their potential. His first book, Discovering Your Soul Signature: A 33-Day Path to Purpose, Passion & Joy, just released, is a departure from his earlier focus on creating meditation CDs and other audio recordings.

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Every time I would visit a spiritual teacher as a kid, they would say, “We’ve been waiting for you.” But I just wanted to be normal and was also skeptical; not every wellintentioned person is necessarily leading you home. I reached a turning point when I knew something had to change. I told myself that if this thing called God really exists and if I’m here to be a messenger, I have to experience it personally. In that moment, I began to undergo a transformation that culminated in a direct experience of the divine; an infinite ocean of energy vibrating with unconditional love. I felt part of what every spiritual teacher has been telling the world for thousands of years: that the true nature of reality is love, a love that expresses itself through all life forms. That experience allowed me to accept my role of helping others see and achieve their potential.

How does the universal energy you speak of affect us and how can we shift our dance with it? We are vibrational beings inhabiting a vibrational universe. Yogis and mystics from traditions throughout time have known this. The subtlest form of vibration is the soul, which is overlaid by the emotional, with the physical as the

outermost layer of energy. Because the emotional layer can accumulate a density that enshrouds our soul’s light and potential, it’s important to address it. Energy is like water—it wants to flow and can shift states at any moment. Judging or rejecting any aspect of our genuine identity disrupts that flow of energy. For example, if instead of being available to feel your anger when it arises you repress or deny it, that accumulating emotion acquires density and over time, becomes rage. But if you can learn to slow down and lean into the emotion, the anger can wash through and out of you and energy again flows freely. By allowing ourselves to acknowledge, experience and release these emotions without judgment, we are clearing the obstacles to our authentic self, what I term one’s “soul signature”.

What are good first steps for someone newly initiating a spiritual practice? The most powerful tool is our breath. Witnessing and honoring our breath in every moment allows us to transform

every day into living meditation. Find author blogs on how individuals live their soul signature at Panache Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at

How is discovering our soul signature related to finding our calling?

The soul signature is our purest potential expressed. You can have a calling to be a writer, but unless you are connected to who you are at the deepest level, your writing won’t have the same impact. Accessing our soul signature is a process. We didn’t end up where we are overnight, and it can take time to get back to that place where we can express our truest selves by working with the techniques of energy transformation described in my book.

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THE HEALING POWER OF STORY How Telling Our Truths Can Set Us Free


by Judith Fertig

fter his deployment in Iraq, U.S. Marine Captain Tyler Boudreau returned home in 2004 with post-traumatic stress syndrome and an emotional war wound that experts now call a “moral injury”. He could only sleep for an hour or two at night. He refused to take showers or leave the house for long periods of time. He and his wife divorced. “My body was home, but my head was still there [in Iraq],” he recounts. At first, Boudreau tried to make sense of his conflicted feelings by writing fiction. Then he wrote a detailed, nonfiction analysis of his deployment, but that didn’t help, either. In 2009 he wrote a memoir, Packing Inferno: The Unmaking of a Marine, that came closer to conveying his personal truth. “I needed to get back into the story,” he says, so he could pull his life back together in Northampton, Massachusetts. Like Boudreau, we all have stories—ongoing and ever-changing—that we tell ourselves to make sense of our lives. They can help us heal and powerfully guide us through life, or just as powerfully, hold us back. In 1949, Sarah Lawrence College Professor Joseph Campbell published The Hero with a Thousand Faces, in which he outlined a master monomyth. It involves leaving everyday life and answering a call to adventure, getting help from others along the way, facing adversity and returning with a gift, or boon, for ourselves and others. It’s a basic pattern of human existence, with endless variations.

How does telling our truth help heal our body? Professor James Pennebaker, Ph.D., chair of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, is a pioneer in the mindbody benefits of story, which he explores in Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions. In the late 1980s,

while consulting for the Texas prison system, Pennebaker discovered that when suspects lied while taking polygraph tests, their heart rate rose, but when they confessed the truth, they relaxed. “Our cells know the truth,” writes microbiologist Sondra Barrett, Ph.D., who also blogs at, in Secrets of Your Cells, “Our physiology responds to what we’re thinking, including what we don’t want people to know.” When we are afraid to tell a story and keep it in, “Our cells broadcast a signal of danger,” she explains. “Molecules of adrenalin, along with stress hormones, connect with receptors on heart, muscle and lung cells— and in the case of long-term sustained stress, immune cells.” We experience increased heart rate, tense muscles, shortness of breath and lower immunity when we’re stressed. She notes, “When we release the stories and feelings that torment us, our cells respond with great relief and once again become havens of safety.” We need to tell our stories even in facing life-threatening illness, and maybe because of it. Dr. Shayna Watson, an oncologist at the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario, in Canada, encourages physicians to listen to patients. “In the name of efficiency,” she reports in an article in Canadian Family Physician, “it’s easy to block out patients’ stories and deal only with the ‘facts’, to see the chat, the time and the stories as luxuries for when there is a cancellation. The study of narrative tells us, however, that in these easily neglected moments we might find more than we expect; there can be understanding, relationship building and healing—the elements of our common humanity.” A current problem is but a dot on the entire timeline of a person’s existence. By keeping their larger story in mind, patients can find a wider per-


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spective, with the strength and resolve to heal, while the physician can see the patient as a person, rather than a diagnosis.  

Power to Heal Emotions

“Telling your story may be the most powerful medicine on Earth,” says Dr. Lissa Rankin, the author of Mind Over Medicine, who practices integrative medicine in Mill Valley, California. She’s tested the concept firsthand. “So many of us are tormented by the insane idea that we’re separate, disconnected beings, suffering all by our little lonesome selves,” she observes. “That’s exactly how I felt when I started blogging, as if I was the only one in the whole wide world who had lost her mojo and longed to get it back. Then I started telling my story—and voilà! Millions of people responded to tell me how they had once lost theirs and since gotten it back.” They did it by telling their stories, witnessed with loving attention by others that care. “Each of us is a constantly unfolding narrative, a hero in a novel no one else can write. Yet, so many of us leave our stories untold, our songs unsung,” remarks Rankin. “When this happens, we wind up feeling lonely, listless and out of touch with our life purpose. We are plagued with a chronic sense that something is out of alignment. We may even wind up feeling unworthy, unloved or sick,” says Rankin, who blogs on related topics at LissaRankin. com.

Power to Heal a Family

Sometimes, writing a new story can help keep families connected. Kansas City, Missouri, author and columnist Deborah Shouse took an unplanned and unwanted, yet ultimately rewarding journey with her mother through Alzheimer’s disease. Shouse discov-

ered that as her mother was losing her memory and identity through dementia, crafting a new narrative helped her family hold it together, a process she details in Love in the Land of Dementia. “You have to celebrate the person who is still with you,” Shouse says, noting we may discover a different, but still interesting, person that communicates in ways other than talking. She recommends employing a technique she calls The Hero Project, which she developed with her partner, Ron Zoglin. It uses words, photos and craft supplies in what Shouse terms “word-scrapping” to generate and tell a new story that helps keep the personal connection we have with our loved one and make visits more positive. She shares more supportive insights at Sharing an old story may also provide a rare link to the past for a person with dementia. “Savor and write down the stories you’re told, even if you hear certain ones many times,” Shouse counsels. “By writing down the most often-repeated stories, you create a legacy to share with family, friends and other caregivers.”

Power of the Wrong Story

Our thoughts are a shorthand version of a longer life story, says author Byron Katie, a self-help specialist from Ojai, California, who addresses reader stories via blog posts at Sometimes we tell ourselves the wrong story, one that keeps us from realizing our full potential, while making us miserable at the same time. Examples might include “I will always be overweight,” “My partner doesn’t love me” or “I’m stuck here.” Katie’s book, Who Would You Be Without Your Story? explores how we often take what happens in our lives, create a story with negative overtones, believe that version of the story and make ourselves unhappy. “The cause of suffering is the thought that we’re believing it,” she says. By questioning our stories, turning them around and crafting new and more truthful ones, we can change our lives.  

of story creates wider ripples. She sees it happen every time she performs at festivals and events around the country. “It is naturally in our DNA to communicate in story form,” she advises. “The power of story causes great revelation and change in those that listen.” She cites supporting studies conducted by psychologists Marshall Duke, Ph.D., and Robyn Fivush, Ph.D., at the Emory Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life, in Atlanta, Georgia. “They found that children—at ages 4, 14, 44 or 104, because we’re all children at heart—are more resilient and happy and rebound faster from stress when they know their family stories. They know they’re part of something that’s bigger than themselves that people in their family have kept going,” says Weitkamp. “When people leave a storytelling event, they leave telling stories,” she says with a smile, “and that results in happier and healthier families and communities.”

Humorist, speaker, and professional storyteller Kim Weitkamp, of Christiansburg, Virginia, knows that the power

Judith Fertig tells stories about food at from Overland Park, KS.

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6300 San Mateo Blvd. N.E. #C2-3 Albuquerque, NM 87109 Ph: 505-797-2211 Dahn Yoga is a leader in health and wellness, offering classes in Yoga, Tai Chi, meditation and other mind body training programs based on Traditional Korean healing philosophy. Dahn Yoga is committed to creating authentic opportunities for individuals to improve their quality of life and positively benefit society as a whole.


Yoga Santa Fe & GRD Health Center 505-982-6369 Santa Fe, NM Offering Kundalini Yoga Classes, Yogic Energy Healing, Numerology Readings, Chiropractic Care, and 10 Body “Deep Peace” Treatments. Dr. Guruchander, Kirn, and the team of yoga teachers and healers offer practices and healing sessions to help you awaken and claim your deepest and purest potential. Balance, heal, and remove unwanted energetic blocks and live with great vitality, courage, and happiness.

classifieds INTUITIVE CONSULTATIONS CHANTAL FIDANZA - YOUR DIVINE LIGHT – Intuitive Healing Sessions allow you to remove blocks to greater empowerment, freedom and joy in every area of your life: relationships, health, abundance. In person and phone sessions offered. 15-Minute Free Consultation. Chantal Fidanza, Certified Light Journey Guide, Intuitive Healer, Reiki Master: 505-438-1074,

JUMP START PROGRAM REGAIN YOUR HEALTH AND WELLBEING – Developed and facilitated by Holistic Medical Doctors Angelique Hart and Roy Heilbron. Residential Jump Start Program also available. Details at www.jumpstartprogram. info .Tesuque-Santa Fe. 505-983-1293.

REIKI TREATMENTS CHANTAL FIDANZA - YOUR DIVINE LIGHT – Release energetic blocks and fill your being with light for physical, emotional and spiritual healing. In person and phone sessions offered. Chantal Fidanza, Certified Light Journey Guide, Intuitive Healer, Reiki Master: 505-4381074,

T’ai Chi - Qigong CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS − Doug Brown is assembling a T’ai Chi - Qigong ‘Resource Guide’ listing all the schools and teachers in the Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Taos areas. Right Now, it is FREE to be included. For more information contact or 505-660-9906.

STUDENT CLINIC NEW MEXICO SCHOOL OF NATURAL THERAPEUTICS STUDENT CLINIC AND REMEDY STORE − Student and Graduate Massages and Bodywork. Open 7 days a week. 202 Morningside Dr, SE, Albuquerque. To make an appointment: 505-268-2181 or email

calendarofevents MONDAY, JUNE 2 Taoist Tonic Herbs w/Rehmannia Dean Thomas – 6-8pm. Learn about the oldest herbal tradition in human history, the Gate of Life. Taoist health philosophy and tonic herbal alchemy will be discussed. Taste the sacred tonic herbs, and a complimentary “spirit potion” of reishi mushroom. $7. Optional consultations for a personal pulse analysis and custom herb formulas for $40 afterward. 15 spots available. Call to pre-register: 505-820-6321. Milagro Herbs, 419 Orchard Dr, Santa Fe.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4 EFT & Energy Therapy Practitioners’ Mastermind Live Call – 2-3:15pm. 1st & 3rd Wednesday. Dr. Anne Merkel leads physicians, wellness practitioners, therapists and coaches by phone. Monthly series with two live calls, notes and recordings. $76. Register at www.myeftcoach. com/eft-tapping-group or call 1-877-262-2276.


savethedate Trancutaneous Acupuncture Program – June 5-6. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to get certified in Dr. Norm Shealy’s signature program, Trancutaneous Acupuncture. Learn about the Five Pathways for Hormone Balancing and Optimal Health, and so much more. No prior experience needed. $295. Call Santa Fe Soul at 505-474-8555. Santa Fe Soul Health & Healing Center, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr, E, Santa Fe. Earth-shift talk w/diiyin Maria Yraceburu – 11am-2pm. The more we learn and share about what’s happening to us, the more we can see why we need circles of this type. Take steps to ease the effect of future cyclic energies. Learn about how the evolution of you and Earth are connected. $20 and dish for potluck. Taa-naash-kaa-da Sanctuary, Las Vegas, NM. Info:


savethedate Unlock Your Self-Care & THRIVE! – June 6-8. An exceptional experiential and transformational weekend with more than 16 experts in the health and self-care field. Generate optimum health with practical tools and resourceful strategies for your self-care and solutions to your most pressing health issues. Live music and free food. $197. For registration and info: 505-474-8555, www. your self-care- and-thrive. Santa Fe Soul Health & Healing Center, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E. www. Beyond Meditation: Community HU–6-6:30pm. Actively explore your inner worlds, experience

more divine love, a feeling of peace, and increased awareness by chanting HU with others of like mind. Free. Info: 505-265-7388. Eckankar Center, 2501 San Pedro NE, Ste 113, Albuquerque.

SATURDAY, JUNE 7 2nd Annual “Dogtoberfest” – 1-5pm. A fundraising event in Corrales to benefit Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary. Fun, food and music; silent auction; raffles; entertainment; and a chance to meet the ambassador senior animals of Kindred Spirits. All Proceeds will support Kindred Spirits and its seniors in loving hospice care. Info: 505471-5366. Hacienda de Reza & E Valverde, Corrales.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11 Autoimmune Coaching & Energy Therapy Support Call – 2-3:15pm. Dr. Anne Merkel leads people experiencing autoimmune disorders to naturally address their condition and support the body to heal. Free. Notes and past-month recordings provided when you register at www. Info: 1-877262-2276.

THURSDAY, JUNE 12 Beyond Meditation: Community HU – 9:4510:15am. Actively explore your inner worlds, experience more divine love, a feeling of peace, and increased awareness by chanting HU with others of like mind. Free. Info: 505-265-7388. Highland Senior Center, 131 Monroe NE, Albuquerque.

divination. $50 + NM GRT. 505-217-1720. Info and registration: The Source, 1111 Carlisle Blvd SE, Albuquerque. Zen Creativity & the Art of Life – June 14-15. Master Zen calligrapher Alok Hsu Kwang-han and spiritual teacher Raylene Abbott will inspire and guide you to rest in the spaciousness of your being, to become intimate with not knowing, and to allow your brush or you to dance from emptiness! No prior experience necessary. Limited space. Register at $330 includes all art materials. 505-474-8555. Santa Fe Soul Sun Room, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Santa Fe.


savethedate Meet Amma Mata Amritanandamayi, Renowned Humanitarian & Spiritual Leader – June 15 – two free programs 10am and 7pm. Numbered tokens distributed at 8:30am and 5:45pm. Meet Amma and receive her individual, loving embrace. June 18, free public program begins at 7pm, numbered tokens distributed at 5:30pm. June 16-18 – Retreat. Pre-registration required. 505-9829801. Hilton Buffalo Thunder Resort, 30 Buffalo Thunder Trail, Santa Fe. www.Amma. org and

Special Full Moon Yoga & Meditation Class – 6-7:30pm. Class passes. Info: 505-982-6369, Yoga Santa Fe, 1505 Llano St, Santa Fe.

Light Workers Teleconference – 7-9pm. Through their clear voice channel, the Ascended Masters of Shamballa will speak to you, give a brief discourse on current ascension progress, lead a guided meditation, and answer questions. All light workers welcome. Limited street parking. Donation: $22/door or via PayPal. Santa Fe. OakRose Academy. Call Rev. AliceAnn at 505490-8855 for directions. Teleconference call-in number: 619-326-2772, AC: 7325118.




savethedate 10-Year Celebration – 5-8pm. Celebrate 10 years of amazing healing service, spiritual growth, community outreach, and good ol’ psychic fun. We are raffling off three fabulous prizes of healing packages and restaurant gift certificates. Evening festivities include salsa dancing, live music, refreshments, food and more. Buy your raffle tickets at www. $5 each or 5 for $20. Call to pre-register: 505-920-4418. Center for Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe. Manifest Your Purest Potential Workshop – 10am-4pm, June 14-15. Learn how to figure out your personal numerology and activate your 10 bodies. $81. Info: Intuition Play Shop – 1-4pm. Curious about tarot cards, runes, crystals, pendulums and the like? Do you wonder about cool or weird psychic experiences you’ve had? Already have a set of cards that you want to use more effectively? Join Intuitive Life Coach Emilah Dawn DeToro for an afternoon of playful exploration of intuition and

Zen Calligraphic Portrait Sessions – All day. Master Zen calligrapher Alok Hsu Kwang-han is best known for painting Zen calligraphic portraits for the healing and awakening of individuals’ and couples. Call 206-920-6405 to reserve your portrait time. 505-474-8555. Santa Fe Soul Sun Room, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Santa Fe. www.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18 Energy Therapy Support & Training for Health & Wellness Practitioners-Live Call – 2-3:15pm. Dr. Anne Merkel leads physicians, coaches, therapists and other practitioners by phone. Monthly series with two live calls, notes and recordings. $76. Register at http://ArielaGroup. com/tapshops. Info: 1-877-262-2276. Women’s Healing Clinic – 6:30-7:30pm. For those in female bodies, come and receive a powerful healing on whatever issues you are working on. Move out underlying energetic blocks. These healings are given from a unique and high vibration from a line of healers. $10 for 15 minute healing/reading. By appointment 6:30-7:30pm. Call to pre-register: 505-920-4418. Center For Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 19 Earth-Shift Talk w/diiyin Maria Yraceburu – 11am-2 pm. The more we learn and share about what’s happening to us, the more we can see why we need circles of this type. Take steps to ease the effect of future cyclic energies. Learn more about how the evolution of you and Earth are connected. $20 and dish for potluck. Taa-naash-kaa-da Sanctuary, Las Vegas, NM. earth-shift.html. Council of Vedic Astrology Presents The Return of the Light – June 19-23. 20th anniversary conference in Seattle, WA. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to exchange ideas with world-class Vedic astrologers. Full conference registration $270. Visit for full details.

FRIDAY, JUNE 20 Free Craft Kits for Vets – 11am-1pm. Help Hospitalized Veterans is expanding its free therapeutic arts & crafts program to reach all vets of the U.S. Armed Forces. Kits include leather goods, models, woodworking, painting kits and many more. Vets that present any military ID, i.e., discharge papers or ID cards, can receive a free kit. 505-225-9758. Villa Nueva Senior Apartments, Community Rm 990 18th St NW, Albuquerque. Ancient Mystical Sacraments in a New Era – 7-9pm. Mother Clare Watts will share how to capture their power for deep transformation. Mother Clare is an internationally known teacher of Christian mysticism who has been teaching and practicing for more than 30 years. The evening will prove to be an inspirational and spiritually awakening one. For more info, visit www. or call 505-467-8336. The Center of Light is located in Aldea, 13 Via Plaza Nueva, Santa Fe.

SATURDAY, JUNE 21 Forgiveness: How to Lose 100 Emotional Pounds This Saturday – Have you ever been disappointed, abandoned, belittled, abused, betrayed or divorced? Are you tired of carrying your “story”? In this workshop you will let go once and for all, and experience the freedom and joy of moving on. Registration required. $35. Call 505-490-5444 or 505-474-8555. Santa Fe Soul Sun Room, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E. Mama’s Minerals 9th Annual Arts & Crafts Fair – 10am-4pm. Features more than 125 artists. Sculpture, photography, pottery, quilts, jewelry, candles, handbags and more. Live music and food. Free. 1100 San Mateo Blvd NE, Lomas, Albuquerque. 505-266-8443 or www. Past-Life Regression – 10am-12pm. In this powerful 2-hour group session, you will regress to a past life where you will discover, access and activate a positive inner resource to benefit you and other people in your life. 505-842-5265. $40. Crystal Dove Metaphysical Book Store, 525 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque.

of the grassroots ceremonial movement to return time, and the innovative programs and alternative methods of this community. Potluck lunch. By Donation. Taa-naash-kaa-da Sanctuary, Las Vegas, NM. Intro to Self-Healing Part 1: Psychic Tools & Spiritual Awareness – 10-5pm. Certified intuitive instructors will guide you through creative and dynamic exercises designed to center the awareness in your body, your dreams and goals. Read and heal energy in your aura. This one-day workshop combines 4 classes into a focused, inner and life-changing adventure. $125. $20 savings with advance registration. 505-920-4418. $75 each if you bring a friend. Center For Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe. www. Dealing with Summer Sports Injuries & Musculoskeletal Pain – 1-2pm. Explore natural remedies to relieve pain and restore function. David Salgado, DOM, will talk about herbal supplements and topical applications, as well as complementary techniques, such as acupuncture, manipulation, moxa and cupping. Free. 505-7960387. Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, 8910 Holly Ave NE, Albuquerque. Summer Solstice 2014 – 6pm MST. The 2014 Summer Solstice is an important transition to 5D. Celebrate the light of the coming age and receive divine encodings of light and consciousness and support other light workers worldwide. Attendance at the Academy in Santa Fe is requested, although we will join via teleconference with fellow light workers from around the world. Vegetarian potluck to follow. Limited parking. OakRose Academy. Call Rev. AliceAnn at 505-490-8855 for directions. Satsang w/Mother Clare Watts, Master Teacher of the Inner Mystical Christian Tradition – 7-9pm. Receive direct guidance in response to your spoken or unspoken questions, and an individual transmission of healing grace from this leader of the ancient inner paths. The evening will prove to be an inspirational and spiritually awaking one. For more info, visit SantaFe or call 505-467-8336. The Center of Light is located in Aldea, 13 Via Plaza Nueva, Santa Fe.

SUNDAY, JUNE 22 Beyond Meditation: Community HU – 10:3011am. Actively explore your inner worlds, experience more divine love, a feeling of peace, and increased awareness by chanting HU with others of like mind. Free. 505-265-7388. Eckankar Center, 2501 San Pedro NE, Ste 113, Albuquerque. Get Happy – 11am-1pm. Beth O’Neall, MEd, will show you five simple actions to rewire your brain and create your happy, healthy life. Followed by an hour-long dance fitness Nia class at 12pm. Proceeds will go to Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless; $10 drop-in fee for the class. Studio Sway, 1100 San Mateo Blvd NE, Albuquerque.


Summer Solstice Annual Wheel Trance Dance – 10am-4 pm. This trance dance opportunity is offered by diiyin Maria Yraceburu and Taanaash-kaa-da Sanctuary. Meet and dance vision with the dynamic family of Yraceburu. Be part

Whole Foods 5% Day to Benefit Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary – 11am-6pm. Please save all your major shopping and stock up at any Santa Fe Whole Foods location June 26 from 11am-6pm. Kindred Spirits receives 5% of the proceeds on any items purchased. Meet the senior ambassadors of Kindred Spirits and find out more about us. 505471-5366.


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Meditation & Healing – 7-8:30pm. This 5-week series will offer the direct experience of a variety of meditations. $75 at the door or $65 with advanced registration. 505-467-8336. Center of Light, Aldea, 13 Via Plaza Nueva, Santa Fe. www. Free Introduction to Hypnotherapy – 7-8:30pm. Transform your perception of the world and accelerate your personal and/or professional performance. Strengthen your day-to-day natural ability to live a more balanced, meaningful and productive life. Christian Raphael Hypnotherapy. 819 Vassar Dr NE, Albuquerque. 505-918-6555.


savethedate 27th Cancer Survivorship Conference & Celebration – 8:30am-3pm. Breakfast, lunch, celebration cake. To register, call 505-2423263 or visit Jewish Community Center, 5520 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque.

savethedate Body, Mind & Spirit Expo – June 28-29. Sat 10am-6pm & Sun 11am-5pm. Brings to life a positive, healing environment. Weekend admission of $10 includes free lectures and demos as well as admission to the exhibit hall. Visit for a $1 off coupon! For more info: 541-482-3722 ext 1 or 2. NM Fairgrounds School Arts Bldg, 300 San Pedro NE, Albuquerque. Psychic Reading Faire – 1-3pm. All of your answers are held within. Come get a neutral look in the form of a clairvoyant reading to help you gain clarity on your present time situation and get some ideas for next steps in your life. Drop In! $10/15-minute reading. 505-920-4418. Center for Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe. How to Stay Hydrated for Summer Fitness & Sports Performance – 1-2 pm. More than 80% of us are dehydrated, and so muscles, brain and nerves don’t function well. Learn how fluids and electrolytes can restore function and maximize summer fitness and sports performance. Free. Linda Love Herbalist. 505-796-0387. Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, 8910 Holly Ave NE, Albuquerque.

SUNDAY, JUNE 29 Learn the Art of Flower Essences – 10am-12pm. Erin Galiger will cover the following topics: How flower essences work and how to make them for yourself and loved ones; developing your connection and history of flower essences; how they are made and work energetically with us; methods of selecting flower essences for use. Leave this experiential workshop with your own flower essences. All materials provided. $25. Pre-register: 505-820-6321. Milagro Herbs, 419 Orchard Dr, Santa Fe.


savethedate Higher Brain Living Presentation & Live Demonstration – 6:30-8:30pm. This system creates a clear channel and powerful energy surge to the higher brain that opens a gateway to true, limitless and expansive higher living like no psychological or physical healing modality on the planet. Free if pre-registered, $97 at the door. 855-418-5491 or Support@ Hilton Garden Inn Albuquerque Airport, 2601 Yale Blvd SE, Albuquerque. ®

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savethedate The Krishna Das Kirtan Wallah Tour & Concert – July 10-11. Presented by the Center For Inner Truth and Transitions Radio Magazine at the Greer Garson Theatre. Reserved seating, purchase now. Be transported to the heart. Chant to the divine. Sing and move to mantra with KD and the Kirtan Wallah Band. Tickets at, by phone at 505-988-1234, and at the Lensic Box Office in Santa Fe.


Courageous Crossing Rites Post-Traumatic Stress Healing Series for Women – 1-8pm. Honoring our courage, claiming our victories. Interested in spearheading your own healing from PTSD? If so, watch for updates as Maria Yraceburu’s award-winning program comes to New Mexico. Will meet once a month for 13 months; commitment to full program is necessary. Taa-naash-kaa-da Sanctuary, Las Vegas, NM.


Kuthumi Institute – TBA in the fall. The Ascended Master Kuthumi is once again announcing a Sacred Names of God Institute for 7 students. If you are interested in receiving guidance and these sacred codes with this advanced ascended master in a 3-day weekend program, call Rev. AliceAnn to set up an initial interview with Lord Kuthumi through his disciple and clear-voice channel at 505-490-8855. Email Rev.AliceAnn@OakRose. net. $500 for a residential weekend plus $150 for R&B (plus GRT).


Nova Earth Master Class III – OctoberNovember. The OakRose Academy of Light is happy to announce Master Classes under the direction of the Ascended Master Serapis Bey. Topics include Cosmic Law and Its Application, the Evolution of the Lightbody, Esoteric Astrology, Harmonic numerology, and Learning to Live in 5D Reality. $300 plus GRT for 6 biweekly classes beginning in October. Call Rev. AliceAnn at 505490-8855 to register for this powerful opportunity to work with an ascended teacher.

ongoingevents sunday Early Morning Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Practice – 5-7:30am. Yogis and mystics have known that this magic time is when you can most easily align your energy with the frequency of your soul. Free. 505-982-6369. Yoga Santa Fe, 1505 Llano St (at Pinon), Santa Fe. www. Spiritual Happy Hour – 10-11am. 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. Exploring and sharing our paths to consciousness. Potluck following the service. Everyone of all paths welcome. Free. Preregister: 505-920-4418. Center for Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe. www. Qigong in the Park –11-12pm. Enjoy a vitalizing qigong practice every Sunday morning with certified qigong instructor Loretta Shiver. Qigong supports optimal health and well-being, is easy, and fun to do. Free. Washington Middle School Park, Albuquerque, 10th and Park. 505-681-1924.

monday Gentle Yoga – Chi w/Michal Curry, CHTP – 5:30-6:45pm. Are you coming back into your yoga practice from an injury or illness? Are you interested in learning yoga as a wellness practice? This class is for you. $15 drop in or $50 for 5 classes. 505-474-8555, Santa Fe Soul Sun Room, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Santa Fe. www. Spiritual Counseling Sessions – By appointment w/the Rev. Francisco “Paco” Vallejos. 505-4552532. Tesuque-Santa Fe.

Gentle Yoga – Chi w/Michal Curry, CHTP – 5:30-6:45pm. Are you coming back into your yoga practice from an injury or illness? Are you interested in learning yoga as a wellness practice? This class is for you. $15 drop in or $50 for 5 classes. 505-474-8555. Santa Fe Soul Sun Room, 2905 Rodeo Park Drive E, Santa Fe. www. You Can Be Happy Again – 7pm. Workshop About How the Mind Works. Free. 505-275-8210. Church of Scientology, 1319 San Pedro Dr NE, Albuquerque. John of God Sanctioned Crystal Light Therapy – By appointment. 505-455-2532. Tesuque-Santa Fe.

thursday Medical Support Clinical Hypnotherapy Sessions – By appointment w/Kevin Horton, CMS-CHt, FIBH. Call for more info: 505-6997522. Tesuque-Santa Fe.

friday Therapeutic Nutrition Counseling – By appointment w/Dr. Janae Devika. Call 801-8538421 or visit

saturday Qigong in the Park – 9-10am. Enjoy a vitalizing qigong practice every Saturday morning with certified qigong instructor Loretta Shiver. Qigong supports optimal health and well-being, is easy, and fun to do. Free. Altura Park, Hannett and Morningside NE, Albuquerque. 505-681-1924.

tuesday Therapeutic Body, Craniosacral & Homeopathy Sessions – By appointment w/Robert SunHawk, Phd. 928-848-2581. Tesuque-Santa Fe. Tai Chi Yang’s Long Form Class – 4-5pm. Tai Chi for health, relaxation and coordination. $15. Pre-register: 505-995-1013. Santa Fe Soul Sun Room, 2905 Rodeo Park Drive E, Santa Fe. www.

wednesday Early Morning Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Practice – 5:30-7:30am. Yogis and mystics have known that this magic time is when you can most easily align your energy with the frequency of your soul. Free. 505-982-6369. Yoga Santa Fe, 1505 Llano Street (at Pinon), Santa Fe.

Don’t let your dreams be dreams. ~Jack Johnson

Qigong & Healing From Within – 10:30am12pm. Taoist, yogic and shamanic practices cultivate vitality, inner strength and awareness with energy, movement, sound, breathwork and meditation. $12. 1st class free. Allison Lasky. 505984-8733. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Santa Fe.

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America’s Book Whisperer, #1 Best Selling Author, and Architect of the “Write Your Best Seller in a Weekend”

Tom Bird is coming to Albuquerque and Santa Fe

June 19

“Enlightenment - The Ultimate Gift That Comes from Writing Your Book” 6 to 8:30pm - BODY at Santa Fe June 21

“Write your Bestseller in a Weekend” 8 to 11am - University of New Mexico Registration Link: June 21

“Publish your Book Now; Publish Profitably”

11:30 am to 2:30pm - University of New Mexico Registration Link:

“I wrote my best-selling book in 3 days, at a weekend retreat with Tom,” says Maxine Taylor, #1 Amazon Best Selling Author of Move Into The Magic

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Natural Awakenings Northern New Mexico June 2014  

New Mexico edition of the free monthly national health/wellness and sustainability publication.

Natural Awakenings Northern New Mexico June 2014  

New Mexico edition of the free monthly national health/wellness and sustainability publication.